Animal Liberation for the month of July

Jul 6, 2010 | Views: 406

Prayers before releasing of the fishes

I received an mms update about the monthly Animal Liberation activity we do in Kechara House. This activity is a good way to promote compassion towards all living beings and for families to do something fun and meaningful together. The monthly animal liberation event is a collaboration between Kechara Animal Sanctuary and Kechara Care.

Natasha’s Dharma brothers Pavara and Jutika

Dear Rinpoche,

We just completed our animal liberation for the month of July. We finished just in time as the rain started to pour after our dedication. Quite a few new faces, friend of friends. We’ve their contact and we’ll be adding them into our database. Joe Ang attended with his wife and daughter.

Thank you,
Su Ming

You can watch the video below to see what it is about, taken during one of the many monthly animal liberation activities where Nicholas Yu of Kechara Care explains and coordinates the activity.

 

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/KASLakeLiberation.mp4

 

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  1. Julien Roth on Apr 7, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    So nice that people go and liberate animals every month. And also to see youths do it shows a very good point. By getting small kids to do it, it teaches them that freeing and being kind to animals is a very good thing that should be carried on. Therefore, the generation in the future would know how to do this and they will be kind to more animals. This is what the world needs right now.

  2. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 8, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for teaching us to liberate animals constantly as it is a statement to others and the people who work with animals there are much better ways to treat animals than just killing, cooking and eating them.

  3. Johnny Lau on Jul 20, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Could I make a small suggestion here. I was thinking, why not release the fishes into rivers instead. Keeping in mind to locate those that are clean and presently sustaining a variety of fishes. The local folks will confirm that if in doubt. Some of the reasons for doing that.
    1. Clean rivers are self sufficient to maintain the fishes.
    2. There is no need to go feed them thus saving much needed funds for other projects.
    3. Funds saved on the above could be utilized to feed fishes released into existing man-made ponds by so many people daily.
    Anyway, I’m just thinking out loud here. Maybe Rinpoche might want to ponder over it.

  4. Choi Sheem on Jul 10, 2010 at 7:35 am

    I am very glad Kechara House is organising a monthly animal liberation for everyone to participate in. It is a good opportunity for a day out in the park with the family and at the same time to also educate our children that we have many other sources of food besides meat. I feel very touched when I see the fishes flexing their tails and fins the moment they are released into the water from the bucket they came cramped in. I am also relieved that Medicine Buddha’s mantras are chanted and blown on the fishes prior to their release so that they will be guided to a better rebirth in future lifes.

  5. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jul 10, 2010 at 4:39 am

    (DEAR JOHNNY, THANKS FOR BRINGING MY ATTENTION TO THIS. I WILL WANT TO GO FEED THEM. THE ONES DEEPER INSIDE THE PARK. YOU CAN HELP TOO IF YOU LIKE. TSEM TULKU)
    dear suming and friends,
    PLEASE find out where these two ponds out. Check it out. And let’s go and feed them also. On animal liberation day, we can go and feed these fishes instead also INSTEAD OF RELEASING……Please check out the two ponds DEEPER IN THE PARK. PLEASE GO CHECK OUT THESE PONDS DEEPER IN THE PARK. SHOW PICTURES TO ME. I AM WORRIED FOR THESE FISH. THEY MUST BE VERY HUNGRY.
    Give me an update. Let me know details and where they are.
    TR
    CC james Nicholas friends

  6. Johnny Lau on Jul 10, 2010 at 4:22 am

    Giving those fishes another chance for a longer life instead of them ending up on the dinner table is great. I’d like to share with you what we saw at the few ponds at the Bukit Jalil Park.
    Being man-made pond, the survival of the thousands of fishes which were released there depend solely on kind and generous souls to feed them. They will certainly die of starvation without the ‘feeders’ cos the park authorities don’t have the funds for it. This place is rather deserted on weekdays although there are some who go there just to feed the fishes during the five working days while you have more visitors during the weekends. You will notice that most of the fishes are malnourish in the two ponds that is deeper into the park. How do you know they are starved? Their heads looks much larger than their body that’s why. When you throw them food, the bigger and tougher variety like the catfish would normally devour most of the bigger portion leaving the smaller fishes to fight over the small crumbs left floating on the surface. What’s my point in telling you all this? Well, the point to note is NOT to overstock a self contained pond. Over population and lack of food causes more misery in that, malnourish fishes will finally die of stavation. Better to be food on the table than to die a slow death ya?
    Release fishes by all means, but maybe if we could spend half the funds on fishes and the other half on fish food with the commitment to go feed them at least twice a week, all would be nice and well below the the gentle ripples of the aquatic ponds.

  7. Su Ming on Jul 10, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Dear Sarah,
    Please watch this video below. This was the start of our monthly animal liberation. And Rinpoche gave a beautiful dharma talk in this video. Rinpoche initiated this activity and now it has become a monthly family and friends affair organised by Kechara Care.
    What is interesting or more significant during this day is that the fishes are bought from the wholesaler whereby they are on their way to restaurants or market to be slaughtered. Therefore, literally, we saved them from being a dish on someone’s dining table.
    Besides fishes which we liberate, there were many occasion whereby Rinpoche personally himself have release birds in dedication to his students growth in spiritual practice, good health and long life to do more dharma work.
    Enjoy the below video :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-osSNX-WtU&feature=player_embedded

  8. Sarah on Jul 9, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Looks fun! I’m all fired up to join next month’s Animal Liberation Day =)
    It is great that Kechara offers a variety of activities for it’s members, and to carry out animal liberation at least once a month is a huge thing!
    Most people usually carry out animal liberation on a yearly basis, on dates that are auspicious to them i.e. birthdays, CNY, etc. Which is why i admire Rinpoche for encouraging everyone to carry out such a meritorious activity regularly.
    I hope more people will participate too! Performing virtuous acts are much more fun and meaningful when there’s a larger crowd XD

  9. weeliang on Jul 9, 2010 at 4:42 am

    This is the third month running that Kechara House has liberated animals. Over one hundred kilogrammes of fish are being freed each month and an average of 30 participants get to benefit from this meritorious act.This activity will create the cause for the Kechara Animal Sanctuary to manifest. It is great that children are taking part in this virtuous act. This is a very good opportunity for families to get together and experience kindness. I hope Kechara House will continue to receive funds month after month so that this activity can continue to benefit more families and also more animals.
    Wee Liang

