I spoke to Ms. Bette Davis

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American superstar Ms. Bette Davis. I could have worked for her but I blew my chance.

American superstar Ms. Bette Davis. I could have worked for her but I blew my chance.

When I was growing up in New Jersey (USA), I lived with my parents in a two-storey, four-bedroom, 1.5-bath colonial house with a dining room, kitchen, living room and study. It was not a very big house, neither was it small, but it was big enough for three people because it was just my father, my mother and me living there (my sister was already married and had left to establish her own home).

We lived in a quiet and very nice neighbourhood, on probably half an acre of land. That was two lots which is pretty big, especially for a kid. In the front, we had a huge lawn with rich, luxurious green grass and hundreds of flowers. Marigolds, roses – you name it, we had all types of flowers because my mother was very much into all of that. In our backyard, we had a luscious garden with a lot of grass and flowers (like sunflowers), as well as vegetables like cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, lettuce and so on.

My childhood home in Howell, New Jersey on West 3rd Street. I was in charge of keeping everything inside and outside clean, trimmed and polished. That also meant gardening and cultivating the flowers and vegetables in my mother’s garden. So I was trained to do this since young and later on, it turned out to be quite helpful.

Of course, taking care of the yard and the garden, and doing the weeding and watering was my job. After school every day, I would spend at least two, sometimes three, hours watering the grass, the flowers and the vegetable garden. How much time I spent depended on whether or not it had rained. Once a week, I was also required to weed and once a month, I would have to cut the grass (which was a very big production) and put fertiliser on it.

The inside of the house was also left to me to do. This included doing the laundry, changing the sheets, laundering my parents’ clothing, washing, ironing, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning the glass and the windows, washing the dishes, cleaning out the refrigerator, keeping everything sanitised and smelling good – all of those were my duties and my mother trained me to do all of that.

So basically, what I did growing up, besides my schoolwork and playing with friends, was a lot of housework. Laundry, cleaning and even polishing my mother’s two sets of pure silverware and her China dishes. Polishing, cleaning, vacuuming, washing dishes, washing laundry, yard work – I did all of that and I became quite good at it because I had to do it and my mother had a very sharp, eagle eye. She could walk into a room and instantly see any dirt and dust, and anything out of place.

My adoptive mom and I. She trained me from a very young age to clean, polish, garden and cook and I would do it well because I did not want to be punished.

My adoptive mom and I. She trained me from a very young age to clean, polish, garden and cook and I would do it well because I did not want to be punished.

Not only did the house and yard have to be perfect, clean, trimmed and neat, but things also had to be placed in the right order. If I cleaned her bedroom for example, I would also have to clean her bureau where she had all her perfume, jewellery and her doilies. She had a lot of her things on the bureau, in front of her mirror when she got dressed and I would have to remove all that, dust off the bureau and spray it with Pledge for wood. Then I would have to wash the doilies that she had hand-made – there were a lot of doilies – and I would have to starch, dry, clean and put them back. All of her perfume bottles, which she had many of, and her jewellery also had to be put back on the bureau in exactly the same way she had put it.

And remember, I did not have phone cameras back then to take a picture and capture how the bureau looked before I started cleaning. I had to memorise what it looked like and put it back exactly as it was, or my mother would not be happy.

So it was like that throughout the house. Everything had to be put back perfectly and I had to memorise it. There were many, many times when I was punished for not putting things back correctly, not washing things correctly, not vacuuming correctly, missing corners, etc. So you know, living like that for years as a kid, you grew up with very sharp eyes, and you knew how to take care of the house and the yard.

On top of that, I was trained by my mom to cook. I did not advance very far in that because I left home at 15 but by then, she had started teaching me how to cook various Mongolian-Kalmyk dishes and some American dishes. I was not a very good cook but I picked things up quickly because I just did not want to be punished. One thing I was good at is memorising things. I could memorise things very quickly because I did not want to upset her. If you upset her, she would be very unhappy for days and I would be grounded and all that stuff.

Standing in front of Mark Keppel High School when I returned to Los Angeles in 2014. I was enrolled here for a short time after arriving in Los Angeles. After I got my GED, I dropped out of high school for good.

