Is Ethical Vegetarianism Consistent with Eating Artificial, Laboratory-Grown Meat?

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This essay will consider the issue of whether ethical vegetarianism is consistent with eating artificial, laboratory-grown meat (cultured meat). I will be focusing on animal use in cultured meat production. I will be looking at Peter Singer’s ethics theory that stems from his book Animal Liberation and some later developments of his views. By looking at strengths and weaknesses of his perspectives, I will apply them to this particular issue. I will look at the position of meat eaters turning to ethical vegetarianism rather than ethical vegetarians taking up cultured meat. From this stance, I will argue that ethical vegetarianism is not consistent with eating cultured meat.

As there are different types of vegetarianism, it is important to first distinguish what is unique to ethical vegetarianism.

A vegetarian is someone who intentionally does not consume meat in their diet and often avoids by-products from slaughtered animals1 (such as gelatine) but there are also other subcategories of vegetarians who still eat eggs and/or dairy products. A vegetarian typically does not mind using products derived from animals such as wool. People may adopt a vegetarian lifestyle for different reasons such as health, environmental, religious, cultural or personal taste. However ethical vegetarianism is propelled by the wish to prevent (by refusing to support) the harming of sentient beings, which would be the animals slaughtered for meat production.2

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The details of cultured meat production are quite extensive so I will omit any in-depth details that might find more relevance in a biological essay than a philosophical one.

Research into cultured meat production is a relatively uncharted area of food science and it unsurprisingly faces many practical and ethical challenges. One of the more obvious practical challenges would be the commercialisation of cultured meat and funding research in order to be able to achieve that affordable cost. The research cost required to produce the world’s first publicly revealed cultured burger was up to around £215,000.3 For the purpose of this essay I will not focus too much on monetary or practical challenges such as in vitro versus in vivo cell proliferation. I am aware that some of those challenges are not isolated as there usually are implications that crossover into the realm of ethics but there are many more challenges that face cultured meat production than I have space to address. I will instead focus on the challenges directly relevant to ethical vegetarianism such as the use of animals in the production process.

Methods of cultured meat production generally include the use of embryonic or adult stem cells as the primary growth agent. Both types of stem cells have their respective practical (biological) obstacles when applied to cultured meat production, however, they do share a relevant ethical similarity, which is that they are animal derived stem cells (I will later revisit the relevance of this in relation to Singer). Furthermore, in order to allow these stem cells to proliferate and form substantial quantities of meat, they must be in the presence of other processual components such as culture media, growth factors and bioreactors.

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Culture media might be considered the ‘food’ for cultured meat because it is where the stem cells will proliferate. Presently, cultured meat production generally utilises animal sera because (when compared to the alternatives) it is relatively straightforward to obtain and serves its purpose well as a conducive medium for stem cell proliferation. There are efforts to find cost effective animal-free media as they could prospectively reduce production costs and transferable disease risk, but as of now, the relative expenses of animal-free media are too strong of a disincentive for its widespread use. Therefore, although I am aware of alternative media possibilities, I will instead focus on animal-based culture media used for production.

Foetal bovine serum (FBS) is a commonly used animal serum because it is harvested from the foetus of pregnant cows at the time of (often commercial) slaughter.4 This is important because it means that cows are not directly slaughtered for FBS but counts as an animal by-product in the same way gelatine is. So it seems by that account, an ethical vegetarian should avoid cultured meat unless it is cultured in an animal-free medium. Even still, given the necessity of animal derived stem cells in any cultured meat production, it is further evidence against the case for cultured meat consumption. However, it is not so simple for an ethical vegetarian to reject cultured meat on these grounds alone as there are further implications that need to be examined when applying Singer’s theory.

The specific perspective that Singer has taken on animal ethics since the release of ‘Animal Liberation’ in 1975 has changed over time but nonetheless, Singer is generally well known to be an advocate of utilitarian ethics. I will address the different types of utilitarian perspectives he has taken later but for general understanding, utilitarianism is a consequentialist theory. This means the focus is on the consequences alone and that the moral rightness or wrongness of an action lies in the total weighing of ‘good’ against ‘bad’ (in whichever forms they may take) when the consequences are examined. If an act (at the time it is examined) produces consequences where the measured ‘good’ outweighs the ‘bad’ then the act would be considered morally right. A utilitarian, specifically, is morally obligated to act in order to maximise the measured ‘good’ for the greatest number and thereby minimising the measured ‘bad’. This then begs the question, what constitutes ‘good’ and ‘bad’?

