What is Zero Waste Movement

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Have you heard of the zero waste movement before? What does it mean? Does it mean we don’t produce any rubbish or waste? Is that even possible? Contrary to what it may sound like, zero waste is not about not producing waste; rather, it is about reducing our consumption. Whenever possible, we should recycle or reuse, and produce as little waste as possible. We hope that, as a result of this, eventually nothing will be sent to the landfills, incinerators, or the ocean, and fewer resources will be needed to meet our needs.

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Why is it so important to prevent waste? We have limited resources on the planet we are living on, but the population continues to grow. If we do not control how we use our resources, the future generations are going to suffer. As it is, due to the waste we produce, we have polluted the air, the water, and the environment we are living in. Global warming and climate change are the challenging issues we are facing now. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (the U.S. EPA), 42 percent of greenhouse gas emissions are contributed by the production and use of goods not limited to food, products, and packaging. For example, 18 billion pounds of plastic waste ends up in the ocean each year, of which 40 per cent is packaging.

 

25 Places That Have Implemented Zero Waste Strategy

Realising how global warming and climate change are affecting our daily lives, some cities in the world have adopted the zero-waste strategy as a proactive initiative to combat global warming and climate change issues. Let’s take a look at how these pioneering 25 places from all around the world implement the zero waste strategy.

1. Vancouver, Canada

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The directors of Metro Vancouver unanimously voted to adopt a zero-waste approach in 2006. In 2018, Zero Waste 2040 was approved. Strategies to achieve this include reducing single-use items, composting organic waste, and prioritizing a “circular economy” where innovative design, reuse, repair, and remanufacturing of products prevents unnecessary waste.

 

2. Bute, Scotland

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In 2015, the Isle of Bute was selected as the second town to participate in Scotland’s Zero Waste Towns initiative. The pilot project’s “inspire, educate, empower” community action and circular economy approach seems to be working: reuse and recycling have increased, and domestic waste to landfills has decreased. Even unsold loaves of bread are being put to use—diverted from the landfill to Bute Brew Co. where they’re recycled into craft beer.

 

3. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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In August 2018, this city of glitz signed C40’s “Advancing Towards Zero Waste Declaration,” becoming one of just two Middle Eastern municipalities to commit. Policies and programs were created to reach C40 goals of reducing 15 percent of each resident’s waste by 2030. Dubai hopes to divert 70 percent of waste from landfills and incinerators by 2030 as well.

 

4. Flanders, Belgium

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This Flemish region of Belgium has been steadily working towards zero-waste since approving their first Waste Decree in the 1980s. Policies have transformed over time from an initial focus on disposal to recycling, source separation, and prevention. Today, nearly 75 percent of residential waste (the highest percentage in Europe) is diverted from landfills. Waste generation has remained stable in spite of population increase and economic growth.

 

5. Gipuzkoa, Spain

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Rather than moving forward with multi million dollar plans to build an incinerator plant, this Basque Country province opted instead to prioritize prevention, source separation, reuse, and recycling. In 2011, they set a goal of achieving 70 percent diversion from landfills by 2020. In less than five years, the province reached over 50 percent waste reduction—with some municipalities reaching 80 to 90 percent—making Gipuzkoa the fastest transition toward zero waste in Europe.

 

6. Cappanori, Italy

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When school teacher Rossano Ercolini and zero-waste expert Dr. Paul Connett rallied residents to prevent the construction of an incinerator in this Tuscan town, they knew the only alternative was waste reduction. Ercolini launched a pilot door-to-door collection program and, in 2007, convinced Capannori to become the first in Europe to declare a zero-waste strategy. The town pledged to divert one hundred percent from landfills by 2020 and inspired others to do the same. Today, more than 275 municipalities in Italy—over six million inhabitants—are working toward zero-waste.

 

7. Hout Bay, South Africa

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When FIFA announced South Africa as host of the 2010 World Cup, a small community in Cape Town set out to clean up. Led by NGO Thrive Hout Bay, local schools, residents, and businesses banded together toward a 2010 zero-waste goal. In partnership with local government, they launched a household waste drop-off program that proved so successful it inspired other drop-off programs across the city.

