Fasting Buddha

Dec 3, 2013 | Views: 11,350

Oct 15, 2011

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

 


The pictures above are the Fasting Buddhas in Tsem Ladrang……my home.

 

I invited a 3 ft Fasting Buddha home today and on this auspicious occasion, I would like to share some information with you.


Fasting

Fasting is the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. It is known in almost all major religions. The Lenten fast observed in the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church is a forty-day partial fast to commemorate the fast observed by Christ during his temptation in the desert.

Fasting is also an important part of Hinduism, where some Hindus fast on certain days of the month. Devotees fast on certain days of the week related to a deity, for example, devotees of Shiva tend to fast on Mondays.  Hindus also fast during religious festivals, such as the Maha Shivaratri dedicated to Lord Shiva,  and Navaratri festival or ‘Nine Nights festival’ when the various forms Goddess Durga are worshipped.

Muslims in Malaysia and all over the world had celebrated Eid or Eid-ul-Fitr next week, on the 30th August this year.  This festival marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. They do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset during the month of Ramadan. Muslims fast to develop self-control and it is a sign of their faith and appreciation.

In Buddhism, fasting is considered a method of purification. Theravadin monks fast everyday after 12pm till the next sunrise. The Tibetan Buddhist practice of Nyungne, which includes holding strict vows and fasting, has been gaining increased attention in Buddhist centers across North America. Fasting in Buddhism is to develop control of one’s attachments so the mind can be freed to develop higher awarenesses. Also fasting can be done so that one restricts from a pleasure (food) and dedicate it to someone sick, in need or dying. Basically to restrict one’s body from the normal food intake is to develop discipline, awarness, self control and even appreciation for all one has.

 

Buddha’s Spiritual Awakening & Fasting

The Buddha’s spiritual awakening is related to fasting. The young prince Siddhartha left his palace in search of enlightenment and practised for six years under severe austerities and intense mental concentration that his beautiful body withered away to skin and bones. Towards the end of this period, he was surviving only on a single grain of rice a day. Buddha wanted to cut the attachment to the senses starting with excess indulgence in food and so on.  This stage of Buddha’s practice is known as Fasting Buddha and the depictions in images or statues are usually called Emaciated or Fasting Buddha.

This holy form or image of the Fasting Buddha reminds and inspires us how much difficulties Buddha went through to become fully enlightened.  His compassion to benefit others is so strong he put his body through so much to attain enlightenment. Although his body went through so much pain, difficulties and weakness due to fasting so intensely, he never gave up. He never quit. He never found the difficulties a reason not to pursue his spiritual practice. It inspires us to or do the same.

Difficulties build mental strength, purify negative karma, instills self respect, and helps us to appreciate everything much more. Nothing is to be taken for granted. Seeing this holy image blesses us to remember that difficulties on the road to enlightenment is not negative but part and parcel of our journey. To be experienced, to learned from it, to understand from it and to ultimately grow from the difficulties we experience. What success in life was not earned by difficulties. When we see this image and make affinity we create the karma to be able to have endurance, tolerance and develop a high degree of diligence. To have great fortitude. For anything to be successful we need fortitude and diligence.

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Fasting Buddha Shakyamuni. Click on image to enlarge or for more high resolution thangka downloads click here.

As Siddharta realised that desire was the root of samsara, he thought that one of the methods he could end desire was by fasting.  At one point, he no longer had the strength to meditate and he realised he would die before he gains liberation due to the ‘abuse’ he put on his body.

It was then that a local Brahmin’s daughter, Sujata, approached and offered him a golden bowl filled with rice prepared in the essence of the milk of one thousand cows. He regained his strength, renewed his meditation, and realised Buddhahood. Siddharta reached enlightenment only after accepting nourishment from Sujata, hence preaching a “middle way”, a path of moderation away from the extremes of self-indulgence and self-mortification, the central tenet of Buddhist practice.

It is wonderful to understand and see this image of the Fasting Buddha as it has so much significance for all of us on the spiritual path. To have an image of this Fasting Buddha, make offerings and to pray to Buddha in this form blesses us with fortitude, diligence and mental strength to absorb difficulties and continue until success. It is one the most favorite images of Enlightened Beings for me.

Tsem Rinpoche

(In his autobiography, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche says that Shakyamuni recieved wrong advice that by practicing  fasting He can gain wisdom. In spite of great suffering endured during the fast, he did not achieve the wisdom He sought. After six years, He realized that torturing the body was not the way to enlightnenment and abandonded His fast to set on the Middle path.)

