Gadhimai – A Holy Festival?

Dec 3, 2014 | Views: 3,442

Yesterday, the slaughter at the Gadhimai festival ended. Although the festival officially started on the first week of November, the sacrificial slaughter took place over the last 2 days, 28th and 29th of November.

Over 5 million people attended the month-long Hindu festival that is held every 5 years at the Gadhimai temple of Bariyarpur, in Bara District. The district is located about 160km south of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. The figures are not concrete, but it is estimated that over 500,000 animals were slaughtered… the 2nd largest sacrificial slaughter of animals in the world.

Imagine… In 48 hours, half a million animals are slaughtered in the same area… water buffaloes, pigs, goats, chicken, ducks, rats, and pigeons. Whatever each family can afford as sacrifice, they bring it with them from their villages to be slaughtered at the temple. The only criteria for the sacrificed animal is that they must be male.

Hundreds of men are given licenses to slaughter the animals… all by decapitation with a long, curved machete. Most die quickly, but some are hacked at the neck and legs multiple times until they finally bleed to death. When interviewed by the media, the slaughterers shared how they find spiritual satisfaction in their participation believing that the sacrifice brings them closer to the goddess Gadhimai. So much suffering and cruelty…

I previously blogged about a quote by Thich Nhat Hanh, who is currently ill right now and I wish him well. In the quote he says, “I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to support any act of killing in the world, in my thinking, and in my way of life.”

Religious festivals are celebrated to mark an important and sacred day… it is a reminder for us to uphold the virtues that we learn from our holy religious texts. While most religious ceremonies encourages devotees to adhere to either a fasting ritual or vegetarian diet, and at the same time observe their respective religious precepts… the ultimate teaching of these non-violent practices is to teach us compassion towards ourselves and others.

No good can come from slaughtering another being. If the method to happiness is to serve and help others, then it’s only logical that suffering comes from causing harm onto others.

Below is a wonderful write up about the Gadhimai Festival that I had requested 3 of my students, Khoo, Li Kheng and Julia to prepare. Do read it to learn more about the festival. Please never harm animals…

Please share this with as many people as possible to create awareness so this can stop. We do not need to please any divinity by slaughter, murder, blood or pain. We must move on to an enlightened society already.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Gadhimai Festival – effect of religiousness or greed?

(By Khoo, Julia & Li Kheng)

 

The origin of making sacrifices

Sacrificial rituals are not uncommon practices in the history of mankind and subjects of sacrifice range from human to bloodless sacrifices like cereals or artifacts of value. Therefore, what is sacrifice? Sacrifice has been commonly defined as “the act of offering something to a deity in propitiation or homage, especially ritual slaughter of an animal or person”. A second definition often used to explain sacrifice is “the forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of what one considers to have greater significance or claim”. In words, sacrifice seems noble, honorable and ceremonial. Perhaps it is this positive light that has been skillfully shed on sacrifices that have fueled the ignorance behind the cruelty and profanity of the practice.

Human sacrifice was a practice in many ancient cultures as reported in historical records as well as fabled stories. Archeological discoveries where large numbers of butchered skeletons of young adults or children were found in locations like Crete and North Africa to appease the mythic Minotaur and to propitiate the religion of Carthage further support the claims of this primeval ritual. Additionally, recognized philosophers like Plutarch and historians like Diodorus Siculus have acknowledged the existence of human sacrifices. In general, human sacrifices were made as dedication to the construction of temples and bridges, to accompany the death of a great leader as servants or companion and as an offering to lessen to divine ire.

Skeletons of butchered young adults discovered by archeologists are evidence of the practice of human sacrifice

Depiction of human sacrifice to appease the Gods, women are symbolism of beauty and are common objects of human sacrifice

While human sacrifice is illegal by law and uncommon in modern civilization, animal sacrifice is still practiced openly and with vehemence. Historians claim that animal sacrifice has turned up in almost every culture from Apis of Ancient Egypt to the Muslims in Pakistan and Romans in Europe. Even the popular Thanksgiving celebration requires the slaughter of millions of turkeys to “say thanks”. Although publicly condemned and criticized, the custom of animal sacrifice remains tolerated. One such deep-rooted sacrificial ritual that must be understood and put to an end is the Gadhimai Festival.

 

The story of Gadhimai

One event of animal sacrifice that has gained increased international attention is the Gadhimai Festival. Actually, I experience hesitation as I type the word “festival” because festival is something related to joyous celebration. However, with some understanding about what happen during this event, Gadhimai is far from a joyous occasion. On the contrary, it is a bloody, foul and inhuman 2-days event soaked in death and suffering.

Gadhimai is a festival that has been practiced in Nepal for 260 years. However, recent awareness and attention shed on the barbarism behind the festival has caused curiosity in the original of this practice. Despite the devotion given to this occasion, its origin is blurred and there are two commonly accepted versions as below.

Version 1: The history of this bloodthirsty event began when Bhagwan Chaudhary, a feudal landlord, was imprisoned in Makwanpur about 260 years ago. He dreamed that all his problems would be solved if he made a blood sacrifice to Gadhimai. Immediately upon his release from prison he took counsel from the local village healer. Apparently then a light appeared in an earthenware jar, and the gory sacrifice began.

~ November 2009 guest column for The Guardian by Anil Bhanot, general secretary of the United Kingdom Hindu Council

Version 2: The sacrificial festival history dates back some 900 years to a simple god-fearing and benevolent resident of Bariyarpur named Bhagwan Chaudhary. One day a theft took place at his house, but the thieves were caught red-handed and paid with their lives at the hands of the enraged villagers. Fearing that his fellow villagers would be convicted [of murder], Bhagwan Chaudhary took the blame and was sent to Nakkhu jail in Kathmandu. One night Gadhi, the goddess of Makwanpur, appeared in his dream and kept appearing on subsequent nights asking him to take her to Bariyarpur and the scene of the crime. The goddess’s occult powers freed Bhagwan Chaudhary from the jailhouse. A pinch of soil from her feet applied to his turban enabled him free passage back to his village.

In return, Gadhimai asked him to sacrifice five humans each year. Bhagwan Chaudhary magnanimously offered his own life, saying he would be unable to perform human sacrifice. Instead, he vowed a quintuple sacrifice every five years. It would include a rat, a pig, a rooster, a goat, and a water buffalo.

This ritual failed, as children and youngsters of Bariyarpur suddenly took ill and started dying. Bhagwan Chaudhary again made an appeal to Gadhimai and was directed by the goddess to offer a human sacrifice. The hunt began for a human, but to no avail. Fortunately, a villager from Simri from neighboring Rautahat district came to the rescue and offered to shed five drops of blood from his body as sacrifice, instead of his life. That saved the village from calamity.

[From then on], individual animals of five species are commonly sacrificed together in Nepal, as is a person ritually shedding five drops of blood. Coconuts, however, are sacrificed hundreds of times more often than animals, even at the Dakshin Kali temple near Kathmandu, for six centuries the most prominent sacrificial site in the country. [The fact] that the place where Gadhimai supposedly lived is marked with a coconut stone instead of an altar suggests that coconut sacrifice was historically the primary manner in which she was worshipped.

