Animal Liberation

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I have always been a advocate of saving the lives of animals. I have been doing this for many years. The joy and satisfaction derived from seeing animals free, happy and unharmed is beyond words for me.

I have been promoting this practice to many students. I have personally gone to different parks and lakes in this area to inspect if it was ok for us to release fish.

Liaison Sengpiow was very good as he found a place with a huge lake. Liaison Suming loves animals also and she takes charge to take groups of caring people to liberate fish once a month. We take elderly people with us. We take very young kids to influence them in the right direction of loving animals. To learn to give and share. Very important to instill this while they are young.

I have included a video of myself going with a group to release fish that were to be slaughtered that day, then feed the fish and end the end I gave a small talk regarding the benefits. I went to start the tradition in Kechara House and now it has taken off as a monthly event here. I am very happy with everyone who is involved. I thank them sincerely.

Below are lovely pictures sent to me today from the Animal Liberation session. Around 80 Kh members/friends/kids joined in today on Sunday. What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday with the family. The group went to the slaughter market and bought 100kgs of fish to be released. Fish that were destined for the resteraunts today. Prayers were recited,good motivations made, and mantras recited to bless the fish before releasing. We hope they have a good life now and in future take a good rebirth by the power of our mantras and prayers.

Certain mantras such as the Medicine Buddha, Namgyalma, Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara, Green Tara are very wonderful mantras to let them animal hear (if possible) when you recite and then blow on them or their environement, such as the water in this case. Sincerely pray by the power of these mantras they will take a fortunate rebirth in the future. It  will help them very much.

Please See the pictures taken today and rejoice.

Very beautiful. May people around the world who see this please do the same. We will increase our liberation here over time as it is a great spiritual practice. Remember, animals have every right to have a full, healthy life. They are not here for our pleasure or entertainment. Be kind to animals to show a good example to the children. By showing animals kindness, we can develop that quality in our hearts to share with eachother creating a better world, a more peaceful world.

Tsem Rinpoche

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Please see the video of when I started the Animal Liberation practices for the first time here with our Kechara House members below. Just click on the video itself and let it load up..thanks..Tsem Rinpoche

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  1. Julien Roth on May 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I always like watching and know that animal liberation is happening. It makes me feel good that people are still freeing animals and that people also like doing this, i hope this makes more people happy and more animals happy. And i hope that this would also encourage more people from different places to come and join.

  2. Hee Peng on Jul 19, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    I’ve been to the chicken farms before in the past due to work purposes. Initially, those farms that I visited rear hens for their eggs. In the subsequent year, they’ve ventured into the meat processing business.
    7 or 8 hens are stuffed into one small cage like a sardine can, where those hens can barely breath and even move an inch of their body. There are hundrends and thousands of such cages in the farms. These hens are fearful of humans and struggled very hard to fled the cage as soon as they see humans approaching them. In the process of struggling, these hens hurt themselves due to the confined space.
    These hens basically live in the very same confined cage with the rest of hens throughout their lives from the moment they start laying eggs until they are old and of no use to the farmers. The hens are then released from the cages and being wrapped in plastic bags half filled with water waiting to be delivered to the buyers or markets that harvest them for their meat. I’ve seen one of the old hen in the plastic bag and it was still alive then.
    As for the chickens that the farmers rear to harvest their meat, instead of amputating the beak, as mentioned in the vegan pamphlet mentioned by Live Vegan above, the farmers burn the beaks with hot metals. The farmers told me that the chickens shed tears when they burn the beaks with hot metals. I don’t see any sign remorse or sadness from their face when they told me about it. They justified that those beaks have to be removed to prevent those chickens from hurting each other when they grow up. But they didn’t say why they choose to burn the beak.
    During those visits, I don’t really feel sorry or have much compassionate feelings towards those chickens, probably due to the numbness I felt due to the stress and the long hours of work. I actually enjoyed my visit there due to the pleasant hospitality received from the employees working for the company.
    But after quitting the job, and years later when I recalled the experiences I had in the chicken farms, I was actually witnessing a series of holocaust being carried out against the chickens. Those chickens were brutally treated and suffered tremendously from the moment of their birth to their death. Not to mention the fear that overwhelmed their emotions every day when they are approached by humans, fearing that their end would come at that very moment.
    Individually I can’t do much to change the nature of the business of reaping profit at the expense of other beings, but at least I can do my part in cutting down my diet gradually and ultimately becoming a vegan. I’ve stopped taking meat for some time, but I still do consume eggs from time to time. I hope that in due course I would be a full vegan for the sake of the sentient beings.