 

Famous Fasting Buddha/ Emaciated Buddha

There are two famous artifacts that I know of related to the Emaciated Buddha or Fasting Buddha.

The first one is a stone sculpture of the Fasting Buddha from the 2nd or 3rd century AD that is now located in the Lahore Museum, Lahore, Pakistan. It is considered the greatest masterpiece of the Buddhist Gandharan civilisation that existed in northwest Pakistan. This sculpture was one of the first to blend Hellenistic and Indian styles with art that is Roman in form and Buddhist in motif.  Read more about this here: Fasting Siddharta

 

 

The famous Fasting Buddha statue

 


Fasting Buddha (Gandhara Civilisations) stamps produced by Pakistan Post in the year 1999

 


 

More images of Fasting Buddha from all over the world

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Buddha Shakyamuni and his Sixteen Arhat disciples. Click on image to enlarge or click here for more beautiful thangkas.

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Buddha Shakyamuni and the 35 Confessional Buddhas. Click on image to enlarge or click here for more beautiful thangkas.

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Buddha Shakyamuni. Click on image to enlarge or click here for more beautiful thangkas.

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Buddha Shakyamuni teaching his first disciples. Click on image to enlarge or click here for more beautiful thangkas.

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Buddha Shakyamuni. Click on image to enlarge or click here for more beautiful thangkas.

 

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  1. yin ping on May 13, 2019 at 10:23 am

    The very first time i saw Fasting Buddha was back in years ago. I was watching my dharma brother beautifying a dark black statue with gold wax. The statue had visible rib cage and veins in meditation position. The statue soon has antique finishing and it caught my attention even more. He told me this was Fasting Buddha.

    Looking at the appearance of the Fasting Buddha, it was disturbing and in the same time inspiring. What came to my mind were about sufferings, old age, sickness and death. The fact is, Fasting Buddha is not a symbol of death and resurrection. The image reflects of self-empowerment and overcoming of suffering by the human spirit. There are a lot to contemplate i must say.

  2. Tsem Rinpoche on Apr 12, 2019 at 7:12 am

    Beautiful Fasting Buddha…such a beautiful statue of this powerful being. Tsem Rinpoche

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  3. Lin Mun on Feb 16, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Thank Rinpoche Rinpoche for sharing the teaching on the fasting Buddha. It is a great reminder that nothing will come easy and despite the challenges, we should not give up and be persistent. The challenges and difficulties build our mental strength and helps us to appreciate everything much more. And with this we will not take things for granted easily. Buddha show us that everyone can achieve enlightenment if we put effort as all of us has Buddha nature in us.

  4. Tsa Tsa Ong on Aug 6, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Very interesting teaching and sharing the knowledge about fasting Buddha. It’s very inspiring to know that many faiths and religion practices fasting. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this nice article 🙏😍

  5. Stella Cheang on Jan 8, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this teaching of the Emaciated Buddha. It is a great teaching that inspires us not to take things for granted and difficulties are a given in order for us to grow spiritually and develop disciplines. At the same time, torturing the body is the way to be successful on the path of enlightenment, hence the Middle Way, moderation.

  6. Fong on Sep 24, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Seeing the image of the fasting Buddha also reminds me that, in this physical form, we are subject to the biological laws of this Earth and that however much we may wish to, we cannot deny the fact that we need to breath and drink and eat. Therefore there are also other physical laws that our biological body has to obey. Just as Buddha has to eat finally,lest he perish without having achieved his goal, we have to admit that we have to take care of our physical body too. If our body fails us, then we cannot achieve anything. Just like if we were paralyzed, we cannot physically do the full length prostration. We can only do alternatives.

    If we can accept our limitations and work with it rather than against it, we have a chance of achieving something. If the Buddha has decided to be stubborn and continued with his fasting, he would have been so weak that he would not have achieved the most important final stages to enlightenment. We can try just as the Buddha did, but we also have to know how to find our limits, push it a little at a time but not be foolhardy and bite off more than we can chew.

    That is how I feel every time I see this image.

  7. Leroy on Aug 16, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    I’ve been looking for a fasting Buddha image, where did you get yours from?