~ “The Five-Year Animal Sacrifice: On the trail of the largest animal sacrifice-festival in the world” ECS Nepal writer Ravi M. Singh, September 2013

Based on both legends of Gadhimai above, it can be gathered that the ritual was not intended to be a full-scale holocaust and that coconut is the primary object of sacrifice. So, how did the sacrificial ritual regress and get this big and bloody? The ugly truth and driving force of Gadhimai is ignorance and greed. It is recorded that Euro 2 million is made from the sacrifice of the animals by the wealthy and powerful from the less fortunate who spends about 2 months of their income to purchase the sacrificial animal with the misguided religious belief that they will enjoy good fortune and avoid bad luck. However, being religious is defined as “having or showing a belief in and veneration for God or a divine power”. Therefore, how come an act that causes so much anguish, suffering and damage, be related to divinity?

Another point of debate to challenge the religiousness of the Gadhimai Festival is the clear stipulation that the consumption of meat for enjoyment is prohibited in Hindu and Buddhist scriptures because this desire is the result of selfishness and attachment to sensory pleasures and material wealth from the commerce of live stock.

He who injures harmless creatures from a wish to give himself pleasure, never finds happiness in this life or the next.

Manu-samhita 5.45

Realizing the misrepresentation which forms the foundation on which the Gadhimai Festival is built, it is necessary to develop clearer understanding of what exactly happens at the Gadhimai Festival, its consequences and, most importantly, what can be done to put a stop to this breach of respect to life.

The Ghadimai sacrifice is permitted within a radius of 3 km around the main temple. This is the aftermath of the festival.

 

The tolerated sacrifice – How it is done today

The very first step to enable the continuation of animal sacrifice is the planting and nurturing of wrong view in the minds of the upholders. Observing communities that still practice animal sacrifice from the Western to Eastern hemisphere, the common denominator is presence of superstitious mentality of a bygone time combined with innate ignorance. Sacrifice has been consistently associated to holy acts of religion as required by divine beings for the maintenance of peace, prosperity and protection from misfortune. However, through studying the scriptures by scholars and activists, it is concluded that there is no such proliferation of life sacrifice and that the problem is not in the teachings of the prophets but rather in the interpretation of unqualified priests and teachers who taint the teachings with personal interest. Consequently, such wrongful rituals are allowed to go on for generations uncontrollably and automatically. With the overwhelming power of inertia of this social conditioning combined with the lack of knowledge that fuels ignorance, people succumb to traditional rituals in fear that any change would cause catastrophic consequences. Hence, giving authority to greedy parties who garner great wealth from the gruesome sacrifice of innocent animals.

Devotees view this bloody event as a grand celebration as they dawn their best ceremonial attires to witness the bloodbath

Ex-princess of Nepal, Pramada Shah with a high priest of Gadhimai. Pramada Shah is the president of the Animal Welfare Network Nepal and have been campaigning against the Gadhimai festival.

“Animal sacrifice is done in a big way here, close to the culture prevailing in Bengal. When we opened our restaurant, Balinese Hindu priests conducted the ceremony, which began with killing and burying a dog out in front. Then a pig was roasted, grilled, worshiped and buried. They killed fifty chickens, burying them in the various corners of the building. I had requested all of this not be done, but I was told it had to be done according to the local traditions, that animal sacrifice is an integral part of any big ceremony. We had to follow the customs; we were told that if we did not, and something untoward were to happen later on, we would be blamed for it.”

Indian-born Puneet Malhotra, a resident of Bali for seven years, owns the Queen’s Tandoor restaurant in Kuta.

“The truth is that Gadhimai legitimizes violence against the innocent. The priests make the devotees believe that their wish will only come true when offering an expensive buffalo, goat or other kind of animal,”

Many of the butchers and onlookers were actually laughing during it all. One butcher, Ramlal Mahato, is quoted as saying: “The more animals I kill, the more satisfied I feel. I am helping an ancient tradition to survive.”

Manoj Gautam

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The second step in preparation for the revolting festival is the stocking up of livestock for the event. The act of breeding the animals is a cruel one and the process of growing them to a size suitable for slaughter is another painful process. Animal mills are where the livestock farming take place and animals are unnaturally impregnated to mass-produce offspring that are solely intended to be slaughtered at the festival. The process is unnatural because female animals are constantly pregnant and crossbreeding is imposed for fast growing and high volume production. The growing process is equally agonizing as animals live in an overcrowded and unhygienic environment with poor supply of clean water and food. Transporting the animals to the sacrificial site is definitely torturous as economics is the driving factor. Animals are packed into lories in claustrophobic and filthy conditions that are stressful. Needless to say, these animals are transported without water or food for many days prior the festival. In fact, many young and weaker creatures die from anxiety, exhaustion and dehydration before the festival even begins and their bodies are left to rot amongst the living animals. All this suffering is consciously caused in the name of prosperity and protection from Gadhimai.

The journey to death begins… Animals are deprived of food and drink on this tedious voyage

The suffering experienced in the actual killing ritual vary in levels from physical to emotional. Bodily pain is experienced due to the poor conditions in which the animals are put in as well as the physical abuse from the actual act of killing. Emotional anguish is felt as the animals experience sheer fear of being slayed to death when an overdose of adrenaline is secreted into the body. The emotional pain is intensified as animals witness the barbaric death of countless fellow earthlings. This is especially traumatic for young animals that loose their parents, we see them bleating around searching for some comfort before falling victim to the “privileged” killer.

Ceremonially, the festival opens at the main temple where 5 types of animals are offered to the Gadhimai Goddess. For the last festival in year 2009, 2 rats, 2 pigeons, a pig, a lamb and 2 roosters were offered. What cause the stomach to turn is not just the act of killing but the delight of the spectators as they witness the gruesome act known as “panchhbali”. Unlike normal slaughter of animals, “panchhbali” is done to cause exaggerated suffering as the animals’ throats are slit in a protracted manner so that death comes agonizingly slow. The added pain to the creatures is said to better please Gadhimai Goddess. As a sign of ceremony, the sacrificial blood is sprinkled across the Goddess’ image and it’s surrounding.

The image of Gadhimai Goddess that is generously decorated for the festival

Another form and depiction of Gadhimai Goddess that is smeared with blood of the sacrificial animals

It is tragic to state that this ghastly event simply marks the commencement of 48 hours of massacre. Although all deaths, especially conducted by untrained and unskilled killers are painful, none beats the trauma for the buffalos that are hacked to death with blunt khukuri knives by 250 men who are intoxicated with alcohol. The violent men aim for the hind legs of the defenseless animals that are entrapped within a barricade of high walls and armed police to hinder their movements. Once the animal is crippled, the executors attack the neck area. It can take up to 25 strikes at the neck before a buffalo is killed due to animal’s large size combined with the impaired bodily movement of drunken killers.

Devotees and priests consume that blood of the “freshly” persecuted animal as a symbolism of blessing and protection

Approximately 250 men are selected to execute the sacrifice by beheading the animals in masses around the temple grounds

At this point, it is worth highlighting that despite the claims of spiritual honor and show of gratitude to serve the Goddess, these men are rewarded handsomely for each life they take. Again, where does the money come from? It is the money of poor and ignorant spectators who pay 20 rupees per person to watch the massacre. Therefore, it is questionable if spirituality and religiousness is the driving force behind this bloody occasion or is economic gain the motivation.

Religious act or spectacle? The sacrificial ritual is exaggerated to add elements of entertainment so that the audience is pleased with the “performance”.

The above are the “main spectacle” of the festival. Individual devotees can freely perform their own animal sacrifices at a fee of 25 rupees anywhere within a 3-kilometer radius of the Gadhimai temple. Here, another hundreds of thousands of other animals like sheep, pigs, chickens, goats, pigeons and rats are sacrificed.

