CEO of Facebook says, “I Only Eat What I Kill”

Jul 3, 2011 | Views: 1,533

According to Forbes, Mark Zuckerberg is the #40 most powerful person on Earth today. With a net worth of US$13.5 billion, he’s the 19th richest person in America and the 52nd richest person in the world.

At only 27 years old, he has created the largest and most influential social networking site of the century: Facebook.

In a world with approximately 6 billion people living in it… there are more than 500 million active Facebook users. 50% of them log on to Facebook in any given day and all of them spend about 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook.

Together with three of his classmates at Harvard University, Mark Zuckerberg has created something that revolutionized the online social platform. EVERYONE knows about Facebook. And there aren’t that many other things you can say that about.

In 2010, Mark Zuckerberg was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year and at the end of the year, both he and Warren Buffet (the 3rd richest man in the world) signed a promise called “Giving Pledge”. They promised to give away at least 50% of their personal wealth over a certain period of time! Incredible… and good for them…

Mark Zuckerberg has been known to take on different personal challenges in his life. In the past he took up learning Chinese, and his current personal challenge is to eat only what he has personally killed!

It was on Twitter that his followers found out that he had just killed a pig and a goat. Besides that, he has boiled live lobsters and killed chickens.

Although some people might be quite upset with his new challenge… maybe this intelligent man has a good motive for it? I really sure hope so…because with me it’s just don’t kill and eat vegetarian…

In a letter sent to CNN, Mark Zuckerberg explains: “I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have. This year I’ve basically become a vegetarian since Marc2the only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself. So far, this has been a good experience. I’m eating much more healthier foods and I’ve learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising animals.”

I have added the article below for everyone to read, as well as 2 videos. Please have a look and tell me, do you think that Mark Zuckerberg’s reason to kill his own meat is… good or bad? You decide and you think it through.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg: I Only Eat What I Kill

by Audrey Morrison
May 27th, 2011 | 1:40 PM

Constantly seeking a new challenge, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is making waves with his latest vow—to only eat the meat of animals he kills himself.

He’s not wasting any time either.

“I just killed a pig and a goat,” Zuckerberg posted to his private Facebook page on May 4.

Every year the 27-year-old mogul embarks on a personal challenge. He explained it to Fortune as “something to learn about the world, expand my interests and teach myself greater discipline.”

When compared to prior “personal challenges” (learning Chinese and wearing a tie every day) it may seem a little odd for a billionaire from Palo Alto, Ca. to be hunting and killing his dinner, but he’s had expert guidance from neighbor and chef Jesse Cool and hey, most people don’t become rich, famous and successful without following the path less traveled. This path just happens to be lined with trees instead of HTML code.

He sent an email to Fortune, further explaining himself. Below is a rare glimpse into the mind of Mark Zuckerberg:

This year, my personal challenge is around being thankful for the food I have to eat. I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have. This year I’ve basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself. So far, this has been a good experience. I’m eating a lot healthier foods and I’ve learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals.

Mark and his girlfriend Priscilla prepare the meal after a butcher in Santa Cruz readies the kill. They recently ate a chicken, including the heart and liver, and in the spirit of being thankful for EVERYTHING, used the feet to make stock.

But like Mark said in his email to Fortune, this new “diet” doesn’t solely consist of Mark-killed animals. He’s also been traveling down the vegetarian road, admitting to eating much healthier foods these days.

Zuckerberg is in good company. Fellow famous vegetarians include Oscar-winner Natalie Portman, talk show shot Ellen DeGeneres, actor Christian Bale, new mom and author of “The Kind Diet” Alicia Silverstone and country music superstar Carrie Underwood.

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  1. Samfoonheei on Apr 10, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Facebook’s multi-billionaire, founder and CEO was on the way to be a vegetarian as he claimed. But he only eats meat from animals he has personally killed himself , a little weird ,still considered killing of animals as foods. People become vegetarians for many reasons, including health, religious convictions, concerns about animal welfare or the use of antibiotics and hormones in live stocks. He become one as a personal challenge. He had set himself to appreciate food more in away. It’s a good start for him after all. Every year Zuckerberg give himself a personal challenge. This has been a good experience for him ,hopefully he continue with it and fully as one ‘real’ vegetarian without involved in killing and butchering the animal himself.. At least with his popularity he can encouraged more people to be on vegetarian.
    Thank you for this sharing.

  2. Edward ooi on Mar 1, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Dear Rinpoche, I think it’s better to eat what you kill. So more people might become vegetarians and they will eat more healthy foods. It is better to be a vegetarian but what do I know…….some people just can’t live without meat. If everyone raise their own animals and kill them when they finally grow up, billions of animals will be saved from being killed.

  3. abby f on Feb 22, 2013 at 3:54 am

    I think even compassionate way of eating is not only what Buddhism emphasizing, it is universal, as long as we willing to think deeper and further about the meat on our plate.

    I admire the courage that Mark Zuckerberg has. And from the way he did, then he became a vegetarian, from this, it shows becoming a vegetarian is not something fanatic, is not just about religion or any kind of ‘crazy ritual’ or ‘weird kind of eating style’. Everytime when we eat, we just happily enjoying the delicious taste, the precious ingredients to cook it, the effort to cook it, but we totally forget there are lives being sacrifice for our eating pleasure. Cruelness and kindness are universal, they are within us no matter what religion you are.

  4. Lanse on Jan 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    When I read this news last year about Mark Zuckerberg’s pledge of “only eat the meat of animals he kills himself”, I told myself that he was so creative in promoting vegetarianism, although I don’t agree in any sort of killing.

    It’s true that if we see animals being killed, it will make us really see the suffering of the animals through their eyes and their body reaction etc. Most people wouldn’t want to eat what they killed. However the basic purpose of not eating meat is to do no harm to animals who are just the same as us, who also can feel the pain, who also need care and love.

