Understanding Psychopathic Tendencies

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Many people equate the term ‘psychopath’ with violent individuals who cannot control their urges to commit terrible crimes. The image that might come to mind is that of Patrick Bateman, a character in the film American Psycho drenched in the blood of his victims, or Ted Bundy, an American serial killer who murdered and killed over 30 women and committed necrophilia with some of his victims’ corpses.

Today, some people use the term ‘psychopath’ to label and stigmatise people they do not like but this label is often used without a full understanding of the meaning of the term. Once a person is labelled a psychopath, they will almost invariably face many challenges in their social future because they will then be associated with serial killers or mass murderers, or someone who will commit harm for instant gratification or due to a lack of empathy.

In reality, psychopathy is a type of antisocial personality disorder, but not all of those who have antisocial personality disorders are psychopaths. In this article, we will discuss the symptoms of psychopathy, other antisocial disorders that are often mistaken for psychopathy, the causes of psychopathy, famous psychopaths, and available treatments for individuals who display psychopathic tendencies.

 

Symptoms of Psychopathic Tendencies

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How can you spot a psychopath or people with psychopathic tendencies? According to the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy (Psychopathy Society), most individuals with psychopathic tendencies display the following symptoms:

  • An absence of a sense of guilt – Psychopaths do not feel remorse after causing harm, loss, or suffering to another person or creature
  • A lack of compassion and empathy – Psychopaths do not have the capability to identify and feel the pain of others, often viewed as being cold, inconsiderate, and tactless
  • An absence of attachment – Psychopaths typically maintain an emotional distance from others, and the depth of their feelings are shallow, which causes them to display a sense of interpersonal coldness
  • Narcissism – Psychopaths have narcissistic tendencies and an inflated sense of self-worth and ability, and are often opinionated and arrogant
  • Superficial charm – Psychopaths typically have charming personalities and know what to say in certain situations; however, their actions often do not match what they say, and many of them tend to be smooth, charming, engaging, and slick
  • Dishonesty – Psychopaths have a tendency to be dishonest, manipulative, and deceitful
  • Manipulative behaviour – Psychopaths try to manipulate and cheat others for personal gain through charm and charisma
  • Reckless risk-taking – Psychopaths have a tendency to take significant risks with no regard for the consequences
  • Need for stimulation and prone to boredom – Some psychopaths require activities that will give them exciting stimulation, as they are prone to boredom when faced with routine or dull assignments
  • Irresponsibility – Psychopaths tend not to fulfil or honour their commitments and obligations, and do not accept the responsibilities of their actions
Psychopaths try to manipulate and cheat others for personal gain through charm and charisma.

Psychopaths try to manipulate and cheat others for personal gain through charm and charisma.

Although psychopathic tendencies are more prevalent in males compared to females, history has recorded many instances of female psychopaths. One of the most famous female psychopaths in history is Countess Elizabeth Báthory, who was responsible for killing and torturing over 600 women, and then bathing in their blood, in a twisted and mistaken attempt to maintain her beauty and youth.

In general, psychopaths are in touch with reality and are fully aware of their conduct. Due to this characteristic, they may learn to fit in with other people and keep their psychopathic tendencies hidden. However, most psychopaths typically have a run-in with the law at some point in their lives.

 

Sociopath vs. Psychopath: What are the Differences?

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Some people often mistake a sociopath for a psychopath. While all psychopaths are sociopaths, not all sociopaths are psychopaths. The following are differences between the two:

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Psychopaths have a more severe lack of empathy and guilt Sociopaths lack empathy and guilt, but are known to form deep personal bonds with family members or loved ones
Psychopaths do not have a conscience Sociopaths still have a sense of conscience, although it is weaker than most people
Psychopaths display consistent antisocial behaviour throughout their lives Sociopaths tend to improve their antisocial behaviour over time
Psychopaths do not have a sense of guilt or remorse over hurting someone else (family members or not) Sociopaths may not feel guilt over hurting strangers, but may feel remorse over hurting someone they share a personal bond with

 

Narcissism vs. Psychopathy: What are the Differences?

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Narcissism is one of the attributes displayed by psychopaths. However, although all psychopaths are narcissistic, not all narcissists are psychopaths. For someone to be considered a narcissist, he or she must fulfil five or more of the following criteria:

  • An inflated sense of self
  • A preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or love
  • A belief that he or she is special and unique, and can only be understood by, or should associate with people of high status or respectable institutions
  • A desire for excessive admiration
  • A sense of entitlement
  • An absence of empathy
  • A belief that other people are envious of him or her
  • Display arrogant or superior attitudes

 

Psychopath vs. Psychotic: What are the Differences?

