TRANSCRIPT: To Jill Carroll with Care..

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Apr 28, 2011

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear Ooi Beng Kooi,

I saw your name as a contact person for Tsem Rinpoche and his center. I am an American who believes in Buddhism. Two things that mean a lot to me are Buddhism and animals and when I did a search on the internet on both Buddhism and animals I found Tsem Rinpoche. I have watched several videos on You Tube and I am very thankful for the teachings. I watched one video about being happy and have learned a lot. I now just apologized to my sisters in which we are arguing. I would like to thank Tsem Rinpoche for his kind teachings that he shares on the internet. This is a blessing.

I am seeking advice on something that is very painful to me. If Tsem Rinpoche or you, or anyone at the center can give guidance on this it would be most appreciated. I realize that everyone must be very busy with very important things and that I am just one sentient being but this problem is holding me back and maybe if I can resolve it I can be of help to other sentient beings…

I have always loved dogs. I had one german shepherd dog who died young at 8 years old from lymphoma cancer. I was heartbroken and felt that I must have done something wrong to bring on his cancer. I felt very sad because I always thought that I was taking good care of him. I vowed to never adopt another dog again as I must be a bad dog owner and do not want to go through the pain of losing another dog. A year and a half later my sister found another german shepherd dog in a shelter. No body wanted to adopt him as he was old and had a fierce temperment. I agreed to adopt him as I said that he has no hope anyway of another home. As soon as I rescued him we saw that he too was not well and could not walk. We took him to a vet and they said that he has cancer and then they urged us to euthanize him. This was withhin 24 hours of adopting him. I was very sad and my husband told me that we should adopt another dog, a younger dog and give him a chance for a good life so that he doesn’t have to face a life in a shelter like the one who just died. . I adopted then a one year old german shepherd (I feel loyal to that breed). He was a sad dog who was apparently abused. He was afraid to eat, afraid to be pet and didn’t even know what a toy was. We gave him a happy and secure life and very quickly bonded. I named him Buddy. I was super careful to take good care of him. I was so fearful of dogs getting cancer that I analyzed everything I did. I even cooked his food for him rather than give him dog food.

When he reached about 8 years old he too got sick. The vet and I did not realize what the illness was. We did not know it was cancer. On the last day of his life he collapsed and they did a sonogram and found a rare stomach cancer that spread through his body. As compassion to him the vet urged us to euthanize him. Buddy died October 14, 2011.

It is now 6 months since his death. I am still heartbroken and cry every day missing him and praying that he is well. I want to help animals but don’t feel confidence. I want to feel that my dog’s soul is well Is it my karma to experience this loss of losing my dogs when they are young? Was it my dogs’ karma to both die at age 8? I always second guess myself and like to feel that I like to have control over things. Is that a wrong way to be? If I have a sincere heart should I adopt more dogs?

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this email. Buddhism makes so much sense. I am grateful to learn it.

Thanks, Jill Carroll

 


 

Dear Jill, I have recorded a message for you below. I wish you the best and continue to love, Tsem Rinpoche

 

 

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Transcript: To Jill Carroll with Care

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Hi Jill, I have received your email via my assistant Beng Kooi. You did the right thing by writing to Beng Kooi because she will systematically submit different requests from people around the world. I read through your email carefully, about 2, 3 times and I thought about responding to you through Beng Kooi by email, but I thought it’d be better if I just speak it and put it on a video. I’m going to put your letter up on my blog and I’m going to put this video response on my blog and the reason for that is very simple. I think that the story that you told, in your letter to me, is a story that would be similar to millions of people around the world. Thousands, millions, tens of thousands. So if they read your letter, I’m sure they will be able to relate to you and the situation and what happened, and also my response perhaps could give them some solace.

I wrote down some notes regarding your video. First of all, I wanted to say that we have some things in common. I am an American also and I love Buddhism and the two things that are very important to me are Buddhism and animals, so we’re quite similar in that way. Very, very similar, so I wanted to just let you know that I can understand what you’re saying in your email and I can relate, and I can feel and I can definitely 100% understand what you’re saying.

When I was 7 or 8 years old, I was living in Howell, New Jersey, and my step mother would like to go to this flea market that was 45 minutes drive away. I think it was called Farming Dale Flea Market… I forgot because it was 3 decades ago and I was a child. Anyways, the flea market was huge, it was outdoor, it was indoor and they sold everything that you could imagine. I was just huge, it was a huge event on Saturdays and Sundays, and I looked forwards to going to it because it was fun, and I remember one weekend my mother took me there and we came across a bunch of puppies that were in a cage, and I was looking at them and I really fell in love with one dog, and I was begging my mother to get me one. And she did. My step mother has always been very generous. And so I named the little puppy ‘Princey’, and I just loved him.

I like animals quite a lot but I really love dogs, and Princey was very special because he was my first dog ever, and I kept him inside with me until he got older. When he got older I still wanted to keep him inside. He still wasn’t very big, he was a mutt. A mixed breed and he was small. Like the size of a Schnauzer, and he was very intelligent and very sensitive and very smart, but my step parents are from the old country Kalmukia, Europe and all that. And they felt that dogs are dogs and should just be kept outside and treated like dogs, but I didn’t feel like that as a kid. Even as a kid, I felt that dogs have feelings, dogs get cold, dogs get hot, dogs get thirsty, dogs can feel sadness, they can feel all of that. So I treated Princey as best as I can but being a small kid, I didn’t have much say.

So he was kept outside when he got older and we had a half acre land, which was pretty big. Unfortunately it was not gated in and I begged my parents to gate in our property but they wouldn’t, and one day he went missing. And we found out from a neighbour down the street, a very elderly lady, that as she was walking not far from our house, she found a dog that was dead on the street, to our description, and when I went there with my father, it was Princey. He was run over horribly and his body was in pieces but I knew that was him. So it was very traumatic. I took him back and I buried him with my father and I was very traumatised because it was the first time I had experienced death, of something that I really loved. Later, my mother got me another dog and my step father named him Halter. Halter is because he had a little mark here. He was a mutt also, and in Kalmuk language, halter means something that has a little mark here. So Halter was a very strong dog. He wasn’t big but he was bigger that Princey, and he was very, very energetic and he was quite hyper.

