The study of cryptozoology

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A summary of cryptozoology

It is in our human nature to be curious, to explore, decipher and question the world around us and push the boundaries of imagination. Curiosity manifests itself in different ways, from studying exact sciences to venturing in the supernatural realm. Cryptozoology is one of the most fascinating, mind-bending and spine-chilling endeavours that humans have ever embarked on, requiring an open mind to consider all possibilities. But what is cryptozoology and why do we study it?

 

What is Cryptozoology?

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Bigfoot is one of the most famous cryptids studied in the field of cryptozoology. This image features Patty, the Bigfoot captured on the famous Patterson-Gimlin film. The video has been examined countless times by experts who have not been able to debunk its authenticity.

The term ‘cryptozoology’ comes from the Greek terms kryptos (hidden) and zoon (animal), meaning “the science that deals with the study of hidden animals”, or cryptids. More specifically, it studies mysterious creatures whose existence is still being investigated, questioned or disputed. One of the main missions of cryptozoology is to learn the truth about species that are considered to be extinct or species that are officially classified as extinct, but are still believed to have survived somewhere. Moreover, cryptozoology also studies animals that have been sighted in areas that aren’t their natural habitat, such as huge felines spotted in the British Isles.

Last, but definitely not least, cryptozoology deals with the study of mythological and supernatural creatures such as Bigfoot, the Yeti or the Chupacabra. These are mysterious animals, sometimes referred to as monsters whose existence has not been proven, but there are countless eyewitness accounts documenting their presence. Hence the study of cryptozoology has developed the reputation of being an academic discipline that focuses heavily on beings from folklore, urban legends and mythical creatures.

 

History

Although early influences date as far back as prehistoric times, cryptozoology as a field was clearly defined only as recently as the second half of the 20th century. The two fathers of cryptozoology are zoologists Bernard Heuvelmans and Ivan T. Sanderson. In 1955, Heuvelmans wrote On the Track of Unknown Animals, a book which influenced this field for decades to come and presented new perspectives for the international community of zoologists. Sanderson’s work, in particular his masterpiece Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life published in 1961, was also a game-changer for those interested in mysterious creatures. These books greatly influenced future generations and encouraged the development of cryptozoology. Apart from Bernard Heuvelmans and Ivan T. Sanderson, other notable cryptozoologists include Loren Coleman, Darren Naish, Karl Shuker and J. Richard Greenwell.

 

Approach and Tools

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Chupacabra, another famous cryptid. The Chupacabra inhabits the South Americas and feeds on the blood of domesticated animals to survive, with a preference for goats.

J. E. Wall’s was one of numerous attempts to formalise cryptozoology approaches, in the same way other natural sciences have been been codified but “there are no accepted, uniform, or successful methods for pursuing cryptids”. Despite these challenges however, today, thanks to improvements in technology and the widespread availability of surveillance systems and other means of observation, cryptozoology is more popular than ever.

Because the aim of cryptozoology is to find mysterious, hidden creatures, and to prove their existence, the specialist approach relies mainly on the meticulous use of surveillance equipment. Cryptozoologists commonly employ devices such as infrared cameras, motion detectors, night vision equipment, and audio recording equipment in their attempts to capture cryptids on film, to prove their existence and learn more about them. Since cryptozoology is still a developing science, the approach used is quite liberal and the methods differ from cryptozoologist to cryptozoologist. There currently does not exist a universally recommended and accepted set of methodology.

 

What Defines a Cryptid?

The Loch Ness monster lives in Loch Ness, Scotland. Although she has never been properly captured on film despite numerous investigations, she has however captured the media's attention for decades.

The Loch Ness monster lives in Loch Ness, Scotland. Although she has never been properly captured on film despite numerous investigations, she has however captured the media’s attention for decades.

Heuvelmans attributes the term ‘cryptozoology’ to Sanderson, although the word itself predates Sanderson’s works. From this root word, J. E. Wall subsequently derived the term ‘cryptid’ to refer to the creatures being studied. His aim was to coin a neutral phrase free from other implied meanings. In the September 1983 edition of the International Society of Cryptozoology Newsletter, he explained that his “suggestion is ‘cryptid’, meaning a living thing having the quality of being hidden or unknown.” Prior to this, ‘monster’ was the general term used to describe creatures of interest, but Wall found it to be inaccurate, misleading and sensationalist.

The term ‘cryptid’ encompasses many traits and can used for creatures that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • A known animal with unusual variations or anomalies
  • Known animals spotted outside their natural habitat, for unknown reasons
  • An animal believed to have died off, but seen again. In this category falls recently extinct animals such as the Tasmanian Tiger, or species that became extinct a long time ago, such as the wooly mammoth.
  • Mythical creatures based on existing animals (griffin, unicorn, etc.)
  • Mysterious paranormal entities that have animal features. Many cryptids fall into this category, for example Bigfoot, Yeti, Mothman, Goatman, werewolves, etc.

