Mummified Puppies

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Millions of dogs and other small animals killed, mummified and entombed in dark catacombs. Who would do such a thing? Why, animal lovers, of course.

It is not a place many would wander alone. The pitch-black darkness engulfs every corner of these vast underground caverns. The crumbling walls are hewn from stone but the debris of millennia of neglect litters every passage. Still, the structure stands, as does the temple to Anubis, God of the Dead under which it is located.

A depiction of Anubis, the God of Death.

A depiction of Anubis,
the God of Death.

Above lies the sand-whipped aridity of Saqqara, the necropolis of the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis. But here, within these subterranean catacombs, lie the mummified remains of approximately 8 million animals. They have been here since 4-5 B.C.

Unlike the pharaohs, these animal remains are not interred within sarcophagi but mainly piled one atop another in the many chambers. They are mostly of dogs but there are cats, jackals, foxes and falcons, too. Archaeologists who analysed the remains discovered that they range in age from a few hours to many years. Few, if any, died a natural death.

What seems at first to be a ghastly act of unprecedented cruelty is not quite so. In an ironic twist of fate, these animals lost their lives not because they were reviled but because they were revered.

 

Animals in Ancient Egyptian Beliefs

The religion of ancient Egypt was similar to all of mankind’s early religions in its respect for, and alignment with the natural world. One of the tenets common to these religions was a reverence for animals. In fact, in this respect, the ancient Egyptians seem to have surpassed all others.

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Hieroglyphs inscribed on the walls of their cities, temples, pyramids, palaces and on everyday objects depict animals more often than the artefacts of any other civilisation. Some experts estimate that between 40% and 50% of Egyptian hieroglyphs are related to domestic creatures and wildlife.

Even the gods that they worshipped often possessed the physical characteristics of both man and animal. The canine-headed god of the Underworld, Anubis and the human-headed winged lion, the Sphinx are two excellent examples of such hybrid deities.

Certain animals were accorded what was virtually godly status because they shared features with deities. At one point, killing a cat was a crime punishable by death. So, why would a culture so intimately bound to both domestic and wild animals resort to the almost unimaginable cruelty of killing and mummifying millions of them?

The answer lies in the Egyptian concept of life, death and afterlife.

 

Death as a Doorway

The ancient Egyptian religion regarded physical existence on earth as a prelude to an afterlife which worked along very similar rules. From the treasures that have been found inside the pyramids, it is evident that their beliefs dictated that it was possible to ‘cross over’ from the earthly plane with material objects.

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Such beliefs are not limited by geography or time. A variation of the philosophy is still widely practised today in what is known as the Hungry Ghosts Festival.

In this month-long annual celebration, Chinese communities around the world make offerings to the deceased. These offerings are usually in the form of food, particularly mandarin oranges and cakes. However, they are also accompanied by the burning of paper representations of material objects such as cash, luxury cars, fancy watches and even mansions.

These practices developed continents and millennia apart are rooted in love. They are inherently benign acts that perhaps serve more to console the living than reward the deceased. For loved ones, they are an avenue to cope with grief and loss, and maybe to grapple with forgiveness.

 

Why Animal Mummies?

Egyptologists believe that there were three main reasons for animal mummification.

The first of these was as religious offerings. The 8 million mummified dogs and other animals below the temple of Anubis at Saqqara are the most emphatic example. Anubis has long been described as having the head of a dog or a canine; more recently, that canine has been identified as the African golden wolf.

Because wolves, dogs, jackals and foxes all belong to the canine family, they were the preferred votive offering to Anubis. These animals were assumed to have the ear of the god and Egyptians used them as a conduit to ask for a good afterlife for their deceased friends and relatives.

Mummified corpses of a monkey and a dog

Mummified corpses of a monkey and a dog

It is speculated that there were vast puppy farms in the vicinity of the temple. They provided a steady stream of corpses for the priests to mummify. Adherents could purchase these pre-mummified animals in much the same way that we buy fruit, flowers and incense outside our temples today.

The second reason for mummification was companionship. As examples, archaeologists cite several tombs that were found to contain both a human mummy and one or more mummified animals within the sarcophagus.

