Fasting Buddha

Dec 3, 2013 | Views: 13,242

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 of Goddess Durga are worshipped.

Muslims in Malaysia and all over the world had celebrated Eid or Eid-ul-Fitr next week, on the 30th of 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 every day after 12 pm till the next sunrise. The Tibetan Buddhist practice of Nyungne, which includes holding strict vows and fasting, has been gaining increased attention in Buddhist centres 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, awareness, 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 excessive 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 of 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 do the same.

Difficulties build mental strength, purify negative karma, instil self-respect, and help 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 are not negative but part and parcel of our journey. To be experienced, to learn 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 and 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 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 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 favourite images of Enlightened Beings for me.

Tsem Rinpoche

(In his autobiography, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche says that Shakyamuni received wrong advice that by practising fasting He can gain wisdom. In spite of the 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 enlightenment and abandoned His fast to set on the Middle path.)

 

Famous Fasting Buddha/ Emaciated Buddha

There are two famous artefacts 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. Samfoonheei on Aug 1, 2022 at 2:29 pm

    In Buddhism, there are a variety of attitudes towards different forms of fasting . According to Buddhist tradition, Buddha’s holy form as the ‘Fasting Buddha’ serves as a reminder for us and inspiration of Buddha’s difficult journey to achieve enlightenment. Fasting Buddha Shakyamuni fasted for forty-nine days under the bodhi tree while subjecting his body to extreme conditions to achieve enlightenment. Although it is believed that the Buddha endured great agony because of prolonged fasting, he never gave up and had used the challenges to justify abandoning his spiritual pursuit. Interesting read. Looking at all those images of Fasting Buddha tells all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing ….a reminder all of us nor matter what happen , never give up in our spiritual journey.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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  4. 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.

  5. 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 ??

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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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  9. 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.

  10. 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”.

  11. 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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  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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 .

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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。

  21. 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.

  22. 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…

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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

  27. 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.

  28. 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?

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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!

  37. 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!

  38. 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

  39. 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.

  40. 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

  41. 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….

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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!

  47. 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
    Tuesday, Jul 16. 2024 11:02 AM
    That’s wonderful now we have H E Tsem Rinpoche’s short biography in Mongolian. More and more readers got to know of our Guru and Dorje Shugden. May Rinpoche’s teaching spread and reach out to those Monglians.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers team for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-rinpoches-short-biography-mongolian.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 16. 2024 10:55 AM
    H E Zava Damdin Rinpoche, is an erudite Mongolian Buddhist master within the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Zava Damdin Rinpoche was recognised as the reincarnation of one of the greatest Buddhist masters, yogis, healers, scholars and mahasiddhas in Mongolia. Zava Damdin Rinpoche is famed for his absolute guru devotion. In spite of the unlawful ban on the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden Zava Damdin Rinpoche remain devoted to the practice and has continued to see enormous growth around the world. Especially in Mongolia which has long held a strong historical and religious connection with Tibetan Buddhism. Back in 2016 H E Zava Damdin Rinpoche conferred Yamantaka initiation and Dorje Shugden sogtae . More than 10,000 ordained monks and lay people attended the initiation in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Looking at those pictures in this blog says all, all monks and lay people were so blessed indeed. It has proven that the practice of Dorje Shugden is very popular . They were more blessed and fortunate as after the initiation, they were given a ‘heart’ crystal and a chakra which were consecrated during the sogtae ceremony. They are given as a blessing and reminder of the initiate’s commitments to Dorje Shugden, and also as a symbol of Dorje Shugden’s promise to protect them.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/10000-mongolians-receive-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 16. 2024 10:51 AM
    .Great research by Dr Matthew William King on Dorje Shugden . It paints a thousand words of truth where more and more people understand better of Dorje Shugden. The practice of Dorje Shugden is often associated with Lamas in the Himalayan region in Tibet.
    No doubt due the efforts of Lamas in Tibet and Lamas in Bhutan the practice was promoted. Together, these enlightened masters proliferated the practice, authoring and composing texts and prayers to invoke the blessings and protection of the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. In Mongolia, the practice’s popularity was due to Mongolia’s own lamas independently promoting and encouraging it. Mongolian lamas preserve the tradition of Dorje Shugden through active propitiation since then. The powerful Mongolian nation has indeed a long history and connection with Dorje Shugden the Powerful Protector. As expressed in the life of Venerable Choijin Lama, a State Oracle of Mongolia who took trance of Dorje Shugden among other Dharma Protectors. Interesting read of how Mongolia saved Dorje Shugden .
    Thank you Rinpoche .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-mongolia-saved-dorje-shugden.html

