A Muhibbah Celebration: The Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar

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Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar by Kechara Sunday Dharma School, 2016

Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar by Kechara’s Sunday Dharma School, 2016

Dear friends,

The Lantern Festival, more widely known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, falls on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, with a full moon at night. During the Lantern Festival, children celebrate with processions of paper lanterns while the adults enjoy mooncakes with their friends and families.

In ancient times, the festival celebrated three fundamental concepts which are closely linked to one another:

  • Gathering, such as family and friends coming together, or harvesting crops for the festival. It is said the moon is the brightest and roundest on this day, an auspicious sign symbolising family reunion.
  • Thanksgiving, to give thanks for the harvest or for harmonious unions.
  • Praying or worshipping.

Traditions and myths surrounding the festival are formed around these three concepts. Although emphasis on the traditions has changed over time due to changes in technology, science, economy, culture and religion, the essence of focusing on well-being and togetherness has remained. Hence an important part of the festival celebration is moon worship. The ancient Chinese believed in rejuvenation and associated this with the moon and water.

There is an ancient fable that exists to explain the origins of this festival. As the story goes, the sun and the moon are a couple and the stars are their children. When the moon is pregnant, it becomes round and then becomes crescent-shaped after giving birth to a child. These beliefs made it popular among women to worship and give offerings to the moon on this evening. Offerings are also made to the well-known lunar deity, Chang’e who is the Moon Goddess of Immortality.

The lanterns used in ancient times were fairly simple, and only the emperor and nobility had large ornate ones. As times changed, modern day lanterns have become increasingly elaborate and embellished with many complex designs. In keeping with the times, these lanterns have even been upgraded with the use of battery candles instead of real candles.

Mooncakes are another hallmark and tradition of the Lantern Festival. The round shape of the mooncake represents completeness and reunion. It is common practice to share and enjoy round mooncakes with family members and friends during the week of the festival.

So as you can see, this festival is very popular for young and old alike. As a way to enshrine this tradition, some of our Kechara members recently organised a celebration to commemorate this festival. I commend the volunteer team who took time off their busy schedules to organise the Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar. I was especially happy to see the inclusion of underprivileged children in this festival. I thank my Kecharians for their kindness, for giving back to the community and for raising awareness of the importance of a harmonious and united society. I would also like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the many departments who sponsored and supported this event and made it a success.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

September 3, 2016 was a memorable day as we witnessed the extent that some people would go to in order to benefit others. It was an event where teachers from Kechara’s Sunday Dharma School (KSDS), kind sponsors and members from all walks of life came together for a noble purpose – to give back to the community through the Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar. Many people put in valuable time, effort and energy into this event that brought the Kechara organisation, friends and families, the local community, orphanages, charity organisations and entertainers all under one roof. This event was open to the public and many responded positively.

The canopy being set up the day before the event in front of Kechara House

The canopy being set up the day before the event in front of Kechara House

The backdrop of the stage was designed and constructed by KSDS's creative teachers - Jesvin Ng, Wong Yew Kien and Ray Thing

The backdrop of the stage was designed and constructed by KSDS’s creative teachers – Jesvin Ng, Wong Yew Kien and Ray Thing

Preparatory work underway for the event

Preparatory work underway for the event

Volunteers and KSDS teachers started the preparation early

Volunteers and KSDS teachers started the preparations early

KSDS teacher helped set up the canopy

KSDS teachers helped set up the canopy

KSDS teachers and volunteers helped arranged the stalls

KSDS teachers and volunteers helped arranged the stalls

This was the second event of 2016 presented by KSDS since the Art Exhibition held on Wesak Day in May. The core team for this event was Grace Tan, Asyley Chia and Jayce Goh who laboured for months to seek sponsorship, source for merchandise and oversee preparations. Like the saying “The value of sunrise is known to people who were in the darkness”, those who worked hard for the event enjoyed the fruits most and that was to see participants benefit from it.

Core team member Grace Tan finally has a break

Core team member Grace Tan finally has a break

Core team member Asyley Chia hanging an event banner at a strategic location weeks before the event

Core team member Asyley Chia hanging an event banner at a strategic location weeks before the event

Core team member Jayce Goh and her contented smile

Core team member Jayce Goh and her contented smile

Food @ The Bazaar

The Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar was held outside Kechara House at SunwayMas Commercial Centre in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. There were 43 stalls of goodies that were either subsidised or fully funded by local businesses and the community. In support of the charity event, they contributed a variety of goodies, ranging from sizzling local hawker food to branded children’s fashion gear. Besides having the kind sponsors, over 40 volunteers proactively offered their time to make the event a success. Some of the external volunteers were of different faiths but supported this good cause anyway as they acknowledged no boundaries in doing good work.