  3. Anila on Jul 10, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    According to what I understand Animal Liberation is good for extending live, for curing sickness and for those who have passed away to collect merits not to be born in the lower realms. Mantras can be recited when releasing or feeding the animals. The mantra to chant is the Medicine Buddha Mantra TADYATHA OM BHEKHANDZYE BHEKHANDZYE MAHA BHEKHANDZYE BHEKHANDZYE RAJA SAMUDGATE SOHA. For some of us Rinpoche had given assignments to some people to feed fishes and turtles in the pond at TTDI Park in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, once a week. This has been done for quite sometime specially by the senior citizens of Kechara House.

  4. mayy on Jul 10, 2010 at 7:54 am

    It is a virtuous and meritorious activity for family and children at large to join in on Sundays to liberate fishes or animals. A good way for the family to foster relationship. As computer technology improves, youngsters are spending more and more time on high tech gadgets, online games, etc… Thus, they prefer to be left alone in doing what they like to do and spending lesser time and interaction with their parents and siblings. Liberating animals activity will be a good way to educate our children the care, love and kindness to animals.
    In addition, the act of liberating animals is a poignant reminder that we should stop eating meat. It makes sense that we do not eat fish if we have just liberated them. Can you imagine if the next plate of fish on the table could well be the fish you have just liberated. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that if we participate in the act of liberating animals we should stop eating meat. It is easy to be a vegetarian, if we have such motivation in us.

  5. Shirley Tan on Jul 10, 2010 at 1:20 am

    I love what Lew wrote above. It is really our misconceptions that blind from the truth and hinder us from becoming loving or kind. We are so attached to the things we enjoy so we are unwilling to see the other side of reality.
    With Buddhism, I do not feel that I am cut off from life and everything that relates to life. In becoming a Buddhist, I feel even more connected to life – more than ever. Buddhism teaches to value all life forms and not just our own or the ones we like.
    Yes, many intellectuals would argue that releasing these fishes might do this or that, but what have they done apart from sitting on their asses and talk about issues to death? Who have they helped or how have they helped? Talking about issues is one thing, but neglecting to embrace life is another. I find it especially hard to relate to people who just seem to enjoy talking about issues and talking, alone. There is no action. If anyone feels so passionate about their beliefs, that passion would be reflected in their actions. In fact, it should become their conviction. Otherwise, it is just beautifully crafted words but EMPTY.
    As we Buddhists believe in past lives and reincarnation, any beings could have been our mothers, fathers, friends and etc. This includes fishes too.
    Hence, we choose not to eat them but release them.

  6. SK Yap on Jul 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Wow! There are many young kids participating in Animal Liberation activities organized by Kechara!
    This is really good because parents who are responsible will take positive charge towards the social development and welfare when their children observe that their parents do it as well. Therefore, they will grow up alright, healthy and they too will follow good example set by their parents.
    Parents, who are busy with their careers during the weekdays and neglect their family, can take this opportunity to foster good family relationship. You are able to interact with your kids effectively, talk to them and understand what they are thinking.

  7. Lew, Kwan Leng on Jul 9, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    About 2 months ago, through Shin, H.E Tsem Tulku Rinpoche asked me to watch this video about Animal Liberation:
    I have come across this video last year when I was doing the website, but due to whatever reasons (slow internet connections, etc), I never watched this video.
    I have told nobody that I am really not into all these animal liberations. I felt that it is really not necessary to buy fishes and release them to the pond/lake, for reasons such as, why purposely buy fish and release them? What if you release the fish into the pond and they affect the ecology systems? What if people fish them?
    Therefore, when Rinpoche asked me to watch this video, the first thing come to my mind, “How does HE know that I am not into animal liberation? Of all the videos, why does HE ask me to watch this one?” I watch it anyway..
    While watching it halfway, I started to tear (while writing this note, I also cannot stop tearing). I really felt for the fish when I see them being released to the pond. When I hear Rinpoche explaining the meaning of animal liberation, why HE buy those fish which will soon be killed from the fish market, being compassionate to all being, the meaning of vegetarianism; it really touches my heart, and I really GET IT.
    Incidentally, 2 weeks before when Rinpoche was giving a talk about why He is setting up the animal sanctuary, I also cannot control myself and starting tearing…
    Now I know why Rinpoche wanted to make this animal liberation activity an official activity in Kechara House, and I really appreciate Rinpoche teaching me a good lessons about being compassion.
    Why I can’t stop crying when I saw the fishing being released to the pond? Is my previous life a fish or something? :)

