The Power of Habit: A Book Review

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The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg deals with habits according to the individual, the organisation, and society at large.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg deals with habits according to the individual, the organisation, and society at large.

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Niral Patel)

Self-help books are a dime a dozen these days. As soon as you walk into a bookstore or want to buy an eBook online, you are bound to come across the self-help section, also known as ‘popular psychology’ or ‘general psychology’. It is something unavoidable in this day and age. Given the plethora of titles available, it is easy to get overwhelmed and not know which book or resource is the right one for you. But unknown to most, the self-help genre is as old as writing itself. Even the ancient Egyptians, with their complex hieroglyphic language, had their own versions of self-help literature, as did the Greeks and Romans.

As a genre of literature in Western culture, self-help books can be traced back to a text published in 1859 by Samuel Smiles titled: Self-Help; with Illustrations of Character and Conduct. The book was a manual of sorts aimed to instruct readers on solving personal problems and uplifting oneself from poverty to wealth through frugality and eradicating irresponsible behaviour. However, the book also attacked the principles of materialism and governments that did not regulate economic affairs or implement both taxation and subsidies. This book is commonly referred to as the “bible of mid-Victorian liberalism.”

Over the last half century or so, the genre has taken cultural prominence all over the world and has evolved to cover a wider range of topics than written about in Smiles’ Self-Help book. These days, the self-help genre seeks economic, intellectual, and emotional improvement driven by one’s own determination and often includes a significant psychological basis. A major section of the genre deals with the formation of habit, a recurring pattern of behaviour acquired through frequent repetition until one engages in it almost unconsciously. These habits lead us to failure and misery, or propel us to succeed and provide us with a deep sense of happiness. It is this topic that Charles Duhigg explains and investigates in his book: The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do and how to change. The Pulitzer Prize winner writes about habit in three distinct, yet obviously interrelated, spheres: that of the individual, that of organisations, and that of societies. The truths and techniques he lists in these sections provide readers with a truly powerful transformational ability.

 

The Habits of Individuals

Samuel Smiles published a book titled 'Self-Help' in 1859. It was to be the first book in the modern self-help genre.

Samuel Smiles published a book titled ‘Self-Help’ in 1859. It was to be the first book in the modern self-help genre.

Chapter 1, titled: The Habit Loop: How Habits Work discusses how many people mistakenly believe the formation of habit is linked to one’s psychical memory. The story of 71-year-old Eugene Pauly shatters this misconception. Due to viral encephalitis, Eugene lost the medial temporal lobe of his brain. Though the rest of his brain remained intact, he suffered complete short-term memory loss, and he could only remember events that occurred before 1960. His short-term memory loss was so bad he could not remember any new event for more than a minute. He could not tell you where the kitchen or bathroom was located in his own house, even if he was sitting there, and he had no memory of his grandchildren.

His wife took Eugene for a walk every day around the neighbourhood to ensure he had enough exercise. However, one day, she could not find him in the house. After 15 minutes of frantic worrying, Eugene showed up having gone for his daily walk by himself. His memory was so bad, he could not tell you where his house was or even describe the route he took every day, but he could actually take the walk every day. His example broke the conception that habits are formed and operated from the part of the brain that regulates memory. Later, scientific tests confirmed we actually learn and make unconscious choices without having to remember anything about the lesson or decision-making process.

It seems this is due to the fact that the brain converts sequences of actions into automatic routines, known as ‘chunking’, and this is the cause of habit formation. For example, using a fork includes several actions and awarenesses, including knowing how to hold the fork, how much pressure to apply to pierce the food, how to bring it up to the mouth, when to open the mouth, and when to close the mouth, and how to remove the fork from the mouth ensuring the food does not spill out. This simple use of a fork involves many separate actions in unison, but most of us do this every time we eat without a second thought.

 

The Habit Loop

Duhigg continues chapter 1 by outlining a principle that is central to understanding habit formation and subsequently how to change our habits. He calls this principle the habit loop. It consists of three steps:

  1. Cue – a trigger that signals your brain to execute an automatic mode.
  2. Routine – the emotional, mental, or physical behaviour that follows the cue.
  3. Reward – the positive stimuli affirming the routine works well, and is something to remember. This leads the brain to use the same routine again in similar situations.

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Once we understand and are familiar with how our habits are formed, it makes them much easier to control. By observing the cues and rewards we use in certain situations, we can change the routines to effect the desired change in our lives.

In chapter 2, The Craving Brain: How to Create New Habits, Duhigg examines the importance of the cue and reward to create a new routine. He gives many examples, one of which is the story of Proctor and Gamble’s then-revolutionary product Febreze. Though it was a breakthrough in modern science because it eliminated odours rather than masked them, like regular air-fresheners, it was not originally popular. Due to the way our body’s sense of smell works, we become used to smells over time. If a lady with nine cats and house odour lived in the situation long enough, she would become used to the smell, therefore would not think of buying the product.

She would have no cue to induce her to do anything about the smell. The company was about to discontinue the product when their management team found out what scientists then already knew; once a cue is introduced, the brain begins to anticipate and crave the associated reward. In this case, they could not sell a product without a scent, because there was no cue for the brain to anticipate. After adding fragrant scents to Febreze and marketing the product as the final touch to a household cleaning routine, sales increased dramatically. Later, the company revealed the real scientific and chemical breakthrough that Febreze utilised, eliminating odour rather than temporarily covering it.

