Understanding Psychopathic Tendencies

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Many people equate the term ‘psychopath’ with violent individuals who cannot control their urges to commit terrible crimes. The image that might come to mind is that of Patrick Bateman, a character in the film American Psycho drenched in the blood of his victims, or Ted Bundy, an American serial killer who murdered and killed over 30 women and committed necrophilia with some of his victims’ corpses.

Today, some people use the term ‘psychopath’ to label and stigmatise people they do not like but this label is often used without a full understanding of the meaning of the term. Once a person is labelled a psychopath, they will almost invariably face many challenges in their social future because they will then be associated with serial killers or mass murderers, or someone who will commit harm for instant gratification or due to a lack of empathy.

In reality, psychopathy is a type of antisocial personality disorder, but not all of those who have antisocial personality disorders are psychopaths. In this article, we will discuss the symptoms of psychopathy, other antisocial disorders that are often mistaken for psychopathy, the causes of psychopathy, famous psychopaths, and available treatments for individuals who display psychopathic tendencies.

 

Symptoms of Psychopathic Tendencies

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How can you spot a psychopath or people with psychopathic tendencies? According to the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy (Psychopathy Society), most individuals with psychopathic tendencies display the following symptoms:

  • An absence of a sense of guilt – Psychopaths do not feel remorse after causing harm, loss, or suffering to another person or creature
  • A lack of compassion and empathy – Psychopaths do not have the capability to identify and feel the pain of others, often viewed as being cold, inconsiderate, and tactless
  • An absence of attachment – Psychopaths typically maintain an emotional distance from others, and the depth of their feelings are shallow, which causes them to display a sense of interpersonal coldness
  • Narcissism – Psychopaths have narcissistic tendencies and an inflated sense of self-worth and ability, and are often opinionated and arrogant
  • Superficial charm – Psychopaths typically have charming personalities and know what to say in certain situations; however, their actions often do not match what they say, and many of them tend to be smooth, charming, engaging, and slick
  • Dishonesty – Psychopaths have a tendency to be dishonest, manipulative, and deceitful
  • Manipulative behaviour – Psychopaths try to manipulate and cheat others for personal gain through charm and charisma
  • Reckless risk-taking – Psychopaths have a tendency to take significant risks with no regard for the consequences
  • Need for stimulation and prone to boredom – Some psychopaths require activities that will give them exciting stimulation, as they are prone to boredom when faced with routine or dull assignments
  • Irresponsibility – Psychopaths tend not to fulfil or honour their commitments and obligations, and do not accept the responsibilities of their actions
Psychopaths try to manipulate and cheat others for personal gain through charm and charisma.

Psychopaths try to manipulate and cheat others for personal gain through charm and charisma.

Although psychopathic tendencies are more prevalent in males compared to females, history has recorded many instances of female psychopaths. One of the most famous female psychopaths in history is Countess Elizabeth Báthory, who was responsible for killing and torturing over 600 women, and then bathing in their blood, in a twisted and mistaken attempt to maintain her beauty and youth.

In general, psychopaths are in touch with reality and are fully aware of their conduct. Due to this characteristic, they may learn to fit in with other people and keep their psychopathic tendencies hidden. However, most psychopaths typically have a run-in with the law at some point in their lives.

 

Sociopath vs. Psychopath: What are the Differences?

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Some people often mistake a sociopath for a psychopath. While all psychopaths are sociopaths, not all sociopaths are psychopaths. The following are differences between the two:

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Psychopaths have a more severe lack of empathy and guilt Sociopaths lack empathy and guilt, but are known to form deep personal bonds with family members or loved ones
Psychopaths do not have a conscience Sociopaths still have a sense of conscience, although it is weaker than most people
Psychopaths display consistent antisocial behaviour throughout their lives Sociopaths tend to improve their antisocial behaviour over time
Psychopaths do not have a sense of guilt or remorse over hurting someone else (family members or not) Sociopaths may not feel guilt over hurting strangers, but may feel remorse over hurting someone they share a personal bond with

 

Narcissism vs. Psychopathy: What are the Differences?

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Narcissism is one of the attributes displayed by psychopaths. However, although all psychopaths are narcissistic, not all narcissists are psychopaths. For someone to be considered a narcissist, he or she must fulfil five or more of the following criteria:

  • An inflated sense of self
  • A preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or love
  • A belief that he or she is special and unique, and can only be understood by, or should associate with people of high status or respectable institutions
  • A desire for excessive admiration
  • A sense of entitlement
  • An absence of empathy
  • A belief that other people are envious of him or her
  • Display arrogant or superior attitudes

 

Psychopath vs. Psychotic: What are the Differences?

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Psychopaths are very different from those who are psychotic. Psychotic behaviour involves losing touch with reality. Individuals who suffer from psychotic behaviour often hear voices, have strange beliefs, or are paranoid or delusional. Oftentimes, people who suffer from psychotic tendencies experience disorganised thinking, and they believe that a higher power gives them direct instructions.

 

What Contributes to Psychopathic Tendencies?

Psychopathy is not currently well-understood but there is a growing body of research focused on the disorder. Most of the research centres on identifying the causes of psychopathy, in the hopes that a therapeutic or pharmaceutical treatment can be found, if not to cure psychopathy then at least to manage psychopathic tendencies. There are at least two known factors that have been found to contribute to psychopathic tendencies: genetics and environmental factors.

