Fotomat and Me | 我和Fotomat

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Dear Friends,
Here are some old photos that I would like to share with you. It was my first job at Fotomat in Los Angeles and I was 16 going on 17. It was tough getting that job. I was so worried I would not get the job. But Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen intervened. They bring back bitter and nice memories of those days when I was younger in a huge city. My teenage years in Los Angeles, California. I lived there for eight years in Los Angeles at Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma centre till I left in 1987 at 22 for India to become a Buddhist monk. My goal was to be a monk. I am grateful to the nice people I met in Fotomat who were helpful to me. There were some great colleagues. I will not forget them. I will not forget the lovely people I met in Los Angeles too. I wonder if they are alright.

Tsem Rinpoche
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This single building is called a kiosk and the film developing company is called Fotomat. There were these Fotomat Kiosks all over Southern California in many shopping centre parking lots. They were all over back in the 1980’s. It was easy for customers to just drop off the film and pick up without leaving the car. Drive thru film developing place. A lorry would come once a day to pick up all the films to be developed and drop off finished ones I worked in three Kiosks (Sunset Blvd, Santa Monica Blvd and Beverly Blvd branches. I was transferred to various branches at my request throughout my years with them.) It would be a single building big enough for one person to sit with a cash register. And we would have to go to the bank to bank in the money once a day after our shifts were done daily. Some areas were dangerous at night and I was robbed at gunpoint around 4 or 5 times. I was scared but I also met alot of interesting people there. Sometimes we were very busy and sometimes no customers for hours. I would do my mantras, sadhanas and meditations during the time when not much customers. I did alot of mantras. It has a telephone and we would report to our manager daily for anything also. I had a very nice lady manager who was in charge of the store in our area.

These Fotomat kiosks had two windows on the left and right to open. The left/right windows can open are for customers to drive in and drop off the film to be developed. And a few days later they would come back to pick up the film that is developed. I had very good and nice customers too as well as ‘unique’ ones… We also sold Fuji, Kodak and Fotomat film for different size cameras. I worked in this type of Fotomat Kiosk for a few years. I worked here approximately from 16-19 years old I think. I was living on my own and my parents didn’t support me. They lived in New Jersey thousands of miles away. I was in Los Angeles on my own on my own choice so I would have the freedom to practice and learn dharma. I was able to work here and get enough money to pay rent and buy food so I can live at Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist centre in Los Angeles with the great Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. I love Geshe La very much…he was kind to me. Our centre did not pay salary or provide free accommodations as they were very poor also. But there were a few very kind members that always helped me when I didn’t have enough of something…I was so happy to live at the centre with my teacher and was grateful to work at Fotomat so I can stay at the centre to study. I was very young but determined to learn the dharma.

When I visited the US a few years back, Fotomat had closed and all the kiosks were gone. I was looking forward to seeing them if they were still there. It would have been nostalgic.

My shrine in my room at Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist centre

My shrine in my room at Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist centre

I was 16 going on 17 years old and living in Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist centre in Los Angeles. I didn’t have a lot of money. I made very little I bought the Buddha statue made of clay for US$5 from a second hand shop on the way walking home one day. The rest are pictures of Buddhas and lamas I had done in the shop that developed photos I worked at. I would make offerings daily of water, incense and light. This altar was when I was living in Thubten Dhargye Ling in my small but very much loved room. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen lived upstairs and I was so happy to live near this great master. I was very lucky. I slept on the bed on the floor in front of my altar. I use to sit in front of the altar to chant and do prostrations daily. I would do retreats of many mantras on weekends or days off in my room. Geshe La gave me the antique Vajrasattva thangka and White Tara thangka you see hanging on the wall. The rest was pictures I printed out at Fotomat and framed. I had framed pictures of H.H. the Dalai Lama, H.H. Zong Rinpoche, H.H. Trijang and Ling Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Tharchin La and so on. Geshe La would give classes in the centre which I love and we would do our monthly Tsok and Dorje Shugden pujas together. Even back then my altar was very important to me. A sacred space. I like beautiful altars because the most important SPACE in one’s home is the altar. The altar is the portal for bringing our minds to a higher level and connecting to the enlightened ones. Sure the Buddhas are everywhere, but easier to focus for me if there was an altar. The altar is the most important space in our lives. It is where the Buddhas abide for me. I felt empty without it. This was my altar in the centre.
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I was around 18 years old in this picture. It was taken by a student of H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s. I was sitting outside in the back yard of Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist centre in Los Angeles. I like the Doors. Their music was appealing to me at that time and so I wore their t-shirt. I didn’t have a lot clothes. I use to borrow from friends or buy old 2nd hand clothing. Sometimes people would give me old clothing and I was grateful. It didn’t matter to me. I had very little money after rent and food but I was happy to live in the centre. But Dharma was much more appealing to me than anything else above music and all. This picture has many fond memories of living with the great master Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. Also this is the place where I met His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche who gave me so much practices, advice and love. I will never forget. I would love to transport myself back to that time.
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Two more pictures of myself in Los Angeles. This was on Sunset Blvd. I cannot remember who took the pictures. I had a pair of really cheap plastic sunglasses on. LOL. I thought I looked ‘cool’-double LOL! I had old clothes and shoes. Shoes were very expensive for me. When the soles of my shoes fell of partially and it often did, I would get the shoes repaired as I could not afford new ones. It was difficult making a living and trying to survive in a big city like Los Angeles. I grew up in a small sleepy town of Howell, New Jersey and the pace and cost of living was cheaper. But living with my parents or near them, they would not allow me to practice, learn and engage in deeper Buddhist practice which I was passionate about. They had their reasons.

