The Tale of a Boy and His Cow

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Tearful goodbye. Click on image to enlarge.

A tearful goodbye from a young Kansas boy after his cow was sold for meat. Click on image to enlarge.

This is a picture of a young Kansas boy crying while he leads his steer away after it was sold for meat. He’s a member of a youth program called 4-H that funds and teaches children to raise farm animals to show and sell in agricultural fairs. Every year, there are photos circulating online of crying children on market day of these very same agricultural fairs. Unlike farmers who often have dozens, if not hundreds of animals, 4-H children work closely with one or two animals for a year or even longer if the animals, such as steers, take more time to raise.

This young boy, for example, is taught that it’s part of being responsible to raise livestock for the market even though he hates saying goodbye when the animals are sold. Raising livestock and showing them for sale is a way of life for his family and he knows how it is going to end when he starts raising a young animal. It’s clear that even though this was explained to him from the beginning, he still has a very hard time dealing with the separation when the time comes for him to give up the animal that he has clearly bonded with.

 

The Emotional Toll on Youths of Raising Animals as Livestock

As early as the 1990s, studies have shown the inconsistent behaviour and attitudes towards animals in our society. While many people claim to care deeply for animals, many of our uses for animals involve inflicting harm and many others involve killing them for food. An example of such ambivalence can be observed in the youth livestock programme in the 4-H organisation.

In a broad sense, it’s a form of a guided learning experience that involves a socialisation into activities that rationalise morally and troubling ethics of raising animals to be sold for food by young children. The intense contradiction between learning to care and bond with an animal while knowing that the goal of this care is to sell the animal for slaughter teaches children how to disregard their feelings and not get attached, distancing how to view animals as merely “market animals”; and how to justify the process through saving money for the future.

A 4-H program participant's heartbreaking farewell to the animal he cared for and bonded with after it was sold in the agricultural fairs. Image credit: modernfarmer.com

A 4-H participant’s heartbreaking farewell to the animal he cared for and bonded with after it was sold in the agricultural fairs. Image credit: modernfarmer.com. Click on image to enlarge.

4-H is the youth programme of the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. At the turn of the 20th Century, researchers at land-grant universities found that rural adults often resisted new technologies intended to advance agriculture. Land-grant universities are learning institutions which receive state benefits in order to run their various programmes. If young people became engaged in projects that involved those technologies, however, they would not only convince their parents of their worth; they would also experiment with other new ideas in farming.

Over the course of the 20th Century, 4-H became the largest educational youth development programme outside of schools in the United States. In the 1950s, clubs began in cities and suburbs, as well as rural areas, and its curriculum extended beyond the realm of agriculture. Its literature describes its programmes as centering on leadership, citizenship, and life skills. Based on data collected from 2016-2017, 4-H currently serves 5.95 million nationally. The young age group between the ages of 5 and 13 makes up 86% of these youths.

The four H’s stand for head, heart, hands, and health, the components of the 4-H pledge:

“I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living for my Club, my Community, my Country, and my World.”

 At the 2009 Tazewell County Fair in Virginia, 4-H participant Levi Parks, then 7, showed his fainting goat, Hildie. Image credit: modernfarmer.com. Click on image to enlarge

At the 2009 Tazewell County Fair in Virginia, 4-H participant Levi Parks, then 7, showed his fainting goat, Hildie. Image credit: modernfarmer.com. Click on image to enlarge.

The members of 4-H learn by doing; they participate in nearly 200 adult-supervised activities such as cooking, ceramics, electronics, model rocketry, sewing, IT, livestock, and archery. Members of 4-H clubs also become active in local food banks, children’s hospitals, nature centres, homeless shelters, and senior citizen centres.

