What is Happening in Bali?

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The customs of each country is very unique. As you learn more some traditions endear you and some traditions really surprise you. I am not here to judge any custom, but I am not in agreement with traditions that bring pain to others. The tradition of eating dog meat among some non-Muslim population exists in several parts of Indonesia. For example, in Lapo, North Sumatran restaurants, cuisines that contain dog meat are called B1, which is the abbreviation for biang or dog in Batak language. In this region, dog meat is cooked with spices and wine and served with gravy. In Central Java, there is a cuisine called Tongseng Asu, which is a type of soup that contains dog meat. In North Sulawesi and Bali, dog meat is known as Rintek Wuuk (RW).

Satay, seasoned grilled meat, made from dog meat.

Satay, seasoned grilled meat, that may contain dog meat.

Indonesians who eat dog meat believe that the dishes help to enhance the blood circulation and boost their stamina. However, none of these claims have been proven scientifically. In fact, eating dog meat can be hazardous to human health because the Indonesian government does not consider dogs as livestock. Therefore, there is no regulation on how to trade, breed, and slaughter dogs for consumption purposes.

A restaurant that sells dishes made from dog meat in Jakarta, Indonesia.

A restaurant that sells dog meat dishes in Jakarta, Indonesia.

In their recent article for ABC News Australia, an Australian national news service and a subsidiary of Australian Broadcasting Corporation, titled Evidence Shows Dogs in Bali Are Being Brutally Killed and the Meat Sold to Unsuspecting Tourists, Journalists James Thomas and Lesley Robinson revealed that many dogs in Bali, a popular tourist destination in Indonesia, are killed in an inhumane manner. The dog meat is being made into satay, seasoned grilled meat, and being sold as chicken meat to unsuspecting tourists. These activities are not only unnecessarily cruel but also illegal and introduce a health hazard to the consumers.

 

Animal Cruelty is illegal in Indonesia

There is a staggering number of dogs being murdered for their meat. According to Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA), in Bali alone, approximately 100,000 dogs are brutally killed every year:

  • 100% of these dogs are inhumanely killed.
  • 70% are butchered alive: They are lassoed and partially strangled before their body parts are hacked off while they are alive.
  • 25% are poisoned.
  • 1% are shot with air rifles.
  • 4% are inhumanely killed using other methods.

http://bawabali.com/100000-dogs-are-eaten-a-year-in-bali-stop-it-now/

BAWA also claimed that 50% of the restaurants that sell dog meat (RW restaurants) in Bali obtained their meat supply from outside the region although it is illegal to transport dogs from and to Bali. In addition, there are regulations in Indonesia that promote animal welfare and protect them from animal cruelty:

  • Indonesian Criminal Codes (Kitab Undang-Undang Hukum Pidana (KUHP)) article 302 on animal protection and welfare. This particular article states that those who conduct animal cruelty can be imprisoned up to nine months.
  • Government Regulation No. 7 Year 1999 on the preservation of plants and animals.
  • Act No. 5 Year 1990 on the conservation of natural resources and the related ecosystems.
  • Act No. 18 Year 2009 on Animal Farms and Livestock.
  • Government Regulation No. 95 Year 2012 on the health of veterinarian community and animal welfare.

Based on the above acts, regulations, and criminal codes, the methods employed by the dog hunters in Bali are clearly illegal and punishable by law.

A dog being skinned alive in Bali.

A dog being skinned alive in Bali.

 

Eating Dog Meat Can Result in Health Hazard for the Customers

Eating dog meat can adversely affect the human health. According to Codex Alimentarious Commission (CAC), a subsidiary of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and Office Internationale des Epizzoties (OIE), an organisation that promote animal health, dog meat is considered unsafe for human consumption. According to Davina Veronica Hariadi, the chairwoman of Garda Satwa Indonesia (GSI), an organisation that promotes animal welfare in Indonesia:

[Eating] dog’s meat may cause cholera, rabies, and trichinosis in the human body. … Most of the dogs to be cooked are taken from the streets or abducted from their houses. Their health conditions vary. Some have rabies and parasites that may also infect humans who eat them. Sometimes the kidnappers use poison to bait and kill the dogs before they are taken from their houses. So if you eat their meat, you’ll be eating some of the poison too.

http://jakartaglobe.id/features/stopping-dog-meat-trade/

The article written by James Thomas and Lesley Robinson also describes a case of a dog hunter who used cyanide to kill a puppy. According to Doctor Andrew Dawson, the Director of the New South Wales Poisons Information Centre, eating poisoned meat can cause health hazard. The symptoms may vary from light nausea to death depending on how much poison is contained in the meat.

Today, animal lovers organisations such as BAWA, GSI, Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN), Change For Animals Foundation (CFAF), Animal Friends Jogja (AFJ), and Animals Australia (AA) are actively promoting the hazard of eating dog meat and the illegal and brutal manner in which the dogs are killed in Indonesia. May the information provided in this article also creates the same awareness.

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Evidence Shows Dogs in Bali are Being Brutally Killed and the Meat Sold to Unsuspecting Tourists

By: James Thomas and Lesley Robinson

 

Dogs in Bali Brutally Killed, Meat Sold to Unsuspecting Tourists, Investigation Reveals (ABC News)

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Australian tourists are unwittingly eating dog meat in Bali, according to evidence provided to the ABC’s 7.30 program.

The animals are brutally caught and then butchered not far from the beaches visited by more than 1 million Australians every year.

Some of the animals are poisoned, posing a risk to human health, according to a leading toxicologist.

Whilst eating dog meat is not illegal in Bali, killing animals cruelly or eating meat contaminated with poison is against the law, Animals Australia’s campaign director Lyn White said.

“The dog-meat trade breaches animal cruelty laws and food safety laws. That is a statement of fact,” she said.