 

8. Guam

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Members of community organizations, government agencies, schools, and other stakeholders began mapping out Guam’s Blueprint for Zero Waste in 2012. Recognizing that education and proper development will be a work in progress, Guam’s zero-waste plan has no defined end date and focuses instead on a 20-year, four-phase approach.

 

9. Cashel, Ireland

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This County Tipperary town became Ireland’s first Toward Zero Waste Community in 2017 when Irish environmental charity VOICE launched the “Towards Zero Waste Cashel” pilot program. With an emphasis on zero waste as a journey rather than a destination, the initiative focuses on waste prevention, education, composting, community collaboration, and strategies toward a circular economy.

 

10. Buenos Aires, Argentina

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At the heart of zero-waste efforts in Buenos Aires are the cartoneros—impoverished waste pickers who were out in the street sorting recyclables from trash long before the capital city’s zero-waste laws were announced in 2005. While such laws include an intended ban on landfilling recyclable and compostable waste by 2020, private waste management companies profit from landfilling and may stall the city from reaching that goal. Still, environmental NGOs and citizens like the cartoneros continue to advocate for implementation of zero-waste strategies.

 

11. New York City, United States

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As part of the larger OneNYC vision to become “the most resilient, equitable, and sustainable city in the world,” the Big Apple set a goal in 2015 to achieve zero waste by 2030. One of the strategies, an expanded organic waste curbside collection program, now serves more than three million residents and is the largest program of its kind in the United States.

 

12. San Francisco, United States

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In 2002, San Francisco became the first large U.S. city to make a zero-waste commitment. Although its ambitious 2020 zero waste goal will probably not be reached, the city has taken significant public policy steps such as implementing the country’s first mandatory composting law and first ban on single-use plastic bags in drugstores and supermarkets.

 

13. Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Announcing its zero-waste goal in 2014, Ljubljana became Europe’s first capital city to commit. Thanks to effective door-to-door collection and clear communication on waste reduction and reuse, Ljubljana has eliminated the need for incinerators and was named a European Green Capital in 2016. The city is on track to reach a goal of increasing separate collection to nearly 80 percent and halving their amount of residual waste by 2025.

 

14. Kamikatsu, Japan

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In 2003, Kamikatsu became Japan’s first municipality to declare plans for zero waste. This small town has made huge strides toward their 2020 goal and has eliminated the need for greenhouse gas-emitting incinerators. Residents sort trash into 45 categories, successfully recycling, composting, and reusing 80 percent of all waste.

 

15. Santa Monica, United States

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The City of Santa Monica surveyed the needs and concerns of the community in 2013 before adopting their Zero Waste Strategic Operations Plan in 2014. To reach their goal of 95 percent diversion from landfills by 2030, this Southern California coastal city is creating convenient ways for locals and visitors to separate organic waste from recyclables and trash, such as placing composting bins at city facilities and improving services within multi-unit dwellings.

 

16. Pune, India

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In pushing for safer working conditions and forming the first waste pickers’ union in India, pickers in Pune drew attention to challenges of waste management and possibilities of zero waste through door-to-door collection. In 2012, Pune launched a zero waste program to educate residents on sorting waste at the source, resulting in an increase in compliance and decrease in waste sent to landfills.

 

17. Međimurje, Croatia

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As far back as 2006, seven municipalities of Međimurje County were already working together on waste management; so they were perfectly positioned to join the Zero Waste Europe network in 2015. The county’s formal commitment includes reduction of waste to landfills, 70 percent waste recovery (recycling, composting, etc.) by 2020, and avoidance of incineration.

 

18. Sardinia, Italy

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This island paradise is proving that zero waste is possible in high density tourist destinations. Door-to-door collection, a pay-as-you-throw system, incentives for high-performing municipalities, and penalties for low-performers are just some of the strategies that have lifted Sardinia out of the dumps. Once Italy’s worst performing region, the separate collection rate increased from 3.8 percent in 2003 to 56 percent in 2016. The city hopes to reach 80 percent by 2022.

 

19. Taiwan

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Concerned about the reliance on incinerators, citizens pressured the government to shift focus from symptoms to source. In 2003, the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration implemented a zero waste policy, calling on businesses and residents to take responsibility to reduce the volume of waste 75 percent by 2020. Banning disposable utensils from restaurants resulted in reduction of disposable chopsticks use by 44 million pairs in 2014.