An ample variety of food choices were made available that night:

Mooncakes

  • Vegetarian mooncakes fully sponsored by Kechara Oasis
  • Shanghai mooncakes fully sponsored by Grace Tan
  • Proceeds from Yu Ai mooncakes were partially donated to Kechara by Jane from Yu Ai

Street Foods

  • Vegetarian Hand Rolls and Sushi Boxes fully sponsored by Eric Tan of Ric Sushi
  • Popiah and Rojak fully sponsored by Kelly Tay, Wanda Daly, Loraine Yong, Doris Ong, Lim Joo Kheng, Goh Tiang Yong and Adrian Poon
  • Fried Meehoon and Fried Rice fully sponsored by Philip Loh
  • Fried Meehoon and Fried Rice for orphans fully sponsored by Lynn Lew
  • Fried Meehon fully sponsored by Tai Ah Kheong
  • Fried Radish Cakes fully sponsored by Lee Geit Hong
  • Mee Mamak fully sponsored by Kechara Oasis

Fresh Fruit

  • Jackfruit fully sponsored by Eric Chan from Dulai Fruits
  • Pomelo fully sponsored by Yoke Peng

Snacks

  • Crackers, Tibetan Tingmo, Momo, Shabalay and pickled green papaya fully sponsored by Kechara Oasis
  • Nasi Pulut fully sponsored by Wong Gan Mooi @ Wong Li Moy
  • Herbal Eggs fully sponsored by Chin Sook Guan
  • Bread fully sponsored by Diem Café
  • Homemade Cupcakes fully sponsored by Kwek Siew Hong and Reese Thon

Beverages

  • Cocomax fully sponsored by Daniel Yong of Starkiss Food Corp
  • Bottled Mineral Water fully sponsored by Mr Seow of Tai Tong
  • Lemongrass Juice fully sponsored by Kechara Oasis
  • Packet Soya Bean Milk fully sponsored by Jess Loke
  • Dilem Orange Juice fully sponsored by Daniel Yong of Starkiss Food Corp
  • Proceeds from the sales of Nutrigen were partially donated to Kechara by Chak Lee Huey and Tee Shin Shin

Desserts

  • Ice-cream fully sponsored by Hayden Yap
  • Cendol fully sponsored by Kelly Tay, Wanda Daly, Loraine Yong, Doris Ong, Lim Joo Kheng, Goh Tiang Yong and Adrian Poon
  • Durian Balls fully sponsored by Daniel Yong of Starkiss Food Corp
  • Pudding fully sponsored by Tay Mei Ling
  • Pumpkin Sago fully sponsored by Cheng Yeok Kue

Frozen/Dried foods

  • Sunflower Thai Fragrant Rice in 5kg bags fully sponsored by Ms Lai from YHL Trading
  • Dried Yellow Noodles fully sponsored by Hong Fresh Noodles Specialist
  • Frozen SK Paratha fully sponsored by Daniel Yong of Starkiss Food Corp
  • Vegetarian Burger Patties fully sponsored by Hearty Choice
  • Flowering Tea fully sponsored by Yeo Kwai Gin of Kedai Ubat Aw Kah Yan
  • Proceeds from the sales of Tai Tong biscuits, vegetarian instant noodles and 3-in-1 instant coffee were partially donated to Kechara by Tai Tong
Vegetarian Sushi and Hand Rolls

Vegetarian Sushi and Hand Rolls

Yu Ai mooncake

Yu Ai mooncakes

Kechara Oasis mooncake

Kechara Oasis mooncakes

Pomelos fresh from Tambun, Perak

Pomelos fresh from Tambun, Perak

Volunteers came early to arrange merchandise at the stalls

Volunteers came early to arrange merchandise at the stalls

Volunteer attending to a guest

A volunteer attending to a guest

Pastor Adeline with a young volunteer from KSDS and her friends

Pastor Adeline with a young volunteer from KSDS and her friends

 

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Shopping @ The Bazaar

Fashion and Accessories

  • Children’s shoes and branded apparel sponsored by Lim Boon Seang
  • Soft toys sponsored by Evon Law Chew Ching and Cheah Xin Ying
  • Lip balm, mosquito soothing balm and repellent balm produced and sponsored by Grace Tan
  • Knitting products sponsored by Heidi Chia Wai Yen
  • Handbags sponsored by William Chua
  • Mens shoes sponsored by William Chua
Volunteers getting ready for the event

Volunteers getting ready for the event

Balloons sponsor Hankidz inflating the balloons

Balloon sponsor Hankidz inflating the balloons

All merchandise neatly arranged by volunteers

All merchandise neatly arranged by volunteers

Photographers and videographers getting reading for the event, led by KSDS's main photographer Loh Kwai Yee

Photographers and videographers getting reading for the event, led by KSDS’s main photographer Loh Kwai Yee

Learning and Development

  • Balloons sponsored by Hankidz
  • Childrens Story Books sponsored by Crystal
  • Furry Tails Pet House
One of the Hankidz team members offering a balloon to a guest

One of the Hankidz team members offering a balloon to a guest

The team from Hankidz getting ready to entertain the kids

The team from Hankidz getting ready to entertain the kids

Cute furry animals made an appearance at the Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar

Cute furry animals made an appearance at the Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar

Charity Booths

  • House of Joy Puchong
  • Rumah Shalom
  • Single Mother Association
  • Tong Shin Senior Citizen Care Centre
  • Yayasan Sunbeams Home
  • Kechara Soup Kitchen
  • Malaysian Chinese Women Entrepreneurs Foundation
  • Peekaboo Creative Academy
Children from Yayasan Sunbeams Home arriving at the event

Children from Yayasan Sunbeams Home arriving at the event

Children from Yayasan Sunbeams Home wait in anticipation for the performance to start

Children from Yayasan Sunbeams Home wait in anticipation for the performance to start

