Help The Birds That Nobody Wanted

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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche has a very spontaneous and natural love for animals since he was a child. He feels deeply for animals because he had observed that all beings need love, sustenance and are averse to pain and suffering.

Rinpoche teaches empathy towards animals that are unable to free themselves from captivity, aggression or even express how they feel. That is why Rinpoche cannot bear to see severely neglected pets in his neighborhood and would do whatever it takes to rescue them. In pet shops, Rinpoche would notice unsold birds that are languishing in little cages that most people would not have noticed. Therefore, Rinpoche would rescue these animals and he would look out for those that are abused or neglected.

Unfortunately, birds are not as popular or likeable as other types of animals such as dogs, cats or even hamsters and that is why we seldom hear of birds being rescued as much as other types of animals. The rescue of birds from pet shops is not meant to encourage the trade of breeding or capturing wild animals. That is because the rescue of these birds is not substantial enough to increase the demand for live animals. Hence, these rescues are done purely to create awareness for the humane treatment of animals and to encourage others to be kind to animals as well.

At Kechara Forest Retreat (http://retreat.kechara.com) in Malaysia, it took four weeks to construct an aviary in the area behind Wisdom Hall. The aviary is over 15 feet in height and spans over 4000 square feet. It was designed to incorporate the original trees there and have abundant space for the birds to stretch their wings. It is still enclosed to protect the birds from other wild animals like boars and snakes, stray cats and dogs. The aviary also has some pools for the birds to cool off with lots of hanging toys and mirrors that are meant to keep them stimulated, happy and active. The floor of the aviary is covered with soft sand so the birds can land safely on the ground without getting hurt. Generally the aviary is designed to simulate the environment of their natural habitat.

 

Tour this paradise for birds

 

 

The Birds of the Aviary

The current occupants of the Kechara Forest Retreat aviary are:-

 

12 Cockatiels

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1 Malaysian Parrot

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20 Budgies

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4 Majestic Cockatoos

Here’s pretty Drolka, whose name means White Tara.

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The cute Dechog and that is Tibetan for the powerful Tantric Buddha Heruka Chakrasamvara.

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The indefatigable Gongkar which means White Mahakala in Tibetan

 

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The recently rescued Boy

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2 African Greys

The curious Aki that’s also known as ‘Old Man’

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The loveable Jamyang also known as Manjushri

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At this point, these birds cannot be released into the wild because they are not native of the region and will not survive there.

Besides the birds, we also have 2 tortoises called Menlha who is male and smaller and Kadro who is female and bigger. They live on the floor of the aviary.

 

2 Tortoises

This is the smaller male tortoise, Menlha or Medicine Buddha.

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The larger female tortoise by the name of Kadro or female sky-goer

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5 Sugar Cane Parrots

 

1 Zebra Dove

 

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The Main Caretaker

The main caretaker is KB Thapa

 

The Aviary

View of aviary from higher ground.

The perches are fun places for the birds to hang out.

There are many toys hung around the aviary for the birds to play with...

This is the feeding corner where fresh food and fruits are available in containers all day long.

African Grey Aki and Jamyang at the feeding area...

Holy images of Lord Buddha and His disciples in the aviary blessing the birds and the environment...

View at the entrance of the aviary.

 

Food Costs

Breakdown of the cost of food to feed the birds and tortoises per month.

a) Millet (a pack of 20kg) at RM80 per pack

Two packs = RM160

b) Sunflower seeds at RM250 per pack

One pack = RM250

c) Fresh corn, apples, long beans and other veggies

= RM320

 

Total food expenses for birds and tortoises per month is RM730 (USD218) Therefore, a year’s supply of food would be RM8,760 or USD2,506

 

Other Miscellaneous Costs

a) Multivitamins to keep the birds vibrant and healthy – RM25 per month

This adds up to a yearly cost of RM300

b) General maintenance of bird toys, perches, special snacks (special hanging millet sprays etc). Replaced every 3-4 months.

Approximate cost per year = RM2,000

c) Medical costs

Approximate cost per year = RM500

 

Total miscellaneous cost for a year is RM2800 or USD837

You may not have the space, resources or ability to care for animals like Rinpoche. However, you can still take your very first step by donating to the aviary fund that goes towards purchasing the bird food, aviary utilities, maintenance, caretaker’s salary etc. When you donate, you are doing your part in making sure that these animals have a good home and food for the rest of their lives. Please click the donate button below:-

 



 

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Recovery Aviary

We are currently building a Recovery Aviary at Kechara Forest Retreat, to create a quarantine area for sick birds to recover away from the general population. These are pictures to update you on the progress of the works there.

