How Plastic Destroys Our Seas

Dec 1, 2016 | Views: 689

Dear friends,

For centuries, humanity has – knowingly or unknowingly – been doing things that damage the environment. For example, with the age of industrialization, toxic waste has been discarded into the oceans putting millions of marine lives at risk.

This article highlights one of the most severe environmental issues we are facing today, which is the overproduction and irresponsible disposal of plastic waste that is putting marine life AND human life in danger. This is not a recent finding but has been known for quite some time. However, as the effects of plastic pollution have yet to impact most people directly, it is easy to overlook this pressing issue.

Do read this shocking article. It is time for us to buck up and take individual responsibility to reduce the usage of plastic, increase recycling and take care of the environment. If not now, when?

Please protect our environment now and never hurt any animals.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

A Plastic Ocean: The Truth Behind the Crisis Destroying Our Seas

28 November 2016 by Claire Wrathall

The health of the ocean and the life it supports is at risk from the annual avalanche of plastic it receives – one of the biggest threats to the world’s oceans. But now a new documentary film, which reveals the shocking truth behind the crisis, is set to turn the tide – in public attitudes, policy and action. Claire Wrathall reports…

Anyone who has sailed in Australian waters will have seen shearwaters, known locally as muttonbirds, wheeling overhead in the sky. The birds are instantly recognisable by their elongated wings, which can span more than a metre, the better for gliding on thermals as they migrate. Though the flesh-footed shearwater subspecies is known to be in decline, around 17,000 breeding pairs remain among the 130 permanent and migratory bird species that can be spotted on Lord Howe Island, one of Australia’s most beautiful satellites. With its fabled “twin peaks” (the mountains Gower and Lidgberd), marine park and World Heritage Site status, it ought to be idyllic, but as Dr Jennifer Lavers, a research fellow at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies in Hobart, Tasmania, knows only too well, this is not the case.

Lavers’ particular interest is seabirds – “the sentinels of marine health,” she calls them – and over the past decade she has made a particular study of flesh-footed shearwaters. In arguably the most shocking sequence of a new feature-length documentary, A Plastic Ocean, she is seen opening the tiny stomach of a 90-day-old chick, one of about 10 dead birds she had collected on a single beach that morning, and extracting 276 individual pieces of plastic, some the size of coins. “There is absolutely no doubt that this bird died as a result of plastic,” she says. “It has literally a gut full of it.”

Items found in the stomachs of laysan albatross chicks on Midway Island in the North Pacific

The plastic accounts for 15 per cent of the chick’s body weight. “If we calculate that in human terms,” she explains, “it would be like having six or eight kilos of plastic inside your stomach. Imagine your quality of life. Once ingested, plastic can block or rupture the digestive tract and leak contaminants into the bird’s blood stream, resulting in stomach ulcerations, liver damage, infertility and, in many cases, death.”

Lavers is one of a host of international specialists – from oceanographers and environmentalists to the world champion freediver Tanya Streeter – who appear in the film, which was shot in 20 locations across the globe over four years. The person who set the cameras rolling is producer Jo Ruxton, who conceived the idea as a TV documentary but was pushed – in her words – “to her limits, both personally and financially” to make it happen.

Ruxton spent 14 years in Hong Kong with the World Wide Fund for Nature, where she set up its marine programme. She then joined the BBC’s Natural History Unit, where she produced such seminal series as The Blue Planet. In 2008 she founded her own media company specialising in underwater filming and logistics. Later that year, back in Hong Kong where she was working on a film about shark finning, she heard about what has become known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a giant free-floating “island” of discarded plastic 1,500 miles off the coast of San Francisco, an agglomeration formed by the predominant circular wind-driven current, and said to be twice the size of Texas and 10 metres deep. It would make a great subject for a documentary, she thought. “I managed to get myself on to a research vessel that was going out to look at it,” she says.

A loggerhead turtle rescued in Sardinia with plastic in her digestive system

But when they got to where it was supposed to be, there was nothing to see – just clear blue water. As soon as the boat was 400 miles off shore, the six scientists aboard began to test the water to check the levels of plankton. The results were horrifying. “Although you couldn’t see anything above the water – it all looked pristine – the closer we got to the centre of the gyre, the more and more dense [the amount of plastic in the water]. The plankton trawls were absolutely choked with tiny fragments of plastic,” she says.

There are five main circular currents, or “gyres”, in the North and South Pacific, the North and South Atlantic and Indian Ocean, formed by the rotation of the Earth, and they collect anything carried from river mouths and coasts and transport it to their centres. Scientists estimate that it takes about 20 years for plastics leaving land to reach the centres of these gyres. Though plastic is ultimately indestructible, sunlight and salt make it brittle, and wave action causes it to break up into fragments. If it has a density of less than one [gram per cubic centimetre] it will float, and if it’s greater than one it sinks. These tiny pieces of “microplastic” mix with plankton and are ingested by the animals at the heart of the food chain. “I realised then that it was a much more insidious problem than I’d thought,” she says, “that it was not something that could feasibly be collected and disposed of carefully.”

If that were not bad enough, the plastic itself was becoming more toxic the longer it remained in the water. As research by marine biologists at San Diego State University found, plastic floating in the water becomes a magnet for toxic chemicals that have washed out to sea. “It absorbs decades’ worth of industrial and agricultural effluent including compounds that have been banned such as DDT and endocrine-disrupting chemicals linked with cancer, auto-immune diseases, infertility and cognitive developmental problems. These all have a route into the food chain by means of plastic waste, which puts a lot of people at risk,” she says. An estimated billion, in fact, which is the number of people on the planet reckoned to rely on fish as their main source of protein.

A school of jacks in the Pacific Ocean

“We are now producing more than 300 million tonnes of plastic a year,” Ruxton continues, “half of which is for single use.” Much of this will end up in the oceans, which are already believed to contain the eight million tonnes that are dumped annually.

The numbers Ruxton cites are horrifying. The Container Recycling Institute says 100.7 billion plastic drinks bottles were sold in the US in 2014, equating to 315 bottles per person and 14 per cent of all litter. More than half were made to package water, a litre bottle of which will have used six litres of water and a quarter-litre of oil in its manufacture. In short, the world needs a wake-up call.

