Healing Through Acupuncture

May 7, 2017 | Views: 618

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For many, the idea of being poked by numerous needles is hardly appealing even if it is beneficial. In fact, it is downright terrifying for those with belonephobia i.e. an abnormal fear of sharply pointed objects, especially needles. However, imagined fears rarely present the real picture and the only antidote to those fears is through knowledge and familiarisation.

 

Is the Pain as Bad as It Looks?

Acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese medical philosophy, which interprets human physiology and its illness quite differently than contemporary science. Back then, there were no concepts of the existence of cells, modern physiology, biochemistry, nutrition or mechanisms of healing. Instead, it is premised upon the understanding that energy flows within the human body and this energy can be channeled to create balance and health. This energy flow is called “Qi” (and pronounced “chee”) and Qi moves throughout the body along 12 main channels known as meridians. In essence, the meridians represent the major organs and functions of the body but these meridians do not follow the exact pathways of nerves or blood flow as mapped out by western medical practice.

The point of acupuncture is to correct the imbalances of the Qi and restore health through stimulation. Thus, fine needles are inserted through the skin at points along the meridians of the body. It is site-specific for specific diseases and disorders. However, contrary to popular misconception, it does not involve painfully deep poking. Acupuncture merely entails the stimulation of certain points on or near the surface of the skin. In general, there is very little pain associated with acupuncture treatment and most will only experience either a mild tingling sensation or a little dull ache. Some have likened it to very slight pinpricks or discomfort of normal ant bites.

 

Resiliency of Acupuncture

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The origins of acupuncture remain hazy in view of the lack of records. It is widely accepted that the theory and practice of acupuncture originated in China. However, the discovery of tattoo incisions on the acupuncture meridians of Otzi, the mummified Iceman, prompted a revisit of such beliefs. Some scientists went on to suggest that those tattoos are evidence that acupuncture actually predates the Asian acupuncture tradition by at least 2,000 years.

In any event, the earliest existing documentation relating to acupuncture are the ancient scriptures found in 198 BC sealed within the “Ma-Wang-Dui” tomb in China. The scriptures did not spell out the details of acupuncture procedures but contained certain references to the meridian system. The earliest ancient documentation in existence specifically relating to acupuncture procedures is “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine” from China, dating back to around 100 BC. This book captures the exchanges between the Chinese Emperor and his learned minister, Chhi-Po, regarding acupuncture. It primarily sets out the details and explanations about the meridians, Qi flows and pressure points. The details of precise sites of acupuncture points were not specifically addressed. Such acupuncture points were only documented much later. The bronze statues with acupuncture points that are still in use today were developed in the 15th Century for teaching and examination purposes.

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From the 14th Century and all throughout the Ming Dynasty, the practice of acupuncture flourished and culminated in the use of massage, diet, various herbs and heat therapy or “moxibustion” to enhance the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments. It was during this golden period that “The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion”, a leading text on acupuncture was published. This book sets out the principles of acupuncture on which modern practices of this tradition rest.

The 17th Century was a dark time for acupuncture as it acquired a reputation for being a superstitious and irrational practice. Having become tangled in politics, things deteriorated to the point that the Emperor issued a decree in 1822 to exclude the practice of acupuncture from the Imperial Medical Institute. Despite this exclusion, some rural healers and scholars steadfastly held on to the knowledge of this practice. Acupuncture practitioners did not face official persecution (as it was not strictly illegal to do so at that time) but they were heavily stigmatised. Then, with the advent of Western medicine in the 20th Century, acupuncture practice fell further into disrepute. 1929 was the final nail on the coffin as the practice of acupuncture was outlawed in China along with other forms of traditional medicine.

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Fortunately, 1949 was a huge turning point which marked the revival of acupuncture. The communist government had a change of heart and made a huge effort to restore the practices of traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, to their former glory. With governmental support, acupuncture research institutes mushroomed across China contributing to the development and growth of this practice. Acupuncture was even introduced and incorporated into selected hospitals around China. Since then, interest in this ancient healing practice kept growing.

 

Modern Relevancy

From its turbulent past, acupuncture developed over the next few centuries and gradually became part of the standard suite of alternative healing therapies across the world. A versatile treatment method, it has been used for pain management and to treat conditions of varying degree, from minor aches to life threatening illnesses.

The following narratives from PIEWK, a professionally trained Chinese physician who graduated from China’s Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, serves to better illustrate the workings of acupuncture as an alternative healing method.

 

Acupuncture Helps to Revive Minor Stroke Patients

A few years ago, I had an emergency request to treat a patient with minor stroke. She was a 52-year-old lady who suddenly noticed that her speech was slurred and her gait unsteady. She was referred to me by her friend.

