“Hunger Knows No Barriers”

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By Chuah Su Ming

I have known H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche for more than 10 years. During this time, I have seen how the many things that we have in Kechara today were born, from a single idea into fruition. One such idea that bore the sweetest fruit is Kechara Soup Kitchen.

I first heard the slogan “Hunger Knows No Barriers” in 2007. It happened during an audience with Rinpoche while we discussed how we could better serve society. Kechara was just a small Buddhist organisation at that time, with no big achievements or experience in running a charitable cause. Regardless, the thought that we were about to embark on something that has always been and still is very close to Rinpoche’s heart – caring for the homeless and less fortunate – was a huge motivator for many of us. I witnessed history in the making when this tagline was conceptualised by Rinpoche and on that very same night, we bought 20 packets of food to give to the homeless on the streets, with the thought that “May we be able to do more for them in the near future.”

Having a permanent soup kitchen to contribute back to society has always been one of Rinpoche’s dreams. From when he grew up and lived in USA, the wish to start a soup kitchen became even stronger after Rinpoche was homeless for a period of time in his teenage years. Rinpoche knew first-hand what it felt like living on the streets, having little hope and experiencing constant hunger as he had a childhood very different from what you would expect of one who came from a first world country. With each passing day, Rinpoche’s survival on the streets was almost a miracle as he desperately looked for food to drown out the loud grumbles of his stomach. And even when Rinpoche got some, very often it would instead go into the stomach of a stray dog. Safety, food and shelter are the most basic needs of any living being, thus one can only imagine the insecurities that homelessness can bring. Without these basic needs fulfilled, it is incredibly difficult for a homeless person to change his or her state of homelessness without assistance. With this knowledge in mind through Rinpoche’s own experience of homelessness, Kechara Soup Kitchen’s vision of “Taking the homeless off the streets” by providing them a helping hand to integrate back into society was crystallised. 

Tsem Rinpoche feeding the poor in India. Rinpoche has always admired Mother Teresa's charitable works in India and has described how he would have loved to volunteer with her charitable organisation if he did not have to teach in Malaysia.

In more recent times, Tsem Rinpoche lent a homeless man in the USA a helping hand. Wherever he goes, Rinpoche consistently cares for others in need.

Over the years, we learned a lot about the homeless from Rinpoche. Rinpoche taught us about their psyche, feelings, needs and wants, which are very important to understand especially since KSK is serving and helping these homeless individuals. Rinpoche would know where they would shy themselves away from society, and it was Rinpoche who would often spot them during our countless journeys around town. On many occasions before Kechara Soup Kitchen was founded, when Rinpoche would take us down to the streets of Kuala Lumpur to feed those who had nothing. I used to be amazed at how Rinpoche could spot a homeless person from afar, as I would not be able to. It was only later when Rinpoche explained that everything stems from care that I learned. It is when you care, you will notice others.

Rinpoche on the streets of Kuala Lumpur giving out eye drops and face masks to the homeless when bad haze hit strongly in Malaysia

You may ask why is there no barriers to hunger? Rinpoche explained that if you were to x-ray an empty stomach, it will not differentiate the religion, gender, race, ethnicity or give any ‘labels’ to the person whose stomach it is. An empty stomach is just an empty stomach, regardless of who you are. So we feed and serve with no boundaries, and from the food we provide, it will at the very least give them hope and comfort that there are people who are reaching out to help them stand on their feet again, just as Rinpoche was able to. 

Kechara Soup Kitchen, where the homeless can come to get free fresh food, do their laundry and even ask for assistance such as medical aid and job recommendations.

What first began with 20 packets of hot food and a teaching to students on empathising with the difficulties of the less fortunate has grown into a charitable cause that has made a tremendous difference in people’s lives. Inspired by Rinpoche’s vision to help the homeless, Kechara Soup Kitchen has not only set up a permanent soup kitchen building in Kuala Lumpur, but also spread its helping hands to the homeless in several states in Malaysia as well as Jakarta, Indonesia! While KSK has grown tremendously in the past few years, we will continue to improve and expand so that we will be able to serve our homeless clients better, by improving their quality of life.

~ Chuah Su Ming

 

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  1. Stella Cheang on Sep 18, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    It is inspiring to read Su Ming’s account of Kechara Soup Kitchen and how it was first started. The slogan “Hunger Knows No Barriers” was first introduced in 2007 during an audience with Rinpoche to discuss how Kechara could better serve society. Even though at that time, Kechara was not as renowned as today, the idea to care for the homeless and less fortunate was very close to Rinpoche’s heart and was (still is) a huge motivator for Kecharian. Thank you Rinpcohe, Kecharians and all the kind volunteers and generous sponsors who helped the homeless in many ways throughout the years, who directly help to feed the homeless and rehome some of them. I also admire Su Ming’s always joyous demure, it is contagious! 

    Thank you Rinpoche and Su Ming for this article.

  2. Lew on Aug 21, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Thank you Su Ming for writing this touching article and shares how Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) started.

    By now, many people have heard about KSK, and the good works KSK has done in providing food to homeless and also urban poor (through Food Bank), but many people do not know how it started.

    If you have read the article, you would have know that KSK is concepturalise by Tsem Rinpoche, due to Rinpoche’s experience when He was young.

    A few years ago before I learn the Dharma, I was puzzled why Tsem Rinpoche’s childhood life is so difficult. Now I know that Rinpoche’s previous life aspiration is to benefit people, and in this life, He has chosen a “difficult” life so that He would understand our secular issues. And Rinpoche purposely choose to run away from home to experience hunger, in order to understand the hungry of the homeless. Because of this hunger, Rinpoche founded KSK, and now thousands of people benefitted because of Rinpoche.

    May I also be able to benefit many people in this life and all future lives.

