The Ancient Buddhist World of Pakistan – Interesting!

Nov 7, 2013 | Views: 2,897

A few weeks ago, I had CNN playing in the background and overheard that there were plans for oil pipelines to run through Pakistan. According to the newscaster, doing so would potentially damage a few Buddhist sites…

Buddhism has had a long standing history in Pakistan. The geographical borders of countries are now different from the past, but when Buddhism was at its height, there were many major regions that practiced Buddhism. For example, a region that was previously called Gandhara, had its center at present-day Peshawar, and encompassed Bamiyan in Afghanistan, Bactria, the Hindu Kush and the Punjab region in northwest India.

Another region that was famously “Buddhist” was Uddiyana. Uddiyana, where the town Chakdara is currently located at, was where Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) was born. It was Guru Rinpoche who introduced Vajrayana Buddhism in Tibet. How interesting…

I am told that archaeologists are uncovering more ancient Buddhist sites and artifacts everyday! I asked one of my student, Pastor Jean Ai to do some research on Buddhism in Pakistan. She replied with a short update on Buddhist sites in modern day Pakistan and I thought that I’d share this with everyone to read.

Do take a look!

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Pakistan’s Ancient Treasure

by Khong Jean Ai

That the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has a strong Buddhist past may come as a surprise to many who forget Pakistan’s proximity to India and Nepal, where Buddhism played a significant role in their histories at a time when there were very different geopolitical boundaries.

After Shakyamuni’s death, practitioners took Buddha’s teachings to East Asia, where the religion still exists today in countries like Mongolia, Korea, China and Japan. In order to reach East Asia however, these teachers followed the Silk Route, leaving through northern India and traveling into Central Asia, a region of the world which includes countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Sangha members from different countries travel to this holy ancient site

Thus as Buddhism migrated eastwards, its practitioners established monasteries and gave teachings in Central Asia. As a result of these teachers, there now many Buddhist sites throughout Pakistan which archaeologists are uncovering every day. For example, a large Buddhist site near the city of Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan1 was rediscovered just a few years ago, one century after its original excavation. During their work, archaeologists found evidence of a 13-storey stupa which a well-known Chinese pilgrim Hieun Tsang visited and wrote about. As excavation works continued, the archaeologists found more and more priceless statues and relics which are now on display around the world2.

The site in Peshawar is not the only one currently being excavated. In Taxila, another monastery is being excavated3 by 200 students who are taking turns to uncover the site. Their work is especially commendable because politics in the region and lack of resources makes further conservation of these sites very difficult sometimes.

Unfortunately, it is not just politics and regional poverty that creates a lot of challenges for the preservation of Pakistan’s Buddhist sites. Although the Pakistani authorities do their best to protect whatever artifacts are uncovered, a lucrative international trade for antiquities means that sometimes these priceless relics are smuggled out of the country – Christie’s of New York auctioned off a fasting Buddha4 for nearly US$4.5 million and recently, many Buddhist relics worth millions were seized in Karachi5, a major port city in Pakistan’s south.

It is not just antiquities collectors who are encouraging the destruction of Pakistan’s Buddhist sites, but preserving these locations is becoming increasingly difficult because of many Asian nations’ economic interests. The majority of Pakistan’s Buddhists sites lie along the routes of pipelines to carrying oil through Central Asia. As these pipelines expand, many of these Buddhist sites are now in danger of being destroyed.

Most recently, Pakistan decided to offer Chinese companies the opportunity to lay a pipeline from Gwadar port to China6, so that China can safeguard their crude oil import routes. Although this scheme will provide economic benefits to both Pakistan and China, what concerns Buddhist conservationists is that this pipeline will cut through the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa region.

The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa region was the base of Gandhara, an ancient and predominantly Buddhist kingdom that existed from 1000BC to the 7th century. Gandhara’s primary cities of Peshawar, Taxila and Pushkalavati have been the focus of excavation works to uncover Pakistan’s Buddhist past – major Buddhist sites have been discovered in Peshawar7 and Taxila8, and Pushkalavati is the site of one of King Ashoka’s stupas. As Pakistan pushes for economic development, there is a danger that many of their Buddhist treasures will be lost forever.

