Bangkok monks and why make offerings

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Our large group in Bangkok woke up around 4 am to get ready. We left the hotel at around 5 am to drive to Banglampoo area of Bangkok. Without traffic, it took us around 20 mins to get there (Remember Bangkok is a huge metropolitan city with 10 million residents). The other day it took us 2 hours to arrive with the traffic jam to the same place… hehehe. When we arrived it was still not dawn yet and the monks had not come out, so I gave a short talk on why we make offerings and support the sangha. The purpose behind supporting the sangha was shared with our group. After the talk the monks started coming on their alms round as the morning sun started to rise…

There are stalls set up on the roadside daily all over Thailand that cook for people who wish to make offerings to monks just before they go to work or go to school. You see many people who quickly park their cars nearby, purchase the ready made simple foods, and offer to the monks and off to work they go. You see many young school kids who stop by to make offerings on the way to school in their school uniforms. What a beautiful way to start the day with generosity, making offerings to sangha and spirituality. This is such a blessed way to start the day and a wonderful part of Thai culture that I like so much.

In the villages or areas where people are homemakers, they actually cook a portion of their food in ready to offer monks on their alms rounds daily. It is a chance for the lay people to participate in the spiritual practice of the monks. You support the monks to do their studies, practice, meditations and teachings. You gain the merit for sponsoring their activities, in this case through food to put it simply. They do what you cannot and you do what they do not do… it is a perfect balance. Every activity a monk does for the community, you contributed to it… the merit comes from supporting the sangha and continuance of the Dharma. The sangha renounces samsara to focus on study, practice, teaching and serving others. They don’t waste time on wordly activities and do Dharma part time, they do it full time so they can put their full energies into their practice and in this way keep the Dharma alive due to their full attention given to it. Hence you are supporting their 100% commitment towards the Dharma. They do you a great service because without them putting their full energy into the Dharma, who will learn, practice, teach and keep the Dharma alive?

For the last 2500 years, it is mainly the sangha who has kept the Dharma alive and intact throughout all the monasteries in the world up till the present day. It has been the sangha who teach other sangha and lay people and kept the Dharma alive and well through teachings. Buddha set it up this way. Supporting the sangha is supporting the continuance of the holy Dharma. If all sangha disappeared due to no support, then you will see the Dharma decline in its complete form. If you have to work a secular job 10 hours a day, take care of kids, pay bills then it would leave you with very little time to study, practice, meditate and advance in the Dharma. If you cannot advance in knowledge and practice, then how to disseminate to others. When the dissemination of the holy Dharma stops/lessens, then the Dharma declines. Worshipping Buddha statues, visiting temples, offerings on the shrine is only a small part of Buddhist practice. 100% study, meditation, practice, commitment, work and teaching the dharma is necessary for it’s pure continuance. Only a Sangha may do this in general due to their full concentration and commitment towards this by renouncing seccular activities. There are always exceptions of course… but we are talking about what Buddha established when He started the Sangha. So supporting the sangha is crucial in all countries. Especially in countries where Buddhism is new.

We should all sponsor the sangha and make it our priority. Without this priority, then how can we expect Dharma to remain? Do not think supporting the sangha is a burden or only when you have extra resources because if you ponder the value of the sangha, you will realize it is not a burden or extra but a necessity. It is not enough you encountered the Dharma, but you must make sure it is safeguarded for future generations… how? Through the sangha naturally. Some people cannot find the time at the moment to study, practice and focus on the Dharma due to self made barriers or otherwise, but if you support the sangha, then you collect the merits to do dharma practice in the near future. Why? You are supporting others to do Dharma, and by the power of cause and effect, you should receive the same because you created  the causes by making offerings. Causes resemble results and results resemble causes. That’s karma. Not doing much practice yourself and not contributing to others’ practice will lead you where? No causes bear no results. It’s in your hands… contemplate please. I am not saying all this because I am a monk, but because it is the truth as set up by the infallible Lord Buddha. I didn’t create the tradition of sangha, Buddha did.

If we are lacking in resources to support the sangha we can donate our time, talents and skills to the sangha, centre or teacher. Same. The sincerity of your offering is the key. The consistency of your offerings is the key to uprooting negative habituations.  Remember, you are not doing the centre or sangha or Buddha a favour. But these institutions have been set up to benefit others and yourself. Your participation is for your spiritual growth as you contribute to the growth of others.

Our group purchased over 200 packets of food this day. The stall we went to didn’t have enough, so we had to run to other stalls… it was wonderful. We were very busy and surprised the locals because they hadn’t seen foreigners do this… There was a table set up  next to us with pre-booked packets (around 80 packets) and Wan said most likely it was someone’s birthday or a special day for that person, so they will come to make offerings to the sangha on their special day. Imagine making offerings to one’s guru, sangha, Temple on one’s Birthday to celebrate. Instead of expecting to get, one practices generosity on your significant day?? That is beautiful. Some school boys helped monks carry their offerings back to the Temple then proceeded to school… This is what a young child does at the beginning of the day!!! Wow!!  I was contemplating what a powerful impression it must leave the school kids while they are young to grow up making offerings to monks and practicing generosity. It will help children to form a less self-centric attitude and as adults perhaps focus on others more? Maybe. Impressions are powerful when we are kids. I love to bring groups to Thailand to visit Temples especially to offer food dhana to monks. It is such powerful and blessed practice. It is my favorite activity in Thailand.

Every morning, the monks walk from their temple early in the morning to beg for alms. You offer them food, place it in their bowls and make a prayer. It is so powerful to see so many saffron robed sangha walking in the morning for their alms. It is such a POWERFUL experience for me each time and very moving. Please see the video of our offering so you can experience this from wherever you are if you have not had the chance yet… remember… you can make offerings to sangha anywhere in any country you are in…and you should please… you should support the Dharma all the way… I will encourage and bring many more to make offerings to the monks… I have been donating to the monks of Gaden for over 15 years now. I often make food offerings to the thousands of monks in Gaden also… if you are in Thailand or anywhere there are monks, please engage in this activity. It will help the Dharma to grow. I hope so very much all of you can come to Thailand to do this also… I very much wish this for everyone. Serving and offerings to the sangha was started by Lord Buddha Himself. So it is a perfect practice instituted by an Awakened Being.

Much care in the Dharma,
Tsem Rinpoche

 

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TRAVEL FACTS:

Address: Thanon Kraisi, Banglampoo, Bangkok  (Behind Khaosan Road)
By Car: 20 mins from Bangkok Central
Admission: Outdoor
Hours: 6 am – 7.30 am (Offering time)

  • There are food stalls along the street with pre-packed food and drinks to be offered to the monk.
  • Just standby the road side and hold the offering respectfully and offer to the monk and place into the monk’s bowl.
  • Ladies shall not touch the monks nor the bowl.
  • Traditionally we should remove our shoes when make offerings, if possible bow lower or kneel on the floor to make offerings.
  • Wear appropriate clothing.
  • As monks are trained to be humble and not attached, therefore they might not look at you directly, instead walk up and offer the food and they will receive it.
  • It is okay to make more than one offerings, the more the better!

 

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  1. Valentina Suhendra on Jan 8, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for this post. I remember reading this post several years ago and was inspired. Because of this post, I joined Kathina celebration in my hometown, Jakarta where lay practitioners like my friends and I were being given a chance to make food offerings to the sangha. Then I went to Thailand with two of my friends, and we went to Khaosan road at dawn so that we had the opportunity to make food offerings to the monks and went to some temples near the area. I remember that I was very happy then. My friends and I did all that because of Rinpoche’s teachings about the benefit of making food offerings to the monks.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for explaining to us that when we offer food to the monks, we are partaking in their spirituality and we create the cause to receive sustenance in our lives. We also create the merits because we practice giving to the sangha members who hold their vows.

    The teachings also help me to understand why we should control our body and posture when making offerings to the sangha and what kind of result that we can expect from controlling our body in front of the sangha members. It is amazing that the tradition to commemorate the story of Prince Siddharta still exist in modern days in which the boys who are to receive novice ordination vows were being dressed like a prince. It just shows that Buddhist tradition is very strong in Thailand and the king really support Buddhism and had a lot of respect for the sangha members. Thailand is indeed a beautiful country and I was very fortunate to have the privilege to experience the Buddhist atmosphere there.

  2. Sharon Ong on Jan 8, 2018 at 1:14 am

    I find the Thai culture of Dana giving truly beautiful and it is a good reminder of how we should respect and appreciate our own Sangha. There are many important points in the video and below are some that stood out for me:-
    1) Making offerings to Sangha, the merits is equivalent to the merits of offering to The 3 Jewels.
    2) Supporting the sangha is supporting the continuance of the holy Dharma. 
    3) By bowing and having good body posture towards Sangha, we create causes to become humble and patient with everyone
    4) Dana giving creates generosity. We will create the cause to acquire what we require for our own spiritual practice. (because we are sustaining another’s spiritual practice.)

