Prevent Snakes in Your Backyard

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I have always loved going to the forest… places that is plentiful with nature. Even at a young age, I would go to Turkey Swamp to do meditations. I enjoy doing meditations, pujas and giving Dharma talks to my students in these natural environments. A few weeks back, I brought a few of my close students for a picnic in the forest. We had a good time, did pujas and also had a brief Dharma talk.

Being in the forest is great, but we should never forget that we are trespassing the habitat of other beings living in the forest. It can be quite dangerous especially if the animals feel threatened by our presence.

With much concern, Paris, my long time student, did some research on natural snake repellents that we can use whenever we go up to the forest. These snake repellents do not harm the snakes, but only deter them from coming to the area while we’re around! They are not guaranteed to work but from research, that is what others recommend.

I want to make sure that my students are always safe in the forest…

I have decided to make a blog post on these findings as I feel it will help many people. Below are just a few natural methods to repel snakes. Does anyone here know other snake repellents that originate from natural sources? Do leave a comment if you have any other information on natural snake repellents so that everyone can benefit from it.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Before looking ways on how to repel snakes, lets look at the ways to prevent snakes from entering our backyard:

  1. Get rid of covered or hidden places to keep snakes away.
  2. Removing or reducing areas where snakes are found will force the snake to seek a different place to hide. Some of these areas include: Tall grasses, shrubs, wood or rock piles, and boards, logs or anything that will allow the snakes to crawl under.
  3. Eliminate access to other areas the snakes may find appealing such as under a table.
  4. Be sure your place is free from the sources of food a snake would depend on which are: Rats, mice, frogs, and lizards; which are the staple diet of a snake.
  5. Have a skilled person to remove them from your backyard. In Malaysia, this is usually done by the Fire Department.

Some popular methods that claim to repel snakes but are not effective:

  • Roping off affected area with hemp rope.
  • Spreading mothballs around the affected area. No effect.
  • Flooding snake dens. They don’t drown, they just crawl away.
  • Spreading gas or diesel around. Very not effective.
  • Sulfur powder.

 

Some Plants that Can Be Planted Around Your Backyard to Repel Snakes Naturally

 1. Wormwood (Artemisia)

Artemisia Vulgaris (mugwort or common wormwood) is one of several species in the genus Artemisia which have common names that include the word mugwort. This species is also occasionally known as Felon Herb, Chrysanthemum Weed, Wild Wormwood, Old uncle Henry, Sailor’s Tobacco, Naughty Man, Old Man or St. John’s Plant (not St John’s wort).

In some places, wormwood is considered as an invasive weed. It is a very common plant growing on nitrogenous soils such as waste places and roadsides. It is a tall herbaceous perennial plant with a woody root.

The down side of this plant is that it is an aggressive and invasive plant that takes over wherever it is planted which leads to another issue of management control.

Management control of wormwood can be done as the following:

  1. Manual removal – expensive and time consuming.
  2. Systemic herbicide glyphosphate – targets mugwort and not surrounding plants, may effect soil microbes and other life.
  3. Soil Pasturisation – using Solar to kill mugwort seeds and larger roots.
  4. Mulch
  5. Herbicides – toxic and pollutes the soil, can bring harm to people who come into contact with them.

 

2. Tulbaghia Violacea

Tulbaghia Violacea is a popular garden plant that is useful for difficult hot corners of the garden as it will tolerate prolonged drought. This attractive plan is ideal for the herb garden, as both the leaves and flowers can be used in salads and other dishes. The crushed leaves may be used to help cure sinus, headaches and to discourage moles from the garden. The smell repels fleas, ticks and mosquitoes when crushed on the skin.

The fresh bulbs can be boiled and the decoction can be taken orally to clear up coughs and colds. It has also been used as a remedy for pulmonary tuberculosis and to destroy intestinal worms.

It is also a very good snake repellent and for this reason the Zulus plant it around their homes.

 

3. West Indian Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon Citratus)

Snakes don’t like the citrus smell from the leaves. The leaves or the tips can turn brown in extreme heat in summer. It requires very little care.

 

4. Sarpgandha (Rauwolfia Serpentina)

Known by a variety of local names such as Sarpagandha, Indian Snake root and Insanity herb, this plant is known for its ability to repel away snakes.

Sarpgandha is found in many Asian countries, mainly India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Bhutan, Nepal, Malaysia and Thailand.

 

5. Andrographis Paniculata

Andrographis Paniculata is a herbaceous plant commonly found in India and Sri Lanka. It is widely cultivated in south Asia for the treatment of some infectious disease. The leaves and roots was often used before antibiotics were created.

