Containers

Apr 30, 2014 | Views: 2,383

Last year when we started Kechara Forest Retreat, we had nothing on our land except for two slabs of cement on the ground. I wanted to live in KFR to personally oversee the construction work, so I decided to live in a container as it can be brought over to the land quickly and it’s cheap! The container home I had in KFR was perfect for me, I really loved living in it and felt very safe. When I’m alone and not teaching  my students, I do not need much space and like my room equipped with minimal things, so there was always ample space in my tiny container.

The idea of living in a container started from there, and in less than a year, we built Dukkar Apartments where my students and guests live during their visit to KFR. I wouldn’t say that we’re the first community to live in container homes in Malaysia, but I think we’re the first Dharma community to live comfortably in these containers… I am glad that many of my students too have developed a taste and liking of minimalist living and are happy living in Dukkar Apartments. 

After we built Dukkar Apartments, I thought we were really creative with our container arrangements. Then I saw many articles on building out of containers just like this so I knew I wasn’t alone in my thinking and we still have room for further improvement for our next container home project. I’m glad that container homes are becoming more and more popular because they are creative, flexible and affordable. You can make them as big or small as you like by joining up the containers or stacking them on top of one another. You can even decorate the interior of your container and have them fully equipped just like traditional brick and mortar houses.

Below are some container homes that I found online which I thought was very well planned, creative and beautiful. I’m sharing it here with everyone so that you can see the beauty of living with simplicity in the midst of the mountains, an environment that I have longed for so many years and wish it to materialize quickly in KFR. Imagine living in a simple container home, looking out into the mountains while you recite your mantra during retreat… wouldn’t that be wonderful? These containers would be wonderful for our future Kechara Village, a living environment for senior and committed students. Here are some ideas for them.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

Me in my first cabin in Kechara Forest Retreat

 


I Can’t Believe What They Did With These Shipping Containers, Especially The Last One!

(Source: http://www.lifebuzz.com/shipping-containers/)

 

#1. Six Oaks by David Fenster of Modulus is a 1200 square foot home in the Santa Cruz mountains of California.

I would love to live in a house like this that is surrounded by trees. Plenty of places for me to feed birds! Even better if there is a view of the mountains but this is good too, to be surrounded by trees.

 

I don’t really like wooden floors unless it is natural wood because it can be quite hard to maintain.

 

The skylight lets in the natural sunlight is very nice. And the wire floor becomes a wire ceiling for the ground floor, so the sunlight can go through to the whole house, smart!

 

#2. Price Street Projects was commissioned to build this studio home in Savannah, Georgia.

Beautiful home. The trees are so lush and green. Couldn’t you just imagine sitting outside and doing your sadhana? I also like the floor-to-ceiling windows which lets in a lot of natural sunlight. I love being able to see the trees and greenery all the time.

 

As you can see, this home is made from old shipping containers. They are very strong and stable, because they are used to tough weather conditions.

 

 

#3. There are four 40-foot shipping containers that make up this home located in El Tiemblo, Spain. It was designed by James & Mau Arquitectura and built by Infinski.

I love rooms like this!!! The floor-to-ceiling windows all around the house are so wonderful. It makes the room feel bigger and makes me feel like I’m in the forest again.

 

As you can see, shipping containers can be stacked on top of each other to create two-story homes. It’s a very practical building material because after the container has outlived its use, it can be repurposed to become homes.

 

#4. Ectotech Design built this beautiful 2,300 square foot shipping container residence in the Mojave Desert.

This is a wonderful idea. Imagine building something like this as your office!! As you can see, this particular design is in the Mojave Desert. Container homes are good for any kind of terrain and environment. They are also very flexible. This particular one I can see also uses steel bars and cement.

 

#5. Poteet Architects created this San Antonio guest house. It’s just 360 square feet, and has a living room, study area, bathroom and patio.

This container home must be somewhere warm because I can see an air-conditioner! I can also see neighbours, which I prefer not to have because of privacy and also for retreat purposes, you need to be somewhere quiet and with less distractions.

 

I LOVE this room!! Even though this container home is so small (only 360 sq ft), it is enough for me to do retreats. And the glass walls don’t make the container home feel small. But if I did my retreats, maybe it won’t be in something so colorful LOL

 

 

#6. The design team from Studio H:T added 2 storage containers to the outsides of a pre-existing structure in this Colorado home.

 

#7. Benjamin Garcia Saxe created this home using two 40 ft shipping containers. This home is located in San Jose, Costa Rica and was constructed with a $40,000 budget.

