Posts Tagged: kindness

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"In the end, only kindness matters."

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Kechara helps all, regardless of race or religion, culture or background!

Every day, Kechara Soup Kitchen feeds more and more people. They’ve just donated 300 cream buns and 300 soft drinks to Muslim orphans being cared for by a wonderful mosque in Puchong. By all accounts, the kids were extremely excited for the treats :D

Where does harmony and interfaith understanding, on a national level, truly begin? I believe it’s very much at the grassroots level, when we show simple basic human decency and kindness to one another, just like this.

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"If you say you don’t have money to help a animal shelter, why then do you have money to buy meat?"

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"It is easy to say ‘benefit all sentient beings’ - it doesn’t mean anything! The hard work is to benefit the person in front of you."

- Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
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Support your local soup kitchen or aid organisation, and end sights like this for good.

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This is so touching. A homeless who is barely able to take care of himself, taking care of a dog. Sometimes, you just need a little love, not just things. 

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"The philosophy of our profession is about balance and harmony between man and nature. Man has a close relationship with nature. We could also say man and nature are One. So no matter whether hunting or farming bears for bile, I think both are not good. This is against the principle of balance and harmony, and there are alternatives."

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Although I get annoyed quite a lot, there are only few people that I truly dislike. In that group of people fall those who are unable to rejoice in Kechara’s success.

Here’s what I don’t understand - where is the competition?! And I don’t mean that in a bad way. What I mean is, if we’re both working towards the same goal, and one of us is succeeding, WHAT is your problem?!

If we succeed, shouldn’t you be GLAD we’re helping more people? Because I KNOW if YOU succeeded, Kechara would be happy for you.

Albeit our methods may differ, but our ultimate, SHARED goal remains the same…so if your motivation is that goal, shouldn’t you be happy that we are helping you to achieve it?

Or maybe the goal of helping others isn’t your real motivation, and your real motivation is to be the winner, and all you want to do is win…in which case, you don’t actually want to help other beings, you just want to look good.

Being consumed by jealousy, rage, bitterness and annoyance that you can’t make it, does not solve the larger problem, whether it is feeding the homeless, rescuing stray animals or pulling someone back from the brink of suicide. And in fact, it just makes you look incredibly dumb and bitter, and not at all an attractive partner to work with…so who is to blame because you can’t succeed?

I just don’t understand people.

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It starts young.

(Taken on my iPhone)

The little monster pictured is Dharma, Rinpoche’s new dog. On the day Dharma was brought home to the Ladrang, Rinpoche rescued three other dogs from the pet shops. All of them have now since been rehomed to good families (including my old English Literature teacher!).

Many people have issues with pet shops, saying that in rescuing dogs like these from the pet shops, we are encouraging puppy mills to continue producing pups. Here’s my response: the pet shop they were rescued from has a reputation for euthanising puppies which are too old to be commercially-viable.

Would YOU have risked the four dogs’ death, just to prove a point to the pet shop who would have ignored you anyway, and simply replaced them with more dogs from the puppy mill?

Dharma, Tara, Dzamser and Manjushri (now renamed to Bruno) now have lovely new homes, where they are safe, warm and will be well-cared for. Take Dharma for instance - one day after he was introduced to the Ladrang, his training began. This includes crate training which teaches him the right place to pee and poo, and teaches him how to be independent and entertain himself without making too much of a fuss. It also allows us to travel with him because he will be used to the crate, and keeps him safe when there’s too much activity in the house…

Dharma may look a little miserable now but when he’s older and well-trained, he will provide us with years of companionship, love and care, and we in turn will be able to provide him with a longer life than what he was destined for in the pet shop.

Rinpoche is a strong believer in animal welfare and responsible pet care, and will walk the talk. It’s because I have a teacher like him that I went vegan, and learned to care for beings beyond my own nose :)

Oh, and below is Jamie Khoo's response to people who protested Rinpoche saving four lives:

Dear everyone, I understand what you are saying. Let me explain that what Rinpoche is doing is a lot more than just buying a puppy from a petshop. I have personally been with Rinpoche before when he rescued some puppies from a petstore; at the same time, he spent a long time talking and explaining to the pet store people, to tell them to please not hold dogs / cats there anymore if they cannot sell. The pet store heeded his advice and listened to his explanation, and they have not put any more dogs and cats on sale anymore; they only sell fish-related things now. So Rinpoche works in many ways to help animals - both rescuing where he can, as well as trying to bring education about the importance of animal welfare.

Yes, the cycle will never end - this is samsara and the beings suffering are endless, not just animals but across all realms. I just spoke to Rinpoche on the phone about this very issue and he said yes, it is an uphill battle, it is a neverending cycle, but we do what we can within this cycle to help even 100 - 200 beings, or however many we can within our capacity. I know when Rinpoche does any animal rescue, he makes extensive dedications and prayers that with every animal he saves, may the merit be dedicated so we can help even more. So he will continue to do so, as much as possible within his capacity.

By the way, Rinpoche also helps stray animals, mongrels, animals in shelters, fish, birds, tortoises… Whenever he goes out of the house, he makes sure there is dog food in the car so he can feed stray animals. When we were in Nepal, he stood with friends in the middle of some dark, crazy street one night waiting for an animal team to come rescue 3 sick dogs.

I have even seen Rinpoche how Rinpoche tries to help flies! no joke (read it in Call me Paris)

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I just saw two things that made me smile inside.

A grandfather walked past me carrying his infant grandchild, stroke her back. I wish I could tell her how lucky she is to still have her grandfather.

Then I walked past a young girl and her even younger brother. His motorised toy had run out of battery. Without missing a beat, she said, “You can play with mine if you want.” I wish I could tell him how lucky he is to have a sister who shares so easily.

Today is going to be a good day :)

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"Yes, she might be just a bird but she deserves a happy life and not to suffer too."