Why we shouldn’t say bad things of other centres

Oct 17, 2015 | Views: 2,641

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

In order to make the holy Dharma grow we need to have more inter-center (at our respective countries) communications, support and harmony. For example if one center is having a dinner, garage sale, or event, another center’s representative should offer donations, congratulations, and emotional support. When another center is doing well, we must all rejoice and be happy. Because we are all in the same family. And if other members or other centers have contributed to the growth of our centers, we should mention, rejoice and make sure always that the members in our center are informed now and in the future so that it encourages inter-center support in the future. It is not necessary that we attend ceremonies of other centers when their teachers arrive as we have our own teachers, commitments and practice. But we should definitely NEVER NEVER criticize, infer, create gossip, or slander the other center’s teachers, practice, lineage or activities. It is said in the holy Lam Rim composed by the King of Dharma Manjunatha Tsongkapa that if we criticize any form of Dharma, the negative karma accumulated is equivalent to killing 1,000 Buddhas. Just think of the karma of killing just an insect, which we as Buddhist try to be aware and not do so, imagine killing a Buddha. Of course killing a Buddha is not possible but it is a hypothetical example of the gravity of that kind of action.

If we create schismatic talk and we are successful in preventing others from going to their teachers, or create doubt in their mind regarding their teachers, stop them from going to a certain center, or cause them to abandon their teacher and practice… how can we gain any attainments???? The negative karma is very strong and multiplies daily. If we are the cause for others to lose faith in their teacher and practice, then how can our own faith (the cause of all attainments in the tantras) increase, be stable in our own teachers? How can we harm another’s faith and hope our faith will remain stable? Those who gossip and carry on with criticisms can become unstable in their mind and always change their minds to achieve nothing. If our samaya (commitment and faith) is not stable in our own teacher then how can any understanding, attainments, and spiritual growth manifest in our mindstream??? We should think about that point carefully.

Those who speak ill of our/others’ teachers, practice and lineage, be they ‘high’ monks, lamas, or ordinary students, we must be aware of them and let it pass into one ear and then out from the other. Have compassion for that person, do not engage or ask any more questions and smile and let it go. If others comment that there is something wrong with our teachers and practice that we have already forged a samaya with, then what can stop others from saying they can be wrong also even if they may be high ranking monks or simple students. When does it stop?? Either all the gurus are to be respected and the bond between them and their students held sacred or we must be a perfect omniscient living Buddha to criticize, judge and talk negatively and check who is ‘genuine’ and not ‘genuine.’ Would a perfect Buddha do that anyways?  Who in true Buddhistic practice can run around proclaiming they are a living Buddhas and condemn others?  People who are incredible examples of selflessness such as Mother Teresa proclaims herself to be a simple nun or a pencil in God’s hand. H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama always says that he is just a simple Buddhist monk although more than fourteen million Buddhists of the Tibetan Tradition believe him to be Avalokitesvara. Panchen Lama who tirelessly worked for others never called himself Amitabah although so many believed him to be.

So once we are able to criticize another practice, teacher, tradition, deity, center, temple, church, student, etc. then we leave ourselves open for criticism and schism, because in the end who is right and who is wrong?? Leave people in peace. When we criticize another tradition/practice/teacher it also shows that we are perhaps highly insecure about what we are doing so we need more people doing what we are doing to feel ‘right.’ Or give us security maybe?  Only study, reading, practice, holding vows and attending Dharma talks to get knowledge is what will really give us security in our practice based on sound logic. A person like that never criticizes others but rejoice, because when you reach a higher state of practice and knowledge, you see the oneness/sameness of the goal, only method differ and rejoice at the skillfulness of the masters in offering diversity to different sentient beings. We would never want to harm another being. Otherwise one would create the karma of being separated from one’s own teacher and teachings, unable to practice and gain results, anger and fear increase in the mind and great insecurities due to resultant karma of schismatic actions of speech and mind. People who have taken refuge or accepted another to be their teacher or practice, we must encourage them towards what they have already committed.

When we appoint ourselves as the ‘spiritual police’ to ‘take action’ against the people following ‘wrong’ lamas and ‘wrong’ practices, we create something very dangerous. We create tremendous disharmony, doubt and aggression. We breed and justify intolerance which is the opposite of Lord Buddha’s infallible Dharma. We must search into ourselves and check the level of our own practice, our motivation. If our motivation and practice is supreme and perfect, then very skillful methods are extremely necessary to guide others. People’s spiritualities are very delicate and must be handled with care combined with compassion. Do not criticize their practice, teacher or tradition in any way. You just need to police yourself. Just remain in your practice and resolve to gain full enlightenment to benefit them in the future. Spiritual policing should be left to Mahakala, Setrap, Palden Lhamo, or maybe other Enlightened Beings perhaps.