    What Mark posted on his Facebook on May 4. 2012 “I just killed a pig and a goat” however was not in the same line as practicing compassion towards animals. To me, it is in fact even more cruel than just buying meat from the shops. Although in the beginning we may be “thankful” to the food, but after a while, we will become “numb” just like those butchers who kill everyday but still continue to eat meat.

    I guess the same thing happened to Mark. I just found this online article, saying “Mark Zuckerberg’s Meat Challenge Over”(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/mark-zuckerberg-meat_n_1818818.html).

    Whether what is written in the article is true or not is not so important, but it makes me even more convinced that no matter what we do, our motivation behind it is very important. In this case, if Mark’s motivation is to practice compassion towards animal, then I guess he has already become a full-fledged vegetarian by now.

  5. Julien Roth on Dec 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    In a way, this man is doing a good thing. I think that he is doing a good thing because he is showing everyone that being vegetarian is a good and healthy, and that he is reducing the amount of meat is being eaten by only eating meat that he has killed himself.

  6. Lucas Roth on Nov 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    mark zuckerberg is amazing at stuff and he is very smart, but he only eats what he kills and that is silly. he thinks he is practically a vegetarian because he did not buy meat, he killed the animals instead, this is such a silly theory. i seriously think he is quite crazy on that subject.

  7. beatrix ooi on Nov 16, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Alot of people might not be agreed of what he is doing. But from my point of view, I think that he is doing the right thing. He only eat what he kills. It’s a very good way to always remind ourselves to stop eating meat and to be a vegetarian. Why let others kill and collect bad karma when we are the one who eats meat? Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.
    Love, beatrix.

  8. edward ooi on Nov 16, 2012 at 2:42 am

    A lot of people think that Mark Zuckerberg is crazy because of killing and eating the animals. But in reality, he is not. He kills animal and eat them is becuase he wanted to create awareness, If everyone kill animals for their own meal then less animals will be killed. For example: chicken wings, chickens only have 2 wings but most of the people eat more than two chicken wings. We can kill and eat one chicken only then we have reason to kill more. So more animal will be save from being killed and eaten. Of course I am not encouraging to kill animals, but please don’t kill more animals. PLEASE PROMOTE VEGETARIAN. Thank you.

  9. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 9, 2012 at 1:49 am

    In our day and age we get our meat from Supermarkets, how many of us actually have to kill for our own meat. If we have to kill for our meat we most likely be vegetarian. The fact that it is making it so easy to get hold of meat make it that much easier for people to carry on eating meat. But I think in the back of every one’s mind we know the animal has to die for us to consume it.

  10. Joy on Jun 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Though I think Mark’s stance for not eating meat is a little bit of a lower scope thought rather then a compassionate one… but at least it is a step he is taking to be conscientious which I find better then not even thinking about it all! In his statement “I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have.” tells me at least he is trying to be aware… perhaps not the perfect motivation but still better then nothing and he did admit that cutting the meat in take down does make him a lot healthy. Perhaps after a while his concept may change to a higher one 😉

  11. tenzin llhamo on Jun 25, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Why do he call himself a vegetarian? He still kill and eat the meat he killed. I don’t blame him. For people who have no Dharma knowledge will probably say that he is kind because he don’t kill unnecessarily and thankful for the food on his plate. But people who knows Dharma will know it is wrong no matter how nice in words he wants to put it. Don’t he feel anything when he killed the animals? How can someone not see or feel the pain that the animal is suffering. Some people watch in horror when it is done in front of them but when they don’t see it, they eat it with so much joy. I hope he turns full vegetarian soon with his so many vegetarian friends.
    Watch this http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/hilarious-short-video.html
    and
    http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/i-love-to-hunt-lets-go-kill.html

  12. Ashlee on May 6, 2012 at 11:39 am

    It is very convenient for people to buy meat almost anywhere…and the society has projected that meat dishes are a necessity to our diet. Hence with the ease of obtaining it, people are very unlikely to consider becoming vegetarian because they do not have to kill with their own hands to obtain the meat. Perhaps they would consider vegetarianism if they would have to kill to be able to eat the meat?? Perhaps Mark Zuckerberg is trying to be aware how his food gets on his plate?? and try to make a statement to the rest of the world. Most modern folks & kids do not know the process of how the meat got on their plate.

  13. Pete on Oct 1, 2011 at 8:57 am

    You don’t have to kill to eat food.. That is called Vegetarian..! He has the luxury to be this kind Vegetarian, which would be impossible for millions of other people..! Basically this is arm, leg twisting for your purpose..!! Yes, you could kill, and eat too, first learn to give, create life.. Then, you might deserve it..!!

  14. Uncle Eddie on Jul 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Whether Mark Zuckerberg’s reason to kill his own meat, or to have someone to do it for him, still remain as killing, which in our Buddhist practice is “SINFUL”. Everyday all around the World, animals are brutally abused, murdered and slaughtered for the pleasure of humans – except in the case of Zuckerberg’s killing of his own meat for his food, which may have the abuses, torturings and sufferings that may have been left out by uncaring butchers. But the fact remains that a living being has still to die for his food, which is heavy “Karma” causing. As Zuckerberg is travelling down the Vegeterian road, which obviously is much healthier and “Sin-less” food these days, a man can still live and be healthy without killing for food (meat i.e). As in the golden words of Thomas Edison when he said, “Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other beings, we are still savages.”

  15. Alvin on Jul 17, 2011 at 3:17 am

    I think he wants to be responsible for his own actions.that means if you wants to eat meat then you do your own killings so if you cants kills then dont eat meats well i could be wrong

  16. Li Kheng on Jul 8, 2011 at 12:27 am

    I see this as a good first step towards being aware and respectful of what we choose to eat as food.

    Many people find it very difficult to give up or reduce meat consumption…even though many of them believe that eating meat is not good for the health and create disgusting suffering for the animals and environment.

