Tổng thống Mỹ Barack Obama hôm qua đã xá tội cho 2 con gà tây trong một nghi thức truyền thống tại Nhà Trắng trước lễ Tạ ơn.
Hai con gà tây may mắn được xoá tội là Liberty và Peace, nhưng chỉ Liberty xuất hiện trong buổi lễ hôm qua.
Tổng thống Obama dắt tay 2 con gái Malia và Sasha bước ra cổng phía Bắc của Nhà Trắng để tham dự buổi lễ.
Con gà tây Liberty 19 tuần tuổi và nặng 20kg.
Liberty là nhân vật trung tâm của lễ xá tội.
Ông Obama có bài phát biểu ngắn trước khi thực hiện nghi lễ ân xá.
Tổng thống Obama tuyên bố ân xá cho Liberty.
Đông đảo mọi người chứng kiến lễ ân xá.
Buổi lễ ân xá cho gà tây tại Nhà Trắng thường diễn ra một ngày trước lễ Tạ ơn, rơi vào ngày thứ Năm cuối cùng của tháng 11 (năm nay là ngày 24/11).
Truyền thống ân xá cho gà tây tại Nhà Trắng có từ thời chính quyền Tổng thống Harry Truman.
Cô bé Sasha...
... và chị gái Malia vuốt ve con gà tây Liberty sau khi nó thoát khỏi cảnh bị làm thịt.
Gà tây là món ăn truyền thống trong bữa tiệc mừng lễ Tạ ơn của người Mỹ.
Sau nghi lễ ân xá cho gà tây, gia đình Tổng thống Mỹ đã đi phân phát đồ cứu trợ cho những gia đình gặp khó khăn tại Washington nhân lễ Tạ ơn.
Mẹ của đệ nhất phu nhân Michelle, bà Marian Robinson (áo xanh), cũng tham gia buổi lễ.
Ông Obama bắt tay và trò chuyện vui vẻ với một cụ bà.
I love Thanksgiving. So do most Americans, ranking it as their second favorite holiday of the year after Christmas.
There is much to like about Thanksgiving. There's the concept of gratitude -- something we perpetually forget in our hectic day-to-day lives. There's the warmth of family -- gathering around the dinner table to laugh with our loved ones. And there's the secular appeal -- Americans of all faiths today celebrate Thanksgiving with equal enthusiasm.
But there is something we as a society should reconsider about Thanksgiving: the turkey. Around 46 million turkeys will be slaughtered in the U.S. for Thanksgiving this year, accounting for close to one-fifth of all those killed in the entire year.
Turkeys (Sonia Faruqi)
Almost nine out of 10 Americans eat a turkey at Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation. But most Americans do not stop to consider how their turkey was actually raised and killed.
I have investigated animal farms around the world, with an eye to improving animal welfare in the industry internationally. Among other farms, I have visited turkey operations. Confined in the thousands to stinking, ammonia-swamped warehouses, many turkeys today are genetically bred to grow so fast that their heart and legs can't keep pace with their ballooning bodies. Many suffer heart attacks and leg collapse.
As one turkey contract grower explained to me, "The body weight of turkeys increases 300 times between birth and slaughter...Their genetics are crazy."
Every year, the president of the United States ceremonially "pardons" a turkey, giving the animal a reprieve from slaughter. Thanksgiving is "one of the worst days of the year to be a turkey," President Obama jovially noted in his 2011 turkey pardon. He continued that Liberty, the turkey he pardoned, is probably "the luckiest bird on the face of the earth."
Not quite, Mr. President. Most pardoned turkeys tend to drop dead in under a year because of their grievous body structure.
Killing poses another ethical issue. I have witnessed a callous disregard of animal welfare at slaughter plants. In the United States, turkeys and chickens are not even protected under the federal Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, even though they constitute 97 percent of farm animals slaughtered every year.