In an investigation led by Animals Australia (AA), 7.30 has obtained evidence that dogs are being bludgeoned, strangled or poisoned for human consumption.

“Dog meat is essentially filtering into the tourist food chain [in Bali],” Ms White said.

The letters ‘RW’ mean dog meat. Supplied: Animals Australia

Behind 66 Beach in the tourist area of Seminyak, in southern Bali, a street vendor admits he’s selling dog.

AA investigator: “What is that you’re selling?”
Vendor: “Dog satay.”
AA investigator: “This is why you have a picture of a dog here?”
Vendor: “Yeah, yeah.”

But he tells tourists a different story.

The satay seller approaches tourists on the beach in Seminyak. Supplied: Animals Australia

The satay seller approaches tourists on the beach in Seminyak. Supplied: Animals Australia

A group of Australians asks the vendor if the satays are dog meat.

Vendor: “Satay just $1.”
Australian: “Mystery bag. What is, chicken?”
Vendor: “Satay.”
Australian: “Satay chicken, not dog?”
Vendor: “No, not dog.”
Australian: “I’m happy just as long as it’s not dog.”

Misled, they unknowingly eat the dog meat.

It’s not just being sold on the beach — specialty restaurants sell dog meat as well.

“Tourists will walk down a street, they’ll see a street store selling satay but what they are not realising is the letters RW on the store mean it is dog meat being served,” Ms White said.

“They’re just sitting down ordering satay having no idea that they’re eating dog.”

Warning: the rest of this story contains images and descriptions that some people may find distressing.

 

Terrified Dogs Caught, Muzzled and Put into Bags

Over four months, an undercover investigator for Animals Australia infiltrated the dog trade in Bali. To protect his identity we have called him ‘Luke’.

“I began the investigation by pinpointing and getting to know the key players in Bali’s completely unregulated dog-meat industry,” he said.

“Eventually, they invited me to join them as their gangs stole, hunted, poisoned and killed dogs.”

Pretending to be a documentary maker interested in local cuisine, Luke was invited by a restaurant owner to witness his father, Pak Puris, catching dogs in Kintamani in Bali’s north.

 

Dog catching in Kintamani.

WARNING: This video contains footage that may be distressing for some people.

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“The catching was fiercely aggressive. The dogs screamed and writhed as the noose strangled them. Some tried to bite through the ties to free themselves but with their muzzles lashed, their attempts were futile,” Luke said.

 

Dogs Being Put into Bags in Kintamani.

WARNING: This video contains footage that may be distressing for some people

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“The villagers accepted 100,000Rp ($10) for the animals they caught. The terrified dogs were bagged and loaded onto the motorbike and the hunters headed off.”

7.30 meets Luke in the tourist hotspot area of Seminyak. After seeing his vision, we ask: how do you cope filming such horror?

“As an animal cruelty investigator, I have trained myself to cope with cruelty, but nothing prepared me for the brutal catching of dogs in the village,” he said.

“I focussed on my camera work but it was gut-wrenching to hear these dogs … screaming and wailing in terror and sorrow.”

During dinner, Luke gets a phone call. A contact tells him where captured dogs are being held for slaughter. We make plans to go there.

 

Bound Dogs Bludgeoned to Death

Captured dogs have their muzzles bound with tape. ABC News: James Thomas

Captured dogs have their muzzles bound with tape. ABC News: James Thomas

We drive for four hours to Bali’s north. It’s near dusk when we stop and Luke leads us towards an outcrop of trees at the back of a rice paddy.

Behind the trees, a small tin-roofed hut shelters a tethered cow. Opposite is a bamboo cage holding seven dogs, muzzled and bound by the legs with vinyl tape.

It is dark inside. The dogs are lying in their own urine and faeces. They whimper and strain to breathe through the tape that binds their mouths shut.

A dog’s leg dangles by a rope from the tin roof. The scene is confronting.

A butchered dog's leg hangs above the scene. ABC News: James Thomas

A butchered dog’s leg hangs above the scene. ABC News: James Thomas

The catcher, Pak Puris, sits outside the cage.

Shortly, he will bludgeon them to death with a metal pole. It is not an exact science, and harrowing to watch.

We did not film it ourselves but saw Luke’s vision, which he’d recorded on an earlier occasion.

Pak Puris says he kills about 12 dogs a week. Supplied: Animals Australia

Pak Puris says he kills about 12 dogs a week. Supplied: Animals Australia

We’re told Pak Puris is 83. Through a translator, he tells us he doesn’t eat dog, “it makes him want to vomit”.

Over three decades, he’s killed thousands of dogs. “Twelve a week,” the translator said.

We ask him why he chose the dog trade.

“He can’t get another job, he is too old,” the translator said.

 

Dogs Shot in the Street, Others Poisoned

 

A Dog Catcher Shoots A Dog in Bali

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On another occasion, Luke follows a man named Gus who is riding a scooter through the back streets of Denpasar. He has a rifle slung over his shoulder.

“Soon a suitable dog caught his eye. A black dog was lying down on the doorstep of a shop,” Luke told 7.30. “[He] killed the dog with a single shot.”

Shooting is the most humane method of killing witnessed by Luke. During his investigation he documented dogs being beaten to death, hung from trees, and poisoned.

7.30 has seen the vision, which is too graphic to publish.

Luke has also filmed a puppy eating a fish head laced with poison.

The dog sniffs at the piece of fish. Supplied: Animals Australia

The dog sniffs at the piece of fish. Supplied: Animals Australia

He can be heard asking the dog killers:

Luke: “Tell me again what it is?”
Man: “Cyanide.”
Luke: “Oh, OK.”

Shortly after eating the fish head, the puppy dies.

