Animal Rights Campaign Over Killing Chickens During Jewish Ritual

Oct 13, 2016 | Views: 614

Dear friends around the world,

As most of you know, I have always been a strong advocate of animal cruelty and vegetarianism. Please take a moment and read this short article of how animals are treated inhumanely for our needs. I am not here to criticize but certainly sins can be atoned in another manner where animals do not need to be hurt?

Different religions have their own ways doing things and I certainly do not have the authority to say which is right and wrong. In Buddhism, we are taught not to hurt animals because they are sentient beings too who can feel love and pain.

Please always respect and do whatever we can to help the animals.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Animal Rights Protesters Vent Their Fury at Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Chicken Slaughter Ritual ‘Kaporos’ Where $5 Birds Are Swung Around Participants’ Heads Before Having Their Throats’ Slit

By HANNAH PARRY FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 06:11 GMT, 22 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:18 GMT, 22 September 2015

  • WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT
  • Demonstrators clashed with Orthodox Jews at the annual slaughtering of chickens as part of the Kaporos ritual
  • The birds are waved around the believer’s head three times before being killed to cleanse them of their sins
  • But protesters claimed the practice is ‘cruel’ and picketed the religious ceremony in Brooklyn’s streets, New York
  • It comes days after a group of animal rights activists lost a legal battle to ban the 2,000-year-old ritual from taking place

Animal rights campaigners have clashed with members of the Orthodox Jewish community on the streets of New York City over the killing of tens of thousands of chickens during a Jewish ritual.

Demonstrators were calling for an end to the annual slaughter of the poultry for Kaporos in the run up to the holiest day in the Judaism calendar – Yom Kippur.

The ritual dictates that believers swing a live bird over their head three times while reciting prayers to God to cleanse them of their sins by transferring them to the animal. The chicken’s throat is then slit with the meat donated to the poor.

But animal rights groups, who claims as many as 50,000 animals were due to be killed over Sunday and Monday evenings, denounced the practice as ‘disgraceful’ and lined the streets in Crown Heights, Brooklyn to protest against the ritual.

Animal rights campaigners have clashed with members of the Orthodox Jewish community on the streets of New York City over the killing of tens of thousands of chickens during a Jewish ritual (pictured, a Jewish man gives the finger to a protester as she films him).

The Kaporos ceremony involves swinging a live chicken round a believer’s head before the bird’s throat is slit and it is thrown into a cone.

A chicken ready for the slaughter at the ceremony in President Street and Kingston Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

But animal rights campaigners have clashed with members of the Orthodox Jewish community on the streets of New York City over the killing of tens of thousands of chickens during a Jewish ritual.

Karen Davis, founder of the protest group United Poultry Concerns, joined the demonstrators who were said to have saved some of the birds.

Tensions ran high as around 200 Orthodox Jews and 75 protesters faced each other in President Street and Kingston Avenue.

Activists chanted and waved banners as they demanded an end to the ‘cruel’ practice, calling for them to ‘use money, not chickens’. While others activated their car alarms in an attempt to disrupt the religious ceremony.

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One unnamed protester was alleged to have made anti-Semitic remarks.

There were also alleged reports of Hasidic men intentionally and aggressively bumping into protesters. So far, it appears no arrests have been made.

Activists chanted and waved banners as they demanded an end to the ‘cruel’ practice, calling for them to ‘use money, not chickens’.

Another protester holds up a sign which read ‘You are hurting me, I don’t want to die, I want to live’ with a picture of a chicken.

Around 75 activists attended the event on Brooklyn’s streets last night in protests against the ritual which they claim is cruel.

Protesters holding up placards speak to a young Jewish man on the approach to the ritual in Brooklyn.

In one photograph an Orthodox Jew was seen aggressively giving the finger to activist Rina Deych as she films him performing the ritual.

She told the Daily News she was trying to persuade people that they could follow Jewish law by donating money instead of killing chickens when she was approached by the man.

‘(Another) man tried to put a poor, tortured chicken on my head and two others cursed at me,’ she said, adding that the street was left with ‘feces and feathers were everywhere on a public sidewalk and the stench was overpowering.’

One activist later wrote on Facebook she had ‘rescued’ two chickens from the slaughter.

The protest comes just days after a group of Brooklyn residents lost their court battle to try and ban the 2,000-year-old ritual over fears it was inhumane and unsanitary, the New York Post reported.

The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos had attempted to gain an injunction against the ceremony in state Supreme Court, arguing it had grown into a ‘carnival-like and chaotic public nuisance.’ They also alleged that the dead birds were not donated to the poor but were instead left to rot in the street.

Nora Constance Marino, the activists’ lawyer, said:

‘Many of the children cry and sob. The screams of the chickens, as their wings are broken and their throats are slit, are unbearable.

Members of the Orthodox Jewish community believe the annual ritual will cleanse them of their sins ahead of the holiday Yom Kippur.

The protest comes just days after a group of Brooklyn residents lost their court battle to try and ban the 2,000-year-old ritual over fears it was inhumane and unsanitary, the New York Post reported.

However, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Debra James dismissed the local activist group’s claims and ruled that the Orthodox practice can proceed, knocking down a challenge by a Brooklyn animal-rights group.

The ritual has now gone ahead as planned and while it may look shocking to many, the ceremony is more than 2,000 years old.

‘As the children cry to their parents as the birds scream, the parents tell the children, ‘They’re not screaming, they’re singing’. Sickening.’

However, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Debra James dismissed the local activist group’s claims and ruled that the Orthodox practice can proceed, knocking down a challenge by a Brooklyn animal-rights group.

‘No one has the right to change our religion, and this ruling proves we can’t be touched,’ Yossi Ibrahim, 27, from the Hasidic enclave of Crown Heights, told the New York Times.

However, the case is not over as the Community News Service reports another court hearing is due next month to deal with the other allegations of illegalities connected to the practice of kaporos.

National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education, NCFJE, Chairman Rabbi Shea Hecht told the Community News Service that it had been his father, Rabbi JJ Hecht OBM, who had brought the mostly forgotten custom back to the Jewish community in Brooklyn – at $5 a chicken for the cleansing ritual.

‘NCFJE is and has always been strongly committed to making kaporos available to the greater Jewish community in and around New York City,’ he said.

He added that Monday’s event had been for men only and tarp screens had been erected during the ritual on Eastern Parkway.

The Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur starts Tuesday at sundown.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3244234/Animal-rights-protesters-vent-fury-ultra-orthodox-Jewish-chicken-slaughter-ritual-5-birds-swung-participants-heads-having-throats-s-slit.html#i-6ffc05a474cbff24

 

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  2. Lin Mun on Mar 29, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    It’s horrible act that so many chickens were killed during a supposedly holy session. They can use other methods that do not hurt the birds. While we should respect everyone’s religion I also hope that no other living being needs to go through pain and suffering due to human’s act.

