Animal Rights Campaign Over Killing Chickens During Jewish Ritual

Oct 13, 2016 | Views: 580

Dear friends around the world,

As most of you know, I have always been a strong advocate of animal cruelty and vegetarianism. Please take a moment and read this short article of how animals are treated inhumanely for our needs. I am not here to criticize but certainly sins can be atoned in another manner where animals do not need to be hurt?

Different religions have their own ways doing things and I certainly do not have the authority to say which is right and wrong. In Buddhism, we are taught not to hurt animals because they are sentient beings too who can feel love and pain.

Please always respect and do whatever we can to help the animals.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Animal Rights Protesters Vent Their Fury at Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Chicken Slaughter Ritual ‘Kaporos’ Where $5 Birds Are Swung Around Participants’ Heads Before Having Their Throats’ Slit

By HANNAH PARRY FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 06:11 GMT, 22 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:18 GMT, 22 September 2015

  • WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT
  • Demonstrators clashed with Orthodox Jews at the annual slaughtering of chickens as part of the Kaporos ritual
  • The birds are waved around the believer’s head three times before being killed to cleanse them of their sins
  • But protesters claimed the practice is ‘cruel’ and picketed the religious ceremony in Brooklyn’s streets, New York
  • It comes days after a group of animal rights activists lost a legal battle to ban the 2,000-year-old ritual from taking place

Animal rights campaigners have clashed with members of the Orthodox Jewish community on the streets of New York City over the killing of tens of thousands of chickens during a Jewish ritual.

Demonstrators were calling for an end to the annual slaughter of the poultry for Kaporos in the run up to the holiest day in the Judaism calendar – Yom Kippur.

The ritual dictates that believers swing a live bird over their head three times while reciting prayers to God to cleanse them of their sins by transferring them to the animal. The chicken’s throat is then slit with the meat donated to the poor.

But animal rights groups, who claims as many as 50,000 animals were due to be killed over Sunday and Monday evenings, denounced the practice as ‘disgraceful’ and lined the streets in Crown Heights, Brooklyn to protest against the ritual.

Animal rights campaigners have clashed with members of the Orthodox Jewish community on the streets of New York City over the killing of tens of thousands of chickens during a Jewish ritual (pictured, a Jewish man gives the finger to a protester as she films him).

The Kaporos ceremony involves swinging a live chicken round a believer’s head before the bird’s throat is slit and it is thrown into a cone.

A chicken ready for the slaughter at the ceremony in President Street and Kingston Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

But animal rights campaigners have clashed with members of the Orthodox Jewish community on the streets of New York City over the killing of tens of thousands of chickens during a Jewish ritual.

Karen Davis, founder of the protest group United Poultry Concerns, joined the demonstrators who were said to have saved some of the birds.

Tensions ran high as around 200 Orthodox Jews and 75 protesters faced each other in President Street and Kingston Avenue.

Activists chanted and waved banners as they demanded an end to the ‘cruel’ practice, calling for them to ‘use money, not chickens’. While others activated their car alarms in an attempt to disrupt the religious ceremony.

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One unnamed protester was alleged to have made anti-Semitic remarks.

There were also alleged reports of Hasidic men intentionally and aggressively bumping into protesters. So far, it appears no arrests have been made.

Activists chanted and waved banners as they demanded an end to the ‘cruel’ practice, calling for them to ‘use money, not chickens’.

Another protester holds up a sign which read ‘You are hurting me, I don’t want to die, I want to live’ with a picture of a chicken.

Around 75 activists attended the event on Brooklyn’s streets last night in protests against the ritual which they claim is cruel.

Protesters holding up placards speak to a young Jewish man on the approach to the ritual in Brooklyn.

In one photograph an Orthodox Jew was seen aggressively giving the finger to activist Rina Deych as she films him performing the ritual.

She told the Daily News she was trying to persuade people that they could follow Jewish law by donating money instead of killing chickens when she was approached by the man.

‘(Another) man tried to put a poor, tortured chicken on my head and two others cursed at me,’ she said, adding that the street was left with ‘feces and feathers were everywhere on a public sidewalk and the stench was overpowering.’

One activist later wrote on Facebook she had ‘rescued’ two chickens from the slaughter.

The protest comes just days after a group of Brooklyn residents lost their court battle to try and ban the 2,000-year-old ritual over fears it was inhumane and unsanitary, the New York Post reported.

The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos had attempted to gain an injunction against the ceremony in state Supreme Court, arguing it had grown into a ‘carnival-like and chaotic public nuisance.’ They also alleged that the dead birds were not donated to the poor but were instead left to rot in the street.

Nora Constance Marino, the activists’ lawyer, said:

‘Many of the children cry and sob. The screams of the chickens, as their wings are broken and their throats are slit, are unbearable.

