Racial Tensions Cause Travel Alerts for the United States

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Demonstrators march through New York’s Times Square to demand justice for Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile, the two black men shot dead by police last week. Picture: Tomothy Clary

Humans are social beings. We form and live in communities not only to avoid isolation, but also to have strength in numbers. But what happens when we identify ourselves too strongly with the community we live in? It doesn’t matter whether our community is based on physical appearance, race, religion or similarities in views and opinions… when we grasp too strongly to the perceived reality in which we live and fail to see others as fellow human beings with their own virtues, then conflict arises, jeopardizing our peace of mind.

Safety and security is one of the most basic needs for any living sentient being. The absence or degradation of this basic need will drastically reduce our quality of life, which in a Buddhist perspective is already filled with suffering due to the continuous existence of underlying dissatisfaction.

I was brought up in America, a place where people make a stand for their rights of freedom and equality. But although American lawmakers have tried their best to provide the necessary freedoms to their citizens and tabulate amendments as times change, in reality superficial rights to freedom are not necessarily reflected in daily life. After all, how “free” are you if your mind is continuously plagued by thoughts of violence, be it as a victim or instigator, due to increasing civil unrest in the USA? It is unusual to see travel alerts against the US, but racism seems to be very strong and alive in parts of the US creating civil unrest. USA may be touted as a powerful, wealthy and advanced country, but they have not overcome racism still which is sad. I grew up with much racism in school back in my home town too.

It is truly difficult to watch as America suffers from this internal conflict, especially since many campaigns for Human Rights and Freedom on an international scale are initiated and spearheaded by the US.

May those who have lost their lives in this conflict be remembered by the living as the bringers of peace instead of fuel for more hate. As long as we keep on fuelling the hate, the cycle of unpleasantness and violence will continue to recur and more lives will be lost.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Several Countries Issue Travel Alerts for United States Amid Growing Racial Tensions

JULY 11, 2016 5:44PM
By Marnie O’Neill

After decades of issuing travel warnings to its citizens overseas, America is experiencing the shoe on the other foot.

The US regularly issues travel warnings urging Americans to either avoid or exercise caution in countries marred by violence or political instability.

But now four countries, two of them from the Middle East, have dispatched tourist warnings for the US as civil unrest fuelled by two more fatal shootings of black men by police last week continues to escalate.

Alton Sterling, 37, was pinned down by police and shot dead in the south-eastern city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana last Tuesday. Less than 24 hours later, police killed 32-year-old motorist Philando Castile in front of his girlfriend and her young daughter as he reached for his ID in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Both incidents were independently filmed and the footage widely circulated on social media.

The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and New Zealand have told travellers to steer clear of protests and large crowds because of the high potential for violence.

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Protesters march at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Cincinnati on Sunday. Picture: John Minchillo. Source: AP

The Bahamas, a Caribbean nation which lies off the coast of Florida, was the first nation to put out an alert, warning against the potentially fatal consequences of interacting with American police officers.

“In particular young males are asked to exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police. Do not be confrontational and cooperate,” the Bahamas Foreign Ministry said in a travel advisory on Friday.

“If there is any issue please allow consular offices for the Bahamas to deal with the issues. Do not get involved in political or other demonstrations under any circumstances and avoid crowds,” it added.

The tiny island nation won independence from Britain in 1973 but remains a member of the Commonwealth. It has consulates in New York, Washington DC, Miami and Atlanta, as well as honorary consuls in Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago and Houston.

On Saturday, the Kingdom of Bahrain urged citizens via Twitter to “be cautious of protests or crowded areas occurring around the US”.

The UAE issued this alert over the weekend. Source: Supplied

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New Zealand’s advisory was of a similar tone, telling travellers: “We recommend you avoid all protests and demonstrations as on occasion civil disorder can result.”

The UAE’s warning featured language reminiscent of that used by the US State Department when warning Americans about countries that have fallen victim to attacks by extremists.

“Please be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places when possible,” the UAE embassy said in a statement that urged people to stay away from any US demonstrations. “Exercise particular caution during large festivals or events, be alert and stay safe.”

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has not updated its Smart Traveller website since June 27 and its travel advice remains: “exercise normal safety precautions”.

However, it does contain warnings about the prevalence of gun crime, an increase in mass shootings in public places and changes to legislation in some states which may affect LGBTI visitors.