Luke filmed the puppy dying after eating the piece of fish. Supplied: Animals Australia

Luke filmed the puppy dying after eating the piece of fish. Supplied: Animals Australia

“It took many, agonizing minutes for the puppy to die, and for the first time in my career, I turned off the camera,” Luke said.

“I sat stroking him as he died and found myself apologising for the cruelty of my fellow man.”

 

Concerns About Risks to Human Health

“Poisoned meat is entering the food chain,” according to AA’s Lyn White.

Doctor Andrew Dawson, who is the director of the New South Wales Poisons Information Centre and head of toxicology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, said there was a health risk.

“Because you are going to be exposed to a very toxic poison,” Dr Dawson said.

“Firstly, cyanide is not going to be destroyed by cooking. So there will be cyanide throughout the dog’s body.

Eating dog meat is not illegal in Bali. ABC News: James Thomas

Eating dog meat is not illegal in Bali. ABC News: James Thomas

“The actual risk depends upon how much poison is in the dog meat.”

The clinical toxicologist said concentrations of cyanide in the flesh of the dog commonly used in a satay stick could result in minor symptoms such as “feeling nauseated, diarrhoea, aches in the muscles and shortness of breath”.

However, if you were to eat the meat “again and again, that can actually give organ damage and damage to the nerves”.

And, Dr Dawson said, the symptoms could be as severe as death.

“If you are eating, for example, a curry and it was including bits of the animal stomach or the heart, then you would expect really high concentrations of cyanide … which could be fatal.”

Dog curry is sold in dog meat restaurants in Bali. However, 7.30 did not verify what cuts of meat are used.

 

Dogs being caught in rabies red zones: AA

“A rabies red zone will mean there has been a recent case of rabies in dogs in that area,” Ms White explained.

“Strictly, it’s against the law to move dogs from a rabies red zone to other areas of Bali but that’s what’s happening because of the dog-meat trade.”

Rabies can be spread to humans via a dog’s saliva. Since 2015 there have been 20 known human deaths in Bali from rabies.

According to the World Health Organisation there are tens of thousands of rabies deaths every year, mostly in Asia and Africa.

 

Some Locals Think Dog Meat is Good for Their Health

Eating dog meat in Bali is not a long-held tradition. ABC News: James Thomas

Eating dog meat in Bali is not a long-held tradition. ABC News: James Thomas

Five minutes from the spot where dogs were poisoned with cyanide, a dog satay BBQ draws a hungry crowd.

A 60-year-old man tells 7.30: “It is good for health especially during winter. It is good for breathing. It makes us strong.”

But the practice of eating dog meat in Bali is not a long-held tradition, according to Ms White.

“It was actually a Christian ethnic minority that brought dog meat into Bali. It’s fuelled by a minority that came to work, really in the hospitality industry, and unfortunately it has taken off,” she said.

 

Some in Bali Are Fighting to End the Industry

Influential Hindu spiritual leader Gusti Ngurah Harta has vowed to fight the dog trade.

“We were shocked when we heard that people here in Bali are eating dog meat. It means they forgot their elders’ teaching,” he said. “We are not allowed to eat dog meat in Bali. This is upsetting.

“In Hindu tradition in Bali, the dog is considered a holy animal. They are very patient and loyal to their owner. The Balinese love dogs because dog is their friend.”

Gusti Ngurah Harta with his son, who is holding a dog they have rescued. ABC News: James Thomas

Gusti Ngurah Harta with his son, who is holding a dog they have rescued. ABC News: James Thomas

With connections to Balinese politicians, Mr Gusti has vowed to fight the trade.

“This is very sad for me to see those pictures. If it’s happening in front of me, I would stop this cruelty to the dogs,” he said.

The Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) is working to protect the island’s dogs.

“We rescue them from the [dog] trader,” said Bagus Ndurah, a volunteer with BAWA.

He said his organisation was currently looking after about 150 dogs.

It’s a drop in the ocean relative to the 70,000 dogs BAWA estimates are slaughtered in Bali every year to supply a growing appetite for dog meat.

BAWA has documented 70 restaurants serving dog in Bali.

 

AA is calling on Australians to demand an end to the trade

It's estimated up to 70,000 dogs are killed each year in Bali. ABC News: James Thomas

It’s estimated up to 70,000 dogs are killed each year in Bali. ABC News: James Thomas

“Bali is Australia’s playground, over a million Australians go to Bali every year,” Ms White said.

“We have a unique friendship with the Balinese. We have a unique love of dogs.

“I think we are in a position where we can potentially turn this … shocking story of cruelty into a good outcome and bring an end to the dog-meat trade.”

But she said she was aware of the effect Animals Australia’s campaign may have on the livelihoods of Balinese employed in the dog trade.

“We’ve given thought to that. I’ve even spoken to our management about possibility of compensation,” she said.

“This is not about laying blame. This is about unnecessary cruelty that puts the human health population at risk and is causing shocking animal cruelty, it also is breaching Bali laws.

“We are certainly also willing to partner with the Bali government to bring about positive solution here.”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-19/evidence-shows-dogs-in-bali-brutally-killed-meat-sold-tourists/8620128

 
Sources:

  • http://www.changeforanimals.org/ending-the-dog-meat-trade-in-indone
  • http://bawabali.com/campaigns/dog_meat_bali/
  • http://jakartaglobe.id/features/stopping-dog-meat-trade/
  • http://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/asia/a-shocking-investigation-has-uncovered-the-brutal-dog-meat-trade-in-bali/news-story/2aee7c30aecd7b6608d0de84e74ab6d9
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/06/19/dog-meat-is-being-sold-to-unsuspecting-tourists-in-bali_a_22490553/
  • http://bawabali.com/100000-dogs-are-eaten-a-year-in-bali-stop-it-now/
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/25/world/asia/indonesia-dog-meat.html
  • http://www.hukumonline.com/klinik/detail/lt5181e7cb577f6/jerat-hukum-penganiaya-binatang
  • http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-19/evidence-shows-dogs-in-bali-brutally-killed-meat-sold-tourists/8620128

 
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  1. sarassitham on May 4, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    Bali is a magical Island probably the most well-known and most visited Indonesian island. A part of Indonesia archipelago, Bali owns the panorama and unique culture that make this island an ideal location for a vacation.

