Snakes, Roosters and Pigs by Tsem Rinpoche

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee)

Why are we still unhappy?

We have everything but are still not satisfied. We keep looking and looking and looking for fun, friends, entertainment and places to go. The more we get, the more dissatisfied we feel. All the possessions we have – houses, cars, clothes – are supposed to make us happy, and yet we are still not happy.

Why are we not happy? Because these things are just distractions – one distraction after another. They take us away from the real purpose of why we are here. They take us away from finding who we are.

In ‘Snakes , Roosters and Pigs’, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche uses Buddhist philosophy and psychology to skilfully guide us in plumbing the depths of our mind to determine who we really are inside, and what is wrong with us. When we are armed with that knowledge, he then guides us to move from this pervasive state of dissatisfaction to a state of stability and peace.

This is a journey of training the mind to move ultimately to that state, where no distraction or anything will disturb it. For this journey, we need a Spiritual Guide. Tsem Rinpoche, who has achieved that mind after lifetimes of vigorous training, guides us in this teaching to reach that ultimate level of an Enlightened Mind. He uses his astute and incisive wisdom to reach out to us at the level where we can relate well to what he says, and find meaning and relevance for us to live our lives well.

 

What touched me the most in ‘Snakes, Roosters and Pigs’

What touched me most in this book is the extraordinary compassion of Tsem Rinpoche’s Guru, Kensur Rinpoche. I believe that this extraordinary compassion is reflected in the actions and deeds of all great Lamas, including Tsem Rinpoche. Hence, it moves me beyond words how a living Bodhisattva can send waves of blessings and inspiration to all who know him or hear about him.

People from the villages around would come to the monastery and request loans from Kensur Rinpoche for their business. Kensur Rinpoche gives them the money and more often than not, he loses the money and does not get it back. Kensur Rinpoche always said to Tsem Rinpoche, “Never mind, it’s okay.” These villagers came and tricked him over and over again or they thought they had successfully tricked him! A Bodhisattva like Kensur Rinpoche will never refuse anyone, even if they are being tricked. Moreover, even when they have been tricked, they will react differently from how we would react. They react with forgiveness.

By this connection with you – even if it is by a negative association – they have hooked you together with them for the next lives to help you when the time is right. A Bodhisattva thinks like this. They may not be able to do something good with you now so they let you do something bad with them because they believe that this is better than nothing at all. They make the connection for you, for your future lives. Many of these high masters, through their clairvoyance, can look into the future and know that no one else can help you for a long, long time. They will sacrifice themselves to help you so even if they are cheated or if something is taken away from them, they consider it an offering towards your liberation. Advanced and holy beings do know if you are trying to take advantage of or cheat them; they do know it. But they will give in to you and let you have what you want as their offering to you for your liberation!

 

The Five Things I Learned From ‘Snakes, Roosters and Pigs’

1. Understanding who we are and what is wrong with us – understanding our self-grasping mind and our three root mental delusions

The first step we have to take in this journey of training our mind towards achieving a state of peace and happiness is to understand and accept who we really are, as well as know and accept what is wrong with us and what needs to be improved. This is probably the most difficult part of all for us. In ordinary life, even admitting to making mistakes is itself difficult for us. Nonetheless, we have to face and accept ourselves as we really are, including our faults and weaknesses. We have to accept what needs to be done to remove the causes of our unhappiness and pervasive dissatisfaction that are within us, painful as this may be, just as we have to accept that we need to undergo surgery to remove a malignant growth, as well as accept the inevitable pain that comes with the surgery.

With our self-grasping mind, we create negative karma or the causes for suffering all the time, so that even existing is collecting negative karma.

(i) I’m a good person

We have heard this before – “I don’t drink, I don’t sleep around, I don’t kill, I don’t eat meat and I don’t lie. I don’t do these things and I’m a good person”. To anyone out there who hears this and listens to you, yes, you do sound like a good person. However, to someone with higher knowledge, like our Spiritual Guide, that may not necessarily be the case because what they view and consider as ‘good’ is different to what we think is good.

(ii) You are not? Why not?

Because every day and every minute, you are existing out of your self-grasping mind.

Even doing nothing and sitting there within a mind-frame that is self-grasping, you are collecting negative karma on a very subtle level. This karma creates the causes for negative experiences of unhappiness and suffering for you. So even though you don’t kill, you don’t steal, you don’t lie, and you are just hanging around at home watching television, you still collect negative karma because you are existing out of a self-grasping mind – me, me, me, me. In fact, doing nothing reinforces your self-grasping mind. This is why the Buddha says that the minute you achieve your human body, suffering begins.

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(iii) You are your delusions

Happy, sad, lonely, angry, frustrated, depressed…these are all states of our mind. These are the states of mind we experience all the time. If we examine our minds, these states of mind are caused by three basic delusions that are the root cause of our unhappiness and for us to stay in samsara (cyclic existence of suffering). Every day, in fact every minute of each day, there are three delusions raging inside us – hatred, pride or desire and ignorance. These three are represented by the snake, the rooster or chicken and the pig respectively. Because of the countless lifetimes we have been living like this, there are millions of these three animals inside us. Think about it: there are all these chickens, pigs and snakes inside us, making all the noise. Pride, ignorance and hatred screaming at us from the inside.

Suffering arises out of these three root delusions. When, for instance, the object that we hold on to, or we engage with, does not fulfil us in the way that we projected or expected it to, then we will experience unhappiness and suffering. When this happens, it reinforces and increases the three root delusions – desire, hatred, ignorance.

The root delusion is ignorance. Out of ignorance (because of not studying and knowing the Dharma, not knowing the way things really exist and not understanding people), we have a strong sense of “I” or ego, that always tells us to think we are right and everyone else, including our Guru, is wrong! WE always want to be right! This grasping at “I” pervades our mind. This is why every day, we incessantly react to things, people and situations and to all our experiences out of this self-grasping mind.

Because of the three delusions, we are incessantly drawn to actions that we think will benefit us at the expense of harm to others, and we turn away from actions which are ultimately good for us or will benefit others, and which will ultimately benefit us. We are drawn to acquiring things and pursuing activities that we think will benefit us and keep us happy, regardless of whether others are being harmed or hurt in the process. We turn away from the study of Dharma, from meditation and retreats, and from holding our vows which are good for training our mind for peace and happiness. Instead, these three delusions – desire, hatred and ignorance – incessantly tell us to do the opposite of what is really good for us.