    Thank you for this wonderful post as this explains clearly why we should all respect and support the Sangha community.

    We are also fortunate that making offering to Sangha is convenient and easy through this online method >> https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dana-offering-fund

  3. CindyH on Jan 4, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    In short, when we contribute towards building and sustaining the Sangha, we are actually nourishing and maintaining our spiritual practice. When done sincerely with the right motivation, it really benefits at so many levels, from the opportunity to cultivate positive qualities such as generosity, the practice of humility to respectfully serve to the Sangha, mindfulness as in how to really effectively serve and also benefit others to the cutting away of certain attachments or negative habituations; to it being another avenue for merits generation. In addition, the reference to the Buddha’s subscription to the life of a mendicant also serves as a personal reminder that poverty is not an end in itself but a life that is free from the societal rules/norm and yet blissfully complete. Thank you Rinpoche for such a beautiful and inspiration sharing.

  4. Stella Cheang on Jan 4, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    This is a beautiful culture. Thank you, Rinpoche, for this spiritual sharing. Making food offerings to sangha, is a great way for lay people to practice generosity. This is a chance for lay people to focus out and provide to a community for preserve and share Buddha’s Dharma. By doing so, lay people has the chance to collect merits for their own spiritual growth.

  5. June Kang on Jan 4, 2018 at 8:31 am

    佛陀涅槃后,当以正法律为导师,但如没僧侣,何来正法?所以僧侣是那么的重要,能够供养僧侣有如供养佛,而事实上,所做的这一切实际上都使我们受益匪浅,供养僧侣除了帮助我们累集功德,同时让我们学习和培养慷慨和无私及尊重三宝与上师的心。所以最伟大还是上师给予了机会协助我们在佛法上的修行。

  6. Pastor Chia on Jan 4, 2018 at 8:25 am

    Is wonderful experience giving dana to the sangha community at Bangkok street. Seeing people at Thailand are well respect the sangha community. Because sangha had provided some many help and education to Thailand people. There are truthly blessed by sangha jewel one of the refuge object.

    Is important provide help and supporting dharma to growing. When dharma grown, many others had suffering will get benifit by sangha who follow lord buddha teaching as example. Diarect donation to build temple even better. Many people can learn buddha dharma from the sangha to gain knowledge , collecting merit and purify negative karma has cause us suffering so much in wordly life.

  7. Julia Tan on Jan 4, 2018 at 1:51 am

    Giving Alm is such a beautiful and blessed culture for the Thailand. A simple act but big merits. Buddha set this practice 2500 years ago and became the people’s culture in the sounden part of Asia.

    Supporting the sangha is a big deal as a Buddhist. We created the merits to turn the dharma wheel and for the dharma the grow. But in the degenerate time, Unfortunately do see people came to temple to pray but complain when asked to make offering to the Buddha. Well, u came to a temple which is nicely built, set up, maintained and clean, all done pleasantly for you to make wishes, yet u refused to even make an offering as little as RM10 for a candle. I suppose if you asked a friend for a favour you will treat your friend very especial on that day right?

    Making offering is not only to support the Dharma but to practice humble, generosity, renunciation and compassion.

  8. Justin on Jan 4, 2018 at 1:25 am

    To be honest, I wouldn’t mind donating money directly to the Sanghas which I felt makes more sense. With money the Sangha can make more beneficial work for others rather than a bowl of food. It is wonderful to be making offerings to Sanghas and in these days of age, it is more practical to be making monetary offerings. Having said that, to be making food offerings is equally great.

  9. Andrea Lai on Jan 4, 2018 at 12:55 am

    Since young, I didn’t know much of about offerings but faith bought me close into Buddhism. Reading the article and watching the video, open up my mind and understand more deeply the importance of offerings to sanghas. This is a good practice of generosity, giving and giving more. Other than that, offering food dhana to sangha is to receive blessings and merits. What I think it is essential for us to cultivate the practice of generosity, to support a sangha.
    To support the growth of sangha is equal to support the growth of Dharma. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this informative article. 👍🙏

  10. nicholas on Jan 3, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    The Sangha gave us the opportunity to purify our karma, control our body, speech and mind and collect merits. The existence of Sangha is very important as the Sangha represent the dharma and through the Sangha the dharma that thought by Buddha Shakyamuni proliferate.

    It’s a great sharing from Rinpoche on why we should make offering to the Sangha and how Sangha play an important role in our spiritual practice. It’s very beautiful to see the people making offering to the Sangha and in Thailand old or young they make offering with great respect. It’s definitely a great and valuable teaching to the young one to learn and practice giving in a Buddhist culture where bring great benefit not only in this life time but also future. Through the Sangha the Buddha’s teaching being preserved and disseminate. It’s important the culture of making offering to the Sangha being practice and continue.

  11. pammie yap on Jan 3, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    I feel ‘lucky’ that my parents taught us to make offerings or donations always to the Sangha members. Even till now they always give whenever they can especially to the temples. My mum would always offer flowers to the altar whenever she sees beautiful flowers. They inspire us to always give.
    I totally agree in supporting the Sangha. At least we are supporting them to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma. I would rather know that ‘my money’ is going to benefit someone and collect the merits, rather than spending it on something that will generate more negative karma. This is a very good teaching to share with others especially those who are new. Thank you Rinpoche for this beneficial teaching.

  12. Joey Tan on Dec 16, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    First and foremost, thank you to Tsem Rinpoche and the blog team. Offering food to monks and nuns is a good deeds. I get to know a lot of informations and reason on why to we need to make offerings. Even Tsem Rinpoche is a monk himself gave offering to others. It is such a rarely scenario whereby monk and monk give offering to one another, in my view.

  13. Choong on Apr 26, 2017 at 11:38 am

    This could just be the cornerstone to the Thai’s world renowned culture. Giving alms the first thing in the morning sets the tone for the day. It gets us in touch with our humble, giving, compassionate and appreciating self. Certainly a good daily practice for anyone intent on connecting with our all compassionate enlightened nature. Thank you Rinpoche for showing us the light.

  14. Alice Tay on Apr 20, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    In Buddhism, the monks go out to beg food is an opportunity for them to put their pride down to beg for sustenance. According to the local people, there are nothing in monastery and therefore, if it is raining, the monks will still come out for food. Therefore, this is a good opportunity for us to offer the foods to the monks.

    Besides, this is very inspiring to see many young school kids who stop by to make offerings on the way to school in their school uniforms. Practice generosity by making offerings to sangha and spirituality at their early young age is a meritorious action and a good cause for them always be blessed by the Three Jewels.

    We should show respect and make offerings to the sangha as the sangha gives us opportunity to collect merits for our body, speech and mind and discipline our body, speech and mind. Therefore, set good motivation to make offering as much as we can and support those who have 100% commitment towards the Dharma.

    • Alice Tay on Jan 5, 2018 at 12:50 am

      The practice of generosity is one of the 6 paramitas which is the easiest to fulfill. With the right understanding and motivation, practice of generosity may help us to collect merits.

      In Malaysia, we seldom see the practice of giving foods openly as in Thailand. However, it is grateful that with the supports/contributions from the community, a few Dharma Centres are growing and expanded such as Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society Malaysia, Fo Guang Shan Malaysia, Dharma Drum Mountain Malaysia and etc for the benefit of others.

      Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  15. Anne Ong on Jan 30, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your teaching. It is very important to understand why we do offering to Sangha. I really feel blessed and happy to see this food offering to Thai monks. Rinpoche give a very well explanation on the benefit of doing this virtuous action.

  16. Lin Mun on Jan 30, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your teaching. It is very important to understand why we do offering to Sangha. Many times, I would think that making offering is for the benefit of the Sangha member but instead it is for our benefit.

    Sangha members have let go of samsara to practise Dharma full time so they can benefit others. Without them we will have no Dharma to learn from.

    Hence, we should support Sangha in anyway we can be it financial, time, food, medicine and etc so they can fully concentrate in turning the dharma wheel and benefiting more people.

  17. Jason on Jul 27, 2016 at 2:04 am

    I really feel blessed and happy to see this food offering to Thai monks. Rinpoche give a very well explanation on the benefit of doing this virtuous action. I had been Bangkok so many times, but I know nothing about foods offering to monk along the street. This write up really open my eyes so I can do this in my future trip to Bangkok. From my understandings, support Sangha is indirectly turn the dharma wheel because we support daily needs to Sangha and they can fully concentrate on teachings dharma.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing.