In Malaysia, it is known as ‘Hempedu Bumi’ literally means ‘bile of earth’ since it is one of the most bitter plant used in traditional medicine.

 

Other Common Repellents

1. Garlic Mixture

Garlic mixtures are effective as snake repellents. You can either get them commercially such as Snake Stopper or make your own.

Here are the ingredients to make your own garlic mixture:

  1. 10 garlic bulbs (purple ones are best as they are very potent)
  2. Four table spoons of garlic oil or any other vegetable oil.
  3. Some water.

Preparation:

  1. Take a blender and add some water.
  2. Separate the garlic into cloves and add them to the blender.
  3. Start blending it until a smooth nice paste is formed, then add the oil.
  4. Leave the mixture in a plastic container for an hour with the lid on.
  5. Now it’s ready, and place a few drops in any area you don’t want snakes to be seen. Repeat the process after it rains.
  6. The effectiveness of the mixture usually lasts for three weeks, then you will need to make a new batch.

 

2. Cinnamon Oil & Clove Oil Mixture

Research has shown that cinnamon oil, clove oil and eugenol are effective to be used as snake repellents. Snakes will retreat when sprayed directly with these oils and even vacate the area in confined spaces when these oils are introduced in these areas. However, application to hard surfaces will not prevent prevent the snakes from entering the area.

 

3. Non-Natural Snake Repellents that are Safe: Liquid Fence

Liquid Fence is a commercial product that is safe to be used as it do not contain naphthalene, a harmful chemical that can be hazardous to the health of both humans and animals. The ingredients in Liquid Fence irritate and confuses the snake’s ability to gather information, forcing the snake to retreat from that area to another.

It is very simple to use, it is effective just by spraying the repellent around areas where snakes are present or likely to be present. Liquid Fence have been proven to be safe, effective, easy to use, and long lasting.

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  1. Andre on Apr 20, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    A couple of years ago my dad killed a huge venomous rattle snake that was at the front door of my room. My door to my room is made of glass and has a Namgyalma Mantra sticker on it. I got the Namgyalma sticker from Lama Zopas FPMT store. We get a lot of rattle snakes where I’m from and this was on of the biggest that I have seen so far. I’m so sorry and I hope the snake takes a better rebirth. Om Mani Padme Hum

  2. Ele. woods on Mar 24, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Wait … I have just one more question…
    Maybe it’s because i overdo things to much
    But I’m wondering….if the garlic works , and the cinnamon and clove oils work….
    Could one maybe mix them ALL together and maybe achieve an extra strength type of snake repellant perhaps ???

    • Loh Seng Piow on Mar 24, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      Hi Ele Woods, these are home remedies, there is no guarantee that it will work perfectly, but by all means go ahead and try adding those garlic and other oils together as you suggested and try because they are natural stuff and not chemicals. I am curious to hear your results, please do share here after you have tried.

      We do not sell those plants here on this blogsite. You can try ebay in USA because buying within USA has no import restrictions for plants.

      Thanks for dropping by this blogsite, I find it filled with tonnes of great information and various topics, do come back from time to time for more great past articles, as well as more interesting new articles to come.

      SP

  3. Ele. woods on Mar 24, 2016 at 11:04 am

    I’m curious
    I live in southern California’s Mojave desert , ( USA ) and it reaches an easy 120 ° here in the summer….we’re right around the corner from Death Valley , if you’ve heard of it…
    We have regular diamond back rattlers as well as the Mojave Green and plus there’s now a green tinted diamond back that’s been seen in the area….cross breading….great !
    I would like to buy a some of those plants mentioned above , to plant here , and i was wondering where i could find them to purchase? And what would the prices be ?
    I’ll take 2 of each , at least !!

    • Loh Seng Piow on Mar 24, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      Hi Ele Woods,

      We do not sell those plants here on this blogsite. You can try ebay in USA because buying within USA has no import restrictions for plants.

      Thanks for dropping by this blogsite, I find it filled with tonnes of great information and various topics, do come back from time to time for more great past articles, as well as more interesting new articles to come.

      SP

  4. Wan Wai Meng on Mar 14, 2016 at 3:38 am

    Informative and definitely worth a try for those of us living in the jungle.

  5. Jose on Jan 9, 2016 at 9:44 pm
    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jan 10, 2016 at 7:06 am

      Hi Jose,

      Please scroll down, I believe this comment / topic has already been addressed by Pastor Adeline.

      Thank you,
      Pastor Jean Ai

  6. Wah Ying on Sep 11, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the post. I saw a rat hiding in my garden and yesterday I started cleaning up my garden, some plants just grew too thick..