    • Pastor Adeline Woon on Aug 18, 2017 at 3:30 am

      Hi Leroy! His Eminence bought this in Thailand many years ago. I saw a 13″ one that is similar to what we had here https://www.lotussculpture.com/small-starving-buddha-statue.html. The picture attached here is my personal one that was pre-loved by His Eminence few years ago. We have a Naropa’s Cave in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia) that sells His Eminence’s pre-loved items where all proceeds go to support His Eminence’s online work including the maintenance of this blog.

      I wish you all the best in inviting your Fasting Buddha and thank you for visiting His Eminence’s blog.

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  8. Stella Cheang on Feb 27, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    The importance of Fasting Buddha is to remind us that there will be much difficulties in the process to enlightenment and we must overcome them before we can finally achieve success. Fortitude and diligence are the accessories to overcoming the difficulties. It took Buddha six years of hardship and extreme fasting to gain realization on the “Middle Way”, what more for clowns like us? Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching.

  9. CindyH on Jun 19, 2016 at 2:38 am

    It is interesting to note that when Lord Buddha started to fast excessively, He did so after determining that desire was the root of mortality and had thought that by ceasing to eat, He could end desire and be liberated. However, as His body wasted away from starvation, He came to realise that fasting per se did not extinguish desire, it only subdued it. And that desire could not be ended by force but by transforming the mind since desire is rooted in the mind. Thus, Buddha discovered that fasting serve to facilitate the process of transforming desire to wisdom by subduing the body’s coarse desires but the focus would be the ‘middle path’ i.e. avoiding excesses of fasting and feasting.

    Another point which stood out for me “Difficulties build mental strength, purify negative karma, instills self respect, and helps us to appreciate everything much more. Nothing is to be taken for granted. Seeing this holy image blesses us to remember that difficulties on the road to enlightenment is not negative but part and parcel of our journey. To be experienced, to learned from it, to understand from it and to ultimately grow from the difficulties we experience”.

  10. Antique Buddhas on Jun 3, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for such great knowledge and insight on the fasting technique.
    I agree that not much can be gained by fasting only.

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  11. Pee Bee Chong on Nov 19, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. The images remind us to be persistence, fortitude and diligence. For anything to be successful we need fortitude and diligence. We should practise “middle way”, a path of moderation away from the extremes of self-indulgence and self-mortification, the central tenet of Buddhist practice.

  12. Uncle Eddie on Dec 12, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    This teaching truly teaches and illustrates to us to realise that even Lord Buddha himself, requires sacrifices, much suffering, pain and wisdom of not wanting things only to go exactly a certain way. When we solidify an idea we cling to, and believe in it, wanting it to go that way,we’ll be making trouble for ourselves. Lord Bhuddha’s physchology teaches us to free ourselves from such kind of grasping, but not to give it up in an emotional way, but rather to take the middle way, rejecting the extreme! By putting our mind wisely into this middle space, we find happiness, dwelling in peace and joy!

  13. Beatrix Ooi on Dec 11, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Dear Rinpoche, thank You for sharing the information about Fasting Buddha, I never knew that other countries have the statues of the Buddha as well. Buddha really took in everything just to benefit others, it is very inspiring! If just we have people like this(not literally starve like Buddha did), but have some kindness towards other like feeding the poor or animals, the world would be a much more better place to live in.

  14. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 10, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    I was not entirely a fan of the fasting buddha when I first gazed upon this form of the buddha. But now that I understood more about what Shakyamuni endured to find enlightenment I am now a big fan of this form of Shakyamuni.

    He looks as if all the suffering of all sentient beings was on Buddha’s body.

  15. Shelly tai on Dec 10, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Dear Rinpoche thank you for sharing these beautiful Buddha images with us. Indeed during our spiritual journey we really encounter a lot do obstacles that sometime we do feel frustrated but when we contemplate about it all these problems that we are facing is to strengthen our mind and to train us to be strong so that we will not give up and endure all these difficulty with posstive and calm mind so that we can continue our spiritual practices .

  16. AdelineTan on Dec 9, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Now i know behind this powerful image of fasting buddha there is a profound dharma teaching in it. Thank you for sharing.

  17. Alex C.J. Tan on Dec 7, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    In our spiritual journey, we will without doubt face with a lot of difficulties and obstacles.

    This explanation of the Fasting Buddha serve as a reminder to all spiritual seekers to remain steadfast, endure the difficulties and also be diligent in seeking the guidance of a qualified spiritual guide. Otherwise one might end up of the wrong path.

