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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    Dear friends, On June 21, 2015, myself with 700 Kechara members and friends had special audience with our supreme dharma protector in full trance of the official oracle. Please see the fantastic video and 196 color photos of the event: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=68740 We were working on the oracle video for over 8 days. We have professionals in house to do it. There are many parts we have not included as it is some confidential questions and answers. But most of it we have posted. Everyone should carefully read the post, see the pictures and video when you have time. You will learn more and understand more about this special aspect of Tibetan Buddhism. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Adeline
    Thursday, Jul 2. 2015 03:43 AM
    Prior to 1996, all Dorje Shugden practitioners and non-Dorje Shugden practitioners were in the same monasteries, the same hospitals, the same schools, the same government positions, the same kind of meetings/gatherings. They all went to the same Lamas but after 1996, when the ban was introduced and heavily enforced, then suddenly there were Dorje Shugden monasteries and non-Dorje Shugden monasteries. Dorje Shugden people cannot go to the hospitals, cannot go to the schools, cannot have the equal educational opportunities and jobs within the Tibetan community that non-Dorje Shugden people have.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/my-pleas-to-his-holiness-dalai-lama.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    Thursday, Jul 2. 2015 03:41 AM
    In general, Tibetans are very poor and they can’t afford statues and beautiful offering items. Therefore, tsa tsas become a very practical and affordable object of refuge that they can put on the altar to make their offerings and worship.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/tsa-tsas-are-nice.html
  • tsemtulku
    Thursday, Jul 2. 2015 03:40 AM
    Dear friends, On June 21, 2015, myself with 700 Kechara members and friends had special audience with our supreme dharma protector in full trance of the official oracle. Please see the fantastic video and 196 color photos of the event: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=68740
  • tsemtulku
    Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 04:48 PM
    “Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche: At the end of the day, education is brainwashing. Brainwashing is inevitable. We human beings love doing that. We are already brainwashed—we don’t know otherwise. So since we are going to brainwash anyway, it’s good to brainwash with good motivation and so that we can be kind, harmonious, and also decent. Becoming decent human beings seems to be not so much in the modern education agenda because, as we all know, modern education seems to be so much about what we can have. Human beings are defined by what we have, like cars and houses. And then modern education is also so much geared towards getting a job. There are very few schools that teach you anything other than what will benefit you in getting a job”
  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 01:46 PM
    “Love me or hate me, both are in my favor… If you love me, I’ll always be in your heart… If you hate me, I’ll always be in your mind.”
    ~ William Shakespeare
  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 01:46 PM
    “One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous or honest.”
    ~ Maya Angelou
  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 01:45 PM
    “There is a devil there is no doubt, but is he trying to get into us or trying to get out?”
    ~ Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 01:45 PM
    “His Holiness Zong Rinpoche stressed the need to continue to practice even when we come up against obstacles, and that we should continually review our progress. He stated that a happy, luxurious life was like a good dream, and that obstacles and difficulties were like a bad dream. We should give them no significance, but simply carry on working towards real, everlasting happiness.”
    ~ Ngala ’ö-Dzin Tridral
  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 01:44 PM
    “We may encounter defeat, but we must not be defeated.”
    ~ Tsem Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    Monday, Jun 29. 2015 04:15 PM
    At the age of 23, Tsongkhapa went to the region of U to meet up with some people from his hometown, Amdo. His friends entreated him to return to Amdo and they also gave him a letter from his mother. She also requested him to return to Amdo and had slipped one of her white hairs in the letter too. Touched by this, Tsongkhapa considered returning to Amdo for a while. However, when he contemplated deeper. he realized that if he left for Amdo, he would be disrupting his practices of mental discipline. As there was no benefit, he sadly decided not to return to his homeland. Instead he sent a thangka of a painting of himself to his mother in Amdo. When his mother opened it, the picture spoke to her and it was as if Tsongkhapa was there with her, which brought her great joy. In a letter accompanying the thangka, Tsongkhapa requested his mother and sister to build a stupa around the sandalwood tree which had sprung up at his birth. His mother and sister complied and from that stupa, the holy monastery of Kumbum developed.
  • Pastor Adeline
    Monday, Jun 29. 2015 04:12 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche: Beautiful song and nostalgic. May you enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKQpRgxyyqo
  • Pastor Adeline
    Monday, Jun 29. 2015 04:12 PM
    Today is a happening day for Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). Many activities are taking place on this holy land – from Dharma teachings, ritual classes, meditations, to art painting projects.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/exciting-kfr-on-june-27.html
  • xuliang
    Monday, Jun 29. 2015 12:52 PM
    Truth is not an end, a result, a goal; it cannot be invited, for it is not a thing of the mind.
  • tsemtulku
    Monday, Jun 29. 2015 01:49 AM
    Beautiful short teachings by H.H. Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=37990