Duhigg’s third chapter, The Golden Rule of Habit Change: Why Transformation Occurs seeks to analyse transformation. Of the many systems and examples of transformation he writes about, the 12-Step Alcoholics Anonymous is particularly important. In this system, an actual physical addiction with both genetic and psychological roots is overcome in a largely arbitrary and unscientific method. It does not address the biochemical factors present in alcoholism, nor the psychiatric factors involved. Rather, it introduces a new routine in the habit loop, first by identifying what alcoholism is supposedly fulfilling, which is relaxation, companionship, relief from anxiety, or escape, and substituting this through the medium of Alcoholics Anonymous groups. Although powerful but scientifically perplexing, one other key factor is involved and that is faith or belief. Though the scientific examination of faith and its mechanism to inspire change is almost non-existent, it remains a potent tool in personal transformation. For example, most people attending Alcoholics Anonymous have faith or belief in a higher power. Likewise, faith and belief not only in a higher power, but in anything, can lead to change and transformation.

 

The Habits of Successful Organisations

Keystone Habits, or the Ballard of Paul O’Neil: Which Habits Matter Most, Chapter 4, talks about the need to use what is termed as a ‘keystone’ habit, something that creates a chain reaction disrupting other habits. Citing the example of Paul O’Neill, CEO of the manufacturer Alcoa, he stresses the importance of keystone habits in effecting transformation within organisations. Giving his first speech to investors in 1987, O’Neill talked about worker safety, rather than following the usual script about profit and losses, and promised to implement better business acumen. He even pointed out fire exits to members of the audience, who questioned his sanity.

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Fast-forward 11 years, and Alcoa had become a company with an accident rate 1/20th of the national average. O’Neill succeeded in his implementation of new safety guidelines, and this paid off with a 500% rise in income and a market value increase of $27,000,000. He knew transformation of the work force was necessary and realised concentration on one thing would disrupt other habits hindering the growth of the company in all areas of management. Worker safety was his keystone, and realising this, he instituted a better habit loop – whenever there was an injury (cue), the unit president would provide O’Neill with an injury report and action plan to prevent such accidents again within 24 hours (routine). Promotion depended on compliance with this requirement (reward).

For the unit president to meet the 24-hour deadline, he needed to be in close communication with his VP to hear about it. The VP had to be in constant communication with the floor managers; the floor managers relied on workers for safety suggestions, which they would need to answer the VP when he asked for a plan. As new patterns of communication were created because of this, other areas of the business changed, and better safety ultimately became better quality and efficiency.

Keystone habits can affect all areas of our lives, leading to wider shifts and behaviours. For example, those with a habit of exercise find they start eating healthier, are more productive at work, and feel less stressed. Though the principle may be easy to understand, implementing it can be a challenge and can only be done through a trial and error approach with the goal of a ‘small win’, a minor advantage that sets into motion a transformation of habit patterns on a larger scale.

Duhigg gave an example of a ‘small win’ by detailing a 2009 weight loss study. Simply by asking participants to keep a daily log of the foods they ate and nothing more, participants naturally began identifying eating patterns. This led to them taking more proactive approaches to planning meals, which led to healthier meals. Those who kept the food diary lost twice as much weight as any other participant.

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In chapter 5, Starbucks and the Habit of Success: When Willpower Becomes Automatic, Duhigg presents one of the most important keystone habits – our own willpower. Highlighting the story of the international coffee chain Starbucks, he showcases that increasing willpower in one area of your life increases willpower in other areas of life too. This was integral to the success of Starbucks, which included the implementation of methodical planning of routine to deal with cues where pain and temptation were the strongest.

This was implemented through a rigorous training system and guides. Staff were made aware of certain cues that would necessitate a response, normally emotional, such as an angry customer yelling because his or her order was incorrect. This was matched with one of the dozens of routines in the company’s repertoire. By choosing a specific behaviour, or routing as Duhigg labels it, willpower became a habit. This led to employees maintaining a high level of service, which propelled Starbucks to become one of the world’s leading coffee companies.

In The Power of a Crisis: How Leaders Create Habits Through Accident and Design, chapter 6 of his impactful work, Duhigg states each organisation has their own instituted habits. These are mostly unspoken routines that make the company work, as even the most skilled leaders could never deal with the small decisions faced by front-line workers. While it may seem a company spends time in research and development, coming up with often-complex systems, most of the actual routines are based on individual and collective behaviours. For example, if you asked someone how to succeed in the company at which you work, it is unlikely they would refer you to the policy handbook, but rather tell you about the informal rules of working there. If working in a successful organisation, it is probably because its leaders have developed these unspoken habits that provide a sense of power and keep the peace, while making it clear who is in charge.

Chapter 7, How Target Knows What You Want Before You Do: When Companies Predict (and Manipulate) Habits, outlines how companies utilise cues, habits, and rewards to become successful. Companies these days rely on large amounts of data to predict consumer habits, but have realised that most purchasing decisions are made the moment a consumer actually sees a product. Despite a customer’s intention to buy a product, habit is much more influential in their decision-making process. These habits, however, are much more individualised than information provided by large amounts of data.

