Why Losing a Dog Can Be Harder than Losing a Relative or Friend

Apr 13, 2017 | Views: 1,012

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Dear friends around the world,

The popular saying goes, “Dogs are a man’s best friend”. Most of us may not realise the deeper meaning behind this common adage but it definitely holds great weight in the hearts of dog lovers.

To some, dogs or other pets are seen as just “animals”. These people may think that animals are senseless living beings, incapable of feeling pain and love. These same people may also think that mankind is more superior and that we can do whatever we want to animals as long as it benefits us. However, this is very wrong thinking because it will lead us to inflict more harm on animals, whether they are our pets or otherwise.

It is important that we love everyone, including our pets, while they are alive. Time is short and when our loved ones pass away, it’s too late for us to do anything but cry. For instance, when we hit a problem, lose money, a car, a house or fight with our friends, it is very difficult. But in time, we can recover from it. We can get another car, another house, make more money and slowly make up with our friends. So although we can be extremely sad, there is still hope and a chance to fix the problem.

However, in the case of death, no matter what we do, the person cannot be replaced or repaired. We will never see them again. They are gone forever and we have to live with our loss. So, we should be kind and loving to everyone around us now, especially our pets who love us unconditionally. Dogs, in particular, are incredibly loyal and give us so much comfort especially when things are difficult. They are always by our side when we need them, through ups and downs. So when they are gone, it is as though we have lost a part of ourselves and it is difficult to imagine our life without them.

This article talks about the pain that dog owners go through when their beloved dogs die. In reading, I can feel that the author really loved his dog and suffered very much when it passed away. He didn’t see or treat his dog as “just a dog”. I too have dogs and I know exactly how he feels.

Please read the article and imagine yourself in the author’s shoes. If you feel anything at all, then please always be kind to animals and do everything you can to relief their pain, hunger, suffering and repay their loyalty and love in this manner.

Tsem Rinpoche


 

Why Losing a Dog Can Be Harder than Losing a Relative or Friend

By Frank T McAndrew Posted 12 Apr 2017 14:35 Updated 12 Apr 2017 15:48

A Corgi dog is seen at the world premiere of “The Crown” at Leicester Square in London, Britain November 1, 2016. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Those who have loved a dog know the truth: Your own pet is never “just a dog.”

Recently, my wife and I went through one of the more excruciating experiences of our lives – the euthanasia of our beloved dog, Murphy. I remember making eye contact with Murphy moments before she took her last breath – she flashed me a look that was an endearing blend of confusion and the reassurance that everyone was okay because we were both by her side.

When people who have never had a dog see their dog-owning friends mourn the loss of a pet, they probably think it’s all a bit of an overreaction; after all, it’s “just a dog.”

However, those who have loved a dog know the truth: Your own pet is never “just a dog.”

Many times, I’ve had friends guiltily confide in me that they grieved more over the loss of a dog than over the loss of friends or relatives. Research has confirmed that for most people, the loss of a dog is, in almost every way, comparable to the loss of a human loved one.

Unfortunately, there’s little in our cultural playbook – no grief rituals, no obituary in the local newspaper, no religious service – to help us get through the loss of a pet, which can make us feel more than a bit embarrassed to show too much public grief over our dead dogs.

Perhaps if people realised just how strong and intense the bond is between people and their dogs, such grief would become more widely accepted. This would greatly help dog owners to integrate the death into their lives and help them move forward.

Katie McCloughlin lies with Topsy, her English Setter, during the third day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain March 11, 2017. (Photo: Reuters)

 

An Interspecies Bond like No Other

What is it about dogs, exactly, that make humans bond so closely with them?

For starters, dogs have had to adapt to living with humans over the past 10,000 years. And they’ve done it very well: They’re the only animal to have evolved specifically to be our companions and friends. Anthropologist Brian Hare has developed the “Domestication Hypothesis” to explain how dogs morphed from their grey wolf ancestors into the socially skilled animals that we now interact with in very much the same way as we interact with other people.

Perhaps one reason our relationships with dogs can be even more satisfying than our human relationships is that dogs provide us with such unconditional, uncritical positive feedback. (As the old saying goes, “May I become the kind of person that my dog thinks I already am.”)

This is no accident. They have been selectively bred through generations to pay attention to people, and MRI scans show that dog brains respond to praise from their owners just as strongly as they do to food (and for some dogs, praise is an even more effective incentive than food). Dogs recognize people and can learn to interpret human emotional states from facial expression alone. Scientific studies also indicate that dogs can understand human intentions, try to help their owners and even avoid people who don’t cooperate with their owners or treat them well.