Ruxton was inspired in part by the success of The End of the Line, Ocean Awards judge Charles Clover’s documentary about the devastation on the oceans wrought by overfishing that gave rise to Blue Marine Foundation, which campaigns for and facilitates the creation of marine reserves. She decided that rather than take the film to a broadcaster, she would self-fund it, so, with Sonjia Norman, a lawyer and the film’s executive producer, she set up the Plastic Oceans Foundation. Its first project was to raise the money to make the film, which is fronted and directed by the Australian-born, Hong Kong-based journalist (and keen surfer) Craig Leeson, with whom Ruxton first worked on a programme about Hong Kong’s population of pink dolphins.

To ensure the film has a legacy, the charity will continue to trumpet its message and campaign for cleaner oceans through education, business (in terms of what can be done to encourage sustainability), science and policy. “We’ve made the film,” she says. “Now the real work begins. I want this to be a game changer.”

The A Plastic Ocean team filming dolphins

Despite the gravity of the film’s message and the horror of some images, it is not without sublime natural beauty. It begins with Leeson searching for the elusive pygmy blue whale – the smallest known subspecies of the world’s largest animal, though they can grow to lengths of about 24 metres – in the Indian Ocean 30 miles south of Sri Lanka. The film features the first underwater footage of the majestic marine mammal. Inevitably there is plastic floating on the surface.

The film is packed with adventure too. Witness the dives, unencumbered by scuba equipment, made by Tanya Streeter. And Professor Cristina Fossi, of the University of Siena, firing harmless darts with a crossbow from the side of a boat as a means she has pioneered of collecting blubber biopsies from dolphins as they frolic above the water. There is even a submarine: a sequence shot off Marseille in the Mediterranean in which the late marine conservationist and underwater cinematographer Mike deGruy descends 420 metres to an “abyssal plain” in a Comex submersible (a Remora 2000 Twin Seat 610M), where he encounters discarded plastic bottles on the silty seabed.

“This isn’t like climate change or ocean acidification where you feel helpless and wonder what you can do,” Ruxton continues. “This is a problem we can solve through a change in behaviour. I want to get to the stage where buying bottled water is as frowned upon as smoking has become.”

Exploring the deep in a submersible off the coast of Marseille

Of course, plastic will always be with us and there are fashion and beauty brands helping save the oceans. The challenge is what we do with it when it’s served its purpose. As Leeson puts it: “I’m not anti plastic, I’m anti plastic in the environment. If we manufacture it and use it we must learn how to deal with it properly before it gets in to the environment and starts to wreak havoc.” In the film, he shows how all packaging in Germany has been recovered since 1991, “eliminating plastic waste from the environment and turning a profit by converting it into pre-plastic pellets that can be turned into new plastic”. Which is not to say that Germany’s Baltic and North Sea beaches, nor indeed its waters, have been returned to a state of grace. There’s too much non-German plastic waste at large for that. But it is a step in the right direction and a model the rest of the world would do well to follow.

If anything acts as a call to action, it is surely the Polynesian nation of Tuvalu that features in the film. “This beautiful pristine tropical island was completely sustainable until 1978 when it became an independent nation and began to import goods, and everything came wrapped in plastic,” explains Ruxton. “There’s nowhere to bury it. [The atoll is made of coral that is too hard to dig into.] So the whole island looks like a landfill site and they burn it, so there’s a sort of thickness to the atmosphere. It’s really not nice. When we were there we were filming a family group of 30 people. Five of them had cancer and two had died in the previous 18 months. As filmmakers we can’t say the two are connected with the fact that the air must be full of dioxins and furans. No one’s done the epidemiological study. But I saw it as a vision of our future. The whole planet could end up looking like Tuvalu.”

A Plastic Ocean will be released on January 12, 2017. For more information, see plasticoceans.org

Pictures courtesy of Jo Ruxton; Michael Pitts; Tim Aylen; Plastic Oceans; Kent Backman; Mandy Barker

Source: http://www.boatinternational.com/luxury-yacht-life/marine-life/a-plastic-ocean-the-truth-behind-the-crisis-destroying-our-seas–32125?utm_content=bufferdae3a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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  1. Samfoonheei on Oct 24, 2019 at 11:49 am

    As to these days millions of marine lives such as fish, seabirds, sea turtles, and marine mammals at risk. The main reasons behind this critical situation is tons of plastic ends up in the ocean each year. Fish, seabirds, sea turtles, and marine mammals can become entangled in or ingest plastic debris, causing suffocation, starvation, and drowning. Well….unless something is done , it has been predicted there could be more plastic in the sea than fish in no time. The numerous of plastic scraps dumped into seas , rivers is worrisome. The impacts include fatalities as a result of ingestion, starvation, suffocation, infection, drowning, and entanglement. The best way is to cut the production and stop using plastic bags, food container straws folks and spoon usage. There must be a restrictions on the use of plastics, which we as consumers need to do something about it. Its the most severe environmental issues we are facing today, which is the overproduction and irresponsible disposal of plastic waste. As fish stocks and coral reefs die off, millions of people who depend on the ocean are at risk of losing their only source of income as well. The impacts include fatalities as a result of ingestion, starvation, suffocation, infection, drowning, and entanglement. Hope more and more people gets to the bottom of it working towards a more clean and healthy environment.
    Thank you for this sharing.

  2. nicholas on Aug 27, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    Forty years later, plastic bags are everywhere, especially places they shouldn’t be. Such bags consistently make the top-ten list of plastic waste items collected during the annual Coastal Cleanup Day led by the non-profit environmental group Ocean Conservancy — meaning the mass production of the plastic bag may end up being one of humanity’s biggest regrets. Along with plastic water bottles, plastic food wrappers, plastic bottle caps, and plastic straws, plastic waste is creating an ocean “wave” that, researchers believe, will result in the mass of ocean plastics becoming greater than the mass of marine life in Earth’s oceans by 2050.

