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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    Traditionally, the Stupa is a representation of the enlightened mind of the Buddha and, as such, is a method for harmonizing, purifying, and balancing the elements of the environment. Stupas are structures that have been built for thousands of years, representing the highest potential of the mind, and bringing peace, harmony, health, and happiness to the surroundings areas. By participating in the building of a stupa, it is an extremely great merits ,to purifying our negative Karma and obstacles and it will enriches one’s own body and mind. Rejoice to Ms Veronika Tupayachi, been involved in the construction of a Stupa in Cusco, Peru. The very first stupa been built in Peru with the effort of Buddhist practitioners of various traditions and supporters. This project finally constructed after a few years and glad to hear from Ms Veronika who has not forgotten Rinpoche’s generosity and advices . May more people in Peru get to receive the blessing .
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/letter-and-gifts-from-cusco-peru.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 06:39 PM
    Buddhism encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices. Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to insight into the true nature of reality. As a Buddhists I do believe that nothing is permanent and that change is always possible.
    Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding. When anger rises, think of the consequences. For every minute we remain angry, we will give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. Well in Buddhist teachings, it tell us that patience is the antidote to anger and aggression. Purifying ourselves of anger is essential to Buddhist practice. We have to embrace our anger with patience and compassion for all beings as anger is one of the three poisons.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/working-with-anger
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 06:31 PM
    There is a saying that we got to watch our thoughts, they will become our words. From our words, they become our actions. From what we do that’s our actions will become our habits. With our habits, they soon become our character.
    A change in our bad habits , leads a change in our life. Our success in work and life with be determined by the kinds of habits , we develop over times. All goes to practice what we want in life stepping out of our comfort zone to improve ourselves and transform our mind. Practicing and learning dharma makes permanent.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/habits-practice
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 01:02 AM
    Thank you for the sharing, sad to read about the poor little creature has to suffer so much just for human entertainment, fun and pleasure. I never thought of frog had a huge demand till I came across of this article.

    Every creation of God has a reason for living on earth with the same feelings. The feeling of pain, happiness, anger, depression etc. is the same for all. However, since animals and plants do not speak, we humans abuse them to such a great extent, that if they could respond back, we would have suffered much more and create the negative karma.
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Mar 31. 2020 10:39 PM
    Thank you for the good article. Buddhism is about mind transformation. When we transform our mind, not only we will become happier but we will also bring happiness to others.
    Ultimately, real worship of the deity is mind transformation and developing a mind of wisdom and compassion.It’s kind of understanding Rinpoche a bit more through this story of Goddess Saraswati.

    https://bit.ly/2UPgEot
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Mar 30. 2020 10:42 PM
    Thank you for the sharing I had a good read of the article and a clear picture of the blind corner of each decade. I believe people grow through the lessons that they experience in their life journey. Throughout life, we go through many challenges and painful experience some changing us for the better, others for the worse.

    I never heard about 9 is the changing point of our live, what i know in every aspect of our bad time, we struggle, every point we learn, think positively, pray and to be wise. Only painful experience gives a good lesson because God has a plan for everything that happens in our lives and we need to go through it due to our past karma.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 30. 2020 08:59 PM
    Interesting history behind the eighth Jebtsundamba . As a young boy, he was recognized as the new incarnation of the Bogd Gegen in Potala in the presence of the 13th Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama. When northern Mongolia declared independence in 1911, the eighth Jebtsundamba was elevated to theocratic ruler, called Bogd Khan. As the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutuktu, he was the third most important person in the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy after the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama. He was the spiritual leader of Outer Mongolia’s Tibetan Buddhism also known as the “Bogdo Lama. In this beautiful thangka he is depicted with Dorje Shugden the powerful dharma protector who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. We are blessed merely by looking at this beautiful thangka.
    Thanks for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-bogd-khan-of-outer-mongolia
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 30. 2020 08:55 PM
    Ganapati is known as Ganesha, and also known by numerous other names as well by different tradition. Ganapati is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu tradition. The primary function of Ganapati in Tantric Buddhism is that of a wealth deity and is widely revered as the remover of obstacles. Ganapati has been represented with the head of an elephant. There many myths and stories as how he got his elephant head and in many forms as well. Here depicted together with the Dharma protector Dorje Shugden forms a powerful pair to help overcome obstacles and creating suitable conditions for our spiritual practice to flourish. Beautiful thangka.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-indian-god-who-removes-obstacles

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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
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Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
3 weeks ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
3 weeks ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
4 weeks ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
4 weeks ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
4 weeks ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
1 month ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
2 months ago
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
2 months ago
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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