Members of the Orthodox Jewish community believe the annual ritual will cleanse them of their sins ahead of the holiday Yom Kippur.

The protest comes just days after a group of Brooklyn residents lost their court battle to try and ban the 2,000-year-old ritual over fears it was inhumane and unsanitary, the New York Post reported.

However, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Debra James dismissed the local activist group’s claims and ruled that the Orthodox practice can proceed, knocking down a challenge by a Brooklyn animal-rights group.

The ritual has now gone ahead as planned and while it may look shocking to many, the ceremony is more than 2,000 years old.

‘As the children cry to their parents as the birds scream, the parents tell the children, ‘They’re not screaming, they’re singing’. Sickening.’

However, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Debra James dismissed the local activist group’s claims and ruled that the Orthodox practice can proceed, knocking down a challenge by a Brooklyn animal-rights group.

‘No one has the right to change our religion, and this ruling proves we can’t be touched,’ Yossi Ibrahim, 27, from the Hasidic enclave of Crown Heights, told the New York Times.

However, the case is not over as the Community News Service reports another court hearing is due next month to deal with the other allegations of illegalities connected to the practice of kaporos.

National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education, NCFJE, Chairman Rabbi Shea Hecht told the Community News Service that it had been his father, Rabbi JJ Hecht OBM, who had brought the mostly forgotten custom back to the Jewish community in Brooklyn – at $5 a chicken for the cleansing ritual.

‘NCFJE is and has always been strongly committed to making kaporos available to the greater Jewish community in and around New York City,’ he said.

He added that Monday’s event had been for men only and tarp screens had been erected during the ritual on Eastern Parkway.

The Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur starts Tuesday at sundown.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3244234/Animal-rights-protesters-vent-fury-ultra-orthodox-Jewish-chicken-slaughter-ritual-5-birds-swung-participants-heads-having-throats-s-slit.html#i-6ffc05a474cbff24

 

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  2. Lin Mun on Mar 29, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    It’s horrible act that so many chickens were killed during a supposedly holy session. They can use other methods that do not hurt the birds. While we should respect everyone’s religion I also hope that no other living being needs to go through pain and suffering due to human’s act.

  3. CindyH on Mar 6, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Traditions are part and parcel of every culture and are passed down through the years for different reasons. Whilst traditions clearly serve certain purposes, it must be remembered that traditions are essentially man made set of practices and thus, the staying power of such traditions are clearly dependent upon people upholding it. As such, when the situation warrants it, like where maybe (insanely) brutal traditions that may have started out with good intentions but are actually no longer justifiable now (due to changes in time and also, as people become more learned and informed), such traditions can and ought to be phased out accordingly. Thus, it is a matter of whether people want to effect the change or not.

    It has been done in the past (e.g. First Chinese Emperor Qin phased out the brutal tradition of requiring all those directly serving the deceased previous emperor to be buried (alive) together). It has also been done fairly recently, in 2015, Nepal opted to end the world’s largest animal sacrifice event, Gadhimai festival i.e. The Gadhimai Temple Trust formally decided to end such animal sacrifice.
    So, there is actually nothing wrong about re-evaluating the relevance of traditions which cause harm to any sentient beings especially those who are helpless. All it takes for people to set aside pride and defensiveness to look into and evaluate the situation rationally.

    After all, when people motivated by universal good values of compassion and kindness seek to transform cruel traditions, they don’t risk losing their identity. Instead, their identity is strengthened as they courageously show that their culture cannot be measured by the repetition of stagnating rituals/practices frozen in time by values of the past.

  4. Alice Tay on Dec 24, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Animals shouldn’t be killed and used for selfish needs of man. They did nothing to deserve to die. For this instance, 10,000 chickens killed during a Jewish ritual which is definitely will not happen in Buddhism. This is because we are taught to be kind to all sentient beings including animals as they can feel love and pain too.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  5. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 18, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    I think the benefits of living in a multicultural society is that sometimes we encounter people who do things that we may not agree. Of course in the US, when people encounter things they don’t like or support they are bound to take action on it.

    With regards to this, if I lived in a community and people are slitting chicken throats where I live I may protest against it too. One of the biggest supporter of veganism is Gary Yourofsky also of the Jewish faith, and he claimed that people exacted genocide over animals, and that is happening on a daily basis. Couldn’t agree more.

  6. Sharon Ong on Dec 9, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    This is indeed an eye opening post. While I do not understand the rationale behind this practice, I do welcome the opportunity to learn about other faiths. After all, it is the diversity that enables us to practice patience, acceptance and being non-judgemental about others.

  7. Aldan Chan on Dec 9, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. Although this ritual is 2,000 years old it is still cruel to kill chickens as a scarifice to the gods and the fact that the children`s parents lie to their kids saying that the chickens are singing. The person might have a lot of bad karma.