 

Genetic Causes

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In 2012, Dr Kent Kiehl, a neuroscientist at the University of Mexico, discovered that the brains of people who displayed psychopathic tendencies were wired differently, with a decrease in activity in the paralimbic part of the brain compared to the average human brain. The paralimbic part of the brain deals with moral reasoning, and lower activity in the paralimbic system makes it difficult for a person to identify with other people’s feelings. In the following year, Dr Kiehl found that the abnormality in the paralimbic system was present from birth.

Studies have shown that in people with high psychopathic tendencies, their brain responds differently to those who have low psychopathic scores. One study found that the amygdala of people with antisocial personalities responds differently to that of people with less antisocial personalities. This difference is believed to be the contributing factor in the development of psychotic traits, since the amygdala is the part of the brain that regulates emotion. In the study, when people with low psychopathy scores were faced with violence, they would experience an increase in respiration and heart rate. However, the people with psychopathic characteristics would not experience fear and instead became calmer.

In 2017, a Harvard University-led team discovered that psychopathic individuals tended to show greater activity in areas of the brain associated with immediate rewards. They were also weaker in areas of the brain associated with projecting and thinking about the future consequences of their actions.

In other words, in the brain of a psychopath, they are more likely than others make decisions based on immediate gratification, and their decisions are less likely to be governed by a projection of what the future consequences may be.

 

Environmental Factors

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Environmental factors experienced during childhood, combined with genetic differences, may contribute to the development of psychopathic personalities. While the genetic differences as described above are significant factors, the following environmental factors also contribute to the development of psychopathic traits:

  • Inconsistent parenting, or parenting styles that focus on punishment and a lack of reward
  • The absence of or insufficient parental involvement
  • Physical abuse or neglect during childhood
  • Separation from a parent or parents

Examples of environmental factors can include a parent’s drug addiction, childhood bullying, or stresses occurring during pregnancy or within the first two years of a child’s life. However, not all the children who experience these circumstances grow up to be psychopaths. As such, it would suggest that environmental factors do not account for the whole cause of psychopathy, and a genetic component must also be present.

Children with psychopathic tendencies are emotionally distant from their surrounding environment.

Children with psychopathic tendencies are emotionally distant from their surrounding environment.

Psychopathy is a condition that is only diagnosed in adults above 18 years old. However, a study on psychopathic adults shows that young adults and children may also display psychopathic tendencies and personalities. If you know any children who display psychopathic tendencies, it is recommended that you encourage the child’s guardians to seek psychological help to determine the root of their behaviour and intervention if needed. If the development of psychopathy does indeed have some of its roots in environmental factors, it stands to reason that such learned behaviours are easier to treat and unlearn when a child is younger, than when they are older and have had much more time to reinforce those behaviours.

Examples of psychopathic tendencies in children include:

  • Emotional distance
  • A history of conning or using other people
  • Aggravated self-importance
  • Blaming other people for their mistakes
  • Acting impulsively without thinking of the consequences
  • Breaking promises
  • Disregarding schoolwork
  • Prone to boredom
  • Fake charm
  • Engaging in dangerous and risky behaviour
  • Lying often and skilfully, and believing in their lies
  • Engaging in illegal activities
  • Lack of empathy for other people

 

Are Psychopaths Always Violent?

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While many TV shows and movies often portray psychopaths as monstrous villains who torture and kill innocent victims, not all psychopaths are violent serial killers. Having said that, most psychopaths do engage in reckless behaviour or manipulation to achieve their objectives. For example, some of them are skilled in climbing corporate ladders although they have to hurt others on their way up. That would be an example of a socially functioning and socially engaged psychopath who does not exhibit violent tendencies, but perhaps scores low on the empathy scale.

There are many websites that list the various symptoms of psychopathy so it may seem a simple disorder to diagnose. In fact, we might even find that we ourselves match some of the listed symptoms of psychopathy. In reality, psychopathy is a very complex disorder and diagnosing psychopaths is best left to qualified professionals. Diagnosing someone as a psychopath on the basis of simplistic lists is irresponsible at best, and harmful at worst because it helps to perpetuate the stigma of seeking help for our mental health and we may be denying people the chance to receive treatment. So if you know someone who displays the above characteristics, it is best to refer to them to a qualified professional so that they can get the diagnosis and help they need.

 

A Case Study: Dr James Fallon, a Psychopath Neurologist

Dr James Fallon

Dr James Fallon

From the outside, Dr James Fallon was a family man and a practising neuroscientist since the 1970s. One day however, he stumbled across the previously unthinkable. In 2005, Dr Fallon was researching Alzheimer’s disease and used the scans of his family members as a control for his research. At the same time, he had a side project reviewing the brain scans of murderous psychopaths.

As he was reviewing the brain scans of his family members, one of the scans indicated that someone in his family had a brain similar to a psychopath. Since the scans had been labelled anonymously, he instructed a technician to break the code to identify the person in his family with psychopathic brain characteristics.

To his surprise, the brain scan was his. After this shocking discovery, Dr Fallon started to research his ancestors, and interviewed friends, colleagues, and family members as to whether they thought any of his behaviours indicated that he was a psychopath. As it turned out, many of his colleagues and family members thought that he had psychopathic tendencies.

