Something horrible happened to Mary

Dec 3, 2014 | Views: 349

Since young, I’ve never liked any form of entertainment that involved animals. When I was around 9 years old, my parents took me to a circus in New York. It was about a 2 hours drive from where we lived and I remember not feeling very excited about going there at all. When we arrived, the circus performance wasn’t entertaining and I was glad that we never went to another circus again.

As an adult now, I am very against the practice of training animals for the sake of profit/entertainment. In the documentary, Earthlings (a documentary that everyone must watch)… they begin their section of animal cruelty in the world of entertainment with a quote by Mark Twain, “Of all the creatures ever made he (man) is the most detestable. He’s the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain.”

Below is an article that I came across about a circus elephant named Mary. She was dubbed by the writer as “The Elephant Who Never Truly Lived”… as from the moment that Mary was born, she lived to be abused and tortured in ‘Sparks World Famous Shows’ circus for the next 30 years. One day, when she was being prodded behind her ear with a hook, she reacted and killed her trainer. In response, the circus owner hung Mary using a railcar-mounted industrial crane… in front of 3000 people. 

Before getting hung, a local man shot Mary 5 times… but it didn’t kill her. Then during the first hanging attempt, the chain around her neck snapped, dropping Mary and causing her to break her hip. The second attempt successfully hung and killed Mary… 

Imagine being held captive since you’re an infant, and being continuously prodded by sharp bull hooks daily for 30 years… then being exposed to a circus full of people laughing, screaming and chanting. Anyone, human or animal, would go crazy after so many years of torture… and Mary, was one such unfortunate elephant who went out of her mind and killed her trainer… because of that, she was hung to death in front of 3,000 people. 

We are not the only species on this planet, but share it with millions of other different and beautiful living creatures. Please do not support any industry that uses animals as a form of entertainment… it can be safaris, bear dancers, circuses, sea world etc. Wild animals are not meant to be held captive. Tricks that their trainers taught them most likely involves cruel methods of training. Share with everyone on the cruelty behind these entertainment industries… it is only through awareness and knowledge that we can put an end to the sufferings of these animals used for entertainment. I have never liked circuses and I will never like them.

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In Memory of Mary: Advocating Against Circus Abuse

Mary was a circus elephant in the 1900’s. Her story is one of sadness, and heartbreak. I wanted to share with all of you her story. Learning of Mary has made a huge impact on my life and I think she deserves to be remembered

“On September 11, 1916, a hotel worker named Red Eldridge was hired as an assistant elephant trainer by the circus. On the evening of September 12 he was killed by Mary in Kingsport, Tennessee, while taking her to a nearby pond to splash and drink. There have been several accounts of his death. One, recounted by W.H. Coleman who claimed to be a witness, is that he prodded her behind the ear with a hook, repeatedly jabbing and taunting her, after she reached down to nibble on a watermelon rind. She went into a rage, snatched Eldridge with her trunk, threw him against a drink stand and stepped on his head, crushing it.”

“The circus owner, Charlie Sparks, decided that the only way to quickly resolve the potentially ruinous situation was to kill the elephant in public. On the following day, a foggy and rainy September 13, 1916, she was transported by rail to Erwin, Tennessee, where a crowd of over 2,500 people (including most of the town’s children) assembled in the Clinchfield Railroad yard.

The elephant was hanged by the neck from a railcar-mounted industrial crane. The first attempt resulted in a snapped chain, causing Mary to fall and break her hip as dozens of children fled in terror. The severely wounded elephant died during a second attempt and was buried beside the tracks.”

After being forced to perform and treated like garbage, Mary had finally had enough. I believe justice was served only partially in the fact that Mary killed the man who tormented her.  All she wanted was a watermelon rind. The horrific way the Circus owner handled what happened haunts me, I can only imagine the fear and pain Mary experienced in the last moments of her life. She did no wrong- she was only trying to protect herself- after long endured abuse- it’s no wonder dear Mary had enough.

