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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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 17. 2020 05:54 PM
    Happiness is not made by what we own, it is what we share and giving generously and sincerely. A simple gift by June Tang tells all. Given sincerely from her heart on her birthday to Rinpoche . It’s all done without money, that’s very true and that’s what I consider true generosity for sure. Giving what she could. She give all and yet she feel as if it costs her nothing. But to Rinpoche its mean a lot of sincerity We seek to give with an open, pure heart, with no attachment to what we are .
    Quoted… no true spiritual life is possible without a generous heart. Generosity allies itself with an inner feeling of abundance—the feeling that we have enough to share.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/study-groups/its-all-done-without-money.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Jan 17. 2020 04:19 PM
    There is no one that can help us, but us. Methods are given, but whether we grasp, apply and practise it is entirely up to oneself. If we don’t change then there is no point in learning the Dharma.
    A transformed mind is our own best protection. That mind can only come from consistent practice over time.When we see results, we will be encouraged to push ourselves more to practice well.Thank you very much for sharing a good article.

    https://bit.ly/2thDjjL
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 16. 2020 04:26 PM
    Wonderful news ……the Chinese government has introduced a plan to encourage and reduce its citizens’ meat consumption by 50%, It’s a great move that China has done in the effort to avoid runaway global warming and for health reasons. The climate campaigners has been hoping for it. New dietary guidelines by the Chinese health officials have recommend and advise individuals to limit their meat consumption. As more evidence of chronic diseases such as heart attack, strokes ,hypertension and so forth are related to meat consumption. And for most to maintain a healthy life styles. They also implement dietary guidelines encouraging the general public to consume plenty of cereals, tubers, whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits as well. The Chinese government also put up billboards in attempt to reduce meat consumption by highlighting health risks associated with consuming meat. What we eat contributes to global greenhouse gas emissions and every one of us is responsible. People nowadays are reducing their meat consumption and opting for vegan and plant-based protein to improve their health . Hopefully more countries will follow China reducing the meat consumption. In a way more animals could be save in the slaughter house. And for the future generations to come .
    Thank you for this wonderful news .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/look-what-chinas-doing.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 16. 2020 04:23 PM
    Different parts of the world have each various interesting traditions and customs which individual will celebrate and follow. Religious festivals like Gadhimai festival, which is an animal sacrificial ceremony, and dog meat festival where dogs are slaughtered to celebrate the summer solstice have gathered cultural significance over the centuries. In Gadhimai festival , they believe that animal sacrifices to the Hindu goddess Gadhimai will end evil and bring prosperity. In Spain bulls festival or the Toro de la Vega, bulls are torture and kill. Same goes to the Pero Palo Festival where scared donkey being dragged unwillingly through the packed streets . Drive hunting where dolphins and whales are caught and killed for their meat. All these are some of the hidden cruelty and crime against animals in the world which many are not aware of it and do not want to know. But with social media , more and more got to know about it and are trying to end all these animals cruelty. The Indian officials are cracking down and trying to stop the transportation of animals for this festivals. It is good that the number of animals slaughtered during the Gadhimai festival has dropped sharply over the years. The Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which happens every year is a gruesome display of the dog meat trade. Chinese officials are doing their best and discouraging people from eating dog meat which is harmful in long term. Recent years there has been a drop in the consumption of dog meat in the China. Many people are aware of the abuses and torture of those poor dogs before been kill as meat. Looking at those pictures in the articles, tells a thousand words of all the suffering of these animals in the moment before death.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Shakila Rajendra for this sharing raising awareness of animals been abuse , torture and so forth.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/crimes-against-animals-the-world-doesnt-want-you-to-know-about.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Jan 16. 2020 03:54 PM
    This is what i like about being Malaysia expose with different religion yet there live harmony in society. It is awesome to read about this former Malaysian lady with a big heart and took actions to feed many .
    She understand the pain and sufferings of the people especially students had gone through without food. She was brought up in away she saw how her parents had the unprivileged and she is following their foot steps. Thank you very much for this touching article.

