Season’s greetings and best wishes this Holiday Season!
We wish you a joyous holiday season and a happy vegan New Year! May these festive times bring an abundance of love, peace, comfort and happiness… and plenty of delicious plant-based food to share with cherished family and friends, both human and our animal co-inhabitants.
Our deep gratitude to Beloved Supreme Master Ching Hai for the best Christmas gift – spending Your precious time with us this year through the conferences and international gathering, and for being forever by our side, holding our hands along our spiritual journeys. No words could truly express our gratitude for all that You do, the Ever Compassionate Tim Qo Tu, all of the sacrifices You make to bring unconditional love, blessings, and enlightenment to our lives and to the lives of all beings throughout the Universe.
To all the volunteers and organizations who have, and continue to assist those in their times of need,
To all leaders and individuals who courageously speak out for the equality of all beings and the protection of the environment,
To all kind readers, sitting at home, sharing positive thoughts and prayers for a peaceful world,
To God, the Council of the Original Universe, and Heaven for Their guidance, seen and unseen,
To Master Jesus Christ, whose blessed birth we celebrate on Christmas, and all the great masters of our time, for their immense love in humbly descending to Earth to share love, peace and joy with our world,
Thank you for helping bring our planet and all her inhabitants into a brighter future.
We wish 2016 and onwards to be filled with the light of love and inner peace! Happy Holidays!
Special Note: Please remember Master’s loving reminder to protect our precious environment and our beautiful trees. Please use a Christmas tree substitute instead of a real tree.
Master is always deeply concerned when disasters occur in any part of the world. Upon hearing news of such events, She immediately provides financial assistance and sends relief teams. Through such efforts, Her unconditional love and support are conveyed to those affected, thus reducing their suffering while helping them to rebuild their lives.
In recognition of the selfless actions of governments, organizations and relief workers around the globe, Master expresses Her gratitude as follows: “Thank you, all the international help that brings care and necessities to afflicted victims. Thank you all the relief workers for taking time and forsaking your own comfort, even traveling great distance on unfavorable roads and conditions to bring love and assistance to people in a time of need. May Heaven bless you abundantly for your generosity and noble sacrifice.”
~ 12月5日更新~ 協助抵達希臘萊斯博斯島難民的持續旅程，部分內容如下：
~Updated Dec. 5~ Assisting the Continuing Journeys of Refugees Arriving in Lesbos Island, Greece
By Formosa and United Kingdom Relief Teams (Originally in English)
In response to Master’s loving reminder to assist the refugees, our Association members from Belgium, Formosa and the United Kingdom formed a relief team and traveled to the island of Lesbos, Greece, to lend a hand wherever needed and provide continued support for the refugees. Thus far in our relief efforts, we have used EUR 91,373.98 of Master’s funds to assist the refugees.
November 15, 2015:
On November 15, 2015, our relief team arrived on Lesbos where we visited three different refugee camps to assess the situation. About 3,000 refugees are coming to Lesbos daily and are transported to different camps by bus with the help of many NGOs. Our relief team is working with the NGOs to provide needed aid.
November 16, 2015:
On November 16, 2015, as we were driving near an area south of the island’s capital, Mytilene, a local man asked us to assist a full boat of approximately 60 refugees for landing. We drove down quickly and were able to help. The refugees were very happy to land safely and were pleased to see us.
Later, we visited the transit camp in Mantamados and a camp organized by Mercy Corps in Sikamineas. Both places were very well organized. Next, we went to the northern tip of the island close to Turkey where many refugees arrive. After spotting four boats approaching the rocks, we worked with volunteers from the Youth With A Mission organization to help these boats land safely and assisted the refugees to climb up the cliff. All the refugees were very happy to arrive in a new land safely.
On the way back, we attended a meeting with some of the volunteer groups and learned warm supplies will be needed for the coming winter and the refugees’ upcoming journey further north. Thus, we are currently planning the purchase of 4,000 sleeping bags and light raincoats for the refugees staying at Camp Moria, where they will be waiting for their paperwork to be processed. The remaining funds will be given to a local volunteer organization, which is responsible for receiving children, pregnant women and the most vulnerable refugees referred by doctors, to purchase a much needed van.
November 17 – 19, 2015:
On November 17-19, our relief team in Lesbos, Greece purchased 4,000 sleeping bags and raincoats, socks and children’s clothing to be distributed to the arriving refugees. These warming items are desperately needed as winter is approaching. Sleeping bags are especially in high demand because some refugees do not have tents or their tents do not have heaters installed.
