Porcupine Bezoars – The Best Medicine?

Mar 11, 2011 | Views: 39,860

In Chinese traditional medicine, there are some incredible sources of natural remedies for all kinds of ailments. One of these many interesting remedies believed to be able to cure various conditions is called a bezoar.

A bezoar is a mass of food found trapped in an animal’s stomach system, usually from consuming grass and herbs. In particular, bezoar stones found in porcupines are believed to be used to cure cancer, diabetes, dengue fever, typhoid, epilepsy, hepatitis as well as many other conditions.

In Malaysia, there is a high demand for porcupine bezoar stones and medicinal shops can charge as much as RM700 for under a half gram! There is a lot of money to be made from obtaining these stones and people are very keen to make a profit from those looking to find quick-fix miracle cures.

However, the high demand for porcupine bezoars means that countless porcupines suffer needlessly in order to meet that demand. Recent news stories have given heart-breaking insights into such suffering. People who try to profit from the bezoar stones keep the poor animals in cramped cages and the porcupine is butchered for its meat and the stones are removes from its stomach to be sold on. (You can read one such story here:  http://dailychilli.com/news/1364-how-bezoar-man-caught-rearing-porcupines-in-cages).

Recently, I have had bouts of illness and have been searching for remedies so my health can improve quickly. However, whatever I experience when I am ill is nothing compared to the terrifying trauma and brutal treatment poor porcupines are faced with. If I were to use porcupine bezoars in order to heal, I would not feel good about my health and recovery at all, knowing that a porcupine had suffered a horrific death. Especially when I can find alternative methods and remedies. Hence I refused to use this. It is your choice, but have compassion for animals please.

Porcupines suffer tremendously and there is no 100% guarantee that the bezoar stones will cure people of their condition. There are many other ways in which we can treat our ailments and illnesses. Why do we need to force unnecessary suffering upon porcupines and other animals to tend to our health? It makes no sense that we should feel positive about our own health improving when the cause for this is an animal having been slaughtered on our behalf.

In our practice, we pray to take on the suffering of all beings so that we can develop compassion and loving kindness towards all sentient beings. Imagine how hypocritical it would be to pray for the benefit of all sentient beings while we are happy for a poor defenseless animal to die a horrible death for our own gain. That doesn’t provide any benefit for the porcupine at all – only terror, suffering and pain!

When we are ill, we should definitely look towards getting better as quickly as possible. No-one wants to suffer; everyone wants to live in peace and without pain. We should keep this in mind when considering all other beings too: they also want to live in peace and without suffering. There are many, many ways that we can treat our illnesses and conditions and as spiritual practitioners, we should always endeavor to check that the treatment we seek out is free from causing suffering to other beings.

Tsem Rinpoche

Porcupines kept in captivity, to be killed and harvested for their bezoars. Some people claim that the porcupines undergo surgery to remove the bezoars and that no lasting damage is done to the porcupine, but we can never be sure that is the case.

 

Close up of a porcupine bezoar

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  1. Samfoonheei on Oct 3, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Wow …incredible benefits of bezoar that has many healing properties. Glad to come across this article , which is new to me. Many Chinese medical practitioners believe that bezoars, which accumulate in the digestive tract, have medicinal abilities to cure diabetes, dengue fever, and cancer. According to leading wildlife trafficking experts, the small, spiny rodents are at risk of becoming extinct in long run due to the demand of bezoars. The high demand for porcupine bezoars seems to be very popular. It’s certainly a worrying issue as the sales appeared widespread in Asian countries. Not only the bezoars and recently their meat is considered a delicacy in certain countries . There are many, many ways that we can treat such illnesses instead harming these tiny endangered species which are suffering at farms. Their meat and bezoars can be harvested for human consumption is a terrible thought.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

  2. Pavara Lam on Jan 17, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    It’s really sad to see that some people can believe something that is totally fake and yet ignore it.
    It is has not been proven that porcupine bezoar can cure diseases, but still people will pay more than a thousand just for less than a gram, what’s worse the innocent porcupines are killed just for that! Just because you think that a medicine that comes from a once alive being is going to help you, it isn’t always true. There are other alternatives that you can take to heal yourself other than relying on another being.

    So you actually killed a being for your own sake? That’s because you think that you have a reason to live right? So shouldn’t other beings have the right to live? Are we as humans the only ones who are allowed to live? No, we aren’t. Every being has the rights to live, so respect their lives, don’t murder them just because you are sick, because killing another being to heal you just isn’t fair.

    Remember, every being pervading the whole of the universe has the rights to live, do not for your own sake murder an innocent being.

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  7. Beatrix Ooi on Jun 12, 2014 at 5:31 am

    People are getting more and more ridiculous and superstitious nowadays, I’m not saying being superstitious is bad but we have to differenciate what is right and wrong. How is catching these animals and taking the bezoar out of them good? I really do not understand, just like bear bilea and paws, how are they good?