As a traditional Chinese medicine (“TCM”) physician, I read her pulse and checked her tongue. Her tongue appeared greyish in colour and her face was pale. Her pulse was tense and irregular. I asked her to lie down on the clinic bed and I performed acupuncture on her scalp, neck, hand and legs, coupled with electrical stimulation and moxibustion. The whole session took about 45 minutes.

The patient felt immediate relief during and after the acupuncture session. After treatment, her tongue colour became red, which indicated good blood circulation to the heart and brain. She was also able to speak clearly.

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When acupuncture is performed on a patient who has stroke-related symptoms such as an unsteady gait, slurred speech, numbness on one side of the body, weakness, dizziness, etc., the application of needles to the relevant meridian points help to enhance the Qi and blood circulation. The patient may feel a slight prickling pain, soreness, numbness, or a pulling or “current” flowing sensation, due to the manipulation of Qi during the treatment. After the acupuncture needles are removed, the above sensations will eventually subside.

After treating the patient, I advised her to go to the hospital the very next day for a CT scan and any other necessary check-ups to ensure she was fine. To her and her cardiac doctor’s surprise, there was nothing significantly alarming about her test results despite her earlier stroke-related symptoms.

My youngest stroke patient was a 23-year-old young man and my oldest was a 92-year-old bed-ridden woman. Both of them came regularly for acupuncture treatment. Through observing their rate of recovery, it became apparent that the golden period for acupuncture treatment is the first three months (from the stroke). Those who immediately start acupuncture during that period tend to have quicker recovery of limb movement, are more likely able to stand on their own feet and also go back to their normal daily routine. In contrast, those who fail to get acupuncture during that period tend to recover with limited limb movement and usually require the assistance of a wheelchair or walking stick for mobility.

Acupuncture is safe for those with heart disease as well as stroke patients who are on anti-coagulants as it is a non-invasive treatment. The needles are applied onto meridian points without pricking the veins or nerves. The only side effect is the ant-bite pain sensation which is usually tolerable.

 

Acupuncture Relieves Neck and Shoulder Stiffness

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A businessman walked into my clinic with difficulty turning his head. He was unable to look to the left or right and also could not look up or down. He was puzzled as to why he had such bad neck stiffness, as he had started using a special pillow many years ago. I checked his pulse, asked a few questions and checked his neck as well as his shoulder by pressing a few meridian points.

He confessed that he had eaten quite a lot of durians a couple of days ago. He also admitted to being a hot-tempered person. I found his pulse to be quite tense and his tongue appeared dark red which indicated he was “heaty”. The excess heat was not severe enough to cause a fever but it exhausted his body fluids (the “Yin”) thereby causing stiffness of his muscles.

I performed acupuncture on his neck and shoulder area. After half an hour of treatment, he could happily turn his head in all directions with ease. Acupuncture not only restored his neck and shoulder movement but also cleared away the excess body heat and improved the circulation of Qi and blood to the relevant meridian points.

Neck and shoulder stiffness is a common problem with office workers, youngsters and IT folks. In addition to working long hours on the computer, they also spend a lot of time tilting their heads to look down at their cell phones. This results in bad Qi and poor blood circulation which easily causes stiffness to the head, neck and shoulders. This prolonged bad circulation caused by unhealthy posture can even lead to numbness of the arms, fingers and even headaches and dizziness.

Acupuncture on the neck and shoulder meridians will help to improve circulation of Qi and blood to the area, thus relieving muscle stiffness and pain. Immediate relief can usually be felt after a session of acupuncture treatment. In some severe cases, more sessions of acupuncture are required. In any event, if the stiffness or pain persists after ten sessions of acupuncture, then it is advisable for the patient to do an x-ray examination of the cervical (neck) bone to rule out any other diseases or changes, for example bone spurs or degeneration.

 

Acupuncture Relieves Muscle Pains

I often have patients who complain of body aches and want to know if acupuncture can help. Most of them are afraid of “pain” as acupuncture is related to the use of needles. However, the pain is actually minimal and tolerable. In fact, the needles are actually applied on meridian points nearer to the surface of the skin. However, as the meridians are very close to micro blood vessels and nerves, one will experience a sensation of pricking pain, soreness, numbness, or even itchiness around the area.

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An acupuncture session normally lasts about 20 to 30 minutes and usually done using disposable needles for hygiene purposes. After treatment, some immediately stop feeling any discomfort. Even those with severe conditions who require more sessions reportedly feel a reduction of the muscle pain by half after the first treatment.

When a patient feels immediate relief, they tend to ignore follow-up treatments. In reality, follow-up treatments are very important as body aches are just symptoms and the cause of such symptoms need to be treated. For example, leg or knee pain is usually related to the spine. Thus, the only way to really cure leg or knee pain is to address the problematic condition of the spine.

