20 things you don’t wanna eat!!! Or do you??

Sep 17, 2012 | Views: 1,604

Dear students and friends,

In Scotland, it’s normal to eat the coagulated blood of a sheep. In Vietnam, it’s a norm to eat cats. In Australia, it’s normal to eat a kangaroo’s tail. What’s weird, and what’s not?

For me, a delicious snack would be: baked sweet potato, green salad with Japanese sesame dressing, eggplant lasagna, mushroom soup, roasted pumpkin. Definitely not any of the dishes below! Take a look… which is the oddest dish for you? What’s the weirdest dish that you have tried?? I wouldn’t eat any of the stuff below. Would you?

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

 20 weirdest dishes from around the world

 

1Cambodia: Itsy Bitsy Spider

 

In Cambodia the habit of eating fried tarantulas began during a period of starvation in history, but nowadays they are considered to be quite a delicacy.


2.  Balut, Phillippines

 

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Balut is a “snack” consisting in a half-fertilized duck or chicken egg, served with a little salt after being boiled. One can find it all over the streets and markets of Philippines, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and it is as popular as hotdogs are in the US.


3.  Snake and Scorpion Wine

 

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This unusual type of liquor can be found in Asia mostly and it is made out of a dipping Cobra or scorpion into a rice wine bottle. After a few months of fermentation, the venom is dissolved and the drink is good to serve!


4.  Cobra Heart, Vietnam

 

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In Vietnam one can serve a live cobra’s heart: some eat it raw, along with a cobra blood chaser while others prefer to have it with some rice wine.

 

5.  Birds Nest Soup, China


The saliva of the birds give this soup its unicity. It is one of the most expensive products consumed by humans, because of the difficulty in getting it.


6.  Baby Mice Wine

 

Traditional in China and Korea, baby mice wine is considered to be a “health tonic”. The confessed taste: raw gasoline. While still alive, newborn mice are thrown into bottles full of rice wine and left there to ferment.

 

7.  Casu Marzu, Sardinia


This is a type of cheese that few people would try, as it is stuffed with insect larva. Often referred to as “maggot cheese”. It is consumed while the living beings inside it are still alive, otherwise it is said to be toxic.

 

 

8.  Kopi Luwak, Indonesia


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This is the rarest and most expensive coffee in the world, but still you might want to reconsider it, when someone politely invites you to sip from a mug full of it. Why? Because it is made out of the excrements of a creature that resembles a cat, called the Luwak.

 

 

9.  Tuna Eyeball

 

Usually served in Japan and China, the tuna eyeball is another weird dish that might not be for everyone’s taste. They say it tastes much better than it looks.

 

10. Rocky Mountain Oysters

 

One might be tempted to think that these oysters can’t be much different from the ones you find at the bottom of the ocean, while they are, in fact, something totally different. A buffalo’s fried testicles got this name because it sounds more fancy. Best way to cook: peel, boil, roll into flour mixture and fry.

 

 

11. Fugu

 

The poisonous Puffer Fish is a great sensation in many restaurants of the world. The thing is that only very qualified and trained cooks are allowed to prepare it, because if something goes wrong…well, let’s say that it could be your last meal.

 

 

12. Bugs

 

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Insects make an old dish in many parts of the world, except Europe and North America. Served all crispy, they make perfect nutritious snacks!



13. Escamoles – Mexico


This weird dish comes from Mexico, from giant black ants. They make their nests in the roots of some plants. Collecting these eggs is not the most pleasant job one can get, since their owners are venomous and creepy. The eggs taste like buttery, being slightly nutty.

 


14. Mongolian Boodog

 

This one is prepared by cooking the animal – usually a goat or a marmot from inside out. Yes, the WHOLE animal. Mongolians are the best cooks for this: the animal is cooked in its own skin, with the help of hot rocks.

 

 

15. Whole Sheep’s Head

 

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This dish can be served with or without brains: the head, of course. It is considered to be a delicacy even in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe areas.

 

 

16. Bat Soup

 

Even though bats are considered to be notorious disease carriers, they are still served in soups cooked mainly in Thailand and Guam, some parts of China even.

 

 

17. Ox Penis

 

Cooked by steaming, deep frying or simply consumed raw, the ox penis is commonly eaten by humans in the Oriental countries. In the Western countries, ox penises are usually dried out and served as dog food.

 

 

18. Caterpillar Fungus

 

This is a fungus, a parasitic one, that invades the body of the insect larvae, eventually killing and mummifying the caterpillars. Mostly used as a medicine or as an aphrodisiac, the Caterpillar Fungus can be also served in soups.

 

 

19. Human Placenta

 

People who dare it this believe that it prevents postpartum depression and other pregnancy complications. There are various recipes to prepare it, even cocktails and it is found mostly in America and Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, China, and the Pacific Islands.

 

20. Kumis

 

This is a rather gross drink, consisting in fermented mare milk. Because a female horse’s milk contains more sugars than the femented cow’s or goat’s milk, kumis has a higher, though still mild, alcohol content. It also has a strong laxative effect.

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  1. Anne Ong on May 20, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Some of the things listed here I have heard and seen before. Such as kopi luwak, ox penis, bugs, spider,balut,snake and scorpion wine. Really an interesting article. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this sharing! ???

  2. Stella Cheang on Jun 22, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    These weird food brought to mind an adage ” one man’s food is another man’s poison.” While some of the food listed, like Escamoles, are less than common and hard to find, I can imagine how the locals prize this delicacy. Having been to parts of Asia, rodent/cat meat, fried bugs, snake wine and balut (the half fertilized egg) are all considered as delicious food. However, it does not make eating these animals any more right than eating other animals. By eating another living being, we are directly causing the death and suffering of another living being, as such, we will have bear the karma consequences of it. It is best to stay clear of meat and become a vegetarian.

  3. Pastor Moh Mei on Feb 23, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Human are an interesting species indeed. We will eat almost anything include another human. Some of these dishes or delicacies to specific culture may have come from some historical reasons and some dire situations. Take bird nests for example, almost every Chinese friends I know probably had eaten bird nests before. It is considered rich people supplement.

