David’s Pilgrimage to India

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On the 14th – 21st December 2012, a group of 17 Kecharians went on a pilgrimage to India.

Dear friends,

I had requested some of our Kecharians to take their parents to be blessed by going on holy Buddhist pilgrimage. They immediately agreed and were very happy to do so. I thought it would be a good way for some of our members to repay the kindness of their parents to take them for pilgrimage. Many high and great masters have expounded the many benefits of going for pilgrimage so therefore it is important to go at least once in our lifetime. It’s wonderful we can physically take care of our parents, but spiritually taking care of them is equally important. We must endeavor to do so by our own example and gaining the trust of our parents and other significant persons in our life for this pilgrimage.

I have asked Pastor David Lai to write an account of this and guess what, it was back logged and now I am publishing it. Better late than never as the old adage goes. Nevertheless what Pastor David succinctly shares is timeless, moving, accurate, historical as well as beautiful. You must read what he has written. I saw the potential in him to be a great writer when I first met him and I still believe in his talent as attested here and his personal (http://www.davidlai.me/) blog. He has a wonderful way with words what is natural and inborn. You will be delighted and laugh at his account and be touched by the love he has for his dad who went on this pilgrimage. This is a great travelogue account in fact. Also much historical information is shared by Pastor David too. This is a must read.

This is a must read for those who wish to visit the holy sites. Who cannot make it and or who have gone already. Bodhgaya is the very place Lord Buddha attained full enlightenment and therefore highly significant.

Do enjoy and be blessed.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Walking After the Buddha

written by David Lai

 

The first view of the Mahabodhi Stupa when I arrived at the temple grounds.

 

A few months ago, Rinpoche suggested that I take my father on a pilgrimage trip along with 15 other pilgrims to Bodhgaya. The very thought of going on a pilgrimage brought back a flood of memories from my last trip to Bodhgaya 8 years ago with H. E. Tsem Rinpoche. The old Stupa, the Bodhi tree, the Buddha statue, the monks and pilgrims with the sound of their beautiful chanting and kneeling under the Bodhi tree to receive refuge from H. E. Tsem Rinpoche are some of the images that came rushing back to me.

This time around, it would not be Rinpoche leading us on this pilgrimage but Liaison Paul Yap. I was really excited and looked forward to this sacred journey back to the land of the Buddha. I think this trip was made extra special by the fact that I get to take my dad, who had been a devout Buddhist for many years. I am very happy to have this honor because the pilgrimage would be a powerful blessing for his future rebirths because of the powerful blessing that was left there by the Buddha.

Before going on pilgrimage with Rinpoche, I had never really known what pilgrimage was all about. I used to think that it was just another glorified holiday through locations with spiritual or archaeological significance. I am glad to be able to dismiss that as I learnt the true meaning of a Buddhist pilgrimage. In essence, it is a journey to power places that the Buddha or any other holy being had resided or performed enlightened actions in order to create a powerful blessing with the spiritual energy left there. The blessing can open up our merits from past lives to delve deeper into our spiritual practice and to embed even more spiritual seeds into our mind streams.

According to Rinpoche, there are 4 great locations associated with the Buddha and they are Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Kushinagar. These places correspond to the birth, enlightenment, first turning of the wheel of the Dharma and Parinirvana (passing) of the Buddha. It is mentioned in the Buddhist scriptures that the Buddhas of the past and the future ages would appear to perform enlightened deeds at these locations again.

Hence, Buddhists flock to these power places to gain a powerful blessing and to create the causes to meet future Buddhas and to receive teachings from them in future rebirths. In fact, the Buddha himself had recommended visiting these power places for future practitioners. That is why it is a goal for every devout Buddhist to go on pilgrimage to these holy places. For me, that made a lot of sense and I am glad that I managed to bring my father to these power places.

Here are some highlights from this pilgrimage that I went with my dad:

 

 

Bodhgaya

A majestic sight of the soaring spires of Mahabodhi Stupa.

 

An ancient Indian Buddhist saint by the name of Asvagosha called Bodhgaya, ‘The Navel of the World.’ I can see why because this is the place where Lord Buddha attained full enlightenment under the sacred Bodhi tree. An ancient Buddhist king Ashoka built a temple on the very spot and also a stone fence railing surrounding the compound of the temple and the Bodhi tree. It is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in the world.

In the 12th Century, floods buried the courtyard of the temple in silt and over time, the temple lay buried and forgotten. It was rediscovered in the 19th Century by Sir Alexander Cunningham and was duly excavated and restored. Just outside of the courtyard lay a garden of ruined stupas and other votive shrines and temples that surround the main temple like a sacred Mandala. There is a circumambulation path that surrounds the outer compound allowing for a breathtaking view of the temple, as one would follow the other pilgrims on a devotional circuit around the temple.

