Wonderful Japan – Hokkaido

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Hokkaido is the northernmost of Japan’s four main islands. It is also the least urbanised, famous for the volcanoes, natural hot springs (onsen) and snow fields that dot its landscape.

At 32,221 square miles (83,457 sq. km), representing over 20% of Japan’s total land mass, Hokkaido Island is the country’s second-largest island, while Hokkaido prefecture itself is the country’s biggest prefecture.

It is home to almost 6 million residents, and more than 1 million travelers from within Japan and around the world[1] visit the island every year. They are drawn to the beauty of Hokkaido’s blue skies, its untouched wilderness of rolling hills, open fields and powdery snow, all of which are the perfect backdrop to savour its delectable local cuisine.

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History

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The indigenous people of Hokkaido are the Ainu, a race that also inhabit the Aomori region in the north of Honshu Island. The Ainu (which means ‘human’) have also been known as the Aynu, Ezo, Emishi and Ebisu.

Their roots can be traced back to the Kuril Islands, Sakhalin and Russia and it is believed that they migrated to Hokkaido and northern Honshu at a time when a frozen land mass connected the island to the Russian mainland. Their ancestry goes as far back as the Jomon period (c. 14,000–300 BC)[2]. They have called the country we know today as Japan home for tens of thousands of years.

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Matsumae Takahiro, a Matsumae lord of the late Edo period. (December 10, 1829 – June 9, 1866)

The first recorded economic interaction between the Ainu and the ethnic Japanese was sometime between 710 and 1185, when the natives of Hokkaido developed trade relations with Dewa Province, an outpost of the Japanese central government. However, tensions arose when larger numbers of ethnic Japanese started to migrate from Honshu to the southern part of Hokkaido.

Several revolts took place as the Japanese attempted to assimilate the Ainu into their own culture. The first of these occurred in 1456, during the Muromachi period (1336 – 1573). That year, Koshamain’s Revolt was crushed when Takeda Nobuhiro killed the Ainu leader, Koshamain. Ironically, it was Nobuhiro’s clan of descendants that were given exclusive trading rights with the Ainu by the central Japanese government.

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Ainu are Hokkaido’s indigenous people

The last large scale uprising by the Ainu was Shakushain’s Revolt which lasted from 1669 to 1672. There was a smaller rebellion against Japanese influence in 1789, the Menashi-Kunashir Rebellion, but it was swiftly crushed.

Hokkaido was ‘stolen’ from the Ainu and made part of the greater Japanese empire in 1869, which marked the beginning of the Meiji period. This was characterised by extensive Japanese settlement of the island and it was then that the territory, which had historically been known by the names Ezo, Yezo, and Yeso or Yesso, was renamed Hokkaido (“North Sea Province”). (北海道) (Japanese: [hok̚kaidoː].

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The Ainu are eager to retain a discrete, dignified identity

From the start of the Japanese and Ainu political and social upheaval, it took 672 years for the Japanese government to formally recognise the Ainu people as indigenous to Japan. A parliamentary declaration on June 8th, 2008 finally gave the Ainu the right to officially practise their way of life again and to halt all discriminatory acts against them.

It is estimated that there are only around 25,000 of the Ainu people left in Japan and Russia but some say there could be as many as 175,000. Regardless of that number, there are less than 10 Ainus left in the world today who still speak their native language.

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The Ainu culture has been passed down from generation to generation

The unfortunate history of the Ainu people has startling parallels with that of the American Indians. They were animists who prayed to nature and believed that all things, from plants to animals and even inanimate objects, had a spirit or god within them.

Hokkaido was originally called Ezo by the native Ainu. In 1869, one year after the Meiji period began, the new government changed its name to identify Hokkaido as a Japanese controlled land mass. 30 years later, the Japanese government passed a law/act that labeled the Ainu people ‘former aborigines’. This immediately made them legal Japanese citizens but denied them the claim of being indigenous.

 

Location

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Located at the northernmost end of the Japanese chain of islands, Hokkaido is by far Japan’s largest prefecture.

It consists of the entire island of Hokkaido and its surrounding islets.

Hokkaido is cooler than the rest of Japan, and the merciful lack of Japan’s muggy summers and rainy season makes it a very popular domestic destination.

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Most of Hokkaido was settled by the Japanese within the last 100 years, compared to the thousands of years of Japanese history and pre-history. Before that it was only inhabited by the hunter-gatherer Ainu culture.

As a result, its architecture and cities are much more modern, and mostly arranged in grid layouts so common in the West.

However, Hokkaido is also the least developed of Japan’s four main islands and its untamed wilderness is home to several major national parks.

 

Prefectures

Hokkaido is the only Japanese island not divided into multiple prefectures. Instead, there are four circuits, which are in turn split into subprefectures.

1. Central Circuit, home to much of the mountainous interior.

Subprefectures:

  • Sapporo is the capital and the largest city in Hokkaido. In 1972, Sapporo became the first Asian city to host the Winter Olympics.
  • Ishikari is situated at 0 meters above sea level and is famous for its seafood.
  • Shiribeshi is a subprefecture in the Central Circuit of Hokkaido.
  • Sorachi is a district divided between Sorachi and Kamikawa subprefectures.
  • Hidaka is a mountain range in southeastern Hokkaido.

 

2. Eastern Circuit, the largest and remotest part of the island.

Subprefectures:

  • Abashiri
  • Tokachi is famous for its wealth of natural attractions, including unique hot springs.
  • Kushiro is the capital city of Kushiro subprefecture and is the most populous city in eastern Hokkaido.
  • Nemuro is a port city and capital of Nemuro subprefecture. Much of the city lies on the Nemuro Peninsula.

 

3. Northern Circuit, which covers the northern peninsula but extends down toward the centre.

Subprefectures:

  • Kamikawa is the most popular winter festival destination.
  • Soya is the northernmost point of Japan and home to a number of ‘Japan’s Northernmost’ facilities like its northernmost filling station and elementary school.

 

4. Southern Circuit, which covers the western and central parts of Hokkaido.

Subprefectures

  • Hakodate is Hokkaido’s third largest city, located at the island’s southern tip. It is a convenient gateway for Hokkaido, a laid-back kind of place with a historical heritage. The summit of Mt. Hakodate-yama offers spectacular views across the city, day or night.
  • Oshima is the largest of the Izu Islands, a group of volcanic islands in the Philippine Sea.
  • Hiyama is historically known as the first place in Hokkaido where Wajin (mainland Japanese) settled in the Heian period (794 – 1185).

 

Population

Hokkaido has a population of 5.5 million and Sapporo, its capital, is its only ordinance-dedicated city. Sapporo has a population of 1.91 million, making it the island’s largest city.

 

Climate

Hokkaido is the northernmost and, thus, the coldest region in Japan. Most of the island falls in the humid continental climate zone. The average temperature is between 6 and 10°C, and the average precipitation is around 800 to 1,500 mm per year. Its climate is marked by relatively cool summers and icy/snowy winters. With its cool climate and low humidity, Hokkaido has no rainy season and few typhoons.

The average winter temperature in Hokkaido varies from location to location but it is not uncommon to see places where the temperature dips below zero so make sure to bring warm winter clothes. Spring usually comes in early May and the colourful wild flower blossoms make the island a very popular destination for tourists from Asia.

 

When to Visit

Hokkaido, the second largest island of Japan, is an ever-popular holiday destination that drives tourism all year round. Much like the rest of the world, Hokkaido splits its year into four distinct seasons:

  • Spring – March to May (Average Temperature: 1°C – 12°C (34°F – 54°F)
  • Summer – June to August (Average Temperature: 16°C – 23°C (61°F – 73°F)
  • Autumn – September to November (Average Temperature: 5°C – 16°C (41°F – 61°F)
  • Winter – December to February (Average Temperature: -4°C – -1°C (25°F – 30°F)

Each offers its own pros and cons, and when you visit will depend upon what you are looking for from your holiday.

