Do you enjoy a good circus show?

Jan 24, 2013 | Views: 1,518

 

Dear Everyone,

When I was very young, my step parents took me to New York City (two hour drive from our home in New Jersey) to see a huge circus show (I think it was Ringling Brothers). Personally I did not enjoy the show and felt giddy as we sat way at the top and watching the performers spin, walk on tight rope and somersault wasn’t really my form of entertainment. I think I was nine or ten years old. I didn’t say anything to my parents so I wouldn’t hurt their feelings. But we never went to another circus again thank goodness. I was so happy when the show was over.

I have really never liked circuses actually. Now I come across this three minute video of what happens behind the scenes. You have to watch this and leave your thoughts below. Please do not bring your kids or yourselves to circuses that use animals. We are allowing this to happen.

I am so happy Mr. Alec Baldwin uses his fame to do something wonderful. To speak for those who have no voice. I will be writing him a letter to thank him for his kindness towards animals. I am very moved by his care.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

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I have never enjoyed watching animals of any sort perform tricks. I don’t find it entertaining at all. Have you ever been to a circus? Did you know how animals are treated?  

What about you, boycotting this type of circuses from now on?

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  1. Yee Yin on Aug 25, 2019 at 12:12 am

    When I was young, my parents used to bring me to the circus. I liked to go because there were animals that can do various tricks and I was totally amazed by what they can do. At that time, I found it to be very entertaining.

    Now that I know how the animals are trained to do the tricks, it bothers me a lot. It was out of ignorance that I found the circus to be entertaining. I will never go to the circus again.

    Therefore, it is very important to create awareness and educate people about the cruelty towards the animals in the circus. I believe when people know how animals are trained, they will not go to a circus anymore. Some countries have already banned the circus, this is a very good news. I wish more countries will do that.

  2. Samfoonheei on Oct 23, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    It was long long ago since i last saw one maybe i was very young at that time. As it was just behind my house , do see the way ,the animals been treated badly in the hands of the trainer . Most of the children do enjoy watching as they won’t see the sufferings and pain of animals ,once they understand and see how those animals been trained ,they might not watch the show any more. I am glad a number of circus are not running business now . Many people are against the use of animals in circus especially elephants.
    Mr. Alec Baldwin is one wonderful and compassionate man ,actor and animal defender spoke on behalf about the cruelty and the abused. He told the people to boycott circuses with animals over what he alleges is poor treatment of elephants.
    Circuses denied animals everything that is natural and freedom. As long there circus around these elephants and other animals will continue to experience enormous suffering and pain.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  3. HelenaC on Jun 19, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I used to love circus show while I was younger, I guess most of the kids love it. But whenever I am done with watching the show, i will question myself how they trained them for the extend they are so smart and obedient? Well, thanks to youtube, and and social media these days that we have more idea how they train the animals. It is cruel and no humanity. Very very sad to know and to see how the animals suffering by being trained. I have stop going these circus show after i knew the pain for the animals. No demand no trading. Thank you Rinpoche for the post.

  4. Frederick Law on Feb 14, 2013 at 12:40 am

    if the animals such as the elephant being so called ‘trained’ to perform and do tricks, i rather not watch the circus at all. It is very inhumane act, and it is an abuse to the animals.

    imagine the horrendous experience and feeling the elephant goes thru just to ‘entertain’ us human. we should be ashamed of ourself for taking advantage of them as treat them like a toy for our enjoyment. sick!

  5. Lucas Roth on Feb 6, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    wow, i was aware of this happening and that is one of the reasons i am a vegetarian to prove to people i care about them. i once went to a circus and thank god they do not do this and i know that because the trainer is animal loving and he has experience and his is good at treating the animals with care, he has a history of that. please stop animal cruelty!!!!!!

  6. uncle eddie on Feb 4, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Yes, except for those whose parents are vegetarians, almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather and going to the circuses and zoos. Many could have enjoyed a good show too, without the knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes! Yes, if we only knew the existences of unequivocal evidences of animal abuses, including beatings, death of animals like lions and tigers, not counting the lame elephants being forced to perform despite chronic pains. According to an article on circus shows sometime ago back in 2007, Ringling Circus was slapped with the largest penalty in U.S. history of US$270,000-00. It was said to be the largest settlement of its kind for violations of the animal welfare act (AWA). From presented testimonials, baby elephants at Ringling’s training compound were torn away from their Mothers and subjected to violent training sessions, so that they will learn how to perform tricks; same as with horses and many others too. Adult elephants it seemed, were whipped, beaten and yanked by heavy, sharp steel-tipped bullhooks behind the scenes, prior to performing. Such treatments, yes I had the bad karma to witness at a local circus scene here as a school kid, and had since then, stayed away from circus scene till today! Apart from the largest civil penalty paid under the AWA, Ringling circus must now provide all employees who handle animals, with qualifications in compliance with AWA requirements. If anyone has the right sense of mind, they should stop going to the circus to help to stop such animals abuses and cruelty!!!!!