Support for 4-H comes from the county, state, and federal funds. The Cooperative Extension System of each state’s land-grant university conducts the programme and provides the curriculum in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture and individual county governments. Parents and older siblings play a large role in 4-H by volunteering as group leaders. The national 4-H headquarters estimates that half a million adults and teens currently serve in this capacity, many of them former 4-H members themselves. 4-H appeals to boys and girls about equally, with slightly higher membership rates (52.5%) for girls.

A young 4-H participant and her rabbit. Image credit: modernfarmer.com. Click on image to enlarge.

A young 4-H participant and her rabbit. Image credit: modernfarmer.com. Click on image to enlarge.

The United States Department of Agriculture (or more specifically, the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture) designates millions of annual Cooperative Extension Programme dollars for regional “youth development” initiatives – a total of $68 million in 2015, much of that going to 4-H. The youth organisation also receives funding from the nonprofit National 4-H Council, which spent approximately $48 million last year, and accepts donations from a veritable who’s who of large agricultural corporations who are well-known to think of only their own profit-making activities over moral, ethical and environmental issues: Monsanto, ConAgra, DuPont, and Altria each gave at least a million dollars in 2015.

Only 11% of today’s 4-H’ers, as they are known, live on farms. Nevertheless, animal-related programmes still hold the greatest appeal, enrolling 1,761,798 members nationwide. One of the popular programmes involves the youth livestock programme, in which kids raise commercial breeds of cattle, pigs, goats, and sheep for the market. A livestock project involves approximately a year of work in all aspects of raising a calf, lamb, or other young animals. Ostensibly, it’s an opportunity for an animal lover to work closely with an animal and compete in agricultural fairs. It culminates in the sale of the animal at the county or state fair, where buyers pay far above market value to support the efforts of the 4-H members.

The emotional and moral dilemma that the young children have to deal with raising and selling animals for the maximum profit and to win a competition. Image credit: Karen Ducey Photography. Click on image to enlarge.

Young children have to deal with emotional and moral dilemmas while raising and selling animals for maximum profit. Image credit: Karen Ducey Photography. Click on image to enlarge.

This is where we can see how relationships between young people and animals destined for slaughter develop and the process through which younger children learn to distance themselves from their animals. It’s also disturbing that the children are also learning to look at farm animals as commodities to be raised for money. Cows, pigs, sheep and goats could easily be pets but the young children are slowly conditioned to consider them as food. Unlike their interaction with their pets, this ultimately leads to attaching a different set of rules for interacting with livestock as the children become eventually desensitised, losing much of the empathy and care they initially had.

The emotional and moral dilemma that the young children have to deal with while raising and selling animals for the maximum profit and to win a competition adds to the trauma of knowing that ultimately the livestock will be killed for meat. It’s essential that children learn the values of compassion and respect for the lives of other sentient beings. Kids can learn a valuable lesson in life if they are taught to respect these farm animals for the interesting living sentient beings that they are instead of focusing on how they can be of use to humans as food.

Many experience distress and have a very hard time dealing with the separation when the time comes to give up an animal that they has clearly bonded with for eventual slaughter. Click on image to enlarge.

Many experience distress and have a very hard time dealing with the separation when the time comes to give up an animal that they have clearly bonded with for eventual slaughter. Click on image to enlarge.

There are so many humane ways to teach responsibility and compassion. There’s no need for children to endure the emotional hardship in raising animals for slaughter or for the animals to have their trust so brutally betrayed and their lives ended so suddenly. When a 4-H’er decides to opt-out of selling their new friend or even out of the animal-rearing projects completely, they are not only saving or sparing a life but they are acting as the future ambassadors for compassionate kids everywhere. There are other alternatives to farmed animal projects such as agricultural-related projects or volunteering at an animal rescue centre or sanctuary that is committed to helping animals.

 

Video: News coverage of the Kansas boy crying over his cow after it was sold for meat

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A Happy Ending

While children in the 4-H programme may have to swallow their tears and learn to look at their livestock as commodities, here’s a happy ending when a boy stood up to the system. The story of Bruno and his beloved pig, Lola is a heartwarming story of how a young boy stood up to the 4-H tradition.