  3. CindyH on Mar 6, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Traditions are part and parcel of every culture and are passed down through the years for different reasons. Whilst traditions clearly serve certain purposes, it must be remembered that traditions are essentially man made set of practices and thus, the staying power of such traditions are clearly dependent upon people upholding it. As such, when the situation warrants it, like where maybe (insanely) brutal traditions that may have started out with good intentions but are actually no longer justifiable now (due to changes in time and also, as people become more learned and informed), such traditions can and ought to be phased out accordingly. Thus, it is a matter of whether people want to effect the change or not.

    It has been done in the past (e.g. First Chinese Emperor Qin phased out the brutal tradition of requiring all those directly serving the deceased previous emperor to be buried (alive) together). It has also been done fairly recently, in 2015, Nepal opted to end the world’s largest animal sacrifice event, Gadhimai festival i.e. The Gadhimai Temple Trust formally decided to end such animal sacrifice.
    So, there is actually nothing wrong about re-evaluating the relevance of traditions which cause harm to any sentient beings especially those who are helpless. All it takes for people to set aside pride and defensiveness to look into and evaluate the situation rationally.

    After all, when people motivated by universal good values of compassion and kindness seek to transform cruel traditions, they don’t risk losing their identity. Instead, their identity is strengthened as they courageously show that their culture cannot be measured by the repetition of stagnating rituals/practices frozen in time by values of the past.

  4. Alice Tay on Dec 24, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Animals shouldn’t be killed and used for selfish needs of man. They did nothing to deserve to die. For this instance, 10,000 chickens killed during a Jewish ritual which is definitely will not happen in Buddhism. This is because we are taught to be kind to all sentient beings including animals as they can feel love and pain too.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  5. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 18, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    I think the benefits of living in a multicultural society is that sometimes we encounter people who do things that we may not agree. Of course in the US, when people encounter things they don’t like or support they are bound to take action on it.

    With regards to this, if I lived in a community and people are slitting chicken throats where I live I may protest against it too. One of the biggest supporter of veganism is Gary Yourofsky also of the Jewish faith, and he claimed that people exacted genocide over animals, and that is happening on a daily basis. Couldn’t agree more.

  6. Sharon Ong on Dec 9, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    This is indeed an eye opening post. While I do not understand the rationale behind this practice, I do welcome the opportunity to learn about other faiths. After all, it is the diversity that enables us to practice patience, acceptance and being non-judgemental about others.

  7. Aldan Chan on Dec 9, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. Although this ritual is 2,000 years old it is still cruel to kill chickens as a scarifice to the gods and the fact that the children`s parents lie to their kids saying that the chickens are singing. The person might have a lot of bad karma.

  8. Vivian Ong on Oct 28, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this article. We know we cannot and do not have the rights to say anything about other religions but in Buddhism we understand that sins cannot be wash away with just one ritual. We have a lot to do for the sins that we created for example purification practices and to do more Dharma work.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  9. Sarah on Oct 27, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    I agree with the Rabbi. This practice is cruel and outdated and should be banned. If people believe in karma, they would not sacrifice animals. It is better to donate money instead.

  10. Justin Cheah on Oct 27, 2016 at 1:06 am

    For me. Any rituals or religion that need to make animals as sacrifices is not religion. Religion doesn’t teach any to harm anyone. It is something illogical to make animal suffer and die for the sake of rituals. We are doing the rituals which is supposed to cultivate benefit ourselves but yet in the process we are harming others.

    All these should end especially in these days of era where people can think more logical and gauge themselves. It is something similar to the mass killing of dolphins, eating monkey brains alive etc.

  11. June Kang on Oct 26, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Taking others life (even is an animal) to make yourself better, does this sound logical? Just has a role play that if you are the chicken, how do you feel? All animal has pain and love just like many of us love our dogs and when sometime feel sad when they are sick. Chickens also have feeling otherwise they would not scream when humans treated them badly.

    There are many ways to clean our sins, release other from their suffering by care, by donation and many others ways taught by the religious. I personally y feel that cruel to the animal is just enforcing our cruel and this can’t bring any peace to the world. Please stop all these animals sacrifice .

  12. Fong on Oct 21, 2016 at 12:24 am

    How one pays homage or purify their sins is up to what is taught in their religion. It is their right and part and parcel of their religion so long as no one has to suffer for it. In any case of animal sacrifice, it the the animals that faces the suffering of fear and death. If it is an alien race’s religion to sacrifice humans, then and only then humans wake up. Until then every step taken to stop sacrifice of animals will meet with resistance. Humankind has had that practice for too long.

  13. Ron Wong on Oct 19, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    I do agree that in these days of age, we must have freedom of choice & everyone is free to make his or her choices in whatever practices that they wish to do. However, slitting the throat of a life chicken to take away our sins sounds very much unbelievable & illogical too. In buddhism, we believe in non killing & all living beings have feeling & can feel pain, the act of killing itself is a negative actions, how can a negative action produce a positive results? This is like saying the universal law of karma doesn’t exist. I am not making a judgement or criticise the practice of other’s belief but i do think that on such auspicious day, we should carry out virtuous activities rather than such cruelty to animals to clear our sins.

  14. shelly tai on Oct 18, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    That is so out of our mind , by right when celebrate a holy day is suppose to be full of love and kindness but it end for the practitioner to commit a crime of killing the innocent animals, that is such a bad idea by right religion practice should teach us to be kind and compassion so please stop all these animals sacrifice because it really very inhuman.

  15. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Oct 17, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing the article and surface out the sufferings and pain which thousands of chickens had to go through before they were tortured and killed brutally. The Jewish Kaporos ritual will only implant more seeds of hatred, angersome and malice into the organizers’ mind and all the participants’ mind as these chickens were screaming in pain during their final moments of death. The entire ritual does not seem to have cleansed one’s sin with the cruelty acts but only induce more sins among the organizers as well as the participants who supported on this ritual. How on earth by taking the animal’s life can purify one’s sin?

    I truly hope and pray that the Jewish Kaporos ritual will be stopped and banned permanently as this ritual is against the animals rights in the first place and secondly, there is no conscience to torture and kill animals in order to purify one’s sin. There are many types of religious practices, charity and social work activities which we can participate if we really want to purify our sins or past wrong doings, but not taking the lives of animals. Let’s be more caring and fill up our mind with compassion and love for others.

    With folded hands,
    kin hoe

  16. Echeah on Oct 17, 2016 at 2:03 am

    There are some religions that have the practice of slaughtering animals to atone for their own sins. It makes me wonder how that logically works. Is it that easy? Kill a chicken or goat or cow and all your bad deeds are wiped off the slate overnight? It’s like saying you’ll make someone else suffer for your sins and you don’t need to take responsibility for them.