If we separate another person from their teacher causing them to abandon the teacher-student samaya and bring them to our teacher/practice, according to the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion, that person and us would never gain any attainments. They came to our practice from the wrong methods-creating doubts in and abandoning their teachers.  We may be able to negatively influence them in the beginning, but as they gain more and more knowledge in the Dharma, our negative words will have less and less of a hold on the other person as they study the Dharma more. In fact, the person might lose confidence in us and in worst cases forsake their refuge which is bad for them and extremely detrimental to ourselves. Any teacher, traditions, student and writings that castigate, defame or criticize other teachers, traditions and students we must be wary of as they can prove extremely detrimental to our own spiritual growth. People who like to carry tales from one centre to another centre or criticize other teachers/centres create the most detriment to the growth of the Buddha Dharma. Observe these people and how intolerant they may sometimes become even if their motivation was initially good. Every Buddhist lineage, tradition and teacher have the right to exist, form and benefit others. We don’t need any councils, groups, or authority to look over them. Who would listen in today’s day and age anyways? It just creates negativities. If these ‘authoritarian’ groups exist, they must consist of very learned students, well practiced members, and have their three doors well subdued, unbiased and non-denominationally based. Otherwise these groups can cause great detriment to the growth of Buddhism in their individual societies, even if these groups have good intentions. If a centre is breaking the law, then the law will take care of them. You do not need to be the spiritual law, but just cultivate true Buddha qualities with the short time you have left. You can benefit more if you become highly attained, than to procrastinate your practice to spiritual policing of others with current limited abilities. Spiritually policing others would be a detriment to our own practice as it takes time away from our development. When we are accomplished, then we would have much more effect on others. If you see ‘wrong’, it should motivate you to practice, transform and become attained faster. Everything can motivate you. Just use it in the right way. To spiritually police others at this time would not be time well spent because we can use the time to practice and become a Buddha. As a Buddha would benefit much much much more to skillfully steer wrong to right.

On a practical basis, one teacher, one centre and one lineage would be physically and practically impossible to suit/accommodate everyone and their temperament. So if you have ten centers for example, in the city, then there is a higher chance that more people can come across the Dharma in that city as opposed to just having one center. I often get students of other centers consulting me, asking for divinations, advice, clearing of Dharma points, or just to meet me. But I always encourage them towards their teacher, practice and center and discourages them to join my place unless it’s general gatherings at their insistence. Their teachers are more than good enough and what I have might not suit them and that’s ok. It’s not that I don’t welcome them, but I want to create stability and consistency with their practice in their minds. But I always ask, what do we want from that person? Do we want them to gain attainments, knowledge, realizations so that their lives can be happy and they can transform to be of benefit to others? Or just increase the membership of our own centers for financial gains, profits or simply to look good? If our motivation is the prior, then we should encourage them to what they have already committed themselves to. Because once they gain knowledge and realizations causing a transformation of that person, it doesn’t matter anymore what tradition they came from, they simply benefit others. Isn’t that Buddha’s intent? If so, that should be our own intent. We want to create Buddhas no matter what methods to tread to attain this sacred goal.

Therefore inter-center harmony is crucial to the growth of the Buddha Dharma in today’s world. If we do not wish to help another centre, then that is ok for whatever reasons we have, but do not harm another centre in any way. Remember, karma is for everyone. We should consider if we wish the holy Dharma to grow so that it can be of tremendous benefit to the contribution of inner peace which leads to outer peace. If so then my thoughts here are very applicable to wherever we live in the world. Because Buddhism is a renowned world religion and it will only grow. In countries where traditionally Buddhism have not taken root, it is establishing itself by way of centers, that turn into temples and eventually into institutions of great learning. Wherever Buddhism thrives, it serves as great addition to the peace and harmony of that city or country due to its emphasis on non-harm, non-killing and peaceful agenda of cooperative human social interaction. It also stresses very much on the peaceful interactions and inter-religious harmony. So it would be very important for the thousands of Dharma centers throughout the world to continue to grow, expand and fulfill their functions as contributors to inner and eventually outer world peace. These thoughts have been penned specifically from my wish for harmony between the various beautiful Buddhist traditions, and also inter-religious harmony.

This write-up is not meant to hurt anyone or hint at anyone or group, nor is it to accuse, it is just my thoughts on inter-center harmony. I could be right or wrong, but it’s my thoughts. In today’s world, tolerance, compassion and forgiveness are very much needed especially from those who are supposed to be spiritual. These qualities are not unique of religion, but should be the uniqueness in religious practitioners.

Tsem Rinpoche

(First published October 2013)

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  1. Samfoonheei on Jul 6, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Timely reminder for us the important of us having strong faith in our guru. As long as we are being mindful as we speak of others. How we speak and whatever subjects we speak has a powerful effect on the way we affect each other. Buddhism taught us tolerance, compassion and forgiveness, There’s a natural law of karma , to those who hurt others and speaks against other centres. Do not criticize their practice ,teacher or any things negative of them, just let it be. We should not create negative karma for ourselves.
    What Goes Around Comes Around ,,,,,,,there is a saying.
    We should instead promotes better understandings among centres. Practically all religious traditions are the same. Peace and harmony could only be maintained when there’s unity among all interfaith communities.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teaching.

  2. Stella Cheang on Jun 1, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    All the salient points from this article are logical for us to apply, not only in refraining from criticizing other Dharma centre but also not to partake or encourage others to do so. It was laid down in the Lam Rim as well as the 50 Stanzas of Guru Devotion that we should regard our Guru as the ultimate and singular cause of our spiritual attainment. Therefore, it is only logical that a person will not gain attainment when he/she disparages the Guru. If we are the cause of this action because of our criticism, instigation, schism, false allegation and baseless accusation towards his/her Guru or Dharma center, then we are the direct cause to the person breaking their Samaya. The karma, of course, is imaginable heavy.

    If the person is unhappy for certain reasons, confused or has doubts in his/her practice, Guru’s teachings or the center. Even while these emotional are made clear to us yet we use our words to further fuel their doubts and confusion by uttering words of discouragement towards their teacher and center; we are directly the cause of degenerating Buddha Dharma. Needless to say, the karma is heavy.

