Heavenly feast or a dog?

Aug 30, 2012 | Views: 1,770

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

(Beautiful painting by talented Keith Dowman)

This Mahasiddha is Kukkuripa (the dog lover). He loved dogs so much. When he meditated in the cave he had his doggie with him. She had kept him company for years in his cave. They shared bedding, food, water and company. When he gained high attainments, the Dakinis came to take him to Kechara Paradise. He was hesitant to go but the Dakinis insisted and he went with them.

He arrived at Kechara (Paradise/Buddha abode of Heruka and Vajra Yogini) and enjoyed teachings and feasts up there and they asked him to stay longer if not forever…. But he kept thinking about his doggie left alone in the cave. He felt guilty and missed her. Kukkuripa would use his psychic powers to see his poor doggie alone and hungry waiting for him at the cave while enjoying the attention of the Dakinis and feasts. The cave was dark and had no food. The doggie had to go out and find small tiny scraps of food and was getting skinny. Kukkuripa saw this and it pained him. Worried she was not getting enough food. He use to share the offerings of food he would get from people with her. Doggie and him would delightfully eat the food together. Kukkuripa had no attachments to ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’ in regards to sharing food with his dog. He had overcome this in his meditations. In ancient India, people would not co-habitate with a dog. It was considered unclean and filthy, but Kukkuripa had cast away those notions and loved his dog as she loved him. But he felt guilty to leave her alone while he was ‘enjoying’ himself in Kechara and could not stop thinking about his beloved dirty smelly dog in his cave alone…so he left Kechara Paradise and all it’s ‘delights’ for his doggie. He couldn’t abandon her. The Dakinis implored him to stay, but he was firm to return. The Dakinis said you will give up this paradise here for a mere dog???!! You can advance further in your meditations if you stay in Kechara and then help the dog later they attempted to persuade him. But Kukkuripa would not stay, he was loyal to his little dog as she had kept him company for many years in the lonely dark cave. She was loyal to him and how can he abandon her now. He couldn’t and he wouldn’t listen to the Dakinis. He left to join doggie. He never forget her companionship and loyalty. All the wonderful things in Kechara could not tempt him against his loyal friend the little doggie. He left everything for her.

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So he finally left Kechara to the Dakinis dismay and went back to his cave to be with his dog so she won’t be alone. Doggie was delighted to see her master and wagged her tail so much!! She licked him and he hugged her! She was skinnier for not eating well these few days he noticed. He fed her and hugged her and loved his doggie…He went back to his routine of meditation, receiving food offerings and sharing his food with doggie. They were happy together. One day, when he was scratching her in her favorite place and she licked him so his eyes were closed, when he opened his eyes she had suddenly turned into a Dakini shimmering with lights! The brilliance of the lights lit up the whole cave in front of Kukkuripa!! Kukkuripa was astonished to behold the splendourous lady in front of him! Of course this Dakini must be the Queen Herself he realized, as Vajra Yogini which was Kukkuripa’s main Yidam he had meditated on her for years in the cave. And She said to Kukkuripa, “Well done, you gave up paradise to be with just a dog..it shows you have given up attachements and projections of pleasant and unpleasant, now your Dakini will give you the final paradise (enlightenment)!”

Kukkuripa attained full enlightenment blessed by Vajra Yogini by releasing the final subtle attachment to the non-existent self! After enlightenment his fame and name grew and many came to see him and he gave teachings to countless and benefitted many before he finally ascended to Kechara the second and final time. He was forever known as Kukkuripa the dog lover.

I love him so much!!! This is one of my favorite Mahasiddhas along with Badrapa, Shantideva, Ghantapa and a few others. I wanted to share this story with you. I wanted you to know that there are many great true stories like this one about Kukkuripa that are true and can be applied to our lives. To inspire us.

Tsem Rinpoche

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The Mahasiddha Kukkuripa. Click on image to enlarge or click here for more beautiful thangkas.

 

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  1. Tsem Rinpoche on Nov 27, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Interesting audio narration of Kukkuripa’s story. The gentleman’s accent in the narration gives it more ‘flavour’. Enjoy!

    https://video.tsemtulku.com/videouploads/comment-1543302715.mp4


  2. Tsem Rinpoche on Nov 27, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Beautiful painting of Kukkuripa

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  3. Stella Cheang on Feb 7, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Thank you for this article of Kukkuripa and his dog. To me, this story scatters the schematic understanding of “attachment” and “renunciation”. Kukkuripa demonstrated attachment to his dog and yet it is this exact quality that Buddha Vajrayogini praised and commended as having enunciated attachment and projections. How fascinating!