  7. Henry Ooi on Feb 3, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I have heard of how animals were ill treated and tortured for them to submit and forced into performing acts and tricks in circus. This video confirms it.

    I wonder if pet dogs are treated similarly in animals obedient school?

  8. William on Feb 1, 2013 at 1:38 am

    What happens behind the scenes of the circus show is horrifying and totally cruel to animals. We should not support any circus shows that are coming to town. I really feel sad for the elephants as they are beaten to perform tricks for the audience. And when they rebel because they could not take it anymore, they are shot down by humans. In any way, they are always at the losing end.

    Please do not support the circus!

  9. Jessica Yap on Jan 30, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    I’ve never been to a circus before.. But I knew that animal circus are trained hard to perform the tricks, but i did not know that the training could be so painful and merciless!!! This is really inhumane!! How can anyone do this to the poor defendless animals? The animals do not deserve this!

    I will never, EVER visit a circus in future!
    Thank you for sharing, Rinpoche. Everyone needs to know!!

  10. Wah Ying on Jan 30, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Another place that animals are not treated humanely is zoo, animals usually are chained and kept in small space. I remembered went to a dinner that with acrobats showing skill of playing metal chains on their neck and holding huge pot and so on, it was very “scary” in term seeing acrobats play with sharp and heavy things that quite incomparable with their strength…

    I will share with friends on videos on circus, to let more have more awareness on this.

    I found some video urge to stop circus sufferings of animals:

    1st episode: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIkIRL36710

    2nd episode: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0HnoOBdOKw

    3rd episode: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtjYbYUQg9w

  11. Bryan Ho on Jan 29, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Oh my my, this is really behind the scene. When I was young my parents brought me to a circus, living in a small town of Malaysia, I was amazed by the animals performed in the circus, because they are so obedient but this video really makes me angry.

    People will do things that against the natural world system just to get something out of it, especially money. Circus is an ugly world that covered with flower, colour and fake happiness.

    Just imagine we are the elephant that need to go thru the training every single day, we scream by the trainer, beaten by a bullhook every single day ??!!

    This is total cruelty towards another living being for personal benefit, if we don’t want to go through this kind of training why should we give it to others ?

    I really hope this kind of animal cruelty could stop, and that’s the reason why Tsem Rinpoche is encouraging our ABC group to bring more awareness to the public.

    http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/animal-befrienders-coalition-abc.html

    Please support ABC and stop animal cruelty.

    Bryan

  12. Felix Kong on Jan 28, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Feel sad and painful to this elephants and all animals to be perform
    a good show in circus . I’m only watching circus show @ TV, never been circus till now. After watch this video ,just realize how they give “training” to the elephant . i”ll never support them now.

  13. Darren Kechara Paradise on Jan 28, 2013 at 5:55 am

    I visit circus a few time when i was a child, i was really amazed on the tricks the animals perform. It was not until i grown up to realise on the pain and suffering these animal performers had gone through.

  14. Andrew Boon on Jan 27, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    OMB… I NEVER knew this… even a Circus as famous as the Ringling Brothers which are huge in the states!!! I often thought it was the inhumane conditions of these animals in captivity and that larger more affluent establishments would not have such conditions and as such it was ok to have animal performers!

    How wrong was I… the inhumane conditions start from the very beginning, the capture of a young (elephant, tiger, bear, etc) from the wild and going through these vigorous and frighteningly cruel methods of “training” aka “breaking of the spirit”!

    It is only the human race that can devise such cruelness even among their own kind (torture of war prisoners to extract information especially prevelant during the Cold War and Japanese Occupation)

    And we are supposedly the more evolved and smarter? It is no wonder we are degenerating at such an alarming rate!!!

  15. patsy on Jan 27, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    I have been to a few circuses when I was a kid with my parents and I was always fascinated by the animals performing. As a kid, I was very impressed that the animals especially lions, tigers and elephants were so obedient and well trained and followed instructions. It never crossed my mind of the sufferings and abused that these animals had to go through to be so well trained. However, I never enjoyed going to circus as I do not like trapeze performances; having the fear that they will fall and hurt themselves.

