Vegetarianism – A Diet of Loving Kindness

Sep 18, 2010 | Views: 2,854

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For a start, let us understand one thing – Vegetarian is not just a lifestyle choice or a conscious choice, it is a healthy conscientious choice.

It is a diet of loving kindness because we are kinder to ourselves by eating better and healthier. In addition, we are kinder to animals and they need not suffer in order to feed us.

There are plenty of health benefits that comes with the virtue of being vegetarian. Not only does vegetarianism meets all one’s nutrient needs, it promotes less health risks that come with eating meat. Well-known doctors in the USA such as Dean Ornish and John MacDougall have discovered that plant-based diets have the power to reverse heart disease, diabetes, even cancer. So, this is about treating yourself with real loving kindness, and being well informed about the choices you make in what you eat.

For many people, be it out of tradition and habituation, becoming a vegetarian may seem alien and painfully hard. However, by allowing one’s mind and choices to change on a daily basis, you will see amazing results. It will not happen overnight, but it will definitely happen in due course. In this respect, vegetarianism is a journey about changing how you live and think.

In 2008, Oprah Winfrey even had a show on making consciouecs choices regarding the food we eat. Although it is not about vegetarian per say, but it highlights the cruelty against animals in farms across USA. Oprah actually brought in the cages in which cattle, pigs and chicken are housed onto her show and stood next to them to stress the animals’ dire living conditions.

You can watch the episode on http://www.oprah.com/world/Lisa-Ling-Investigates-Treatment-of-Animals-on-Farms

So, we may start with the kindness to ourselves and to our own bodies by becoming a vegetarian, but it will extend to the kindness to all around us. From the animals which will be spared, to our everyday living environment and even to our planet earth.

This is an all-encompassing compassion that extends to all of earth and its inhabitants. It requires less fuel, water, and other precious resources. As such, a plant based diet is les taxing on the planet. In addition, it helps our soil and water, as it is cleaner. In this way, our atmosphere gets healthy in the process.

Vegetarianism reduces planetary suffering on all levels. Hence, following a plant-based diet is really the “greenest thing” you can do.

Here, it is important to know that vegetarianism is not some new fad or lifestyle concept invented by the West and therefore, one will not find much vegetarian eateries or vegetarian choices in our own city.

In the Klang Valley, there are plenty of vegetarian restaurants and organic shops. In fact, they are fast growing in numbers. This shows that our community are becoming more educated and health-conscious.

I have compiled a list of interesting vegetarian places and organic stores to eat in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya for everyone’s easy reference.

 

The List of vegetarian restaurants and organic shops in our city:

 
1. Blue Boy
Address: No.6001 Blue Boy Mansion, Jalan Tong Shin (Jalan Pudu Lama), Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 7:30 am to 9:30 pm (Daily)

Review: http://www.friedchillies.com/index.php/site/detail/blue_boy/

Source: http://babeinthecitykl.blogspot.com/2006/08/review-blue-boy-vegetarian-food-centre.html

Worthy Notes: The economy rice selection can put most shops to shame. Blue Boy vegetarian serves everything for the local herbivore. Even those who swears by meat will find something tasty and satisfying here.

 
2. Gandhi’s

Address: Gandhi’s Scott Sentral Serviced Apartments Jalan Scott Brickfields

Telephone: 03-22733190 For catering enquries: 017-283 856, 012-335 6074

Review: http://www.friedchillies.com/index.php/site/detail/gandhis/ and http://masak-masak.blogspot.com/2009/11/vegetarian-food-gandhis-brickfields.html

Worthy Notes: The best thing at Gandhi’s – the cannot-stop-eating cauliflower with curry leaves.

 
3. Vegetarian fast Food Centre (near KLCC)

Address: Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery, No. 161, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur

Telephone: 03-2164 8055

Fax: 03-2163 7118

Review: http://visit-malaysia.yinteing.com/2009/10/10/where-to-get-great-vegetarian-food-in-kuala-lumpur/ and http://crazeeeat.blogspot.com/2009/05/vegetarian-fast-food-centre-affordable.html

Worthy Notes: This is a favourite among office workers in KLCC.

 
4. EcoGreen Organic Restaurant @ BAKTI

Address: Bangunan BAKTI Siti Hasmah, 6 Changkat Abang Hj Openg, TTDI KL

Telephone: 03-7729 2789 / 019-2626 168

Review: http://alilfatmonkey.blogspot.com/2010/04/ecogreen-organic-restaurant-bakti-ttdi.html

Worthy Notes: Complete lack of use of artificial flavorings and colorings in all their dishes. It’s fresh and local. So much healthier!

 
5. Woods Macrobiotic

Address: Woods Eco-Cuisine Sdn. Bhd., 25 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Telephone: 03-2287 0959

Fax: 03 2287 0969

Website: www.macrobiotics-malaysia.com

 
6. Organic Recipe

Address: B3-07-09, Casa Utama, Lorong Lebuh Bandar Utama, PJU 6A, 47400 PJ

Telephone: 03-7729 0236, 012-319 2357

Review: http://foongpc.blogspot.com/2009/06/my-lunch-at-organic-recipe.html and http://en.petitchef.com/recipes/organic-recipe-fid-437113

 
7. Yishensu

Address: Located at Lot G207, opposite TGIF in the old wing of One Utama.

 
8. Puremind Restaurant

Address: No. 102 Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan

Telephone: 03-21410 376

Review: http://www.happycow.net/reviews.php?id=13242

 
9. Yin Futt Kuok Vegetarian Restaurant

Address: No. 52, Jalan Hang Lekiu, Kuala Lumpur (near Jalan Gereja)

Telephone: 03-20707 468

Opening hours: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm (last order 8:30 pm)

Review: http://www.klue.com.my/articles/1434-Yin-Futt-Kuok-Vegetarian-Restaurant

 

10. Gopala Vegetarian Restaurant

Address: No. 59, Jalan Thambipillai, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur

Telephone: 03-2274 1959

Review: http://seeking-restaurant.blogspot.com/2010/01/indian-
vegetarian-food.html and http://babeinthecitykl
.blogspot.com/2009/08/recently-captn-
hook-was-looking-around.html

 
11. MG’s Cafe (Vegetarian Cafe & Bakery)

Address: No. 38-G Jalan 27/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Telephone: 03-2300 3118

Other branches:

Taipan
No. 47, Jalan USJ 10/1A
UEP Subang Jaya
Tel: 03-5631 3023

Sunway
No. 7-G, Jalan PJS 11/28
Sunway Metro
Bandar Sunway
Tel: 03-5638 1295

Review: http://www.mgscafe.com/

 
12. South Indian Aiyer Restaurant

Address: B1 Block B Palm Court Condominium, Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur.

