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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    Although there are a minority of Chinese people that find this statue’s iconography a little difficult to accept, Kuan Yin is still visited and loved by all in Macau. This is due to the rich blend between European and Western cultures.

    Check out the pictures at http://bit.ly/2K7npNK
  • nicholas
    Monday, Nov 11. 2019 02:28 PM
    Nestled amid the rolling mountains, deep within the Larung Gar Valley, thousands of tiny wooden homes form one of the world’s largest Buddhist institutes.

    The remote but sprawling settlement is found at elevations of 12,500ft and is home to over 40,000 monks, nuns and religious students.

    It is located in the Larung Valley, Serthar County of Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, in China.

    It is said to have sprung up from a handful of settlers into the sprawling town that now occupies vast areas of hilly terrain.

    At the focal point is a giant Buddhist monastery – the Serthar Buddhist Institute – with a huge wall separating the monks from the nuns.

    The homes are predominantly made out of wood. Each one is built so close to the next that they all begin to merge into rows of homes.

    Read more about this place at http://bit.ly/36TXPWk
  • nicholas
    Monday, Nov 11. 2019 02:14 PM
    In Buddhism, fasting is considered a method of purification. Theravadin monks fast everyday after 12pm till the next sunrise. The Tibetan Buddhist practice of Nyungne, which includes holding strict vows and fasting, has been gaining increased attention in Buddhist centers across North America. Fasting in Buddhism is to develop control of one’s attachments so the mind can be freed to develop higher awarenesses. Also fasting can be done so that one restricts from a pleasure (food) and dedicate it to someone sick, in need or dying. Basically to restrict one’s body from the normal food intake is to develop discipline, awarness, self control and even appreciation for all one has.

    The Buddha’s spiritual awakening is related to fasting. The young prince Siddhartha left his palace in search of enlightenment and practised for six years under severe austerities and intense mental concentration that his beautiful body withered away to skin and bones. Towards the end of this period, he was surviving only on a single grain of rice a day. Buddha wanted to cut the attachment to the senses starting with excess indulgence in food and so on. This stage of Buddha’s practice is known as Fasting Buddha and the depictions in images or statues are usually called Emaciated or Fasting Buddha.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/2Ka7xKz
  • nicholas
    Monday, Nov 11. 2019 02:04 PM
    Hong Kong (CNN)Nestled in a tranquil hillside, Hong Kong’s newest Buddhist monastery features bulletproof VIP rooms and the world’s second tallest statue of the Goddess of Mercy — a Buddhist deity.

    The monastery is funded entirely by Asia’s richest man, Li Ka-shing, who contributed $193 million from his personal foundation to the building project.

    The premises, styled on Tang dynasty buildings, sprawl across a lush, green area of 500,000 square feet – around nine football fields.

    It can accommodate up to 400 to 500 visitors daily, but will not be open to tour groups in order to preserve the sacred atmosphere.

    Li initiated the project in 2003 to promote Buddhism in the city and construction took five years to complete.

    Stunning sights, statues and bulletproof windows

    At a height of 76 meters (250 feet), the Goddess of Mercy statue overlooks the site and a breathtaking view of Hong Kong’s harbor and several islands.

    The monastery also features several grand halls, including one which houses three ornate 24-karat gold plated Buddhist statues, where people can meditate, and learn about Buddhism.

    But perhaps the most intriguing feature is the bulletproof dormitory rooms.

    One of the three dormitories that provide housing for visiting monks from all over world has built-in bulletproof windows to protect “important guests.”

    “We installed the bulletproof glass windows because we hoped there could be a place to protect our important guests such as the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand and other top monks,” Walter Ngai Kai-shu, secretary general of the monastery told local media.

    The rooms are still empty, and Ngai added that they were not designed for Li or any specific individual, reported the South China Morning Post.

    Visitors are not allowed to bring joss sticks, meat, alcohol, or other food offerings in order to be environmentally friendly — instead the monastery will provide water.

    “There are many other ways to offer the Buddha apart from joss sticks,” Ngai told local media.

    Currently, a dozen monks, mainly from Hong Kong and Southeast Asia reside inside the monastery.