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Psychopaths are very different from those who are psychotic. Psychotic behaviour involves losing touch with reality. Individuals who suffer from psychotic behaviour often hear voices, have strange beliefs, or are paranoid or delusional. Oftentimes, people who suffer from psychotic tendencies experience disorganised thinking, and they believe that a higher power gives them direct instructions.

 

What Contributes to Psychopathic Tendencies?

Psychopathy is not currently well-understood but there is a growing body of research focused on the disorder. Most of the research centres on identifying the causes of psychopathy, in the hopes that a therapeutic or pharmaceutical treatment can be found, if not to cure psychopathy then at least to manage psychopathic tendencies. There are at least two known factors that have been found to contribute to psychopathic tendencies: genetics and environmental factors.

 

Genetic Causes

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In 2012, Dr Kent Kiehl, a neuroscientist at the University of Mexico, discovered that the brains of people who displayed psychopathic tendencies were wired differently, with a decrease in activity in the paralimbic part of the brain compared to the average human brain. The paralimbic part of the brain deals with moral reasoning, and lower activity in the paralimbic system makes it difficult for a person to identify with other people’s feelings. In the following year, Dr Kiehl found that the abnormality in the paralimbic system was present from birth.

Studies have shown that in people with high psychopathic tendencies, their brain responds differently to those who have low psychopathic scores. One study found that the amygdala of people with antisocial personalities responds differently to that of people with less antisocial personalities. This difference is believed to be the contributing factor in the development of psychotic traits, since the amygdala is the part of the brain that regulates emotion. In the study, when people with low psychopathy scores were faced with violence, they would experience an increase in respiration and heart rate. However, the people with psychopathic characteristics would not experience fear and instead became calmer.

In 2017, a Harvard University-led team discovered that psychopathic individuals tended to show greater activity in areas of the brain associated with immediate rewards. They were also weaker in areas of the brain associated with projecting and thinking about the future consequences of their actions.

In other words, in the brain of a psychopath, they are more likely than others make decisions based on immediate gratification, and their decisions are less likely to be governed by a projection of what the future consequences may be.

 

Environmental Factors

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Environmental factors experienced during childhood, combined with genetic differences, may contribute to the development of psychopathic personalities. While the genetic differences as described above are significant factors, the following environmental factors also contribute to the development of psychopathic traits:

  • Inconsistent parenting, or parenting styles that focus on punishment and a lack of reward
  • The absence of or insufficient parental involvement
  • Physical abuse or neglect during childhood
  • Separation from a parent or parents

Examples of environmental factors can include a parent’s drug addiction, childhood bullying, or stresses occurring during pregnancy or within the first two years of a child’s life. However, not all the children who experience these circumstances grow up to be psychopaths. As such, it would suggest that environmental factors do not account for the whole cause of psychopathy, and a genetic component must also be present.

Children with psychopathic tendencies are emotionally distant from their surrounding environment.

Children with psychopathic tendencies are emotionally distant from their surrounding environment.

Psychopathy is a condition that is only diagnosed in adults above 18 years old. However, a study on psychopathic adults shows that young adults and children may also display psychopathic tendencies and personalities. If you know any children who display psychopathic tendencies, it is recommended that you encourage the child’s guardians to seek psychological help to determine the root of their behaviour and intervention if needed. If the development of psychopathy does indeed have some of its roots in environmental factors, it stands to reason that such learned behaviours are easier to treat and unlearn when a child is younger, than when they are older and have had much more time to reinforce those behaviours.

Examples of psychopathic tendencies in children include:

  • Emotional distance
  • A history of conning or using other people
  • Aggravated self-importance
  • Blaming other people for their mistakes
  • Acting impulsively without thinking of the consequences
  • Breaking promises
  • Disregarding schoolwork
  • Prone to boredom
  • Fake charm
  • Engaging in dangerous and risky behaviour
  • Lying often and skilfully, and believing in their lies
  • Engaging in illegal activities
  • Lack of empathy for other people

 

Are Psychopaths Always Violent?

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While many TV shows and movies often portray psychopaths as monstrous villains who torture and kill innocent victims, not all psychopaths are violent serial killers. Having said that, most psychopaths do engage in reckless behaviour or manipulation to achieve their objectives. For example, some of them are skilled in climbing corporate ladders although they have to hurt others on their way up. That would be an example of a socially functioning and socially engaged psychopath who does not exhibit violent tendencies, but perhaps scores low on the empathy scale.

There are many websites that list the various symptoms of psychopathy so it may seem a simple disorder to diagnose. In fact, we might even find that we ourselves match some of the listed symptoms of psychopathy. In reality, psychopathy is a very complex disorder and diagnosing psychopaths is best left to qualified professionals. Diagnosing someone as a psychopath on the basis of simplistic lists is irresponsible at best, and harmful at worst because it helps to perpetuate the stigma of seeking help for our mental health and we may be denying people the chance to receive treatment. So if you know someone who displays the above characteristics, it is best to refer to them to a qualified professional so that they can get the diagnosis and help they need.

