Containers

Apr 30, 2014 | Views: 1,458

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
    Sunday, Apr 5. 2020 03:25 PM
    Nairatmya is the Buddha Mother of the Sakya sect and is the embodiment of prajna wisdom. As well as a meditational deity and the consort of Hevajra which has many different forms and combinations of forms for these two deities. She has phenomenal power which enables practitioners to break through the ignorance of afflictions and increase the practitioners’ Buddha wisdom and merits. She did appeared to the Mahasiddha Virupa urging him to continue with his tantric practice. Depicted with the dharma protector Dorje Shugden forms a beautiful and powerful thangka.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/nairatmya-she-who-has-no-self
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 5. 2020 03:23 PM
    Born as a prince …Siddhartha Gautama but then became known as Shakyamuni only after he became the Buddha . Buddha gave teachings or compassionately turning the wheel of Dharma at a variety of places for many years until his parinirvana. Through these teachings, Buddha showed the way that leads all beings to the experience of awakening and liberation from samsara. In this beautiful thanka Buddha is depicted with his many disciples and Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/buddha-shakyamuni-turning-the-wheel-of-dharma
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 5. 2020 03:21 PM
    The Buddha was a philosopher, mendicant, meditator, spiritual teacher, and religious leader who lived in ancient India. He is revered as the founder of the world religion of Buddhism. Life as a prince living in the wealthy circumstances of a noble family . In his late twenties, Prince Siddhartha encountered the “four signs” during excursions from the palace. He realized that the only way out of this suffering world of samsara was through finding and following the right spiritual path. He gave up the ascetic way of life and turned to meditation, until he reached his goal of enlightenment under the Bodhi-tree in Bodhgaya. Interesting story of who the noble prince was, the major events of his life, and the incredible legacy that he left behind for the world with the creation of Buddhism.
    In this beautiful thangka , depicted together with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. As a dharma protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-noble-prince-who-founded-buddhism
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 4. 2020 06:15 PM
    Nor matter what race or religion, one of the most beautiful qualities of friendship is to understand and be understood. Animals of different species can be together, playing together and have a close bond, we as human too could do it. Dogs aren’t only man’s best friend, there are other animals playing together. With patience, the seeds of loving-kindness, and understanding even our enemies can become friends. Most important whether that person is of the same race, faith, rich or poor, good or bad ,all are treated equally. There is a time for silence with the one who hurts us and yet a time to let go of the past. We should love all beings too.
    I have seen wonderful pictures of people and animals hugging, playing together, it tell us a special bond between them. When we love them….the animals will gives you loves.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing and teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/absence-of-hatred
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 4. 2020 06:14 PM
    Jetsun Milarepa was a Tibetan siddha, who famously was a murderer as a young man then turned to Buddhism to become an accomplished buddha despite his past. He is generally considered as one of Tibet’s most famous yogis and poets, serving as an example for the Buddhist life. Interesting biography of Milarepa which I truly enjoying and inspiring story of him. Depicted with Mahasiddha Marpa a great translator, Vajravarahi is a semi-wrathful form of Vajra Yogini, and Dorje Shugden is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, created a beautiful powerful thangka .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-incredible-poet-and-yogi-jetsun-milarepa
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 4. 2020 06:13 PM
    Lama Tsongkhapa is a “Buddha of our times” in the Gelug Vajrayana tradition. As an enlightened being, Buddha Tsongkhapa has the same realizations as all of the Buddhas. His practice is very powerful reliable and beneficial, as he was an emanation of Avalokitesvara , Manjushri , and Vajrapani . Among the many renowned teachings he gave and dharma texts he composed, Lama Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim Chenmo. We are fortunate , having the chance to receive and practice Dharma teachings from Lama Tsongkhapa through our lama. Beautiful thangka depicted along with Dorje Shugden the powerful Dharma Protector.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing and with short explanations.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/lama-tsongkhapa-sitting-on-a-lotus
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Apr 4. 2020 03:13 PM
    It is interesting that there are certain people who have psychic power or some sort of ability that a normal person may not have. Hard to explain why they are special scientifically but I believe each person have different capabilities in this world. For me if a person if gifted with certain capabilities, then they should use it to benefit others and not bring harm for own benefit and greed. Many however, will abuse the abilities to make profit and for personal agenda.

    On the other subject on mantra, it is powerful words of Buddha which brings benefit to not only to the person who recite it but can be dedicated to all sentient beings. Appreciation to Buddha for providing mantra for us to recite and opportunity to change the situation to be better.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/psychic-power-sabine-thing.html
  • sarassitham
    Saturday, Apr 4. 2020 01:52 AM
    Thank you for the sharing, an inspiring article of a family growing up their kids and Living Off-The Grid in Lenggong Valley of Perak. I believe this is the positive mind set of the couples living closer to nature, explore to new ideas, being creativity, to live simple and happy with farming activities .

