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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  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Mar 27. 2019 06:13 AM
    EXCELLENT NEWS! Dharamsala MP Tenpa Yarphel says to make peace with Dorje Shugden people now! The ban didn't bring any benefits. He really is a hero and wants to unify Tibetan people. I thank him very much for giving the healing process a chance. This is a must read and see his video!!~ https://bit.ly/2CESoxf

    Tsem Rinpoche
  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2019 08:39 PM
    It is also said that Icchantikas are those who were once Buddhists but later abandoned the Buddha’s teachings and did the opposite of what the Buddha had taught. We must be careful of our thoughts and actions and do only what the Buddha had said. If our thoughts or actions are not correct, we are creating the cause to not practice Buddhism and we can end up as an Icchantika.

    But there are still hopes for the Icchantikas. As Buddha had said before, nothing stays the same forever and every being has the potential of becoming a Buddha, that includes Icchantikas. It is just it will take a long time for the Icchantikas to exhaust the negative karma they have created and then be able to learn Dharma again. It is better not to become an Icchantikas, life in hell is pure sufferings. If we feel we are suffering now as a human being, the suffering Icchantikas will have to go through is even worse.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-icchantikas
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  • Chris
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2019 08:27 PM
    Jeong Kwan is such an inspiring nun. She can turn almost anything into dharma practice even making soy sauce. She must had some realizations to be able to see the dharma in everything. I love it when she was asked whether she misses the monastery, she replied that she is happy now.

    That sentence speaks a lot about her inner world. She is happy to be present. Many people would have said I miss this and that and all of those will be in the past. Jeong Kwan lives in the present and she truly experiences the present. That is why Buddha taught us to be in the present at all times.

    She left home after her mother passed away and she vows to never ever to give such pain of someone losing their mother to her kids. What a compassionate human being that rather takes on life of a nun in order to not hurt others.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/jeong-kwan-the-zen-buddhist-chef.html
  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2019 07:59 PM
    It is not uncommon to hear a Buddha statue performing miracles. Sometimes, Buddha will show signs to strengthen people’s faith. In Nepal, there are some holy sites where Buddha images self-arise on a rock, one of the famous self-arisen Buddha is Tara image in Pharphing. The eyes of the White Tara in this article were closed when she was first discovered. Later, she showed miracles by opening her eyes! It was said she also showed a secret mantra during the consecration ceremony.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-miraculous-white-tara-of-the-majapahit-empire.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2019 07:23 PM
    Did you know some Tibetan monks have the power to do divination and give advice to help people remove their obstacles? Through divination, Buddhas and enlightened beings are able to communicate with us to give us assistance. In the Gelug lineage, two of the most popular and effective divination methods are that of Palden Lhamo and Dorje Shugden. Read more about the divination method here:

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-dice-divination.html
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  • Chris
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2019 06:22 PM
    His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote a prayer to Dorje Shugden way before he banned the practice. The reason that was given is that he did not realize the true nature of Dorje Shugden. That is not logical at all.

    His Holiness is the emanation of Buddha of Compassion, Chenrezig and everyone know it. How can a Buddha be fooled by a spirit and the Buddha actually wrote a prayer to the spirit? Those who actually believed this reason is belittling His Holiness’s attainments.

