Earthlings

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“EARTHLINGS is a powerful and informative documentary about society’s tragic and unforgivable use of nonhuman animals, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix with soundtrack by Moby. Directed by Shaun Monson, this multi-award winning film by Nation Earth is a must-see for anyone who cares about nonhuman animals or wishes to make the world a better place.”

Released in 2005, EARTHLINGS premiered at the Artivist Film Festival and won the Best Documentary Feature. It then went on to win the Best Content Award and Best Documentary Film at the Boston International Film Festival and the San Diego Film Festival respectively.

What is this video that made such an impact on these renowned film recognition boards?

The 95-minute documentary was inspired by Shaun Monson. He’s a writer, producer and director who had previous shot footage of animal shelters within Los Angeles. He did it to produce a series of public service announcements… however, what he saw had such a profound effect on him that he decided to produce what became known as Earthlings.

Notable celebrities like Joaquin Phoenix (the actor from the Gladiators) and Moby then joined the project. Joaquin narrated the entire documentary and Moby featured his music. They are both long-time vegans, and like Sir Paul McCartney, they decided to use their celebrity status for a good cause.

This video covers 5 main parts: Pets, Food, Clothes, Entertainment and Scientific Research. As it was difficult to obtain footage within the relevant industries… the documentary took SIX years to make!

Companies who are within any part of the supply chain of cruelty e.g. puppy mills, slaughterhouses, experimental labs etc have A LOT to hide and A LOT to lose if exposed. With their business being very profitable, they maintain high security measures to keep what they do behind concrete walls and closed doors.

What you see in this video is footage which are mostly obtained using hidden cameras. They show day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world…

When the video was released in 2005, it was nicknamed “the Vegan maker”, because whoever who watched the video with an open heart and mind would, without a doubt, stop participating in the consumption of anything animal-related.

It is also considered to be the definitive animal rights film by organizations all around the world. According to Joaquin Phoenix, “For every one person who sees EARTHLINGS, they will tell three.”

The video is very attention-grabbing and lots of people want to share it because it doesn’t just show lots of gory and scary videos of animals being abused and killed. Instead, it draws similarities with social tragedies such as the Holocaust which if you really think about it… IS THE SAME THING. One particular race overpowers another. The Germans with the Jews. The humans with the cows. The humans with the chickens. The humans with the turkeys. The humans with the elephants. The humans with the pigs etc etc etc…

Some people might say that us humans and animals are different. We all bleed, we all feel pain, we all suffer. Does a dog smile and willingly step into a gas chamber? No living being in their right mind would ever choose to live in captivity if given the option of freedom.

Even between humans, ‘those who are powerful treat the less powerful as if they were mere objects’… with the slaughter of animals, we allow the interest of our own species to ‘override the greater interest of members of the other species’. This is described as Speciesism. We see this more familiarly in modern day racism and sexism.

By eating meat you take away the option of freedom for the animals. By eating meat you allow the blood shed to continue behind concrete walls. By eating meat you send the message that it’s okay for people to grossly profit from killing animals.

Do the 3 photos below look like one big party or the holocaust? They’re cows ready for slaughter.

Please don’t run from reality, watch the film and share your thoughts with other viewers in the comments section. Thank you.

Tsem Rinpoche

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  1. Pastor Niral Patel on Oct 29, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    This is a very eye-opening documentary and one that everyone should watch. Even for those who have already seen the documentary, they should watch it over and over again occasionally to remind them about its powerful message. As humans have become the dominant species on this planet we really need to learn how to live with other animals and not to use them for food or other means. Not only are humans torturing and killing animals for their own selfish ends, but the processes involved are also slowly killing off entire eco-systems, and this will negatively impact our future generations.

    Just think about the world how it exists now, with high rates of cancer, radiation, environmental poisoning, atmospheric changes, etc. These were not so common during the time of our grandparents or great-grandparents. But as human technology has evolved, things have become worse. In fact we are using technology to further the suffering caused by animals. But we must show them our compassion instead by adopting either a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, not just in diet but in all products we use. This way we relieve the sufferings of the animal nations and ensure the survival of mother earth for future generations as a whole.

  2. Pastor Loh Seng Piow on Oct 4, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Of all living beings on earth, humans have the greatest brain power, but greatest brain power does not equate greatest wisdom. For thousands of years, in fact since stone age, humans have been killing other animals for food, but back then survival was extremely precarious, so it is understandable. But at this day and age, technology is very advanced, food is aplenty, in fact in great surplus, farming technology is very advanced which produces crops that can sustain the entire earth population. Hence, there is ABSOLUTELY NO NEED to kill other animals for survival. Eating vegetables, beans, lentils alone can sustain the whole earth population. Hence to kill other animals for food has become a pure act of cruelty and greed, an act lacking much in wisdom. Animals are not here for humans to eat, but humans with their superior brain power exploit other species to the extreme. But there is karma, whatever humans kill and eat in this life, in the future they will be reborn as animals to be killed and eaten too. This is the truth, realizing and accepting is wisdom, hence stop exploiting and killing other animals for whatever reasons is the wisest option.

  3. Sock Wan on Sep 27, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    I have watched Earthlings few years ago, watching it for the second time the images still make my stomach churns. I have no regret of becoming a vegetarian.

    Whether we are human or animal, we don’t want sufferings. If we have the right and freedom to choose to be happy, what right do we have to take away animal’s right to be happy?

  4. Samfoonheei on Sep 27, 2017 at 11:42 am

    It is hard to watch this movie, without feeling sympathy for the creatures that are born to be exploited. The message in this movie is strong and insightful. . Using undercover footage, the film shows what the animals go through to give us the products that the human race uses every day. The Documentary attempts to show the viewer why we should become vegetarians by means of graphic scenes of animal cruelty What makes Earthlings so powerfully convincing is actually quite simple if you believe that inflicting pain and suffering on an innocent living being is wrong.
    we have a lot to learn about how to treat each other, let alone the animals that share our world. Earthlings gives voice to those that are powerless and cannot speak out on their own behalf. animals are ignorant and don’t deserve to be treated humanely.
    Animals are ignorant and do not deserve to be treated so badly.
    Shaun Monson did a wonderful job spreading a powerful message .
    With any luck ,hopeful those people who watch this film and be inspired to reject and prevent this kind of cruelty from occurring in the future.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these documentary video with us .

  5. Wylfred Ng on Sep 26, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享。

    多年后再次看整个视频, 震撼程度还是不减。

    大家同是住在地球上的生物(Earthling), 为什么人类还是为了自己的私欲一直在侵犯其他动物生存的权利?从食物生产链、皮草、娱乐, 人类把动物当成一种“工具”, 而不是把他们当作生命来看待。

    其实对我来说最震撼的就是杀害动物提供我们肉类食物的过程。 很多动物活活被割喉、电击致死、乱棍打死、甚至最残忍的就是活活被丢进绞肉机搅碎。
    看过这些视频过后试问下自己, 还敢吃肉吗?

    从我开始成为素食者到现在已经接近四年。 从刚开始身边的人冷言冷语, 到现在一些人都认同以不伤害动物为前提吃素, 我觉得不吃肉对我来说一点遗憾都没有。 我也会继续吃素, 直到我离世为止。 也会鼓励别人吃素。

    谢谢

  6. Grace Tan on Sep 26, 2017 at 12:11 am

    Animals deserved a chance to live. It is very sad to see how human ill treated them.

  7. Carmen Koo on Sep 26, 2017 at 12:05 am

    When i first watched Earthlings a few years ago, it impacted me beyond words – last time, I did not even think or wonder how meat ended up on our plates, how animals feel in zoos, how animals in the circus are tormented, or how a abandoned pet will have its heart broken, I took it for granted because of my selfishness. But watching Earthlings exposed me to much more than what goes on in abattoirs. It exposed me to the cruelty of mankind, the coldness some individuals have to not cringe while hearing the piglets, cows, veal, chicken, elephants and bulls scream, that the only animal capable to inflict so much torment and pain onto another being are the human kind. Animals are not made to be for human consumption, contrary to the believe of many. If they were, then we would not cringe and their struggles and pains, their screaming and their bleeding.

    Because of the drive of consumers to continue to demand for meat, demand entertainment, and pets for company, it continues to feed this industry of cruel torture and abuse. Animals have every right, just like us, to live. Over the centuries, they have evolved, and shared the planet with the evolving human kind, and it does not entitle us to be more superior over animals.

    I cannot imagine how heartless people can be, and how numb they are to the pain of another being. As we feed the underprivileged and homeless through KSK, there are 25million animals out there who are homeless too, with not many to care for them. Cows can actually live for 20 years, but milking cows live only for 4.

    I am glad that Rinpoche has shared this documentary with us, and propelled me to opt for a vegetarian diet that did not come from eating something that was screaming in terror and fright before it landed on my plate. If we can’t do what we do to animals to our human friends, why do we think we can do it to animals then?

  8. Karen Chong on Sep 25, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    I watched this video few years ago when i was not a vegetarian. This video does have great impact on me in terms of my views on killing animals for food, fashion and entertainment. It opened up my mind and made me think deeper that does animals really inferior than human beings as we have been instilled the wrong thought of animals are made for human beings to consume. That’s a big wrong idea instilled in people’s mind by selfish people who just wants to make money. No one is inferior than anyone, all beings are equal. I heard swearing, laughing while killing, making fun over the abuse of animals in some of the videos, these people are distorted and are committing very heavy negative karma. To kill other beings for livelihood is the worst job in the world.

    “It seems eating vegetables and eating animals are both bad, in that case cut one out completely. Why do both. Our karmic ripening makes us take rebirth always in situations that we cannot avoid all situational karma as a natural by product. But we have a choice to make it less. No matter what we do or how we exist at our ordinary levels, we will accumulate negative karma. So we have to choose consciously to lessen them.” ~ Tsem Rinpoche

    3 years down the road in being a vegetarian, I feel so much lighter and healthier, and most importantly, i have no guilt.

  9. Lin Mun on Sep 25, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    It is very sad watching this video and while watching I’m asking myself how can human be so cruel in handling other beings. We practically don’t care if the animals are in pain or not. No living beings deserved to be treated in such a way. We should not have the understanding that animals exist to serve human. We should respect all living beings and not have any discrimination. It is by having this right mindset that we will create a peaceful and harmonious world.

  10. Kien Wong on Sep 25, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Animal deserved to be live freely and treated equal as human on earth. Being kind to nature is a must, in order to gain a harmonious and healthy living environment. We depend each others to survive. WE are NOT superiors than anybody else. Learn to LOVE, to understand, to be Kind, respect and understand. So, the being on earth can be healed from suffering.

  11. William Chua on Sep 25, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Lest we forget! This video is a good reminder on why I became vegetarian in 7 years ago. It strengthens my decision. The suffering suffered by the animals and the nasty conditions that the animals in are unbearable. The cruelty by humans treating the animals for entertainment makes me sick. Reality strikes after watching this documentary cos animals are habitants of earth who has feelings and can feel pain just like humans. I do hope that more people will watch this video and change their mind on what they eat and use. Be more conscious in the choice we make so that the world will be a better place.

    As we can see in the news recently, there are more and more disasters happening, from hurricanes to earth quakes, flooding and volcanoes eruption. I believe that this happens because of our disregard to earth resources. The more we destroy our resources, the more disasters will occur, what goes around, comes around. Karma is heavy when there is killing and are we able the bear the karma ourselves? The least we can do is not to contribute to the cause of killing.

  12. Su Ming on Sep 25, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    I have watched this video several times. It was not easy to watch this whole documentary and is still not easy. as we see how much the animals suffer and how humans take animals for granted. So inhumane and so cold.

    I was just reading a article a couple of months ago and the fact that around 53 billion chicken are slaughtered every year and it increases as we progress. 53 billions of lives going through the same slaughter inhumane methods portrayed in the documentary. And this is just one poultry type.

    Many of us don’t realised the connection between our food intake with our health. People are still slow to make the connection, but chronic diseases today are almost all tied to our insane amounts of animal product consumption.

    I am glad I watched this video again. It has refreshed and also reaffirmed my thoughts and action.

    “You reap what we sow” ……and this is what Tsem Rinpoche has taught us which we called KARMA.

  13. Pastor Antoinette on Sep 25, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Watching and discussing the Earthlings again has even more an impact on me as I got more clear about “Speciesism” and we dominate other specism. We deny the suffering and cruelty that we inflict on so many animals, an unimaginable number of animals gets exploited, abused and killed daily! Who are we to do such tremendous abuse on them?

    Is there a difference between their pain and our pain? Do our interests has priority over their interests? We know that our pets for example have a character, they show their feelings such as happiness, guild, care and so on, yet animals who we use for consumption, for clothing, for experiments, for entertainment are not perceived as someone but as something and they do not need to be respected!?

    This discrimination by the “powerful”, by those who feel they deserve to get the fur from animals, to get their flesh to eat and leather to wear, is not right. We kill millions and millions of animals, we take their milk, take their babies, hurt and torture them for our palate, for our pleasure.

    Even our pets are often coming from horrible conditions where the mother dog gets only used to breed and breed again and again. And all the money goes to the breeder. Why not rescue a dog or cat from the shelter? As on top so many stray dogs and cats get killed daily because the shelters cannot cope with the amount of dogs.

    There is hope as there are people such as Marc Ching, http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/marc-ching-shows-us-the-way.html and Good News for Animal Lovers!, http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/good-news-for-animal-lovers-2.html for example but it is like the drop of water on the hot stone.

    In the food industry, as we can see in the video, workers abuse the animals badly, beat them and torture them as they feel strong compared to the poor animal. The “normal” treatment of every animal is from getting stolen from their mother, to branding, to dehorning, mutilation, transportation in unbearable conditions, antibiotics, pesticides with no concern for the suffering of the animal is beyond what we can imagine.

    Even the procedures for killing animals which are meant to reduce the suffering and enhance hygiene are as we can see in the video either not effective and/or not respected. The living conditions for chickens for example do not even allow them to spread their wings.

    Do we want to eat food that is produced in such conditions? I don’t think that it is a healthy way to eat corpses and steal the milk of the babies. Even though we don’t kill the animals directly, we have a responsibility. There is no humane killing, killing is killing and no animal wants to die.

    Diseases such as the Kreuzfeld Jacob disease and Pfiesteria, as mentioned, are man made. Our greed and non respect of animals and nature bring more suffering and more damage. Even the laws and conventions which do exist already, are not respected.

    Watching the video makes me feel ashamed and I wish I could stop this immediately. Yet, eating meat, using animals, abusing and killing is so terrific habitual. Everybody should watch this and reflect on what we do to them!

    I hope that people don’t say this is too horrific to watch but see it for what it is, the day to day reality all over the world.

    May the suffering of animals be stopped as soon as possible. May their rights and needs be respected. Go vegetarian, go vegan, stop visiting animal shows and zoos, wear vegan clothes and shoes, promote no more animal testing …. this and more can be done by everybody. These are the immediate actions we can take and create awareness so that hopefully these horrible pictures become a memory of what people did, the nazis to the animals.

  14. Pastor Adeline Woon on Sep 25, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Human were brought up to exercise speciesism rather naturally because their contact with animals are narrowed down to food, company, entertainment, clothing and cosmetic. Generally speaking, unless they are told otherwise, human beings continue to live their lives exploiting animals.

    In the Buddhist teachings, animals are seen as another form of existence which anyone can take rebirth in. They are not god’s given food but a living life we respect. To take advantage of their lower form of existence is not encouraged but to treat them equally without prejudice is. Just like what was explained in the video, animals are a different nation, they have every rights to live on earth without harm just like all living beings on earth.

    The mistreatment that the animals are receiving is a clear sign of human selfishness and their silly ideas of superiority that arise from insecurity and fear – to harm others in order to feel a sense of control and power. This insecurity and fear cannot be pacified through harming others but through benefiting others. A sense of fulfilment and joy will slowly fill our mind through good starting from focusing on others’ needs and suffering instead of our hungry stomach and taste buds.

    The only way to end this brutal treatment to animals is to relook the way we consume our meals and the things we use. As a consumer, we have the power to change how animals are being treated and to stop the giant players from manipulating us. We are in control and we need to be in control in order to live a life that is filled with sense of achievement, love and care.