  8. Jay Jae Chong on Jul 8, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I love Duke’s comment by Shantideva “Just start with vegetables!”
    hehe, funny as it seems, but it is also the truth. Many of us cannot get over the fact that we need to feast on meat in order to satisfy our craving for ‘substantial’ food. It is worrying that we depend on the sacrifice of another being for our own living.
    In retrospect, giving up our attachment for meat will be a form of offering to the Buddhas to prolong the lives of our loved ones and ourselves. Animal liberation will be our next step in realizing this balance in nature whereby we do not cause harm to these living beings but give them a chance of release. Having done so, they will be able to live their lives in freedom and peace so that we may gain the same.:)
    sarva mangalam

  9. Ashlee on Jul 8, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for starting the animal liberation activity in Kechara House. Rinpoche is always very skillful in bringing us into Dharma. Most of us wouldn’t have engage in such virtuous activities if not for Rinpoche. We always speak of compassion and to be kind to others and to help others but most of the time it is only mere talks but nothing much happens. With the animal liberation organized by KH, we can put compassion into action by saving animals & giving them a 2nd chance to live.
    I personally find it very meaningful to bring my kids to participate in animal liberation rather than wasting precious time wandering around the shopping mall over the weekend. I want my kids to grow up learning to be care and be kind to animals. My daugher, Rachel likes the idea of helping out at the future Kechara Animal Sanctuary (another of Rinpoche’s vision) to provide facility for homeless animals.
    Thank u Rinpoche again for creating all these meaningful activities whereby any age group of people can participate.
    I pray that Kechara Animal Sanctuary will soon manifest.

  10. Peter on Jul 8, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Terima Kasih Rinpoche!
    Another great blog post on animals and their liberation!
    I too agree with Ivy that the gradual path is perhaps the best Middle Way. In our times and societies, any knee jerk resolutions in this issue often end up in a dead end road or militant behaviour which instead of inspiring people to love all life, they are instead repulsed by the conduct of these militant crusaders (and have read enough how Forums become battlegrounds for egoistic tendencies on the matter) and loose sight of both the actual cause and its spiritual dimension.
    Yes Duke, there are many Mahayana Sutras that have clear prohibitions on meat eating ranging from the Mahayana Mahaparinirvana, Lankavatara, Shurangama and other smaller Sutras besides the quoted Mahayana Brahmajala Sutra but perhaps the Buddha in His Compassion has also taught in the Pali Canon of certain conditions where meat may be permissible. Even the Kechara Pocket Prayer Booklet, there is a mantra to absolve one from the fault of eating meat.
    I like Rinpoche’s path…a gradual commitment…Sadhu!

  11. Carmen Koo on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Many of us are oblivious to the fact that animals do suffer too. How many times have we walked passed a pet shop and just commented on how cute these animals are, without stopping for one second to think of their feelings of being confined in such a small space or whether they are happy being displayed the way they are. Indeed, there are many, many animals that are suffering out there, but if each of us is able to liberate animals when we can, and prevent animal cruelty, it would count, for each time someone does something to help. If one person starts, others would follow in their footsteps, and this is how awareness is generated.
    Animals aren’t able to help themselves; therefore they rely on us to help them. People torture animals for the sake of doing so, pet shops owners do not treat animals right so that they are able to sell on the sympathetic note. How can compassion come forth if others are torturing other living things? Rinpoche has set a very good example with the monthly animal liberation, and with the Animal Sanctuary that is to be manifested. Hopefully this video would serve to promote the same cause in others.

  12. Duke Okkelberg on Mar 31, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Because of life liberation, one will abide with the Dharma from life after life, and teach others to liberate life. If one sees someone killing animals, one should skillfully save and protect them, and relieve them of suffering and danger.”
    -Brahma Net Sutra

  13. Duke Okkelberg on Mar 31, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Disciples of the Buddha liberate life out of loving-kindness, thinking “All males are my fathers. All females are my mothers. From life to life, there is no one I was not born from. Because beings from the six realms are my parents, those who kill and eat them kill and eat my parents, and kill my own body… “

  14. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Mar 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Dear Ivy,
    Wonderful view. Wonderful long term strategy you have written.That many can accept for now.
    Tsem Tulku

  15. Ivy on Mar 24, 2010 at 12:51 am

    I also agree with Duke’s comment…
    Though it is great to be vegan, it is too much for many people to ask them to go from meat eating to veganism all at once… it would turn a lot of people off. If people start to give up meat and become more mindful of their diet, perhaps in time they will move to veganism… I think any steps made towards vegetarianism are positive and should be celebrated.