 

May 8, 2015

New at Kechara Forest Retreat: Due to Rinpoche's compassion and great concern for abused and neglected birds, we're currently in the process of building a 720sq ft Recovery Aviary behind the existing 4000sq ft aviary for sick birds that need to be quarantined.

Foundation work of the Recovery Aviary has started with steel reinforcement bars being placed in the ground

 

May 12, 2015

Concrete work connecting the beam structures has started in the Recovery Aviary

Workers are creating a pavement. The aviary cage will be installed on top of this later

 

May 16, 2015

Recovery Aviary work in progress: Brick work to create a pavement around the Recovery Aviary continues

Floor trap piping for water drainage being installed before a platform for the washing area is built

 

May 22, 2015

Brickwork for the pavement of the aviary has been completed and soft sand has been put in place for the aviary

Soft sand is used as flooring for hygiene purposes as well as for the birds to be able to land safely

The installation of the metal framework for the Recovery Aviary has begun

 

May 24, 2015

Installation work on the Recovery Aviary

Workers have also started constructing the drainage. Here, in the bottom left of the image, you can see the parameter for the drain around the aviary being dug.

 

May 28, 2015

Trenches have been dug for drains to be built surrounding the Recovery Aviary.

Workers are completing the installation of steel netting walls onto the aviary

View of the Recovery Aviary

 

June 1, 2015

Polycarbonate roofing for the Recovery Aviary has been installed. The aviary is half-covered and half-exposed for the birds to enjoy a natural rain bath when it rains.

The metal structure work is now complete. The workers are currently cementing the drain as well as the curb surrounding the Recovery Aviary.

Another view of the Recovery Aviary behind our Nursery and our existing big Aviary.

New toys have been distributed throughout our current 4000 sq ft Aviary which houses the general population of our birds.

Toys in the aviary are regularly replaced to keep them fresh and new.

Toys are added to the aviary to keep the birds stimulated and to help maintain beak health. Millet sprays are hung up as a nice treat for the birds. Notice everything is generally hung to the walls of the aviary, to leave the main aviary space itself unobstructed so the birds have plenty of space to fly and stretch their wings.

A selection of toys and bird food most recently purchased for the aviary.

Below are some variation of toys used in the aviary. Similar toys will be hung up in the Recovery Aviary once it is completed.

 

June 6, 2015

Cement work for the curb and drain surrounding the Recovery Aviary has been completed.

Food trays for the birds in the Recovery Aviary are specially designed for the birds to perch on. The trays can also be pulled out from the outside to be refilled with bird food, without entering the aviary which may contain aggressive birds.

Food trays for the birds in the Recovery Aviary are specially designed for the birds to perch on. The trays can also be pulled out from the outside to be refilled with bird food, without entering the aviary which may contain aggressive birds.

An electrician starting electrical work in the Recovery Aviary. Here, a small ditch is being dug along the drain of the aviary where electrical cables will be laid later.

A worker is cementing the curb along the food tray area inside the Recovery Aviary.

A view of the Recovery Aviary roof from the inside. The Recovery Aviary is half-covered and half-exposed for the birds to get natural sunlight and rain whenever needed.

The land in front of the Recovery Aviary is being levelled so that our KFR Green Team can start landscaping it.

The electrician has completed the wiring for the Recovery Aviary and have installed spotlights and timers. The spotlights are placed to keep the birds warm especially during cold rainy days.

 

June 7, 2015

Young Kirk donates from his savings to help the birds to live a good life. He is a sensitive and kind person who cares about animals.

 

June 11, 2015

Cement walkway to the Recovery Aviary has been built. A worker is doing a final touch-up, tidying up the edges. Tomorrow they will start planting grass around the aviary.

Water piping was also installed inside the aviary today.

 

June 13, 2015

The Green Team of Kechara Forest Retreat have started landscaping the land surrounding the Recovery Aviary. Trees have been planted and they are in the midst of planting grass.

Sprinklers have been installed inside the aviary. They will be turned on during hot days to cool the birds as well as allow them to take their showers which they love.

