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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One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
1 year ago
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
1 year ago
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
1 year ago
It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
1 year ago
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
1 year ago
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
2 yearss ago
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second 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)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
2 yearss ago
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
2 yearss ago
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
2 yearss ago
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
2 yearss ago
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
2 yearss ago
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
2 yearss ago
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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.
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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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.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
2 yearss ago
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
2 yearss ago
This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-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 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
2 yearss ago
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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
2 yearss ago
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
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
2 yearss ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
2 yearss ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
2 yearss ago
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
2 yearss ago
DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
2 yearss ago
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
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  • April 15, 2021 04:30
    You have no rights to use my images for www.tsemrinpoche.com without my approval! It's illegitimate! You're committing a legal offense! You must replace my images NOW!!!!! asked: Hi, This is Melisha and I am a professional photographer. I was baffled, to put it nicely, when I recognised my images at your website. If you use a copyrighted image without an owner's permission, you must be aware that you could be sued by the creator. It's illegal to use stolen images and it's so wicked! Here is this document with the links to my images you used at www.tsemrinpoche.com and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights. Download it now and check this out for yourself: https://sites.google.com/view/09934894585022/home/drive/storage/files/download?ID=286984715713039318 If you don't delete the images mentioned in the document above within the next few days, I'll file a complaint against you to your hosting provider stating that my copyrights have been severely infringed and I am trying to protect my intellectual property. And if it doesn't work, trust me I am going to report and sue you! And I won't give you a prior notice again.
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  • April 13, 2021 21:55
    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
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  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
  • April 10, 2021 07:50
    ray asked: hi pastor i have a question regarding purification practices because ive been having some doubts now, is it true that some people say engaging in purification practices bad things would then happen to the practitioner after that? be it being sick or facing obstacles coming after that.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. When we engage in purification practices, what we are purifying is our negative karma. If you know about karma, you know that eventually you will need to experience your karma, be this negative or positive. When you experience your negative karma, then you experience negative situations. This could be something major, like having an accident, to something very minor such as feeling bad if say a loved one says something in a way that you perceive as being negative. Any experience you have that you perceive as negative, is a manifestation of your negative karma. During purification practices, through your own effort of invoking upon the enlightened beings and practice of the Four Opponent Powers, you are able to purify this negative karma. However, for a negative karma to be fully exhausted, you need to experience it. Say you have a karma to get into an accident, if you don't purify and exhaust it, then you will need to suffer from it 100%. This could mean getting into a car accident which is very severe and you are hurt badly. If you engage in purification practices then you can purify, let's say 99% of the karma. But for it to be exhausted fully, you still need to experience it. In this case, maybe you do get into an accident. Since you have purified most of the karma, your car only bumps into another car very softly. You don't even feel it, the person in the other car doesn't feel it and you car is not damaged at all. This is the reason why some people say if you engage in purification practices, bad things will happen. And because of that people are put off doing purification practices. This is wrong thinking because if you do experience negative situations when engaged in purification practices, this could be because: a) What you experienced is actually the purified karma, rather than the full force of the karma. In this case you should rejoice that through your effort of engaging in the practice, you didn't experience something much worse. b) It could just simply be the manifestation of a karma that wasn't purified. This means, you would have had to go through this experience anyway. c) Because you are engaged in purification practices, you are thinking of karma a lot. Therefore, when such experiences occur then you attribute it to karma, and then think it is linked to your purification practice. Then you believe that doing purification practices is bad because you have to suffer from such experiences. This is wrong thinking. Perhaps even if you were not doing purification practices, then you would still experience the situation, but you wouldn't actually think anything of it. You would just go about the rest of your day as usual. That being said, when you are doing purification practices, there comes a point were certain negative karma is so weak that you need to experience it for it to be exhausted completely. This can and does manifest as negative situations, such as minor illnesses, or even accidents, etc. However, the point to remember is the karma causing these situations have been purified so they are very mild compared to their full form. These negative situations can also be purified/exhausted in dreams, etc. Another way they can be purified is having mental disturbances or emotional ups and downs when actually doing the purification practices. In essence, you will need to feel the effects of your negative karma in some form or another, so better that you experience it in a very mild form right? This is what purification practices helps you to do. Purification practices are not something to be scared of. In fact, you should rejoice when engaged in purification practices. On a more deeper level, without some form of purification practice it is hard to understand higher aspects of the Dharma. Your negative karma will block you from being able to understand the Dharma and then internalise it. That is why purification practices are emphasised within each and every tradition and are a prerequisite for higher teaching such as tantra. The benefits of purification practices (such as enabling you to exhaust your negative karma in a very mild form, and preparing your mind for higher teachings) outweighs having to experience a very small negative situation. Therefore think about the benefits of purification practice and contemplate on it. This will help you to develop faith in them and get rid of any doubts or fears that you may have. I hope this helps.
