My Strange Addictions

By | Sep 16, 2016 | Views: 1,152

Dear friends,

Every single living being is different in their own ways, and we all have our own quirks and idiosyncrasies. People have their habits and sometimes they do strange things that others may not understand. Reading up on some of these habits, as well as unusual and weird addictions may actually help us to understand them better and allow us to figure out how their minds operate.

Personally I certainly do not find them amusing or entertaining because most of their addictions involve harming themselves either physically or mentally. What is sad is that they do not have the clarity and determination to cut off their addictions. I hope they will soon break off their unhealthy habits and live a healthy life.

I would like to thank Martin and Pastor Jean Ai for taking their time to help me with this article.

Thank you,
Beatrix

 


 

1. Toby Sheldon – Justin Bieber look-a-like

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35-year-old Toby Sheldon, whose legal name is Tobias Martin Strebel, has spent over 100,000 dollars to look like Justin Bieber. In one of his interviews, he said that he was jealous of Justin’s flawless face back then and even though he was not a fan of Justin, he decided to risk everything, including his life, to look like Justin.

Toby has undergone quite a significant number of surgical procedures including liposuction, lip lifts, fillers, fat injections and eye lifts. He has also endured at least six hair transplants to get the perfect Bieber bangs, just so that he can experience being his idol.

Unfortunately, his life did not end up that well. In August 21, 2015 Toby was found dead in a motel after he went missing three days earlier. While officials say that prescription drugs were found in the room, the actual cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

“I didn’t necessarily listen to his music or fawn over him as a celebrity, but his face was just so flawless; every change I made was modeled after him.”

~ Toby Sheldon in a statement made in 2012

 

2. Keyshia – I love chewing dirty diapers

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Keyshia’s obsession began four years ago when she started hoarding dirty diapers and taking them everywhere. “It has to have pee in it,” she explains, pulling a diaper out of her drawer and enthusiastically inhaling its odour. “The heavier ones that have more pee smell better.”

Before having her first child, she would get soiled diapers from friends and even strangers, and says that the taste is similar to that of sour candy.

“I love it, it just tastes amazing. I have one when I’m cooking in the kitchen, I have one in my drawers, I have one when I’m sleeping, I keep some in my trunk, I keep some in my pocket book.”

~ Keyshia

 

3. Vladimir – It makes me feel younger

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52-year-old Vladimir is obsessed with putting leeches on himself and letting them drink his blood. The addiction started after he got into a car accident five years ago and became convinced that the leeches would heal him and make him stay young.

He will attach up to 12 leeches on his body at any one time, risking his life with infection. Although the addiction may cost him his life, Vladimir believes that the leeches cleanse and purify his blood and he feels younger each time he lets them drink his blood.

“It makes me feel good. It makes me feel younger.”

~ Vladimir

 

4. Lacy Wildd – I’m proud to be plastic

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This mother of six children has spent over 250,000 dollars on breast augmentation surgeries. In mid-2014, she started preparing herself for surgery to enhance her breasts to a QQQ cup.

To support her breast augmentations, Wildd has had to have pig skin sewed inside her abdomen. She has also had internal bra surgery done to support her breasts and make sure that her skin can support the weight. In her own words, she stated that “it feels like guitar strings.” To sleep, Wildd has to lie at a 30-degree angle or she will feel like she is being suffocated.

Wildd has also had her buttocks enlarged, eyes made wider, nose made thinner and a myriad of other surgeries performed on her body.

“I want to be the adult Barbie, like the extreme Barbie.”

~ Lacy Wildd

 

5. Amy and Becky Glass – It feels like we are married to one another

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Obsessive twins Amy and Becky, from Los Angeles, are so close they have not been apart for more than 30 minutes in 15 years. The 46-year-old twins share everything, including a bedroom, the same mobile phone, joint Facebook account and once even shared a boyfriend.

Over the years, as their obsession has grown, they have gone to extremes to be mirror images of each other and even wear the exact same t-shirts every day in slightly different colours. They have said that they are not interested in relationships anymore and feel like they are married to one another.

Amy and Becky have been measuring out every bite of food and sip of drink using scales and measuring cups for 19 years, to ensure their body shapes and weights stay the same.

“At one point I weighed a little bit more than Becky, so people would say that I was the bigger twin and we hated it. We decided to go on diets and we have both weighed the same weight ever since.”

~ Amy Glass

 

6. Jennifer – I love eating mattresses

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Jennifer has been eating mattresses for more than 20 years, saying she eats about a square foot of mattress each day. First, she ate her own mattress and then she moved on to her mother’s. It is claimed that she has eaten almost eight mattresses in 20 years.

She will keep going until the mattress starts to smell funny or when there is nothing left but the springs. She eats so much mattress foam that she regularly clogs up her toilet which leads to more concern from her family.

