The Duality of Doppelgangers

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(by Tsem Rinpoche and Cindy Hew)

In general, people are either weirded out or fascinated by the possibility that we have at least one likeness out there amongst the over-seven billion people in the world. This is most probably fuelled by the belief that we are all unique individuals and therefore should be different from each other.

Although there is a growing trend of attempting to locate our likenesses via social media and other online platforms, people in the past were more apprehensive and less receptive of meeting their doppelgangers. In fact, some downright balked at the mere mention of the word ‘doppelganger’ due to superstitious beliefs which once heavily dogged doppelganger sightings.

 

What are Doppelgangers?

The word ‘doppelganger’ first debuted in Germany around 1796. Coined by German author Johann Paul Friedrich Richter (better known by his pen name Jean Paul) in his novel ‘Siebenkäs‘, the word originally described a meal in which two courses were simultaneously served.

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Portrait of Johann Paul Friedrich Richter by Heinrich Pfenninger in 1798

Jean Paul invented the word “doppeltganger” to describe instances of uncanny lookalikes, which is the current popular use for the term ‘doppelganger’. These lines of distinction slowly blurred over time and ‘doppelganger’ now serves as the default term for any type of double. The Dutch word “dubbelgänger” also came into being at around the same time and bore the same literal definition.

However, the concept of a doppelganger being a mysterious exact double of a living person predates its official terminology. This is evinced by its early appearances in folklore, myths, religious concepts and traditions of many cultures throughout human history.

 

Neutral Origins

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An Egyptian “Ka” statue

The earliest record of a doppelganger can be found in ancient Egyptian mythology relating to a “ka” which roughly translates to “tangible spirit double”.

This spirit double is said to have the same memories, emotions and feelings as the person who is its counterpart. It is also what drives Egyptians to mummify their bodies as they believe that the “ka” lives on after death provided it has a body in place. A decomposed body would mean the death of the “ka” and the deceased would then lose his chance for eternal life.

Based on Egyptian mythology, it appears that the nature of the “ka” is not fixed and can be manipulated by third parties who have developed the power to do so, even without the consent or knowledge of the originator of the “ka”. According to Egyptian belief, Paris of Troy was misled into stopping the Trojan War through the use of the “ka” of his lover, Helen.

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An ancient artistic depiction of Paris of Troy and his lover, Helen

Other tales that affirm the unfixed nature of the doppelganger phenomenon include:

“Vardoger” from Norse folklore, which are ghostly beings that precede their living counterparts. Norse folktales reveal that a Vardoger typically takes on the originator’s form, voice, scent and overall demeanour including footsteps, primarily to perform the originator’s intended actions in advance of the originator’s arrival at a particular location. It is also common for witnesses to come forth and swear that they had seen or heard the actual person before the individual physically arrives.

“Ori” from the African Yoruba tradition, which also bears features identical to the originator. The Yoruba tribe believes that each person has an Ori but opinions differ as to its role. Some believe it is the person’s spirit whilst others claim it is the guardian spirit of the person it resembles.

“Chi” from the indigenous Nigerian Igbo tribe. The Igbo tribe believes that doppelgangers are the fundamental force of creation and the manifestation of the individual’s consciousness, serving as a life compass or even as a guardian spirit for the person it resembles.

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Igbo art depicting the creation of man and co-relation with Chi

 

Malevolent Nature?

As time passed, much superstition arose around doppelgangers and by the mid-19th century, they had developed a reputation as harbingers of misfortune including being omens of impending death. As a result, doppelgangers took on a more sinister form in popular culture and were believed to cast no shadow and at times, no reflection. Amongst the common folk, they became associated with evil and the afterlife.

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Emilie Sagee and her doppelganger

During this period, it was believed that if a doppelganger was seen by a person’s relative or friend, it translated to some form of illness or danger befalling that individual. Such was the case of Emilie Sagee, a schoolteacher in mid-19th century France whose tale was chronicled by Robert Dale Owen, an American writer.

In 1845, the students in Sagee’s class could not believe their eyes when Sagee’s doppelganger suddenly appeared next to her in class and started mimicking her every move. The witnesses were understandably shocked but Sagee herself was completely oblivious to the apparition pantomiming her movements.

With each subsequent appearance, Sagee’s doppelganger appeared to be getting bolder and stronger, even appearing beyond Sagee’s immediate vicinity. On one such occasion, Sagee’s doppelganger sat on her chair in the bustling school hall whilst the real Sagee was outside attending to another matter. One can just imagine the fear and bewilderment of the students who could clearly see their teacher outside while her paranormal twin occupied her vacant seat in their midst. A few daring students approached the doppelganger but it did not disappear immediately unlike previously. A couple of daredevil students even walked through it, reporting that it felt like the texture of thick fabric.

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Artist’s impression of Sagee’s doppelganger appearing in class

It was apparent to all that whenever her spectral twin appeared, Sagee would turn pale and look drained. Different eye-witnesses also said that Sagee would complain about feeling groggy and powerless whenever her doppelganger manifested.

The repeated sightings of Sagee’s doppelganger not only took a toll on her health but also resulted in her eventually losing her job at Pensionat von Neuwelcke despite being a model employee. Based on Owen’s chronicles, Sagee’s doppelganger cost her dearly — 19 teaching jobs in 16 years, to be precise. Most of her employers had no choice but to let Sagee go as concerned parents were either pulling their children out of school or refusing to enrol them in a place with a resident doppelganger.

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Many were spooked by the frequent appearance of Sagee’s doppelganger

 

Omen of Death?

People also believed that sudden death would befall one who sees his own doppelganger. Many real-life cases have been reported including those involving significant historical figures. Some notable ones include;

 

1. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865

Abraham Lincoln’s encounters with his doppelganger were documented in 1895 by Noah Brooks in his book, ‘Washington in Lincoln’s Time‘.

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Artist’s impression of President Lincoln meeting his doppelganger

According to Brooks, the first encounter took place when Lincoln was resting on his couch on the night of his first election. He happened to glance in a mirror and saw his own visage — except that there were two of him. The second figure, identical in every way to Lincoln save for it being “five shades paler”, disappeared when he got up from the couch to investigate.

He sat back down only to see it again. At that juncture, it is said that Lincoln admitted to having felt a little pang as if something uncomfortable had happened but he put such negative thoughts on the backburner.

Lincoln reportedly tried to elicit the presence of his ghostly apparition again, either out of curiosity or to show it to his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln.

He was successful in encountering his doppelganger once again but was unable to show it to his terrified wife. The distraught Mary felt that the paleness of Lincoln’s bizarre twin was a bad omen, and believed it meant Lincoln would be elected for two terms but would not live to finish his second one. Eerily, Mary was proven right when Lincoln was assassinated partway through his second term.