Guests fill up the seats

Guests fill up the seats

Activities at the bazaar warming up

Activities at the bazaar warming up

More and more guests arrive and purchase coupons

More and more guests arrive and purchase coupons

Volunteers busy attending to the guests

Volunteers busy attending to the guests

Food stall volunteers preparing local delights for the crowd

Food stall volunteers preparing local delights for the crowd

Others

  • Helium gas balloons sponsored by Yew Peng Thiam
  • Proceeds from the sale of Buddhist offering items were donated to Kechara by Kechara Paradise
  • Proceeds from the sale of flower arrangements, posies and soft toys were donated to Kechara by Kechara Blooms
  • Lantern and candles sets sponsored by Lee Ser Wor and Sharon Ong
Beautiful items from Kechara Paradise

Beautiful items from Kechara Paradise

Lovely merchandise from Kechara Blooms

Lovely merchandise from Kechara Blooms

Foil balloons add a festive flair to the event

Foil balloons add a festive flair to the event

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Performances

The Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar was not just a charity bazaar but also an event designed to bring awareness to the less fortunate. As students of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and inspired by Rinpoche’s compassion for all sentient beings, KSDS reached out with sponsorship to the less fortunate from Yayasan Sunbeams Home, Single Mother Association, House of Joy Puchong, Tong Shin Senior Citizen Care Centre and Rumah Shalom.

The event attracted an estimated 600 people and proved to be a good platform to raise awareness amongst the public of the less fortunate and of the good work of Kechara. The team invited Yayasan Sunbeams Home to join in the fun and offered the Yayasan’s children a platform to showcase their talents with their stage performance that night. The event’s entertainment and performances were provided by Yayasan Sunbeams Home, Peekaboo Creative Academy, Hankidz and Bailamos dance team.

Young volunteers proactively serving guests

Young volunteers proactively serving guests

A young volunteer promoting healthy dry noodle to guests

A young volunteer promoting healthy dry noodle to guests

A young volunteer confidently explaining the products to guests who were interested

A young volunteer confidently explaining the products to guests who were interested

Can anyone answer riddles in both English and Mandarin that were on the colourful lanterns?

Can anyone answer riddles in both English and Mandarin that were on the colourful lanterns?

Who can resist the all-time favourite local delight, Rojak?

Who can resist the all-time favourite local delight, Rojak?

The sizzling hot fried radish cake was a must-try

The sizzling hot fried radish cake was a must-try

Make the right choice with healthy vegetarian gourmet food

Make the right choice with healthy vegetarian gourmet food

Ice cream, anyone?

Ice cream, anyone?

Is it time for dessert yet?

Is it time for dessert yet?

Very dedicated young volunteers from KSDS offering their time and energy to make the event a success

Dedicated young volunteers from KSDS offering their time and energy to make the event a success

Core member of the organising committee, Grace Tan, with her friend and children

Core member of the organising committee, Grace Tan, with her friend and children

How may I help you?

How may I help you?

Time to get some mooncakes

Time to get some mooncakes

Event Schedule

  • 6:00pm Opening Speech by Head of Kechara Sunday Dharma School
  • 6:15pm Opening Ceremony
  • 6:20pm Salsa Performance by Bailamos Dance Team
  • 6:30pm Fan Dance by Peekaboo Creative Academy
  • 6:35pm Dance by Peekaboo Creative Academy
  • 6:40pm Musical Dance by Peekaboo Creative Academy
  • 6:45pm Performance by Yayasan Sunbeams Home
  • 6:50pm Kids K Pop by Peekaboo Creative Academy
  • 6:55pm Dance by Peekaboo Creative Academy
  • 7:00pm Kids Hip Hop by Peekaboo Creative Academy
  • 7:05pm Performance by Yayasan Sunbeams Home
  • 7:10pm Kids Latin Dance by Peekaboo Creative Academy
  • 7:15pm Teen Hip Hop Dance by Peekaboo Creative Academy
  • 7:30pm Magic Show and Story Telling by Hankidz
  • 8:35pm Lantern Parade Preparations
  • 8:45pm Lantern Parade
  • 9:30pm Lucky Draw
  • 9:45pm Closing Ceremony
  • 10:00pm Good Night
Children and adults anxiously waiting for the performances to start

Children and adults anxiously waiting for the performances to start

Professional photographers take their positions to shoot and record the exciting performances

Professional photographers take their positions to shoot and record the exciting performances

First, opening speech by Head of KSDS, Pastor Adeline Woon

First, opening speech by Head of KSDS, Pastor Adeline Woon

It was with honour to have Datuk May, President of Kechara House, to officiate the opening ceremony

It was an honour to have Datuk May Phng, the President of Kechara House, officiating the opening ceremony

The energetic trio who were the Masters of Ceremony for the night, from left: Lee Lin Mun, Apple Ang Xia Shi, Alvin Lai Yee Weng

The energetic trio who were the Masters of Ceremony for the night, from left: Lee Lin Mun, Apple Ang Xia Shi, Alvin Lai Yee Weng