 

Culture & Customs

The world is a wonderful tapestry of varied cultures and customs, and each is a delight to discover in its own right. Of course, you can learn them the easy way or the hard way, but knowing the basic rules of etiquette before you leave home is perhaps the best way of making friends and making a great impression wherever in the world you might travel.

Japan has a very distinct culture and one that is greatly admired and held in high esteem across the world. The Japanese emphasis on humility, mutual respect, societal hierarchy, self-sacrifice and personal, familial and community honour have endeared it to people from very different backgrounds.

There is a great deal of decorum maintained in social interactions and there are myriad rules of etiquette that must be upheld. Here is a brief guide to some of the most important ones that will endear you to your hosts and ensure you leave a great impression of both yourself and your own culture and country.

 

1. Bowing

Japan’s culture of bowing is perhaps its most instantly-recognisable trait. The bow is a highly regarded greeting to show respect and is appreciated by the Japanese. It is also simultaneously the easiest and most important thing you can learn to blend seamlessly into any social situation. Most Japanese are well-aware that many other cultures greet by handshake and do not expect foreigners to know proper bowing rules.

However, the rules are simple: males bow with their hands at their sides while females do so with their hands folded in front of them; adults do not bow to children. The inclination and the duration of the bow will depend on the circumstance and the status of the individuals.

 

2. At Japanese-Style Inns

In Western countries, walking around hotel public areas such as lobbies or hallways in pyjamas is frowned upon. However, that does not apply to Japanese-style inns with big common bathtubs. You can walk around freely in these inns and onsen resort areas wearing Japanese-style pyjamas (‘yukata‘). In Japan, this is a popular custom and a welcome taste of tradition that adds to the atmosphere.

 

3. Shoes

Visitors are expected to take off their shoes at the entrance of a house, business or temple. When entering a Japanese-style inn or room, be sure to remove your shoes. It is a major taboo to step on a tatami mat with your shoes so be aware when you enter a tatami-matted room, often seen in Japanese-style eating establishments, including sushi restaurants.

 

4. Common Baths and Hot Springs

There are several rules you have to keep in mind when using a public bath tub or visiting a hot spring facility. Remove your shoes when you enter a changing room. Do not wear your swimsuit in the bath. You must wash and rinse before entering the hot water. Do not scrub your body or swim in the hot water. When bathing with your friends, avoid talking in a loud voice. In the sauna room, avoid twisting a wet towel or taking up too much space.

 

5. Izakaya: Informal Japanese Restaurants

When you are first seated in an izakaya, you will be served a small dish called ‘otoshi‘. It is served to all customers even if you don’t order. This is a Japanese custom and the otoshi is not free; it is considered an entrance fee and the cost is automatically added to your bill. The price of otoshi varies among izakaya restaurants, so check with the staff. Your bill will be placed on your table and you are expected to bring it to the cashier counter to pay.

 

6. Using Chopsticks

You will be given chopsticks instead of a fork, knife and spoon in most Japanese restaurants; it’s best to brush up on your chopstick-wielding skills before you leave home. There are some important points to note while using chopsticks.

  • Do not use your chopsticks to pierce your food or rice.
  • Do not cross your chopsticks when you place them on the chopstick rest.
  • Do not wave your chopsticks around or use them to point at anything.
  • Do not place them on top of your bowl after you have finished eating.

 

7. Mobile Phone Usage

The use of mobile phones is prohibited on trains and many other public places, including restaurants. It is also recommended that you turn off your mobile phone or switch it to silent mode in movie theatres or museums before you enter. Talking loudly on a mobile phone in front of others is considered rude so try to watch your tone of voice. Be mindful while in public places and avoid drawing unnecessary attention to yourself.

 

Visas

Any foreign visitor who wishes to enter Japan must have a passport valid for the period of stay. In order to enter Japan, visitors must comply with the conditions of their visas and authorisations of resident eligibility. Currently, citizens of 66 different countries may enter Japan without a visa, provided that the duration of their stay is less than 90 days and they do not engage in paid employment. Please check the Visa section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan website for the latest information on visas and related matters. International passengers transiting through Japan do not require a visa.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan: http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/index.html.

 

Food

Hokkaido is known for its variety of fresh seafood and agricultural produce, earning itself the moniker ‘The Kingdom of Food’. From a variety of popular local favourites like ramen and ice-cream, to its freshly-caught bounty of crabs, fish and sea urchins; different areas in Hokkaido offer different local specialties. However, there are a couple of dishes and products that you shouldn’t miss while visiting the island.

Hokkaido is said to offer some of the best seafood in the world. Hokkaido is also known for its garlic, potatoes and Japan’s largest grow area of corn. Hokkaido’s residents have been able to grow crops on soil said to be difficult because of volcanic activity and the huge amount of volcanic ash that is in the area.

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 1. Ramen

Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup dish, with wheat-based noodles served in soy sauce or miso flavoured broth. It is usually served with slices of pork, seaweed and bamboo shoots. Ramen is a specialty of Hokkaido, and the most popular version is the miso ramen that is mainly found in the capital of Sapporo. Kamikawa district is famous for the special Asahikawa soy sauce ramen.

There are tons of ramen shops all over Hokkaido and while every restaurant serves excellent ramen, the best ones are clustered in both the Ramen Village in Asahikawa and the Ramen Yokocho in Susukino, Sapporo.

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2. Crab

The cold waters surrounding Hokkaido create the best conditions for high quality, fresh seafood and the island is known for its succulent crabs.

There are four kinds of crab found in the region – hanasaki crab, king crab, horsehair crab and snow crab. The king crab is so huge that restaurants offer just the leg on its own as a dish! Hokkaido crab meat is sweet, tender and succulent and served so fresh that the meat just falls out of the shell.

Those with bigger appetites can opt for crab buffets in Sapporo, where you can sample as much as you want of a large variety of crabs.

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3. Uni and Ikura Donburi

Besides crab, the other must-try seafoods are the uni (sea urchin) and ikura (salmon roe). The best way to sample them is in a donburi (rice bowl) for breakfast. There is no better place to get a donburi than at a fish market, where there will be no shortage of small restaurants serving this dish.

Donburi is usually topped with fresh uni, ikura and salmon but there are choices of other fresh seafood like hotate (scallop), ika (squid) and even crab meat.

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4. Curry Soup

Curry is very popular in Japan and the local Sapporo specialty is curry soup. This curry is an eclectic combination of sweet and spicy flavours, served with a choice of meat (chicken or pork) and Hokkaido’s fresh produce of broccoli, melon, carrots, aubergines and mushrooms with additional cheese and egg toppings. It is usually eaten over rice.

There are a few steps to follow when ordering – start with the choice of ingredients, then specify the level of spiciness, move on to the optional toppings and the size of the rice.

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5. Genghis Khan (Jingisukan)

Genghis Khan never made it as far as Japan but there is a dish named in his honour anyway. Pronounced ‘Jingisukan’, it is a grilled mutton (either fresh or frozen) dish prepared with vegetables and grilled over a dome-shaped metal skillet in the middle of your table. Once the meat is done, it is dipped in flavoured soy-sauce and eaten straight off the grill.

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6. Soba Noodles

Soba is the Japanese name for the superfood buckwheat, but we know it as Japanese thin noodles. It is famous both in Japan and all over the world. Hokkaido is the biggest producer of buckwheat in the country and it is said that soba noodles from the northern island are the most flavoursome. Soba is usually served cold with a tsuyu (sweet soy sauce) dipping sauce topped with an egg.

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7. Yubari Melon

Hokkaido’s green produce is as synonymous with Hokkaido as its dairy products. With extensive farmland, quality soil and a favourable climate, the region is known to grow the freshest wheat, corn, potatoes and asparagus. Hokkaido melons are some of the sweetest melons found anywhere in the world.

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8. Sapporo Beer

Beer is popular in Japan and the birthplace of Japan’s beer is Hokkaido. Sapporo Beer is the oldest and most popular beer brand in the country, first introduced and brewed during the Meiji period in 1877.

Head to the Sapporo Beer Museum for an introduction to the history of Japanese beer and the brewing process, as well as a taste of Sapporo beer straight from the tap. At the end of the museum tour, visitors can sample the three kinds of Sapporo beer – Kairakushi, Black Label and Classic.