    A report by the World Economic Forum in 2016 stated that worldwide plastic use has risen 20-fold in the past 50 years. At this rate, it is predicted to double again in the next 20 years. By 2050, we will use three times as much plastic as we used in 2014. Compounded with the fact that plastic can take up to 1,000 years to decompose in landfills, it is possible the Earth and all of its life, including humans, will be drowning in plastic in the future. As National Geographic once explained: “If plastic had been invented when the Pilgrims sailed from Plymouth, England, to North America—and the Mayflower had been stocked with bottled water and plastic-wrapped snacks—their plastic trash would likely still be around, four centuries later.”

    A UN Environment report suggests “agronomists, material scientists, environmental scientists and others” devise “a more realistic and reliable techniques for whole life cycle analysis assessment.” Compostable packaging using waste organic material and fungal mycelium material has shown some potential, too.

    Various plastic bans in municipalities have been increasing in popularity. Initial reports suggest positive outcomes. For example, a plastic bag tax in Ireland in 2002 led to a 95 percent reduction in plastic bag litter. Some companies, like TerraCycle, promote “up-cycling,” which is when hard-to-recycle products are reused creatively, say in construction, rather than disposed of in landfills.

  3. Joy Kam on Jan 3, 2019 at 5:31 am

    Animals show love for humans! Cow, lions, apes, dogs, bears, parrots and more can all be very affectionate and show surprising emotions when it comes to expressing their love for people. An emotional animals hugging humans video.
    https://video.tsemtulku.com/videouploads/comment-1546455946.mp4


  4. so kin hoe (KISG) on Jul 9, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Evidently, stopping the usage of plastic and recycling the plastic materials effectively after usage can indirectly or directly save millions of living beings who are surviving in the sea and near the sea side. After reading this article, it makes more sense for me to work harder for any recycling activities not only to keep our human living environment clean and beautiful, but most importantly able to prevent the plastic materials flowing out from the land heading towards the sea. These plastic materials can go into the digestion systems of the sea animals that can end up in their death owing to the toxic of the plastic materials and follow by sea animals’ extinction. Other animals such as birds can unknowingly recognize the plastic materials as food too. Hence, for those who are vegetarians and vegans, it is truly recommended to reduce the usage of plastic and start to keep those disposable plastic materials for recycling purpose as part of our compassion to save the innocent animals from further pain and suffering.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article to educate us on how to save the animals as well as preserve the natural environment for our many generations ahead. We should not waste our human rebirth by not doing anything to save other forms of life.

    Humbly with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  5. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 20, 2017 at 6:01 am

    H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche loves animals and is passionate against their harm, torture, and abuse.

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  6. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 20, 2017 at 3:07 am

    The few minutes a day we spend on social media creating awareness for animals who cannot speak is purely spiritual and humanistic practice because we are trying to alleviate pain from another sentient beings and that makes us more spiritual, and that makes us more spiritual and more humane.

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  7. Kb Thapa on Apr 12, 2017 at 4:47 am

    Plastic has become a part of our lives of convenience and easy to buy. water bottles and bags etc, we use once and throw away do end up in land and ocean.Best way to deal with these problem is to limit or eliminate our use of disposable plastics totally and encourage people to refuse plastics whenever possible. Government have to come out with the pans and Ban plastics and dumping into the ocean. This will get worse very harmful to human and the animals. this is very eye opening article, this what we are contributing the mother earth by destroying it and putting toxic into the ocean….

  8. wan wai meng on Jan 21, 2017 at 2:21 am

    This is a monumental damage to the marine environment could take many lifetimes to solve. Biodegradable plastics may not be the holy grail we have conveniently hoped it would as, biodegradation of plastics could just be a process of turning plastic into smaller fragments like microplastics. Microplastics which affect the marine life foodchain is the greatest threat ever.

    As plastic is not a naturally occurring substance or material and is produced synthetically, not many microbes target and ingest plastic. However as of last year the Japanese found certain microbes that eat plastic bottles.
    https://phys.org/news/2016-03-newly-bacteria-plastic-bottles.html

    By reducing and stopping the use of plastic stops worsening the issue at hand, this is certainly one of the better strategies to not make things worst than it is. Still there are so many more plastic that are still floating around in the ocean polluting marine life.

    Certain bioplastics made from corn are certified as marine environmental degradable, however only one company in the world is known to be producing that. This is a step up from using petrochemical plastics.
    http://www.algalita.org/bioplastics-are-they-the-solution/

    A radical solution I can think of is if we have automated ships in the sea, that runs on solar power that can take in sea water filter it and remove it of plastic content, and this sea water is then discharged back into the sea. The plastic is also filtered out and is turn into fuel that powers the ships. These ships will only take seawater that has a high density of plastic.

  9. paul yap on Jan 8, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    1/1/2017 mark a new journey for all Selagor residence, we no longer use plastic bag and polystyrene containers, I hope all other states in Malaysia will follow soon. Plastic and polystyrene containers waste has contributed to one of the major waste in our environment today. Being a residence in Selangor, Im happy to be able to be part of this. Saving our environment is one of the major urgency. Just imagine we live in an environment where plastic bag and polystyrene containers takes hundreds of years to dissolved, very soon our neighbourhood will be buried by all these waste. Marine life will be extinct eating waste plastic bag and polystyrene, turtles and fishes will be chok to death. Im looking forward for more regulation taking care our environment, after all, the one who benefits is still us.

  10. Liang Jing on Dec 25, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Plastic throw into the ocean will pollute the ocean, endanger the marine lives. In the end it will affect the human as well, because marine life digest plastic and human eat marine life or seaweed that with polluted with plastic and toxic released by plastic. Thus, we should use our own bottle to refill water instead of buying mineral water, use our own lunch box to take away our food and use recycle back instead of using plastic bag to carry things or do our shopping.

    Only with each individual do their part to reduce the usage of plastic and protect our environment, we can a cleaner planet to live in, a cleaner ocean and blue sky.

