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?

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  1. Pavara Lam on Mar 10, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    I don’t think it is good to kill a cat just because it is unwell.
    Indeed cats don’t usually like to go to vet, but that does not give you a reason to kill a cat.
    What puzzles me is that which one is better?
    If you kill your pet and make it into a purse you are being over attached to your pet.
    However by buying other handbag brands you are still indirectly killing an animal.
    Still i don’t think it is correct to kill a sick cat for a bag as it isn’t correct and it is totally revolting.
    But one thing for sure is that you should not buy any handbags unless it is made of silk or other materials that don’t harm animals directly or indirectly.
    I do hope that these kind of cases will never happen again.

  2. Jutika Lam on Mar 4, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Her saying that the cat whom his/her fur was used to create her cat fur bag was done because her cat was scared of the vet isn’t an excuse for her to use it’s fur to make a bag.

    To me, when your beloved pet has died, we should leave it’s body intact and properly bury or cremate it as a show of respect for the pet that was once our companion.

    Despite what she said about the cows that are slaughtered for it’s leather and meat,it doesn’t give her an excuse or reason to do the same.

    It is totally gross and inhumane.

  3. Phng Keng Boon on Mar 3, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    I am sure that Tinkerbell has no joy in hurting and killing these animals. I don’t support her in what she is doing but I agree with her on the hypocrisy the people give her. She is trying to raise awareness in how us, humans, are treating other animals that are not our pets. She is showing it by treating animals that are our pets the same way as we treat, for example, cows or snakes.

    But I find that this doesn’t justify her actions as even though her intentions are good, she is still creating negative karma to herself by killing her cat and being cruel to the guinea pigs and hamsters and snails.

  4. Phng Keng Hwa on Mar 3, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This was a very interesting post. Though she did partake in animal abuse, I feel that her intention was not to make the animal suffer, but to create awareness of what cruelty people are doing to animals out in the whole, wide world. Such as her example of what humans do to cows in order to make them hamburgers. So in a sense, what she does is good as she has created a lot of awareness, albeit it s through very bad publicity.

    However, though her intentions are not bad per se, this does not fully give her the right to kill. No one ever fully has the absolute right to kill, no matter what the intention.

    Thank you for posting this, it was really, truly interesting to see between your intentions and actions.

    Your humble student,
    Keng Hwa.

  5. will steel on Oct 11, 2014 at 2:37 am

    Which why parasites like you should not breed, you only serve to infect social values. Seriously a cheap excuse at an attempt to call yourself an artist. Move aside Katinka with your garbage, let the Real artist with talent display Art.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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??

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!!!!

  21. 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).

  22. 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.

  23. 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?

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

    Si tratta di un essere senza spirito alcuno ed anima!

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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!!!

  28. 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.

  29. 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

  30. 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.

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

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

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

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

  33. 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

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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

  40. 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.

  41. 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???

  42. 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

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    Tsem Rinpoche: May everyone help me to achieve our dream for Kechara Forest Retreat. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Adeline
    Monday, May 25. 2015 01:38 PM
    Kechara Sunday Dharma School (KSDS) is hosting an Art Exhibition to highlight original and unique art works created by children aged 2 to 10! Each exhibit embodies an aspect of Buddhist practice taught during class, its importance to our youth and features a wide range of expressive materials that will inspire fun and excitement!

    Event details as follows:

    Venue: Kechara Care Lounge
    Date: 31 May (Sunday)
    Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    We hope to see you there!