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What Am I Writing Now


 

The Unknown

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

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yesterday
See what is a tsatsa and their origins and purpose: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=69630
yesterday
Dear friends, recently I had audience with my dharma protector via the official Panglung Oracle, you can see more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=68740
yesterday
Dear Pasang and Wife, I thank you both for your wonderful agate mala gift. It is very kind of you. Much prayers for you both, Tsem Rinpoche
3 days ago
Very good news!!
3 days ago
Excellent advice
3 days ago
This is super simple yet super powerful and it is the black and white truth. Read this short thought and contemplate deeply. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 days ago
At the age of 23, Tsongkhapa went to the region of U to meet up with some people from his hometown, Amdo. His friends entreated him to return to Amdo and they also gave him a letter from his mother. She also requested him to return to Amdo and had slipped one of her white hairs in the letter too. Touched by this, Tsongkhapa considered returning to Amdo for a while. However, when he contemplated deeper. he realized that if he left for Amdo, he would be disrupting his practices of mental discipline. As there was no benefit, he sadly decided not to return to his homeland. Instead he sent a thangka of a painting of himself to his mother in Amdo. When his mother opened it, the picture spoke to her and it was as if Tsongkhapa was there with her, which brought her great joy. In a letter accompanying the thangka, Tsongkhapa requested his mother and sister to build a stupa around the sandalwood tree which had sprung up at his birth. His mother and sister complied and from that stupa, the holy monastery of Kumbum developed.
6 days ago
In this day and age this is totally necessary: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=69186
6 days ago
Never listen to one's own egoistic thoughts, but follow what Dorje Shugden advises always. Your ego makes sure you lose but Dorje Shugden makes sure you win!~ Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
Pastor David giving dharma talks today in Kechara Forest Retreat. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
Dear friends, open this up and PLEASE read it carefully. It's short. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
This is worth remembering and worth sharing. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
Very nice message I wanted to share. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
Comfortable sitting room of H.H. Dalai Lama
1 week ago
Inside the monastery there is hut with bamboo and plums. The host and the guest has met with pure hearts. Don't complain we have stood in front of the door and chatted a long time as the sun set on the pier we wait for the boat to return. ~Lien Gong
1 week ago
Holy beings manifest in both conventional and unconventional methods to benefit us. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche & Kyabje Ling Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
This is powerful. We are in a great place and that is Kechara. Some in the past and present and maybe future may think otherwise. And that is ok. Everyone has their karma to contend with. But if we put our efforts in Kechara and it's our genuine efforts, it can be no different than other places and even better. Where we put our efforts is where we will get the results. I guess this illustration says it all. "The grass isn't greener on the other side. It's greener where YOU water it.". Where we 'water' it is the effort we put in. Since we are here, we should do our best instead of doing little or mediocre thinking there is a better place and this is just a transition place. Because maybe this is the best place but some of us don't see it because we are blinded by our projections. Just my thoughts. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Peace and freedom
2 weeks ago
Thank you!!
2 weeks ago
Powerrful!
2 weeks ago
Never threaten or hurt others because of their choice of religion. 
2 weeks ago
Please accept our humble requests to Your Holiness. 
2 weeks ago
To Your Holinesss the Dalai Lama. 
2 weeks ago
We would like a resolution please.
2 weeks ago
Beautiful and sacred Wangtsey tsatsa. http://www.vajrasecrets.com
2 weeks ago
Good friends are hard to find and when we find them, treasure them. TR
2 weeks ago
Painfully true. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Excellent
2 weeks ago
Stunning photo!
2 weeks ago
A thought
3 weeks ago
More people offering prayers at the Gyenze Chapel in Kechara Forest Retreat. Nice.