To counter this, companies like Target collect individualised shopping data based on customer spending through the use of credit, loyalty programmes, rewards, and frequent shopper cards. Combined with information such as age, marital status, location and ethnicity, which are provided when customers sign up, they can create an extremely detailed picture of a customer’s life. Using this, they can then tailor products which fall in line with the customer’s habits, thereby increasing sales dramatically. For example, if you suddenly start buying pre-natal vitamins, Target will send you coupons for pregnancy items and even coupons for diapers, cleverly delivered between more generic adverts, such as for lawnmowers or food. What Duhigg shares in this chapter is that one should not be suspicious of the manipulation of your habits by large companies, but realise habits are an extremely powerful tool, and you can create your own new habits between your existing routines.

 

The Habits of Societies

Duhigg spends a large part of chapter 8, Saddleback Church and the Montgomery Bus Boycott: How Movements Happen, analysing how the American hero Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus, sparking a movement that spearheaded civil rights in the United States. This incident was not the first; at least two similar recorded incidents had occurred in the previous months before Rosa Parks’ most famous defiance on December 1, 1955. Habits were responsible for the civil rights crusade.

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Deeply involved in her community, she was part of many groups and organisations that rarely communicated or crossed paths with each other. When two of her friends, unknown to each other — a former head of the Montgomery chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People, and a white lawyer — both tried to post her bail and mount legal challenges against segregation laws, links were made that did not previously exist. By the end of the day, news of her arrest had spread throughout the community like wildfire, and the beginnings of the civil rights movement took root.

In this case, it was not that Rosa Parks had many close friends; in fact, she had what sociologists call “weak ties.” These are in many ways more important than close friends, connecting us with a wider network of people, groups, and information. Close friends usually run in the same groups we do; therefore, they are unlikely to connect us to much outside our own sphere. Through these weak ties, there was enough peer pressure for a movement to take root. A smaller amount of pressure, but over a considerably larger number of people was necessary. In fact, those who didn’t participate in the movement risked losing social standing within the community. When this was picked up by the media, they took it to mean everyone was participating. The resulting boycott against the city of Montgomery became a new social habit that spilled over into larger habits, such as peaceful protests, a move that jumpstarted the civil rights movement, leading to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Duhigg’s last chapter, The Neurology of Free Will: Are We Responsible for our Habits? discusses more scientific approaches to understanding habits through MRI scans and clinical research. Using this, he seeks to prove the validity of his habit loop theory and does so convincingly through examples of differences between pathological and social gamblers. He concludes that, no matter how strong a habit is, as long as you are aware of it, you can change it. In the end, he recounts a story by David Foster Wallance.

“There are these two, young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, ‘Morning, boys. How’s the water?’ The young fish swim on for a bit before one finally asks the other what “water” is.”

Like the fish, many of us live our lives swimming through a world permeated with habits without even realising it.

 

The Guide to Transformation

The best part of the book is the appendix, titled: A Reader’s Guide to Using These Ideas, in which Duhigg quite simply summarises his book into steps we can utilise in our quest for real change in our lives. While reading the book, readers are made aware of the literal power of habits and how they shape our lives, and the appendix gives us the guide to affecting real transformation. These points are:

  1. The identification of a routine – to know what sort of behaviours you want to change.
  2. Experimentation with rewards – once you have figured out the behaviour you want to change, you must experiment with rewards to find the best one to match your new or modified behaviour.
  3. The identification of the cue – once you have an appropriate reward that works, you can identify the real cue of the habit. Usually, habitual cues fall into five categories: location, time, emotional state, other people, and an immediately preceding action. If you are serious about changing, keep a diary of location, timing, emotional state, people around you, and the action you took immediately prior to your habit. After writing these down a couple of times, you will probably see a pattern emerge and identify your cue.
  4. Create a plan – since you have recognised your habit loop, it should be easier to design a new one that changes your routine and reward but has the same cue. If you have correctly determined the right cue and reward, the habit will be easy to change.

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The Verdict

The Power of Habit is one of the best books about personal transformation I have come across. It hit home that everything we do and how we live our lives, to how large companies organise and market themselves is due to habit. But more than that, how successful we are in any of life’s endeavours depends on our ability to identify and reshape or build new habits, as Will Durant summed up Aristotle’s views:

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

The more we understand our habits, the less importance we assign to achieving our ‘goals’ or any number of facets of life that we obsess over. Achieving these facets is something your average self-help book obsesses over. Although having goals is important, focusing your attention on changing habits will naturally lead to a more successful life. That makes this book special. It not only proves this to you through individual, organisational, and societal examples, but it also provides you with a framework and guide to effecting a profound change within your life.

 

About Charles Duhigg

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Charles Duhigg is a reporter for the New York Times and has won many awards for his work, including the prestigious Pulitzer Prize. Having studied History at Yale University, he received an MBA from Harvard Business School. He first worked in private equity before beginning his career in journalism.

He became interested in productivity when he was writing a book in his spare time on neurology and the psychology of how habits are formed. Feeling that he was falling behind in his work, given that he was a full-time reporter at the New York Times chasing stories and the recent father of a second child, he wanted advice. Contacting the friend of a friend, who was a renowned surgeon, author, an associate professor at Harvard University, advisor to the World Health Organisation, and the founder of a non-profit organisation, he reached out for a fresh opinion on productivity. The reply he received was that the surgeon was unavailable because he was too busy.

