The Dragon Boat Festival: A Fusion of Traditional and Modern Culture

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Dragon figureheads on the bows of boats used during the festival

Dragon figureheads on the bows of boats used during the festival

I have lived in Malaysia for over 20 years. During this time, I have developed a great appreciation for the cultures and customs that exist in Malaysia, which has inspired me to share more about the aspects of Malaysia that I like very much.

One such example is the Dragon Boat Festival, which was originally from China, but has since been adopted into Malaysian culture. The adoption of this festival demonstrates the multi-ethnic nature of the Malaysian population. This ability to embrace various customs is the reason why Malaysia is so rich in its cultural identity.

Therefore, I am pleased to present you with this article on the Dragon Boat Festival, its origins, how the custom was assimilated into Malaysian culture, and how people participate in the festival. The article also contains information about zongzi, glutinous rice balls, which are closely related to the Dragon Boat Festival.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

The Origins of the Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Race

The Dragon Boat Race

The Dragon Boat Festival (Chinese: Longchuanjie) is also known as Tuen Ng, Duanwu Festival, or Zhongxiao Festival. The festival is said to celebrate loyalty to one’s country and filial piety to one’s parents. Traditionally, the festival is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month in the Chinese lunar calendar. For that reason, the festival date varies from year to year when following the International (Gregorian) calendar.

The Dragon Boat Festival is also known as the ‘Fifth Month Festival’ or the ‘Dumpling Festival’ among Chinese Malaysians, Singaporeans, and the Taiwanese. In the ethnic Chinese Hokkien communities, the festival is also known as Peh Cun.

There are three known versions of the story that recount the origins of the Dragon Boat Festival. All three of these stories have tragic endings which are similar and moral lessons for us to contemplate.

 

Version 1: The Legend of Qu Yuan (340 – 278 BCE) – The Benevolent Nobleman

An artists portrayal of Qu Yuan

An artists portrayal of Qu Yuan

The story of Qu Yuan is the most widely accepted origin story of the Dragon Boat Festival. Qu Yuan was a benevolent nobleman from the state of Chu in ancient China and according to Sima Qian‘s Records of the Grand Historian, he was a member of the Chu royal family. Initially, he served as a minister during the time of King Huai of Chu, who ruled China between 328 – 299 BCE. Due to the influence of several corrupt ministers, King Huai exiled Qu Yuan to a region north of the Han River. He was eventually reinstated to his former position and assigned to establish a diplomatic relationship between the state of Chu and the state of Qi, a neighbouring kingdom.

After King Huai passed away, his successor, King Qingxian, ascended the throne. Foreseeing that the state of Qin would attack the state Chu, Qu Yuan advised the king to join forces with the state of Qi in order to fight them. The Prime Minister at the time, Zilan, was unhappy about this proposal and sought to turn King Qingxian against Qu Yuan. The King listened to the Prime Minister and Qu Yuan was once again exiled, this time to a region south of the Yangtze River.

During his time in exile, Qu Yuan spent most of his time gathering folk tales and legends, and writing poems about his love for his country. Today, some of his works are considered to be among the greatest poems in Chinese literature.

The local villagers respected Qu Yuan because they viewed him as a wise and benevolent man. However, Qu Yuan remained worried that his prediction regarding the future attack on the state of Chu would eventually come true, and this anxiety affected his health.

General Bai Qi from the state of Qin

General Bai Qi from the state of Qin

In 278 BCE, Qu Yuan’s worst fear came true. General Bai Qi from the state of Qin captured Ying, Chu’s capital. Upon hearing the news, Qu Yuan wrote a poem called ‘Lament for Ying’, and committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River, which is located in present-day Hunan Province of China. When they heard about Qu Yuan’s suicide, the local villagers rushed to the Miluo River to try to save him. They searched for him with their boats and beat their drums in a desperate attempt to save Qu Yuan. It was this hectic search for Qu Yuan that became the origin of the Dragon Boat Festival.

As they searched for Qu Yuan’s body, the villagers threw rice balls into the river to keep evil spirits and creatures in the river away from his body. Later on, Qu Yuan appeared to his friends in a dream to explain the circumstances surrounding his death and asked his friends to wrap the rice balls in three-cornered silk packages to pacify a dragon. Qu Yuan’s friends spread the news and began the tradition of making and offering the three-cornered rice packages to the dragon on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month of the Chinese calendar. Today, the three-cornered rice packages are wrapped in leaves and known as zongzi.

