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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  • Sofi
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2019 04:04 AM
    Daily thoughts to ponder deeper

    Great site to visit for lots of wisdom thoughts that evoke much understanding into reality of our lives. Also a place where you can share out with others to make them think deeper. Would be nice if you could let us know which you like best in the comment section.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/daily-thoughts-to-ponder-deeper-2.html
  • Pastor Lanse
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 11:35 PM
    这篇文章涵盖了艮尼玛的生平、修持、神通、趣事等,让读者对艮尼玛有个整体的认识之余,也对他的特点有深刻的印象。对我来说,艮尼玛最启发我的地方是他只专注于一项修持,全心全意的,一辈子只专注于大威德金刚修持,他占卜、治病等靠的都是大威德金刚修持赐予的加持力。艮尼玛透过本身的成就,向世人证明了佛菩萨的全知和全能。也让我们知道,若真正要修持某种法门,任何一位佛菩萨的法门都是好的,都是全面的,所以不需要什么都学一些,什么都不精,搞到最后一事无成。

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/cn/buddhas-dharma/the-jolenpa-bodhisattva-gen-nyima-chinese.html
  • Nicholas
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 06:36 PM
    The reasons why you must clean your room are as follows: If you invite your guru or some officials to your home, you would give your room a good sweep, wouldn’t you! Similarly, when you invite your guru, the victorious ones, and their children into your room [in the course of your meditations], you should clean it out of respect for them.

    Check out more here: https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
  • Nicholas
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 06:33 PM
    The 9-foot Dorje Shugden statue in Kechara Forest Retreat has become a popular place for many people to pay homage, make offerings and prayers. It was conceptualized by H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche who foresee the needs of Dorje Shugden that able to benefit many people.

    Check out:
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-wish-fulfilling-shrine.html
  • Nicholas
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 06:30 PM
    Have you ever wondered where we come from and how we came into being?
    Have you wondered how awesome is the universe and what is eternity?
    See the comparisons below and I am sure your mouth will open as the world is revealed to your amazement! Just say ‘wow’ as you view each picture.

    https://bit.ly/2TKCZB6
  • Yee Yin
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 12:24 PM
    Most people don’t like to be put in a difficult or challenging situation. It gives a lot of stress and worries. The emotional trauma makes people feel terrible. However, this suffering can become something positive if we change how we perceive it. Suffering can make us grow if we decide to find the root cause of it and do something about it. As a result, we can be out of this suffering. Suffering can make us a better person because we don’t want others to go through what we have gone through. Instead of avoiding suffering, why don’t we embrace it because we can become better as we are going through it?

    http://bit.ly/MyLama2
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  • Yee Yin
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 12:12 PM
    Do you know what is off-the-grid living? Off-the-grid living is when people choose to live without the support of remote infrastructure, such as an electrical grid. Most of the time it means living away from the city as well. Some people choose the off-the-grid lifestyle to maintain their financial freedom; some because they want to be closer to nature. Would you choose this lifestyle?

    http://bit.ly/TR-BackToNature
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  • Chris
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 11:54 AM
    Thank you, Rinpoche and the blog team for sharing this interesting information about this spirit that can be one of the causes of Dorje Shugden ban. It is not a surprise to know that the Tibetan government had caused another human being to reincarnate as an evil spirit that wanted their downfall because they had wrongly persecuted him with such a cruel and inhumane way. Any human being that dies in that kind of circumstances will have a lot of powerful negative emotions.

    The modus operandi of the Tibetan government has been the same since the 5th Dalai Lama’s time. They just eliminate whoever they think is threatening their power and in Nyatrul’s case, they killed an innocent man with a cruel way. The karma that is created by the government created the cause for Nyatrul to be able to interfere with Nechung’s trances and there is nothing the Tibetan government can do.

    This shows us that karma works in its own way and even a powerful Dharma protector’s oracle can be inhibited by an evil spirit. We reap what we sow. Now the Tibetan government have to suffer the risk of getting false information from the Nechung oracle until their karma exhausted. They should not have trusted the advice when the oracle spoke against the practice of Dorje Shugden which is around for 400 years without any problem.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-spirit-nyatrul-magic-mischief-and-misery.html
  • Yee Yin
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 11:30 AM
    Princess Zina was wild, temperamental, very difficult and controlling. Who in her status would not be like that? But she realised there is a better place to go than all the luxury she had been enjoying. She truly understood her attitude, her way of thinking, her characters were not going to bring her anywhere so she pushed herself to change and she made it. Apart from pushing herself to change, she also did a lot of very beneficial works to support and spread Dharma. She had to do a lot more good works to make up the wrongs she had done in the past.