  18. Julien Roth on Dec 7, 2013 at 1:00 am

    I have always see this Buddha at places, and i have always wondered what kind of Buddha it was. Well now i know. It is truly very interesting. I like the background about this Buddha and now i can really understand it. Thank you for sharing this with us Rinpoche, and the pictures were very nice and well taken as well.

  19. Ck siah on Dec 6, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享和开示,让我深入的了解空腹佛的由来和意义。在小时候,有看过这佛像,但不了解空腹佛的由来。但最近在克切拉佛教里才真正的认识空腹佛。感恩仁波切的教诲,祈愿仁波切长驻在世,常转法轮。

  20. Pastor Han Nee on Dec 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful teaching on the fasting Buddha. First of all, we learn awareness of not looking at the outward appearance of a Buddha statue and reacting to it as we would otherwise do,from a mind of gross negative habituation and obscurations.

    The image of the fasting Buddha teaches us and inspires us to recognize that difficulties are part and parcel of our journey to Enlightenment. There can be no Enlightenment, without the enduring of difficulties . However, the enduring of these difficulties must be accompanied by the motivation of benefiting others. only with this motivation would whatever we suffer become meaningful.

    Though Lord Buddha came to realize that fasting and abusing the body was not the correct method to gain enlightenment, the six years of fasting did have very powerful results. When Buddha’s mind was not distracted by desire or attachment of any form, it was able to attain single-minded focus and the state of calm abiding,and with this,Buddha was able to develop all the insights of wisdom and also non-dualism and gain enlightenment.

    Whenever we see this image, we are inspired to realize that developing fortitude in the face of suffering, and gaining wisdom are very important.Also we make a connection/ an affinity to the fasting Buddha and create the cause/karma to be able to have endurance, tolerance and to develop a high degree of diligence to have great fortitude.

  21. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Dec 5, 2013 at 3:49 am

    The Fasting Buddha pictures above really make our eyes open. Thanks for Rinpoche sharing and the story of Fasting Buddha.

    We are so fortunate because Rinpoche teach Dharma to us with many skillful ways. So we can practice Dharma even through social media, volunteer works, puja, sadhana ect. Thanks Rinpoche kindness once again from the bottom of my heart with folded hands…

  22. Edward Ooi on Dec 5, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Dear Rinpoche, I wonder how Siddhartha managed to meditate and fasted for six years without stopping, it’s not that I don’t believe the story but even a Buddha can’t starve for six years straight. By the way, I really love the statue design of the fasting Buddha that Rinpoche have.

  23. Sean Wang on Dec 5, 2013 at 12:12 am

    This is a spectacular image of Buddha Shakyamuni because he is showing that is willing to place himself under such torment in his ordeals to help other sentient beings. This is truly admirable and should be done by other people too.

  24. henry ooi on Dec 4, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    These images are beautifully crafted as a symbol of what Prince Siddharta endured in his practice before he gained enlightenment. Likewise, images of other beings who have gained enlightenment are also made to provide practitioners as an aid in their meditation to achieve what that being had attained in his/her lifetime. Hence images in the form of painting or statue is not for ‘praying’ to (idolatry)as most non Buddhists think.

  25. jerry_sito on Dec 4, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    感恩仁波切的开示与教诲

    佛教中,禁食被认为是净化的方法。过午不食的僧侣。,其中包括持严格的誓言和禁食的藏传佛教的做法,已获得越来越多的关注在北美各地的佛教中心。空腹的意义是培养一个人的欲望控制,使心灵可以被释放,以开发更高awarenesses。空腹也可以这样做,一个限制从一种乐趣(食品)和它献给某人生病了,需要的或濒临死亡。基本上,从正常的食物摄入量限制一个人的身体是发展学科,防治教育,自我控制,甚至感谢所有的人。

    佛陀的精神觉醒与禁食。年轻的王子悉达多离开了他的宫殿在寻找启蒙,并根据严重苦行和强烈的精神集中,他的美丽的身体枯干了对皮肤和骨骼练了六年。对这一时期结束时,他在一个米粒每天只幸存。佛陀要切断附着在感官开始在食品过多放纵等等。佛陀的实践这一阶段​​被称为空腹佛在图像或雕像的描写通常被称为瘦弱或空腹佛。

    这个神圣的形式空腹佛或图像提醒和激励着我们佛有多少困难,经历了成为完全开悟。他的同情心,为了造福他人的心是如此强烈,他把自己的身体经历了那么多的证悟。虽然他的身体经历了那么多的痛苦,困难,无力去因空腹如此强烈,他从不放弃。他从不放弃。他从来没有发现的困难理由不追求他的修行。它激励了我们