    With folded hands,
    Jason

  18. Pastor Shin on Jan 11, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    The practice of giving is universally recognised as one of the most basic human virtues, a quality that testifies to the depth of one’s humanity and one’s capacity for self-transcendence. In Buddha’s teachings, among the Six Perfections (Six Paramitas)or virtues to be cultivated to strengthen practice and bring one to enlightenment is Dana Paramita or Perfection of Generosity. It is giving from sincere wish to benefit others, without expectation of reward or recognition.

    Sangha as a refuge is an important part of one’s spiritual path as we rely on and interact with the Sangha in order to progress in our spiritual path.

    They form or are part of the institutions that preserved and transmit the teachings and lineages. They are the ones who provide the knowledge and facilities for us to study, meditate, practice and retreat.

    Buddhadharma has survived since the parinirvana of Lord Shakyamuni without financial resources of its own, without armies or weapons, merely through the power of wisdom and virtue of the Sangha. There is no guarantee that it will continue to survive or that it will continue to make vital and important contributions to human life. Hence, it is very important to not take for granted, and to do our best to support the Sangha as best as we can.

    There are many ways we can make offerings to the Sangha. For example, we can offer robes, food, lodging/building, medicine, and so on. However, like what Rinpoche said, we can also donate our time, talents and skills to the Sangha, centre or teacher, not just material things.

  19. Phng Keng Hwa on Feb 4, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for posting this. A few years back (around 4 or 5 years ago), my Grandma, Datuk may Phng, took us to Bangkok on a family vacation and took us to this exact place to offer food to the Shanga. She even told us to take off our shoes and walk on the road barefoot as a sign of respect to the monks. 🙂

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for having taken her to offer food to the Shanga the first time, so she was able to take us to experience this as well. _/|\_

    Your humble student,
    Keng hwa.

  20. Pastor Han Nee on Jan 27, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    The Sangha is very important.
    “For the last 2500 years, it is mainly the sangha who has kept the Dharma alive and intact throughout all the monasteries in the world up till the present day. It has been the sangha who teach other sangha and lay people and kept the Dharma alive and well through teachings. Buddha set it up this way. Supporting the sangha is supporting the continuance of the holy Dharma. If all Sangha disappeared due to no support, then you will see the Dharma decline in its complete form”.

    Rinpoche tells us why doing dana for the Sangha is a highly meritorious act. It is also a powerful act of purification.Rinpoche himself led a group to offer food to the Sangha. Rinpoche always shows and inspires, by his own fine example, how to be compassionate and giving(in this case) to the Sangha.

  21. Pema Thinley on Jan 26, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    this is so touching and beautiful dharma in action. thank you _/\_

  22. Datuk May on Jan 26, 2015 at 12:33 am

    I was with Rinpoche and the team when we did offerings to the monks in Bangkok. It was a very good experience and the very next time when I was in Bangkok with my family in 2012, we did the same thing and the young members of the family thorough enjoyed the experience of giving.

    Besides creating generosity, it is imperative that we sponsor and support the sangha so that the Dharma can be preserved for many generations to come.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching.

  23. Pee Bee Chong on Jan 25, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching. The video reminds me the purpose of offering and supporting the sangka. We should be sincere and humble. We should not think of taking anything from the sangka. Offering and supporting the sangka ensures that the Dharma can continue to spread in many future generations to benefits others. By doing this, we also create the merits to be able to continue learning Dharma now and in our our future lives.

  24. Rena Wong on Jan 7, 2014 at 12:03 am

    We safeguard the Dharma for future generations, when we support and make offerings to the Sangha.  We also collect merits and create the cause to practice Dharma in the future.  It is a good way for lay people to support the sangha’s  contribution as the Sangha’s time, effort and activity is 100% for the community.

    During our visit to Bangkok during CNY and Christmas last year 2013, we made offerings to the monks in Banglampoo. After learning the teachings from Rinpoche, we felt it was a good way to start CNY 2013 by making offerings on the first day of CNY. Andy & Jen Ni learned how to make the offerings, too. We explained to them later that Rinpoche has given a teaching on the benefits of offering food to monks. Its a beautiful practice for our spiritual growth as we are able to benefit others. We must consistently learn and practice to make offerings to our Teacher, Sangha and Dharma Centre to receive blessings for our spiritual practice.

    With folded hands
    Rena

  25. jerry_sito on Dec 26, 2013 at 12:28 am

    感恩仁波切总是不断的给予我们很美的教诲,并身体力行的给予我们开示,让我们能够留下更深刻的印象,与强大的佛法种子

    透过供养僧侣,我们除了能从中学习到,布施,让我变得更加的无私,与学习到培养一刻能帮助别人的心,与尊重三宝与上师的心以外

    仁波切也让我们有了一个因供养僧侣与延续佛法的机会,让我们有了累积了大量的福德资粮的机会,让我们有更足够的善因来学习更多的佛法与修行

    感恩仁波切,祈愿仁波切长驻在世,常转法轮

  26. KYC on Jul 12, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Dana is a volitional act and therefore we must have good motivation when making offerings. The local people are used to serving the monks and they are very respectful. Some of them would even kneel down on the road before making the offerings. For the monks it is an opportunity to allow the lay people to collect merits.

  27. ERIC LEE KHJB on Dec 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    供养僧侣团,是一件非常殊胜的事,它不但能让我们累积功德,更能让僧侣们没有三餐的烦恼,能让他们把2600多年了的佛陀教育得以继续弘扬下去,那是多么有意义的一件事情。如果没有办法到泰国去做,也可以在本地那么做,我就有在本地请僧侣们吃过饭,心里面的那份满足是无法形容的,有机会的话,你们也可以试看看。。。。

  28. Darren Kechara Paradise on Dec 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    What a beautiful country and i love the culture of offering to sangha in Thailand. Would love to visit one day to make offerings to the monks. I did have the opportunity to does some offering for the monks in Nepal.

  29. Joy on Dec 17, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    This custom and tradition of giving Dhana to the sangha started in Lord Buddha Shakyamuni’s time and it is so beautiful to see this still happening today in our beautiful neighbouring country – Thailand.

    This act of giving alms to the monks is such a sacred act because the whole action, motivation is totally Dharmic and meritorious. So fortunate we are that we still see this tradition being practised, and for us lay people to have the opportunity to actually engage in this act as if it was like 2500 years ago.

    Rejoice we can still do this today and now for us, Thailand will not just be another tourist destination, shopping and parties but of one that is spiritual as well.

    Thank you Rinpoche for reminding us and sharing with us, giving many of us this opportunity to experience this sacred act of giving!

  30. Venix on Dec 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Dear Tsem Rinpoche,

    Thanks for sharing. I will do the offerings to the monks for my next trip to Bangkok.

    Regards,
    Venix

  31. wei theng on Dec 17, 2012 at 4:00 am

    First time I listen to the video, I learned that doing Dana is good for us, it is us who need to do Dana rather monks need our Dana. It is also good to teach children about doing offering. It will teach them about generosity, and not to grow up to be so materialistic.

    Reading this article for the 2nd time and following strike me.
    “…. Do not think supporting the sangha is a burden or only when you have extra resources because if you ponder the value of the sangha, you will realize it is not a burden or extra but a necessity. It is not enough you encountered the Dharma, but you must make sure it is safeguarded for future generations… ”
    Offerings to monks os a necessity. It is not a burden or when we have extra resources. Christian used to contribute partial of their salary for Church and Buddhist should have this good habits of offer partial of our salary for temple too.

  32. Davin on Dec 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Thank you for this inspiring video. I am really amazed by the spirituality and religion of the people in Thailand. For people who wish to make offerings to monks just before they go to work or go to school they can go to the stall set up on the roadside daily. Making offerings like food to the monks is a beautiful way for us to collect merits.

  33. Clifford on Dec 15, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    I had always thought offering to monks was just simply an act of kindness, but when Rinpoche said that “You support the monks to do their studies, practice, meditations and teachings. You gain the merit for sponsoring their activities, in this case through food to put it simply. They do what you cannot and you do what they do not do… it is a perfect balance.” That completely blew my mind and made me some what guilty of being so ignorant for not putting more thought into it. I am very happy to see kechara and Rinpoche sponsoring these monks with food.

    Hope Rinpoche is well.

  34. mitra on Dec 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    very touching . Rinpoche shows us how to make offerings to the Noble Sangha.Thank you Rinpoche for the teachings.