    Even though it was not described in the story how much difficulty or struggling she had to go through in her transformation process but I believe it was not easy. How she pulled herself through was her trust in her lama and her faith in Dharma. If someone like Princess Zina who was so difficult and had everything she could have had in the world can transform into a humble person and eventually ascend to Kechara Paradise, who are we to say we cannot change?

    http://bit.ly/Princess2Nun
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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 10:49 AM
    Beautiful art rime thangka painted patiently with matching colours. Naropa, Vajra Yogini, and Dorje Shugden forms a beautiful art piece. Naropa is one of the most prominent and authoritative Indian mahasiddhas and masters of mahahudra and tantra. Vajrayogini is a Tantric Buddhist female Buddha and a ḍakini while Dorje Shugden the Dharma Protector who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. Together they depicted a beautiful and powerful amazing thangka.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-yogi-of-yogis-naropa
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 10:49 AM
    Beautiful art rime thangka of the manifestation of compassion 1000-Armed Chenrezig and Dorje Shugden. Merely looking at it is a blessing. Thank you Rinpoche for explaining the details of this beautiful thangka.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-manifestation-of-compassion-1000-armed-chenrezig
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 10:47 AM
    Beautiful Rime thangka paints a thousand words. The Magnificent One… Buddha Shakyamuni, Lama Tsongkhapa the 15th Century scholar-yogi and the Powerful Dharma Ptotector Dorje Shugden forms a powerful combination thangka to have at our home.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-magnificent-one-and-his-disciple
  • Sofi
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 08:44 AM
    Gods, Symbols and Creatures of Luck

    Now, this is something that everyone should visit as it is regarding “Luck”. We need all the luck that we can get to go through our life smoothly without obstacles. This post reveals some of the “lucky” things that many people associate with good fortune. So have a good read.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/gods-symbols-and-creatures-of-luck.html
  • Sofi
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 08:40 AM
    The Body of a Buddha: A Road Map to Liberation

    This is another post that we should learn from. Every aspect of the Buddhas body depicts his enlightenment. From Buddha’s hair, eyes, nose, mouth, shoulder, hands, feet, etc all teach us lessons in Buddha’s achievements. So do visit to learn more.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-body-of-a-buddha-a-road-map-to-liberation.html
  • Sofi
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 08:36 AM
    How shall I hate you today?

    This blog post is a must visit to see how much Rinpoche had been targetted with vulgarity and threats just for practicing enlightened Dorje Shugden which had been given by Rinpoche’s holy Guru, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Just because Rinpoche stood up with humble appeals for lifting of the illogical ban on this authentic protector practice, Rinpoche receives rude taunts and allegations of being a Chinese spy. It is very glaring how “monks” and “nuns” are not practitioners when they can go down to that level of online assault against an attained Lama like Rinpoche. May Lord Dorje Shugden’s light shine bright and far to bless them with mental clarity to see the wrongs. Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha!

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/how-shall-i-hate-you-today.html