So same situation, when he was young he stayed with us inside the house, and when he was older, against my protest, he was made to stay outside. He was very strong, and my parents would get a dog house for him in the backyard which was very nice, full of trees and green and very big. And we gave him the left over food which was a lot of meat, for the Kalmuk people they like meat, and bones. They used to tie him down with a big chain at the back, but somehow he was always pull the chain out of the ground and there was many occasions that we went to buy bigger chains and we’d come back and he’d be gone. And so it was very distressful because many times we’d hear him. We had a little forest area near our house. Many times he would run into the forest area and his chains would get stuck around a tree or some big shrubs and he would be wailing and crying and disturbing the neighbours and that happened many, many times. Again I begged my parents to please put gates around our house so that Halter can be safe but they didn’t listen, they didn’t oblige and one day my mother got really, really angry and I was really in shock because she called the dog pound and had him taken away. Well I cried, I screamed, I jumped, I protested, I did everything I could. I was depressed for weeks, but to them, he was just a dog and he was disturbing everyone. To me, the solution was simple, just make a gate, but I was quite traumatised by that so after that I vowed to myself, I’m not going to have anymore dogs.I’m not going to keep anymore dogs.

So that went on for decades, but when I arrived in India, in the monastery, I had my own place, I had my own land and my own house and my students and the whole place was gated in. So I decided to have dogs again, and that’s when I started keeping dogs again and when I visited Malaysia more and more, my students in India took care of the dogs until they died a natural death. They were taken care of very well. They were German Shepherds by the way, the ones in India. So now that I’m in a Malaysia, few years back, about 6 years back, I decided to get a dog, and one of my friends gifted me with a dog but they would sponsor the dog but I said that I wanted to go pick the dog.

So I looked over. I went to many pet shops. I went to many places and I found many dogs and I bought a few and I gave them to different friends. People that I knew, that would give them a good home, but I didn’t find the right one until I came to this very dingy, small, kind of place, that was out of the way, that I found out by accident, through someone, and I found Yogi, or Mumu. And the minute I saw Mumu, I fell in love with him and I just knew he was for me, and Mumu is a very, extremely intelligent dog. I think he is just really above average because he is extremely easy to train, very cooperative, very cute, very photogenic and I love him to death. But Mumu, since he was young, has had so many, numerous, medical problems.

I never knew dogs could have so many medical problems, and it’s been just year after year of medical problems, from having fungus on his foot that makes his whole paw swell up and he has to go for surgery, from skin problems and digestion problems, you name it. This Mumu is having problems, and I was down kind of thinking, I looked at my other students and people’s dogs and they have no problems. They don’t care of them much, in the sense of not abusing them but just giving them this food, that snack, they’re not that particular and the dogs are strong, they’re fine, their skins grow very thick carpet of hair. They just don’t have any problems. But Mumu… we even cook his food to make sure he is going to get the right nutrition and also the right foods. Even still, he gets sick. The other dogs, you just give them dog pellets and they’re fine. I was kind of thinking, ‘Wow, what’s this weird karma I have with this dog.’ And I thought about it and I said to myself that I don’t regret getting Mumu. Although he has been a medical nightmare for many years for me. I don’t regret getting Mumu because I know if that someone else had gotten him, I don’t think they would have gone through the amount of energy, time and research and treatment that we have done for Mumu, and I think he would have suffered a lot and maybe even died much earlier on, because he’s had a few near death problems.

And I don’t think that because people around here… there’s not this kind of awareness for dogs where I live, as far as I know, because I’ve talked to the vets, I’ve talked to the pet shop owners and stuff. And I’m not trying to say that I’m just such a wonderful dog owner or dog lover but he’s had so many medical problems. So what I’m trying to tell you is… I’m glad he came to me because I have the capacity, and the people, and the surroundings and the environment to take care of him. And although he may be ill, many of the times, I can do my best to make him as comfortable as possible. He doesn’t have any life threatening diseases but he has problems from time to time, that are very life threatening.

So in any case, I’m trying to tell you that, you feel guilty that your dogs had cancer, and that they had died. You felt guilty that perhaps you didn’t take care of them, you didn’t do something more, you could’ve done something more and I think how you’re feeling is very natural. I think it’s very natural for people to feel that about something that they love. Something that’s very precious. Something that’s suffering. And I wanted to tell you that I don’t think any of it is your fault when I look at it karmicly, ethically. I don’t think any of it is your fault because from your letter, you genuinely love your dogs to the point of even cooking for them, and I want you to look at it another way.

I want you to look at it like, ‘If these dogs had gone somewhere else, would they have even got a fraction of care and love that you have given them.’ Whether they stayed with you for 24 hours or they stayed with you for 8 years. Would they have got that kind of affection and love? And maybe they could’ve. Maybe it could’ve been better. Maybe it could’ve been worse, but all of that is speculation. Karmicly, these dogs have some kind of connection to you and they came to you and you did your best to take care of them, and you did your best to nurture and love them and do whatever you can, and I think that’s the most important thing. And I don’t think you should be traumatised by it as I’m not traumatised by what happened to my dogs in the past anymore.

So what I wanted to share with you is this. In the Buddhist tradition, we have a special Buddha called Medicine Buddha and the Medicine Buddha looks exactly like Shakyamuni except he’s holding a bowl filled with healing, medicinal plants, and holding medicinal plants. Fruits and plants. And he’s blue in colour and he is the Buddha that has many different types of functions for lack of a better word, but one of the functions of this Buddha, is that he is very beneficially for anything connected with animals. Example, if people fine the bones or hair of animals, or even the flesh of animals, if they recite this Buddha’s mantra

TAYATHA OM BEKANZE BEKANZE MAHA BEKANZE BEKANZE RANDZA SAMUGATHE SOHA

And they blow it on the hair or the bone or the flesh of the animals, dead or alive, it will benefit the animal to take good rebirth in the future. This one says, very clearly, in his commentary. So if we love animals very much and we have a special place in our hearts for them, we have to think of them in Buddhistic terms, and the Buddhistic terms is not just that they had a good life with us, we took care of them and we gave them food and medicine, we gave them love, we gave them hugs, we gave them care but we also have to think that when they eventually die… where will they take rebirth, and how will they take rebirth? And we don’t have any power over that. Neither do they. We don’t even have any power over our own rebirth. So therefore one thing that we can ensure that they’re happy in this life is that we give them our love and care as you have Jill, but also, for us to ensure their future lives are blessed as best as we can, and to recite the Medicine Buddha mantra onto them, dead or alive, will be very, very beneficial. So I’m going to be having Beng Kooi send you a Medicine Buddha Sadhana which was compiled by His Eminence Lama Zopa Rinpoche, which we can do without any initiation, and I do that.

And if you do it every single day or maybe once a week, it’ll be very good. So what you can do is, you can have a Medicine Buddha image and then you make the five sensory offerings in the front and then you can have some biscuits or some crackers, and then you can have the skin, the bones or even a picture if you can’t get the skin or bones or hair of a deceased animal, even a live animal you can just take the hair, you can put it in a bowl in front of the Medicine Buddha and do this Sadhana. And when you reach the mantra part, you can blow it on them, visualising that the Medicine Buddha is blessing them and that they will take excellent, wonderful rebirth and that they will meet the Dharma, practice the Dharma and become liberated in the future.