3 weeks ago
My personal statue of Authority-Averting Ganapati statue. Carved of wood and around 24 inches in height. Tibetan: Surkek Selway Tsokdak
3 weeks ago
This loyal friendship writing is so applicable to my life. All the kind and beneficial things I have in my life came from friends and especially my gurus. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
A picture of myself back in 1990 with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in background. Gangchen Rinpoche asked me to teach at that time.
3 weeks ago
Beautiful vintage photo of the entrance into the Bodhanath Stupa in Kathmandu. One of my favorite holy places of all time. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
This is the senior oracle (Kuten Lama) of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a good friend of mine. I miss him very much. He was kind to me always. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
I have my own style, thoughts, methods and choices. It's not to bother you, but it's who I am. Similarily, I practice Shugden and you should  not have a problem with it. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
This is something that is hard to accept but necessary. It's simple and the truth. Everyone has their own karma and road to trek. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
This is so beautiful. Would love to live near this.
3 weeks ago
Some conversation with the highly regarded 7th Panglung Kuten oracle monk of Tibet. He has been taking trance of Shugden and Setrap for over 30 years. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I am showing my shrine to the 7th Panglung Oracle monk. Great honor. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Myself and the great 7th Panglung Oracle monk. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Nice of the 7th Panglung Kuten (Oracle monk) to visit me.
3 weeks ago
Jp is in charge of the doing a beautiful fish pond is Kechara Forest Retreat. When visitors come, it will be healing to sit by the waters and hear the sound of water and meditate. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
This is very important to remember. Dharma work reflects this statement so thoroughly. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
This is one of my good friends and who has helped me and Kechara very much. She is a very kind person. I wish her to be blessed by Dorje Shugden as well as her family always. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
This lovely couple came from Canada and joined our pujas and events today in Kechara Forest Retreat. Welcome! 2015. Tsem Rinpoche 
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  • My good friend Justin Ripley
    5 days ago
    My good friend Justin Ripley
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    1 month ago
    I requested Choji Lah to do a trusol, rabney and soongdroop for our large DS and Buddha. In this video, he is performing trusol which is ritually 'bathing' the environment and blessing all those who come to visit our Wisdom Hall and Dorje Shugden. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Bigfoot arrives!!!
    1 month ago
    Bigfoot arrives!!!
    Tsem Rinpoche is an avid follower of the paranormal such as bigfoots. For more interesting writings and posts on the subject, please go to http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch
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    1 month ago
    Mumu Loves Snack!
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    1 month 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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    1 month 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
    1 month ago
    Magical fish tank with Buddha statue
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang chants the prayer of Dorje Shugden
    2 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang chants the prayer of Dorje Shugden
  • Gongkar the bird at Kechara Forest Retreat
    2 months 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 months 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!
    2 months ago
    A step by step explanation of Dorje Shugden's iconography in 3D!
  • Another Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
    4 months ago
    Another Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
  • A Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
    4 months ago
    A Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
  • Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 2
    4 months ago
    Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 2
  • Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 1
    4 months ago
    Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 1