The birds love to eat fruits like papaya so on one side of the Recovery Aviary land, a group of papaya trees has been planted.

 

June 26, 2015

The building of a 720sq ft Recovery Aviary is finally complete. This is the view from the front as you walk from our existing 4000sq ft Aviary. A stone Buddha has been strategically placed to bless all the birds, animals and insects around this area.

Fans have been installed around the Recovery Aviary to ensure that the birds get a cooling breeze on hot sunny days.

The Recovery Aviary is divided into three separate houses and the first and biggest one is occupied by Gongkar the Cockatoo. Gongkar (top right) came to say hello in these pictures and is enjoying his new home.

Unable to adjust to the general population of birds, Gongkar requires his own space.

Now Gongkar can spread his wings and fly instead of being caged up.

Inspired by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's s compassion to benefit all beings and plant the seed of Dharma in them, a Buddha statue is placed in each and every house. Gongkar has a Fasting Buddha in his aviary to bless him.

An aviary would be incomplete without colourful toys to ensure the birds, who are very intelligent, are not bored and have something to keep them entertained. When they get bored and depressed they can start plucking their own feathers. As you can see, Gongkar's aviary is filled with many toys.

The soft sand in the Recovery Aviary ensures the birds have a safe and soft landing instead of a hard concrete one. It is also for hygiene purposes as well as creating a natural habitat for the birds.

This is the second house in the Recovery Aviary. This space is also beautifully decorated with plants, small trees, toys and a lovely Golden Buddha to bless the future birds that will occupy this space. CCTV has also been installed around the aviary so that the birds can be easily monitored to ensure their safety and well-being.

This is the third house in the Recovery Aviary which is also decorated with toys, plants and a peaceful stone Buddha. Everything in the aviary is designed to ensure the birds are comfortable, safe and given the best natural habitat to live in coupled with the blessings of the Buddha. All this is based on H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's feedback and concern for the rescued birds, making sure they are well provided and cared for always.

 

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July 11, 2015

We welcomed new additions to the aviary today:

  • 1 hill myna
  • 5 budgies
  • 1 zebra dove
  • 1 finch
  • 1 canary

I found these birds at a bird shop sitting in tiny cages, bored and unhappy. These birds were commercially bred and domesticated, and would not be able to survive in the wild if freed. Knowing Rinpoche would love to see them spread their wings at Kechara Aviary, I brought them to offer Rinpoche.

These birds have been medically checked by an avian veterinarian before they were brought up to Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). Upon reaching KFR, they were quarantined in the Recovery Aviary for more than 10 days before releasing them to the big aviary.

The canary in its cage before its release

The zebra dove

Some of our new budgies

Our new finch feasting on millet spray, a real treat

The canary popping by to say hi

The hill myna with some delicious millet spray

The canary on the ground, where it spends most of its time as it learns to fly

The budgies are happily perched on the highest branch

The zebra dove is still learning to fly, and so stays on the ground most of the time

 

July 26, 2015

A short update on our aviary! We installed two small wooden birdhouses so our canaries can take shelter from our larger birds if they feel threatened. The base of the birdhouses were filled with coconut husk to ensure a comfortable and hygienic place of refuge for them!

Two wooden birdhouses for our canaries. We will soon be installing more of these throughout our aviaries to ensure our small birds always feel safe

The birdhouses are filled with coconut husk

Tucked in a high, safe corner are these new birdhouses for our smaller birds

 

July 31, 2015

Today, we welcomed bird lovers Chee Leong, his wife Carole and beautiful Kilaya (their African Grey) to Kechara Forest Retreat. They brought with them four packets of organic hemp seed and 20kg of millet to offer to our birds.

Whilst visiting our aviary, Chee Leong and Carole shared with us some useful information regarding the best diets for birds and how to ensure they are healthy:

  • Birds should be dewormed every six months to keep them healthy. Most breeders will do this periodically
  • Seeds and grains for birds are better if sprouted

Thanks to Chee Leong and Carole’s information, we will soon be starting our next project…sprouting seeds to add to our birds’ diet! We will also be arranging for experts to come and deworm our birds to ensure their health.

Thank you Chee Leong, Carole and Kilaya for visiting us, we thoroughly enjoyed hosting your visit which was informative!