And at the same time you can think, ‘May all animals, everywhere, be completely free of suffering. Be free from murder, beatings, abuse, cold, heat, hunger, abandonment, sickness, mental pain. May they all be free from this.’

When you do the Sadhana, it’ll be very, very powerful. So you can be kind of like the special prayer lady for animals, so you can translate the pain, the guilt, the torture, the fear, the unknowing, all these emotions you felt about the dogs that you loved in the past and about all dogs that you see suffering. The pain, the guilt, the emotions, the pity that you feel for these dogs, instead of leaving it as those raw emotions, which eat away at us, you can translate those emotions into doing Medicine Buddha Sadhana. So your pain, your fear, your guilt, your doubt about how you might have done better with your dogs, it’s just there, it’s just emotion, it’s just raw emotion there, eating into you. So what I think you should do, and I think everybody can do this, and that’s why I’m going to blog it… you can transform, translate, transmute those emotions into something very positive, which is the Medicine Buddha Sadhana.

So what happens is I’m going to send you a beautiful, blessed Medicine Buddha statue and I’m going to send you the Medicine Buddha Sadhana and I’m going to send you a mala and a few other things. And those are going to be gifts from me, for you to start your Medicine Buddha Practice and if you don’t want to do the practice that’s alright also. Those are gifts for you to bless your environment. You can have a little shrine and you can keep the Medicine Buddha there and your shrine objects there and make offerings, and the animals that have passed away, that you love, if you have their hair or any part of them, you can keep it on the shrine and do the Sadhanna and bless them. And your current dog, you can do the same thing and keep the hair there, and you can get the hairs of all the other dogs, all the other animals that you have, you can put it on this little shrine and you can do the Sadhana and you can, every single day or whenever you do the Sadhana, bless these animals and meditate that they will be happy, they will be healed, they will be alright. And when some of your animals are sick or other animals are sick, you can get their picture, you can get their hair, you can put it on your little shrine and you can do Puja to send healing energies, through the power of Medicine Buddha, to these animals, and that would be very beautiful.

So I think that would be very good for you and being a dog lover that is something that would really appeal to you. It appeals to me. Your first dog died after 8 years. Your second dog died within 24 hours of you getting this beautiful dog, and your third dog Buddy who died 6 months ago, well I must say, it is very sad to know he was abused, but it was very nice to know that you gave him love towards the end of his life.

So what you can do is the Medicine Buddha Puja for your first dog that you had for 8 years. You can do the Medicine Buddha Puja for the dog that you had for 24 hours. And you can do the Medicine Buddha Puja for Buddy. Then if you don’t have their hair or any part of them, that’s ok also. You can have their picture. If you don’t have their picture, worst case scenario, write their names on a piece of paper and put it inside the bowl, and you can do Pujas for them. You can do this for everybody else’s dog. You can invite people to send things to you for other people’s dogs. Do it from your heart, do it with a lot of love, do it with a lot of care and you know what? Medicine Buddha is not just for the dogs or for the animals, it’s good for you too. It’s a very powerful Buddha for healing, for purification and for wonderful development of compassion.

So this will be a good practice for you, and did you ever think that these dogs are bringing you closer to the Dharma? From the kindness you have shown them, maybe that is why we have connected in this way. So that you can have the Medicine Buddha Sadhana and practice. To practice for the rest of your life. To be very committed to the Medicine Buddha practice and the Medicine Buddha practice will be very powerful. You can do this Sadhana once a day. You can do it once a week. You can do it once a month. You think how you would like to do it, but make it a regular, consistent thing because it’ll be a powerful source of blessings. The Medicine Buddha Sadhana will not only bless you, the dogs that you love, past, present and future, and the environment, and your house and everyone… it will also bless your mind to open up to accept compassion and love and care, and to develop these qualities, like that of a Buddha. In fact Medicine Buddha’s practice helps us to become a fully enlightened Buddha. It’s very, very beautiful.

So therefore, even if we do the Medicine Buddha practice well, it protects the environment from natural disasters. So places where it’s very vulnerable to natural disasters, Medicine Buddha is a very powerful practice to calm the whole environment and area down. Even the nagas or the supernatural beings or the elemental beings that may also reside in your area, may also be blessed by the Medicine Buddha. It’s very nice to have a Medicine Buddha, maybe made of stone or whatever, to put in our yard and to have animals circumambulate or to have animals see or to have connect there or even people, of course people. It’s very, very powerful. Should you adopt more? Is it their karma to die? Do you have any control? Well the answer is… it is their karma, the karma of the dogs to die, but it was also their karma to get some love from you before they die.

If we can give a good life to an animal for even one day, then let’s do it. Just for one day. Let’s not think about all the days we couldn’t give. Let’s give them even one day, then two days, then three days, as best as we can. You don’t have control over them. If it was time for them to die, you can give them the best diets, you can give them the best medicine, you can give them the best care… if it’s time for them to die they will die, but that is not to excuse us for being negligent or uncaring or cold; we have to do our part, and I’m sure you are none of those. And should you adopt more? Why not? You’re afraid to adopt more because you’re afraid of the pain.

Well there’s going to be more pain. There’s going to be more separation. There’s going to be more sorrow. There’s going to be more deaths, but I want you to turn it around and think of it another way. There’s also going to be love and care. These animals will receive a good life. These animals you adopt, will receive good food, warmth, compassion. So if they were to live with you for one year, for example. For one year that they live with you, they can have one year of compassion, love, warmth and good food. Security. Wouldn’t that be better than leaving them somewhere, abandoned for one year, until they die? With nothing. Not much love, not much care, not much security and hunger. If they were supposed to die after a year, wouldn’t it be better that for that one year, you gave them the best life that you can give?

So instead of thinking of your pain which, of course you feel it and you have every right to feel it; you have to think about their pain. Sometimes when we connect with people, when we love people, when we connect with dogs or animals, it’s very scary to connect, love with them because you know it will end and because things have ended in the past, the pain that you feel is very scary because you’re going to feel the same pain in the future. And if you’re going to feel the same pain in the future, to foresee that pain, resurrects the pain that we felt in the past and therefore some of us close up. Some of us just shut down. And it’s not just about dogs; it could be experience with our parents. It could be about anything, that sometimes when we want to do something new… thinking about the past makes us shut down and we start reliving the present and future as we experienced the past. And we need to break that.