  4. Samfoonheei on Jul 24, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Beautiful story of Kukkuripa choosing a dog over a havevenly feast. Kukkuripa shared everything from food, water to bedding with his dog in the caves for years while he meditates. So much so he was known as Kukkuripa the dog lover.The dog to him is more a friend. Kukkuripa had given up all attachments to be with dog as he could bear the sufferings of the dog being alone and without foods.
    Later only he realised the dog was actually Vajra Yogini and was attained full enlightenment and blessed by Vajra Yogini.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful and inspiriing teachings for us .To let go all attachments and always be compassion,caring,be kind and loving to all sentient beings.

  5. Anne Ong on Apr 10, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this story, Kukkuripa was such a great person being face with such a situation choosing heavenly feast over a dog. She wasn’t only a dog to him, she is his loyal friend who kept him company throughout his meditation. Sharing his bed, food, water and shelter was such a beautiful thing to do. Kukkuripa cannot bear the suffering of his dog starving and lonely while he feast up in paradise alone. He made his choice to return to his loyal companion instead, hence the dog finally revealed its true self to him as Vajrayogini. I like this moral story and lesson learnt.Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring story.

  6. Fong on Mar 25, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    That he would share his food with the dog and not bothered whether it is clean or unclean, at a time and in a place where dogs were shunned, just goes to show that Kukkuripa had given up attachments and projections of pleasant and unpleasant. That he could give up the feasts and attention of the Dakinis in Kechara and instead went back to caring for his dog, showed his love, kindness, feeling of equanimity and compassion for his dog that was his loyal companion.

    So, if we can remember the teaching here to let go of attachments and projections, to always have love, compassion and equanimity for all sentient beings, then only can we progress towards attainments and enlightenment.

  7. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Feb 25, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Mahasiddha Kukkuripa, the dog lover, shows us how true unattached love that goes beyond any trace of clinging to the non-existent self and to conventions, can release one from samsara and from all suffering and its causes, and lead one to full Enlightenment.

    Kukkuripa had a dog that he loved tremendously, and that kept him company all the while he lived and meditated in his cave. They shared bedding, food, water and each other’s company. Kukkuripa had gained attainments, through his meditations, to relinquish all attachments to dualistic concepts like “clean” and “dirty”, with regard to sharing food and everything with his beloved filthy dog.

    When KuKKuripa could do this, he was actually thinking out of the box of conventional norms and beliefs already.In ancient India, people would not co-habitate with a dog because it was considered ‘filthy’ and ‘unclean’ to do so. Kukkuripa , however, had cast away all those notions and truly loved the dog unreservedly as she loved him.

    The litmus test came when Kukkuripa had gained high attainments and the Dakinis came to take him to Kechara Paradise. Although he overcame his hesitation to leave his beloved dog alone, and went with them, yet , while he was up in Kechara Paradise enjoying the teachings and the feasts, he missed and worried about his dog being left alone, with no one to look after her or find her food. He kept thinking of her, and felt guilty about her being abandoned like that.

    Finally, he could not take it anymore. He left Kechara Paradise and went back to his cave to be with his dog. Despite admonitions from the Dakinis(who were shocked he chose the dog over the prospect of advancing in meditation and gaining higher attainments in Kechara Paradise), he left everything and came back to his beloved dog.

    One day, not long after, he returned, his dog licked his eyes to close them. When he opened them again..lo and behold..in front of him was his dog, transformed into a dakini in shimmering light. It was the Queen of Kechara Paradise. It was Vajrayogini who had taken the form of a filthy dog, to become the close companion and beloved pet of Kukkuripa!

    Vajrayogini then told Kukkuripa that his giving up Kechara Paradise just to be with his dog showed that he had given up all attachments to dualistic projections of pleasant and unpleasant. For this, he had finally attained to full enlightenment in Kechara Paradise!

    After his enlightenment,Kukkuripa became very famous and gave many teachings to countless beings and benefited many. Later, he ascended to Kechara Paradise a second time, as a fully enlightened being!

    I love this story because it shows how powerful is love for another being that can transcend boundaries and dualistic concepts and conventional norms and beliefs that are bound by dualistic thinking.

  8. Chris Chong on Dec 31, 2015 at 12:59 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing the story of Mahasiddha Kukkuripa. This story show us that we should not be attached to anything in order for us to gain liberation from samsara. Kukkuripa had been into Kechara paradise and enjoyed the luxuries there. However, he decided to return to his old cave away from luxuries just to be with his doggie companion again.

    This does not mean that Kukkuripa is attached to his dog. He is just being loyal and compassionate towards his dog. He cant stand to see his dog being hungry and lonely while he had all those luxuries in Kechara heaven.