  8. TheOwl on Jun 6, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I believe if the animal is treated with humane consideration it should be okay. If it has to be slaughtered for its bezoar instead of humane surgery then the slaughter should be swift and painless. It should be done in private,not in the presence of other porcupines waiting their turns to be slaughtered. It is cruel,unethical and downright crude.

    There must be a reason for the porcupine to grow a bezoar – perhaps to help human beings.

    • Blise on May 16, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      “There must be a reason for the porcupine to grow a bezoar – perhaps to help human beings.”
      I’m astonished by some people’s self assumptions that humans are almighty and all other creatures live to serve humans…
      FYI, porcupines aren’t the only being to grow a bezoar; goat, dog, cow, macaque, even humans, get the idea? So does human live to help another being since we do grow bezoar as well?
      The idea here isn’t gaining by inflicting the least amount of pain on others. But that the whole idea of this bezoar thing, there’s no real scientific evidence to it yet based on superficial believes alone, humans are capable of such cruelty.

      • Joy Kam on May 22, 2016 at 3:10 pm

        I agree with you Blise… humans can be most inhumane. It is very arrogant of us to disrespect other living beings and to think they exist to be eaten by us humans. That is a huge assumption and a mistaken wrong view. In Buddhism every sentient has the potential to be a Buddha – an enlightened being, even a worm. Hence when we kill something, we are indirectly killing a potential Buddha in the making, this is why we refrain from killing or hurting anything as much as possible. I am sure if the tables are turned and we are the porcupine, we will not be too happy if someone takes something from our body without our consent. We as humans being the top of the most so called ‘intelligent’ species on this planet, should be protectors of the weak and small and not be the ones to abuse and take advantage for we are all living on this same planet.

  9. MeowMeow on Apr 2, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Those two, cute little guys in that photo are hedgehogs, NOT porcupines.

  10. Bezoars | The Mind's Eye on Mar 31, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    […] have been proven to have medicinal properties, used as remedies to cure ailments such as cancer, diabetes, dengue fever, typhoid, epilepsy, hepatitis as well as many other conditions. They can develop naturally over time from deposits that accumulate from substances such as food […]

  11. […] Whether you believe in magic or not, perhaps you can also spare a thought for the poor porcupines? […]

  12. broz on Sep 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    How much you sell per gram?

    • edward on Oct 31, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      Hi, FYI I just bought some at http://www.soonhingcheong.com.my near Central Market in KL. 0.2g for rm 360. This is the only shop in Msia and be careful when buying this stuff, it could be fake.

  13. Edward Ooi on Aug 30, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, now even porcupine? Now days of people are crazy (I’m sorry, Rinpoche saying this) especially China people. They will eat any animal as long they think eating some animal will heal or make the body to be healthier. Like my science teacher, she said the purpose that god created animals is for humans to eat them. For me, this teacher is too selfish. We should never ever eat any animal.

  14. peter tng on Apr 24, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Taking it as a medicine is ok but not for leisure.

  15. beatrix ooi on Apr 21, 2013 at 2:06 am

    Poor little porcupines, some people are just so cold-blooded to kill these creatures. They are even harmless to us, to make medicines is just an excuse. If one day, humans are also a cure to some deceases, so does it mean we have to kill people? It doesn’t make sense, there must be other ways.
    The most horrible thing is to consume their meat, since when humans became so pathetic? I really cannot imagine how harsh the killing process would be as porcupines have very long and sharp quills..
    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.
    Love, beatrix.

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  17. Khong Jean Mei on Jan 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    When I was really ill 3 years ago, I went to many hospitals and specialists to figure out what was wrong. None of the doctors knew. One said that it was stomach reflux, another said abdominal spasms etc.

    Frustrated, my mum and I went to Chinese doctors. They said that my wind was off – the chi was going the wrong way – and that the internal heat of my body was low.

    They then prescribed me the porcupine bezoar. They said that it didn’t hurt the porcupines, and that it was highly effective to add heat back into my body.

    It was incredibly expensive, more than this blog quoted. It was more than RM1000 for just a little bit of the porcupine bezoar. They said that I was to boil it and drink it like tea.

    I didn’t buy it mostly coz of the cost – but I’m really glad that I read this article. There’s so much unnecessary pain involved in getting the bezoar. I would rather suffer the effects of my karma, than to be part of an industry that inflicts so much pain onto someone else.

    They are beings too, and deserve as much care and as little pain inflicted on them, as the person next to you.

    Thank you for sharing this article, Rinpoche.

    • Cookie on Aug 19, 2015 at 3:43 am

      Come on, there are lots of herbs which can do the job. Go to another TCM practitioner who can give you a different medicine. Of course the animals are killed to get the bezoars.