Thousands join a Black Lives Matter rally in Oklahoma City on Sunday. Picture: Sue Ogrocki Source: AP

Niamke Ledbetter, of Oak Cliff, Texas, holds a sign at a Black Lives Matter protest on Park Lane in Dallas, Texas on Sunday. Picture: Jae S. Lee/The Dallas Morning News via AP. Source: AP

“The travel advice for the United States of America on the Smartraveller website remains under constant review (and) the advice remains current at this time, DFAT said in a statement to news.com.au.

“The advice contains warnings about the risks of gun crime and active shooter incidents, and the importance of avoiding protest activity.

“It includes references to statistics that show that metropolitan areas and cities in the United States tend to have higher crime and murder rates and that the southern states have seen a slight increase in gun violence in recent years. We also note that the incidence of mass shootings are occurring more frequently.

“Our message to all Australians is that you should be vigilant to the possibility of gun crime in all parts of the United States. No matter where you intend to travel, you should do some research on which local areas or suburbs may be less safe — check travel guides and seek local advice, such as from your hotel reception or tour guide.”

Yesterday some tourists in New York’s bustling Times Square told Reuters they were nervous about the tension and recent violence.

“I don’t like to be in crowded places anymore,” Eleanor Fairbrother, who was visiting from Ireland, said.

Diamond ‘Lavish’ Reynolds live-streamed her boyfriend’s dying moments on Facebook. Source: AFP

This still from mobile phone footage appears to show police officers pinning down Alton Sterling before shooting him multiple times. Source: Supplied

Mr Sterling’s alleged murder was captured on mobile phone by a nearby shop owner. Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds streamed the horrific aftermath of Mr Castile’s shooting, followed by her own arrest, on Facebook live.

On Friday, a mass protest organised by Black Lives Matter in Dallas and attended by blacks and whites alike, turned into a horror show after a sniper picked off 12 police officers, killing five of them.

Gunman Micah Xavier Johnson told police he was avenging the deaths of Mr Sterling and Mr Castile. Johnson was killed when he detonated a police robot deployed after negotiations broke down.

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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 25, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    As long as there is prejudice then there no place is safe for people. After so many years of Americans issuing travel warnings, on so many countries in the world, now other countries are issuing travel advisory against America.

    Sad to read about the death of black Americans, I hope people in the US will wake up to the fact that, the as long as people’s minds are not tamed by spirituality, such occurrences will happen again and again.

  2. Vivian Ong on Nov 12, 2016 at 2:45 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. It is always better to stay away from crowded places to avoid risk lives in gun shots or if there is any riots going on. We as human should respect one another and everyone’s lives is as precious and not less. No matter what color their skin or religion they are practicing, everyone should have peace and respect each other’s religion.

    With folded palm,
    Vivian

  3. Wah Ying on Sep 29, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Even in a developed state which is advanced and powerful in technology, economy and military, or a sovereign state or even a world superpower like United States of America, so long as most of the people live in the piece of land do not free from the fear of being hurt, of violence or even racial conflict most of the time, you are actually not a free or advanced state in it’s real sense. It’s of course not easy for the citizen of a multi racial country to enjoy harmony and peace, with great difference in cultural background of the people, especially when there’s a lack of real effort from the government to lessen ethnic economic differences.

    Not only for the case of America but for many of the countries around the world, we can actually witness when the social equality and rights of the citizen of the state is superficial, then the foundation of the harmony of different groups will not be solid, conflict or civil unrest will be easily happend even over a small matter. This is sad, especially when you are so powerful from external – military, economy or technology, but fragile from within – the people live there is not in harmony and peaceful, and mutual respect is very lack of.

    I would think if the spiritual aspect can be strengthen, or some universal values such as respect, acceptance, patience, equality, justice, freedom, peace, integrity and etc, were valued more, the quality of people’s life would be better, the real freedom or peace of mind enjoyed would be more and solid.

  4. Pastor David Lai on Aug 26, 2016 at 4:38 am

    Racial tensions have always been the problem of countries and nations with a multi-racial population. It’s often hard to pinpoint exactly where the differences and tensions begin but one of the most lauded means to curb racial differences is exposure. Those who are exposed to other races tend to have less racist views especially those who grow up in schools and neighbourhoods with other races.