  3. Wan Wai Meng on May 5, 2016 at 1:36 am

    Before KSK came about there were other soup kitchen around KL. One of the best things and the new things that KSK brought to social work of serving the homeless is to make such an activity easily accessible to the common man. Naturally when more people could get involved with helping homeless people, more people come to appreciate the issues involved with homeless people. With more understanding of the issues at hand, more homeless people could be helped effectively.

  4. Chris Chong on Jan 12, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Thank You Su Ming for sharing this article with us. The slogan ” Hunger knows no barrier” is really suitable for the work we do in Kechara Soup Kitchen. In KSK, we feed the homeless on the streets of KL and attend to their other basic needs as well. We feed and serve anyone that needed the help regardless of their skin color, religion and background. If we are truly compassionate in helping those homeless people, we will help anyone that needed the help. If we are being choosy in who to help, we are not compassionate, that is just being clever.

    Chris

  5. KB Thapa on Dec 20, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Thank you everyone for helping those in need. May everyone at Kechara Soup Kitchen always have peace in their hearts and Happiness in their hearts. Helping the helpless is greatest work we can do for our society

  6. Becky on Dec 15, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Thank you Su Ming for sharing this article.

    KSK is a very important department for many people beside giving foods to homeless but also provide medication, helping them to find a job so that they can find hope to start their life again. Everyone is welcome to help the poor in the city regardless they are Malay, Hindu, Chinese or other races because we human beings need foods to feed our hunger.

    Rinpoche had the experienced how much he has suffered during his teenager time in U.S. and he has no shelter to sleep on the street and starved. Hence, Rinpoche has very kind, caring and compassion to setup a soup kitchen in Malaysia to help out the poor on the street.

    KSK is a place to give help, care and hope to homeless. And to people who join and help in KSK will learn how to care and give back to the society. I personally think that this is very meaningful task.

    Thank you Rinpoche for founded KSK in Malaysia so that different people will attract come in to help and another way for people come into the Dharma. And I’m one of them.

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for your kind thoughts.

    _/|\_
    Warmest regards,
    Becky

  7. Julia Tan on Dec 13, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    I still remember many years back, Su Ming took me to Petaling Street to see our volunteers giving food away to the homeless. We were suppose to join them, but she refused to let me go down from the car due to the rain. Hence we were in the car and she explained to me passionately how compassionate her guru, H.E. 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche started the soup kitchen, helping those at the street. At that time I barely know Rinpoche. It was very inspiring. Hence I ended up with KSK for so many years. I agreed with what Grace said: how powerful is this one act of compassion from my Guru, benefited not only the needy but us and thousands of volunteers. Today, KSK has become part of many people’s lives. KSK will grow and continue Rinpoche’s wishes to bring love and care to others.

  8. Kb thapa on Dec 5, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    When we feel love and have kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace… working with kechara we can benefit other many way.. this is the another example shown by Suming and team taking care people.. Rinpoche will always show us the right path, we just need to follow…

  9. Lin Mun on Dec 3, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks Su Ming for sharing the history of KSK. It is indeed a very noble move and action by Rinpoche to set up KSK.

    Rinpoche having gone through the experience of being homeless himself has reached out to contribute back to the society. Not only that , KSK has actually provided all of us a platform to train our mind and generate compassion towards our society in need.

    I hope KSK would be able to reach out to more people and obtain more sponsors to expand its activities.

  10. KB Thapa on Dec 3, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Thank you Suming for write up very touching .. One of the greatest feelings in the world is knowing that we as individuals can make a difference like Rinpoche can make somuch differences in people life by giving them food and dharma. Ending hunger in is a goal that is literally within our grasp.. What Kechara soup kitchen is doing its a great work any one can do.. We should feed people , animals anywhere if they need food and feel the love of giving….

  11. May Ong on Dec 2, 2015 at 10:54 am

    The slogan ‘Hunger knows no barriers’ is really appropriate for Kechara Soup Kitchen. It began by giving out vegetarian food to homeless. But not it has expanded its kindness of giving by providing laundry, free health care, placement to care centres for the elderly and sick, find work for the able and giving hope and much care. KSK, you are indeed what society need.

  12. graceleong on Nov 30, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    The results of this one compassionate act of setting up a soup kitchen has multiple benefits. The homeless benefits. The staff /volunteers/sponsors also benefit. They receive valuable life lessons on patience, generosity and compassion with wisdom. With each thought n act of kindness positive energy is generated. This energy grows over time because it feels good and it feels right to be helping others. It catches on and spreads across families and friends and strangers too.
    How powerful is this one act of compassion from my Guru . With folded hands !

  13. Sarah on Nov 30, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    I guess no one knows the history of Kechara Soup Kitchen better than Chuah Su Ming as she was there working with Rinpoche almost from the very beginning. Without KSK, I would never have known this other side of life and the sufferings of homeless people. KSK has come a long way since the early days. It has its own premises now and provides services to the needy with care and compassion. May KSK always have the support it needs to continue to provide such services.

  14. Pastor Moh Mei on Nov 30, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    If we let our ideas remain as ideas, no matter how brilliant these ideas are, they benefit no one. It’s not about how brilliant an idea is but whether we act and do something about it.

    That’s the amazing thing I have witnessed with Rinpoche. It’s not just talking, it’s acting. When we see the poor, the hungry and the homeless, We can empathize, we can be touched, we can be kind but having the courage to put aside fear and self to do something to make a difference in people’s lives, that’s compassion.

  15. Choo Weng Loong on Nov 27, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche & all Kecharians for making KSK what it is today.