The temple compound comes alive with the shuffling of pilgrims going about on their devotional rounds. Some pilgrims sit meditating in contemplative silence while other pilgrims chant Buddhist mantras and other devotional verses in a low murmur lending an air of sacredness to the temple. The majority of the pilgrims are monks and thus, bathing the compound with a sea of maroon. In the space between smaller stupas and shrines, a sea of monks and lay pilgrims prostrate on rectangular planks towards the temple itself. The ancient stupas, the pilgrims, the sound of mantras and presence of the monks imbue the place with a sense of peace and devotion.

While I rest on my circumambulation rounds, I love to sit by the stone railing to do my mantras and stare up the outer wall lined with little alcoves bearing Buddha images rendered in bas-relief. Buddhas like Shakyamuni, Avalokiteshvara, Tara, Manjushri and other enlightened figures gaze down benevolently onto the shuffling pilgrims. However, a personal favorite is the Manjushri that’s just next to the Bodhi tree. It is a simple Indian figure that I wish I could cart back home to have on my own personal shrine. My other favorite Buddha statue is the actual statue of Buddha Shakyamuni enshrined within the temple itself.

 

A caretaker monk carefully offers our robes onto Lord Buddha.

 

According to Rinpoche, this statue was made 60 years after the Buddha’s parinirvana by one of Lord Buddha’s female disciples. The statue is actually made of black stone but has since been covered with a layer of gold by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This statue is said to be the closest resemblance to Lord Buddha and so, it was very fortunate for my dad and myself to have the honor to offer robes to the statue and it felt like we were offering it to Lord Buddha himself when the caretaker monk very quickly and skillfully placed the robes on.

 

The Vajrasana or the golden seat of Buddha’s enlightenment.

 

Even holier than the statue is the exact spot where the Buddha sat on and achieved full enlightenment that Buddhists call the Vajrassana. King Ashoka built a raised stone platform in veneration of this sacred spot. In recent times, a stone fence had been built surrounding the tree probably in fear of vandalism. So, the tree is locked away behind the stone fence and so we have to place our head onto the stone fence to glean a blessing from this sacred spot.

There are 7 spots within the compound of the temple that is especially sacred because it was at these spots that the Buddha spent a week each, meditating after attaining enlightenment. The first week was spent meditating under the Bodhi tree. Then, on the second week, the Buddha was meditating on the spot where the Animeshlochana Chaitya stands while gazing at the Bodhi tree without blinking. The third week, he was at the Ratnachankrama or Jewel walk where the Buddha spent the week in a contemplative walk. Then, the Buddha spent the fourth week at the Ratnaghar Chaitya where the Buddha reflected on higher aspects of reality. It was said that blue, yellow, red, white and orange rays of light emanated from the Buddha’s body while he meditated. Therefore, the Buddhist flags displays these colors.

The fifth week, the Buddha meditated in the east near the main entrance of the temple today. At this location and in response to query by a wanderer, he explained that it was by the merit of one’s deeds and not the virtue of one’s birth that makes a Brahman. On the sixth week, the Buddha meditated at the area of the Muchhalinda pond south of the temple. There was a great shower of rain, and the Naga king, Muchhalinda sheltered the Buddha by winding his coils seven times round the Buddha’s body and holding his hood over the Buddha’s head. Finally, the seventh week was spent in the southeast meditating under the Rajyatna tree where he also taught. These are all wonderful locations but I spent most of my time under the Bodhi tree.

The marble pathway surrounding the temple is remarkably clean of any leaves that may have fallen from the sacred Bodhi tree. This is because faithful pilgrims would quickly snatch any leaf that falls off the tree. Any leaf from the tree is considered a living relic of the Buddha’s enlightenment. Although this Bodhi tree is not the original tree from the Buddha’s time because the original have since been uprooted but the current tree was replanted from a sapling taken from a living descendent of the exact Bodhi tree in Sri Lanka.

After an hour waiting for a leaf to fall, I gave up and decided to focus on my prayers instead. If you are really desperate for a leaf, you could talk to any one of the little Sinhalese monks that wander about the temple. They might offer you a leaf but there’s no guarantee that it’s the leaf from the exact Bodhi tree. Besides the Mahabodhi Stupa, Bodhgaya is also the home to many temples from different Buddhist traditions.

We took a tour of the Japanese, Chinese, Bhutanese, Thai, Taiwanese and Tibetan temples. I must say that I found the Bhutanese temple to be particularly breath taking with its ornately decorated interior. I loved the fact that they had carved stucco figures protruding from the walls to depict the Buddha’s life story. Nonetheless, we did also stop by the 80-feet Buddha statue, one of the main stops for pilgrims who come to Bodhgaya to make prayers and have our customary pilgrim photos taken.

 

Dungeshwari (Mahakala Caves)

The entrance to Lord Buddha’s meditational cave

 

Lying against the rugged terrain of the mountains outside of Bodhgaya, a stone path leads up a flight of steps to several small Tibetan monasteries crowding the little space by a cliff. On the higher platform lies a cave that was traditional believed by some to be the location where the Buddha spent 6 years engaged in various ascetic practices that left him emaciated. The statue of the fasting Buddha in the cave immortalizes this period of the Buddha’s life.