    They do it without guilt. They seem to do it thinking it is the right thing to do because their religion or sect says so and it is easy enough to follow.

  17. Wah Ying on Oct 17, 2016 at 12:45 am

    This Koporos ritual reminds me of Yulin dog meat festival and other similar customs, when it comes to animal rights campaigners vs tradition/custom/religion and so forth, it’s always lots of obstacles to overcome, because it has interwined with another’s religion, custom or practice which has practiced for so many decades.

    For Koporos ritual, it involves Jewish who is not minority in America in term of their influence and social status, and given the complexity and sensitivity of anti-semetic history..the campaign to urge to stop the ritual surely not an easy one. As for others long-practiced ritual or customs which involves animal cruetly and such to be stopped, it must definitely not doing by force, it should be always starts from education and awareness. It’s just like fighting to abolish the slavery system, it took long time to see changes, for in the process it will involves fighting against mainstream culture, some cololonization practice, economy structure of that time, racial issues and so forth.

    Many have putting in effort for more to have awareness about love and kindness is some core values which we should have in our life, so to create a more loving and happy planet to live harmoniously along with our environment, human, and non-human like animals and so forth.. This day will surely comes 🙂

  18. Pavara Lam on Oct 16, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    I am really shocked to hear that such rituals still occur nowadays.
    Chickens are beings which have feelings, which means that they can feel pain, love, hate ETC ETC…
    How can your sins be purified by taking another being’s life? Instead of purifying your sins you create even more sin due to the cruelty involved in the ritual!!
    We need to understand that by taking another beings life we will never achieve our goals..

    I really hope that the Jews will stop taking lives for granted and stop the mass murders of chickens.

  19. Chon Kong on Oct 16, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    謝謝Rinpoche的分享。在世的眾生都會有感覺,包括小動物也能感覺痛苦。人類在眾生當中,是最有智慧的,我們能夠獨立思考,分辨是非。所以,在具備天生的良好條件,我們應該在能力範圍內,給予弱勢的小動物救助,善待動物。

    老舊的傳統宗教文化和儀式,存有很多不人道和迷信,這包括殺害小動物來完成拜祭儀式。在現今的社會,我們走向文明,自由民主,和個人權益。在眾生都是平等的原則上,是時候把傳統觀念糾正過來,採用符合現代價值觀的方式來進行宗教儀式,這樣可以避免無辜的小動物受苦,我們也能夠累積善因。謝謝。

  20. Liang Jing on Oct 16, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    We must help to lessen or prevent ceremonies like this from happening without forcing these people through campaign to create awareness and through education program about animal cruelty in shopping malls, social media and in school. Therefore more know about the ritual/tradition brings sufferings to animals. However we should not focus on telling then their religion is wrong and ours is right. We could also exchange our views with Jewish friends in schools or online about the animal cruelty & respect all sentient beings.

  21. Lucas Roth on Oct 16, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    This actually makes me so sick. I cannot believe that people are still doing such terrible acts and “rituals” in the name of religion these days. This is such extreme cruelty and mass murder. It is even stated in the article that people can give money instead of killing the chickens and it is said that this ritual is not needed to “clear sins”.

    These kind of things need to stop. It is so sad and cruel to keep doing this to living things. They are in extreme fear and trauma before they are brutally and terrible killed. It is so horrible. Why? Please… We need to cleanse this earth from acts like this that make me feel ashamed to be human.

  22. Uncle Eddie on Oct 16, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    As Rinpoche always teaches us with empathy – No one wants to suffer; To feel pain; or to die. To make them suffer, feel painful and killing them will invite the same fate. Karma is blind to race, creed, religion, background, status and understanding. It is universal! Never harm or do anything hurtful. Karma is said to be always recording our deeds! This was the main reason which made me to become a vegetarian. I had no regrets since. Rinpoche had shown us recording of research showing that chickens are capable of feeling empathy which scientists had proof to believe its true!

  23. Joy Kam on Oct 15, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Thank you for highlighting to us once again that we do not need to kill ANYTHING to CONNECT with the DIVINE. I particularly liked the video of a rabbi who spoke out against Animal Cruelty and that there is no need to hurt or kill any animals to make “God” happy. I think that is the moral of the story. No matter what religion you follow, I think all religion teaches kindness and compassion. Hence, shouldn’t that compassion be extended to animals too? After all they too have the right to be on this planet and have happiness just like us humans.

    This blog post is not so much about Jewish, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Chinese, or whatever, it is about the very act of killing something to gain one’s peace, prayers answered, wishes fulfilled is not right. Why is it not right, because the very act of “killing” which is taking away someone’s life is negative, so how can all that pain, negative and hurt cause something positive in return for one. If it did, it would be very strange kind of God, or it is just short lived, just for that particular wish to come true and then you will need to sacrifice more and kill more. Hence, the yearly massacre. But in reality we actually do this killing every single day whether we believe in a God or no God, because we choose to eat meat. We are actually no different and in fact worst than those that sacrifice once a year, because we do EVERY DAY and we believe it is our right. We sacrifice them for our SELVES which is even worst. It’s not even for a “God”.

    Hence the point is this… no killing for oneself to eat or for God is justifiable. Killing is killing and the karma for that is still heavy and it will return to us. And this negative act of killing will never wash away our sin. negative + negative = negative not positive, although my math is bad, but I think this makes logical sense. Hence, we must continue to educate people in may ways why it is just not logical.

    Also I find it amazing to see so much rage and anger from those who wants to kill, this is across the board, in slaughter houses, in any race/religion. It only seems logical to think (based on Buddhist principals) that the energy of killing creates so much negative energy that it comes back to the person, making them aggressive, cold, heartless, they become more angry and more brutal as the act of killing is so brutal towards the animals. So the karma on them is therefore brutal and extremely negative.

    Love

  24. Never Bias on Oct 15, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Only Jewish Ritual? How about the even bigger animal sacrifice of Muslim Haji’s ritual? Every year all of the Muslim country, lamb cow camel etc been killed cruelty globally on this day, and your site still kept silence of it?!

    • Beatrix Ooi on Oct 15, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      Dear Never Bias,

      One of this blog’s functions is to share the information with people, this article is just one of those articles that are meant to educate people about things happening around the world.

      Take for an example, if the blog shares an article about an incident of animal cruelty, it does not mean the blog is responsible to share every single article/ news/ information about animal cruelty that’s happening every day around the world. Of course, we will do our very best to spread awareness on animal cruelty.