    In Vajrayogini’s tantra, our attachments are being used to gain attainments. When we release ourselves of any attachment , physically or mentally, we will be liberated.

    Chris

  9. jc on Jan 7, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for sharing this story.At last I know i m not alone n it make feel very comfortable with my “life” now.I was born more inclined towards animals n I wonder is there any Kukkuripa meditation mantra available ?
    Thanks in advance n appreciated.

  10. Wylfred Ng on Dec 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for the sharing.

    But i have one question here. The motivation to Kechara Paradise and the companion of the dog, which one is attachment???????

  11. Cliff on May 16, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this story, Kukkuripa was such a great person being face with such a situation choosing heavenly feast over a dog. She wasn’t only a dog to him, she is his loyal friend who kept him company throughout his meditation. Sharing his bed, food, water and shelter was such a beautiful thing to do. Dogs are such great loyal companions who are capable of showing such great love towards a human being. I wish being faced with the same situation many people would have done the same thing and not abandon such a great friend. Thank you for sharing this story Rinpoche.

  12. Angelshooi on Nov 12, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for the posting.

    I like the story of Kukkuripa, it’s simple to understand yet profile. The teachings is about not selfish, compassion and attachment. The teachings will help me to think for others first instead of me. Thanks Rinpoche.

  13. joey wong on Nov 8, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    This story kind of touched my heart as these days it is hard to find someone with true loyalty these days and this mahasiddha was so loyal to his dog that he discarded his own sense of cleanliness and even the happiness and joy of the pure lands. Sometimes, I wish that some of my friends were like that too, that they would not abandon me when things get difficult or tricky but sadly most of them did. I would not abandon my friends in times of need or in times where there are plenty as well.

  14. PhillisChin on Sep 13, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Although be at Heaven will be happy. But….. i will prefer share food, drinks, bedding together with doggie. To me, they are not much different with human, just that cant talk.
    Thank you Rinpoche to share such a inspire true story, i love true story and i love Kukkuripa!! ^^, Thank youu~~

  15. grace (KSJC) on Sep 10, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    this is really a beautiful story for Kukkuripa which show his great to the animal and even give up the his dream goal to be stay in paradise. i must admit that most of time if given a choice, we will choose for good one without consider any impact to other, we get use to think only ourself. we should learn for Kukkuripa not only focus on ourself, we need to help and think of other also .

  16. So Kin Hoe on Sep 9, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post. Two days ago, i saw a puppy walking on the road side with cars moving here and there. I have picked the puppy up, gave him milk, vaccinated him and kept him in my house for 3 days. Finally i was able to find the puppy a new owner to adopt him and the owner came to collect him this morning.

    I truly understand Kukkuripa’s feeling after he left his dog alone in the cave while he was having feasts in Kechara. I pray for more people to treat animals with care and passion. Most importantly for the dogs’ owner never to abandon their dogs and must commit to take care of their dogs until their last breath.

  17. joey wong on Sep 9, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Kukuripa’s loyalty to his dog is something amazing. And it was his loyalty that go him through. This story really reminded me of how loyalty can get us very far with our Dharma practice and with everything else in life…

  18. Wah Ying on Sep 4, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    This is a simple story with profound teaching. I like the story.

    What I understand from the story is the feeling of pleasant or unpleasant is deluded by our delusions; if that’s the case heaven or hell is our delusions as well. So Kukkuripa does not attach to Kechara heaven to let his beloved dog suffer from loneliness and starving.

  19. Irene Lim on Sep 4, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Kukkuripa the dog lover Mahasiddha – so loyal to his dog won him enlightenment.

  20. william on Sep 4, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Not many people will give up wealth and enjoyment for a dog, especially someone who has ascended to Kechara Paradise. But Kukkuripa is the exception. It is because of his no attachment to the luxury and enjoyment that he is able to give up all to be with his dog. This is a true example of love that know no barriers.

    And he gained enlightenment because he is not attach to himself where he could eat together with his dog and the same food. I have not even reached a level close to him. Kukkuripa is someone who inspires and may we have the same strength to reach his level.

  21. KYC on Sep 3, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I will also choose sentient beings if these sentient beings cannot follow me to heaven. I’ll stay with them.

