My Halloween in Salem

Nov 7, 2013 | Views: 1,723
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

Puritan
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. 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.

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

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  3. 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

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

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  6. 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.

  7. 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

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

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  11. 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”.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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。

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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!!!

  30. 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.

  31. 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…

  32. 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 🙂

  33. 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

  34. 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.

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

    Thank you for sharing the Halloween trip to Salem,

  36. 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.

  37. 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 🙂

  38. 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!

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 16. 2019 03:41 PM
    Well its truly a very effective practice and should be included in our daily sahdana. A effective way to purify our negative karma, which has accumulated over the years. With the proper practice and visualization we could transform what is negative and turning them into sublime offerings. It will then allow Dorje Shugden to help us further through the creation of conducive conditions for Dharma practice and the elimination of obstacles.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor David for this well explained sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kawang-a-dorje-shugden-confessional-practice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 16. 2019 03:38 PM
    Beautiful pictures of H.E Zava Damdin Rinpoche, an erudite Mongolian Buddhist master conferring the initiation of Yamantaka and Dorje Shugden to a crowd of 10,000 people. He was recognised as the reincarnation of one of the greatest Buddhist masters, yogis, healers, scholars and mahasiddhas in Mongolia. A great scholar within the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, he wrote numerous volumes of philosophic writings which are still been used till today. Interesting read of a GREAT Lama.
    Thank you for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/10000-mongolians-receive-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 16. 2019 03:35 PM
    Lama Thubten Phurbu is truly an incredible , respected Gelug high Lama with his incredible achievements and accomplishments. Having up hold the lineage of Tsongkhapa and the practice of Dorje Shugden . He has done so much speaking up on the ban on Dorje Shugden and has contributed many beneficial projects in Tibet and China. Lama Thubten Phurbu is outspoken about Dorje Shugden and spreading Shugden’s practice and Tsongkhapa’s lineage to as many as to the West, India and Nepal .
    Lama Thubten Phurbu have done much more for the Tibetan people than the CTA have. He travels occasionally to give teachings to preserve these precious lineages for the future. While the CTA is opposing the Chinese and creating mistrust, Lama Thubten Phurbu is building trust with the Chinese government while at the same time upholding the greater welfare of all Tibetans. Wow… Lama Thubten Phurbu has even compiled many prayer texts for the benefits of all sentient beings. Interesting read.
    Thank you for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/incredible-lama-thubten-phurbu-and-his-activities.html
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Oct 16. 2019 03:17 PM
    Thank you for the sharing, some people love to senses excitement through supernatural power. I have seen the video it scary because it is true from experience. When it come for movies it is interesting to understand how curious our mind works.

    From my experiences I have realized that the feeling of terror is the special aspect, unexpected, suspense and the surprise. Usually horror movies often teach us how to protect, to overcome difficult situation, to control the fear, prayer and meditation. The smart and brave characters of a person can be seen with a lot of much struggle.

    I enjoyed this article, it made me to recall some of my doubt and fear memories during my young days.
  • Chris
    Wednesday, Oct 16. 2019 02:44 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing this special rare Buddha with us. Enlightened beings are very compassionate to have manifested in various forms for various purposes for us to get blessings. This Buddha is manifested specifically for us to curb with our own laziness.

    According to Rinpoche, laziness comes in various forms and not just the superficial laziness that we can easily identify. There are some form of laziness is much more ingrained in us and it may manifest into some other behaviours.

    http://bit.ly/2CDZf9p
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Oct 16. 2019 02:35 PM
    This afternoon, Tsem Rinpoche, Ladrang Liaison Pastor Loh Seng Piow, Beng Kooi, Fat Monk, and Monlam were in a fish shop in Cheras to look for some fishes for the Ladrang’s pond.

    Rinpoche took the group for a meal in a restaurant nearby. While in the restaurant, Rinpoche saw many fishes in 2 crowded glass tanks, and Rinpoche couldn’t bear it as Rinpoche knew the fate of these fishes – they will take turn to be on dinner plates throughout the Chinese New Year period. The fishes were huge, about 8 or 9 inches long and all of them will be gone in a few days!

    After some negotiation, Fat Monk convinced the restaurant owner to sell the fishes at a reduced price. The owner also gave us all their eels free, knowing that we bought the fishes to be liberated. We also took all the frogs in the restaurant. They were so kind that they told us to liberate the fishes fast and come back to pay later or the next day! They let us go without any payment! I think they were touched by Rinpoche’s act of kindness and reciprocated. No restaurant will let go of their fishes easily during this period as supply of fishes are scarce, and the festive season is the peak period to make maximum profit.

    Read more about this compasionate story at http://bit.ly/2P1rsPh
  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Oct 16. 2019 02:12 PM
    This is so horrible, the way how the horse is being slaughtered! It is not humane at all. Imagine the fear the horse has to go through before its last moment.

    How can we still enjoy our meat dishes knowing how much pain the animals have to suffer? We use horses for horse racing when they are still young and strong. When they are older, we kill them for their meat. This is life but we are treating them like an object.

