Artistic Spirits

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One of my favourite things to do as a child was to spend evenings with my grandmother at the Cantonese opera. The hypnotising colours, customs and sounds at the shows held me spellbound and I would always end up having a score of questions to ask towards the end of the show.

In this eye-opening episode, my childhood curiosity was finally quelled as I got to speak to seasoned opera performers to learn more comprehensively about their unusual practices.

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Li Kim speaks to Master Berlin Yip, Troop Master of the Sun Foong Meng Cantonese Opera to learn more about the rituals and traditions of the Cantonese Opera

For starters, I learned that it has been an age-long practice in the Cantonese opera to leave the front-row seats unoccupied simply because the rightful audience of the show are deities and spirits, and not so much humans. Due to these spiritual links, there are a set of rules and rituals that must be followed in order to protect the performers from any untoward incidents. For instance, it is an obligatory act to offer prayers to Wah Kong Sifu – the highly respected guardian of the Cantonese opera. It is believed that only with his blessings can the show go on as swimmingly as planned. Other practices such as refraining from killing any living creature on site or fiddling with sacred prayer items are also religiously observed to ensure a successful show. Breaking these rules will undoubtedly cause a disruption to the show such as sickness, losing of one’s voice or even a merciless storm that could leave the stage mangled.

In spiritual performances of other cultures, similar sets of rituals can also be observed. As an example, prior to a classical Indian dance, the performer must seek permission and forgiveness from Bhuma Devi – the Hindu goddess representing Mother Earth, as well as other deities such as Nataraja and Jagannath to obtain their blessings to ensure an unruffled and orderly performance.

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Li Kim tries on the traditional Cantonese Opera garb

To my surprise, contemporary spiritual dance is not exempted when it comes to appeasing the spirits at a show. In order to homogenise with the surrounding energies in foreign places, dancers would first perform a ritual, such as the burning of sage, to establish a connection with their environment.

In most spiritual performances around the world, such rituals are carried out to pay respect to the deities and spirits that are believed to be present on the day of the show. This practice has quickly evolved into a necessity as it further provides the performers with the much-needed concentration and a sense of security to help them pull off a victorious and successful performance.

Now, I finally understood why prayers are performed, seats are left empty and precautionary steps are meticulously taken throughout spiritual performances such as the Cantonese opera. Knowing that we are not the intended audience of the show, it would be wise for us to respect the rules that have been set out so we can play our part in making sure that the performance goes on unhindered.

 

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  1. Jacinta on May 2, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    As far as I can remember, I’ve never been to opera such as this before as my whole family and relatives were not Buddhist back then.I didn’t know its story or culture. I remembered usually the men (with their children) will sit on the motorcycles while watching the show and I felt that actors’ make up was rather excessive. Definitely not to my liking. It’s quite scary though. I hated their super amplified sound back then as the noise of it really annoying especially when you’re excited to watch a good show coming up after the 8 o’clock news (last time there were no WiFi and etc. Most of the people relied on TV for entertainment).

    Today, as a grown up, I’m not sure whether it’s serving it purpose as intended or otherwise, but definitely it’s part of “Chinese” culture that may has it value in preserving it. Thanks for that reminder of this culture as I don’t see it often nowadays. Not even during the 7month.

  2. Anne Ong on Oct 26, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Thank you very much Li Kim for sharing your experience about Cantonese Opera with us. Although I never had the chance to watch Cantonese Opera is real life, but this is a very educational sharing. I sincerely appreciate your wonderful write up.👍😘🌷

  3. Julia Tan on Oct 20, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Spiritual dance is common in every culture. Just that we all have our own way of presenting it. Chinese has a few types of opera, so Cantonese opera are played during festival such as the ulambana. This is a way of paying respect and creating harmony among all started long time ago. It’s also part of the very important practice in Chinese culture. We should preserved it well.

  4. Pastor Antoinette on Oct 19, 2017 at 8:26 am

    It is fascinating to learn about the Cantonese Opera and that there are many different Chinese operas. I did not know that the first three rows have to be empty for the unseen guests. In our discussion I was told that unfortunately, it seems that this art is getting more rare to find compared to older days.

    What stands out for me is to have respect and to be aware that these beings are around and when we go to new places. This is practiced in many ways as we can see also by the Indian dancer and the modern dancer.

