Hari Wesak di Malaysia

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Saya amat bertuah dapat tinggal di Malaysia dan berbangga memanggilnya kampung halaman saya. Malaysia membolehkan saya untuk menjadi diri saya, meneruskan minat saya dan bertemu dengan insan-insan yang baik. Bertahun yang dahulu, salah seorang guru dan pelindung saya, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche dari biara Gaden Shartse, meminta untuk saya berada di sini. Pada waktu itu saya tidak memahami kenapa, tapi saya kini sudah mengerti. Saya bersyukur telah dihantar untuk tinggal di Negara yang penuh dengan macam-macam peluang, dapat bersama dengan rakan-rakan yang baik hati dengan persekitaran yang bagus. Saya sangat menghargai kepelbagaian dan kekayaan kebudayaan yang ada di Malaysia. Sebagai contoh perayaan Hari Wesak. Hari ini disambut di seluruh dunia, tetapi di Malaysia, hari ini juga merupakan hari cuti umum.

Perayaan Hari Wesak, juga dieja Vesak, merupakan hari untuk penganut Buddha menyambut tiga peristiwa penting dalam kehidupan Buddha Shakyamuni yang bersejarah, iaitu hari keputeraannya, pencerahan agung sewaktu umurnya 35 tahun dan kemangkatannya di umur 80 tahun. Fahaman Buddha itu sendiri boleh dikelaskan sebagai sebuah falsafah dan agama. Sebagai sebuah falsafah, ia mengajar kita cara menjalani kehidupan seharian dan sebagai sebuah agama ia mengajar kita untuk menghapuskan penderitaan dan mencapai matlamat untuk menjadi seorang Buddha. Adalah tidak mustahil untuk menghapuskan penderitaan dari fikiran kita dan apabila tercapai peringkat ini, ia dipanggil Nirvana. Hari kejadian Buddha mendapat pencerahan atau mencapai nirvana, disambut oleh penganut Buddha seluruh dunia, kerana kita semua juga berhasrat untuk mencapai tahap yang sama. Hari Wesak disambut untuk mengingatkan kita kepada matlamat kita dan sekaligus tujuan kita beramal serta menghubungkan setiap individu dengan potensi Buddha dalam diri mereka. Ia bukan hanya sekadar sambutan, bahkan merupakan ruang peringatan spiritual dan peluang untuk perubahan sebenar dalam diri kita.

Agama Buddha merupakan salah satu daripada agama tertua dunia, berusia lebih 2,500 tahun dan diasaskan oleh Buddha Shakyamuni, seorang putera dari Utara India. Berbanding dengan tanggapan sesetengah orang, beliau bukanlah watak dari lagenda tetapi merupakan seorang tokoh sejarah. Buddha bermeditasi memikirkan hakikat kehidupan, tentang kewujudan, masyarakat dan keluarga, dan beliau sedar bahawa segala yang kita lakukan dalam kehidupan seharian membawa kepada kesedihan dan keperitan. Beliau sedar bahawa kita terus melakukan perkara yang sama tanpa disedari, membuta-tuli meneruskan kitaran kesedihan dan keperitan.

Menyedari hakikat ini, dan atas kebesaran rasa belas kasihnya, beliau mengajar kaedah dan cara-cara untuk kita menangani kehidupan seharian, cara kita melihat dan berinteraksi dengan persekitaran dan orang lain. Beliau mengajar kita bagaimana untuk menukar reaksi kita untuk mengurangi kesedihan dan keperitan yang kita hasilkan. Matlamat seseorang penganut Buddha adalah untuk mencapai pencerahan, agar kita tidak menambahkan lagi kesengsaraan untuk diri sendiri mahupun yang lain, dan apabila kita telah mencapai tahap tersebut, untuk kita turut membantu orang lain untuk mencapainya juga. Ianya tentang menghapuskan kesengsaraan dari kehidupan kita sendiri terlebih dahulu dan kemudiannya dari kehidupan yang lain. Oleh kerana itulah, pentingnya menghormati seluruh makhluk, haiwan, manusia, budaya dan cara menjalankan kerja. Ini amat ditekankan dalam ajaran Buddha.

 

Asal-usul Wesak

The auspicious birth of Prince Siddhartha

Hari bertuah kelahiran Putera Siddhartha

Menurut sejarah kehidupan Buddha dan cara penyampaian cerita sastera India kuno yang berdasarkan kasta, Putera Siddhartha Gautama adalah dari puak pahlawan Shakya yang dilahirkan secara ajaib dari rusuk Permaisuri Maya saat baginda menumpang berehat pada sepohon Sara, dalam perjalanan baginda pulang ke istana ayahanda dan bondanya. Menjadi kebiasaan para wanita pada ketika itu untuk pulang ke rumah ibubapa mereka untuk bersalin. Dalam perjalanannya, baginda berhenti untuk berehat di sebuah hutan yang dipenuhi bunga-bungaan yang cantik, dengan kicauan burung dan burung-burung merak cantik mengembangkan ekor mereka yang mengagumkan. Lokasi ini kini dikenali sebagai Lumbini, Nepal, sebagaimana penemuan arkeologi terbaru yang mendakwa telah mengenalpasti lokasi sebenar tempat kelahiran Putera Siddhartha.

Sebelum kelahiran Putera Siddharta, bondanya, Permaisuri Maya dari puak Shakya telah bermimpi didatangi seekor gajah bergading enam yang turun dari kayangan. Gajah itu berkulit seputih salji dan belalainya membawa sekuntum bunga teratai yang cantik. Diletakkannya bunga teratai itu ke dalam rahim Permaisuri Maya dan terus ghaib ke dalam perut baginda bersama-sama bunga itu. Apabila terjaga dari mimpinya, baginda dipenuhi kegembiraan dan ketenangan.

Keesokan harinya, Raja Shuddhodana, kekanda kepada Permaisuri Maya, memanggil mengadap kesemua ahli alim ulama dari seluruh jajahannya untuk menafsirkan mimpi tersebut. Mereka memutuskan bahawa permaisuri sedang sedang hamil dengan seorang putera yang bakal menjadi seorang guru atau ketua. Takdirnya, antara menjadi seorang guru spiritual yang hebat dan menyebarkan kebenaran dan jalan untuk mencapai syurga, atau seorang raja yang hebat dan berkuasa yang akan memerintah ke segenap kawasan.

Prince Siddhartha leaving the palace with Channa

Putera Siddhartha dan Channa meninggalkan istana

Meneruskan kisah, putera itu dilahirkan penuh petanda bertuah tetapi membesar terkurung dalam istana diraja kerana raja merasakan tepat untuk puteranya menjadi seorang pemerintah yang hebat berbanding seorang guru spiritual. Kemudiannya, putera itu terlihat empat pemerhatian penting, iaitu usia tua, penyakit, kematian dan zahid pertapa berkelana. Melihat semua ini, putera itu menyedari satu-satunya cara untuk menghentikan penyakit, usia tua dan kematian adalah untuk mengabdikan hidup sesorang itu untuk mengejar pencapaian spiritual dan akhirnya mencapai ‘pencerahan’ atau menjadi seorang Buddha, kewujudan yang bebas dari bentuk-bentuk penderitaan tersebut. Pertemuannya dengan seorang tua, seorang yang sakit, sekujur mayat dan zahid pertapa meninggalkan kesan yang mendalam dalam mindanya. Begitu mendalam kesannya sampaikan baginda nekad untuk meninggalkan istana dan pergi bermeditasi di dalam hutan sehingga baginda dapat menemui jawapan yang dicari, dan kaedah untuk menghapuskan penderitaan yang dilihatnya.