    There is no way for His Holiness to be fooled by Dorje Shugden and that is why this move by His Holiness is not logical at all. If a spirit can fool a Buddha, why are we taking refuge in the Buddha? His Holiness must have his own reason for this and we should have faith in His Holiness especially during this time.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-fourteenth-dalai-lama-dorje-shugden.html
  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2019 06:18 PM
    The 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche of Bhutan and Dorje Shugden

    The 4th Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu, from the reincarnation lineage of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, included extensive prayers to Dorje Shugden in his collected works (gsung ‘bum). Imagine, the practice of Dorje Shugden is practiced in many countries and his practice so beneficial that even the 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche wrote prayers to him, as recorded and archived in the National Library of Bhutan.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-4th-zhabdrung-rinpoche-of-bhutan-and-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2019 12:35 PM
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful and powerful art piece of Amitayus, White Tara, Ushnishavijaya , Dorje Shugden and Vairochana Shugden . Buddha Amitayus also known as Buddha of Limitless Life is a Buddha a deity associated with meditations and mantras for a long life. As a long-life deity together with White Tara and Ushnishavijaya as depicted in the thangka , thus are all powerful deities to purify and increase merits and lifespan for anyone to rely on them.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-deity-that-grants-longevity-amitayus
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2019 12:34 PM
    Thank you for this sharing its truly a beautiful art paintings of Nagarjuna , Manjushri and Dorje Shugden. Nagarjuna is one of the most famous Buddhist philosophers and was even considered as the greatest Buddhist philosopher.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-founder-of-madhyamaka-nagarjuna
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2019 12:33 PM
    Beautiful painting of Avalokiteshvara Simhananda ,Black Manjushri, Yellow Dzambala, Shabala Garuda, Sakya Dorje Shugden Tanag, Tsui Marpo and Setrap. Avalokiteshvara is beloved throughout the Buddhist world who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas. Buddhism, the bodhisattva of infinite compassion and mercy, possibly the most popular of all figures in Buddhist legend. Avalokiteshvara is beloved throughout the Buddhist world.
    Beautiful art paintings for us to print and put on our altar.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/a-powerful-healer-avalokiteshvara-simhananda
  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2019 10:21 AM
    Do you know what is the role of a guru? A guru has the responsibility to guide the students to enlightenment. To be enlightened, we have to develop good qualities and get rid of the bad qualities we have. It requires a great amount of merits to meet a qualified guru. When we have met our guru we should cherish it because anything our guru says to us or instructs us to do is to help us to get positive results in our spiritual practice so we will eventually achieve enlightenment.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/stories-from-a-chela-the-teaching-in-the-tea
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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2019 10:10 AM
    Wow, look at how talented this Chinese fashion designer, Guo Pei is. She is full of imagination and creativity. She is a good example of how we can put our imagination into reality. Sometimes what we want to do sounds impossible to others, but if we don’t believe in ourselves and try to do it, we will never know. Never give up what we think it’s right to do if it is not something that will create harm to others.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/talented-international-designer-ms-guo-pei-s-creations
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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2019 10:02 AM
    The 14th Dalai Lama who is against the Dorje Shugden practice wrote a praise to Dorje Shugden before, this is very nice to know. The Dalai Lama propitiated Dorje Shugden in his early days. It was until 20 years ago, he announced that he has made a mistake to pray to Dorje Shugden and that Dorje Shugden is actually an evil spirit. The question is, how can a highly attained being make a mistake when he has the power to see the true nature of all sentient beings?

    In fact, when a highly attained being makes a mistake, it is done deliberately for a higher purpose. His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche said before when the Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden seem to be against each other, we should not lose faith in either of them. Because Dorje Shugden followers are ‘outcast’ by the Dalai Lama, the Chinese government feels very safe to allow Dorje Shugden Lamas to spread Buddhist teachings. This is how the Dalai Lama helps to revive Buddhism in China even when he is not in China. If the Dalai Lama can manifest a mistake for propitiating Dorje Shugden, he can also later say he makes a mistake for saying Dorje Shugden is an evil spirit.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-fourteenth-dalai-lama-dorje-shugden.html