 

20. Sweden

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Sweden made international headlines when they burned through their own trash and began importing waste to feed their incinerator plants. Arguably, Sweden has nearly reached the goal—less than one percent of household waste ends up in landfills, while about 50 percent is incinerated and converted to energy. The country has been praised by some for leading a “recycling revolution” and criticized by others for their reliance on burning rubbish.

 

21. San Diego, United States

Downtown San Diego Skyline Aerial

In 2015, this surf city officially announced its intention to divert 75 percent of waste being sent to landfills by 2020, 90 percent by 2035, and zero waste by 2040. Non-profit Zero Waste San Diego provides zero-waste educational events and consultations in an effort to support residents and local businesses.

 

22. Wales

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Wales’ 2010 “Toward Zero Waste” declaration included strategies to reach 70 percent recycling of waste by 2025 and zero waste by 2050. In 2017, the recycling rate reached 63.8 percent for municipal solid waste (inclusive of plastics and packaging). The UK country is well on its way to achieving its 2025 goal and is second only to Germany for recycling rates around the world.

 

23. Targu Lapus, Romania

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Targu Lapus was the first city in Romania to scrap incinerator plans and make a zero-waste commitment. In 2014, they joined the Zero Waste Europe network, declaring an ambitious goal of eight percent diversion from landfills by 2020 with a focus on composting and recycling.

 

24. Alaminos, Philippines

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In 2009, Alaminos City Council passed the first zero-waste city ordinance in the Philippines. Thanks to support from the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and the combined efforts of the community and local government, composting and waste separation have become the new norm in a place where open dumping and burning of waste was once an everyday occurrence.

 

25. Auckland, New Zealand

The city of Melbourne, Australia.

This Kiwi city is taking a collaborative approach to tackling their 2040 zero-waste goal. Auckland Council turned to the public—including businesses, community groups, waste industry reps, Māori, youth, and other residents—for feedback on a revised plan. “The Auckland Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2018: Working Together for Zero Waste” was recently approved, joining Auckland with 22 other cities and regions around the world who have committed to C40’s Zero Waste Declaration.

The above information is extracted from: National Georgraphic (29 October 2018). Retrieved from https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/lists/zero-waste-eliminate sustainable-travel-destination-plastic/

 

How To Start A Zero Waste Lifestyle?

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As an individual, how can we contribute towards the reduction of waste in order to protect our environment and the limited resources we have? A few simple lifestyle changes can really help.

  • Before we buy anything, think about whether we really need the items. Most of the time we are making a compulsive purchase that’s not based on actual need.
  • Instead of buying cleaning products for specific purposes, we can switch to using products such as Castile soap that can be used to clean almost everything.
  • Instead of using plastic bags when we go grocery shopping, bring our own tote bags.
  • Consume less processed foods so packaging can be reduced.
  • Use glass jars to store our food or drinks so the usage of plastic can be eliminated.
  • Use old shirts or sheets to make storage bags for onions, potatoes, garlic, etc. to replace plastics bags or containers.
  • If possible, use a reusable straw made from stainless steel.
  • Reduce the usage of disposable items such as disposable cutlery, cups, straws, plates, bowls, etc.
  • Compost organic waste such as fruits and vegetables.
  • Shop in a zero-waste shop where we are able to buy items in bulk without packaging.

 

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  1. Balachandran on Sep 3, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    ஏன் கழிவுப் பொருள்களைத் தடுக்க வேண்டும்? காரணம் நாம் வாழும் உலகில் வரையறுக்கப்பட்ட அளவிலேயே இயற்கை வளங்கள் உள்ளன. ஆனால் மக்கள் தொகையோ நாளுக்கு நாள் அதிகரித்துக் கொண்டே போகிறது. நாம் நமது இயற்கை வளங்களின் பயன்பாட்டை ஒரு கட்டுப்பாட்டுக்குள் வைக்கவில்லை என்றால் நமது எதிர்கால சந்ததியினர் பாதிக்கப்படுவார்கள். கழிவுக் குப்பைகள் அதிகரிப்பதால் காற்று, தண்ணீர், நாம் வாழும் சுற்றுச் சூழல் இவையனைத்தும் பாதிக்கப்படுகிறது. அதோடு மட்டுமல்லாமல், உலக வெப்ப நிலையிலும், சீதோஷ்ண நிலையிலும் மாற்றங்கள் ஏற்படுகிறது. இவற்றைச் சரி செய்ய நாம் தடுமாறுகிறோம், ஒவ்வொரு வருடமும் 18 பில்லியன் பிளாஸ்டிக் குப்பைகள் கடலில் போய் சேறுகின்றன. நமது செயலால் ஒரு நாள் உலகம் உயிரினங்கள் வாழ்வதற்கே தகுதி அற்ற இடமாக மாறி விடலாம் என்ற அச்சம் ஏற்படுகிறது. மாற்றம் ஒவ்வொருவரிடமிருந்தும் வரவேண்டும்.