    这是美妙的了解,看到了空腹佛的这个形象,因为他有我们所有人的精神路径上这么多的意义。有这样的禁食尊佛像,供养和烧香拜佛这种形式祝福我们与毅力,勤奋和精神力量,吸收困难,继续下去,直到成功。

    无论修行的路上我们面对多少困难,我们都应该如佛陀一样,只要我们是抱住良好的发心,并修行得到证悟,然后就拥用了能力与强烈的菩提心来帮助一切有情众生

    感恩仁波切您的开示与教诲,祈愿您长驻在世,常转法轮

  26. Fong on Dec 4, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for showing that althought we need to be committed, we should also remember to be balanced and follow the middle path.

  27. Luis Pereira Pinto on Jun 8, 2013 at 10:29 am

    how can i make fasting without having headache?do you sell books that explain how to make an efficient fasting?Do you have groups or a temple in Brazil?

  28. Sean Wang on Feb 28, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    This is really an amazing statue of the fasting Buddha. I really love the images and thank you Rinpoche for sharing them. I want to purchase one and place it in my room somewhere. Hehe!

    The Fasting Buddha shows how much the Buddha had sacrificed so that he can become Enlightened. It is also to show that if Buddha can fast for the benefit of other sentient beings. We can do the same too!

  29. Felix Kong on Nov 28, 2012 at 12:47 am

    This picture is so meaningful. It just reminder that there is no “short cut” to be successful, no matter how many obstacles or suffering , one day sure can achieved if never give up.

  30. Carmen on Sep 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    At the slightest suffering, people’s first thought is to quit, to give up. Why? Becuase we are not use to “sacrificing” ourselves to gain more for others.

    This form of Buddha reminds us that nothing in life comes easy, and definitely not spiritual attainments. If Buddha endured what He did for enlightenment, imagine what we have to work towards to even get anywhere close to that.

    I actually saw this statue for the first time in Bangkok when I was there last year. It was in the Wat Muang temple and Rinpoche saw this statue. He immediately told us the story of what Buddha did and put his body through to gain attainments. Quite amazing.

    I love this form of Buddha for it teaches us discipline and perseverance.

    http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/largest-buddha-in-thailand.html

  31. Julia Tan on Jul 5, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Buddha joined the other 5 yogi to go into deep fasting meditation. He was told that the body was the reason or cause of the sufferings. Buddha almost die after torturing himself with very little food, exposing his body to the hot and cold weather for very long time. Then Buddha suddenly remembered of how His step mother fed him when He was still very young. He realized that we do not have to tortured ourselves in our spiritual path. We must always find the middle path.

  32. Joy on Jun 22, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    The way of the Buddha – the middle path. This image reminds me of this great Philosophy of Buddhism and that is why we find it so logical. This image of Buddha also tells me that even though Buddha went through so much pain and suffering to seek his goal, he never gave up, and he diligently went through it and learnt from it. He did not know that what he was doing by starving himself was wrong but the fact that He was determined to seek Enlightenment shows great strength and discipline in seeking the truth which is an example we can follow in our own spiritual quest for every mistake comes a lesson. Hence no matter how difficult the task, we should never lose hope and never give up. We need to also be diligent and never give up just as Buddha has till we gain that ultimate awakening. This is definitely a powerful image of the holy one. Thank you Rinpoche.

  33. andrew hibberd on Oct 20, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    when one has come from this eminence and radiated to such gigantuas proportions one is left with which way to turn be the best man you can be and stop taking every thing so seriously and

  34. andrew hibberd on Oct 20, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    tetsumonkai living buddha in north japan , and eminence i suggest it is not wise to coppy this style of offering it is unecessary and foolish even my wife stole the book from me and all records of his effort

  35. freon on Oct 20, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Very “powerful” statue. It show the determination, the persistence, the focus! So powerful as a reminder: to achieve and to gain Dharma (Enlightenment) , no matter what happen; what kind of obstacles, the hallucination, the pain, the desire, the attachment; is reminding me, to learn to overcome, to push away the negativity and AIM to be success! No matter what happen- Dharma come first!

  36. So Kin Hoe on Oct 18, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche. The Fasting Buddha makes me to think of whatever difficulty i am facing in current life will never be equivalent to Buddha’s sacrifices in order to achieve enlightenment and passed the teaching to us. This is very inspirational to me!