  15. Cynthia Lee on Sep 25, 2017 at 4:17 am

    This video changed my life after watching it for the first time in year 2009 and I am thankful I got to watch it due to the kindness of Rinpoche and being in Kechara. Otherwise, I would have stayed ignorant.

    Watching Earthlings and videos such as this is a form of death meditation to me. Each time, it reminds that I do not wish to have the same fate after this current life. The only way for me not to have same fate is NOT to instil the same fate to other defenseless beings like animals.

    I wish many more will watch this documentary and see the tremendous suffering animals had to endure for human’s desires and entertainment in hope the SWITCH can happen.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this necessary post.

  16. Valentina Suhendra on Sep 16, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for posting this eye-opening article and video. I watched Earthlings many years ago. Although at the time, I did not pay much attention to the narrative, I was amazed at the graphic presentation in the video about how animals are killed and tortured. It has helped me to understand about the animal sufferings and develop empathy towards them.

    Recently, many years later, I watched the Earthlings again with the fellow Kechara writers where they explained about the narrative in the video that I did not notice before. Several things stood out for me:
    1. Speciesism – or the idea that humans are superior and have greater rights than non-human animals and treat them as an object devoid of feelings.
    2. All beings, humans and animals alike, have the same need and desire such as the need for food, shelter, the desire to be free of suffering, freedom of movement, etc.
    3. Humans have the tendencies to see animals through a magnifying glass. Therefore, they failed to see the complete picture, and developed their opinion and looked down upon animals based on this distorted view. While in reality, animals may be endowed with features that are more developed than ours as it is necessary for them to survive in their environment.
    4. Deception in the commercial words – The claims that are made by the meat suppliers are not always true. For example, Jews believed that Kosher animals died with minimal sufferings. However, as we can see from the documentary, it is not always true. Although the Jewish law forbids inverted animals to be slaughtered and the use of electric to immobilize the animals, these practices are still implemented in the Kosher slaughter house for the convenience of the butcher.
    5. Human choose to be ignorant – It is sad but true, although the information about how animals are slaughtered are easily available, many people refused to learn about and acknowledge their sufferings just because they do not want to sacrifice their taste buds or their fashion sense. Again we are causing the suffering of animals for our convenience.

    I do think that it is sad humans, including myself, have to cause the sufferings to other beings because we prefer our convenience or we choose to be ignorant of their suffering. We should help to reduce or eliminate unnecessary sufferings of animals by bringing awareness about what is happening to them.

    Valentina

  17. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Sep 16, 2017 at 1:20 am

    I first watched this video nearly two years ago, and this time around my impression of it is different. What I found powerful about the video this time around is that it tried to equalize our views about humans and animals, and to point out that on an ultimate level, there is no difference between the two groups. But the fact we see a difference between the two is in itself engaging in speciesism; because humans are generally the dominant species, we give ourselves the privilege of viewing ourselves as different and superior compared to animals.

    It’s the discriminatory mindset that becomes dangerous because we constantly reinforce that we are in a position of power. When we place ourselves in a position of power, we then become in danger of creating suffering for others. So what I realized is that if you engage in speciesism, it makes it easier for you to discriminate against others, and suppress anyone. This is because there will always be someone lower down on the power spectrum for you to abuse and deny the rights of. Speciesism usually starts first with animals, thinking we are better than them, because animals are unable to talk back. Then because the seed of that discrimination has been planted, it may be extended to other situations, to discriminate amongst humankind itself.

    So this goes back to Leo Tolstoy’s quote that for as long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields. A slaughterhouse arises from the discriminatory attitude that another being exists to serve our interests, that our interests override theirs and that we have the right to enforce this view whatever way necessary (violent or otherwise). It is the attitude that results in a slaughterhouse, which also exists within a battlefield…the idea that violence is a justified means to an end, that one party has the right to impose their view and interests on another. Hence a society that is kinder to animals, will be kinder to their fellow human beings and there will be greater peace, less war, less discrimination in general.

    So although the video was to encourage vegetarianism and kindness towards animals, I also feel that the benefit of understanding what “speciesism” is is much wider than that. Its benefit lies in the universality of the term, and how beings from every level will benefit when we can identify speciesism and then act against it. Understanding how each and every one of us engages in speciesism, no matter how big or small, gives us the chance to do the opposite and take corrective measures. Hence understanding speciesism gives us the chance to view all beings as equal, to view their suffering as equally important and their need for happiness as equally urgent.

    A really powerful video that people should keep watching and rewatching, to inform, change, improve their understanding of the world and all the creatures living therein.

  18. Raj Kumar on Sep 15, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    today I have watched Earthlings, a 2005 documentary about humanity´s use of animals as pets, food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research.It is narrated by Joaquin Pheonix and directed by Shaun Monson and has won several awards. then always decided not to finish it, as most of the images are hard to handle.It surely belongs to the most violent movies ever made – with one big exception: It only shows the truth!It shows us what IS HAPPENING right now, right in front of us and BECAUSE of us.It shows us the relationship we as humankind have to animals and to the world around us.The world we are sharing with all the other species that have evolved over time.All the species that have just the same right to exist here like we do.We are all Earthlings!

  19. Pastor David Lai on Sep 15, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    I am rewatching the Earthlings again and this time, I felt I was ready as I recall rather vividly of the horrors that awaited me. When I watched it the first time many years ago, I had no idea of the horrific atrocities documented in this film and boy, did I cry like a school girl. I didn’t pay too much attention to Joaquin Phoenix’s narration. I was just overwhelmed with emotion. At that time, I still ate meat but after watching it, I could not stomach meat for a couple of weeks. All I remember were the blood and gore for quite awhile.

    This time, I felt I was prepared and while watching, I got the chance to listen carefully to the narration and midway, I was even wondering if I had become desensitized to all the visuals of slaughter and suffering of animals. But midway, the tears came as I watched how even the circus elephant, deranged and angry from years of abuse and in a moment of fury and revenge, killed its captors in rampage and he in turn was killed tragically, ending a lifetime of pain and servitude.

    I must say that the narration is excellent and delved deep into why people regard animals as mere objects, which stem from their view, dubbed speciesism and the explanation draws parallels between racism, sexism and so forth. It explains very well how our view of animals gives us the moral license to commit the horrific atrocities on an industrial scale, not unlike the Nazis.

    At the end of the movie, it makes you feel that things should be different and how small efforts like being vegetarian doesn’t seem so daunting after all. I do recall that after watching Earthlings for the first time made me consider going vegetarian on a long term basis. I didn’t go vegetarian cold turkey but started being vegetarian for five days and gradually expanded from there till I got used to being vegetarian all the time.

  20. Julia Tan on Sep 15, 2017 at 9:04 am

    在我第一次看这一部电影的时候是2010年,感恩因为这一部电影让我对自己生活中吃的,用的,穿对,喜欢的东西第一次感觉到罪恶感,因为自己种种的欲望,这些动物都在受苦。我开始吃素,因为我不要当杀手,不要当帮凶,也不要当买凶的那个人,我也不要其他人因为工作,天天要杀杀杀,我感觉自己的手都是血。

    很多人会为自己找借口,但是我们是人,我们会思考,有智慧,因为我们愿意,所以改变世界,我们人类的伟大是在于我们的智慧,智慧不在于我们的餐桌上,智慧不是把自己的快乐放在第一然后其他众生都要为自己痛苦的牺牲。

    很多人会问,不吃肉那要吃什么?没有好吃的做人没意思!😏 那是因为你没吃过好吃的素食而已。吃素之后,就是少了医生的朋友,😄 习惯是可以改变,为了自己,众生和孩子的未来,值得!

  21. Pastor Niral Patel on Sep 15, 2017 at 6:14 am

    I watched Earthlings again today. It isn’t the first time I have watched the documentary. In fact, when I had the fortune of meeting His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche for the first time around 4 years ago, Rinpoche had gifted me a copy of the movie to watch. At the time I was already a practicing vegetarian and Rinpoche told me that it would give me a deeper understanding of why being a vegetarian was compassionate. And Rinpoche was definitely right.

    I’ve watched a couple of documentaries on the reasons we should be a vegetarian, on showing compassion towards animals and protecting the environment, but what I loved about Earthlings is that it tackled the issue from a psychological view. Before getting into the scary and stomach turning scenes of how humans treat animals it first analysed the situation from how humans view animals, and does so by striking to the very heart of the problem – the view that humans are superior than animals and therefore can treat them as objects. But this is just a simple overview of what was explained. Basically anyone who has some form of power over another human or animal, can and does contradict morality by viewing them as objects rather than sentient beings, and therefore can engage in horrific acts without remorse. We view the world through the lens of our perception. As I sat there watching and discussing with my Dharma brother and sisters all I could think about was what the Buddha taught about – the mind and our false perception.

    When we view the world through our mistaken perception, we create karma. And this is what happens when we deal with other sentient beings, humans and animals included. We all know from a Buddhist perspective that inflicting harm on other sentient beings leads to negative karma, but did we ever think about the frame of mind that causes us to do this – our perception of the world? Or even how modern psychology discusses this mistaken perception? The documentary talks about this perception as a self-centric psychological universe where one only thinks about the self in relation to other sentient beings. And this is what allows us to view other sentient beings as mere objects. Buddhism calls this the ego, or the self-centered “I”. Both philosophies are strikingly similar, if not the same, only termed and explained differently.

    This is what leads to what most people here have commented about, the horrific way in which humans exploit the animal kingdom for their own selfish interests. In fact these small interests, such as wearing leather or having chicken for dinner outweighs the major interests of the animal such as the loss of life. Humans have a way to want and find ways to get without consideration about the other species. And what this documentary does is introduce the viewer to a new perspective to view the world, one in which we see just how much pain and suffering animals go through for our wants. While we all know that the foods we eat, clothes we wear etc, are animal products, the killing fields are so far removed from our every day lives that we don’t think about it. This documentary shocks you to the reality of it all and what humanity is capable of doing.

    As Buddhists on the path of compassion how can we not be a vegetarian and strive to make the world a better place free of suffering after seeing the treatment and fate of the animals, members of a fellow nation on this planet of ours. If we want to develop ultimate compassion, we need to be able to develop compassion to the next realm closest to us first, which is obviously the animal realm. And if we are on the path of compassion, we are also on the path of wisdom. We need to meditate and realise that the pain and suffering binds us further to samsara, as well as the animals. We are bound to suffer again and again. When we realise that there is actually no difference between humans and animals on a worldly level, that we all want food/water, shelter, freedom of movement and freedom from pain; or on a spiritual level, that we are all sentient beings, we will see a real change in how we treat animals.

  22. Beatrix Ooi on Sep 15, 2017 at 5:40 am

    I have a lot of friends who find it extremely difficult to watch the documentary, they find it too graphic. But that’s precisely the point, why is it not okay to watch it but it is okay for us to eat the animals? My conclusion is that they ‘pretend’ to not know so consciously, there’s no guilt or whatsoever, most people find it easier to pretend and be in denial than to actually face the truths.

    Joaquin’s narration was clear, not whiny and he managed to convey the important points to the audience strongly. One of the points that stood out to me was that all sentient beings have desires, we all want food, shelter, companionship, and freedom of movement. That alone indicates that animals DO feel love, they DO feel pain and suffering. The comprehension between an animal and a human being may be different due to the environment and individual capability, but it still leads up to a mutual conclusion which is, survival. All sentient beings even something as “small” as Swallows for example, they know when to migrate so that they can give birth to the next generation before the harsh cold winters hits and there’s no food. Therefore animals DO comprehend.

    Another point that stood out strongly was the fact that we own a pet fits into the characteristics of a speciest. Animals are supposed to roam freely in the wild, by right none of us have the authority to own them, control their life and decide whether if they should live or not. The very fact that us owning a pet violates the principles of equality. This really blew my mind away, who would have thought about it that way? Keeping pets has been a practice that stems from more than 12 centuries ago, therefore it is safe to say that the concept of keeping pets (either for companionship or entertainment) has been rooted in mankind. After more than 12,000 years today, it is refreshing to know otherwise, which actually makes sense. Why is it not okay to ‘own’ a slave but it is okay to ‘own’ a pet? The word ‘own’ is very superior-sounding, so no matter what the subjects are, to own another species and to diminish their rights to live however they wish to is speciesism. This is a very powerful documentary indeed, will watch it again to absorb it better.

  23. chon kong on Sep 15, 2017 at 2:24 am

    This is the second time I watch the video.Today once again look to see animals suffer every scene, I feel too uncomfortable. We have been trying to avoid, in fact, cause the meat to be slaughtered animals bear the pain. If not personally slaughtered, turn a blind eye. Selfish human behavior, lead to other life to bear the pain and the scourge!

    To avoid killing animals continues to deteriorate, we should start from their own. Change their way of life, from clothing, food, and entertainment. the chance of harm to the animals is reduced to zero. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this video,let us know behind the scene how animals suffer because of human being!

  24. Wah Ying on Sep 15, 2017 at 2:08 am

    It’s hard to continue watching the whole video. So much pain and sufferings human have incurred to animals. Human depends on animals for food, clothes, companion, entertainment and more, but with so much disrespect and greed. Only when human think they are more superior than other creatures on the Earth, they are the owner of this planet, therefore they can use and abuse in whatever manner and scale they feel fit and they like to.

    This video was produced few years ago and most of the scenes in the video are still repeating, and can be seen in many other video clips produced or appear much later and recently. No doubt the awareness has increased but the killing is not stopping. However, with creating more awareness about animal sufferings, more people to be vegetarian and more aware of the beings or environment around them, world can be changed. Changes should start from us and it will change for better. We have heard quite many people how turn into vegetarian, more aware of the sufferings of animals, and realise about speciesism after watching this Earthling video. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the video.

  25. Wei Theng on Sep 15, 2017 at 1:15 am

    This is not the first time for me to watch the video but it is still not easy to watch it. Every time I watched it, it just triggered me to look into certain facts that I have been avoiding or pretending not to know/see or pretending to forget for the sake of my own craving or attachment or pleasure. 🙄

    The sufferings that animals has gone through due to human in the 5 parts of this video is tremendous – pets, food, clothes, sport/entertainment and science. It is human like us that think we are more superior than other species and the ignorance that causing us to ignore the pain of other species or animals.

    I am thankful that Rinpoche has been exposing me on videos like this and let me starting to know, to feel and to start growing a little bit of kindness towards animals and started to be vegetarian for a few years and started to be a little bit kind to animals such as stray dogs, etc.

    This time, from watching this videos, it also let me feel more about the pain and the sickness that I have been experiencing now are due to what I have done in the past like eating meat, dissecting small insects or animals during classes last time as well as causing harm to animals. It let me have deeper understanding of karma and to be kind to animals starting now and spreading the awareness to be kind to animals. All animals deserve to live happily and without sufferings and pains. They are just the same like us.
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    I like what it says “When we wince at the suffering of animals, that feeling speaks well of us even when we ignore it, and those who dismiss love for our fellow creatures as mere sentimentality overlook a good and important part of our humanity. But it takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal. And it is actually within us to grant them a happy life … and a long one.

    …. On the heath, King Lear asked Gloucester: “How do you see the world?” And Gloucester, who is blind, answered: “I see it feelingly”. I see it feelingly. Three primary life forces exist on this planet: Nature, Animals and Humankind. We are the Earthlings. Make the connection.”

    This is definitely a must watch video for all.

  26. Jace Chong on Sep 15, 2017 at 12:33 am

    Thanks Rinpoche and the blog team sharing with us this life changing documentary.

    I first watched this in 2010, I was an occasional vegetarian back then, still couldn’t let go of my favourite KFC. I remember I watched this with my cat beside me, and because of the cat, I relate to the pains of all the animals in the documentary so well because I love my cat. I became a vegetarian after watching Earthling. And because of this documentary, I can really see the pain and hence take action on what should we do to not create further pain to the animals, as best as we can.

    I understand that we human is the core of all these pains and destructions to the earth, everyone of us contribute to that even if we try not to harm animals. However, with the power of influence by one person to another, hopefully this force of empathy would spread far wide, cutting down the sufferings of the earthlings, as a whole.

