Gods, Symbols and Creatures of Luck

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Do you believe in lucky gods, creatures and symbols?

Most of us do. The belief that luck is a potent factor in our daily lives transcends the barriers of geography, culture, race and religion; it is deeply embedded in our collective consciousness. Most of the symbols that we use to attract good fortune and to suppress or negate ill fortune have origins so far back in human history that we will never really learn how they were first conceived.

This article steps back in time in an attempt to discover how gods, creatures and seemingly ordinary objects (and some decidedly extraordinary ones) have the uncanny ability to fill us with hope and to make our days, years, and even lives seem brighter.

 

Ganapati Ragavajra

Ganapati Ragavajra is similar to Ganesh, the elephant-headed deity who is one of the most widely-recognised gods of the Hindu pantheon. The difference is that this form of Ganapati is considered the emanation of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, and known as the ‘King of Obstructers’. As Ganapati is an enlightened being, he is not bound by karma, death or rebirth like us ordinary mortals.

On Ganapati’s right is a cat and on the left is a monkey. He has six arms; in his right hands, he holds a radish, a gem and a sword; in the left hands, he holds ladduka sweetmeats, a vessel of liquor and an axe. The enlightened Ganapati is worshipped by all major Tibetan Buddhist schools, though he appears in many different forms.

Ganapati is a very powerful deity to increase our merit, overcome obstacles and purify our karma. He bestows inner wealth, including the six perfections or Paramitas — generosity, moral discipline, patience, joyous perseverance, meditation and wisdom — as well as outer wealth — financial resources, and material and physical assistance.

The ‘Authority-Averting Ganapati Ragavajra’ form of Ganapati goes back to the ancient Rinjung Gyatsa cycle of sadhanas and was compiled by Lama Taranatha in the 16th century. It is also known that Lama Tsongkhapa meditated on Ganapati and gained visions of him.

The sadhana and prayers to Ganapati can be found here.

 

The Seven Lucky Gods

The seven lucky gods originate from Japan and they are renowned for their ability to bring good luck, prosperity, health and long life. Their names are Benten, Bishamon, Daikoku, Ebisu, Fukurouju, Hotei and Jurojin. These six gods and one goddess only appeared as a group in the 15th century, but their individual identities precede this.

Benten or Benzaiten is the only goddess within this group. Her origins lie with the Hindu Goddess of Learning and the Arts, Sarasvati. Sarasvati is often depicted close to water, be it the sea, a lake or a river; in fact, it is a Sanskrit name that means “one with water”. Benzaiten is the patron goddess of painters, writers, dancers, geishas and entertainers. She is also the goddess of fine arts. “Ben” means discourse, discuss or argue; “zai” refers to talent, eloquence or skill, and also to wealth and good fortune; and “ten” means “celestial being”.

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The god Ebisu is native to Japan. He is the god of wealth, good fortune and of the ocean and fishermen. He is also known to be the deity of all occupations and the god of fair dealings. He loves to fish and is always depicted in a fishermen’s dress and holding a fish – this represents prosperity and the abundance of food. Ebisu-ko day, the 21st of October is dedicated to him. It is said that merchants did not want to upset Ebisu and started this special celebration in his honour.

The origins of Daikokuten, who is also known as Daikoku, are uncertain. He is said to have come either from India or to be a representation of one of the prehistoric rulers of Japan. The short and bearded Daikoku is always depicted with a big smile. He holds a golden ‘mallet of wealth’ or a wooden hammer and stands on two bales of rice. He is the god of prosperity and abundance of crops. Popular among entrepreneurs and farmers, he is also known as the “god of the five cereals”. He chases away demons with a branch from a sacred tree in his garden.

Bishamonten or Bishamon, the guardian of the Buddhist faith in Japan, also came from India, where he was known as Vaisravana. He is the god of good fortune, treasures and happiness. Bishamon carries both a weapon and a magical pagoda. The treasures he is said to bring are honour, respect, faith and happiness, as well as protection from all evil and sickness. He rewards followers with riches, good fortune and even children. He is also the patron deity of health care workers and the god of warriors (but not of war!)