I had to grow up fast in Los Angeles and that is why I moved away. I had to learn fast and fend for myself. I had to survive so I can do dharma. Fotomat was my very first job in Los Angeles. I had no financial help from anyone at that time so I had to work. I was on my own. I was determined. I was pretty much alone except for some good dharma friends and it was frightening at times. I was always afraid to lose my job so I worked very hard to perform and get salary. I didn’t want to be homeless. With no salary, I cannot pay my rental and food and how to stay at the centre and learn dharma? I didn’t want to lose that opportunity ever. That would be very difficult if I lost my job and I could not burden the centre. So I worked hard, learned from my mistakes and survived and was always trying to do better at work. I would not give excuses to my boss because how many times can you make the same mistakes? Many people needed a job so if you didn’t perform, they owed you nothing and you would be fired. It was not easy for a young boy as I started working and living on my own at 16 years old. I was afraid but at the same time happy I can live with a master and at the Buddhist centre. I felt very lucky.
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This was me on Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood in Los Angeles. All the clothes I am wearing were 2nd hand given to me by new friends who miraculously were my size and height. I will not forget all those friends I met in my teens in Los Angeles. Some were really kind people. I wonder where some of them are now. I wonder if they are okay? I made it as best as I could in Los Angeles. I eventually made it to India and became ordained as a Buddhist monk which is what I wanted.

 


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亲爱的朋友们,
以下是我想与你们分享的一些旧照片。 他们带回那我年轻时的一些美好回忆。

詹杜固仁波切
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这种小建筑叫售货亭,这家冲洗胶片的公司叫“Fotomat”。1980年代,在加利福尼亚南部许多购物中心的停车场,处处可见这种“Fotomat”的售货亭。 不管是将胶片送洗或是取照片,客人都无需下车,十分方便,这是冲洗胶片的得来速。每一天都会有一辆卡车前来收集胶片准备冲洗,以及将冲洗好的照片送来。我曾在三个位于不同地点(日落大道、圣莫尼卡大道、比佛利大道)的“Fotomat”分店工作。跟这家公司工作的那几年,我要求被调派到不同的分店。这个售货亭的空间大小足以让一人坐下并摆放一台收银机。每一天值班之后,我们也必须到银行把当日所收到的钱存入银行。有的地区一旦入夜就会危机重重,我曾四、五次被匪徒持枪打劫,虽然可怕,但同时我也遇见了许多有趣的人。有的时候我们会非常忙碌,有的时候好几个小时都没有一个客人。我会利用人潮稀少的时间持诵心咒、修仪轨及禅修。一般上我会持诵大量的心咒。在那小小的售货亭里也放着一台电话,每一天若有什么事,我们会给主管打电话报告。当时我认识一位非常和蔼可亲的女主管,她负责掌管我工作的那一地区的店铺。

“Fotomat”的这种售货亭的左右两面墙有两扇窗,左右两边的窗户都能打开让客人从车子将胶片搁下,几日后再回来取洗好的照片。我遇过人很好、很友善的客人,也有非常“特别”的客人。当时为迎合不同大小的相机,我们出售富士(Fuji)、柯达(Kodak)及“Fotomat”的胶片。我在这种售货亭工作了好几年,大约是从16岁到19岁的期间。那个时候我自己一个人在外头住,因为我的养父母不支持我。他们住在千里之外的新泽西,我则选择一个人住在洛杉矶,因为这么做,我有学习和实修佛法的自由。我在这里工作所得的工资足以让我缴房租和填饱肚子。于是我就能在洛杉矶的图登达杰林(Thubten Dhargye Ling)佛教中心住下,跟伟大的格西簇亲格尔辛住在一起。我非常敬爱格西拉,格西拉待我非常好。我们的佛教中心没给人发工资或提供免费住宿,因为他们也非常缺乏资金,但是中心里有好一些非常好心的成员,他们常常在我缺乏些什么的时候对我伸出援手。能跟自己的上师同住在中心里我实在感到开心。在“Fotomat”工作也让我心存感激,因为工作所得的工资能支持我在佛教中心里住下来,并在那里学习佛法。虽然当时年纪轻轻,但我有学习佛法的决心。