Not surprisingly, humans respond positively to such unrequited affection, assistance and loyalty. Just looking at dogs can make people smile. Dog owners score higher on measures of well-being and they are happier, on average, than people who own cats or no pets at all.

In fact, the high rate of dog ownership has prompted Shanghai officials to impose a “one-dog policy” – limiting owners to a single canine. (Photo: AFP)

 

Like a Member of the Family

Our strong attachment to dogs was subtly revealed in a recent study of “misnaming.” Misnaming happens when you call someone by the wrong name, like when parents mistakenly call one of their kids by a sibling’s name. It turns out that the name of the family dog also gets confused with human family members, indicating that the dog’s name is being pulled from the same cognitive pool that contains other members of the family. (Curiously, the same thing rarely happens with cat names.)

It’s no wonder dog owners miss them so much when they’re gone.

Psychologist Julie Axelrod has pointed out that the loss of a dog is so painful because owners aren’t just losing the pet. It could mean the loss of a source of unconditional love, a primary companion who provides security and comfort, and maybe even a protégé that’s been mentored like a child.

A dog enjoys an ice cream given by its owner at an ice-cream shop where ice cream is designed especially for canines in Mexico City. (Photo: Reuters)

The loss of a dog can also seriously disrupt an owner’s daily routine more profoundly than the loss of most friends and relatives. For owners, their daily schedules – even their vacation plans – can revolve around the needs of their pets. Changes in lifestyle and routine are some of the primary sources of stress.

According to a recent survey, many bereaved pet owners will even mistakenly interpret ambiguous sights and sounds as the movements, pants and whimpers of the deceased pet. This is most likely to happen shortly after the death of the pet, especially among owners who had very high levels of attachment to their pets.

While the death of a dog is horrible, dog owners have become so accustomed to the reassuring and nonjudgmental presence of their canine companions that, more often than not, they’ll eventually get a new one.

So yes, I miss my dog. But I’m sure that I’ll be putting myself through this ordeal again in the years to come.

Frank T McAndrew is the Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology at Knox College and an elected Fellow of several professional organizations, including the Association for Psychological Science. This article first appeared on The Conversation.

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  1. Joy Kam on Jan 3, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Animals show love for humans! Cow, lions, apes, dogs, bears, parrots and more can all be very affectionate and show surprising emotions when it comes to expressing their love for people. An emotional animals hugging humans video.
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  2. Katie Choong on Jun 21, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Talking about losing dog, relative, or friend, I guess it is very much due to the attachment. The emotional bond that forms between one another. It might not be a living animal/human but non-living object. I’ve read this article which I find it meaningful.

    https://psmag.com/social-justice/history-humans-loving-inanimate-objects-75192

    Therefore, I think it is not so much on losing dog/relative/friend, level of attachment matters a lot.

  3. Pastor Chia on Jun 20, 2018 at 9:08 am

    I think most of the human like the company from the dog. That feeling closesness will let human forget about loneliness temperory. However losing a dog or pets will lead human emotional because scar of losing thing you love and affection toward it.

  4. Mingwen on Jun 20, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Dog is indeed the best friend of human being. Sad to say, human being is always the biggest traitor of the dog, in fact, all animals.. scary human being..

  5. June Kang on Jun 20, 2018 at 8:38 am

    我从来没有养过宠物, 所以无法真正的体会失去一只狗可能会比失去一个亲戚或朋友更难过,作为佛教徒,这意味着我们没有达到平等对待所有有情的众生,不过但与那些爱狗的朋友在一起,发现他们的宠物永远不是“只是一只狗”, 而更像”家庭成员“,而这个所谓的”家庭成员“是可以很好的一位倾听者,忠诚和有些甚至可以保护你,难能可贵的是狗可以无条件的爱及不加批判的正面回馈主人,或许就是如此一旦陪伴十几年的狗离开了,主人会很悲痛。

  6. Pastor Albert on Jun 20, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Dog is a very special animal on earth, they can melt a cold people’s heart, they can cheer a sad person up, they can give you a broken heart, they can irritate you to the max, they can help you to release your stress, they will help you to forget your difficulties, and the list goes on.

    Why is dog important in our life? Because they made us a caring person:
    There is once i read a news, there is a dog owner who built a small house for his dog, he even install an aircond inside the small house for his dog, so that the dog can rest inside the house when he felt hot.

