Do not miss this!! So touching!

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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 .

  5. 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!!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

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

    可想而知业力如影随形。。。。

  10. 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.

  11. 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 🙂

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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…

  28. 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!

  29. 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.

  30. 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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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jun 5. 2020 03:57 PM
    Breath taking looking through those ancient beautiful Hindus temples. All are monolithic structures , with ancient architecture. Such as Kailasa Temple, Ellora, India built in 8th century and it took over a period of 20 years to construct. Some of these magnificent structure has been listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. All I can say is all these Hindus Temples not really beautiful but really impressive . I have not been to any of these temples but wish to see it. Anything ancient architecture or structures or holy place will always fascinated me and in my travel bucket. Can imagine how it was built those days without modern machinery. Interesting.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/beautiful-hindu-temples.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jun 5. 2020 03:55 PM
    Nepal-China relations have always remained friendly and cordial. The historic and multi-faceted bilateral relations between the two countries have evolved since centuries ago. The two countries have been marked by friendliness, understanding, mutual support, cooperation and respect for each other’s sensitivities. China has helped develop infrastructure and decrease import dependence. China has helped in the construction of highways and roads in Nepal. Nepal and China agreed to enhance cooperation in trade, investment, agriculture, cultural exchanges, tourism and so forth. Both countries benefited since then with the signing of the Sino-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship signed. Bringing opportunities for both especially Nepal will have a better economic growth. They are working together to preserve Buddhism in the holy sites of Bodhgaya in India and Lumbini in Nepal. This will being innumerable benefits for the continent and the world.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this sharing.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/nepal-and-china-two-old-civilizations-embrace.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jun 5. 2020 03:50 PM
    Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen a great scholar, yogi and master of Sutra and Tantra as promise arose as a Dharma Protector. He is one of the more famous previous incarnations of Dorje Shugden to protect the precious teachings of his teacher Lama Tsongkhapa. Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen’s best known legacy is the construction of Gaden Monastery, a 600-year-old monastic institution which continues to exist to this day. Recording to H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s account the sacred remains of Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen is at Tsunmo Tsel Monastery . It’s a blessing I saw the beautiful stupa where the sacred remains of Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen was. Interesting read of the life of a GREAT Lama and his legacy which i enjoyed reading.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-vinaya-holder-duldzin-drakpa-gyaltsen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jun 4. 2020 02:18 PM
    Pemayangtse Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim and the most famous monastery in West Sikkim. It’s a spiritual retreat for every tourist the whole year through as it offers a meditative environment quietly set amidst woods. Wow…This monastery is about 300 years old, which also offers the reflection of the rich architecture the ancient manuscripts and scriptures to tourist . I would love to see this legendary monastery with such an interesting history behind it. Recording to the British explorer and the Professor of Tibetan, description of Dorje Shugden found at Pemayangtse Monastery in Sikkim is rare and significant. Interesting read.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-in-nyingma-pemayangtse-monastery-sikkim.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jun 4. 2020 02:14 PM
    A bird-friendly garden can be exactly many people would love to have. I am one of them I loved spotting and watching birds especially when the birds chirping sounds can be heard. Sitting under a tree , listening to birds chirping while reading a good book is priceless. The nature of the enduring happiness which the love of birds gives makes my day. Birds are some of the most wonderful manifestations of nature. Feeding them with foods is a wonderful sight to see too. Its Rinpoche ‘s kindness and compassion that had inspired all of us to be kind , caring to all animals nor matter what they are.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing this post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/fulfillment-in-my-garden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jun 4. 2020 02:13 PM
    A profound teachings about the mind and reincarnation. We are fortunate with Rinpoche ‘s teaching online and videos we could learn some knowledge from it. Many people have benefited from all these wonderful teachings especially how reincarnation works and how is the emptiness related to karma as well. With simplicity, comprehensive and logical explanations of our mind for all to understand. After watching those teachings from the videos , it opened my thoughts , to how reincarnation works. Still learning. Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-mind-and-how-it-reincarnates.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Jun 4. 2020 12:01 AM
    Today there are more people turning to be a vegetarian. Vegetarians are usually more conscious about the earth and their overall health. People should consider becoming vegetarian because it has health benefits, reduces animal abuse, and helps reduce the risk of some diseases.

    Vegetarian diet has become mostly accepted in many cultures for its limitless benefits. It will be a healthy option if we choose to adopted to be a vegetarian with well balance diet. Of course going green definitely keeps immunity higher.