For acute sprains, one can apply an ice pack on the painful area which relieves the pain and swelling. But if after a few days, the swelling persists and movements become limited, it is advisable to seek acupuncture treatment and physiotherapy. After acupuncture, it is advisable for the patient to abstain from consuming cold or iced drinks as well as hot and spicy foods which will delay the recovery process.

 

Conclusion

With promising results, the practice of acupuncture is slowly being accepted by the modern western medical community as a legitimate form of medical treatment. This is likely spurred on by the growing trend of reliance on acupuncture by the public and the positive results and glowing feedback. However, due to a lack of scientific and empirical evidence on the effectiveness of acupuncture, scepticism remains high. Nonetheless, a good thing can only be kept under wraps for so long before people come to see its true worth. Judging from its past, it is only a matter of time before acupuncture pokes its way to global recognition as a mainstream medical treatment.

 
Sources/References

  • http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/treatment/acupuncture
  • http://www.centerforinquiry.net/uploads/attachments/Acupuncture_Paper.pdf
  • http://www.ncahf.org/pp/acu.html
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acupuncture
  • http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Acupuncture/Pages/Introduction.aspx
  • https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/category/public-content/public-ask-an-expert/ask-an-expert-about-acupuncture/ask-an-expert-about-acupuncture-does-it-hurt.html
  • http://www.bmj.com/content/338/bmj.a3115
  • https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/creatures-and-monsters/the-curse-of-otzi-the-iceman.html

 

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  1. S.Prathap on Jun 28, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    The practice of acupuncture is slowly being accepted by the modern western medical community as a legitimate form of medical treatment. People should try to do acupuncture as it is a very helpful way to heal.

    Thank you to sharing this article. More people will trust the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment.

  2. Jacinta on Jun 27, 2018 at 2:09 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I’m impressed that this article suggested that acupuncture may have existed much earlier with the suggested case of the tattoos found on Otzi, a non-Asian case. Maybe, there are other cultures might have been using this method as well? All along I thought this is only a Chinese method of healing. I haven’t tried before but have heard of it’s effectiveness and is one of the methods that can be considered by the elderly because it involves non-invasive procedures.

    Acupuncture is known helping to improve circulation of Qi and blood to the treatment area, thus relieving muscle stiffness and pain. If follow-up treatments are done well, the patients are expected to be healed completely or at least improvements. To me, it’s just like we’re using mantras and/or the breathing exercise to heal our body. Of course, chanting mantras has more benefits in terms of spirituality. Looks like acupuncture is here to stay for many years to come and perhaps it has much more benefits than this.

    Thank you for this post as it has deepened my knowledge in regard to this matter.

  3. Tek Lee on Mar 8, 2018 at 2:31 am

    This is a very good information about Chinese tradition medical acupuncture. This method is so reliable that it has been used over a millennium, and until now people are still rely on this medical method, it’s really amazing. Nowadays can see a number of Traditional Chinese clinic that has acupuncture. Personally, I know about acupuncture since small. But never had the chance to try it. Maybe seeing the needle poking on the body, looks like serious illness, but as age gain, knowing that it actually helps in many ways, not only serious illness. Another reason could be personally I am scared of needles. That shouldn’t be a reason stopping me to try acupuncture in near future. Maybe one day I should go try it.

  4. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Mar 7, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Most people have tried already acupuncture in our discussion group. Yet some are very scared of the needles. Although the needles are very small and don’t hurt much. I like to seek help via acupuncture as it is a non invasive treatment and it does not use medicine with secondary effects.

    I think more people should try acupuncture as it is a very helpful way to heal. Thank you for sharing this interesting article.

  5. June Kang on Mar 7, 2018 at 8:07 am

    I personally support the Acupuncture treatment. I had experience it and get the benefit for it. Many years ago I had leg pain on my leg and I went for specialist and will be advised for operation. I did not do so but went for acupuncture treatment and the pain gone. Thereafter the specialist also advised me do not need for operation anymore. I am now still go for acupuncture treatment for others sickness. However through experience I would say what works for one person, may not work for another and not all acupuncturists are the same. You need to keep an open mind.

  6. Mingwen on Mar 7, 2018 at 7:32 am

    According to Buddha, there are 84,000 teachings from him to fit individually because everyone is unique, all of us have different background, living environment, experience, characteristic and more. Hence, I think different types of medical treatment are going to fit us individually, such as accupunture, not all individual have positive outcome with the treatment, and it is the same with other types of treatment. However, what is important is to be open minded and try out as many things as we can, to get healed, experience, and more.

  7. Katie Choong on Mar 7, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Thank you for this informative article. I’m glad to know that arcupunture has became a rapidly growing medical specialty worldwide. No doubt arcupunture is scary but from my experience, I think it is definitely effective. I love the way it promotes the body’s remarkable self-healing abilities.

