Why say no?

Apr 3, 2013 | Views: 1,399

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Dear friends,

See this ‘interesting’ photograph and why you should say NO to certain ‘pleasures’ in life. Pleasures may be nice for you but do you think at what cost it came about? Read below please. Share with others as much as possible please. Create awareness.

Never harm animals.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Say NO to Elephant-RIDING, say NO to using elephants for human entertainment in Circuises or Tourisms . . .

Image n the informations below r uploaded by the page ‘Knowledge is Power’ ~

Elephants that ”work” in Thailand and other tourist destinations have to go through a ritual called phajaan, or “crush”. It begins with the baby elephants (usually three to four years old) being taken from their mothers and placed in a small, wooden pen. To get them securely in the pen, these babies are beaten with bamboo, sticks with nails attached to the tip and bull hooks. Once in place, the crush lasts for roughly a week. During this time, they are beaten, bludgeoned, have hooks attached to their sensitive ears, and are deprived of food and water as well as sleep, all in the name of breaking ties with their mothers and becoming domesticated. While in the crush, through the infliction of pain, they learn how to accept riders, do circus tricks and paint. This is designed to break the animal’s spirit which it certainly achieves, often taking its sanity too.

Used for centuries to domesticate wild elephants, this torture training method is still accepted as the only viable training method for elephant handlers and is used in almost every elephant attraction in Thailand.And, once they have their souls stomped out, they are simply vessels entertaining people. They are chained. They don’t eat enough.

Like humans, elephants have the capability to form relationships and have emotions. But, not the elephants working for the tourists.

People who visit Thailand — and other countries with elephant tourism — don’t realize the damage they cause these elephants when they support trekking camps, go to circuses or buy the paintings done by these creatures. Without knowing, they send a clear message to the elephant tourism industry that shows they support the torture these animals go through early in their life, as well as the horrific conditions they live in as cogs in the tourism wheel. Please never support this horrible practice, never ride an elephant. (Andres Grijalva)

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Source: Pracheta Das at http://www.facebook.com/pracheta4animals

Thank you Pracheta Das for posting this and creating awareness.

Tsem Rinpoche
 

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  1. S.Prathap on Jul 16, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    It is very sad to see how the elephants are being treated just to turn them into a money making machine. Humans are the only species in the world that could do such a thing to another species.
    We should not harm any animals, because humans are the one who claimed themselves to be the superior ones!Thank you for sharing this post.

  2. Silambarasan on Sep 19, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Those poor animals that are born to live a happy life and get taken away from their mum and abused for business purpose.They are just animals, they don’t understand us but we should understand them.

  3. Lin Mun on Nov 3, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    It is very sad to see these elephants being abused by the trainers. They deserve to have a free life living in the forest and not constraint in the small place and have to be trained so hard to entertain tourist. It didn’t occur to me that the elephants have to go through so much torture and suffering until I started reading articles posted by Rinpoche. Thank you Rinpoche for highlighting such incidents and I will not support or visit such places.

  4. Stella Cheang on Jun 22, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    I used to go to elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand, because I saw that teh elephants there are tamed and can do many tricks. But during those trips, I noticed that the handler will use stick with a hook to beat the elephants. Baby elephants are not spared! The elephants are “forced” to do all sort of tricks and chaos even though it is visibly clear that these poor souls are tired and unwilling. Now, watching this video and photo made me realized the painful inhumane ordeal they and to go through! Human should stip exploiting elephants for profit. It goes the same for the people who forces an elephant to walk around in the city to attract attention, so that they can charge tourist for photo session or a short ride. I saw it in Bangkok. I hope the authorities can do something to help the animals. Let’s not stop to voice out for the elephants. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

  5. Vivian Ong on Apr 22, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. Why on earth these people want to do such things on animal? Don’t they feel pity or sad towards the animal that they are torturing. I wonder if they have think of the karma that they are going to get for doing this.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  6. CindyH on Jul 9, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Taking that selfie or Instagram picture with wild animals during exotic vacations might be perfect for social media posts but one should be aware of the indignities the creature in question might have had to endure to become so docile and obedient.

    To illustrate, imagine being snatched away as a baby from your family and natural environment, brought to a foreign place where you are physically tortured and mentally traumatised into submission to do hard labour. Then, you are continuously over-worked with little food as well as really bad living conditions and non-existence medical care. But mercilessly punished and abused should you not toe the line or perform according to expectation, which only stops when you are dead. All the above so that some people can go boast about a fantastic vacation they had, which very likely would be forgotten or superseded with other vacation memories in due time.

