Deepavali: The Festival of Lights

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Deepavali (also known as Diwali in many other countries) is a widely celebrated festival in Indian communities around the world, such as the Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and the Nepalese Newar Buddhists. It is a joyous festival of lights, where families unite on the darkest night of the year to light candles, set off fireworks, and give gifts. They celebrate the victory of good over evil, as they mark different historical events and stories.

Although the main practice relates to Rama (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) and Sita (an incarnation of his consort Lakshmi), in South India it is sometimes associated with the divine pair of Shiva-Shakti. According to the Skanda Purana, the Goddess Shakti observed austerity for 21 days, starting from the eighth day of the waxing period of the moon (the ashtami of shukla paksha) to get half of the body of Lord Shiva. This vow of austerity is known as kedhara vrata.

Goddess Shakti

Goddess Shakti is worshiped in many forms, most commonly the Nava Durga, or the Nine Durgas. Click to enlarge.

Deepavali marks the final day of this austerity, also known as kedhara gauri vrata, to mark the day Lord Shiva accepted Shakti into the left half of his form and appeared as Ardhanarishvara. Ardent devotees observe this 21-day vrata by making a kalasha with 21 threads on it, and give 21 types of offerings for 35 days.

The Goddess Shakti is also known as Amma (meaning ‘mother’) in south India, especially in the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, which explains why some Indians in Malaysia relate Deepavali to the Goddess Shakti. Many villagers believe Shakti to be a protector, a punisher of evil people, a curer of diseases, and the one who gives welfare to the village.

 

Background

The origins of Deepavali began in the kingdom of Ayodhya, where the wise and powerful King Dasharatha lived with his three beautiful and intelligent wives, Kaushalya, Kaikeyi, and Sumitra. The King had no sons to inherit his kingdom, and together with his wives, they prayed fervently to the gods.

King Dasharatha accepting rice pudding from Agni, the god of fire. Click to enlarge.

King Dasharatha accepting rice pudding from Agni, the god of fire. Click to enlarge.

Their prayers were answered when the divine fire god Agni arose from the sacrificial flames holding a bowl of rice pudding (known as payasam in Tamil or kheer in Hindi). Agni told the king and his queens that the gods were pleased with their sacrifice, and that Vishnu himself had decided to be born on earth as their son. The queens had to divide the rice pudding between them, and in time, divine children would be born to them.

As King Dasharatha began to divide the rice pudding between his three wives, a crow swooped down and took Sumitra’s portion before she could eat it. In response, Kaushalya and Kaikeyi immediately shared their portions with Sumitra.

In time, Rama was born to Queen Kaushalya, Bharata to Queen Kaikeyi, and the twins Lakshmana and Shatrughna to Queen Sumitra. Queen Sumitra had twins because she had eaten two portions of the rice pudding. These four sons were god-given, embodiments of the great Lord Vishnu, and hence possessed beauty, power, and skill. But among the four sons, Prince Rama was the bravest, wisest, and most handsome.

Lord Vishnu and his divine consort, the goddess Lakshmi. Click to enlarge.

Lord Vishnu and his divine consort, the goddess Lakshmi. Click to enlarge.

On the day the four princes reached manhood, King Dasharatha decreed the kingdom to his eldest son Rama, to the joy of all his people except one person, Manthara. She was the hunchback servant of Queen Kaikeyi, mother to Bharatha. Manthara poisoned Queen Kaikeyi’s mind against Rama with lies, telling her that when Rama became king, he would turn against her son Bharatha and send him to exile. Manthara convinced Queen Kaikeyi to go to the king and demand that her son Bharatha be made king and to have Rama banished from the kingdom.

The king was heartbroken, but agreed because he had made a vow to Queen Kaikeyi years ago, to grant her anything she wished. Although everyone had sworn allegiance to Rama, he, his wife Sita, and his younger brother Lakshmana obediently left Ayodhya for life in the jungle. Bharata was shocked at his mother’s actions. He asked Rama for a pair of his sandals, and placed them on the throne, telling Rama that he would rule the kingdom in Rama’s name until he returned. The pair of sandals on the throne therefore became a symbol of Rama’s rule.

Left to right: Lakshmana, Sita, and Lord Rama entering exile in the jungle. Click to enlarge.

Left to right: Lakshmana, Sita, and Lord Rama entering exile in the jungle. Click to enlarge.

In the faraway island of Lanka, there lived a cruel and powerful demon king called Ravana, who had ten heads and twenty arms, and travelled through the air on a chariot pulled by man-eating mules with sharp teeth. Evil Ravana would send out his demons to torment the wise peoples of the world, to disrupt their offerings to the gods, and to make the lives of ordinary folk miserable.

When Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana arrived in this part of the world, the people greeted them joyously, and asked the princes to protect them from Ravana’s demons. And so, Rama and Lakshmana took up their weapons to fight the demonic hordes, and protected the wise men and women. The demons returned to Ravana, and reported that they had been defeated by Rama and Lakshmana.

Outraged, Ravana flew in his chariot to where the princes were living a simple life. When he saw the beautiful Sita, he decided to make her one of his wives in Lanka. He lured both Rama and Lakshmana away from the jungle hut, and then disguised himself as a harmless old man to ask for a drink from Sita. Before she could bring him a drink, Ravana scooped her up in his arms and took her to the remote island of Lanka.