    It’s shock to discover people in Bali are eating dog meat. Aside from the cruelty, the greatest shock was to discover that tourists are unwittingly eating dog meat and fueling the mobile dog meat vendors are trawling popular beaches in Bali selling satays from buckets, deliberately not telling people the origin of the meat.

    This is causing shocking animal cruelty over the popular holiday destination and
    definitely putting the local Balinese and foreign tourists’ health at risk .Thanks for the thoughtful sharing and bringing awareness to many.

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  2. Samfoonheei on Apr 29, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    Shocking to read what is happening in Bali, Indonesia. A beautiful place like Bali known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs . Dining in Bali presents endless choices of exotic, local cuisine, but not many tourist know about what been served on their table . Well there is dog meat trading in Bali which many are not aware. I read articles countries like China, Vietnam and Korean killing dogs for meat but never expect its happened in Bali too. Real surprised to learn that some of the Indonesians eat dog’s meat as well. Selling dog meat is not against the law in Indonesia but then how could they slaughter a dog. Looking at those pictures where the dogs being tortured to death for their meat is heartfelt. According to animal welfare group more than thousands are slaughtered every month in Central Java. With the article from ABC News Australia, has indeed brought attention to many dogs lovers regarding to the cruelty in Bali where the dogs are killed in an inhumane manner. Animal cruelty is illegal in Indonesia, yet it happened in Bali as one could from those pictures tells all. It good now the Indonesian Government is banning the sale and consumption of the meat on animal cruelty and public health grounds. Many animal lovers organisations in Bali are doing a good job nowadays by promoting the hazard of eating dog meat and creating the awareness of the cruelty manner of how the dogs are slaughtered.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  3. nicholas on Aug 27, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    It’s really sad to know such killing and eating dog meat is a custom for certain countries. Causing harm and pain to living beings is not acceptable. Look at the dogs that being tortured to death for their meat. That is really unacceptable. How if someone did the same to us? but we called that murder. It’s the same as people killed the dog. It’s just human to make it sound different but the action is the same, ‘cruelty’.

    Awareness and penalty are important to implement to stop this. The government need to play an important role here to make sure and support this campaign. As long the deman stop then the supply will stop and the campaign on adopting a dog is illegal.

  4. Joy Kam on Jun 8, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Your Next Meal!

    Yummy? Tasty? Behind the scenes of the meat on your plates. Meat is a killing industry.

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  5. Joy Kam on Jun 8, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    This is Daw

    This is what they do to get meat on tables, and to produce belts and jackets. Think twice before your next purchase.

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  6. Joy Kam on Jun 8, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Don’t Take My Mummy Away!

    Look at the poor baby chasing after the mother. Why do we do that to them? It’s time to seriously think about our choices in life and how they affect others. Be kind. Don’t break up families.

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  7. Joy Kam on Jun 8, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    They do this every day!

    This is how they are being treated every day of their lives. Please do something to stop the brutality. Listen to their cries for help!

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  10. Yee Yin on Oct 14, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Bali is a very beautiful island in Indonesia, every year millions of tourists flock to Bali for holidays. It is rich with Hindu culture, most of it’s residents are of Hindu faith. People go there to enjoy the beach, sun and of course the food.

    I know Chinese, Koreans and the Vietnamese are known to eat dog meat, but I am surprised to learn that some groups of Indonesians eat dog meat too! It is true that the dog meat can be very health hazardous because it is not regulated by the health authority. The dog meat might contain diseases that are harmful to human’s health. I think many of the dogs killed are strayed dogs that are properly sick or infected by parasites or diseases.

    It is shocking to know there is dog meat trading in Bali. What is more upsetting is the food sellers are selling dog meat to the tourists without the knowledge of the tourists. This is very unethical. The local authority should take action on these sellers to protect the tourists. If this continues, the image of Bali will definitely be affected.

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  12. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 20, 2017 at 5:49 am

    H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche loves animals and is passionate against their harm, torture, and abuse.

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  13. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 20, 2017 at 2:44 am

    The few minutes a day we spend on social media creating awareness for animals who cannot speak is purely spiritual and humanistic practice because we are trying to alleviate pain from another sentient beings and that makes us more spiritual, and that makes us more spiritual and more humane.

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  14. Sock Wan on Jul 21, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    I am shocked to read that there is dog meat trading in Bali and it is getting more popular! The way the dogs are killed is so inhumane, their feet and mouth are tied up waiting to be killed. They struggle to escape but nothing happens. They must have been very scared.

    Fortunately someone influential has noticed this problem and is taking action against it. I hope the local authority can impose heavy penalty to people who are involved in dog meat industry. This is to protect the welfare of the locals, tourists (since dog meat trading is not regulated and may bring diseases) and of course dogs.

  15. William Chua on Jul 18, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Absolutely disgusting! From the inhumane capturing of dogs to murdering them alive and then serve on a platter to unsuspecting tourists. This whole chain is totally sickening and should be banned. I hope this article will open the eyes of more people to be aware that this is happening so near to us and bring more attention to stop this trade.

  16. Alice Tay on Jul 13, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Dogs often being called as human’s best friend due to their loyalty and able to give companionship to humans.
    But, this is different in Indonesia where many Indonesians strongly believed that eating dog meat may help to enhance their blood circulation, boost their stamina and good for breathing especially during winter. Such perceptions drive people only think about themselves and exercise cruelties against animals just to fulfill their own desire selfishness.