    Ironically, based on statistics, many who interact with wild animals on vacations are actually animal lovers. They are the biggest culprit with their demand and support of the animal tourism industry, blissfully unaware of the damage they are doing or that they are in fact, perpetuating such direct cruel exploitation of wildlife. Thus, people really need to think twice about indulging in such activities that cause so much trauma and distress as well as decide whether or not this is an industry which they want to support.

  7. Chris Chong on Mar 29, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this heartbreaking information about tourism elephants in Thailand.

    It is very sad to see how the elephants are being treated just to turn them into a money making machine. Humans are the only species in the world that could do such a thing to another species. In fact, humans do it to humans also in some extreme cases. It is all because of our ego that makes us blind to the true nature of this world that we all are the same and how karma works. I cannot imagine what is the repercussion of such a hideous act in their future lives when the karma ripens.

    Humbly,
    Chris

  8. Pee Bee Chong on Jan 7, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. I had ridden the elephants before in Thailand without knowing that the elephants were “phajaan” or badly treated. Will share this article to increase the awareness of others. I hope to I can also help to reduce the sufferings of the elephants.

  9. Edward Ooi on Jun 5, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Dear Rinpoche, how can they do this to the elephants? The elephants must have felt so much pains. The bad elephant trainers would train them when they are young. When they don’t do it right, the trainers would beat them until they learn and because of that many elephants would try to escape from the circuses or zoos. But the moment they get out, people would kill the elephant just because they hurt a few people. Why are people so controlling? Why would they even want to control lives that do not belong to them?

  10. Lucas Roth on Apr 11, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    I hate it when people are so selfish to only think of themselves. Those animals have lives too! Whether it is for eating or entertainment it is cruel and heartless!

  11. Sean Wang on Mar 11, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    This is cruel. Just cruel. I would never want to ride elephants if they were put through such horrible situations such as this. People have no idea about what is going on behind the scenes. Sigh.

  12. Lucas Roth on Mar 9, 2014 at 1:19 am

    This is horrible, i really love animals and it makes me want to throw up when one is hurt for humans. Why do we have to be so selfish and not caring at all?! ANIMALS HAVE RIGHTS. Thank you for sharing Rinpoche.

  13. jerry_sito on Dec 2, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    感恩仁波切的分享与开示

    感恩的能读到仁波切的这个帖子,因为倘若不是师父的这个开示,我完全不知道,原来用在娱乐用途的动物们,原来背后的它们是遭到如此残忍的对待

    我们用着愉快的心情坐骑大象,或观看其娱乐表演,然而,我们的微笑却换来了,他们的痛苦与眼泪

    一切有情众生具有情,祈愿一切众生都能离苦得乐,感恩仁波切的开示,让我们不再无明

    祈愿仁波切长驻在世,常转法轮

  14. Edward Ooi on Nov 17, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Dear Rinpoche, I thought Thai’s Buddhism have a Buddha that looks like a elephant, or maybe the elephant Buddha only appears in Hinduism. Never mind that, even if they don’t pray to the elephant Buddha, they still shouldn’t tortured those elephants like that. Thank you Rinpoche forsharing this post, I will try to convince my friends to stop going to animal talent shows and circuses.

  15. Darren Kechara Paradise on May 13, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Animals are not born to entertain us, they are also a living being that have emotion and feelings. These men would one day watch their bad karma ripen. Do we want to add more to their suffering? we should share with more people to create the awareness.

  16. Girlie OOI on Apr 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    The way they are treating the baby elephant is pure TORTURE. To think that so much pain is inflicted, just so that these animals can become our source of entertainment. We can clearly see the pain and fear reflected in the elephant’s eyes.

    WE must not support nor condone such practices.

  17. abby f on Apr 12, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Animals are humans friends! Like elephant, they can be the ‘vehicle’ to bring us to places that we cannot walk to. Like dogs, they can help us to watch our house door to keep burglar away. Like horse, we ride horse and they are all our good friends that help us in many ways! If we can see them as our friends, we wouldn’t treat them bad, because how can we treat someone nice to us, help us a lot in such a cruel way?!

    Sad to say but it’s the fact, the elephants in Thailand are actually helping them to have income to feed their family, elephant should be their best friends and should be treated like their own family! They don’t appreciate their friends(elephants), and we cannot let such thing happen again! They are abusing animals which are extremely kind to them.

    We should not harm any animals, because humans are the one who claimed themselves to be the superior ones! Then we must act like we are superior by taking care of them and don’t bring harm to them! This is what we should do. We have the ability to love and care, then we just do it, not using our ability to bring harm.