几年前我到美国去,发现“Fotomat”已结业,所有的售货亭也都不存在了。我期待再看见这些售货亭,想知道它们还在不在。要是还在,那该令人多怀念。
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17岁时我就住在位于洛杉矶的图登达杰林佛教中心。当时我没有多少钱,工资也非常少。某一天在步行回家的路上,我花了五美元从一间二手店买了一尊黏土制成的佛像。其他的佛菩萨和上师们的照片,我都在我工作的店铺把照片冲洗出来。每一天,我会在佛坛上供上清水、清香和蜡烛。这个佛坛就设在我那位于图登达杰林佛教中心里的小房间,房间虽小,但我却非常喜欢它。格西簇亲格而辛就住在楼上,能跟这位大师住在一起,我是多么的快乐,是多么的幸运。我的睡床就在佛坛前的地板上。那个时候我天天坐在佛坛前持咒及做跪拜。每当周末和假日,我都会在房里进行多个心咒的持诵闭关。在墙上挂着的那幅复古风的金刚萨垛唐卡及白度母唐卡都是格西拉送我的。其他照片都是我在“Fotomat”冲洗并装进相框里的,其中就包括达赖尊者、至尊宋仁波切、至尊赤江仁波切、林仁波切、格西塔庆拉和其他照片。在中心里,格西拉会给同修们授课,这是我爱的一项活动。除此,我们也会一起在佛教中心进行每月的荟供法会及多杰雄登护法法会。即使是那个时候,我也是非常重视我的佛坛,那是一个殊胜的空间。我喜欢美丽的佛坛,因为在一个人的家中最为重要的空间莫过于佛坛。佛坛是带领我们的心相续到更高阶层并且与证悟者连结的一道门。佛菩萨自然是无所不在,但若有一个佛坛,我会更容易保持专注。佛坛是我们生命中最重要的一个空间。对我来说,那是佛菩萨居住的地方。没有佛坛,我会感觉空荡荡。这是那时候我在佛教中心的小房间内的佛坛。
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在这张照片里的我大约18岁,替我照相的是至尊嘉杰宋仁波切的一位弟子。背景是洛杉矶图登达杰林佛教中心的后院。我喜欢大门乐队(the Doors)。当时候他们的歌曲非常吸引我,所以我穿上了他们的T恤。我拥有的衣服太少了,于是我常跟朋友借衣服,或是买旧的二手衣服。有的时候人们会给我旧衣服,这于我是雪中送炭。我不在意这件事。在缴过房租和填饱肚子后,我只剩下一点钱,但我很快乐,因为我能住在佛教中心里。佛法比音乐及任何一个事物都更加吸引我。这张照片藏有许多跟格西簇亲格而辛这位伟大大师共同生活的美好回忆。这里也是我遇见至尊嘉杰宋仁波切——一个赐予我许多修持法、劝谏和关爱之人——的地方。我将永远铭记于心。我多么希望能回到那个时候。
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再附上两张我在洛杉矶拍下的照片。这张摄于日落大道。我记不起来是谁替我照的相。我戴着的是一副廉价的塑料墨镜,哈哈哈!那时候我觉得自己酷毙了哈哈哈!我穿的是旧衣旧鞋,鞋子对我来说实在太贵了。每当我的鞋底脱落(而且这还经常发生),我会将鞋子修补好,因为我买不起新鞋子。要在像洛杉矶这种大城市谋生和生存实在不容易。我在新泽西豪威尔一个寂静的小镇长大,生活费用也是相对的便宜。然而,若跟我的养父母一起住或住他们附近,我就无法学习佛法,以及进一步投入佛法的修持中。他们基于他们的理由不允许我这么做。于是我必须自洛杉矶快速成长起来,这也是我离家的原因。我必须快速的学习,好照顾自己。为了学习佛法,我必须生存下来。那个时候没有人给我金钱上的援助,我靠自己过生活,我下定决心这么做。大多时候我都是独自一人,除了跟一些友善的同修一起之外。有的时候,这样的情况会让我感到恐惧。我因常害怕失去我的工作而非常尽心尽力地工作,这样才能取工资。没有工资,我将无法缴房租,也吃不起饭,那么我怎么还能在佛教中心里住,更遑论学习佛法了。我不想失去这个机会。如果我失去了工作,情况会十分艰难,而且我不能为佛教中心增添负担。于是我用心工作,从错误中学习、生存下来,并且经常尝试在工作表现上取得进步。面对上级,我不会给什么藉口,因为一个人能重犯一个错误多少次呢?还有许多人等着取代你,如果你没有办法把工作做好,没有人欠你什么,你自然会被解雇。16岁那年开始工作并且独自生活,这对当时年少的我而言实在不容易。我感到害怕,同时也感到快乐,因为我跟一位大师在图登达杰林佛教中心一起生活。我感到自己非常幸运。
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我站在洛杉矶西好莱坞的日落大道。这张照片摄于1980年代。
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  1. Joy Kam on Dec 14, 2018 at 4:22 am