  11. Colin Tan on Dec 20, 2016 at 10:10 am

    It seems obvious that plastic, a non-biodegradable material has caused havoc to our environment. The most obvious way to decrease the impact of plastic is simply not to use them. If we are conscious enough in our daily lives, there are many aspects we can contribute to reduce the consumption of plastic. It’s not only plastic bags, but also bottled water, plastic straws, plastic food containers, etc. These are the items that we find them so convenient that sometimes it’s hard to resist not using them. Therefore it takes extra steps and effort to make some changes in life, to bring our food container to pack food, to bring our own recycled shopping bags, to bring own water bottle, etc. All these effort seems trivial but mean a lot to create a green environment.
    Besides the individual effort, we are glad that Malacca government has put a total ban on plastic bags made from petroleum by-products. We hope that more lawmakers from all over the world can emulate this and let’s all say NO to plastic.

  12. Choong on Dec 20, 2016 at 12:47 am

    It’s horrible and I’ve seen it myself on the once pristine beaches of Hawaii. It’s a global scale problem just like global warming and countries ought to get together to find a solution.

  13. Alice Tay on Dec 10, 2016 at 1:28 am

    We are very much dependent environment to get resources, such as water, shelter, food, clothing and many others. Since the environment is important, human beings are advisable to avoid any activities that may cause destruction and to ensure the environment is safe and clean.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  14. Aldan Chan on Dec 9, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article with us all. I think that all of us should use recycle bags when we go shopping. We should throw the plastic items properly.If we continue to throw plastic into the sea , marine life could be at risk and end .

  15. Justin Cheah on Dec 8, 2016 at 1:19 am

    This article serves as a great wake up call for everyone of us to not only start preventing ourselves from harming our own self. We are what we created and we reap the harm we created ourselves. What an alarming discovery, fish contain 15% of plastic. Letting us know why we need to start conservation works at a gung-ho rate and do not ignore this anymore.

  16. Samfoonheei on Dec 6, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Very informative blog post that remind us.
    As human consume fish ,prawns and so forth from the sea laced with harmful chemical, toxins build up that lead to health problems in long term.Sad to know environment is so bad when some people do not care much about it.Sooner or later our oceans will be filled with rubbish,plastic if we are not doing enough to protect the environment.The plastic accounts for 15 per cent of the chick’s body weight…that is shocking.
    I do hope more people are aware of the truth behind the crisis destroying our seas.
    Thank you Rinpoche its a good sharing.

  17. Wah Ying on Dec 6, 2016 at 12:41 am

    There are ways we can reduce the use of plastic, and it can starts with anyone, even you are alone, you are not an activist with a group of people or to have an organised group to reduce the using of plastic and contributing to less plastic end up in the ocean:

    * Wean yourself off disposable plastics
    -90% of the plastic items in our daily lives are used once and then chucked: grocery bags, plastic wrap, disposable cutlery, straws, coffee-cup lids.

    * Stop buying water
    -Bring your own thumbler instead buying plastic bottled drinking water.

    * Stop using plastic container
    -Pack your lunch in reusable containers and bags.

    * Bring your own shopping bag
    -Instead of getting plastic bag when you do your shopping.

    * Reuse & recycle plastic wares

    …and here more tips on use less plastic we all can practice daily: https://www.reefrelief.org/2013/01/51-ways-to-reduce-plastic-use-or-completely-eliminate-it/

    http://www.greeneducationfoundation.org/nationalgreenweeksub/waste-reduction-tips/tips-to-use-less-plastic.html

    http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/responsible-living/stories/16-simple-ways-reduce-plastic-waste

  18. Edwin Tan on Dec 5, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this article.

    This article serves not as an environmental caution to us, but also a wake-up call to us all! If this article isn’t a call to action, I don’t know what else can be.

    It is surprising to see so many documentaries and works on preserving the beaches, the sea, the ocean, yet not much efforts had been placed to inform everybody, nor the government took any evasive actions, or preventive actions. Save and except maybe for Germany and Sweden.

    I was surprised to learn that there is a floating island of plastic that is twice the size of Texas! I wonder that makes how many Singapore islands already. What is really shocking is, and maybe the rest of us have not realised is the fact that planktons is the sea of life.. the start of the food chain, and ending up with us [if we are not vegetarians yet]. If the planktons are already ingesting plastic.. carrying with them the toxicity of plastics.. when we “enjoy” our dinner from the sea.. are we not ingesting plastic as well? I wonder what it does to our bodies.

    On a separate video I watched, it talks about the high pesticide level from Cameron Highlands, Malaysia… 38 times higher than the approved rating by European Food Safety Authority.. so it really makes me wonder the type of poison we are feeding ourselves now.

    Thank you, and I hope the documentary of Platsic Ocean goes viral..

  19. Ron Wong on Dec 5, 2016 at 1:03 am

    This is not just another article about environmental issue but a message to everyone because all of us are responsible whether directly or indirectly in causing this problem. The usage of plastic has become common thing on a daily basis, this is because of the many conveniences & benefits that it brings to our lives. However, the problem lies in the irresponsible disposal of these “thrown away” knowingly or unknowingly. The author has chosen the right platform of education, business sustainability & science to create awareness & encourage recycling when it is no longer useful instead of just discard it like another general waste. Ultimately, I believe it is everyone effort to protect the environment & mindful of our actions to make this planet cleaner, healthier & safer for all living beings.

    Use less plastic & start recycling.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

  20. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Dec 5, 2016 at 12:37 am

    As an avid (though former) scuba diver, one of the most upsetting things I saw when underwater was decaying plastic bags draped over bleached white coral and plastic bottles half-buried in the ocean floor. As we went along our dives, my dive buddy and instructor had a bag with him which he would use to store litter that he picked up from the oceans. But he himself admitted that such efforts were futile in the face of human existence. We have become so dependent and thoughtless with our plastic use, that the problem is seemingly never-ending.

    So maybe the first thing we need to do is improve awareness of our own consumption. There are many things we can do on a day-to-day basis to help limit our consumption of plastics. Drink from your own refillable water bottle, instead of buying bottled water. Bring your own containers to tah pau food with – everyone, despite their best intentions, know that hawker centres’ plastic containers are only reused once or twice before being discarded, and styrofoam is horrendously toxic. Bring a recyclable bag when you go grocery shopping, instead of using the supermarket’s.

