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Dear students and friends,

In 1984, Alvaro Munera became permanently disabled and confined to a wheel chair for life… he was only 18 years old when that happened. Munera had been a bullfighter since the age of 12, and a successful one. Despite being the most celebrated bullfighter at that time, he often doubted his career choice. He felt that it was brutal, but ignored how he felt whenever he had to kill a bull. He stayed at the peak of his career until his 22nd match… the bull tore his left leg and tossed him into the air. When he landed his spinal cord and cranial was severely injured. This left him paralyzed from the waist down for life. 

A few months after this incident, Munera went to America for physical rehabilitation. Being brought up thinking that bullfights are normal and “part of life”, Munera was then exposed to a whole new environment… an environment that actively fights against animal cruelty.

Instead of blaming the bull for paralyzing him for life, Munera became anti-taurino.

I find Munera’s story very inspiring. Instead of blaming others, Munera bit the bullet, realized and accepted his own wrongful action. Now, he has decided to devote his life to fight for animals rights till the day he dies. 

I will be writing a letter to Mr Torero Alvaro Munera to thank him for his decision and to encourage him with his campaign to stop bullfighting. Click here to do the same!

 

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

An interview of Munera which was published in Vice, 3 years ago.

 

A bull named Terciopelo [Velvet] gored the Colombian bullfighter Álvaro Múnera, aka “El Pilarico,” in 1984, confining him to a wheelchair for life. Múnera was 18 years old back then. His best friend, “El Yiyo,” was gored to death months later, and the manager of both bullfighters committed suicide three years after that.

Múnera became a hardcore animal rights defender and nothing less than the Antichrist for tauromachy [the art of bullfighting] aficionados. He currently works in the Council of the City of Medellín, using his position to defend the rights of disabled people and to promote anti-bullfighting campaigns.

Vice: How did you decide to be a bullfighter?

Álvaro Múnera: I was born in Medellín, where my dad had taken me to see bullfights since I was four years old. The atmosphere at home was totally pro-taurino [taurino is the Spanish adjective for everything relating to bullfighting culture]. We didn’t talk about football or any other thing, it was just bulls. Bullfighting was the center of the world for my dad. Since I grew up immersed in this taurino atmosphere, it was logical that at the age of 12, I decided to be a bullfighter. I started my career and five years later I became successful at the Medellín Fair. This was when Tomás Redondo, who was the manager of El Yiyo, agreed to be my manager too. He took me to Spain. I fought 22 times in Spain until on September 22 of 1984, I was caught by a bull. It gored me in the left leg and tossed me in the air. This resulted in a spinal-cord injury and cranial trauma. The diagnosis was conclusive: I would never walk again. Four months later I flew to the US to start physical rehab, and I seized the opportunity to go to college. The US is a totally anti-taurinocountry, and due to my former profession I felt like a criminal. I became an animal rights defender. Since then I’ve never stopped fighting for every living being’s right not to be tortured. I hope I will continue to do so until the very last day of my life.

Did you ever think of quitting bullfighting before that bull confined you to a wheelchair?

Yes, there were several critical moments. Once I killed a pregnant heifer and saw how the fetus was extracted from her womb. The scene was so terrible that I puked and started to cry. I wanted to quit right there but my manager gave me a pat on my back and said I shouldn’t worry, that I was going to be an important bullfighting figure and scenes like that were a normal thing to see in this profession. I’m sorry to say that I missed that first opportunity to stop. I was 14 and didn’t have enough common sense. Some time later, in an indoor fight, I had to stick my sword in five or six times to kill a bull. The poor animal, his entrails pouring out, still refused to die. He struggled with all his strength until the last breath. This caused a very strong impression on me, and yet again I decided it wasn’t the life for me. But my travel to Spain was already arranged, so I crossed the Atlantic. Then came the third chance, the definitive one. It was like God thought, “If this guy doesn’t want to listen to reason, he’ll have to learn the hard way.” And of course I learned.

Is there a lot of regret that you let it get to the point where you became paralyzed?

I think it was a beautiful experience because it made me a better human being. After convalescence and rehabilitation, I started working toward the goal of amending my crimes.

Many animal rights defenders applauded your decision, but many others say they can’t forgive you. They even call you “mass murderer” to this day.

There are people who think that I’m just resentful for the accident. That’s absurd. I’ve rebuilt my life and dedicated it to helping hundreds of disabled people get ahead, in addition to fighting for animal rights. On top of that, I don’t know of any resentful person defending his victimizer. A bull confined me to a wheelchair and another one killed my best friend! I should reasonably be the last person on earth to care about bulls.

