The honourable Mr. Pak Mie

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My Dear friends and readers,

Once in a while you come across a story that is touching from beginning to end. All of us need to be inspired. People who do things others say cannot or impossible are the most inspiring. Mr. Pak Mie and his compassionate wife is just the story you need to read in order to bless your soul today. This gentleman and his wife represents the role model that are absolutely necessary in our society urgently. Compassion towards each other and compassion towards all living denizens of this earth must start with taking care of those around us immediately.

In Malaysia it is getting less rare to see people who go out of their way to be kind to animals and rescue them. This phenomena of being kind to our fellow living creatures is growing. I will continue to blog and bring awareness to these heroes.

Please watch this inspiring story on the short video and share with others. Please give this couple Mr. Pak Mie and his wife a helping hand. I will for sure. I will start donating to his cause as soon as possible regularly.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

“We need another and wiser and perhaps a more mythical concept of animals…. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complex than ours they moved finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.” ~ Henry Beston, The Outermost House

 


 

Mohammad Azmi, a 55-year-old former contractor, has dedicated his life to rescuing stray dogs and cats.

For Mohammad Azmi, his love for these animals is unconditional, as he, with the help from his wife, splurge their savings on the stray animals by providing a shelter, food and medication on daily basis, apart getting donations from concerned citizens. To date, he has rescued more than a whopping 600 stray animals, a figure that no other licensed shelters have ever accommodated.

This also means that they have to lead a simple life; so simple that they sleep in the car parked outside the shelter that they built just to make sure that no one harms the animals during the night.

Mohammad Azmi’s activity has however attracted the attention from the local council, which in the other hand, usually resorts to killing the strays instead of putting them at animal shelters.

Although Mohammad Azmi knows that he will never get anything in return by sacrificing his normal life, he is hopeful that he will continue to do so until his last breath.

 


 

From the internet:

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/pakmie.mp4

 

Video of Pak Mie and his wife, Mak Intan (Full video)

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Pak-Mie-Shelter-Story.flv

 

Some interesting points in the video that was spoken in local language (translated to English)

  1. In Malaysia there is a lot of Muslim people that think dogs are impure.
  2. This couple have quite a lot of difficulties throughout the 20 years that they’ve been saving dogs from the streets.
  3. 3 years ago they got a place near the river in Kedah (North Malaysia, just beside Penang) and turned it into a dog shelter.
  4. To Pak Mie, he believed that dogs is a unique creation of God despite there are many people of his faith says differently.
  5. Pak Mie’s father also encourage him to feed hungry dogs when he was young.
  6. The husband and wife take in many handicap and injured dogs.
  7. Recently, there are a few kind people that step forward to help.
  8. His friend, Cikgu Azli (a teacher) put up his cause on a Facebook account without him knowing, and after awhile Pn Zarina in KL wanted to contact Pak Mi. He allowed her to visit him, this was the beginning when people from SPCA from Sg Petani and SOS from Penang know about them.
  9. Things were tough for them… Many of their family members and friends find that what they’re doing is not good for a Muslim.
  10. Mak Intan mentioned that they were discriminated by some people because of their passion of saving dogs.
  11. Later, the local authorities got to know about the two of them opening a dog shelter on a land at the outskirts of Alor Setar that does not belong to them, thus making it illegal – the couple was given a 6 month notice to move out all their dogs and cats from the land they are living in now. (Deadline should be around May 2013)
  12. They still live there despite this warning and do not have any plans to leave the place with their 500 dogs.
  13. They hope that they can do this (taking care of the dogs) until they die because they love what they’re doing.
  14. The shelter they found initially was filled with mud and water, so they unloaded 4000 Lorries of soil onto the ground to make the place livable. Then he use old pieces of wood and awning pieces that he found around the place to create the shelters for the dogs. They have been living there until today.
  15. There was once when Pak Mie was not around, his wife Mak Intan was washing her clothes by the river. Due to the slipperiness of the soap, Mak Intan accidently fell into the river. She did not know how to swim, but there was about 2 – 3 young puppies that followed her to the river while she was washing the clothes, these puppies started yelping and about 10 of the adult dogs rushed to the river and pulled her out of it. She was very touched and every since then she loved the dogs even more as they saved her life.
  16. The cost for the medications they use on the dogs comes up to about RM 1000/month. The dogs have many ailments such as fever, skin problems etc.
  17. Pak Mie said, logically there is 500 dogs, so even if one dog eats RM 1/day, that is RM 500/day to feed all the dogs. 
  18. To Pak Mi, a dog is a dog… whether it is a sick dog with a lot of disease, or a pedigree dog… it is still a dog, he will take care never the less.
  19. Sometimes the puppies or kittens they found are sickly and they can’t put these small ones out in the shelter, so they will bring these puppies and kittens into their car to observe and let them sleep there until they are healthier. They put in the car because they do not have a house. They live in their car.
  20. Where they get the money? He believes that God has helped him to get the money. It doesn’t matter through a Chinese, Malay or Indian, they always somehow make it through. Sometimes when they have only RM 10 in their pockets, someone will come along to sponsor them chicken and rice for the dogs.
  21. When they started out taking in the dogs, they have no idea what is SPCA or SOS, they only know that all they want to do is save the dog, take it home and take care of it.
  22. Later, the government got some complains from the locals about the shelter and they wanted to confiscate all of Pak Mie’s dogs. So he retaliated back to the Animal department in the government on ‘How do you propose to take care of all these stray dogs? Because most of the dogs that he pick up are puppies where it’s mother was killed by the local authorities. All because people complain there are so many dogs wondering around the area, so the local authorities catch and kill the dogs.’ So it was from there that Pak Mi said, why would they do that? All the small puppies that the local authorities did not manage to catch, he took them in, that’s how it became so many dogs in his shelter.
  23. Mak Intan said that although there are many people ostracizing the both of them, but she does not care because it is between her and God, not them.
  24. Pak Mie said that although some people may see their life as difficult, even sleeping is so uncomfortable, as they do not have a house and sleep in their car… but to them, sleeping in the car is like sleeping in a 5 star hotel. He said that his kids may find it difficult and sad to see their parents living in this condition, but to him living life near the river, near nature with all the animals they love, they find it very peaceful. 

 


 

For more information about Pak Mie please visit: www.pakmieshelter.blogspot.com / www.facebook.com/pakmieshelter / www.facebook.com/pakmieshelterpage

Copywriter/Researcher/Co-Producer: Rahmah Ghazali
DP/Visual Editor/Co-Producer: Hisyam Salleh
— in Alor Setar, Kedah.

 


 

一个马来人不顾他人眼光救了500多只狗!令人敬佩!

穆罕默德·阿兹米,55岁的前承包商,他的生活一直致力于拯救流浪猫狗。

穆罕默德·阿兹米对这些动物的爱是无条件的。他在他妻子的协助下,用尽自己的积蓄,和民众的部分捐款,来为流浪动物提供住所,食物和药物。迄今为止,他这间从没执照的收容所,已经救出了高达600只流浪动物。

他们过着极为简单的生活,他们选择睡在收容所旁边的停车场,以确保没有人会在夜里来伤害他们的动物。

然而,穆罕默德·阿兹米所作的这一切也让政府部門收到风声,這些部門通常主张扑杀流浪狗,而不是把他们收留在动物收容所。

虽然穆罕默德·阿兹米知道,他永远不会有一般人所过着正常自在的生活,但他希望在他咽下最后一口气之前,他都能为流浪猫狗继续付出及牺牲自己。

Pak Mie網站:
www.pakmieshelter.blogspot.com /
www.facebook.com/pakmieshelter / www.facebook.com/pakmieshelterpage

 

Taken from FB page: http://www.facebook.com/wth.msia

 


Pictures of Pak Mie’s Animal Shelter

 Pak Mie is very affectionate with all 500 of his dogs

 

 Pak Mie explaining and educating youngsters about the stigma of dogs in Malaysia

 

 Receiving rice donations from kind sponsors to feed the dogs

 

 Pak Mie and his wife, Mak Intan

 

 Caring for each and every individual dog… Pak Mie truly love these animals from his heart

 

 Socializing with his dogs… Pak Mie has close to 500 dogs in his shelter

 

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  1. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jan 23, 2016 at 6:42 am

    Since this blog post, Pak Mie has passed away but his memory is preserved by his loving wife and a team of volunteers who continue to keep his legacy alive.

    What I love about Pak Mie’s story is that he showed by example there is no barrier to loving God’s creatures, if that is indeed what we believe animals to be. The only barriers that exist are those we make for ourselves.

    His story also shows the power of compassion to overcome all obstacles. It is out of his compassion that he tolerates the societal stigma arising from the species of animals he chooses to help.

    Pak Mie himself lived in near-poverty, yet still spent every single waking moment thinking about the less fortunate. First, it is shameful that someone as fortunate as I am, who has so much more than he did, has accomplished so much less than him. Second, it just goes to show that you don’t need very much to move people’s hearts and minds. In every case, across cultures and religions and backgrounds, kindness and compassion will always triumph.

  2. Beatrix Ooi on Jan 1, 2014 at 2:09 am

    Despite of his religious problems, he insisted to help the dogs. This is very kind of him, I have not heard/seen things like this in Malaysia before, cause people often are put down or insulted when it comes to this. Although I have heard some rumours about Pak Mie, but I do not believe it unless I see it with my own eyes, people can just spread anything they want cause it’s because they are jealous, as simple as that.

  3. Tong sunsun on Sep 28, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    每当有人心存好意,积极行善,不问回报。往往就会有诸多的挑战来挑战你的耐心。。。。愿默罕默德好心有好报。

  4. Joy Saludares on Jun 16, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    I feel for this man & his wife as i also love animals. I hope the Malaysian government will grant them the right to stay on this current lot they are occupying or else help them to relocate . It is not a sin to help these helpless creatures of God BUT it is a sin to kill them.

  5. Armen on Jun 16, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    God bless you & your family Pak Mie. You are an amazing person. A blessing to all puppies, dogs and cats. I pray that the people of Malaysia will be king enough to help you take care of your pets by feeding them and building them a home. God bless you always….

  6. Miguel Tindog on Jun 13, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I hope i could do also what Mr. Pak Mie did. I really pity dogs and cats astray.

  7. ochen Robert on Jun 12, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    i have always loved to do what you have done since childhood. You have inspired me not to back down. Thank you for such a good heart. May God bless.

  8. Giancarla Fratini on Jun 12, 2013 at 4:52 am

    You are a most wonderful human being. I am so happy to know that thanks to beings like you and your family there might be hope for the human race.
    Malaysia must honour you for this splendid act of compassion. It makes your country to be seen as civilized and warm hearted.
    I am sure the government will support and help you.
    You are a most spiritual being and you are teaching that regardless religious beliefs the conciousness prevails.
    I hope to get to know you personally. Take care.

  9. mark chua c on Jun 11, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Out of So many people here on earth ,only few have a Pure heart human like them.Pak Mie & Mak Intan are God’s Instrument to show people how to Use and Enjoy the life given to them…and not by what we see the world today.

  10. Mustafa on Jun 11, 2013 at 5:13 am

    You are reflecting the true image of Islam which is all based on mercy to any living creature. God bless you!

  11. yeomiawkee on Apr 3, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Bless this kind couple, one in a million good old soul, now seldom find in new generation, hopefully we all learn from them which motivate us and makes me shed tears of joy, happily for the release of sufferings, hunger and pain for all strays which the help of these good couple!

  12. June Tang (KHJB) on Mar 19, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring video.This is absolutely heartwarming and touching !! It is so touching to see others showing love and care to animals,especially they are muslim citizen .Salute for Mr Pak Mie and his family,they are truly the hero !! I wish that they can find more sponsors,his works will be smoothly without obstacle !!

  13. Leu Chong Hin -kH (JB) on Mar 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    After watching the video, i personally feel proud and happy for Mr. Pak Mie. What his had done for those animals is not easy as compare as what we working as works. Normally working hours for normal people are eight or nine hours per day but for this case time are needed are more then what usual need. Time and money, efforts and consistency to make sure animal his taking care are living in healthy life are more challenge then the normal jobs we are doing. His compassion toward this animals are beyond his religion and mankind. It’s a true hero for us. Thanks.

  14. Ng Wee Chin on Mar 13, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    On this subject, more had been said.

    The virtous deed of the honourable Pak Mie has provided an incredible life example of just what Dharma is!! and the teaching of “for the sake of all sentient being” does exist!!!

  15. Khong Jean Mei on Mar 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    People like Pak Mie shows us all a few things:
    1. If we want to do it, we can (many people say that we want to help others, but don’t know how or are too lazy to – it’s all an excuse).
    2. Sacrificing for others is possible if we are sincere and determined (as how Pak Mie and his wife live their lives to the bare minimum, even sleeping in a car to ensure that the dogs are safe).
    3. Loving others goes beyond race and religion (the boundaries that we set upon ourselves, only serves to be another excuse not to be kind to all).

    Pak Mie and his wife have achieved a higher level of compassion than many practicing Buddhists. They actually live their lives in compassion.

  16. Seng Piow on Mar 11, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Pak Mie is an amazing man, what makes him even more extraordinary is the fact that his love for dogs and keeping strays is usually “frown upon” by his own culture and religion, but he persisted and goes against the norm, his love surpasses his fear of the “stigma”. An admirable person for his courage and real unconditional love for the animals.

