7 Lost Cities of the World

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Dear friends,

No one knows what the Universe has in store for us tomorrow. For good or bad, civilisations turn to dust and princes become paupers overnight. The lost cities of the world were all once great metropolises of even greater civilisations. Some have been rediscovered but no one knows how many others remain lost forever behind the veil of time and the wheel of karma.

Despite the glory and power of their halcyon days, these cities succumbed when their time came. Many met a sudden end, completely unexpected by their residents. Some, like Pompeii, fell to the fury of natural disasters like volcanic eruptions. Others were victims of the most destructive force our planet has ever known: Man.

Here, we look at seven lost cities of the world that I find particularly fascinating. Within them lived people like you and me, harbouring the same hopes and dreams that all men share. The excavations of these sites reveal much about the inhabitants, the lives they led, and of the objects and the ideas that they cherished.

It is a glimpse into a glorious but irrecoverable past, both mesmerising and melancholic at the same time. I hope it lights a passion for history in you, for we are mere specks in the timeline of humanity and must cherish our shared heritage.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

1. Machu Picchu, Peru

The location of Machu Picchu in Peru, South America. Click on image to enlarge.

The ruins of Machu Picchu (meaning “Old Peak” in the Quechua language) are one of the most beautiful of all the ancient sites in the world. Nestled on a small hilltop almost 8,000 feet (2,400 metres) above sea level, this majestic 15th Century city looks over the Urubamba Valley in the Andean Mountain Range.

Machu Picchu has always been isolated from the rest of Peru; even today, it is almost 100 km on the Inca Trail from the nearest village of Cusco. This isolation was instrumental in its escape from the destruction wrought on Incan culture by the Conquistadors. The city was only rediscovered in 1911 by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham.

Machu Picchu is arguably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire for its extraordinary natural setting and superb architecture. The mountain city was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. In 2007, it was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

The layout of Machu Picchu, as it would have appeared in its heyday. Click on image to enlarge.

The city is separated into three areas – agricultural, urban, and religious. The structures are arranged so that the function of the buildings matches the form of their surroundings. The agricultural terracing and aqueducts take advantage of the natural slopes. The lower areas contain buildings occupied by residents of the city while the religious areas are located on the crest of the hill.

Archaeologists estimate that the city could have supported approximately 1,200 people. Despite the large population, the city was completely self-contained. The agricultural terraces were watered by natural springs and produced sufficient yield to feed the entire population. The land surrounding the valleys has been cultivated for more than 1,000 years.

The ruins of Machu Picchu contain palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses, all in a remarkable state of preservation. Both secular and sacred architecture featured large windows, niches for idols and other artistic sculptural embellishments. Splashing fountains and masterpieces of hydraulic engineering brought fresh water into buildings while other channels removed waste.

Every structure in the city is constructed of the same stonework, carved from the grey granite of the mountain top. Many of the building blocks weigh 50 tonnes or more and yet, they are sculpted and fitted together with such precision that it is impossible to insert even a thin blade between them. The interlocking pattern of the blocks allows buildings to withstand earthquakes by allowing entire walls to flex and bend with the tremors.

One of Machu Picchu’s primary functions was as an astronomical observatory. The Intihuatana stone (meaning “Hitching Post of the Sun”) has been shown to be a precise indicator of the date of the two equinoxes (midday of March 21st and September 21st). Intihuatana stones were the supremely sacred objects of the Inca people. Shamanic legends say that when a sensitive person touches their forehead to the stone, it opens their vision to the spirit world. The Inca believed that deities reside around the Intihuatana stones and if the stones are destroyed, the deities will die or depart. Many Incan Intihuatana stones were destroyed during the Spanish conquest of the region. However, the Spaniards never found Machu Picchu (although they had heard rumours of its existence) and the Intihuatana stone of Machu Picchu still stands.

 

2. Petra, Jordan

Petra’s incredible architecture has captured imaginations for centuries. Click on image to enlarge.

Petra lies in a great rift valley east of Wadi Araba in Jordan, about 80 kilometres from the Dead Sea. The site has been inhabited since very early human history – remains from the Palaeolithic and the Neolithic eras have been discovered in the area. Petra was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.

Petra achieved great importance under the Nabateans, who migrated and settled here in the 6th Century BC. The city’s prosperity and power reached its peak during the 1st Century BC, due in large part to its regional monopoly of the spice trade. In their four centuries in power, the Nabateans built a city of palaces, temples and tombs, and constructed a network of channels and cisterns to harness rainwater in the arid land. They also designed a hydraulic system which is still used by the Bedouin tribes today. At its height, the city bustled with 30,000 people scattered over 1,000 square kilometres.

The Nabateans’ independent reign over Petra came to an end in AD 106 when it was integrated into the Roman Empire under Emperor Trajan. However, the city continued to flourish under the Romans.

