Mummified Puppies

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Millions of dogs and other small animals killed, mummified and entombed in dark catacombs. Who would do such a thing? Why, animal lovers, of course.

It is not a place many would wander alone. The pitch-black darkness engulfs every corner of these vast underground caverns. The crumbling walls are hewn from stone but the debris of millennia of neglect litters every passage. Still, the structure stands, as does the temple to Anubis, God of the Dead under which it is located.

A depiction of Anubis, the God of Death.

A depiction of Anubis,
the God of Death.

Above lies the sand-whipped aridity of Saqqara, the necropolis of the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis. But here, within these subterranean catacombs, lie the mummified remains of approximately 8 million animals. They have been here since 4-5 B.C.

Unlike the pharaohs, these animal remains are not interred within sarcophagi but mainly piled one atop another in the many chambers. They are mostly of dogs but there are cats, jackals, foxes and falcons, too. Archaeologists who analysed the remains discovered that they range in age from a few hours to many years. Few, if any, died a natural death.

What seems at first to be a ghastly act of unprecedented cruelty is not quite so. In an ironic twist of fate, these animals lost their lives not because they were reviled but because they were revered.

 

Animals in Ancient Egyptian Beliefs

The religion of ancient Egypt was similar to all of mankind’s early religions in its respect for, and alignment with the natural world. One of the tenets common to these religions was a reverence for animals. In fact, in this respect, the ancient Egyptians seem to have surpassed all others.

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Hieroglyphs inscribed on the walls of their cities, temples, pyramids, palaces and on everyday objects depict animals more often than the artefacts of any other civilisation. Some experts estimate that between 40% and 50% of Egyptian hieroglyphs are related to domestic creatures and wildlife.

Even the gods that they worshipped often possessed the physical characteristics of both man and animal. The canine-headed god of the Underworld, Anubis and the human-headed winged lion, the Sphinx are two excellent examples of such hybrid deities.

Certain animals were accorded what was virtually godly status because they shared features with deities. At one point, killing a cat was a crime punishable by death. So, why would a culture so intimately bound to both domestic and wild animals resort to the almost unimaginable cruelty of killing and mummifying millions of them?

The answer lies in the Egyptian concept of life, death and afterlife.

 

Death as a Doorway

The ancient Egyptian religion regarded physical existence on earth as a prelude to an afterlife which worked along very similar rules. From the treasures that have been found inside the pyramids, it is evident that their beliefs dictated that it was possible to ‘cross over’ from the earthly plane with material objects.

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Such beliefs are not limited by geography or time. A variation of the philosophy is still widely practised today in what is known as the Hungry Ghosts Festival.

In this month-long annual celebration, Chinese communities around the world make offerings to the deceased. These offerings are usually in the form of food, particularly mandarin oranges and cakes. However, they are also accompanied by the burning of paper representations of material objects such as cash, luxury cars, fancy watches and even mansions.

These practices developed continents and millennia apart are rooted in love. They are inherently benign acts that perhaps serve more to console the living than reward the deceased. For loved ones, they are an avenue to cope with grief and loss, and maybe to grapple with forgiveness.

 

Why Animal Mummies?

Egyptologists believe that there were three main reasons for animal mummification.

The first of these was as religious offerings. The 8 million mummified dogs and other animals below the temple of Anubis at Saqqara are the most emphatic example. Anubis has long been described as having the head of a dog or a canine; more recently, that canine has been identified as the African golden wolf.

Because wolves, dogs, jackals and foxes all belong to the canine family, they were the preferred votive offering to Anubis. These animals were assumed to have the ear of the god and Egyptians used them as a conduit to ask for a good afterlife for their deceased friends and relatives.

Mummified corpses of a monkey and a dog

Mummified corpses of a monkey and a dog

It is speculated that there were vast puppy farms in the vicinity of the temple. They provided a steady stream of corpses for the priests to mummify. Adherents could purchase these pre-mummified animals in much the same way that we buy fruit, flowers and incense outside our temples today.

The second reason for mummification was companionship. As examples, archaeologists cite several tombs that were found to contain both a human mummy and one or more mummified animals within the sarcophagus.