First performance of the night by the professional Bailamos Dance Team

First performance of the night by the professional Bailamos Dance Team

Fan Dance by Peekaboo Creative Academy

Fan Dance by Peekaboo Creative Academy

Performance by Yayasan Sunbeams Home

Performance by Yayasan Sunbeams Home

Behind the scene of the musical performance

Behind the scenes of the musical performance

Dance performance by Yayasan Sunbeams Home

Dance performance by Yayasan Sunbeams Home

Kids Hip Hop by Peekaboo Creative Academy

Kids Hip Hop by Peekaboo Creative Academy

Musical dance by Peekaboo Creative Academy

Musical dance by Peekaboo Creative Academy

A bustling Kechara House front desk

A bustling Kechara House front desk

Luke Chong, professional videographer of Six Studio & Video Studio, volunteering his skills at the event

Luke Chong, professional videographer of Six Studio & Video Studio, volunteering his skills at the event

Many guests and parents taking photos of the performance

Many guests and parents taking photos of the performance

Kids Hip Hop by Peekaboo Creative Academy

Kids Hip Hop by Peekaboo Creative Academy

Kids Latin Dance by Peekaboo Creative Academy

Kids Latin Dance by Peekaboo Creative Academy

Magic Show and Story Telling by Hankidz

Magic Show and Story Telling by Hankidz

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Fun-filled Activities

Despite the thunderstorm that hit at 5 o’clock in the evening, the event drew a huge crowd including walk-ins. Most were there to support a good cause while others were attracted by the great buys and good products on offer at the bazaar. It was truly an enjoyable night for both children and adults with live performances, delicious hot sizzling food, the lantern parade and the chance to be part of a larger meaningful activity.

Pastor Adeline Woon with the MCs of the night

Pastor Adeline Woon with the emcees of the night

Pastor Henry, President of Kechara Soup Kitchen, giving out goody bags to children from Yayasan Sunbeam Home on behalf of KSDS

Pastor Henry, President of Kechara Soup Kitchen, giving out goody bags to children from Yayasan Sunbeam Home

Lantern parade, a time to foster closer parent-child relationships

The lantern parade, a time to foster closer parent-child relationships

Children get ready to parade their lanterns

Children get ready to parade their lanterns

Everyone joined in the lantern parade

Everyone joined in the lantern parade

Pastor Adeline Woon, Grace Tan (far right), Mr and Mrs Daniel Yong of Starkiss Food Corp

Pastor Adeline Woon and Grace Tan (far right) with Mr and Mrs Daniel Yong of Starkiss Food Corp

A certificate was given to Luke Chong of Six Studio & Video Studio as a small token of appreciation for their generosity

A certificate was given to Luke Chong of Six Studio & Video Studio as a small token of appreciation for their generosity

"Don't wait for the light. Be the light." -- His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

“Don’t wait for the light. Be the light.” — His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

Drum roll for the lucky draw

Drum roll for the lucky draw

Second prize lucky draw winners

Second prize lucky draw winners

Giving out more goods donated by the kind sponsors to Yayasan Sunbeams Home

Giving out more goods donated by kind sponsors to Yayasan Sunbeams Home

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Food Giving

That was not the end! Specially-packed food from the bazaar was donated to Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) to be distributed to the homeless as part of KSK’s routine food run, right after the event on that night itself. The items were:

  • 57 packs of jackfruit were added to the food distribution run on the Cahaya Suria route
  • 93 cupcakes and muffins were added to the food distribution run in the Segi College and Chow Kit areas
  • 79 boxes of fried noodles and “kuih” were specially delivered to the homeless at the Chow Kit area, as well as security guards and cleaners at Damansara Perdana, Tesco Mutiara and BU11 areas
It has been a weekly routine for Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) to distribute food every Saturday midnight

It has been a weekly routine for Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) to distribute food every Saturday midnight

KSK volunteers ready to distribute food to the homeless at Cahaya Suria route

KSK volunteers ready to distribute food to the homeless on the Cahaya Suria route

Volunteer checking the streets to ensure homeless clients receive food

A volunteer patrols the streets to ensure homeless clients receive food

Volunteer unpacks boxes of homemade food

A volunteer unpacks boxes of homemade food

Volunteer diligently ensuring that everyone receives their share of food

A volunteer diligently ensuring that everyone receives their share of food

The day after the event, the KSDS team and volunteer parents of KSDS students did not lax in the prevailing mood of benevolence. Together with KSK, the team delivered donated merchandise to homes in need. The team wanted to carry out Rinpoche’s mission of kindness and generosity towards the homeless and less fortunate. The donated merchandise included close to 100 5kg bags of rice, a few hundred packets of yellow dried noodles, cartons of vegetarian cup noodles, bread, cartons of mooncakes, cartons of soya bean milk, mineral water, biscuits, coffee and toys. The recipients of this distribution were:

  • Tong Shin Senior Citizen Care Centre in Kuala Lumpur that houses around 60 senior citizens including those with critical illnesses. Some of these old people have been abandoned by their families because they were unable to pay the hospital bills. They came to live in Tong Shin Senior Citizen Care Centre after the hospital contacted them to care for these abandoned old people.
  • House of Joy, a Christian centre in Puchong that is run by Lesley and the children. They have three homes in the Klang Valley area and one near Karak. In total, the four homes care for over 80 children and more than 20 senior citizens, including disabled folk.
A full load of goodies ready to be distributed to people in need

