The 5 Elements of the Chinese Zodiac

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Inter-relationship and interaction between the elements

The elements – Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, Earth – are an integral part of the Chinese Zodiac which define a universal balance. All things arise from and return to the earth – when we study the Zodiac, it’s important for us to bear the elements in mind, as every one of us are made up of these elements and are deeply connected to them.

Since the 5 elements are components of the Earth, they are all interdependent. Each element is controlled by another, while at the same time, each element brings about another. This indicates that each element has its own equal strength and weakness, and they have equal influence over each other.

 

The Generating Cycle: How One Element Creates Another

From Metal we get Water, from Water we get Wood, from Wood we get Fire, from Fire we get Earth and from Earth we get Metal:

 

Metal (in the form of a container) holds Water

Water (as a nourishing element), helps to grows Wood

Wood is burnt to create Fire

Fire burns every other element down into Earth

Metal is extracted from the Earth

 

The Controlling Cycle: How One Element Controls Another

Fire controls Metal, Water controls Fire, Earth controls Water, Wood controls Earth and Metal controls Wood:

 

Fire melts Metal into liquid

Water extinguishes a Fire

Earth absorbs and directs the flow of Water

Wood (as roots of a tree) holds the Earth together or breaks it apart

Metal, as axes, cuts down trees into Wood.


 

THE 5 ELEMENTS

The Animals and the Elements

Each of the 12 animal signs within the Chinese zodiac is associated with one of the five elements. This is known as the fixed element of the sign:

 

Metal

Earth

Fire

Wood

Water

Monkey

Rooster

Ox

Sheep

Dog

Snake

Horse

Tiger

Rabbit

Dragon

Rat

Pig

 

Then, each animal sign is further divided into the five elements, depending on the year that the sign occurs. E.g.:

  • Metal Horse (1930, 1990)
  • Earth Horse (1918, 1978)
  • Fire Horse (1966, 2026)
  • Wood Horse (1954, 2014)
  • Water Horse (1942, 2002)

 

Each of the five elements occurs within each animal sign occurs once every 12 years. Therefore, each specific animal-element combination – e.g. the Fire Ox – repeats once every 60 years.

A person’s characteristics are determined both by the ruling element of their sign as well as the element of that particular year that they are born. E.g. A Water Rooster will be controlled by both Water and Metal.

Click here to read each of the 12 Lunar Animals influenced by each of the 5 elements:

Rat
Ox
Tiger
Rabbit
Dragon
Snake
Horse
Sheep
Monkey
Rooster
Dog
Pig

Or read by element type:

Metal
Earth
Fire
Wood
Water

How to work with the elements

If a family or any working team is fortunate enough to have all five elements within its members, it is said that they would then enjoy a lot of harmony. The presence of all five elements within one unit creates an overall balance and each element would “generate” – or support – the other.

One of the best ways we can make use of these interactions is at the workplace. Study the Controlling Interactions to determine who you would be able to lead well and harmoniously; and examine the Generating Interactions to see who would support you well. For example, if you are a leader of a company and are looking to hire people to work under you, it would be good for you to find people of signs that are “controlled” by you. E.g. If you are a Fire sign (Snake or Horse), you would find it best to employ people of a Metal sign (Rooster or Monkey). From studying the generating interactions, you would find good support in people born under the Wood sign (Tiger or Rabbit)

 

The Characteristics of each Elements

 

Metal ()

Those born under the Metal element will have the following characteristics:

  • Ambitious and very success driven
  • Competitive
  • Good leadership qualities
  • Fiercely independent
  • Determined and driven
  • Not easily swayed or influenced by others
  • Not easily discouraged by failure or rejection
  • A fighter who will not back down
  • Handles difficulties head-on, preferably on their own
  • Disciplined and focused
  • Often spiritual, holding high morals and high standards
  • Strong instincts when dealing with monetary aspects

 

Weaknesses:

  • Opinionated
  • Non-expressive, or expressive only to a certain limit
  • Can be very stubborn and unreasonable (especially if things are not to their expectation)
  • Susceptible to being merciless and unkind
  • Unafraid to cut ties with those who fail to conform to their expectations or hold opposing views

 

Earth ()

Those born under the Earth element will have the following characteristics:

Strengths:

  • Naturally organized and effective planners
  • Serious and practical
  • Analytical
  • Good insight to situations
  • Keep things as factual as possible, they rarely dramatize their findings
  • Approach things in a logical manner
  • Hard-working
  • Wise and intelligent
  • Natural entrepreneurs
  • Very good at handling money
  • Disciplined, reliable and stable
  • Very responsible
  • Able to fully utilize their resources to bring out successful results
  • Trusting, loyal and honest
  • Good at nurturing others