Imagine if this home had been made from normal brick and mortar. The cost would’ve been much more, it would take much more time to construct and also the finished product would not look so good. It is incredible how two containers can be converted into such a beautiful building.

 

WOW!!! Look at the fantastic view!

 

#8. This shipping container home in Flagstaff, Arizona was built by Ecosa Design Studio. It was made from 6 containers and offers concrete floors, glass, walnut wood and even a rooftop terrace.

Container homes can be as elaborate or as simple as you want them to be. Once you’re inside, you can’t tell that you’re inside a shipping container!

 

This view isn’t nice but as you can see, the home was built in the middle of an urban area. Container homes are becoming more and more accepted.

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  1. Lin Mun on May 24, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    These containers home are so modern and creative. Never thought a home in a container can be so nice and cozy too, just like a normal brick house. I guess when we think outside of the box, a lot of things can be materialised. I like the design no 3, simple and has lots of sunlight.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

  2. Anne Ong on Mar 4, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Wonderful idea to use containers to build houses. Never thought containers can be transformed in to such beautiful designs. Similar to Kechara Forest Retreat. Very innovative of Rinpoche to use this idea for KFR.

  3. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Mar 20, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    My favourite home of the ones above is #4, designed by Ectotech Design. Why? Not so much for the aethestics but because it clearly shows that the container concept can match hot weather, and the inhabitants can occupy the space comfortably despite the fluctuating temperatures of the Mojave Desert (super hot in the day, and cold at night).

    What I’ve noticed about Rinpoche’s taste in architecture is that it is always about bringing the outside, inside as much as possible. Big, large windows and wooden floors, with clean lines. It doesn’t have to be fancy or shiny or expensive. It just has to be built well using good materials that withstand the test of time, and with as little maintenance as possible. All of these elements match perfectly with the characteristics of a container home.

    Rinpoche’s requirements for a home matches Dharma principles perfectly. I remember Rinpoche saying once that we have so much work to do, and so little time to do it in since the moment of our death is uncertain. So why waste our precious human life on chores like polishing wooden floors or just generally fussing about the house? These activities will get us nowhere and do nothing for us at the moment of our death. The same thinking can be applied to every other aspect of our lives that require so much maintenance but are, on an ultimate level, without purpose.

  4. Jutika Lam on Oct 17, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    I am truly taken aback at how just a few retired shipping containers can be made in to one’s living quarters with a makeover of the whole container and some touch up’s here and there.

    What the above designers have done is going beyond living in just a container but also extending portions of and even combining 2 or 3 containers together to make a 2 storey container home.

    The designs are absolutely unbelievable and I just can’t take in to heart how talented the people who designed the container homes above are.

    It really shows in this case that less really is more.

    Besides the ideas the pictures above show, I am also very proud of Kechara Forest Retreat’s very own container style apartment, That itself is also a very superb Idea by Rinpoche to have such a way of getting the most out of the space that it was built on.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article!

  5. Pee Bee Chong on Aug 11, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the wonderful and creative container home.

    We visited the container where Rinpoche lived during recent KFR tour. Pastor Adeline explained the history of the container to us. We are lucky that we entered the container to offer khata, made wishes and circumambulated the container.

    The container also reminded us of the hardship that Rinpoche and Kecharians endured during the construction of KFR. We were told that the roads were muddy, there was neither water nor electricity and everyone worked extremely hard to pull the electrical cables to KFR.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Kecharians. We are grateful to all your effort in Kechara to benefit others. Thank you Rinpoche for conceptualized the KFR so that we can do retreat, enjoy the nature environment as well as learn our spiritual practices at KFR

  6. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 4, 2014 at 3:37 am

    Very insightful by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. Containers are strong and very durable.

  7. NGODUP GYATSO on May 12, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Modern Designed second hand Container homes is a very wise Idea.
    Economically, Eco friendly, Toughness and time saving as well.
    This methought has been accepted in many country and it might become a revolutionary housing as well. Most Importantly it will clean the ship
    yard’s abandoned containers and comfort for people’s living.
    Even in Borobudur Java. Indonesia. already existed inside “Padma Samwava” complex. All the new ideas and design I saw on Rinpoche’s web sites has gave me much more excitement.
    Thank you.

  8. So Kin Hoe (Ipoh) on May 11, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the container homes with multiple designs that can serve for many purposes. The Dukkar Apartment is a good construction and brings many benefits to the retreat participants as well as those who work in Kechara Forest Retreat.

