Fasting Buddha

Dec 3, 2013 | Views: 10,973

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.

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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  1. 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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  2. 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.

  3. 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 🙏😍

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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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  7. 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.

  8. 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”.

  9. 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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  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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 .

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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。

  19. 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.

  20. 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…

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. 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?

  27. 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!

  28. 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.

  29. 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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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!

  35. 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!

  36. 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

  37. 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.

  38. 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

  39. 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….

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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!

  45. 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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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 26. 2019 11:59 AM
    Stunning art painting of Songtsen Gampo, Trisong Detsen, Tri Ralpachen and Dorje Shugden. Thank you for sharing this beautiful paintings of Tibet’s Founders: The Three Dharma Kings with short explanations for us to have a better knowledge of it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tibets-founders-the-three-dharma-kings
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 26. 2019 11:58 AM
    This is amazing art thangka of the Goddess of Enlightenment: Cittamani Tara and Dorje Shugden. Cittamani Tara, the highest yoga tantra manifestation of the deity Tara, who can lead us to liberation and enlightenment within a single lifetime. Depicted with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri form a powerful pair.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-goddess-of-enlightenment-cittamani-tara
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 26. 2019 11:57 AM
    Yellow Dzambala is the God of Wealth and Dorje Shugden who is Dharma Protector and an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. The Yellow Dzambala bestows inner and outer wealth for those who have faith and trust in his prayers. Dzambhala’s blessings are to help those by eliminating poverty. It will be good to have this beautiful thangka to attract wealth luck and abundance to our home or office.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/bestower-of-wealth-dzambala
  • Sofi
    Friday, Apr 26. 2019 08:52 AM
    Mother Teresa had lost her faith

    Although she had been the beacon of light to the downtrodden in India and healed many but she herself lost faith in God and only believe in humanity until the day she passed. Read more on why and how her compassion grow selflessly.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/the-light-of-darkness-mother-teresa.html
  • Sofi
    Friday, Apr 26. 2019 08:45 AM
    Emperor Kangxi | 康熙皇帝

    He was the great king that ruled his kingdom in fairness and was a staunch supporter of Buddhism during his reign. Read more of his greatness here.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/emperor-kangxi.html
  • Yee Yin
    Friday, Apr 26. 2019 04:30 AM
    It is totally our choice if we want to become happy or bitter. When we are not true to ourselves, we will put the blames on others. As we do this more, we become more bitter every day and we will never improve. It is as if we are sick but we are in denial. As a result, our sickness will never be treated and we will never heal or cured.

    To be out of suffering, the first thing we have to do is to look into ourselves and find the root cause of our unhappiness. After identifying the root cause, we have to apply an antidote to it according to what Lord Buddha has taught us. Lord Buddha himself had walked the path and he had shown us his methods work. We may not like the process, but we should be focusing on the result and work hard towards it.

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  • Yee Yin
    Friday, Apr 26. 2019 03:49 AM
    Did you know there are 24 holy places that are empowered with the energy of Heruka and Vajrayogini? For someone who is a practitioner of Heruka or Vajrayogini tantra, meditating in these places can help the practitioner gain higher insight and realization. Jog Falls in Karnakata state in South India is one of the 24 holy places. Many monks visit Jog Falls to do prayer and ritual.

    http://bit.ly/HolyFalls
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  • Yee Yin
    Friday, Apr 26. 2019 02:48 AM
    Thailand is a Buddhist country, the majority of Thai people are devoted Buddhists. Therefore, we can find Buddhist temples almost everywhere in Thailand. Wat Rong Khun is a fairly new temple. However, it is very unique because it is all white. It is a temple designed and built by Thailand’s famous artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat. Chalermchai Kositpipat builds this temple with his own money because he has a very strong faith in Buddhism and he hopes the temple will one day become a heritage to the world.

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  • Sofi
    Thursday, Apr 25. 2019 11:11 PM
    A More Buddhist Facebook?