Danger, mystery and controversy define most cryptids. Another essential element about them is that they must always be animals or have animal-like features. Other supernatural beings, such as angels, demons, zombies or vampires do not fall under the purview or interest of cryptozoology. Aliens are not considered cryptids either.

 

Famous Cryptids

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The Mothman, sighted in North Virginia. Locals have learned to fear its presence as an inauspicious omen of bad things to come.

Cryptids are usually known to the general public because they often spark controversy and panic in the communities where they are spotted. This can be attributed both to a lack of understanding of these creatures or, in some cases, because they made contact with eyewitnesses who classed the encounter as dangerous or reported on the creature’s fierce appearance. These are just some of the cryptids that have become legendary and whose mystery has yet to be solved.

  • The Loch Ness Monster is one of the most fascinating cryptids, both for cryptozoologists and the general public. Sightings of the Loch Ness, nicknamed Nessie by Scottish locals, dates back to 1933 when this large aquatic reptile was seen for the first time and has fascinated the world ever since. Despite numerous photos, reports and research teams sent to investigate Loch Ness, Nessie was never found. Public interest has not waned however, and the search continues while the popularity of the area continues to grow as thousands of people from all over the world come to Loch Ness in the hope of spotting the mysterious dinosaur-like creature.
  • Bigfoot, or the Sasquatch, is a mysterious ape-like creature said to live in forests, especially the ones in the Pacific North-West region of the United States. Eyewitnesses describe Bigfoot as a bipedal hairy humanoid, oftentimes as tall as two to three metres. Some say that Bigfoot is the result of ancient alien experiments, while others theorise it could be our distant ancestor, a branch of homo sapiens that broke off and evolved to adapt to their surroundings. Despite continuous investigations in the area, the most conclusive evidence so far proving Bigfoot’s existence are footprints up to 60 centimetres in length and the famous Patterson-Gimlin film.
  • Yeti, sometimes sensationally referred to as the Abominable Snow Man, is an animal or prehistoric human reported to live in and around the Himalayas. The yeti features in Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese folklore and culture, where the people of the Himalayan region have accepted its existence as fact. According to eyewitness accounts, yetis are up to 1.8 metres tall and their bodies are covered in thick reddish-brown to black fur. The creature is commonly sighted at altitudes impossible for permanent human habitation, traversing the deep snows with incredible ease and speed. They are also reportedly strong enough to lift up entire yaks, carrying them off to consume. In recent decades, the yeti has also become a topic of interest for international scientists, who say that this creature deserves further investigation because it could be a remnant of a prehistoric human ancestor.
The Goatman, with reported sightings as far back as 520 BC

The Goatman, with reported sightings as far back as 520 BC

  • The Goatman – although this terrifying cryptid is mostly known as an urban legend with sightings spread throughout Louisiana, Maryland and Texas, its origins go as far back as 520 BC. From this point of view, the Goatman is therefore more notorious than Bigfoot or Yeti, with more reported sightings going back in history. The creature is described as a seven-foot-tall humanoid – half man, half goat, with a muscular body covered in fur and a long head with horns. According to folklorists, the first sightings of the Goatman were in Ancient Greece, when people reported seeing Satyrs. Currently, there are several variations of this cryptid: Waterford Sheepman (Pennsylvania), Maryland Goatman (Maryland), Pope Lick Monster (Kentucky), Proctor Valley Monster (California).
The Jersey Devil. Although the last sighting was in 1909, the Jersey Devil continues to fascinate cryptozoologists.

The Jersey Devil. Although the last sighting was in 1909, the Jersey Devil continues to fascinate cryptozoologists.

  • The Jersey Devil is the most enduring legend of the New Jersey area. It all started in 1735, when a poor local woman from the Leeds family was pregnant for the 13th time. Cursing her unborn child, she said that she will give birth to the devil. The stories go that the child was born normally but just a few minutes later, it started morphing into a grotesque, ungodly creature, with the head of a goat, and long, kangaroo-like legs, with bat wings and horns. With a tarrying shriek, it then killed its mother and all of the people inside the house before flying away. The creature continued to haunt the area for centuries, leaving many helpless victims in its wake. The last sighting was in 1909, but the Jersey Devil remains an enduring topic of interest for cryptozoologists.
  • Chupacabra (The Sucker of Goats) is a cryptid that supposedly inhabits the South Americas and feeds on the blood of domesticated animals to survive, especially goats. There are several versions regarding the physical appearance of the Chupacabra but in general, it is described as a medium-sized animal with sharp spikes running along its back, from head to tail. It has an oval, alien-like head, large red eyes and only three fingers on each paw. Legend has it that the Chupacabra sightings occur at the same time as UFO sightings and that this creature belongs to a hybrid alien species.
The Ahool, said to be strong enough to lift large animals into the air.