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  • Sofi
    Monday, Mar 25. 2019 02:23 PM
    Tengboche Monastery – Nepal

    Tengboche Monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist gompa of the Sherpa community, built in 1916 by Lama Gulu, in Tengboche village of Khumjung, in the Khumbu region. Visit the article to learn more of this interesting monastery set high in the Himalayas.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/tengboche-monastery-nepal.html
  • Sofi
    Monday, Mar 25. 2019 02:20 PM
    Bryn Athyn Monster Spirit

    In the Buddhist scriptures, specifically in the Dukkar texts, it mentions 80 different types of spirits that abide in different realms. Within these different types, there are subdivisions so there are many different types of spirits. Spirits can manifest in many dimensions, travel very fast (at the speed of light), and have some levels of clairvoyance. Some spirits are harmful and some spirits are neutral; some spirits may even be helpful.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/bryn-athyn-monster-spirit

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BREAKING NEWS- Dharamsala MP Tenpa Yarphel says to make peace with Dorje Shugden people now!~ 
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BREAKING NEWS- Dharamsala MP Tenpa Yarphel says to make peace with Dorje Shugden people now!~ https://bit.ly/2CESoxf
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You have to see this spectacular outdoor Amitabah statue in Vietnam. So sacred and majestic.~ https://bit.ly/2Ed0s9n
Everyday offerings of fresh cooked food and drinks are offered to awakened world peace protector Dorje Shugden on my shrine. It is my way to thank Him for all the help He has given to so many people throughout the decades I\'ve introduced Him to. It is my way to include Him as my family and a feeling of closeness and gratitude I have for Him. He\'s a revered family member who happens to be enlightened and also my close friend. Tsem Rinpoche (Food offering prayer~ https://bit.ly/1VkYXJa)
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Everyday offerings of fresh cooked food and drinks are offered to awakened world peace protector Dorje Shugden on my shrine. It is my way to thank Him for all the help He has given to so many people throughout the decades I've introduced Him to. It is my way to include Him as my family and a feeling of closeness and gratitude I have for Him. He's a revered family member who happens to be enlightened and also my close friend. Tsem Rinpoche (Food offering prayer~ https://bit.ly/1VkYXJa)
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Read about this special Goddess Lok Yeay Mao of Cambodia. I came across her picture and found her very unique and blogged about it. Do enjoy the reading- https://bit.ly/2HR3vqi
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March 18, 2019-Oser is very photogenic as usual.
March 18, 2019-Very cute Oser as usual.
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March 18, 2019-Very cute Oser as usual.
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Special prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama- https://bit.ly/2QdaL4n
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On January 26, 2019, Venerable Arjia Rinpoche who is a close friend of the Dalai Lama asked the Tibetans to stop discriminating against people who practice Dorje Shugden and regionalism. His speech called for unity for the preservation of Tibet's unique culture and religion and all Tibetans should be friendly with each other regardless of religion and regional origins. His speech is powerful and much needed at this time. Very beautiful. Thank you Arjia Rinpoche. Please see here: https://bit.ly/2CdOz1A
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Evolution starts with an inner revolution.~Tsem Rinpoche
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I will always be loyal to my teacher, be with genuine friends, keep my spiritual commitments, share Dorje Shugden with those who need help and just be myself. Tsem Rinpoche
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1997 in Kuala Lumpur. Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche.
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A special prayer on Tibet\'s Saint Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen to calm the mind daily. This short prayer was compassionately composed by His Holiness the 4th Panchen Lama of the great Tashilunpo Monastery. - 
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A special prayer on Tibet's Saint Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen to calm the mind daily. This short prayer was compassionately composed by His Holiness the 4th Panchen Lama of the great Tashilunpo Monastery. - https://bit.ly/2ElkBZG
Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his two well known disciples. (Left) Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and (right) Lama Yeshe. Both of them were very devoted to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, their practice, their commitments and brought benefit to many beings throughout their lives. Very great beings. Read more about them-  https://bit.ly/2H2rylB