Opening Hours: 6:30 am to 1:00 pm

Review: http://seeking-restaurant.blogspot.com/2010/01/indian-vegetarian-food.html

 
13. Annalakshmi

Address: 116, Jalan Berhala, Brickfields.

Telephone: 03-2274 3799

Review: http://eatdrinkkl.blogspot.com/2010/03/annalakshmi.html

 
14. Tian Yian Cafe Restaurant

Address: No. 5, 7 9, Jalan 3/93, Taman Miharja, Jalan Cheras, Kuala Lumpur

Telephone: 03-9281 8837

Opening hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Worthy Notes: This is not your typical vegetarian restaurant serving Chinese style vegetarian fare. As you would have noticed in their name, they’re also a cafe serving Western vegetarian food like pizza, burger, steaks (yeah, steaks but using mock meat!), eggless vegetarian cakes in all sorts of flavours, fluffy buns and healthy breads.

Review: http://www.placesandfoods.com/2009/03/awesome-vegetarian-food-tian-yian-cafe-cheras.html and http://loverkim.blogspot.com/2009/10/wai-lungs-birthday-dinner-tian-yian.html

 
15. Giant Bowl Vegetarian Restaurant

Address: No. 119A, Ground Floor, Batu 3 1/2, Jalan Klang Lama , 58000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Telephone: 03-7982 3869

Fax: 03-7982 3869

There is another branch located in SS2 in Petaling Jaya, in the same row as McDonald’s.

Worthy Notes: They have a good selection of noodles and rice.

 
16. Ahimsa Vegetarian Restaurant

Address: Lot 1063, 1st Floor, Endah Parade, No.1, Jalan 1/149E, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Telephone: 03-9543 1378

Fax: 03-9543 1378

Worthy Notes: Steamboat and local Chinese cuisine

 
17. Formosa Vege Café

Address: No. 48, Jalan Sultan, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2026 1521

Opening Hours: 11.00am to 9.00pm

*This restaurant is the same row as previously REX Cinema*

 
18. En Hui Vegetarian Restaurant

Address: No 48, Jalan 6/21D, Medan Idaman, Jalan Gombak, 53000 Kuala Lumpur

Telephone: 03-4025 5816, 012-288 1361

Opening Hours: 7:30am to 3:pm and 6:00pm to 9:30pm

 
19. Restoran Vegetarian Wan Fo Yuan

Address: No. 8, Jalan Panggong, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

Telephone: 03-2078 0952

Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

*This restaurant is walking distance to Gurdwara Sahib High Street*

 
20. Jing Si Vegetarian

Address: No. 146, Jalan Cerdas, Taman Connaught,Cheras, 56000 Kuala Lumpur

Review: http://www.taufulou.com/2009/10/22/jing-si-vegetarian-restaurant-cafe-taman-connought-cheras/

 
21. Bakti Woodlands Vegetarian Food Cafe Sdn Bhd

Address: No. 55, Leboh Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

Telephone: 03-2034 1399

Location: http://food.malaysiamostwanted.com/venues/bakti-woordland-vegetarian-leboh-ampang

 
22. Amata Vegetarian Restaurant Bhd

Address: No.2, Jalan Panggong (Chinatown, at Jalan Sultan), Kuala Lumpur

Telephone: 03-2026 9077

Review: http://www.vegguide.org/entry/1231

Worthy Notes: Speciality dishes are Assam fish, Balacan potato leaves, curry mutton, black pepper chicken, shark’s fin soup, seaweed fried rice, Thai style fried rice, green tea, carrot juice with milk, and Chinese pancake.

 
23. Fai Cai Xiang Vegetarian Restaurant

Address: No. 23, Ground Floor, Plaza Danau 2, Jln 2/109F, Danau Desa, Kuala Lumpur

Telephone: 03-7981 9812

Review: http://healthfreakmommy.blogspot.com/2010/01/fan-cai-xiang-vegetarian-restaurant.html

 
24. Madras New Woodlands Vegetarian Restaurant

Address: No. 15, Jalan Scott, Off Jalan Tun Sambatan, 50470 Kuala Lumpur

Worthy Notes: Serves excellent South Indian food at prices that are more affordable than those at the average vegetarian restaurant. Also available are other Malaysian and Western dishes, such as Mee Goreng and Cheese Sandwich. Their specialties are Rocket Masala Dosai, Udipi Dosai, Puri Bhaji with Channa Dhall, Uttapam, Breakfast Sets, Set Lunches, Samosa and Mango Lassi.

 
25. Shiang Hai Vegetarian Restaurants

Address: No. 32A, Ground Floor, Jalan PJS 8/2, Mentari Plaza, 46160 Sunway Mentari, Petaling Jaya (Opposite Sunway Pyramid)

Telephone: 03-5621 1016, 03-5621 1017

Fax: 03-5621 1016

Review: http://www.3-meals.com/2008/04/16/shiang-hai-vegetarian-restaurant/

 

The Famous Vegans or Vegetarians around the World:

  • Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook
  • Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter
  • Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple
  • Alanis Morissette, Singer
  • Albert Einstein, renowned Scientist
  • Alicia Silverstone, Actress
  • Amitabh Bachchan, Bollywood Superstar
  • Angela Bassett, Actress
  • Anna Pacquin, Actress
  • Avril Lavigne, Singer/Musician
  • Brooke Shields, Actress
  • Carrie Underwood, Country Singer
  • Carrie Anne Moss, Actress in ‘Matrix’
  • Chris Evert, Tennis Champion
  • Chris Martin, Lead Singer of Coldplay
  • Christian Bale, Actor
  • Claudia Schiffer, Supermodel
  • Diane Keaton, Actress
  • Dustin Hoffman, Actor
  • Ian McKellan, British Actor from ‘Lord of the Rings’
  • Jesus Christ, Christian Saint
  • Joan Jett, Rock Musician
  • Joaquin Phoenix, Actor
  • John Abraham, Bollywood Star
  • k.d Lang, Musician
  • Kelly Clarkson, Singer
  • Kim Basinger, Actress
  • Leonardo Da Vinci, Italian Inventor & Painter
  • Leona Lewis, British Popstar
  • Mark Twain, Famous American writer
  • Noami Watts, Actress
  • Oliver Stone, Director
  • Orlando Bloom, Actor
  • Pink, American Popstar
  • Samuel L. Jackson, Actor
  • Sandra Oh, Actress
  • Shania Twain, Canadian Country Singer
  •  
    Sources:

  • http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/nutshell.htm
  • http://goodhealthnyou.com/healthnhygiene/index1.asp?id=58&aid=88
  • http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2010/06/27/MN0C1DQ2GA.DTL
  • http://compassionate-vegetarians.blogspot.com/
  • http://vegetarianstar.com/2010/09/08/facebooks-vegan-mark-zuckerberg-vanity-fair-1-100-most-influential/

 

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  1. sarassitham on Feb 22, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    There are lots of people have more than one reason for choosing vegetarianism. Many people choose a vegetarian diet out of concern over animal rights or the environment and others may be based on religious beliefs or even for healthier lifestyle.

