Is it time to worry?

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I must thank you for sharing many of the information I’ve posted on this blog through the years because it really serves to inform many on different issues. When people have information, then it could be the beginning of something good. Whatever little bit of good things I am doing now, is because of the information I came across or given to me in the past. Same goes for activists, researchers, housewives, businesswomen, professionals, speakers/representatives, donors, field workers, celebrities, leaders and so on. They were given or came across information that started their passion to do something good for the world. So everyone, please keep tirelessly sharing the information here and many thanks from myself. 🙂

It would be worthy, that my blog evolves into a general platform for all types of beneficial information in the future with many contributing writers and works from around the world. For now I bring you three extremely important articles you should be aware of. After reading the articles, you should please ask yourself two questions: Is it time to start worrying and how much will you do consistently to bring awareness to others of the issues your about to read?

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Melting Antarctic Ice Is Causing an Actual Shift in Gravity
Study further confirms global warming is changing Antarctica in fundamental ways.

—By Eric Holthaus | Tue Sep. 30, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

 

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This story originally appeared in Slate and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Gravity—yes, gravity—is the latest victim of climate change in Antarctica. That’s the stunning conclusion announced Friday by the European Space Agency.

“The loss of ice from West Antarctica between 2009 and 2012 caused a dip in the gravity field over the region,” writes the ESA, whose GOCE satellite measured the change. Apparently, melting billions of tons of ice year after year has implications that would make even Isaac Newton blanch. Here’s the data visualized.

 

 

To be fair, the change in gravity is very small. It’s not like you’ll float off into outer space on your next vacation to the Antarctic Peninsula.

The biggest implication is the new measurements confirm global warming is changing the Antarctic in fundamental ways. Earlier this year, a separate team of scientists announced that major West Antarctic glaciers have begun an “unstoppable” “collapse,” committing global sea levels to a rise of several meters over the next few hundred years.

Though we all learned in high-school physics that gravity is a constant, it actually varies slightly depending on where you are on the Earth’s surface and the density of the rock (or, in this case, ice) beneath your feet. During a four-year mission, the ESA satellite mapped these changes in unprecedented detail and was able to detect a significant decrease in the region of Antarctica where land ice is melting fastest.

The new results in West Antarctica were achieved by combining the high-resolution gravity field measurements from the ESA satellite with a longer-running but lower resolution gravity-analyzing satellite mission called Grace, which is jointly operated by the United States and Germany. Scientists hope to scale up this analysis to all of Antarctica soon, which could provide the clearest picture yet of the pace global warming is taking in the frozen continent. Current best estimates show that global seas could be as much as 50 inches higher by century’s end, due in large part to ice melt in West Antarctica.

Previous research with data from a third satellite, CryoSat (also from ESA), has shown ice loss from this portion of West Antarctica has increased by three-fold since just 2009, with 500 cubic kilometers of ice now melting each year from Greenland and Antarctica combined. That’s an iceberg the size of Manhattan, three-and-a-half miles thick.

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/09/antarctic-ice-melt-causes-small-shift-gravity

 


 

Half the World’s Wildlife Has Disappeared in Just 40 Years

—By Inae Oh | Tue Sep. 30, 2014 4:54 PM EDT

 

The forest elephant population has fallen by more than 60 percent since 2002, according to research cited in a new World Wildlife Fund report. Thomas Breuer/Wikimedia Commons    

 

Global wildlife populations have declined by a stunning 52 percent over the past four decades, and humans are largely to blame.

That’s according to a newly released study conducted by the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London, which analyzed an index of 10,000 different animal populations (referred to in the study as the Global Living Planet Index) comprised of more than 3,000 species of vertebrates, a group of animals that includes mammals, reptiles, fish, amphibians, and birds.

The report attributes this insane drop almost entirely to human activity, including overfishing, unsustainable agriculture, a dramatic loss in natural habitats, and—of course—climate change.

 

 

The most severe decline was experienced by freshwater species, whose populations fell a shocking 76 percent—nearly twice the rate experienced by marine and terrestrial species (both of which dropped by 39 percent). The most significant reductions in wildlife occurred largely in the tropics, especially in South America.

“This damage is not inevitable but a consequence of the way we choose to live,” said the Zoological Society’s Ken Norris, according to the AP. “There is still hope. Protecting nature needs focused conservation action, political will and support from industry.”