    http://www.kechara.com/kechara-house/news/ksds-art-exhibition/
  • tsemtulku
    Sunday, May 24. 2015 02:08 PM
    I am lucky to have clean running hot and cold water, medications when I get sick, clothes, comfortable room to stay in, food, dry bed, some trees, beautiful altar to make offerings, electricity and clean environment. I have the Buddha and my practice and met my guru. I am grateful for all this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    Sunday, May 24. 2015 01:04 PM
    May Lord Manjushri bless us in all his secret, transformative, wrathful, peaceful, mystical, male and female forms to accomplish this for KFR. May KFR become a world class well known centre of learning, practice, tantra and benefit. May we never be separated from this divine Manjushri in lifetime after lifetime and be close to his bosom…. Tsem Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    Sunday, May 24. 2015 12:22 PM
    Every morning it would be wonderful to start the day by reciting Tsongkapa’s holy and sacred Migtseyma mantra at least 21 times minimum. This will bless our day. Take refuge in Lord Tsongkapa who became fully enlightened and was predicted by Lord Buddha Shakyamuni Himself. While reciting think of how we can let go of anger and be kind to all that day. To see, hear and contemplate on Lord Tsongkapa a Tri-Cosmic Buddha earns one great waves of merit propelling the practitioner closer to their final goal of liberation. Homage to Tsongkapa whose body, speech and mind are worthy of respect and refuge. Tsem Rinpoche
  • xuliang
    Sunday, May 24. 2015 10:25 AM
    “There have been too many worthy attempts at pursuing the Dharma that have become bogged down in dogma, and so the vitality of it is lost. We can’t live life without structure. But being bound by it is also not living., nor can it truly be practice.”
  • xuliang
    Sunday, May 24. 2015 10:14 AM
    If we suspended belief and disbelief for a moment, where would we be? If there is violence here at all, it is the violence we perpetrate on ourselves, by denying ourselves the love of humanity.
  • tsemtulku
    Sunday, May 24. 2015 10:01 AM
    I guess my one wish now is to establish Kechara Forest Retreat to be a dharma learning centre. Where we have learned sangha who will teach philosophy, rituals, pujas, special rites to live there. I wish to produce among my friends and students dharma meditation teachers, people engaged in retreats and practice intense. I wish to have many local sangha there doing dharma work, learning and benefitting the public. I wish this place to have special emphasis on Panchen Sonam Drakpa’s texts, Vajra Yogini’s tantra, Nagarjuna’s texts, Manjushri, Tsongkapa and Dorje Shugden. To be a premiere place of learning of these subjects and practice. This is my goal. So it produces teachers and practitioners to benefit others. I wish to achieve this once phase two of the building is complete. Tsem Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    Sunday, May 24. 2015 10:01 AM
    One of the favorite places I liked to visit was Kathmandu last time. I liked the four holy Vajra Yogini temples in the vicinity. Many of these holy places are not far from Kathmandu. I’ve always had wishes to live in the mountains surrounding Kathmandu. Offering items, spiritual wares, incense, juniper, ghee and whatever is necessary is so easy to obtain. I love making butterlamp offerings daily. Everywhere you look are stupas and reminders of the enlightened mind with temples, statues and holy places. I would have loved to live in the mountains there. When I consulted with my protector via the oracle, he told me not to stay there. I guess I can see why now. But I still long for those mountains very much. Tsem Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    Sunday, May 24. 2015 10:01 AM
    “With wide eyes perceiving all things, And compassionately achieving the good of all beings; Having power performing acts beyond thought. Guru Manjunata, to your feet I bow my head.” (Written by Sakya Pandita). Om Ah Ra Baza Na Dhi
  • tsemtulku
    Sunday, May 24. 2015 10:00 AM
    When we do our sadhanas and meditations on our Yidams daily and consistently, we collect much merit to overcome life’s vicissitudes. We also sharpen our mind and keep our minds focused. It is very important to do our sadhanas to our Yidams daily without a miss. This should be our daily priority. More than anything else as this prepares for today, tomorrow and the hereafter. Tsem Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    Sunday, May 24. 2015 10:00 AM
    The last time I was in Kathmandu, I was very lucky as Jp arranged for me to have 100,000 butterlamps offered to Vajra Yogini. I had a rented Ladrang (house) in the hills of Kathmandu years back. We had a butterlamp house and daily we would offer 500-700 butterlamps. It took some time but we were able to finish off 100,000 butterlamps. We had arranged some Nepalese housewives to help us with the arranging of the offerings daily and they were happy to. It was too much for a few persons to do daily. In this butterlamp house we had a beautiful Vajra Yogini statue. And I loved it so much. I wish to have something like that in KFR in the future. Making light offerings to Buddhas has many benefits. Tsem Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    Saturday, May 23. 2015 10:31 PM
    What do you think about clowns and the circus? See here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=67672
  • xuliang
    Saturday, May 23. 2015 11:51 AM
    A mind that conforms to a pattern of pleasure, or what it thinks is love, can never know what love is. A mind that has understood the whole ripening of disorder comes to an ORDER which is virtue, therefore which is Love.