  10. Uncle Eddie on Jul 9, 2010 at 3:12 am

    As a part of KH spiritual practice programme, our Guru has always adcovated to refrain from eating meat, thus abandoning killing, be vegetarian and to encourage animal LIBERATION.
    Animals have no control over their lives and to terrible ordeals of incredible torture and suffering that human inflict onto them, as shown in the episode of senseless DOLPHINS KILLINGS on the newest of Rinpoche’s blog on July 8.
    Rinpoche has always encouraged his students to care for animals and contemplate on the terrible sufferings they experienced.
    As a classic example, even Tsem Ladrang has built a very large and beautiful aviary to house the birds. This is to advocate as part of a learning process on animal needs and developing care for other unfortunate beings, including animals.
    Monthly animal liberation programme activity to promote compassion towards all living beings was carried out between KECHARA ANIMAL SANTUARY AND KECHARA CARE. Hundreds of kilograms of live catfish bought from whole sale market were release into a huge lake at Taman Tun Scenic Park sometime on a warm beautiful Sunday in JULY. TURTLE and fish food pellets were fed to the hungry creatures by different groups of KH member every week.
    It is hoped that such merciful activities may help to create the cause for KH to build their own animal sanctuary in future to provide better conditions for animals and to save many more lives of these creatures.

  11. Allan Lee 李栢荣 on Jul 9, 2010 at 12:34 am

    This is a great activity. Not only we are doing a good cause, but it creates bonding among friends and family members during the outing. Children gets to learn how lucky they are to be protected and cared by their family members compared to the unfortunate animals clustered together in small cages or small tanks.
    Be it we are freeing birds, fishes, tortoises, etc… it is always a step towards compassion. It is not about collecting merits, it is about animal liberation because those animals have the rights to have their freedom as well.
    I personally had been freeing tortoises and birds every year and seeing the birds flying with such hurry towards their freedom really give me a good feeling that I had done something good for them. I may not be able to free many, but I just buy as many as I could afford and free them.
    If everyone will take a step to free 1 bird, accumulated together we will be able to free many.

  12. Bonita Khoo on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Animal Liberation is such a wonderful activity for everyone to participate. Besides creating causes for one to have a long and healthy life, it is also a very good education programme for the young where they are being taught to cultivate loving kindness for others, a priceless gift from loving parents. It is also a very healthy family outing on a Sunday morning for a dharmic cause.
    In our everyday hectic life, we have forgotten to take a step back, look and care for others. We are always chasing after materialistic stuff thinking that it will bring us fulfillments. Unfortunately, this is not so! In the end, we will just end up having nothing!
    By participating in Kechara’s Animal Liberation day, one get to bond with their family members and friends, take a step back, relax and think for others and the animals. At the same time, we can also collect merits and dedicate them for our love ones so everyone can have a better future.
    Last but not least, this creates the causes for the manifestation of Kechara Animal Sanctuary.

  13. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 8, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    All beings except plants they are conscious to pain and they have fear when they know they will be harmed. Hence we should endeavour to be vegetarians as much as we can. Rinpoche in the past have posted many videos of what pain and suffering animals goes through for us to make a meal out of them.
    All beings want to be free, free of danger or being harmed, can’t we grant them some relief from danger. The bodhisattvas give sentient beings protection from FEAR, so by releasing fishes we are creating the causes to become future bodhisattvas who can protect others from FEAR.
    By giving life to others we will create the causes to have a long life. A lot of our illnesses , especially life threatening ones is due to us having harmed others in the past. Should we carry on harming others for the sake of our taste buds?

  14. Alex C.J.Tan on Jul 8, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Animal Liberation is such a meritorious and meaningful activity. It cost very little to save a fish life but it gives such powerful benefit and imprint to us. Rinpoche has given us so much information and knowledge about why and also how to liberate animal liberation so that both we the human and the animal that we liberate benefit as much as possible.
    Besides releasing the fish into the lake, we should also make an effort to go feed them. Releasing fishes is saving lives, feeding them is sustaining lives. It is one of the best activities to do with our loved ones and create merits at the same time. It will create the habituation for us to care for all beings eventually.
    May we create the causes for Kechara Animal Sanctuary manifest quickly!

  15. KYC on Jul 8, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I’m very happy Kechara House is organising animal liberation activities. This is very good for purifying the negative karma of killing. And when we release them we recite a mantra to bless them and to plant the seed of liberation in them. The planning of the venue and the species of animals to be liberated must be carefully thought out in order not to disrupt the ecosystem of the area. Releasing a new species of animal into a forest or a new species of fish into a lake, river or pond might result in the extinction of species that are less aggressive than the newcomers.

  16. Josephine Tan on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Natasha really loves to go to the park to release the fishes, although maybe in her small mind, she was rather hoping that someday we would bring her to the playground at the park also (near the entrance after we enter the park before the lake where we liberate the fishes). She truly enjoys feeding the fishes too and was always excited about the event even before the day came. But this time around she was a little dissapointed of not having the opportunity to feed the fishes due to the strong wind and heavy rain which was about to pour down during the time we were going to feed the fishes. We had to bring the kids back to the car (was so worried that the wind would blow Natasha away, hehe…and Nadia Lhamo had a shocked and scared look on her face when the sudden strong wind was blowing)
    Not sure whether Natasha understands what animal liberation means but then again it’s always good to start them young so as they grow older, this will be a habituation to them and thus instill in them the care and compassion to all living beings, animals inclusive.
    Therefore, thank you Rinpoche for giving us the opportunity to be apart of this meaningful activity to create the cause for the manifestation of the coming Kechara Animal Sanctuary!

  17. Justin Ripley on Jul 8, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Animal Liberation activity is so good and valuable. I think everyone should at least do this once or a few times in their lives. For once instead of hunting and killing another being, you give Freedom and Life back to someone. Imagine if it was you, wouldn’t you like to be FREE?
    We, the human species on this planet, sometimes are too intelligent for our own good, that the very simple and basic act of kindness we often overlook due to our selfish mind and desires. I think for at least 1 day in a week if we can take a vegetarian vow and go for this animal liberation organized by Kechara Care, it would benefit you and the animal beings.
    This activity is also non-religious, so whatever religion you are, anyone can join in the Liberation! The causes you create releasing lives is you yourself receive long life and good health.