    In most of the religious teaching would like the people to practice kindness to others and this should not cover only people but animals too. I sincerely hope Mr Gusti can work with BAWA to protect the dogs and stop all these cruelties to the dogs.

  17. Joy Kam on Jul 9, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    This is horrible! I would have never thought Bali or Indonesia would be serving people dog meat! Simply because the majority is Muslim and they are not allowed to touch dogs. But I guess not for Bali and they are mostly Hindus. So what happened to the so-called laws that protect animals? Obviously not applied at all. I guess when you are poor like the old Pak at 83 who cannot find any other means of work to support himself, this is probably the last resort he sees. I am sure if they were given something else they can do, they would. At least there is another option.

    Glad to know that animal welfare organisations like BAWA and AA is looking for ways to stop this cruelty and they are acting upon it. I hope they will succeed since most of Bali’s economy comes from tourism and especially tourists from Australia. I hope they advertise the 70 dog meat restaurants and warned people from going there. If I was a tourist there, I would appreciate being warned. Eating dog meat is not only cruel but also a health hazard, so why on earth do people still do it. It can only be due to ignorance. Therefore, education needs to be in place from a very young age, and schools are the best place to start. Leaflets and pamphlets should be circulated to every household to warn them about the dangers of eating dog meat. If people cannot feel for the dogs, maybe they can feel for their own health. Whatever is necessary to stop the demand for dog meat is worth the try.

    In reality, I realise, actually, the Bali people’s view is without bias, they see and label dog meat as just “meat”, just like any other meat out there. Let’s be honest, dog meat, chicken meat, cow meat, goat meat, whatever meat, what is the difference? It is actually the same, it came from a living being that feels pain, so the cruelty is the same as to eating chicken. Again here we see our selective mind based on wrong projections. If it is animal cruelty to eat dog meat, it is animal cruelty to eat all types of meat, like it or not.

  18. Wai Meng Wan on Jul 5, 2017 at 12:48 am

    The best way is to go for a vegetarian diet, nonetheless.

    Go vegetarian so no animals are harmed for the sustenance of our bodies. For people who know knows about karma and reincarnation we all know that all beings have been our mothers before, so how we we think about harming other beings.

  19. Anne Ong on Jun 30, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    This is really a horrible thing to do! Even to think of it gives me the creeps to eat satay. They are so cruel to kill dogs to use the meat to make satay. So pitiful and uncivilized to do this. Thank you very much Rinpoche to share this article and create awareness _/\_

  20. Wah Ying on Jun 29, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    It’s quite shocking to read about this news on dog meat – how the dogs were brutally killed, how the unhygienic and poisonous meat enter into food market, without the regulation of laws. Even worst is unsuspecting tourists are being deceived to eat the so called chicken meat which is actually dog meat.

    This is definitely putting the local Balinese and foreign tourists’ health at risk and is causing shocking animal cruelty. It would to certain extent do damage to Bali’s reputation as a popular international tourists spot. Most importantly, it’s an exercise or action which give pain to another being. Hope Bali government looks into this; and whoever learn about this bring awareness to many, in order to bring an end the cruelty towards dogs around Bali and Indonesia.

  21. Jace Chong on Jun 29, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche and the blog team for sharing this shocking news which is a cruel fact that is happening in Bali.

    I know any slaughtering of animals is not right, the dog murdering videos are especially heart wrenching for me as dog is human best friend.

    Perhaps the uncontrolled quantity of stray dogs and the misbelief of consuming dog meat is healthy are contributing to this, but I just wonder how can these slaughterers were not affected by the screaming and struggling of these dogs, who use to guard our home. Maybe like many slaughterer houses, animals are just meat and equal to income.

    Thanks to the courageous journalists and the animal welfare organizations for bringing this up to the world. May the government take action to stop this cruelty. Bali is a paradise for many tourists, it should be a paradise for dogs too.

    Thank you.

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  22. Cynthia Lee on Jun 29, 2017 at 4:02 am

    This is really shocking because I have always loved and enjoyed Bali. Warm hospitality, spiritual, friendly are the few keywords that come to my mind when I think about Bali.

    So it’s really sad that nice people can be cruel to animals and even dogs out of desperation to keep their livelihood. I feel sad for them because they do not know any better that karma will catch up. Ignorance is not bliss. They are blind spots to what is good and bad.

  23. Stella Cheang on Jun 28, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    No animals should be subjected to cruelty just because we, human, want to consume them. It actually makes us as cruel as wild animals. The poor dogs are being lassoed and partially strangled before the body parts are hacked off while they are alive. Since the dogs’ meat industry is unregulated, there is no standard procedure when it comes to hygiene and health control. Customers are consuming the meat at their own risk, and it is not unheard of cases of rabies or parasites on the dogs that can be transferred to the human.

    As if the brutality is not enough, dogs meat are sold as chicken meat to unsuspecting customers. Bali is a beautiful tourist destination blessed with endless enchantments, and a year-round influx of tourists. It is really unnecessary for vendors to lie and lure tourists to consume dogs meat against their own will. Not to mention that the meat is a health hazard because they could contain poison. It is an obvious example of heartless businessmen profit by being a torturer and a liar; and they do this over and over and over again, day after day. It is not hard to imagine the retribution awaiting in the afterlife.

  24. KarenC. on Jun 28, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Bali is a world famous tourists spot and its economy is believed to be boosted mostly by tourists. The reasons tourists like Bali are mainly due to its beautiful beaches, culture, rice paddies, nightlife, the vibe and of course its good food.. Tapping on all these money-making factors, the locals conveniently come up with different tactics to hike up their businesses i.e. cheating the tourist. It’s not only inhumane to kill the dogs for business, it’s also inhumane to cheat the innocent consumers just for making more money. Dogs are killed brutally for their meat and tourists ate them happily thinking they are eating chicken, but what’s the difference as they both are meat? Chickens, too, i believed with many other animals are killed brutally and inhumanely for human’s tastebuds.