Entry to Petra is via a winding 1.2 km (0.75 mi) gorge known as the Siq. The almost vertical rock walls of the Siq range between 91 m and 182 m (299-597 ft.) in height but at their narrowest points are a mere 3 metres (10 ft.) apart. The gigantic structure was created by tectonic movements that rent the rock asunder while the walls were smoothened by centuries of water erosion.

The Siq opens up to the facade of the Khazneh, the building that has all but becomes the face of Petra. While the name given to it today means “treasury”, it is actually a mausoleum that was built in the 1st Century AD. At that time, Petra was a flourishing city of 20,000 inhabitants.

In AD 336, an earthquake destroyed half of the city but Petra managed to recover. However, the shift of trading routes in favour of seaborne shipping and another severe earthquake in 551 AD proved too devastating. By 700 AD, the once-thriving metropolis was gone.

While memories of the city in the sands faded from the minds of outsiders, some local tribes were always aware of its existence. Petra was rediscovered for the rest of the world in 1812 by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, a Swiss scholar. He came disguised as a Muslim pilgrim and recognised it as the city of ancient lore.

Today, archaeologists continue to make major discoveries at Petra. In 2016, satellite imagery revealed the existence of a massive underground structure that had been completely hidden from view despite its immense size. Some experts now estimate that as much as 85 per cent of the city remains hidden under the sand and debris.

Colonnade Street of Petra, badly damaged by flash floods over the past 1,000 years.

The Theatre, with a seating capacity of 6,000.

The Djinn Blocks are located on the way to the Siq.

The Obelisk tomb

The Royal Tombs: The Palace and Corinthian Tombs

The Monastery, beautifully-crafted and so huge that the doorway is several stories tall.

High place of Sacrifice on the mountain summit where the Nabataeans performed animal sacrifice rituals.

The Siq (Thaniya) is a kilometre-long crack in the mountain that opens into Petra

The Siq (Thaniya) is a kilometre-long crack in the mountain that opens into Petra

 

3. Troy, Turkey

What is left of the theatre from ancient Troy. Click on image to enlarge.

Perhaps no Greek myth has captured the imagination of the modern masses like that of the Trojan War in Homer’s Iliad. For over two millennia, it was believed that the heroes and their feats narrated in the poem, and even Troy itself, were just imaginary creations meant solely for entertainment. The revelation that the legends were tales of actual events shocked the world when the lost city was unearthed in the early 19th Century.

The site of ancient Troy was first located and identified in the modern era by Scottish journalist Charles MacLaren in 1822. It was excavated by German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann in the 1870s and by other teams in the 1890s and 1930s. For the first time, people could walk on the very soil that their mythical heroes had treaded aeons ago.

The series of digs revealed nine cities, each successive one built on top of its predecessors. Unfortunately, Schliemann’s haste to positively identify the Troy of legend prompted him to employ unprofessional methods of excavation on the upper layers. His carelessness destroyed invaluable information and artifacts, actions for which he has received scathing criticism from other archaeologists.

Nonetheless, the excavations revealed that the area had been first inhabited almost five millennia earlier, in the Early Bronze Age. Homer had accurately described Troy as standing near the shores; however, the landscape has shifted and the coastline today lies almost 5 kilometres from where the city’s walls once stood.

Troy’s strategic coastal location gave it control of the gateway between the Aegean and Eastern civilisations. At its height, the city had extended hundreds of metres beyond the citadel itself and was home to as many as 10,000 inhabitants. The trade of animal skins and wool seems to have formed a large part of their livelihoods. The Trojans also reared horses and Homer refers to them as the “horse-taming Trojans”.

Much has been said of Troy’s mighty walls for they withstood 10 years of siege by the coalition of Greek forces bent on her destruction. These walls were 5 metres thick and rose as high as 8 metres above the ground. They curve inward at their top, a feature that would have helped the Trojan archers rain their countless arrows upon the Greeks below.

Ultimately, the Greeks never did breach Troy’s walls with violence. It was the keen battle-honed mind of Odysseus that accomplished victory for his side, using one of the most iconic war devices of all time: the Trojan horse.

After the sacking of Troy by the Greeks, new cities did rise in its stead at the same location. However, none reached the level of acclaim as the Troy where timeless heroes like Achilles, Hector and Ajax stood, battled and died, cementing their names in history.

Troy was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1998.

Ruined walls that once fortified ancient Troy

A replica Trojan Horse in modern-day Troy

A replica Trojan Horse in modern-day Troy

 

4. Persepolis, Iran

A thousand years before the Muslim invasion of Persia, the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550–330 BC) was at its peak and seemed to have an unsurmountable grip on power. One of its greatest gifts to mankind was Persepolis, the “City of the Persians”. While Persepolis was not the Achaemenid capital, its amazing architecture could rival that of any city of the time and remains a source of wonder to this day.