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  19. KT chang on Apr 7, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    I got some bezoar powder from a friend few weeks ago after trying desperately to lower down the high fever of my child. The powder worked wonderfully within an hour. I was fascinated and hence I am trying to read up on the Internet about it.
    I have the view that bezoar only exists in porcupine which grows up in thick jungle and eats nTural herbs and roots to cure itself in their entire life. Porcupine that lives in cage or fed in farm will not have any bezoar grown in the body. To have a sizable bezoar, I think the animal needs to be quite old in an average lifespan of 5 years. I am still researching into this topic, but I don’t believe that the animals are fed and killed for the bezoars.

    • Cookie on Aug 19, 2015 at 3:40 am

      Yes, you’re right. The porcupines need to eat certain medicinal plants, and that’s where the curative properties of the bezoar comes from. Even if they are wild and live in a different area and eat different plants, the bezoar won’t be any good. There is no such thing as doing surgery to remove the bezoars, you know those who catch them will surely kill them. As if they’re going to send it to the vet for expensive surgery, LOL!

  20. tsemtulku on Mar 17, 2011 at 3:28 am

    In everything we do, there is positive and negative effects due to the nature of our existence. It is 100% correct you don’t eat meat. HH the Dalai Lama, the highest authority within Tibetan Buddhism recommends we do not eat meat, so that is all we need to remember. Buddha said, we should not lie, or get attached to drinking, singing, dancing, intimacies,entertainments and that we should spend our energies to become enlightened. Are we doing all die and not just the meat part?? People tend to pick what is convenient from the Buddha’s teachings to suit themselves. If we are going to follow Buddha’s teachings or quote, we may ask are you following everything Buddha says? If you are not, then rejoice when others follow the best they can and as much as they can. Since it is the right path for 21st century Buddhists to follow the no meat path, let’s do it. We have so much variety of food. Let’s eat the no meat diet and get on with our practice and basically compassionately go passed the criticisms. It is very simple, do not kill. So hence animals will not die in front of you to eat them…There is no good karma in eating meat..full stop, but definitely there is good karma refraining from eat. Many of the tantras when engaged in the practice prohibit meat as taught by Vajradhara. Many rituals we do in the great Monasteries prohibit meat so the rituals are more effective…..Many who are not monks or not living in the monasteries would never understand that. Reading from books, net or from dharma centres would never be the same as in the monastery. Again, eating meat does not gather good merits for our spiritual practice, avoiding does. Listen to some of wonderful Tenzin Palmo’s views on not eating meat. She is the great yogini who meditated for the longest time in the mountains.TR

    • Steven Lee on Jan 1, 2016 at 2:56 am

      From wat u said, i get to understand tat buddhism is only concerned about oneself. How to achieve enlightment for oneself is the main aim of believers. Wat does tat do for the good of the world??

  21. Anila on Mar 13, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    A good Dharma practitioner will not try a medicine which entails a lot of sufferings to an animal or have them killed so that a cure can be achieved. Like taking out a Bezoar from a porcupine with surgery or killing them to extract the Bezoar. I would think that would be selfish. The harmless small little porcupine will have to suffer pain or being killed for the relieve of sufferings of a man. I was told that there was another type of cure for pneumonia that is contracted after childbirth. You will have to collect the droppings of pigeons fry it. And boil it with hot water. Drink and it will cure you of the pneumonia.

    • Liveyea on Jun 15, 2013 at 12:42 am

      I really drank one of those pigeon shit you mentioned and it cured my coughing problems

  22. Josh Akers on Mar 13, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Natural medicine is great until you start harvesting from animals…

  23. Pali on Mar 12, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    People should stop torturing animals.

  24. tsemtulku on Mar 11, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Let everyone know re this ‘wonder’ drug…spread the awareness around asap and as far and wide as possible…please..it’s important ppl know what is going on and let them make their own choices.

    • zoal on Dec 16, 2015 at 1:57 am

      I am t supplier of genuine porcupine bezoar u have to try and compare whats we call original bezoar, we needs animal to save human lives so to get it must have proper way s that all animals will continue to live proper

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    Sunday, Dec 15. 2019 08:35 PM
    We are so fortunate to have a guru who can lead us in our spiritual path by giving us the right method and teaching. Guru is indeed like our Spiritual Doctor, giving us the treatment to our sickness and prescribing the medicine to us. Unfortunately, we students do not follow the instructions and neglect the kindness of our guru. Hence, when our negative karma ripen, we should not blame anyone but us, why didn’t we take the ‘medicine’ prescribed ? No point complaining if we are the one who do not want to change.

    Thank you Pastor David for sharing this article and explanation.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/like-a-skilful-doctor
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    It is simply amazing how Edward Leedskalnin can move coral stones of up to 30 tonnes by himself with simple tools. Something which I think science can’t explained like how pyramid is built during that period without machines.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/coral-castle.html
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    It is nice to see these warm stories of how human helped marine animals out from their life-threatening situation. There are a lot of attention given to prevent animal abuse in cases of dogs and cats. However, there are only a handful of attention given to marine animals.