 

Weaknesses:

  • Conservative and reserved
  • Overprotective
  • Obstinate
  • Miserly
  • Like to “play it safe”; not very adventurous; don’t like to take risks
  • Unimaginative
  • Boring

 

Fire ()

Those born under the Fire element will have the following characteristics:

  • Spontaneous
  • Versatile
  • Charismatic and attractive
  • Commanding presence
  • Highly intelligent and knowledgeable
  • Passionate and enthusiastic
  • Positive
  • Ambitious and self-motivated
  • Adventurous, thrill seekers
  • Likes a challenge and driven by risk
  • Expressive and has dynamic speech
  • Motivators, likely to inspire others to action
  • Creative, innovative
  • Decisive
  • Born to be leaders

 

Weaknesses

  • Dislikes being alone, and may seek for attention
  • Restless and impatient
  • Insensitive and inconsiderate of others
  • Can be manipulative
  • Susceptible to mood swings
  • Too aggressive and dominating
  • Impulsive and volatile
  • Tendency to rush into things without thinking

 

Wood ()

Those born under the Wood element will have the following characteristics:

Strengths:

  • Warm and sociable
  • Innately kind and compassionate
  • Altruistic, empathetic and sensitive to others
  • Understanding
  • Ethical, has high morals
  • Self-confident
  • Finds it easy to make friends
  • Generous; finds it easy to share
  • Adaptable
  • Diplomatic
  • Co-operative, able to work well with others
  • Socially-conscious
  • Good at prioritizing and categorizing their work
  • Practical and organized
  • Always keen to grow

 

Weaknesses

  • Tendency to overcommit; do not know their limits or boundaries
  • Can quit things easily
  • Too passive
  • Indecisive, fickle
  • Can tend to waste money

 

Water ()

Those born under the Water element will have the following characteristics:

Strengths

  • Diplomatic, good communicators
  • Influencers
  • Observant and very aware
  • Open minded
  • Empathetic, sensitive to other’s feelings
  • Good counselors
  • Pacifist, will make good meditators
  • Tend to have good memory
  • Persistent and determined
  • When they feel fear, they are able to hide their feelings
  • Meticulous
  • Able to identify projects with big potential, to bring great results
  • Resilience
  • Able to exert a lot of effort and hard work
  • Intuitive and flexible
  • Soft-hearted and gentle

 

Weaknesses

  • May be susceptible to being self-centered
  • Self-indulgent
  • Indecisive
  • Rely too much on others for support
  • Too passive

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  1. pemba tshering sherpa on Feb 2, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Tashi delek rinpoche,
    I am rabbit with a element wood.my present girlfriend is sheep with element sheep.do u think we can marry.there parents are looking weather we can marry or not.
    And please rinpoche I m pemba n I m zodiac rabbit with element wood.can I apply for us in the coming August 2016.please help me if not than what kind of prayer I need to do.
    Your student
    Pemba tshering sherpa

  2. Astro on Oct 30, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks for article.

  3. GG on Jul 29, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Hi I appreciate the detail of characteristics per element. I have a question in regards to relationship balance…
    The patriarch is an Earth Horse whereas the latter is an Wood Rat. I’ve read much about how they are quite opposite and considered enmities, however, is there an element or recommendation how to harmonize or at least make the relationship better between these two?
    Thank you for any knowledge.

  4. y4h0 on Feb 8, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Thank you for you clear explanations Rinponche.
    My understanding of the 5 elemenets greatly imporved 🙂

  5. Paige on Sep 5, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I’m the Water Horse my elements Water and I’m a Horse And it fits!

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  8. Karma Phuntsho on Jan 5, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Rempoche..me a fire snake and just wanted to know how I ll doing here after..especially this year la..

  9. Brian on May 18, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    When 2 people are snakes (1953 and 1965) and one is water and the other fire, can they be good business partners? Please respond. Thank you

  10. Sean Wang on Mar 29, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    It is amazing how everything is connected. There is one that generates the other. If they do not generate, they are capable of extinguishing. I am under the sign of the cow and my fixed element is Earth. I find it very true as I am very boring and I like avoiding risks. However, I cannot say the same with many others who are born in my year as some of them are extremely brave and rash in their behavior.