Later, he found out the surgeon was actually heading out on a short holiday with his wife, and that he should email later in the month, when the surgeon would have more time to reply. Charles Duhigg learnt from this incident that productivity means different things to different people in different settings. It is the name we label our endeavours to make the best use of our time and intelligence, according to our priorities. It is about getting the best possible results with the least energy wasted. From another angle, it is about getting tasks accomplished without sacrificing everything we care about.

About the Book

“In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us into the thrilling and surprising world of the scientific study of habits.

He examines why some people and companies struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seem to remake themselves overnight. He visits laboratories where neuroscientists explore how habits work and where, exactly, they reside in our brains. And he uncovers how the right habits were crucial to the success of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and civil-rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr.

The result is a compelling argument and an empowering discovery: the key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive or even building revolutionary companies is understanding how habits work. By harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.”

 

Books by Charles Duhigg

  • The Power of Habit
  • Smarter, Faster, Better

Sources:

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  1. Suet Moi on Jan 30, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    We are too used to our habitual life style. Habit is our comfort zone because too used to it. We do not need to think but habit is like our routine style. Therefore is possible we cultivate a good habit instead of bad habit.

  2. Wai Meng Wan on Nov 5, 2018 at 4:25 am

    A big part of spiritual practice is practicing what we should be practicing and avoidance of negative actions. Techniques to change one’s habit are also so important in the spiritual realm. Habits are not easy to deal with especially those habit formed over countless lifetimes. So knowledge on how to deal with hard to change habits serves us in every aspects of our lives too.

  3. Anne Ong on May 17, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    This looks like a very interesting book . And i love the quotes from it. Something that i should try to look into. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting book on The Power of Habit.😍👍

  4. wan wai meng on Mar 11, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    This is an interesting book, that I would not mind reading, more about. It is interesting as in Buddhism, we hold vows to hep us change our negative habits to more positive ones.

    Habits are part and parcel of our lives, habits or one could probably call it a kind programming, that we are wired in different ways. Programming can be reversed with the right amount of technique. Thank you to Rinpoche and Pastor Niral to bring us this topic.

  5. Julia on Mar 1, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Interesting read. How wonderful to know how to change my bad habit so that I can be more organise and be more efficient…. so that I can fulfill my secular responsibilities at the same time I could have more time for dharma. Now the difficult part is to identifying the cue!

    Well, before planning to change the habit that we wanted to get rid of, first or all we got to ask ourselves do we want to change? we are basically using a way tp program and to trick ourselves to change. I believe we all have the power to change if we are truly determined about it. But the problem is we are lack of determination because we are too comfortable in our sufferings which is our comfort zone. sufferings and pain already became our habits. Just like the fish swimming in the water without knowing what’s water. When are we going to realise that and start to change?

  6. Tek Lee on Feb 22, 2018 at 2:39 am

    Habit can become lifestyle, lifestyle can become tradition. Just like people around us like to say, “I like to have a cup of coffee during tea time, and a glass of wine during dinner.” Sounds indulging right? Luxurious lifestyle. But it’s actually habit, and it is not necessary. Like many Chinese families, the younger ones have to call all the older ones to eat before start eating, especially at home. This is by habit. But Chinese people like to call it traditional. But it seems it’s a good habit, and it reflects good manners. So, many Chinese families follow.
    Habit can be changed, depends on whether we want to change or not. Like many of us like to give the excuse “troublesome”, “麻烦”, it is because we’re reluctant to change. It is because once change, will take time to adapt. People are living in comfort zone, “take time to adapt” is something where people reluctant to follow. Just like how Eugene took a walk outside without his wife bringing him, and knew the way back home. Coz the time he took to adapt, and has become habitual. Habitual on the other hand, can be dangerous.

  7. nicholas on Feb 21, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    I believe it’s all up on how bad we want to make a change. Of course the habit created may not be easy to change but how much we want to change the habit it’s still depend on us. People around us can tell us until the moon come down but if we don’t put in consistent effort it will not make a different.

    Personally what important is to make the first move with good motivation. Subsequent steps will be consistency. We can take a step at a time but must be consistent and be mindful to control our mind.

  8. Justin on Feb 21, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    I think we can really get rid of bad habits if we want to. It is always a matter of whether we really want to change or not. I think we all know about our bad habits but just won’t change one bit due as we are stubborn or maybe just done it for umpteenth times till we were basically too use to it. Yes even though we know it is actually good for us. I think however knowledge about our own bad habits, there will only be a cure if we apply the change.

  9. Pastor Henry Ooi on Feb 21, 2018 at 8:59 am

    As the saying goes:
    Old habits die hard.
    Humans are creatures of habit.

    As this article suggests, we can rid the bad habits if we want to. It’s whether we want to or not. Most times we’re too comfortable and too lazy to put in the effort to change, even after friends and family members have advised us to or even when we know that the change is good for us. Our habits also allow psychologists and psychiatrists to profile us – worse still if we’re being profiled by people with bad intent. Hence Rinpoche is always pointing out our bad habits and always thinking of ways to assist us to break them for our benefit and happiness.