Unlike almost all the other famous lost cities of the world, Persepolis enjoyed the briefest of times in splendour. For all the present-day fame that the rediscovered ruins enjoy, Persepolis’ time in the sun was a mere two centuries. A century-long construction began under King Darius I (522-486 BC) around 518 BC but Alexander the Great sacked and burned down the palace complex in 330 BC. It was repayment for the Persians’ destruction of Greek temples, particularly the Acropolis of Athens in 480 BC.

The majestic pillars of Persepolis were lost to the desert, only referred to in passing by travellers who traversed the region but remained uncertain as to their origins. It was only in the 17th Century that a Spanish ambassador correctly identified the ruins. By then, only 25 of the original 72 columns were still standing.

The world had to wait until the 1930s for excavations to begin at this great city. These ventures were part of two archaeological expeditions to the region organised by the University of Chicago. Little by little, the debris and the sands revealed the treasures that they had so jealously guarded for thousands of years.

The ruins of several colossal buildings have emerged, as have inscriptions, records and seals. Some of the most vital information comes from tablets preserved in the Persepolis Administrative Archives, which survived intact because falling fortifications sealed them from the outside world. They reveal that the builders were workers who received fair payment for the work they performed, in stark contrast to the slavery that subsequently became widespread in the region.

13 of the renowned 75 columns of Persepolis still stand today, a testament to the ingenuity of its builders and the eternal human passion for beauty. Persepolis was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1979.

Beautifully-carved double stairwell

The Gate of All Nations, built to ward off evil.

The Gate of All Nations, built to ward off evil.

 

5. Babylon, Iraq

Babylon is perhaps the most well-known ancient city in the world. It was the capital of Mesopotamia, a powerful kingdom that covered most of modern-day Iraq and beyond. The name “Babylon” means “Gate of the Gods”.

This lost city was discovered in 1899 by German archaeologist Robert Koldewey. However, these ruins date to a thousand years after the founding of the city – the remains of Old Babylon have long been submerged by a natural rise in the water table.

A renowned centre of learning and culture, Babylon was also famous as the home to one of the original Seven Wonders of the World, the Hanging Gardens. These gardens, which have been mentioned in the writings of numerous ancient scribes, were constructed on a series of terraces so they seemed to float in the air and the grounds were watered mechanically.

Another integral piece of Babylon’s skyline was the imposing ziggurat (stepped pyramid) to Marduk, the chief god of the Mesopotamians. The Bible mentions this structure, too – it is the infamous Tower of Babel. Archaeologists have found records that tell us that it was four-sided, 91 metres on each side and about the same in height. The seven steps of the tower were crested by a temple made resplendent by a blue glaze.

One of the intriguing facts about the Tower of Babel is the manner in which it entranced almost all who ventured its way. Centuries of power struggles between peoples, kingdoms and even within ruling families repeatedly brought the shadow of chaos to Babylon. However, most chose to honour this structure and those that did not found themselves cursed. The Assyrian King Sennacherib (r. 705-681 BC), who razed the city and the tower was later assassinated by his own son.

The downfall of Babylon began with the Persian invasion led by Cyrus the Great. The city surrendered without a fight in 539 BC, supposedly after the invaders diverted the Euphrates River which flowed through it and simply walked through the space left under the impregnable walls. When the Persian Empire subsequently fell to Alexander the Great two centuries later in 331 BC, Babylon passed into Greek hands.

Alexander was so impressed by the city that he ordered its architecture left intact. The great conqueror would die here in 323 BC. By 141 BC, Babylon had been deserted and slowly passed out of the memories of men.

After its rediscovery in the late 19th Century, several archaeological expeditions have unearthed priceless artefacts amongst the ruins. However, ongoing chaos in Iraq has led to extremist organisations looting the site to finance their own objectives. This is a tragic blow to our understanding of how this brilliant civilisation accomplished so many amazing feats of architecture and advancements in science thousands of years ago.

The ancient coliseum of Babylon

The ancient coliseum of Babylon

The full-scale reproduction of the legendary Ishtar Gate, named after a Babylonian god, was ornamented with glazed brick relief images of dragons and young bulls surrounded by blue enamelled tiles.

The full-scale reproduction of the legendary Ishtar Gate, named after a Babylonian god, was ornamented with glazed brick relief images of dragons and young bulls surrounded by blue enamelled tiles.

Babylon was renowned for its high, well-fortified walls and for the magnificence of its temples and palaces. The walls are ornamented with images of the ancient god Marduk.

Babylon was renowned for its high, well-fortified walls and for the magnificence of its temples and palaces. The walls are ornamented with images of the ancient god Marduk.