Even though these sites are in danger of being destroyed, there are some encouraging signs that the government is willing to protect them. The local Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government is hoping to promote religious tourism and attract tourists from East Asia who are interested in visiting these Buddhist sites9. When a flow of tourists provide a much needed source of income to this region, the government will be more likely to invest in and protect these sites of attraction.

There are also organisations that are dedicated to this conservation work, like The Buddhist Forum which has begun efforts to save and protect these ancient sites10. With so many encouraging signs, we can dare to hope that Pakistan will continue to do more to preserve its unique past. It is always interesting to learn when Buddhism has played a part in a nation’s history, although its role and significance may be long forgotten.

One of the ancient Buddhist sites in Pakistan

Such spectacular ancient site, until today, archaeologists are still uncovering undiscovered parts of what once to be a grand and beautiful Buddhist monastery.

Retainers are placed in certain parts of the ancient site to prevent the walls from collapsing

Spectacular view from the top

The proposed oil pipeline from Gwadar port to China which threatens the demolition of this ancient Buddhist site

How Buddhism spread across Asia from India

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/PakistanBuddhism.mp4

 
Footnotes:

  1. http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Pakistan/Vanished-Buddhist-site-rediscovered-in-Pakistan/Article1-738477.aspx
  2. http://edition.cnn.com/2011/LIVING/08/21/pakistan.gandhara.art/index.html
  3. http://buddhistartnews.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/mystery-unfolds-monastery-unearthed-in-taxila-valley/
  4. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/pakistan-struggles-smuggled-buddhist-relics
  5. http://www.dnaindia.com/world/1712169/report-articlpak-police-seize-2000-year-old-buddhist-relics-worth-millions-e
  6. http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-23889-Chinese-firms-ready-to-invest-billions-of-dollars-in-Pakistan
  7. http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Pakistan/Vanished-Buddhist-site-rediscovered-in-Pakistan/Article1-738477.aspx
  8. http://buddhistartnews.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/mystery-unfolds-monastery-unearthed-in-taxila-valley/
  9. http://beta.dawn.com/news/796713/pakistan-hopes-for-buddhist-tourism-boost
  10. http://www.deccanherald.com/content/310843/ngo-ventures-revive-buddhist-sites.html

 

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  1. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Aug 16, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Pakistan is indeed a treasure grove for ancient holy sites. With its location next to India and close to Nepal, it is easy to understand that many holy places exist there and it would be wonderful to visit them and pay homage.

    This post is also a teaching on impermanence. We easily tend to take things for granted but history teaches us how fast things can change. We need to remember that we can only be safe if we get out of Samsara as soon as possible.

    chat-9d6ivhu1c5241

  2. Tsa Tsa Ong on Aug 15, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Amazing! Yes I was totally one of those who completely surprised by the fact Buddhism had indeed reached Pakistan. The Buddhism teachings and practice was so powerful and manifesting during the ancient time that left behind with many ancient Buddhism sites, stupas and statues for us to continue to receive the blessings until today. Hopefully Pakistan government will continue to preserve their precious and valuable ancient Buddhism sites and artifacts as part of their tourism industry to create more income for their citizens. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for sharing this interesting post.🙏👍😘

  3. Samfoonheei on Oct 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for sharing this interesting post.Interesting to know that the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has a strong Buddhist connection.It show that Buddhism spread across Asia from India. Archaeologists in Pakistan uncovering a large Buddhist site near the city of Peshawar. They found more priceless statues and relics in area where they are laying a pipeline from Gwadar port to China.
    Pakistan Government is trying to preserve the ancient Buddhist site to promote religious tourism a as source of income.

  4. Tseten Tashi on Sep 18, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Thank you Rinpochey for sharing this story. Huan-tsang wrote about Taxila university, saying: upon seeing the gates and monastery in Taxila, Huan-Tsang wrote: this wonderful architecture would be the wonders of the world, but sadly everything was destroyed by the Muslim invaders upon Buddhist kingdom in old Pakistan, and people are forcefully converted into Islam. Interestingly once I met a Afghani cab driver in NY, he told me that their ancestors were Buddhist, during the golden age of Buddhism in Afghanistan and Pakistan, he mentioned that both countries were like paradise on earth, but at present bloodshed never stops, says cab driver who is Muslim himself! Very tragic and sad to know about.