    Fishes aren’t given the attention that they deserve because their cries normally went unheard. However, fishes are animals too and they do feel what a human being will feel. We should treat all animals the same and stop creating more suffering for them.

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    Read and decide for yourself of Rinpoche’s hypothesis: http://bit.ly/14DalaiLamaDSPrayer
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    Saturday, Dec 14. 2019 02:32 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us the mysterious part on Buddhism. I didn’t know divination is also practised in Buddhism, I have always thought divination is only practised by non-Buddhist. This shows how compassionate Buddha is, Buddha will use different ways to help people.

    Since most of us don’t have the karma or merit to connect with Buddha directly, divination is the best way to seek advice from an enlightened being. Taking refuge and asking for advice from an enlightened being is safe because Buddha is omniscient and Buddha will give us guidance that will truly benefit us.

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    Friday, Dec 13. 2019 03:53 PM
    Thank you for the sharing, I do agree in the article say man are responsible for everything in their life. In simply way man are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Only man use the reason and conscience with which they are endowed to act with humanity toward human, animal and planet.

    I truly agree with this article. Every single action that man has to do and done has to connect to one another for perfection in this world.
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    Thank you, Rinpoche for telling us this story for us to learn from it. Rinpoche gives a lot of advice and instructions to many people and students to help them. However, no all of the recipient of Rinpoche’s kindness will be willing to go all the way with Rinpoche’s advice and instructions even though it is for our own good. Some will stick all the way but some will stop halfway due to their laziness and fears due to the lack of faith in Rinpoche.

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    It is very good to know about the origin and the story of the Buddhist deity. The story of Methar shows us how the Tibetan leadership has been operating since the older time, how powerful highly attained lamas are and how an evil spirit can be subdued to do good to help others.

    Power and money are what the Tibetan leadership is interested in. They will make false accusations on someone to take over someone’s wealth and power, like in the case of Demo Rinpoche and Methar. Methar turned into an angry spirit after he was killed. However, due to the power of Serkong Rinpoche and his deep Dharma imprint, Methar was subdued and agreed to give his service to Kache Marpo.

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    Thursday, Dec 12. 2019 04:02 PM
    This is interesting and good article to read and provided many information of holy places.It is always good to visit spiritual power places. it can open up dharma seeds within us and bless our minds to engage in spiritual practice.
    Great to get know what we suppose to do at these Holy place ,recite prayers, make offerings and so forth to intoxicate one selves with the blessings of the place.Thank you so much for the article and beautiful pictures.

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  • Yee Yin
    Thursday, Dec 12. 2019 01:43 PM
    People often relate witchcraft to evil practice. However, in this modern time, no one is penalised for practising witchcraft. It is not a main stream religious practice and people can practise it freely.

    Therefore, it is very ridiculous for the Tibetan leadership to penalise Dorje Shugden practitioners because of their faith. Dorje Shugden practice started about 300-400 years ago and it has never been a threat to national security, there is no reason it should be banned. May the ban be lifted soon and no more discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/witches.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 05:13 PM
    Rinpoche have shown us an example to have faith and trust in Buddha. When pray sincerely, have trust and faith our wishes will be fulfilled.Buddha will bless us when we have sincere motivation.
    Really a good article about Medicine Buddha .It is really inspiring and thank you very much for sharing with us.
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 05:04 PM
    The Rain Stopper

    A few years ago, I think in 2005, His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche and a few of us went to Kathmandu, Nepal to buy Buddha statues for our outlets in Malaysia, it was around July and it was a rainy season in Nepal, so it rained almost daily during the daytime and it made the shopping trip somewhat troublesome, because the statue shops in Nepal are mostly in Boudanath and it was not a covered shopping mall, you have to go from shop to shop in the rain. We were staying in Hyatt Regency Kathmandu then and it was raining quite heavily as we were waiting at the lobby for the taxis to bring us to Boudanath, Rinpoche commented that it was another tiresome rainy day, and he said to us “You guys wait here, I am going to talk to my friends”, then Rinpoche left the seat, walked towards the hotel entrance, and start staring at the gloomy sky while mumbling something. The few of us who looked at each other, and all turned to stared at Rinpoche, this lasted for about 5 minutes, then Rinpoche walked back to us and said “It’s ok now, I just talked to them and they are OK with it, we can leave soon.” True enough, in about 5 minutes, the downpour turned into drizzle, and we hopped into the taxis, by the time the taxis were speeding along the bustling streets of Kathmandu, the rain stopped completely.

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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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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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.
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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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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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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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
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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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
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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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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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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.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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    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.
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