Faces of death in the name of religion

While some begin to experience shame for the cruelty and display of ignorance of the Gadhimai Festival, many remain opportunistic and indifferent to the sadistic festival. It is this lack of empathy and wisdom that leads to the brutal sacrifice of an estimated of 500,000 animals and the chain reaction of adverse cause and affect.

 

Karma – The law of cause and effect

The consequence of Gadhimai and similar mass killing practices span beyond the 48 hours of the festival. This event does not only leave a negative impact on our health but also the wellbeing of generations to come because it will distort the mindset of humanity and destroy the ecosystem as the inter-relation between flora and fauna is abused and spun into imbalance.

It is traditional belief that the flesh of the sacrificed animal is considered blessed and can bring benefit like protection from evil. However, if we refer to food hygiene and safety standards, the treatment of the animals for the Gadhimai sacrifice prior to the killing as well as the method of slaughter is considered to have extremely negative impact on the meat quality and is also a threat of food contamination. It is confirmed that animals release hormones and toxins into their bodies when experiencing fear and stress, which remain in the corpse and alters the meat tissue resulting in significant deterioration in the meat content with reduced nutrition and increased bacterial activity. As the saying “we are what we eat” goes, our body naturally absorbs all the hormones and toxin that manifests in the form of diseases and, in more serious cases, widespread plagues. Besides negative effects from internally excreted poisons, the filthy conditions of the Gadhimai killing ground is the perfect place for cross contamination. The dead corpse of the weaker animals that died from starvation before the commencement of the festival would be lying dead for a substantial period of time before the meat is harvest for consumption. The risk of bacteria and virus spreading to the flesh of “freshly slaughtered” animal during the 2-days sacrificial ceremony is very high and doubles the health hazard of consumption of such meat.

Harvesting the meat and hide of the sacrificed animal for commercial gains

Besides physical wellbeing, the Gadhimai festival poses threat to mental or emotional health as well. Studies show that acts of cruelty towards animals nurtures the nature of violent pathology, which can spread to aggression towards other humans with time. There are statistics that show 30% of children act out similar behaviors of aggression from the violence they witness towards helpless animals. As they grow up, this violence will expand to deepen in their mind stream, forming a direct correlation between animal abuse and interpersonal violence.

The act of violence stems from a mind of violence, which is the cause of various social issues

Production and slaughter of so many animals for the Gadhimai Festival will inevitably and logically have long-term consequences on the environment. Based on the logistics of the festival, which is held every 5 years, it would be logical to assume that the production of livestock for the purpose of sacrifice to the Goddess will have to begin the moment the preceding festival comes to a conclusion. In other words, the environment is not given an opportunity to rest and revitalize itself. There is no records or study on the actual livestock production model of the Gadhimai Festival. However, I believe that the general process and related implications would not differ significantly from the farming of animals for meat consumption. Therefore, the research and data of the meat production industry will be used as reference to represent the impact of the Gadhimai massacre on our Earth.

Video 2: http://www.peta.org/videos/meet-your-meat/

One of the major environmental concerns of the 21st century is the emission of greenhouse gases. Livestock production accounts for 18% of global greenhouse gas emission, which can be broken down to 9% carbon dioxide and 37% methane. This makes the meat industry the largest emitter of methane, a gas that is 23 times more damaging to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. The direst aspect of this matter is the volume in which it is released because 1 cows produces about 500 liters of methane a day and every kilogram of beef consumed involves the discharge of 27liters of carbon dioxide. One may ask: “What is the impact of these numbers?” It is calculated that if everyone in America take meat and cheese off their menu for 1 day a week, it is like not driving 91 billion miles or taking 7.6million car off the road.

Beef & pork are the major contaminants and most consumed meat category

Besides emitting dangerous gas into the air, livestock production discharges excrement into the waterways directly or indirectly through the ground, creating “dead zones” that makes an area inhabitable. For example, manure from pig farms contain ammonia, methane, hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, cyanide, phosphorus, nitrates and heavy metals as well as more than 100 microbial pathogens like salmonella, cryptosporidium (that causes gastrointestinal illnesswith diarrhea in humans) and giardia (parasite that causes severe diarrhea, stomach upset and nausea). It is worth mentioning at this point that the total phosphorous excretions of the meat industry are estimated to be seven to nine times greater than that of humans. The contamination does not only affect people but also the marine lives that become infected with diseases. More worrisome is the rising suspicion that the excrement from animal farms, which accounts for 50% of antibiotic use globally, is contributing to the manifestation of a strain of drug and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The globalization of the marketplace where export and import is rampant, the uncontrolled spread of emerging diseases pose a serious threat as demonstrated by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Bovine Spongiform encephalopathy (i.e mad cow disease) outbreak.

The cramped conditions in which livestock live causes the spread of diseases that ultimately find their way into our health system

Many chicken die in the filthy and overcrowded conditions of meat factories. Diseased corpses are left to rot, becoming a potent condition for outbreak of germs.

Another major issue caused by the livestock industry is the large-scale destruction of natural forests for the purpose of agriculture. It is reported that 2/3 of all agricultural land, which accounts for 33% of Earth’s surface, is devoted to growing feed for livestock. The clearing of forests causes soil erosion, which in turn depletes our grounds of nutritious topsoil leading to the increased use of low cost artificial fertilizers that creates a whole new range of negative environment consequences. With this, we enter the inertia of uncontrolled downward spiral of environmental damage. Besides using land to plant food to feed the farm animals, land is also used to construct farm buildings and vicinities to house the animals. Livestock, Environment and Development Initiative (LEAD) reports that an approximate 1.7billion animal in the livestock industry worldwide occupies about 25% of Earth’s land. The invasion of Earth’s surface is not limited to dry land but also coastal areas and coral reefs, which is one of most diverse and fundamental ecosystem of our Earth.

Lush forestland is destroyed to construct building to produce meat for consumption

Deforestation causes the loss of water tables and the depletion of rich topsoil on the surface of our planet

Lastly, the serious but easily forgotten impact on the environment is loss of biodiversity. As livestock production intensifies with the growing demand, study is done on the coexistence and competition of livestock with wildlife. Driven by economic gains, powerful cartels that monopolize the meat industry incur expensive and permanent biodiversity loss as natural habitats for wildlife are transformed into meat factories. It is recorded that farm animals account for 20% of terrestrial animal biomass and native fauna in 37% of the 825 identified global eco-regions are threatened by the expanding livestock trade.

In summary, the true cost of meat production is much more than the price tag labeled on the delusional package in which they are presented to us. We are unconsciously paying with our true inheritance, which are the natural resources of our Earth. We are paying with our fertile land, clean water, safe air and rich diversity of flora and fauna in exchange for meat and perceived blessing in the case of the Gadhimai Festival.

Although the driving force behind the Gadhimai Festival is an economic one, with closure examination, it can be concluded that the monetary benefit is short term and extremely limited. As the socially conscious world becomes aware of this cruel festival of sacrifice in Nepal, the gusto in which the Gadhimai devotees mercilessly slaughter the animals will become an obstacle to economic prosperity, a contradiction to the very purpose of the festival that is intended to bring good fortune. It is not far fetched to believe that main trade partners like India (who abandoned it’s practice of animal sacrifice) and America would disassociate themselves to avoid worldly scorn. One of the main industries that drive Nepal’s economy is tourism and some devotees of the festivals believe that such a brutal practice that “enriches Nepalese culture” can be a tourist attraction. If local people like Manoj Gautam, a youth member of Roots & Shoots, are beginning to experience shame by this obsolete, ignorant and egotistic act of sacrifice, it is wrong view that typical tourists will travel across the globe and pay money to witness such atrocity.

