Is There Any Such Thing As “Vermin”?

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In this essay I will be discussing how the term ‘vermin’ might be accurately or inaccurately applied contemporarily. To do this, I will primarily look at what classifies something as vermin in detail, and how the application of the term has changed over time and culture. Hopefully from here I will be able to give some grounded criteria for vermin which I will use to measure against certain animal examples in order to evaluate whether or not there is such a thing as vermin.

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

In Bellemore’s (2006) Tenants’ Rights Manual, ‘vermin’ refers to creatures like rats, cockroaches and lice whereas ‘pest’ refers to creatures like possum.

In Bellemore’s (2006) Tenants’ Rights Manual, ‘vermin’ refers to creatures like rats, cockroaches and lice whereas ‘pest’ refers to creatures like possum.

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

In comparison to this, a pest control company (BUGCO) located in Houston (USA) distinguishes the differences between vermin and pests. BUGCO (2014) uses ‘pest’ to refer to insects that infest homes and businesses like ants, cockroaches and termites, but uses ‘vermin’ to refer to wild mammals that tend to infest. Furthermore, they acknowledge the common implication of vermin being disease-carriers like rats, but the term can extend to larger mammals if they begin to cause problems. Therefore, under closer inspection, it is apparent that there are some similarities and differences in the use of ‘vermin’, for example, the rat is referred to as vermin in both cases, but cockroaches are referred to as both vermin and pest.

I believe the comparison of these two examples support my earlier point of lenient definitions surrounding vermin and demonstrates some grey areas in contemporary use which may allude to cultural factors. I believe this is important before I go into further analytical detail in forming some vermin criteria, which should not be confused for pest criteria. In other words, there is a distinct difference between ‘pest’ and ‘vermin’ although categorisations tend to vary. Notably there are some key underlying implications that these two examples brush over such as health, boundaries and extermination. Historical evaluations of these implications are looked at in greater detail, so I will form some vermin criteria by analysing some of these perspectives.

In Mary Fissel’s (1999) ‘Imagining Vermin in Early Modern England’, she looks at some of the ways in which the term vermin were applied during the late 17th century to early 18th century.

In Mary Fissel’s (1999) ‘Imagining Vermin in Early Modern England’, she looks at some of the ways in which the term vermin was applied during the late 17th century to early 18th century. Click to enlarge.

In Mary Fissel’s (1999) ‘Imagining Vermin in Early Modern England’, she looks at some of the ways in which the term vermin was applied during the late 17th century to early 18th century. Her analyses consist of looking at underlying themes within didactic and fictional books such as Aesop’s Fables and John Harris’s 1688 vermin-killing manuals. It is important to note these books were cheap print which meant they were readily available to an increasingly literate public (as well as being easy on beginner readers) and so would have influenced a wide spectrum of opinions which adds historical and cultural grounding to her analyses. Based on these sources, Fissel (1999) suggests that there are three general characteristics that can be related to vermin. Firstly, vermin were poachers of human food, which was especially troublesome when the effort and energy had already been invested into preparation. Secondly, vermin were clever and used their level of cunning to ‘devour humans’ food’. Finally, vermin were able to understand symbols and language which gave them the means to communicate with each other.

In Fissel’s analyses these characteristics are looked at through separate examples such as rats being poachers of food and the fox as cunning. However, what seems to be the main point of the analyses is that the characteristics focus around the topic of food. Fissel mentions (through the example of birds that can be seen as vermin and dinner in different contexts) that the identity of vermin can be gained and lost but the implication of that, as she suggests, is that part of the vermin definition might lie in the perception of being inedible. I am not entirely convinced by this as there are many things that we consider inedible in Western cultures such as dogs and cats, yet we do not consider them as vermin.