  18. wei theng on Apr 11, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I have been to elephant riding and trekking in Thailand and do not aware that they have to gone through so much of pain. I am so sorry.
    I will promote this and create the awareness so that less elephant will be harm. May them all be free from all the harms and pains.
    Om Mani Padme Hung.

  19. Albert Ratchaga on Apr 11, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Watching the elephant performing on the stage is really fun, because they can do lotsa tricks to entertain us, to make us feel great… But there is the front, what happen at the back stage? how the elephant learned all those tricks? what type of life the live in… Do we want to add more to their suffering? we should share with more people, we should call for a stop to this torturing life of elephant, a link here to see how elephant got beaten up.. You can hear the man keep repeating how to tear the elephant up, he is teaching the new staff how to torture the elephant to get the best attention from them, It is really sad to watch, but this is the fact. We never want to live in this situation, but why do we do it to them?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQLcW92xtJo

  20. Lim Han Nee on Apr 10, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Just imagine a three year old human baby being subject to the same cruel treatment. Wouldn’t there be hue and cry immediately because it’s most inhuman. Yet what’s not humane is alright for baby elephants? Tearing them away from their mothers at such a tender age and subjecting them to such torture?

    People may have been watching elephants perform in the circus or elsewhere, without realizing how much behind-the-scene cruelty has been inflicted on them. Yet , once they know that this is what happens, shouldn’t everyone boycott circuses and other places where elephants are made to perform and entertain others? In this way, there will be an end to demand for elephants to perform and there will be an end to elephants being broken in for the purpose of being used in performance.

  21. William on Apr 10, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Cruelty at its worst. It is very bad to torture such beings for the sake of human pleasure and making money. Bad karma. And those who support it, whether knowingly or not, are encouraging more and more elephants being tortured. We should not go for elephant rides now that we know how badly they are whacked and chained and caged!!

  22. Lim (KH JB) on Apr 9, 2013 at 4:49 am

    We should say “no” for it. We should not use other’s suffering to entertain us. All sentient beings got their right to live in a good condition…

    May everyone in this world learn more Dharma and be a better person hence create more and more compassion to others…

  23. Cynthia L on Apr 9, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Oh nooo … I almost went for elephant ride in Koh Samui, Thailand before but didn’t manage to as they were closed already.

    The tour takes you through the jungle, rivers and Samui’s most famous waterfall where one can dismount and take a refreshing dip. Sounds wonderful doesn’t it? Most seemingly wonderful things has an ugly side to it. I am happy to know the truth so that others can know about it too so that they will stop supporting such cruel entertainment.

  24. wansan on Apr 7, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    This is really heartbreaking. Looking at the elephants being poked and abused by those people just breaks my heart. We think that elephant’s skin is so thick and it won’t feel any pain, well you are wrong. They do feel pain as much as we humans do. We certainly do not want our parents or anyone to abuse us when we are asked to do something. This reminds me of a movie “Water For Elephants” starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon. In this movie, the elephant was tortured during training for circus performances. We should all step up and say NO! No animals should suffer for our own pleasure or what we call as entertainment.

  25. Li Kheng on Apr 7, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Definitely say No, No, No!!!

    Truthfully, all the entertainment we indulge in for the sake of entertainment, how much do we remember of it?! For a moment of pleasure that brings no long term benefit to ourselves or others, we afflict so much suffering on innocent animals. This is not considering the negative karma we cause the trainers to accumulate in their effort to make a living.

    Although the animal trainers are not clueless of their wrong, they justify their action with their poverty and the need to survive. Animal trainers are not wealthy people who just got bored and said they will start crushing elephants to pass time.

    In view of the bigger picture, we the consumers are the culprits. Our desire to entertain our senses is the seed for this industry to exist. Our attachment to fulfilling our sensory pleasure is the fuel that causes this type of business to grow.

    If we say No, this harmful and cruel act will eventually come to an end. It may not be nice to see the reality behind the glitz of the entertainment industry. However, it is certainly powerful to realize that each of us is able to make a better difference by choosing No.

  26. Julien Roth on Apr 7, 2013 at 12:41 am

    I never knew that they put elephants through so much pain so that they could give people another form of tourism and entertainment. Now i am really getting second thoughts about riding elephants. And the way that the get them ready for tourism and entertainment is just wrong and cruel. So terrible what people do to animals like this, all so that people can make some money.

  27. Cliff on Apr 6, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    This is absolutely disgusting! I am utterly appalled by the human natureof these men just so they can earn money. How could these people put themselves through this to hurt an innocent young elephant. Elephants are peaceful in nature, it its the human nature that drives them into insanity and that is a very sad thought. I’ve always been told that we shouldnt watch elephant shows for entertainment because they are always whackede by a stick to do what the humans want, but I never thought it would come to this bad. I really feel sorry for the elephant but even more sorry for these men, where they choose to torture these elephants their whole lices just so they would do what they want them to do just so they can earn some blood money. These men would one day watch their bad karma ripen. Videos and photos like this always makes me so angry.

