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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13 Responses to The 5 Elements of the Chinese Zodiac

  1. 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。

  2. 慧芬 on Sep 5, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    晕死了! 太准确啦!弱点太吓人了

  3. 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…

  4. 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.

  5. 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 :D

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for sharing :D 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 :D

  6. 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!

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  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. 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..

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  13. 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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  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 08:53 PM)
    Question asked by Maria
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    Greetings of love and peace. I am embarassed with my question but I am taking the courage to do so – why is it that during my recitation and meditation practice I am greatly disturbed by a sudden noise as if someone intentionally kicks the furnitures or noise from the incense and candle burning? I can feel shadows also in the room where I do my practice. I would like to know if there is a remedy on this because I get really startled each time thus preventing me from learning full concentration. The noises start to happen when my body begins to heat up. Is this a sign of obstacle Thank you Your Eminence.


    Response by tsemtulku
    Dear Maria, many experience what you experience. It’s sometimes ‘common’. Do Sindongma’s prayer and mantra for one round before starting your practice daily and the ‘shadows’ will dispel with time. I wish you luck. Tsem Rinpoche

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    This is a special statue of Je Tsongkapa. It was made during Tsongkapa’s time by a student and offered to Him. It is said to resemble Tsongkapa very much. And this holy statue is now housed in Tashi Lunpo Monastery, Shigatse Tibet. To see, hear and contemplate Je Tsongkapa is so meaningful and collect one aeons of merits. ~ His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche

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    你知道吗?藏传佛教的法会,自修或共修时的唱诵有分细、慢、长、柔和、忿怒等的美妙乐音。这些音调来自虚空,来自传承祖师聆听了来自空行母或本尊自身的微妙唱诵而编排,非为行者自己编辑。

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    忏悔无对错,是除习的明理

    忏悔的依靠,是正觉的如来
    忏悔的悔过,是内心的佛性
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    忏悔的决心,是修行的根本

    忏悔的心声,是悲哀的沉重
    忏悔的心理,是痊愈的开始
    忏悔的心灵,是除垢的武士
    忏悔的心神,是解脱的指引

    感念上师赐予众生忏悔的法门
    故今日心念,笔下此忏悔法的微妙功德
    弟子俊仁讲法师合十
  • tsemtulku
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    Please go to PHOTOS ON THE GO and see the latest picture of Tsongkapa’s holy statue that is said to resemble Him. Just scroll up and see on your right. Click on the picture to enlarge. Blessed to be able to see and think of Je Tsongkapa. Save the picture to your phone and computers. Share with friends.
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    Dear friends around the world, This is so wonderful that all of you are discussing dharma here on my blog chat (www.tsemrinpoche.com). I am so glad to see this every Friday on US Pacific Coast time 8PM. For next Friday (September 19, 2014) sharing on blog chat, please study up on His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s biography: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52782 and a short teaching: Birth Death and Bardo: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=21897. We will discuss about these two reads. You will learn more and more as you read and discuss here. I rejoice when you learn more. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Vincent
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    Bonjour from France where I live most of the time, and discovered since a time your manifested flowering, and I always enjoy when exploration is linked with modern discoveries.

    If His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is in the favorable circonstance to sit and take a look at a moment of contemplative arts, that is linked to Sacred Lineage and also paranormal experiences at the same time, I would feel glad to be presented to you this way,

    by Dharma Art, here is the video path :http://www.dailymotion.com/playlist/x3ca7z_oVincent_films-in-progress/1#video=x23ykwv

    Tashi Delek,
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  • cheng see
    (Wednesday, Sep 10. 2014 04:50 PM)
    How to rid off lizards and ants without harming them.
    I tried this method and it works. A lizard was in my sink and it refuse to move away even for 2 days. Even when I turn on tap to wash it still stays there. Not sure what I should do to get it away and yet not harm it, I tried putting a few drops of vinegar in a bowl and left the bowl in the sink where the Lizard resides. I walk away and 2 mins later when I came back the lizard left. As for ants , an army of it came to my tin of biscuits and I put in cinnamon stick and immediately the ants start crawling away. Try it, it works!
  • Pastor Jay Jae
    (Wednesday, Sep 10. 2014 08:21 AM)
    For Toh Cheng See – Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice is the most profound practice which has the Buddha’s 84,000 teachings condensed into one. I am very happy that you have found peace in this practice and please may I request you to continue daily. I know the lesson last Sunday is too short and does not do justice to explain this practice. I will arrange for a follow up session soon. PJJ