While Norris’ message leaves room for a bit of encouragement, it remains to be seen if the WWF’s latest data will spur significant political action, particularly in light of the upcoming United Nations climate change and sustainability meeting in 2015.

Source: http://www.motherjones.com/bluemarble/2014/09/wildlife-population-drop-half-1970

 


 

Naomi Klein: Fossil Fuels Threaten Our Ability to Have Healthy Children
Why oil spills, fracking, and climate change pose a special danger to the youngest members of all species.

—By Indre Viskontas | Mon Sep. 29, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

 

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It’s self-evident that embryos, fetuses, and babies are vulnerable. We have strict laws protecting children because they cannot fend for themselves. And yet, too often, we ignore the impact that environmental disasters have on the very earliest stages of life. In her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Naomi Klein examines the effect that our reliance on fossil fuels has on the most helpless members of the animal kingdom—as well as on our own children.

“In species after species, climate change is creating pressures that are depriving life-forms of their most essential survival tool: the ability to create new life and carry on their genetic lines,” Klein writes. “Instead, the spark of life is being extinguished, snuffed out in its earliest, most fragile days: in the egg, in the embryo, in the nest, in the den.”

Take the case of the leatherback sea turtles. These ancient creatures have been around for 150 million years, making them the longest-surviving marine animals on earth. As Klein points out, they’ve survived the “asteroid attacks” that likely wiped out the dinosaurs. But now they are threatened by a combination of poaching, fishing and climate change. One recent study found that as temperatures rise over the next century, “egg and hatchling survival will rapidly decline” for sea turtle populations in the Eastern Pacific.

The leatherback turtles have “survived so much,” says Klein on this week’s episode of the Inquiring Minds podcast. “But it’s not clear that they’re going to be able to survive even incremental climate change, because what’s happening already is that when the eggs are buried in the sand, even if the sand is just marginally hotter than it used to be, that the eggs are not hatching; they’re cooking in the sand.” What’s more, turtles don’t have sex chromosomes—they turn into males or females based on the ambient temperature of the sand in which they are born. Hotter sand means more female turtles hatch. And the danger is that warming could eventually result in a significant imbalance between males and females, ultimately decimating the species.

While writing the book, Klein was going through her own fertility crisis, so she says she was particularly attuned to the fragility of new life and the impacts that stressors can have on reproduction. And she began to notice a common theme in the after-effects of environmental catastrophes. In the wake of the 2010 BP oil spill, for example, she toured the Louisiana marshes. With Jonathan Henderson, an organizer with the Gulf Restoration Network, guiding the way, Klein and a few others set out to investigate whether the oil from the Deepwater Horizon had permeated the bayous. It was the fish jumping in dirty water and the coating of reddish brown oil that impressed Klein and her companions.

But what most concerned Henderson, recalls Klein, was the nearly invisible cost of the disaster: the tiny zooplankton and juveniles that grow into the shrimp, oysters, crabs, and fish that are the bedrock of the Gulf fisheries. “What he was preoccupied with was the fact that this was spawning seasoning,” Klein says. “And that even though we couldn’t see it, there was just a huge amount of proto-life surrounding us, and this was spring in the Gulf and everything was spawning.”

Drifting in the marshlands, Klein writes that she “had the distinct feeling that we were suspended not in water but in amniotic fluid, immersed in a massive multi-species miscarriage.”

These effects, she argues, may be felt years later, when those juveniles should be reaching maturity. “Looking into it in the context of the Gulf, we’ve heard a lot of really concerning stories directly from fishermen saying that they’re not seeing baby fish out there,” Klein says. “Or they’re seeing female crabs without eggs.” In her book, she recounts a 2012 interview with a Florida fisherman named Donny Waters who had noticed the absence of small fish in his catches. This hadn’t yet cut into his income, since small fish are thrown back. But Waters was worried that the impact would be felt in the years to come—specifically, in 2016 or 2017, when those fish that were in the larval stage during the spill would have grown up.

This wouldn’t be the first time that an oil spill had a delayed effect on the fishing industry. “The greatest and most lasting impacts on the fish in Alaska had to do with this delayed disaster,” says Klein, referring to the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989. “It wasn’t until three or four years after the spill that the herring fishery collapsed.” Twenty-five years later, it still hasn’t recovered.