Chee Leong, Kilaya and Carole in Dukkar Apartments

Chee Leong getting acquainted with one of our cockatoos

Wai Meng protects his ears from our cheeky cockatoo's powerful beak

Did you know species of parrots enjoy eating sweet red chillis?

A farewell photo with Carole, Chee Leong and Kilaya at our Vajrayogini Stupa

 

September 10, 2015

It has been a busy few weeks for our birds in the aviary who are enjoying the fruits of our labour…literally!

Irene’s sprouting project has been doing well. Sprouted millet seeds, hemp seeds and rock melon seeds are now a regular addition to the birds’ diet as a nutritional supplement. Irene takes care to sprout all the seeds in small batches to maintain freshness. As a treat, from time to time, the birds are also given organic mulberries grown on trees in Kechara Forest Retreat as well as organic broccoli that Irene brings with her.

August saw the release of three birds into our aviary, a scarlet macaw (which originates in Brazil) and two sulphur-crested cockatoos who came as a pair. Before the birds were released into our aviary, Irene invited Pastor Han Nee to recite prayers to bless them. They were joined by Girlie Ooi, Mdm Chuah, Pastor Han Nee’s husband, and Mr and Mrs Ooi who have adopted the birds and pledged to provide financially for their care.

 

Soaking millet seeds and hemp seeds for sprouting

Day 1 of millet sprouting

Drolkar (cockatoo) and the cockatiels enjoy some rock melon sprouts specially added to their diet

Dexterous claws make it easy for birds to handle food

Ah Boy gets handy with some dirt

Ah Boy goes to Irene to be hand-fed some blueberries

Ah Boy enjoys some mulberries harvested from trees in Kechara Forest Retreat

The toughness of raw broccoli is good for the birds' beaks

Hanging up millet sprays in the aviary as a treat for the birds

Gongkar enjoys some broccoli

The scarlet macaw which was sponsored for adoption and released into our aviary

A pair of sulphur-crested cockatoos also sponsored for adoption and released into our aviary

Mdm Chuah was present in Kechara Forest Retreat to recite prayers before the macaw and new cockatoos were released

Pastor Han Nee and her husband also recite prayers before the birds were liberated

 

September 27, 2015

Every weekend, Kechara volunteers headed by Jace Chong visit local flea markets where they sell pre-loved items to raise funds for all of our animal rescue initiatives.

Irene joined them this weekend and reported that although the haze was particularly bad, their concerns that turnout would be affected were proven to be unfounded. Not one to be kept away from a good bargain, intrepid bargain hunters came along anyway and bought up a whole bunch of goodies from our volunteers. In the end, Jace and her volunteers were able to sell about half of their items.

Please give them your support! If you would like more information or details on the whereabouts of upcoming flea markets, please contact Jace Chong via the Kechara House front desk at +603 7803 3908.

Undeterred by the haze, there were plenty of Malaysians seeking a good bargain

Phil Yong, Jace Chong and Chin San selling pre-loved goodies to raise funds for rescued cats

Bargain hunters had a good time rummaging through the wares

The car boot sale was well-attended despite the weather

Chin San takes a break to feed some stray cats

 

September 30, 2015

The aviary team today rescued and welcomed new additions to the Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary:

  • 3 cockatiels
  • 8 sugar cane parrots
  • 8 budgies

For now, the new birds have been released into the Recovery Aviary so that they can be monitored before they are released into the general population. The sugar cane parrots have been released into a separate section of the Recovery Aviary, as they can be aggressive and may attack the smaller birds like the budgies.

The team also hung up plenty of toys for the birds, to keep them stimulated and maintain the health of their beaks. In the wild, these birds will eat seeds and nuts which help to maintain the health and lengths of their beak.

Why do we keep talking about beak health? For birds, their beaks are their main tools for climbing, preening, eating and defence. Once damaged, birds are left vulnerable to predators and can be unable to feed themselves. Cockatiels especially, have a fast metabolism so if their beaks are damaged and they cannot eat (or they cannot eat enough), they will lose weight very fast, become lethargic and eventually die.

The toys are also important for their stimulation, without which can lead to feather plucking out of boredom. That is why you will often see balding birds in pet stores – without any mental stimulation, they peck and pluck at one another in an attempt to keep themselves entertained.

Next time you are in Kechara Forest Retreat, come pay a visit to the new residents of our aviary! These inquisitive ones will be very happy to greet you with a loud squawk!