    1984 Los Angeles-Left to right: Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, monk assistant to Zong Rinpoche and the 18-year-old Tsem Rinpoche prior to ordination. Read more- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/me

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  2. JOY KAM on Oct 31, 2018 at 10:12 am

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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

  3. Samfoonheei on Jul 30, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Interesting short biography of Rinpoche much younger day where Rinpoche had gone through a lot of hardship for the sake of learning dharma. With a strong mind Rinpoche have indeed able to do what Rinpoche loves to do at that time. Rinpoche ‘s determination to learn and practice dharma have him work very hard to support himself. Rinpoche takes an awful lot of determination, dedication and effort to be where Rinpoche is today . We are fortunate to have Rinpoche here in Malaysia .
    As there is a saying that with a strong mind and determination we will succeed in whatever we want to do in life.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

  4. Pastor Adeline Woon on Jul 29, 2018 at 1:05 am

    A poem by Tsem Rinpoche

  5. Valentina Suhendra on Jul 26, 2018 at 5:21 am

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

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

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  6. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 17, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Malaysia

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  7. Pastor Adeline on Jan 7, 2018 at 6:50 am

    This is another post that demonstrates the devotion H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche has for Dharma and his teachers. He may appear as a runaway kid and an abandoned child, but he also demonstrated all qualities of a successful person – one who will not be defeated and go all the way to achieve his goal. He has reminded us that life is never fair and we must always be grateful for what we have and never take things for granted. He has shown us to not be afraid and to pick himself up from where he fell. He has led by example to always be the one who puts extra efforts in everything he does. He is a result of hard work, honesty, integrity, consistency, gratefulness, devotion and never gives up. These qualities combined have made Kechara successful under His Eminence’s guidance. These are his secret to success clearly demonstrated to us.

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  8. yin ping on Dec 23, 2017 at 4:22 am

    We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort. Rinpoche had show us how strong was his determination to learn the dharma and how much effort he put in to secure the conditions and opportunity for him to continue to learn the dharma.

    Although Rinpoche had to work extra hard and he barely had extra money, he was satisfied with his conditions in the monastery, staying in a small room with a beautiful neat altar where Rinpoche would engaged retreat and chant millions of mantra. Rinpoche was happy because he can learn the dharma and served his Guru. May we have the good qualities same as Rinpoche, pursuing our spiritual growth with indestructible determination and faith.

  9. Wong Suet Moi on Oct 29, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    There is so much of determination to leave from home town just for Dharma. We are so fortunate to have dharma without losing family, friends.

    Thanks to Rinpoche sacrificed everything for dharma otherwise all of us can not have dharma as now.

    With folded hands
    Suet Moi

  10. Freon on Oct 21, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    From Rinpoche’s teenage life. Rinpoche was determine to learn and practice dharma. Whenever Rinpoche work, was always in dharma and practice dharma.

    Rinpoche work so many job just to be in dharma. Rinpoche are so poor but Rinpoche never complaint about poor, Rinpoche work to support yourself to be in Dharma.

    I, who work in Kechara full time. Have support from our sponsors and senior to be in dharma. To have salary and to work in Kechara without worry for financial too much. I am grateful to Rinpoche and sponsors who have make this to me to practice and learn dharma in Kechara. May the merits i have accumulated, dedicate to Rinpoche and the sponsors who are generous to give this facilities to us.

    Thank you Rinpoche

    Bowing to Rinpoche’s lotus feet, with love
    Freon

  11. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 20, 2017 at 12:53 am

    H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche is very devoted to his root guru, H.H. Zong Rinpoche.

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  12. Anne Ong on Sep 24, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this short and interesting bio about Rinpoche’s younger days. I always love to read bios and especially about Rinpoche’s ones. Cool pictures of Rinpoche’s younger days! Lol! 😎 I love those cool shades too!!😍👍🙏

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  • Sofi
    Monday, Jan 21. 2019 12:17 PM
    Jeong Kwan: The Zen Buddhist Chef

    This Buddhist Chef presents the art of food for many to admire and savour. How does she do it? It will help us to be inspired towards our own spiritual path.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/jeong-kwan-the-zen-buddhist-chef.html
  • Sofi
    Monday, Jan 21. 2019 12:14 PM
    Our Lama vs the Dalai Lama – The Underlying Reasons For the Ban

    Who should we follow when it comes to something that challenges our relationship with our Guru? Learn more here what is the real choice that we should take and why.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/our-lama-vs-the-dalai-lama-the-underlying-reasons-for-the-ban.html
  • Sofi
    Monday, Jan 21. 2019 12:12 PM
    Dorje Shugden’s Dice Divination