Why do we need to break that? Because the past was the past, and the future is in our hands now. So how we want to make our future, according to Buddha, is up to us because karma is open, karma is free, karma is neutral and what we want to create of karma, what we want to create in our future, is in our own hands. If the future is not in our hands, there’s no point to meditate, there’s no point to practice or to study or to be spiritual. Why? You can’t change anything anyway. You can’t help anything. It’s already fated. No. If you do nothing, it can become a situation that is unpleasant. If we do something, it can become a situation that is pleasant. Pleasant or unpleasant, if we don’t do something, it can become an unpleasant situation or remain an unpleasant situation or become one, or it was going to be one and it remains that way, but if we do something, it can be different. It can change. It can be pleasant.

So we need to empower ourselves by knowing that Buddha said, ‘Karma is created by us. We are the creators of our future. It is in our own hands.’ No god, no deity, no one out there, can change our future if we don’t do something. They can only teach us, they can only show us by example, but they can’t give it to us. If they can, the whole world would be at peace and everything would be perfect. So therefore, you don’t have any control Jill. I don’t have any control and we will not have any control over others’, dogs, animals, suffering but it’s better to love and to care and to try than to keep reliving the past, because some animal, somebody, some situation, might need you, and if you put your influence into this, if you put your energy into this, something might be changed for the better in the future, and that’s what we need to live on. We need to have that kind of hope.

So therefore, you asked me a question, should you adopt an animal again? Well I can’t tell you what to do, but if I was you, I would. If I was you, I would go and start saving animals, helping out at shelters. I would maybe even contribute to animal shelters in anyway that I can. I would perhaps maybe start a blog. Create animal awareness. I would maybe start teaching people to care and love animals and creating a lot of awareness. I think I would do that because I your letter, you have an outpouring of tremendous love and care and compassion for dogs. Well they need you. So I think that would be something good for you to perhaps consider in the future. To bring this to another level. That the pain that you have felt, to not leave it where it is and not bring it to no fruition but to bring this pain to another level, to bring this pain to something bigger and higher and more beneficial. Those dogs are gone and I know you love them but there are so many more out there who need your love, and I don’t think you can adopt every single one of them but if you create awareness for these animals, you can make a difference in their lives through other people. So that’s my thinking for you that I thought I’d share, and like I said, I had to film this because it’d be just too much to write.

I will do prayers for the three lovely dogs that have passed away, for you, and I will get Beng Kooi to send the items to you. They are a gift for you, from my heart, because you are a fellow dog lover. Remember, we have two things in common. You love and animals and Buddhism, and so do I. So from one person to another person, it’s a gift. Now remember what I explained about the Sadhana and if you have any questions, you can contact Beng Kooi and my people. They’ll be very happy to help you. If wish you the best. I send my greetings to your husband also.

I wish you peace and I request you to do more for dogs, anyway that you can. And it’s going to be painful, it’s going to be difficult, it’s going to be really, really, painful, but let’s not think about our pain, let’s think about their pain. Let’s not think about what we might feel, let’s think about what they are experiencing. Let’s take our raw fear and emotions and transmute it and transform it into something beautiful and positive, which is to save animals, save dogs and that’s what you have been doing. I wish you good luck and I wish you success and happiness.

Please continue to study Dharma. Please study the Wheel of Sharp Weapons. Please study the Lamrim. Any teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama…get it and read it, it’s wonderful. Please look into the ‘eight verses of thought transformation’. Please look into talks on the ‘three principal paths’. Look into it and study it since you like Dharma. Liking it is one thing, knowing it is another, practicing it is another and last but not least, the most important is gaining the results. When we gain results, we can be a benefit to others. Dogs, people, animals, sentient beings. Much, much more. So I wish you luck if you decide to do the Medicine Buddha practice. In any case, I wish you luck. Thank You.

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  1. KYC on Sep 3, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    This is a teaching that most people who have pets need. Most of us have had pets before or are taking care of one. Before I met the Dharma, I treated my pets well and took care of their food and hygiene but if I had known the Dharma, I would have done more for them, like doing the Medicine Buddha sadhana and reciting the mantra for their good rebirth. Once I had to give my dog to the pound as I was moving to a condo where no animals were allowed. The guilt has stayed with me until now. Now at least, I feel that I can do more for the animals by highlighting their suffering. Instead of lamenting about the past which we can do nothing about, we must transform our pain, guilt, and fear into something positive, like improving the welfare of other animals.

  2. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Sep 1, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thanks for Rinpoche powerful sharing with the teaching of Medicine Buddha…

    We always see many Facebook updates that Kechara Puja House almost everyday do a lot of Medicine Buddha Pujas for the sponsors, they might be dedicate for the ill peoples, pets or more.

    We are truly blessed with Rinpoche sharing, we always can do something for the persons, pets and all sentient beings through Medicine Buddha practice…

  3. Pee Bee Chong on Aug 30, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the Medicine Buddha Mantra to bless and do prayer for animals.

    The past was the past; the future is up to us. Thinking about the past makes us shut down and we start reliving the present and future as we experienced the past. It is up to us because karma is open, karma is free, karma is neutral and what we want to create of karma, what we want to create in our future, is in our own hands. Thanks Rinpoche for the sharing.

  4. Penang Study Group on Aug 24, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Today, the Penang Study Group members discussed about their feelings when their pets died. One of the members expressed that she was devastated when her dog died in her arms (her feeling at that period was more intense than her feelings towards her grandpa whom has passed away). Another member described her feelings too and how she dealt with her dog’s passing. It took her years to recover from that. This clearly shows how much she loved that dog and treated him like her own son. Lastly, there was another story shared by a member of his dog, whom he gave it to a neighbour due to relocation of work. Few months after that, he found that his dog was dead. Most probably due to a broken heart. Ever since, he has dedicated merits to his dog through chanting Medicine Buddha’s mantra. We have came to a conclusion that we should only adopt a pet when we are ready. Responsibility not only lies on giving food and shelter, it should include love, care, trust and most of all is to be with them (through thick and thin) till the end of their lives. Not forgetting that to these pets, we are their only world. They know nothing except being loyal to us. After the conclusion, we hope that Jill Caroll has found her solace by now and has started a new chapter of life with another pet.

    Attendees: Siaw Ching, Leonard Ooi, Garrick, Linny, Natsumi, Kai Lynn and Jacinta.

  5. Leonard Ooi(Penang) on Aug 23, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Dear Rinpoche ,
    Thank you got your teachings in your reply to Jill. As the saying goes, “a dog is man’s best friend ” and I believe that it is so – I have a dog before but I regret leaving him with my neighbour when I had to move house. Heard that he died a few months after that.
    I chant Medicine Buddha mantra when I do daily sadhana – and dedicate to my dog that passed away years ago.

    Regards
    Leonard Ooi

  6. Soon Huat (Penang) on Aug 23, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Hi Jill, I am inspired by your story and Rinpoche’s reply on your question. It is really a wakeup call for me. We should think of and focus on the animal’s pain (or other party’s pain) instead of ours (being regretful for losing them). We should think of many other sentient beings too and consider how much we can help them.