  2. Balachandran on Sep 3, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    உலகம் முழுவதும் உள்ள நாடுகளில் சுற்றுச்சூழலைப் பாதிக்காத வகையில் குப்பைகளை அழிப்பது என்பது மிகப் பெரிய சவாலாக உள்ளது. உலகத்தைக் காப்பாற்ற வேண்டும் என்ற சிந்தனையை மாற்றி , எப்படி நாம் கழிவு பொருள்களைக் குறைக்கலாம் என்பதைப் பற்றி யோசிக்கலாம். முதலில் ஒவ்வொரு வீட்டிலிருந்தும் ஆரம்பிக்க வேண்டும். பிறகு நமது அலுவலகம், அண்டை வீடு, கிராமம் மற்றும் பட்டணம் என்று படிப்படியாக முயற்சியை மேற்கொள்ளவேண்டும்.

    அதிகமான அழிக்கமுடியாத கழிவுகளைக் கொண்டுவரக்கூடிய பொருள்களை நமது பயன்பாட்டிலிருந்து குறைக்கவோ, தடுக்கவோ அல்லது மாற்றி அமைக்கவோ முடியும். நாம் பயன்படுத்தும் பேட்டரிகளை அழிப்பதே மிகப் பெரிய சவாலாக உள்ளது. எது எப்படி இருப்பினும் சுற்றுச் சூழலைப் பாதிக்கக் கூடிய பொருள்களை நமது பயன்பாட்டிலிருந்து சிறுக,சிறுக குறைப்பதே சாலச் சிறந்தது. இப்படிப்பட்ட செயல் நமது வருங்கால சந்ததியினருக்குப் பேருதவியாக இருக்கும். அவ்வகையில் கெச்சாரா சூப் கிச்சன் (Kechara Soup Kithcen) தன்னாலான உதவியாக துணிமணிகளை மறு பயன்பாட்டுக்காக சேகரிக்கிறது. நீங்களும் இந்த செயலுக்கு உதவியாக இருக்கலாம்.

  3. Ummamageswari on Jun 10, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Thank you for this article. By reading this article, i agree that we should follow 3R which is reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible as it helps to make the environment clean. Its is true our planet’s resources is finishing day by day, so we as a humans has to take responsibility to prevent the usage of all the resources.

    At the same time, day by day, our planets land is finishing as humans population is increasing and we are filling our lands with waste. So to make everything equal we should reduce our waste as much as we can. Thank you.

  4. Tsa Tsa Ong on Jun 5, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    It’s inspiring to see how all the cities and countries working towards zero wastage to save the planet. The zero-waste movement is a lifestyle where people aim to eliminate their trash output completely. A good idea where there is no means of plastics, no wrappers, no garbage which will create a better, healthier environment. The zero-waste movement wants to reduce plastic pollution not by recycling, but precycling. I am glad that Malaysia is also putting effort to ensure that we separate our recyclables according to types. And reducing the use of plastic bags from supermarkets is also a good move. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing such motivating topic. ???

  5. Katie Choong on Jun 5, 2019 at 4:01 am

    It’s good to understand zero waste concept. What matters the most is going zero waste. If we don’t take action or practice, what’s the point of getting knowledge. I personally think zero waste movement shall start from young at home. Hoping to make it an increasingly popular lifestyle in near future. ?