    This habit of human to source for food is not limited to race or culture. It spans across all races as you can tell from the diverse lists given in this article. Human has a very strong sense of self preservation and also greed. We look for all sorts of ways to claim and eat food that supposedly has incredible health benefits – to prolong life, beautiful skin, etc. If it is not for health, then it’s for the taste. To seek that specific flavor and taste in food. We are so obsessed with feeding ourselves we made an entire academic, profession and business around food.

    With our greed for food and self preservation, we created an imbalance in our physical body due to all the animal produce we consumed and we created an imbalance in our eco-system. While I respect our history and our culture, it is time to move on and let go too. With so much choices of food available these days, it is so unnecessary to harm animals for some of these delicacies. There are less cruel ways to self preservation and a tasty, flavorful meal.

  4. Beatrix Ooi on Apr 19, 2014 at 2:23 am

    I really do not understand how are these considered edible? Its so scary and disgusting! The baby mice wine is the most scary one, can you imagine the second you’re, you are to be thrown into the wine and drown? The mice were born to be dead, poor mice…!
    Humans are so disgusting, they just eat everything!

  5. Edward Ooi on Nov 12, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Dear Rinpoche, I don’t think that drinking bird meat soup and Kumis is a disgusting thing. Because bird best are just made out of bird’s saliva and something else but no bird poo poo was included. And drinking horse milk is much more better then drinking cobra’s blood. By the way, the bird nest soup that my Mom used to make is actually very good. And by just looking at the human placenta makes me fell like vomiting

  6. VInnie Tan on Sep 17, 2013 at 4:27 am

    These food is just so disgusting! I cannot believe that people all around the world would eat things like this as delicacies. It is just horrible.

    The one that I find most horrifying would be that people are actually consuming the human placenta. This is for a simple reason, if we can consume something that comes from human, soon, we will be able to eat human flesh. And when that happens, how are we going to supply for that demand? Would it mean that we will be killing people just for the meat? Just it just difficult or even too scary to think what would happen if that would have happened one day.

  7. Dave P on Aug 7, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    in Thailand or Laos – can’t remember which – I tried cat poo snack – to this day, still not sure if it was actually that, or just called that because of its appearance. In Philippines, I have eaten balut – twice – but probably never again. And in one Asian country, I ate bamboo worms — dried, or deep-fried, they were kind of the consistency of a cheese puff without the cheesy flavor. Actually wasn’t bad. But in all three cases, the “idea” of what I was eating was worse than the actual taste. As I told someone – If the locals eat it, it must be edible, no matter how much I may be repulsed by it. Just mentally block it out, pop it in, chew and swallow. Don’t think about it, just do it. It’s the thinking that gets you into trouble! Rinpoche, thank you for sharing this article.

  8. beatrix ooi on Jun 30, 2013 at 12:59 am

    These ‘dishes’ are really disgusting, they make my stomach feels uneasy. The weirdest dish for me would be the human placenta. It’s really horrible, I would rather to starve and die than eating any of the above! I have not heard of any of them except bird nest and the luwak coffee, I have been to the luwak’s farm once when I was in Bali with my family, but I didn’t have the guts to try it. It was very disgusting to me as we were almost like eating poo poo, literally.
    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.

  9. Cliff on May 15, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I am rather disturbed by the Balut from the Phillippines and Baby Mice wine. I find it rather disgusting people live newly borned mice into a drink to be left ferment as they drown. Mice may be viewed as a pest but they are very intelligent creatures, their genetic, biological and behaviour characteristics closely relates to those of humans. I wouldn’t be able to bring myself to consume something like that. Birds nest would probably be the only one on the list that I would be able to take.

  10. Girlie OOI on Apr 29, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    To us these foods may sound, look and taste strange and weird but to those people who are so used to it, it is a delicacy.

  11. Albert Ratchaga on Apr 28, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    These pictures are really disgusting, I wonder how people can put it in their mouth. but when think a bit further, what different are we compare to them who eat these kind of food? It is only the choices of food, but we are also killing animal for food. To stop these cruelty, to stop creating more suffering and killing to the animals, being vegetarian is the only choice.

  12. Lucas Roth on Apr 27, 2013 at 12:57 am

    i would never eat this, yuck ! this is so much torture for what ??? a good wine or maybe a small snack, come on people this is eating lives one life per bite and that is so much suffering and cruelty. they are so disgusting and pointless!!! come on and think!

  13. Jutika Lam on Feb 6, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    When i first saw this I really wanted to vomit because All the 20 foods displayed above are so DISGUSTING AND HORRIBLE! I just can’t believe that people would want to eat such things like somebody’s placenta, bat soup, bugs and to the extinct of even eating a Tuna’s eyeball.

    In my point of view i would never ever eat all the twenty foods above because firstly it would be really expensive and secondly those food are of course disgusting, with the money spent on our pleasures we could have maybe helped one or two stray animals of the streets and fing thema good home.

    I also remembered one of Rinpoche’s Quote: “If you say you don’t have money to help a animal shelter, why then do you have money to buy meat?” ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

    I totally agree with this quote because eating meat is truly expensive just like when saving an animal Medical Bills and all the bills for a rescued animal are just as expensive and if people have the money to go to a High class Chinese Restaurent or a steak house then how come we cannot save animals?

    Even if we had so much money but don’t want to save animals we could at least not eat meat or if we still really really wanted to eat in a High Clas Restaurent we could at least eat at Kechara Oasis or any other Fine Dining Vegetarian Restaurent.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this totally disturbing article.

    Love
    Jutika

  14. Khong Jean Mei on Jan 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    GAHHHH!!!! Even if I wasn’t a vegetarian, the stuff in this list is so repulsive! The only one that I may digest, if needed is the last item – Kumis. Only coz there’s no actual meat content inside.

    Why would anyone want to eat the human placenta?? I mean, there’s a reason why things come out of the body.

    Just reading this has put me off eating the lunch that I’m chewing on now…

  15. Paris on Jan 19, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    so the thing that has always fascinated me is how people even think of eating things like this? What makes someone say, “Hey, let’s extract all the saliva out of a bird’s nest and boil it into a soup?” or “Hey, there’s maggots growing in this cheese, let’s have a taste!”