    I like the point Rinpoche brought up. We can not control our pass negative karma we have committed but we have full control on our future Karma. Create the cause for future good karma. Trying our best to help more sentient beings, good motivation is counted.

    At last I would like to “Thanks” Rinpoche for such detail and beneficial explanation and teaching. I learnt a lot from it. Thank You Rinpoche.

    Cheers,
    Soon Huat

  7. So Kin Hoe (Ipoh) on Aug 23, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing your teachings and reply to Jill, which will eventually benefit more people who have watched the video and go through the posting here. To Jill, I am glad and rejoice for you as you have taken good cares for your three dogs. You are not only giving the basic necessities to your dogs but you have also taken a good care of them with much compassion and kindness. I truly understand how you feel about being parted with your dogs at their times of death. However, if we understand of what Rinpoche has taught us, we can dedicate Medicine Puja for all animals including your 3 dogs and hope that they can take good rebirths and connect with Buddhism in their future lifetimes. By doing more for other animals and provide the best for those animals with our initiatives spontaneously, we can easily move on to help more animals in need whenever we pass by them on the road or other places. Wishing the best for you Jill!

  8. Shelly tai on Aug 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Dear Rinpoche thank you for sharing this wonderful story with us. I feel touch after reading the story is very glad to Jill who are a animals lover she really treated her dogs like how we treated our own children , I do not think a lot of people out there who will care and live their pets so much this is something I disagree very much I think we should live them as much as we can because they do have feeling like us what more they cannot talk anyway ever since I adopted three cats in my house I really try to live them as much as I can because everyone deserve love and care animals is the same.

  9. Edwin Tan on Aug 19, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Dear Jill,

    Rinpoche is very kind to gift you with a rosary, a Medicine Buddha statue and Medicine Buddha’s prayers.

    Do pray with good intentions to bless your dogs that passed on, and your current dog(s), they will be very blessed.

    They must be very blessed and lucky to have met you for you to pray for them, for good rebirth, out of animal realms. Do not let past incidents stop you from loving more animals.

    Do read more about Medicine Buddha on Rinpoche’s blog, as what was spoken on the video, having Medicine Buddha blesses and calms the environment, and doing his prayers definitely calms you and opens up more wisdom and compassion.

    Also, Rinpoche’s blog has a wonderful magnetism that when you have queries, open up the blog and read and answers will flow to you automatically.

    Thank you.

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for the wonderful teaching to us through this lovely message to Jill.

  10. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 24, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Dear Jill,
    Thank you for caring not be afraid to take care of animals. I feel inspired by your story I do feel your sadness and I have lost my pets before and it is never so easy. Thank you for opening your heart to care for animals.

  11. […] A few months ago, Jill Carroll contacted me through my PA, Beng Kooi. During that time, she was dealing with the loss of her beloved dog, and just like everyone else who has lost a loved one… she found it hard to deal with the situation. I video-recorded a message and gave her some sharing on Medicine Buddha’s practice. […]

  12. Jill Carroll on May 3, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Today I looked at this blog and saw the You Tube reply from Tsem Tulku Rinpoche himself regarding my email. I am so happy that I went on the blog. I didn’t know or expect that there would be a reply there to my email. It was such a blessing and surprise! I would like to tell Tsem Tulku Rinpoche that I am so grateful for the time he took for this. I would also like to thank all of you for your kind words of support.

    The words in this video really moved me and I want this teaching to be of good use. Thank you for your kind encouragement to learn Medicine Buddha practice for the benefit of sentient beings. Thank you so much.

    Sincerely, Jill Carroll

  13. Terri on May 1, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Rinpoche is so kind.

  14. Margaretlee on Apr 29, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing your answer to Jill.

    Life is indeed a journey of transformation through learning, experiencing, and practising. It is so wonderful to learn from Rinpoche’s teaching that the common occurance of guilt, lost, and pain that will always happen in our lives whether to animals or our loved ones,can be transformed into benefitting many more only if we step out of our fear zone and transmute these raw painful feelings into something positive, something that not only heal ourselves, but others as well.

    By concentrating on our own pain, we actually are closing up and becoming self cherished again. It does not help us nor others.

    I remember a long time ago, a student asked Rinpoche, ” Why do we have to have our heart broken many times in order to love more?”
    And Rinpoche sharerd his answer to this student via sms saying that (as best as I can recall), everytime our hearts tear, they become bigger as they heal, so we can encompass more and take care of more beings.

    Good luck Jill on your medicine buddha’s practice and may you be a beckon of light to many who share your experience. May you continue to love and care for the animals who have the good fortune to meet you.

    Margaret

  15. Shin on Apr 29, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Dear Jill,
    I’m sure because you genuinely care for the dogs, hence you feel that you could have done more, or it was your fault, but it wasn’t.

    You could have chosen to ignore the 2nd and 3rd dog at the shelter, giving excuses that the pain of losing a dog is painful. But you didn’t! You chose to take care of them so that they can have better lives outside the shelter.

    Who knows what could have happen to them if you didn’t take them back to your home? Even if your second dog had just 24 hours with you, at least he experienced a little human warmth and care.

    I really admire the amount of care you have for the dogs and I hope you will transform your care and take on the practice as advised by Rinpoche because I know you can benefit so many others as you have a very kind heart.

    Thank you for sharing your story. It is very nice to learn of your genuine care for other sentient beings.

  16. Sofi on Apr 28, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing your answer to Jill’s question. Thru your sharing, I have learnt how much more medicine buddha may help sentient beings. I also would like to share some unconventional treatment that may help with animal’s skin problem. My dog had very bad skin problem and knowing that treatment by the vet would involve strong antibiotic cream/oral medication (in fact, he had one dose which did not improve his condition at all. So, I went to the pharmacy to purchase “Olivenol” which was meant for human consumption. I’ve seen its write up in the papers about the olive extract being able to help with skin problems in human and thought why not give it a try. As my dog is the normal malaysian dog, I gave him half dosage and hey, it works. One bottle of “Olivenol” cure him of his problem and with healthy shining fur too. Advice is to get the liquid form, which Caring sells. Guardian only has the capsule/tablet form which is a bit hard to control the dosage.
    Jill, as Rinpoche said, to have been loved, even for a short while, is better than never felt love at all. Keep up your good work for the dogs and sincerely hope that you will strongly put your belief in Rinpoche to follow his advice. Your effort would make this world so much more loving.

  17. Irene Lim on Apr 28, 2011 at 7:09 am

    No fear…. love is free and encompassing. Just love on Jill!

  18. Sandy on Apr 28, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I only managed to watch the first 12 minutes of your video reply to Jill (slow connection), but I trust and hope that Jill can and does take heart from your message to her, which is absolutely spot on.