  6. Samfoonheei on Jun 2, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Well….have not heard of this zero –waste movement before till I read this interesting and very knowledgeable for every one to help to safe this earth. The zero-waste movement is a lifestyle where people aim to eliminate their trash output completely. A good idea where there is no means of plastics, no wrappers, no garbage which will create a better, healthier environment. The zero-waste movement wants to reduce plastic pollution not by recycling, but precycling. A zero waste approach also protects the health of communities by reducing pollution in the air, water and soil by keeping toxics and waste out. Very good approach indeed. As we all know plastic can take thousands of years to biodegrade. It will takes up valuable space in landfill sites and is polluting the natural environment, having a significant impact on our oceans as well. Every things starts young , it important to bring awareness of it to the younger generation before it too late.
    A big hand of applaud to those wonderful places from all around the world as they are implementing the zero waste strategy. They have adopted the zero-waste strategy measures as to combat global warming and climate change issues. That’s nice and hoping more countries will follow.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

  7. Julia Tan on May 29, 2019 at 9:21 am

    It’s inspiring to see how all the cities and countries working towards zero wastage to save the planet. I wished so much that my city my country will be doing this very soon.

    In a development country like Malaysia, properly tend to focus more on developing the concrete part instead of the green part. This part of the development is eating up the green part tremendously. Although many NGOs and individuals are working on the green part, yet without government support (this is always the least important part in their list) we have the limit to speed up the process. Not putting the blame to the government but we do need to work together to achieve this. This is a big goal. They rather spending billion dollars project on building concrete which will bring them dollars of benefits than on green program for generation to come. People don’t see the future that will effect our children.

    Rather than talking big, Zero wastage can start from home. Start from educating our children. Starts from our own community. Inspired others to do the same. That’s the way to go…

    Let’s go it now!

  8. Mingwen on May 29, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Every corner on Earth is beautiful, but once mankind “invaded” & take over the Earth.. all sentient beings are struggling & suffering a lot.

    Mankind’s technologies & inventions are powerful but they are creating countless of side effects which are not bearable for the Earth. Due to convenience, selfishness & laziness, mankind have been inventing all sort of products.

    We shall really think what good have we bring to the Earth in return..we shall do whatever we can before the Earth decided to take revenge.. “natural disasters” are not 100% natural I think..

    • Mingwen on May 29, 2019 at 8:49 am

      If not now, WHEN?
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  9. Pastor Chia on May 29, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Having conscious living around us is very important this day to the envoirament. Especially the global growing of people in this planet. All the waste people simple throw without proper take care will cause the life treatning to other living being in this earth. Raise our awareness look around us. If we don’t care eventually will effect us and the whole planet. So, start thinking this matter we will able to save and protect all the living being stay together in this earth.

  10. Pastor Henry Ooi on May 29, 2019 at 7:44 am

    Getting rid of waste without affecting the environment is a big challenge for countries globally. I think instead of thinking how we can save the world, let’s start with how we can reduce waste within our own house and backyard. Then move on to our office, neighbourhood, community. There is a long list of products we can cut down on or eliminate totally. The disposal of used batteries is also another big challenge with almost everyone having a phone and other appliances and gadgets.

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  11. Justin on May 29, 2019 at 3:12 am

    While all the acts above are noble but it seems to me as a stop gap measure rather than the ultimately solution. I don’t believe the zero waste initiative will happen but it is a “better than none at all” situation. The best word to describe the current situation for the lack of a better word.

  12. June Kang on May 29, 2019 at 2:10 am

    “Convenient” is the keyword that make zero waste more difficult to implement. It is so convenient to buy a plastic bottle of water and throw away the bottle at the end of the day. It is also very convenient to pack food using the plastic containers provided by the restaurant and throw away the container at the end of the day. However, do you realize that the cost of convenient is very expensive. This planet can’t keep up with our demands, the resources can not be replaced so fast or some even can’t be replaced. And at the end, the suffering is us and our next generation. Convenient is always associated with our selfishness. If we care more about others, we will also care about our environmental and reduce using the resource in this planet and more on reuse and recycle. We can make a little different and it is start by oneself.