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9. Ice-Cream

Hokkaido is famous for its dairy products so do not miss an opportunity to sample fresh locally-produced milk, yogurt, cheese, and especially the soft serve ice creams. They are smooth and creamy, and made from raw milk and pure fresh cream. Ice cream stalls can be found almost everywhere on the island, and is popularly served on top of half a yubari melon.

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10. Hokkaido Snacks

Hokkaido’s popular agricultural and marine products have also been made into delicious confectioneries and snacks. Make sure you get your hands on the local Shiroi Koibito, white chocolate cookies, Royce chocolates, Jaga Pokkuru potato chips, Yakitokibi corn crackers, as well as yubari melon-flavored jellies and snacks. They make for excellent snacking and are the best souvenirs to bring home for family and friends.

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10 Great Places to Visit in Hokkaido

1. Daisetsuzan

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Ten times as big as the bustling Japanese city of Osaka, Daisetsuzan National Park is Hokkaido’s biggest protected park with an area of over 2,000 square kilometres. It is a haven for nature lovers and animals alike, with brown bears and deer sharing the landscape with hikers. Daisetsuzan’s lush forests, three volcanic mountain groups, and wilderness that is home to rare species of flora and fauna have been unmoved by Japan’s march to modernisation.

It is one of the few places where you can find stratovolcanoes – volcanoes piled one on top of the other. 16 peaks here each tower above 2,000 metres. Hikers and adventure-seekers in Daisetzusan National Park can also find soothing respite in the park’s stunning hot springs.

How to Get There

By Train
Take the JR Tohoku/Hokkaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto (4 hours) and transfer to the Hokuto limited express to Noboribetsu Station (2.5 hours). The entire one-way trip costs around 26,000 yen and takes around seven hours. It is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Rail Pass. Note that seat reservations are mandatory on Hayabusa trains between Tokyo and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto. Please check with the rail station for the latest information.

Accommodation

Daisetsuzan is a popular tourist destination and a variety of accommodation choices to suit a range of budgets is available in its vicinity. Below are two examples:

1. Hotel La Vista Daisetsuzan
Overlooking Asahidake mountain and surrounded by forest, this rustic-chic hot spring hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Asahidake Ropeway aerial lift line, and 39 km from Asahikawa Airport.

Address: Asahidake Onsen, Higashikawa, Kamikawa District, Hokkaido Prefecture 071-1472

Phone: +81 166-97-2323

Fax: +81 166-97-2345

Website: http://www.japan-ryokan.net/lavistadaisetsuzan/

2. Asahidake Manseikaku Hotel Bearmonte
Just a three-minute walk to Asahidake Ropeway and 47 km from central Asahikawa, it is one of the most famous spots in this area. The hot spring offers special relaxation, especially after outdoor activities like hiking, sightseeing, or skiing. It is located near public transit and the train station.

Address: Asahidake-onsen, Higashikawa, Kamikawa District, Hokkaido Prefecture 071-1472

Phone: +81 166-97-2321

Fax: +81 166-97-2324

Website:  http://www.hamano-hotels.co.jp/lang/hotel_bear_monte/en/

 

2. Shiretoko

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Shiretoko National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was granted that status in 2005 for its importance in sustaining the biodiversity of the regional ecosystem.

This park is one of the most remote parts of Japan. This isolation is part of the reason it has become home to Japan’s largest population of brown bears, as well as a natural sanctuary for foxes and deer. In the wintertime, large blocks of drift ice drift gently past the park’s coastline, making it the southernmost point of the northern hemisphere that is witness to this phenomenon.

How to Get There

By Air and Bus
The domestic airport closest to Shiretoko National Park is Memanbetsu Airport, which hosts direct flights to and from Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Sapporo. The airport is about 100 kilometres west of the national park.

There are a small number of direct bus services between the airport and Utoro throughout the year. The Japanese public transport system is quite efficient but bus services in this area are infrequent, particularly in winter, so rental cars are the most convenient means of transportation by far.

There are bus services between Shiretoko Shari Station and Utoro all year round. In summer, infrequent services connect Utoro with the Shiretoko Five Lakes and with Rausu via Shiretoko Pass. During the peak summer period, the unpaved access road to the Kamuiwakkayu Falls is closed to private traffic and shuttle buses operate instead. The Shiretoko Peninsula receives a lot of snow during winter, and many of the park’s roads are closed from late November to late April, including the road over Shiretoko Pass and to the Shiretoko Five Lakes and the Kamuiwakkayu Falls.

Accommodation

As with all popular Japanese tourist destinations, you are spoiled for choice in terms of accommodation in the Shiretoko area. The hotels here are all relatively clean and a little research will throw up a range of choices perfect for your budget and requirements. Here are two popular options:

1. Hotel Kifuuclub Shiretoko
Set across the Shiretoko National Highway from the Sea of Okhotsk, this secluded, casual hot spring hotel is 14 km from the Mount Rausu volcano, which is in Shiretoko National Park.

Address: 318 Utoro Higashi Shari-cho, Shari District, Hokkaido

Phone : +81-152-24-3541

Fax : +81-152-24-3550

Website : http://www.ryokan.or.jp/english/yado/main/91318

2. Utoro Onsen Hotel Shiretoko
In a building with a redbrick entryway, this modest hot spring hotel is 9 km from the Oshinkoshin Waterfall and 17 km from the summit of Mount Rausu.

Address: 37 Utoro-kagawa Shari-cho, Shari District, Hokkaido

Phone : +81-152-24-2131

Fax : +81-152-24-206

Website:  https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Hokkaido-Shari-Utoro_Onsen_Hotel_Shiretoko/31099/

 

3. Rishiri and Rebun

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Forming the Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park, these two islands which dot the northern tip of Hokkaido are home to peaceful fishing villages. Each features distinct but equally breathtaking scenery.

They are popular hiking destinations with wildflowers and the slow-paced life close to nature is the primary draw. Rishiri Island is dominated by its namesake mountain, which locals describe as “shy” by way of its refusal to emerge from the clouds and mist. Rebun is longer and flatter than Rishiri and most famous for its wealth of alpine flowers found at sea level due to the harsh climate.

How to Get There

By Ferry from Wakkanai, Hokkaido
Heart Land Ferry (formerly known as Higashi Nihonkai Ferry) operates the following ferry routes:

  • Wakkanai – Rishiri (Oshidomari Port),: 100 minutes, about 2100 yen, 2-3 round trips per day
  • Wakkanai – Rebun (Kafuka Port): 115 minutes, about 2300 yen, 2-4 round trips per day
  • Rishiri (Oshidomari Port) – Rebun (Kafuka Port): 40 minutes, about 800 yen, 1-2 round trips per day
  • Rishiri (Kutsugata Port) – Rebun (Kafuka Port): 40 minutes, about 800 yen, 1 round trip per day (in summer only)

Rental car reservations should be made at least one day in advance. Exact fares vary depending on the fuel surcharge.

You can travel from Sapporo to Wakkanai by train in 5.5 hours, by air in 1 hour, or by bus in 6 hours. It is also accessible from Tokyo via a 2-hour direct flight. Wakkanai Airport is a 35-minute bus ride from the city centre.

Accommodation

There are many clean and beautiful hotels in the vicinity of the National Park, ranging from the basic to the luxurious. Here are two examples:

1. Rishiri Fureai Onsen
From Oshidomari Port: Take the Soya Bus B Route bound for Kutsugata and get off at Kutsugata Bus Stop (approx. 40 min). The hotel is about seven minutes on foot from there. It commands an unfettered view of Mt. Rishiri, as well as the spectacular vistas of the sunset over the Sea of Japan and the fires lit on fishermen’s boats to lure fish. Guests can look forward to enjoying the large onsen as well as traditional kaiseki course meals prepared with delicious local seafood.