    I’ve had dogs all of my life, with some (especially the bigger dogs) troubled with illnesses and issues. You hit the nail on the head when you say that Jill’s dogs may not have received such attentive loving kindness from another owner; the fact that she poured so much care into her dogs shows what a compassionate person Jill is – a lot of people would perhaps have given up on their dogs if they had significant medical problems.

    My mum would always pick the “runt” of the litter whenever she bought/adopted dogs. As a kid, I didn’t understand why she did this, but she’d tell me later, “The other dogs will be picked up soon enough – these poor wee dogs are always left behind, so I want to give them all the loving and care they might not otherwise get.”

    To my mind, anyone who spends any time loving and caring for their animals shouldn’t be afraid to realise their own compassion. How easy it is not to bother with sick animals and just focus on them when they are cute and well. Jill’s story made me smile; the content may be sad, but it’s so wonderful to see that there are people like Jill who exist and give their care and attention to animals; I hope she realises just how much she did for her pets and how much compassion and love she had (has) in her to give.

    It’s always sad to see dogs suffering, or any animal for that matter, but without sounding cliche, suffering happens in life to every living thing; it’s just a fact of life, but those dogs of Jill’s who suffered did so knowing that they were loved and cherished. Our suffering is hard, watching our pets go through illness and death, but there is nothing more beautiful than to love and care for our pets when they are suffering – that’s when they most need it, and in Jill’s case, it’s something she always readily provided for her dogs, and for that – for what it’s worth – she gets my complete admiration and respect.

    Thank you, Jill, for your story.

    Kind regards and best wishes,
    Sandy

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  • m.priyaa
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 06:22 PM
    முற்றிலும் உன்மை.பாபா சாவான் சிங் எப்பொழுதும் தனது சிஷ்யர்களுக்கு கருணை மற்றும் மத சகிப்புத்தன்மை, அனைத்து உயிரினங்களையும் மதித்தல் மற்றும் போதை தருபவற்றைத் தவிர்க்குமாறும் வலியுறுத்துவார்.அனைத்து மகா ஆன்மீக மனிதர்களைப் போல், தான் போதிக்கும் ஞானம், பாபா சாவான் சிங்கின் செயல்களில் உள்ளடக்கி இருக்கும். அதிலும், இந்திய வரலாற்றில் மிகவும் பேரதிர்ச்சி காலமான‌ பாகிஸ்தானின் உருவாக்கம் பல்வேறு மத சண்டைகளை ஏற்படுத்திய‌ காலக்கட்டத்திலும் பாபா சாவான் சிங் தொடர்ந்து பிரபஞ்ச அளவிலான கருணையையும் மத சகிப்புத்தன்மையையும் தொடர்ந்து செயல்படுத்தி வந்தார்.
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 04:51 PM
    Many temple was built and the 10 most famous Buddhist temple in the world was ranked. Each temple has its own history in its remarkable up today.One of the famous templeThe Mahabodhi (Great Enlightenment) Temple is a Buddhist stupa located in Bodhgaya, India. The main complex contains a descendant of the original Bodhi Tree under which Gautama Buddha gained enlightenment, and is the most sacred place in Buddhism.
    Thank you very much for sharing this article with the beautiful view of 10 famous Buddhist temples.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2KkCr2K
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 03:36 PM
    Generally stupas are the physical representations of a Buddha’s mind. They come in 8 main shapes. Each shape is equal to the representation of Buddha’s mind.

    They can contain:

    Relics of Buddha
    Relics of High monks
    Relics of attained masters
    Sutras
    Mantras
    Multiple images of Buddhas such as statues/tsatsas/pictures/paintings/precious items
    Wealth vases
    Blessed items like from sand mandalas
    Even consecrated bones/nail/hair of ordinary beings/animals can be placed inside… this would generate great merits for the deceased in their future rebirths. And stupas can come in all sizes from one inch to one story or anything
    Stupas are built to purify karma, sanctify an area, calm an area with many natural disasters, bring good energy/luck to a region, enshrine the remains of holy beings, bless the environment and animals in the region and also they can be built as an act of spiritual devotion to commemorate a special event eg. Buddha’s birthday.

    When the stupas are built, many will make prostrations, offerings of butterlamps and circumambulation around them. It is believed these acts will purify the negative karma associated strongly with the mind also body and speech. Negative karma blocks spiritual realization and higher states of existences.

    You will see stupas in all Buddhist countries in their unique styles.

    Here’s an aerial view of the Bodhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal…You must visit by hook or crook once in your life..and Nepalese culture is beautiful also…so much to see and learn in Bodha… You can call this the Bodhanath stupa or simply the Bodha stupa. As you fly into the Kathmandu International airport, you will see this amazing stupa through your window…

    The Bodha stupa contains the relics of Lord Buddha. Thousands make worship each day and hundreds of thousands visit per year. I have gone many times. I thought to share this picture with everyone for a blessing.

    Check out the beautiful pictures at http://bit.ly/3546Bzx
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 03:28 PM
    The Baodingshan cave is located 20km northeast of Dazu. The site is about 500m long from west to east in the shape of a hairpin, with about one kilometer total length of sculptures. The carved areas which are between three and 15 meters tall are believed to have been carved under the direction of monk Zhao Zhifeng during the Southern Song Dynasty, between 1179 and 1249 AD. However, Some Daoist images date the carvings to the Qing Dynasty and later.

    These reliefs and sculptures reflect a diverse school of Esoteric Buddhism that highlighted the faction of Liu Benzun (855 – 907), a pious layman of Sichuan province who became venerated for his asceticism and spiritual perfection. The three traditions Huayun, Pure Land and Zen are represented, blended with Confucianism. Shakyamuni’s birth and death, the Wheel of Reincarnation, Hell Punishments, and popular deities are also featured.

    The reliefs are like illustrated sermons in stone, being interspersed with copious quotations from the sutras, which show that the intention of these reliefs is variously devotional, sermonic and in the pursuit of transcendence. As expressed by Zhao’s signature text:

    “Even if one spins a burning hot iron wheel on top of my head,
    No matter how excruciating the pain is,
    I will not relapse from the mind of enlightenment.”

    Many of the reliefs are lively, realistic and of high artistic quality. The reliefs were parables or teaching devices for the common people and elite persons of the time by depicting scenes of ordinary people and situations. For the monks who trained at the site, the reliefs illustrated Zhao’s spiritual doctrine in a concrete and memorable way, and remains so for visitors today.