 

A Case Study: Dr James Fallon, a Psychopath Neurologist

Dr James Fallon

Dr James Fallon

From the outside, Dr James Fallon was a family man and a practising neuroscientist since the 1970s. One day however, he stumbled across the previously unthinkable. In 2005, Dr Fallon was researching Alzheimer’s disease and used the scans of his family members as a control for his research. At the same time, he had a side project reviewing the brain scans of murderous psychopaths.

As he was reviewing the brain scans of his family members, one of the scans indicated that someone in his family had a brain similar to a psychopath. Since the scans had been labelled anonymously, he instructed a technician to break the code to identify the person in his family with psychopathic brain characteristics.

To his surprise, the brain scan was his. After this shocking discovery, Dr Fallon started to research his ancestors, and interviewed friends, colleagues, and family members as to whether they thought any of his behaviours indicated that he was a psychopath. As it turned out, many of his colleagues and family members thought that he had psychopathic tendencies.

Although he had a genetic make-up consistent with that of a psychopath, Dr Fallon attributed his ‘normal life’ and non-violent character to his upper middle-class upbringing, education, and supportive family. Therefore, he is a living proof that environmental factors play significant roles in determining whether a psychopath will develop violent tendencies or not.

Dr James Fallon admitted that while he was not a violent mass murderer, he had a tendency to manipulate and use other people. Since discovering his psychopathic tendencies, Dr Fallon became determined to treat the people around him better, and to control his urges to manipulate others. Dr Fallon is an example of how awareness of psychopathic tendencies can be helpful in treating and self-regulating our behaviour to minimise harm to others.

 

Dr James Fallon: Psychopath Insight

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Available Treatments for Psychopaths

MJTC in Wisconsin has developed a programme named Decompression Treatment that has shown encouraging results in the reduction of violent and criminal tendencies in youths who display psychopathic traits and have participated in the program for one year or more.

Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center (MJTC) in Wisconsin, USA has developed a programme called Decompression Treatment that has shown encouraging results in the reduction of violent and criminal tendencies in youths who display psychopathic traits and have participated in the program for one year or more.

Until recently, many medical professionals believed that there were no available treatments for psychopaths. To make matters worse, a 1991 study showed that the violent tendencies of psychopaths who were treated in groups were even worse than those who were not treated. However, there are some medical professionals who believe that psychopathy is a condition that can be treated if the persons with psychopathic tendencies realise their condition and choose to seek help.

The Mendota Juvenile Treatment Centre (MJTC) in Wisconsin has developed a programme called Decompression Treatment that has shown encouraging results in the reduction of violent and criminal tendencies in youths who display psychopathic traits and have participated in the program for one year or more.

The MJTC staff who developed the Decompression Treatment acknowledge that individuals with psychopathic tendencies do not respond to punishment. Therefore they concentrate on positive reinforcement and rewards for pro-social behaviour and positive actions. The therapists increase the stakes and rewards as the program progresses, and the longer the participants persevere in their good behaviour, the greater the reward.

Dr Kent Kiehl, a neuroscientist at the University of Mexico, discovered that the brains of people who displayed psychopathic tendencies were wired differently

Dr Kent Kiehl, a neuroscientist at the University of Mexico, discovered that the brains of people who displayed psychopathic tendencies were wired differently

For example, the participants start by getting a pat on the shoulder and as the individuals advance in their pro-social behaviour, the stakes are increased to having the right to play video games. This treatment has been demonstrated to reduce the probability of people with psychopathic tendencies from committing violent crimes in the first place, although it does not eliminate all the symptoms.

According to Dr Kiehl, only 64% of the youths who participated in the Decompression Treatment programme had another run-in with the law within four years after participating in the treatment, as opposed to 98% of those who had not participated in the programme. Therefore, the MJTC treatment resulted in a 34% reduction in recidivism. In addition, further study revealed that the benefits of Decompression Treatment far outweighed the financial cost. For every USD10,000 that the State of Wisconsin spent on Decompression Treatment, the state government saved USD70,000 in incarceration, not to mention a reduction in the emotional toll on society due to lower crime rates.

 

Famous Psychopaths

 

Historical Psychopaths

1. Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed (1560 – 1614)

Left – A painting of Countess Elizabeth Báthory (1560 – 1614) Right – An illustration on how Countess Elizabeth Báthory bathed in the blood of her victims

Left – A painting of Countess Elizabeth Báthory (1560 – 1614)
Right – An illustration of how Countess Elizabeth Báthory bathed in the blood of her victims

Countess Elizabeth Báthory was a Hungarian aristocrat who was obsessed with maintaining her physical youth and beauty. She believed that the method for achieving eternal beauty was by bathing in the blood of young women. She started murdering peasant girls whom she lured with the promise of better pay, to get their blood to bathe in. Eventually, having run out of peasant girls, she began targeting young women from the aristocracy who were entrusted by their families to her. It was only then that her actions were viewed with disgust and something was done to stop her. Prior to the death of aristocratic women, the law turned a blind eye to the frequent disappearances of the peasant girls. As a result of her actions, Countess Báthory became known as ‘The Bloody Countess” and according to her servant girl, Susannah, she killed over 600 girls and young women in her 20-year quest for eternal youth and beauty.