  17. Naing Vein, Kechara Oasis Viva, front on Mar 11, 2013 at 3:19 am

    I like the old man, because he is very kind to take care animals, between human and animals, will pray for those who taking care animals

  18. 三余, Kechara Oasis Viva, kitchen on Mar 11, 2013 at 3:17 am

    很好的故事。上次我碰到一只猫,我就买东西给猫。结果就在我床上大便。没办法之下我就赶走它。所以对我来讲这个老人家很伟大。

  19. 阿仙, Kechara Oasis Viva, front on Mar 11, 2013 at 3:14 am

    世界万物是有灵性,在一起久了就会有感情。我现也感同身受。感恩谢谢

  20. Chan Kam Mun, Kechara Oasis Viva, kitchen on Mar 11, 2013 at 3:10 am

    他伟大

  21. Leong Chee Wing, Kechara Oasis Viva, kitchen on Mar 11, 2013 at 3:08 am

    这就是人情味

  22. 小芬, Kechara Oasis Viva, kitchen on Mar 11, 2013 at 3:07 am

    狗也是有一种生命的,主人爱它, 他也是会爱主人的。就像这位阿公一样养五百多只的狗,也是不容易的。这些狗也不是他,看到流浪狗都拿来养,这也是一片好心也是他的慈悲心,不管多么困难他都不放弃,只要他能够把这些狗能活命,不被别打死就够了。我也觉得这位阿公很伟大,有些人是很容易做这种事的,我也能像别人一样有慈悲那该多好啊!以后我们就能够学学这位阿公也是很好啊!

  23. , Kechara Oasis Viva, kitchen on Mar 11, 2013 at 2:55 am

    很伟大,佩服!相信没有几个人可以做到这样,虽然我们做不到这样,至少我们可以不去虐待动物! PAK MIE你好强啊!你菩萨心肠,一定有好报!

    • , Kechara Oasis Viva, kitchen on Mar 11, 2013 at 2:57 am

      From Lai Kun Fua

  24. Han Mui Foong, Kechara Oasis Viva, kitchen on Mar 11, 2013 at 2:52 am

    善与恶,该不该做自己心里明瞭就好。活着开心就好。人生苦短,一切看开就好。人间有情。

  25. Josephine Kechara Oasis Viva, front on Mar 11, 2013 at 2:48 am

    This Story is such a wonderful because this two couple are kind and helpful with the animals

  26. A HOUR Kechara Oasis Viva, front on Mar 11, 2013 at 2:47 am

    做善事是好,但是全世界有多少人需要帮忙,为什么不多去关看多一点那些残废的。 在马来西亚KL就有很多, 那些瞎眼断手断脚的老人, 那些不是更应该受到关注吗?谢谢

  27. 扬心茹 Kechara Oasis Viva, front on Mar 11, 2013 at 2:43 am

    我喜欢狗。但是我不懂得怎样照顾它。我很佩服这个人, 可以把小狗照顾得这么好。好可爱的狗狗。 感恩谢谢

  28. 罗美金 Kechara Oasis Viva, front on Mar 11, 2013 at 2:40 am

    难以想象。 是我的话就做不到。这里大爱的表现,很佩服, 感动!感恩,谢谢!

  29. 许香玲 Kechara Oasis Viva, front on Mar 11, 2013 at 2:39 am

    很佩服这个养狗的安哥, 因为他做了一件很多人做不到的事。 尤其是他为了这些狗狗而把自己一个温暖的家都可以卖了,自己和老婆都睡在车上,这是可以说在这个国家很难找到了,很感动。希望在未来的日子会有很多的人来帮助他。 谢谢分享

  30. Lee MeiKheng Kechara Oasis Viva, front on Mar 11, 2013 at 2:34 am

    谢谢。很伟大及感动这个人。因为他收养这么多狗和猫。连自己的家都卖了。

  31. Y周东转 Kechara Oasis Viva, front on Mar 11, 2013 at 2:25 am

    我很佩服他,这种事应该很少人做得到。

  32. Yan Naing Tun , Kechara Oasis Jaya One-front on Mar 11, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Dear Rinpoche, to know that there is some one like Pak Mie and Mak Intan makes the world better place… I love Pak Mie and his wife

  33. 阿丽 , Kechara Oasis Jaya One-front on Mar 11, 2013 at 1:56 am

    他那个老人家有善心

  34. 阿华 , Kechara Oasis Jaya One-kitchen on Mar 11, 2013 at 1:54 am

    一个是可怜的狗,一个是善良心

  35. Mary Joy , Kechara Oasis Jaya One-Front on Mar 11, 2013 at 1:53 am

    I know dog is man best friend when no body home the dog are usually guard the house against for the robbery. Base on the story the one guy cares the dog since 1990 he feeds a lot of food so that won’t sick.

  36. Maricar , Kechara Oasis on Mar 11, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Actually some of people don’t like the dog, because some the dog they bite people. But Pak Mie and his wife they don’t care what they people say when they taking care the dog and the cat. Because when they saw the dog they very pity one that’s why when they saw the dog and the cat they take and bring home and give everything to them, then the dog and the cat they very happy because got people to take care of them . Thanks

  37. Charmalou, Kechara Oasis Jaya One on Mar 11, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Regardless Pak Mie belief, deep in his heart have a strong compassion and love for animals. Amazing! Dog is one of human closet friend but in Islam they are forbidden even to touch the dog. No matter how difficult for Pak Mie but he has faith and positive of what his going to do he able to get all the help to take care the dogs..

  38. Marry Ann, Kechara Oasis Jaya One-kitchen on Mar 11, 2013 at 1:16 am

    The bag got a 500 he can take care it. Even they got some person say dog is a shit. So for me , I would like to say even they dog we need to take care and gave them food. I am so proud i am so pity of them if some one kill and eat. Because some person want to eat the meat of dog. Dog is same like a human must especially if you talk to dog and gave take care of them and love them. Dog also can love you if you treat them very good, that’s all. Thank you

  39. Jane, Kechara Oasis Jaya One-kitchen on Mar 11, 2013 at 1:08 am

    I love this story, yeah God create many animals for us. No matter what religion you have, you need to follow that inside of your heart, even though this is prohibited to your religion… they need home and love from us, because they are living things and can feel the pain if we care or bit them. For Pak Mie, i am so proud of him and hope a many of us can get the message from you to stop straying animals.

  40. A Lian , Kechara Oasis Jaya One-kitchen on Mar 11, 2013 at 12:59 am

    This is very special and wonderful video. I love everything Pak Mie story. Thanks Rinpoche

  41. hre lian hmeeng, Kechara Oasis Jaya One-Front on Mar 11, 2013 at 12:58 am

    This story about Pak Mie and his wife are really inspire and touching. We need to makes we are world to being place. Thanks Rinpoche

    • Charmalou, Kechara Oasis Jaya One on Mar 11, 2013 at 1:27 am

      Correction: A Loan, Kechara Oasis Jaya One- kitchen on Mar 10, 2013 at 12:59 am
      This is very special and wonderful video. I love everything Pak Mie story. Thanks Rinpoche

      • freon, Kechara Oasis on Mar 11, 2013 at 1:36 am

        Correction:-
        hre lian hmeeng, Kechara Oasis Jaya One-kitchen on Mar 11, 2013 at 12:58 am
        This story about Pak Mie and his wife are really inspire and touching. We need to makes we are world to being place. Thanks Rinpoche

        A Loan, Kechara Oasis Jaya One- kitchen on Mar 11, 2013 at 12:59 am
        This is very special and wonderful video. I love everything Pak Mie story. Thanks Rinpoche

        Jane, Kechara Oasis Jaya One-front on Mar 11, 2013 at 1:08 am
        I love this story, yeah God create many animals for us. No matter what religion you have, you need to follow that inside of your heart, even though this is prohibited to your religion… they need home and love from us, because they are living things and can feel the pain if we care or bit them. For Pak Mie, i am so proud of him and hope a many of us can get the message from you to stop straying animals.

        Mary Ann, Kechara Oasis Jaya One-front on Mar 11, 2013 at 1:16 am
        The bag got a 500 he can take care it. Even they got some person say dog is a shit. So for me , I would like to say even they dog we need to take care and gave them food. I am so proud i am so pity of them if some one kill and eat. Because some person want to eat the meat of dog. Dog is same like a human must especially if you talk to dog and gave take care of them and love them. Dog also can love you if you treat them very good, that’s all. Thank you

        Charmalou, Kechara Oasis Jaya One – kitchen Mar 11, 2013 at 1:20 am
        Regardless Pak Mie belief, deep in his heart have a strong compassion and love for animals. Amazing! Dog is one of human closet friend but in Islam they are forbidden even to touch the dog. No matter how difficult for Pak Mie but he has faith and positive of what his going to do he able to get all the help to take care the dogs..

  42. James Yong, Kechara Oasis Jaya One-Front on Mar 11, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Irregardless of race all humans should be very caring to animals.

  43. 阿萍, Kechara Oasis Jaya One-Front on Mar 11, 2013 at 12:48 am

    狗和人是一样有生命的所以我们应该爱惜生命, 保护动物。

  44. 阿明, Kechara Oasis Jaya One-kitchen on Mar 11, 2013 at 12:45 am

    公德无量!赞!赞!赞!

  45. 阿兴, Kechara Oasis Jaya One-kitchen on Mar 11, 2013 at 12:41 am

    看了狗的故事后。我觉得这位老公公非常伟大。所以我们应该向他学习。

  46. Angie [email protected] on Mar 10, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    What a wonderful couple. To be able to do something like this its shows that they have such a big heart, so compassionate,so kind and generous. I believe its not an easy task – so much patience, so much time and strong motivation. To have two person and not just one to believe and support each other in caring for the dogs.
    This show that no matter who you are, there should be no barriers for showing kindness and compassion.

  47. Kim on Mar 9, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, Thank You So Much for sharing this touching video with everyone! _/\_

  48. joshua on Mar 8, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Pak Mie loves animals eversince he was little. And what amazes me is that his love for animals is consistent…it never change and despite that he needs to make a living but he tried his best to shelter these stray dogs and take good care of them.

    In developed countries like Malaysia and Singapore, its not a common thing to be able to see people like Pak Mie to rescue and take care of animals. Rather sad that animal abusers are growing high in singapore, the singapore goverment statutory board is taking action against these abusers. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1257266/1/.html

    “It’s ok if you dont like animals, but at least dont hurt them.”

  49. Su Ming on Mar 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    wow!!!! it is amazing that Pak Mie has so much compassion towards the care of animals especially dogs. This is so rare in Malaysia. I am very happy to read and watch about Pak Mie “movement”. Animal sanctuary/movement or rescue work in Malaysia has been difficult, it has not been easy. But I am amazed with his dedication towards the dogs.

    Little does Pak Mie knows that whatever effort he has put towards the animals has in a way inspire many to do the same and for those who are already involved in animal rescue, a hope and motivation to continue on.

  50. Jutika Lam on Mar 7, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This story on a Malay couple saving a total of 700 dogs so far really brought tears to my eyes.

    It is just amazing and wonderful how this poor couple have been sacrificing a lot of their time and money to raise hundreds of innocent dogs that has the right to live and not die.

    How wonderful to know that above all the arrogant and abusive to animals people in Malaysia and around the world they are still people like Mr Pak Mie and his wife who is a Muslim and yet they still go beyond the restrictions of a Muslim wheres you are not allowed to touch dogs especially stray and unwanted dogs as they are known to be dirty and filthy.

    I am also touched by the way he thinks like for example how he thinks that when people do bad things thus causing natural disasters and such.

    It is wonderful that there are a lot of sponsors like the rice sponsors Mr Wang who not only sponsors hundreds and hundreds of KG’s of rice but also the way he thinks is also similar and as wise as Mr Pak Mie himself.

    It is no surprise that Pak Mie has found such nice sponsors to sponsor him rice as well as chicken to feed his 700 dogs because it is not very often that one would come across a couple so inspiring to get down to eating the cheapest meals like Nasi Lemak so that every ringgit saved can go to transporting the food as well as buying other necessities in order for the dogs and cats to always be comfortable, healthy and all the good stuff.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this truly touching video!

    Love
    Jutika

  51. sebastian on Mar 6, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Mohammad Azmi and wife story touch me very deeply , to me they are hero because of their unconditional love towards dogs and cats. How many of us can really do something like that ? both of them never get anything in return by sacrificing their normal life and they will continue to do so until their last breath… i respect them a lot !

    Thank you for sharing Mr Pak Mie story to us !

  52. Cynthia Lee on Mar 6, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    This video makes me feel very emotionally happy and at the same time ashamed about many times when I choose to ignore problems other beings faced.

    Pak Mie sees a problem when he saw a dog being abused and did something about it. Unlike many of us who sees many wrong doings in the world but choose to sit there quietly consumed in anger while resuming to our daily lives with mundane activities. In other words, we close one eye. Not an inch moved to fix wrong things right. What more give up our comfortable life like Pak Mie and his family to be part of the solution.

    “Don’t be the problem, be part of the solution.” This is an example story that reflects this quote by Rinpoche. Don’t join in the discrimination with the others who have negative views on dogs and animals, but to be the solution and help for those in need.

  53. Jeffrey on Mar 6, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Malaysia is lack behind when comes to animal welfare. Animals like these stray dogs are often neglected, abused, forgotten and most of the time they are treated badly and are put to sleep by the authorities as these animals are considered a nuisance. I’m surprised that Pak Mie of all people took these path and sacrifice his own comfort and gave all he has for the sake of these dogs. Pak Mie as a Muslim may have difficulty handling the dogs as they are forbidden in the religion. Most people will not take this path especially when the comfort and luxury has to be sacrifice and so called makes them unhappy. Well by watching the video, Pak Mie is happy and compassionate to continue benefitting these dogs. Pak Mie has the heart of gold and willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of benefitting the animals.

  54. Wan on Mar 6, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Mr.Pak Mie and wife have a very kind heart, their uncondition love towards stray dogs whom nobody want are uncountable. They concern about dogs’s wellfare more than theirs. They stay as simple in order to save money as much as possible to help in expenses for dogs and its a true love and real compassion to beings whom unable to give anything back to them.

    Race and religions never limit or stop human to do good deeds as such the muslim couple, Mr.Pak Mie and wife.

    They live their lives by giving new life to others whom unable to help themself like stray dogs.

  55. bengkooi on Mar 6, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Pak Mie is a great example of how just one individual can make a huge difference in the lives of others. He embarrasses us into realising that we do not need organised charities in order to do our bit for the lives of animals around us.