    Knowing that these animals are subjected to such horrible pain and sufferings I will boycott and discourage people from going to the circus.

  16. A. Juggalo on Jan 26, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Yo Rimp, ya gotta be Down with the Clown if ya wanna get into Shangrila, know what im sayin? Check these out:

    http://www.billboard.com/photogalleries/the-gathering-of-the-juggalos-1007824752.story#/photogalleries/the-gathering-of-the-juggalos-1007824752.story

    Da Circus is YOU, Jersey!!!

  17. abby f on Jan 26, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I have to confess, when I was a kid, when I watched circus show, I didn’t think about the scene behind the show. I thought everything is ok, the trainer will be kind to the animals, give them treats and cuddle them. I guess this is exactly what they portray to the world also. The fact is totally the other way round.

    What we need is education and exposure. Educate our kids with correct information is the key! We as the adults should take up this responbibility to educate, and be the role model for our kids. We walk the talks and this for sure will inspire the kids.

    Earthlings has changed my life at a certain level. It is a must-watch video. Please watch the truth behind: http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/earthlings.html

  18. Lim Han Nee on Jan 26, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this video where Alec Baldwin tells us why we should boycott circuses that use(and abuse) animals.

    It is horrendous to see what happens, behind the scenes, to these poor elephants, who, from young, had been torn away from their mothers. The beatings and the shock treatment that trainers use on them just to control and subjugate them to their command and authority, is beyond imagination.

    I have watched a visiting circus as a kid . I only remember hearing the sharp sounds of long whips as they struck the backs of the elephants to make them perform; and I remember flinching as though the whips were used on me. I didn’t enjoy the circus because I would also be fearfully watching performers on the trapeze, in anticipation of their falling down and hurting themselves.

    Awareness must be created in everyone’s minds that animals in captivity and animals made to perform or take part in competitions or fights to the death, suffer tremendously. Like us they want to live. Like humans they don’t want to suffer. The problem with those of us, who do not have this awareness, is that we see animals as sub-beings, created to be under the control of Man the Master. I’m glad that Lord Buddha showed us how, through the process of the working of karma and cyclic existence in Samsara, we are all equal beings.

  19. Jace Chong on Jan 26, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Last time I used to think it’s fun to watch a circus, I been to circus once.

    I watched a cartoon movies from Walt Disney, about how elephant lives behind the circus, Dumbo. I love the movies so much and been watching many times.

    The elephant mama cries because she didn’t got to see her son,and her son Dumbo is taken for circus training. It’s really heart breaking as animal can feel pain when they are apart with their kids.

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this. Yes, we should never encourage any act that make animal suffer physically and mentally.

  20. Nathan Foster on Jan 26, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I never liked circuses. They’re just too weird. Too much association with “freak show.” (Don’t like people calling people “freaks.”) But I don’t mind the acrobats and the contortionists and stuff like that… these people seem pretty cool. They’re training and understanding their own bodies and entertaining people. Just my initial reaction anyway.

  21. AdelineTan on Jan 26, 2013 at 4:50 am

    I went to the circus twice with my family when i was young, first was the local one and the second the London Royal circus, i quite enjoyed the second one because they have more things to show and after that out of curiosity we went to see how the animals live, it was unhygienic and with this type of hot weather it smells because the animals did not get proper care, since then we have stopped going to the circus.

  22. beatrix ooi on Jan 25, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    I have been to a circus once and a few times to the animal shows where they usually held them in Zoos.I used to enjoy watching their performances, but not until I found out how they train and torment the animals. People often do not know the ungly side of circus shows, even if they know, they wouldn’t care. To them, watching animals performing tricks is what keeps them entertained. They have no idea how much pain and suffering the animals have to go through each time. I feel so sad for them, animals deserve to be freed.

  23. Pastor Chia on Jan 25, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    In my childhood,i did went to watch circus show with my family. I was amazed the animals in the show were so obedient and well train. Later i saw how the trainer whip the animals perform the show,i thinking how animals can get away people hitting them but not fighting back. i do raise the question to brother. he answer is they did not give food to the animal if they not obedient.From that moment i felt sad and unhappy. I can’t see people are so cruel to the animal.

    I remembers the circus even come down from the stage and try to get money from the people who watching show as the reward how good they are. i did not understand why people still fall for it special the adult. i guest they just want to control every situation and gain respect.