  8. Pastor Chia on Mar 7, 2018 at 12:57 am

    Accupuncture in Chinese medical history has banifit many people heal for all type of illnesses, release pain and etc. Personal i had experincing accupncture treament quit well and go regularly for treament when i get sick. I guest most of people had experince it at the east, but now western doctor also start recognize the banifit and using more accupuncture treatmen at Europe countries. I do hope this type of art and skill not loss the lineage and carry forward to future.

  9. nicholas on Mar 6, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    There are many benefits from the treatment of acupuncture and personally I have been visiting the TCM regularly be it for injuries or relaxation.

    Of course every individual will have different experience and effect but most of the people that I came about had good feedback. Below are some of the benefit that I experienced and what I read from.

    1. Improved Health and Quality of Life
    This is achieved because acupuncture balances the body’s energy systems. Our life styles, thought patterns and diets create imbalance in the body. Acupuncture helps to balance these energy systems through acupuncture points. These points are gateways to the body’s energy flow. They help to take the “load” off of excess and redirect that Qi (loosely translated as energy) to the areas in your body that are deficient.

    2. Stress Reduction
    This is also accomplished by balancing your body’s energy. A little stress is actually good for you, but most people today experience far too much of it. Experience these high stress levels day after day makes it very difficult for your body to relax and balance; regular acupuncture treatments are a powerful way to enable this relaxation and balance.

    3. Pain Reduction
    Helping with chronic and acute pain is one of the most common applications of acupuncture. Arthritis, neck pain, back pain, menstrual pain, carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, joint sprains & strains, digestive pain etc. are very commonly helped by acupuncture. If you experience migraine, cluster and other headaches you can often find relief right there on the table. The results can be amazing.

    4. Improved and Faster Recovery from Injury, Illness and Surgery
    This can be accomplished using acupuncture to increase circulation, reduce inflammation and reduce scaring. “Weekend warrior” types of injuries are known to heal much faster with acupuncture. Many professional sports teams have staff acupuncturists.

    5. Emotional Balance
    Achieving emotional balance can be both the primary focus of acupuncture treatment and is also a positive “side effect” when you use acupuncture for other reasons. Depression, anxiety, frustration, and worry are a few emotional imbalances treated. Acupuncture points have a physical and emotional aspect to their function and most times both of those aspects are accessed during the acupuncture treatment.

    6. Respiratory Health
    This can be very effectively achieved with acupuncture! Allergies, asthma, sinusitis, rhinitis are conditions that are positively impacted with acupuncture every day. Being aware of indoor pollutants – cleaning chemicals, out gassing of plastics & fabrics, molds etc. and taking steps to reduce them can also reduce respiratory imbalances. Nasal irrigation is also very helpful.

    7. Insomnia Relief
    Insomnia and other sleep issues are also very commonly addressed by acupuncture. Since insomnia and sleep disturbances can be caused from stress, injury, pain and emotional imbalance, good sleep can also be a positive “side effect” when acupuncture is used for other primary reasons. An acupuncture treatment can easily be focused on insomnia and sleep disturbances.

    8. Strengthening Your Immune System
    This can be accomplished through balancing your body’s energy systems with acupuncture. Stress, illness, environmental toxins, and allergies, are just a few of the causes of a weakened immune system.

    9. Premenstrual (PMS) and Menopausal Symptom Relief
    I would venture to say that every experienced acupuncturist has helped with PMS and relieving menopausal symptoms. These conditions are very common, of course, and acupuncture is very effective in treating the symptoms associated with them. Headaches, cramping, sleep disturbances, mood swings, night sweats, cycle length and duration, and pimples are just a few of the common symptoms.

    10. Reduction of Side Effects of Chemo and Radiation Therapies
    This can also be a very powerful benefit of acupuncture. The side effects acupuncture can help include (but are not limited to) coughing, fever, anxiousness, nausea, depression, night sweats, dry mouth, pain, diarrhea, and constipation. Improved quality of life is, without a doubt, experienced by many cancer patient I have treated.

  10. Justin on Mar 6, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    I can attest to the experiences people witnessed when receiving accupuncture. It is another level of experience and I must say there are minor numbness and pain feelings in each of the session but nevertheless it is very effective. I can feel air flowing within my body during the treatment and I must say it very effective way of curing illnesses and at the same time cost effective.

  11. pammie yap on Mar 6, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    Am not a fan of acupuncture as I don’t like the sensation as they twist and turn the needles. The tingling sensation is a bit overwhelming at certain parts. Although effective but I don’t think I would like to use this method long term.
    I prefer acupressure as they are not invasive and as effective as acupuncture. No matter what the therapy is, to relief or to eradicate the pain effectively, we should always do follow up treatment.

  12. Julia on Mar 6, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Acupuncture has proved to cure countless illnesses through out the centuries. Today acupuncture has been widely used through out the world and even combine with western medication to generate quicker result in the healing process.