    If we want a more peaceful world, less violence, we have to learn to generate compassion. One of the ways to develop our compassion is to stop eating meat because we don’t want animals to suffer. If we can afford and have time, we can also consider adopting animals from the shelters. As the demand for meat decreases, there will be less killing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/please-sign-this.html
  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Oct 15. 2019 10:49 PM
    Mantras – Holy Words of Power

    Learn the power of holy words or better known as mantras that may be able to change the course of your life. How do mantras help with your obstacles or enhance your wishes? H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche explains here in clear simple teaching to help us in our lives.

    http://bit.ly/MantrasPower
  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Oct 15. 2019 10:19 PM
    The Icchantikas

    It is stated that this group of beings are beyond the possibility of enlightenment. Read more of this type of beings and do they really exist within our realm?

    http://bit.ly/TheIcchantikas
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Oct 15. 2019 08:22 PM
    Chinese activists recently stood up to dog meat traders and rescued 900 dogs bound for slaughter for human consumption. Many of the dogs were clearly stolen family pets, even wearing tags and collars: Huskies, German Shepherds, Poodles and the like, many extremely ill and dying from the slave ship like conditions of the truck and cages. One woman found her lost Golden Retriever on the truck, but was told she could not take him home unless she paid off the trader. The activists were beaten and after a 50 hour standoff finally rescued all of the dogs. However, by that time some dogs had died and the activists were forced to bury them at the scene.

    Read and watch the video here http://bit.ly/33yZK0g
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Oct 15. 2019 07:57 PM
    The ‘Ocean Drover’ is regarded by the live export industry as being one of the ‘best’ vessels on the water. But right now, animals confined within it are suffering and dying.

    After breaking down four weeks ago, just days after leaving Australia, the ship has been travelling at a reduced speed – extending an already long and arduous journey for the 48,000 sheep and cattle on board. On Friday it was revealed that the Ocean Drover had to make an emergency stop near Djibouti, Africa, after running low on feed for the animals, and now the exporter has confirmed the mounting deaths on board – still days from their final destination. One can only imagine what the surviving animals are enduring.

    The exporter has expressed dismay at not achieving their usual ‘success rate’ but this is an industry that judges ‘success’ by the number of animals still standing at the end of a voyage. Sheep suffer and die on every live export ship that leaves Australia and their deaths are considered just a routine part of doing business. The animals onboard the Ocean Drover may be beyond our help. But don’t let their suffering be in vain – your MP needs to hear their story. Please take 2 minutes to call your Federal Member TODAY to express your utter dismay at yet another live export tragedy.

    http://bit.ly/2Mf36Q6
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Oct 15. 2019 07:27 PM
    Hummingbirds are easy to attract to a backyard garden, a cinch to keep well fed, and a joy to watch. These sparkling jewels of sum at mer are easy to love.

    But if you don’t take proper care to provide healthy nectar and clean feeders, they’re also an easy bird to love to death.

    Hummingbird feeders must be kept clean and free from mold and fungus, or the tiny hum-buzzers you so enjoy could develop a serious and deadly fungus infection. This infection causes the tongue to swell, making it impossible for the bird to feed.

    Read more on the basics of Hummingbird care at http://bit.ly/2MhHr9V
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Oct 15. 2019 07:12 PM
    A police officer proved “serve and protect” covers just about anyone—even a dog.

    Officer Karen Spencer-Boyles was patrolling Tuesday when she noticed two dogs in the middle of the road. When she stopped her cruiser, she realized one dog had been hit and killed; the other refused to leave its friend’s side and was frightened.

    “You could tell he was scared. He just looked helpless,” Spencer-Boyles told WTVR. “It’s kind of like if you had a friend and your friend had been hurt. He just stood by his friend.”

    She stayed with the dog at the median until he calmed down, got him to safety, and took him to a local animal shelter. Animal care workers believe the dog has an owner because he is neutered and has a flea collar.

    http://bit.ly/35CC3pF
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Oct 15. 2019 06:48 PM
    Nearly 25 years ago, then Boston Herald photographer Curtis Ackerman captured the enclosed image of Boston Police Officer Frank Pomodoro comforting his partner and police horse, Fritz, who had fallen into a sidewalk construction hole that had been covered over by a steel plate just outside the old District D-4 station which, at the time, was located in the area of Berke…ley Street and Warren Ave. Pomodoro was inside the station when someone came running in and told him that his horse had fallen into a hole. When Pomodoro got outside, he immediately feared the worst. A broken leg and he knew that his partner of three years would have to be put down. In fact, according to Pomodoro, the one question he hears more often than any other when people reference the picture of his horse in the hole is whether or not Fritz survived the fall. In response to that question, Pomodoro gratefully offers the following, “He was back to work in three weeks and, luckily, he only suffered a cut to one of his front legs.”

    Reflecting back on that day, Pomodoro says a number of things still stick out and have stayed with him to this day. “The compassion of people on that day is one of the things I’ll never forget. It was really amazing. Perfect strangers and even one guy I had locked up came running over to help Fritz.” Pomodoro says the help provided by perfect strangers was especially evident when the Fire Department arrived on scene and secured a rope around Fritz because there was some concern that the horse might slip or slide deeper into the hole.

    Read more about this beautiful story at http://bit.ly/33ruMXE
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Oct 15. 2019 04:41 PM
    Trekking in Tibet is a good way to explore Tibet.It is really challenging for anyone going to Tibet itself due the high attitude and further going trekking will more challenging.

    For pilgrims they would go circumambulating the holy Mount Kailash as a practice to purify their karma and it will take at least 3 days to round the holy mountains.This article is really informative and thank you very much for sharing with us.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2VIT64B

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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
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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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
5 months ago
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
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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