 

2. Catherine the Great, the powerful 18th century Empress of Russia

On the fateful night when Catherine saw her doppelganger, she was in a foul mood as her slumber was disrupted by terrified servants who swore they had just seen her enter the throne room. Her strong and territorial disposition meant she did not take lightly to anyone, including her ghostly counterpart, making themselves at home on the royal throne.

Catherine immediately ordered her sentries to open fire at her spectral twin, causing it to vanish without a trace. Not long after, Catherine mysteriously suffered a fatal stroke.

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Catherine the Great

 

3. Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland, who reigned from 17 November 1558 until her death on 24 March 1603

One of the greatest and most influential monarchs in history, Queen Elizabeth I was known to be a level-headed and politically savvy monarch. Her 44 years on the throne provided her subjects with stability and consistency, and her sharp wit and clever mind guided the nation through religious and political turmoil.

Not long before her death, Queen Elizabeth was confronted by her ghostly doppelganger lying motionless like a corpse on her bed. It was considered an ominous portent as the Queen was already in frail condition. After the incident, it is said that she stayed up for hours and refused to rest, possibly lamenting her impending death.

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Tomb of Queen Elizabeth I at Westminster Abbey

 

4. John Dunne, the great English poet and founder of the Metaphysical Poets

Regarded as one of the most important names in English poetry, John Dunne saw the doppelganger of his wife during a business trip in Paris. He returned to England only to discover that she had delivered a stillborn baby at their London home.

His wife died five days after giving birth to their stillborn twelfth child. Donne mourned her deeply, and wrote of his love and loss in his 17th Holy Sonnet.

HOLY SONNETS XVII

Since she whom I loved hath paid her last debt
To Nature, and to hers, and my good is dead,
And her soul early into heaven ravishèd,
Wholly on heavenly things my mind is set.

Here the admiring her my mind did whet
To seek thee, God; so streams do show the head;
But though I have found thee, and thou my thirst hast fed,
A holy thirsty dropsy melts me yet.

But why should I beg more love, whenas thou
Dost woo my soul, for hers offering all thine:
And dost not only fear lest I allow
My love to saints and angels, things divine,
But in thy tender jealousy dost doubt
Lest the world, flesh, yea, devil put thee out.

 

5. Percy Bysshe Shelley, the English Romantic poet of the 19th century and husband of Mary Shelley, the author of ‘Frankenstein’

Percy Bysshe Shelley’s life was cut short when he drowned whilst sailing in 1812. Although his death was officially ruled an accident, many speculated that he might have been murdered by an enemy who detested his vocal political beliefs.

Shortly before he drowned, Shelley is said to have told his wife, Mary, that he had met his doppelganger repeatedly. A close family acquaintance, Jane Williams, also confessed to seeing Shelley’s doppelganger on a few occasions prior to his death. It would pass her window, a route frequented by the real Shelley, but never returned upon hitting the dead end at the end of the road.

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The literary power couple, Percy Bysshe Shelley (right) and his wife Mary Shelley (left)

 

6. Guy de Maupassant, the renowned French novelist

Considered one of the fathers of the modern short story, Guy de Maupassant had a rather long relationship with his doppelganger. There are two versions of the story.

The first tells of how his spectral counterpart would regularly appear to dictate stories to him. It is widely believed that “The Horla”, a spooky tale about a man who is driven to insanity after an evil spirit tries to use him as a host, was the story dictated to Maupassant.

The second rejects the idea of Maupassant’s doppelganger dictating stories to him and instead postulates that the apparition was haunting Maupassant with its frequent appearances and vanishing acts.

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Guy de Maupassant

Regardless, both versions agree that the doppelganger constantly appeared to Maupassant, depressed and in despair. In a classic case of life imitating art, Maupassant was so unnerved by his ghostly twin that he had a mental breakdown and died in an insane asylum a year after his first encounter with his doppelganger.

 

7. George Tryon, highly decorated British Admiral and Commander of the British Mediterranean Fleet

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Vice Admiral George Tryon

Vice Admiral George Tryon went down in naval history as having made a costly amateurish mistake which led to his flagship HMS Victoria colliding with HMS Camperdown during manoeuvres off Tripoli, Lebanon.

On 22nd June 1893, he perished along with 357 men in the Mediterranean Sea, unbeknownst to his wife who was then busy hosting a lavish party in their London home. Some party guests saw the Vice Admiral dressed in full uniform, as if he was commanding a drill, at the party that fateful day.

It is said that Tyron silently roamed around the house before solemnly heading to his drawing room, opening the door as if to leave before suddenly vanishing into thin air.

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The HMS Victoria sank after the collision. Photo taken from HMS Collingwood. On the left is HMS Nile.

 

Other Appearances

There are also many recorded instances of doppelgangers wreaking havoc on the lives of the people they resemble, without causing an early demise.

One classic example can be found in a Danish legend, where a blacksmith rescued a pregnant woman from being abducted by a troll. After he scared the troll away with a hot iron from his forge, the woman went into labour and gave birth to twins before the blacksmith could return her to her husband. The blacksmith then offered to bring the good news to her husband so that he could come get her and their newborn twins. There are two different versions as to what happened next.

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Artist’s impression of a medieval blacksmith

In the first version, the blacksmith entered her home and was stunned to find the woman’s husband in bed with her doppelganger. Fortunately for the woman, he recovered from the shock, dealt with the paranormal imposter and reunited the man with his true family.

The second version is almost the same, the difference being that the blacksmith was pre-warned about the possibility of meeting the woman’s doppelganger. It is also implied that the doppelganger masterminded the woman’s abduction by the troll so that it could take over her life.

There are also conspiracy theories, usually involving celebrities or public figures, where doppelgangers are said to have replaced their respective originators. A couple of prevailing examples include Sir James Paul McCartney from the iconic group, the Beatles, and American singer Avril Lavigne.

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Is this the real Sir Paul McCartney or his doppelganger?

Proponents of this theory claim that Sir Paul died in 1966 but his death was covered up for monetary reasons and his doppelganger was hired to keep up the pretext. They maintain that evidence of this cover-up is hidden in plain sight — in song lyrics.

Similarly, the real Avril Lavigne is said to have committed suicide back in 2003 and since then, her doppelganger, Melissa has been secretly standing in for her.

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The drastic departure from her previous appearance fans conspiracy theories that the current Avril Lavigne is a doppelganger.

 

A Benevolent Apparition?

There have been recorded instances of people meeting their doppelgangers and emerging unscathed. Such was the case of Sir Frederick Carne Rasch, a prominent member of the British Parliament in the 20th century.