  9. Carmen Koo on May 9, 2014 at 2:43 am

    Brilliant creativity and recycling of materials. Container homes are affordable, fast, and durable. They’re also really versatile in that you can ID it to whatever suits your style too and it can be a very comfortable premise/residence/office.

    More and more people are adopting the idea of container homes. There’s a hotel smack in the middle of Kuala Lumpur that uses containers as accomodation as well. Check it out here:

    http://www.containerhotel.com.my/

    I didn’t know that containers could be used as homes, until Rinpoche brought it up one evening when a few of us were having a meeting at Rinpoche’s residence in KL, about 2 years plus ago, when we had initial discussions and plans for Kechara Forest Retreat. Rinpoche shared many pictures of container homes with us. I was then researching on the fabrication of such containers and companies in KL that were specialising in it.

    Not long after, I got to stay in my very first container when a few of us from the Ladrang stayed on site with Rinpoche at KFR whilst overseeing the initial constructions of KFR as Rinpoche mentioned above. It was comfortable, space saving and was one of the best and most memorable period of time I’ve experienced.

    When Dukkar Apartments was built with containers, as Rinpoche conceptualised, I was flabbergasted at its’ splendour, simplicity, chic-ness and beauty.

  10. Shelly tai on May 7, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    This amazing look all these containers houses they look so neat and well decorated. I think this is a brilliant idea because it saved a lot of cost of building a house and not very environmental friendly if we keep building new houses.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all these photo with us.

  11. Julien Roth on May 6, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    I remember when KFR had their first containers. I found it really cozy and nice to stay in 🙂 and the pictures above about the different ideas and designs are so creative. I think we can really learn from that and furture improve the containers at KFR. Thank you for sharing Rinpoche.

  12. DR on May 5, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Found this online while researching more about hybrid houses in Malaysia against conventional housing. Thought I’d share with everyone.

    1. Value for Money – Luxury finishes at low cost. Cost per square area is less than conventional construction.

    2. Mobility – Houses are mobile and can be relocated to a place of your choice at a minimal cost.

    3. Fast Delivery – Delivery within 30-90 days depending on the design and type.

    4. Ready Made – Pre-designed Houses ready to be purchased. Special Offers.

    5. No Red Tape – No regulatory or Municipal Council approval required.

    6. Minimal Investment in Land – Can be built in an extent less than 5 perches of owned or leased land.

    7. Modern Styles – Range of designs to suit your lifestyle. Flexibility of adding units.

    8. Safety & Comforts – Temperature Controlled, No lightning or Tsunami risk. Termite and Corrosion free.

    9. Life & Warranty – Built as per ISO Standards. Lifetime warranty backed by maintenance.

    10. Eco Friendly – Manufactured from recyclable materials. Options to integrate solar power and natural water.

  13. June Tang(Khjb) on May 5, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful pictures of the container homes. I didn’t know that the container can be made in such creative and beautiful ,it’s look so clean,cozy and comfortable… really as goos as real home!!!

  14. Girlie OOI on May 5, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    I have seen shipping containers being used as offices at construction sites but it was not until Dukkar Apartments was completed that I liked the idea of such living quarters.

    Add to it some stylish ideas and creative use of space and the results are as those shown above.

  15. Graceleong on May 5, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Dukkar Apartments in Kechara Forest Retreat was the first type of container development that I have ever seen and I was totally impressed by it. It was so modern and stylish. It was even more special cause it was situated amidst the forest. The interior is chic and simple and more importantly very practical.
    The other examples shared in this blog post is beautiful too. Seems like lots can be done with these container homes.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  16. Grace Leu(KHJB) on May 5, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Thanks for Rinpoche’sharing. The design really beautiful and advanced, it makes us can’t felt that the house is built by containers.

  17. Angelshooi on May 5, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Wow!!! I didn’t know that the container can be made in such beautiful with design inside, and it looks so cozy and comfortable to live in.

    Thank You Rinpoche for posting so many beautiful pictures of container. I like those container homes.

    I wish one day, I am able to build my home using container like the above ideas. Hehehe….

  18. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on May 4, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing… It is truly amazing!!!

    Recycle-able yet stylish, Rinpoche always bring us the Best Ideas to let all Kecharian have a stylish, cozy, and unique accommodation especially in Kechara Forest Retreat…

  19. Beatrix Ooi on May 4, 2014 at 2:44 am

    Wow! Thank You for the information Rinpoche, I never knew containers could turn into such comfortable living space, not that our DA is not beautiful of course, it’s nice as well, is just the containers in the images are very unique and they look cozy. Living in containers is a very good concept, it saves up a lot of space as well.