While we do not hear of such executions taking place today- the abuse for animals in circuses still runs rampant- elephants and many other animals used in the entertainment industry are abuse and forced to perform by fear tactics and pain conditioning.

Mary may have lived many years ago but her story still rings true- animals do not belong in the entertainment industry- they belong free and in the wild where they can roam and live naturally. It is their right to do so. As humans, we can either respect that right, or deny it- but we cannot be surprised when the animals have had enough.

Please, boycott the circus and all forms of animal use for entertainment.

In Memory of Mary, The Elephant who never truly lived

[Extracted from: http://www.vegfriend.com/profiles/blogs/in-memory-of-mary-advocating-against-circus-abuse]

 

Sparks Circus advert on the newspaper in 1916.

 

The story of Mary killing her trainer on the newspaper the next day.

 

The actual train that hung Mary. The man on the far left, seated on the machine, was the ‘executioner’ who worked the controls.

 

Kingport Times looks back at the story of Mary 22 years later, in 1938.

 

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  6. Dense Kuek on Feb 12, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. Among all kind of wild animals, the one I like the most is elephant. Elephant is very very clever animal, I saw a video before about those people trained elephant to draw flowers and it looks very cute, just like a 7 years old kid’s drawing standard. In this story, Red Eldridge kept torturing Mary, of course she got angry and I agree with what the article mentioned-Mary did no wrong, she was just trying to protect herself. She bear for the torture for 30 years, not 1 or 2 years is 30 years, is not her fault that she lost control and killed that people. The nature of elephant is kind and meek and they can befriend human, please do not torture them. I am so sad to see the picture Mary was hanged, I wish that she can has a good rebirth and forgive those who hurt her.

  7. Edwin Tan on Jan 13, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    I always have the weird feelings of going to a circus to see animals performed. I have never been to 1. And never intend to go to 1. It is like a odd feel to just go watch these acts. Like what Rinpoche mentioned, “I have never liked circuses and I will never like them.”

    The feelings are exactly true for me too.

    The only unfortunate [to a certain extent] was the new trainer was there only for a day. Yes, he prodded and abused Mary as well.. however, prior to that, other trainers inflicted the same damage…yet they managed to get away with it.. well.. we can only say his karma was really bad.. too bad for abusing an already terrified elephant.

    Together, we can make a difference… stop patronising circuses that uses animals for shows!

  8. pavara on Jan 11, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Oh my god what a terrible way to treat an animal!!!
    You abuse it for 30 years then you kill it what sort of human being is that??!!
    Of course being only a kid i don’t really know much about circuses or what happens behind the scenes,but this kind of treatment is horribly cruel.
    Anyways,Mary only wanted a watermelon rind and because of that Eldridge taunted poor Mary. Yet Charlie Sparks was such an idiot for not understanding that animals have feelings also.
    So just because Mary killed Eldridge that gave Charlie sparks an excuse to kill an elephant.
    What i also wish to say is since people who kill another person suffers the same fate,why is it that when a person kills an animal he/she does not suffer any fate?? That means if there were harsh punishments for mistreating/killing animals no one would think about torturing or killing a animal.
    I hope that everyone will stop going to the circuses so that it will drive the company/owner to bankruptcy.

  9. Julien Roth on Jan 11, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    This is so horrible Rinpoche. I will never look at the animal entertainment business in a good was ever again.

    When i was younger, i regret to say, that i used to like going to see animal shows and performances. But now i see how wrong i was. There was probably so much suffering in all the shows and performances i saw in the past. And i can’t believe i supported that suffering by going to the shows. It will not happen again.

    Animals are not meant to be kept for entertainment purposes, they are meant to be free. Its just that us humans lack the respect for animals, and we think we can do whatever we want to them because we are ‘better’ than they are. We are wrong. So so wrong.

    We must all learn to treat animals with great respect and give them better lives. We must all learn that the animal entertainment business is bad and we should not support it by going to the shows and performances. Amazing animals like Mary should not have experienced what Mary had. We need to spread awareness of this.