Checking out the condition of the cockatiels before releasing them into their new home

The cockatiels (left and right) and sugar cane parrots (centre) await their release

Cheeky cockatiel checks out the camera

These inquisitive creatures are some of the most active birds in our aviary

Sugar cane parrots can be aggressive so they have been separated from the budgies and cockatiels for the smaller birds

Who knew this cutie could be so aggressive?

Budgies await their release

Plenty of new toys were hung up in our recovery aviary to provide plenty of stimulation and ensure the newly-released birds will not become bored

In the midst of hanging up the toys, this little cutie came down to say hi!

The toys being hung up provide plenty of resistance against the chewing habits of these birds, so help them maintain a healthy beak

 

October 3, 2015

Rinpoche arranged for some students to get more bird items today, to ensure the latest rescues would be well-taken care of. Driving all over Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley, we visited various pet shops to acquire the supplies below. A total of RM2,408.52 was spent on toys, birdhouses, nutritional supplements, nesting material and special perches to maintain nail health.

In the wild, birds land on a wide variety of surfaces and perches. This helps them to maintain their nail length. For example, when birds land on trees, the rough bark helps to file down their nails to keep them at a healthy length.

In captivity, it is up to us to provide a similar environment. Maintaining nail length is important because overgrown nails can become trapped or caught, and cause injuries to the birds. So Rinpoche was very particular about what kind of perches we purchased, getting us to buy a variety of perches. One of the more interesting perches we found was a specialised rope / cotton perch to provide relief from foot stress.

As you can see, rescuing birds and providing for their continual care is quite costly. In the near future, we would like to find a more sustainable method of replacing the toys and birdhouses which the larger birds destroy eventually. If you can contribute to the cost of our aviary, or wish to sponsor a bird, please contact the Kechara House front desk (+603 7803 3908) to make your pledge…our feathered friends thank you in advance!

A total of RM2,408.52 was spent on the items for the new birds

Left to right: Small birdhouse (2 units; RM21 each), Medium birdhouse (4 units; RM24 each), Large birdhouse (9 units; RM28 each)

Perches specifically designed to maintain nail health. Top left, clockwise: Wooden perch (2 units; RM46.64 each), Rope perch (12 units; RM10.49 each), Sanded perch cover (5 units; RM14.84 each)

Toys to entertain the birds and prevent boredom, and feather-plucking. Top left, clockwise: Fruit-vegetable holder (3 units; RM17.96 each), Toy #1 (7 units; RM13.67 each), Toy #2 (10 units; RM11.55 each), Toy #3 (5 units; RM40.17 each), Toy #4 (1 unit; RM80.56 each), Toy #5 (1 unit; RM50.88 each), Toy #6 (1 unit; RM50.88 each), Toy #7 (1 unit; RM61.48 each), Toy #8 (2 units; RM10.90 each)

Millet sprays as a delicious treat for the birds, and cuttlebones as a calcium supplement. Top left, clockwise: Millet #1 (23 units; RM11.55 each), Millet #2 (22 units; RM11.55 each), Cuttlebone #1 (10 units; RM18.90 each), Cuttlebone #2 (11 units; RM18.90 each)

Nesting material to fill the inside of the birdhouses! Top (2 units; RM11 each), bottom left (2 units; RM8 each), bottom right (2 units; RM31 each)

 

October 4, 2015

The day after everything was purchased, the aviary care team got busy hanging up the perches, toys, birdhouses, millet spray and cuttlebones in the Recovery Aviary. As you will see in the photos below, their hard work was met with the approval of the birds who immediately took to investigating their new homes!

The birdhouses are important for the smaller birds who may need somewhere to hide and seek refuge from the larger birds. They also encouraging nesting habits so who knows, maybe in the future we may see some baby budgies, sugar cane parrots and cockatiels!

Birdhouses and rope perches have been installed in the aviary

Adjusting the birdhouses so they are just right

The birdhouses are surrounded by natural branch perches as well as a variety of toys to keep the birds entertained

The birdhouses have the approval of the aviary's residents!

Millet sprays interspersed with the bird toys

 

November 19, 2015

Today I checked all the bird houses. I found two newly-born cockatiel babies in the big aviary. The mother is taking care of the babies. We cannot touch the babies because if we touch the babies, their mother will abandon them.