 

An artist's portrayal of Wu Zixu, Duke of Shen

An artist’s portrayal of Wu Zixu, Duke of Shen

Version 2: Wu Zixu (unknown – 484 BCE) – The Nobleman Who was Shunned by His Master

In Sima Qian’s Records of the Grand Historian, Wu Zixu was also known as the Duke of Shen, or Shen Xu. As a trusted adviser to King Helu of Wu, he recommended the promotion of Bo Pi as a minister, despite warnings about his shady character. After King Helu’s passing, Wu Zixu was unable to build rapport with the new King Fuchai. Foreseeing that King Goujian of Yue, would one day attack the state of Wu, Wu Zixu advised King Fuchai to conquer the state of Yue before this could happen. But the king did not believed him. To make matters worse, King Fuchai chose to listen to Bo Pi, who advocated peace between the two kingdoms. Little did they know that Bo Pi had been bribed by King Goujian of Yue to manipulate the situation.

King Fuchai of Wu

King Fuchai of Wu

Wu Zixu begged King Fuchai to follow his advice, but it only made him angry. The King gave Wu Zixu a sword and ordered him to commit suicide. Before he passed away, Wu Zixu requested that his eyes be removed after his death and placed at the city’s entrance so he could see his prediction come true. Instead, King Fuchai ordered Wu Zixu’s body to be thrown into the river on the fifth day of the fifth month. Approximately ten years after Wu Zixu’s passing, his prediction came true. King Goujian of Yue attacked and conquered the state of Wu, while King Fuchai was engaged in a war with the state of Qi. In desperation, King Fuchian committed suicide with his eyes covered because he was ashamed of meeting Wu Zixu in the afterlife. Ironically, King Goujian convicted Bo Pi of treason against King Fuchai, and of taking bribes from foreign dignitaries. To this day, Wu Zixu is remembered during the Dragon Boat Festival, especially in the eastern-central coastal provinces of China.

 

Version 3: Cao E (130–143 CE) The Girl Who Lost Her Father

An artist's portrayal of Cao E

An artist’s portrayal of Cao E

Cao E was a daughter of a shaman named Cao Xu. One day, while he was conducting a ritual to commemorate the memory of Wu Zixu, Cao Xu fell into the Shun River. Devastated, Cao E spent days searching the river for her father. Five days after the incident, both Cao E’s and Cao Xu’s lifeless bodies were found in the river.

Eight years later, the locals built a temple in Shangyu to remember Cao E’s act of filial piety, and the Shun River was renamed Cao E River in her memory. Cao E’s sacrifice is remembered during the Dragon Boat Festival, especially in Northeastern Zhejiang, China.

There are arguments that these legends were promoted by Confucian scholars during the Imperial China Period because they wanted to increase their influence. According to Professor Wen Yiduo, a 20th-century Chinese scholar, the Dragon Boat Festival actually originates from the tradition of dragon worship. The Dragon Boat Race symbolises the act of paying homage to the dragon, symbolic of active masculine energy in the world, while the zongzi was used as an offering of food to the Dragon King. Since the ancient Chinese were heavily dependent on agriculture for survival, weather played an important role. Dragons were said to have the ability to control the weather and therefore directly affected the state of agricultural productivity. Keeping the dragons happy ensured good weather, which in turn meant the survival of the local communities through good harvests. The dragon as a symbol was prevalent in both the states of Wu and Yue. According to Professor Wen Yiduo, the Dragon Boat Festival was most likely a custom unique to Wu and Yue, but gained popularity throughout the rest of China over the years.

Regardless of how and why the legends were promoted, the Dragon Boat Festival continues to thrive to this very day.

 

How the Festival was Adopted in Malaysia

Malaysia is a multi-ethnic country that embraces its diverse cultural identity

Malaysia is a multi-ethnic country that embraces its diverse cultural identity

Wherever the Chinese travelled (whether for trade, economic or other other reasons), they brought their culture and traditions with them. According to Malaysia’s Department of Statistics, the Chinese population between 2014 and 2016 was estimated to have been 23.4%. That is almost a quarter of the entire Malaysian population. It is not surprising then, that the Dragon Boat Festival is widely observed throughout the various communities in Malaysia that include descendants of Chinese immigrants.

The Malaysian government has embraced the Dragon Boat Festival as an important event that promotes racial harmony. The Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board, a subsidiary of the Malaysian Ministry of Tourism and Culture, has included Dragon Boat Races in their Malaysia Events & Festivals publication. The Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board acknowledges the Dragon Boat Race as:

“…a team-focused sport, which promotes discipline, harmony, physical fitness and mental toughness… [and] an honoured sport that inculcates racial harmony.”