  10. Edward Ooi on Jan 4, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    To me, the unfairest being in the world are humans. Because we never think about what did the others did for us in the past, we only think for ourselves. Mary has been tortured throughout her whole life which is about thirty years, and I bet if you have been through what Mary had, you would be insane by the time you reach thirty years old. When you get beaten too much, one day you will just suddenly do something that you never thought you could do it, such as killing the person or just hurt other innocent people because you want them to suffer the same thing like what you’ve been through. I don’t think it’s Mary’s fault for killing the trainer, it was the trainers fault from the beginning, he shouldn’t have hurt her repeatedly he shouldn’t even hurt her. Hanging Mary to death is just making more people to hurt more animals, because now they would think that animals have no feelings. We must stop these kinds of activities not only because it will hurt more people, it will also make us less humans.

  11. Beatrix Ooi on Jan 4, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Ever since I knew that circuses and zoos are treating the animals like trash, I’ve never liked visiting them anymore. When I was very young, I used to love going to the zoo, to me it was the only place where I can meet live animals. But unfortunately, the authorities have abused the privilege and use the animals to make money, they have forgotten about the ultimate purpose of having the zoos built at the first place, which is to educate the people. The animals weren’t supposed to be in the zoos anyways, they belong to the nature where they can live freely, without having to worry about getting beaten up ruthlessly. They are living beings that feel pain and love, and the amount of pain they have to go through every day is just massive, it cannot be described in words, and it’s self- evident, most of us just chose not to see/ acknowledge it. When we make ourselves care, and when we care about something, we’ll do our best to make a better change. If we transform our way of thinking, together, we can save a lot of lives.

  12. Lucas Roth on Dec 27, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Circuses are extremely cruel and the animals in there are so poor because everyday of their lives they are put in cages, whipped and hit for trick learning, given bad food, never put in the correct conditions and given no respect. Imagine a life where you cannot be free and you are confined to an area and cannot leave and day after day you are treated horribly and beaten for tricks to be performed in front of an audience that don’t care how you are hurting behind the mask of the circus blinds. Why do we get to pick for them to have this horrible life for our entertainment. that is truly the reason why humans are the most selfish beings.

    This poor poor elephant only defended herself once and it killed a man accidentally and since humans are so selfish and they don’t care that she only defended herself from the man, they value the man over her because she is an “animal”. Which is absurd because even though they cannot talk to defend themselves doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t get a fair trial. Humans why are we so selfish?

  13. Joy on Dec 23, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Such are the minds of cowards, ignorant fools who think they can get away from abusing those weaker than them like Mary. These are the times when you wish their karma would ripen sooner but no doubt it will and they probably reincarnate back as a future Mary. How sad when we don’t have Dharma.

    I hope more and more education and awareness will be created so that there are less and less demands for circuses using animals. We will all need to do our bit in this and supporting groups like Peta with a strong voice for the animals.

    Instead of training animals, humans can and should train themselves like those China girls that can spin plates and bowls. That’s still entertainment, no and I’d rather watch that any day. it’s high time we protect those weaker, innocent and cannot speak up for themselves. Animals do have their right to live in peace and happiness too!

  14. Li Kheng on Dec 22, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    The circus owner executed Mary in a cruel manner to appease the minds of potential customers who ignorantly thought that Mary was a dangerous animal to have committed such a violent murder of her trainer. With understanding of what truly goes on behind the scene of animal training for entertainment purposes, those who are truly cruel are the trainers. The circus owners murdered Mary in public to selfishly salvage his reputation, not even for Eldridge, the trainer who was killed.

    Cruelty towards fellow earthlings still pervade today with better packaging at homes and in the commercial world. If we read other articles in Rinpoche’s blog, we will garner factual knowledge of what truly happens to the beings of the animal realm. You can say it is their karma to be in that situation….then, i request us to consider: what karma am I creating every time I cause an animal to suffer? Based on the law of cause and effect, are we creating the karma to be in that realm?