A more subtle issue with slaughter is: How many Americans would eat a turkey at Thanksgiving if they had to kill it themselves? Not many, I imagine. This speaks positively of Americans, and is not the case with all cultures.
In early October of this year, 1.6 billion Muslims, or close to a quarter of the world population, celebrated Eid-al-Adha, the largest Islamic holiday of the year, with the "sacrifice" of 100 million cows, goats and sheep. Just as Thanksgiving is often called Turkey Day, Eid-al-Adha is often called Bakra Eid, which translates to Cow Feast or Goat Feast. While Eid slaughter is often decried as barbaric, Thanksgiving slaughter isn't, even though the only difference between the two is who wields the knife -- the consumer or the worker. Muslims tend to purchase the requisite cow, goat or sheep, and kill the animal themselves in their backyards; Americans purchase turkeys that were killed behind closed doors by largely Mexican, underpaid, exploited workers in American slaughter plants.
Thanksgiving is about bringing family together, and that fortunately has nothing to do with turkeys. The roots of Thanksgiving, in fact, lie in expressing gratitude for harvests of crops. That's right -- Thanksgiving is actually a harvest festival.
Let's have a Thanksgiving where we celebrate life over death and enjoy the bounty of the autumn harvest.
Sonia Faruqi is the author of Project Animal Farm, forthcoming in July 2015, and available for pre-order on Amazon. The book traces her journey investigating animal farms around the world.
US President Barack Obama gestures during the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon with his daughters Sasha (2nd R) and Malia (R) on November 21 , 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC.Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
Two turkeys named Cobbler and Gobbler are going to have a much happier Thanksgiving than most of their kind this time of year.
The feathered twosome are the beneficiaries of a long-running White House Thanksgiving tradition, in which the President of the United States pardons a turkey from the national meal.
"You know, they say that life is all about second chances. And this November, I could not agree more," recently re-elected President Barack Obama joked during a Wednesday Nov. 21 ceremony in the Rose Garden. "So in the spirit of the season, I have one more gift to give. And it goes to a pair of turkeys named Cobbler and Gobbler. The American people have spoken, and these birds are moving forward."
The holiday tradition of "pardoning" a turkey at the White House stretches back to the days of Abraham Lincoln, said to be egged on by his son, Tad; but in 2012, Americans voted for the turkey to save via special Facebook page.
"Now, I joke, but -- but for the first time in our history, the winners of the White House turkey pardon were chosen through a highly competitive online vote," said Obama, joined at the ceremony by daughters Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11. (Cobbler was the first bird to be pardoned, with Gobbler also spared in case his pal can't fulfill his duties.)
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You are invited to a multifaith gathering to acknowledge Victoria’s bushfire crisis
Join Victoria’s faith and political leaders for a special multifaith gathering on the steps of Parliament House on Tuesday 4 February 2020.
Hosted by the Faith Communities Council of Victoria and the Multifaith Advisory Group (convened by the Victorian Multicultural Commission), the gathering will bring Victorians together to pray for those who have lost their lives and for the devastation of land, property and wildlife caused by the recent bushfires.
Together, we will show our appreciation and say thanks to the firefighters, emergency services and volunteers for their dedication, bravery and service.
We will also demonstrate our support for leaders on all sides of politics as they continue to lead our state through this unprecedented tragedy.
With the fire season not yet over and with relief and recovery efforts expected to take months, if not years, this event will demonstrate the stren
INTRODUCTION "WITHIN A TREE, THERE IS A FLOWER
WITHIN A ROCK, THERE IS A FLAME" BY SENIOR VENERABLE THICH NGUYEN TANG, QUANG DUC MONASTERY MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA.
"...The gift of the Dhamma excels all gifts; the taste of the Dhamma excels all tastes, and delight in the Dhamma excels all delights. The eradication of craving (i.e., attainment of arahatship) overcomes all ills (samsara dukkha).