  8. Vivian Ong on Oct 28, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this article. We know we cannot and do not have the rights to say anything about other religions but in Buddhism we understand that sins cannot be wash away with just one ritual. We have a lot to do for the sins that we created for example purification practices and to do more Dharma work.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  9. Sarah on Oct 27, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    I agree with the Rabbi. This practice is cruel and outdated and should be banned. If people believe in karma, they would not sacrifice animals. It is better to donate money instead.

  10. Justin Cheah on Oct 27, 2016 at 1:06 am

    For me. Any rituals or religion that need to make animals as sacrifices is not religion. Religion doesn’t teach any to harm anyone. It is something illogical to make animal suffer and die for the sake of rituals. We are doing the rituals which is supposed to cultivate benefit ourselves but yet in the process we are harming others.

    All these should end especially in these days of era where people can think more logical and gauge themselves. It is something similar to the mass killing of dolphins, eating monkey brains alive etc.

  11. June Kang on Oct 26, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Taking others life (even is an animal) to make yourself better, does this sound logical? Just has a role play that if you are the chicken, how do you feel? All animal has pain and love just like many of us love our dogs and when sometime feel sad when they are sick. Chickens also have feeling otherwise they would not scream when humans treated them badly.

    There are many ways to clean our sins, release other from their suffering by care, by donation and many others ways taught by the religious. I personally y feel that cruel to the animal is just enforcing our cruel and this can’t bring any peace to the world. Please stop all these animals sacrifice .

  12. Fong on Oct 21, 2016 at 12:24 am

    How one pays homage or purify their sins is up to what is taught in their religion. It is their right and part and parcel of their religion so long as no one has to suffer for it. In any case of animal sacrifice, it the the animals that faces the suffering of fear and death. If it is an alien race’s religion to sacrifice humans, then and only then humans wake up. Until then every step taken to stop sacrifice of animals will meet with resistance. Humankind has had that practice for too long.

  13. Ron Wong on Oct 19, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    I do agree that in these days of age, we must have freedom of choice & everyone is free to make his or her choices in whatever practices that they wish to do. However, slitting the throat of a life chicken to take away our sins sounds very much unbelievable & illogical too. In buddhism, we believe in non killing & all living beings have feeling & can feel pain, the act of killing itself is a negative actions, how can a negative action produce a positive results? This is like saying the universal law of karma doesn’t exist. I am not making a judgement or criticise the practice of other’s belief but i do think that on such auspicious day, we should carry out virtuous activities rather than such cruelty to animals to clear our sins.

  14. shelly tai on Oct 18, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    That is so out of our mind , by right when celebrate a holy day is suppose to be full of love and kindness but it end for the practitioner to commit a crime of killing the innocent animals, that is such a bad idea by right religion practice should teach us to be kind and compassion so please stop all these animals sacrifice because it really very inhuman.

  15. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Oct 17, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing the article and surface out the sufferings and pain which thousands of chickens had to go through before they were tortured and killed brutally. The Jewish Kaporos ritual will only implant more seeds of hatred, angersome and malice into the organizers’ mind and all the participants’ mind as these chickens were screaming in pain during their final moments of death. The entire ritual does not seem to have cleansed one’s sin with the cruelty acts but only induce more sins among the organizers as well as the participants who supported on this ritual. How on earth by taking the animal’s life can purify one’s sin?

    I truly hope and pray that the Jewish Kaporos ritual will be stopped and banned permanently as this ritual is against the animals rights in the first place and secondly, there is no conscience to torture and kill animals in order to purify one’s sin. There are many types of religious practices, charity and social work activities which we can participate if we really want to purify our sins or past wrong doings, but not taking the lives of animals. Let’s be more caring and fill up our mind with compassion and love for others.

    With folded hands,
    kin hoe

  16. Echeah on Oct 17, 2016 at 2:03 am

    There are some religions that have the practice of slaughtering animals to atone for their own sins. It makes me wonder how that logically works. Is it that easy? Kill a chicken or goat or cow and all your bad deeds are wiped off the slate overnight? It’s like saying you’ll make someone else suffer for your sins and you don’t need to take responsibility for them.

    They do it without guilt. They seem to do it thinking it is the right thing to do because their religion or sect says so and it is easy enough to follow.

  17. Wah Ying on Oct 17, 2016 at 12:45 am

    This Koporos ritual reminds me of Yulin dog meat festival and other similar customs, when it comes to animal rights campaigners vs tradition/custom/religion and so forth, it’s always lots of obstacles to overcome, because it has interwined with another’s religion, custom or practice which has practiced for so many decades.

