Nine Emperor Gods Festival

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Elaborate dragon dance admired by devotees and onlookers. Photos by Chan Tak Kong / The Star

Elaborate dragon dance admired by devotees and onlookers. Photos by Chan Tak Kong / The Star

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

One of the many fascinating and historical festivals in Malaysia is the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. This festival takes place from the first to ninth day of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.

Throughout this nine-day festival, adherents observe a strict vegetarian diet, meditate, study scriptures, interact with fellow vegetarians, and make donations to the temples to show their devotion to the gods. During this festival, many hawkers and vendors set up stalls around the town to sell food and prayer supplies. Many devotees also take this opportunity to donate to various rituals and ceremonies in order to maintain luck, to dispel bad luck, and to show appreciation for the good luck they received in the previous year.

The origin of the myth of the Nine Emperor Gods can be traced back to the Han Dynasty, during the development of Daoism. The southern part of China was once the land of the Min and Yue tribes, who were experts in magic, spells, and communication with gods, spirits, and the deceased. With Fujian and Guangdong incorporated into the Chinese Empire during the Qin and Han Dynasties more than 2,000 years ago, the indigenous Min and Yue cultures combined naturally with that of the Northern Daoist Han Chinese settlers. This resulted in the mixture of a rich spiritual, architectural and gastronomical heritage that is evident in southern China today. When the Fujian (or Hokkien) and Guangdong (or Cantonese) people migrated to Southeast Asia and the rest of the world, these heritages spread to the world, together with the beliefs of the Nine Emperor Gods.

At the same time, the practice of worshipping and deifying them as gods started.

In Southeast Asia, this belief became especially popular in Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and the Riau Islands. In today’s Peninsular and East Malaysia, there are more than 50 temples dedicated to these gods. The festival also takes place at these temples, where the gods are commonly and affectionately referred to by their followers as the Nine Emperor Grandfathers (Jiu Wang Ye). The Nan Tian Gong Temple, located in Ampang, is one of the more well-known venues for this celebration, followed by the Hong San Si Temple in Klang.

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Brief Introduction of the Nine Emperor Gods

There are several accounts as to who the Nine Emperor Gods are, and what their worship represents. One account is that the Nine Emperor Gods were the nine princes manifested by the Emperor Doufu Zhouyu Tianzun, together with the mother of the Dipper, Doumu Yuanjun. These princes became the star deities, known in the Western constellations as the Northern Dipper (Beidou Jiuing).

Doumu together with Doufu are believed to control the pivot of the North Pole, and she closely watches the revolution of the nine stars. Daoists believe that the Northern Dipper controls the fates of individuals and states. The Northern direction is also associated with the element of water, which is also the symbol of life and death, so Doumu is said to hold a life and death register. In addition, Doumu is known as a merciful water spirit who offers protection for seafarers.

Doumu

Inner altar for Doumu

The Nine Emperors are formed by the seven stars of the Dipper of the Northern Ursa Major (visible) and two assistant stars (invisible to most people). The stars are:

  • 1st Star – Tan Lang Tai Xing Jun (Visible, Bayer: α UMa)
  • 2nd Star – Ju Men Yuan Xing Jun (Visible, Bayer: β UMa)
  • 3rd Star – Lu Cun Zhen Xing Jun (Visible, Bayer: γ UMa)
  • 4th Star – Wen Qu Niu Xing Jun (Visible, Bayer: δ UMa)
  • 5th Star – Yu Lian Zhen Wang Xing Jun (Visible, Bayer: ε UMa)
  • 6th Star – Wu Qu Ji Xing Jun (Visible, Bayer: ζ UMa)
  • 7th Star – Po Jun Guan Xing Jun (Visible, Bayer: η UMa)
  • 8th Star – Zuo Fu Da Dao Xing Jun (invisible)
  • 9th Star – You Bi Da Dao Xing Jun (invisible)

Since this belief was first brought to other countries from China, the worship of Doufu has declined strongly as the teachings of Daoism faded out. Most of the Nine Emperor Gods temples today do not acknowledge the existence of Doufu, but he is invoked alongside Doumu during lidou – the Great Dipper Honouring Ceremony. It is said that honouring the Dipper can prolong one’s life, eliminate bad luck, clear wrongdoings, and forgive previous karmic debts to oneself and family.