In my opinion, what seems to be more important to the vermin criteria is the depiction of them as competitors for a survival resource on top of the other characteristics of cunning and language. This would seem to make them more threatening to humans as the ability to communicate and plot actions against the survival interests of human society is beyond the capabilities of other animals. For example, when a pet dog manages to take food from the dinner table it would be considered an accident and we might be tolerant and more careful about leaving food out, but if we found a rat raiding the pantry then it would be seen more as a threat and future prevention by extermination is a more typical response than tolerance. Therefore, I believe that the anthropomorphic depictions of vermin having certain higher cognitive abilities, allowing them to ‘threaten’ humans, supports the idea that vermin inherit non-desirable traits based on how humans subjectively perceive them.

One of the characteristics of vermin, poachers of human food.

One of the characteristics of vermin, poachers of human food.

In Fissel’s analyses there are no mentions of vermin related to disgust or filth which is a noticeable difference compared to other contemporary views. I believe that Angela Cassidy’s (2012) ‘Vermins Victims and Disease’ article on badgers illustrates a key cultural progression that explains this difference. She compares the changing views of badgers in the UK over time with the various depictions surrounding arguments about badger culling and their speculated relation to the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB). One side of the argument suggests an association between the spread of bTB and the badger population to support culling whereas the opposing animal welfare groups campaign against this. I will focus on how the underlying themes behind these arguments are affected by the perspectives of each side rather than their empirical validity. Notably, Cassidy cites research (Krebs et al., 1997, Grant 2009) into whether the association is valid, but it appears the evidence is indecisive, which stresses the importance of cultural perspectives.

Cassidy (2012) argues that portrayals of the badger in British media can be separated into two categories of a ‘good’ and ‘bad’ badger. The ‘good’ badger is seen to have (what I would argue to be) desirable traits such as being ‘social’ and ‘family oriented’ and this is supported by the 1973 Badger Act, granting lawful protections to them. On the other hand, the ‘bad’ badger is seen to have non-desirable traits such as being violent, disruptive and overabundant. The flexibility of such depictions varyingly influences the way we see badgers and the qualities associated with them. Prior to the association of bTB with badgers, the ‘good’ badger could be seen as being useful to humans by eating other ‘vermin’ species like rats, whereas the ‘bad’ badgers were themselves considered vermin for destroying crops and eating smaller farm animals.

 ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ badger?

‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ badger?

The depiction of ‘bad’ badgers as competitors against humans supports the justification towards them being vermin and this is important because associations of badgers with bTB were only applied to the ‘bad’ badger depictions. I would argue the progressive understanding of health risks in modern medical fields acted as a framework for the formation of an association that vermin are spreaders of diseases. This is supported by Fissel’s (1999) analyses because before the discovery of diseases such as bTB, vermin were not associated with disease spreading. However, to clarify my point in relation to Cassidy’s analyses, the ‘bad’ badgers are associated with spreading bTB because they are considered vermin, as opposed to being considered vermin due to their association with spreading bTB. This is important because it highlights that vermin are defined (more so as food competitors) before their association to health risks as opposed to after. Therefore, in contrast to many contemporary assumptions, I would argue that the underlying theme of being a health risk is not a sufficient criterion to be classed as vermin. It is important to note that this is different from being a legitimate health threat which is something I will distinguish when I piece the vermin criteria together.

Moving on to the aforementioned issues of boundaries and extermination, Edmund Russel (1996) addresses the relations between war, humans and insects. He attempts to demonstrate a link between ‘technology, institutions and metaphors’ being a large reason for why, in the modern day, we tend to imply a required removal or extermination of vermin. Furthermore, Russel speaks in terms of pest control against humans and insect ‘pests’ during World War 1 (WW1) and this is important because it is not until World War II (WW2) where mentions of vermin come into discussion. I will look at what prompted the shifting view of humans and insects from pest to vermin and the implication of extermination that followed.