    For Koporos ritual, it involves Jewish who is not minority in America in term of their influence and social status, and given the complexity and sensitivity of anti-semetic history..the campaign to urge to stop the ritual surely not an easy one. As for others long-practiced ritual or customs which involves animal cruetly and such to be stopped, it must definitely not doing by force, it should be always starts from education and awareness. It’s just like fighting to abolish the slavery system, it took long time to see changes, for in the process it will involves fighting against mainstream culture, some cololonization practice, economy structure of that time, racial issues and so forth.

    Many have putting in effort for more to have awareness about love and kindness is some core values which we should have in our life, so to create a more loving and happy planet to live harmoniously along with our environment, human, and non-human like animals and so forth.. This day will surely comes 🙂

  18. Pavara Lam on Oct 16, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    I am really shocked to hear that such rituals still occur nowadays.
    Chickens are beings which have feelings, which means that they can feel pain, love, hate ETC ETC…
    How can your sins be purified by taking another being’s life? Instead of purifying your sins you create even more sin due to the cruelty involved in the ritual!!
    We need to understand that by taking another beings life we will never achieve our goals..

    I really hope that the Jews will stop taking lives for granted and stop the mass murders of chickens.

  19. Chon Kong on Oct 16, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    謝謝Rinpoche的分享。在世的眾生都會有感覺,包括小動物也能感覺痛苦。人類在眾生當中,是最有智慧的,我們能夠獨立思考,分辨是非。所以,在具備天生的良好條件,我們應該在能力範圍內,給予弱勢的小動物救助,善待動物。

    老舊的傳統宗教文化和儀式,存有很多不人道和迷信,這包括殺害小動物來完成拜祭儀式。在現今的社會,我們走向文明,自由民主,和個人權益。在眾生都是平等的原則上,是時候把傳統觀念糾正過來,採用符合現代價值觀的方式來進行宗教儀式,這樣可以避免無辜的小動物受苦,我們也能夠累積善因。謝謝。

  20. Liang Jing on Oct 16, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    We must help to lessen or prevent ceremonies like this from happening without forcing these people through campaign to create awareness and through education program about animal cruelty in shopping malls, social media and in school. Therefore more know about the ritual/tradition brings sufferings to animals. However we should not focus on telling then their religion is wrong and ours is right. We could also exchange our views with Jewish friends in schools or online about the animal cruelty & respect all sentient beings.

  21. Lucas Roth on Oct 16, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    This actually makes me so sick. I cannot believe that people are still doing such terrible acts and “rituals” in the name of religion these days. This is such extreme cruelty and mass murder. It is even stated in the article that people can give money instead of killing the chickens and it is said that this ritual is not needed to “clear sins”.

    These kind of things need to stop. It is so sad and cruel to keep doing this to living things. They are in extreme fear and trauma before they are brutally and terrible killed. It is so horrible. Why? Please… We need to cleanse this earth from acts like this that make me feel ashamed to be human.

  22. Uncle Eddie on Oct 16, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    As Rinpoche always teaches us with empathy – No one wants to suffer; To feel pain; or to die. To make them suffer, feel painful and killing them will invite the same fate. Karma is blind to race, creed, religion, background, status and understanding. It is universal! Never harm or do anything hurtful. Karma is said to be always recording our deeds! This was the main reason which made me to become a vegetarian. I had no regrets since. Rinpoche had shown us recording of research showing that chickens are capable of feeling empathy which scientists had proof to believe its true!

  23. Joy Kam on Oct 15, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Thank you for highlighting to us once again that we do not need to kill ANYTHING to CONNECT with the DIVINE. I particularly liked the video of a rabbi who spoke out against Animal Cruelty and that there is no need to hurt or kill any animals to make “God” happy. I think that is the moral of the story. No matter what religion you follow, I think all religion teaches kindness and compassion. Hence, shouldn’t that compassion be extended to animals too? After all they too have the right to be on this planet and have happiness just like us humans.

    This blog post is not so much about Jewish, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Chinese, or whatever, it is about the very act of killing something to gain one’s peace, prayers answered, wishes fulfilled is not right. Why is it not right, because the very act of “killing” which is taking away someone’s life is negative, so how can all that pain, negative and hurt cause something positive in return for one. If it did, it would be very strange kind of God, or it is just short lived, just for that particular wish to come true and then you will need to sacrifice more and kill more. Hence, the yearly massacre. But in reality we actually do this killing every single day whether we believe in a God or no God, because we choose to eat meat. We are actually no different and in fact worst than those that sacrifice once a year, because we do EVERY DAY and we believe it is our right. We sacrifice them for our SELVES which is even worst. It’s not even for a “God”.

    Hence the point is this… no killing for oneself to eat or for God is justifiable. Killing is killing and the karma for that is still heavy and it will return to us. And this negative act of killing will never wash away our sin. negative + negative = negative not positive, although my math is bad, but I think this makes logical sense. Hence, we must continue to educate people in may ways why it is just not logical.

