Why say no?

Apr 3, 2013 | Views: 1,394

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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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?

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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!!

  21. 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…

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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 .

  32. 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?!

  33. 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…

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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

  40. 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.

  41. 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!

  42. 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….

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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!

  47. 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!

  48. 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?

  49. 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.

  50. 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
    Monday, Jan 20. 2020 04:09 PM
    Thank you Pastor David for sharing all the wonderful encounters of shopping with Rinpoche. As we know Rinpoche rarely goes shopping for himself but as gifts for various students. Reading this post simply have me thinking, one must be observant to develop knowledge, and to apply what we read from the Lamrim topics into our lives. Being observant of our surroundings and practicing situational awareness at all times.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tales-with-my-lama-the-shopping-experience-with-rinpoche
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 20. 2020 04:08 PM
    nteresting ….in Tibetan culture wild mushrooms spotted is a symbol of good luck. At Kechara Forest Retreat ,H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s private garden, mushrooms been spotted which is considered a good omen something good or arrival of good news , very auspicious symbol. Associated with nature and the beauty of the forest, having mushrooms popping up on one garden is rare and is very auspicious in Tibetan Buddhism, which will represent the Dharma will flourish in the near future. It’s indeed an auspicious sign.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/an-auspicious-omen-in-kechara-forest-retreat
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 20. 2020 04:02 PM
    Religion should not come into politics as it is not one religion among other. These two should not mixed together or the results would be catastrophic To these days religion and politics seem to be all mixed up. It is happening to the present day where the Tibetan Leadership is against the Dorje Shugden practice. Its far too long the Dorje Shugden controversy been going on which is unnecessary and illogical causing sufferings, disharmony , discrimination and so forth among practitioners and non-practitioners. The Tibetan people should be given religious freedom to practise how and what they want. The Dalai Lama who promotes peace and harmony should do more to help those affected by the ban and not specking against them causing confusion. Hopefully the previous advice against Dorje Shugden should be retracted for the sake of a peace and harmony. It would be wonderful if Dalai Lama could have discussion with the Chinese leadership to solve the present problems once for all. China is a great and powerful nation, it would be good to have a good closer relationship . May Dalai Lama live long and back to his homeland Tibet soon. And may Dalai Lama lift the ban against Dorje Shugden .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/dalai-lama-china-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 19. 2020 09:16 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche was one definitely a modern Lama ,it was Rinpoche that we have online knowledge , learning and practicing Dharma. Being one of the first lamas to recognise the benefits of using the Internet to spread dharma teachings for free. We are very fortunate to have met Rinpoche , whereby we are able to learn, practice Dharma teachings. I myself got to know Rinpoche through his blog . Since I stumbled across Rinpoche blog, there is no stopping for me. I have visited it daily and to increase my Buddhism knowledge . Its amazing each day I learn something new , really interest and inspiring.
    Rinpoche had set the blog to preserve the teachings as taught by his many Gurus. Rinpoche was truly a modern Lama yet maintaining all traditional commitments, guru devotion, daily practices and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands and Pastor Jean Ai for sharing this wonderful post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-the-traditional-modern-lama
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 19. 2020 09:14 PM
    Helmut Gassner, known as Venerable Gelong Jampa Lungtog is a senior Buddhist monk from Austria. He was an electrical engineer before, and became interested in Buddhism after meeting Venerable Geshe Rabten Rinpoche. Throughout his lifetime, he has translated for many high lamas, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and is a strong advocate for the practice of Dorje Shugden. Helmut Gassner were annoyed and upset by the ban of Dorje Shugden by Dalai Lama ,as he knew that the practice of Dorje Shugden is an integral part of the Gaden Tradition. He bravely spoke about it in his speech at the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation in Germany. Its wonderful of him to tell the truth with his experience and knowledge. May more people dare to speck up about the truth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/translator-ven-helmut-gassner-on-dalai-lama-and-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 18. 2020 02:42 PM
    Great teachings and inspirational for us to ponder, thank you Rinpoche. Each words and sentence tell us a thousand words. Great things never come from comfort zones, is the result of hard work and hustle over time that one is successful. We ourselves got to put in action as no one else is going to do it for us. Sometimes later becomes never. We have to use each day as an opportunity to improve, to be better and to transform our mind. It might sound like a lot of work but with determination and hard work nothing is impossible in life.
    Thanks again with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/if-you-are.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 18. 2020 02:39 PM
    Interesting biography of Gendun Gyatso the second Dalai Lama. Gendun Gyatso previous Incarnations was Gendun Drub the First Dalai Lama b.1391 – d.1474. He was born an extraordinary child, able to speak in song of his previous life and expressing the wish to return to his monastery, Tashilhunpo. Even before he finished his studies , incredibly he could give teachings and give initiations. He was a renowned scholar and composer of mystical poetry, who travelled widely to extend Gelugpa influence. He was remembered as one who built the monastery Chokhor Gyel Metok Tang and involving an extremely important decision of Lhamo Latso. Lhamo Latso is a sacred lake located in southern Tibet where senior Tibetan monks go for visions to assist in the discovery of reincarnations. It is one of the most significant pilgrimage destinations in Tibetan Buddhism as to this day. He left a legacy with many volumes of verse, composition, and practice instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-second-dalai-lama-gendun-gyatso.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 18. 2020 02:38 PM
    Master Cheng Yen is a Taiwanese Buddhist nun, most known for her work as a teacher and philanthropist. She is the founder of the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, a non-governmental organization.
    She is involved in various charitable works such as international disaster relief, environmental protection and preservation, community volunteering, health donations and so forth. She is an extraordinary Buddhist nun who has devoted whole her life to helping others,and was recognized internationally with numerous awards to date. Master Cheng Yen continues this noble path of teaching the Buddha Dharma, skillfully revealing how this ancient wisdom is as relevant today, as ever. And, she is a truly inspirational force when it comes to helping us realize that we should put compassion in action by alleviating the suffering of others. She is also known as Mother Teresa of the East to many.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/mother-teresa-of-the-east.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 17. 2020 05:58 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing . FEARLESS is getting back up and fighting for what we want over and over again without giving up. Successful people have no fear of failure they stay open to all possibilities of the outcomes. We embrace change, even change that appears negative by thinking positive. Being fearless is more about who we are, rather than what we do. Fearless people are great, they are full of life, good energy, passion and self-belief. We must try as we never know if we do not try. Keep trying as the success rate is higher than we thought.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/thoughts.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 17. 2020 05:54 PM
    Happiness is not made by what we own, it is what we share and giving generously and sincerely. A simple gift by June Tang tells all. Given sincerely from her heart on her birthday to Rinpoche . It’s all done without money, that’s very true and that’s what I consider true generosity for sure. Giving what she could. She give all and yet she feel as if it costs her nothing. But to Rinpoche its mean a lot of sincerity We seek to give with an open, pure heart, with no attachment to what we are .
    Quoted… no true spiritual life is possible without a generous heart. Generosity allies itself with an inner feeling of abundance—the feeling that we have enough to share.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/study-groups/its-all-done-without-money.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Jan 17. 2020 04:19 PM
    There is no one that can help us, but us. Methods are given, but whether we grasp, apply and practise it is entirely up to oneself. If we don’t change then there is no point in learning the Dharma.
    A transformed mind is our own best protection. That mind can only come from consistent practice over time.When we see results, we will be encouraged to push ourselves more to practice well.Thank you very much for sharing a good article.