    That is one point and the other is to equalize or narrow the socio-economic income gaps of various races. When you have one race that are predominantly not doing very well is really just a hotbed for racism and discrimination.Therefore, a lot of work needs to be done by the government in order to rectify the problem.

    The very fact that the United States – supposed bastion of democracy and freedom of speech is mired in racist civil unrest shows that things are going down for the United States. A superpower on a decline and perhaps it will be a decline for decades to come but it will a gradual decline as other nation(s) rise to the top.

  5. Pavara Lam on Aug 24, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    It is really sad to hear that Black people are getting killed without reason. Most of the time the police claim that the person [the black guy] was armed and threatened them. But the truth is the guy suspected of carrying a gun is actually just a ordinary unarmed person.
    For a long time America has been a hotspot for racism, ranging from the slave trade all the way to separate places for blacks and non blacks.

    I really hope that racism and murder of people without reason will end soon.

  6. Pastor KH Ng on Aug 23, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    I read recently that in the human genome, there is more diversity within a race then between races. What this means is that as humans, differences in genetics that differentiate races, i.e. skin colour, eyes colour, hair and other features that is “endemic” to a particular race is much lesser then the differences within a race i.e. height, gender, predisposition of intellect, character, tendencies, obesity etc,etc. Environment also play a huge part in conditioning individual human beings.

    What this tell us is that there is very little differences between races; because there are more differences within each race and yet many human are racist, whether we want to admit it or not. Hence, racism must derive from environmental factor such as countries, culture, demographic factor such as family, friends, economic, family and economic background.

    Human beings generally perceive these differences as a threat to self conservation and preservation. This is sad and is one of the root of suffering of human beings.

    Unfortunately this also means that as long as there are humans, there will be racism because the root cause is the ignorant of the “self”. From this we “protect” the self; going outwards, we protect the family, community, race, region, country and lastly the human race i.e. “speciesism. Sometimes this may not be the order of the scheme as we may protect our pets more than our race.

  7. Samfoonheei on Aug 23, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    After reading the article, feel sad for those people due the unrest there they suffered.Racial tension in the USA have been going on since a long time.It doesn’t stopped from one incident to another.Increase in recent mass shootings in public places had cause travel alerts for countries like USA ,UAE and Bahamas to mention a few.The authority should ensuring the safety and security of their people to enjoy the true freedom regardless of race, colour and so forth.Same goes to religion,we must be able to be given religion freedom.With the Dorje Shugden ban for example…it had cause many sufferings in certain countries.Do hope the ban will be lifted soon.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing .

  8. chris chong on Aug 16, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this news with us. It is very sad to the the death of the two black males due to stereotypes and racism. It’s ironic that USA which is a country of freedom still have stereotypes and racism. A community with dharma will be different. Dharma teaches us to treat everyone with kindness and compassion. Dharma will destroy delusions and wrong views in those who practice it. Racism and stereotypes are wrong views. This show me how important dharma is in our lives.

    Humbly,
    Chris Chong

  9. Choong on Aug 16, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Two (human) traits jump out from reading this article – tribalism and snap judgements.

    We learn tribalism early from our parents/family.
    It is a way of thinking or behaving in such a way that we are more loyal to our tribe/family. “We love you because you are family” rings out loud, that’s tribalism.

    Having perfected this form of discrimination/segregation, we extend it out further to race, religion, skin color, gender, “kampung” (community), sports teams, etc. We practise tribalism even without knowing it.

    Then there’s snap judgement. We also do that all the time.
    Where does it come from? Well, for sure it is largely based on the predisposed discriminatory thoughts or habitual thinking we have stored up inside us.

    In turn, these would have come from direct experience, from peer influence, and from all forms of media we readily consume daily and store.

    Both of these play out in everyday life all over the world. In the United States, there was a strong confluence of the two recently.

  10. Jace Chong on Aug 16, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche and writers for sharing this alerting issue in US.

    To be born in what race is not a personal choice, being discriminated due to race is unfair as there is really nothing the person can do with his/her race.

    Looking the the cases that invoke the demonstrations, it’s so unfair to see people were killed by police even they were pinned down, and it’s several shots that cause their death. I wonder why being Black is wrong and deserved to be shot to death.

    US is a country that promotes freedom. The Statue of Liberty standing tall signifying a total freedom and welcome all immigrants to enjoy the basic and crucial rights a human needs; but yet these recent racial tensions that cause travel alerts are just something contradicting.