Standing in front of Mark Keppel High School when I returned to Los Angeles in 2014. I was enrolled here for a short time after arriving in Los Angeles. After I got my GED, I dropped out of high school for good.

Anyway, when I left home when I was 15, I hitchhiked to Los Angeles and after I settled there, I had to go to high school for a while until I took a GED. A GED is a general education test and if you have any problems at home and all that, if you pass the GED, you are allowed to leave high school. In America, we have eight years of free education in elementary school and four years of free high school. That is 12 years of education you get free from the state and after that, if you want to go to college or university, it is up to you. However, 12 years was standard for most kids growing up at that time.

I was in my second year of high school in New Jersey when I dropped out because I went to Los Angeles. So in Los Angeles, I sat for my GED and surprisingly, I passed. Once I passed and got my high school-equivalent certificate, I fully dropped out from high school so that I could work because I was living alone in Los Angeles. The only kind of jobs I could get were part-time jobs which were unreliable and not very high-paying. Because I was under 18 at the time (therefore underaged), I could only get jobs that were part-time because legally, under-18 kids were not allowed to work a full-time job since you were required to be in school. That was the law in California at that time, I do not know about the situation now.

Ms. Bette Davis had a long and extensive movie career, captivating American audiences for decades and working up until a year before her passing.

Ms. Bette Davis had a long and extensive movie career, captivating American audiences for decades and working up until a year before her passing.

Anyway, so I had to work two or three part-time jobs in order to sustain myself, because I was living at a Dharma centre and studying with my teacher there. At the Dharma centre, I took care of the garden because although it was not my duty, it was my wish to do so because my teacher lived there. I also took care of the downstairs area of the house and my teacher’s room upstairs. That meant doing the cleaning, laundry, vacuuming, polishing and all that stuff. I was really good at it because I had been well-trained by my mom. So I was doing that in the centre and working two to three part-time jobs to support myself.

The corner of Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue. If you are driving on Sunset and you go past Western (heading to the right), then you are on the Eastside which is where my friend and I were driving around.

The corner of Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue. If you are driving on Sunset and you go past Western (heading to the right), then you are on the Eastside which is where my friend and I were driving around.

It is important to give you this background because of what happens next. One day, I was driving around in Los Angeles with a friend of mine, I cannot recall who it was. It was one of those friends who were short-term friends, people you were friends with for a few months and then they kind of disappeared or just fell out of contact. Anyway, I remember very clearly that I was driving around with a friend on Sunset Boulevard. Sunset’s divided by Western Avenue. Sunset goes East to West, Western goes North and South. At Western Avenue, when you go past Western Boulevard on Sunset, it becomes Eastside. When you go past Western Avenue towards the Pacific Ocean or Malibu, it is the Westside.

So we passed Western and we were in the Eastside driving around the area, I remember clearly, and my friend said to me that she has a friend working as the assistant of the huge movie star Bette Davis. I said to my friend, “Oh, really?” and then she said, “Yeah” and that she is quite good friends with this person. She said that this person has been working with Bette Davis for a while and is her personal assistant, and my friend had heard that Bette Davis was looking for an extra person, someone young to be like a Boy Friday, to run around and do things, and help the assistant with work in her house.

Ms. Bette Davis was not considered a classic beauty but her expressive eyes were the talk of the town, even lending its name to a song by Kim Carnes called "Bette Davis Eyes".

Ms. Bette Davis was not considered a classic beauty but her expressive eyes were the talk of the town, even lending its name to a song by Kim Carnes called “Bette Davis Eyes”.

I said to my friend, “Do you think I can do that?” and she said to me, “Why not? You kind of fit the bill. They want someone young, someone who can run around and is versatile.” And I said, “It’s to work for Bette Davis in her house, right?”

My friend told me, “It’s not just in her house. You would have to run around and just be available for anything. You have to be Boy Friday, which is to be available for anything.” So I said to my friend, “Okay, can you call your friend to say that I am interested?”

A part of me was thinking, “Bette Davis. I mean, does this person really know someone who knows her?” There was a part of me that was kind of like, “I don’t think it’s really real.” 50% of me believed it and 50% did not. Nevertheless, I told my friend, “Just get me the number.” So my friend called her friend, the one who was the assistant to Bette Davis, and she got the phone number to Bette Davis’s house. She gave me the number and I was like, “Really?”