Happily, Jennifer vowed to give up her mattress-eating addiction when she got checked by a doctor who told her she would die if she continued.

“I start out with the good stuff. The good stuff to me is the pillow top itself.”

~ Jennifer

 

7. Michelle – I drink human blood as much as I can

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Meet the 32-year-old “vampire”, Michelle. Her addiction to drinking blood started to develop when she was a teenager and used to cut herself. Since then she has stopped self-mutilation, but the craving for blood has not gone away. She buys pigs’ blood from the local market but even that it is not enough to satisfy her cravings.

Michelle prefers to drink blood directly from the “donors” but makes sure that it is from someone she has a close relationship with. Despite her strange addiction, she insists that she is not a “vampire”.

As part of the show’s process, she visited a doctor and was advised to stop drinking blood as the risk of picking up diseases like HIV and hepatitis is very real. Sadly, the doctor’s advice has not been enough to end her addiction towards drinking blood, which she has no intention of stopping.

“I drink human blood as much as I can. Everyone has their own flavour, their own taste.”

~ Michelle

 

8. Allison – I can’t stop eating tires!

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For the past nine years, 22-year-old Allison from Atlanta, USA has been gorging on two feet of rubber each day. Her rubber addiction began as a child when she munched her dolls’ feet. She has also stated that the tires are like “beef jerky”.

She keeps little bowls of tire shavings around her house for snacking whenever she gets the urge. Allison has also admitted that she suffers from stomach issues from time to time due to her addiction but she cannot seem to kick her habit. Sometimes when she cannot find any tires, she makes do with rubber bands as another option.

Her husband Sammy works in a tire factory, and was concerned about her addiction and pleaded her to see a doctor. She eventually underwent several X-rays to make sure there was no permanent damage to her stomach. Fortunately, the test results came back with an all-clear. Since then, Allison has cut down her addiction to eating tires as doctors told her that there is a higher chance she could get cancer from all the chemicals she is ingesting every day.

“The texture of the rubber pieces is like beef jerky. It’s a work out for your jaw.”

~ Allison

 

9. Carrie – It tastes like water to me

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For the past eight years, 57-year-old Carrie has been drinking her own urine as she believes that it will cure her cancer. She has also washed her eyes with it, poured it in her nose with a neti pot, brushed her teeth in urine and she even saves some to rub it all over her skin.

“It tastes like water to me,” Carrie told her friend. “When you are nasal drinking, the pain is different than any pain you have experienced,” said Carrie, who lives in Colorado Springs, USA.

 

10. Casie – I’m addicted to eating my husband

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31-year-old Casie, who was widowed just two months before filming the show, is unable to stop herself from dipping her finger into her husband’s urn and taking a lick of her beloved’s ashes. She said that she first tasted the remains of her husband when she transferred the ashes from a temporary cardboard box into a special memorial urn.

Casie carries the urn full of ashes everywhere she goes. She takes “him” to the movies, to the shops and to restaurants. She also added that whenever she is out grocery shopping, she will always buy the things that he likes. At home, she tailors her domestic chores to suit her husband’s tastes. Despite her peculiar habit, Casie finds comfort in having his ashes at her side.

“Some of it spilled out on my hands. I didn’t want to just wipe him away, so I just licked it off my fingers. I take my husband everywhere. To the grocery store, out shopping…When I go grocery shopping, I buy the things that he likes.”

~ Casie

 

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  1. sarassitham on Feb 25, 2021 at 1:02 am

    This is kind of hard to believe and shocking to imagine the weirdest addiction of people in this planet, they are extremely strange. People can become addicted to actions, feelings, or behaviors, not just substances. There must be something behind of every addiction, I don’t think they are crazy or mentally ill, it’s their weird enjoyment for a short time.

    I had a friend in my primary school who eats mud during rainy days, she told me, it smells good and she enjoys doing it during her play time. I found it strange but has she grow up in different environment she forget about her addiction. So, I strongly believe, all behaviors can be changed when the person gains self-awareness and actually wants to change. Thanks for the interesting sharing and recall of my childhood friend.

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  2. Julia Tan on Jul 25, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    It’s like biting fingers, blinking eyes constantly, shaking legs all the time, drinking alcohol, smoking etc.. every addiction is bad, no matter it’s something that would harm yourself or others. I do hope they realised what they are doing and get rid of it.

  3. Gobin on Jul 25, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    I feel that there are several factors leading to addiction. Some of the most common ones are, if one has a genetic predisposition, then there is a high possibility of falling for substance abuse. Another reason is trying to escape a tragic experience or stress. This show focuses on a group of people who are addicted to the most bizarre things you can’t think of. Obsessions can range from relationships with inanimate objects to eating something like couch cushions or aches.I feel really sad for the these people because they are hurting themselves physically and mentally.