  10. pammie yap on Feb 21, 2018 at 12:51 am

    I believe that no matter how many hundreds of life changing books we read, without motivation or inspiration, it is of no use.
    There are many ways to have motivation and inspiration from people around us but the willpower still come back to us.
    Successful people around the world, have strong motivation because they want to be successful and not fail so that they can prove to themselves that they can. Likewise, knowing that we can always do the same, we should also set the same motivation.

  11. Jacinta Goh on Feb 20, 2018 at 11:55 am

    After listening to Rinpoche excerpt on

    Tendencies

    , https://youtu.be/JO-D1FDUrgA I found similar characteristics mentioned in this book as well. It is the habit or simply the actions that we take, that will determine whether we will achieve/get what we wanted or we will be the same years after years. Be it secular or spiritual, tendency is the key factor. When I read about the successful people’s bio or quotes, usually they have one thing in common~ having less and doing what other people deemed as impossible or unwilling to do. And the most important part is,once they know that it’s effective, they will keep doing it. Hence, this is why we have to push ourselves to do more virtuous actions when we know that it’s the right habit! Although we might not have the best motivations but at least we try. I used to watch drama series, one after another. Now occasionally I will still indulge in one or two drama series in a month too but I am more than happy to read books, and Rinpoche’s blog. 😁

    I have read some of these self help books in the market before but none can really inspired me to change, not until I’ve encountered Rinpoche’s blog and YouTube teachings. I think I have a new habit of coming to Rinpoche’s blog often. 🙏

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral.

  12. so kin hoe (KISG) on Feb 18, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral for sharing us with the book review of ‘The Power of Habit’ written by Charles Duhigg. Upon reading through the book review that precisely and accurately share the important key points to us, I fully understand that the success of an individual or an organization does not only rely on what the person or the organization is working on but most importantly is the habit of producing positive changes consistently upon analyzing the causes of the unsuccessful outcome and identifying the good motivations that can keep the individuals to work on the repetitive steps continuously that can eventually lead to achievement and good performance. Personally, I have found the example of keeping a daily log as given by Duhigg is very effective and useful for individuals in an organization to manage their own time and priorities in works instead of depending on the superiors’ instruction of what to do in daily manner. This method of reproducing constructive habits can be applied to all of us including the spiritual or secular organizations, students, businessman, housewives, etc. It is never too late for anyone to make a positive change in our life, be it starts at 3 years old or even at our old age because learning process will never ends.

    Thank you with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  13. Samfoonheei on Feb 17, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    This book “The Power of Habit” written by Charles Duhigg, ,have a useful advice about how to change at least some of our bad habits. Interesting review of this book…..We can develop the habits that can change our life and make everyday life possible for good or bad. Have positive thinking, focus on our goal , eliminate the non-essential and so forth to change ourselves. Many us have been trying desperately to break bad habits for a better. Charles Duhigg, an investigative reporter has did a research all through reading hundreds of scientific papers and interviewed many of the scientists has discovered interesting findings of how habit formation . It seem that by understanding the nature of habits we can change our habits. Scientific discoveries has found that why habits exist and how they can be changed. We must be the change that if we wish to see in the world. To progress in our lives it is impossible without change, and if we cannot change our minds set we cannot change anything.
    Thank you for sharing.

  14. Stella Cheang on Feb 15, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche and PNP for this powerful sharing on what drives habits and how to change it. The formation of habit depicted in the story of Eugene Pauly is quite relatable; just imagine how we drive from home to office daily using the same route, autopilot. Most of the people will not change or try new routes. Most people will react to the reward of a shorter travelling time to induce that change of route. This whole 4-steps guide to transformation works, which is why Waze (of Google) is so popular when it comes to going from point A to point B. People just switch it on because it gives exactly these 4 steps in a nutshell, on the phone. 🙂

  15. cc on Feb 9, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Thank you for sharing.

    Indeed interesting and a good information.
    We need to change everyday whether ourselves, or organisation for the better us or environment.
    Even our cell in our body changed every seconds every minutes.
    Technology kept improving and we moving forward to BI ( Business Intelligence ) & AI ( Artificial intelligence).
    If we still continue with the old habit and conventional way of doing things, we can’t improve and we will forever stuck ( comfort zone).

    Change is good, change for better.

    🙏🙏🙏

  16. May Ong on Feb 8, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    What an interesting review of this book! I like reading the review of this book which is short and direct to the point. I like the part where is said “focusing your attention on changing habits will naturally lead to a more successful life.” It meant everyone is empowered to make the change through our habits to become whatever we wish to be and become.

    Makes me want to go out to the bookstore to get this book.