But as for the people who cannot forgive me for what I did to so many bulls? I have to say that I understand them and agree, to some extent. My only hope is to have a long life so that I can amend my many crimes. I wish to have the pardon of God. If He doesn’t pardon me, He has good reasons not to do so.

Chiquilín, another repentant bullfighter, claims to have seen bulls weeping. He says that he cannot kill even a fly nowadays.

I take my hat off to that man. He’s a real hero who learned his lesson through reason and thinking.

Are you in touch with any other repentant bullfighters?

Truth be told, I don’t know if there are more repentant bullfighters. What is indeed known is that there are more and more ex-bullfighting aficionados every day. These are people who realized how macabre the show they were supporting really is, and so they stopped going to the bullrings. Sometimes they tell me their personal experiences and thank me for the articles I write.

What was the decisive factor that made you an animal-rights defender?

When I went to the US, where I had to face an antitaurine society that cannot conceive how another society can allow the torture and murder of animals. It was my fellow students, the doctors, nurses, the other physically disabled people, my friends, my North American girlfriend, and the aunt of one of my friends, who said I deserved what happened to me. Their arguments were so solid that I had to accept that it was me who was wrong and that the 99 percent of the human race who are firmly against this sad and cruel form of entertainment were totally right. Many times the whole of the society is not to blame for the decisions of their governments. Proof of this is that most people in Spain and Colombia are genuinely anti-bullfighting. Unfortunately there’s a minority of torturers in each government supporting these savage practices.

If the people of both countries are against bullfighting, why do bullfights still exist?

Well, I believe that bullfighting eventually will disappear if it doesn’t remove its elements of torture and death. There’s a generational shift in values, and most well-educated young people are against cruel traditions.

In your articles you’ve associated tauromachy with a lack of culture and sophistication on the part of its aficionados. Isn’t this a bit simplistic? How do you explain that intelligent people like Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles, John Huston, and Pablo Picasso were into bullfighting?

Look, to be a talented person doesn’t make you more human, more sensible, or more sensitive. There are lots of examples of murderers with a high IQ. But only those who have a sense of solidarity with other living beings are on their way to becoming better people. Those who consider the torture and death of an innocent animal a source of fun or inspiration are mean-spirited, despicable people. Never mind if they paint beautiful pictures, write wonderful books, or film great movies. A quill can be used to write with ink or blood, and many terrorists and drug dealers of the 21st century have university diplomas hanging on the wall. The virtues of the spirit, that’s what really counts in God’s eyes.

 


MUNERA’S CONTACT

Do send him your kind words of encouragement to help him… also to thank him for campaigning against bullfighting.

Full Name: Alvaro Múnera Builes

Emailamunera@concejodemedellin.gov.co

Address: Council of Medellin | Medellin, Colombia. Cll Alpujarra Administrative Center. 44 # 52-165 Ed Council or in Spanish (Centro Administrativo la Alpujarra Cll. 44 # 52-165 Ed. Concejo)

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  1. Moon Chan on Sep 25, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    It grieved me to read Múnera talked about he killed a pregnant heifer and saw how the fetus was extracted from her womb. He was only 14, he was in feared too, wanted to quit at the moment but no one could understand and support him at that time, he was with his manager who profession in bullfight. I saw a frightened teenager who lost his direction in life.

    He actually started to gain inner-knowing when he found there is some belief of bullfight does not align with his true nature. He is very sensitive, he described the process he struggled to stick the sword in five or six times to kill a bull. I can feel he has much compassion to the bull through what he wrote. He did feels what the bull feels that’s the reason he said the strength of the bull until the last breath caused a very strong impression on him.

    They have their own timing. The bulls were there to gave Múnera a wake up call, to remind what is truly important to him, what he really care to the world. And he stood up and speak for the bulls after gone through so much of inner struggles. The sacrifice of the bulls, would save more bulls in the future.

  2. Samfoonheei on Oct 29, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Álvaro Múnera, a famous Colombian bullfighter who was injured by a bull in the arena in 1984. He was confined to a wheelchair for life due to his spinal cord and cranial trauma injuries. It’s a wake up call after which he began to promote anti-bullfighting campaigns. Months later his good friend lost his life after been gored to death. And three years later both the bullfighter’s manager committed suicide. While undergoing physical rehabilitation , he realized his mistakes and what he did to so many bulls. He started working toward the goal of amending my crimes and his life change to be better. Many animal rights defenders applauded his decision to be an animal rights defender. Interesting and inspiring read of a hero.
    Thank you for this sharing.