    Thank you.

  27. sweekeong on Sep 15, 2017 at 12:29 am

    I have watched the video before but it doesn’t become easy to watch the second time. This is a Must Watch for everyone who loves our planet, our future.

    Earthings has opened my eyes to the behind the scene how animals suffer abuses from human entertainment, killed for clothing, used in medical experiments and most importantly killed as food. This is one of the main reason I gave up eating meating. With the knowledge that animals being rear (breed) and abused since baby until they’re killed, the solution simply is stop eating them. We can control our food intake and therefore one less demand for meat.

    Giving up eating animals have many benefits not only for us ourselves but everyone living on this planet as pointed in the video, the environment ecology, and most importantly our inner peace and morality as a human.

  28. Sarah on Sep 15, 2017 at 12:26 am

    After watching the video, it is clear that we must raise awareness regarding the inhuman ways we treat animals. There is so much suffering created for the poor animals who are helpless and are totally controlled by their human handlers. We can say that it’s their karma, but we are also creating bad karma through our cruelty. This reminds me of the Jataka tale called “The Brave Goat”. The goat in the story told the priest who was about to kill him for his sacrificial offering that he was sad because the priest would be reborn 500 times as a goat in his future lives. And he, the goat, would be reborn as a human. This made the priest decide not to go ahead with the sacrifice. If people believe in karma, they would certainly not kill any sentient being.

  29. CindyH on Sep 15, 2017 at 12:24 am

    Watching this for the third time, it still doesn’t get any easier and it is still hard to sit through despite knowing the next scenes or what to expect. It also highlights how pervasive animal cruelty is in daily life and the severe consequences following such human exploitation of animals. Simultaneously, it further reveals how people have desensitized and numb themselves to such harsh reality. Ultimately, the problem lies in humans prioritising self over others, from satisfying own taste buds to pervadingly how we would feel. For example, despite being made aware of the uncomfortable truth about meat consumption, many still choose to close their eyes and block it out so they don’t have to feel bad or so they can continue doing it without the guilt. Thank you for this sharing which can serve as another reminder for us to be more caring and less self-centered.

  30. Lew on Sep 15, 2017 at 12:18 am

    I feel everyone must watch this video at least once and contemplate on it. I think this is my third time watching it and it is still very impactful to me. It is certainly very difficult to watch because the sufferings of the animals are “honestly” presented to in front of our eyes. There are many things which we do without thinking, that would harm so much animals, and this video presented it very clearly for us to contemplate.

    There are certainly things we can do if we are educated about the facts. As parents, we can educate our children to be more kind to all earthlings by not eating them, by not wearing them, something which we can do on a daily basis. I strongly believe that if the demand goes down or is eliminated, then the supply will stop too. Also, the meat industry has done so much damage to the planet earth that eventually one day, the earth will not be able to take it anymore.

    I wish this video Earthlings can be shown to every children in school, to encourage them to think, and to stop the suffering of other earthlings. 🙏🙏🙏

  31. Bk on Sep 14, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    This is a very difficult video to watch because it’s so painful to see how the animals suffer. I think many don’t realize that in so many aspects of what humans take for granted, an animal suffered or died for it. It’s so extremely prevalent from food to clothes to pets to zoos that what Joaquin Phoenix said at the beginning of the video is true: in essence that humans are the most harmful creatures on the planet, that we feel we are more superior to animals thus we are entitled to do whatever we want with them including torturing and killing them, that we are no better than the Nazis who killed millions of Jews during the Holocaust.

    Thank you rinpoche for sharing this moving video. I think anyone who watches it attentively and looks into the animals’ eyes as they are dying will immediately realize that they are no different from us, that they feel tremendous pain just like we do, and that we really must not do as we please with them, just for convenience, fashion or entertainment’s sake. And that perhaps it is time to adopt a more conscious, harm-free lifestyle that is kind to everyone and everything.

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  32. Sharon Ong on Sep 14, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    This is one of the hardest documentaries to watch but very necessary. Watching it again today is not any easier as the killing and cruelty are still happening. No matter what methods were used to reduce sufferings prior to slaughter, the fact remains the same – a life is taken. A life whose potential that has yet to be fully realised.

    Many will not watch documentaries like “Earthlings” as they would prefer to still carry on their habit of ingesting exotic meat, buying luxury leather goods and enjoying animal sports, pleading “Ignorance is bliss”. But is ignorance really bliss? As Buddhists, we should try to reduce sufferings of other sentient beings, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. While we may not be able to change everyone in this world overnight, we should at least try to do our parts. Be it going vegetarian, buying products that are not tested on animals, adopting strays or boycotting zoo and circuses.

    My children have asked to go to the circus when they were younger. But after showing them videos of how animals were trained, they have not asked since. I believe that by creating awareness through videos such as “Earthlings”, more people will see the real picture and stop the many harmful and highly unnecessary practices. As the saying goes, “When the buying stops, so will the killing.”

  33. Kenneth Chan on Sep 14, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Aaaaaaargh humans! Y U Make the Mahayana Path so difficult!!!

  34. Pastor Antoinette on Sep 14, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Looking this video again has made me think that it is unbelievable how much we can deny that animals feel pain although it is very obvious. It is true as they say we are the Nazi’s to the animals, killing, making most cruel experiments, using, abusing and whatever cruelty, we human animals do it onto the “weaker”, the animal which is not so ill-minded as we obviously are.

    I think it is very much because we don’t see what is going on and we get feel-well pictures from dairy companies for example in advertisments. But there is no feel-well for the animal having to suffer his whole life and later being killed and exploited to the maximum, for maximum profit.

    Even bull-fighting gets glamourised yet the killing of these beautiful animals has nothing to do with a fight but there is no escape and not even the slightest chance for the bull to survive. This is called murder and not a fight in my eyes.

    No matter what are the reasons, clothing, food, entertainment, research, science, medical … we humans think we are allowed to inflict this pain and suffering to animals. Well, I think we need to stop this and I am happy that there are many organisations, such as Peta, rescue teams, vegan and vegetarian organisations, which share daily on social media how cruel we are. https://www.peta.org, https://www.facebook.com/animalfreedomfighter/ and many more.

    Please watch this powerful video from H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on “What is on your Altar?” http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/whats-on-your-altar.html

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  35. Esther Goh on Sep 13, 2017 at 10:54 am

    A very sad video which sends a very clear message across. We must show compassion to all living beings on earth. Animals like human beings do experience pain and sufferings. They are so helpless and at the mercy of mankind just to satisfy their taste buds and desires for luxury goods and entertainment. Every mouthful of meat that we eat and every leather item that we possess just imagine the amount of pain and sufferings the animals have to go through. Even for entertainment and sports the animals also have to go through very harsh training in order to please the spectators. This video is a wake up call for me to ponder seriously how I can reduce the sufferings of other living beings and to make a difference so that this world will be a better place. If the demand stops so will be the supply. I hope more people will watch this video and benefit from it because it has definitely created a very strong impact on me.

    Thank you Rinpoche for creating this awareness 🙏🙏🙏.

  36. Mingwen on Sep 13, 2017 at 7:47 am

    With much shame, I’m not proud to be human being.
    Human kind is sick, we ‘re extremely selfish which we will do anything just to fulfill our desires and think that think that the world is under our control.

    We should act now and save the world before everything is to late.. when the mother nature take ultimate revenge..🤕

  37. Pastor Chia on Sep 13, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Watching earthling video , it make impact for people think deeply about how human desire living in this planet are base to others animals suffering. No doubt human are not only species live in the earth. Due to human ignorant and desire, human using their power to get the food sourse, clothing, entertainment to hurt others animals. This is not the right way. Human suppose have more wisdom but we are like other animals have feeling of pain, fear and consciousness.If human can’t control their desire eating meat. More and more animals will suffer. Be a vegitarian and Vegan is not total solution. But we can lesses hurting another being unnessery. It important for human aware and not fall to the old habit without control like wild animals hunting another species in the earth.

  38. Tek Lee on Sep 13, 2017 at 2:55 am

    This is a very powerful video that triggered many different thoughts. Yes, it’s cruel that those animals were slaughtered in that way to earn money for human beings. Treated in that way in order for human pleasure, and for their comfort. And, again, treated in that way for human to earn more money. But, out of all these, what is it about? Again, is for human beings. To me, this video shows the very ugly side of us, human beings. It very about SPECIESISM, even beyond that.
    Human beings, they’re scared of things that they don’t know, they’re worried about things that beyond their control. Given a human a riffle, with a lion stand in front of them, they will shoot the lion. Without the riffle, they’ll be scared of the lion like a mouse meet a cat. In this video shows it all. Human beings like to dominate, like to over power, like to be in control of everything. From the world biggest incident, World War 1 and 2, to this video, controlling and over powering other species (animals), it’s all about taking control.
    I hope more people watch this video, then to contemplate, what we, human beings, one of the species that live on earth, one of the earthlings, have brought benefit to the world that we’re living, rather than destroying, consuming, and talking control of what that benefits us. 🙏

  39. Justin Cheah on Sep 13, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Yes this is one video many would avoid watching, just like the rest of my friends, I do tend to shy away from watching videos of this nature but I am glad I did for the past few times. There are indeed a lot to be learnt from this video and one that strikes me the most is how cruel can someone be to take life away (or torture) life from another innocent being who also have the right to be staying alive untouched, live as peaceful like everyone one of us. It depicts the kind of dominance onto another species, just like another race over another, another religion over another. It clearly tells us the world that humans can be very cruel in order to get what they want regardless the cost even at the expense of another life and that itself is scary. We certainly can co exist and don’t have to kill in order to eat or stay alive as some might claim.

  40. Pastor Shin Tan on Sep 13, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Earthling, 意思是地球上的居民。除了人类,这也包括所有动物在内。 这部纪录片阐述了人类为了宠物、食物、服装和娱乐而凌虐我们的动物朋友。

    正如托尔斯泰所言:”只要有屠宰场,就有战场”。为了满足肉食者的口腹之欲,除了被宰杀以外,动物必须遭受烙印、剁角、剁尾巴、剪耳朵、切牙、去喙、小儿被掠走、长期住在拥挤的环境等痛苦。很多人都不懂,或者不想懂我们日复一日对生命的凌辱和糟蹋。

    为了满足皮革的需求, 每周成千上万只牛在印度被屠杀以获取牛皮。牛只被钉上铁蹄、串上绳索地步上没有任何食物与水的死亡之旅。人类为了娱乐,把我们的“快乐建立在别人的痛苦之上”。美国西部的牛仔竞技、赌马、狩猎、钓鱼、马戏团等,这一些活动都呈现了人类自私自利的一面。

    我们谴责纳粹,但是人类对别的生命的残暴行为与纳粹的大屠杀无异。动物朋友们所承受的煎熬、折磨和灾难还是持续着。纪录片旁白配音杰昆·菲尼克斯说道,“你不能掩饰眼前所发生的一切”。人类并不是这个星球上唯一的居民, 我们必须尊重其他动物种族。虽然我们在食物链上层, 但是我们有很多的选择,比如说我们可以成为素食主义者。我们可以抗议以动物为主的娱乐,停止购买皮革等。我们必须问问良心,做出明确的选择,不要再继续让动物们遭受卑劣残忍的虐杀。

  41. June Kang on Sep 13, 2017 at 1:30 am

    看完这部电影。有几个镜头深深的让我体会到人类对别的生命是多么的残暴,看到了人类的自私、贪婪和愚昧而让动物承受巨大痛苦的可怕事实。

    人类发展至今,自以为是强者。是主宰,认为自己拥有绝对的支配权于其他的众生,造成每天有成千上万的生命惨遭杀害,事实上每个有生命的动物都有感知痛苦的能力,佛说众生是平等的,我们有什么权利剥它的生命呢?

    如果你看完这部电影之后,想改变这世界, 请放下口中肉,再从个个层面检讨自己的生活,包括吃的、穿的和用的,培养慈悲的第一步是持素,爱护动物。

    爱默生说“我们优雅的享用我们的正餐,血腥的屠宰场被精心的隐藏起来”。

  42. Andrea Lai on Sep 13, 2017 at 1:22 am

    It’s powerful documentary of not sending message on animals suffering but to those human being like us. Due to strong attachments of our desire, greed, ego many sentient beings were tortured, suffered and death. What I think, these poor living thing are NOT worth to be treated this way. Many people think animals are different from human, but it is wrong. Animals have feelings just like us and the difference was animals can’t speak or talk like human. They are just vulnerable living organism that needed love, care and compassion. The act of greed on mankind was beyond limit. Animals have to sacrificed their lives in order sustained their material desires and egoism.

    Besides, even among humans happened into fight, war and there’re no different. Similarity with racism, segregation, discrimination, where people were alienated because of differences of their religious believed and interest. People who mistreated animals like this will definite rebirth in animal realm. What go around, come around. This documentary is very meaningful. Thank you, Rinpoche 🙏

  43. Vivian Ong on Sep 13, 2017 at 1:05 am

    This article and video is very powerful to make us humans think deeper and to contemplate what we are doing and have done. Often times we do not even think of the process of how we get the meat and seafood on our plates or how the leather jackets were made. And sometimes just for entertainment for example circus, we never thought how much suffering the animals have to endure during training. Why are the animals suffering for human’s pleasure and comfort? They too have the rights to live freely in the wilds and mother nature. We humans must really sit down and contemplate on this and try to find ways to reduce eating or using products from animals.

  44. nicholas on Sep 13, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Form this video Peter Singer said Speciesism …a prejudice or bias in favour of the interests of members of one’s own species and against those of members of other species. It actually spell out everything in the video. Human in general think that they that are able to think and over power non-human animals but didn’t realise that actually we have something in common and foremost we are living beings that live together on this planet.

    Due to our self centred mind we become selfish and ignorance to others needs, feelings and even their existent but how if the other party think and did the same to us? How would we felt? We have not put ourselves in their shoes to feel the pain, worry, scared and etc but only focus on the desire which cause suffering to others. It’s a good video to open our eyes for some and also a reminder for me that we are not the only being living in this planet that others have to suffer for us but we can live together by respecting others, helping each other even though we are different species but the bottom line is we can share kindness to live for a better future.

  45. Pastor Henry Ooi on Sep 13, 2017 at 12:34 am

    This was a well made documentary video with good research, soundtrack, narration, script, filming, editing and educational. It was great to watch this again together with some friends and then after discussed about the video among ourselves. Each one of us has our personal view and comments and it was interesting to talk and debate among us. One thing in common is that humans exploit animals as pets, for food, use animal hide for clothes and fashion, for entertainment and sports, as well as experiment on animals in the name of science. Some humans even treat other humans as animals. Being kind to animals is good for us to practice loving compassion

  46. Datuk May on Sep 13, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Watching this video, makes me wonder what is the real lesson to be learnt. There are many lessons being taught in this video. So much pain and sufferings are created due to the greed and desire of the egotistic human race. Ignorance on the part of a so called more developed human beings, so much pain is created on mother nature like deforestation and the animals beings of our earth.

    Besides using animals for many aspects of our lives from food to clothes including even the development of medical science, we do so without thinking that animals are just like us. They suffer pain just as much as we do.

    Seeing this video again, makes me realise how unkind and cruel, the human race is. What is being done to the animals can be avoided if not for our greed, desire and profits.

    The only way to stop this madness and cruelty is to develop compassion and respect for our fellow earthlings and whatever may be the reasons, pain and sufferings must be stopped. There is no single good excuse to inflicting pain and suffering.

    We need to stop before we lose our senses and start to destroy our fellow human beings which have occurred in history like during the Nazi regime and slavery throughout times. The only way is to develop love and compassion.

  47. Eric kksiow on Sep 13, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Even those i has watched the video ( http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Earthlings.mp4 ) for 3 times ( this is the 3rd times ). And every-times after the group discussion, that’s make me think more deeper of Nature, Humans and Animals life.

    Why? I brought up in Chinese family, as Malaysian Chinese tradition, eg : CNY, Wedding Dinner and even Birthday Party, we must cook Meats to celebrate on it. And i even thought that Meats can give me more proteins for Body. It’s all about Me, Me, and Me.