  22. EricLee KHJB on Sep 3, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    我不惊讶kukkuripa的决定,因为我们想要修行的最终的目的,除了是让自己能够脱离六道轮回,离苦得乐,而且也希望借由自己的明白或了解,可以引导更多的人达到离苦得乐的境界。独乐乐,不如众乐乐,如果换成是我,这也是我希望的修行目的,这才是修行真正可以利益大众的最终目标。

  23. Uncle Eddie on Sep 3, 2012 at 10:36 am

    It is said when a compassionate person is with others, he/she always brings happiness and harmony. Because of the quality of such a person’s mind, simply seeing him or her makes one feel happy and contended. Even though such a person seeks no praise, good reputation or fame, people and beings of all respect admire and adore such a person. Beings, with such a person is already a good karmic merit, and able to help and do things for him and her will be a heavenly reward. Such is the perfect virtuous teacher that this “lucky dog” has the good karma to meet up with; at least to be truly nutured, help and freedfrom all sufferings – such a bodisattva with a perfect understanding and infinite compassion to work extensively for the sake of all beings! Om mani padme hum.

  24. jennifer on Sep 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    What a lovely lovely story. I love stories about animals and happy endings ! It’s a beautiful tale of loyalty, unconditional love and devotion.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this true story with us. I always love Rinpoche’s stories, especially when it’s about doggies!!

  25. wei theng on Sep 2, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this great story. This really let me think further on what I would choose. I would not choose heaven because of the feast but I would choose it for the chance to advance in meditation and later have better power to help the dog. However, when i think further, heaven is just one of the 6 realms. it is still within the samsara. To save the dog maybe the right choice as helping people/beings may not be able to wait and it should be any time, any where…

  26. Low ksjc on Sep 2, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this Mahasiddha achievement with us.Initially I thought that it was attachment that could not separate him from the dog (this is definitely wrong view)But after reading the story to the end,I could understand that it was out of compassion he could not abandon a true friend as she was a sentient being with feelings and not an object without life.No matter how unpleasant the cave was they could manage to find joy in their companionship . Abandonment for the sake of self interest did not cross his mind which he value sincerity and loyalty without agenda up most.
    We certainly hope in time to come ,we could gain such high attainment of realization.

  27. patsy on Sep 1, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Outwardly it may look like Kukkuripa is attached to the dog. But as a Mahasiddha who had gained high attainments and is a true bodhisattva, he was not attached to the heavenly feast and chose to come back again to help those who needed help and are suffering.

  28. Joy on Sep 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    My doggie my doggie… of course I will choose my doggie. How could my doggie not even come along? I would have grabbed my doggie if I could… and if I could not, how could I ignore his cries? Loyalty is one of the essence of being human not just compassionate.

  29. Leat Thium Loo on Sep 1, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Oh dear! as I was reading it, I thought me too will devolope “King like Buddhicitta” first, as I read on further I regret! sign…

  30. MayOng on Sep 1, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Kukkuripa had a special relationship with his dog. I don’t think he knew then his dog was Vajrayogini. it seemed to me it was the final test when he was invited by the dakinis to go to Kechara Paradise and stay there forever so he can feast and learn more, instead of being with his loyal friend who stood thick and thin with him.

    Kukkuripa cannot bear the suffering of his dog starving and lonely while he feast up in paradise alone. He made his choice to return to his loyal companion instead, hence the dog finally revealed its true self to him as Vajrayogini. I like this moral story and lesson learnt. Thank you again for this inspiring story.

  31. Sofi on Sep 1, 2012 at 3:21 am

    During his time in the cave, he had overcame viewing his dog as an animal/pet. As mentioned, they shared everything, which to me means as family/friend on equal footing. When he was in Kechara Paradise upon gaining higher attainments, he overcame his view on happiness and willing went back to his companion. This was due to compassion for the suffering of the dog.
    From this, I’ve learnt that we should practise for our enlightenment but we should have the compassion to help others during our journey. In this story its the dog, but could easily apply to our family members, friend and other sentient beings. For me the whole point of enlightenment is to help others out of suffering.

  32. lewkwanleng on Aug 31, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    It is always very touching reading Mahasiddha stories. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing!

  33. Grace Leong on Aug 31, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Heavenly feast would definitely not be my choice . But I would be attracted to the temptation offered by the Dakinis to stay in Paradise in order to attain higher qualities and then used them to help the dog . If I do that , the poor doggy could starve to death before I can even achieve the higher qualities ! Alas , the wisdom of emptiness and compassion of Kukkuripa are the qualities which I should aspire to achieve ! Thank you Rinpoche for this teaching .

  34. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 31, 2012 at 1:23 am

    I feel Kukkuripa is such a great practitioner and he had compassion for the dog who was a friend for him through his ordeals. The dog also was not an obstacle to his practice. And the fact he saw that being in kechara it not higher or better than being in a cave with a dog shows that he has given up all attachments to this is good and this is bad.