    Divination is fascinating. Accurately done, it can help you with your problems with tangible results. Read more here about divination and share with us if you had any of these experiences.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-dice-divination.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jan 21. 2019 11:11 AM
    As I reread this, I find that even though the suggested 10 points are seemingly different but the undertone is the same; specifically about dealing with social ills or unjust. The key is to reduce the “I” in all situation, thus, narrowing the divide and we will be able to see and feel what others are feeling. In turn, this leads to less judgement, less condescending, less self-imagery but more empathy and more acceptance. Speaking up with well research facts is certainly one of the best ways to deal with social ills and unjust situation.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/ten-counterproductive-behaviors-of-well-intentioned-people.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jan 21. 2019 10:39 AM

    Thank you, Rinpoche and writing team for this article. I find Gandhi’s eventful life an interesting read. Never realised that his 21 years in South Africa set the foundation to Gandhi’s nationalist and activist reputation. The greatest achievement of Mahatma Ghandhi is gaining independence for India without violence. He pushed for swaraj (self-government) and peaceful transfer of power from the British colonial to the Indian congress. It was a success for mankind as Mahatma Gandhi achieved these before he was assassinated.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/mahatma-gandhi-the-great-soul.html
  • Chris
    Monday, Jan 21. 2019 08:53 AM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing with us all these beautiful statues around the world. It is not surprising that most of the large Buddha statues are Buddha statues. In Buddhism, we know the benefits of large Buddha statues and we appreciate large Buddha statues. A large Buddha statue is very beneficial to everyone and anything that is around that area.

    The larger the Buddha statue, the more beneficial it is to its surroundings. In history, large Buddha statues are erected to calm the land or to bless the environment and the beings around. Many Buddha statues are erected in places that are prone to natural disasters or accidents. An example will the Leshan Buddha which was intentionally created to calm the turbulent waters of the river in front of it.

    After the Buddha statue was completed, the waters of the river did become calmer and it is much safer for the boats that sail along the river. This is just one of the many benefits of large Buddha statues.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/grand-statues-around-the-world
  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Jan 21. 2019 03:29 AM
    Most of us are very afraid or scared if we see the ghosts because we don’t know what to expect. We are afraid that they might harm us or disturb us. However, Buddha Shakyamuni taught us not to be afraid of them because being born as a ghost or spirit, it is actually a great suffering. We should generate compassion for them.

    We take rebirth as a spirit or ghost due to our miserliness and anger. As a spirit, we will suffer from hunger, thirst, loneliness and tremendous cold and heat. We can also experience these when we are in human form, we should know how much pain it is to be in that state. Imagine if we have to live like this every day for hundreds or maybe thousands of years? Therefore, it is very important for us to cut the miserliness and also the anger.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/helping-ghosts-and-others-through-mantras
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  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Jan 21. 2019 03:04 AM
    Shantideva was born a wealthy prince. However, he gave up material wealth to join the monastery to become a monk. He was an extraordinary scholar, monk and philosopher. He is considered as one of the 84 Mahasiddhas. When Shantideva was in the monastery, he was not liked as he was not seen studying nor participating in the curriculum. But later, his delivery of the teaching of “The Way of the Bodhisattva” had showed him to be very learned to the surprise of his detractors.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/kick-shantideva-out
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  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Jan 21. 2019 02:53 AM
    Have you seen this unique depiction of Vajrayogini before? She is depicted with her holding her own severed head. This form of Vajrayogini is called Ucheyma. The practice of this form of Vajrayogini helps us to cut the root of our sufferings from the source, it is a lineage originated from the Panchen Lama. We are not allowed to do her practice or recite her mantra without the initiation. However, we can keep her image for us to create the cause to be able to receive her teaching in the future.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/why-does-vajra-yogini-remove-her-own-head
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  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Jan 20. 2019 09:33 PM
    We are very fortunate to be able to watch these precious video of Dorje Shugden taking trance when Rinpoche was in the monastery and hotel. That shows how close the relationship of Rinpoche with Dorje Shugden. Taking trance in Tibetan Buddhism is very different from what we normally see in the Taoism lineage. An oracle is a sangha member who are specially trained otherwise the holy beings are not able to enter the oracle. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this precious footage to all of us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/never-seen-before-footage-of-dorje-shugden-oracles.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 20. 2019 07:38 PM
    Been a multi-racial country freedom of religion is enshrined in the Malaysian Constitution. Its not surprised to see so many beautiful Buddhist or Indian statues been built in Malaysia. Just in Malaysia we have six incredibly stunning Big Buddha Statues which is truly amazing. I have visited most of those Big statues except Wat Machimmaran, in Kelantan. Heard of the beauty of the “Sitting Buddha” which is the largest Buddha statue in a seated posture within South-East Asia. Wish I could visit this beautiful statue one day.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/6-incredibl-stunning-big-buddha-statues-in-malaysia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 20. 2019 07:36 PM
    Great to know the many benefit of Shize’s practice. Shize is no other than Manjushri, emanating to specifically heal our sicknesses, clearing obstacles which enables us to gain realizations and to practice Dharma. Shize’s practice also helps us to calm disharmony situation down and to find peaceful resolutions where there is an argument . This practice has so much other benefits as well.
    Thank you Rinpoche and the writers team for this wonderful article. May it continue to benefit more and more people now and in future.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/shize-a-practice-for-healing-and-long-life.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 20. 2019 07:35 PM
    Tengboche Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Sherpa community in the Khumbu valley of eastern Nepal. Wow….It is the largest monasteries in Everest region located at an altitude of 3,867 metres (12,687 ft), As a leading Buddhist centre of spirituality and pilgrims in the Himalayan area, half way to Everest Base Camp trek, the monastery has become a house name to trekkers and climbers to Everest Base Camp. Combine that with the history , rich culture, and unspoilt traditions of the indigenous Himalayan mountain people has attracted thousands of visitors yearly there. With the colourful Mani Rimdu festival, which is a culmination of Buddhist celebrations with religious gathering, songs have attracted tourist as well to Tengboche Monastery every October. I do wish to visit this beautiful monastery with a rich history someday. Beautiful pictures shared and interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/tengboche-monastery-nepal.html
  • Chris
    Sunday, Jan 20. 2019 03:03 AM