  3. nicholas on Oct 21, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Munera had a few chances to quit bullfighting but unfortunately, he only quit after the incident where he has to pay with his lower part. To Munera through the incident is the right way for him to realize that the sport is cruel and is time to make a difference.

    Not many people can forgive for what he has done but at the very least he made a change and become an animal-rights defender. I strongly support Munera and may he continue to fight for animal rights and never give up even though people may still criticize him. We have a past that we can’t undo but we have the present and future that we can control what to do and what not to do.

  4. Yee Yin on Dec 27, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Bullfighting to many is a cultural thing, it has been practiced for a long time so it is just very natural to get involved in it. Everyone goes into the arena and cheers when the bullfighter kills the bull after rounds of teasing. In the process of the fight, the bull is agitated and is full of confusion and fear. It is not a pleasant experience for the bull.

    It was unfortunate that Munera was hurt so badly but this is like karma comes back. He has killed so many bulls since 12 years old and has accumulated a lot of negative karma. However, from the accident, he gained some realisations. He realised that it was very cruel to make an animal suffers so much physical and mental pain before finally kill it. He is very regretful and became an animal activist.

    For Munera, it is very inspiring for us because he is regretful for what he has done and he shows his remorse by becoming an animal activist to help to save the lives of the innocent bulls. Even though he is paralysed, he did not become depressed or blame it on the bull or other people. He takes the responsibility and does something good that benefits others. This is a very good example of focusing out. We make mistakes from time to time but the most important thing is what do we learn from it and how do we use the experience to benefit others which eventually will benefit ourselves as well.

  5. Samfoonheei on Jan 20, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Beautiful, inspiring and so touching story…. of Alvaro Munera a former bullfighter. He is a real hero who learned his lesson through reason and thinking.That is really great of him and even campaigning against bullfighting.He accepted his faith and realized that animals do have feelings too.Not to harm them but to protect them.
    Thank you Rinpoche foe sharing such a touching story .

  6. bill gonzaga on Feb 5, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Doy gracias a Dios que toco su corazon para poder luchar contra la matanza de toros. Que se que es un deporte o como sea que lo llamen es cruel…..y espero que algun dia se termine o existe mas y que en la historia como una forma de divertirse inmoralmente insensiblemente sin tener corazon hacia los animales. Buena suerte y espero que su ayuda sea de mucho valor para parar la corrida de toros!!

  7. Beatrix Ooi on Dec 12, 2013 at 2:50 am

    His story is very inspiring. Although he had to pay such a huge price to realise the things he has done, but i’m glad that after the incident he actually realises something, for some other bullfighters, they might just wait for the body to heal and then continue hurting the bulls. Each and every single animal has feelings, we shouldn’t be hurting them especially when we are born with brains that help us to judge what is right to do and what is not.

  8. Ck siah on Dec 2, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    感恩仁波切的分享。所谓:放下屠刀,立地成佛。或者知错能改,善莫大焉。来形容这位西班牙仁兄。他的作为值得我们钦佩和学习榜样。能在错误中领悟,而没错怪他人的精神是很少有的,反过来还帮动物讨回人道立场公道。钦佩!钦佩!

  9. Lucas Roth on Nov 7, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    it is good he didn’t blame the animal, he accepted it and knew animals were being abused/killed. i hate animal abuse so much, it is bad how he thought it was a “part of life” to go bull fighting. at least he became aware of it. please become vegetarian and stop animal cruelty!

  10. tong sun sun on Sep 24, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    可想而知业力如影随形。。。。

  11. Edward Ooi on Sep 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, I agree that Alvaro Munera deserves to be paralyzed or else more bull will be killed in the show. The good point is after he was being paralyzed, he regretted and now he is fighting against animal cruelty to bulls. And I will forgive Alvaro Munera for what he has done, at least he learns that animals have feelings too.