    The balanced and harmonious existence for the fauna of our planet is not a favor we do them. Biodiversity is essential for the continued survival of our eco-system, which is the foundation for human survival. Every animal has a role in this system and the loss of any “player” in this system will ultimately contribute to the breakdown of the world we live in. However shielded we are from this reality, our bubble will be busted as, literally, the ground we walk on crumble. Take the whales as example, they contribute to the production of planktons that become fundamental food source to aquatic lifeforms. So, whales actually enrich the variety and increase the quantity of our sea population, which is contrary to the arguments of whale-fishermen who claim that getting rid of the whales that consumes large quantities of fish will benefit mankind because it leaves more for us to consume. Today, as the whale population dwindle, so does the quantity of fishes available for human enjoyment. Source: http://www.upworthy.com/something-alive-is-moving-about-half-of-the-water-in-the-oceans?c=ufb1

    May stories like that of Mary stop as we become true civilized citizens of our planet!!!

  15. SL Boon on Dec 14, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche. Human is the only species I think that takes others’ life not for only food but for fun and entertainment and satisfaction, and still thinks he has every rights and power to do so.

  16. Lum Kok Luen on Dec 10, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Dear Rinpoche.
    Thank you for sharing.
    This shows that humans have so much hatred in their mind that it obscures our thoughts, it overwhelms our compassionate nature, and worse, we let our anger dictate our actions.
    So sad. May Mary had a good rebirth.

    I will not support animal shows in whatever form.

    Thank you.

  17. Pee Bee Chong on Dec 7, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. The way they killed Mary was like taking revenge on Mary. The owner had so much hatred on Mary and I think he was trying to run away from his responsibilities by killing Mary in the public. How could a person hang a elephant to death. It was so cruel. We should treat animals well.

  18. Toh Cheng See on Dec 6, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    It’s painful to read this article. Why are there so many heartless humans in this world? So so sad.

    • Sofi on Jan 3, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      I agree!

  19. Chandra on Dec 5, 2014 at 5:49 am

    This awful and unfortunate incident should not have happened. The circus master could have spared the Mary her life and not ostracised her to a painful death because he was a human being with emotional intelligence! It is truly sad to hear of what happened to Mary. I will be more generous towards animals from now on.

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    Discovering mushroom growth for Tibetan represents good sign and the holy land will have some development and the dharma teaching will grow in near future. An auspicious symbols of Buddhism and it is also to belief represent the gifts of God.

    Besides mushroom , Bodhi tree too have an auspicious omen. This trees to be said to have a great significance in the history of Buddhism and Hinduism. This tree often seen growing tall in many temple and frequent destination for pilgrims, being the most important for the Buddhist and to Hindus pilgrimage sites.

    Thank you for the sharing and hope Kechara Forest Retreat has is dream fulfilled.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 19. 2019 01:51 PM
    Gyenze is Dorje Shugden in a wealth form specifically to help us gain resources in difficult times. We are so fortune to have the opportunity to learn the Gyenze practice from our guru Tsem Rinpoche. It is indeed a wonderful practice, many activities can be accomplished through Dorje Shugden Gyenze’s practice. Such as it will help us in outer and inner wealth, in order to have a better life and in our dharma practice. He will help anyone from all walks of life who need assistance and who sincerely invokes upon his enlightened energy. Many people has reported having their wishes fulfilled and return back to the Gyenze Chapel many times.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers team for this sharing with clear explanations for more people to understand it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 19. 2019 01:50 PM
    Dorje Shugden, the special protector who is the emanation of Buddha of Wisdom Manjushri. Having printed in different memes tells all. Easy for anyone to recall all the good powerful qualities of the powerful dharma protector Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden will help all without discrimination as long as we have trust and faith , relying on the protector sincerely.
    Thank you Rinpoche for coming up with these memes .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/powerful-qualities-of-dorje-shugden-in-memes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 19. 2019 01:49 PM
    Wow….beautiful images of Dorje Shugden in difference of culture and varies styles from different countries. We have Indian style, Fauvistic style, Byzantine style, Malaysian style, Chinese style, New Age style, Japanese anime style and many more to come. All the beautiful different styles of Dorje Shugden have been painted to suit each unique culture.
    Truly blessed to have Dorje Shugden here in Malaysia. May everyone be blessed and protected by Dorje Shugden. Merely looking at these beautiful styles is a blessing. All the styles is beautifully painted which I do enjoyed seeing it.
    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for sharing with us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/which-dorje-shugden-style-is-your-favourite.html