  28. Datuk May on Apr 6, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Ignorance is BLISS, in a kind of stupid state of mind. Imagine I used to think how grand to ride an elephant especially during celebrations by the Royalties, how wonderfully beautiful the elephants perform at circus.

    Now knowing what had been done to them for these poor elephants to be who we see them as, I am utterly ashamed of myself.

    From now it is a definite NO to all entertainment from elephants and for all I know same would be done to other animals for our ignorant viewing. Therefore NO to any of these entertainments.

  29. uncle eddie on Apr 6, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Like Rinpoche said, together we can stop animal abuses. Circus animals have to go through very tough and long tedious training sessions and are punished when they not do what they are told. These animals are poked at with sharp-pointed spears, stabbed or electrocuted when they disobeyed, like what you see in this blog. They are forced to eat, sleep and live in small cramped boxes. When on the road where water is limited and food is not actually what they want to eat as in the wild, and they are subjected to diseases with no veterinal care. Animals have no voice, so its up to us to protect them. Stopping such abuses is a global issue and China, surprisingly is said to have banned the use of animals in their circuses. Please help out in these much needed sanctuaries and to acknowledge those wonderful people taking this incredible Job! Many heartfelt thanks to our Rinpoche, our animals saver at all times.

  30. mitra on Apr 5, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    This is truly sad and heart breaking.I request everyone to stop supporting anything that will hurt animals physically and mentally.

  31. Lim Tat Ming on Apr 5, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Sentient beings in the animal realm are very unfortunate to have taken rebirth there. Thus humans should have generated compassion for them instead of inflicting further pains and sufferings to the animals.

    What have these elephants done to deserve these ill-treatments from the handlers? It is easy to point to the karma that these elephants have created in the past to experience their present conditions. However that does not justify the mistreatment from the humans. Do humans have the right to abuse the elephants?

    Thailand is a Buddhist country. Hence, is it not against the principles of Buddhism to harm the elephants? The irony is that the authorities in Thailand have allowed these inhuman animal abuses to continue for the sake of earning the tourist dollars! The tourists must realize too that these elephants will continue to be tortured as long as they support the tourism industry of Thailand!

    Everyone must say no to this cruelty! The elephants must be protected.

  32. Felix Kong on Apr 5, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Watching this video, is really heartbreaking . When i’m a child and always wondering why elephants so huge and can perform well in circus . Now just realize behind the sadness story of elephants and they had been trained since young,they are no more happiness …. Now i will not support like this animal’s show .

  33. Joy on Apr 4, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    It is so heartbreaking to see this video and to see that we humans can be so disgustingly cruel, so evil and so shamelessly unconscious. If you can feel hurt, pain and sad… don’t you think these elephants who are such gentle creatures can feel it too? Don’t we have enough entertainment already that we need to force ourselves on to someone else’s life and torture them so we can exploit them to make money for ourselves? No matter how poor you may be, there is other ways of earning a good living… and certainly this is one that is not very good at all!

    Recently the Ladrang team have been reading a book called Food for Boddhisattvas and it says if one is to do such shameless crimes like abusing animals and causing harm to them, one would reborn in the hell realms… when I see this, i thought, hell must be really “full”. What is sad about this is that Thais are also well known as a spiritual Buddhist nation. But I guess a handful of them decided to only follow some of the Buddha’s teachings to their convenience. Sad indeed.

    I hope this video goes viral and we can garner enough support to arrest or shut down such business and lock up the offenders! Please everyone do not buy those peanuts they sell in Thailand to feed those doll up elephants on the streets… they came from the wild just like in this video!!! Instead report them.

    All those billions spent of wars, the funds could have been generated to stopping such cruelties and helping the animals whom we humans have terrorized for so many years. We’ve cut down the trees, taken away their land, thei home, their space, force them out and we blame them and also torture and use them to earn a living… really who are the real animals I sometimes wonder?!

  34. sarahyap on Apr 4, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    What a sad sight… If it feels painful to see the suffering of these animals being tortured for the sake of breaking their spirit in order to tame them… imagine the pain and suffering that the animal has to go through just so that they can be ‘tame’ enough for people to use and exploit them for money.

    This reminds me of a post that Rinpoche published not too long ago about animals in the circus (http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/if-you-enjoy-circuses-must-see-this.html) These animals are constantly tormented and reminded of how they have to obey people’s commands… something that is very unnatural to their instinct.