 

The statue of the Fasting Buddha within the cave.

 

According to Rinpoche, the fasting Buddha has a special blessing and inspiration for us to achieve unshakeable faith and perseverance in our practice. This image of the Buddha holds particular relevance for the modern practitioner beset with tremendous distractions and a multitude of obstacles that can potentially derail us from our spiritual path. However, Rinpoche said that the Buddha did not reside here for the entire duration of the 6 years and the actual location is at a place known to the Tibetans as Lotrugawa by the banks of the Niranjana River. Nonetheless, we made our offerings, mantras and prayers here and moved on to the other locations.

 

Sujata Stupa and Temple.

The shrine at Sujata’s temple to Lord Buddha and Sujata kneels towards the right side of Lord Buddha.

 

Sujata Temple is actually a little shrine dedicated to the spot traditionally believed to be where the local herds’ maid Sujata had offered the emaciated Buddha his first meal of milk rice and honey.

After 6 years of engaging in strict practices, the Buddha realized the futility of these practices and decided to follow a middle way. Therefore, he accepted Sujata’s offering at this location. Realizing this significance, I told the pilgrims to make offerings at Sujata’s shrine to pray for the merit to provide for the Dharma (financially or in any other way) in much the same way as Sujata’s offering provided sustenance to the Buddha. It is said that it is exceptionally meritorious for Sujata to make this offering to the Buddha just before he attained enlightenment.

Not too far away lies a commemorative Stupa built by King Ashoka in honor of Sujata’s offering. We didn’t really do much at the Stupa but instead took a ride down to Lutrugawa.

 

Lutrugawa

This is the place Tibetans would come on a pilgrimage in memory of the spot where Lord Buddha engaged in his 6 years of ascetic practices. There are no ancient temples or shrines here except for a recently built platform in memory of the Buddha’s sheer determination to gain enlightenment. Therefore, the pilgrims stood by the platform and recited the King of Prayers here to plant powerful aspirations.

 

The spot believed to be where Lord Buddha performed ascetic practices.

 

This location seemed the most probable considering the fact that it lay near the spot where he met Sujata and also the Niranjana River. It is believed that after he completed his first meal, the Buddha took the bowl and placed it in the river. He prayed and requested for an omen that if he was on the right path towards attaining enlightenment. When the Buddha released the bowl, it miraculously flowed upstream against the tide of the flowing water. I love this location because it is off the beaten path of tourists and regular pilgrims. At the time we were here, there were no other pilgrims, allowing us space and leisure to perform our prayers and offerings.

 

Vaishali & Kesariya

The ruined remains of the Stupa at Vaishali.

 

At Vaishali, we visited 3 stupas, the first stupa is just the ruined remains of a Stupa destroyed by the Muslim horde. This is one of the many stupas that the Lichchhavis, the ancient kings of Vaishali had enshrined the sacred relics of Lord Buddha. After the passing of the Buddha, the relics were divided equally amongst the 8 Buddhist kings and the share that the Lichchhavis had received was divided into 13 Stupas built throughout Vaishali. Today, only 7 Stupa ruins have been unearthed.

The second Vaishali Stupa we visited was better preserved along with the Ashokan pillar with its lion pointing towards the direction Lord Buddha had left after giving his last teaching. This old stupa look imposing amongst the ruins and it was a good introduction to the ancient Indian architectural style, which was very different from the Tibetan, or even the Chinese architectural styles. I felt transported back in time to the reign of the Licchavi kings. Vaishali is noted to be where the Buddha laid down many of the Vinaya rules that the Buddhist monks adhere to and that’s why there is a profusion of monastic ruins surrounding the stupa. The Second Buddhist Council of the Sangha was held here in Vaishali a century after the passing of the Buddha to straighten out competing interpretations of the Vinaya rules. I could just image a grand procession of Indian monks and arhats adorned with their saffron-coloured robes passing through.

 

One of the monastic ruins was in the shape of a swastika (when viewed at bird’s eye view) and is believed to be the ruins of a nunnery that was built in honor of where the Buddha had ordained his foster mother, Mahaprajapati Gotami along with 500 other Shakyan women. Those who aspired to be nuns felt that this was a particularly significant location and took their time to make special prayers here to be a good nuns when they receives their Bhikshuni (nun) vows. I made my prayers here too but not to be a nun but to hold my vows and commitments strongly.

 

The excavated remains of the mammoth Kesariya Stupa.

 

At Kesariya (known as Kessaputta during the Buddha’s time), we came to the site of the mammoth Stupa, whose size rivaled the Borobuddur in its heyday. However, it is in a dilapidated state today and it’s just a shadow of what it once was. King Ashoka built the Stupa over a pre-existing smaller stupa erected by the Lichchhavis who were given the Buddha’s alms bowl at this spot to prevent them from following him as he walked for the last time towards Kushinagar. This massive stupa would become the prototype for Indonesia’s Borobuddur Stupa. I couldn’t help but marvel at the devotion and engineering feat of constructing such huge structures with just primitive tools.