    This inability to let go could be a form of attachment to meat and what we think meat means to us: a form of self-indulgence (giving yourself a treat of a juicy steak), wealth (in many societies, only the wealthy can afford meat) etc.

    As letting go of meat completely is not an easy step for many people, making the effort towards consuming less meat by confronting and realizing the suffering “behind the scenes” is a strategic method. I applaud Mark Zuckerberg for being brave enough to be responsible for each time he chooses to eat meat. It is certainly being more accountable than others who avoid the truth about the pains our fellow earthlings have to endure in order for them to enjoy a meal.

    In relation to creating negative karma each time he kills…I believe he is already collecting such karma each time he ignorantly eat meat in the past. Perhaps, by creating this negative karma WITH AWARENESS, he will eventually develop a basic form of compassion and choose to stop eating meat. This may not only stop his accumulation of negative karma from eating meat in the future but also begin creating positive karma from being a vegetarian who may influence and inspire other people towards eating less meat or become a vegetarian.

    Therefore, I pray that Mark Zuckerberg will eventually make the choice to commit to a kind diet and bring great benefit with the influence he possesses.

  17. Joshua Akers on Jul 7, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Thierry summed up what I was thinking precisely.

  18. Sean Wang on Jul 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I find this very disturbing. I do not think he is on the right path. I believe that this way, he will be collecting more negative karma as he is causing the pain by his own methods. It is basically saying that he is a “vegetarian” that kills to eat. I do not think that is a vegetarian.

  19. KH Ng on Jul 6, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I feel that since Mark Zuckerberg has clearly stated that he is basically a vegetarian and he only eat the meat of animal he kills himself; he trying to say to non-vegetarian, “if you want to eat meat, kill the animal yourself”. This is a very powerful statement as an overwhelming majority of people would not and have not killed an animal for their meat. Faced with the choice of killing the animal for its meat, I am sure many would not chose to eat the meat. Hence, he is promoting vegetarianism.
    I feel even if one were to buy meat from the markets or restaurants, one is hurting another. Ultimately, the person who did the killing is hurt most. And we are supporting the cause for him to kill more.
    In contrast, it is better for us to kill than having others kill for us.

  20. me on Jul 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Haven’t read all the posts but I think he’s on the right track … I’m quasi-vegetarian myself and have often thought that none of us should eat animals when we haven’t bothered to really look at what’s happening with the whole livestock / farming industry, abattoirs, etc. It’s a valid choice to eat an animal but at least let’s be aware of what we’re doing.

  21. Lim Han Nee on Jul 5, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Thinking through this post carefully, I am inclined to believe that in the end Mark Zuckerbug will turn fully vegetarian.

    His resolution to only eat the meat of animals that he himself kills and his saying that this resolution stems from his view that ‘many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat the meat’ appear to me to be coming from someone who is finding a path of compassion towards becoming a total vegetarian.

    Wouldn’t it be great that the Facebook founder and CEO becomes 100 percent vegetarian? How tremendously positive an impact it would be on all who are on Facebook.

  22. Steve Tobias on Jul 5, 2011 at 3:44 am

    I could understand where he was coming from when I first read the article but of course it’s not “right”, not to criticize Mark Zuckerberg.

    You know, depending on how he thinks about it or what his motivation is, maybe it will lead him towards becoming vegetarian a few years down the road? I know before I studied dharma I didn’t have much of a problem killing insects, and didn’t understand, but was able to reflect on that later and have it add to my practice in some way.

    The fact is killing your “own” animals just means the same amount of animals die. It’s like switching from a job as a banker to a big real estate agent, the same possibility for attachment to money, reputation, image is still there.

    If his message brings awareness to the slaughter house processes then that is good. But I am worried about his karma from doing this. If his motivation was actually good and sincere then he quietly stop eating meat. I suspect that the whole animal killing thing is more of a “clever display” or performance of some philosophy he holds at the moment. Killing an animal yourself would be a terrible experience, and the only way to “get used to it” would be to increase wrong view of the animal, to numb out the animal’s feelings and pain, and that imprint would stick.

    When I eat vegetarian the two most difficult things are money and convenience. For someone with Mark Zuckerberg’s wealth it should be very easy. You could have your own personal chef. I wasn’t able to watch the interview or how he felt during these questions, but I hope his mind changes in the matter.

  23. Mercedes on Jul 5, 2011 at 1:41 am

    I totally don’t agree on what he’s doing.It is wrong,and this is not being a vegetarian. Any kind of animal sacrifice or death will inflict pain,stress,and suffering.He’s sending a confusing message which I’m afraid some people will follow due to his success. I don’t know where this world is heading toward,but I feel so fustrated every time I hear about animal abuse,animal cruelty,and plain ignorance around the world,even coming from rich,successful,and the so called elite and educated people.

  24. koh hee peng on Jul 5, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Zuckerberg only eats what he kills, which to me is much better than others who eat meat but not wanting to know where the meat comes from. At least he holds himself responsible for the sufferings of the animals he slaughters. Others choose to be ignorant of the sufferings thinking that the animals deserve to die to serve humans as humans are superior to animals. If only they can see for themselves the pain and agony the animals have to endure, and experience for themselves the process of taking away one’s life, before consuming the plate of meat served at the table. Not all of us are born with killer instict nor sadistic that we take pleasure upon the sufferings of others. I believe many would change their diet should they confront themselves the whole process of the animals being slaughtered. I ate meat for 29 years, and I stop eating them cause i can’t bear to see the pain, the fear, the despair, the frustration, the sorrow that the animals have to go through before, upon and after being slaughtered.

  25. Steven Pianelli on Jul 4, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    I basically agree with the above opinions. He is putting real thought in the food he is eating, which is a good thing. But killing remains killing and in our society where a vegetarian diet is possible without problems it is an unnecessary taking of lives in my opinion. I started being vegetarians 8 months ago and only now i can start to look in the eyes of our wonderful friends which are the animals without feeling guilty. I hope that more and more people can start sharing this lifestyle. It would solve so many problems.
    Hopefully Mr. Zuckerberf will follow this path too and be a great example for many people.