    Governments should impose a tax on plastics and direct the revenue that’s generated towards environmental conservation projects. And if people still don’t think that’s right, and don’t want to do it, and they think the whole plastic issue is baloney, please spare a thought for this poor turtle… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wH878t78bw

  21. Pavara Lam on Dec 4, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    It is extremely shocking to know that the plastics that we use everyday can end up in the air we breathe and the food we eat.
    Most of us think that plastic is some kind of thing that will degrade over time, but the truth is that plastic can remain unchanged for hundreds of years and during that course of time it could end up in several different animals.

    So the message is clear, since we never know where our plastic items will end up the safest option is to not use any of them at all. If not we should reuse them or send them to a place where they can be recycled and changed into new items.

    I really hope that everyone in the world will take responsibility for their plastic items.

  22. Jace Chong on Dec 4, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche and the blog team for sharing this shocking truth, I am definitely in the group of human who is contributing to this plastic ocean, I feel very guilty on that.

    Nonetheless, the effort of publishing this fact is very good to educate more people to be aware on the plastic usage. The things that we consider “convenient” are killing the earth and all the living beings on it.

    I took a look at the documentary trailer, it’s good and can’t wait to watch the completed documentary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zrn4-FfbXw

    I believe the world would become a better place if everyone of us be mindful on every action and usage. May this documentary be a success to wake up human beings who view personal convenience more than the health of the environment, that our actions are affecting everyone including our love ones.

    Thank you.

  23. Uncle Eddie on Dec 4, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Rinpoche truly moves hearts and changes lives by reliving through insurmountable hurdles and overcoming many of his terrifying experiences, loves, joy and tragedies that Rinpoche has gone through, and reviewed in his “The Promise” book! At many a time, when we feel we must give up or fall down, Rinpoche could be used as “A glimmer and beacon of light and hope” as displayed in the aforesaid wonder-book! What Rinpoche said is so logical and to the point in this blog-article too! Knowingly and unknowingly, things have been done that had damaged the environment, putting millions of marine lives at risks. As George Bernard Shaw has once said, “We are the living graves of murdered beasts and living sea-creatures!” And as backed-up by Albert Schweitzer remark: “Until we stop harming all living beings, we are still savages”. Because as said in this blog-article, “There may soon be more plastic in the oceans than fishes and sea-creatures!”

  24. Fong on Dec 4, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    A high percentage of the world’s population has no idea of recycling or cannot be bothered though many countries are making an effort to reduce the amount of plastic used. Recycling is important but educating the public to be more mindful not to simply throw garbage out their windows is the root of the whole game.

    People have a habit if throwing garbage out the windows of cars, boats, houses and apartments. These garbage will come back and haunt us as they get washed ashore onto our front door and beach and end up in the food chain, as scientists are finding out.

    So, we do have to be mindful and do our part by consuming less plastics by using recyclable or reusable products. As consumers, we have the say as to whether the producers make more disposable products or recyclable or reusable products.

  25. JP on Dec 4, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I was in Bali recently and also heard about the alarming concern of plastic pollution on the island. As this article highlights that plastics don’t really biodegrade. It’s become so critical in Bali that tons of plastic waste are being washed on the shores of Bali daily, causing serious environmental damages. There are 2 sisters, Melati and Isabel Wijsen, below the age of 18 who championed the cause of halting this problem using Mahatma Ghandi’s method of going on a hunger strike in order to get the Governor’s attention and agree to meet them. Their story is here http://storyofstuff.org/blog/people-were-trashing-their-beautiful-island-nation-but-these-young-women-stopped-plastic-pollution-for-good/

    Below are some helpful tips to stop using plastic from http://www.ecowatch.com. Every bit of effort counts.

    “Ten Ways To “Rise Above Plastic.”

    Choose to reuse when it comes to shopping bags and bottled water. Cloth bags and metal or glass reusable bottles are available locally at great prices.

    Refuse single-serving packaging, excess packaging, straws and other “disposable” plastics. Carry reusable utensils in your purse, backpack or car to use at bbq’s, potlucks or take-out restaurants.

    Reduce everyday plastics such as sandwich bags and juice cartons by replacing them with a reusable lunch bag/box that includes a thermos.

    Bring your to-go mug with you to the coffee shop, smoothie shop or restaurants that let you use them, which is a great way to reduce lids, plastic cups and/or plastic-lined cups.

    Go digital!  No need for plastic cds, dvds and jewel cases when you can buy your music and videos online.

    Seek out alternatives to the plastic items that you rely on.

    Recycle. If you must use plastic, try to choose #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE), which are the most commonly recycled plastics. Avoid plastic bags and polystyrene foam as both typically have very low recycling rates.

    Volunteer at a beach cleanup. Surfrider Foundation Chapters often hold cleanups monthly or more frequently.

    Support plastic bag bans, polystyrene foam bans and bottle recycling bills.

    Spread the word. Talk to your family and friends about why it is important to reduce plastic in our lives and the nasty impacts of plastic pollution.”

  26. TekLee on Dec 4, 2016 at 1:54 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. It is really saddening to see that animals are dying, again, due to the cause of human mistakes. We live in this planet, we are part of the planet, every human beings should play their role to keep the environment clean and healthy. Every living being is related to each other, as our food chain is inter-related in the ecosystem. Even if one part in the ecosystem destroyed, it will effect the whole food chain, which will indirectly affect human too. Nowadays human ignorant minds are polluted by many other things and entertainment in the society, until they have forgotten that we are actually very dependent species on earth. We depend on the whole environment to live on. Hope everyone of us can play a small role in keeping the environment clean, for example, we can start with recycling. So that unwanted plastics won’t be disposed uncontrollably. _/\_

  27. Choong on Dec 3, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    The majority of us have the “out of sight, out of mind” or “as long as it’s not in my backyard” attitude when it comes to refuse. Well the result is pretty clear as can be seen in this article.

    The only way to halt this huge problem is when products such as PET bottles are no longer produced and instead, only quickly biodegradable packaging is produced and utilized. It really has to come from the production end.