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  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Jul 17. 2019 05:41 PM
    It is true that comics are not heavy thick books but they are a wonderful educational medium to bring people deep into teaching of Dharma . Thank you for sharing the first publication of Kechara Comics title “Karuna Find A Way”. Wonderful and a great idea to deliver a beautiful message which is easy to understand and enjoy reading by many level of people.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 17. 2019 05:07 PM
    The Dorje Shugden controversy has been going for over two decades. Our Guru H.E. Tsem Rinpoche is one of the many who specks out openly about this issue publicly. Having the courage, brave and honest to explain the truth to those who did not understand the whole situation.
    The Dorje Shugden’s practice have been given to Rinpoche by his root teacher Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, for spiritual purposes. Dorje Shugden is an enlightened Dharma Protector who manifested about 400 years ago from a lineage of erudite masters. Over these years many erudite masters, monks, lamas have been practicing over decades before the ban. Rinpoche has been patiently over the years to provide accurate knowledge about Dorje Shugden across the globe. These truths must be reveal to all. The truth is the truth. It has proven that the practise Dorje Shugden, we do not go to the lower realms. Many highly attained lamas practised Dorje Shugden till the end of his life and has since reincarnated back . They have even composed prayers to Dorje Shugden, give Dorje Shugden initiation, give teachings and promote Dorje Shugden as well. They believe that they will not go to the three lower realms, and will definitely reincarnate into another human form to be recognized, enthroned and continue turning the wheel of Dharma. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting and details write up for us to understand better.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-reasons-why-people-who-practice-dorje-shugden-do-not-go-to-the-three-lower-realms
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 17. 2019 05:05 PM
    Reincarnation is religious concept that the non-physical essence of a living being starts a new life in a different physical body after biological death. Reincarnation do definitely exist and I do believe . There are scientific proof that shows reincarnation is real and there a number of proven case. Reincarnation facts has proven by science and historically and is regarded by many religions. It is believed that the biological death does not destroy the soul, the soul comes back to earth in a different form, in a different body. In Tibetan Buddhism it is considered common, where there is many highly attained lamas has reincarnated back over and over again. One such example was His Holiness Zong Rinpoche. Interesting watch and I do pick new knowledge from there.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/interesting-reincarnation-video
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jul 17. 2019 04:37 PM
    Situation may change but Karma is constantly recording and waiting for the right chance to strike back.We should think about others when we make our decisions
    The decision we take should not inconvenient the people around us especially our family and friends.Thank you very much for this meaningful article and teaching.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2Ggamrk
  • Ummamageswari
    Wednesday, Jul 17. 2019 04:14 PM
    Thank you so much for this article. This article is mainly about the life path number 2 compatibility which is related to numerology-based relationship compatibility where it is believed by some.

    This article show the compatibility for this life path number from number 1 to 33 which reveals the number 2’s strength and weakness and also for the another number. Thank you.

    Read more: https://bit.ly/2Siqz4h
  • Ummamageswari
    Wednesday, Jul 17. 2019 04:12 PM
    Thank you so much for this article. This article is mainly about the life path number 2 compatibility which is related to numerology-based relationship compatibility.

    This article show the compatibility for this life path number from number 1 to 33 which reveals the number 1’s strength and weakness and also for the another number. Thank you.

    Read more: https://bit.ly/32pXXe9
  • Ummamageswari
    Wednesday, Jul 17. 2019 04:02 PM
    Thank you so much for this article. This article is mainly about the personal year number, 6, which is related to wholeness. Based on the career, they will be more inclined to please their co-workers, not just by completing their tasks but also by bringing a smile to their faces.

    At the same time, they could be so obsessed with a certain exercise that they end up straining them or developing a repetitive strain injury. They will also come to realize that some people whom they are connected with are not really interested in their relationship, but are more focused on themselves. Thank you.

    Raed more: https://bit.ly/2XSvudn
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Jul 17. 2019 01:32 PM
    Since 1996, there has been an illegal ban placed on the practice of Dorje Shugden. Ever since then, there have been many who suffered because of this religious embargo. This ban has caused families, and friends to split and not be able to have any form of communication and it has caused a lot of distress to both Tibetans and non-Tibetans for no reason other than their practice Dorje Shugden.

    It is definitely retrogressive and backward to have such things to be happening in this age and time. We are already in the 21st century yet, the actions of this religious ban is more reminiscent of the dark ages.

    Read more at https://bit.ly/2lTWkTd
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Jul 17. 2019 01:21 PM
    On a higher level Dharma protectors can help to remove, or create the circumstance in which we ourselves become empowered to remove inner obstacles to our spiritual path. These can include doubt, depression, laziness, anger, jealousy, thoughts of giving up and other emotional issues. Therefore in essence Dharma protectors are beings who act very compassionately like a divine friend, somewhat akin to a guardian angel, safeguarding both our physical and spiritual well-being.

    Read more about dharma protector at https://bit.ly/2MYMs57
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Jul 17. 2019 01:15 PM
    Gandhi is famous for his use of Satyagraha, or nonviolent protest, to achieve his political goals. Due to his larger than life presence, his perseverance, and his commitment to peace, Gandhi was known by the title Mahatma, or ‘Great Soul’. His selflessness and the fact that throughout his life, he would rather sacrifice himself than instigate violence, made him well-loved throughout the world.