    There are number of people who are attracted to mother nature, they love the breezing air, greenery environment, and healthy living. Not many love to do this in this modern era where technology are vast growing where people are looking for more comfort and luxury homes.

    I loved the concept and the wonderful ideas of Tan and Ladia Kuta, being innovative, to facilitate, improve and to expend their living style. Thanks to The Coconut KL to introduce the Lenggong Valley and helping the couples to expend. Hope to get an opportunity to visit and enjoy the nature environment stay.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 3. 2020 08:50 PM
    Heard of this mythical creatures during my school days. Interesting stories and in Scottish folklore been told years ago. The Loch Ness monster is a marine creature that inhabits in the Scottish highlands waters. Recording to eye witness it is described as large in size with a long neck and one or more humps protruding from the water. There have been thousands of reported sightings of these creatures date back to ancient times. They ranged from eyewitness accounts by visitors to the area to unusual objects spotted by people. Many even has captured images of this creature but so forth there no hard evidence of it. Well I do believe that there was once do exist in ancient times .
    Thank you Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/english-loch-ness-monster.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 3. 2020 08:49 PM
    Reading all these inspiring worthy words appealing to H H Dalai Lama to lift the ban on Dorje Shugden, it tell us a thousand words. How much love and respect our Lama Tsem Rinpoche to H H Dalai Lama. Our lama always teaches us to respect H H Dalai Lama. This Dorje Shugden ‘s practice was passed down by generations of erudite lamas of the pure lineage since 400 years ago. For hundreds of years , many highly attained lamas has been propitiating and relying on Dorje Shugden as an Dharma Protector in the practice. They cannot be wrong in the practice. Because of the Tibetan Leadership political agenda, many has suffered such as services denied, families and monasteries divided and so forth.
    May H H Dalai Lama please have a dialogue with Dorje Shugden’s practitioner , to resolve the ban which is affecting millions of people.
    Thank you Rinpoche with these inspiring worthy words of appeals.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/appeal-to-h-h-the-dalai-lama.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Apr 3. 2020 05:38 PM
    It is not coincidental that past and present masters praised Diamond Lady , Vajrayogini as our saviour during this materialistic, desire driven times. As Rinpoche had said, her practice is most appropriate for us.
    Across the world more female are working than ever before, and are very successful holding the top post. Thank you very much for nice write up.
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Apr 2. 2020 11:26 PM
    Extremely happy to see the Green Girls efforts to the success of Kechara’s Organic Farm. I liked they idea, to cultivate the space to grow their own delicious, greenery, fresh and healthy vegetables. Of course we know organic vegetables contain’s more nutritious, healthier and safe.

    Apart of looking at these attractive farm, I believe this farm will improves the ecology of the surrounding environment. Looking on the support of the volunteers, I hope this project will meet their goals and achieve to a greater extent.

    I’m sure this though role activity involved will help the green girls and Kechara volunteers to maintain a healthy mind and body.
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Apr 2. 2020 03:50 PM
    I like the Dorje Shugden’s Tsa-tsa. It is very detail in making and beautiful. Not only easy to carry during travel also can use for premises decoration to further bless the premises. Now i know how it was made , and the history after reading this post. So they made based on the tradition in Tibet and everyone could invite home and for traveling as well as the beautiful Tsa-tsa is small and convenience. Thank you for the informative article.

  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 10:26 PM
    Thank you for the sharing, I never heard about it before, it’s the belief that there’s a divine, mystical relationship between numbers and the projection of life. There is one thing important to know that every number has a unique vibration by itself.

    I had a good read to know the auspicious sign of number seven belongs to Buddha Tara. It ‘s also the culture believe that all numbers has it own qualities. What I understand from this article is there is a hidden supreme power and spirituality behind every numbers.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 06:41 PM
    Traditionally, the Stupa is a representation of the enlightened mind of the Buddha and, as such, is a method for harmonizing, purifying, and balancing the elements of the environment. Stupas are structures that have been built for thousands of years, representing the highest potential of the mind, and bringing peace, harmony, health, and happiness to the surroundings areas. By participating in the building of a stupa, it is an extremely great merits ,to purifying our negative Karma and obstacles and it will enriches one’s own body and mind. Rejoice to Ms Veronika Tupayachi, been involved in the construction of a Stupa in Cusco, Peru. The very first stupa been built in Peru with the effort of Buddhist practitioners of various traditions and supporters. This project finally constructed after a few years and glad to hear from Ms Veronika who has not forgotten Rinpoche’s generosity and advices . May more people in Peru get to receive the blessing .
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/letter-and-gifts-from-cusco-peru.html

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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
4 weeks ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
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Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
1 month ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
2 months ago
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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