    Interesting how Facebook adopted some Buddhism into their corporate world. Read what did they use to inspire or activate their staff to better performance.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/a-more-buddhis-facebook.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 25. 2019 09:45 PM
    I like this painting. Very nice colour combination, simple yet look so stunning. Even Lama Tsongkhapa emanation are depicted here separately. They are the great Buddha of Chenrezig, Vajrapani and Manjushri. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this nice painting and the description.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-one-who-saves-four-armed-chenrezig#comment-841101
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 25. 2019 09:22 PM
    Beautifully drawn thangka and thank you Rinpoche for providing the description of each Buddha. All 3 great Buddha of past, present and future are put here, including White Mahakala and Dorje Shugden. Very blessed to have this thangka to be in the house. To remind us to practise dharma as time is precious.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-future-buddha-to-come-buddha-maitreya
  • Sofi
    Thursday, Apr 25. 2019 05:39 PM
    He Rejected A $37 Million Contract To Do What?

    Wow, imagine someone rejecting USD37 millions! Don’t you just wonder why did he and for what? Must by such a strong conviction about something. Did he regret his decision?

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/he-rejected-the-37-million-contract-to-do-what.html
  • Yee Yin
    Thursday, Apr 25. 2019 12:40 PM
    Mr. Randy Pauch was very ill when he gave his last speech to the audience. In his speech, he had shared with us a few important points on how to be successful and happy.
    1. Always be appreciative and grateful to the people and things we have. In return, good things will happen to us.
    2. Don’t complain, because complaining does not solve the problems.
    3. When we are sorry for the mistakes we have made, we must do something to make it up. By just saying sorry is not enough.
    4. Be humble and not to react to the negative actions of others towards us.
    5. Be persistent and don’t give up easily. It took Mr. Randy 15 years to make his dream of working at Disney come true.
    6. Death is uncertain and it is beyond our control. We can choose to face death with a positive attitude so when we die, there will be no regret.
    7. Be honest and have integrity, it is hard to do but if we can do that, we will be truly happy and live our lives without regret.

    Mr. Randy had shown us that death is uncertain and we don’t have control over it. However, we have a choice on how we want to live our lives. We are in control of our own happiness. If we have positive thinking, we will be able to turn a negative situation into something positive and then learn and become a better person.

    http://bit.ly/TR-LiveHappy
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  • Yee Yin
    Thursday, Apr 25. 2019 11:57 AM
    There are four holy mountains in China, Mount Jiu Hua, Mount Wutai, Mount Emei and Mount Putuo. Mount Wutai is believed to be the abode of Buddha Manjushri, Mount Emei is believed to be the abode of Samantabhadra, Mount Putuo is believed to be the abode of Guan Yin (Avalokiteshvara) and Mount Jiu Hua is believed to be the abode of Ksitigarbha.

    Mount Jiu Hua is located in Qingyang County, Anhui Province in China, the highest peak being the Shiwang Peak (Peak of Ten Kings), at 1,342 metres above sea level. There are many temples on Mount Jiu Hua, the oldest and holiest one is called Huangcheng temple. A Korean prince called Jin Qiaojue engaged in a 75-year-long solitary practice and achieved enlightenment at the age of 99 when he passed away.

    http://bit.ly/TR-HolyMountain
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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 25. 2019 11:42 AM
    Wow ……..outstanding colour art painting of Four-Armed Chenrezig and Dorje Shugden. Beautiful thangka to have it on altar or in our home. Merely looking at it tells a thousand words. Its truly a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-one-who-saves-four-armed-chenrezig