  12. HelenaC on Jun 11, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I really don’t find this brutal culture is an entertaining, it is purely cruel and self satisfaction! No respect for other being at all.
    It is beautiful to see Alvaro Munera has realised and enlighten that instead of blaming others, Munera bit the bullet, realized and accepted his own wrongful action. And now, he has decided to devote his life to fight for animals rights till the day he dies. I truly thank him for his enlightenment and able to help and spread the awareness of anti- bullfighting. He will be saving many lives 🙂

  13. Albert Ratchaga on Jun 2, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    A tragedy can bring us down, really down if we can’t let go of it. Becoming disabled, even we are unhappy, hating the whole world, feeling sad, throwing tantrum to others to release our anger, etc, we are still disabled, the fact and reality will not change a bit, so instead of torturing others and ourselves, why not we do the other way round? since that’s the fact that cannot change already, just stay happy and continue to live our live.

    Bad experience can be a very good lesson, because through bad experience, we learn it the hard way and it goes deep in to our mind, so we really learnt it and not repeat it again.

    I do respect Álvaro Múnera a lot because he told the whole world what is the meaning of kindness, what is the secret of staying happy and the possibility of mind transformation. even he climb up so high in his career once, but after he fell, he became another greater person, that is saving lives instead of harming them, he do not only talk, he even put up his life working on it until the last day of his, He totally let go of what he gained before, let go of the anger that he suppose to has. Instead of seeking sympathy, he gives sympathy to the animals.

    Thank you Álvaro Múnera for being such inspirational to many people.

  14. uncle eddie on Jun 2, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Its really touching indeed! Alvaro Munera Builes, inspite of being called by many as a “mass murderer”, still decided to turn his life around, accepted the full blame and devoted the rest of his life in helping animals, so as to “amend many of his past sins” to seek pardon from his God! Many people took their hats off to this ‘real’ man and considered him truly a hero who learnt his lessons through good reasoning and thinking. “The virtues of the spirit is in God’s eyes, and that’s what really counts,” he said.

  15. Patsy on May 29, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Through this misfortune, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. If Alvaro Munera was not gored by the bull, he will still continue bull fighting as his career which will create more negative karma for himself.

    It is very inspiring to know that Alvaro did not turned bitter and withdrawn through this misfortune, instead he had the realization that what he did in the past is the result of his present situation. In fact he said that it was a beautiful experience because it made him a
    better human being. He let go of his pain, accepted his present condition and even though confined to a wheelchair, he started working on his goal to amend his crimes by becoming an animal rights defender.

  16. Cliff on May 28, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    This is a very interesting story, Alvaro Munera had to learn it the hard way. There were many times in which he could stop but continued his career until finally resulting in an incident which cause him to be paralyzed. What’s really inspiring is that instead of blaming the bull or others of that incident he went on to become an animal rights activist. It must be really hard on him for both sides to fight for animal rights, where on one side he cannot escape his past and people would not be able to forgive him, the other would be those who think he is just being resentful for the incident. Growing up in a bull fighting environment with his dad so passionate about bull fighting must also be hard to face now that he is anti-taurino.

    I am though surprised to learn that there are many anti-bullfighters in the country itself and that because a minority of people in the government still support the practice that it still exists. I do hope what he says that bullfighting may soon cease to exist if it continues its savage torture and death is true.

    Thank you for sharing Rinpoche.

  17. Wan Wai Meng on May 28, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Applaud Mr Alvaro for finding the courage to turn back on his decisions it is not easy one becomes hardened by killing. Come to think of it seeing the foetus removed from the heifer I don’t think I could even see that. Choosing the wrong path then coming back to the right path it is not easy well at least he chose the right path while he was still young.

  18. Jutika Lam on May 22, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This story is indeed a very touching story indeed.

    Though some parts of it is sad and some parts of it are happy times all in all though not all may agree I am very happy that he has gotten injured not because of the thought that that’s one bull fighter gone from the ring but because of the fact that instead of blaming the bull for paralyzing and injuring him he his own self is excepting the blame.

    I am glad that now he is on the opposite and he is now an animal rights defender.

    Though many animal rights defenders still don’t forgive him over what has done I am sure many other people would have forgiven him…. the fact that how many Bull fighters have been thrown in to a wheelchair for life, excepts the blame and even turns over a new leaf to be an animal rights defender?

    It is only Mr Torero Alvaro Munera who would have the courage to face the public, except the blame and starts protecting animal rights.

    I am very happy for him and what he has and i will definitively write an email to him to congratulate him for all he has done and to keep doing what he is doing.

    I really hope both God and Buddha will forgive him for what he has done previously and also so that he will have a lone life so that he can continue to help thousands of animals.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing!!!