  35. sarahyap on Aug 30, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    One of my favourite Mahasiddhas of all time =)

  36. tfreon on Aug 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this Story. I remember this story was in one of the 84 Mahasiddhas stories. I can remember this story well. Mahasiddha Kukkuripa compassion is so great. Especially when he gave up the “heaven” and decided to accompany the dog.

    At my level now, i don’t think i can even give up the “heaven”
    I might be selfish and just go to the “heaven” without my pets.
    Through Mahasiddha Kukkuripa story, he teaches me to be kind towards animals, not just to give a morsel of food to them and end of the story, but, compassion towards them. Even feel for them.

    Think more deeper, if we believe in Karma and reincarnate. Animal or pets that we see, might be a human once before. Maybe some one we love in our past life. How can we give up some one we love before and liberate ourself without them.If we are to be reincarnate as animal
    do i want to be treated badly. This story once again urge me to think deeper and act more kind towards animals.

    Thank you Rinpoche for always look for teaching material to teach us

    Love
    Freon

  37. Lim Han Nee on Aug 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I like this: Kukkuripa choosing his beloved dog over Paradise!. Dog and animal -lovers must surely like this story. I love this story of unconditional love for another being. In that love there is no barrier between man and dog. They are as one. Mahasiddha Kukkuripa manifested a level of compassion that breached the bounds of conventionality and thus attained Enlightenment.

    Thank you , Rinpoche, for this most lovely post.

  38. Valentina Suhendra on Aug 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Dear Lama

    This story is very beautiful. In our path, there are numerous people and beings that help us to get through each day, month, and year. It may be the people we help or the people who help us. I am very grateful for every help that I have been receiving from others including strangers, new friends, old friends, etc. The Kukuripa’s story is beautiful because he does not leave his BFF, the dog although a paradise is being offered to him.

  39. Sean Wang on Aug 30, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing this post! I think that the story is about how we should be detached from our “happinessess”. Kukkuripa had so much compassion for his dog, he returned from a paradise to spend time to care for the dog. It was not that he was “attached” to the dog, although it outwardly looks like it, but in fact, he returned to the dog to take care of it as he saw that the dog was lacking care. He was overwhelmed by compassion. It is a very moving story.

  40. Han on Aug 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I love Kukkuripa and his doggie’s story very much, very inspiring and something to ponder about :
    Vajra Yogini She said to Kukkuripa, “Well done, you gave up paradise to be with just a dog..it shows you have given up attachements and projections of pleasant and unpleasant, now your Dakini will give you the final paradise (enlightenment). ”

    To me when i reread the story and feel the love towards the dog, I would choose the dog too !

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this amazing post!

  41. Sheryl KH (JB) on Aug 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I love this story very much about Kukkuripa, maybe this is because of the fact that I am a dog lover too and so this story sinks into my heart very fast.

    I do not know much, but am assuming that those who choose to do meditation are with aim to gain higher attainments. Kukkuripa obviously has achieved this but he chose instead to be back to the cold dark cave just to be with his dog.

    I am glad to read that later on Vajra Yogini saw this and granted him with final enlightment.

    Sometimes when we are given the choices of between the good and the not-so-good, it is very tempting for us to chose the former, especially if it is a goal that we have been working very hard for. At the same time, however, it is also the time to test our dignity. Loyalty goes to both animals and humans.

    I was once told that it is not a good thing for me to keep my dog sometimes ago. At that time, I already have this dog of mine for 8 years. I could have given her up for my own benefits, but thanksfully this thought went away soon and I am glad that I made this decision. I wont know if what has been said is true, but I simply feel that I couldnt given this dog up. She wont know how to take care of herself, as simple as that.

    Dogs have the most sincere and pure eyes like newly born babies. She never fails to wait for me at the doorstep when I go out. Sometimes her wait for me was so long that it warmed the floor that she lied on, ….and this both pains and warms my heart at the same time.

    I love both the pictures that have been posted up here. They are both very beautiful…even more beautiful is the real story behind them…:)

  42. adrian chow on Aug 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Amazingly one could gave up eternal happiness and countless feast just for another person, in this case is a dog. This very inspiring story is to show us that we shall not forget those who standing by our side during difficult times, these people has given us their loyalty, help and support in any kind and especially our parents. We shall never forget their effort, care and support for bringing us up. In return we shall show love, care and respect to them.

    It is very difficult to be able to do what Mahasiddha Kukkuripa has done, to gave up everything which is so important, if not he won’t be meditating in that cave in a first place. May Mahasiddha Kukkuripa continue your activities for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    Thank you Tsem Tulku Rinpoche for sharing this very inspiring true story.

  43. KH Ng on Aug 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I will chose any sentient beings than a heavenly feast. Thanks Rinpoche.