The Ahool, said to be strong enough to lift large animals into the air.

  • The Ahools are a relatively new cryptid species that reportedly inhabit the jungles of Java in Indonesia. These mysterious creatures were first seen by Dr Ernest Bartels, who was exploring Java in 1925. According to his report, Ahools are very large winged creatures, although it’s not clear if their body is one of a bat or a primate. They are dangerous, vicious creatures that kill their prey with a single bite and devour them in seconds, being able to lift even large animals into the air. Cryptozoologists are searching the area, suspecting that the Ahools are a prehistoric bat ancestor or an undiscovered bat species.
  • The Mothman is a legendary creature seen in North Virginia. Said to have the body of a grown man with the wings of a moth, this mysterious being has been associated with the tragic collapse of the Silver Bridge and locals know it as a dreaded omen foretelling disastrous events. The Mothman has served as a source of inspiration for many books and movies, and continues to be spotted even in recent years.
The Mongolian Death Worm, which has inspired many sci-fi writers.

The Mongolian Death Worm, which has inspired many sci-fi writers.

  • Mongolian Death Worm is said to live underneath the sands of the Gobi Desert, hibernating most of the year and only coming out in June and July. Mongolian Death Worms are two feet long and can shoot venom at their prey from afar, killing them instantly. Mongolians also believe the skin of the death worm is so venomous that it can corrode metal, so simply touching it results in certain death. The Mongolian Death Worm has inspired many sci-fi writers, particularly Frank Herbert, but there is no clear evidence of its existence. Several search parties have been sent in to the Gobi Desert to try and locate a specimen, but to no avail, because this cryptid supposedly inhabits the most arid and remote areas of the desert, which are difficult to reach and survive in. Several cryptozoologists have launched the theory that the Mongolian Death Worm could be an undiscovered species of burrowing reptile.
  • Giant vampire bat is a cryptid that is not to be confused with the common species of vampire bats that inhabit South and Central America. The giant vampire bat, which cryptozoologists call Desmodus draculae, is believed to be the ancestor of common vampire bats. Measuring an impressive 17 inches, it is said to have fed on the blood of its victims and might have gone extinct because it could not drink enough blood to sustain its huge body weight. Cryptozoologists are investigating caves in Brazil and Venezuela, but bats are one of the species hardest to investigate, because they like to stay hidden.
The Giant Vampire Bat

The Giant Vampire Bat

These are just some examples of cryptids and, as you can see, they tend to be singular creatures. However, in addition to these, there are hundreds of other examples spanning the globe which fall under the category and interest of cryptozoologists, including werewolves, giant anacondas, Kaijin, mermaids and reptilians.

 

Are There Any Real Cryptids?

Not all cryptids are legends and mystery. In time, the real existence of several so-called monsters have been scientifically proven, solving the mystery of their existence and appearance, including:

The existence of the Tasmanian Devil was not confirmed until 1808. By the 1930s, the species had been wiped out.

The existence of the Tasmanian Devil was not confirmed until 1808. By the 1930s, the species had been wiped out.

  • Thylacin, commonly known as the Tasmanian Tiger, an animal native to Tasmania, Australia and New Zealand. Assumed to be more legend than fact, this animal was first formally identified and scientifically described in 1808. By 1930, it had already become extinct in the wild and the last remaining Tasmanian Tiger in captivity died in 1936. In 1982, the species was formally declared extinct.
  • Okapi, an animal similar in appearance to zebras, but actually related to the giraffe family. Native to the Congo, it was only discovered by Westerners in 1901. Already extinct in Uganda, its existence in Congo today is now classified as endangered.
  • Ivory-billed woodpecker, a critically endangered bird species, was considered extinct until its rediscovery in the early 2000s.
  • The giant squid, which has perpetuated the myth of the Kraken, is a huge species of squid that can reach up to 13 metres. Its very existence was doubted for centuries, but in 2004 researchers provided footage of the giant squid in its natural habitat.
  • The gorilla is a known species today, but did you know that a live one was not seen until the 1850s? First sighted by the Greek explorer Hanno in the 5th century BC, the existence of the gorilla remained a rumour in the Western world which doubted the gorilla’s existence. That is, until the physician Thomas Savage obtained several gorilla bones while in Liberia and in 1847, published the first formal description of the gorilla. Before his time, the word “gorilla” did not even appear in the English language. The behaviour of the gorilla itself was not seriously studied until the early 1920s.

 

An artist's impression of the yeti, although somewhat inaccurate since yetis have brown hair or fur. The white hair is based on the assumption that white is easier to camouflage in the snow.

An artist’s impression of the yeti, although somewhat inaccurate since yetis have brown hair or fur. The white hair is based on the assumption that white is easier to camouflage in the snow.

Who Are Cryptozoologists?

