My Halloween in Salem

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Halloween 2013

Halloween 2013

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

I have always wanted to visit Salem, Massachusetts. It has a rich history for USA and also for persecution. Religious persecution was the very reason Salem was set up (I’ve included some background information on Salem below). The original settlers of Salem left England to escape religious persecution. The tenants of their faith did not match the mainstream of England. They wanted to be far apart from Catholicism. They endured many hardships and loss to sail from England to the American colonies in search of religious freedom. In the end, instead of enjoying freedom of religious practice in the new found land in America, they started persecuting their own who were different.

I’ve always been fascinated by Salem because of its legacy for witches. Witches are not the evil hags we see in movies but they practice a proper religion that balance nature, the earth, energies, planets and needs with their prayers. Witches, magic and it’s true meaning has been distorted by mainstream fear and ignorance. I came across some psychics and practicing witches while in Salem and they are intelligent, open and warm people. Of course there are ‘evil’ witches but there are ‘negative’ people everywhere in all faiths. Religion doesn’t necessarily makes us better unless we internalize compassion, wisdom, tolerance and transformation.

There are many museums, boutiques, magic shops, gift shops and places of interest related to it’s rich witch history. Believe me they were very interesting. The witch persecution reminds everyone that we cannot persecute anyone on the basis of their religion, race, culture, economic background and beliefs and that is wrong. Freedom is what everyone cherishes. We visited most of the places of interest, but you have to be here during October. During Halloween Salem just takes off. There are many activities and tourists from all over the world just flock to Salem. So many international and interesting people and animals. So many doggies in Halloween costumes too. After Halloween then Salem is quite sedate. You really have to make it here during the whole month of October and then you will see many events. Educational, fun and interesting but it will open your eyes to new ideas. I enjoyed it and learned also.

There was a place selling vegetarian hotdogs (Boston Hot Dog Company). They specialize in hotdogs and had vegetarian ones with messy mustard, relish, toasted buns, onions, sauce, pickles and sauerkraut toppings. Yummy!! Believe me, it was delicious with a capital D! Pastor Loh Seng Piow ‘demanded’ we go there for lunch and breakfast daily. Pastor Loh Seng Piow has never voiced to eat here or there ever, but he was addicted to this place. Andrew can attest to this. Pastor Loh Seng Piow’s addiction to the hotdogs grew that Andrew would drive from our hotel to Boston Hot Dog Co. and pack 10 hot dogs back. Pastor Seng piow will eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No kidding! It was entertaining to watch but I am glad Pastor Loh Seng Piow enjoyed it. I did too.

Many choices of hotdogs available.

We went to the museums, plays, presentations and even a authentic witch casting a spell for good luck. We did not participate in the spell casting but simply observed to learn. There was a witches’ gathering in town centre but it was rained out last minute. There are a few famous witches and psychics in Salem that are known nationally and are on media and news. There were more psychic shops at every other corner and street than 7-11 stores! The Salem police insignia is a witch riding on a broom. Interesting.

We arrived a few days before Halloween and the town was busy and on Halloween itself. On Halloween, I wore my monk robes and walked around Salem among the throngs of people. There were so many people from many countries but it was not an uncomfortable crowded scene. People were warm, friendly and very open. All the street with magic shops, shows, bookstores, psychic readers (there are many psychic shops and psychics), psychic fairs, gifts, foods, stalls were colourful and lined with people from all walks of life. Every window and many houses had very interesting Halloween decorations. I enjoyed seeing the decorations very much. There are huge stores dedicated to just Halloween costumes too! Almost everyone was in unique Halloween costume. I just stood and breathed in the autumn crisp air taking in the sights, sounds, smells and rich history. I also purchased some vintage very old books to gift people with these items. Some people would appreciate these vintage classic books from Salem. I have not celebrated Halloween since leaving New Jersey when I was 15!! Halloween is my favourite holiday. It always has been. I was glad to be in Salem.

Well I had very interesting reactions from various persons on the crowded streets. I had some people who folded their hands when I walked by. One lady said “Tashi Delek” to me which is Tibetan for greetings. Another group were guessing out loud and we can hear them talking among themselves asking if I am wearing a costume or a real monk? One guy passed me and said to me “awesome costume!” I replied thank you! I saw people taking pictures of me thinking I didn’t see them doing so but I did. It was fun and that is what I expected. People to wonder if what I am wearing was me or a costume!

Pastor Loh Seng Piow and Andrew who are with me were a great help and we went everywhere together. It was great experience for them as they have never been to this part of the world and during Halloween. Andrew lugged all of our bags and Pastor Loh Seng Piow videoed everything for my blog. These two are a great help for me. I appreciated it very much.

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Interesting note is on the way to Salem, we just took a random exit to get some food as it was long drive from New Jersey and we arrived at New Haven town, Connecticut. I’ve never heard of New Haven. We went to a diner and ate, washed and refreshed ourselves and accidentally found out from the waitress that Yale University is ten minutes up the street!! We were like, that’s cool. So after eating, we drove up and past the famous Yale University and had a glance. It looked beautiful but I am glad I don’t have to attend Yale. Afterwards we continued on our journey from New Jersey to Salem, Massachusetts.