    Love
    Jutika

  19. tenzin llhamo on May 21, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Wow! Good for you Álvaro Múnera! Although what has happened to you is NOT a good thing but I am glad you sorted that out and changed your perspective. I really do hope that people will stop using animals as entertainment. It is definitely not fun to torture and kill them. I never watch bull fighting as I find them very inhumane. I am sure many people will support what he is doing for other disabled. Instead of mopping and wallowing in self pity, one should be stronger and make it right. I am really happy you did!

  20. Jean Ai on May 21, 2013 at 3:15 am

    Those who are pro-taurino say that bullfighters are such brave, courageous men because they stand in front of the terrified creature, taunting it with a sword and a red cape. What I think is even braver is the person who is willing to step away from the pressures of the “tradition”, and speak up against it. I’ve heard that those who support bullfighting can be particularly…virulent when it comes to their attack against people who they consider turncoats.

    And not only does he have to contend against the pro-bullfighting crowd, but he also has to deal with the animal rights activists who can’t forgive him for his past…THAT is bravery!

    And speaking of tradition, it’s a shame that Spain has such a horrific, bloody tradition. It’s really not something I’d be proud of.

  21. abby f on May 21, 2013 at 2:24 am

    From the interview, I found that what happened to him was really a blessing! Even though it was a sad case, but it turned out to be a good thing for him and the world!

    (It was like God thought, “If this guy doesn’t want to listen to reason, he’ll have to learn the hard way.” And of course I learned.)

    To me, God doesn’t let Munera learn it hard way even though it may look like one. From the point of view of Buddhism, what happened to Munera may be a purification of his previous bad karmas of killing and hurting the bulls, and the realization he got from the incident save Munera himself and save the bulls and the world! This is truly a blessing! By Munera transformation, it encourages more and more people to stop the killing, and thousands of bulls can be saved!

    (Is there a lot of regret that you let it get to the point where you became paralyzed?)
    I think it was a beautiful experience because it made me a better human being. After convalescence and rehabilitation, I started working toward the goal of amending my crimes.

    By realizing that was a beautiful experience,Munera purified a lot of his bad karmas, and I truly admire and rejoice for him! Pain experience became such a blessing. And he is working toward the goal of amending his crimes, he is sincere in his actions and words. He is the true hero. Salute!

  22. Elsie Toy on May 20, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I am really happy that Alvaro realised what he does in the past was is not right maybe due to his bad karma that he got into the bullfight industry. I am glad that he still have time for him to repent and do something about his past. I rejoice that he didnt loose his life and/or blame others for his current situation. I also rejoice that he is now understand the sufferings of these beings and doing something to defend these beings.

  23. Lim Han Nee on May 20, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Yes,Alvaro has such a wonderful way of looking at his current physical state – his paralyzed body from the waist downwards – caused by a bull (that he was attacking in a bull-fight) turning on him and goring him. He regards this is as a beautiful experience; as it has taught him to be a better person.

    Instead of clinging on to negative emotions, like self-pity, he is able to let go and forgive the bull that gored him.Instead, he has been dharmic enough to see himself as having created the karma or cause for this terrible thing to happen to him . Furthermore, he has made a resolution to spend the rest of his life fighting for the rights of handicapped people – giving this group of people a voice to be heard by all. Most of all, he has resolved to also promote anti-bullfighting campaigns for the rest of his life.

    His touching story is both an inspiration to us ,as well as a grim reminder that what goes out from us will come back to us. Like him, we should treat the suffering, that results from a negative karma ripening on us,as an opportunity to train our mind and transform.

  24. tenzinkhenchen on May 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    It is interesting how he did not blame the bull for ruining his life but rather accepted the fate and decided to go against bullfighting. Personally, if someone cripples me, I would not forgive the person easily despite how I usually am.

    Valuing mind transformation of physical deformation is a virtue as this man has shown.

  25. Lucas Roth on May 19, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    wow, this is so touching. i am glad that he took the blame, did not blame the bull and devoted the rest of his life to helping animals.he is very kind to do what he did. i hope he will live long so he can elp many animals in need.

  26. Datuk May on May 18, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Beautiful real life story. I admire Munera to have used his so called misfortune to create a greater cause to prevent cruelty to animals and inspiration to the those incapacitated by accidents.

    His courage to live in his belief through criticism and punishment to benefit what he is passionate about is truly inspirational.

    Lesson to be learnt is to be able to change when realisation is experienced for the better situation in this world.