    And PHO, DM, PAM, PC, PAR and Justin Cheah did make a very good explanation on what’s the whole video is talking about, it’s all ours human desires ( taste buds ), run a circus by making a money, and want to showing of the others that’s they ( the hunters ) are willing to pay lot of moneys to go Africa just for hunting to another living beings. As a Buddhist point of view, humans are ignorant ( included me )

    I do appreciate for the sharing and Thanks to everyone ( KFR Blog discussion team ) opinions. _/\_


  48. Pastor Albert on Sep 13, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Yes, many people say the animal is not killed by them, they would say the animal is already dead, and when don’t eat it, it will gone to waste. But the fact is, because we keep eating meat, we keep creating the need to produce more meat, that’s why there is the existence of slaughter house, that is why the animals are being killed, watching the video, they don’t just kill the animal, they torture the animals so much that it went through tremendous pain and suffering before death, many of us do believe in hell, and this is hell for them.😖😞😞

    When young, I love to go to the zoo, I find it fun and it is really interesting to see so many animals, but after I get to know about the animals has to suffer so much to perform in the circus, it broke my heart and I really regretted that the enjoyment I had before, my joy is building over their suffering, this is so unwanted.

    Sometimes I felt that human are really creative, we can always thing of so many ways to torture the animals and on using their flesh, skin, etc to make food, toys, fashion, etc… We have to be kind to the animals, not just to dogs or cats, but to all the animals.

    I watched this video many years ago, I became vegetarian, and since then, I have been sharing this video to the people I met and I will continue to share this video until more and more people become vegetarian and to be a kinder person.

  49. pammie yap on Sep 13, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Such vicious cycles sentient beings live in. The amount of harm, pain and killing we inflict on everyone around us makes me believe we are no different than those beings who are less ‘smarter’.
    Whether we are human or animals, we are selfish for ourselves. Humans do what they want in order to satisfy the ego while the animals do what they want to ‘survive’. Either way, we hurt others in the process of getting it. The desire for that feeling last only for a short period yet we still ignorantly do it.

    Watching the video again (which was made very well), made me think of how I can and need to be a kinder person and also change my perception for others. Knowing that one can unlearn and relearn, I want to break and change that unkind habituation into something much more better for now and my ‘future’ lives.

  50. Joy Kam on Sep 11, 2017 at 5:22 am

    I love this video and it was the very first video Rinpoche made us watch in Ladrang when Rinpoche decided to stop eating meat. Rinpoche did not force anyone to stop eating meat but simply shared with us WHY Rinpoche has decided to make this change and when we first watched this video, it really opened up my eyes and ignorant mind. After watching this video, one will realise that going without meat is the right choice, ethically, morally and for one’s own health wise.

    It took awhile of getting used to it, not because of the cravings but it was more of the convenience of obtaining meat instead of vegetarian meals, but all it took was some creative thinking, and nowadays with so many vegetarian shops opened, there really is no excuses. Even the meat selling cafes and restaurants are accommodating towards vegetarians. More and more people are becoming vegetarian and vegan because more are realising that this is the right way to go if we want to live long and if we want our earth to live long too. And for those who are “spiritual” and wishes to practise what they preach – compassion for all, love all, then this is the least one can do; stop eating meat, stops the demands for meat, heat stop the killings!

    Humans are the only species who are able to make a conscious decision as to what actions we take, yet we are the ones who constantly destroy ourselves and others purposely. We are the only species who eat another due to taste and not to “live”. This is why karma comes back hard on us, and this is why so many people easily get cancer these days, yet many still refuse and choose to be ignorantly blind from the truth. If you truly love animals, you will stop eating meat, because animals do not just include domestic pets. It is time for us to wake up and stop harming ourselves, others and the earth. The hurricanes America is experiencing now is proof that climate change is not a joke and one of the biggest contributing factors to this is animal farming. Hence, this is why it is extremely important for us to keep sharing and educating others on the harmful effects of eating meat, karmically as well as physically, and this is a good video to start with.

  51. Sofi on Sep 11, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for always trying to bring out the kindness/compassion in us, especially with this video. This is my second time watching this video and it takes a lot to watch till the end as its so painful to see how the animals suffered and died. What was worse, during my first time watching, was knowing that I had created the causes for this suffering as food and products like leather goods, etc. Now watching it a second time does not make it any easier as animal sufferings are still very much in existence with human’s hunger and greed growing. Speciesism may be a relatively new word but characteristics of it is not. Many people just don’t associate themselves with steak, chicken chop, lamb stew, leather belt, leather handbag, leather sofa, etc. with the actual animals that suffered during their short lives until their gruesome deaths. I am glad that I became vegetarian and recently, as the steak in the hot sizzling plate was being served at the next table, I almost puked. It smelt like rotten meat masked by gravy. Yet I watch the girl enjoying each bite and every bite. Its no wonder that anger and hatred is on the rise as the weight of negative karma increases with every animal killed. I had shared this post with others and hope that it will bring reality to them to realise how the killings are related directly to them. Imagine if we were to reincarnate as one of these animals. How would we feel, trapped, helpless and scared?? I will always remember Rinpoche’s teaching where Rinpoche pointed out that we always have pray for kindness, for compassion from the Buddhas but at the same time how could we take the flesh of another through the same mouth. Thank you Rinpoche for your care and helping us to care.

  52. Victor.C on Sep 10, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this powerful video of how the human treat other living beings, indeed is very sad to to watch the truth behind the doors on how animals been treated for human demand for food,fashion, waste and because of the demand the climate changed too.

    I shared this video to my daughter (Janelle) when she was 8 years old. When this topic been picked for dharma sharing or blog chat discussion topic with Pastor Adeline and the rest of the volunteer teachers. I explained to Janelle, If she likes animals so much, we shouldn’t love another and kill indirectly another animal just to feed our hungry stomach and taste desire. I told her also, I am practicing as vegetarian and we do it together and i set an example for her to follow as proof to her that nothing is impossible although the age gap and nothing to do with the age as well. I told her also that is all about the understanding of the causes and effect.

    After long explanation to her, she understands it and she practice the next day as vegetarian. At first, she was very hard to adapt into it as she was been taking care of by my aunties while I am working. She and my aunties having big time problem about the meal Janelle should eat. After awhile been struggling and she start to accept it, there is a day when I told her after a year did not consume meat, do you not feeling well? do you not growing up? do you feel sick? do your taste desire still urge you to eat? All she answer is “No” 😊 I am very happy to hear when she answered.

    Hopefully this video can reach more and more people and to help them to understands that we as human do not need all the abuses and torture to other living beings for us to survive in this planet.

    Thank you.
    Victor Choi.

  53. Jennifer Yuen on Sep 10, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing the documentary with us. It really exposed the brutal truth about the cruelty we human do for money and pleasure. I watched it a few years ago. It has stopped me from eating meat and buying leather bags. What got stuck in my head was the bloodiness of the animal bodies after their hair and skin being striped alive. I would never want to take pleasure of wearing fur for what the animals had to endure. This further brought me to be more aware of many things used in our daily life are actually at the expense of other being having to suffer. We allow the pleasure we receive to overide us from knowing / accepting the truth. I hope by having the hidden truth exposed, more will be able to make a conscience choice for themselves.

  54. Yau Mun on Sep 10, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you very much for sharing Earthling video. I have been brought up that eating meat is normal. Although I don’t fancy meat most of the time but at times I will still feel like having some.

    After watching Earthling video, it really makes me think twice if I would want to eat or buy any meat or any animal product again. I couldn’t imagine the cruelty that mankind can do to others.

    I will share this video with all my friends. I pray for a day that mankind will respect and be kind to all sentient beings.

  55. Chris Chong on Sep 9, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this video with us. It is indeed a powerful video about animal abuse. The abuse that the animals had been suffering is so bad that i bet that anyone that is sane would not had agrede to that. A quote from the video ” If anyone would need to kill for their meat, they would be vegan already”. Many people chose to eat meat but they are in denial of how the meat was harvested in the farms. They choose to be ignorant and to be in the not knowing so that they can enjoy meat without any sense of guilt. They are just being plain selfish.

    Plant based diet is a diet of compassion because by not eating meat, we are showing compassion to the animal and also to the people who has to do the dirty deed to kill the animal. If we dont eat meat, there is no reason for them to kill the animal which will spare the animal from being killed and the person from negative karma of killing the animal. This is why plant based diet is a diet of kindness and compassion.

  56. Lew on Jan 9, 2017 at 12:13 am

    This is one of the most impactful video I have watched so far. Most of us (me included) are brought up to think that eating other animals as normal, and there is nothing wrong about it, and most parents would even encourage their kids to eat meat.

    But this video really changed my perspective about other animals on our planet earth. The concept they presented really make sense when we think about it. Everyone should watch this video at least once and they will not give excuses to be unkind to other animals

  57. Pastor Moh Mei on Jan 2, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Are we born to be cruel? To be cruel towards animals, cruel towards fellow human being, even cruel towards ourselves. Where does this cruelty arise from?

    I’ve never heard of the word speciesism before but what this paragraph below stated is very true.

    “Even between humans, ‘those who are powerful treat the less powerful as if they were mere objects’… with the slaughter of animals, we allow the interest of our own species to ‘override the greater interest of members of the other species’. This is described as Speciesism. We see this more familiarly in modern day racism and sexism.”

    Simplistically put I think everything is just a manifestation of selfishness in one way or another. It’s encouraging that people are starting to be more aware and some famous celebrities are using their fame to promote this new awareness.

  58. Beatrix Ooi on Dec 4, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    I have watched this documentary for more than 10 times now, each time I watched it, I learnt something different, it’s definitely the only documentary that I will never get bored of watching because the suffer of these animals are real. I think most of us by now knew about ugly truths behind slaughterhouses, but also, some of us have decided to ignore it or to live in denial so they don’t feel bad when they eat meat. Being a vegetarian is a choice and to be honest, the reason why I am a vegetarian today was because I watched this documentary and realised that I don’t need these animal to go through all the sufferings in order to satisfy my taste buds. It was quite an easy decision, I just had to switch my thinking and perspectives. It was not so easy at first but slowly I’ve gotten used to it and eventually stopped eating meat. Everything is not easy, but with determination and effort, we can do whatever we want, it’s our life and we are in control of it.

  59. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Nov 29, 2015 at 2:25 am

    This video will always be very “special” to me because it is the first time I became firm in my mind that I will give up meat for good. I remember the exact moment – watching the dog being dragged off the street and crushed by the rubbish truck unleashed a torrent of tears from me. At the time, I was sat in Beng Kooi’s room in the e-Division office watching this and I had to pause the video and bawl for a good minute. It was just so completely unnecessary and such a pointless destruction of life. It wasn’t like the dog was being killed for meat or for fashion (as though that would make it more acceptable!) or anything like that. He was just being killed because he could be killed, because he was around people who are cruel out of ignorance, because he happened to be at the wrong place, at the wrong time. This being’s consciousness and pain had no value for the people engaged in the act; its life was as worthless as the rubbish they were throwing away.

    If the dog’s life was precious, then why aren’t other animals’ lives being given the same consideration? That’s when I decided, no more meat. A few weeks later, I had a private teaching with Rinpoche that sealed the deal

    This video is very important because it spells out factually the reasons why humans need to stop engaging in the exploitation of animals. The narration doesn’t come across as emotional, yet it’s easy to get an emotional reaction from what you witness. And the video is comprehensive too; before this, I had never consciously contemplated on the extent of speciesm via, for example, the exploitation of animals as pets.

    If we want to develop compassion in our practice, it’s important that we continuously make ourselves aware of the suffering of other beings by watching videos like these. To say it is too painful to watch these types of videos, and it hurts us too much is actually (sorry) avoidance. We don’t want to watch the videos because we don’t want to know what’s going on. Why? When we know what’s going on, we are forced to do something about it so instead of having to do something about it, we would rather not watch at all.

    Isn’t it strange to say we are Buddhist and practising compassion, when we avoid the sight of the suffering of others?

    If that’s the case and that’s how we feel about these types of videos that document the sufferings of others, then all the more reason why we MUST watch these types of videos. We need to know, to learn and to push our Dharma practice along, to remind ourselves how fortunate we are to be reborn with the Eight Freedoms and Ten Endowments, to not take for granted our precious human life and start doing something for others and ourselves right now.

  60. Edward Ooi on Mar 26, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, the 8 things that I have learnt in this video are:
    1)If we want to have a world that is full with happiness, then we have to earn it starting by putting a stop to racism, specism and sexism.
    2)It is true that some animals kill thousands of humans every year, but it is nothing compared to what we have done to their families and homes.
    3)What do we get from slaughtering and killing animals? Is it worth it? If it bags, shoes, wallets, clothes, meat and etc then it is totally not worth it. Why? You will not gain anything buying and using those stuffs after your death, it will only create more Karma to drag you down to hell. Therefore, it is totally not worth it.
    4)Most of the people in the world would know that dogs and cats have feelings but they never thought if other animals have feelings too. They wouldn’t mind to see other animals suffer but they cannot bare it when it comes to dogs and cats. Why? Because dogs and cats have been human’s pets for centuries and also because they are cuter. For an example, SOME people would ignore it if an ugly dog is being abuse but they would try to save a dog from being abused because they are much cuter. Same thing that happens to us humans, we prefer to look at people who are better looking and we despise the ones that are not so good looking.
    5)hurting another being will not bring us happiness. Well it might for some maniacs but hurting a being in order for joy that will only lasts a while. It will only make you grow further away from Dharma than you already are.
    6)If we don’t put a stop to hunting animals, then the some of the animals will extinct from this world. And the future generations will only be able to see those beings through social media and not real live.
    7)Animals are definitely not here in this world for the sake of human beings
    8)Never buy animals from pet stores, if you really want to get one. You should get it from the shelter or pick them up from the streets.

  61. Jutika Lam on Mar 25, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Earthlings is really a one of a kind video meant to show the world how mankind have manipulated animals to be our food, clothes and our experiment subjects.

    It is through this video that I have learned a lot about how mankind has been so cruel and arrogant towards animals.

    Below are a few points which stood out for me.

    Despite how different they may be from us, we should treat all animals like we would treat our brothers, sisters or friends. No being in this world should be treated like how they are being treated today around the world.

    We can’t force the whole world to be vegetarians in a short period of time but at the very least, slaughterhouse owners should think less of maximizing profits and minimizing spending and let the animals grow naturally and give them more space to roam instead of cramming as many animals in a small place. After all, these animals will soon be slaughtered to fill our palate. The least we could do till the whole world is vegetarian is to at least help them to suffer less.

    Many people don’t have the slightest clue of where the food that they purchase and eat come from and this video really exposes how innocent animals go from birth to our plates while highlighting the inhumane practices of slaughter houses.

    People often have this misconception that animals don’t suffer before they die and are given their natural diet and are free to roam. Thai video proves the contrary to their views. This is why I like how the team behind Earthlings have shaped their documentary to show the world what really goes on behind the leather, fur and meat products we consumers purchase.

    The thought of seeing animal perform stunts and tricks at a circus has never struck me as an idea of a fun day out. Sadly however, Many people think likewise and enjoy going to the circuses especially those with families who think that it is a good bonding activity. These people don’t realize how the animals are trained to do what they are trained to do, again the misconception here is that they train these animals like how dog trainers train dogs by training them through encouragement, rewards and treats. What happens in reality is the exact opposite to what they think, and just imagine, when the animals decide enough is enough and hurt someone, what do you think of the image planted in to the minds of young children? It will teach them to be afraid of animals.

    The leather and fur industry is practically booming which of course means big profiteering for companies who sell leather/fur products. In such times an age where the urge to stand out and own what others don’t, someone obviously has to pay the price and sadly it’s the animals such as cows and other exotic animals who are slaughtered unmercifully. There are now laws in some countries which prevent people from hunting exotic animals but what about the millions of cows who are slaughtered in a way that is so gross and inhumane.

    If slaughterhouses allowed people to have a tour of how the animals are slaughtered, I believe it would help people realize how much suffering the animals go through and what a scary experience it must be for the animals they would stop eating meat, even those who are slightly stubborn would think twice.