  5. Cliff on Dec 10, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Amazing! Yes I was totally one of those who completely surprised by the fact Buddhism had indeed reached Pakistan. The ruins of the Buddhist site in Pakistan is amazing! Such a huge structure. Would be a really interesting place to visit one day. I think it would be more beneficial if the government turns the place into a tourist destination as compared to demolishing it to make way for an oil pipeline. I look forward to more Buddhist sites/artifacts being discovered in the future. Thank you for sharing this article with us Rinpoche and thank you Pastor Jean Ai for publishing it.

  6. Wylfred Ng on Nov 29, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    佛教在两千五百年里面不知道已经曾经在多少地方扎根。
    万物无常, 也许今天我们可以修习佛法,不代表我们可以永远都转世在有佛法的地方。
    我也曾经在马来西亚的历史书上看过绿度母的佛像, 也许佛教在马来西亚这片土地扎根过。

    所以我们要珍惜现在我们有的一切, 把握时机修习佛法。

  7. Jutika lam on Nov 29, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    WOW!!! Out of all the places I never expected that Pakistan would have Buddhist sites until I read the post above!

    I am really surprised and it great that archaeologists are working hard to dig out more and more of such Holy Sites!

    I really hope that they don’t destroy such Holy Sites just to install a oil pipeline to China!

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing!

    Love
    Jutika

  8. David Lai on Nov 14, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Seng Piow had once said that these great monasteries and institutions although in ruins now had served their purpose. It is because of them that the Buddhadharma was propagated far and wide and has been preserved to this day. Hence, even when it is in ruins, it was not in vain. Likewise, when we build Kechara Forest Retreat, we must remember that its purpose is promote and preserve are sacred spiritual heritage. Otherwise, it would not have served its purpose and I am sure this is exactly what Rinpoche wanted for Kechara. He often spoke about this and said he does not want any premise of Kechara to be like a big empty temple. Hence, its important that more people come and join hands to built a lasting legacy.

    • Joy on Nov 30, 2013 at 1:37 am

      I like what you said David that a temple or sacred place will only be empty if there was no people practising the Dharma. And in the end it will become nothing but just ruins!

  9. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Nov 13, 2013 at 4:59 am

    Thanks Rinpoche and Jean Ai sharing…

    This is a shock article that prove that Buddhist is every way.

    May Rinpoche long life, good health and continue turn the wheel of Dharma hence all students may help Rinpoche to spread teaching and holy Dharma to ten directions and flourish every way continuously…

  10. KYC on Nov 12, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I hope the Pakistan Government will continue to preserve the country’s ancient Buddhist sites and encourage the discovery of more ancient Buddhist monuments and statues. They are part of Pakistan’s history and heritage. With religious tourism, there will be more revenue and jobs for local people.

  11. Wendy Loh on Nov 11, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this erudite post. Lord Buddha spoke the words of universal truth and the winds will carry them to all four corners of the world. Although buried, with time, they will surface again like in Pakistan. Even if it was for what we call a reason of greed, the discovery was enough to create an impact to change our minds.

  12. So Kin Hoe (KH Ipoh) on Nov 11, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Thank you Rinpoche and Jean Ai for sharing on this beautiful ancient Buddhism artifacts found in Pakistan. The Buddhism teachings and practice was so powerful and manifesting during the ancient time that left behind with many ancient Buddhism sites, stupas and statues for us to continue to receive the blessings until today. Hopefully Pakistan government will continue to preserve their precious and valuable ancient Buddhism sites and artifacts as part of their tourism industry to create more income for their citizens.

  13. Vinnie Tan on Nov 11, 2013 at 3:05 am

    It is just so amazing that ancient Buddhist sites like this are still being discovered daily. It would be very sad if these places would be destroyed, in order to promote economic growth.

    It would be like losing a huge history of Buddhism itself. I think the Pakistan government should try to preserve these holy places and find another way to promote economic growth.

  14. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 10, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this post. It is amazing to know that in ancient times, Buddhism seemed to have spread to what are now Muslim countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan. The sites of such famed places, like Gandhara and Uddiyana, are actually in Pakistan, as archaeological excavations have uncovered. Going further afield, Buddhism appears to have spread as far as modern-day Iran.