Although he had a genetic make-up consistent with that of a psychopath, Dr Fallon attributed his ‘normal life’ and non-violent character to his upper middle-class upbringing, education, and supportive family. Therefore, he is a living proof that environmental factors play significant roles in determining whether a psychopath will develop violent tendencies or not.

Dr James Fallon admitted that while he was not a violent mass murderer, he had a tendency to manipulate and use other people. Since discovering his psychopathic tendencies, Dr Fallon became determined to treat the people around him better, and to control his urges to manipulate others. Dr Fallon is an example of how awareness of psychopathic tendencies can be helpful in treating and self-regulating our behaviour to minimise harm to others.

 

Dr James Fallon: Psychopath Insight

Watch Dr James Fallon describing his psychopathic mind and the opinions of his colleagues

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Available Treatments for Psychopaths

MJTC in Wisconsin has developed a programme named Decompression Treatment that has shown encouraging results in the reduction of violent and criminal tendencies in youths who display psychopathic traits and have participated in the program for one year or more.

Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center (MJTC) in Wisconsin, USA has developed a programme called Decompression Treatment that has shown encouraging results in the reduction of violent and criminal tendencies in youths who display psychopathic traits and have participated in the program for one year or more.

Until recently, many medical professionals believed that there were no available treatments for psychopaths. To make matters worse, a 1991 study showed that the violent tendencies of psychopaths who were treated in groups were even worse than those who were not treated. However, there are some medical professionals who believe that psychopathy is a condition that can be treated if the persons with psychopathic tendencies realise their condition and choose to seek help.

The Mendota Juvenile Treatment Centre (MJTC) in Wisconsin has developed a programme called Decompression Treatment that has shown encouraging results in the reduction of violent and criminal tendencies in youths who display psychopathic traits and have participated in the program for one year or more.

The MJTC staff who developed the Decompression Treatment acknowledge that individuals with psychopathic tendencies do not respond to punishment. Therefore they concentrate on positive reinforcement and rewards for pro-social behaviour and positive actions. The therapists increase the stakes and rewards as the program progresses, and the longer the participants persevere in their good behaviour, the greater the reward.

Dr Kent Kiehl, a neuroscientist at the University of Mexico, discovered that the brains of people who displayed psychopathic tendencies were wired differently

Dr Kent Kiehl, a neuroscientist at the University of Mexico, discovered that the brains of people who displayed psychopathic tendencies were wired differently

For example, the participants start by getting a pat on the shoulder and as the individuals advance in their pro-social behaviour, the stakes are increased to having the right to play video games. This treatment has been demonstrated to reduce the probability of people with psychopathic tendencies from committing violent crimes in the first place, although it does not eliminate all the symptoms.

According to Dr Kiehl, only 64% of the youths who participated in the Decompression Treatment programme had another run-in with the law within four years after participating in the treatment, as opposed to 98% of those who had not participated in the programme. Therefore, the MJTC treatment resulted in a 34% reduction in recidivism. In addition, further study revealed that the benefits of Decompression Treatment far outweighed the financial cost. For every USD10,000 that the State of Wisconsin spent on Decompression Treatment, the state government saved USD70,000 in incarceration, not to mention a reduction in the emotional toll on society due to lower crime rates.

 

Famous Psychopaths

 

Historical Psychopaths

1. Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed (1560 – 1614)

Left – A painting of Countess Elizabeth Báthory (1560 – 1614) Right – An illustration on how Countess Elizabeth Báthory bathed in the blood of her victims

Left – A painting of Countess Elizabeth Báthory (1560 – 1614)
Right – An illustration of how Countess Elizabeth Báthory bathed in the blood of her victims

Countess Elizabeth Báthory was a Hungarian aristocrat who was obsessed with maintaining her physical youth and beauty. She believed that the method for achieving eternal beauty was by bathing in the blood of young women. She started murdering peasant girls whom she lured with the promise of better pay, to get their blood to bathe in. Eventually, having run out of peasant girls, she began targeting young women from the aristocracy who were entrusted by their families to her. It was only then that her actions were viewed with disgust and something was done to stop her. Prior to the death of aristocratic women, the law turned a blind eye to the frequent disappearances of the peasant girls. As a result of her actions, Countess Báthory became known as ‘The Bloody Countess” and according to her servant girl, Susannah, she killed over 600 girls and young women in her 20-year quest for eternal youth and beauty.

 

2. Vlad The Impaler (1428 – 1476)

Vlad the Impaler (1428 – 1476)

Vlad the Impaler (1428 – 1476)

Vlad III, better known as Vlad the Impaler, was a three-time ruler of Wallachia (modern day Romania). Vlad III was famous for his cruelty and his favourite method of torture was impalement, a method of execution in which an object (e.g., pole or hook) was penetrated through the victim’s torso. The legend of his cruelty inspired the creation of a famous fictional psychopathic character, Count Dracula.

Vlad III’s favourite method of torture was impalement.

Vlad III’s favourite method of torture and execution was impalement.

 

3. Ivan the Terrible (1530 – 1584)

Ivan the Terrible (1530 – 1584)

Ivan the Terrible (1530 – 1584)

Ivan the Terrible was a Russian tsar. He was famous for his cruelty and paranoia. During his lifetime, Ivan the Terrible was prone to uncontrollable rage. The danger and the court intrigue that Ivan was exposed to contributed to his suspicious and ruthless personality. Ivan the Terrible was known for displacing many aristocratic families in Russia, beat his pregnant daughter in law which resulted in a miscarriage, and killed his son and heir, Ivan Ivanovich. During his reign, Ivan the Terrible caused the death of thousands of people to fulfill his ambition to expand his territory.