 

 

Vulture’s Peak

A simple shrine at Vulture’s Peak.

 

For Mahayana Buddhists, Vulture’s Peak or Griddhakuta Hill is amongst the holiest sites because it was where the Buddha had requested the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara to expound on the profound teaching on emptiness. This teaching is forever immortalized in the Heart Sutra.

The peak itself is reachable through a long walk up a stone path lined with peddlers, beggars and porters carrying older pilgrims on sling-like litters suspended on thick bamboo poles. Peddlers sell walking sticks that come in rather handy for braving the steep steps up. I got my dad one as we began ascending up into the hill. Thank Buddha for the very kind Japanese who built the stone path for making the site accessible to pilgrims, as the terrain was treacherous. As we get closer up to the peak, we come across caves that are believed to be Ananda and Shariputra’s meditational caves. We marched on and only did our prayers at the caves when we descended later.

 

The sweeping view from Vulture’s Peak.

 

The sweeping view at the peak was spectacular and its no wonder the Buddha enjoyed engaging in retreats and teachings here. The actual site is just a nondescript platform with a lot of offerings left by pilgrims. There were enough room for all 17 of us pilgrims to sit to do our recitations and prayers. Needless to say, we had to recite the Heart Sutra to invoke the blessings of the Buddha and Avalokiteshvara to gain realization into the most profound of teachings.

 

Nalanda Ruins & Museum

Not too far from Vulture’s Peak, we came to what looked like a park. It has large flat grassy lawn with a path lined with trees. The path leads to the ruined remains of the famous medieval Nalanda monastery. Nalanda monastery was the oldest and greatest university in the ancient world. It began as a Buddhist monastery and grew to become an institution of great learning, not just of Buddhism but the arts, sciences, medicine and philosophy. This great institution was famed throughout the ancient world and attracted scholars, translators and practitioners from all over India, Tibet, Persia, China and Greece.

 

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The modest entrance to the ruins of the great Nalanda Monastery.

 

Nalanda was founded in the 5th Century over the site where the Buddha often came to reside with his chief disciples Shariputra and Moggallana. It is said that Shariputra attained Nirvana here. The most imposing structure in the excavated site is Shariputra’s Stupa. The whole university covers over 14 hectares or 34.6 acres across the flat landscape of the area but the excavated site covers only a small fraction of the entire complex. What remains of the gate is a modest entrance into a city-like brick landscape of passages, stairs, broken pillars, platforms, meditational cells, halls, latrines and temples.

 

A panoramic view of the ruins from a platform at Nalanda.

 

According to history records, the gatekeepers of the monastery are learned scholars and they would only permit entry to the monastery to those who could answer their riddles. I went into one of the meditational cells and sat on the stone beds and could hardly stifle my amazement of being at the very place Buddhadharma was expounded and debated upon. I thought I could be sitting on the very bed that any of the great Indian pandits of old like Nagarjuna, Aryadeva, Dharmakirti, Chandrakirti or Shantarakshita had slept. In fact, many of the famous Mahasiddhas were once great students of this monastery. Before moving on, I managed to recite a few prayers.

 

The imposing view of Shariputra’s Stupa.

 

The immensity of the monastery lend an awe-inspiring feeling of how great this massive institution once was, much in the same way I had felt in Gaden monastery. In fact, Lama Tsongkhapa modeled Gaden after the monastic system that was developed here. The great monasteries of Lama Tsongkhapa like Gaden, Sera and Drepung had over the centuries produced countless great yogis, scholars and monks. The propagation and preservation of the Buddhadharma owes much to these great institutions. I felt sad that the Muslim invasion destroyed Nalanda and with it; Buddhism was systematically wiped out from India.

Not far from the ruins, the Indian government had established a Nalanda museum to exhibit precious statues and artifacts excavated from the ruins. The statues and artifacts offer a glimpse into the devotional world of the ancient monastic life of Nalanda. There are statues of the Buddha, Tara, Manjushri and a plethora of Tantric deities that are living proof that the great Tantric traditions of Tibet originated here and were brought over to Tibet.

 

 

Sarnath

Next, we traveled to the ancient city of Varanasi and not far from the city is the famous Sarnath deer park. This is where the Buddha traveled to after attaining enlightenment in search of his 5 companions who had abandoned him.

 

The huge Dhamekh Stupa dominates the landscape at Sarnath.

 

It was in Sarnath that the Buddha met with the 5 ascetics again and he turned the wheel of the Dharma for the first time when he taught them the 4 Noble Truths. Thus, the Sangha was founded in this park and, a big stupa was built along with surrounding monasteries and temples. There are 2 stupas but only one survives and the surviving stupa is called Dhamekh Stupa. It was built over the site believed to be where the Buddha taught the 5 ascetics.