Cryptozoologists are specialists who have a keen interest in cryptids and have made it their life’s mission seeking out and confirming the existence of mysterious, mythical and controversial animals. Their job involves travelling the world in the pursuit of cryptids and documenting their sightings.

Anyone can become a cryptozoologist and formal education is not a strict requirement since cryptozoology is currently not formally recognised as a science. Nevertheless, a background in zoology and natural sciences does help. Some of the world’s most famous cryptozoologists started out as zoologists and found themselves on this career path after personally witnessing peculiar animals or after speaking with people who have.

 

Resources:
https://exemplore.com/cryptids/What-is-Cryptozoology-and-How-Do-You-Become-a-Cryptozoologist
http://cryptozoologynews.com/
http://www.newanimal.org/
http://study.com/articles/Become_a_Cryptozoologist_Education_and_Career_Roadmap.html
http://www.livescience.com/11328-rumor-reality-creatures-cryptozoology.html
http://cryptidz.wikia.com/wiki/History_of_Cryptozoology_Timeline

 

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  1. Tsem Rinpoche on May 2, 2019 at 1:20 am

    There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR

    yeti

  2. Nadja on Mar 9, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Very very interesting . Maybe it has a massage for you too : https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KRsfoW1TeDc&feature=youtu.be (I like the mirror writing) . I think Cryptozoology is to study every things sign to get the omniscience . It is fascinating . And to go completely out of our boxes . Every time . To see always seeing new forms …

  3. Pastor Shin Tan on Feb 10, 2019 at 8:46 am

    (Part 1 of 8)

    This museum in Pokhara, Nepal has a section dedicated to Yetis (Bigfoot). Very interesting. I am including some pictures of the inside of this wonderful museum. Do enjoy. ~ Tsem Rinpoche

    For more information, go to https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/bigfoot-museum-nepal

    (click on picture to enlarge)

  4. Pastor Shin Tan on Feb 10, 2019 at 8:46 am

    (Part 2 of 8)

    In the International Mountain Museum (IMM) in Pokhara, Nepal, there is a small but comprehensive exhibition on Yetis (Bigfoot). Below are some pictures.

    For more information, go to https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/bigfoot-museum-nepal

    (click on picture to enlarge)

  5. Pastor Shin Tan on Feb 10, 2019 at 8:46 am

    (Part 3 of 8)

    In the International Mountain Museum (IMM) in Pokhara, Nepal, there is a small but comprehensive exhibition on Yetis (Bigfoot). Below are some pictures.

    For more information, go to https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/bigfoot-museum-nepal

    (click on picture to enlarge)

  6. Pastor Shin Tan on Feb 10, 2019 at 8:45 am

    (Part 4 of 8)

    In the International Mountain Museum (IMM) in Pokhara, Nepal, there is a small but comprehensive exhibition on Yetis (Bigfoot). Below are some pictures.

    For more information, go to https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/bigfoot-museum-nepal

    (click on picture to enlarge)

  7. Pastor Shin Tan on Feb 10, 2019 at 8:45 am

    (Part 5 of 8)

    In the International Mountain Museum (IMM) in Pokhara, Nepal, there is a small but comprehensive exhibition on Yetis (Bigfoot). Below are some pictures.

    For more information, go to https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/bigfoot-museum-nepal

    (click on picture to enlarge)

  8. Pastor Shin Tan on Feb 10, 2019 at 8:44 am

    (Part 6 of 8)

    In the International Mountain Museum (IMM) in Pokhara, Nepal, there is a small but comprehensive exhibition on Yetis (Bigfoot). Below are some pictures.

    For more information, go to https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/bigfoot-museum-nepal

    (click on picture to enlarge)

  9. Pastor Shin Tan on Feb 10, 2019 at 8:44 am

    (Part 7 of 8)

    In the International Mountain Museum (IMM) in Pokhara, Nepal, there is a small but comprehensive exhibition on Yetis (Bigfoot). Below are some pictures.

    For more information, go to https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/bigfoot-museum-nepal

    (click on picture to enlarge)

  10. Pastor Shin Tan on Feb 10, 2019 at 8:43 am

    (Part 8 of 8)

    In the International Mountain Museum (IMM) in Pokhara, Nepal, there is a small but comprehensive exhibition on Yetis (Bigfoot). Below are some pictures.

    For more information, go to https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/bigfoot-museum-nepal

    (click on picture to enlarge)

  11. Joy Kam on Nov 28, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Curious about the legendary Yeti? Not sure what to believe? Here is an article that explores a range of sources, from folktales to newspaper reports, detailing sightings and encounters with the elusive creature, who has been a part of the very fabric of various Himalayan communities for thousands of years. Read about religious beliefs, myths, fables and stories by scholars and travellers alike, and realise that there is more to the Yeti than you previously thought.

