Oprah Goes Vegan!

Mar 11, 2011 | Views: 626

Oprah Winfrey and some of her staff recently took on a challenge… to go vegan for one week!

For seven days, Oprah and her members of staff decided to go without meat, fish, milk, eggs, cheese etc… basically any product or by-product that comes from an animal. The charge was led by New York Times best-selling author Kathy Freston, who has sworn by a vegan lifestyle for seven years now.

She said that “Everyone [at Harpo] was so excited and interested in it. I think knowing that it can be such a game-changer — that it can really affect you in your body and your spirit — I think so many people were just excited to give it a whirl.”

Harpo is a US-based multimedia production company founded by Oprah Winfrey. While many staffers were reluctant to change their food habits, 378 signed up for the one-week challenge!

One of Harpo’s video editors commented how he “usually eats a sausage muffin every day and a huge coffee with five creams and a little ice”. He then went on to say, “So today I decided not to do that. I thought, ‘Okay, I’m going to start the day right. We’re going to try this whole vegan thing.'”

Being vegan is slightly different from being vegetarian as you will need to avoid all forms of animal products which include eggs, dairy products and honey. Most of us find it hard to give up normal meat from our meals, let alone dairy products or eggs even for a day.

Kathy Freston explained the benefits and taught them how to choose their diet. It turns out that after 7 days, many of the staff members became healthier, lost weight and even saved money. One of them no longer suffers from daily migraines due to the vegan diet.

Many of the staff wanted to extend their vegan diet to 21 days after experiencing the benefits!!

In order for meat to arrive at our dinner plates, IT HAS TO COME FROM SOMEWHERE. In this case, animals have to be slaughtered and killed.  It’s worse when the animal is mistreated right up to the point of death…

We can’t always turn a blind eye to where our meat comes from… it comes from the blood and life of another being that is NOT WILLING to give it up just so that we can pleasure our tastebuds.

Which animal will not squeal or scream for dear life when the butcher grabs them by their legs? To be overpowered, oppressed and then killed by a stronger being after leading a painful life… this is what we are endorsing when we eat meat.

Being vegetarian is a very natural thing to do. If it is not, why do people who try being vegan for a week want to do it for a longer period of time? It must be due to the immense benefits it has towards the body and mind.

For your body, it helps you lose weight, cleans your colon (and keeps it that way), rids your bloodstream of toxins, stops bad breath and body odor.

Mentally, it helps you feel more alert due to the lack of toxins, and gives you a clearer mind since you won’t be overly focused on food. These are just the few benefits of being a vegetarian, or better yet, a vegan.

It makes NO SENSE to derive satisfaction, pleasure or nourishment from the sufferings of others… As the 378 Harpo staff discovered, it is not hard being vegan… It does not mean at all that your diet is restricted to salads and that you will be losing out on nutrition, quite the contrary. In fact, there is even a starter kit to kick things off and to also clear misconceptions.

Start a vegan diet now to help rejuvenate your body. Your body really does need a break from all the toxin buildup over the years… Once you do it for one day… you can try extending it to one week, one month… maybe even a year. It all depends on whether or not you want to do it. If you decide to go vegetarian or even vegan for any period of time, please do let me know as my special offer still stands. You can also sign up for my vegetarian pledge.

Go vegetarian. If not for the animals, for yourself. If not for yourself, for the animals…or for both you and the animals….

Tsem Rinpoche

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Dec 16, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    So more famous people like Oprah Winfrey Goes Vegan.Well started as a challenge to go on vegan for one week Being vegan is slightly different from being vegetarian.To go on vegetarian have many health benefits like
    cleans your colon , rids your bloodstream of toxins, and so forth.I like these quote by Rinpoche( Go vegetarian. If not for the animals, for yourself. If not for yourself, for the animals…or for both you and the animals….)and will remember these advice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing

  2. Carmen Lin @ KMP on Dec 11, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Rejoice for Oprah and her team! It’s good to see influential people such as Oprah is going vegan, as an influential her action will makes an impact to the society and especially a good impact. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

    With folded hands,

    Carmen Lin

  3. Jutika Lam on Feb 5, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    It warms my heart to know that such famous people like Oprah Winfrey, crew and her staff are going Vegan for a whole week! Imagine how slightly less meat was consumed for a week? It is very kind of her to show America and the world a very good example not only that she is also helping animals that are meant to be slaughtered have at least a week or less to live as less meat is cooked or bought for a whole week. I was even surprised that some of the staff even wanted to be a vegan for an extended period.

