Hamster Care: Cages (Part 2)

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Note: This is the second article in a series that will detail a beginner’s guide to hamster care.

Although a hamster home cannot be complete with just one component, the cage is probably the most foundational piece to one. In this article I am going to cover some recommended cage sizes, different cage types, and provide some recommended cages alongside other general tips.

The cage is probably the most foundational piece. Click on image to enlarge.

The cage is probably the most foundational piece to a hamster’s home.

Here are the main criteria I had considered (in order of priority) when I was researching recommended cages.

  1. Floor space for the hamster
  2. Height of the cage (for bedding depth)
  3. Cost of the cage
  4. How much space the cage took up
  5. The type of material (e.g. glass cages are much heavier than plastic/wired cages but generally sturdier)
  6. Cosmetic preferences

 

Recommended Cage Sizes

Before I delve any further it should be noted that any listed cage size refers to amount of continuous floor space of the cage. Essentially, this counts only the base of the cage as platforms, shelves and connecting smaller cages together are not suitable ways to fulfil this criterion. Furthermore, in this article the term ‘cage’ refers more to a hamster’s enclosure/habitat. This is because other resources often use this term in the same way, so it’ll be easier to understand across resources. Cage variations will be specified when necessary.

The recommended cage size for hamsters can vary depending on the source you research from. Numbers for suggested minimum cage sizes can range anywhere from 200 to 620 square inches, whilst the recommended sizes can range from 650 to 1550 square inches or more.

Image credit: Source: http://hamsterhideout.com/forum/topic/138114-the-surprising-truth-about-cage-size/. Click on image to enlarge.

Source: hamsterhideout.com/forum/topic/138114-the-surprising-truth-about-cage-size/ (click on image to enlarge)

It is important to remember that these are only recommendations based on what is currently known about hamsters. There are many factors that play into whether or not a certain cage size will be suitable for a hamster. For example, one Syrian hamster might be content with a cage size of 650 square inches, but another may find it too small which may cause them frustration and stress. Since there is no way to predict the individual differences of each hamster, it is generally accepted that a bigger cage is better. Anecdotally, I find that my current hamster enjoys his home (which is around 650 square inches) since he never tries to escape, even if the cage door is left open for long periods of time.

Hamsters are small animals, but in the wild they would be able to run for miles and dig burrows all over the place. Although we cannot fully replicate such an expansive environment, we can try our best to provide something that resembles it. When I was first looking at the recommended cage sizes, I was very surprised at how large it could get. However, the research made sense and in retrospect I wish I had gotten a larger cage because the other components of a hamster’s home quickly fill it up, especially if they are accommodating a larger hamster species like a Syrian.

For scale: A small Syrian hamster helps with the size assessment. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nGm2s3X61A. Click on image to enlarge.

For scale: A small Syrian hamster helps with the size assessment.
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nGm2s3X61A. Click on image to enlarge.

Note: Be sure that the prospective room has enough space to house the cage comfortably. The one I got took up a substantial amount of space in my room and it can be difficult to move it around when it needs to be cleaned or temporarily relocated.

Pet stores widely stock cages that are far below many of the suggested minimum cage sizes. Their shelves can display some really unsuitable cages with very little space. The notorious ‘CritterTrail’ style cages are known for being far too small and although they may seem like fun for a hamster (given all the colour and tubing), they actually cause hamsters a lot of stress. Average-sized adult Syrian hamsters can get stuck in the narrow tubes so they can pose acute hazards. Based on the colours and packaging, I suspect they are aimed towards attracting children; then being relatively small and cheap, they can be sold easier to parents who are misinformed about fulfilling a hamster’s needs.

An example of a CritterTrail cage that has extra tube attachments. Source: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/ECG2IvgCL3k/maxresdefault.jpg. Click on image to enlarge.

An example of a CritterTrail cage that has extra tube attachments.
Source: YouTube. Click on image to enlarge.

Although not as dire, some of the other in-store cages are advertised as ‘large’ for hamsters but still fall below many of the suggested minimum cage sizes. The recurring issue here is that many pet stores have not vigilantly updated their hamster care information, for whatever reason that may be. From what I have seen, hamster care in the past 10-15 years has grown considerably in providing increasingly better welfare for hamsters. I found some very interesting pictures and comments from 2004, and you can see the stark difference between what used to be considered impressive compared to now.