  • April 1, 2021 04:54
    You are awesome! asked: Hello, you are awesome! keep going!
    pastor answered: Thank you for your kind message. It is very encouraging for us to read. May you always be blessed by the Three Jewels.
  • March 28, 2021 15:08
    vikas baluni asked: abut growth of my business
    pastor answered: Dear Vikas Baluni, I am unclear as to the actually meaning of your question but I believe you are asking how to increase and grow your business. According to Buddhism, everything that we go through in life is due to karma, this includes both the good things and the bad things. Therefore, for your business to grow and do well depends on your good karma. Only one type of energy can overcome karma and is always good for your, and that is what we call merit or punya (in sanskrit). So in order to have merit for your business to do well, you have to take actions that generate merit. The main of these is to transform your mind to become a more compassionate and wiser person, to help others less fortunate, to engage in pujas and other such virtuous activities. There are certain deity practices that are well-known in Buddhism to help increase the energies of wealth and success in our lives. These can help your business to grow. Once such practice is that of Bhagawan Gyenze, you can click here to find out more: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html Bhagawan Gyenze will definitely help you to grow your business, if you have a good motivation. If you motivation is only about yourself, then your business will not grow that much. But if you have the motivation help others, then Bhagawan Gyenze will help you even more. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 25, 2021 01:11
    Jason asked: I have been practicing white dzambala and the bathing / water tormas for quite some time now. Recently I have been getting regular dreams where white dzambala appears and just smiles at me, or I dream that I am doing white dzambala chutor practice. I understand that when lama tsongkhapa got dreams of deities he thought that this was Mara acting up and paid no attention to it until his lama said something. My lama is currently on retreat and it is difficult to contact him. Please give me some advice on what is happening. I'm just some normal beginners smuck and I'm getting worried that this is a bad sign. When I wake up I feel at peace... But according to commentaries this could be Mara.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am really happy to hear that you are engaging in Dzambhala's practice. It's extremely beneficial. You are right that Lama Tsongkhapa ignored his dreams of deities, and viewed them as bad signs. But before jumping to conclusions, we must analyse the reasons why Lama Tsongkhapa ignored not only his dreams, also the visions of the deities he received. The reason that Lama Tsongkhapa did not consider it a positive sign is because as practitioners on the spiritual path, it is all too easy to get carried away with 'signs' or advice, visions, dreams from supposed deities. Sometimes if we 'analyse' them it can lead us in the wrong direction because of our mistaken understanding. Sometimes, other entities can also enter our dreams and tell us things that we believe, hence we start practising things that are not Dharmic in nature. Lama Tsongkhapa warned against such things, rather Lama Tsongkhapa said that we should rely on the Dharma teachings that are genuine and transmitted to us through an unbroken line through our lineage. Generally speaking however, these dreams you are having are literally just dreams, so there is nothing to worry about. One category of dreams we have are known as samsaric dreams. These arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we make a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. When we have dreams such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. Because we have been engaging in sustained practice, or have imprints from previous lives, these can surface in our dreams hence we have dreams of Buddhas, our teachers, etc. There is nothing to worry about or to consider overly auspicious or a 'sign'. Just realise that you have had the dream, do not allow your thoughts to dwell on it, accept it and move on. However, do take note that you had these dreams and once your Guru is out of retreat, please consult your Guru and inform him/her of these occurances and seek your Guru's advice if any. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2021 02:01
    Jason asked: I white dzambhala is a wealth deity but can he also act as a dharma protector?