    I mean really, is there NOTHING else to eat? I might better understand, perhaps, why someone might resort to eating insects during times of famine / poverty, but for any other reasons, or reasons of culinary exploration….? nope, I just don’t get it!

    Another thought – we might think that it’s gross and cruel to eat an embryonic duck while he’s still curled up in an egg; or to chew on a fish’s eye; or to cook a bat into a soup… but hey, what’s the difference really between that and a chicken, a pig, or a cow? Why do people think it’s more ‘acceptable’ to eat a dead fried chicken than a few dead tarantulas? Why is it okay for us to yum down huge plates of chicken rice and peking dug, but it’s gross to eat it in its younger embroynic form? It’s the same duck!

    Bottom line is that they’re all animals, all living beings with the capacity to feel pain and to suffer. It might be helpful to think about why we find one thing more gross than another? What is it that characterises it as being gross? and in contrast, why isn’t a hamburger gross? Or a box of chicken nuggets? or thanksgiving turkey?

  16. Joy on Jan 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Gawwwwwd… these are really disgusting… how can anyone eat these. It is already quite disgusting to eat meat let alone this. I cannot understand. No thanks I will stick to my veggies.

    I know some people may think that eating meat is really no big deal, but actually it is the same as eating these weird insects and animals anyway… all are living breathing beings that can feel pain. I guess for me I decided to change after watching the many videos which are an eye opening that Rinpoche posted and shared with us, on how our meat was produced or rather slaughtered. You cannot ignore or pretend you have no feelings for these animals being slaughtered and not be conscious of it when you do eat the meat. If you can choose to ignore it, it goes to show how attached you are to your taste buds that it over rides your compassion nature…which basically shows how selfish you are period. So to ignore is really to be ignorant and if we call ourselves Budddhist or an animal lover, really we’re hypocrites. So what we do in light of being kind and compassionate will be of no effect or no results will come from it eventually. This is because you know it yet you still do it.

  17. Felix Kong on Dec 24, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Yuck ,so disgusting,i’m just knew that this things can consider is “FOOD” and also can’t believe that people will eat such horrible things except bird nest. Better be a vegetarian , save more and more life of animals .

    Thanks to Rinpoche for sharing this horrible meal .

  18. Milly on Nov 20, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Its so nauseating to see all those pictures. I did consume bird’s nest and pig’s brain when was young. But have stopped all these now. If only man can change their culture and stop eating all these myth food.

  19. Cynthia Ng on Nov 4, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    哇。。多么恶心的食物!世界上最恐怖的是人类创造出那么恐怖的食物。。为了食欲殊不知伤害了那么多的生命,那又如何呢?!

    这些都是不必要的食物,我们根本不须要依靠它们提供我们温饱,大家一定要奉劝身边的朋友多注意这些事情的发生,一定要提高警觉性不要伤害无辜的生命,每个生名都有生存的权利!

  20. bengkooi on Nov 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Sad to say, I have tasted birds nest before, as well as tortoise soup. In hindsight, its gross but back then, I didnt think twice. Now I’m vegetarian so I wont be going close to such foods again. But as a matter of interest, I found more strange foods that people consider delicacies:

    1. Jellied Moose Nose
    2. Bat Paste
    3. Guinea Pigs
    4. Squirrel Brains
    5. Codfish Sperm (yes! see pic: http://www.oddee.com/_media/imgs/articles/a307_f12.jpg )
    6. Live Octopus (gross!)

    When I was in Korea, I saw a man at a street food stall sitting down to a meal of live octopus. The small octopus were walking all over his plate, trying to escape, and he was catching the stray octopi with his chopsticks and setting them back down in the middle of the plate.

    In between returning the runaway octopi to his plate, the man was putting live octopus one by one into his mouth whole! If you cant imagine what that would look like, see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5T4c4g3iXv0

  21. Lucas Pascal Roth on Oct 27, 2012 at 11:57 am

    oh i would never eat any of these things. so disgusting and cruel to the animals especially the baby mice wine. i will never in a million years eat this stuff.

  22. beatrix ooi on Oct 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Oh dear..how can humans consume them? It’s so sick and disgusting to eat things like that. I’ve never tasted any of them which I will never. I’ve been to the Luwak farm in Bali last 2 years ago. It’s so scary to c the Luwaks being locked up in the cage. The most disgusting ‘food’ for me would be the human placenta. Yuck!yuck!yuck! How can they put it into the mouth and swallow it? Sometimes i just couldn’t understand humans..
    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.
    Love,
    beatrix ooi

  23. Julien Roth on Oct 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Just reading this gives me the creaps. I cant imagine myself eating any of these strange dishes.

    The worst dish to eat im my opinion would be the “Casu Marzu, Sardinia”. I find this the worst dish to eat because, i really like cheese. I am from Switzerland, and whenever i visit, i eat LOADS of cheese. So seeing people do this to cheese with MAGGOTS is really disgusting to me.

    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.

  24. Elsie Toy on Oct 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these ugly side of the human race keep and taking the weaker beings for their own pleasure. I have seen human foetus double broil and is a delicacy in Shenzhen China. It is really gross and some even have human placenta cooked in soup which is a health tonic. I pray they realised the cruelty and stop their ugly deeds and realised impermanence.

  25. David Lai on Oct 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Everything is gross to me and I think the only think palatable to me is the bird nest made of bird saliva. For that one, I have actually tried and its a Chinese delicacy thats really good for one’s skin and complexion. It is also a big business because of its rarity. From my experience, I did notice that bird nest did make my skin feel nicer.

    Besides bird nest, I think the grossest food is the bull face dish that could be served complete with the brains or without. The eyes are still intact and it just looks so gross because the diner looks like he she is eating the face of the bull. I can’t imagine myself eating it though.

  26. nicholas on Sep 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    That’s really not my kind of food!
    Wow….those are so raw and gross….
    Not to mention that is not vegetarian but it’s too much for me.