    Reading that he has rescued and saved more animals than many animal sanctuaries is an eye-opening fact indeed. Whats more, he does so quietly, without the need for recognition and fame.

    Just like Tsem Rinpoche says “Don’t wait for the light. BE the light”, Mr. Pak Mie lives and breathes this example. We should all take a leaf out of his book.

    The Kechara Animal Sanctuary project is now in its infancy, but as it grows and achieves Rinpoche’s vision of saving the unwanted, abused and abandoned animals, I hope it will be a tribute to all the wonderful animal people out there like Mr. Pak Mie, who have given their lives for the animals they love.

  56. Li Kim on Mar 6, 2013 at 12:23 am

    What amazes me is that they are Muslims whom I have been brought up to believe cannot even touch dogs, let’s not even talk about rescuing them, sheltering them and caring for them. Above it all sacrificing for them. Such human kindness is rare today especially with these 4-legged friends.

    I look at this video and am so happy to see the animals healthy and the environment conducive. I was also glad to the hear the Kedah Muslim clergy supportive of Pak Mie’s kindness in terms of the spiritual aspect. At least they will not not be scrutinized. Then again, who knows what support Pak Mie will get from the government… much better chances from the public.

  57. Edwin Tan on Mar 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    it is amazing how compassion has no barriers, language, culture or religion.

    Pak Mie breaks stereotype of Muslim against caring for dogs. Muslims who do not understand the actual Islamic purpose on dogs.

    As what the rice supplier said, all animal souls are pure [despite being born into the lower realms, that was the previous karmic causes, and this life, their souls would have been pure].

    The video also further educate and supports Pak Mie’s idea of caring for dogs. He sends a very strong message to all communities and religion.

    It is heart warming to see how one can give up their luxuries and tend to animals. Mr & Mrs Pak Mie can actually go without food in order to feed the 500+ dogs and 100+ cats.

    There is something deep that i will need to contemplate on.

    Thank you, Rinpoche.

  58. So Kin Hoe on Mar 5, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for posting the video on the blog. This is truly amazing about Pak Mie and his wife. He has shown to us what is compassion and love towards the animals with selfless actions, determination and hard work. Pak Mie’s care and love for the animals resembles our loves towards our children, that shows us again Pak Mie has been taking a good care for animals as equally like his own children. His great works makes me feel shame as i did not do much to help the stray dogs on the road side.

  59. Sheryl KH (JB) on Mar 4, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    There are heroes in our lives, those un-sung heroes. They can be very hard to find, because most of them preferred to stay out of the limelight, they just want to do what they feel is right from their hearts.

    People like Pak Mie and his wife are truly kind beyond words. Putting aside the fact that they have taken care of more than 500 dogs and 100 cats since the first day they started this lonely journey, I am touched by the fact that they do what is out of the norm – being so close to dogs – the animals that most muslims will shun away from due to religious reason.

    They are truly inspiring, teaching me that being selfless is the beautiful thing. Their life philosophy is so simple and yet beautiful. They may be dirty on the outside due to their daily responsibility with the dogs and the cats, but they are our truly angels in our world.

  60. Cliff on Mar 4, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I greatly enjoyed watching this video, thank you Rinpoche for sharing. The story of Mr Pak Mie brings me joy but sadness at the same time, i cannot believe someone who has so little has given up so much for abandoned strays, protecting and feeding dogs and cats. Its such a beautiful story to learn that there is faith in humanity and that his compassion and love for animals has inspired so many people. He and his wife has looked beyond race and species and only viewed all as just living beings and knows even animals need love and care.

  61. Pastor Susan on Mar 4, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    500 dogs and 100-200 cats’ lives are in danger as Pak Mie and his wife may lose their land in Alor Setar. Please someone who is able to help with the authorities, please help them. Do you have a piece of land? Use it for a very good cause, to be the home for hundreds of very special beings.

    Not all can be a “Pak Mie”.. but each and everyone of us can support Pak Mie to help many.

    SImilar to Rinpoche’s kindness which is unlimited… we each can do our part to contribute towards and support Rinpoche’s compassionate works.

  62. Ethan Chu on Mar 4, 2013 at 2:00 am

    Pak Mie and his family has demonstrated real compassion and kindness in the simplest form with no barriers. Being a muslim himself, regardless of religious restriction he understands the most basic of human kind – help those who are in needs and that is what religion is all about, to practice compassion and kindness. He demonstrates to us the true act of selflessness whereas put others who are in needs the priority than himself. I believe he faces a lot of challenges before people recognize his work but his determination is simply admirable. Only because he recognized there are other beings are more in need than he is.

    I am very happy that people have come forward to help him in his cause. With that he can help much more. I am glad that the authority has recognized his work and assist him. There will be more to come, he will continue to inspire much more to be like him. A true living example of good cause and kindness indeed.

  63. JP on Mar 4, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Pak Mie is like Mother Theresa to dogs. Although his religion doesn’t not permit him to go near dogs, Pak Mie’s compassion to rescue the dogs from being put to sleep by the local council is truly admirable. He rather not eat and use his last cent to feed the dogs.

    Even the Muslim Cleric said that in his opinion, “a person who helps God’s creatures be it animal or human is a noble act in Islam”. Wow! This is the first time I hear of any Islamic authority endorsing a Muslim being close to dogs.

    Pak Mie is truly a hero!

  64. Uncle Lai on Mar 3, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    This is an amazing story of a muslim couple, Pak Mie and his wife who take care of stray dogs and cats different from their religion belief. They spend all their time and money to provide animals a shelter and home. They love these animals so much that they sleep in the car around them to make sure that they are safe.
    They take care of a family of over 500 dogs and cats and they call their son in to join them to make sure their good work continue when they are gone.
    I wish them long life for their noble work.
    Thank you Rinpoche for showing another beautiful video.

  65. Wee Kiat on Mar 3, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    The story of Pak Mie confirms one thing for me that compassion exists in everyone irrespective of race, religion and social backgrounds. Pak Mie is a muslim and in Islam, compassion is taught. What he has done is a noble deed in the view of all religions. The good deeds of Pak Mie reminds me of one of the dharma talks that rinpoche gave. He said that if you put a true Buddhist, a true Hindu, a true Muslim, a true christian in a room, they would all get on because all religions teach tolerance, acceptance and compassion.

  66. Low ksjb on Mar 3, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. Pak Mie and his wife is a truly compassionate and generous couple.Nobody could do or sacrifice so much like him for creatures that could not cry out for help or love. I had tears in my eyes as I was watching the short documentary.I certainly hope he could get more sponsors and government authorities to help him out for his noble cause.

  67. Lyn Phng on Mar 3, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Pak Mie and his wife are exemplary beings of mankind. Despite all the odds they face daily, they have shown true courage,passion and belief in what they do. Personally I feel what Pak Mie is doing is a reflection of repaying what dogs have done for mankind. It is a little known fact that during the Ice Age, when man struggled to survive in hash conditions and was starving to death, dogs helped man search for food, protected man from predators and gave companionship and comfort to man in need. It was because of dogs that man has survived the Ice Age. So to put it simply, we humans owe our lives to dogs. Thank you Pak Mie for doing what all of mankind should be doing, repaying kindness with kindness.

  68. sweekeong on Mar 3, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Thank you Pak Mie. You’re a man with simple words but weighted so much because of your actions which spoke from what is close to your heart, love of other sentient beings who are neglected.

    Pak Mie and wife is very courageous to do what is right for the dogs even there is a stigma in the society that discourage the care and protection of such beautiful creature. They placed feeding and taking care of the stray dogs more than their fear. And they do it to the most extreme, compassion to the max touching the people around them who gave him and his wife the support to continue his work to saving more dogs and cats. You don’t need have a rocket science to be compassionate to other living beings. You only need to have an open heart. And Pak Mie shows us what we can do. His old age and frail body do not deter him and even how he spend the night. He doesn’t need a reason not to love others.

  69. Jean Ai on Mar 3, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Watching this video made me cry. Pak Mie’s kindness shows on his soft face, and his compassion and ability to see beyond what is “clean” and “dirty”, and help another being because it is a life really moved me. Clearly Pak Mie’s son trusts his father enough, and believes in his father’s work enough to quit his job and join him.

    I found it funny that the SPCA lady was shocked. Yes she should be shocked because he is a Muslim helping dogs (ZOMG a MUSLIM helping dogs?! Hahaha), but I also think that SPCA has never been able to assist so many creatures at one time…Pak Mie, a simple Malay man, and his wife puts all these organised groups to shame.

    Very very inspiring…we who have so much have no excuse not to do more!

  70. Jay Jae on Mar 3, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    when I first heard about Pak Mie, the thing that came to mind was how loving and compassionate this man is together with his beautiful wife. Real compassion comes with the feeling of unable to withstand the pain of seeing others experiencing suffering in their lives. I believe this feeling is spread across all walks of life that we are able to feel and care for others welfare.

    This post and video has moved me to tears to see how this couple is able to sacrifice their comfort zones in order to be of service to these dogs who are unable to express thanks in words to them. They are so selfless in their giving that in this world of materialism, they shed light of love and care. Certainly something for us to ponder and think about!

  71. Adrian Chow on Mar 3, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this inspiring video. Pak Mie and Mak Intan is with a big heart. Not many souls will go to that extend in order to help those strays dogs moreover Pak Mie and his wife is a Muslim. Really rare to have this in Malaysia as the dogs are consider “not clean” in the religion.

    Thank you Pak Mie for your bravery even you are perceive as to go against certain authorities but what you are doing and practicing are really what all religion teaches us, be compassionate and to love.

  72. choisheem on Mar 3, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Pak Mie is certainly a role model for everyone, in that he is having a big heart to love and to help all the abandoned and stray dogs. He continued to pursue with his mission even though there we some talks from his community about him going against his Muslim faith of handling dogs which were prohibited. Now that the Muslim Department head have mentioned that Pak Mie is doing the right thing on helping one of God’s creation, I hope Pak Mie would be able to get more help and support from those around him. It is not an easy task to feed and care for more than 500 dogs, yet Pak Mie does so happily. He even trained his son to take over his noble duty as he realized he will die one day. May Pak Mie be able to continue caring for all his furry friends without much hindrance from the local council.

  73. Ong Moh Mei on Mar 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Wow! Like what the lady from SPCA said, speechless…shocked. Pak Mie is a living testimony that compassion knows no barrier. All religion teaches us to be kind, to fellow human and animals alike. We read stories of many trying to set up animal shelters and some often failed due to all sorts of problems – lack of funds, shortage of workers, not enough space, etc, etc and yet this one man could do it without having much at all. Why? To me the answer may be simple enough – simply because he truly cares. His motivation is pure, his kindness is genuine. And that makes him successful in what he is doing because it is not a burden but a joy for him to be able to rescue and shelter these dogs and cats.

    This wonderful story must be spread and shared. It inspires in so many different aspects – compassion towards animals, act of kindness is the heart of all religion, anyone (regardless of race, religion, age, financial status) can make a difference…

  74. Melissa Sin on Mar 3, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I am so overjoyed that someone has discovered the great selfless deeds of this good man and his lovely family. Man should learn how to practise selfless love to maintain real peace and his own salvation. Just as suicide kills physically, selfishness kills spiritual progress. Loving-kindness is neither emotional or selfish. It is loving-kindness that radiates through the purified mind after eradicating hatred, jealousy, cruelty, enmity and grudges.

    His selfless love for these strays have brought inspiration to many around him. It is people like him that brings back humanity! One man’s compassionate actions brought a dominic impact to many around him. How many people can you say that would give up his house, savings and much more for strays. I am astounded. Those strays are not..pets. He treats them as one of his own, as equal to any human being. They are his friends and family. WIthout meeting him, I would still help him in anyway for he has earn many of our respects for the work he has bravely done.

  75. nicholas on Mar 3, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    It’s really a WOW!

    This is very special and wonderful video.
    I love every single word that Pak Mie says.
    I’m impress with Pak Mie actions. He’s a Malay that has no problem with dogs and in fact he sees dogs just as normal beings that need so much care and love.

    Pak Mie gives everything compassionately for these unfortunate beings and even nurtures his son to continue the legacy. From the Muslim religious point of view his action is virtuous and I respect that very much.

    Pak Mie makes the different to the world and shows a very noble example how he can help so many strays with his limited resources but with a big and great heart as a compassionate being.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing which it’s really inspiring and it’s definitely a different view that we can see how a Malay citizen show his cares towards the animals.

    My folded hands to Pak Mie.

  76. Davin on Mar 3, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    This is so touching and inspiring. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this. Pak Mie and his family is truly a Malaysian hero. They have rescued 600 stray cats and dogs and put them in a shelter. Pak Mie said that although dogs are lowly in the eyes of man, they are in fact closest to mankind. Although they are Muslim but they treat dogs same like other animals.

  77. Lam on Mar 3, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    This story about Mr. Pak Mie and his wife are really inspiring and touching. In this degenerate age, it will be difficult to find people who are so caring and selfless.

    Despite being a Muslim whereby dogs are considered to be filthy in his religion, he is willing to face the objection from the local religious authority and is willing to scarify all his wealth and time to recue animals and give them proper shelter, food, medical and personal care. Mr. Pak Mie even encouraged his son to continue his mission if one day he is no more here to take care of the animals. He is a great person.

    It is amazing to note that he has recued 500 stray dogs and 100 stray cats. I hope more helpless animals in Kedah will be rescued by Mr. Pak Mie and his wife.

    I wish that more Malaysian will support Mr. and Mrs. Pak Mie in their noble mission of recuing more stray animals on the streets everywhere in the country.

  78. justin cheah on Mar 3, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Thank you for sharing this inspiring story Rinpoche. It is very heart warming to know about Pak Mie and his wife’s great work in saving so many strays that the number even beat any registered shelter in Malaysia.

    It is surprising (and also inspiring) to learn that Pak Mie and his wife also help dogs as it is very rare (especially publicly) that Muslim friends are being “open” to dogs. It takes so much courage for them to do this also and especially I was like “wow!” When I learnt that the couple
    sacrificed their luxury for these stray animals!