    Thank you for the knowledgeable sharing article, It is important for people around the world to understand the importance of being vegetarian.
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jun 3. 2020 11:20 PM
    It is very beautiful. The house you wish for in Colorado is a dream which is waiting to be fulfilled into reality but this one is real. You will find you won’t have any problems going for retreats when you feel you want to have a change of environments or to get away.
    A perfect place for prayers, meditation and retreats.Thank you very much for the good article with nice pictures.


    https://bit.ly/2Y3s8qe
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 3. 2020 01:41 PM
    Nearly everyone has had weird, scary experiences, things that happen in life that seem to defy any sort of rational explanation. Unexplained at times. For me I am not scare as long as I do not disturb them. In fact feel sad for them, will dedicate my prayers to them now since prayers can help them. Ghost and spirit haunting always seem to be up to mischief at times. Watched those videos……interesting when the mysterious and unexplained happens such as the ‘moving pint’ incident at the pub. Interesting sharing of ghost footage taken in different pubs around the world.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ghosts-in-the-pub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 3. 2020 01:40 PM
    Andy Mattia a friend of our Lama…Tsem Rinpoche lost and found after 24 years . Rinpoche had not forgotten about him and recollected some of the finest moments of life with him. Its not too late , at least for a moment Rinpoche knew of his passing and had a picture of him after all these long years. A friend like Andy whom Rinpoche do not want to lose as he was kind and generous ,helping Rinpoche during the most difficult times at Los Angeles, California. Interesting read of how the writers managed to search and search without giving up and found it at last .Interesting video too.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/andy-mattia-the-long-lost-friend.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 3. 2020 01:37 PM
    Everyone in the world has the right to practice what one ‘s own religion, and beliefs. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. Its their choice and no one are above the law saying one should or should not pray to this and that. Our lama Rinpoche had been targeted all this years just because Rinpoche chose to continue practicing Dorje Shugden. Rinpoche had been abused online with all sorts of ugly words or so. Dorje Shugden ‘s practitioners been discriminated is really sad, just because one religious beliefs. NOT only that Rinpoche’s student too targeted using nasty words as well. Dorje Shugden is accused to be a evil spirit, they should checked and read the history and origin before commenting. Recently i did received nasty and disgusting comments too on my postings in FB. Who are they to comment , such a nonsense . Well they will soon have to swallow their own words.
    Those Dorje Shugden practitioners are not allowed to participate in many events , denied service and so forth. Reading all the untrue and nonsense comments , felt sickening and shocking. As Buddhist we should respect each other and make peace , harmony not ‘war’.
    Thank you for this sharing ,hopefully more are aware of what the ban on Dorje Shugden has caused. Enough is enough , may the ban soon be history.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/will-the-dalai-lama-agree-with-this.html
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Jun 2. 2020 05:00 PM
    Truly a great teacher and after years of wandering, the first monastery in the Ajahn Chah tradition was found followed by many monasteries and continues to flourish.He left the world a legacy of a GREAT TEACHER of his teachings,and realizations of the Buddha dharma.
    Despite all this, Ajahn Chah attracted an increasing number of followers who wanted to become his disciples. Thank you very much for the good sharing.

    https://bit.ly/2U2hJtx
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jun 2. 2020 01:18 PM
    For more than a thousand years, artists have played a key role in the cultural life in Asia. At Tibet, Kashmir, and Nepal their arts flourished as its equally important part of their culture, architecture and their way of living to the outer world. The artist using art to express their knowledge, skills . The art painting reveal the way of lifestyle and strong belief they have in Buddhism. From the book ‘Arts from the Rooftop of Asia , Chinese has influence in the Tibetan paintings of thangkas and many art paintings in the region. Religious influence on Nepalese handicrafts. Interesting book revealing the history of arts with rare and precious pictures.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/arts-from-the-rooftop-of-asia-tibet-nepal-and-kashmir.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jun 2. 2020 01:15 PM
    Very touching watching the short video, how affection and love the cat . The dead owner must have treated well and gave a lot of love to this cat . Well the lovely cat hugs and leaning its face against the video screen. Animals cannot tell us their feelings and thoughts, but they can use touch and body language to communicate. Animals do express emotion, such as grief and joy, just like one of us. They can be very loyal and protective. Do not hurt them , give them care and love.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/a-touching-hug
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Jun 1. 2020 03:45 PM
    Helena Roerich , a multi-talented Russian writer, artist, theosophist, intrepid explorer, healer and philosopher, was a great inspiration to her husband Nicholas throughout their lives.
    I wonder what kind of karma she had or the life she had lived before this life for her to be spiritual since young.Thank you for the inspiring article.

    https://bit.ly/2XIkcKI

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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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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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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
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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
1 week 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
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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!
3 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!
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
3 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
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Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
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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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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
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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