    I have to admit that all the snacks in the video looked so Delicious and yummy, it is amazing how vegan snacks can be as good as anything else and at the same time healthy!

    I hope that more and more celebrities and normal people will become vegan or at least vegetarian and may Oprah inspire them all.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article!

    Love
    Jutika

  4. edward ooi on Feb 5, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I feel very happy watching people becoming vegetarian/vegan. Because every time when someone becomes a vegetarian or vegan, less animals will be slaughtered and it will make our body stronger or lose more fat. No animals in the world will feel happy when you are about to kill them. So please think about their feelings.

  5. Julien Roth on Jan 20, 2013 at 12:50 am

    It always make me happy to know that famous people are either going vegetarian or vegan. And i would probably think that this make more people turn vegan or vegetarian, which is a really good thing. And in this, Oprah is going to be vegan. And this is fantastic, because she is a very powerful women and i hope that a lot of people follow this and may there be less animals suffering in the world.

  6. patsy on Sep 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    It is good news to know that more and more celebrities are getting into vegetarianism.It is so disheartening to see animals suffering and killed for our palate and besides that there are so many benefits of being a vegan. Our body becomes healthier and slows down the process of aging. Annette Larkins is an image of health, vitality and youth. Who would have guessed that she is in fact 70 years old. http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/incredible-70-year-old-who-defies-ageing-process.html

  7. judy lam on Sep 6, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Fantastic Oprah! It is good that celebrities give back to society. WIth their resources and fame, the message they sent is very strong and would be able to influence more people going vegan or vegetarian.

  8. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jul 26, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this post.

    The topic of going vegetarian or even vega is something that I have never thought of before knowing you. Life with meat is so normal, infact, living without meat looks so tough.

    It is about the mind, I know, and whether I want to do it.

    How contradictory am I to say that I love animals a lot and cannot bear to see the sufferings of animals and yet I have fish, chicken and prawns on my plates. How ridiculous is it that I chant mantra with the breath that when I burped it has the smell of meat.

    I do not wish to give you empty promises but I would have to say that this is a thought that is now in my mind (and has been since my refuge day with you) and I truly hope that very soon I will sign up a vegetarian pledge with you.

  9. Julia Tan on Jul 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Oh my Buddha! Oprah goes vegan! Rejoice! Someone like her who is one of the most influential person in the world, if she goes Vegan I’m sure a lot of people will follow. Save the animal using the best way that you can. I do not believe that animal is our food. Animals are just like us, one of the living creatures on earth who also deserve happiness.

  10. Hui Keng on Feb 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Vegetarianism is definitely the way to go. Healthy body, healthy mind.

  11. tenzin llhamo on Feb 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Good for Oprah and colleagues to try being a vegan for a week! I should try it sometimes and feel the difference… There are so many good restaurants around that we can eat… Like Kechara Oasis, a vegetarian restaurant for a healthy diet.

  12. lewkwanleng on Sep 19, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    It is indeed good news that more and more people are getting into vegetarianism. When more celebrities openly talks about vegetarianism, we all hope that it can grow and less animals will have to suffer for us…

  13. Bluesapphire on Apr 3, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Cheers Oprah!! I am sure you will find peace and clam both in your soul and mind.

