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 invasice 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 repell 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 repellants.

1)  Garlic Mixture

Garlic mixtures are effective as snake repellants. 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 repellants. 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.

 

Non-natural snake repellants 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.

 

 

Disclaimer: These may or may not work depending on what part of the world you live in…They are not guaranteed to work but from research, that is what others recommend.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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…

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. 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.

  14. 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

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  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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/

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

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

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

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

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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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This is very heartwarming.
23 hours ago
This is the truth!
23 hours ago
This is so sad
23 hours ago
I have just finished my post with my team on Wealth Gyenze- a method to increase wealth both inner and outer- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=59965
3 days ago
This is so important to remember. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 days ago
When you have loved, given care, resources, material needs, support, emotional bonding and your sincerity to someone, but they don't have the merits to see it, let them be. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 days ago
My beautiful Kache Marpo statue
4 days ago
My small room in Gaden
4 days ago
These are my thoughts here....
5 days ago
Be balanced.
5 days ago
Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche visited me in my house in Gaden Monastery in this picture. Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
Gaden Shartse Monastery 1975.
6 days ago
Graceful & elegant White Manjushri.
7 days ago
Very unusual form of Lord Manjushri. Fascinating and holy.
7 days ago
Beautiful statue of Yamantaka who is a practice highly recommended by Je Tsongkapa.
7 days ago
My grandmother Dechen Minh, she is from the ruling family of Xianjiang
1 week ago
left to right: My cousin Judy, My mother (red), my cousin Toktun
1 week ago
Left to right: My mother, family friend and my grandmother
1 week ago
My mother Dewa Nimbo.
1 week ago
My grandmother Dechen Minh with my mother Dewa Nimbo.
1 week ago
Beautiful  5 meter rock carving in Dzongsar Monastery in China. 
1 week ago
Such a beautiful picture of a fully enlightened teacher. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
When statues are consecrated, the actual Buddhas are invited to reside within these holy objects. This sacred statue of Vajra Yogini in Tibet has spoken to sincere practitioners on several occasions. Tsem Rinpoche (More to read on Vajra Yogini here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/vajra-yogini)
1 week ago
This person in the picture with me is a very humble, kind and knowledgable senior monk. I have the great merits to be considered his friend. He has been very kind to me on many occasions. I have the deepest respects for him and he has been serving others for nearly 40 years as the personal authorized oracle of Dorje Shugden, Kache Marpo, Setrap, Shidak Gyenze. He was trained up as a monk oracle by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Domo Geshe Rinpoche. He is fully qualified and benefits many with his oracular abilities. You can see him here in full trance in the monastery with hundreds of monks and people: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Xbghs-mdNc I thank Dorje Shugden for appearing in oracles to speak to us and I thank this oracle monk for his services. The authentic and beneficial oracle tradition of Tibet is 1,000 year old. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Wonderful people with me. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
I will never give up Dorje Shugden just because you taunt and ban me. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
This really happened.
2 weeks ago
Hate is not good.
2 weeks ago
This is good!!! Share it please!
2 weeks ago
I've always not felt comfortable reading on computer screen for over a decade now. When I do, I feel I am slower. I thought it's just me, studies show it's most people. I am always faster and more efficient and catch more things when items are printed out for me. I enjoy books much more than reading online. I dread reading on the phone. I am super slow.Nice little trivia that affirms my habit.
2 weeks ago
Take a look at the face carefully. Always be kind to animals. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
So many beautiful items to support our spiritual practice. Go to http://www.vajrasecrets.com immediately.
2 weeks ago
Dear friends, I have just completed the following blog posts: 1. Who is Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=60008 2. Dorje Shugden Retreat: A powerful practice to fulfill wishes: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=62422 3. Ganden Sumtseling Monastery the beautiful: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=61321 4. Why Hide and Attack A Monk? http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=63287 5. YAKs at the Taman Megah Orphanage! http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=62929 6. They Want to Kill Me : http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=63769 Do enjoy most of the articles, information and beautiful pictures. Some are surprising to say the least. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Dear friends, I have just completed the following blog posts: 1. Who is Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=60008 2. Dorje Shugden Retreat: A powerful practice to fulfill wishes: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=62422 3. Ganden Sumtseling Monastery the beautiful: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=61321 4. Why Hide and Attack A Monk? http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=63287 5. YAKs at the Taman Megah Orphanage! http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=62929 Do enjoy most of the articles, information and beautiful pictures. Some are surprising to say the least. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
How fortunate to meet these holy and erudite beings. To be in the presence of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is result of merits. To be student of erudite Geshe Kelsang is fortunate. Respects to them. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
A holy statue of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen lak. I miss him so much. I lived with him and served him for 8 years. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
Very nice message. Thanks. 
3 weeks ago
These 8 monks are very special. There is a lot more than meets the eye. You will be able to learn some interesting knowledge. Have free download too! See what I mean: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=63299
3 weeks ago
There is a very interesting story behind this card. You have to find out here!! :) Enjoy: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57485
3 weeks ago
Taken in Kechara Forest Retreat's Wisdom Hall. Wisdom Hall is dedicated to the practice of Dorje Shugden. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
This was taken in Kechara Forest Retreat where we have a lovely statue. Take a look. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Did you know the LARGEST Dorje Shugden statue in the world is in Kechara? Take at look at never before published photos: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=63142