As approximately 3,200 refugees continue to arrive at the Greek island of Lesbos daily, the camp in Moria, as well as other assembly points and reception sites, have far exceeded their capacity. Therefore, on November 19, our relief team went to Camp Moria to help clean up the site and meet other NGO members. We collected many bags of rubbish together with other volunteers. Some refugees also joined us in cleaning. We were pleased to see the site was a lot cleaner and less crowded, with the arrival and help of more volunteers and the United Nations (UN) staff members.
Speaking to some of the refugees, it was heartrending to hear stories of their journeys here. Many of them had to walk 20 to 30 days before getting in a boat for Lesbos, and are now being faced with an uncertain future.
We also later visited the Village of All Together, an open shelter for refugees organized by Lesbos citizens, collectives and NGOs, located at a former tent-camp for kids, PIKPA. The site is now a camp for the most vulnerable among the refugees such as those who are pregnant, sick, and living with a disability. Every day, the camp provides meals for 1,000 to 2,000 people. They plan to set up a vegetarian restaurant in the busy area near the port, which will provide affordable food, and also employment opportunities for refugees. After asking what they needed, our relief team has decided to help them look for a much-needed van while we are on the island.
We were interviewed by a German TV channel, and told them of the collective relief efforts here in Lesbos, and also the importance of adopting a vegan diet to protect all life on the planet.
November 22 – 26, 2015:
On November 22, our Greece relief team, formed by Association members from Belgium, Bulgaria, Formosa, Greece and the United Kingdom, revisited Camp Moria to deliver clothes, shoes, and other supplies and found many things had improved since our last visit. The overcrowding has been greatly reduced and the camp was very clean. We came in time to help set up a temporary storage space as the strong wind had blown over the big tent for supplies.
On November 24, 5,000 refugees suddenly arrived on Lesbos. Therefore, we started buying supplies in order to distribute them at different locations. We drove up the north coast of the island at night where the refugees’ boats were constantly arriving, and helped 50 passengers from one boat to come ashore. Some of the women and children were scared and shaking.
As most refugees have to go to Camp Moria to register, the next day on November 25, we loaded our car with supplies and went to this camp again to distribute the most urgently needed supplies for the new arrivals such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, backpacks and children’s hats and gloves. Within two days, over a hundred sets of children’s clothing, 6,000 pairs of socks and a few carloads of fruits, bread, water, sleeping bags, blankets, clothes and other daily necessities were distributed to newly arrived refugees, all with Heaven’s love. Medicine San Frontiers (MSF) (Doctors Without Borders) in Idomeni offered to let us use their warehouse and sent volunteers to help us as well.
November 26 – December 1, 2015
On November 26, we completed three distributions of necessities at Camp Moria. Due to difficult weather, fewer boats arrived than on the previous night. So far Camp Moria is well-covered for now. Our order of sleeping bags will be arriving next Monday. PIKPA camp is giving us the use of their warehouse. Right now the island is looking calm again, but things can change suddenly. We never know when new boats will arrive. Let’s pray to God the refugees have a safe passage.
On November 27, our relief team in Lesbos, Greece went to the port in the capital, Mytilene, where some refugees were waiting for a ferry to mainland Greece, and distributed fruits and Arabic versions of Alternative Living flyers. The area was clean and well-managed. We were pleased to hear that the police prepared an extra boat in case there was not enough room on the ferry for all the refugees. Another volunteer group was giving breakfast to the refugees. Many refugees read the flyers while waiting in a queue. A young man from Pakistan told us if it were not for God, he would have died five times already!
Afterwards, we visited Kara Tepe, a transit camp near Mytilene, where we learned from a UN official that there were enough sleeping bags in stock for the winter. At Camp Moria, we were relieved to see that the Red Cross staff was handing out arrival packs containing warm clothing and blankets to the 500 newly arrived refugees, and that there were enough tents for them as well.
The next couple of days, there were not many refugees arriving due to heavy rainfall. We went to Camp Moria to check out the situation. During the visits, we met Mr. Sotirios Petrakis, an island resident with a heart of gold. He has devoted a lot of time and effort to help the refugees since the beginning, and he kept reminding people that it is a lesson of love for the whole world. He happily received a copy of Master’s The Key of Immediate Enlightenment Sample Booklet.
On November 30, we went to PIKPA camp to wait for the delivery of the sleeping bags we ordered. We brought some biscuits and candy, to the delight of the children. We gave a copy of Master’s The Key of Immediate Enlightenment Sample Booklet and From Crisis to Peace – The Organic Vegan Way Is the Answer to the camp’s financial administrator. He is also running a school called Second Chance, teaching languages to adults. We met a volunteer psychologist named Lafy from Jerusalem, who encourages refugees’ children to express their feelings, experiences and what they want to achieve in the future.