      Please understand this is just to educate the public, do feel free to visit the Animals and Vegetarianism section- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/animals-vegetarianism for more information. Thank you 🙂

    • Joy Kam on Oct 15, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      Dear Never Bias,

      Thank you for your comment on tsemrinpoche.com. However, please do not be offended by this post. We are not here to highlight any particular race or religion but rather the cruel act of animal abuse, torture and animals being harmed/killed. Just like what Ms. Beatrix said, this blog post main focus and education is on Animal Cruelty. It does not mean we are biased and only showcase a certain group and not another because that is never been our agenda.

      It is not about Jewish or Muslim that we are highlighting, it is the animal cruelty act itself. Our aim is to spread awareness on animal cruelty as much as possible, though we may not be able to cover every single one of them that happens daily. Our believe and motto is EVERY sentient being on this planet deserves happiness. Thank you and I hope you do explore the diverse categories on this blog.

      Love

    • Mary Anne Thomas on Oct 15, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      Dear Never Bias,
      I agree with you. Please highlight this to PETA and other animal rights group to do something about it. A more effective way is also write in to the many governments where they have large muslim communities to create awareness and your plea. I believe all religious animal sacrifice should be stopped.

  25. Sofi on Oct 15, 2016 at 12:31 am

    Many religions in the world demand sacrifice of animals in their rituals. Either as offerings or to cleanse the practitioners’ sins. I find it a questionable why are the animals need to be the sacrifice. Does it really appease their Gods? I mean, if their Gods are enlightened without self-grasping then why would need the death of another being to please them? If the God is pleased with blood or death, then what is the difference between this God and a ghost, a vampire or even a pontianak? Sorry I am not being offensive but just curious.

    And if the animals were to atone their sins, then why don’t they bear the responsibilities of their own sins rather than cast it onto the poor animal who had to lose its precious life without consent. If the people had not committed the sins, then there will not be any need to commit the sacrifice right? And how does the sin get transferred onto another beings when the action of sinning was by the human. Isn’t killing also another sin? Customs of the past sometimes should be re-examined to check for faultless reasoning before passing it on to the next generation. No one should interfere with another’s person’s religious practice but when it encroached upon the lives of another being, are we not allowed to question?

    This reminds me of the Dorje Shugden practitioners having to face persecution from the Central Tibetan Administration (government of Tibetan-In-Exile) and the Anti-Shugdens. The Shugden practitioners faced fear everday of abuses, threats and persecution daily. They are denied their basic rights to practice their religion in peace, denied their rights to, denied travel papers, denied medical aid, financial aid denied schooling for their children, etc. The Shugden practitioners don’t even sacrifice animals for their rituals so why are their rights taken away?

    Thank you Rinpoche for your eye-opening article of the bloody customs of another religion. May we learn to practice real love and kindness to all, including animals that also seek happiness.

  26. Pastor Han Nee on Oct 14, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Yes, however, you look at it, holding the chicken in a vice and then swinging over the head three times, must have put the chicken in great pain and terror. Then amid the pain and terror, its throat is brutally slit! How horrendous and cruel!The the chicken is thrown into a cone and left to rot!

    As there is an alternative – using money instead of slitting the throat and killing the chicken, why can’t this more humane practice be followed?

    Don’t these chickens have feelings? For sure they do!It is to be hoped that this practice will not endure. The cruelty of it all and the pain inflicted are too much and needless too.

  27. Samfoonheei on Oct 14, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Very sad ….the orthodox practice of 2,000 year old ritual still exist. The orthodox Jewish community believe the annual ritual will cleanse their sins, thats inhuman.Killing it self is a sin, no matter how much they do in this ritual, the sin will always be there. Its just a belief that runs down from their ancestors. Animal Rights Campaign did a good job trying to stop and calling for an end to the annual slaughter over chickens. Even though they lost,i do hope the activist will continue their campaign to stop the killing of chickens during Jewish Ritual.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

  28. Cheng See on Oct 14, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

    This is horrifying and sad. Why such cruelty ?
    The suffering is so terrible.

  29. Stella Cheang on Oct 14, 2016 at 12:45 am

    I am not in any position to comment on the ritual of another faith but the suffering and pain caused onto the poor chickens is too apparent to be ignored. Something deeper had eluded the whole process of this cleansing ritual is the cultivation of compassion and kindness towards all sentient beings, including chicken as well as fellow mankind. It does not feel right for someone to show vulgarity and arrogance when one is atoning one’s sin. Thank you Rinpoche for this article that reminds us that following ritual blindly without mind transformation is not spiritual.

  30. chris chong on Oct 13, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this information about this tradition in Judaism. It is very sad to see other men would actually believe that by swinging a bird over their head three times and then slit it’s throat can clear up their sins. I am fortunate to be born near dharma and in dharma now.

    Delusions in samsara are very scary as they lead us on a path of no return. We create negative karma by acting on our delusions which in turn the negative karma created will create more delusions. It is a never ending cycle unless we apply dharma. I am truly fortunate to have dharma in my life.

    Humbly,
    Chris

  31. Jace Chong on Oct 13, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche and the writer team for sharing this.

    Every living beings feel, no one likes pain and sufferings. I respect every culture has their own way in certain rituals, but how can the action of killing brings blessings or clears sins? The action itself is inflicting pain to another being and it’s already a sin; how does a sin clear another sin?

    Same goes to Gadhimai festival, a sacrificial ceremony that was held every 5 years in Kathmandu, Nepal. Luckily the worldwide protests have been a great success and the “festival” has stopped since 2015.

    I wish the protests on Kaporos gain victory one day by the continuous efforts. I agree very much that you can give money to the poor the gain blessing than to slit the poor chicken.

    Thank you.

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  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Apr 22. 2021 12:38 AM
    Animals are sentient beings who like us have feelings, if we hurt them they feel pain and if we treat them with love and care, they would feel loved. The more we human know about the animals the more we feel how amazing they are.

    Thank you for sharing, I got attacked from the cuteness and I admired the warm hug of the puppy with teddy bear.

    https://bit.ly/3eoJxl4
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 21. 2021 03:12 PM
    In Buddhism, offerings are made to the Triple Gem, giving rise to contemplative gratitude and inspiration. One such offerings such as foods. flowers, and so forth. Reading this post gives us a more understanding of some do’s and don’ts regarding food offerings. Offering food is a meritorious act that also reminds us not to be greedy or selfish.
    GREAT guidance , precious teachings and listening from those videos tell us more. All about making offerings, the importance of our motivation and the results of making offerings to the Three Jewels
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-quick-note-on-food-offerings.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 21. 2021 03:09 PM
    nteresting story of Namkar Barzin who is a worldly Dharma Protector in their own right after being subdued by Domo Geshe Rinpoche. And is part of Dorje Shugden’s entourage whose history goes back to about 90 years ago. Namkar Barzin is the second minister to Dorje Shugden after Kache Marpo. Well known for having the power to protect buildings, institutions, monasteries, and so forth . And also promotes peace, harmony, prosperity and growth as such as powerful in protecting Dharma.
    Interesting read story of how Namkar Barzin became a Minister in the entourage of Lord Dorje Shugden. Rinpoche did composed a prayers to Namkar Barzin feeling strongly connected to him and this will benefit people spiritually.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/invocation-to-namkar-barzin.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Apr 20. 2021 10:09 PM
    Astrology is a big influence on our life as it determine certain traits of character that influence our actions. Astrology does have some things in common with religions, such as seeking to understand the greater nature of the universe.