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

Tsem Rinpoche

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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18 hours ago
I like this one from Socrates
2 days ago
Lord Manjushri in Kechara Forest Retreat!
2 days ago
May Lord Manjushri bless us in all his secret, transformative, wrathful, peaceful, mystical, male and female forms to accomplish this for KFR. May KFR become a world class well known centre of learning, practice, tantra and benefit. May we never be separated from this divine Manjushri in lifetime after lifetime and be close to his bosom.... Tsem Rinpoche
2 days ago
Read this about News for profit these days?
2 days ago
Kechara Forest Retreat before/after
2 days ago
Four-Faced Mahakala. Beautiful thangka.
2 days ago
"With wide eyes perceiving all things, And compassionately achieving the good of all beings; Having power performing acts beyond thought. Guru Manjunata, to your feet I bow my head." (Written by Sakya Pandita). Om Ah Ra Baza Na Dhi
2 days ago
This is powerful to remember and contemplate daily. I like this alot. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 days ago
Dear friends, I realize there are just some who karmically cannot shift their minds to higher thoughts of enlightenment embarking on it through cultivation of the 8 Verses, 50 Stanzas, Wheel of Sharp Weapons, Bodhicitta or be inspired by the saints. They just think on the level they think. Please continue reading here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=67631
4 days ago
Click on this picture carefully and read what it says. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
Our Vajra Yogini stupa in Kechara-Malaysia
1 week ago
Incredible!!!
1 week ago
Wonder if this technology is available in Malaysia?
1 week ago
Good to remember
1 week ago
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1 week ago
LOL
1 week ago
Click on this picture to enlarge and READ---Funny!!
1 week ago
Powerful. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
The Sera Mey Monastery's famous Panglung oracle in full trance of Dorje Shugden. There are a few recognized oracles of Dorje Shugden.Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
The Gaden Shartse Monastery's Dorje Shugden oracle in full trance of Dorje Shugden. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
9pm, Tsem Ladrang (private residence of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche) is always busy with different people doing different things simultaneously, such a great team. 晚上9点,詹拉章(尊贵的詹杜固仁波切的私人住所)各人员在忙着个别事务,经常很多活动同时进行着,好棒的一个团队。
2 weeks ago
Four Armed White Sarswati: OM VAJRA DEWI PICU PICU PRAJNA-WARDHA HRIM HUM
2 weeks ago
Mantra of Nageshvaraja Buddha: TAD-YATHA TATHAGATE BHAGAWAN-NAGA-RAJESWARA ADHISTHANA ADISTHITE SWAHA
2 weeks ago
Long Manjushri Mantra: NAMO MANJUSRIYE KUMARA BHUTAYA BODHISATTVAYA MAHASATTVAYA MAHAKARUNIKAYA TADYATHA OM ARADZE BIRADZE SHUDDHE BISHUDDHE SHODHAYA BISHODHAYE AMALE BIMALE NIRMALE DZAYAVARE RURUTSALE HUM HUM HUM PHAT PHAT PHAT SVAHA
2 weeks ago
Manjusri Naga-Raksasa Short mantra: Om Phe Lam Hum Long mantra: Nagpo Tipaca Naga-raksa Om Phe Lam Hum
2 weeks ago
Kechara Forest Retreat before and after. What a huge difference. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
This beautiful Tibetan 'bak' (mask) gift arrived for me yesterday. I love it. It is beautiful. I really appreciate it. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Poverty of the spirit
2 weeks ago
Important to change
2 weeks ago
Good to remember.
2 weeks ago
Viewer discretion advised on this post: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=66575
2 weeks ago
This is powerful. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
This is super cute video. Must see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RX5ESo4yGo
2 weeks ago
We should never stay stagnant but keep learning and improving. Then we live full lives. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Don't always say we don't know this or that. We can ask others. We can do searches on internet. We can learn and excel if we want to. This is the age of information and ignorance is a choice for most. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Walking around with my trusted Beng Kooi and Pastor Seng Piow awhile back.
2 weeks ago
This is from my blog post-DORJE SHUGDEN: MY SIDE OF THE STORY. How rewarding to see this. More and more Tibetans are saying this video/contents is helpful to them. I am so happy about this. See: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=65988
2 weeks ago
Mumu has the cutest face ever. I love you Mumu. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
We have a duty to keep our words of honour to our gurus. Keeping these words of honour builds integrity as well as create causes for higher attainments in our mind. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
Lew's card with the bigfoot gift.
3 weeks ago