Walaupun dengan pelbagai cubaan dari raja untuk menghalang putera itu dari meninggalkan istana, baginda berjaya melarikan diri pada waktu malam bersama pengiring rapatnya Channa dan juga kudanya. Secara misteri, kesemua pengawal dan pengiring istana nyenyak tidur semasa baginda melarikan diri ke hutan. Sebaik selamat sampai ke pinggir hutan, baginda memotong rambut panjangnya, sebagai simbolik melepaskan kehidupan kebendaan dan menyerahkan persalinan dirajanya kepada Channa untuk dipulangkan ke istana.

At dawn, Siddhartha attained the varja-like concentration and removed the final veils of ignorance from his mind. Immediately after that, he became a Buddha - a fully enlightened being

Subuh itu, Siddharta mencapai tahap penumpuan varja dan membuka selubung kejahilan terakhir dari mindanya. Sejurus kemudian, baginda menjadi seorang Buddha – kewujudan penuh pencerahan

Dengan penuh nekad untuk mempelajari kebenaran realiti, putera itu menuntut dengan dua orang guru bernama Alara Kalama dan Uddaka Ramaputta. Baginda malah menjalani pertapaan intensif selama enam tahun dan hanya memakan sebutir nasi sehari. Satu hari, semasa sedang bermeditasi di bawah sebuah pohon, Siddhartha terdengar perbualan antara seorang pemuzik tua dan perantis mudanya di dalam sebuah sampan di sungai berhampiran. Pemuzik tua itu memberitahu muridnya jika tali alat muzik itu terlalu tegang, ia akan terputus, manakala jika terlalu kendur, ia akan berbunyi sumbang. Sebaik mendengar kata-kata itu, Siddhartha sedar pertapaan adalah satu jalan yang keterlaluan dan salah. Baginda bangun menuju ke sungai dan membasuh dirinya serta mengambil secawan susu untuk memulihkan tenaganya. Selepas itu, baginda duduk di bawah pohon Bodhi dan bernekad untuk tidak bangkit sehingga baginda mendapat pencerahan penuh. Baginda mendapat pencerahan penuh di bawah pohon Bodhi di usia 35 tahun, dan seterusnya dikenali sebagai Buddha Shakyamuni, permata puak Shakya.

Selama 45 tahun seterusnya selepas pencerahan penuh Buddha, baginda tidak berhenti menyampaikan Dharma kepada semua yang ditemuinya. Apabila mencapai usia 80 tahun, Buddha mendapat sakit kuat dan menunjukkan tanda-tanda pemergiannya. Ananda, sepupu dan pembantu peribadi kepada Buddha, memintanya meninggalkan ajaran akhirnya kepada sangha, dan katanya:

“Oleh itu Ananda, jadilah pulau untuk dirimu, pelindung untuk dirimu, tidak mencarinya pada yang lain; dengan Dharma sebagai pulaumu, dengan Dharma sebagai pelindungmu, tidak mencarinya pada yang lain.”

Di Kushinagar, di antara dua pohon Sal, Buddha baring di atas rusuk kanannya, dengan kepalanya menghadap ke utara dan bertongkatkan tangan kanannya. Walaupun bukan musimnya, pohon-pohon Sal itu berbungga dan kelopak-kelopaknya gugur menaburi tubuh suci Buddha. Setelah memastikan ahli-ahli sangha-nya tahu mereka juga mampu mencapai pencerahan, Buddha pergi ke alam kewujudan tenang nirvana. Kata-kata terakhirnya adalah:

“Semua benda yang terbentuk akan hancur. Berusahalah dengan tekun.”

 

Hari Wesak di Malaysia

One of the floats during the Wesak Day Parade

Salah satu kereta berhias sewaktu Perarakan Hari Wesak

Di Malaysia, terdapat dua cara yang meluas digunakan untuk menyambut Wesak, iaitu memandikan Buddha dan menyertai Perarakan Hari Wesak. Bentuk utama Buddha yang digunakan untuk ritual itu adalah berhala bayi Buddha. Bentuk Buddha Shakyamuni yang ini memakai kain cawat dan tangan kanannya menunding ke udara. Mengikut kisah hidup Buddha, Putera Siddhartha Gautama dilahirkan bersih dan berseri. Sejurus kelahirannya, putera ini telah mengambil tujuh langkah. Bunga teratai muncul mekar di tanah yang telah dijejaki oleh putera ini. Dia mengangkat tangan kanannya dan menunding ke udara sementara tangan kirinya menunding ke tanah dan berkata:

“Akulah ketua di dunia,
Tertua aku di dunia,
Terutama aku di dunia.
Inilah kelahiran terakhir.
Kini tidak ada lagi yang akan mendatangi.”

Berhala bayi Buddha ini selalunya akan dipamerkan dihadapan altar utama di tokong, di dalam besin dipenuhi air dan bunga-bungaan. Para penganut akan menyiram air ke atas berhala tersebut sambil membaca serangkap doa. Upacara mencurahkan air ke atas berhala ini melambangkan pembersihan perbuatan negatif penganut itu sendiri. Selain itu, ia melambangkan kelahiran Buddha di mana tuhan-tuhan di kayangan memberi persembahan kepadanya. Upacara memandikan Buddha ini kebiasaannya dapat dilihat amalannya di tokong-tokong Buddhis Cina Mahayana di Malaysia.

Bathing of the baby Buddha

Memandikan berhala bayi Buddha

Perarakan Hari Wesak berlangsung di merata tempat di Malaysia. Antara yang paling penting serta menarik ribuan orang ramai dan pelancong, dijalankan di ibu Negara Kuala Lumpur, Pulau Pinang dan Melaka.

Di Kuala Lumpur, perarakan terbesar bermula di Tokong Buddhis Maha Vihara di Brickfields, melalui laluan sebelum kembali ke tokong. Sebelum perarakan, penganut Buddha dari tokong-tokong yang berlainan akan menghiasi kereta perarakan yang membawa berhala-berhala Buddha dari tokong mereka, dengan hiasan lampu, bunga-bungaan dan sebagainya. Sesetengah dari kenderaan ini turut membawa sami-sami dari tokong mereka yang akan memberkati mereka yang mengambil bahagian dalam perarakan tersebut.