So I got the number to Bette Davis’s house and I thought to myself, “Well, what can I lose?” I was kind of nervous because I was like 16, 17 years old. I knew I was really good at housework and that is what they required. I knew I could run around and clean; if they needed to do gardening, I could do that too. So I thought to myself, “Wow, the good training I had from my mom is really going to come in handy. This would be a full-time job and being exposed to Bette Davis, who knows what opportunities I’ll come across, and I’ll get better pay.” Plus they were going to pay directly in cash. It was not that I had to sign up for any official employment papers; I could just get cash, which meant I could work full-time, albeit illegally.

I thought, “Great, the things they require are what I can do and on top of that, it’d be a full-time job. And on top of that, it’s going to be with Bette Davis and who knows what kind of people are going to come in and out of the house.” I thought to myself, “What an opportunity!”

So I got my courage together and a few days later, when I was at home and it was in the afternoon, I made the call. I thought I had better call in the afternoon because in the morning, she might not be disposed. At night, being older, she might sleep early. So I called in the afternoon and I could not believe it. Bette Davis herself answered the phone. You know, if you watch any of her movies, you will know her voice, it is very distinctive.

She answered, “Hello?” and I went, “Oh” and thought to myself, “It’s her.

I asked, “Is this Ms. Davis?” and she replied, “Yes?” and then I said,

“Hi. I heard you needed some help and I wanted to help you.”

The minute I said that, I said to myself, “Oh god, that was the wrong thing to say.

Ms. Davis then said, “I don’t need any help” and she hung up the phone. I went, “Oh my god, what did I do?”

I just could not believe I had spoken to this American superstar. I should have said, “Ms. Davis, your assistant was looking for a young man to help with shopping, cleaning, some housework and some Boy Friday duties. I’m very interested. I’m this age and can I please come in for an interview? I’m a hard worker and I’ve been really well trained by my mother and I need a job.” I should have said that but I do not know why I said what I had over the phone.

Even when I spoke those words, I thought, “Boy, was that the wrong thing to say” because by reputation, everybody knows that Ms. Davis is a very direct person who does not put up with nonsense and she is not very patient with all kinds of calls. I mean, being the superstar she is, imagine how many crank calls she gets in a day, a week or a month.

For days and weeks after that, I kicked myself because I had totally ruined my opportunity. I asked my friend, “Should I call again?” and she told me, “By the way, you’re stupid. You should have explained more. I mean, she would have listened.”

I said to her, “But I was nervous. I was scared. I didn’t know what to say. I’ve never interviewed like that before, just over the phone. I didn’t know what to do.” I also asked my friend, “Should I call back?” and she said, “I don’t think so because the second time you call back, it’s going to sound like a crank call and people like her get weird crank calls all the time. And you know, she’s not a normal person. She’s a big somebody.”

To this day, I cannot believe that I lost my chance of working with Ms. Bette Davis. Can you imagine? All she said was, “No, thanks” and hung the phone. “I don’t need any help. No, thanks” and hung up the phone. I thought to myself, “Oh my god, what did I do?”

In any case, when I was growing up, every Sunday, around 3 to 5pm, they put all these old movies on Channel Nine. You know, Joan Crawford movies, Liz Taylor movies, Bette Davis movies. Every Sunday, my mother would watch those oldie movies with Bette Davis and all that, which was way before my time. All those movies are black and white and I thought they were boring. God, I hated those movies. They just talked, it was dramatic, there were no special effects, no phasers, no robots, no creatures from outer space. There were no creatures from the Black Lagoon and being a young boy, I was not interested in all of those black and white talkies.

Some of Ms. Bette Davis' movies would play on Sundays and my mom would watch it. As a child, I was not a fan of her movies because they were before my time. It is only recently that I have come to appreciate the cinematic mastery and acting prowess of this American screen legend.

Some of Ms. Bette Davis’ movies would play on Sundays and my mom would watch it. As a child, I was not a fan of her movies because they were before my time. It is only recently that I have come to appreciate the cinematic mastery and acting prowess of this American screen legend.