    They are an incredible and a living Bodhisatva!

  79. Sharon on Mar 3, 2013 at 11:43 am

    I just love this story! Pak Mie and Mak Intan are such shining examples of love and compassion. Although many of his Muslim brothers would not even go near a dog, he has shown that a life is still a life and it does not really matter if it is in a form of a dog. He sees past the physical form. He has taught me more than just kindness and compassion towards animals. Pak Mie has taught me to look beyond the physical form and treasure the life inside it.

  80. James Long on Mar 3, 2013 at 4:22 am

    我们给自己很多的接口,理由去照顾、去爱一个不可能再继续的恋情。而且非常的有勇气、坚决。觉得自己能够不顾一切去爱这个人。听起来非常的伟大。可是仔细想想还是为了自己的利益。

    Pak Mie夫妇, 不顾宗教、不避嫌,真心的照顾一群不会记得他们的生日、不会买玫瑰花给他们的的流浪狗狗和猫儿,无微不至,这才是真正的无私的爱。

  81. Gim Lee on Mar 3, 2013 at 3:06 am

    It is very touching to read of Pak Mie’s story and to watch the video. Pak Mie undoubtedly is a Hero for he sacrifices his all to save, feed and care for the strays dogs.

    Unlike many people who will say they love animals but will set limits in how they will help the strays, Pak Mie just go ahead and do it without fear although he is aware of the challenges he will face from his fellow Muslims and the community.

    Pak Mie and his wife had showed us what a real Compassion is… to care for other sentient beings without limit, without conditions…

    Pak Mie and his wife are true bodhisattvas.

  82. pavara on Mar 3, 2013 at 12:06 am

    This story is very inspiring. He sacrificed his life just for pets. He adopted 500 dogs for their well being.
    It is very rare that you find people who adopt 500 cats and dogs. Mr Pak Mie is not rich but he can support 500 dogs and cats. He has to feed them every day and make sure that they were well.
    This person is the kindest guy that i know. It is really amazing that such poor fellow can help 500 cats and dogs.
    Everyone should read this post

  83. Khoo Hou Haw on Mar 2, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    My heart feel so warm watching this video. The compassion and generosity of Pak Mie towards the animals is beyond words. It is so powerful that a couple can bring hopes and joy to 600 lives because of their unconditional love.
    What the Muslim Cleric said is true that a person who helps a God’s creature, be it animal or a human being, is a noble act in Islam. No religion should condemn any living being.

  84. Julien Roth on Mar 2, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    It is so nice what this man is doing for animals. He is doing what i wish everybody would do to animals. He shows that he cares for them and that he loves animals. I wish that one day, i could join him in doing this and caring for these animals. And i would just like to say thank you so much to this man for doing such kind things for animals.

  85. Lai on Mar 2, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring video.
    Pak Mie is a example of Compassion, and Compassion lies within the heart, and not dictated by race or religion.
    Thank you Pak Mie for taking care of God’s creatures. May God bless you both.

  86. William on Mar 2, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Pak Mie is someone with a big heart who cares for animals without any prejudice. It is all out of love for the soul. No matter what other people say or even is is not in line with his religion, he still saves dogs from the streets and takes care of them. This kind of love is pure because the animals will not be able to say thank you to him or even repay his kindness. They give more to the dogs than to themselves, even the basic need of having a home is not important to them which can be seen where they sleep in their car.

    If we have more Pak Mie and his wife in this world, definitely the world will become a better place.

  87. Bryan Ho on Mar 2, 2013 at 12:47 am

    I feel ashamed when watching this video, I also amaze by both Pak Mie and wife kindness towards the other living beings.

    In local society, a lot of people will against Pak Mie’s act to save stray animals (especially dogs) due to whatever Pak Mie is doing seems like is against his religion belief, i could see all the trouble that Pak Mie facing.

    But even though Pak Mie facing finances, society problems and etc, but he over come all the difficulties because 600 life is much more important than his ego.

    This story also told us how important to have an animal sanctuary to helps all the animals that been abuse, hurt, and some put to death.

    Rinpoche have this wish to have a Kechara Animal Sanctuary, a place to bring happiness, no suffering to animal, who have total right to enjoy their life too…

    more video here:
    http://www.tsemtulku.com/projects/gallery-projects-charitable/kechara-animal-sanctuary.html

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WGlAaUwMGs

    thanks
    bryan

  88. philyong on Mar 1, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    The world should have more Pak Miesss!

    The fact that there are so many strays out there is because of the irresponsibility of those people who buy pets as ‘toys’ and after they are bored of it, they literally just throw them out. and mind you..it isn’t just one or two people doing so but into the thousands and on a daily basis.

    But thank goodness there are people like Pak Mie who dedicates their life to save these stray animals. Pak Mie said in the video even if we have hundred dollars we should use it for the benefit of the animals. This is the extent he is willing to go for them…a true inspiration to me and I believe many people out there!

  89. wei theng on Mar 1, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    This is a very touching and inspiring story.
    When I first watched about Pak Mie’s youtube in early Feb, I am so shocked to see a muslim can be so nice and loving to dogs. He treats them equally, no bias at all although in his religion, dog is considered as “dirty”. However, he just lovingly treat them with love and care, feed them with food, shelter them although he and his wife only stay and sleep in a car. They have no money, no house but still can take care of 500+ dogs and 100 cats! The food for the dogs will cost RM500 a day! However, they just go all the way to save the dogs, give them medication, food and shelter. Most of all, give them love.

    Even the Kedah Muslim Cleric agreed to what they have been doing and said they he does good deeds to the God’s creature, i.e. the dogs and he will be rewarded by the God. A person who helps the God’s creatures, be it animals or human, is an noble act.
    It is compassion and equanimity! I learned so much from them.

    I sincerely hope the shelter will be ok and will not be forced to moved by the local authority. I hope more people will support them and they will inspire more to be kind and loving to animals.

  90. limtinnee on Mar 1, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us the amazing story of Pak Mie to inspire us all to be more caring to animals.Through his act of compassion, you show us that nothing is impossible.What is needed is transformation of the mind to be courageous and selfless so there is no barrier to acts of kindness.

    Pak Mie’s intense love ,care and compassion for these animals have inspired his wife and son to follow him and his son’s desire to especially want to continue the legacy of caring for these stray animals.Through his gallant deeds, I’m sure more people will go the extra mile to save these helpless furry animals.Furthermore, his act of kindness is known among the Muslim clerics in Kedah who have relayed around to support him. Now we hope that more Muslims will come to love and care for dogs thus defying and erasing conventional cultural beliefs and practices that the dogs are the untouchables.Hopefully too the suppliers of food to help Pak Mie feed his dogs will inspire more people to care for more unfortunate abandoned animals.

    Thank you once again Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful story to make us realize how important a caring society is.
    With folded hands I bow to you.

    .

  91. Valentina Suhendra on Mar 1, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Dear Lama

    When I watched the video, I could not control the tears that came to my eyes. I think all of us should watch and be informed about inspiring people like Mr. Pak Mie, who is genuinely kind without expecting any reward. I feel that he is much happier that most people that I am meeting on daily basis. Deep down in my heart, I wish to be like him, so free and do what he feels right without actually afraid of the challenges – he must be a very happy person.

    There are several things that crossed my mind when I watched this video. Firstly, having come from a Muslim country myself, I knew how usually Muslims treat dogs. I lost an employee because she could not stand what the neighbors said about her taking care of my dog. Many of my acquaintances gave up their dogs because their servants threatened to quit. A dog shelter belonging to my friend got a lot of threat and problems because they are taking care of dogs. However, Mr. Pak Mie, a Muslim himself, is able to see deeper that dogs and humans are actually the same. Same in the sense that they want to live peacefully and be happy too. Humans may be more powerful at the moment because we have the intelligence to survive and care for ourselves. However, these are all temporary. Human too will become sick and old and helpless, not much different than the dogs or other animals. So I do not understand the reason why we should ignore others’ sufferings if we too one day will become like that and depend on the type of kindness that we are currently neglecting. I think Mr. Pak Mie is able to see deeper and analyze what is more important than a mere custom. The simple actions of kindness that he is doing, made government officials questioned the general Muslim custom that dogs are disgusting, and came to conclusion that dogs are actually beings just like human and blessed by God.

    Some of the customs that I knew were made long time ago due to the condition of the time and became obsolete when the condition is no longer exist. For example, it may have been the case in the past that we should not go near the dog because of rabies. But now, with the existence of rabies vaccines, the reasons not to go near the dogs are no longer valid. If only more people can think progressively and analyze about what makes sense and what does not make sense in the current time regardless of religion and apply some compassion and kindness in their thinking, I think the world will be a much better place.

    Secondly, he does not care about what he owns. He acknowledged that money is important, but his life, his happiness, and his identity are not defined by how much he has in the bank or how many houses, or what kind of car that he owns. I feel that he has more freedom than most of us – much happier too. Many people around me often said that money is the most important thing in the world, without it you lost respect and you will suffer. But, look at Mr. Pak Mie, he does not have much personal asset, but he has more respect than many that I know.

    Perhaps, not all of us can take drastic measures like giving away our wealth and comfort for others at this moment. But if you look with keen eye, there is always something that you can do to benefit others – without sacrificing so much. A little food for stray cats and dogs that you meet on the street, little donation for your local shelter can make a lot of difference.

    I really wish that all beings will be appreciated and treated well regardless of what form they are currently taking.

    Valentina

  92. Irene Lim on Mar 1, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    I cannot help tearing to watch this video of Encik Pak Mie. Encik Pak Mie and his wife are truly a beautiful and unique couple on this planet Earth. Certainly their kind and generous being will greatly be blessed.

  93. Cynthia Ng on Mar 1, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    罕默德·阿兹米夫妇的善举实在令人感动,这是第一次我看到穆斯林同胞没有因为宗教的限制收养了600只的流浪狗,他们夫妇俩真的是一个好榜样,把自己毕生所有的储蓄都用来拯救被人嫌弃的狗儿。

    从这个短片中看得出穆罕默德·阿兹米夫妇对动物的真情流,完全不理会别人的眼光只为了把爱传播给这些不会开口说话的动物。甚至夜深时候他们夫妇俩是睡在车子里,时时刻刻确保他们拯救回来的狗狗过着安全的生活,不被受伤害。

    他们夫妇俩树立了一个好榜样给予他们的孩子真正的慈悲与爱是不应该受到限制,唯有了这份真正的慈悲与爱才不会枉费人生。

  94. Andrew Boon on Mar 1, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Pak Mie and his wife are truly inspirational and the perfect example of compassion at work. Some of us struggle to be nice or polite to a stranger on the street let alone 600 “strangers” as in the case of Pak Mie.

    What is truly heartfelt and touching is the complete selflessness in literally putting the lives of these animals above his very own and without any remorse or even a second thought.

    I certainly hope Pak Mie’s endeavours will get more support… If we cannot do what he does, the least we can do is to help him in anyway we can…

  95. Leann Lim on Mar 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享这么美丽的故事..他们是我见过最令人敬佩的马来同胞,他们无私的付出,对这些动物的爱,让他们变得很美丽,也让我深刻的感受什么是真正的大爱!!感谢你-Pak Mie和妻子~~我们需要更多的Pak Mie,也需要更多更多的意识,让所有人知道,这些流浪狗猫不是义务被我们看低,遗弃,甚至虐待!!他们也可以拥有更好的明天!!

    我祈愿Pak Mia和他的妻子健康快乐, 也希望当地官员不要采取任何惩罚行动,因为这是很伟大的行动,付出,也不是每个人可以办到的!!

  96. Carmen K. on Mar 1, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for highlighting this story on the blog to us.

    To know that there is someone like Pak Mie and Mak Intan makes the world a better place. Their hearts are gentle and their souls are blessed with compassion and kindness. It brings tears to my eyes to see their passion and love drive them to do all that they can to make sure that the animals are not neglected in any way possible. For them, they would rather “neglect” themselves than the animals. They do not care about what society, religion or their peers think, they just want to help the dogs and cats, for they are special beings and are the closest to human. What difference is there between a life? A life is a life, be it what physical form that life takes birth in.

    Malaysians aren’t big on the animal rescues, care and love, that is why when there are Malaysians like Pak Mie and Mak Intan who makes a difference in their stance, it shocks society. Like what V Devi from the SPCA said that it is unique for Malaysians to go all the way do this much to saving animals. And I’ve got deep respect for them that Pak Mie and Mak Intan have chosen to do just that.

    Animals should be loved even more, because their reciprocation in love towards humans is unconditional, loyal, and forever. They should be cherished for how they cherish us. They are indeed special beings, who will help and save your life, even if you don’t save theirs. I have no means to donate to Pak Mie and Mak Intan, but what I can do is to bring awareness to this story.

    Thank you,
    Carmen

  97. Shin on Mar 1, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing this story Rinpoche. It is heartwarming to know that there are people like Pak Mie and his wife who devote their lives to provide shelter, food and care to 600 beings daily.

    There are many pet lovers in Malaysia, but only a handful of animal lovers who take care of strays and injured animals on their own. Pak Mie and his wife are real heroes, providing for the animals to their last breath when crowded shelters are putting animals down.

    Pak Mie and his wife were discriminated for caring for “filthy” animal due to incorrect religious bias, I am glad the Mufti clarified that “helping a God’s creature, be it an animal or human being, is a noble act”.

    How inspiring to hear things like” sanggup tak makan tak apa, asalkan bagi depa sihat, bagi depa tak lapar” – we are willing to not eat, as long as they are healthy, as long as they are not hungry. Wow! The willingness to give up one’s well being for others without expecting anything in return is really an act of a Bodhisattva. I am glad that Pak Mie and his wife are great examples of animal lovers in Malaysia and I pray that real life stories like this will inspire more people to help and contribute towards animal welfare in Malaysia, and may Kechara Animal Sanctuary arise soon to assist the work of inspiring people like Pak Mie in this beautiful country.