A full load of goodies ready to be distributed to people in need

A wonderful collaboration between KSDS and KSK

A wonderful collaboration between KSDS and KSK

Getting ready to unload these goodies for people in need

Getting ready to unload these goodies for people in need

  • Pertubuhan Ibu Tunggak Semarak Kasih Selangor in Klang that has over 30 children in its care. The children housed here are from single parents who needed a place to care for the children while they work to earn a living, without having to worry about their children’s safety.
  • Rumah Shalom in Puchong, run by Christian Pastor Arun who cares for a total of 40 orphans.
A group picture after distribution is done at Tong Shin Senior Citizens Car

A group picture after distribution is done at Tong Shin Senior Citizens Care Centre

Volunteers help unload the food from the truck

Volunteers help unload the food from the truck

The core team and the house assistant before leaving Pertubuhan Ibu Tunggak Semarak Kasih Selangor in Klang

The core team and the house assistant at Pertubuhan Ibu Tunggak Semarak Kasih Selangor in Klang

Everyone happily working under hot sun for charity

Everyone happily working under the hot sun for charity

A happy group photo after food distribution at Rumah Shalom

A happy group photo after food distribution at Rumah Shalom

Happy faces after the team distributed food at House of Joy

Happy faces after the team distributed food at House of Joy

 

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Special Thanks

The team worked very hard to make the Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar and food distribution a success. Some of them took a leave of absence from work to plan and execute this event and were fortunate to be supported by understanding colleagues at work. The team is very grateful and appreciative of each and every contribution from benevolent members of society.

The organising committee would like to give special thanks to all sponsors who took the time and effort to be part of this event. Heartfelt gratitude goes to:

  • Absolute Thai
  • Bailamos Dance Team
  • Hankidz Kids Leadership Coaching
  • Hong Fresh Noodles Specialist Sdn. Bhd.
  • Kechara Oasis
  • Peekaboo Creative Academy
  • Pulpa’s Malaysia Tropical Fruits
  • Ric Sushi
  • SK Kitchen
  • Syarikat Perniagaan Tai Tong
  • YHL Goup
  • Yu Ai Food Industries Sdn. Bhd.
  • Ms Heidi Chia
  • Mr Philip Loo
  • Ms Teoh Yoke Peng
  • Mr Thoo Chee Yoon

The team would also like to extend their sincere appreciation to generous donors who contributed directly to facilitate the setup and launching of the Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar. They are:

1. Mr & Mrs Too 2. U R My Pet House Sdn. Bhd. 3. Frankie Poon
4. Lee Lin Mun 5. Yong Mei Lan, Loh Kwai Chee, Chak Lee Huey, Tee Shin Shin, H’ng Lee Cheng 6. Lee Ser Wor
7. Zoe Lee 8. Grace Lai 9. Tan Li Chin
10. Wong Soo Moy 11. Lew Pui San 12. Angel Chong
13. Dorothy 14. Owen Chen 15. Elaine
16. Grace Tan 17. Lim Boon Seang 18. Lin Yok Kong
19. Amelia Ong 20. Julie Cheng 21. Anonymous
22. Chan Lee Quen 23. Sia Chiu Duan 24. Jean How
25. Michelle Lee 26. Anonymous 27. Tan Ray Liam

Not forgetting Kechara Soup Kitchen, Kechara Paradise and Kechara Blooms for participating in the event. Lastly, the team is grateful to have Kechara House’s continuous support in making arrangements to allow for the event to take place smoothly. Most of the all, the team would like to thank Rinpoche for instilling in all Kecharians a precious sense of duty to care for the less fortunate and to practise Dharma through our actions transcending race, creed and religion.

Volunteers behind the scenes

Volunteers behind the scenes

Happy family gathered at the bazaar and had a good time

Happy family had a good time at the bazaar

Children from Yayasan Sunbeam Home enjoying their food

Children from Yayasan Sunbeam Home enjoying their food

Hankidz balloons are one of the popular items at the bazaar

Hankidz balloons were one of the popular items at the bazaar

 

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Addendum

Kechara House Buddhist Association Malaysia, founded by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, believes in the importance of unity and harmony, and therefore continuously strives to give back to society in various forms and ways. Stay tuned for more exciting events from Kechara, or visit us at:

Kechara House
No. 7, Jalan PJU 1/3G,
SunwayMas Commercial Centre,
47301 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor, Malaysia

Tel: +603 7803 3908
Fax: +603 7803 3108
Email: care@kechara.com

Opening Hours
Monday – Wednesday: 1pm – 10pm
Thursday & Friday: 1pm – 6pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 9am to 1pm

Kechara Forest Retreat
Lot 3189, Jalan Chamang
Bentong, Pahang.
Read more about KFR here.

A guest amused by one of the performances

A guest amused by one of the performances

KSDS parents and children attending in support of the event

KSDS parents and children attending in support of the event

Happy balloon, happy boy

Happy balloon, happy boy

KSDS teacher with her student

KSDS teacher with her student

KSDS teachers demonstrated teamwork

KSDS teachers demonstrated teamwork

Dedicated, caring and loving KSDS teachers

Dedicated, caring and loving KSDS teachers

Core team members Grace Tan and Asyley Chia with the MCs of the night

Core team members Grace Tan and Asyley Chia with the emcees of the night

A big and happy group photo

A big and happy group photo

 

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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 24, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Thank you to Pastor Adeline and all volunteers, organisations who could turn a cultural event to an event that focused on services and giving. Looking forward to more events from Kechara that are centered around being more conscious to the needs of the community.