 

Activities

Traditional Chinese families gather together every year to make zongzi

Traditional Chinese families gather together every year to make zongzi

Cooking and Eating Glutinous Rice Balls

Traditional Chinese families gather together every year to make zongzi. In addition to holding, participating in, and watching Dragon Boat races, the Malaysian Chinese community celebrates the Dragon Boat Festival by making and eating zongzi. This tradition commemorates the time when villagers in ancient China threw rice balls into the river to pacify the dragon and river creatures in order to protect Minister Qu Yuan’s body.

Due to its popularity, zongzi has evolved from a simple rice dumpling wrapped in bamboo leaves to include assorted fillings. In the past, zongzi could only be found during the Dragon Boat Festival. Today, zongzi can be found all year round in places with a considerable Chinese population. The shape of the zongzi can vary from place to place, but it is commonly made in the three-cornered shape. In a typical traditional Chinese family, making zongzi is a family affair. Everyone participates in the process. Although bamboo leaves are the most commonly used wrap, other leaves, such as maize, banana, and pandan, can also be used to wrap the rice balls. Each leaf imparts a different flavour and aroma to the dish.

Zongzi wrapped in banana leaves

Zongzi wrapped in banana leaves

One of the secrets to a good zongzi is wrapping it well enough so that the contents stay intact after the boiling process

One of the secrets to a good zongzi is wrapping it well enough so that the contents stay intact after the boiling process

Zongzi fillings may differ based on preference, but most of the time, glutinous rice, also known as sticky rice, is used. Wrapping the zongzi is an art in itself. Cooks are considered successful when the rice and contents stay intact while the zongzis are being boiled. Most of the time, the recipes and the skill of wrapping zongzi are passed down through the various generations in the family.

On the eve of the Dragon Boat Festival, traditional Chinese families offer the zongzi to their ancestors and deities as a show of respect before eating the zongzi themselves.

Bak Chang

Bak Chang

Zongzi is also popularly known as Chang in Malaysia. There are several types of Chang common in Malaysia:

  • Bak Chang: Bak Chang usually contains pork meat with salted egg yolk, chestnut, dried shrimp, and mushroom, depending on preference. The rice is usually brown in colour.
  • Kiam Tee Chang (Nyonya glutinous rice dumplings): Kiam Tee Chang is considered a Malaysian Chinese speciality. It usually contains minced pork and winter melon with five spice and pepper.
  • Kee Chang: plain glutinous rice with alkaline water. It is usually eaten with sugar or syrup and is considered a dessert.
Kiam Tee Chang

Kiam Tee Chang

Kee Chang

Kee Chang

If you do not come from a family that gathers annually to make zongzi, you can still purchase this delicious delicacy. There are many places where you can buy them, however here is list of places known to be the best:

Ho Yoke Kee

This stall is located off Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur. The family who runs the stall has been in business since the 1960s.

Address:
No. 327 Jalan Hang Lekir
50000 Kuala Lumpur

Business hours: 7:00 – 22:00

Yook Tho Yin

This restaurant is located in Damansara Uptown, and they specialise in Cantonese cuisine. They sell small and large Cantonese-style dumplings. Their large dumplings weight almost a kilo each.

Address:
13 Jalan SS 21/37
Damansara Utama
Petaling Jaya
47400 Selangor

Business hours: 10:30 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 23:00

Imbi Market

Inside Imbi Market, there is a stall that has been run by three sisters for many years. They sell Cantonese Zong, plain Gan Shui Zong, and Nyonya dumplings.

Address:
12, 6, Jalan Kampung
Pudu
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Business hours: 6:30 – 12:00

Noble Mansion

Noble Mansion sells premium zongzi filled with ingredients such as shiitake mushrooms and lingzhi.

Address:
1st Floor The Plaza at Jaya 33
1 Jalan Semangat, Seksyen 14
Petaling Jaya
46100 Selangor

Business hours: 11:00-15:00 & 18:00 – 23:00

Yook Tho Yin and Ho Yoke Kee

Yook Tho Yin and Ho Yoke Kee

Noble Mansion Restaurant in Petaling Jaya

Noble Mansion Restaurant in Petaling Jaya

 

Participating in the Dragon Boat Race

Preparations for Penang Dragon Boat Festival

Preparations for Penang Dragon Boat Festival

According to Malaysia Events & Festivals 2016, Dragon Boat Races were held in the following places:

  • Melaka – as part of Melaka River International Festival (25 May – 4 June 2016) and the Melaka International Dragon Boat Race (11 June 2016)
  • Penang – as part of the Penang International Dragon Boat Festival (28-29 May 2016)
  • Sabah – as part of the Sabah FCAS International Dragon Boat Race (21-22 June 2016)
  • Putrajaya – as part of the Malaysian International Dragon Boat Race (25-26 September 2016>
  • Sarawak – as part of the Sarawak International Dragon Boat Regatta (11-13 November 2016)

Since its inception, the Dragon Boat Race has evolved into a professional sport. The event is no longer restricted to the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. Some of the Malaysian coordinators of Dragon Boat races, such as the Sarawak International Dragon Boat Regatta 2016, have explicitly declared that they abide by the rules and regulations of the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) and the Asian Dragon Boat Federation (ADBF), a subsidiary of the Olympic Council of Asia. According to the International Dragon Boat Federation, the Malaysia Dragon Boat Association has been registered as a basic member of this institution since 1991.

 

Dragon Boat Race Putrajaya – 300m 22 Crew Final 2016

http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/DragonBoatRace.flv

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Preparation for the Dragon Boat Race

Individual Preparation

Endurance training is important to prepare the athletes' body for the race

Endurance training is important to prepare the athletes’ body for the race

You need muscle strength and strong lungs in order to take part in Dragon Boat races. Participants are advised to train for strength and endurance so that their bodies are conditioned for the race and protected from injury.

Team Preparation

Although each team can choose their own strategies in order to increase their chances of winning, the basic skills, such as team’s synchrony and the way they row the oars, are prerequisites. It is highly advisable that team members train together prior to the race itself. According to the Worldwide Dragon Boat Calendar website,

“[s]erious dragon boat racers train [all] year round, even in the coldest winter month.”

http://www.dragonboatcalendar.com/training.htm

Fees, Registration, and Prizes

Fees and registration are based on 2016 figures and may change from time to time. The race participation fee ranges from RM150-RM300 per person. Prizes can come in the form of trophies, medals, and/or monetary gifts.

Accommodation for Participants

The Dragon Boat race usually lasts between four to five days, which includes registration, team meetings, training, and usually a two-day racing event, as well as a day reserved for sightseeing in the local area. Most of the time, the event organisers also arrange accommodation for the participants.

Clothing Requirements

When practising for or participating in the Dragon Boat race, it is advisable to wear attire that does not absorb moisture, such as Dry Fit and Coolmax fabric. It is better to wear tight-fitting clothes as loose clothing can easily drag when wet.

 

Visiting Malaysia

 

Travel Document Requirements to Enter Malaysia

Dragon016

Visitors who wish to visit Malaysia should ensure that their passports are valid for at least six months before entering Malaysia. Citizens of ASEAN countries (i.e. Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) can stay in Malaysia for up to 30 days without a visa.

Visitors from other nations can either apply for a visa in advance, pay RM330 for a Visa on Arrival (VOA) or are granted up to 90-days visitor permits on arrival. Check with your nearest Malaysian Embassy or online for visa requirements before travelling. Citizens of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), India, Bangladesh, and Nepal are now eligible to apply for eVisa.

 

What to Wear in Malaysia

Malaysia is a tropical country, therefore most people wear clothing made from light and breathable fabrics. It is recommended to bring several lightweight tops, slacks, sunglasses, hat, sweaters, at least one scarf or shawl, as well as shorts, dresses, and skirts that come down to the knee. You can also consider bringing flats or comfortable shoes.

 

How to Get Around when You are in Malaysia

Rail transport in Malaysia

Rail transport in Malaysia

You can either charter a long-distance taxi that you can pay by the hour, or use the cheaper public transportation buses if you are in major cities. If you are in Kuala Lumpur, you can also use the Light Rail Transit (LRT) or the monorail system.

Those visiting Melaka, or Georgetown in Penang, can experience a more traditional mode of transportation with the bicycle rickshaws.

 

Where to Stay When You are in Malaysia

Getting a place to stay in Malaysia is relatively easy. There are many hotels, hostels, and inns, up for consideration. Visitors can try to search online and look at other people’s reviews before making a booking.