  98. HelenaC on Mar 1, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you very much for this inspiring story. My respect and salute to Mr. Pak Mie and his wife. It is truly a very very touching news and inspired to many of us. Compassion without agenda!! Mr. Pak Mie and his wife show us the true compassion, He totally put religion aside and help on those animals that need love and care. I was tearing when I watched the video. Imagine 600 of stray animals to take care of and they are not financially supported!! I thank Mr. Pak Mie and his wife for saving so many lives!! Thank you!! May both of them always be blessed!

  99. grace (KHJB) on Mar 1, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Pak Mie’s action really Nobel and touching especially Malay do not get close to dog, out of great compassion& kindness, Pak Mie and wife take care and rescued the stray dogs and cats. Even though have to live in simple life, Pak Mie did not complaint at all , and whole heart is thinking how to make the dogs and cats have place to stay and food to eat.Hopefully local council will not stop his action .

  100. Lisa Leong on Mar 1, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I totally agree with adeline states “It is so beautiful and inspiring to see a Muslim taking care of stray dogs that are classified as forbidden animals by the religion authority. Pak Mie is a true Muslim practicing the religion correctly. There is no discrimination, dos and don’ts but love in his spiritual practice”.
    Shame on the local council that always have the intention to destroy or put stray dogs and cats to sleep.
    We must all EMBRACE compassion and it got to start from us first, so that tomorrow will be a difference world!!!!

  101. Li Kheng on Mar 1, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Pak Mie has challenged all our fixed beliefs that has become our excuses to operate within the confines of social limitations. Many a time, we tell ourselves this is not how things are done…societywill not understand or accept…we may be looked at in a negative manner etc.

    With these thoughts and (wrong) view, we stay within our comfort zones and make little impact on the lives of those around us as well as ourselves.

    We may think it is easy and comfortable to live within these invisible confines of our fixed beliefs and social standards. However, more often than not, when we near the end of journey, we look back at an uneventful life.

    Pak Mie shows us we can be different and despite the difficulties we may encounter, the sacrifices we may have to make, live is without regret.

  102. Karen Chong on Mar 1, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Pak Mie and wife’s kind and compassionate action is so infectious that now his son joins him in this good deeds, the rice provider Yang is surely another kind heart who supports the good cause with action. I like how Pak Mie expressed his view about the importance of money. If money is used in a proper and beneficial way, it is important however it’s not about getting rich for selfish reason. Breaking through the barriers set by society is another brave act that is inspiring. Compassion conquers all. Pak Mie may live a very simple life, but in the eyes of those who appreciate this hero, he is larger than life.

  103. June Kang on Mar 1, 2013 at 12:35 am

    当我看到穆罕默德•阿兹米每天用500 零吉养收留的流浪猫狗,我同时想到这世个世界上,每天有很多人花RM500购买由动物皮制成的产品,以满足他们的欲望,然而他们的行为一直的在不断鼓励别人杀死的动物,也许他们认为动物是低等的。

    佛陀教导我们以平等心对待所有众生,穆罕默德•阿兹米做到了,穆罕默德•阿兹米对这些流浪猫狗动的爱是无条件的,他们甚至选择睡在收容所旁边的停车场,以确保没有人会在夜里来伤害他们的动物,这种爱是我们大部份人都做不到,身为佛教徒的我们应多向穆罕默德•阿兹米学习。

  104. beatrix ooi on Feb 28, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    This is very compassionate and kind of Pak Mie and his wife. They gave everything to save hundreds of lives. I’m very surprised by their actions because in Malaysia, Muslims are not supposed to associate with dogs as they are considered ‘dirty’. Despite their religion prohibition, both of them chose to save the lives of over 500 dogs and cats. I really admire them for their courage and persistence. I read about them in the papers this afternoon. One of the things they were talking about was that, they even forgot how a bed looks like. Because at nights, the dogs will fight over each other. And also because of some other Malay kids living in that area will also throw stones at them. Pak Mie was too worried, so he decided to sleep in the car which is parked in the shelter. His wife was also worried about his safety, so she decided to sleep in the car as well. Both of them have also been very supportive to one another, I really cherish that.
    I just asked my mum if we can visit them one day, she said yes. I don’t expect that she will say yes because she never liked dogs. Therefore I know from the bottom of her heart, she really respects Pak Mie and his wife.
    Thank You for sharing such a wonderful article Rinpoche.
    Love, beatrix.

  105. edward ooi on Feb 28, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Although Pak Mie and his wife are Muslims, they treat dogs like other animals. He would quit his job and spend most of his money in order to feed and buy medications for the dogs and cats. He spends about RM500 just for buying foods for dogs and cats. I hope that no more animals will be left in the streets or put into sleep.

  106. Wah Ying on Feb 28, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Local daily has Pak Mie’s story (http://www.chinapress.com.my/node/398653) also. From the report and the short documentary I learn that Pak Mie’s mother always asked him to feed stray dogs, and he loves animals especially dogs since young.

    Openness of his mum, who sees dogs as animals need love and care as other beings, not limited by her religion or her community, this is so inspiring. Pak Mie inherits this openness by seeing things, doing things and treating another being with love, not by his limited and sometimes contradict perspective.

    I admire Pak Mie’s courage to do things not agreed, approved or encouraged by his community or most of the people. His passion towards dogs or saving abandoned and sick animals is to the stage of ensuring his son takes up his role/responsibility after he dies.

    From the feature, Pak Mie shares that he refuses to sell or give away any of his dogs/cats, because whoever wish to keep a dog/cat can always get from the street! There are so many stray dogs and cats out there…He wishes that he is not the only person who will save strays dogs and cats but a whole batch/a group of people who love dogs/cats as him and his wife.

    米伯肯定是这择善固执的人,固执到坚持他的儿子继承衣钵。他在受访时,说到地方当局射杀狗儿的那段话时,没有激动,没有愤怒,只是不解,只是惋惜。他的确是一个有一颗滚烫的心,流着热血的人。

    他没有家财万贯,也没有名声显赫,不过他肯定是其中一个全世界最富有的人,因为他有一股超越一般社会藩篱和愚昧眼光的勇气,还有一颗滚烫的爱心。

  107. Fiona ng on Feb 28, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享。 向穆罕默德·阿兹米夫妇,敬佩和敬礼!

    这对夫妇真的是穆斯林教里的少数民族! 他们不会因为一些偏见放弃爱护与保护有需要的小动物,令我领悟到 (有个好心态,才会有个好人生).

  108. Betty Yang on Feb 28, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    So compassion goes beyond religions.

  109. ericchoong on Feb 28, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    正确世界上最美丽的人,就是对小动物存着关心及爱心。他们自费收容过500只流浪动物,还包括狗!,他们其实是一对穆斯林夫妇?正真拥有大爱,有慈悲心其实是不分宗教,不分种族的。。。
    一颗至高如此美丽的心,外表已经不重要了,感谢仁波切分享这个美丽充满人性的真实故事,我看后心中充满感触,我忠心希望这件伟大的事迹让每个社会上的善者能够大力宣扬出去。出钱出力去帮助穆罕默德阿兹米。。。完成他的使命!

  110. Jace Chong on Feb 28, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring story.

    I saw Buddha in Pak Mie for him who cares about other beings so deeply. He must face a lot of stress from the society as he is a Muslim and dogs are considered filthy for them. But creature is creatures, I like what he said it’s all from the creation of God, which leads him to be a wonderful person.

    I am glad also he has the support from the religion side for this kind act. The real religion is encouraging more love not more hatred.

    May Pak Mie lives long, may his good act inspire more kindness in human beings.

  111. Sofi on Feb 28, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Pak Mie and his wife’s show of love and compassion is truly unconditional and boundless. Against the wide belief of Muslim cannot keep a dog (especially in Malaysia), they choose to practise kindness and dedicate their lives towards the dogs. What more, they are asking their daughter to continue this legacy of love. Truly Dharma in action.

  112. paul yap on Feb 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    All Malaysian should support Pak Mie, Malaysian Government should give 100% support to Pak Mie.

    Pak Mie is doing the right thing creating a loving and caring society. I cant imagine anyone would go against his good deeds.

    We need to support good people like Pak Mie, we must give our helping hands knowing Pak Mie is a very kind and selfless person.

  113. Paris on Feb 28, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    This really is wonderful and I am so glad that Rinpoche has blogged about the incredible works of Pak Mie and his wife. It’s especially heartening to know that this is happening right here in Malaysia, a place where very little respect is accorded to animals and where stray animals are considered ‘pests’. I’m really glad to know that he is also courageous enough to even overcome religious stigmas against Muslims helping animals, and sees the larger picture of compassion instead of just getting stuck on very small religious ‘rules’.

    This sets a fantastic example, which proves that if something like this can be achieve in Malaysia, where there is very very little support for animal welfare, then definitely it can be replicated and achieved elsewhere in the world too.

  114. Lanse on Feb 28, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Mr Mohammad Azmi is very sincere, he doesn’t have much theory to say, but just focus on doing what he thinks is right base on genuine care. I think this is what touches me the most.

    A true care for any living beings can never be wrong. No matter what others may say. I believe this is what makes his family so supportive of his work although it doesn’t bring them any material gain.

    He earned my tremendous respect.

  115. DR on Feb 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I am speechless after watching this video. On one hand we have compassionate beings like Pak Mie rescuing strays and giving them the love they so deserve yet on the other end of the spectrum, there are those who abuse and dump their dogs. Worse still, they are euthanised by animal shelter homes if a stray is not adopted within days upon entering the shelter. Legislation also needed to be changed as stray dogs fall under pest category hence it is legal to kill a stray dog!OM MANI PADME HUNG.

  116. Pastor Chia on Feb 28, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Thank you rinpoche sharing out this warming article and video to all of us.

    Mr. Park Mie unconventional love toward animal inspiring many of Malaysian and who every read about this article. Watching the short video on his interview, most touching part is his not just sacrifice his our wealth and comfort to safe all the animal. He try to protect the dog sleep inside his car near the shelter to guard the animal he safe. Mr. Pak Mie even train up his son to take care all the animals he safe. When he pass away, all his effect will not wasted, his son will take care this animal shelter.

  117. uncle eddie on Feb 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    The honourable Pak Mie and his compassionate wife truly represent the role model that are absolutely necessary in today,s society; otherwise as shown and displayed in many videos, cows, chickens, sheep and many other animals will continue to be abused in factory farms all over the world….! Animals who can feel pain and fear, just as you or I do, and who were born of loving mothers solely, so that one day, they will be killed and eaten. Billions of animals are violently killed for their flesh every year, whilst others spent their entire lives confined, tied-up in filthy, cramped conditions where they are forced to produce endless supplies of eggs or gallons of milk. If only meat-eaters could watch these abuses over the videos, would they themselves honestly ask and truly answer this question themselves: would I continue enjoy eating the flesh of these animals, or would I go vegetarian? These animals are actually their brothers and sisters drowning in their own blood, screaming painfully and hopelessly for help!!!!! What say them?

  118. Darren Kechara Paradise on Feb 28, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    It’s amazing to know Pak Mie has rescued 500 dog & 100 cats to date. He even used his life saving and sleep in the car with his wife to care after the strays. Kudos to the chicken head & rice supplier effort to help the strays too. 🙂 Even the Muslim cleric in the video agreed that everyone will rewarded by god for the good deeds.

  119. Angelshooi on Feb 28, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Such amazing and touching post! Thanks to Pak Mie and his wife for their loving care and kindness towards the animals. Their care for the animals are without boundaries.

    Yes, what Rinpoche said it’s very true, it’s rare to have such kind people like Pak Mie and his wife now are days. Their compassion is inspired by many people. To me they are an Angels.

  120. Felix Kong on Feb 28, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    穆罕默德·阿兹米真的很伟大, 很善良, 既然可以放下世人的卑视眼光,救了五百多只流浪狗和猫。他大部分的时间都献给这些可怜的猫和狗,要养这么多的动物真不简单,需要很多金钱和精力,幸好他有一班朋友支持他。希望宠物的主人不要遗弃它们,不要因为满足自己的一时快乐而领养它,不要的时候就丢了它。

  121. Vanessa KO on Feb 28, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing a beautiful story.
    Mr. Pak Mie is a very honourable man & full of compassion and love for a animals.

  122. patsy on Feb 28, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    It is so heartwarming to see Pak Mie, his wife and his son who are Muslim, devoting their lives taking care of these stray dogs and cats despite opposition from the local authorities. To them, there is no discrimination as their unconditional love for the strays transcends religion, culture and belief. This is truly a noble act in Islam.

    They sacrifice so much, using their money and even sleep inside the car caring and protecting these strays yet the local authority sent them legal notice to evict the shelter.

    The strays may be dirty outside but their soul is clean. Have mercy on them. Are they all going to be put to sleep by the local authority if Pak Mie and his family are evicted? I hope not.

  123. lewkwanleng on Feb 28, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    It is indeed very inspiring true story. As Rinpoche mentioned, there are more and more stories like this are being reported because of technology like youtube, internet, etc, and all these technology also encourages people to do more short films like this.

    Considering dog is a filthy animal in the eyes of Islam, what Pak Mie is doing is very courages. More so when Pak Mie is in Kedah, a state where the Islam influence is very strong.

    I share the same view as Pak Mie that a lot of our natural disaster is caused by our own misdeeds. While we make other beings (both animals or human) suffer, we are creating the karma to be hurt as well.

    May our local councils have a more liberal ways to deal with animals especially stray dogs. May our government also reward people like Pak Mie and give assistance in curbing stray animals.

  124. Wan Wai Meng on Feb 28, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    This is another video on this bodhisattva couple in this video. Mak Intan recounts how she was saved by dogs when she fell into a river.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E63rSm1LFIc

  125. David Lai on Feb 28, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Upon first watching this little video of Pak Mie, a few points struct out about him. This couple is muslim and they started a shelter for all animals including dogs. Despite religious and cultural taboo of having contact with dogs, he has taken on the care of stray dogs with a lot of love and care. We can see in the video, the dogs are all healthy and happy.