But my mother would watch all those old movies when I was growing up so I knew who Bette Davis was. I was not her fan at that time and I was not interested in her movies. I was just too young to appreciate high art because Bette Davis’s performances are really high art. She was the First Lady of the movies, the First Lady of Hollywood. You have to have very refined taste in acting and movies to appreciate her talent which, as a young kid, I did not have. I was interested in Lost in Space and Star Trek, forget about Bette Davis.

So I was not really her fan and I did not watch her movies. I was not even remotely interested back then. It is just about 10 years ago, when I was in my 40s, that I started watching a little bit of the oldies that my mother used to watch. And it was not until last year, even the year before that, that I started becoming really interested in Bette Davis movies and I realised the amount of screen presence, charisma and intensity that this woman had, and how she commanded the American screen. Americans are a very demanding audience, and this person was just so incredibly talented. It is only in the last few years that I have become a Bette Davis fan because I appreciate talent of all genres and walks of life.

I have grown to admire Bette Davis very, very much and some of my favourite movies of hers includes Strangers, with her and Ms Gena Rowlands. That was really a touching movie about how a daughter had fallen out of favour with her mother and how they reconnected. It was filmed when Ms. Bette Davis was already older but you have to remember, she worked for over 60 years. She was in the cinema for 60 years and she worked until one year before she passed away when she was like 81, 82.

A still from the cult classic "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?", one of my favourite movies of all time.

A still from the cult classic “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”, one of my favourite movies of all time.

Yes, she worked until the end and she was not one of these actresses where after 50, she had no more jobs. She worked all the way to the end and some of my favourite movies of hers includes Strangers and also Escape to Witch Mountain. I liked that because Christopher Lee was in it with her. I also like Voyager and Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, that is like my top favourite, it is so fabulous. There is another movie of hers called The Star that I like and also The Virgin Queen.

Dark Victory was excellent and very touching, and another one of my favourites is All About Eve. So it was Dark Victory, All About Eve, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? – those are really some of my top favourites and she was spectacular, whether she was acting when she was younger or when she was older. She worked all the way until the end, only stopping just a year before she passed away in 1989 and unfortunately, I became a fan too late.

Oh, I remember why I had talked to her in such a strange way to ask for employment. It is because I did not expect her to answer her phone. I mean, it is not every day you get a superstar’s telephone number and when you call up, they answer the phone, right? I thought her assistant or somebody else would answer, and so I would just be more relaxed. When she answered however, and I recognised her voice immediately, I was caught off guard and that is why I really stumbled. So that was the reason I stumbled and lost my chance.

Anyway, that was my little interaction with the First Lady of American Screen and one of the top actresses of the last century, and I blew it by introducing myself wrongly.

Tsem Rinpoche

Ms. Bette Davis was not the first time I missed the chance to work in Hollywood: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=198877

When I attempted to interview for a job with Ms. Bette Davis, it was the 1980s and at that time, I was living in Hollywood: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4603

In Los Angeles, I had the great fortune to live in the Dharma centre of my guru, Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen who was immeasurably kind to me: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=188163

While living with Geshe-la in Thubten Dhargye Ling, I did part-time jobs outside while serving the centre: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=23449

 

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? [The Original]

Starring Ms. Bette Davis and Ms. Joan Crawford, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a 1962 American psychological thriller-horror film produced and directed by Robert Aldrich. The movie is about an ageing former child actress who holds her paraplegic ex-movie star sister captive in an old Hollywood mansion.

 

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? [Kecharian version!]

Our talented Kecharians rehearsed this parody and performed it for me as a birthday gift, knowing that it is one of my favourite movies. I love it when people are creative and spontaneous like this, and really appreciated their efforts. Although Ms. Bette Davis’ talent remains unrivalled, nevertheless this is a must-watch video and EXTREMELY funny!

Two Hollywood legends and icons of American cinema, Ms. Bette Davis (left) and Ms. Joan Crawford (right). They starred together in one of my all-time favourite movies, "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?". The women were well-known to be rivals, and engaged in a highly publicised feud that lasted for decades.