    However, I’m not sure if technology and adoption of new technology is moving as fast as we pollute though. Meanwhile it continues to be grim.

  28. Joy Kam on Dec 3, 2016 at 1:09 am

    This is really sickening and heart breaking how we humans instead of protecting others we end up killing them due to our intelligence, greed and pure selfishness. People somehow do not connect and think that animals are living beings who feel the same as we do or if I may say the same as our pets do! Because there are many so called animal lovers out there who claims their love for animals yet they still EAT them!

    This is so hypocritical and so illogically ridiculous but they do not seem to see the connection at all. Totally ignorant because they choose to. I say they choose to because there is so many animal rights and cruelty awareness campaigns out there, you got to be either blind or death to not see it or hear it… it is just pure denial and selfishness. Hence, it is carry out through our disgusting attitude and actions which leads to littering in the ocean and killing more animals.

    To be honest I was also part of this hypocritical lot until Rinpoche showed us “Earthlings” the documentary and how Rinpoche himself change his eating habits to vegetarian. That was what encouraged and influenced me to change as well, as Rinpoche mentioned, if we really wanted to practice compassion, we can start with not eating animals. That would be the more basic preliminary action, at the very gross level of practising compassion for us so called Buddhist. That was how it all started and I became more aware of animals and that they are no different from your cute dog or cat that you love so much and would not harm or eat them.

    So I suppose we got to keep talking, spreading the awareness and keep educating people tirelessly, creatively, skillfully until they change their attitude and realise we’re all sentient beings who feels. Animals are no different from us humans, they feel pain, when you cut them, they bleed and they fear for their lives. Because just like us humans, they too want to be happy and free! Hopefully from this, many more attitudes and bad habits will change and the world can be safe for everyone to live in happily.

  29. Stella Cheang on Dec 2, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    This is an inter-related world; whatever we do will create an impact on the overall ecosystem and hence on the life of others. It is so sad to know that our choice of consumption / choice of products has a direct negative impact on the life of so many other living beings. Imagine finding 276 pieces of plastic, some as big as a toothbrush, in the small stomach of a 90 days old seabird! Plastic, once ingested, can block or rupture the digestive tract and leak contaminants into the bird’s blood stream, resulting in stomach ulcerations, liver damage, infertility and ultimately, death. Also, plastic in the water is a magnet for toxic. Research by marine biologists found plastic floating in the water absorb toxic chemicals that have been washed out to the sea from industrial and agricultural waste, which are lethally dangerous and harmful. As tons and tons of plastic and chemical toxic are being dumped into the ocean every year, the marine life and other life forms that it support, including human life are exposed to the same chemical waste (plastic including) that we once thought casually about. How ironic. We need to relook at our lifestyle and make some significant changes. It is imperative to live our life causing the least negative impact on others possible. We don’t have to literally jump into the ocean to save our friends, little things like reducing the use of plastic count too. Thank you so much Rinpoche for this article to create awareness for the ocean where we all rely and depend on it, whether we know it or not.

  30. Vivian Ong on Dec 2, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. Every single person in this planet plays an important role to save the earth and also living beings. But this is not the case for unmindful and selfish people. If we throw plastic into the ocean and when the fishes or other sea animals are dead then humans will have lack of fishes to eat (for non- vegetarian people). This is a chain reaction. If we don’t want to lose something we got to do something to save it before it happens.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  31. Bradley Kassian on Dec 1, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    This is one area we really need to clean up. So many species live in the oceans, even ones we haven’t even discovered yet. Producing 300 million tonnes of plastic a year, is not sustainable and certainly not environmental. Aside from plastics which kill fish, we need to clean up all the other trash, and cut down our carbon footprint. The oceans play a vital role not only for wildlife but it sweeps our atmosphere clean of carbon and other containminents and stores its. Humanity needs to change their ways in doing things. The Earth can survive without us, but we can’t survive without the Earth.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 10. 2021 03:59 PM
    A legendary figure of Buddhism in Buryatia was Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov, charismatic Buddhist master and visionary and national hero, who had spread the Tantric Buddhist tradition. Interesting read of this forgotten story of Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov, a monk who briefly ruled as a dharma king. He amazingly created a nonviolence Buddhist kingdom who protected thousands of women, children, and men at that time. In 1920’s Soviet government considered Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov to be rebels and Traditional Buryat culture was erased since then. Buddhist monasteries in Buryatia were destroyed and many followers were murdered. He was well remembered as a true Dharma King and a national hero. Interesting read of a Great Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/lubsan-samdan-tsydenov-the-dharma-king-of-buryatia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 10. 2021 03:57 PM
    We came to this world with nothing and leaving with nothing. There nothings that belongs to us. Whatever we own is temporary on loan only, so we should be glad in this life we are in human form. We should appreciate what we have at this moment, , doing , learning Dharma and practicing Dharma for a good and meaningful cause. Transforming our mind and benefiting others instead of ourselves.
    What Rinpoche had said and explained , very true indeed … we don’t own our body. Well use our body for the greater good of others. Reading the transcript by Tsem Rinpoche tells us more understanding .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/transcript-you-dont-own-your-body.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 11:20 PM
    Thank you for the wonderful sharing, it’s truly amazing. Each one of these statues is special and drool-worthy, and they have rightly signified the place where they stand today.