    Also I find it amazing to see so much rage and anger from those who wants to kill, this is across the board, in slaughter houses, in any race/religion. It only seems logical to think (based on Buddhist principals) that the energy of killing creates so much negative energy that it comes back to the person, making them aggressive, cold, heartless, they become more angry and more brutal as the act of killing is so brutal towards the animals. So the karma on them is therefore brutal and extremely negative.

    Love

  24. Never Bias on Oct 15, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Only Jewish Ritual? How about the even bigger animal sacrifice of Muslim Haji’s ritual? Every year all of the Muslim country, lamb cow camel etc been killed cruelty globally on this day, and your site still kept silence of it?!

    • Beatrix Ooi on Oct 15, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      Dear Never Bias,

      One of this blog’s functions is to share the information with people, this article is just one of those articles that are meant to educate people about things happening around the world.

      Take for an example, if the blog shares an article about an incident of animal cruelty, it does not mean the blog is responsible to share every single article/ news/ information about animal cruelty that’s happening every day around the world. Of course, we will do our very best to spread awareness on animal cruelty.

      Please understand this is just to educate the public, do feel free to visit the Animals and Vegetarianism section- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/animals-vegetarianism for more information. Thank you 🙂

    • Joy Kam on Oct 15, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      Dear Never Bias,

      Thank you for your comment on tsemrinpoche.com. However, please do not be offended by this post. We are not here to highlight any particular race or religion but rather the cruel act of animal abuse, torture and animals being harmed/killed. Just like what Ms. Beatrix said, this blog post main focus and education is on Animal Cruelty. It does not mean we are biased and only showcase a certain group and not another because that is never been our agenda.

      It is not about Jewish or Muslim that we are highlighting, it is the animal cruelty act itself. Our aim is to spread awareness on animal cruelty as much as possible, though we may not be able to cover every single one of them that happens daily. Our believe and motto is EVERY sentient being on this planet deserves happiness. Thank you and I hope you do explore the diverse categories on this blog.

      Love

    • Mary Anne Thomas on Oct 15, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      Dear Never Bias,
      I agree with you. Please highlight this to PETA and other animal rights group to do something about it. A more effective way is also write in to the many governments where they have large muslim communities to create awareness and your plea. I believe all religious animal sacrifice should be stopped.

  25. Sofi on Oct 15, 2016 at 12:31 am

    Many religions in the world demand sacrifice of animals in their rituals. Either as offerings or to cleanse the practitioners’ sins. I find it a questionable why are the animals need to be the sacrifice. Does it really appease their Gods? I mean, if their Gods are enlightened without self-grasping then why would need the death of another being to please them? If the God is pleased with blood or death, then what is the difference between this God and a ghost, a vampire or even a pontianak? Sorry I am not being offensive but just curious.

    And if the animals were to atone their sins, then why don’t they bear the responsibilities of their own sins rather than cast it onto the poor animal who had to lose its precious life without consent. If the people had not committed the sins, then there will not be any need to commit the sacrifice right? And how does the sin get transferred onto another beings when the action of sinning was by the human. Isn’t killing also another sin? Customs of the past sometimes should be re-examined to check for faultless reasoning before passing it on to the next generation. No one should interfere with another’s person’s religious practice but when it encroached upon the lives of another being, are we not allowed to question?

    This reminds me of the Dorje Shugden practitioners having to face persecution from the Central Tibetan Administration (government of Tibetan-In-Exile) and the Anti-Shugdens. The Shugden practitioners faced fear everday of abuses, threats and persecution daily. They are denied their basic rights to practice their religion in peace, denied their rights to, denied travel papers, denied medical aid, financial aid denied schooling for their children, etc. The Shugden practitioners don’t even sacrifice animals for their rituals so why are their rights taken away?

    Thank you Rinpoche for your eye-opening article of the bloody customs of another religion. May we learn to practice real love and kindness to all, including animals that also seek happiness.

  26. Pastor Han Nee on Oct 14, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Yes, however, you look at it, holding the chicken in a vice and then swinging over the head three times, must have put the chicken in great pain and terror. Then amid the pain and terror, its throat is brutally slit! How horrendous and cruel!The the chicken is thrown into a cone and left to rot!

    As there is an alternative – using money instead of slitting the throat and killing the chicken, why can’t this more humane practice be followed?

    Don’t these chickens have feelings? For sure they do!It is to be hoped that this practice will not endure. The cruelty of it all and the pain inflicted are too much and needless too.