What’s more, scientists say the spill might also help explain the deaths of an unusual number of young bottlenose dolphins in the northern Gulf of Mexico. In a paper published in PlosONE in 2012, Ruth Carmichael and her colleagues examined whether the spill contributed to a “perfect storm” of events that killed 186 dolphins—46 percent of whom were perinatal calves (that is, babies)—in the first four months of 2011.

 

An unusually high number of young bottlenose dolphins died in the Gulf of Mexico between January and April 2011. Graham Worthy/University of Central Florida

 

“When we put the pieces together,” explained Carmichael in a 2012 press release, “it appears that the dolphins were likely weakened by depleted food resources, bacteria, or other factors as a result of the 2010 cold winter or oil spill, which made them susceptible to assault by the high volumes of cold freshwater [from heavy snowmelt] coming from land in 2011 and resulted in distinct patterns in when and where they washed ashore.”

By April 2014, 235 stranded baby bottlenose dolphins had been found, “a staggering figure, since scientists estimate that the number of cetacean corpses found on or near shore represents only 2 percent of the ‘true death toll,'” Klein writes.

Of course, this research isn’t conclusive. A BP spokesperson notes that dolphins in the Gulf began dying off before the oil spill and that unusual mortality events “occur with some regularity.” For its part, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration states that the “direct or indirect effects” of the spill are being “investigated as potential causes or contributing factors for some of the strandings” but that “no definitive cause has yet been identified.”

 

Dolphin strandings by age group for Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and western Florida Reprinted with permission from Carmichael et al., PlosONE, 2012

 

Further up the food chain, Klein is also concerned about the potential impact of environmental pollution on human fertility. During the same trip that took her through the marshlands of Louisiana, she also visited Mossville, the historic African American town notorious as a case study in environmental racism.

“This was a town formed by freed slaves, and after being established, it was surrounded by 14 massive petrochemical factories, and the land and water was just poisoned, and most of the people have already left,” Klein says.

While worries about cancers and other illnesses in Mossville have been covered fairly extensively in the media, the issue of fertility problems is less well known. “When I spoke to women who had lived in Mossville, what I heard about was just an epidemic of infertility and that just so many women had hysterectomies,” Klein says. These stories are anecdotal, but Klein hopes more research will be done. “This is often just an understudied part of science,” she says.

Klein also points to emerging research that links the fracking boom with various reproductive problems. In a Bloomberg View column earlier this year, Mark Whitehouse reported on data presented at the annual American Economic Association meeting from a yet-to-be published study of Pennsylvania birth records that apparently found a correlation between proximity to shale gas sites and low birth weight in babies. Babies born within a 2.5-kilometer radius of gas drilling sites were almost twice as likely to have a low birth weight (increasing from 5.6 percent to 9 percent of births) or a low APGAR score, the first evaluation of a baby’s health after birth. And a study published this year examining birth outcomes and proximity to natural gas development reported that mothers who lived within 10 miles of the highest number of fracking sites (125 wells within a 10-mile radius) were 30 percent more likely to have babies with congenital heart defects and twice as likely to have babies with neurological problems compared to mothers whose homes were at least 10 miles away from any fracking site.

Then there’s the threat that climate change itself poses to children. Last year, UNICEF warned that “more severe and more frequent natural disasters, food crises and changing rainfall patterns are all threatening children’s lives” and that by 2050, climate change could result in an additional 25 million children suffering from malnourishment.

“For all the talk about the right to life and the rights of the unborn,” writes Klein, “our culture pays precious little attention to the particular vulnerabilities of children, let alone developing life.”

Source: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/09/naomi-klein-inquiring-minds

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Jun 27, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    The signs of global warming are everywhere, and are more complex than just climbing temperatures. Humans and wild animals face new challenges for survival because of climate change. More frequent and intense drought, storms, heat waves, rising sea levels, melting glaciers and warming oceans can directly harm animals. They also destroy the places they live, and wreak havoc on people’s livelihoods and communities. Sad if we are not doing to save and protect our environment and earth, no one will. From polar bears in the Arctic to marine turtles, our planet’s diversity of life is at risk from the changing climate. We must urgently reduce carbon pollution and prepare for the consequences of global warming, advance policies to fight climate change before its too late. Global wildlife populations sooner or later it will be extinct too if not protected.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  2. Stella Cheang on Jan 27, 2018 at 10:58 am

    With the increase of human population who are trained to consume and produce waste lawlessly, it is in no time the world will have little other living species, either due to the fact the they become a part of human’s food chain, or they extinct because the environment can no longer support them. The environment deteriorates at God speed due to over usage of harmful chemical and pollution. As all of us are one part of this poisonous environment, we will suffer in the hands of our own mindlessness and selfishness from our own kind. It is time to stop thinking that we are superior than other species and start considering ourselves no difference from the animals that we eat and the dolphins that live in the ocean. We all have the same need and desire to live in a clean environment with food and water supply that are free of pollution and chemical.