Boy Defies School To Save Pig He Loves

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When Bruno Barba first saw Lola, he never could have guessed how much the young pig would affect him.

“She’s changed my life so much and I just haven’t been able to look at anything the same anymore,” Bruno told The Dodo.

Now the 16-year-old high school student is paying her back with the ultimate gift: the gift of life.

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Bruno first met Lola when he purchased her through the Future Farmers of America (FFA) program at Fullerton Union High School in Fullerton, California. The school’s FFA program has a farm lot attached to the school, and students are encouraged to purchase animals who are then homed on the FFA campus.

As in 4-H programs, FFA students are responsible for all aspects of animal care, from feeding and cleaning to learning to walk with their animals, as if before a judging panel. They then take them to the Orange County Fair – before sending their hand-raised animals off to slaughter.

But for Bruno and Lola, it was love at first sight. The young pig quickly took to the boy, and would eagerly grunt when he came to visit her each day. “She was like my best friend,” Bruno said.

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And as their friendship progressed, Bruno’s feelings quickly began to change. “She’s just made a huge impact on me by making me realize that they’re just like us,” Bruno said of Lola. “They have the same feelings as anyone else and they don’t deserve to get slaughtered.”

The more affection Bruno developed for Lola, the more she loved him right back.

“There was this one time where I was just feeling really sad about all the rest of the animals and I started crying, and she noticed I was crying,” Bruno said. “She was inside this little play area. I was sitting down on the ground. She came toward me. I started petting her and she just flopped on the ground so I could pet her belly.”

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As the weeks progressed, Bruno became more and more depressed about the fates of Lola and the other pigs. The breaking point came when he witnessed one of the other pigs being slaughtered.

Most children in the FFA program choose to hire a butcher to kill their pigs, and the butcher will come right to campus to do it. The pigs are killed on the FFA lot right next to the high school – and in clear view of any students who happen to be passing nearby.

“They slaughter the animals on the farm that we raise the animals at. I witnessed it and it was heartbreaking for me,” Bruno said. “I couldn’t handle it.”

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He was also unnerved by what he perceived to be the indifference of the other students. “I think it’s pretty sad because they don’t care – they really don’t care about it,” Bruno explained. “I was just there, horrified of the experience.”

At that moment, Bruno realized he needed to find a better home for Lola. At the FFA lot, she was kept in an empty concrete cell, with no enrichment or hay to nest in. Bruno knew she deserved more than a dark, lonely life followed by an early slaughter.

Fortunately, he reached out to Farm Sanctuary, which was more than happy to lend a helping hand.

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Alicia Pell, national placement coordinator for Farm Sanctuary, told The Dodo that it’s not uncommon for the group to receive calls from sad students second-guessing their FFA or 4-H projects. But many children don’t realize that saving the animal will mean a change on their end, too.

“Sometimes they don’t make the connection that they need to not purchase pigs in FFA anymore,” she said. “They think, ‘Oh, I’ll just raise another animal in FFA next year and find a sanctuary again’ … That just perpetuates the cycle.”

But Bruno was different, she said, and Farm Sanctuary jumped in to help. Last week, Bruno and his mother joined Lola and the Farm Sanctuary volunteers on the pig’s six-hour journey to her new home at the rescue’s Orland, California, location.

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Bruno said the entire experience has wrought a significant change in him, and that he’s reevaluated his beliefs about both animals and the FFA program as a whole.

“It changed my perception by just showing that FFA tends to … desensitize the students that go in there,” he said. “Students in the FFA are getting changed by [the program] showing them, ‘These are just things that you should kill and eat, not things you should bond with.'”

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And he realizes he’s lucky that he could help Lola escape. While students in FFA programs pay for their animals and technically own them, he said, he’s heard rumors from other students that their schools will discourage students from backing out of the butchering.