  37. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I have seen the picture of the BUddha many many years back I was filled with some revulsion and did not take of it as a particularly nice image to have around or to look at.
    Now I like it a lot It says so many things to us like we should not take extreme positions in life, we should never give up if we believe in something. determination , strength, indomitable spirit etc etc

  38. William on Oct 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Buddha’s strength is enormous as he cuts of his attachment to indulging into food. It takes a lot of courage and determination to reach the practice, I could have imagines. As I am writing now, i am thinking about food! Nevertheless, the images are beautiful and are great reminders that Buddha has gone through a lot of hardship to gain enlightenment. As we are not buddha, we would need more determination and strength to go on with our journey to enlightenment.

  39. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 17, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    My dear Lama

    These images of fasting Buddha are very beautiful. This is the first time I had a glance on it. Usually, we are faced with Buddhas images in its grandeur. But we hardly have a glance on the process on how they achieved those grandeur. Maybe because we don’t see the hard process, we tend to undermine the process.

    Thank you Rinpoche, I love these images and wish to have the opportunities to invite this particular image in the future.

    Much love and care

    Valentina

  40. tenzin llhamo on Oct 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the above post. It is truly remarkable knowing that Buddha took so much sufferings just for the sake of realizing everything. To be able to suffer so that we can gain from his sufferings. I pray that we will be able to achieve what Buddha believe that all of us can do. Achieving Enlightenment….

  41. Dee Dee Quah on Oct 17, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us the Fasting Buddha. It is a beautiful sight, historically significant & spiritually important.

  42. Bryan ho on Oct 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    This Buddha image is totally different from the normal Buddha Shakhamuni that always be seen in the major Buddhist temple. Just like what Rinpoche shared in the article, it has a very deep teaching behind it, which is let go on our outer attachment and develope inner awareness.
    Rinpoche always mention we as a Buddhist will never worship any statue but the meaning behind the statue, every different Buddha images represent different teaching and method. By praying, praise or make offering to these quality of the Buddha, we creating the course to have a body, speech and mind just like Buddha. The altruism mind of a Buddha is the most powerful practice, because when we let go of our ego, nothing can harm us.
    Rinpoche have kindly placed this fasting Buddha statue outside in the garden, because Rinpoche hope all being that see this Buddha image will leave a altruism seed in their mind, and one day all of us will be release from suffering that cause by our own ego, desire and etc.

    Thanks Rinpoche again for sharing this.

  43. James Long on Oct 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    When we were in Bangkok, Rinpoche told Bryan and Ethan to look for Fasting Buddha statue in Bangkok. Rinpoche mentioned that Rinpoche would like it so much in our ladrang.

    It was amazing that when Ethan and Bryan came down from the taxi, imediately they saw the Big Fasting Buddha sitting in front of them.

    Buddha himself has to put in so much effort for enlightenment, how about us? We want leisure and not able to put up with difficult situation these days.

    Luckily we have facebook, blog, twitter etc, so that we can still spread Dharma, learn Dharma through Internet. We cannot stay in long Meditation like Buddha, Milarepa as we have too much distraction these days, hence Dharma work like maintaining a Dharma website, blog, sharing are wonderful way for us to practice.

  44. Ethan Chu on Oct 16, 2011 at 6:04 am

    When I first came across the fasting Buddha was in Thailand. I liked the image so much and the meaning behind it. It was a beautiful story but not just a story, it was a teaching itself. Buddha endured so much pain and experience so much to become enlighten just to benefit us. And some of us even skipping a meal would be like the end of the world… It really reflects how narrow and petty we can be.

    Without Buddha going through such pain, we can never be helped. I suppose we are still indulging ourself with more attachments. This image is an inspiration and a reminder for us about difficulties, pain and suffering. And Buddha also prove to us that enlightenment is possible if we want to.

    I love the images, it is so beautiful and meaningful. So alive, and to this day, I really like to have all fasting buddhas on altar.

  45. Tony Allen on Oct 15, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing Rinpoche. I remember reading in a book that the fasting statues of Shakyamuni Buddha were HIs Holiness the Dalai Lamas favorite because they helped to illustrate the point that reaching enlightenment required great effort and great sacrifice. Thanks again!

  46. Lawrence on Oct 15, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    For me this is the most impressive image of a Buddha.
    I am amazed by the spiritual force that it radiates!