We thus exist out of a self-grasping mind, with its three root delusions, all the time, and create negative karma or the causes of suffering all the time.

 

2. Negative karma and purification of negative karma

(i) Why we must purify negative karma

It’s not that we are bad. It is just that we are programmed or habituated to think that if things don’t go our way, we must act or react in a certain way out of our mind of self-grasping and delusions. Actions and reactions from a self-grasping mind and from our delusions collect negative karma for us. Even doing nothing from this mind collects subtle negative karma.

Hence we are collecting negative karma, every minute of every day. This negative karma will sooner or later manifest for us in the form of obstacles, problems, difficulties and unhappy and sad experiences. Therefore, it stands to reason why we need to purify our negative karma.

(ii) Experiencing negative karma

a) Purifying negative karma by experiencing it with acceptance, patience and compassion

When we practise Dharma, we may experience more difficulties or obstacles. These are actually all our negative karma arising to be purified. Because we are doing Dharma practices, these practices actually protect us. When we are doing Dharma Protector practices, they not only protect us but guide us through until the karma is purified.

When we are practising the Dharma, and bad karma manifests in the form of a difficult experience, we purify the negative karma by accepting the experience (recognising that it is the result of our negative karma) and practising patience and compassion throughout the experience. Once it is purified, and the experience is over, we will not experience it again.

b) Experiencing negative karma and collecting more negative karma

However, if a negative karma manifests, and you react towards it in anger, hatred and with all your negative habituation, and negative karma backing you up, you actually don’t purify that karma. By your negative reaction, you create more negative karma.

Hence people who do not engage in spiritual practices to purify their negative karma, and leave things as they are, and let things manifest on their own, are wrong to say that they are purifying their negative karma and that since it’s all coming out, they’ll be okay. They are not okay. They have not purified the negative karma for that bad experience to arise. Instead, with their habituated negative reaction, they would have created more and more negative karma. Indeed, there are different levels of grasping that allow us to continue collecting negative karma which we may not even be aware of.

Anyway when bad experiences happen, like a relationship breaking up, most of the time, we react negatively. We become depressed and angry and sometimes even contemplate taking our lives.

(c) Purifying negative karma by being reborn in the lower realms?

Negative karma is not purified by your being reborn in the Lower Realms. When you are reborn as an animal, like a snake, you will live out your existence as a snake, killing, eating, stalking and harming. You will be creating more and more negative karma that sinks you lower and lower in samsara. How then can rebirth as an animal, like a snake, be seen as purification of negative karma?

(d) Negative action brings “negative” results!

When you have committed negative acts like cheating and stealing, it is unlikely for you to enjoy the ‘fruit’ of your cheating or your theft. The money you get will create even more negative karma in you to ultimately not enjoy it! More likely the negative karma you have created will, in the future, result in your losing more and more money in some way, or your not getting the money you had expected to get at all!

The karma of cheating a holy and attained being is very heavy. Even though the holy being forgives you easily, you will still have to bear the heavy consequences in the form of tremendous suffering in this or future rebirths.

(iii) The importance of purifying negative karma through purification practices

We have created countless negative karma from countless past lives. The great Buddhist saint, Lama Tsongkhapa did a long retreat to engage in purification practices, during which he did 3.5 million prostrations to the 35 Confessional Buddhas! After that he received direct visions of Manjushri, who told him that he had purified all his negative karma and obscurations.

We can engage in purification practices like prostrations, Vajrasattva meditation with sadhana, and circumambulations around holy sites or Buddha images. When we purify our karma through these practices, we are purifying the karma of that action directly and, with that, we don’t create further karma. In fact, we also gain merit.

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When we engage in practices like prostrations to a Buddha statue, we may experience pain or some form of physical suffering. However, this is good for us. This purifies the karma of our body immediately. At the same time we collect merit to support our spiritual practice.

Sometimes, during a long and intensive purification practice or retreat, you may receive direct purification from your Guru in the form of a scolding and the like. He may even ask you to do your whole practice again after you have completed it. He will deliberately create “difficulties” for you as a form of ‘purification’ within that purification practice. This is how your Guru helps you to make the most of your purification retreat so that you get the maximum benefit of purifying your negative karma. You may even get nasty dreams and nasty experiences, and your Guru will be deliberately ugly and mean to you.

The Guru is treating you this way to push you to overcome your negative mind. A retreat is meant to give your negative mind a break – to stop it from thinking negatively.

Purification practices are very important. You purify your negative karma and will not experience it again. You will gain merits and attainments. The merit will help you grow your understanding of the Dharma, your narrowness of mind will open up, you will achieve depth of realisation, your mind will be firmer and more solid. Your compassion and your ability to forgive and other qualities of your mind will arise naturally. Even your diseases will lighten or be cured.

Purification practices will help you clear the inner and outer obstacles to your learning the Dharma and practising it. Dharma is the only means by which you can free yourself ultimately from all unhappiness and suffering. The more purification retreats you do, the more karma is purified.

Do not take the attitude of not wanting to do purification practices and doing nothing about purifying your negative karma. When negative karma manifests, you will, more often than not, react negatively. This is because you are habituated to do and create more negative karma. You are grossly mistaken to think they are automatically purified by your experiencing the bad experience that arises with the manifestation of negative karma.

(iv) Knowing the Dharma and practising it

Listening to the Dharma, studying it and practising it through mind transformation will ultimately lead you to liberation from all unhappiness and suffering. However, your different levels of karma will impact your receptiveness of Dharma teachings, your understanding of them and whether you will be able to put them into practice.

 

3. Training your mind with Dharma to move from illusion to reality

From a mind that is mired in self-grasping, delusions and negative karma, it is difficult to see life as it truly is and yourself as you truly are. In fact, from our mind of self-grasping, delusions, obscurations and negative habituation, and from our heavy load of negative karma, we are actually seeing life and ourselves as an illusion. Seeing everything in an illusion, but yet to us is so real, leads us to pursue things and activities that, in actual fact, are distractions. These are distractions because they distract us from the true meaning and purpose of life – the pursuit of the truth that will lead us to real happiness.