    Read more about this nobleman at https://bit.ly/2PA1Eag
  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Jul 17. 2019 12:38 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us this beautiful ancient temple in Japan. It is very magnificent and the big Buddha statue is so well made. I like how Japanese maintain their temples. Their temples are simple, neat and clean. It gives people a very serene feeling.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/1267-year-old-stunning-todai-ji-temple-of-japan
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 16. 2019 08:01 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing explaining all about what is God and Buddha. Religion is a cultural system of designated behaviors and practices. The purposes of the practice of a religion are to achieve the goals of salvation for oneself and others. Instead of pushing away one’s responsibilities, we need to go far beyond not just doing prayers and mantras . Do it sincerely, correctly and practicing more to transform our mind. We need to accept and understand the teachings and apply it . The purpose of mantras, prayers and reciting have tremendous power to assist our mind to have a calmer state. Interesting video where hearing Rinpoche teachings i have understand better and still learn.
    Thanks again with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/what-is-god-what-is-buddha
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 16. 2019 07:59 PM
    Wonderful quote by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. Yes it is a profound, very deep, and extremely thought-provoking, evocative speech, or write up , I do not quite understand till Rinpoche explained clearly and precisely about the deeper meaning of the write up. Learning , practicing and applying the dharma practice and methods to gain a higher form of mind. We have to accept the way we are and accept our own responsibility for the future instead of blaming others. All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault we find with another, and regardless of how much we blame others, it will not change us. We need to accept reality .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this clear explanation.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-battle-is-a-good-sign
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 16. 2019 07:58 PM
    Lamrin is a Tibetan Buddhist textual form for presenting the stages in the complete path to enlightenment as taught by Buddha. There have been many different versions of lamrim, presented by different teachers of the Nyingma, Kagyu and Gelug schools in the Tibetan Buddhist history. It is a complete guide that shows how one can practice, meditate and gain the full enlightenment of a Buddha. In Tibetan Buddhist history there have been many different versions of lamrim, presented by different teachers of the Nyingma, Kagyu and Gelug schools. All Buddha’s teachings are in a special arrangement that is easy for anyone to understand and put into practice. It is an edited transcript based on a series of Lam Rim teachings given by the Great Tibetan Master Pabongka Rinpoche. And lineage can traced back to Lama Tsongkhapa, Lama Atisha, and finally Buddha Shakyamuni himself. A wonderful book to lead a practitioner from the very beginning of interest in spiritual . For most to learn and practice and put into action.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/lamrim-lineage
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Jul 16. 2019 04:22 PM
    Tokyo is home to over 37 million residents.There are many tourist spot and the major attraction for visitor and even Japanese themselves is Sensoji.Sensoji is Tokyo’s oldest and largest ancient Buddhist temple.
    Other interesting places to visit include the Meiji Shrine,Tokyo Disneyland and Mount Takao .Tokyo is a place that one should visit.Thank you for sharing this article.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2LpkqTl