    Thank you, Rinpoche for constantly thinking about ways to let us collect more merits in a short amount of time. Rinpoche is so kind to have placed numerous 9ft outdoor Buddha statues around Kechara Forest Retreat for us to circumambulate daily and collect merits. On top of that, Rinpoche also made mantra stones which can be invited from Naropa’s Cave to offer up to their favourite Buddha and placed them around or near the Buddha statue in Kechara Forest Retreat.

    When more people offer mantra stones around a particular Buddha statue, when we circumambulate, it will be more effective. Why? Because each mantra stone represents the Buddha himself because the mantra is the manifestation of Buddha in the sound form. Hence, if the mantra stones are piling up around the statue and we go and circumambulate around the statue, it will be very powerful.

    The whole place will be very powerful and we can get tons of merits and the person who offered the mantra stone will get tons of merits too! This is just one of the many ways that Rinpoche constantly coming up for us to earn merits in a short but effective way. Thank you, Rinpoche for kindness and compassion.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/underwater-mantra-stone-blessings
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Jan 20. 2019 12:55 AM
    Freda Bedi was the first Western woman who took ordination in Tibetan Buddhism. She was ordained by the 16th Karmapa in Sikkim. She was quite involved in the Tibetan community when the Tibetans first arrived in India in 1959. At that time, Nehru had asked her to help the Tibetans and she was in charge of the Social Welfare Board.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/freda-bedi
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Lovely mini statues perfect for small apartments, your work desk or any space. Vajra Yogini who leads you to Kechara Paradise. Manjushri who confirms great wisdom and realizations. Dorje Shugden in his various forms. The perfect trio at around 7.5 inches each. From http://www.vajrasecrets.com and Kechara's Flea market (Naropa's Cave).
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As long as a sentient being perceives a non-existent ‘I’ and abides within the state of its resultant projections, both subtle and gross karma will be accumulated even if one is just sitting still and doing nothing.~Tsem Rinpoche 



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. As long as a sentient being perceives a non-existent ‘I’ and abides within the state of its resultant projections, both subtle and gross karma will be accumulated even if one is just sitting still and doing nothing.~Tsem Rinpoche .
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Liang Jing who found a wonderful organic hat to block out the sun! Liang Jiang is such a polite, well-mannered, easy going young adult who just cooperates with everything you ask him to help with. He is a delightful young person and he helps his dad maintain our organic vegetable patch on Kechara Forest Retreat land in Bentong, Malaysia.
Great father and son team at Kechara Forest Retreat harvesting vegetables.
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Great father and son team at Kechara Forest Retreat harvesting vegetables.
Cute little He Wei working with his dad putting Dorje Shugden mantra stones on the grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat. He is very energetic. Tsem Rinpoche
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Respected lamas of any devoted students will have two stupas for their remains. One stupa inside the ladrang of the lama and one stupa outside for the public to worship and do kora. By keeping the remains of the lama\'s previous lives in stupas, and making offerings, generates the merits for the current incarnation and future incarnations of the lama to be able to do more dharma work to benefit others. 

Here is a beautiful indoor stupa to a lama in Tibet. It is up to the strength of the devotion of the students to create such stupas in respect and dedication of their lama\'s previous incarnation(s). TR
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Respected lamas of any devoted students will have two stupas for their remains. One stupa inside the ladrang of the lama and one stupa outside for the public to worship and do kora. By keeping the remains of the lama's previous lives in stupas, and making offerings, generates the merits for the current incarnation and future incarnations of the lama to be able to do more dharma work to benefit others. Here is a beautiful indoor stupa to a lama in Tibet. It is up to the strength of the devotion of the students to create such stupas in respect and dedication of their lama's previous incarnation(s). TR
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His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche in front of the bodhi tree in Bodhgaya. The bodhi tree Lord Buddha sat under and became enlightened. Tsem Rinpoche
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Lovely people who are so faithful and interested in Dorje Shugden when they visited us. They understand the benefits and embrace the practice. I wish them well, happiness, peace and spiritual growth. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, Plse take a peek at this one. Cute and interesting. Don't miss it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmC4fYVePms TR
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KSA can transform a ‘bare’ or ‘raw’ object of art into a living masterpiece through a variety of painting techniques. There are several ‘finishes’ to choose from. Be it an ‘antique’ look, a fully-painted colourful finish or a simple ‘gold dusted look’, your imagination and heart’s wishes are fulfilled through KSA’s mastery and artistry in action.