 

6. Memphis, Egypt

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The Step Pyramid of the first Pharaoh, constructed entirely in limestone, is the oldest known architectural structure of this type.

The Great Pyramids and the Sphinx may be the most recognisable symbols of pre-Islamic Egypt but Memphis was where it all began. In fact, this ancient city was founded over 5,000 years ago, at a time when woolly mammoths still roamed the earth!

Memphis was the capital of Egypt’s Old Kingdom, its seat of power and home to its most famous rulers, including one of the most well-known pharaohs, the boy king Tutankhamen. It was established in 3100 BC and enjoyed over three millennia in the limelight before fading away in the 1st Century AD.

As with virtually every major city of the ancient world, Memphis received an endorsement of its very existence by being a seat of religion. In this case, it was from the god Ptah, deity of craftsmen. The great temple to Ptah was called Hut-Ka-Ptah, the “Abode of the Soul of Ptah”. In Greek, it became Ai-Gy-Ptos, the root of the name “Egypt”.

Because of its location just 15 miles from the outskirts of Cairo, Memphis was repeatedly targeted for its treasures by grave robbers over the centuries. Many of the tombs and important buildings have been discovered under the sand but most were stripped of their artefacts long before formal excavations by European explorers could begin in the early 19th Century.

Among these buildings is the Great Temple, Hut-Ka-Ptah itself. The ruins reveal a massive complex whose southern tip was marked by a colossus of Ramses II that stood over 40 feet tall. This statue still lies in the sands here today. Near it sits a sphinx 13 feet high and hewn from a single block of alabaster; it is estimated to weigh 80 tons.

Many of the statues and relics associated with Memphis were found at its main necropolis of Saqqara. The city’s royalty, dignitaries and chief priests were buried here along with the tools that would accompany them in the afterlife, making Saqqara an unparalleled archaeological treasure trove.

Most ancient cities saw ebbs and lulls in importance and Memphis was no different. However, its eventual downfall began after the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great. The young general stayed in the city but planned for another, even grander capital to succeed it: Alexandria.

Later, Alexandria’s coastal location gave it a direct connection to the Roman Empire ahead of Memphis. This coincided with a general abandonment of the ancient religion in favour of Christianity under the Romans. With the Muslim conquest of the region in the 7th Century, the grand temples and monuments were dismantled and their blocks used to construct ordinary buildings; priceless statues were mutilated and destroyed, lost forever.

Despite these unimaginable losses, the ruins of Memphis were proof enough of its grandeur for it to be inducted into UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979.

The Alabaster Sphinx was once located outside the temple of Ptah

The Alabaster Sphinx was once located outside the temple of Ptah

The Colossus of Ramesses II was also located outside the temple of Ptah

The Colossus of Ramesses II located outside the temple of Ptah

 

7. Pompeii, Italy

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Mummified bodies. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius was so sudden and unexpected, most of Pompeii’s residents were caught unaware.

Time froze forever on a coastal city on a cool October day in 79 AD. Its name was Pompeii, a vibrant Roman metropolis on the south-western coast of Italy. The trigger was the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, an event that shot millions of tons of rock and ash 35 kilometres (22 miles) into the air. The massive, mushrooming cloud blanketed the entire region in a pall of darkness… before it rained down on the town.

Meanwhile, deadly currents of hot gas with temperatures higher than 250°C (482°F) swept through the city at speeds exceeding 100 km/h (62 mph). It killed countless people where they stood or lay within seconds. The thriving port city of over 12,000 people was literally wiped off the map. 2,000 residents were killed instantly but the death toll in the region would eventually climb to over 16,000.

The debris spewed by the volcano crashed back down to earth, covering Pompeii under 6 to 7 metres (19 to 23 feet) of ash and rock. The phenomenon created an almost hermetic seal over the streets and temples, homes and people. The scene would remain untouched for almost two thousand years, frozen in time.

The tragedy that wracked Pompeii so completely obliterated it that virtually no one apart from thieves chose to go there. It remained lost to the world until 1748 when a Spanish military engineer located and identified the city. Today, Pompeii is the world’s longest continuously-excavated site.

The ash preserved the city so well that everything from loaves of bread to uncovered preserved fruit to animal and human remains has been found. In some cases, human figures encased in hardened ash have been filled with resin to create almost lifelike versions of people who lived and died two millennia ago.

Art in the form of wall murals and statues – including one of the Hindu goddesses Lakshmi – tell us of Pompeii’s love for beauty and its connections with far-off ends of the earth. Graffiti on the walls have given linguists a peek into how Latin was spoken by average people as compared to the rigid academic language passed down in books.

The presence of shrines in most of the hundreds of homes tells us that Pompeiians were deeply connected to their beliefs. The Doric Temple is the oldest religious structure in the city, built between the 3rd and the 1st Century BC. It forms one corner of the Triangular Forum, with temples to Zeus Meilichius and Isis nearby.