    On the other hand, there are also people that are kind to animals, take for example Lawrence Anthony, who dedicated his life to ensure the safety of these wild elephants are preserved and well taken care of http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/touching-grateful-elephants.html

    If only we have more Lawrence Anthony in our world…

  35. HelenaC on Apr 4, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Yes we should really say no to these leisure and so called entertainment. Like those circus, ocean parks with those poor animals got caged and forced to perform. I personally do not ride on these beautiful animals nor go to these places and I don’t agree with their doings. Why not you human got trained in that way?? Simply just our pure selfishness. But I do proud of some country they have banned in those ocean park for letting the dolphins perform. I am glad people now have more awareness on that.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the post.

  36. sweekeong on Apr 4, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I have heard animals being undergone abuse and torture in circus but this the first time I am aware that the elephants ride in Thailand were being subjected to torture since they’re babies! This is really horrible for the abused and the abuser. If one can inflict such pain on baby elephants the mind is really on the verge of being insane, maybe not to them because out of ignorance the animals are tools for making money for survival. It is very sad for the newly born baby elephants to experience such pain until they can only think of avoiding pain, the mind become mindless. When you reflect on the abuser mentally they are afflicted with great anger. When we have great anger our virtue are destroyed. When we act out our anger in speech and bodily actions, many times, frequently it becomes a habit. Due to repetition and familiarization we becomes used to getting our way by using anger.

  37. Pastor Chia on Apr 4, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    How sad to see the truth story behind about elephants had been abuse and become people entertainment. This are real example is happening at Thailand. Baby elephants has force to separated from the mother when they are still young to train up for tourism and circus. Do we want our children enjoy when they watch circus show or riding on the elephants.Understand the truth stopping more animal to get harm and provide care for the animals.

  38. David Lai on Apr 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I saw such animal cruelty in the award-winning documentary, Earthlings. Words cannot describe how terrible and cruel people have been to enslave, torture and mass murder of millions of animals in order to provide us with food, entertainment, clothes and so forth. What’s worse is that we are alright about it and many prefer to stay in ignorance about it than do something about it.

    Thanks to social media and this is the age of the Internet, people are becoming more and more aware of what’s happening. However, what we are fighting is not just ignorance but also denial. People are in constant denial because to acknowledge animal cruelty would also mean giving up pleasures and attachments to meat, entertainment and so forth. That would be uphill battle and awareness varies between society and culture.

  39. beatrix ooi on Apr 4, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Poor little elephant. We must not make the animals suffer, whether its directly or indirectly. We can’t force them to do things they can’t do/ not born to do, it’s just like forcing a 1 year old to walk. It’s possible, but both will suffer a lot during the process. The fact is, animals belong to the nature, in the forests and oceans.
    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.
    Love, beatrix.

  40. Jutika Lam on Apr 4, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Oh my Buddha!!!

    Though I have never been to any circus, elephant riding or whatsoever so I never really saw how skinny and injured the elephants and all the other animals involved in circuses.

    Though i personally don’t enjoy all kinds of noisy and irritating entertainment like circuses animal shows and all kinds of other entertainments that involves animals stuffed in small cages, training to not be their animal-self and any kinds of suffering brought to the animals just for human pleasure, like I was saying though I totally dislike this kinds of entertainment I am sure their a lot of people out their who just enjoy all this kinds of entertainment from elephant riding to circuses to horse racing and all kinds of other animal racing.

    In fact people love this king of entertainment so much that they are even willing to take risks and bet on who will win or which will lose which is what we call betting.

    Betting has it’s risk of winning and at the same time losing which means you are not guaranteed to win but when this people who have placed bets in all this kinds of sick entertainment are asked to donate just a dollar they say that they have no money to donate.

    It’s really a wonder how people have the money to rick and bet and have no money to donate to a no risk fund/donation.

    I really hope that more and more people would get to know about how the elephants they take as their fun/entertainment has to be separated from their mothers at such a young age and go through so much suffering just to be there for us to have fun and be entertained.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with me this very sad yet truthful fact on elephant attractions.

    Love
    Jutika

  41. tfreon on Apr 3, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    I am very very shock to know about this news. All alongs i thought supporting the riding of elephant is supporting the poor people there, and, i have neglected the pain that this BABY elephant gone through. I will definately begin to spread this news. Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this news, thanks Pracheta Das for the cares to these elephants.

  42. Lucas Roth on Apr 3, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    i agree, say no to animal abuse,slaughter etc. think of them, would you like to be chained and beaten then killed? i did not think so, so what is the difference between us and them? we are all the same.especially since, lets take elephants for an example, they are eaten forced to do tricks in the circus even though it hurts them to train and do it. come on people think!