  18. Grace Cheah on Jul 8, 2010 at 5:37 am

    As everything that exists in Samsara is imperfect/deluded, and all human is naturally borne selfish in one way or another, I think it’d be easier for us to develop compassion for others by putting ourselves in their shoes.
    As a Buddhist, we believe in re-incarnation within the 6 vicious cycles called Samsara on the basis of our karma (cause & effect). Since we all have countless lifetimes prior to this, it is not surprising that all of us were borne as animals before in many of our previous lives and we had certainly gone through much sufferings and had experienced the pain of being an animal, esp as animals that are prone to be slaughtered. Therefore, should we not practice morality, ethics and many more other good qualities in this life, we would remain stuck in these vicious cycles (6 realms of existence), and would definitely have the possibility of being reborn in the animal realms (or other lower realms) again in our future lives.
    As such, by putting ourselves in the animals’ shoes and relate ourselves to them, it’d be much easier for us to show love & compassion towards them and hence, becoming a vegetarian would no longer be ‘mission impossible’! (^.^)

  19. SK Yap on Jul 8, 2010 at 3:15 am

    The very act of releasing and saving animals is deeply rooted in many cultures long ago. Our ancestors had been practicing the act of compassion, why aren’t we continuing that legacy now?
    With today’s advanced technology and businesses, we tend to pay less attention to our surroundings. This includes our neglect for small and weak animals that needs our help. We are so focused on earning more money for ourselves only to indulge in our own enjoyment and this is absolutely selfish.
    Often, we read in the news or heard from someone or even witness animals being abused. People victimized animals; release their anger upon smaller animals, by physically abusing them or neglecting animals. Some animals are kept inside a small cage with no space to move in. Some are neglected and not even fed and they die a slow death of starvation. So we need to stop abusing them and start to love them now!
    Please Love the animals!
    PAUL

  20. SK Yap on Jul 8, 2010 at 3:14 am

    I remember when I was very young, I often heard that older people talk about how good it is to release birds to the forest and turtles into the ponds and lakes. I recall that elders say that if you are very sick and about to die, releasing animals will help prolong your life. Even during a funeral, releasing animal lives so that their loves one can dedicate good karma and take a better rebirth.
    In a different culture, releasing white coloured pigeons during important occasions – weddings etc symbolizes peace and harmony for all humanity is commonplace within many communities.
    Now we have the excellent opportunity to do the same, so let’s put our strength together, join Kechara to liberate animals because they too deserve a better life like us!
    PAUL

  21. SK Yap on Jul 8, 2010 at 3:03 am

    Liberation of animals is a practice of compassion for Buddhist practitioners for many centuries already. Buddha taught us to practice compassion on all sentient beings and this includes animal as well.
    The practice of vegetarianism in Buddhism is another of act of compassion. Buddhists become vegetarian because they contemplate on the sufferings of helpless animals that are slaughtered and killed in a cruel manner. What’s worse, it is all just to fill our stomachs and increase our attachment to meat.
    What is really said is that millions of unfortunate animals, are physically abused, starved, chained and locked up in slaughterhouses worldwide. None of them can voice the injustice or the pain that they have to endure to feed us.
    Therefore, we can take simple steps to reduce the sufferings of the animals, have vegetarian meals more often, don’t purchase animal’s made products like leather bags, fur coat, ivory, and instead get other substitutes which can be equally good.
    There is so much we can do to stop unnecessary sufferings!

  22. Lim Tat Ming on Jul 8, 2010 at 1:50 am

    Kechara House’s monthly animal liberation event provides us an opportunity to develop compassion for the animals in this case the fishes. It teaches the young and the old that animals have the unfortunate conditions of constantly living in fear of being hunted or killed by others for food. Animals have no freedom over their lives. Animals have no wisdom to liberate themselves from sufferings.
    Due to our good fortunes of having learned Dharma, we can make a very big difference to the lives of these pitiful beings by liberating them with some prayers and mantra. The act of liberating the fishes seems simple and small but we are actually doing the fishes a very big favour by helping them gain good rebirths in the next life and connecting them with Dharma.
    Come support Kechara House’s animal liberation event!

  23. Jean Mei on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:04 am

    I really like how Thierry shared with us the quote ‘steal an egg and you steal beef.’ (in the “imprint” post;http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/07/imprints-talk-now-available-on-youtube.html) I remember Rinpoche saying that murderers don’t become murderer’s over night. It’s after years of habituation, previously they probably killed ants, thought nothing of it, then killed mosquitoes, thought nothing of it, went hunting as a sport, thought nothing of it..they planted the imprint to kill, and thought nothing of it.
    Like so, it’s good that these people are doing the opposite – releasing animals. Releasing fishes, hopefully, causes us to think about the fishes life, which hopefully in turn makes us think about the life of birds, dogs, pigs etc. Not to kill, not to harm them. Nicholas gave a good explanation to the participants and constantly asked them to think about the motivation when they release the fishes.
    This is a great activity! Perhaps one day we can release all-sorts and bigger animals into Kechara Animal Sanctuary!

  24. ruby on Jul 7, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    As with all departments in Kechara, it is again Rinpoche’s brainchild and initiative to do this activity. Afew years ago, Rinpoche during his walk in Taman Tun park, will feed the tortoises and fishes in the pond. Then he encourage some students to do it regularly and now it has become a fixed monthly activity of Kechara House. The number of participants have grwn so big too so much so that it has to be carried out in a much bigger pond ie Kepong Metropolitan Park. Liberating animals has so many benefits which is pervasive among Chinese. Besides creating the causes for one to extend one’s life, it also makes ones body strong. Since Kechara plans to have an animal sanctuary, this activity also creates the cause for it to manifest.

  25. Wai Leong on Jul 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Animal liberation creates good karma thru saving thousands of lifes and prevent them being slaughter..This is very meaningful and grateful that Kechara is doing it at a constant basis =) I am still collecting the good karma, wishing to meet Tsem Rinpoche personally 🙂

  26. Justin Cheah on Jul 7, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    It is very auspicous sign for the rain to pour after a Dharma work is done. I have to congratulate Su Ming and Nicholas for working doubly for all the logistics for this Animal Liberation programme which benefits the the fishes and the people who contributed in this meaningful activity. It is also a very nice way to bring your family, members and friends to get together and be involved in this meaningful programme.
    Liberating animals also has the benefits of creating the causes for ones life to be long, body to be strong and healthy. I wish we can do this more in our future Kechara Animal Sanctuary where we have not only fishes by other neglected animals to be running happily in the sanctuary.