    I’ve done acupuncture for my shoulder and neck stiffness and knee injury. It’s very effective. i like it cause it realised pain very quick. Lately my daughter was treated and healed her many years skin problem via acupuncture. It’s to stimulate her imusystem. Acupuncture also healed my late-mother from her slipdisc.

    Acupuncture is a profound and effective way of treatment that all should try.

  13. Pastor Henry Ooi on Mar 6, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    I’ve had my fair share of TCM treatments from acupuncture to acupressure, moxibustion, cupping, tui na and including consuming Chinese herbs. These treatments do work well. I don’t quite fancy acupuncture because I had to lie without moving for more that 30 minutes, moxibustion is the same plus the smoke emitted is strong. Cupping is more painful than acupuncture, leaving the areas blue black. I prefer acupressure and tui na even though the treatment may be painful at the affected areas.

  14. Andrea Lai on Sep 21, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    I’m a big supporter of Chinese medicines. For many years, I have consumed Chinese medicine but I never done any acupuncture or moxibustion therapy.
    Luck struck me one day when my TCM doctor advice me to take acupuncture treatments. On my first till third treatments, I experienced the imbalanced of Qi in my body that causes me very drowsy, soreness, dizzy, running nose, cold sweat and serious burps that almost make me vomit. I suffered all these symptoms were due to my long duration from work stressed, fatigue and lacking of sleep that had debilitated my whole body immune system.
    Looking back, though it’s a terrifying experience for me but I gain more valuable in life. I was safe from bury into hell. Health is wealth.🙏

  15. Anne Ong on Aug 26, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Although I have never experienced acupuncture before,but had many feedbacks that it is very effective. Perhaps i should consider trying it for myself too. Thank you Rinpoche for this very interesting and beneficial article about acupuncture._/\_

  16. Lim Han Nee on Jun 13, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Acupuncture as an alternative healing method is becoming increasingly popular, even in the west. It is non-invasive. The only thing that has put some people off trying out acupuncture is probably the imagined fear of pain from the needle pricking the skin. Many imagine the needles poking deep into the nerve or vein . But really it is not that horrifying. It merely entails the stimulation of certain points on or near the surface of the skin. One may feel a tingling sensation which is not totally unpleasant.

    Recently, I had an acupuncture treatment done to relieve the pain in my right leg. There were six needles used in that treatment. As the needles have to be planted at specific spots in relation to the disorder ( site-specific for specific diseases and disorders), it is imperative that the acupuncturist be a very experienced healer. Although one treatment did not cure me, I still felt an overall lessening of pain the following day! For total cure, one has to have the treatment done consistently over a period of time.

    Yes I would advocate using acupuncture as an alternative healing method as it is non-invasive and has no side effect. However, one must have patience and not expect instant total relief or cure.

  17. wan wai meng on May 13, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    My mother was a midwife in the Western style hospitals and clinics, so my exposure to Chinese medicine was limited to concoctions of herb infusions that would tackle over heatiness of one’s body. Heatiness is also a Chinese Medicinal concept.

    Then at one point His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche sought out traditional chinese practitioners to sort out his pains, and it was Rinpoche who brought mine and other students of Rinpoche to the effectiveness of acupunture and Chinese Medicine in general. Thank you Rinpoche.

  18. Choong on May 12, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    I’ve not had acupuncture but from the many friends and relatives who have undergone it, I certainly believe it does help many conditions. Indeed the Western world has incorporated acupuncture into the treatment for migraine, depression and fertility. I would not hesitate to undergo it if I need to.

  19. Lin Mun on May 12, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    I believe in acupunture treatment as I have received this treatment many times a few years back when I had terrible backache. It does relieve my pain, although I would need to endure the numbness and prickling feeling during the treatment.

    Just like from the experience above where the man have stiff neck after eating durian, me too have leg pain due to having ‘cold’ fruits like mangosteen. Previously, I do not believe in food that has ‘cold’ or ‘heaty’ effect but after having experience it myself I am more careful with my diet. This is the problem when I was too influence by western medicine that we can eat everything as long as it is healthy.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. I hope more people will trust the effectiveness of acupunture treatment as it does help.

  20. Samfoonheei on May 11, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Even though my past experience working with needles ,instruments and so forth yet i do not know much about acupuncture .Had not under acupuncture before but i do know it heals some aliments like backache pain and nerves in certain parts of body.What is important is the sterility of the needles and the procedure under by professional and quilified acupuncturist.
    The practice of acupuncture is becoming much accepted by the modern western medical community nowadays.They working hand in hand with medical personel as alternative healing therapies. It has been used for pain management and to treat conditions of varying degree, from minor aches to life threatening illnesses.
    Very soon it will be recognised as a mainstream of medical treatment.
    More patients will get well with both medical and acupuncture treatment.
    Thank you for sharing so more people will have a better insight of acupuncture and will seek treatmentas an alternative.