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Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his two well known disciples. (Left) Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and (right) Lama Yeshe. Both of them were very devoted to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, their practice, their commitments and brought benefit to many beings throughout their lives. Very great beings. Read more about them- https://bit.ly/2H2rylB
Many years ago, I had this 5ft Four-Armed Avalokitesvara made. It was done in Delhi, escorted to Tsem Ladrang in Gaden Shartse Monastery South India. Then my students and myself offered mantras, relics, jewels and brocades on this beautiful image as per tradition. Special rituals were done to consecrate it. Then I offered this image to the main shrine of Gaden Shartse Monstery for the sangha and visitors to pay homage to. The sangha and abbot were very happy. Till this day this beautiful image of compassion is still there in Gaden Shartse Monastery along with the many other thangkas, statues, repairs and offerings I had the honor to offer to the monastery. May all be blessed by Avalokitesvara, Tsem Rinpoche
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Many years ago, I had this 5ft Four-Armed Avalokitesvara made. It was done in Delhi, escorted to Tsem Ladrang in Gaden Shartse Monastery South India. Then my students and myself offered mantras, relics, jewels and brocades on this beautiful image as per tradition. Special rituals were done to consecrate it. Then I offered this image to the main shrine of Gaden Shartse Monstery for the sangha and visitors to pay homage to. The sangha and abbot were very happy. Till this day this beautiful image of compassion is still there in Gaden Shartse Monastery along with the many other thangkas, statues, repairs and offerings I had the honor to offer to the monastery. May all be blessed by Avalokitesvara, Tsem Rinpoche
Back in the 90\'s this photo of Tsem Rinpoche was taken in Tsem Ladrang, Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Tsem Rinpoche was in his room writing letters for Gaden Shartse Monastery and their sponsors around the world. Tsem Rinpoche had raised much sponsorship for the monks and Gaden Shartse Monastery. Read more- https://bit.ly/2NfHJjQ
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Back in the 90's this photo of Tsem Rinpoche was taken in Tsem Ladrang, Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Tsem Rinpoche was in his room writing letters for Gaden Shartse Monastery and their sponsors around the world. Tsem Rinpoche had raised much sponsorship for the monks and Gaden Shartse Monastery. Read more- https://bit.ly/2NfHJjQ
This is a statue of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni (Jowo Rinpoche) in Lhasa, Tibet. Tsongkapa had offered the crown, \'shirt\' and ornaments on this sacred Buddha. Offering ornaments on Buddha is considered highly meritorious. Many Buddhist countries have this tradition.
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This is a statue of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni (Jowo Rinpoche) in Lhasa, Tibet. Tsongkapa had offered the crown, 'shirt' and ornaments on this sacred Buddha. Offering ornaments on Buddha is considered highly meritorious. Many Buddhist countries have this tradition.
In Myanmar, they also offer crowns,deocrative upper shirts and beautiful thrones to Lord Buddha Shakyamuni. Just like in Tibet. Tsem Rinpoche (photo 2)
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In Myanmar, they also offer crowns,deocrative upper shirts and beautiful thrones to Lord Buddha Shakyamuni. Just like in Tibet. Tsem Rinpoche (photo 2)
In Myanmar, they also offer crowns,deocrative upper shirts and beautiful thrones to Lord Buddha Shakyamuni. Just like in Tibet. Tsem Rinpoche (photo 1)
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In Myanmar, they also offer crowns,deocrative upper shirts and beautiful thrones to Lord Buddha Shakyamuni. Just like in Tibet. Tsem Rinpoche (photo 1)
This was Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in his house in Nepal. Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche was asking Tsem Rinpoche to give teachings in Gangchen Ladrang.
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This was Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in his house in Nepal. Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche was asking Tsem Rinpoche to give teachings in Gangchen Ladrang.
Dorje Shugden\'s mantra is in Hindi, Tamil, Chinese, English and Nepali. We already have them in Tibetan. These mantra stones of various languages are displayed at the Dorje Shugden grotto so that people of all backgrounds who visit will find familiarity in the mantra. They feel a sense of welcome and closeness. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dorje Shugden's mantra is in Hindi, Tamil, Chinese, English and Nepali. We already have them in Tibetan. These mantra stones of various languages are displayed at the Dorje Shugden grotto so that people of all backgrounds who visit will find familiarity in the mantra. They feel a sense of welcome and closeness. Tsem Rinpoche
Famous Nyitrul Rinpoche &Lama Thubten Phurbu 2019