    Regardless of whether you choose a vegetarian way of life, it’s always a healthy idea to eat a wide variety of foods and try out new foods when you can.

    Thank you for the sharing and compiling the list of vegetarian restaurants in Klang Valley. I am glad to know whereabout and hoping to try them.

    https://bit.ly/3siC4tf

  2. Pastor Han Nee on Apr 18, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Vegetarianism is a diet that reflects love and kindness to oneself and others, and to our environment. We are kind to ourselves by avoiding the foods which are meat-based which research shows contributes to diseases. Furthermore, we are kind to animals as we don’t inflict pain on them or send trauma and shock waves through them by slaughtering them(directly or indirectly) -in whatever way we do this, it will still bring pain and suffering.

    From there we extend our love and compassion to our environment. As we eat less meat, we will contribute to the decreasing deforestation and acreage used to plant food for the animals whose flesh is consumed by meat-eaters. All round, it requires less fuel, water, and other precious resources to sustain a meatless diet.

    Thank you Rinpoche for showing us why there is every reason for us to go for a vegetarian diet.

  3. Samfoonheei on Oct 15, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Consuming excessive amounts of meat especially red meat is quite bad for our heart, blood vessels, and overall health. Eating meat makes you responsible for all the animal cruelty and killing that takes place daily. More people nowadays choose vegetarian diets for many reasons. Which including personal preference, health conscious and concerns as they believe a plant-based diet is much healthier.
    Many vegetarians avoid meat because they do not want animals killed or harmed. Vegetarians are linked with lower levels of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and certain types of cancers. Doctors discovered that plant-based diets could even reverse heart disease, diabetes, even cancer.Thats wonderful……It is a diet of loving kindness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing

  4. Pastor Patsy on May 8, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Vegetarianism is growing and many are switching to vegetarian diet. The factors for the switch are because it is a healthier diet. Studies show that a vegetarian diet reduces the risk for chronic diseases such as obesity, coronary artery diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. Another reason is because of their concern/care for animals and environment. Billions of animals are slaughtered for human consumption yearly and many dislikes the meat processing industry as most of the animals are crammed into cages where they can barely move or turned around. Many became vegetarians after realizing the devastation that the meat industry is having on the environment as factory farms are responsible for causing polluted rivers and streams.

    Nowadays, there are so many vegetarian restaurants/cafes/shops that cater to a healthy diet and there is no excuse for us to eat meat; we have such a widespread vegetarian menu.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for compiling a list of interesting vegetarian places for our easy reference.

  5. Lin Mun on May 8, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    We have a choice in the food we consume. However, if we ponder and concern a bit more about the source, the process of getting the food , the effect to the environment and our health, then I think we would change our mind to not eating animals and seafood.

    Why ? Because our demand in meat would encourage suffering to other living beings, killing and some entrepreneurs may even apply unscrupulous method to produce the meat and added chemicals to bring down the cost of food. Hence, vegetarianism will encourage the loving and kindness value in us to grow. Of course vegetarian will also lead us to have healthier diet.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the articles and the list of vegetarian restaurant.

  6. Fong on Mar 10, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Vegetarianism is a choice. It is about not killing, one of the Refuge precepts. Most Mahayana Buddhists tend towards vegetarianism on specific days of the month which, to me, is better than not making any effort towards a more compassionate eating.

    Some of the restaurants listed above have since closed but more has taken their place. It is very convenient being vegetarian now as there are more and more vegetarian outlets especially in the Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur area.

    And, there are many articles in this website for recipes and recommendations.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for taking the effort to educate us on being a vegetarian.

  7. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 2, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Vegetarianism is a lifestyle choice, a health choice as well as a compassionate choice. it is also a choice that impacts our environment.In the latter case, think of how feeding animals destined to be on our dinner plate requiries acres and acres of land to be cleared of vegetation and forests,much of which are the abodes of animals, and which then impacts the climate negatively as well.

    The health benefits are many . It’s not just for nutrition, but according to research,plant-based diets have the power to reverse heart disease, diabetes, even cancer.

    Choosing a vegetarian diet impacts our everyday life. Initially, it might be difficult to handle it, as most of our friends and family members, with whom we have our meals regularly, are non-vegetarians. However, over time, people have come to accept that we are vegetarian, and are ready to accommodate us. Our habituated fondness for, and craving for, meat , can be dealt with easily. Over time, it becomes easier, and with more practice, it becomes possible.

    In fact today, this compassion for ourselves that prompted us to become vegetarian, can be seen to have extended itself beyond not wanting to be party to the killing of animals for our food , to not wanting to harm other animals as well. The loving-kindness and compassion have become more all-encompassing to include even our environment.

    We recognise, more and more , the interdependence of all beings and our environment.

  8. Grace Tan on Jun 23, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. Aside from being compassion and religious, I agreed that there are plenty of health benefits being on vegan diet. The meat that human are consuming now is full of hormones, parasites, preservative and antibiotic, all of which make animals grow faster and or produce leaner meat for food. These are facts but majority people still have a misconception that meat can provide vitamins and minerals to a human that veg can’t and therefore affecting their will to be a vegetarian. I am blessed that my family can adapt to vegetarian diet and I will continue to encourage my children to observe vegetarianism. I find the following article link quite interesting about “Humans are naturally plant-eaters” http://michaelbluejay.com/veg/natural.html

  9. KB Thapa on Dec 24, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Those who are not yet a vegetarian, pls be consider. Being vegetarian is not about us anymore, it’s about the world’s future.

    As Rinpoche said being vegetarian for good for Heath and one animals die for us one day , – vegetarian is sometimes hard, but We have stick to that.

    Instead of choosing what food to eat we chose to focus on the countless lives that being killed for food everyday.