  5. June Kang on Oct 19, 2017 at 8:18 am

    During my childhood, i watched all these opera every year together with my mother. Although i don’t fully understand the language but i still like to watch. My mother used to warm me that I must not running around because the spirits are around to catch children. i think this is just to control me not to move around. But i believe that the spirits are around because i have once saw the chair was moving by itself. Same as mentioned in the video, there will always has few rows that no one can sit and are for the spirits. The opera’s story is very interesting when i started to understand more and it educated public not to do bad things otherwise you will end with bad things, is about law of Karma, that is the opera story at my time. However, with all the modern technology, this performance is dying off because the younger generation have no more interest in this.

  6. Pastor Albert on Oct 19, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Since when i was a kid, i always saw these opera set up during Ullambana month, in Chinese culture we call ghost month, every time when I pass by these theater, what I see is not empty seat at the front 3 rows, but in fact the whole audience seats are empty and the stage is playing the show, I was curious and ask my mum why are they playing the show but no one is watching? As I always feel that these chinese operahs are very boring, so maybe other people are not interested to watch. After asking, my mum would ask me to keep quiet and quickly bring me away from the theater.. After left the place only she told me that it is not for human to watch, it is for the ghosts to watch. Immediately i keep quiet and never ask again.. lol

    Now watching this video it gave me more knowledge and information about the purpose and the story of these Operah. Thank you Li Kim for making the interview available for us. 😀😀😀

  7. Mingwen on Oct 19, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Traditions and cultures have been passed down by ancestors for generations. We might not fully understand but it should not stop us from following them, but when it comes to ceremonies that need to abuse or brutally kill animals then it shall be monitor and modify. Logically, no one wants to be suffer, be it a human being or an animal, then why suppress those that are weak?

  8. Eric kksiow on Oct 19, 2017 at 3:40 am

    At my very young age ( 5 – 6 years old ), my Uncle always brought me for Cantonese opera, at that time i just thought it’s just a dancing or just entertain people only.

    From this article i realized the Cantonese opera not just for entertaining others. Thanks to Li Kim for the very details info regarding of Cantonese opera.

  9. Andrea Lai on Oct 18, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    As far as I know about Chinese operas mostly held on special occasions such as Hungry Ghost and 9th God Festival. Chinese opera is a very classic performance on olden days. What caught me interesting about these skillful performers are their strong beliefs, their talents and perseverance.

    The exposure of civilization caused many young generations not prone to this. It sad that this culture is not well preserved on this century. 😔

  10. Pastor Henry Ooi on Oct 18, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    As a child growing up in Penang in the 50s and early 60s, I attended many Chinese operas not because I liked them but because my grandmother, mother and aunt liked to see the performances. I always slept through the show because I didn’t understand the dance movements nor the words spoken. I guess that’s why until now I’m able to sleep when there’re noises and lights present. Then as an adult I learned that such traditional dances tell a story which is enacted out by the performers on stage. And now I also learn of the religious rituals, respect, do’s and dont’s before and during the shows that different cultures and traditions adhere to, thanks to this article.

    This performing art is slowly dying off because not many younger people are interested to learn, and stage performances nowadays are replaced with modern music and girls in skimpy outfit.

    There are many things related to nature and the universe that we may not see with the eye or we may not know nor understand but it’s always wise and safe to show respect and deference to these unknowns.

  11. pammie yap on Oct 18, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    I always find spiritual dances intriguing. It’s unique in its own way and captivating with its vibrant colors and moves. It would be sad to see those culture get ‘lost’ thru time. Even now it is being replaced with modern songs and dances.

    When I was younger, I remember asking my mum why are the front row seats empty and after knowing the reason, I did feel a bit scared knowing they are watching it among us and not only at the front rows.

    It’s good that the culture of honoring and respecting the unseen beings before any of the performances as a sign of respect. For example, the Chinese movie production casts and workers also pray and ask for smooth production before starting any.

  12. nicholas on Oct 18, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    As far as I can remember the first time I encountered with Chinese Opera was during the 7th month of Hungry Ghost festival. As a culture/custom I was told that the first day of the performance is for the unseen being and we are not allow to sit on the chairs that placed in front of the stage. So all the the audiences will watch from far.

    It’s interesting to know their belief/custom of these performer which relate to the unseen being as well as the nature of the environment. The ritual and code of conduct has been passed down generation after generation for peace and harmony be it for the performer as well as the environment. It’s a rich culture that has been preserved and we should have great respect on their belief.

    May this art performance tradition continue to our future generation and more people appreciate and value them.