Reported in September 2014, Nepal’s principal economic activity remains agriculture that accounts for 37% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employs 70% of the population. It is ironic that, in engaging in the Gadhimai Festival, Nepalese are unconsciously “biting the hands that feed them”. Another fallacy about the livestock industry is that its commercialization will bring benefit those working in the industry. It is reported that the rapid development has only made the corporates who control this industry wealthier while the 1 billion poor people worldwide who derive their livelihood on meat commerce suffer reduced employment opportunities and loss of income to competition. So, with the hundreds of thousands of lives sacrificed at the Gadhimai Festival, could it be that Goddess Gadhimai is failing her devotees as Nepal is still plagued with poverty?

The poverty in Nepal plagued the nation and the backward mindset that permits practices like the Gadhimai Festival is the source of such non-progressiveness

The wiser questions to pose would be: Is the economic condition of Nepal a consequence of Gadhimai’s failure to hear and grant the prayers and aspirations of her worshippers or is the poverty of Nepal a natural consequence of their inhumane actions based on Karma. Karma is the spiritual principal of the law of cause and affect but, secularly, the saying “What goes around comes around” has also tried the test of time. Karma is the inevitable repercussions where, collectively, the nation will bear the outcome of mass killing. Nepal is the poorest nation is South Asia and 17th most impoverished nation in the world with an unemployment rate of 42% as at August 2014 according to USAID. Despite the international support to build the nation’s economy, Nepal continues to struggle to move forward and upward with 25% of its population living below the poverty line. A series of five-year plans such as privatization of 17 state enterprises, incorporation of the Nepalese currency into the Foreign Exchange and foreign aid that makes up 50% of the development budget have been implement as an attempt to create progress in the economy. Programs to train and develop the youths of Nepal only resulted in the capacity to earn a meager US50 a month while efforts to “clean up” political policies which is necessary for the improvement in Nepal’s economic foundations to promote rapid, sustained, and inclusive economic growth is seeing slow advancement.

The blind attachment some Nepalese have to this obsolete practice of animal sacrifice is hindering the progress of the country because of karma and also superstitious and unprogressive mindset that does not welcome change and development. India was once a fervent practitioner of animal sacrifice but, today, this inhumane practice is banned and, through wisdom, compassion and skillfulness, an alternative solution of offering coconuts and pumpkin is introduced. The effort to stop the cruel practice of animal sacrifice began around 1958 through Supreme Court cases with consistent progress up to today. In addition to forbidding animal sacrifice, India has a large population of vegetarians, an estimated 30%. Through development of mindset through education and implementation of policies as well as effort to purify accumulated negative karma through the code of conduct known as Ahimsa in Hinduism, India’s economy has grown and prospered significantly since 1991. Today, India is the 10th largest economy in the world and a respected member of international organizations like World Trade Organization (WTO), BRICS and G-20. The outcome of ending the gruesome sacrifice of so many lives may remain unguaranteed and uncertain. However, what is certain is that all the blood shed at the Gadhimai Festival over the past centuries has not brought desired prosperity, externally or internally for Nepal and its people. Therefore, with a shining example like India that share close cultural and religious links, it would made sense for Nepal to review its old ways and adopt a solution that has been applied by India with proven potential outcomes.

 

Religiousness or Greed?

It is obsolete practices like Gadhimai that contributes to the increasing number of youths to shy away from spiritual faith because it is claimed that this grotesque events is practiced in the name of religion. However, with intelligence and wisdom that transform into investigation and discovery that the source behind such heinous acts cannot be religious but the interpretation of greedy individuals who seek to abuse the fear factor within every man.

Hinduism is one of the oldest known organized religions with sacred writings date as far back as 1400 to 1500 B.C. Through research and study, the fundamentals of Hinduism are Dharma (virtue or ethics), Samsara, Karma and Moksha (liberation). Together, they form the code of conduct (Ahimsa) that teaches the avoidance of causing harm to all sentient beings.

The purchaser of flesh performs himsa (violence) by his wealth; he who eats flesh does so by enjoying its taste; the killer does himsa by actually tying and killing the animal. Thus, there are three forms of killing. He who brings flesh or sends for it, he who cuts of the limbs of an animal, and he who purchases, sells, or cooks flesh and eats it-all of these are to be considered meat-eaters.”

Mahabharata, Anu. 115:40

Hinduism promotes the respect of all lives that is deemed sacred and precious

Supported by records in scriptures like the Rig Veda, the oldest of the Vedic scriptures, Brahmin priests use grains, vegetables and ghee, which is purified butter, in sacrificial rites. In the Rig Veda, the belief behind sacrificial rites and killing animals is complex and based on the 4 fundamentals of Hinduism listed above.

Practice of Dharma is being kind to all beings. In Hinduism, the buffalo is like our father as he ploughs the land on which we grow crops while the cow is like our mother who provides us with milk that nourished our body.

Five to six thousand years ago Vedic seers recognised that mankind require taking life from the lower level of consiousness to sustain their lives. However, this act must be done with great respect where prayers so that we “think twice before taking a sacred life”. In fact, commerce of meat is forbidden as the person who wants to consume meat must slain the animal himself or herself to experience and realize the horror and consequence of such and act, which will prevent unrestricted consumption. According to the scriptures, license is required for eating meat and killing of an animal for meat is limited to once a month under the supervision of a priest while reciting the prayer (mantra): “You are giving your life, so in your next life you will get the opportunity of becoming a human being. And I who am now killing you will become an animal, and you will kill me.”

The buffalo clearly depicted with reverence and respect

Animal sacrifice to the divine can be read in the scriptures, which should be rightfully read and practiced in two general approaches. Firstly, Vedic scholars have commented that the writings should not be interpreted literally as the Veda expressions contain many symbolism and concealed words that encapsulate deeper meanings. For example, animals mentioned in the context of sacrifice are actually representation of our inner faculties and “demons”. Secondly, animal sacrifice should be regarded as an inferior sacrifice for low level practitioner who should strive to advance and work towards offering superior sacrifices of inner afflictions with motivation to develop mind transformation and liberation.

These fundamentals of Hinduism and other religions that were founded in India like Buddhism are the cause for the large vegetarian population of approximately 31% or 350 million people in India. In 2007, the United Nations Food & Agriculture Association statistics show that India has the lowest rate of meat consumption in the world. It is stated in the teachings that the vegetarian diet is conducive for spiritual progress while meat consumption is a deterrent. Therefore, it is vital for Hindu priests and religious leaders to be vegetarians. The practice of sacrifice in the Gadhimai Festival completely contradicts these tenets of conduct. Furthermore, animals hold a high level of importance in Hinduism and Buddhism. As mentioned above, the sacrifice of animal is now banned in India and replaced with offering of coconuts and pumpkin. The Hindus believe that the breaking of pumpkin is equivalent to sacrifice of blood while the shattering of coconut symbolizes the crushing of the ego (aham) to merge with supreme soul.

 

Call to action

It is clear from the information presented that the cruelty of the Gadhimai Festival has no basis and neither the origination of the sacrificial practice as indicated by Anil Bhanot Ravi M. Singh nor the religion of Hinduism supports this extreme act of savagery. We are society of the 21st century and it is high time we progress from the barbaric age of gladiators where vicious suffering of others is pleasing entertainment. Awareness and understanding the truth behind the Gadhimai Festival sheds lights for the empowerment of action.