This placement of an animal mummy inside the sarcophagus, in such close proximity to the human mummy, indicates that they shared a strong bond in life. Besides dogs and cats, even monkeys and gazelle have been found like this.

These animal mummies received the most care and attention because they were not mass-produced. Surviving examples reveal intricate geometric patterns in the weave and even coloured bandages.

In another similarity with the Chinese Hungry Ghosts Festival, the third reason for the mummification of animals was as food for the dead. Ancient Egyptians believed that the journey to the afterlife would take time and prepared animal mummies so they could be consumed on the way.

These mummies differed from the religious offering and pet mummies in that the meat was dried and then wrapped in linen. The level of preservation was less thorough, too, as they were not meant to be eternal but consumed within a short time.

Experts studying the animal mummies at Saqqara are confident that they all fall into the second category, religious offerings. Yet, they were not all treated the same. The majority seem to have been processed in almost a production line but special care was afforded to a much smaller number.

Instead of being piled up in the chambers, these mummies were found in special niches within the rock. The theory is that these animals may have possessed special markings that were regarded auspicious, were sacrificed on special holy days or had been offered up by a person of high standing.

 

How Much is Too Much?

The starkest difference between the Egyptian and the Chinese beliefs is that the latter does not harm any of the living beings. And while the idea of animal sacrifice is disturbing enough, the Egyptians also seemed to have experimented with what may be considered the ultimate sin: human sacrifice.

Hieroglyphs on the tombs of kings from the First Dynasty (c. 3150 – c. 2890 BC) depict what seems to be the ritual killing of people when a ruler was buried. This practice is thought to have been inherited from the Pre-Dynastic period and, fortunately, it fell out of favour after the First Dynasty.

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Some uncertainty remains about the interpretation of the inscriptions though.

The corpses of the individuals buried with the kings do not bear the injuries shown in the images depicting the sacrificial rites. However, because the bodies entombed with each pharaoh are of otherwise healthy individuals of varying ages, it does seem that they met their end at the same time to be placed in the tombs with that pharaoh.

Experts interpret these two seemingly contradictory pieces of evidence as relating to two different groups of people. First were those in the hieroglyphs, the human sacrifices who were likely to be prisoners of war or criminals put to death in the brutal ways shown.

Meanwhile, the individuals buried with the king were members of his retinue or inner circle who volunteered or were chosen to accompany him in the afterlife to serve there just as they had in the physical realm. The lack of injuries on their bodies suggests that poison would have been the preferred method of execution.

 

Of Dogs and Men

The pharaohs were mummified at the end of their lives, whether they perished naturally from old age or illness, or violently from injury or battle. It is theorised that the accompanying human sacrifices comprising domestic servants and retainers either volunteered for the role or did not entirely oppose their selection when the choice wasn’t theirs.

It is possible they opted for this fate because their families received some compensation for their loss. Maybe the individuals believed that they were following the pharaoh to a paradise, a not unpleasant fate that would be denied to them if they perished another way. Perhaps they only knew a life of servitude and could not imagine an existence beyond the yoke.

By contrast, what choice did the animals have?

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They were over 8 million living, sentient beings led to the slaughter for ‘a greater good’ whose value and merit they did not have the capacity to comprehend.

Many of the mummified remains reveal that the animals had their necks broken. Hopefully, the way in which this was done resulted in a quick and painless death. We can only pray that they were unaware of their fate beforehand and thus were spared the fear and distress.

It is conceivable that the priests would have had them drugged to minimise any resistance. Let us hope that this is so for it would have had the side-effect of letting them drift off to sleep and cross peacefully over to the afterlife, unaware.

As Buddhists, we believe every life is a life and that every animal possesses a soul just as every person does. The life we lead on earth and how we leave it is the result of the karma we accumulate. In that sense, the dogs and other animals were simply fulfilling a destiny created by their past actions.

However, the Universe does not need human assistance – in this case, from the Egyptian priests – to turn the Wheel of Karma. Their part in killing animals to mummify them only generated bad karma for which they would have to atone later.