This placement of an animal mummy inside the sarcophagus, in such close proximity to the human mummy, indicates that they shared a strong bond in life. Besides dogs and cats, even monkeys and gazelle have been found like this.

These animal mummies received the most care and attention because they were not mass-produced. Surviving examples reveal intricate geometric patterns in the weave and even coloured bandages.

In another similarity with the Chinese Hungry Ghosts Festival, the third reason for the mummification of animals was as food for the dead. Ancient Egyptians believed that the journey to the afterlife would take time and prepared animal mummies so they could be consumed on the way.

These mummies differed from the religious offering and pet mummies in that the meat was dried and then wrapped in linen. The level of preservation was less thorough, too, as they were not meant to be eternal but consumed within a short time.

Experts studying the animal mummies at Saqqara are confident that they all fall into the second category, religious offerings. Yet, they were not all treated the same. The majority seem to have been processed in almost a production line but special care was afforded to a much smaller number.

Instead of being piled up in the chambers, these mummies were found in special niches within the rock. The theory is that these animals may have possessed special markings that were regarded auspicious, were sacrificed on special holy days or had been offered up by a person of high standing.

 

How Much is Too Much?

The starkest difference between the Egyptian and the Chinese beliefs is that the latter does not harm any of the living beings. And while the idea of animal sacrifice is disturbing enough, the Egyptians also seemed to have experimented with what may be considered the ultimate sin: human sacrifice.

Hieroglyphs on the tombs of kings from the First Dynasty (c. 3150 – c. 2890 BC) depict what seems to be the ritual killing of people when a ruler was buried. This practice is thought to have been inherited from the Pre-Dynastic period and, fortunately, it fell out of favour after the First Dynasty.

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Some uncertainty remains about the interpretation of the inscriptions though.

The corpses of the individuals buried with the kings do not bear the injuries shown in the images depicting the sacrificial rites. However, because the bodies entombed with each pharaoh are of otherwise healthy individuals of varying ages, it does seem that they met their end at the same time to be placed in the tombs with that pharaoh.

Experts interpret these two seemingly contradictory pieces of evidence as relating to two different groups of people. First were those in the hieroglyphs, the human sacrifices who were likely to be prisoners of war or criminals put to death in the brutal ways shown.

Meanwhile, the individuals buried with the king were members of his retinue or inner circle who volunteered or were chosen to accompany him in the afterlife to serve there just as they had in the physical realm. The lack of injuries on their bodies suggests that poison would have been the preferred method of execution.

 

Of Dogs and Men

The pharaohs were mummified at the end of their lives, whether they perished naturally from old age or illness, or violently from injury or battle. It is theorised that the accompanying human sacrifices comprising domestic servants and retainers either volunteered for the role or did not entirely oppose their selection when the choice wasn’t theirs.

It is possible they opted for this fate because their families received some compensation for their loss. Maybe the individuals believed that they were following the pharaoh to a paradise, a not unpleasant fate that would be denied to them if they perished another way. Perhaps they only knew a life of servitude and could not imagine an existence beyond the yoke.

By contrast, what choice did the animals have?

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They were over 8 million living, sentient beings led to the slaughter for ‘a greater good’ whose value and merit they did not have the capacity to comprehend.

Many of the mummified remains reveal that the animals had their necks broken. Hopefully, the way in which this was done resulted in a quick and painless death. We can only pray that they were unaware of their fate beforehand and thus were spared the fear and distress.

It is conceivable that the priests would have had them drugged to minimise any resistance. Let us hope that this is so for it would have had the side-effect of letting them drift off to sleep and cross peacefully over to the afterlife, unaware.

As Buddhists, we believe every life is a life and that every animal possesses a soul just as every person does. The life we lead on earth and how we leave it is the result of the karma we accumulate. In that sense, the dogs and other animals were simply fulfilling a destiny created by their past actions.

However, the Universe does not need human assistance – in this case, from the Egyptian priests – to turn the Wheel of Karma. Their part in killing animals to mummify them only generated bad karma for which they would have to atone later.

 

Selective Outrage?

Man is a slow learner, if he learns at all.