    He doesn’t really care about money or of comfort but only of his passion and love for animals. He sleeps in his car and he knows there would be no rewards for his work. There are people who have donated to his cause and he used everything for the animals under his care. This is amazing because people are so attached to money and they only have money for themselves. This guy spends it all on the dogs and animals under his care.

    This is just so lovely and kind of them and I really am amazed at his foresight of talking about his care and wish for his son to take over in the future and that it doesn’t stop after he is gone. His care extends to beyond him. I do wish him and his wife all the success and I am really inspired by what he has done. Truly amazing!

  126. henry ooi on Feb 28, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    A big man with a big heart, a big heart of compassion, sometimes going without food so his charges are fed. His actions have moved the local folk, regardless of race and creed, who have pitched in to offer their assistance.

    Pak Mie shows that compassion has no barriers.

  127. AdelineTan on Feb 28, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Mr Pak Mie and his wife are truly amazing couple, they live their lives for others. They put their hearts and souls to save and help the helpless animals and also makes sure that their son will continue this noble work when they are gone. He is really a Malaysian Hero. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful and heartwarming story to create awareness and to inspire people to practise compassion and unconditional love to all sentient beings.

  128. Erickksiow on Feb 28, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Another link here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=E63rSm1LFIc

    Compassion Knows No Barriers, deeply respect to Pak Mie, will pay a visit to Pak Mie shelter to learn more from him.

    Thank You Rinpoche for the sharing.

    Best Regards : Eric kksiow

  129. Han on Feb 28, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Wow, such an amazing story about unconditional love towards animals. Pak Mie and his wife sacrifice their live to the good deeds, rescue stray animals with no agenda, he even preparing and training their son to take over this noble mission.
    Pak Mie spends almost all his money on the animals, he said that MONEY IS IMPORTANT, BUT IS NIT IMPORTANT TO THEM, they spend money on saving animals’ life’s. In nowadays society, how many of us truly think that MONRY IS NOT IMPORTANT TO US?
    May Pak Mie and his family live long and healthy, may many more people come forward to help towards their good deeds.

  130. Lim (KH JB) on Feb 28, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Dear Rinpoche, thanks for sharing such awesome heartwarming article for us…

    Thanks Mr Pak Mie that be a role model for us to start generating more compassion to all mother sentient beings.

    I salute to Mr Pak Mie and his family, may they long life and always got enough resources to fulfill their wish…

  131. Pastor Yek Yee on Feb 28, 2013 at 3:12 am

    The love and caring is no barrier between you and me or even race. Pak Mie and wife has proved this by their action! It is not easy to take care of animals like dog and cat. You needed a lot of human resource and money and all kind of support from different level. But, Pak Mie also sent me a message that if we want to do, then something good will happen. That is no external obstacles, all the problem become a problem is from ourselves. Thank you so much of Pak Mie and his wife, they are a really good example for us to follow and learn.

  132. Albert Ratchaga on Feb 28, 2013 at 2:51 am

    To save the strays, everyone can do, to do good deeds, everyone can do it too, but how far we willing to go for serving others? Many people can only do based on their convenient timing, or it does not interrupt their leisure time or their benefit.

    Pak Mie is different, he go all the way to save lives, he give up everything, not almost, not a bit, but everything. He give up his job, his time, his effort, his money, his nice warm bed, his everything, to protect the strays, he even sleeps in the car, now, how many people can do like what he’s doing?

    Lives are lives, whether you like it or not, all lives are equal, so we must respect all life beings and to save them and serve them selflessly, this is the best way to gain happiness. At least Pak Mie does not looks like he’s not happy, in fact, he found his true happiness by serving the dogs, that’s why he can continue his act of kindness for so many years and never feel tired of it.

    To Pak Mie, I salute and respect.

  133. kwok wai on Feb 28, 2013 at 2:33 am

    This man is a true hero ! Against all odds he did his best in saving so many dogs selflessly , we must also credit his wife’s support for him in his cause. His actions transcends all race and religion , making him a truly admirable and inspiring human being who is deserving of all our respect and support ! Thank you Rinpoche for posting .

  134. verontung on Feb 28, 2013 at 1:13 am

    All i could say is……Thank you Pak Mie!
    For his actions and strong perceptions that dogs should not be abused in our Malaysia society, everything he did has bring tears to my eyes. Really, it just SHOCK all of us~ Blow our head off for a muslim like him to full time taking care of stray dogs. And even he just sleep everyday in the car just to protect this animals.
    May i pray for Pak Mie’s healthy always, as i saw there’s injuries on his hand in the videos, malaysia need him to make people believes and be a role to others that animal should not be abused.
    May i pray for our local authorities has a clear mind and to not give Pak Mie’s any charges or penalty, for him is doing the most greatest and selfless job in the world.

  135. Sock Wan on Feb 28, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for sharing this video. It is a very touching story.

    1. What Pak Mie said is really true, money is not everything and it is not the utmost important thing in life except when it is used to help others.

    2. Even though dog is considered a filthy animal in Islam belief. Even though Pak Mie is a Muslim, he believes life is a life, there is no difference.

    3. I also like what the Muslim priest says. He says Allah says we have to love Allah’s creature and since dogs are also Allah’s creatures, we should also love them. There should not be a difference. He also says Pak Mie is doing what Allah is teaching and he will go to a good place when his time has come.

    In short, compassion is to love and to give those that need, not by the labels.

  136. Gary Foo on Feb 27, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for showing us another example of compassion in action. Its very heartwarming to know of such a person who can see the beauty of abandoned animals and put them under his care and compassion even though he is just a simple man earning a humble salary and what he is doing is usually against traditional norms. As the rice provider said they (the dogs) may be filthy on the outside [ and so can humans be sometimes 🙂 ] but the soul is clean and pure. i like that very much. I shall make a contribution to Pak Mie’s effort and legacy whihch he is creating. May many others follow his example.

  137. Louise Lee on Feb 27, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享。 想要向穆罕默德·阿兹米夫妇,敬礼!

    这对夫妇真的是穆斯林教里的少数民族! 他们不会因为一些偏见放弃爱护与保护有需要的小动物!

    在他们退休后,为了照顾小动物,他们不理其他人的眼光,还是且需收留他们。 风雨不改的照顾与爱护。让我非常的感动。

    在反查他们的资料, 原来曾经由一次差一点在河边溺死, 是小狗把他救回的。 

    不一定, 人身才是至高无上, 品德才是最重要!小狗都有如此美丽的品德,那我们呢?

  138. mitra on Feb 27, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Pak Mie understands the suffering, hunger and pain that the animals are facing in the alley and abandonment.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing

  139. Sean Wang on Feb 27, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    This blog post really given me back the hope and faith that I lost in this planet as there are people who will reach out for reaching paws regardless of how society puts them down. Pak Mie sacrificed all he had for the happiness of others. Truly commendable and inspirational.

  140. tenzin llhamo on Feb 27, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    I was speechless for a moment while watching it! Pak Mie, his wife and son are truly inspirational! Its REALLY hard to believe that there are such people. Like what Rinpoche mentioned, these people who do the impossible are truly inspirational! In a way, I was just watching with disbelief! I am sure its not easy for them yet they did what they believe is right and persevered. And because of their motivation to benefit the strays, they also motivate other people to do what they do..GIVE.

    Instead of giving Pak Mie’s family a hard time, people should be encouraging and helping them instead. They may not need to touch the animals but help in other ways. Like sponsoring or asking people to sponsor or create awareness for them. Am I wrong or were they sleeping in the car at night? They gave up so much for the love of the strays and they did not even think of themselves! I really don’t know what else to say. I RESPECT them so much!

    I pray that Pak Mie’s work will be smooth and supported by many!

  141. Milly on Feb 27, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Pak Mie and his wife are one in a million. It is very rare to come across anyone who would rescue and take care of so many stray dogs and cats. Besides using all their savings to take care of these stray animals, they even sacrifice by sleeping in their car at night to watch over the animals. The dogs look well fed and you can see that they are very familiar with Pak Mie. He cuddles and pats them and the dogs look happy. Very touching and my deepest respects and admiration to Pak Mie and his wife.

  142. tfreon on Feb 27, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    This is a very very rare couples. It is very rare because Muslims are actually forbidden to have dogs.
    From the video, the way they treat the dogs and cats it is beyond imagination. Without income, sleep in the car, do not care about the fanatic people whom will used religion against them, scarify their time, even been treated as crazy or criticized by other people- they just do it.
    From the latest source : “due to their over popularity, Pak Mie and his wife receive the legal notice and are forced to move out the home shelter by end of May, 2013. Nobody knows if the local authorities or government are also involved with the private sector to become greed and take action over Pak Mie’s land. – http://beforeitsnews.com/animals-pets/2013/02/pak-mie-animal-home-shelter-with-more-than-500-abandon-dogs-and-cats-in-malaysia-2445988.html.” From this comment, we can see when people busy caring about animals , some busy on “greed” or try to harm them to so call protect the “law”.
    The love for animals made me think about those stray cats and dogs around the housing area. How good if they have the care too, I am going to treat more nice to the cats and dogs around me.

  143. Lucas Roth on Feb 27, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    wow, i really love this guy! he devoted his life to those who do not have good ones. i love animals and i would never do anything to hurt one of them. i hope Mr. Pak Mie lives soooo long so that he can save many animals and bring joyful tears to peoples eyes.

  144. yenpin on Feb 27, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    听说马来人是很讨厌狗。认人佩服的是这位马来同,阿兹米,确救了600只流浪狗。真的不简单,阿兹米仁慈的对待一切众生,爱惜所有的流浪猫狗,阿兹米向我们展示了,仁慈与爱是无种族,宗教或国界之分。

  145. Sharon Saw on Feb 27, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    This is truly touching because Pak Mie and his wife, and now his son has joined him, are living every day to benefit animals, which can never repay their kindness. Pak Mie says that money is important but it is to benefit others and not themselves and he would rather feed the stray animals than himself. He and his wife even sleep in their car What would we give up to help other human beings, let alone animals.

    It was very gratifying to hear Syeikh Muhammad Baderudin Ahmad, the Kedah Muslim Cleric, endorse Pak Mie’s work with the dogs. This view is truly exemplary of the peaceful and loving Islamic religion which is unfortunately misinterpreted by some. The Cleric says that anyone who helps God’s creatures is a “noble act in Islam”, “But in our society, we tend to create a perception on things because we think that’s how it should be, without taking into account what religion has to say about it. We can’t do that, we have to see everything from the Islamic point of view.” If only more people would pay attention to this advice from this wise Cleric.

    I was also happy to see Nizam, who is also another Muslim who supports Pak Mie, and Yang, the rice provider. I am sure that Pak Mie has no resources to provide for the 50kg of rice a day, but he has the good karma for people to support his work. In fact, when Pak Mie said “Natural disasters indirectly happened due to our own misdeeds”, it shows me that he understands karma.

    We should all not just applaud Pak Mie but support his work and all other animal shelters who are looking after the animals which we humans have neglected. Especially if we are Buddhist and profess that we care for all sentient beings. If we cannot do what Pak Mie and the other animal lovers do, the least we can do is donate towards their cause and also be vegetarian.

  146. Chris on Feb 27, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Wow… This is such a good video to acknowledge people around. I just shared this to my sister and her bf. Her bf is Muslim yet they dun have any issue of having a dog at their place.

    Pak Mie is so nice.. He still give them medical treatment and put eye drop for them too. He’s really treat them very very good.. I’m very happy to see this. I also like all the interviewers say, “it’s a life although they are stray dog and this is very unique happen in Malaysia. It really touch my heart when i watch how they treat all this animal.

    In fact, Islamic can having a dog for security protection and they cannot having a dog just for fun. Here some sharing from my Muslim friend sharing with me.. Very good and gain my knowledge from their view. http://www.queachmad.com/2012/07/boleh-ke-umat-islam-pegang-bela-anjing.html?spref=fb

  147. Martin on Feb 27, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    How wonderfully this 8-minute video speaks of the compassion of a man so pure that it overcomes personal and social barriers. To begin with, Pak Mie does not allow himself to be bound by tradition and his kindness transcends all levels of human prejudice. This is very important because it is our prejudice that shrouds a higher wisdom. Pak Mie said that although dogs are lowly in the eyes of man, they are in fact closest to mankind and I would take that to mean, closest to humanity. Similarly, by his selflessness, although the condition in which Pak Mie and his wife live in seem lowly, they are in fact very close to “godliness” by any religious definition.

    Genuine kindness is infectious and by virtue of his sincerity, Pak Mie draws others into his circle of compassion and enable them to partake in the tremendous merits of saving lives. Kindness gives us wisdom and we see that wisdom clearly in Pak Mie who chooses lives of others over his own comfort. Imagine the tremendous merits he gains from that.

    It is so rare to see this level of humanity in the world and I am very glad that Rinpoche posted this on the blog. What incredible Dharma Pak Mie and his wife practice without trying to appear Dharmic.

  148. Choong Li Li on Feb 27, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I admire his move. I understand that Muslim do not allow them to get so close to dogs . This is amazing.
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  149. Soon Huat on Feb 27, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I would like to pay my deepest respect to Mr Azmi. It is beyond what normal people can give, fully dedicated.

  150. yikming on Feb 27, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    The real life story of Pak Mie and his family shows the true meaning of compassion indiscriminately. A role model for sincere action of saving and loving the dogs unconditionally.

  151. abby f on Feb 27, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Pak Mie talks very very firmly, to me he is a stubborn man, but he stubborn for the RIGHT thing and in a GOOD way, his ‘stubbornness’ is to save lives!! Not for his own pleasure, not to justify, not to being selfish. Nothing and no one can stop Pak Mie from what he wants to do, he is so so determine. To him, there is no obstacles. From this I realize when we see obstacle as obstacle is because we let it be obstacle that stop us. Obstacle can be a stepping stone to get succeed.