Archaeologists have been able to date the buildings and gain an accurate understanding of the evolution of architecture in the city which, in turns, reflects the origins of the citizens who designed them. These discoveries affected European culture later, too, giving rise to ‘Pompeii-style’ buildings, furniture and murals.

The eruption of Vesuvius that obliterated Pompeii as a living city was a tragic event. It is strange that a force so destructive is also the very reason that we have been able to discover and understand the lives of the people it destroyed.

Pompeii was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.

The streets of Pompeii

The streets of Pompeii

The ancient people of Pompeii enriched their quarters with elegant courtyards

The ancient people of Pompeii enriched their quarters with elegant courtyards

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Jan 12, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Amazing ……looking at the 7 lost cities of the world and just wondering how those people built it at that time without modern technology and machineries. Beautiful ancient structures and architectural which belonged to great civilizations. Hope all the lost cities comes under the UNESCO World Heritage site. Amazing …..Those lost cities are over thousands years been built in the AD’s. They are the world’s most fascinating lost cities having beautiful history behind it. Sadly some of these cities did not last long to these days due to natural disasters, war and many other reasons. Everything is impermanent.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this amazing lost cities.

  2. Anne Ong on Feb 9, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article. One of my favourite topic is archeology and architecture. Some of the places in the pictures i found interesting are,1. Machu Picchu, Peru.7. Pompeii, Italy.3. Troy, Turkey.

  3. Beatrix Ooi on Apr 7, 2016 at 4:17 am

    It’s amazing how these structures can last even after so many years, although during that time, the technology wasn’t advance and people weren’t so civilised, they achieved what others thought would be impossible.

    I am sure that none of the architectures/ structures nowadays can last as long as the pyramids and other ancient cities. In fact, I would actually say that technology nowadays cannot be compared to what they used to have back then. Yes we have telecommunication, machineries and etc but people now are not ‘program’ to think because we are becoming more dependent on technologies.

    People back then didn’t have a choice and all they could do was to force themselves to come out with solutions to solve the issues and therefore we have the pyramids now.

  4. Pastor Moh Mei on Dec 14, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Everything is impermanent. As we can witness from ancient great civilizations that can built amazing architecture that still marvel and puzzle till today but none were able to sustain their glory. What remains of their once glory are just dead structures made out of stones, that is if mother nature spare them.

    The greed, the power, the recognition, the title, the praise, the glory we sought, all will pass us by.

  5. Albert Ratchaga on May 12, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    It is amazing how these cities were built, look at their technology those days, and the building structure, I has always been wondering how they build these cities, by hand?

    No matter how strong or powerful of the cities, today they already became a ruin, no matter how powerful we are, we will not be able to beat time, it will end up being defeated.

    I wonder how was it like back in their days when it is still very busy and happening, how people live their days, running their daily life as usual, everything is just so normal, I’m sure they never thought of it will become a ruin just like today. then where are they now? what has it related to them now? can they see what they had built thousands of years ago?

    If any of the builder still alive today, I would want to ask them will they still build it if they know it will become a ruin like today.

    Impermanence, isn’t it interesting?

  6. sarahyap on Mar 18, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    It is funny that ancient architecture is really so beautiful. People in the past truly have great creativity, which I think is not lost in this era but translated into a more modern form of expression.

    Some times it does make me wonder how the people in the ancient world are able to create magnificent structures such as this. Take for example the pyramids… each block of brick will not only take a long time to manufacture, but also a very tedious effort to stack the bricks… I am also quite skeptical if modern technology will be able to recreate the pyramid, at least able to with great difficulty and very time consuming… the very fact that the pyramids was built in a short period of time, shows that perhaps, there is some last technology in the past that was not handed over to the present.

    I wonder what will happen if such ‘secret’ technology was ever to be discovered in the ruins, how different will the changes in our people’s understanding of the ancient will be like…

  7. Jutika Lam on Feb 3, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    These 7 lost cities of the world are so amazing and breathtaking.
    It is also amazing how after hundreds of years we still have ruins of this amazing sites whereas within just a period of a few months most buildings and houses are in need of repairs due to leeks and other minor damages.

    It is true what Rinpoche said one that being an architect in the old days was not as easy as being one now and i think that is the reason why most or nearly all the current found ruins are still standing tall.

    If i had the money i would really love to see Pompeii , Italy and the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, not just because out of these seven places i only know this two but also because this both places especially Machu Picchu has a very calm and mysterious environment.

    It would also be good to see the pyramids in Memphis , Egypt because it has always occurred to me that the slaves that built these pyramids had to work and suffer really hard pulling the heavy blocks up by manpower unlike like in the modern world where we have cranes and other machines to speed even building a pyramid faster and easier.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these 7 amazing wonderful cities of the world!