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I get thanks and appreciations very often from people all around the world for my blog (www.tsemrinpoche.com). Majority of the people I do not have the pleasure to know who they are. Yet they write in always. They read and leave comments on the blog also. We get now between 100,000 to 120,000 views per month now on my blog I am told and it is consistent ever month. I am AMAZED, HUMBLED AND HAPPY. I am glad so many around the world learn and benefit from my humble blog. I received two messages today. One from Penang (North Malaysia) and one from Italy thanking me for the blog and how much they learn from my blog and how much they appreciate it. It makes all the hard work worth it. Wonderful. Thank you everyone for the learning and feedback. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
We spent around 5 hours blogging about H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche's biography. Take a look: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52782)---- For further interesting posts and pictures on Zong Rinpoche, click here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/.../cate.../kyabje-zong-rinpoche
3 weeks ago
His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche with his two disciples H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Perfect triad of blessings. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
Dear friends, I just posted this on our LINEAGE lamas and how we should cultivate our attitude toward our lamas for successful practice: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52656 Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Tsem Rinpoche: The most BEAUTIFUL Dharma wallpaper downloads in both English and Chinese language here for FREE: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=7052 and many free high resolution Buddha picture downloads here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52713
3 weeks ago
Wonderful! Today I went out briefly from my retreat and I found a BEAUTIFUL holy Dalai Lama pendant in a store. Am not going out much these days at all. It's nice to have His Holiness close to my heart. I wore the pendant immediately. When I was a child, people had similar ones and I always wanted one. Many of the Kalmyk people would wear it. Now I have one of my own. I really like it. Tsem Rinpoche.. Myself requesting H.H. Dalai Lama to bestow on me ordination: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=19322
3 weeks ago
This is important to read, see and contemplate. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
What is on your altar? Take a look: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52604
4 weeks ago
My little 4 inch Bigfoot figurine arrived today also. I sure like seeing this fellow around. Makes me feel like he belongs around my environment.
4 weeks ago
A beautiful Lord Manjushri arrived and He is in standing form. Absolutely beautiful. only around 8 inches in height and very graceful. I really treasure all forms of Manjushri and He is gracing my working table where I can see him very clearly. I offer incense to Him throughout the day as I do my work. I like to have incense and offerings throughout the day as much as possible. In fact 24 hours a day.
4 weeks ago
Read this book by John Blofeld over 30 years ago. Now getting another copy of it to re-read. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
An EXCITING contest going on now! It starts today August 21, 2014-September 4, 2014. Anyone from anywhere around the world may join in!!! You have a chance to win a fabulous Manjushri statue and some wonderful great books. Take a look: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52496
4 weeks ago
The Shwedagon Great stupa in Myanmar, it holds the hairs of Buddha Shakyamuni. Very holy and worthy of a visit. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Great words of wisdom from Bruce Lee. Must read. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
This is corn that is grown on our Kechara Forest Retreat land in Malaysia,. Fantastic!!!!! Julia said it's very juicy and sweet! Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Locked up her whole life. Never sees sunshine, grass, dirt, or the sky. She is forced to lay eggs constantly and daily. She does so until she's dead, then they send her to be eaten. She has no feathers and can barely stand due to no space and sunlight. She is locked in this tiny space always.
4 weeks ago
Wonderful plants to have in the room. 
1 month ago
Amazing Rescue: Last week in Goalpara, India, train passengers spotted this baby elephant struggling in a muddy ditch and had the conductor stop the train, so they could keep the elephant company and feed it local vegetation until a rescue team arrived!-from FB
1 month ago
Beautiful outdoor large Lord Buddha in Bhutan.
1 month ago
The discovery of this giant Sonoran Desert Toad yesterday outside the Chiricahua Desert Museum the locals are sure this toad is responsible for the loss of their pets This toad weighed in at 57 pounds, that was after it dispensed about 2 gallons of urine during its capture. the largest native toad in North American does not typically get any larger than about 1.5 pounds length of 7.5 inches this is a new world record. -from FB
1 month ago
Kalarupa thangka sent to me by Pastor JJ. Thank you so much.
1 month ago
This is wonderful. Full of thought and deep. Please read and share. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
This is one of my MOST favorite science fiction movies of all time. It's a little B-rated, but I find it super cool still. LOL. Do watch and leave a comment and let me know what you think: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=34750
1 month ago
His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche was said to be a fully attained great lama. He was one of the greatest teachers of his time. He has achieved one-ness with his Yidam Heruka Chakrasamvara. There was many indications of this. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
My bigfoot area in my room with books and statues..
2 months ago
Great Buddha Tsongkapa.
2 months ago
There are more Buddhist Priests, Ministers and Pastors now. This is a wonderful trend. Do see what a great job Rev Christina Yanko is doing in Canada: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52129
2 months ago
If everyone can realize this would eliminate so many problems.
2 months ago
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    Is this the Loch Ness monster?
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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
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    Rescuing dog in LA river
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  • This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
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    Dalai Lama watching TV
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    Dog with a heart of Gold
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  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
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    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.
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    5 months 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
    5 months 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
    6 months 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
    6 months 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.
    7 months ago
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    Incredible footage you must see!
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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
    11 months ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
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    1 years ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
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    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
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    The 2 tortoises in Tsem Ladrang, Kadro and Menlha are enjoying their fresh veggie meal.
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    SP's mom said that she is from Penang. This is her first trip to bodhgaya, and she truly finds bodhgaya is very holy and spiritual.
    2 yearss ago