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. The practice of Dzambhala is actually a Yidam practice, this means that Dzambhala is a meditational deity. When you engage in his practice, as well as bestowing wealth, through his practice you also develop qualities that help you progress towards enlightenment. In the case of Dzambhala, the primary quality he helps you develop is actually generosity, which is one of the Six Perfections. Therefore, although he is known as a wealth deity, he is much, much more than that. When you engage in his practice, you are actually developing virtuous qualities in your mindstream. The function of Dharma Protectors however is to remove obstacles and to create conducive conditions so that you can transform your mind. Hence, the function of a meditational deity and a Dharma Protector is different. That being said, when you engage in Dzambhala's practice properly, you do gain wealth. Generally, we only consider this wealth to be external wealth, but Dzambhala's practice is more than that, because through his practice you gain internal wealth which are virtuous qualities. Due to the fact his practice also brings material wealth, he is known as a wealth deity. When you practice any meditational deity, you will gain some physical benefit as well, which can seem to mirror the effect of Dharma Protectors, but their function is very different. Dzambhala for example grants material wealth, but his actually function is to increase inner wealth. Another example would be Medicine Buddha, outward he heals our physical body, but inwardly he also helps to heal our minds and develop qualities such as compassion. Dharma Protectors can also help to heal our body, but for real internal change, we need to rely on a meditational deity. I hope this answer helps.
  • March 16, 2021 21:23
    ray asked: Dear pastors, i have a question regarding vajra and bells. can one use them if they do not have any sort of initiation or whatsoever?
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. You are right that traditionally vajras and bells are only used after receiving initiation. However, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche recommended learning how to use the vajra and bell, as a means of creating the causes to receive initiation in the future. That said, there are many dos and don'ts related to using the vajra and bell. You can learn not only how to use them, but also vajra and bell etiquette from one of Kechara's Pastors. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 7, 2021 17:30
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Do you recommend doing Tsem Rinpoche’s guru yoga as part of daily Sadhana? I am sure I read on the article for the name retreat that it could be done as daily prayers but now I can’t see that sentence? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes of course, you may include Tsem Rinpoche's Guru Yoga as part of your daily sadhana if you wish. This creates a very strong bond with Tsem Rinpoche. If you are following the Diamond Path sadhana (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/diamond-path), you insert the Guru Yoga after you have completed the Gaden Lhagyama (Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa). Alternative, if you are using a different prayer text, you insert the Guru Yoga after Gaden Lhagyama, or before any deity prayers that you do such as Manjushri, Tara, etc. After you complete the deity practice section of your sadhana, you continue on to your Dharma protector practice, and finish with your completion dedication. I hope this helps. Do let us know if this is not clear. Thanks.
  • March 4, 2021 22:52
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Can a lay person work towards the preliminary practices by accumulating daily ? Many thanks.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes, of course. Anyone can engage in the preliminary practices, you don't have to be ordained in order to do so. However for one's practice to be considered a full preliminary practice, you need to do 100,000 repetitions of whichever practice you are engaged in without break. That means you must engage in at least one session a day, until the count is completed. 10% of the count is also added on top, to make up for any unintentional mistakes. So the figure would actually be 110,000. If you skip a day, that means you have broken your preliminary retreat. If this occurs you can still dedicate the practice you have done so far, and you will still benefit from the merit generated and the purification of negative karma from the practice, but it is not counted as a full preliminary practice. Also you must adhere to the retreat procedures for the duration of the time it takes you to complete the particular preliminary practice. For example, an altar with daily offerings, retreat seat with swastika, refraining from eating black foods, etc. This may not be convenient for most people in our day and age. So what you can do is to spend a certain amount of time accumulating a specific figure, for example 10,000 repetitions of a particular practice. Seal the practice at the end with a strong dedication, like the King of Prayers. Later on, you can repeat the procedure more times until you complete 100,000. This method was given by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for modern-day practitioners who do not have the time to complete 100,000 in one go. While it technically does not constitute a full preliminary retreat, you still gain immense merits and purification from engaging in the practice, even if spaced out. As Rinpoche said, it's better for you to do mini preliminary retreats than not doing any of the preliminary practices whatsoever. That being said, if you do have the ability to do a full preliminary retreat and it will not negatively impact you, such as create financial difficulties or strain familial relationships, then of course go ahead! To have the sincere wish to engage in any Dharma practice is wonderful. You can read more about the individual preliminary practices here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html You can watch a short teaching on the preliminary practices by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/cosmic-tantra.html