    People really got to start thinking of what they a eating here. If it’s for health reason we should look for alternative that not just to benefit ourselves but the others (animals too). Don’t just because of fulfilling our needs and to scarifies others.

    There are more option out there to explore!
    If we are not sure we can always refer to the nutritionist.

    Looking for some guide? check this review out!
    http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/vegetarian-restaurant-review

  27. ,ERIC LEE KHJB on Sep 24, 2012 at 9:19 am

    OM MANI PEH MEI HUM. According all the look of foods r listed here was so scarely to me, i cant imagine that some people got that kind of courage to put inside their mouth n eat it. Actually we have a lot of choice Food to choose from, n they will benefit us too. Please be wise to be a vegetarian, then u will know how will they will benefits u.

  28. Sean Pang on Sep 21, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Every culture has its own practices and we have to accept that different people consider different things as treasured items without being judgemental about it. BUT, I personally do find most of the 20 things quite disgusting.

    I’ve tried a few of the 20 things in my life (I’m Chinese afterall and the Chinese eat EVERYTHING…) and I have to admit, I got a kick out of some people’s facial expressions when they see me eat them. I no longer have this desire to “shock” anymore, it’s so childish and pointless, not to mention cruel. Cruel to the eaten, cruel to the shocked, cruel to my own karma!

    I’m not a vegetarian… yet. But seeing these photos put together does drive home a point.

    Sean in Shanghai

  29. HelenaC on Sep 21, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Yuckssssss….. for this 20 things i have tried bugs in Bangkok.
    other than that i think it is very inhuman >_<
    i disagreed with all this so called "cultural" food… disgusting!

  30. Adrian.C on Sep 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    It is horrible and disgusting to me 🙁 When I saw all this picture, I already feel wanna vomit… Also it is so cruelly to kill all this animals as dishes. I definitely won’t eat all this stuff.

    Thank you Rinpoche for share it.

  31. lucy yap on Sep 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    After seeing this,I am glad I am a vegetarian.The sight of the balut freaks me out!These are definitely “yucky” and gross.Wouldn’t want to eat any of these,let me have my veggies please!!!
    Thank you for sharing ,Rinpoche.

  32. Uncle Eddie on Sep 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    It is said, “Mindfulness is the very basis the cure for all samsaric affliction”. As practioners of Buddhist faith, all compassionate living beings have the wish for all other beings to be free from sufferings, and, if possible, to save or release them fromthe entire suffering of samsara and its causes. Such actions would make our practice worthwhile. So how could we knowingly now, have any desire to enjoy or partake in any of the above, being awared that it has caused immensed sufferings to the dead animal beings! Mindfulness is thus the very basis, the cure, for all samsaric affliction, as taught by Lord Buddha.

  33. Echeah on Sep 19, 2012 at 1:47 am

    Disgusting to say the least. What would people do for food? I’ll never win a dare, not even for a million bucks.

  34. Sheryl KH (JB) on Sep 18, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this information.

    Some pictures are pretty gross, some I know for the first time. Some I have known about them already. Humans can really think of many creative ways to turn live beings into foods.

    Cultures can determine many things, in this case is foods.

    I think as long as those foods do not invite problems after eating, it is ok to consume them. Of course, in many cases we wont know whether they are fit for consumption until many years later.

    I wont try many dishes presented here though, for instance the spiders and the bat soups. Dont feel comfy putting them into my mouth.

  35. hecelus tan on Sep 18, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Oh my Buddha!It is really disgusting.I don’t know how these people can labeled these type of “foods” as delicious.Especially the cobra and scorpion wine. the cobra inside the wine bottle stare at you and on its mouth there is a black scorpion.Fortunately I am vegetarian and I don’t need to meet these type of “foods”.If food crisis really happen one day,I also will not going to eat it until I die.

  36. tenzin llhamo on Sep 18, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Seriously, ALL of them are weird. As I was scrolling down, I could feel my food coming up from my stomach. How can someone go for such weird and yucky looking food? Imagine the taste.. I have not tried any weird looking food in my life so far and no, I don’t want to try it anywhere, anytime. All the food myths my mum used to tell me are just unacceptable.
    Thank you for the ‘yummy’ post Rinpoche…

  37. Wah Ying on Sep 18, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Many “precious” herbs or traditional medicine made from animals actually can have its substitute, in term of giving the same benefits the precious or rare animals given.

    For example, bird’s nest is rich with antioxidants and collagen and Amino acids. And white fungus has been prized for its medicinal benefits, namely anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor.

    White fungus actually contain up to 70 percent dietary fibers called polysaccharides, and stimulate the immune system and increase white blood cell counts. Therefore, people said white fungus is the poor people’s bird’s nest, in term of similar benefits given.

    And, Balut is said to be high in protein and calcium. A serving of balut contain 188 calories, including 14 grams each of protein and fat, 2 milligrams of iron and 116 milligrams of calcium. Today, protein is easily found in plants, such as lentils and guinoa. Here is the link on Top 7 Sources of Plant-Based Protein, by Rich Roll: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4491/My-Top-7-Sources-of-PlantBased-Protein.html

    I found this link on Extreme Food Around the World here, you might interested to read: http://news.in.msn.com/specials/news_photos.aspx?cp-documentid=5457133&page=1.

    It features from ant sauce, deep-fried spiders, cupcake made of insects, blood sausage, frog legs, fried crickets and more.

  38. abby F on Sep 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    All these are actually as gross as all the meats we eat, just these are the extreme one! We eat all the germs, blood and flesh of another living beings! We eat all the pain and horror of another being, how sad we are!

    I feel lucky to be a vegetarian now. Thank you Rinpoche for showing me Earthlings. I would say it is a life-changing film. I believe through education, people will change, just like how I was changed. I’ve shared this on my FB, my friends will see this. I hope they can be inspired to be a vegetarian also.

  39. Siong Woan on Sep 18, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    This definitely beats Andrew Zimmem’s Bizarre Food !!!

    I just cant figure why would anyone want to eat such weird stuff when there are plenty of other choice around? of course we need to discount those dishes that were invented during famine.