  26. P.D. on Jul 4, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    From Buddhist point of view a killing is 100% negative action. Of course this is irrelevant if you don’t believe in karma or in Buddhism. When you kill in order to teach somebody a lesson it becomes a murder – not a simple killing in my point of view. But that is still irrelevant if you don’t believe in karma.
    An interesting story: I have a friend who had entered a kung fu organization called YMAA. As far as I know this organization among other rules has one important rule which states “The student promises that he or she will respect all life.”. Some time after the entering in the organization the person took the vow that he will study 10 years under the Great world renown Master Yang Jwing-Ming in order to preserve the ancient martial arts of China. In other words the person stated that he wants to become a kung fu master one day. Ok… He(his name is Zach) stated to his frends (all of whom were non vegetarians) that he is a vegan. Than some months after that he took some tool(I don’t know a gun or something else) and killed 2 robins in the forest were the Retreat center of the YMAA is situated. The old master looked at him and listened to a long explanation and justification why he did that which basically is the same what Zucenberg sais here. The old master said nothing about that. The student said that he wants to eat them to see what is it. The master said ok and helped him to cook the dead robins.
    I reacted to the event with a blast saying that the person has no place in the organization not knowing that the old moral code of the organization is not included as a vow system before beginning the 10 year program. When I entered this organization I took this rule in my heart and did my best to not kill (In order to respect life) I took something like a vow in front of myself to not kill deliberately even insects but only in case of defense when I myself could be killed by the sentient being or hunger. I knew that the old Master Yang is not a vegetarian but I thought that he is not killing his food in order to eat it by himself which is the same case as in the ancient Buddhist temples where they ate meat because they had nothing else to eat(in other words you kill or you die from hunger and the Tibetan tradition is that you eat already killed meat and you don’t order a killing in order to eat meat). Even if Master Yang makes fishing it is forgiven for me because he is a Master and he has the ability to do things without mistakes(I think he is at the level where he can see the karma of the animal and help it with its rebirth – but these are my conclusions). Many members of the organization and even some instructors don’t know or don’t remember about the rule about respecting life which I think has a Buddhist background since the YMAA is related in some way with the legendary monastery of Shaolin. This resulted in a split between me and them. I was devastated and even made a group in FB which states that the organization is a fraud since the student was not excommunicated. I realize now that the reason was that Master Yang wants to preserve the ancient Arts and that this is more important than few errors made by stupid students which would be resolved by themselves. After that I realized my huge error – that I shouldn’t judge my fellows from the YMAA if they don’t know something or don’t understand something and that sometimes a human being is more important than rules. So I apologized to my friends from the organization and some of them accepted while other still can’t understand me saying that I should be ashamed because I myself was eating meat at the time of the scandal. They said that I’m immoral and that what I did is like a stabbing in the back. Anyway I respect and feel a brotherly love to those dedicated students… Some time latter Zach decided that during the trainings he hurt his body too much and that wants to give up so finally he gave up his vow in front of Master Yang. And I’m a vegetarian since January this year.
    Some people of the organization think that the murder of the robins was something very manly and brave but how can I judge them when they don’t know what I know about these rules or about Buddhism?
    So I think that what Zuckerberg does is his problem not mine. I thinks he is “trying to be a better catholic than the pope” – lol : ))) Because many people in many countries don’t have other choice but to eat meat bought from the market and on top of that they are not Buddhists. I wouldn’t judge those people because they should decide for themselves. If you call every person who eats meat a sinner – I think you are wrong. It is bad to eat meat in many points of view but in the society it is a personal choice and not an obligation given from some authority. But if you have a Guru – it is all another story!
    Best regards,
    P.D.

  27. Lester Lim on Jul 4, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    A classic example of the difference between good fortune borne from good deeds performed in tandem with refuge in the Triple Gems and those borne from charitable deeds without Dharma motivations. The former are stable and will not degenerate; the latter is temporal and will most likely open the path to the lower realms. Mark Zuckerberg clearly belonged to the latter.

  28. Thierry Janssens on Jul 3, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I once saw a show of Jamie Oliver travelling in Italy where he had to kill a goat himself. He did not expect that he had to do this, there were cameras and he was off-guards and unprepared. The camera was on his face as he prepared to plunge the knife into the live animal and you could see the world going through his mind. He was clearly not sure that this was the right thing to do… Until he managed to silence his mind and killed the animal with an obvious effort to put his mind elsewhere.

    There were times when our ancestors, in temperate climate countries, were in the middle of winter, with no vegetable growing for months and had to rely on meat for survival, they did not know any better and questioning this way of surviving was just unthinkable, for it clearly was a survival matter.

    But those times are gone for many of us and we now have the choice, a choice nobody ever had before us, we could eat most anything, for most anything is made available to us, winter or not, and the food we choose is no longer a case of “there is no other option”.

    I would not be surprised if some children nowadays wouldn’t even know that meat comes from an animal that was killed, and not just from a super-market shelf with music, nice light and air-conditioning.

    This is entry level of delusion, we know that killing and abuse were necessary for the meat to be on the display shelf but we give in to the appearances that every thing is fine.

    I can name a few friends, non-vegetarian friends, who would think that Mark Zuckerberg must be a cruel person to kill animals himself. To think that is delusional and paradoxical.
    Why is it cruel for Mark Zuckerberg to kill the animal that he will eat, but not when we buy the meat and rely on someone else to kill? I would like to know…
    What is the difference, does the animal not get killed? Does the animal not suffer?

    Maybe they think Mark Zuckerberg is cruel because he is taking joy in the killing? I am not him, but I suspect he does not take pleasure in that.
    But then, if we take joy in eating a rack of lamb or a fried chicken, could it be somehow linked to the killing also?
    Is it linked or not?
    Is there no direct relation between the killing and my meat dish?
    If I rejoice at my meat dish, don’t I rejoice also at the killing itself?