“They do bond with them,” he said of other students. “They do cry when they have to give them up; they don’t have any place to take them elsewhere.”

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Most importantly, he said, he’s realized that animals are just like us, and he and his mother have decided to go vegan as a result. “She’s just like any type of animal or person,” he said of Lola.

Pell echoed Bruno, noting that what makes FFA, and other programs like it, so tragic is that it teaches children to become desensitized. “They’re coming to understand them [the animals] as they understand their dogs and cats – that they’re thinking, feeling beings – and then they’re sending them off to slaughter,” she explained.

And the damage is even more hurtful to the animals, who are on the receiving end of what Pell described as “the ultimate betrayal.”

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“The animals come to know their caretakers very well,” she said, adding that they form very strong bonds with the children, who are often the only source of love and companionship they’ll ever know. “They trust them, because they’re their friend … They follow them willingly into the fair, willingly into the stadium where they’re being auctioned off.

“They don’t know that their best friend is watching them being sent off to slaughter,” she added.

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But fortunately, Lola’s future is a much brighter one. Pell said she’s doing great at her new home, which has lots of grass and mud and – once she’s out of quarantine – other pigs to play with.

“She immediately took to having a large yard with dirt for her to root in and mud for her to wallow in,” Pell explained. “She just found her pigginess very quickly and with great ease.”

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Lola has also quickly endeared herself to her caretakers, just like she did with Bruno. “She loves the caretakers, she loves belly rubs – she’s incredibly sweet and friendly,” Pell said.

But of course, the move is bittersweet. Bruno couldn’t help but be sad when he said goodbye to his best friend, but kept his chin up by remembering what a happy future she now had.

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“I was really happy that she found a new place where she can actually play around,” he said. “Of course I wanted to cry. But I didn’t because she found a new home where she can be happy.”

If you’d like to support Lola and other animals like her, you can make a donation to Farm Sanctuary here.

Source: https://www.thedodo.com/boy-saves-lola-pig-1253914071.html

 

Conclusion

What children learn from animals in 4-H touches issues at the heart of how we view and treat animals who share our world as sentient beings. These young animals form very strong bonds with the children, who are often the only source of love and companionship they will ever know. They trust their young caretakers because they are their only friend. This trust is betrayed when they are led willingly to the fair and sold for slaughter. It’s clear that many of the younger children who still have an affinity and bond with the animals in their care are traumatised by their experience of betraying the trust of the animals they raised and cared for.

There are so many more compassionate programmes that can teach children to value the life of all sentient beings, and certainly the morality of betrayal of trust at such a young age can have life-changing consequences. We can teach children that a more compassionate choice would be to become vegetarians as in the example of Bruno, who realised that animals are just like us and should not be viewed as “market commodities”, to be raised and slaughtered for food when we have so many other options available to us.

 

Video: Paul McCartney talks about animal rights in Glass Walls

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Sources/References:

  • https://www.peta.org/students/student-life/this-is-whats-wrong-with-4-h/
  • https://www.peta.org/blog/4-h-agricultural-programs-hardens-hearts/
  • Video:Paul McCartney talks about Animal rights in Glass Walls
  • https://animalplace.org/the-emotional-socialization-of-4h-and-ffa-kids/
  • http://www.animalsandsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/ellis.pdf
  • https://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/kids-being-taught-to-raise-animals-for-slaughter/
  • https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/08/30/545603450/for-4-h-kids-saying-goodbye-to-an-animal-can-be-the-hardest-lesson
  • https://www.producer.com/2017/07/animal-rights-activists-begin-targeting-4-h/
  • https://www.thedodo.com/boy-saves-lola-pig-1253914071.html https://assets3.thrillist.com/v1/image/2496978/size/tmg-article_tall.jpg
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  • https://youthtoday.org/2017/10/4-h-disputes-claims-that-it-is-or-was-racist-sexist-bound-to-corporate-interests/
  • https://modernfarmer.com/2017/07/4-h-indoctrination-nation/

 

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  1. Liang Jing on Sep 18, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    I think this is very cruel because they tell the kids to feed and love the animals and they ended up asking them to kill them or sell them to the market. This is a very cruel way to teach them that all the animals are human’s food to consume freely. I don’t think animals should be our food, they are not born for us to eat because they also have feeling like us. They can feel pain as human do. So this is a very selfish way, they should also have rights to live freely like us.