  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 16. 2024 10:49 AM
    Precious thangkas of Lama Tsongkhapa’s Life Story one must not missed. As its very rare old thangkas tells us the life story of Lama Tsongkhapa. Lama Tsongkhapa was an influential Tibetan Buddhist monk, philosopher and tantric yogi. Lama Tsongkhapa was hailed as the second Buddha by contemporary Buddhist masters of his time. Famous for reviving Buddhism in Tibet and revered for elevating the Dharma to all its present glory. . Through deep study, profound practice and high attainments, Lama Tsongkhapa led a revival of pure Buddhist teachings and distilling the best teachings. His teachings became the basis for the establishment of the Gelug monastery, a monastic institution which survives to this day.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such insightful life stories of a great Master with beautiful thangkas pictures .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/15-thangkas-of-lama-tsongkhapas-life-story.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 16. 2024 10:46 AM
    The Iceman mummy, Otzi, was discovered amidst sheets of melting ice on the border between Italy and Austria, at an altitude of 3,200 m above sea level. The 5300-year-old world’s oldest wet mummy Iceman so special as is invaluable for archaeology and as well as for medical science, genetics, biology, anthropology, and many other disciplines. The nature of his life and the circumstances of his death are the subject of much investigation. That’s interesting discovery, the clothes he wore and equipment he carried are unique.The alleged curse revolved around the deaths of several people involved with the discovery, recovery and subsequent analysis of Otzi’s body. The legend continues and these days, Otzi the Iceman rests in a refrigerated room at the South Tyrol Archaeological Museum in Bolzano, Italy. Each year thousands of visitors visited his mummified remains contained in a special cold cell at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, Italy.
    Interesting read
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/creatures-and-monsters/the-curse-of-otzi-the-iceman.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 12. 2024 01:10 PM
    A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this Dambulla cave is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site in 1991. King Valagamba of Anuradhapura in the first century built a temple in thankful worship. Located in central Sri Lanka, the Dambulla Cave Temple is a living Buddhist site that is focused on a series of five cave shrines.The place is worth a visit though, just for the stunning sculptures and paintings in this historical paradise. The site is remarkable in the Buddhist world with the continuous tradition of living Buddhist ritual practices and pilgrimage for more than two millennia. That’s interesting.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/dambulla-cave-temple
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 12. 2024 01:09 PM
    Zasep Tulku Rinpoche is the 13th incarnation of the famous Kagyupa teacher, Lama Konchog Tenzin of Zuru Monastery. His teachings, delivered in excellent English are easily understood and fully engaging. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche is a highly realized internationally respected teacher of Gelugpa Buddhism, been exile from Tibet and had travels as teacher to many countries around the world. Zasep Rinpoche received extensive teachings and initiations from many erudite great masters. Today, Zasep Rinpoche is the spiritual leader of Gaden for the West, an international organisation of Dharma centres in Australia, Canada and the United States, successfully spreading the Gelug teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa to many, many people who are karmically connected to him. A Tulku’s Journey From Tibet To Canada a book published Rinpoche autobiography, beautifully reflects his devotion to his teachers and the practices. Zasep Rinpoche points out, the practice of Dorje Shugden officially started in the Sakya school before it was embraced by the Gelugpas. Interestingly, this book also mentioned the great deeds of Dorje Shugden and how much this Dharma Protector has helped the Tibetan people as well and Tibetan Buddhism too.Zasep Rinpoche have touched the hearts of everyone he has encountered. Interesting read one must not missed as it is a true story of an incredible Tibetan Buddhist scholar and lama’s journey.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a great Master