 

Video: My Halloween in Salem Massachusetts

 

You will enjoy the video!!

 

Here I am in Salem on Halloween 2013. Yes the autumn colors are brilliant.

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This is a graveyard with original gravestone dating back nearly three hundred years. Some of the people involved with the Salem witch hunts, the trials and hangings are buried here. Huge tourist magnet.

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At a very old graveyard. Much history here.

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I looked at their costumes and they stared back right at me! A Halloween connection?

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We went in this tram for a tour of Salem. That was interesting.

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Lots of psychic shops. Lots of places that will read your future for you.

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The window displays are great! I like places that go all the way for Halloween!

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I was talking to this shop owner in front of her shop and she is a Psychic card reader also. Very friendly and warm lady.

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Everyone is in costume.

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Is that a monk or a costume??? I fit right in! It’s the only place in the world where people didn’t ask me what am I or where I am from! LOL!

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Look at scenes near the Salem Museum

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A beautiful park in Salem which is very nearby the shops

Yes, these pictures taken by us and not from a magazine. The colors are that brilliant!

 


 

Some light Salem history for you to learn and enjoy

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The Puritans were a significant grouping of English Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries. Puritanism in this sense was founded by some Marian exiles from the clergy shortly after the accession of Elizabeth I of England in 1558, as an activist movement within the Church of England.

After Charles 1 of England became king in 1625, the religious and political climate became so hostile and threatening, that many Puritans decided to leave England.

 

History of Salem in brief

During the winter of 1623-1624, a fishing settlement was established on Cape Ann by England’s Dorchester Company by Puritans. After three years of struggle on rocky, stormy Cape Ann, a group of the settlers, led by Roger Conant, set out to establish a more permanent settlement. They found sheltered, fertile land at the mouth of the Naumkeag River.

The new settlement, called Naumkeag, or “Fishing Place” by the Native Americans, thrived on farming and fishing. In 1629 the settlement was renamed Salem for Shalom, the Hebrew word for peace.

 

Witchcraft

Several centuries ago, many practicing Christians, and those of other religions, had a strong belief that the Devil could give certain people known as witches the power to harm others in return for their loyalty. A “witchcraft craze” rippled through Europe from the 1300s to the end of the 1600s. Tens of thousands of supposed witches, mostly women, were executed. Though the Salem trials came on just as the European craze was winding down, local circumstances explain their onset.

 

Witch Trials in Salem

In January of 1692, the daughter (age 9) and niece (age 11) of Reverend Samuel Parris of Salem Village became ill. They started having “fits.” They screamed, threw things, uttered peculiar sounds and contorted themselves into strange positions, and a local doctor blamed the supernatural. Another girl, Ann Putnam, age 11, experienced similar episodes. William Griggs, the village doctor, was called in when they failed to improve. His diagnosis of bewitchment put into motion the forces that would result in the infamous witch trials of Salem.

On February 29, under pressure from magistrates Jonathan Corwin and John Hathorne, the girls blamed three women for afflicting them: Tituba, the Parris’ Caribbean slave; Sarah Good, a homeless beggar; and Sarah Osborne, an elderly impoverished woman.

This ultimately resulted in the hanging deaths of nineteen men and women. In addition, one man was crushed to death; several others died in prison, and the lives of many were irrevocably changed.

To understand the events of the Salem witch trials, it is necessary to examine the times in which accusations of witchcraft occurred. There were the ordinary stresses of 17th-century life in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. A strong belief in the devil, factions among Salem Village families and rivalry with nearby Salem Town combined with a recent small pox epidemic and the threat of attack by warring tribes created a fertile ground for fear and suspicion. Soon, prisons were filled with more than 150 men and women from towns surrounding Salem; their names had been “cried out” by tormented young girls as the cause of their pain. All would await trial for a crime punishable by death in 17th-century New England – the practice of witchcraft.

In June of 1692, the special Court of Oyer (to hear) and Terminer (to decide) sat in Salem to hear the cases of witchcraft. Presided over by Chief Justice William Stoughton, the court was made up of magistrates and jurors. The first hanging was on June 10 for 3 successive hanging days. The court was later disbanded by Governor William Phipps in October of that year. The new court released those awaiting trial and pardoned those awaiting execution. In effect, the Salem witch trials were over.

As years passed, apologies were offered and restitution was made to the victims’ families. Historians and sociologists have examined this most complex episode in our history so that we may understand the issues of that era and view subsequent events with heightened awareness. The parallels between the Salem witch trials and more modem examples of “witch hunting” like the McCarthy hearings of the 1950’s, are remarkable.

 

Information above was extracted from the following sites. To read in more detail please visit the following:

  1. http://salem.org/history#sthash.moy1Ij2o.dpuf
  2. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/brief-salem.html#ixzz2jyuqAtcs
  3. http://historyofmassachusetts.org/the-salem-witch-trials/
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  1. Tsa Tsa Ong on Oct 17, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing so many interesting pictures and video of Rinpoche’s trip to Salem. Very interesting knowledge to know more about the people and history in Salem.The Halloween costumes don by people on the streets were great and Salem had such a festive atmosphere that I feel like being there in future. Than you very much Rinpoche and blog team for this wonderful sharing ?????