  4. Pastor Chia on Jul 24, 2019 at 9:07 am

    People with wired addiction did surprice people around them but important thing they need to careful their own healthty. We should not jugde people habitual what they like and treat them as physical person. Accept them as they are with respact just like others. Each person have their special way what their like.

  5. Mingwen on Jul 24, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Everyone has our very own addictions many of them are just so common that we thought it’s normal because many people have it.

    We should never discriminate another person for having special addictions as these addictions do not developed in one day, they has been with us for days, weeks, months, years & lives after lives. We shall do is to encourage, help & consistent to be a better person & help another person to be better too.

  6. Andrea Lai on Jul 24, 2019 at 2:55 am

    Such weird addiction really triggering my thoughts of the root problem could be having depression. Some people aware they having depression and try finding methods to ease this sufferings, hence they uses all sort of ways they could think of until they feel comfortable with it. From there on, it turns into like regular regime. I think it harmful because addiction can destroy us physically and mentally.

  7. pammie yap on Jul 24, 2019 at 2:16 am

    We are all addicted in our own ways. Although I find the post ‘weird’ in their own ways, we shouldn’t ‘judge’ them. Being attached may not be right but we just need to find the ‘balance’ to understand. All of us may not be ‘perfect’ but we try.

  8. Tek Lee on Jul 24, 2019 at 1:39 am

    It’s really shock to see that how people attached to the thing that can fulfill their senses. Yes, in samsara, as human we tend attach to many things. Especially those which can fulfill our senses. Some attachments do no harm to us. But some are. It even harms people around us. Buddhism teaches us impermanence, even things and human that we attached to are impermanent. May more people can learn Dharma, so that they understand, what are attachments and the things that they attached to are impermanent.

  9. Pastor Henry Ooi on Jul 24, 2019 at 1:17 am

    Almost everyone of us is addicted to something or some things we find pleasing and desirous. I think addiction may be in the form of taste, smell, sensation, sight, sound. Like for example alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, shopping, travelling, gambling and so on. Chemicals in substances play a big part in the addiction, making it a big challenge to shake off the addiction. I also think that addiction stems from one’s mind, not necessarily the object or objects. Usually a person may stop their addiction if they were told that it would endanger their life but they may find another form of object to substitute for what they gave up. Seeking professional advice, counselling, medical treatments could help but one has to really want to stop in order to end the addiction. 

  10. Vivian Ong on Jul 24, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Those addictions in the article I find it weird. Addictions can be mild or serious. Mild ones I would say like for example addicted to coffee, tea, ciggerette, etc. Serious one I would say like for example drug addictions or people who likes to kill. All addictions stems from our attachment onto something. Strong attachment to something will do us no good.

  11. June Kang on Jul 24, 2019 at 1:12 am

    From this article, one thing is sure is addiction leads to suffering and harm the addict’s life and the people who love the addict. Our children of this generation is addicting to video games. It has caused the children with less time to focus on their education because the video game it time consuming, and the parents is worry about them.

    In fact, addiction is something like collection of attachment. In Buddhism that is way to overcome attachment. Therefore learning Dharma can help you to overcome the addiction.

  12. Justin on Jul 24, 2019 at 12:30 am

    It’s hard to justify each one of their so called addiction which I felt is more like obsession. There are so many different level of minds in humans living in this realm of desire. There are probably more people out there with very peculiar and perhaps more stranger form of “addictions” out there.

  13. Datuk May on Jul 23, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Addictions are bad news. The addictions described in this article are strange and beyond the imagination of ordinary people.

    However, in one way of the other, we are addicted to something. I have seen obsessively clean people. Now that kind of cleanliness addiction seem to be fine, however to be obsessed is not quite the same. These cleanliness obsessive people cannot even stand to see a speck of dust and they really get bothered to distraction.

    How about alcoholics, quite common. So common that there are centres organised to help them. Same goes for drug addicts.

    Another common one, cigarette addiction. Bad one too, but again so common that it is not weird.

    Thank you, Beatrix for this article highlighting such queer unusual addictions.

  14. Stella Cheang on Jul 18, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Looking at the extreme addictions, I cannot help but exclaim that human’s behaviour and action do come in varieties beyond our wildest imagination. Who would imagine someone who is addicted to eat mattress or tires? These are things that are not even edible to start with. I believe the deeper psychological diagnosis is require to find the root cause and perhaps help them deal with it, if that is something they would like to achieve. Because after all the addictions are harmless to others. Except maybe the one who is obsessed with drinking human blood. Thank you, Beatrix, for this sharing.

  15. Kb Thapa on Apr 18, 2017 at 6:50 am

    This is very interesting article to read. I knew people have some wearied addictions any of the strange addictions involve eating, drinking or otherwise ingesting something unhealthy into their body
    This is enough to upset her family. Wait until they find out someone been slowly eating his remains mattress etc ha ha ha ..I feel really sad for the these people, Its obviously because they are not well. They aren’t hurting anyone and seem pretty happy with each their and own self..