Most of us are aghast at reading about those dogs from antiquity and tsk-tsk at the atrocity. Meanwhile, the carnage continues not just unabated but accelerated around us today and we barely flinch or raise our voices.

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Millions of animals are still slaughtered every year in religious festivals as ‘offerings to God’. Over the centuries that these practices have been followed, the cumulative death toll has soared into the billions. The count of 8 million over 2,000 years at Saqqara pales in comparison.

Then, there are the puppy farms. Dogs rescued from the streets end up being euthanised because we prefer to get a ‘new’ dog from a factory that churns them out for a profit. More puppy mills mean more stray dogs, which means more euthanised strays. It is a vicious cycle.

The next time you see a puppy in the pet store, do think about where he or she came from before you bring them home…

 

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  1. Yee Yin on Dec 24, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Since ancient times, human and animals have had a very close relationship. Animals are kept as a pet to give protection or as a companion to human being. Even though animals cannot speak our language but they can feel our emotions. For better or worse, they will never abandon the owner. We should never harm animals or mistreat them. They are just the same as us, they want happiness and they don’t want sufferings.

  2. Samfoonheei on Jun 28, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Interesting article …… The remains of mummified dogs and jackals, about 8 million of them have been found within the ancient Egyptian Dog Catacombs. The ancient believed animal mummification will allow beloved pets to go on to the afterlife. . Researchers have uncovered the huge number of mummified animals suggests the existence of ancient Egyptian puppy mills. In Egyptian culture, they have their religious belief to do so at that time. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  3. Anne Ong on May 23, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Truly amazing to know about mummified puppies. Thought there are only mummified humans. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this very interesting and educational article👍🙏😀

  4. Samfoonheei on Jan 6, 2018 at 11:29 am

    First thing that comes to me is that mummies are mummified bodies of the dead that would ensure a safe passage to the after life.But never strikes me that ancient times the Egypians do have mummified puppies often had animals buried with them, may it be their beloved pet or as part of a religious ritual. Researchers have discovered burial sites filled with huge numbers of mummified animals — nearly 8 million of them, mostly dogs. The huge number of dog mummies suggests the existence of ancient Egyptian puppy mills.They mummified various animals. It was an enormous part of Egyptian culture, not only in their role as food and pets, but also for religious reasons. Whatever the reason it seem really heartless to me that such a number of pets or puppies been mummified. But do they deserved a better life than that. They should be treated as humans too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article.

  5. Beatrix Ooi on Apr 7, 2016 at 5:12 am

    I am in no place to judge but it is pretty sick to me, 8 MILLION puppies! That’s not a small number, this is pretty sad, people can do just anything to worship or delight the gods they worship, even at the cost of ‘sacrificing’ so many lives.

    I don’t quite understand their culture and I don’t see the point of doing this either but since it’s their culture/ tradition/ beliefs, I have nothing to say.

    Animal cruelty still exists up to this day and in this new era, most of it was not committed out of beliefs or so, but for the sake of entertainment. Yes it is very sad, it comes to show that humanity hasn’t improved that much.

  6. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Feb 12, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Yet again we see another instance when death is industrialised. What can I say, people sure are creative when it comes to worshiping their gods and making offerings on behalf of the dead…

    If any god requires the death of another being so you can please him / her, that is not a god I want to worship. Why would I want to worship a god that it just like me – jealous, angersome, has an ego? If I wanted to worship a god that is just like me, well heck I’ll print off a photo of myself and make offerings to that instead LOL!

    In all seriousness, when I engage in spiritual practice, those are the qualities I want to get rid of. I don’t need someone else showing me how to act out those qualities in some big, divine way when I’m already doing a very good job of that in my own mundane way.

  7. Beatrix Ooi on Feb 6, 2016 at 3:34 am

    No matter what are the reasons, I definitely do not support acts that include taking away other peoples’ or animals’ lives. But this is what they believe in therefore there’s nothing much I can say no matter how much I despise and disagree with this kind of “culture”. I don’t see where’s the actual difference between mummifying dogs and the dog meat festival in China besides the fact that they both are of different motivations. I don’t understand where did people adopt the weird thinking of sacrificing dogs from and it’s not like they know it subconsciously that its a wrong thing to do but they just solely believe that by doing so will bring immense benefits and this is the part that bothers me the most.