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/zasep-rinpoche-speaks-plainly-about-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 12. 2024 01:07 PM
    As prophesies by Shakyamuni Buddha, Lama Tsongkhapa is an emanation of the Bodhisattva of wisdom, Manjushri. Lama Tsongkhapa was an influential Tibetan Buddhist monk, philosopher and tantric yogi, and saint who lived in Tibet. His practice will instill deep wisdom and confers great blessing upon us. His pure teachings and activities led to the formation of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. With the establishment of the Gelug monastery which survives to this day. Lama Tsongkhapa, considered one of the greatest Buddhist masters and philosophers of all time. There many benefits that arise from Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice. Merely by reciting Lama Tsongkhapa’s mantra known as Migtsema mantra. is indeed very beneficial for everyone of us. We are so fortunate to learn and practices from our Guru.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a great Master.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/lord-tsongkapa-king-of-the-dharma.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 12. 2024 01:06 PM
    Dorje Shugden was enthroned as a protector of the Sakya tradition centuries ago and only later widely practised in Gelugpa tradition. All these was stated by H.H Trijang Rinpoche in his work “Music Delighting the Ocean of Protectors. The throne holder of Sakya school of Buddhism, Sonam Rinchen enthroned Dorje Shugden as one of the protectors of Sakya. The practice of this Dharma Protector was later passed to his son the 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro who was believed to be the emanation of Dorje Shugden himself. Interesting facts. He even composed a Dorje Shugden prayer or Kangsol to invoke the blessings of Dorje Shugden. The prayer has since been well known and it is used to this day. The 39th Sakya throneholder Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen who also practised Dorje Shugden and praised Dorje Shugden as an emanation of Avalokiteshvara. Not only one but three Sakya Trizins who relied on Dorje Shugden and they referred to him as an enlightened being.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing so as more and more practitioners know the truth and only truth that Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-trizins-dorje-shugden-prayer.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 12. 2024 01:04 PM
    A good reminder for all students reading what Venerable Acharya Kyabje Zasep Tulku Rinpoche wrote in his guidelines for students. We as students can make progress on our spiritual path and gain Dharma realizations all depends ourselves where else A dharma teacher who is our spiritual guide can show us how to meditate correctly and make progress on our spiritual path.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/guidelines-for-students.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 1. 2024 03:28 PM
    Buddhism one of the oldest religions in the world has been around for over 2,600 years. Many people all over the world from all walks of life have embraced Buddhism. Buddhism is one of the fastest growing religions in the west and have spreading further , all thanks to those highly lamas such as Gaden Tripas, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe, Geshe Wangyal, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin, Geshe Rabten, and so forth. Many people more people are becoming more aware of Buddhism and finding it a suitable way of life and religion. With the great spread of Buddhism, many people had benefitted with the practice as it emphasized individuals’ path to enlightenment and salvation, which could be attained in this life.
    As in this blog, we see many famous Buddhist celebrities from the west such as Keanu Reeves, former American president Bill Clinton , Richard Gere, Steve Jobs and many more celebrities had been connected to Buddhism.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing, how Buddhism had changed their life

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/celebrity-buddhists.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 1. 2024 03:26 PM
    The Legend of the Mermaid is well known and told with different forms and endings in all the oral tradition of peoples linked to the sea. It was rumored that the mermaid has a magical treasure. In folklore, a mermaid is an aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide. Interesting read mermaids were natural beings who, like fairies, who had magical and prophetic powers. We usually see it as in movie whether it do really exists no one have really seen it nowadays. While there is no evidence that mermaids exist outside folklore, reports of mermaid sightings continue to the present day. Mermaids have been a popular subject of art and literature in recent centuries. They depicted in operas, paintings, books and live-action films.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/creatures-and-monsters/the-legend-of-the-mermaids.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 1. 2024 03:23 PM
    Wow that’s wonderful a very special gift for our Guru Tsem Rinpoche. A Dorje Shugden shop full of beautiful items which were connected to Dorje Shugden as such as posters, statues, pendants, tsa tsas, books, key chains, thangkas and so forth. Located in the most famous night market in the heart city of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. There’s where tourists and local will go over there. Many of them will be blessed merely b looking at it or passing by the shop. Posters will be given to anyone who stop by , its such a wonderful way to share and get people to know of this great Dharma Protector.
    Thank you Rinpoche and those who made it possible benefiting many more people to come.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/exciting-dorje-shugden-store-in-petaling-street-malaysia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 1. 2024 03:22 PM
    Trance is a state of semi-consciousness in which a person is not self-aware. The person is in a deep state of distraction by some inner turmoil or some outer mental influence. Taking trance is nothing new and not just in the east. Listening the video tells us more about trance. Interesting to know, but we should not get involve in trances as advice. Its better get involve in Dharma practice and have our mind transform.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/taking-trances.html
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    Friday, Jun 28. 2024 03:33 PM