  7. Tshering Samdrup on Jul 23, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    How to control Snake

    Touch me not plant’s root to control snake. Please plant some touch me not plant in your backyard. The moment you come across snake, uproot some and hold the root into your hand. Place your hand holding root of touch me not plant before forehead of snake.

    Surprisingly snake bows down before your hand due to power of same root. It stops on the same spot and ceases its motion but the moment you remove, it resumes its natural motion. But be careful as this may not work everywhere. I tried the same after acquiring information from our director, who is also one of religious practitioner.

  8. anita omoruyi on Apr 7, 2015 at 12:13 am

    thank you very much i have planted some tobacco plant round my huse

  9. Claudia Brown on Mar 11, 2015 at 5:48 am

    Please help me to get rid of Spiders and Snakes. Thank you so much.

  10. Thomas on Jul 30, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I’m not sure if the info you posted above is your friend’s original work or not, but this site out of South Africa has the exact same page with exact wording. They essentially lifted the text from here and re-posted. Hopefully they had your permission.
    http://www.hibiscuscoastseconds.co.za/natural-ways-repel-snakes/

    • Pastor Adeline on Sep 8, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      Research like this is very time consuming before a summary can be presented comprehensively and easy to understand. The content is very useful especially for people today who have little to no contact with wild life.

    • Pastor Adeline on Sep 8, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      Hi Thomas,

      The post in the link was dated 26TH NOVEMBER 2013 while this post was originally posted in 2012 inferring based on the earliest comment by Victor Phang at the bottom dated 2 April 2012.

      Thank you for your concern,
      Pastor Adeline

  11. Captain D. J. Mody on Apr 1, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I find the advise very useful…but what I appreciate about this article is that it does not push any product but gives simple & possibly effective homemade recipes to tackle the very same problem.

  12. YUSUF RASHEED on Feb 25, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Nice post, have here about this snake repellent, Gallic; but i don’t believe it work, but now have believe.

  13. ken jessmon on Nov 17, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Can the snake repelling plants (or seeds) be purchased and sent to me in the United states (Milwaukee,Wisconsin). Would be interested in the distribution of these plants in the U.S. Thanks Ken

  14. thierry on Nov 7, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Very useful post, thank you very much Rinpoche.
    This will help keep everyone at home safe from snakes and it will also keep the snakes safe too!

  15. Steven on Nov 5, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Acording to Santideva’s “Siksa Samuccaya(A Compendium of Buddhist Doctrine) Translated by Cecil Bendal an WHD Rouse There is a chant to keep snakes at bay. The excerpt will follow:
    “And a charm against poison, namely: ‘Ilimitte tilimite ilitilimitte, dumbe, dushe, duhsaliye dumbaliye, takke tarkarane, marmme marmarane, kasmira kasmiramukte adhane adhanadhane, ilimiliye, akhapye akhapye, sveta svetatunde anaurakshe, hail!’
    He that hears this spell once is proof against snake-bite for seven year, and no poison will enter his body. If any snake bites him its head will burst into seven pieces like a splay of flowers.*arjaha ocimum grarissimum.
    He that knows this spell is free for life from snake-bite, and no poison will enter his body. These magical charms which make the snake die must not be recited in the presence of the snake.
    To wit:*(translators note) “Illa cilla, cakko … (ask HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, for the rest… [I don’t want to give out the rest of this and potentially harm some reptile…I have a feeling he means any reptile when he says snake here.])
    So brethren, when the snake charmer recites this spell against poison in all the assemblies of all creatures all is real exact very truth, unassailable, incontrovertible : let this poison be no poison ; let it go back to the giver, let it go back to the biter, let fire and water mound or pillar or wall, let it pass in peace! Hail .(pgs 138-9)

    My observation about reptiles and this chant, comes to me because the day I first recited this in my gompa upstairs away from my yard, I found dead lizard in and around my house.

  16. Krystyna on Jul 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm

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  17. LAWRENCE R. M. KADEGE on Jan 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I WOULD LIKE TO KEEP AWAY FROM MY HOUSE ALL KINDS OF SNAKES BECAUSE THEY SCARE MY FAMILY. PLEASE ASSIST ME GET PLANT REPELLENTS

  18. patsy on Dec 12, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Thank you, Paris for your research. Snakes are not something that most people want around their homes. Finding them when trying to garden or do some work in the yard can be frightening to many people.

    I was told that cat litter or very small pebbles annoy snakes as
    these can get lodged under their scales and make the snake very uncomfortable. Another thing that snakes do not like is spicy smells. I think it’s because they “inhale” it through their skin. We can take spicy sauces or peppers and mix with a bit of water and spray around the area or we can spray ammonia mixed with lemon dishwasher detergent. I am not sure whether it works as I have not tried them as there are no snakes where I live.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing this information.

