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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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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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. 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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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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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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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
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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
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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
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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
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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India 1,638,435
Nepal 782,765
Singapore 744,132
United Kingdom 650,212
Canada 567,747
Bhutan 548,552
Australia 441,478
Philippines 334,940
Indonesia 329,879
Germany 260,452
France 254,526
Brazil 181,954
Taiwan 173,096
Vietnam 172,886
Thailand 168,739
Italy 131,531
Mongolia 130,378
Portugal 126,231
Spain 125,246
Turkey 113,174
Netherlands 112,072
United Arab Emirates 92,887
Russia 91,517
Romania 86,225
Hong Kong 83,961
Sri Lanka 82,155
South Africa 75,448
Mexico 74,400
Myanmar (Burma) 69,300
New Zealand 68,742
Switzerland 64,866
Japan 62,387
Cambodia 58,607
South Korea 58,026
Bangladesh 52,554
Pakistan 51,956
Egypt 45,449
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