The suffering that stems from our lack of awareness is widespread and the story of the animals’ suffering during the Gadhimai Festival is one of many we can bring to an end. Our capacity and ability to make a difference to these helpless creatures, including the 1.7 billion animals of the livestock production industry, are unlimited and liberating. May we be warriors of justice for kindness and a sustainable community that lives in harmony with fellow earthling and Mother Nature.

Hope for humanity is the foundation on which a brighter future can be built for our children

 
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  • http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/The_Gadhimai_festival_Why_it-must-never_happen-Again.htm .
  • http://www.animals24-7.org/2014/03/12/427/
  • http://www.peta.org/videos/meet-your-meat/
  • https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/earthlings.html
  • http://vedicknow.blogspot.com/2009/12/is-gadhimai-festival-bonafide.html
  • https://woods.stanford.edu/environmental-venture-projects/consequences-increased-global-meat-consumption-global-environment
  • http://www.csa.com/discoveryguides/meat/review.pdf

 

Update July 30, 2015

Good news! Due to people signing online petitions and creating awareness, this festival has been stopped. The increased awareness and dialogue around the issue of animal sacrifice has also led the Indian government to restrict the export of animals into Nepal for this purpose. You can read more about this fantastic update below (click on the image to enlarge)!

Click on the image to enlarge. Source: http://www.ekantipur.com/2015/07/29/top-story/main-priest-appeals-for-slaughter-free-rituals/408587.html


 

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  1. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jan 23, 2016 at 5:23 am

    If your god demands sacrifices, if your god begets pleasure from pain, if your god encourages killing, if your god is a jealous god, if your god revels in violence and war…how is your god any different from humans? And in that case, why seek the advice and protection of a being who is no different from any regular human being?

    Faith and worship should be aimed at our self-improvement, to take our body, speech and mind to the next level. So when qualities are nurtured in us to cause harm to others, we have to examine whether the practices foster the ascendant qualities in us, or if they simply reinforce the negative that we already engage in without the excuse of spirituality.

    Why do we have our various faiths and engage in them in the way we do? We do it because we want to be better and we want to lead better lives. Well, since that is our motivation, then wouldn’t we want to do everything possible to take the shortest route to happiness? Wouldn’t we want to engage in superior methods of practice? Then this most definitely discounts animal sacrifices. As the article says, animal sacrifices are considered inferior for the lowly practitioner. Why? Because animal sacrifices deal with the external, and the external is something everyone can engage in. But it takes a real spiritual practitioner to do battle on the inside, with our minds to rid it of the afflictive emotions that cause pain to ourselves and others.

    So whilst there may be cultural reasons for such practices, in this day and age, when people are more educated (therefore granting them greater access and understanding of the scriptures), such sacrifices are no longer necessary. In any case, if your god is truly a being with an enlightened mind, he / she will not change the way they feel about when you change the way you worship so it creates less harm for others.

    Ultimately, animal sacrifices don’t make any sense. If animals are god’s creatures (as some traditions believe), then we should respect god’s creatures and god’s creations as divine. How is sacrificing the divine, going to bring you any closer to divinity?

    I’m so happy to read that the Gadhimai festival has been cancelled, and that the needless death of thousands of animals will no longer take place!

  2. KB Thapa on Jan 20, 2016 at 1:54 am

    The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans to use. Reading the article broke my heart.. We must stop all this blood from animals. I wonder what kind of God would like blood from any leaving beings. It’s not the god asking kill animals it’s us using religion for their own gain. Thank you Rinpoche for the article , lets hope people open their hearts and see the pain animals going through..

  3. Phng Keng Hwa on Jun 12, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    When I first read this article, I was a bit skeptical that you would question whether this Gadhimai Festival was holy or not. After all, who are we to judge what other peoples religion and traditions are. But after reading the post, I started to see why. I found the entire thing disturbing, how could someone hack the head off a buffalo and laugh?

    And to kill those animals for personal gain just intensified my disturbance. Perhaps if they sacrificed for a good cause, such as good health for the family, the intention might have been on a somewhat… better level. But to sacrifice for your name to get bigger just seemed wrong.

    I’m sure that there were those with good intentions, but to kill for that reason is not the way to go. Also, when they said that they sacrifice so that the Goddess Gadhimai will protect them from diseases I felt dumbfounded. With all those dead animals laying on the ground collecting flies and other germs and bacteria, how could diseases be avoided? And then they go eat the meat.

    Sure, that won’t get them sick at all.

    I hope people will come to realise that this ‘festival’ is not really a festival.

  4. Edward Ooi on Feb 15, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Is it possible for Gadhimai to still stay in the Gods realm? Because millions or billions of animals have been sacrificed because of some legend of her bringing misfortunes to Nepal. I don’t think Gadhimai is a holy festival, not even the slightest. How is sacrificing half a millions of animals holy? I’m saying this with respect, I think the devotees and priests most probably be reborn in the three lower realms. I thought that Nepal is supposed to be a place for pilgrimage and all these holy stuffs, and they should best know that there is always afterlife but why would they sacrifice their afterlife just for a better living condition in this life only? Isn’t it better to practice Dharma, become vegetarians, not harming animals, fight against animal sacrifices and take better rebirths in your future lifetimes? For me, I would definitely choose the second one.

  5. Lucas Roth on Feb 8, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    It is so horrible how people can sacrifice another life for religious purposes, how can it be good to take another life? Especially for religious purposes, religious things are for learning the good and to make peace. For goodness, how can it be good to kill? That is very bad. Animals have lives too so why do we get to take them because we want them for a religious practice that kills. What gives us the right? Also why is it good to kill?

    Even in todays world, animals are being slaughtered in the billions, they are lives, animals can feel pain, express emotion and ca be smart and aware just like humans but we humans are so cruel and horrible that we can think that we are superior. What is wrong with us, what kind of creature can kill and eat or sacrifice another life? What kind of tradition are we setting. Killing is bad, when is it ok to kill someone so then why do we kill animals?

  6. James Larkin on Jan 14, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Whoever or whatever created this life system where each creature kills and eats the other and yet gives the creatures feelings, emotions and intelligence is sadistic and evil. Life is just suffering, a pointless hell and I pray I never come back to it.

  7. Sarah Yap on Dec 29, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I have never understood the concept of sacrificing animals (or worst… in the ancient days, they sacrificed humans!) to the ‘gods’… I mean, why do you want to praise such a blood thirsty god? Because the god can benefit them, so they don’t care if the consequences is to sacrifice hundreds of thousands of lives every year? If that’s the case, then I would’nt want to be associated with such a god either because not only does it encourage me to kill, but it encourages my greed and being self centered.

    I have read about the Gadhimai festival before… and while this certainly is gruesome… it is not the only religious festival that involves killing. Many other festivals from other religions that involve animal sacrifice too.

    I just hope that with more education… people will gain the wisdom to understand that compassion for all sentient beings should be above any religious rituals one may need to perform.

  8. Stella on Dec 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    I have never heard about Gadhimai Festival until recently when I read post on Facebook asking us to support the petition against it. It is a horror to read the details of this so-called festival supposedly to please Gadhimai Goddess. The immediate thought that dawn upon me is “Who is Gadhimai Goddess? How could she be pleased with all these horrific and gruesome slaughtering in her name?” And without thinking further, I burped out (in my head) “Why can’t she do something to stop these people and punish them?” As I am pretty sure no divine goddess is a blood-drinker and would grin upon the cries of helpless animals being hacked to death.