Animal Liberation by Peter Singer

Animal Liberation by Peter Singer

Although Singer is widely known as a preference utilitarian (which I will examine later), in ‘Animal Liberation’, his argument adopts a perspective that follows similarly from Jeremy Bentham’s hedonistic utilitarian view of moral ethics. That is, humans have the sensory capacity to experience pleasure and pain, and we are morally obligated to act in a way that maximises good in the form of pleasure and minimises bad in the form of pain for the greatest number of humans possible. Although Bentham briefly questions the importance in an animal’s ability to reason in relation to utility, Singer further develops this idea.5

Many people would hold the view that actualising the hedonistic interests of a human baby takes a higher priority than those of an adult cow. Why is this? Singer argues that any being who has hedonistic interests at all, should not have their interests undermined solely because of differences in anatomy, intelligence or rationality. Singer suggests that prejudices of this nature are arbitrary and serve only to benefit human interests and attempt to disregard inconvenient propositions such as animal interests. To Singer, prejudice against animals on the basis of them being structurally different to us could be paralleled to the way in which racism operates. In modern societies the idea that a black and white human should have unequal moral consideration because of their skin colour seems absurd and is usually publicly scrutinised. Thus according to Singer, a black and white human should have equal moral consideration not because of their skin colour but because they have the interest of maximising pleasure and minimising pain. Singer refers to this type of prejudice against animals as speciesism.6

To then extend this idea of equal moral consideration between humans and animals through the capacity to feel pleasure and pain, his argument takes an evolutionary approach. For example, we know that human experiences of physical pleasure and pain come primarily from the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and given that some animals with similar anatomical structures also exhibit behavioural similarities in response to relatable pleasure and pain stimuli (such as food and limb damage); then they must also experience physical pleasure and pain in a similar sense to humans. Therefore, according to Singer’s argument, this means that their interests should also have the equal moral consideration that we humans apply to ourselves.7

Australian moral philosopher, Peter Singer

Australian moral philosopher, Peter Singer

Therefore in accordance to the principle of utility that Bentham proposed, Singer argues that (with equal moral consideration) if human interests of maximising pleasure and minimising pain constitutes the greater good, animal interests should also be included under the same criteria.

Singer noted that humans and animals have different types and intensities of hedonistic experience but that does not take away from the idea that they experience them entirely. He does suggest few animals who do not express many signs of hedonistic experience (because of primitive sensory awareness) would not have equal moral consideration of interests but he does not draw a concrete line as to which animals that threshold can be applied. This degree of uncertainty led Singer to take the stance of preference utilitarianism, one he suggested, also provides a universal applicability of ethics.8

Preference utilitarianism adds another layer of consideration to the moral ethics of what is right and wrong. Instead of hedonistic experiences, it accepts good and bad in the satisfaction and frustration of preferences. Similar to the evolutionary analogy for animal interests, Singer argues that preferences are also rooted in the evolution of reasoning in humans which is continuously expanding.9

Then, regarding the morality of cultured meat, Singer’s argument suggests that we should weigh up the good and bad of humans and animals in production and consumption. Intuitively this may seem like an appealing approach because the values of good and bad are strictly defined. The ethical vegetarian might stand to find a lot of good from this. For example, more animal preferences to avoid pain and fear from commercial slaughter will be satisfied if consumption of cultured meat successfully substituted traditional meat consumption. Therefore the ethical vegetarian could say that it is consistent to eat cultured meat if it reduces the total frustration of sentient being preferences. I think it would be a stretch to counter-argue that the goods lost from falls in traditional meat consumption outweigh the potential goods gained from rises in cultured meat consumption, at least from a hedonistic perspective. On the other hand, it is important that the bad from cultured meat consumption is also taken into the equation according to Singer’s argument, whether it stems from different secular areas such as economics, environment or welfare (unlike, perhaps, a rights-based ethical theorist).

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Image credit: newfoodmagazine.com

The added complexity of preference utilitarianism might be detrimental to its potential ecological applicability if we compare it to the straightforward evaluation of hedonistic utilitarianism. Singer might argue that use of animal stem cells for food is not wrong on its own because stem cells have no preferences. What Singer would have to consider is the preferences of humans who would prefer that animal stem cells were not part of the production process. Furthermore it likely is against the preferences (in adult stem cells) of an animal to have its body invaded for stem cells. Singer addresses that most human preferences have more moral weight because the satisfaction or frustration of their preferences are generally tied to the awareness of the future thus producing more good or bad over time.10 I agree with this to an extent but I believe that, perhaps with more weighted universalisability, Singer sacrifices the realistic applicability of his ethics towards animal welfare because of the variability and inclusiveness of other factors (like the environment) it must take into account.11 It seems impractical without some sort of clairvoyance that an average person could come even remotely close to accurately weighing up different preferences and implications of their actions, based on the preferences they affect.12