Monk giving blessings to devotees during Wesak Day prayers

Seorang sami memberi keberkatan kepada penganut-penganut dalam upacara sembahyang sewaktu Hari Wesak

Bagi mereka yang ingin menyaksikan permulaan perarakan ini adalah dinasihatkan untuk tiba ke kawasan sekitar Brickfields sekurang-kurangnya tiga jam sebelum perarakan bermula. Jalan-jalan di persekitaran akan mula sesak sebelum perarakan bermula. Tempat terbaik untuk menyaksikan perarakan ini bagi pelancong yang berada di sekitar Bukit Bintang adalah berhampiran bangunan HSBC di Jalan Sultan Ismail, sementara mereka yang di sekitar Chinatown/Jalan Petaling boleh menyaksikan perarakan ini di hadapan bangunan Pasar Seni. Sewaktu perarakan ini kembali dari KLCC, mereka di Chinatown/Jalan Petaling boleh menyaksikannya sepanjang Jalan Pudu berhampiran Pudu Central.

One of the floats during the Wesak day parade

Salah-satu daripada kenderaan berhias sewaktu perarakan Hari Wesak

Nilai setiap perbuatan baik yang dilakukan pada hari ini akan dilipat gandakan, malah sehingga 100 juta kali. Oleh sebab itu, waktu ini sangat sesuai untuk kita mendedikasikan diri kita untuk melakukan perkara-perkara yang positif untuk diri kita dan orang lain. Sebagai seorang penganut Buddha, selain daripada mengambil bahagian dalam ritual, berdikir dan melakukan perbuatan baik pada hari Wesak, kita juga harus membuat iltizam untuk mempelajari amalan dan falsafah Buddha, untuk memahami pengajaran dari Buddha, memahami kehidupan dan ajarannya, dan menggunakannya dalam kehidupan kita untuk mengubah minda dan sikap kita terhadap persekitaran dan orang lain.

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Sambutan Perayaan

Aktiviti-aktiviti semasa hari Wesak bermula dengan berdikir dari sutra-sutra suci, pembacaan mantra-mantra serta nyanyian gita puja memuji Tiga Mustika Permata: Buddha, Dharma dan Sangha. Ini kerap kali disertai dengan persembahan-persembahan bunga-bungaan dan lilin. Aktiviti selainnya termasuklah perbuatan-perbuatan spiritual positif mengikut tradisi Buddha seperti bermeditasi, pembacaan doa-doa, menziarahi kawasan-kawasan suci yang berkaitan dengan Buddha seperti Bodhgaya, menziarahi guru-guru spiritual, bertahbis selama sebulan, menyelamatkan haiwan dan membuat perkara-perkara amal.

Ramai penganut kuat Buddha melakukan pemakanan vegetarian sehari sebelum hari sebenar perayaan untuk membersih dan menyucikan diri mereka secara fizikal untuk Hari Wesak. Di samping itu, para penganut juga akan melepaskan haiwan seperti kura-kura, ikan dan burung merpati. Perbuatan ini memberi haiwan-haiwan tersebut kebebasan daripada dibunuh, diseksa, dan dikurung tanpa kerelaan, selain menjadi isyarat simbolik membebaskan semua makhluk hidup dari penderitaan, yang juga merupakan matlamat yang hendak dicapai oleh seseorang penganut Buddha dalam amalannya.

The practice of animal liberation is adopted by Buddhists as one of the good deeds to be performed on Wesak Day

Perbuatan melepaskan haiwan diangkat oleh penganut Buddha sebagai salah satu amalan baik untuk dilakukan pada Hari Wesak

Buddha Shakyamuni merupakan seorang putera yang cintakan keamanan, pendukung kasih sayang dan belas ihsan yang merangkumi setiap makhluk yang hidup. Baginda sedar, setiap makhluk yang bernyawa mempunyai rasa sedih, gembira, sayang dan ambil berat. Oleh kerana itu, untuk meraikan belas ihsan Buddha, dan keinginan kita untuk memupuk rasa ihsan tersebut, kita memlepaskan haiwan-haiwan ini sebagai peringatan untuk memberi diri kita sepenuhnya kepada orang lain tanpa mengharapkan ucapan terima kasih sebagai balasan. Inilah makna sebenar dengan menjalani pemakanan vegetarian dan melepaskan haiwan tersebut. Kita boleh melepaskan burung-burung, lembu yang telah dikenalpasti untuk disembelih, ikan-ikan, serangga atau apa saja jenis haiwan yang kita mahu. Malah kita juga boleh memberi derma kepada rumah orang tua, anak-anak yatim, kepada mereka yang bergelandangan, kepada mereka yang kurang upaya atau memberi pakaian dan mainan kepada kanak-kanak yang kurang bernasib baik. Kita boleh melakukan kesemuanya dalam menyambut hari ini, kerana Hari Wesak bukanlah hari untuk kita menerima, sebaliknya ia adalah hari untuk kita memberi.

Terdapat dua peringkat untuk kita memberi penghormatan kepada Buddha: secara luaran dan secara dalaman. Secara luarannya kita boleh membuat persembahan bunga-bungaan, lilin, air, teh, colok dan melakukan penyembahan. Ini merupakan cara yang baik untuk memberi penghormatan kepada Buddha. Apabila kita memberi persembahan dan menunjukkan hormat kepada Buddha, kita mewujudkan tenaga dan penyebab untuk kita sendiri menjadi Buddha di masa hadapan. Apabila kita memberi penghormatan kepada tubuh Buddha, kita berhasrat untuk mencapai tahap kewujudan tubuh yang diberi pencerahan dan bebas dari penyakit. Apabila kita membuat persembahan lilin kepada Buddha, kita membuat persembahan untuk menghilangkan kegelapan, oleh itu kita mewujudkan penyebab supaya kejahilan kita akan disingkirkan dan hikmah kita akan bersinar terang. Memberikan persembahan colok membawa bau harum. Dalam tradisi India kuno, bauan harum melambangkan kita menjaga ikrar dan akhlak baik. Oleh itu, memberi persembahan colok membuatkan sebab untuk hidup penuh seimbang dan bermanfaat dengan menjaga akhlak mulia. Apabila mempersembahkan makanan, kita berdoa agar segala makhluk di dunia dan di alam lainnya bebas dari kelaparan, keperitan, kemiskinan dan penyakit. Oleh sebab itu, dalam ajaran Buddha, apabila kita memberi penghormatan kepada Buddha, ia adalah untuk menjadikan sebab untuk mengatasi keperitan dan menggalakkan kita untuk menumpukan perhatian kepada keperluan orang lain melebihi keperluan kita sendiri.

Light offerings to the Buddha

Membuat persembahan lilin kepada Buddha

Secara dalamannya pula, cara terhebat untuk memberi penghormatan kepada Buddha adalah dengan mengurangkan ciri-ciri yang mendatangkan derita, kesengsaraan, persengketaan dan kesusahan kepada persekitaran dan orang lain di sekeliling kita, dari dalam diri kita. Kerana itulah penganut Buddha melakukan amalan-amalan baik pada Hari Wesak, untuk menghasilkan sebab dan merit untuk mencapai tujuan tertinggi perubahan spiritual – supaya akhirnya mencapai Buddha.