    Love
    Jutika

  8. tenzin llhamo on Dec 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    The lost cities are beautiful now even after so many years. I can imagine it to be more grand and amazing when it was built then.
    Looking at them makes me wonder what really happened to those people who were once living there. What made them leave the place and worse still why were people found buried there? Probably in time, there will be more prove as to what happened.

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  10. timothy miller on Jun 19, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    just think 1000 years from now how many of our great cities will be like this everthing is impermenant

  11. Yoke Fui on Jun 15, 2012 at 8:44 am

    So much resources and lives gone into these ruins that once used to be contemporary icons. Emperors wanted to build the most majestic palaces to show their power whenever they conquered a new place so as to be remembered long after they were gone.

    It’s nice to visit these places and curb the arrogance of the modern day people, at the same time we should reflect the futility of chasing material things.

  12. Thierry on Jun 13, 2012 at 9:23 am

    ruins, ruins, ruins, that is the fate of even the biggest, strongest, richest cities. Our cities are no exception, however good-looking they are however strong they are.

    Our cities, our structures are even much weaker than ancient cities.
    Our cities are not built of stone, they’re built of fragile aggregated concrete, corroding steel and plastics.

    Our cities are totally dependent upon energy to run air-conditioning, to pump water and sewerage, etc…

    Let’s not be fools, our cities are MUCH MORE fragile that ancient cities that were built with the strongest material: stone, and they were not dependent on oil, electricity and automation and that were using earth gravity to move fluids around.

    So if the ancient cities have failed us, so can the modern cities, so WILL THEY!

  13. Sean Wang on Dec 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I have a few extra facts regarding each city, I just want to share them.

    1. The reason that the Incan tribe in Machu Pichu might have been wiped out was due to disease or even UFOs.

    2. Petra was removed from history books for centuries, until now. There is a big question about these missing centuries, why? There was not answer. Petra was never acknowledged until the 1800s.

    3. Some men have tried to look for treasure in the ruins of Troy but they did not succeed. It may actually still be there.

    4. It is very weird that the Persians wanted to conquer Persepolis. That place did not have much use as a political capital nor a centre of economic activity. It was also not strategically placed.

    5. Babylon was also famous for its hanging gardens which remains missing till today.

    6. In Memphis, the book of Thoth was buried there and it would contain spells that would teach one on how to understand animals. No one found it and Egyptians rather forget about it as stories say that those who read it will anger the gods.

    7. Pompeii has legends that are eerily similar to UFO stories and also treasure.

    I am not sure wether anyone will benefit from the facts but I just thought it would be fun to share 😉

  14. Uncle Eddie on Nov 26, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Of the 7 lost cities of the world, in a worldwide poll, the Inca Capital called Machu Picchu at Peru, was nominated to be the most magical city of the World. With sacred objects like Intihuatani stone and temples which underline the religious importance of the city, it attracts thousands of hikers, adventurers, archaeologists, photographers, backpackers and family people to this place everyday. Discovered on July 24, 1911, by an american historian named Hiram Bingam, Machu Picchu is said to be a beautiful city that was probably a religious sanctuary, from where the founder Hiram Bingam had around 5,000 artifacts carted away from this lost city to Yale University, USA. The Peruvian Government through legal efforts had them all recovered from Yale U in 2005. Built on a mountain ridge, Machu Picchu was said to be one the greatest archaeological discoveries in the World, if not the Greatest, and was also voted one of the new seven wonders of the World!!

  15. Henry ooi on Nov 23, 2011 at 12:23 am

    These ruins are beautiful even though they are now ruins. Imagine what they would be like in their days. The modern structures of today may perhaps become ruins to be marveled at by others 1000 years or more from now. Nothing lasts forever. That’s impermanence.