 

2. Vlad The Impaler (1428 – 1476)

Vlad the Impaler (1428 – 1476)

Vlad the Impaler (1428 – 1476)

Vlad III, better known as Vlad the Impaler, was a three-time ruler of Wallachia (modern day Romania). Vlad III was famous for his cruelty and his favourite method of torture was impalement, a method of execution in which an object (e.g., pole or hook) was penetrated through the victim’s torso. The legend of his cruelty inspired the creation of a famous fictional psychopathic character, Count Dracula.

Vlad III’s favourite method of torture was impalement.

Vlad III’s favourite method of torture and execution was impalement.

 

3. Ivan the Terrible (1530 – 1584)

Ivan the Terrible (1530 – 1584)

Ivan the Terrible (1530 – 1584)

Ivan the Terrible was a Russian tsar. He was famous for his cruelty and paranoia. During his lifetime, Ivan the Terrible was prone to uncontrollable rage. The danger and the court intrigue that Ivan was exposed to contributed to his suspicious and ruthless personality. Ivan the Terrible was known for displacing many aristocratic families in Russia, beat his pregnant daughter in law which resulted in a miscarriage, and killed his son and heir, Ivan Ivanovich. During his reign, Ivan the Terrible caused the death of thousands of people to fulfill his ambition to expand his territory.

 

Modern Day Psychopaths

1. Ted Bundy (1946 – 1989)

Ted Bundy (1946 – 1989)

Ted Bundy (1946 – 1989)

Ted Bundy was a psychopathic serial killer from Washington, USA. During his lifetime, not only did he kidnap, rape, and kill over 30 women across seven states in the United States, he was also involved in the act of necrophilia with his victims’ corpses. His victims regarded him as handsome and charismatic, and it was these traits that Bundy manipulated to win their trust. His biographer Ann Rule described him as “a sadistic sociopath who took pleasure from another human’s pain and the control he had over his victims, to the point of death, and even after”. Attorney Polly Nelson, a member of his last defense team, agreed, saying that “Ted the very definition of heartless evil.” To this day, Ted Bundy’s name is still synonymous with the term ‘psychopath’. The man who famously called himself “the most cold-hearted son of a bitch you’ll ever meet” never expressed remorse for his crimes, saying:

“I don’t feel guilty for anything. I feel sorry for people who feel guilt.”

Ted Bundy

 

2. Richard Ramirez (1960 – 2013)

Richard Ramirez (1960 – 2013)

Richard Ramirez (1960 – 2013)

Richard Ramirez, also known as the ‘Night Stalker’, was a serial killer, burglar, rapist, and Satanist from California, USA. He used several types of weapons on his victims, such as knives, handguns, a tire iron, and a hammer. His first known victim was a nine-year old girl, who was found murdered in a hotel basement. She had been beaten, raped, and stabbed to death, and her body was left hanging from a pipe. By the time he was caught, he was known to have carried out 13 murders, 11 sexual assaults, five attempted murders, and 14 burglaries. Sentenced to 13 death sentences, Richard Ramirez was put on a death row. However, due to the lengthy California appeal process, his execution was never carried out. He died of complications from B-Cell Lymphoma in 2013. During his trial and up until he died, he never once expressed remorse for any of his crimes. In fact, after his sentencing, when addressing reporters, Ramirez said, “Big deal. Death always went with the territory. See you in Disneyland.” Ramirez in fact almost seemed proud of his crimes, saying:

“We’ve all got the power in our hands to kill, but most people are afraid to use it. The ones who aren’t afraid control life itself.”

Richard Ramirez

 

3. John Wayne Gacy (1942 – 1994)

John Wayne Gacy (1942 – 1994)

John Wayne Gacy (1942 – 1994)

John Wayne Gacy, also known as ‘The Killer Clown’, was a serial killer from Illinois, USA. He was a well-liked figure in his neighbourhood, and often entertained children in clown costumes. Using his standing in the community allowed him to gain the trust of his eventual victims. However, his reputation was ruined when he was convicted for sexually assaulting two teenage boys, and released on parole several years later. When he was finally caught in the late 1970s, the bodies of 33 young males were found buried under his house. He was given multiple death penalties and life sentences for his crime, and was executed by lethal injection on May 10, 1994. When Gacy was first arrested and the bodies of his victims were discovered, he was known to have said:

“I should never have been convicted of anything more serious than running a cemetery without a license.”