  20. Edward Ooi on May 4, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Dear Rinpoche, I would choose to live in containers because it’s convenient and it is also much more cheaper. But wouldn’t the containers be full of mosquitoes because they didn’t even put up any nets. They must have a lots of plans for repelling mosquitoes. By the way, Rinpoche. The containers that Rinpoche shared on the above is super awesome!!!

  21. Andrew Hibberd at Maroochy River on May 3, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    was talking to my wife today suggesting glamping in japan is a good thing to do
    what do you think?

  22. Yee Mun on May 3, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    People are getting very creative with the container houses. Building materials and labour cost are getting more and more expensive nowaday. If we can recycle the container to build houses, it can cut down on the cost of the house and the time and resources needed for building it. We are also doing a good deed towards our mother nature by reducing wastage.

    KFR has shown a good example for Malaysian to start building houses with container. More people should visit KFR to see the beauty of container apartment.

  23. Lucas Roth on May 3, 2014 at 3:05 am

    I remember when KFR were just a few containers when they were still building… These houses are so creative and i would LOVE to like in one, they are small (don’t need too much space), nice inside and cosy. The scenery is so beautiful too i like the mountain and forest scenery. Thank you for sharing Rinpoche.

  24. Karen Chong on May 2, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    It’s amazing how architects and designers have cultivated the idea of container homes that suits the needs of modern people nowadays. Besides the container home, there’s another modular homes called pod homes which it serves the mobility, withstand extreme weathers, durable and stackable just like containers. Modular homes like pod and containers can even stack on top of existing building. How convenient. This type of plug and play building is very suitable for KFR as it’s ready-made, durable, less maintenance, eco-friendly and most of all, it doesn’t require much conventional building work that it’s time & cost consuming. Thanks for sharing this, Rinpoche.

    Innovative container usage for homes and work space:

    http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/container-guest-house

  25. Sharon Ong on May 2, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    I love the concept. And best of all, these containers are recycled! Thank you for another fantastic post with beautiful photos.

  26. Patsy on May 1, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    This container concept is perfect for Kechara Village. It can be designed according to the needs and is fast to construct. It is versatile as it can be dismantled and moved or modified easily. Looking at the photos, you can’t tell from the interior that it is container homes. Love the design and the creativity to make the container homes so inviting and cozy yet practical, durable and easy to maintain.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for your research and sharing this information with us.

  27. stella on May 1, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Using containers as rooms jives with the minimalist living concept. Minimalism is a way to put a stop to excessive-ness to the world around us. If we think deeply about it, we will realize we need very little to survive. Minimalist living helps free us from material attachment.

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing. _/|\_

  28. Cliff on May 1, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I’ve always favoured minimalist designs, not having much material possessions to worry about and a easier way to have things cleaned and well maintained. Bringing in the container designs to KFR I thought was a brilliant idea as I believe its cost effective and quick to build. These pictures that Rinpoche share are just great! I love new innovative ideas/designs and it strongly illustrates how versatile container buildings can be. There are a couple more pictures of other container home designs that I found:

    1.) http://www.buzzfeed.com/kristinchirico/surprisingly-gorgeous-homes-made-from-shipping-containers

    2.) http://www.containerhomesforsale.net/cheap-container-homes/

    3.) http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/shipping-container-homes-460309#slide-1

  29. Datuk May on May 1, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Building with containers to create cosy homes and rooms or even halls has the great advantage of less masonry work which includes messy cement, bricks and the normal heavy structures.

    I remember how KFR team got Dukkar Apartments and the Dining Room up at KFR, so much less concrete and cements except for the base foundation.

    For further extension of construction at KFR, we will definitely think of this swift and cleaner and greener method of building.

    The photos give us lovely concepts to consider for the future of KFR eco village and accommodation.

    Thank you, Rinpoche.

  30. Uncle Eddie on May 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    These containers which look so modern, clean and comfortable with furnishings as good as a real home. It looks more impressive than an average hotel room, and many will not hesitate or prefer to stay in them long term! Simular to Dukkar Appartments of KFR, they are better than some real home designs. Many thanks to Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful images of modern containers.15

  31. Pastor Adeline on May 1, 2014 at 10:38 am

    These containers are really inviting. They are all simple, spacious, bright, clean and blend in very well with nature. The new containers come in handy and ready to be moved in, also can be modified easily. They are made durable for harsh weather, in some ways more reliable than a newly built building.