Look at this thoughtful gift presented to me today by a very kind person who I respect a lot. Lew is hardworking and thoughtful in his own quiet way. When people present a gift, it's not always something they pick up at the store, but something they thought out just for you is always touching. They thought it out, planned it and had you in mind when they made it. Thank you Lew. I really like everything about bigfoot and I will add to my collection. Tsem Rinpoche More: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/…/catego…/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch
3 weeks ago
Candles offered to Lord Tsongkapa in Kechara. Beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
I've decided to speak about how I first became connected with Dorje Shugden, why I practice and continue to do so, the monasteries, the CTA (previously known as Exiled Tibetan Government), China, relations between China and Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, our lineage lamas, my teacher, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, the protests and how we can resolve this ban issue. Please continue here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=65988
3 weeks ago
Very nice letter...must read.
3 weeks ago
Was gifted 55 beautiful Dorje Shugden tsatsas tody. Thank you.
3 weeks ago
Our aviary for rescued birds in Kechara is 4,000 square feet. Plenty of space to fly and stretch wings. :)
3 weeks ago
A thought
3 weeks ago
Super sacred Manjushri image
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    3 days ago
    For H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, a blog post is not just a blog post but Dharma work that generates merits which should be dedicated. Click here to find out what blog post Rinpoche was dedicating the merits for when he recited this prayer: http://bit.ly/1KiXWf9 ~Ani Lobsang Pema
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    3 days ago
    Panchen Lama in Beijing on CCTV - China's official news. The respect and position they give His Holiness Panchen Lama is great.
  • Magical fish tank with Buddha statue
    5 days ago
    Magical fish tank with Buddha statue
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang chants the prayer of Dorje Shugden
    2 weeks ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang chants the prayer of Dorje Shugden
  • Gongkar the bird at Kechara Forest Retreat
    2 weeks ago
    Gongkar the bird at Kechara Forest Retreat
    For much more information, pictures and videos about the rescued birds at the aviary of Kechara Forest Retreat, click here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/aviary-kfr.html
  • Watch Dorje Shugden: My Side Of The Story. Full video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxC6uKHM3dY
    2 weeks ago
    Watch Dorje Shugden: My Side Of The Story. Full video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxC6uKHM3dY
  • A step by step explanation of Dorje Shugden's iconography in 3D!
    3 weeks ago
    A step by step explanation of Dorje Shugden's iconography in 3D!
  • Another Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
    3 months ago
    Another Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
  • A Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
    3 months ago
    A Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
  • Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 2
    3 months ago
    Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 2
  • Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 1
    3 months ago
    Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 1
  • Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 3
    3 months ago
    Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 3
  • Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche & Kyabje Ling Rinpoche doing Lama Chöpa in Bodhgaya in the 60s
    4 months ago
    Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche & Kyabje Ling Rinpoche doing Lama Chöpa in Bodhgaya in the 60s
    In the 1960s, H.H. Yongzin Kyabje Ling Rinpoche would always organize Lama Chöpa (Guru puja-composed by Panchen Rinpoche) with 1000 offerings in Bodhgaya and would often be joined in by H.H. Yongzin Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, and sometimes the 16th Karmapa would even join in. Wonderful. Watch this blessed and old footage of the two Yongzins doing Lama Chöpa in Bodhgaya. Yongzin is the special title to those who were the root and close teachers of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. There were two official Yongzins. Trijang Rinpoche and Ling Rinpoche were the Yongzins of the current Dalai Lama for over 40 years living nearby to Dalai Lama and passing him all the teachings necessary. They were extremely kind and giving all necessary teachings, empowerments and oral transmissions that Dalai Lama is disseminating to the world today to millions. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
  • Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    6 months ago
    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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    7 months ago
    Mumu always prepares his bed this way before sleeping. Cute.