    In fact when Mark Zuckerberg only eats what he has killed, instead of many people being involved in the killing (the killer, the transporter, the sales person, etc… and the consumer), there is only one “killer-consumer short-cut”.
    So we could even argue that it is less cruel.

    Mark Zuckerberg is taking us out of a mirage, he is reminding us that meat is a corpse’s flesh and that killing was necessary for it, whether we want to be deluded about it or not.
    He is putting the facts straight for us to see.

    Then I notice that he tends to become vegetarian…
    How interesting…

    So it may be that, for most of us, if we had to kill the animal ourselves we would rather be vegetarian = proof we are deluded when we buy our meat in the super-market.
    We think we have nothing to do with the fact that the animal, a sentient being, was killed. We think us buying the meat and eating it is unrelated to the killing, because “some else” killed for us.

    Try explain that to the animal…

    I say thanks to Mark Zuckerberg, because he is reminding us about the reality. And I hope he becomes 100% vegetarian soon and stop the killing all together.

  29. Adeline Woon on Jul 3, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    After watching Zuckerberg’s interview, I feel that he is a big kid at heart and probably “not yet skilled” in covering his real feelings, which is great, because this seems to me is honesty. I am very impressed with what he has achieved at his age, and is please to know about his practice of thankfulness.

    Having said that, I do not, however, agree with his idea of “vegetarianism”. I define “vegetarianism” as a practice of following plant-based diets without meat (red, white, seafood etc.). The purpose of this practice is to know that animals have to be killed for one’s enjoyment and that one’s true nature (loving-kindness, empathy, compassion etc) will be kept away as long as they enjoy meat. This will in return separate one from true happiness that one deserves. So, being a vegetarian means not only to refrain from eating meat, but also from killing.

    To me, Zuckerberg is far from being a vegetarian. Worst still, he is encouraging people to kill for themselves. I agree that eating healthier food will make people feel good, but I believe healthier food do not consist of meat. If being vegetarian, according to Zuckerberg, means eating veges plus meat killed by oneself equals to good experience, then, his version of vegetarianism is simply a good experience, not mere practice of vegetarianism. He has still a lot of work to do on what vegetarianism is all about and should not claim to be vegetarian until he fully grasp the meaning of being a vegetarian.

    This is very important because of his influence due to his fame. He would have many fans looking up to him and imitate his actions. The result might lead to many start killing and rejoice in it. I sincerely hope that Zuckerberg will be a “real” vegetarian and do not continue killing animals regardless of whatever good intentions he has behind it. At the moment, his whole bizzare idea of vegetarianism just doesn’t seems right to me.

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  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Feb 25. 2021 01:04 AM
    This is kind of hard to believe and shocking to imagine the weirdest addiction of people in this planet, they are extremely strange. People can become addicted to actions, feelings, or behaviors, not just substances. There must be something behind of every addiction, I don’t think they are crazy or mentally ill, it’s their weird enjoyment for a short time.

    I had a friend in my primary school who eats mud during rainy days, she told me, it smells good and she enjoys doing it during her play time. I found it strange but has she grow up in different environment she forget about her addiction. So, I strongly believe, all behaviors can be changed when the person gains self-awareness and actually wants to change. Thanks for the interesting sharing and recall of my childhood friend.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 24. 2021 01:33 PM
    nteresting read of this history of how Dorje Shugden practice came into light . Since Dorje Shugden was introduced into the Sakya tradition, there have been many Sakya throne holders that practiced Dorje Shugden. Out of the 42 supreme throne holders throughout the history of the Sakya tradition, six of the thrones holders are confirmed to have practiced Dorje Shugden. They have built chapels to him, composed prayers and pujas (kangsols) to him and even propagated his practice amongst their disciples. They cannot be wrong and in fact as confirmed by the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being. Dorje Shugden kangsol (prayer) to invoke the blessings of Dorje Shugden composed by him is still widely used today. Dorje Shugden must be a powerful Dharma protector that Sakya tradition have been long relying. It has proven that Dorje Shugden is not a minor practice. Interesting read , may more people read this post to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-trizins-dorje-shugden-prayer.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Feb 23. 2021 11:23 PM
    Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe. It looks very delicious, healthy and nutritious. I can’t wait to try making it has the ingredients are easy to purchase and methods are simple. I wonder what it taste like.

    https://bit.ly/37DAV7y
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 11:55 PM
    There are lots of people have more than one reason for choosing vegetarianism. Many people choose a vegetarian diet out of concern over animal rights or the environment and others may be based on religious beliefs or even for healthier lifestyle.

    Regardless of whether you choose a vegetarian way of life, it’s always a healthy idea to eat a wide variety of foods and try out new foods when you can.

    Thank you for the sharing and compiling the list of vegetarian restaurants and organic shops in Klang Valley. I am glad to know whereabout and hoping to try them.

