Why say no?

Apr 3, 2013 | Views: 1,409

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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, May 18. 2021 01:19 PM
    Great blessing able to see holy and infused great items from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche even though its just pictures. Wow …all these holy items are place in various parts of Kechara House for people to venerate and generate merits. We have Rinpoche and Beng Kooi to thanks not easy after all to have holy items from someone like Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. How blessed Kechara and honoured to have received sacred and holy items from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands for this sharing, as anyone merely looking at the beautiful holy blessed Maitreya statue and Medicine Buddha statue is a blessing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/blessed-items-from-geshe-kelsang-gyatso.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 18. 2021 01:17 PM
    Thonmi Sambhota is traditionally regarded the inventor of the Tibetan script and author in the 7th century AD. His life is largely shrouded in legend and he is the 3rd incarnation of our Guru H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche. Tonmi Sambhota’s intelligence was such that he was noticed early by the Emperor , was sent to India to study, gather information on Buddhism and research scripts in order to create a script for the Tibetan language. During his years in India he was devoted to study India’s culture and Buddhism. According to legend, he is considered as one of the most renowned translators in the Tibetan history. He was highly felicitated and heavily rewarded for his creation whom no one has done before. Thonmi Sambhota is indeed a great man, and had contributed in development of Tibet ‘s Buddhism even up to this day .Well respected and loved by many.
    Thank you, Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing of a great creator.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/thonmi-sambhota-inventor-of-the-tibetan-script.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 18. 2021 01:14 PM
    Reading this inspiring post again , with much respect and getting to understand more. Guru devotion is indeed very important and plays an important in our spiritual journey. To advance further in learning and practicing Buddhism we must hold on guru devotion to our Gurus nor matter what happen. Rinpoche’s gurus are all highly erudite masters and Lamas, interesting to read each and every one of them even though its just a short read. Merely by reading it is a blessing. Rinpoche had received all the qualities and trainings , teachings from them. We are then to receive those precious Dharma teachings from Rinpoche. All due to Rinpoche ‘s the kindness and compassion we are able to receive it. A great teachings on 50 Verses Of Guru Devotion.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands for sharing this teachings