    Imagining-the-Wild-Man-Yeti-Sightings-in-Folktales-and-Newspapers.pdf

  12. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 29, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    This is a real awesome documentary on bigfoot. One of the best – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cp5eV9nIEjk&feature=youtu.be

  13. Beatrix Ooi on Mar 10, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    In 1967, Bob Gimlin and Roger Patterson stumbled across an incredible sight whilst out in Bluff Creek, in the California wilderness. At a creek which had been freshly washed-out by recent floods, they witnessed a female Bigfoot swiftly traverse the rugged landscape. Since their filmed encounter with the Bigfoot, who has since been nicknamed Patty, many have disputed the authenticity of their recording but no one has been able to successfully prove that it is a fake.

    Credits for this video goes to entirely to windvale for the original footage. ?

  14. Tan Soon Huat on Apr 1, 2017 at 10:04 am

    I always like to read the adventure or mysterious story such as around the world in 80 days etc especially when there is Cryptids appeared. I sincerely hope that with the help of modern technology, Cryptozoologists will be able to take the real photo of Cryptids in future, so that we can witness the real appearance of Cryptids and be strong evidence of they existance. I believe they are somewhere in this world. In other thoughts I have is to wish them stay in mystery as they will stay unharm by human. Gorilla has been classified as first class endangered creature since we discovered their present/existance. Wish everyone has compassion and wisdom to protect them once they are discovered.

  15. Valentina Suhendra on Mar 30, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    The study of Cryptozoology is indeed very interesting because this field does not only focus to research known animals/ beings, but also mythical beings like the Goatman, the Jersey Devil, the Mothman. This article has definitely opened my eyes to the field that I have never heard before. I admire the perseverance of the Cryptozoologist who have not given up in their effort to research for the mythical beings such as bigfoot and Yeti. I am sure there are many people who discourage or do not appreciate their effort especially after years of research.

    I do hope that the cryptozoologist continued to find evidence of the mythical beings such as yeti and Bigfoot and actually proof that these beings are helping Dharma practitioners in retreat. this will be a great contribution to the growth of Buddhism and Dharma.

  16. Pastor Albert on Mar 29, 2017 at 8:19 am

    This is a very interesting article, Cryptozoology, there are so many unknown being out there, the list of cryptozoology listed above, I wonder it took up how many percent of the a lot more unknown beings.

    I’m always curious about how these beings survived, how many of them still survive, How long have they been living, etc. Hopefully with the advance technology, they are able to find out more about these beings and probably more new species.

  17. Mingwen on Mar 29, 2017 at 7:21 am

    There is no ground for us to be close minded, to think we as human beings are at the top of the world and do not believe that there are more sentient beings living on Earth that we have yet to contact.

    The link below lead to a simple descriptions and images that present the 10 Terrifying Creatures Of The Amazon River.

    https://www.google.com/amp/listverse.com/2013/09/27/10-terrifying-creatures-of-the-amazon-river/amp/

    How many percent has human kind discover the Earth? How deep has we went into the dark, mystical, and freezing ocean? We have no idea what’s going on on Earth.

    Make sense? Be open minded =)

  18. Pastor Chia on Mar 29, 2017 at 6:54 am

    In our world in this planet are fill with life from ancient time until now now. I believe there are more crystids are still hidden at different place not discovere yet. People study cryptozoology need more support from all the level like finacial support to get sample their research in order project able suscess.I hope all the hard work that cryptozoologist discovery can be help our planet living being find better enviorament to live without vanish where they live before.

  19. June Kang on Mar 29, 2017 at 3:09 am

    Each time reading on this type of story, It’s always remind me that there are so many unknown things in this world. Sometime I will think that may be all this creatures/living being are hiding in a different “realm” and is watching on what we doing. My view may sound funny. My point is I believe there is always someone out there knows what you are doing.

    Whatever we human study on all “Cryptozoology”, I hope we are just get to know them and not to harm them or make full use of them for own benefits. Always remember Buddha said all sentient being are equal. However, the more different something is from us, the more we fear it, I think this fear is because of unknown and can’t be control by us. To me, this fear doesn’t means bad, it actually protect us and improves chances of survival.

  20. Justin Cheah on Mar 29, 2017 at 12:20 am

    I think there are still a lot more of things we don’t really know about our own world especially the hidden species. More and more these days due to the power of technology we are witnessing some newly discovered truths of special species that lived in the past. A century ago, none believed dinosaurs actually lived on earth (millions of years ago) and but due to technology, more bones are uncovered to prove dinosaurs and weird creatures actually existed. We will surely uncover more hidden species in places of the world. We are living in this world of modern days to have seen enough to be convinced that there are actually still a lot of uncovered species living on this planet let alone this universe.

  21. Andrea Lai on Mar 29, 2017 at 12:14 am

    Mysterious stories often draw a lot attention. Getting to know about crystids is something new and exciting. But it’s too bad that not much financial resource to support the research by the government.