    In Kechara Forest Retreat, we have a Dukkar Apartment that is built by containers for guests and staff to stay over. Guests come to stay during Kechara events and when they join our programmes. Here’s a video of the beautiful Dukkar Apartment for you to enjoy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Een1E5OWDO0. Hope to see you there in the very near future!

  32. jerry_sito on May 1, 2014 at 9:56 am

    感恩尊贵的仁波切您的分享

    这是如此地优美宏观

    祈愿我们克切拉佛教中心与禅修林能够与如此优美的设计结合,宛如把佛法融入现代化并与我们的生活结合一起

    感恩仁波切,祈愿您常住在世,常转法轮

  33. Edwin Tan on May 1, 2014 at 3:24 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    The container homes really look good. Especially the interior is furnished to look not like a container house.

    The designs of Dukkar Apartments in Kechara Forest Retreat is comparable to what Rinpoche has shown; and instead of a roof patio, we have a huge living area space for community sharing.

    Apart from container homes, there are also container malls:
    1- Re:Start [http://www.restart.org.nz/about-christchurch-central-restart.php]
    2 – Container Park [http://downtowncontainerpark.com/]

    and container hotels [similar to home concepts]:
    1 – Container Hotel [http://www.containerhotel.com.my/]
    This is in KL, Malaysia.
    2- Hive-Inn Hotel [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2611063/A-giant-game-Jenga-No-hotel-design-shipping-containers-rearranged-WITHOUT-falling-over.html]
    Pretty impressive concept, and still in the making.
    3- Sleeping Around [http://www.sleepingaround.eu/]
    4 – Mill Junction [http://www.citiqstudents.co.za/accommodation/mill-junction/]
    This is more residential using silos and containers

    Just to name a few…

    People are getting more “eco-friendly” now, hence more container structures coming up, also due to what Rinpoche mentioned – fast, sturdy and cheap to implement.

  34. Joy on May 1, 2014 at 3:11 am

    These are EVEN BETTER THAN REAL HOME DESIGNS!

    I think when I first heard and saw how creatively exciting container homes can be is when we first started discussing the many options of building a temporary Ladrang for Rinpoche in Janda Baik area where there is lush trees and nature. That is when a small group of us started researching and looking at container homes and we stumbled upon all these amazing creativity of what people can do with these shipping containers and from then on the idea for containers grew affectionately and in the end manifested in to Dukkar Apartments.

    Container homes are totally sustainable, versatile and with some creativity, it can look stylish and luxurious like all the above pictures shown and our Dukkar Apartments. It’s eco-friendly as we’re recycling, affordable for many who cannot afford the mortgages for common housing these days and totally durable unlike modern housing these days where there are so many issues with leaks, bad foundation, termites etc. Seems like this is the way to go and the future!

    Totally love this style of living and doing retreats in it, especially when we manifest this in Kechara Village in KFR. I think yes we would be the first Buddhist centre to adopt the innovative container style hermitage for retreatants – SUPER AWESOME!

  35. lucy yap on May 1, 2014 at 1:18 am

    I think this is really cool,awesome!A beautiful and ingenious work and architecture.
    These containers are durable,sustainable and will be great for Kechara Village.
    I would totally live in all of these.
    Thank you for sharing these delightful post,Rinpoche.

  36. Julia Tan on May 1, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures of the container homes. it’s very eco friendly. Using container as a home, apartments, offices or buildings is one of the greenest concept to save the world. It is portable, it require minimum to none construction material, fast, safe, easy to maintain, release heat fast, cooling, light and recyclable.
    I love staying in Dukkar Apartment. I think it’s cool and cooling. We don’t switch on air-conditional at night as the container gets cold fast at night due to the container’s material. it’s easy to design into creative design according to our needs.

  37. Sean Wang on Apr 30, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    It is amazing to see how containers can be so beautiful and comfortable to live in. I have stayed in the containers that are now called Dukkar Apartments. They are extremely wonderful and it is so hard to believe that they are just shipping containers.

  38. Li Kheng on Apr 30, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Wow, the creativity put into making the containers beautiful, functional and sturdy is amazing. Yes, we can learn so much from these designs for the next phase of Kechara Forest Retreat.