    https://bit.ly/2thDjjL
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 16. 2020 04:26 PM
    Wonderful news ……the Chinese government has introduced a plan to encourage and reduce its citizens’ meat consumption by 50%, It’s a great move that China has done in the effort to avoid runaway global warming and for health reasons. The climate campaigners has been hoping for it. New dietary guidelines by the Chinese health officials have recommend and advise individuals to limit their meat consumption. As more evidence of chronic diseases such as heart attack, strokes ,hypertension and so forth are related to meat consumption. And for most to maintain a healthy life styles. They also implement dietary guidelines encouraging the general public to consume plenty of cereals, tubers, whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits as well. The Chinese government also put up billboards in attempt to reduce meat consumption by highlighting health risks associated with consuming meat. What we eat contributes to global greenhouse gas emissions and every one of us is responsible. People nowadays are reducing their meat consumption and opting for vegan and plant-based protein to improve their health . Hopefully more countries will follow China reducing the meat consumption. In a way more animals could be save in the slaughter house. And for the future generations to come .
    Thank you for this wonderful news .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/look-what-chinas-doing.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 16. 2020 04:23 PM
    Different parts of the world have each various interesting traditions and customs which individual will celebrate and follow. Religious festivals like Gadhimai festival, which is an animal sacrificial ceremony, and dog meat festival where dogs are slaughtered to celebrate the summer solstice have gathered cultural significance over the centuries. In Gadhimai festival , they believe that animal sacrifices to the Hindu goddess Gadhimai will end evil and bring prosperity. In Spain bulls festival or the Toro de la Vega, bulls are torture and kill. Same goes to the Pero Palo Festival where scared donkey being dragged unwillingly through the packed streets . Drive hunting where dolphins and whales are caught and killed for their meat. All these are some of the hidden cruelty and crime against animals in the world which many are not aware of it and do not want to know. But with social media , more and more got to know about it and are trying to end all these animals cruelty. The Indian officials are cracking down and trying to stop the transportation of animals for this festivals. It is good that the number of animals slaughtered during the Gadhimai festival has dropped sharply over the years. The Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which happens every year is a gruesome display of the dog meat trade. Chinese officials are doing their best and discouraging people from eating dog meat which is harmful in long term. Recent years there has been a drop in the consumption of dog meat in the China. Many people are aware of the abuses and torture of those poor dogs before been kill as meat. Looking at those pictures in the articles, tells a thousand words of all the suffering of these animals in the moment before death.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Shakila Rajendra for this sharing raising awareness of animals been abuse , torture and so forth.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/crimes-against-animals-the-world-doesnt-want-you-to-know-about.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Jan 16. 2020 03:54 PM
    This is what i like about being Malaysia expose with different religion yet there live harmony in society. It is awesome to read about this former Malaysian lady with a big heart and took actions to feed many .
    She understand the pain and sufferings of the people especially students had gone through without food. She was brought up in away she saw how her parents had the unprivileged and she is following their foot steps. Thank you very much for this touching article.

    https://bit.ly/2Ri4suG
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 15. 2020 08:35 PM
    For centuries, humans have been gazed at galaxies and peered deep inside atoms for more answers to the space. No one knows for sure what it is up there. Scientist, astronomers and so forth are busy scanning the skies for more discoveries and seeking answers to the mysteries of space. World scientists are doing experiments in an effort to gain insight of it. After years of exploration , they are still looking for more discoveries. Interesting discoveries……..of the dark energy, eagle nebula , galaxy , UFO and more of what is existing beyond our imagination.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/top10-space-mysteries.html

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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

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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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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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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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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
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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