 

Selective Outrage?

Man is a slow learner, if he learns at all.

Most of us are aghast at reading about those dogs from antiquity and tsk-tsk at the atrocity. Meanwhile, the carnage continues not just unabated but accelerated around us today and we barely flinch or raise our voices.

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Millions of animals are still slaughtered every year in religious festivals as ‘offerings to God’. Over the centuries that these practices have been followed, the cumulative death toll has soared into the billions. The count of 8 million over 2,000 years at Saqqara pales in comparison.

Then, there are the puppy farms. Dogs rescued from the streets end up being euthanised because we prefer to get a ‘new’ dog from a factory that churns them out for a profit. More puppy mills mean more stray dogs, which means more euthanised strays. It is a vicious cycle.

The next time you see a puppy in the pet store, do think about where he or she came from before you bring them home…

 

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  1. Yee Yin on Dec 24, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Since ancient times, human and animals have had a very close relationship. Animals are kept as a pet to give protection or as a companion to human being. Even though animals cannot speak our language but they can feel our emotions. For better or worse, they will never abandon the owner. We should never harm animals or mistreat them. They are just the same as us, they want happiness and they don’t want sufferings.

  2. Samfoonheei on Jun 28, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Interesting article …… The remains of mummified dogs and jackals, about 8 million of them have been found within the ancient Egyptian Dog Catacombs. The ancient believed animal mummification will allow beloved pets to go on to the afterlife. . Researchers have uncovered the huge number of mummified animals suggests the existence of ancient Egyptian puppy mills. In Egyptian culture, they have their religious belief to do so at that time. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  3. Anne Ong on May 23, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Truly amazing to know about mummified puppies. Thought there are only mummified humans. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this very interesting and educational article???

  4. Samfoonheei on Jan 6, 2018 at 11:29 am

    First thing that comes to me is that mummies are mummified bodies of the dead that would ensure a safe passage to the after life.But never strikes me that ancient times the Egypians do have mummified puppies often had animals buried with them, may it be their beloved pet or as part of a religious ritual. Researchers have discovered burial sites filled with huge numbers of mummified animals — nearly 8 million of them, mostly dogs. The huge number of dog mummies suggests the existence of ancient Egyptian puppy mills.They mummified various animals. It was an enormous part of Egyptian culture, not only in their role as food and pets, but also for religious reasons. Whatever the reason it seem really heartless to me that such a number of pets or puppies been mummified. But do they deserved a better life than that. They should be treated as humans too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article.

  5. Beatrix Ooi on Apr 7, 2016 at 5:12 am

    I am in no place to judge but it is pretty sick to me, 8 MILLION puppies! That’s not a small number, this is pretty sad, people can do just anything to worship or delight the gods they worship, even at the cost of ‘sacrificing’ so many lives.

    I don’t quite understand their culture and I don’t see the point of doing this either but since it’s their culture/ tradition/ beliefs, I have nothing to say.

    Animal cruelty still exists up to this day and in this new era, most of it was not committed out of beliefs or so, but for the sake of entertainment. Yes it is very sad, it comes to show that humanity hasn’t improved that much.

  6. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Feb 12, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Yet again we see another instance when death is industrialised. What can I say, people sure are creative when it comes to worshiping their gods and making offerings on behalf of the dead…

    If any god requires the death of another being so you can please him / her, that is not a god I want to worship. Why would I want to worship a god that it just like me – jealous, angersome, has an ego? If I wanted to worship a god that is just like me, well heck I’ll print off a photo of myself and make offerings to that instead LOL!

    In all seriousness, when I engage in spiritual practice, those are the qualities I want to get rid of. I don’t need someone else showing me how to act out those qualities in some big, divine way when I’m already doing a very good job of that in my own mundane way.

  7. Beatrix Ooi on Feb 6, 2016 at 3:34 am

    No matter what are the reasons, I definitely do not support acts that include taking away other peoples’ or animals’ lives. But this is what they believe in therefore there’s nothing much I can say no matter how much I despise and disagree with this kind of “culture”. I don’t see where’s the actual difference between mummifying dogs and the dog meat festival in China besides the fact that they both are of different motivations. I don’t understand where did people adopt the weird thinking of sacrificing dogs from and it’s not like they know it subconsciously that its a wrong thing to do but they just solely believe that by doing so will bring immense benefits and this is the part that bothers me the most.