Altar for Doufu

Altar for Doufu

According some folklore, the Nine Emperor Gods were actually Ming Dynasty sea bandits who robbed the rich and helped the poor. Another legend goes that they were nine righteous people who rebelled against the Qing government, but they were beheaded by the river side on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month by the Qing army, causing their spirits to linger around the vicinity and cause problems. Thereafter the Imperial Court conferred the spirits with the title of ‘Nine Emperor Gods’ and then sent them out of China by sea. The people living along the South-East region set up shrines to pray to the spirits as the boat sailed by, and later shrines were erected across the country to venerate those spirits.

As the legend continues, the nine heads were hung on a coconut tree, and some devotees later lighted ‘nine wicks in oil lamp’ (Jiu Qu Deng) on top of bamboo poles during the festival. Every year, devotees usher and send off the Nine Emperor Gods by the sea or riverside which was said to be the location where they were beheaded. As evident, this festival in China is very different from the one practised in South-East Asia.

 

The Festival and Ceremonies

On the eve of the ninth moon, the temples hold special ceremonies to invoke and welcome the Nine Emperors. As the gods are believed to arrive through the waterways, processions are held from temples to the seashore or river. Devotees wear mourning clothes to signify the mourning of the Emperors, while others dress in traditional white, carrying incense and candles and await the arrival of their Excellencies. The first item that flows down the stream will be invited to the temple as it is believed to be the representative of the gods who have no image to adapt into.

During this period, the constant tinkling of a prayer bell and chants from the Daoist priests can be heard. Most devotees stay at the temple to recite continuous prayers, and it is compulsory for them to adopt a strict vegetarian diet throughout the period. It is commonly believed that it will rain through all the days of celebration, where on the ninth day, at the festival’s climax, a procession of scores of devotees send the deities back home.

 

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Vegetarian Ritual

The festival begins on the last day of the eighth lunar month with the raising of the nine wicks in oil lamp. The lamp is raised to invite divinities to the temple grounds in celebration of the festival, and as a sign of continuous divine presence, they stay lit throughout the nine days. The vegetarian ritual starts on the same day, during which the Jiu Wang Ye (or Nine Emperor Grandfathers) followers are expected to observe vegetarian diet in order to purify their bodies. This is believed to relieve them of the wrongdoings they have committed.

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Welcome Ritual

Traditionally, the welcome ritual is held the next day, which is also the first day of the ninth lunar month. A street procession starts from the temple and proceeds to a nearby river or sea to invite the gods. The procession headed by the lion and dragon dance troupes are followed by devotees and sedan chairs carrying the sacred urn and statues of accompanying gods. The carriers of the sedan chairs are dressed in white and they swing the sedan chairs violently to symbolise the presence of divine. As the procession progresses, they may be accompanied by a Daoist priest and a spirit medium. The medium will indicate places where evil spirits lurk, and the priest will purify these spots.

At the river, the Daoist priest invokes and invites the Nine Emperor Gods spirits to descend into the urn. When the ashes in the urn burn vigorously, it is an indication that the gods have arrived. The urn is then carried back to the temple and kept from public view.

The carriers of the sedan chairs carried the urn back to the temple

The carriers of the sedan chairs carried the urn back to the temple

Throughout the nine days, worshippers visit the temple with offerings to ask for Jiu Wang Ye’s blessing. The bridge-crossing purification ritual is one of the important activities during this period, in which devotees receive yellow threads, charms or a Jiu Wang Ye seal stamped on their clothing to ward off the evils of the past year.

Spirit medium possessions and the fire-walking purification ritual are mostly practised in Ampang and Penang during this festival.

Although the procession is practised in both Daoism and Chinese folk religion, only folk religion practitioners believe that the Emperors can take trance in the spirit mediums. In other words, folk religion and Daoism occasionally worship the same gods, but both religions worship them in different ways.