    Thank you Rinpoche,

  10. Pastor Moh Mei on Dec 1, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    I actually became a vegetarian quite accidentally and unintentionally. When I joined Tsem Ladrang in August 2012, most of the close students in Rinpoche’s ladrang were already vegetarian and since I was always having meals either in Ladrang or with one of them outside, every meal was naturally vegetarian. Before I knew it I was a full time vegetarian because it became a natural habit.

    The transition was much easier than I thought because there was never any shortage of meal options and having the support from the people I go out to eat with helped a lot.

  11. Edward Ooi on Oct 17, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Dear Rinpoche, after being vegetarian for about 1 year . I feel that my fart is not as smelly as it used to be, before I became a vegetarian, my fart smells like rotten meat. Now I can barely smell my fart thanks to the vegetables, but my fart will only smell horrible when I eat durian. There was also a event made by Oprah Winfrey, it’s about going vegan for a week. And all the participants were very happy with the results.

  12. Julien Roth on Mar 19, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    I think that people becoming vegetarian is a very good thing. Ever since i have become vegetarian, I have noticed a change in my health and my fitness. I hope that more people choose to have this same diet as me, and that they will stop killing animals around the world.

  13. Girlie Ooi on Feb 18, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I have eaten at EcoGreen Bakti, Organic Recipe, Yishensu and Giant Bowl … love their food.

  14. Helena on Feb 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    I went to Woods Macrobiotic at Bangsar, but quite sometimes ago, they serve lots of Organic dishes too,very delicious, worth to try.
    Giant Bowl Vegetarian Restaurant is very near my house, they are famous in their Noodles and rice, but normally i go for noodle. I like Organic Recipe most, varieties of selection, western and chinese, i love the black pepper bitter gourd noodle 🙂

    Thank you Rinpoche for these informations, so that i know where to go for vegetarian restaurant 🙂

  15. Sharon Saw on Feb 17, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I’ve been to Organic recipe (i love the bah kut teh there!), McG’s (nice sushi!), Woods Macrobiotics (the pizza is yummy but i haven’t been there for awhile) and Giant Bowl ss2 (nice noodles) and Yishensu (i think i had the western dish which was quite nice). Thank you for sharing this list of vegetarian restaurants. I will definitely look into trying them out! I still think Kechara Oasis is way up there for delicious vegetarian food though – no bias intended!

  16. Mei Mei on Feb 17, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Dear all, please include Kechara Oasis at Jaya One and Viva Home on your list of vegetarian restaurant. It is surely one place many people do not want to miss! The food offering is great, unique and delicious. If you have not tried you must surely do immediately. Kechara Oasis was inspired by Tsem Tulku Rinpoche himself who is promoting compassionate eating and world peace.

  17. Philip Yong on Feb 17, 2012 at 3:32 am

    I have visited Organic Recipe in BU and Yishensu in One Utama before.

    I like Organic Recipe because of their wide variety. They have chinese, western, fusion..My favourite food there are their BAKKUTTEH and Cabonara spaghetti…all vegetarian of course! Theres both indoor and outdoor seating so it is convenient for all! Pricing wise is average, a little pricy on my opinion but the food is worth it!

    Yishensu in One Utama impressed me because of the price! I was surprised that the pricing is rather cheap for a restaurant in a mall. and the food was not bad..I only went there once but I will definitely go again. The downside is the variety isn’t many.

    I will go to more of the restaurants listed above to taste the food and hopefully to put on weight! hehe..which are the nice ones you guys propose?

  18. lewkwanleng on Feb 17, 2012 at 3:05 am

    From the above list, I have been to:

    Organic Recipe: They recently “revamped” their western menu. Must try: “House Burger”.

    McG’s Cafe: Very nice Asam Laksa!

    Giant Bowl Vegetarian: Yellow rice with mutton curry is my favorite

    🙂

    • DR on Feb 17, 2012 at 10:42 am

      Yes Lew, I agree with your above choices. There are so many choices and varieties of vegetarian food. I can never understand comments like “you are a vegetarian? what is there to eat?”.

      There are so many choices to satisfy one’s appetite without having to cause so much fear and suffering to another being. All for afew minutes of satisfaction to be excreted the next day. Is it really worth it??

  19. Eli on Mar 17, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Please sign the petition you’ll find here : STOP THE SEAL HUNT http://www.change.org/petitions/sign-the-petition-to-support-a-total-ban-on-seal-products#?opt_new=f

    It is a crucial time to protect seals from cruel, commercial hunting and the IFAW desperately need your help for a final push to ensure a ban on seal products across the whole of the European Union. Please take a few moments to contact José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission and ask him to support a total ban on the trade in seal products.

    It will only take a moment of your time.

    Thank you.

    http://www.change.org/petitions/sign-the-petition-to-support-a-total-ban-on-seal-products#?opt_new=f

  20. Eli on Mar 17, 2011 at 12:16 am

    It is impossible to justify the intense suffering of the lives and deaths of animals for the few seconds they spend on our tastebuds, impossible. It just does not add up.

    Stop exploiting animals and start helping them.

    You will feel better. The animals will definitely feel better. And you will help the environment, too.

    http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_7311457

  21. Elsie Toy on Oct 6, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    When I was a kid, my parents slaughters chickens and ducks to make a living. It didnt occur to me then that these poultry were frigthen as they watch they counterparts slaughter by my dad and blood drain into a bowl. I know the meat of these poultry must be full of negativity and the fear were in them. But what can my dad and mom do. Survival for the family. I may have also inherited bad karma from those time of my parents. My dad had severals operations then later liver cancer. Most people would have qualms killing an animal, I can say I have no problem with that I would speak to my ex that I am capable of killing and and dispose it without any evidence. I harbour alot of negative energy then and hatre. But as I moved on in life and met Rinpoche’s meeting and slowly i begin to understand and come to senses of kindness. Even stray cats and neighbours.. I love to be vegetarian but I got bad companion who nags at me that they are put in this world to eat or it wont strike a balance. Again it is my fault no determination.