“I’ve got to survive”

Our being perpetually distracted from the real purpose of life is epitomised in the daily obsession of most people with their frenetic pursuit of careers, wealth, and security because “they have got to survive”! Businessmen and working people (whether their income is $1500 a month or $15,000 a month or whether they have $50mil dollars in the bank) tell you they cannot attend Dharma talks because they have to attend meetings or work late as they have got to survive!

Survival is when the bombs drop around you and your house has been shelled because it is in a war zone! BUT real survival, says Tsem Rinpoche, is when you learn the Dharma and you transform!

“We are scared of being alone”

We go around distracting ourselves 24 hours a day, running after fun, entertainment, food, clothing, relationships, and needing a companion for every meal, because we live in a delusion thinking that we must get away from being alone and being left on our own. After all this running around, chasing one distraction after another, and searching for a good relationship, we end up getting depressed. Our friends, who know no better, believe us and commiserate with us. But when we talk to our Guru, he will tell us the opposite. He will tell us that running around is a distraction because we cannot bear to be alone.

In reality, loneliness is a state of mind; loneliness is not about who we are with or not with. Loneliness is a state of mind where we do not accept who we are inside and what we need to improve. We therefore need to be distracted with other people to make us look away from ourselves.

The Dharma

The Dharma is the precious teachings of Lord Buddha, which shows you how to train your mind and transform it from a self-grasping mind (with all its delusions and negative habituations) to a mind of enlightenment, that is free of karma and delusions, and hence free of any disturbance, distraction or suffering.

The Dharma is the truth that cuts through all your delusions and illusions, and shows you the realities of life and who you truly are. That is why listening to the Dharma, understanding it, applying it by engaging in Dharma practice and transforming your mind is the way to go to achieve liberation and ultimate peace and happiness.

Tsem Rinpoche says that the Dharma may seem harsh but it tells you the truth. It is the only thing that tells you the truth. So we should do something about it! When we let samsaric pursuits push our pursuit of Dharma knowledge to the backseat, and give all kinds of excuses to not even attend a Dharma talk, it shows that we don’t love ourselves that much the right way.

You need a Guru to teach you the Dharma

i) What is a Guru? He or she is someone who shares with you the beautiful, clear, golden unadulterated teachings of Lord Buddha, freely with love and compassionately to you. That is what a Guru is.

The main reason why your Guru is here is to impart the precious teachings of Lord Buddha – the Dharma – with love and compassion. Tsem Rinpoche brings us teachings that come from a pure lineage of unbroken transmissions all the way from Lord Buddha. His teachers were among the great lamas, teachers and scholars of this century, the last of the generation of masters to have been raised and educated in and come directly from Tibet.

ii) The Guru skilfully uses the Dharma to cut through our illusions and delusions so we can see the Truth or Reality.

The main reason why we endlessly chase after the things in this life, which at best only bring temporary happiness, is because we mistake illusions and delusions for reality, and we mistakenly think that the pursuit of distractions is the pursuit of a meaningful and happy life. It is only the Guru that can skilfully use the Dharma to cut through the illusions and delusions so that we can see the truth or the reality.

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It is the Guru who points out to us that the things we pursue daily – money, possessions, fun, entertainment, relationships – are all distractions to distract us from the real purpose of life and from who we really are. He tells us that we have to face and accept ourselves for who we really are and go beyond all that to become better people and to live our lives with correct intent and purpose.

Teaching the Dharma to different types of people with different minds

Dharma is so important that compassionate Gurus will teach all kinds of people with different types of minds, and use all kinds of methods to give the Dharma and plant seeds of Enlightenment in their minds.

There are people who will even use the Dharma to get money and respect. They use the holy Dharma to get things from other people. But then again, don’t they also deserve liberation? Don’t they also deserve a chance? Don’t they deserve the Dharma?

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Since there are all types of people, there are all types of Gurus and all types of manifestations of the Dharma. Gurus or highly developed people manifest in different ways to go to the level of their students. These highly attained beings act at the level of their students not because they are attached to these attitudes or ways of behaving; they go to their level to be “one of them” so they that are able to teach them and help them transform their minds.

 

4. Breaking the preconceived and wrong projections of the mind

When you have a fixed perception of how something should be, no other view can enter because you hold on to thinking and feeling that something must be in this way: this person has to be this way or that way. When you have such a fixed perception and you hold on strongly to how things should be, no other information can come through to you. You lose (as you can see from the example below). Your bad experiences arise only from your own wrong projections.

You have been programmed or habituated many lifetimes with this fixed perception and wrong projections of how things should be, and holding on to them. It is the Guru who teaches us that there is no “this way” or “that way”, beginning with our wrong fixed perception and projections of the Guru himself.

Breaking preconceived ideas and wrong projections of your Guru

If you believe your Guru should be this way, act this way, do things this way or that Dharma should be this or that way, you are actually the one who is wrong because there is no “this way” or “that way”. There is only intent that arises from many lifetimes of habituation and practice.

John Riley Perks, the devoted student of Chogyam Trungpa

John Riley Perks, the devoted student of Chogyam Trungpa

When you know and realise this fully, you will trust the actions your Guru takes in relation to you and all his students. You see his every action as arising from an intent that came from many lifetimes of habituation and practice. Every task he gives you, every teaching you receive from him, every seeming negative action of his towards you is given with an intent (or comes from an intent) that arises from many lifetimes of habituation and practice. This intent has been shaped by the practice of love and compassion for many, many lifetimes.

If John Riley Perks had realised that his Guru, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, had let him go after having him as a personal attendant for seven years, out of his love and compassion and acting from an intent that came from many lifetimes of practice and habituation, he would not have reacted with anger and hurt. This negative response came from his many lifetimes of negative habituation of a fixed preconception and wrong projections of how things should be.

He was reacting from a fixed perception of how his Guru should act. According to this perception, his Guru should treasure him for his devoted service to him and keep him with him. So by asking him to leave, he saw his Guru as behaving in an unfair way to him. So he concluded that his Guru was a monster.