Within an hour after we received the sleeping bags, we delivered 200 to Camp Moria where they were urgently needed for the arrival of new refugees. The conditions in the camp have improved. At the new children’s art place at the camp, we became friends with Shah, an Iranian volunteer from London who enjoys working with the children, and also works as a translator in the camp. We also plan to send 3,000 sleeping bags to Idomeni, where thousands of refugees wait at the border between Greece and Macedonia, and we will join the Austria relief team to distribute them.
On December 1, back at the port of Mytilene, the weather was getting cold as night fell, and more and more refugees were gathered to wait for the ferry. We attempted to lighten the mood by sharing pieces of chocolate with everyone. They were surprised and started to smile upon receiving the unexpected treat.
Expenditures Thus Far for The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association for Refugee Relief Work in Lesbos, Greece
|4000 Sleeping bags and 4000 raincoats||
|Food, water, daily necessities, clothing items, cleaning supplies and car rental for the refugees; flyer printing fee||
|Transportation, lodging, phone, food and miscellaneous expenses for the relief team||
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清海無上師是一位知名的慈善家、藝術家和靈性導師。她的愛心和奉獻已經超越了文化 與種族的藩籬，嘉惠世界各地數以百萬計的人們，其中包括窮困的人、無家可歸的人、研究愛滋病與癌症的醫學機構、美國退伍軍人、困苦的老人、身心殘障者、難 民、以及遭受地震、洪水和火災等天然災害的受難者。
清海無上師出生於悠樂中部。小時候，她就總是盡其所能地幫助醫院裏的病人和窮困的 人。畢竟，由於她自幼對靈性的熱烈追求，她不斷地奉獻自己在各方面侍奉上帝。長大後，她到歐洲留學，並擔任義務護理人員，以及為紅十字會翻譯。很快地，清 海無上師便發現，痛苦存在於所有文化和世界的每個角落。因此，找尋解除這些苦難的方法，遂成為她生活中最重要的目標。
在她離開喜馬拉雅山後不久，由於一些人的懇求，清海師父於是將「觀音法門」傳給他 們，鼓勵他們向內找尋自己偉大的品質。社會各階層的人士都發現，經由修行「觀音法門」，他們在生活中更滿足、更快樂和平靜。隨後不久，美國、歐洲、亞洲、 南美洲以及聯合國，均邀請清海師父蒞臨演講。
清海師父除了本身是一位善行義舉的典範，她也鼓勵大家美化我們所居住的世界。從修 行觀音法門，清海無上師發展了多樣自然天成的才華。她從繪畫、藝術創作、音樂、詩作、珠寶和服裝設計，呈現出各種文化以及她所遇到的人的內在與外在美。一 九九五年，由於大眾的請求，她的服裝設計因而在國際各流行重鎮巡迴展出，其中包括倫敦、巴黎、米蘭和紐約等地。清海師父用這些藝術創作的收入從事慈善工 作，從這裡我們可以見到她對所有上帝的小孩的愛，以及我們對其他較不幸的兄弟姊妹的責任。
清海無上師是當代致力幫助人們發現和創造我們美好未來的人士之一。如同許多歷史上 的偉人一樣，清海無上師也有個夢想，她說：「我夢想全世界和平，我夢想世界不再有殺生，小孩子們可以過著和諧安樂的生活。我夢想國際間彼此握手言和、互相 保護、互相幫助。我夢想這個幾千百萬億年愛心造就的美麗的星球不會被摧毀，我夢想它將會在和平、美麗與愛中延續下去。」 原文在此
The Supreme Master Ching Hai Day ~October 25, Golden Year 12 (2015)~
Honoring our beloved Supreme Master Ching Hai’s limitless, unconditional love and service for humankind and a peaceful world for all beings.
In 1993, the Honorable Frank F. Fasi of the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii, USA declared October 25 as The Supreme Master Ching Hai Day, commemorating Supreme Master Ching Hai’s tireless efforts towards peace and harmony in the world, and Her immense humanitarian aid around the globe. With unconditional love and care, Supreme Master Ching Hai continually offers significant contributions to the less fortunate and to help humans and animal friends in times of emergency, especially during this critical time of our planet. A shining beacon of boundless love and wisdom, She brings comfort and guidance to all of our planet’s inhabitants, ushering in a blissful future and a Heavenly Earth.