4 weeks ago
Tashi Choling in Tibet where His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche resided and did his incredible meditational retreats. He had many visions of various Buddhas in this location in Tibet. Now it is a pilgrimage sight. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
This beautiful statue of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen is in my personal altar in my home.
4 weeks ago
This is my 2nd grade class photo. Can you tell which one is me?
4 weeks ago
From this blue container, someone obeyed the 'call of the divine' and worked hard and hence Findhorn was born. Inspiring thousands for clean, spiritual, eco living. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Entrance into Kechara Forest Retreat. Beautiful photo by Pastor Seng Piow. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
The sacred Vajra Yogini stupa in Kechara. Contains many holy relics and precious items associated with Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
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    Another Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
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    A Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
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    Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 2
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    Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 1
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    Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 3
    2 months ago
  • Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche & Kyabje Ling Rinpoche doing Lama Chöpa in Bodhgaya in the 60s
    Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche & Kyabje Ling Rinpoche doing Lama Chöpa in Bodhgaya in the 60s
    In the 1960s, H.H. Yongzin Kyabje Ling Rinpoche would always organize Lama Chöpa (Guru puja-composed by Panchen Rinpoche) with 1000 offerings in Bodhgaya and would often be joined in by H.H. Yongzin Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, and sometimes the 16th Karmapa would even join in. Wonderful. Watch this blessed and old footage of the two Yongzins doing Lama Chöpa in Bodhgaya. Yongzin is the special title to those who were the root and close teachers of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. There were two official Yongzins. Trijang Rinpoche and Ling Rinpoche were the Yongzins of the current Dalai Lama for over 40 years living nearby to Dalai Lama and passing him all the teachings necessary. They were extremely kind and giving all necessary teachings, empowerments and oral transmissions that Dalai Lama is disseminating to the world today to millions. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    3 months ago
  • Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    In the Malaysian capital, Ruby Khong devotes her lunch hours delivering food to the needy, even when the tropical heat and humidity make it hard to breathe. "It was always about myself, what I wanted and that continued on for a while until 1994," she says. That year, she was on a quest for spiritual guidance in India and met a Buddhist monk named Tsem Rinpoche. Read more here: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29986205
    5 months ago
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    Mumu always prepares his bed this way before sleeping. Cute.
    6 months ago
  • Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
    Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
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    6 months ago
  • Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    7 months ago
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    They pump 'things' into poultry to make it look plump and bigger to attract you to buy. Then you eat whatever they've pumped and think how it builds up in your body? Is your taste buds worth it to risk your health? Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
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    Look at this 2 minute video, while Hong Kong is having massive protests,right over the skyline of a city a UFO is spotted observing.. Incredible footage. UFO's are historically said to always gather where there is massive conflicts or congregations of people for hundreds of years.
    7 months ago
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    See this video and do share with friends. See what happens at 1:10........Om Mani Peme Hung Watch it for the sake of the beings within in enduring what they have to endure. Don't think about how you feel because you are not there, but how they feel. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
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    I just purchased an empty locket from an art store for around $10 and had a nice picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche inserted in the front and His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche inserted on the others side at home. Attached a str...ing and it's good to wear for blessings. Look how beautiful. I am the type, I devote myself to my practice but I remember it is the sole kindness of the guru's teachings. Without the guru there is no dharma at all as I cannot speak to Buddha directly. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
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    I was gifted this wonderful blingy shiny new pen by a spiritual friend. I didn't know Swarovski pens write so smoothly. I am going to enjoy writing with this. Thank you Jessica Pimentel. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
  • Is this the Loch Ness monster?
    Is this the Loch Ness monster?
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    7 months ago
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    In Kechara Forest Retreat we have a large aviary with many rescued birds and tortoises. We just built a nice pool for them to cool down in. Tsem Rinpoche
    8 months ago
  • Rescuing dog in LA river
    Rescuing dog in LA river
    8 months ago
  • This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    8 months ago
  • Dalai Lama watching TV
    Dalai Lama watching TV
    8 months ago
  • Dog with a heart of Gold
    Dog with a heart of Gold
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    8 months ago
  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    11 months ago
  • The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    It's really hard to educate a generation of people born in conditions where they take things for granted. A simple slogan campaign that says, "Save water, It's precious" isn't sticky enough to make inroads. That's exactly where this video steps in: to make people realize how precious water actually is. A brilliant video that follows the heartbreaking story of a young girl that cannot cry. Sounds like fiction? Sadly, it is not.
    11 months ago
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    Dear friends, See this incredible video. This chimp was found in captivity for many years. Dr Jane Goodall released him into the wild. Look how he comes back to thank her with deep apprecition. It's amazing. Animals have such strong feelings of pain and happiness just like us. We should never hurt them and share with others to not hurt them. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    1 years ago
  • Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    1 years ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    1 years ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
    1 years ago
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    Gongkar is our new bird for Kechara Forest Retreat's aviary. Gongkar never had friends and the original owner could not bring him to his destination. Now he is with us and assimilating in his cage within the aviary for a few weeks then released into aviary. Look at how much he wants attention from the other birds. Cute. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago

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CHAT PICTURES

Medical team checking the blood pressure of one of our food recipients. Patsy@KSK Penang
3 hours ago
He is so hungry and immediately opened up the food and started eating. Life being a homeless is tough. Patsy@KSK Penang
4 hours ago
Food distribution around George Town, Penang. Patsy@KSK Penang #photo2
4 hours ago
Monday night food distribution around George Town, Penang. Patsy@KSK Penang #photo1
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Beautiful set up for Druchuma Puja . May sponsor wishes be fulfilled. May harmony restore. By Puja House. 27 April'15. #tsemtulku #peace #harmony #love #business #feed
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This afternoon Puja House did an urgent Medicine Buddha. By Puja House. 27 April'15. #medicine #surgery #hospital #treatment #tsemtulku
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Puja House team setting up Gompa for Tonite Setrap and Dorje Shugden prayers. By Puja House. 27 April'15. #kechara #tsemtulku #house #peace #protection
5 hours ago
Offer prayers to Dorje Shugden for the Nepal earthquake victims . May deceased have good rebirth. May injured recover swiftly. May everyone stay strong! From: June Tang (Khjb)
8 hours ago
#PrayforNepal We having Dorje Shugden puja at Kechara (JB) now. Dedicate to swift healing and recovery of NEPAL. From: June Tang (Khjb)
8 hours ago
#PrayforNepal Candle offering at Kechara (Jb) From: June Tang (Khjb)
8 hours ago
#PrayforNepal All attendees are busy doing set up and make offering to Buddhas before Dorje Shugden puja started. From: June Tang (Khjb)
8 hours ago
Dear all, KH(JB ) will be a Dorje Shugden puja for the Nepal earthquake victims at tonight 7pm. All are welcome join us!!! From: June Tang (Khjb)
8 hours ago
HH @Dalailama~Practising Dorje Shugden not meant to go against ur advice but to keep our samaya with our guru. From: June Tang (Khjb)
8 hours ago
HH @Dalailama~Please lift the ban! From: June Tang (Khjb)
8 hours ago
HH @Dalailama~We need your compassion! From: June Tang (Khjb)
8 hours ago
HH @Dalailama~Please solve the issue of Dorje Shugden. From: June Tang (Khjb)
8 hours ago
HH @Dalailama~Please end the suffering, segregation and prejudice! From: June Tang (Khjb)
8 hours ago
Dzambala puja + Dorje Shugden puja progress at Kechara (JB). From: June Tang (Khjb)
8 hours ago
HH @dalailama, please see the sufferings & difficulties . From: June Tang (Khjb)
8 hours ago
To all haters!!! From: June Tang (Khjb)
8 hours ago
Dorje Shugden arose to benefit many. ~tsemtulku From: June Tang (Khjb)
8 hours ago
Do not use social media to hurt beings #tsemtulku From: June Tang (Khjb)
8 hours ago
The end is near, it's just a matter of time.~ #tsemtulku From: June Tang (Khjb)
8 hours ago
The best way to deal with loss, anger and hurt, is to meditate on impermanence.~TSEM RINPOCHE From: June Tang (Khjb)
8 hours ago
Death meditation is not morbid, but results in letting go and hence, freedom. Not doing so is morbid and you remain in denial.~TSEM RINPOCHE From: June Tang (Khjb)
8 hours ago

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