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/my-precious-teachers.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 16. 2021 02:02 PM
    Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which we focus on being intensely aware of what we’re sensing and feeling in the moment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress. Very beneficial practice indeed . Through mindful living practices, we can find happiness, joy, and meaning in our lives. Our true self. Mindful living can help us to find more happiness, joy and meaning in our life.
    Yes the coronavirus pandemic is a reminder of how fragile our lives is. Having these mindful meditation on a daily basis via live stream helps many of us coping with the lockdown.
    Thank you JP Thong for sharing whatever we need to know all about meditation exercise in mindfulness. A thumb up …….simply amazing understanding the basic and what to do when we are distracted by our thoughts, emotions, sensations, and so forth. Thanks again.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/live-your-best-life-100-days-of-mindful-meditation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 16. 2021 02:00 PM
    Millions years ago earth is being visited by alien intelligence, evidence did proved it. Any way such reports were also being covered up for the fear might cause panic , and so forth. Do aliens exist? Many scientists believe that humans need to work harder to determine whether aliens have visited Earth. There are many discoveries seemed to increase the prospect of extra-terrestrial entities existing been millions years ago. Maybe in years to come scientist or researchers will reveal who else might be out there . Whether extra-terrestrial life has actually touched the soil of Earth, watching us all. Many people has claimed of alien sightings around the whole and yet no hard evidence to support it. A highly unusual object was spotted travelling through the solar system. But not everyone agrees with what they saw, it is indeed an alien spaceship but scientist disagree with the claim. Well all depend of how we see and judge. But how feasible is this?? Interesting discoveries which one day, where the question will be answer .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-the-return.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 16. 2021 01:59 PM
    Given a chance to look at H. E. Tsem Rinpoche’s personal Heruka Cakrasamvara statue paints a thousand words. We are so fortunate been able to have a glance at this beautiful and powerful divine statue of Heruka Cakrasamvara. Its so real and merely looking at it is a blessing.
    Thank you Pastor David for sharing this post with the stories behind it.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tales-with-my-lama-rinpoches-heruka-statue
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 15. 2021 12:25 PM
    Gyenze is a fully enlightened Buddha been practiced by many as he will help anyone who sincerely requests his assistance without any conditions. Gyenze is regarded by many for his ability to increase material resources, life, merit and realisations. Gyenze is Dorje Shugden in a wealth form specifically to help us gain resources through correct means. Its a very wonderful and beneficial practice indeed , all thanks to our Lama Tsem Rinpoche for bringing us this practice to Malaysia. Well , Gyenze had since help many people during their difficult times and bring more people to dharma and Kechara Forest Retreat at Bentong Pahang.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing and explaining in details of this Gyenze practice.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 15. 2021 12:22 PM
    According to Buddhism, everything in human life, all objects will one day disappeared, we cannot change that for sure. Everything changes and nothing will last forever. From our emotions to our thoughts and feelings, from the cells in our bodies to the plants around us, will somehow change and decay soon or later.
    Our Guru Tsem Rinpoche had prepares all of us to meet with the inevitable, which is our own death. Rinpoche had been teaching us all these while. No matter whom we meet in life, all situations eventually lead to separation and all relationships will end via death. In-fact our guru’s parinirvana is actually a final experiential teaching on death and impermanence for all of us. Hence it is important for us to immerse ourselves fully into each and every moment of life in learning and practicing Dharma. And following all advices and instructions of our Guru and fulfil what not completed. Instead of feeling lost we should somehow to devoting oneself entirely especially in fulfilling all of our guru’s wishes and continue his work nor matter what comes along. Reading this post had me realised there ‘s indeed quite a long way to go , thanks to all those involved especially senior student and so forth. May all of us play a part to be involved as a team then. We should help when necessary and encourage people coming into Dharma joining the centre and its activities. This post tells us all , a good and detailed read.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing, had me having a good thoughts.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/devoting-yourself-to-a-guru-who-has-passed-on.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 15. 2021 12:21 PM
    Millions of years ago extra-terrestrials have in fact visited Earth claimed by researchers and scientists . The controversial theory have been going for years from the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to continued mass sightings in the US. Did these intelligent beings from outer space visit Earth thousands of years ago? With all the unexplained activity we are bound to see something strange in the sky sooner or later. Reading this post and watching the video tells us all….. very interesting. We are not alone after all. Yes… aliens do exist I strongly believe having read articles more of those unexplained surroundings in the outer space.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-season-1-episode-4-the-mission.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, May 4. 2021 03:46 PM
    Bali is a magical Island probably the most well-known and most visited Indonesian island. A part of Indonesia archipelago, Bali owns the panorama and unique culture that make this island an ideal location for a vacation.

    It’s shock to discover people in Bali are eating dog meat. Aside from the cruelty, the greatest shock was to discover that tourists are unwittingly eating dog meat and fueling the mobile dog meat vendors are trawling popular beaches in Bali selling satays from buckets, deliberately not telling people the origin of the meat.

    This is causing shocking animal cruelty over the popular holiday destination and
    definitely putting the local Balinese and foreign tourists’ health at risk .Thanks for the thoughtful sharing and bringing awareness to many.

    https://bit.ly/2RknC6Q
  • sarassitham
    Monday, May 3. 2021 11:36 PM
    Each of us is born with a particular set of colors and numbers that are very unique. These numbers reveal our character, purpose, motivation, talents and abilities in this life.

    I had a positive feeling and good action to know the interesting fact of Mewa 6. Thank you for the thoughtful sharing, I am blessed to know my birth Mewa and had the opportunity to encounter the challenges to face and to overcome.

    https://bit.ly/3thT9DE
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Apr 30. 2021 11:09 PM
    Thank you for the informative and historical sharing of The Guangxi Community in Bentong. It’s interesting to know the large Chinese population in the Perting Chinese New Village are Guangxi Chinese.

    A small town famous for its locally produced ginger, durians, tofu puff, bean curd, bean curd puff, fresh vegetables, it has so much more to offer for wandering foodies.