    https://bit.ly/2Ri4suG
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 15. 2020 08:35 PM
    For centuries, humans have been gazed at galaxies and peered deep inside atoms for more answers to the space. No one knows for sure what it is up there. Scientist, astronomers and so forth are busy scanning the skies for more discoveries and seeking answers to the mysteries of space. World scientists are doing experiments in an effort to gain insight of it. After years of exploration , they are still looking for more discoveries. Interesting discoveries……..of the dark energy, eagle nebula , galaxy , UFO and more of what is existing beyond our imagination.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/top10-space-mysteries.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 15. 2020 08:33 PM
    Peter Byrne is an absolute legend , been an icon, in search for Bigfoot, yeti and Sasquatch or abominable snowmen of the Himalaya. He was a real icon questing for the truth about the Yeti or snowmen. Since his much younger years , he was fascinated in the unknown and the mysterious that turned hunting as a hobby. In one of his hunting trip , he came across a tiger suffering that changed his whole life. From that time he stopped the cruel act of killing animals , ending his 16 years of hunting and founded a non-profit organization called the International Wildlife Conservation Society. He has lived a long and dedicated life in the conservations of animals and in the pursuit of searching for Sasquatch, Yeti and so forth. For decades, he search for Bigfoot, Yeti in the Himalayan has become more of a hobby for him. He has written multiple books on Bigfoot and other aspects of his life.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting post and sharing of those videos.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/7-parts.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jan 15. 2020 04:45 PM
    This Medicine Buddha Healing Fountain was built in such away that it will deliver healing waters which were energized with natural crystals blessed by High Lamas. Those natural crystals were imbued with the healing energies of Medicine Buddha and Dorje Shugden.
    With the new healing fountain, visitors can bring home the holy healing energy in a bottle. Thank you very much Rinpoche and Kechara for making this Medicine Buddha Healing Fountain available for everyone.

    https://bit.ly/35WE0Mi
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Jan 14. 2020 04:27 PM
    This article really inspired me, every year we live is formative year for us as it affects our future life, so we should really let go those bad influence from our parents. What Rinpoche wrote is so true, most of us are either positive or negative after getting influenced by our parents.

    Dharma will make us face ourselves, acknowledge our weak and negative aspects of character and will then guide us to move forward in a positively transformative direction.Thank you very much for sharing this good article with us.

    https://bit.ly/3a28XCh
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jan 14. 2020 03:37 PM
    Ratsag Monastery is a popular pilgrimage site located in the Yab Valley in Tolung near to Lhasa, Tibet. Its a beautiful place located with interesting history behind it. It’s the statue of Vajra Yogini that attracted many pilgrims there. This monastery been built to purify the heavy negative karma associated with Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drakpa (1016-1128 CE) by the locals who is well known for introducing the Vajrabhairava-Yamantaka Tantras to Tibet.
    Interesting read of Vajra Yogini scared statues and about the history of the monastery. May the original statue of Vajra Yogini will be returned to Ratsag Monastery one day.
    I did made a trip last May with friends and saw those beautiful scared statues at the monastery. Merely by looking at it is a blessing.
    Thank you Pastor David for this interesting post with the history of the Sacred Vajrayogini Statue been explained.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-sacred-vajrayogini-of-ratsag-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jan 14. 2020 03:34 PM
    Shailendra Dynasty was the name of an influential Indonesian dynasty that emerged in 8th-century Java. Shailendras were active influencer of Mahayana Buddhism whose reign signified a cultural renaissance in the region. The glorious Buddhist monuments was then built across the fertile volcanic plain named as Kedu Plain .
    The most incredible of them all was the massive stupa of Borobudur which is a very popular pilgrimage site for locals, tourist and Buddhist practitioners. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wow ….incredible it took more than 50 years to complete this architectural monument . Read and heard about this amazing monuments and all the beautiful stone inscriptions there. I have not been there before but wish to in the near future. Interesting read of all about this historical information on the Shailendra Dynasty.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-shailendra-dynasty-progenitor-of-mahayana-buddhism-in-indonesia.html

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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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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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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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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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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Beautiful
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    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
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    10 months ago
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    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
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    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
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    Cute!
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    Uncle Wong
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
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    Cute baby owl found and rescued
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    Nice cups from Kechara!!
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    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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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.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
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    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    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
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    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    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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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
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Long beans from our Kechara Farm 2019 harvested for our community here in Kechara Forest Retreat.
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