    Well! Tibetan Buddhism astrology goes much further, seeing deep into our soul and the karma you are working through in this life time, and far into the future even to the end of your life’s path.

    Thank you for the interesting sharing and happy to discover the Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology .

    https://bit.ly/3dyPGMz
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 19. 2021 05:14 PM
    The Chinese concept of yin and yang describes nature in daulities with two opposite, complementary, and interdependent forces. In simple words, two halves balancing together that make a whole. Yin and yang always flows and changes with time. Examining and understanding these patterns in ourselves and around us brings more balance in life. Examining and understanding these patterns in ourselves and around us brings more balance in life. All things carry the yin while embrace the yang. Neutralising energy brings them into harmony. Accepting true constants in life, change and death facts can release us from as much suffering and bring freedom in life. We must remember to let go of the past, and allow life to take its course. To me simplicity, patience, compassion are our greatest treasures. Great quotes.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/taoist-wisdom-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 19. 2021 05:10 PM
    Benza Guru Drubtop’ accomplished practitioner from Bhutan who has achieved spiritual realizations due to the recitation of the Padmasambhava Mantra. Previously he was a blind beggar living in the outlying suburbs of Bhutan. To regain his vision, the farmer following the advice of spiritual teachers and decided to recite the Vajra Guru Mantra with which he could improve his eye sight. His faith in Padmasambhava began to emerge and increase. As day and night didn’t make much difference to him and he began to recite the mantra diligently day and night, praying to Guru Rinpoche with great devotion. He eventually achieved an incredible level of realization. After having the vision of Padmasambhava ,he passed away thus fulfilling the prophecy. Inspiring read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-true-account-of-an-accomplished-practitioner-of-the-vajra-guru-mantra-in-recent-times.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 19. 2021 05:09 PM
    We build up understanding through our experience in the world. The process of reflection helps us to develop our understanding more deeply . We then could share our intuitive knowledge with others. It provides the opportunity to step back and take a look at what our work means to us. Self-reflection focus our mind and energy makes us a better decision maker.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this meaningful thought

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/around-us.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 10:48 PM
    This is an interesting informative sharing of Wonderful Vietnam. An amazing country with it’s rich traditional culture, variety of World Heritage Sites, breathtaking landscapes, wonderful rainforest, world famous foods and fascinating tropical coastline.

    Thank you for the sharing and I loved all the attractive destination and photos shared. Surprisingly, Vietnam has something to offer everyone and a most beautiful country in South East Asia worth to visit and to explore.

    https://bit.ly/3mNdeQP
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 04:32 PM
    King Trisong Detsen (740-798) was the second of the Three Dharma Kings of Tibet He played a pivotal role in the introduction of Buddhism to Tibet and the establishment of the Nyingma. He believed to be an emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri, that built Samye Monastery the first monastery . King Trisong Detsen aimed to revitalize Tibetan Buddhism so much so arranged a debate known as the Council of Lhasa. The Council of Lhasa, at Samye, was a famous debate, between the Chinese Buddhist monk Moheyan and the Indian Buddhist master Kamalashila. It is also known as the Great Debate, this debate lasted for 2 years. An interesting story behind this long and rancorous debate. The Council of Lhasa is an important event in Tibetan history and shaped the practice of Buddhism in Tibet up until today.
    Thank You Rinpoche and Pastor Antoinette Kass for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-great-council-of-lhasa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 04:29 PM
    Coming across this post of suspended coffees truly had me wonder if in Malaysia will come up with this compassionate concept. A suspended coffee is a great way to pay forward for a coffee meant for someone else who cannot afford a warm beverage. Kindness can come in many forms including the purchase of a suspended coffee,
    a very good concept indeed. This is a tradition that comes from Naples, Italy, dated in the 20th century. Buying a cup of coffee for a stranger , who needed it especially during cold nights. A simple act of kindness can change someone’s life. To date, many countries in US and Europe have started these compassion concept and had in fact inspired more. Hopefully one day this will happen in Malaysia .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-real-compassionate-idea.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 04:27 PM
    n the remote mountain highlands of eastern Tibet, there exists a unique lineage of female spiritual practitioners at Gebchak Gonpa. A nunnery of more than 350 from all the Tibetan schools of Buddhism came to study and practice Dharma, upholding rigorous meditation and yoga practices. Gebchak’s yogini nuns are famed for their accomplishments in profound yogas and meditation. These women have devoted their entire lives to practicing the Dharma. Interesting read of those Gebchak’s yogini nuns lives, as stated in the post.
    Sadly, during the cultural revolution the Gebchak Gonpa was destroyed and the remaining nuns were dispersed. Yet many of them continue preserving their unique female yogic tradition who had survived the Cultural Revolution. Today, new generations of nuns and lamas are preserving Gebchak’s practice lineage rebuilt and re-established Gebchak Gonpa, despite extreme physical hardships.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/gebchak-gonpa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 14. 2021 03:42 PM
    Thank you, Mr. Martin, well write-up this article of great-lamas-masters great-masters speak truly all about Tsem Rinpoche. We as students have seen and heard of all Rinpoche wonderful and extraordinary qualities. Rinpoche not only cares and loves all his students and even to strangers as well. Nor matter who you are regardless of race and faith Rinpoche will be too willingly to help. That’s Rinpoche’s nature a Bodhisatva . Rinpoche had made a way from Us to India and then Malaysia just to spread Dharma teachings and nothing else. Rinpoche as advice by his teacher to be in Malaysia and that’s where he established many departments to benefits all sentient beings. Reading through this post tells us all Great Masters, Lamas, Geshes and many highly attained Lamas and Masters specking what is true the same qualities of Rinpoche. Rinpoche was very kind, generous, giving, compassionate, always doing charity, giving to the poor, raising funds, sponsoring. Described Rinpoche as someone highly intelligent and extraordinary person. Interesting read , may more people reading this article to have a clearer view of Rinpoche.
    All I could say is that Rinpoche had showed us the light of life. With folded hands , may we able to meet Rinpoche again in this life and so forth.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/great-masters-speak-about-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 14. 2021 03:40 PM
    Interesting biography of a great Lama Zanabazar was a renowned painter, sculptor, architect and costume designer. He was known as“Michelangelo of Asia”, for his artistic skills which were matched by his literary prowess as a Buddhist scholar, linguist and poet. Zanabazar as a historical figure played an important role in propagating Buddhism in Mongolia. He had established Mongolian unique cultural identity. Zanabazar was the first Bogd Gegeen or high-saint-of-mongolia or supreme spiritual authority, the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in Outer Mongolia. He is believed to be a Geluk protagonist whose alliance with the Dalai and Panchen Lamas was crucial to the dissemination of Buddhism in Khalkha Mongolia. Interesting read with all the rare pictures shared.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/zanabazar-the-first-high-saint-of-mongolia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:12 PM
    Looking at those very unique house been built simply stunning. Creatively with nature indeed , salute to those architecture who has such a wild ideas and innovations building such an incredibly unique houses in nature. No easy though but everything is possible.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/into-the-wild.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:11 PM
    Truly stunning Kuanyin Statue also know as”Goddess of Mercy” Statue designed by Portuguese architect . Very serene with the huge golden statue seemingly floating over the sea at high tide. One of the underrated landmarks in Macau. It is believed that when this statue is built, Macau has become more prosperous, peaceful and economically better. Many locals and tourist visited this beautiful Statue and it’s a popular spot where they will walk along the sea watching sunset. Merely by looking at this Statue is a blessing. Those beautiful pictures tells us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/kuan-yin-of-macau-city.html