  14. tsemtulku on Mar 17, 2011 at 3:29 am

    In everything we do, there is positive and negative effects due to the nature of our existence. It is 100% correct you don’t eat meat. HH the Dalai Lama, the highest authority within Tibetan Buddhism recommends we do not eat meat, so that is all we need to remember. Buddha said, we should not lie, or get attached to drinking, singing, dancing, intimacies,entertainments and that we should spend our energies to become enlightened. Are we doing all die and not just the meat part?? People tend to pick what is convenient from the Buddha’s teachings to suit themselves. If we are going to follow Buddha’s teachings or quote, we may ask are you following everything Buddha says? If you are not, then rejoice when others follow the best they can and as much as they can. Since it is the right path for 21st century Buddhists to follow the no meat path, let’s do it. We have so much variety of food. Let’s eat the no meat diet and get on with our practice and basically compassionately go passed the criticisms. It is very simple, do not kill. So hence animals will not die in front of you to eat them…There is no good karma in eating meat..full stop, but definitely there is good karma refraining from eat. Many of the tantras when engaged in the practice prohibit meat as taught by Vajradhara. Many rituals we do in the great Monasteries prohibit meat so the rituals are more effective…..Many who are not monks or not living in the monasteries would never understand that. Reading from books, net or from dharma centres would never be the same as in the monastery. Again, eating meat does not gather good merits for our spiritual practice, avoiding does. Listen to some of wonderful Tenzin Palmo’s views on not eating meat. She is the great yogini who meditated for the longest time in the mountains.TR

  15. KeepLobstersSafe on Mar 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I was surfing the news and came across this story. It’s great to read some good news about animals:

    Huge lobster saved from the pot

    LONDON (Reuters) – One of the biggest and oldest lobsters ever caught in Britain has been saved from the pot and will live out the rest of its long life in an aquarium.

    The massive crustacean measures close to one metre (3 feet) in length and weighs more than 4 kg (9 lb).

    “He’s a fantastic specimen and by his size alone he has got to be at least 50 years old,” said Lindsay Holloway of the Blue Reef aquarium in Portsmouth, where the lobster now lives.

    “He is an amazing creature and it’s quite an achievement to have reached such an impressive age,” he added.

    The lobster was caught in around 14 feet of water by a compassionate angler fishing for sole in Bracklesham Bay, off the coast of West Sussex.

    Lobsters are among the planet’s oldest inhabitants with fossil remains found dating back more than 100 million years. They are also extremely long-lived with some reaching ages of over 80 years.

    The aquarium said the heaviest recorded crustacean is an Atlantic lobster nicknamed Mike who was caught in 1934 and tipped the scales at an awesome 19 kg. (London newsroom)

    http://af.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idAFTRE72E44A20110315

  16. Vegetarian on Mar 14, 2011 at 6:31 am

    Seeing them will break your heart…

    Please say prayers and dedicate your merits for all animals who live and die in such terrible conditions:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYGRTuB_G_4&feature=related

    May they quickly be freed from their suffering and may no others ever suffer so unimaginably.

  17. PearTree on Mar 13, 2011 at 6:54 am

    I would most like to see Justin Bieber promote vegetarianism or veganism. He has enormous leverage with teenage girls worldwide and his influence is incalculable. Imagine how effective teenage girls would be at advocating a cause? They have pester power and they can be very stubborn, which can be a good thing if it’s for a true cause!

    Hmmm…now that gives me some ideas! Maybe I should write to Justin Bieber, show him the Paul McCartney and Oprah videos and ask him to rise to the occasion and save lives? He would be great.

    I would also ask him to write to the Nepalese Prime Minister to ask him to stop animal sacrifices in Nepal.

  18. Pali on Mar 13, 2011 at 6:35 am

    You can also read here about Tibetan Volunteers for Animals (TVA), a non-profit organization run by a group of young Tibetan activists determined to make a difference.
    http://semchen.org

    Quote by Sir Edwin Arnold

    The birds and beasts and creeping things —
    ’tis writ—
    Had sense of Buddha’s vast embracing love,
    And took the promise of his piteous speech.

    From: Light of Asia, bk. 8

  19. L on Mar 13, 2011 at 2:34 am

    For Oprah to do this is great. People look to her as a source of inspiration and beneficial ideas and she is really using that leverage to effect change for humans, animals and the environment.

