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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    Thank you Pastor David for sharing this well research article on Sakya lineage connection with Dorje Shugden . The Sakya Lineage and Dorje Shugden has a long related history over hundred years ago. Wow……six out of the 42 supreme Sakya throne holders, six of the throne holders had indeed practiced Dorje Shugden. And even the 31st and 37th Sakya Trizin, two of the throne were recognised to be the incarnations of Dorje Shugden. They even built chapels and composed prayer texts to Dorje Shugden. It has proven that not only Gelug lineage did propitiate Dorje Shugden but also Sakya lineage. Sakya Lamas had practiced Dorje Shugden even long before the Gelug lamas. Dorje Shugden had been practiced by so many masters and lamas from various schools of Buddhism . Dorje Shugden was enthroned first as a Dharma protector in Tibet over 400 years ago by the highest Sakya throneholders and masters. Hence these practice is not a minor practice after all. It has again proven that Dorje Shugden is a beneficial practice and not the evil practice as claimed by CTA.
    Interesting read.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-sakya-lineage-dorje-shugden.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Feb 19. 2020 02:40 PM
    Very interesting and inspiring article. It is very true our human perception toward a point of view like what is right or wrong there is always a mistake or I should said in most time is wrong or is not bringing any benefits to us.
    All our problems arise from the mind. So to solve them, we need to work on the mind. Hence, no martial arts can be greater than spirituality. Thank you very much for sharing this profound story with us.

    https://bit.ly/2V1RuEU
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Feb 19. 2020 02:22 PM
    I feel so blessed for learning something from this article. Thank you so much for your thoughtful sharing. I truly understand the possess power to change our lives during our falls was actually a good sign. I gained some positive energy and felt was extremely incredible!

    There are highs and lows in any journey, however if life is more down than up, then it’s time to question why, I had a great teaching from this sharing.

    I totally agree that the lows should be appreciated and enjoyed, because its from the lows that experience the highs. Living our life with positivity so that we can continue to improve and achieve what we desire.
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 18. 2020 04:32 PM
    Amazing architecture of a small village Toyuq, located 50 km east of Turpan in the Flaming Mountains. Amazing ancient Buddhist caves dug into the hillside dated as far back as 3rd century AD. Well….they are the oldest in Xinjiang. With an interesting history behind this village. Buddhism spread here from India along the ancient Silk Road but declined after the Turkic Muslim conquests in the late 13th century. Many then converted to Muslim and a number of caves of ancient painting were destroyed. Amazing pictures of ceiling panels with standing Buddhas, and Thousand-Buddha motifs in the post . Its indeed a treasure trove of stone carvings and mural paintings .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/toyuq-village.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 18. 2020 04:30 PM
    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. Life is short and the time of death is uncertain. Act now, its never be late to learn, practice Dharma in our life. Death is a challenge, never waste our time on something which leads us to nowhere. Learning Dharma is our best choice, do Dharma works to benefits others and always works with it. This will miraculously transform our whole life before the moment of death that really matters.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/the-precise-moment.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 18. 2020 04:28 PM
    Geshe Thupten Lama one of the great scholars and masters who will never give up Dorje Shugden ‘s practice and courageously spoke up openly against the ban. Even wrote letters to Dalai Lama defending the ban on Dorje Shugden. Because of all these his life was threatened and was forced to seek political asylum in America. The CTA even considered him as a evil Chinese spy. Since the Dorje Shugden controversy many people had suffered causing disharmony, discrimination, families and monasteries torn apart are some of the examples. To have harmony and peace in a country we should have freedom to practice one’s own religion and beliefs. And politics should not involve religion in any government. Peace cannot be kept by force , it can only be achieved by understanding. All should be treated equally and without prejudice regardless of our religion views.
    Geshe Thupten Lama is indeed a great scholar and was one of the pioneers who founded Tibetan schools in exile, wrote a book …..The Supreme Path to the Trikaya, which explained all about on the practice of the Six Paramitas or the Six Perfections, and other beneficial Dharma treasures.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-supreme-path-to-the-trikaya.html
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Feb 18. 2020 03:46 PM
    The Incredible Legend of Hoichi the Earless Minstrel is exactly that, the suspense with a great interesting twist to the ending. Not so perfect as is in real life, the sacrifice of his ears for his life in peace, although of course not by his choice but the negligence of another.