    It is so rare to see people in Malaysia treat animals nicely and well, case like Pak Mie is even rare as he is a Muslim. But he acts from his heart, not from the restrictions that what the norm/culture etc. He has the courage to do something different, he speak so firmly that he knows exactly what he is doing. He even plan to continue his legacy and train up his son to do the same thing. Even his death and aging/health condition are not the obstacles to take care the stray dogs! I admire how firm and courage Pak Mie is. To help others, we need this kind of ‘stubbornness’ to go all the way. This is true kindness.

    Compare to me, I have every resources to help others, I have care and love, I even have the money to help. In fact nothing hold me back from doing so.

    I find it beautiful when the Kedah Muslim cleric said that it is a noble act to help God’s creature no matter what animal it is. Kindness is the universal value.

  152. Doreen Teoh on Feb 27, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Pak Mie understands the suffering, hunger and pain that the animals are facing in the alley and abandonment. At his age, most old folks would consider to relax at their comfort, but Pak Mie chose this path of fostering the animals. He has also make sure that this legacy continues, by asking his son to take over when he is gone. May Pak Mie, his wife and family have long life, and the blessings Buddha. Thank you Pak Mie for this show of act of kindness, selfless and compassionate. You are an inspirational to me. OM MANI PEDME HUM.

  153. Girlie Ooi on Feb 27, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Pak Mie and his wife have sacrificed a lot to look after so many animals that they rescued. They treat all the animals just like their family members. Pak Mie does not discriminate between looking after cats or dogs. In fact these animals are just their extended family.

    He has even thought about the future of these furry friends by asking his son to join him in caring for them.

  154. KYC on Feb 27, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I was surprised and at the same time felt a deep respect for this man, a Muslim, who has devoted his life to take care of stray dogs. Muslims regard dogs as haram (unclean) and most would not have dogs as pets let alone save the strays and care for them. Pak Mie’s compassionate attitude towards the dogs will inspire more people to be kind to animals especially strays.

  155. lucy yap on Feb 27, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Incredible compassion ,kindness and selfless are words to describe Pak Mie and his wife who loves animals unconditionally.Animals are often exploited and mistreated and Pak Mie is providing a voice for the voiceless with his compassion.
    He is a Muslim who chose to take responsibility of animal care and well being.
    Thank you Rinpoche,for sharing this heart touching video.

  156. Julia Tan on Feb 27, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for sharing the touching story about Pak Mie. It is amazed to see Muslim has such a strong connection with dogs. I believed this is something he has been doing for many life times to create such a strong karma to be able to love and care about all these dogs. Although so he strongly believe in God. He believed God is happy to see what he’s doing now.

    So blessed that he has his wife’s support and both of them so committed and dedicated to protect and feed the dogs no matter what it takes as long as they are safe.

    Pak Mie loves dogs like his own children and he showed me the true kindness of human’s heart. In his eyes, he sees life.

  157. Yvonne Yap on Feb 27, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    很意外的,马来同胞不讨厌狗!而且还救了约600只流浪狗。真的很让人敬佩.

    穆罕默德·阿兹米,所做的很不简单,试问我们自己做的吗?他可真是个菩萨。如我我们能像穆罕默德·阿兹米的一半,就不会有那么多的流浪狗和猫了!

  158. sarahyap on Feb 27, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Pak Mie is truly a Malaysian hero. He loves what he’s doing… to the extent that he don’t even have a house for himself! (He and his wife sleeps in their car).

    In the full video, Pak Mie’s wife mentioned how there was once, while she was washing clothes by the river, she accidentally slip and fell into the river. She is not good at swimming and the tide was quite high at that time. Fortunately, while she was washing her clothes, a few of the puppies they saved followed her to the river banks to play… and when they saw her fell into the river, the puppies bark continuously until some of the adult dogs noticed and rushed down to the river and pulled Pak Mie’s wife from the river… saving her life.

    I like how this couple is so adamant in what they want to do in life, that they do not care how the community sees them. In Malaysia, it is ‘dirty’ for a Muslim to touch dogs, and many (but not all) Muslims will not take care of a dog… Pak Mie and his wife did not bend to society’s pressure and continued saving dogs eventhough they’ve been ostracized for the past 20 years.

    It takes really strong will power to go through what they have gone through… the constant worry of how to feed the dogs, the lack of funds, being ostracized by some of the community… and even not having a house to live in… they never built a house for themselves, but they built it for the dogs… how amazing is that…

    Watch a longer version of the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjPSgIGG0iY

  159. Joy on Feb 27, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    When I first saw this video I was amazed… what is so amazing is that Pak Mie’s kindness towards animals which is indifference beyond race or religion. In fact he shows us all what a spiritual person he is which is compassion for all beings. If God is the creator that creates all beings, then why would he create a being that is unworthy of love and compassion?

    Pak Mie breaks all concepts when he rescue and care for these abandoned sick dogs that were shun by most people of his religion. His story is a true inspiration. These are true heroes on our planet worth celebrating. We need more souls like Pak Mie!!!

  160. Tat Ming on Feb 27, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Pak Mie is truly the hero for these stray dogs and cats! It is rare to see a Malay Muslim in close proximity with so many dogs because in Islam dogs are considered filthy. Despite what their religion forbids, Pak Mie and his wife went ahead to adopt these lovely creatures giving them the necessary love and care tireless.

    Pak Mie and his wife had used much resource to rescue, feed and care for these abandoned animals. Even the established non-government organisations like the animal shelters, SPCA, PAWS, etc. and the local authorities were pale in comparison with what Pak Mie had accomplished.

    Thank You Pak Mie for your compassion. Please continue with your good deed!

  161. jennifer on Feb 27, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    What an amazing man Mr. Pak Mie is and what a wonderful family he has!
    I had tears in my eyes watching the video, absolutely touched by his passion, sacrifice and courage that he has !!!
    His actions had impacted many people – SPCA in Sungei Petani, the rice supplier, the chicken supplier and even the Kedah Muslim Cleric. The ripple effect of Pak Mie’s kind deeds will reach many more people. He opens up people’s hearts to be aware of ‘man’s best friend’.
    His action in rescuing the strays transcends religion, culture, beliefs – it is pure unconditional love for another being.
    Before my present Muslim driver started work with us, he told us that he cannot touch dogs and he is afraid of dogs. (I have 7 woofers). So in the beginning, we have to place all my babies in the enclosures and in their playpens when the driver comes to work every morning.
    After several weeks, he started to warm up to them, and now after 2 years or so – his daily routine is to spend an hour or so every morning walking my dogs, training them, cuddling them and talking with them. It is really touching seeing him interact with all my babies and he refers to them as his “kawan” (friend). He actually said that he realises that dogs are the same as any living being, and that his past fears are totally unfounded.
    It is so nice to know that there are more and more people who are changing their perception and attitude towards animals.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful video and story of Pak Mie with us.
    What an amazing , inspiring and compassionate man Pak Mie is !
    I will share this story with all my animal lover friends and raise funds for Pak Mie.

  162. adelinewoon on Feb 27, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    It is so beautiful and inspiring to see a Muslim taking care of stray dogs that are classified as forbidden animals by the religion authority. Pak Mie is a true Muslim practicing the religion correctly. There is no discrimination, dos and don’ts but love in his spiritual practise. He really grasp the real meaning of the Quran by realising that all beings are no different from himself. Therefore all deserve equal love and care with no exception.

    The best thing is that he sees beyond this life and make sure his rescuing mission continues to function even after his passing. He has brought in his kind son to create this priceless legacy that will truly benefit others together.

    Many like to make sure that their business, properties, all materials possessions are being inherited after they’ve passed away. It is more meaningful that what has been left behind are going to be of benefit of others. Pak Mie is one of them. He has shown it by example. He is the best father figure example to others.

    I sincerely thank him from the bottom of my heart for taking care of the strays, for being the light in the dark, for spreading loving-kindness to the less fortunate, for being a true spiritual practitioner. I’m proud to be a Malaysian because of Pak Mie!

  163. Niral Patel on Feb 27, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Mr.Pak Mie is a true example of human compassion towards other living beings. Moreover, his story shows us that compassion should and can overcome the social norms and stigmas placed on certain situations, in this case the way in which Malay culture considers dogs and other animals to be ‘unclean.’ It is all too easy to stay within the confines of what is socially acceptable but this story shows that we need to push ourselves away and embrace a more compassionate outlook in life to truly make a difference in the world.

    In a way Mr Pak Mie shames me for my lack activity but more importantly inspires and motivates me to be a more compassionate person. An amazing example of compassion and love. Thank your Rinpoche for sharing this. He has started a very worthwhile endeavour.

  164. Kelvin Yong on Feb 27, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    It really surprises me so much to see a Malay citizen of Malaysia to be so caring to dogs in particular. They have always place dogs aside as pets due to their religion’s description about dogs in particular.
    Through this video, we get to see how much one person can really do if they go all the way especially in saving strays. The pets that Pak Mie have rescued is even higher than what the local SPCA is doing and that even shocked them.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this video. This video have further strengthen my believe that all strays should eventually find a home which they know they can live safely without having the worry of themselves being put to sleep by the local municipal council.

    Will try to reach out to them to do donation on a regular basis so that Pak Mie can continue to pursue his effort in helping and saving the strays. May the local municipal council approves his doing as his act is virtuous and something to be proud of by all citizens of Malaysia.

    He is a very honorable man indeed

  165. Lim Han Nee on Feb 27, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    A most heart warming story indeed. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing it with us. It’s a story that bridges all barriers within and without. It’s a story that goes beyond creed or race, a story of great and borderless compassion.

    Mr Pak Mie and his wife, have reached out, in great kindness and care, towards helpless furry beings. They have rescued 600 stray cats and dogs and put them in a shelter. Their concern for these beings has even prompted them to sleep in their car, outside the shelter,to watch over them at night so that they would not come to any harm.

    Pak Mie and his wife have even braved opposition from the local authority, who only seek to destroy these furry beings.

  166. KH Ng on Feb 27, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    It bring tears to my eye watching the video that there are people who regardless of society’s negative perception and religion’s doctrine just reach out to other beings in need of help and care. Pak Mie sacrifice all that he has in the pursuit of lessening the suffering and the happiness of these dogs and cats. He has inspired others also to join his cause and we also should support his cause in helping others.
    It reminds me that regardless of religion, what matters is our actions daily. This is what will be=ring ultimate happiness.

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    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 10:22 PM
    Good sharing and informative blogs of Kuan Yin temples in Malaysia.
    Origins of Kuan Yin been explained too. I do not know so much about it till i read these post…i only knew Kuan Yin as Goddess of Mercy.When i was young i used to follow my mother to temple to pray without knowing much..just as one one of a deity.On Guan Yin’s birthday, devotees observe a vegetarian diet in remembrance of her compassion and kindness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful post .
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/guan-yin-day.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 09:16 PM
    This is very auspicious that 2 great masters meet together and talk about dharma works for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    I am humble to see our precious guru to pay respect and prostrate to his friend, H.E. Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche , who is a very learned scholar, master of tantra, always focused his time on teaching hundreds of students in Sera and in in-depth personal practice. This is a good example for us to follow and practice.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing attached with the beautiful photos.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/meeting-kyabje-yongyal-rinpoche-in-new-york.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 07:04 PM
    Very informative blog post that remind us.
    As human consume fish ,prawns and so forth from the sea laced with harmful chemical, toxins build up that lead to health problems in long term.Sad to know environment is so bad when some people do not care much about it.Sooner or later our oceans will be filled with rubbish,plastic if we are not doing enough to protect the environment.The plastic accounts for 15 per cent of the chick’s body weight…that is shocking.
    I do hope more people are aware of the truth behind the crisis destroying our seas.
    Thank you Rinpoche its a good sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-plastic-destroys-our-seas.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 06:11 PM
    It is both motivating and enriching to read sharing by successful individual who applied Dharma in their life. Thank you Dato’ Colin for this sharing. This shows us that when we applied Buddha Dharma, we will be able to achieve more in life.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-to-grow-your-business-with-buddhist-principles.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 04:00 PM
    This is the first time I read about Hecate in details. She is the goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts and necromancy, and sorcery. Yet people worship her. She was one of the main deities worshiped in Athenian households as a protective goddess and one who bestowed prosperity and daily blessings on the family. I find this juxtaposition very interesting on two level. How people will readily submit themselves to a powerful being bestowed with supernatural powers.

    On the other hand, Hecate, who is associated with dark powers are being worshipped as a protective goddess could mean she uses her power for doing good that benefits people. This goes to show that some who possesses dark power like witchcraft, necromancy and sorcery are not necessary bad and will not necessary harm. It all depends on their motivation.

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for this insightful article on Hecate.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/hecate.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 5. 2016 03:58 PM
    Malaysia is so rich in its cultural identity, and the Dragon festival is one of them been celebrated in a way whereby different races too join in.It is wonderful to know,the origins of the Dragon Boat Festival and the story behind.It has now turned to a team-focused sport.which promotes discipline, racial harmony, physical fitness and mental toughness
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these very informative and interesting post.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-dragon-boat-festival-a-fusion-of-traditional-and-modern-culture.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 5. 2016 03:29 PM
    After reading these blog i learned something new.The word Chaplain.
    I have not come across of it before.
    Thanks Beatrix Ooi for sharing ..an interesting blog of how this young man served as a Buddhist Chaplains in the US Arm. There is only one Buddhist chapel in the United States military. In recent years there has been a growing number of Buddhists in the US military, hence the work of Buddhist chaplains are growing too. A great way to spread Dharma to more people in the military.
    Thank you again Beatrix Ooi
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/buddhist-chaplains-in-the-us-army.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Dec 4. 2016 05:07 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the article on Dayak Festival and its community and cultures. It is very interesting to learn about the other races cultures. We in Malaysia are so fortunate that we are expose to so many differences and yet live harmoniously.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/gawai-dayak-the-celebration-of-bountiful-harvest.html
  • Yeo Kwai Gin
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 05:22 PM
    Wow ! 恭喜Justin与香积厨对社会的付出 !法喜 !