  16. CindyH on Mar 21, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    People of all kinds, and in all times, need something to make their lives meaningful and to have meaning, life must come to contain some excitement or a purpose which becomes the driving force in life. Unfortunately, not all will come to see and find their real purpose in life and end up hanging on to things which are perceived to bring them such meaning in life with hopes that those things will lead them to happiness and satisfaction in life. Some of those perceived things may fit into the conventional accepted forms (e,g. obsessions with monies, cars, properties, jewellery, latest gadgets etc) to bring them the “high” whilst as indicated by the article, some deviate from the norm, opting for things which challenge the boundaries of accepted norms.

    Interestingly, obsessions which are deemed acceptable are celebrated as mark of success whilst those not fitting into the norms are viewed negatively, if not condemned as affront to societal decency. At the end of the day, it is not so much of the object of obsessions but rather the obsessions itself that is problem. It keeps us anchored to the misery that entails once the rush or the high factor diminishes, be it from the deprivation of the object of obsessions (when we are no longer able to get the items) or the saturation of the feeling (when we become bored after a while, where no longer feel the “high” even with the object of obsession).

    This also goes to show the impulses of attraction and aversion as a basic form of selfishness. Any addiction is essentially an overactive desire which is harmful to self as addicts identified so strongly or solidly with the source of their pleasure that they believe life without it is not possible or is unthinkable. To at least some degree, they have lost control of their life.

    In this sense, am in favour of the pragmatic solution expounded by Buddha which is to deal with the problem as-is and to reduce the extent and power of one’s current addiction. Not the easiest thing to do as one would need to confront and accept the harsh truth that addictions are predominantly a result of one’s own actions and therefore we personally responsible for that state and any recovery from it. No change is possible for those who are unwilling or unable to move in the direction of accepting these facts.

    Thank you for such a thought-provoking article.

  17. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 6, 2016 at 1:38 am

    This is interesting, such addictions are just a bit more extreme than what we are normally used to. But we are all addicted or feel aversion to many things in our lives.

  18. Anne Ong on Nov 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Thank you for this very interesting topic,Beatrix. It’s really disgusting for some of these strange addictions. Especially the one chewing on dirty diapers. But for the one drinking on urine is quite common for chinese as i personally know some people who believes in drinking baby urine for health reasons. But some end up drinking their own urine because they cant find baby urine.

  19. Pastor KH Ng on Oct 30, 2016 at 12:10 am

    The addictions feature here is of the extreme kind. Most are risking their lives with their addiction. Most of us have some kind of addiction thought our addictions may be regarded as normal but nevertheless can be harmful. We may be addicted to substance, food, habits and perception.

    We are fixed on these addictions due to some kind of self gratifications that needs to be satisfied. Some addictions are ingrained that we and others may not event recognise; these we call “character”.

    Overall, this is a very interesting article that opens up our minds.

  20. TekLee on Oct 29, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Thank you Beatrix for sharing this information. Honestly, I was quite stunt after reading some of the addiction, like eating tire, ashes, mattress, urine, and…. diapers?? I think all these addiction is a kind of sickness. Or, maybe can I say it’s mental problem? I always tell my wife and friends, there’re really many kind of people in the world, all sorts of funny people. This article really tell the truth. Other than this article. I came across a video that a man was addicted to snakes’ venom. I came across some other article / video before like things that people phobia, like, people phobia to clown, which is the most common one. I’d watched a video before that a girl was phobia to potatoes, and another man was phobia to tomatoes. I mean, strange, right? Those are the food we eat. And here, people are eating the things that cannot be eaten 🙂 Recently I came across a video showing a girl was phobia to sunlight. It’s like the sickness that Count Dracula got before. Sunlight will actually hurt their skin. Poor girl.
    We are really fortunate that we have an opportunity to know Rinpoche and to practice Dharma. By learning and practicing Dharma, it keeps our mind stable and clear. We know what is right, what is wrong. Or maybe in this case, what is normal, and what is abnormal 🙂 Maybe we have some addiction or habit that offends other people also, but by practicing and learning more in Dharma, let’s hope we can get rid of the bad habit and addiction one day.
    Thanks again Beatrix for sharing. _/\_

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Oct 29, 2016 at 11:03 pm

      Hi Tek Lee, thanks for your comment! You pointed out a lot of examples of other things that people can be addicted to, and also various things that people can be scared of.

      What I want to encourage you to think about is, how come not everyone reacts to those objects in the same way? How come some people are attracted to tomatoes, and other people HATE tomatoes to the point of being scared of them? Like you, I have also seen videos of people being so scared of some foods that when you show it to them, they shake uncontrollably and cry.