    May the leaders have the clarity to what people really need, to enforce laws ensuring the safety and security of their people to enjoy the true freedom.

    Thank you.

  11. Uncle Eddie on Aug 15, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Yes, humans too are social beings. To avoid isolation, we form and live in communities. We do value our peace of mind too! It does not matter whether our community is based on physical appearances, race, religion or similarities. Of course our safety, peace and security form one of the most basic essential needs for any living beings. As pointed out by Rinpoche who grow up in America, racial tensions still seem to be very strong and very much alive in certain parts of U.S.A. and also the outside World. So to speak, this has thus created and caused a lot of unnecessarry unrest and tensions, which is tuly sad, dangerous and could be provocative in Racism in where-ever this excist. Perhaps, a dynamic and lasting peace could be achieved if we, as sentient beings, could turn our attention inwards and focus upon our own thoughts of the real-self, as peace is in fact a corollary of purity. When the mind is clear and free of all impurities, peace and happiness will dwell therein naturally. Thus through this way, we lay the foundation of establishing peace in ourselves and in the World. From the man who grew up in America, Rinpoche has indeed expressed all our sincere thoughts too when he said, “It is truly difficult to watch America suffers from this internal conflict, especially since many campaigns for Human Rights and freedom on an international scale are initiated and spearheaded by the US.” As such, like what Rinpoche has expressed that the cycle of racism unpleasantness, violence and hatred should be defused out to reduce racial tensions and to save more lives. Om Mani Padme Hung.

  12. sonny tan on Aug 15, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for highlighting the never ending racial tension in United States, it is known to most people living in the US especially the colored people are mistreated , inequality exist even in this most advanced country and these people are being still being classified as migrants. When one look into the history of US it is a country of migrants except for the indigenous Indians. There are various factors why the colored citizen relationship with their other counterparts has deteriorated and being reclassified as different class citizen mainly because one race predominate another race. The domineering factor is in terms of numbers where one race is more domineering because it has the numbers.
    The superiority mindset of the majority has never changed in every country; it’s all about power, racism, schism brought about by their egoistical mentality. Many have fought against these institutions; some are even killed fighting for their freedom rights. I really do not see it ending anytime soon however harmony can resurfaced again if more efforts by religious institutions to create more awareness that racial riots, wars do not make anyone any happier except having more pains, anger and eventually turning this emotion into hatred. Perhaps Buddhism being known as a religion of peace can be more exploited by the many Buddhist quarters.

  13. Stella Cheang on Aug 15, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Racial tension in the United States is not something new. The extremist residing in the United States had been rather blunt in their selective treatment towards colored persons since the days of the black slaves and subsequently the infamous Klu Klax Klan era. Whether “outside” people are aware of the degree of those harmful racial incidents depend largely on the media and publications.

    I agree with Pastor Jean Ai that the law on discrimination is not the issue here; as it is, the United States is one of the fore frontier in law against discrimination. It is about the societal behavior of certain individuals or groups of people, who are entrenched by negative views of colored people through upbringing, culture and cognition from media, entertainment, surrounding.

    As long as they do not see the wrong in their bias views and as long as they refuse to uphold equality (even though the constitution explicitly said so), they will always hold themselves more superior and holier compared to the colored people they loathe today, and only god knows who’s next. According to statistic, income of 26% of the colored families in the United States live below poverty level. In 1998, the year where highest incidents of racial hate crime were reported to the police, 65% were reported by colored persons. Between 1975 and 1997, colored people in the United States of unemployment rate. And the list goes on.

    And this does not include physical intimidation, bodily harm and abuse as well as murder of the colored people in the United States.

    And sadly, the United States are alone in the plethora of discrimination. We can see the same societal behavior fueled by supremacy and ignorance among the Tibetan in exile community too. As much as Buddha’s teaching explicitly command equality YET discrimination against Dorje Shugden people had been rampantly administered since 20 years ago. As long as the ban on Dorje Shugden remains, targeted structural discrimination will not require the animus of the public to flourish.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article with us.

    • Stella Cheang on Aug 15, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      Correction:
      And sadly, the United States are NOT alone…

  14. Sofi on Aug 15, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article with us. As I was reading this article, the thought of pack mentality just came to me. I think that we tend to gravitate towards people of the same nature and thoughts, people that share the same common ground, ie. religion, interest, work, etc. We need to be careful and examine if we are drawn together to encourage each other’s good side or brings out the bad. Examples would be where volunteers of charity works together to help others or where volunteers join together to wage war on others.