Source: http://hamsterhideout.com/forum/topic/27487-proud-of-your-hamsters-cage/page-1. Click on image to enlarge.

Proud to share their hamster homes (2004).
Source: http://hamsterhideout.com/forum/topic/27487-proud-of-your-hamsters-cage/page-1. Click on image to enlarge.

Proud to share their hamster homes (2004). Source: http://hamsterhideout.com/forum/topic/27487-proud-of-your-hamsters-cage/page-6. Click on image to enlarge.

Proud to share their hamster homes (2004).
Source: http://hamsterhideout.com/forum/topic/27487-proud-of-your-hamsters-cage/page-6. Click on image to enlarge.

A stark contrast: Claiming this 40 US gallon breeder tank is ‘nothing special’ (2018). Source: http://hamsterhideout.com/forum/topic/27487-proud-of-your-hamsters-cage/page-878. Click on image to enlarge.

A stark contrast: Claiming this 40 US gallon breeder tank is ‘nothing special’ (2018).
Source: http://hamsterhideout.com/forum/topic/27487-proud-of-your-hamsters-cage/page-878. Click on image to enlarge.

A spectacular rainforest themed DIY cage by HoppingHammy (2017). Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byAfejQk5i8. Click on image to enlarge.

A spectacular rainforest-themed DIY cage by HoppingHammy (2017).
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byAfejQk5i8. Click on image to enlarge.

Honestly, before I noticed the dates of the posts in 2004, I thought I clicked onto a satirical forum thread. However, these images and comments are purely to demonstrate the difference in perspective regarding hamster care. What seemed great 15 years ago would now be condemned by many experienced hamster caretakers as neglect or animal abuse, but that’s all they knew back then. As research into hamster behaviour and fulfilment advances, in 15 years from now, perhaps HoppingHammy’s rainforest-themed DIY cage might be standard.

Since many pet stores are not providing their customers with extensive information on the best quality hamster care available, the responsibility lies on us to do our research well. Generally speaking, although the majority of in-store cages are unsuitable in providing a hamster with a happy home, there are many suitable to excellent cages available online.

A handy table comparing the sizes of various ready-made cages in the UK (2014). Source: http://www.hamstercentral.com/community/cage-reviews/24105-cage-sizes-comparison-updated-jan-2014-a.html. Click on image to enlarge.

A handy table comparing the sizes of various ready-made cages in the UK (2014).
Source: http://www.hamstercentral.com/community/cage-reviews/24105-cage-sizes-comparison-updated-jan-2014-a.html. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Different Types of Cages

Plastic-Wire Cages

Plastic-wire cages (or plastic-bar cages) are one of the more common types of cages and resembles the stereotypical look of a cage for small pets. They typically consist of a plastic tray base with metal bars for its roof and walls. Aside from smaller store-bought cages that have inbuilt bars, the bars of these cages are often attachable and can be fastened securely onto the plastic base.

An example of a plastic-wire cage (Alexander Small Pet Cage). Source: https://www.erinsark-petcareguide.com/hamster-accommodation?lightbox=dataItem-j1vzaz5l1. Click on image to enlarge.

An example of a plastic-wire cage (Alexander Small Pet Cage).
Image credit: erinsark-petcareguide.com. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Additional Notes:

  • A suitable cage should have at least one door found within the bars, but some may have extra doors for ease of access.
  • There are cages which have clear plastic walls with bars for the roof but are similar in many ways.
  • It is very important to ensure your hamster can’t endanger themselves by escaping through the bars.

 

Pros:

  • Plenty of ventilation
  • Great at preventing dangerous escapes
  • Often sturdy and long lasting
  • Often ready to be furnished on purchase
  • Relatively light and manoeuvrable
  • Relatively cool in warm temperatures
  • Easy to attach platforms for vertical variety

 

Cons:

  • Bars can obstruct a clear view (especially for photos and videos)
  • Limited floor space available (many options are unsuitable)
  • Limited depth of tray base (limits depth of possible bedding)
  • Substrate can fall out easily
  • Limited ability to customise (practical and cosmetic concerns)
  • Not great at insulating heat in cold temperatures
  • Suitable cages can be relatively expensive
A furnished Barney Pet Cage. Click on image to enlarge.