Fortunately, he had merits and had made a good connection to the Guru. Hence, he was able to realise, before it was too late, how kind his Guru had actually been to make him independent. His Guru had taken him in and compassionately trained him for seven years, put the Dharma in his mind and set him free so he could become independent, transform and prepare for his old age. Just as his Guru had wanted him to be, he is now a great Dharma teacher.

Hence, if you believe that your Lama is training you, let him train you. If you fight back, you will keep fighting samsara, life after life after life. Gurus will use unusual methods to train people up. If a student were wise, if a student remembers the pure compassionate motivation of their Guru, a motivation that had been cultivated from many lifetimes of practice and habituation, they will have full faith and confidence and accept and keep quiet. Then they will get the results. We may not see the benefits immediately. But they will come. We cannot give up. We have to persevere like John Riley Perk did.

When we react angrily or negatively to a difficult or challenging situation, the reaction is immediate. This shows that all these negative reactions arise from having preconceived ideas in our minds that have been habituated over many many lifetimes. We need to break the hold that preconceived ideas and wrong projections have on us. We need to rehabituate with the good qualities of compassion, patience, forgiving and the like. Knowing and realising this is the only way we can break our personal samsara and begin to live a life of real meaning, with right intent and purpose.

 

5. Living our lives well with intent and purpose

(i) Cultivating good intent – it’s not the action that makes something negative, but the intent. The difference between an action that comes from good or positive intent and an action that comes from bad or negative intent

Chogyam Trungpa was known to be an unconventional teacher who worked to break his students' fixed perception and wrong projections of how things should be. In Tibetan Buddhism, this is known as 'crazy wisdom' and it is a skilful means employed by compassionate teachers to open their students' minds.

Chogyam Trungpa was known to be an unconventional teacher who worked to break his students’ fixed perception and wrong projections of how things should be. In Tibetan Buddhism, this is known as ‘crazy wisdom’ and it is a skilful means employed by compassionate teachers to open their students’ minds.

Chogyam Trungpa was known for his consumption of alcohol, with a preference for sake. Is that a negative action? No. What if we do the same? Then our action is negative? Yes. Why is there a difference between us and Chogyam Trungpa? The difference is that Chogyam Trungpa has been practising the Dharma for many, many, many lifetimes and purified so much negative karma, so his seemingly negative action cannot affect him negatively, as they can affect us; at the same time, he does not collect any negative karma. This is because his intent for drinking the sake is very different from our intent. There is a huge difference.

Chogyam Trungpa was a completely unconventional teacher. Why? Because not everybody is conventional and a strict adherent to social norms. There are people out there who engage in sex not for the conventional purpose of procreation, and people out there who sleep with multiple partners. There are people out there who cheat on their partners, break vows of love and break their partners’ hearts. There are people out there who lie and cheat others of their money. There are people out there who go against their parents and even use them for money! There are people out there who are seemingly nice on the outside, but are actually not nice. There are all types of people out there.

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche recognised that he lived among these unconventional types of people. Simultaneously, he had a very compassionate intent to bring Dharma to them at their level, acted at their level to be “one with them”. So whether he was drinking sake all day long or sleeping with two women at the same time, he was teaching them Dharma and helping them transform their minds. He was planting seeds of Enlightenment in the men with whom he was drinking sake and the women he was sleeping with, and the people there.

When Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche enacts actions similar to ours, which appear negative, the results will be different. This is because where his intent is positive and compassionate, ours are negative and arises from desirous attachment.

With Chogyam Trungpa there was no attachment to the sex or the drinking of the sake. For him, it was more about what the students were attached to at that point in time. Unlike Chogyam Trungpa, if we were to engage in similar acts, with attachment or desire as our motivation or intent, these acts will be negative and we will collect negative karma that will lead us to the lower realms.

People who were Chogyam Trungpa’s contemporaries, who did not understand the intent behind his seemingly crazy actions, have criticised him for being late for teachings and then teaching all night until 6 or 7 the next morning. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, though unconventional in style, was teaching them the concept of non-attachment, and to move beyond the rigidity of timing and how things should be, so necessary to practise for people of this modern age where the prevailing delusion or afflictive emotion is desire.

(ii) Cultivating good positive habituation by holding our vows

a) Good intent must be backed up by good habituation

Intent is important to determine whether the action is positive or negative. However, it is not just the intent but also the habituation from which the intent arises that makes the action positive or negative. With Chogyam Trungpa who had cultivated positive habituations over many lifetimes, whether he slept with two or 500 women, these women would have seeds of Enlightenment planted in them. Hence they would eventually ascend to Vajrayogini Paradise. On the other hand, if, after we have engaged in a lifetime of cheating others, and we suddenly go up to some people, give all our money away to them and say, “I have good intent”, who is going to believe us? Who would believe that our intent is good? We do not have the force of habituation to keep our intent real and alive.

b) We need to cultivate good positive habituation by holding our vows

Hence, habituation is a powerful force and we need to cultivate good positive habituation. Good habituation arises from keeping our vows. Holding our vows well depends on our collection of merits, which is also what ensures our getting higher attainments. At the same time, purification of our negative karma will stop us from breaking our vows. The strength of our purification is dependent on our holding our ethics, morality and vows well. Thus, upholding our vows strongly is important for us to re-habituate our minds with good positive habituation. So if we wish to develop powerful positive habituation, we need to constantly do purification practices so as not to break our vows.

Holding vows does not imprison us. Just think of how Chogyam Trungpa, by holding his vows well over many lifetimes, released himself because he had created the actual causes for himself to enjoy the objects to which he appears to be attached (but actually does not have any attachment to), without collecting negative karma.

c) How we cultivate positive habituation by holding our vows

For instance, when you take the refuge vows before the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, you collect a lot of merits when you hold your vows. Every day that you don’t kill, steal, cheat or lie, etc., you will collect the merit for not doing it. Then you re-habituate yourself not to kill, steal, cheat or lie, etc. until it becomes natural not to do those negative things. At the same time, you collect the merits to support you to re-habituate. So the vows are double-fold in effect.

d) How do you ultimately know if an action is good or not? Results are an indisputable testimony

That actions are good or not can be checked by the results. If people who have been with you are positively impacted by your actions – they are happier, have more positive attitudes towards life and relationships with people, have Dharma knowledge and wisdom – these results show that your actions are good. This is the case with the great master and Guru, Chogyam Trungpa. Despite the controversy created by his unconventional methods, Chogyam Trungpa left a powerful legacy of achievements for the Dharma. The Naropa Institute at Boulder, a world-renowned accredited college, and the Shambala Publications, dedicated to the publication of his works are testimony to his achievements.