  8. Sean Wang on Feb 28, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    The amount of puppies mummified makes me feel amazed and grief and the same time. It is extremely sad to know that animal cruelty was already existent in a world where civilisation had just began. It is indeed shameful. I was actually a lover of Ancient Egyptian mythology and culture but the fact that they massacre a lot of animals makes me feel less love for their culture.

  9. Jessica Yap on Feb 27, 2013 at 12:26 am

    It is so nice of the Egyptians to be so loving till they want to be buried with their beloved pets.. There goes to show that human-pet relationship transcends time..

    As for the puppy mill, it saddens me that it is still happening till today at this day of age.. And we have no one to blame but ourselves, the selfish human. Causing unnecessary stress and problems to the species which cannot speak for themselves..

    We should help create an awareness to stop these horrible trade. When the buying stops, the breeding will stop too.. Help create awareness anyway we can..

    Thank you for sharing, Rinpoche!

  10. Paris on Feb 24, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    It’s strange how many religions throughout the many civilisations of the world have included animal sacrifices as a part of their rituals and prayers. This whole concept is very bizarre – that you would destroy another life for the sake of praying to your god – what god would accept, want and encourage the destruction of life? Isn’t that a very strange kind of concept and why would you take refuge in a being like this?

    It’s horribly sad to think of such an huge number of dogs having been mummified. I had thought at first that perhaps these dogs might already have been dead before they were mummified, but to hear that they were of all ages points more likely to the fact that they were deliberately killed for this purpose of being mummified. What awful karma all that must accumulate to.

    On a larger scale, this whole sense of mummifying as a way of preserving an immortalising these beings is a strange one in itself too – whatever is preserved is just a shell… and for all the effort, time and money that went into mummifying these beings (humans, animals etc), what purpose does it serve now? Nobody in the world now remembers who these people were, nor even really celebrates them. There is no such thing as living forever, no matter how hard we might try. The sad reality is that even just a few generations from now, nobody will even remember what we looked like.

  11. tenzin llhamo on Dec 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    8 million?!?! And some just days or hours after they were born? I always wonder why do people assume that sacrificing animals is right? That it will lead you somewhere. How selfish is that? And yes, until today, I believe that the amount of animals being sacrificed are higher than before. Just look at all the breeding farms around the world. They are increasing and so are the killings.
    There was one time I was in Nepal and there was a Hindu festival going on. All I could see was just blood everywhere. It was really sad.

  12. Jasline Tay (MBF) on Jun 19, 2012 at 12:47 am

    It is very sad that killings have not stop but increase in this civilise times.
    Hence it is important that we continue to promote the awareness to prevent or at least minimise.
    We need to continue to educate and spread the awareness to our friends and family members, as long as the demand drop, there supples will be reduced.

  13. wah ying on Jun 16, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Many cultures have the custom of bury alive human or pets together with the deceased as companion, servants or property. They believe they can bring along all their belongings to afterlife, to continue enjoying the good life they had.

    By viewing pets or servants as their property, objects without life or free will, will only you have them buried alive.

    We will only not hurting another human or animal, when we take them as living beings with right to live, and will feel pain and sufferings exactly like us…

  14. sarahyap on Jun 12, 2012 at 2:15 am

    I have always been puzzled at why people would make sacrifices of lives to a superior being… some even go as far as human sacrifices. It is just so strange to even think of sacrificing a life… How can the loss of one life bring us benefit? Just doesn’t make sense.

    I must agree on puppy mills… the cruelty that exists there is just beyond words. I have not witnessed any of these cruel treatment personally, but I have watched videos and heard of some local backyard breeders that treat animals horribly.

  15. Bryan on Sep 16, 2011 at 7:53 am

    8 millions dog are sacrificed just for a god ? someone must made a very very huge wish… I have no much idea about Egypt but their mommies is world famous. In the most ancient world or city, people used to have sacrificed ceremony, but obviously their wishes did not come true, if not the ancient Egypt will not faced any downfall.