  27. Bryan Ho on May 17, 2013 at 4:50 am

    This guy is inspiring, everyone did something wrong in the passed, as long as you face the problem, sincerely regret, apologies and does whatever promised, people will forgive, I think Álvaro Múnera is a real life example for us.

    Even though Alvaro have some difficulty in his action but it gave him time to think more and do something better for others. I do believe for him to received what he have to experiences now is based on his collective good karma. Just to imagine if Alvaro didn’t got caught by the bulls, he will continue his career as a bull fighter, and many bulls will be hurt and killed, and he himself will collected much much great negative karma. Sometimes good thing happened based on bad karma, sometimes bad thing happened due to good karma. If Alvero became more famous, he will not stop his job, and he will not spent his time to care about others, let’s alone bulls. Even though this accident did damage him psychically but it help Alvero to developed his true nature which is kindness.

    Another interesting point stand out for me from this article is even though Alvaro was brought up in bull fighting culture since young and he did well in early stage of his career, but when he saw the bull being torture to death, he did felt pain for them. It’s clear sign that Buddha mentioned many times, we always have a Buddha mind in us, but due to our bad karma, it was covered deep underneath. How we nurture our mind will bring different result, if we want to look good and don’t agreed with whatever happened to us, we can continue be unhappy or complain but nothing will change. But if we look at things from another angle like Alvaro does, everything will be much more easier for us, so choice is in our hand.

  28. sarahyap on May 17, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Wow… Munera is a wise man.

    Many people after getting into an accident and turns out to be paralyzed like him would actually be very withdrawn from society. They would start to turn inwardly and become more selfish, thinking that life is unfair to them and they have been a victim… thus they start to find fault with others… Most people that survive a horrible accident would think this way, while a few rare ones would turn out stronger and appreciate life even more, just like Munera.

    What Munera has done… I would say that he’s practicing the 4 opponent powers as he not only regrets of the past, but he is applying the antidote to do the opposite of what he once did…

  29. Lim Tat Ming on May 17, 2013 at 1:58 am

    Had Álvaro Múnera not become injured and paralysed by the bull, he would not have abandoned his career as a bullfighter. To continue his career in bullfighting means acquiring more and more heavy negative karma. Fortunately Alvaro had accepted his predicament and regretted his past negative actions. His decision to help other disabled people and to champion the cause of animal rights is commendable! May Alvaro succeed in his these endeavours!

  30. MartinC on May 17, 2013 at 1:31 am

    This is a tremendously important post for it clearly documents a situation very much like the ones we encounter. Situations where we just knew that we have been or were doing, was not right or is not what we were meant to do, and yet we continued on for one reason or another. Essentially we keep finding reasons for us to keep going down the wrong path rather than change course.

    I don’t see Alvaro as a man trapped in a wheelchair, but more a man who is richly liberated by this realizations and courage to face his “sins”. Such was this liberalization that he could see beyond himself and even described his disaster as a “beautiful experience” because it made him a better person, as if he finally knew that his purpose was to be a better person, not a champion bullfighter. The great turning point was Alvaro finally accepting his mistake and was ready to face the consequences. How Dharmic his opinion was, that if “god” decided not to pardon him, there must be a reason and he will not question the reason. Put another way, this is a good person who accepts his own karma instead of laying blame on others.

    What really strikes me is how much Alvaro’s aversion to brutality, his sense of compassion towards others – bulls in this case, changed him. It seems that if Alvaro could accept his present condition, his criticism and “punishments”, it was because his care for the welfare of others exceed his care for himself.

  31. Thierry on May 17, 2013 at 1:21 am

    I looooooooooove this:

    “Is there a lot of regret that you let it get to the point where you became paralyzed?

    I think it was a beautiful experience because it made me a better human being.”

    Alvaro Munera, I think, gets it right when he values his becoming a better person more than the use of his legs.
    I am sincerely moved.

    • David Lai on May 19, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      Dear Thiery,
      I heartily agree with you. I love what you pointed out and I am sure everybody would be moved by that as well. It is rare that people value self-development over gratification. This needs to be applauded. I am happy that although people have not embraced him as a hero, he still does his work because he genuinely cares for the cause and for the bulls who are murdered for sport.

      I love his candidness and one does experience the struggles that he mentioned. I appreciate what he has gone through and I applaud his strength to carry on despite the fact that people in America considers him a traitor although he as turned over a new leaf. I am pretty sure he is genuine and sincere. Whatever he writes about has touch people and I think that’s all that matters.