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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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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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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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  • April 21, 2021 03:13
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, When one experiences the outcome of negative karmas, how does one have compassion for oneself and overcome tough times? Relying on buddhas is definitely top of the list but I find my fear and self doubt and bad temper sabotages all the outer dharma practice I do. I am weak in the practical side of applying dharma!
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. What you have expressed is something that a lot of people go through, because of the accumulation of negative karma from previous lifetimes. What you must remember is that our negative habitual patterns from previous lives are very strong, hence effort is needed in the spiritual path. That is why Joyous Effort is one of the Six Perfections. Karma, our habitual patterns, fear and self-doubt will try to knock us of the path of self-transformation at every turn until we are strong enough to withstand them. One way to overcome this is to develop strong faith in the Three Jewels, and the way to do this is to engage in the practice of Taking Refuge. I'm not just talking about Talking Refuge at the beginning of formal Dharma practice such as your sadhana or pujas. But actually Taking Refuge remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels. When I first came to Kechara, I had a lot of physical obstacles manifest, a lot of fear and doubt. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche suggested that I read the section of the Lamrim that talks about Taking Refuge, and explains how to do it properly, remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels and the benefits they grant on the spiritual path. When you practice Taking Refuge, you remember these and you contemplate them. Then your faith in the application of the Dharma increases, and your fear, self-doubt, etc, disappear. When that happens, even if your negative karma and habits try to knock you off the path, you find yourself back on the path. Another thing you must remember is that when we are practicing the Dharma, due to our habits, we will not be perfect at something directly after learning about it. It takes time to train ourselves. That is why the central teaching in the Gelug tradition we practice is called the Lamrim, or the Graded Stages on the Path to Enlightenment. It is step-by-step. It is a process. It is not instant. So you shouldn't let fear, self-doubt, etc get in the way. Instead calmly apply the antidote to these, which is strong refuge. When you develop strong refuge, you will have faith and confidence in the teachings. When you have these, you will practice the teachings, no matter what happens. The compassion for yourself and overcoming tough times comes through faith in the Three Jewels and the teachings of self-transformation. I met someone the other day who said self-transformation was not possible for him, but then why did Buddha Shakyamuni and the enlightened beings teach the Dharma? Of course, it is possible, and in order to progress on the spiritual path, you must have faith and conviction. This comes from the simple, yet foundational practice of Taking Refuge. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 19, 2021 02:53
    Sandra asked: Hello respected pastors, I heard once from here that too much mantra recitations produce wind in the body? Did I hear right? What are the repercussions of that? I do find I cough during mantra recitations these days...I only do about 6 malas though!
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Mantras are the form of the enlightened beings in sound. Hence, when you recite mantras they are very powerful. All mantras move the psychic winds in the body. They don't actually produce physical wind in the body. The psychic winds move naturally due to the power of the mantras, and only have a beneficial effect on the body. If you are not initiated into the Higher Yoga Tantra practices, any of the common mantras are fine to recite. These include Lama Tsongkhapa's Migtsema, your Guru's mantra, Chenrezig, Tara, Manjushri, etc. These will move the winds in your body naturally, so there will be no untoward side effect. However, mantras of Higher Yoga Tantra deities, such as Yamantaka, Vajra Yogini, Heruka, etc, should only be known and recited by those who have received initiation into the practice and received the commentary to the practice from a qualified guru. These mantras move the psychic winds in the body more forcefully hence can have negative side effects if not done properly. If you are having any negative effects when reciting mantras, such as coughing, that could be due to a number of other more ordinary reasons, such as reciting too loudly or being out of breath when reciting. When you are reciting mantras during your sadhana, you should only recite loud enough for yourself to hear, and not disturb others if they are around. If you are in a puja, you follow the puja lead to either recite out aloud or quietly. If you are getting out of breath, slow down your mantra recitation, or reduce the amount of mantras you are doing until you are used to it. Then you can slowly increase to however many you want to recite. The main issue is consistency, you should recite mantras as part of your sadhana every day. You can also recite extra mantras throughout the day, but the key is to make sure that you finish your daily sadhana. And you should not rush through your mantra recitation, but recite the mantra clearly. I hope this helps.
  • April 13, 2021 21:55
    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. As I am sure you are aware, there are many different types of prayers. Praises are one type of prayer, or commonly included in longer prayers. When we praise the enlightened beings, we generate merit. This is due to the power of the enlightened beings. Generally speaking these prayers are praises of the qualities of either the enlightened being's body, speech, mind or benefits derived from their practices. Or the praise can be a combination of these. The merit generated from praising an enlightened being is immense. Some prayers even have the power to grant certain specific benefits due to the merits generated from the praise. Hence, some prayers even have the benefits listed in them. So yes, if you recite the praise with strong faith and refuge in the particular enlightened being, you will generate merit which will help to achieve the benefits stated. On a normal level, you will receive the benefits. On a higher level, you create the merit to achieve the same body, speech, mind and qualities of the enlightened being, meaning you create the causes to be enlightened yourself. I hope this helps.
  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
  • April 10, 2021 07:50
    ray asked: hi pastor i have a question regarding purification practices because ive been having some doubts now, is it true that some people say engaging in purification practices bad things would then happen to the practitioner after that? be it being sick or facing obstacles coming after that.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. When we engage in purification practices, what we are purifying is our negative karma. If you know about karma, you know that eventually you will need to experience your karma, be this negative or positive. When you experience your negative karma, then you experience negative situations. This could be something major, like having an accident, to something very minor such as feeling bad if say a loved one says something in a way that you perceive as being negative. Any experience you have that you perceive as negative, is a manifestation of your negative karma. During purification practices, through your own effort of invoking upon the enlightened beings and practice of the Four Opponent Powers, you are able to purify this negative karma. However, for a negative karma to be fully exhausted, you need to experience it. Say you have a karma to get into an accident, if you don't purify and exhaust it, then you will need to suffer from it 100%. This could mean getting into a car accident which is very severe and you are hurt badly. If you engage in purification practices then you can purify, let's say 99% of the karma. But for it to be exhausted fully, you still need to experience it. In this case, maybe you do get into an accident. Since you have purified most of the karma, your car only bumps into another car very softly. You don't even feel it, the person in the other car doesn't feel it and