The other stupa, Dharmarajika sadly had been dismantled by the officer of the Maharaja of Varanasi who was looking for building materials in the 18th Century. Just next to the site of the Dharmarajika Stupa is the site where Lord Buddha was said to have meditated while in Sarnath. A huge temple was built over this site and was known as the Mulagandhakuti. However, it was sad that the temple complex has since been destroyed by the first Muslim invasion in the 12th century.

Just a stone’s throw from Sarnath is the archaeological museum with perhaps the best exhibition of a large collection of statues and artifacts discovered amongst the ruins of Sarnath. The Buddha statues exhibited are some of the finest I have ever seen of the surviving images of the Buddha in India. I can’t help but marvel at the artistry and devotion of the ancient Indians who carved these magnificent statues. The 4-lion capital of the Ashokan pillar in Sarnath is exhibited in this museum as well and since independence, it has become the symbol of the Indian government.

 

The finest statue of Lord Buddha at Sarnath Museum

 

Kushinagar

This is the final resting place of Lord Buddha and one of the 4 great power places that includes Lumbini, Sarnath and Bodhgaya. Lord Buddha arrived at Kushinagar and gave his last teaching before succumbing to his illness at Kushinagar. It was believed that the Buddha had partaken meat and some sources said that it was a type of truffle that may have caused his untimely demise. The Buddha immediately knew the food was bad and told Ananda to bury the remaining food so nobody would eat it.

 

A group shot of the pilgrims in front of the Mahaparinirvan Temple.

 

Finally, the Buddha passed into Parinirvana and a funeral pyre was built but the wood mysteriously wouldn’t burn. Meanwhile, one of the Buddha’s chief disciples, Mahakasyapa was rushing back to pay his last respects. Only when Mahakasyapa lit the funerary pyre did the wood start to burn. King Ashoka later built a Stupa called Ramabhar Stupa over the site of the funerary pyre and it enshrines some of the Buddha’s relics within it. The spot where the Buddha had entered Parinirvana and it is also the site of the Mahaparinirvan temple dedicated to the Buddha’s passing.

 

The 6-feet long statue of the reclining Buddha and the red cloth was collectively offered by the 17 pilgrims.

 

This temple was rebuilt by the Indian government and enshrined within the temple is a 6-meter ancient statue of the reclining Buddha. All 17 pilgrims bought a large piece of silk robe to offer onto the Buddha statue and we circumambulated 3 times before sitting down to recite the King of Prayers and a powerful recitation of Rinpoche’s long life mantra. Rinpoche did explain once that coming on a pilgrimage to Kushinagar has the effect of extending our lives. The statue is originally black in color but is golden because numerous pilgrims have offered gold leaf onto it. The temple felt somber probably because the entire compound was shrouded in mist when we visited that morning and that the pilgrimage was coming to an end.

 

This slender image of Lord Buddha stands at the Mathakuar Shrine.

 

Just before leaving the temple, we stopped by a very special Mathakuar Shrine. In it has a carved image of Buddha Shakyamuni. Apparently, this is the site from where the Buddha delivered his final teaching. It is also the spot from where the Buddha requested Ananda to fetch water from the nearby river because he was thirsty. Ananda failed to deliver the water because it was made very muddy by passing cattle but the Buddha requested again and on the third request, Ananda miraculously managed to deliver crystal clear water. This is clearly a great teaching by the Buddha on the joyous perseverance in carrying out the instructions of our spiritual guides will bring tremendous beneficial results. I believe that Ananda not only managed to bring crystal water for the Buddha to drink but managed to create the tremendous cause to clear mental obscurations through this simple offering due to his faith and effort. This is the last holy site on our whirlwind pilgrimage and a powerful final teaching for us.

 


Videos of the Bodhgaya Pilgrimage:

 

Part 1

 

Part 2

 

Part 3

 

Part 4

 

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  1. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Dec 3, 2015 at 2:59 am

    Just to elaborate a little on what Pastor David wrote here, “It is mentioned in the Buddhist scriptures that the Buddhas of the past and the future ages would appear to perform enlightened deeds at these locations again.” – in past conversations, whenever this point has been brought up, people usually ask, but what happens if the earth explodes and is destroyed? How will future Buddhas come back to that spot?

    What Rinpoche explained to us is that it is that point in the *space* where the future Buddhas will appear and through the karma of the beings at the time, something will manifest there in order for the Buddhas to appear. So it’s not a geographical location on earth that Pastor David is referring to, but rather an actual point in space where these future Buddhas will appear.

    When Rinpoche took the first group of pilgrims to Bodhgaya in 2004, we were given this book of prayers to carry with us. Rinpoche reminded us through the trip (which Pastor David has captured in his writing) that visiting Bodhgaya and other pilgrimage sites is not any other holiday. You don’t go there to indulge, to take selfies, to brag to your friends about your latest trip to a trendy destination. When we go on pilgrimage to holy sites, we visit them to make a connection with the Buddha and future Buddhas to come so we may meet with them and their teachings in all our future lives.

    Rinpoche said what makes these sites holy is that they are imbued with the energy of enlightened activity, of practice and people holding vows. Rinpoche asked us to consider, why is it out of all the points in the universe, Shakyamuni (and past and future Buddhas) chose to achieve enlightenment at that exact spot?