  2. Yee Yin on Sep 4, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    To allow the children to care for animals is a very good initiative. However, it is very cruel to let the children establish a close relationship with the animals and then have them engage a butcher to slaughter the animals they care for.

    The objective of the program is purely for commercial reason. It does not take into consideration the emotions of the children. Instead of helping the children, the children are actually traumatised. Look at how many children cry when they have to send the animals they care for to be slaughtered.

    This program should be modified to let the children learn how to focus out, to care for others unconditionally. It is important to educate the younger generation the right values so they will grow up to be a happy and positive adult.

  3. Samfoonheei on Sep 1, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    4-H in the United States is a youth organization , with the mission of engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development. The programme includes activities such as such as cooking, ceramics, electronics, model rocketry, sewing, IT, and so forth. It’s a good training ground it seems. But to raise animals ?? I do not really agree.
    The youths are taught to raise animals as livestock. From there those livestock will be send to slaughter house. The goal of 4-H is to develop life skills of youth through experiential learning programs and a positive youth development approach. But to me it seem to be traumatic for the youth to see their animals , betraying them to be slaughtered. By the time the animals are send away, the youth have already built a relationship with the animals. Surely sad and disheartened for those youths. Looking at those pictures where the youths were crying tells all. This program should be reverse and look for other activities for the youth to develop their skills.
    Thank you for this sharing.

  4. Chris on Aug 28, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    It is actually excellent for the school to have this type of programme to educate the kids on responsibility. However, the schools have to take in consideration of the part where the kids will have to eventually send their animals off for slaughter. It seems like the programme is training a bunch of cold-hearted kids that do not care about the animal that they cared so much in the past.

    Animals have feelings too and the school is teaching the kids to ignore them. The worst part is the kids knew what will happen to the animals that they bonded with but they still did not do anything to save the poor animal.

    This tells us that generally, people do not care about those animals that they bonded with for so long and they are okay for them to be killed for food. There is a lot of education that needed to be done to raise awareness for the animals.

  5. nicholas on Aug 28, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    How could one given their time, care and love to a living being then at the end to send them off to slaughterhouse just for money? Taking care of the animals created bonding between humans and animals. We can’t just keep our eyes closed and just send the animals to be food to satisfy our taste buds.

    The program indeed gives the kids an experience to care and love for the animals. How could the kids kill the animals that they have brought up? It’s not easy at all. The program should continue but not for consumption, instead of an educational program to nurture the young one to take care of the animals from being harm. This program should educate the youngster on how to look after individual animals.

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  • nicholas
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 02:06 PM
    There are many types of people out there. But one thing is for sure, we are all not the same. We come from different backgrounds, upbringings and cultures. But it’s confirmed none of us would like pain, experience pain or even think of pain. Who in their right mind would enjoy pain? No one. Pain is something that brings tremendous displeasure especially when it’s physically. Imagine someone cutting you, burning you, decapitating you, skinning you or cooking you while you are still alive? Well this is what we do to others. Imagine their pain.

    There are cultures that due to ecological conditions they have to rely on meat. I don’t agree but I understand. But to kill an animal is very bad, but to do it slowly is really the ultimate in sadism and cruelty. And if it’s for fun or just our taste buds, it’s equally cruel. What type of cruel mind can slowly kill an animal for just the taste buds? I certainly can never do this.

    See this video. Share with others. I stress to share it with others. Don’t say it’s hard to watch. For every piece of meat we have eaten, we owe it to animals to see what they go through to fulfill our taste palates. We owe it to them and their pain.

