New Zealand Officially Recognizes All Animals as Sentient Beings

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2500 years ago, the Buddha revealed to us the six types of sentient beings present in samsara. They are graded in accordance with their quality of life in relations to the level of their suffering and their ability to engage in Dharma practice. Throughout the years, we have seen many of the truths supported and taught by the Buddha are slowly being discovered by science, such as the concept of reincarnation. In some cases, we see the Buddha’s teachings accepted in the form of morale conscience within a society, such as this amendment on New Zealand’s Animal Welfare Bill, recognizing all animals as sentient beings.

This change of status for animals in New Zealand is a great start to change people’s perception towards animals, which are generally viewed as inferior beings. If we look back into history, how many beings have been viewed and classified as inferior for exploitation, torture and entertainment?

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Take for example the time when slavery was legal. How many people were treated like animals and traded like commodities, just because they were born into conditions that they had no control over? And how have things improved throughout the years since slavery was abolished? We can assume that such positive trend would apply similarly to the animals in New Zealand, now that they are recognized as sentient beings.

I am very happy to hear about this news and thought I’d share with everyone. Now that New Zealand has set an example, may many more leaders around the world follow in their footsteps, taking the initiative to improve the welfare of animals in their respective countries.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

New Zealand Has Officially Recognized ALL Animals As Sentient Beings – This Is HUGE

New Zealand has set an incredible precedent by legally ruling on what nature lovers already know to be true: that animals are sentient and have feelings in the same way that we do.

This marks an incredibly shift in public perception, where previously only some animals were given the benefit of protection.

The Animal Welfare Bill that passed last month will prosecute people in animal cruelty cases and ban animal research and testing. All hunting and capture of wild animals will be illegal.

“To say that animals are sentient is to state explicitly that they can experience both positive and negative emotions, including pain and distress,” said Dr Virginia Williams, chair of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee. “The explicitness is what is new and marks another step along the animal welfare journey.”

“Expectations on animal welfare have been rapidly changing, and practices that were once commonplace for pets and farm stock are no longer acceptable or tolerated,” said Dr. Steve Merchant, president of the New Zealand Veterinary Association. “The bill brings legislation in line with our nation’s changing attitude on the status of animals in society.”

Hopefully the world will follow their lead!

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  1. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Mar 5, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Three cheers to New Zealand for an unprecedented amendment in its Animal Welfare Bill recognizing all animals as sentient beings. This means recognising that animals, like humans, can experience both positive and negative emotions, even distress and pain. This Bill must surely change people’s perception towards animals to not view animals as inferior beings for exploitation, torture, abuse and entertainment.

    The New Zealand Animal Welfare Bill will prosecute people in animal cruelty cases and ban animal research and testing. All hunting and capture of wild animals will be illegal. This is great news for animals in New Zealand.

    As Charles Darwin says ” There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness and misery.”

    The great Gandhi also has this to say:”The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”.

    May the rest of the world follow the lead of New Zealand . May all animals see a better life for themselves everywhere in the world as Man progresses in his thinking by becoming more humane.

  2. Jarel Shiner on Jan 14, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    It is a wonderful miral law.But I wonder the practice side of this law.Are New Zeland citizens transforming to vegetarians?What is the situation about animal farming for meat suply to humans

    • Rob on Dec 10, 2017 at 7:45 am

      Hi Jarel -NZ is traditionally a farming/seafood eating nation – but I can say that now as many different cultures bring their food here and awareness around animal cruelty shifts that things are changing – though yes – there is still a large way to go though because so much of the economy is tied up in these industries! Many people can’t imagine how the land would be used if animals weren’t farmed on it.

  3. TekLee on Jan 13, 2017 at 1:41 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. It is indeed a good news and wonderful that New Zealand start to recognize animals are sentient beings! In that case, there will be less lab testing using animals. Animals have feelings too. They feel scared, they will call for help, they will feel the pain, they are fear of death like many human beings. There have rebirth, there were humans too. Hopefully more and more countries follow what New Zealand did so that more and more animals will be saved and treated nicely. _/\_

  4. Vivian Ong on Dec 15, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. This is indeed a good news for everyone especially the animals that were abusively hurt by scientist and killed by hunters. I think other countries should follow New Zealand’s foodsteps in preventing animals being killed.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  5. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 18, 2016 at 12:18 am

    New Zealand just became one of my top countries for me, if I ever want to visit any country this would be one of them.
    NZ being a country that relies on agriculture and animal farming, this is a significant step and forward towards animal rights and welfare.

  6. Uncle Eddie on Jul 9, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Buddhism is said to be universal, not confined to any country or particular nation. If it be permitted to say so, it is, as described “Supernationalism”. As Buddhists around the world, we all have experienced and know sufferings and ways in which we can all find happiness. But, for such “horrific things happening to animals all for the sake of human tradition, cultural belief of simply for monetary gains,” as what Shakila Rajendra has explored, should not be allowed to be kept under the radar as said! As our great Gandi has said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Compassionate New Zealand has taken its great start and lead to change people’s perception and feelings towards animals, in discarding its veil of how the animals were viewed and classified, “as inferior for exploitation, torture and entertainment,” inclusive of being eaten up too! As Rinpoche said, “Just because they were born into conditions that they had no control, they were traded like commodities! Just as New Zealand has taken the lead in this great humane precedent to treat all animals as sentient beings which have the same feelings like we do, hopefully, the WORLD will follow this Lead! For the benefit of all beings, May beings everywhere who suffer torment in their minds and bodies have, by virtue, of merits, joy and happiness in boundless measures.” Om Mani Padme Hung.

  7. Wei Theng on Jul 7, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    It is a great news as well as surprising news for me to hear that New Zealand has officially recognized ALL animals as sentient beings. Many Buddhist countries in this world have yet to do it but New Zealand, a non-Buddhist country, is the first to announce this. A big thumb up to New Zealand!

    May many more other countries, be it Buddhist or non Buddhist countries, will follow the foot steps of New Zealand, because to be kind to animal is not restricted to any religions. Just like what Gandhi said “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

    Being kind to animals is the trend now!