  35. Uncle Eddie on Dec 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Don’t you think it’s a perfect practice instituted by an awakened being 2,500 years ago? The monks do what we cannot do – and we do what they do not do – so its a perfect balance. The Sangha renounces samsara to focus on study, practice, teaching and serving others with full energies towards Dharma, thus to keep Dharma alive through our supporting their activities fully. They dont have to waste time on wordly activities, so they can put their whole-hearted energy into Dharma, thus keeping the Dharma alive. At the same time, we can create merits through the law of cause and effect in our participation, as causes resemble results,and vice-versa, said by Rinpoche, as “that’s karma”. It is also better to support with more than one food offering to the monks, the more the merrier! So happy offerings, everyone.

  36. Wah Ying on Dec 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teachings, I will always remember to give always and think of others more and more.

  37. Albert Ratchaga on Dec 10, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I was very fortunate to have the chance to go make offering to the monks with my mum, Thanks to Henry and Kechara, that Im able to go there to offer dana to the monks in Thailand.

    We woke up morning 5am, get ready and walk there, it took us about 30 minutes walking and it feel so good walking in the morning.

    If it is not because of Kechara, I would not have the chance to do so, because we won’t understand the meaning behind and we won’t do it. we also visit a few temples in Thailand during our stay.

  38. AdelineTan on Dec 10, 2012 at 11:03 am

    By offering foods, robes and sponsoring the the sangha members whatever they need can collect tremendous amount of merits, so we must support the sanghas in order for them to spread the dharma. Rinpoche has told me and my friends to sponsor the monks in Gaden monastery for many years.Thank you Rinpoche for giving us this opportunity to do so.

  39. Low ksjc on Dec 9, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.It is great to know that in Thailand most of the people still have a chance to practice Buddhism in the public area.It is a great way to instill the practice of generosity to the younger generation at a early age through such practice every morning at Thanom Kraisi. Rinpoche was very kind to lead the way to show us how it should be done properly and to highlight to us the importance of the Shanga.

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  40. Girlie Ooi on Dec 9, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    It is such a common sight in Thailand in the mornings to see people lining up the roads to make offerings to the Sangha. People from all ages and from all walks of life mingle in the early morning hours for the chance to offer dana to the monks.

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  42. Martin on Dec 8, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Just looking at the pictures alone gives me a such a sense of reverence towards the monks and knowing that they have given up all to study, practice, teach and preserve the Dharma deepends the feeling. If it were not for the Sangha, the Buddha’s teachings might have been lost a long time ago. Before we came to know the Dharma, we may have admired successful people in their suits and nice offices but once we know even a bit of Dharma we begin to see the Sangha as truly people we should admire, honour and emulate. They are the keepers of something more precious than anything the world can afford.

    Thailand has this beautiful culture that recognizes the importance of the Sangha and venerates them. And looking at the young monks I feel so much joy for them that from an early age, they already have the tremendous merits not to be trapped by futile worldly pursuits.

    I am also very touched and inspired by Rinpoche’s clear humility to serve and bow to the monks, even the younger ones. It would have been a great experience to be there personally.

  43. Milly on Dec 6, 2012 at 10:42 am

    The video teaches us so much Dharma knowledge and Rinpoche always ensure that we understand the benefits of each practice. Likewise, the demerits if we have the mindset to perceive and react negatively. The majority of Thais have a deep culture of supporting the Sangha. Its great to see school children inculcating such virtues from a young age.

  44. Pastor Yek Yee on Dec 6, 2012 at 3:53 am

    I am learn dharma in Kechara few years past, I find out as a dharma practitioner the most difficult or the big challenge for me is how to become a humble person in front of everyone. Second, how to beg!!!It is not easy to us to beg for others, especially beg for others to spread dharma or benefit many…do not agree???In Rinpoche teaching in this video is good lesson for us, Rinpoche reminded us begging for dharma is precious opportunity in our life which we create a good merit then we can beg for dharma or beg for others!!!

  45. Jace Chong on Dec 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching.

    It’s wonderful to see in Buddhist countries that still keep the tradition. Keeping the tradition didn’t make Bangkok become backward, but a developing city with more humility.

    I totally agree with what Rinpoche says, if our kids grow up in this situation, they will become happier and less anger. I think because in their mind, there’s some idea of serving others.

    When I was transiting from Bangkok to Bodh Gaya, the plane was leaving Bangkok airport, I saw 3 airport crew came to the front of the plane, folded their hands and bow to the plane. I do not know what is the real meaning, but for me the action is wishing us a safe journey. I feel very warm even by this little action that I didn’t see it in any trip that I went.

    May Dharma always be supported and flourish!

  46. Janice Kwok on Dec 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    In my recent trips to Chiangmai and Bangkok, i did it. In Bangkok, i went to exactly the same place as shown in the pictures and the lady that prepared the food offering was the same! In Chiangmai, a lady took her toddler to do an offering. In Bangkok, a father took his primary school daughter to do offerings before school. V moving and practical Dharma lesson for the young. After the food offerings in Banglampu, we walked to the temple Wat Chan Songkram and did some prayers. In the prayer hall, a monk bowl and plate was placed in front of the altar and people could put the food offerings and flowers in the hall. i am being reminded in this post to continue to do this offering everytime i have the opportunity. Thank you Rinpoche. _/|\_

  47. Erickksiow on Dec 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the Dharma talk on making offering to the Sangha, and for Rinpoche leading by example of making offering to the Sangha.

    Regards : Erickksiow

  48. judy lam on Aug 22, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Thank yuu Rinpooche. Now I understood that by making offerings to the Sangha, it is to enable them to focus on doing more Dharma work and we gain great spiritual merit by being involved.

  49. verontung on Jul 31, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I have been once to do this offering in bangkok due to a travelogue shooting. That time im the director for this programme and i have not involve with any dharma yet. But somehow i insist to get this beautiful action to be shot with my host doing the offering to the monks (although it’s quite hard to persuade my crew to have to wake up so early to prepare for shooting this) . I really and truly fascinated with the locals when seeing on what they have did. This is a mind blower, to witness how deep is the local’s belief. Me and my host were excited and kinda worried that we did not perform this in a right way. We’ve got advised from our tour guide, and he advised that female shall not touch the bowl when offering the food, and we should remove our shoes when doing this. Now after reading this post, i have much more understanding about the reason and why ppl in Thailand always make offers to the monk! Thanks rinpoche~!

  50. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jul 10, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche very much for introducing this place – Banglampo – to us.

    It will certainly take some effort to make it to this place – need to wake up real early to avoid the 2-hour jam. But I believe, if I were there, or to be with a group of friends who understand the underlying reasons for making food dharna to the sangha, this will all be worth it.

    I believe that it will be a very heart-warming experience.

  51. Julia Tan on Jul 7, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Very warm hearted to see all these pictures. I wished I was there to make the offerings too. Making offerings like food to the monks is a beautiful way for us to collect merits. Monks has nothing but dharma. Hence their mind is pure. They do not allow to receive offerings for tomorrow but must be just enough of today. By offering monk robe will generate tremendous merits. But all these are incomparable to the merits that we collect by serving our own Lama.

  52. JP on Jun 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    It was an amazing experience to give food to the monks. Many Thais were there as well giving food to the monks before they start work. There were students who would assist some monks by carrying their bags. I think they do this before school.

    What a great way to teach children about compassion and altruism. It’s unfortunate that we don’t have something like this in KL. It’d be a good exposure for the children and adults on practising humility, compassion and generosity.

  53. Jay Jae on Jan 5, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Rinpoche being a High Lama he is really teaches the Dharma from the heart! Rinpoche shows us how to make offerings to the Noble Sangha.

    Pindapata, a Pali term used to describe monks going out for alms started by the Sagely Buddha himself. Rinpoche is so kind to bring these Kecharians to experience how it was like 2500years ago and Rinpoche made offerings to the monks too!

    I know by tradition some Thais would wake up in the wee hours of the day to prepare for this daily before attending to their daily needs.

    Rejoice in this awesome deed!

  54. skyong on Sep 30, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I am glad to see everyone here has the chance to support the Sangha. 🙂 The trip showed us examples what you actually do when you support the Sangha. Taking times off helping the Sangha, reading, and applying it to life, is what we should do now while working for a livelihood.

    “..if you support the sangha, then you collect the merits to do dharma practice in the near future. Why? You are supporting others to do Dharma, and by the power of cause and effect, you should receive the same because you created the causes by making offerings.”