Jika tiada tokong yang berhampiran dan kita tidak dapat untuk pergi ke tokong, kita boleh menyediakan tempat pemujaan peribadi di rumah kita. Di tempat pemujaan itu, kita boleh letakkan berhala Buddha yang cantik. Kita bukanlah bersembahyang kepada berhala tersebut tetapi sebaliknya menggunakan berhala tersebut untuk mengingatkan kita kepada nilai-nilai Buddha yang kita ingin capai. Kita boleh membuat persembahan kepada tempat pemujaan ini dan membuat penyembahan. Kita boleh duduk di hadapan tempat pemujaan dengan selesa, mendikirkan sutra-sutra atau membaca doa-doa mengikut tradisi Buddha yang kita ikuti, sama ada dalam bahasa Cina, Tibet atau Inggeris. Jika kita lebih berusia, kita boleh duduk di atas kerusi, jika tidak di atas bantal kusyen atau di atas lantai.

Kemudian, secara dalamannya, kita bertafakur memikirkan perbuatan kita sepanjang tahun sebelum Wesak yang telah mendatangkan musibah kepada orang lain, merenungi perbuatan negatif kita dan mengapa kita melakukannya. Kita memikirkan dengan jelas dan sebaiknya bahawa dengan memberi penghormatan kepad Buddha, kita mengubah nilai-nilai negatif dalam minda kita supaya kita kurang membawa keperitan untuk diri kita dan orang lain. Untuk mengakhiri sesi, kita buatlah satu azam yang utuh kepada Buddha untuk melaksanakan apa yang telah kita janjikan dan mengubah diri kita kepada yang lebih baik. Meditasi ini boleh dilakukan di tokong selepas membuat persembahan atau selepas kita selesai sesi berdikir. Inilah cara yang terbaik untuk meraikan Wesak.

A simple yet beautiful altar

Altar yang cantik dan ringkas

 

Tokong-tokong

The first World Fellowship of Buddhists Conference in Sri Lanka, 1950

Persidangan pertama Persaudaraan Buddhis Sedunia di Sri Lanka, 1950

Di Malaysia, Hari Wesak disambut oleh penganut Buddha di seluruh negara. Ia juga disambut hebat di negara-negara di mana ajaran Buddha diamalkan secara meluas seperti Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Singapura, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia dan Laos. Semenjak ajaran Buddha diperkenalkan di barat, penganut Buddha di sana juga turut meraikan sambutan ini. Walaupun hari Wesak telah disambut sejak berabad lamanya, keputusan untuk menyambut Wesak bagi meraikan tiga peristiwa penting dalam kehidupan Buddha, hanya diputuskan secara rasmi pada tahun 1950 di persidangan pertama Persaudaraan Buddhis Sedunia di Sri Lanka. Ketetapan itu berbunyi:

“Bahawa Persidangan Persaudaraan Buddhis Sedunia, dalam merakamkan ucapan terima kasih diatas perkenan Yang Amat Mulia, Maharaja Nepal dalam menitahkan hari bulan penuh Vesak sebagai cuti umum di Nepal, dengan ini memohon dengan ikhlas agar Ketua-ketua Kerajaan yang mempunyai penganut ajaran Buddha, sama ada kecil atau besar bilangannya, untuk mengambil langkah untuk menjadikan hari bulan penuh dalam bulan Mei sebagai hari cuti umum untuk menghormati Buddha, yang tersohor diseluruh dunia sebagai salah seorang penyumbang terbesar kepada Kemanusiaan.”

Hari Wesak disambut berdasarkan tarikh qamari atau kalendar bulan di mana tiga peristiwa penting itu dikatakan terjadi. Ia disambut pada hari yang berlainan di negara-negara yang berlainan disebabkan perbezaan dalam kalendar bulan tempatan. Mengikut kalendar qamari-suria (gabungan bulan dan matahari) Asia, tarikh Hari Wesak disambut dalam bulan Vaisakha mengikut kalendar Buddhis dan Hindu. Kerana itulah ia juga dikenali sebagai Vesak. Tarikhnya berbeza setiap tahun kerana setiap tadisi Buddhis yang berlainan menggunakan kalendar bulan yang berbeza-beza untuk menentukan tarikh tersebut. Hari Wesak di Jepun, Korea dan China kebiasaanya jatuh pada tairkh 8 April setiap tahun. Sebaliknya, negara-negara seperti Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand dan Singapura menyambutnya pada bulan Mei.

Setiap tahun di Malaysia, perayaan Hari Wesak bermula sejak subuh di tokong-tokong Buddhis di seluruh Negara. Bergantung kepada tradisi yang diikuti, para penganut Buddha selalunya berkumpul di tokong-tokong untuk menjalankan amalan-amalan baik. Ini termasuklah mengamati lapan ajaran Mahayana, melepaskan haiwan, membuat persembahan kepada sangha, menyalakan lilin, mengangkat sumpah vegetarian dan memberi perlindungan, memberi kepada yang memerlukan, bersedekah kepada tokong-tokong untuk acara-acara Dharma, membina dan menyelenggarakan tokong dan sebagainya.

Wesak Day being celebrated in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka

Hari Wesak disambut di Colombo, ibu negara Sri Lanka

Terdapat banyak tokong-tokong Buddhis yang sangat aktif semasa Hari Wesak. Di Kuala Lumpur, ini termasuklah Tokong Buddhis Maha Vihara di Brickfields, Tokong Buddhis Thai Chetawan dan Rumah Kechara di Petaling Jaya dan Tokong Buddhis Sri Lanka di Sentul. Di utara Malaysia pula terdapat Persatuan Buddhis Butterworth di Pulau Pinang, sementara di pantai timur semenanjung Malaysia terdapat Tokong Buddhis Wan Fo Tien di Kuantan. Di sebelah selatan Malaysia terdapat Tokong Seck Kia Eenh di Melaka yang pernah menganjurkan perarakan Hari Wesak yang telah disertai oleh 10,000 orang, sementara di Kuching, ibu negeri Sarawak di Timur Malaysia, Tokong Buddhis Poh Ka amat terkenal dengan aktiviti-aktiviti sambutan mereka.

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Tokong Buddhis Maha Vihara di Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur

Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple in preparation for Wesak Day

Persiapan untuk Hari Wesak Tokong Buddhis Maha Vihara

Ditubuhkan pada tahun 1894 oleh masyarakat Sinhalese, Maha Vihara Buddhis telah menyediakan satu ruang untuk memelihara tradisi Theravada Sri Lanka. Ia dikenali penduduk tempatan sebagai Tokong Buddhis Brickfields dan terletak berhampiran Apartment Palm Court di Brickfields.

Setiap tahun, persiapan Wesak bermula sekurang-kurangnya seminggu sebelumnya. Ini termasuklah menghias kenderaan perarakan dengan lampu dan bunga-bungaan sebagai sebahagian daripada sambutan. Di samping itu, gerai-gerai menjual pelbagai jenis barangan dibuka di sekitar tokong, sehari sebelum perayaan bermula.

Penginapan berhampiran Maha Vihara Buddhis

Bagi mereka yang berminat untuk menyertai Perarakan Hari Wesak yang bermula dari Maha Vihara Buddhis atau berhajat untuk mengunjungi tokong ini semasa perayaan berlangsung, berikut merupakan senarai penginapan yang berdekatan dengan tokong itu sendiri.