  27. han on Jul 7, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Animal liberation become one of the popular activity organize by Kechara Care.
    To release fishes, birds ..etc will prolong the life of your loved one also heal one’s sicknesses.
    Many people still has doubt in releasing animals. They asked “ what’s the point after we release the fishes, and other come to fish them?’’
    Beng Kooi gave a clear explaination about this below:
    “It Is important to ensure that we do not do the animals further harm when we release them i.e. we should make sure that the new environment is suitable for the animals and they will not be preyed upon or hunted.”

  28. Jason on Jul 7, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I am so happy to see more and more people getting involved liberating life! and a lovely family dharma practice that is not difficult to do. As a young child I was taught to fish but in reality was not very good spending more time waiting to go home and disliked it alot. Five years ago after my mala broke again I decided to re-string my mala with the nylon fishing line I was taught to fish with as a young child and dedicate for the fish that were caught by myself (not many) and my family. Funny how this comes to mind after seeing this post. On a side note my mala has not broken to this day. Dedicating prayers is good plus being vegetarian is even better why not be greedy! creating merit for yourself and most important the manifestation of animal sanctuary KWPC and other works of our lama.

  29. thierryfornow on Jul 7, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    When it comes to help others, it only makes sense that we should start by helping those that cannot help themselves, those that have little options, little control and no access to knowledge or means to understand their situation. Among beings corresponding to this description are many animals that have fallen victims to harm by humans, for food, for their skin, for our entertainment, for product testing, etc…
    When KAS (Kechara Anilam Sanctuary) and KC (Kechara Care) are organizing these “animal liberation” events, not only are they saving animals from slaughter, but they are also creating awarness about animal abuse in our world.
    I used to sign into petitions to save the dolphins from being caught in the fishing nets meant to fish tuna, I always tought that dolphins were too cute and too kind to be killed or eaten; yet never (up to a couple of years ago) did I question the fact that despites campaigning to save the dolphins, I still tought there was nothing wrong with killing and eating tunas. What can be the reason that makes us value the life of a tuna less than the life of a dolphin? There can’t be no reason… I can’t see any valid reason.
    I have a few friends that are really compassionate with some animals, feeding street dogs, donating to animal refuge and for some, being very passionate and ready to defend any abused animal. That is truly wonderful!
    Yet, they eat meat and fois gras… what is the difference, again, between a stuffed duck made ill so as to pruduce “foie gras” and a poor lost puppy, besides us looking at one as a convenient food supply that justifies the abuse and killing, and the other as an object of our compassion.
    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could extend our compassion to all animals, and eventually to all beings? Wouldn’t the world be a better place? A safer place?

  30. Andrew James Boon on Jul 7, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    How wonderful a way to promote something of value like the liberation of animals through an activity which involves families of all walks of life and all ages. And what a great way to spend time together during weekends doing something meaningful which is also a brilliant way to instill a sense of compassion in the young/our children and all of us. As cliché as it may sound, WE can make a difference!
    There will be many wonderful events and fun get togethers in the future especially now that Kechara Care has their own venue now. Watch this space for more information: http://www.kechara.com/events , http://www.kechara.com/support or here for what Kechara has done and will do to help those who cant help themselves: http://www.kechara.com/animal-sanctuary

  31. mima on Jul 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    So many wonderful activities kechara is offering…Animal liberation is such a great opportunity to develop caring and compassion. Thank you so much for everything you do!

  32. Nicholas Yu on Jul 7, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Having coordinating the animal liberation every month is not really just about coordinating an activity or outing. It’s more on creating the platform for other people to be able to participate to this auspicious act with their family. The essence of liberation animals is to develop a mind of compassion, nature of not harming others and creates the awareness of not eating animals for the sake of attachment to meat.
    For the fishes this will help them to take good rebirth and planting a seeds of Dharma in their mind stream.
    Only Kechara alone we can’t save much but with this activity we are creating the awareness to inspire more and more people even from other regions, this will definitely make more people realize the important of caring and compassion which not limited to human being only.

  33. Irene Lim on Jul 7, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Here is a quote by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama:
    “Where there is a mind, there are feelings such as pain, pleasure, and joy. No sentient being wants pain; instead all want happiness. Since we all share these feelings at some basic level, we as rational human beings have an obligation to contribute in whatever way we can to the happiness of other species and try our best to relieve their fears and sufferings.”
    The benefits of animal liberation practice are vast. Not only do the animals being liberated receive benefit, this practice is also recommended for those with illnesses or heavy life obstacles; saving the lives of others creates the karmic cause to live longer oneself. If you wish you can also dedicate the merit to those with life obstacles to extend their life. The karma will cause you to have long life even though you do not expect it.

  34. Justin Ripley on Jul 7, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Good for them, nice to see even Grandma made it out with her stroller to liberate a few fishes in the hopes they will take a good rebirth. All these different activities in Kechara to give people a chance to practice compassion, and thinking of other beings.
    What really cracked me up just now was the briefing … oh lets release bigger fish so that they don’t get caught by those fishermen in that area over there! … Seriously, I use to be a fisherman, where I would catch fish for a meal. Not as a sport, nor as a job. I know it’s lets just say, no more for me. It had a mind before I caught it, then after it died I ate its carcass.

  35. Beng Kooi on Jul 7, 2010 at 5:05 am

    Rinpoche has advised many people who are severely ill to take vegetarian vows for a set period of time, or to liberate animals. It is important to ensure that we do not do the animals further harm when we release them i.e. we should make sure that the new environment is suitable for the animals and they will not be preyed upon or hunted.
    It is also important to release animals that are bound for slaughter. So if we buy fish from a pet shop and release them, the amount of merit collected is far less than say, if we were to buy live fish at the market.
    Kechara Care’s animal liberation is increasing in popularity, as more people learn about the benefits of doing this. More of Rinpoche’s students are also starting to adopt a vegetarian diet, which Rinpoche strongly encourages. Being Buddhist is about not causing harm to others, so what better way to start than with ourselves?

  36. ngeowchin on Jul 7, 2010 at 3:30 am

    Having a regular activity like Animal Liberation Day is a good opportunity for members, family and friends to get together.Besides being a social occassion and fun day especially for children, it also serves to promote respect and kindness towards animals. It also reminds us and make us reflect that animals have more fears,less or no freedom and have to endure more suffering than us and hence deserve even more compassion.
    The larger purpose would be that it will serve as the cause for Kechara Animal Sanctuary to manifest and also more people will become vegetarian.