    One more piece of advice that Rinpoche gave to us, which some may find helpful and has stuck with me to this day: when we are circumambulating holy sites, we shouldn’t talk or gossip or be playful. Instead, Rinpoche asked us to visualise that we are walking to go and see Lord Buddha, and to recite mantras as we do so. In this way, our body (the act of walking), mind (the act of visualisation) and speech (reciting mantras) are all engaged in making merits. Rinpoche told us this would be the best way to get the most benefit out of our pilgrimages.

    Pastor David and Uncle Lai were very lucky to be able to visit these holy sites (yes, it’s being said with a little bit of jealousy hehe). May KFR become a place like this for others _/|\_ which is totally possible if you think about it. Since a place is made holy by virtue of the activities carried out in that location, in order to make KFR holy we should conduct activities befitting of the Three Jewels.

    Speaking of holy activities, I like the fact Pastor David likes places that are spiritual, and less crowded and less popular because it gives him more time to spend doing his prayers there 🙂 if people read carefully, at every location, he mentions that he grabbed the opportunity to recite prayers whenever he could. This is actually a really comprehensive, well-documented post on various pilgrimage sites, something that everyone should read before they embark on their own pilgrimage. Pastor David, you should make a book out of this!

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  2. sandra on Mar 12, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Extremely fortunate people to engage in the pilgrimage to the holy places in India. Lucky David and dad and friends. I want to take my parents to Bodhgaya pilgrimage too.

  3. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 11, 2014 at 1:34 am

    We are very blessed to read about the four major places of Buddha Shakyamuni time on this earth. Special thanks to David who made us feel as if while we read this we are transported to such places actually being there. All buddhist should make a special trip to be in such power places that can bless out mindstreams.

  4. Steven Koh Wing Gok on Jul 1, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Dear Guru Rinpoche,
    Million of thank you and David.
    it was a perfect pilgrimages journey.
    When is the next pilgrimage arrangement?
    Kindly let me know, look forward.

  5. Gopinath Ulaganathan on May 28, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    A beautiful expereince indeed visiting The Great Mother India .

  6. tenzinkhenchen on May 27, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Thank you for sharing uncle david’s experiences. I went to Bodhgaya to see the Bodhi Tree and it was amazing. I didn’t know there were so many more places to visit. Will do that next time.

  7. Shelly tai on May 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this write up about India pilgrimage . I would said Pastor David has explain it very detail and all the sited is very holy and beautiful . By looking into the picture I can imagine the greatness of the Dharma and I wish in a very near future I can visit all these holy site.

  8. Uncle Lai on May 19, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for publishing the Pilgrimage Tour 2012. It is very nice and I love it. Is almost 2 years now since we came back. What we saw and heard is almost forgotten. How wonderful we can read and watch the whole tour again.

    Thank you David for writing a full account of all the power places. I agree with Rinpoche you write very well and detail.

    Also thank you to Ms Han for video recorded the whole tour, is simply beautiful. I like it very much.

    Once again thank you Rinpoche for your kindness and care for us.

  9. ron wong on May 14, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Thank you David for that very powerful coverage of your pilgrimage tour to one of the Holiest site in the world. I was fully captivated by your description & detail explanation of every holy sites of the pilgrimage. It was as if I was just tagging along with the group every step of the way. You have made the Buddha’s story even more interesting to read with the details accounts of every major events that happened along the path. Like the story of Ananda who miraculously managed to collect crystal clear water for Buddha to drink despite of the water being muddy. Stories like these has further increase my faith & inner strength to continue my practice with joyous effort & perseverance. I am greatly inspire to visit these holy sites & looking forward to the next pilgrimage to be organized soon.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post.

  10. Pastor David Lai on May 13, 2014 at 3:34 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for the most spectacular of pilgrimages. It was an honor to bring my dad and a great learning experience along the way. The journey was comfortable and very spiritual for my dad and I. I hope one day to bring my mom and dad – hopefully within this life.

    Also thank you for the compliment on my writing. I look forward to writing more and will be planning future books as well. I think my style is to evoke people to the sights and feelings of the place although it was mostly my own silly impressions and memories. I hope this little piece would encourage people to embark on their very own pilgrimage.

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  • Sarassitham
    Monday, Sep 27. 2021 10:55 PM
    We all have heard the saying ‘what goes around comes around’, We need to be very conscious about our deeds because Karma hits you back at the most unexpected times.
    Good intentions and Good deeds results in Good Karma and wrongful intentions and wrongful deeds results in bad Karma.

    Those actions or karma get carried forward at the time of death with us on our memory. They are a list/record of everything we have done in our past life. Therefore, our mind, actions and words are very powerful weapon in our life, that should be mindful whenever we are using them.