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Sending Off Ritual

On the ninth day, the ritual to send off the gods begins with the transfer of the sacred urn to the sedan chair followed by a procession to a river. The procession is accompanied by lion dancers, stilt walkers and devotees playing ritual drums, cymbals and gongs, while other devotees follow in cars, taxis, buses and trucks. At the river, the Daoist priest conducts the ceremony to send off the gods, while selected temple committee members climb into a wooden boat with the flaming urn and travel towards the centre of the river to symbolise the departure of the gods. The festival officially ends with the lowering of the Jiu Qu Deng lamps on the tenth day. This is followed by the ending of the vegetarian ritual when meat dishes are laid out to thank the guards of heaven. These dishes are later shared amongst worshippers to signify the ending of the festival.

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Nan Tian Gong

Every year at Nan Tian Gong in Ampang, an organising committee consisting of twenty members and a chairman meet to plan for the yearly celebration, with help from about 100 hundred volunteers in the daily running of the festival.

The festival starts on the last day of the eighth lunar month with the erection of a tall lamp (Jiu Qu Deng) on the left side of the temple square, followed by a consecration ritual to purify the temple grounds and deploy the heaven, earth, water and fire spirit soldiers to the five altars: the inner altar for Doumu; the central altar for the Jade Emperor, Guanyin, the God of Fate, and Fude Zhengshen or Dabogong; the outer altar for Tiangong (the Sky Deity); the star deities’ altar for Beidou (the Northern Dipper) and Nandou (the Southern Dipper); and the tall lamp for Tianguan Cifu (the heavenly official who confers luck).

The next day, on the first day of the ninth lunar month, the actual celebration begins with the staging of an opera. On the third, sixth and ninth days, a special feast is held for the spirit soldiers and laity (koujun). The tenth day marks the end of the celebration with the lowering of the tall lamp (Jiu Qu Deng) and the recalling of the spirit soldiers from their respective posts.

Temple address:
Jalan Merdeka
Ampang New Village
Ampang Jaya
68000 Selangor
Malaysia
Phone: +60 17-881 1277

 

Nearby Accommodation

  1. D’Olive Hotel
    This hotel is just a 4-minute walk away from Nan Tian Gong, and a 12-minute drive away from the Kuala Lumpur city centre. Mid Valley Megamall is a 30-minute drive away, Bukit Bintang 15 minutes, and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is a 1-hour drive.
    A-7-G & A-8-G Merdeka Place
    Jalan Merdeka
    Ampang Jaya
    68000 Selangor
    Malaysia
    Phone: +60 3-4280 5213
  2. Old Penang Hotel – Ampang Point
    This hotel is a 10-minute drive away from Nan Tian Gong, and a 15-minute drive from the Twin Towers (KLCC). It is a 20-minute drive to Pavilion KL shopping mall and Mid Valley Megamall, and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is a 55-minute drive away.
    No. 14, Jalan Mamanda 5
    Taman Dato’ Ahmad Razali
    Ampang Jaya
    68000 Selangor
    Malaysia
    Phone:+60 3-4266 2639
  3. Puteri Ampang Hotel
    This hotel is a 10-minute drive away from Nan Tian Gong and the Kuala Lumpur city centre. It is just a 5-minute walk from the Ampang Point shopping mall, and an hour’s drive away from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
    66A, Jalan Mamanda 1
    Ampang Point
    Ampang Jaya
    68000 Selangor
    Malaysia
    Phone:+60 3-4266 5000

 

References:

  • Cheu Hock Tong, The Festival of the Nine Emperor Gods in Malaysia: Myth, Ritual, and Symbol, National University of Singapore
    Asian Folklore Studies, Volume 55, 1996: 49-72
  • All the action from Malaysia’s Nine Emperor gods festival from Newindianexpress.com
  • Welcoming the Nine Emperor Gods from Thestar.com.my
  • Nine Emperor Gods Festival from 9emperorgods.wordpress.com
  • Nine Emperor Gods from Redboxstudio.comy
  • Even Deities Need A Website… from Nst.com.my
  • Nine Emperor Gods Festival from Eresources.nlb.gov.sg
  • Nine Emperor Gods Festival Date in the current year: October 1, 2016 from Anydayguide.com
  • Nine Emperor Gods Festival from Go2travelmalaysia.com
  • Nine Emperor Gods from Chinatownology.com