    USA had over the ages been on the forefront of working towards being a progressive country championing human rights and freedom from oppression. However as Rinpoche mentioned, rules and regulations can be in place but if the mentality of the people does not change, then progress is only on paper. Equality is one of the hardest to achieve as we grow up developing perception from the environment around us, our parents, teachers, friends, etc. stereotyping to simplify our minds into neat little categories when in actual fact everyone or situation is different from the next. It is terrible the way that Mr. Sterling and Mr. Castile was killed but the revenge shooting in Dallas where five Police Officers died and seven wounded was wrong. The shooter had generalised and categorised Police as prejudicial towards “blacks”. Wrong views that resulted in tragedy.

    As countries become more prosperous, more and more are focused on materialism and the satisfaction of the “Self”. As we learn in Buddhism, seeking fulfilment in the “Self” will never lead us to happiness. Thus the people are becoming more dissatisfied but not understanding why which often times lead to anger and frustration. It is in this degenerate times that we need Protector Dorje Shugden the most as he helps us overcome our “self-cherishing”. The ban on his beneficial practise need to come down quickly as the people is in need of his help and not to be discouraged by the controversy. With folded hands, may His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in his compassion lift the ban to allow more to receive Dharma which is the antidote to all the unhappiness in the world.

  15. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Aug 15, 2016 at 2:54 am

    Actually, I don’t think the amount of civil unrest in the United States has changed THAT much over the years. It just looks like it has on the outside but for minority communities, they have always suffered discrimination. The only difference, the only change over the years is how willing the rest of the population are to express this discrimination openly. In the 1920s, thanks to racial segregation laws, people were allowed by law to express their racism; their racism was legitimised and legalise.

    Today, although the law bans open discrimination, the law itself has not done enough to change societal attitudes towards different races and cultures. Hence, because of unchanged attitudes (which are only kept in check thanks to the law), some people only need a strong enough trigger to push them to express their views, law be damned.

    So the underlying issue here is not the law but the ignorance and lack of exposure to other countries and cultures. This has resulted in a poor understanding and acceptance of differences, which is exploited by people in positions of influence who have something to gain. Many a time we have seen TV personalities, ‘journalists’ and newscasters engaging in fear-mongering among the American population. Why? Because sensationalism sells column inches and pixels. This happens all over the world. With the Dorje Shugden ban for example, Tibetans and Western supporters who don’t know any better, are whipped into a frenzy by their leadership who feed them misinformation.

    Things in the United States won’t change any time soon, because there is a general unwillingness among the monied and powerful to push for real change. Gun violence? That won’t go down as long as gun lobbyists have their way. There have been so many mass shootings over the last six months but people are still debating over gun control. Police brutality? That won’t go down as long as the society at large continues to lack exposure to different cultures and races.

    So over time, we may in fact see more and more countries adding the USA to their travel watchlist, and it won’t be limited to just the UAE, Bahrain, New Zealand and Australia anymore.

  16. Lew on Aug 15, 2016 at 2:11 am

    It is always sad to see racial tension. I really hope that this racial tension will be eased but unfortunately, racial issues are not easy to resolve, because it usually involves a lot of emotions. I just hope that this racial issue will not be exploded and it will not turn into a whole country rally.

    We all have differences. We have different colour skins, different culture, different education, different faith, etc. There should not be any discrimination against another group of people based on whatever differences. I really hope this world can have less tension or war because of the differences.

  17. Echeah on Aug 15, 2016 at 2:03 am

    I read yesterday that even Shah Rukh Khan was singled out and held up at an American airport once again. This happened several times in the past and he believes it was due to unfair treatment, discrimination and racial & religious profiling. He said, “I became so sick of being mistaken for some crazed terrorist who coincidentally carries the same last name as mine that I made a film, subtly titled My Name is Khan (and I am not a terrorist) to prove a point,” he said. “I wonder, at times, whether the same treatment is given to everyone whose last name just happens to be McVeigh (as in Timothy)?”. Ref: http://bit.ly/2bqBtAv
    America seems to be getting more and more paranoid. I can understand it comes from having been a victim in the past and a resultant feeling of lack of security. But the tit-for-tat kind of reaction at national level does no good in the larger scheme of things and sets the example for the man on the street to react the same way. Then there would be no end of violence which in fact could only escalate. America is quick to put security/travel alerts on other countries at the slightest whim. It’s no wonder that they now get the same treatment.