  27. Samfoonheei on Oct 14, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Very sad ….the orthodox practice of 2,000 year old ritual still exist. The orthodox Jewish community believe the annual ritual will cleanse their sins, thats inhuman.Killing it self is a sin, no matter how much they do in this ritual, the sin will always be there. Its just a belief that runs down from their ancestors. Animal Rights Campaign did a good job trying to stop and calling for an end to the annual slaughter over chickens. Even though they lost,i do hope the activist will continue their campaign to stop the killing of chickens during Jewish Ritual.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

  28. Cheng See on Oct 14, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

    This is horrifying and sad. Why such cruelty ?
    The suffering is so terrible.

  29. Stella Cheang on Oct 14, 2016 at 12:45 am

    I am not in any position to comment on the ritual of another faith but the suffering and pain caused onto the poor chickens is too apparent to be ignored. Something deeper had eluded the whole process of this cleansing ritual is the cultivation of compassion and kindness towards all sentient beings, including chicken as well as fellow mankind. It does not feel right for someone to show vulgarity and arrogance when one is atoning one’s sin. Thank you Rinpoche for this article that reminds us that following ritual blindly without mind transformation is not spiritual.

  30. chris chong on Oct 13, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this information about this tradition in Judaism. It is very sad to see other men would actually believe that by swinging a bird over their head three times and then slit it’s throat can clear up their sins. I am fortunate to be born near dharma and in dharma now.

    Delusions in samsara are very scary as they lead us on a path of no return. We create negative karma by acting on our delusions which in turn the negative karma created will create more delusions. It is a never ending cycle unless we apply dharma. I am truly fortunate to have dharma in my life.

    Humbly,
    Chris

  31. Jace Chong on Oct 13, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche and the writer team for sharing this.

    Every living beings feel, no one likes pain and sufferings. I respect every culture has their own way in certain rituals, but how can the action of killing brings blessings or clears sins? The action itself is inflicting pain to another being and it’s already a sin; how does a sin clear another sin?

    Same goes to Gadhimai festival, a sacrificial ceremony that was held every 5 years in Kathmandu, Nepal. Luckily the worldwide protests have been a great success and the “festival” has stopped since 2015.

    I wish the protests on Kaporos gain victory one day by the continuous efforts. I agree very much that you can give money to the poor the gain blessing than to slit the poor chicken.

    Thank you.

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  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Aug 21. 2019 10:16 PM
    If you can’t bear the pain of watching these videos, why do you bring them pain? | 若你不忍心看这些视频,那为何却忍心伤害它们?

    Eating meat causes killings which is a choice you make at every meal. Make the conscious choice of kindness. Don’t eat meat and their wishes to be alive are yours to fulfill.

    http://bit.ly/2YapO3B
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Aug 21. 2019 10:08 PM
    The Importance of Tibet Befriending China

    After 60 years of strife, is it time to mend the fences for mutual benefits and harmony? Read more here and decide for yourself: http://bit.ly/2ZegOXs
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Aug 21. 2019 10:00 PM
    Racism Against Tibetans in America

    When I was sent the article below today by one of my friends, I was not surprised because from my experience growing up in America, I know many people have experienced and continue to experience racism just because of something they cannot change which is their ethnicity and skin colour. So while I was not happy to read what Tenzin has experienced, sad to say but now he knows what it feels like as a Tibetan to be called something derogatory because of who you are.

    Read more here how where there is discrimination, there is suffering: http://bit.ly/2YxFY2k
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Aug 21. 2019 09:55 PM
    Mokele-Mbembe: The Last Living Dinosaur | 摩克拉姆贝贝: 地球上仅存的恐龙

    Do dinosaur still exists? Find out more of this creature whom the natives know as Mokele-Mbembe and all the close-encounters that most often will end in disasters.

    http://bit.ly/2SNKCrv
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Aug 21. 2019 09:50 PM
    What is andagu?

    Today, Pagan is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site because over 2,200 of these ancient temples and pagodas still survive. The Pagan plains, by the way, are only 104 square kilometres so you can imagine how the landscape must have looked with so many monasteries, temples and stupas. The city itself must have been teeming with artisans, carvers, painters and sculptors all working on these holy sites. After all, if people were building the temples and monasteries, there had to be other people creating the Buddha images to be enshrined within.

    Find out more here: http://bit.ly/2Ygq29q
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Aug 21. 2019 09:39 PM
    Puja to Guru Chakrasamvara

    According to the Heruka Tantras, Buddha Shakyamuni himself laid down the practices they contain. To do this, the Buddha manifested on Mount Kailash as Buddha Heruka Chakrasamvara in sacred union with Vajra Yogini and the 62 deities in his entourage.

