In Gorkha Dress With Our Bhutanese Kids

At Tenzing Sherpa's Park, Darjeeling Zoo

My Forestry Family At Darjeeling

Great Khasi Warriors of All Time

Black Hat Dance At Drametse Monastery

Taking The Evils Out Of The Courtyard

The Parade of Monks Chasing Evils

Together We Fight, Evils Always Loss

The Warriors Celebrate Victory Aginst Evils

He Makes Sure That Evils Don't Return

One Two And Three, We Are Next

Gather Your Men, Begin Your Mission

Make Sure You Have The Arms

Make Sure Your Arms Works

Thank God,We won Battle of Our Life

25/12/2015

Taklung Tshetrul Rinpoche Passed Away


We the devotees from Bhutan express our grief on passing away of His Holiness Taklung Tshetrul Rinpoche. Rinpoche was at Bodhgaya, India, for Moenlam Chenmo (prayers for world peace) when he passed away in the early hours of Wednesday.
The Remains of Rinpoche (Photo courtesy: Yeshe Dorje, FB)
Rinpoche was recognized as an incarnation of Ngog Choku Dorje, the one of the main pillars of Marpa; the other three include Turton Wangi Dorje, Meton Tsonpo and Milarepa. He not only was the throne holder of Dorje Drak monastery but as well the head of Jangter lineage (northern treasure) which originated from the treasures of terton Rigdzin Godem. After par nirvana of His Holiness Trulsik Rinpoche, he was then appointed as a supreme head of Nyingma tradition in the year 2012.
Their Holiness late Trulsik Rinpoche & Taklung Rinpoche (courtesy: Facebook)
Beside his tiring schedules, he traveled in all corners of Bhutan, India and Nepal to bestow instructions, empowerments and transmissions for the benefit of sentient beings. During his last visit in Bhutan, Rinpoche together with Dudjom Yangsi Tenzin Yeshi Dorje consecrated the Guru Ngangsi Zoelni statue at Takila, Lhuentse. Moreover, on request by His eminence the 11th Padma Lingpa aka Sungtrul Rinpoche, he consecrated Kenchosum (Triple Gem) Lhakhang in Bumthang which was renovated after it was damage by the fire.
Taklung Tshetrul Rinpoche (courtesy: Facebook)
So, in recognition to his contribution in spreading dharma in Bhutan, we the devotees would like to express our gratitude to Rinpoche and we join with the rest of Buddhist community in calling the Rinpoche from afar for his swift return. “OM AH HUNG” may the lotus born master take notice of our cry, and our yearning to meet the next Taklung Tshetrul Rinpoche be fulfilled.

18/12/2015

Winter & Stray Dog Story

People here in Drametse go in the woods to gather fuel for warming their houses while those with less or no family make use of electric heaters. Some drink tea and some go for locally brewed wines so as to keep themselves warm. Though the community has seen no snow for a decade, the freezing wind blowing from downstream is no less than frostbite. But no matter how harsh the climate is, the people at least have options for survival.

What about the animals? Forget those in the wild and just think of animals around us. Stray dogs may possibly be a good example for they have no owner to lend a hand in their survival fight. Most of us view stray dogs as vermin as they are dirty, and also spread rabies if bitten. Many, including myself get irritated when awaken in the midnight by their howls. But these are not the reason why I support the nationwide dog sterilization campaign; it’s sympathy of mine on having seen their poor livelihood. Stray dogs struggle hard in search of shelter which shields them from the frosty airs of winter. Getting of food during the daytime may mean they could possibly survive the tough hours of dark.
Fig: Two survived out of eight (Photo Courtesy: my little son) 
Maybe old ones are adapted to the environment but the survival is in question when it comes to puppies. In wintertime, the ears and paws of puppies get frostbitten and they freeze to death. A couple of month ago, I’ve seen a dog that gave birth to 10 puppies. But with approaching of winter, many puppies died since the temperature at night was not more than 10 degree Celsius. It was then that my wife decided to rescue them. She brought them home, kept near the fire, and used my water bag to warm them. At night they were kept in small kennel built at the backyard. 
Fig: Temporary kennel built for puppies 
But in every crack of dawn we used to collect a corpse of at least one infant and throw it into the bushes. But one fine day the mother dog picked up the thrown corpse of her puppy, she dumped it in between the piled bricks and then using her mouth she covered it with the soils. It was then we decided not to play with her emotion and then dumped every corpse of the puppy into the pit. Today she is free with no puppies nagging around her. Our rescue mission failed, it seems we were too late. By the time we began to help, the puppies were too weak to be saved. The mother dog has no milk for her weak puppies as she ate no food for days before we brought her home. So the frosty night and lack of milk took the lives of those innocent puppies.

Fig: Kashamo who lost 10 puppies 
Despite several sterilization campaigns, we still have many stray dogs. Controlling the birth of stray dogs is for the good cause but not rescuing those born ones is inhuman. There are many similar struggling dogs around us, and we could feed and protect them at least in the season of winter. Remember, what you spend shall be returned back to you with interest in this lifetime or if not in the next coming generation of yours, and this is what ‘karma’ means. “WOULD IT HURT YOU TO CARE? IT HURTS THEM WHEN YOU DON’T”~ALISA
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