A furnished Barney Pet Cage. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Some Recommended Plastic-Wire Cages

  • Alaska Hamster Cage – relatively cheap, great value for money available at: bit.ly/2o1kef8
  • Barney Pet Cage – mid-range price, plenty of floor space available at: bit.ly/2Rto8tz
  • Alexander Small Pet Cage – slightly pricey, plenty of space, comes with a couple of hideouts and a whole extra level available at: bit.ly/2YMTrbi

 

Tank Cages

Tank cages are also a popular type of cage for hamster homes due to their clear glass or plastic screen that allows for great visibility. Although many tanks are advertised for fishes or reptiles, a hamster can live a happy life in one too. In fact, tank cages may raise the happiness for both you and your hamster if it is furnished and maintained to a high standard.

An example of a tank cage (Living World Green Eco Habitat). Source: https://shop-cdn-m.shpp.ext.zooplus.io/shop/customerpictureupload/052018/7/540917735291605658/b800.jpg . Click on image to enlarge.

An example of a tank cage (Living World Green Eco Habitat).
Image credit: zooplus.com. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Additional Notes:

  • Since tanks are often advertised based on volume, be sure to check that there is a suitable amount of floor space.
  • Make sure that the tank is deep enough to carry enough substrate and toys, without providing an easy escape route to the top.
  • Some tanks have lids and others do not; if your tank has a lid, make sure it has plenty of ventilation (steel wire mesh lids are a good option); if there is no lid or you want to keep a lidless cage, ensure it is deep enough to prevent any chance of escape.
  • Although I have not owned a tank cage, after some research I have seen that prices can vary from cheap to very expensive (some fish tanks come with temperature regulating technology).

 

Pros:

  • Great visibility
  • Easy accessibility to the inside
  • Deep tanks prevent unwanted escapes (even without lids)
  • Great range of sizes; many with suitable floor space and depth
  • Often sturdy and long lasting
  • Often ready to be furnished on purchase
  • Retains some heat in colder temperatures
  • Complete substrate containment

 

Cons:

  • Limited ventilation if poorly lidded
  • Can be very heavy; difficult to manoeuvre
  • Needs to be located accessibly for easy cleaning
  • Larger tanks can be quite expensive

 

Some Recommended Tank Cages

  • Fish/Reptile Tank – Aim for around 55+ US gallon or 40 US gallon breeder tanks (shallower but suitable floor space); can be pricey.
  • Living World Green Eco Habitat – Size M or L recommended; very expensive; available at: bit.ly/2Lkz63x

 

Plastic Bin Cages

Plastic bin cages are also quite popular as with the two previous cage types. Overall, they are made from a plastic storage bin but they can have many types of designs. Many of them will include cut-out windows with steel wire meshes placed over them to provide increased ventilation and security. As many of them are not as deep as tank cages, they will often require a wired mesh lid to prevent possible escapes.

An example of a plastic bin cage. Source: http://hamsterhideout.com/forum/topic/27487-proud-of-your-hamsters-cage/page-840. Click on image to enlarge.

An example of a plastic bin cage.
Source: http://hamsterhideout.com/forum/topic/27487-proud-of-your-hamsters-cage/page-840. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Additional Notes:

  • Plastics bins can be clear or opaque. Though clear plastic is generally more popular for hamster owners, opaque plastic won’t make your hamster feel trapped.
  • Make sure to find a plastic bin with suitable floor space. Many of the labelled dimensions are for the lid and it is typical for bins to be significantly larger at the top.
  • It is important to use steel wire meshes as plastic meshes can be easily chewed through.
  • If you decide to link multiple bin cages together then it is important that at least one cage has a suitable floor space on their own.
  • Like tank cages, bins can be measured in volume, so check that there is suitable floor space for your hamster.

 

Pros:

  • Clear plastic is great for visibility
  • Easy accessibility to the inside
  • Light and manoeuvrable
  • Suitable cage sizes are widely available and affordable
  • Customisable (can link multiple bin cages together)
  • Retains some heat in colder temperatures
  • Complete substrate containment
  • Easy to clean

 

Cons:

  • Bin depths can be relatively shallow (lidless bins can be escape hazards)
  • Likely requires some DIY work
  • Poorly ventilated without customisation
  • Thin plastic bins are often less durable than other cage types

 

Some Recommended Bin Cages

Since most bin cages are primarily DIY, I recommend getting one with a volume of at least 110 quarts (28 US gallons); cheap for size.