Two Hollywood legends and icons of American cinema, Ms. Bette Davis (left) and Ms. Joan Crawford (right). They starred together in one of my all-time favourite movies, “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”. The women were well-known to be rivals, and engaged in a highly publicised feud that lasted for decades.

Ms Gena Rowlands and Ms. Bette Davis when she was older. They were in the movie "Strangers" together. Ms. Bette Davis worked all of her life, starring in movies up until a year before her passing.

Ms Gena Rowlands and Ms. Bette Davis when she was older. They were in the movie “Strangers” together. Ms. Bette Davis worked all of her life, starring in movies up until a year before her passing.

Ms Gena Rowlands on Ms. Bette Davis

Ms Gena Rowlands on Ms. Bette Davis

Ms. Bette Davis was famously outspoken and direct, and everybody knew this, even fellow Hollywood legends like Mr Humphrey Bogart.

Ms. Bette Davis was famously outspoken and direct, and everybody knew this, even fellow Hollywood legends like Mr Humphrey Bogart.

Lauren Bacall was widely considered a Hollywood beauty, sex symbol and cinematic legend in her own right. She too greatly admired Ms. Bette Davis' talent and found it inspirational.

Lauren Bacall was widely considered a Hollywood beauty, sex symbol and cinematic legend in her own right. She too greatly admired Ms. Bette Davis’ talent and found it inspirational.

 

Quotes by Ms. Bette Davis

People did not always agree with her opinions, nor appreciate them but Ms. Bette Davis was certainly direct, witty, highly intelligent and very powerful.

One of Ms. Bette Davis' quotes

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  1. Tsa Tsa Ong on Jul 10, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    I always enjoy reading about Rinpoche’s younger days and really respect that Rinpoche was able to manage all the housework and schoolwork as a teenager.👏👍😎 I don’t know much about Bette Davis but love her wise quotes😍. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for this lovely sharing🙏😍🌻💥🌈

  2. Samfoonheei on Jul 9, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Wow……account of Rinpoche’s younger days on the phone with Bette Davis an American actress of film, television and theatre at Los Angeles. She was one of Hollywood’s greatest actresses at that time and was looking around for an extra person who could help the assistant with work in her house. Just a phone call mistakes , Rinpoche lost the opportunity to work with this famous actress.
    I am not a movie fan and not heard of her before, so I really do not know much of this great actress till reading this article. What supressed Rinpoche , is that Bette Davis actually answered the call herself. Rinpoche was overjoyed hearing her voice but caught off guard.
    Watched the video of Kecharian verson on What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Wow ….. hilarious dialogue between the two Hollywood legends and icons of American cinema, Ms. Bette Davis and Ms. Joan Crawford so called reacted scene. ….by Pastor Moh Mei and Pastor David Lai.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    • Jacinta on Jul 10, 2019 at 4:13 am

      Dear SamFoonHei,

      That was … Hilarious! Thanks for bringing this up again. I also thought about it when I was reading this article.

  3. Freon on Jul 8, 2019 at 1:43 am

    I do not know about this actress much, but, when i read through her quote, she is a person who have wisdom mind.

    On the phone call that Rinpoche had with her, it is really a surprised to Rinpoche that she could pick up the phone by herself and answered. It is also a lesson for me to learn that, always be prepare in any situation and also never aspect everything should be happen on what we think.

    To think deeper, i myself have lost many good opportunities because of not being aware and being too into my own world and thought.

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    Thursday, Feb 20. 2020 05:13 PM
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    Thursday, Feb 20. 2020 04:19 PM
    Thank you Pastor David for sharing this well research article on Sakya lineage connection with Dorje Shugden . The Sakya Lineage and Dorje Shugden has a long related history over hundred years ago. Wow……six out of the 42 supreme Sakya throne holders, six of the throne holders had indeed practiced Dorje Shugden. And even the 31st and 37th Sakya Trizin, two of the throne were recognised to be the incarnations of Dorje Shugden. They even built chapels and composed prayer texts to Dorje Shugden. It has proven that not only Gelug lineage did propitiate Dorje Shugden but also Sakya lineage. Sakya Lamas had practiced Dorje Shugden even long before the Gelug lamas. Dorje Shugden had been practiced by so many masters and lamas from various schools of Buddhism . Dorje Shugden was enthroned first as a Dharma protector in Tibet over 400 years ago by the highest Sakya throneholders and masters. Hence these practice is not a minor practice after all. It has again proven that Dorje Shugden is a beneficial practice and not the evil practice as claimed by CTA.
    Interesting read.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-sakya-lineage-dorje-shugden.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Feb 19. 2020 02:40 PM
    Very interesting and inspiring article. It is very true our human perception toward a point of view like what is right or wrong there is always a mistake or I should said in most time is wrong or is not bringing any benefits to us.
    All our problems arise from the mind. So to solve them, we need to work on the mind. Hence, no martial arts can be greater than spirituality. Thank you very much for sharing this profound story with us.