    I am very grateful that our Guru, Tsem Rinpoche, so compassionately shares this teaching with us.

  3. Wan Wai Meng on Apr 3, 2016 at 4:51 am

    Dharma centers that help others to become better people, have activities that people can learn and eventually transform bring benefit to the people they serve. Hence other dharma centers also deserve our support and help we can render to them.

  4. KB Thapa on Jan 21, 2016 at 3:58 am

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for the article it is very needed to all of us.. Yes Rinpoche In order to make the holy Dharma grow, we need to have more inter-center communications, support and harmony . For example, if one center is having a dinner, garage sale or event, another center’s representative should offer donations, congratulations and emotional support very import and promote each other, the very resion we go dharma centers is to learn and spread Buddha teaching.

  5. Chris Chong on Dec 16, 2015 at 12:53 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for reminding us the important of us being kind and unbiased towards other buddhist centres, gurus or linages. It is one of the 5 heinous crimes to create a schism in community of sangha. It is a negative action that has serious unimaginable repercussion that we should be mindful of always. Who are we to judge when highly attained saints like Dalai Lama who is the emanation of Chenrezig do not.

    Chris

  6. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Nov 22, 2015 at 1:04 am

    1) Rinpoche writing “‘high’ monks, lamas” gave me pause to think. At the point of death, monks and lamas are not exempt from rebirth in the three lower realms if their ranks are not accompanied by practice. So the only ‘high’ that matters is that you are high in your thinking and practice, and not in your rank.

    When Rinpoche tells stories about the great masters in the monasteries, it’s not just the scholars and ranking lamas that move and inspire Rinpoche, but those without name and fame who are sincere in their faith and practice. I still remember the story of an ordinary monk who only relies on Lama Tsongkhapa and Migtsema as his practice, which was given to him when he was younger to combat his depression. Then there is also the story of Gen Nyima who relied solely on Yamantaka and didn’t know how to do any other pujas.

    2) motivation is important. Criticism is okay when the motivation is constructive, to amend something for the better AND to do something about the situation you are criticising. The types of people that the world admires are those who criticise and challenge the status quo, AND combine their criticism with peaceful action.

    Mother Teresa’s social action was a criticism of the lack of care and medical aid for lepers. Mandela criticised the apartheid status quo and combined it with his peaceful 27-year incarceration. Aung San Suu Kyi criticised the junta and combined it with her stoic house arrest. Gandhi challenged British rule and combined it with his ahimsa methods.

    All of these people criticised AND used themselves and their lives as examples for the ideals they are standing up for.

    Our lamas are the same. They criticise our body, speech and mind so we stop these actions that damage and hurt others mentally, physically and spiritually. They become part of the solution by teaching us the Dharma (i.e. an alternative method of life so we benefit others) by official teachings, by action, by method, by example.

    But criticising to be right, criticising without offering a solution and criticising without being part of the solution does not garner respect or even make people like you.

    3) if we spent as much time on introspection as we do in looking for faults in others, we would be Buddhas already. Are we free from criticism ourselves to warrant looking at others over and above looking into our minds?

    To criticise without good reason and become the ‘spiritual police’ that Rinpoche wrote about doesn’t just run the risk of damaging other people’s spirituality. It can damage ours too when we indulge in our unruly minds in this way.

    Considering the pervasiveness of our deluded thinking, it’s best not to indulge in our unruly minds and let it run riot. So we should refrain from criticising because we never know the nature of the object we are criticising. What happens if the object we are criticising happens to be a Buddha? We would never be able to discern this with our deluded thinking; it would just be best not to criticise at all since we can’t afford to accumulate anymore negative karma.

    4) the fact there is something to criticise points to a few concepts about the nature of existence. First, that there is duality because what you think is perfect and free from criticism may not necessarily appear that way to others. Second, the fact we feel words are hurtful is an indication of how strong our ego is to view these words as negative criticism rather than just feedback.

    So if we want to criticise, we should consider if there is an inherent fault in the object we are criticising or if the fault lies with our perception. Take Dorje Shugden for example – the information about him, when examined logically and free from bias, shows us that this being is a Buddha. Buddhas are beings who are without karma, therefore they do not have the karma to be criticised.

    So why is there criticism of them? Because the fault lies in the perceiver having the karma to see faults in the Buddha, in order to criticise them.

    5) having said that, we also have to consider the source of criticism. Rinpoche wrote about the importance of good friends and I definitely agree with this.

    Do our friends criticise us and put us down, so they feel better about themselves? Or do they criticise us because they want us to improve?

    Rinpoche has told us before that when we get into a relationship, our partners should push us to greater spiritual heights. The union should be one that benefits one another’s spiritual practice, instead of furthering our samsara. I think this can also be taken to mean any kind of relationship and not just a romantic one. Since we have a choice of friends and limited time to practise, we should choose to be with people who encourage our practice and not drag us down.

  7. andrew on Oct 25, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    My old chinese mate always say to me dont worry be happy.

  8. Alice Tay on Oct 23, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teaching. Just to share some of my thoughts as below:

    1. Motivation
    If everyone has good motivation with the great virtues to benefit others and to gain realisation from their transformation, we should rejoice and happy. Never have the intention to criticize or prejudice but to respect the other gurus, practice, lineage or activities.

    2. Guru devotion
    We should have strong faith to our guru as well as encourage others towards their teacher that they feel suit to them. It is very important for us to have a guru to help and enable us to have stability,consistency and persistency in practice and eventually gain attainments.