    As for the animals who’ve had to be “test mules” to the countless of useless cosmetics testing, I am truly angered at the fact that these companies had to involve animals in their labs. Some cosmetic companies have proved that good and effective cosmetics can be made without the harming of any animals.

    This documentary is a true eye opener for me as well as for those who want to know what really happens “behind the scenes”.

  62. Pavara Lam on Mar 25, 2015 at 11:42 am

    My 8 points of what i learned from the video.

    1. We take animals for granted because they don’t have a voice, but because they don’t have a voice it does not give us a reason to get killed. They should be treated just like us, not differently. They deserve to have the same rights as we have, they should be roaming the land without fear of getting caught or something else.

    2. Animals were not put on earth to be food. And after all you can’t get much nutrients from meat, instead it might give you dome sort of disease like cancer….. This has been scientifically proven before and test show that we can live without meat. The news has spread but still people continue eating meat as if it could make them live forever or give you supernatural powers. So take note when you eat meat you don’t just kill the animals, but you your own self might get killed.

    3. If you are thinking about getting a pet do not buy it from pet stores as most of them comes from breeding mills. So by supporting those pet stores you are encouraging them to torture the poor animals more because they are forced to breed, which can sometimes lead to problems. Once the animals is useless to the breeding mill they may put the animal down or do something worse. Instead adopt a pet from centers, as those are often strays or abandoned pets. That also means that the shelter won’t have to put down so many animals, as the shelters are often overcrowded..

    4.We always say that the animals is already killed so you might as well buy it as it won’t harm anything. But by buying you are giving the seller good business that encourages him to slaughter more than ever, and the process continues. We are the reason for the animals getting killed, because we tell the supplier indirectly that people love his meat.

    5. Even by supporting meat eating restaurants and fast food stalls you contribute to the killings. It’s now more dangerous that last time as now due to the rising cause of things people have to work longer hours, which means less time to eat, so they will go to fast food restaurants and buy their burgers as that is the easiest thing to get. Which means that the fast food restaurants would be piling with business causing the price to fall which means more and more people to buy. Do not support fast food as you tell them to order more meat from the slaughterhouse.

    6. By buying leather handbags and suits you are also supporting the killing of animals, only difference is that it goes to the leather industry. There animals are killed and tortured from the beginning of the long trip to the slaughterhouse and then at the slaughterhouse. Not only leather but other sort of skins and pelts E.G. Goose feathers. But it does not end here, by buying badminton shuttlecocks you also kill geese for their feathers. As i said they are a lot of other animals that get killed for other reasons such as jackets and suits….

    7. By going to circuses you are also supporting cruelty, as the animals don’t know our language. When the circus says that their animals are coaxed by treats and praise, don’t believe it. They are constantly punished, insulted and jeered at. As if that is not enough they have to perform for fear of punishment, not because they were coaxed by treats or have a natural instinct to do tricks. So remember circuses are not animals friendly, but the animals there are tortured literally to death and fear of punishment.

    8. Animals testings is yet another way you support cruelty. No human would be willing to try a medicine that has not been tested. But the problem iswho will test it? Animals of course. These animals are forced to test all sort of things for us E.G. If the medicine will kill the person or the disease. Not just for medicine but also for the testing of machines such as things that could possibly kill a human, but no humans will test it so once again the animals are the test pilot, where they are often treated badly or suffer huge stress. There are lots of other things that animals are tested for such as facial stuff ,soap and even drugs. So the next time you think about buying things, research whether they use animals testing first before buying it.

    Let us be compassionate and stop the killing of innocent animals directly/indirectly.

  63. Michelle Chua on Mar 25, 2015 at 12:39 am

    8 points I’ve learnt watching this documentary:
    1. animals are just the same as us humans; they have feelings, emotions too. they should not be treated differently just because they look different or cannot voice out their opinion.

    2. this documentary shows how cruel and selfish us humans can be, killing innocent lives just to satisfy our attachments and desires; taste buds or sense of fashion. how does this make us better than those prisoners who have committed crimes?

    3. we always blame the producers or sellers for abusing and killing the animals for food or products but to be honest, if there wasn’t any demand, there wouldn’t be supply. the blaming part was just an excuse to make ourselves feel a little better about it.

    4. we should create petition to, for example: stop scientists from using these animals as experiments or kill animals especially during festive seasons, etc. we should create more awareness on harming animals or even vegetarianism.

    5. we often say we’re animal lovers but how does our move justify us when we kill them for our meals? or bags? or even accessories. it shows how ignorant we are when we don’t want to admit that the animals do suffer a lot before they die and we think that it is okay for pigs or chicken to die for us, when killing our own pet cat or dog is wrong. aren’t they all sentient beings? we shouldn’t look at them differently just because we’ve been accustomed to exp: dog beings our pets for many generations now.

    6. there are people out there who cares and tries to create awareness on how these animals suffer. everyone who was involved in this documentary are one of them. these people are willing to take a huge step to help the animals and to educate more people especially the younger generation.

    7. theoretically speaking, if there were so many livestock, they would take up more land space and thus there would be less land to grow crop. by having so many livestock, it is limiting the amount of oxygen in the air and disrupting the ecosystem.

    8. people should be aware of what happened to their food before the ‘entrée’ is put in front of them. it is scientifically proven that without meat, we will still survive and have a much healthier life! it is all down to our mind. nothing is impossible and I truly believe that if we set our mind to anything, it can be done, so why not be more compassionate and stop killing innocent lives.

  64. pete on Mar 25, 2015 at 12:28 am

    yes we should stop eating meat.

    • pete on Mar 25, 2015 at 10:40 am

      p

  65. Lucas Roth on Mar 25, 2015 at 12:21 am

    8 things I learned and realized from earthlings: ( with my touches in the messages )

    1.This documentary reminded me of how precious life is and how it can be taken away so easily. I imagined myself being killed like that in those ways and I realized how there is no difference between our lives and the animal’s life because we are all lives that have needs and we obviously don’t want to be harmed. We are all living and we all share this planet, it showed me how we are the same with the animals and we are not different from them and we shouldn’t do this to them if we don’t want it done to us. We are the same

    2. I realized how humans are such bullies especially in medical testing. first we kill for our taste satisfaction, why is a moment on out tongues more important than a LIFE. It doesn’t make sense how selfish humans are, how can we so brutally murder and kill other lives with so much pain for our own temporary needs and it is done is such large numbers, how can we do this? especially testing chemicals on animals, that is like wondering if a pinch hurts and then you test it by pinching your little brother, you are the same yet you do that because you want to know and you want to be better with the knowledge but others suffer. Others shouldn’t suffer for our own selfishness.

    3. What gives us the right to do this? NOTHING, we do this because we can and we want things that are just temporary attachments and even if it costs things like lives. Humans are just so cruel, just because we can hurt that doesn’t mean that we have to kill others just because we are “better” than them. Especially in circuses, why do they have to go through so much pain to learn all these “cool” tricks. They are also beaten and treated terribly by ringleaders in circuses too. It just shows me how humans can be so uncaring that animals have to go through all that for our entertainment, it is like humans think of themselves as gods.

    4. I thought about them. The animals never see daylight, they live in small places and they are killed so horribly. For milk farming in the cow farming industries for example humans actually artificially impregnate the cow so it produces more milk and the cow will stay like that for a very very long time and the cow’s life is affected as it always feels like it is expecting. This has a lot of strain on the cow too . The poor animals didn’t do anything wrong too, they are just under humans and the human brutality. You must think about them, how they feel with so many limitations and how much pain they feel because of us.

    5. Thinking about the fur and skinning, why has cruelty fused into our cultures and into out lives that our clothes are made from animals and their bodies too. We are wearing other bodies! All the cruelty that went into making that fur coat or that leather jacket is immeasurable. Every animal is killed in a way without care, mercy and there is a lot of pain. So much pain. It has fused into our cultures and society and we have become addicted to cruelty. ADDICTED TO CRUELTY, how sad, we have become such monsters. In eating meat, wearing fur or skin, hunting, animal entertainment and testing in labs. We don’t even realize what we are doing too because it is so casual not in society that you don’t notice.

    6. A famous quote is “if slaughterhouses had glass walls then everyone would be vegetarian” if I am not mistaken that is the quote and it is completely true. The sad thing is that nobody cares about the poor animals because they think it is normal and casual to say something about how they are eating a chicken and that they know where it came from and casually mention and teach that to the youths of the world and they grow up thinking that killing is normal and casual. but they don’t know anything until they see it. If they do then that is it. They will change unless their soul is as rotten as their eating habits with meat.

    7. Also the major animal killing industry is of course the food industry, and this means the meat is mass produced meaning more animals are being killed and in terrible, unclean, painful deaths because they have to deliver more meat so they spend less time actually caring what they are producing and where it is from. Billions of lives killed, all the humans care about is how they make more money with more meat. Terrible. All for taste on the tongue in different meats and different variety of tastes. What matters, LIFE or taste buds, something meaningful and precious or something temporary. We can live without animal meat on our plates, but everyone eats them anyways because “it tastes good” why are we so ignorant and do not care about any other life but ours? Something so minor but yet more important than a life. I don’t get that.

    8. Earthlings is what started me on my vegetarian path and it is the main reason why I am a vegetarian today. I makes us realize that we are wrong and there has to be change and they need help. There is only one way to help, Vegetarianism, and we need to spread the brutal truth behind that delicious steak, we need to teach others to help and then we can save them and then humanity’s name will be cleared with a real change for good. Realizing that we need to help them, that is the point of Earthlings. Education.

  66. Sandra on Mar 24, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    I have tried to avoid this video for quite some time, from my sister’s feedback that the video is very brutal to watch.She has turned vegetarian with own personal motivation after watching this video. Thus, I did not want to go through what may possibly bring me night mares and sorrows. Yet, in the blog chat session in kechara today, we were required to watch the full caption of this video.

    The video earthlings have shaken me deep within, having more and more questions towards myself, actions and cause. The film may be old, but the suffering is as raw as new. The screams that we hear in the video, if played loudly, may just sound like one of us crying in pain.

    I am an idealistic person, where i often want to view things in a perfect manner,the video made a point to me that truth is indeed a part of life that we need to have conscienciousness to view the world, not being blinded by commercialization and conventional activities. Just like one of the videos that you have shared,‘being in a cell,painting the walls into wonderful colours does not mean that we are not in the cell or prison.’ This video have strongly touched me deep within, and needs me to have a long thought on what role do i need to play as a responsible earthling.

    Lastly, I would also like to thank Pastor Adeline for placing time to give us a thought towards the motivation on how to perceive this video.

    May all earthlings be free from suffering.
    May the dharma spread to many more to make the right change in the world.

    Sandra

  67. Beatrix Ooi on Mar 24, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    The 8 points I have learnt throughout watching the whole documentary are:

    1. All sentient beings should be treated with equality. No other being is higher than the other, we all may look differ from the outside, but we are all living beings who share the earth together, we are all the earthlings.

    2. I find the amount of animals killed for consuming purposes too overwhelming. Please imagine, if they were humans and humans had to be killed for consuming purposes, how would you feel? You feel bad, don’t you? Why isn’t the same empathy applied to animals? Is it just because they are animals, and they don’t speak human language? No, then you are very wrong.

    3. I think that if slaughterhouses were to built with glasses, many people will actually reconsider about their diets. If they don’t, I really do not know what to say. Everyone has their freedom of making decisions, but whether if the decision is going to hurt something or someone else I very important.

    4. People often think that animals don’t suffer before they die, but in fact, they suffer the most. Imagine your throats being slitten apart while you’re still alive? And you’re just left there to die slowly until the blood in your body is completely drained.

    5. What I cannot stand the most is the fact that people’s craving towards animal related clothing for example: fur, leather, feather coat etc. I think that these are completely unnecessary, animals have to suffer severely in order to fulfil your craving towards their body parts. I find this very disgusting, in order to keep their skins from attaching to their bodies, they literally had to be skinned alive. It’s so painful even to watch the process of it, can you imagine the amount of pain they had to go through before they die?

    6. What I find most shocking is how milking cows have to live in order to satisfy our taste buds. Can you imagine yourself living in a super tiny space, all cramped up? And you’re not even given any form of exercise, how cruel can this be? You’re basically disabled and what you do for the rest of your lives is just eat and sleep and produce milk. And when you’re not needed, not useful anymore, you just die, that’s all you get after so many years of producing milk painfully and tirelessly.

    7. As you can see, these animals are constantly being brutally beaten up before they actually die. Do you really think that in order to bring “ satisfaction “ to your taste buds, these animals should and deserve to be treated this way? You’re completely wrong, just because you don’t witness the process of slaughtering, it still doesn’t give you the excuse to ignore it and continue to do what you do because you have seen it now. The key word is our attitudes.

    8. I urge that everyone should learn how to be more caring and less self-centered. Honestly speaking, we rely on these animals to survive, not in a form of food but on what they can do to the nature in order to provide us a healthier environment to live in. Moreover, we too are animals, it’s just the matter of perceptions and perspectives. From the animals’ perspectives, we could just be a bunch of carnivores who kill to get whatever we think is necessary.

  68. Julien Roth on Mar 24, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Wow, this is such a strong documentary. This documentary has the ability to change the way people think, as it did to me. It has the strongest message out of all the other animal rights documentaries out there. Everyone has to see this. The world needs to know the truth.

    Here are a few things that i have learnt from the documentary.

    One of the first things i realised when watching the documentary is its ability to change people. The way the documentary is presentation is very informative and this means it can really impact peoples minds and send a memorable message. It sends out the truth behind all the meat that is served onto your plates. A truth that everyone needs to know before they decide to enjoy their dish of meat.

    Secondly, I have learnt the cruel ways in which human being torture animals just to use their meat. One of the ways that really stood out for me and i have never forgotten it since the first moment i saw it, was the cow in the spinning barrel. This is when the cow is put inside a barrel-like machine and is spun around several times while its being sliced in the throat. This method of killing the cow is by far, the cruelest way in my opinion. It just shows how cruel people can be when it comes to a living thing they do not care about.

    Thirdly, I have learnt that many many people around the world today still have no idea about what really happens in slaughter houses. They are clueless about how the meat gets into their food. And this is not a good thing. This means that it is the job of those who are aware of the situation to make others aware. This can be done by spreading new on social media, or by simply watching documentaries like Earthlings.

    Another thing i have learnt is that we all have the ability to do something for these animals that are suffering. We all have the ability to help them even if its just spreading awareness through social media. When we make more people know about what really happens in slaughter houses, more people will be against the killing of these animals, and therefore less animals will be in suffering. We must all play a part in spreading the awareness, animals do not deserve this kind of pain. They have never done anything bad to us.

    I have also learnt that becoming a vegetarian is the best possible way we can help these animals. Becoming a full time vegetarian reduces the demand for meat, and therefore less animal lives are sacrificed for our selfish needs. We are directly helping the animals in this way. I mean can you just imagine a world where everyone is vegetarian. The world would be so peaceful in a sense that animals will no longer be in suffering for their meat. Come to think about it, that would be the perfect would i want to live in 🙂

    Also, from this documentary i have learnt there is hope for the animals. I have learnt that there are people who care about these animals. An example would be the makers of this documentary. These people restore the hope in humanity. They make me believe that there will always be hope for the animals and that someday, it may all end. People like this truly inspire me to do good things. In this situation, these people inspire me to become a vegetarian and to be kind to animals everywhere.

    Through this documentary i have learnt to be kinder to animals, and so always love them with all your heart no matter what kind of animal they are. Some animals have gone through a lot. And it is our responsibility to care for them and comfort them. Animals are a part of our world too and they must be respected.

    Lastly, i would like to conclude with the most important thing i have learnt from Earthlings, compassion is the key to harmony. When we are compassionate towards others the world will be at peace, and all sentient beings will unite as one. Including the animals.

  69. Wylfred Ng on Mar 23, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing

    This video really give me an eye-opening truth that occur in our daily life.
    Some people may think that the meat from the wet market is just a product, but actually they were living beings.
    After watching this video, i also knew that everything behind our food and entertainment are full of suffering.

    All these are because of our attachment and desire.