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  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Feb 19. 2020 02:22 PM
    I feel so blessed for learning something from this article. Thank you so much for your thoughtful sharing. I truly understand the possess power to change our lives during our falls was actually a good sign. I gained some positive energy and felt was extremely incredible!

    There are highs and lows in any journey, however if life is more down than up, then it’s time to question why, I had a great teaching from this sharing.

    I totally agree that the lows should be appreciated and enjoyed, because its from the lows that experience the highs. Living our life with positivity so that we can continue to improve and achieve what we desire.
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 18. 2020 04:32 PM
    Amazing architecture of a small village Toyuq, located 50 km east of Turpan in the Flaming Mountains. Amazing ancient Buddhist caves dug into the hillside dated as far back as 3rd century AD. Well….they are the oldest in Xinjiang. With an interesting history behind this village. Buddhism spread here from India along the ancient Silk Road but declined after the Turkic Muslim conquests in the late 13th century. Many then converted to Muslim and a number of caves of ancient painting were destroyed. Amazing pictures of ceiling panels with standing Buddhas, and Thousand-Buddha motifs in the post . Its indeed a treasure trove of stone carvings and mural paintings .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/toyuq-village.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 18. 2020 04:30 PM
    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. Life is short and the time of death is uncertain. Act now, its never be late to learn, practice Dharma in our life. Death is a challenge, never waste our time on something which leads us to nowhere. Learning Dharma is our best choice, do Dharma works to benefits others and always works with it. This will miraculously transform our whole life before the moment of death that really matters.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/the-precise-moment.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 18. 2020 04:28 PM
    Geshe Thupten Lama one of the great scholars and masters who will never give up Dorje Shugden ‘s practice and courageously spoke up openly against the ban. Even wrote letters to Dalai Lama defending the ban on Dorje Shugden. Because of all these his life was threatened and was forced to seek political asylum in America. The CTA even considered him as a evil Chinese spy. Since the Dorje Shugden controversy many people had suffered causing disharmony, discrimination, families and monasteries torn apart are some of the examples. To have harmony and peace in a country we should have freedom to practice one’s own religion and beliefs. And politics should not involve religion in any government. Peace cannot be kept by force , it can only be achieved by understanding. All should be treated equally and without prejudice regardless of our religion views.
    Geshe Thupten Lama is indeed a great scholar and was one of the pioneers who founded Tibetan schools in exile, wrote a book …..The Supreme Path to the Trikaya, which explained all about on the practice of the Six Paramitas or the Six Perfections, and other beneficial Dharma treasures.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-supreme-path-to-the-trikaya.html
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Feb 18. 2020 03:46 PM
    The Incredible Legend of Hoichi the Earless Minstrel is exactly that, the suspense with a great interesting twist to the ending. Not so perfect as is in real life, the sacrifice of his ears for his life in peace, although of course not by his choice but the negligence of another.

