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. 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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    The Tibetan diaspora began in 1959 after the People’s Liberation Army entered the country and the Dalai Lama fled into exile. Upon entering India, the Dalai Lama and his exiled leadership were granted 24 tracts of land scattered throughout the country on which the Tibetans would be able to reestablish themselves. These tracts of land were freely and kindly given to the Dalai Lama and his people by the Indian government led by Jawaharlal Nehru. They were granted with the assumption that the Tibetans would be in India as refugees for a very long time and would therefore need space of their own. Indeed, Nehru’s foresight was such that he even extended a citizenship policy to the Tibetans – if within 99 years they were unable to accomplish their political goals and return to their homeland, Tibetans would be forced to take up Indian citizenship and assimilate with the rest of the Indian population.

    Time has shown that thus far, Nehru was almost prophetic in the arrangements he made for the Tibetan people. In the last 60 years, the Tibetan leadership have not been successful in making progress with their political goals. While China continues to rise in power and influence on a global level, the Tibetan leadership and their people continue to be racked by infighting, political scandal, manipulations, divisions and accusations of embezzlement, financial mismanagement, corruption and murder.

    We can therefore see that living in exile has been very challenging for the Dalai Lama and his community. Having experienced a similar pain and hardship, the world was therefore taken aback by the apparent callousness of His Holiness the Dalai Lama when he recently issued the statement

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dalai-lama-says-too-many-refugees-in-europe.html
  • Chris
    Thursday, Feb 21. 2019 02:30 AM
    At 3,867 metres amidst the Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site of “outstanding universal value”) on the Himalayan Mountains of Eastern Nepal, Tengboche Monastery, also known as Thyanboche Monastery or Dawa Choling Gompa, has a spectacular view of the Himalayan peaks of Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku.

    Tengboche Monastery in the Khumbu district on the Nepal-Tibet border sits on a hill at the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Imja Khola rivers. To reach Khumbu, it is three days of hard trekking from Lukla, where the nearest airport with connection flights with Kathmandu is. Trekking at an altitude of 3,250 metres across the Dhudh Kosi river and climbing up to the Tengboche Monastery at 3,870 metres, it’s advised to trek at an easy pace to acclimatise to the conditions of high altitude. Tengboche monastery is well-placed as the mid-station of the trail to the base camp of Mount Everest and is the final destination of the organised Sacred Sites Trail Project of Sagarmatha National Park, a circular trekking trail covering ten monasteries in a clockwise direction, attracting many worldwide tourists.

    Tengboche Monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist gompa of the Sherpa community, built in 1916 by Lama Gulu, in Tengboche village of Khumjung, in the Khumbu region. Sherpas, meaning Easterners, are migrants from Tibet six hundred years ago and are now the main inhabitants in the Khumbu region. Tengboche Monastery was rebuilt twice, once in 1934 after it was destroyed by an earthquake and then again in 1989 when it was ravished by a fire. The rebuilding was by local and international volunteers.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/tengboche-monastery-nepal.html
  • Chris
    Thursday, Feb 21. 2019 02:30 AM
    ‘Shize’ is the Tibetan word for ‘appearing in a peaceful form’. In this case, the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden has one face and two arms. His right hand holds a wealth arrow which is adorned with five-coloured silks and a divination mirror. The divination mirror demonstrates that this form of Dorje Shugden can help you to see into even the distant future; Shize’s practice is very effective in helping us to receive prophecies or develop clairvoyance.

    When you do Shize’s practice, you are invoking the energy of peace and accomplishing things through peaceful methods. So if you are in an area that has an epidemic, you can do Shize’s practice. If you are in an area that has many arguments and a lot of disharmony, or in a household or a place or organisation that has a lot of disharmony, then you can engage in Shize’s practice to help calm the situation down and to find peaceful resolutions.

    If our mind is always jumpy, unhappy, depressed and sad, or it is always unstable, Shize’s practice is excellent for calming ourselves down and increasing our merits. His practice results in our minds becoming much happier and being alleviated from depressions.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/shize-a-practice-for-healing-and-long-life.html
  • Chris
    Thursday, Feb 21. 2019 02:28 AM
    Since the pre-Buddhist Shamanistic era, Tsagan Evgen, also known as the White Old Man, is one of the most popular deities among the Mongolians. He is regarded as the master of heaven, land, rivers, and animals. The White Old Man is also believed to be the god who bestows fertility, and longevity.