 

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  1. Andrea Lai on Jan 18, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    I remembered when I first enter Nine Emperor Gods temple is only for fortune telling sticks which I think it’s quite common for every temples to have this practice. What I knew that this festival held for only nine days, the devotees that participant in this event are required to take vows for a month prior to this festival and stay in the temple until end of the event. Food is vegetarian and during the nine days, the devotees are needed to have fasting. The most interesting was the parade during the festival where some devotees took trance on some deities they will use spears, swords or metal chain to hit themselves. Many trances come in peace and sometimes the trances are wrathful that frighten spectators.

    It’s really wonderful that Malaysia had all this sorts of festivals from different cultures and races. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this informative message. 🙏🙏🙏

  2. Sharon Ong on Oct 19, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    I remember this colourful and vibrant festival being celebrated as I was growing up in Melaka. I enjoyed watching the rituals and processions but have no clue about the significance behind it. Thanks to this post, I now know more about the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. As Malaysia is a multiracial and multicultural country, it is good for us to know more about the many believes and festivals celebrated in our country. This is will not only help us understand each other better but enables us to explain to tourists or foreign guests of our country.

    Heard from an unconfirmed source that The Nine Emperor Gods is closely linked to the King of Nagas. If there is anyone who can confirm this, it would be great.

    Thank you for another interesting and informative post.

  3. Aldan Chan on Oct 17, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Thank you for sharing this interesting article about this festival. I never knew anything about this festival until I read this article and I never knew what the Nine Emperor Gods Festival are. It`s like your going vegan for nine days. I never knew yo had send off a deity. I
    wonder what happens if you don`t send the deity off

  4. CindyH on Jul 21, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Thank you for such an informative piece about the tradition of Nine Emperor Gods Festival. Prior to reading this, admittedly my cursory understanding of this 10 days annual event is pretty much limited to there being (i) the observance of quite a number of rather painful looking rituals (to mainly appease the various deities), (ii) the sprouting of many makeshift vegetarian stalls due strict observation of vegetarian diet and of course (iii) the sale of tortoise buns. It is really interesting to read about the different manner people observe and express their faith and spirituality. Whilst the nature of this practice is not something which I can subscribe to, the devotion and strong belief prompting such acts of faith are definitely respectable and admirable.

  5. Anne Ong on Jun 10, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article on Nine Emperor Gods. It’s really great to read and understand the background of what we are worshipping or practicing. I personally never worship nine emperor gods,and my family haven’t been to the temple to pray to nine emperor gods for the past 20 over years already. Not sure why though.

  6. Stella Cheang on May 18, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    It is fascinating to learn about the age-old tradition of Nine Emporer Gods Festival that runs for 10 days each year. Taoist propitiate a pantheon of deities and the Nine Emperor Gods are the more popular ones especially in Klang Valley. The yearly affair is elaborative and devotees amass without fail to celebrate, invoke and welcome the deities. To many people, this is their yearly spiritual practice that brings them closer to their belief. It is very delightful to note that it is obligatory for the devotees to be vegetarian during the period of Nine Emperor Gods Festival. Thank you, Rinpoche, for this post.

  7. Lin Mun on May 17, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    When I was young my parents would bring us to the Nine Emperor God Festival in the famous temple in Malacca. I do not who and why this God is so famous but I remember my mom told me that people will pray for nine days and be vegetarian on this nine days too. So this article is very informative as it gives the detail and history of this festival. There are many cultural practices in Malaysia due to the different dialects, race and inheritance.

    I think it is always interesting to find out and understand the practises as we all live in the same community. It is by understanding and acceptance of the differences that we will all live in peace and harmony.

