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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    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for this sharing of a great Lama Master.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/master-hongyi-the-maverick-patriarch-of-the-chinese-buddhism.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 17. 2022 04:24 PM
    Spirits and unseen beings are everywhere not only actually restricted to specific areas. Places such as cemeteries, abandoned houses or places where death occurred. There are many different types of spirits around us, unseen to the naked eye, but for some they could see it or sense their presence. Many people of different faith reported having experienced sense the presence of spirits. Interesting rather scary reading Steven Wong ghostly experienced in the motel . I have encounter such before staying in hotel . More scary I can say. That’s past history, since coming to Buddhism I am not scare at all , I will recite DS Mantra . Later do prayers and dedicate to them .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/paranormal-stories/paranormal-experiences-occur-everywhere-part-1.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 17. 2022 04:21 PM
    Reading this article written by Tsering Shakya, again as it tells us more and understand better of the situation suffered by Tibetan people. Due to the Dorje Shugden controversy many Tibetans suffered . Many of them migrated to other countries to the west for better opportunities. Tibetan culture and identity is inseparably linked to Tibetan Buddhism. Somehow once in a foreign land they tend to lose their traditions and cultures slowly over times. Living in foreign land , it difficult to maintain their true identity. For them Tibetans maintaining links to the homeland presents a very unique challenges tasks. If only the Tibetan leadership more opened, forgo the past and accepts as what HH Dalai Lama said that Dorje Shugden is no evil and do no harm. Tibetan Buddhist could continue practicing the Dorje Shugden’s practice. Tibetan should stand united to protect the Tibetan heritage and culture instead discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners so much so had divided the Tibetans. Many of them left and migrated else where to look for better livelihood.
    Tsem Rinpoche had gone through a rough time , rejected twice from the moment of birth from Taiwan to US and travelling to India where Rinpoche found a place called home then. Later to Malaysia as advice by his Guru.
    To this end, the discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners must end for the sake of the all Tibetans living in India and Nepal .
    A very good article by Tsering Shakya, more people should read it to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetans-rejected-twice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 17. 2022 04:19 PM
    Wow…that’s great , rejoice Pastor Joy, you have painted over a thousand Buddha statues over the years. Pastor you have a painter’s fine hands. I saw those Buddha ‘s images beautifully painted without formal training is a great achievement. Pastor has turn un-groomed images into something beautiful. A great painter that have put a lot of work into it and it has paid off .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Joy for sharing this with us for-most looking at most of the painted Buddha images tells us a thousand words.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/painting-buddha-statues
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 15. 2022 12:44 PM
    Feeling disappointed when someone a Sangha supposed to promote peace, harmony and helps to give teachings to those who are new instead promoting hatred, cursing another person. Its wrong to tell people to break their samaya with their teachers. They must be given the wrong information about Dorje Shugden and Shugden Buddhist practitioners . The Tibetan Leadership has spread their lies and causing misunderstanding among the Tibetans. The rights of Dorje Shugden practitioners were denied just because for practicing their religion as they have done for the past 400 years. Dorje Shugden practitioners are side-lined from their own community, denied medical care, education and even employment in government offices. The Tibetan Leadership has instituted this ban against Dorje Shugden causing sufferings among many. Sad indeed hopefully these controversy will dissolve soon as more people understand and know that Dorje Shugden is not an evil as claimed by the Tibetan leadership.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/go-on-break-your-samaya.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 15. 2022 12:42 PM
    Buddhism is one of the most popular religions all over the world. Buddha statues have different shapes, sizes, different gestures or mudras and styles of presentation. Well said by Tsem Rinpoche the bigger and more Buddha statues makes a difference in our life. It gives out more powerful positive and relaxing energy to help us. concentrate better. One of the methods for us to purify our karma to suit our current karma-bound situation. By circumambulating 500 mantra stones one time we could accumulate much more merits in just one round of circumambulation. All thanks to Rinpoche having this idea with many mantra stones as possible for us to circumambulate. The larger the Buddha image, the more merits are collected the greatest amount of benefit for one who sincerely circumambulating.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this amazing post and explaining all the details for us to understand more.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/bigger-and-more-buddha-statues-makes-a-difference.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 15. 2022 12:37 PM
    Ra Lotsawa said to be an emanation of Manjushri was a great tantric master who had used wrathful means to subjugate his opponents. He was declared to be a saint and a fully enlightened Buddha. Many viewed as a murderous villain with magical powers and by some as a liberator of human suffering. Ra Lotsawa used his power and magical abilities to defeat his enemies rather rivals to accumulate wealth. He received many Empowerments and practices, which came into conflict with other lamas. His life offers a rare view into the often overlooked roles of magic and sorcery in the Buddhist tradition. In the book The All-Pervading Melodious Drumbeat tells the story of Ra Lotsawa Dorjé Drak . It was written by Ra Yeshe Sengye, and translated for the first time into English. Despite this obsessed legacy, his fame also rests on an illustrious career as a translator of Buddhist scriptures. Ra Lotsawa was so revered in Tibetan Buddhism even though he was so evil where nobody can denied. Interesting read an classic account of one of the most colourful and memorable figures in Tibetan Buddhist history.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ra-lotsawa-the-yamantaka-hero.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 13. 2022 01:04 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing of Mumu , Such an adorable doggie and fortunate one staying with Rinpoche. All I can say is Mumu was energetic, intelligent, affectionate and could obey under the care , love of Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/funnies/mumu-goes-bye-bye.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 13. 2022 01:01 PM