you car is not damaged at all. This is the reason why some people say if you engage in purification practices, bad things will happen. And because of that people are put off doing purification practices. This is wrong thinking because if you do experience negative situations when engaged in purification practices, this could be because: a) What you experienced is actually the purified karma, rather than the full force of the karma. In this case you should rejoice that through your effort of engaging in the practice, you didn't experience something much worse. b) It could just simply be the manifestation of a karma that wasn't purified. This means, you would have had to go through this experience anyway. c) Because you are engaged in purification practices, you are thinking of karma a lot. Therefore, when such experiences occur then you attribute it to karma, and then think it is linked to your purification practice. Then you believe that doing purification practices is bad because you have to suffer from such experiences. This is wrong thinking. Perhaps even if you were not doing purification practices, then you would still experience the situation, but you wouldn't actually think anything of it. You would just go about the rest of your day as usual. That being said, when you are doing purification practices, there comes a point were certain negative karma is so weak that you need to experience it for it to be exhausted completely. This can and does manifest as negative situations, such as minor illnesses, or even accidents, etc. However, the point to remember is the karma causing these situations have been purified so they are very mild compared to their full form. These negative situations can also be purified/exhausted in dreams, etc. Another way they can be purified is having mental disturbances or emotional ups and downs when actually doing the purification practices. In essence, you will need to feel the effects of your negative karma in some form or another, so better that you experience it in a very mild form right? This is what purification practices helps you to do. Purification practices are not something to be scared of. In fact, you should rejoice when engaged in purification practices. On a more deeper level, without some form of purification practice it is hard to understand higher aspects of the Dharma. Your negative karma will block you from being able to understand the Dharma and then internalise it. That is why purification practices are emphasised within each and every tradition and are a prerequisite for higher teaching such as tantra. The benefits of purification practices (such as enabling you to exhaust your negative karma in a very mild form, and preparing your mind for higher teachings) outweighs having to experience a very small negative situation. Therefore think about the benefits of purification practice and contemplate on it. This will help you to develop faith in them and get rid of any doubts or fears that you may have. I hope this helps.
  • April 1, 2021 04:54
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    pastor answered: Thank you for your kind message. It is very encouraging for us to read. May you always be blessed by the Three Jewels.
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    pastor answered: Dear Vikas Baluni, I am unclear as to the actually meaning of your question but I believe you are asking how to increase and grow your business. According to Buddhism, everything that we go through in life is due to karma, this includes both the good things and the bad things. Therefore, for your business to grow and do well depends on your good karma. Only one type of energy can overcome karma and is always good for your, and that is what we call merit or punya (in sanskrit). So in order to have merit for your business to do well, you have to take actions that generate merit. The main of these is to transform your mind to become a more compassionate and wiser person, to help others less fortunate, to engage in pujas and other such virtuous activities. There are certain deity practices that are well-known in Buddhism to help increase the energies of wealth and success in our lives. These can help your business to grow. Once such practice is that of Bhagawan Gyenze, you can click here to find out more: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html Bhagawan Gyenze will definitely help you to grow your business, if you have a good motivation. If you motivation is only about yourself, then your business will not grow that much. But if you have the motivation help others, then Bhagawan Gyenze will help you even more. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 25, 2021 01:11
    Jason asked: I have been practicing white dzambala and the bathing / water tormas for quite some time now. Recently I have been getting regular dreams where white dzambala appears and just smiles at me, or I dream that I am doing white dzambala chutor practice. I understand that when lama tsongkhapa got dreams of deities he thought that this was Mara acting up and paid no attention to it until his lama said something. My lama is currently on retreat and it is difficult to contact him. Please give me some advice on what is happening. I'm just some normal beginners smuck and I'm getting worried that this is a bad sign. When I wake up I feel at peace... But according to commentaries this could be Mara.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am really happy to hear that you are engaging in Dzambhala's practice. It's extremely beneficial. You are right that Lama Tsongkhapa ignored his dreams of deities, and viewed them as bad signs. But before jumping to conclusions, we must analyse the reasons why Lama Tsongkhapa ignored not only his dreams, also the visions of the deities he received. The reason that Lama Tsongkhapa did not consider it a positive sign is because as practitioners on the spiritual path, it is all too easy to get carried away with 'signs' or advice, visions, dreams from supposed deities. Sometimes if we 'analyse' them it can lead us in the wrong direction because of our mistaken understanding. Sometimes, other entities can also enter our dreams and tell us things that we believe, hence we start practising things that are not Dharmic in nature. Lama Tsongkhapa warned against such things, rather Lama Tsongkhapa said that we should rely on the Dharma teachings that are genuine and transmitted to us through an unbroken line through our lineage. Generally speaking however, these dreams you are having are literally just dreams, so there is nothing to worry about. One category of dreams we have are known as samsaric dreams. These arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we make a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. When we have dreams such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. Because we have been engaging in sustained practice, or have imprints from previous lives, these can surface in our dreams hence we have dreams of Buddhas, our teachers, etc. There is nothing to worry about or to consider overly auspicious or a 'sign'. Just realise that you have had the dream, do not allow your thoughts to dwell on it, accept it and move on. However, do take note that you had these dreams and once your Guru is out of retreat, please consult your Guru and inform him/her of these occurances and seek your Guru's advice if any. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2021 02:01
    Jason asked: I white dzambhala is a wealth deity but can he also act as a dharma protector?
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. The practice of Dzambhala is actually a Yidam practice, this means that Dzambhala is a meditational deity. When you engage in his practice, as well as bestowing wealth, through his practice you also develop qualities that help you progress towards enlightenment. In the case of Dzambhala, the primary quality he helps you develop is actually generosity, which is one of the Six Perfections. Therefore, although he is known as a wealth deity, he is much, much more than that. When you engage in his practice, you are actually developing virtuous qualities in your mindstream. The function of Dharma Protectors however is to remove obstacles and to create conducive conditions so that you can transform your mind. Hence, the function of a meditational deity and a Dharma Protector is different. That being said, when you engage in Dzambhala's practice properly, you do gain wealth. Generally, we only consider this wealth to be external wealth, but Dzambhala's practice is more than that, because through his practice you gain internal wealth which are virtuous qualities. Due to the fact his practice also brings material wealth, he is known as a wealth deity. When you practice any meditational deity, you will gain some physical benefit as well, which can seem to mirror the effect of Dharma Protectors, but their function is very different. Dzambhala for example grants material wealth, but his actually function is to increase inner wealth. Another example would be Medicine Buddha, outward he heals our physical body, but inwardly he also helps to heal our minds and develop qualities such as compassion. Dharma Protectors can also help to heal our body, but for real internal change, we need to rely on a meditational deity. I hope this answer helps.