    It will be open to the public on April 15, but registration and booking is now available online.

    http://bit.ly/2qCgWUr
  • nicholas
    Monday, Nov 11. 2019 01:56 PM
    Vajrayogini is well known to have emanated within the Himalayan regions of Nepal, Tibet, Mongolia and even China. According to Buddha Shakyamuni, as years progressively become more distant from the time when the Buddha was alive, the “effectiveness” of the Tantras will diminish as the merits to uphold these teachings decrease. But for the Heruka and Vajrayogini tantras, it is the opposite. As we get further away from the time of the Buddha, our desires increase. Thus, the effectiveness of the Heruka and Vajrayogini tantras also increase as they use our desire as a tool to bring us to Enlightenment.

    The Vajravarahi/Yogini Cave (Dorje Phagmo Cave) is located within the boundaries of Vajravarahi Hill (亥母山) in Liangzhou in Gansu Province, China. The origins of this cave dates back to the year 1004 AD. According to records, on the 25th day of the 1st lunar month, Vajravarahi reincarnated in human form together with her four other dakinis. These dakinis began to make tsog offerings and perform tantric rituals at the age of five in this sacred cave every 10th and 25th of the lunar month until they reached the age of eight. At that age, on the 25th day of the 12th lunar month, they ascended to Kechara Heaven.

    Throughout the centuries, many high lamas of the Tibetan Buddhist order have visited this cave. For instance, in 1244, the great Tibetan sage, Sakya Pandita went to Liangzhou for a meeting with the officials of China and brought with him his younger sister, Drukpa Rangmo and his nephew, Chogyal Phagpa. At this sacred site of Vajravarahi, the entourage made extensive offerings and performed tsog. It was during this time that Drukpa Rangmo made a Dorje Phagmo statue from clay and enshrined the statue in this very cave. On another occasion, the 6th Dalai Lama on his way home from a pilgrimage to Wutaishan stayed in this cave for a long duration in retreat and prayer. To mark this occasion and also the sacred space of Vajravarahi, the 6th Dalai Lama erected a stupa made of clay in the cave.

    Read more about Vajravarahi Caves in China at http://bit.ly/34N1ROp
  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Nov 11. 2019 01:22 PM
    Thank you for sharing with us more about Rinpoche. Rinpoche never wasted a minute in his life to help others. Everything Rinpoche did was to bring benefits to others, it was never for himself. Even though he had been hurt before, but he never inflicted pain on another person because he knew how hard it was. Rinpoche’s kindness was not limited to people who are closed to him or who knew him personally, his kindness was for every sentient beings, regardless. Even though Rinpoche is not with us anymore but he had left behind many precious teachings to benefit us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tales-with-my-lama-a-snapshot-of-rinpoches-room
  • Pastor Lanse
    Monday, Nov 11. 2019 01:08 PM
    每一回经过克切拉禅修林庞隆精舍,除了欣慰几近完全消失的庞隆精舍终于得以再现,更是感恩上师尊贵的詹杜固仁波切对于保护传承所付出的心力。上师让我们看到的是,一个传承的延续靠的并不是多大的财力物力,而是真正维护传承的用心。

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-revival-of-panglung-ritroe-in-kechara-forest-retreat-chinese.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Nov 11. 2019 01:05 PM
    A rare holy, sacred and precious picture of His Holiness 16th Karmapa with His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche tells a thousand words. Karmapa is Chenresik and Trijang Rinpoche is Vajra Yogini. In fact there is a mind blowing connections between the two enlightened and perfected beings. Wow…… HH 16th Karmapa and HH Trijang Rinpoche are both enlightened manifesting again and again for the benefit of others. Interesting read showing enlightenment has no borders no matter what tradition one comes from.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/mind-blowing-connections-between-two-high-lamas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Nov 11. 2019 01:04 PM
    Wonderful long life prayers by two great Lamas for our Guru Tsem Rinpoche years back. Reading through the prayers its truly filled with blessings tells all. With folded hands thank you both great masters for composing this lovely prayer which invoke the blessing of Three Jewels.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/long-life-prayer-by-kensur-konchok-tsering-rinpoche-and-trijang-rinpoche.html

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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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.
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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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.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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

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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
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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
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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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
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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    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
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    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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    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.
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    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.
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    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
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    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
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    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
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    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
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    10 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
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    Cute!
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    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.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
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    Cute baby owl found and rescued
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    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
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    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    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.
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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