  3. Samfoonheei on Jan 22, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Yes it is time to worry for sure if we are not doing anything to protect our earth , environment and animals .There’s the threat that climate change will do more harm.One recent study found that as temperatures rise over the next century.Marine life of dolphins , leatherback sea turtles and so forth are affected .Sooner or later they will be extnct due to global warming. .Scientists discovered environmental pollution can cause human fertility.
    Human activity, including over fishing, unsustainable agriculture, a dramatic loss in natural habitats, and—of course—climate change are to be blamed. Hence it is indeed a time to worry and put in more effort to protect our environment and earth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this informative article.

  4. Pastor Moh Mei on Feb 6, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    I think in many ways nature is a reflection of mankind. Equilibrium, compassion, wisdom, creativity, tenacity, integrity are all qualities we can find in nature. There is also a precarious balance between harmony and destruction. Mother nature does respond and react to external stimuli. It’s reaction can bring about unstoppable natural disasters.

    To educate mankind to care about mother nature is educating mankind to care about themselves but many still refused to see this inter-dependency between mankind and mother nature. It is simple not worth the time and effort considering human short life span. So we tend to reap the most out of the short life span we have. We are a selfish species and this selfishness will inevitably destroy the one habitat we all share and live in today.

    Do mankind have the wisdom and foresight to recognize the consequences of our actions and stop them before it’s too late? History would bet against us. It is in our selfish human nature to only take actions and care when we are directly impacted, when we directly lose from environmental issues. Until then, for those of us who believe in the cause, we can try our best to promote awareness, to live a “greener” lifestyle and hopefully one person at a time, we can create some impact in slowing down the degeneration of mother nature. We cannot change the world, it may be too late to change the world and reverse the damage done but we can still change ourselves. Every actions count. A shorter shower, one less plastic bag, one vegetarian meal a week, take that walk instead of driving….collectively we can make it count.

  5. Lucas Roth on Mar 16, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    These facts are so true and we are destroying this world and now it isn’t that we can be more eco friendly in out lifestyles but now we must stop the industries that can tear down nature, have effects on areas around them and the industries that pollute the environment. These kind of things can destroy the lives of animals and our lives too.

    Animals deserve a proper non polluted home because they are lives too just like humans and they have right to a clean earth just like us. But we are destroying their homes and we are killing them. Humans are like a parasite on earth, we feed off it while slowly killing it. Animals didn’t do anything but we humans are just ignorant and believe that only we deserve a good life while we destroy their homes and lives.

    What we don’t realize is that we are destroying out homes too with pollution and the industries as the young get effected and the environment is unhealthy so we get unhealthy. We are destroying this world for everyone. So if you cant help stop this for the poor, poor animals then do it for yourself.

  6. Sean Wang on Oct 19, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Thank you for sharing these articles I believe that such calamities are to be worried about. I believe that it is indeed time to worry. Firstly, I feel that a gravitational shift due to climate change is not worth worrying about but rather what is needed to be worried about is the glacial ice melting which would lead to a world-wide situation of submergence, even Malaysia would be affected as 4% of our country will be underwater in the event of total polar melting. Massive relocation and obstruction of produce production would lead to global chaos! Alternatively, should a freshwater lake melt and leak out into the ocean we may enter an ice age! Thus, glacial melting is something to worry about.

    The intense amount of animal species becoming extinct is also extremely alarming as their extinction is mainly due to human influences. However, if I see this phenomenon from a darwinian perspective, it is just evolution taking its course. Cold, yes, but it is a sad, ugly truth of this world of constant evolution and search for self interest.

    It is rather interesting to see the other effects that humans have on ourselves. Although it doesn’t directly involve me (as I do not intend on having children), it is rather shocking to see that our future generations may be weakened or threatened by our constant use of fossil fuels. It is also very disheartening to see the only creatures deemed non-human persons ie the dolphins suffering from their land counterparts. It is sad.