    The significance of this all is not only on the painful and torturous ways in killing the animals but also in the sheer numbers of animals that go through the same ghastly treatment yet being celebrated by the men and women as well as their younglings of this country. True to be told, as I think deeper and contemplate on this write-up, I realize that people who celebrate all festival with pork, beef, chicken, duck, fishes, etc and splurge on beautiful leather products are not far from the people who participate in the Gadhimai Festival. There is perhaps marginally better treatments towards the animals in slaughter house than during Gadhimai Festival, but the satisfaction that people derived from the death of the animals could be the same. Ever heard any of your friend saying “the more meat I eat, the more satisfied I feel”? Isn’t it the same notion as the man who claimed a heightened satisfaction with the increasing numbers of dead animals through his hands?

    Please stop killing in any ways. Let’s practice Ahimsa.

    Thank You Rinpoche, Khoo, Julia and Li Kheng for this write up.

  9. Joy on Dec 8, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    This is certainly not a holy festival but an economical one for the rich to gain more while the poor struggle in hopes of a blessing from the divine so that their lives will be better. Truth it is deteriorating even faster.

    It’s quite scary to hear some villagers gloat and feels happier and satisfied after killing an animal and to kill it slowly, where the animal experience more pain is considered ‘good’. Wow what crazy wrong view is this? I pray I my mind never even degenerate in to such a state!

    I like the comparison researched and written on India and Nepal. One country that has given up animal sacrifices and has the highest percentage of vegetarians vs Nepal who is very much left behind and is one of the poorest nations in the world although so rich in culture and beauty. No I don’t think more tourists are going to flock to see this festival, I think more tourist is going to stand up against it. And yes it does seem like group karma is hindering Nepal’s prosperity as a whole. There is so much beauty in Nepal, but this festival sure it tainting it. I hope this festival will be abolished and banned in the next 5 years to come! Om Mani Pedme Hum

  10. Li Kheng on Dec 5, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for giving us this assignment that enabled us to research, write and learn. It is eye opening to witness the prevalence of ignorance and unwillingness to change as societies grasp onto obsolete traditions that evidently cause more harm than benefit. However, as shocking as the learnings I gained from researching and writing this article with Khoo and Julia, I gained much hope.

    Why hope? Because the simple gesture of becoming vegetarian or eating less meat has such a significant impact on our world secularly and spiritually. It makes sense physically (health), economically (preservation and optimization of natural resources) and politically (stability with sustainable treatment of national resources and creating safe and healthy environment for the people) to promote vegetarianism and reduced consumption of meat and its by products.

    I hope the information provided will create impact through action. The first action available is to click on the link at the end of the article to support the petition to end this old habit to make way for progress and true prosperity as we preserve our inheritance from Mother Earth.

  11. Chandra on Dec 5, 2014 at 6:37 am

    To call this tradition cruel is an understatement. To tell you the truth Rinpoche, I wasn’t even aware of this ”festival” until few months ago when Facebook posts from your students started circulating with aims to urge the Nepalese Government to eradicate this tradition. I was quite appalled and shocked that these massacres still happened in Nepal. On the day of Gadhimai I saw a report on the BBC website and coming from a Nepalese the country would benefit a lot if it were highlighted for other reasons rather than these atrocious crimes. The Nepalese government lets the people and in this case animals down. Please stop these ruthless customs.

    • Joy on Dec 8, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      Thank you Chandra for being honest and speaking up. We need more beautiful people of Nepal to speak and speak against this festival of murder. Please keep spreading the news an educating those who does not know like yourself and those who are ignorant of this negative action! With more people talking about it, it will create the pull to change Napral future of such an inhumane act.

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KSA can transform a ‘bare’ or ‘raw’ object of art into a living masterpiece through a variety of painting techniques. There are several ‘finishes’ to choose from. Be it an ‘antique’ look, a fully-painted colourful finish or a simple ‘gold dusted look’, your imagination and heart’s wishes are fulfilled through KSA’s mastery and artistry in action.

Our team have learnt the techniques of traditional statue painting from the finest artists of India, Tibet and Nepal. Through months of intense training and practice, our talented artists have mastered the art of painting both peaceful and wrathful features.
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Kechara Saraswati Arts (KSA) offers a comprehensive statue and tsa tsa painting service. We are able to paint both the face and body, using traditional Tibetan techniques and materials. KSA can transform a ‘bare’ or ‘raw’ object of art into a living masterpiece through a variety of painting techniques. There are several ‘finishes’ to choose from. Be it an ‘antique’ look, a fully-painted colourful finish or a simple ‘gold dusted look’, your imagination and heart’s wishes are fulfilled through KSA’s mastery and artistry in action. Our team have learnt the techniques of traditional statue painting from the finest artists of India, Tibet and Nepal. Through months of intense training and practice, our talented artists have mastered the art of painting both peaceful and wrathful features.
Unusual depiction of Lord Manjushri. I like it.
2 days ago
Unusual depiction of Lord Manjushri. I like it.
Stunning!!!
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Stunning!!!
If we have eye problems, this is a good practice and it\'s simple- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=180488
3 days ago
If we have eye problems, this is a good practice and it's simple- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=180488
Many times in the morning my Oser girl will go sunbathe. She really enjoys it. Tsem Rinpoche
3 days ago
Many times in the morning my Oser girl will go sunbathe. She really enjoys it. Tsem Rinpoche
My Oser girl is very photogenic. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Oser girl is very photogenic. Tsem Rinpoche
Vintage stunning thangka of Lord Tsongkapa with many other enlightened beings.
3 days ago
Vintage stunning thangka of Lord Tsongkapa with many other enlightened beings.
Beautiful antique thangka of Sakya Pandita
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Beautiful antique thangka of Sakya Pandita
The last Lama-Ruler of Mongolia was 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu. He did not have a good ending as Mongolia \'fell\'. Read about him- https://bit.ly/2UD83oa
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The last Lama-Ruler of Mongolia was 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu. He did not have a good ending as Mongolia 'fell'. Read about him- https://bit.ly/2UD83oa
Last Queen of Mongolia-Very interesting what happened to her and tragic too- https://bit.ly/2GcfhfF
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Last Queen of Mongolia-Very interesting what happened to her and tragic too- https://bit.ly/2GcfhfF
The famous and powerful state oracle of Mongolia- Interesting and must read- 
 https://bit.ly/2Py3QhI
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The famous and powerful state oracle of Mongolia- Interesting and must read- https://bit.ly/2Py3QhI
1984 Los Angeles-Left to right: Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, monk assistant to Zong Rinpoche and the 18 year old Tsem Rinpoche prior to ordination. Read more-  https://bit.ly/2C5OM7l
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1984 Los Angeles-Left to right: Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, monk assistant to Zong Rinpoche and the 18 year old Tsem Rinpoche prior to ordination. Read more- https://bit.ly/2C5OM7l
Nice to see Blog Chat going on
4 days ago
Nice to see Blog Chat going on
In the middle of the metropolitan city of Bangkok near the upmarket shopping district is a chapel dedicated to Tara right in the centre of town. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
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In the middle of the metropolitan city of Bangkok near the upmarket shopping district is a chapel dedicated to Tara right in the centre of town. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
Cheeky and cute little He Wei is telling you to get a Dorje Shugden pamphlet now!!!
4 days ago
Cheeky and cute little He Wei is telling you to get a Dorje Shugden pamphlet now!!!
My little cute Oser girl doggie is always nearby. Tsem Rinpoche
4 days ago
My little cute Oser girl doggie is always nearby. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s father with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The little girl is his brother\'s daughter. Her name is Tara.
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Tsem Rinpoche's father with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The little girl is his brother's daughter. Her name is Tara.
Our Gyenze Chapel in Kechara Forest Retreat is visited by people from all over Malaysia now. Many have had their wishes fulfilled.
4 days ago
Our Gyenze Chapel in Kechara Forest Retreat is visited by people from all over Malaysia now. Many have had their wishes fulfilled.
Very nice class going on in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Learning Dharma is the key to overcoming our mind that is unsettled. Tsem Rinpoche
4 days ago
Very nice class going on in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Learning Dharma is the key to overcoming our mind that is unsettled. Tsem Rinpoche
Left to right: 103rd Gaden Tripa Lobsang Tenzin, Gaden Shartse Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche.
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Left to right: 103rd Gaden Tripa Lobsang Tenzin, Gaden Shartse Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche.
Tsem Rinpoche holding the young incarnation of Zong Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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Tsem Rinpoche holding the young incarnation of Zong Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
In Gaden Monastery.