    The White Old Man is a White Shamanism deity, a subdivision of Buryat Yellow Shamanism influenced by Tibetan Buddhism and adopts Buddhist rituals. After Buddhism was introduced within the Mongolian culture, the White Old Man is inducted as a Buddhist deity and known as the legendary holy hermit. Today, the White Old Man remains a popular object of worship within the Mongolian culture and beyond. The sculptures and paintings of this deity can be found in many Ulaanbaatar souvenir shops in Mongolia and other countries.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-white-old-man-tsagan-evgen.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Thursday, Feb 21. 2019 02:17 AM
    This is a school you MUST see! Amazing! What an opportunity for children. This is exactly what they need. Please read this- https://bit.ly/2tu4sfs

    “We are building Green School to create a new paradigm for learning. We want children to cultivate physical sensibilities that will enable them to adapt and be capable in the world. We want children to develop spiritual awareness and emotional intuition and to encourage them to be in awe of life’s possibilities.” – John & Cynthia Hardy
  • Chris
    Thursday, Feb 21. 2019 02:07 AM
    In this essay I will be discussing how the term ‘vermin’ might be accurately or inaccurately applied contemporarily. To do this, I will primarily look at what classifies something as vermin in detail, and how the application of the term has changed over time and culture. Hopefully from here I will be able to give some grounded criteria for vermin which I will use to measure against certain animal examples in order to evaluate whether or not there is such a thing as vermin.

    Contemporary views of vermin are often generalised towards animals with the certain non-desirable traits but use of the term is often leniently defined, which explains why it tends to be used interchangeably with the term ‘pest’. In Bellemore’s (2006) Tenants’ Rights Manual, ‘vermin’ refers to creatures like rats, cockroaches and lice whereas ‘pest’ refers to creatures like possum.

    The manual doesn’t mention the reason behind these categorisations but as it addresses the 1987 ‘Residential Tenancies Act’ in New South Wales (Australia), it could be inferred that the creatures referred to would more than likely be influenced by the culture. Furthermore, the manual’s discussion on removing vermin uses ‘pest removal’ (presumably) as an encompassing term for both vermin and pest removal because it fails to mention any ‘vermin removal’.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/is-there-any-such-thing-as-vermin.html

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With deep devotion to the guru, higher meditational insights will arise. If one does not have deep devotion to the guru, it is a clear sign one does not have higher meditational insights.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Click on picture and read and do share with others. Tsem Rinpoche
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As long as a sentient being perceives a non-existent ‘I’ and abides within the state of its resultant projections, both subtle and gross karma will be accumulated even if one is just sitting still and doing nothing.~Tsem Rinpoche 



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. As long as a sentient being perceives a non-existent ‘I’ and abides within the state of its resultant projections, both subtle and gross karma will be accumulated even if one is just sitting still and doing nothing.~Tsem Rinpoche .
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Liang Jing who found a wonderful organic hat to block out the sun! Liang Jiang is such a polite, well-mannered, easy going young adult who just cooperates with everything you ask him to help with. He is a delightful young person and he helps his dad maintain our organic vegetable patch on Kechara Forest Retreat land in Bentong, Malaysia.
Great father and son team at Kechara Forest Retreat harvesting vegetables.
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Great father and son team at Kechara Forest Retreat harvesting vegetables.
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Cute little He Wei working with his dad putting Dorje Shugden mantra stones on the grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat. He is very energetic. Tsem Rinpoche
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您有没有想过如何用自己有限的预算来供养大佛像?

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Respected lamas of any devoted students will have two stupas for their remains. One stupa inside the ladrang of the lama and one stupa outside for the public to worship and do kora. By keeping the remains of the lama\'s previous lives in stupas, and making offerings, generates the merits for the current incarnation and future incarnations of the lama to be able to do more dharma work to benefit others. 

Here is a beautiful indoor stupa to a lama in Tibet. It is up to the strength of the devotion of the students to create such stupas in respect and dedication of their lama\'s previous incarnation(s). TR
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Respected lamas of any devoted students will have two stupas for their remains. One stupa inside the ladrang of the lama and one stupa outside for the public to worship and do kora. By keeping the remains of the lama's previous lives in stupas, and making offerings, generates the merits for the current incarnation and future incarnations of the lama to be able to do more dharma work to benefit others. Here is a beautiful indoor stupa to a lama in Tibet. It is up to the strength of the devotion of the students to create such stupas in respect and dedication of their lama's previous incarnation(s). TR
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The Phenomena of Oracles among various cultures. Very interesting- https://bit.ly/2s3vTfF
His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche in Heruka Tantric dress
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His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche in Heruka Tantric dress
His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche in front of the bodhi tree in Bodhgaya. The bodhi tree Lord Buddha sat under and became enlightened. Tsem Rinpoche
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His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche in front of the bodhi tree in Bodhgaya. The bodhi tree Lord Buddha sat under and became enlightened. Tsem Rinpoche
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When you don't have sangha/centre to bless your Buddha images, here's how you can do it yourself- https://bit.ly/2TmtJn2
Lovely people who are so faithful and interested in Dorje Shugden when they visited us. They understand the benefits and embrace the practice. I wish them well, happiness, peace and spiritual growth. Tsem Rinpoche
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Lovely people who are so faithful and interested in Dorje Shugden when they visited us. They understand the benefits and embrace the practice. I wish them well, happiness, peace and spiritual growth. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, 