 

Modern Day Psychopaths

1. Ted Bundy (1946 – 1989)

Ted Bundy (1946 – 1989)

Ted Bundy (1946 – 1989)

Ted Bundy was a psychopathic serial killer from Washington, USA. During his lifetime, not only did he kidnap, rape, and kill over 30 women across seven states in the United States, he was also involved in the act of necrophilia with his victims’ corpses. His victims regarded him as handsome and charismatic, and it was these traits that Bundy manipulated to win their trust. His biographer Ann Rule described him as “a sadistic sociopath who took pleasure from another human’s pain and the control he had over his victims, to the point of death, and even after”. Attorney Polly Nelson, a member of his last defense team, agreed, saying that “Ted the very definition of heartless evil.” To this day, Ted Bundy’s name is still synonymous with the term ‘psychopath’. The man who famously called himself “the most cold-hearted son of a bitch you’ll ever meet” never expressed remorse for his crimes, saying:

“I don’t feel guilty for anything. I feel sorry for people who feel guilt.”

Ted Bundy

 

2. Richard Ramirez (1960 – 2013)

Richard Ramirez (1960 – 2013)

Richard Ramirez (1960 – 2013)

Richard Ramirez, also known as the ‘Night Stalker’, was a serial killer, burglar, rapist, and Satanist from California, USA. He used several types of weapons on his victims, such as knives, handguns, a tire iron, and a hammer. His first known victim was a nine-year old girl, who was found murdered in a hotel basement. She had been beaten, raped, and stabbed to death, and her body was left hanging from a pipe. By the time he was caught, he was known to have carried out 13 murders, 11 sexual assaults, five attempted murders, and 14 burglaries. Sentenced to 13 death sentences, Richard Ramirez was put on a death row. However, due to the lengthy California appeal process, his execution was never carried out. He died of complications from B-Cell Lymphoma in 2013. During his trial and up until he died, he never once expressed remorse for any of his crimes. In fact, after his sentencing, when addressing reporters, Ramirez said, “Big deal. Death always went with the territory. See you in Disneyland.” Ramirez in fact almost seemed proud of his crimes, saying:

“We’ve all got the power in our hands to kill, but most people are afraid to use it. The ones who aren’t afraid control life itself.”

Richard Ramirez

 

3. John Wayne Gacy (1942 – 1994)

John Wayne Gacy (1942 – 1994)

John Wayne Gacy (1942 – 1994)

John Wayne Gacy, also known as ‘The Killer Clown’, was a serial killer from Illinois, USA. He was a well-liked figure in his neighbourhood, and often entertained children in clown costumes. Using his standing in the community allowed him to gain the trust of his eventual victims. However, his reputation was ruined when he was convicted for sexually assaulting two teenage boys, and released on parole several years later. When he was finally caught in the late 1970s, the bodies of 33 young males were found buried under his house. He was given multiple death penalties and life sentences for his crime, and was executed by lethal injection on May 10, 1994. When Gacy was first arrested and the bodies of his victims were discovered, he was known to have said:

“I should never have been convicted of anything more serious than running a cemetery without a license.”

John Wayne Gacy

 

4. Dennis Nilsen (1945)

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Dennis Nilsen (1945 – …)

Dennis Nilsen was a Scottish homosexual serial killer. After breaking up with his boyfriend in the mid-1970s, his life went into a downward spiral. In December 1978, he executed his first killing after meeting a man in a pub and had a sexual encounter with him. To prevent the man from leaving, Nilsen strangled him with a tie and drowned him in a bucket of water. He kept the corpse for seven months under his floorboards before burning the decaying remains in his back garden. By 1981, Dennis Nilsen was known to have killed 12 men. He lured each one to his home with promises of food, alcohol and shelter. By the time of his arrest in the mid-1980s, he admitted to killing 15 young men. When asked if he felt remorse for his actions, Nilsen famously said:

“I wished I could stop but I could not. I had no other thrill or happiness… I don’t lose sleep over what I have done or have nightmares about it.”

Dennis Nilsen

 

Famous Psychopaths in Movies and TV Series

One of the ways we can learn about how psychopathic individuals live is through their portrayals in movies and on TV. Although the majority of these are dramatised for the audience, more often than not their portrayals are based on real-life examples or scientific theories. The following are some well-known films and TV series that revolve around psychopathic characters:

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Patrick Bateman, a Wall Street investment banker is obsessed with himself, his success, social standing, and style. His narcissism is consistent with his psychopathic tendencies, as he is pictured to have murdered a string of people, including colleagues, prostitutes, a security guard, and several more to satisfy his psychopathic tendencies. However, in the end, it is not clear whether the murder spree actually happened, or the entire event was only the product of Bateman’s violent imagination. The movie proved to be so popular that it has been announced a TV series is in development, reconnecting with Patrick Bateman in his 50s training up an apprentice.

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Dexter was a popular TV series about Dexter Morgan, a good-looking serial killer who conducted his murders based on a code of honour taught by his foster father. He only murdered other killers or criminals. Dexter learned to adapt to regular social life and had a job as a forensic expert in the Miami Police Department, which he used to his advantage to cover up his crimes. At one point he also had a wife and a baby but his life took a drastic turn when another serial killer murdered his wife. It was only then people around him started to suspect his double lifestyle.