  55. James Long on Sep 23, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    那天早上起身的特别早,记得前一晚只睡了那么一小时,睡前换好衣服,起身洗脸就起程。

    太阳未升起时,路旁的小贩已准备好所有的食物,让人们购买来供养僧人。除了早起去市场的人,可以看到在上学途中的学生也停下来做供养。一些学生也帮忙这些僧人提拿供品。这些孩子都是未来的社会群。在泰国,孩子从小就有这样的成长环境,从小就学习布施、供养三宝。我相信这些孩子也都被灌输慈悲善心的思想。

    在泰国,每一个人都非常友善,不论你是谁。我们买食物给流浪汉吃,在泰国,路人会向前来微笑。

    但在马来西亚,我们会接受到一种异样的眼光,觉得为什么我们照顾社会的“寄生虫”。其实他们不是寄生虫,有哪一个人愿意一生没有任何目标?一生靠乞食,让人看低?相信他们有他们的苦衷,只是我们没有去了解他们。

    至于那些给与异样眼光的人,他们没有错,只是从小的教育和社会环境要我们自力更生,向上,可是我们却多少忽略了其他需要帮忙的人。

    虽然很累,那是一个很满足的早上。我们供养的不单是僧人,我们同时也供养所有僧人所持的戒律,希望未来我们可以很容易的生起出离心,来世从小就能解除佛法,修行。

  56. abby on Sep 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I don’t understand why ladies shall not touch the monk’s offering bowl? If it’s not to touch the monk, to me it makes sense. But not to touch the bowl, it is something weird to me. Is there any specific reason?
    Thank you.

    Abby.

  57. Alex Hay on Sep 11, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This also happen in Hatyai. I was on a trip to Hatyai last week, I could see people over there also do the same. Basically they will kneel down infront of the monk while making offering and the monk will offer some prayers. Is great to see such a wonderful interaction between the monk and society over there.

    Regards
    Alex

  58. Lim Han Nee on Aug 30, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for creating in us a greater awareness of the far-reaching benefit of making offerings to the Sangha.

    Years ago, I was told to offer robes to the Sangha annually, which I did for a while. But all that i was told then was that this act would bring much merit to me and to the people to whom i dedicated this merit.

    NOw, through this teaching, I understand that giving to the Sangha and supporting the Sangha is to protect the Dharma from disappearing and to ensure the Dharma grows.So it is vital to give to the Sangha, who are doing what we ourselves cannot do – that is to fully renounce the worldly life and to be 100 % in Dharma- so as to ‘keep the fire of Dharma burning’ for the benefit of all.(I am sure Rinpoche has given us this teaching before, but ,on this particular occasion, this teaching hits me with great impact because of it being on-the-spot where Rinpoche and our Dharma brothers and sisters are there making food offerings to the Sangha).

    Yes, I am deeply touched by how the THais, of all ages and from all walks of life, show their deep respect for the Sangha and pay homage to them as part of their daily lives.

  59. Mercedes on Aug 25, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche,this is very uplifting!!

  60. yf wong on Aug 25, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Guru, so good to practise this act & frankly it has never cross my mind that i can & should plan part of our holiday trip event by making offering to the Sangha when visiting Thailand or Bangkok. I wish to do this offering when i visit Bangkok in the future. Thank you Guru.

  61. Alizson Ng on Aug 24, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Rejoice for all Dharma brothers and sisters who have a lucky day to give.
    May the Dharma stay with all of us forever.

    Metta 

  62. Yee Ling on Aug 24, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Dear Rinpoche
    Thank you for this blog on offerings. I love your teaching on the spirituality of making offerings to the Sangha. We make these offerings for the benefit of all sentient beings and for the growth of Dharma. We learn humility and generosity without agenda.

    What a beautiful setting too to see true spirituality in practice in modern day life.

  63. henry ooi on Aug 23, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Yes, just like Jamie, I too had the fortune to make offerings to the monks in Thailand on two occasions when I took my wife and two children to Bangkok.

    We got up early in the morning and walked to the marketplace nearby the hotel we were staying. We bought food from the vendors and approached monks who went on their rounds. The first time, a local taught us to remove our shoes before we offered the food, a gesture of practicing humility and respect.

    My two children loved making the offerings and didn’t complain having to wake up early on their holidays.

  64. Frederick Law on Aug 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    it is so touching to see the school going children assisting the monk, i am really amazed at the spirituality and religion of the people in Thailand, be it young or old, they respect the Buddhism and the Sangha very much, something for me to learn.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the Dharma talk on making offering to the Sangha, and for Rinpoche leading by example of making offering to the Sangha is something i will surely learn and practice from. With folded hands.

  65. Dana Lloyd Thomas on Aug 21, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Thank you for this inspiring video!

  66. Paris on Aug 21, 2011 at 12:40 am

    I had the really, really great fortune to make these same offerings in the same place with Rinpoche a few years ago. It is such a beautiful and inspiring way to start the day – by making an offering to the Sangha and making prayers for something extraordinary and beyond ourselves.

    It’s quite cute to be there and watch what goes on. The local thai people literally just double park their cars, jump out in their work clothes, run across the road to buy food, make offerings and prayers, and pay their respects to the monks, then jump back into the cars and rush off to work. What incredible devotion that they make it a part of their day to make offerings like this.

    When I was there with Rinpoche the last time, what was most inspiring was seeing Rinpoche make the offerings himself. Dressed in lay clothes, none of the monks or locals would have known that he was a monk himself, and when he made the offerings, he would make sure he folded his hands and bowed down so his head was lower than each of the monks – being so much taller than the average Thai meant that Rinpoche would be bent double. If even someone who is such a high Lama and a monk for so many years, like Rinpoche, can pay this much respect to the Sangha, there’s really no excuses for us.

    I think it’s important to realise that when we make an offering to Sangha, it is not us doing them a favour, but the Sangha doing us a favour, and giving us an opportunity to do something really good for ourselves.

  67. Benji on Aug 20, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    i find it very touching – Rinpochela leading the group members in performing Dana to the Sangha members (be it in Ganden Monastery or on the streets of Bangkok)…. so touched, and inspired! Thank you, Rinpochela!

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    Thursday, Jul 19. 2018 12:16 PM
    I have enjoyed reading books or watching paranormal videos from time to time.. I do believed unseen beings definitely do exist. As long as we do no harm or disturb them , they too do us no harm. But in all we got to accept it seriously as in some cases the unseen beings might be aggressive. We are fortunate we have Dorje Shugden protecting us ….having trust and faith in our practice , respecting the unseen being by making offerings to them. All the paranormal stories which Rinpoche experiences were interesting and scary. I do enjoyed the snake spirit , Banging Pots to name . Seem to be interesting.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/paranormal-collection.html
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    Thank you for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/potala.html
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    This article is a very precious sharing on Gen Nyima and Dorje Shugden oracle. I appreciate very much and would like to share some of my thoughts here:

    The Significance of Dorje Shugden
    a. Although Gen Nyima did not practice Dorje Shugden but he confirmed that Dorje Shugden is Manjushri and everyone knows this especially all the high lamas.
    b. There was one time HH the 98th Gaden Tripa Jetsun Jampel Shenpen was very ill and his secretary came to visit Gen Nyima. Gen Nyima advised to perform a full Dorje Shugden Torgya ritual. This is because Dorje Shugden has become the principal Protector of Lama Tsongkhapa’s tradition and therefore by performing these pujas, Gaden Tripa would recover.

    The importance of guru devotion
    Dorje Shugden always protects, helps and guides faithful practitioners in spiritual path. If one person does not practice the dharma, against the guru’s advice or disrespecting guru, will not lead the person to enlightenment path. For this instance, Rinpoche asked the Protector Dorje Shugden not to take trance in the lady. After that, it was told that Dorje Shugden never took trance through her again. The lady went to monasteries and requested to become an oracle again, but she was told to repair her samaya with her teacher.

    Focus and have faith in practice
    It is believed that Gen Nyima practiced and focused on Yamantaka. Gen Nyima practiced Yamantaka diligently that included daily sadhana for 4 times per day with rituals and offerings, mantra recitations and full meditation. Gen Nyima said if practice Yamantaka, do not need any other Protector because Yamantaka is also a Protector. Gen Nyima only relied on Yamantaka for many matters included divinations, bless and heal the people and control the weather etc.

    It is said that if you reveal the deity you practise, you will not gain attainments. But, Gen Nyima told Rinpoche about his practice on Yamantaka and this implied that he has achieved higher levels of spiritual attainments and he is no different from Yamantaka. Furthermore, HH the 14th Dalai Lama believed and certified Gen Nyima’s meditational attainments and abilities. HH the 14th Dalai Lama asked Gen Nyima not to die or show signs of old age and sickness. Gen Nyima replied that he will follow the instruction.

    The practice of Eight Worldly Concerns
    Gen Nyima had studied up to the Madhyamaka (Middle Way) philosophy level in the monastery. Gen Nyima was very humble, sincere and he did not want to sit the examinations and earn a degree. He just wanted to meditate.