    Thank you rinpoche showing us this animal,to let many people still don’t know what was happening behind the scene of the circus show.

  24. Milly on Jan 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I have watched several circus shows when young. Used to marvel that the elephants, tigers, chimpanzees, etc were so clever. Did not know what happened behind the scenes. After watching this video, I will not encourage anyone in the future to watch.
    We cause so much pain and suffering to animals without facing any punishment. But its the reverse whenever an animal were to cause harm to man. Are we more superior than animals?

  25. adeline woon on Jan 25, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I guess most of us might have enjoyed circus just like how we enjoy eating meat. This is “normal” in the sense that we seldom think outside the box and to question most of our habits, for. eg. using a credit card, eating meat, pointing fingers etc, since everyone around us is doing the same. The problem here is not whether we enjoy watching a circus, but what mindset we have that has led us to want to be entertained, with circus in this case.

    Our mind has long been habituated to have negative thoughts and have wrong views most time. Guess what? It is not important, because these thoughts and views are not the nature of our mind. If it is the nature, then we should always be negative and have wrong views. In order for us to bring out the beautiful nature of the mind, we need methods that lead us to have wisdom, to see things how they are.

    As a Buddhist, I find what the Buddha has taught all necessary methods that resonates with my mind. Through learning the Buddha’s dharma, we will learn to see beyond what is appearing right in front of our eyes, we will start questioning, no matter big or small, and start to broaden our previously narrowed mind. We will therefore look beyond fur and see skinless animals; look beyond meat and see dead animals and human desires; look beyond angersome and see pain and differentiate the actor and actions; look beyond obedient circus animals and see abuse.

    We need to broaden our mind to see the truth and what is really going on around us. Otherwise, we will continue to create and contribute directly or indirectly more unnecessary negative causes that bound us to the sufferings of samsara. Every being deserves to be happy, and that includes animals!

  26. Albert Ratchaga on Jan 25, 2013 at 2:46 am

    I used to like to watch circus when i was younger, i find it entertaining and envious for them having such obedient pets. Later on after i know the story behind, I’ve banned watching circus. It is wrenching to see how much they suffer, when watching the way how they trained the animals, I can’t stop imagining that I am the elephant, I am the tiger, how would i feel? being cane non stop, beaten with electric rod, stabbed by nails, etc, etc, and there is no way to escape, we have to be ‘trained’ until we can perform tricks.

    The circus trainer only has one principal… “FEAR”… Create fear onto them until they behave, until they obey, oh dear.. is this consider life of hell for them?

    I don’t want those suffering, so I also do not want my joy of entertainment build on the suffering on the animals.

  27. sarahyap on Jan 25, 2013 at 1:16 am

    I’ve attended circuses before, but they never use animals and is all stunts that people perform, I found that rather entertaining.

    I have not thought much about animals used in the circus until I watched a movie called “Water for Elephants”… It was terrible… I never could have imagined anyone exploiting animals just for entertainment sake.

    Though circus are bad in this way, lets not forget about animals used in rides… zoos that do not treat their animals well in captive… and so many more… The largest cause of sufferings for animals is always caused by mankind, and yet we boldly publicize certain incidents when mankind fall victim to a wild animal. It makes me wonder which is more humane… mankind, that can think and yet intentionally hurt animals… or animals, that are just protecting themselves from men that want to hurt them.

    Previously, when greed did not take over people, and deforestation is very much in its minimal, you will not hear about animals coming out from their habitat and attacking people.

    It truly is sad that because of money, these animals have to suffer… bear bile industry, meat industry, entertainment industry… I wonder how people can find enjoyment from the suffering of others.

  28. edward ooi on Jan 25, 2013 at 12:31 am

    I never been and I will never go to a circus that uses animals. I feel so sad for the circus animals, because when they were young they have been drag away from their mothers and never meet their parents again. While the elephants are sad after been taken away from their parents, the trainers beat and shock the poor elephants and that is not all, they are even chained and they don’t get walk around. So if you do care about these animals, then don’t support circus activity. Thank you for reading

  29. Erickksiow on Jan 25, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Last time did like to watch circus, after watching the video above, then only know about how the Trainer ( TRAINED ) the animals. Sad to watched the video.

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing to us.

    Best Regards : Erickksiow

  30. sockwan on Jan 24, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    This is so cruel! I am very sad seeing these elephants being ill-treated by the trainers. Animals are not born to entertain us, they are also a living being, we should not inflict pain in them for our own entertainment.