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Silence of the Lambs was an Oscar-winning film about an FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) and her quest to stop a psychopathic serial killer, Buffalo Bill, with the help of psychiatrist Dr Hannibal Lecter, who was also a violent psychopath. The movie had several real-life inspirations. The charismatic and smooth-talking Dr Hannibal Lecter was based on the serial killer Ted Bundy who, like Lecter, evaded capture by charming those who worked with him.

The psychopathic serial killer Buffalo Bill was based on the crimes of several real-life serial killers, including Ed Gein, Jerry Brudos (a.k.a. the Lust Killer), Ted Bundy, Gary Ridgway (a.k.a. the Green River Killer), Edmund Kemper and Gary M. Heidnik. The movie proved to be so popular that a sequel titled Hannibal was subsequently released, followed by two prequels titled Red Dragon and Hannibal Rising.

These are just some of the more prominent and well-known examples of films based on psychopathic individuals. There are countless more movies, TV series and documentaries focused on the actions of these individuals, and every year new material emerges. The undying popularity of this genre is a clear reflection that humans continue to be fascinated by the exploits of individuals who engage in antisocial behaviours so far removed from what is deemed acceptable in society. Yet as media coverage of this disorder increases, so too does research into the causes of psychopathy, thus increasing the hopes that a cure, treatment or effective method of managing the symptoms will one day soon be found.

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Documentaries on Psychopaths

These are just some of the many documentaries that exist on psychopathic behaviour. While some may say there is a tendency to dramatise, nevertheless documentaries provide the general public with some insight into a condition and disorder that not many understand.

 

Psychopaths (Crime Psychology Documentary) – Real Stories

Professor Robert Hare reveals stunning new evidence
behind psychopathic behaviour

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The Psychopath Next Door

Not all psychopaths are violent serial killers.
In fact, they may be our next door neighbours.

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  1. Stella Cheang on Oct 13, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    I find the word psychopath is over-used often without proper medical reference. While we can be callous when referring someone as a psychopath, but if the someone indeed suffers from some form of this mental illness, we are actually causing harm and do no good by letting our tongue runs loose. Therefore it is better not to pass judgment at all.

    However, in a more generic point of view, all of us possess symptoms of psychopathic tendencies. Almost all of the symptoms point to a single cause, which is an extreme level of selfishness. When one operates on the level of selfishness that totally disregard the feelings of others, naturally, there will be no feeling of guilt, nor compassion, nor empathy. Leave alone the ability to be close to someone or be responsible for someone else.

    Through learning Buddha Dharma, I believe the psychopathic tendencies in all of us can be cured. As long as we focus out and do more Dharma work which is to bring valuable Dharma to others, we can slowly turn our selfish mind around.

    Thank you for this sharing.

  2. Jennifer Yuen on Oct 9, 2017 at 1:11 am

    This is a really interesting article to read. It gives me answer to why some people behave the way they do and we can never use common sense to understand them. Having the knowledge, it allows us to be able to accept the way they are and use the correct methods to deal with them.

  3. Pastor Antoinette on Aug 28, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I think that it is important to know what are the symptoms of people with psychopathic tendencies and how it can cause harm to others. We need to know about this so that we can help them and not allow them to create (more) damage.

    The quotes from modern day psychopaths are gruesome and show that they have no feelings for others in any way. In fact, they find ways to build connections to their victims such as being a clown and being close to kids. It is sad to know that these people will never change. Yet people who are sociopaths still can change and improve over time. From a Buddhist perspective it is all related to our karma. With good deeds we receive good karma and with the right motivation we can collect merits. Merits is our fuel to enlightenment.

    Thank you for this elucidating article.

  4. Cynthia Lee on Aug 26, 2017 at 4:06 am

    I used to ponder how the minds of psychopath worked and had some reading on it to determine if psychopathic tendencies are within one’s control or are it scientific/medical reason such as deformities in the brains, etc?

    Now, the more I learn about dharma, the more I understand that whether psychosis is due to genetics, brain abnormalities or it’s within one’s control, it all comes down to ONE thing – psychosis is due to the SELFISH MIND.

    In that case, everyone has psychopathic tendencies because every one of us is selfish. Definitely. The only difference is the level of selfishness defines the level of psychopaths we are. Perhaps, the more selfish we are, the more criteria and traits we have. We are then defined and labeled according to groups of people with similar traits.

    The lack of empathy of psychopaths came from habituation / programming in doing something negative for a very long time. Example eating and killing animals strips one’s compassion slowly but surely. Imagine lifetimes after lifetimes of doing this same action. One is left with no empathy for other beings.

    A good point on how environment factors, living a good balanced life with love, kindness and care which Dr Fallon lived by example is key to humanity. Aside that, I feel that realisation and doing selfless work is key to becoming less psychotic.

  5. wan wai meng on Aug 22, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    An interesting take on psychopaths, and Dr Fallon is evidence that not all psychopaths are killers or serial killers. It is good to have more information about the behaviour of psychopaths. Still Dr Fallon said that although physiologically he has a brain of a psychopaths, however because he grew up in a great environment, he learnt how to fit into society and community.