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Famous Nyitrul Rinpoche &Lama Thubten Phurbu 2019
Beautiful Vajra Yogini
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Beautiful Vajra Yogini
This Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen statue is so stunning. It was a good idea to have a real brocade pandit\'s hat and brocade robes sewn for this image. It makes the image come to life. How nice to have such a Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen statue on our shrine with offerings and we recite the prayer to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen daily to invoke his sacred blessings. This statue is on Martin\'s shrine. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen statue is so stunning. It was a good idea to have a real brocade pandit's hat and brocade robes sewn for this image. It makes the image come to life. How nice to have such a Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen statue on our shrine with offerings and we recite the prayer to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen daily to invoke his sacred blessings. This statue is on Martin's shrine. Tsem Rinpoche
With deep devotion to the guru, higher meditational insights will arise. If one does not have deep devotion to the guru, it is a clear sign one does not have higher meditational insights.~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
With deep devotion to the guru, higher meditational insights will arise. If one does not have deep devotion to the guru, it is a clear sign one does not have higher meditational insights.~Tsem Rinpoche
With deep devotion to the guru, higher meditational insights will arise. Because of not having higher meditational insights, one will not realize the need to have devotion to the guru in order to gain higher insights. They are interdependent.~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
With deep devotion to the guru, higher meditational insights will arise. Because of not having higher meditational insights, one will not realize the need to have devotion to the guru in order to gain higher insights. They are interdependent.~Tsem Rinpoche
This is a school you MUST see! Amazing! What an opportunity for children. This is exactly what they need. Please read this- https://bit.ly/2tu4sfs
1 month ago
This is a school you MUST see! Amazing! What an opportunity for children. This is exactly what they need. Please read this- https://bit.ly/2tu4sfs
\"Hoichi the Earless Minstrel\" is a wonderful classic ghost story that is done artistically and very spiritually imbued. One of my favorites. The Amitabha shrine is beautiful. A must watch- https://bit.ly/2NgJUAs
1 month ago
"Hoichi the Earless Minstrel" is a wonderful classic ghost story that is done artistically and very spiritually imbued. One of my favorites. The Amitabha shrine is beautiful. A must watch- https://bit.ly/2NgJUAs
Amazing huge Amitabha Buddha on the “roof of Vietnam”-Such stunning photos- https://bit.ly/2Ed0s9n
1 month ago
Amazing huge Amitabha Buddha on the “roof of Vietnam”-Such stunning photos- https://bit.ly/2Ed0s9n
Be loyal to your guru. Be close to your guru. Be honest with your guru. Never give your guru excuses but always accomplish your assignments that your guru has given you. Be loving, devoted and sincere with your guru. If you conduct yourself in this way, you will see positive transformations in your mind. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Be loyal to your guru. Be close to your guru. Be honest with your guru. Never give your guru excuses but always accomplish your assignments that your guru has given you. Be loving, devoted and sincere with your guru. If you conduct yourself in this way, you will see positive transformations in your mind. Tsem Rinpoche
Be loyal to your guru. Be close to your guru. Be honest with your guru. Never give your guru excuses but always accomplish your assignments that your guru has given you. Be loving, devoted and sincere with your guru. If you conduct yourself in this way, you will see positive transformations in your mind. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Be loyal to your guru. Be close to your guru. Be honest with your guru. Never give your guru excuses but always accomplish your assignments that your guru has given you. Be loving, devoted and sincere with your guru. If you conduct yourself in this way, you will see positive transformations in your mind. Tsem Rinpoche
It is a must read on this incredible master Tagpu Pemavajra who was a great Mahasiddha- https://bit.ly/2Eagu3N
1 month ago
It is a must read on this incredible master Tagpu Pemavajra who was a great Mahasiddha- https://bit.ly/2Eagu3N
Photo-Rare form of Lady Sindongma or Simhamuka practised in the Bodong Sengdong lineage. Please read more on the practice and benefits of Fierce Goddess Singdongma and the protection She offers- https://bit.ly/2JTMc6O
1 month ago
Photo-Rare form of Lady Sindongma or Simhamuka practised in the Bodong Sengdong lineage. Please read more on the practice and benefits of Fierce Goddess Singdongma and the protection She offers- https://bit.ly/2JTMc6O
Would love to live here in the forest and have breakfast here daily
1 month ago
Would love to live here in the forest and have breakfast here daily
My Oser girl loves to sunbathe on the veranda.
1 month ago
My Oser girl loves to sunbathe on the veranda.