  8. Sean Wang on Feb 28, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    The amount of puppies mummified makes me feel amazed and grief and the same time. It is extremely sad to know that animal cruelty was already existent in a world where civilisation had just began. It is indeed shameful. I was actually a lover of Ancient Egyptian mythology and culture but the fact that they massacre a lot of animals makes me feel less love for their culture.

  9. Jessica Yap on Feb 27, 2013 at 12:26 am

    It is so nice of the Egyptians to be so loving till they want to be buried with their beloved pets.. There goes to show that human-pet relationship transcends time..

    As for the puppy mill, it saddens me that it is still happening till today at this day of age.. And we have no one to blame but ourselves, the selfish human. Causing unnecessary stress and problems to the species which cannot speak for themselves..

    We should help create an awareness to stop these horrible trade. When the buying stops, the breeding will stop too.. Help create awareness anyway we can..

    Thank you for sharing, Rinpoche!

  10. Paris on Feb 24, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    It’s strange how many religions throughout the many civilisations of the world have included animal sacrifices as a part of their rituals and prayers. This whole concept is very bizarre – that you would destroy another life for the sake of praying to your god – what god would accept, want and encourage the destruction of life? Isn’t that a very strange kind of concept and why would you take refuge in a being like this?

    It’s horribly sad to think of such an huge number of dogs having been mummified. I had thought at first that perhaps these dogs might already have been dead before they were mummified, but to hear that they were of all ages points more likely to the fact that they were deliberately killed for this purpose of being mummified. What awful karma all that must accumulate to.

    On a larger scale, this whole sense of mummifying as a way of preserving an immortalising these beings is a strange one in itself too – whatever is preserved is just a shell… and for all the effort, time and money that went into mummifying these beings (humans, animals etc), what purpose does it serve now? Nobody in the world now remembers who these people were, nor even really celebrates them. There is no such thing as living forever, no matter how hard we might try. The sad reality is that even just a few generations from now, nobody will even remember what we looked like.

  11. tenzin llhamo on Dec 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    8 million?!?! And some just days or hours after they were born? I always wonder why do people assume that sacrificing animals is right? That it will lead you somewhere. How selfish is that? And yes, until today, I believe that the amount of animals being sacrificed are higher than before. Just look at all the breeding farms around the world. They are increasing and so are the killings.
    There was one time I was in Nepal and there was a Hindu festival going on. All I could see was just blood everywhere. It was really sad.

  12. Jasline Tay (MBF) on Jun 19, 2012 at 12:47 am

    It is very sad that killings have not stop but increase in this civilise times.
    Hence it is important that we continue to promote the awareness to prevent or at least minimise.
    We need to continue to educate and spread the awareness to our friends and family members, as long as the demand drop, there supples will be reduced.

  13. wah ying on Jun 16, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Many cultures have the custom of bury alive human or pets together with the deceased as companion, servants or property. They believe they can bring along all their belongings to afterlife, to continue enjoying the good life they had.

    By viewing pets or servants as their property, objects without life or free will, will only you have them buried alive.

    We will only not hurting another human or animal, when we take them as living beings with right to live, and will feel pain and sufferings exactly like us…

  14. sarahyap on Jun 12, 2012 at 2:15 am

    I have always been puzzled at why people would make sacrifices of lives to a superior being… some even go as far as human sacrifices. It is just so strange to even think of sacrificing a life… How can the loss of one life bring us benefit? Just doesn’t make sense.

    I must agree on puppy mills… the cruelty that exists there is just beyond words. I have not witnessed any of these cruel treatment personally, but I have watched videos and heard of some local backyard breeders that treat animals horribly.

  15. Bryan on Sep 16, 2011 at 7:53 am

    8 millions dog are sacrificed just for a god ? someone must made a very very huge wish… I have no much idea about Egypt but their mommies is world famous. In the most ancient world or city, people used to have sacrificed ceremony, but obviously their wishes did not come true, if not the ancient Egypt will not faced any downfall.