    Even when we don’t have the opportunity too witness those beautiful Buddha Statues, yet we are blessed merely by looking at it.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 01:19 PM
    Reading this article again, truly feeling sorry those refugees in Netherlands. Staying in another country far away from homeland is already sad. They need to start from scratch, could imagine their situation living in a foreign facing a lot of hinders such languages, cultures and so forth. The sad state of refugees living in Netherlands is really bad. The Netherlands has had a reputation as a humanitarian haven, with refugees and immigrants as the situation in their country isn’t safe enough. But entering as refugees they ended up living in empty offices, as room . The government authorities failed to provide basic amenities for those rejected ones who have not or cannot leave the country. The refugees are stuck in a system, were call as an illegal immigrant. They wandered in the streets of Amsterdam, moving from one place to another left in the cold winter. Lucky enough they have volunteers helping them supplying blankets , foods for them. Hopefully the authorities could do more to help those refugees out there and the situation right now has improved.
    Thank you Melissa for sharing this .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-building-wanderers-of-amsterdam.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 01:17 PM
    Being generous also makes us feel better about ourselves. Generosity is both a natural confidence builder and a natural repellent of self-hatred. By focusing on what we are giving rather than on what we are receiving. Acts of generosity, such as giving our time, talent or resources, and expecting nothing in return, have been proven to be good for our health. Generous individuals are personally more fulfilled, happier and more peaceful within themselves. Enrich our life and that of others by practicing generosity. That’s what I consider true generosity without anything in return.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Datuk May for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/generosity-giving-gifts.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 01:15 PM
    A Stunning Chenrezig Thangka with an interesting story behind it.Detailed explanations of the iconography of this Buddha. Having understand about it ,will help us to practice better . Chenrezig is the bodhisattva that symbolizes the compassion of all Buddhas.The qualities of Chenrezig is indeed amazing in such away benefited many of us. According to legend, Chenrezig made an vow that he would not rest until he had liberated all the beings in all the realms of suffering. Reciting the Chenrezig mani mantra and practising profound meditation on the nature of sound is believed to be powerful.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrix for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-chenrezig-thangka.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 6. 2021 04:52 PM
    Meaningful poems tells us a thousand words. Value and appreciate every moment of our life with those around us. Rinpoche had a very strong connection with Manjushri since childhood and its not surprised the way Rinpoche describe the divine. Lovely poems for us to ponder deeply.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this with us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/purpose.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 6. 2021 04:52 PM
    It is important to use these difficult times as life lessons, growing and shaping us to blossom into a stronger and wiser person every day. Stay strong and be tough, working as a team, sharing out as a team. Whatever happen then through thick and thin, individual commitment to work as a team is what makes a team work successful toward a common vision. It is true that we can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed as a team. Never give up even its hard with nothing much. Alone, we can do so little compare to working together, we can do so much.
    Reading this quote will inspire us to improve ourselves and our life so that we may be successful someday as a team.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/dont-see-the-porridge-and-run.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 5. 2021 03:04 PM
    The incredible story of the Chinese paper cut artist Ku Shulan. She is one such inspiring lady in the Chinese world of paper cutting. Been born in poor peasant family, doesn’t deter her from doing what she loves most. She had come along way of struggles and hardship to be where she was. She only showed her talent in later life following awakening from a coma after a head injury, discovered by Shanxi Province Cultural Center. Ku Shulan was designated “Master of China Folk Art and Crafts” by UNESCO and was bestowed many domestic awards for her beautiful paper cuttings. Sadly Ku Shulan passed away in 2004 at age 84, but her popularity, and reputation continue to grow . Her unique coloured paper cuttings are the jewel of Chinese folk art and will remain forever so.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring post of a talented lady.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/ku-shulan-goddess-of-paper-cut.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 5. 2021 03:03 PM
    Do Dharma work. Do Dharma practice. Chase after Dharma…..well said by Rinpoche. Life is meaningless when we only chase for money, fame only at the of life nothing is left for us. What remains is just memories when we are gone. As we grew older , it’s time to chase after something that can last long till our last breathe. Learning, practicing Dharma is the best choice. Since learning and practicing dharma have my life change, benefiting other makes my wonderful.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with folded hands. Rinpoche had showed me the way and so as many more others.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/chasing.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 5. 2021 03:00 PM
    Inspiring comment by Claire Briard who only met Rinpoche on facebook gave up eating meat. It has since changed his life and she have so much more respect for the all animals. She did wonderfully by encouraging her friends and anyone she met to go meatless. Beautiful message . Do not harm animals , give them a chance to live.
    Thank you Rinpoche this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/claire-briard.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 4. 2021 04:40 PM
    Reading this old post had me think deeply how fragile life is. Nothing is permanent as life goes by. Over 50 people have died in India, most of them in Sikkim, in a devastating earthquake back in 2011. The measured a forceful 6.8 on the Richter scale had caused a significant damage in Nepal and Sikkim border. Earthquake tremors were felt in parts of India, Tibet and West Bengal. Thousands of people trapped in remote areas of Sikkim, rescue and relief teams had try every possible way to help them. Many villages in quake-hit Sikkim are out of reach and thousands are said to be affected. Sad to know that hundreds of houses have reportedly collapsed and many suffered substantial damage . We are fortunate to live in Malaysia where we do not experience earthquake at all. Whatever it is we need to appreciate every moment in our lives to learn , practice Dharma . Lives our life to the fullness meaningful.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/sikkim-earthquake-hits-india-tibet-and-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 4. 2021 04:25 PM
    Amazing a huge image of Shakyamuni Buddha on the Bayan-Khongor mountain near the village of Bayangol, Russia is created. Very unique creation indeed. It was considered the largest Buddha image in Russia and in the list of the largest Buddha images in the world. The locals has long been considered the Bayan-Khongor rock as a sacred place in the Khorinsky Buryats. The image of Buddha Shakyamuni was made with minimal impact on nature. What the creators were amazing ,they did not carve a full-fledged statue. Only the top layer of the rock was removed, the Buddha image were drawn and painted with paint. When an image of Buddha of this gigantic size is created, it is also a tremendous, incomparable virtue and great blessing for all whom merely seeing it.
    On the consecration day of this huge Buddha image, Venerable Yelo Rinpoche performed the consecration ritual. Thousands of pilgrims from different parts of Buryatia and other cities of Russia attended the historical event. Looking at the pictures tells all. Accordingly, the larger, richer and more beautiful the offerings, the more they accumulate good merit. Lots of flowers , fruits , foods , cakes and so forth been offered .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing. Even I have not been there, looking at this huge image is a blessing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-largest-buddha-shakyamuni-in-russia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 3. 2021 04:08 PM
    Interesting discoveries…. Scientists do believe that about 100 billion stars in our galaxy, and in the universe about 100 billion galaxies. So it won’t be surprised that it had sheds light on the evolutionary history of early human ancestors. With the discoveries of rare human skulls dated millions years ago found by researchers in many different parts of the world, have proven that an early civilization did exist after all. Genuinely primitive and ancient human skulls were discovered in countries such Africa, China and so forth.
    Archaeologists have unearthed ancient skeletons with pointy, artificially deformed skulls belonging to an early human ancestor that lived 3.8 million years ago. Similar evidence of civilizations with deformed craniums were also found in many countries as well. Interesting… other than these discoveries the scientist and researchers did discovered aliens do exist too and we are not alone after all. Many sightings of aliens from different places in part of the world were seen by many eye witnesses. Ancient treasure artefacts found in a historic caves have added to claims ancient civilizations on earth were visited by advanced species from outer space.
    Thank you Rinpoche this interesting post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-the-visitors-season-1-episode-3.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 3. 2021 04:06 PM
    Choosing a religion is our choice. Its doesn’t matter what religion we chose we are to respect each other in order to have a harmonious surrounding. Every of us have the right to profess and to practice his or her religion. Freedom of religion is a principle that supports the freedom of any individual.
    Truly disappointed reading all those comments after when Rinpoche had mentioned that Rinpoche practiced Dorje Shugden. Somehow many positive comments too. Rinpoche had come along way from New Jessey to India then to Malaysia. We are fortunate to have met Rinpoche in this lives, learning and practicing Dharma and taking Dorje Shugden as our Dharma Protector. All i can say is through Rinpoche’s teaching, many of us has benefited from zero to be better person. Rinpoche had gave and showing us the light to be where we are today.
    Rinpoche had created a place of peace and heaven I would say it from my bottom of my heart. Rinpoche had worked tirelessly for the benefits of all sentient beings and trying to bring the wrong concept of viewing Dorje Shugden to those against the practice. The Tibetan leadership have their own agenda all these years, causing sufferings and disunity among the people practicing Dorje Shugden.
    Once for all hopefully the Dorje Shugden controversy will goes down into history.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing . May more people read this blog to get a better view.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/behind-the-scenes/thank-you-for-the-positivity.html