    This is one of the most disturbing videos I have ever come across. I repeat humbly to share this with others to create awareness. Please social media this all over. Create awareness so this happens less and less. I thank you ahead of time.

    http://bit.ly/2J2tP04
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 02:02 PM
    As the number of poached rhinos are breaking records in both South Africa and Kenya, please keep up your support of the men and women who are dedicating so much of their time, money and – in some cases – putting their very lives at risk for the survival of the African rhinos.

    South Africa has already lost more than 400 rhinos to poachers this year, including 265 in Kruger National Park. Many of the poachers are based across the border in Mozambique; to send a letter of protest to the Mozambique High Commission in South Africa, click on this link: http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1736&ea.campaign.id=21066&ea.tracking.id=fb&en_chan=fb&en_ref=19085575.

    Kenya, too, is experiencing its worst rhino poaching year in decades, with many of its dedicated rhino sanctuaries being targeted. With a much smaller rhino population than South Africa, it is critical that the country’s remaining rhinos are cared for and protected – an expensive undertaking, but one our children and grandchildren will suffer for if we do not succeed.

    In this photograph, taken at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in December last year, a Samburu warrior expresses grief over the discovery of a poached black rhino. Owning a perfect track record until 2009, the conservancy has lost eleven rhinos to poachers since, despite spending millions of dollars on security every year. Now, more than ever, our support is needed.

    http://bit.ly/2MT64sL
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 01:47 PM
    (CNN) — Packed tight into wire baskets — sometimes 20 or more to a cage — animal rights activists say as many as 200,000 live dogs every year are smuggled from northeast Thailand across the Mekong River destined for restaurants in Vietnam.

    Dehydrated, stressed, some even dying of suffocation on the trip, the dogs are often stacked 1,000 to a truck on a journey that lasts for days.

    “Obviously when you’ve got dogs stacked on top of each other they start biting each other because they are so uncomfortable, any kind of movement then the dog next to the one that’s being crushed is going to bite back,” said Tuan Bendixsen, director of Animals Asia Foundation Vietnam, a Hanoi-based animal welfare group.

    When they arrive in Vietnam, the suffering doesn’t end there. A common belief is that stress and fear releases hormones that improve the taste of the meat, so the dogs are placed in stress cages that restrict their movement.

    Eventually, the dogs are either bludgeoned to death or have their throats cut in front of other dogs who are awaiting the same fate. In some cases, they’ve been known to be skinned alive.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/2P7icJr
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 01:43 PM
    The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has just completed a detailed review of more than 7,000 clinical studies covering links between diet and cancer. Its conclusion is rocking the health world with startling bluntness: Processed meats are too dangerous for human consumption. Consumers should stop buying and eating all processed meat products for the rest of their lives.

    Processed meats include bacon, sausage, hot dogs, sandwich meat, packaged ham, pepperoni, salami and virtually all red meat used in frozen prepared meals. They are usually manufactured with a carcinogenic ingredient known as sodium nitrite. This is used as a color fixer by meat companies to turn packaged meats a bright red color so they look fresh. Unfortunately, sodium nitrite also results in the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines in the human body. And this leads to a sharp increase in cancer risk for those who eat them.

    Read more to understand the harmfulness of processed meats at http://bit.ly/31pn9jf
  • Sofi
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 01:42 PM
    The Greatest Escape in History!

    Located high in the Himalayas, surrounded by cloudy mountain peaks that rendered it inaccessible for centuries, Tibet is a land of magic and mystery filled with stories of lamas and yogis and their mystical feats. Out of all these stories, few have captured the hearts of people around the world more than the true story of how the charismatic spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama escaped the clutches of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and secretly travelled to India in 1959.