  2. Moon Chan on Oct 15, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    My understanding about Halloween festival was people wearing ghost costumes to look scary and creepy. Also have kids knock on the door to get the best Halloween candy from you. But there are discoveries about witches after I read this blog.

    The word of “witch” carry a negative energy on my belief, I thought they are a bit evil. However, it changes after Rinpoche explains that withes are actually a proper religion that is here to balance nature, the earth, energies, planets and needs with their prayer. I just realised people can be fear when they do not understand or have limited perception about a culture. And it shocks me when I read about prosecution happened just because they practicing witchcraft.

    Rinpoche met intelligent, open and warm witches during his trip to Salem. I feel that no matter what religion you are, as long as we internalize compassion, wisdom, tolerance and transformation like what Rinpoche said, we can have more understanding to each other’s and able to create a loving world.

    I enjoyed the article very much. Rinpoche is very funny and I feel he is mischievous. To one’s surprise he chose to wear his monk robes and walked around Salem on the Halloween! I laugh when people said “Great costume!” to him because when I look at the video, he really fit right in the festival with his monk robes haha. I can understand why he is so excited for no people ask him who is him or where he comes from.

    Thank you Rinpoche, your playfulness helps me deepen my understanding of Salem’s history. I hope I can visit Salem someday too.

  3. Joy Kam on Dec 15, 2018 at 11:20 am

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  4. JOY KAM on Oct 31, 2018 at 1:20 pm

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    A poem inspired by seeing a picture of my teacher, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche…

    In the sport of correct views,
    all that is correct is just a view,
    without permanence or substance.
    As long as we hold onto views,
    our sufferings are gathered 
    to be experienced without end.

    Without the strong methods of emptiness
    and compassion, bereft of merit,
    we sink deeper without respite.
    To arise from this samsara is but
    a dreamscape on the deluded mind.
    Therefore seek the guru, who confers the yidam,
    hold your vows and fixate on liberation 
    free of new creations. Free of new experiences as 
    there are none. 

    ~ Tsem Rinpoche

    Composed in Tsem Ladrang, Kuala Lumpur on July 7, 2014

  5. Valentina Suhendra on Jul 26, 2018 at 7:57 am

    I was walking past a second hand shop on Western Ave selling old things. They had a Japanese-style clay Buddha which was beige in colour on the floor, holding the door open. I thought the shopkeeper would collect a lot of negative karma without knowing if he kept such a holy item on the floor as a doorstop. So I went in to talk to him, but he didn’t look like he wanted to talk or that he even cared. So I asked him the price and he said US$5. I purchased it so he did not collect more negative karma. I was 17 years old and that was in 1982.

    I escorted my new Buddha home and washed it lightly and wiped it. I placed it on my altar and was happy with the Buddha. I would do my meditations, prayers, sadhanas, mantras and prostrations in front of this shrine daily. When I left for India in 1987, I could not bring this Buddha along and gave it to a friend. It was a nice size and I made offerings to this Buddha for many years in Los Angeles. In front of the Buddha I placed His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s photo. I remember I was so relieved that the price was affordable. But US$5 that time was still expensive for me but worth it I thought. But I was happy to have brought the Buddha home. Tsem Rinpoche

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  6. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 20, 2018 at 11:31 am

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  7. Lin Mun on Nov 25, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the pictures of Halloween celebration in Salem and the infamous history of Salem. It is shocking that many people especially women were persecuted for practicing witchcraft and being blamed to be possessed by devil. Whatever religion someone practises should not be amounted to death sentence and be discriminated. Everyone has the freedom of choice. Likewise the illogical and baseless ban in Dorje Shugden practise in Tibet. Many people suffer due to the discrimination and segregation of this ban. I wish people don’t repeat the same history as in Salem but learn from the mistake instead.

  8. Valentina Suhendra on May 24, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    I always love the fact that Rinpoche always respect other cultures and beliefs. I rejoice with the fact that the magic practitioners who were discriminated and condemned in the past now have the place to practice their beliefs and faith.

    I wish in the very near future Dorje Shugden practitioners can also practice their beliefs without fear of potential repercussions.

    Valentina

  9. Ingrid Gilbert on Jan 27, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    I am so pleased to see an open minded person write on the subject and enjoyed the article very much.

    One thing I can add is that the victims of that persecution also had their property forfeit and often there was or seemed to be possibly a reason of greed and corruption rather than simple motivations of ideology at work. Sometimes if you give people a license to hate for whatever reason, they can easily go overboard.

    It is comforting to think of times like these as being in the past. These conditions seem to come back (always a little bit different yet very much the same at the heart) if one does not constantly keep watch and remember history. Thank you for writing this!