Edmund Russel (1996) addresses the relations between war, humans and insects in his book

Edmund Russel (1996) addresses the relations between war, humans and insects in his book

Before WW1, the use of chemicals to combat an enemy was typically against insects that were considered pests (in the form of insecticide) because previous non-chemical methods of insect pest control had not been relatively successful. However, with the first use of chemical strikes in WW1 (1914-1918) on human enemies, a metaphor could be drawn that human enemies were (like insect enemies) pests that chemical warfare proved to be effective against. There was a certain military advantage and steadfastness of chemical use in warfare that came with seeing humans like insect pests during WW1. After WW1 (in the U.S, 1919-1939), the image of war against insects saw them as an ‘alien’ threat which justified the means to prevent their invasion. This led to a collaboration between the military’s air force and chemists, resulting in improved chemical warfare against these threats such as aerial crop-dusting. Prior to WW2 (1935-1939), the U.S had marketed its chemical industry towards improving agriculture, whereas Germany had a perspective more towards fear of an enemy and that prepared them for war against humans. The results of this could be seen in how the U.S developed a more effective insecticide (that didn’t devastate crops) such as DDT, whereas Germany developed chemicals that effectively killed humans in small doses (nerve gases). This further enforced the metaphors of humans as insects and therefore pests.

It was not until WW2 (1940-1945) that, at least in Russel’s (1996) article, the view of humans as vermin is mentioned. Both the Nazis and some Americans were guilty of spreading such a rhetoric. The Nazis viewed Jews as vermin and claimed they carried bacilli worse than the Black Death, which was a very serious claim because the Black Death was loosely estimated to have wiped out one third of the European population, 1346-1350 (McNeill, 1998). In a similar fashion, American propagandists and soldiers more often referred to Japanese soldiers and civilians as vermin, than they did to Germans because of their ‘brutal and irrational’ approach to war (Russel, 1996). Therefore, I would argue that the shifting view of ‘humans as pests’ to ‘humans as vermin’ is not simply by being an enemy but is due to the idea of the ‘vermin’ overstepping (or at least attempting to) a subjective boundary and trespassing into another’s territory, both figuratively and literally.

The Nazis unwarrantedly viewed Jews as vermin

The Nazis unwarrantedly viewed Jews as vermin

This idea of invasion is coupled with a supposed threat (which is inherently non-desirable), whether valid or not, thus making them ‘vermin’. This means the threat did not have to be anything specific or consistent and it could be a biological or moral boundary breach. With the Nazis it was a Jewish threat of disease (among other reasons) and with the Americans it was the Japanese’s immoral approach to war. I believe this perspective might explain the implication of exterminating vermin. The most desirable way to deal with a threat is by preventing it before anything else and it is also desirable to prevent any future threats. However, I would argue that (similar to the issue of health risk) the implication to exterminate is defined after being considered ‘vermin’ as opposed to before and thus it is not a sufficient criterion for vermin classification.

On the other hand, we retrospectively know the Jews did not threaten everybody because they carried a deadly disease but the subjective boundaries that were set upon them by the Nazis forced a ‘vermin’ lens over them for simply being Jewish. This created an environment of hostility towards the Jews already living in Germany and in terms of the argument, the Jews began trespassing into boundaries set up by the Nazis. In a different but relevant manner, the Japanese didn’t trespass the U.S borders in the same way the Jews did but instead they breached a moral boundary in war with their approaches.

Atomic cloud from the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima which caused the deaths of tens of thousands of Japanese civilians (including children).

Atomic cloud from the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima which caused the deaths of tens of thousands of Japanese civilians (including children).

This prompted the Japanese to be seen as vermin even though firstly, the American moral boundaries consented to them dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima killing tens of thousands of Japanese civilians (including children) (Axelrod, 2008) and secondly, mosquitoes supposedly killed eight times more soldiers with malaria than the Japanese (Russel 1996). These examples suggest that being classified as vermin is not contingent only on the impact that has been done or what they threaten to do. It is instead inclusive of how the perceived ‘vermin’ threatens the perceiver by invading an exclusive subjective boundary.