Plse take a peek at this one. Cute and interesting. Don\'t miss it: 




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Dear everyone, Plse take a peek at this one. Cute and interesting. Don't miss it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmC4fYVePms TR
One of my favorite sci-fi movies when growing up as a kid.  It was a B-movie, but somehow it worked & I liked it. :)
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One of my favorite sci-fi movies when growing up as a kid. It was a B-movie, but somehow it worked & I liked it. :)
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    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
    3 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
    3 months ago
    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
  • Living off the grid in Australia
    3 months ago
    Living off the grid in Australia
    A Jill Redwood is a jack of all trades, Jill built her own house on her property and lives entirely off the grid with no mains power or town water, mobile reception or television. Living on around $80 a week, Jill has over sixty animals to keep her company and an abundant garden that out serves as an organic supermarket right at her doorstep. Her main expenses are animal feed and the rates on her property. Watch this incredible three minute video and be inspired to live differently.
  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
    3 months ago
    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
  • Wylfred explains in Chinese the benefits of mantra stones at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia   |  黄明川以华语解释在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的玛尼堆(刻有心咒的石头)的利益
    3 months ago
    Wylfred explains in Chinese the benefits of mantra stones at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia | 黄明川以华语解释在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的玛尼堆(刻有心咒的石头)的利益
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
  • If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
    4 months ago
    My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
  • It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
  • BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
    4 months ago
    BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
  • Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
    4 months ago
    Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
  • In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
    4 months ago
    In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
  • Neat little video
    4 months ago
    Neat little video
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    1 years ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
  • Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    1 years ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    1 years ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    1 years ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    1 years ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    1 years ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    1 years ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    1 years ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    1 years ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    1 years ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    1 years ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    1 years ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Danish, Lik Hong and Eshath from Sunway University were of great help to us from food surplus pick up, food surplus distribution, kitchen and foodbank delivery. We would like to thank them for the assistance. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Danish, Lik Hong and Eshath from Sunway University were of great help to us from food surplus pick up, food surplus distribution, kitchen and foodbank delivery. We would like to thank them for the assistance. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Today KISG has carried out our monthly animals liberation activity in DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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2 to 6 year old class..Art and Fun time, they are so create and look at their drawing so nice!!!Will done children..Next week will continue again thank you Teacher Laura Yee. Ksds Asyley Chia
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2 to 6 year old class..Art and Fun time, they are so create and look at their drawing so nice!!!Will done children..Next week will continue again thank you Teacher Laura Yee. Ksds Asyley Chia
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2 to 6 year old class..Art and Fun time, they are so create and look at their drawing so nice!!!Will done children..Next week will continue again thank you Teacher Laura Yee. Ksds Asyley Chia
2 to 6 year old class..Art and Fun time, they are so create and look at their drawing so nice!!!Will done children..Next week will continue again thank you Teacher Laura Yee. Ksds Asyley Chia
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2 to 6 year old class..Art and Fun time, they are so create and look at their drawing so nice!!!Will done children..Next week will continue again thank you Teacher Laura Yee. Ksds Asyley Chia
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2 to 6 year old class..Art and Fun time, Cherng Cherng's drawing so nice! Will done..Next week will continue again.thank you Teacher Laura Yee. KSDS Asyley Chia
2 to 6 year old class.Art and Fun time, they are so create and look at their drawing so nice!Will done children..Next week will continue again.thank you Teacher Laura Yee. KSDS Asyley Chia
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2 to 6 year old class.Art and Fun time, they are so create and look at their drawing so nice!Will done children..Next week will continue again.thank you Teacher Laura Yee. KSDS Asyley Chia
Teacher Asyley and Teacher Melinda gave some brief explanation to students on Rinpoche’s biography. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Asyley and Teacher Melinda gave some brief explanation to students on Rinpoche’s biography. Lin Mun KSDS
The children are so cute  They took  picture in front of Rinpoche. Lin Mun KSDS
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The children are so cute They took picture in front of Rinpoche. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Asyley takes good care of the students. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Asyley takes good care of the students. Lin Mun KSDS
Glad that children engage in dharma from young. Lin Mun KSDS
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Glad that children engage in dharma from young. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Kien lead the prostration and mantra chanting before the start of the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Kien lead the prostration and mantra chanting before the start of the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Students collecting the art stone done by them. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students collecting the art stone done by them. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Melinda is guiding the youngest students to do prostration. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Melinda is guiding the youngest students to do prostration. Lin Mun KSDS
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Pastor Han Nee blessing the birds before releasing them. Lin Mun KSDS
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Pastor Han Nee blessing the birds before releasing them. Lin Mun KSDS
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