  1. Lotus Hotel KL Sentral (0.12 miles/0.2 km)
    250, Jalan Tun Sambanthan,
    Brickfields, KL Sentral,
    50470 Kuala Lumpur,
    Malaysia
  2. OYO Rooms Little India Junction (0.12 miles/0.2 km)
    Plot No 250, Jalan Tun Sambanthan,
    Brickfields, KL Sentral,
    50470 Kuala Lumpur,
    Malaysia
  3. Brickfields Park Hotel (0.18 miles/0.3 km)
    No. 262 A-C, Jalan Tun Sambanthan,
    KL Sentral,
    50470 Kuala Lumpur,
    Malaysia

Cara-cara untuk ke Maha Vihara Buddhis

  1. Dari Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur: 47 minit dengan teksi (33.7 batu/ 54.3 km)
  2. Dari Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur: 28 minit dengan Ekspres KLIA menuju Stesen Sentral KL
  3. Dari Stesen Sentral Kuala Lumpur: 14 minit berjalan kaki (0.7 batu/ 1.1 km)
  4. Dari Stesen Tun Sambanthan: 5 minit berjalan kaki (0.2 batu/ 0.4km)
Map to Buddhist Maha Vihara

Peta ke Maha Vihara Buddhis

Alamat dan maklumat untuk dihubungi

123, Jalan Berhala,
Brickfields,
50470 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia
Tel: +60 3-2274 1141

 

Tokong Buddhis Thai Chetawan di Petaling Jaya

Devotees flock to the temple to get blessings, and to make offerings to the Buddha and sangha at Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple

Para penganut mengunjungi tokong untuk mendapat keberkatan dan membuat persembahan kepada Buddha dan sangha di Tokong Buddhis Thai Chetawan

Menggunakan reka bentuk tradisional Thai yang halus, Tokong Buddhis Thai Chetawan dibina di kawasan perumahan di Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya. Tokong ini mempunyai bumbung berlapis perlbagai warna, dan beberapa bangunan dan ruang sembahyang yang berbeza untuk para penganut. Terdapat sebuah mata air semulajadi di bahagian belakangnya, yang dapat membantu proses penyembuhan untuk mereka yang mempunyai masalah kesihatan. Ia juga turut dipanggil sebagai Tokong Siam PJ oleh penduduk tempatan dan dibanjiri orang ramai untuk perayaan dan hari-hari penting seperti Loy Krathong (perayaan bakul terapung) dan Songkran (tahun baru tradisi Thai).

Semasa perayaan Wesak, orang ramai datang ke Tokong ini untuk menerima keberkatan dari sami dan diikuti dengan aktiviti-aktiviti seperti persembahan daun emas kepada berhala Buddha, meletakkan syilling ke dalam mangkuk sedekah Buddha emas, memandikan bayi Buddha, membunyikan loceng di astaka Guan Yin, membuat jubah persembahan dan sebagainya.

Penginapan berhampiran Tokong Buddhis Thai Chetawan

  1. Hilton Petaling Jaya (0.5 miles/0.8 km)
    2 Jalan Barat,
    Petaling Jaya,
    46200 Selangor,
    Malaysia
  2. Hotel Armada PJ (0.6 Miles/0.96 km)
    Lot 6, Lorong Utara C,
    Section 52, Petaling Jaya,
    46200 Selangor,
    Malaysia
  3. Crystal Crown Hotel Petaling Jaya (0.6 Miles/0.96 km)
    12, Lorong Utara A,
    Off Jalan Utara,
    Petaling Jaya,
    65352 Selangor,
    Malaysia

Cara-cara untuk ke Tokong Buddhis Thai Chetawan

  1. Dari Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur: 49 minit dengan teksi (34.5 batu/55.6 km)
  2. Dari Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur: 28 minit dengan Ekspres KLIA menuju Stesen Sentral KL
  3. Dari Stesen Sentral Kuala Lumpur: 18 minit dengan KTM menuju Stesen Taman Jaya, berjalan kaki lebih kurang 10 minit
Map to Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple

Peta ke Tokong Buddhis Thai Chetawan

Alamat dan maklumat untuk dihubungi

No. 24 Jalan Pantai,
Off Jalan Gasing,
46000 Petaling Jaya,
Malaysia
Tel: +603 7955 2443

 

Persatuan Buddhis Rumah Kechara di Petaling Jaya

His Eminence snaps his fingers while reciting a verse on impermanence before sitting on the throne in Kechara House

Yang Mulia memetik jarinya sambil membaca rangkap tentang kefanaan sebelum duduk di takhta di Rumah Kechara

Rumah Kechara diasaskan oleh Yang Mulia Tsem Rinpoche ke 25 pada tahun 2000. Ia merupakan organisasi Buddhis Tibet yang merupakan sebahagian dari tradisi Gelug yang diasaskan oleh Lama Tsongkhapa. Dengan matlamat dan visi untuk memelihara tradisi ajaran-ajaran yang berharga, Yang Mulia telah mengilhamkan dan membina Kechara Forest Retreat yang damai dan moden di Jalan Chamang, Bentong dalam negeri Pahang, Malaysia. Lebih dikenali sebagai ‘Tokong Lama’ oleh penduduk tempatan, ia merupakan tempat untuk penyembuhan, yang memberi manfaat secara fizikal dan spiritual kepada orang ramai.

Sewaktu perayaan Wesak, para penganut melawati kedua-dua tokong di Petaling Jaya dan juga pusat wacana harmoni (retreat) di Bentong untuk mengambil bahagian dalam pelbagai aktiviti seperti melepaskan haiwan, mengamati lapan ajaran Mahayana dan mengambil sumpah vegetarian. Mereka juga boleh menyaksikan acara yang memberikan inspirasi, iaitu pentahbisan paderi Buddhis yang mengambil sumpah untuk mendedikasikan hidup mereka untuk memberi manfaat kepada yang lain dengan berkongsi ajaran-ajaran Buddha. Di samping itu, upacara Lama Chopa Puja (Sanskrit: Guru Puja) dan sembahyang turut berlangsung pada hari itu untuk meminta agar Yang Mulia diberi kesihatan dan hidup yang panjang, sebagai tanda penghargaan dan terima kasih kepada seorang penasihat spiritual yang penyayang dan baik hati, yang telah mendedikasikan hidupnya untuk berbakti kepada masyarakat dan umat manusia tanpa mengira penat lelah.