In establishing criteria of vermin, I would argue that for the term ‘vermin’ to be applicable, all parts of the criteria must be relevant to the target. One part of the criteria, on its own, is not sufficient to apply the term ‘vermin’ to the target.

Firstly, vermin must provide, directly or indirectly, significant threat to human survival where death or significant harm is likely. To be vermin is more than merely being a nuisance to the perceiver. For example, in terms of competition for food, the vermin might cause starvation or detrimental disease by eating crops or contaminating them. This would count as a significant health threat as opposed to a health risk based off indecisive evidence.

Secondly, vermin must provide this direct or indirect significant threat through an invasion of the exclusive physical or mental boundaries the perceiver forms. That is, vermin undesirably trespass into the perceiver’s territory whilst providing an actual threat, not just a suspected one. I believe that is what separates this criterion from the Nazi and American perspectives towards the Jews and Japanese respectively.

Although I mentioned that the implication of extermination was not a sufficient criterion for vermin classification, I still must clarify that it is important. I would argue that the implication to exterminate inherently follows vermin classification. It seems logical that if something threatening undesirably trespasses into one’s boundaries, then one would want to act to remove the undesired trespasser.

In England there has been a historical association of the (red) fox as vermin, Image credit: pitchcare.com

In England there has been a historical association of the (red) fox as vermin, Image credit: pitchcare.com

In measuring up some animals against these criteria then, I will look at animals that have commonly been called vermin. In England there has been a historical association of the (red) fox as vermin, shown in Fissel’s (1999) examination of Reynard the Fox during the late 16th to early 17th century. The fox does not prey on humans, but they do indirectly compete for food by stealing domestic animals like chickens and geese (Wallen, 2006). This suggests that foxes tend to undesirably trespass into human territories, but this perspective only shows the fox being a nuisance and nothing much more. However, there is an argument that foxes pose a significant health threat to humans as they are carriers of rabies and this should not be overlooked (Wallen, 2006). Furthermore, an example of how undesirable trespassing is required for vermin classification can be seen through the introduction of foxes in Australia, 1845. Initially the fox was seen as a target, hunted for sport, thus not undesirably trespassing but by 1893, bounties were placed on them to control the population as they had contributed to the extinction of many native Australian species (Grambo, 1996). This suggested a shifted view to the fox being too invasive (in such numbers), threatening and undesirable enough to become vermin and therefore warranted further culling policies.

Another animal well-known for being regarded as vermin is the rat. The rat is infamously connected to the spread of the Black Death 1346-1350 and other epidemics such as the Justinian plague 542-543 (McNeill, 1998). This gives much historical grounding in viewing the rat as a serious health threat. Furthermore, rats have historically trespassed into human boundaries whilst carrying these diseases and are very hard (practically impossible) to exterminate because of their size and rate of reproduction. An example of this can be seen in how the black ship rat acted as a catalyst for the Black Death to spread across Europe via trading ship routes.

The rat is well-known for being regarded as vermin.

The rat is well-known for being regarded as vermin.

Surprisingly in contrast to contemporary views of rats as vermin, McNeill (1998) cites in Hull (1963) that humans share more diseases with most domestic animals than rats which might indicate that they are not as serious a health threat as they might be considered. However, this does not seem too strong of an argument because firstly, the number of diseases does not represent the lethality of any one of them and secondly, rats are known for their habitual proximity to the undesirable wastes of human society. On the other hand, an example that supports the idea that vermin are defined by invasion of boundaries can be seen in the 18th century British rat fancy (Burt, 2006). In forming a boundary that included the desirability of rats within itself, the rat was not seen as vermin but rather as a prized possession, comparable to the more popular dog fancies.

It is important to note that some of these traits of vermin are not inherently negative as some may be inclined to believe. For example, hunters benefit from the bounties placed on foxes, creating a positive value, albeit from the fox’s death. Situationally, to the hunter that benefits, the fox might still be a health threat but is not undesirably trespassing, in fact it would be desirable and so the fox, to the hunter, would not be considered vermin.