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  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Oct 28. 2020 03:08 PM
    Reading comics is an interesting way to improves our verbal intelligence.
    Possessed is the latest title from Kechara Comics, an interesting story experienced by the Krishna family, living in Ipoh.
    Just like the printing of Sutras & traditional Dharma texts, modern publications such as these comics also generate vast merits and create the causes for Dorje Shugden’s lineage to grow.


    https://bit.ly/2TwGltW
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 28. 2020 02:45 PM
    Great information and explaining all about the wonderful ways for us all of to collect merits . Giving (dana) is one of the essential preliminary steps of Buddhist practice. The practice of giving is universally recognized as one of the most basic human virtues .
    When practiced in itself, it is a basis of merit it leads ultimately to liberation from samsara. An act of giving will bring us happiness in the future, in accordance with the kammic law of cause and effect taught by the Buddha.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/dana-offerings-for-tsem-ladrang.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 28. 2020 02:43 PM
    Well, the practice of death meditation is a common practice in many Buddhist lineages. Everything that belongs to us is left behind at the time of death. By training our mind in death and impermanence, we can avert our attraction to the appearances of this life. If we think about death , it will motivates us to repair relationships and forgive in life. With preparation we can help others at death-time. The time of death is uncertain and there is no fixed lifespan in our world. At the time of death what’s really important is the Dharma practice. We learn, practice Dharma and putting it into action is the best choice we made before death. We are fortunate to have a chance to work in the Dharma and learning death meditation to prepare ourselves as the moment will come any time.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great teachings with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/last-night-i-spoke-about-death-meditation-in-more-detail.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 28. 2020 02:39 PM
    HE Tsem Rinpoche comes from Gaden Monastery,Rinpoche had travelled from US to be ordained in India. Gaden Monastery is a world-renowned monastic university which was founded in the 14th century by the great scholar and saint, Lama Tsongkhapa. The beginning of Gaden Monastery in India was very difficult due to many reasons. Financially was one and Rinpoche had helped and supported the monastery ’s education department from the very beginning . Even coming to Malaysia Rinpoche continued to support them raising funds to purchase new books for the library, computer facilities for the monks, furniture, fixtures etc. These has carried on till the present days to create great geshes, scholars, masters in the future.
    Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/behind-the-scenes/rinpoche-helps-monastic-education.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Oct 28. 2020 12:02 AM
    We should share with more people about this piece of article, to let more know about this fact; thus more awareness are able to be created; more helps are able to extend to these animals; or less cruelty are being done to them.

    This is good article to bring out the awareness of how human cause the death of these animals where the animals are not capable to escape from the trap and captivity set up by human race.Thank you very much for sharing this article.


    https://bit.ly/3owIh3L
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Oct 27. 2020 06:20 PM
    Mother nature is truly amazing, there are a lot of interesting places in the world to discover and explore and this unique island of Japan and home to a majority of the population Okinawa is truly wonderful.

    Thank you for the interesting sharing of Okinawa, hope to visit the great place and witness live of the famous Naha Tug-of-War Festival. I loved all the photos shared especially the yummy foods, the fascinating Yokusendo Cave, traditional Okinawa Craft Village and the secret of Abu Park.

    https://bit.ly/2HGHRql


  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 27. 2020 01:01 PM
    Wow….In Thailand, priority seats are given to Buddhist monks, that’s wonderful. Monks in Thailand are well respected by many with the majority of Thailand practising Buddhism. We could see monks everywhere in Thailand. Most public transport in Bangkok has seats marked for monks. We used to see signage board stating elderly persons, disabled persons, pregnant women, and children were given priority. Priority seats have been designated in public transport vehicles such as train, bus monorail and other transport operators . It rare to see signage should yield their seat to the monks. I have yet come across such signage yet in Malaysia.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/spirituality-on-the-train.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 27. 2020 12:58 PM
    Meeting Rinpoche and receiving gifts such as Green Tara tsa tsa is indeed so fortunate. Due to Rinpoche generousity, helpful and compassionate nature, Rinpoche will always have gifts with him while travelling. Hence where Rinpoche goes and meeting any people around, Rinpoche will surely share Dharma and giving out gifts. LeeAnn the lady owner of Early Bird restaurant in Willow Creek, North California whom Rinpoche met had received Green Tara tsa tsa. Thank you for the wonderful sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/behind-the-scenes/connecting-with-tara-posted-by-admin.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 27. 2020 12:56 PM
    Rinpoche’s limitless care and compassion for others has no boundary, nor matter what time and place. Rinpoche will be there , giving blessing. Looking at those pictures tells us all. Rinpoche had indeed benefited many people in many ways.
    Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for this wonderful story to inspire us all.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/behind-the-scenes/personal-attendant-what-was-rinpoche-doing-around-3-to-4am.html
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Oct 26. 2020 04:52 PM
    While this is a scary thoughts to discover the common hazards in our homes comes from our convenient purchase of household products. Many of us know that, household products, including cleaning supplies often contain agents that can be very harmful to us and stored them safe to help protect our kids without realizing our health actually.