Our Most Compassionate Supreme Master Ching Hai, Beloved Tim Qo Tu, we respectfully send our heartfelt gratitude and deepest love, wishing You the best of health and joy as beings across the Universe celebrate this auspicious day. May all Your dreams come true! Py-O-Tu!
素食嘉年華舉行地點位於清水灣道1111號三育書院。 Hong Kong Adventist Academy on Clear Water Bay Road (Chinese Pronounced “Sam Yuk“)
嘉年華活動預計將囊括多個非牟利與環保團體的展覽攤位，包括健 康生活、人道與生態教育資訊展覽、各國食品與寵物食品、生機飲食學院與餐廳素食等；另外，更包括著名素食人士及專業中西醫演講，健康測試檢查；素食烹飪示 範與工作坊；兒童遊戲活動，現場音樂與歌手表演等精彩活動。歡迎關注自身健康、地球環境、以及環境生態平衡的人士免費入場。
Hong Kong Vegfest 2015
The festival will include exhibits from healthy living and eco-friendly entities, non-profits organizations, speakers and presentations, fun and games for kids, vegan pet food, vegan food and healthcare products, raw vegan culinary institute, restaurant booths; environmental and humane education, movies screening, live music and entertainment.
Hong Kong Vegfest welcomes all who want to learn more about protecting our health, the planet, and its inhabitants. You can promote your business or group to thousands of people who want to learn more about veganism and the many products and services that support a veg-friendly and eco-friendly way of life.
當日, 九龍巴士公司將特別增加 91 號巴士線班次。由鑽石山地鐵站（C 出口）
小巴 16 號路線由寶林地鐵站開出
小巴 103M 號路線由將軍澳地鐵站（A 出口）開出
小巴 103 號路線由觀塘地鐵站（D4 出口）開出 at Kwun Tong MTR Exit D4
的士由將軍澳，坑口或寶林地鐵站前往會場 (約 20 分鐘車程) 車費約 40-50 左右.
Using Public Transportation will be strongly encouraged. Please note: Due to limited
parking space, we will not be able to provide parking to guests.
To support the Vegfest event, Kowloon Motor Bus Company will enhance the
bus service of Route 91 significantly. HK$7.4 http://vegfest.hk/english/bus-91.php
Minibus#16 at Po Lam MTR Station
Minibus#103M at Tseung Kwan O MTR Exit A
Minibus#103 at Kwun Tong MTR Exit D4
From MTR stations of Tseung Kwun O, Hang Hou or Po Lam, by taxi to the
venue (about 20 minutes) cost about 40-50. Ask the driver to take you to Hong Kong Adventist Academy on Clear Water Bay Road (Chinese Pronounced “Sam Yuk“)
Special Vegfest Shuttle Bus
Every 15 minutes, from Tseung Kwan O to and from the venue during the Vegfest from 11am until 6pm， each bus can carry maximum 60 passengers. (pick up point：Po Yap Road, outside MTR Tseung Kwan O Station)
但「素食狗」夠健康嗎？相信此話題必為愛狗人士所關切。網站http://www.peta-online.org/vegdog/index.htm* 的一篇專文《素食狗的健康調查報告》旨在研究不吃肉(meatless 即vegetarian diet) 或不吃任何動物製品(animalproduct-free ，即vegan diet) 的狗是否也健康。以下摘譯部份重要結論︰
本項調查係針對美國33個州及加拿大地區的300隻「素食狗」作為期一年的調查，調查項目包括︰狗齡、狗種、狗性別、飲食習慣、健康狀況等等。結果發現82％的素食狗其健康狀況是︰好到極佳( in good to excellent health) ，且均已素食達五年以上，其中不吃肉的狗佔 34.7％(vegetarian dog) ，不吃任何動物製品的狗佔65.3%(vegan dog) 。
何謂狗健康狀況「好到極佳 (in good to excellent health) 」？
截至目前為止，300隻素食狗中已有28隻去世，其平均年齡是12.6歲，相當於人類70高齡以上。而其死亡原因包括8隻狗得癌症、7隻狗死於心臟疾病、5隻狗老死、2隻狗死於意外事故、1隻狗被安樂死及其他死因。以筆者的看法，牠們算是長壽的狗，少罪業的狗，幸福的狗！在網址http://vin.nchu.edu.tw/html/personal/48138132/54.htm* 中《劉婉雯的作業-dog 》 ，提出一般非素食之狗與人的年齡對照表如下︰
狗最怕得到各式傳染病，然而調查指出︰300隻素食狗中，當了vegan dog 四年以上，或當了vegetarian dog 五年以上，都不曾得到任何傳染病。而300隻素食狗中，只有34隻(11.3 ％) 染有皮膚病。
300隻素食狗中，有12隻狗(4 ％) 有心臟病問題，其中2隻狗病情輕微，有11隻狗(3.6 ％) 體重過重，有10隻狗(3 ％) 有消化性問題，8隻狗(2.6 ％) 甲狀腺機能不全，8隻狗(2.6 ％) 重聽或耳聾，以上是健康狀況較差的素食狗。
有關參與這項調查活動的狗主人，也提出素食證言，茲舉例如下( 網址為︰http://www.peta-online.org/vegdog/comments.htm*) ︰
- 自從愛犬改為素食以後，嘔吐的情況減少了，給狗的醫藥也減少了10 ％。(Beverly W.,Eastlake Ohio)
- 三年前，我的狗會嘔吐、腹痛、便血，打抗生素也沒用，但自從狗素食以後，這些毛病都沒有了。(Judy C.,Phillipsburg, Kan.)