    The sequence of reliefs effectively amounts to a manual on ultimate liberation. Zhao promotes the Mahayana ideal that everyone can be saved through various means i.e. reflections on Shakyamuni’s life (the Parinirvana and Birth reliefs) and the doctrine of Karma (the Wheel of Reincarnation), encouraging good acts (reliefs of Parental and Filial Kindness), discouraging evil acts (Hell reliefs), promoting various kinds of worship (Huayun, Pure Land, and Esoteric reliefs) and contemplation (Oxherding Parable).

    Check out some featured carvings and statues in Baodingshan caves at http://bit.ly/2qWhswn
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 03:16 PM
    The Mogao Caves of Dunhuang, China has been a treasure house of art, spanning over 1,000 years. In each and every one of its 492 Buddhist cave chapels, you will find floor-to-ceiling paintings and clay sculptures as it was previously used for devotions and meditation. The art inside here covers more than ten major genres, such as architecture, stucco sculpture, wall paintings, silk paintings, calligraphy, woodblock printing, embroidery, literature, music and dance, and popular entertainment. But all these only existed because of one man’s vision.

    The legend is that in 366 AD, a monk named Le Zun looked across the river at dawn and saw a thousand Buddhas appear on the golden cliff face of Mingsha mountain along the old Silk Road. The caves were then built by monks and mostly sponsored by patrons such as wealthy merchants, foreign dignitaries, as well as Chinese emperors.

    But when trade in the Silk Road stopped, Dunhuang was soon forgotten and eventually, the Mogao caves were abandoned. The site however was still a place of pilgrimage and was used as a place of worship by the local people of the 20th century when there was renewed awareness in its presence once more.

    Check out some featured carvings and statues in Mogao Caves at http://bit.ly/2Oh155U
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 02:54 PM
    On the 21 of January 2007, a 5 ft 3in shark was caught in Japanese waters. This may seem quite uninteresting, but the shark that was spotted is one of the very few unique species of shark that have survived without evolving at all.

    Called the frilled shark (because of how it flares its gills), this shark has not changed for a HUNDRED MILLION years. Scientists do not know why it hasn’t evolved, and for a while it was even thought to be extinct. When it was discovered to be extant (i.e. still existing) many people called it the “living fossil”. This is because it is the only species in the shark family that completely avoided evolution!

    We don’t see frilled sharks as regularly as those sharks from the Jaws movie, because the frilled shark can live as far as 5,150 ft below sea level.

    Although they are rarely seen, they have been spotted in certain areas around the world… from northern Norway to France, Morocco, West Africa (where they have the 2nd kind of frilled shark, called the Southern African frilled shark, which only lives in the regions of South-Africa), New Zealand, Hawaii, Chile and other places…

    Check out the video http://bit.ly/33MoS42 shows you the frilled shark that was spotted by a fisherman in Japan.
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 02:45 PM
    In June 2010, Wayne Giroux, a lawn mower shop owner, was in a car accident and was killed by a drunk driver. He had lived in Texas with his son, Paul and dog, Spot, and was 61 when he died…

    Also in June 2010, I had written about a dog in Japan, named Hachiko who taught and still teaches people the meaning of friendship and loyalty. Every day, Hachiko would go to the same spot at the train station to wait for his owner… until one day, his owner died whilst at work and did not return.

    Hachiko still continued going to the same spot every day for the next 9 years! This happened in 1925. 85 years later, the same example of friendship and loyalty can be seen in Spot. For the past few months, Spot still sits on the main road waiting for Wayne to drive back home. Whenever Paul sees him there, he gets saddened because he knows what Spot is doing. He says, “I have no doubt that’s what that dog is waiting for. It breaks my heart every time I go out there.”

    We can teach our dogs to sit, stay, roll over and not to bite on the wires etc… but the dog is clearly better at teaching us about friendship and loyalty…

    Do watch the video at http://bit.ly/34Yz3m9 about the American Hachiko, Spot. It’s very heartbreaking to watch her so lost…

  • nicholas
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 02:34 PM
    The awareness of the importance of protecting life and the living environment has been increasing in recent times. However, people still continue to misuse their power, and have selfishly destroyed many species of animals and their habitats. We are definitely destroying ourselves on environmental and karmic levels.

    Limiting one’s selfishness through the spirit of contentment would curb the need to satisfy excessive and unnecessary demands, and thus living in harmony with nature without harming the environment. Lessening our greed towards animal products would have a profound positive impact on our world.

    Check out the animals that are hunted to extinction for meat, sport or due to fear… except for the T-rex! at http://bit.ly/2qUdfJW
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 02:25 PM
    Whenever we think about the octopus, we don’t feel very threatened. We are fascinated by how exotic they are… by their flexibility and their intelligence. If we see them swimming in the ocean, we would probably watch from a distance.

    Whenever we think about a shark, our first reaction is usually fear. We fear for our lives…we fear for ourselves. We may be fascinated but we feel sheer fear. If we were to see them swimming in the ocean, we would watch from a distance BUT unlike looking at an octopus, we fear that the shark may find and attack us.

    Can an soft spineless octopus really kill an aggressive shark?

    Shared by Tsem Rinpoche

    Watch the video at http://bit.ly/34XCidF
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 02:17 PM
    Here is another one of those stories that opens your heart. This is about a cat and a deer’s close companionship. The amazing thing here is the cat accepts the deer and likewise, the deer accepts the cat.

    Grooming is usually how one cat bonds with another cat that it loves. When cats groom each other, it is a sign of great affection. They use this time to bond with each other and show how much they care. Plus, it is relaxing. Being groomed by another cat feels good, like a calming massage.

    I love to see things like this so much!!

    How beautiful it is, that every day these two meet each other in the morning for their bonding session. It is a part of their daily routine.

    Shared by Tsem Rinpoche

    Check out the pictures at http://bit.ly/351bUja
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 02:11 PM
    There is a special relationship that can be forged between man and dog, seen so many times in cases such as “Spot” in America, and “Hachiko” in Japan.

    In Afghanistan today, there are many Military Working Dogs on “duty” to protect and serve, such as by detecting the roadside bombs planted by opposing forces to maim and kill. Where technology fails, canines fill the gap by providing the skill and safety needed in the critical field of bomb detection.

    Termed Military Working Dogs, one such dog is Eli, a black labrador, who stood guard over his partner, Private First Class (Pfc.) Colton Rusk, when he was shot in Afghanistan by a Taliban sniper. Even Marines who rushed to Rusk’s side were initially kept at bay by the snarling Labrador, who had been Rusk’s inseparable companion through training and then deployment to this dangerous place.

    Most Military Working Dogs do not make it back from duty, and when the conflict is over they are euthanized. For Eli though, there is a happy ending. Out of gratitude for his loyalty to their son, Darell and Kathy Rusk, Pfc. Rusk’s parents, with the support of Marine brass arranged to adopt Eli and take him to their ranch in Orange Grove, Texas, near Corpus Chirsti.