  8. freon on Jun 23, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this great news.

    The animals finally is recognize like human status in New Zealand. They even have laws to prohibit the animals from being harm.
    How many industries in today’s world have cause animal to be hurt badly these days. Although animal do not talk in human language, they have their way of communication with us. They deserved the rights like us.
    In Buddhism point of views, we could be rebirth as an animal next life. Do we want to end up to be tested in lab? To be in the circus and torture until we can entertain the guests. Do we want to be killed and serve on the plate just for a meal? It is really scary when these could be happened to us. Thus, stopping animal abuse, no more lab test is actually saving us from our future. Let’s support the New Zealand government’s wise decision.

    Thank you Rinpoche

    With folded hand,
    Freon

  9. Liang Jing on Jun 19, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    I am very happy to read this news. I think this is a great move, it encourages many to respect animals, improve animal welfare and eat less meat. And other countries will slowly follow New Zealand’s step. I believe the world will be slowly changing to a world is good with more people become vegetarians. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this good news.

  10. Wah Ying on Jun 19, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    New Zealand is not a Buddhist country but able to view animals as sentient beings which able to feel pain is really an important move and as Rinpoche said will be bringing changes to countries other than New Zealand to follow suit, to view animals differently thus improving animals’ welfare. Even from scientific ways to view animals or as an advanced state that respect all, animals can easily viewed as sentient beings with feeling.

    The passed of the animal welfare bill shows that New Zealand is an advanced society which treats animals as equal beings, not some commodities to be traded, to be tortued, to used in lab for testing or to provide entertainment for human. This is indeed a happy news.

  11. Beng on Jun 11, 2016 at 5:16 am

    This is a great step forward for animal lovers and animal rights. Gandhi was right about how our treatment of animals reflects on us as human beings and Buddha was definitely right about animals being sentient beings who are capable of feeling hurt and pain.

    All countries should adopt this bill because it serves no one and no government to allow animal cruelty and torture to go unpunished. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain.

  12. Alice Tay on Jun 10, 2016 at 12:49 am

    一直以来许多爱护与善待动物组织一一的崛起,目的就是想尽办法的让人们意识到其实动物与人一样都有感觉尤其是伤痛与疼痛的感觉。但是往往为了赚取丰厚的牟利以及满足个人的吃欲与果腹,人们一直重覆和任意的杀害动物。

    今天,纽西兰尽然可以破例的宣布动物也是有情众生,本人觉得非常感动与高兴。因为纽西兰国家的动物终于可以得到人们尊重的一天。希望不久的将来,会有更多国家仿效纽西兰的政策,爱护与善待动物就如自己的亲人一样。

  13. CindyH on Jun 9, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    The recognition of animals as sentient being in a legislation is indeed a huge milestone. Animals can undoubtedly feel pain and distress, and anyone who has ever been in close contact with them will know that they unique personalities and quirks.

    But it appears that the protection afforded is not as wide as thought and unfortunately is not the case where “All hunting and capture of wild animals will be illegal.” There are clear exceptions in the act dictating that it is not unlawful to hunt or fish and even hunting and fishing done inside the country’s safari parks too is legal. (For those who are interest, the exceptions are in section 30B and 30C and available at http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2015/0049/latest/DLM5174807.html#DLM5174840.

    This is likely due to hunting is major economic input in New Zealand. In fact, the official tourism website for New Zealand even promote hunting as a tourism pursuit, marketing its European-introduced game species as an attraction to draw hunters.

    That being said, the existence of such act do represent that significant progress that has taken place. Notwithstanding certain exceptions, with this act, there are more accountability imposed on owners or person in charge of animals towards the welfare of animals and more regulation in respect of conducts not permissible in relation animals (including process pertaining to use of animals in research, testing, and teaching). In addition, the establishment of a National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee and a National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee which primarily focus on the issue of codes of welfare including the development and approval of codes of ethical conduct also serves to give hope that more positive changes will be effected in time.

  14. Pastor Lanse on Jun 8, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    纽西兰的这一项新宣布,呼吁大家尊重动物、不任意杀害野生动物和不虐待动物,绝对是很值得赞扬的第一步。与此同时纽西兰也是支持周一无肉日的其中一个国家,看得出他们对此的诚意。

    事实上,早在十多年前世界卫生组织宣布的数据已经显示纽西兰是一个癌症死亡率最高的国家之一,其中死亡率位居第二的肠癌,每年夺走了超过一千两百条人命。作为全球十大牛肉出口国之一的纽西兰,牛羊肉在当地十分便宜,也是他们的日常主食,因此,许多专家都相信居高不下的肠癌发生率跟他们大量食用牛羊肉有关。相信纽西兰政府宣布无肉日的决定也跟此不无关系。

    希望继无肉日之后,进一步宣布动物也是有情众生的纽西兰,能减少牛羊肉出口,这才不至于自打嘴巴,也能更贯彻落实政府的新方案。

    毕竟,懂得尊重动物是文明人类该有的基本态度。

  15. Fong on Jun 7, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    On the one hand, I’m really glad that New Zealand government recognizes animals as sentient. This is in accord with the Buddha’s teachings that animals are sentient beings as they are in one of the six realms. Though they are in the lower realms, they are still sentient. SO, there will be prosecution of those found to torture animals.

    But, where does the sheep and cows and chickens and fishes i.e. farm animals destined for the dining table which are a major source of income for the country, come in? Are they are covered under the The Animal Welfare Bill? How humane will the slaughter of the animals be?

    It will be interesting how they will resolve this seemingly divergent practice. Bur, there is always a hope that they may turn vegetarian yet.