    The awareness is most needed to end the suffering of the animals. So what i am doing now is being a vegetarian, and share more vegetarianism concept to my friends.

    Thank you

  70. Yvonne Yap on Mar 23, 2015 at 10:38 am

    师父又再一次提醒我们,是时候了!是时候停止我们的欲望,去伤害其他小动物。
    讲真的,我不敢直视整套影片,人类真的太残忍了,就因为我们的食欲,就牺牲了许多的小动物。
    影片里面有好几幕,人类把狗,丢进垃圾车里,让它活活的夹死,丢进毒气箱里,让它们毒死。狗就是人类的朋友,我们既然这样的对待它们 ,人类呀!。。。。。还有一幕,狗狗很开心的摇着尾巴,但是不知道它们面前的那一块肉,是毒药。
    试想想,我们是那些动物,被人抓去的那一刻,的恐惧,慌张,无奈。
    该停止了,其实很简单,就从自己做起。吃素吧!

  71. yenpin on Mar 23, 2015 at 10:35 am

    希望更多的人觀看這部影片後有所深思,影片让我有所感受,了解到人类为了食欲,大量宰杀動物,供应商为供应肉,以不人道和不卫生的方式不来养植所有动物,为了滿足人类食欲希求。
    所有生物包括人类的是生存在这个地球,想想我们人类有对这些動物仁慈过吗?人类为了自己食欲,就用残暴方式杀害動物。
    能成為素食者,就能挽救無数生命。動物就没有权利生活在这个地球上吗?
    我们人类不吃肉就活不下去了吗?人类!!!有听到動物的凄惨哀求声………………。
    不要为了满足自己的食欲,而伤害動物………….。动物不会说话,当面对死忙也会恐惧害怕!!!生命是无价的无论是谁都有权利活下去………。

  72. jerry_sito on Mar 23, 2015 at 10:11 am

    一切有情众生都有情,无论我们彼此之间存在的“业”有着一个怎样的联系,关系,我们学习佛法就应该拥有菩提心地对待一切有情众生,无论对方在此生以一个怎样的形体投生在这娑婆世界里,在佛教里我们相信轮回,每一位众生都与我们自己本身有过一定的连接,我想“如母有情”这句话的意思就是说每一位众生都曾经当过我们的母亲,即使此世,我们因着自己本身的业力而受生,我们也不应该忘记伟大“母亲”的恩

    佛家相信轮回转世,无论我们此生因着自己的业力有着一个怎样的受生,然而不争的事实是,其实我们都还在并同在一个一样的滚滚红尘的娑婆世界里,在这里我们即使受生的形体不同,但是“业”的关系是一样的,倘若我们此生不顾一起的伤害任何的有情众生,肯定的我们会累积下不好的“业”,当不好的业果成熟的时候,我们谁又可以肯定,我们将如何受生,我们会不会一样受生为无法自我防御的形体或其他,并因业力的关系,任由他人随意的伤害或杀害我们

    我们此生能够以人身来到此娑婆世界,我们可以做的,不是继续建立不好的“循环”的业,我们应该是努力的累积功德,并回向给一切有情如母用情的众生,祈愿一切有情众生都不在掉入,那自伤伤他的娑婆大循环里,无论对方是以一个怎样的形体而受生,他们都是拥有着生命,我们不应该试图帮彼此以自己的定义来“分类”或“标签”觉得他们应该得到怎样的一个遭遇会是理所当然的,这都是源自与我们“自私”与“无明”的心,在累积“业”的过程里我们是平等与没有分别的,无论当下您我他是以一个怎样的形体而受生,怎样的一个行为还是会累积下一个怎样的“业”,我们都是有血有肉的众生,当我们被刀割上或被暴力对待的那一瞬间,我们都会“痛”,也许有些人能够比较忍耐“痛”,但是不都是一样会“痛”吗?而我们受承受的“伤”不都是一样的吗?

    祈愿我们都能够视对方与我们是一样的心态,放下“我”这个习性上的定义,去看待一切如母用情的众生,祈愿我们不会再接下不好的“恶性循环”,祈愿一切有情众生都能离苦得乐,倘若我们此生有足够的功德而受生于人身,祈愿我们都不要浪费我们的生命与功德,而好好的使用我们的身体去帮助与利益一切如母有情众生

    感恩尊贵的上师詹杜固仁波切您的教诲,与苦空婆心的教导我们佛法,祈愿我们都能向您学习佛法,总之从今乃至菩提藏,尊为师、天、护法普集身,昼三监护夜三巡视者,防护事业任何时无怠!

  73. stella on Mar 20, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Animals can feel the pain and suffering like we do. When the animals lined up in the slaughter house, they can sense that they are nearing death. The smell of the blood of their kind horrify them. The excruciating pain from the tip of the blunt knife cause the same deep pain on them as on us. There is no reason to believe that animals are born to be butchered by human.

    The saddest part is the lack of compassion on our (human) part. We take their lifes for granted, we abuse our ability as human form and treat the animals as if they don’t deserve to live; we kill them unnecessarily, for sport, for their skin, for their body parts. I hope more and more people come to their senses, and let’s start by stop eating meat, perhaps one day a week? Cut down on leather products. If half the world population eat 2 chicken less a year, that’s about 6 billions chicken saved in a year.

    Thank You very much for sharing this video to remind us of the pain and suffering we, human, bring to the animals. We cannot now pretend we don’t know.

    With folded palms, humbly,
    Stella

    • stella on Mar 31, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      It became very clear to me that animals provide for many things in our life (food, clothes, medicine from their body parts, etc), they are also used to test products that we consume & use (medicines, vaccines, skin care, cosmetic, surgery, etc), as well as being an object of our entertainment (dog/horse race, cock fight, hunting, rodeo, bull run, bull fight, fishing, etc) and an object of affection (pet). Yet, we are the ungrateful species that continuously find ways to exploit them only because they are weaker and helpless in comparison. Humans bite the hands that feed.

      As a species, I am ashamed of what humans had done to animals. Someone can argue that animal is a threat. Perhaps that is true in the medieval times, but not anymore. Since we are far more superior in terms of intellectual development & machinery modernization, we should be mindful of the harm we are creating for animals & the environment through our lifestyle.

      The right thing to do in my mind, would be stay away from meat (& food that are produced from causing distress to the animals) and any products that are tested on animals. By reducing demand, we send a clear message to the suppliers. Meat industry, fur / animal skin fashions and the testings on animals are a product of the over-developed consumerism in recent decades, as human’s desire had evolved & yearned for all things easy. In our grandparents generation, meat is consumed in a limited quantity because many families had to slaughter their own chicken.

      Therefore, we should exercise our rights as consumer to do the right things and be mindful of our over-indulged lifestyle.

      Thank You very much, Rinpoche, for sharing this video with us. By showing compassion to animals who cannot repay our kindness is a good way to train our bodhicitta & compassion. And it is a right thing to do. Thank You very much.

      With folded palms, humbly,
      Stella

    • Stella Cheang on Sep 25, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      I am ashamed that the mankind is indoctrinated by a very wrong ideology; Speciesism. Due to this, mankind freely exploits animals for selfish gain. We mask our conscience even though what is clearly wrong happened right in front of us. We only see animals as a pet, a piece of meat, fashion clothing, entertainment and, no, we don’t even see them when we use our cosmetic/skincare/medication because we pretend we don’t know the animals are being tested on before the products are ready for our consumption.

      We have a choice; we can do something about it. Please do not let our lifestyle be the cause of pain, suffering, torture and inhumane abuse for the helpless animals.

  74. Edward Ooi on Mar 14, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    The first thing that we have to do in order to save the animals from facing extinction is to stop the hunters from hunting any more animals down. Hunters normally kill elephants just for their tusks, tigers for their fur and etc. What is the point of killing animals just because of some parts of their body? The body belongs to themselves and we humans have no rights to claim it. Second thing we have to do is to punish those people who hurt animals(Not by death sentence) so that in the future, they will understand that hurting animals is bad. Third, we have to stop the scientists from experimenting the animals so much that is harms the animals or kill them. And lastly, we have to start spreading news about how and where every items that is animal comes from and make people realize that buying items that are made out of animals is bad.

  75. Chandra on Jan 13, 2015 at 5:02 am

    This movie is immensely graphic yet shows the brutal truth. More power to documentaries like these that shed light on so many disturbing issues. I would still be eating meat had it not been for interventions and education on awareness by Rinpoche. I would like to be more skilled in persuading others to make better choices.

  76. Alice Tay on Nov 9, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    我是通过每个星期六的Blog Chat 所探讨的题目之一而接触这篇文章。

    感谢Rinpoche想尽办法来带引我们,尤其是我们这些初学者,帮助我们增长智慧。

    看完这篇文章与记录,真的让人很伤感。人类为了满足本身的吃欲与身上用品的执着,而无形中鼓吹伤害动物。这已经触犯佛陀所说的五戒之一~杀业。由于人类的执着,造成杀业更多。其实它们也是众生之一呀!

    我不能控制他人的一切。但我可以控制本身的欲望。唯有我本身的改变,才能带动与影响身边的人减少这一切的杀业。

    祈愿这些所受到伤害的动物可以早日脱离苦海,离苦得乐。。。Om Mani Pad Me Hung 。。。

    • Alice Tay on Mar 30, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      再一次观赏这录影片,还是依然的觉得很心痛。虽然我的人不在当时的现场,但可以感受到动物们的呼喊声,感受到他们的痛苦。

      不过很庆辛的,我已经选择成为一位素食者。每个人都有责任保护比较弱小的生命。而我先从本身的饮食方面的改变,希望可以带动其他身边的人发起慈悲心,一起吃素。

      除了吃素,我们也可以尽量避免用动物制作的皮包,衣服,美容保护品,日常用品等等。而且也不鼓励人们去观看动物表演。因为,这一切的一切都会造成与加重动物们的痛苦。简单的说,没有需求就没有供应。没有供应,就不会有生命的牺牲。

    • Alice Tay on Sep 14, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      This is a good video should keep watching that reminds us to be kind to every living beings as we are not the only one in the world.

      Generally, it seems that human and animals are not the same in some aspects. However, all living beings have the same desire for foods, water, shelter, companionship, free of movement, avoidance of pain and etc. We should know and understand that animals can feel fear and pain. They are helpless especially when the human want to harm or kill them due to human’s greediness.

      I am grateful that I became a vegetarian 2 years ago. Thank you Rinpoche for teaching us about the suffering that we have now, are the result of our self-cherishing mind. We learned the cause and effect, believe all sentient beings have been our mother or father in the previous life. We own them kindness and therefore we should learn and practice dharma to liberate them from suffering by develop the mind as much as we can.

      I sincerely hope that they are more people aware of nature, animals and human are the earthlings. Therefore, we should respect and take care of each other and be tireless in sharing for stop eating meat, ultimately it is beneficial to ourselves.

    • Alice Tay on Sep 25, 2017 at 10:26 pm

      Watch this video again together with a few KSDS teachers and this time reminds me about our daily necessities, skincare products and cosmetics may involved in the animal tested which is also one of the causes of animal cruelty.
      Wish to share here some of the brands that we might need to take note and not to buy or support for the animal cruelty. Thank you.

      Companies-That-Do-Test-On-Animals-PETA-new

  77. Jimmy Tan on Oct 23, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for share this wonderful documentary to the world. This documentary show the truth what we are eating daily and where it come from.If we think deeply it is actually got no point to eat meat/animals.Because it just simply not worth. End of the day our body get sick and we continue suffer from our sickness.I know there is still a lot of peoples talking about protein,nutrients .What i can say is encourage them to read more research or related book.

  78. Uncle Eddie on Oct 22, 2014 at 10:53 am

    To work for the benefits of all beings, not only just for Humans but animals too, this comes from the realisation that all beings want happiness and not sufferings and pain! In fact, we all have compassion and want to free all others from sufferings. To all degree, we all love and want others, be it animal or human to be free and happy. These feelings may not be strong or extensive, but everyone has them in nature! How horrible, how terrible and heart-wrenching to see all those animals suffer in such awful, painful disasterous state in the video! It’s tuly abominable, sadistic and devilished! Has our World lost its human sense of compassion to allow such inhuman and uncivilised cruelty to happen so openly? All these atrocity should be stopped by the relevant authorities as they represent the protections of such cruelty. As H.H. The Dalai Lama has once said, “At every level of society – Familial, Tribal, National and International, the key to a happier and more successful World is the Growth of Compassion.” Om mani Padmi Hung.

  79. Julia Tan on Oct 22, 2014 at 1:54 am

    Animals cannot speak human languages and tell you that “I AM IN PAIN” does not mean we as human can ignore them. Animals are exist for the earth eco-system. Not for the greedy businessmen to breed none stop, slaughter millions daily and put them on your plate to eat. So much of torturing, pain, inhuman and sufferings behind the scene. if you are a meat eater, i beg you do not choose to ignore the process. Please stop enjoying the corpse on your plate. The more meat your eat, the more souls you take, when you die, you will find no benefits of eating meat other than feeding your desire. Lives have been taken because of you. If you believe in karma, you have to return what you have taken. In this case is the souls of the animals that die for you.

  80. Lucas Roth on Oct 19, 2014 at 2:00 am

    This documentary made me a vegetarian because it showed me the sinister truth behind that piece of chicken or beef. Even seafood i don’t eat because it means i have taken away a life just for a little taste of something that is there for less than a minute because you eat it then it is gone then you do it again. Or you could stop and save a life everyday less lives are killed for humans if you are vegetarians.

    The methods they use in this documentary is extremely cruel and horrible because imagine you being there being boiled, slice or stabbed while being laughed at by some of the workers there. It is horrible so if you can’t do it for them then think of you, if you were there and being killed in the worst ways. Even thinking about how it is kept behind those walls and the animals are sentenced to a life sentence for no crime is just sick.

    A famous quote is that if slaughter houses had glass walls then everybody would be vegetarian so please share this documentary and share the knowledge of the animals that died behind those walls that never see daylight and become a vegetarian and try to tell your friends why it is good. If you cannot do full vegetarian then do 1 day a week or 2 then slowly move up to 3 then 4 then 5 then full. Please help them, it is not always about us.

  81. Joy on Oct 18, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    It is true if every person who enjoys eating meat, watched this, they would stop eating meat. If every meat selling restaurant had this playing, they would probably convert all their customers to vegetarians. This is not my first time watching this video but it still bothers me when I see how we humans have allowed for these animals to suffer in so much pain and die for our own benefit. If people think the consumers are the least at fault, I beg to differ, it is the consumers who is most at fault for we are the one’s demanding the need for it and we’re the one’s paying for it all; the slaughter houses, the butchering, the puppy mills, the farm, pollution, entertainment, sports and science.

    Yes we are all earthlings of this planet, it is shameful that we humans uses our intelligence to harm those weaker and do not have a voice. We definitely need to change the way we think, act, do and eat… for otherwise we will lose it all. We must share this and create awareness to people continuously as it says in the film “It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal”.

    I vow to be a vegetarian this life and all future lives!

  82. Hee TS on Oct 18, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    看了這部影片讓我有所感受,了解實地情况,供应商为了供应人们吃肉,以不人道的大量宰杀生物,滿足消费群,希望更多的人觀看這部影片後有所深思,能成為素食主義者。這也將能夠挽救無数有情生命。如果不吃肉了,並不會導致我们生存不了。感謝仁波切的慈悲分享,提醒大家别为了满足食欲而直接或间接傷害動物生命。

  83. Edwin Tan on Oct 4, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche, for sharing this wonderful, yet heart wrenching documentary / movie and article.

    It is so true what the documentary was portraying. Everybody knows exactly how inhumane our food, clothing’s etc comes from… they just turn a blind eye to it and do not wish to know, hiding in denial.

    It is so true that every person that watches this will tell at least three… and almost a 99.99% conversion rate to vegetarian.

    I pray for a day that animals will be free from all these sufferings, and they could live as nations alongside with us… As Joacquin Phoenix so aptly put it.

    Thank you.