    https://bit.ly/3siC4tf
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:30 PM
    Begtse Chen, a deity of alien origin, was incorporated into the pantheon of Tibetan Buddhism as a protector of the Dharma. This Proyector is one of the eight famous Dharmapala in Tantric Buddhism. Also known as red Mahakala and is especially revered in Mongolia where the origin of Begtse Chen can be traced to a pre-Buddhist deity in 16th century. It has become the mainstay of Protector practice in Mongolia. Interesting read.
    Thank you for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dharma-protector-begtse-chen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:27 PM
    Interesting read of Kunkhyen Choku Ozer was a lineage master of the Manjushri Namasamgiti Tantra. He became known as Kunkhyen Choku Ozer due to his ability to penetrate the meaning of the great Buddhist treatises merely just by glancing at it. He could memolised texts just by reading it once. Reading this post and information at least I can know he is also a part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage. He is also famed for establishing the ancient monastery of Dakpo Tsele.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing as many of us would not have known this GREAT Lama was part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kunkhyen-choku-ozer-master-of-the-kalachakra-guhyasamaja-tantras.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:25 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the teachings on Dorje Shugden and explanation on retreat. Learning and practicing this Dorje Shugden’s practice have indeed benefited many people. And more so when to do a retreat. . We are all very fortunate to be given an opportunity to meet Tsem Rinpoche and learning, practicing all these precious teachings coming from a pure lineage that can be traced back to the time of the great Lama Tsongkhapa. A very detailed explanation on why we need the retreat and the way to do the retreat.
    Thanks again Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-retreat-a-powerful-practice-to-fulfill-wishes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:54 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche had been working tirelessly teaching Dharma in his whole life, giving many opportunities for us to learn , practice Dharma teachings. Whatever goes wrong we should admit it as our own fault and not our guru. Rinpoche ‘s love to spread Dharma teachings and nothing else. He had followed his advice of his guru to come all the way from India to teach in Malaysia. Reading all those meaningful quotes and sayings in this article tells us a thousand words of truth which we should not take it lightly. We could in fact learn from it and stop blaming others.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/is-it-the-gurus-fault.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:51 PM
    HH the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso , the highest spiritual leader of Tibet, who is a living Bodhisattva, an emanation of Avalokiteśvara. Blessing to have a change looking at this rare picture taken years ago of Dalai lama on the throne . Dalai Lama is well known as a Buddhist Advocate for Peace and Freedom.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/his-holiness-the-supreme-holder-of-the-white-lotus.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:48 PM
    Tibetans all over the world celebrates Losar, or Tibetan New Year with the beginning of Lunar year. This year it falls on the 12 February, every one will be looking forward to this day. A new year a new beginning , where the Panglung Oracle will take trance of the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. As usual every year the Panglung Oracle will give advices, offering guidance, for the year ahead to everyone of what to do and so forth. Whatever advices given should not taken lightly. The Panglung Oracle as Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden will also give teachings and blessing . For this year Dorje Shugden gave a very powerful teachings and messages.
    Thank you for sharing this precious message.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-2021-losar-advice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 20. 2021 02:06 PM
    Interesting read , even though short but at least knowing the home Monastery of H E Tsem Rinpoche’s previous incarnation, Gedun Nyedrak. The monastery was called ‘Tsem’,where a custodian of a tooth relic of the great Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/gedun-nyedrak-an-abbot-of-gaden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 20. 2021 01:59 PM
    News of UFO always fascinating to me . There are many UFO sighting hotspots exist across the globe, it has long since scientist have a keen interest to investigate further. UFOs has become a modern sensation for hunters , scientist and so forth. There was only the ambiguous testament of witnesses so far all happen and appeared mysteries without any substantial evidence. But the Japanese government has admitted and believes definitely they the UFO exist. Well the Japanese government has even made a statement about alien spacecraft appearing on Earth. Many people have denied the existence of UFOs, but with so many UFO sightings they cannot denied it after all. Sound interesting.
    The Buddha has once said that we are not the only beings in existence and we are not alone on earth. Interesting videos to watch.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/japanese-admits-ufo-exists.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 20. 2021 01:58 PM
    Khuton Choje and Pandita Akaramati were both great disciples of Atisha. Pandita Akaramati was a great Buddhist master, scholar and also the abbot of Solnak Thangpoche Monastery in the Yarlung Valley of central Tibet. He did played a significant role in the fusion of the old Buddhist curriculum existing in Tibet. While Khuton Choje who is well known for the special teachings he requested of Atisha. He is known to have composed a commentary to Atisha’s Satyadvayavatara.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing of GREAT Lamas.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/great-disciples-of-atisha-khuton-choje-and-pandita-akaramati.html
  • sarassitham
    Saturday, Feb 20. 2021 12:25 AM
    Thank you for the sharing, fishing is an extremely cruel hobby that causes immense suffering and damage to fish, even when they are released back into the water. However human does not realize what karma befalls but they have great time, fun going fishing.

    I believe children are always eager to learn fast as they grow but parents has to monitor their child’s activity and behavior is especially important when they begin to demand for their choice.

    https://bit.ly/3k6pYAM
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Feb 18. 2021 11:42 PM
    Thank you for the inspiring posting, of the little Christian and his amazing determination to help children with cancer. This kind hearted boy has to go through a lot of hassle to fulfill his mission. I felt so proud for Christian and also to his great parents to guide the little boy towards the development of kindness and a good attitude from an early age.