  22. Uncle Eddie on Oct 5, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    In the wisdom words of our Lama, Vegetarianism is a diet of Loving kindness:- (1) To ourselves by eating better and healthier (2) To Animals as they need not suffer to feed us. It is also a healthy conscientious choice of diet. Since I went on my vegetarian diet at the advice of my guru, my blood pressure count has dropped from a constant high of 164/100 down to 135/80. So was my colesteral level at the high of 7.2 down to 4.6 now. (KL general hospital acceptable level is at 5.2) (this is not counting my weight reduction which has gone down tremendously). To go vegetarianism is actually to adopt an act of all-encompassing compassion – to help cleansed the earth of all its impurities, and particularly, to save the animals from greater fears,strife tortures and finally to end up in the frying pans, cooking pots and the sharp ends of choppers and knives for human cravings and attachments. If only animals can talk, they will fill you with shame, remorse, tears and deep regrets. Since they cannot, we are strongly requested by our Lama to view the two videos entitled “Dog Meat Trade” and “please watch & leave your thoughts & comments for me…. to convince yourselves why you should go vegeterianism. In one of the brochures printed out by U.S.Dept of Agriculture, 6.1 billion animals in the form of sheeps, cattles chickens and turkeys were slaughtered and killed every year to satisfy the stomachs of the people there. In our dharma practice we are taught the law of cause and effect, where these golden words of Lord Buddha should move us “All tremble at Punishments, All fear death (Life is dear to all) Comparing others with oneself, one should neither kill nor cause to kill”. Happy Vegeteriansm to one and All.

  23. benji on Oct 2, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Come the NINTH LUNAR MONTH of the Chinese calendar, i shall rejoice! Then, many Chinese in Penang will observe the Taoist 9- Emperor-gods festival, where the devotees will go VEGETARIAN for nine days. No, i am not a devotee, but i will go crazy over the VEGETARIAN FOOD sold all over Penang; at restaurants, hawker stalls and even Buddhist temples! It’s the time you can buy the most variety of vegetarian food – aromatic ‘nasi ulam'(herb-rice), “po-lay ikan”(perut ikan), “acat awak”(tangy, crunchy, chunky vegetable pickle), succulent “lor-bark”(mock meat-rolls), laksa, Hokkien-mee and Curry-mee etc. Absolutely heavenly and definitely “ho-ciak lo!”. The amazing fact is, (due to the LOWER DEMAND for meat, fish and meat-based food), many other restaurants, hawkers, fresh meat sellers and fishmongers had been known to CLOSE DOWN during that period of time! Some of them even RESORT TO SELLING VEGETARIAN FOOD then. Ssso, see you in Penang then – Sharon, Seng Piow and Girlie, bring the gang lah! Heheh!

  24. Anila on Sep 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I guess I am one of the lucky persons to take vegetarian without any problems. Even as a child I have to be forced to take meat and seafood. In the early years of my marriage I remember I had a severe illness of hyperthyroid toxicosis which has caused a lot of problems in my marriage. which was detected very much later. This sickness makes a person very irritable and fault finding. This sickness is due to lack of iodine lacking in me because I did not take seafood. I was also anaemic as I did not take meat. All these were treated after a major sugery. With proper vegn supplements I am well and happy to be a vegetarian without having to eat meat that are slaughtered and killed.

  25. Paris on Sep 23, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    We were talking about pets and vegetarianism with Rinpoche the other day, when Rinpoche said to us, “Next time you want to eat some meat, think that you’re eating your cat” (or dog or hamster or rabbit – circle as appropriate, whatever pet you have). This helps VERY much in contemplating the sufferings of animals and abstaining from eating meat. (every time I want to buy a KFC bucket now, I think that it’s all chopped up pieces of my cat Grumbles, battered and deep fried – gross).

    We tend to create a separate between animals that our pets (alive, a member of the family, cute, cuddly, with personalities and characters) and animals that we eat (not really an animal, no feelings, no personality, faceless). There is of course no difference – cute cuddly Fluffy the Dog may as well be the cow that was just butchered up for your burger. It’s still a being, with all the same capacity to feel, think, fear, suffer as Fluffy the Dog.

    So next time you want to chomp into a steak, think that someone chopped up your Fluffy Happy Cutesy Pooch, put him through a meat tenderizer, seasoned him with Barbecue sauce and then sizzled him on a grill. Poor Fluffy!

  26. Judy Lam on Sep 22, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Most of us are aware that being vegetarian is good for us. However, it is not easy to break that habituation of having a meatless diet as most of the time, we never give it a second thought of eating meat. We eat whatever that comes by, at family meals, wedding dinners, BBQs, social gatherings etc without battling an eyelid. We eat meat to satisfy our taste buds because we know no better. Nowdays, we are exposed to delicious vegetarian food in many restaurants around town (Kechara Oasis still serves the best quality vegetarian food!). I am glad I am in an environment where I am reminded not to be selfish. I am glad that I have been having vegetarian lunches for some time now, and working on being a vegetarian soon.

  27. Anila on Sep 21, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    It is so easy and convenient to go vegetarian nowadays.In the old days if we need to eat vegetarian we have to go to the hassle of cooking at home. Even if you have money you won’t be able to buy v egetarian food. There are no shops or restaurants around. Being on vegetarian diet does not have to tax on your pocket. If you have to spend within your budget there are vegetarian stalls that are very cheap which charge only RM3 to RM4 for a meal of three portions of vegetable. For people who really must economise they have subsidise meals at RM2 per meal at some shops started by a Chinese Mahayana Temple called Foh Kwang San. Being a vegetarian serves two purposes. Its good for your health and also you don’t have to kill as a compassion to the animals.

  28. Andrew James Boon on Sep 21, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche,

    Once again Rinpoche has gone way beyond in your kindness. Not only has Rinpoche on countless occasions stressed on the importance of being vegetarian, now Rinppoche has even shared with us a list of 25 vegetarian restaurants AND names of people who are vegetarian whom we possibly do not know are in the hope to make us realize there are options and we are not alone… 😉

    Being vegetarian myself, I know it is not only a choice but THE choice. I started this ‘journey’ of mine for health reasons and being a Buddhist now, it really is icing on the cake so to speak as it gives it a moral purpose as well as a benefitial one. It is truly much better on many levels.

    Why we still choose to delude ourselves into sticking to our attachments is beyond me. I often think to myself and have little debates in my head that perhaps it is easy to say all this as I am a vegetarian… however I have to catch myself and say “hang on a moment, I was very much a meat eater myself. Perhaps not so much of the red meat variety but most definitely chicken and fish. And if I can do it, anyone can! It really is NOT hard at all”.

    Please allow me to add to Rinpoche’s worthy notes on the following restaurants as they are some of my favourites:

    5. Woods Macrobiotic
    They have really good set meals which are done according to days of the week. Some days I must add are better than others. The shiitake burger is to die for! There is also a lemongrass drink concoction which is just yummmm. And they also sell fresh organic produce in the restaurant itself.