  16. Uncle Eddie on Nov 27, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Kechara Soup Kitchen, is truly a brainchild of our Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, established in 2006 with the primary aim of feeding and providing basic medical care for the homeless and urban poor in Kuala Lumpur. All volunteers will go around distributing packs of vegetarian food in areas like Chow Kit, Petaling Street, Masjid Jamek, Old Klang road, Brickfields, Bukit Bintang, puduraya and last but not least Section 14 of P.Jaya. KSK’s longterm action was said to reduce the number of homeless people living on the streets by getting them jobs or putting them in homes. With the help of compassionate contributors, KSK is usually help by kind sponsors, contributors and volunteers. To enable KSK to carry on with their operations,KSK is always seeking donations and appreciate compassionate and help given by kind people in helping to maintain the centre’s extensive operations to get the homeless and urban poor off the streets in order to put them back on their feet with dignity! Yes, let us all pray that KSK continues to grow strong and be able to benefit many more in today’s difficult society easily. Om mani Padme Hung.

  17. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 26, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    KSK is taking a new whole wonderful direction of care and service by lovely Kecharians.

  18. Julien Roth on Nov 24, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    I remember the days when i used to volunteer at Kechara Soup Kitchen. An experience i will never forget. Feeding the homeless is really beneficial for not only the homeless, but for ourselves. When i went to feed the homeless i felt happy, truly happy. I was happy because i was helping others, something inside of me triggered. I did not need to be given anything in return, by just simply helping others we gain happiness.

    Rinpoche is truly kind to have inspired Kechara Soup Kitchen. Without Rinpoche’s guidance and motivation, KSK wouldn’t be what it is today. KSK today is a place of kindness and compassion. At this is all because of Rinpoche. Because of Rinpoches background, he is very compassionate about feeding and helping not only the homeless, but people in general. If the world had more people like Rinpoche, people who were kind and aware that they could help others, the world would be in a better place. Less people would be suffering.

    Lastly, i think something that really stood out for me when i went to feed the homeless in the past was how KSK offered more than just food. They offered job applications, medicine and advice. For me this was great. KSK goes above and beyond to help the homeless in Malaysia. This extra effort is truly inspirational.

  19. Li Kheng on Nov 22, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Thank you Su Ming for sharing your experience of Rinpoche’s generosity and kindness.

    Actually, what amazed me about Rinpoche is how Rinpoche’s practice is consistent and in equanimity. It does not matter what the weather, where the location, when the time or who you are…if you need a warm smile and some relief from suffering, Rinpoche will be there.

    Rinpoche’s kindness extends also to animals!

  20. Han on Nov 22, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    感谢SUMING 为大家分享克切拉香积厨的成长过程,成立宗旨等。
    克切拉香积厨在詹仁波切当初的慈悲为怀,发展到今天已经利惠许多露宿者及贫户的香积厨,
    正如 JUNE KANG 表示, “克切拉香积厨除了送饭温饱以外,它最终目标是让露宿者离开街头,找到工作及心灵的归宿,所以克切拉香积厨是打造了一个关怀、分享及包容性社会,同时提供机会让很多人能回馈社会“

    感谢仁波切及克切拉香积厨所有职工及义工们的爱心和努力,为克切拉香积厨无私的贡献。

    感谢大家的付出!

  21. Lucas Roth on Nov 22, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Kechara Soup Kitchen has always been the on of the most interesting things I could do with Kechara, because I remember when I was young, and I went to some distributions of food to the homeless people and it was a game changer for me. Not only did I see that not all people were as fortunate as me and that not all people have as much as me. But I saw the hardships they have to go through.

    This taught me a lot because it was the first step for me to start caring for other lives other than mine. I became vegetarian because animals were being killed for meat and I discovered that, I support the right morals of treating all forms of life right and I support human problems as well. It is more about the understanding of those things for me to mentally support and care for other things in my life. It all started with KSK for me because it taught me that I was very fortunate and I learned to care for things other than me in my lifestyle.

    Hunger Knows No Barriers as a slogan and statement is no only well said but it is a very good point. It can happen to anybody, being homeless and poor. It is sad to see that people have to sleep on the floor in a lot of dirt. That is why we must learn and apply what we learn and absorb from seeing homeless people in our lives to make us happier. Also we must help them because it is a duty that the person above should help the person below and lead them as a team. We are all one species so we should work as a team and support each other. Support KSK.

  22. William Chua on Nov 21, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Rinpoche always help those in need whether they are humans or animals….. no matter what. Wherever Rinpoche goes, there will be someone our some bing that will benefit. Being hungry on the streets was an experience Rinpoche had before and would not want any others to have that same undesirable feeling. I myself have had the opportunity to go on the streets and see for myself the suffering and the condition homelessness is. It is happening everywhere and we cannot turn a blind eye to the situation. Kechara Soup Kitchen is going a great job in alleviating the pain and suffering of these people and has been recognised by the Government for its contribution to the community. Together with the sponsors, Kechara Soup Kitchen has been able to grow and serve the community better and provide more services that will benefit even more people.

  23. June Kang on Nov 21, 2015 at 2:20 am

    Thank you Su Ming for your sharing how Rinpoche started Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) and the growth of KSK

    在我们温饱时,是否有想到还有人露宿街头和挨饿,但H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoch却想到和慈蕜的做到去关怀他们,克切拉香积厨就是在仁波切的启发下,以强调不以宗教、种族或文化区分任何一个有需要的人,仁波切说”饥饿无国界”(Hunger knows no Barriers),这显示仁波切的慈蕜,同时带领了我们了解佛教的慈蕜是无国界,也给了机会我们学习如何关怀有需要的人。

    自2006年创立以来,克切拉香积厨(Kechara Soup Kitchen)就风雨不改的为吉隆坡一带的露宿者及贫户送饭。克切拉香积厨除了送饭温饱以外,它最终目标是让露宿者离开街头,找到工作及心灵的归宿,所以克切拉香积厨是打造了一个关怀、分享及包容性社会,同时提供机会让很多人能回馈社会。

    感谢所有为克切拉香积厨做出贡献的人。

  24. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Nov 20, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Thanks to H E the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, Kechara Soup Kitchen was conceived in 2007 to bring food to the hungry and homeless, regardless of race, color or creed. I remember those days when Kecharians walked the streets of Bukit Bintang and Petaling Street with 20 packets of hot food.We met the hungry homeless , searching for food among the garbage.