 

Several hotels in Penang to consider:

Bayview Hotel Georgetown

Address:
Lebuh Farquhar
George Town
10200 George Town
Pulau Pinang
Malaysia

Phone: +60 4-263 3161

Eastern & Oriental Hotel

Address:
Lebuh Farquhar
George Town
10200 George Town
Pulau Pinang
Malaysia

Phone: +60 4-222 2000

G Hotel Penang

Address:
168A, Persiaran Gurney
Pulau Tikus
10250 George Town
Pulau Pinang
Malaysia

Phone: +60 4-238 0000

 

Several hotels in Kuala Lumpur to consider:

RHR Hotel

Address:
Kampus Putrajaya University Tenaga Nasional, KM7
Jalan Ikram-Uniten
43009 Kajang
Selangor
Malaysia

Phone: +60 3-8922 2088

Hotel Bangi Putrajaya

Address:
Off, Persiaran Bandar
43650 Bandar Baru Bangi
Selangor
Malaysia

Phone: +60 3-8210 2222

Empress Hotel Sepang

Address:
Jalan ST 1c/7
43900 Sepang
Malaysia

Phone: +60 3-8706 7777

 

Several hotels along the Melaka river to consider:

Quayside Hotel

Address:
Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir
75000 Melaka
Malaysia
Phone: +60 6-284 1001

The Shore @ Malacca River

Address:
Kampung Bunga Paya Pantai
75100 Malacca
Malaysia

Phone: +60 6-282 2666

906 Riverside Hotel Malacca

Address:
52, Jalan Kampung Hulu
75200 Melaka
Malaysia

Phone: +60 6-282 8906

 
Sources of information:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qu_Yuan
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sima_Qian
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu_Zixu
  • http://malaysia.com/duanwu-festival-culture.html
  • http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2016/07/26/chinese-population-continues-to-decline/
  • http://www.penangdragonboat.gov.my/portal/
  • Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia); Malaysia Events & Festivals 2016; December 2015
  • http://www.idbf.org/members
  • https://sarawaktourism.com/event/sarawak-international-dragon-boat-regatta/
  • http://www.ocasia.org/Sports/SportsFed.aspx?PeMZ0l6yoEEW02q3HVv9iEEDm3tIwYs4
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zongzi
  • http://malaysia.com/blog/chinese-dumplings-chang/index.html
  • http://www.mykeuken.com/2011/06/puah-kiam-ti-chang-nyonya-glutinous.html
  • http://www.dragonboatcalendar.com/fitness_conditioning.htm
  • http://www.dragonboatcalendar.com/training.htm
  • http://www.kln.gov.my/web/are_dubai/other_information/-/asset_publisher/2TQe/content/visa-requirements-for-foreigners-application-requirements-forms
  • https://www.windowmalaysia.my/evisa/evisa.jsp?lang=en
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  • http://www.hoteltravel.com/malaysia/penang/penang-hotels-and-the-dragon-boat-festival.htm

 
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  1. wan wai meng on Jan 20, 2017 at 2:54 am

    I have seen with my a live Dragon Boat race, should be interesting to do so.

    The many stories about the origins of the Dragon Boat race, point a time when China was fractured and there were 7 kingdoms, that vied for supremacy. The annals written by Sima Qian was text that showed how the 7 kings fought against one another, and played politics, this was a time of great strife and upheavel for all Chinese people. There was constant and non stop warfare, the First Chinese Emperor put a stop to that by annexing all other states and forming one large country under his rule.

    Actually coming back to the article, whether there is Dragon Boat por not in one’s vicinity the Chinese will have their glutinous rice dumplings.

  2. Stella Cheang on Dec 23, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    As a very young kid, the yearly ‘Dumpling Festival’ around June is one of the less stressful festivals. There is no hassle, just nice dumpling to eat few times a day, and the occasional Dragon Boat competition showing on telly. The moral behind the story of Qu Yuan completely eluded us then, as we could never understand why Qu Yuan chose to kill himself. Now it is apparent that Qu Yuan died out of disappointment for, his loyal advice was ignored and it caused the fall of his beloved country. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the other legends regarding this festival and they are very interesting read!

  3. Uncle Eddie on Dec 8, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Malaysia can be said to be a country consisting of people of multi-ethnic culture and customs diversity, happily and peacefully living together harmoniously! The Chinese dragon boat Festival is a customarily-organised Festival in Penang initially. In the early years, it was primarily celebrated as the “Fifth month Festival” or the so-called “Fifth month Dumpling Festival” amongst the Malaysian, Singaporean and Taiwanese Chinese communities. The Malaysian Government in view of the total Chinese population having reached 23.4%, which represented almost one-quarter of the entire total population of the country, has decided to embrace the Dragon Boat Festival as an important event in the country, primarily to promote racial harmony, and secondarily, to encourage the growth of Tourism in the Country! Since its inception, the dragon boat race has evolved into a professional level sport and today has become International, under “The Malaysian Dragon Boat Association”, which has been registered as a basic member of the “International Dragon Boat Federation,(ADBF)” since 1991. Well done and three cheers, to The Malaysian dragon Boat Association!