    Thank You so much Rinpoche!

    • tsemtulku on Oct 15, 2011 at 10:52 pm

      My Dear Lawrence, I agree with you that it radiates such powerful spiritual energy. I very much love this image. I am so fortunate to have it in my room to worship daily. Tsem Rinpoche

      • Lawrence on Oct 16, 2011 at 12:50 am

        Looks a weak and frail body, but this image gives me a very strong impression as He could to overthrow the entire universe with just a simple thought. Also, watching Him, I feel infinite peace and security on The Path!

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  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Apr 9. 2020 05:42 PM
    Pujas are definitely powerful and can alleviate dangers and harm immediately to counter the problem and disturbances that is currently arising. It also means that we create demerits and negative karma for ourselves which will deter the enlightened being to help us when we are in need.
    Puja is needed to clear our negative karma and collect merits as well.The instructions given by oracle when take trance is a guideline for us to achieve our goals.Thank you so much for the good article
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 9. 2020 03:08 PM
    In Buddhist tradition, Maitreya the future Buddha,who will achieve complete
    enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma. According to scriptures, Maitreya will be a successor to the present Buddha, Gautama Buddha, presently a bodhisattva residing in the Tushita heaven. Maitreya will appear as the fifth universal Buddha of this world age and turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all. Depicted with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom in this beautiful art painting thangka. Merely looking at this thangka is a blessing.
    Thank you for this sharing. May the artist continue with his good work.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-buddha-of-the-future-maitreya
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 9. 2020 03:05 PM
    Arya Tara, also known as Jetsun Dolma in Tibetan Buddhism, is a female Bodhisattva in Mahayana and Vajrayana. She is known as the “mother of liberation” and is the Goddess of peacefulness, long life and protection. She embodies inner and outer peace bringing spiritual clarity and purity to those who seek her help. Arya Tara who symbolizes the activity of all the Buddhas , to work tirelessly to liberate all beings until samsara is emptied. She made her vows to be reborn in a female form again and again. Arya Tara, along with the Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri in this beautiful thangka paints a thousand words.
    Thank you for this sharing , its a beautiful thangka.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-swift-liberator-arya-tara
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 9. 2020 03:03 PM
    Namche Bazaar a traditional Sherpa village is a beautifully crafted Himalayan town which is nestled along the crescent shaped hill slopes. It is truly a place worth visiting by many trekkers who are on the verge of making their journey deep into the gorgeous Khumbu region. It is also the staging point for expeditions to Everest and other Himalayan peaks in the area. Namche Bazaar is one of the main stops on the trail up to Everest Base Camp for trekkers from all over the world. Here trekkers or visitors will get to enjoy the clearest views of the beautiful mountainous landscape of Himalaya. A beautiful place with natural surroundings will be good to visit. Wish to some day.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/namche-bazaar
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Apr 8. 2020 09:36 PM
    He is well known as the father of yoga in the West, who has devoted his life to the spread of knowledge about the techniques of yoga meditation. His Yoga teachings are widely practiced around the world by many from various faiths, backgrounds, races, and nationalities.
    The sacred sounds invite positive beings to inhabit our environment, expels negative beings and brings the sound of growth to the land, animals, water and plants. Thank you for the good article.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 8. 2020 05:58 PM
    Beautiful architectural and unique structures of sixty-four Yogini Temple of Hirapur, India. It is the smallest temple among the list of four major surviving 64 Yogini temples in India. The temple is beautifully well preserved, quite remarkable given the fact that this shrine is only one of a handful traditional form of Yogini temples in India that still exist. This Hirapur shrine is indeed very unique in many ways. Wish I could visit this amazing someday.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for this wonderful sharing of the sixty-four yoginis of these temples are believed to be none other than celestial dakinis in reality .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sixty-four-yogini-temple-of-hirapur.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 8. 2020 05:55 PM
    According to Buddhism, the world in which we live and all that happens to us is a result of our past actions. Past harmful actions create unhappiness results and skilful actions create happy results. One way to purify obstacles we experience due to our past harmful action is through prayers and pujas. The power of prayers derives from the sincere motivation of the person asking for prayers, as well as the pure mind of the persons performing the prayers. It is said that prayers performed by lamas are especially powerful and effective as they are done on the basis of pure morality. There are many types of pujas which can be performed for various purposes for the dying, for the deceased and for sickness. All depending on one request and recording to one’s needs with specific problems . Removing these obstacles will help us to achieve happiness and good fortune in all our activities. We are so fortunate to learn, practice some of the pujas at Kechara Forest Retreat. Many people have truly benefited from these pujas done when with concentration and faith.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this extensive article pujas which I have better knowledge of other pujas other that what I knew.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/the-power-of-prayers.html
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Apr 8. 2020 01:54 AM
    We all have to realize that there are many strange things that we need to be explore and to understand better. Thank you for the sharing it very interesting to know about the 10 most terrifying supernatural house and place on this earth.
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 02:40 PM
    After reading this article I came to realize I have plenty to know. I get to understand a little much more knowledge of the Body of a Buddha. The details of the 32 marks and there are teachings of each mark.
    Reading this gives me a whole new understanding into Buddha images, and their importance.Thank you very much for the informative article.
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 01:48 PM
    Ksitigarbha is a bodhisattva primarily revered in East Asian Buddhism . Usually depicted as a monk with a nimbus around his shaved head, he carries a staff to force open the gates of hell and a wish-fulfilling jewel to light up the darkness.In Tibetan thangkas, he is often depicted as a classical seated Bodhisattva with crown. He is regarded as the bodhisattva of hell beings. Well known for his greatest compassionate Vow being, that is not to achieve Buddhahood until all hells are emptied. In this beautiful thangka he is depicted with Dorje Shugden an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. Dorje Shugden who is a Dharma Protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings.
    Thank you for this beautiful thangka.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/ksitigarbha-the-saviour
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 01:45 PM
    Machig Labdron was a renowned 11th-century Tibetan tantric Buddhist practitioner, teacher and yogini who originated several Tibetan lineages of the Vajrayana practice of Chod . She is often depicted with the attributes of a dakini, a representation of enlightened female energy. Together with Buddha Shakyamuni, Padampa Sangye, Vajravarahi, Green Tara, Prajnaparamita, Chang Shon, Troma Nagmo and Dorje Shugden as depicted in this beautiful thangka.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-founder-of-chod-machig-labdron
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 01:43 PM
    Black Manjushri is the wrathful healing form of Manjushri that helps us to heal our deep inner negative emotions and mental suffering. Those suffering from aggressive and assertive diseases such as cancer, AIDS , heart disease or those who are prone to negative emotions. Black Manjushri ‘s practice is indeed very beneficial in healing as long as one have faith. It is widely practiced by Gelug practitioners and other lineage as well. Black Manjushri purifies contaminations and impurities. In this thangka , Black Manjushri is depicted with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. Beautiful and powerful thangka to have it in our home.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-wrathful-healing-form-of-manjushri-black-manjushri
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Apr 6. 2020 10:29 PM
    Wow! Great to know the effect of mantra stone, an interesting article to know the powerful way of offering and the blessing. I understand that mantra is a form of meditation that has existed for a long time but offering mantra stone to deity is something new to understand.