    Other than these, I also know there are people who eat monkey’s brain while it’s alive and fish that are fried alive… Just can’t understand the reason(s) behind all these unnecessary cruelty to fellow sentient beings..

    Let’s stay simple and keep to the basic – just eat things that are plant related.

  40. MayOng on Sep 18, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Yuckie! Gross and disgusting indeed and makes my stomach churn. Even the looks of them turned me off. Thank you for posting, Rinpoche. Educational indeed.

  41. Elsie Toy on Sep 18, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you very much for sharing tis with us the gross food that some eat and others going through all these to prepare these food that is truly out of the mind and those those who consumed it. I think it is also the karma of the people who consumes them and the karma of these people to harvest them for food. They must have a load full of negative karmas to be born in the area whereby no other food types available and/or their karma is so thick that they are stuck in these jobs of harvesting them. I pray they quickly quickly realized they negative deeds and hope they find other foods for their survival and for their well-being.

    thank you for the sharing me make me think deeper into these by just show us the food.

  42. tfreon on Sep 18, 2012 at 2:11 am

    To me, the oddest dish is the Tuna’s eyes and the Mongolian Boodog. The food that showed on the this article will not consumed by me and i thanks that i am not eating these stuff. Included the popolar one e.g: bird nest , kopi luwak and snake cobra.

    Some of the food , are incredible expensive. E.g Kopi Luwak is more expensive than a gold. Some of the food are consumed because the food are believe to cure some diseases, e.g: white baby mice is believe to cure Asthma. Snake or scorpion in wine is believe to make the body stronger.

    By looking on these food. I feel- lucky i am a vegetarian

  43. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 18, 2012 at 12:59 am

    I think I will stay to greens for now, some of the things to eat just make my stomach churn.

  44. patsy on Sep 18, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Out of these twenty yucky “food” I have taken bird’s nest soup and kopi lawak before. All these food may look gross to me, but it is still an acquired taste of each individual. We keep dogs as pets but in Korea dog is considered a delicacy…… There are some who even loved coagulated pork /chicken blood. Oh gosh, I cant imagine myself eating any of these especially human placenta.

  45. Ong Moh Mei on Sep 18, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Except for bird nest which most Chinese do enjoy (and I have tried on occasions), I think I would find it too gross to eat any of the other stuff. Reminds me of some of the Fear Factors episodes – which I used to always wonder if the motivation is $$$, would I eat these gross stuff? Probably not. However if it’s a question of pride e.g. when I’m challenged and to save face/ego, likelihood is definitely higher.

  46. June Tang KHJB on Sep 17, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Oh my buddha! yuckkk…this 20 foods that are listed here are so disgusting !! Cannotttttt understand why these peoples can swallow those things !! When I see this pictures,realy make me feel like vomit….No,I would not want to eat any of these things..!!!We have the better choice—please be vegetarian !!

  47. lewkwanleng on Sep 17, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    In each culture, there are sure some “special” food.. sometimes the food is disgusting for others, but some treat them like treasures. However, seeing these feed remind me how I mistreat other animals on the planet… I hope many more people will become vegetarian…

  48. DR on Sep 17, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    A good contemplation for those who are into such food; visualise yourself to be that worm, or that bat or that sheep….

    …and you see that sharp blade coming towards you and then…….

    Trust me, you will turn vegetarian instantly!

  49. Julia Tan on Sep 17, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    OM MANI PADME HUNG!!!!!! I am so blessed that I am a vegetarian now. That means I will not have any more chance to eat these kind of weird things any more. I am truly truly grateful that I have not eaten those things before except bird nest (I stopped eating long time ago). I knew that some people in China eat human fetus for health reason. Sad uh!!??

  50. Datuk May on Sep 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    OMG, my stomach is turning from the looks of some of these exotic foods. As shared by Mayy, I do not mind taking birds’ nest but this has a bad effect on me, I get a sore throat taking it, so I do not do it so often.

    Basically not only does the food look weird and awful, in order to have such food there is much killing and suffering to other species of life.

    Depending on how adventurous one can be with what they put into themselves, I am ok that no suffering is endured to have such food.

  51. pavara on Sep 17, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    i would not want to eat any of these food because its so gross and disgusting. also the human placenta is from human and i would not like to eat it.

  52. Jutika Lam on Sep 17, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Yuck all this 20 foods that are listed here are so disgusting. I just can’t believe that they are people that will eat such horrible things. It is also sad to know that the Japan Government did not prevent people from fishing for dolphins and then eat them. Never never would i eat such things. In China they even have a market where they fry, steam, boil insects for people to buy them and eat. Makes me want to vomit when i saw that video and article. May the Karma they have accumulated punish them.

  53. verontung on Sep 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    The most i have tasted is bird nest and kopi luwak when in Bali (it’s really famous in bali and the tour guide will purposely bring u to their coffee plantation to try on this Kopi Luwak. It’s expensive though, as it is charged with USD.)
    The most of the item up there are really gross! Oh well, are they really that tasty? Not to me…
    Thank you rinpoche for sharing these “scary” food. I don’t think there would be necessary for me to taste them. For what reason human think human has rights to put them into our stomach…?!

  54. adeline woon on Sep 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Eeewwww! I’m just speechless but this is definitely an eye opener! I’m too ignorant to know any of this, apart from the bird’s nest, since I had them before.

  55. Martin on Sep 17, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I cannot imagine the circumstances under which someone might suggest eating a Human Placenta. As for the Balut, as if it’s not bad enough to eat an animal, people must eat it before it is properly born. And stuffing baby mice into bottles filled with wine? Seriously, who invented these recipes anyway?

    What is it about human beings that make them want to even consider eating these things. I have even considered that, perhaps if I were hungry enough I might eat some of these so-called food…but I don’t think so.

    But when we say I will eat this but not that, and when we consider one kind of food disgusting, and another as tasty, are we just being selective?

    The bottom line is it is just as horrific to eat a nicely presented pork chop when you consider all the torture an animal has to go through to end up as “food” on our plate. My strong aversion to the idea of a human placenta being eaten might have something to do with my projection of anything coming from a human as being more “alive” than say an insect. That too is not the correct way to look at things. Nothing that has life should be considered food by us.