In the big aviary all the birds get along and no one fights. They stay as a family but they have their own territory and rules.

In the recovery aviary area, Gongkar is making noise all day long and seeking for attention. He is eating his food.

The budgies in the recovery aviary are fine. Now they have laying eggs in the bird houses. They threw away all the grass and coconut husk that we put in the houses because they did not like it. Some of the birds kept the grass but most of them don’t like it. We are going to have more cute budgies soon.

The cockatiels in the recovery aviary are fine and playing around.

The sugarcane parrots always hide higher in the aviary and they only come down to eat when there is no one around.

I don’t know what is happening, but we got hundreds of baby fish in the fish pond now. Even in the 5ft tanks we have fish eggs and in the aviary, the birds are also making babies 😀 is this a for something?

Thank you,
KB

Cheeky Jamyang enjoying his sugarcane

Ah Boy loves papaya

Ah Boy with one of his favorite foods, chilli

Dechog and Drolkar are best friends

KB feeding Jamyang

Budgie eggs

Newborn cockatiels

 

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These are videos and blog posts with more details of each of the birds in the aviary. Enjoy!!!

 

Tsem Rinpoche saving fish, birds and bats…

 

Tsem Rinpoche feeding wild birds daily

 

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  1. Jason on Aug 5, 2016 at 1:37 am

    I just watched some short video about how the animals being saved by Rinpoche. Those video really inspired me to treat animals in equality like human beings.Previoulsly(before I join Kechara), I won’t take any actions on any death animals but today I will recite mantra blow to death animals for his good rebirth.
    I feel very happy to see that the Aviary can filled with many abandoned birds and saved by Rinpoche. I wish all the actions and jobs done by Rinpoche will create awareness on any animals.
    Thanks Rinpoche for the wonderful video sharing.

    With folded hands,
    Jason

  2. Yeo Kwai Gin on Jan 4, 2016 at 12:01 am

    谢谢仁波切您的慈悲,让众多的众生得到加持和得到重生的机会!

    在每个月的放生活动,我都和几位朋友到鱼市场买鱼放生,但每次到达鱼市场购鱼时,我都看到一部分的鱼都已经被生生的宰杀,血淋淋的,看了好心酸心疼,然后,依照上师您的教导,在场我每次都念诵六字大明咒,过后,回向给已被宰杀或还活着的,让它们下一世可以得到更好的投生。

    仁波切对一切众生都是那么的慈悲 !不单只是这一群鸟类,还有一群被遗弃和受伤的狗狗,乌龟等等,记得仁波切您时常还带着些狗粮来喂食街头的流浪狗。

    希望大家可以对动物,鱼类和鸟群重视,因为动物是我们的朋友,不是我们的食物 !

    仁波切非常提倡持素,因为持素就是永久的放生 !

  3. Kb thapa on Dec 5, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Very overwhelmed here at the generosity of all the donations coming in to help our rescued birds have a chance at a normal life…. Bless each and everyone of you for helping with their medical, food and care…Bless everyone for taking on this cute animals and making all of this possible for them..

  4. KB Thapa on Dec 4, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    If you like animals, please support us in taking care of neglected and or abandoned birds. Thanks to the generosity of many, we have a 4,000 sq ft aviary along with smaller aviaries for them to fly around without being constrained in small cages. We also have activities for children to learn about the birds and taking care of animals in general so that they understand the responsibilities entailed in caring for animals…

  5. Kb thapa on Nov 26, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    We are reaching out to our current volunteers who are interested in helping with aviary up keeping! We have a lot of fun events like free market would love your help if possible. If you are interested please contact us here….

  6. yenpin on Nov 25, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享
    仁波切慈悲为怀,慈悲的爱是没有分别,不管你是人,还是狗,猫或是鸟类。
    所有的动物都有生命,需要爱与关怀,我们真心的付出慈悲的爱,动物都会感受得到真心的爱与关怀。
    我们不应该对动物不公平也不应该虐待动物,它们一样会害怕。
    如果大家想要付出一点爱心,就帮助克切拉禅修林的鸟儿们赞助它们,希望鸟儿们可以在一个舒服安全生命不会在受到生命的威胁。
    可以在一个非常舒服有人照顾的地方快乐安心生活。
    你们的一点爱心,把生命照亮。