    Why is dog important in our life? Because they are our family member, not friends or even relative, but our family:
    I once read a news online, there is an owner’s dog passed away, the whole family was on leave for 2 days including their children who are schooling also took leave to settle the dog’s cremation and to send their dog’s off for the last time. They cried, they grieved for the dog’s passing.

    Why are dog special?
    You may not be a dog lover, but once you take care of a dog for a month, you will become a dog lover eventually, because that dog has already took up a position in your heart. 🙂

  7. Tek Lee on Jun 20, 2018 at 7:52 am

    I had pet dog long long time ago when I was very young, but that time I didn’t really feel the lost when my dog passed away. After that I had never kept a dog until my wife and I rescued a dog several months ago. Although we didn’t keep the dog after rescuing him, he was kept in a shelter under good hand of Khoo, but the whole processing of rescuing and sending him and discharging him from hospital, and seeing him recovering day by day, is really feeling fear, joy and tragic at the same time. It is because he was diagnosed with kidney failure, and passed away months after his wound recovered.
    Actually, either loosing relatives and friends or a dog, both give us the same hard feeling, depends on the bonding we have with our relatives and friends and the dog. In many cases, loosing a dog leave us harder feelings is because dogs are always men’s best companion. Although they can’t talk, but they can always give us comfort, listen to us, keep us company, and, they know how we feel and seems like they can read our mind.

  8. Vivian Ong on Jun 20, 2018 at 2:02 am

    I never really had a pet dog. It’s more of a family dog. I have cat pet before and the moment I received the news that she has passed away I cried non-stop. It is like loosing a companion. My cat died tragicly while I was away for holiday. She was attacked by 2 dogs and died instantly. It took me quite some time to get use without her presence.

  9. justin on Jun 20, 2018 at 1:47 am

    I was never a dog person prior to this and what happened was i got exposed to dogs (poodles to be precise) when i was seeing my the then girlfriend. As days gone by, the bond was sort of established and we never really looked back ever since. My ‘fear’ in them had since gone as they were adorable and loyal friend to have which was unimaginable prior to this. I probably wouldn’t be as affectionate with cats, snakes or other animals to be precise as i feel dogs are extremely loyal animals and they know how to be submissive to their owner which i feel is the most important element in why people become very attached to their dogs while humans are not as always loyal and more likely to fall out of love with another over time.

  10. Andrea Lai on Jun 20, 2018 at 12:37 am

    Dogs are a fun, loving creatures to have. They see, they cherished and they followed you when they starting to like you. My family have taken care numerous dogs for the past 20 years. The most memorable moment was the first dog my family adopted whom we named him Lucky.

    My whole family adored him and he grew up became a very strong, smart, active and happy dog. Friends, relatives who came for visiting will praise him. There is once, we found out he could open house gate door which draw us in surprised as later found out my sister thought him that!! His secret escape from home causes us much worried and my dad had to place another latch lock beyond his reach. There were even one time, he sneaking and took a bite on my mom newly make mooncake. All of us aren’t mad at him in fact making jokes of it as a first taster on my mom’s cookery.

    Having him into our life, he changes our thoughts, feelings towards other animals and sentient beings. He thought us what is love, loyalty and compassion as he shown it to us from his action. Though his living for only 14 years, I believed he is the happiest dog for he had this family that loved him.

  11. Datuk May on Jun 19, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    I have always had a dog as a family companion or pet for the longest time as they were adopted by my children and grandchildren, but personally I never adopted a dog on my own.

    I suppose I am not an animal lover but had felt kindness towards dogs especially the stray ones who run around without food and shelter.

    However having met my Guru, and received His teachings on the Dharma that all sentient beings could have been my mother who cared and loved me, I have looked at sentient beings other than human beings with a new attitude. I no longer feel disassociated from animals and feel for their happiness and sadness.

    Our family dog, Spot is now grossly spoilt as the disciplinarian (me) had stopped being too strict with him and even permits him frequent access into the house. I am glad that the Dharma has brought me closer in sync with dogs and all other sentient beings. May I learn more and be even kinder with passing days.

  12. Pastor Henry Ooi on Jun 19, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    I may not fully understand how it feels like to lose a pet, be it a dog, cat, mouse, snake, bird, fish because I did not truly had one. I could only imagine how devastated one would feel if their pet died especially having built a strong bond over many years. I could be wrong but some pet owners do not grieve as much as others, maybe their pet was ‘just a pet.’ Maybe some people keep pets for whatever reason and did not really bond with them. Some of the pets ended up as strays when they cannot serve the purpose of the owners anymore. Worse still, exotic imported pets are let loose and the owners think the pets could survive on their own.