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You have to see this spectacular outdoor Amitabah statue in Vietnam. So sacred and majestic.~ https://bit.ly/2Ed0s9n
Everyday offerings of fresh cooked food and drinks are offered to awakened world peace protector Dorje Shugden on my shrine. It is my way to thank Him for all the help He has given to so many people throughout the decades I\'ve introduced Him to. It is my way to include Him as my family and a feeling of closeness and gratitude I have for Him. He\'s a revered family member who happens to be enlightened and also my close friend. Tsem Rinpoche (Food offering prayer~ https://bit.ly/1VkYXJa)
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Everyday offerings of fresh cooked food and drinks are offered to awakened world peace protector Dorje Shugden on my shrine. It is my way to thank Him for all the help He has given to so many people throughout the decades I've introduced Him to. It is my way to include Him as my family and a feeling of closeness and gratitude I have for Him. He's a revered family member who happens to be enlightened and also my close friend. Tsem Rinpoche (Food offering prayer~ https://bit.ly/1VkYXJa)
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Read about this special Goddess Lok Yeay Mao of Cambodia. I came across her picture and found her very unique and blogged about it. Do enjoy the reading- https://bit.ly/2HR3vqi
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March 18, 2019-Oser is very photogenic as usual.
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March 18, 2019-Very cute Oser as usual.
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
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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.
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    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.
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    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
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    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
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    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    3 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    3 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    3 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!
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    4 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    4 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    4 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.
    4 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.
  • Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
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    4 months ago
    This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
    4 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
    5 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
    5 months ago
    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
  • Living off the grid in Australia
    5 months ago
    Living off the grid in Australia
    A Jill Redwood is a jack of all trades, Jill built her own house on her property and lives entirely off the grid with no mains power or town water, mobile reception or television. Living on around $80 a week, Jill has over sixty animals to keep her company and an abundant garden that out serves as an organic supermarket right at her doorstep. Her main expenses are animal feed and the rates on her property. Watch this incredible three minute video and be inspired to live differently.
  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
    5 months ago
    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    1 years 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.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    1 years 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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Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 days ago
Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 days ago
Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 days ago
Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
7 days ago
We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
7 days ago
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you committed university students of University of Malaya for helping in our #foodrescue activities. These still good to eat and in date edible bread will be very useful for the needy students in universities! Thank you Komugi Malaysia for contributing and help reduce food wastage! #zerofoodwastage #kecharafoodbank #kecharasoupkitchen #endhunger - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Thank you committed university students of University of Malaya for helping in our #foodrescue activities. These still good to eat and in date edible bread will be very useful for the needy students in universities! Thank you Komugi Malaysia for contributing and help reduce food wastage! #zerofoodwastage #kecharafoodbank #kecharasoupkitchen #endhunger - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right?
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Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right?
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right? By Asyley Chia KSDS
1 week ago
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right? By Asyley Chia KSDS
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right? By Asyley Chia KSDS
1 week ago
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right? By Asyley Chia KSDS
We have our Kechara Food Bank team leaders interview potential urban poor families on every Saturday. New volunteers are most welcomed to join and assist along the session. Kindly contact us at 010-3333260 for registration. #Kechara #foodbank - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
We have our Kechara Food Bank team leaders interview potential urban poor families on every Saturday. New volunteers are most welcomed to join and assist along the session. Kindly contact us at 010-3333260 for registration. #Kechara #foodbank - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Yvonne is dedicated and able to spend her time in taking care for the youngest group of KSDS. Alice Tay, KSDS
1 week ago
Yvonne is dedicated and able to spend her time in taking care for the youngest group of KSDS. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Jayce shared Rinpoche’s teachings about kindness to the students. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Jayce shared Rinpoche’s teachings about kindness to the students. Alice Tay, KSDS
Juin Xiang is the youngest students in KSDS and he is doing better and well behaved in the class now. Alice Tay, KSDS
1 week ago
Juin Xiang is the youngest students in KSDS and he is doing better and well behaved in the class now. Alice Tay, KSDS
We are very grateful to have weekly contribution of lunch by Tina Yow, Mr K H Ong and Lillian Chen. We thanked them for their kindness. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
We are very grateful to have weekly contribution of lunch by Tina Yow, Mr K H Ong and Lillian Chen. We thanked them for their kindness. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Teacher Kien showed the students on how to make mala. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Kien showed the students on how to make mala. Alice Tay, KSDS
The youngest group of KSDS warmed up and get ready for the games. Alice Tay, KSDS
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The youngest group of KSDS warmed up and get ready for the games. Alice Tay, KSDS
Kechara Soup Kitchen and Kechara Earth Project will be having our monthly recycling activity this Saturday. All are welcome to drop the recycleable items or to volunteer with us. Thank you very much in advance. #recycle #reduce #reuse #savetheplanet - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
Kechara Soup Kitchen and Kechara Earth Project will be having our monthly recycling activity this Saturday. All are welcome to drop the recycleable items or to volunteer with us. Thank you very much in advance. #recycle #reduce #reuse #savetheplanet - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to hongleongbank for sponsoring the food packs and mineral water for our clients. We appreciate your participation to add more love into the world. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
Thanks to hongleongbank for sponsoring the food packs and mineral water for our clients. We appreciate your participation to add more love into the world. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Ms. Janice So offered lights and incense to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and the Three Jewels in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ms. Janice So offered lights and incense to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and the Three Jewels in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Ms. Glian Sim prepared for all the Serkym offering sets prior the prayer session in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ms. Glian Sim prepared for all the Serkym offering sets prior the prayer session in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Ms. Leong Kit Ping performed water offering to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ms. Leong Kit Ping performed water offering to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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