Address: 90 Aza-Fujimi-cho, Kutsugata, Rishiri-cho, Rishiri District, Hokkaido 097-0401

Phone: +81 163-84-2001

Website: www. Hotel Rishiri.com

2. Mitsui Kanko Hotel
From Kafuka-ko Port: About 10 minutes on foot, or 2 minutes by taxi. Located within the seaside park, this hotel offers magnificent views of the lake. Guests are invited to enjoy freshly caught seafood such as sea urchin and various types of fish and shellfish.

Address: 277-2 Kafuka-mura, Rebun-cho, Rebun-gun, Hokkaido

Phone: +81 163-86-1717

Fax: +81 163-86-2035

 

4. Noborbetsu

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Noboribetsu is a hot spring resort town that is part of the Shikotsu-Toya National Park. The town’s 11 kinds of thermal waters are considered the most soothing and healing in the whole country. Many of the hot springs in Noboribetsu are in ryokan (Japanese-style inns) appointed with traditional amenities and services.

How to Get There

By Train
Take the JR Tohoku/Hokkaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto (4 hours) and transfer to the Hokuto limited express to Noboribetsu Station (2.5 hours). The entire one-way trip costs around 26,000 yen and takes around seven hours. It is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Rail Pass. Note that seat reservations are mandatory on Hayabusa trains between Tokyo and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto.

JR Noboribetsu Station is located in the city’s urban centre close to the coast, while the hot spring town and Jigokudani are a 15-minute car, taxi or bus ride from the station into the hills. A taxi ride costs around 2000-2500 yen, while a bus ride costs 340 yen one way.

Accommodation

Both luxurious 5-star hotels and more economical options abound in the area around Noboribetsu. The two hotels listed below are within walking distance to the Noboribetsu Bear Park and Hot Spring area. However, you may want to do your own research to find the best accommodation for your needs.

1. Hotel Yumoto Noboribetsu
A 14-minute walk from Noboribetsu Hot Spring, this casual inn is 2 km from the steam vents and sulphur pools at Jigokudani (Hell Valley) and 6 km from Lake Kuttara.

Address: 29 Noboribetsuonsencho, Noboribetsu, Hokkaido 059-0551

Phone: +81 143-84-2277

Fax: +81 143-84-3988

Website:  http://www.yumoto-noboribetu.com/

2. Hotel Oyado Kiyomizuya
A 5-minute walk from Noboribetsu Hot Spring, this understated hotel is 3 km from Lake Kuttara and 8 km from the Noboribetsu train station. It is wonderfully located for both shopping and sightseeing, and is easily accessible by car.

Address: 173 Noboribetsuonsencho, Noboribetsu, Hokkaido 059-0551

Phone: +81 143-84-2145

Fax: +81 143-84-2146Website:  https://www.kiyomizuya.co.jp/english/

 

5. Furano

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Furano is known for its pleasant and picturesque rural landscapes. The best time to visit is July, when the lavender fields are in bloom. During winter, Furano turns into a popular downhill and cross country skiing resort.

How to Get There

By Train
The journey from Tokyo to Furano by trains involves transfers at Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto, Sapporo and Takikawa, takes about 10 hours, costs around 29,000 yen one-way, and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

Because attractions are spread over the entire region and public transportation is rather poor, a rental car is the recommended means for getting around. There are several rental car outlets around Furano Station.

Accommodation

There are many accommodation options to choose from, ranging from simple hostels to luxurious hotels. Here are just two examples, and we recommend you do further research to find the right accommodation for you.

1. Resort Inn North Country
Located 1.5 km from Kitanomine Gondola Terminal, this hotel is about 3 km from JR Furano Train Station, and a bus from the station stops at the hotel. Furano Cheese Factory is a 10-minute drive away while Asahigaoka Park and Garden of the Wind are about 1.5 km away.

Address: Shimogoryo, Furano, Hokkaido 076-0017

Phone: +81 167-23-6565

Fax: +81 167-23-6009

Website: http://www.northcountryinnfurano.com/index.htm

2. Hotel Sunfuraton
A 5-minute walk from Furano Station, this unassuming redbrick hotel on a relaxed street is 5 km from Torinuma Park and 6 km from Furano Ski Area. Hotel Sunfuraton is the perfect place to experience Furano/Biei and its surroundings. Easily accessible.

Address: 1-1 Wakamatsucho, Furano, Hokkaido 076-0032

Phone: +81 167-22-5155

Fax: +81 167-22-3988

Website: www.sunfuraton.com/

 

6. Asahikawa

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Asahikawa is the second largest city in Hokkaido. Its most popular attraction is Asahiyama Zoo, famous for the ingenious construction of its animal enclosures that give visitors unique perspectives of the wildlife. See eye-to-eye with a wolf in the middle of its habitat or marvel as a seal whooshes through a vertical glass passageway. Asahikawa is also known for its scrumptious ramen, aptly named Asahikawa Ramen – a soy sauce-based ramen that is quite sinful, very tasty and very oily.

How to Get There

By Air or Train
Domestic flights are available into Asahikawa from Tokyo Haneda (1.5 hours), Nagoya or Sapporo. Fly into Sapporo or get a train from Honshu up to Sapporo, and then a train to Asahikawa.

From Sapporo City, JR trains depart every 30 minutes. The trip takes about 80 minutes. The journey from the New Chitose Airport to Asahikawa takes approximately 2.5 hours by train.

Accommodation

There are many accommodation choices, ranging from simple hostels to luxurious hotels. Here are just two examples, and we recommend you do further research to find the right accommodation for you.

1. Hotel Asahidake Manseikaku Hotel Deer Valley
Located in Daisetsuzan National Park near the slopes of Hokkaido’s tallest peak, Asahidake, this hotel is conveniently located within 1 mile (1.6 km) of the Asahidake Ropeway. Tenninkyo Gorges is 12.1 miles (19.5 km) away.

Address: Asahidake Onsen, Higashikawa, Kamikawa District, Hokkaido 071-1472

Phone: +81 166-97-2321

Fax: +81 166-97-2332

Website:  http://www.hamano-hotels.co.jp/lang/hotel_deer_valley/en/

2. Sounkyo Kankou Hotel
Located in Sounkyo, this ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn, is within 1 mile (1.6 km) of both the Daisetsuzankurodake Ski Area and Sounkyo Hot Spring. Ginga no Taki Falls is 2 miles (3.2 km) away. Surrounded by forested mountains along Highway 39, it is a laid-back establishment with open-plan architecture.

Address: Sounkyo Hot Spring Resort, Kamikawa-cho, Kamikawa District, Hokkaido 078-1797

Phone: +81 1658-5-3145

Fax: +81 1658-5-3362

Website: en.sounkyo-kankou.co.jp/

 

7. Niseko

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Niseko is a ski resort town world-famous for its powdery snow, vast areas for backcountry skiing and long, wide runs. The ski areas in Niseko that have become popular among Japanese and foreigners include Hirafu, Higashiyama, Annupuri, Hanazono, Moiwa, and Weiss.

How to Get There

There are various options to travel to Niseko, including buses and private transfers to/from the Sapporo New Chitose Airport, transport to/from Sapporo City (including a Sapporo to Niseko bus), and trains.

By train: If you want to get to Niseko as early as possible in the day, stay in Sapporo and board the first train for Niseko, which departs at 06:51 a.m.

By car: Two to three hours’ drive from New Chitose, Hokkaido’s only international airport.

By bus: This is the most convenient and economical way to get from Sapporo Airport to Niseko. The bus takes about 2.5-3 hours, depending on road conditions and your drop off point.

Accommodation

Whether you are looking for a simple hostel or a luxurious hotel, Niseko has the perfect choice waiting for you. Here are just two examples, but we recommend you do further research to find the right accommodation for your needs.

1. Hotel Niseko Alpen
Located in the heart of the Niseko mountain range, surrounded by gorgeous mountain views, the Niseko Alpen is just 5 km from the Hirafu train station and 9 km from the Niseko Village Golf Course.

Address: 204 Aza-Yamada, Kutchan-cho, Abuta District, Hokkaido 044-0081Phone: +81 136-22-1105

Website: http://www.hotel-nisekoalpen.jp/en/

2. Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort
Set amidst forested mountains, this upscale ski resort is 30 km from the Sasson Golf Club and 26 km from the shores of the Ishikari Bay.