    3. Believe in karma
    Believe in karma and no one can escape from the karma. It is clearly indicated in holy Lamrim composed by the King of Dharma Manjunatha Tsongkapa that if we criticize any form of Dharma, the negative karma accumulated is equivalent to killing 1,000 Buddhas. As such, we should appreciate that by holding vows, many actions are refrained which are actually to help us to purify negative karma and clear obstacles.

  9. Uncle Eddie on Oct 19, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    In today’s free World, it is said that we should have full freedom to practice as and when, where or how we like!!! No religion is advised to denigrate or ever criticise one another’s religion, lest it snowballed into something big and damaging, as many could have seen in history. All religious leaders should create harmony within their own religious community and everyone they meet. Any abuses, immoral and wrong usages of power of influences may lead to chaos, unnecessary destructions, damages or even loss of lives. Therefor, strong sense of intellegience and wisdomised control should be excercised to create more needed peace, blissful happiness and harmony amongst all religious prcatitioners. Everyone should have full freedom to practice and live their lives democratically in accordance with their religious beliefs and behaviours. Om Mani Padme Hung.

  10. Wong Suet Moi on Oct 18, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching. We should be more sensitive and aware of this issue as it can caused very serious karma. We do not wish anybody or anybody from other centre come to criticize us or creat gossip so do us not to do the same to others. Generally among the Buddhism community should not have critism and schism. I will always bear in mind of the seriousness karma incurred. Thank you Rinpoche.

  11. SL Boon on Nov 5, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Wow, didn’t know that the karma for criticising Dharma is so heavy! Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this!

  12. Judy Chen on Oct 30, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Buddhism universally teaches us to seek attainment, enlightenment and also to be out of this samsaric world.

    Any dharma center will be guiding us along the same path, so all dharma centers would be the same and we should not criticise and spread rumours of other centers.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your clarification and motivation. In Buddhism we should be more compassionate and patience.

    With folded hands

    • Rena Wong on Nov 5, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Dear Rinpoche?

      We should rejoice when there is more Dharma inter-centre or Temples growing in our community. Every tradition, lineage of form have the right to exist and benefit others.

      Its important we do not create schismatic talk or criticisms causing people to abandon their teachers and practice. Those who gossip and carry on with criticisms have unstable mind and in secure of them self. In doing so, one will generate very strong negative karma & it multiplies daily. 

      We should continue to study, read, practice, holding vows and attend Dharma talks to get knowledge is what will really give us security in our practice based on sound logic. We must constantly remind ourself to put Dharma into practice  to  achieve inter-harmony with all beings and apply it wherever we are.

      Thank you Rinpoche for constantly teaching & reminding us to practice Dharma, have guru devotion and ‘one teacher, one centre & one lineage’ as these will encourage each Dharma centres to flourish ahead.

      With folded hands
      Rena

  13. Lum Kok Luen on Oct 28, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Your teaching here is indeed very penetrative and thought provoking. I am now fully aware of the logic behind the principle of One Lama, One Center.

    The key is that as we practice Dharma, what’s our motivation? To Benefit Others. So whichever method we use, as long as it is to benefit others, it has to be the right path.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the wonderful clarification and clairvoyance of this teaching.

    Humbly yours,
    Lum Kok Luen

  14. Toh Cheng See on Oct 27, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    When I was reading this article it reminds me of a uneasy experience I had at a coffee shop while I was having my meal. There was this senior guy sitting there with a group of youngsters wearing the same t-shirt but I can’t make up what is written on their t-shirt as they are a few tables away . He was talking very loudly and was saying bad things about a monk (I have no idea who is is talking about). His talk makes me feel very uneasy and even though I am on a different table and never know who this guy is , I quickly finish my meal and left . I felt that by doing so he has indirectly cause some people (he speaks so loudly that the entire coffee shop could hear him) to have negative perception of Buddhism . Also how he has influence this group of youngsters . This article is so true and yes we have to support and respect other centers and not say negative things of others. All for One and One for All in name of Buddhism.
    Thank you Rinpoche for yet another good article. With Folded Hands.

  15. lili cappello on Oct 19, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Great to read this tonight….Thankyou Rinpoche, just what I needed to hear, Lili

  16. Choo Weng Loong on May 14, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this important teaching . We really need to be mindful of our actions especially those from our speech so as not to create negative karma for ourselves and create disharmony among fellow Buddhists or Dharma centers

  17. Daisy Sun on May 13, 2014 at 4:02 am

    Yes, it is always exited for me to see others center are growing and this shown that dharma is spreading and more people will get benefited. I think if I ever come across any people who talk bad another center, I would listen to their complaint first. Then ask them what do they expected? Check their intention that they are trying to gossip or they really have some better ideas which can be suggested for improvement. I think if we care enough, by listening and trying to keep them back on track is a practice too… Good and bad situation are always there for us to practice dharma. If good things come, we shall realise the impermenance , if bad things come we shall be more patience or forgiving…

  18. wansan on May 13, 2014 at 4:00 am

    “In order to make the holy Dharma grow we need to have more inter-center (at our respective countries) communications, support and harmony.” These 3 key points are the ones that will bring us all together, without them, we will fall apart. Nothing will go smoothly if we do not communicate efficiently and clearly between each other. Without any support from anyone, it’s obvious that many things will not work as smooth. Being harmony within the center is utmost important. Who doesn’t want t work or be in a place that’s harmonious and peaceful and everyone gets things done quickly.