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Sir Frederick Carne

It is said that Sir Frederick Carne’s dedication to politics prompted the appearance of his doppelganger in a British Parliamentary sitting back in 1906. Down with severe influenza, the real Sir Frederick was not in attendance but several Parliament members attested to seeing him at his seat during that fateful Parliamentary debate session. In particular, Sir Gilbert Parker is said to have greeted Sir Frederick but his greeting was met with a grim, stony expression from the doppelganger.

Although his family was concerned that the appearance of the doppelganger was an ominous sign, Sir Frederick recovered from his illness and lived a full life. That being said, he was plagued by finger pokes from his fellow Parliament members for the longest time, as they wanted to verify he was the real deal. This culminated with him publishing his infamous sarcastic letter in the local newspaper, apologising that “he did not have the good sense to die at the time of the doppelganger sighting and promising to behave better next time”.

There are also instances where people have benefited from their doppelgangers. One such example is that of Sister Mary of Jesus (Sister Maria de Jesus de Agreda) who took the doppelganger phenomenon to a whole new level.

At the turn of the 17th century, when exploration and discovery of new worlds had just become the in thing to do, many new explorers as well as missionaries were puzzled and perplexed to discover the presence and flourishing practice of Catholicism in the then-unchartered newly discovered land of New Mexico. The converted tribesmen of New Mexico claimed to have been given the practice and items of worship by a mysterious young lady in blue robes.

Thoroughly intrigued, a few priests searched high and low for the mysterious lady but failed to locate her. Their persistent efforts eventually led them to Sister Mary, dubbed ‘The Lady in Blue‘ after the colour of her order’s habit.

It was discovered that Sister Mary had never left the confines of her convent in rural Spain during the time she was supposedly spreading Catholicism in New Mexico, a location unknown to her and which she simply dubbed the “savage land”.

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The doppelganger of Sister Maria de Jesus de Agreda preaching the gospel to tribesmen

In essence, Sister Mary was converting the tribesmen via her doppelganger by bilocating across the ocean. She was able to accurately describe the land and even details of the Jamano Indians, including their appearance, clothing, and customs despite knowledge of the tribe being unknown in Europe then. She also maintained that she was able to communicate with the tribesmen despite obvious language barriers because God enabled both sides to understand each other.

Sister Mary was nearly persecuted as a witch for adopting this unconventional paranormal way of preaching Christianity. However, she ended up being a significant religious figure and even became a leader of her convent when her unique ability was declared to be of divine origin. Less than 10 years after her death, Sister Mary was declared a “Venerable” by Pope Clement X, in honour of her “heroic life of virtue”.

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The incorruptible body of the Venerable María de Jesús de Ágreda in the Church of the Conceptionists Convent in Ágreda, Spain.

 

Modern Trends

In modern times, the ominous stigma of the doppelganger does not have as strong of a hold as before. In fact, social media today is full of people actively seeking out their lookalikes.

Take for example the success story of Niamh Geaney, said to be the epitome of this modern outlook. It all began with the 26-year-old Irish TV journalist, Niamh Geaney, posting an appeal on Twitter and Facebook for help in locating her lookalike. She found her first doppelganger, Karen Branigan who lived an hour away, within two weeks of her initial posting. Several weeks later, she found Luisa Guizzardi, her second doppelganger in Italy. Last but not least, she made contact with her third doppelganger, Irene Adams, back in Ireland. Niamh has since launched a website dedicated to facilitating the search for one’s doppelganger.

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Doppelganger_Niamh_Twin Stranger.mp4

Another trending project involving doppelgangers is the art collaboration between Canadian museum Musée de la Civilisation, two other museums based in Switzerland — Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève as well as the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art — and François Brunelle, a Montréal-based photographer.

In short, Musée de la Civilisation in Quebec City is inviting people from around the world to send in their photographs in an effort to find their ancient doppelgangers. Those deemed to be close matches will then have their pictures taken by Brunelle alongside his or her ancient doppelgänger, to showcase their symmetry. The final collection of photographs will be featured as part of the museum’s yearlong exhibition, which is slated for 24th October 2018 through October 2019.

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Doppelganger_My 2000-Year-Old Double.mp4

Francois Brunelle, who is no stranger to the doppelganger phenomenon, has also initiated his own photography project shooting lookalikes of unrelated people who live in different parts of the world. His work is displayed online at francoisbrunelle.com/web/projet_en.html

 

A Risky Endeavour?

With the amount of hype surrounding the finding of one’s doppelganger, there are also claims of misfortune befalling those who have sought out their lookalikes more than three times. From financial loss to sudden illness, physical harm or even death, such unfortunate incidents have been liberally shared online as cautionary tales, albeit anonymously.

The most drastic of these comes from an anonymous surviving brother as a warning to those thinking of finding their spirit doubles. He shares that his sister thought it would be fun to locate her doppelganger though social media. Having found her doppelganger, both his sister and the doppelganger were so fascinated by their uncanny similarities that they agreed to meet up and keep in touch.

Unfortunately after their third meeting, both the sister and her doppelganger met their deaths in the same manner — a car accident. It is not clear if they perished in the same accident or in separate accidents on the same day around the same time.

Regardless of whether you are a believer in the doppelganger phenomenon or otherwise, the doppelganger or spirit double has instilled both fear and wonder in people since time immemorial. And judging from the looks of things, it is likely to continue doing so.

 

References

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doppelg%C3%A4nger
  • http://www.paranormal-encyclopedia.com/d/doppelganger/
  • http://www.theparanormalguide.com/blog/doppelganger
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2279851/Seeing-double-They-look-like-twins-incredibly-doppelgangers-ARENT-related.html
  • http://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends/doppelgangers-and-mythology-spirit-doubles-001825?nopaging=1
  • http://ascensionlifestyle.org/chi-in-african-igbo-culture/
  • http://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends/doppelgangers-and-mythology-spirit-doubles-001825
  • https://www.britannica.com/art/doppelganger
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_the_Great
  • https://books.google.fi/books?id=73wZxrd6LLoC&pg=PA141
  • https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/john-donne
  • http://mythologian.net/doppelganger/

 