    6. Organic Receipe
    They have a brilliant selection of items ranging from mock meat chinese style dishes with brown rice to western delicacies. All very consistant and delicious! Love the fresh spring rolls and pizzas. The noodles are really yummy too. All ingredients are organic and made on site. They too have an in store grocery area where you can find all sorts of heathly substitutes!

    Thierry and I must go try some of the restautants on Rinpoche’s list… Much love… Andrew

  29. benji on Sep 19, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    It is such a touching gesture, that Rinpoche has not only advised us accordingly, but also made the effort to list the vegetarian eateries! It really has a place in his heart! Sharon’s so right; we are so driven by selfish desires to eat meat! Om Mani Padme Hum!

  30. Sharon Saw on Sep 19, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Being vegetarian is only difficult because of our selfishness – when we want to indulge our taste buds in eating meat because of habituation. I personally don’t like vegetables very much – especially chinese style, though i do enjoy western salads and pastas etc.

    However, it is very much Dharma practice to put others above our own selfish desires. I decided to go vegetarian because it was time to stop being selfish. There is no need for meat in our diet as there are many other protein sources in a vegetarian diet. It’s heartening to see the number of celebrities who are vegetarian – they are people who can choose to eat anything they want – all the luxurious foods are at their fingertips because of their wealth, but yet they choose to be vegetarian, so that should be inspirational to others.

    Rinpoche always advises us to be vegetarian because of compassion to animals. If we like pets, or animals in a farm, we should not think of eating them! We may not be able to do prayers all day long but choosing what we eat is definitely something any of us can do, at any time, anywhere. If it’s difficult to be vegetarian, that difficulty would be the exact reason why we should do it. To overcome our attachments for the benefit of others. If we cannot even control our desire for a certain taste, which is such a small thing, how can we think about mind transformation.

    I must admit i would never have become vegetarian if not for Rinpoche’s teachings and advice. Thank you Rinpoche for Rinpoche’s kindness in showing me how to overcome myself.

  31. Joyce Hobby on Sep 19, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Rinpoche, It makes me happy to see others such as yourself have the compassion to become vegetarian. While it comes very natural to you and me, I know it’s not very natural for other’s and it does make me sad. This is where I use my Buddhist wisdom to feel my sadness, not judge them, then let go.

    – Joyce

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Why don’t we try to eat more vegetables instead of eating more animals. Vegetables are healthy too, you know! And do you also know that being vegetarian or vegan will not only make you become healthier, it will also make you feel more energetic.
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 10. 2021 03:59 PM
    A legendary figure of Buddhism in Buryatia was Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov, charismatic Buddhist master and visionary and national hero, who had spread the Tantric Buddhist tradition. Interesting read of this forgotten story of Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov, a monk who briefly ruled as a dharma king. He amazingly created a nonviolence Buddhist kingdom who protected thousands of women, children, and men at that time. In 1920’s Soviet government considered Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov to be rebels and Traditional Buryat culture was erased since then. Buddhist monasteries in Buryatia were destroyed and many followers were murdered. He was well remembered as a true Dharma King and a national hero. Interesting read of a Great Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/ku-shulan-goddess-of-paper-cut.html