  43. tenzin llhamo on Apr 3, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    How sad and heartbreaking to read this post! How ignorant I am of all the animal abuse happening around me! All these while I thought that the elephants are just plain smart just like some of the smart dogs and cats. I didnt know that they had to go through so much pain and torture in order to entertain us. How cruel of those trainers. I will NEVER support any entertainment that involve animals as it is so WRONG! I will definitely promote these inhumane behavior!

    • tenzin llhamo on Apr 4, 2013 at 11:36 am

      Error…
      I will definitely promote this post of inhumane behavior….

  44. Davin on Apr 3, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I definitely say NO to using elephants for human entertainment in circuises or tourisms. Elephant are being tortured in order to train them to perform. It is absolutely cruel! Animals are not born to entertain us, they are also a living being that have emotion and feelings.

  45. Jace Chong on Apr 3, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for posting this. I never realize for elephant to stay tamed they need to go through such horrible process.

    Our pleasures shouldn’t take any other’s sufferings. I believe in karma, which what we did to others, it will come back. Nobody wants to be beaten up and chained, nobody wants to lose their freedom to feel.

    I beg everybody to stop supporting anything that will hurt animals physically and mentally.

  46. Sean Wang on Apr 3, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I personally have never been to a circus and I never will. I think that using animals for entertainment is evil. I think that people only do these sorts of things because they are ignorant and they do not understand that the animals have to go through so much pain for people’s pleasures. I hope that these shows will be stopped or at least make a way for the animal to be happy while performing like how humans perform. Then again, it is unnatural for animals to perform so yeah.

  47. Cynthia Ng on Apr 3, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    看了就觉的好悲痛的图片,有多少人知道这些所谓娱乐背后的故事。我们一定要说“不”!不要为了自身的快乐感觉而制造对动物的伤害。。那种被伤害的感觉是有多痛!小象们被逼与母象分离,还要被残酷的接受虐待训练来达到满足主人的严格要求。

    我们一定要严厉禁止这种娱乐活动,那不是我们该有的行为!动物也需要爱,需要被善待!

  48. Jessica Yap on Apr 3, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    This is truly sad and heart breaking. If we do not read these kind of news and continue visiting the circus/trekking/rides etc., then we are indirectly reinforcing/supporting this acts of cruelty.

    I cannnot, for the life of me imagine my child or myself being abused like that at the age of 3/4. Seriously disturbing! It is really sad to see the baby elephantsbeing ill treated like that.. =(
    May they never be anymore ill treaments towards any animals anymore.

    It is true: Knowledge is definitely power. When we are equipped with knowledge, we get to do and share more about the causes which are important to us.

    Thank you for sharing, Rinpoche!

  49. adelinewoon on Apr 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Saying “No” and losing face for dharma, for the benefit of others is necessary and a must! No one should keep quiet, continue to contribute to the growth of any forms of negativity, cruelty in this case, directly or indirectly as a result of worrying of losing one’s face. Cruelty eats away our true nature and will continue to blind us from seeing the truth. Do not be afraid of seeing what others choose not to see, do not be afraid of voicing out what others choose not to hear, do not be afraid to be the pioneer of doing the ‘abnormal’ thing for the better. With death so definite, what is the use of holding onto ourselves and the empty poor me stories that we’ve created to stop us from achieving anything?

  50. patsy on Apr 3, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    It is always a norm for tourists to go on elephant, horse or camel rides or children enjoying and applauding at the acts performed by animals.

    With more awareness of how the animals are tortured behind the scene, may there be less demand for this form of entertainment. I will definitely not support this act of abuse.