Address: 650 Tokiwa Akaigawa, Yoichi District, Hokkaido 046-0593

Phone: +81 135-34-7111

Website: http://www.sheratonhokkaidokiroro.co.jp/en

 

8. Akan National Park

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Designated a protected park in 1934, Akan National Park is famous for its three crystal-clear lakes – Lake Akan, Lake Kussharo, and Lake Mashu. Fog often hangs above the surface of these lakes, particularly on Lake Mashu, giving them an air of mystery and tranquility.

How to Get There

Public transport in this region is infrequent and a rental car is the most convenient way to access and explore Akan National Park. The park can be reached by car within 1-2 hours from Bihoro, Kushiro or Abashiri. Car rental outlets are available at the airports, in Kushiro and in Abashiri.

Accommodation

A variety of people visit Akan National Park and the hotels in the area range from the luxurious to basic. Here are two examples but we recommend that you explore the range of other options available, also.

1. Hotel Gozensui
This hotel is located in Kushiro, near Country Site Akanko Ski Resort Utara and Lake Mashu. It is about 80 minutes by car from Kushiro Station and 60 minutes from Kushiro Airport.

Address: 4-5-1, Akankoonsen, Akan-Cho, Kushiro-Shi, Hokkaido, 085-0467

Phone: +81 154-67-2031

Website: http://www.ryokan.or.jp/english/yado/main/00910

2. Hotel Akankoso
Overlooking Lake Akan, this modern hot spring hotel is a 5-minute walk from the Akanko Hot Spring and 17 km from Mount Meakan.

Address: 1-5-10 Akankoonsen, Akancho, Kushiro-shi, Hokkaido 085-0467

Phone: +81 154-67-2231

Fax: +81 154-67-2593

Website: http://www.ryokan.or.jp/english/yado/main/00940

 

9. Lake Toya

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Lake Toya or Toyako is part of the Shikotsu-Toya National Park. Its mesmerising scenery was the backdrop for the 2008 G8 Summit. The lake itself is picturesque but when combined with the nearby hot springs and the active volcano Mt. Usu, it becomes even more beautiful. Visitors can go kayaking, fishing, trekking, and camping. When its time to relax, the park’s several hot springs are the perfect getaway.

How to Get There

Lake Toyako Onsen is accessible by bus or train from Sapporo. If you want to travel on your own schedule, there is a public bus option from Sapporo to Toyako Onsen that takes 2 hours.

Accommodation

The range of accommodation available is as diverse as the people who visit, and you will find simple hostels, luxurious hotels and everything in between here. Here are two examples, but feel free to do your own research to find the best one for your needs.

1. Hotel Grand Toya
Overlooking Lake Toya, this straightforward hotel is a 7-minute walk from downtown Toyako and 14 km from Mount Usu national park.

Address: 144 Toyakoonsen, Toyako, Abuta District, Hokkaido 049-5721

Phone: +81 142-75-2288

Website: http://www.japanican.com/en/hotel/detail/1570007/

2. Toyako Onsen Hokkai Hotel
Situated in Abuta, this laid-back hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Usuzanfunka Memorial Park, Lake Toyako, and Toyako Forest Museum. Showa-shinzan and Showashinzan Ropeway are also within 6 miles (10 km). Set across the promenade from the scenic volcanic caldera Lake Tōya, it is a short 12-minute walk from the Toyako Hot Spring.

Address: 147 Toyakoonsen, Toyako, Abuta District, Hokkaido 049-5721

Phone: +81 142-75-2325

Website: http://www.ryokan.or.jp/english/yado/main/03320

 

10. Onuma Park

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To fully appreciate the majesty and wonder of Onuma Park, you have to explore it on foot or by bicycle. It is a relatively small park with a dormant volcano called Mt. Komagatake.

Its proximity to the cities of Hakodate and Sapporo make it the perfect weekend getaway for the many residents of Hokkaido. Boating and canoeing are the preferred ways of exploring the lakes in the park, which is dotted with islets and peninsulas. It also has vast forests filled with birch and maple trees.

How to Get There

By train: From Hakodate, the Ltd Express Super Hokuto train takes 19 minutes to reach Onuma Koen station while the regular JR Hakodtate train takes about 50 minutes. These trains leave approximately every hour. Be sure to check the return schedule because trains are not as frequent in the evening and don’t run very late.

By bus: Buses to Hakodate take approximately an hour to complete the journey.

Tourist offices near JR Onuma Koen or any rail station can help you with maps and other information for a great trip.

Accommodation

The popularity of Onuma Park with both Japanese and international travellers means that there is no shortage of accommodation options; they range from simple hostels to luxurious hotels. Here are just two examples:

1. Hotel Granvillage Onuma
Located in Okushiri and about 5 minutes by car from Onumakoen Station, this quaint facility is near Hakodate Morning Market. A complimentary shuttle service can be booked.

Address: 104-3 Kamiikusagawa, Nanae, Kameda District, Hokkaido 041-1353

Phone: +81 138-84-8333

Fax: +81 138-83-5944

Website: http://www.japanican.com/en/hotel/detail/1605A03/

2. Hotel Wing International Tomakomai
This elegant hotel is set in a bustling neighbourhood, and is just a 3-minute walk from Tomakomai train station, 2 km from Minato Park and 3 km from Tarumaezan Shrine.

Address: 2-2-10 Chiyoda-chou, Chitose-shi, Hokkaido

Phone: +81 144-33-0333

Fax: +81 144-33-0222

Website: http://www.hotelwing.co.jp/tomakomai/en/

 

Travel Books on Hokkaido

A little bit of research and planning can go a long way in making your Hokkaido trip easier and more enjoyable. We recommend these two Hokkaido travel guides because they capture the essence of the Hokkaido spirit in the range of activities and adventures that they explore, and the depths into which their research has gone.

Lonely Planet has been the most popular and trusted producer of travel guidebooks for just about every travel destination in the world. With constant updates from a vibrant travellers’ community, The Lonely Planet Japan guidebook contains detailed itineraries and highlighted destinations, reviews on hotels, and colour maps for locations.

 

The Lonely Planet Guide to Japan

Authors: Rebecca Milner, Ray Bartlett, Andrew Bender, Craig McLachlan, Kate Morgan, Simon Richmond, Tom Spurling, Phillip Tang, Benedict Walker, Wendy Yanagihara

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Hokkaidō is the Japan of wide-open spaces, with primeval forests, lakes, fields of alpine wildflowers and bubbling hot springs. In winter, Hokkaidō has earned a reputation as a paradise for skiers and snowboarders; there are international-level resorts here, but also remote back-country opportunities. An informative travel guide to the Hokkaido region, this book contains information and maps about the region’s worldly attractions.

Highlights:

  • Colour maps and images throughout.
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests.
  • Honest reviews for all budgets – eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss.
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience – history, festivals, hiking, onsen, cuisine, architecture, sport, traditional accommodation, geisha, visual arts, performing arts, literature, music, environment, cinema.

 

Lonely Planet – Discover Japan

Authors: Chris Rowthorn, Ray Bartlett, Andrew Bender, Laura Crawford, Craig McLachlan, Rebecca Milner, Simon Richmond, Benedict Walker, Wendy Yanagihara

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Discover Japan is our collection of the country’s top sights and most authentic experiences. Perfect for anyone who doesn’t need accommodation listings, it’s packed with expert knowledge, local secrets and carefully crafted itineraries, as well as the most relevant and up-to-date advice, to help you create an unforgettable trip. Uncover the delights of Japanese cuisine, bask in the awesome gaze of the country’s best temples and lower yourself into the tub in a classic Japanese onsen; all with your trusted travel companion. Discover the best of Japan and begin your journey now!