  13. nicholas on Jun 19, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Dog always being considered as a loyal animal and this make a lot of people appreciate their quality and able to be best friend or even part of their family. The unique interaction between human and dog is fascinating. Even we are not the same but dog able to understand our feelings and will behave accordingly. I believe this is why people love them so much.

    It’s important for us to appreciate what we have and everyone around us be it our loved ones, family, friends, pets or any beings. I believe being appreciative will make us value everything around us and will make us always remember the positive things more instead of negative or unhappy moment. With this we should treat them well while they are still around and do something beneficial so that it will benefit them even when they are no longer with us.

    As a Buddhist, we can recite mantra or bring them for circumambulation around holy/blessed monument to get blessing. This is one of the way how a good imprint can be planted and this will benefit them in their future. Being an animal they are not able to read, learn or understand the teaching like us but we can help them to get blessing for future benefit.

  14. pammie yap on Jun 19, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    I agree with the topic! A friend let us take care of her dog for 2 weeks, while she was away traveling. During that time, I was extremely attached to him and I even let him sleep right next to me. The owner didn’t even allow the dog to be on the bed and didn’t have much time for him. I kinda felt pity for him for not having love and attention but at the same time there was something about him that made me feel extremely comfortable/loving with him. His owner picked him up while I was away at work and when I found out, I cried uncontrollably and felt a void, in my heart and on my bed. And the best part was, he is not even dead! After some time, the owner did the same again, and left him with us as she saw how much we love him and took care of him. One day, she decided to let us keep him! He is still with us today, with a loving family who pays a lot of attention to him and always making sure he is loved.

  15. Joy Kam on Jun 19, 2018 at 6:32 am

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  16. Cynthia Lee on Apr 13, 2018 at 7:00 am

    When dog owners share a close bond with dogs, people begin to realise how close dogs are to humans in characteristics such as loyalty, their capacity to love and how they too can suffer physical pain like us. They are forgiving and always aim to please. This is why people always say dogs are better than humans. hehe.

    Dogs bring so much joy to their humans, it is almost impossible to not be devastated losing a dog. Merely thinking the possibility of it one day is devastating. 😢

  17. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 20, 2017 at 5:53 am

    H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche loves animals and is passionate against their harm, torture, and abuse.

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  18. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 20, 2017 at 2:49 am

    The few minutes a day we spend on social media creating awareness for animals who cannot speak is purely spiritual and humanistic practice because we are trying to alleviate pain from another sentient beings and that makes us more spiritual, and that makes us more spiritual and more humane.

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  19. Janelle Choi on Jul 12, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Dogs are men’s best friend treat your pet like your loved ones and be kind to them. I have a pet dog before, her name was Coffee, she was a golden retriever. When I was 3 or 4 years old , I remember that she was very playful and sometimes I would ride on her and she allowed me to do that. One day, as my dad was moving his car out of the gate, Coffee took the chance and ran off. Later, we found her in an Indian home. She was happy living there and so we let her stay with the Indian family, we would often visit her. Later she grew older and passed away of old age in the home. Even now, I would still think of her and I miss her.

  20. Jason on May 5, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Few days ago, I just read through some stories about the relationships within dogs, owners and baby. Dogs save baby’s life by dignosis a disease and get a earlier treatment.
    Guide Dog is an example how the dogs loyal and help blind people in their daily life but in some countries, Guide Dogs are not allow in public spot due to religious issue.(sad about it).
    Rinpoche teach us to treat all animals like our family member and give them unconditional love especially stray dogs or cat. Rinpoche will stop-by and give foods to stray dogs whenever he saw the stray dogs.
    Rinpoche’s action inspired many people to take initiatives to care about their pets.
    I am looking forward that Malaysia can allow Guide Dogs to help blind people in future.

    Jason

  21. Stella Cheang on Apr 29, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    When we truly love and care for another being like a family, whether this other being is a dog or cat, a child or a stranger, it will break our heart when it is gone. Many people may not be capable of this emotion towards a pet but as we evolved, we will realize we are capable to develop such feelings for animals. It is common in the west to have pets cemetery because of this reason. Thank you for this article, Rinpoche.

  22. Fong on Apr 23, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Dogs don’t judge nor disagree with you. They just love you and stays near you and follows you around. They just give unconditional love. So, yes, losing a dog is very painful. But, that normally does not stop a pet lover from having another dog as companion. In fact, it the more reason to have another dog around.

    In a way, adopting another dog also eases the suffering of the dog and there is now an owner who can look after it’s needs.