  16. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 22, 2011 at 12:35 am

    People spent so much time building structures and monuments that do last for thousands of years and they will be remembered for making it happen. If they had spent their efforts and dedication on spiritual practise they would have achieved better results with their lives.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 18. 2021 02:20 PM
    Interesting read of Dr R Nyamaa ‘s biography. Dr R Nyamaa been the very first Mongolian woman doctor of bone tuberculosis. She is a multifaceted woman who works to empower herself and empower others. To be a doctor at those days is definitely brave and courageous. A great teacher having brought many changes to the medical world, introducing many new initiatives and practices in the field of training and treatment. She did published more than 60 articles in research reports, edited 4 manuals and 4 textbooks for students and doctors. She held several post and had received many rewards for her work in medical fields. She continued to serve at the First State Medical Centre till her retirement. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/dr-r-nyamaa-the-grande-dame-of-mongolian-medical-health.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 18. 2021 02:19 PM
    Before reading this post I used to think witches are women wearing black and pointed hats having evil or wicked magical powers. They practice and believes to have supernatural skills and abilities such as the casting of spells. Interesting read of this post very informative indeed. I understand better now the role of witches and they have nothing to do with worshipping something negative. Many people have a lot of misconception regarding witches in fact. Through history and long ago they have been prejudiced but not now many came to realise they deserve understanding and respect. Clear and detail explanation watching those videos.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/witches.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 18. 2021 02:17 PM
    The lady in red is all about stories of what happened to the two robbers arriving at doorstep of an old but regal inn named Redgrave Inn. Tragedy then befallen on one of the robbers Gareth. As they were checking in the attic for the night they saw a painting of a lady in a red gown feeling sad. Having misunderstandings the other robber Joseph left. Strange indeed Gareth went missing nowhere to be seen. Months later Joseph still could not make sense of what really happened went back to get the whole history of this strange lady in red. Interesting the paintings which Joseph saw now the lady in red is with his friend Gareth . Recording to the former owner then there’s many strange things had happened at Redgrave Inn before Gareth’s disappearance. Sound scary but interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/paranormal-stories/the-lady-in-red.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Sep 15. 2021 01:28 PM
    Very informative post about Six Perfections. To me I have still along way to go but reading this precise teachings have given me a better understanding about it. Learning some knowledge from this post, will continue to read it time from time to improve myself and arm with more knowledge. A simple guide yet very precise and advanced teachings to me. For someone new like me is a good start to learn from here.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral for sharing this informative learning of Six Perfections.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/introduction-to-the-six-perfections.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Sep 15. 2021 01:25 PM
    Awesome having all these beautiful Tsa Tsa which is specially made easy and convenient for everyone. Small in size but powerful to bring along during travelling . The process of making it amazing with much care and concentration . There are truly blessed images indeed that can also be inserted into bigger statues right now at Kechara Forest Retreat. Its take a lot of times and care doing it.
    Thank you Rinpoche for create such beautiful Tsa-tsa.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/tsa-tsas-are-nice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Sep 15. 2021 01:25 PM
    Beautiful and inspiring story which will touch the hearts of many . Been growing up in a family who against Tem Rinpoche for practicing Dharma is really hard and difficult one could imagined. How Rinpoche had the determination and will power to over come those obstacles he endured . Choosing his family and choosing Dharma , Rinpoche choose the later. Nor matter what happened Rinpoche somehow managed to practice Dharma under H E Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin his first Dharma teacher. It was because of Kensur Rinpoche that Rinpoche stayed with Geshe-la, studied under him before going to India to become a monk. Not only that later meeting root guru H H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.
    After years visiting Rashi Gempil Ling,the temple of Rinpoche’s childhood again and not been able to enter to temple Rinpoche offered prayers and three prostrations on the sidewalk remembering his guru’s kindnesses. Bittersweet moment Rinpoche felt not able to visit the temple again .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this with us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/i-was-prostrating-outside-rashi-gempil-ling.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 13. 2021 12:09 PM
    The three values of Olympism are excellence, friendship and respect. About coming together in the spirit of sportsmanship, the competition between countries from all over world. It wasn’t just the athletic ability, it was their moral courage competing in the Olympics as a once in a lifetime opportunity for them.
    Olympic hurdler, Liu Xiang from China a sporting idol had won after China’s first ever male track and field Olympic gold medal. In the last Olympics due his recurring injury had forced not able to perform well. Despite crashing on the first hurdle he continued with much pain hopped onto the track, kissed his final hurdle before he made it to the finishing line. His courage and determination had won the heart of many in the stadium and back home. He had showed an example of good sportsmanship and being able to lose gracefully.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/great-olympic-courage.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 13. 2021 12:07 PM
    An animal testing is known as testing of live animal in any scientific experiment. A live animal is likely to suffer pain, distress and lasting harm in the procedure . Animals used in laboratories are deliberately harmed, and are usually killed at the end of the experiment. It is cruel and inhumane to experiment on animals, that alternative methods available to researchers can replace animal . I am sure there are other methods as now the world is so advance in their technology. Animals should not be used in research or to test the safety of products. Thankfully, the development of non-animal methods is growing, and fast. Due to innovations in science, animal tests are being replaced in areas such as toxicity testing, neuroscience and drug development.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing to bring awareness of these animals testing which should be banned.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/alternatives-to-animal-testing.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 13. 2021 12:05 PM