    Yes, when we care we will find the homeless.

    Today, Kechara Soup Kitchen has a permanent soup kitchen building in the heart of the city where the urban poor are to be found. Today, Kechara Soup Kitchen has extended its services to beyond serving food to the homeless. Today,Kechara Soup Kitchen seeks to take the homeless off the streets, helping them to find jobs, getting them home to be with their families and loved ones, finding permanent homes for the aged..It is the warmth and the caring that reaches our to these homeless poor. Kecharians , inspired by their Spiritual Guide, Tsem Rinpoche’s boundless love and care for the homeless, and hosts of volunteers come together every Saturday night to go out in all directions to feed and care for hapless people who sleep in five -foot ways on newspapers and cardboard boxes.

  25. Pastor Shin on Nov 20, 2015 at 2:15 am

    Thank you Su Ming for sharing the history of how Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) begins. Many may not know how it started. I remembered the days of the “20 packets” at Bukit Bintang fondly while reading this message.

    “It is when you care, you will notice others.” Indeed, due to Rinpoche’s kindness, we learn to notice and care about others. More and more notice the needs of the homeless, and KSK’s weekly Saturday round is very popular now, due to the consistent good work of those behind KSK.

    I thank the committee, staff and volunteers of KSK whose hard work has led to the growth of KSK. I pray that KSK continues to grow to benefit many more.

  26. Peteformation on Nov 20, 2015 at 1:52 am

    Nice post. Keep up the good work

  27. Lucy Yap on Nov 20, 2015 at 1:31 am

    Thank you Su Ming for sharing Kechara Soup Kitchen’s noble work of providing the homeless with supplies they need to survive on the streets.KSK is inspired by our beloved Guru,H.E. The 25th Tsem Rinpoche, who often experienced hunger when He was child.Since the experienced,Rinpoche has always donated food to the poor and encouraged others to do the same.I applaud the great KSK Team and volunteers for their outstanding work for the less fortunate. Thank you Rinpoche.

  28. Nicholas on Nov 20, 2015 at 1:28 am

    Thank you Su Ming for your great sharing on how Rinpoche started Kechara Soup Kitchen. Rinpoche always teach us to be caring and from being care we can are able to do see more and do more. Rinpoche compassionate heart can be easily seen by his action. Rinpoche is very spontaneous when come to caring, be it for human or animals. In fact I remember reading Rinpoche’s biography saying that Rinpoche and Rinpoche’s mother often bring homeless people home to have dinner with the family. Rinpoche cares has been nurtured since young.

    Rinpoche started the soup kitchen is to help those lees fortunate and to give hope to them to come back to the society. Kechara Soup Kitchen is not just giving food but also provide medical care and work opportunity. We can together ride on this platform to give, to contribute, to help and to make a change for their life. I was fortunate and blessed to be able with KSK before and there is so satisfying seeing the homeless off the street.

  29. Pema Thinley on Nov 20, 2015 at 12:45 am

    This is so lovely sharing la. so inspiring and touching how Kechera soup kitchen have grown to so effective in helping numberless people and beings. Rinpoche never makes anyone who across him go without gaining something deep purpose. Secular things using up to gain the buddha-hood. _()_

  30. Toh Cheng See on Nov 19, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Dear Su Ming ,

    Thank you for sharing with us the journey of Kechara Soup Kitchen.
    You write very well written and by reading it i could picture the scenario of KSK on how it was born and I look forward to more article from you.

  31. Jacinta Goh on Nov 19, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Thanks Su Ming for this great post. Now only I came to understand deeper on why KSK has this slogan “Hungry Knows No Barriers”. KSK is very well known in Malaysia now. Kudos to all and especially those first few who were keen and dedicated to make this happen and also to believe in Rinpoche’s vision. Thank you again.

  32. Beatrix Ooi on Nov 19, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    What a lovely sharing by aunty Su Ming! It is amazing to be able to witness the growth of Kechara Soup Kitchen throughout these years. Without Rinpoche, none of this would have happened but what really amazes me is the people who are always there to assist and contribute. People like Justin, Julia, Khor and etc have always been there to help and it has been years now. Their commitment and devotion is just simply amazing, what’s more incredible is they never ask for anything in return, they do the best they can to help the homeless, to serve the society. People like them are the true heroes of the society, I’m very proud to have met all these wonderful people in my life. They have set a very good example for the younger generation, Instead of just keep taking, we should also do something back in return for the society, every life matters.

  33. Shelly tai on Nov 19, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Thank you Su Ming for your meaningful write up on KSK , is indeed very meaning thing to do when we are able to help others because by doing so we will make our life with purpose instead of everyday we only focus on our own needs and want .

  34. Carmen Koo on Nov 19, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Thank you for the lovely sharing Su Ming and just like all of Kechara, founded by Rinpoche to reach out and serve others, Kechara Soup kitchen provides an opportunity not only for us to reach out to the less fortunate on the streets but also for us to reach within to bring out our compassion and care for others.

    I love all that KSK does and that was what gave me hope during times when I felt that just working my days earning a salary was not that fulfilling after all. As a volunteer back then, KSK gave me something to look forward to every weekend because it gave me hope.. hope to be human enough to notice the suffering of others and do something about it. Ksk was that platform for me. It gave hope and respite not only to the less fortunate but also to the public like me.

    Seeing what Rinpoche does himself so naturally and without barriers to serve anyone who crosses his path, everything that Rinpoche is, is embodied by the acts and vision of KSK.