  84. Edward Ooi on May 12, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Many people’s mind is really twisted. They think that eating cows, pigs, fishes, chickens and etc is okay but when people start talking about eating dogs they would saying that eating dogs is wrong. But what they never think of is that all animals are the same, they share the same pain and all of them also have feelings. If you think that dogs will feel pain then what about others? Please become a Vegetarian.

  85. Edward ooi on Mar 5, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, I’m not saying that I’m a better person than anyone but I felt really disgusted about humans when I watched this video about 2 years ago. I didn’t straight away become vegetarian after watching the video but I just can’t stop thinking about the video. I’ve also shared it in my facebook wall so that people can watch it and understand the feelings of the animals are having. I don’t want them to be unable to eat for a few days or any bad effects, I just want them to understand.

  86. Paris on Mar 7, 2013 at 6:30 am

    This video really did change the whole way I have looked at our interaction with animals. A friend had told me to watch it a few years ago but I didn’t, first because I was too scared to see the horrors that I knew would be exposed and secondly, more selfishly, because I knew that if I watched this video, I would probably give up eating meat – and I didn’t want to. So I avoided it until Rinpoche assigned it to us as a video to be watched as an individual assignment and also as a contemplation in the dharma classes. Then it changed everything.

    I think it’s really quite fascinating that the documentary doesn’t just look at how animals are used as food, but also in the four other sectors that we often overlook or ignore – animals as pets, for entertainment, for science and for fashion. And really, the suffering and torture is just the same across all sectors. Being tortured, confined, driven by fear and eventually killed is the same, whatever the ends are.

    I’ve recently also just seen this spectacular, shocking video done by PETA http://www.peta.org/tv/videos/skins-fur/2127760347001.aspx
    which gives us a rather disturbing (and why indeed, would it be disturbing) look at how the world would be if the roles were reversed – if animals wore human skins and if humans were kept in cages for their body parts…. watch watch watch, and realise more than ever that every single one of us are earthlings with the equal rights to enjoy, live safely and be protected on this earth.

  87. Jutika on Jan 14, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    What??? I just can’t believe that every time people eat meat, wear fur coats, go to the circus to watch animals, abuse animals, kill animals just for the sick of it an animal has to go through so much sufferings.

    My thoughts on Eating Meat.

    1.When we order a burger, steak, anything that contains meat has to suffer through lots and lots of pain and even death, the thing is that most people don’t know how much the animal and how gross it is just to be delicious or make you look grand.

    2. How gross can it get? Take the pigs we eat for an example, they have to be blow torched a few times, put in to boiling hot water and then they are just left there to rot, let the flies itch them and most of them are even left with holes and left to bleed to death. Do we really want this poor animals to suffer so much just to be your roasted, stuffed pig?

    3. Look at the part where those baby chicks so yellow and cute, not knowing what to expect. Do you want people to kill these cute chicks just to be your food?

    My thoughts on Fur clothes.

    4. What do people want to Fur coats? Don’t they know that Polar Bears and other exotic animals have to go through just to make them look good?

    5.Don’t they know that most exotic animals have to be killed just for their fur?

    My thoughts on using animals for entertainment purposes

    6. I feel that all this circuses, forcing animals to race, abusing animals for nothing is useless, animals should be left with freedom and peace.

    These are my 6 thought on Earthlings

  88. edward ooi on Jan 13, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    There are so many poor cows waiting to be slaughter in the three pictures. A lot of my favorite animals are killed in this video such as: dog, dolphin, seal and monkey. Whenever I watch earthlings I will pray for all animals that are being killed, may their take rebirth as a human being and receive Dharma practices. Please be a vegetarian to save the animals being killed and be kind to animals too. Thank you so much for reading

  89. beatrix ooi on Jan 12, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I’ve seen Earthlings more than thrice. It’s very heart-aching to see the animals being tormented then slaughtered. Especially when it comes to dog meat trade, I saw the dogs being skinned while their eyes were still blinking. I will never forget about that..
    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.
    Love, beatrix.

  90. Lucas Roth on Jan 12, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    i have seen earthlings and that is the reason i am a vegetarian. just think about how they feel, not everything is about us. please be a vegetarian and do not support slaughter.

  91. Julien Roth on Jan 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    This video makes me cry, but i still love it. I love it because this video is the reason why i am vegetarian. This video is the video which told me the real truth behind meat. And i hope that many people watch this video and they become vegetarian as well. This video has made me be able to save lives. By not eating meat anymore, i do not cause the reason of animals having to die so that i have meat to eat. Thank you for sharing Rinpoche.

  92. Yoke Fui on Jul 7, 2012 at 8:27 am

    After watching this film, I cannot bring myself to eat meat any more.

    Behind each nicely packaged “food” in the supermarket, is blood, gore , pain and suffering of the animals who have just as much right to live as me. What right do I have to kill them because I like the taste of their bodies ?

    If I really believe in compassion and kindness to all beings, I must put my belief into action – STOP eating these beings ! Otherwise I’m a hypocrite.

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  95. Irene Lim on Apr 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I shared this video with my staff and it really hit them. One of my Myanmar overseas Chinese staff cried “Hen Kong Pu” (very scary). Reality did not hit them until viewing of this video.

  96. Doreen Teoh LC on Mar 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    In my life (till yesterday – March 24, 2011), I have always been good at avoiding confrontation, matters and reality. I was given the DVDs “Earthling” by Tat Ming from the very first day I found KECHARA, as my spiritual home and have put it aside as not to watch it as I did not want to know about the suffering that is caused by us (human beings – myself included) to the animals. It is so selfness of me, as i do not want to watch and hear the crying and suffering, as i know i will be suffering when i hear and watch this video.

    Last night, I brave myself to watch the video, and was crying my heart out. The killings and the torture of human to the animals is so horrible and inhuman. I was imagining that the animals (dogs, puppies, cows, chickens, fox, bulls, whales, seals, and sharks) were actual in human forms and the human form is in the animal, what will it be then? I can sense and feel the suffering of the animals in their eyes, hear their crying, the pain of being tortured alive, living in non-conducive condition that is so small, closed and dirty. When we read news that shark attack on human, crocodile eating human, human eaten by python, baby/children taken by monkeys etc. ….this is just a minor, comparing we human killing millions of animals for our taste pleasure, entertainment, making us warm and look good (clothing).
    Before watching, I was told that this animal was killed without pain and very fast……how stupid and naïve I am….how fast it takes, it is still a life with flesh and bones, and are just like us. Just a cut on my fingers, I will be screaming in pain, what about a slit on your throat, and leave to bleed till it stops, tooth extraction (without pain killers), castration (the poor piglets), marking of trademark on yr ears, face (cows), cut the chicks beak….., tearing the fur/skin from the fox when they are still conscious and leave them exposed without their skin, just flesh, the bull rodeo….tie the genital parts so tight, the torturing and sufferings goes on….
    It never occurs to me, and was also told that it is fine as long that we are not the one doing the killing….how selfish I am, passing the blame to butchers. I am actually the butcher, who has directly ordered the killing!!! We are like Hitler….the Jewish Holocaust, sometimes we were worse.
    Now I know the true the meaning of being a “vegetarian”, as because of my own self pleasure to taste, the animals is suffering. They have the right to live in their own circumstances, and their society.

    Now, I have a strong conviction to be a vegetarian. The crying sound, the images of the eyes of suffering of the animals is so clearly communicated to the viewers, and there is another being that is similar to us, who has flesh, feelings and consciousness, and pleading to us being to stop this act.

    By eating animals, we human beings are speciesism, meaning that we are more superior to the other supreme on earth, just like someone being racist, gender dominant and etc. IF we are not, then we should stop this killings and sufferings.

    If even it is not because of other beings, as a selfish being we should also stop, as if we think of ourselves only, because of health, we should stop too. As this situation of non-conducive habitants and food technology of fast production, lots of genetic modification, antibiotics are been put onto this food. In addition, the disposal of sick animals, the decomposition is thrown by human into streams/river and eventually flows into the sea, and then intake by the fishes. This phenomenon has occurred and millions of fishes have died. The new virus attacking the fishes is at level 3, whereas Ebola is at level 4. The situation is very serious.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this teaching and showing your compassionate to us and all beings, and creating awareness. Rinpoche has consistently emphasize and persistently posting articles on this.

    OM MANI PEDME HUM

  97. ken on Mar 25, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I cry and cry my heart out watching this. Like my 6year old niece once said, dont kill animals, we eat biscuits. May Lord Buddha bless all the poor suffering animals.

  98. Uncle Eddie on Mar 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    For anyone who cares for animals with an opened heart and mind, should give up the consumption of meat after veiwing the above “award winning video tape”. Only for people who are somewhat “CARE-less” or perhaps are severely addicted to animals’ meat will not have the heart of compassion to turn Vegeterian. We are human-beings, not cannibals or fanatic meat eaters only confined to flesh and meat adoration irrespective. In accordance to Buddhist practice, the eating of meat is said to be the same as eating the flesh of our own kins or family people, that of our mothers, fathers, children, brothers and sisters. As can be view in the video, how horribly the animals were been abused, tortured, atrociously manhandled, and finally savagely killed and slaughtered for their flesh to satisfy our wanton desires for meat. PLEASE heed our Guru’s advice to, “PLEASE,PLEASE STOP EATING YOUR OWN CHILDREN, PARENTS, RELATIVES, AND FRIENDS FLESH IN THE MEAT THAT IS BEING SERVED TO YOU FOR LUNCH AND DINNER DAILY. GO VEGETARIAN, SAVE FELLOW SENTIENT BEINGS AND SAVE THE WORLD.” As in the golden wisdom words of H.H.The 14th Dalai Lama, “Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to a Man. Just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures.” OM MANI PADME HUM.

  99. anila on Mar 19, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I have just finished watching earthlings on Rinpoche’s blog. What I thought before watching and what I thought after watching is different. To see how the animals were slaughtered and how they were being used for various purposes makes my stomach turn upside down. I feel i was the one that was tortured in place of the animals. I am glad I am a full vegetarian and have no regrets. I think its hard for most people to be a vegetarian straight away. It must be done slowly with time where they have to decrease intake of meat slowly. Thanks to Rinpoche I was instructed by Rinpoche two years ago to go vegetarian. And I have no regrets and no problem in doing it.

  100. Adeline Woon on Mar 18, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I hope people will watch and really consider to take up vegetarianism. I notice many people who will feel sad or sorry when they watch this types of videos, but the feeling fades away after that. There are two sides to this scenario: 1. we are compassionate toward others and ourselves, which is an inborn qualities we have, but only realized so until it is awaken; 2. we are too greedy, ignorant and addicted to meat products that it becomes a habitual food consumption which we are too attached to let go. So, in order for us to be who we really are and to deserve a happier and healthier life, it is as simple as making scenario 1. into a habituation and kicking scenario 2. away. We all deserve a better life without living in the consequences due to bad habits. Kicking bad habits is the only way to indulge ourselves in the priceless benefits that follow by “igniting” those good qualities we already have in us.

    • Cindy Ooi on Feb 19, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      Just want to know whether your full name is Woon Lai Shan and are you from formerly Temerloh Girls School (SMK Jalan Temerloh). If you are please contact me through my email.
      Thanks

      • Pastor Adeline on Mar 23, 2015 at 10:35 am

        Hi Cindy, sorry the late reply. I am not the person you are looking for. Thank you.

    • Pastor Adeline on Mar 23, 2015 at 10:33 am

      I’ve watched this a few times and have learned different things each time. I’ve been a vegetarian for a decade or more with the initial intention to stay healthy. The animals’ welfare or sufferings did not cross my mind then but not anymore.

      This documentary shows the brutal truth with immense graphic of the real situation in the livestock farming industry. In order to meet the demand or rather the illusory needs, the meat industry do all they can to produce a variety of meat products in the market by cutting cost and multiply their income.

      As a result of that, the Old McDonald farm is no longer the scene we might still want to believe in, thousand acres of land were cleared for industrial livestocks farming, to plant corn to feed these animals. Water system and sea were contanminated and pollutted from the faeces and inconvenient waste that was being dumb into the sea from the farm. The gas released by the cows badly destroy the mother earth’s ozone layer, creating higher possibilities for human to catch skin cancer.

      The animals were denied the nature, fresh air and sunlight like the good old days. They are now born in dark and killed in dark, iving in badly or non ventilated farms and being ill-treated. The animals are living beings, they are no different from us, they can feel just like us.

      The power of consumer have to be utilized fully and correctly now to stop this madness from continuing! Consumers are the buyer of these products, with no one buying them, there will no longer be animals product supply. Please have mercy for these animals, we can still live a good life without them.

  101. Jessi on Mar 17, 2011 at 4:40 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thanks for the link! I shared this on FB this morning and plan to watch it with my husband and daughter this evening. She and I were talking about the fur industry this morning so I know she’ll be interested in this documentary. She’s only 10 and had no idea that animals were skinned for their fur, she thought they were shaved. Being from Louisiana she’s seen plenty of animal skins hung and dried, but she didn’t realize there was a whole industry attached to the practice.

    Sincerely,
    Jessi Bryant

  102. tsemtulku on Mar 17, 2011 at 3:22 am

    In everything we do, there is positive and negative effects due to the nature of our existence. It is 100% correct you don’t eat meat. HH the Dalai Lama, the highest authority within Tibetan Buddhism recommends we do not eat meat, so that is all we need to remember. Buddha said, we should not lie, or get attached to drinking, singing, dancing, intimacies,entertainments and that we should spend our energies to become enlightened. Are we doing all die and not just the meat part?? People tend to pick what is convenient from the Buddha’s teachings to suit themselves. If we are going to follow Buddha’s teachings or quote, we may ask are you following everything Buddha says? If you are not, then rejoice when others follow the best they can and as much as they can. Since it is the right path for 21st century Buddhists to follow the no meat path, let’s do it. We have so much variety of food. Let’s eat the no meat diet and get on with our practice and basically compassionately go passed the criticisms. It is very simple, do not kill. So hence animals will not die in front of you to eat them…There is no good karma in eating meat..full stop, but definitely there is good karma refraining from eat. Many of the tantras when engaged in the practice prohibit meat as taught by Vajradhara. Many rituals we do in the great Monasteries prohibit meat so the rituals are more effective…..Many who are not monks or not living in the monasteries would never understand that. Reading from books, net or from dharma centres would never be the same as in the monastery. Again, eating meat does not gather good merits for our spiritual practice, avoiding does. Listen to some of wonderful Tenzin Palmo’s views on not eating meat. She is the great yogini who meditated for the longest time in the mountains.TR

  103. Philip Yong on Mar 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Here is the link to the Earthlings video with Japanese subtitle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thFyxG5_V4c