  16. Carmen Koo on Sep 15, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Wow this is a very interesting read! 8 million mummified dogs? This is the first time I’ve seen proven evidences of mummified animals. Never occurred to me before about mummified animals. Egypitian history is indeed very interesting.

    The act of offering mummified dogs to Anubis is translated even to today’s society, where the Chinese offers Roast pigs and whole chickens as a symbol of ‘giving the best’ to the supreme being. Although the subject is different, the act is the same – a lost life; so I don’t see it as a surprise that the ancient Egyptians used this as an offering. What’s the difference? Ultimately, it’s a life that is offered.

  17. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 15, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I kind of feel its odd to sacrifice animals that are similar to one’s deity to please them. I mean the Hindu’s don’t eat cows or kill them to please their gods. Its quite an odd concept to me what the ancient Egyptians practised to please their Gods. If I was a God that looked like dog and my worshippers killed dogs I’d be offended and strike down my mortal worshippers.

    Puppy mills are really an abomination, if one really must have pets please check out the animals who will be put down by the SPCA’s in your area. There are many animals who need your love.

  18. justinripley on Sep 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    8 Million lives taken and mummified, that is soo much life taken for what purpose we may never know yet as was said in the article there is still karma of killing and thats a lot of karma.

    They say the first life to take is the hardest then it becomes easier, 7,999,999 million more to be exact.

    • James Long on Sep 16, 2011 at 3:00 am

      Yup, if they know about Karma….8 million of lives been taken away for something which has no promise or guarantee, oh my Buddha…

      Whether the deceased able to receive the blessing and protection from their god is another question too, but for sure the people who involve in it created a very heavy negative karma.

      Same as building a Buddhist temple, creating large Buddha images etc, people who are involve in creating will create tremendous among of good Karma and merits.

      We are very fortunate to have all 13 departments ready for us do get involve and collect merits.

  19. bengkooi on Sep 14, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    This is slightly creepy. But I can believe the theory that the dogs were killed as sacrifices to Anubis, in the belief that they would carry the prayers to him. How sick. Yet how plausible.

    I have always been interested in Ancient Egyptian civilization and history. I used to read about the different gods, pyramids, cleopatra, legend of King Tut etc…. This is the first time I have heard of mummified dogs as offerings though. But I can believe it from a race of people who bury their slaves alive so that they can serve the pharoahs in the afterlife.

    Horrible.

  20. Uncle Eddie on May 21, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    A discovery of 8million mummified dogs were found in dugup catacombs, specially made for the offerings of same to the Gods of old Egypt by Egyptologists. One of these gods was known as Anubis, the canine-headed god, the most important of all the gods in old Egypt for the dead. According to archaecologists, the practice seemed the very much the same as what modern people do today, i.e. lighting up candles, incense to accompany the offerings of slaughtered animals of all ages and sizes to the gods of their belief in accordance to their customs and faith. Stangely, in this case, they found a small number of mummified cats amongst the dogs in the catacomb. It was assumed could be a fake-up to make up the insufficiency of the shortages of the mummified dogs in number. Karmically, can anyone imagine the amount of negative karma had been caused in such killings, and done through the years of offerings till today without decrease it seems; a sad horrific truth of animal cruelty!!! OM MANI PADME HUM.

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    Great teachings and inspirational for us to ponder, thank you Rinpoche. Each words and sentence tell us a thousand words. Great things never come from comfort zones, is the result of hard work and hustle over time that one is successful. We ourselves got to put in action as no one else is going to do it for us. Sometimes later becomes never. We have to use each day as an opportunity to improve, to be better and to transform our mind. It might sound like a lot of work but with determination and hard work nothing is impossible in life.
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    Friday, Jan 17. 2020 04:19 PM
    There is no one that can help us, but us. Methods are given, but whether we grasp, apply and practise it is entirely up to oneself. If we don’t change then there is no point in learning the Dharma.
    A transformed mind is our own best protection. That mind can only come from consistent practice over time.When we see results, we will be encouraged to push ourselves more to practice well.Thank you very much for sharing a good article.