  35. Pastor Henry Ooi on Nov 19, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Kechara Soup Kitchen is indeed the brainchild of Rinpoche as mentioned by Suming. What started off with a few packets of food has culminated into more than 10000 packets per month of free food, fruits and drinks for the homeless and under privileged in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor. This would not be possible if not for the passionate, compassionate and committed team of staff and volunteers. Thank you all.

  36. Wei Theng on Nov 19, 2015 at 2:55 am

    Thank you Su Ming for the great sharing.

    Kechara Soup Kitchen is the department that always have a special space in my heart. It is also one of the first department of Kechara that I know of.

    I still remember I first met Rinpoche was during a KSK night. The group of us from KSK were packing the food at Kechara House and suddenly to our surprise we saw Rinpoche. Rinpoche shared with us on what has inspired him and how he started KSK. From his sharing, I am so touched and I can see Rinpoche’s compassion, love and care for everyone is the same, regardless what religion, what skin colour, gender, age he/she is.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGG8lPt6Qk8

    No one would like to sleep with empty stomach, no one would like to sleep outside without a roof on top/on the street/on an open space, no one would like to be worried to be attacked or disturb or belonging be stolen during their sleep, no one would like to be cheated until have less than RM1 in their pocket or be discriminated and become homeless. When I am out for the KSK rounds, I truly understand how it feels to be homeless and really appreciate what I have. If one really have a choice, he/she would not want to be homeless.

    Rinpoche and KSK have taught me to be kinder to others. Thank you Rinpoche and I wish KSK continue to grow and able to help more people off the street.

  37. Mingwen on Nov 19, 2015 at 1:02 am

    I’m blessed enough to join Kechara Soup Kitchen as an intern for industrial training during my degree years. At first, me and three of my friends have little idea on what KSK does, what we know is KSK have been providing basic needs for those who are less fortunate. We spend four months in KSK, doing what need to done and assisting Project Director, Justin, one of the heroes who serve himself in terms of physically and psychologically for KSK. We met Uncle Ng, another hero who solve any problem when it comes to the counter and also kitchen. Mimi, the lady behind the scenes, she is the one who deals with sponsors, volunteers and also major office works. Uncle Khor, the one who carry tasks on the street, delivery foods to elderly who are not able to come to the building to collect their foods and more. Last but not least, everyone behind the scenes from the Board of Committees and volunteers from all walk of life.

    Everyone has their own roles, and they have been doing such a great job to serve the needy. Without anyone of them, the whole system may collapse. Clients of KSK definitely will be suffer even more without the care and love from great people in KSK.

    Thank you Rinpoche for making things happen to benefit all sentient being and thank you Su Ming for lending your hands to lift the dream up and come true. Thank you.

  38. JP on Nov 19, 2015 at 12:59 am

    Thank you Su Ming for sharing with us your experience on helping the homeless. It’s so true what Tsem Rinpoche always tell us that when we Xray a person’s empty stomach, we won’t be able to differentiate the gender, religion, and race. Hence, we help anyone who’s less fortunate.

    Everyone on the streets has a story to tell about why they are on the streets. We realised that around 95% of homeless people are on the streets not by choice and are trying their best to get off the streets. They just need a helping hand.

    We also realised that the longer a person stays on the streets, the higher the chance of them being mentally affected. This is because homeless people are constantly living in fear as they are harassed by others.

    All of us have our down time and we are always grateful when someone helps us during those moments. It’s great to always pay forward to others who are in need. Kechara Soup Kitchen is a platform set up to enable us to reach out to the less fortunate. Not only does it help others move on in their lives, the experience also helps us realise our lucky and fortunate we are and we should never take anything we have for granted.

  39. Joy on Nov 19, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Lovely sharing Su Ming. One thing is for sure, what I’ve learnt from Rinpoche is that everything is possible and can happen when we put our minds to it and let go of our fears and self-limitations which manifests in our comfort zones. So not only should we think about doing “good and positive” but we should actually put it to action and just do it. No matter how small scale or difficult it may be in the beginning, when we actually execute the good thoughts, it creates the causes for it to grow further. This is how Kechara Soup Kitchen and many of Kechara’s departments has manifested… from just one or two committed person doing the work ‘consistently’. The key is ‘consistency’. Bottom line is just do it because the needs of others, to help another is bigger that our own fears and discomfort, hence we do it.

    It is very touching to see Rinpoche feeding the homeless in India. Even when Rinpoche was so poor at that time, yet Rinpoche will find ways to give. Here Rinpoche teaches us generosity which has been Rinpoche’s consistent action up till today, not just the poor and homeless, but to even us students. How Rinpoche has personally help me and others financially many times. Rinpoche is a true Bodhisattva and this is how even some of the older senior monks in Gaden views Rinpoche, like Geshe Yeshe…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho_PtFj6REY

    Seeing the picture of how Rinpoche comes down and squats on the pavement to talk to the homeless lady on the street of L.A. shows us how much Rinpoche sincerely cares to connect with the person on the street and Rinpoche has no qualms or ego about it. This is really humbling as not many would bother to talk to the homeless even if they were thoughtful enough to ‘give’, most would just toss a few change and move on. But Rinpoche shows us humility and how being compassionate is about being humane and to connect with another fellow human being.

    One thing I like and learnt in Buddhism especially in our Gelugpa school of teachings is that everything we do, we should do it with humility. To be humble and to never to ‘show off’ in any way we are better etc. Rinpoche reminds us of this moral code, and that whatever we do in life, we should always have humility because that is a rare quality but one that many can feel and appreciates. This in return helps us go further in our spiritual path, and our goal to be ‘enlightened’ to be of benefit to others if that is truly our goal. Thank you Rinpoche for bringing these real life lessons of purpose into our lives.