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Fun, laughter, hardwork and effort is behind the first KSDS Art Exhibition. Stella
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Staffs from Bayview Beach Resorts and KSK volunteers after food distribution. Patsy@KSK Penang
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Pastor KH Ng led tonight's English Dorje Shugden & Setrap puja at Kechara House main prayer hall. Pastor Han Nee gave a short update during pre-puja sesssion. Lucy Yap
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Today in Puja House did 2 Druchuma, 4 Dorje Shugden , 1 Melha and 1 Dukkar. More and more pujas orders from sponsors. By Puja House 25 May'15
14 hours ago
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16 hours ago
We sent Uncle Liow to the hospital this morning for his with the doctor. He had his eye cataract checked. We also became his interpreter and helped him to apply for the social welfare aid to purchase his lenses. His operation will be held very soon and that will mean he can regain his clear eyesight once it is done! Justin@KSK
17 hours ago
Druchuma Puja did for sponsor who wishes his business deal smooth and every team members work harmony towards the company goal. By Puja House 25 May'15
17 hours ago
Sponsor offer light before Dorje Shugden Puja begin. By Puja House 25 May'15
17 hours ago
Urgent Medicine Buddha Puja (Menlha) did for a Sponsor dedicate to the Bees. May the bees have good rebirth. By Puja House 25 May 15
20 hours ago
Pastor Gim Lee continued to teach the topic on Day 4 "Visualization of taking refuge to the Three Jewels " from the Lamrim text , followed by watching and discussion on Rinpoche's video Dorje Shugden: My side of the story Pt.3, with Pastor Han Nee in English staff Dharma class at Kechara House gompa. Lucy Yap
21 hours ago
Mr Nava had a bypass operation few months ago and have been recuperating since. He was staying in his friends' house and came to seek help from our JB team. We referred his case to Pusat Jagaan Murni in Kempas for permanent stay. At least he will get to reorganise himself before making plans to work again if his health permits. Thank you very much Mr Ravi for accepting Mr Nava as one your latest residents in your esteemed shelter home. Wish you best of health Mr Nava. Justin@KSK
22 hours ago
Hema, 36 was homeless for almost four weeks when we found her in Larkin during the distribution rounds. According to her, she was recently terminated by her employer without any reason given and became homeless subsequently. She had been relying on food from restaurants around the area with very little money left. We referred her case to Anjung Singgah JB so that she can seek temporary stay and employment as she have 6 years working experience as a security guard. Justin@KSK
23 hours ago
Distribution in Johor Bahru last Saturday night. Volunteers interacting with our clients on the street. Justin@KSK
23 hours ago
Puja House did Dorje Shugden Puja early morning for Sponsor who going to do medical check up in Hospital. May the MRI results clear. By Puja House 25 May 15
24 hours ago
Photos taken from our distribution rounds held in KL last Saturday night. Total 970 sets were distributed to our clients on the streets. Justin@KSK
24 hours ago
Love how Hubert artistically decorated his fruits platter. Young artist in the making. Stella
yesterday
Pastor conducted vegetarian vows. By Puja House 24 May'15
yesterday
A Dorje Shugden Puja did for a mother who going to deliver baby. May the mother and baby be safe. By Puja House 24 May'15
yesterday
An urgent Dorje Shugden Puja did today for 3 rabbits which was lost. Dorje Shugden Puja suitable for all sentient beings .By Puja House 24 May'15
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This is the youngest kids group in Kechara Sunday Dharma Class.The kids are cute and lively and paying attention to the teacher.

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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