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About Cindy Hew

Cindy finds Tibetan Buddhism compelling but the Tibetan language mind boggling given that she is somewhat linguistically challenged. Her belief that there has to be more to the purpose of life than to perpetuate DNA has culminated to her encountering H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings around 2014. Cindy has since decided to reorganise her priorities in life to include Dharma and is constantly reminding herself of that goal as she navigates her way in samsara.
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  1. freon on Dec 31, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    I think people like to search for their doppelganger mainly because they feel lonely and does not want to be alone in this planet. Do I believe in doppelganger.? Well, in recent incident a friend told me he “saw” me in office, but , that time, I am so sure that I wasn’t in office but I am walking outside of the office. It is strange when people told me he “saw” me. To me, I would not like to look for anyone similar to me because I believe everyone is unique unless we reach Buddhahood than maybe we have the ability to emanate many ” “doppelganger.” to help and benefit sentient beings, other wise, why have so many of me, that might going through the same suffering like me? One is enough

  2. Joy Kam on Jul 26, 2018 at 5:51 am

    Listening to the chanting of sacred words, melodies, mantras, sutras and prayers has a very powerful healing effect on our outer and inner environments. It clears the chakras, spiritual toxins, the paths where our ‘chi’ travels within our bodies for health as well as for clearing the mind. It is soothing and relaxing but at the same time invigorates us with positive energy. The sacred sounds invite positive beings to inhabit our environment, expels negative beings and brings the sound of growth to the land, animals, water and plants. Sacred chants bless all living beings on our land as well as inanimate objects. Do download and play while in traffic to relax, when you are about to sleep, during meditation, during stress or just anytime. Great to play for animals and children. Share with friends the blessing of a full Dorje Shugden puja performed at Kechara Forest Retreat by our puja department for the benefit of others. Tsem Rinpoche

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  3. Anne Ong on May 21, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    A great and interesting write up about duality of doppelgangers. Very eyeopening which si something i never really heard of thought of. Thank you Rinpoche and Cindy for sharing this good story👍😍

  4. Edwin Tan on May 19, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Dear Cindy,

    Very nice article on doppelgängers.

    Modern era people really do not care much of potential dangers of meeting their doubles as they are more driven by curiosity. With digital technology and social media, it makes it even easier to locate our doubles, clearly with the case of Niamh.

    It is only the last few years I came across this term and it got me thinking whether there really is a parallel universe where we have another us living a similar, or different lives and what impact it would have cost if we actually ever met each other.

    Of course another thinking would be time travel, and as most theories suggested, if we were to meet each other, our very existence would have to be wiped out? Hmm…

    What was amazing was I never knew doppelgängers goes all the way back in the 16th century, and it was more apparitions than physical bodies that met. Makes you wonder if they were demons or ghosts taking on our looks to replace us in the living realm.

    Anyway, was mind boggling and blowing for me.

    Thank you.

  5. Wai Meng Wan on May 15, 2018 at 2:06 am

    Dopplegangers phenomenon are a question of probability, what is the probability that one will meet their twins look alike. If you ask any statisticians they would be able to calculate the probability of one having a twin on this planet.

  6. Sofi on Apr 15, 2018 at 12:00 am

    This is an interesting article especially with it has proven real with the story of Niamh Geaney. I guess everyone would be guessing where their own doppelganger would be as I do. I had the experience of seeing a doppelganger of my aunty’s sister-in-law. A student in our school in UK looked exactly like her, in every mannerism down to the mole. The only difference was that one was black haired and the other was blond although they had the same hair cut. Fascinated, I would stare at my school mate whenever I saw her.

    This article brings to mind that if humans could have doppelganger that looks like them yet are not related, then the idea of holy beings emanating shouldn’t be far fetched to those who are doubtful. Isn’t it amazing? Thanks Rinpoche and Cindy for this article that provokes further thoughts that challenges our norm or reality.

  7. Pastor Han Nee on Apr 12, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Thank you Cindy for this very interesting article about doppelgangers or spirit doubles . In most cases they appear to be ‘evil’ or sinister beings and were harbingers of misfortune or even death of their living double. Yet in the case of Sister Mary of Spain who had never left the shores of Spain, and whose double appeared in New Mexico across the seas on the other shore to teach and spread the word of God,at the same time, it does not seem right to dismiss her double as a spirit. The appearance of her doppelganger to spread the word of God was confirmed by her church as being of divine origin.

    So this still begs the question -are all doppelgangers spirits or are some of them spirits and some of divine origin?

  8. Julia Tan on Apr 12, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    I was most amazed when I watched the video on how people found their doppelgängers. And they are at the almost same age! That’s truly amazing. Countless sentient beings crossing each other, taking rebirth at every moment, so I think it’s really possible that’s this happen. . I’m interested to find my doppelgänger too heheh..

    Where by the doppelgänger that encountered like a spirit that look like the physical person, I think because spirit has no form hence when they attracted to this person, it turned itself to look the same to the person it attracted to. The intention of this spirit attracted to can be good or bad depends on the karma we had with the spirit .
    Another thought of mine is, there are sentient being all over the universe. May be there were another me staying at the other uniserve doing the same thing as me. Sometimes we bump into each other when both space cross.

  9. Pastor Chia on Apr 11, 2018 at 8:38 am

    I find interesting reading this article about doppelganger. In Chinese, we beliave human have 3 soul and 7 spirit. It is not ready as ghost. Some people have experince when they sleep , soul will treval out from the body. Apart from near death, people also experince treval out when they having addcident, get shock and attachment with thing and places. Subconsciousness, their soul with that consciousness will traveling to other places apart from the body. This is something interesting to know about doppelganger.

  10. Pastor Albert on Apr 11, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Reading this article remind me of something i heard since child, there is a saying in taoism that every human being has 3 souls and 7 spirits (3 hun 7 po), when we saw our spirits somewhere out there, means we are almost dying and the 3 souls and 7 spirits are leaving our body..

    This is very interesting article to read, everyday there are so many things happened in the world, and many things we never know, thanks to Rinpoche blog that we can learn so much knowledge of Dharma and what’s happening in the world.

  11. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Apr 11, 2018 at 5:15 am

    It is kind of interesting as nowadays people start to use the internet to find their Doppelgänger and even compare themselves with historic people. But I think those Doppelgànger which were described such as Catherine the Great, or Emilie Sagee for example are not human in nature and we cannot trust them. They may take the form of the person to make them less scared and easier connect with them. In the end, we have no idea with who we are dealing with and we better ask for protection for example from Dorje Shugden.

    We need to remember always that we can only trust a Buddha as he will never harm us.
    Here is the link to the Trakze, the wrathful form of Dorje Shugden who is very effective with black magic or spirit disturbances: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/trakze-to-dispel-black-magic-spirits.html

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  12. Tek Lee on Apr 11, 2018 at 1:43 am

    I think doppelgangers are spirits or ghost that take in our form. Like mentioned in the article, when the person see their doppelganger, they would be getting weaker and their life was getting shorter. Actually, of all the topics, I find this quite scary. I wouldn’t know how would I react if I see one, be it my doppelganger or my friends’ or family members’ doppelganger.
    But on the other hand, reading this article makes me think that actually we are not alone in this universe. Doppelgangers could be from other dimension. Since Scientists haven’t given up the search for 3rd dimension, like Bermuda triangle, the ship disappear when it passed by there. It doesn’t have a firm answer what could be in the 3rd dimension. What if there are actually people there look exactly like us, living like us, but maybe in different lifestyle? We don’t know. This makes me think that we are actually not alone in the universe.