  4. Alicia on Dec 5, 2016 at 10:20 pm
  5. Samfoonheei on Dec 5, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Malaysia is so rich in its cultural identity, and the Dragon festival is one of them been celebrated in a way whereby different races too join in.It is wonderful to know,the origins of the Dragon Boat Festival and the story behind.It has now turned to a team-focused sport.which promotes discipline, racial harmony, physical fitness and mental toughness
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these very informative and interesting post.

  6. Shelly tai on Dec 1, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all these legendary story which some of them I have never come across it . I personally love the glutinous rice dumplings which I m glad there is a vegetarian version that is available in some of the organic store it actually taste like the real glutinous rice dumplings yet it more healthy.

  7. TekLee on Dec 1, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the stories of Dragon Boat festival. Sometimes we also call it Bazang festival. Most of the Chinese talk about Qu Yuan’s story, the other two are indeed new to me. But all the stories are interesting and also serve the same purpose and teaching. Dragon Boat festival is one of my favourite festivals. It is because every year when it comes to the day, my auntie will make Bazang for us. Her bazang is extra large compared with those we buy from the market. Nowadays she doesn’t make anymore, due to old age and many things need to prepare but nobody’s helping her. Now I’m vegetarian, it’s quite easy to get vegetarian bazang out there nowadays. Whenever I feel like eating, I can get it from the vegetarian restaurants. 🙂

  8. Justin Cheah on Nov 29, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the origins of boat festivals and to be honest, many of us Chinese wouldn’t even know about the history and or the facts on how the festivals were even started. Nevertheless it is always nice to see and learn about these. 🙂

  9. Lin Mun on Nov 29, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Thank you for sharing the 3 stories of Dragon Boat Festival. Never knew about it until I read it hear. When we migrate to another country, we always bring along our cultures and beliefs. The same for Chinese when they came to Malaysia.

    We are very fortunate be a Malaysian, being able to enjoy so many types of celebration from various races. Most importantly, we can live in a peaceful and harmony state.

  10. Yvonne on Nov 29, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Good people are remembered forever.

  11. Bradley Kassian on Nov 29, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Dragon boat racing is one of my favorite things to watch during the summer. We have the tradition here on the west coast in Vancouver, Canada. One of my friends actually competes in races. It’s nice that you wrote about the history of this tradition and how it sprang up in Malaysia. It has become international.

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  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Feb 22. 2017 05:02 PM
    By being a good example ourselves, we can be a more effective campaigner for the helpless animals. I believe that when we want to stand for something, the most powerful words that speak for us is our action. It is inconsistent when one campaigns for the rescued or stray dogs and ask for donations to feed them but consume chicken and seafood and pork and beef. There is no difference between these animals, they all have feelings and fear for pain. So, here’s a picture of the dogs all trapped in a cramped cage where chicken, sea animals, pigs, and cows are in same or worse conditions waiting to be slaughtered. If you feel for these poor dogs, please spare a thought for the other meat on your plate too. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/blog-it-tweet-it-facebook-it-again-and-again-pleeeeeeease.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Feb 22. 2017 04:38 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for the teaching on What is a Blessing. Many of us got all excited when we get a “blessing” from a high lama, but often time neglected the true meaning of the blessing. What Rinpoche taught us is important because we need to stop putting our fate, destiny, life in the hands of others. The mindset of thinking that once we have gotten the blessings from a holy being and then we will have good fortune and will be set for life, s not the correct mindset. The holy lama has the power by his touch to bless us, to protect us and to open up our previous imprint. The blessing is meant to trigger us to become better and change the course of our life for the better. A blessing brings positive energy into our life, and it is really up to us to persistently pursue that good cause and change our life for the better.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/what-is-a-blessing.html
  • Joy Kam
    Wednesday, Feb 22. 2017 04:00 PM
    ***The Advantages of Propitiating Dorje Shugden***

    Dorje Shugden is also known as the Protector of our time because, apart from guiding Buddhist practitioners on their path to Enlightenment, he also attends to our daily challenges and obstacles. Dorje Shugden does this not because he is a fulfiller of samsaric wishes but because in his omniscience, Dorje Shugden recognises that the human mind becomes distracted from Dharma practice by mundane problems. Hence alleviating our worries and fulfilling our wishes is just a means by which Dorje Shugden helps practitioners achieve the higher objective…>>> http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/the-advantages-of-propitiating-dorje-shugden-part-1
  • Joy Kam
    Wednesday, Feb 22. 2017 03:59 PM
    FEAR NO MORE… here is a method which not only dispels the negative things sent to you and not only does it protects you but it also helps the spirit stop collecting negative karma and binds/subdues it with compassion…