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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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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    3 weeks ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    4 weeks ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    1 month ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    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
    2 months ago
    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
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    3 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    4 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    4 months ago
    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.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
    4 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    4 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    4 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    4 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.
    4 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
    4 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.
    4 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
    5 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.
    5 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
    5 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.
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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.
    5 months ago
    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    1 years ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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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.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    1 years ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    1 years ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    2 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    2 yearss ago
    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
    2 yearss 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.
    2 yearss 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
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss 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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We have our Kechara Food Bank team leaders interview potential urban poor families on every Saturday. New volunteers are most welcomed to join and assist along the session. Kindly contact us at 010-3333260 for registration. #Kechara #foodbank - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 hours ago
We have our Kechara Food Bank team leaders interview potential urban poor families on every Saturday. New volunteers are most welcomed to join and assist along the session. Kindly contact us at 010-3333260 for registration. #Kechara #foodbank - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for other?’ Mr. Lim is definitely one of our dedicated volunteers for the past 10 years. He dedicates his time to fully support our Kechara Food Bank programme, not only to raise #zerofoodwastage awareness amongst the public but also to help the less fortunate. Thank you for taking part in making the world better. Your great work is much appreciated, Mr. Lim. #Kechara #foodbank #volunteer - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
yesterday
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for other?’ Mr. Lim is definitely one of our dedicated volunteers for the past 10 years. He dedicates his time to fully support our Kechara Food Bank programme, not only to raise #zerofoodwastage awareness amongst the public but also to help the less fortunate. Thank you for taking part in making the world better. Your great work is much appreciated, Mr. Lim. #Kechara #foodbank #volunteer - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSK Penang Team visited a dialysis patient to deliver dry food provisions for his family. He has a kidney transplant when he was 12 years old and for the past years is undergoing dialysis three times a week and this has put a financial strain to him. We will try to assist him in anyway we can. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 days ago
KSK Penang Team visited a dialysis patient to deliver dry food provisions for his family. He has a kidney transplant when he was 12 years old and for the past years is undergoing dialysis three times a week and this has put a financial strain to him. We will try to assist him in anyway we can. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
One day, we received a humble wish list from this poor family, an elderly mother who takes care of her grown up son with special needs. ‘It’s quite uneasy to use toilet without a proper door but I do not have enough money to fix it,’ said the mother. Without a second thought, our kindest sponsor, La Hong Eu has decided to make meaningful sponsorship to this case. Big thanks to Bernard Ting and Vickneshwaran for helping this family to replace the broken one with a brand new folding door. Together we are the reason that someone has a sweet smile on her face. #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 days ago
One day, we received a humble wish list from this poor family, an elderly mother who takes care of her grown up son with special needs. ‘It’s quite uneasy to use toilet without a proper door but I do not have enough money to fix it,’ said the mother. Without a second thought, our kindest sponsor, La Hong Eu has decided to make meaningful sponsorship to this case. Big thanks to Bernard Ting and Vickneshwaran for helping this family to replace the broken one with a brand new folding door. Together we are the reason that someone has a sweet smile on her face. #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Laying the rescued food down on the table would mean we will minimise chance of wastage from another level when our recipients will have the privilege to choose what they really need and want. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 days ago
Laying the rescued food down on the table would mean we will minimise chance of wastage from another level when our recipients will have the privilege to choose what they really need and want. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Have you ever done beading? Join us for a blessed Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! http://bit.ly/2IMh5eN - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 days ago
Have you ever done beading? Join us for a blessed Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! http://bit.ly/2IMh5eN - shared by Pastor Antoinette
What do you do on Saturday mornings? Join us for a meaningful time and be blessed by the Buddhas during the Spiritual Saturday at Kechara Forest Retreat! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 days ago
What do you do on Saturday mornings? Join us for a meaningful time and be blessed by the Buddhas during the Spiritual Saturday at Kechara Forest Retreat! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
With Dorje Shugden in your car, bus, bike, boat or lorry, you will be protected and blessed. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 days ago
With Dorje Shugden in your car, bus, bike, boat or lorry, you will be protected and blessed. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat, this bus was blessed and is now protected by the Three Jewels. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 days ago
Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat, this bus was blessed and is now protected by the Three Jewels. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart. In order to send the foodpack to our client in johor bahru area, we need a team that are always ready . Luckily, we have a group of wonderful volunteers that are commited to serve our community. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart. In order to send the foodpack to our client in johor bahru area, we need a team that are always ready . Luckily, we have a group of wonderful volunteers that are commited to serve our community. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
6 days ago
Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
Parents and students did a group discussion together on the Bully topic  Lin Mun KSDS
6 days ago
Parents and students did a group discussion together on the Bully topic Lin Mun KSDS
A talk on Bully by Peggy. A very informative sharing for students and parents. Lin Mun KSDS
6 days ago
A talk on Bully by Peggy. A very informative sharing for students and parents. Lin Mun KSDS
Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
6 days ago
Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
6 days ago
Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Creative horror drawing created by Teacher Kien. Alice, KSDS
6 days ago
Creative horror drawing created by Teacher Kien. Alice, KSDS
Teacher Asyley led the kids to participate animal liberation. Alice, KSDS
6 days ago
Teacher Asyley led the kids to participate animal liberation. Alice, KSDS
Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 days ago
Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
1 week ago
Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
2 weeks ago
We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
2 weeks ago
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
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