  13. Justin Cheah on Oct 18, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I never enjoyed Chinese opera. I used to be freaked out by their overdone make ups and would think they are ghosts roaming in dark corners, so it is not particularly an enjoyment for me to see one. Furthermore I can’t understand the singing which is most of the time used based on old classic languages. But in each part of opera or performance that I happened to walk pass, I do see some offerings being made for the spirits or land deity of the particular area to please them perhaps.

  14. Datuk May on Oct 18, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Even today, Chinese Opera are performed during the 7th “Hungry ghost” month to appease the roaming spirits and to entertain them. Normally such shows are performed at Taoist Temples. It is customary to leave the first row of seats free of human seating and specially reserved for the unseen guests.

    It is interesting to also note that Chinese opera are performed after prayers to a Artistic spirits and same too for Indian Dancing.

    I suppose it is good grounding for the performance to pay reverence to “Artistic Spirits” so that they have the confidence to perform their best at every show.

    Thank you, Likim for this interesting information.

  15. Wai Meng Wan on Jun 26, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    I have never sat through a Chinese Opera show before. My only brush with Chinese Opera was the movie ‘Farewell My Concubine’, the play was about a concubine who killed herself as her king was surrounded by enemy forces and was about to be overwhelmed. Maybe in the future I would be able to sit through an actual Chinese Opera session and understand it.

  16. Sofi on Jun 22, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks Li Kim for this interesting article. I remember from younger days during the ghost festivals, the Taoist associations will invite the Hokkien opera troupes to perform for the public. We had been warned by the elders to behave and that the first performance is for the unseen, Gods and spirits. It is only after this performance that the public can sit in audience. I heard that the artists have very strict code of conduct to keep especially in the role of Gods or Deities, so as to not offend the spirits or Gods, ie. once the full makeup is on, they must keep in good behaviour, no swearing, etc. Sad that all these traditional opera troupes are a dying profession and being replaced, sometimes by really gaudy performances.

  17. Stella Cheang on Jun 20, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    A lot of the traditional ritual and rites had to do with paying respect to beings who share the same space with us, even though they are usually unseen. I guess it is no exception in the case with the artistic spirits. It is a way to remind ourselves that we are not the only being who reign over this realm. And even though other beings are unseen, they deserved respect and compassion too. In this way, we can establish mutual respect and avoid any unnecessary obstacles that arise because of our mindless action. Thank you, Li Kim, for this article.

  18. Vivian Ong on Jun 20, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Thanks Li Kim for sharing this article about Chinese Opera. I guess many shows or sports will always begin with a prayer in order to respect the deities and the unseen beings. We of course do not want any unforeseen things happen to us. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  19. Yasmin on Jun 19, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Reading this article has reminded me how beautiful the art of performing is and the many cultures that build age long traditions such as this Cantonese opera. However it is a shame that many of these cultures in China and other indigenous places are having these powerful and symbolic art diminish. One occurring in Malaysia especially is the art of the Lion dance where the number of youths showing an interest in participating have declined. As a 17 year old myself, I would be quite disappointed if these cultures just disappear as they not only act as a cultural identity for many groups but also as a way of giving us humans a chance to produce communities and character.

  20. Datuk May on Jun 19, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    With the progression of time towards modernity, many traditional and cultural practices “die” away due to lack of apprentices to undertake to master the act of such performances. Such is the Cantonese opera.

    It is quite sad as the elaborate performances of Chinese Opera is truly an art which amplifies the qualities of Chinese mastery in the art of singing and performance.

    I hope that China who is becoming a world power will find it within their cultural heritage to revive this art.

  21. Lin Mun on Jun 18, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Reading this articles reminds me of the opera shows during my childhood time in my housing area. Every year a temple near myhouse will organise prayers and a week of opera shows. And the same as what Li Kim found out, we are not allowed to sit on the first row as those are reserved seats for the spirits/deities.

    It is interesting to find out that the performers have rules and rituals to follow before the show. This form of respects to the spirit/deities and the environment is to ensure a smooth performance.

  22. Fong on Jun 15, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Just as you have have discovered why seats are left empty at these Cantonese operas held at temples and such, so we are all informed here. I used to wonder why we had to carry the tall, heavy bench from our house to the temple grounds when there were seats, good seats at that, at the front of the stage!! Not forgetting that after the performances, we had to carry it home again. Oh, how we used to complain about it to our mother.

    Thank you for clearing up something that left me confused and unhappy about what I had to do to get to the “free” opera when I was young.