    But, it is also a form of attachment for the person. One becomes attached being loved unconditionally and feelings of being in control of the happiness of another. We just have to recognise that part and love the dog but not get too attached to it.

  23. Lin Mun on Apr 22, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    It is indeed difficult when a person loss his/her pet. It is never easy because for many pet owners they don’t treat their dog/cat literally but as part of their family. Especially for dog and their nature, they are so loyal and the bonding with human is very strong. Hence, it is understandable that pet owners will grieve over the death of their dog. Every pet owners will mourn or grieve at different extent. As family member and friends we should understand the situation and extend our assistance to comfort them.

  24. CindyH on Apr 19, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Losing a beloved animal companion can be a heart-rending experience. There is usually a poignant story to share about a cherished dog or cat’s passing and the void is comparable to losing a close family member or friend. However, as the article rightly pointed out, when we lose a close relative in death, people generally offer support to help us move through the grieving process. Mourning for the loss of a pet is a different story. More often than not, there is much less sympathy or support and some might even belittle such sense of loss. It is important to bear in mind that for most pet owners, a pet becomes part of their family and daily life. Thus, such loss is really profound. There is no correct way to grieve and work through this process, as everyone walks down a different journey with a pet. However, regardless of how the grieving process is, support and understanding during such difficult times would always be valued and appreciated.

  25. Echeah on Apr 17, 2017 at 2:47 am

    I can relate to the writer’s experience. I’m a dog person and had dogs all my life. My dad was also a dog lover and often we had more dogs than the neighbours would like, people complained and Dad had to give some of them away. It broke his heart and he cried buckets. Somehow I don’t understand cats and can’t relate to them. Dogs have a special place in my heart and if I would have a pet, it would be a dog.

    My current dog is my children’s first experience having a dog. She is part of the family and has brought us so much joy and is such great company. Most often our conversations are centered on our dog! She has her own personality and temperament that we understand and are used to; generally she’s a good dog.

    It is true that dogs (animals) feel pain and sorrow too. The day I brought her home as a puppy, she had to part with her brothers and sister. Somehow she knew and as I carried her, I felt a lot of liquid dripping onto my feet. I thought she was peeing but to my great surprise, she was weeping.

    She is especially close to my son and takes him as her master. When he is at home, she loves to be by his side and will keep licking him, i.e. her way of expressing her love and affection.

    I can’t imagine what it will be like if we have to part one day. It will be painful and my son especially, will be devasted I’m sure.

  26. wan wai meng on Apr 16, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Cats and Dogs people are quite different their outlooks and their view of the world. Having had cats and now dogs, dogs require our care and attention much much more than cats in general. Cats have quite a free spirited nature and are quite independent for most part.

    I feel animals can have that place in our hearts if we let them in, dogs are always so accepting and so loving, cats I always find that you always like to figure them out a bit, they have some air of mystery about them. I think why people can bond so much with their dogs is because the dogs are so accepting to us, regardless who we are. Thats is a very powerful bond.

  27. Sock Wan on Apr 15, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the article. It is very true that dog can build a very close bond to human being. They are very loyal and will even sacrifice their lives for us, their love to us is unconditionally. Dogs are trained to sniff drugs, poisons, to rescue people, to guide the blind etc. There are also stories about dogs getting sad or depressed after their owner has passed away. The famous Japanese dog Hachiko waited everyday at the train station for his master after the passing of the master for 9 years. His loyalty for his master is deeply admired by the Japanese and people all around the world.

    Even though dogs cannot speak or talk, but it doesn’t mean they don’t have emotions, they don’t feel anything. It is probably because they cannot communicate with us, therefore they express their love to human with their actions. This is more precious than words.

    When we decide to own a pet, we have to treat them as if they are one of our family members. Give them the love and care as if we are giving to our children, parents or siblings. If as a parent we will not give up our children regardless, we should do the same to our dogs. If we are not prepared to do this, it is best we don’t keep a dog. Dog has feelings and emotions like us, treat them with love and care because they will never abandon us no matter what.

  28. Lim Han Nee on Apr 14, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Dogs , as anthropologists have explained , are the only animals to have evolved specifically to become our companions and friends.They have morphed into the socially skilled animals that we now interact with in very much the same way as we interact with other people.They have come to be popularly known as man’s best friend – very loyal and protective of their owners. Dog lovers just simply cannot help but develop very strong and intense bonds with their pet dogs, whose love for them is unconditional.

    Hence, when a dog lover’s pet dies, the loss can be more painful than the loss of a human loved one. It’s like losing family.