  51. henry ooi on Apr 3, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Most people have seen animals performed in entertainment outlets and children love the so called tricks and entertainment these animals put up without realizing the harsh methods in training behind the scenes. This story is just an example, a true story. We do not subject our pet animals to such methods yet those unfortunate caged animals suffer a different life, a life of imprisonment and torture, just for human’s entertainment. I will not take my children to such ‘entertaining’ shows.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 11. 2020 03:01 PM
    Ancient civilization of China already embraced Vajrayogini lineage long before where Mahayana Buddhism was prevalent. Interesting history of Vajrayogini’s teachings and practice that takes root in China . The practice of Vajrayogini is so deep rooted in China not till I know of until I read this post. It is also a really eye opening for me. The Western Xia empire Xixia was one of the three great barbarian empires ruling over northern China during the Song period. A land of myths and mysteries, monks and monasteries, the enchanting nation of happiness . There is that many rocks and cave formations around empire Xixia. The Vajravarahi/Yogini Cave (Dorje Phagmo Cave) is one such caves. Having a beautiful story behind it . This cave is well known after Vajrayogini reincarnated in human form and her four other dakinis performed tantric rituals. Recording to records this caves dates back to 1004 AD, that’s incredible indeed. Since then many Tibetan high lamas such as Sakya Pandita and 6th Dalai Lama had visited this cave doing retreats and prayers. The 6th Dalai Lama even erected a stupa in the cave.
    With the Chinese government help the cave is restored to this present day. Having Vajrayogini manifested as a princess in China to suit the people of that time and culture. May this cave be well preserved for the Vajrayogini practice to flourish in China.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a special form of Vajrayogini found in China.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/vajravarahi-caves-in-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 11. 2020 03:00 PM
    Tara Arya Tara, also known as Jetsun Dolma in Tibetan Buddhism, is an important figure in Buddhism. She appears as a female bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism who appears as a female Buddha. She is the mother of liberation, and represents the virtues of success through liberating us from our 8 fears such as pride, ignorance, anger, jealousy, wrong views, attachment, miserliness and deluded doubts. She will guides us to enlightenment. Beautiful paintings of the 8 Tara with each thangkas illustrate who protect us from the 8 fears. Interesting to see how each and every thangka can illustrate us a thousands words . Knowledgeable write up about 8 Taras and the 8 fears for us to understand better of Tara.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/8-taras-who-protect-from-the-8-dangers.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 11. 2020 02:59 PM
    The Third Trijang Rinpoche, Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso was a Gelug Lama and a direct disciple of Pabongkhapa Déchen Nyingpo. He was one great lama working tirelessly for the benefit of all sentient beings. Many practitioners had indeed benefited from his teachings. He did travelled tremendously in India and internationally giving teachings in monasteries and giving empowerments in countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany and so forth. Beautiful biography of a great lama who’s most famous work is undoubtedly Liberation in the Palm of the Hand which is still use till this day.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a great lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-third-trijang-lobzang-yeshe-tendzin-gyatso.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 10. 2020 02:19 PM
    Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the founder of Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order and also of one of the largest international Buddhist organizations in Taiwan and in the Buddhist world. He is one of modern China’s most prominent religious figures , well known and respected by many among all people and religious traditions. He has brought changes to the Buddhist world with his humanistic Buddhism. He has been promoting merely in Chinese culture and sticking to his principle not to mix with politics. Master Hsing Yun is a prolific writer and has authored over hundred books in Chinese and later his writing were translated into English and many other languages. Over the years, he has been recognized with numerous awards. He has also gained international prestige for his selfless dedication and contributions towards Buddhism. His contribution toward Buddhism is truly phenomenal, and has helped Buddhism gain a better understanding. Interesting read of a great master.
    Thank you Rinpoche for inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/fo-guang-shan-in-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 10. 2020 02:17 PM
    Beautiful sharing of Dr. Andrea Galli’s article, with important advice for the Tibetan leadership to consider it. Its time for them to change their views and thinking of ways to benefit the Tibetans instead of politicking the long over due Dorje Shugden controversy. Dalai Lama has stated openly that he wish to return to China, hence the leadership should fulfil Dalai Lama and many Tibetans in-exile wishes. Tibetans have been living in India for the past 60 years , it time for them to be move on to think for the future generations and not depending on USA and India or any other countries. In China , those who had remained there felt happier as China allow religious freedom with many Tibetans practicing Dorje Shugden. The Tibetan leadership working closely with China government for the benefit of all Tibetans as China if they really to want peace, harmony , growth of their country and the preservation of religion and culture for the Tibetans. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/a-tibetan-solution-uncovered-in-modern-diplomacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 10. 2020 02:13 PM
    Incredible achievements and accomplishments of a great Lama . Lama Thubten Phurbu is one extraordinary intelligence Lama since young. A prominent Gelug lama, is highly respected for bringing Dorje Shugden’s practice and spreading Je Tsongkhapa’s tradition to many people in Tibet. Being outspoken about the benefits of this practice, many monasteries had invited him to consecrate Dorje Shugden tenkhangs , perform Dorje Shugden pujas, and give talks about Dorje Shugden in monasteries throughout Tibet. Lama Thubten Phurbu lives a simple life, spending his time on virtuous and beneficial Dharma works such as building stupas, making statues, printing Dharma books, supporting the poor and needy. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/incredible-lama-thubten-phurbu-and-his-activities.html
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Aug 10. 2020 01:07 PM
    Humans must know that animals did not come into being to serve or provide for them. Animals too need to be protect against the suffering they undergo of losing their lives and loved ones. The protection is only possible if we realize that animals have valve beyond what they offer.