  18. JP on Aug 14, 2016 at 11:37 am

    USA may be one of the most developed countries in the world, but spiritually, they lag behind tremendously. Being a country who spearheads freedom and human rights around the world, it’s ironic that internally, racism and other sorts of discrimination still exist.

    The entire American culture promotes narcism and amassing wealth. Ego centricity is the main focus of making oneself “happy”. This is the American dream. Obviously, material wealth doesn’t equate to happiness. Material wealth brings comfort and convenience but not happiness.

    Because most people are nurtured to focus on the ME, they will never be truly satisfied with their life no matter how successful they are secularly. This dissatisfaction will grow and feed the negativity in them. Hate, anger, depression, anxiety, jealously and so on increase overtime, leading to violence.

    As Rinpoche wrote, “As long as we keep on fuelling the hate, the cycle of unpleasantness and violence will continue to recur and more lives will be lost.”

  19. Vinnie Tan on Aug 13, 2016 at 12:09 am

    This is exactly what discrimination dies to all of us. Even if there is laws, but if people do not follow what is going on, the laws are as good as dead.

    The discrimination against other colours in the States has been going on for many decades yet the issue is not being solved even though there are so many regulations that go together with it. So when we think that just because the legalisations say so, people will change is something that is a very wishful thinking of ourselves. Reason being that with this case study of what is going on in the States we can see that this is not the situation, what makes the rest of the world so different? Nothing.

    Thus, when the issue is not being addressed at the core, discrimination will not be stopped. I hope that when the ban on Dorje Shugden is being lifted, discrimination against Dorje Shudgen practitioners will not persist. Reason being that many people will suffer even after many generations later. There is not reason for the advocation of hate at all. It is really upsetting to see what is happening in the States, I hope that this racism will be resolved soon.