  8. wan wai meng on May 16, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    The 9 emperors celebration is something that was brought over Chinese Ancestors to Malaysia and it is a way to show case the richness of the Chinese cultures. I also think it is a time for reflection for people to take stock of their situation of live at that moment.

    I suppose I support all manners beliefs that help people think a bit more about what they done, and some also take the opportunity to be of service to others by volunteering and helping out in such events.

  9. Lim Han Nee on May 14, 2017 at 7:11 am

    From as far back as I can remember, the Nine Emperor Gods Festival had been strictly observed by my mother year after year. But its origin was never understood by any of us. So I am glad that Rinpoche has shared the stories of the origin of the worship of the Nine Emperor Gods every 1st to 9th day of the ninth lunar month. Despite it being a hybrid of Daoist and folk religion for Malaysians, there are certain strict practices for purification of all bodily transgressions, such as taking a vegetarian vow, to purify all bodily transgressions, wearing white, walking on fire.

    What was unusual was the absence of a statue or statues. There was only this sacred urn in the innermost sanctum, which none can see, as a curtain is drawn over it. Your incense offering is taken in, by an attendant, to be placed in that urn.

    It is a festival where abundant offerings of food are made to the Nine Emperor Gods. At the Ampang temple, the altar would be overflowing with offerings. One significant offering is of a sweet “cake” shaped in the form of a tortoise and coloured red, with the Chinese characters of ‘prosperity”,” long life” and the like “printed” on it. There is also an abundance of incense offering. The temple becomes clouded in smoke, with throngs of devotees milling around.

    Indeed, for many Malaysian adherents it has become more a cultural practice practiced by mainly Hokkiens and Cantonese and apparently mainly in Penang and in Kuala Lumpur and Klang areas, a practice that was passed down by one’s parents

  10. Alice Tay on May 13, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Malaysia is a unique country with different races and religions. Therefore, the people here have to practice acceptance, tolerance and respect each other and stay in peace and harmony. For this instance, Nine Emperor Gods Festival held in Ampang and Penang takes about 9 days which is started from the first to ninth day of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar. In order to show their devotion to the gods, the adherents must have a strict vegetarian diet, meditate, study scriptures, make donations to the temples and many others.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting post about Nine Emperor Gods Festival with the detailed information of accommodation. This may consider as one of the tourist attractions in Malaysia.

  11. Choong on May 11, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    It is very interesting to find out the origins of this festival particularly that it came from the Min and Yue tribes, who were experts in magic, spells, and communication with gods, spirits, and the deceased. There is similarity to other civilizations around the world.

  12. Fong on May 11, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you for the information about this Nine Emperor Gods festival. My family used to watch this festivities but were never quite allowed to go near as my mother used to believe that we were not ‘clean’ as we did not fast nor observe a strict vegetarian diet.

    So it was mere observation from afar. But this article is informative and finally,allows me to get to know about this festival.

  13. Samfoonheei on May 9, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Interesting article…i do not really know much about it in details till i read these post. Good sharing….so more people will get to understand better of the insight explaination and the rituals of the nine emperor Gods festival which have be celebrated anually.I have not witness any of those rituals a long time ago. Good to understand about the festival, Ceremonies and the many rituals to observe.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article.

  14. Datuk May on May 9, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Reading this article reminded me so vividly of my late maternal grandmother, who used to observe this 9 day religious ceremony with deep devotion. She would have a set of specially kept utensils and ritual items just for this annual event. She would be on a retreat of prayers and vegetarianism. She would be in solitary confinement without any interference from the “outside” during these 9 days.

    However, I never quite understood what the Nine Emperor Gods meant and the purpose for their worship. I was told that they protect seafaring people, like fishermen of Southern China. This knowledge also confused me as I thought if they are “sea” gods why then is the temple situated in Ampang village which definitely not near the sea. I was fine with the lack of accurate information which only pops up in my mind during the annual festival.

    This article is very good for me as it cleared my doubts and questions on this particular religious festival, and I thank H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and His fabulous blog.

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    Thank you for the sharing the mystery of the sailing stone. Actually we need to thank the mother earth for creating all the wonders and miracles. Making scientists puzzled in their research and a loss to explain how or why rocks appear to move around by themselves.