Our team have learnt the techniques of traditional statue painting from the finest artists of India, Tibet and Nepal. Through months of intense training and practice, our talented artists have mastered the art of painting both peaceful and wrathful features.
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Kechara Saraswati Arts (KSA) offers a comprehensive statue and tsa tsa painting service. We are able to paint both the face and body, using traditional Tibetan techniques and materials. KSA can transform a ‘bare’ or ‘raw’ object of art into a living masterpiece through a variety of painting techniques. There are several ‘finishes’ to choose from. Be it an ‘antique’ look, a fully-painted colourful finish or a simple ‘gold dusted look’, your imagination and heart’s wishes are fulfilled through KSA’s mastery and artistry in action. Our team have learnt the techniques of traditional statue painting from the finest artists of India, Tibet and Nepal. Through months of intense training and practice, our talented artists have mastered the art of painting both peaceful and wrathful features.
Unusual depiction of Lord Manjushri. I like it.
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Unusual depiction of Lord Manjushri. I like it.
Stunning!!!
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Stunning!!!
If we have eye problems, this is a good practice and it\'s simple- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=180488
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If we have eye problems, this is a good practice and it's simple- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=180488
Many times in the morning my Oser girl will go sunbathe. She really enjoys it. Tsem Rinpoche
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Many times in the morning my Oser girl will go sunbathe. She really enjoys it. Tsem Rinpoche
My Oser girl is very photogenic. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Oser girl is very photogenic. Tsem Rinpoche
Vintage stunning thangka of Lord Tsongkapa with many other enlightened beings.
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Vintage stunning thangka of Lord Tsongkapa with many other enlightened beings.
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Beautiful antique thangka of Sakya Pandita
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The last Lama-Ruler of Mongolia was 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu. He did not have a good ending as Mongolia 'fell'. Read about him- https://bit.ly/2UD83oa
Last Queen of Mongolia-Very interesting what happened to her and tragic too- https://bit.ly/2GcfhfF
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Last Queen of Mongolia-Very interesting what happened to her and tragic too- https://bit.ly/2GcfhfF
The famous and powerful state oracle of Mongolia- Interesting and must read- 
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The famous and powerful state oracle of Mongolia- Interesting and must read- https://bit.ly/2Py3QhI
1984 Los Angeles-Left to right: Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, monk assistant to Zong Rinpoche and the 18 year old Tsem Rinpoche prior to ordination. Read more-  https://bit.ly/2C5OM7l
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1984 Los Angeles-Left to right: Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, monk assistant to Zong Rinpoche and the 18 year old Tsem Rinpoche prior to ordination. Read more- https://bit.ly/2C5OM7l
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    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    2 weeks ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    3 weeks ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
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    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
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    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
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    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
    1 month ago
    This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
    1 month ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
    2 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
    2 months ago
    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
  • Living off the grid in Australia
    2 months ago
    Living off the grid in Australia
    A Jill Redwood is a jack of all trades, Jill built her own house on her property and lives entirely off the grid with no mains power or town water, mobile reception or television. Living on around $80 a week, Jill has over sixty animals to keep her company and an abundant garden that out serves as an organic supermarket right at her doorstep. Her main expenses are animal feed and the rates on her property. Watch this incredible three minute video and be inspired to live differently.
  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
    2 months ago
    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
  • Wylfred explains in Chinese the benefits of mantra stones at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia   |  黄明川以华语解释在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的玛尼堆(刻有心咒的石头)的利益
    2 months ago
    Wylfred explains in Chinese the benefits of mantra stones at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia | 黄明川以华语解释在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的玛尼堆(刻有心咒的石头)的利益
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
  • If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
    3 months ago
    My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
  • It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
  • BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
    3 months ago
    BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
  • Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
    3 months ago
    Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
  • In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
    3 months ago
    In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
  • Neat little video
    3 months ago
    Neat little video