    Which celebrity would you most like to see inspiring others to do the same?

  20. Sean Wang on Mar 11, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Wow! It is so good to know that someone who is benefiting so many people through the media is now vegan. Now, she does not only help people, she would also be helping out animals. There are many people in the world that suffer and there are even more animals that suffer to fill our bellies. I think that more and more people in the world will become vegan as someone like Oprah is one.

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    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing . FEARLESS is getting back up and fighting for what we want over and over again without giving up. Successful people have no fear of failure they stay open to all possibilities of the outcomes. We embrace change, even change that appears negative by thinking positive. Being fearless is more about who we are, rather than what we do. Fearless people are great, they are full of life, good energy, passion and self-belief. We must try as we never know if we do not try. Keep trying as the success rate is higher than we thought.

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    Quoted… no true spiritual life is possible without a generous heart. Generosity allies itself with an inner feeling of abundance—the feeling that we have enough to share.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

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    Thank you for this wonderful news .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/look-what-chinas-doing.html
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    Thursday, Jan 16. 2020 04:23 PM
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    Thank you Rinpoche and Shakila Rajendra for this sharing raising awareness of animals been abuse , torture and so forth.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/crimes-against-animals-the-world-doesnt-want-you-to-know-about.html
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    She understand the pain and sufferings of the people especially students had gone through without food. She was brought up in away she saw how her parents had the unprivileged and she is following their foot steps. Thank you very much for this touching article.

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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting post and sharing of those videos.

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    This article really inspired me, every year we live is formative year for us as it affects our future life, so we should really let go those bad influence from our parents. What Rinpoche wrote is so true, most of us are either positive or negative after getting influenced by our parents.

    Dharma will make us face ourselves, acknowledge our weak and negative aspects of character and will then guide us to move forward in a positively transformative direction.Thank you very much for sharing this good article with us.

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    Interesting read of Vajra Yogini scared statues and about the history of the monastery. May the original statue of Vajra Yogini will be returned to Ratsag Monastery one day.
    I did made a trip last May with friends and saw those beautiful scared statues at the monastery. Merely by looking at it is a blessing.
    Thank you Pastor David for this interesting post with the history of the Sacred Vajrayogini Statue been explained.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-sacred-vajrayogini-of-ratsag-monastery.html
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    The most incredible of them all was the massive stupa of Borobudur which is a very popular pilgrimage site for locals, tourist and Buddhist practitioners. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wow ….incredible it took more than 50 years to complete this architectural monument . Read and heard about this amazing monuments and all the beautiful stone inscriptions there. I have not been there before but wish to in the near future. Interesting read of all about this historical information on the Shailendra Dynasty.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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    Gunung Jerai considered a important part in the history of Kedah and it was a focal trading point for merchants century ago. Like all other mountains, Gunung Jerai has its fair share of history and fascinating tales. Wow……Interesting relics uncovered in the area provide evidence of a Hindu-Buddhist civilization dating back to the fourth century A. D. The mountain is an isolated sandstone peak in a relatively flat landscape. There are also many legends and folklore surrounding Gunung Jerai, making this mountain all the more interesting for ghost hunters, trekkers, historians , archaeologist to explore. The Bujang Valley is once the site of the Srivijaya Empire, an ancient Malay kingdom is the richest archaeological area in Malaysia. Ancient ruins and numerous artefacts from a lost Hindu-Buddhist civilization have been discovered. Artifacts such as porcelain, stoneware, clay, pottery, and so forth been unearthed . Wow…. More than 50 ancient Hindu or Buddhist temples, called candi, have also been unearthed as well. It has proven the spirituality of the place by the Hindu-Buddhist civilization centuries ago.. Incredible discoveries the ruins of these candi and other archaeological discoveries unearthed ruins at the site believed to be of more than 2,000 years.
    I have not been to the Archaeological Museum before but wish to see for myself. Interesting read …….Guung Jerai and Bujang Valley is a stunning place of historic, geological, zoological interests to visit.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-historic-and-holy-site-of-gunung-jerai-and-bujang-valley.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 13. 2020 02:12 PM
    First time coming across this word Kappa a water demon in Japan. The Kappa is also called by many other names by different folks. The kappa is said to be roughly humanoid in form inhabiting in the ponds and rivers of Japan. It is typically greenish in colour , some say its yellow-blue. Looks either scaly or slimy skinned, with webbed hands and feet, and a turtle-like carapace on its back. It has a scary nature and are extremely cunning as what the local describe it. In ancient Japanese folklore, the Kappa is a water demon a creature that is as mysterious as it is terrifying. This strange creature is thought to hold magical powers that can be used for both good and evil. Though many still refuse to believe in the existence yet there are still many sightings in the countryside of Japan as to this days.
    Looking at the images of Kappa mummy at Zuiryūji Temple, Osaka and Kappa mummy at the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden ,Netherlands has indeed proof that Kappas do exist after all centuries ago. Interesting read of all the mysterious creatures which I have not heard before.
    Thank you for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/kappa-the-japanese-water-demon
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 13. 2020 02:10 PM
    Rinpoche loved all animals nor matter what species, animals they are. Rinpoche was a huge animal lover and would rescue any of the animals from a smallest to much bigger ones. Rinpoche ‘s love to them is un measurable , boring equal love to all of them. Because of Rinpoche ‘s love for animals Rinpoche had built the Dream Manjushri fish pond and aviary at Kechara Forest Retreat. Rinpoche had a soft spot for dogs and will help any of them along the way he met. Jersey and Tara are the fortunate dogs that been taking care by Rinpoche.
    A dog is definitely a man best friend and they are such agreeable friends.
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-rinpoche-jersey-and-tara