  37. joey on Jul 7, 2010 at 2:39 am

    A practice that was a staple among Buddhists in china is now practiced, introduced and elucidated by Rinpoche. what was previously done via blind faith is now done with much explanation and knowledge on why to do it and its benefits by Rinpoche with great compassion. It’s a wonderful way of freeing others from being trapped, especially those who are helpess, and prevents us from being trapped in unwanted situations for prolonged periods of time where we are rendered powerless….
    I love to see animals in their natural state: free and happy, and not cooped up in a little cage in a very sad way. It is indeed a very meritorious act to be dedicated to the long life of the Guru and also of any deceased relatives….not to mention a very easy, fun and meritorious way of spending time with each other! forget the cinemas. this is free.

  38. David Lai on Jul 7, 2010 at 2:29 am

    The benefits of releasing animals is amazing! It prolongs one’s life and makes the body strong and healthy. It is really good to dedicate such a meritorious action to our Lama who is always sick due to our bad samaya and obstacles arising from undertaking huge projects like KWPC that will bring untold benefits to so many people in the future.
    Animal Liberation as far as I know is one of the main monthly activities of Kechara Care department. It would be good to join it if you are in this area because it is quick, easy and a great way to spend quality time with family and loved ones. One can check out Kechara Care for more of such activities with… http://www.kechara.com/?cat=603

  39. Sandy Clarke on Jul 7, 2010 at 2:03 am

    It’s fantastic that there is such a constant liberation of animals. When we can act to help beings that don’t have the means to help themselves, and are completely at your mercy, when we show so much kindness and compassion, it is certainly something to be celebrated!
    Kind regards,
    Sandy

  40. Peter on Jul 6, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Terima Kasih Rinpoche!
    It’s such a great event, both liberating (literally) and fun for all, especially the families with children, to experience a life lesson in compassion and respect for all life.
    This is indeed a great chance and moment to plant that seed necessary to create present and future Buddhahood in this present generation to reverse the tide of degeneration and destruction.
    On top of that, it is a bonus for these animals to receive the precious Dharma affinity not only in this life but for lives to come.
    Finally, with these baby steps, thus the manifestation of KAS. Sadhu!

  41. margaretlee on Jul 6, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    It is through the kindness of our Guru that we can learn to save lives through liberation or going vegetarian. It is also one of Rinpoche’s vision to have an animal sanctury whereby we can help the animals just like what we do in Kechara Soup kitchen (KSK) to help the homeless. Results will reflect the cause, for such a sanctuary to be manifested, we need to start creating the causes for that to happen. That is why in Ladrang, Rinpoche has started a bird sanctuary, tortoise sanctuary, and our participation in the animal liberation activity and or going vegetarian all would contribute towards the manifestation of “Kechara Animal sanctuary”
    Liberating animal on a Sunday together with friends and family will be a very meaningful activity. At least something different than strolling from shops to shops in a crowded shopping mall. If you are interested to see how you can help, contact http://www.kechara.com/animal-sanctuary/get-involved/get-involved/

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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:33 PM
    Watching the videos and looking at those pictures in this post tell us more. Sad to see the working conditions really bad especially in the brick kilns of Andhra Pradesh,India. We could see those working men, women and younf children are working round the clock 12 just to earn a living.
    We are considered more fortunate enough than them and we should not complain of what we have, live and so on. We should appreciate every moment , what we have now to do good and beneficial for others, no matter how hard and difficult at times as others might be worse than us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/you-have-to-see-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:32 PM
    Wow…..wonderful dog lovers should read to help them to be more caring, loving having a pet. Once we have them as our pet we have the responsibility to give care and love to them. Dogs have feelings like us and is men best friend.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this essential facts for dog lovers.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/20-essential-facts-dog-lovers-must-always-remember.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:31 PM
    Scientists had looking at long term, discovered that estimated about 100 to 10,000 species will be extinct soon if nothing is done. Could imagine from microscopic organisms to large plants and animals will go extinct each year. Animal such as sharks, lions, Pit bulls dogs and so forth as mentioned in this blog can become extinct when humans over hunt and over fish, pollute the environment, destroy habitats , and many others. Reading this post tells us more those world’s most dangerous animals are in fact in danger themselves. But the actions of humans toward those dangerous animal has proven more dangerous than that of the animal. Interesting read .
    Thank you Shakila Rajendra for this sharing…..good knowledge . May more people are aware of the harm they are doing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-worlds-most-dangerous-animals-in-danger-themselves.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Feb 25. 2021 01:04 AM
    This is kind of hard to believe and shocking to imagine the weirdest addiction of people in this planet, they are extremely strange. People can become addicted to actions, feelings, or behaviors, not just substances. There must be something behind of every addiction, I don’t think they are crazy or mentally ill, it’s their weird enjoyment for a short time.

    I had a friend in my primary school who eats mud during rainy days, she told me, it smells good and she enjoys doing it during her play time. I found it strange but has she grow up in different environment she forget about her addiction. So, I strongly believe, all behaviors can be changed when the person gains self-awareness and actually wants to change. Thanks for the interesting sharing and recall of my childhood friend.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 24. 2021 01:33 PM
    nteresting read of this history of how Dorje Shugden practice came into light . Since Dorje Shugden was introduced into the Sakya tradition, there have been many Sakya throne holders that practiced Dorje Shugden. Out of the 42 supreme throne holders throughout the history of the Sakya tradition, six of the thrones holders are confirmed to have practiced Dorje Shugden. They have built chapels to him, composed prayers and pujas (kangsols) to him and even propagated his practice amongst their disciples. They cannot be wrong and in fact as confirmed by the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being. Dorje Shugden kangsol (prayer) to invoke the blessings of Dorje Shugden composed by him is still widely used today. Dorje Shugden must be a powerful Dharma protector that Sakya tradition have been long relying. It has proven that Dorje Shugden is not a minor practice. Interesting read , may more people read this post to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-trizins-dorje-shugden-prayer.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Feb 23. 2021 11:23 PM
    Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe. It looks very delicious, healthy and nutritious. I can’t wait to try making it has the ingredients are easy to purchase and methods are simple. I wonder what it taste like.

    https://bit.ly/37DAV7y
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 11:55 PM
    There are lots of people have more than one reason for choosing vegetarianism. Many people choose a vegetarian diet out of concern over animal rights or the environment and others may be based on religious beliefs or even for healthier lifestyle.