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Penang Study Group has completed 8 rounds of White Tara mantra on 17th Sept'14 for dedication to Tsem Tulku Rinpoche's long life, may our Guru has healthy body to turn the Dharma Wheel and benefit more sentient beings - Soon Huat
9 hours ago
当你发现很难去改变自己的恶习时,那就根据帕繃喀仁波切在《菩提道次第广论》里所描述的,持续地进行死亡禅思。那你就能感受到自身念头的转变。它始终会有转变的一天。目前,先专注于宗喀巴大师的修行,对祂生起信心,并时常供养祂……你将为自己累积足够的善因,来等待时机的成熟。 ~詹杜固 仁波切 http://weibo.cn/comment/m9AQFw?uid=1837031263&rl=0#cmtfrm From: June Tang (Khjb)
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法即是正行、正见、正念。拥有它,你即拥有快乐的心。~詹杜固仁波切 http://weibo.cn/comment/m4Bhbu?uid=1837031263&rl=0#cmtfrm From: June Tang (Khjb)
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利他心不是什么唯心哲学。它是环境及自己存活下去的必然条件。 ~詹杜固仁波切 From: June Tang (Khjb)
11 hours ago
~Some Thoughts on Depression~ Neuro chemical imbalance arises from the body. The type of body arises from karma. What body and all the problems with it and inherited diseases and imbalances are all from karma not illusionary thinking. What body we are going to take birth in is 100% due to karmic imprints/instincts/residuals. How can some phenomena arise from karma and some don’t. The trigger factor is your mind entering that body in which your karma has led you to it. There is no spiritual indictment for listing the reason why depression arises on an ultimate level.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/some-thoughts-on-depression.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
11 hours ago
Question asked by Val With all the suffering in the world from natural disasters to live fish in keychain. What can we do to help? Can we make prayers and dedicate to all this suffering? **************************************** Of course you can do any prayers to dedicate to all beings. That would be beautiful and good practice. Also good to go vegetarian and dedicate to those animals who suffer and get murdered daily. ~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/questions/page/22 From: June Tang (Khjb)
11 hours ago
Gratitude is absolutely the way to bring more into your life. ~ Marci Shimoff_Hee TS
11 hours ago
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12 hours ago
We are prepared to do anything to amass and defend our possessions, which are neither lasting nor true sources of happiness.~H.H.Dalai Lama_Hee TS
13 hours ago
每当我们感觉超快乐时,请惦记死亡。~尊贵的詹杜固仁波切_Hee TS
13 hours ago
Anger is quick and it passes but its effects are worse than earthquakes and its after-effects stay. Why create earthquakes when there’s none? (Tsem Tulku Rinpoche)_PB
16 hours ago
"I, I, I, me, me, me, myself, myself, myself, cherish me irregardless…” with this “mantra” at our core, why ask “Why” when things are unfulfilled?? (Tsem Tulku Rinpoche)_PB
16 hours ago
Nothing ever in this world is reliable, how much we realize that is how less we suffer.~#tsemtulku_PB
17 hours ago
Setrap(Eng)puja on 15/9/14 at Kechara House gompa with Mr.Loo as puja guide and assisted by Ron Wong. Anila Choi gave a Dharma talk on animal cruelty before puja starts. Lucy Yap
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