    As a Buddhist, we should never criticize others, what more to say other Dharma centers, who are in fact practicing Dharma and spreading the Dharma. Just that they have a different method or way to do it. If we don’t feel that it’s suitable for us, we don’t have to go around telling people bad things about it. Everyone has their own way of doing things and we should all respect the different methods used. As Rinpoche mentioned, how can one practices compassion, harmony, tolerance.. etc in the centre and the next thing you know, criticizing and bad mouthing other centers? Why not use our time to practice Dharma more, instead of going around talking negative things and creating schism of other centers. As Rinpoche said, it creates an unstable mind for us as well. So it does not benefit either way. We are all here to achieve the same goal, to spread the Dharma. Thank you Rinpoche for the wonderful teaching _/\_

  19. Victor Choi on May 10, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and which I totally agree with your said.
    Every dharma center/teachers/ leaders have their own ways to convey dharma knowledge of what Buddha Shakyamuni thought way back of more than 2500 years ago to his follower/ students and passed down the teaching but only in different method way of teaching which having the same goal.
    I had this experienced when I was young and even now that some students/follower of other center demoralizing by saying that “this dharma center teaching different lineage which is not pure linage” or “that guru lineage is not pure and creates some method that is not in the tradition”

    In my personal opinion,understanding and realization is in need that every guru teaches different method to reach students mind for them to understand about buddhism and dharma about in different method that some of other students/follower that couldn’t accept nor they don’t understand it. Somehow or rather the “GOAL” of it is the same is to eliminate sufferings, to have deeper realization and greater compassion towards all sentient beings in practice to reach enlightenment.

    Rinpoche had given me a strong impact to clear my doubt in Buddhism and have a stable mindset to follow what Rinpoche taught. I’m so grateful to met you in this life to practice deeper in Buddhism and praying to all lifetime to follow you. Wishes Rinpoche to have long life,teach and spread the dharma. I would like to thank that person who brought me in here “Thank you Helena Chin!”

  20. susan liew on May 8, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Buddhism is a religion that promotes peace, love, harmony, compassion, tolerance, acceptance and respect of even other faith as all religions teaches good things. So it is only right that we should accept and support different teaching methods of different schools of buddhism as the goal is the same – that is liberation and enlightenment. Every centre and guru has their own ways to reach out to different levels of students as different methods appeal to different ppl. Thus we should help and support in whatever ways we can so more ppl will benefit from buddha’s teachings. Religion should make us more compassionate, accepting, patient and not to be bias. Rinpoche’s advice is so logical and is without any agenda. If all the centres will to adopt this good guideline, there will be much peace and inter-center harmony and the dharma will flourish.

  21. Michelle Chua on May 7, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    We should never criticize or talk bad about other centers as all centers are set up for the same reason- for dharma to spread and flourish. We should rejoice at the fact that more centers are establishing and so more people can benefit from Buddha’s teachings. Different teachers or lineages have different methods of teachings but they are all the same, therefore once again we should not criticize their practice, teacher or lineage.

  22. gary foo on May 4, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Totally agree with Rinpoche on this one. there are many dharma centers with many teachers and approaches,all leading to dharma and enlightment. at the same time although there could be some masquerading as dharma teachers but they really have bad intentions, we do not possess such wisdom to know if its true. sometimes its just another enlightened teacher method of dealing with its student. so best just keep quiet and dun try to be a spiritual police. We can offer the other person a different perspective of the dharma we are practicing but we cannot talk negative of his/her current teacher/organisation. through our actions motivated by compassion and guided by wisdom, the others can judge if they want to join us and follow our lineage.

  23. Vivian Ong Chwee Kooi on May 3, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the detailed explanation on why we shouldn’t not talk bad about other centres / gurus / lamas. I guess everyone including myself have to be very alert and careful about our speech / comments. If we do not know how to answer on a certain topic, the best way is to smile and keep silent rather to say something that will hurt others which will create negative karma in us and giving others a bad impression on us. Thank you 🙂

  24. Fong on May 2, 2014 at 10:11 am

    “Wherever Buddhism thrives, it serves as great addition to the peace and harmony of that city or country due to its emphasis on non-harm, non-killing and peaceful agenda of cooperative human social interaction.”

    “To spiritually police others at this time would not be time well spent because we can use the time to practice and become a Buddha. As a Buddha would benefit much much much more to skillfully steer wrong to right.”

    The Buddha has 84,000 ways to teach the dharma to reflect the diversity of our minds. That probably shows me how different we all are, and how different the methods are. It does not say which is better or best on it’s own but what is best suited to our minds. So, who am I a “mere mortal”, to judge or condemn others.

    Thank you again, Rinpoche for reminding me that the mountain peak stays the same, only the path up the peak is different with different scenery along the way.

  25. David Lai on Nov 14, 2013 at 1:02 am

    This teaching is very apt for the Dharma scene here in Malaysia. There are many nominal Buddhists in Malaysia but not many who understands the Dharma and practice. Hence, when a group of sincere practitioners come together to set up a center, they may not have the Dharma in mind at all times. Also because they are not a Sangha member who had put in their all to study, practice and uphold the Vinaya vows, they do not have the Dharma as the best interest in mind when they engage in monastics who teach. This is very sad and there are quite a few cases where lay and monastics clash for custody over a Dharma center. I hope many will read this sharing and will change their ways so the Dharma will grow even more and practitioners become great meditators and masters.

  26. Low Khjb on Nov 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your sharing of thoughts.What you mention is very true.The most important component in any society or spiritual practitioner is the practice of Tolerance,compassion and forgiveness.
    Harmony and inter communal understanding should be the primary objective of any spiritual center.
    Who are we to comment on others when we can not overcome the demon within oneself let alone teach others what is right.