In conclusion, to answer the question of whether there is any such thing as vermin, I first attempted to clear up some confusion in contemporary use of the term. I have tried to show that the use of ‘vermin’ has changed over the course of history and is influenced by the cultural background of its users. Evidence from different times and places indicated that there are variable implications attached to the term but there are also consistent underlying themes which were important in the development of a vermin criteria. I have shown why some underlying themes are sufficient criteria and why some are not. I have argued that these underlying themes are, in essence, subjective traits attributed by humans. In one sense, some ‘vermin’ are inherent by their nature (like survival habits that conflict with human interests) but in a more encompassing sense, they only become ‘vermin’ under subjective circumstances where the human attributers see them fit. To clarify, this means ‘vermin’ is often a term which humans ascribe to a target group that have one or more non-desirable traits. Since the criteria for vermin can only be applied from a human perspective, I would therefore argue that there is such a thing as ‘vermin’ only in a subjective sense but not an objective one.

 

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  1. Wai Meng Wan on Apr 5, 2019 at 12:54 am

    I think, people will define animals or people as vermin if it is a threat to people.

  2. Alex on Jan 27, 2019 at 12:45 am

    Thank you for Rinpoche and team for sharing with us this interesting article that gives us an insight into how we perceive beings around us and attach a label onto them. The word vermin are giving to beings that we perceived as harmful and not desirable to be in our life. Rat is a common vermin that everyone agreed on because they invaded our space, steal food, destroy crops and spread diseases wherever they are.

    During the Holocaust, Jews are regarded as vermin. They are the outcast in society and were thought to be harmful to society. Hence, they are being rounded up and killed. There are no different than rats in the eyes of those who persecuted them. Just because they do not fit into their idea of an ideal society, they are being outcasted.

    Hence, the label of vermin is all dependent on our own perception of the other group of beings. If they fit into OUR perception or how things should be, they are considered as important or neutral beings. When they do not, they are vermin and they deserved to be treated in the harshest way even if they are our brothers and sisters just like the Jews. This shows us how scary our ego is where everything needs to revolve around us and our perception and the moment they do not please us and our ego, they can be disposable.