    Thank you for the wonderful sharing and I am blessed to come across a beautiful message on offering mantra stone and the benefit behind it.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 6. 2020 03:40 PM
    Kuan Yin is one of the major deities in Buddhism and one of the most popular deities. Also known as the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion . Kuan Yin is regarded as male in India, and slowly transformed to have a female image in China. She is known for her kindness and can also be regarded as an icon of femininity in modern Buddhism. In this beautiful thangka Kuan Yin is depicted with Wei Tuo who is the great Dharma Protector in Buddhism who protects the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha and those who cultivate the Dharma. Together with Dorje Shugden also a Dharma protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings. Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri as depicted makes a powerful thangka to have.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/goddess-kuan-yin-the-embodiment-of-compassion
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 6. 2020 03:38 PM
    Born into a noble family the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje was spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He was well respected and consulted by high lamas of other lineages. He was given many names expressing this respect, including “King of the Yogis”. Interesting short life history of a great lama.
    Lama Jigme Rinpoche an accomplished teacher of the Kagyu lineage has once said….
    “Although the 16th Karmapa appeared and acted as a human being, his mind was completely open, without any limitation. He knew everything in an instant and without having to think about it.”
    Depicted in this beautiful thangka with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. He took the form of a Dharma protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/his-holiness-the-16th-karmapa-rangjung-rigpe-dorje

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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 great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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
11 months ago
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
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
11 months ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
11 months ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
11 months ago
DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
11 months ago
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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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
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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
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
1 month ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
1 month ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
2 months ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
2 months ago
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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