Rama and Lakshmana were dismayed by Sita’s disappearance. They began searching for her, but were unsuccessful until they came across the vulture King Jetayu, lying wounded on the ground. Jetayu told them he had seen the demon king flying in his chariot, with a beautiful woman on board crying out for help. Jetayu had tried to help but was seriously wounded by Ravana.

The demon King Ravana abducting the goddess Sita

The demon King Ravana abducting the goddess Sita

Rama and Lakshmana immediately went about searching for Ravana, and they came across Sugriva, the King of the Monkeys. Sugriva and all his monkeys were eager to help and they spread out in all directions to locate Sita. One of Sugriva’s followers was the powerful monkey Hanuman, who found Sita, and as soon she was discovered, Hanuman flew down and told her he was there with Rama and Lakshmana to rescue her.

Hanuman tricked Ravana and his demons, allowing them to capture and bind him with ropes. The demons set fire to Hanuman’s tail whereupon he broke his bonds and leapt from roof to roof, setting fire to all of Lanka. Hanuman then escaped and went back to tell Rama of his discovery. Rama, Lakshmana, Hanuman and a multitude of fierce monkeys then marched towards the sea and built a bridge of rocks to cross over to Lanka to rescue Sita.

They fought Ravana for many days, overcoming many deceitful and cunning tricks that Ravana employed. Eventually, they defeated and killed him, and Rama and Sita were reunited to the loud cheers of Lakshmana, Sugriva, Hanuman, and all the monkey army. Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana then bade a fond farewell to their monkey friends and headed back to the Kingdom of Ayodhya.

All along the way, joyful people lit lamps to celebrate their triumphant victory over Ravana. The people of Ayodhya were jubilant to have Rama and Sita back, and lit candles along the path of their return. The magnificent city of Ayodhya was ablaze with light as the four princes were reunited.

Lord Rama, the goddess Sita, and Lakshmana returning to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana

Lord Rama, the goddess Sita, and Lakshmana returning to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana

Rama and Sita ascended the throne and ruled wisely for many years. To this day, Deepavali is celebrated to mark the triumphant return of Rama and Sita and the victory of good over evil, truth over ignorance, and light over darkness. Hanuman later became one of Rama’s most faithful devotees, and one of the favourite deities in Hinduism. Special prayers and pujas dedicated to Lord Hanuman are performed a day before Deepavali in North India and Gujarat. This day is known as Narak Chaturdashi, Kali Chaudash, Roop Chaturdashi, or Chaudash.

In several regions, the day before Deepavali is also believed to be the birthday of Hanuman. Lord Rama himself proclaimed that people should always worship Hanuman before they worshipped him. As the easiest way to reach Lord Rama’s feet is through Hanuman, it is only natural that people perform Hanuman’s puja before Deepavali. It must be noted here that in the majority of regions, Hanuman’s birthday, known as Hanuman Jayanti, is observed on the full moon day in the month of Chaitra, i.e. March – April.

The monkey god Hanuman

The monkey god Hanuman

On the day of Deepavali itself, special pujas and prayers are also performed to Lord Hanuman, during which sindhur (vermilion) and oil are offered to him. Hanuman is believed to give strength to fight evil spirits and inauspiciousness on this day.

 

Deepavali Celebrations in Malaysia

As with all religious festivals, Deepavali is a time for family reunions, and it is a national holiday in Malaysia. Those of the Hindu faith celebrate this festival with no expense spared. In the days leading up to Deepavali, there is lots of shopping to do for new clothes (saris), bangles, and festive decorations. There is also a lot of cooking, and families will restock their spices to make their favourite Deepavali snacks and meals in anticipation of friends who will visit and join in the festive celebrations. Little India is a popular shopping destination for these items.

Colourful paper lanterns and kolams, intricate floor designs made from coloured rice or coloured powder, are put up as decorations in homes. Diyas (oil lamps) are also lit to adorn every corner of the house on the auspicious day of Deepavali and add fervour to the festive spirit.

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Kolams

A kolam, with its myriad designs, patterns and colours, is an expression of emotion, and is commonly drawn in front of homes to welcome guests. This expression need not necessarily be religious, and sometimes can even convey social concerns. It is this emotion, however, which breathes life into what would otherwise be an empty form with no meaning.

In bygone days, hens would peck at and squirrels would lick off the rice flour used to draw the kolams. Today, stone dust is used, which has the added benefit of keeping away tiny insects. With more and more people living in high-rise buildings, a sticker may also be used in its place.

The intricate patterns and designs that are kolams began early in history. Over the centuries, drawing kolams developed into a very sophisticated art form, but in recent years, it has begun to disappear. However, they can still be seen as part of religious practices at home, and are popular in shopping malls as floor designs. A few weeks before Deepavali, beautiful kolams can be seen in Pavilion KL, The Gardens Mall, and Suria KLCC.

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Kolams

 

Clay Lamps

A diya, diyo, deya, divaa, deepa, deepam, or deepak is an oil lamp used in India and Nepal, usually made from clay, with a cotton wick dipped in ghee or vegetable oil. A diya emits light when the wick fuelled by oil burns, and temple diyas that are used to bless worshipers are referred to as aarti.