    Success requires hard work, however hard work rewards with much more than success alone. Guangxi people of today are one of the most successful communities in Bentong, producing successful people in every strata of society.

    https://bit.ly/3gQ2JLu
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 30. 2021 03:47 PM
    Great Buton Rinchen Drub’s lifestorys truly inspiring, interesting which I simply love reading over and over again. The Great Buton Rinchen Drub was one of the most erudite of scholars of Tibet. To this day he is well remembered as a prodigious scholar and writer and is Tibet’s most celebrated historian. He catalogued thousands of the Buddhist scriptures and wrote the famous book, the History of Buddhism in India and Tibet. Many Tibetan scholars utilize in their study even as today.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/tibets-great-scholar-buton-rinchen-drub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 30. 2021 03:46 PM
    Great memories of Rinpoche meeting with Guru Deva Rinpoche a very learned and qualified Lama,that has changed Rinpoche life. He is considered to be the reincarnation of one of the 84 great Mahasiddhas of ancient India. He studied under many great masters as such like Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, Kyabje Yongzin Trijang Dorje Chang, and so forth. We have Tsem Rinpoche today all because of Guru Deva Rinpoche who had contributed towards Rinpoche’s spiritual journey. The journey was tough for Rinpoche , having gone through and had travelled from America to India. Having remained and continued to languish under the terrible conditions in India till he travelled to Nepal and meeting Guru Deva Rinpoche. Everything changed from then on. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin Chow for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/my-recollection-of-h-e-guru-deva-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 28. 2021 04:19 PM
    Buton Rinchen Drub is widely considered to be one of Tibet’s greatest scholars, historians, translators,writers and proponent of the Kalachakra Tantra. Even as a very young child, Rinpoche exhibited extraordinary abilities. He studied and received many tantric transmissions and empowerments from many other teachers. Well respected by many and was one of the brightest lights of Tibetan Buddhism. Over the period of his life he composed at least twenty-six prolific volumes of commentaries. His legacy included the compilation of 500 years’ worth of translated teachings into the encyclopedic Kangyur and Tangyur collections. This monumental effort helped to preserve and propagate the teachings throughout Tibet. These collections have become well known by all of the schools of Buddhism in Tibet, and continue to this day. He travelled tremendously throughout Tibet and many places giving teachings, empowerments, transmissions, and ordinations at monasteries along the way. Interesting read of a great Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/buton-rinchen-drub.html