  11. Bishumita Moktan on Aug 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Dear RIMPOCHE LA,
    FYAPULLO…. I m a rat born in sheep hour i wnt to knw abt my future as during ma past years i have faced so many ups n downs n i hav a daughter also i m a divorce n m worried abt ma n ma daughter lyf i wud b grateful if u wud tell me.
    thank u

  12. sharon on Sep 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    This is an interesting post – I am of the earth element and it’s pretty accurate!!! I must work on the weaknesses eg become less boring and more adventurous hahaha!

  13. Koh Hee Peng on Sep 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    After reading the above post, I realise that I haven’t fully explored the full potential inside me, if what have been stated above is accurate and true.. haha..and if I had, I would be a very very successful person in terms of actualising whatever goals and targets that I wish to achieve in this life 😀

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for sharing 😀 May you have long healthy life, be surrounded by sound and enthusiastic students, and may all your dharma activities be spread to the 100 directions benefiting all sentient beings 😀

  14. Frederick Law on Sep 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    everything links together, creating harmony by knowing what each elements entails. i always like this 5 elements very much as it mostly accurate to understand oneself, and to understand others using it. Thank You Rinpoche.

  15. tenzin llhamo on Sep 6, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche.

    Love this one :
    Wood (as roots of a tree) holds the Earth together or breaks it apart…

  16. 慧芬 on Sep 5, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    晕死了! 太准确啦!弱点太吓人了

  17. Cynthia Ng on Sep 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    哇哇哇。。很清楚又详细的解释,又再一次让我们彻彻底底的认清自己以及身边的人,该如何的去和别人相处,这样可以解决人与人之间的相处问题。
    感恩仁波切的分享让我们受益良多。

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    Monday, Jun 27. 2016 04:47 PM
    samfoonheei on Jun 27, 2016 at 4:33 pm
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring article.
    Marc Ching s story really inspire us.I wouldnt dare in fact to watch the
    heartbreaking video as by looking at those photos shown above its enough to break my heart.Well we should have more activists or people like him to stop the killings of dogs and the awareness of such cruelty do happens.
    Thanks again its an interesting and inspiring post every one of us should read it.
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    Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:53 PM
    samfoonheei on Jun 27, 2016 at 3:49 pm
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    Monday, Jun 27. 2016 09:37 AM
    sonny tan on Jun 27, 2016 at 9:35 am
    Volunteering and doing dharma work is work I look upon as one of the most important aspect of my life, an opportunity many would and could not do or do not want to do as they view it as wasting their time and effort. It is definitely a rare opportunity that allowed me this chance to help me grow spiritually.
    I would not hesitate to offer myself in any task and will probably not question why I was given this task because I would see it as an elevation to fulfil my spiritual needs which unquestionably remain a monumental gap in my spiritual development.
    Working in a group requires patience, tolerance, acceptance, training and very much understanding the roles we are in. We are always very eager to push through what we have learned among the group and when suggestions are turned down one would feel hurt and ego deflated, therefore one would need to always view it as a group activity rather than an individual trip.
    Of course when in a group we are bound to face people with much temperament such as anger, jealousy, moods swing, and behavioral attitude therefore one need to always keep in check our own temperament in order to avoid clashes that ultimately serve no purpose.
    Most importantly is to always remind ourselves that ultimately we are in dharma to improve and shed away those bad habits, undesirable qualities, attitudes in us that is annoying and hopefully comes out a better person.
    It takes a lot of time to reached a level of acceptance and by doing dharma work we are trying to inculcate compassion into our lives and hopefully when we are able to rule out the thinking faculty that we are so used and let the heart rule perhaps then compassion can arise to the surface then we would eventually come to a stage where nothing else matters. When we have reached that level uppermost in our mind is helping and serving others and this is the ultimate that we hope to reached and achieved when doing dharma work or volunteering.
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    Usually diseases transmitted through tiny beings are the deadliest. Ticks are so tiny, almost undetectable by naked eyes, yet the disease they bring about is lethal and far-reaching. Fortunately we can keep ticks away by deploying the 5 methods shared here. Thank you Rinpoche for this informative article.

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    Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 10:37 PM
    This articles really inspiring me. A “small lady “Teresa Hsu really can accomplished great job with a bodhicitta heart. She always think about others and serve others with her own resources. The bodhicitta is nurtured since her grandfather give free treatment to those poor patients.Rinpoche always said “Happiness for self comes from bringing happiness to others”.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing and I learned a lot good characters from Teresa Hsu .

