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

Jul 3, 2011 | Views: 1,530

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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  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jul 5. 2020 01:15 PM
    Beautiful poem of reality and at the moment of death by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. Cherished the wonderful moments , meaningful hours working towards Dharma and for others. Life is short and impermanent, we only live once and nothing is permanent. But fortunately, life is nothing but a continuing of birth and death. Everything is changeable, everything appears and disappears. There is no blissful peace until one passes beyond the agony of life and death. Sometimes later becomes never, start now its never been late if we put in much effort. Good things never come from comfort zones we have to work it up. Always think what is not done and not what was done, working to benefit other will be great joy.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/heartspoon-kyabje-pabongka-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jul 5. 2020 01:13 PM
    Palden Tenpai Nyima was the seventh Panchen Lama of Tibet and is considered to be emanations of Buddha Amitabha. Being the second-highest line of incarnations in Tibetan Buddhism after the Dalai Lama. Palden Tenpai Nyima compiled and edited a voluminous collection of tantric deity sadhanas called the Rinjung Lhantab. Rinjung Lhantab which is a spiritual practices or a manual’ of instructions for achieving Enlightenment mainly for higher tantric students.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/rinjung-lhantab-the-panchen-lamas-collection-of-sadhanas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jul 5. 2020 01:11 PM
    Inspiring story of a monk Tsawa Pulthok Rinpoche student of H H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche . In fact being jailed, badly tortured by the soldiers for 19 years, he hold no grudge against any of them. He forgave them, not because they deserve forgiveness, but he deserve peace. Being angry at them only hurt himself. He was well respected in prison, as he never showed anger, always meditated ,consoled others, giving them great strength and motivated them.
    Even though he did endured much hardship, and all the sufferings but he never lost his monk vows. He understand karma, suffering for others that kept was him going. Inspiring story.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tsawa-pulthok-rinpoche
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 4. 2020 01:23 PM
    Buddhism started as a Hindu influenced religion in India. Buddhism has had a long history in China and has been instrumental in shaping Chinese culture and tradition. Over time Buddhism became a popular force in the lives of the Chinese and many others. Buddhists believe in a combination of Taoism and Mahayana Buddhism, the latter of which teaches that enlightenment can be achieved in a single lifetime. It was able to gain acceptance among the Chinese as it emphasis on non-violence and the sanctity of animal life. China hosts the world’s largest Buddhist population. Interesting read . At the time of commenting , I still have plenty to understand.
    Thank you Pastor Adeline for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/buddhist-influence-on-chinese-religion.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 4. 2020 01:20 PM
    nspiring story of Kyabje H E Tsem Rinpoche’s life story. Despite all the up and down to earth difficulties, Rinpoche had gone through, it did not deter Rinpoche to give up what Rinpoche want to be a monk for the benefit of others. We are fortunate and blessed to have Rinpoche here in Malaysia and having the opportunity to learn, practice Dharma . It has since change the lives of many of us. Rinpoche is a gift to the world , who solely just on giving to benefit others and inspiration to many.
    Rinpoche ‘s biography tells us all, reading it will let us all know and understand better of a truly great lama. Glad that Tsem Rinpoche had taken Kyabje H E Gangchen Rinpoche’s advice to write his biography to benefit all.
    Thank you Rinpoche, writers team and the bio-team for the Biography book for Tsem Rinpoche – “The Promise”. A beautiful book to have . I am fortunate to receive a copy from Rinpoche as a gift which I truly treasure, reading it over and over again.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/h-e-the-25th-tsem-tulku-rinpoches-biography.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 4. 2020 01:12 PM
    Julian Beever is an English chalk artist, who is one of the most famous 3D street artists. He is also known as the “Pavement Picasso” for his enormous 3D pavement sketchings that bring his art well and truly to the streets. He mostly receives a positive reaction and people enjoy seeing his art. Amazingly he has produced hundreds of pieces of ‘pavement art’ at venues all over Europe. Looking at those pictures in this post tell us a thousand words. It is indeed beautiful and realistic.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/pavement-picasso-julian-beever.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 3. 2020 03:19 PM
    Reading this article it gave a clear pictures of how many animals been slaughtered for human’s menu. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our environment. When we become more mindful of what we have on our menu every day, that mindfulness will seep into everything we do. Many people choose a vegetarian diet out of concern, to stay healthy, saving animals and environment as well.
    What is important , give the animals a chance, respect them and to do harm them. May more people realized how many thousands or millions of animals be saved if they go on being a vegetarian.
    Thank you Rinpoche for bringing awareness with this article..