    https://bit.ly/2NHE0fJ

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  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
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  • February 25, 2021 01:33
    Kuenzang wangdi asked: What would be my most suitable colour ?
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  • February 22, 2021 22:14
    Naseer asked: Hi My name is Naseer Ahmed 8th dec 1979. Life path 1 Im looking to add to my name slightly... change it too... Naseer Al Ahmed... Would this be more complimentary as far as for the business front... or would it not make any difference
    pastor answered: Hello Naseer, As per your question, your Life Path Number is 1. The Life Path Number according to the system of numerology used on our website is calculated using your date of birth. Therefore, a change in name will not affect your Life Path Number. Some of the other calculators on the same page do however use your name. One of the smaller calculators you may be interested in is the Achievement Number, but again, this only uses your date of birth for the calculation. You can find it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html You may also be interested in two of our other pages: Chinese Zodiac - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html Thank you for your question. I hope this helps.
  • February 20, 2021 18:36
    Sandra asked: After making a food offering to the three jewels (which we will eat for lunch etc), should we think of it as a blessing and partake?
    pastor answered: Hello Sandra, When making food offerings to the Three Jewels, which you eat yourself, when you recite the prayer and make the offering, you should visualise that the Buddhas receive your food offering and because you have made an offering, they are very pleased. It also fulfills one of the Refuge commitments, which is to offer the first portion of whatever we eat and drink to the Three Jewels, while remembering their kindness. You can then partake of the meal and consider it a blessing from the Three Jewels. Alternatively, you can set out a plate (which you reserve for this purpose) of food, which you can offer on your altar. Similarly, once the food has been left on your altar for a while, you can later remove it and consume it as a blessing. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 19, 2021 04:33
    Sandra asked: Is intovertedness a bad quality? Since Buddha is so altruistic and this is the opposite trait, it must be bad. How do you think one should lessen introverted tendencies?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Introvertedness is not a bad quality. Altruism and compassion are different from being an introvert or extrovert. Introverts are generally quieter people, less expressive of their emotions, while extroverts are the opposite. Buddhist practice is not about expression of emotion. Rather the altruistic and compassionate teachings are more about how you help other people and sentient beings, physically or emotionally. If the qualities of introverted-ness are stopping you from developing these, then they need to change. But this may not be necessary, depending on the qualities that you are talking about. You can do simple meditations to building up the energy of compassion in your mindstream and you will see that you actions will automatically start to be more compassionate and altruistic. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 18, 2021 03:28
    Sandra asked: How should one behave when negative karma is being purified? How can we know if bad karma is being purified? Do we accumulate positive karma simultaneously when doing purification practices? Many thanks for your response.
    pastor answered: Hello again Sandra, There are two ways in which karma can be purified, the first is through our own efforts alone and the second is through our own effort, combined with a purification practice. Through our own efforts: this means that you transform your mind enough to not react negatively in any situation and only react in a positive manner. For example, you may have the karma to get angry. So you get into situations which makes you angry. If you react normally, then you will get angry again, this will only lead you to create more karma of being angry. But if you make the effort not to get angry in those situations then you do not create or multiply that karma. The original karma you have may lead you to be in those types of situations again, but if you do not get angry then after a while you start to purify that karma. Through your own efforts, combined with a purification practice: as you are working on transforming your mind, you can rely on the practices that help you to purify your karma, such as the practice of Vajrasattva or the 35 Confessional Buddhas. This boosts your ability to purify negative karma, based on the enlightened energies of the Buddhas. This however is only truly effective when combined with the Four Opponent Powers. You can read more about that here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html In general, when karma is being purified then you should remain level-headed and not act out of emotion or habit, but from your understanding of the workings of karma and the Dharma. But actually, this should not only be when karma is being purified. You should act and behave in this way all the time according to the Dharma, then you are, up to a point, always purifying karma. It is one of the reasons that so much emphasis is placed on refraining from negative actions and engaging in positive actions using your body, speech and mind, because these are the three means or 'doors' with which you interact with the world. At our level, we cannot tell if karma is being purified or not, only those who are more highly attained can tell. However, that is one of the reasons the Buddhist texts advise study of and belief in karma. If there is karma, then it can be purified, and the way to do so is transform your mind and invoke upon the enlightened beings. So if you are doing both, you can rest assured that you are in fact purifying your karma. When you purify negative karma, whether just through your own efforts or combined with a purification practice you collect merit, not positive karma. If you simply do a good action, you collect good karma. But if you are practicing the Dharma with the intention of achieving enlightenment, you take refuge, engage in the practice, and dedicate at the end, then you develop merit, not positive karma. If you want to read more about how karma works and how to purify it in more detail, I suggest you read a Lamrim text such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, which you can order from your local bookstore or get online here (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand).
  • February 17, 2021 23:06
    Sandra asked: Hello pastors, thank you for your response to my earlier question. Do divination predictions change frequently? Why does that happen?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Divinations, compared to astrological predictions, are much more accurate. There are many types of divination, but those based on the practice of enlightened beings are very accurate. Three of the most well-known in Tibetan Buddhism are the divination practices of Manjushri, Palden Lhamo and Dorje Shugden. You can read more about Dorje Shugden's dice divination here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-dice-divination.html Questions that are asked during divinations are much more specific than the types of topics that astrological predictions can help with, therefore are based on very specific types of karma. This means that if you asked a divination question twice, without taking remedial actions in between, then the answer would most likely be the same, given that all the prerequisites have been held by the diviner and the divinations are genuine. However, if a divination is done and then remedial actions recommended, such as various practices or pujas, and these are done to the letter, then if the question is asked again, then the results would differ. This is because when engaging in these practices or pujas, either you generate the merit necessary to overpower the negative effects of the karma, or you purify the negative effects of the karma creating the situation. This however, is generally not done. You wouldn't ask the same question twice or over and over again. The reason for this is because one of the factors that comes into play when seeking divination is faith. This is faith in the fact that the remedial actions recommended will help whatever situation you are facing. Having seen H.E. Tsem Rinpoche do countless divinations for people, I can attest to this. Those who have faith and follow through with the advice, see a great improvement in the situation that led them to ask the divination question in the first place. Those that did not follow the advice either at all or not fully, did not see any improvement. And this makes sense, because they did not purify the effects of the karma enough, or generate enough merit. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 15, 2021 04:09