John Wayne Gacy

 

4. Dennis Nilsen (1945)

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Dennis Nilsen (1945 – …)

Dennis Nilsen was a Scottish homosexual serial killer. After breaking up with his boyfriend in the mid-1970s, his life went into a downward spiral. In December 1978, he executed his first killing after meeting a man in a pub and had a sexual encounter with him. To prevent the man from leaving, Nilsen strangled him with a tie and drowned him in a bucket of water. He kept the corpse for seven months under his floorboards before burning the decaying remains in his back garden. By 1981, Dennis Nilsen was known to have killed 12 men. He lured each one to his home with promises of food, alcohol and shelter. By the time of his arrest in the mid-1980s, he admitted to killing 15 young men. When asked if he felt remorse for his actions, Nilsen famously said:

“I wished I could stop but I could not. I had no other thrill or happiness… I don’t lose sleep over what I have done or have nightmares about it.”

Dennis Nilsen

 

Famous Psychopaths in Movies and TV Series

One of the ways we can learn about how psychopathic individuals live is through their portrayals in movies and on TV. Although the majority of these are dramatised for the audience, more often than not their portrayals are based on real-life examples or scientific theories. The following are some well-known films and TV series that revolve around psychopathic characters:

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Patrick Bateman, a Wall Street investment banker is obsessed with himself, his success, social standing, and style. His narcissism is consistent with his psychopathic tendencies, as he is pictured to have murdered a string of people, including colleagues, prostitutes, a security guard, and several more to satisfy his psychopathic tendencies. However, in the end, it is not clear whether the murder spree actually happened, or the entire event was only the product of Bateman’s violent imagination. The movie proved to be so popular that it has been announced a TV series is in development, reconnecting with Patrick Bateman in his 50s training up an apprentice.

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Dexter was a popular TV series about Dexter Morgan, a good-looking serial killer who conducted his murders based on a code of honour taught by his foster father. He only murdered other killers or criminals. Dexter learned to adapt to regular social life and had a job as a forensic expert in the Miami Police Department, which he used to his advantage to cover up his crimes. At one point he also had a wife and a baby but his life took a drastic turn when another serial killer murdered his wife. It was only then people around him started to suspect his double lifestyle.

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Silence of the Lambs was an Oscar-winning film about an FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) and her quest to stop a psychopathic serial killer, Buffalo Bill, with the help of psychiatrist Dr Hannibal Lecter, who was also a violent psychopath. The movie had several real-life inspirations. The charismatic and smooth-talking Dr Hannibal Lecter was based on the serial killer Ted Bundy who, like Lecter, evaded capture by charming those who worked with him.

The psychopathic serial killer Buffalo Bill was based on the crimes of several real-life serial killers, including Ed Gein, Jerry Brudos (a.k.a. the Lust Killer), Ted Bundy, Gary Ridgway (a.k.a. the Green River Killer), Edmund Kemper and Gary M. Heidnik. The movie proved to be so popular that a sequel titled Hannibal was subsequently released, followed by two prequels titled Red Dragon and Hannibal Rising.

These are just some of the more prominent and well-known examples of films based on psychopathic individuals. There are countless more movies, TV series and documentaries focused on the actions of these individuals, and every year new material emerges. The undying popularity of this genre is a clear reflection that humans continue to be fascinated by the exploits of individuals who engage in antisocial behaviours so far removed from what is deemed acceptable in society. Yet as media coverage of this disorder increases, so too does research into the causes of psychopathy, thus increasing the hopes that a cure, treatment or effective method of managing the symptoms will one day soon be found.

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Documentaries on Psychopaths

These are just some of the many documentaries that exist on psychopathic behaviour. While some may say there is a tendency to dramatise, nevertheless documentaries provide the general public with some insight into a condition and disorder that not many understand.

 

Psychopaths (Crime Psychology Documentary) – Real Stories

Professor Robert Hare reveals stunning new evidence
behind psychopathic behaviour

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The Psychopath Next Door

Not all psychopaths are violent serial killers.
In fact, they may be our next door neighbours.

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  1. Stella Cheang on Oct 13, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    I find the word psychopath is over-used often without proper medical reference. While we can be callous when referring someone as a psychopath, but if the someone indeed suffers from some form of this mental illness, we are actually causing harm and do no good by letting our tongue runs loose. Therefore it is better not to pass judgment at all.

    However, in a more generic point of view, all of us possess symptoms of psychopathic tendencies. Almost all of the symptoms point to a single cause, which is an extreme level of selfishness. When one operates on the level of selfishness that totally disregard the feelings of others, naturally, there will be no feeling of guilt, nor compassion, nor empathy. Leave alone the ability to be close to someone or be responsible for someone else.