  22. Pastor Antoinette on Mar 28, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    I never heard the term “cryptozoology” before and I hope that the research on these beings can move on so that more people know about the wonders in nature and gain respect for all beings. Unfortunately, many people are driven by how to make financial profits instead of protecting and discovering our earth for benefiting all of us.

    And, many of these beings are quite scary and I don’t know how to communicate in a safe way with them.

    Thank you for this fascinating topic and research about these beings who share earth with us.

  23. Eric kksiow on Mar 28, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    I do believed “kryptos (hidden) and zoon (animal)” exited, and i wish that “one” day, “they” willing to appear in front of humans and communicate with humans, base on not harming each other. In a scientific ways, “they” might help humans to cure all of our sickness, by using “theirs” body cell ( Eg : taking theirs sliver or DNA cells in non killing and harming ways ). And same to humans as well.

    Who’s know we can help out each other by using ours DNA cells or “their” DNA cells?

  24. Pastor Henry Ooi on Mar 28, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    This field of study, research, exploration and finding would be better off if it had the financial backing from the government of various countries. More equipment, more experts in related profession, more focus, more time given to uncover, discover and rediscover cryptids would yield better and faster result. There are so many fascinating species of life form on Earth and in the Earth’s deep blue oceans that have yet to be found yet scientists are scrambling to venture into space, hoping to discover new planets and life forms. I guess they are more excited in Space, the final frontier.

  25. pammie yap on Mar 28, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Its always fascinating to read such posts. Something mysterious and intriguing. Always makes me wonder how do they survive so many years without being captured nor recorded. Perhaps from another dimension and they cross over to our plains only when they want to? I can’t with my little wisdom think of where they can be hiding.

    The Cryptid that I find most interesting is the yeti. Because in one of the post, Rinpoche said that yetis are actually found in the scriptures! (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/its-in-the-scriptures-they-exist.html) This must mean that they exist because I do not believe that the scriptures nor monks would lie about it.

    And the real cryptid that I find interesting is the Tasmanian Tiger which is said to be extinct but recently there are ‘sightings’ that they might have survived (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/tasmanian-tiger-australia-thylacine-predator-hunt-science-queensland-a7649561.html) Although still in the early stages and no confirmation yet, but lets keep our fingers crossed. How rare to have them survive after 80 years of extinction.

    I truly admire the cryptozoologists that made it their life’s mission seeking and finding the truth. They are the ones who bring us all these fascinating cryptids!

  26. nicholas on Mar 28, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Our world is so huge and there are so many different types of living being living with us. Of course there are some normal one that we able to see and there are many more out there that we have not encoutered or living in another places that we have not explore.

    It’s interesting to know that there is such specialist such as Cryptozoologists that study and searching for the existent of these rare species of being around the world. Be it myth or legend I believe of these rare beings. Why they hide themselves from us? There could be numerous reason such as seeing us as dangerous species to them or could be the evolution of the world that compromise their habitat.

    I just hope that when these group of specialist found them pls respect them and don’t harm them or put them in any type of harming situation/condition. Just put the scenario the other way round which we don’t want them to capture us and put us into any test that hurt us or make us uneasy. Understanding their habitat and culture is good to know and this will make us easier to live together but if thing take out of control and for any negative reason it would not be good.

    Let all of us live together and be harmony with each other.

  27. CindyH on Mar 27, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Thank you for this article which has given better insights as to the nature of cryptozoology work. Cryptozoology being the study of hidden or unknown animals which are also commonly highly elusive, is still struggling to be fully accorded with the level of “respectability” given to similar scientific studies of more mainstream animals. Unfortunately, it doesn’t help the situation when most of the evidence to be studied involve rumours, poor videography, fuzzy photographs, and sometimes even outright hoax. In fact, there are only a few, if any, reputable scientific organizations that publish cryptozoological research findings.

    That being said, it is still an area which garner fascination and hence most cryptozoologists may still self-publish their work or submit their findings to consumer magazines or journals. Think that cryptozoologists must really be applauded as most of them do it primarily driven by their passion considering the lack of prestige and despite to a certain extent, bad reputation or stigma towards cryptozoology. It is also probably harder for them to get funding (in comparison to other mainstream science studies). Thanks to dedicated cryptozoologist who stay true to their belief and passion, we are able to be exposed to possibilities beyond the confines of mainstream matters.

    On a side note, a friend of mine mentioned that there is only one cryptozoology museum in the world i.e. International Cryptozoology Museum. Upon a quick check, the museum is in Portland and looks like there are quite a number of interesting exhibits. (http://cryptozoologymuseum.com/)

  28. Tek Lee on Mar 27, 2017 at 1:25 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. Cryptozoology is indeed a new word to me. But it’s always fascinating to read about crytids, like Nessie the Lochness monster, big foot, werewolf, goatman, mermaid, etc, and I think megalodon is a type of cryptids too? With the current technology we have, people can put remote cameras into deep jungle or even deep sea to search for cryptids, which is easier for the researchers. I hope more and more sighting of cryptids to be found, or even new species to be found. The world is changing, they might have new species developed that human beings haven’t discovered yet.