No one is certain of Fukurokuju’s origins. He is thought to perhaps be the reincarnation of Xuan Wu, a Taoist god. He is depicted as a short man with a white beard and is known as the god of happiness, riches and longevity. Four animals which symbolise long life — the stork, tortoise, snake and deer — are close to Fukurokuju, who is said to even have the power to revive the dead. He loved to play chess and is the patron god of chess players. Fukurokuju is also the god of learning, wisdom and luck.

Jurojin can be recognised by his distinctive long skull, white beard, and the black deer symbolising wisdom and longevity with which he is depicted. It is said that Jurojin would drink as much sake as he wished and yet be completely sober in the morning. He is known as the god of wisdom, the elderly and longevity.

Finally, Hotei is the happy god with a big fat tummy, similar to the Laughing Buddha in Chinese culture. He was a Zen monk who is said to have lived a thousand lives. He carries with him a fan and a bag of treasures, and gives abundantly to everyone who honours him. Hotei has a reputation as an excellent speaker and a fortune teller whose predictions always come true. He is the god of contentment and happiness, the guardian protector of children and the god of family and harmony. Nowadays, Hotei is also popularly regarded as the patron saint of restaurateurs and bartenders.

 

Gyenze

Gyenze is the personification of the part of Dorje Shugden that guides us on the correct path to acquire resources and wealth in the earthly realm. Also known as Ratna Shugden, Gyenze appears as a celestial prince clad in royal robes. He rides a beautiful yellow palomino horse to represent the speed with which he comes to help us and to remove obstacles.

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In one of Gyenze’s hands rests a bowl overflowing with jewels. A mongoose sits on his arm and more jewels flow from its mouth. In his other hand, Gyenze holds a vase which contains divine nectar. This nectar revitalises the earthly body, prolongs health and extends life. Thus, besides attracting material possessions for the faithful, he also brings good health and a long life. On his left shoulder rests a victory banner, symbolising his victory over delusions, negative emotions and bad karma. He also holds a vajra (celestial thunderbolt) to show his ability to fight evil.

Gyenze is thus a source of both spiritual and material resources, merit, good health and long life. We can offer him food and drink which we ourselves enjoy. There are also prayers to Gyenze to request his blessings and assistance. He can be worshipped by everyone as he is a fully enlightened Buddha; we do not need an initiation to appeal to him.

 

Karni Mata

In the city of Deshnok in northern India sits a temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess, Karni Mata. Also known as Karni Ma or Mother Karni, she is said to be an emanation of the goddess Durga.

Images of Karni Mata show her standing with a trident in her right hand that points to the sky. The severed head of a demon is impaled on its lower end and she holds another severed demon’s head in her left hand. She is a goddess known to protect her devotees from harm and supernatural mischief. Karni Ma can perform miracles, heal the sick and help in the achievement of success. She is also known for her opposition to the felling of trees.

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Karni Mata’s temple is famous as the ‘Temple of Rats’. The 15,000 rats here are seen as deities and bringers of luck, especially the rare white ones which are thought to be manifestations of the goddess herself. The sight of a white rat here is a special blessing from Karni Mata and a sign that our prayers have been heard.

Worshippers believe in reincarnation and the rats are seen as having been our father and mother in previous lives, who will reincarnate as humans in their next life. Offerings to the Karni Mata temple are used for the maintenance of the complex and the rats, trees, and flowers in the temple grounds, as well as for incense and pilgrimages to the shrine.

 

Leprechauns

The leprechaun is synonymous with Ireland and the Irish people. He is known for his short stature, red beard, and green outfit with its all-important tall, green top hat. Sometimes, he is depicted smoking a pipe. There are apparently no female leprechauns. We know that these creatures love their solitude. However, that does not stop them from loving a good time too. They are said to be happiest dancing and will find any excuse to celebrate and indulge in a lively jig.

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Many tales of the leprechaun relate to his pot of gold. These are very well hidden but when a rainbow forms, its ends touch the earth where these pots are buried. That is the origin of the legend of a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

Leprechauns are often depicted as shoemakers or menders. They are hard to find but the sound of their tiny hammers can alert you to their presence. It is said that they will grant three wishes to any human who captures them. However, proceed with caution as they are quick to find loopholes in your request to leave you worse off than before. Leprechauns are usually harmless to people but they can be mischievous and are notorious practical jokers.