  16. tong sun sun on Jun 5, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    可喜可贺的一则新闻,纽西兰将动物众生列位有情众生,那就是说这国家的动物都可以和人类一样有着生存的权利和尊重,而且不会被兰杀无辜。
    纽西兰的这个做法可以让其他的国家作为一个借镜,尤其是一些每年都有固定捕杀动物的国家。不但如此这举动也可以让许多人觉醒成为素食者,给各方都带来了新的思维和崭新的局面。
    动物和人类一样都是有情感,怕痛楚,怕生离死别的众生。愿人类都生起菩提心和慈悲心对动物有另一种看法并且和平相处。

  17. Pavara Lam on Jun 5, 2016 at 11:00 am

    It is good to see that New Zealand recognizes animals as Sentient Beings. All animals are just like us they feel pain,love,hate…. In fact they are just like us, the only thing that makes them different is the fact that they can’t voice out their problems. For us humans if we get abused or if someone gets killed the police will come and investigate and prosecute those that are guilty, for animals hundreds get murdered per day and yet no one bothers, in fact most of us don’t know that a being died for our Mcdonald’s.

    Hopefully soon enough all the other countries will follow New Zealand’s footsteps to stop the mass murder of animals.

  18. Martin on Jun 5, 2016 at 6:28 am

    This is a long overdue development and a massive one as well.

    Laws shape the thinking of the society it governs and when the shaping process is given enough time, then the thoughts it shapes become a norm, a habit and what opposes it, unnatural. And so, for me this is huge and bears witness to the progressive thinking of the people and government of New Zealand.

    I would be very interested to see how this new Bill impacts on the livestock and meat industry of the country. I wonder how we can recognise animals to be as sentient as human beings are, and then proceed to regulate how they can be tortured, have pain inflicted upon them and then murdered. This is something the NZ will have to deal with but I am sure that having taking this giant leap, taking care of the details will be process.

  19. jerry_sito on Jun 4, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    感谢仁波切的开示与分享

    这的确是一个美好的消息,纽西兰正式的把动物列为有情众生,重大的意义着,动物们在纽西兰的这国土上被赋予了生存的权利与尊重,人们不可以任意的虐待动物,不可以随意的射杀或捕捉野生动物,这样是避免了多少的生灵淘汰,少了多少的杀业与怨念,非常感谢为动物(有情众生)争取到这样的一个结果的组织们。

    动物,他们同样的是有血有肉,他其实与我们一样,会感觉到疼痛,会苦恼,会纳闷,会伤心,同样的的逃不过生生离死别,如果还没有证悟,我们同样的是在这娑婆世界里因不同的业力在六道中不断轮回着。

    请善待一切有情众生,因为我们谁又能保证,我们会因我们各自所造下的业力,而会在六道中那里投生呢?

    谢谢
    Jerry Sito

  20. Li Kheng on Jun 4, 2016 at 9:57 am

    The harmonious co-existence with animals was something fundamental and core within ancient traditions and customs as the human race was aware of its reliance on these beings for survival. Even the killing of animal for food was done with gratitude and respect. For example, in the veda records, it is scripted that before slaughtering an animal for its meat, the killer says to the animal that in this life I take your life, in the future, you will take my life. Mankind was clearly aware of this cycle of life.

    It is through industrialization that the pace of life intensified and population growth caused a drastic imbalance in the correlation between demand and supply, which contributed to the inhuman treatment of animals. This resulted in many social ills from deterioration of physical health to environmental hazards to a loss of a human consciousness that is contributing to mental illness becoming the world’s number 2 killer (as reported by World Health Organization).

    It is wonderful that conscious nations are making effort to reconnect us to our nature to live in harmony and sustainably with our environment.

  21. Albert on Jun 3, 2016 at 12:31 am

    Wow, this is really 1 of the greatest news to have in 2016, the animals can now be treated equally in New Zealand.

    It is very true that animals feel, they feel scared, pain, sick, lonely, sad, etc, etc. All that we human feel, they have it too, so we also should treat them the same as human.

    With New Zealand taking the lead, I hope more and more countries will also follow and give the fair treatment to animals.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such great news. Hope this great act taken by New Zealand will create the necessary awareness to the others.

  22. Jutika Lam on Jun 2, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    It is really wonderful news to hear that New Zealand has officially recognized all animals as sentient beings. This is a really big step forward towards putting a stop to unnecessary abuse towards animals.

    Animals are sentient beings who have feelings just like us, when we hurt them they will feel pain.

    What I personally like and am happy about is with the passing of this Animal Welfare Bill, research, testing and experiments on animals are now banned.

    This is a really positive step taken by New Zealand and hopefully more countries will follow suit!

  23. Pastor Han Nee on Jun 2, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    “To say that animals are sentient is to state explicitly that they can experience both positive and negative emotions, including pain and distress,” said Dr Virginia Williams, chair of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee of New Zealand.

    It is wonderful and rejoicing news indeed that New Zealand officially recognizes all animals as sentient.May more countries show similar awareness of animals as equal in their rights to be protected from all harm and abuse. May they like New Zealand also recognize all animals as sentient beings.

    ALL animals, as sentient beings, should not be threatened by any harm or abuse. They should not be used to satisfy human craving and should not continue to end up on dinner plates, after being horrendously slaughtered.

  24. shelly tai on Jun 2, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this good news, I hope that more country will enforce this laws to protect the animals who are being exploited for entertainment , commercial and as a household pets, the general people really needs law to stop them from doing such an cruelty act is has to be like how laws protect the human being if without all these laws that enforce then there will be more people commit all these crime that hurt human being.

  25. sweekeong on Jun 2, 2016 at 1:31 am

    This is indeed good news. Man has always hold his interests and gains over others. Morality is only between mans not others. New Zealandaers have taken the first positive step as human being to be much much responsible. They have done right this time to further improve the treatment of animals. Without such recognition animal lovers and rescurs are fighting an uphill battle to hold animal abusers accountable for their actions.

    For the next question, if we cannot abuse animals therefore one must not even kill as well? As killing is taking life it would be prudent to say we don’t tolerate animal abuse but it is okay to kill for meat.

  26. Lin Mun on Jun 1, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    This is definitely a very good news 🙂

    By recognising animals as sentient beings, it brings awareness to everyone that we should not abuse but instead respect their live. Animals life is precious too.

    Hopefully more countries will follow suit.

  27. Kb Thapa on Jun 1, 2016 at 5:34 am

    This is very news for all the world too say that animals are sentient beings is to state explicitly that they can experience both positive and negative emotions, including pain and distress..New Zealand’s example every one must rejoice and do the same for their country..