    When Gen Nyima lived in deep forest of Bhutan, he had helped and healed many people including the Queen Mother of Bhutan. There was no greed or selfishness in Gen Nyima. He only took very little of the money that needed for his and his assistant’s subsistence. While the balance of the money would offer to HH the Dalai Lama and Gaden Monastery. Another example was Gen Nyima just used an Amul cheese container for divinations instead of silver, brass, wood or clay divination boxes.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-jolenpa-bodhisattva-gen-nyima.html
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    Wednesday, Jul 18. 2018 02:37 PM
    Inspiring yet powerful article and transcript of Mr Chen, the Chinese Buddhist billionaire. He has started an online games company and had accumulated worth of billions yet feeling unhappy and streesful. He eventually decided he had to salvage his own health after experiencing panic attacks. At the peak of his career he decided to put his wealth for something more meaningful. Combined with his Buddhist beliefs, convinced him to study and commit to researching the human brain and to transcend suffering.
    He gave out most of his fortune to support brain research.
    And even gave millions to various causes, including education, charities, healthcare, disaster relief, and poverty relief. He realised at end of the day , wealth is not everything , we should let go , afterall dealth is unpreditable. An example to all of us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-chinese-buddhist-billionaire-who-wants-to-fix-your-brain.html
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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/four-sacred-sites-of-vajrayogini-in-nepal.html
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    Thank you for this brief introduction of the most recognisable landmark in Lhasa, the Potala Palace. At the centre of the Tibetan government and also the winter palace of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, this magnificent 13-storey building is indeed a architecture masterpieces. It is also interesting to note the mystical Demoness of Tibet that illustrates the physical location of important monasteries in Tibet.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/potala.html
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    Voodoo is an Afro-Caribbean religion where by their practices revolve around specific beliefs and a pantheon of Gods and Goddesses. These African Voodoo practice has been going on for many hundreds of years. It was once misunderstood. Some claimed as witchcraft but they are not and it is still practiced today. It was declared as a true religion where everyone can practices freely and worship as they like without discrimination.
    Because of the Tibetan Leadership (CTA) political agenda and due to the differences from their own belief, they instituted the ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners. At this century everyone should given the freedom to choose what they believes and what to practise without discrimination.
    Is heart breaking to read articles on the CTA’s official website of the ban which has indeed cause disharmony among the Tibetan communities. The Tibetan Leadership at one side said that everyone can have the freedom to practise but at one end they are against it. They are not truly democratic at all. Dorje Shugden practice is banned by the Tibetan leadership while the Voodoo was banned by European colonisers previously. As times goes by the authority accepted the voodoo practice. The CTA should followed the example of what actually a democratic country like by lifting the ban so as people can practice freely to what they want .
    Its wonderful to know of the Voodoo’s practice from the videos.
    May HH Dalai Lama please lift the ban soon to create a peaceful and harmonious communities .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/voodoo-and-the-tibetan-leadership.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 17. 2018 02:47 PM
    Great post for many to have a better understanding of our own Malaysian land…..state of Kedah. Many of us are not aware of the beauty of Kedah. I have been twice there yet still could not cover all corners as it is a vast State. Yes ..its definitely a place to visit this ‘ Rice bowl of Malaysia’ which was sometimes called. Visited the mainland and Langkawi Island which has plenty to offer to locals as well as foreigner. The many places of interests are fantastic which has a historical stories and legends behind it. I have visited those common places like … Paddy Museum, Pulau Payar Marine Park, Tasik Dayang Bunting , Mahsuri’s Tomb and so forth to name a few.
    Visitors to Kedah must try their delicacies which are different from those other states of Malaysia.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Sharon Ong for this sharing .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/wonderful-kedah-malaysia.html
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    Tuesday, Jul 17. 2018 12:38 AM
    Where can you find Buddhist texts, scriptures, ebooks and other documents for download at ZERO COST??
    Here –> http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/free-downloads-texts

    There are texts from General Buddhism to Buddhist Philosophy, Tantra and more, suitable for everyone from the beginner spiritual seeker to the advanced practitioner.

    Do come back regularly as we will be adding more texts.
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    Monday, Jul 16. 2018 09:47 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche’s private quarters has such a beautiful shrine for you to view and be blessed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPAfpMoN2bA
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Jul 16. 2018 09:18 PM
    Sacred Guru Rinpoche thangka w/ Mother Green Tara on his left & World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden on his right- https://bit.ly/2uqdg7f
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Jul 16. 2018 09:04 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for these useful tips when we engage in a retreat. I think it is very important to set the highest motivation before engaging in a retreat and then focus on it during the retreat. We are really very fortunate to have all the guidance from Rinpoche and pastors and comfortable venue to do retreat here in Kechara. Appreciate Rinpoche’s kindness.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/5-practical-tips-for-a-spiritual-retreat.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Jul 16. 2018 08:40 PM
    Retreat is indeed a great way to breakaway from our busy schedule to seek for a calm and peaceful mind. Not only that, it is a great way to connect with the Buddha for a few days without any disturbance, just us and Buddha. We are all very fortunate that Rinpoche created Kechara Forest Retreat where we have a conducive environment for retreat. Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/6-signs-you-need-a-retreat-pronto.html

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Oser is super funny. Dharma boy is super funny. Look how they avoid and attack Chip! LOL- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmGg6g8waNg
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Oser is super funny. Dharma boy is super funny. Look how they avoid and attack Chip! LOL- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmGg6g8waNg
Very nice picture of Pabongka Rinpoche, Oracle of Shugden and Gen Lobsang Yeshe who helped HH Dalai Lama out of Tibet.
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Very nice picture of Pabongka Rinpoche, Oracle of Shugden and Gen Lobsang Yeshe who helped HH Dalai Lama out of Tibet.
Me and peek-a-boo Oser who is pretending to be a rabbit. LOL Tsem Rinpoche
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Me and peek-a-boo Oser who is pretending to be a rabbit. LOL Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s private quarters has such a beautiful shrine for you to view and be blessed:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPAfpMoN2bA
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Tsem Rinpoche's private quarters has such a beautiful shrine for you to view and be blessed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPAfpMoN2bA
Sacred Guru Rinpoche thangka w/ Mother Green Tara on his left & World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden on his right- 
 https://bit.ly/2uqdg7f
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Sacred Guru Rinpoche thangka w/ Mother Green Tara on his left & World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden on his right- https://bit.ly/2uqdg7f
The 3rd Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche points out clearly the murderer of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen- Read Here -  https://bit.ly/2uyhkBt
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The 3rd Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche points out clearly the murderer of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen- Read Here - https://bit.ly/2uyhkBt
Murder in Drepung Monastery: Depa Norbu- Read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=162787
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Murder in Drepung Monastery: Depa Norbu- Read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=162787
Dorje Shugden Arrives in a Nepali School | नेपाली विद्यालयमा दोर्जे शुग्देनको प्रवेश।- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164978
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Dorje Shugden Arrives in a Nepali School | नेपाली विद्यालयमा दोर्जे शुग्देनको प्रवेश।- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164978
My doggies are super cute. He is Dharma boy in grey and she is Oser girl in the white. They looked like little stuffed toys. I love them very much.
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My doggies are super cute. He is Dharma boy in grey and she is Oser girl in the white. They looked like little stuffed toys. I love them very much.
My doggies are super cute. He is Dharma boy in grey and she is Oser girl in the white. They looked like little stuffed toys.
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My doggies are super cute. He is Dharma boy in grey and she is Oser girl in the white. They looked like little stuffed toys.
Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164215