Penginapan berhampiran Persatuan Buddhis Rumah Kechara

  1. O’Boutique Suites (1.80 Miles/2.90 km)
    B2-01, Casa Utama,
    PJU6A, Petaling Jaya,
    47400 Selangor,
    Malaysia
  2. My Home Hotel (2.48 miles/4.00 km)
    F-G-5, Pusat Komersial Parklane,
    Petaling Jaya,
    47301 Selangor,
    Malaysia
  3. Eiffel Hotel (4.35 Miles/7.00 km)
    12, Lorong Utara A,
    No. 21, Jalan SS7/26,
    Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya,
    47301 Selangor,
    Malaysia

Cara-cara untuk ke Persatuan Buddhis Rumah Kechara

  1. Dari Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur: 50 minit dengan teksi (37.15 batu/59.80 km)
  2. Dari Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur: 28 minit dengan Ekspres KLIA menuju Stesen Sentral KL
  3. Dari Stesen Sentral Kuala Lumpur: 1 jam dengan LRT menghala ke Stesen Kelana Jaya, 10 minit dengan teksi ke Kechara House
Map to Kechara House Buddhist Association Malaysia

Peta ke Persatuan Buddhis Rumah Kechara Malaysia

Alamat dan maklumat untuk dihubungi

No. 7, Jalan PJU 1/3G,
SunwayMas Commercial Center,
47301 Petaling Jaya,
Malaysia
Tel: +603 7803 3908

His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche conducting a prayer at Kechara Forest Retreat, accompanied by traditional Tibetan ritual instruments

Yang Mulia Tsem Rinpoche ke 25 menjalankan upacara sembahyang di Kechara Forest Retreat, diiringi peralatan ritual tradisional Tibet

Penginapan berhampiran Kechara Forest Retreat

  1. Tumike Hotel (2.92 miles/4.70 km)
    P.6-G, Jalan MG3,
    Pusat Perniagaan Mutiaramas Gemilang,
    28700 Bentong,
    Malaysia
  2. Tras Mutiara Hotel (3.17 Miles/5.10 km)
    P.22, Jalan MG2,
    28700 Bentong,
    Malaysia
  3. EV World Hotel (3.48 Miles/5.60 km)
    No. 107-108, Jalan Loke Yew,
    Off Jalan Utara,
    28700 Bentong,
    Malaysia

Cara-cara untuk ke Kechara Forest Retreat
From Kuala Lumpur International Airport: 1 hour 55 minutes by cab (82.64 miles/133 km)

Map to Kechara Forest Retreat

Map to Kechara Forest Retreat

Alamat dan maklumat untuk dihubungi

Lot 3189, Jalan Chamang,
28700 Bentong,
Malaysia
Tel: +603 7803 3908

 

Tokong Buddhis Sri Jayanti di Sentul, Kuala Lumpur

Tokong Buddha Sri Jayanti turut dikenali sebagai Tokong Buddhis Sri Lanka. Ia merupakan Tokong Buddha Theravada Sri Lanka yang terletak di Sentul. Tokong ini adalah sekutu kepada Organisasi Kebajikan Sri Jayanti yang membantu golongan miskin dan memerlukan selain golongan lanjut usia.

Sri Jayanti Buddhist Temple in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur

Tokong Buddhis Sri Jayanti di Sentul, Kuala Lumpur

Tokong ini juga mempunyai sebuah klinik asas yang menawarkan rundingan percuma untuk golongan kurang bernasib baik, dan sebuah pagoda kolumbarium yang menempatkan abu si mati, berserta bangunan setinggi tiga tingkat untuk tujuan pembelajaran dengan ruang kelas untuk aktiviti dan pengajaran dharma.

Semasa Wesak, tokong ini menyediakan pelbagai aktiviti termasuklah persembahan bunga dan lilin, penerimaan pemberkatan dari sami dan sebagainya. Di luar dewan sembahyang, terdapat sebuah berhala Buddha emas yang dihias indah dengan bunga-bungaan dan lilin untuk penganut-penganut menyampaikan persembahan mereka.

Penginapan berhampiran Tokong Buddhis Sri Jayanti

  1. Archeotel Hotel (0.08 miles/0.14 km)
    No 10 & 12, Jalan Haji Salleh,
    51100 Kuala Lumpur,
    Malaysia
  2. Archeotel Hotel (0.22 miles/0.37 km)
    10, Jalan Haji Salleh,
    Sentul,
    51100 Kuala Lumpur,
    Malaysia
  3. Tamarind Stays (0.29 miles/0.48 km)
    E1A-25-7, The Tamarind,
    2, Jalan Sentul Indah,
    Sentul,
    51000 Kuala Lumpur,
    Malaysia

Cara-cara untuk ke Tokong Buddhis Sri Jayanti

  1. Dari Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur: 59 minit dengan teksi (39.7 batu/63.9 km)
  2. Dari Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur: 28 minit dengan Ekspres KLIA menuju Stesen Sentral KL
  3. From Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station: 14 minit dengan KTM menuju Stesen Taman Jaya, berjalan kaki lebih kurang 10 minit
Map to Sri Jayanti Buddhist Temple

Peta ke Tokong Buddhis Sri Jayanti

Alamat dan maklumat untuk dihubungi

Jalan Tujuh, Sentul Selatan,
51000 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia
Tel: +016 311 0009

 

Persatuan Buddhis Butterworth, Butterworth, Pulau Pinang

Devotees making their offerings at Butterworth Buddhist Association

Penganut-penganut memberi persembahan mereka di Persatuan Buddhis Butterworth

Tokong Persatuan Buddhis Butterworth terletak dalam kesibukan bandar perindustrian Mak Mandin. Tokong ini mengumpulkan penganut Buddha dari seluruh Butterworth pada Hari Wesak untuk upacara memberkati, sembahyang, persembahan dan ritual seperti memandikan bayi Buddha. Terdapat gerai-gerai makanan di sekitar tokong dan kempen menderma darah sewaktu Hari Wesak untuk menggalakkan vegetarianisma dan sifat kemurahan hati.

Penginapan berhampiran Persatuan Buddhis Butterworth

  1. Aroma Hotel (1.67 miles/2.7 km)
    11, Butterworth Business City Centre,
    Jalan Raja Uda,
    12300 Butterworth,
    Malaysia
  2. De Garden Hotel Butterworth (2.05 miles/3.3 km)
    Lorong Cempa (Off Jalan Telaga Air),
    12200 Butterworth,
    Malaysia
  3. T+ Hotel Butterworth (2.29 miles/3.7 km)
    4476, 4477, 4478, Jalan Bagan Luar,
    12000 Butterworth,
    Malaysia

Cara-cara untuk ke Persatuan Buddhis Butterworth

Dari Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Pulau Pinang: 32 minit dengan teksi (18.2 batu/ 29.3 km)

Map to Butterworth Buddhist Association

Peta to Persatuan Buddhis Butterworth

Alamat dan maklumat untuk dihubungi

7156, Tingkat Mak Mandin 3,
Mak Mandin,
Butterworth,
Malaysia
Tel: +604 333 4499

 

Tokong Buddhis Wan Fo Tien, Kuantan, Pahang

Tokong Buddhis Wan Fo Tien, juga dikenali sebagai Dewan Sepuluh Ribu Buddha, adalah bersekutu dengan Persatuan Buddhis Pahang. Dari atas hingga ke bawah dinding di bahagian dalam tokong ini dipenuhi dengan jubin berukiran Buddha. Di atas altar di dalam dewan sembahyang utama, terletak berhala Buddha dari jed putih yang sangat indah.

The serene surroundings of Wan Fo Tien Buddhist Temple

Persekitaran tenang di Tokong Buddhis Wan Fo Tien

Pada Hari Wesak, para penganut menyertai sambutan dengan melawat tokong dan mengambil bahagian dalam macam-macam aktiviti seperti ceramah Dharma, berdikir, pameran dan pelbagai amal jariah. Makanan vegetarian dihidangkan, diiringi persembahan-persembahan muzik yang bertempat di taman bersebelahan tokong.