  19. Girlie Ooi on Dec 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Not too long, my brother called to tell me that two very large snakes were seen around our house. His children were panicking and his wife called the Fire Brigade. By the time they arrived, the snakes were nowhere to be found. I guess they must have just slithered away after an evening stroll?

    P/S : We have Lemon Grass in the backyard but that did not deter the snakes. Maybe we should plant more?

  20. bengkooi on Aug 23, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Thank you to Paris for your helpful research! I am surprised to read that sulphur doesn’t actually help repel snakes! In the haven, we had been using sulphur for ages to repel snakes from the surrounding area. Good job with the research so that we would not have been under the illusion that we were protected!

    I also like the fact that majority of the snake repelling plants have their own medicinal or edible uses. We can plant loads of these in KFR and we sure will need them. Having retreats and activities in the forest is great, but we must ensure the safety of all who work or visit it.

  21. julia Tan on Jul 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this. It’s very important to know how to prevent snakes especially for those who has a tropical garden in your house compound or near their house. When I stayed i Ampang many years ago. My house was facing a jungle. Many times, snakes and iguanas came to visit us. We do not kill them but just chase them away with stick. I think they must be hungry and looking for food.

    Among all the plants I think I will use Tulbahia Violacea to prevent snakes because the plant itself can be used as medicine to treat coughs and colds, easy to take care and the flowers has a very pleasant look too.

  22. Wan Wai Meng on Jun 2, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for posting information that many of us can use if we live or happen to go to places near where snakes resides. This advice may just save some one , don’t underestimate!

  23. KPDarren on Apr 29, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this post. My housing area has been infested with snakes due to uncared bushes and tall grass from playground.
    I had shared these info with my neighbours and they going to plant lemon grass plant in the house compound. There were few cases that morning joggers saw snakes in the ground.
    Last month a neighbour across my had a 4 meter long black color snake visit their living hall. We had hire people to clear off the tall grass on the ground. We had check with the fire fighter, and they said to only catch these snake when we know where the nest are.

  24. Uncle Eddie on Apr 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Snakes’prey are generally swallowed whole, and consist of everything, from earthworms to rabbits, though eggs are said to be the favourite. Snakes are said to be especially important in control of rodents, and can be a farmer’s best friend. It seems snakes occupy mainly underground and aquatic environments. Generally, snakes are shy and retiring. It is said that much of their behaviour is a function of survival within the limits and oppurnities. Snakes are normally ectothermic or cold bloodedness, i.e. snakes are unable to regulate the temperature of their body internally. However, snakes can absorb heat from the ground, from surrounding air and objects next to them, and can cool themselves byseeking shade, lying in shallow pools of water,or crawling down a rock-crevice out of the sun. It is advised that the best defence against venomous snakes is avoidance. Being careful, alert and knowledgeable is the best way to avoid getting bitten.

  25. DR on Apr 8, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Years ago, I was at The Datai, Langkawi. Stayed in one of the villas in tropical jungle overlooking Andaman Sea. I was assured by the hotel staffs that it is safe to keep doors and windows open as there will be no snakes nor mosquitoes. Outside of the villa was heavily surrounded by West Indian Lemon Grass. It must have worked as I left the place in the same condition as when I checked in! Hahaha!

  26. Lisa on Apr 8, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Thank you Paris the information is very useful.
    Old folks say any repellents can try but the most effective one is still the sulfur powder.

  27. ECheah on Apr 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I read in the paper recently that when there were floods in Klang town recently, a few people reported that they came downstairs and to their shock and horror, their floor was teeming with cockroaches and another person had rats running riot! I laughed out loud at the thought as it reminded me of a movie. Oops, not too loud lest I create the karma to have that misfortune happen to me too. Anyway, when their dens are flooded they migrate and sometimes encroach into another’s territory. Just like ghosts and spirits, we want to survive, we all co-exist, we don’t really like each other and we elbow each other for space. Isn’t it the “I” talking again?

  28. tenzin llhamo on Apr 5, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Thank you for the research Paris. I will personally pick Liquid Fence as it is safe and not harmful. Also depending on which country I am in. Am trying my best to like nature now for the future as I am really terrified of creepy crawly…

  29. Roy Martinez on Apr 2, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Peacocks are a good repellant. They won’t go near their natural enemy especially if you live on a farm and they eat your eggs. The lemon grass also makes a good tea. I would go for the lemon grass that way you can enjoy a good cup of lemon tea in your snake-free garden.