  44. abby f on Aug 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I agree with Jace. I will hesitate whether I should stay at Kechara and help my doggie in the other way round because this is something that I learnt also. But I think I will regret as well, because when I am capable to take care of my doggie but I don’t do so, I will regret to die.

    It is very inspiring. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this! Many people think dog is a dog, they always think that human is superior. I don’t agree. We should treat all animals just like our friends and family. I believe that kindness is a true nature within ourselves. We just need to develop more and more!

  45. Jace Chong on Aug 30, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing the story.

    Although I love my dog, but I think stupid me will choose to stay in the heaven as like what the Dakini told Kukuripa, that when we learn and gain more knowledge, we can help the doggie in another way. That’s what I thought I have learned, that to give up whatever we attached to, for higher attainment.

    But the best thing about Buddhism is, there’s never be right and wrong. Anything that arises from the heart of compassion is Buddhadharma. Thanks Rinpoche for teaching me an important lesson, we can even give up our “heaven” to show our compassion and love to another being.

    That’s the true compassion. _/\_

    • tfreon on Aug 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      Dear Jace, I like what you say. Thank you for inspiring me too.

  46. HelenaC on Aug 30, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Ohhhhhhhhhhh…this is so touching!! I like what Vincent had said :”I’ll choose the dog, I don’t need to be in a Heaven to be happy, what’s the point being at a pleasant place when I can’t be happy where else I can be happy in an unpleasant place.”
    For me my dogs are my best friend. Kukkuripa is very firm on his decision as he know what make him hapy most. We must always think of others feelings. This story is is very inspiring. I learn that to be enlighten is not only think of yourself but others 🙂
    Thank you Rinpoche for the post. Love it!

  47. daisy sun on Aug 30, 2012 at 10:48 am

    owesome story. xxx. thanks!

  48. Ethan Hoo on Aug 30, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche. Thanks for sharing this story. It’s so beautiful about how much love Mahasiddha Kukkuripa has for his dog. May everyone loves their dogs like a part of the family, which they really are.

  49. Cynthia Lee on Aug 30, 2012 at 4:26 am

    This is such a simple yet powerful teaching on abandonment when one is in a better position/place.

    This story also represents how a Boddhisattva should think and act. A true Boddhisattva will not be able to stay in heaven but will continuously come back to help and be with the ones in need.

  50. Vincent Cheng on Aug 30, 2012 at 3:04 am

    I’ll choose the dog, I don’t need to be in a Heaven to be happy, what’s the point being at a pleasant place when I can’t be happy where else I can be happy in an unpleasant place.
    Loyal to one’s partner is also very important, how can I say I’m loyal to someone that I see only once in a blue moon where else I can’t be loyal to someone I see everyday.

    Cheers

    • YenC on Aug 30, 2012 at 8:53 am

      Vincent Cheng, you are so SPOT ON in your comments. BRAVO.

  51. Lai on Aug 30, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Money or Heavenly feast? Heavenly feast.
    Heavenly feast or a loyal friend? loyal friend.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing the great story.

    • DR on Sep 1, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      I do not see Kukkuripa as picking his beloved dog over Kechara Paradise. He picked selflessness over self attachment. A true bodhisattva.

  52. sweekeong on Aug 30, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Poor doggie, I cannot abandon the little doggie. I will choose the dog. I pray I have the will to choose the dog if I found myself in this circumstance in future.

  53. Sean Pang on Aug 30, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Many thanks for sharing this wonderful and inspiring story.

    Which one would I choose? I would choose the dog too but on a different level, I guess. If I know that someone I love and am loyal to is suffering because of my absence and I have a choice to return to his or her side to alleviate the pain, I would choose to return. But that’s based on my current logic and not knowing what Kechara Paradise is like. I pray that if I should ever face the same test, I will be similarly blessed with enough merits to make the same choice.

    Always learning, your humble student,
    Sean in Shanghai

  54. Wendy Loh on Aug 30, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing this story. As I was reading it, I thought, what a wise and compassionate Mahasiddha Kukkuripa is. Kechara Paradise was not outside of him but within him because it was not the external pleasures, comforts and attainments but his unconditional love for doggie that brought him enlightenment. How beautiful! How inspiring. 🙂

  55. Aron Silzle on Aug 30, 2012 at 12:37 am

    As I said before, this is my favorite Mahasiddha! Thank you again for your post!!