  16. Sharon Saw on Mar 23, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I agree with Duke – I know many people who struggle with vegetarianism even for just one day – there is no point criticising them because they are simply just at that level due to ignorance and attachment. It’s not up to us to judge. It is up to us to educate and share so that there is more awareness and people will make better choices.

  17. Duke Okkelberg on Mar 23, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Here is my simple view~
    Vegetarianism…better than non-vegetarianism…but yes, vegan is even better.
    Peta…better than non-Peta.
    We must all work according to our own capacities. Not every system or organization is flawless in every way when dealing with these tough issues.

  18. LiveVegan on Mar 23, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Rinpoche, I agree with Vera. I appreciate you speaking out to end animal use, but as Vera has pointed out – vegetarianism is problematic. Veganism addresses all animal use . Peta is also a problematic organisation for many reasons. A grassroots vegan movement is the way to proceed.

  19. Vera Cristofani on Mar 23, 2010 at 6:19 am

    Dear Rimpoche,
    It is nice to see your heartfelt interest in helping nonhuman animals on twitter and your blog and I believe you can influence many people. In the past weeks have sent you some tweets with the intention to raise awareness to the fact that the best for nonhumans is that people go vegan instead of just stop eating meat. “There is as much (if not more) suffering in a glass of milk as in a pound of steak”
    Other thing is that I saw you mentioning PETA, an animal welfare organization that does a disservice to end animal exploitation and has joined the industry and has even given an award to a slaughterhouse designer. If you care to know more about it please read
    Best regards

  20. Duke Okkelberg on Mar 22, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Another difficulty is that there is always going to be another dog to save…another cat to rescue. We must learn to never give up. Even when the task seems so unbelievably hard and never seems to be enough.
    We can not stop at one act of compassion. When we keep our eyes open, we will see that every moment presents an opportunity to give safety and protection to our fellow travelers. Just watching our path as we walk or checking the chair before we sit down can be a way to remain aware of the many ways that we can help from harming these creatures.
    NEVER GIVE UP! our animal friends are counting on us.

  21. Duke Okkelberg on Mar 22, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    One of my biggest challenges as an animal lover is helping others see that ALL animals are deserving of our compassion and protection…NOT JUST THE CUTE ONES!
    It reminds me of “dolphin safe” tuna. Why is it ok to kill the tuna but save the dolphins? Don’t get me wrong, I love dolphins very much, but it saddens me to see people who care for the welfare of dolphins yet think the suffering of tuna is irrelevant.
    I have even been with other animal lovers who have no problem swatting a fly and see no contradiction in that.
    I am not trying to criticize others…I just want people to start seeing ALL life as equally precious…not just the cute ones.

  22. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Mar 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Dear everyone,
    Such beautiful posts. I thank everyone for wanting to create awareness for animals. It moves me deeply to read this posts.
    I love the animal amnesty day!!!
    Tsem Tulku

  23. Duke Okkelberg on Mar 22, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Here is the latest message from Silvia at A Shelter Friend
    Please relay our deepest thanks to Master Rinpoche for his generosity and for his encouragement in our endeavors! Even though the animals cannot voice their thanks, we see gratitude in every face that is saved. It is why we do what we do! Their kisses and the knowledge they will be loved are our greatest reward!

  24. Duke Okkelberg on Mar 22, 2010 at 7:51 am

    One of the thing that I think would be neat is if there were like an national amnesty day for all caged animals…sort of like they do for prisoners in some countries on special holidays. All caged animals would be released…but not before a few whispered mantras of course.

  25. Melvin Racelis on Mar 22, 2010 at 5:34 am

    Thanks for the great ideas Duke! I really like the nursing homes one.

  26. Duke Okkelberg on Mar 22, 2010 at 4:40 am

    Hurray for you Melvin! Lets pass this on to everyone we know. There are so many ways to get others involved. We could even volunteer to get the elderly involved by going to the nursing homes and inviting them as well. Everyone, regardless of religion, could benefit from this powerful practice.
    The sky is the limit when it comes to the benefits of a practice like this.