This is an important pilgrimage blog post everyone must study and understand as one day you could visit and make prayers. Also this post has the various lineages of the sacred Lady Vajra Yogini\'s practice. A must read. Tsem Rinpoche
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Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164215 This is an important pilgrimage blog post everyone must study and understand as one day you could visit and make prayers. Also this post has the various lineages of the sacred Lady Vajra Yogini's practice. A must read. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat
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Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat
Sakya tradition\'s thangka of Dorje Shugden sitting on a throne within his palace with his four emanations and high Sakya Lama nearby. Tsem Rinpoche
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Sakya tradition's thangka of Dorje Shugden sitting on a throne within his palace with his four emanations and high Sakya Lama nearby. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s shrine next to his working table
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Tsem Rinpoche's shrine next to his working table
Tsem Rinpoche teaching in Kathmandu, Nepal
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Tsem Rinpoche teaching in Kathmandu, Nepal
Tsem Rinpoche teaching around 20 years back in Wisdom Centre Kuala Lumpur.
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Tsem Rinpoche teaching around 20 years back in Wisdom Centre Kuala Lumpur.
A Indian Yogi meditating on the path of Vajra Yogini deep in the forest as he is guarded by his wisdom protector Dorje Shugden. If we rely on him, Dorje Shugden will watch over us unwaveringly.~Tsem Rinpoche
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A Indian Yogi meditating on the path of Vajra Yogini deep in the forest as he is guarded by his wisdom protector Dorje Shugden. If we rely on him, Dorje Shugden will watch over us unwaveringly.~Tsem Rinpoche
A very rare lineage of the Severed-Head Vajra Yogini thangka. She has severed her head and holding it in her own skull cup. Top left is Indra Kacho Vajra Varahi, centre is Flying Vajra Yogini and top right is Maitri Kacho Vajra Yogini.~Tsem Rinpoche
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A very rare lineage of the Severed-Head Vajra Yogini thangka. She has severed her head and holding it in her own skull cup. Top left is Indra Kacho Vajra Varahi, centre is Flying Vajra Yogini and top right is Maitri Kacho Vajra Yogini.~Tsem Rinpoche
A stunning ethereal depiction of Dorje Shugden invoked by the Aboriginal tribes in Australia.~Tsem Rinpoche
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A stunning ethereal depiction of Dorje Shugden invoked by the Aboriginal tribes in Australia.~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka with upper left: Guru Rinpoche in the form of Nyima Odser, centre Lord Buddha Shakyamuni, right Tsongkapa, bottom left Protector Dorje Drolod and bottom right Protector of wisdom Dorje Shugden.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful thangka with upper left: Guru Rinpoche in the form of Nyima Odser, centre Lord Buddha Shakyamuni, right Tsongkapa, bottom left Protector Dorje Drolod and bottom right Protector of wisdom Dorje Shugden.~Tsem Rinpoche
A meditator in Tibet has a vision of Manjushri Dorje Shugden while in retreat...while his \'assistant\' the yeti is in the background. Few Tibetan lamas had mentioned they have seen the yeti in Tibet or they harnessed the yeti to deliver messages to other meditators in distant mountains hard to reach by the average person. Tsem Rinpoche
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A meditator in Tibet has a vision of Manjushri Dorje Shugden while in retreat...while his 'assistant' the yeti is in the background. Few Tibetan lamas had mentioned they have seen the yeti in Tibet or they harnessed the yeti to deliver messages to other meditators in distant mountains hard to reach by the average person. Tsem Rinpoche
Left is His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin lak of Sera Mey Monastery. He was residing in our Rashi Gempil Ling Kalmuck temple in Howell, New Jersey since 1971. I arrived in Howell in 1972 and had the fortune to take refuge with this master and receive innumerable teachings for 8 years. I lived 10 minutes away due to my good fortune. He is my first teacher. He is a direct student of H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Dechen Nyingpo the Great as well as Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

Right. Is His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche visiting this temple in New Jersey. It was at this time His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche conferred the Dorje Shugden sogtae (\'initiation\') on Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin along with two other students.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Left is His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin lak of Sera Mey Monastery. He was residing in our Rashi Gempil Ling Kalmuck temple in Howell, New Jersey since 1971. I arrived in Howell in 1972 and had the fortune to take refuge with this master and receive innumerable teachings for 8 years. I lived 10 minutes away due to my good fortune. He is my first teacher. He is a direct student of H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Dechen Nyingpo the Great as well as Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Right. Is His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche visiting this temple in New Jersey. It was at this time His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche conferred the Dorje Shugden sogtae ('initiation') on Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin along with two other students.~Tsem Rinpoche
Another cute attack short video of my doggies you must see: 



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Another cute attack short video of my doggies you must see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMUWYvWk3no&feature=youtu.be
I first saw this \'red\' illustration of Vajra Yogini back in Howell, New Jersey when I was around 14 years old. It is one of my favorite depictions of this Buddha Dakini. Tsem Rinpoche
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I first saw this 'red' illustration of Vajra Yogini back in Howell, New Jersey when I was around 14 years old. It is one of my favorite depictions of this Buddha Dakini. Tsem Rinpoche
Sacred old Vajra Yogini small hand painting called a \'tsakaley\'.
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Sacred old Vajra Yogini small hand painting called a 'tsakaley'.
Offerings are made daily to the enlightened awakened beings on my shrine. Today we offered many fresh and clean fruits. May all be blessed by finding the path to enlightenment and gaining attainments. Tsem Rinpoche

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Offerings are made daily to the enlightened awakened beings on my shrine. Today we offered many fresh and clean fruits. May all be blessed by finding the path to enlightenment and gaining attainments. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
Beautiful picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.
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Beautiful picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.
My dear Mumu boy has such soulful and deep penetrating eyes. He was highly sensitive, intelligent and caring. He is physically gone, but never from my heart. Tsem Rinpoche
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My dear Mumu boy has such soulful and deep penetrating eyes. He was highly sensitive, intelligent and caring. He is physically gone, but never from my heart. Tsem Rinpoche
Oser and Dharma meet \"His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche\"- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-fP1MLuR0A
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Oser and Dharma meet "His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche"- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-fP1MLuR0A
Oser and Dharma meet a new friend. Super cute attack video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkuXAcveV0E
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Oser and Dharma meet a new friend. Super cute attack video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkuXAcveV0E
Little Oser trying to get a snack out. Super cute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ANtRnEFREA
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Little Oser trying to get a snack out. Super cute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ANtRnEFREA
Beautiful and sacred shrine
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Beautiful and sacred shrine
Voodoo and the Tibetan Leadership- https://bit.ly/2u4BZ0w

What happened to the voodoo religion is similar to what Tibetan leadership is doing today to groups of people due to their religion.
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Voodoo and the Tibetan Leadership- https://bit.ly/2u4BZ0w What happened to the voodoo religion is similar to what Tibetan leadership is doing today to groups of people due to their religion.
Take two minutes and  look at this cool video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqBOV1pf8uU
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Take two minutes and look at this cool video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqBOV1pf8uU
Another beautiful and ancient thangka of Guru Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden!
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Another beautiful and ancient thangka of Guru Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden!
Please read about this incredible hermit monk Gen Nyima. Very inspirational-  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163703
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Please read about this incredible hermit monk Gen Nyima. Very inspirational- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163703
Neat and fun video to share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oqe2JPpO6OI
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Neat and fun video to share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oqe2JPpO6OI
A question regarding unenlightened oath bound protectors. Do click on picture and read. Tsem Rinpoche
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A question regarding unenlightened oath bound protectors. Do click on picture and read. Tsem Rinpoche
Be kind to everyone because they need it. Tsem Rinpoche
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Be kind to everyone because they need it. Tsem Rinpoche
Ishwar Puri Ji: The Great Sikh Master in the West- Please read more and be inspired: https://bit.ly/2KxqOqI
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Ishwar Puri Ji: The Great Sikh Master in the West- Please read more and be inspired: https://bit.ly/2KxqOqI
Geshe Puntsok happy with his gift of The Promise book.
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Geshe Puntsok happy with his gift of The Promise book.
It is said by the caretakers not to go to this place at night. Because at night they hear gatherings and lots of voices. People in the village respectfully avoid this place as the dakinis (yoginis) gather at this place and if they are disturbed, there are fearful consequences worst than death for the intruder. Please read more about the this place in Hirapur: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163205
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It is said by the caretakers not to go to this place at night. Because at night they hear gatherings and lots of voices. People in the village respectfully avoid this place as the dakinis (yoginis) gather at this place and if they are disturbed, there are fearful consequences worst than death for the intruder. Please read more about the this place in Hirapur: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163205
Raven-faced Karma-Mahakala or Kakamukha Mahakala
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Raven-faced Karma-Mahakala or Kakamukha Mahakala
You may have heard of singing in the rain, but how about chanting in the rain?