    In general, there is still a lack of public understanding about this deep and intense bond, and there are still people who see the grief shown by pet lovers over the loss of their pets as a “bit of an overreaction”; after all, it’s “just a dog.”

    I thank Rinpoche for showing me how when Rinpoche’s beloved pet dog, Mumu, passed away, that mourning for him was like mourning over the loss of a beloved member of the family, just as he had taught me when my cat died some time ago, that she was family and to pray for her as I would pray for a member of my family who had passed away.

  29. Anne Ong on Apr 14, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this touching article about losing a dog. I can share how i feel because because my grandparents and uncle use to have dog pets,and my sister,Vivian used to have a very intelligent female cat who was chased and frightened to death by stray dogs in the middle of the night while my sis and i was away KL visiting another uncle. It has become too sad and unacceptable to have pets anymore.Moreover,it’s too much of a hassle for me to take care of one.

  30. Cheng See on Apr 14, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Dear Rinpoche ,
    I can relate to this article. I will forever miss by beloved Belle, Coco and Kid. They are part of my life. Losing them is like losing part of me. Their memories lingers forever .

  31. Samfoonheei on Apr 14, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Our pets are a source of unconditional love; their loyalty and compassion for us is endless.They are part of our family.I do have a poodle mixed dog.She is so adorable, love by all of us and always a place in our heart.Whenever we’re feeling lonely, she greet us and are there to dry our tears in their fluffy fur.The bond between my poodle and the rest of us is everlasting ,i can say that.I cannot imagine if i am going to loose her one day.
    All of these reasons amount to why losing our dog is utterly heartbreaking and painful ,can be harder than losing a close one.It could mean the loss of a source of unconditional love, security and comfort.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article and teachings.To love everyone around us while they are alive.
    May Mumu have a good and swift rebirth close to Dharma.

  32. Esther Goh on Apr 14, 2017 at 12:39 am

    I can relate to the writer’s feelings because my pet dog who was with me for the past 15 years passed away about 3 months ago. He was a companion in times of loneliness, a comfort in times of sadness and an everyday joy which never fails to touch my heart. His final days with me were very painful seeing this once robust little guy turning into a vegetable. The vet advised me to euthanize him to end his sufferings. Luckily at that same time I was turning to dharma so I strongly protested. I prayed to the Medicine Buddha to relieve him of his sufferings and not long after he passed away very peacefully. It was very painful and I am so thankful that I was able to cope with this loss through dharma. But being humans we cannot help but still have a sense of attachment and I still do miss this little guy. I pray that he will have a good and swift rebirth and hopefully I can be connected to him again. Thank you Rinpoche for this heartwarming article. ???

  33. Vivian Ong on Apr 14, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. I have never been a dog owner before myself but I have been a cat owner myself. When my cat died, I was outstation and when I came back and ask my uncle about it, he told me that my cat was attacked by stray dogs and died. I was so so sad until I cried non-stop. I missed my cat “Michelle” a lot till this day as she is one of the more intelligent cats. She will sleep below my bed and she will wake me up from sleep when my grandmother calls for me. She even protect the dog that my uncle saved from the market. I really hope that she has a good and swift rebirth. I also pray for Mumu’s good and swift rebirth. May Mumu come back as a Dharma teacher in Pabongka Rinpoche, Dorje Shugden and Vajrayogini’s lineage.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

    • wan wai meng on Apr 16, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      Sorry to hear about your cat. Yes cats are also very very close to us more than we know. I suppose how close we are to our animals is how much we open ourselves to them. I hope my care for my animals will get better with time.

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  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Mar 30. 2020 02:26 PM
    The Yant tattoos have developed over the centuries under the influence of several different religious.They have their reasons to do it as it represents vows and commitments, blessings, kindness and love. It is a spiritual method to help someone become a better person.
    From this article we can see most people are seeking for mundane help which is quite common but what most important is how one would be able to transform their mind for better and ultimately achieve liberation from suffering.Thank you very much for this interesting article and video for exploring another type of unique spiritual tradition.