  27. So Kin Hoe (KH Ipoh) on Oct 28, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings about inter-center harmony. Since there are many Buddhist traditions in our country, we should be more alert of our mind and motivation when we meet with other Buddhists from other center and other traditions. May all the Buddhist centers will bring more harmony and peace to every sentient being in this world.

  28. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Oct 26, 2013 at 7:47 am

    As Rinpoche teaching, “Peace” is the ultimate goal for all Dharma center and religion. We should respect each other hence to reach the ultimate Goal…

    Harmony is the keyword for us to generate Respect with each others!

  29. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 16, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Yes Rinpoche did mention before that if we take someone from their gurus and center then we better be ready to step up and lead those people towards enlightenment. We should not be so haughty to think we know everything. UNless we are so confident that we ourselves are enlightened. If we are not we should not try to take others from their gurus and their centers.

  30. Elsie Toy on Oct 10, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you very much for the teachings and reminder here of one center one teacher. It is a relationship of trust in my teacher. I do not denied that I do meet friends from other centers in cooking classes and other activities. This is because I want them to know I already have my teacher and share Rinpoche’s blog with them. I make myself clear that I have my center and my own teacher and his teaching suits me fine. I do not wish to be seen as “unfaithful” ungrateful to my teacher. Also I remembered Jay Jae taught us that if we go to other centers it is stealing from a center so i do not wish to steal.

    When my friends invite me for their activities I do contribute to them but I do contribute food and/or money to their activities to support them in their activities of offerings with a motivation of dharma to grow and benefit more beings.

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for all your kindness and teaching all these dharma etiquettes. _/\_

  31. Cliff on Oct 8, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Aother great teaching by Rinpoche that he has continuously reminded us to not criticise other religion or buddhist centres. I never really understood how people could behave towards other centres when they themselves are practicing to be spiritual. Being a buddhist it is already bad enough causing gossip, criticism, infer or slandering other centres yet they still do it. If they do not feel what a centre is doing or a teacher is teaching, accept that it is not right for them and move on to find what they are looking for and not spread schism on that centre about the centres doing or the teacher. Buddha’s teachings has always been about benefiting others that is what all Buddhist centres is about, how they do it is entirely up to them, if you do not agree with how they do it don’t have to get invovled but don’t have to criticise what they are doing to others. Look into yourself to how many people you have benefited from constantly changing centres and criticising about them to others and look at how has it benefited yourself. Practising spiritualism shouldn’t be about slandering other centres or teachers. I agree with what Rinpoche says, it creates an unstable mind. If you’re not happy about a centre just remain quiet and continue your journey for spiritualism. If you have nothing good to say don’t say anything at all. Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings. I enjoyed reading it very much.

  32. Julien Roth on Oct 8, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Rinpoche is right. We shouldn’t say bad things about other centres, they are trying to achieve the same goal as us. Which is to spread the dharma. We should not judge them or compare them to us. They are all the same. Thank you for sharing this information with us Rinpoche.

  33. tong sun sun on Oct 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    谢谢仁波切分享了这篇文章,这也是我常常在外听到的事情。每当遇到这情形我都尽量少说,一来怕遭口舌之非,二来是怕对方遭口业。可是当你沉默,对方却以为你词穷而咄咄逼人!这就好像wylfred Ng 所说:就是考验我们的修为的时候了。祈愿大家福慧增长。

  34. andrew on Oct 7, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    rinpoche tomorrow im sending you 108 malas one mala for each month of a 108 month retreat in your beloved kechara forest mountain. go in with your 108 students and in nine years all 108 of them will become enlightened and 109 of you can come out. close the gate let nothing in plant trees at the entrance and in nine years you may all decide never to come out. kechara machine can survive on its own now . you know all centres should help each other what about the 100 or so rigpa centres where none of the young female students in the inner circle are safe from sexual predation. the answer is inside us not outside, in fact everything lives in side the mind and taming ones mind is all that need to be done and no better place than in the mountains. Good luck up there you do a great job and i know it will be more beneficial to have 109 enlightened kecharians rather than just one and you can all do it in just 108 months . good luck

  35. June Tang (KHJB) on Oct 7, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this important teaching.I still remember one of Rinpoche’s teaching ” Different practices for varied minds are necessary.So never criticise other’s pratices.Respect is a sign you are practising” It’s really good advice for all of us,we should never criticise,create gossips,schisms or jealous of other centre !!!

  36. Eric Lee KHJB on Oct 7, 2013 at 9:47 am

    互相尊重,对于一个修行者而言,是非常重要的。透过尊重,我们能够制造和谐的能量,况且不同的佛堂或不同的宗教都是劝人走向善的道路,所以我更应该鼓励现代的人,多多参与适合自己的宗教活动,让自己的心灵得到提升与满足,这样一来,人生才能活得更圆满。。。

    • Sammi Chan on Mar 27, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Agreed! We must choose those which suit us NOT force to choose or participate which is extremely good but not suit us at all, it’s really PRESURE!

  37. Jim Yeh on Oct 7, 2013 at 3:28 am

    Thank you Guruji for sharing this with us. Your thoughts on this matter is very logical and I fully understand and agree with the message that this post is conveying.

    Similarly, I sincerely wish that Buddhists should not criticize non-Buddhists and vice versa. Or even spiritual seekers of a different religion, we should never proclaim that our way is the only way and always be tolerant our others.