Clay diyas are often used as temporary lighting for special occasions, while diyas made from brass are permanent fixtures in homes and temples. Diyas originated from India and Nepal, and are often used in Hindu, Sikh, Jain, and Zoroastrian religious festivals, including Deepavali. A similar lamp called a butter lamp is used in Tibetan Buddhist offerings as well. In Tamil Nadu, diyas are called deepam, and are lit especially during the extended Deepavali or Karthikai Deepam.

The lit lamp is considered an auspicious symbol that wards off evil forces and ushers in prosperity and joy. These lights are kept on throughout the night, and homes are cleaned prior to the festival to welcome the Goddess Lakshmi, whom Hindus believe to be the consort of Lord Vishnu and the goddess of wealth.

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However, there is even more symbolism to the diya. Most Hindu households light a diya once every morning and in the evening. It’s not just a customary practice but signifies the submission of one’s soul to the supreme power.

The oil in the diya represents the dirt (greed, jealousy, hatred, lust) that humans tend to accumulate over the course of their lives, while the cotton wick is symbolic of the aatman (self). So in order to attain enlightenment and unite with Brahman (the supreme power), one must be rid of materialism.

Moreover, a diya also symbolises knowledge. An ignorant person often remains in the dark and is unable to follow the events happening around him. It is only when he gains some knowledge that he can realise the purpose of his existence. And hence, a diya signifies the defeat of ignorance through knowledge by giving up material desires.

The following mantra in Sanskrit highlights the importance of jyoti (light) on the path one must adopt to attain inner peace:

Asato maa sad-gamaya (Lead us from Untruth to Truth)
Tamaso maa jyotir-gamaya (From Darkness to Light)
Mrityor-maa-mritan gamaya (From Death to Immortality)
OM shaanti shaanti shaanti (OM peace, peace peace)

So, a diya is not just a decorative item but reminds one and all to give up their materialistic desires and defeat their ignorance by gaining knowledge if they wish to merge with God.

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Customary lighting of Diyas

 

Oil Baths

The abhyang snan (holy bath ritual) takes place on the first day of Deepavali, usually in the morning, to cleanse the body and soul. Since the abhyang snan is performed before sunrise, it is considered as holy as taking a bath in the river Ganges.

Such are the qualities of an abhyanga snan that some experts have suggested taking abhyang snan every day to receive its benefits, as it helps boost circulation, removes dead skin cells, softens and smoothens the skin, thoroughly cleanses the body, and calms the mind through its aromas.

The procedures of abhyang snan are as follows:

  1. Wake before sunrise
  2. Massage the entire body with a scented oil
  3. Let the oil absorb into the skin for about half an hour
  4. Apply uptan/utane/utnah (a paste of spices and gram flour) and thoroughly massage the body with this natural scrub before rinsing with water.
  5. Have a regular bath using scented soap, typically fragranced with rose or sandalwood
  6. Wear new clothes. Customarily, traditional clothes are worn such as saris, lehengas, churidar kurtas, and salwar kameez.
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Oil bath

 

Visiting Temples

Having donned new attire bought days before the festival, Hindus will then perform their prayers at home or in temples.

In Kuala Lumpur, devotees go to temples such as the Sri Subramaniyar Temple in Batu Caves. Foreigners and tourists are also welcome to visit to join in the celebrations, as well as to savour the delicacies sold by traders at the premises. In Ipoh, they have their own ‘Little India’ township where the festive mood is vibrant with visitors and colourful Deepavali decorations.

In Penang, temples along Jalan Kebun Bunga are filled with the Deepavali spirit, with the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple being the focus of the festive celebrations. As most of the shops in Little India will be closed, many people, including tourists, take the opportunity to do some sightseeing at areas such as Lebuh Queen, Lebuh Chulia, and Jalan Pasar.

Following the prayers in the temple, devotees usually return home and open their houses for families and friends to visit and get together to share and bond and enjoy festive snacks and meals. Firecrackers are also lit in celebration and to scare off evil spirits.

 

Deepavali Food

Deepavali is a vibrant, colourful, joyous celebration expressed through colour, lights, and food. About a month before the festival, women get together in each other’s kitchens in turn to make Deepavali snacks, such as Indian sweetmeats, known as mithai.

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Mithai are made from chickpea flour, rice flour, semolina, various beans, lentils and grains, squashes, carrots, mixed with thickened condensed milk or yoghurt. Cashew nuts, almonds, pistachios, sesame seeds, chirongi nuts, coconut, or raisins can be added, and the mithai can be deep-fried and fragranced with sweet spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, fresh fenugreek leaves, or nutmeg before being further ornamented with saffron, rose or pandan leaf water, and edible silver or gold leaf.

There are many variations of mithai, such as the diamond-shaped ‘shakkarpara’, the noodle-like ‘sev’, and a range of sweet and savoury ‘puris’. Regional specialities, like ‘mawa kachori‘, ‘moti pak‘, and ‘sohan papdi’ require elaborate preparation, and mithai nowadays are available in low-fat, low-sugar, and baked versions. It is customary to exchange extravagantly decorated boxes of mithai, dried fruit, nuts, or silver serving dishes with family and friends.

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Traditional Deepavali sweets

Traditionally, different speciality meals are cooked on different days of the festival, and these vary further depending on region. Generally speaking, puris, traditionally deep-fried in expensive ghee, replace flatbreads and are accompanied by different dhals, vegetable curries, fried titbits such as pakoras and a pudding on each day of the festival. Many Indians, though not all, continue their vegetarian practice this time of year.