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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    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
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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    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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Paying homage to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and The Three Jewels by Ms. Leow. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mr. Lim offered Serkym to Dorje Shugden on behalf of KISG. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ms. Leow offered lights & incense to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas prior to the puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out weekly Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kids camp 2019 - Exciting stack up game. The kids enjoyed it very much. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids camp 2019 - Super delicious fried rice and decorated with heart. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids camp 2019 - Super delicious fried rice and decorated with heart. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids camp 2019 - Beautiful farm in Kechara Forest Retreat. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids camp 2019 - Completion of puzzle game. Look at their happy faces. Lin Mun KSDS
KISG carried out weekly Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on Tuesday's evening. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG carried out weekly Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on Tuesday's evening. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Long beans from our Kechara Farm 2019 harvested for our community here in Kechara Forest Retreat.
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Long beans from our Kechara Farm 2019 harvested for our community here in Kechara Forest Retreat.
Bountiful harvest from our Kechara Farm 2019 for our community. Here are some long beans, four-angled beans, bitter gourds and karelas!
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Bountiful harvest from our Kechara Farm 2019 for our community. Here are some long beans, four-angled beans, bitter gourds and karelas!
Bountiful harvest from our Kechara Farm 2019 for our community. This is Malabar spinach which is a herbal healer.
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Bountiful harvest from our Kechara Farm 2019 for our community. This is Malabar spinach which is a herbal healer.
Bountiful harvest from our Kechara Farm 2019 for our community. This is Kangkung or water spinach.
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Bountiful harvest from our Kechara Farm 2019 for our community. This is Kangkung or water spinach.
Bountiful harvest from our Kechara Farm 2019 for our community. This is Gui Hua Chai
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Bountiful harvest from our Kechara Farm 2019 for our community. This is Gui Hua Chai
Kids camp 2019 - Meditation session for all participants. A great way to calm our mind & stay focus. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids camp 2019 - Meditation session for all participants. A great way to calm our mind & stay focus. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids camp 2019 - Who can resist this smiley face fried rice ? Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids camp 2019 - Who can resist this smiley face fried rice ? Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids camp 2019 - Participants writing their appreciation message to parents / guardians who sent them to this camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids camp 2019 - Big thanks to the dedicated food team for the delicious food prepared in the 3 days camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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