  21. Pastor David Lai on May 9, 2017 at 2:31 am

    I have many years of experience with receiving acupuncture treatment and I do notice there is a certain range of ailments that acupuncture is particularly good and this is for pain management, regulating the organs, nerves and so forth. I read that in its heyday in ancient China, acupuncture could be used in lieu of anaesthesia in small operations in which the body is cut open without any feeling or sensation.

    In other words, all sensation of pain was completely numbed by a few needles. I found that to be simply amazing and by far, my treatments with acupuncture needles has always been pretty good. They are usually coupled with cupping and moxibustion but the outcome is usually really good. When I had nerve injury due to an accident and it was painful even to hold a pen, a combination of acupuncture, cupping and drawing blood was very effective in relieving the pain and healing the nerves.

  22. Vivian Ong on May 8, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. I myself is also afraid of acupuncture because of so many needles being used to poke the area of the pain. Early this year, I experienced the acupuncture myself when I had severe backache pain until I was unable to go to work in KSK. Luckily Sunny and Christine introduced a Chinese acupuncture therapist to me to treat my back. Both of them insisted me to go for treatment while I was still procrastinating. Of course during the treatment everything was painful and I was quite nervous as it was my first time doing acupuncture treatment. After the treatment, I thought to myself and said that it was not that bad after all but I do feel the aches on the spots where the needles were poked after a few days. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and until now my backache is gone. I would like to thank Sunny and Christine for introducing the therapist to me.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  23. Yee Mun (KISG) on May 8, 2017 at 12:09 am

    About 2 months ago, I had my first acupuncture experience. TCM physician applied the needles on a few points, there was 1 point at the leg which I have the “current” flowing sensation but the pain was tolerable.

    When we have blockage and our Qi is not flowing smoothly in our body, then we will be sick or in pain. TCM uses many ways to balance the Qi and to stimulate the energy to flow smoothly and acupuncture is one of it. Acupuncture is an ancient wisdom that stood the test of time and still being applied in today’s TCM treatment.

  24. Echeah on May 7, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Not every condition can be cured/solved by medicine. The different tradition healing arts have long been pooh-poohed by the Western medical fraternity for having no scientific basis. Also there is the commercial aspect of the medical profession and pharmaceutical conglomerates that is at stake and there is vested interest for these professions/institutions to denigrate and belittle age-old wisdom and practice. Drugs are after all synthetic and are alien to the human constitution. While in certain cases drastic drug intervention may be needed for symptomatic relief, there is the other aspect that we should not forget, that there are always side effects, some short-term, some long-term and some nobody even knows at this point. Clinical trials do not tell you the whole story.

    What I can say is that our health is in our own hands and we should never be pressured by society or even the medical profession to subscribe to any particular form of treatment/therapy, if we feel strongly that we do not want to be subjected to it.

  25. Fong on May 7, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Acupuncture has started to take off in the west as, even though they could not fully explain it scientifically, many have who were brave enough to face the needles found that it did help them. In the east, many are returning to their roots of having alternative medicine lie acupuncture. Like the case of the man who ate too much durian and had stiff neck and shoulders.

    At the end of the day, if this can help and if the doctor changes his needles after every session, there is no reason to give it a try as this practice has been around in China for hundreds of years.

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  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Dec 15. 2019 08:35 PM
    We are so fortunate to have a guru who can lead us in our spiritual path by giving us the right method and teaching. Guru is indeed like our Spiritual Doctor, giving us the treatment to our sickness and prescribing the medicine to us. Unfortunately, we students do not follow the instructions and neglect the kindness of our guru. Hence, when our negative karma ripen, we should not blame anyone but us, why didn’t we take the ‘medicine’ prescribed ? No point complaining if we are the one who do not want to change.

    Thank you Pastor David for sharing this article and explanation.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/like-a-skilful-doctor
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Dec 15. 2019 08:18 PM
    It is simply amazing how Edward Leedskalnin can move coral stones of up to 30 tonnes by himself with simple tools. Something which I think science can’t explained like how pyramid is built during that period without machines.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/coral-castle.html
  • Anonymous
    Sunday, Dec 15. 2019 06:46 PM
    It is nice to see these warm stories of how human helped marine animals out from their life-threatening situation. There are a lot of attention given to prevent animal abuse in cases of dogs and cats. However, there are only a handful of attention given to marine animals.