The first day may see celebrators eat large-grain cracked wheat sautéed with ghee and sugar known as ‘lapsi’, which is very popular as it is associated with wealth. This may be accompanied by a curry made with yard-long beans which symbolise longevity due to their length.

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The second day may see anarasa being served, a rice and jaggery dish associated with the elimination of evil spirits. A milky rice pudding, kheer or payasam, is also eaten alongside light, fluffy urad lentil pakoras.

More festive dishes from around the subcontinent include ‘galaka’, a curry of courgette-like squash; ‘ukkarai’, a steamed dish of split chickpea and mung bean batter; ‘sheera’, a fudgy sweet of semolina sautéed with raisins, cashew nuts, cardamom and saffron; steamed fine-grain cracked wheat porridge topped with ghee and sugar known as ‘kansar’; crumbly doughnuts called ‘balushahi’; and sweet flatbreads stuffed with mashed pigeon peas, saffron and cardamom called ‘poli’.

Women spend the entire day in the kitchen before Deepavali making the men’s favourite dishes and sweets, and are presented with lavish gifts in return.

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Some dishes commonly served during Deepavali

 

Where to go in Kuala Lumpur

Most restaurants and shops in Kuala Lumpur will operate as usual during Deepavali, but Indian-owned businesses are usually closed during this time. There are two areas better known as Little India in Kuala Lumpur where one can visit to witness the Deepavali preparations and celebrations. One is located in the area called Brickfields, which lies within walking distance of KL Sentral (the main central train station of Kuala Lumpur). One just needs to follow the signs to the Monorail KL station.

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Little India

Hindu temples such as Sri Kondaswamy Kovil Hindu Temple and Sri Mahamariamman Temple are excellent places for photo opportunities. As with any religious sites, one just has to make sure to dress appropriately (no shorts and sleeveless tops) and head there early in the morning, when the Hindus conduct prayers and ceremonial rites.

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Sri Kondaswamy Kovil Hindu Temple

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Sri Mahamariamman Temple

The other area is located along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, which is a short distance from the Masjid Jamek RapidKL metro station, or the Medan Tuanku Monorail station.

 

Shopping

One of the first things to do for Deepavali celebrators is to buy new clothes. The main shopping hubs for Indian garments are Masjid India in KL and Little India in Klang.

The Madras Store in Masjid India has been in operation for 30 years. Their affordable saris, textiles, and bangles are imported from India. Shivom is recommended for its textiles and vibrant Punjabi suits. Haniffa’s collection is smaller, but of superior quality. Prices of cotton and chiffon saris range from RM25 to the thousands for pure Kanchipuram silk saris. Lucky Noble is another popular stop. Prices there begin at RM120, due to the detailed beading and weaving.

Fifty minutes on the KTM from KL Sentral brings you to Little India in Klang. Known as Jalan Tengku Kelana, the place is a veritable treasure trove for everything you need. Gayathiri Silk Sarees Palace has gorgeous designs imported from India, and they give generous discounts. Next to the Indian Mosque, Ajuntha gets their saris and textiles straight from factories on the outskirts of India, which explains their cheap but high quality items. One can lose all sense of time in Chennai Silks, located a few steps away from the train station. Their huge range of textiles and ready-made items will most likely be enough to fulfil your mission. And most importantly, bargaining is allowed.

If you don’t have the time to get to the shops, Johor-based online shopping site Shobi G (www.facebook.com/sarees.shobig) offers free shipping within Malaysia plus reasonable refund and exchange policies. Also recommended is Indifashion (www.indifashion.my), where one can shop for the family at this Delhi-based online store. Even with shipping, items are still affordable.

  • Ajuntha Textiles 20 Jalan Tengku Kelana, Klang (03 3371 7571)
  • Chennai Silks 1 Jalan Istana, Klang (03 3372 7272)
  • Gowre Silk Saarees Palace 74 Jalan Tengku Kelana, Klang (03 3373 6505)
  • Haniffa 149 Jalan Masjid India, KL (03 2693 8620)
  • Lucky Noble 1-16, first & second floor, Plaza City One, Jalan Munshi Abdullah, KL (03 2692 6855/www.seherish.com.my)
  • Madras Store 100 Jalan Masjid India, KL (03 2693 0072)
  • Mangala Theebam 245 Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields (03 2274 0360/www.mangalatheebam.com)
  • Shivom Traders 14 Jalan Bunus Enam, Jalan Munshi Abdullah, KL (03 2693 1234)
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Deepavali shopping

 

Décor

Shops specialising in Indian/Deepavali décor items are concentrated in Klang and Brickfields. Gayathri Silver Brass Cash & Carry is located in a small alley off Little India in Klang. The store offers a variety of prayer items, tiny clay lamps and incense powders, and everything else you need for prayers.

Although kolams are important, they are painstakingly time-consuming to create. Easy sticker kolams are a convenient alternative, at RM20 each at Sarojani. Alternatively, call in the specialists from Dass Kolam, where prices start from RM800.

Another good place to stock up on décor and prayer items is the Deepavali Carnival. Previously held at Brickfields, it has relocated to the more spacious Bukit Jalil. There are hundreds of vendors from India, Malaysia, and Pakistan hawking their wares and services. Visit on the last day for better discounts, but be prepared for bigger crowds.