  6. Suzy on Aug 20, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Thanks for this helpful and informative article. Navigating in this human world is not always an easy task, especially when the predators are so hard to detect. Unlike in the ocean where you see a shark, a dolphin and an angelfish and clearly know their psychological status. There may be a rogue angelfish somewhere but it would be so extremely rare I assume.
    I think the more we educate ourselves in these matters the better off we all are. I’ve recently come to the realization that compassion and kindness is not an automatic part of everyone’s neural networking. Having expected for so many years that everyone has that conscience and goodness somewhere in their psych has become quite the learning experience on occasion. Perhaps we all have the potential of goodness or it is buried too deep for some to develop kindness in one lifetime?
    Perhaps the compassion and kindness is literally developed and then eventually enters the neural network. Not only is this a good for psychopaths but for all of us to know we can rid ourselves of all unkind behaviors, no matter how small or dominating they are by practicing the dharma.
    Of course I’m still learning and am so grateful for the current research being done.
    Once I had the absolute pleasure of sitting next to a research psychologist/geneticist and an expert in brain mapping on a plane for several hours. He told me he had been hired to help revamp university psychology depts in the USA, it’s a new game now. There is definitive information in understanding psychology like we have never seen until the present.
    He also told me of the development of facial recognition software that can map the face of a sociopath 100% accuracy, but is not being released due humans being overwhelmed by the ethics of the matter, but someday he expects it will be employed.
    Love this stuff, thanks again!

  7. Vivian Ong on Aug 20, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about psychopaths. Thank you also to Rinpoche for the explaining the symptoms portrayed by the psychopaths and it’s differences with others like sociopaths, narcissism, psychotic, etc. I really felt sorry for the psychopaths people. To me, I think this is all in the mind. How they behave and react is based on their previous lives habituation although I know the article did mentioned that it is also affected by environmental factors. I also noticed from this article that most psychopaths are from the Western countries. Maybe Buddhism and meditation is able to help them recover.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  8. Lum Kok Luen on Aug 19, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    This is a very interesting read and I’ve now known what is a psychopath. I’ve always had the impression that psychopaths are synonymous with violent individuals. But this article helped me look at it differently and from a wider perspective.

    Perhaps there are some psychopathic traits in most of us although some are not manifested outwardly and perhaps just our thoughts. However it is important that we always check our minds and be very mindful. If one day we find ourselves displaying the very behaviours of a psychopath we better week immediate help.

    Thank you so much for this well researched article.

    Humbly yours
    Lum Kok Luen

  9. Pastor David Lai on Aug 18, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    This has been indeed an interesting read and I particularly enjoyed the comparison between psychopathy and sociopathy, narcissism and psychotic disorder. I really enjoyed and I guess this is because I see some psychopathic traits in me and also in some people I had some interaction with before and can relate to many of the defining traits under psychopathy.

    It’s interesting to explore this spectrum of the human psyche and despite the fact that not much is known about it. However, from the little I understand of it, I can see that it is probably far more common, which is contrary to what we may think. I guess when it has become common knowledge that people are aware and therefore, know how to deal with the issues that will crop due to their psychopathic traits.

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  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 12:13 PM
    It is very interesting that the haunting at The New Inn is quite serious that people who were present at the moment witnessed paranormal sights. Unseen beings are part of almost every culture known on earth, being more feared in some than others. Therefore, it is amazing to see that people in the UK are not that fearsome of the unseen, as most of the people in the eastern culture don’t view the unseen beings as amusing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ghosts-in-the-pub.html#comment-771016
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 11:54 AM
    Thank you for this wonderful sharing of vegetarian steamboat. Coupled with spicy soup or herbal soup and be enhanced by the varieties of sauces, steamboat is a mouthwatering experience and a favourite meal choice to many food connoisseurs.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/what-is-a-steamboat.html#comment-771018
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 11:34 AM
    The burning times showed a single-minded and uncompromising campaign against a group of people labelled as witches, who are classified as having unacceptable views or behaviour, possess the ability of witchcraft. The “witches” or anyone found or believed to be witches will be subjected to unfair or malicious persecution. It is proof that humans are truly capable of such injustice and blasphemous judgement, playing God all the time.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-burning-times.html#comment-770973
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 11:09 AM
    Master Xuyun’s life story is inspiring for he dedicate his whole life for Dharma, through “preaching the Dharma and Buddhist code of conduct, restoring monasteries and temples and holy sites, he had successfully revitalised the Chinese Buddhist teachings, especially the Chan teachings.” Thank you for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/empty-cloud.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 10:45 AM
    Steamboat or hot pot is a Chinese soup containing a variety of Asian foodstuffs and ingredients of mixed vegetables which we could choose . While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. Hot pot is my favourite as it’s a healthy cooking of mixed vegetables of our choice , and a varieties of other food stuffs like deep fried bean curd skin or fu chok, fresh mushrooms and so forth depending whether one is a vegetarian or non vegetarian. There are plenty of soup choices which we can choose and will make every steamboat meal different that suits one tastes. Having hot pot with family and friends is a good way to foster relationship