      And what are the things we are attracted to, that people hate and what are the things that people hate, that we are attracted to? How come some people are attracted to Dharma, but some people can say all sorts of bad things about it?

      Is it a fault of the object? If it is a fault of the object, then everyone should see the same fault, not just a few people. So let’s not talk about how something is normal and abnormal, but more about the human mind because what people find ‘normal’ is what society around them decided is normal 😉

      So how some people can be attracted to something that other people dislike, this actually reflects our human mind (instead of the quality of the objects) and how we perceive things. Anyway, just my little two cents…hope it helps to encourage your thoughts a little further 🙂 🙂 thanks again for your comment!

      • TekLee on Oct 31, 2016 at 1:17 am

        Thank you Pastor Jean Ai _/\_ Actually yes, totally agree with what you said. Sometimes I wonder, by saying others abnormal, maybe I am the abnormal one? Just like what you mentioned, we accepted dharma and we practice dharma, to us, we’re always not doing enough, but to some people, we might be acting over “normal” if they look at it from their “normal” comfortable daily life and perception. Sometimes, when my wife told me what other people perception about us and think of what we do, i would jokingly reply her, “Well, maybe we are the abnormal one.” 🙂 Thank you again Pastor Jean Ai _/\_ 🙂

  21. shelly tai on Oct 25, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Thank you Beatrix Ooi for sharing with us about this article. I must said is very disgusting type of addiction, this is the first time I come across this kind of addiction I just do not how a person can drink their own urine this is really out of their mind I think is very bad for their health this is like a way to kill yourself. I think we are glad because we have Dharma that make us contemplate on this precious human rebirth that will actually make our life more meaningful because we do understand why we are here but unfortunately a lot of people out there do not have Dharma so they will find their life no purpose then they feel bore so in order to overcome this meaningless life so they develop some strange addiction in order to make their life more interesting .

  22. Candice Loke on Oct 22, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    As I scroll down and read further, I found myself disgusted and horrified by all the addictions listed, and saying to myself luckily I wasn’t born with mental instability as i certainly wouldn’t want to be either one of them!
    But then I stopped – it got me thinking – How about myself? They may find their kind of addictions ‘normal’ as the addictions already integrated as part of their life. And how about myself? Do I have any sort of ‘addictions’ that myself is unaware of and deeply rooted and need my immediate attention? Do i irk people unintentionally due to addictions I myself not aware of?!
    Certainly there are! But then again, I’m grateful that I’m living at a time and place where I get to meet with the teachings of Rinpoche who constantly helping sentient beings, waking everyone up from this illusory dream!
    Thank you Beatrix and everyone to produce this easy to read yet profound article for readers to contemplate on our end – our addictions and how we gonna do about it! _/\_

  23. Darren on Oct 18, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    An interesting article, never thought such addiction exist.The urine drinker & dirty diaper is quite gross for me. I hope all of them to rehab and be well soon.

  24. Adeline Tan on Oct 18, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Addiction is because of habituation and strong cravings. Just can’t imagine there are people out there with so many weird and harmful addictions. This is the first time i came across people who love chewing dirty diapers, eating mattress foam, tires and rubber bands, her own husband’s ashes. All these staff are very harmful to the body and especially can damage the digestive system. The one who love to drink blood sound so grouse, what will happen if she can’t find donor to satisfy her need? Will she become like drug addicts can suddenly run amok and kill people for their blood? Actually all these people should seek medical and psychiatric treatments soonest possible. Thank you Beatrix for posting this eye opening article.

  25. Pastor Han Nee on Oct 15, 2016 at 8:25 am

    The saddest part of all is that they are so obsessed with their addictions that they cannot see the harm and the danger threatening them from these addictions. It is as though in their mind they have created n a world of their own and living in it.

    How do people get wired so differently? The reasons for their addiction, and the lengths they go to to satisfy their craving and their addictions, are just so weird and painful to watch.Take for instance Toby Sheldon, who had spent over 100,000 dollars to look like Justin Biebe just because he was jealous of his flawless complexion!

    It would be good if all of us contemplate on what is “I” and find that it is in reality an imputed “I” around which our lives and cravings revolve.

  26. graceleong on Oct 2, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    It makes me cringe and feel disgusted when reading about the strange addictions which people can have. But the fact of the matter is, those addicted are completely obsessed by these addictions and allows themselves to be harmed and mostly have no way out!! It is very sad.

    The state of their minds have blocked out health, risks, harm, death. Their wanting is so strong and powerful, it defies all wisdom or logic. The negative karma manifested is so powerful !!

    Thank you Beatrix for sharing this story.

  27. Julien Roth on Sep 28, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    When i was younger i used to love watching My Strange Addiction on TV. It was one of the most interesting things to watch at the time. But recently i have not been up to date with the series, but after seeing this post it has reminded me again about what an interesting topic this really is.