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

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

    https://bit.ly/3siC4tf
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:30 PM
    Begtse Chen, a deity of alien origin, was incorporated into the pantheon of Tibetan Buddhism as a protector of the Dharma. This Proyector is one of the eight famous Dharmapala in Tantric Buddhism. Also known as red Mahakala and is especially revered in Mongolia where the origin of Begtse Chen can be traced to a pre-Buddhist deity in 16th century. It has become the mainstay of Protector practice in Mongolia. Interesting read.
    Thank you for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dharma-protector-begtse-chen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:27 PM
    Interesting read of Kunkhyen Choku Ozer was a lineage master of the Manjushri Namasamgiti Tantra. He became known as Kunkhyen Choku Ozer due to his ability to penetrate the meaning of the great Buddhist treatises merely just by glancing at it. He could memolised texts just by reading it once. Reading this post and information at least I can know he is also a part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage. He is also famed for establishing the ancient monastery of Dakpo Tsele.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing as many of us would not have known this GREAT Lama was part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kunkhyen-choku-ozer-master-of-the-kalachakra-guhyasamaja-tantras.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:25 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the teachings on Dorje Shugden and explanation on retreat. Learning and practicing this Dorje Shugden’s practice have indeed benefited many people. And more so when to do a retreat. . We are all very fortunate to be given an opportunity to meet Tsem Rinpoche and learning, practicing all these precious teachings coming from a pure lineage that can be traced back to the time of the great Lama Tsongkhapa. A very detailed explanation on why we need the retreat and the way to do the retreat.
    Thanks again Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-retreat-a-powerful-practice-to-fulfill-wishes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:54 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche had been working tirelessly teaching Dharma in his whole life, giving many opportunities for us to learn , practice Dharma teachings. Whatever goes wrong we should admit it as our own fault and not our guru. Rinpoche ‘s love to spread Dharma teachings and nothing else. He had followed his advice of his guru to come all the way from India to teach in Malaysia. Reading all those meaningful quotes and sayings in this article tells us a thousand words of truth which we should not take it lightly. We could in fact learn from it and stop blaming others.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/is-it-the-gurus-fault.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:51 PM
    HH the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso , the highest spiritual leader of Tibet, who is a living Bodhisattva, an emanation of Avalokiteśvara. Blessing to have a change looking at this rare picture taken years ago of Dalai lama on the throne . Dalai Lama is well known as a Buddhist Advocate for Peace and Freedom.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/his-holiness-the-supreme-holder-of-the-white-lotus.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:48 PM
    Tibetans all over the world celebrates Losar, or Tibetan New Year with the beginning of Lunar year. This year it falls on the 12 February, every one will be looking forward to this day. A new year a new beginning , where the Panglung Oracle will take trance of the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. As usual every year the Panglung Oracle will give advices, offering guidance, for the year ahead to everyone of what to do and so forth. Whatever advices given should not taken lightly. The Panglung Oracle as Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden will also give teachings and blessing . For this year Dorje Shugden gave a very powerful teachings and messages.
    Thank you for sharing this precious message.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-2021-losar-advice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 20. 2021 02:06 PM
    Interesting read , even though short but at least knowing the home Monastery of H E Tsem Rinpoche’s previous incarnation, Gedun Nyedrak. The monastery was called ‘Tsem’,where a custodian of a tooth relic of the great Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/gedun-nyedrak-an-abbot-of-gaden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 20. 2021 01:59 PM
    News of UFO always fascinating to me . There are many UFO sighting hotspots exist across the globe, it has long since scientist have a keen interest to investigate further. UFOs has become a modern sensation for hunters , scientist and so forth. There was only the ambiguous testament of witnesses so far all happen and appeared mysteries without any substantial evidence. But the Japanese government has admitted and believes definitely they the UFO exist. Well the Japanese government has even made a statement about alien spacecraft appearing on Earth. Many people have denied the existence of UFOs, but with so many UFO sightings they cannot denied it after all. Sound interesting.
    The Buddha has once said that we are not the only beings in existence and we are not alone on earth. Interesting videos to watch.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/japanese-admits-ufo-exists.html

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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