    • Roy Martinez on Apr 2, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Hmmm, I wonder if the Naga Queen could keep them away if we made a shrine in our backyard and made offerings to her.

  30. Victor Phang on Apr 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    This is a very useful information.
    Thanks Paris for the hardwork and thanks Rinpoche for the sharing 🙂

    • bernard on Mar 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      thank you for the information i have garlic at home that i will make use of.

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    As I read this article, three scenario came to my mind:

    1. We do not live or work alone, whether secularly or spiritually. When we do not carry out our part, it is irresponsible because deep inside we expect others to do the job for us. When the job gets overwhelming because of our wrong view, it is easy to quit, drop the job, say ‘no’, walk away and pretend it is other people’s fault. Sometimes the person who has been helping us get the blame because we use our wrong view to judge. As a result, we are ungrateful even when there was no such intent. In the end, we never learn how to do it because it is always someone else who is doing it.

    2. We may feel that finding money is more important, because with money, we can sponsor the centre, sponsor the Dharma project, And due to our generosity, we expect to be sheltered from responsibility that we don’t like to do. Only we know ourselves whether our intention is out of pure generosity and void of the eight worldly concerns. It is true that money can buy us comfort and convenience, but there are not many lifetimes that we can sustain with good rebirths. Eventually we will have to face the same situation perhaps in a harsher condition.

    3. And when we finally do our job, we do it with resentment, completing it for the sake of avoiding criticism, we are robbing others who are keen & passionate of the opportunity to do it. We are also irresponsible and sneaky to say the least. Imagine if each lama tasked to pass down Buddha’s Dharma decided to do it with resentment? What knowledge will we have today? Imagine if every mother decided to bring up their children in this manner, what will become of us?

    Since we have these negative traits, we must try our best to correct it in this lifetime, so that it does not stick with us in our future lifes. When we are ignorant of our own negative traits, and other point out to us, don’t quit and run away. We are habituated with negative traits from many lifetimes, the learning, unlearning, relearning, reminding and continuous practicing is necessary for us to transform.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this impactful teaching. Thank you Cindy for sharing this on FB.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/this-is-important-to-know-for-your-life.html
  • sonny tan
    Friday, Jun 24. 2016 09:10 AM
    sonny tan on Jun 24, 2016 at 9:08 am
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai and Rinpoche on this subject on death and advice that we so badly needed especially when there is an unexpected and sudden death in the family. We all know that it is a taboo subject never to talk about and never to be discussed and people will shun you or show their disgust or walk away very quickly whenever such topic are raised.
    It is always very devastating for everyone no matter how strong they may professed to be when death comes knocking at our door. It would be more painful especially when it happens so suddenly. I remembered that I attended a friend’s passing just recently, she was at the prime of her life when children are all grown up and a time to retire, relax and enjoy the holidays with her hubby and then tragedy suddenly strike. It pains me to see her going through this ordeal going from one hospital to the next; operation after operation, tears flowed whenever we visited her. There are no right and proper words to described her agony, her fears, her uncertainties and the so many times seeing her like that I just wished that I have this power to remove all of the mental and physical pain that is within her. Many times I tried to assure her and pleaded with her never to give up because we have the same spiritual master and assured her that if the master is not giving up on her then she should not even think of giving up. All she ever wanted from us is each time we meet is to give her a hug we even crossed our little last pinky finger together and I make her promised me that we would attend the level three healing training together when she recovered from her ailment and I continually ask her to be strong.
    During my meditation I will use whatever I have learned, like lighting candles, prayers and I will visualize light from the Buddhas especially Medicine Buddha going into her body and cleanse all the dark energy and each time I do that tears would flow incessantly.
    This was a very poignant event in my life and it has left an indelible mark which I would hold dear in my heart
    I guess it was not meant to be with all the hopes we have, all the prayers, all the meditations, all the promises just vanished into thin air, God gives and God takes it away.
    I remember a Buddhist quote that says life is uncertain and death is certain, now that we have Rinpoche with us guiding and teaching us on death meditation I believe it would come a time after much practice that we will all be more open and see and accept death as part of our living and we should not let fear cloud our mental frame all the time on death.
  • Joy
    Friday, Jun 24. 2016 04:56 AM
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    Click as many times as you like but we recommend just once a day, so you can focus your thoughts on that one special fortune.