  16. Carmen Koo on Sep 15, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Wow this is a very interesting read! 8 million mummified dogs? This is the first time I’ve seen proven evidences of mummified animals. Never occurred to me before about mummified animals. Egypitian history is indeed very interesting.

    The act of offering mummified dogs to Anubis is translated even to today’s society, where the Chinese offers Roast pigs and whole chickens as a symbol of ‘giving the best’ to the supreme being. Although the subject is different, the act is the same – a lost life; so I don’t see it as a surprise that the ancient Egyptians used this as an offering. What’s the difference? Ultimately, it’s a life that is offered.

  17. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 15, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I kind of feel its odd to sacrifice animals that are similar to one’s deity to please them. I mean the Hindu’s don’t eat cows or kill them to please their gods. Its quite an odd concept to me what the ancient Egyptians practised to please their Gods. If I was a God that looked like dog and my worshippers killed dogs I’d be offended and strike down my mortal worshippers.

    Puppy mills are really an abomination, if one really must have pets please check out the animals who will be put down by the SPCA’s in your area. There are many animals who need your love.

  18. justinripley on Sep 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    8 Million lives taken and mummified, that is soo much life taken for what purpose we may never know yet as was said in the article there is still karma of killing and thats a lot of karma.

    They say the first life to take is the hardest then it becomes easier, 7,999,999 million more to be exact.

    • James Long on Sep 16, 2011 at 3:00 am

      Yup, if they know about Karma….8 million of lives been taken away for something which has no promise or guarantee, oh my Buddha…

      Whether the deceased able to receive the blessing and protection from their god is another question too, but for sure the people who involve in it created a very heavy negative karma.

      Same as building a Buddhist temple, creating large Buddha images etc, people who are involve in creating will create tremendous among of good Karma and merits.

      We are very fortunate to have all 13 departments ready for us do get involve and collect merits.

  19. bengkooi on Sep 14, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    This is slightly creepy. But I can believe the theory that the dogs were killed as sacrifices to Anubis, in the belief that they would carry the prayers to him. How sick. Yet how plausible.

    I have always been interested in Ancient Egyptian civilization and history. I used to read about the different gods, pyramids, cleopatra, legend of King Tut etc…. This is the first time I have heard of mummified dogs as offerings though. But I can believe it from a race of people who bury their slaves alive so that they can serve the pharoahs in the afterlife.

    Horrible.

  20. Uncle Eddie on May 21, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    A discovery of 8million mummified dogs were found in dugup catacombs, specially made for the offerings of same to the Gods of old Egypt by Egyptologists. One of these gods was known as Anubis, the canine-headed god, the most important of all the gods in old Egypt for the dead. According to archaecologists, the practice seemed the very much the same as what modern people do today, i.e. lighting up candles, incense to accompany the offerings of slaughtered animals of all ages and sizes to the gods of their belief in accordance to their customs and faith. Stangely, in this case, they found a small number of mummified cats amongst the dogs in the catacomb. It was assumed could be a fake-up to make up the insufficiency of the shortages of the mummified dogs in number. Karmically, can anyone imagine the amount of negative karma had been caused in such killings, and done through the years of offerings till today without decrease it seems; a sad horrific truth of animal cruelty!!! OM MANI PADME HUM.

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    We should consider changing our diet and lifestyle to one that gives the minimum negative impact on our environment, we are responsible to give our future generation a better place to live.
    This article show the designers have seriously consider to make this easily available to more everywhere with affordable price; and make cities around the world greener, more self sustainable and the city people healthier.
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Aug 4. 2020 06:45 PM
    A beautiful explanation how to gain merits through devotion. In its purest form, religion can inspire people to serve the welfare of others. An inspiring article how to learn to transform a better living by our action and deeds.