  31. Jutika Lam on Jan 24, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Here are my thoughts

    I definitely hate circuses and all other kind s of shows that that involve the abusing of animals of all kind.

    It is just so sad to know that a lot of people just love to see all forms of animals being forced to race or perform all kinds of stunts that to me are very stupid and dumb.

    I just don’t get it why people want to train and abuse animals just to have them race and earn a few bucks?

    Seriously we should all put a stop to all this circuses and animal racing events all around the world.

    I can also relate this to this very mind blowing video called Earthlngs. I feel that everybody should watch Earthlings and learn how animals have to suffer everybody mainly for peoples food.

    Here is the Link:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCRspwfKHmI

    The video and the blog link on this blog: http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/earthlings.html

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the very sad story.

    Love
    Jutika

  32. Philip Yong on Jan 24, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I think I’ve been to a circus once only. And I never wanted to go again after that. I find it pointless to see these animals being tortured for our entertainment. People are being creative in a very wicked way! But it is good to note that I rarely see anymore circus in Malaysia these days. I don’t know the reason but I guess most people no longer find it entertaining.

  33. Julien Roth on Jan 24, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    The animals that live in circuses have an absolutely horrible life. And all these animals are tortured like this just so that they can be used for entertainment. Its horrible, i couldn’t bare to see the training videos, it looks so painful. I hope that many people see this and would have second thoughts about going to a circus. Thank you for sharing this Rinpoche.

  34. David Lai on Jan 24, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Well, I remember when I was young, my parents took me to the circus, I think it was the tour of The Great London Circus. I recall that I enjoyed myself and was amazed the the elephants were so obedient and the lions and tigers didn’t maul the guy with the whip. I enjoyed myself and didn’t think much about it until what I watched ‘The Earthling’.

    It was the most incredible documentary ever made. It details all manner of animal exploitation including the abuse of animals in the circus. The incredible thing was that the abused elephant in the video went on a rampage, killed its trainer and ran amok. The poor thing was eventually gunned down by the police. This was truly unfortunate and circuses are really unfortunate because they are very deceptive. Children and the public in general don’t know what goes on behind the scenes and it is through such videos that people are exposed to such abuse.

    I think it is good that the circus has made headway with mostly human acrobats, clowns and entertainers. I think this is good progress from the traditional exploitation of animals in the circus. Circus should evolve towards human entertainers only. That would be a more human evolution of this form of entertainment.

  35. Sean Wang on Jan 24, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I never been to the circus before but after seeing this video on circuses it makes me feel sick when people say that they want to go to circuses. Circuses are like not the fun and enjoyable place portrayed in animated cartoons. I do know that animals are treated badly in circus. If had a chance, I would organise a protest against this horrible practice.

  36. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jan 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    I feel that for many things it is about awareness, understanding and knowledge because without these, we tend to take things at face value. Just like we may admire those rich who can afford to have fur scarf or coat on their bodies, but little did we know that these are products coming out from animals who are killed and tortured alive. Or, it is like when we see beggars on the streets, we think that they are dirty and may wonder why they dont want to find something to do, but we were not in their shoes, they may have tried many times, but situations are not in their hands.

    I think I have been to circus before when I was still a kid, at that time, being able to go circus is a big thing for my family because circus trip is not cheap and my family does not really spend money on these ‘extras’. It was really a rare bonus.

    Now with more exposure that allows us to understand how animals are actually treated behind the scene, more people are going against circus. Animals are born in and belong to the wild, if we need them to perform, it is going against their nature. Plus, I have seen how circus animals are ill-treated behind the curtain, they do not really live the glamorous lives as we usually see them on the stage.

    With awareness and understanding, demand for circus will gradually die off and this will help in minimising the number of animals who need to go through long time of sufferings for our viewing pleasures of that plain few hours.

  37. tenzin llhamo on Jan 24, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    The trainers are very inhumane. Again, for the benefit of own self, others have to suffer. I have not been to a circus before but I definitely wont be bringing my kids to watch. Its true, everyone see all the beautiful and fun part but never think about the pain and sufferings the animals have to go through to put on a ‘show’ for you.

    I remember this video http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/hilarious-short-video.html. People want to eat meat but they do not want to see the scenes of slaughtering. Its the same as people wanting to look at only the good things but ignorant of the bad.

    Now that I can imagine how much pain the animals go through in the circus… I wont be encouraging nor going!