    Read more of this authentic practice by Buddha himself: http://bit.ly/2K4n91a
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Aug 21. 2019 09:13 PM
    What Lama Zopa Teaches About the Dorje Shugden Ban

    FPMT centres today however, no longer rely on Dorje Shugden, on the advice of their current spiritual advisor and spiritual heir of Lama Yeshe, Venerable Lama Zopa. The new FPMT policy to no longer follow the practice of Dorje Shugden is in contrast with Lama Yeshe who was extremely devoted to Dorje Shugden and relied on him until the day he passed. This is something that Lama Zopa himself has previously acknowledged; despite halting the practice at FPMT centres, Lama Zopa said in the past that:

    Kopan Monastery had been performing the Dorje Shugden practice from the beginning, as this was Lama Yeshe’s main protector, on whom he relied whenever he needed help for anything.~Lama Zopa

    Find out what is going on here: http://bit.ly/2SR24eW
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Aug 21. 2019 09:08 PM
    Translator Ven. Helmut Gassner on Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden

    As if by some divine plan, Helmut Gassner’s role as the Dalai Lama’s interpreter ended just a year before the Dalai Lama’s ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden in 1996. After having interpreted for the Dalai Lama during a series of events organised by the University for Peace in Berlin, they said goodbye to each other at the airport, where the Dalai Lama told him, “I never worry when you are there as my interpreter.” That was the last time Helmut Gassner interpreted for the Dalai Lama.

    For interesting read, visit here: http://bit.ly/32XzFZd
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Aug 21. 2019 09:02 PM
    Enlightened childhood paintings by Tsem Rinpoche

    Some of the artwork, which took hours to create, even won Rinpoche prizes at school. For his artwork, Rinpoche used a variety of mediums; some of the Buddha images would be painted and others would be coloured with crayons or magic markers. Once finished, Rinpoche would also wrap some of the drawings with Saran Wrap (cling wrap) plastic and attach a string to them, before passing the images out to friends and relatives to wear for blessings and protection.

    Read more here: http://bit.ly/32Y12T2
  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Aug 21. 2019 08:11 PM
    It is great that Kechara Puja House is offering pet funeral service. This will give comfort to the pet owners as they can do something beneficial for their pets. After the funeral rite is performed, the owner can continue to help the pets to accumulate merits by making offerings to the 3 Jewels and dedicate the merits to them.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/dog-funerals-held-by-kechara.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 21. 2019 04:05 PM
    Stephon Marbury is an American former basketball player who played for NBA All Star in 2001 and 2003. The Two-time NBA All-Star embraced China after accepting China offer and turned his career and life around. Even though thousands of miles away from his former life in America , leaving everything behind. Through a series of remarkable games and scripted events he became one of the most beloved people in China. Stephon Marbury went from NBA outcast to Chinese legend and left behind a complicated legacy in the NBA. He is the first foreign celebrity to receive permanent residency in China.
    He never give up even though he did failed in his career with NBA and embracing China was the right choice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.
    Positivity, confidence, and persistence are key in our life, so never give up in whatever we do…..

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stephon-marbury-embraces-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 21. 2019 04:03 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this important complete commentary on 50 Verses of Guru Devotion. For all students to understand and put into practice. I am still trying to absorb as much as I could and still learning. Without the devotion to our Guru, we are no where and will not be able to be enlightened.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/complete-commentary-on-50-verses-of-guru-devotion.html
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Aug 21. 2019 02:55 PM
    Very touching article of painful childhood experience. A child was battle to grow in a difficult situation, struggled in hunger with lack of care and love.

    A painful love of a teenage mother and a concern grandmother of a new born baby was learned in this article. It was also learned that both mothers’ had the most critical time by adopting a foster family to keep the baby safe. Growing up with foster parents was extremely painful. All necessary needs was neglected including food and most of the time the child was unattended.

    A journey with a lot of bad experience with unforgettable memories with some lovely sweet moments was felt. A lovely gift with a little attention in the painful experienced of a child has helped to gain a deeper understanding of what love really is.

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  • Chris
    Tuesday, Aug 20. 2019 04:24 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche and the blog team for sharing with us this amazing town in Nepal. It is such a beautiful town with its ancient culture and its spiritual atmosphere. Places like this are beautiful because it is away from the city where materialism is at its peak. This town is also full of shops for spiritual shopping

    Places like these are very conducive for spiritual practice and on top of that, the scenery is stunning. It’s location made it a good place for mountaineers to take a break from their quest to conquer Mount Everest and get used to the climate. This will be a good place to go to have a spiritual holiday!

    http://bit.ly/2RMxcKk
  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Aug 20. 2019 04:03 PM
    Happiness is a state of mind, not how much we material possession we have accumulated. As we are chasing after a relationship, material possession, we tend to forget to take care of our mind. This is when people suffer from depression.