    https://bit.ly/2thDjjL
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 16. 2020 04:26 PM
    Wonderful news ……the Chinese government has introduced a plan to encourage and reduce its citizens’ meat consumption by 50%, It’s a great move that China has done in the effort to avoid runaway global warming and for health reasons. The climate campaigners has been hoping for it. New dietary guidelines by the Chinese health officials have recommend and advise individuals to limit their meat consumption. As more evidence of chronic diseases such as heart attack, strokes ,hypertension and so forth are related to meat consumption. And for most to maintain a healthy life styles. They also implement dietary guidelines encouraging the general public to consume plenty of cereals, tubers, whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits as well. The Chinese government also put up billboards in attempt to reduce meat consumption by highlighting health risks associated with consuming meat. What we eat contributes to global greenhouse gas emissions and every one of us is responsible. People nowadays are reducing their meat consumption and opting for vegan and plant-based protein to improve their health . Hopefully more countries will follow China reducing the meat consumption. In a way more animals could be save in the slaughter house. And for the future generations to come .
    Thank you for this wonderful news .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/look-what-chinas-doing.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 16. 2020 04:23 PM
    Different parts of the world have each various interesting traditions and customs which individual will celebrate and follow. Religious festivals like Gadhimai festival, which is an animal sacrificial ceremony, and dog meat festival where dogs are slaughtered to celebrate the summer solstice have gathered cultural significance over the centuries. In Gadhimai festival , they believe that animal sacrifices to the Hindu goddess Gadhimai will end evil and bring prosperity. In Spain bulls festival or the Toro de la Vega, bulls are torture and kill. Same goes to the Pero Palo Festival where scared donkey being dragged unwillingly through the packed streets . Drive hunting where dolphins and whales are caught and killed for their meat. All these are some of the hidden cruelty and crime against animals in the world which many are not aware of it and do not want to know. But with social media , more and more got to know about it and are trying to end all these animals cruelty. The Indian officials are cracking down and trying to stop the transportation of animals for this festivals. It is good that the number of animals slaughtered during the Gadhimai festival has dropped sharply over the years. The Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which happens every year is a gruesome display of the dog meat trade. Chinese officials are doing their best and discouraging people from eating dog meat which is harmful in long term. Recent years there has been a drop in the consumption of dog meat in the China. Many people are aware of the abuses and torture of those poor dogs before been kill as meat. Looking at those pictures in the articles, tells a thousand words of all the suffering of these animals in the moment before death.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Shakila Rajendra for this sharing raising awareness of animals been abuse , torture and so forth.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/crimes-against-animals-the-world-doesnt-want-you-to-know-about.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Jan 16. 2020 03:54 PM
    This is what i like about being Malaysia expose with different religion yet there live harmony in society. It is awesome to read about this former Malaysian lady with a big heart and took actions to feed many .
    She understand the pain and sufferings of the people especially students had gone through without food. She was brought up in away she saw how her parents had the unprivileged and she is following their foot steps. Thank you very much for this touching article.

    https://bit.ly/2Ri4suG
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 15. 2020 08:35 PM
    For centuries, humans have been gazed at galaxies and peered deep inside atoms for more answers to the space. No one knows for sure what it is up there. Scientist, astronomers and so forth are busy scanning the skies for more discoveries and seeking answers to the mysteries of space. World scientists are doing experiments in an effort to gain insight of it. After years of exploration , they are still looking for more discoveries. Interesting discoveries……..of the dark energy, eagle nebula , galaxy , UFO and more of what is existing beyond our imagination.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/top10-space-mysteries.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 15. 2020 08:33 PM
    Peter Byrne is an absolute legend , been an icon, in search for Bigfoot, yeti and Sasquatch or abominable snowmen of the Himalaya. He was a real icon questing for the truth about the Yeti or snowmen. Since his much younger years , he was fascinated in the unknown and the mysterious that turned hunting as a hobby. In one of his hunting trip , he came across a tiger suffering that changed his whole life. From that time he stopped the cruel act of killing animals , ending his 16 years of hunting and founded a non-profit organization called the International Wildlife Conservation Society. He has lived a long and dedicated life in the conservations of animals and in the pursuit of searching for Sasquatch, Yeti and so forth. For decades, he search for Bigfoot, Yeti in the Himalayan has become more of a hobby for him. He has written multiple books on Bigfoot and other aspects of his life.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting post and sharing of those videos.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/7-parts.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jan 15. 2020 04:45 PM
    This Medicine Buddha Healing Fountain was built in such away that it will deliver healing waters which were energized with natural crystals blessed by High Lamas. Those natural crystals were imbued with the healing energies of Medicine Buddha and Dorje Shugden.
    With the new healing fountain, visitors can bring home the holy healing energy in a bottle. Thank you very much Rinpoche and Kechara for making this Medicine Buddha Healing Fountain available for everyone.