    In this story, we can see how they use Heart Sutra to as protection from black magic and ward off evil spirits. Thank you very much for sharing such an intriguing story about Hoichi the Earless Minstrel.


    https://bit.ly/3bW6F8K
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 03:17 PM
    Interesting ….. astronauts and military personnel has discovered the existence of UFO and aliens beyond the earth. They have proof that UFO do exist and we are alone in the universe. Leroy Gordon Cooper, a space pioneer and Robert Dean a retired Command Sergeant Major in the US Army tells us all . With Leroy Gordon witnessed first-hand encounter of an actual UFO and the “Cosmic Top Secret” documents detailing alien activity on earth viewed by Robert Dean has already proven it. But it was kept secret.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ufo-astronauts-and-military-men-speak.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 03:15 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing explaining the present-day technology that has affected our general well-being situation spiritually . Giving an example of why rain dance doesn’t work anymore. Spiritual practice give us aspects of the powers of the divine. Technology is a magic and its objects remains a puzzle that is hard to unlock in regards to human experiences. The effect of technology could enhance the human material civilization, but its impact was so strong to our spiritual practice, it caused human addiction. In the modern era, technology has become a seemingly ubiquitous part of everyone’s life such as computers and hand phones. The natural element are gone, environment been disturbed so things will not happen . Interesting read.
    Professor Stephen Hawking, did mention before that advances in science and technology could lead to destructions .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/how-sole-dependence-on-modern-technology-could-affect-our-spirituality
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 03:13 PM
    Living our life in the public eye , we have a heavy responsibility on our shoulder that most people thought. But with determination and courageous Rinpoche did it without any burden. Rinpoche did it all these years, born and bred to be in the public eye, Rinpoche seemed to know what to do without thinking about it. A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives that’s what Rinpoche thought of. Rinpoche’s thought was to help them and to bless their spiritual practice in a way. Rinpoche cares more for the people than himself, of course Rinpoche loves to be alone. Rinpoche loves to alone living up the greenery mountains and clear lakes as mentioned before. Rinpoche could not avoid being in the public eye and getting recognized. Rinpoche never retaliated in whatever situation, such as the Dorje Shugden controversy ,Rinpoche kept all his vows in accordance with the Vinaya nor matter what happened.
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing your wonderful recalling memories with our Lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-life-in-the-public-eye
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 02:37 PM
    Very informative and inspiring story of the Great Buddha of Kamakura.Great to know of the history of this Great Buddha.From what i saw and understand it is a beautiful place to pay visit.

    It is one of the most iconic Buddha statues in the world.All it took were 2 people, Lady Inada and Priest Joko of Totomi to build this magnificent Buddha that withstood the test of time.Thank you very much for sharing this nice article.

    https://bit.ly/2u8sWiy

  • sarassitham
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 01:53 PM
    A person may choose to follow a vegetarian diet for various reasons, including health issues, environmental concerns, or religious beliefs.

    I glad to come across this lovely article. Thank you so much Rinpoche for the delicious healthy meatless recipes. It’s a super simple, has anybody can learn to cook with simple ingredients, easy, quick ,fast and most importantly it very nutritious. I’m going to try all this recipes soon.

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  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    11 months ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    11 months ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    11 months ago
    Beautiful
    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
    11 months 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
    11 months 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
    12 months 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    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
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    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.
    2 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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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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)
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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
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
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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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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
The rain may have doused the fires but the embers of pain still linger in our hearts. Sending Australia our love & prayers. Let's continue to #PrayForAustralia. ❤️ shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The rain may have doused the fires but the embers of pain still linger in our hearts. Sending Australia our love & prayers. Let's continue to #PrayForAustralia. ❤️ shared by Pastor Antoinette
Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
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Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
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Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
The merits from life liberation are varied and boundless ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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The merits from life liberation are varied and boundless ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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