  38. jennifer on Jan 24, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I have always HATED circuses with animals- hated the treatment that was given to the animals to train them to perform.
    Eversince i was young, i would adamantly refuse to go to a circus when my parents wanted to take us for a family outing. I have seen circuses on tv and read about it but there was always this deep sadness within me , knowing that these poor animals are being subjected to the most horrifying treatment to train them.
    It breaks my heart to see regal animals like the lions, elephants, tigers, bears, horses, seals, dolphins have their spirit broken to entertain mankind. It totally strips away any dignity in them ! It is absolutely cruel!
    I always have this thought in me – animals are so much more intelligent than man – when animals perform or put into racetracks , man watches and are entertained. But when man performs or races – are there any animal who would find that entertaining ?

  39. kwok wai on Jan 24, 2013 at 2:41 am

    I had the same experiences as you had , Rinpoche ! I felt giddy and sick when i was at the circus once . Never had a second experience . Maybe the Circus is so passe already in developed countries. Either , the sight of animals doing unnatural acts made me sick or the hot conditions ranked of animal dung made me feel sick. Bad experience in whole. The last circus i know of here was a Russian Circus troop that got stranded here due to poor response from the public, they ran out of cash and need help feeding themselves and their “slaves”. Sad , I hope it goes extinct , the circus that is ….there are betters ways to earn a “living”. Om mani padme hung !