  13. Andrea Lai on Apr 11, 2018 at 1:05 am

    When I’m reading on last column of article, I found it quite scary and it is look like a taboo of searching your own doppelganger. In my opinion, assisting of doppelganger might be due to karma related such as previous life these people are multiple birth group of people.

  14. Pastor Henry Ooi on Apr 11, 2018 at 12:58 am

    I think doppelgangers could be ghosts, spirits or entities. Whether they are evil, positive, mischievous or neutral would maybe depend on the karma of the living person they are attracted to. Perhaps a person who is, say, angersome, the doppelganger could appear for that person and to others to see. Maybe it is there to feed on the anger. Perhaps it appears to look like the person so that person would not be afraid of it. If the doppelganger is evil, maybe it would eventually ‘consume’ or take over the person, making that person appear as like in a constant trance state of mind.

    I opine that people who look alike with each other but who live very far apart could probably share some common ancient ancestry where their ancestors moved away from each other. The ancestors married and settled down far away. And their descendants could have offsprings who may look like each other even after centuries. With modern technology people now can trace friends, relatives, lost family members across the globe as shown here in the video.

  15. Mingwen on Apr 11, 2018 at 12:27 am

    Most of the stories about Doppelgangers from the past are with bad endings. However, I’m looking if one day I can actually meet a Doppelganger of myself, which we share every thought and Everything, we could actually be partner up and get things done faster and efficiently just like Buddhas having emanations😊😁

  16. Eric kksiow on Apr 10, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    In the article ,it seems that the doppelganger happens only in the western. It might have existed because the community believes in it and with the believe, it feeds the existence of it. In my opinion, seeing a doppelganger is a normal thing and nothing to be fear of. Does that mean twins are doppelganger of themselves? At times I have people who mistaken another person for me just because we look the same from behind. So is it a spirit or just merely an angel who takes in our own form to send us a message?

  17. nicholas on Apr 10, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    The mythology of Doppelgangers can be traced back thousands of years and was present in many cultures of the past, holding a prominent place in ancient legends, stories, artworks, and in books by various authors.

    Doppelgangers generally considered as omens of bad luck or even signs of impending death but on some account I have heard that they provide helps. The spirit that shadow the subject must have attracted to the energy. From there whether the double is harmful or helpful would be depend on the type of energy they attracted. I believe on Doppelgangers and what important is we have a right conduct for not attracting negative energy. It is best we engage in protector practice for protection and learn up the Dharma to transform our mind as we don’t know what we had done wrongly before that causes such situation.

  18. Vivian Ong on Apr 10, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    The earlier part of this article is a bit spooky and scary. It is like a spirit trying to take over your body. The later part which is the modern day life talks about the look alikes which we often see in our daily lives. Frankly speaking, I do not know this word “doppelganger” until I came across this article.

  19. June Kang on Apr 10, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    如果我没错Jean Paul(Richter)里的Doppelgangers这个词是指的是看到自己的人。而后它更倾向于邪恶和恶魔,我的看法是我们都有善与恶的俩面,每一面都是另一面存在的必要条件,这就是在生活里有时候是好人,有时候是坏人,可惜的是很多人都不知如何处理。恶魔般的一面被压抑并服从于一个完美无缺的绝对好人,一旦爆发就会伤害他人,所以我们需要修行,修行的最基本是让自己看清楚自己,改善自己。

    其实看看现代的Twitter 和 Facebook, 很多人都在扮演自己不可能在现实生活中出现的自己,所以没用真名。

  20. pammie yap on Apr 10, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    It would be very scary to be like Emilie Sagee. She was haunted all the time and can’t do anything about it for such a long time.

    I have two separate thoughts on this post.
    For the ‘older’ news of doppelgänger it could be an entity that is feeding on negative emotions and it manifested as a doppelgänger and that is why it is known to mostly do harm than good.
    The living doppelgänger that we see today could be because of our DNA. As many of us can’t trace our origins and there are billions of others in the world, it could be that we were somehow related to some other person that we do not know. I watched a documentary on how DNA testing were able to look at specific locations of a person’s genome in order to determine ancestral ethnicity and genealogical relationships. Which means that we have relatives who might look like us just like a doppelgänger would somewhere out there.

  21. Datuk May on Apr 10, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    The question that came to my mind reading this article was “Are Doppelgangers spirits, entities of another realm or real life physical beings?”.

    During historical times when minds are not so crowded with materialistic thoughts and cravings, sensitivities to phenomena like Doppelgangers were more real and people were more sensitive to the supernatural and occurrences of Doppelgangers are better recorded.

    For current times, the sighting or perception of Doppelgangers could be publicity play for attention and fame.

    Personally having learnt the Dharma and more sensitivity to the existence of various forms of life, I believe that Doppelgangers exist and can be for purposes of both good and bad.

    In most of the stories related, Doppelgangers were the fore bearers of something bad, yet in the case of Sister Maria de Jesus de Agreda, whose doppelganger was used to teach and preached Christianity in a newly discovered land of New Mexico was definitely something good.

    At the end of it all, it is the motivation for the existence of Doppelgangers that make their existence good or bad.

  22. Cc on Apr 8, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Cindy for sharing.

    Sometimes we couldn’t identify whether is spirits or Doppelganger.

    If is spirits, could it be seeking attention?

    Heard of it from my past company experience where some could see the same person wearing different outfit on the same day but infact is only one outfit and appearing in different department at the same time.

    There are alot of unexplained stuff in this world.

  23. Sharon Ong on Apr 8, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Thank you for this interesting read. Before reading this post, I thought that doppelgangers are people who look like another person but after reading this post, some questions popped into my mind. Is our doppelganger actually who we really are? Or perhaps our twin from a different realm who happens to visit our current realm? Or a reflection of ourselves from another lifetime? Or are doppelgangers a form of spirits who manifest our likeness to create mischief?

    As a fan of Beatles, I am curious about the song you are referring to. Please share if you can.

    Thank you, Rinpoche and Cindy. Indeed interesting to explore the mysterious world of doppelgangers.

    • CindyH on Apr 11, 2018 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks for encouraging words and basically in the course of earlier research, the following songs which were heavily touted as having clues from the guilt-ridden surviving band members’ that hinted at McCartney’s untimely death.