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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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
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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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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

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
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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  • 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.
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  • 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
    You are awesome! asked: Hello, you are awesome! keep going!
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  • March 28, 2021 15:08
    vikas baluni asked: abut growth of my business
    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.
  • March 1, 2021 23:37
    Sandra asked: Hello dear pastors, wish we could have an article like the one below to highlight the auspicious days of 2021. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/auspicious-days.html
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your suggestion. At the moment, there are no plans to publish another article with 2021 dates. But I have listed out some of the auspicious days and their dates for this year for you. I have only included future dates, not those that have already passed. Saga Dawa Duchen - 26th May 2021 Chokhor Duchen - 14th July 2021 Dorje Shugden Day - 24th August 2021 Lhabab Duchen - 27th October 2021 Gaden Ngamchoe or Tsongkhapa Day - 29th December 2021 I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question and its nice to see you here again. The reason why we pray in front of our altars is because it becomes a focal point of the enlightened energies we are invoking. Therefore it becomes a kind of portal for the energies of transformation, peace, healing, prosperity and protection. It is also the place where we make offerings to the Buddhas. As such, most people usually only have 1 altar in their home. However, you can have more than 1 altar in your home. As it is an altar, it should be complete with representations of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas. This would be an image (either a statue, thangka, tsa tsa, poster, framed picture, etc), a Dharma text and a stupa. In front of these, you should have at least 1 type of offering or more. This can be a fixed offering or maybe even a set of water offerings, which you make every day. Since practitioners make offerings on a daily basis, most opt to have only 1 altar, but there is no rule in Buddhism to say you can only have 1 altar. The altar however, should be placed in a respectful place. So, not in the bathroom. Or if in the bedroom, you should put a screen up to block it when you are changing, sleeping, etc. Alternatively, you can keep it in a cupboard, and close the doors during such activities. But altars should be dedicated places to the Buddhas, so don't put secular items in the same place, such as on the same shelf, etc. When it comes to praying, it is usually done in front of the altar, as you are invoking the enlightened beings. When you do your prayers there it becomes a powerful place in your home, and provides you with a sacred space to pray and meditate. However, if circumstances are difficult, then of course you can pray elsewhere. For example, when I first set up an altar, I was living in a single room with not much space. I set up an altar on a shelf but was not able to pray in front of it. Once I had made offerings, I would simply sit in another part of the room and do the prayers there. If it is really not convenient, then of course it is permissible to do the prayers elsewhere. It is better to do the prayers, than not do them at all if you can't be in front of your altar. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 25, 2021 01:33
    Kuenzang wangdi asked: What would be my most suitable colour ?
    pastor answered: Dear Kuenzang Wangdi, Thank you for your question. The following calculators may be of interest to you: Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html In relation to which colour if most favourable for you, unfortunately our calculators do not give this information. However, from a Buddhist practice viewpoint, what is more important is the transformation of the mind. Once we transform our minds according to teachings, we are able to overcome any obstacle and create good conditions for our lives. You can learn a very short mind transformation teaching here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/eight-verses-of-thought-transformation.html You can couple this with formal practice. If you are interested, a very good practice to bring energies of increase and generate a long life, merits, wealth and prosperity in your life, is the the practice of Gyenze. You can find information about the practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html. I hope this helps. Thanks.
  • February 22, 2021 22:14
    Naseer asked: Hi My name is Naseer Ahmed 8th dec 1979. Life path 1 Im looking to add to my name slightly... change it too... Naseer Al Ahmed... Would this be more complimentary as far as for the business front... or would it not make any difference
    pastor answered: Hello Naseer, As per your question, your Life Path Number is 1. The Life Path Number according to the system of numerology used on our website is calculated using your date of birth. Therefore, a change in name will not affect your Life Path Number. Some of the other calculators on the same page do however use your name. One of the smaller calculators you may be interested in is the Achievement Number, but again, this only uses your date of birth for the calculation. You can find it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html You may also be interested in two of our other pages: Chinese Zodiac - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html Thank you for your question. I hope this helps.
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More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
11 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
11 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
11 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
1 years ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
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
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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