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  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Nov 21. 2017 01:20 AM
    Dharma Protector practice especially Kawang prayer is very powerful to purify our negative karma that accumulated since our countless past lifetimes. If this karma is not purified, it can manifest as obstacles to our Dharma practice and can hinder our spiritual progress. When we practice diligently, Kawang prayer is very effective to clear and stabilise the mind when doubts and confusion arise. Eventually, we will achieve the ultimate happiness of full enlightenment and no longer need any dharma protector.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness and compassion to give us this practice to liberate us from suffering and toward enlightenment.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kawang-a-dorje-shugden-confessional-practice.html?nomobile
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Nov 19. 2017 10:39 PM
    Amazing to have Dorje Shugden in so many styles. Rinpoche is really creative to create and commission so many types and styles to suit everyone so all of us have a chance to connect and practise Dorje Shugden. Thank you Rinpoche and team for getting all the various beautiful paintings within a short time.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/which-dorje-shugden-style-is-your-favourite.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Nov 19. 2017 10:19 PM
    Puan Sabariah really has a big heart. She cooks and serves everyone regardless of race as she only wants to bring joy, happiness and warm food to the homeless. It is already not easy to cook for 20 or 30 person but she managed to cook for 300 a day from her apartment and even up to 1,000 during Ramadhan. Her work it a great inspiration to many and great reminder to always love and help people no matter what their background is. And now at 70 years old still continue working to help the refugees. So we also should not give up helping others and don’t use age as an excuse.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-malaysian-mother-teresa-of-montreal.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Nov 19. 2017 02:37 AM
    I used to hear a few people around me say that they are OCD towards certain triggers. From their description, I was under the impression that OCD means they have low tolerance towards the trigger. With this article clearly stating the symptoms of people with OCD suffering from the obsession that triggers compulsion in doing something, OCD actually is a serious illness. It results in physical or emotional distress. It appears to me that OCD sufferer’s mind are programed to hold onto to a certain perception very strongly. I hope there will be medical help to reduce their fixation so that their quality of life will improve. Thank you for this sharing, Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/understanding-obsessive-compulsive-disorder.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Nov 18. 2017 09:22 PM
    I feel very sad for the animals and embarrassing at the same time that our national zoo were in such a poor state. Charging RM 30 (with MyKad) and RM50 (without MyKad) per entry is not cheap and this clearly shows that the zoo is not well managed. Animals are already being captured with no freedom and the situation is made worse with poor condition, unsanitary, lack of food and medical assistance. I hope the authority will look into this urgently and take action to rectify the situation.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/a-living-hell.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Nov 18. 2017 09:13 PM
    This is indeed a great move from the California authority and passing it as a law. This move will surely reduce the number of puppy mills and reduce the suffering of animals tremendously. Many cats and dogs suffered as most breeders do not maintain and treat the animals poorly. Hopefully more states in United States and other countries will follow suit on this noble act.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/california-says-pet-stores-can-only-sell-rescued-animals.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Nov 17. 2017 09:27 AM
    There are three purification practices and Kawang is one of them, most suitable to purify heavy bodily karma as well as clearing and stabilising the mind when doubts or confusion arise in times of conflict or when one is on the verge of giving up on something virtuous. From the sharing by Pastor David, the key to this practice is consistency. Doing the kawang prayer as part of our daily sadhana is akin to building up a strong bond with Dorje Shugden, hence, able to invoke his blessing more effectively.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kawang-a-dorje-shugden-confessional-practice.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Nov 16. 2017 11:02 PM
    这是一个很好的佛法教育的视频。仁波切选择了转世到恶劣的环境下成长,但是在这不影响仁波切放弃学习佛法的精神,反而造就了一个菩萨心肠的圣人。仁波切承受很多的痛苦,仁波切不愿意看到他人痛苦,所以发愿要帮助更多流宿街头者给他们援助。
    仁波切的坎坷成长过程给我们一个很正面的教育。环境的影响大不过于我们内心的想法。所以要先修心然后才修行。

    感恩仁波切的教悔使我知道快乐不仅是拥有而是我们付出多少让别人快乐。

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/凡人和圣人的差别.html#comments
  • Jason
    Thursday, Nov 16. 2017 10:18 PM
    This 5 ft Gyenze Statue very stunning and it look so real like a man ride a horse. Gyenze is the increase form of Dorje Shugden and he will bestow us increase in any material or spiritual forms in order to help us in our spiritual path.

    This chapel open 24 hrs and open to public so anyone can visit this chapel anytime. Remember to lit a lotus candle and offer to Gyenze. By doing so, it will lesssen our ignorance and very benefit in our spiritual path.

    Thanks sponsor for contribution in making this 5 ft Gyenze Statue come into real.
    Thanks Rinpoche for conceptualize of this chapel to benefit more people.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/5foot-gyenze-statue-arrives-in-kechara-forest-retreat.html
  • Pastor Adeline Woon
    Thursday, Nov 16. 2017 12:02 AM
    This is an unbiased piece that gives a clear and easy to understand overview of the Dorje Shugden controversy. It is a “as a matter fact” piece that should be accepted easily by the general public.

    It has been a 20 year struggle for the Dorje Shugden practitioners since His Holiness the Dalai Lama imposed a ban on the practice. Families, friends, relatives, couples, etc. were separated due to it. There were many innocent people who were hurt, abandoned and killed because of it. This intended result is totally against the concept of compassion, kindness and equality His Holiness represents.

    Many assumed that all Dorje Shugden practitioners do not like His Holiness and they all demonstrated in his teachings for the last 20 years or so with the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) founded by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. It has been pointed out distinctively in this article that it is not the case.

    His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche has always fought the unlawful ban by peaceful and powerful means – writing and education. His Eminence preaches patience and kindness that reflect on his approach in the face of hate speech, threats, etc. He also taught his students to do the same.

    His Eminence’s approach seems to be more effective as people are being educated on the controversy and many turned their minds because of that.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/huffpost-on-dorje-shugden.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Nov 15. 2017 09:35 PM
    Being creative and making things around us interesting makes life so much more bearable.~Tsem Rinpoche


    Spontaneity is the state of realizing boredom does have enemies.~Tsem Rinpoche

    Boredom is the mind that thinks this is it, when it’s not.~Tsem Rinpoche

    Being creative is not a choice, direction or lifestyle but my natural state of mind~Tsem Rinpoche

    Depression is a state of mind only when you are a piece of wood~Tsem Rinpoche

    Losing is just letting yourself know that winning is not the goal but only part of the journey~Tsem Rinpoche


    When you hate or love something extremely, both leads to sufferings.~Tsem Rinpoche

    Being with someone we love or don’t love should not make a difference to a genuine practioner expunged of the I.~Tsem Rinpoche

    Dorje Shugden is not a cause, a movement or religion but who I am, for that person is compassion, love and acceptance.~Tsem Rinpoche
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Nov 15. 2017 03:44 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche sharing this article from Huffington Post. Dorje Shugden ban is getting more people’s attention in the world now. This is a good time for everyone to think, find out more and understand the truth about this issue. This is no longer about the issue of religious but it is more to the fundamental human rights on their freedom and religious that bring much impact in their life.

    Basically, everyone may wish to have their life is improving and getting better. But, it seems that this is not applied to the Tibetan people. The Tibetan people especially Dorje Shugden practitioners have suffered and facing a lot of difficulties, segregation and discrimination for the past 20 years. This situation is getting worse when Sera Jey Monastery introduced an identity badge system to for its monks to indicate that they were not Dorje Shugden practitioner. From that, we can understand those who are practiced Dorje Shugden were not welcome at the monastic university. This is another kind of discrimination happening now in Tibet.

    I humbly wish that those who are given Dorje Shugden practice by your guru, please continue to have strong faith in your guru and Dorje Shugden. For those who have misunderstand or do not know about Dorje Shugden, please think and understand that our concern now is not only about the religious but the importance of fundamental human rights for people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/huffpost-on-dorje-shugden.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Nov 15. 2017 03:15 PM
    It is uncommon to read unbiased articles about Dorje Shugden issue, more so on international mainstream media. Many international mainstream media shy away from the issue because it is controversial, it involves a 400 years old deity practice that “outsider” finds hard to verify and it deeply intertwines in the entangled Tibetan-China political relationship. Therefore, I rejoice for the job well done by the Huffington Post for carrying this unbiased, well researched and factual article; it is very refreshing and encouraging for all Shugdenpas, for a change.

    Shugden practice is being accused of threatening the unity of all the Buddhism sects in Tibet. The Huffington Post rightly points out that for the past four centuries, Dorje Shugden was propitiated alongside all these main Buddhism schools without any signs of aggressive purge, as claimed by the HHDL people post 1976.

    The only difference between the Shugden practice and the rest of the Tibetan Buddhism practice is almost close to zero. It is really a matter of emphasis. Yet, the ban initiated by HHDL, in all his wisdom, have been fervently actualised by the CTA over the years. Resulting in the ostracisation of the entire Shugden community, and followed by many abuse, beating and threats that ensued on a day-to-day basis. Is it not the exact aggressive purge that threatens the unity of the Buddhism community?

    The deity is being demonised further with no basis. And the community is accused of being Chinese spy. Interestingly, the Chinese angle became an opportune played well by the Beijing after they learnt of this fall out and exploit the discord against their arch rival, HHDL. Will HHDL and his think-tank finally admit that it is better to lift the ban so that the Chinese can stop using it to widen the divide?

    There is another key issue not being pressed on in this article, which I believe it is out of respect to HHDL. This article did not question why HHDL, a 1989 Nobel Peace Prize Laurette, is not hesitant to show no mercy to his own people practicing Dorje Shugden; which is to go against what he championed for the rest of the world.

    Thank you, Rinpoche and the team for this wonderful and uplifting sharing!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/huffpost-on-dorje-shugden.html
  • Pastor Adeline Woon
    Wednesday, Nov 15. 2017 06:29 AM
    These videos are very necessary to counter the repeated false claims by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) on the unlawful ban of Dorje Shugden. These videos were highly circulated by the Tibetans on social media platform. Now that the Tibetan version is available, more Tibetans can understand the contradictory statements made by their leader Lobsang Sangyay and the kashag (cabinet). It is very important that the Tibetans understand so that they can unite and join force to vote for a different and more capable leaders who will really do something that benefit them.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video.html
  • Pastor Adeline Woon
    Wednesday, Nov 15. 2017 06:13 AM
    Nowadays when people speak about Nechung, they are NOT referring to the real Nechung deity who is a benevolent being and is helpful according to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Many high lamas and Tibetans believe that Nyatrul is taking trance in the current Nechung oracle. This is the result of the Tibetan Leadership’s heavy negative karma.

    Nyatrul is said to be insistent on destroying Tibetan unity by posing as Nechung and giving wrong advice to the Tibetan Leadership. One can imagine to continue listening to Nyatrul will result in the Tibetan Leadership continue to make decisions that will bring them failure.

    The Tibetan Leadership is very fortunate to have Tenpa Yarphel to speak up on the flaws to rely on the Nechung oracle. There are just too many false advices given among which is the most important one, for the Dalai Lama and the Tibetans to return to Tibet. By now, it should be obvious that it is a wrong prophecy because after 60 years the Tibetans still cannot return back to Tibet.

    In addition, relying on an oracle for state matters is not a practise of a democratic government which includes religious freedom and human rights. Forcing people who do not believe in Nechung to listen to him and allowing him to decide their future is a breach of religious freedom and human rights – the freedom to practise any religion and the rights to choose one’s religion or belief.

    By speaking up bravely, MP Tenpa Yarphel brought the flaws of the Tibetan Leadership into the limelight with the hope that more and more people will come forward to make change within the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). Until that is done, the Tibetans will continue to suffer from wrong advices with no hope for improvement.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html

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Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
6 days ago
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
7 days ago
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
7 days ago
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
1 week ago
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
1 week ago
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
2 weeks ago
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
2 weeks ago
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
3 weeks ago
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
3 weeks ago
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
4 weeks ago
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
4 weeks ago
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
4 weeks ago
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
4 weeks ago
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
 These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
1 month ago
These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
1 month ago
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
1 month ago
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
1 month ago
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
1 month ago
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. 

This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
1 month ago
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp
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Fantastic Reads!!
1 month ago
The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp *****and**** My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li Fantastic Reads!!
The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp
*****and****
My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li
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The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp *****and**** My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li
This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
1 month ago
This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
1 month ago
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
1 month ago
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
1 month ago
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
1 month ago
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
2 months ago
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
2 months ago
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don\'t get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don't get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
2 months ago
I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
 I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
2 months ago
I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
2 months ago
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
2 months ago
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I\'ve been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don\'t necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it\'s made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I've been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don't necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it's made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single \'huts\' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single 'huts' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
More than you have....
2 months ago
More than you have....
The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980\'s and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980's and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
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KSDS parents & students worked together for the discussion during the Talk on Acceptance, Kindness and Helping Each Other. Alice Tay, KSDS
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KSDS parents & students worked together for the discussion during the Talk on Acceptance, Kindness and Helping Each Other. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Ms. Mok Pui Leng has offered lights and incense to Lama Tsongkhapa and all the Buddhas on behalf of KISG today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out a session of Mother Tara's prayer recitations in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KSDS Students are very cooperative & creative in making the artwork for coming event, Graduation / Halloween / Art Event. Alice Tay, KSDS
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KSDS students age 7 and the above learned to do&paint their own mask. Alice Tay, KSDS
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The youngest group of KSDS learned to recite Migtsema mantra. Alice Tay, KSDS
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KSDS teachers in the progress for the Graduation/Halloween 2017 backdrop. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Peggy gave a talk on Bully to parents and students. Lin Mun KSDS
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Great to hv parents and students goodnight group work and share ideas from different perspectives. Lin Mun KSDS
Photographer team for Mid Autumn Charity Dinner 2017. Lin Mun KSDS
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Photographer team for Mid Autumn Charity Dinner 2017. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS team had meeting in Kechara Oasis in preparation for the Graduation/ Halloween event. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS team had meeting in Kechara Oasis in preparation for the Graduation/ Halloween event. Lin Mun KSDS
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Artwork done by children of 2-6 yrs old for the upcoming Graduation/ Halloween/ Art event. Lin Mun Ksds
At Dukkar Apartment, Kechara Forest Retreat, this morning, we completed a three day Amitayus Retreat and promised to come together for this spiritually powerful retreat again in the near future. We had looked forward to this retreat and, owing to the blessings of our Guru, Tsem Rinpoche, and Dorje Shugden, it went smoothly and as planned. by Pastor Han Nee
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At Dukkar Apartment, Kechara Forest Retreat, this morning, we completed a three day Amitayus Retreat and promised to come together for this spiritually powerful retreat again in the near future. We had looked forward to this retreat and, owing to the blessings of our Guru, Tsem Rinpoche, and Dorje Shugden, it went smoothly and as planned. by Pastor Han Nee
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
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དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
ལོ་སྔོན་མར་བོད་གཞུང་གིས་ཆོས་སྐྱོང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་དང་འདིའི་བསྟེན་གསོལ་བ་རྣམས་ལ་སྐྱོན་བརྗོད་བྱེད་ཏེ་དེའི་ཁ་གཏད་དུ་ཡིག་ཆ་འགྲེམས་ཡོད་པས། དེའི་ལན་ལ་ཀེ་ཆ་ར་ཆོས་ཚོགས་ནས་བརྙེན་འཕྲིན་ཁྱོན་བསྡོམས་ལྔ་འགྲེམས་ཡོད། བརྙེན་འཕྲིན་དེ་དག་ནང་རིག་པ་དང་མཐུན་པའི་རྩོད་གླེང་ནང་ཡོད་པ་དང་དོན་དངོས་གང་ཡིན་སྐོར་གསལ་བཤད་གནང་ཏེ་བདེན་པ་རྭ་སྤྲོད་བྱེད་ཡོད། དེར་རྣམ་པ་ཚོ་ཚང་མའི་གཟིགས་རོ་ཞུ་རྒྱུ་དང་། གལ་ཏེ་ཡ་ལེན་ཡོད་ན་གནང་རོ་གནང་ཞུ་རྒྱུ་ཡིན། ཐུགས་རྗེ་ཆེ།། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
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ལོ་སྔོན་མར་བོད་གཞུང་གིས་ཆོས་སྐྱོང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་དང་འདིའི་བསྟེན་གསོལ་བ་རྣམས་ལ་སྐྱོན་བརྗོད་བྱེད་ཏེ་དེའི་ཁ་གཏད་དུ་ཡིག་ཆ་འགྲེམས་ཡོད་པས། དེའི་ལན་ལ་ཀེ་ཆ་ར་ཆོས་ཚོགས་ནས་བརྙེན་འཕྲིན་ཁྱོན་བསྡོམས་ལྔ་འགྲེམས་ཡོད། བརྙེན་འཕྲིན་དེ་དག་ནང་རིག་པ་དང་མཐུན་པའི་རྩོད་གླེང་ནང་ཡོད་པ་དང་དོན་དངོས་གང་ཡིན་སྐོར་གསལ་བཤད་གནང་ཏེ་བདེན་པ་རྭ་སྤྲོད་བྱེད་ཡོད། དེར་རྣམ་པ་ཚོ་ཚང་མའི་གཟིགས་རོ་ཞུ་རྒྱུ་དང་། གལ་ཏེ་ཡ་ལེན་ཡོད་ན་གནང་རོ་གནང་ཞུ་རྒྱུ་ཡིན། ཐུགས་རྗེ་ཆེ།། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
Kechara Sunday Dharma School art activities. StellaC
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School art activities. StellaC
Kechara Sunday Dharma School art activities. StellaC
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School art activities. StellaC
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Kechara Sunday Dharma school class 4 to 6 years old. StellaC
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