Artistic Spirits

By | Jun 15, 2017 | Views: 760

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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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    Living with my wife, whose world is meticulously painted with the hues of OCD, is a journey that intertwines the essence of love with the complexities of the human mind. Her relentless pursuit of cleanliness and order, transforming even the most negligible corner into a testament of organization, often dances on the fine line between admiration and frustration. The sight of her steering clear from trash bins as if they were labyrinths of chaos, serves as a poignant reminder of the battles she fights within. Yet, it’s through these very battles that I’ve learned the profound language of patience and the unspoken strength of support. Therapy, in its gentle embrace, has been a beacon of light for her, guiding her through the stormy seas of OCD. It has not only offered her solace but has also unveiled the strength of her spirit, teaching us both the beauty of resilience. As she journeys through the pathways of healing, I stand by her, a testament to the power of love and the enduring promise of hope. Together, we navigate the complexities of her world, discovering that within the challenges lie opportunities for growth, understanding, and an unbreakable bond. https://www.mindfullyaliveonline.com/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:31 PM
    Venerable Ajahn Chah was a Thai Buddhist teacher of the Buddhadhamma and a founder of two major monasteries in the Thai Forest Tradition. Well respected and loved as a man of great wisdom, he was also instrumental in establishing Theravada Buddhism in the West. Interesting life story, how he chose to leave the settled monastic life and became a wandering ascetic. Walking across Thailand, lived in forests, caves and cremation grounds while learning from the meditation monks of the Forest of various monasteries. He wandered through the countryside in quest of quiet and secluded places for developing meditation. He even lived in tiger and cobra infested jungles, using reflections on death to penetrate to the true meaning of life. After years of wandering, Venerable Ajahn Chah established a monastery where he taught simple, practice-based form of meditation, and attracted a numerous of students including western foreigners. He was one of the greatest Dhamma teachers of the modern era. His wise teachings have continued to guide thousands of people along the path of Dharma. Venerable Ajahn Chah’s teachings of the Thai Forest Tradition gradually spread across all over the world. Several of Ajahn Chah’s Western students have since established monasteries throughout the world. Just in Thailand itself, there are more than 300 branch monasteries in Ajahn Chah’s tradition. Ven erable Ajahn Chah used his ill health as a teaching point, emphasizing that it was a living example of the impermanence of all things and reminded people to endeavour to find a true refuge within themselves. The legacy of Venerable Ajahn Chah’s teachings and legacy continues into the modern age.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/venerable-ajahn-chah-the-forest-monk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:30 PM
    Wonderful blog written on the practice of Kalarupa for us to understand better. As an emanation of Manjushri, Kalarupa’s practice helps us to destroy ignorance and to develop wisdom overcoming our anger and suffering . Awesome Kalarupa manifested in multiple forms to help sentient beings who personifies enlightenment by the conquest of anger. Kalarupa also regard as one of the three main Dharma protectors of the Gelugpa is extremely fierce and ugly, and tames all kinds of spiritual ugliness. The fierceness of his iconography teaches us to remind ourselves that all the causes and effects of anger arising from ignorance are dreadful and distorted.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Antionette for this detailed sharing,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kalarupa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:27 PM
    Nepal is a very spiritual country, having a huge Dorje Shugden mural in Kathmandu, is indeed a big achievement for Kechara. Located on Charkhal Road in Dilli Bazaar, the mural can be found midway between our two Dorje Shugden chapels which are in Putalisadak and Chabahil. It is also very close to one of Kathmandu’s largest shopping malls. Many locals , tourist will be able to connect them to a powerful deity that is so closely associated with their culture. Well the mural not only beautiful but also full of symbolism and everyone merely by seeing it is blessed. Thanks to those talented artists and generous sponsors making it a success.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/spectacular-dorje-shugden-mural-in-kathmandu-nepal.html

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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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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. 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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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 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
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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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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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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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Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
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Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
Two Pastors in da house! Double the merits, double the happiness. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Two Pastors in da house! Double the merits, double the happiness. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
7 days ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
2 weeks ago
Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
4 weeks ago
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
4 weeks ago
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
4 weeks ago
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 weeks ago
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
1 month ago
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
1 month ago
Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
1 month ago
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
1 month ago
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
1 month ago
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
1 month ago
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
1 month ago
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
2 months ago
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
2 months ago
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
2 months ago
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
2 months ago
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
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Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
2 months ago
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
2 months ago
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
3 months ago
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
3 months ago
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 months ago
Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
3 months ago
Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 months ago
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 months ago
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
4 months ago
Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
4 months ago
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/\_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed.  Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
4 months ago
After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
4 months ago
Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
4 months ago
Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
5 months ago
Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
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