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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, May 25. 2020 04:17 PM
    An agreement for living together by mutual consent is a marriage vow . As a similar line of thought, we believe all actual facts and in reality how and why Dorje Shugden arosed. Dorje Shugden arosed as our enlightened Dharma Protector as promised to protects the Dharma teachings. It’s a commitment between Dorje Shugden and Gelugpa lineage for more then 400 years, still going stronger despite all those lies , controversy the Tibetan Leadership trying to create. The Tibetan Leadership is trying to break this strong relationship with all the allegations on Dorje Shugden. Many highly attained lamas and masters had propitiated for Dorje Shugden for years . They cannot be wrong in their practice after all. Dorje Shugde is not a devil or spirits as claimed by some. HH Dalai Lama already said its does not harm and we can practice. With the recent speech in India at Bodhgaya on 2nd January 2020, HH dalai Lama also said that if people wish to practise Dorje Shugden as a birth deity or land god (Tibetan: kye lha yul lha), THAT WOULD BE FINE.
    Thank you Seow Choong Liang for the wonderful analogy to understand better.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/speak-now-or-forever-hold-your-peace.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, May 25. 2020 04:15 PM
    Megnath a student of our Lama and very much devoted to Bhagawan Dorje Shugden. Did a wonderful sharing with his family memevers and friends back in Nepal . He has trusted Dorje Shugden sincerely and his prayers were answered. Very nice of him spreading dharma as well introducing our Powerful Protector Dorje Shugden practice to anyone he come across. Wow…. He even shared to the school children, every student received a picture of Dorje Shugden from him . May those who see the pictures will be blessed. Looking at those pictures in this post tell all.
    Thank you for Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/dorje-shugden-arrives-in-nepali-school.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 24. 2020 04:56 PM
    Buddhist Temples of Siem Reap , Cambodia is amazing filled with incredible architecture, Khmer Culture. The beautiful temples in Siem Reap is a must-see place when visiting. Buddhist Temples in Siem Reap each year attracted millions of visitors, especially those in the expansive Angkor Archeological Park. Well listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992, there are about 50 Buddhist and Hindu temples dating back to the 12th century within its grounds. Simply amazing to see but I have not been there yet. Would wish to see for myself those beautiful ancient architectural temples.
    Looking at those beautiful pictures paints a thousands words. So many Buddhist temples to visit .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/amazing-angkor-a-guide-to-the-buddhist-temples-of-siem-reap.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 24. 2020 04:56 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Shin, for this inspiring article. It is inspiring to read the biography of George Roerich a man of the highest spiritual harmony in 20th century Tibetologist. He is one of the greatest orientalists, linguists, and encyclopedists of the century. Inspiring of a man who could speak fluently more than 30 European and Asian languages and dialects . He was a brilliant expert in Eastern culture, religion and philosophy , having spent more than 35 years abroad living in India, Mongolia ,Tibet and . As a distinguished encyclopedic-scientist, he was well known in many countries around the world. His incredible work of thangkas paintings which he authored at the tender age of only 23 and books remained a legacy.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/george-roerich-light-of-the-morning-star.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 23. 2020 02:46 PM
    Very rare and precious video , to see how much affection between our Lama and Dorje Shugden was. Its not planned and of a sudden , during Rinpoche visit to that monastery and hotel, Dorje Shugden taking trance . According to the practices of Tibetan Buddhism, there are several ways to induce the trance state including dancing and music. But this was different as Rinpoche was at the monastery, a monk sudden went into trance . In the hotel an oracle monk-in-training took spontaneous trance too. While in trance, Dorje Shugden suddenly entered the oracle-monk in both occasion. Its a blessing able to see the oracles from the video.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/never-seen-before-footage-of-dorje-shugden-oracles.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 23. 2020 02:43 PM
    Beautiful Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, built in 1679, is the largest Gelug Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan province. Known as little Potala to many locals and tourist. Well this magnificent group builidngs of the monastery is so simply amazing. The main structure built in Tibetan style has a gold-covered copper roof similar to the one at the Potala Monastery in Lhasa. I was there few years back , looking at it is a blessing. It looks like a castle, a walled complex with group buildings including living quarters for monks and high lamas. I was so fortunate when I was there the monks were doing prayers . Listening to the prayers , with joy then in a tranquil place to dwell my soul.Offered some offerings to those beautiful Buddhas statues. Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, a hot destination in Yunnan, have been attracting thousands of locals and tourist yearly. A place worthy visiting and going on pilgrimage.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/ganden-sumtseling-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 22. 2020 08:11 PM
    Came across this wonderful post of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’ precious teaching collections . Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was a highly attained master of the Gelug tradition. He was famous as a sharp analyst and master of philosophical debate, as well as a powerful Tantric practitioner. He had impeccable knowledge of all rituals, art and science. After retiring , Kyabje Zong travelled intensively to the West and embarked on a highly inspiring teaching tour to many countries such as US, Canada , Europe countries and so forth. At the time of writing this havn’t not watch and read all yet. I have bookmarked this post and will read it time from time to understand better. All i can say it rare and precious collections.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/his-holiness-kyabje-zong-rinpoches-precious-teaching-collection.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 22. 2020 08:10 PM
    Interesting biography of a GREAT Lama…. Panchen Sonam Drakpa. He received his early monastic education reading, writing and memorisation of prayers and important scriptures. He then further his studies under many eminent lamas and been able to masters in the five major and five minor sciences. Panchen Sonam Drakpa studied the entire breadth of Sutra, Tantra and their various commentaries with great intensity and became one of the greatest tantric masters in Tibet. He was a great scholar served as abbot of the three main Gelug monasteries – Ganden Monastery, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. He composed many written works on various topics, amazingly his collected works spans fourteen volumes, which been still used today. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this interesting sharing of a GREAT Lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-most-illustrious-panchen-sonam-drakpa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 21. 2020 02:41 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heart-warming story . Well it is Dorje Shugden that showed Rinpoche to this Phelgyeling Monastery of all the monasteries at Kathmandu. Unplanned stop at the monastery led to meeting with an old kind monk. Rinpoche ‘s connection with Dorje Shugden was so strong and deep that it lead Rinpoche to the monastery that happens to practise Dorje Shugden. Wow… it must be from previous lives’ imprints that in this life, when Rinpoche needed help most at that odd hours, Dorje Shugden came calling. Rinpoche remembered that kind monk not knowing his name till in 2018 ,Rinpoche found out his name Gelong Tamdrin. Rinpoche’s student were at Kathmandu and were granted an audience with Gelong Tamdrin during which Rinpoche was able to reconnect and make offerings to him. Such a beautiful moments . Looking at those beautiful pictures tell all.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/my-stop-at-phelgyeling-monastery-where-gelong-tamdrin-helped-me.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, May 21. 2020 02:38 PM
    Thank you for raising awareness of how empty one’s life can be without Dharma.Dharma is said to teach us how to live our lives, how to integrate our minds and how to keep our everyday live peaceful and healthy.
    No Dharma practice is without obstacles and its a rough road to ride. But if you can overcome it. You will get the good results.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/hard-to-face-but-true.html?fbclid=IwAR2utRc7EaxWvhnKV2EQfuSJvV_laW-xyECRGx2BrIMoCBj05l2Pln-FZTE
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 21. 2020 02:34 PM
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for this heart felt article which tells us the other side of our lama Tsem Rinpoche. Rinpoche caring, loving and compassionate relationship with some of the close students will be remembered a long long time. I have heard beautiful stories of Rinpoche spending great moments together with them. Rinpoche hugged , loved , joked , scolded, teased , giving teachings in Dharma to name a few. At times tough too , sitting on the same table with Rinpoche. I could imagined that situation.
    I am fortunate to have met Rinpoche last July with my friends unexpectedly, first at the Gyzene Chapel and later in the audience room. For me meeting Rinpoche for the very first time had me speechless, cold sweat but feeling blessed, and happiness. Words cannot describe how happy I am ,to meet a living Buddha. Meeting Rinpoche has changed my life and many of us in the group that met Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s compassion , caring, loving and for most his teachings had inspired me. I am deeply grateful for all the profound teachings, and many more to go from the blog.
    Rinpoche’s life would have been very, VERY different…..agree with Pastor. During Rinpoche’s parinirvana the many monks came all the way from across the globe has showed us Rinpoche was a special Lama and well known by many . May Rinpoche have a swift return , all of us are looking forward to meet you again.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-the-bodhisattva-agency-of-tsem-rinpoche
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, May 20. 2020 04:37 PM
    Very touching article, at the age of learning to understand things and happily play around, the poor little girl has lost her legs in an accident. The tragedy tremendously changes the faith of the girl. I felt very sad to see the photos of the little girls moving around with an old basketball and the wooden pads.