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/amazing-survey.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 3. 2020 03:17 PM
    Our Lama Tsem Rinpoche was a gift to us and the Tibetan Buddhism world who just keeps on giving , teaching Dharma and cares more than himself. Rinpoche was definitely one Lama that gives much more than another one else. Well known for his compassion, Rinpoche had guild rather train his students from day one where they are today. Rinpoche had observed , on the lookout to assist and encourage anyone of us and friends. Rinpoche had used the ‘new news’ an exercise to develop greater awareness of people and situations around. Wonderful way , to instill the positive qualities of compassion and awareness in us. Reading this post , I learn something new.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tales-with-my-lama-what-is-the-new-news
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 3. 2020 03:15 PM
    Having a Dorje Shugden shop at Petaling street, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia will definitely benefits more and more local people as well as foreigners especially the tourist from across the globe. Many people will get to know and understand the Powerful Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden of our time. Many people who see the protector or passing by will be blessed as it is located at the famous tourist spot of China town. More people are connected to Dorje Shugden and will have the seeds planted into their mind. Rejoice.
    This is a best gift for our Lama Tsem Rinpoche on his birthday.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/exciting-dorje-shugden-store-in-petaling-street-malaysia.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Jul 2. 2020 10:10 PM
    This is probably the best I’ve ever seen, marvelous creation, very realist with brilliant idea. I like the idea of Julian Beever, working in open air with public attraction. This job definitely takes a lot of patience and hats off to this extraordinary creativity.

    Thank you for the wonderful sharing of a talented artist and his amazing art work.
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Jul 2. 2020 04:16 PM
    With our integrity intact, life is less stressful and far less complicated. This is not applying in secular but also in the spiritual practice. If someone who does not have integrity will surely not earn respects from his peers.
    Integrity is very important in our life. It also a good habit for us to cultivate and take as reminder to ourselves that we need to keep hold to our promises in all aspect of chores we are doing.

    https://bit.ly/31yh6MZ
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 2. 2020 01:21 PM
    Chatral Rinpoche was one of the greatest meditation masters and most compassionate bodhisattvas in the history of Tibetan Buddhism. Chatral Rinpoche explains the purpose and benefit of saving the lives of endangered animals, especially those due to be slaughtered. Great advice by Chatral Rinpoche to develop compassion for all sentient beings . Save animals, save nature, as animal life is precious too. He lived as a humble yogi without the distractions of fame and fortune. He practiced what he preaches without compromise and was beloved , respected by many of all faiths throughout the Himalayan region. He was well known for his compassion for animals through his compassionate action and profound wisdom. He had liberate millions of fish animals and had encourages his student not to eat meat and drank alcohol. It’s a right choice to be on vegetarian , as more animals will be save. It be healthier for us, better for environment and kinder to be a vegetarian.
    Powerful saying by Chatral Rinpoche ……Eating meat in one’s diet is much different than eating flesh to liberate a being through supernatural powers. I am just an ordinary practitioner. I would be committing sin and I would be getting negative karma.
    Thank You for this sharing Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/committing-sin.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 2. 2020 01:18 PM
    When i first read this article I did wonder too , how this ever happen. Somehow its real, a geological phenomenon where rocks move without human interference. Known as “sailing stones,” the rocks vary in size from a few ounces to hundreds of pounds. One of the world’s strangest phenomena is at Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California, U.S. Till today, scientists could not have an answer to this strange phenomena where nobody have seen it moving at all.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/just-what-are-sailing-stones.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 2. 2020 01:17 PM
    Animal abuse frequently occurred in a number of area. Its heart breaking looking at the pictures of that extreme animal and neglect case of a dog in this article . The abused dog was packed in a plastic bag and thrown down a trash chute in the 22-story building. So inhuman for someone to do that . Not only that the dog was under un nourishment, thin, dehydrated and looks more than a skeleton. The condition was so bad that the dog needs a blood transfusion. Thanks to the maintenance workers who found Patrick in the neat of time. Looking at those pictures one will be definitely shocking to see his condition. Thankfully, that poor dog named Patrick is recovering well after been nursed by the hospital staffs. Its one of the worst cases of abuse they’ve seen. A dog is men best friends , shouldn’t be abuse or harm them. Give them love, care as if they are one of us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/extreme-abuse-dog-found-in-trash.html
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Jul 1. 2020 11:14 PM
    Thank you for your wonderful thoughts of sharing the most heartwarming moments of people around the world. Some of the photos were really touching. I believe there are plenty of kind -hearted people around us with faith in humanity.

    Life is all about second chances, always try to care about others because none of us know what tomorrow may speaks. It’s so much true to say photos will make your day much more better with thousand words and I too enjoyed all the stories.

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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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
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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 month 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
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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
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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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
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
4 months ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
4 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
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4 months ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
4 months ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
4 months ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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