    Go vegetarian is the only way to stop all these acts.

  25. Datuk May on Jun 27, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Many countries in the world have laws against animal cruelty and Indonesia is no exception. Such being the case, dogs, considered a man’s friend and pet, will be within this category of animals which are protected by law. Therefore the manner dogs are trapped, killed and served as a delicacy in restaurant will fall under “illegal”.

    Besides the illegality of serving dog meat, there are no hygienic guidelines for sale of dog meat (since it is illegal). How can anyone eating dog meat feel that this act of consumption be good and healthy? How can they ensure that the meat they are taking fall within any hygienic guidelines? Meat generally becomes contaminated with storage. As such the fallacy of dog meat being healthy is a total folly.

    Above all views of dog meat eating being illegal and unhygienic, how can anyone of sane mind even be so indulging and greedy to eat a sentient being that they can see everywhere and read about of being so much assistance to humans and never causing any harm.

    This cruelty must be stopped.

  26. graceleong on Jun 26, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Bali is famous for beautiful beaches, spas, exotic hotels, shopping, handicrafts etc. A city that is funded mainly by the tourism industry. It’s a shock to know that there is this insanely cruel activity that’s ongoing in this popular holiday destination !
    This dog meat diet may be something which has been ongoing for generations but people should be more aware with modern times and technology to stop such cruel acts from continuing. Worse of all, innocent people are being told it’s chicken and not dog meat they are eating. That’s totally irresponsible and deceiving! The authorities should know better then to allow such deceit to take place!
    This article is certainly an eye opener to me. Never knew that Bali was a nation of dog meat consumption; dogs killed so in such an insanely cruel way !!
    I hope the news of such cruelty will bring enough publicity to the visitors to give the authorities pressure to act on it and stop these acts. A law should be enacted to protect the animals !

  27. Vivian Ong on Jun 26, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for highlighting this article. Never thought that Bali as a tourist attraction place will have animal cruelty happening there. I totally agree that dogs should not be eaten. Dogs are not like the farm animals. Some dogs may be sick and when we eat them, it may be hazardous to our health. This dog eating should stop as the way these people hunt and kill the dogs are so cruel. Both Australian and Indonesia government should work hand in hand to stop this dog eating culture.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  28. Lin Mun on Jun 26, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    It is outrageous to know that there were so much illegal and inhumane killing of dogs in Bali even though there are laws to protect animals. As Bali is mainly Hindus I never thought that there were vast dog meat eating trade there. The most sad thing is that the satay seller even lie that he is not selling dog meat and many tourist ate them unknowingly.

    The way they kill the dogs are very inhumane. I hope Mr Gusti the Hindu spiritual leader in Bali together with the local authority are able to put a stop to this inhumane dog trade. I hope more awareness will be brought to the world about such gruesome act to protect tourist and prevent locals from eating dog meat.

  29. Fong on Jun 25, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    It is sad when animals are killed in an inhumane way. When people are poor and think only of material need without any consideration for the animals, it is a sad state of affairs.

    But, what makes a nasty situation despicable is when they sell without informing the buyers what they are buying. That is lying.

    I can understand their need for “free” meat for them to trade in. I can understand their need for a means of making a living. But, it need not be so cruel and dishonest. Very sad as these vendors are creating such very bad karma and will bode well for their future.

    May they realize what they have done and are doing to change their ways and stop the negative karma.

  30. Uncle Eddie on Jun 25, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    As said in the religious doctrines, “Humans should not wander about seeing how all creatures are being treated, as he himself would not want to be treated in the same way!” There never seem to be an end to the abuses of animals. Titled evidences have shown by The Australian National News Service, that dogs are being brutally killed in an inhumane manner, with their flesh cut off from their bodies while half dead, made into fresh “satay”(seasoned grilled meat) and being sold as chicken meat to unsuspecting tourists! These are not only unnecessary cruelty and evil acts, but also a health hazard to the unsuspecting consumers. According to the Bali Animal Welfare Association(BAWA) in Bali, approximately more than 100,000 dogs were brutally butchered or killed alive each year! Most of the health conditions of these diseased dogs may have rabies, parasites, or killed with cyanide or poison. Eating the meat of such animals may also effect those eating such meat, thereby causing damages to the organs, nerves and heart. Any form of cruelty towards animals is not to tolerated. Not only should punitive action be taken against the abusers, but there should be awareness campaigns in educating the general public on “Animals Rights” as well as to pet owners about their responsibilities. In today’s degenerate time, the feelings of the true and pure morality should be the source of all human beings. Animals are like humans too. Every creature can think, feel pains and happiness. Every creature with a will to live has the right to live free from pain and sufferings. Nevertheless, just like oneself, whether any being, be it a creature or human is beautiful, handsome, ugly or friendly, all want to have happiness and do not want sufferings. As beings are equal in their desire for happiness and have their right to obtain it, we must automatically feel empathy for them towards achieving it too! Thank you so much for the sharing Rinpoche.