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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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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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  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question and its nice to see you here again. The reason why we pray in front of our altars is because it becomes a focal point of the enlightened energies we are invoking. Therefore it becomes a kind of portal for the energies of transformation, peace, healing, prosperity and protection. It is also the place where we make offerings to the Buddhas. As such, most people usually only have 1 altar in their home. However, you can have more than 1 altar in your home. As it is an altar, it should be complete with representations of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas. This would be an image (either a statue, thangka, tsa tsa, poster, framed picture, etc), a Dharma text and a stupa. In front of these, you should have at least 1 type of offering or more. This can be a fixed offering or maybe even a set of water offerings, which you make every day. Since practitioners make offerings on a daily basis, most opt to have only 1 altar, but there is no rule in Buddhism to say you can only have 1 altar. The altar however, should be placed in a respectful place. So, not in the bathroom. Or if in the bedroom, you should put a screen up to block it when you are changing, sleeping, etc. Alternatively, you can keep it in a cupboard, and close the doors during such activities. But altars should be dedicated places to the Buddhas, so don't put secular items in the same place, such as on the same shelf, etc. When it comes to praying, it is usually done in front of the altar, as you are invoking the enlightened beings. When you do your prayers there it becomes a powerful place in your home, and provides you with a sacred space to pray and meditate. However, if circumstances are difficult, then of course you can pray elsewhere. For example, when I first set up an altar, I was living in a single room with not much space. I set up an altar on a shelf but was not able to pray in front of it. Once I had made offerings, I would simply sit in another part of the room and do the prayers there. If it is really not convenient, then of course it is permissible to do the prayers elsewhere. It is better to do the prayers, than not do them at all if you can't be in front of your altar. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 25, 2021 01:33
    Kuenzang wangdi asked: What would be my most suitable colour ?
    pastor answered: Dear Kuenzang Wangdi, Thank you for your question. The following calculators may be of interest to you: Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html In relation to which colour if most favourable for you, unfortunately our calculators do not give this information. However, from a Buddhist practice viewpoint, what is more important is the transformation of the mind. Once we transform our minds according to teachings, we are able to overcome any obstacle and create good conditions for our lives. You can learn a very short mind transformation teaching here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/eight-verses-of-thought-transformation.html You can couple this with formal practice. If you are interested, a very good practice to bring energies of increase and generate a long life, merits, wealth and prosperity in your life, is the the practice of Gyenze. You can find information about the practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html. I hope this helps. Thanks.
  • February 22, 2021 22:14
    Naseer asked: Hi My name is Naseer Ahmed 8th dec 1979. Life path 1 Im looking to add to my name slightly... change it too... Naseer Al Ahmed... Would this be more complimentary as far as for the business front... or would it not make any difference
    pastor answered: Hello Naseer, As per your question, your Life Path Number is 1. The Life Path Number according to the system of numerology used on our website is calculated using your date of birth. Therefore, a change in name will not affect your Life Path Number. Some of the other calculators on the same page do however use your name. One of the smaller calculators you may be interested in is the Achievement Number, but again, this only uses your date of birth for the calculation. You can find it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html You may also be interested in two of our other pages: Chinese Zodiac - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html Thank you for your question. I hope this helps.
  • February 20, 2021 18:36
    Sandra asked: After making a food offering to the three jewels (which we will eat for lunch etc), should we think of it as a blessing and partake?
    pastor answered: Hello Sandra, When making food offerings to the Three Jewels, which you eat yourself, when you recite the prayer and make the offering, you should visualise that the Buddhas receive your food offering and because you have made an offering, they are very pleased. It also fulfills one of the Refuge commitments, which is to offer the first portion of whatever we eat and drink to the Three Jewels, while remembering their kindness. You can then partake of the meal and consider it a blessing from the Three Jewels. Alternatively, you can set out a plate (which you reserve for this purpose) of food, which you can offer on your altar. Similarly, once the food has been left on your altar for a while, you can later remove it and consume it as a blessing. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 19, 2021 04:33
    Sandra asked: Is intovertedness a bad quality? Since Buddha is so altruistic and this is the opposite trait, it must be bad. How do you think one should lessen introverted tendencies?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Introvertedness is not a bad quality. Altruism and compassion are different from being an introvert or extrovert. Introverts are generally quieter people, less expressive of their emotions, while extroverts are the opposite. Buddhist practice is not about expression of emotion. Rather the altruistic and compassionate teachings are more about how you help other people and sentient beings, physically or emotionally. If the qualities of introverted-ness are stopping you from developing these, then they need to change. But this may not be necessary, depending on the qualities that you are talking about. You can do simple meditations to building up the energy of compassion in your mindstream and you will see that you actions will automatically start to be more compassionate and altruistic. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 18, 2021 03:28
    Sandra asked: How should one behave when negative karma is being purified? How can we know if bad karma is being purified? Do we accumulate positive karma simultaneously when doing purification practices? Many thanks for your response.
    pastor answered: Hello again Sandra, There are two ways in which karma can be purified, the first is through our own efforts alone and the second is through our own effort, combined with a purification practice. Through our own efforts: this means that you transform your mind enough to not react negatively in any situation and only react in a positive manner. For example, you may have the karma to get angry. So you get into situations which makes you angry. If you react normally, then you will get angry again, this will only lead you to create more karma of being angry. But if you make the effort not to get angry in those situations then you do not create or multiply that karma. The original karma you have may lead you to be in those types of situations again, but if you do not get angry then after a while you start to purify that karma. Through your own efforts, combined with a purification practice: as you are working on transforming your mind, you can rely on the practices that help you to purify your karma, such as the practice of Vajrasattva or the 35 Confessional Buddhas. This boosts your ability to purify negative karma, based on the enlightened energies of the Buddhas. This however is only truly effective when combined with the Four Opponent Powers. You can read more about that here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html In general, when karma is being purified then you should remain level-headed and not act out of emotion or habit, but from your understanding of the workings of karma and the Dharma. But actually, this should not only be when karma is being purified. You should act and behave in this way all the time according to the Dharma, then you are, up to a point, always purifying karma. It is one of the reasons that so much emphasis is placed on refraining from negative actions and engaging in positive actions using your body, speech and mind, because these are the three means or 'doors' with which you interact with the world. At our level, we cannot tell if karma is being purified or not, only those who are more highly attained can tell. However, that is one of the reasons the Buddhist texts advise study of and belief in karma. If there is karma, then it can be purified, and the way to do so is transform your mind and invoke upon the enlightened beings. So if you are doing both, you can rest assured that you are in fact purifying your karma. When you purify negative karma, whether just through your own efforts or combined with a purification practice you collect merit, not positive karma. If you simply do a good action, you collect good karma. But if you are practicing the Dharma with the intention of achieving enlightenment, you take refuge, engage in the practice, and dedicate at the end, then you develop merit, not positive karma. If you want to read more about how karma works and how to purify it in more detail, I suggest you read a Lamrim text such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, which you can order from your local bookstore or get online here (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand).
  • February 17, 2021 23:06
    Sandra asked: Hello pastors, thank you for your response to my earlier question. Do divination predictions change frequently? Why does that happen?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Divinations, compared to astrological predictions, are much more accurate. There are many types of divination, but those based on the practice of enlightened beings are very accurate. Three of the most well-known in Tibetan Buddhism are the divination practices of Manjushri, Palden Lhamo and Dorje Shugden. You can read more about Dorje Shugden's dice divination here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-dice-divination.html Questions that are asked during divinations are much more specific than the types of topics that astrological predictions can help with, therefore are based on very specific types of karma. This means that if you asked a divination question twice, without taking remedial actions in between, then the answer would most likely be the same, given that all the prerequisites have been held by the diviner and the divinations are genuine. However, if a divination is done and then remedial actions recommended, such as various practices or pujas, and these are done to the letter, then if the question is asked again, then the results would differ. This is because when engaging in these practices or pujas, either you generate the merit necessary to overpower the negative effects of the karma, or you purify the negative effects of the karma creating the situation. This however, is generally not done. You wouldn't ask the same question twice or over and over again. The reason for this is because one of the factors that comes into play when seeking divination is faith. This is faith in the fact that the remedial actions recommended will help whatever situation you are facing. Having seen H.E. Tsem Rinpoche do countless divinations for people, I can attest to this. Those who have faith and follow through with the advice, see a great improvement in the situation that led them to ask the divination question in the first place. Those that did not follow the advice either at all or not fully, did not see any improvement. And this makes sense, because they did not purify the effects of the karma enough, or generate enough merit. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 15, 2021 04:09