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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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  • April 13, 2021 21:55
    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
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  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
  • April 10, 2021 07:50
    ray asked: hi pastor i have a question regarding purification practices because ive been having some doubts now, is it true that some people say engaging in purification practices bad things would then happen to the practitioner after that? be it being sick or facing obstacles coming after that.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. When we engage in purification practices, what we are purifying is our negative karma. If you know about karma, you know that eventually you will need to experience your karma, be this negative or positive. When you experience your negative karma, then you experience negative situations. This could be something major, like having an accident, to something very minor such as feeling bad if say a loved one says something in a way that you perceive as being negative. Any experience you have that you perceive as negative, is a manifestation of your negative karma. During purification practices, through your own effort of invoking upon the enlightened beings and practice of the Four Opponent Powers, you are able to purify this negative karma. However, for a negative karma to be fully exhausted, you need to experience it. Say you have a karma to get into an accident, if you don't purify and exhaust it, then you will need to suffer from it 100%. This could mean getting into a car accident which is very severe and you are hurt badly. If you engage in purification practices then you can purify, let's say 99% of the karma. But for it to be exhausted fully, you still need to experience it. In this case, maybe you do get into an accident. Since you have purified most of the karma, your car only bumps into another car very softly. You don't even feel it, the person in the other car doesn't feel it and you car is not damaged at all. This is the reason why some people say if you engage in purification practices, bad things will happen. And because of that people are put off doing purification practices. This is wrong thinking because if you do experience negative situations when engaged in purification practices, this could be because: a) What you experienced is actually the purified karma, rather than the full force of the karma. In this case you should rejoice that through your effort of engaging in the practice, you didn't experience something much worse. b) It could just simply be the manifestation of a karma that wasn't purified. This means, you would have had to go through this experience anyway. c) Because you are engaged in purification practices, you are thinking of karma a lot. Therefore, when such experiences occur then you attribute it to karma, and then think it is linked to your purification practice. Then you believe that doing purification practices is bad because you have to suffer from such experiences. This is wrong thinking. Perhaps even if you were not doing purification practices, then you would still experience the situation, but you wouldn't actually think anything of it. You would just go about the rest of your day as usual. That being said, when you are doing purification practices, there comes a point were certain negative karma is so weak that you need to experience it for it to be exhausted completely. This can and does manifest as negative situations, such as minor illnesses, or even accidents, etc. However, the point to remember is the karma causing these situations have been purified so they are very mild compared to their full form. These negative situations can also be purified/exhausted in dreams, etc. Another way they can be purified is having mental disturbances or emotional ups and downs when actually doing the purification practices. In essence, you will need to feel the effects of your negative karma in some form or another, so better that you experience it in a very mild form right? This is what purification practices helps you to do. Purification practices are not something to be scared of. In fact, you should rejoice when engaged in purification practices. On a more deeper level, without some form of purification practice it is hard to understand higher aspects of the Dharma. Your negative karma will block you from being able to understand the Dharma and then internalise it. That is why purification practices are emphasised within each and every tradition and are a prerequisite for higher teaching such as tantra. The benefits of purification practices (such as enabling you to exhaust your negative karma in a very mild form, and preparing your mind for higher teachings) outweighs having to experience a very small negative situation. Therefore think about the benefits of purification practice and contemplate on it. This will help you to develop faith in them and get rid of any doubts or fears that you may have. I hope this helps.
  • April 1, 2021 04:54
    You are awesome! asked: Hello, you are awesome! keep going!
    pastor answered: Thank you for your kind message. It is very encouraging for us to read. May you always be blessed by the Three Jewels.
  • March 28, 2021 15:08
    vikas baluni asked: abut growth of my business
    pastor answered: Dear Vikas Baluni, I am unclear as to the actually meaning of your question but I believe you are asking how to increase and grow your business. According to Buddhism, everything that we go through in life is due to karma, this includes both the good things and the bad things. Therefore, for your business to grow and do well depends on your good karma. Only one type of energy can overcome karma and is always good for your, and that is what we call merit or punya (in sanskrit). So in order to have merit for your business to do well, you have to take actions that generate merit. The main of these is to transform your mind to become a more compassionate and wiser person, to help others less fortunate, to engage in pujas and other such virtuous activities. There are certain deity practices that are well-known in Buddhism to help increase the energies of wealth and success in our lives. These can help your business to grow. Once such practice is that of Bhagawan Gyenze, you can click here to find out more: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html Bhagawan Gyenze will definitely help you to grow your business, if you have a good motivation. If you motivation is only about yourself, then your business will not grow that much. But if you have the motivation help others, then Bhagawan Gyenze will help you even more. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 25, 2021 01:11
    Jason asked: I have been practicing white dzambala and the bathing / water tormas for quite some time now. Recently I have been getting regular dreams where white dzambala appears and just smiles at me, or I dream that I am doing white dzambala chutor practice. I understand that when lama tsongkhapa got dreams of deities he thought that this was Mara acting up and paid no attention to it until his lama said something. My lama is currently on retreat and it is difficult to contact him. Please give me some advice on what is happening. I'm just some normal beginners smuck and I'm getting worried that this is a bad sign. When I wake up I feel at peace... But according to commentaries this could be Mara.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am really happy to hear that you are engaging in Dzambhala's practice. It's extremely beneficial. You are right that Lama Tsongkhapa ignored his dreams of deities, and viewed them as bad signs. But before jumping to conclusions, we must analyse the reasons why Lama Tsongkhapa ignored not only his dreams, also the visions of the deities he received. The reason that Lama Tsongkhapa did not consider it a positive sign is because as practitioners on the spiritual path, it is all too easy to get carried away with 'signs' or advice, visions, dreams from supposed deities. Sometimes if we 'analyse' them it can lead us in the wrong direction because of our mistaken understanding. Sometimes, other entities can also enter our dreams and tell us things that we believe, hence we start practising things that are not Dharmic in nature. Lama Tsongkhapa warned against such things, rather Lama Tsongkhapa said that we should rely on the Dharma teachings that are genuine and transmitted to us through an unbroken line through our lineage. Generally speaking however, these dreams you are having are literally just dreams, so there is nothing to worry about. One category of dreams we have are known as samsaric dreams. These arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we make a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. When we have dreams such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. Because we have been engaging in sustained practice, or have imprints from previous lives, these can surface in our dreams hence we have dreams of Buddhas, our teachers, etc. There is nothing to worry about or to consider overly auspicious or a 'sign'. Just realise that you have had the dream, do not allow your thoughts to dwell on it, accept it and move on. However, do take note that you had these dreams and once your Guru is out of retreat, please consult your Guru and inform him/her of these occurances and seek your Guru's advice if any. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2021 02:01
    Jason asked: I white dzambhala is a wealth deity but can he also act as a dharma protector?
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. The practice of Dzambhala is actually a Yidam practice, this means that Dzambhala is a meditational deity. When you engage in his practice, as well as bestowing wealth, through his practice you also develop qualities that help you progress towards enlightenment. In the case of Dzambhala, the primary quality he helps you develop is actually generosity, which is one of the Six Perfections. Therefore, although he is known as a wealth deity, he is much, much more than that. When you engage in his practice, you are actually developing virtuous qualities in your mindstream. The function of Dharma Protectors however is to remove obstacles and to create conducive conditions so that you can transform your mind. Hence, the function of a meditational deity and a Dharma Protector is different. That being said, when you engage in Dzambhala's practice properly, you do gain wealth. Generally, we only consider this wealth to be external wealth, but Dzambhala's practice is more than that, because through his practice you gain internal wealth which are virtuous qualities. Due to the fact his practice also brings material wealth, he is known as a wealth deity. When you practice any meditational deity, you will gain some physical benefit as well, which can seem to mirror the effect of Dharma Protectors, but their function is very different. Dzambhala for example grants material wealth, but his actually function is to increase inner wealth. Another example would be Medicine Buddha, outward he heals our physical body, but inwardly he also helps to heal our minds and develop qualities such as compassion. Dharma Protectors can also help to heal our body, but for real internal change, we need to rely on a meditational deity. I hope this answer helps.
  • March 16, 2021 21:23
    ray asked: Dear pastors, i have a question regarding vajra and bells. can one use them if they do not have any sort of initiation or whatsoever?