  29. Vivian Ong on Mar 27, 2017 at 12:35 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about cryptozoology. This is really a new word for me. I’ve never heard it before until I read this article. This is an interesting article but the existence of each cryptids are uncertain / unknown / unconfirm. Nevertheless, it is good to know that there are people who have the interest to research this and make it their job. May the new technology be able to help them in their research.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  30. wan wai meng on Feb 27, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    There are many still unexplored areas in the oceans that also only land that human beings have not investigated or gone around there poking. There are still many occurrences that happen that cannot be scientifically explained. A few hundred of years ago, many scientist and researchers may not developed very standard and structured techniques for documentation and recording of unidentified animals, but that has changed over the few hundred years. Looking forward to Cryptologists studying next great discovery of a new species or new type of beings.

  31. Fong on Feb 16, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    A very informative and interesting article. There has been a lot of interest in mysterious creatures (cryptid?) especially of the Big Foot on the American continent. There are even shows like “Finding Bigfoot | Animal Planet”.

    Though there seemed to be clues of Big Foot, no concrete evidence have been found. But, it was a very interesting series as each week they document their journey and search.

    There was a documentary too about Loch Ness or Nessie. Apparently, if you look carefully at the photo of Nessie, you can see that Nessie only sits on one wave which kind of point to the fact that Nessie is not as big in size as was claimed.

    Anyway, humans will be piqued by stories of such sightings and an air of mystery will prevail until solid evidence has been found.

  32. Sofi on Feb 16, 2017 at 4:46 am

    I too, like Karen had not come across the word “Cryptozoology” before. At first I thought it was derived from the word ‘Cryptic” as these creatures are usually not seen and had no solid proof of existence. But now I learnt better. It is so amazing that over so many years, interests had not wane but instead with modern technology, many equipments are specially designed to capture images or track the cryptids. Yet, they are as mysterious as ever and no one had documented proof still. Only accounts by those who may have encountered them and gotten away free. As this world has so many undiscovered living beings, especially in the deep sea, I do believe in their existence. After all the saying goes “without a fire, there will be no smoke” and as such there must have been some kind of sighting to have legends made of it. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this informative article with us and I learnt a new word.

  33. KarenC on Feb 15, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks for this informative post, it has broaden my views on cryptozoology, in fact, I’ve never come across this term before this post. I’ve also done some research on the internet and found this subject intriguing. The interesting part is always the struggle between believers and non believers of cryptids because most of the creatures have no concrete evidence to support even though there were witnesses. Whether or not there is any truth to the stories and eyewitness encounters with these creatures the bottom line is that these legends exist and must have come from somewhere.

    It’s just like paranormal stuff, some people who has third eye could see while most of us could, some may use methods to invoke the beings from other space to our human realm while others may not have this ability. Therefore, what we couldn’t or didn’t see does not necessarily mean that it doesn’t exist. We’re just a speck of dust in the whole galaxy, there are so much more things or beings “unknown” to us but i do believe their existence.

  34. Choong on Feb 14, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Malaysia also has its “loch” or lake with many stories of Naga sightings. The lake Chini or “Tasik Chini” is Malaysia’s second largest freshwater lake.

    The Naga that inhabits lake Chini is called “Seri Gumum” and its oral history comes from two sources, the indigenous peoples or “Orang Asli” and later the “Orang Malayu”. In modern stories, Seri Gumum is a terrifying crocodile. From earliest times, Orang Asli legend warned of a dragon-like beast guarding the serene lake and a sunken city.

    It is located about 2 hours away from Kechara Forest Retreat.

    A Malay language magazine article on Tasik Chini’s Naga:
    http://www.kosmo.com.my/kosmo/content.asp?y=2014&dt=0119&pub=Kosmo&sec=Rencana_Utama&pg=ru_01.htm

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  35. Paul Yap on Feb 13, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    There are a lot of mystical creatures that has been foretold by our ancestor, and now of course by Disneyland and Hollywood movies. We grew up with the stories and legends of dragons, garuda, mermaid, fairies etc. To some extend i do believes these are mystical creatures who possess some power. We should always take care of our environment, because they are many seen and unseen beings living together in this world, but different dimension.

    I have heard numerous stories from H.E. Tsem Rinpoche that in ancient Tibet, High Lama used to kept big foots and Yeti’s as their students, this mystical creatures in return will offered wild fruits and take care some of the cores for their Guru.