    After reading this article and reading through all of the different addictions I have to say that the Justin Bieber look-a-like one has got to be the strangest xD. I know that there are many people who have obsessions with celebrities and idols, but to take it to the extend where they try to become them is unreal. And therefore it is the most interesting as well.

  28. Samfoonheei on Sep 25, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Very weird and really strange addictions…..cannot imagine its true after reading these strange individual addictions .they did it out of curiosity ,a sense of loneliness ,depression. and so forth. Whatever their action is, need to be treated as long term might ruin their lives.
    Do hope they have will power and determination to cut off their strange addictions, to carry on with their daily life.They have always a choice to do what they have and,choose what to do to be on the right track in life.
    Thank you Beatrix Ooi for sharing this article.

  29. Lew on Sep 25, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    LOL. Beatrix, this is such an interesting article! I know the world has many strange things, but never have I thought about these kinds of addictions.

    After reading this article, though these additions do sound strange to many people, everyone of us have our own addiction. Though our addictions may not sound as strange, our addictions are very “personal” to us, and we definitely hold them very dear to us.

    From Buddhism, I learn that addictions or attachments most of the time are not related to things, but to a state of mind or feeling. Personally for me, the biggest addiction is to the comfort zone and the resistant to change. Also, from my observation, one person’s addiction may sound totally illogical to another person’s.

    I pray that I can, over time, let go of my addictions to serve others better.

  30. JP on Sep 22, 2016 at 10:47 am

    What an interesting article about addictions. I remember reading somewhere that addictions in general is a result of feeling inadequate about an aspect of their life. This manifests in being addicted to all sorts of things, shopping being one of the most common.

    These addictions give them an instant sense of gratification to make up for an aspect of their life that they feel unhappy about. As such, in order to kick the addiction, they will need some sort of psycho-therapy to the root cause of their addiction.

  31. Echeah on Sep 22, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Any kind of addiction is not healthy. It’s when you no longer can control the particular action and it completely takes over and controls you. The action becomes excessive, compulsive, extreme desire, attachment and craving. That is when you lose all rationality and control and harm sets in. Harming one’s self is harming a sentient being. Too much of anything may not necessarily be good, whether it be an object, person or behaviour.

    Nagarjuna’s & Lama Tsongkhapa’s Middle Way is the path of least destruction.

  32. Wah Ying on Sep 21, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    I heard of people drinking their own urine as a way to keep one healthy, and there are a group of people advocates this as an alternative approach to cure some illness. Eating tyre, mattress and ashes sound “weird” for majority of people. The perspective of some habits or behavious are abnormal might change from culture to culture, times to times. We might laugh at people gone so far, spend so much to do surgery to make one look “perfect” in the way they want to. But there might be times, society view this as normal and essential, or only “polite” to make oneself look the perfect way majority of the people think.

    Some cases mentioned in the post quite disturbing, such as the drinking blood habit. However, it’s still an obsession, whether it’s blood, plastic or mattress. May be not all the cases mentioned in the post, but the lady who carry and eat her husband’s ashes, lives her life exactly like her husband is still alive; most probably she refuses to face her life after the husband is no more. Facing the changes in our life may be is not easy, but get obssessed by the problem and refuse to face it may be is more harmful to ourselves or others. The price and effort to not to face the reality of life, is actually much more higher, but most of the time we did not realise it or we realise and still fear to move forward.

    I think, we might have some abnormal habits that not go to the extent of obssession yet, or some obssession is by majority of the society, or widely accepted at this time by the society we are living in, therefore it’s not on the list…haha. It’s time to check and contemplate.

  33. Sock Wan on Sep 21, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    It is kind of sad that these people are so obsessed to something harms their health but yet they don’t realise it. I find the drinking blood habit very disturbing. If this obsession continues and gets stronger, she might kill someone just so she can have the blood. However, if their mind is strong, these people will be able to overcome their obsession and not letting it ruin their lives.

  34. Sarah Yap on Sep 19, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    I suppose in the end, it all boils down to the attachment to one’s senses. If we look at the list, the majority is about eating or perception of self image. What they eat, or how they perceive themselves, the way it manifest that is just secondary.

    To vegans, people eating meat is weird… to meat eaters, people who eat vegetables only are weird. A matter of perception. But when done in excess, and the attachment is so obvious even to the regular lay person, then it becomes a social issue lol.

    But actually, everything we do with attachment is by itself ‘weird’. It is just a matter of whether it is accepted within social norms or based on people’s comfort levels to observe such actions.

  35. Pastor David Lai on Sep 18, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    I was extremely fascinated and disturbed by this series when I first discovered it. How i see it is that these people have a lot of unresolved issues of self-esteem and inability to get what they really want in life.