  • March 3, 2021 04:13
    Sandra asked: Dear respected pastors, what are dreams? Do dreams have significance? Are they simply images the mind views at night - do they resemble the dreamer's state of mind? Thank you for all your replies :) :)
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Hello. Nice to see you back here. On the normal level, both waking and dream states are both marred by our delusions. The teachings tell us that this deluded state continues through all our experiences, whether during the dreaming or waking states. The way to overcome this is to "wake up" from our delusions, or reach enlightenment. Normally when people think of dreams, they do so in psychological terms and so focus on the content of the dream. When we investigate the nature of the dream itself, we begin to investigate something deeper, the processes that underlies the whole of our existence. Understand this propels you further along the spiritual journey towards enlightenment. We have many dreams during one night of sleep, and may or may not consciously remember then when we wake up. In terms of content, dreams can be used to work through psychological issues or can indicate certain issues and overcoming them (as is common within Western psychological practices). In Tibetan Buddhism, dreams can be used for much more. In the advanced practices, one can transform ordinary dreams to further one's spiritual journey. This is not only in terms of working through psychological issues, but in terms of meditation and practice as well. Generally, there are three types of dreams as described below. Most of us only experience the first type, unless we progress on the spiritual path. 1. Samsaric dreams: these arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we take a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. 2. Clarity dreams: These dreams occur when you are fairly progressed in meditational practices and can carry this into the dream state. These dreams arise not from the emotions, or memories, etc., but from more subtler forms of karma and delusions. However, just like in waking mediational practice, you are not affected by the images or thoughts that appear to you. 3. Clear Light dreams: In the advanced tantric practices, there are teachings called dream yoga. The object of these is to achieve the clear light dreams, which are very difficult to achieve and take years and years of intense practice. The most important clear light mind that arises is actually at the time of our death, if we are trained enough in this very subtle state, we can actually control where we take rebirth. If we are more experienced in this state, then we can actually use it to meditate on the teachings and achieve enlightenment. Clear light dreams are a "lesser" type of clear light mind, that helps practitioners prepare for the time of death. When we have an auspicious dream such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., even though this is auspicious, it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. There are instances however, when the enlightened beings and Dharma protectors will send practitioners dreams to help with their practice or as methods of divination. Tsem Rinpoche once told us of a very powerful Nyingma lama known for his divination abilities. Students would ask him a question, then he would take a nap, and receive divination advice in this dreams, which he would then relay to his students. This lama was well-known for this ability because his dream divinations were extremely accurate. As I am sure you can tell, the scope of dreams with the Buddhist context is very vast and I will not be able to cover everything here. However, I hope that what I have written helps your understanding. Thank you.
  • March 1, 2021 23:37
    Sandra asked: Hello dear pastors, wish we could have an article like the one below to highlight the auspicious days of 2021. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/auspicious-days.html
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your suggestion. At the moment, there are no plans to publish another article with 2021 dates. But I have listed out some of the auspicious days and their dates for this year for you. I have only included future dates, not those that have already passed. Saga Dawa Duchen - 26th May 2021 Chokhor Duchen - 14th July 2021 Dorje Shugden Day - 24th August 2021 Lhabab Duchen - 27th October 2021 Gaden Ngamchoe or Tsongkhapa Day - 29th December 2021 I hope this helps. Thank you.
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Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Fwd: Dear Sotha
7 months ago
Fwd: Dear Sotha
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
7 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
7 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
8 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
8 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
11 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
11 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
11 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
11 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
1 years ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
1 years ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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