    The pictures of the puppy lying next to his mother are so heart-wrenching. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. We need to take vital steps to cut thoughtless cruelty to animals out of your life and to educate others around you.

    Thank you for the thoughtfulness sharing and bring us awareness to all animals lovers that never abandon them through thick and thin gives them love and care.

    https://bit.ly/30IRX1m
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Aug 10. 2020 01:00 PM
    From this article , I have a better understanding now the purpose of pujas. For the puja to be powerful and effective one must have a good motivation and compassion mind to benefit others.
    As usual, Rinpoche’s teaching is always simple yet has a deep meaning in it. For someone lazy and slow like me have to read a few times to understand and remember.Thank you very much for sharing this post


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  • sarassitham
    Friday, Aug 7. 2020 11:31 PM
    I believe that all animals are just like humans. This includes anything from feelings to suffering with pain. As such, it should be the moral obligation of human beings to take this fact into account whenever they consider taking actions that would interfere with the needs of animals.

    Animals and humans both in common have great power and they able to achieve great things. We should find ways to control fear towards animals and prevent anxiety from taking hold.

    Thanking you for your thoughtfullness sharing and being kind to animals.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Aug 7. 2020 03:13 PM
    Wow…..great biography of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, who wrote the Liberation in the Palm of your hand or Lamrim known to many of us. He was definitely a bodhisattva and one of the greatest masters of the 20th century and one the most influential teachers in Tibet. Well respected by hundred thousands of people, many have learn and benefit from his Dharma teachings. Incredible he had a very powerful voice that everyone could hear him clearly in the crowd, even those seated behind.
    Pabongka Rinpoche’s classics writings and collected works are highly sought after and very much used till these day.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this very inspiring biography

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/pabongka-rinpoche-wikipedia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Aug 7. 2020 03:11 PM
    Reading this article on Lama Zopa’s view on Dorje Shugden practice gives us a clear understanding . Lama Zopa Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist scholar and meditator . He is a Gelugpa lineage holder, having received teachings from many of the great Gelugpa masters. He gave a very good advice for students on Dorje Shugden practice. Guru devotion is the key to gaining spiritual attainments. Lama Zopa did mentioned that once we have made a Dharma connection with our Guru, we cannot simply give up this relationship unless the Guru told us to give up. Well regardless of whether a lama practises Dorje Shugden or not, we need to apply the rule, is the practice of Guru Devotion for sure. Letting whatever be nor matter what instance, we should not speak negatively against Dorje Shugden or about other Gurus. A good advice and profound teachings.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Choong for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/what-lama-zopa-teaches-about-the-dorje-shugden-ban-2.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Aug 7. 2020 12:23 PM
    In life we will be facing lots of negative things from others. never mind right or wrong, true or false, I must learn how to take it or see it as a positive steps for our personal improvement and growth.

    The 7 great methods in above are not just to cope with insult but advise, comment & opinion from others toward ourselves. Insults and criticism follow us everywhere, so learn with great patience to use them as a guide to self improvement .

    https://bit.ly/2XAATIN
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 04:44 PM
    His writing style is clear and direct, added with his personal experiences, thoughts and direct realizations at that point of time. I am fond of reading those past masters’ writings as opposed to the modern ones.
    John Blofeld spiritual journey and his affinity so strong in Buddhism are really showed that he had a very strong connection to Buddhism in his previous life.Thank you very much for sharing this article.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 02:33 PM
    Inspirational quotes and motivational quotes have the power to get us thinking and working on it. Just by reading and understand help and inspired us too. Thank you Tsem Rinpoche for sharing which I truly love to read and have a thought on it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/inspirational-quotes-part-3-of-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 02:32 PM
    Revisit this post again. Thank you Valencia for this vast post of Loed Tsongkhapa’s life story and his achievements . Lama Tsongkhapa is a “Buddha of our times” in the Gelug Vajrayana tradition and as an enlightened being, having the same realizations as all of the Buddhas. He was an emanation of Avalokitesvara , Manjushri , and Vajrapani , hence his practice is so powerful and beneficial. We have to thank our Lama Tsem Rinpoche for bringing this practice to Malaysia. Many great gurus, lamas and teachers has been teaching this very powerful, yet accessible practice across the globe. We are very fortunate and blessed to practice all the teachings. As for me I am still learning ,reading this post had strengthen my belief. Love reciting Migtsema as its very beneficial indeed. Interesting read very profound Lama Tsongkhapa biography.
    Thanks again .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/lord-tsongkapa-king-of-the-dharma.html

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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: 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
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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5 months ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
5 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
5 months ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
5 months ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
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