    sandra asked: How much importance should we give to astrological predictions or chart readings? Are these readings susceptible to change all the time,i.e, in the context of planetary movements? Can our own effort/actions supercede what is predicted in our birth chart?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your interesting question. You are absolutely correct about the universal principle of change. According to Buddhist practice, astrological predictions are based upon a fixed point in time. Take for example, your moment of birth, which most astrological readings take as the main point of reference. At that specific moment, there would have been various energies or planetary alignments, etc. Combined together, they are said to give an accurate prediction of what will occur to a person throughout their life. This however, is based on one's birth karma, to be born at that specific point in time and location. This birth karma also provides the driving force behind what will occur in a person's life, if that karma is not changed somehow. Hence, that is why astrological predictions can give very accurate readings on someone's personality, as well as life events. Birth karma provides the main force behind all other karma to come into play. That is why it is given importance in astrology. There are also more advanced methods to take into account planetary and energetical movements to give even more detailed and precise predictions that can even be made down to the month, day or hour of a person's life. In Buddhism, however, we believe that karma can be changed. It can multiply, be purified or exhausted, or the effects of that karma can be overpowered by another karma or spiritual merit. In these cases, the outcome will change. The way in which this happens is varied. It can be as simple as doing some prayers (to generate spiritual merit) or changing your behaviour, environment or location, the way you think, and the ways in which you react in various situations. That is why in Buddhist astrological systems, emphasis is placed on remedial measures to counteract negative outcomes. For example, someone may be born with an angry disposition from an astrological point of view. If this person goes through life acting from this anger, then the predictions based on the time of birth will occur. However, a remedial action can be undertaken, such as the person pracitising Chenrezig, who is the Buddha of compassion, or the person doing some form of charity work. These remedial actions generate compassion in the mind of the person, which counteracts the anger. As this happens and the karma is changed, then the person no longer needs to feels the negative effects of any bad astrological (or more correctly - karmic) situations. There are even some practices that specifically help to counteract negative astrological influences and help you to change things. Such an example is Black Manjushri. Within Tibetan Buddhism, according to your time and date of birth, you also have what is known as a 'Birth Buddha'. This is basically an enlightened being that you have an affinity with in this life. General remedial actions include making images of this particular Buddha or engaging in this Buddha's practice. This combined with a change in how we live - otherwise known as Mind Transformation in the Buddhist context - changes astrological outcomes. However, if we continue living without controlling our actions, words and thoughts, the predictions made using astrological readings will most likely still occur. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • February 7, 2021 00:16
    Purna Tamang asked: What is my lucky number and color ?
    pastor answered: Dear Purna Tamang, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, none our horoscope apps on this page gives this information at this moment. However, you may find some of the other information provided useful. Below are the links: For Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html For Tibetan astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html For Numerology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html For Fortune cookies: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/fortune-cookie Thank you and I hope you find something interesting in one of the apps.
  • January 20, 2021 03:32
    Sangita. asked: i want to buy my own house.which mantra i should chant to have my own house.kindly reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Sangita, Thank you for your question. Everything in our lives, whether good or bad is due to our karma. This is karma we have accumulated either in previous lives or earlier on in this life. You can learn more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/discovering-yourself-a-teaching-on-karma-mindstream.html Sometimes, we go through obstacles or need some form of spiritual help to assist us in improving our situations. In these circumstances we can rely on the practice of certain deities. One of these deities is the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. You can read more about this deity and his practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/beginners-introduction-to-dorje-shugden.html You can learn more about Dorje Shugden's practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-teaching-videos.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • January 12, 2021 00:32
    Laurence Brahm asked: Hello la. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche. My name is Laurence Brahm and I've directed the two films including Searching for The Lotus Born Master. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche in hopes he would kindly agree to an interview with our third production on Guru Rinpoche and also I would like to ask some questions concerning Shambala. I would be most grateful if Rinpoche would email me at himalayanconsensus2@gmail.com Thank you. With respects
    pastor answered: Dear Laurence Brahm, Thank you for your questions. This section is actually answered by Kechara's Pastors who were trained by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. Unfortunately, Tsem Rinpoche is no longer with us physically. He passed into Parinirvana in 2019. You can read more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-parinirvana-of-kyabje-tsem-rinpoche.html If you would like to ask questions to any of the pastors regarding this, please email care@kechara.com with more information and mention that you would like to talk to one of the pastors. Thank you
  • December 31, 2020 14:46
    Jose Ajuria asked: What are the qualities of the Buddha Dharma and Sangha
    pastor answered: Dear Jose Ajuria, Here is a short article that discusses the qualities of the Three Jewels: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/taking-refuge-by-pabongka-rinpoche.html For a more in-depth text regarding this, please read Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand). The text describes the qualities and benefits of taking refuge in each, in much more detail. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 30, 2020 09:55
    Dan asked: Dear pastors, some vegetarians said egg can eat. While some say no. What is your opinion on this. Thank you
    pastor answered: Dear Dan, Thank you for your question. There are differing views on eggs as part of the vegetarian diet. Some people would say that since eggs we get these days are not fertilized, then they are vegetarian since there is no life involved at that point. His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche was vegetarian but consumed eggs, as long as they were free-range and organic, because Rinpoche was against the battery farming system which produces the majority of eggs these days. There is a lot of animal cruelty involved with battery farming. Most people who do not include egg in their vegetarian diets do this because of the harm is causes the hens during the farming process, and also because they can view eating eggs as taking a life. That being said, within Buddhism, there are certain practices that strictly prohibit the consumption of eggs, as with other types of food. This can be for a number of reasons, which are too long to be discussed here. I would say that most people in the Kechara organisation eat eggs although vegetarian, but that may also be a cultural thing. Some people however, have taken the extra step and live a vegan lifestyle, which definitely does not include egg, as an extension of their practice of compassion for other sentient beings. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • December 5, 2020 00:25
    Bradley asked: Would offerings or prayers like Sangsol offering be more potent if we had the prayers translated to the language of a given geographical area? Example in England where Celtic was once spoken? Would the local deities or spirits be pleased we took the time to do so? They are far older than us.
    pastor answered: Dear Bradley, Thank you for your interesting question. Actually the sangsol prayers will be effective when done in any language. There are two main reasons for this. The first is that when you recite the sangsol prayer, you are actually invoking upon an enlightened being first, in this case, it is Dorje Shugden. Therefore, when you make the requests of the local deities to accept the offering, be calm and improve local circumstances etc, it is not coming from you. You are actually beseeching Dorje Shugden to help you in this matter. Hence, it is Dorje Shugden who is communicating with the local deities, not us. Secondly, deities and gods, as they do not have physical bodies, do not require ordinary language. Language as we know it is actually linked to our physical bodies. Local deities and gods, etc, because they don't have the same type of physical form as us, actually recognise our prayers through intention and effort rather than language. Therefore, prayers such as the sangsol prayers are effective no matter which language they are physical recited in. I hope this makes sense, if it does not, please let us know and we will clarify further. Thank you.
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by 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
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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: 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: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: 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 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: 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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