  7. KB Thapa on Nov 25, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Rinpoche always rescue birds from around kl and kampung area in Malaysia. Rescued birds not very easy to take care because they are been in the cage for many years and how people they treated them.. it takes many months build the trust and get close to the birds. Thanks to Rinpoche’s kindness and teaching us tiredlessly to motivate take care another beings…

  8. KB Thapa on Nov 24, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    It is still enclosed to protect the birds from other wild animals like boars and snakes, stray cats and dogs. The aviary also has some pools for the birds to cool off with lots of hanging toys and mirrors that are meant to keep them stimulated, it took many weeks to made this aviary .. Lots of people hard work and their dedications.. Truely fees when we enter the aviary…. Such a beautiful aviary..

  9. KB Thapa on Nov 22, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Are you an animal lover? If u r so this is best place kechara Forest retreat aviary .. Our aviary designed such a way to for birds to have happy and healthy life.. If u come here,,I can help u take picture with our cute birds and teach u how to take care them… Your thoughtful comments and any short of help will be appreciated ..
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/videos/help-the-birds-that-nobody-wanted.html

  10. KB Thapa on Nov 21, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    We would really appreciate your help, however. Keeping all of these cute animals fed and healthy is a very hard work and costs a lot of money, especially we depend purely upon donations. Please help us whatever u can .. Thank you, KB

  11. kb thapa on Nov 20, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Yesterday I went to look at the kechara forest aviary. found lots of eggs from budgies that means our birds are happy what we have provided them. if we show love and care to any living being in return they show happiness..Thank you, kb

  12. KB Thapa on Nov 19, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche always cares for animals and always make sure they are well taking care in our Kechara forest retread aviary. Rinpoche gives teaching how to ganerate and love and compassion for all living beings by taking care of animals simple way to develop love and kindess. Thank you Rinpoche, KB

  13. bengkooi on May 17, 2015 at 6:16 am

    Rinpoche loves animals and has always consistently shown them care and love. I’ve seen this with my own eyes from the time I met Rinpoche over 8 years ago. In the exact same way that animals are being cared for today in Kechara Forest Retreat, when we were working out of a small house, Rinpoche used almost all the available outdoor space for the care and wellbeing of rescued animals, but on a smaller scale.

    Over the years, the aviary grew in size and in population as more people came forward to support this worthy cause. And everyone who contributed their time, effort, funds, research, etc to caring for the animals definitely created the merit and the causes for us to be able to save animals on a much larger scale, as we are doing in KFR today.

    Here are some pictures of one of the aviaries where rescued birds were housed prior to the one in KFR. Some of the birds have been rehabilitated and released back into the wild, while others who are unable to survive on their own have moved up to the retreat center with us to live out the rest of their lives 🙂

    One of Rinpoche’s dearest wishes is to have an animal sanctuary in the future which can offer sanctuary to more abandoned, abused and neglected animals whom no one wants. To help us create the causes for this to happen, or to support the care of the animals we have today, please adopt a bird or contribute to their care through this link: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/animal-care-fund

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  14. sengpiow on May 17, 2015 at 1:43 am

    Some of us may not necessarily have the ability to commit to saving and caring for fellow earthlings. Although we are not able to go all the way at this moment, it should not hinder us from taking baby-steps to make a difference by reducing their suffering. Thus, take your first step by supporting our team by donating to the bird food, aviary utilities & maintenance, workers’ salary etc. and bringing the birds to a happy home that is well taken care of.

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  15. Wan Wai Meng on Mar 18, 2015 at 1:03 am

    As human beings, we do so much harm to animals and its environment, it is no wonder why some people think that if the human species were to become extinct it can be a good thing for billions of animals and also the planet.

    The nets that are set to catch birds is really cruel, sometimes I have heard the trappers forget to pick up the birds and the birds just die in the traps from exposure to heat and the sun. Thank you to rinpoche who shows us the way.

  16. Uncle Eddie on Jan 5, 2015 at 10:13 am

    As said in the religious tenets, “A man should not wander about seeing how all creatures are being treated, as he himself would not want to be treated in the same way!” It is believed too, that at every level of society,the key to a happier and more successful world is the growth of compassion. So therefore, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s dearest wish for the building of our Kechara Forest Retreat avairy is, “the very best that we can do is to create a living environment that is similar to their natural environment for the birds. Pricipal purpose of the KFR avairy is for rescuing of birds and to ensure that these poor creatures have a good home and food for the rest of their lives. Simultaneously, Kechara hopes to create an awareness for humane treatment of animals,which represents an essential key to a happier and more successful world! The essence of Lord Buddha’s teaching is compassion, wisdom and understanding of the human mind for the enlightenment of all beings.Om mani Padme hung.