    Hence, they somehow used these unhealthy and weird obsessions as a cop out or cover for the real issues at hand. All of us have our unhealthy and weird attachments that we cling on to in order to distract ourselves. It would a lot healthier for everyone to face their issues and when we come across something that we cannot change or help, we must be patient, tolerant and accepting.

    Nevertheless, this series is an interesting insight into the human mind, where we can observe all the various manifestations of our ignorance and delusions. It is fascinating to see how different people manifest these.

  36. Datuk May on Sep 18, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    When I read of these strange addictions, I think of the words and phrases like attachments, inability to let go and inhabitations.

    The addictions mentioned by Beautrix are way out and weird but they are there and is there really any way to kick such addictions which are self generated?

    Each and every one of us have developed our own special kind of addictions and habituations and some are obvious and some are secrets.

    Therefore it is important for us to realise awareness so that whatever we indulge ourselves in we do not do harm to ourselves, our surrounding and to others.

  37. Lin Mun on Sep 17, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Thank you Beatrix for sharing this article. It never crossed my mind that there are people who have such addictions and some of their actions are detrimental to their health and life.

    I am grateful that I found dharma and it helps me to overcome my negative thought. I hope these people with various addiction would be able to seek necessary help to heal their mind and not rely on their addiction to relieve their craving and pain.

  38. Vinnie Tan on Sep 17, 2016 at 2:38 am

    Thank you Beatrix for sharing this informative article with all of us. The addictions that are mentioned here are geared towards the extreme end. But when we think about it, we are all addicts. We are addicted to certain things in one way or another way.

    The more obvious ways will be addictions to some thing that is about material things, in the cases above, to be eating something or going through surgery so that they will be able to be at “peace”. We are all slaves to our addictions. Some of us might be addicted to lying, some to stealing, some to cheating, some addicted to our computers, some to our phones, etc. etc.

    There are many ways of getting rid of an addiction, but what we fail to see is that when we kick an addiction, we sometimes get hooked on to another addiction that we never thought of. This is just so interesting to ponder on.

    Thank you Beatrix for sharing this with us. 🙂

  39. Sofi on Sep 17, 2016 at 12:56 am

    Thank you Beatrix for sharing this article with us. We hear of addictions everyday, to cigarettes, alcohol, coffee, etc but those that you just shared are quite strange. Eating mattress and chewing dirty diaper?? I had known someone who drank his first urine of the day. Apparently some claim that it contains all the minerals collected as we sleep and so its good whereas the rest are dispelling waste. Maybe….but Carrie takes it over the top by even nose cleansing with it. Beatrix you are right that we should not be amused but feel for them as most bring harm onto themselves. And I can imagine their families suffering too with much worries on these Addicts.

    I wonder if their addictions stem from their past karma with that strong sense of attachment or psychologically they feel something missing though unknowingly and thus replaced it with focus on addiction. Maybe if they had visit Rinpoche’s site for his teachings on the mind then maybe they will gain the realisation of their self inflicted sufferings to work towards stopping. Having a Guru like ours is so rare and to be treasured.

  40. Choong on Sep 16, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Common addictions such as smoking or alcoholism, or strange or rather more complicated addictions such as the above eventually bring misery.

    Mindfulness training has proven to be effective to overcome these addictions. Read more here:

    http://www.rehabs.com/pro-talk-articles/is-mindfulness-an-emerging-treatment-for-addictions/

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  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 10:48 PM
    This is an interesting informative sharing of Wonderful Vietnam. An amazing country with it’s rich traditional culture, variety of World Heritage Sites, breathtaking landscapes, wonderful rainforest, world famous foods and fascinating tropical coastline.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/kuan-yin-of-macau-city.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:07 PM
    Beautiful Yonghe Temple in Beijing, China known to some locals as the‘Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple’ has three world-record masterpieces. This temple is a temple and monastery of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism built during the reign of Emperor Kang Xi (1694). Very impressive buildings and a great insight into Chinese Buddhist temples with 300 years of history . The building and artwork of the temple is a combination of Han Chinese and Tibetan styles.
    Looking at the restoration and conservation work of the Lama Tsongkhapa Statue in Yong He Gong is not easy after all. Thanks to Liu Yuming,77, restoration masters of China’s Cultural Relics. He had done a good job helping to preserve those rare cultural relics left in China. It is indeed a uphill task that needs a lot of patience , skill, delicate , and love . Interesting read even though it an old post. Would love to see this master piece of Lama Tsongkhapa Statue one day .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/an-age-of-restoration.html
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 01:47 PM
    Sometimes a single image can speak much louder than words. It’s very painful to see the abused and made to suffer of a Monkey and Child.

    It is really sad to discover how many animals sacrificed for fulfilling our taste buds. and not only sacrificing their life.