  36. Bradley Kassian on Feb 12, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Cryptozoology is one my favorite subjects. I live in the province of British Columbia, Canada. We are a hot spot for Bigfoot/Sasquatch sightings that go back centuries. Although province wide, some of the best spots are close to Harrison Hotsprings, Chiliwack, and even on Vancouver Island. If you saw the forests here, there wouldn’t be any doubt. My grandfather swears he saw one a couple decades ago along the Thompson River. I don’t doubt it, this man has wild animals knocking on his door looking for hand outs of food. Anything from Ravens to squirrels. It’s really interesting to watch this happen. Animals love him. Though my province doesn’t precisely have an outright ban on killing the “animal”, apparently a former official proclaimed killing the Sasquatch is illegal. However, B.C. also has laws that forbid the unauthorized hunting and killing of wildlife on government owned land. Although it is hard to fathom how you could kill a mythical creature, it would nevertheless likely be considered wildlife and any person killing it without a license could face a fine of up to $250,000.

    Anyway about a three hour drive from here is Lake Okanagan. We have another cryptid living there called Ogopogo. Similar too Nessie in Scotland.
    First Nation folklore specifically places the lair of the lake monster which they called N’ha-a-itk, or lake demon, at a cave under Squally Point near Rattlesnake Island which is offshore from Peachland near Kelowna. The Natives would never paddle a canoe near this area without an offering because too often a storm would spring up and N’ha-a-itk would rise out of the waters to claim another life! When white settlers first came to this area in the mid 1800s, they were not superstitious but gradually changed their views with ongoing sightings.

    I personally believe this creature is a Naga. It’s been described as snake like, about 25 meters long, and can control the weather. Another First Nation description states: “N’ha-a-itk lives in the water but can also move to the land and air. The meaning of N’ha-a’itk is Sacred Spirit of the Lake, not lake demon or monster. If N’ha-a-itk disappears due to pollution and misuse of the water, so do the plants, medicines, trees and foods that sustain us.”

    The minister of the Environment, Bruce Strachan, enacted legislation to protect Ogopogo, September 6, 1989. It is illegal to harm, kill, capture or disturb the creature and is one of the most enlightened pieces of legislation ever written in the defence and protection of endangered animals.

    Personally if anyone gets a chance to visit this part of the world, go take a few camping trips. You may get a glimpse of either of these creatures.

    • Lew on Feb 12, 2017 at 11:48 am

      Dear Bradley, Thanks for sharing your stories. I am always fascinated by bigfoot stories, and have watched quite a bit of show in TV, but quite sadly, these shows don’t show much good stuffs. It is always better to hear from someone who has the first hand experience. I could do some camping trips if I ever go to that part of the world 🙂

      N’ha-a-itk does some like a naga from the description. One thing to add is naga do not like people killing water animals such as fish, prawns etc, so best is to avoid seafood or become vegetarian when we are near them. I really like what the minister of Environment did to protect the animals even though they can’t 100% confirm the spirits existed.

      Thanks again for sharing your personal encounters!

  37. Echeah on Feb 12, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Interesting topic. In the sphere of Chinese mythology there are also many creatures like the dragon (龙), Pixiu (貔貅), Qilin (麒麟), Feng Huang (凤凰) or phoenix etc. which are often featured in Feng Shui implements. Perhaps they could be termed cryptids too? I wonder if they existed before or are still existing somewhere. In Buddhism, we hear of many planes of existence, some seen and some unseen. But unseen does not mean they don’t exist.

    Anyway, they provide plenty of material for movies and we’ve seen a fair share.

  38. Stella Cheang on Feb 11, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Thank you for this informative article on cryptozoology. It may not be everyone’s interest to pursuit unsolved mystery; cryptozoology is necessary to uncover and prove the existence through a myriad of theories and approaches. It ‘d be good to have cryptozoology be enlisted as subjects in higher learning institution too so that enthusiastic can study and apply knowledge as well as tested methods from people around the world, and debate or improve on them; after all, this is what higher learnings are about. The whole idea of cryptozoology is to learn the basic facts of animals that existed in mysterious ways can broaden our perspective of human existence and a reminder of the fact of impermanence.

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  • astrogurutips
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 08:11 PM
    Great article! Thank you so much for this decent article. I love the way you present your article. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.astrogurutips&hl=en
  • 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
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 01:55 AM
    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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  • sarassitham
    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
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:33 PM
    Watching the videos and looking at those pictures in this post tell us more. Sad to see the working conditions really bad especially in the brick kilns of Andhra Pradesh,India. We could see those working men, women and younf children are working round the clock 12 just to earn a living.
    We are considered more fortunate enough than them and we should not complain of what we have, live and so on. We should appreciate every moment , what we have now to do good and beneficial for others, no matter how hard and difficult at times as others might be worse than us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/you-have-to-see-this.html
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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
2 yearss ago
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
2 yearss ago
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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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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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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