      “The cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, released in 1967, is supposedly a big clue, with theorists asserting that the image of a whole cadre of the band’s heroes is not just a gathering, but a funeral. They point to the freshly dug earth in the foreground, the younger Beatles all dressed in black, and a patch of yellow flowers prominently displayed in the front — could it be a nod to the left-handed bassist?

      Fans who believed in the theory started looking for hints in the band’s songs as well, and found quite a few eerie coincidences.

      Perhaps one of the best-known is their 1968 track “Revolution #9,” which, if played backward, has one part that sounds a lot like a violent car crash and a voice that can be made out to be saying, “He hit a pole! Better get him to see a surgeon.”

      The supposed audio clues didn’t stop there. Play “I’m So Tired” backwards, and you get a recorded phrase that sounds kind of like, “Paul is dead, miss him, miss him.” Slow down “Strawberry Fields Forever” and you can hear John saying, “I buried Paul.” (In interviews, however, Lennon has explained that the phrase was actually “cranberry sauce.”)

      Then there’s the famous cover for Abbey Road, in which all four bandmates are crossing the street toward their studio. At first glance, the image looks harmless. Conspiracy theorists, however, are convinced that the album is a huge confirmation that McCartney is, in fact, dead.

      In the picture, John is wearing all white, just like a priest; Ringo’s all dressed in black like a pallbearer; and George is bringing up the rear in a blue-jean getup, the gravedigger of the group.

      And Paul? The supposedly deceased Beatle walks shoeless across the road, theorists say, because he’s dead.

      Yet another example that theorists point to is the significance of the black walrus that appears on the cover of their 1967 album Magical Mystery Tour. According to these theorists, the black walrus symbolizes death in certain Scandinavian cultures, and McCartney was undoubtedly in that animal costume.

      And in a truly bizarre coincidence – or was it? – on a later Beatles release, the White Album, Lennon sings on one track, “Glass Onion”: “Well here’s another clue for you all – the walrus was Paul!”

      • Sharon Ong on Apr 11, 2018 at 11:34 pm

        Thank you for sharing that, Cindy. When I was younger, I thought that their album covers were rather odd and put it down to my lack of imagination but now it is making more sense.

  24. Wai Meng Wan on Apr 7, 2018 at 3:48 am

    Doppelganger is a Germanic word, and usually is associated to bad luck or impending death if one saw one’s doppelganger.

    The example of sister Maria converting Mexican tribes people, is according to the Christians a great example of the divine at work. Still it could be freaky to meet one’s doppelganger.

  25. Pastor Shin Tan on Apr 4, 2018 at 7:47 am

    Last Saturday, at an event marking 60 years of Tibetans being recipients of Indian kindness, Lobsang Sangay mentioned that the exiled Tibetans should strengthen their efforts to make the Dalai Lama’s return to his Potala Palace a reality.

    Representing the Indian government, Ram Madhav, a leader in the governing Bharatiya Janata party, echoed Sangay’s statement with hope that the Dalai Lama will be able to “return to your homeland” through peaceful and democratic means.

    This event was originally planned to be held in Delhi but it was cancelled and relocated to Dharamsala. At the same time, Indian officials were directed by their Foreign Secretary to avoid events hosted by the Tibetan leadership, since they coincided with a “sensitive time” for Delhi’s relations with Beijing. India’s volte-face approach in shunning the Tibetans, with the unprecedented cancellation of many key Tibetan events, is now being viewed as a clear sign that India is no longer willing to be collateral damage in the Tibetan quest to agitate China over the so-called Tibetan cause.

    With mounting pressure from India to not hurt their relations with China, the tone of the message this time around seems to be that of a plea with only one goal in mind: for the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet and reunite with Tibetans inside Tibet. Could it be that after 60 years, the Tibetan leadership has finally realised their fight against China is a futile one, and they should start looking at more achievable goals? May the aspirations of millions of Tibetans to see the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet be fulfilled and in the words of Madhav, that ” it will not take that long for you (Tibetans) to be back home.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/01/pm-in-exile-urges-tibetans-to-make-dalai-lamas-return-a-reality

  26. Samfoonheei on Apr 2, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Wow first time coming across this word which I have not heard of. A new word for me………so a doppelgänger is a look-alike or double of a living person. The myth of spirit doubles—doppelgängers—has existed since ancient Egypt. Those days people believe that meeting someone who looks alike is an omen of bad luck . Its interesting to me to bring together people who share an uncanny resemblance . It seem that double spirits sightings but no family ties have been reported throughout in the 19th century of historical figures .Through reading this interesting article there were indeed a number of cases of doppelgänger and it exist definitely.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Cindy Hew for this sharing.

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Japanese Buddhist altars. Beautiful- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4uqb3jPpCs
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Japanese Buddhist altars. Beautiful- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4uqb3jPpCs
Beautiful Lord Buddha carving which is so elegant. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful Lord Buddha carving which is so elegant. Tsem Rinpoche
We can love others as we heal ourselves inside...~Tsem Rinpoche
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We can love others as we heal ourselves inside...~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful short and powerful teaching by Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche
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Beautiful short and powerful teaching by Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche
China\'s huge Buddha statues. Amazingly beautiful- https://bit.ly/2DgSXxT
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China's huge Buddha statues. Amazingly beautiful- https://bit.ly/2DgSXxT
Such a powerful imagery of Lord Buddha\'s determination. Fasting Buddha\'s meaning- HTTP://bit.ly/2VCfKLa
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Such a powerful imagery of Lord Buddha's determination. Fasting Buddha's meaning- http://bit.ly/2VCfKLa
This poor boy is being forced to leave his friend to be sold for slaughter. Children have a natural connection with animals, and they know it is wrong to hurt and kill them. Children lose this connection by being indoctrinated (brainwashed) by their parents/peers into believing animals are here to be exploited, killed, and eaten.- from Lucinda Smyth FB page
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This poor boy is being forced to leave his friend to be sold for slaughter. Children have a natural connection with animals, and they know it is wrong to hurt and kill them. Children lose this connection by being indoctrinated (brainwashed) by their parents/peers into believing animals are here to be exploited, killed, and eaten.- from Lucinda Smyth FB page
Some people really struggle and put in so much effort in their lives. Amazing. Tsem Rinpoche
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Some people really struggle and put in so much effort in their lives. Amazing. Tsem Rinpoche
18th Century Mongolian made Namgyalma statue. Very artistic. Very beautiful. Usually her arms are \'all over the place\' but this one is so artistically placed and poised. Tsem Rinpoche
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18th Century Mongolian made Namgyalma statue. Very artistic. Very beautiful. Usually her arms are 'all over the place' but this one is so artistically placed and poised. Tsem Rinpoche
My mother Ms. Dewa Nimbo came out with a new book. I am happy for her. Tsem Rinpoche
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My mother Ms. Dewa Nimbo came out with a new book. I am happy for her. Tsem Rinpoche
Challenges makes you more responsible. Always remember that life without struggle is a life without success. Don\'t give up and learn not to quit.~-Rumi
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Challenges makes you more responsible. Always remember that life without struggle is a life without success. Don't give up and learn not to quit.~-Rumi
May His Holiness Dalai Lama completely recover soon- https://bit.ly/2GgMO6c
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May His Holiness Dalai Lama completely recover soon- https://bit.ly/2GgMO6c
How I made my beautiful Kyabje Zong Rinpoche statue in Nepal in 1987. I have many more photos for you to see here- 
 https://bit.ly/2Z2r0T5
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How I made my beautiful Kyabje Zong Rinpoche statue in Nepal in 1987. I have many more photos for you to see here- https://bit.ly/2Z2r0T5
As of April 9, 2019 there are over 240k views on this blog post regarding the relationship between Bhutan\'s Highest lama Zhabdrung Rinpoche & Dorje Shugden.- https://bit.ly/2PrE6Ui
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As of April 9, 2019 there are over 240k views on this blog post regarding the relationship between Bhutan's Highest lama Zhabdrung Rinpoche & Dorje Shugden.- https://bit.ly/2PrE6Ui
The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Dorje Chang Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
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The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Dorje Chang Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
488 articles on animals, vegetarianism and environment and still growing. :) Enjoy the readings- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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488 articles on animals, vegetarianism and environment and still growing. :) Enjoy the readings- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
Beautiful Angel Dorje Shugden chapels in Kathmandu- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCaWhDHKyBA&feature=youtu.be