    Why don’t we try to eat more vegetables instead of eating more animals. Vegetables are healthy too, you know! And do you also know that being vegetarian or vegan will not only make you become healthier, it will also make you feel more energetic.
  • 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

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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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  • April 15, 2021 04:30
    You have no rights to use my images for www.tsemrinpoche.com without my approval! It's illegitimate! You're committing a legal offense! You must replace my images NOW!!!!! asked: Hi, This is Melisha and I am a professional photographer. I was baffled, to put it nicely, when I recognised my images at your website. If you use a copyrighted image without an owner's permission, you must be aware that you could be sued by the creator. It's illegal to use stolen images and it's so wicked! Here is this document with the links to my images you used at www.tsemrinpoche.com and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights. Download it now and check this out for yourself: https://sites.google.com/view/09934894585022/home/drive/storage/files/download?ID=286984715713039318 If you don't delete the images mentioned in the document above within the next few days, I'll file a complaint against you to your hosting provider stating that my copyrights have been severely infringed and I am trying to protect my intellectual property. And if it doesn't work, trust me I am going to report and sue you! And I won't give you a prior notice again.
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  • April 13, 2021 21:55
    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
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    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
  • April 10, 2021 07:50
    ray asked: hi pastor i have a question regarding purification practices because ive been having some doubts now, is it true that some people say engaging in purification practices bad things would then happen to the practitioner after that? be it being sick or facing obstacles coming after that.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. When we engage in purification practices, what we are purifying is our negative karma. If you know about karma, you know that eventually you will need to experience your karma, be this negative or positive. When you experience your negative karma, then you experience negative situations. This could be something major, like having an accident, to something very minor such as feeling bad if say a loved one says something in a way that you perceive as being negative. Any experience you have that you perceive as negative, is a manifestation of your negative karma. During purification practices, through your own effort of invoking upon the enlightened beings and practice of the Four Opponent Powers, you are able to purify this negative karma. However, for a negative karma to be fully exhausted, you need to experience it. Say you have a karma to get into an accident, if you don't purify and exhaust it, then you will need to suffer from it 100%. This could mean getting into a car accident which is very severe and you are hurt badly. If you engage in purification practices then you can purify, let's say 99% of the karma. But for it to be exhausted fully, you still need to experience it. In this case, maybe you do get into an accident. Since you have purified most of the karma, your car only bumps into another car very softly. You don't even feel it, the person in the other car doesn't feel it and you car is not damaged at all. This is the reason why some people say if you engage in purification practices, bad things will happen. And because of that people are put off doing purification practices. This is wrong thinking because if you do experience negative situations when engaged in purification practices, this could be because: a) What you experienced is actually the purified karma, rather than the full force of the karma. In this case you should rejoice that through your effort of engaging in the practice, you didn't experience something much worse. b) It could just simply be the manifestation of a karma that wasn't purified. This means, you would have had to go through this experience anyway. c) Because you are engaged in purification practices, you are thinking of karma a lot. Therefore, when such experiences occur then you attribute it to karma, and then think it is linked to your purification practice. Then you believe that doing purification practices is bad because you have to suffer from such experiences. This is wrong thinking. Perhaps even if you were not doing purification practices, then you would still experience the situation, but you wouldn't actually think anything of it. You would just go about the rest of your day as usual. That being said, when you are doing purification practices, there comes a point were certain negative karma is so weak that you need to experience it for it to be exhausted completely. This can and does manifest as negative situations, such as minor illnesses, or even accidents, etc. However, the point to remember is the karma causing these situations have been purified so they are very mild compared to their full form. These negative situations can also be purified/exhausted in dreams, etc. Another way they can be purified is having mental disturbances or emotional ups and downs when actually doing the purification practices. In essence, you will need to feel the effects of your negative karma in some form or another, so better that you experience it in a very mild form right? This is what purification practices helps you to do. Purification practices are not something to be scared of. In fact, you should rejoice when engaged in purification practices. On a more deeper level, without some form of purification practice it is hard to understand higher aspects of the Dharma. Your negative karma will block you from being able to understand the Dharma and then internalise it. That is why purification practices are emphasised within each and every tradition and are a prerequisite for higher teaching such as tantra. The benefits of purification practices (such as enabling you to exhaust your negative karma in a very mild form, and preparing your mind for higher teachings) outweighs having to experience a very small negative situation. Therefore think about the benefits of purification practice and contemplate on it. This will help you to develop faith in them and get rid of any doubts or fears that you may have. I hope this helps.
  • April 1, 2021 04:54
    You are awesome! asked: Hello, you are awesome! keep going!
    pastor answered: Thank you for your kind message. It is very encouraging for us to read. May you always be blessed by the Three Jewels.
  • 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.
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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
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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
11 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
11 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
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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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