Penginapan berhampiran Tokong Buddhis Wan Fo Tien

  1. Sri Manja Boutique Hotel (1.67 miles/2.7 km)
    B2-34, Jalan IM 7/1,
    Bandar Indera Mahkota,
    25300 Kuantan,
    Malaysia
  2. Arenaa Batik Boutique Hotel (2.29 miles/3.7 km)
    E2324-2326, Jalan Dato’ Wong Ah Jang,
    25100 Kuantan,
    Malaysia
  3. Hotel Sentral Kuantan (2.54 miles/4.1 km)
    No. 45-P, Jalan Besar,
    Kuantan City,
    25000 Kuantan,
    Malaysia

Cara-cara untuk ke Tokong Buddhis Wan Fo Tien

Dari Lapangan Terbang Sultan Ahmad Shah Kuantan: 16 minit dengan teksi (9.87 batu/ 15.9 km)

Map to Wan Fo Tien Buddhist Temple

Peta ke Tokong Buddhis Wan Fo Tien

Alamat dan maklumat untuk dihubungi

Jalan Sungai Lembing,
Bandar Indera Mahkota,
25200 Kuantan
Malaysia
Tel: +609 573 9744

 

Tokong Seck Kia Eenh, Melaka

Since 1960, Wesak day celebrations in Melaka have been organised by Seck Kia Eenh Temple. The Wesak Day Parade in Melaka attracts many people as it is believed that the late Venerable Ananda Mangala Maha Nayaka Thera would bless the parade vehicles on the eve of Wesak day.

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Tokong Seck Kia Eenh, Melaka

Sejak 1960, sambutan Hari Wesak di Melaka telah dianjurkan oleh Tokong Seck Kia Eenh. Perarakan Hari Wesak di Melaka menarik ramai orang kerana dipercayai mendiang Yang Mulia Ananda Mangala Maha Nayaka Thera akan memberkati kenderaan perarakan pada malam sebelum Hari Wesak.

Perayaan Wesak disambut selama tujuh hari berturut-turut di Tokong Seck Kia Eenh. Antara aktiviti yang dijalankan termasuklah pengamatan lapan ajaran Mahayana, ceramah Dharma dan berdikir. Selain itu, tradisi suci ‘Pindapata’ diikuti di mana orang ramai membuat persembahan makanan kepada sangha.

Sebelum perarakan bermula, para penganut akan berkumpul di Tokong Seck Kia Eenh dari jam 5.00 petang untuk turut sama berdikir bacaan doa dan kemudian akan berdiri di samping kenderaan perarakan masing-masing. Pada jam 7.00 petang, perarakan bermula dari tokong di Jalan Gajah Berang, melalui Jalan Tun Perak, Jalan Pengkalan Rama ke Jalan Laksamana menyeberangi jambatan Tan Kim Seng dan bergerak melalui Lorong Hang Jebat, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (Heeren Street) dan akhirnya melalui Jalan Tengkera, sebelum kembali ke tokong. Lebih daripada 30 buah tokong dan persatuan Buddhis menyertai perarakan tersebut yang akan berakhir jam 10.30 malam. Sambutan ini bagaimanapun akan berterusan sepanjang malam dengan pelbagai dikir doa di tokong.

Parade float from Seck Kia Eenh Temple

Kereta berhias dari Tokong Seck Kia Eenh

Penginapan berhampiran Tokong Seck Kia Eenh

  1. Hotel Puri Melaka (0.4 miles/0.64 km)
    118, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock,
    Jonker,
    75200 Malacca
    Malaysia
  2. The Baba House Hotel (0.4 miles/0.64 km)
    No. 121 – 127, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock,
    Jonker,
    75200 Malacca
    Malaysia
  3. Casa Del Rio Melaka Hotel (0.4 miles/0.64 km)
    88, Jalan Kota Laksamana,
    Malacca City Center,
    75200 Malacca
    Malaysia

Cara-cara untuk ke Tokong Seck Kia Eenh

Dari Lapangan Terbang Melaka: 19 minit dengan teksi (5.40 batu/ 8.7 km)

Map to Seck Kia Eenh Temple

Peta ke Tokong Seck Kia Eenh, Melaka

Alamat dan maklumat untuk dihubungi

No. 57, Jalan Gajah Berang,
75200 Melaka,
Malaysia
Tel: +606 283 7440

 

Tokong Buddhis Poh Ka, Kuching, Sarawak

Tokong Buddhis Poh Ka dibina pada tahun 1900 dan bertempat di Simpang Tiga, Kuching. Ia merupakan salah satu tokong Buddhis tertua di Malaysia. Terdapat perancangan untuk membina bersebelahan dengannya, sebuah bangunan biara setinggi tiga tingkat, yang dipanggil Biara Poh Ka dan dijangka akan siap dalam masa tiga tahun. Perayaan Hari Wesak di Tokong Buddhis Poh Ka menyaksikan para penganut dan pelawat mengambil bahagian dalam upacara sembahyang, berdikir, persembahan dan upacara khas memperingati kehidupan Buddha.

Devotees engaging the ritual to bathe the baby Buddha

Para penganut mengambil bahagian dalam ritual memandikan bayi Buddha

Penginapan berhampiran Tokong Buddhis Poh Ka

  1. Citadines Uplands Kuching (6 minutes walking distance)
    No. 55 Jalan SPG,
    93300 Kuching,
    Malaysia
  2. Public Lodge Kuching (4 minutes walking distance)
    1st & 2nd Floor, Lot 8644, Jalan Simpang Tiga,
    93300 Kuching,
    Malaysia
  3. Mega Inn (14 minutes walking distance)
    King’s Centre, Jalan Simpang Tiga,
    93300 Kuching,
    Malaysia

Getting to Poh Ka Buddhist Temple

Dari Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuching: 14 minit dengan teksi (5.28 batu/ 8.5 km)

Map to Poh Ka Buddhist Temple

Peta ke Tokong Buddhis Poh Ka

Alamat dan maklumat untuk dihubungi

No. 2222, Jalan Uplands,
Simpang Tiga,
93200 Kuching,
Sarawak
Tel: +6082 231 007

 

Kesimpulan

Begitu baik melihat perayaan yang indah ini telah bertapak di Malaysia dan diintegrasikan dengan budaya tempatan namun masih mengekalkan intisari dan kepentingannya. Wesak telah diiktiraf meluas di negara-negara berpegangan Buddha dan tidak di seluruh dunia, namun di Malaysia ia juga merupakan satu hari cuti umum. Sambutan Wesak merupakan sambutan meraikan kebaikan, ketenangan dan belas ihsan kemanusiaan itu sendiri. Sebagaimana ajaran Buddha, menerusi penghormatan kepada Buddha, kita berusaha untuk memperbaiki diri sendiri untuk mencapai nilai-nilai hidup tersebut.