    Through learning Buddha Dharma, I believe the psychopathic tendencies in all of us can be cured. As long as we focus out and do more Dharma work which is to bring valuable Dharma to others, we can slowly turn our selfish mind around.

    Thank you for this sharing.

  2. Jennifer Yuen on Oct 9, 2017 at 1:11 am

    This is a really interesting article to read. It gives me answer to why some people behave the way they do and we can never use common sense to understand them. Having the knowledge, it allows us to be able to accept the way they are and use the correct methods to deal with them.

  3. Pastor Antoinette on Aug 28, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I think that it is important to know what are the symptoms of people with psychopathic tendencies and how it can cause harm to others. We need to know about this so that we can help them and not allow them to create (more) damage.

    The quotes from modern day psychopaths are gruesome and show that they have no feelings for others in any way. In fact, they find ways to build connections to their victims such as being a clown and being close to kids. It is sad to know that these people will never change. Yet people who are sociopaths still can change and improve over time. From a Buddhist perspective it is all related to our karma. With good deeds we receive good karma and with the right motivation we can collect merits. Merits is our fuel to enlightenment.

    Thank you for this elucidating article.

  4. Cynthia Lee on Aug 26, 2017 at 4:06 am

    I used to ponder how the minds of psychopath worked and had some reading on it to determine if psychopathic tendencies are within one’s control or are it scientific/medical reason such as deformities in the brains, etc?

    Now, the more I learn about dharma, the more I understand that whether psychosis is due to genetics, brain abnormalities or it’s within one’s control, it all comes down to ONE thing – psychosis is due to the SELFISH MIND.

    In that case, everyone has psychopathic tendencies because every one of us is selfish. Definitely. The only difference is the level of selfishness defines the level of psychopaths we are. Perhaps, the more selfish we are, the more criteria and traits we have. We are then defined and labeled according to groups of people with similar traits.

    The lack of empathy of psychopaths came from habituation / programming in doing something negative for a very long time. Example eating and killing animals strips one’s compassion slowly but surely. Imagine lifetimes after lifetimes of doing this same action. One is left with no empathy for other beings.

    A good point on how environment factors, living a good balanced life with love, kindness and care which Dr Fallon lived by example is key to humanity. Aside that, I feel that realisation and doing selfless work is key to becoming less psychotic.

  5. wan wai meng on Aug 22, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    An interesting take on psychopaths, and Dr Fallon is evidence that not all psychopaths are killers or serial killers. It is good to have more information about the behaviour of psychopaths. Still Dr Fallon said that although physiologically he has a brain of a psychopaths, however because he grew up in a great environment, he learnt how to fit into society and community.

  6. Suzy on Aug 20, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Thanks for this helpful and informative article. Navigating in this human world is not always an easy task, especially when the predators are so hard to detect. Unlike in the ocean where you see a shark, a dolphin and an angelfish and clearly know their psychological status. There may be a rogue angelfish somewhere but it would be so extremely rare I assume.
    I think the more we educate ourselves in these matters the better off we all are. I’ve recently come to the realization that compassion and kindness is not an automatic part of everyone’s neural networking. Having expected for so many years that everyone has that conscience and goodness somewhere in their psych has become quite the learning experience on occasion. Perhaps we all have the potential of goodness or it is buried too deep for some to develop kindness in one lifetime?
    Perhaps the compassion and kindness is literally developed and then eventually enters the neural network. Not only is this a good for psychopaths but for all of us to know we can rid ourselves of all unkind behaviors, no matter how small or dominating they are by practicing the dharma.
    Of course I’m still learning and am so grateful for the current research being done.
    Once I had the absolute pleasure of sitting next to a research psychologist/geneticist and an expert in brain mapping on a plane for several hours. He told me he had been hired to help revamp university psychology depts in the USA, it’s a new game now. There is definitive information in understanding psychology like we have never seen until the present.
    He also told me of the development of facial recognition software that can map the face of a sociopath 100% accuracy, but is not being released due humans being overwhelmed by the ethics of the matter, but someday he expects it will be employed.
    Love this stuff, thanks again!

  7. Vivian Ong on Aug 20, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about psychopaths. Thank you also to Rinpoche for the explaining the symptoms portrayed by the psychopaths and it’s differences with others like sociopaths, narcissism, psychotic, etc. I really felt sorry for the psychopaths people. To me, I think this is all in the mind. How they behave and react is based on their previous lives habituation although I know the article did mentioned that it is also affected by environmental factors. I also noticed from this article that most psychopaths are from the Western countries. Maybe Buddhism and meditation is able to help them recover.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  8. Lum Kok Luen on Aug 19, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    This is a very interesting read and I’ve now known what is a psychopath. I’ve always had the impression that psychopaths are synonymous with violent individuals. But this article helped me look at it differently and from a wider perspective.