  • Dass Kolam (016 494 7674)
  • Deepavali Carnival Car Park A, National Sports Complex, Bukit Jalil, KL (03 2278 5555)
  • Gayathri Cash & Carry 1 Jalan Pulasan, off Jalan Tengku Kelana, Klang (03 3373 8181)
  • Sarojani 52 Jalan Tengku Kelana, Klang (03 3371 9762)
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Some traditional Deepavali decorative items

 

Mithai (Indian sweets)

In Brickfields, Jesal specialises in the fudge-like barfi, rasgulla and gulab jamun, while Sangheetha Café in Masjid Jamek touts their kaju katli, laddu and murukku as bestsellers. If you’re pressed for time, call their delivery service three days in advance. Little India’s confectionery store Richman’s Candy has prettily wrapped modern sweetmeats. Ask for tasters before you buy.

  • Jesal Sweet House 84 Jalan Sambanthan, Brickfields (03 2274 6801/www.jesalsweethouse.com)
  • Richman’s Candy 25 Jalan Tengku Kelana, Klang (012 209 9473)
  • Sangheeta Vegetarian Restaurant 40 Palace Hotel Plaza, Jalan Masjid India, KL (03 2694 4233)
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Some varieties of mithai

 

Pampering

With outlets in Brickfields, Masjid India, Little India, and even Bangsar, the upscale beauty salon Vaani’s provides a wide range of beauty services. Sit back and get your mani-pedi, hair, threading, and detailed henna tattoos done before Deepavali. For a cheaper option, the henna girls outside the Mydin store at Masjid India do a roaring business.

  • Vaani’s 233A, first floor, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields (03 2274 4644/www.vaanis.com).
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Henna is popular for all major Indian festivals, especially during Deepavali

 

Deepavali Dates

  • 2017: Thursday, October 19
  • 2018: Wednesday, November 7
  • 2019: Sunday, October 27
  • 2020: Saturday, November 14

Sources:

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F5tzMBHcFc
  • http://www.hindu-blog.com/2008/10/hanuman-and-diwali-worship-and-puja-of.html
  • http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/Capturing-the-intricacies-of-%E2%80%98kolam%E2%80%99/article14999956.ece
  • http://sundaysatsang.blogspot.my/2014/10/importance-of-oil-bath-on-deepavali-and.html
  • http://www.indiaparenting.com/indian-culture/70_1574/significance-of-holy-bath-during-diwali.html
  • https://www.timeout.com/kuala-lumpur/things-to-do/guide-to-deepavali

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  1. Any on Oct 17, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Thank you for the sharing. Very detail info about hindu and deepavali celebration

  2. Anne Ong on Aug 4, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Very beautiful write up about Deepavali and it’s history. Reminds me of the sweet old days from our old indian maid who brought us food during Deepavali. Some of my favorite Indian delicacies are,Semolina Kesari,Semolina Uppuman,Vadai and Muruku. Makes me feel like eating now…lol!!! Thank you very much Rinpoche for this wonderful article! 🙂

  3. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 29, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    This is good article to learn about the origins of Deepavali, all I knew before was it was a battle between good and evil, the article here presents a clearer picture of what happened that lead to the origins of this festival.

    For Buddhist, the darkness of ignorance is always dispelled by light. So it is wonderful that the Hindus has a festival that banishes the darkness away, I really rejoice about that. As overcoming ignorance is important, for worldly and spiritual practitioners and for success, it matters a lot.

  4. Stella Cheang on Jul 23, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Deepavali is a flavourful festival where rich colours are used to decorate the premises and lights will be lit everywhere. It is rarely known to the multi-racial community of beautiful Malaysia that the festival actually marks the victory over Demon King Ravana and rescuing the abducted Goddess Sita from Demon King Ravana. Today, the celebration of Deepavali signifies victory of good over evil, truth over ignorance, and light over darkness. Therefore, may we all be joyous to look forward to the beautiful celebration of Deepavali and be reminded to battle our inner demon, ignorance and darkness. Thank you for this sharing.

  5. Joey Tan on Jul 22, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Thanks for sharing about Deepavali celebration. I get to know about background of the hindu religion, foods, temples and shopping. The blog not only shared about buddhism but also shared about hindu celebration as well. Good sharing for all readers.

  6. Uncle Eddie on Jul 21, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Indian Nationality forms up one of the major four races of nationalities in Malaysia. The Indian race has been migrating to this country even before the British colonised Malaysia, promoting the Malaysian beliefs, influence and different cultures of the peoples of Malaysia including the expansion of its trade. Today we can still see a restricted influx of Indian migration to Malaysia, due perhaps to the foreign spouses who are married to Malaysian Indians. Deepavali or Divali is a festival of lights that is celebrated annually. For those with the Hindu faith, Deepavali in Malaysia is a time for family reunions and get-together. It is a national holiday in Malaysia, which, those of the Hindu faith can have the opportunity to exhibit their expertise cooking of special meals, dinners and snacks for their relative and special friends to join in the festive celebrations with prayers and worshiping! Countless colorful lanterns and Kolams, intricate colored rice or colored paper will be used to decorate the floor design of the homes. Divas(oil lamps) will also be adorned to lit up every corner of the house on this auspicious occassion of Deepavali, adding fervour to sprout up the festive spirit of this important religious celebrations, not only for the Indians, but all Malaysians!