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  11. Halloween 2013 | Tsem Rinpoche on Nov 21, 2013 at 3:16 am

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  12. So Kin Hoe (KH Ipoh) on Nov 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all the beautiful pictures taken in Salem with much descriptions and teachings. Thank you Seng Piow and Andrew for capturing the video and pictures along the trip in Salem with Rinpoche. i am glad Rinpoche has enjoyed a lot in Salem during the Halloween season. i truly appreciate the advice and teaching given by Rinpoche, “Religion doesn’t necessarily makes us better unless we internalize compassion, wisdom, tolerance and transformation”.

  13. Leu Chong Hin(JB) on Nov 17, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thanks for sharing. Halloween is a great festival that normally celebrate in Western countries. From my understanding people will do makeup to let themselves look scary or ugly. Thats my understanding about Halloween festival.
    After watch the video share, wow, this wonderful festival really given people’s enjoyment for thier life.
    I do notice Kecahara Forest Retreat centre also celebrate this Halloween for the first time. Kecaharian really enjoy the event.

    Thanks.
    From
    Leu Chong Hin

  14. Adrian Cho on Nov 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    This is such a very beautiful place and wonderful celebration Halloween day, that those people’s wearing costume and looks so scary.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all this nice pictures to us.

  15. Shelly tai on Nov 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Nice pictures I never had any experience on Halloween since I m young but I think is fun look at all these people with costume and they have to make themselves look scary. I m glad Rinpoche enjoy his stay in Salem and has a very memorable Halloween. May the boy who Rinpoche has help carry on with his study and may him in the future be able to benefits others.

  16. Ck siah on Nov 14, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    谢谢仁波切分享SALEM 万圣节的快乐气氛,就是喜欢仁波切的摩登开明和入乡随俗精神。仁波切总会跟做时代的步伐迈进,让佛法跟做时代的变迁而改进。跟以往一般传统的仁波切不同。所以时尚的一般人也会被吸引来了解克切拉佛教团体生活和一起学佛法。

  17. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 13, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Glad to know Rinpoche, Andrew and Seng Piow had a really great Halloween at Salem and they soaked in the Salem culture and festivities.

    What happened in shows me that human beings most of the time refuses to learn to prevent the same mistakes from happening again over and over again. In a climate of fear, fear for one self one’s loved, people can take very strong measures to ‘protect’ themselves. Who knows how many innocents were killed during such trials, and in such a situation the people who held power could have taken the opportunity to get even or even take revenge. Perhaps in times like the witch hunts in Salem showed the worst nature of human beings.

  18. AdelineTan on Nov 13, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Wow! Halloween in Salem can be so fun and exciting! I am glad to see Rinpoche is having a wonderful time there, never see Rinpoche so happy and at ease for a long time. I really enjoyed watching the video and all the funny photos, thank you for sharing.

  19. Valentina Suhendra on Nov 13, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Dear Lama

    This article warmed my heart. It reminded me of the time when I was attending college in the US, I was amazed with the amount of information available to someone like me. Although I studied business and speech communication, I spent most of my free times reading books of various subjects and watching classic movies. One of the subject that interested me was of course witchcraft with their history, black magic, white magic, persecutions, etc. Sometimes, it excited me how one subject of my interest like history is interlinked with my other subject of interest like magic, psychic (which eventually lead me to have a very strong interest in the law of cause and effect and eventually lead me to our eventful meeting 7 years ago). I felt happy during college years, because I could pursue my interest, had a lot of free time and had little worry about money.

    My view is that withches persecution was the result of ignorance, narrowmindedness – pure stupidity like many other things.

    The first reason for persecution: People are scared of something they do not understand and have huge attachments to their little understanding and perception. This things can be dangerous, many innovator and those people who can think out of the box like Galileo and Michelangelo were hunted until the Medici family who supported and initiated renaissance era patronized, protected and supported them. There were times in the dark history of humankind when anything new and out of ordinary were considered withcraft.

    The second reason for persecution: Some people have some misguided belief that they are trying to maintain the purity of their faith (e.g., Queen Isabella of Spain withthe inquisition and Mary I – Blooddy Mary, Adolf Hitler with the 3rd Reich).

    Sometimes I am amazed how on earth that what goes on in few people’s heads could cause so much suffering to so many. In year 2000, I went to Europe to pursue my curiosity of European history and even went to Florence to see the tomb of Machiavelli, Michelangelo, and Galileo, and Following the traces of Napoleon Bonaparte. They were the subject of my fascination because they dare to be different and actually held on to what they believe in. I remembered specifically that at the time, I prayed that I will have their courage regardless of difficulties to follow what I believe in too.

    I think these are the quality that attracted me to you in the first place. You are open minded and dare to be different and make the difference.

    Much love and care

  20. Wah Ying on Nov 12, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This is one of the posts that I like very much. I guess may be I like witches and stories of witches. Why I like witches, apart from magics they can perform, their ability to fly actually fascinated me a lot.

    When I read about Seng Piow who is not fussy about his food enjoys the vegetarian hotdog so much until can have it 3 meals a day, I laugh and laugh. I love this part as well.

    Even this seems like a “travel story” shared by Rinpoche, Rinpoche has incorporated knowledge and Dharma teachings in it as usual.