    • tsemtulku on Aug 30, 2012 at 12:41 am

      Dear Aron, You are most welcome. May Kukkuripa bless you to become just like him and me too!! Tsem Rinpoche

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  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 23. 2020 09:17 PM
    So brave of Raden to risk his life to save the dog. How many of us would dare to take this step? It is an inspiring story that we all should care and love all living beings. They deserve to live freely too. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heart warming story.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/aussie-model-saves-dog-read.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 23. 2020 09:00 PM
    It is ridiculous to think that a rabbinical court would sentence a dog just because they believe he was the reincarnation of a lawyer who offended the judge before. How would the judge know and can confirm that the dog is the reincarnation of the lawyer? Isn’t it abusing of power to make baseless allegation? This is us human trying to be more superior than animals and make decision based on own interest. Horrible act.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/a-lawyer-dog.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 22. 2020 07:42 PM
    Beautiful artwork done on these two Vajra Yogini statues by KSA team . Just from a simple statues to a colorful blinking beautiful realistic images of Vajra Yogini. Well done to KSA. Merely looking at it is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these stunning pictures of Vajra Yogini.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/thupten-la-and-vajra-yogini.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 22. 2020 07:38 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful post explaining each and every steps the importance of starting our Dharma practice on Tsongkhapa and Vajrayogini being one. Besides our daily sadhana we should engage in Vajrayogini’s practice without delay. Life is short, not to waste our time . Start now learning from stretch, as Rinpoche has create the beautiful pure land for us to practice Dharma. For me,I still have plenty to learn and improve myself . I am one of those lucky one to have meet Rinpoche in this life and to become part of Kechara. Reading this post gave us a better understanding of how to prepare ourselves before receiving the practice of Vajrayogini . We are indeed fortunate to have Rinpoche sharing this post , once again thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 22. 2020 07:35 PM
    nformative article on Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen which more and more people should read and understand better . The truth is the truth and how Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen rose as a Dharma Protector as promise. The closeness of 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, has cause jealousy among the officials that led to the murdered of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen more than 400 years ago by the government of the 5th Dalai Lama. The 5th Dalai Lama realised the mistakes of his officers , then built a Dorje Shugden chapel and composed a prayer texts . The Chapel still exists at Lhasa known as Trode Khangsar.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting write up

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/who-is-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 21. 2020 06:33 PM
    Well good and very informative article reflexology. After reading it , I learn some knowledge from there. Reflexology may be beneficial in restoring balance and harmony in the body and releasing tension. Practitioners believe that it helps facilitate a deep state of relaxation, calm the emotions, and produce a peaceful mind. Researchers have been doing a research on it , found that there’s many benefits to support it. When an application of pressure to our feet, hands, or ears , it sends a calming message to the central nervous system, which in turn signals the body to adjust the tension level. That’s fantastic.
    Interesting read of how the spread of reflexology was introduced to Europe can be traced to the 14th Century. And then to USA , by William H. Fitzgerald, an American doctor known as the father of reflexology. And how he developed the Zone Theory.
    Thank you Pastor Antoinette Kass for sharing this post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-healing-power-of-reflexology.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 21. 2020 06:32 PM
    Dorje Shugden’s practice was first established within the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism. They regarded Dorje Shugen as an enlightened being, as such together with Setrab and Tsiu Marpo formed the triune of Sakya Protectors known as Gyalpo Sum. It was practiced first by the Sakyas and was later transmitted to the Gelug school where it was practiced by the majority of the Gelugpas. Many high Lamas has since been relying on Dorje Shugden as their dharma protector as they its a beneficial practice and has continued to thrive due to the courage and commitment of high lamas.
    The 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen being as a reincarnation of his own grandfather, the 35th Sakya Trizin Tashi Rinchen. Interesting stories told as how he was born and the special link with the Sakya Trizins. Dragshul Trinley Rinchen was more of a hermit lama, and incredibly having visions of both Tara and Vajrayogini.
    Recording to the Sakya throne holders the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden indeed definitively is Avalokiteshvara. Six of them are confirmed to have practiced Dorje Shugden. And even composed prayers, pujas , propagated and promoted Dorje Shugden within the sacred Sakya lineage. Chapels been built too as such they cannot be wrong in their practice and a very research evidence had also confirmed it too. Interesting read …biography of a Great Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/39th-sakya-trizin-dragshul-trinley-rinchen.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Feb 20. 2020 05:13 PM
    Thank you for you thoughtful sharing of providing natural relief of those who are suffering from migraine. To my experience migraine is a chronic illness because I have suffered from them. Most people assume that the migraine was triggered by one single item but
    to me it’s due to a combination of factors.

    I think this article will be so much helpful for many who is looking for solution to prevent and cure this chronic illness.