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Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 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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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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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
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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  • May 14, 2021 01:09
    Anonymous asked: I heard that Lama Tsongkhapa and Tara closer to us? Is it true and how so - because I have experienced instant help from them. Once I was due to go for a college interview and I started getting stomach pains that made me weak and almost unconscious. My mum offered incense to Green Tara and almost immediately the pain went away. Grateful to her and love her to this day.
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  • May 13, 2021 01:48
    Eden asked: Dear pastors 1) I am interested to do some small retreats. Can you guide and teach me? 2) Recently I had adopted a pet. Can you guide me on how to not be to attach to my pet? As i do not want to be too sad when my pet pass away. 3) Recently i find myself wanting to buy new phone, laptops and clothes eventho i do not need them. Can you guide me on how to reduce this urge to buy new things?
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    Anonymous asked: When we see similar characteristics in family members and similar life circumstances, is that a result of karma too?
    pastor answered: Hello, When we see similar characteristics between yourself and your family members, yes, ultimately that is due to karma. From the viewpoint of society, it is because we grew up with our family, shared experiences, pick up each others' habits, etc, that is the reason for similar characteristics. We learn things such as behaviours, likes and dislikes from our family and they also learn such things from us. But from the Buddhist viewpoint, what is the reason that we ended up being family anyway? The answer as you already guessed it is karma. Karma is what caused us to take to rebirth into a particular family, hence it is the reason why characteristics are similar between family members. This applies to life circumstances as well, we had the karma to be born into a family in a specific location, at a specific time, environment, etc. Which means that we would necessarily undergo similar circumstances as well. Within samsara, or cyclic existence, everything is due to karma. Everything that happens to us, what we say, what we think. Not only is it due to karma, but it also creates more karma. That is why Buddhists always talk about the faults of samsara. The only way to be free of this cycle and karma completely is to become a fully enlightened Buddha. That is why Buddhists aim to become a Buddha themselves. I hope this helps.
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    Josh asked: Hello Pastor, when Buddha gave me a gift of able to see spirits, communicate with spirits and able to sense death onto someone, what is the purpose of this gift? How to use it? I believe I had this when I was around 12 years old. 70% of my dreams are mostly took me to hell for a walk, I even talk to Yama, Yama allow me to peek on the Book of the living and the dead.. I had only dream once of Buddha and the Titan God once, but everything in Sanskrit. I understand them only in dreams, and when communicating with spirits. So what is the purpose of this gift? How to use them to help?
    pastor answered: Dear Josh, Thank you for your question. Supernatural abilities such as those you have mentioned definitely do exist. They can come about from a couple of reasons: as gifted by a supernatural being, god, etc, or even simply because we have the karma to have such abilities that have manifested in this life. The other way they can come about is through our own transformation of the mind, where they occur naturally as side effects. In all of these cases, they are known as 'common attainments'. The reason why they are known as common attainments, because they can be attained by anyone. Buddhism however, stresses the importance of the 'supreme attainment', which is achieving the enlightened mind. Hence, in the Buddhist scriptures it is said that the supreme attainment is what we should strive for. Now, we cannot advise you in which ways to use the abilities you have mentioned to help beings, because we are not attained enough to guide you in such a manner. You would need the guidance of a highly attained master to be able to guide you in a safe manner. However, from what you have written, you can use your experiences to further your own spiritual transformation first. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised on many occasions that we should not focus too much on abilities we develop, but concentrate on real transformation first. When you have reached a higher state of consciousness, then you will be able to use such abilities properly. The way to achieve this is to follow the path of the Lamrim or the Graduated Stages on the Path to Enlightenment. The text we use in Kechara is known as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. You can get a copy of it here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand There are sections of the Lamrim that deal with the suffering of those in the hell realms, the god realms and all other realms. There are also sections that deal with karma. You can use your experience to help you develop insight into these sections and propel you further along the path of transformation. So, instead of trying to use your abilities now, use the experiences that you have already had to the greatest potential. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • May 8, 2021 02:04
    Anonymous asked: Hello pastors. When one visualises in prayers should one shut eyes completely or keep half open looking at side of noses? Thank you for answering.
    pastor answered: Hello, When engaging in visualisation or any type of meditation, the best is to keep your eyes half open. You are actually looking at the floor, but the line of your sight follows the sides of your nose, you don't actually focus on the sides of your nose. If you focus on the sides of your nose, it will exert too much effort and you will feel like you are going crosseyed. So you actually look at the floor, but follow the angle of the sides of your nose. Following this eye positioning is the best because your mind is not too excited or overly stimulated as it would be if you had your eyes fully open, nor is it prone to laziness or falling asleep if you have your eyes closed. This would be the best. However, some people find it difficult to visualise with their eyes half open. In this case, it is permissible to close your eyes when visualising, as long as you can keep your concentration. Then slowly, over time, once you are familiar with the particular visualisation you are engaged in, you can do it with your eyes half open instead. I hope this helps.
  • May 3, 2021 10:15
    Carolyn asked: what is "Teh"
    pastor answered: Dear Carolyn, My apologies, but I do not fully understand your question. Is this in regards to any prayers or texts? In which case, please indicate which prayer or text so we can answer properly. Thank you
  • May 1, 2021 19:38