  56. Lim Han Nee on Sep 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Yuck!May be exotic food for the weird, but not for me. Imagine eating ox’s penis and buffaloes’ testacles, human placenta, bugs, caterpillars’ fungus!. Except for birds’ nest,which I have taken in the past but not anymore (imagine birds’ saliva!),I think every other ‘dish’ mentioned here is most revolting to think of as food or a delicacy. Yet, it reminds us that everything that we eat and have attachment for is a matter of acquired taste. So why not begin with wholesome vegetables and plant food and acquire a taste for them?

  57. judy lam on Sep 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    The closest I got to consume is sharks fin and birds nest. My children and I have stopped taking sharks fin ever since we knew how it was derived at. Birds nest is not necessary anyway. The thought of consuming the above already makes my stomach churn, so no thanks. It will take a long time to change people’s eating habits. We have so much of choices when it comes to food these days, that it is really not necessary to consume these ‘rare delicacies’. While we cannot change some people’s eating habits that has been pass down from generations and differs from country to country, we can create awareness by highlighting some negative effects by consuming such food or maybe just from animal’s rights perspective.

  58. mayy on Sep 17, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Not all are revolting to me as I do take Bird’s Nest once in a blue moon when I can afford. Those that revolts me most are the ox’s penis, human placenta, whole sheep head, balut and the Mongolian boodog. I just couldn’t imagine myself to even put them even near my mouth….I would puked.

    This brings me to this travel and food series of Andrew Zimmern on Astro where he would go to almost any countries to try out the most deadliest, exotic, weirdest, disgusting and bizzare food we could imagine! There were times I would not want to watch them! Just can’t bring myself to imagine trying those food he would want to try/eat. Gosh!

  59. ysun on Sep 17, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Haven’t tried any of the above and don’t plan to try. it make me lost my appetiate for the day..

  60. guat hee on Sep 17, 2012 at 10:50 am

    My goodness, didn’t realize that bat also people cook for soup.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing

  61. AdelineTan on Sep 17, 2012 at 10:19 am

    It is so nauseating even to look at it and what more to eat it! Just can’t imagine human beings can eat anything under the sun except stones as claimed by some people.

  62. cindy on Sep 17, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Oh, my goodness, how can these people sell & eat all this thing. When i see people eating, i already wanted to vomit. I’ve seen documantary in China, restaurant are selling this item.

  63. Irene Lim on Sep 17, 2012 at 9:07 am

    It is awfully gross and revolting. How could anyone consume these things?! Uuuuuuuuuu…..

  64. Lily Tan on Sep 17, 2012 at 5:10 am

    Yucky! This is definitely one man’s meat is another man’s poison.I wouldn’t touch all but one with a barge pole.

    We are all different. Each & every one of us is a unique individual and that is why we have such a bewildering number of various diets to cater for all.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  65. Carmen on Sep 17, 2012 at 4:45 am

    Oh My Lord… Mankind has really really really weird tastes in considering what a delicacy is. I wouldn’t be able to even put some of the things above close to my mouth. I’d probably dry wrench at the thought of it going down my oseophagus. Actually, I’m already grossed out at the thought now.

    Well to be fair, I’ve had bird’s nest and kopi luwak. Birds nest because my family used to love it as it “makes your skin nice”… I didn’t. I got a full blown allergic reaction to it with hives on my face. Yes, It made my skin “nice and red”. hahaha. I didn’t like the taste too. Anyways, I think most people like it because it’s a luxury. But the saliva of a bird? Is it that luxurious?

    Kopi Luwak I had whilst working as a product development technologist at a coffee manufacturing company. The coffee has got a very well balanced body.. but nothing that would blow you away. Acidity was mediocre, aftertaste was light. Maybe I didn’t brew it nicely. :p. We used a plunger, which was the method that was recommended to us to best savour the coffee. Anyways, I don’t think the price you pay for it justifies the pleasure you get from it.

    Thanks for this post, Rinpoche. I enjoy my mushroom soup, avocado salads and grilled vegetable sandwiches over these anytime!

    Love,
    Carmen

  66. Lai on Sep 17, 2012 at 3:40 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this.
    Honestly i did tasted 5 out of 20, but i will stop it now, because it is not a necessary.

  67. Sharon Saw on Sep 17, 2012 at 3:17 am

    oh my goodness… some of these items really make my stomach turn. The oddest for me would be human placenta.. probably because it is human!!!! Although it would probably be most natural as most mammals consume their placenta to prevent other predators from smelling the blood after the mother has given birth. I couldn’t do the caterpillar fungus, the spiders, the penis, the cheese with insect larvae, the ant eggs.. oh ok.. i give up.. i couldn’t do any of the above but the most acceptable would be the birds nest, though i would actually prefer not to. Hmmm this post shows how attached i am to what i perceive is edible or tasty! Thank you for sharing, Rinpoche…

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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 23. 2021 04:55 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche, for this important knowledge what to look for signs that our doggie in pain. By knowing what to do and look out for, it will certainly help owners to detect the situation. When we spend time with them we could understand them better when they are in pain. Since they are not able to tell us we have the responsibility to take care of them. Pain can be difficult to detect in older dogs. Doggie in pain tend to be more vocal, it’s not always easy to spot immediately. They will only express in a number of ways such as whining, whimpering, growling, and so forth. It is important for dog owners to recognize subtle signs of pain in their dog. Hence reading this post have help me to observe my doggie better.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/7-signs-your-dog-is-in-pain-and-trying-to-hide-it.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 23. 2021 04:53 PM
    Inspiring post of a soldier turned Buddhist monk living in remote raw Ural mountains of Russia . With little and much hardship , they never give up feeling happy with their struggles. They managed to build a spiritual community up in the remote mountains. Led by Mikhail Sannikov, now known as Lama Dokshit, a veteran of the USSR’s Afghanistan war . He established a monastery on an isolated mountaintop named Shad Tchup Ling, meaning “place of practice and realisation. The monastery is visited by thousands yearly by tourist and locals.
    But sadly this monastery was built on private lands own by a metallurgical mining company . Since 2016, it has been desired to demolish the Buddhist Shedrub Ling temple on Mount Kachkanar. The Buddhist community have tried many times to legalize the structures. The mining and others have claimed rights to the land. The Buddhist community was asked to leave then. The latest update dated second February 2021 is that the monastery will be under the security of the mining company where the Urals Buddhists are allowed back to the mountain only certain days of the week. May this inspiring monastery up in the mountains continue to flourish and may the mining company not demolished it .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.
    READ MORE AT…for the latest news
    https://www2.stetson.edu/religious-news/210202a.html