    Keeping our own vows, practices is more important than policing another practitioner.

    Because of your teachings Rinpoche, I have learned to accept any harsh words or situations as pure mind training exercises. Sure I mope for a bit, but I also learn, accept and move on.

    Thank you very much Guruji!

  38. Grace Leu(KHJB) on Oct 7, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Thank you for Rinpoche’sharing.it remind us the important of inter centre ‘s harmony, it should not be the way to criticize , jealous of other centre. We still in samsara and not yet enlightened, where is our quality to criticize other ? We should keep in mind karma always return. I will keep in mind of ” one teacher, one centre and one lineage”to ensure I follow all the way of Rinpoche ‘ teaching towards my spirituality path.

  39. Beatrix Ooi on Oct 6, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I remember a story about a person spitting at the Buddha, he was blaming Buddha for every single thing that happened to him and one day he was so angry that he looked up to the sky and started spitting, but of course his saliva came back down. The lesson is that, we can’t hurt the Buddha, the Buddha has no negative karma to be hurt and what goes around, comes around.

  40. tenzinkhenchen on Oct 6, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I really like and admire the fact that Rinpoche does not say or allow his students to say bad things to other centers. If a student says bad things about other centres, it is a two pronged sword, it hurts the other center and also defames you lama. When you say bad things about people, you are also creating negative karma for yourself, especially if you are talking badly of a lama.

    To have harmony among centres is best as to improve the speed of the spread of Dharma. When centres are not quarrelling more people can benefit from the words of the guru.

  41. mitra on Oct 6, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    our 5 finger also not same deference practice, deference buddha ,deference protector ,deference teaching way,but we all going same way to make grow buddha teaching.we cant complan what they are, we point to our self what we are ,what we have to do.i fully respect Rinpoche way to make dharma and make benifit to many people.

  42. Shelly tai on Oct 6, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this very important teaching. I remember that once I was listening to one of Rinpoche teaching in Guru For Hire Rinpoche did mention about for oneself to look for a perfect guru that person has to check through the lineage and the reputation of the guru or that lineage before he or she to take refuge, so it is our own duty to check first before we join that centers or that particular lineage therefore is very important to check first before join. Thank you Rinpoche for remind us again about guru devotion.
    With Folded Hands
    Shelly Tai

  43. Wylfred Ng on Oct 5, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享。 也再次提醒了我们不可以批评其他的中心。
    不过就算是我们不批评其他中心,其他人也也许会批评我们,那么我们又如何回应呢?
    那时候就是考验我们的修为的时候了。 我们必须避免别人继续批评我们,以免那个恶业继续循环下去。

  44. judy lam on Jun 17, 2012 at 3:02 am

    I am amazed by how Rinpoche explained in detail on inter-centre harmony. If we participate in those small negative talks of other centres, it will only reflect on ourselves and our centre. We should show our respect for other gurus and centres by rejoicing in their success. Thank you Rinpoche.

  45. andrew on Nov 13, 2011 at 3:45 am

    thanks Rinpoche!

  46. Uncle Eddie on Nov 11, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    A person who reaches a higher state of practice and with a good understanding of seeing oneness or sameness of goal, never critizes others, but rejoices at the skilfull methods of others in offering the diversity of differences of practice to sentient beings. They are said to be concentrating on policing themselves spiritually intheir own practice, through which to gain enlightenment by cultivating true buddha’s qualities with whatever available abilities left in themselves. Intercenter harmony is acknowledged to be the foremost requirement to boost the growth of Dharma in today’s world. If we cannot help, dont harm another in anyway! To make Dharma grow, more support, communication and harmony are greatly required. When other centers are doing well, all must rejoice and be happy, as all are in the same family! We should never,never criticise, condemn, create gossips, schisms or slander teachers, lineage or activities of any centres. As in the wisdomised words of our Guru, who said, “in today’s world, tolerance, compassion and forgiveness are very much needed especially, from those who are supposed to be spiritual.”

  47. wanwaimeng on Nov 9, 2011 at 2:31 am

    Recently there was a student from the Sakya tradition and she was attending rinpoche’s talks and even activities but now she is firmly set back in her own tradition and she thanks Rinpoche for the inspiration and her mind is stable and she is not confused. As rinpoche said how we leave others is an indication of our state of mind.

  48. henryooi on Nov 8, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Ever since I met Tsem Rinpoche one of the strong messages in his numerous dharma teachings is what Rinpoche writes here.

    Harmony among Buddhists is very needed for the dharma to spread and flourish. Tolerance and harmony among all religions is the key ingredient to create a better and happier world for us and our generations to live in.

  49. firefly on Nov 4, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    this is gd advice for all of us. i think many of us will profit greatly from this advice. it will bring peace of mind and pure practice. it is a good guideline on how to interact with fellow buddhist and practitioners. Pure freedom mind and a lack of attachment or non-sectarianism/centeranism is the hallmark of real practitioners.

    • VC on Nov 7, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Good opinion firefly.Pure freedom of mind and lac of attachment or non-sectarianism/centeranism is good for cultivators so as they can find some peace when there is a need to do so.thats why many true cultivators go to mountains or caves or temple built near the mountains to get away from worldly/secular life.