  27. Melvin Racelis on Mar 22, 2010 at 4:27 am

    I agree with Duke’s last post. I plan to share this practice with my non-Dharma friends as they are always looking for something to do when we hang out. This way we can do something so that is so beneficial. What a great way to plant seeds of compassion, help other sentient beings all while hanging out together and enjoying the outdoors!

  28. Duke Okkelberg on Mar 22, 2010 at 3:58 am

    We need to help Rinpoche spread this practice far and wide.
    By starting in our own communities, we can save lives one being at a time. If every community had a group that got together to do this precious practice, the support would grow like wildfire.

  29. Ivy on Mar 22, 2010 at 3:53 am

    This video was how I first came across Rinpoche’s teachings… I thought it was so touching, I have been following him ever since :)

  30. Melvin Racelis on Mar 22, 2010 at 2:43 am

    How wonderful and inspirational! I will practice animal liberation once a month as well from now on. Thank you Rinpoche!

  31. Victoria Rainone on Mar 22, 2010 at 1:28 am

    When you save the life of an ant in the pool, the life you save is your own.

  32. Victoria Rainone on Mar 22, 2010 at 1:25 am

    Just to add, people must realize all animals suffer, even shrimp! We must stop eating meat. There is no reason to eat meat. We must stop getting dogs and cats and just abandoning them on roadsides. Shelters are full of pitbuls and high energy animals which have no business in an apartment; like border collies, blue healers, etc. Please be mindful when making pet selections. Do NOT get a parrot to look pretty in a cage. My parrot is NEVER in her cage unless she is sleeping. They need cooked foods, pellets, special diets, a lot of attention, physical canoodling, and love. Please honor the lives of all sentient beings. When you save the life of an ant in the pool, the life you save is your own.

  33. Duke Okkelberg on Mar 22, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    This is such a wonderful treat! I just love this video. I watched it for the first time last night and watched it again and again. Thank you so much Rinpoche for spreading this practice and teaching us the benefits of such a virtuous practice.
    Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite practices. Anyone can do this really. There are many opportunities for this. Even liberating worms that are being sold to fishermen can be an a way to practice this compassion. Like Master Shantideva said…”start with vegetables”
    Thanks for sharing this.

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    Saturday, Oct 3. 2015 06:55 AM
    We just have to adapt and familiarize ourselves with something greater, better and with more long term in benefits. To realize in fulfilling the wishes of others may be difficult and the path is very painful but only pursuing one’s own wishes solely ends up worse. Pursuing the path to benefit oneself may seem easier and less problematic as you deal with just yourself but then how come our lives have been filled with pain, disappointment, fear and we sort of become numb and just live like zombies? We live and go through the motions of the day for the sake of the motions and we are numb about it is because we only pursue for ourselves. Because we have to now realize choosing ourselves over others was the cause of our pain and we should reverse our thinking now and work for others before we lose the chance. Yes, working for others is a huge responsibility, but then if we start immediately, we will get use to it and finally it becomes natural as it should be.~Tsem Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    Saturday, Oct 3. 2015 06:43 AM
    For the last 30 years I have some dreams and wishes for myself that are unfulfilled. But so far I have not been able to pursue it them at all. If I did pursue my personal dreams, it would benefit just one person which is myself. Sometimes I feel longing for what I want to pursue and wish I can start. But it is more important to be of some benefit to others as they are more and I am one. I take comfort that although unable to pursue my own dreams, I can bring some hope, fulfillment and purpose to others. After all, life is not about one person but fulfillment. It is fulfilling to benefit many rather than one.~Tsem Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    Saturday, Oct 3. 2015 06:42 AM
    I have helped by dharma, advice, money, works and gifts to countless many for decades. Many of them have ran, make up stories about me and some have cheated me and many stay. Some contribute and some do nothing or little. Some are unstable, some commit and some go all the way.

    But I will not be stained by the 8 worldly dharmas nor affected by their behaviour, but remain steadfast in my resolve to benefit others even if they don’t benefit me. Whether they benefit me or not is not the criteria in which I help others or continue. My criteria is whether they help me or not or praise me or not, I must bring the message of Liberation from samsara to others. Some treat others badly because their samsara is so deep and only dharma can counter this. If I don’t bring dharma and be disheartened because of their behaviour to me then the situation will only get worse so since I know dharma, I must do something and continue. I must not let me and my feelings get in the way. Me and my feelings are not in the bigger equation. The bigger equation is to benefit others no matter how they treat me. I cannot stop something big to grow for somethings small (my feelings and disappointments). I cannot let one person’s pain and disappointment stop the benefit of many even if that one person is myself.