    However, understanding that these things are happening and worrying about them would not solve the problem. Standing around and doing nothing will not solve the problem. A childhood phrase would make sense here – Do not cry over spilt milk – and if I could add to it, it would be “Just mop it up and move on, make sure it doesn’t happen again”.

    Firstly, awareness needs to be created. Many choose to ignore the truth of global warming, people do not see it as a global warning, they see it as a work of fiction, something to ignore but they shouldn’t. People need to know that there would be extremely negative consequences with the climate if people do not do anything. A great movie/documentary for creating awareness would be “The Inconvenient Truth” by Al Gore.

    Next, people can lessen the amount of emissions by using their vehicle less and to try and find alternative energy sources. Alternatively, we could use our current resources more efficiently ie recycling.

    Methane is one of the greatest pollutants and contributors to the Greenhouse Effect. Methane largely comes from slaughterhouses and farms. Cows especially. They produce so much methane that it would lead to global warming. Thus, if more people were vegetarian and the demand for meats were lowered, slaughterhouses would be not needed and the environment would be better.

    Furthermore, human greed is a major contributing factor for all of the ailments of this planet, whether it is to do with the environment or with the animals inhabiting it. If humans learn to be grateful with what they have, people would not strive for more, they would strive for enough. Gratefulness is key.

  7. Leonard Ooi(Penang) on Oct 14, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. What Leonardo says is true- we have to act before it’s too late. Worry about the climate change and global warming doesn’t help much but taking responsible actions is crucial to our well being and that of the future generations too. We have to preserve the eco system before it become extinct .. and the Ebola virus is spreading fast… and it may be just at our door step before we know it.

    I hope everyone will do their part to save the earth and be environmental friendly and also be kind to animals.

    Thank you.

  8. Grace Leu ( KHJB) on Oct 13, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    气候变化的问题举不是一朝形成,可是贪婪的人类还是为了一己之私,不断向大自然須索无数,可怜的下一代是否能有更好的未来和环境?大家不改变,继续无视全球暖化问题,我们将一步步走向灭亡。

  9. Hee TS on Oct 10, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    謝謝仁波切在這篇文章中,顯示出各種即將發生的或已經發生了的災難,這清楚提醒我們,殺害生命和破壞環境的行為就有如人類自掘墳墓。附件材料的需求,動力和無知加速氣候變化和全球變暖的進程。

  10. So Kin Hoe (Ipoh) on Oct 7, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the urgency and the awareness of climate change that can affect most of the living beings, especially the unprotected wild animals, whether they are living in the forest, rivers, lakes or in the ocean.

    I truly agree with what Mr. Leonardo DiCaprio has mentioned in his speech that ‘Now is the moment of actions’. We cannot react in selfish manner and pretend with ignorance that these climate changes will not affect us in our lifetimes. Many people will think that by the time the sea level has risen to a dangerous level, we would have been gone and dead, but who knows we might be reborn as animals or humans in next lifetime that we might have to endure the consequences of the climate change that is currently happening now.

    Previously, I have read on one article that one of the factors that affects the climate change is the fart coming from the livestock, especially the cows and other animals, which are intended to become meat for human consumption. The methane gas (in the form of fart) produced by the animals has significantly caused the temperature to rise as the number of livestock is growing year by year to cater for the growing human population in parallel.

    I urgently urge everyone not to take meat as it is not only can save the animals from being killed brutally, but it can also help to reduce or prevent the climate change and reduce the global warming as well.

    Let’s not take the climate change lightly but I encourage everyone of us to plant some trees at any places wherever we are allowed to as we can do our bit to save our planet from getting deteriorated. Just imagine if our ancestors did all the pollutions and all the activities that could affect the climate change severely, we would not survive until today.

    Thank you for your time to read up my short writing.

  11. Edwin Tan on Oct 7, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for the articles. This article clearly highlights the issues on hand that was already made known to the world in 1990s.

    Moving forward to now, 20 years later after so much shocking revelation, nothing much was done. True, people are more concerned now…on climate changes, using LED lights. However, the carbon emission from vehicles, the usage of petrol and fuel still have not declined but increasing year after year.

    The latest was the nuclear leak from the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. What impact it created for the economy, the environment and the marine life in that part of Japan. Chernobyl has just recovered from the incident so ing ago…and now another nuclear incident.

    Water / Sea levels are rising. Everybody knows that. News and stories about how Venice and Maldives will be under water soon, yet no significant effects done.

    Ozone is depleting, hence the climate change, yet everyday, deforestation and burning of forests are still on going.