  13. Tek Lee on May 29, 2019 at 1:36 am

    The essential role that at least we can play to safe the earth is actually lessen on wastage. For example wastage on food, wastage on the things that we use daily. Many countries has already started on recycle, reuse and reduce. To recycle things that are recyclable, for example plastics, glass and papers. Reuse plastics that are hard to dispose, for example using plastics bottles to plant flower, convert them into our daily use utensils etc. And, to reduce using things that are hard to dispose, for example, plastics. Many big organisation, especially those in food and beverage industries, have already reduced on the usage of plastics. They change from giving plastic bags to paper bags, reduce usage of straws etc.
    There’s one of the ways of saving the earth is to reduce food wastage. Just like what Kechara Soup Kitchen is doing, to prevent restaurants and big hotels from wasting surplus food, they actually collect surplus food and channel it to the needies, like homes and urban poor families. To the needies, don’t even talk about surplus food, many of them can’t even have three full meal a day. Each of us live in the earth, we should play a part in saving our earth, every single small action will count.

  14. Vivian Ong on May 29, 2019 at 1:34 am

    Each and everyone of us need to play our own part in saving the earth. We need to reduce the things we buy by thinking whether we really need the item or not. We also need to control our food intake by ordering food which is enough to eat and even though we cannot finish, we should pack it into tupperwares to reheat it back the next day. We should not just waste food by throwing it knowing that it can be eaten or can be given to someone who needs it. Another way to reduce the use of plastics is to constantly use recycle bags for our grocery shopping.

  15. Andrea Lai on May 29, 2019 at 12:20 am

    In my opinion, the very first start of preventing wastage is from ourselves. Just basically look at our very own room, how many things we had brought and kept. We always take opportunity to get more where ever there are some gigantic sales without realising our limitations. Actually over spending is also another wastage hence we ended up being penniless. Therefore, we should make plan to secure our saving as well as our expenses. If we can’t even change our habits, how can we serve to the society?

  16. pammie yap on May 28, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    I’ve seen quite a lot of innovative ideas using recycled items and they are really useful in many ways as seen in the pic below.
    I am glad that Malaysia is also putting effort to ensure that we separate our recyclables according to types. Although not all the states implemented the move but instead of waiting for the government to push for it, we should do our own part. Eg when we take away, we can use our own containers and bags so that we can use it again instead of throwing the take away containers and plastic bags. And reducing the use of plastic bags from supermarkets is also a good move. We should buy bio degradable bags for other uses. Small steps go a long way.

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  17. Datuk May on May 28, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Landfills are the worst kind of a disaster that can befall any country. Many of the richer nations will send their waste to poorer countries whereby they are put into holes in the ground and continuously filled until not longer possible and then overlaid with soil.

    This kind of activity destroys the earth and the land cannot be useful anymore.

    I am glad to note that many cities, communities and nations are taking part to reduce waste with targeted datelines to fulfill their goals.

    Each of us should do your best and the guidelines given in this article is highly a possibility for each of us. Let us save the mother earth which we have all contributed to her contamination.

  18. Sharon Ong on May 16, 2019 at 3:12 am

    Tsem Rinpoche said – Every action creates a future. If we want to leave beautiful earth to our future generation, we need to work towards zero waste as the modern lifestyle has resulted in many plastic disposable items that are detrimental to the environment. Plastic takes up to 1000 years to decompose and imagine how huge our landfills will be if we do not reduce our plastic usage. Given how much plastic is being used on a daily basis and how long it takes to decompose, all the more reason why we should look into eliminating these in our lives.

    The tips given in the blog post are really useful and will be sharing it with others as well.

    Thank you for this useful post.

  19. Yee Yin on May 14, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Zero waste movement is about reducing the use of resources or materials. Whenever possible, we try to reuse and recycle. Plastic is the main contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, our oceans are also badly damaged by the plastics. Therefore, it is important to cut down the usage of plastic.

    As an individual, we can start to get involved in this movement in various ways. When we go for grocery shopping, bring our own bags that can be reused, not those that are to be disposed of. When we pack food, we can bring our own container. Stainless steel containers will be better because they are more lasting. Go and shop in a zero-waste grocery shop because they don’t use any plastic packaging and we bring our own containers to keep what we want to purchase.