    Thanks you for the good sharing.

    https://bit.ly/3oqGIqD
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 27. 2021 02:58 PM
    Mt. Shasta , in Northern California, is an active volcano that has erupted at least once per 800 years for the past 10,000 years. It is a massive snow-capped volcano surrounded by miles of pristine national forest. A Mountain of many legends which draws many spiritual seekers from around the globe each year . There are dozens of stories, legends and myths surrounding Mount Shasta, adding to its mystery and allure. The imposing mountain shows up in a lot of tribal myths and stories as the oldest-known human settlement in the area dates to about 7,000 years ago. Interesting…several mysterious and pretty creepy legends, started from them . Legend of an underground city below Mount Shasta…..was one of them. Even though its one of the most creepy places in Northern California yet it is also one of the most naturally stunning place to visit. Looking at those beautiful pictures tells us more . Wow…. Some of Rinpoche’s student were fortunate to have visited this place full of mysterious, and sacred with Rinpoche. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/legends-of-mount-shasta.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 27. 2021 02:28 PM
    Area 51 is referred to a map location and is the popular name for a United States Air Force base. What goes on inside is extremely secret. Members of the public are kept away by warning signs, electronic surveillance and armed guards. The secrecy surrounding the Area 51 has many people saying that there were many conspiracy theories. Some has claimed that the site hosts an alien spacecraft ,UFOs and aliens. Others claim to have seen UFOs above or near the site, while some say they have been abducted by aliens. They also claimed that Area 51 is home to the nation’s overhead surveillance program and most likely nothing else. For all the myths and legends, what’s true is that Area 51 no one knows but it is real. Heard of this area years ago , reading this post had me have more information and better understanding .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/aliens-paranormal/what-is-area-51.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 27. 2021 02:25 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this very interesting series which I do enjoyed. When mentioned of ghostly encounters many of us out of curiosity and interest will like to know more. Yes there are unseen beings or spirits every where its only that we can’t see them. As long as we do not disturbed them its fine. They are trapped by their negative karma. What we can do is doing prayers and dedicate it to them. Now we have Dorje Shugden’s practice, to overcome negative and harmful energies and for protection against spirits or unseen beings. We can also arrange prayers through Kechara for them. Interesting stories , watching the first series video .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/burning-eyes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Sep 26. 2021 01:50 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of beautiful ancient thangkas. It’s a rare opportunity to see all these ancient Tibetan thangkas of various Buddhas. These rare ancient thangkas range from very simple early Indian sculptures of the Buddha and Dharma Protectors. Many images of Dorje Shugden were found in those ancient thangkas and has been relied upon by all sects of Tibetan Buddhism. All traditions and schools of Buddhism had propitiate Dorje Shugden centuries ago. Looking at those ancient thangkas tells a thousand words. Merely by looking at it is a blessing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/beautiful-ancient-thangkas-to-share-with-you.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Sep 26. 2021 01:48 PM
    Thank you Joy Kam for sharing your views and thoughts time spent with Rinpoche. Having years with Rinpoche you understand more and glad I could learn some knowledge from you. Interesting miraculous events that happened before along her journey which will definitely serve as an inspiration for us. Learning is a treasure especially learning from someone mistakes. We benefit from learning from others, as it helps us to make better choices ourselves.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/rinpoche-through-my-eyes-change-karma
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Sep 26. 2021 01:47 PM
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for your beautiful sharing . Fortunate to read some of those of Rinpoche’s myriad Dharma activities. It has benefit many of us just by reading and learning some teachings as well from there. Rinpoche went out to help others nor matter what and beyond. Its wise to learn from others by their experience.
    Thanks again Pastor .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-taking-spiritual-pain-away
  • Sarassitham
    Friday, Sep 24. 2021 09:37 PM
    Money is an important factor in everyone’s life. Holding cash on you hand isn’t enough. It’s how you value it, use it, grow it, and spend it, that matters most. Money is only a tool or medium to achieve happiness, it may not guarantee happiness.

    In this Covid -19 pandemic situations we know many lost their jobs , The middle class shrunk as thousands of people were pushed in poor class . On the other hand rich people were not affected much financially.

    If one seek happiness, friendliness, charitable disposition, concern for others, and similar attributes, no amount of money can buy these, you get them only by cultivating positive attitudes at the very young age.