  • 110 quarts: bit.ly/34hrO9y
  • 116 quarts: bit.ly/2NDWcoJ
  • 200 quarts: bit.ly/34bvyct

 

IKEA DETOLF Cages

IKEA DETOLF cages are originally upright glass display cabinets that have been turned on their side and DIY modified (such as leaving out the shelves). In some sense, these types of cages closely resemble the glass tank cages but require significant DIY work at the benefit of affordability and customisability.

An example of an IKEA DETOLF cage. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQXI8pgRhmA. Click on image to enlarge.

An example of an IKEA DETOLF cage.
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQXI8pgRhmA. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Additional Notes:

  • DETOLFs have reasonable depth but they will usually need a DIY lid with steel wire mesh for parts of the cage that are stacked up high (e.g. with bedding and toys).
  • The display glass can be damaged so it is important to ensure it is in good condition and is placed appropriately to avoid cracks or breaks.
  • It can be helpful (possibly necessary) to have another person assist you in assembling the DETOLF.

 

Pros:

  • Great visibility
  • Easy accessibility to the inside
  • Plenty of floor space
  • Retains some heat in colder temperatures
  • Complete substrate containment
  • Quite affordable; good value for money

 

Cons:

  • Requires significant DIY work before it can be furnished
  • May require a steel mesh lid for safety
  • Can be very heavy; difficult to manoeuvre
  • Needs to be located accessibly for easy cleaning
  • Glass on the bottom may be prone to damage

 

General Tips

  • Cages should not be placed where direct sunlight can shine on it for a long time. Hamsters are relatively prone to overheating in hot temperatures since they cannot sweat to lower their body temperature.
  • Cages should be placed in a room that has a regular temperature of around 18-25 Celsius. Hamsters will try to regulate their temperature by covering themselves with bedding when it’s cold or lying out in the open when it’s hot. The temperatures recommended here are for their comfort and safety against temperature-related ailments such as pneumonia and heat stroke.
  • In line with the previous tip, it is advised to keep the cage in a room that is free from draughts as this can inconspicuously lower a hamster’s body temperature.
  • Cages should be placed in a quiet room. Hamsters have very sensitive hearing so loud and continuous sounds will likely stress them. Typically, areas like the kitchen or living room are not suitable for a hamster’s cage.
  • Hamsters are generally crepuscular/nocturnal so you might want to avoid keeping their cage inside your bedroom as they can be quite noisy when they move around and eat in the middle of the night.
  • This tip works particularly well for new/young hamsters who are adjusting to their new cage. You can place a blanket/towel over the cage (whilst leaving room for ventilation). This will allow you greater control over how much light enters the cage, but also gives the hamster more privacy. Although a hamster’s eyesight is not good, they can still see large movements and it can be stressful for them to see people moving around near them. It can be tempting to watch your new hamster but moving into a new home is one of the most stressful times of their life and is a common cause for them to develop stress-related illnesses.

 

Temporary Cages

Finally, I think it is worth mentioning that temporary cages are also necessary for your hamster. Although these cages are not a part of their home, they will definitely be used at some point in their life. As the name suggests, they are essentially a place where you can house your hamster for a short while without stressing them out too much. For this reason, temporary cages often reflect the main cage of their home.

There are a variety of reasons that may prompt the use of a temporary cage but the most common ones that come to mind are when you need to fully clean out the main cage or when your hamster needs a trip to an exotic vet. With this in mind, temporary cages tend to be significantly smaller than the main cage. However, they need to be large enough to hold a few important things.

  1. Bedding with your hamster’s scent
  2. A lightweight hideout
  3. Some dry food in a lightweight food bowl
  4. A source of water (cucumber slices recommended)
An example of a suitable temporary cage.  Source: https://youtu.be/7p4T8HA8pRE

An example of a suitable temporary cage.
Source: https://youtu.be/7p4T8HA8pRE. Click on image to enlarge.

Small plastic-wire or plastic bin cages are most commonly used as temporary cages. Therefore they are widely available and relatively cheap so acquiring one should not be much of an issue. Certainly the larger the temporary cage the less stress it will cause your hamster but it has to be of a practical size that can be moved easily.

 

Conclusion

This article has covered some of the most important factors that ought to be considered when choosing a hamster cage. They can be found within the two sections: recommended cage sizes and different types of cages.