    I have also read of how Buddha’s Jataka tales were carried along the Silk Route to Europe and influenced the creation of the Aesop’s fables. So Buddhist influence did go very far.

    Then again in Indonesia, the Borobodur , an ancient Buddhist site , is now a tourist attraction.

    How about Malaysia? Lord Setrap’s cudgel came from the forests of Malaya!

    May all these sites be preserved.

  15. mitra on Nov 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    dear i m very surprised to read about this article.Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for the information.

  16. Uncle Eddie on Nov 10, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Many thanks to Pastor Jean Ai’s research that we are able to know that it may be due to the close proximity that India has with Nepal that The Islamic Republic of Pakistan has a strong Buddhist past with India. The famous Silk route also help to play an eminent role in promoting this long buddhist history, where along the way, when Buddhism was migrating Eastward through this Silk route, monastries were established to give teachings in Central Asia. It was a very well-done piece of research, supported beautifully with photos to back up. Thank you Rinpoche, for the sharing too!

  17. Ash Ng on Nov 10, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Didn’t know the spreading of Buddhism can reach places like Pakistan and even towards Middle East (map shown above) All along, I thought was from India to Nepal and Bhutan towards China and eastern Asia. Surprisingly enough, it even took roots in an unexpected Islamic country like Pakistan. It’s quite remarkable actually. With so many ancient monastaries and artifacts re-discovered, it would be pretty unfortunate not to preserve these holy Buddhist sites and priceless relics as it will remind future generations of what Buddhism has played significantly within this region in the history of mankind.

  18. Irene Lim on Nov 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    This is an interesting find. Thank you Rinpoche and Jean Ai for sharing this information. Let’s hope Pakistan will preserve these precious sites to bring in tourism revenue. One day we all might be able to go to Pakistan for pilgrimage and see the historical sites ourselves.

  19. Darren Kechara on Nov 10, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Thank you for the sharing, it was expected since Guru Rinpoche was born in Pakistan region but i never know that Pakistan has so many ancient Buddhist site. Glad to know that there is group trying to preserve these site.

  20. Low Khjb on Nov 9, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Jean Ai for the sharing.We certainly hope that the Pakistan government would consider to reroute the pipeline to preserve those valuable historical site. In doing this they will certainly benefit from tourism to those holy site at the same time.
    Hope for the best.

  21. CK Siah on Nov 9, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    成、住、坏、空指的是四劫。此系佛教对于世界生灭变化之基本观点。所以早期中东至亚洲一带国家,佛教发展都很旺盛。只是因为某种因素和历史的改变,佛教发展渐渐沦落。但我相信佛法在我们这一世纪又会兴起而发扬光大,所以传法就要从我们这一世纪开始。谢谢仁波切和 Pastor Jean Ai 给我们宝贵的分享。

  22. Patsy on Nov 9, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this information. I hope this holy sites will be not destroyed for the sake of development.

  23. diana pereyda on Nov 9, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Let’s they hope they dont destroy it!!!!

  24. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 9, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Hope the pakistan people will learn to cherish their rich history and preserve these sites. In the long run there will be tourist dollars for Pakistan.

  25. sweekeong on Nov 9, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for researching and compiling the information for us to learn about the historical background of Buddhism in Pakistan. I was surprised Pakistan in the past hold such importance and presence for Buddhism to grow and spread to other part of the world. In one way without Pakistan one can say that Buddhism would not have spread so far to the East. Regardless of present time, in the past, the kingdom including the king himself has accepted Buddhism and heavily promoted and maintain it from the building they have constructed. One can conclude that Buddhism has been beneficial to the people in the past.

  26. henry ooi on Nov 8, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Good informative factual researches by pastor Jean Ai, thank you. And thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing.

  27. Hannes van Loggerenberg on Nov 8, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Nice article, beautiful photo’s. Buddhism was practised as far west as present day Iran. Even the Greeks came in contact with it. Some Greek and Iranian concepts and practices even found their way into Tibetan Medicine.

  28. Sean Wang on Nov 8, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I did not know that Pakistan had so many Buddhist sites. I normally associate Pakistan with the Islamic faith. It would be very fun to visit these sites as I get older. I think that they should find a way to build the oil pipes without damaging the Buddhist sites as the Buddhist sites hold many years of cultural history.