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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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We have new student last week. He is only 3 years old. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
We have new student last week. He is only 3 years old. Lin Mun KSDS
Wow most students can do full lotus. Rejoice. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Wow most students can do full lotus. Rejoice. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Alice guided students to do prostration. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Teacher Alice guided students to do prostration. Lin Mun KSDS
We have Robey showing us the right way to do plank during the exercise session. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
We have Robey showing us the right way to do plank during the exercise session. Lin Mun KSDS
Students enjoyed activities last Sunday. Exercise and stretching lesson. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Students enjoyed activities last Sunday. Exercise and stretching lesson. Lin Mun KSDS
Thanks to Uncle Edward, Karen, Ashley Tan, Ashley Eng, Neil, Usha and Sudharshan for helping out for our lunch distribution today. We would also like to thank our sponsors Sogo and Munchy's for their continuous support. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 days ago
Thanks to Uncle Edward, Karen, Ashley Tan, Ashley Eng, Neil, Usha and Sudharshan for helping out for our lunch distribution today. We would also like to thank our sponsors Sogo and Munchy's for their continuous support. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
These are some of the food distribution photos taken from our kitchen last Saturday. We thanked all volunteers who have come to help for the preparation since 3pm. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
These are some of the food distribution photos taken from our kitchen last Saturday. We thanked all volunteers who have come to help for the preparation since 3pm. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Teacher Julie taught children Nagomi Art and they love it. Lin Mun KSDS
7 days ago
Teacher Julie taught children Nagomi Art and they love it. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Children volunteered in Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - Children volunteered in Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Fun activity in camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Fun activity in camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - DIY soap making activity. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - DIY soap making activity. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- KSDS camp in Kechara Forest Retreat. Lin Mun KSDS
7 days ago
Throwback- KSDS camp in Kechara Forest Retreat. Lin Mun KSDS
A simple but meaningful way to spend the weekend liberating birds. Animals deserve lots of love, care and freedom too. Through them, we learn to be more compassionate! ~Kechara Penang Study Group Jacinta
1 week ago
A simple but meaningful way to spend the weekend liberating birds. Animals deserve lots of love, care and freedom too. Through them, we learn to be more compassionate! ~Kechara Penang Study Group Jacinta
Some members from Kechara Penang Study Group get together to do a Dorje Shugden puja this afternoon. Join us if you're in Penang next time. ~KPSG Jacinta
1 week ago
Some members from Kechara Penang Study Group get together to do a Dorje Shugden puja this afternoon. Join us if you're in Penang next time. ~KPSG Jacinta
Today we received a lot recycling items from the public. Thanks for supporting us always. KEP-Serena
1 week ago
Today we received a lot recycling items from the public. Thanks for supporting us always. KEP-Serena
Today we are doing recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. KEP-Serena
1 week ago
Today we are doing recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. KEP-Serena
Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 1st Prize Winner is Stella Cheang. Congratulations! Stella wins a Dorje Shugden Puja worth RM400 + Dorje Shugden pendant on black onyx. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