    The true story of HH Dalai Lama fantastic escapes in comic form. Thats interesting as its simple, easy which is suitable for every one to read and see especially children. Children could see and understand through pictures. All thanks to Rinpoche and Kechara Comic Publication team for coming up with this book in comic form. The truth should make known to all , how Dorje Shugden has helped in the escape.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-greatest-escape-in-history.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 13. 2022 01:00 PM
    Tibetan incense is natural incense used in Tibetan Buddhism rituals for 1,300 years. In Tibet, for many centuries, incense has been a part of their daily lives. Widely used for relaxation, meditation and the cleansing of the home environment. Incense is also widely used in Buddhist temples and monasteries, as an offerings. In Buddhism, symbolic offerings are made to the Triple Gem, giving rise to contemplative gratitude and inspiration. Offering incense is a symbol of purification. It is a very powerful way to revitalize environment ,removing obstacles and purifying one’s karma. Incense offering to our Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden is indeed very helpful and beneficial. It helps in many ways as such to clear any obstacles ,and so on.All thanks to our Guru Tsem Rinpoche for sharing this practice .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrice Ooi for this sharing and explaining the details of incense. We are so fortunate to learn, understand and practice it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/incense-offering-to-dorje-shugden.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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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
    3 yearss ago
    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    3 yearss ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    4 yearss ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    4 yearss ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    4 yearss ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 yearss ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 yearss ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    4 yearss ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    4 yearss ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    4 yearss ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
    4 yearss ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    4 yearss ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    4 yearss ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    4 yearss ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    5 yearss 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.
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    5 yearss ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    5 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    5 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    5 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    5 yearss 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.
    5 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    5 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    5 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    5 yearss 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
    5 yearss 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.
    5 yearss 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!!
    5 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    5 yearss 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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Is this where Rinpoche received the thangkha of Dream Manjushri?
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Is this where Rinpoche received the thangkha of Dream Manjushri?
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Is this the ruins of Zimkhang Gongma established by Panchen Sonam Drakpa. -Choong
We hold our DS puja weekly without fail. We welcome you to join us. Penang DS puja @ 3pm~ by Jacinta
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We hold our DS puja weekly without fail. We welcome you to join us. Penang DS puja @ 3pm~ by Jacinta
DS PUJA @ Penang. A close up of the offerings. What a feast! #Throwback 23/7/2022.
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DS PUJA @ Penang. A close up of the offerings. What a feast! #Throwback 23/7/2022.
#Throwback 23/7/2022. Our weekly DS puja attendees. All of us were getting ready to invite Buddhas to come forth, joining and blessing us during DS puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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#Throwback 23/7/2022. Our weekly DS puja attendees. All of us were getting ready to invite Buddhas to come forth, joining and blessing us during DS puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
#Throwback23/7/2022 Welcoming Buddha Shakyamuni, Gyenze, Shize & Namgyalma to Penang chapel. Abundance offerings, including sensory offerings were nicely set up and offered up to Buddha surfing our weekly DS puja @ 3pm, Jalan Seang Tek, Penang ~by Jacinta
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#Throwback23/7/2022 Welcoming Buddha Shakyamuni, Gyenze, Shize & Namgyalma to Penang chapel. Abundance offerings, including sensory offerings were nicely set up and offered up to Buddha surfing our weekly DS puja @ 3pm, Jalan Seang Tek, Penang ~by Jacinta
Kechara Earth Project 17 July 2022
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Kechara Earth Project 12 June 2022
#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
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#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
Photo from JC
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Photo from JC
Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
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Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
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All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
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Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
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The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
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We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
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We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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