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    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/dharma-bums.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 7. 2022 03:05 PM
    Interesting spiritual journey of Venerable Longlian one of the best-known students of a famous religious leader of modern China. Venerable Longlian was a talented child, at the age of four she could read, write well and was fluent in Chinese poetry. She even could recite scriptures and Buddha’s name and had visited frequently to templesqith her grandparents. Ven. Longlian studied everything from poetry to Chinese medicine under famous teachers at that time. Received teachings from Tibetan scholars as well and took initiations of the three main Gelugpa tantric deities, Vajrabhairava, Guhyasamaja and Chakrasamvara from Changkya Khutukhtu, who was one of the highest authorities in the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. She did composed more than 1000 poems, through her years.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin for this interesting write up of China’s most outstanding Bhiksuni.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ven-longlian-modern-chinas-most-outstanding-bhiksuni.html
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    Sunday, Aug 7. 2022 03:02 PM
    In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, monastic vows are for life. But somehow Ci’en temple in Zhejiang province offers three-month course and part-time vows recently. Situated in the luxurious forest, Ci’en temple a small temple remains its charm with impressive landscape and Buddhist culture. The Buddhist temple decided to offer admission to civilians who wanted to experience a monk’s life, only to be overwhelmed with applicants. It’s a small temple , hence only those were interested in Buddhism were given a chance. Participants of the program will live as monks in the temple free of charge. They will learn about Buddhist culture, read its scriptures and will also perform all Buddhist activities as arranged. It’s a good training ground to live as a monk or nun to cultivate minds.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ven-longlian-modern-chinas-most-outstanding-bhiksuni.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 7. 2022 03:00 PM
    Ditsa Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Gelug sect in the Huzhu County of Qinghai province. Interesting history of this Ditsa Monastery, been shared . How the reincarnated Lama’s body has shrunk into an incorruptible adamantine body. Nobody at the monastery has realised that the reincarnated Lama was a Great Bodhisattva who came to the world for all sentient beings, but as ordinary people. Its only after the Lama had passed away. Since then the monks in Ditsa Monastery became more serious in their practice and maintained pure moral discipline. Reading this post has gave me a better understanding of that Bodhisattvas come into the world with a variety of manifestations as explained by Rinpoche. Set as a reminder to devote ourselves to our teacher with sincerity and respect and everyone we encounter.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-miraculous-vajrayogini-of-ditsa-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:19 PM
    Lama Ole Nydahl is a Buddhist teacher and author in the tradition of the Karma Kagyu lineage. After years of studying Buddhist teachings and meditating , he was ask to go back to the West set up Buddhist centers. He was also the founder of over 600 Buddhist centers worldwide. As advice by his teacher the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje whom he met at Kathmandu, Nepal he founded the first Buddhist center in the west. Had studied and took many more initiations under many highly attained Lamas such as Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Ogyen Tulku Rinpoche and so on.He was also the founder of over 600 Buddhist centers worldwide. Since then, he has travelled worldwide giving lectures, leading meditation courses and guiding Buddhist centers . Lama Ole is the author of several books and is one of the best known western Buddhist teachers. Through his activities the Karma Kagyu lineage is one of the most popular Buddhist traditions in the West. Lama Ole Nydahl received the transmission of the Phowa teachings from highest Tibetan masters and is today the most significant teacher of this practice in the Western world. Interesting biography .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/lama-ole-nydahl.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:18 PM
    Meditation on death awareness is one of the oldest practices in all Buddhist traditions. Buddhist meditation practice of remembering that death can strike at anytime and anywhere. We should practice diligently and with urgency in every moment, even in the time it takes to draw one breath. Over the centuries Buddhism has evolved many different techniques such as mindfulness, loving-kindness and visualisation. Death awareness can serve as a real aid to practice, the importance of using every moment wisely, while we still have the time.
    Reading this article again to refresh , it’s a profound teachings one should read and understand it what is all about. All it take us 10 minutes of our time to do the practice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ten-minutes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:15 PM
    So blessing seeing all those beautiful Tara at Kechara . Walking through the Tara walk feeling the calmness as if we are walking into the wilderness of a forest . One will surely feels it , all due the kindness of our Lama Tsem Rinpoche , sponsors and those involved in this meritorious project.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/21-taras-of-tara-walk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:33 PM
    n Buddhism, there are a variety of attitudes towards different forms of fasting . According to Buddhist tradition, Buddha’s holy form as the ‘Fasting Buddha’ serves as a reminder for us and inspiration of Buddha’s difficult journey to achieve enlightenment. Fasting Buddha Shakyamuni fasted for forty-nine days under the bodhi tree while subjecting his body to extreme conditions to achieve enlightenment. Although it is believed that the Buddha endured great agony because of prolonged fasting, he never gave up and had used the challenges to justify abandoning his spiritual pursuit. Interesting read. Looking at all those images of Fasting Buddha tells all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing ….a reminder all of us nor matter what happen , never give up in our spiritual journey.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/fasting-buddha.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:32 PM
    Reading this again, its worth as great teachings by great Masters and looking at those rare pictures is a blessings. More over listening the powerful Holy voices of HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is indeed rare and precious. Merely by hearing HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s voices and teachings is a blessings too. For everyone at the hall understands all about the Dharma Protector after hearing HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explanations. The truth is the truth and it cannot be wrong. Interesting read with precious pictures tell us a thousands words. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s advice on Dorje Shugden’s Practice with Chinese, Japanese, Nepali and Spanish subtitles is incredible so many more people will come to know the thruth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.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)
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)
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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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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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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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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 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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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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    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.
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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.
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    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).
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    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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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    5 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    5 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    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
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    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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#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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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
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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