    It is very interesting and sound crazy. I never heard of this phenomenon before, but those photos made me google for further information.. I really hope to get here one day just to feel the extraordinary scenery and to witness the incredible phenomenon. Enjoyed the article and the photos.
  • nicholas
    Monday, Oct 14. 2019 02:40 PM
    Released in 2005, EARTHLINGS premiered at the Artivist Film Festival and won the Best Documentary Feature. It then went on to win the Best Content Award and Best Documentary Film at the Boston International Film Festival and the San Diego Film Festival respectively.

    What is this video that made such an impact on these renowned film recognition boards?

    The 95-minute documentary was inspired by Shaun Monson. He’s a writer, producer and director who had previous shot footage of animal shelters within Los Angeles. He did it to produce a series of public service announcements… however, what he saw had such a profound effect on him that he decided to produce what became known as Earthlings.

    Read more about Earthlings at http://bit.ly/31c3HGx
  • nicholas
    Monday, Oct 14. 2019 02:38 PM
    Worldcrunch reports a historic change in Palitana, an Indian city, which has become the first all-vegetarian city in the world.

    Behind this revolutionary change are the Jain monks who went on a hunger strike to pressure the state of Gujarat to outlaw animal slaughter in their city. The hunger strike was successful and the Gujarat government imposed a ban on animal slaughter and outlawed the sale of meat and eggs.

    About 5 million people in India practice Jainism and agree with the ban.

    Virat Sagar Maharaj, a Jain monk, says, “Everyone in this world – whether animal or human being or a very small creature – has all been given the right to live by God.”

    http://bit.ly/2B7h9kk
  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Oct 14. 2019 02:26 PM
    These monks who built the temple has a really good motivation to use the glass bottles as the building material. We are generating a lot of rubbish every day but we have not thought where the rubbish will end up.

    Most of the rubbish we generated goes to the landfill. Some end up in the oceans. Either way, the rubbish has destroyed our environment and lives, including our health.

    These monks show us how to make rubbish into something useful. It is also a good lesson to teach us we have to care more about our environment.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/beer-bottle-temple-in-thailand.html
  • nicholas
    Monday, Oct 14. 2019 02:24 PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) – Young people who torture and kill animals are prone to violence against people later in life if it goes unchecked, studies have shown. A new federal category for animal cruelty crimes will help root out those pet abusers before their behavior worsens and give a boost to prosecutions, an animal welfare group says.

    For years, the FBI has filed animal abuse under the label “other” along with a variety of lesser crimes, making cruelty hard to find, hard to count and hard to track. The bureau announced this month that it would make animal cruelty a Group A felony with its own category – the same way crimes like homicide, arson and assault are listed.

    “It will help get better sentences, sway juries and make for better plea bargains,” said Madeline Bernstein, president and CEO of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles and a former New York prosecutor.

    Read more http://bit.ly/318hu0I
  • nicholas
    Monday, Oct 14. 2019 02:23 PM
    Jessie Earhart had been saving up for a new car when a chance encounter with an abandoned dog changed her plans completely. The kindhearted girl, just 15-years-old, asked her mom to stop when she discovered a discarded dog running along a road. When the teen approached the severely injured pup, the dog now known as Lilly, immediately ran into the girl’s arms nuzzling her head into her arms in relief.

    An animal control officer took Lilly away to a veterinarian for her facial injuries — believed to have been caused by someone who used an ax to strike her face. Lilly’s medical bills piled up and she faced euthanasia. When the teen found out, she offered up the $400 she had been saving to buy a car to help pay the veterinary expenses and decided to adopt the dog herself.

    The teen has no regrets and admits the right car will be there a year from now, but the dog’s life needed to be saved now. Wait until you see how happy Lilly is today — all thanks to one very incredible teen.

    http://bit.ly/31eKHa9
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Oct 13. 2019 02:52 PM
    Please take a look at these beautiful images of animals rearing their young in the wild. Their love, gentleness and care towards the young is so amazing. So touching. Each photo captured the beauty of the unbreakable bond between a parent and their child. If you’re a parent, you’ll surely appreciate this.