  2. Pastor Antoinette on Nov 12, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Wow! This is a beautiful event with so many people coming together to bring happiness to those less fortunate. The many pictures tell how much fun everyone had. Many kind people have invested their time and resources for something meaningful. I rejoice very much for everyone.

    Thank you Rinpoche, Pastor Adeline, KSDS teachers and the many volunteers and sponsors for making this possible.

  3. Edwin Tan on Nov 10, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Thank you Pastor Adeline for the wonderful write up of the happenings on Mid Autumn night.

    Tremendous great efforts by the teachers of KSDS and all the volunteers to make the event a successful one.

    It is always in these times of great meanings that we should be thinking of giving back to society. Usually when everyone is happily celebrating, there are many who are forgotten.. I am really happy to see how great people from Kechara give back to community by planning such a special event.

    All the food, fun, activities, and even give aways at the end of it for KSK runs.

    Truly momentous night for those who attended… thank you!

  4. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 9, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    In the Muhhibah style celebration of the Lantern Festival at Kechara House, tradition opens up to the lovely spirit of giving. On this occasion, the Mooncake and Lantern Festival, which had always been a cultural tradition of family reunions, was transformed into a charity bazaar, and the less fortunate were invited to share in the joy and excitement of the event. Children from the Yayasan Sunbeam Home were invited to participate in the evening’s fun performances as well as carry the lanterns around later that evening. The evening’s main attraction was the pure bliss of the food paradise of a bazaar, with hot delicious vegetarian food served by many stalls!

    On the same night , food from the bazaar was taken to be distributed to the homeless on Kechara Soup Kitchen’s food distribution round of Cahaya Suria. The next day, with the help of Kechara Soup Kitchen, the Kechara Sunday Dharma School teachers and volunteers went on a round of distribution of food supplies to various Homes for the disadvantaged.

    Kudos to Pastor Adeline and the teachers of the Kechara Sunday Dharma School (for kids) for their hard work, team spirit and initiative, planning so far ahead of time, to ensure the success of the Lantern Festival Charity bazaar.

  5. Joy Kam on Nov 9, 2016 at 4:13 am

    Beautiful to see Malaysians from all walks of life, young and old coming together in harmony to enjoy an ancient Chinese celebration. But what’s most important and wonderful is the how the team got together and made this a positive festival of giving back to the community!

    It goes to show that when we work together in harmony for a common goal, anything is possible. What more when the motivation is set right to bring happiness to others, it can only result into happiness in return. I see many exhausted looking faces but in the end satisfied, fulfilled and happy – a kind of happiness that reinforces positive energy of a caring compassionate conscientious attitude. And this positive light can be passed on to others, to a community, and then passed on to expand in a society, and then a whole nation and eventually the whole world. This is my visualisation of how kindness and compassion can expand. I am sure this is possible but it definitely has to start somewhere first, from a simple act, a simple gesture, a simple event… like this colourful lantern festival.

    So bravo and truly rejoice to the team and all those who made this a truly beautiful and meaningful Lantern or Mid-Autumn Festival!

  6. TekLee on Nov 9, 2016 at 1:29 am

    Thank you Rinpoche or sharing this article. Rejoice to the main organizers who get the whole event running smoothly. Rejoice to all the teachers of KSDS who make the whole event happened! This is indeed a very meaningful event. Despite moon cake festival is a Chinese traditional festival, the most memorable one is the smile on those children’s face. It’s so heart warming. Other than arranging the children from the orphanage to join the event, we could actually sponsor the coupons for the children to buy food in the event. The event even brought forward to the next day where Pastor Adeline, Justin and the parents deliver the food to the orphanage and some homes. This event had doubled the meaning and double the joy. Chinese festival is usually celebrate with family. But for those unfortunate one, we celebrate with them to make them feel warm and happy. To celebrate festival is indeed important, but to bring happiness to the unfortunate one, to put a smile on their face in this special festival, is indeed priceless. The feeling we got is indescribable. Thank you again Rinpoche for the article and most importantly, the festival 🙂 _/\_

  7. Uncle Eddie on Nov 8, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    A very hearty congratulations to the Organising Committee of KSDS, volunteers, guests and helpers of all young and old for such a successful, happy and well-organised Lantern Festival of 2016 held at Kechara House. It was said to be indeed a very well enjoyable occassion for both children and aldults, which was supported by many walk-ins too, who have showed a good compassionate cause for the great buys of so many interesting products for charity. It was said to be a truly fun-filled charity of activities for one and all, who participated! This is indeed great team-work well done!

  8. shelly tai on Nov 8, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Rejoice for all the volunteers and KSDS teacher who involved in this meaning event keep up the good work continue to host more event to the public in order to create awareness about Kechara .

  9. Echeah on Nov 8, 2016 at 1:31 am

    Kudos to the KSDS and volunteers for a job well done. It’s wonderful to see kids with happy faces.

    Lantern festival is very cultural. It’s not celebrated in a big way by families these days but usually observed just for the kids’ enjoyment. I remember that as kids, we looked forward every year to go to Petaling Street to choose our brand new lanterns made of colourful cellophane. We would light the candles after dinner and walk around the huge hospital compound in the dark, at the same time being very scared of our surroundings, as you know, the nurses tell you all kinds of stories about hospitals and night time. We used to live in the hospital as my mother was the Matron of the hospital. Those were the happiest times of my life and I recall them so vividly in my mind.