    There are still dozen of develoing countries, with them not concerned about the environment, little can be achieved. There are also many less developed and poor nations, with little to fend for themselves, education of such makes little sense to them.

    There are a lot more we can all achieve together, but it is not the voice of 1, or hundreds, or thousands. Voices have to be heard in billions.

    I hope every single reader that sees Rinpoche’s blogs, or read the articles elsewhere will make some efforts to preserve the eco-system… before it collapses.

    Thank you.

  12. Uncle Eddie on Oct 6, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    All these phenomenas as shared by Rinpoche, certainly do give our World a lot to worry and fear for! Also additionally, to whatever have had happened, a 15 member-team of United Nation Security council had unanimously passed a resolution declaring that the “unprecedented extent of the Ebola outbreak in Africa, which happened at the end of Sept. 2014, constituted a threat to international peace and security”. The most deadly epidemic of Ebola was said to have spread into five west African countries since the start of the year. Health authorities have called for immediate aid and warned that Ebola fever can fell its victim within days, causing severe muscle pain, vomitting, diarrhoea and – in some cases – unstoppable internal and external bleeding and death. The importation of several experimental drugs to combat the Ebola virus have been used, hoping these will greatly help to combat the increasing trend of the disease transmission and become a big boost to stop the outbreak! Let us all pray hard that this will be efective, since there is said to be no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola yet!

  13. Pastor Han Nee on Oct 6, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for highlighting in this post,various impending catastrophies or catastrophies that have already occurred, which remind us all too clearly, how humankind is digging its own grave by its wilfull acts of killing life and destroying the environment.

    The three highlighted here are: global warming and its effects of rising ocean levels, as well as its negative effect on gravity; the wiping out of half the world’s wildlife in just 40 years; and the effects of unabated fossil usage that is causing environmental pollution and such consequences as the impending disasters of infertility ,even among humans, which will result in the decline of the human and animal ‘population’.

    Among the most significant instances of the destruction of life due to man’s actions of destroying and polluting the environment, with oilspills and the like, can be seen in the deaths of herrings that caused the whole herring fishery industry to collapse, and tPossibly the deaths of 186 botted nose dolphins (40% of whom were babies), in the wake of the Exxon Valdez oilspills in the Gulf of Mexico in 1989.

    The most painful recorded incident of deaths is that of the ancient leatherback turtles(150 million years old) which had survived even the ” asteroid attacks” that had wiped out the dinosaurs , only to succumb to possibly to a combination ofpoaching, fishing and climate change(also caused by man).

    We humans had a choice. We chose the way to disaster for ourselves and others. It’s still not too late to revert.

  14. Low KHJB on Oct 5, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Thank you for the sharing Rinpoche.I is very true that the faith of the earth depends on its inhibitors.No matters how small our contribution is to save its environments.It would be the only hope for the existence for any life form in time to come.
    The attachment to material needs,power and ignorance speed up the the process of climate change and global warming.
    There are some buddhist groups that would educate the followers on good practice to slow down this process in form of application of dharma practice and educating the young to bring the massage through.
    We just hope that we could be a part to save the earth from premature extinction through instilling good practice and awareness to the current and younger generations.

  15. KYC on Oct 2, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    It is clear that life on earth is affected by climate change which has resulted in many species of wildlife becoming extinct or in danger of extinction. Humans are not spared either. More studies must be made on how the climate and environment changes have impacted their health and livelihood. In some parts of the world, people do not have access to basic necessities, health care and sanitary conditions. Everywhere I look, I see a lot of suffering. Yes, it is time to worry.

  16. Joy on Oct 1, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I like Leonardo’s speech… it is true… most of us tend to pretend that climate change and global warming is not happening, that it is just a fiction, yet we can feel it and face it everyday. As long as we are not incorporating what is necessary to save the earth, we will end up killing it.

    It starts with the smallest and simplest of things like stop eating meat and fish! Stop hunting. If there is no demand, there’s not going to be supply. Stop open burning your rubbish which I still see happening in rural areas in Malaysia. Second, gas and fuel, why most every single person in the family own a car? Unfortunately convenience is greater than saving the earth and frankly I do not see this ever changing… but the motor industry can do something about this and start creating more affordable hybrid cars. People in the 3rd world country have their survival and stomach to worry more than thinking about global warming unless leaders of their country educate them, implementing recycling for them to maybe earn a living. I am sure there are ways to implementing saving our earth, all we got to do is take action, otherwise… be prepared as each year it will get warmer or certain places colder. Worrying is not enough.