The gift of the Dhamma is the greatest giving among the all other givings. The one who is well trained in the Dhamma will share his understanding of the Dhamma either by writing a book, by preaching Dhamma, by discussing Dhamma, or by writing an article. Master Thich Nguyen Tang has used all these methods in his contribution to the Dhamma. Giving food or clothes or any other material items to a person makes them happy and they indeed will survive in the world, but they cannot get rid of this terrible circle of birth and death. It can be done only by understanding the noble Dhamma. Thus, the wr
Life as historically manifested is twofold, individuals and communities as well. The teachings of the Buddha are meant as much for the building of an order of communities as for the harmonious ordering of an individual’s personal life. In addition, Buddhism is concerned with the cessation of suffering, it must necessarily teach the way to the cessation of social suffering no less than the suffering of each individual. It is precisely to mention of forgiveness and reconciliation.
‘Dukkha and The Cessation of Dukkha’ are the heart of the Buddha’s teaching which are expounded in the Dhammacakka-ppavattana-suttaṃ(Setting in Motion the Wheel of Truth).
‘Idaṁ dukkhaṁ ariyasaccaṁ’ pariññeyyan-ti
‘this is the noble truth of suffering’ refers (i.e. suffering itself) ought to be fully known.
Buddhist Approach to Mindful Leadership
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Bhikkhuni. Dr. Tinh Van
Nowadays, we all care about findingResponsibilities for Sustainable Peace (santi). It is called Truth,Fact,Reality,Standard, Settlement… and in this proposal/ offermeans objective / universal truth: ‘Truth is one, there is no second.’Because of this quality/ value, Truth is also considered as the noblest gift/ truth in the ultimate sense(paramattha) for the Self-guided Way of the Sublime Teaching of the Buddha/ the way of life, i.e., the way out of universal suffering/ Ariyasacca/ the Path to Freedom (free from negligence/ carelessness/ pamāda). With the goal of the Buddha’s teachings to create instead of following the micchā/ blind belief/ unreasonable faith/ ignoble search/ conventional truth (sammuti-sacca). By this reason, my main proposal/ offerwill be aimed at ‘Mindful Leadership for Sustainable Peace’ with the title ‘Buddhist Approach to Mindful Leadership throug
The Catering Unit of Minh Quang Retreat in Sydney, Australia has offered good services in a very solemn and deliciated manner and its very first meal reminded me of the nice smell of the Bowl of Rice of Fragrance in the old times.
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The Buddhist community is extremely upset by the inappropriate and disrespectful use of the image of Buddha, The Buddhist community is extremely upset by the inappropriate and disrespectful use of the image of Buddha, in a display at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) entitled the 'Eternity-Buddha in Nirvana, the Dying Gaul, Farnese Hercules, Night, Day, Sartyr and Bacchante, Funerary Genius, Achilles, Persian Soldier Fighting, Dancing Faun, Crouching Aphrodite, Narcisse Couché, Othryades the Spartan Dying, the Fall of Icarus, A River, Milo of Croton'. It can also be seen at: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/work/131149/
Although this display has been in place for some months, we have only just been made aware of its' existence. We are not usually outspoken, but this display desecrates the image of Buddha by placing images of these mythical images on him and in doing so, showing no apparent regard or respect for Him.
Kính mời quý đồng hương Phật tử đến tham dự buổi tiệc chay gây quỹ lần thứ 11 cho việc tổ chức Đại Lễ VESAK Ngày Đản Sanh, Thành Đạo, Nhập Niết Bàn của Đức Bổn Sư Thích Ca Mâu Ni Phật.
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Ngày: Thứ Bảy 07 Tháng Tư năm 2018
Địa Điểm: Hội trường Quán Tự Tại , Chùa Quang Minh; số 18 Burke Street, Braybrook.
Giờ: 6:30 Tối ( Mở cửa lúc 6:00 pm )
Giá vé: $ 30 Úc kim