    感恩仁波切的付出与教导, 让在马来西亚的街头露宿者和一班家境贫困的人们在艰辛的时候得到帮助。詹杜固仁波切创立的克切拉香积厨对社会的付出是值得赞扬, 香积厨不但发放食物给街头露宿者,还提供流动医院主要在最快的时间让受伤的露宿者得到治疗, 还有FoodBank专提供食物与支援给各地需要帮忙如天灾带来的食物缺乏, 还有Imbi路的香积厨中心,提供给街头露宿者全免费的食物和饮品,免费沐浴和清洗衣服,还帮忙他们寻找工作等等。让他们体谅到社会另外拥有一班人还在关心着他们。
    愿街头露宿者得到更舒适的生活, 实现他们目标前进,社会繁荣,那么每一个人都可以安居立业,不用再在街头露宿了 !

    欲了解更多克切拉香积厨,或想参与活动,请继续游览 :
    http://www.kechara.com/soup-kitchen/what-we-do/

    感恩合十
    YEO KWAI GIN

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/kechara-won-2-awards.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 04:42 PM
    Congratulation to Justin as well as KSK team. A well deserved recognition. You have selflessly working for those in need. Our society need more people to help those living on the street.

    May you and KSK team continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/kechara-won-2-awards.html
  • Alice Tay
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 12:53 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and the team’s effort to share these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden in Mongolian language. Hope they are more people get to know Dorje Shugden, an emanation of Manjushri, and understand to practice Dorje Shugden will also have all the benefits related to Manjushri’s practice.

    Hope these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden will come up with the words in other languages to benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/powerful-qualities-of-dorje-shugden-in-memes-mongolian.html
  • Alice Tay
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 12:49 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and the team’s effort to share these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden in Mongolian language. Hope they are more people get to know Dorje Shugden, an emanation of Manjushri, and understand to practice Dorje Shugden will also have all the benefits related to Manjushri’s practice.

    Hope these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden will come up with the words in other languages to benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/powerful-qualities-of-dorje-shugden-in-memes-mongolian.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
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Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
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Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
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High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
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༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
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More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
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All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
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This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
Left to right:

His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
3 months ago
It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
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Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Don\'t you love her bag? She\'s stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
Sent from Samsung tablet.
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Sent from Samsung tablet.
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it\'s traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
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We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it's traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it\'s really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it's really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
Ra Lotsawa\'s personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
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Ra Lotsawa's personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
Message from Tsem Rinpoche
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Message from Tsem Rinpoche
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
3 months ago
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
 Rinpoche\'s quote is on my mom\'s final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
3 months ago
Rinpoche's quote is on my mom's final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
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A section for you to clarify your Dharma questions with Kechara’s esteemed pastors.

Just post your name and your question below and one of our pastors will provide you with an answer.

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  • December 6, 2016 00:34
    Sipra asked: Dear Pastors, For past 5 month or so I have been suffering from fear and anxiety. It has become difficult to live my daily life. I am mother of young child. Please help me.
    pastor answered: Dear Sipra, I'm sorry to read that you are going through this fear and anxiety, and i can understand that it has been effecting your daily life. You should seek professional help as this fear and anxiety can worsen if you don't get help and can deteriorate fast. Coupled with this, but by no means an alternative, you can engage in the daily practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden, which you can find here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden Lama Tsongkhapa's practice is very well-known to calm the mind from depression, fear and anxiety so will be very beneficial for your situation. When engaging in the practice, please concentrate and focus on the mantra of Lama Tsongkhapa. Dorje Shugden's practice on the other hand is very good for alleviating any obstacles we may be facing in life. Therefore, this may have to overcome the obstacles in life that are causing the fear and anxiety or even remove obstacles for professional help to be even more effective, so you can overcome your situation. The cause of this situation may be deeply rooted, therefore i would like to advise you to do both methods, find professional help and engage in the daily practice. Coupled together they have a better chance of solving your situation, than by themselves. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 3, 2016 23:25
    Fluxor asked: I am in a relationship with someone. I want to leave her, so i can give more time for social work and considering monastic life and being ordained in the future. I want to break up and do it gently, but I know she will be very mad and angry with me. Is it okay to leave her without notice? I will make a letter and arrange time to talk few days later when she is more stable emotionally. I think, it will be calmer way. Or should I talk to her first before I leave? I know this way she can be very mad and might do some abusive acts right away. But people say I need to respect her with talking to her first. I'm confused. I want to do it in a gentle and loving way that I don't want to bring her more suffering. Warmest metta, Fluxor
    pastor answered: Dear Fluxor, This is something that is a very difficult thing to do. If you have thought about this carefully and thoroughly, then you should do what feels right. However we must remember that the other person in the relationship may be reliant on you in some way. That being said, we can also hurt another person if we are not open and truthful about the situation. Instead we should go about the situation in the best possible manner to minimise harm and also to not create negative karma in the process, which is all too common when breaking up with someone, and this leads to more suffering in the future. You know the person who you are in a relationship with the best, however the method which you have mentioned may not be the most appropriate course of action. Rather than doing this, you should sit down with your partner and talk about the situation in calmer manner. This is the better approach, if you want to do this. You do need to respect her as a person with her own feelings, and in order to do the right thing in this situation, you should do so face to face and calmly. Following the method that you described may cause even more pain. If you do it calmly, respecting and honouring her as someone who has their own feelings, you are doing your best given the situation. Please remember that you don’t have to take monastic ordination in order to practice the Buddhist path. In fact within Kechara, Tsem Rinpoche has even started the tradition of lay pastors, who are lay people that have dedicated their lives to the practice of Dharma and the service of others. If you change your mind for any reason, Rinpoche has given a very good teaching on transforming a relationship to make it successful. You can find the video teaching here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/ingredients-for-a-successful-relationship.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 2, 2016 09:44
    Tashi asked: Dear pastors, What are the mantras and sacred syllables of the 12 Tenma Goddesses? I'm trying to find one to the bodhisattva Dorje Yudronma and goddess Tahsi Tseringma. Who is Shiptak Gyene exactly and what is his mantra and purpose? Is simply putting "Namo" and then the name of the Buddha or bodhisattva work? Also, is there a mantra for pimples or near sightedness?
    pastor answered: Dear Tashi, As Dorje Yudronma and Tashi Tseringma are not enlightened protectors but worldly deities who have been subdued to protect the Dharma, their mantras and practices are not free available to all practitioners, according to the Gelug tradition (I am unsure if they are available freely in other traditions). Usually, to engage in these practices one must have first received empowerment into a yidam or meditational deity practice, after which one can request the spiritual teacher to teach the practice. The functions of these protectors are also embodied in other protectors who are enlightened, and whose practices are readily available. As embodiments of enlightened beings, they can also help along the spiritual path to enlightenment rather than just providing material needs and removing obstacles. These include the various emanations of Dorje Shugden, for example Shize Dorje Shugden who is excellent for pacifying diseases and lengthening one’s life, just like Tashi Tseringma and the Long Life Sisters. However as an emanation of Manjushri, Shize can also grant beneficial imprints and help to overcome the inner obstacles of negative emotions and habituations that we all face in life. Shiptak Gyene is a protector specific to the Gelugpa tradition. He was a layman who lived in Lhasa during the time of Lama Tsongkhapa. Whenever Lama Tsongkhapa would travel to Lhasa, Shiptak Gyene would be there, ready to serve Lama Tsongkhapa as best as he could and receive teachings on the Dharma. He was very devoted to Lama Tsongkhapa and arose a protector to help those with material needs if they are sincere pracitioners of the Dharma. As such, he holds a bowl of jewels to represent that he can aid pracitioners in this regard. You can see a picture of Shiptak Gyene here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/archive/deitypics/highres/Shiptak_Gyene.jpg. The word ‘namo’ means ‘I prostrate’, hence when you add the word before the name of a Buddha or bodhisattva, it basically means that you are prostrating to that being. While this has tremendous effect, as you are verbalising the prostration towards an enlightened being and therefore generating some merit, it does not have the same effect as a mantra. This is because a mantra itself in the essence of that particular being, in the form of sound. If you repeat that mantra over and over again, you bring the energies associated with that particular enlightened being into your life. For example if you recite the Medicine Buddha mantra, you bring healing energies into your life. But if you only add ‘namo’ to the beginning of their name, you are simply making prostration. It would be much more beneficial to recite the proper mantra for the particular enlightenment being you are propitiating. As for pimples, I have not come across a specific mantra for this in my own practice. However two very good mantras that you could recite are Black Manjushri or Hayagriva. These two deities are very well known for curing skin diseases of all types, and therefore may help in the situation. You can find out more about Black Manjushri practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/a-black-manjushri-sadhana-self-healing-meditation-and-exercises.html. The Hayagriva (a wrathful emanation of Chenresig) mantra is recited as: HRI PEMA DATRI HAYAGRIVA HULU HULU HUNG PHET. For nearsightedness, you can engage in the practice of Migchey Chrenrezig, which is an excellent practice for those with eye problems. You can find it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/blessing-eye-problems.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • November 30, 2016 18:56
    Angela Yo asked: These past few months, I can't stop myself thinking about being ordained to be a nun. I don't know where to begin. I don't know if it suits me or not. But I really want to make this lifetime meaningful. Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Angela Yo, I rejoice to read that are thinking about become ordained as a nun. This is a very good aspiration to have and follows the example of the holy Buddha Shakyamuni. He showed us the way to make our life meaningful by becoming a Buddha to benefit others. If you have not already done so, you should join a Dharma centre and find a guru. By following the advice of a qualified guru, you can train yourself to hold the ordination vows in the future. Here at Kechara, those who have the aspiration to become members of the holy sangha, first become a Pastor, which is in between a lay practitioner and an ordained monk or nun. This way, we can train ourselves to understand and live by the vows before become ordained. As ordination is very special and holy, it is better that we are prepared before we take the vows. This way we can make the most use of holding the sacred vows on our spiritual journey to enlightenment. As you engage along this path, first you should study and understand the most basic of vows, which are the refuge vows. All other vows, whether ordination, bodhisattva or tantric vows are based on the refuge vows, and the keeping of these vows are the root cause of gaining enlightenment. In fact, all other vows are extensions of these vows. Therefore it is very important that we have a firm basis for our practice by understanding and living by these vows properly. As you progress on your practice, you can learn the teachings such as the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion, the Lam Rim and the Wheel of Sharp Weapons. All these teachings will aid you on the path to become an ordained nun in the future. If this is truly your wish, then during your daily practices you should make strong aspirational prayers that you are able to fulfil this. At the same time you should create the causes for this to occur. The way to do this is by supporting the sangha, you can do this by making any form of dana offering to them, from food, clothing, material assistance or anything else that they would need your help with. While doing this, you should generate the strong aspiration that you can become a member of the sangha. As the sangha are one of the Three Jewels, any offerings that you make to them, especially in terms of your time and effort, will generate a lot of merit because they are holding the holy vows. I hope this helps, and I make the prayer that your auspicious aspiration is fulfilled, that you make your life meaningful by holding the vows of an ordained nun. Thank you.
  • November 28, 2016 12:32
    Demian asked: Dear pastors, Just recently, I have read about concentrations and that has gotten me worried. If one worships a depiction of Saraswati without any concentrations of the depiction, does that mean that I've been praying to an empty shell? If so, does praying to Saraswati's depictions that are online work or not? Or could a simple visualization work without praying to a statue or thangka, but to a visualized form? Would the visualization in Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö's praise to Saraswati be alright along with the mantra? Or does the visualization have to use this website's prayer and mantra to Saraswati? Do the 8 offerings have to be real or can they visualized instead? For the 8th offering of music, does there have to be a bell, or can a drum, flute, violin, or even vocal replace that? What are the views of the mantra "Nam Myoho Renge Khyo"?
    pastor answered: Dear Demian, Thank you for your question. Concentration during one’s daily prayers is an important factor. Within Buddhism, we believe that there are three ways in which a person interacts with the world, these are the body, speech and mind. In order to receive the full benefit of the practice you engage in, you should ensure that all three of these are used. For the body, this is by sitting down to engage in your daily practice without getting distracted. The best posture for this is the meditation position known as the seven-point Vairochana position, this is described in detail in the text Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. For your speech, you engage in reciting the prayers and the mantra recitation. And for the mind, you concentrate in the various visualisations associated with the practice you are engaging in. Even though you have been praying without the use of concentration, it has still been effective since Saraswati is an enlightened being. She has full compassion, and will definitely bestow her energies and love to those who invoke upon her with a pure heart and good motivation. However, if you do concentrate on both your visualisation and the mantra recitation, the practice will be more effective and you will see a heightened improvement in your life. In regards to the visualisation of Saraswati according to the praise by Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, this actually belongs to the practice of another lineage, therefore I cannot comment on its validity, as I don’t belong to the lineage to have studied its origins and how it differs from the praise presented here on Rinpoche’s blog. That being said, each lineage has its own version of the visualisation of deities, and this in inherently linked to the particular praise. Therefore if you were to recite one particular praise or practice, you should keep the visualisation to the one that corresponds with it. The 8 offerings can be placed on the altar as physical offerings, but should also be visualised. The reason why we place the actually offerings on the altar is to make a physical offering with our body, as well as a reminder that we make these offerings during our visualisations. If you are not able to make the physical offerings on your altar for whatever reason, this is ok. However you should try your best to have these offerings since it is a way for you to generate merit. The last offering of sound, is usually represented by the conch shell but can be anything that resembles sound, such as any instrument. For example, I know people who represent sound with a miniature flute or even a miniature guitar on their altars. In regards to the Nam Myoho Renge Khyo mantra, this is central to all forms of Nichiren Buddhism, which developed in Japan but is now practiced all over the world. It is said this mantra embodies the entire Lotus Sutra, which in itself explains what enlightenment is and the path to reach enlightenment, following Nichiren’s particular practice. Therefore this mantra is all encompassing, and central to the Nichiren tradition. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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