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13 hours ago
Medicine Buddha Puja was sponsor by a sponsor for her illness to heal fast. By Puja House, 2 July'15
13 hours ago
Dorje Shugden Puja is highly demanded by sponsors. Some sponsor have even sponsor Dorje Shugden Puja for every month. By Puja House, 2 July'15
13 hours ago
Dukkar Puja was Sponsored by a Sponsor dedicated to her daughter. By Puja House , 2 July'15
13 hours ago
Setrap Puja did today for Sponsor dedicated to their kids. May the negative disturbances that influence their kids can be pacify. By Puja House, 2 July'15
13 hours ago
During Puja we will always chant mantra of multiply and blessed the rosary. By Puja House 2 July'15
19 hours ago
Chuan checked into the soup kitchen feeling worried this morning. He told us that he was coughing and there were blood coming out from his spluthum this morning. Chuan explained that he had the symptoms since morning and otherwise he is feeling fine. He was very worried if he has contracted a serious disease. He was then immediately rushed to the hospital for further checks for suspected TB and requires admission. We wish Chuan a swift recovery from his illness swiftly. Justin@KSK
yesterday
The group of volunteers from IKEA Malaysia who helped in the kitchen. They also helped to deliver food provisions to our Food Bank recipients today. Thank you for your participation! 来到我们香积厨帮忙的IKEA Malaysia志工们。他们今天也帮忙派送食粮给我们食物银行的受惠者。谢谢你们的参与! Justin@KSK
yesterday
The group of volunteers from IKEA Malaysia who helped in the kitchen. They also helped to deliver food provisions to our Food Bank recipients today. Thank you for your participation! 来到我们香积厨帮忙的IKEA Malaysia志工们。他们今天也帮忙派送食粮给我们食物银行的受惠者。谢谢你们的参与! Justin@KSK
2 days ago
Dorje Shugden Puja is highly demanded these days, especially to help in clearing the obstacles for company financial. By Puja House, 1 July '15
2 days ago
Druchuma Puja is popular in Puja House. Many Sponsor sponsored for their company staffs to work in harmony. By Puja House 1 July'15
2 days ago
Altar set up for weekly Setrap and Dorje Shugden Puja is ready. Tonight Puja will be conducted in mandarin language. By Puja House, 1 July'15
2 days ago
Setting up offering for weekly Medicine Buddha Puja at Gompa. By Puja House, 1 July'15
2 days ago
Beautiful tormas for Drolchok Puja. By Puja House 30 June 15
2 days ago
Drolchok Puja or 21 Tara Puja is for wishes to Be fulfilled. By Puja House 30 June'15
2 days ago
A kind Doctor Sponsor a medicine Buddha Puja for the patients she treat . May all her patients protect by Buddha Medicine and get heal. Also she can spot the illness of her patients quicker. By Puja House 30 June '15
2 days ago
A Sponsor sponsored Menlha Puja for relative who just have surgery. May she heal well. By Puja House 30 June'15
2 days ago
A new premise is opening, the Sponsor sponsored a Dorje Shugden Puja to bless the business to be successful. By Puja House 30 June 2015
3 days ago
Wow..this is funny!! Shared by Rinpoche. Lucy Yap
3 days ago
Inspiring thoughts for the day! Shared by H.E.Tsem Rinpoche Lucy Yap
3 days ago
Weekly English Dorje Shugden & Setrap puja was led by Pastor KH Ng and assisted by LT Loo.The Pastor on duty, Pastor Han Nee gave a short Dharma talk from Animal Liberation to Adopting Birds at Kechara Forest Retreat aviary. Lucy Yap
3 days ago
Dzambala suggests an antidote, generosity: Practicing Dzambala helps us to overcome miserliness and to develop a more generous mind. And it is through this generosity (not the greed we are accustomed to) that we can attain real wealth. Tonight's weekly Dzambala puja (Chinese) was led by Poney Sim and assisted by Danny Seah.at Kechara House gompa. Lucy Yap
3 days ago
Today weekly Dzambala Puja led by Poney Sim and assisted by David Lai, Tracy and Danny_PB
3 days ago
Weekly Sunday Dharma Class (Chinese Intermediate) led by Koh Wah Ying_PB
3 days ago
Never listen to one's own egoistic thoughts, but follow what Dorje Shugden advises always. Your ego makes sure you lose but Dorje Shugden makes sure you win!~ Tsem Rinpoche_PB
3 days ago
Puja team performed bereavement Puja this afternoon. By Puja House 29 June'15

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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