    And I will always remind myself about this”Religion doesn’t necessarily makes us better unless we internalize compassion, wisdom, tolerance and transformation”, so to practice and apply what we have learned.

    Thank you Rinpoche for telling the story of Salem and witches.

    Good night and have a good rest, Rinpoche.

    With folded hands,
    Wah Ying

  21. Uncle Eddie on Nov 12, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    In his monk’s robes, Rinpoche’s visit to Salem Haloween was a “natural”. Walking amongst the throngs of people of Salem, with almost everyone in their unique halloween dressing, Rinpoche have been accepted as a natural of one of those Halloweeners in his robes. As said by Rinpoche, he had very interesting reactions from various people in the crowded streets, with one lady greeting him with “Tashi Derek” in Tibetan, and all kinds of other guesses on what he was wearing, except for being a real monk! Rinpoche seemed to have great clean fun at Salem. He even said that “its the only place in the World where people didn’t ask me what I am from! LOL! Glad to see that you are having a grand time, keep it up Rinpoche!

  22. sarahyap on Nov 12, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Very nice pictures and video.

    “Maybe there’s bigfoot here” lolx! so funny

    Very touching to see how hard the young boy work to put himself through college. Some people have to work to hard from an early age while some don’t even appreciate what we have… makes me think how some of us under appreciate the things we have. I’m glad the got to meet Rinpoche and got some words of encouragements, hope he pulls through college.

    Salem in Halloween day is awesome! I totally love the witch that Rinpoche took picture with… she looks so real, like a monument or something. That’s like my favourite part of the video.

  23. Jace Chong on Nov 11, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing with us your trip in Salem. It’s really an interesting town, you will look weird if you don’t dress up there hehe…

    But what has happened there is really sad. I don’t have much knowledge about witchcraft, but I don’t think we can take people’s life just like that.

    May they rest in peace now and thanks Rinpoche for sharing this.

  24. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 11, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Thank you for sharing with us pictures of how Halloween is celebrated in Salem – with so much fun and excitement.

    Rinpoche, Andrew and Seng Piow arrived in Salem on 31st October and were still in time to catch the fun and festivities of Halloween. Everyone was dressed in Halloween costume so much so that people thought that Rinpoche’s monk’s robes were costume too.

    Everywhere in Salem one finds shops selling Halloween items like masks and costumes.There are magic shops and psychic shops. There are witches casting spells, as well as a Witch Museum. The police insignia is a witch riding on a broom. No wonder, Rinpoche says this is his favorite time of the year in the US.

    Today, witches are accepted and belief in witchery is accepted as a kind of religion.There are kind witches, but there are also evil ones too. However, the history of Salem is smeared with the memories of witch-hunts, and persecution of witches. Condemned witches were put to death.Later there would be apologies and attempts at restitution.But still the history of Salem had been scarred.

    It makes one wonder about labels like ‘religion’ and ‘witches’, all designed to influence thinking and perceptions.

  25. Grace Leu on Nov 11, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Thanks for Rinpoche’ sharing. I never heard Salem before and this article really open my eyes. This is fun and enjoyable looking people wear costume and walking on the streets, it make the “Halloween” festival really interesting! I like the 1st picture of which Rinpoche sitting on the stone, really fascinating.

  26. Wai Kee on Nov 11, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Interesting sharing about witches town! 🙂 I didnt know there is such a place until now.

  27. Ruby Khong on Nov 10, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Halloween is Rinpoche’s favourite time of the year and it must have been so exciting to spend it in Salem. Never knew Salem has such long history of witchcraft. Hehehe Rinpoche in robes must have been the most unique ‘costume’ of all and probably the first of it’s kind!

  28. Pastor Jay Jae on Nov 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    It is most fascinating for Rinpoche to visit Salem as Rinpoche loves anything paranormal and scary or anything related to death for that matter. In Malaysia, Rinpoche will have the ladrang staff find many horror movies and Rinpoche will either watch it alone or have us watch it with him. Of course most of the time Rinpoche will see our eyes half covered or turning our heads away and will tease us to death! Moral of the story? Well, it’s simple, the more we fear death, that’s the measurement of our ego. If we realize this, it will be easy for us to work on our flaws and chip off the bad habits and relearn new ones.

    Can u see how awesome Rinpoche is? Rinpoche’s trip to America is a Dharma teaching on its own.

  29. Irene Lim on Nov 10, 2013 at 5:10 am

    If there had been a costume contest at Salem, Rinpoche would have won the first prize for his attire as was exclaimed by the people as awesome and I would totally agree with this. Rinpoche has always been spectacular in his robe and would stand out no matter where he goes.

  30. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Nov 10, 2013 at 3:25 am

    Wow, Salem is really “Halloween”, residents there are so support and take part in this event.

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing these great photo taken in Salem, and not forget to thanks for Andrew and Seng Piow for being take good care for Rinpoche, carry bags, videoing ect.

    The most attractive costume in Salem 2013 should be Rinpoche costume. Rinpoche is very proud with his Daily costume and even sharing with Salem residents during Halloween festival… How nice!!!