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/buddhist-monks-far-off-in-the-russian-mountains.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 21. 2021 04:13 PM
    Reading this post reminds me of my first pilgrimage trip to Wu Tai San . Went with my Kecharians brothers and sisters few years back. Great memories indeed, we are so fortunate given the opportunity to visit such holy site of Lord Manjushri and more it’s a pilgrimage.
    Mount Wutai is a sacred mountain, one of the Four Sacred Mountains in Chinese Buddhism. Mount Wutai, known as ‘the five terrace mountain’, is the highest in Northern China believed to be the earthly abodes of Lord Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. Great ….Each peak is inhabited by a different form of Manjushri. Its five main peaks, positioned east, south, west, north, and in the middle, embrace one another with broad and plain . From the 1st century AD to the early 20th century many temples have been built on the steep slopes . Besides the religious aspect, the beauty of rising and falling ridges of mountains, exotic rocks, are really amazing. The beautiful scenery there is a masterpiece of exquisite acts of nature, predominantly visible over the five main peaks. What really important is that Mount Wutai have a connection and vast history with many Tibetan lamas. From Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen to China’s most benevolent rulers, Emperor Kangxi .
    Looking through those beautiful pictures tell us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Karen for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/pilgrimage-to-mount-wutai.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 21. 2021 04:10 PM
    Ullambana is a Buddhist festival celebrated on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month according to the Buddhist calendar. It is a festival of liberation, as to provide salvation and relief to the ghosts and spirits of the dead. The Buddhist origins of the Ullambana Festival can be traced back to a story that originally came from India. By observing the practice of Ullambana we could liberate the deceased from the three suffering realms and allow the living to enjoy a life of abundance, good fortune and longevity. During this festival, offerings such as light, foods, prayers are made to the spirits of the dead and to the hungry ghosts. On this day, Buddhists offer prayers both to their departed forefathers and to their living parents and elders.
    Great …at Kechara Forest Retreat , Bentong, two powerful and extensive pujas will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We are fortunate this year even though we are not able to attend at KFR , these pujas will be streamed live. The two powerful and extensive pujas is to remove obstacles and generate even more merits.
    Thank you Rinpoche ,Sharon Ong and those who are involved making it possible.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/celebrating-ullambana-the-original-hungry-ghost-festival.html