Even though his methods are not normal, we have no right to criticise him. He has benefited countless people with his method of teaching and spreading the Dharma. At the heart of it all, he operates from a non-grasping mind.

He is one of many great masters who have attained this Enlightened mind with its habituations of positive qualities of compassion, commitment and wisdom. His works and deeds to teach and spread the Dharma, all stemming from the compassion of a living bodhisattva, are also being enacted by other great Masters and Gurus. One of these is Tsem Rinpoche himself.

When you have a highly attained Spiritual Guide like Tsem Rinpoche who will show you how to cultivate and train your mind to achieve a state of non-grasping, and how to develop good habituations to live your life with right intent and purpose, you should hold him and the Dharma he teaches you with great reverence and devotion. Thus you will have shown that you have learnt to truly love yourself the right way.

 

Conclusion

Reading ‘Snakes, Roosters and Pigs’ gives you a sense of immediacy, a sense that you are also reading about Tsem Rinpoche, as a Guru, who has used all methods that have to be used to reach out to all types of people at their level. Though he does not use the same unconventional methods as Chogyam Trungpa, his unique multifaceted approach to reach out to people and spread the Dharma can be seen by the world through his blog.

You feel a strong sense of conviction that this teaching of ‘Snakes, Roosters and Pigs’ gives you the know-how to train your self-grasping mind which has been so deeply habituated through many lifetimes to react negatively and spontaneously to situations. In a precise and accessible manner, Tsem Rinpoche details how you can get out of this negative habituation and re-habituate yourself for ultimate peace and happiness. Here is an experienced Spiritual Guide showing you why you must do it and how to do it. He has done it all and has achieved that mind of Enlightenment – a mind of no more self-grasping, no more delusions, no more negative karma, no more disturbance or distraction.

 

A book I strongly recommend

‘Snakes, Roosters and Pigs’ is a must-read because it helps us to understand how we have been programmed to react from a self-grasping mind, with its three root delusions, every single day. It also shows us how we have been programmed to have fixed preconceived ideas and projections about how things should be. From these preconceived ideas and projections, we are habituated to react mindlessly and immediately in anger and with all kinds of negative reactions, when things don’t happen in the way we expect them to happen. Living out of these negative mind-sets, all our actions and reactions are inevitably motivated by negative intent, which leads to our collecting negative karma.

Next, we are shown how to cultivate a mind that is clear of negative karma (because it is negative karma that creates our unhappiness and suffering). We are also shown how to habituate our mind with positive habituations and develop good qualities like compassion, care, patience and forgiveness. Most of all, the book gives clear insights into how a highly realised Spiritual Guide reaches out with different methods to teach the Dharma to all kinds of people. Whether the recipient is ‘good’ or ‘bad’, they do it because from their compassionate mind, everyone needs the Dharma, to liberate themselves from suffering.

 

The benefits

Reading this book and gaining a better understanding of our mind helps us to avoid negative actions because we know they will bring negative consequences – problems, difficulties and suffering.

  • On a daily basis, the book makes us aware and watchful of our mind to see when the three poisons of hatred, desire and ignorance arise, and equips us with the tools to avert them. This requires patient practice and training. Nonetheless, if we care for ourselves, we will undertake this training straight-away.
  • We will consciously train ourselves to avoid negative actions of body, speech and mind, so as not to create negative karma which will lead to only problems and suffering.
  • Whenever a difficult situation or experience arises which brings suffering, as this book has explained, we will practise reminding ourselves that it is a manifestation of our negative karma. Thus, to avoid creating more negative karma, we will train our mind to avoid reacting in anger or complaining and blaming others. If we react instead with compassion and patience, we will also create merits.
  • As we have an overwhelming abundance of negative karmic seeds in our mindstream from countless past lives and we don’t know when any one will manifest in the form of a horrendous experience for us, we need to learn up purification practices and practise them daily.
  • ‘Snakes, Roosters and Pigs’ shows us how important and beneficial it is to take and hold vows, like the Refuge Vows so as to re-habituate our mind with positive qualities.
  • ‘Snakes, Roosters and Pigs’ also shows us how imperative and beneficial it is for us to have a Spiritual Guide (Guru). With a qualified and experienced Guru, we have the benefit of receiving Dharma teachings from him, and his guidance and his training of our mind, using methods that are tailored to our needs.

 

Some quotes from the book:

THESE THINGS ARE ALL JUST DISTRACTIONS THAT TAKE US AWAY FROM FINDING OUT WHO WE ARE. It’s just one distraction after another, after another. These are all distractions BECAUSE THEY TAKE US FROM THE REAL PURPOSE OF WHY WE ARE HERE.

Loneliness is a state of mind, it is not who you are with or not with. LONELINESS IS A STATE OF MIND WHERE WE DO NOT ACCEPT WHO WE ARE INSIDE AND WHAT WE NEED TO IMPROVE. We therefore need to be distracted with other people to make us look away from ourselves.

Living our lives with Intent and Purpose.

Our PERCEPTION of the object and how it functions and our REACTIONS towards its function is how SUFFERING arises and how our hatred , desire and ignorance increase.

When the object we are engaged with doesn’t fulfil us in the way that we projected or expected it to, OUR SUFFERING arises.

We just always want to be right. We are right, we are right! The Guru is wrong; … Everybody is WRONG and only we are RIGHT – we have the BIGGEST WISDOM.

We are PROGRAMMED to think that if things don’t go our way, we must act or react in a certain way.

Existing out of the self-grasping mind – even existing is collecting negative karma.

 

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Author: H.E Tsem Rinpoche
Publisher: Kechara Media and Publications
Paperback: 94 pages
ISBN: 978-9675365317
Product dimensions: 13.21cm (H) x 12.7cm (W) x 0.25cm (D)
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  1. Samfoonheei on Jun 20, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this precise teachings from this book Snakes, Pigs and Rooster. Very detailed book which we could learn and inspired by those teachings. Rinpoche has used Buddhist philosophy and psychology, guiding us to transform our mind to distract us from all those unnecessary attachments. I have not get hold of the book yet but reading through blogs gave me a better view . A good book for our reading and learning from all the teachings to reach that ultimate level of an Enlightened Mind. It will inspired us to live our lives meaningfully.
    Thank you again Rinpoche with folded hands and thanks to Pastor Han Nee for this sharing.