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  • Yeo Kwai Gin
    Thursday, Jun 23. 2016 09:09 PM
    Yeo Kwai Gin on Jun 23, 2016 at 9:08 pm
    感谢仁波切和罗胜彪讲法师分享这编文章。

    习气~在我们每个人都有,有好,有坏,可是每个人大多数都不会发觉自己拥有自己的习气,就像以上所提到的,习气不好的人,就如一直都执着心重的人,就会拥有强烈的自私心,执着‘我’的心很重,遇到事情不是他想象之内,就会大发雷霆,矛头一直向着别人责备。上师时常要我们学习佛法,明白其精髓,让我们心识转化,把佛法运用和实践在我们的日常生活里,放下自我,时常为别人着想,遇见难题就如何把它消化,乐意去接受,这就是佛法。

    遇见一位关心我们和愿意全心全力的用尽不同管道和方法把佛法传播个我们的上师是一个非常难得的事,仁波切用尽方法把佛法带给我们,让我们在最快的时间证得更高的成就。但是,身为弟子的我们,已经拥有一位具格上师教导我们,拥有佛堂修行,网络的发达学习佛法,拥有那么完善的学习管道,错过了真的是可惜和遗憾。愿大家一定要珍惜这机缘和缘分,人身难得,拥有完善的人身,而且有机会学习佛法,就如海底捞针,请珍惜!

    愿上师健康,长寿,常转法论,吉祥如意!

    感恩合十
    YEO KWAI GIN

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/devadatta-blaming-others-cn.html
  • Uncle Lai
    Thursday, Jun 23. 2016 04:06 PM
    , I came across this video on how a couple is living off the grid in the Australian outbacks. The video was well made, well explained and you feel a sense of happy anxiety to see the finished product. What amazed me so much was this person NEVER built a house and yet step by step he did research and he learned how to. Every aspect of living water collection, solar power, toilet, compost, electricity, growing vegetables is discussed. Of course you can’t build a container house from this video alone as much more research is needed, but it can be done is the message. I loved this video. I hope you will watch it. I hope many more people will watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRN0uClnJBw
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Jun 23. 2016 02:51 PM
    It is very emotional to have a family member passed away. Especially when it is the one whom we have fond memories with. I can tell what a loving person Pastor Jean Ai’s Ah Ma was from the writing. When my father past away in 2011, it was difficult for the family. I can still remember the feeling of lost that lingered within the family even two years on after his passing. Therefore I can imagine the feeling of loss suffered by Ah Kong. Ah Ma and Ah Kong had spent almost a lifetime together and now suddenly the better half is gone. Hence, the extra care and attention for the living is imperative.

    I wish I had known this at the time of my father’s passing so that the emotional support for my mother could had been much earlier. But I am still thankful for my mother is still alive and I can now do for her what I could not for my dad. And now I have learnt from Rinpoche’s teaching, the best gift I can give my mother is Dharma knowledge.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this emotive article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/advice-at-a-funeral.html
  • Joy
    Thursday, Jun 23. 2016 02:32 PM
    Did you know that when H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche first entered Gaden Shartse Monastery, he lived in a small room in Zong Ladrang, and life was very hard as Rinpoche had very little food to eat and even less money? This Saturday (25/06/16), join the Blog Chat at 11am (GMT +8) and stand a chance to walk away with a special prize**. Be sure to read up on H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s biography especially on Rinpoche’s preparation to go to India, his life there and his enthronement. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/h-e-the-25th-tsem-tulku-rinpoches-biography.html See you on blog chat*! *http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/chat http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/user-pictures/tblogpics-gp1f2te274.jpg
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Jun 23. 2016 12:02 PM
    Thank you for sharing the book review of the inspiring life of Teresa Hsu. She is truly a Bodhisattva. I learnt that :

    1) It is very important to persevere and not give up no matter how others view us. We should stay strong as long as we believe we are conducting the good values and not mistreating people. Many a time we tend to give up when we face challenges or do not get support. Also we must always stand up for others were treated unfairly, must be an upright person.

    2) Education/values from family are very vital. Teresa has a very compassionate and kind great grandfather and mother. The values are instill since young and I really admire their compassion in helping the people in need even though they need they are not in a good financial condition.

    3) Always put others need over our own. She will always make sure that others have food to eat and been taken care of. She doesn’t mind sharing her food , eating much lesser as others has nothing to eat. She has a big heart.

    4) Keep good family values. Although she has spent most of her life taking care of others but she did not neglect her mother. She constantly send letters to her mother weekly for more than 30 years. This is a good reflection to us, with so many technologies now where we can reach our family within seconds, but we do not even call back enough to speak to them.

    5) Love everyone. Teresa principal is that she must help everyone regardless of their background, race and etc. There is no segregation. Everyone is her brother and sister. This is oneness.