    COMMENTARY ON TRAKZE PRACTICE
    ***A Practice to Dispel Black Magic and Spirits***

    This commentary on Trakze practice was compiled from traditional sources by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche.
    Date: 30th January 2015
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/trakze-to-dispel-black-magic-spirits.html

    [NOTE: This is a commentary on Trakze’s practice and can be done daily by anyone who wants to receive protection even if you are not afflicted by black magic and spirits. This practice does not require any initiations]
  • Yeo Kwai Gin
    Wednesday, Feb 22. 2017 01:42 AM
    Yeo Kwai Gin on Feb 22, 2017 at 1:38 am
    感恩仁波切和邝仁爱讲法师的分享 !

    看完这篇文章后, 我的心情很沉重和心痛, 多杰雄登修持者在这20年以来开始就被歧视, 不友善对待, 伤害,破坏家园。在文章里, 讲法师被朋友在网上绝交(只因为讲法师是雄登修持者),被丑化, 被脏言怒骂等等, 只因是” 多杰雄登修持者 ” 。那是多么的无辜和无奈和心痛 !

    在邝仁爱讲法师提到的, 赞助大德一直以来供养了庞大的资源如金钱, 修理佛堂, 建医疗中心,供养佛像等等, 让寺院里的僧人拥有舒适的地方和足够的资源修行, 但是为何只有了多杰雄登的争论课题, 西藏中央政府要严厉的把 “修持雄登者” 和” 无修持雄登者”严重的隔离呢?

    一直以来, 所有修持多杰雄登法门的高僧大德如帕绷卡仁波切, 赤江仁波切, 宋仁波切, 刚坚仁波切, 詹杜固仁波切等等都是无私的不断弘扬佛法, 把宗喀巴大师的传承与佛法传播到世界每一个角落, 利益众生 !而且, 很多修持雄登的高僧还一直转世回来继续祂们的宏愿呢 !

    修持多杰雄登法门保护我们和帮助减轻或去除我们的障碍,让我们在灵修的路上更加快速的达到成就 !

    希望尊贵的达赖尊者,西藏中央政府和有关当局可以尽早把”多杰雄登争论课题”解决, 因为还没出现这课题之前, 大家都是一样的和谐共处,一起辩论佛法,一起参加法会, 一起开心的生活。

    愿尊贵的达赖尊者与尊贵的上师詹仁波切健康长寿,吉祥如意, 愿雄登课题可以尽早解决, 世界和平 !

    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA

    感恩合十
    YEO KWAI GIN

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/how-tibetan-leadership-treats-a-sponsor-jindak.html?nomobile
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Feb 21. 2017 04:37 PM
    Each time when I read of the miracle helps from Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden on people who are in dire straits, the faith for the Guru and Dorje Shugden grow stronger. There are many problems in life where we, human, cannot tackle on our own; especially health problems, emergencies, and disturbance from black magic or spirit. The methods and practice shared by Rinpoche, for example, the Dorje Shugden practice, are proven methods passed from hundreds of years ago and most importantly, it works! Would we rather take a 50-50 chance or seek help from an efficient and proven method? Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/mother-and-son-saved-by-tsem-rinpoche-and-dorje-shugden.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Feb 21. 2017 03:54 PM
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Feb 21. 2017 03:53 PM
    This is such great news! Congratulation to Ram on the safe arrival of his newborn baby as well as his wife being saved and survived. It’s great to see them live happily now.
    This proved to us that no matter our race, gender, age and etc, Dorje Shugden will help us if we are sincere and have faith with guru and Dorje Shugden. The instructions from guru included do the pujas, candles light offering and recite Dorje Shugden mantra were important to follow in order to help his wife and baby to collect merits and clear obstacles.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing. May Ram and his family continue to be blessed by Dorje Shugden and have the opportunity to learn and practice dharma.
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 21. 2017 01:54 PM
    Cannot imagine that the Tibetan leadership does not appreciate and show gratitude to those sponsor (jindak).Feeling sad disappointed as its Kecharas that have sponsored them 3000 sets of robes and statues to all of the monks of Gaden Monastery to name a few.Yet the jindaks were treated so badly denied services to hotel and are not allowed to revisit the monasteries that the jindaks sponsored.The Jindaks were also verbally abused in social media.All these happened just because of the practicing of Dorje Shugden as their choice.
    Thank you Rinpoche,Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai for sharing.
    Hope more people will be aware of this discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners world wide.http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/how-tibetan-leadership-treats-a-sponsor-jindak.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 21. 2017 12:10 PM
    Amazing with Rinpoche ‘s blessing and compassion Ram’s wife and baby was well and healthy. Ram’s wife was operated and her baby was born premature at 7 months. Ram did what was instructed by Rinpoche to do pujas and candles offering for both wife and baby for a few days. Rinpoche also instructed Ram to recite Dorje Shugden’s powerful mantra to pray for protection for them. Both of them are one of those many people that Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden have saved over the years.
    Have trust and faith in our precious Guru and Dorje Shugden we will be protected.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharng
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/mother-and-son-saved-by-tsem-rinpoche-and-dorje-shugden.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Feb 20. 2017 09:17 PM
    Appreciate Robert for his generousity and kindness in giving the USD 5K to Rinpoche so he can settled all his loan and buy ticket to India to pursue his promise to be a monk. And he gave Rinpoche money without any condition but with sincere hope that Rinpoche can achieve his promise to be a monk.