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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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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
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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
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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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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Beautiful offerings arranged by Choong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Beautiful offerings arranged by Choong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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7/7/2024 Kechara Penang weekly puja completed. Kechara Penang Study Girup by Jacinta.
This week's puja offerings sponsored by a few people and we hope their wishes be fulfilled. Pic taken by Choong and uploaded by Jacinta.
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This week's puja offerings sponsored by a few people and we hope their wishes be fulfilled. Pic taken by Choong and uploaded by Jacinta.
29th June 2024. Kechara Penang Study Group completed weekly Dorje Shugden cum Manjushri Namasangiti. Pic taken by Choong and uploaded by Jacinta
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29th June 2024. Kechara Penang Study Group completed weekly Dorje Shugden cum Manjushri Namasangiti. Pic taken by Choong and uploaded by Jacinta
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Need a dose of spiritual nourishment or perhaps any spiritual protection? Do take up our Kechara Penang food/candles offering packages. Do not hesitate to contact our member Choong for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Different food offerings offered on Penang Kechara Chapel's altar behalf of the sponsors. May sponsors' wishes be fulfilled. Great effort from Choong Soon Heng, one of our Kechara Penang dedicated members who thought of this way for people to generate merits while clearing obstacles. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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Different food offerings offered on Penang Kechara Chapel's altar behalf of the sponsors. May sponsors' wishes be fulfilled. Great effort from Choong Soon Heng, one of our Kechara Penang dedicated members who thought of this way for people to generate merits while clearing obstacles. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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These are some of the offerings offered on behalf of our sponsors. We have different offerings packages which one can choose from or just simply sponsor our weekly puja in dedication to our loved ones. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Puja offering packages. Thanks to those who sponsored the puja. May all your wishes be fulfilled. KPSG by Jacinta
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Colourful altar with plenty of offerings. We had DS puja with Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni as we celebrate this special day of Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana. KPSG by Jacinta
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Some of the activities done during the Wesak Day Celebration in Penang. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. After puja, all members helped out clearing the offerings and we shared out the blessed food offerings with our families, friends and even animals. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. Activities during puja. Members chanting Dorje Shugden mantras. We've completed Dorje Shugden puja cum Namasangiti. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. Activities during puja. Members chanting Dorje Shugden mantras. We've completed Dorje Shugden puja cum Namasangiti. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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11/5/2024, Saturday @3pm. Activities : Offerings of khata to Rinpoche, garland of flowers to Dorje Shugden and a new Tibetan butterlamp being offered on the altar. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Today we have an inaugural cancer free diet talk and info sharing by Mr. Ooi. Mr. Ooi is a Penangite and like any other man, he has a family to provide for. From colon cancer stage 4,he is now known as a cancer-free man. Learn more about his story and his acquaintance with Dorje Shugden here https://youtu.be/x7i-yXJBUwM?si=A-5O0udxjg52iS58
Kind-hearted sponsors sponsored these kuih-muih & flowers for today's puja @ 4th May, 2024. Should you wish to contribute these or sponsor our weekly puja, do contact us for more details. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Kind-hearted sponsors sponsored these kuih-muih & flowers for today's puja @ 4th May, 2024. Should you wish to contribute these or sponsor our weekly puja, do contact us for more details. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
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Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
Two Pastors in da house! Double the merits, double the happiness. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Two Pastors in da house! Double the merits, double the happiness. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
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Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
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And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
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Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
4 months ago
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
4 months ago
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
4 months ago
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
4 months ago
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
5 months ago
The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
5 months ago
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
5 months ago
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
5 months ago
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
5 months ago
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
5 months ago
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
5 months ago
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
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