    I look back in time past with a kind of sadness. Nothing will bring them back, loved ones, youth, happy times, people, old house, garden, familiar faces faded into the distance. Nothing lasts.

  10. Justin Cheah on Nov 8, 2016 at 12:39 am

    This is a great event to be honest. Many were involved to do hold this event successfully. What i love the most is when they also cared for the less fortunates and homeless by extending the donated items to all who needed it. Great team work and effort! Kudos to all involved!

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  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jan 23. 2017 09:46 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this contest to create awareness on the plight of our dinner, before they ended up on our plate. The meat that ended up on our dinner plates are not some chemically produced lifeless “thing”. They are animals who have feelings, can feel pain and suffer a great deal under unhygienic environment, probably able to feel more than us for that matter. This is a fact. We should not ignore it and blindfold our conscious by pretending that the meat we are consuming led a happy life and died peacefully before they ended up on our plate. Do our part by contributing to less suffering for the animals. Go vegetarian.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/win-a-manjushri-statue.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jan 23. 2017 09:23 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Jan 23. 2017 05:52 PM
    The Tibetan government in exile in North India (CTA) has in their laws and charters that if you practice Dorje Shugden as your spiritual path:

    1. You are not allowed in Tibetan hospitals.
    2. Your children are not allowed in Tibetan schools.
    3. You may not join in community events in the refugee communities throughout India.
    4. You may not work in any jobs provided by Tibetan govt even if you are qualified within India.
    5. You are not allowed to attend any public talks by the Dalai Lama even secular in nature. You are checked for ID at the door claiming it’s for security.
    6. They restrict your travel by taking extra lengths to complicate issuing you proper papers.
    7. During public speeches, they denigrade the deity Dorje Shugden in order to have public opinion turned against those who practice Dorje Shugden.
    8. They create videos, documentaries and books ‘advertising’ Dorje Shugden as a bad deity. But they call this ‘advice’ only. They allocate much needed funds towards materials with ‘evidence’ that Dorje Shugden is harmful. What kind of government fund campaigns against a particular religion?
    9. They bar/expel you from from entering monasteries based on the fact you practice Dorje Shugden.
    10. Because they have received international pressure and was embarassed, they do not directly restrict you from the practice of Dorje Shugden but produce materials to speak against this faith isolating individuals who continue from the community.
    11. They have smear campaigns funded by the CTA’s Dept of Information & International Relations on social media to destroy the reputation of certain Tibetan teachers who continue to practice Dorje Shugden.
    12. They villify Dorje Shugden practitoners as people who are against Tibetan freedom, Tibetan culture and conveniently called them China spies and violent. This is part of their campaign. Why would China pay anyone to pray to Dorje Shugden? I do not know about others, but I receive no payment for my spiritual practice of Dorje Shugden from any individual, organization or government. I am accused of this as a smear campaign to silence me. But prove clearly that I receive payment from any govt or organization for my practice of Dorje Shugden. If you cannot prove it but continue to say so, then it’s an organized smear campaign from the Dept of Information & International Relations of the CTA in Dharamsala for what they see as defiance when it’s really religious freedom.
    13. Tibetan government in exile has been known to encourage the crowd to harm Dorje Shugden practitioners by posting ‘wanted’ posters of well known and defiant Dorje Shugden practitoners in the 24 refugee communities throughout India.
    14. Whatever donations, gifts, items, help given to the Tibetan govt, their hospitals, Monasteries, schools, individuals by Dorje Shugden practitioners prior to the ban against Dorje Shugden in 1996 has not been refunded or returned. Many Dorje Shugden practitioners including myself have made substantial donations to many sectors of the Tibetan refugee communities and monasteries and all items and monies have not been returned. If Dorje Shugden practitioners are bad, why keep their donations and gifts but restrict their presence?

    I have nothing against Tibet, Tibetans or His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In fact I wish His Holiness long life and health always. I have never said in speech or print any negative word against His Holiness the Dalai Lama. But this ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners is unfair, undemocratic and against human rights. It must be addressed, revoked and removed. It is creating a huge rift within Tibetan communities where we need to be united to preserve our culture, religion and way of life around the world. Whether an individual wishes to practice Dorje Shugden or not is up to the individual, but there should be no restrictions or prejudice created by CTA for engaging in this practice. Now in the 21st century, only in the Tibetan communities lead by CTA, there is heavy religious discrimination. But some find it hard to believe because it does not match the reputation of the Dalai Lama in which the CTA is under. If there is no ban and systematic controlled and funded tyranny against Dorje Shugden practitioners like myself, why should I speak up or say these things? I have no gains to speak up if it was not true. There are thousands of other individuals who can attest to all I have said and much proof to find even on the internet. This systematic tyranny against the fundamental human right of religious choice to practice Dorje Shugden must stop before it creates more damage to individuals and groups and at the same time bringing down the reputation of the CTA or Tibetan govt in exile headquartered in Dharamsala, North India as backward and tyrannical.