  7. Samfoonheei on Jul 21, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Deepavali the festival of lights is observed by Hindus faith in the seventh month of the Hindu calendar.It is one of the most important festivals of the year for the Hindus who celebrate in traditional customs.There are said to be many different stories about the origin of the festival ,here in Malaysia its more or less family reunion ,gathering and going to temples.As a multi-cultural country with a diverse mix of cultural traditions ,Deepavali is celebrated by the other faith to foster a closer relationship to live harmony and peacefully.
    Leading up to Deepavali, shopping has to be done for new clothes and for the making of traditional Indian goodies. Beautiful colourful kolams can be seen in shopping malls,hotels and homes which i do enjoyed looking.
    Inviting friends and relatives over with delicious indian dishes and sweets is a must for celebration.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  8. Sarah on Jul 20, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    This is a very good article on Deepavali, its background and the customs practised by the Hindus and Sikhs in Malaysia. There is a lot of useful information for visitors to Malaysia who wish to find out more about the festival. There is one peculiar feature that is not found in other countries – the open house practice of receiving guests from different communities. This is practised in Malaysia during all major festivals. As these open houses are usually announced, it is even possible for tourists to attend them if they wish to experience how the festivals are celebrated and enjoy the delicious food as well.

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  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Nov 22. 2017 03:25 AM
    Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri in dhama protector form. Dorje Shugden practice has been passed for over 400 years by the lineage gurus. Our lineage gurus have strong faith and practice Dorje Shugden including H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. All these gurus have achieve attainments and now they have returned in perfect human body to continue their previous life dharma works for the benefit of others. If Dorje Shugden is a spirit and can harm H.H. Dalai Lama and other great masters e.g. from other lineage like Sakya and our lineage gurus, the dharma will not grow and spread to the western countries.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/why-cant-the-dalai-lama-bind-dorje-shugden.html



  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Nov 21. 2017 01:20 AM
    Dharma Protector practice especially Kawang prayer is very powerful to purify our negative karma that accumulated since our countless past lifetimes. If this karma is not purified, it can manifest as obstacles to our Dharma practice and can hinder our spiritual progress. When we practice diligently, Kawang prayer is very effective to clear and stabilise the mind when doubts and confusion arise. Eventually, we will achieve the ultimate happiness of full enlightenment and no longer need any dharma protector.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness and compassion to give us this practice to liberate us from suffering and toward enlightenment.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kawang-a-dorje-shugden-confessional-practice.html?nomobile
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Nov 19. 2017 10:39 PM
    Amazing to have Dorje Shugden in so many styles. Rinpoche is really creative to create and commission so many types and styles to suit everyone so all of us have a chance to connect and practise Dorje Shugden. Thank you Rinpoche and team for getting all the various beautiful paintings within a short time.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/which-dorje-shugden-style-is-your-favourite.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Nov 19. 2017 10:19 PM
    Puan Sabariah really has a big heart. She cooks and serves everyone regardless of race as she only wants to bring joy, happiness and warm food to the homeless. It is already not easy to cook for 20 or 30 person but she managed to cook for 300 a day from her apartment and even up to 1,000 during Ramadhan. Her work it a great inspiration to many and great reminder to always love and help people no matter what their background is. And now at 70 years old still continue working to help the refugees. So we also should not give up helping others and don’t use age as an excuse.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-malaysian-mother-teresa-of-montreal.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Nov 19. 2017 02:37 AM
    I used to hear a few people around me say that they are OCD towards certain triggers. From their description, I was under the impression that OCD means they have low tolerance towards the trigger. With this article clearly stating the symptoms of people with OCD suffering from the obsession that triggers compulsion in doing something, OCD actually is a serious illness. It results in physical or emotional distress. It appears to me that OCD sufferer’s mind are programed to hold onto to a certain perception very strongly. I hope there will be medical help to reduce their fixation so that their quality of life will improve. Thank you for this sharing, Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/understanding-obsessive-compulsive-disorder.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Nov 18. 2017 09:22 PM
    I feel very sad for the animals and embarrassing at the same time that our national zoo were in such a poor state. Charging RM 30 (with MyKad) and RM50 (without MyKad) per entry is not cheap and this clearly shows that the zoo is not well managed. Animals are already being captured with no freedom and the situation is made worse with poor condition, unsanitary, lack of food and medical assistance. I hope the authority will look into this urgently and take action to rectify the situation.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/a-living-hell.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Nov 18. 2017 09:13 PM
    This is indeed a great move from the California authority and passing it as a law. This move will surely reduce the number of puppy mills and reduce the suffering of animals tremendously. Many cats and dogs suffered as most breeders do not maintain and treat the animals poorly. Hopefully more states in United States and other countries will follow suit on this noble act.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/california-says-pet-stores-can-only-sell-rescued-animals.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Nov 17. 2017 09:27 AM
    There are three purification practices and Kawang is one of them, most suitable to purify heavy bodily karma as well as clearing and stabilising the mind when doubts or confusion arise in times of conflict or when one is on the verge of giving up on something virtuous. From the sharing by Pastor David, the key to this practice is consistency. Doing the kawang prayer as part of our daily sadhana is akin to building up a strong bond with Dorje Shugden, hence, able to invoke his blessing more effectively.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kawang-a-dorje-shugden-confessional-practice.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Nov 16. 2017 11:02 PM
    这是一个很好的佛法教育的视频。仁波切选择了转世到恶劣的环境下成长,但是在这不影响仁波切放弃学习佛法的精神,反而造就了一个菩萨心肠的圣人。仁波切承受很多的痛苦,仁波切不愿意看到他人痛苦,所以发愿要帮助更多流宿街头者给他们援助。
    仁波切的坎坷成长过程给我们一个很正面的教育。环境的影响大不过于我们内心的想法。所以要先修心然后才修行。

    感恩仁波切的教悔使我知道快乐不仅是拥有而是我们付出多少让别人快乐。

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/凡人和圣人的差别.html#comments
  • Jason
    Thursday, Nov 16. 2017 10:18 PM
    This 5 ft Gyenze Statue very stunning and it look so real like a man ride a horse. Gyenze is the increase form of Dorje Shugden and he will bestow us increase in any material or spiritual forms in order to help us in our spiritual path.