  • March 16, 2021 21:23
    ray asked: Dear pastors, i have a question regarding vajra and bells. can one use them if they do not have any sort of initiation or whatsoever?
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. You are right that traditionally vajras and bells are only used after receiving initiation. However, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche recommended learning how to use the vajra and bell, as a means of creating the causes to receive initiation in the future. That said, there are many dos and don'ts related to using the vajra and bell. You can learn not only how to use them, but also vajra and bell etiquette from one of Kechara's Pastors. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 7, 2021 17:30
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Do you recommend doing Tsem Rinpoche’s guru yoga as part of daily Sadhana? I am sure I read on the article for the name retreat that it could be done as daily prayers but now I can’t see that sentence? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes of course, you may include Tsem Rinpoche's Guru Yoga as part of your daily sadhana if you wish. This creates a very strong bond with Tsem Rinpoche. If you are following the Diamond Path sadhana (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/diamond-path), you insert the Guru Yoga after you have completed the Gaden Lhagyama (Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa). Alternative, if you are using a different prayer text, you insert the Guru Yoga after Gaden Lhagyama, or before any deity prayers that you do such as Manjushri, Tara, etc. After you complete the deity practice section of your sadhana, you continue on to your Dharma protector practice, and finish with your completion dedication. I hope this helps. Do let us know if this is not clear. Thanks.
  • March 4, 2021 22:52
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Can a lay person work towards the preliminary practices by accumulating daily ? Many thanks.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes, of course. Anyone can engage in the preliminary practices, you don't have to be ordained in order to do so. However for one's practice to be considered a full preliminary practice, you need to do 100,000 repetitions of whichever practice you are engaged in without break. That means you must engage in at least one session a day, until the count is completed. 10% of the count is also added on top, to make up for any unintentional mistakes. So the figure would actually be 110,000. If you skip a day, that means you have broken your preliminary retreat. If this occurs you can still dedicate the practice you have done so far, and you will still benefit from the merit generated and the purification of negative karma from the practice, but it is not counted as a full preliminary practice. Also you must adhere to the retreat procedures for the duration of the time it takes you to complete the particular preliminary practice. For example, an altar with daily offerings, retreat seat with swastika, refraining from eating black foods, etc. This may not be convenient for most people in our day and age. So what you can do is to spend a certain amount of time accumulating a specific figure, for example 10,000 repetitions of a particular practice. Seal the practice at the end with a strong dedication, like the King of Prayers. Later on, you can repeat the procedure more times until you complete 100,000. This method was given by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for modern-day practitioners who do not have the time to complete 100,000 in one go. While it technically does not constitute a full preliminary retreat, you still gain immense merits and purification from engaging in the practice, even if spaced out. As Rinpoche said, it's better for you to do mini preliminary retreats than not doing any of the preliminary practices whatsoever. That being said, if you do have the ability to do a full preliminary retreat and it will not negatively impact you, such as create financial difficulties or strain familial relationships, then of course go ahead! To have the sincere wish to engage in any Dharma practice is wonderful. You can read more about the individual preliminary practices here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html You can watch a short teaching on the preliminary practices by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/cosmic-tantra.html
  • March 3, 2021 04:13
    Sandra asked: Dear respected pastors, what are dreams? Do dreams have significance? Are they simply images the mind views at night - do they resemble the dreamer's state of mind? Thank you for all your replies :) :)
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Hello. Nice to see you back here. On the normal level, both waking and dream states are both marred by our delusions. The teachings tell us that this deluded state continues through all our experiences, whether during the dreaming or waking states. The way to overcome this is to "wake up" from our delusions, or reach enlightenment. Normally when people think of dreams, they do so in psychological terms and so focus on the content of the dream. When we investigate the nature of the dream itself, we begin to investigate something deeper, the processes that underlies the whole of our existence. Understand this propels you further along the spiritual journey towards enlightenment. We have many dreams during one night of sleep, and may or may not consciously remember then when we wake up. In terms of content, dreams can be used to work through psychological issues or can indicate certain issues and overcoming them (as is common within Western psychological practices). In Tibetan Buddhism, dreams can be used for much more. In the advanced practices, one can transform ordinary dreams to further one's spiritual journey. This is not only in terms of working through psychological issues, but in terms of meditation and practice as well. Generally, there are three types of dreams as described below. Most of us only experience the first type, unless we progress on the spiritual path. 1. Samsaric dreams: these arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we take a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. 2. Clarity dreams: These dreams occur when you are fairly progressed in meditational practices and can carry this into the dream state. These dreams arise not from the emotions, or memories, etc., but from more subtler forms of karma and delusions. However, just like in waking mediational practice, you are not affected by the images or thoughts that appear to you. 3. Clear Light dreams: In the advanced tantric practices, there are teachings called dream yoga. The object of these is to achieve the clear light dreams, which are very difficult to achieve and take years and years of intense practice. The most important clear light mind that arises is actually at the time of our death, if we are trained enough in this very subtle state, we can actually control where we take rebirth. If we are more experienced in this state, then we can actually use it to meditate on the teachings and achieve enlightenment. Clear light dreams are a "lesser" type of clear light mind, that helps practitioners prepare for the time of death. When we have an auspicious dream such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., even though this is auspicious, it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. There are instances however, when the enlightened beings and Dharma protectors will send practitioners dreams to help with their practice or as methods of divination. Tsem Rinpoche once told us of a very powerful Nyingma lama known for his divination abilities. Students would ask him a question, then he would take a nap, and receive divination advice in this dreams, which he would then relay to his students. This lama was well-known for this ability because his dream divinations were extremely accurate. As I am sure you can tell, the scope of dreams with the Buddhist context is very vast and I will not be able to cover everything here. However, I hope that what I have written helps your understanding. Thank you.
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
1 years ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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