    My purpose is to make dharma grow so there is a oasis (dharma-hope) in the desert (samsara-sufferings). How they treat me I will not let it affect me but drive me on to continue. I only ask for the blessings of Dorje Shugden. I seek to rise above me and will keep on that direction. I am not important compared to the countless. May their sufferings end and may I be the cause of this.

    Lord Buddha’s enligtenment is testimony to compassion and love are fully possible to be embodied by one being.

    Tsem Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    Saturday, Oct 3. 2015 06:21 AM
    We are here for such a short time. It is really good if we can contribute and make a positive impact on those around us and if possible the world. We should cherish each day as a day to contribute and not take. We should remember that whatever we give, our short time here would have been well worth it. Make it worth it.~Tsem Rinpoche

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I must thank my dharma blog team who are great assets to me, Kechara and growth of dharma in this wonderful region. I am honoured and thrilled to work with them. I really am. Maybe I don't say it enough to them, but I am saying it now. I APPRECIATE THESE GUYS VERY MUCH!

Tsem Rinpoche

What Am I Writing Now


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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3 days ago
Thank you for this picture
3 days ago
This is a beautiful and unusual thangka.
1 week ago
The Goddess Kandarohi of the Vajra Yogini tantra. She is invoked to expel negative interferences. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal Pelsango. This picture of this very holy lama taken yesterday September 27, 2015. His Holiness is very well. I thank our good karma for this and grateful to see His picture. May we all become like His Holiness Gaden Trisur who is accomplished in his mind. My prostrations to this great lineage master who has commitment, samaya to His guru and who is Lord Tsongkapa's representative on earth, Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Making long life offerings to His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche who is one with Heruka Chakrasamvara.~Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Buddha and Jesus are best buddies and going out on the town to save some souls. Sure wish the followers can be just as open and liberal. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Beautiful mural painting of H.H. Pabongka Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
This is something interesting:
3 weeks ago
You don't want to miss out what this incredible lady Magadha Sangmo (须摩提女) did that benefitted so many during Buddha's time:
3 weeks ago
You have to see this as it's super cute and brightens your day: --------- Being creative is an expression of helping others to understand something by various unconventional means.~Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Do you know what this flag represents and the meaning behind it:
3 weeks ago
Such wonderful and hardworking people of Kechara! I respect them alot. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
His Excellency the YDP of Bentong gracing Kechara Forest Retreat today! He is taking a picture with our hardworking Kechara Forest Retreat team. They are the team that build, maintain and expand our plans in Kechara Forest Retreat. All future buildings and many exciting new plans will be made manifested by this group of beautiful people of Kechara Forest Retreat. (From Left to right: Ms Phng Li kheng, Pastor Chia Song Peng, Pastor Henry, His Excellency the YDP, Mr Nicholas Yu, Ms. Pammie Yap, Ms. Julia Tan and Mr Khoo. I am so proud of our team and I humbly thank the YDP for visiting us from his very busy schedule. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Parnashavari-Special healing goddess for contagious diseases. I want a 9ft statue of Her on Kechara Forest Retreat's land...very beneficial.
3 weeks ago
Sacred Vajra Yogini with the root and lineage guru on top and Her entourage surrounding Her.
4 weeks ago
Mongolian rare statue of White Heruka
4 weeks ago
11th Century Nepalese Manjushri
4 weeks ago
Beautiful ancient carving of Manjushri.
4 weeks ago
A sacred Manjushri made during the Kangxi period of China.
4 weeks ago
You are going to be amazed at these beautiful pictures! Guess what arrived on Kechara Forest Retreat's pond? See here:
4 weeks ago
This is so beautiful. Our Kecharians do deserve to read this and feel good. They are hard working. Thank you so much.
4 weeks ago
You'll have to watch Kechara's version. Camp, funny and really 'good' acting---Some things are just TOO FUNNY to see once! See this-
1 month ago
Beautiful pendant of Dorje Shugden Trakzey available now for your invite and blessings from! So beautifully crafted! This special form of Dorje Shugden rides on a garuda representing destruction of anger and protection of malevolent forces. Dorje Shugden protecting you wherever you go in the form of this sacred art pendant.
1 month ago
Amazing Wangzey Dorje Shugden pendant available now for your invite and blessings from! So beautifully crafted! This form of Dorje Shugden helps us to overcome insecurities, fears and difficult situations. Wear this special form of Dorje Shugden always!
1 month ago
The principle form of Dorje Shugden in 18 inches riding on a powerful snow lion the King of celestial beasts representing Dorje Shugden has overcome all obscurations and four maras and is fully enlightened. The remaining form of Gyenze Dorje Shugden will be available soon here at
1 month ago