  31. Lucas Roth on Nov 10, 2013 at 12:26 am

    i am happy Rinpoche had a great time, the fact that they have vegetarian hotdogs is spectacular and is good that they don’t kill animals there :D. spooky haloween sounds cool! thank you for sharing Rinpoche.

  32. David Lai on Nov 9, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Wow! I didn’t know Salem was so interesting and I guess there cannot be a better time to visit as during Halloween. I used to imagine Salem to be a sleepy New England town and not one with so much happening. I love the history, the celebrations, the vibrancy and the gathering all these weird people in weird costumes from all over America and perhaps the world.

    In Malaysia, we don’t particularly celebrate Halloween but due to commercialism of costumes, pumpkins and chocolates and stuff, it has slowly but surely seeped into our malls and one day, our calendar of celebrations as well. After all, Malaysians love to revel in celebration like any fun-loving citizen of the world. I love Salem witches and the psychics. I would have loved to go for psychic readings to hear what they have to say about me. Love this blog post and love the pictures. I am not sure if I would ever visit though as my list of must-visits is quite long but this blog post has surely added to my list…

  33. Beatrix Ooi on Nov 9, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Thank You for sharing the video and pictures Rinpoche, I enjoyed myself a lot while reading through the whole article. The pictures are very tempting, I wanna visit Salem one day, it has very interesting history, very interesting! Great to know that Rinpoche had a great time at Salem, it’s truly a very nice place. Please rest well and be safe Rinpoche 🙂

  34. Wendy Loh on Nov 9, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for the interesting video tour of Salem on Halloween. Imagine, just about 500 years ago, dressing up as the Devil would have warranted a death penalty. A tragedy like Salem does not show the dangers of true witchcraft and wizardry but the ignorance of men that is rooted in irrational fear. I am glad that things have changed but memories of witch hunts and trials are still apparent in many people who claim to have past live recollections of being burnt at a stake.

    Witchcraft, like Shamanism is probably one of the oldest form of nature religions and worship. It is pure and surely not evil. As Rinpoche explained above,it balances the natural elements of earth, wind, water, fire and space.

    Thank you for sharing this piece and teaching us something new.

    With folded hands,
    Wendy

  35. Lucy Yap on Nov 8, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Halloween is just plain fun!Halloween candy,costumes and scary masks,pumpkins, and all manner of things.We had an incredible experience in Dukkar Apartments during the ‘Halloween Nite’,thanks to Pastor Moh Mei and her wonderful team who put so much effort and planning.I love the haunted house tour,Jean Mei is one spooky host!
    Thank you for sharing the pictures and video Rinpoche.

  36. mitra on Nov 8, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Thank you for sharing the Halloween trip to Salem,

  37. Carmen Lin @ KMP on Nov 8, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Hope Rinpoche had a wonderful Halloween in Salem. Watched the video above and was as if I’m travelling with Rinpoche to witness the happenings in Salem, it seemed fun and interesting. Hope that the boy who Rinpoche kindly offered help would not give up and go all the way to excel in college. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the interesting history behind Salem.

  38. Ash Ng on Nov 8, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Didn’t know the Salem has such a sad history, glad it’s over now. I like the posting of Yours with the black witch, sexy haha…Was drooling when You spoke about the vegetarian hotdogs, wondering what’s sauerkraut toppings? Halloween seems fun to me when I saw many dressing up for the occassion. Would like to try some day even though I don’t really celebrate it.

    What caught my attention most was the conversation of Yours with the street guy name Chase, standing on the streets raising funds for college. I was moved by Your sincerity, guruji!

    Thank you for sharing the Halloween trip to Salem, can sense that it was indeed a wonderful and cheerful journey of Yours…Tashi Delek 🙂

  39. Sean Wang on Nov 8, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Halloween is one of my favourite holidays. I hope that one day, I may have the fortunate opportunity to visit Salem for my Halloween festivities. Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing your experiences in Salem. Prior to this article, I only knew Salem, the black cat, from the Sabrina the Teenage Witch show but now I know so much more!

  40. May Ong on Nov 8, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I did not know that Salem had such a long history , especially witches and witchcraft and there is a whole town of this. The Halloween costumes don by people on the streets were great and Salem had such a festive atmosphere that I feel like being there in future.

    The videos were great and gave an overall insight into the attractions of Salem. Thank you for sharing, Rinpoche.

  41. stars in the on Nov 8, 2013 at 10:38 am

    lovely to see your travels,
    thanks for sharing
    especially your family, neighbours + friends. . very honoured.
    hope you have a lovely stay. .
    ps. so totally loving witches & halloween.