    If we don’t reduce the usage of plastic now, our future generations will suffer, they will face the challenge of lesser resources and an environment that is so badly damaged. As it is, we are already suffering from climate change and global warming effect. We can revert the situation if each of us starts to do our part to reduce the usage of plastic.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Aug 15. 2020 01:21 PM
    Everything is changeable, everything appears and disappears. There is no blissful peace until one passes beyond the agony of life and death. Everything in life is just for a while and everything is impermanent. By contemplating the impermanence of everything in the world, we are forced to recognize that every time we do something could be the last time we do it. Everything is changing all the time that is the basic message we have to accept. Reading these precious teachings in this article had me think that what makes every single day so precious. We should not waste a single moment we have , live till the fullness meaningfully with no regrets.
    Thank you for sharing this article to remind us of our impermanent life. Choosing to learn, practice Buddhism is the best choice I have made.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/the-reason.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Aug 15. 2020 01:19 PM
    Everyone’s dream home is different and often includes some pretty crazy features or has a design that’s fantastic in a fictional sense. To me I rather chose one simple and comfortable concepts. Beautiful and simple makes a perfect place to live in. The design concepts as mentioned by Rinpoche is simple , spacious with greeneries surrounding ,making it more comfortable as to sit there to have a quiet moments to ourselves.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this architecture design.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/my-kind-of-architecture.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Aug 15. 2020 01:18 PM
    Happy ending story of how Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden helped Joy Kam. This is one of the many miracle stories that Dorje Shugden has helped saving lives from sickness, accidents and so forth. Reading this story again as its simply amazing of how the miracles happened. When we truly have trust and faith on our Dharma Protector , it will help us nor matter what happen and help us regardless of race as well.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/behind-the-scenes/miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-14.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Aug 14. 2020 04:44 PM
    Tengboche monastery survive until now as a leading Buddhist center of spirituality and pilgrims in the Himalayan area, half way to Everest Base Camp trek, the monastery has become a house name to trekkers and climbers to Everest Base Camp.
    With the colourful Mani Rimdu festival, which is a culmination of Buddhist celebrations with religious gathering, songs have attracted tourist as well to Tengboche Monastery every October.Thank you for sharing this article.


    https://bit.ly/3g0Cpdn
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Aug 14. 2020 04:06 PM
    Nothing is Impermanent, for sure can you imagine a beautiful just simply disappeared under sea due to natural disaster . It sunk and was discovered only after 1700 years later. It is an important reminder of impermanence for us all. Letting go whatever we hold on in this life as we came to this world with nothing and leaving with nothing too. I have heard of tales and myths of lost civilizations in books. But this is interesting. The famous ancient city of Neapolis, a quasi-mythical city that sunk beneath the waters of the Atlantic Ocean was discovered after so many thousand years. It was the divers who discovered the lost city then during one of their sea exploration. Its must be a massive tsunami that had taken place and sunk the whole city.Interesting discoveries.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/a-lost-underwater-city-has-been-found-1700-years-after-it-sank.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Aug 14. 2020 04:05 PM
    Truly a Buddhist practitioner who not want to waste time even on a train where most of the travellers were fast asleep . He had a quiet, peaceful sitting posture meditation. He was captured on camera and won in category of National Geographic’s 2017 photography contest. This pictures tell us a thousand words. Deep in a meditation , all I can say …..a beautiful pictures.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/postcard-from-raymond-monks-posture.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Aug 14. 2020 04:04 PM
    Beautiful spiritual painting of Dorje Shugden to our Lama Tsem Rinpoche on such an auspicious Wesak day by Tsem Ladrang team and some Kechara students. Now with Vietnamese Dorje Shugden paintings to share , more people will get to know of this powerful protector. We are all blessed merely by looking at this beautiful paintings of Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/wesak-day-2018-vietnamese-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 13. 2020 03:18 PM
    Dorje Shugden statue in Wisdom Hall located in Kechara Forest Retreat seen to be the largest in the world. We are fortunate to have such a huge Dorje Shugden Statue blessing all the sentient beings, environment and unseen beings . The bigger the statue ,it has brought more tremendous benefits to the surrounding area of Bentong. Over the years this largest Dorje Shugden have attracted many tourist as well as locals to see for themselves the beauty of statue and Kechara Forest Retreat. This huge statue serves to be a light for many, giving hope, blessing, inspiration and merit field for all those who come to receive the blessings of Shugden. Interesting write up.
    Thank you Rinpoche for founding this beautiful place away from the city hectic life

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/largest-dorje-shugden-in-the-world.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Aug 13. 2020 03:00 PM
    A place where many people around the world experience the art of mindful living. Plum village has a beautiful landscape and quiet environment for anyone to have more freedom, peace and happiness in our daily life.