    Contrary to what most people think, it is not money or the love of money which is the root of evil—it is greed, a love of power and authority, poverty, and a fear of want which are often the roots of evil in this world.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Sep 24. 2021 03:10 PM
    One of the greatest blessings for Buddhist practitioners of our time manifested all because of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen a great scholar-saint. In the book “Music Delighting the Ocean of Protectors“, the Third Trijang Rinpoche, Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso had confirmed Depa Norbu as the murderer of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. The Third Trijang Rinpoche, Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso was a Gelugpa Lama and a direct disciple of Pabongkhapa Déchen Nyingpo. He was a junior tutor of the H H the 14th Dalai Lama and also a teacher who had taught many Gelug Lamas in the West. Due to jealousy and envy court officers of the 5th Dalai Lama murdered Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen without the 5th Dalai Lama knowledge. It was at Depa Norbu’s hand and under his orders that Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen was murdered. Interesting read of this post.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-articles/the-3rd-kyabje-trijang-rinpoche-points-out-clearly-the-murderer-of-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Sep 24. 2021 03:07 PM
    In a nutshell, Hong Kong is famous for attractions such as Causeway Bay, The Peak, and Hong Kong Disneyland. A city where skyscrapers meet centuries-old temples, Hong Kong is also known for its night markets filled with delights like dim sum and egg waffles. There’s so much more to this vibrant city. From a stunning skyline to surprising and gorgeous natural sceneries . There are many places of interest for locals and tourist such as Hong Kong Disneyland, Tian Tan Buddha , temple street night market to name a few. Renowned as the culinary capital of Asia, Hong Kong is a world of exquisite, mouth-watering international dining options and most peaceful place to visit. The imposing structure Tsing Ma Bridge is one of the most prominent landmarks of Hong Kong and that links it to Lantau Island.
    I have not been to this beautiful Hong Kong yet but heard so much about the beauty which one day love to visit. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Stella Cheang for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/wonderful-hong-kong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Sep 24. 2021 03:04 PM
    Beautiful unique island that’s belongs to Japan with a beautiful history. Okinawa is Japan’s southernmost prefecture, consisting of a few dozen, small beautiful islands including many inhabited islands over a vast ocean area. This particular island is a so-called Blue Zone, an area where the people live longer than most others elsewhere in the world. Okinawans are known for their longevity. Okinawa has amazing star-gazing, diving, a unique cuisine and yes, cherry blossoms too. Its also known as the “Hawaii of Japan”. The seas surrounding Okinawa’s islands are considered among the world’s most beautiful with coral reefs and abundant marine wildlife. That’s wonderful with many attractions for tourist to explore especially the Gyokusendo Cave. Its a natural museum beautifully carved over 300,000 years where this limestone cave is grown on a coral reef. Looking at those amazing pictures of the caves tell all. Interesting read and a place worth visiting to get away from the hot weather and the noise of cities. A place with plenty of interests, nice foods , cultural celebration and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/wonderful-okinawa.html
  • Sarassitham
    Thursday, Sep 23. 2021 05:26 PM
    Thank you for this very interesting article on the amazing Xuanzang and his journey to the West. He is particularly famous for his valuable and historical spiritual journey to India. The life and adventures of a Chinese monk who made a 17-year journey to bring Buddhist teachings from India to China.

    Buddhism became more prevalent and more widely understood in China and subsequently elsewhere in the world. The record of his pilgrimage helps us to study and understand Buddhism and the cultures along the Silk Roads. It seems the Dharma has a life of its own as it worked its way to the West and the rest of the modern and developed world.

    I admire all these translators who made the teachings available to the rest of humanity of having translated it to the dominant language of today, and from that to other languages as well.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 23. 2021 12:29 PM
    Oprah Winfrey was once a television host, a producer, actress and philanthropist. Been the world’s only black billionaire, that has remained the greatest black philanthropist in American history. The Oprah Winfrey Show ended with thousands of episodes over 25 years. The show’s host addressed serious topics from racism, AIDS and sexual abuse and provided light-hearted moments for viewers. From celebrity interviews to the comedy interviews , which I did enjoyed watching those shows. I always loved and appreciated how she a stand out person willing to represent her people, and her opinions were very valid at times.
    Even in the face of adversity and hardship, she had gone through she made it to where she is now. Inspiring story behind , from rag to riches. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/people/oprahs-last-show.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 23. 2021 12:27 PM
    Meditations are excellent for cognitive enhanced performance in our lives as well as relaxation. The silence and stillness we experience in meditation and
    the increased happiness and diminished stress. Calming our mind and gaining insight . Researchers had also observed that there is an immediate dramatic increase in performance on cognitive tasks following only Vajrayana styles meditation. Even just a single session of Vajrayana meditation have amazing benefits that can lead to radical enhancements in brain performance. That’s wonderful. Different meditation techniques have different results yet all meditation have excellent effects
    on the mind and body of each individual who practiced it.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/vajrayana-meditation-techniques-can-enhance-brain-performance.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 23. 2021 12:26 PM
    Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature. The main objective of this event which is held annually , encouraging individuals, communities, and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights . Earth Hour is celebrated worldwide to show support for the fight against climate change and commitment towards a better planet. Well a wonderful idea and is an opportunity for millions of people world wide in support of nature and our planet. More countries are joining hands to combat the problems they are facing in fighting a cooler climate. By switching off our lights for one hour, we can make a substantial difference in energy consumption and can help reduce the effect of global warming on this planet. Earth Hour motivates people to look beyond the hour and has become a major catalyst for positive environmental impact. Its very important to preserving our environment for our future generations. Glad that Malaysia had joined the World to mark The Earth Hour in 2013.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/earth-hour-2013.html

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
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Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
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Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
10 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
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Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
1 years ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
1 years ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
1 years ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
1 years ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
2 yearss ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
2 yearss ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
2 yearss ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
2 yearss ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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