  31. Samfoonheei on Jun 25, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    OO dear….heart felt,feeling sad ..as i thought only China and maybe one of two neighbouring countries do have dog meat trade.Shocking-investigation has uncovered the brutal dog meat trade in-Bali do exist. Bali are in dog meat trade as well..True enough …Watching the video was terrible,looking at how those unlucky dogs were killed and cooked as satay ( BBQ meat).Dog meat are sold to unsuspecting tourist who did not realised it. I read in newspapers too.
    The way those dogs were abused , poisoned ,shot and killed really upset me.Its agonizing minutes suffering in pain was too much for me to continue watching the video.
    I am glad now Bali Animal Welfare Association and the authority concerned are trying to stop the dog meat trade.It was only the shocking news uncovered when tourist was given dog meat as satay.Eating the dogs meat can cause human health as well as causing shocking animal cruelty.
    Never hurt animals or bring pain to them.Have compassion…quoted.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .I have shared this post with my firends.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 31. 2021 04:09 PM
    Looking at those pictures in the post tells us more, it is a final resting place of all Emperors, Empress, and so forth of the Qing dynasty. Amazing each tomb was constructed facing different direction. The imperial tomb of Emperor Kangxi, located in the Eastern Qing Tombs. Surrounded by mountains and rivers, the mausoleum offers a more expansive view and now a place of pilgrimage for locals and tourist visiting these place full of historic views. The Eastern Qing Tombs are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tombs are known to be the biggest and best preserved of all existing mausoleum complexes in China.
    Emperor Kangxi one of China’s greatest emperors was the third Emperor of the Qing dynasty. Having ruled China for 61 years that makes him the longest-reigning emperor in Chinese history . During his reign, he brought about long-term stability and relative wealth after years of war and chaos. Emperor Kangxi was a great consolidator of the Qing dynasty. Many Buddhist temples and monasteries were established, preserved or restored during his reign.
    Interesting read and looking at the pictures , one could see the beauty of this place.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral for this write-up of a GREAT Emperor.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-imperial-tomb-of-emperor-kangxi.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 31. 2021 04:08 PM
    The HH Tenth Panchen Lama, Panchen Lobsang Trinley Lhundrup Choekyi Gyaltsen, of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism was widely regarded as human emanations of Buddha Amitabha, the Buddha of Limitless Light. The 10th Panchen Lama is an extraordinarily fearless Tibetan who showed unwavering courage to work for the general cause of Tibet and its people he travelled extensively throughout Tibet working to preserve the Tibetan culture. He had propitiated Dorje Shugden and did composed a prayers texts which are still used today. Even have a special temple and chapel dedicated to the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. He had a strong feelings that Dorje Shugden has been working hard to protect the Buddhadharma in general and the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa specifically. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/panchen-lama-sungbum.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 29. 2021 03:53 PM
    Interesting reading all the misconception of tales, stories and mysteries . Many tends to believe the misconceptions without finding the details to understand it. They choose to believe the many misconceptions following cultural beliefs, rather looking at all corners from information. Most of us do not know about the truth behind it. At one time I do believed King Tut’s tomb had a curse declaring death on anyone who entered it . It is incorrect because based on my faulty thinking and reading it. Its only later with advance technology of laptops and after researched through it I realised the truth. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/misconceptions-we-want-to-believe.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 29. 2021 03:51 PM
    A placid, and tranquil place called Tsem Ladrang at Naranthan Nepal is simply the best location. Surrounded by nature’s beauty will be a perfect place for prayers, meditation and retreats. Having beautiful hills and mountain behind the Ladrang, from the Ladrang one could watch sunset in the evenings. That’s wonderful indeed. I do hope I have the opportunity to visit this breath-taking panoramic Ladrang in future. Looking at those pictures tells us all the beautiful, outdoorsy Ladrang with great scenery.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and teachings on butterlamp offerings and the lighting of 1100 butterlamps as well.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-ladrang-naranthan-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 29. 2021 03:48 PM
    Interesting read of Tsem Rinpoche’s Torghut Ancestry’s history. Beautiful to know all about family biologically descended having related to Gelugpa lineage and as well as family line of Genghis Khan.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-rinpoches-torghut-ancestry.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 28. 2021 02:52 PM
    Everyone’s dream home is different. Buying a house is everyone’s dream simply because that is how we have been mentally and socially conditioned. All happiness moments start with family under the roof. Having simple and spacious house surrounding by greenery environment would be wonderful for me.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and thoughts of a dream house.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/my-kind-of-architecture.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 28. 2021 02:50 PM
    Reading this inspiring story tells us more. … how our Guru Tsem Rinpoche through all the odds and struggles to be where he was. Without family and relative ‘s support he had gone through hardship. Rinpoche leaving a comfort zone to a place of hunger and poverty, just for Dharma. Travelling across half the globe from US to India to a new environment all alone just for the love of Dharma . Rinpoche was so determined to continue Dharma no matter what happened.
    To those who knew nothing of Kechara it will say it’s a cult but not me . Coming to Kechara, and meeting Rinpoche it has changed my life . Learning and practicing Dharma from Rinpoche ‘s blog had thought me to be a better person, and spending my life meaningfully. Still learning to improve myself .
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/i-joined-a-cult.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 28. 2021 02:48 PM
    Esquire is an American men’s magazine based in New York City , it has been published by the Hearst Corporation since 1986. Found this old post and realised such an international magazine had interviewed our Guru Tsem Rinpoche long ago. Esquire described our Rinpoche as one of the country’s most avant-garde spiritual leaders. That’s true Tsem Rinpoche down to earth very special Lama and founded the Buddhist organization Kechara. We are fortunate to have Rinpoche in Malaysia, showing us the way.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/esquire-magazine-calls.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 27. 2021 04:10 PM
    Wonderful to have the story in Mongolian of Tsem Rinpoche home at Gaden ,India. More Mongolian will understand better of the life of Tsem Rinpoche . What Rinpoche had experienced and struggles to pursue Dharma goals no matter what happens and condition Rinpoche faced living in cowshed then.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-cowshed-that-was-my-home-in-gaden-mongolian.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 27. 2021 04:07 PM
    Women were frequently characterized as second-class citizens those days. There were many notable women who were able to break from societal norms to live the kind of life they chose for themselves. I could tell many women throughout these three eras were not given a chance to outspoken than men. Well those days women were treated as an entirely separate group, regardless of their social status. They had numerous legal, religious, and economic challenges hurdles to go through.
    Reading this inspiring post of famous women ,they deserve at least a worthy mention and not forgotten. I only know the inspiring story of Joan of Arc during my school days. Glad to know more heroines from this post. I am sure there were more throughout the centuries, living as independent women, equal to men. Inspiring indeed how these women standing against the odds and having their own vision . The stories of Lyudmila Pavlichenko the deadliest women and Annie Smith Peck the explorer adventurer and supporter of the women’s suffragette movement stood up well in history.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Shakila Rajendra for this inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-heroines-time-forgot.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 27. 2021 04:05 PM
    In certain parts of China is actually famous for its dog meat consumption. Despite the widespread outcry against the country’s notorious eating habits there’s still restaurants serving dog’s meat.
    Many locals are aware of the obscene cruelty of the animals being killed for their meat. The government is drawing up laws to prohibit the trade of wildlife and protect those animals and safety of its people. So its not surprised when the locals got angry and putting things into their own hands beating the two dog thieves savagely. Angry villager even attacks the two thieves’ car, smashed the car window. Got red handed and beaten badly till the police came. Nowadays locals gave up dogs meats for health reason and they are aware of it. Hope more could be done to safe those dogs.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-you-know-this-is-happening-in-southern-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 23. 2021 04:55 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche, for this important knowledge what to look for signs that our doggie in pain. By knowing what to do and look out for, it will certainly help owners to detect the situation. When we spend time with them we could understand them better when they are in pain. Since they are not able to tell us we have the responsibility to take care of them. Pain can be difficult to detect in older dogs. Doggie in pain tend to be more vocal, it’s not always easy to spot immediately. They will only express in a number of ways such as whining, whimpering, growling, and so forth. It is important for dog owners to recognize subtle signs of pain in their dog. Hence reading this post have help me to observe my doggie better.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/7-signs-your-dog-is-in-pain-and-trying-to-hide-it.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 23. 2021 04:53 PM
    Inspiring post of a soldier turned Buddhist monk living in remote raw Ural mountains of Russia . With little and much hardship , they never give up feeling happy with their struggles. They managed to build a spiritual community up in the remote mountains. Led by Mikhail Sannikov, now known as Lama Dokshit, a veteran of the USSR’s Afghanistan war . He established a monastery on an isolated mountaintop named Shad Tchup Ling, meaning “place of practice and realisation. The monastery is visited by thousands yearly by tourist and locals.
    But sadly this monastery was built on private lands own by a metallurgical mining company . Since 2016, it has been desired to demolish the Buddhist Shedrub Ling temple on Mount Kachkanar. The Buddhist community have tried many times to legalize the structures. The mining and others have claimed rights to the land. The Buddhist community was asked to leave then. The latest update dated second February 2021 is that the monastery will be under the security of the mining company where the Urals Buddhists are allowed back to the mountain only certain days of the week. May this inspiring monastery up in the mountains continue to flourish and may the mining company not demolished it .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.
    READ MORE AT…for the latest news
    https://www2.stetson.edu/religious-news/210202a.html