    Perhaps there are some psychopathic traits in most of us although some are not manifested outwardly and perhaps just our thoughts. However it is important that we always check our minds and be very mindful. If one day we find ourselves displaying the very behaviours of a psychopath we better week immediate help.

    Thank you so much for this well researched article.

    Humbly yours
    Lum Kok Luen

  9. Pastor David Lai on Aug 18, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    This has been indeed an interesting read and I particularly enjoyed the comparison between psychopathy and sociopathy, narcissism and psychotic disorder. I really enjoyed and I guess this is because I see some psychopathic traits in me and also in some people I had some interaction with before and can relate to many of the defining traits under psychopathy.

    It’s interesting to explore this spectrum of the human psyche and despite the fact that not much is known about it. However, from the little I understand of it, I can see that it is probably far more common, which is contrary to what we may think. I guess when it has become common knowledge that people are aware and therefore, know how to deal with the issues that will crop due to their psychopathic traits.

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  • sarassitham
    Friday, Jul 10. 2020 12:55 AM
    The art of dinning come from the menu, style and the concept of the restaurant. I haven’t been there but the menu looks yummy. I love almost all vegetarian food that’s made from fresh and healthy ingredients. Vegetarian food leaves a deep impression of our nature. Thank you for the sharing, I wish to walk in one of these days.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 9. 2020 04:41 PM
    Heart breaking after watching the video. Its really sad watching those animals including bludgeoning, neck-breaking while many are skinned alive. The way they were killed just for their fur is horrible inhumane practices. In fact those animals are confined to relatively small wire cages with little enrichment. Millions of fur-bearing animals are killed every year by trappers worldwide. For many of us, wearing fur is simply cruel, and to be avoided at all costs. China is the largest importer of fur pelts in the world and the largest exporter of finished fur products. Glad that campaign groups such as PETA have long highlighted the cruelty of such farms. Fur farming is now banned in a number of countries such as Austria, Croatia, the United Kingdom and so forth. Not only causing the suffering and deaths of millions of animals each year, the production of wool, fur, and leather contributes to climate change, land devastation, pollution, and even water contamination. Hopefully the fur industry can work together with farms with better regulations.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing to bring awareness of the cruelty of animal at fur farm.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/animal-cruelty-in-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 9. 2020 04:39 PM
    Beautiful Jog Fall located at southern state of Karnataka is India’s highest waterfall. It is a segmented waterfall which depends on rain and season becomes a plunge waterfall. Its one of the power where our Lama H E the 25th Tsem Rinpoche had visited years ago. From the beautiful pictures of Jog Fall can tells us more. Looks peaceful to do prayers, recitation , meditation, retreat as encouraged by our Lama when visiting holy place. When there is stupa we can also do circumambulations, offerings and more. Doing prayers at all these power holy places would be wonderful. There are many places as mentioned by Rinpoche do have powerful positive energy. It’s those place where great masters have visited , varies prayers done, meditation ,and retreats. All these holy places such as Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath-Varanasi and Kushinagara, Tsongkapa’s birthplace and many more all over the world is infused with the powerful energy of beings. A good article to read and great knowledge of some of the power place and go on pilgrimage.
    We are fortunate to have Rinpoche here in Malaysia where Kechara Forest Retreat was conceptualized ….a holy place infused with powerful energy. It has indeed benefited many and many more to come.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/power-place-jog-falls.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Jul 9. 2020 04:26 PM
    A very unusual friendship which I have not heard of. ‘ Incredible true story of Pocho. a injured crocodile was found on the bank of the Parasmina River in Costa Rica after being shot by a farmer.
    Even an animal as large and carnivorous can be gentle and loving. All animals deserve the chance to live.Thank you very much for the good article.

    https://bit.ly/3iIJDW8
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 10:56 PM
    Most people think animal cruelty is mainly people being unkind to animals. Based on the article million innocent animals were tortured and killed for their fur or skin off their backs. The fur industry is such a cruel heartless business that is bad for the environment and unnecessary.

    It’s horrendous, I can’t believe that fur from China has so much demand. Shock to see the industries cheapest and cruelest methods used in killing the animals. All the animals are victims of cruelty spent their whole lives restricted to filthy, cramped wire cages. This has to come to an end.