  28. chris chong on May 31, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this amazing news. With NewZealand accepting animals as sentient beings, this opens up a good cause for the whole world to follow the path. With the government passing a bill that recognizes animal rights and their well being, it will educate people in the country to reconsider their views on animals. More and more people will be aware of what animals are capable of other than just lowly beings that can be abused.

    In history, rulers who adept Buddhist philosophy into their ruling have greater and harmony country. The country will flourish and they will have peace. It is a good sign that New Zealand recognizes one of Buddha’s teaching.

    Humbly,
    CHris

  29. Stella Cheang on May 31, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    This is truly a good beginning for a new chapter for animals. I rejoice that New Zealand is the first country in the world to recognize that animal, like us, human, are worthy of respect. By passing amendment on New Zealand’s Animal Welfare Bill, now New Zealander officially recognize all animals as sentient beings; i.e. have feelings in the same way that we, human, do. New Zealand had also passed bill on making it illegal for animal cruelty & abuse, animal research & testing, as well as all form of hunting and capture of wild animals.

    Congrats to New Zealander! You have brought humane and compassion to a new level in human history.

    Thank you Rinpoche for bringing this meaningful news to us. I hope more countries will follow New Zealand’s footstep, especially countries like China, South Korea, Vietnam, Spain who condone animal cruelties just to satisfy the human enjoyment or taste bud.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  30. Pastor Tat Ming on May 31, 2016 at 2:50 am

    Certainly a great step in the protection of animals’ welfare! It will be ideal if all animals are included not merely wild animals.

    It says “The Animal Welfare Bill that passed last month will prosecute people in animal cruelty cases and ban animal research and testing. All hunting and capture of wild animals will be illegal.”

    There are many evidences to prove that livestock is subject to much cruelty and harm. What about livestock that is caged in farms to produce eggs, meat, milk, skins and other animal related products? Isn’t this animal cruelty? Sentient beings include livestock not just wild animals.

  31. HelenaC on May 30, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    This is the greatest news for the year. I rejoice for New Zealand for being such a kind country to improve and benefit the animal’s welfare. I really hope more countries will follow their footsteps. Such a happy news!!!!

  32. Ron wong on May 30, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    This is wonderful news indeed. Although buddha has said this 2500 years ago, it is a good start that New Zealand has took the step to actually enforce & legalised this matter. As the society becomes more developed & advance, we should be more acceptance & tolerance to all beings who have the equal right, freedom & shared the space we all call home.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such great news.

  33. Uncle Eddie on May 30, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Yes, that is always the Buddha’s nature of our Guru, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, whose natural tendency is always to care for the welfare of the animals and to treat them as sentient beings.”Whatever help, however small we give an animal is like an offering to all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas” which I have once heard our Rinpoche taught us. Even if we can give only some small comfort or pleasure to any insect or animal, is said to be what the numberless Buddhas and Bodhisattvas cherish this most! The numberless Buddhas achieved enlightenment for all sentient beings including the insects and animals, etc. Lord Buddha Sakyamuni collected merits for three countless great eons for such beings too, and achieved enlightenment for the sake of all beings! He sacrificed everything; His wealth when born to become a King, His body and Life. As said, “He had sacrificed numberless times during countless great eons to make charity and practice the rest of the six paramitas for all sentient beings, including animals and insect beings too. In our practice, we have been advised to always remember this in our daily life that, “Anything we do to such animal beings or any sentient being, leads us to the numberless Buddhas and Boddhisatvas, to whom we always pray, to recieve blessings to actualise the Path.” So may we in our practice become like “a wish-granting jewel and tree for all beings, to help them in actualising the fulfillment of all their wishes for Happiness! Adding to our great Gandhi has said, “New Zealand is the greatness of a nation and its moral progress which can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Our great appreciation and thanks to New Zealand, a country of great Compassion, on behalf of all Animal beings of the World and Universe”. OM MANI PADME HUNG.

  34. Beatrix Ooi on May 30, 2016 at 5:55 am

    This is a wonderful news! I am extremely glad that they have made an effort to protect animal rights and to respect all animals. People have been mistreating animals because in their eyes, animals are senseless or in other words, incapable of feeling (which we know is not true!). Part of the reason is because people are uneducated about who and what animals truly are, I believe that with proper education and effort, people will slowly start to accept the fact that all animals are sentient beings. It’s just a matter of time.

    New Zealand is leading a good start, they are actually setting up a very good example to the rest of the world and I am sure that it inspires or will inspire a lot more people. I truly hope that more countries/ leaders will follow their footsteps, respect all animals and treat them equally.

  35. Julien Roth on May 29, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    This is indeed HUGE. This means that the animals of New Zealand would now be treated better and with more care 🙂 This is great great great to hear and read about. I am delighted to hear this news.

    By considering animals sentient beings, it puts them more or less on the same level as humans. This means that animals are treated with more respect and are offered more protection against any kind of harm.

    I hope that more countries follow in the footsteps of New Zealand and state that the animals in their country are sentient beings. It would help the animals all over the world. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article with us.

  36. Joy Kam on May 29, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Oh wow this is such good news! Bravo New Zealand!!! I’ve always loved New Zealand for the many unique things they stood up for and how they always strive to improve the quality of life in every aspect. I respect them because they are one small country that is capable of doing a lot with much humility. The people there are humble and the igneous people there, the Maoris are very well respected and powerful. But this has taken them to another level of a “Green” society.

    This is really such wonderful news and step because once people recognises that animals are sentient beings too… perhaps it will change the way we treat animals and how we think eating them is not a crime when it is the same as murdering and eating a human being. So congratulations New Zealand and I hope that this will spiral and encourage more countries to follow suite.

  37. Sarah on May 29, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    “Sentient being” means “one who has a mind”. In Buddhism, a sentient being is any being with a mind (sentience) that is contaminated by delusions or their imprint. It also means any being still in one of the six realms of samsara, or any being who has not yet achieved Buddhahood. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has always advocated kindness to animals as they are sentient and suffer loss and pain like us. I hope more governments will follow New Zealand’s example.