  2. Tashi Tenzin on Dec 27, 2018 at 1:09 am

    Thank you Rimpochoe for teaching us. As I go through Rimpochoes text, and the murals in every temples and monasteries are found with beautiful paintings of the 12 karmic link with 6 realms. As I look at the core of the paintings, i see pig, rooster and a snake representing ignorance, anger and greed etc. Thus, I would appreciate if you could explain why only those animals represent the three poison rather than other? Thank you Rimpochoe!

  3. Anne Ong on Mar 29, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Thank you very much Pastor Han Nee for your beautiful and very indetailed article. I always believe that whatever happens and how we are being treated by others is a blessing in disguise,and everything happens for a reason. I’m not good with the ignorance,hatred and desire as we can’t really see our own weak points. But I’m the type who prefer to get down to basics. Do whatever our Guru says. Try our best to help others. Find ways and means to bring more people to dharma and help them overcome their sufferings. Not for the sake of collecting merits but the great and true satisfaction i feel at the end of the day that puts a smile on my face when i go to sleep everynight brings me true joy and happiness. My main focus right now is to do more social media and quickly help bring down the DS ban, and end the sufferings for all DS practitioners and continue to bring dharma to people. _/\_

  4. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 24, 2016 at 3:12 am

    The book Snakes, Pigs and Rooster gives us an insight on how the mind works. That the real suffering we have is due these invisible creatures afflicting our mindstream lifetime over lifetime.

    With these ‘creatures’, we can’t help but keeping creating our karma, and karma is what brings us further away from enlightenment and deeper into samsara. By collecting and creating merit, it helps us to develop the very causes for enlightenment.

  5. Jayce Goh on Jun 28, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for the book review.

    Human have a lots of ego and self-centered recognition which is “I” or “me”. Human tend to emphasize on all the benefit on ownself. All the statement and attachment start from “I” example “yes, I like it” and it interpret in our mind that we really need it , from here the suffering begins.

    Desire is also a stepping stone to hatred .when i like this object and chasing for it . when someone took it away then we get hatred on them.

    From the poisons of ignorance, desire, and ego , it cause our mind get complicates and filled with delusion.

    Thanks Rinpoche and pastor Han nee for this great book sharings.

  6. Carmen Koo on Jun 27, 2016 at 4:08 am

    What a fantastic review on a highly insightful book that aims to transform the way we think, act, behave to reduce our suffering.

    Our suffering is a result of our fixed views, as I myself has had a fair share of them. Reading through this book review, made me go “oh yea”, many times, because it is precisely what I do that creates my own suffering! And because we don’t change our views out of ignorance, the cycle continues, and the suffering continues.

    If what we were doing all these while was indeed correct, then why are there so many around us, and ourselves included, so unhappy, and constantly affected by our emotions and feelings? When I visit the monasteries, I saw many old, senior monks, and even though some have lost their sight, or their mobility, their mind is sound and they remain in a state of tranquil, happiness and contentment. Why is that? Because their whole lives were dedicated to the Dharma, which transformed their minds, and purified their negative karma which blocked the obstacles that would pull them away from practising towards gaining enlightenment.

    This review sounds so simple, yet putting it into practice is so profound. When we are faced we obstacles, some of us give up, some of us look at it as so much work to overcome, some leave it…but how often do we look at it as an opportunity for us to purify our aeons of negative karma? Almost zilch, for me. So this perspective was powerful, that stood out for me also.

    People say that ignorance is bliss, but if our ignorance keeps giving us suffering, and results in our roller coasters emotion, then obviously it isn’t really bliss.

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for a great piece of writing. Eventhough you are of a more senior age, that does not stop you from your Dharma practice and your works towards serving others. Thank you for inspiring me with your commitment and your review. Keep them coming!!

    Carmen

  7. shelly tai on Jun 24, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for this well explain about this book. There is few things that highlight intros book that we as a practitioner must really contemplate like self cherishing , habituation, and correct motivation because of self cherishing we will collect a lot of negative karma even without us realise it that why our guru is so kind to remind us about helping others by helping others actually is a way of purified our negative karma and the more we do it actually it will become a habits for us and helping others become much more easy to sum it up this is a good book for everyone of us to read because it can explain to us why we are always unhappy about our life and always feel dissatisfaction about everything that happen to us.

  8. Sock Wan on Jun 23, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for this very comprehensive summary of the book. It makes me want to read the book!

    What strikes me is the part where it is said that a highly attained being even though knows that someone is cheating him but he will ‘let’ them cheat. We think it is very stupid to be cheated when we know their intention already, but little did we know this is so that a connection is established between the highly attained being so that these people can be helped. Rinpoche said before, whether the connection is made due to negative action or positive action, it is still a connection that will lead to good result eventually.

    Rinpoche was also cheated by many people before, including students. One would ask if Rinpoche has clairvoyance, won’t he know that? Of course he knows, but out of compassion he lets them cheat him so that he can help them in their future lives. If we still have doubts on this, that’s probably because of our negative karmas that wrong view arises. So we better do more purification practice.

  9. Wylfred Ng on Jun 22, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for the wonderful review of this book.

    The summary by Pastor Han Nee is very easy to understand. Snakes, Roosters and Pigs represent our 3 poisons that make us suffer.

    I also understand the significance of the refuge vows in Buddhism. It is to stop our self to further creating more bad karma that may lead us to endless suffering.

    Thank you

  10. William Chua on Jun 22, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Our PERCEPTION of the object and how it functions and our REACTIONS towards its function is how SUFFERING arises and how our hatred , desire and ignorance increase.

    We create our world through the way we think and act. And through this we feel a certain way because of our reaction to the situation. Thank you Pastor Han Nee for this article as you have explained very clearly the effects of our karma and that we need to purify our negative karma so that we can generate merits when the negative karma is purified. Also the ways the guru uses for each student is different because each student has a different mindset. Due to the Guru’s wisdom, the guru will teach the student using ways which is easy to relate to. And of course “crazy wisdom” where normal people could not comprehend the action because of ignorance but the guru knows better because he can see further in many many lifetimes ahead.