  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 19. 2021 03:16 PM
    Sad to see those homeless people and now with the pandemic , it is even more . Thousands of homeless people were housed in temporary shelters during Malaysia’s COVID-19 lockdown . We have to face and accept them they exist every where. Its true that the homeless and the people living on the streets, and many off them much as the thought might create discomfort and uneasiness among many of us. Occasionally, we might come across one sleeping on the pavement, smelly, begging, sitting on pavements with a vacant look in their eyes, walking with a sack and on the lookout for foods. Many have returned to the streets and are now living hand-to-mouth….
    H. E Tsem Rinpoche knows how it is to be homeless as he had experienced homelessness while teenager back in US. Tsem Rinpoche then set up Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) to distribute warmed foods from 15 packets to thousands . With many volunteers helping up during the distribution in downtown Kuala Lumpur . Not only serves foods , giving free hair cuts and KSK’s volunteer doctors provide free medical check ups, wound dressings. These are some of the services provided. KSK team has done a wonderful jobs. The homeless deserves a much more caring society. Thanks to KSK team and volunteers , keep it up.
    Thank you Rinpoche and and Pastor Henry for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/homelessness-in-malaysia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 19. 2021 03:13 PM
    Colorado, a western U.S. state, has a diverse landscape of arid desert, river canyons and snow-covered Rocky Mountains . Noted for its vivid landscape of mountains, forests, high plains, and so forth . Beautiful place that piques the imagination and inspires the soul with its dramatic landscape and natural beauty . Well it said to be nothing less than stunning, with a diversity that has attracted thousand locals and tourist. An unbeatable destination with natural beauty will truly offers u for everyone.
    I have not been to Colorado or any US states before but reading this post I can imagine the beauty of this place. A perfect environment for me is somewhere quiet far away from a busy place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/top-25-mountain-towns-in-colorado.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 19. 2021 03:11 PM
    The sacred and magnificent Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang, Yunnan,at 5596 meters high is a famous snow mountain in China. It a tourist place for sightseeing, climbing, hiking, as it is covered by snow all year round. Having two new dharma centre in Yunnan province built has proven the growth of Dorje Shugden’s practice around the world. The first is a Dorje Shugden stupa in the Jade Dragon (Yulong) Snow Mountain area . The second is the rebuilding of Chosang Temple in Shangri-la. Looking at those pictures is a blessing , these temples at the snow- capped mountains will definitely benefits many and many more to come. I have been to Yunnan the famous snow mountains but not been to these 2 temples as mentioned in this post. It was a very nice challenging to go up the Jade Dragon Snow mountain. I did enjoyed a nice and mysterious view anyways. Loved to visit Yunnan again if given a chance.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/two-holy-places-in-yunnan-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 17. 2021 04:00 PM
    Amazing………talented Korean artist painter An Jung-hwan creates realistic paintings that look like portals into vivid landscapes. His painstakingly meticulous technique simply amazing as perfect as a photograph . Each nature scene is so enticing in its clarity, he spends numerous weeks and countless hours working on a single painting. His stunning landscape paintings have been exhibited throughout Korea and Asia. He did held several solo exhibitions in Korea. Looking at those paintings in this post tells all…..so realistic. It could not see the difference whether its real or just paintings. Loves all his paintings.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a GREAT artist.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/amazing-artist.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 17. 2021 03:58 PM
    Unsung Hero of a Kenyan famer Patrick Mwalua who goes all the way out to save wild animals after witnessing a thirsty buffalo sniffing at an empty water hole during the drought. Since then he decided that he use his evenings to bring water to the animals to prevent them from going into the villages in search of water. The Kenyan hero have been supplying drinking water to animals. Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua known to many as the Waterman of Tsavo. He gained admiration over his passion to save the ecosystem by supplying clean drinking water at the Tsavo West National Park when the country was reeling from a prolonged dry spell. He found a cause that is more meaningful , giving new meaning to nature conservation. Inspiring indeed what he did is truly amazing travelling miles just to bring water to wild animals. Wish there were more like people Mwalua doing a good job saving animals.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/he-is-super-compassionate.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 16. 2021 03:59 PM
    Tunnels are echoey, dark and often damp are where the perfect places for ghostly encounters. That’s why so many tunnels are said to be haunted. They’re more than a little creepy as they are mostly abandoned railway tunnel with histories as former dwellings, burial grounds and so forth.
    Interesting to know all about those most haunted rather creepy tunnels across the globe. Wow ….it never come across me that there so many of them . Reading through these post and seeing those creepy pictures tells all some still continue to echo today. The legend behind this haunting of each tunnel really will scare people away yet many tunnel still carries trains today. Many reports said that strange lights, ghostly appearances and, most often, groans of agony.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting read.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/creepy-tunnels-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 16. 2021 03:56 PM
    Tsunmo Tsel Monastery was once a summer residence for Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo and Princess Wencheng. Tsunmo Tsel is a Gelup monastery that was founded by Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen in 1420 in central Tibet. Interesting history of this Gelup monastery , located in Tsunmo Tsel village, Tibet where Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen’s body was placed in a stupa. It’s a beautiful Stupa and so blessed able to see it during my trip back in 2019. It seems that during renovations when his body was removed from the stupa, a fragrant scent permeated through the entire place. Well its a sign of his pure moral discipline being a close disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa. He was well-known for holding his vows . Interest read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/historic-tsunmo-tsel-monastery-with-the-body-of-duldzin-drakpa-gyaltsen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 16. 2021 03:54 PM
    Interesting read of this Xiangshui (Perfume) Nunnery with an interesting legend behind it. All about a wealthy Han family having a daughter named Qiaoyun. She was considered to be as the emanation of Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy . As a young age, Qiaoyun was already inclined towards Buddhism, refusing arranged marriage as her interest is in Buddhism. Her life story tells all how she managed to save many lives in the village even before she was ordained a nun. Great explanation of the significance of fragrant scent in Buddhism and sharing of the 33 manifestations of Guan Yin . Loved those pictures of Quan Yin , beautiful indeed and seeing it is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/xiangshui-perfume-nunnery-%e9%be%99%e5%8f%a3%e5%8d%97%e5%b1%b1%e9%a6%99%e6%b0%b4%e5%ba%b5.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 15. 2021 04:20 PM
    Yes this 12-year-old Mongolian boy name Uudam is really amazing . He sang beautifully in his song ‘Mother in the dream’ in the China got talent contest. He rendered the song full of emotion and delivered it deep from his heart, looking at his expression. His singing touched every audience and the judges as well . Even though not many people understand the lyrics in Mongolian yet his singing voice simply amazing and emotion . Such a great song indeed. All I could say he is truly talented .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-mongolian-boy-sings-about-his-mother-in-heaven.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 15. 2021 04:19 PM
    Shocking reading this again as it happened in Malaysia . At the Petknode Cat Boarding center or pet’s hotel in Damansara Damai and Sungai Buloh had been allegedly abandoned and starved 200 cats and a dog . Anxious pet owners and animal lovers came to the rescue. Over 100 cats and a dog were rescued from the Damansara Damai location ,while another 100 cats at Sungai Buloh. 300 starved and 13 died- Many outraged Malaysians including celebrities , social media Facebook groups expressed their anger over it. Hopefully stern punishment should enforced on those who abused animals. Animals should be given a chance to live, love by all, they are one of us . Teaching kids early to love ,care for animals should be taught in schools.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/300-starved-and-13-died-petknode.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 14. 2021 04:22 PM
    Great teachings from this post to practice the Dharma well . We have to practice the preliminaries well before going further and deeper. The purpose of the preliminaries practice is to purify negative karma and accumulate merit . Once the teachings become realisation, and we prepare the mind for advance practices. Reading this will help us to realise the importance of learning dharma, transforming our mind and putting into practice. We should not of the importance of human rebirth and impermanence and all about at the time of death.
    Preliminary practice is Dharma practice. I have still plenty to learn from this knowledgeable post. Reading this over and over again to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great teachings.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn\'t this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
1 year ago
According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn't this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden\'s blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
1 year ago
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
1 year ago
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat\'s doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
2 yearss ago
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
2 yearss ago
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
2 yearss ago
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
2 yearss ago
It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
2 yearss ago
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
2 yearss ago
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
2 yearss ago
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
2 yearss ago
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
2 yearss ago
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
2 yearss ago
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
2 yearss ago
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
2 yearss ago
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
2 yearss ago
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
2 yearss ago
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
2 yearss ago
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
2 yearss ago
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
2 yearss ago
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
2 yearss ago
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
2 yearss ago
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
2 yearss ago
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
2 yearss ago
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
2 yearss ago
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
2 yearss ago
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
2 yearss ago
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

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

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
2 yearss ago
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
2 yearss ago
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
2 yearss ago
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
2 yearss ago
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
2 yearss ago
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
2 yearss ago
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
2 yearss ago
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
2 yearss ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
2 yearss ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
2 yearss ago
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
2 yearss ago
DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
2 yearss ago
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
2 yearss ago
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
2 yearss ago
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
2 yearss ago
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
2 yearss ago
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
2 yearss ago
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months ago
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
2 months ago
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
2 months ago
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 months ago
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
6 months ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
6 months ago
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
8 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
10 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
10 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
11 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
11 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
1 years ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
1 years ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
1 years ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
1 years ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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