    6)Be contented no matter how little we have. She showed a good example of how living frugally the whole life is fine. Importantly is to share and help others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/heart-to-heart-with-teresa-hsu-book-review.html
  • Joy
    Thursday, Jun 23. 2016 04:12 AM
    Dear friends, Did you know that His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche posts up interesting pictures from time to time here on >>>PHOTOS ON THE GO<<<? See the column on the right or go here http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/gallery/photos-on-the-go.html Do check it out as these are things Rinpoche likes to share and at times there are spontaneous bits of teachings 🙂 SEE A RECENT PIC: Sacred Manjushri Kumara 9th Century Pala Dynasty India http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/photos-on-the-go/thumbs/thumbs_photo_160618155623_0.jpg

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The Unknown

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

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1 week ago
Sacred Manjushri Kumara 9th Century Pala Dynasty India
1 week ago
This sacred White Tara is on the Bodhgaya enlightenment stupa marking the very spot Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment.
2 weeks ago
Myself at the sacred lake at Dromo Geshe Rinpoche's residence
2 weeks ago
Myself at Dromo Geshe Rinpoche's house where there is a sacred lake on his property. The Five Sister Protector Goddesses abide at this lake. I am making offerings to the divinities in the lake here. Many contractors or workers who come to do work often observe 'Asian ladies' dressed very well walking around the perimeter of the lake and there are no Asian ladies living nearby at all. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Myself sitting at a lake where Bigfoots are often sighted in Willow Creek, California. This area in Northern California is a hot spot for Bigfoot sightings for hundreds of years till present day. We spent the afternoon there and we did our sadhanas and enjoy the BEAUTIFUL cool/dry weather (no humidity) and you don't sweat. The water was clear and sparkling. It is one of the most beautiful places I have been too and I can easily live there in this area. It was hard to leave this place. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Such a beautiful conservatory. How I would love to have a room like this among woodlands.
2 weeks ago
Another beautiful Gyenze statue arrives made by Kechara
2 weeks ago
My Mumu boy is super duper cute. I love you Mumu.
3 weeks ago
Pastor Adeline leads a holy and beneficial Tsongkapa retreat group in Kechara Forest Retreat today. Very nice to see this. I like it when our Pastors and senior students encourage, nurture others into the dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Images of the Buddha are always a great blessing
3 weeks ago
Beautifully painted Shakyamuni the Buddha
3 weeks ago
Nice painting of Lord Tsongkapa
3 weeks ago
Beautiful painting of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the omniscient.
3 weeks ago
This is a traditional thangka painting of the Karma Gadri style, which was especially commissioned by Tashi Mannox on the rarely depicted great calligrapher and scholar Thönmi Sambhota. Sambhota is a historical figure responsible for developing the foundation of the Tibetan writing systems in the seventh century A.D, which form the basis of the Tibetan language today.
4 weeks ago
Spectacular outdoor Tsongkapa in Mongolia
4 weeks ago
BEAUTIFUL Tara statue! Magnificent
4 weeks ago
Vajradharma. In Vajra Yogini's tantra, we always visualize our root teacher in this form. We should see him in his divine form. 
4 weeks ago
These are the tantric implements that a Tantrika must carry with them everywhere they go as part of their commitment
4 weeks ago
Myself walking with my teacher the then abbot fo Gaden Shartse Monastery. H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Jampa Yeshe and I was leaving the main prayer hall of Gaden Shartse and walking through the debate courtyard.
4 weeks ago
Emperor Kangxi's official state seal
4 weeks ago
Such a beautiful Yamantaka Statue
4 weeks ago
Grand looking painting of the Gelug Savant His Holiness Chankgya Rolpai Dorje
4 weeks ago
My shrine in Los Angeles back in 2014. I just came across this picture from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/look-what-i-found.html
4 weeks ago
Very unique art work of Dorje Shugden
1 month ago
Beautiful 7ft Tara arrives today. See the beautiful picture and video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okk8P3WIWFo
1 month ago
35 Confessional Buddhas
1 month ago
Please do not hate us
1 month ago
Beautiful statue [image: Inline image 1]
1 month ago
Such a stunning White Tara!
1 month ago
Neerja's mother accepting the highest award in India on behalf of her daughter. Her daughter's bravery saved 300 people. Her strength, compassion and presence of mind during great tragedy earned Neerja a deep place in our hearts forever. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Goddes supreme, with a wave of your right hand the 84,000 demonic interfering beings are repelled. With the powerful umbrella you hold in your left grants supreme protection upon your devotees. Although beautiful to behold you are fully attained and beyond samsara and a perfect refuge. Grant us protection, love and wisdom with your sacred mantra powerful Dukkar Goddess. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
I love Japan so much. The water is so blue and clean. The landscape is so magical. It's such a beautiful country and a great place to engage in meditational retreats.
1 month ago
A good meme by Pastor Seng Piow!
2 months ago
Gaden Jangtse Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Chojor together with Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery
2 months ago
May 31, 1990, the day Tsem Rinpoche was enthroned formally in Gaden Shartse Monastery
2 months ago
Panglung Oracle in trance back in 1925
2 months ago