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    Saturday, Jul 31. 2021 04:09 PM
    Looking at those pictures in the post tells us more, it is a final resting place of all Emperors, Empress, and so forth of the Qing dynasty. Amazing each tomb was constructed facing different direction. The imperial tomb of Emperor Kangxi, located in the Eastern Qing Tombs. Surrounded by mountains and rivers, the mausoleum offers a more expansive view and now a place of pilgrimage for locals and tourist visiting these place full of historic views. The Eastern Qing Tombs are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tombs are known to be the biggest and best preserved of all existing mausoleum complexes in China.
    Emperor Kangxi one of China’s greatest emperors was the third Emperor of the Qing dynasty. Having ruled China for 61 years that makes him the longest-reigning emperor in Chinese history . During his reign, he brought about long-term stability and relative wealth after years of war and chaos. Emperor Kangxi was a great consolidator of the Qing dynasty. Many Buddhist temples and monasteries were established, preserved or restored during his reign.
    Interesting read and looking at the pictures , one could see the beauty of this place.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral for this write-up of a GREAT Emperor.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-imperial-tomb-of-emperor-kangxi.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 31. 2021 04:08 PM
    The HH Tenth Panchen Lama, Panchen Lobsang Trinley Lhundrup Choekyi Gyaltsen, of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism was widely regarded as human emanations of Buddha Amitabha, the Buddha of Limitless Light. The 10th Panchen Lama is an extraordinarily fearless Tibetan who showed unwavering courage to work for the general cause of Tibet and its people he travelled extensively throughout Tibet working to preserve the Tibetan culture. He had propitiated Dorje Shugden and did composed a prayers texts which are still used today. Even have a special temple and chapel dedicated to the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. He had a strong feelings that Dorje Shugden has been working hard to protect the Buddhadharma in general and the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa specifically. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/panchen-lama-sungbum.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 29. 2021 03:53 PM
    Interesting reading all the misconception of tales, stories and mysteries . Many tends to believe the misconceptions without finding the details to understand it. They choose to believe the many misconceptions following cultural beliefs, rather looking at all corners from information. Most of us do not know about the truth behind it. At one time I do believed King Tut’s tomb had a curse declaring death on anyone who entered it . It is incorrect because based on my faulty thinking and reading it. Its only later with advance technology of laptops and after researched through it I realised the truth. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/misconceptions-we-want-to-believe.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 29. 2021 03:51 PM
    A placid, and tranquil place called Tsem Ladrang at Naranthan Nepal is simply the best location. Surrounded by nature’s beauty will be a perfect place for prayers, meditation and retreats. Having beautiful hills and mountain behind the Ladrang, from the Ladrang one could watch sunset in the evenings. That’s wonderful indeed. I do hope I have the opportunity to visit this breath-taking panoramic Ladrang in future. Looking at those pictures tells us all the beautiful, outdoorsy Ladrang with great scenery.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and teachings on butterlamp offerings and the lighting of 1100 butterlamps as well.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-ladrang-naranthan-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 29. 2021 03:48 PM
    Interesting read of Tsem Rinpoche’s Torghut Ancestry’s history. Beautiful to know all about family biologically descended having related to Gelugpa lineage and as well as family line of Genghis Khan.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-rinpoches-torghut-ancestry.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 28. 2021 02:52 PM
    Everyone’s dream home is different. Buying a house is everyone’s dream simply because that is how we have been mentally and socially conditioned. All happiness moments start with family under the roof. Having simple and spacious house surrounding by greenery environment would be wonderful for me.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and thoughts of a dream house.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/my-kind-of-architecture.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 28. 2021 02:50 PM
    Reading this inspiring story tells us more. … how our Guru Tsem Rinpoche through all the odds and struggles to be where he was. Without family and relative ‘s support he had gone through hardship. Rinpoche leaving a comfort zone to a place of hunger and poverty, just for Dharma. Travelling across half the globe from US to India to a new environment all alone just for the love of Dharma . Rinpoche was so determined to continue Dharma no matter what happened.
    To those who knew nothing of Kechara it will say it’s a cult but not me . Coming to Kechara, and meeting Rinpoche it has changed my life . Learning and practicing Dharma from Rinpoche ‘s blog had thought me to be a better person, and spending my life meaningfully. Still learning to improve myself .
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/i-joined-a-cult.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 28. 2021 02:48 PM
    Esquire is an American men’s magazine based in New York City , it has been published by the Hearst Corporation since 1986. Found this old post and realised such an international magazine had interviewed our Guru Tsem Rinpoche long ago. Esquire described our Rinpoche as one of the country’s most avant-garde spiritual leaders. That’s true Tsem Rinpoche down to earth very special Lama and founded the Buddhist organization Kechara. We are fortunate to have Rinpoche in Malaysia, showing us the way.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/esquire-magazine-calls.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 27. 2021 04:10 PM
    Wonderful to have the story in Mongolian of Tsem Rinpoche home at Gaden ,India. More Mongolian will understand better of the life of Tsem Rinpoche . What Rinpoche had experienced and struggles to pursue Dharma goals no matter what happens and condition Rinpoche faced living in cowshed then.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-cowshed-that-was-my-home-in-gaden-mongolian.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 27. 2021 04:07 PM
    Women were frequently characterized as second-class citizens those days. There were many notable women who were able to break from societal norms to live the kind of life they chose for themselves. I could tell many women throughout these three eras were not given a chance to outspoken than men. Well those days women were treated as an entirely separate group, regardless of their social status. They had numerous legal, religious, and economic challenges hurdles to go through.
    Reading this inspiring post of famous women ,they deserve at least a worthy mention and not forgotten. I only know the inspiring story of Joan of Arc during my school days. Glad to know more heroines from this post. I am sure there were more throughout the centuries, living as independent women, equal to men. Inspiring indeed how these women standing against the odds and having their own vision . The stories of Lyudmila Pavlichenko the deadliest women and Annie Smith Peck the explorer adventurer and supporter of the women’s suffragette movement stood up well in history.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Shakila Rajendra for this inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-heroines-time-forgot.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 27. 2021 04:05 PM
    In certain parts of China is actually famous for its dog meat consumption. Despite the widespread outcry against the country’s notorious eating habits there’s still restaurants serving dog’s meat.
    Many locals are aware of the obscene cruelty of the animals being killed for their meat. The government is drawing up laws to prohibit the trade of wildlife and protect those animals and safety of its people. So its not surprised when the locals got angry and putting things into their own hands beating the two dog thieves savagely. Angry villager even attacks the two thieves’ car, smashed the car window. Got red handed and beaten badly till the police came. Nowadays locals gave up dogs meats for health reason and they are aware of it. Hope more could be done to safe those dogs.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-you-know-this-is-happening-in-southern-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 23. 2021 04:55 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche, for this important knowledge what to look for signs that our doggie in pain. By knowing what to do and look out for, it will certainly help owners to detect the situation. When we spend time with them we could understand them better when they are in pain. Since they are not able to tell us we have the responsibility to take care of them. Pain can be difficult to detect in older dogs. Doggie in pain tend to be more vocal, it’s not always easy to spot immediately. They will only express in a number of ways such as whining, whimpering, growling, and so forth. It is important for dog owners to recognize subtle signs of pain in their dog. Hence reading this post have help me to observe my doggie better.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/7-signs-your-dog-is-in-pain-and-trying-to-hide-it.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 23. 2021 04:53 PM
    Inspiring post of a soldier turned Buddhist monk living in remote raw Ural mountains of Russia . With little and much hardship , they never give up feeling happy with their struggles. They managed to build a spiritual community up in the remote mountains. Led by Mikhail Sannikov, now known as Lama Dokshit, a veteran of the USSR’s Afghanistan war . He established a monastery on an isolated mountaintop named Shad Tchup Ling, meaning “place of practice and realisation. The monastery is visited by thousands yearly by tourist and locals.
    But sadly this monastery was built on private lands own by a metallurgical mining company . Since 2016, it has been desired to demolish the Buddhist Shedrub Ling temple on Mount Kachkanar. The Buddhist community have tried many times to legalize the structures. The mining and others have claimed rights to the land. The Buddhist community was asked to leave then. The latest update dated second February 2021 is that the monastery will be under the security of the mining company where the Urals Buddhists are allowed back to the mountain only certain days of the week. May this inspiring monastery up in the mountains continue to flourish and may the mining company not demolished it .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.
    READ MORE AT…for the latest news
    https://www2.stetson.edu/religious-news/210202a.html