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    1 years ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    1 years ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    1 years ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    1 years ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    1 years ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    1 years ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    1 years ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    1 years ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    1 years ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Promoting Dorje Shugden at Kuil Siva Sri Subramaniam at Gopeng, Perak. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Promoting Dorje Shugden at Kuil Siva Sri Subramaniam at Gopeng, Perak. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Promoting Dorje Shugden at Kuil Siva Sri Subramaniam at Gopeng, Perak. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Promoting Dorje Shugden at Kuil Siva Sri Subramaniam at Gopeng, Perak. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Promoting Dorje Shugden at Kuil Siva Sri Subramaniam at Gopeng, Perak. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Promoting Dorje Shugden at Kuil Siva Sri Subramaniam at Gopeng, Perak. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Promoting Dorje Shugden at Kuil Siva Sri Subramaniam at Gopeng, Perak. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Promoting Dorje Shugden at Kuil Siva Sri Subramaniam at Gopeng, Perak. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Promoting Dorje Shugden at Kuil Siva Sri Subramaniam at Gopeng, Perak. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Today Louise is guiding KISG to promote Dorje Shugden at Kuil Siva Sri Subramaniam at Gopeng, Perak. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Today Louise is guiding KISG to promote Dorje Shugden at Kuil Siva Sri Subramaniam at Gopeng, Perak. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Thank you very much to this group of Sunway University students for assisting us with #food #surplus pick up & food surplus #distribution yesterday. If you wish to be a part of this activity, kindly WHATSAPP to 010-3333 260 for further inquiries and booking. Thank you in advance. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you very much to this group of Sunway University students for assisting us with #food #surplus pick up & food surplus #distribution yesterday. If you wish to be a part of this activity, kindly WHATSAPP to 010-3333 260 for further inquiries and booking. Thank you in advance. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Breathing meditation is done before the start of the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Breathing meditation is done before the start of the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Nice picture of teacher Victoria with students during the 2017 Lantern Festival Charity dinner. Lin Mun KSDS
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Nice picture of teacher Victoria with students during the 2017 Lantern Festival Charity dinner. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - KSDS Halloween 2017 held in Kechara Oasis. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - KSDS Halloween 2017 held in Kechara Oasis. Lin Mun KSDS
So glad parents & students join the monthly animal liberation before the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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So glad parents & students join the monthly animal liberation before the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Egg sandwich class- Students have opportunity I learn and make their own breakfast. Lin Mun KSDS
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Egg sandwich class- Students have opportunity I learn and make their own breakfast. Lin Mun KSDS
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“Food is the only thing that I have been longing for” - a single mother of two who currently living in Kuala Lumpur city. She mentioned that getting surplus food is not a matter of ignorance but a matter of not being able to afford “fresh” food. This is because when it comes to distributing salary, there are things such as house rental and utility fees that have to come before food. With welfare reforms, benefits being cut and sanctions, this marginalised community find themselves looking for a way to get through another day. #Kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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“Food is the only thing that I have been longing for” - a single mother of two who currently living in Kuala Lumpur city. She mentioned that getting surplus food is not a matter of ignorance but a matter of not being able to afford “fresh” food. This is because when it comes to distributing salary, there are things such as house rental and utility fees that have to come before food. With welfare reforms, benefits being cut and sanctions, this marginalised community find themselves looking for a way to get through another day. #Kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Big thanks to Chloe Chan, Tracy, and Mun Mun for helping to send monthly food provision to the urban poor families. With busy lives, it can be really hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you to reduce stress, find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Giving to others can also help protect your mental and physical health. Be one of us by registering yourself at 010-3333260. ❤️ #Kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Big thanks to Chloe Chan, Tracy, and Mun Mun for helping to send monthly food provision to the urban poor families. With busy lives, it can be really hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you to reduce stress, find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Giving to others can also help protect your mental and physical health. Be one of us by registering yourself at 010-3333260. ❤️ #Kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Young adults from Sunway College, experiencing awesome, planet saving food from Kechara Oasis, after recycling ~Wai Meng
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Young adults from Sunway College, experiencing awesome, planet saving food from Kechara Oasis, after recycling ~Wai Meng
Andrea received Participation Awards from Pastor Gim Lee. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Andrea received Participation Awards from Pastor Gim Lee. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Julie is very patient to teach and guide the kids to do a good Nagomi Art. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Julie is very patient to teach and guide the kids to do a good Nagomi Art. Alice Tay, KSDS
The young kids of KSDS have completed and showing their artworks happily. Alice Tay, KSDS
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The young kids of KSDS have completed and showing their artworks happily. Alice Tay, KSDS
The champers learned to clean the place in Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice Tay, KSDS
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The champers learned to clean the place in Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice Tay, KSDS
Taking refuge to the Three Jewels and prostrate to Guru and Buddha. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Taking refuge to the Three Jewels and prostrate to Guru and Buddha. Alice Tay, KSDS
Wonderful the children sitting in full lotus position and recite mantra together with teacher Laura. Lin Mun KSDS
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Wonderful the children sitting in full lotus position and recite mantra together with teacher Laura. Lin Mun KSDS
DIY toy done by students. Lin Mun KSDS
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DIY toy done by students. Lin Mun KSDS
Children enjoyed the art & craft session during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children enjoyed the art & craft session during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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