  42. Andrew James Boon on Nov 8, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Halloween in Salem is just to “die” for… What a wonderful experience is was especially to walk the streets of downtown Salem with Rinpoche in robes! We could hear people within earshot expressing their uncertainty to their partners or friends as they passed or saw Rinpoche. I heard people saying “is he for real”, “he looks like the real thing”, “great costume”, etc…

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    Thursday, Aug 13. 2020 03:18 PM
    Dorje Shugden statue in Wisdom Hall located in Kechara Forest Retreat seen to be the largest in the world. We are fortunate to have such a huge Dorje Shugden Statue blessing all the sentient beings, environment and unseen beings . The bigger the statue ,it has brought more tremendous benefits to the surrounding area of Bentong. Over the years this largest Dorje Shugden have attracted many tourist as well as locals to see for themselves the beauty of statue and Kechara Forest Retreat. This huge statue serves to be a light for many, giving hope, blessing, inspiration and merit field for all those who come to receive the blessings of Shugden. Interesting write up.
    Thank you Rinpoche for founding this beautiful place away from the city hectic life

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/largest-dorje-shugden-in-the-world.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Aug 13. 2020 03:00 PM
    A place where many people around the world experience the art of mindful living. Plum village has a beautiful landscape and quiet environment for anyone to have more freedom, peace and happiness in our daily life.

    Wonderful for all involved looking for peace and calm. The natural surroundings surely enhances the experience. It will also teach the younger generation to appreciate nature.
    Thank you for sharing this article.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 13. 2020 02:39 PM
    Hermits are monks and nuns looking for wisdom. Many go up the remote mountains , spending their time in solitude meditation in order to master their spiritually practice, gaining profundity and knowledge. Its in the mountains away from the city they find a piece of mind to mediate and practice to transform their mind. Watching the video tells us all. Each of the hermits specks with words of wisdom that’s where they earns respect in Chinese society.
    An inspiring man Bill Porter one of the foremost Chinese poetry and essay translators in the world went searching for an answer of the lives of hermits. Bill Porter is the author of the book Road to Heaven, he travelled to hash, remote mountains of Zhongnan Mountain describing his journeys and encounter with Chinese Hermits in the book. Very inspiring documentary which tell us a thousand inspiring words . Life is simple yet the hermits are happy letting go all the worries of the world outside. He discovered then the hermit tradition is very much alive, as dozens of monks and nuns continue to lead solitary lives in quiet contemplation of their faith deep in the mountains.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/hermit-a-profound-documentary-by-bill-porter.html
  • sarassitham
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    Getting quality sleep is one of the best things that we can do to maintaining a good lifestyle throughout our entire lifetime. People often give up good sleep due to busy lifestyle.

    In fact we need sleep to survive, just like we need food and water, in fact there are many biological processes happen during sleep. Lack of sleep can result in decreased immune system function, decreased body temperature as well as a decreased release of growth hormone.