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/buddhist-monks-far-off-in-the-russian-mountains.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 21. 2021 04:13 PM
    Reading this post reminds me of my first pilgrimage trip to Wu Tai San . Went with my Kecharians brothers and sisters few years back. Great memories indeed, we are so fortunate given the opportunity to visit such holy site of Lord Manjushri and more it’s a pilgrimage.
    Mount Wutai is a sacred mountain, one of the Four Sacred Mountains in Chinese Buddhism. Mount Wutai, known as ‘the five terrace mountain’, is the highest in Northern China believed to be the earthly abodes of Lord Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. Great ….Each peak is inhabited by a different form of Manjushri. Its five main peaks, positioned east, south, west, north, and in the middle, embrace one another with broad and plain . From the 1st century AD to the early 20th century many temples have been built on the steep slopes . Besides the religious aspect, the beauty of rising and falling ridges of mountains, exotic rocks, are really amazing. The beautiful scenery there is a masterpiece of exquisite acts of nature, predominantly visible over the five main peaks. What really important is that Mount Wutai have a connection and vast history with many Tibetan lamas. From Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen to China’s most benevolent rulers, Emperor Kangxi .
    Looking through those beautiful pictures tell us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Karen for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/pilgrimage-to-mount-wutai.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 21. 2021 04:10 PM
    Ullambana is a Buddhist festival celebrated on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month according to the Buddhist calendar. It is a festival of liberation, as to provide salvation and relief to the ghosts and spirits of the dead. The Buddhist origins of the Ullambana Festival can be traced back to a story that originally came from India. By observing the practice of Ullambana we could liberate the deceased from the three suffering realms and allow the living to enjoy a life of abundance, good fortune and longevity. During this festival, offerings such as light, foods, prayers are made to the spirits of the dead and to the hungry ghosts. On this day, Buddhists offer prayers both to their departed forefathers and to their living parents and elders.
    Great …at Kechara Forest Retreat , Bentong, two powerful and extensive pujas will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We are fortunate this year even though we are not able to attend at KFR , these pujas will be streamed live. The two powerful and extensive pujas is to remove obstacles and generate even more merits.
    Thank you Rinpoche ,Sharon Ong and those who are involved making it possible.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/celebrating-ullambana-the-original-hungry-ghost-festival.html


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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
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Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
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Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
8 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
10 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
11 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
11 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
11 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
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
1 years ago
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
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
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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Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
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Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
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
1 years ago
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.
1 years ago
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.
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
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