    This chapel open 24 hrs and open to public so anyone can visit this chapel anytime. Remember to lit a lotus candle and offer to Gyenze. By doing so, it will lesssen our ignorance and very benefit in our spiritual path.

    Thanks sponsor for contribution in making this 5 ft Gyenze Statue come into real.
    Thanks Rinpoche for conceptualize of this chapel to benefit more people.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/5foot-gyenze-statue-arrives-in-kechara-forest-retreat.html
  • Pastor Adeline Woon
    Thursday, Nov 16. 2017 12:02 AM
    This is an unbiased piece that gives a clear and easy to understand overview of the Dorje Shugden controversy. It is a “as a matter fact” piece that should be accepted easily by the general public.

    It has been a 20 year struggle for the Dorje Shugden practitioners since His Holiness the Dalai Lama imposed a ban on the practice. Families, friends, relatives, couples, etc. were separated due to it. There were many innocent people who were hurt, abandoned and killed because of it. This intended result is totally against the concept of compassion, kindness and equality His Holiness represents.

    Many assumed that all Dorje Shugden practitioners do not like His Holiness and they all demonstrated in his teachings for the last 20 years or so with the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) founded by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. It has been pointed out distinctively in this article that it is not the case.

    His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche has always fought the unlawful ban by peaceful and powerful means – writing and education. His Eminence preaches patience and kindness that reflect on his approach in the face of hate speech, threats, etc. He also taught his students to do the same.

    His Eminence’s approach seems to be more effective as people are being educated on the controversy and many turned their minds because of that.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/huffpost-on-dorje-shugden.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Nov 15. 2017 09:35 PM
    Being creative and making things around us interesting makes life so much more bearable.~Tsem Rinpoche


    Spontaneity is the state of realizing boredom does have enemies.~Tsem Rinpoche

    Boredom is the mind that thinks this is it, when it’s not.~Tsem Rinpoche

    Being creative is not a choice, direction or lifestyle but my natural state of mind~Tsem Rinpoche

    Depression is a state of mind only when you are a piece of wood~Tsem Rinpoche

    Losing is just letting yourself know that winning is not the goal but only part of the journey~Tsem Rinpoche


    When you hate or love something extremely, both leads to sufferings.~Tsem Rinpoche

    Being with someone we love or don’t love should not make a difference to a genuine practioner expunged of the I.~Tsem Rinpoche

    Dorje Shugden is not a cause, a movement or religion but who I am, for that person is compassion, love and acceptance.~Tsem Rinpoche
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Nov 15. 2017 03:44 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche sharing this article from Huffington Post. Dorje Shugden ban is getting more people’s attention in the world now. This is a good time for everyone to think, find out more and understand the truth about this issue. This is no longer about the issue of religious but it is more to the fundamental human rights on their freedom and religious that bring much impact in their life.

    Basically, everyone may wish to have their life is improving and getting better. But, it seems that this is not applied to the Tibetan people. The Tibetan people especially Dorje Shugden practitioners have suffered and facing a lot of difficulties, segregation and discrimination for the past 20 years. This situation is getting worse when Sera Jey Monastery introduced an identity badge system to for its monks to indicate that they were not Dorje Shugden practitioner. From that, we can understand those who are practiced Dorje Shugden were not welcome at the monastic university. This is another kind of discrimination happening now in Tibet.

    I humbly wish that those who are given Dorje Shugden practice by your guru, please continue to have strong faith in your guru and Dorje Shugden. For those who have misunderstand or do not know about Dorje Shugden, please think and understand that our concern now is not only about the religious but the importance of fundamental human rights for people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/huffpost-on-dorje-shugden.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Nov 15. 2017 03:15 PM
    It is uncommon to read unbiased articles about Dorje Shugden issue, more so on international mainstream media. Many international mainstream media shy away from the issue because it is controversial, it involves a 400 years old deity practice that “outsider” finds hard to verify and it deeply intertwines in the entangled Tibetan-China political relationship. Therefore, I rejoice for the job well done by the Huffington Post for carrying this unbiased, well researched and factual article; it is very refreshing and encouraging for all Shugdenpas, for a change.

    Shugden practice is being accused of threatening the unity of all the Buddhism sects in Tibet. The Huffington Post rightly points out that for the past four centuries, Dorje Shugden was propitiated alongside all these main Buddhism schools without any signs of aggressive purge, as claimed by the HHDL people post 1976.

    The only difference between the Shugden practice and the rest of the Tibetan Buddhism practice is almost close to zero. It is really a matter of emphasis. Yet, the ban initiated by HHDL, in all his wisdom, have been fervently actualised by the CTA over the years. Resulting in the ostracisation of the entire Shugden community, and followed by many abuse, beating and threats that ensued on a day-to-day basis. Is it not the exact aggressive purge that threatens the unity of the Buddhism community?

