Kechara Forest Retreat’s Manjushri!
Dear Blog friends,
I have great faith in Manjushri. I have always had great faith in Manjushri and the much needed benefits He bestows upon practitioners. His practice can bring so much benefit to the person by increasing their memory, learning, composition, absorbing the Dharma, teaching, poetry, and much more. There are many forms of Manjushri which are depicted in different colors, two arms, four arms, peaceful and wrathful forms. Each form has a special function.
A very good friend of mine, Dato’ Eric Tan has recently offered me a beautiful 9 feet four-arm Manjushri statue carved of stone. This form of Manjushri is very rare and Dato’ Eric has made special arrangements for it to be carved. This four-arm Manjushri holds in his right hand a fiery sword, representing that he cuts asunder all causes of suffering. His left hand he holds a pure lotus flower by the stem in a teaching mudra. A scripture text sits atop the blooming lotus represents Manjushri’s stainless wisdom and his loving vow to teach us. His other two hands hold a bow and arrow representing wisdom and skilful means in union to bring benefit to people.
Our team has arranged for this Manjushri statue to be enthroned on a special made platform on Manjushri Hill overlooking the valley to bless the people and surroundings in Kechara Forest Retreat (http://retreat.kechara.com/ ). The Green Team did a very good job making the surrounding area of the platform beautiful with bamboo and white pebbles to give it a Zen look.
As soon as the statue was placed on top of the platform, a group of students who were working out from Manjushri Hill prepared offerings for a special puja to enthrone Manjushri and a beautiful rainbow appeared in the background to the right of Manjushri. I was told that the rainbow was visible throughout the duration of the puja together with a constant drizzle. Both the drizzle and rainbow stopped when they completed the puja. Very auspicious omen.
It is a very auspicious omen as the light rain and rainbow appeared throughout the puja as we believe that the land deities and spirits residing in the area are very pleased also. With the installation of Manjushri, I wish to bless all those who come in touch with Kechara Forest Retreat with the blessings of wisdom and the Dharma so that they will be able to attain peace and happiness.
I would like to share these with everyone so that you may all be blessed.
Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Harnessing up Manjushri to be moved.
Arranged for the statue to be moved to the Zen garden.
Manjushri’s implements being fixed onto the statue.
Panoramic view of the 4-arm Manjushri at Kechara Forest Retreat.
Manjushri in a beautiful Zen garden.
A rainbow appeared, together with a light drizzle, during puja after Manjushri was installed.
Another clear picture of the rainbow that appeared during the puja.
Kecharians did a short puja to enthrone Manjushri.
Another beautiful picture of the 4-arm Manjushri at KFR ( http://retreat.kechara.com/ ) !
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