The loophole of preference utilitarianism in this case is that, if applied, we focus only on the consequences which means we cannot make conclusions according to a timeline of our preference. For example, imagine a world where cultured meat consumption thrives for the next four years and satisfies a large surplus of preferences, but on the fifth year, it directly causes the development of a super-bacteria that wipes out all human and animal life. In a scenario like this, cultured meat consumption in abundance would eventually end up preventing the satisfaction of many more preferences over time. Thus if we concluded that after four years in this scenario, eating cultured meat was morally right, Singer could then argue that it was (in retrospect) morally wrong because an immeasurable amount of human and animal preferences would have been satisfied in a world where cultured meat consumption had not thrived. Given the loss of life and potential future preferences that could have been satisfied (equal or not), an argument from that perspective would hold.

Henry Sidgwick

Henry Sidgwick

However, in recent years, Singer has developed his views following Henry Sidgwick’s universalistic hedonism.13 Sidgwick follows similarly to Bentham’s hedonistic approach but rather than seeing good and bad as merely pleasure and pain values to be measured, Sidgwick argues that pleasure and pain are not limited to sensory experiences. Instead, they can extend further as different forms of agreeable and disagreeable feelings, for example, the pleasure of philosophical engagement. The aim of maximising pleasure and minimising pain therefore creates intrinsically desirable states of consciousness which form the value of happiness.14

Preferences are somewhat states of consciousness, but it is clearly possible for a preference to be realised without being conscious of it. This means that even if there is no change of consciousness, preference utilitarianism suggests that would be some measurable good, whereas Sidgwick would reject that claim. For example, I might prefer something that is not objectively good for me, yet if the preference is satisfied, the preference utilitarian would weigh that as good. That seems to be an incoherent conclusion but that is what preference utilitarianism suggests, so I can understand why Singer has shifted his view away from it.

Still, the complexity in weighing what Singer suggests for the ethical vegetarian then comes to attention in our present world. Taking a hedonistic approach, if cultured meat consumption grows and reduces traditional meat consumption to the point where, in utilitarian terms, the bad from cultured meat consumption outweighed the bad from traditional meat consumption, then regardless of the good from cultured meat, it seems that ethical vegetarianism would have to resign to an equilibrium level of both types of meat consumption (where the bad of cultured meat does not exceed the bad of traditional meat) in order to minimise the further harming of animal life. The following images assume that cultured meat is widely enjoyed by people and its production becomes commercially viable, whilst maintaining the use of FBS. Furthermore, in light of the increased production and consumption of cultured meat, the following images assume a significant decrease in the production and consumption of traditional meat.

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Breaking or maintaining this equilibrium would seem inconsistent with the principles of ethical vegetarianism, which should surely be aiming to expunge the harming of animals completely. Therefore, through the increase of cultured meat consumption, the progression of reducing traditional meat consumption would be consistent with ethical vegetarianism. However, this would only be a temporary solution for the underlying problem of using animals in food production, since this currently produces a significant amount of bad inevitably. In accordance to Singer’s argument, as long as the good from cultured meat consumption outweighed the bad, we would be morally obligated to continue that trend in order to maximise happiness.

Intuitively, the presented scenario does not sound bad at all. In fact, the good gained and bad avoided in the scenario described above, compared to the current state of commercial meat production would be astronomical. It could be argued that ethical vegetarianism is consistent with eating cultured meat because of the potential to increase good over bad. However, it seems to be a problem for Singer, who is a self-proclaimed ethical vegetarian but whose argument does not fully support it. As a utilitarian, the good surplus that would come from immediate rises in cultured meat consumption would sit well with Singer but as an ethical vegetarian, it would not be consistent to accept cultured meat as a permanent solution given the current reliance on FBS.

Image credit: thebottomline.as.ucsb.edu (llustration by Lynn Lu)

Image credit: thebottomline.as.ucsb.edu (llustration by Lynn Lu)

Singer might want to argue for the rejection of both traditional and cultured meat consumption, and advocate the research of plant based culture media to an extent (whilst considering the attached challenges). However, if he follows utilitarianism logically, as long as traditional meat consumption is ongoing and given the cultured meat alternative; he would have to support cultured meat over traditional meat consumption. This applies even when the bad from cultured meat consumption grows larger than the bad from traditional meat consumption, as long as the sum total of good from both types of consumption outweighs the sum of bad. Regardless, in its current state, cultured meat consumption in the long term seems to be inconsistent with the principles of ethical vegetarianism.