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/what-is-a-steamboat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 10:44 AM
    Lin Dai was a well-known Mandarin star actress of the Shaw Brothers Studio who was one of my favourites many years ago .She has acted more than 40 movies. I do enjoyed watching her movies that was only black and white those days . Amazing she could play a heroine role in classical Chinese beauty and the modern career woman. The film Shaw Brothers world lost a talented actress when Lin Dai committed suicide in 1964. Lin Dai won a number of awards been the Best Actress at the Asia Pacific Film Festival.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/superstar-linda-lin-dai.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 10:43 AM
    Cultures all around the world believe in spirits that survive death to live in another realm. Ghosts are among the most widely believed of paranormal phenomenon. I do believe they do exist . Paranormal investigators has provided scientific proof that ghosts really exist in a number of cases. Interesting…….they has collected a great deal of evidence over the past decade. Through recorded CCTV as well as the eye witness accounts which are very convincing to be true.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all the interesting videos.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ghosts-in-the-pub.html
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    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 04:16 PM


    It is indeed rare to see fish giving so much reaction and connect to human. I have the opportunity to visit the pond in Kechara Forest Retreat late last year and there were many Koi fishes . I understand that some of the fishes were rescued from fish store. The fishes swam freely and rejoice that they are always able to circumabulate Dream Manjushri statue in the middle of the pond. Thank you Rinpoche for showing us that we must always be kind and care for animals not only in this life but also for their future life.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dorje.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 04:04 PM
    It is an interesting article about Jesus being a vegetarian and so many evidence to support this findings. No matter what religion we are, if we want to promote love, care, compassion and equality, we should support vegetarianism. How can eating meat promote all the good values mentioned since we are already discriminating animals who are to serve human. And needless to say all killings create pains and suffering to all beings. Hope more people realise that vegetarianism is the best method to practise compassion and love.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/a-vegetarian-jesus.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 03:39 PM
    How generous and compassion of this lady. No matter how little we have we can still share. Thank you Wendy for sharing this picture and it reminds me to give and love all beings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/amazing-giving.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 12:40 PM
    Religion is the results of our practise. We choose a religion due to the blessings that led us on to the right path. The path is filled with Dharma that we apply in order for a complete turnabout of our attitude and the way we see things to happen. This would mean whatever that irks us, will no longer have an effect on us. The beauty of applying the Dharma and treating the Dharma as personal advice for us, help us to clear the irk worms that have been bred out of control before we meet the Dharma. These worms are vicious, vindictive, harmful, envious, arrogant, greedy, furious, ignorant, doubtful, and etc. that are bred by the negative thoughts, experiences and perceptions we had for as long as we live. The mind is so used to them to the point to believe that the (our) reality is pure negative.

    When we come to the Dharma, having given the knowledge and guidance by our compassionate and kind Guru who finds ways to help us with our transformation, to constantly give love and care while exposing our irk worms skilfully and creatively, we should be grateful and appreciative the kindness by transforming our mind. We might not like the methods the Guru use, but we can be assured that the motivation behind is of the purest and highest for our ultimate enlightenment. The Guru’s ‘job’ is to help us to liberate us from ourselves – the self that never existed but overwhelmingly coated with irk worms.

    When we have the blessings to meet the Dharma that is skillfully presented to us by our Guru, the moment we step into the Guru’s mandala, he or she is already paving the path for irk worms’ exposition in order for us to heal from our delusional mind. It is, therefore, our matter to deal with when we are irked. Instead of spending all energies into defending and justifying, we internalized the Dharma and cooperate with our Guru to cleanse the irk worms from our mind permanently.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/do-i-irk-you.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 11:14 AM
    Unbelievable facts ……..which I did not know till I read this post except every time you sneeze your heart stops a second and all babies are colour-blind when they are born. I read it from medical journal. Many of those facts are new and first time learning…..to name a few….. the lighter was invented before the match, in space, astronauts cannot cry because there is no gravity and hummingbirds are the only creatures that can fly backwards. Sound unbelievable and amazing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/20-unbelievable-general-facts.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 11:12 AM
    Interesting…….any thing related to unseen being stories , historical sites and discoveries I always enjoyed reading and to know. Came across this post and I do enjoyed reading. The sea can be a haunted place, too. There have been dozens of ghost ships spotted floating around the sea could not imagined that. Vessel with no living crew aboard with things intact, and it may be a ghostly vessel and scary. Stories about ghost ships, vanishing into thin air or mysterious vessels found sailing the oceans with no one aboard.
    The mystery of the Arctic ghost ship Baychimo which abandoned 1914 cargo vessel and drifted for decades found after about 40 years ….really buffed me. All these mysterious ships are fantasized and fearsome . Some of these haunted ships continue to provoke speculation and fearful anticipation even till now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting post.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/10-ghost-ships.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 11:07 AM
    Wow ……beautiful poem by Maching Labdron.
    She was believed to be an Mind Stream emanation (tulku) of Yeshe Tsogyal, as well as “an emanation of the ‘Great Mother of Wisdom. She was well thought of as a Tibetan tantric Buddhist practitioner, teacher and yogini. Machig had been an Indian yogi in her previous life. Very inspiring and beautiful filled with wisdom, worthy words to remind us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/wisdom-from-an-old-lady.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 19. 2018 12:45 PM
    Poor Angel dog chained to the wall ………so inhuman and cruel to let the suffering dog to die in such a manner. Not only that Angie was abandoned in the first place and she was starve to death. Why can’ nt the former owner just leave Angie alone. Sad to see Angie condition, skinny and suffering in pain before dying.
    The authority concerned must stop this cruelty from happening and put a heavy fine if caught the culprit who did it. Do not hurt them , care and love them or at least put them in a home. Do hope more will people speak up against animal cruelty and bring awareness around.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/will-you-allow-this-to-happen.html

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A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion. More downloads here. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
2 months ago
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
2 months ago
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
2 months ago
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
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2 months ago
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
2 months ago
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
2 months ago
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
3 months ago
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
3 months ago
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
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致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
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~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
3 months ago
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
3 months ago
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
3 months ago
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
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3 months ago
These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
3 months ago
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
3 months ago
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
3 months ago
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
3 months ago
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. 