People love to visit & pray.
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Beautiful Angel Dorje Shugden chapels in Kathmandu- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCaWhDHKyBA&feature=youtu.be People love to visit & pray.
Stunning pieces-Tibetan spiritual art-Free download- https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
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Stunning pieces-Tibetan spiritual art-Free download- https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
Kechara visits Shar Gaden Monastery in South India-  https://bit.ly/2VozDp4
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Kechara visits Shar Gaden Monastery in South India- https://bit.ly/2VozDp4
Obeisance to Yamantaka the powerful practice that destroys our bind to samsara.
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Obeisance to Yamantaka the powerful practice that destroys our bind to samsara.
I love this picture of their Holinesses. Trijang Rinpoche was known to be very humorous and always joked and made Ling Rinpoche laugh very hard. The two tutors got along very well and very harmonious always. This made their job together of educating H.H. Dalai Lama very smooth and successful. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love this picture of their Holinesses. Trijang Rinpoche was known to be very humorous and always joked and made Ling Rinpoche laugh very hard. The two tutors got along very well and very harmonious always. This made their job together of educating H.H. Dalai Lama very smooth and successful. Tsem Rinpoche
(left to right)Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. Super cute doggies of Tsem Rinpoche
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(left to right)Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. Super cute doggies of Tsem Rinpoche
You know you just want to kiss me reeeeeeeeal bad!!! ~Oser girl
3 weeks ago
You know you just want to kiss me reeeeeeeeal bad!!! ~Oser girl
Over 106k views! People really interested in this post: https://bit.ly/2Sczh6v
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Over 106k views! People really interested in this post: https://bit.ly/2Sczh6v
This picture I found by accident on the internet recently. This exact photo was poster size and framed and was on Thubten Dhargye Ling\'s main altar in Los Angeles back in the 80\'s when I was there. It is beautiful picture of H.H. Dalai Lama in his youth with a light glow around his body as he meditates. I love this picture of His Holiness. Tsem Rinpoche Read more-  https://bit.ly/2FECC5S
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This picture I found by accident on the internet recently. This exact photo was poster size and framed and was on Thubten Dhargye Ling's main altar in Los Angeles back in the 80's when I was there. It is beautiful picture of H.H. Dalai Lama in his youth with a light glow around his body as he meditates. I love this picture of His Holiness. Tsem Rinpoche Read more- https://bit.ly/2FECC5S
Starting on Vajra Yogini now. Practicing Vajra Yogini without initiation. Find out more- https://bit.ly/2JjTTXp
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Starting on Vajra Yogini now. Practicing Vajra Yogini without initiation. Find out more- https://bit.ly/2JjTTXp
Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
Thai tradition of Buddhism also reveres/respects/remembers their gurus and high monks just like in the Tibetan tradition. You can see here a high guru\'s statue housed beautifully with a canopy and enshrined in a altar inside a temple for people to pay homage to him. Also an act of collecting merits for the disciples. Tsem Rinpoche
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Thai tradition of Buddhism also reveres/respects/remembers their gurus and high monks just like in the Tibetan tradition. You can see here a high guru's statue housed beautifully with a canopy and enshrined in a altar inside a temple for people to pay homage to him. Also an act of collecting merits for the disciples. Tsem Rinpoche
Offering sustenance on our shrine is a sign of appreciation spiritually
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Offering sustenance on our shrine is a sign of appreciation spiritually
Beautiful piece of African Dogan style art you can print out large & frame for your home- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful piece of African Dogan style art you can print out large & frame for your home- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
I hope you\'ll be blessed by this practice of Lady Ucchusma- 
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I hope you'll be blessed by this practice of Lady Ucchusma- https://bit.ly/2U5Arm9
Beautiful painting of Nechung Pehar Gyalpo & Dorje Shugden together. Masterpiece. More free downloads: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
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Beautiful painting of Nechung Pehar Gyalpo & Dorje Shugden together. Masterpiece. More free downloads: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
Beautiful painting of Nechung Dorje Drakden & Dorje Shugden together. Masterpiece. More free downloads: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
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Beautiful painting of Nechung Dorje Drakden & Dorje Shugden together. Masterpiece. More free downloads: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
Tsem Rinpoche’s moving experience with Lama Zopa in Kopan (1987)- https://bit.ly/2YyE42m
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Tsem Rinpoche’s moving experience with Lama Zopa in Kopan (1987)- https://bit.ly/2YyE42m
Massive 2,600 year old Buddhist Monastery-Afghanistan- read more- https://bit.ly/2HTM48q
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Massive 2,600 year old Buddhist Monastery-Afghanistan- read more- https://bit.ly/2HTM48q
A good person is made by the intensity of his adversity~Tsem Rinpoche
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A good person is made by the intensity of his adversity~Tsem Rinpoche
BREAKING NEWS- Dharamsala MP Tenpa Yarphel says to make peace with Dorje Shugden people now!~ 
 https://bit.ly/2CESoxf
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BREAKING NEWS- Dharamsala MP Tenpa Yarphel says to make peace with Dorje Shugden people now!~ https://bit.ly/2CESoxf
How the incomparable yet down to earth Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen changed my life forever- https://bit.ly/2VJjCtk