    Life would have been very challenging and though for their parents to lift the little girl up. What puzzled me was her attitude, she didn’t see fear and obstacles in her disability, she was brave, strong all the way irony of life to face of great adversity and became successful athlete. I believe God was with her, push her to the right path to achieve her goals and to bring her happiness throughout her life.

    Thank you for the great inspiring sharing. However we cannot avoid the unexpected events in our lives because it is these events that challenge our complacency in life.
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, May 20. 2020 03:06 PM
    Thank you very much for the good article.From this, I feel that the devotion, respect and faith will arise spontaneously and effortlessly. We must learn to see the good qualities of other, even though we may have received only harms.
    The story about calling the adoptive mother is a very good example of how by having guru devotion, following the guru’s instruction we are able to get ourselves out of suffering and become a better person.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/how-geshe-tsultrim-gyeltsen-changed-my-life.html?fbclid=IwAR2izP1-lrD0–XmrqHZjvQ2d1KfockNAdfQBQuyTxoY2AqVYSZxoD5uUqw
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 20. 2020 02:40 PM
    Beautiful shrine of Rinpoche’s , merely by looking at it is a blessing. Fortunate to have the opportunity to see it such a stunning precious shrine . With lots of offerings and so much precious items as well. It gives me great insight on how to make more offerings to generate more merits. We can offer anything we consider beautiful on the altar. Making offerings is part of the practice of Buddhism. Making offerings to the Three Jewels is a wonderful daily practice for us. We have to cultivate a generous attitude and delight in giving to start the day, which becomes the cause to have happiness in the future. Making offerings is a practice for accumulating positive potential and for purifying clinging and miserliness. I will do my best to offer more on my altar. Good watch of those videos and still learning from it.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/see-my-beautiful-shrine.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 20. 2020 02:39 PM
    H H Dalai Lama strongly discourages Tibetan Buddhists from propitiating Dorje Shugden as claimed to be evil. The propitiation of Dorje Shugden has been controversial throughout its history causing disharmony in various parts of Tibet, and between various Tibetan communities. Over the last two decades, negative speeches against Dorje Shugden were said. But time has changed for the better. Quite recently, HH Dalai Lama was at Bodhgaya on 2nd January 2020, said that if people wish to practise Dorje Shugden as a birth deity or land god (Tibetan: kye lha yul lha), THAT WOULD BE FINE.
    Wow…..Great news for us and across the globe for Dorje Shugden practitioners when H H Dalai Lama said openly about Dorje Shugden . HH Dalai Lama was with as many as thousands of lay people, monks and nuns from over 70 countries. It cannot be wrong this time, thousands heard it as they have been waiting anxiously just to hear Dalai Lama’s speech and teachings.H.H Dalai Lama has made it clear, is a matter for the individual. H H Dalai Lama being an emanation of the Buddha of Compassion, must have realised that Dorje Shugden is not harmful after all and that the Tibetan leadership could have been wrong about the total ban all this while. This is the second time H H Dalai Lam has said that it is fine to rely on Dorje Shugden. May Dalai Lama let bygones be bygones for the benefits of all practitioners. With folded hands thank you His Holiness for speaking with compassion, for a better peaceful and harmonious world.
    Thank you blog teams for such a wonderful news.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/we-thank-his-holiness-the-dalai-lama.html

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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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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
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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
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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
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
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Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
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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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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)
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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