- 以前我的狗每2 ～3 個月就會感染痢疾一次，自從改為素食以後，牠一年才會痢疾一次。(Andy S.,Chicago) 。
- 過去牠有暫時性癱瘓的疾病，必須服用阿斯匹林，但狗素食以後，已經有整整一年沒有發作了。(Andrea & Mike B., Ft. Myers, Fla.) 。
- 牠素食後，精力旺盛。(Peggy J.,Arlington, Texas)
- 牠向來挑食，但牠確實喜歡素食。(Lanie W.,Visalia, Calif.)
要如何餵食素食狗呢？作家Ingrid Newkirk 在《如何餵食好朋友》專文中描述到( 網址http://www.peta-online.org/vegdog/vegedog.htm*) ︰
當美國農業部的檢查員為動物們貼上「不適合人類食用(Not Fit for Human Consumption) 」的標籤後，那些等不及被進一步處理就已死的動物，就作花園肥料(Garden fertilizer) ；苟活下來的，便成為人類寵物的食物(Pet food) ，例如一頭老母牛被絞碎成狗的超級晚餐(Super Dinner) ！
每當我走進超級市場，我用口袋裡的美元投票給素食；但我們之中有許多人，至今仍然是以其他動物受無量劇苦的代價，來餵食家中的寵物。寵物食物的市場發展，如同皮革市場一樣，似乎已成為肉品工業的必然趨勢。當任何人買下寵物食物罐頭時，他( 她) 已完全無視於屠宰場中動物們被碾碎時疼痛的哀鳴！
我極不願見到寵物的溫飽，必須以其他動物的性命作為代價的事不斷進行著。我想，其實任何人也都不希望如此！只要看到原本活生生的動物竟然要裝進狗罐頭或放貓食的袋子裡去，你就不會再買超市裡陳列的寵物食物。我認為︰盤中肉對寵物或人類而言，都是一種謀殺！(Meat is murder! On our plates and theirs.)
文／守強 ( 美國科羅拉多州立大學碩士)
配上自製醬汁，素漫波排飯乃人間美味，令人饞嘴不已！With home made sauce, Veggie Eel Rice is so delicious! Eat non-stop!!!
精美的羅勒青醬縲絲粉、黃芥末醬沙律、素煙玉！ Exquisite Fusili w/ Pesto sauce, Veggie salad w/ Mustard dressing, Vegan smoked bacon!
強烈鮮濃味道，精美又非常好吃的羅勒青醬縲絲粉、黃芥末醬沙律、素煙玉！垂涎欲滴不已！！ Strong taste, fresh and fragrant! Exquisite Fusili w/ Pesto sauce, Veggie salad w/ mustard dressing, Vegan smoked bacon! Mouth-watering!!
根據一項刊登在美國醫學協會雜誌 (JAMA) 的最新研究，Omega-3補充劑不會令你的大腦保持健康。在4000名患者5年的研究裡，發現補充劑並不能減緩認知能力下降。這不是第一次揭穿了Omega-3，通常是從魚油中提煉，可能帶來的利益。
Omega-3 supplements don’t keep your brain healthy, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers followed 4,000 patients over a five-year period and found that the supplements don’t slow cognitive decline.
It’s not the first time the supposed benefits of omega-3 supplements—typically derived from fish oil—have been debunked. Recent studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Archives of Internal Medicine all found that supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids does not improve heart health. Omega-3 supplements may also increase men’s risk of developing prostate cancer.
Omega-3 fatty acids are important in the normal functioning of all tissues of the body, but they are best obtained through a plant-based diet, not fish oil supplements. Download our omega-3 infographic to learn more about the most healthful sources.