    The deity is being demonised further with no basis. And the community is accused of being Chinese spy. Interestingly, the Chinese angle became an opportune played well by the Beijing after they learnt of this fall out and exploit the discord against their arch rival, HHDL. Will HHDL and his think-tank finally admit that it is better to lift the ban so that the Chinese can stop using it to widen the divide?

    There is another key issue not being pressed on in this article, which I believe it is out of respect to HHDL. This article did not question why HHDL, a 1989 Nobel Peace Prize Laurette, is not hesitant to show no mercy to his own people practicing Dorje Shugden; which is to go against what he championed for the rest of the world.

    Thank you, Rinpoche and the team for this wonderful and uplifting sharing!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/huffpost-on-dorje-shugden.html
  • Pastor Adeline Woon
    Wednesday, Nov 15. 2017 06:29 AM
    These videos are very necessary to counter the repeated false claims by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) on the unlawful ban of Dorje Shugden. These videos were highly circulated by the Tibetans on social media platform. Now that the Tibetan version is available, more Tibetans can understand the contradictory statements made by their leader Lobsang Sangyay and the kashag (cabinet). It is very important that the Tibetans understand so that they can unite and join force to vote for a different and more capable leaders who will really do something that benefit them.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video.html

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Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
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Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
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Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
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The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
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དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
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བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
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(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
2 weeks ago
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
3 weeks ago
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
3 weeks ago
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
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致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
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~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
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“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
1 month ago
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
1 month ago
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
 These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
1 month ago
These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
1 month ago
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
1 month ago
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
1 month ago
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
1 month ago
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. 

This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
1 month ago
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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1 month ago
This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
1 month ago
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
1 month ago
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
1 month ago
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
1 month ago
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
2 months ago
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
2 months ago
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don\'t get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don't get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
2 months ago
I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
 I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
2 months ago
I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
2 months ago
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
2 months ago
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I\'ve been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don\'t necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it\'s made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I've been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don't necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it's made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single \'huts\' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single 'huts' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
More than you have....
2 months ago
More than you have....
The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980\'s and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980's and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
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6 days ago
At Dukkar Apartment, Kechara Forest Retreat, this morning, we completed a three day Amitayus Retreat and promised to come together for this spiritually powerful retreat again in the near future. We had looked forward to this retreat and, owing to the blessings of our Guru, Tsem Rinpoche, and Dorje Shugden, it went smoothly and as planned. by Pastor Han Nee
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
1 week ago
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
ལོ་སྔོན་མར་བོད་གཞུང་གིས་ཆོས་སྐྱོང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་དང་འདིའི་བསྟེན་གསོལ་བ་རྣམས་ལ་སྐྱོན་བརྗོད་བྱེད་ཏེ་དེའི་ཁ་གཏད་དུ་ཡིག་ཆ་འགྲེམས་ཡོད་པས། དེའི་ལན་ལ་ཀེ་ཆ་ར་ཆོས་ཚོགས་ནས་བརྙེན་འཕྲིན་ཁྱོན་བསྡོམས་ལྔ་འགྲེམས་ཡོད། བརྙེན་འཕྲིན་དེ་དག་ནང་རིག་པ་དང་མཐུན་པའི་རྩོད་གླེང་ནང་ཡོད་པ་དང་དོན་དངོས་གང་ཡིན་སྐོར་གསལ་བཤད་གནང་ཏེ་བདེན་པ་རྭ་སྤྲོད་བྱེད་ཡོད། དེར་རྣམ་པ་ཚོ་ཚང་མའི་གཟིགས་རོ་ཞུ་རྒྱུ་དང་། གལ་ཏེ་ཡ་ལེན་ཡོད་ན་གནང་རོ་གནང་ཞུ་རྒྱུ་ཡིན། ཐུགས་རྗེ་ཆེ།། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
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ལོ་སྔོན་མར་བོད་གཞུང་གིས་ཆོས་སྐྱོང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་དང་འདིའི་བསྟེན་གསོལ་བ་རྣམས་ལ་སྐྱོན་བརྗོད་བྱེད་ཏེ་དེའི་ཁ་གཏད་དུ་ཡིག་ཆ་འགྲེམས་ཡོད་པས། དེའི་ལན་ལ་ཀེ་ཆ་ར་ཆོས་ཚོགས་ནས་བརྙེན་འཕྲིན་ཁྱོན་བསྡོམས་ལྔ་འགྲེམས་ཡོད། བརྙེན་འཕྲིན་དེ་དག་ནང་རིག་པ་དང་མཐུན་པའི་རྩོད་གླེང་ནང་ཡོད་པ་དང་དོན་དངོས་གང་ཡིན་སྐོར་གསལ་བཤད་གནང་ཏེ་བདེན་པ་རྭ་སྤྲོད་བྱེད་ཡོད། དེར་རྣམ་པ་ཚོ་ཚང་མའི་གཟིགས་རོ་ཞུ་རྒྱུ་དང་། གལ་ཏེ་ཡ་ལེན་ཡོད་ན་གནང་རོ་གནང་ཞུ་རྒྱུ་ཡིན། ཐུགས་རྗེ་ཆེ།། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
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