Whilst a ‘good’ cage size is relative to each individual hamster, the general finding is that larger cages tend to reduce the chances of causing them stress. In a similar fashion, a hamster that finds their cage too small will definitely become stressed and will likely develop aggressive behaviours such as constant bar chewing and climbing.

The type of cage you choose for your hamster will probably depend on your preference and what kind of home you want to provide for your hamster. As I have detailed, different types of cages have varying pros and cons but you can provide a great hamster home with any of them. Therefore it is more important to choose a type of cage that you are comfortable with regarding the criteria worth considering.

The next article in this hamster care guide will continue with setting up a hamster’s home by looking at the topic of hamster bedding.

 

Further Reading

  • Hamster Myths and Facts (hamsterhideout.com/forum/topic/104161-hamster-myths-and-facts)
  • Behaviours of Syrian Hamsters in Different Cage Sizes (pdfs.semanticscholar.org/3891/ee836d1c5fd8479e67ae51c6069167f0f78e.pdf)
  • Extra Information on Bin Cages (hamsterhideout.com/forum/topic/120679-bin-cages-101/)
  • IKEA DETOLF Review (10/04/2019) (youtu.be/CSfugj0M46Q)
  • The BEST Hamster Cages Available (15/08/2018) (youtu.be/vWm_W5YeNdc)
  • Hamster Care Community Forum (hamsterhideout.com/forum/)
  • Hamster Care Community Forum (hamstercentral.com/community/)

 

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  1. Stella on Oct 13, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Indeed, choosing a proper new home for the hamsters will be one of the most crucial decision in the whole home-coming ritual for our new members. It has to have good ventilation, good space, easy to clean, comfortable, affordable and also the fact that it has to blend with the rest of the existing furniture and fittings. Personally, I reckon some D.I.Y. element is certainly required and some modification along the way as the hamsters grow (bigger) or the clan expands. Thank you for this sharing.

  2. Tsa Tsa Ong on Sep 3, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    It’s really interesting and educational to know how Hamsters should be taken care of. And how they live their lives in their cute cage and toys. Thank you Rinpoche and Wei Tan for sharing this wonderful knowledge.👍😘👏

  3. Samfoonheei on Sep 2, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Having a hamsters can be fun but to take care needs special care, love and attention . They are very smart, if have the proper training. The environment plays a part too, to house the hamsters in a good space matters all. A house like cage that suits the hamster, food, water, bedding and exercise wheel to name a few. Hamsters like any other pets or animals not only like affection but thrive on human interaction. There are many different type of cages to house hamsters nowadays depending on the space. There are cons and pros when choosing a proper cage , reading this article is good and knowledgeable for one who intend to owe a hamster. Having a better environment and care one will surely love hamsters as pet in their home.
    Thank you Wei Tan for this second part article of hamsters.