  38. Jace Chong on May 28, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    That’s a great news for animals!!

    Since animals are living beings and can feel what human does (some animals are more sensitive than human in certain senses), their life value shouldn’t be treated lower than human.

    One of the great implementation from this recognition is:
    “The Animal Welfare Bill that passed last month will prosecute people in animal cruelty cases and ban animal research and testing. All hunting and capture of wild animals will be illegal.”

    It’s so meaningful that the relationship between animals and human is kindness not cruelty.

    This is a great start, may more country’s leaders follow the footsteps to further protect all animals.

  39. Sofi on May 28, 2016 at 4:49 am

    This is indeed good news to have animals recognized as Sentient Beings by the Government of New Zealand. How revolutionary and may this pioneer ruling be spread to many more countries.
    With this recognition of animals suffers just as much as humans, I hope that more New Zealanders will be encouraged to be vegetarians and reduce the killing of farmed animals too. If I am not wrong, New Zealand has the largest herds of farm animals and produces the greatest amount of green house effect.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this uplifting article. A show of hope in humanity. Kudos to the New Zealanders!

  40. Frederick Law on May 28, 2016 at 2:35 am

    This is a good news to know that Animals are being classify Sentient beings, this is great step forward is protecting Animal Rights.

    Animals have feeling, they feel pain, the have emotion as well, especially, but we constantly heard or see messages that dogs or cat are being tortured and kill for benefits.

    I hope more countries will follow suits to treat every animal as sentient being, to respect and treat animal

  41. Jill Yam on May 27, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Animals have always being viewed as inferior beings except for some who were given the benefit of protection. Why should this be happening as animals have feelings too. When we watch any animals being tortured we can hear their cries. They do feel pain. It is just so heart breaking to see them being exploited too. I wish all countries will follow New Zealand to officially recognised all animals as sentient beings.

    The next best thing to do is to stop eating them. When the buying stops the killing stops. Let’s do our part and love all animals.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the wonderful sharing.

  42. becky on May 27, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche sharing this good news.
    Thank you New Zealand’s Animal Welfare Bill, recognizing all animals as sentient beings. All animals deserve to be treated like us as they do have feelings what we have. They are also like our friend or helper. We should respect them and care about them, and not to abuse and torture them.
    When we viewing a video of animals have suffering or been killed by someone, it is very sad when hear their screaming and they struggling to escape for been killed. It is very hard if we think another way, if we are them. We also don’t want that happen to us.
    Therefore, please stop abusing animals from now onward.
    Thank you.

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  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Jul 15. 2018 10:27 PM
    A wonderful news to see Megnath sharing Dorje Shugden practise to his family, friends, students and Nepal’s community. So glad that the powerful practise of Dorje Shugden can be spread to so many places. With the 2 chapels in Nepal, I am sure more people will learn and engage in the practise. Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness in sharing Dorje Shugden and created so many methods and opportunities for all to know him.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/dorje-shugden-arrives-in-nepali-school.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jul 15. 2018 08:27 AM
    It is fascinating to read about the tradition and practice in Sikkim at the time when Lamaist countries were deemed as mysterious and out of reach. Through the writing of Waddell, it came to light that the enlightened Dharmapala, Dorje Shugden was revered by the Nyingma lineage in Sikkim as the protector was placed in a prominent position within the Pemayantse Monastery. Pemayangtse Monastery stood as one of the most prominent monasteries in Sikkim and it was tied to Mindrolling Monastery in Tibet. It was also the seat of Lhatsun Namkha Jigme, a great master of the Nyingma tradition, who through “his mastery of Riwo Sangcho, established and consolidated the Buddhist teachings in Sikkim.” Given the Given Waddell’s proficiency of the Tibetan language and culture, but perhaps not with the religion and its pantheon of deities, Dorje Shugden remained undisputed as a deity venerated by the people of Sikkim at that time. Thank you for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-in-nyingma-pemayangtse-monastery-sikkim.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Saturday, Jul 14. 2018 08:12 PM
    I am not letting go, so don’t drag me yelps Gizmo! https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=31&v=a70X2ql5Lys
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Jul 14. 2018 01:43 PM
    Through out human history, villains and unkind beings are allowed to hold office and make significant decision that caused damages, to not just one but many people. For example He Shen during Qianlong Emperor’s time in Qing Dynasty, or Judas Iscariot during Jesus Christ’s time. It is frustrating to learn in hindsight that, for certain particular reasons, circumstantial or purely out of the leader’s selfish motivations, these villains to reign and damage. Shameful and disgusting.

    Back to Depa Norbu, as a person, he is unkind, certainly not spiritual. He is self-serving and unscrupulous. He was given power and ascent to the position of Regent, then he flipped and joined the rebellious against Gelug tradition. Why would the crimes of such a person being covered up? The worst of all, he murdered a highly attained lama who arose as an enlightened protector of the lineage and teachings? Something is seriously amiss!

    Logically, the Tibetan leaders should have drawn a clear line with Depa Norbu and charged him with all the crimes he have done, including the murder of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. It may seem unfair to charge a person centuries after he is dead, but it should not be new to the Tibetan leadership. They are capable for ascribing wrongs to the dead anyway, i.e. alleging TDG for making a bad prayer when he died and arose as an evil spirit, Dorje Shugden.