    Read and learn more of the Dalai Lama’s great escape from Tibet: http://bit.ly/TR-GreatEscape
  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 12:54 PM
    Tsem Rinpoce never forgets the kindness people have given to him no matter big or small. Anila Thupten Chonyid was very kind to sponsor Tsem Rinpoche when he was in India. The little amount had made a big difference to Rinpoche.

    Without the sponsorship from Anila Thupten Chonyid, it would have been very hard for Rinpoche to continue his study in the monastery. Anila was very generous and her little act had brought so much benefit to so many people because she had enabled a great lama to spread Dharma.

    When we said money had to be well spent, I think money spent to support Dharma work is very well spent. When we give food, we help to solve the problem of the person for the day. When we give Dharma, it will help the person not only this life but in his/her future lives and the Dharma helps to release people from suffering.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/anila-thupten-chonyid-carmen-kichikov.html
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 12:37 AM
    Life isn’t easy on the streets… You’re always hungry, your body is exposed to the harsh outdoor conditions, you’re embarrassed and people can easily take advantage of you.

    John Byrne is a 37 year-old man from Ireland. He has been homeless since age 14 and begs for change alongside his rabbit, Barney and dog, Roxy. Whatever he “earns”, he uses it to buy food for the 3 of them. How kind…

    At the end of last year, John was begging on Dublin’s O’Connell Bridge. An 18 year-old street bully came up to him and snatched Barney out of John’s arms and threw him over the bridge and into River Liffey. River Liffey runs through the center of Dublin and is ice cold during winter. John thought that Barney died due to the impact and water temperature, but when he looked over, he saw Barney swimming in circles. He immediately jumped over the bridge and swam to save his rabbit!

    There’s always a lot of news published about how people would torment animals, abuse them and even intentionally throwing them into the river like in John’s case…

    Read more about John at http://bit.ly/2MufdJb
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 12:20 AM
    If we believe that animals were created by someone for men, it would follow that men were also created for animals since s…ome animals do eat human flesh.

    Animals are said to be conscious only of the present. They live with no concern for the past or future. Likewise, little children seem to have no notion of the future. They also live in the present until their faculties of memory and imagination are developed.

    Men possesses the faculty of reasoning. The gap between man and animal widens only to the extent that man develops his reasoning faculty and acts accordingly. Buddhists accept that animals not only possesses instinctive power but also, to a lesser degree, thinking power.

    In some respects, animals are superior to men. Dogs have a keener sense of hearing; insects have a keener sense of smell; hawks are speedier; eagles can see a greater distance. Undoubtedly, men are wiser; but men have so much to learn from the ants and bees. Much of the animal is still in us. But we also have much more: we have the potential of spiritual development.

    Buddhism cannot accept that animals were created by someone for men; if animals were created for men then it could follow that men were also created for animals since there are some animals which eat human flesh.

    Read more on this interesting article at http://bit.ly/2OZ2QXi
  • nicholas
    Friday, Oct 18. 2019 11:51 PM
    Thousands of Californian hens have escaped being gassed after an anonymous donor provided $50,000 for some of them to be flown across the US on a charter flight to a happy retirement on the east coast.
    The hens, who have reached the end of their egg-laying life, were due to be killed – a common practice in the US.

    But after an approach from the Animal Place sanctuary in northern California, 3,000 of them will enjoy a comfortable retirement instead. Thanks to an unnamed benefactor, 1,150 of them will be flown to New York to be distributed to sanctuaries in the eastern US.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/2pBfyAB
  • Sofi
    Friday, Oct 18. 2019 09:01 PM
    Dorje Shugden Shize: A practice for healing and long life

    ‘Shize’ is the Tibetan word for ‘appearing in a peaceful form’. In this case, the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden has one face and two arms. His right hand holds a wealth arrow which is adorned with five-coloured silks and a divination mirror. The divination mirror demonstrates that this form of Dorje Shugden can help you to see into even the distant future; Shize’s practice is very effective in helping us to receive prophecies or develop clairvoyance.