    Never hurt animals. Never kill them. Never eat them. Let them be in peace and have happy lives. They have every right to live and without fear just like us. We should always protect their environments also.

    Tsem Rinpoche

    Check out at http://bit.ly/2OGhz9d
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Oct 13. 2019 02:50 PM
    Not eating animals is not necessarily a choice for the religious, but a choice of conscience and caring for the environment. Animal farming is contributing very much to the greenhouse effect destroying our atmosphere. Do not contribute to animals being beaten, tied, slaughtered and killed just for us to taste something ‘good’. Fried blood and cooked flesh are not good because it caused pain. Go visit the slaughterhouse weekly. Important. No matter what others say, we must have some principles and not ‘fail’ in everything using others as an excuse. Always be firm in our convictions. I mean principles that protect others from pain. If we are vegetarian, remain so. If we are considering, then research more on the benefits for ourselves, the environment, our planet, our children and the animals. Be firm in helping others and our planet.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/35v5rOn
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Oct 13. 2019 02:46 PM
    It seems that humans aren’t the only ones who need forgiveness.
    Bizarre footage has surfaced of a fugitive pig grovelling in front of a temple in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province on Tuesday.
    Pictures and video of the bowing boar, which had escaped from a nearby farm, have spread like wildfire on Chinese social media, sparking a flurry of debates over what the animal was doing, reports Sina.
    Footage shows the animal kneeling on its forelimbs encircled by worshippers, as a Buddhist ceremony takes place inside the temple.
    The saintly swine reportedly stayed put for hours, and only left the scene after a group of monks emerged from inside and chanted a Buddhist scripture towards it.

    Check out at http://bit.ly/2B9AocU
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Oct 13. 2019 02:38 PM
    In S.E Asia, they are still boiling alive, cats and dogs. UN Secretary – General Ban Ki Moon states “We must not fail the billions who look to the international community to fulfill the promise of the Millennium Declaration for a better world.”

    A better world? – To create this, stop Chinese and Koreans from deliberatly torturing animals for Dog Torture Soup! The torture for satisfaction, food and money. It is all on the black market. That is very very very bad.

    The Koreans love Dog Torture Soup. Dog torture soup does not belong in a world that recognizes the UN Millennium Goals. Dog torture soup was developed 2,000 years ago by a sick society based in fear, bitterness, anger and resentment. The old resentment is so ingrained now, and projected onto the dogs. We have all seen the photos of dogs boiling alive.

    Dogs and cats DO NOT DESERVE the heinous crime of such a painful death. I have burnt myself with boiling water and it REALLY HURTS. Imagine being being boiled alive!!

    Read more at http://bit.ly/35tOOmi

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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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
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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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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

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

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

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    8 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    9 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    9 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    9 months ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
    9 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    9 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    10 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    10 months ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    10 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    2 yearss ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
  • Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
    2 yearss ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    2 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    2 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    2 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    2 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Asyley and team busy adjusting the sound system in the technical room. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback on Graduation - Hubert strong stance. Practicing his wushu performance. Lin Mun KSDS
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The youngest group of KSDS learned and experienced the self-defence session. Alice, KSDS.
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Vegetarian meals with sufficient nutrients are provided to the children ~ KSDS Woah Camp. Alice, KSDS
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Children had fun with the teachers and parents during the game time. Alice, KSDS
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First Pilgrimage cum Camp held in Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS.
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Teacher Asyley and teacher Melinda showed pictures and biography of Rinpoche to students. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children have so much fun during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Sunday dharma class has resumed today after a long break. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Kien is a good story teller. Children enjoy listening to his dharma sharing. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Melinda guided children to recite mantra during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children and teachers practise some moves for the Graduation performance. Lin Mun KSDS
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So many happy moments for teachers and students during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Graduation 2018 - Video recording for the event. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teachers & students do prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teenage dharma class in Gompa Kechara House. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Kien shared about Rinpoche’s biography from the Promise book. Lin Mun KSDS
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