Our Vision

4 May 2010 - 11:09pm Comments Off

Imagine a haven for animals
Where dignity and hope
Are restored with respect
Without the loss of freedom
And without a price tag

Imagine a place where
Each creature is cared for
With grace, love and kindness
That’s deserving of them

Imagine a refuge where
All animals can be themselves
And feel belonged
With no expiry date
Enforced by mankind

This is Kechara Animal Sanctuary
A place where animals
Can truly call

Shirley Maya Tan

Kechara Animal Sanctuary is a vision that is very close to the heart of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche.

“No living being is too small or insignificant for our compassion.” We constantly see this wisdom in all of Rinpoche’s actions, continually reminding us of his encompassing love that reaches out to all living beings.

It’s simple yet powerful logic. In ecological terms, every living being no matter how small has its place and its reason in the scheme of existence. From a spiritual point of view, however, even the smallest being is endowed with consciousness that has the potential for development and the existential right to happiness.

Like all great beings from the Panchen Lama to the Mahatma, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has a strong affinity with animals. Even as a young boy, he had all kinds of pets with particular care and attention given to the weak and the disadvantaged.

As Rinpoche has always shown us, being kind and compassionate to animals is among the highest practices of unconditional love. Being weaker and limited in their abilities, animals are unable to communicate their suffering or ask for help. Neither are they able to express their full appreciation or repay our kindness in any way we would expect.

It is the strong whose responsibility it is to take care of the weak – with no expectations of returns. It is unconditional love in action. It is an essential practice of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche and his students.

Join us in realising this vision of a 30-acre Kechara Animal Sanctuary. And visions are proven to be realised with H.E Tsem Rinpoche as with the 13 departments in the Kechara organisation.

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
Mahatma Gandhi

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