  17. Julien Roth on Jan 4, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    RInpoche’s love for animals really inspires me. It makes me see how special animals really are and how we should treat them better. Rinpoche is one of my inspirations of becoming a vegetarian. If it wasn’t for Rinpoche i wouldn’t be saving so many animal lives today.

    Regarding the post, I agree with the Admin when he/she said that birds are not as popular as dogs or cats. Which then leads to birds not being rescued as much as dogs or cats. I think that this is just sad. People should look at all animals equally and treat them all the same. You shouldn’t treat an animal based on its appearance, but on the fact that it is a living thing. I am happy that there are some people, such as Rinpoche, that care for all animals no matter what kind of animals they are or how they look.

    I think that Rinpoche is doing a good thing by trying to get these birds adopted. I hope that these birds get adopted to a good family where they will be loved and taken very well care of. They deserve it, no animal needs to be treated badly.

  18. Hee TS on Jan 2, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    大概是因为感受不到它们的痛苦。謝謝仁波切分享此文章引起我們的慈心起,不僅鳥类,但其他眾生也是如此。仁波切是真的慈悲,表現出衆生皆平等,怜惜所有的眾生。个人感觉捐助食物及藥品於受伤或残疾的鳥兒之舉,最为殊勝,護生勝於为某種所求而買鸟放生。

  19. Denise Kuek on Jan 1, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Tsem Tulku Rinpoche is really kind and show his compassion to all the sentient beings, most of the people only pay attention to dogs or cats as we can see them everywhere(this is good as well), very less people are birds lover and concern about those birds in pet shops, probably it is because we can not see their facial expressions so people does not really care about them and feel their suffering. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this to us to arouse our love for not only birds but also other beings as well.

    • Denise Kuek on Jan 1, 2015 at 1:58 am

      Sorry, is HE Tsem Rinpoche, please forgive my careless

  20. Pastor Jay Jae on Dec 30, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    HE Tsem Rinpoche believes in extending his love to all beings, especially those who cannot fend for themselves. Here’s another of Rinpoche’s facet of love and empathy towards these feathered friends. Rinpoche would always go out to pet stores and look for the birds which nobody wants and buy them at whole price so that they will have good and spacious homes. In some cases, there are birds which are sick or have suffered much abuse by previous owners. Rinpoche will find a way to get them into his care. Join Rinpoche in this effort which helps these beings to gain a lease in life

  21. Edwin Tan on Dec 29, 2014 at 3:00 am

    It is so true that birds are less likeable than other domestic pets…hence lesser awareness of them being abused or caged in tight compartments.

    Rinpoche’s care goes beyond that to humans alone, extending to even animals. Through Rinpoche, I learn to care, respect and love animals.

    Making simple donations is a small step towards learning compassion through giving.

    Do support this kind cause.

    Thank you.

  22. Grace Leu ( KHJB) on Dec 28, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    The best way to repay our Guru ‘s kindness are to support his Dharma works and activities including the birds aviary , we should felt fortunate able to contribute our little efforts while we can. Finally we gained the ultimate benefits in supporting all dharma works .

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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
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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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    ཁྱེད་ཀྱི་བཀའ་སློབ་དོན་སྙིང་དེ།།གང་གི་རྣ་བར་བདུད་རྩི་མོད།།འོན་ཀྱང་འགའ་ཡི་རྣ་ལམ་དུ།། བྲག་ཆ་བཞིན་དུ་འགྱུར་སྲིད་མོད།། ཚང་མས་ཚར་རེ་གཟིགས་རོགས།། Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche telling people that it is important to have guru samaya. It use to be that way in the great monasteries. We should not create problems and schisms. If we want to practice a protector, then do so, if not it's okay, but don't make trouble. One should just practice the Buddha Dharma well. To do good practice. If you have faith in Dorje Shugden and trust all the way, he will definitely help you. But most important is to practice the dharma. This is his advice in short here. It's good to let more Tibetans hear this holy speech and appeal by this very senior Rinpoche. TR

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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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