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    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the benefits of drinking turmeric in the morning with us. Before this, I am only aware of turmeric as a spice and must-have ingredients in some traditional meals. The health benefit of making it a morning ritual is new to me. Currently, I am drinking juiced lemon with warm water in the morning. I will incorporate turmeric in this routine for the copious benefits.

    Thank you very much Rinpoche.

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  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 08:30 PM
    It is really saddening to read and watch the torture of dogs in Yulin festival. Dog is also living being and deserve to be treated with respect and love. They deserve to live as well. It is horrible that people there torture the dogs to death just so they can consume the meat. This is inhuman act.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the great works that has done by Marc Ching. He is truly a very compassionate person. He continued his journey eventhough he face various challenges and even beaten by local authority. I respect him for his braveness in rescuing the animals.

    May more people support his work and bring more awareness to the cruelty of this dog meat eating festival. May local authority put a stop to this forever.

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  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 06:37 PM
    I had a shock of my life when I read this news because it implies that the 14th Dalai Lama is a meat eater. So I tried to google about it. Lo and behold, I found images of him eating meat and articles trying to justify his moral gymnastic. Buddha prohibited killing of any kind. In His teachings, compassionate is key. Being compassionate means to be kind to all sentient beings, and killing another sentient beings for their meat when there are so many options is definitely not a compassionate action. It really sadden and puzzle me at the same time that the emanation of Kuan Yin (Avalokitshavara / Chenrezig) eats meat.

    I hope one day, the 14th Dalai Lama will be a full vegetarian and promote vegetarianism.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this news.

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  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 06:02 PM
    It is scary just by looking at the statistics. China alone consume 20mn tonnes of meat and dairy a year by year 2020. The Chinese people now eat 63kg of meat a year and are expected to consume additional 30kg by 2030. As a result of the humongous demand, meat industry is joining the list of pollutant by producing 233 millions tonnes of greenhouse gases per year.

    What is the impact of 233 millions tonnes of greenhouse gases per year? It needs 220 million acres of trees per year to sequester the carbon effect. On top of that, eating meat excessively also contributes to health and health care issues.

    It is superbly encouraging to learn that China fully supports the reduction of meat consumption, by a whopping 50%. With the government behind this movement, abetted by spokemen from Hollywood, it can be sure that the general public will react positively to the campaign. It is a good time to open vegetarian restaurant in China so that they have more choices. And supply fresh and healthy vegetarian supplies in China. It may even be a good time to launch vegetarian recipe books / youtube using localized ingredients to educate and encourage the people further.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this news.

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  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jun 25. 2016 08:33 PM
    I agree we do resemble our parents be it positive or negative values. Nevertheless it is for us to change if we realised that it is negative values that we are having.

    We cannot put all the blame to our parents. We control our mind and are responsible for our own behaviour. Especially now that we are learning dharma, the more it should trigger that we need to transform our mind for the better.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your teaching.

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    Saturday, Jun 25. 2016 04:28 PM
    samfoonheei on Jun 25, 2016 at 4:26 pm
    Christian’s story inspire each and everyone of us.It’s amazing to know that a boy at such a young age could ever think of keeping his hair to help others.He will be a great leader some day having such a beautiful heart.
    Thank you Rinpoche for such a inspiring article
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    Friday, Jun 24. 2016 11:05 PM
    samfoonheei on Jun 24, 2016 at 11:02 pm
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing those amazing pictures and beautiful post on Ganden Sumtseling Monastery.One of the most special features of the monastery is its blending of Tibetan and Chinese-style architecture which i admired.Its just amazing looking at those beautiful murals as well.The monastery is so rich in history for one to visit.
    Thanks again

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    Friday, Jun 24. 2016 09:33 PM
    Before we are qualified to preach the noble Dharma, we must learn and understand the Dharma from our Guru. On top of that, we must put in practice what we learnt daily. Hence, we must be humble to learn the Dharma and be persistent to apply and practice. Once we are a pure vessel to receive Buddha’s Dharma, the sharing will be more impactful.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for the very important teaching.

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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
1 month 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
1 month 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.
2 months 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
    1 month ago
    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
  • Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
    1 month ago
    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
  • Taking Trance
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    Taking Trance
  • See what humans can do
    4 months ago
    See what humans can do
  • Shocking undercover video shows animal abuse at 'humane cert
    4 months ago
    Shocking undercover video shows animal abuse at 'humane cert
  • Video reveals what goes on inside 'humane slaughterhouse' in
    4 months ago
    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
    10 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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