    The industry will continue to grow wild if there is no restriction. The success of any business depends upon how they are creating the demand for a product in the target market and then, how they are managing the supplies to fulfill that demand.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 02:54 PM
    Attitudes toward minorities have been marked by discrimination historically almost everywhere. In the United States’s history many forms of discrimination had been happening in U.S. Population growth and cultural has change throughout much of the U.S. Americans enjoyed legally sanctioned privileges and rights which were denied to other races and minorities. All these should happened just because of their religion, spirituality, race, economic background. Anyway it did happened in USA, as Rinpoche did experienced before where discrimination and there are people who are segregated because of their religious faith.
    In happened in the Dorje Shugden’s controversy as well all because of their faith which has affected hundred thousands of Tibetan communities . Even to this day the discrimination still continue with the Tibetan Leadership interference politics with religion.
    History has a tendency to repeat itself and those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it. Hopefully it will not be repeated for peace and harmony .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/this-happened-in-the-usa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 02:52 PM
    Beautiful rare and precious ancient thangkas . We are fortunate to have such an opportunity to see all the rare thangkas of Dorje Shugden , Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen, Five Foremost Deities – Mo Lha and so forth. They are all centuries old thangkas . Incredible all are private collections as well as from Rubin Museum of Art which been printed centuries ago. Merely by looking at it is a blessing and paints a thousand words.All these rare centuries thangkas has proven that the Tibetan Leadership is wrong in their judgements of the Dorje Shugden origin. It is visual proof that Dorje Shugden was practised by the other Tibetan Buddhist traditions as well and is not evil spirits.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/beautiful-ancient-thangkas-to-share-with-you.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 12:33 PM
    She was was revered as one of the last century’s best known woman teachers and most influential women in Tibetan spiritual history.Many extraordinary stories are told of her remarkable abilities, she was an extraordinary woman.
    It is inspiring to read how much she had to endure from childhood and later under her lama but she never broke down, felt sorry for herself or got angry.Thank you for sharing this wonderful article.

    https://bit.ly/3e8Zbz1
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    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 12:40 AM
    Happy to Mr. Chen and his wife, for his devotions and great care towards Guru. His good and excellent qualities are an example I wish to follows.All the flowers and plants that you have planted look so good in the pictures.
    These are the results of your care and hard work that you have put in.Mr. Chen sets a good example for us all to learn. Thank you very much for the sharing
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Jul 7. 2020 11:20 PM
    What has got into them..Such an inhuman behavior. I got no heart to see all those pictures, had to scroll down as I couldn’t bear seeing this cruelty on poor animals. I have seen people watching slime videos for satisfaction, this is the first time seeing this. This has to end very soon !
    Thank you Rinpoche

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 7. 2020 01:35 PM
    nspiration worthy words compiled by Tsem Rinpoche. All the quotes are meaningful for us to ponder. Simple quotes yet very meaningful. Buddha ‘s words is a teaching , we should listen and put into action will lead us to mind transformation and happiness.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/and-buddha-spoke-you-should-listen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 7. 2020 01:33 PM
    Buddhism has a long history in Indonesia, and is recognized as one of six official religions. Numerous stupa, statues , inscriptions from the earlier history of Indonesian has suggested c Buddhism came to Indonesia a few hundred years after Hinduism. Buddhism is the second oldest religion in Indonesia, after Hinduism recording to history. Temples been built since then which still exist and came under the world heritage site. Borobudur,is one of them which is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple, in Central Java, Indonesia. The magnificent Borobudur temple is the world’s biggest Buddhist monument, an ancient site widely considered to be one of the world’s seven wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Amazing just in the Borobudur itself there were over 500 Buddha statues . I have been to there yet , wish I could. Heard from friends the beauty of it, a peaceful place good for meditation and do prayers . Buddhism in Indonesia has an interesting history behind it. The Srivijaya Kingdom and its kings were influential factors in the spreading of Buddhism then. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Valencia sharing this interesting article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-buddhist-kingdoms-of-indonesia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 7. 2020 01:32 PM
    Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness when we put into action. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in our soul. Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. Learn to be thankful for what we already have. Once we begin to take note of the things we are grateful for, we begin to lose sight of the things that we lack. Once expressed, it changes our attitude, brightens outlook, and broadens our perspective. When we express gratitude it improves our self-esteem and enhances empathy.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands for this great teachings which I deeply appreciate.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/gratitude-makes-us-happier.html
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Jul 6. 2020 05:34 PM
    Great teachers are rare. It is a privilege and special opportunity when we have a great one. They are able to take a variety of styles and mold them into their own unique style to meet the needs of the students.

    The purpose of a teaching is to teach us to put into practice and learning from there to improve by keeping the end in mind. The spirit of the instructions is meant to benefit and nurture the student along the spiritual path. Thank you for the sharing
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Jul 6. 2020 04:32 PM
    It is very touching when organizations are set up solely for the benefit of animals. I salute the World Federation for the Protection of Animals (WFPA) for creating a movement on a global scale to protect and care for animals whilst educating humans on human.

    This organization is around the globe and their mission is to build a global animal welfare movement.They are really doing a fantastic work.Thank you very much for sharing this article with us.


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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
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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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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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
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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
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
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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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
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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
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
4 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
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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
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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
4 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
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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
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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
4 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
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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
4 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
4 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
4 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!
4 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
4 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
4 months ago
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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