    Fishes aren’t given the attention that they deserve because their cries normally went unheard. However, fishes are animals too and they do feel what a human being will feel. We should treat all animals the same and stop creating more suffering for them.

    http://bit.ly/2Eh1VLa
  • Sofi
    Saturday, Dec 14. 2019 09:39 PM
    The 14th Dalai Lama’s prayer to Dorje Shugden

    If Dalai Lama has been worshipping Dorje Shugden for decades, consulted his oracles, composed prayers for Dorje Shugden, then how can he finally and suddenly see Dorje Shugden as negative? How could Dorje Shugden have ‘fooled’ or ‘misled’ such a high being as the Dalai Lama for so many years? That does not make sense. Since Dalai Lama is a highly realized being, he should be able to see Dorje Shugden as a superior being or a negative being from the very first time they ‘met’. This ability is inherent in highly attained beings such as H.H. the Dalai Lama. If we are to hypothetically say His Holiness the Dalai Lama can make mistakes, then this puts us all in a quandary because he saw Shugden as superior in earlier years but later as malevolent. Does this make sense? Because if he can make a mistake once, he can hypothetically make another one. So the ban and his current negative views about Dorje Shugden perhaps can be wrong? I am just presenting some hypothetics.

    Read and decide for yourself of Rinpoche’s hypothesis: http://bit.ly/14DalaiLamaDSPrayer
  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Dec 14. 2019 02:32 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us the mysterious part on Buddhism. I didn’t know divination is also practised in Buddhism, I have always thought divination is only practised by non-Buddhist. This shows how compassionate Buddha is, Buddha will use different ways to help people.

    Since most of us don’t have the karma or merit to connect with Buddha directly, divination is the best way to seek advice from an enlightened being. Taking refuge and asking for advice from an enlightened being is safe because Buddha is omniscient and Buddha will give us guidance that will truly benefit us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-dice-divination.html
  • Sofi
    Friday, Dec 13. 2019 11:50 PM
    Dromton Gyelwa Jungne

    Dromtonpa has come down in history as both an enforcer of Second Propagation ethical standards and a holder of Atisa’s tantric lineage. According to the Blue Annals, Dromton was charged with expelling tantric practitioners from Atisa’s audience, this despite the fact that at Samye Chimpu (bsam yas ‘chims phu) Atisa gave Dromton initiation into tantric systems, including the Doha tradition of Bengal. The Blue Annals credits him with revising the translations of both sutra and tantras, including the Astasahastrika Prajnaparamita, and the Jnanasiddhi Tantra.

    Read about this great disciple of Atisha and his attainments: http://bit.ly/Dromtonpa
  • Sofi
    Friday, Dec 13. 2019 11:40 PM
    The Fifth Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobzang Gyatso

    In 1622 he was identified as the rebirth of the Fourth Dalai Lama, Yonten Gyatso (ta la’i bla ma 04, yon tan rgya mtsho, 1589-1616) by Lobzang Chokyi Gyeltsen (blo bzang chos kyi rgyal mtshan, 1570-1662), who had been the tutor to the Fourth Dalai Lama. Lobzang Chokyi Gyeltsen gave him the name Lobzang Gyatso (blo bzang rgya mtsho) and enthroned him at Drepung Monastery (’bras spungs dgon). Much later the Fifth Dalai Lama gave Lobzang Chokyi Gyeltsen the title of Panchen Lama.

    Read about the greatness of the 5th Dalai Lama and his association with Dorje Shugden: http://bit.ly/5thDalaiLama
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Dec 13. 2019 03:53 PM
    Thank you for the sharing, I do agree in the article say man are responsible for everything in their life. In simply way man are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Only man use the reason and conscience with which they are endowed to act with humanity toward human, animal and planet.

    I truly agree with this article. Every single action that man has to do and done has to connect to one another for perfection in this world.
  • Anonymous
    Friday, Dec 13. 2019 03:03 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for telling us this story for us to learn from it. Rinpoche gives a lot of advice and instructions to many people and students to help them. However, no all of the recipient of Rinpoche’s kindness will be willing to go all the way with Rinpoche’s advice and instructions even though it is for our own good. Some will stick all the way but some will stop halfway due to their laziness and fears due to the lack of faith in Rinpoche.

    Rinpoche will not give any advice that will harm us. Sometimes, the instructions might seem to be harming us or unreasonable, but we have to have faith in Rinpoche that eventually it will be beneficial for us in the long run.

    http://bit.ly/2Pjba3C
  • Yee Yin
    Friday, Dec 13. 2019 02:43 PM
    It is very good to know about the origin and the story of the Buddhist deity. The story of Methar shows us how the Tibetan leadership has been operating since the older time, how powerful highly attained lamas are and how an evil spirit can be subdued to do good to help others.