    In this story, we can see how they use Heart Sutra to as protection from black magic and ward off evil spirits. Thank you very much for sharing such an intriguing story about Hoichi the Earless Minstrel.


    https://bit.ly/3bW6F8K
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 03:17 PM
    Interesting ….. astronauts and military personnel has discovered the existence of UFO and aliens beyond the earth. They have proof that UFO do exist and we are alone in the universe. Leroy Gordon Cooper, a space pioneer and Robert Dean a retired Command Sergeant Major in the US Army tells us all . With Leroy Gordon witnessed first-hand encounter of an actual UFO and the “Cosmic Top Secret” documents detailing alien activity on earth viewed by Robert Dean has already proven it. But it was kept secret.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ufo-astronauts-and-military-men-speak.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 03:15 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing explaining the present-day technology that has affected our general well-being situation spiritually . Giving an example of why rain dance doesn’t work anymore. Spiritual practice give us aspects of the powers of the divine. Technology is a magic and its objects remains a puzzle that is hard to unlock in regards to human experiences. The effect of technology could enhance the human material civilization, but its impact was so strong to our spiritual practice, it caused human addiction. In the modern era, technology has become a seemingly ubiquitous part of everyone’s life such as computers and hand phones. The natural element are gone, environment been disturbed so things will not happen . Interesting read.
    Professor Stephen Hawking, did mention before that advances in science and technology could lead to destructions .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/how-sole-dependence-on-modern-technology-could-affect-our-spirituality
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 03:13 PM
    Living our life in the public eye , we have a heavy responsibility on our shoulder that most people thought. But with determination and courageous Rinpoche did it without any burden. Rinpoche did it all these years, born and bred to be in the public eye, Rinpoche seemed to know what to do without thinking about it. A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives that’s what Rinpoche thought of. Rinpoche’s thought was to help them and to bless their spiritual practice in a way. Rinpoche cares more for the people than himself, of course Rinpoche loves to be alone. Rinpoche loves to alone living up the greenery mountains and clear lakes as mentioned before. Rinpoche could not avoid being in the public eye and getting recognized. Rinpoche never retaliated in whatever situation, such as the Dorje Shugden controversy ,Rinpoche kept all his vows in accordance with the Vinaya nor matter what happened.
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing your wonderful recalling memories with our Lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-life-in-the-public-eye
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 02:37 PM
    Very informative and inspiring story of the Great Buddha of Kamakura.Great to know of the history of this Great Buddha.From what i saw and understand it is a beautiful place to pay visit.

    It is one of the most iconic Buddha statues in the world.All it took were 2 people, Lady Inada and Priest Joko of Totomi to build this magnificent Buddha that withstood the test of time.Thank you very much for sharing this nice article.

    https://bit.ly/2u8sWiy

  • sarassitham
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 01:53 PM
    A person may choose to follow a vegetarian diet for various reasons, including health issues, environmental concerns, or religious beliefs.

    I glad to come across this lovely article. Thank you so much Rinpoche for the delicious healthy meatless recipes. It’s a super simple, has anybody can learn to cook with simple ingredients, easy, quick ,fast and most importantly it very nutritious. I’m going to try all this recipes soon.
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 10:06 PM
    I am grateful that Kechara organise this event every year so we can make offering to our ancestor, departed families and also to all sentient beings whether alive or not. We may not know what action we have engaged which afflicted others in the past and the prayer is important to purify our negative karma. Thank you Kechara for organising this event and allow us the opportunity to collect merits through the prayer and offerings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/ullambana-festival-at-kechara-forest-retreat.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 09:59 PM
    A very beautiful Buddha statue. With this huge size many beings can view from a far and benefit them by planting a dharma seed to them. I’m sure the statue will attract a lot of people to visit Thimpu in Bhutan. May all be blessed and rejoice for the people for are involved in the planning, sponsorship and construction.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/buddha-at-thimpu-bhutan.html#comment-899271

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  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    11 months ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    11 months ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    11 months ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    12 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    1 years ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    1 years ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    1 years 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.
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    1 years ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    1 years ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    1 years ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
    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).
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    2 yearss 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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    2 yearss ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    2 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    2 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    2 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss 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.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss 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
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    2 yearss 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
    2 yearss 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.
    2 yearss 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!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss 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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For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
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Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
The rain may have doused the fires but the embers of pain still linger in our hearts. Sending Australia our love & prayers. Let's continue to #PrayForAustralia. ❤️ shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The rain may have doused the fires but the embers of pain still linger in our hearts. Sending Australia our love & prayers. Let's continue to #PrayForAustralia. ❤️ shared by Pastor Antoinette
Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
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Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
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Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
The merits from life liberation are varied and boundless ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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The merits from life liberation are varied and boundless ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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