Left to right: Tenzin Trinley Rinpoche, Kari Kentrul Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche, Gyalkhangtse Rinpoche, Kating Rinpoche and Genpa Rinpoche. Extreme right is the senior Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Monastery, Choyang Dulzin Kuten.
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In Gaden Monastery. Left to right: Tenzin Trinley Rinpoche, Kari Kentrul Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche, Gyalkhangtse Rinpoche, Kating Rinpoche and Genpa Rinpoche. Extreme right is the senior Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Monastery, Choyang Dulzin Kuten.
Tsem Rinpoche with the Abbots of Gaden Jangtse Monastery and Gaden Shartse Monastery escorting a photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is in the main prayer hall of Gaden Monastery.
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Tsem Rinpoche with the Abbots of Gaden Jangtse Monastery and Gaden Shartse Monastery escorting a photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is in the main prayer hall of Gaden Monastery.
Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery
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Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery
My father Mr. Lobsang Gyatso and myself. He came to Gaden Monastery to visit me. While he was alive he lived in Taiwan. Tsem Rinpoche
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My father Mr. Lobsang Gyatso and myself. He came to Gaden Monastery to visit me. While he was alive he lived in Taiwan. Tsem Rinpoche
The most precious Buddha Shakyamuni of Tibet. He is called Jowo Rinpoche and He is in the central Cathedral of Lhasa, Tibet. All the crowns, earrings, necklaces and jewels were constructed and offered by Je Tsongkapa onto this Buddha 600 years ago. Tsem Rinpoche
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The most precious Buddha Shakyamuni of Tibet. He is called Jowo Rinpoche and He is in the central Cathedral of Lhasa, Tibet. All the crowns, earrings, necklaces and jewels were constructed and offered by Je Tsongkapa onto this Buddha 600 years ago. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge, I have something to share.
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Click on picture to enlarge, I have something to share.
This is how you can practice Tantric Buddhas without initiation or commitment- https://bit.ly/2PstN28
5 days ago
This is how you can practice Tantric Buddhas without initiation or commitment- https://bit.ly/2PstN28
Many great lamas are pictured here together. I have met many of them and they are very learned and holy. Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
Many great lamas are pictured here together. I have met many of them and they are very learned and holy. Tsem Rinpoche
Do share this picture message with friends.
6 days ago
Do share this picture message with friends.
Faster, Faster!!! Can\'t you go any faster! We are late for our puja! Read on- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179695
6 days ago
Faster, Faster!!! Can't you go any faster! We are late for our puja! Read on- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179695
Has Pastor David achieved enlightenment under the bodhi tree?
6 days ago
Has Pastor David achieved enlightenment under the bodhi tree?
Very nice. Pastor Seng Piow\'s beautiful Kalarupa statue has finally arrived.
6 days ago
Very nice. Pastor Seng Piow's beautiful Kalarupa statue has finally arrived.
Animals are made to suffer so much. We should never add to their sufferings. We should never beat, abuse, use, kill or eat them. We should be loving with them or just leave them to live their lives.~Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
Animals are made to suffer so much. We should never add to their sufferings. We should never beat, abuse, use, kill or eat them. We should be loving with them or just leave them to live their lives.~Tsem Rinpoche
It will break your heart, but you need to see this- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179733



Thank you, Tsem Rinpoche
7 days ago
It will break your heart, but you need to see this- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179733 Thank you, Tsem Rinpoche
Find out what happened to this baby- https://bit.ly/2RdxM4o
7 days ago
Find out what happened to this baby- https://bit.ly/2RdxM4o
A very sad true story

Please sign to help end animal experimentation:
https://www.change.org/p/tell-neutrogena-to-stop-all-animal-testing
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A very sad true story Please sign to help end animal experimentation: https://www.change.org/p/tell-neutrogena-to-stop-all-animal-testing
My grandaunt Nirgidma whom I have never met but learning more about her now. She lived and died in France. Tsem Rinpoche
7 days ago
My grandaunt Nirgidma whom I have never met but learning more about her now. She lived and died in France. Tsem Rinpoche
Did you know we can grow vegetables under water contrary to need the bright sun, earth and on the surface? Very interesting- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179595
7 days ago
Did you know we can grow vegetables under water contrary to need the bright sun, earth and on the surface? Very interesting- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179595
A very rare Buddha hardly seen. He is said to help us overcome laziness. Understand more- https://bit.ly/2EaEtk3
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A very rare Buddha hardly seen. He is said to help us overcome laziness. Understand more- https://bit.ly/2EaEtk3
 