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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. 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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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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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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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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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.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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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
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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
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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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Click on this picture and read about this very sad girl. Please offer your prayers for her to take a good rebirth. Tsem Rinpoche
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Click on this picture and read about this very sad girl. Please offer your prayers for her to take a good rebirth. Tsem Rinpoche
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Bigfoot cafe in Bentong, Malaysia-Delicious vegetarian food in a beautiful setting- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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  • Always be kind to animals-They deserve to live just like us.
    12 hours ago
    Always be kind to animals-They deserve to live just like us.
    Whales and dolphins playing with each other in the Pacific sea. Nature is truly incredible!
  • Bodha stupa July 2019-
    12 hours ago
    Bodha stupa July 2019-
    Rainy period
  • Cute Tara girl having a snack. She is one of Kechara Forest Retreat’s resident doggies.
    3 weeks ago
    Cute Tara girl having a snack. She is one of Kechara Forest Retreat’s resident doggies.
  • Your Next Meal!
    1 month ago
    Your Next Meal!
    Yummy? Tasty? Behind the scenes of the meat on your plates. Meat is a killing industry.
  • This is Daw
    1 month ago
    This is Daw
    This is what they do to get meat on tables, and to produce belts and jackets. Think twice before your next purchase.
  • Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
    1 month ago
    Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
    Look at the poor baby chasing after the mother. Why do we do that to them? It's time to seriously think about our choices in life and how they affect others. Be kind. Don't break up families.
  • They do this every day!
    1 month ago
    They do this every day!
    This is how they are being treated every day of their lives. Please do something to stop the brutality. Listen to their cries for help!
  • What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
    1 month ago
    What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
    The largest undercover dairy investigation of all time. See what they found out at Fair Oaks Farm.
  • She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
    1 month ago
    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
    3 months ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
  • Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
    3 months ago
    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
    3 months ago
    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    3 months ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    5 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    6 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    6 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    6 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!
    6 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    6 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    7 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    7 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.
    7 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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These are some of the food distribution photos taken from our kitchen last Saturday. We thanked all volunteers who have come to help for the preparation since 3pm. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 days ago
These are some of the food distribution photos taken from our kitchen last Saturday. We thanked all volunteers who have come to help for the preparation since 3pm. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Teacher Julie taught children Nagomi Art and they love it. Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
Teacher Julie taught children Nagomi Art and they love it. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Children volunteered in Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
Throwback - Children volunteered in Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Fun activity in camp. Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
Throwback- Fun activity in camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - DIY soap making activity. Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
Throwback - DIY soap making activity. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- KSDS camp in Kechara Forest Retreat. Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
Throwback- KSDS camp in Kechara Forest Retreat. Lin Mun KSDS
A simple but meaningful way to spend the weekend liberating birds. Animals deserve lots of love, care and freedom too. Through them, we learn to be more compassionate! ~Kechara Penang Study Group Jacinta
4 days ago
A simple but meaningful way to spend the weekend liberating birds. Animals deserve lots of love, care and freedom too. Through them, we learn to be more compassionate! ~Kechara Penang Study Group Jacinta
Some members from Kechara Penang Study Group get together to do a Dorje Shugden puja this afternoon. Join us if you're in Penang next time. ~KPSG Jacinta
4 days ago
Some members from Kechara Penang Study Group get together to do a Dorje Shugden puja this afternoon. Join us if you're in Penang next time. ~KPSG Jacinta
Today we received a lot recycling items from the public. Thanks for supporting us always. KEP-Serena
4 days ago
Today we received a lot recycling items from the public. Thanks for supporting us always. KEP-Serena
Today we are doing recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. KEP-Serena
4 days ago
Today we are doing recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. KEP-Serena
Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 1st Prize Winner is Stella Cheang. Congratulations! Stella wins a Dorje Shugden Puja worth RM400 + Dorje Shugden pendant on black onyx. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
6 days ago
Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 1st Prize Winner is Stella Cheang. Congratulations! Stella wins a Dorje Shugden Puja worth RM400 + Dorje Shugden pendant on black onyx. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 2nd Prize Winner is Wylfred Ng. Congratulations! Wylfred wins a Gyenze pendant + Original Red Crystal incense. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
6 days ago
Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 2nd Prize Winner is Wylfred Ng. Congratulations! Wylfred wins a Gyenze pendant + Original Red Crystal incense. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
How to Clear Spirit Disturbances by Pastor Chia Today at 9:30 PM – 11 PM in Kechara House, PJ
1 week ago
How to Clear Spirit Disturbances by Pastor Chia Today at 9:30 PM – 11 PM in Kechara House, PJ
Join us for the annual Ullambana Festival on Saturday August 10th at Kechara Forest Retreat and make the most of the auspicious Ullambana month. PROGRAMME: 9:00am – Opening speech & Dharma sharing 9:30am – Grand Ullambana Gyenze Puja for good fortune, long life & merits 12:15pm – Free vegetarian lunch 2:00pm – Grand Ullambana Trakze Puja for protection & blessings 5:00pm – End The highlight of the Ullambana Festival is two powerful & extensive pujas that will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We've also prepared a wide selection of traditional offerings to send bountiful merits to the people who matter in your life. Don't miss this opportunity to bring tremendous benefits to your dearly departed as well as those who are still with you. For more information on the Ullambana Festival and Ullambana offerings, please get in touch with us at +609 221 5600, +603 7803 3908, +6012 987 3908 (WhatsApp only), care@kechara.com or visit our online partner
1 week ago
Join us for the annual Ullambana Festival on Saturday August 10th at Kechara Forest Retreat and make the most of the auspicious Ullambana month. PROGRAMME: 9:00am – Opening speech & Dharma sharing 9:30am – Grand Ullambana Gyenze Puja for good fortune, long life & merits 12:15pm – Free vegetarian lunch 2:00pm – Grand Ullambana Trakze Puja for protection & blessings 5:00pm – End The highlight of the Ullambana Festival is two powerful & extensive pujas that will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We've also prepared a wide selection of traditional offerings to send bountiful merits to the people who matter in your life. Don't miss this opportunity to bring tremendous benefits to your dearly departed as well as those who are still with you. For more information on the Ullambana Festival and Ullambana offerings, please get in touch with us at +609 221 5600, +603 7803 3908, +6012 987 3908 (WhatsApp only), care@kechara.com or visit our online partner
Join us this weekend for SPIRITUAL SATURDAY in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 13 JULY 9.00 am: Cook for the community - salted eggs & pineapple jam 11.00 am: Book Club - Compassion Conquers All (Eng) / Time To Wake Up (Chi) 12.30 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? To RSVP your place (and your meal!), contact us: +6017 965 9484 (WhatsApp) retreat@kechara.com See all July activities: bit.ly/2FCrJm6
1 week ago
Join us this weekend for SPIRITUAL SATURDAY in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 13 JULY 9.00 am: Cook for the community - salted eggs & pineapple jam 11.00 am: Book Club - Compassion Conquers All (Eng) / Time To Wake Up (Chi) 12.30 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? To RSVP your place (and your meal!), contact us: +6017 965 9484 (WhatsApp) retreat@kechara.com See all July activities: bit.ly/2FCrJm6
In our Johor Bahru office, our single mother trainees get busy to do up the products taught to them by our #volunteers while their children were given additional tuition classes in another room. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
In our Johor Bahru office, our single mother trainees get busy to do up the products taught to them by our #volunteers while their children were given additional tuition classes in another room. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
How To Clear Disturbances by Pastor Niral - Monday 8. July 2019 at 9:30pm in Kechara House, Jalan PJU 1/3G, SunwayMas Commercial Centre 47301 Petaling Jaya
1 week ago
How To Clear Disturbances by Pastor Niral - Monday 8. July 2019 at 9:30pm in Kechara House, Jalan PJU 1/3G, SunwayMas Commercial Centre 47301 Petaling Jaya
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 week ago
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 week ago
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 week ago
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 week ago
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 week ago
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 week ago
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Teachers went to recce the Farm in the City before the outing with students. Lin Mun KSDS
2 weeks ago
Teachers went to recce the Farm in the City before the outing with students. Lin Mun KSDS
Teachers and students do mantra recitation together before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
2 weeks ago
Teachers and students do mantra recitation together before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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