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. You are right that traditionally vajras and bells are only used after receiving initiation. However, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche recommended learning how to use the vajra and bell, as a means of creating the causes to receive initiation in the future. That said, there are many dos and don'ts related to using the vajra and bell. You can learn not only how to use them, but also vajra and bell etiquette from one of Kechara's Pastors. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 7, 2021 17:30
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Do you recommend doing Tsem Rinpoche’s guru yoga as part of daily Sadhana? I am sure I read on the article for the name retreat that it could be done as daily prayers but now I can’t see that sentence? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes of course, you may include Tsem Rinpoche's Guru Yoga as part of your daily sadhana if you wish. This creates a very strong bond with Tsem Rinpoche. If you are following the Diamond Path sadhana (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/diamond-path), you insert the Guru Yoga after you have completed the Gaden Lhagyama (Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa). Alternative, if you are using a different prayer text, you insert the Guru Yoga after Gaden Lhagyama, or before any deity prayers that you do such as Manjushri, Tara, etc. After you complete the deity practice section of your sadhana, you continue on to your Dharma protector practice, and finish with your completion dedication. I hope this helps. Do let us know if this is not clear. Thanks.
  • March 4, 2021 22:52
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Can a lay person work towards the preliminary practices by accumulating daily ? Many thanks.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes, of course. Anyone can engage in the preliminary practices, you don't have to be ordained in order to do so. However for one's practice to be considered a full preliminary practice, you need to do 100,000 repetitions of whichever practice you are engaged in without break. That means you must engage in at least one session a day, until the count is completed. 10% of the count is also added on top, to make up for any unintentional mistakes. So the figure would actually be 110,000. If you skip a day, that means you have broken your preliminary retreat. If this occurs you can still dedicate the practice you have done so far, and you will still benefit from the merit generated and the purification of negative karma from the practice, but it is not counted as a full preliminary practice. Also you must adhere to the retreat procedures for the duration of the time it takes you to complete the particular preliminary practice. For example, an altar with daily offerings, retreat seat with swastika, refraining from eating black foods, etc. This may not be convenient for most people in our day and age. So what you can do is to spend a certain amount of time accumulating a specific figure, for example 10,000 repetitions of a particular practice. Seal the practice at the end with a strong dedication, like the King of Prayers. Later on, you can repeat the procedure more times until you complete 100,000. This method was given by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for modern-day practitioners who do not have the time to complete 100,000 in one go. While it technically does not constitute a full preliminary retreat, you still gain immense merits and purification from engaging in the practice, even if spaced out. As Rinpoche said, it's better for you to do mini preliminary retreats than not doing any of the preliminary practices whatsoever. That being said, if you do have the ability to do a full preliminary retreat and it will not negatively impact you, such as create financial difficulties or strain familial relationships, then of course go ahead! To have the sincere wish to engage in any Dharma practice is wonderful. You can read more about the individual preliminary practices here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html You can watch a short teaching on the preliminary practices by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/cosmic-tantra.html
  • March 3, 2021 04:13
    Sandra asked: Dear respected pastors, what are dreams? Do dreams have significance? Are they simply images the mind views at night - do they resemble the dreamer's state of mind? Thank you for all your replies :) :)
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Hello. Nice to see you back here. On the normal level, both waking and dream states are both marred by our delusions. The teachings tell us that this deluded state continues through all our experiences, whether during the dreaming or waking states. The way to overcome this is to "wake up" from our delusions, or reach enlightenment. Normally when people think of dreams, they do so in psychological terms and so focus on the content of the dream. When we investigate the nature of the dream itself, we begin to investigate something deeper, the processes that underlies the whole of our existence. Understand this propels you further along the spiritual journey towards enlightenment. We have many dreams during one night of sleep, and may or may not consciously remember then when we wake up. In terms of content, dreams can be used to work through psychological issues or can indicate certain issues and overcoming them (as is common within Western psychological practices). In Tibetan Buddhism, dreams can be used for much more. In the advanced practices, one can transform ordinary dreams to further one's spiritual journey. This is not only in terms of working through psychological issues, but in terms of meditation and practice as well. Generally, there are three types of dreams as described below. Most of us only experience the first type, unless we progress on the spiritual path. 1. Samsaric dreams: these arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we take a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. 2. Clarity dreams: These dreams occur when you are fairly progressed in meditational practices and can carry this into the dream state. These dreams arise not from the emotions, or memories, etc., but from more subtler forms of karma and delusions. However, just like in waking mediational practice, you are not affected by the images or thoughts that appear to you. 3. Clear Light dreams: In the advanced tantric practices, there are teachings called dream yoga. The object of these is to achieve the clear light dreams, which are very difficult to achieve and take years and years of intense practice. The most important clear light mind that arises is actually at the time of our death, if we are trained enough in this very subtle state, we can actually control where we take rebirth. If we are more experienced in this state, then we can actually use it to meditate on the teachings and achieve enlightenment. Clear light dreams are a "lesser" type of clear light mind, that helps practitioners prepare for the time of death. When we have an auspicious dream such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., even though this is auspicious, it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. There are instances however, when the enlightened beings and Dharma protectors will send practitioners dreams to help with their practice or as methods of divination. Tsem Rinpoche once told us of a very powerful Nyingma lama known for his divination abilities. Students would ask him a question, then he would take a nap, and receive divination advice in this dreams, which he would then relay to his students. This lama was well-known for this ability because his dream divinations were extremely accurate. As I am sure you can tell, the scope of dreams with the Buddhist context is very vast and I will not be able to cover everything here. However, I hope that what I have written helps your understanding. Thank you.
  • March 1, 2021 23:37
    Sandra asked: Hello dear pastors, wish we could have an article like the one below to highlight the auspicious days of 2021. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/auspicious-days.html
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your suggestion. At the moment, there are no plans to publish another article with 2021 dates. But I have listed out some of the auspicious days and their dates for this year for you. I have only included future dates, not those that have already passed. Saga Dawa Duchen - 26th May 2021 Chokhor Duchen - 14th July 2021 Dorje Shugden Day - 24th August 2021 Lhabab Duchen - 27th October 2021 Gaden Ngamchoe or Tsongkhapa Day - 29th December 2021 I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question and its nice to see you here again. The reason why we pray in front of our altars is because it becomes a focal point of the enlightened energies we are invoking. Therefore it becomes a kind of portal for the energies of transformation, peace, healing, prosperity and protection. It is also the place where we make offerings to the Buddhas. As such, most people usually only have 1 altar in their home. However, you can have more than 1 altar in your home. As it is an altar, it should be complete with representations of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas. This would be an image (either a statue, thangka, tsa tsa, poster, framed picture, etc), a Dharma text and a stupa. In front of these, you should have at least 1 type of offering or more. This can be a fixed offering or maybe even a set of water offerings, which you make every day. Since practitioners make offerings on a daily basis, most opt to have only 1 altar, but there is no rule in Buddhism to say you can only have 1 altar. The altar however, should be placed in a respectful place. So, not in the bathroom. Or if in the bedroom, you should put a screen up to block it when you are changing, sleeping, etc. Alternatively, you can keep it in a cupboard, and close the doors during such activities. But altars should be dedicated places to the Buddhas, so don't put secular items in the same place, such as on the same shelf, etc. When it comes to praying, it is usually done in front of the altar, as you are invoking the enlightened beings. When you do your prayers there it becomes a powerful place in your home, and provides you with a sacred space to pray and meditate. However, if circumstances are difficult, then of course you can pray elsewhere. For example, when I first set up an altar, I was living in a single room with not much space. I set up an altar on a shelf but was not able to pray in front of it. Once I had made offerings, I would simply sit in another part of the room and do the prayers there. If it is really not convenient, then of course it is permissible to do the prayers elsewhere. It is better to do the prayers, than not do them at all if you can't be in front of your altar. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
8 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
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
9 months ago
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
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
10 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
10 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
10 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
11 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
11 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
11 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
1 years ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
1 years ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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