More lamas/Tibetans are speaking up. This has nothing to do with Dorje Shugden ban although it helps the Dorje Shugden cause because there is more unrest and disharmony from many sectors within Tibetans showing the world so many are unhappy with the leadership.-Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche's strong letter to the Dalai Lama regarding giving religious freedom within the Karma Kagyu sect of Buddhism is a MUST READ- and he is applauded as courageous for writing this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=99364
2 months ago
The beautiful truth
2 months ago
Manjushri notes
2 months ago
Karma Kagyu’s Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche asks the Dalai Lama for Religious Freedom-This is explosive-Must read! http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=99364
2 months ago
The place where Lord Tsongkapa's holy remains are housed for pilgrims to visit in Gaden Monastery Tibet.
2 months ago
How death is so near, yet I cherish my ego more than my guru, more than his instructions and my protector. They are the only ones significant at death for me and yet I still think I have time. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
Would be so nice to live in an area where Bigfoot is prevalent and sighted. That would include mountains and lakes too.
2 months ago
Because of the ban against Dorje Shugden followers started in 1996, 700 monks had to cut from Sera Mey Monastery and start this new monastery. This new Serpom Monastery located in South India still suffers tremendous hatred and prejudice, but the brave monks continue their practice and lineage.
2 months ago
Vietnamese monk who self immolated hoping to bring change in his country. He sacrificed his life and sat still during the immense pain of his body burning.
2 months ago
Protector of the Sakya School of Buddhism, Gonpo Gur or Mahakala Panjarnata
2 months ago
Such a wondrous place to be with such a view that heals the soul. Why live in a city where it is unnatural and polluted. Everyday in the city is a day away from where we belong. We belong among the greens, forest, mountains and clean air. We belong in such a place and doing our retreats, sadhanas and mantras to find the ultimate place of belonging and peace....the ultimate place is within us with a developed spiritual mind. Hard to achieve among distractions in the city. 
2 months ago
This is the five foot Arya Avalokitesvara statue I have offered Gaden Shartse Monastery many years ago. It still graces the main prayer hall of Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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  • Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
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    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
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    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
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    Taking Trance
  • See what humans can do
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    See what humans can do
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    Shocking undercover video shows animal abuse at 'humane cert
  • Video reveals what goes on inside 'humane slaughterhouse' in
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    Video reveals what goes on inside 'humane slaughterhouse' in
  • People can really live their lives to save others. This is a good way to live. Beautiful video.
    4 months ago
    People can really live their lives to save others. This is a good way to live. Beautiful video.
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    7 months ago
    All beings have feelings and do not want pain, to be hurt or harmed. Therefore we must respect this and not harm animals. See this video how this man has made good friends with a special fish who comes when he rings for the fish. Touching. Tsem Rinpoche
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    9 months ago
    HH the Dalai Lama prays with HH Trijang Rinpoche and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Such a beautiful video of His Holiness Dalai Lama, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche (Very exalted high Nyingma lama) are all praying together. In the background you see a young Kyabje Lati Rinpoche too. So beautiful. This is how it was before the ban. All the sects and high lamas were superbly harmonious. After the Dorje Shugden ban things changed for the worse. May the ban be released soon. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
    9 months ago
    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
    10 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
  • A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
    10 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
    10 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
    11 months ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja

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Group work is part of the integral exercise instill during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children were so excited when learning Mitsegma song guided by teacher Jesvin and Alice. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Jenni guiding children to do breathing meditation before start of Sunday Dharma Class. Lin Mun KSDS
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“If one keeps even a drop of the nectar of the name of this holy being – Lama Tsongkhapa – in a devotional heart, it plants the seed of liberation and one receives the fortune to practice and enjoy happiness from this life up to enlightenment.” ~ Pabongka Rinpoche (P. Adeline)
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Part of the team assembled to plant Hibiscus in Kechara Forest Retreat
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At work, to set up reinforcements for the newly planted trees in Kechara Forest Retreat
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The Full Team assembled to set up reinforcements for the newly planted trees in Kechara Forest Retreat.
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What are the kids raising hands up for? KSDS-Serena Boon
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Kids are lining up according to do prostrations before the lesson starts. KSDS-Serena Boon
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We apply various teaching method for each age kids group. KSDS-Serena Boon

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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