Highlights:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Honest reviews for all budgets – eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience – including history, art, architecture, onsen, ryokan

 
Footnotes
[1] Bureau of Tourism, Department of Economic Affairs, Japan. October 14, 2014. Status of Hokkaido Tourism. Available at: http://www.pref.hokkaido.lg.jp/kz/kkd/eigohokkaidokankougenkyou.pdf

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C5%8Dmon_period

 
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  2. http://wikitravel.org/en/Hokkaido
  3. https://wanderwisdom.com/travel-destinations/10-Best-Places-to-Visit-When-Travelling-in-Hokkaido-Japan
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  5. http: //nihonscope.com/history-in-japan/the-ainu-people-of-japan-revealed-who-are-they /
  6. http://www.sogouniversal.com/web/meisho/hokkaido/hokkaido.html
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  10. https://wanderwisdom.com/travel-destinations/10-Best-Places-to-Visit-When-Travelling-in-Hokkaido-Japan
  11. https://shewalkstheworld.com/2015/10/08/mynns-top-10-food-to-eat-in-hokkaido/
  12. http://www.powderhounds.com/Japan/Hokkaido/Niseko/Getting-There.aspx
  13. http://shop.lonelyplanet.com/japan/discover-japan-travel-guide-3/
  14. http://www.pref.hokkaido.lg.jp/kz/kkd/eigohokkaidokankougenkyou.pdf
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C5%8Dmon_period

 
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  1. S.Prathap on Sep 20, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Hokkaido such a wonderful place to visit and good place to worth the money spent.It is famous for the volcanoes,natural hot spring and snow fields that dot its spot.Hokkaido is well known for its variety of fresh seafood and agriculture .
    Yearly millions of people local as well abroad visited Hokkaido because of its beauty Thank you very much for the amazing article about beautiful Hokkaido.

  2. Lin Mun on May 7, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Hokkaido is so beautiful. So many clean and nice scenery in the island. I have not been to Japan and I do hope I have the opportunity to visit this nice island.

  3. Lew on Oct 19, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Hokkaido is so beautiful, and I love it mainly for her snow and ever cold weather. It is full of culture just like other parts of Japan. I wish I would have a chance to travel to this place one day in this lifetime…

  4. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 19, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Dear friends,

    This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become.

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  5. Anne Ong on Oct 4, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    I love this post on wonderful Hokaido. Love those japanese food on the post. Looks so delicious! Beautiful pictures and scenery of Hokaido. Some of the places i find interesting on this post are… 5. Furano, 4. Noborbetsu, 9. Lake Toya, 1. Daisetsuzan. And i love the pictures of those snacks! Lol ? Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this wonderful article.???

  6. wan wai meng on Oct 2, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Hope the Ainu can protect their indigenous identity for future generations.

    All ancient civilizations and cultures have much to offer to us.

    Like most part of Japan Hokkaido is very beautiful too.

  7. Samfoonheei on Sep 20, 2017 at 1:27 am

    Japan is a beautiful country and Hokkaido is one of a place worth to visit in place. A
    place full with wonder and surpress for anyone visiting there…….beautiful and gorgeous mountains, beautiful landscapes which is the home of many flora and fauna during spring time and delicious foods to offer to tourist. Natural hot springs can be found there whereby tourist can enjoy themselves.
    Yearly millions of people local as well abroad visited Hokkaido because of its beauty. A place worth the money spent.
    Thank you for sharing

  8. Irene Lim on Sep 18, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    I love Hokkaido.

    There are many great tasting food in Hokkaido. Her organic food, lavender products, sappora beer, noodles, sweet corn and not to forget to mention Yubari Melon are all excellent. Hokkaido learns beer and whiskey making from Finland and won them many awards. Hokkaido also emulate Finland in many of their domestic policies for the betterment of their state.

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    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 08:11 PM
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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 04:19 PM
    In Mahayana Buddhism, a bodhisattva refers to anyone who has generated bodhicitta, a spontaneous wish and compassionate mind to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings. Bodhisattvas are common figures in Buddhist literature and art. They exist as guides and providers to help us following the teachings about generosity, patience, meditative balance, and insight into what is essential, so we can come to live in a way that benefits others. At the same time, we learn compassion for ourselves and see that we are not separate from the people we have imagined are estranged from us. Self and other heal together.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/a-bodhisatta-is-a-being-devoted-to-enlightenment
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 04:17 PM
    Thanks to Dr. Matthew William King who did a detail well research article regarding Dorje Shugden in Mongolia. Through his research he has confirmed that even long before H H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s time, at least a century before, Dorje Shugden practice was already popularized in Lhasa. The practice of Dorje Shugden by the great lamas and many others had widely invoked the dharma Protector in Mongolia. Dr King’s research clearly demonstrates that Mongolia’s lamas had been promoting and encouraging the practice. Dorje Shugden was an established practice in the Sakya School for hundreds of years before Pabongka Rinpoche’s time. Hence Dorje Shugden definitely not a evil or spirits as claimed by the Tibetan leadership. Reading through this interesting article we could understand better how Mongolian lamas have been all along protecting and preserving not only the practice of Dorje Shugden, but also of Buddhism’s revival as a whole in modern-day Mongolia.
    THANK YOU for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-mongolia-saved-dorje-shugden.html
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    Very informative and interesting article, Sri Lanka offers everything that makes one escape a memorable one!. Being awarded a best tourist destinations with various fascinating attraction, ancient historic site from soulful Buddhist monasteries, temples to exotic and impeccable spots rarely explored. Thanks for the beautiful scenery photos sharing and hope to visit this beautiful Island and enjoy my stay.

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    Wednesday, Mar 3. 2021 03:22 PM
    In the present-day many people suffers from eye problems .These disorders are usually overcome using powerful glasses and lenses, However using powerful glasses can worsen eye problems.

    This is really a great article for all of us. I am blessed to come across of these practice and teaching, hope to start soon and overcome my eye problem. Thank you so much for the sharing.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 1. 2021 04:01 PM
    Interesting read with the discovery of various legends, texts by archaeologists thousands years ago. Historians and experts had investigated and found evidence of contact between humans and extra-terrestrial life very much earlier. Their findings theory seem that extra-terrestrials have visited Earth for millions of years. Since the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to continued mass sightings in the US. Historians had revealed that aliens have been with us all along. Encounters with strange beings and sightings of mysterious objects in the sky have been recorded. Such as Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to America witnessed strange lights in the sky and sightings of flying cigar-shaped crafts were reported during the Black Plague that struck Europe and Asia in the mid-1300s. There were many others historical evidence of early civilization that had close encounters with Aliens. Interesting read and to watch the video.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

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

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    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:32 PM
    Wow…..wonderful dog lovers should read to help them to be more caring, loving having a pet. Once we have them as our pet we have the responsibility to give care and love to them. Dogs have feelings like us and is men best friend.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this essential facts for dog lovers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kunkhyen-choku-ozer-master-of-the-kalachakra-guhyasamaja-tantras.html