Kita perlulah menghormati tradisi keagamaan orang lain tanpa mengira agama apa yang kita sendiri anuti. Malaysia merupakan satu contoh baik penerimaan dan toleransi agama kerana penganut agama Buddha diberikan kebebasan untuk meraikan hari yang suci ini. Setiap orang berhak mendapat kebahagiaan, belas ihsan dan kasih sayang yang setara tanpa mengambil kira kepercayaan mereka. Kita harus berpegang kepada pemikiran ini dan dunia pasti akan menjadi aman. Beginilah cara kita harus menyambut Wesak – untuk mengukuhkan azam kita untuk menjalani hidup yang kurang dengan penderitaan, mengubah minda kita, mengamalkan sifat ihsan dan membawa keamanan dan keharmonian kepada seluruh umat manusia.

 
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  1. wan wai meng on Mar 9, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Hope many more Malay readers and speakers will be able to understand about Wesak day which is an integral celebration for Buddhists. I do feel Buddhism adds a lot of dimensions and diversity to Malaysian culture and society.

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  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:10 PM
    OMG! This is very touching. To see a doggie who never left go of his owner in spite of death. Way more powerful than many who proclaimed “till death do us part.” Just like the human, not all doggies are as loyal as this tear-jerking pet, but I truly believe almost all doggies offer unconditional love to the person who feeds and cares for them. Even when they are stray animals. There was a stray dog who will run two streets from the entrance of the “Taman” until the car stops in front of the house, just to greet me. You can imagine the warm and conviction in my heart that these beings are more than capable of loving than many of us, human! Thank you for this lovely sharing. I miss my doggie, Sherab.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:00 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for this amazing sharing. There is no doubt about the ability of our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. His incarnations have been compassionate and taken rebirth to return and spread the dharma so that sentient beings can benefit and learn some dharma in our short life.

    We shall never doubt our Guru; but must see that He is one with our Yidam and Protector, an attained being. Even if our Guru does not demonstrate clairvoyance abilities, we must never contest our Guru, for he holds the key (dharma) that can liberate us from eternal suffering in samsara.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 05:50 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for the illustrated miracle story on how Rinpoche guided Cynthia and Marici away from danger through protector’s practice. The unseen exist, whether we like it or not. Some of them are malicious and have the affinity or karma with some of us. Hence they can cause harm and disturbance. By engaging in Protectors’ practice like Dorje Shugden and Setrap that have been practiced by the high lamas of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, we are protected and guarded against harm.

    Rinpoche is compassionate and only want the best for us. His teachings are not meant to show off the power of the divines but offer us a way out from our desperate samsara conundrum that binds us from engaging in deeper spiritual practice. Rinpoche always teaches us to focus on mind transformation and Tsongkhapa practice. How fortunate we are to have met Rinpoche in this lifetime. We must not let this rare and precious opportunity go to waste.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 12:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these powerful teachings.Its a privilege
    to do Dharma work to benefits other,do it with motivation and a good attitude when engaging ourselves It will be guide line for me.When we serve others to do Dharma work together at Kechara Forest Retreat ,we will improve ourself , purify our negative karma and to benefit others too.I will be sponsoring to the healings bricks soon and i will cherish every moment in supporting KFR.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/dharma-work-attitude-tdl.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 11:06 AM
    Bigfoot is just another beings living in this world although not commonly seen and live in the deep jungle in high mountains. There were many evidences that people from many parts of the world sighted this beings. Whatever shape they are I think importantly we are all sharing this world and therefore need to have mutual respect and not intervene each others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/its-in-the-scriptures-they-exist.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline sharing this interesting post about Bodhidharma, a great master favoured meditation and introduced the Lankavatara Sutra to Chinese Buddhism.

    Here are a few points I have learned from this post:
    1. Bodhidharma had strong imprints of Dharma from the past and therefore he is interested in Buddha’s teachings and show his great wisdom. at a very young age.
    2. His strong guru devotion and determination in learning and spreading the dharma based on meditation though he confronted with difficulties such as Emperor Wu Di was not impressed by his teachings, being ostracized and rejected and lived as a beggar for many months. Notwithstanding, he continued and never give up to practice meditation in complete silence for nine years in cave wall when he was not accepted by Shaolin Monastery at the beginning .
    3. When Bodhidharma was allowed enter to the monastery, he had put a lot of efforts to help the monks in improving their physical body as well as their mind through the meditation. Then, Bodhidharma continued to develop a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises which were printed as Yi Gin Ching (Changing Muscle/Tendon Classic) in 550 CE. It is known as the Luohan (arhat) 18 Hand Movements today which serves as the basis of both Chinese Temple Boxing and the Shaolin Martial Arts.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/bodhidharma-the-founder-of-gongfu.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:10 PM
    Thank you, Grace, for sharing with us the many tips on how to care for and maintain our hair. Personal grooming is important because when we care for our appearance, we are respecting the people who have to deal with us. Caring for our hair, making sure that it is neat and clean should be something we need to take care of since young as it is part of personal grooming. The key is not to be attached to our body and outer-images, that results in spending much time and resources just to make ourselves look good.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 03:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and significant photos showed that Kechara Pastors’ tireless efforts to bring dharma to many others and do the blessings whenever is necessary.

    Basically, the pastorship role was conceptualized by our precious guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. Kechara Pastors are fully dedicated and selflessly serving others especially in spiritual growth and therefore this is good for us to support the Pastors so that they can focus and spend more of their time and effort to serve others and most importantly Buddhist teachings can be spread and shared to many others. The supports to Pastors including food, lodging, transportation, items necessary for their work, such as ritual items or spiritual gifts for those in need and many others. (If you are interested to know more about Kechara Pastors, please have a good read at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 02:13 PM
    Its such a great blessing for all of us to hear the holy voice recordings of H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche a great master..His profound teachings ,got to take seroiusly,more as an important advice on Dorje Shugden’s practice.H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explaination was very clear before any of the practitioner’s commitment and receive sogtae.They must keep the lineage practice and teachings no matter what ever happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the important advice by a great master.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 11:50 AM
    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for your sharing your thoughts and review about the book “Be Happy” written by Rinpoche. It is indeed not easy to be happy as we all have various expectation in every situation and people.

    We may think having a big house, lots of cash and good career is happiness but this is the wrong perception. Being happy is not about material and everything about ourselves. It is only when we can do more for others and focus out that we gain happiness. I never realised this until I joined Kechara. I think we have such a fixed mindset of what happiness is and when our expectation is not met, we are unhappy.

    Rinpoche has pointed out many ways for us to rectify our thoughts and methods to be happy. Now it is for us to take initiative to change and transform our mind if we want to be happy.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Apr 24. 2017 12:30 PM
    Many people do not believe in reincarnation and only relates it to certain religion such as Hinduism and Buddhism. However, there were many instances and signs that proven reincarnation exist. As Buddhist we will believe in reincarnation and karma. It is by understanding that everything has its cause and effect that we should learn to live life in the correct attitude and mindset. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting articles to remind us of karma and the importance of doing dharma practise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 07:16 PM
    Thank you Grace for this interesting articles about hair. There are just so much info which we do not know previously. Most of the time we may neglect the details, thinking as long as we clean our hair everyday it is sufficient. But there are so many things we need to know for example types of hair, scalp condition, our environment and our physical condition which may affect our hair. Great tips.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
4 weeks ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 month ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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