    What is most impressionable is the interior. I would not have guessed that these were rooms inside container homes. Especially the bathroom…there was even a design with a bath tub!

    It has been very comfortable and cozy living in my container at Dukkar Apartment. Being simple and minimalist is actually very healthy for the mind as we don’s have the “space” to accumulate things that we don’t really need and, that will eventually become clusters of mess we get too attached to to throw away.

    Anyway, thank you for sharing these beautiful images and I hope we will effectively apply suitable elements from them into Kechara Forest Retreat.

  39. Low KHJB on Apr 30, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.The container apartments at KFR are very practical and beautifully design .As I remember it took a very short took a short time to construct after the foundation was laid.
    Sometime using recycle containers would be a practical way to solve housing issue for the less fortunate as the cost of building it could be reduced tremendously ,yet durable.
    The versatility of constructing the cabin houses are only limited to the creativity of the designers.May we see more of these structures in the future for a better cause to accommodate anyone in need of shelter…

  40. henry ooi on Apr 30, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    The container concept is ideal for Kechara Forest Retreat land because of the nature of its surroundings. Metal containers are suitable to use in a forest environment against termite infestation. Rust is kept to a minimum with overhead roof sheltering from rain. Containers are versatile and can be used for different designs as seen in the pictures shown here, kindly researched by Rinpoche. The main disadvantage is heat from sun light, especially setting sun, unless containers are shielded with grown trees around containers area.

  41. jp on Apr 30, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing the pics on container homes. Containers are very versatile and durable at the same time. Durability is especially important in tropical countries like Malaysia because humidity can be a major concern with general wear and tear.

    The design from using containers is also very attractive and modern. It has a rustic look and yet stylish. It is also eco-friendly in a sense that we can recycle shipping containers for building homes.

    I look forward to Kechara Village being a village of containers.

    Regards,
    JP

  42. Pastor Yek Yee on Apr 30, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Wowwww!!!!This containers homes are so beautiful, cozy, comfortable, unique, I like it very much. Like what we have in Kechara Forest Retreat, Dukkar Apartment, simple but yet very practical.

    I believed that many people especially city man will like this kind of container homes very much. The reason it is easy to take care, have own privacy, and even can more varieties choose or design too.

    Nice!!!

    • andre giroux on Apr 30, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      I love it too. What a wonderful idea for recycling and transforming it into something beautiful and useful. I love it. A good idea for business too. 🙂