  23. Samfoonheei on Jun 15, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Watching Cantonese opera ,was a form of entertainment early years back. I do watched when young as it was my mother’s favourite as she took me along.What i liked most it their beautiful costumes design anf the heavily make up. To attract more audiences, theatrical costumes were made very eye-catching.The design is determined by sex, role, personality, environment and occasion.
    There are a set of rules and rituals, to protect the performers from any untoward incidents.To begin each opera ,there need to get the blessings from deities and spirits before performing.But nowadays its so much deference from those days opras
    Many traditional styles,characteristics and customs of traditional Cantonese opera have been well preserved till today.
    Thank you Phng Li Kim for these beautiful writeup.

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    By teaming up with PETA to produce the powerful video – titled, “Glass Walls” – Sir Paul is helping to uncover the horrific abuse that the meat and dairy industries inflict on animals to provide consumers with cheap burgers, nuggets and other products. He also explains the massive cost to the environment for which the meat industry is directly responsible.

    Billions of individual animals are violently killed for their flesh every year – whilst others spend almost their entire lives confined in filthy, cramped conditions, where they are forced to produce seemingly endless supplies of eggs or gallons of milk.

    Narrated by and starring Sir Paul McCartney, PETA’s shocking new video takes its inspiration from the most well-known quote in the animal rights movement and offers a brief glimpse behind the walls of slaughterhouses, factory farms, live-animal transport and the fishing industry.

    By teaming up with PETA to produce the powerful video – titled, “Glass Walls” – Sir Paul is helping to uncover the horrific abuse that the meat and dairy industries inflict on animals to provide consumers with cheap burgers, nuggets and other products. He also explains the massive cost to the environment for which the meat industry is directly responsible.

    Billions of individual animals are violently killed for their flesh every year – whilst others spend almost their entire lives confined in filthy, cramped conditions, where they are forced to produce seemingly endless supplies of eggs or gallons of milk.

    Watch the video here at http://bit.ly/2XbaYGj
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Nov 13. 2019 03:21 PM
    The concept of a meatless diet may be a hard sell for many athletes and their fans. The demands of strenuous activity necessary for games/matches or regular practices may require as many as 6,000 calories and 200 grams of protein daily depending upon the player and his or her sport. How can famous vegetarian athletes possibly meet that need without eating meat?

    While plant-based diets have been proven to help reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease, as well as speed along the repair of torn muscles and tendons and improve blood and oxygen flow, some still emphasize the difficulty vegetarian/vegan athletes face when attempting to reach their athletic goals. NFL Nutritionist Mitzi Dulan explains that reaching the massive caloric and protein intake levels necessary is easier for some players to reach by eating protein-dense, higher calorie animal foods. However, the body itself more easily processes grains, veggies, legumes and fruit into energy. The only problem, according to Dulan, is that it takes a LOT of the latter foods to fuel NFL player body demands—as well as strict vigilance about the nutrients they’re consuming. Quinoa, beans, hemp, nuts, seeds and vegetarian/vegan protein shakes can help these famous vegetarian athletes meet their needs.

    Let’s meet some famous athletes who’ve gone meatless despite the naysayers and find out how it’s working for these vegetarian athletes at http://bit.ly/2CFdBqi
  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Nov 13. 2019 01:56 PM
    Most of us has taken it for granted that we have a connection with Dharma, let a lone met a qualified teacher. When we have met a qualified teacher, we must not let go of the teacher because we are not sure when we will meet a qualified teacher to have him guide us in our spiritual journey. In order to be connected to our teacher and the three Jewels not only in this life but all of our future life times, we must take the opportunity to make offerings and do the practice. Sometimes, our negative karma is so strong that we cannot see the truth, but have faith in our teacher and follow his instruction without having a doubt. When we have purified our negative karma and collected enough merits, we will have the realisation.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/in-the-presence-of-manjushri.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 13. 2019 12:27 PM
    There are no second chances in life, except to feel remorse. Chances are given only once I do believe. If there is, it will be a miracle or considered you are truly lucky. Once you lose it , there is no turning back. One always have a choice and chance, grab it when opportunity come or else it will be too late. Having it , appreciate it once for all before our time is out. Learning , practicing Dharma is the best choice
    I have chosen even though I started late. Its never too late after all ,I found Tsem Rinpoche’s blog and since then it have changed my life.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/are-you-static.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 13. 2019 12:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful inspirational quote. Everything is from within ourselves. We gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which we come across. Courage is knowing what not to fear. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Compassion is the desire that moves the individual self to widen the scope of its self-concern to embrace the whole of the universal self.
    We practice compassion, kindness , caring and respect each other in whatever situation, turning negatives to positive.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/34504.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 13. 2019 12:25 PM
    Timely advice for us. We have little control over the circumstances around us. Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing it. Live our life with the understanding of how precious every single day would be. Our time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life . Engage in those essential activities such as learning and practicing Dharma that will give us true purpose, clarity, and meaningful in life. All of us are worthy if we transform ourselves, turning negatives to positives, laziness to working hard towards our goal in life.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-%20%20worthy-words/u-are-worth-it.html