    The main purpose of the guru is to plant Dharma seeds into our mind stream so that when the time is right or the karma ripens, then we can start our Dharma journey to enlightenment. Our Guru is the most precious because he can liberate us. We need to persevere and to be consistent in our Dharma work so that we can purify negative karma and generate merits. Practicing and keep on reminding ourselves of it will keep our mind strong and eventually be transformed.

  11. Sofi on Jun 21, 2016 at 1:30 am

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for a clear extract of the essence of Rinpoche’s book “Snakes, Roosters and Pigs”. I agree that this book is a must read. As described by Pastor Han Nee, Rinpoche teaches us to understand our mind that is creating the causes for our unhappiness. Once we understand then Rinpoche teaches us how to overcome and prevent further causes for unhappiness.

    Due to the EGO within ourselves, we constantly seek to fulfil the insatiable “I”, “ME” and “MINE”. Our expectations and perceptions are all geared towards our own needs. So whenever situation does not meet our expectations or as we perceived it should be, then we get upset and angry. Once we realise the cause, then we are able to learn to let go of our anger, frustration or sadness and may instead turn the negative situation around to one that is positive.

    Most of us will definitely need a Guru that is kind and compassionate enough to keep teaching and guiding us to overcome our habituated attachments, which could have been developed from countless pass lifetimes. An attained Guru like H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa are able to foresee the downfalls we are heading for due to our ego and constantly find ways to help us overcome our deep negative habituations. When our ignorance are strong, we may even resist the kindest of Gurus and view them negatively. Therefore this book is a very good read and time should be spent on contemplation of Rinpoche’s teachings to realise the existence of your ego and prepare yourself to receive effective guidance.

    Thank you Rinpoche for being that kind and compassionate Guru for me and may I be able to let go of all my self-grasping mind to be a benefit to others.

  12. Stella Cheang on Jun 20, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Pastor Han Nee gives indepth review on Rinpoche’s book that makes it easy for readers like me to understand the essence of Rinpcohe’s teaching.

    The quest to seek for happiness is an innate nature of all sentient beings. However no one seem to be have the magical formula that grant permanent happiness. If we read this book, we will realize that it is because of our self-grasping mind that arise from delusions out of ignorance. Since we are ignorant of our willful ways, we perpetuate the same mistakes and create the cause (karma) for more negative experiences, henceforth the downwards spiral.

    From my understanding, to recognize our ignorance is the first step to acknowledging what is wrong with us. Hence we can take steps to rectify it. One of the steps being purifying the negative karma accumulated from our countless previous lives. Due to our negative actions in the past, we now suffer the consequences, which is delaying us from embracing Dharma, the weapon to cut through our ignorance.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this penetrative teachings on the 3 poisons. I like the youtube teaching on this topic very much because of Rinpoche’s candid and witty approach.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  13. Uncle Eddie on Jun 20, 2016 at 11:12 am

    As with his usual clarity and dynamic teachings Rinpoche, has shown us how we are the author of our own happiness, sadness or failures, and upon realization, how we can make a practical and immediate turnover in our precious lives for the better! A beloved expertise in his unconventional approach to Dharma, Tsem Rinpoche is said to bring more than 2,500 years of Buddhist wisdom and teachings to today’s modern spiritual seekers. He is capable of expertedly connecting the ancient World with today people’s cultures, attitudes and lifestyles! Our deep heartfelt gratitude and thanks to H.E. The 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, not forgetting of course our beloved kind pastor Lim Han Nee for the sharing of this intersting and beneficial post.

  14. sonny tan on Jun 20, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for this invaluable insight and illustrative view on the subject of snakes, roosters and pigs. I would like to offer some of my views regarding this matter on giving.
    Kensur Rinpoche has illustrated that though he has given out alms many times he knew that he was misled by some recipients because their purpose is not noble despite knowing of this matter he continually extended help.
    Yesterday at our dharma class on supporting the sangha, a student raised up a question what if someone who donned the monk robes outside the temples and ask for donations, should we offered money to them.
    It was answered that we should offer them food instead of money because we do not know whether that monk in question is really a genuine monk and not a bogus one. Let’s assume that that monk in question is genuine offering food is a very good choice but assuming that if ten persons were to offer food, where would the rest of the food goes to? Maybe this good monk which we are not able to distinguish whether bogus one or not needed money for medical expenses, to buy some needed worn out slippers, toothpaste etc. Therefore by offering food serve no purpose.
    On the other hand if he is not a genuine monk by giving money and he turned out to be bogus monk then would we have committed a crime in helping him cheat others? My perception here is I am in no position to judge whether he is a bogus monk or he may be a Buddha but I would still offer him money because in my mind I am practicing giving unless I know that this monk is a crook then I would refrain from giving him anymore money.
    There was a story it happened at the famous Kuan Yin temple in Penang where one would see beggars lining at the entrance of the temple. There were two beggars one very old and sitting next to him a young one. Naturally, what comes to our mind when giving money, is why give to this young guy when he can easily find jobs we would then offer some money to the old beggar. What we did not know or see after that is really an eye opener to us is that whatever money the old beggar received he gave half to the young beggar. One may question the rationale behind, apparently the young beggar has cancer and only months or days to live but do not have money for treatment, medicine etc. It was out of compassion from this old beggar that he parted half of his money to him. While on our part we have misjudged because of this perception that we continually built this up in our mind because of our conditioned perception, we need to let this perception go and perhaps allow ourselves not to make any comparison the next time we give aid but just give be it out money, food etc. spontaneously from our heart.

  15. Jayce Goh on Jun 16, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    This is a nice article and video . I love this video very much, it helps us to transform to be a better person by overcome our ego , desire and ignorant. It build a better cushion for us to go thru the life time after we transformed. We accept better when negative karma arise and we change our-self instead of blaming. With knowledge, Knowing and realization this is the only way we can break our concept on live well selfishly or live selflessness. we break through the customized concept in samsara since born and begin to live a life with real meaning, with right intent and leave the comfort zone in samsara to enlightenment .