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, What does attachment actually mean in buddhism? Is it opposite of hostility? How do both these emotions harm us? How can we get rid of them?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, You have asked a very good question, but it's outside of the scope of this short reply to answer completely. Attachment is when you want something and either your thoughts, speech or actions reflect this want. For example, we can be attached to an object, a type of food, a person, a situation, etc.,. There are varying degrees of the type of attachment you experience towards differing objects or things. When we have an attachment, we expend energy either mentally, emotionally, through our speech or our actions to get the particular object, keep it and protect it. When we are parted from the object, it creates a lot of emotional suffering. When we are attached, our actions and thoughts keep us bound to cyclic existence, because we simply just create more karma. Attachment is known as one of the Three Poisons. You can read a short article and watch a teaching by Pastor David Lai about attachment here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-exaggeration-of-attachment.html In addition, here is an article that deals with the benefits of non-attachment in terms of relationships with others: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/why-non-attachment-is-one-of-the-keys-to-a-happy-life-relationship.html The opposite of attachment is aversion, the want to stay away from an object of thing, or not experience a particular situation. Another of the Three Poisons, is actually anger or hostility. This can be the extension of aversion. For example, in past someone said something to you which you didn't like. So you don't want to be around this person again. If a situation occurs when you are around this person, you become angry and hostile. You can even play the scenario over and over again in your head and become angry, even when not near the person. Anger is one of the most destructive of emotions because when you are worked up, it is very hard to remain logical, you simply and quickly act out of emotion, in the heat of the moment. This leads to the creation of negative karma, which you will need experience in the future. In short, all our negative emotions or behaviours can be subsumed under the Three Poisons - Attachment, Anger and Ignorance. There are many methods in Buddhism to overcome these. One of the most basic, yet extremely powerful is to meditate on impermanence, especially death. While this may seem very morbid, it is actually very liberating and helps us to let go of negative emotions which serve no purpose but to keep us stuck in suffering. You can read a short article about meditation on impermanence here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/supreme-contemplation.html For a more in-depth explanation of negative emotions and how to overcome them, you can read the Lamrim texts. These give us a step-by-step guide to self-transformation all the way to enlightenment itself. The text we use in Kechara is called Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. You can order a copy online from Vajrasecrets (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand). Alternatively, you can visit your local bookstore and they should be able to order it in for you. I hope this helps. Thank you. PS. You may also find the following links useful:
  • April 28, 2021 19:10
    Eden asked: Dear pastors, recently I saw a video about preserving a dead body only to be revive later when science is more advance. Did Buddha said anything regarding this? I am looking forward for your reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your question. Buddha Shakyamuni did not explicitly talk about this subject, simply because the technology to preserve a body for future re-animation did not exist. In fact, even today, we can physically preserve a body using things like cryogenic freezing, however the technology to be able to revive the person is currently only speculative hope. There is no biological evidence that this would even be possible. That being said, even though the Buddha did not talk about it specifically, the Dharma that the Buddha taught can be applied to any and all situations. So, we can analyze it from multiple angles. I'll try to do so from two angles due to the scope of this answer. The first is that death as part of the law of impermanence is a major part of Buddhism. We have had countless lifetimes and at the end of each of those, we have died and then taken rebirth into a new body. That is why cyclic existence is considered to be suffering, because we consistently take a new life, only to die at the end of it, and then take rebirth in a new life once again. The only way to get out of this cycle is to achieve the state of enlightenment. Some people could argue that if you don't die because you are re-animated in the future, then this cycle doesn't really exist. However, from a Buddhist viewpoint everything is still impermanent. Even if you were re-animated and lived for many thousands, millions, or billions of years, eventually the whole universe as we know it will be destroyed. At that point of time, no matter how many times your physical body was revived, you would cease to exist, because everything will be destroyed. Even from a scientific standpoint, it is said that the universe was created with the Big Bang, and due to that the universe is still expanding at an accelerating rate. Scientists have hypothesized that this will lead to either the Big Rip or the Big Freezer, in which life will no longer be able to exist in the universe in any form. So even from a scientific point of view, the Buddhist law of impermanence still applies. This brings me to the second angle, the question why we would want to preserve our bodies for future re-animation. The answer to that is simple, it is due to attachment. As you may be aware, within Buddhism, attachment is one of the things that leads us to stay stuck within cyclic existence. Attachment leads to the creation of karma which only lengths our suffering in existence. When we focus on our attachments, we do not live in the moment, we do not truly transform into a better person, we help no one and ultimately we do not help ourselves to become enlightened. I hope this helps. If you have any further questions, please do ask. This is an interesting subject.
  • April 24, 2021 03:40
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Thank you all for following Rinpoche’s advice and contributing your energy here and at Kechara. Rinpoche is the most precious jewel for sure. We appreciate Rinpoche, Kechara and kecharians. May we all achieve our spiritual goals under the guru’s guidance.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your lovely message, it's nice to know that this blog is appreciated. Tsem Rinpoche worked tirelessly to get this resource up and available for everyone. Following Rinpoche's Dharma teachings on this blog, we can definitely progress on our spiritual journeys. The key is to put what Rinpoche taught into practice. I wish your success in your journey, and if you need help, you are more than welcome to ask further questions here. Thank you.
  • April 21, 2021 03:13
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, When one experiences the outcome of negative karmas, how does one have compassion for oneself and overcome tough times? Relying on buddhas is definitely top of the list but I find my fear and self doubt and bad temper sabotages all the outer dharma practice I do. I am weak in the practical side of applying dharma!