In conclusion, I have argued that ethical vegetarianism is not consistent with eating cultured meat when applying Singer’s theory. Singer’s preference utilitarianism has many obstacles (as he recognises) such as measuring all the preferences affected by factors not directly related to animal welfare. Following Sidgwick’s universalistic hedonism, Singer narrows down the scope of what he aims to measure but I believe I have shown a case where his utilitarian ethics contradicts the position of ethical vegetarianism. Importantly, this only applies when cultured meat production uses animal serum as a culture medium and considers meat eaters turning ethical vegetarian. However, I ultimately believe that ethical vegetarians should avoid cultured meat consumption given its current state.

 

Footnotes

1.‘Animal(s)’ will refer to non-human animals.
2. R.G. Frey, Rights, Killing, and Suffering: Moral Vegetarianism and Applied Ethics (Oxford: Basil Blackwell Publisher Limited, 1983), p.6-7.
3. BBC, World’s first lab-grown burger is eaten in London (2013). Available online: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23576143 [Accessed 6/10/2016.
4. C. E. Jochems The use of fetal bovine serum: ethical or scientific problem? (2002). Available online: http://web.a.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail/detail?sid=3ed446ae-9fa7-41c6[Accessed 7/11/2016]
5. P. Singer, ‘Animal Liberation’, in R. Garner (ed.) Animal Rights: The Changing Debate (Basingstoke: Macmillan Press LTD, 1996). p.7-18.
6. A term he credits to Dr Richard Ryder.
7. P. Singer, Practical Ethics, 3rd edition (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 59-61.
8. ibid 11-15
9. P. Singer, The Expanding Circle: Ethics and Sociobiology (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1981) 87-124.
10. Singer, Practical Ethics p.80
11. H.L. Tuomisto, M.J.T. Mattos, Environmental Impacts of Cultured Meat Production. (2011) Available Online: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/es200130u [Accessed 7/11/2016].
12. J. Broome, Can There Be a Preference-Based Utilitarianism? (2010). Available Online: https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view/CD77BC4A3498F027DA8CF7BDEC635144/9780511619595c9_p221-238_CBO.pdf/can-there-be-a-preference-based-utilitarianism.pdf [Access 7/11/2016].
13. M. Pigliucci, Rationally Speaking podcast: Peter Singer on Being a Utilitarian in the Real World (2013). Available Online: http://rationallyspeaking.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/rationally-speaking-podcast-peter.html [Accessed 7/11/2016].
14. K. Lazari-Radel & P. Singer, The Point of View of the Universe: Sidgwick and Contemporary Ethics [eBook] (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2014) 240-241.

 

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  1. Bradley Kassian on Feb 25, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Thank you, Wei Tan and Blog team for putting this article out. It’s a question that I have been thinking about the past month. You gave a very detailed explanation and debate point with Singer’s theory. Personally, I don’t have a full ethical issue with lab-grown meat as it could help feed people around the world and be better for the environment where we don’t degrade and destroy more land to raise cattle etc, and cut down on the killing of animals for consumption.

    My biggest issue though is that consumption of lab-grown meat might further our taste for meat, and might lead more people to consume real animal meat. This could lead to a habit of consumption. So all though this substance is useful to curb the killing of animals, it might have a rebound effect.

  2. Stella Cheang on Feb 6, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Thank you, Wei Tan, for this thought provoking article. After reading the article, I too, came to the same conclusion that you have tabled in the beginning; i.e. ethical vegetarianism is not consistent with eating cultured meat. Singer’s theory sounded rather splitting hair especially as he focuses on replacing the “addiction” of meat with cultured meat. Whereas it is common knowledge that the better and ultimate “replacement of meat” for the lacking of a better word, would be plant. Therefore, Singer seems to be propagandising a new industry/business instead of liberating animals for the greater good. Having said so, ethical vegetarian must not lose sight of how many other ways animals are being abused, harmed and slaughtered into meat, wearable products and even other household items that we are using day to day. We must consistently refuse to support these industries that build their fortune on the pain and death of another beings.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-2021-losar-advice.html

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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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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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
1 month ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
3 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Fwd: Dear Sotha
5 months ago
Fwd: Dear Sotha
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
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Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
6 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
6 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
6 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
9 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 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
9 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
10 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
10 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
12 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
12 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
12 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
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