Photo: His Eminence Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Tsem Rinpoche
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How the incomparable yet down to earth Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen changed my life forever- https://bit.ly/2VJjCtk Photo: His Eminence Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Tsem Rinpoche
Joanne Kam and Justin Ripley in Kechara doing some cooking..
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Joanne Kam and Justin Ripley in Kechara doing some cooking..
You have to see this spectacular outdoor Amitabah statue in Vietnam. So sacred and majestic.~ https://bit.ly/2Ed0s9n
4 weeks ago
You have to see this spectacular outdoor Amitabah statue in Vietnam. So sacred and majestic.~ https://bit.ly/2Ed0s9n
Everyday offerings of fresh cooked food and drinks are offered to awakened world peace protector Dorje Shugden on my shrine. It is my way to thank Him for all the help He has given to so many people throughout the decades I\'ve introduced Him to. It is my way to include Him as my family and a feeling of closeness and gratitude I have for Him. He\'s a revered family member who happens to be enlightened and also my close friend. Tsem Rinpoche (Food offering prayer~ https://bit.ly/1VkYXJa)
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Everyday offerings of fresh cooked food and drinks are offered to awakened world peace protector Dorje Shugden on my shrine. It is my way to thank Him for all the help He has given to so many people throughout the decades I've introduced Him to. It is my way to include Him as my family and a feeling of closeness and gratitude I have for Him. He's a revered family member who happens to be enlightened and also my close friend. Tsem Rinpoche (Food offering prayer~ https://bit.ly/1VkYXJa)
Read about this special Goddess Lok Yeay Mao of Cambodia. I came across her picture and found her very unique and blogged about it. Do enjoy the reading- https://bit.ly/2HR3vqi
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Read about this special Goddess Lok Yeay Mao of Cambodia. I came across her picture and found her very unique and blogged about it. Do enjoy the reading- https://bit.ly/2HR3vqi
March 18, 2019-Oser is very photogenic as usual.
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March 18, 2019-Oser is very photogenic as usual.
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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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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
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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.
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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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    Beautiful
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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
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    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
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    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
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    Cute!
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  • Uncle Wong
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    Uncle Wong
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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!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
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    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
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    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
    5 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
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    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
  • Living off the grid in Australia
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    Living off the grid in Australia
    A Jill Redwood is a jack of all trades, Jill built her own house on her property and lives entirely off the grid with no mains power or town water, mobile reception or television. Living on around $80 a week, Jill has over sixty animals to keep her company and an abundant garden that out serves as an organic supermarket right at her doorstep. Her main expenses are animal feed and the rates on her property. Watch this incredible three minute video and be inspired to live differently.
  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
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    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    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.
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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One day, we received a humble wish list from this poor family, an elderly mother who takes care of her grown up son with special needs. ‘It’s quite uneasy to use toilet without a proper door but I do not have enough money to fix it,’ said the mother. Without a second thought, our kindest sponsor, La Hong Eu has decided to make meaningful sponsorship to this case. Big thanks to Bernard Ting and Vickneshwaran for helping this family to replace the broken one with a brand new folding door. Together we are the reason that someone has a sweet smile on her face. #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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One day, we received a humble wish list from this poor family, an elderly mother who takes care of her grown up son with special needs. ‘It’s quite uneasy to use toilet without a proper door but I do not have enough money to fix it,’ said the mother. Without a second thought, our kindest sponsor, La Hong Eu has decided to make meaningful sponsorship to this case. Big thanks to Bernard Ting and Vickneshwaran for helping this family to replace the broken one with a brand new folding door. Together we are the reason that someone has a sweet smile on her face. #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Laying the rescued food down on the table would mean we will minimise chance of wastage from another level when our recipients will have the privilege to choose what they really need and want. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Laying the rescued food down on the table would mean we will minimise chance of wastage from another level when our recipients will have the privilege to choose what they really need and want. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Have you ever done beading? Join us for a blessed Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! http://bit.ly/2IMh5eN - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Have you ever done beading? Join us for a blessed Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! http://bit.ly/2IMh5eN - shared by Pastor Antoinette
What do you do on Saturday mornings? Join us for a meaningful time and be blessed by the Buddhas during the Spiritual Saturday at Kechara Forest Retreat! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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What do you do on Saturday mornings? Join us for a meaningful time and be blessed by the Buddhas during the Spiritual Saturday at Kechara Forest Retreat! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
With Dorje Shugden in your car, bus, bike, boat or lorry, you will be protected and blessed. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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With Dorje Shugden in your car, bus, bike, boat or lorry, you will be protected and blessed. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat, this bus was blessed and is now protected by the Three Jewels. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat, this bus was blessed and is now protected by the Three Jewels. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart. In order to send the foodpack to our client in johor bahru area, we need a team that are always ready . Luckily, we have a group of wonderful volunteers that are commited to serve our community. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart. In order to send the foodpack to our client in johor bahru area, we need a team that are always ready . Luckily, we have a group of wonderful volunteers that are commited to serve our community. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
Parents and students did a group discussion together on the Bully topic  Lin Mun KSDS
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Parents and students did a group discussion together on the Bully topic Lin Mun KSDS
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A talk on Bully by Peggy. A very informative sharing for students and parents. Lin Mun KSDS
Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Creative horror drawing created by Teacher Kien. Alice, KSDS
4 days ago
Creative horror drawing created by Teacher Kien. Alice, KSDS
Teacher Asyley led the kids to participate animal liberation. Alice, KSDS
4 days ago
Teacher Asyley led the kids to participate animal liberation. Alice, KSDS
Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 days ago
7 days ago
Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
2 weeks ago
We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
2 weeks ago
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you committed university students of University of Malaya for helping in our #foodrescue activities. These still good to eat and in date edible bread will be very useful for the needy students in universities! Thank you Komugi Malaysia for contributing and help reduce food wastage! #zerofoodwastage #kecharafoodbank #kecharasoupkitchen #endhunger - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
Thank you committed university students of University of Malaya for helping in our #foodrescue activities. These still good to eat and in date edible bread will be very useful for the needy students in universities! Thank you Komugi Malaysia for contributing and help reduce food wastage! #zerofoodwastage #kecharafoodbank #kecharasoupkitchen #endhunger - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right?
2 weeks ago
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right?
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