    Read more on how Shize is able to help you: http://bit.ly/ShizeDS

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    7 months ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    7 months ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    7 months ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    8 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    9 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    9 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    10 months ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    10 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    10 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
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    10 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    10 months 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.
    10 months 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.
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    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.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Special thanks to Calvin who came as early as 12.30 p.m. He helped us to spring-clean the chapel before today's events; Bird Liberation and Dorje Shugden puja @ KPSG, Jacinta
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Special thanks to Calvin who came as early as 12.30 p.m. He helped us to spring-clean the chapel before today's events; Bird Liberation and Dorje Shugden puja @ KPSG, Jacinta
Fulfill your wishes, overcome your problems and protect yourself from negativities and harm with a Dorje Shugden Puja. All are welcome @ Kechara Penang Study Group, Jacinta
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Fulfill your wishes, overcome your problems and protect yourself from negativities and harm with a Dorje Shugden Puja. All are welcome @ Kechara Penang Study Group, Jacinta
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It’s a good opportunity to know so many social heroes in different fields. Everyone is playing their important part in making this world a better place. From environment to animal extinction to hunger problems. We would like to applaud all the Kechara heroes for playing their part exceptionally well. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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It’s a good opportunity to know so many social heroes in different fields. Everyone is playing their important part in making this world a better place. From environment to animal extinction to hunger problems. We would like to applaud all the Kechara heroes for playing their part exceptionally well. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project October 2019
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Kechara Earth Project October 2019
Animal Liberation- Pastor Han Nee blessed the birds before releasing them. Lin Mun KSDS
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Animal Liberation- Pastor Han Nee blessed the birds before releasing them. Lin Mun KSDS
I’m ready to do the rehearsal :) Lin Mun KSDS
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I’m ready to do the rehearsal :) Lin Mun KSDS
Asyley and team busy adjusting the sound system in the technical room. Lin Mun KSDS
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Asyley and team busy adjusting the sound system in the technical room. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback on Graduation - Hubert strong stance. Practicing his wushu performance. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback on Graduation - Hubert strong stance. Practicing his wushu performance. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback for graduation - Robey practicing her ballet in rehearsal. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback for graduation - Robey practicing her ballet in rehearsal. Lin Mun KSDS
Teaching children to be kind to animals through the virtuous deed of animal liberation held in Kechara House. Alice, KSDS
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Teaching children to be kind to animals through the virtuous deed of animal liberation held in Kechara House. Alice, KSDS
The youngest group of KSDS learned and experienced the self-defence session. Alice, KSDS.
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The youngest group of KSDS learned and experienced the self-defence session. Alice, KSDS.
Vegetarian meals with sufficient nutrients are provided to the children ~ KSDS Woah Camp. Alice, KSDS
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Vegetarian meals with sufficient nutrients are provided to the children ~ KSDS Woah Camp. Alice, KSDS
Children had fun with the teachers and parents during the game time. Alice, KSDS
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Children had fun with the teachers and parents during the game time. Alice, KSDS
First Pilgrimage cum Camp held in Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS.
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First Pilgrimage cum Camp held in Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS.
So happy for them to have opportunity to engage in dharma at a very young age. Lin Mun KSDS
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So happy for them to have opportunity to engage in dharma at a very young age. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Grace and teacher Callista guided the teenage class on a blog article. They enjoyed it. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Grace and teacher Callista guided the teenage class on a blog article. They enjoyed it. Lin Mun KSDS
Children took a picture with Guru. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children took a picture with Guru. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Asyley and teacher Melinda showed pictures and biography of Rinpoche to students. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Asyley and teacher Melinda showed pictures and biography of Rinpoche to students. Lin Mun KSDS
Children have so much fun during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children have so much fun during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Sunday dharma class has resumed today after a long break. Lin Mun KSDS
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Sunday dharma class has resumed today after a long break. Lin Mun KSDS
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