An alluring statue of the Goddess Ucheyma (Severed Head Vajra Yogini) has arrived for me. Take a look and be blessed! She is stunning!- https://bit.ly/2HZRhgx
2 months ago
An alluring statue of the Goddess Ucheyma (Severed Head Vajra Yogini) has arrived for me. Take a look and be blessed! She is stunning!- https://bit.ly/2HZRhgx
It says when the Buddha was born, all the gods, demigods and asura came to pay homage. Buddha proclaimed it will be his last rebirth in samsara. Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu all came to make offerings to a Universal Monarch (Buddha) during this most auspicious time. This is one of the depictions of that. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
It says when the Buddha was born, all the gods, demigods and asura came to pay homage. Buddha proclaimed it will be his last rebirth in samsara. Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu all came to make offerings to a Universal Monarch (Buddha) during this most auspicious time. This is one of the depictions of that. Tsem Rinpoche
Sacred Vajra Yogini stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia
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Sacred Vajra Yogini stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia
Powerful outdoor Dorje Shugden statue at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia
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Powerful outdoor Dorje Shugden statue at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia
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    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
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    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
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    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
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    3 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
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    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    3 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
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    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    3 months ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    3 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
    3 months ago
    This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
    4 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
    4 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
    4 months ago
    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
  • Living off the grid in Australia
    4 months ago
    Living off the grid in Australia
    A Jill Redwood is a jack of all trades, Jill built her own house on her property and lives entirely off the grid with no mains power or town water, mobile reception or television. Living on around $80 a week, Jill has over sixty animals to keep her company and an abundant garden that out serves as an organic supermarket right at her doorstep. Her main expenses are animal feed and the rates on her property. Watch this incredible three minute video and be inspired to live differently.
  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
    4 months ago
    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
  • Wylfred explains in Chinese the benefits of mantra stones at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia   |  黄明川以华语解释在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的玛尼堆(刻有心咒的石头)的利益
    4 months ago
    Wylfred explains in Chinese the benefits of mantra stones at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia | 黄明川以华语解释在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的玛尼堆(刻有心咒的石头)的利益
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
  • If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
    5 months ago
    My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
  • It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
  • BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
    5 months ago
    BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    1 years ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    1 years ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    1 years ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
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    1 years ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    1 years ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Thank you to Tesco Malaysia for the truck load of foodstuffs for our Food Bank and to all volunteers who helped to unload and sort out the items!!! #kecharasoupkitchen #foodbank #kecharafoodbank #barangdapur #community #helpthepoor #foodsurplus #tesco #danabulanbermakna - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you to Tesco Malaysia for the truck load of foodstuffs for our Food Bank and to all volunteers who helped to unload and sort out the items!!! #kecharasoupkitchen #foodbank #kecharafoodbank #barangdapur #community #helpthepoor #foodsurplus #tesco #danabulanbermakna - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to ICIMB for donating the very much needed item for the clients last Saturday. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you very much to ICIMB for donating the very much needed item for the clients last Saturday. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to ICIMB for your kind donation and also for joining our #food #distribution last night. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you very much to ICIMB for your kind donation and also for joining our #food #distribution last night. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Small but great team from Qi Resources. They were here earlier to assist us with #surplus #food #rescue. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Small but great team from Qi Resources. They were here earlier to assist us with #surplus #food #rescue. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Lastly, we hope sponsors' wishes be fulfilled and at the same time we keep generating merits through this event to fuel our mind transformation. That's how we can support our Lama H.E. The 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s work, fulfil His wishes and extend His life. Thanks to all. KPSG~Jacinta
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Lastly, we hope sponsors' wishes be fulfilled and at the same time we keep generating merits through this event to fuel our mind transformation. That's how we can support our Lama H.E. The 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s work, fulfil His wishes and extend His life. Thanks to all. KPSG~Jacinta