    Tsem Rinpoche
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  • sonnytan
    Monday, Jan 23. 2017 01:37 PM
    sonny tan on Jan 23, 2017 at 1:33 pm
    Hello jeff Weegee, you came here to insult our guru and claimed that he gets monetary support from China without any documentary,evidential, bullet proof and solid evidence. In the eyes of the learned criminal court judges this statement itself is very defamatory and you can be sued for character assasination and defamation. However, you are not very smart enough thinking that by coming here and abusing our kind guru’s nature and forgiving heart with such nonsensical unproven lies he will not institute further action. It only means that you wantonly and deliberately wants to hurt my guru’s good name thinking that by saying the above he will not retaliate but I beg to differ as you will never know what his students have in store for people of loose characters. We may not be as forgiving as our guru because you intentionally wants to ruin my guru’s reputation and that itself is an urgent call for us to defend him when viciously attacked. We will vehemently pursue such unproven accusations without repose and put to rest all these once and for all and eventually let justice prevails
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 22. 2017 06:05 PM
    Yes it is time to worry for sure if we are not doing anything to protect our earth , environment and animals .There’s the threat that climate change will do more harm.One recent study found that as temperatures rise over the next century.Marine life of dolphins , leatherback sea turtles and so forth are affected .Sooner or later they will be extnct due to global warming. .Scientists discovered environmental pollution can cause human fertility.
    Human activity, including over fishing, unsustainable agriculture, a dramatic loss in natural habitats, and—of course—climate change are to be blamed. Hence it is indeed a time to worry and put in more effort to protect our environment and earth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this informative article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/is-it-time-to-worry.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 22. 2017 03:27 PM
    The global warming has become alarming and at risks. Arctic drilling could speed up global warming and harm endangered wildlife in the Arctic. Its good that former US President Obama ban offshore drilling untill 2022. Even though this ban only last for five years it is at least protected. With the new President Trump ,i do hope he won’t withdrew global effort to reduce fossil fuel emission and hoping that more people are aware of what happening to the arctic .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article and videos too.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/offshore-drilling-in-arctic-banned.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2017 08:47 PM
    It is very sad that the effect of pollution and rubbish is getting worse. All of us are living in this world and have the responsibilities to take care of our environment. We can stop all this by starting from our self. Always be mindful, throw rubbish in the right place and use more recycle items.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/plastic-pollution-in-deep-sea-is-alarming.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2017 08:33 PM
    Kaizen practise is a good method to start training our mind to push ourselves and do something new everyday for 1 minute. Because it start with 1 minute, we would not have reason to not do it. Once we started to learn something new and continuously doing it, we will get use to and improve it further.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-one-minute-method-for-overcoming-laziness.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 10:38 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness and compassion and also the support team to have this short prayer translated into Tibetan language. This is great to let more people from different countries and races to read this wonderful prayer to Dorje Shugden.

    May everyone be blessed by Dorje Shugden and able to meet a qualified guru to learn and practice dharma for the benefit of others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-short-prayer-to-dorje-shugden-tibetan.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 08:33 PM
    Beautiful, inspiring and so touching story…. of Alvaro Munera a former bullfighter. He is a real hero who learned his lesson through reason and thinking.That is really great of him and even campaigning against bullfighting.He accepted his faith and realized that animals do have feelings too.Not to harm them but to protect them.
    Thank you Rinpoche foe sharing such a touching story
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-not-miss-this-so-touching.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 07:50 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing Its alarming that plastic pollution has already reached deep oceans which has negatively affecting deep sea animals.The researchers found inside the deep sea animals were polyester, nylon and acrylic.That is bad enough causing ingestion in deep sea animals, such as sea cucumbers, hermit crabs and squat lobsters .Sooner or later they are becoming extinct due to all these plastic pollution. Deep sea animals have the freedom to live too. Do hope all of us take responsibility to care for the environment. Attitude and educating ourselves and sharing with others on the best and safest ways of disposal of rubbish will be wonderful.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/plastic-pollution-in-deep-sea-is-alarming.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 04:33 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. It is so sad to learn about the negative impact of our human lifestyle and usage on the animals living in deep sea. Nothing on this Earth can escape our influence because we are a member and a crucial one for all intent and purposes, of this big ecosystem call Earth. I hope through these discoveries and learning, it will awaken our conscious to do something to preserve Earth.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/plastic-pollution-in-deep-sea-is-alarming.html#comments
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 04:21 PM
    It is wonderful to learn about the Yayasan Kechara Indonesia team’s effort in fundraising by conquering Mt Rinjani. It is also very meaningful to find out the members of this hike overcome personal and physical limitation to reach the peak. “…thinking Instead of just letting life throw random challenges at me, I should go ahead and provide myself with truly meaningful challenges.” Rejoice and well done! Thank you for this sharing, Valentina.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/guess-what-we-did-on-mt-rijani.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 12:28 AM
    Taking baby steps to train up our consistency and persistency is really a cool innovation from the traditional “cold turkey” approach. Since this is a trust and proven method, we should give it a try and conquer one of our limitation. Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-one-minute-method-for-overcoming-laziness.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 12:22 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. Great to be informed of this alternative that deters insects and rodents from getting too intimate with us. The smell of mint is really nice and it has many benefits to our human body too. Hence, it will be a good idea to add mint leaves into our grocery shopping list.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/try-this-to-repel-insects-in-your-house.html

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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
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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
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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
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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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.
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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
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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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
2 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?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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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
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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
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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
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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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
4 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.
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Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
4 months ago
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
5 months ago
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
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Don\'t you love her bag? She\'s stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
Sent from Samsung tablet.
5 months ago
Sent from Samsung tablet.
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it\'s traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it's traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
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