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  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Jul 14. 2020 09:44 PM
    t’s a blessing to be able to see this rare video of the powerful oracle. Choyang Duldzin Kuten took trance of both the peaceful and wrathful forms of Dorje Shugden.
    What I saw from the Panglung Kuten, is dharma advice to help practitioners and spiritual organizations to grow even more. Thank you very much for sharing this good article with us.

    https://bit.ly/307V2qb
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Jul 14. 2020 06:51 PM
    Nowadays, people prefers to live in forest, and near the greens as they do not want to have the hustle city life which they grew up in because it is very stressful and very unhealthy for their body and mind. I’m amazed with the idea of forest house, incrediably built in the deep forest, with amazing architecture and innovatively studied landscape. I can feel the peace of mind by just looking at the picture. With the huge amount of trees, bushes and plants, it makes the environment looks calm, cooling and less polluted.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article, this house is extremely unique indeed a beautiful place to stay. It is best to be recommended for people who likes to spend short holiday and for those to love to have a peaeceful meditation.

    https://bit.ly/2OpVydr
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 14. 2020 03:03 PM
    Short yet powerful meaningful quotes for thoughts that will change our lives and should not be ignored.
    These quotes stand up well to me….
    Remember, if we wish to make an offering to our teacher, no offering is greater than that of our own dharma practice. ~Geshe Tsutrim Gyeltsen
    Never abandon your spiritual teacher no matter how many inner obstacles you need to overcome…….~Tsem Rinpoche
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/quotes-that-should-not-be-ignored.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 14. 2020 03:01 PM
    Ribur Rinpoche great yogi, scholar and teacher, an accomplished practitioner, as well as a writer and who had giving teachings in numerous countries around the world. We are fortunate able to read all the amazing memoir of Ribur Rinpoche’s profound meeting with Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. A rare and precious memoir. Woa amazing , during the Chinese invasion Ribur Rinpoche managed to retrieve some of Rinpoche’s relics and is at Sera Mae Monastery .
    Loved what Ribur Rinpoche said …….as a scholar, and as a lama I am somebody, but these things are not important. The only thing that matters to me is that I was a disciple of Pabongka Rinpoche.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ribur-rinpoches-profound-meeting-with-kyabje-pabongka-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 14. 2020 03:00 PM
    Clear explanation and understanding of Praise to Manjusri by Geshe Rabten a great masters much appreciated with folded hands. With these explanation will help us in the practice. Venerable Geshe Rabten Rinpoche was one of the most outstanding Tibetan masters of our time. Also known as Milerpa. We are fortunate we are to learn about Manjushri’s sacred prayer. May all be blessed with this powerful praise of Manjushri.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of powerful practice of Gangloma.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/praise-to-manjusri-explanation-by-geshe-rabten.html
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Jul 13. 2020 03:33 PM
    Sailing stones, are a geological phenomenon where rocks move and slide across the surface or on long tracks along a smooth valley floor .Scientist have been wondering how these happened and puzzled by the mysterious “sailing stones .

    Actually we need to thank the mother earth for creating all the wonders and miracles.Thank you very much for this good sharing.