    https://bit.ly/3dH8JlA
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 29. 2020 01:26 PM
    Beautiful thangka of Mahasiddha Naropa and Niguma, the Lady of Illusion paints a thousand words. In this painting the great Tantric mahasiddha Naropa sits gazing up,together with Niguma a dakini and was one of the influential yoginis and Vajrayana teachers. Niguma is one of the two female founders of the Shangpa Kagyu school of Vajrayana Buddhism. A beautiful thangka depicted with the powerful dharma protector Dorje Shugden will be wonderful to have.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/mahasiddha-naropa-and-niguma-the-lady-of-illusion
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 29. 2020 01:25 PM
    Janguli is a Buddhist goddess who protects from snakes and poisons, worshiped in the ancient past. By nature Janguli is actually Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion who will protects us against snakes but actually dissolving our anger. Our anger is the root cause for destruction of merits and causes us to stay in samsara longer. A beautiful thangka depicted with Dorje Shugden the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri will definitely wonderful to have in our home protecting us and helping us to clear obstacles in our spiritual path.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/janguli-the-ancient-snake-goddess
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 29. 2020 01:23 PM
    The practice of Vajrayogini is especially popular in the Highest Yoga Tantra of the Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug schools. Her Tantra promises rebirth in her pure land known as Kechara Paradise. When Vajrayogini is portrayed in this appearance with the left hand raised and the two feet firmly planted she is commonly referred to as the Naro Khachodma. Red in colour with one face, three eyes and two hands the left holds aloft a white skullcup. As depicted with Dorje Shugden forms a beautiful and powerful thangka.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/homage-to-the-powerful-kechari
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 27. 2020 09:15 PM
    We are so blessed hearing a sacred, holy recording of the two holy tutors of the Dalai Lama performing a Dorje Shugden kangsol (puja). Great masters HH Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and HH Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche chanting the powerful puja to Dorje Shugden. Both of them were the tutors of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. This is definitely has proven that HH Kyabje Ling Rinpoche had a close connection with Dorje Shugden. HH Kyabje Ling Rinpoche has even composed a combined prayer offering to propitiate the blessings of this enlightened Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden, which no one can denied. Both Kyabje Ling Rinpoche , Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and many Highly attained lamas of Tibet did propitiate Dorje Shugden lamas of Tibet. That’s the truth which cannot be hidden. But HH Dalai Lama insists that Ling Rinpoche, his own tutor, never relied on Dorje Shugden at all. Interesting read, may more people know the truth and understand better of the Dorje Shugden controversy.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Khong Jean Ai for this wonderful sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/kyabje-ling-rinpoche-does-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 27. 2020 09:08 PM
    Tsunami Memorial in Sri Lanka is a monument remembering the 35,000 people who lost their lives just in Sri Lanka during the 2004 tsunami. In loving memory of the 40,000 people who died in the tsunami and the thousands largest single rail disaster in world history. The powerful Sri Lanka tsunami-rail disaster occurred when a crowded passenger train was destroyed on a coastal railway in Sri Lanka by a tsunami. Built by Japanese Buddhist community to commemorate this tragedy, Sri Lanka has erected a Buddha Statue dedicated to everyone who lost their lives, as well as the people who survived. A beautiful place of sad memory . Having this Buddha statue built there will definitely plant the seeds of enlightenment for who visited this place and seeing is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/touching-and-beautiful-tsunami-memorial-in-sri-lanka
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Mar 26. 2020 11:01 PM
    Thank you for the sharing the Buddhist Tsunami Memorial in Sri Lanka. Very touching article, heart breaking to read and to see pictures of the Tsunami tragedy. It was Sri Lanka’s worst and biggest natural disaster in recorded history. Many people were killed and thousands lost their home and family.

    As we know horrify incident always remarks many unpleasant feelings and memories.
    Despite the widespread wreckage and the unfathomable lives claimed, there remains a sense of optimism in the country.