    The Tibetan leadership should use this unscrupulous tactic now, for the sake of unifying the people as well as undoing the wrong of accusing a highly attained lama (Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen) and reinstating Dorje Shugden. It is really too bad that the Dalai Lama, the King of Tibetan Buddhism and his peers were (still is?) surrounded by people the like of Depa Norbu.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-articles/murder-in-drepung-monastery-depa-norbu.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Saturday, Jul 14. 2018 03:18 AM
    The 3rd Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche points out clearly the murderer of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen- Read Here – https://bit.ly/2uyhkBt
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Saturday, Jul 14. 2018 03:06 AM
    Murder in Drepung Monastery: Depa Norbu- Read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=162787
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Jul 13. 2018 09:11 PM
    This post brought me back to my days in the university’s time. During 3 years studied in Kedah, I have tried all the foods as stated in the post except fried porridge. At that time, most of my friends are Malays (born in Kedah) and therefore the Buddhism temples such as Buddhist Hermitage Lunas, Wat Kalai etc. are not in our list for visit.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Sharon sharing this interesting post of Kedah. Hope I get the chance to visit Kedah again especially Wat Kalai that built more than 200 years ago by Prak Nikcrodthamadtada.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/wonderful-kedah-malaysia.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Jul 13. 2018 08:59 PM
    It’s alarming reading this article. Year 2030 is very near and if we don’t do much to help the earth and our environment, we will very soon exhaust our natural resource. We are facing with so much deficiency such as clean water, air, trees and our whole ecosystem are affected. We should create awareness and start taking action to help our mother earth instead of looking for another earth. It is with the right mindset that we can sustain our earth.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/time-to-find-a-second-earth-wwf-says.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Friday, Jul 13. 2018 01:39 PM
    https://youtu.be/JL1oDuvQR08


    Must watch this carefully. Very short but interesting. TR
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Thursday, Jul 12. 2018 10:58 PM
    Dorje Shugden Arrives in a Nepali School | नेपाली विद्यालयमा दोर्जे शुग्देनको प्रवेश।- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164978
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Thursday, Jul 12. 2018 10:20 PM
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Jul 12. 2018 10:14 PM
    Sometimes it is easy to fall into unhappiness because we let our mind control it. We should control how we feel and think. The more we dwell on negativity the more we are unhappy. We should always make our mind be aware to not fall into these 10 habits. Realising nothing is permanent, we should be flexible in accepting the situation we are facing and move on.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article as it serves as a good reminder for me.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/10-habits-of-chronically-unhappy-people.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Thursday, Jul 12. 2018 04:33 PM
    As my time for my life ebbs away every day, I find all things in life without much purpose and meaning. The purpose that was taught to us is projected. The meaning we are suppose to believe in is imaginary. I long so much to renounce all wordly possessions and with my dharma books and Buddha statues to recluse within an emerald forest of trees, birds and clear lakes. To engage in the meditational practices bestowed to me by Heruka Zong Rinpoche and seek signs of accomplishments as I practice. I long for this. I wish for this. I beg for this. It is the only thing I truly desire and this desire never abates. Help me accomplish this and I will be eternally grateful. I will not forget you at the time of my awakening. I will return to bring you to the dimension of enlightenment. As Vajra Yogini appeared to Jetsun Naropa and in this truth, I will return to help you. For now, please help me into retreat. Help, Tsem Rinpoche
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Thursday, Jul 12. 2018 02:43 AM
    Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164215

    This is an important pilgrimage blog post everyone must study and understand as one day you could visit and make prayers. Also this post has the various lineages of the sacred Lady Vajra Yogini’s practice. A must read. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Jul 11. 2018 05:24 PM
    As Buddhists, we believe that in order to progress on the spiritual path and the fruition of our meditation and practice, we require a lot of merits. When we make a lot of offerings, especially like what you see on Rinpoche's altar here, we generate a meritorious field of energy, so that we when do our practice, we will gain the results.

    WATER OFFERING
    You can see on the half moon shape altar (where the Buddha Vajrayogini is standing), there are many bowls of water offering. This is the most common offering for Buddhists.

    SENSORY OFFERINGS
    On the square table, you will see 3 sets of 8 bowls of offerings. These are what we call Sensory Offerings. Sensory Offerings are common offerings on the altar and are required in most Tibetan rituals, pujas and prayers. Each set consists of eight sensory offerings namely: two bowls of water, flowers, incense, light, perfume, food and music. I've attached a picture here that explains their significance. The act of making sensory offerings represent offering up all the things that we are attached to. The first 2 sets of Sensory Offerings are for the Yidam (Meditational Deity), while the third set is for the Dharma Protectors.

    TORMA OFFERINGS
    In the middle of the square table, you will see 3 sets of what we call Torma (ritual cake) offerings. These are usually made with tsampa (roasted barley flour) and other substances as offerings as required in a certain ritual. Outside of Tibet or in modern times, we can use replacements like cakes, breads or biscuits.

    COMMITMENT OFFERINGS
    On the right side of the square table, you will see 5 bowls of offerings, which are the traditional offerings to Dharma Protectors called Commitment Offerings. They are milk, yoghurt, roasted barley flour/oats (with a pat of butter on top), tea and alcohol.

    GENERAL/FOOD OFFERINGS
    Two offerings on the side covered in red cloths are the general food offering (can be anything – fruits, biscuits, grains etc) to generate merit.

    Below are some links for you to read more:

    – Making Water Offerings to the Buddhas
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=23069

    – Bangkok monks and why make offerings
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=23750

    – Setting Up A Tibetan Buddhist Altar
    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/setting-up-a-tibetan-buddhist-altar

    From Pastor Shin

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The 3rd Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche points out clearly the murderer of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen- Read Here -  https://bit.ly/2uyhkBt
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The 3rd Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche points out clearly the murderer of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen- Read Here - https://bit.ly/2uyhkBt
Murder in Drepung Monastery: Depa Norbu- Read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=162787
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Murder in Drepung Monastery: Depa Norbu- Read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=162787
Dorje Shugden Arrives in a Nepali School | नेपाली विद्यालयमा दोर्जे शुग्देनको प्रवेश।- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164978
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Dorje Shugden Arrives in a Nepali School | नेपाली विद्यालयमा दोर्जे शुग्देनको प्रवेश।- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164978
My doggies are super cute. He is Dharma boy in grey and she is Oser girl in the white. They looked like little stuffed toys. I love them very much.
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My doggies are super cute. He is Dharma boy in grey and she is Oser girl in the white. They looked like little stuffed toys. I love them very much.
My doggies are super cute. He is Dharma boy in grey and she is Oser girl in the white. They looked like little stuffed toys.
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My doggies are super cute. He is Dharma boy in grey and she is Oser girl in the white. They looked like little stuffed toys.
Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164215