  40. Jill Yam on Nov 19, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Thank you Su Ming for sharing.
    For an ordinary person like myself, I would just donate some money to the people in need on the streets and not come across the thought that giving them food could be a better option instead. It is through Kechara Soup Kitchen that I realise the state of homelessness. It was an eye opener for me when I volunteered with KSK some time back.
    It reminds me that I am still fortunate to be sheltered and not go to bed hungry.

    Hungry knows no barrier indeed.

  41. Wah Ying on Nov 18, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Thank you Su Ming for your beautiful sharing.

    When we feed hungry people there will be another voice saying because of we feed that’s why the homeless will tend to rely on the food provided. You might be right, but majority and most of the homeless if they have choice, if they could stand on their own, they can feed themselves, they won’t want to rely on people’s food. Just like what Su Ming said, when one can’t even have their basic needs fulfilled how could they able to change their state of homelessness, less to say change their destiny; without any assistance.

    The beautiful thing is soup kitchen like Kechara Soup Kitchen not only feed the hungry stomach, but they giving out care and love, they provide basic medical care and job replacement assistance, so the homeless are able to go to back to society and stand on their own feet.

    We all have bad days and lost at some points of time of our life, and some end up on the street some did not. Helping them with food and care so they are able to get out of the street, and go back to society and contribute as any others in the society. This is something we all able to do and it definitely can make a difference to someone’s life.

    I love what Su Ming mentioned about how Rinpoche could spot a homeless even from dar away, because “It is when you care, you will notice others”. I believe this applies to any other things around us. It did not happen from vacuum, we care that’s why we know. Just like we all quite amazed with Rinpoche and many of His students how they know so well about a smoeone’s likes and dislikes; and why always get the right things for the right person… This comes from one’s care and love, that’s why able to observe well another person or a community’s needs.

  42. Jutika Lam on Nov 18, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    I still remember quite a few years back in the days of Kechara House 1 and 2 where volunteers would meet at KH2 to pack all the food to be distributed in bags and all the volunteers being split in to various teams who would fetch the bags of food to several locations in the Kuala Lumpur city center to distribute.

    It is really amazing to see how far Kechara Soup Kitchen has come since those days, from having a new permanent building to distributing food to so many more people as well as going beyond just giving food to the homeless by helping them get jobs, bringing clients to health checkup’s and many more.

    Thank you Su Ming for sharing this story!

  43. peebeechong on Nov 18, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Su Ming for the sharing and teaching. All the homeless have their own stories. KSK not only distributes food to the homeless, it takes the homeless out of the street by helping them re-integrate back into society and stand on their feet again. We must alway care about homeless and the less fortune, we must give them hope and comfort that people are caring for them regardless of their races, religions, gender etc as Hunger Knows No Barriers. We must appreciate what we have to help others.

    Thank you
    Pee Bee Chong

  44. Sarah Yap on Nov 18, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Wonderful sharing Su Ming. Thank you for giving us an overview of how Kechara Soup Kitchen was conceived as many may not have had the opportunity to see the growth of KSK from when it was just conceived. There is so much we can learn and from my experience of volunteering in KSK on several occasions, we not only give to the homeless but those participated received tremendous benefit in return, in developing appreciation, contentment and kindness to others without agenda. It truly is an act of selflessness to engage in activities such as these. Looking forward to read more about KSK and the great works it carry out for the Rakyat.

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  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 06:42 PM
    According to the Buddhist teachings, we all have a unique blend of karma that determines where we are born, the circumstances of our birth and the quality of our life. Naturally, this is due to the actions that we performed in previous lives. Karma also dictates our characteristics and traits that determine how we act throughout our lives, which in turn leads to certain outcomes in this life and a determination of where we will take rebirth in the future.

    Karma, however, is not set in stone. We can change our circumstances through our own efforts – purification of karma and accumulation of merit. Tibetan astrology, based on these Buddhist principles, provides us the methods to ensure success in this life and a good rebirth in the future. Tibetan astrology can also predict what will happen to us in this life and our next rebirth based on the time of our birth.

    Discover your traits according to the Mewa, or Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology below, and find out how to purify your negative karma to improve your life!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 05:24 PM
    Very interesting:


    Radin explained in his book: “For a Western-trained academic, the mere existence of, say, telepathy would be considered supernormal and thus wildly extraordinary. But for an experienced yogi, it’s just a boringly normal minor siddhi [a Sanskrit term for a meditation attainment, or power]. A skeptical scientist, not having the benefit of thousands of hours of practice in yoga and meditation, would require repeatable, rigorously obtained experimental data showing odds against chance of a gazillion to one. The yogi merely requires his own experience.”


    Very interesting read: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2157904-supernormal-abilities-developed-through-meditation-dr-dean-radin-discusses/?sidebar=morein
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:45 PM
    Its indeed a beautiful place …..away from the city hectic life to visit and could stay over night too.Just to get away from work to relax ,get some fresh air ,do meditation and so forth .At Kechara Forest RetreatI,Bentong is where the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world situated and we can receive blessing,make offering to the Buddhas as well as enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful gardens.I have recomended my friends and relatives to visit such a beautiful place at Bentong.
    Thank you Paul Yap for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:15 PM
    Well…all pendants are beautifully designed,hand crafted to match each and every sacred images on it to suit all occasion for the wearer.I can see a lot of hard work for those involed in desgning and making of it.
    All pendants are very unique, modern, timeless and also sacred ,thats all i could describe it.Hope more people will be wearing these beautiful pendants to get connected with the Buddhas.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and Kechara’s Louise Lee for creating Dharma art in in the form of jewelry
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:41 PM
    This Mahasiddha is Kukkuripa (the dog lover). He loved dogs so much. When he meditated in the cave he had his doggie with him. She had kept him company for years in his cave. They shared bedding, food, water and company. When he gained high attainments, the Dakinis came to take him to Kechara Paradise. He was hesitant to go but the Dakinis insisted and he went with them.