    Appreciation the people involved to build a Buddha statue to purify the mind, builds up the serenity within ones and motivates to overcome the negative emotions of fear, hence uplifting the mind and focusing the attention on the reality of the materialistic world. May Buddha bless and calm all those that passed away from the tsunami.
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Mar 26. 2020 02:13 PM
    Dorje Shugden is a protector that is karmically very close to us which enables him to help us with such effectiveness and speed. There are many similar testimonies which prove to us that this protector is very beneficial for us.
    Due to the power of Dorje Shugden , miracles happened and she is well after many offerings such as incense, light and pujas following Rinpoche’s advice.Thank you for this amazing miracle story of Dorje Shugden.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/a-dorje-shugden-miracle
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Mar 26. 2020 01:46 PM
    Venerable Geshe Sopa-lah a learned-monk spoke from his heart feelings and thoughts about what happening around the Dorje Shugden controversy and Dalai Lama as well. Those years back in India Geshe-lah did helped in the many buildings in Gaden Shartse Monastery where our Lama helped in the funds. He paints the truth of his experience sharing what he knew and gave a few points of advice. A friend of our lama for over 20 years, Venerable Geshe Lobsang Sopa-lah visited Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia in 2016. Geshe Sopa-lah has been actively involved in the campaign against the Dorje Shugden ban since 1996. He is in fact blacklisted, ostracised and persecuted, family tides cut as he bravely spoke about ban and even attended the protests. Sadly all of his family have since cut communications with him. Geshe Lobsang Sopa-lah now lives in Vermont, USA ,serving HH Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/learned-monk-geshe-sopa-lah-really-shares-his-experiences.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Mar 26. 2020 01:45 PM
    Ooh dear could not imagine a well known man …James Jameson heir to the whiskey empire did such a cruel act. Well he might have his reason to do but I am sure the horrific incident will haunt him foe life. He was the grandson of the man whose signature appears on the whiskey bottles. Heartfelt reading what he did, bought an 11-year-old girl for the price of six handkerchiefs and gave her to a local chief where cannibalism existed at that time in Africa. He witnessed the most horribly sickening sight of the girl being dismembered piece by pieces , cooked and eaten without a particle remained, while he sketched the whole process. This is the most horrific, shocking story I came across.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sad sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/james-jameson-disturbing.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Mar 26. 2020 01:44 PM
    Everyone of us have the freedom of thought, conscience and religion. In this modern time I would not imagine such incident of religious liberty exist. In a school of Louisiana, USA, a teacher spoke against a Asian student CC of his religious beliefs in a number of ways. CC was berated, harassed by teachers, administrators and even to that extend of receiving calls to his house. CC ‘s parents could not tolerate anymore and decided to file a lawsuit and won the case. Religious freedom, should be allow to all. Freedom of religion requires not only freeing religion from undue government regulation and interference from any one.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/so-much-ignorance.html
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Mar 25. 2020 10:57 PM
    Surprise to know our colon contain of poison due to unbalance diet of food intake. It really true, our body is often conceded toxins as a result of an unhealthy food consumed. However i think it is best to keep a food journal correctly to maintain and track our food intake.

    It is really important to eliminate waste from your body every day to maintain a good lifestyle and stay healthy. Hoping to keep the simple ingredients in mind and help many to keep their colon healthy.

    Thank you very much for the article sharing a great fact that we need to take it
    seriously to save life.
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Mar 25. 2020 04:09 PM
    A very good choice to place a Buddha statue there to bless the beings that are around that area. Many people had lost their lives during the tsunami in 2004 and I believe that area will be full of the spirits of the people that lost their lives during disaster.
    It good that Sri Lanka has since built and dedicated a Buddha statue for the deceased and to plant the seeds of enlightenment for all who visit and see it. Thank you for sharing nice article with us.


    https://bit.ly/2UC2g2K
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Mar 25. 2020 03:45 PM
    Winston Churchill was a British politician, military officer and writer who did twice served as the prime minister of Great Britain. Churchill did helped to lead a successful Allied strategy with the U.S. and Soviet Union during World War II. I did not know of his dark side till this post. Winston Churchill was in fact a clear racist and a stubborn imperialist. To many historians Churchill was seen as at the most brutal and brutish end of the British imperialist spectrum. Churchill’s imperialism was motivated only by an altruistic desire to elevate the putatively lower races. Winston thinks only of the colour of their skin. He hate Indians recording to him they are a beastly people with a beastly religion. These are another side to Churchill’s politics and career that should not be forgotten amid the endless parade of eulogies.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing of this great statesman with a darker side behind.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/not-his-finest-hour-the-dark-side-of-winston-churchill.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Mar 25. 2020 03:44 PM
    Thank you H.E. Gyara Rinpoche for spreading the Dorje Shugden practices to many thousands Tibetans in Tibet . H.E. Gyara Rinpoche an erudite scholar recently gave Dorje Shugden’s life entrustment initiation to thousands of monks and lay people in Yangting Dechen Ling Monastery. The Tibetan Leadership (CTA) has claimed that Dorje Shugden practice is a minor practice on many occasions. This is not true at all, looking at the pictures tells all. Thousands of Tibetans gathers at Yangting Dechen Ling Monastery, listening to Gyara Rinpoche’s teachings as well as the Guhyasamaja initiation clearly has proven it. He also gave commentary on Dorje Shugden’s qualities, history to strengthen the people’s faith in Dorje Shugden and explaining about the controversy.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great news and may more people have knowledge and understanding of Dorje Shugden . May the ban on it be lifted soon.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/gyara-rinpoche-gives-dorje-shugden-sogtae.html

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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
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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