    Wonderful for all involved looking for peace and calm. The natural surroundings surely enhances the experience. It will also teach the younger generation to appreciate nature.
    Thank you for sharing this article.

    https://bit.ly/3fZqkpa
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 13. 2020 02:39 PM
    Hermits are monks and nuns looking for wisdom. Many go up the remote mountains , spending their time in solitude meditation in order to master their spiritually practice, gaining profundity and knowledge. Its in the mountains away from the city they find a piece of mind to mediate and practice to transform their mind. Watching the video tells us all. Each of the hermits specks with words of wisdom that’s where they earns respect in Chinese society.
    An inspiring man Bill Porter one of the foremost Chinese poetry and essay translators in the world went searching for an answer of the lives of hermits. Bill Porter is the author of the book Road to Heaven, he travelled to hash, remote mountains of Zhongnan Mountain describing his journeys and encounter with Chinese Hermits in the book. Very inspiring documentary which tell us a thousand inspiring words . Life is simple yet the hermits are happy letting go all the worries of the world outside. He discovered then the hermit tradition is very much alive, as dozens of monks and nuns continue to lead solitary lives in quiet contemplation of their faith deep in the mountains.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/hermit-a-profound-documentary-by-bill-porter.html
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 05:29 PM
    Getting quality sleep is one of the best things that we can do to maintaining a good lifestyle throughout our entire lifetime. People often give up good sleep due to busy lifestyle.

    In fact we need sleep to survive, just like we need food and water, in fact there are many biological processes happen during sleep. Lack of sleep can result in decreased immune system function, decreased body temperature as well as a decreased release of growth hormone.

    Thank you very much for your valuable sharing and all these 10 pointers are good guidelines for those who have trouble sleeping.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 02:11 PM
    Lady Lhalu Lhacham Yangdzom Tsering, an incredible lady and important aristocratic students of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. A great and influential Gelug lady who devotion to her guru the great Kyabje Pabongka Dorjechang never change despite her life changes from a wealthy lady living luxuries to living in a store room. She received all the teachings and practiced devotedly to her guru, till the end of her life. Inspiring life story of a lady . We shall never leave our guru nor matter what happened.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/pabongka-rinpoche-and-his-yogini-student-the-lady-lhalu.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 02:09 PM
    Very inspiring nun Ani Ngawang Pema a Tibetan Buddhist who stayed in solitary meditation for 45 years. Once in a while it’s good to remind ourselves that there are true spiritual seekers in the world today. She was a student of H.H Trulshik Rinpoche. She was known as the most beautiful girl when she was young in the northeast of Nepal. Many rich and famous families would seek her marriage but she chose a monastery life instead to practice Dharma. Later she stayed in a small hut in solitary meditation for 45 years where nobody see her at all. Soon she became a legend and every one who passed her hut to receive blessings, recite prayers and even circumambulate her small hut.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ani-ngawang-pema-45-years-solitary-retreat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 02:07 PM
    A beautiful picture of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche cutting our lama’s hairs back in 1984 tells us a thousand words . That’s where our lama begin a long life spiritual journey travelling a thousand miles to India to be a monk. A promise made to his root guru to take ordination and go to Gaden Monastery. Meeting Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had changed our Lama’s life for the better forever. With all the sufferings and hardship our lama had gone through since young had not deter Rinpoche from becoming a monk. The promise was kept, even though Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had since passed away. Rinpoche became a monk and was advised coming to Malaysia and that’s where we have Kechara Forest Retreat today.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. The pictures indeed have a great memories.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/kyabje-zong-rinpoche-cuts-my-hair.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 12:59 PM
    What a nice and breathtaking statue that there is in Macau!It would be nice if I had the wonderful chance to go to Macau to see this statue. Kuan Yin will prevent huge obstacles from hitting Macau also attract more and more tourist to come to Macau to visit and pay respects to Kuan Yin.
    Its good to know the reason why this Kuan Yin statue looks a little westernized compared to the ones in Mainland China. Strange thing is, no matter how one depicts Kuan Yin, She always looks beautiful. Thank you very much for the sharing

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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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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.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

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

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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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
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
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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
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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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
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
5 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
5 months ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
5 months ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
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