    Rinpoche also showed to us that if we have good intention and determination in dharma we can achieve our goal. For example, Rinpoche do 100 prostration daily to Zong Rinpoche’s photo in order to create a cause for him to learn from Zong Rinpoche.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the inspiring story so we do not give up and continue learning and practising dharma .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/robert-stone.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 20. 2017 03:35 PM
    Geshe Thupten Lama is one of the great scholars and masters who has upheld the lineage of Lord Buddha’s liberating teachings ., Geshe Thupten Lama would not abandon the practice of Dorje Shugden was brand an evil Chinese spy,and enemy, His life was threatened ,was forced to seek political asylum in America.He was one brave masters to write 3 letters asking Dalai Lama to lift the ban on Dorje Shugden.He has worked tirelessly for the Tibetan government in exile.Many practitioners has suffered due to the ban .It has caused disharmony within the Tibetan communities throughout the world.May H.H Dalai Lama please lift the ban on Dorje shugden to restore peace and harmony.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-supreme-path-to-the-trikaya.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Monday, Feb 20. 2017 02:34 PM
    How to Rely upon Dorje Shugden

    Relying on a Dharma Protector or Dharmapala is an essential and beneficial practice within Vajrayana Buddhism. As a result of living in the Kaliyuga (degenerate) age, where negative karma is immense and distractions from the spiritual path are abundant, treading the path to Enlightenment can be an arduous and obstacle-ridden road.

    Read more here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/how-to-rely-upon-dorje-shugden
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Monday, Feb 20. 2017 02:31 PM
    There’s a topic most people find a little awkward to talk about, and that’s sponsorship in the Dharma. People find it awkward because they think money is not a very spiritual thing to discuss. Yet it is an unavoidable subject because it’s a simple fact of life in samsara – monasteries and Dharma institutions would never be able to survive without the kindness of sponsors, and if they did not have the funds.

    Read this powerful piece by Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai (Ani Lobsang Pema): http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/how-tibetan-leadership-treats-a-sponsor-jindak.html
  • Joy Kam
    Monday, Feb 20. 2017 02:00 PM
    The Meaning Behind Dorje Shugden’s Form
    Like the Buddha, Dorje Shugden’s body manifested from his great attainments. Hence, every part of his form has deep spiritual significance. Dorje Shugden’s entire body represents the complete path of the Lamrim or the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, and meditating upon it with correct understanding will generate great merits and spiritual attainments. This is a brief explanation of Dorje Shugden’s form: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/overview/the-meaning-behind-dorje-shugdens-form

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
2 weeks ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
4 weeks ago
This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
4 weeks ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
4 weeks ago
Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
2 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
2 months ago
Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
2 months ago
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
2 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
2 months ago
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
2 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
3 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
3 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
3 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
3 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
3 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
4 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
4 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
5 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
5 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
5 months ago
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
5 months ago
High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
5 months ago
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
5 months ago
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
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This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
Left to right:

His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
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Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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Light offering to Lama Tsongkhapa by the WOAH Campers. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teachers and children are enjoyed for being stayed together for 2D1N of WOAH Camp 2016. Alice Tay, KSDS.
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KSDS students were taken refuge before the lesson start. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Fun time in self-defense section during Woah Camp 2016. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Kien and teacher Jenni leading the Mitsegma recitation before the start of Sunday Dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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