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    Beautiful architectural and unique structures of sixty-four Yogini Temple of Hirapur, India. It is the smallest temple among the list of four major surviving 64 Yogini temples in India. The temple is beautifully well preserved, quite remarkable given the fact that this shrine is only one of a handful traditional form of Yogini temples in India that still exist. This Hirapur shrine is indeed very unique in many ways. Wish I could visit this amazing someday.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for this wonderful sharing of the sixty-four yoginis of these temples are believed to be none other than celestial dakinis in reality .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sixty-four-yogini-temple-of-hirapur.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 8. 2020 05:55 PM
    According to Buddhism, the world in which we live and all that happens to us is a result of our past actions. Past harmful actions create unhappiness results and skilful actions create happy results. One way to purify obstacles we experience due to our past harmful action is through prayers and pujas. The power of prayers derives from the sincere motivation of the person asking for prayers, as well as the pure mind of the persons performing the prayers. It is said that prayers performed by lamas are especially powerful and effective as they are done on the basis of pure morality. There are many types of pujas which can be performed for various purposes for the dying, for the deceased and for sickness. All depending on one request and recording to one’s needs with specific problems . Removing these obstacles will help us to achieve happiness and good fortune in all our activities. We are so fortunate to learn, practice some of the pujas at Kechara Forest Retreat. Many people have truly benefited from these pujas done when with concentration and faith.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this extensive article pujas which I have better knowledge of other pujas other that what I knew.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/the-power-of-prayers.html
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    Wednesday, Apr 8. 2020 01:54 AM
    We all have to realize that there are many strange things that we need to be explore and to understand better. Thank you for the sharing it very interesting to know about the 10 most terrifying supernatural house and place on this earth.
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 02:40 PM
    After reading this article I came to realize I have plenty to know. I get to understand a little much more knowledge of the Body of a Buddha. The details of the 32 marks and there are teachings of each mark.
    Reading this gives me a whole new understanding into Buddha images, and their importance.Thank you very much for the informative article.
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 01:48 PM
    Ksitigarbha is a bodhisattva primarily revered in East Asian Buddhism . Usually depicted as a monk with a nimbus around his shaved head, he carries a staff to force open the gates of hell and a wish-fulfilling jewel to light up the darkness.In Tibetan thangkas, he is often depicted as a classical seated Bodhisattva with crown. He is regarded as the bodhisattva of hell beings. Well known for his greatest compassionate Vow being, that is not to achieve Buddhahood until all hells are emptied. In this beautiful thangka he is depicted with Dorje Shugden an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. Dorje Shugden who is a Dharma Protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings.
    Thank you for this beautiful thangka.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/ksitigarbha-the-saviour
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 01:45 PM
    Machig Labdron was a renowned 11th-century Tibetan tantric Buddhist practitioner, teacher and yogini who originated several Tibetan lineages of the Vajrayana practice of Chod . She is often depicted with the attributes of a dakini, a representation of enlightened female energy. Together with Buddha Shakyamuni, Padampa Sangye, Vajravarahi, Green Tara, Prajnaparamita, Chang Shon, Troma Nagmo and Dorje Shugden as depicted in this beautiful thangka.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-founder-of-chod-machig-labdron
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 01:43 PM
    Black Manjushri is the wrathful healing form of Manjushri that helps us to heal our deep inner negative emotions and mental suffering. Those suffering from aggressive and assertive diseases such as cancer, AIDS , heart disease or those who are prone to negative emotions. Black Manjushri ‘s practice is indeed very beneficial in healing as long as one have faith. It is widely practiced by Gelug practitioners and other lineage as well. Black Manjushri purifies contaminations and impurities. In this thangka , Black Manjushri is depicted with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. Beautiful and powerful thangka to have it in our home.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-wrathful-healing-form-of-manjushri-black-manjushri
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Apr 6. 2020 10:29 PM
    Wow! Great to know the effect of mantra stone, an interesting article to know the powerful way of offering and the blessing. I understand that mantra is a form of meditation that has existed for a long time but offering mantra stone to deity is something new to understand.

    Thank you for the wonderful sharing and I am blessed to come across a beautiful message on offering mantra stone and the benefit behind it.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 6. 2020 03:40 PM
    Kuan Yin is one of the major deities in Buddhism and one of the most popular deities. Also known as the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion . Kuan Yin is regarded as male in India, and slowly transformed to have a female image in China. She is known for her kindness and can also be regarded as an icon of femininity in modern Buddhism. In this beautiful thangka Kuan Yin is depicted with Wei Tuo who is the great Dharma Protector in Buddhism who protects the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha and those who cultivate the Dharma. Together with Dorje Shugden also a Dharma protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings. Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri as depicted makes a powerful thangka to have.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/goddess-kuan-yin-the-embodiment-of-compassion
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 6. 2020 03:38 PM
    Born into a noble family the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje was spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He was well respected and consulted by high lamas of other lineages. He was given many names expressing this respect, including “King of the Yogis”. Interesting short life history of a great lama.
    Lama Jigme Rinpoche an accomplished teacher of the Kagyu lineage has once said….
    “Although the 16th Karmapa appeared and acted as a human being, his mind was completely open, without any limitation. He knew everything in an instant and without having to think about it.”
    Depicted in this beautiful thangka with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. He took the form of a Dharma protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/his-holiness-the-16th-karmapa-rangjung-rigpe-dorje

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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    1 years ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    1 years ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    1 years ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
    1 years ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    1 years ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    1 years ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    2 yearss ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
  • Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
    2 yearss ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    2 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    2 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    2 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    2 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    3 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
4 weeks ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
4 weeks ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
4 weeks ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
4 weeks ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
1 month ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
1 month ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
1 month ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
2 months ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
2 months ago
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
2 months ago
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
2 months ago
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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