    Thanks you for the article sharing, it’s great to understand health and wellness is not simply about diet and exercise, but be aware of the exposure to toxic that applies in our daily life. I’m aware of all the items shared and will take action to limit and remove them. If possible will try to explore further to replace with natural alternatives.

    https://bit.ly/2TrZTQ4

  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Oct 26. 2020 03:28 PM
    The practice is simple yet has numerous benefits for us.The explanation given of this wonderful and powerful purification practice of Ucchusma is really easy to understand.A lot will be benefited from this practice.

    With our mind free from negative pollution, we will be able to progress in our spiritual path with fewer distractions and attachments. Thank you very much for sharing this good article.

    https://bit.ly/2FYeJuk
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Oct 26. 2020 03:04 PM
    Mr Rajkumar and his wife Sangeeta travelled all the way from Nepal to visit Kechara. They came visiting as special guests of Tsem Ladrang, that’s wonderful. They were showed around the place of interest in Kuala Lumpur and so forth with great memories to bring back . They even joined in KSK department giving foods to the poor. They were very helpful and hard working couple. Hope more friends from Nepal coming to visit Kechara Forest retreat at Bentong.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/friends-from-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Oct 26. 2020 03:03 PM
    Urgelling Monastery is a small Buddhist monastery in Arunachal Pradesh, northeastern India, a recognized region of the Indian subcontinent. Wow….this place is the birth place of Tsangyang Gyatso, the Sixth Dalai Lama. It was established in the 15th century with amazing story behind the monastery such as the walking sticks of the Sixth Dalai Lama. The monastery is indeed of great historic importance, for the people of Buddhist faith. A beautiful and scared place to go for pilgrimage . Looking at the beautiful pictures tells us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/urgelling-monastery-oasis-of-peace-not-ready.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Oct 26. 2020 03:00 PM
    In the Buddhist tradition, the purpose of taking refuge is to awaken from confusion and associate oneself with wakefulness. The first step in practicing Buddhism is taking refuge in the Three Jewels. Taking refuge means relying on these Three Jewels so that they become the main focus of our lives. Once we have taken refuge in the Three Jewels, we should not take refuge in any other religion nor blend Buddhism and other religions. Taking refuge is a matter of commitment and acceptance and, at the same time, of openness and freedom. By taking the refuge vow we commit ourselves to freedom and to give up our attachment to basic security. Go all the way nor matter what happened along the way to achieve our ultimate goal in our spiritual path. Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/taking-refuge-in-buddha.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 25. 2020 02:41 PM
    The heartbreak of grief is the hardest. The death of a loved one who was a meaningful part of our life can absolutely lead to significant shifts. Those people in deep sorrow at the loss of a loved one need mental support and a lift up. Having Rinpoche blessing the mind of the deceased and let them have a …good rebirth is really beautiful indeed. That’s the time the family of the departed needs most the company of friends and so forth. The behind scenes of Rinpoche did was really touching not only the Dharma teachings, Rinpoche will go all the way to help the deceased family, spending every minute of every day thinking, working and acting for the benefit of all around him and many of whom he hardly knows.
    Thank you Seng PIow for sharing the look behind the scenes of what Rinpoche does.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/behind-the-scenes/rinpoche-in-funerals.html

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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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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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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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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: 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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Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
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Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
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We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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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
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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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More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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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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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
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Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
8 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
8 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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Turkey 119,913
United Arab Emirates 111,850
Russia 98,697
Sri Lanka 94,802
Romania 91,364
Hong Kong 90,750
South Africa 88,222
Mexico 82,220
Myanmar (Burma) 77,056
New Zealand 75,289
Switzerland 71,888
Japan 71,466
China 69,357
South Korea 63,196
Cambodia 61,675
Pakistan 58,721
Bangladesh 56,809
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