    Thank you for your wonderful thoughts of sharing these powerful teaching on how to find the hidden truth of the golden path of life to be more meaningful with sincere faith.

    http://bitly.ws/9f5H
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 4. 2020 04:15 PM
    No words can describe of us losing our Lama and enlightened Guru, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche. I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of our Lama as just a moment ago last July , we had an audience and met our Lama , which indeed my very first time . Even though its just moment to me its like a long moment which I remembered each and every words of encouragement our Lama told me. Our Lama was such a kind, generous, compassionate gentle soul whom he would do anything to help improve our lives and had made a difference in my life and so many lives. Where lives pass, memories carry on forever. I will cherish the great memories I have with our Lama.
    Throughout Rinpoche’s life, his was a voice for the millions of people. The Parinirvana of H.E. Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche, the world has lost a great Lama, whose steadfast and unflinching determination played a key role in trying to secure the lifting of Dorje Shugden’s ban. Tsem Rinpoche was known for his great compassion, tremendous generosity and extraordinary thoughtfulness. Everything Tsem Rinpoche did was merely to benefit others. May Tsem Rinpoche have a swift reincarnation .
    We will always hold our Lama close in our thoughts.
    Thank you writers team for this wonderful sharing. … beautiful pictures paints a thousand words.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-parinirvana-of-kyabje-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 4. 2020 04:13 PM
    Glenn Mullin is a world well known Buddhist author, translator, scholar, speaker, lecturer and teacher. He is the author of many books on Tibetan Buddhism, many of which have been translated into a dozen foreign languages. Many of these focus on the lives and works of the early Dalai Lamas. In one of his book A Sacred Legacy of Reincarnation of the Fourteen Dalai Lamas he mentioned that Dorje Shugden was a pervasive practice spreading among the Gelugpa tradition for hundred of years. Many highly attained lamas had been relying on Dorje Shugden and the practice been passed down to thousands in the Gelugpa world. It is not a minor practice after all and in fact Dorje Shugden is a major practice in the world as in history has been proved that the practice is beneficial. Religious freedom should be allow for one who choose what one would pray to. But due to the restriction by the Tibetan leadership , the practice been ban. Politics should not have interfere with religion. May the ban be over soon.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/glenn-mullin-on-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen.html
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Aug 3. 2020 12:49 PM
    There are immense benefits of making offerings to the Sangha, and a great opportunity for oneself to practice giving and generosity..Thank you very much for sharing this article that explains the benefits of making offerings to the sangha community.


    https://bit.ly/30lYluV
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Jul 31. 2020 02:21 PM
    Thank you Pastor Niral for sharing this article. I do come across people would like to highlight or even fight which God or religion is greater or more powerful. What do they want to achieve or have in mind? Of course people would like to believe their God or religion is the best which is totally fine. However, it is not right when they impose their belief on others and start giving negative comments to change our perception when they know nothing about our belief. Ultimately whatever religion or God we believe in , we should be promoting peace, harmony and love. Arguing will not bring positive impact. Respect everyone’s choice.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/whose-version-of-god-is-right
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 30. 2020 02:28 PM
    The Mahabodhi Temple is a religious site in India which marks the spot where the Buddha first attained enlightenment. It’s one of the most sacred sites in all of Buddhism built around 260 BCE . Bodhgaya in Bihar is the heart and birthplace of Buddhism . The Mahabodhi Temple was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The peace of the Bodhgaya Temple welcomes all races and it has attracted hundred thousands of pilgrims yearly as well as architecture enthusiast. The main Mahabodhi Temple complex is home to the legendary Bodhi Tree and as well as the temple itself. Walking around following Buddha ‘s footsteps to discover several places of spiritual significance around the temple. Worth going and a must place for pilgrims.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/buddha-at-mahabodhi-temple-bodhgaya.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 30. 2020 02:26 PM
    Precious teachings from Tilopa to Naropa, still trying to understand it . Simple in the verses, but there is a lot of meaning behind each and every words. I have been reading over and over again to understand more of Tilopa’s Mahamudra instruction to Naropa in twenty eight verses.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these 28 verses with us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/28-amazing-verses.html

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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. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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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
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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
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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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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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
2 months ago
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
2 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
2 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
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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
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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.
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
5 months ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
5 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
5 months ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
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Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
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