    He arrived at Kechara (Paradise/Buddha abode of Heruka and Vajra Yogini) and enjoyed teachings and feasts up there and they asked him to stay longer if not forever…. But he kept thinking about his doggie left alone in the cave. He felt guilty and missed her. Kukkuripa would use his psychic powers to see his poor doggie alone and hungry waiting for him at the cave while enjoying the attention of the Dakinis and feasts. The cave was dark and had no food. The doggie had to go out and find small tiny scraps of food and was getting skinny. Kukkuripa saw this and it pained him. Worried she was not getting enough food. He use to share the offerings of food he would get from people with her. Doggie and him would delightfully eat the food together. Kukkuripa had no attachments to ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’ in regards to sharing food with his dog. He had overcome this in his meditations. In ancient India, people would not co-habitate with a dog. It was considered unclean and filthy, but Kukkuripa had cast away those notions and loved his dog as she loved him. But he felt guilty to leave her alone while he was ‘enjoying’ himself in Kechara and could not stop thinking about his beloved dirty smelly dog in his cave alone…so he left Kechara Paradise and all it’s ‘delights’ for his doggie. He couldn’t abandon her. The Dakinis implored him to stay, but he was firm to return. The Dakinis said you will give up this paradise here for a mere dog???!! You can advance further in your meditations if you stay in Kechara and then help the dog later they attempted to persuade him. But Kukkuripa would not stay, he was loyal to his little dog as she had kept him company for many years in the lonely dark cave. She was loyal to him and how can he abandon her now. He couldn’t and he wouldn’t listen to the Dakinis. He left to join doggie. He never forget her companionship and loyalty. All the wonderful things in Kechara could not tempt him against his loyal friend the little doggie. He left everything for her.

    So he finally left Kechara to the Dakinis dismay and went back to his cave to be with his dog so she won’t be alone. Doggie was delighted to see her master and wagged her tail so much!! She licked him and he hugged her! She was skinnier for not eating well these few days he noticed. He fed her and hugged her and loved his doggie…He went back to his routine of meditation, receiving food offerings and sharing his food with doggie. They were happy together. One day, when he was scratching her in her favorite place and she licked him so his eyes were closed, when he opened his eyes she had suddenly turned into a Dakini shimmering with lights! The brilliance of the lights lit up the whole cave in front of Kukkuripa!! Kukkuripa was astonished to behold the splendourous lady in front of him! Of course this Dakini must be the Queen Herself he realized, as Vajra Yogini which was Kukkuripa’s main Yidam he had meditated on her for years in the cave. And She said to Kukkuripa, “Well done, you gave up paradise to be with just a dog..it shows you have given up attachements and projections of pleasant and unpleasant, now your Dakini will give you the final paradise (enlightenment)!”

    Kukkuripa attained full enlightenment blessed by Vajra Yogini by releasing the final subtle attachment to the non-existent self! After enlightenment his fame and name grew and many came to see him and he gave teachings to countless and benefitted many before he finally ascended to Kechara the second and final time. He was forever known as Kukkuripa the dog lover.

    I love him so much!!! This is one of my favorite Mahasiddhas along with Badrapa, Shantideva, Ghantapa and a few others. I wanted to share this story with you. I wanted you to know that there are many great true stories like this one about Kukkuripa that are true and can be applied to our lives. To inspire us.

    Tsem Rinpoche
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:29 PM
    The great and illustrious master Sonam Tsemo at the end of his life was described by an old woman who witnessed Sonam Tsemo depart. Standing on a rock at the holy spring near Sakya area known as Chumik Dzingka, his body ascended gracefully into the sky, still holding his dog. He loved his dog very much. Even today the footprints of Loppon Sonam Tsemo and the dog can be clearly seen in the rock, left for the benefit of living beings as a field from which to accumulate merit. It is a sign of a holy being when they can leave their footprints in stone for future generations to witness and make offerings on that spot to collect merits. This holy site was decorated by the great master Mantradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen later on. Other accounts say that he ascended from Gorum Library near Chumik Dzingka spring. A stupa containing his holy relics was erected there. Sonam Tsemo was a powerful practitioner of the Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini and at the end of his short life he ascended with his very body to Kechara paradise. He was 40 years old. Kechara is the sanksrit name of the special abode of Vajra Yogini. Those who practice Vajra Yogini to the highest level can ascend her paradise with their very bodies. Sonam Tsemo the great master of sutra and tantra was seen by an old woman flying off holding his beloved dog to ascend Kechara paradise. No one every found his body and his room was empty.
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:27 PM
    Congratulations to Mitra for his first dharma teaching in Nepali to the expats. So glad that Dorje Shugden practise can reach out to many in various languages and to different people. Mitra has done a good job in introducing Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and guided them on the benefit and iconography of Dorje Shugden.

    May Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and Dorje Shugden practise continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mitra-teaches-bhagwan-dorje-shugden-in-nepali.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 04:15 PM
    Very clear explanation of what is Vajrayogini’s left foot stepping on. Each time when i have a look at the beautiful statue of Vajrayogini this question will comes back to me. i am glad came across these blog by chance, i saw and read to understand better.A clear explanation ..stampling left and right foot significant of desire ,hatred and ignorance that cause us to be in samsara and she she able to control.Vajrayogni’s practices is so powerful in heliping us and that is the reason Rinpoche always ask us to start now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these short explanation in the video and the interesting story of Mahadeva.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/facebook-question-what-is-vajra-yoginis-left-foot-stepping-on.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:44 PM
    Rejoice to all the families who had setup a Buddhist altar at home and conducted a house blessing puja. There are diverse benefits of conducting the house blessing puja, which ranges from bringing well-being on all levels – in one’s health, relationships, business, and family – to purifying the home. The puja ceremonies will purify the environment which helps the people who live there and people who are visiting there to experience general well-being. The puja can be personalised based on the request or need of the individual. Thank you for sharing with us the many photos of the beautiful altar of these families, it is very heartwarming to know that they will always be blessed by the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:24 PM
    Thank you for sharing this mindfully planned itinerary for everyone who is interested in visiting Kechara Forest Retreat. Kechara Forest Retreat has different facets that showcase different elements of spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism in this wholesale venue. One can enjoy the flora and fauna of Mother Nature, or embrace the contemporary architectures that feature many magnificent Buddha statues and authentic Himalayan decorations. Not forgetting to mention, in Kechara Forest Retreat sits the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world! This is a holy place we must never miss to pay homage for blessings from the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 01:07 PM
    金泽“财王”护法殿