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  • March 7, 2021 17:30
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Do you recommend doing Tsem Rinpoche’s guru yoga as part of daily Sadhana? I am sure I read on the article for the name retreat that it could be done as daily prayers but now I can’t see that sentence? Thank you.
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  • March 4, 2021 22:52
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Can a lay person work towards the preliminary practices by accumulating daily ? Many thanks.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes, of course. Anyone can engage in the preliminary practices, you don't have to be ordained in order to do so. However for one's practice to be considered a full preliminary practice, you need to do 100,000 repetitions of whichever practice you are engaged in without break. That means you must engage in at least one session a day, until the count is completed. 10% of the count is also added on top, to make up for any unintentional mistakes. So the figure would actually be 110,000. If you skip a day, that means you have broken your preliminary retreat. If this occurs you can still dedicate the practice you have done so far, and you will still benefit from the merit generated and the purification of negative karma from the practice, but it is not counted as a full preliminary practice. Also you must adhere to the retreat procedures for the duration of the time it takes you to complete the particular preliminary practice. For example, an altar with daily offerings, retreat seat with swastika, refraining from eating black foods, etc. This may not be convenient for most people in our day and age. So what you can do is to spend a certain amount of time accumulating a specific figure, for example 10,000 repetitions of a particular practice. Seal the practice at the end with a strong dedication, like the King of Prayers. Later on, you can repeat the procedure more times until you complete 100,000. This method was given by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for modern-day practitioners who do not have the time to complete 100,000 in one go. While it technically does not constitute a full preliminary retreat, you still gain immense merits and purification from engaging in the practice, even if spaced out. As Rinpoche said, it's better for you to do mini preliminary retreats than not doing any of the preliminary practices whatsoever. That being said, if you do have the ability to do a full preliminary retreat and it will not negatively impact you, such as create financial difficulties or strain familial relationships, then of course go ahead! To have the sincere wish to engage in any Dharma practice is wonderful. You can read more about the individual preliminary practices here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html You can watch a short teaching on the preliminary practices by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/cosmic-tantra.html
  • March 3, 2021 04:13
    Sandra asked: Dear respected pastors, what are dreams? Do dreams have significance? Are they simply images the mind views at night - do they resemble the dreamer's state of mind? Thank you for all your replies :) :)
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Hello. Nice to see you back here. On the normal level, both waking and dream states are both marred by our delusions. The teachings tell us that this deluded state continues through all our experiences, whether during the dreaming or waking states. The way to overcome this is to "wake up" from our delusions, or reach enlightenment. Normally when people think of dreams, they do so in psychological terms and so focus on the content of the dream. When we investigate the nature of the dream itself, we begin to investigate something deeper, the processes that underlies the whole of our existence. Understand this propels you further along the spiritual journey towards enlightenment. We have many dreams during one night of sleep, and may or may not consciously remember then when we wake up. In terms of content, dreams can be used to work through psychological issues or can indicate certain issues and overcoming them (as is common within Western psychological practices). In Tibetan Buddhism, dreams can be used for much more. In the advanced practices, one can transform ordinary dreams to further one's spiritual journey. This is not only in terms of working through psychological issues, but in terms of meditation and practice as well. Generally, there are three types of dreams as described below. Most of us only experience the first type, unless we progress on the spiritual path. 1. Samsaric dreams: these arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we take a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. 2. Clarity dreams: These dreams occur when you are fairly progressed in meditational practices and can carry this into the dream state. These dreams arise not from the emotions, or memories, etc., but from more subtler forms of karma and delusions. However, just like in waking mediational practice, you are not affected by the images or thoughts that appear to you. 3. Clear Light dreams: In the advanced tantric practices, there are teachings called dream yoga. The object of these is to achieve the clear light dreams, which are very difficult to achieve and take years and years of intense practice. The most important clear light mind that arises is actually at the time of our death, if we are trained enough in this very subtle state, we can actually control where we take rebirth. If we are more experienced in this state, then we can actually use it to meditate on the teachings and achieve enlightenment. Clear light dreams are a "lesser" type of clear light mind, that helps practitioners prepare for the time of death. When we have an auspicious dream such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., even though this is auspicious, it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. There are instances however, when the enlightened beings and Dharma protectors will send practitioners dreams to help with their practice or as methods of divination. Tsem Rinpoche once told us of a very powerful Nyingma lama known for his divination abilities. Students would ask him a question, then he would take a nap, and receive divination advice in this dreams, which he would then relay to his students. This lama was well-known for this ability because his dream divinations were extremely accurate. As I am sure you can tell, the scope of dreams with the Buddhist context is very vast and I will not be able to cover everything here. However, I hope that what I have written helps your understanding. Thank you.
  • March 1, 2021 23:37
    Sandra asked: Hello dear pastors, wish we could have an article like the one below to highlight the auspicious days of 2021. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/auspicious-days.html
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your suggestion. At the moment, there are no plans to publish another article with 2021 dates. But I have listed out some of the auspicious days and their dates for this year for you. I have only included future dates, not those that have already passed. Saga Dawa Duchen - 26th May 2021 Chokhor Duchen - 14th July 2021 Dorje Shugden Day - 24th August 2021 Lhabab Duchen - 27th October 2021 Gaden Ngamchoe or Tsongkhapa Day - 29th December 2021 I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question and its nice to see you here again. The reason why we pray in front of our altars is because it becomes a focal point of the enlightened energies we are invoking. Therefore it becomes a kind of portal for the energies of transformation, peace, healing, prosperity and protection. It is also the place where we make offerings to the Buddhas. As such, most people usually only have 1 altar in their home. However, you can have more than 1 altar in your home. As it is an altar, it should be complete with representations of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas. This would be an image (either a statue, thangka, tsa tsa, poster, framed picture, etc), a Dharma text and a stupa. In front of these, you should have at least 1 type of offering or more. This can be a fixed offering or maybe even a set of water offerings, which you make every day. Since practitioners make offerings on a daily basis, most opt to have only 1 altar, but there is no rule in Buddhism to say you can only have 1 altar. The altar however, should be placed in a respectful place. So, not in the bathroom. Or if in the bedroom, you should put a screen up to block it when you are changing, sleeping, etc. Alternatively, you can keep it in a cupboard, and close the doors during such activities. But altars should be dedicated places to the Buddhas, so don't put secular items in the same place, such as on the same shelf, etc. When it comes to praying, it is usually done in front of the altar, as you are invoking the enlightened beings. When you do your prayers there it becomes a powerful place in your home, and provides you with a sacred space to pray and meditate. However, if circumstances are difficult, then of course you can pray elsewhere. For example, when I first set up an altar, I was living in a single room with not much space. I set up an altar on a shelf but was not able to pray in front of it. Once I had made offerings, I would simply sit in another part of the room and do the prayers there. If it is really not convenient, then of course it is permissible to do the prayers elsewhere. It is better to do the prayers, than not do them at all if you can't be in front of your altar. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 25, 2021 01:33
    Kuenzang wangdi asked: What would be my most suitable colour ?
    pastor answered: Dear Kuenzang Wangdi, Thank you for your question. The following calculators may be of interest to you: Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html In relation to which colour if most favourable for you, unfortunately our calculators do not give this information. However, from a Buddhist practice viewpoint, what is more important is the transformation of the mind. Once we transform our minds according to teachings, we are able to overcome any obstacle and create good conditions for our lives. You can learn a very short mind transformation teaching here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/eight-verses-of-thought-transformation.html You can couple this with formal practice. If you are interested, a very good practice to bring energies of increase and generate a long life, merits, wealth and prosperity in your life, is the the practice of Gyenze. You can find information about the practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html. I hope this helps. Thanks.
  • February 22, 2021 22:14
    Naseer asked: Hi My name is Naseer Ahmed 8th dec 1979. Life path 1 Im looking to add to my name slightly... change it too... Naseer Al Ahmed... Would this be more complimentary as far as for the business front... or would it not make any difference
    pastor answered: Hello Naseer, As per your question, your Life Path Number is 1. The Life Path Number according to the system of numerology used on our website is calculated using your date of birth. Therefore, a change in name will not affect your Life Path Number. Some of the other calculators on the same page do however use your name. One of the smaller calculators you may be interested in is the Achievement Number, but again, this only uses your date of birth for the calculation. You can find it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html You may also be interested in two of our other pages: Chinese Zodiac - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html Thank you for your question. I hope this helps.
  • February 20, 2021 18:36
    Sandra asked: After making a food offering to the three jewels (which we will eat for lunch etc), should we think of it as a blessing and partake?
    pastor answered: Hello Sandra, When making food offerings to the Three Jewels, which you eat yourself, when you recite the prayer and make the offering, you should visualise that the Buddhas receive your food offering and because you have made an offering, they are very pleased. It also fulfills one of the Refuge commitments, which is to offer the first portion of whatever we eat and drink to the Three Jewels, while remembering their kindness. You can then partake of the meal and consider it a blessing from the Three Jewels. Alternatively, you can set out a plate (which you reserve for this purpose) of food, which you can offer on your altar. Similarly, once the food has been left on your altar for a while, you can later remove it and consume it as a blessing. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 19, 2021 04:33