    https://bit.ly/2CxqENS
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 13. 2020 12:30 PM
    Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen was considered as an emanation of Lama Tsongkhapa. He was one of the principal disciples of Je Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. He was the founder of Tsunmo Tsal and built Ganden Monastery in Tibet. A great holder of the vinaya, well known and respected by many. With his incredible devotion and commitment that he had promise to arise as an Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden to preserve the lineage of Tsongkhapa teachings.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/duldzin-drakpa-gyeltsen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 13. 2020 12:28 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the precious Dharma teachings. Giving teachings in the early sunrise is indeed wonderful. Watching sunrise and spending a moment listening Rinpoche’s teaching will brighten the day with positive energy.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sunrise-dorje-shugden-puja-in-kechara-forest-retreat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 13. 2020 12:26 PM
    Thich Nhat Hanh is truly a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his powerful teachings on mindfulness. He is the founder of the Plum Village Tradition where he spent most of his later life residing at the Plum Village Monastery in France. He is one of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today. He has been travelling internationally to give retreats and teachings. He finally made a surprise decision to go back to his root country in Vietnam . Interesting read of a great spiritual leader who has won him several awards for his incredible work of spreading compassion around the world solely just to benefits others.He has authored more than 100 books on various subjects and commentaries on ancient Buddhist texts.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/thich-nhat-hanh-the-icon-of-peace-and-courage.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jul 12. 2020 02:20 PM
    Most Chinese people believe in Buddhism. So there are countless religious sites in this vast land. China has such an incredibly long history that it makes sense that there would be a lot of places of interest where holy relics were kept. It would be wonderful to go spiritually enriching, going on pilgrimage to all these Holy scared places as mentioned. Interesting to read with lots of information making the trip much easier . Its amazing there are so many temples where holy Buddha relics been kept. Looking at it merely tells us all and is a blessing connected with the spiritual qualities of the Buddha. Interesting read and beautiful pictures shared.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Stella for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/holy-relic-sites-of-china-very-interesting.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jul 12. 2020 02:19 PM
    Kechara Oasis serves good and healthy foods for most its vegetarian. Kechara Oasis founded by our Lama Tsem Rinpoche caters to fine, high quality, delicious food leaves a deep impression on our nature. Looking at those pictures tells us more. Well decorated those foods shown. We can live and be healthy without killing animals for food. Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life. As our Lama had always encouraged us to on vegetarian to save animals .
    Choosing to go on vegetarian is the best choice. One of these day I will go KO to try those delicious dishes.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/liaisons/look-at-the-food.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jul 12. 2020 02:17 PM
    A mandala offering in Tibetan Buddhism is a symbolic offering of the entire universe to the Buddha . Its very meritorious to do this practice with the purpose of helping us to transform our ordinary minds and offering away our ego to gain enlightenment. Mandala offering is a powerful method or a preliminary practice for accumulating extensive merit. The mandala offering is more like training us to develop the mind that takes delight and joy in making other people happy. In doing so, we create a vast collection of merits and it’s important that our visualization is clear and well fully concentration. I still plenty to learn from this post and will read again time from time to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mandala-offering-a-powerful-method-to-accumulate-merits.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 11. 2020 02:22 PM
    Avalokitesvara is one of the most famous bodhisattvas in Buddhism. Of the many bodhisattvas, it is identified specifically as the embodiment of compassion and as such has been worshipped throughout Buddhist Asia. Beautiful statue of of 1000-armed Avalokitesvara been offered to Rinpoche. A beautiful gift indeed. The bodhisattva seeks the full and complete enlightenment of Buddhahood out of compassionate concern for the salvation of all sentient beings. Very auspicious and meritorious to have one in the home .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful statue given by Joshua and family from Singapore .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 11. 2020 02:19 PM
    Well said by Jayadevi that as a Buddhist we need to behave well setting a good example to all. Behaving well to practice the Dharma and will inspire more people to practice. We create beauty with our attitude, our behaviour, our actions, will inspire people. Living in a place where we are the only one who practice Buddhism is far more important with our behaviour to gain respect and trust.
    Being a Buddhist is not that hard as long we have a proper teacher guiding us , learning and putting in actions in a correct manner . Following our teacher advice and for most to have our mind transform. We are fortunate to learn, practice Dharma from Rinpoche.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/whats-the-hardest-thing-about-being-a-buddhist.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 11. 2020 02:17 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Wei Tan for this wonderful sharing . Happiness depends upon ourselves how we manage things out. It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness and seeing the happy faces of others. But when we expect too much it becomes an obstacle. Everyone chases after happiness, but few understand where it comes from. Well everything starts within ourselves, mind and in our heart. The only thing that will make us happy is being happy with who we are. To me happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude in helping others to be happy. Learning dharma has me change the way I think , it’s a choice .
    Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. — quoted Buddha

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/when-we-live-our-lives-in-an-unselfish-manner-we-have-more-happiness.html

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Second 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)
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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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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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Taiwan 181,891
Thailand 179,628
Italy 141,859
Mongolia 133,483
Spain 133,300
Portugal 129,202
Netherlands 121,584
Turkey 118,693
United Arab Emirates 110,530
Russia 97,342
Sri Lanka 92,107
Romania 90,135
Hong Kong 89,279
South Africa 85,297
Mexico 80,444
Myanmar (Burma) 75,340
New Zealand 73,809
Switzerland 70,264
Japan 69,440
China 64,046
South Korea 61,562
Cambodia 61,176
Pakistan 57,663
Bangladesh 56,036
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