    sandra asked: How much importance should we give to astrological predictions or chart readings? Are these readings susceptible to change all the time,i.e, in the context of planetary movements? Can our own effort/actions supercede what is predicted in our birth chart?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your interesting question. You are absolutely correct about the universal principle of change. According to Buddhist practice, astrological predictions are based upon a fixed point in time. Take for example, your moment of birth, which most astrological readings take as the main point of reference. At that specific moment, there would have been various energies or planetary alignments, etc. Combined together, they are said to give an accurate prediction of what will occur to a person throughout their life. This however, is based on one's birth karma, to be born at that specific point in time and location. This birth karma also provides the driving force behind what will occur in a person's life, if that karma is not changed somehow. Hence, that is why astrological predictions can give very accurate readings on someone's personality, as well as life events. Birth karma provides the main force behind all other karma to come into play. That is why it is given importance in astrology. There are also more advanced methods to take into account planetary and energetical movements to give even more detailed and precise predictions that can even be made down to the month, day or hour of a person's life. In Buddhism, however, we believe that karma can be changed. It can multiply, be purified or exhausted, or the effects of that karma can be overpowered by another karma or spiritual merit. In these cases, the outcome will change. The way in which this happens is varied. It can be as simple as doing some prayers (to generate spiritual merit) or changing your behaviour, environment or location, the way you think, and the ways in which you react in various situations. That is why in Buddhist astrological systems, emphasis is placed on remedial measures to counteract negative outcomes. For example, someone may be born with an angry disposition from an astrological point of view. If this person goes through life acting from this anger, then the predictions based on the time of birth will occur. However, a remedial action can be undertaken, such as the person pracitising Chenrezig, who is the Buddha of compassion, or the person doing some form of charity work. These remedial actions generate compassion in the mind of the person, which counteracts the anger. As this happens and the karma is changed, then the person no longer needs to feels the negative effects of any bad astrological (or more correctly - karmic) situations. There are even some practices that specifically help to counteract negative astrological influences and help you to change things. Such an example is Black Manjushri. Within Tibetan Buddhism, according to your time and date of birth, you also have what is known as a 'Birth Buddha'. This is basically an enlightened being that you have an affinity with in this life. General remedial actions include making images of this particular Buddha or engaging in this Buddha's practice. This combined with a change in how we live - otherwise known as Mind Transformation in the Buddhist context - changes astrological outcomes. However, if we continue living without controlling our actions, words and thoughts, the predictions made using astrological readings will most likely still occur. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • February 7, 2021 00:16
    Purna Tamang asked: What is my lucky number and color ?
    pastor answered: Dear Purna Tamang, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, none our horoscope apps on this page gives this information at this moment. However, you may find some of the other information provided useful. Below are the links: For Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html For Tibetan astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html For Numerology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html For Fortune cookies: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/fortune-cookie Thank you and I hope you find something interesting in one of the apps.
  • January 20, 2021 03:32
    Sangita. asked: i want to buy my own house.which mantra i should chant to have my own house.kindly reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Sangita, Thank you for your question. Everything in our lives, whether good or bad is due to our karma. This is karma we have accumulated either in previous lives or earlier on in this life. You can learn more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/discovering-yourself-a-teaching-on-karma-mindstream.html Sometimes, we go through obstacles or need some form of spiritual help to assist us in improving our situations. In these circumstances we can rely on the practice of certain deities. One of these deities is the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. You can read more about this deity and his practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/beginners-introduction-to-dorje-shugden.html You can learn more about Dorje Shugden's practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-teaching-videos.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • January 12, 2021 00:32
    Laurence Brahm asked: Hello la. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche. My name is Laurence Brahm and I've directed the two films including Searching for The Lotus Born Master. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche in hopes he would kindly agree to an interview with our third production on Guru Rinpoche and also I would like to ask some questions concerning Shambala. I would be most grateful if Rinpoche would email me at himalayanconsensus2@gmail.com Thank you. With respects
    pastor answered: Dear Laurence Brahm, Thank you for your questions. This section is actually answered by Kechara's Pastors who were trained by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. Unfortunately, Tsem Rinpoche is no longer with us physically. He passed into Parinirvana in 2019. You can read more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-parinirvana-of-kyabje-tsem-rinpoche.html If you would like to ask questions to any of the pastors regarding this, please email care@kechara.com with more information and mention that you would like to talk to one of the pastors. Thank you
  • December 31, 2020 14:46
    Jose Ajuria asked: What are the qualities of the Buddha Dharma and Sangha
    pastor answered: Dear Jose Ajuria, Here is a short article that discusses the qualities of the Three Jewels: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/taking-refuge-by-pabongka-rinpoche.html For a more in-depth text regarding this, please read Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand). The text describes the qualities and benefits of taking refuge in each, in much more detail. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 30, 2020 09:55
    Dan asked: Dear pastors, some vegetarians said egg can eat. While some say no. What is your opinion on this. Thank you
    pastor answered: Dear Dan, Thank you for your question. There are differing views on eggs as part of the vegetarian diet. Some people would say that since eggs we get these days are not fertilized, then they are vegetarian since there is no life involved at that point. His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche was vegetarian but consumed eggs, as long as they were free-range and organic, because Rinpoche was against the battery farming system which produces the majority of eggs these days. There is a lot of animal cruelty involved with battery farming. Most people who do not include egg in their vegetarian diets do this because of the harm is causes the hens during the farming process, and also because they can view eating eggs as taking a life. That being said, within Buddhism, there are certain practices that strictly prohibit the consumption of eggs, as with other types of food. This can be for a number of reasons, which are too long to be discussed here. I would say that most people in the Kechara organisation eat eggs although vegetarian, but that may also be a cultural thing. Some people however, have taken the extra step and live a vegan lifestyle, which definitely does not include egg, as an extension of their practice of compassion for other sentient beings. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • December 5, 2020 00:25
    Bradley asked: Would offerings or prayers like Sangsol offering be more potent if we had the prayers translated to the language of a given geographical area? Example in England where Celtic was once spoken? Would the local deities or spirits be pleased we took the time to do so? They are far older than us.
    pastor answered: Dear Bradley, Thank you for your interesting question. Actually the sangsol prayers will be effective when done in any language. There are two main reasons for this. The first is that when you recite the sangsol prayer, you are actually invoking upon an enlightened being first, in this case, it is Dorje Shugden. Therefore, when you make the requests of the local deities to accept the offering, be calm and improve local circumstances etc, it is not coming from you. You are actually beseeching Dorje Shugden to help you in this matter. Hence, it is Dorje Shugden who is communicating with the local deities, not us. Secondly, deities and gods, as they do not have physical bodies, do not require ordinary language. Language as we know it is actually linked to our physical bodies. Local deities and gods, etc, because they don't have the same type of physical form as us, actually recognise our prayers through intention and effort rather than language. Therefore, prayers such as the sangsol prayers are effective no matter which language they are physical recited in. I hope this makes sense, if it does not, please let us know and we will clarify further. Thank you.
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