    This story reminds me of my Mumu, who protects my assistants while they sleep. Mumu is not a fierce dog, but while Monlam or Kb are sleeping, he watches over them. While they are sleeping, never shake or push Monlam or KB when Mumu is nearby. He will growl and bark if he thinks you are trying to hurt them. Mumu is a very sensitive and smart, I love my Mumu.

    Watch the clip on YouTube where Eli is adopted by Pfc. Colton Rusk’s family at http://bit.ly/2NJxAu8

    Shared by Tsem Rinpoche
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 02:04 PM
    Fact: About 4 pigs are slaughtered every second in the USA.

    Fact: In Malaysia, the pig population numbers up to 1.8 million.

    What do these numbers indicate?

    It means many animals are SUFFERING. It means many animals are being slaughtered. And it means even more animals are about to be slaughtered.

    Watch the two videos at http://bit.ly/352IiSe, recorded in a pig farm in the Philippines. Pigs are highly intelligent animals, even more so than dogs and certainly even more than any 3 year old child. It is extremely sad to watch these animals suffer such a horrible death…
  • Teoh
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 12:55 PM
    According to Buddhist belief, we can take rebirth in the animal realms. Therefore, it is possible that we were an animal in our previous life. If we look at some people, their behaviours are very animal-like, this might be an indication that they were an animal in their previous life and they bring these behaviours with them into this life.

    This is a proof that while we cannot bring the wealth we have accumulated with us when we die but we will bring our karmas, our habits with us when we die. Since this is the case, we shoould get rid of our bad habituation while we can and cultivate good qualities to create the cause to take rebirth in a better place.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 11:55 AM
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for this beautiful , heartfelt sharing. Rinpoche’s love for Oser is unconditional. The thought of Oser dog is the only thing on earth that loves Rinpoche more than Oser love herself. Animals have come to mean so much in our lives. In our eyes, dogs always win as the sweetest, cutest, and most lovable pets we have. Well from what I read from the post Oser hold a special place in Rinpoche’s heart and well taken care of, having all the love, care.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-it-was-from-this-view
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 11:54 AM
    Thank you Pastor David for sharing the simplicity of Rinpoche’s room which I am sure many of us would like to know more. Rinpoche had choose to live an abundant life through self- simplicity. Rinpoche cares for others more than himself and always lightens the burdens of another. Rinpoche ‘s kindness and compassion will transform someone’s dark moment with a blaze of light. Rinpoche will not waste a minute in his life, bringing benefits to those around him and others. Whatever Rinpoche did was never for himself.
    Recently when I was at the DA I saw those large collections of English Dharma books of Rinpoche. Amazing collections…..from books shelves, gifts shelves, to Rinpoche’s two Schnauzers shelves which is full of snacks and toys.
    From what I read in this post tells all how facilitate Rinpoche’s room is.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tales-with-my-lama-a-snapshot-of-rinpoches-room

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Third 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.
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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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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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.
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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
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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
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-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
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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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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Owen Liew offered incense to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas on behalf of KISG. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Owen Liew offered incense to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas on behalf of KISG. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Steve from Ipoh offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas prior to our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Steve from Ipoh offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas prior to our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has completed our weekly Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has completed our weekly Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Throwback - Parent and children stayed together to do breathing meditation ~ 2018 Pilgrimage cum Camp, Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS
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Throwback - Parent and children stayed together to do breathing meditation ~ 2018 Pilgrimage cum Camp, Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS
Throwback - KSDS parent and student visited Kechara Forest Retreat ~ Wesak Day for virtuous deeds and have fun together. Alice, KSDS
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Throwback - KSDS parent and student visited Kechara Forest Retreat ~ Wesak Day for virtuous deeds and have fun together. Alice, KSDS
Wonderful to see these 2 siblings learn dharma together and pray to Manjushri before the class start. Alice, KSDS
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Wonderful to see these 2 siblings learn dharma together and pray to Manjushri before the class start. Alice, KSDS
The youngest in the class of only 3 years ago learned how to do full lotus pose for breathing meditation session. Alice, KSDS
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The youngest in the class of only 3 years ago learned how to do full lotus pose for breathing meditation session. Alice, KSDS
The youngest group of KSDS are very helpful in arranging the seats before the class. Alice, KSDS
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The youngest group of KSDS are very helpful in arranging the seats before the class. Alice, KSDS
Kechara Ipoh Study Group carried out Mother Tara's prayer recitations on Sunday morning. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group carried out Mother Tara's prayer recitations on Sunday morning. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Throwback- Group work activities during camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Group work activities during camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Ice breaking session. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Ice breaking session. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Decorating Kechara Oasis, artwork dedication from Sunday class kids. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - Decorating Kechara Oasis, artwork dedication from Sunday class kids. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Chinese New Year activity during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Chinese New Year activity during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- WOAH Camp 2017 , Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- WOAH Camp 2017 , Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - KSDS camp in KFR, Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - KSDS camp in KFR, Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Grace led the teenage class on a blog chat article. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Grace led the teenage class on a blog chat article. Lin Mun KSDS
Students and teachers were so excited with the performance hat. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students and teachers were so excited with the performance hat. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Asyley and teacher Alice shared the biography of HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche to student. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Asyley and teacher Alice shared the biography of HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche to student. Lin Mun KSDS
Class age 10-12 is lead by teacher Jayce. Lin Mun KSDS
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Class age 10-12 is lead by teacher Jayce. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Kien is teacher for class age 7-9 years old. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Kien is teacher for class age 7-9 years old. Lin Mun KSDS
Glad to have Chef Anis and Iswan for joining us last night for the food distribution :) ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Glad to have Chef Anis and Iswan for joining us last night for the food distribution :) ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The generous support from sponsors and volunteers have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thanks to Add Hope Malaysia and students from First City University College! #Kechara #foodbank #hungerknowsnobarriers #volunteer ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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The generous support from sponsors and volunteers have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thanks to Add Hope Malaysia and students from First City University College! #Kechara #foodbank #hungerknowsnobarriers #volunteer ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to Rasa Sayang AEON Club team for assisting us with surplus food collection and also distribution last Saturday. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you very much to Rasa Sayang AEON Club team for assisting us with surplus food collection and also distribution last Saturday. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to James and Jien Howe for conducting the safety briefing to the new volunteers last night. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thankful to James and Jien Howe for conducting the safety briefing to the new volunteers last night. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Special thanks to Calvin who came as early as 12.30 p.m. He helped us to spring-clean the chapel before today's events; Bird Liberation and Dorje Shugden puja @ KPSG, Jacinta
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Special thanks to Calvin who came as early as 12.30 p.m. He helped us to spring-clean the chapel before today's events; Bird Liberation and Dorje Shugden puja @ KPSG, Jacinta
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