Beautiful 18 inches Shitzey Dorje Shugden available now for your invite and blessings from! So beautifully crafted! This form of Dorje Shugden rides on a celestial elephant representing firmness and strength of the enlightened mind of Dorje Shugden. Shitzey helps us to heal, overcome diseases, placate anger and dangerous environmental situations.
1 month ago
Beautiful 18 inches Trakzey Dorje Shugden available now for your invite and blessings from! So beautifully crafted! So very rare riding on a Garuda. This form of Dorje Shugden is powerful to protect from negative energy and powerful energies that disrupt our minds, work and spiritual progress.
1 month ago
Beautiful 18 inches Wangzey Dorje Shugden available now for your invite and blessings from! So beautifully crafted! This form of Dorje Shugden helps us to overcome insecurities, fears and difficult situations.
1 month ago
This stunning Hayagriva thangka is in my aunt's shrine
1 month ago
Stunning Protector Brahmarupa
1 month ago
Protector Brahmarupa
1 month ago
Interesting background on Protector Brahmarupa
1 month ago
The Goddess Trokner Jenma or Bhrikuti...Very nice
1 month ago
So picturesque: Japanese small towns are quaint, neat, clean and very organized and it has very rustic feeling and they connect with nature. They are timeless with modern conveniences but old world feel. I love small Japanese towns.
1 month ago
Japanese small towns are quaint, neat, clean and very organized and it has very rustic feeling and they connect with nature. They are timeless with modern conveniences but old world feel. I love small Japanese towns.
1 month ago
This Vajra Yogini is in Rashi Gempil Temple in Howell, New Jersey. My guru Kensur Rinpoche invited this from India and enshrined Her in his house next to the temple. His house was right next to the temple. I use to go and look at Her always extremely fascinated. The statue is there now and here it is. Beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Whenever we think we can't we should take refuge in Manjushri and do his practice and retreats and then our minds will open up more and then we will understand we can. That nothing is can't but everything should be CAN!~ Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
H.H.Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche drew this Buddha.
1 month ago
Four wonderful people at a very holy and sacred location making pilgrimage. Many dakinis were sighted in this area.
1 month ago
Nice painting of Tibetan King Trisong Deutsen who did alot for the propagation of Dharma during his reign. He is worshipped as a Dharma king and attained being also.
1 month ago
Congratulations to Kyabje Zawa Rinpoche in Canada! See:
1 month ago
The personal statue of Lord Dorje Shugden of His Holiness Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche. Very holy and sacred. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dorje Shugden statues to be given away
1 month ago
Some Dharma protectors have the special karmic link to take trance in people to speak. Gaden had a such a great oracle called Choyang Dulzin Kuten who took trance of Dorje Shugden, Setrap and Kache Marpo. This is a picture of the oracle of Gaden in full trance.
1 month ago
Two of the best people anyone can have as friends in their life. Left is Beng Kooi and right is Su Ming.
2 months ago
His Eminence Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche visited me in my house in Gaden Monastery back in 1994. What an honour. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
My personal thangka. Centre is H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Left is emanating from his heart is Vajra Yogini. Right is Dorje Shugden. I am at the bottom eternally prostrating to them. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Each one of us should write a respectful letter to this temple head and try to release this poor elephant..Tsem Rinpoche
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    2 weeks 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
    3 weeks ago
    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
    1 month 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
    2 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)
    2 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
    2 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
    3 months ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
  • Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
  • My good friend Justin Ripley
    3 months ago
    My good friend Justin Ripley
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    4 months ago
    I requested Choji Lah to do a trusol, rabney and soongdroop for our large DS and Buddha. In this video, he is performing trusol which is ritually 'bathing' the environment and blessing all those who come to visit our Wisdom Hall and Dorje Shugden. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Bigfoot arrives!!!
    4 months ago
    Bigfoot arrives!!!
    Tsem Rinpoche is an avid follower of the paranormal such as bigfoots. For more interesting writings and posts on the subject, please go to
  • Mumu Loves Snack!
    4 months ago
    Mumu Loves Snack!
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    4 months ago
    For H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, a blog post is not just a blog post but Dharma work that generates merits which should be dedicated. Click here to find out what blog post Rinpoche was dedicating the merits for when he recited this prayer: ~Ani Lobsang Pema
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    4 months ago
    Panchen Lama in Beijing on CCTV - China's official news. The respect and position they give His Holiness Panchen Lama is great.
  • Magical fish tank with Buddha statue
    5 months ago
    Magical fish tank with Buddha statue