  29. William on Nov 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for this interesting article on Buddhism in Pakistan. I really do not know that Buddhism was really big in that area until now. The teachings of Buddha really spread far and wide during those times and reached our shores. The great masters really believed in the teachings and brought it to others. Let’s hope that the discovery of more relics will bring Buddhism to another level.

  30. Datuk May on Nov 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for the information. I hope that these sites can be preserved so that pilgrims can visit and pay homage.

    Let’s hope that our materialistic needs for fuel will not destroy our spiritual need which is far more important to progress in this times and world of degeneration.

    It is empowering to know so many great teachers and masters had travelled far and wide to spread the Dharma. It is much easier now if we put our mind to spread the Dharma and benefit others.

  31. May Ong on Nov 8, 2013 at 11:27 am

    In the ancient world, Buddhism as a philosophy and a way of life had already spread far and wide and even before invaders came into those countries by way of trade and war destroyed the belief. I think most of us may have been reborn into those times and we are connected back to our ancient roots.

    There are many treasures or ancient sites that are still buried beneath the ground either now found or waiting to be discovered at a suitable later time to the fortunate.

  32. Lt Loo on Nov 8, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Thank Rinpoche for sharing.It was such surprise to have known Pakistan Buddhist past as they’re Muslim predominant today. The discovery of Buddhist relic due to seemingly destructive pipe could be the causes for future revive of Buddhism in these affected regions. Just as the ongoing war that blocked Lord Atisha return route to India be the cause to his composition of The Stages of the Path!

  33. Beatrix Ooi on Nov 8, 2013 at 4:05 am

    I didn’t know that Pakistan practised Buddhism during the past, i’m very surprised to read about this. It’s actually quite sad to know that some holy places might be affected by the oil pipes, I personally do think that these architectures are very historical and deserve to be protected and maintained. I hope that they will consider deeper into that… Thank You for sharing Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai.

  34. Julien Roth on Nov 7, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    I had no idea that Pakistan had so many Ancient Buddhist sites. I would be so happy to go and visit them someday. And as for the news report on CNN. Its such a shame that these Buddhist places will be affecting by the oil pipes. I hope that they are not badly affected. Thank you for sharing this with us RInpoche, and thank you to Jean Ai for getting all this information for us.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 19. 2020 09:16 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche was one definitely a modern Lama ,it was Rinpoche that we have online knowledge , learning and practicing Dharma. Being one of the first lamas to recognise the benefits of using the Internet to spread dharma teachings for free. We are very fortunate to have met Rinpoche , whereby we are able to learn, practice Dharma teachings. I myself got to know Rinpoche through his blog . Since I stumbled across Rinpoche blog, there is no stopping for me. I have visited it daily and to increase my Buddhism knowledge . Its amazing each day I learn something new , really interest and inspiring.
    Rinpoche had set the blog to preserve the teachings as taught by his many Gurus. Rinpoche was truly a modern Lama yet maintaining all traditional commitments, guru devotion, daily practices and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands and Pastor Jean Ai for sharing this wonderful post.