      Thank you,
      Andre

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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jun 17. 2024 12:53 PM
    Beautiful pictures paints a thousands words of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche. Those rare pictures shared ultimate sophistication of the relationship between the two great leaders.
    Back in the 20th century Jawaharlal Nehru an Indian anti-colonial nationalist, statesman, secular humanist, social democrat was very kind to receive them both. Looking at the rare pictures says all.
    Its such awesome watching the rare video of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche visiting India together. Visiting sacred places Buddhist sites of India together, and even having state dinner .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-dalai-lama-panchen-lama-in-india-in-1956.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jun 17. 2024 12:52 PM
    nspiring read of the power sacred feminine Maha Pajapati Gotami, founder of the Order of Nuns. She was the foster-mother, step-mother and maternal aunt of the Buddha. In Buddhist tradition, she was the first woman to seek ordination for women, which she did from Gautama Buddha directly, and she became the first bhikkhuni.
    Mahapajapati lived to be around 120 years old. Having such an eminent position in the sangha, she would have had hundreds of nuns under her care, helping them realize the Truth. Perplexingly, the Buddha continued to have doubts about admitting women into the women’s order right up until his death. Mahapajapati had played an important role preserving the dharma taught by Buddha Shakyamuni.
    Truly inspired by Mahaprajapati Gotami’s story.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mahapajapati-gotami-the-first-buddhist-nun.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jun 17. 2024 12:50 PM
    Area 51 is a U.S. military base that has become synonymous all this while. There’s a possibility recording to many could be a government cover-ups and potentially a place of testing alien. Its always a secret behind this Nevada base also known as Area 51 and is often the subject of alien conspiracy theories. The facility is next to two other restricted military areas, what goes on inside and around is extremely secret. No one are allowed to visit and are kept away by warning signs, electronic surveillance and armed guards. According to the US military, the intense secrecy area is the training range for US nuclear weapons. It has never been declared a secret base and under 24-hour surveillance. Many people have reported seeing unidentified flying objects in or near Area 51. That’s interesting. And the popular image of the place is a secret site for extra-terrestrial research.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/aliens-paranormal/what-is-area-51.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jun 17. 2024 12:49 PM
    Reading each messages and looking at those beautiful pictures tells a thousand words. Without dharma, dharma work, dharma institutions and dharma people, life is so much more lonely and empty……loved this message by our Guru.
    May those teachings in this blog flourish in the heart of all beings.
    Thank you Rinpoche sharing this great messages. which taught us more and inspired us too.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/messages-inspired-by-buddhist-art.html
  • payal
    Monday, Jun 10. 2024 04:27 AM
    really….such a stunning sacred image 1,000 Armed Avalokitesvara as gift from Joshua and family for Rinpoche . More so receiving it on Wesak Day is indeed wonderful. Merely looking at this stunning images is a blessing.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 10. 2024 02:57 PM
    A card and hard disc from Sean Wang was truly a smart idea afterall. Nobody could imagine such idea but he did it. Placing thumb drives with millions and billions of Vajrayogini her holy mantra in Tibetan into the holy statue. Not only that drawing pictures too . Such a great idea whereby people come to make offerings, prostrate, circumambulate, collecting huge amount of merits for themselves and their love ones. Thanks to Sean Wang/
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/seans-got-a-great-idea.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 10. 2024 02:55 PM
    Reading this blog kindly reminded us of the most cherished people in our lives that’s our parents. Mother’s Day that is on this Sunday 12th of May and Father’s Day falls on the third Sunday in June. Teachers Day too important ……a day to honour and recognise their roles in our lives. Rinpoche always emphasised that we should not avoid the responsibility of repaying the kindness of the people who have helped us in our life. The only true way to honour and repay their kindness is to let them know that their kindness meant a lot to us . Do something good for them or someone else as this practice ultimately gives enormous power and possibilities for positive effects in many lives not just our own life. Simple saying thank you and expressing our appreciation can go a long way.
    Reading all those powerful quotes by Rinpoche gives us a lesson and example.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers team for sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/celebrating-kindness-20-quotes-from-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 06:11 PM
    Achi Chökyi Drölma is the Dharma Protector of the Drikung Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. She also appears as a protector in the Karma Kagyu refuge tree as Achi Chodron. Although Achi has a particular committment to protect the Drikung Kagyu, she is recognized and practiced by all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. To benefit the beings in samsara, she displays a limitless number of manifestations at different times and in different space dimensions. She vowed to protect the Drikung Kagyu lineage and its practitioners, removing inner and outer obstacles , a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism, embodies the harmonious union of compassion, wisdom, and protective energy. a powerful wisdom-protector who guards and protects all sincere Dharma-practitioners to rely on her. She is also known for her power to confer wealth. She rose to protect Drikung Kagyu lineage while Dorje Shugden who rose to protect the Gelug teaching. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Gen Lobsang Phuljung for this interesting write up