A group of Kecharians went on sacred pilgrimage in Kechara Forest Retreat itself yesterday. We all know we don\'t have to travel far for pilgrimage because we have Kechara Forest Retreat with so many blessed images and relics. Please see what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3439KaJsBA

Tsem Rinpoche
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You may have heard of singing in the rain, but how about chanting in the rain? A group of Kecharians went on sacred pilgrimage in Kechara Forest Retreat itself yesterday. We all know we don't have to travel far for pilgrimage because we have Kechara Forest Retreat with so many blessed images and relics. Please see what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3439KaJsBA Tsem Rinpoche
Stunning \'nathang\' thangka of Ekazati, Dorje Drolod and Dorje Shugden together.
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Stunning 'nathang' thangka of Ekazati, Dorje Drolod and Dorje Shugden together.
Sacred Vajra Yogini made in Qing dynasty Between 1644-1911). It is housed in Sichuan Museum, Chengdu. Just to gaze at Her holy form is to realize there is a different place we can go to that has no suffering. She is the doorway and all we have to do is leave our projections and enter. May all ascend to Kechara Paradise. Namo guru Vajra Yogini lah Chak Tsel Lo! Tsem Rinpoche
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Sacred Vajra Yogini made in Qing dynasty Between 1644-1911). It is housed in Sichuan Museum, Chengdu. Just to gaze at Her holy form is to realize there is a different place we can go to that has no suffering. She is the doorway and all we have to do is leave our projections and enter. May all ascend to Kechara Paradise. Namo guru Vajra Yogini lah Chak Tsel Lo! Tsem Rinpoche
Rumi: Legendary Sufi Poet whose mystical works transcend space and time. It\'s beneficial to enhance our knowledge of other traditions & cultures: https://bit.ly/2lh9cRO
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Rumi: Legendary Sufi Poet whose mystical works transcend space and time. It's beneficial to enhance our knowledge of other traditions & cultures: https://bit.ly/2lh9cRO
His Holiness Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, Kyabe Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery doing puja.
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His Holiness Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, Kyabe Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery doing puja.
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  • Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
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    Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s personal shrine. May everyone who view the shrine be blessed and have peace.
  • Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
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    My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Who is that?? Wow Wow
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    Who is that?? Wow Wow
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzers Oser & Dharma trying to get attention of the life-like statue of Rinpoche's guru Kyabje Zong Rinpoche which was offered by the students
  • Nothing Stops Me from Getting the Snack!
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    Nothing Stops Me from Getting the Snack!
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser got the snack from the ball!
  • I must get the snack!
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    I must get the snack!
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser trying hard to get her snack out of the ball!
  • I love this green snack munch munch munch
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    I love this green snack munch munch munch
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser enjoying her green snack!
  • ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 3: Starring the two silly doggie clowns doing jumps for carrot tidbits. Teehee
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    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 3: Starring the two silly doggie clowns doing jumps for carrot tidbits. Teehee
  • ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 2: Starring the mega monsters Oser and Dharma. Teehee
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    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 2: Starring the mega monsters Oser and Dharma. Teehee
  • ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 1: Guess what are the two monsters looking for??? Teehee…cute
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    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 1: Guess what are the two monsters looking for??? Teehee…cute
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
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    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
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    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
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    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
    3 weeks ago
    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • Bigfoot Sign Arrives in Betong
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    Bigfoot Sign Arrives in Betong
    The town's filled with excitement as Kechara Bigfoot gets a new sign.
  • Visiting senior citizen homes who happily receive Dorje Shugden’s blessings.
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    Visiting senior citizen homes who happily receive Dorje Shugden’s blessings.
  • Visiting a senior citizens home and sharing Dorje Shugden with them.
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    Visiting a senior citizens home and sharing Dorje Shugden with them.
  • Megnath outside the Chabahil Dorje Shugden Chapel in Kathmandu passing out Dorje Shugden brochures and booklets to the local people.
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    Megnath outside the Chabahil Dorje Shugden Chapel in Kathmandu passing out Dorje Shugden brochures and booklets to the local people.
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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Grateful to Kloth Malaysia and Sime Darby Initiative Programme for the invite to The Fabric Recycling Launch by HH Tengku Zatasha. Justin is beaming to have met En. Zaki as they mutually found solutions to each others problems. Finer details to be worked out on a later date. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Grateful to Kloth Malaysia and Sime Darby Initiative Programme for the invite to The Fabric Recycling Launch by HH Tengku Zatasha. Justin is beaming to have met En. Zaki as they mutually found solutions to each others problems. Finer details to be worked out on a later date. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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A wonderful Monday to have 2 young teenagers, Su Lin and Kieren together with Polly, Say Fong and Lisa Tan serving lunch to our clients. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 days ago
A wonderful Monday to have 2 young teenagers, Su Lin and Kieren together with Polly, Say Fong and Lisa Tan serving lunch to our clients. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Self-defense class held by KSDS in Kechara House. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Self-defense class held by KSDS in Kechara House. Alice Tay, KSDS
Every kids will be given opportunity to lead the class to do prostrations. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Every kids will be given opportunity to lead the class to do prostrations. Alice Tay, KSDS
You Qian is a smart and loving kindess boy made donation for animal liberation. Alice Tay, KSDS
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You Qian is a smart and loving kindess boy made donation for animal liberation. Alice Tay, KSDS
The birds would be released after the prayers and mantra recitation. Alice Tay, KSDS
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The birds would be released after the prayers and mantra recitation. Alice Tay, KSDS
Pastor Han Nee led KSDS students, parents and others for animal liberation in Kechara House. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Pastor Han Nee led KSDS students, parents and others for animal liberation in Kechara House. Alice Tay, KSDS
Lets see who is the lucky person to received Dorje Shugden from Kuala Lumpur Chinatown. Louise
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Lets see who is the lucky person to received Dorje Shugden from Kuala Lumpur Chinatown. Louise
Dorje Shugden stall sending hope and blessing to everyone daily. Louise
4 days ago
Dorje Shugden stall sending hope and blessing to everyone daily. Louise
Children volunteering in Kechara Soup Kitchen. A great way to spend the weekend. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children volunteering in Kechara Soup Kitchen. A great way to spend the weekend. Lin Mun KSDS
Lovely kids, learning to chant at very young age. Lin Mun KSDS
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Lovely kids, learning to chant at very young age. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - KSDS Graduation, volunteers are doing make up for children. Lin Mun KSDS
5 days ago
Throwback - KSDS Graduation, volunteers are doing make up for children. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Grand Dorje Shugden Puja, homemade soap all the way from Kuantan. Lin Mun KSDS
5 days ago
Throwback - Grand Dorje Shugden Puja, homemade soap all the way from Kuantan. Lin Mun KSDS
Royden feeding a deer during the Farm in The City outing. Lin Mun KSDS
5 days ago
Royden feeding a deer during the Farm in The City outing. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Colouring contest during Grand Dorje Shugden Puja 2017. Lin Mun KSDS
5 days ago
Throwback - Colouring contest during Grand Dorje Shugden Puja 2017. Lin Mun KSDS
Thanks to recommendation by Mr Andrew Yap, we brought 2 young clients to a job interview at an upscale hotel in #KualaLumpur. Hopefully they will succeed in their interview and live a stable life soon. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
Thanks to recommendation by Mr Andrew Yap, we brought 2 young clients to a job interview at an upscale hotel in #KualaLumpur. Hopefully they will succeed in their interview and live a stable life soon. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Prayer and dedication ~ Monthly Bird Liberation by Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ Jacinta
6 days ago
Prayer and dedication ~ Monthly Bird Liberation by Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ Jacinta
Monthly Bird Liberation ~ Kechara Penang Study Group , Jacinta
6 days ago
Monthly Bird Liberation ~ Kechara Penang Study Group , Jacinta
Dharma Sharing about H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s biography led by Bro Soon Huat~ Kechara Penang Study Group, Jacinta
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Dharma Sharing about H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s biography led by Bro Soon Huat~ Kechara Penang Study Group, Jacinta
More than 200kg of surplus were saved and distributed to the needy families in Jalan Sungai. If not for the food rescue heroes, all these would have ended up in landfills. Thank you to Tesco and all volunteers for making this possible !!! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 days ago
More than 200kg of surplus were saved and distributed to the needy families in Jalan Sungai. If not for the food rescue heroes, all these would have ended up in landfills. Thank you to Tesco and all volunteers for making this possible !!! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Big thanks to Billy Hew for the generosity. Winter melon tea drinks arrive just in time for our street friends as the weather has been muggy and unpredictable lately! We also share the joy with our charity partners. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Big thanks to Billy Hew for the generosity. Winter melon tea drinks arrive just in time for our street friends as the weather has been muggy and unpredictable lately! We also share the joy with our charity partners. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Jenny, Eunice and Nurul Anisa were such a great help to our kitchen today. Apart from serving in the kitchen, they also helped to prepare materials to be used for the needy families' skills training project. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Jenny, Eunice and Nurul Anisa were such a great help to our kitchen today. Apart from serving in the kitchen, they also helped to prepare materials to be used for the needy families' skills training project. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Happy Wefie customer in our stall ! Everyone love Dorje Shugden ! Louise Lee
1 week ago
Happy Wefie customer in our stall ! Everyone love Dorje Shugden ! Louise Lee
Dharma sister Wong Li Yen come to volunteer in our stall in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown during saturday. So kind to spare time to help in the hot sun! Love you. Louise
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Dharma sister Wong Li Yen come to volunteer in our stall in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown during saturday. So kind to spare time to help in the hot sun! Love you. Louise
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