    Thank you very much for your valuable sharing and all these 10 pointers are good guidelines for those who have trouble sleeping.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 02:11 PM
    Lady Lhalu Lhacham Yangdzom Tsering, an incredible lady and important aristocratic students of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. A great and influential Gelug lady who devotion to her guru the great Kyabje Pabongka Dorjechang never change despite her life changes from a wealthy lady living luxuries to living in a store room. She received all the teachings and practiced devotedly to her guru, till the end of her life. Inspiring life story of a lady . We shall never leave our guru nor matter what happened.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/pabongka-rinpoche-and-his-yogini-student-the-lady-lhalu.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 02:09 PM
    Very inspiring nun Ani Ngawang Pema a Tibetan Buddhist who stayed in solitary meditation for 45 years. Once in a while it’s good to remind ourselves that there are true spiritual seekers in the world today. She was a student of H.H Trulshik Rinpoche. She was known as the most beautiful girl when she was young in the northeast of Nepal. Many rich and famous families would seek her marriage but she chose a monastery life instead to practice Dharma. Later she stayed in a small hut in solitary meditation for 45 years where nobody see her at all. Soon she became a legend and every one who passed her hut to receive blessings, recite prayers and even circumambulate her small hut.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ani-ngawang-pema-45-years-solitary-retreat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 02:07 PM
    A beautiful picture of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche cutting our lama’s hairs back in 1984 tells us a thousand words . That’s where our lama begin a long life spiritual journey travelling a thousand miles to India to be a monk. A promise made to his root guru to take ordination and go to Gaden Monastery. Meeting Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had changed our Lama’s life for the better forever. With all the sufferings and hardship our lama had gone through since young had not deter Rinpoche from becoming a monk. The promise was kept, even though Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had since passed away. Rinpoche became a monk and was advised coming to Malaysia and that’s where we have Kechara Forest Retreat today.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. The pictures indeed have a great memories.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/kyabje-zong-rinpoche-cuts-my-hair.html
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    What a nice and breathtaking statue that there is in Macau!It would be nice if I had the wonderful chance to go to Macau to see this statue. Kuan Yin will prevent huge obstacles from hitting Macau also attract more and more tourist to come to Macau to visit and pay respects to Kuan Yin.
    Its good to know the reason why this Kuan Yin statue looks a little westernized compared to the ones in Mainland China. Strange thing is, no matter how one depicts Kuan Yin, She always looks beautiful. Thank you very much for the sharing
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    The hummingbirds are so beautiful and stunning. They have beautiful colours on their body. First time coming across these beautiful birds. They are among the smallest of birds, and most specialized nectar-eating birds.
    This article doesn’t just apply to taking care of Hummingbird feeders but also all kinds of bird feeders and anything used to feed birds and animals.Thank you for this wonderful sharing.
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 11. 2020 03:01 PM
    Ancient civilization of China already embraced Vajrayogini lineage long before where Mahayana Buddhism was prevalent. Interesting history of Vajrayogini’s teachings and practice that takes root in China . The practice of Vajrayogini is so deep rooted in China not till I know of until I read this post. It is also a really eye opening for me. The Western Xia empire Xixia was one of the three great barbarian empires ruling over northern China during the Song period. A land of myths and mysteries, monks and monasteries, the enchanting nation of happiness . There is that many rocks and cave formations around empire Xixia. The Vajravarahi/Yogini Cave (Dorje Phagmo Cave) is one such caves. Having a beautiful story behind it . This cave is well known after Vajrayogini reincarnated in human form and her four other dakinis performed tantric rituals. Recording to records this caves dates back to 1004 AD, that’s incredible indeed. Since then many Tibetan high lamas such as Sakya Pandita and 6th Dalai Lama had visited this cave doing retreats and prayers. The 6th Dalai Lama even erected a stupa in the cave.
    With the Chinese government help the cave is restored to this present day. Having Vajrayogini manifested as a princess in China to suit the people of that time and culture. May this cave be well preserved for the Vajrayogini practice to flourish in China.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a special form of Vajrayogini found in China.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/vajravarahi-caves-in-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 11. 2020 03:00 PM
    Tara Arya Tara, also known as Jetsun Dolma in Tibetan Buddhism, is an important figure in Buddhism. She appears as a female bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism who appears as a female Buddha. She is the mother of liberation, and represents the virtues of success through liberating us from our 8 fears such as pride, ignorance, anger, jealousy, wrong views, attachment, miserliness and deluded doubts. She will guides us to enlightenment. Beautiful paintings of the 8 Tara with each thangkas illustrate who protect us from the 8 fears. Interesting to see how each and every thangka can illustrate us a thousands words . Knowledgeable write up about 8 Taras and the 8 fears for us to understand better of Tara.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/8-taras-who-protect-from-the-8-dangers.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 11. 2020 02:59 PM
    The Third Trijang Rinpoche, Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso was a Gelug Lama and a direct disciple of Pabongkhapa Déchen Nyingpo. He was one great lama working tirelessly for the benefit of all sentient beings. Many practitioners had indeed benefited from his teachings. He did travelled tremendously in India and internationally giving teachings in monasteries and giving empowerments in countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany and so forth. Beautiful biography of a great lama who’s most famous work is undoubtedly Liberation in the Palm of the Hand which is still use till this day.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a great lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-third-trijang-lobzang-yeshe-tendzin-gyatso.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 10. 2020 02:19 PM
    Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the founder of Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order and also of one of the largest international Buddhist organizations in Taiwan and in the Buddhist world. He is one of modern China’s most prominent religious figures , well known and respected by many among all people and religious traditions. He has brought changes to the Buddhist world with his humanistic Buddhism. He has been promoting merely in Chinese culture and sticking to his principle not to mix with politics. Master Hsing Yun is a prolific writer and has authored over hundred books in Chinese and later his writing were translated into English and many other languages. Over the years, he has been recognized with numerous awards. He has also gained international prestige for his selfless dedication and contributions towards Buddhism. His contribution toward Buddhism is truly phenomenal, and has helped Buddhism gain a better understanding. Interesting read of a great master.
    Thank you Rinpoche for inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/fo-guang-shan-in-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 10. 2020 02:17 PM
    Beautiful sharing of Dr. Andrea Galli’s article, with important advice for the Tibetan leadership to consider it. Its time for them to change their views and thinking of ways to benefit the Tibetans instead of politicking the long over due Dorje Shugden controversy. Dalai Lama has stated openly that he wish to return to China, hence the leadership should fulfil Dalai Lama and many Tibetans in-exile wishes. Tibetans have been living in India for the past 60 years , it time for them to be move on to think for the future generations and not depending on USA and India or any other countries. In China , those who had remained there felt happier as China allow religious freedom with many Tibetans practicing Dorje Shugden. The Tibetan leadership working closely with China government for the benefit of all Tibetans as China if they really to want peace, harmony , growth of their country and the preservation of religion and culture for the Tibetans. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/a-tibetan-solution-uncovered-in-modern-diplomacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 10. 2020 02:13 PM
    Incredible achievements and accomplishments of a great Lama . Lama Thubten Phurbu is one extraordinary intelligence Lama since young. A prominent Gelug lama, is highly respected for bringing Dorje Shugden’s practice and spreading Je Tsongkhapa’s tradition to many people in Tibet. Being outspoken about the benefits of this practice, many monasteries had invited him to consecrate Dorje Shugden tenkhangs , perform Dorje Shugden pujas, and give talks about Dorje Shugden in monasteries throughout Tibet. Lama Thubten Phurbu lives a simple life, spending his time on virtuous and beneficial Dharma works such as building stupas, making statues, printing Dharma books, supporting the poor and needy. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/incredible-lama-thubten-phurbu-and-his-activities.html

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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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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
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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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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.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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
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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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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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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
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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
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
5 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
5 months ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
5 months ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
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