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Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 1st Prize Winner is Stella Cheang. Congratulations! Stella wins a Dorje Shugden Puja worth RM400 + Dorje Shugden pendant on black onyx. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 2nd Prize Winner is Wylfred Ng. Congratulations! Wylfred wins a Gyenze pendant + Original Red Crystal incense. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
1 week ago
Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 2nd Prize Winner is Wylfred Ng. Congratulations! Wylfred wins a Gyenze pendant + Original Red Crystal incense. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
How to Clear Spirit Disturbances by Pastor Chia Today at 9:30 PM – 11 PM in Kechara House, PJ
2 weeks ago
How to Clear Spirit Disturbances by Pastor Chia Today at 9:30 PM – 11 PM in Kechara House, PJ
Join us for the annual Ullambana Festival on Saturday August 10th at Kechara Forest Retreat and make the most of the auspicious Ullambana month. PROGRAMME: 9:00am – Opening speech & Dharma sharing 9:30am – Grand Ullambana Gyenze Puja for good fortune, long life & merits 12:15pm – Free vegetarian lunch 2:00pm – Grand Ullambana Trakze Puja for protection & blessings 5:00pm – End The highlight of the Ullambana Festival is two powerful & extensive pujas that will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We've also prepared a wide selection of traditional offerings to send bountiful merits to the people who matter in your life. Don't miss this opportunity to bring tremendous benefits to your dearly departed as well as those who are still with you. For more information on the Ullambana Festival and Ullambana offerings, please get in touch with us at +609 221 5600, +603 7803 3908, +6012 987 3908 (WhatsApp only), care@kechara.com or visit our online partner
2 weeks ago
Join us for the annual Ullambana Festival on Saturday August 10th at Kechara Forest Retreat and make the most of the auspicious Ullambana month. PROGRAMME: 9:00am – Opening speech & Dharma sharing 9:30am – Grand Ullambana Gyenze Puja for good fortune, long life & merits 12:15pm – Free vegetarian lunch 2:00pm – Grand Ullambana Trakze Puja for protection & blessings 5:00pm – End The highlight of the Ullambana Festival is two powerful & extensive pujas that will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We've also prepared a wide selection of traditional offerings to send bountiful merits to the people who matter in your life. Don't miss this opportunity to bring tremendous benefits to your dearly departed as well as those who are still with you. For more information on the Ullambana Festival and Ullambana offerings, please get in touch with us at +609 221 5600, +603 7803 3908, +6012 987 3908 (WhatsApp only), care@kechara.com or visit our online partner
Join us this weekend for SPIRITUAL SATURDAY in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 13 JULY 9.00 am: Cook for the community - salted eggs & pineapple jam 11.00 am: Book Club - Compassion Conquers All (Eng) / Time To Wake Up (Chi) 12.30 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? To RSVP your place (and your meal!), contact us: +6017 965 9484 (WhatsApp) retreat@kechara.com See all July activities: bit.ly/2FCrJm6
2 weeks ago
Join us this weekend for SPIRITUAL SATURDAY in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 13 JULY 9.00 am: Cook for the community - salted eggs & pineapple jam 11.00 am: Book Club - Compassion Conquers All (Eng) / Time To Wake Up (Chi) 12.30 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? To RSVP your place (and your meal!), contact us: +6017 965 9484 (WhatsApp) retreat@kechara.com See all July activities: bit.ly/2FCrJm6
In our Johor Bahru office, our single mother trainees get busy to do up the products taught to them by our #volunteers while their children were given additional tuition classes in another room. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
In our Johor Bahru office, our single mother trainees get busy to do up the products taught to them by our #volunteers while their children were given additional tuition classes in another room. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
How To Clear Disturbances by Pastor Niral - Monday 8. July 2019 at 9:30pm in Kechara House, Jalan PJU 1/3G, SunwayMas Commercial Centre 47301 Petaling Jaya
2 weeks ago
How To Clear Disturbances by Pastor Niral - Monday 8. July 2019 at 9:30pm in Kechara House, Jalan PJU 1/3G, SunwayMas Commercial Centre 47301 Petaling Jaya
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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