    We have to understand nothing is permanent, material possession cannot give us long-lasting happiness. Most of our problems are created by our mind. If we can control our mind, we can control how we feel and not suffer.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/resolve-depression

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

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

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
4 months ago
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
4 months ago
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
4 months ago
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
4 months ago
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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    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!
    2 months 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!
    2 months 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?
    2 months 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
    3 months 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
    4 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.
    4 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
    4 months ago
    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    5 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.
    5 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.
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    6 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    7 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    7 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    8 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!
    8 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    8 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    8 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    8 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.
    8 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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Teacher Jayce explained the good value from Rinpoche’s teachings. Alice, KSDS
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Teacher Jayce explained the good value from Rinpoche’s teachings. Alice, KSDS
“Be kind to animals.” Let your kids join the monthly Animal Liberation at Kechara House, Sunwaymas.
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“Be kind to animals.” Let your kids join the monthly Animal Liberation at Kechara House, Sunwaymas.
Chern Chern learnt dharma and show the good attitudes to others. Alice, KSDS
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Chern Chern learnt dharma and show the good attitudes to others. Alice, KSDS
Encourage the kids to express their feelings and at the same instill the dharma to them. Alice, KSDS
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Encourage the kids to express their feelings and at the same instill the dharma to them. Alice, KSDS
Teacher Grace taught the participants for the DIY candles. Alice , KSDS
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Teacher Grace taught the participants for the DIY candles. Alice , KSDS
Children recite Migtsema and Manjushri mantra before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children recite Migtsema and Manjushri mantra before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Student do full prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Student do full prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wen Yue led students to do key chain as part of art and craft activity. Lin Mun KSDS
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Wen Yue led students to do key chain as part of art and craft activity. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Kien shared some photos of sangha members. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Kien shared some photos of sangha members. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- close bonding during WOAH camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- close bonding during WOAH camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Teenage dharma class in Kechara House . Lin Mun KSDS
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Teenage dharma class in Kechara House . Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Chinese New Year activity, calligraphy with best wishes words. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Chinese New Year activity, calligraphy with best wishes words. Lin Mun KSDS
KISG has been performing White Tara and Dorje Shugden puja for 4 consecutive nights. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has been performing White Tara and Dorje Shugden puja for 4 consecutive nights. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG members travelled to KFR for Ullambana today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG members travelled to KFR for Ullambana today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
After the Bird Liberation, we proceeded with Dorje Shugden puja. Just before we started our puja, Pastor Patsy gave us a short Dharma Sharing. Pastor spoke about Dharma practice in these days and reminded us to always keep our samaya with Guru intact. To honour our promises, reduce our worldly activities and practice Dharma strongly. Thank you Pastor for the valuable advice~Jacinta, KPSG
2 weeks ago
After the Bird Liberation, we proceeded with Dorje Shugden puja. Just before we started our puja, Pastor Patsy gave us a short Dharma Sharing. Pastor spoke about Dharma practice in these days and reminded us to always keep our samaya with Guru intact. To honour our promises, reduce our worldly activities and practice Dharma strongly. Thank you Pastor for the valuable advice~Jacinta, KPSG
We chanted Medicine Buddha's mantra before we blessed them. May they be connected with Buddha always. ~Jacinta , monthly Bird Liberation Kechara Penang Study Group
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We chanted Medicine Buddha's mantra before we blessed them. May they be connected with Buddha always. ~Jacinta , monthly Bird Liberation Kechara Penang Study Group
Special thanks to Linny Neoh and her friend for joining our Kechara Penang Study Group Bird Liberation. ~Jacinta, KPSG
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Special thanks to Linny Neoh and her friend for joining our Kechara Penang Study Group Bird Liberation. ~Jacinta, KPSG
Birds were blessed before their departure to freedom. They deserved love & freedom too ~Jacinta,KPSG
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Birds were blessed before their departure to freedom. They deserved love & freedom too ~Jacinta,KPSG
Pastor Patsy giving explanation during Bird Liberation event. Kechara Penang Study Group's monthly bird liberation - Jacinta
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Pastor Patsy giving explanation during Bird Liberation event. Kechara Penang Study Group's monthly bird liberation - Jacinta
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teachers and students start dharma learning at this blissful morning ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
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Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teachers and students start dharma learning at this blissful morning ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teacher Lin Mun start class with Manjusri prayers after prostration ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
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Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teacher Lin Mun start class with Manjusri prayers after prostration ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
Mdm Glian Sim offered Serkym on behalf of KISG today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 weeks ago
Mdm Glian Sim offered Serkym on behalf of KISG today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Janice So offered water to Lama Tsongkhapa, Mother Tara, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Janice So offered water to Lama Tsongkhapa, Mother Tara, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Ms. Leow offered lights and incense prior to the prayer session in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 weeks ago
Ms. Leow offered lights and incense prior to the prayer session in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out a session of 21 Praises to Taras prayer recitations today in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out a session of 21 Praises to Taras prayer recitations today in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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