 
When you are sleeping, do you get disturbed by supernatural entities or re-occurring dreams that are frightening? Do you sometimes feel a presence in the room with you when sleeping? I have something here that might help you as I have been asked many times about these occurrences. - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179116
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When you are sleeping, do you get disturbed by supernatural entities or re-occurring dreams that are frightening? Do you sometimes feel a presence in the room with you when sleeping? I have something here that might help you as I have been asked many times about these occurrences. - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179116
Foretelling the future in the Tibetan tradition- https://bit.ly/2AKzSl8
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Foretelling the future in the Tibetan tradition- https://bit.ly/2AKzSl8
Malaysian Brickfields Chief Monk Sri Dhammaratana Fosters Harmony with Tibetan Buddhism- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=178837
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Malaysian Brickfields Chief Monk Sri Dhammaratana Fosters Harmony with Tibetan Buddhism- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=178837
马来西亚十五碑锡兰佛寺达摩拉达纳长老与藏传佛教界建交- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179077
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马来西亚十五碑锡兰佛寺达摩拉达纳长老与藏传佛教界建交- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179077
For high resolution download of this beautiful artwork of Dorje Shugden, please click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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For high resolution download of this beautiful artwork of Dorje Shugden, please click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
A stupa built dedicated to Dorje Shugden in Tibet.
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A stupa built dedicated to Dorje Shugden in Tibet.
Repetitive Bad Dreams Disturbing Your Sleep?This might help you- https://bit.ly/2TTp8tw
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Repetitive Bad Dreams Disturbing Your Sleep?This might help you- https://bit.ly/2TTp8tw
My sacred and ancient Bodhgaya Vajra Yogini immersed in red lights in her casing. So fortunate to even hear her name in this Kaliyuga times. Tsem Rinpoche
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My sacred and ancient Bodhgaya Vajra Yogini immersed in red lights in her casing. So fortunate to even hear her name in this Kaliyuga times. Tsem Rinpoche
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  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    17 hours 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).
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    3 days ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 days ago
    Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
    4 days ago
    This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
    6 days ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
    2 weeks ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
    3 weeks ago
    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
  • Living off the grid in Australia
    3 weeks ago
    Living off the grid in Australia
    A Jill Redwood is a jack of all trades, Jill built her own house on her property and lives entirely off the grid with no mains power or town water, mobile reception or television. Living on around $80 a week, Jill has over sixty animals to keep her company and an abundant garden that out serves as an organic supermarket right at her doorstep. Her main expenses are animal feed and the rates on her property. Watch this incredible three minute video and be inspired to live differently.
  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
    3 weeks ago
    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
  • Wylfred explains in Chinese the benefits of mantra stones at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia   |  黄明川以华语解释在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的玛尼堆(刻有心咒的石头)的利益
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    Wylfred explains in Chinese the benefits of mantra stones at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia | 黄明川以华语解释在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的玛尼堆(刻有心咒的石头)的利益
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
  • If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
    1 month ago
    My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
  • It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
  • BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
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    BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
  • Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
    2 months ago
    Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
  • In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
    2 months ago
    In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
  • Neat little video
    2 months ago
    Neat little video
  • It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
    3 months ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
  • Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
    3 months ago
    Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
  • 喀切玛波向詹杜固仁波切献供养
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  • Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
    3 months ago
    Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    1 years ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    1 years ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    1 years ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    1 years ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    1 years ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    1 years ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    1 years ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    1 years ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    1 years ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Wow! JB Kechara office is receiving 5 desktop computers from our sponsors. Now the urban poor children can learn to use computers. Now the passionate volunteers can burn the mid night oil in the office planning, coordinating and review events. Thanks to our sponsors, Style Vision, Meadow IT, KS IT, Grex Multimedia, New Century, Ascentouch, Softcom, E cube, Via Global, Edmond, Nelly, Jasmine, Bill Kee, DML Beauty, Goh and Team for providing us with such an awesome convenience and cool facilities. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 hours ago
Wow! JB Kechara office is receiving 5 desktop computers from our sponsors. Now the urban poor children can learn to use computers. Now the passionate volunteers can burn the mid night oil in the office planning, coordinating and review events. Thanks to our sponsors, Style Vision, Meadow IT, KS IT, Grex Multimedia, New Century, Ascentouch, Softcom, E cube, Via Global, Edmond, Nelly, Jasmine, Bill Kee, DML Beauty, Goh and Team for providing us with such an awesome convenience and cool facilities. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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1984 Los Angeles- Left to right: Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, monk assistant to Zong Rinpoche and the 18 year old Tsem Rinpoche prior to ordination.
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1984 Los Angeles- Left to right: Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, monk assistant to Zong Rinpoche and the 18 year old Tsem Rinpoche prior to ordination.
Very nice class going on in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Learning Dharma is the key to overcoming our mind that is unsettled. Tsem Rinpoche
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Very nice class going on in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Learning Dharma is the key to overcoming our mind that is unsettled. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche holding the young incarnation of Zong Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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Tsem Rinpoche holding the young incarnation of Zong Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
Left to right: 103rd Gaden Tripa Lobsang Tenzin, Gaden Shartse Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche.
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Left to right: 103rd Gaden Tripa Lobsang Tenzin, Gaden Shartse Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche.
In Gaden Monastery. Left to right: Tenzin Trinley Rinpoche, Kari Kentrul Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche, Gyalkhangtse Rinpoche, Kating Rinpoche and Genpa Rinpoche. Extreme right is the senior Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Monastery, Choyang Dulzin Kuten.
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In Gaden Monastery. Left to right: Tenzin Trinley Rinpoche, Kari Kentrul Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche, Gyalkhangtse Rinpoche, Kating Rinpoche and Genpa Rinpoche. Extreme right is the senior Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Monastery, Choyang Dulzin Kuten.
Tsem Rinpoche with the Abbots of Gaden Jangtse Monastery and Gaden Shartse Monastery escorting a photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is in the main prayer hall of Gaden Monastery.
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Tsem Rinpoche with the Abbots of Gaden Jangtse Monastery and Gaden Shartse Monastery escorting a photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is in the main prayer hall of Gaden Monastery.
Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery.
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Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery.
Tsem Rinpoche's father Mr. Lobsang Gyatso and Rinpoche. He came to Gaden Monastery to visit Rinpoche. While he was alive he lived in Taiwan.
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Tsem Rinpoche's father Mr. Lobsang Gyatso and Rinpoche. He came to Gaden Monastery to visit Rinpoche. While he was alive he lived in Taiwan.
Tsem Rinpoche's father with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The little girl is Rinpoche's brother's daughter. Her name is Tara.
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Tsem Rinpoche's father with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The little girl is Rinpoche's brother's daughter. Her name is Tara.
4 days ago
Thanks to Yong Soo Chin for sponsoring today's lunch ingredients and also donation to Kechara Food Bank in memorial of her father-in-law Mr Ng Seng Kee. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
Thanks to Yong Soo Chin for sponsoring today's lunch ingredients and also donation to Kechara Food Bank in memorial of her father-in-law Mr Ng Seng Kee. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Efforts to feed the poor are nothing new. Kechara Soup Kitchen practices of collecting food waste and turning it into meals for the hungry. The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! #Kechara #foodbank #hungerknowsnobarriers - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 days ago
Efforts to feed the poor are nothing new. Kechara Soup Kitchen practices of collecting food waste and turning it into meals for the hungry. The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! #Kechara #foodbank #hungerknowsnobarriers - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Lovely DIY candle made to offer to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
Lovely DIY candle made to offer to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Isn’t it great to see family engaging in pilgrimage & dharma work together. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
Isn’t it great to see family engaging in pilgrimage & dharma work together. Lin Mun KSDS
Pastor Gim Lee gave an interesting introduction to Green Tara during the recentl pilgrimage cum camp event. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
Pastor Gim Lee gave an interesting introduction to Green Tara during the recentl pilgrimage cum camp event. Lin Mun KSDS
So glad to see family doing light offering to Buddha together. Great bonding. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
So glad to see family doing light offering to Buddha together. Great bonding. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS pilgrimage cum camp 2018 - Prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS pilgrimage cum camp 2018 - Prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Melinda & teacher Asyley guided the youngest children to take refuge & do prostration to Dzambala. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Melinda & teacher Asyley guided the youngest children to take refuge & do prostration to Dzambala. Lin Mun KSDS
Zoey is a happy girl & enjoy coming to dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
Zoey is a happy girl & enjoy coming to dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Video recording for KSDS Graduation 2018. Lin Mun KSDS
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Video recording for KSDS Graduation 2018. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
Rain or shine we will be there to distribute surplus food to the needy families living around Jlns Sungai. Thank you to all volunteers for turning up on a wet afternoon. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Rain or shine we will be there to distribute surplus food to the needy families living around Jlns Sungai. Thank you to all volunteers for turning up on a wet afternoon. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
A visit was paid to this family from Petaling Jaya. Our client’s wife has admitted to hospital due to stroke. Therefore, client has to stop working temporarily because he needs to take care of the young daughter who has learning disabilities. Let’s send best wishes to the wife for a speedy recovery! ❤️ #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
A visit was paid to this family from Petaling Jaya. Our client’s wife has admitted to hospital due to stroke. Therefore, client has to stop working temporarily because he needs to take care of the young daughter who has learning disabilities. Let’s send best wishes to the wife for a speedy recovery! ❤️ #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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