    在禅修林的入口处的左边有一间小佛堂,是全天候二十四小时开放给大众的。这间佛堂的一砖一瓦都是由不同善心人士捐增的。也因为他们过后发了一笔小财,所以在大马文东,金泽护法一般被简称为“财王“。

    根据佛陀教诲,五蕴是组成众生的五个方面,分别是色、受、想、行、识。证悟者如多杰雄登能将五蕴分别化现成不同的本尊。金泽是多杰雄登“受”蕴的化现,作用是协助我们增长世俗和修行上的财富。“受”蕴是我们对愉悦或不悦感受的认知。我们执着于愉悦,避免不悦,而这正是导致我们受困和造下各种业,继而产生痛苦的因(此段原文: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_6d7edf5f0102x1n6.html)

    来到这里,我们首先要上香。做生意的朋友可要趁此机会拜拜,供养一个大的莲花蜡烛,上三根大香,祈求今年一帆风顺哦。

    摘自“GO BENTONG!与菩萨有约”
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120808
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 11:02 PM
    Can’t imagine that a priest actually stabbed Pope John Paul. How can he do this when he as a priest is suppose to be compassion and love everyone but kill the religion leader. he should remember that he carries the name priest and hence must show good example and behaviour to others but instead took another person’s life.

    I respected Pope John who continued his trip even though he was injured. That shows the determination he had to teach so it can benefit others. Always put others first more than our own needs.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/pope-john-paul-stabbed-by-priest.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 08:13 PM
    It is admirable for Sine Lindholm & Mads Ulrik Husum to place their design as open source for everyone to download and copy to manufacture. This shows how farsighted they are in propelling self-sustainability. The first step is always the hardest, and I believe what Sine and Mads had done is towards the right direction. In this way, people from all the around the world who genuinely are passionate and interested in growing own vegetables will be able to start on their own. Without needing to rely on middleman or manufacturer who might end up making the brilliant idea a commercial white elephant. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 10:05 PM
    Many companies especially in overseas are very considerate and allow their employees to bring their dogs to work. I personally think that this is a very good practice where the employees no longer have to worry about leaving pets at home alone. The work environments that cultivate loving kindness, caring and compassion create a much more positive and productive place to work. Besides, it may influence everyone especially those who do not have pet to be more kind to the animals.

    Nevertheless, the employer and employees may have to work together to maintain the safe and cleanliness work place such as reduce odour, provide clean air and many others.

    Thank you for this interesting article as a reminder to us to love and be kind to animals no matter where we are.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/inside-the-worlds-most-dog-friendly-office.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 07:06 PM
    Superb idea and very creative. Home farming in the cities ! Appreciate all the hardwork and ideas to produce Growroom. It’s just like putting a big puzzle and making the whole process so much easier to plant in cities where we always have limited spaces.

    We should support more people to come up with such ideas so we can eat our own food and cultivate self sustainability.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html

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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
yesterday
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
yesterday
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 week ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 week ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 week ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 week ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 week ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
3 weeks ago
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
3 weeks ago
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
4 weeks ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
4 weeks ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
2 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
2 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
2 months ago
This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
2 months ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
2 months ago
Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
3 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
3 months ago
Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
3 months ago
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
3 months ago
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
3 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
4 months ago
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
5 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
6 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
6 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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  • March 28, 2017 09:11
    Lia asked: If the ushnisha is actually supposed to be a bump, then do we change the visualization of the top knot and replace it with a bump covered in hair or do we keep the ushnisha as the thangkas show?
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your question, it is good to see you back and asking more questions. Yes you are right, there are differences in the tunes and chants between the lineages. The differences can vary significantly between the traditions, for example the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is known for its extremely deep throat singing which is very powerful and is characterised by a low, booming voice, in contrast to the other traditions. Even within a particular tradition, there can be slight variations as to the manner in which the chants and tunes are performed. For example those monasteries are which are affiliated with Gyume will have one way of throat singing, where those affiliated with Gyuto will have another. As far as I am aware there is no professional sheet music for the rituals, most probably because the music is actually an integral part of the ritual itself. Therefore the music, tunes, and chants are all taught at the same time the ritual and prayers are. The tunes, and use of the instruments all have specific meanings, because they are considered to be offerings to the deities in the form of sound. The monasteries would not have copies of sheet music either, because sheet music is western practice. The use of ritual music within Tibetan Buddhism is more of one based on memory. In the Kechara organisation, the puja team was trained in such ritual instruments at the same time they learnt the particular ritual from monks from the monastery, such as the puja of Dorje Shugden. From what I saw of the training, the musical tunes, and use of instruments was not written down but taught experientially at the same time as the chanting. I have not come across any other instruments being used in pujas apart from the traditional ritual instruments, because even the instruments themselves have a specific meaning. That is not say that school instruments cannot be used. This is because, as long as the offering is sincere, the Buddhas and enlightened deities will accept it, and in turn you will generate great amounts of merit. Offerings should be made to the best of our ability, therefore if you do not have access to the ritual instruments, or do not know how to play them, but you know how to play other instruments, and use these instruments as offerings to the Buddhas during pujas, the amount of merit you generate will be the same. This is because you are sincere with your offering. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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