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 06:00 PM
    Dorje Shugden is a special Dharma Protector who quickly fulfils wishes and sincere prayers. He brings healing, harmony and peace; protects from harm and obstacles and attracts opportunities for success and growth. To promote the practice of Dorje Shugden, Kechara has came up a easy way for more people to understand the Powerful Practice. Presented in six different languages as such in English, Tibetan བོད་ཡིག, Chinese 中文, Hindi हिंदी, Tamil தமிழ், Nepali नेपाली so everyone could access. All those materials were distributed to visitors free of charge at all Kechara outlets. Looking at those pictures of visitors says all of how Kechara had spreads the practice of Dorje Shugden like wild fire. More people will get to know and understand the true stories and benefits of Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/kechara-spreads-the-practice-of-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:57 PM
    For the last 60 years, the Tibetan Government-in-Exile has exploited, abused, marginalised and persecuted their people. For the first time in six decades, since the Tibetans first entered a life in exile, we are seeing more and more examples of ordinary Tibetans speaking up against this exploitation. In years gone past, Tibetans would never have dared to voice their objections to the leadership. They have been mixing religion and politics ever since. A majority of the Tibetans in India are stateless, and been sufferings quietly. Hundreds of thousands of Tibetans were killed during the Chinese invasion, prompting the young Dalai Lama to flee into exile in 1959. Because of all the exploitation the younger Tibetan generation are willing to express and speaking up.
    Reading the commentary by a anonymous member of the Tibetan community tells us how those desperate Tibetans experienced all this while and to voice the truth. Interesting read. In order to achieve peace it is necessary to address the root of violence and conflict by having dialogue between the Chinese Government and the Tibetan Government.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-refugee-youth-speaking-up.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:55 PM
    Coming up with these informative website is a great work of Rinpoche and writers team. With these website it had many people get to understand more of Tibetan Buddhism , great teachers teachings and of course all about the practice of Dorje Shugden. I am one of them , its was this website I got to know , learn, and understand about Tibetan Buddhism and Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands and writers team .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/fantastic-new-dorje-shugden-website-launched.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:53 PM
    The legendary Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drak was born in the village of Nyenam,Southern Tibet amidst many auspicious signs of a high rebirth. Ra Lotsawa was a great tantric master and is one of the most controversial Buddhist teachers in Tibetan history who had used wrathful means to subjugate his opponents. One of the previous lives of Dorje Shugden is the renowned lama Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drak, Amongst his great deeds, Ra Lotsawa was known to have renovated many with Samye, Tibet’s first monastery. He also sponsored numerous new translation works, the copying and recitation of sacred scriptures, and the installation of Buddha statues. Interesting read of the biography of this great master. Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drakpa left behind a legacy of many great lamas, practitioners and preserving, as well as spreading this tantric system in Tibet.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ra-lotsawa-dorje-drakpa-tibetan-master-of-the-vajrabhairava-tantra.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:51 PM
    Dorjé Shukden is a controversial Tibetan Buddhist protector deity, believed by some to be a wrathful spirit and by others to be an enlightened Buddha. The controversy that arose from this divided understanding over the last fifty years has impacted the Tibetan Buddhist community globally and continues to be relevant to observers and practitioners of Buddhism the world over. The Yellow Book, based on its cover. It was composed by Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche in 1970, but it was not published until 1973. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche never intended for his book to be published but somehow it was published without his permission. According to the introduction, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche authored this book in 1970 based on teachings given by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, the junior tutor to the 14th Dalai Lama.The original intention of this book was to be complementary material to Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s book, Music Delighting An Ocean of Protectors, which was published six years before the Yellow Book. The Yellow Book did not circulate widely until several years later. It is a collection of cautionary tales and teachings but sadly some influential powerful officials and people who had corrupted the Gelug lineage . Interesting read.
    I am looking forward to finish reading this book.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/dr-christopher-bells-views-on-zemey-rinpoches-yellow-book.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:15 PM
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:13 PM
    Firebirds are mythical birds found in the folklore of many cultures. They are often depicted as magical birds with feathers that glow like flames or the sun. The mythology surrounding firebirds varies between cultures, but there are some common themes. In Greek mythology, the mythical bird known for its ability to be reborn from its ashes, symbolizing immortality and renewal. It is often depicted as a beautiful and majestic creature with brightly coloured feathers and a long tail. Interesting read of the stories related to the mythology, legend and folklore in this blog.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html

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108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
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Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
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One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
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Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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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.
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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.
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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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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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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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.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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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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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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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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We hope you enjoyed our pictures, as much as we enjoyed our Wesak Day together in Penang. Let us carry the energy and enthusiasm we experienced so far and inspires many more. Happy Wesak Day! 22/5/2024 KPSG by Jacinta
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Puja offering packages. Thanks to those who sponsored the puja. May all your wishes be fulfilled. KPSG by Jacinta
Colourful altar with plenty of offerings. We had DS puja with Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni as we celebrate this special day of Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana. KPSG by Jacinta
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Colourful altar with plenty of offerings. We had DS puja with Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni as we celebrate this special day of Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana. KPSG by Jacinta
Some of the activities done during the Wesak Day Celebration in Penang. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. After puja, all members helped out clearing the offerings and we shared out the blessed food offerings with our families, friends and even animals. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. After puja, all members helped out clearing the offerings and we shared out the blessed food offerings with our families, friends and even animals. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. Activities during puja. Members chanting Dorje Shugden mantras. We've completed Dorje Shugden puja cum Namasangiti. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. Activities during puja. Members chanting Dorje Shugden mantras. We've completed Dorje Shugden puja cum Namasangiti. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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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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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)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
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Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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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
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
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Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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
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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
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Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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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.
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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.
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Türkiye 132,302
Sri Lanka 128,762
United Arab Emirates 121,726
Japan 119,012
Russia 114,691
Hong Kong 114,218
China 107,718
Romania 104,740
Mexico 97,736
New Zealand 93,880
Switzerland 88,746
Myanmar (Burma) 88,535
Pakistan 82,184
Sweden 78,121
South Korea 75,124
Cambodia 70,770
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