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    Helmut Gassner, known as Venerable Gelong Jampa Lungtog is a senior Buddhist monk from Austria. He was an electrical engineer before, and became interested in Buddhism after meeting Venerable Geshe Rabten Rinpoche. Throughout his lifetime, he has translated for many high lamas, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and is a strong advocate for the practice of Dorje Shugden. Helmut Gassner were annoyed and upset by the ban of Dorje Shugden by Dalai Lama ,as he knew that the practice of Dorje Shugden is an integral part of the Gaden Tradition. He bravely spoke about it in his speech at the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation in Germany. Its wonderful of him to tell the truth with his experience and knowledge. May more people dare to speck up about the truth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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    Great teachings and inspirational for us to ponder, thank you Rinpoche. Each words and sentence tell us a thousand words. Great things never come from comfort zones, is the result of hard work and hustle over time that one is successful. We ourselves got to put in action as no one else is going to do it for us. Sometimes later becomes never. We have to use each day as an opportunity to improve, to be better and to transform our mind. It might sound like a lot of work but with determination and hard work nothing is impossible in life.
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    Interesting biography of Gendun Gyatso the second Dalai Lama. Gendun Gyatso previous Incarnations was Gendun Drub the First Dalai Lama b.1391 – d.1474. He was born an extraordinary child, able to speak in song of his previous life and expressing the wish to return to his monastery, Tashilhunpo. Even before he finished his studies , incredibly he could give teachings and give initiations. He was a renowned scholar and composer of mystical poetry, who travelled widely to extend Gelugpa influence. He was remembered as one who built the monastery Chokhor Gyel Metok Tang and involving an extremely important decision of Lhamo Latso. Lhamo Latso is a sacred lake located in southern Tibet where senior Tibetan monks go for visions to assist in the discovery of reincarnations. It is one of the most significant pilgrimage destinations in Tibetan Buddhism as to this day. He left a legacy with many volumes of verse, composition, and practice instructions.
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    She is involved in various charitable works such as international disaster relief, environmental protection and preservation, community volunteering, health donations and so forth. She is an extraordinary Buddhist nun who has devoted whole her life to helping others,and was recognized internationally with numerous awards to date. Master Cheng Yen continues this noble path of teaching the Buddha Dharma, skillfully revealing how this ancient wisdom is as relevant today, as ever. And, she is a truly inspirational force when it comes to helping us realize that we should put compassion in action by alleviating the suffering of others. She is also known as Mother Teresa of the East to many.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/mother-teresa-of-the-east.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 17. 2020 05:58 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing . FEARLESS is getting back up and fighting for what we want over and over again without giving up. Successful people have no fear of failure they stay open to all possibilities of the outcomes. We embrace change, even change that appears negative by thinking positive. Being fearless is more about who we are, rather than what we do. Fearless people are great, they are full of life, good energy, passion and self-belief. We must try as we never know if we do not try. Keep trying as the success rate is higher than we thought.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/thoughts.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 17. 2020 05:54 PM
    Happiness is not made by what we own, it is what we share and giving generously and sincerely. A simple gift by June Tang tells all. Given sincerely from her heart on her birthday to Rinpoche . It’s all done without money, that’s very true and that’s what I consider true generosity for sure. Giving what she could. She give all and yet she feel as if it costs her nothing. But to Rinpoche its mean a lot of sincerity We seek to give with an open, pure heart, with no attachment to what we are .
    Quoted… no true spiritual life is possible without a generous heart. Generosity allies itself with an inner feeling of abundance—the feeling that we have enough to share.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/study-groups/its-all-done-without-money.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Jan 17. 2020 04:19 PM
    There is no one that can help us, but us. Methods are given, but whether we grasp, apply and practise it is entirely up to oneself. If we don’t change then there is no point in learning the Dharma.
    A transformed mind is our own best protection. That mind can only come from consistent practice over time.When we see results, we will be encouraged to push ourselves more to practice well.Thank you very much for sharing a good article.