This is an important pilgrimage blog post everyone must study and understand as one day you could visit and make prayers. Also this post has the various lineages of the sacred Lady Vajra Yogini\'s practice. A must read. Tsem Rinpoche
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Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164215 This is an important pilgrimage blog post everyone must study and understand as one day you could visit and make prayers. Also this post has the various lineages of the sacred Lady Vajra Yogini's practice. A must read. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat
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Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat
Sakya tradition\'s thangka of Dorje Shugden sitting on a throne within his palace with his four emanations and high Sakya Lama nearby. Tsem Rinpoche
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Sakya tradition's thangka of Dorje Shugden sitting on a throne within his palace with his four emanations and high Sakya Lama nearby. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s shrine next to his working table
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Tsem Rinpoche's shrine next to his working table
Tsem Rinpoche teaching in Kathmandu, Nepal
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Tsem Rinpoche teaching in Kathmandu, Nepal
Tsem Rinpoche teaching around 20 years back in Wisdom Centre Kuala Lumpur.
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Tsem Rinpoche teaching around 20 years back in Wisdom Centre Kuala Lumpur.
A Indian Yogi meditating on the path of Vajra Yogini deep in the forest as he is guarded by his wisdom protector Dorje Shugden. If we rely on him, Dorje Shugden will watch over us unwaveringly.~Tsem Rinpoche
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A Indian Yogi meditating on the path of Vajra Yogini deep in the forest as he is guarded by his wisdom protector Dorje Shugden. If we rely on him, Dorje Shugden will watch over us unwaveringly.~Tsem Rinpoche
A very rare lineage of the Severed-Head Vajra Yogini thangka. She has severed her head and holding it in her own skull cup. Top left is Indra Kacho Vajra Varahi, centre is Flying Vajra Yogini and top right is Maitri Kacho Vajra Yogini.~Tsem Rinpoche
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A very rare lineage of the Severed-Head Vajra Yogini thangka. She has severed her head and holding it in her own skull cup. Top left is Indra Kacho Vajra Varahi, centre is Flying Vajra Yogini and top right is Maitri Kacho Vajra Yogini.~Tsem Rinpoche
A stunning ethereal depiction of Dorje Shugden invoked by the Aboriginal tribes in Australia.~Tsem Rinpoche
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A stunning ethereal depiction of Dorje Shugden invoked by the Aboriginal tribes in Australia.~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka with upper left: Guru Rinpoche in the form of Nyima Odser, centre Lord Buddha Shakyamuni, right Tsongkapa, bottom left Protector Dorje Drolod and bottom right Protector of wisdom Dorje Shugden.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful thangka with upper left: Guru Rinpoche in the form of Nyima Odser, centre Lord Buddha Shakyamuni, right Tsongkapa, bottom left Protector Dorje Drolod and bottom right Protector of wisdom Dorje Shugden.~Tsem Rinpoche
A meditator in Tibet has a vision of Manjushri Dorje Shugden while in retreat...while his \'assistant\' the yeti is in the background. Few Tibetan lamas had mentioned they have seen the yeti in Tibet or they harnessed the yeti to deliver messages to other meditators in distant mountains hard to reach by the average person. Tsem Rinpoche
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A meditator in Tibet has a vision of Manjushri Dorje Shugden while in retreat...while his 'assistant' the yeti is in the background. Few Tibetan lamas had mentioned they have seen the yeti in Tibet or they harnessed the yeti to deliver messages to other meditators in distant mountains hard to reach by the average person. Tsem Rinpoche
Left is His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin lak of Sera Mey Monastery. He was residing in our Rashi Gempil Ling Kalmuck temple in Howell, New Jersey since 1971. I arrived in Howell in 1972 and had the fortune to take refuge with this master and receive innumerable teachings for 8 years. I lived 10 minutes away due to my good fortune. He is my first teacher. He is a direct student of H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Dechen Nyingpo the Great as well as Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

Right. Is His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche visiting this temple in New Jersey. It was at this time His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche conferred the Dorje Shugden sogtae (\'initiation\') on Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin along with two other students.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Left is His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin lak of Sera Mey Monastery. He was residing in our Rashi Gempil Ling Kalmuck temple in Howell, New Jersey since 1971. I arrived in Howell in 1972 and had the fortune to take refuge with this master and receive innumerable teachings for 8 years. I lived 10 minutes away due to my good fortune. He is my first teacher. He is a direct student of H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Dechen Nyingpo the Great as well as Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Right. Is His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche visiting this temple in New Jersey. It was at this time His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche conferred the Dorje Shugden sogtae ('initiation') on Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin along with two other students.~Tsem Rinpoche
Another cute attack short video of my doggies you must see: 



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMUWYvWk3no&feature=youtu.be
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Another cute attack short video of my doggies you must see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMUWYvWk3no&feature=youtu.be
I first saw this \'red\' illustration of Vajra Yogini back in Howell, New Jersey when I was around 14 years old. It is one of my favorite depictions of this Buddha Dakini. Tsem Rinpoche
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I first saw this 'red' illustration of Vajra Yogini back in Howell, New Jersey when I was around 14 years old. It is one of my favorite depictions of this Buddha Dakini. Tsem Rinpoche
Sacred old Vajra Yogini small hand painting called a \'tsakaley\'.
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Sacred old Vajra Yogini small hand painting called a 'tsakaley'.
Offerings are made daily to the enlightened awakened beings on my shrine. Today we offered many fresh and clean fruits. May all be blessed by finding the path to enlightenment and gaining attainments. Tsem Rinpoche