    https://bit.ly/35WE0Mi
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Jan 14. 2020 04:27 PM
    This article really inspired me, every year we live is formative year for us as it affects our future life, so we should really let go those bad influence from our parents. What Rinpoche wrote is so true, most of us are either positive or negative after getting influenced by our parents.

    Dharma will make us face ourselves, acknowledge our weak and negative aspects of character and will then guide us to move forward in a positively transformative direction.Thank you very much for sharing this good article with us.

    https://bit.ly/3a28XCh
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jan 14. 2020 03:37 PM
    Ratsag Monastery is a popular pilgrimage site located in the Yab Valley in Tolung near to Lhasa, Tibet. Its a beautiful place located with interesting history behind it. It’s the statue of Vajra Yogini that attracted many pilgrims there. This monastery been built to purify the heavy negative karma associated with Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drakpa (1016-1128 CE) by the locals who is well known for introducing the Vajrabhairava-Yamantaka Tantras to Tibet.
    Interesting read of Vajra Yogini scared statues and about the history of the monastery. May the original statue of Vajra Yogini will be returned to Ratsag Monastery one day.
    I did made a trip last May with friends and saw those beautiful scared statues at the monastery. Merely by looking at it is a blessing.
    Thank you Pastor David for this interesting post with the history of the Sacred Vajrayogini Statue been explained.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-sacred-vajrayogini-of-ratsag-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jan 14. 2020 03:34 PM
    Shailendra Dynasty was the name of an influential Indonesian dynasty that emerged in 8th-century Java. Shailendras were active influencer of Mahayana Buddhism whose reign signified a cultural renaissance in the region. The glorious Buddhist monuments was then built across the fertile volcanic plain named as Kedu Plain .
    The most incredible of them all was the massive stupa of Borobudur which is a very popular pilgrimage site for locals, tourist and Buddhist practitioners. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wow ….incredible it took more than 50 years to complete this architectural monument . Read and heard about this amazing monuments and all the beautiful stone inscriptions there. I have not been there before but wish to in the near future. Interesting read of all about this historical information on the Shailendra Dynasty.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-shailendra-dynasty-progenitor-of-mahayana-buddhism-in-indonesia.html

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On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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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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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
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    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
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    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
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    10 months ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
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    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    1 years ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
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    Cute!
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    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
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    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
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    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
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    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
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Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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It is essential for us to properly 'Taking Refuge' before we start any event. “Taking refuge” is where one seeks guidance and to turns to the Triple Gem for liberation and salvation from suffering. We hope these birds will be liberated from sufferings soon. ~Jacinta
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Kids camp 2019 - Exciting stack up game. The kids enjoyed it very much. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids camp 2019 - Super delicious fried rice and decorated with heart. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids camp 2019 - Beautiful farm in Kechara Forest Retreat. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids camp 2019 - Completion of puzzle game. Look at their happy faces. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids camp 2019 - Completion of puzzle game. Look at their happy faces. Lin Mun KSDS
KISG carried out weekly Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on Tuesday's evening. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG carried out weekly Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on Tuesday's evening. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Long beans from our Kechara Farm 2019 harvested for our community here in Kechara Forest Retreat.
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Long beans from our Kechara Farm 2019 harvested for our community here in Kechara Forest Retreat.
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Bountiful harvest from our Kechara Farm 2019 for our community. Here are some long beans, four-angled beans, bitter gourds and karelas!
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Bountiful harvest from our Kechara Farm 2019 for our community. This is Gui Hua Chai
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