Imagine being constraint for so long. Unlike the brave and the bold ones, it takes longer for these timid birds to fly off. Join us in our monthly Kechara Penang Study Group’s Bird Liberation event. KPSG ~Jacinta
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Imagine being constraint for so long. Unlike the brave and the bold ones, it takes longer for these timid birds to fly off. Join us in our monthly Kechara Penang Study Group’s Bird Liberation event. KPSG ~Jacinta
Happy seeing them flying off. KPSG~ Jacinta
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Happy seeing them flying off. KPSG~ Jacinta
A monthly event not to be missed. It has taught us compassion, love and the wish to alleviate the sufferings of all beings. A priceless lesson for us all while generating merits to fuel our spiritual path further. Thanks to those who came early for this event. KPSG ~ Jacinta
4 days ago
A monthly event not to be missed. It has taught us compassion, love and the wish to alleviate the sufferings of all beings. A priceless lesson for us all while generating merits to fuel our spiritual path further. Thanks to those who came early for this event. KPSG ~ Jacinta
This afternoon, Kechara Penang Study Group has liberated 16 birds. Through this monthly event, we hope many more can join us and do call us for more info. KPSG ~ Jacinta Goh
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This afternoon, Kechara Penang Study Group has liberated 16 birds. Through this monthly event, we hope many more can join us and do call us for more info. KPSG ~ Jacinta Goh
Students love dharma class and all other activities. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students love dharma class and all other activities. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Alice gave an introduction on Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, the founder of Kechara. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Alice gave an introduction on Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, the founder of Kechara. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Melinda teaching the students of 3-6 years old. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Melinda teaching the students of 3-6 years old. Lin Mun KSDS
Teenage students enjoyed the Nagomi art session. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teenage students enjoyed the Nagomi art session. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Laura leading the youngest group to do prostration during Sunday class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Laura leading the youngest group to do prostration during Sunday class. Lin Mun KSDS
Children as young as 3 years old can join the weekly Sunday Dharma classes in Kechara. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children as young as 3 years old can join the weekly Sunday Dharma classes in Kechara. Lin Mun KSDS
Thank you very much to Methodist College Kuala Lumpur students for assisting us in admin work today. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
Thank you very much to Methodist College Kuala Lumpur students for assisting us in admin work today. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to staffs from Munchy's for participating in our #foodbank delivery today and also not forgetting their sponsorship of biscuits and croissants to the needy family. #volunteerism #csr #kualalumpur - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
Thank you very much to staffs from Munchy's for participating in our #foodbank delivery today and also not forgetting their sponsorship of biscuits and croissants to the needy family. #volunteerism #csr #kualalumpur - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 days ago
Thank you very much to Shirley and friends for sponsoring apples and oranges for out street clients. The fruits came right on time on this hot and dry weather to quench their thirst. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Thank you very much to Shirley and friends for sponsoring apples and oranges for out street clients. The fruits came right on time on this hot and dry weather to quench their thirst. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
A big thanks to Alicia Yap for assisting us with food surplus distribution at Kg. Muhibbah, Puchong today. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
A big thanks to Alicia Yap for assisting us with food surplus distribution at Kg. Muhibbah, Puchong today. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School KSDS Together We Care , teacher Lin Mun the teenage class's teacher.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School KSDS Together We Care , teacher Lin Mun the teenage class's teacher.by Asyley Chia KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Class start with full prostration , learning with With devotion we prostrate with body, speech, and mind. It helps to plant the seeds of learning dharma.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School Class start with full prostration , learning with With devotion we prostrate with body, speech, and mind. It helps to plant the seeds of learning dharma.by Asyley Chia KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Class start with full prostration , learning with With devotion we prostrate with body, speech, and mind. It helps to plant the seeds of learning dharma.by Asyley Chia KSDS
1 week ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Class start with full prostration , learning with With devotion we prostrate with body, speech, and mind. It helps to plant the seeds of learning dharma.by Asyley Chia KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Class start with full prostration , learning with With devotion we prostrate with body, speech, and mind. It helps to plant the seeds of learning dharma.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School Class start with full prostration , learning with With devotion we prostrate with body, speech, and mind. It helps to plant the seeds of learning dharma.by Asyley Chia KSDS
A big thanks for Karlson's mommy( Any Loh Yen Nee) for the photos, they are great and so many lovely ones to pick from. Thank you very much .Photos credit : Any Loh Yen Nee. By Asyley Chia KSDS
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A big thanks for Karlson's mommy( Any Loh Yen Nee) for the photos, they are great and so many lovely ones to pick from. Thank you very much .Photos credit : Any Loh Yen Nee. By Asyley Chia KSDS
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