    Sandra asked: Is intovertedness a bad quality? Since Buddha is so altruistic and this is the opposite trait, it must be bad. How do you think one should lessen introverted tendencies?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Introvertedness is not a bad quality. Altruism and compassion are different from being an introvert or extrovert. Introverts are generally quieter people, less expressive of their emotions, while extroverts are the opposite. Buddhist practice is not about expression of emotion. Rather the altruistic and compassionate teachings are more about how you help other people and sentient beings, physically or emotionally. If the qualities of introverted-ness are stopping you from developing these, then they need to change. But this may not be necessary, depending on the qualities that you are talking about. You can do simple meditations to building up the energy of compassion in your mindstream and you will see that you actions will automatically start to be more compassionate and altruistic. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 18, 2021 03:28
    Sandra asked: How should one behave when negative karma is being purified? How can we know if bad karma is being purified? Do we accumulate positive karma simultaneously when doing purification practices? Many thanks for your response.
    pastor answered: Hello again Sandra, There are two ways in which karma can be purified, the first is through our own efforts alone and the second is through our own effort, combined with a purification practice. Through our own efforts: this means that you transform your mind enough to not react negatively in any situation and only react in a positive manner. For example, you may have the karma to get angry. So you get into situations which makes you angry. If you react normally, then you will get angry again, this will only lead you to create more karma of being angry. But if you make the effort not to get angry in those situations then you do not create or multiply that karma. The original karma you have may lead you to be in those types of situations again, but if you do not get angry then after a while you start to purify that karma. Through your own efforts, combined with a purification practice: as you are working on transforming your mind, you can rely on the practices that help you to purify your karma, such as the practice of Vajrasattva or the 35 Confessional Buddhas. This boosts your ability to purify negative karma, based on the enlightened energies of the Buddhas. This however is only truly effective when combined with the Four Opponent Powers. You can read more about that here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html In general, when karma is being purified then you should remain level-headed and not act out of emotion or habit, but from your understanding of the workings of karma and the Dharma. But actually, this should not only be when karma is being purified. You should act and behave in this way all the time according to the Dharma, then you are, up to a point, always purifying karma. It is one of the reasons that so much emphasis is placed on refraining from negative actions and engaging in positive actions using your body, speech and mind, because these are the three means or 'doors' with which you interact with the world. At our level, we cannot tell if karma is being purified or not, only those who are more highly attained can tell. However, that is one of the reasons the Buddhist texts advise study of and belief in karma. If there is karma, then it can be purified, and the way to do so is transform your mind and invoke upon the enlightened beings. So if you are doing both, you can rest assured that you are in fact purifying your karma. When you purify negative karma, whether just through your own efforts or combined with a purification practice you collect merit, not positive karma. If you simply do a good action, you collect good karma. But if you are practicing the Dharma with the intention of achieving enlightenment, you take refuge, engage in the practice, and dedicate at the end, then you develop merit, not positive karma. If you want to read more about how karma works and how to purify it in more detail, I suggest you read a Lamrim text such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, which you can order from your local bookstore or get online here (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand).
  • February 17, 2021 23:06
    Sandra asked: Hello pastors, thank you for your response to my earlier question. Do divination predictions change frequently? Why does that happen?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Divinations, compared to astrological predictions, are much more accurate. There are many types of divination, but those based on the practice of enlightened beings are very accurate. Three of the most well-known in Tibetan Buddhism are the divination practices of Manjushri, Palden Lhamo and Dorje Shugden. You can read more about Dorje Shugden's dice divination here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-dice-divination.html Questions that are asked during divinations are much more specific than the types of topics that astrological predictions can help with, therefore are based on very specific types of karma. This means that if you asked a divination question twice, without taking remedial actions in between, then the answer would most likely be the same, given that all the prerequisites have been held by the diviner and the divinations are genuine. However, if a divination is done and then remedial actions recommended, such as various practices or pujas, and these are done to the letter, then if the question is asked again, then the results would differ. This is because when engaging in these practices or pujas, either you generate the merit necessary to overpower the negative effects of the karma, or you purify the negative effects of the karma creating the situation. This however, is generally not done. You wouldn't ask the same question twice or over and over again. The reason for this is because one of the factors that comes into play when seeking divination is faith. This is faith in the fact that the remedial actions recommended will help whatever situation you are facing. Having seen H.E. Tsem Rinpoche do countless divinations for people, I can attest to this. Those who have faith and follow through with the advice, see a great improvement in the situation that led them to ask the divination question in the first place. Those that did not follow the advice either at all or not fully, did not see any improvement. And this makes sense, because they did not purify the effects of the karma enough, or generate enough merit. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 15, 2021 04:09
    sandra asked: How much importance should we give to astrological predictions or chart readings? Are these readings susceptible to change all the time,i.e, in the context of planetary movements? Can our own effort/actions supercede what is predicted in our birth chart?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your interesting question. You are absolutely correct about the universal principle of change. According to Buddhist practice, astrological predictions are based upon a fixed point in time. Take for example, your moment of birth, which most astrological readings take as the main point of reference. At that specific moment, there would have been various energies or planetary alignments, etc. Combined together, they are said to give an accurate prediction of what will occur to a person throughout their life. This however, is based on one's birth karma, to be born at that specific point in time and location. This birth karma also provides the driving force behind what will occur in a person's life, if that karma is not changed somehow. Hence, that is why astrological predictions can give very accurate readings on someone's personality, as well as life events. Birth karma provides the main force behind all other karma to come into play. That is why it is given importance in astrology. There are also more advanced methods to take into account planetary and energetical movements to give even more detailed and precise predictions that can even be made down to the month, day or hour of a person's life. In Buddhism, however, we believe that karma can be changed. It can multiply, be purified or exhausted, or the effects of that karma can be overpowered by another karma or spiritual merit. In these cases, the outcome will change. The way in which this happens is varied. It can be as simple as doing some prayers (to generate spiritual merit) or changing your behaviour, environment or location, the way you think, and the ways in which you react in various situations. That is why in Buddhist astrological systems, emphasis is placed on remedial measures to counteract negative outcomes. For example, someone may be born with an angry disposition from an astrological point of view. If this person goes through life acting from this anger, then the predictions based on the time of birth will occur. However, a remedial action can be undertaken, such as the person pracitising Chenrezig, who is the Buddha of compassion, or the person doing some form of charity work. These remedial actions generate compassion in the mind of the person, which counteracts the anger. As this happens and the karma is changed, then the person no longer needs to feels the negative effects of any bad astrological (or more correctly - karmic) situations. There are even some practices that specifically help to counteract negative astrological influences and help you to change things. Such an example is Black Manjushri. Within Tibetan Buddhism, according to your time and date of birth, you also have what is known as a 'Birth Buddha'. This is basically an enlightened being that you have an affinity with in this life. General remedial actions include making images of this particular Buddha or engaging in this Buddha's practice. This combined with a change in how we live - otherwise known as Mind Transformation in the Buddhist context - changes astrological outcomes. However, if we continue living without controlling our actions, words and thoughts, the predictions made using astrological readings will most likely still occur. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • February 7, 2021 00:16
    Purna Tamang asked: What is my lucky number and color ?
    pastor answered: Dear Purna Tamang, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, none our horoscope apps on this page gives this information at this moment. However, you may find some of the other information provided useful. Below are the links: For Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html For Tibetan astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html For Numerology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html For Fortune cookies: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/fortune-cookie Thank you and I hope you find something interesting in one of the apps.
  • January 20, 2021 03:32
    Sangita. asked: i want to buy my own house.which mantra i should chant to have my own house.kindly reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Sangita, Thank you for your question. Everything in our lives, whether good or bad is due to our karma. This is karma we have accumulated either in previous lives or earlier on in this life. You can learn more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/discovering-yourself-a-teaching-on-karma-mindstream.html Sometimes, we go through obstacles or need some form of spiritual help to assist us in improving our situations. In these circumstances we can rely on the practice of certain deities. One of these deities is the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. You can read more about this deity and his practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/beginners-introduction-to-dorje-shugden.html You can learn more about Dorje Shugden's practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-teaching-videos.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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Fwd: Dear Sotha
5 months ago
Fwd: Dear Sotha
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
6 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
6 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
6 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
6 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
9 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
10 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
10 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
10 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
12 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
12 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
12 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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