    When we see the world through serene eyes, we generate peace wherever we go. A message of peace, respect and love towards others is at the heart of all of the major world religions. Listen with the intent to understand, be helpful, caring to others nor matter what race and religion or faith. Glad that a dialogue between Catholic and Buddhist religious and social action leaders coming together at Vatican. All participants living in America from New York City, Chicago, San Francisco and so forth .
    Religion is about increasing peace and harmony in the world. … People of all different religions should be given the opportunity to pursue good in their own way. Quoted Aung San Suu Kyi
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful news.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/this-is-so-needed.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Sep 12. 2021 02:48 PM
    All suffering is in fact the result or fruit of negative emotions such as attachment, greed, jealously, pride, anger, and hatred. The five afflictive emotions are the source of suffering. Pride leads to unhappiness in long run. Letting go of these instead of clinging on to it will lead us to nowhere. A profound teachings …….as quoted The letting go is from clinging on to the afflictive emotions, the anger, jealousy, feelings of unjust treatment, which all stems from our self-cherishing mind. Remembered the kindness the Guru has shown us and what we will never give up nor matter what happened. I am still plenty to learn.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Joy Kam for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/rinpoche-through-my-eyes-vajra-yogini-or-anger
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Sep 12. 2021 02:46 PM
    Heard stories from senior students of Rinpoche about assignment that had changed their lives. Reading this post tells us more through the eyes of Joy Kam. Some understandings learned from it. The little assignments which many have taken it for granted actually helps to change our karmic situation. Rinpoche wanted us to realize later on but not now from a particular assignment. What Rinpoche did there is always a reason behind it which many might not understand till later on. Rinpoche knows best, always cares for everyone and help us to improve, grow in our spiritual path. And also helped us to purify certain karma . Interesting read
    Thank you Rinpoche and Joy Kam for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/rinpoche-through-my-eyes-the-assignment
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Sep 12. 2021 02:45 PM
    Beautiful and famous story of a learned master Geshe who loved butter . Even though he loves butter so much yet as he has kept his commitments, and engaged in Dharma studies, doing sadhana and retreats he is able to ascend to Kechara Paradise. Wow ……the Geshe’s attachment was transformed into a powerful aspiration to take rebirth in a Pure Land.
    Butter tea is a traditional Tibetan drink and it is severed in all household has become a necessity. There are many benefits drinking butter tea such as at high altitudes , boost immunity and energy ,an appetite suppressant and so forth.
    The goal of any spiritual person is to strive towards attaining self-realization. We should be free from anxiety and distress, unencumbered by frivolous affections, and liberated from specious attachments. Nothing in life is permanent. Keeping our commitments, and always engaged in Dharma activities. Once we dominate ourselves through consciousness, the attachments disappear. Attachment comes from the accumulated past. The things we are attached to are no more than shadows of the past. The story of the Geshe indeed an inspiration and example for us .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this beautiful post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tales-with-my-lama-the-geshe-who-loved-butter
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Sep 8. 2021 02:51 PM
    Foie gras is a specialty food product made of the liver of a duck or goose. Well its as an expensive, and luxury foods for some and only sold in high-end restaurants. Eating foie gras is unhealthy for humans. If one have seem how it was make , one will definitely not eating it. Duck or goose are kept in small crowded cages cramped together. This is accomplished by force-feeding corn to the animals using a feeding tube. Can imagine how cruel, pumping pounds of grain and fat into their stomachs causing the livers to swell and abdomens become distended. They mistreated and tortured inside foie gras factories all over the world. Now more countries came to realised the painfully method and begin to ban the practice of foie gras production. Nothing can describe such barbaric practice nor can such practice ever be justified. Celebrities like Roger Moore and so forth are now using their fame to speak up for the good of others. That’s wonderful.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing to bring awareness.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/even-007-turns-his-nose-up-to-foie-gras.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Sep 8. 2021 02:48 PM
    Watching this rare video of Oracle tells all. Its fantastic indeed. I have not seem one yet hopefully in future. Consulting oracles has been practised since ancient times. In Tibetan Buddhism the practice is special unique and even till to this days consulting oracles continues to play a major roles in the lives of practitioners. Oracles serve as a guide for Tibetans in political decisions, predictions about natural forces, healing and so forth. They are also sometimes used as protectors. It was the oracles that gave the Dalai Lama specific advice on how to escape Tibet during the Chinese invasion in 1959. Many oracles used to be present in Tibet, but their numbers have decreasing as a result of various factors. Interesting watch….a rare video.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/videos/fantastic-oracle-film.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Sep 8. 2021 02:46 PM
    Is it right? Well its not right most of us would said it. Life is life’s greatest gift. The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated. Love the animals , they are one of us. No matter how few possessions we own or how little money we have, loving wildlife, caring and nature will make us rich beyond measure. Animals are our friends and companions. Choosing vegetarians on our menu is the right choice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing, a reminder for us to give love and care to all animals. Do not harm them ,go meatless at least .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/is-it-right.html

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
4 months ago
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
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Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
10 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
12 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
1 years ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
1 years ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
1 years ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
1 years ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
2 yearss ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
2 yearss ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
2 yearss ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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