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Offerings are made daily to the enlightened awakened beings on my shrine. Today we offered many fresh and clean fruits. May all be blessed by finding the path to enlightenment and gaining attainments. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
Beautiful picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.
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Beautiful picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.
My dear Mumu boy has such soulful and deep penetrating eyes. He was highly sensitive, intelligent and caring. He is physically gone, but never from my heart. Tsem Rinpoche
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My dear Mumu boy has such soulful and deep penetrating eyes. He was highly sensitive, intelligent and caring. He is physically gone, but never from my heart. Tsem Rinpoche
Oser and Dharma meet \"His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche\"- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-fP1MLuR0A
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Oser and Dharma meet "His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche"- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-fP1MLuR0A
Oser and Dharma meet a new friend. Super cute attack video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkuXAcveV0E
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Oser and Dharma meet a new friend. Super cute attack video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkuXAcveV0E
Little Oser trying to get a snack out. Super cute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ANtRnEFREA
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Little Oser trying to get a snack out. Super cute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ANtRnEFREA
Beautiful and sacred shrine
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Beautiful and sacred shrine
Voodoo and the Tibetan Leadership- https://bit.ly/2u4BZ0w

What happened to the voodoo religion is similar to what Tibetan leadership is doing today to groups of people due to their religion.
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Voodoo and the Tibetan Leadership- https://bit.ly/2u4BZ0w What happened to the voodoo religion is similar to what Tibetan leadership is doing today to groups of people due to their religion.
Take two minutes and  look at this cool video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqBOV1pf8uU
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Take two minutes and look at this cool video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqBOV1pf8uU
Another beautiful and ancient thangka of Guru Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden!
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Another beautiful and ancient thangka of Guru Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden!
Please read about this incredible hermit monk Gen Nyima. Very inspirational-  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163703
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Please read about this incredible hermit monk Gen Nyima. Very inspirational- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163703
Neat and fun video to share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oqe2JPpO6OI
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Neat and fun video to share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oqe2JPpO6OI
A question regarding unenlightened oath bound protectors. Do click on picture and read. Tsem Rinpoche
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A question regarding unenlightened oath bound protectors. Do click on picture and read. Tsem Rinpoche
Be kind to everyone because they need it. Tsem Rinpoche
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Be kind to everyone because they need it. Tsem Rinpoche
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Ishwar Puri Ji: The Great Sikh Master in the West- Please read more and be inspired: https://bit.ly/2KxqOqI
Geshe Puntsok happy with his gift of The Promise book.
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Geshe Puntsok happy with his gift of The Promise book.
It is said by the caretakers not to go to this place at night. Because at night they hear gatherings and lots of voices. People in the village respectfully avoid this place as the dakinis (yoginis) gather at this place and if they are disturbed, there are fearful consequences worst than death for the intruder. Please read more about the this place in Hirapur: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163205
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It is said by the caretakers not to go to this place at night. Because at night they hear gatherings and lots of voices. People in the village respectfully avoid this place as the dakinis (yoginis) gather at this place and if they are disturbed, there are fearful consequences worst than death for the intruder. Please read more about the this place in Hirapur: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163205
Raven-faced Karma-Mahakala or Kakamukha Mahakala
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Raven-faced Karma-Mahakala or Kakamukha Mahakala
You may have heard of singing in the rain, but how about chanting in the rain?

A group of Kecharians went on sacred pilgrimage in Kechara Forest Retreat itself yesterday. We all know we don\'t have to travel far for pilgrimage because we have Kechara Forest Retreat with so many blessed images and relics. Please see what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3439KaJsBA

Tsem Rinpoche
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You may have heard of singing in the rain, but how about chanting in the rain? A group of Kecharians went on sacred pilgrimage in Kechara Forest Retreat itself yesterday. We all know we don't have to travel far for pilgrimage because we have Kechara Forest Retreat with so many blessed images and relics. Please see what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3439KaJsBA Tsem Rinpoche
Stunning \'nathang\' thangka of Ekazati, Dorje Drolod and Dorje Shugden together.
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Stunning 'nathang' thangka of Ekazati, Dorje Drolod and Dorje Shugden together.
Sacred Vajra Yogini made in Qing dynasty Between 1644-1911). It is housed in Sichuan Museum, Chengdu. Just to gaze at Her holy form is to realize there is a different place we can go to that has no suffering. She is the doorway and all we have to do is leave our projections and enter. May all ascend to Kechara Paradise. Namo guru Vajra Yogini lah Chak Tsel Lo! Tsem Rinpoche
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Sacred Vajra Yogini made in Qing dynasty Between 1644-1911). It is housed in Sichuan Museum, Chengdu. Just to gaze at Her holy form is to realize there is a different place we can go to that has no suffering. She is the doorway and all we have to do is leave our projections and enter. May all ascend to Kechara Paradise. Namo guru Vajra Yogini lah Chak Tsel Lo! Tsem Rinpoche
Rumi: Legendary Sufi Poet whose mystical works transcend space and time. It\'s beneficial to enhance our knowledge of other traditions & cultures: https://bit.ly/2lh9cRO
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Rumi: Legendary Sufi Poet whose mystical works transcend space and time. It's beneficial to enhance our knowledge of other traditions & cultures: https://bit.ly/2lh9cRO
His Holiness Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, Kyabe Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery doing puja.
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His Holiness Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, Kyabe Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery doing puja.
Old Tsui Marpo thangka with his other 6 brothers. So it\'s the 7 blazing Tsen brothers. Beautiful.
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Old Tsui Marpo thangka with his other 6 brothers. So it's the 7 blazing Tsen brothers. Beautiful.
Protector Tsui Marpo in Danji Ling in Lhasa. Striking image.
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Protector Tsui Marpo in Danji Ling in Lhasa. Striking image.
Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery in 2006
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Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery in 2006
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My doggies and I-June 2018
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Megnath and myself June 2018
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    Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
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  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
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    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
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    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
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    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
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    Bigfoot Sign Arrives in Betong
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    Visiting senior citizen homes who happily receive Dorje Shugden’s blessings.
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    Visiting a senior citizens home and sharing Dorje Shugden with them.
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    Megnath outside the Chabahil Dorje Shugden Chapel in Kathmandu passing out Dorje Shugden brochures and booklets to the local people.
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    Megnath walking around the Bodha stupa in Kathmandu and his uncle holding image of Dorje Shugden as he was just gifted with it.
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    Oser and Dharma vying for a snack! Cute
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    Super neat footage of Patty the Bigfoot!
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    Adorable Tibetan kids wishing Happy New Year 2018
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