  50. Valentina Suhendra on Nov 4, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    Definitely, another article worth translating for lamatsongkhapa.com

    Valentina

  51. Sharon Saw on Nov 4, 2011 at 4:07 am

    One of the teachings that impressed me deeply when I first met Tsem Rinpoche was his completely adamant stance that one should not criticise other religions or other Buddhist schools/lineages/Dharma centres. It’s so easy to think that ‘our centre’ or ‘our religion’ is the best (which is why we chose it of course!) which becomes arrogance and ego, and ironically the very antithesis of Buddhism! As long as I have known Rinpoche, Rinpoche has been consistent in his strong advice to his students to respect other religions and Dharma centres, and its sangha members. If we cannot even care for our fellow Buddhists or other spiritual seekers, how can we care for all sentient beings?

    Many people are very attracted to Rinpoche’s teachings, even those who already have teachers, and I have seen Rinpoche gently encourage them back to their centres and their teachers. If Rinpoche was out to get as many students as possible, he would do the opposite. Rinpoche walks the talk and is consistent in this. Rinpoche always says that he personally cannot look after all the Dharma students, so he sincerely rejoices whenever a Dharma centre opens and grows because that means that Dharma is growing. Different methods will appeal to different people and there will be those who are not attracted to Rinpoche’s style but another teacher’s style and Rinpoche is always happy about that.

    I have the deepest respect for Rinpoche for this truly altruistic attitude which is without agenda. I believe that if we can adopt this attitude of not criticising, gossiping or schism towards our spiritual brothers and sisters, we can achieve harmony, which will naturally lead to world peace.

  52. William on Nov 4, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    It is true that we must respect each other and the choice of people whether they are Buddhist or not. We should rejoice that they have found a way to happiness by following their centre or their guru. Each centre and each guru has their own way to teach and attract its followers/student. It may suit some and not. All centres are here for a reason and that is to spread Buddhism and grow spirituality and we should help each other. This is also kindness as taught by Rinpoche. We should rejoice because Buddhism is growing.
    We should help in whatever way we can if a person needs help whether spiritually or not. A dharma centre is a friend to another dharma centre because the vision/goal is the same i.e. lead people to liberation and ultimately enlightenment. So, friends should help friends.
    As for being a spiritual police, I think we should look in our own backyard before we start to criticize others. No one gives us the right to do so. It is better to become friends than enemies.
    With folded hands.

  53. VC on Nov 3, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Dear Master of Buddhism,

    I also believe there is no need spiritual police or group to guard religion especially Buddhism.Because Buddhism is so unique that it promotes harmony,tolerance and compassion although most of the time humankind fail to do so.If a true masters of buddhism come out of nowhere through his diligent cultivation,his fame will gradually rise although he do not wish so.A truely enlightened Master will not proclaim he is enlightened to all.People will gradually know whether he is genuine or not.Not by his own proclaimation but by acceptance of the peoples.May Rinpoche Live Long!My 2 cents opinion.

  54. VC on Nov 3, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    In today’s world concerntrating on technology advancement,teachings of humanity and compassion must be given a chance to thrive in the society.If not,human is no different than animals.In my opinion, different buddhist centre is suitable for different people’s personality, lifestyle and their opinion and their destiny towards buddhism.Irregardless of their opinions and perspectives of buddhism, all buddhists should be given a chance to practice buddhism in a small way or big way so that everyone of them will ultimately gain liberation and enlightenment.Harmony within buddhist centres should be emphasise although sometimes as a human we cannot get rid all together of some small disharmony due to different personalities or peoples behaviour.The practice of harmony in dharma centres should be perfected so that every cultivators will gain enlightenment in due time.In the process of gaining enlightenment, there will definitely be some obstacles to test the cultivators such as demons influence because the cultivators practice goodness and virtue.If i am not mistaken,not even one great masters of buddhism gain enlightenment resulting for pleasureable environment but seeking ascetic practice and endure hardship.Amitofo.May Rinpoche Live Long!

  55. SP on Nov 3, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche has been the direct influence, inspiration and connection for a few dharma centers to open in Singapore and Malaysia. To date he has influenced or directly inspired Six dharma centers in Singapore and Malaysia to date to open. Some of the most learned masters/practitioners such H.H. Gaden Tri Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Jangtze Jolenpa Gen Nyima, Geshes, few other tulks and monks has visited a few countries in this region due to Tsem Rinpoche. He has generously donated funds to them or their centres. Found sponsors and benefactors. Offered innumerable statues for their shrines, Dharma book for their libraries and even have visited their centres to give teachings to raise the membership of respective centers.

    Because Tsem Rinpoche has a perfect command of English, combined with humor, foibles, anecdotes and sharp knowledge of Dharma and its practical application to today’s distracted and busy individuals, he appeals to many and promotes a non-denominational attitude. He has many visitors from other faiths that attends his talks or simply visits with Rinpoche, and he always encourages them to remain ‘faithful’ to their faiths and share understanding with each other to create religious tolerance/acceptance. Whenever there is a charity dinner or function Rinpoche is the first one to offer donations, buy tickets, send his students and centre members to go support the center without bias. He feels that the growth of any centre represents the growth of the general Buddha Dharma. So when we contribute to the growth of another center, Rinpoche feels we contribute to the growth of Dharma as a whole. Rinpoche stresses that he wishes Dharma to grow in the world.

    These are a few thoughts I have penned through listening to skillful talks of Gaden Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.
    A student…..SP

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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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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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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!
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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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.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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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
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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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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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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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.
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.
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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!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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
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
Kids camp 2019 - Super delicious fried rice and decorated with heart. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids camp 2019 - Super delicious fried rice and decorated with heart. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids camp 2019 - Beautiful farm in Kechara Forest Retreat. 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 Malabar spinach which is a herbal healer.
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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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