    Hope this natural remedies will benefits many to explore a new treatment and prevent them from taking magic pills for fast relief.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 20. 2020 04:19 PM
    Thank you Pastor David for sharing this well research article on Sakya lineage connection with Dorje Shugden . The Sakya Lineage and Dorje Shugden has a long related history over hundred years ago. Wow……six out of the 42 supreme Sakya throne holders, six of the throne holders had indeed practiced Dorje Shugden. And even the 31st and 37th Sakya Trizin, two of the throne were recognised to be the incarnations of Dorje Shugden. They even built chapels and composed prayer texts to Dorje Shugden. It has proven that not only Gelug lineage did propitiate Dorje Shugden but also Sakya lineage. Sakya Lamas had practiced Dorje Shugden even long before the Gelug lamas. Dorje Shugden had been practiced by so many masters and lamas from various schools of Buddhism . Dorje Shugden was enthroned first as a Dharma protector in Tibet over 400 years ago by the highest Sakya throneholders and masters. Hence these practice is not a minor practice after all. It has again proven that Dorje Shugden is a beneficial practice and not the evil practice as claimed by CTA.
    Interesting read.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-sakya-lineage-dorje-shugden.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Feb 19. 2020 02:40 PM
    Very interesting and inspiring article. It is very true our human perception toward a point of view like what is right or wrong there is always a mistake or I should said in most time is wrong or is not bringing any benefits to us.
    All our problems arise from the mind. So to solve them, we need to work on the mind. Hence, no martial arts can be greater than spirituality. Thank you very much for sharing this profound story with us.

    https://bit.ly/2V1RuEU
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Feb 19. 2020 02:22 PM
    I feel so blessed for learning something from this article. Thank you so much for your thoughtful sharing. I truly understand the possess power to change our lives during our falls was actually a good sign. I gained some positive energy and felt was extremely incredible!

    There are highs and lows in any journey, however if life is more down than up, then it’s time to question why, I had a great teaching from this sharing.

    I totally agree that the lows should be appreciated and enjoyed, because its from the lows that experience the highs. Living our life with positivity so that we can continue to improve and achieve what we desire.
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 18. 2020 04:32 PM
    Amazing architecture of a small village Toyuq, located 50 km east of Turpan in the Flaming Mountains. Amazing ancient Buddhist caves dug into the hillside dated as far back as 3rd century AD. Well….they are the oldest in Xinjiang. With an interesting history behind this village. Buddhism spread here from India along the ancient Silk Road but declined after the Turkic Muslim conquests in the late 13th century. Many then converted to Muslim and a number of caves of ancient painting were destroyed. Amazing pictures of ceiling panels with standing Buddhas, and Thousand-Buddha motifs in the post . Its indeed a treasure trove of stone carvings and mural paintings .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/toyuq-village.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 18. 2020 04:30 PM
    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. Life is short and the time of death is uncertain. Act now, its never be late to learn, practice Dharma in our life. Death is a challenge, never waste our time on something which leads us to nowhere. Learning Dharma is our best choice, do Dharma works to benefits others and always works with it. This will miraculously transform our whole life before the moment of death that really matters.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/the-precise-moment.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 18. 2020 04:28 PM
    Geshe Thupten Lama one of the great scholars and masters who will never give up Dorje Shugden ‘s practice and courageously spoke up openly against the ban. Even wrote letters to Dalai Lama defending the ban on Dorje Shugden. Because of all these his life was threatened and was forced to seek political asylum in America. The CTA even considered him as a evil Chinese spy. Since the Dorje Shugden controversy many people had suffered causing disharmony, discrimination, families and monasteries torn apart are some of the examples. To have harmony and peace in a country we should have freedom to practice one’s own religion and beliefs. And politics should not involve religion in any government. Peace cannot be kept by force , it can only be achieved by understanding. All should be treated equally and without prejudice regardless of our religion views.
    Geshe Thupten Lama is indeed a great scholar and was one of the pioneers who founded Tibetan schools in exile, wrote a book …..The Supreme Path to the Trikaya, which explained all about on the practice of the Six Paramitas or the Six Perfections, and other beneficial Dharma treasures.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-supreme-path-to-the-trikaya.html
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Feb 18. 2020 03:46 PM
    The Incredible Legend of Hoichi the Earless Minstrel is exactly that, the suspense with a great interesting twist to the ending. Not so perfect as is in real life, the sacrifice of his ears for his life in peace, although of course not by his choice but the negligence of another.

    In this story, we can see how they use Heart Sutra to as protection from black magic and ward off evil spirits. Thank you very much for sharing such an intriguing story about Hoichi the Earless Minstrel.


    https://bit.ly/3bW6F8K

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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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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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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
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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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
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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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
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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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
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