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. What you have expressed is something that a lot of people go through, because of the accumulation of negative karma from previous lifetimes. What you must remember is that our negative habitual patterns from previous lives are very strong, hence effort is needed in the spiritual path. That is why Joyous Effort is one of the Six Perfections. Karma, our habitual patterns, fear and self-doubt will try to knock us of the path of self-transformation at every turn until we are strong enough to withstand them. One way to overcome this is to develop strong faith in the Three Jewels, and the way to do this is to engage in the practice of Taking Refuge. I'm not just talking about Talking Refuge at the beginning of formal Dharma practice such as your sadhana or pujas. But actually Taking Refuge remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels. When I first came to Kechara, I had a lot of physical obstacles manifest, a lot of fear and doubt. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche suggested that I read the section of the Lamrim that talks about Taking Refuge, and explains how to do it properly, remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels and the benefits they grant on the spiritual path. When you practice Taking Refuge, you remember these and you contemplate them. Then your faith in the application of the Dharma increases, and your fear, self-doubt, etc, disappear. When that happens, even if your negative karma and habits try to knock you off the path, you find yourself back on the path. Another thing you must remember is that when we are practicing the Dharma, due to our habits, we will not be perfect at something directly after learning about it. It takes time to train ourselves. That is why the central teaching in the Gelug tradition we practice is called the Lamrim, or the Graded Stages on the Path to Enlightenment. It is step-by-step. It is a process. It is not instant. So you shouldn't let fear, self-doubt, etc get in the way. Instead calmly apply the antidote to these, which is strong refuge. When you develop strong refuge, you will have faith and confidence in the teachings. When you have these, you will practice the teachings, no matter what happens. The compassion for yourself and overcoming tough times comes through faith in the Three Jewels and the teachings of self-transformation. I met someone the other day who said self-transformation was not possible for him, but then why did Buddha Shakyamuni and the enlightened beings teach the Dharma? Of course, it is possible, and in order to progress on the spiritual path, you must have faith and conviction. This comes from the simple, yet foundational practice of Taking Refuge. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 19, 2021 02:53
    Sandra asked: Hello respected pastors, I heard once from here that too much mantra recitations produce wind in the body? Did I hear right? What are the repercussions of that? I do find I cough during mantra recitations these days...I only do about 6 malas though!
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Mantras are the form of the enlightened beings in sound. Hence, when you recite mantras they are very powerful. All mantras move the psychic winds in the body. They don't actually produce physical wind in the body. The psychic winds move naturally due to the power of the mantras, and only have a beneficial effect on the body. If you are not initiated into the Higher Yoga Tantra practices, any of the common mantras are fine to recite. These include Lama Tsongkhapa's Migtsema, your Guru's mantra, Chenrezig, Tara, Manjushri, etc. These will move the winds in your body naturally, so there will be no untoward side effect. However, mantras of Higher Yoga Tantra deities, such as Yamantaka, Vajra Yogini, Heruka, etc, should only be known and recited by those who have received initiation into the practice and received the commentary to the practice from a qualified guru. These mantras move the psychic winds in the body more forcefully hence can have negative side effects if not done properly. If you are having any negative effects when reciting mantras, such as coughing, that could be due to a number of other more ordinary reasons, such as reciting too loudly or being out of breath when reciting. When you are reciting mantras during your sadhana, you should only recite loud enough for yourself to hear, and not disturb others if they are around. If you are in a puja, you follow the puja lead to either recite out aloud or quietly. If you are getting out of breath, slow down your mantra recitation, or reduce the amount of mantras you are doing until you are used to it. Then you can slowly increase to however many you want to recite. The main issue is consistency, you should recite mantras as part of your sadhana every day. You can also recite extra mantras throughout the day, but the key is to make sure that you finish your daily sadhana. And you should not rush through your mantra recitation, but recite the mantra clearly. I hope this helps.
  • April 13, 2021 21:55
    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. As I am sure you are aware, there are many different types of prayers. Praises are one type of prayer, or commonly included in longer prayers. When we praise the enlightened beings, we generate merit. This is due to the power of the enlightened beings. Generally speaking these prayers are praises of the qualities of either the enlightened being's body, speech, mind or benefits derived from their practices. Or the praise can be a combination of these. The merit generated from praising an enlightened being is immense. Some prayers even have the power to grant certain specific benefits due to the merits generated from the praise. Hence, some prayers even have the benefits listed in them. So yes, if you recite the praise with strong faith and refuge in the particular enlightened being, you will generate merit which will help to achieve the benefits stated. On a normal level, you will receive the benefits. On a higher level, you create the merit to achieve the same body, speech, mind and qualities of the enlightened being, meaning you create the causes to be enlightened yourself. I hope this helps.
  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
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Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
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#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
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In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
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Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
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We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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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
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
11 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
12 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
12 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
12 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
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Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
1 years ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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.
1 years ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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