  16. May Ong on Jun 12, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa are both living Bodhisattvas in human form to be near to us whose sole intent was to bring dharma into the lives of anyone who seeks to find the truth or reality. Often as dharma students, we find it hard and struggle within ourself trying hard to break those negative habituation accumulated through many lifetimes.

    A guru points out to us our weaknesses and areas for improvements. If we are in acceptance and open to their unconventional methods, then we improve. It is an uphill battle to beat these three root delusions and we often find these unconventional methods ‘strange’. But over time, like what Pastor Han Nee has pointed out, it will take time for students to make adjustments to these ‘unconventional’ methods but with love, patience and acceptance with an open mind, we find our self ‘changed’ or ‘transformed’ without us knowing of it.

    I have witnessed long time students who changed for the better over time or years and this is the ‘real true’ dharma that has worked and produced results in us. I always remind myself as dharma student we are so fortunate to have a living Buddha sharing these knowledge with us in this age. As Pastor Han Nee said here, this is a MUST get book to read and re-learn from time and time again to review our purpose in life and methods to purify to become better for now and future.

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  • 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
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 15. 2020 08:33 PM
    Peter Byrne is an absolute legend , been an icon, in search for Bigfoot, yeti and Sasquatch or abominable snowmen of the Himalaya. He was a real icon questing for the truth about the Yeti or snowmen. Since his much younger years , he was fascinated in the unknown and the mysterious that turned hunting as a hobby. In one of his hunting trip , he came across a tiger suffering that changed his whole life. From that time he stopped the cruel act of killing animals , ending his 16 years of hunting and founded a non-profit organization called the International Wildlife Conservation Society. He has lived a long and dedicated life in the conservations of animals and in the pursuit of searching for Sasquatch, Yeti and so forth. For decades, he search for Bigfoot, Yeti in the Himalayan has become more of a hobby for him. He has written multiple books on Bigfoot and other aspects of his life.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting post and sharing of those videos.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/7-parts.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jan 15. 2020 04:45 PM
    This Medicine Buddha Healing Fountain was built in such away that it will deliver healing waters which were energized with natural crystals blessed by High Lamas. Those natural crystals were imbued with the healing energies of Medicine Buddha and Dorje Shugden.
    With the new healing fountain, visitors can bring home the holy healing energy in a bottle. Thank you very much Rinpoche and Kechara for making this Medicine Buddha Healing Fountain available for everyone.

    https://bit.ly/35WE0Mi
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Jan 14. 2020 04:27 PM
    This article really inspired me, every year we live is formative year for us as it affects our future life, so we should really let go those bad influence from our parents. What Rinpoche wrote is so true, most of us are either positive or negative after getting influenced by our parents.

    Dharma will make us face ourselves, acknowledge our weak and negative aspects of character and will then guide us to move forward in a positively transformative direction.Thank you very much for sharing this good article with us.

    https://bit.ly/3a28XCh
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jan 14. 2020 03:37 PM
    Ratsag Monastery is a popular pilgrimage site located in the Yab Valley in Tolung near to Lhasa, Tibet. Its a beautiful place located with interesting history behind it. It’s the statue of Vajra Yogini that attracted many pilgrims there. This monastery been built to purify the heavy negative karma associated with Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drakpa (1016-1128 CE) by the locals who is well known for introducing the Vajrabhairava-Yamantaka Tantras to Tibet.
    Interesting read of Vajra Yogini scared statues and about the history of the monastery. May the original statue of Vajra Yogini will be returned to Ratsag Monastery one day.
    I did made a trip last May with friends and saw those beautiful scared statues at the monastery. Merely by looking at it is a blessing.
    Thank you Pastor David for this interesting post with the history of the Sacred Vajrayogini Statue been explained.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-sacred-vajrayogini-of-ratsag-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jan 14. 2020 03:34 PM
    Shailendra Dynasty was the name of an influential Indonesian dynasty that emerged in 8th-century Java. Shailendras were active influencer of Mahayana Buddhism whose reign signified a cultural renaissance in the region. The glorious Buddhist monuments was then built across the fertile volcanic plain named as Kedu Plain .
    The most incredible of them all was the massive stupa of Borobudur which is a very popular pilgrimage site for locals, tourist and Buddhist practitioners. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wow ….incredible it took more than 50 years to complete this architectural monument . Read and heard about this amazing monuments and all the beautiful stone inscriptions there. I have not been there before but wish to in the near future. Interesting read of all about this historical information on the Shailendra Dynasty.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-shailendra-dynasty-progenitor-of-mahayana-buddhism-in-indonesia.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
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On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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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
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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
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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
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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
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
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.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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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
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
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    Cute!
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    Uncle Wong
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
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    Cute baby owl found and rescued
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    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
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Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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The merits from life liberation are varied and boundless ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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It is essential for us to properly 'Taking Refuge' before we start any event. “Taking refuge” is where one seeks guidance and to turns to the Triple Gem for liberation and salvation from suffering. We hope these birds will be liberated from sufferings soon. ~Jacinta
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Kids camp 2019 - Exciting stack up game. The kids enjoyed it very much. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids camp 2019 - Super delicious fried rice and decorated with heart. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids camp 2019 - Beautiful farm in Kechara Forest Retreat. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids camp 2019 - Completion of puzzle game. Look at their happy faces. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids camp 2019 - Completion of puzzle game. Look at their happy faces. Lin Mun KSDS
KISG carried out weekly Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on Tuesday's evening. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG carried out weekly Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on Tuesday's evening. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Long beans from our Kechara Farm 2019 harvested for our community here in Kechara Forest Retreat.
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Long beans from our Kechara Farm 2019 harvested for our community here in Kechara Forest Retreat.
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Bountiful harvest from our Kechara Farm 2019 for our community. Here are some long beans, four-angled beans, bitter gourds and karelas!
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Bountiful harvest from our Kechara Farm 2019 for our community. This is Kangkung or water spinach.
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Bountiful harvest from our Kechara Farm 2019 for our community. This is Gui Hua Chai
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Kids camp 2019 - Meditation session for all participants. A great way to calm our mind & stay focus. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids camp 2019 - Who can resist this smiley face fried rice ? Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids camp 2019 - Participants writing their appreciation message to parents / guardians who sent them to this camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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