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/buddhist-monks-far-off-in-the-russian-mountains.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 21. 2021 04:13 PM
    Reading this post reminds me of my first pilgrimage trip to Wu Tai San . Went with my Kecharians brothers and sisters few years back. Great memories indeed, we are so fortunate given the opportunity to visit such holy site of Lord Manjushri and more it’s a pilgrimage.
    Mount Wutai is a sacred mountain, one of the Four Sacred Mountains in Chinese Buddhism. Mount Wutai, known as ‘the five terrace mountain’, is the highest in Northern China believed to be the earthly abodes of Lord Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. Great ….Each peak is inhabited by a different form of Manjushri. Its five main peaks, positioned east, south, west, north, and in the middle, embrace one another with broad and plain . From the 1st century AD to the early 20th century many temples have been built on the steep slopes . Besides the religious aspect, the beauty of rising and falling ridges of mountains, exotic rocks, are really amazing. The beautiful scenery there is a masterpiece of exquisite acts of nature, predominantly visible over the five main peaks. What really important is that Mount Wutai have a connection and vast history with many Tibetan lamas. From Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen to China’s most benevolent rulers, Emperor Kangxi .
    Looking through those beautiful pictures tell us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Karen for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/pilgrimage-to-mount-wutai.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 21. 2021 04:10 PM
    Ullambana is a Buddhist festival celebrated on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month according to the Buddhist calendar. It is a festival of liberation, as to provide salvation and relief to the ghosts and spirits of the dead. The Buddhist origins of the Ullambana Festival can be traced back to a story that originally came from India. By observing the practice of Ullambana we could liberate the deceased from the three suffering realms and allow the living to enjoy a life of abundance, good fortune and longevity. During this festival, offerings such as light, foods, prayers are made to the spirits of the dead and to the hungry ghosts. On this day, Buddhists offer prayers both to their departed forefathers and to their living parents and elders.
    Great …at Kechara Forest Retreat , Bentong, two powerful and extensive pujas will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We are fortunate this year even though we are not able to attend at KFR , these pujas will be streamed live. The two powerful and extensive pujas is to remove obstacles and generate even more merits.
    Thank you Rinpoche ,Sharon Ong and those who are involved making it possible.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/celebrating-ullambana-the-original-hungry-ghost-festival.html


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Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
2 yearss ago
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat\'s doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
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One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
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Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
2 yearss ago
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
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It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
2 yearss ago
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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!
2 yearss ago
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
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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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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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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.
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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
2 yearss ago
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!!!
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 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
2 yearss ago
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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 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
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
2 yearss ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
2 yearss ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
2 yearss ago
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
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Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
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Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
6 months ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
6 months ago
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
8 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
10 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
11 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
11 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
11 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
1 years ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
1 years ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
1 years ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
1 years ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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