    https://bit.ly/2thDjjL
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 16. 2020 04:26 PM
    Wonderful news ……the Chinese government has introduced a plan to encourage and reduce its citizens’ meat consumption by 50%, It’s a great move that China has done in the effort to avoid runaway global warming and for health reasons. The climate campaigners has been hoping for it. New dietary guidelines by the Chinese health officials have recommend and advise individuals to limit their meat consumption. As more evidence of chronic diseases such as heart attack, strokes ,hypertension and so forth are related to meat consumption. And for most to maintain a healthy life styles. They also implement dietary guidelines encouraging the general public to consume plenty of cereals, tubers, whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits as well. The Chinese government also put up billboards in attempt to reduce meat consumption by highlighting health risks associated with consuming meat. What we eat contributes to global greenhouse gas emissions and every one of us is responsible. People nowadays are reducing their meat consumption and opting for vegan and plant-based protein to improve their health . Hopefully more countries will follow China reducing the meat consumption. In a way more animals could be save in the slaughter house. And for the future generations to come .
    Thank you for this wonderful news .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/look-what-chinas-doing.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 16. 2020 04:23 PM
    Different parts of the world have each various interesting traditions and customs which individual will celebrate and follow. Religious festivals like Gadhimai festival, which is an animal sacrificial ceremony, and dog meat festival where dogs are slaughtered to celebrate the summer solstice have gathered cultural significance over the centuries. In Gadhimai festival , they believe that animal sacrifices to the Hindu goddess Gadhimai will end evil and bring prosperity. In Spain bulls festival or the Toro de la Vega, bulls are torture and kill. Same goes to the Pero Palo Festival where scared donkey being dragged unwillingly through the packed streets . Drive hunting where dolphins and whales are caught and killed for their meat. All these are some of the hidden cruelty and crime against animals in the world which many are not aware of it and do not want to know. But with social media , more and more got to know about it and are trying to end all these animals cruelty. The Indian officials are cracking down and trying to stop the transportation of animals for this festivals. It is good that the number of animals slaughtered during the Gadhimai festival has dropped sharply over the years. The Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which happens every year is a gruesome display of the dog meat trade. Chinese officials are doing their best and discouraging people from eating dog meat which is harmful in long term. Recent years there has been a drop in the consumption of dog meat in the China. Many people are aware of the abuses and torture of those poor dogs before been kill as meat. Looking at those pictures in the articles, tells a thousand words of all the suffering of these animals in the moment before death.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Shakila Rajendra for this sharing raising awareness of animals been abuse , torture and so forth.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/crimes-against-animals-the-world-doesnt-want-you-to-know-about.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Jan 16. 2020 03:54 PM
    This is what i like about being Malaysia expose with different religion yet there live harmony in society. It is awesome to read about this former Malaysian lady with a big heart and took actions to feed many .
    She understand the pain and sufferings of the people especially students had gone through without food. She was brought up in away she saw how her parents had the unprivileged and she is following their foot steps. Thank you very much for this touching article.

    https://bit.ly/2Ri4suG
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 15. 2020 08:35 PM
    For centuries, humans have been gazed at galaxies and peered deep inside atoms for more answers to the space. No one knows for sure what it is up there. Scientist, astronomers and so forth are busy scanning the skies for more discoveries and seeking answers to the mysteries of space. World scientists are doing experiments in an effort to gain insight of it. After years of exploration , they are still looking for more discoveries. Interesting discoveries……..of the dark energy, eagle nebula , galaxy , UFO and more of what is existing beyond our imagination.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/top10-space-mysteries.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 15. 2020 08:33 PM
    Peter Byrne is an absolute legend , been an icon, in search for Bigfoot, yeti and Sasquatch or abominable snowmen of the Himalaya. He was a real icon questing for the truth about the Yeti or snowmen. Since his much younger years , he was fascinated in the unknown and the mysterious that turned hunting as a hobby. In one of his hunting trip , he came across a tiger suffering that changed his whole life. From that time he stopped the cruel act of killing animals , ending his 16 years of hunting and founded a non-profit organization called the International Wildlife Conservation Society. He has lived a long and dedicated life in the conservations of animals and in the pursuit of searching for Sasquatch, Yeti and so forth. For decades, he search for Bigfoot, Yeti in the Himalayan has become more of a hobby for him. He has written multiple books on Bigfoot and other aspects of his life.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting post and sharing of those videos.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/7-parts.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jan 15. 2020 04:45 PM
    This Medicine Buddha Healing Fountain was built in such away that it will deliver healing waters which were energized with natural crystals blessed by High Lamas. Those natural crystals were imbued with the healing energies of Medicine Buddha and Dorje Shugden.
    With the new healing fountain, visitors can bring home the holy healing energy in a bottle. Thank you very much Rinpoche and Kechara for making this Medicine Buddha Healing Fountain available for everyone.

    https://bit.ly/35WE0Mi
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Jan 14. 2020 04:27 PM
    This article really inspired me, every year we live is formative year for us as it affects our future life, so we should really let go those bad influence from our parents. What Rinpoche wrote is so true, most of us are either positive or negative after getting influenced by our parents.

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

    https://bit.ly/3a28XCh

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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
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Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
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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.
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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.
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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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.
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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.
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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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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
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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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.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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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
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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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
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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
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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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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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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
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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
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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
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    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    10 months ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    10 months ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 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
    11 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    1 years ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    1 years ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    1 years ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    1 years ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    1 years ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    1 years ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years 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).
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • 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
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    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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