    Power and money are what the Tibetan leadership is interested in. They will make false accusations on someone to take over someone’s wealth and power, like in the case of Demo Rinpoche and Methar. Methar turned into an angry spirit after he was killed. However, due to the power of Serkong Rinpoche and his deep Dharma imprint, Methar was subdued and agreed to give his service to Kache Marpo.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/methar-of-tengyeling-monastery.html
  • Pastor Lanse
    Thursday, Dec 12. 2019 05:30 PM
    Kyabje Zong Rinpoche: Birth, Death & Bardo

    Birth, death and bardo: what are these three things? How do people die? We have to understand what we mean by birth, death and bardo in general. We must know how the bardo is entered. We die, go into bardo, take birth, again die going yet again into bardo. There is an unending cycle of the three; no end to it at all. It is useful to develop aversion to Samsara (or Cyclic Existence) and very good for practice to know this.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/zong-rinpoche-birth-death-and-bardo.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Dec 12. 2019 04:02 PM
    This is interesting and good article to read and provided many information of holy places.It is always good to visit spiritual power places. it can open up dharma seeds within us and bless our minds to engage in spiritual practice.
    Great to get know what we suppose to do at these Holy place ,recite prayers, make offerings and so forth to intoxicate one selves with the blessings of the place.Thank you so much for the article and beautiful pictures.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2Pw2Jko
  • Yee Yin
    Thursday, Dec 12. 2019 01:43 PM
    People often relate witchcraft to evil practice. However, in this modern time, no one is penalised for practising witchcraft. It is not a main stream religious practice and people can practise it freely.

    Therefore, it is very ridiculous for the Tibetan leadership to penalise Dorje Shugden practitioners because of their faith. Dorje Shugden practice started about 300-400 years ago and it has never been a threat to national security, there is no reason it should be banned. May the ban be lifted soon and no more discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/witches.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 05:13 PM
    Rinpoche have shown us an example to have faith and trust in Buddha. When pray sincerely, have trust and faith our wishes will be fulfilled.Buddha will bless us when we have sincere motivation.
    Really a good article about Medicine Buddha .It is really inspiring and thank you very much for sharing with us.
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Dec 11. 2019 05:04 PM
    The Rain Stopper

    A few years ago, I think in 2005, His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche and a few of us went to Kathmandu, Nepal to buy Buddha statues for our outlets in Malaysia, it was around July and it was a rainy season in Nepal, so it rained almost daily during the daytime and it made the shopping trip somewhat troublesome, because the statue shops in Nepal are mostly in Boudanath and it was not a covered shopping mall, you have to go from shop to shop in the rain. We were staying in Hyatt Regency Kathmandu then and it was raining quite heavily as we were waiting at the lobby for the taxis to bring us to Boudanath, Rinpoche commented that it was another tiresome rainy day, and he said to us “You guys wait here, I am going to talk to my friends”, then Rinpoche left the seat, walked towards the hotel entrance, and start staring at the gloomy sky while mumbling something. The few of us who looked at each other, and all turned to stared at Rinpoche, this lasted for about 5 minutes, then Rinpoche walked back to us and said “It’s ok now, I just talked to them and they are OK with it, we can leave soon.” True enough, in about 5 minutes, the downpour turned into drizzle, and we hopped into the taxis, by the time the taxis were speeding along the bustling streets of Kathmandu, the rain stopped completely.

    http://bit.ly/2m9CLIr

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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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)
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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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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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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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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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  • Always be kind to animals-They deserve to live just like us.
    5 months ago
    Always be kind to animals-They deserve to live just like us.
    Whales and dolphins playing with each other in the Pacific sea. Nature is truly incredible!
  • Bodha stupa July 2019-
    5 months ago
    Bodha stupa July 2019-
    Rainy period
  • Cute Tara girl having a snack. She is one of Kechara Forest Retreat’s resident doggies.
    6 months ago
    Cute Tara girl having a snack. She is one of Kechara Forest Retreat’s resident doggies.
  • Your Next Meal!
    6 months ago
    Your Next Meal!
    Yummy? Tasty? Behind the scenes of the meat on your plates. Meat is a killing industry.
  • This is Daw
    6 months ago
    This is Daw
    This is what they do to get meat on tables, and to produce belts and jackets. Think twice before your next purchase.
  • Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
    6 months ago
    Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
    Look at the poor baby chasing after the mother. Why do we do that to them? It's time to seriously think about our choices in life and how they affect others. Be kind. Don't break up families.
  • They do this every day!
    6 months ago
    They do this every day!
    This is how they are being treated every day of their lives. Please do something to stop the brutality. Listen to their cries for help!
  • What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
    6 months ago
    What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
    The largest undercover dairy investigation of all time. See what they found out at Fair Oaks Farm.
  • She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
    6 months ago
    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    8 months ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
    8 months ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
  • Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
    8 months ago
    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
    8 months ago
    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
    8 months ago
    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    8 months ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    8 months ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    8 months ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    9 months ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    9 months ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    9 months ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • 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
    9 months ago
    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
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    11 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    11 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    11 months ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
    11 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    11 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    12 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    1 years ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    2 yearss ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
  • Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
    2 yearss ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    2 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    2 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    2 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    2 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    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.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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