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1 hour ago
A special birthday celebration for a lovely mother. May you stay healthy and happy for the years to come. Kechara Oasis
1 hour ago
Banana Leaf Spicy Vava Fish Fried veggie fish on a bed of fresh banana leaves, topped with a Nyonya-inspired lemongrass, chilli and curry leaf sauce. If you would like to try it, please booked at least 3 days in advance. Please call Viva Home Branch at 03-92841818
3 hours ago
Kechara Puja Team led by Pastor Yek Yee conducted a Bereavement Puja at Nirvana Memorial Center today. Lucy Yap.
8 hours ago
English staff Dharma class with Pastor Gim Lee teaching on the second part of the topic on "Karma" and sharing the blog topic on "Something special to share" at Kechara House gompa this morning. Lucy Yap
19 hours ago
​Did you know that without a stimulating environment, birds will engage in destructive behaviour like feather-plucking? It is one of their coping strategies for negative affective states like stress, loneliness and boredom. By the way, you won't ever see birds like that at the Kechara Forest Retreat​ aviary ;)​ x Pastor Jean Ai
19 hours ago
Kechara Penang Study Group attended Weekly Setrap Puja. Pastor Patsy
20 hours ago
Rejoice to these kind people who decided to take vegetarian vows and stopped killing the animals for food. The vows session taken in Kechara Forest Retreat. By Puja House , 4th October 2015
20 hours ago
Big Dukkar Puja was conducted today. Dukkar puja restores harmony, protection and safety from supernatural interferences. Great safety and release from fear. By Puja House, 4 October 2015
20 hours ago
Although is Sunday, Puja House's volunteers spent their time to benefit sentient being by joining in puja. By Puja House 4 October 2015
21 hours ago
Nadia is getting ready to fit her robes for Sutra Story Performance on Rinpoche's birthday. Victoria, KSDS
23 hours ago
Adult Sunday Dharma classes in Chinese and English Language at Kechara House Gompa. Time : 10.30am - 12.00pm. Lucy Yap
Can anyone guess who made this? What are these? How to make these? What are these for? :) Stella, KSDS
Jump around, jump up and get down Jump around, jump around.Jump up and get down Jump up, jump up and get down! Stella, KSDS
Pastor Adeline gave a briefing to Kechara Sunday Dharma School early in the morning before the teachers started their routines. Don't you love the dynamics? Stella, KSDS
All Kechara Sunday Dharma School students gathered in Multipurpose Room at Kechara House this morning with eager anticipation to what's going to happen next. Stella, KSDS
Before the start of our puja in Kechara Ipoh chapel, Kit Ping has come earlier to help out for the offerings arrangement on the altar today. She has been actively participated in most of the activities organised by Kechara Ipoh Study Group. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kenny from Kechara Ipoh Study Group has offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Lord Setrap and Dorje Shudgen before our puja in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Through the kindness and compassion from our Guru, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed our Setrap and Dorje Shudgen puja today in Ipoh. Kris, one of our Kechara Ipoh Study Group members has offered jasmine flowers to Dorje Shugden before the start of the puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
12 people took Vegetarian vow today at Wisdom Hall , Kechara Forest Retreat conducted by Pastor Yek Yee. Lucy Yap
2 days ago
Lama Chopa Puja did at Puja House this morning for Sponsor"s beloved who passed away. By Puja House 3 October 2015
2 days ago
Puja team making tormas for some puja. By Puja House 3 October 2015
2 days ago
Prayer did for the sponsor's beloved whom have passed away and today is his 49 days. By Puja House 3 October 2015
2 days ago
Pastor Yek Yee did prayer for the deceased and placed the ancestor tablet. By Puja House 3 October'15
2 days ago
Met a nice friend and took photo together with Rinpoche's dignified portrait in Kechara House.Alice Tay
3 days ago
Tormas are knead into dough before the shapes are formed. By Puja House 2 October'15





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