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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

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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
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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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
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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
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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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
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
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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
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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Owen Liew offered incense to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas on behalf of KISG. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Owen Liew offered incense to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas on behalf of KISG. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Steve from Ipoh offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas prior to our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Steve from Ipoh offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas prior to our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has completed our weekly Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has completed our weekly Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Throwback - Parent and children stayed together to do breathing meditation ~ 2018 Pilgrimage cum Camp, Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS
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Throwback - Parent and children stayed together to do breathing meditation ~ 2018 Pilgrimage cum Camp, Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS
Throwback - KSDS parent and student visited Kechara Forest Retreat ~ Wesak Day for virtuous deeds and have fun together. Alice, KSDS
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Throwback - KSDS parent and student visited Kechara Forest Retreat ~ Wesak Day for virtuous deeds and have fun together. Alice, KSDS
Wonderful to see these 2 siblings learn dharma together and pray to Manjushri before the class start. Alice, KSDS
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Wonderful to see these 2 siblings learn dharma together and pray to Manjushri before the class start. Alice, KSDS
The youngest in the class of only 3 years ago learned how to do full lotus pose for breathing meditation session. Alice, KSDS
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The youngest in the class of only 3 years ago learned how to do full lotus pose for breathing meditation session. Alice, KSDS
The youngest group of KSDS are very helpful in arranging the seats before the class. Alice, KSDS
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The youngest group of KSDS are very helpful in arranging the seats before the class. Alice, KSDS
Kechara Ipoh Study Group carried out Mother Tara's prayer recitations on Sunday morning. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group carried out Mother Tara's prayer recitations on Sunday morning. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Throwback- Group work activities during camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Group work activities during camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Ice breaking session. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Ice breaking session. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Decorating Kechara Oasis, artwork dedication from Sunday class kids. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - Decorating Kechara Oasis, artwork dedication from Sunday class kids. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Chinese New Year activity during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Chinese New Year activity during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- WOAH Camp 2017 , Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- WOAH Camp 2017 , Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - KSDS camp in KFR, Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - KSDS camp in KFR, Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Grace led the teenage class on a blog chat article. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Grace led the teenage class on a blog chat article. Lin Mun KSDS
Students and teachers were so excited with the performance hat. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students and teachers were so excited with the performance hat. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Asyley and teacher Alice shared the biography of HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche to student. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Asyley and teacher Alice shared the biography of HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche to student. Lin Mun KSDS
Class age 10-12 is lead by teacher Jayce. Lin Mun KSDS
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Class age 10-12 is lead by teacher Jayce. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Kien is teacher for class age 7-9 years old. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Kien is teacher for class age 7-9 years old. Lin Mun KSDS
Glad to have Chef Anis and Iswan for joining us last night for the food distribution :) ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Glad to have Chef Anis and Iswan for joining us last night for the food distribution :) ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The generous support from sponsors and volunteers have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thanks to Add Hope Malaysia and students from First City University College! #Kechara #foodbank #hungerknowsnobarriers #volunteer ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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The generous support from sponsors and volunteers have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thanks to Add Hope Malaysia and students from First City University College! #Kechara #foodbank #hungerknowsnobarriers #volunteer ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to Rasa Sayang AEON Club team for assisting us with surplus food collection and also distribution last Saturday. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you very much to Rasa Sayang AEON Club team for assisting us with surplus food collection and also distribution last Saturday. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to James and Jien Howe for conducting the safety briefing to the new volunteers last night. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thankful to James and Jien Howe for conducting the safety briefing to the new volunteers last night. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Special thanks to Calvin who came as early as 12.30 p.m. He helped us to spring-clean the chapel before today's events; Bird Liberation and Dorje Shugden puja @ KPSG, Jacinta
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Special thanks to Calvin who came as early as 12.30 p.m. He helped us to spring-clean the chapel before today's events; Bird Liberation and Dorje Shugden puja @ KPSG, Jacinta
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