This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
3 months ago
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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3 months ago
This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
3 months ago
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
3 months ago
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
3 months ago
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
3 months ago
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
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Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
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Boy, the cockatoo who loves toys. This is the playground we hang toys for him to play and bite, to keep him busy and happy. Parrots are in intelligent animals. Boy likes to try everything out and we make it fun for him in our aviary. retreat.kechara.com/aviary (Jace Chong) shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Boy, the cockatoo who loves toys. This is the playground we hang toys for him to play and bite, to keep him busy and happy. Parrots are in intelligent animals. Boy likes to try everything out and we make it fun for him in our aviary. retreat.kechara.com/aviary (Jace Chong) shared by Pastor Antoinette
Start the Year of the Dog with an Abundance of Blessings and Good Energy!
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Start the Year of the Dog with an Abundance of Blessings and Good Energy!
Parents and students group discussion on bully. Interesting to hear the opinion from various party. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Parents and students group discussion on bully. Interesting to hear the opinion from various party. Lin Mun KSDS
Group prayers before the start of Sunday class. It’s important set the right motivation. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Group prayers before the start of Sunday class. It’s important set the right motivation. Lin Mun KSDS
Robey & Wen Yue errr preparing the emcee script for Graduation/ Halloween 2017 event. Lin Mun KSDS
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Robey & Wen Yue errr preparing the emcee script for Graduation/ Halloween 2017 event. Lin Mun KSDS
Kar leng and Kwai Yee is preparing the materials for art & calligraphy session for the children. So excited with the activities during Sunday dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Kar leng and Kwai Yee is preparing the materials for art & calligraphy session for the children. So excited with the activities during Sunday dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Look we did this together. The elder student will write the calligraphy on it later. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Look we did this together. The elder student will write the calligraphy on it later. Lin Mun KSDS
Klang visitors in Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat and making a connection with Buddha and Protector Dorje Shugden, January 2018.
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Klang visitors in Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat and making a connection with Buddha and Protector Dorje Shugden, January 2018.
Thank you Klang visitors, for coming to visit Kechara Forest Retreat and make a connection with Dorje Shugden, January 2018. Picture while getting ready to pay homage to H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche's throne.
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Thank you Klang visitors, for coming to visit Kechara Forest Retreat and make a connection with Dorje Shugden, January 2018. Picture while getting ready to pay homage to H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche's throne.
Thank you Kar Leng leading the "Hui Chun" in last Sunday class. By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Thank you Kar Leng leading the "Hui Chun" in last Sunday class. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Thank you Teacher Kwai Lee leading the "Hui Chun"on last Sunday class. By Asyley Chia,KSDS
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Thank you Teacher Kwai Lee leading the "Hui Chun"on last Sunday class. By Asyley Chia,KSDS
挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
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挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
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挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
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挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
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挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
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挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
4 days ago
挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。Asyley Chia,KSDS
挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。by Asyley Chia,KSDS
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挥春是把贺年的吉利字词用漂亮的书法写在红色的纸上,华人过新年的传统文化之一,上星期日周日佛法班的小朋友们一起挥春准备迎接即将来临的农历新年。by Asyley Chia,KSDS
Paying hommage to Loma Gyoma in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. "As the emanation of Tara, Loma Gyonma is regarded as Lhamo Rithrodma, the 20th Tara as mentioned in the “Praise to the Twenty One Taras”. The praise to Lhamo Rithrodma states that her right eye emits blazing rays of light that burns away all the lords of diseases and epidemics." P. Antoinette - From the article Nageshvaraja and Loma Gyoma arrives to KFR! http://bit.ly/2FJyp0g
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Paying hommage to Loma Gyoma in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. "As the emanation of Tara, Loma Gyonma is regarded as Lhamo Rithrodma, the 20th Tara as mentioned in the “Praise to the Twenty One Taras”. The praise to Lhamo Rithrodma states that her right eye emits blazing rays of light that burns away all the lords of diseases and epidemics." P. Antoinette - From the article Nageshvaraja and Loma Gyoma arrives to KFR! http://bit.ly/2FJyp0g
KSDS WOAH CAMP 2017 - By Jayce Goh,KSDS
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KSDS WOAH CAMP 2017 - By Jayce Goh,KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School start with prostration and prayers. By Jayce Goh,KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School start with prostration and prayers. By Jayce Goh,KSDS
Teacher Asyley in KSDS class age 2-4 - Jayce Goh,KSDS
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Teacher Asyley in KSDS class age 2-4 - Jayce Goh,KSDS
Student and teacher friendship, Teacher Grace and student Aaron , the 1st day KSDS orientation - Jayce Goh,KSDS
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Student and teacher friendship, Teacher Grace and student Aaron , the 1st day KSDS orientation - Jayce Goh,KSDS
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