 

Origin of Leprechauns – Celtic Folklore Month

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/OriginOfLeprechauns.mp4

 

Dragons

The dragon is a classic example of how different cultures can have diametrically opposed perceptions of a single concept or object. Dragons were one of the most prolific villains of fairy tales in the West, portrayed as dark, malevolent forces meant to be fought and overcome by valiant princes. In Chinese culture however, dragons were a force of positivity and a repository of wisdom, wealth and power so much so that they came to symbolise the emperor himself.

The western view of dragons has softened over time, and American and British popular culture of recent decades is rife with ‘good dragons’ – the Harry Potter series, Dragonheart and The Never Ending Story are perfect examples.

Physically, eastern and western dragons vary considerably. The dragon of the West is a winged creature, usually of massive proportions and covered in scales, that can walk on two legs. It is a ferocious entity that breathes fire. In the Game of Thrones TV series, dead dragons may be reanimated into ‘Undead’ dragons that breathe deadly and destructive gusts of fiery ice instead. It is certainly no symbol of good fortune.

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On the other hand, eastern dragons are a much-loved part of mythology, more akin to snakes and lizards and usually depicted with four legs. They have been a part of Chinese culture for at least 7,000 years. Chinese dragons do not have wings but are able to fly nonetheless. They do not breathe fire either, and are instead considered part of the naga realm — water dwellers which can also manifest as snakes, fish, tortoises, frogs and similar amphibious creatures. This gives them dominion over rain instead of fire.

Different dragon forms have manifested within Asia itself, identifiable by their horns and claws. There are ornate two-horned, five-clawed dragons; the ubiquitous four-clawed dragon; and the Japanese dragon with three claws. These fantastic creatures also appear in Hindu mythology as Vritra or Ahi, the Dragon of the Waters.

Dragons in Asia have always been revered for their good qualities — tremendous power, strength, wisdom, and creativity. They are regarded as auspicious symbols that bring wealth and thus, have become symbols of royalty and greatness. Chinese Emperors became synonymous with the dragon during the Yuan, Ming and Qin dynasties. Only the Emperor had the honour of donning robes with dragon motifs.

Dragons are deeply rooted in Chinese tradition and are an essential part of Chinese community celebrations all over the world. The famous Chinese New Year ‘Dragon Dance’ is believed to bring good fortune. These dragons are typically up to 30 metres long; apparently, the longer the dragon, the more luck it will bring. Another representation of the dragon is in the exciting dragonboat race. The dragon also has the honour of being the only mystical animal of the Chinese zodiac.

 

Fish

The fish is another animal associated with positive attributes. They are thought to bring good fortune and success, unity and fidelity, as well as abundance and longevity. These gentle creatures are also one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols in Buddhism — a pair of Golden Fish represent our capacity to swim through the ocean of suffering without drowning just as fish swim through the water.

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In pagan traditions, fish were associated with fertility and the power of the Goddess. Christ and his disciples were “fishers of men” and Christians see fish as a symbol of abundance and faith. Many other cultures have attributed positivity to them too.

Koi, colourful variants of Amur Carp, are especially common in Asian art. They can often be found depicted in Oriental paintings and interior décor and are even part of the feng shui system. Koi have an average lifespan of up to 70 years, one of the longest in the animal kingdom, and this has made them a symbol of longevity. Their natural instinct to live in pairs is taken to represent unity and fidelity, while their propensity for having numerous offspring in a relatively short time symbolises fertility. For these reasons, koi fish are a popular wedding gift in Chinese society.

Fish tanks are a popular element of feng shui, a phrase that itself means ‘wind-water’. However, it is not a matter of simply installing a tank; several factors must be considered in unison. Having a tank of nine fish is common because nine is believed to be the luckiest number and said to represent long life. One fish is a symbol of new beginnings, three symbolise growth and development, six stand for mentor luck, and eight for money and abundance. One black fish may also be placed in the aquarium to absorb negative energy. It is, of course, very important to maintain your aquarium well to enhance its positive effects and take good care of the fish themselves.

 

Bats

The Chinese believe that the bat is an animal that brings good luck. It is considered a good omen for your house if a bat makes its home under your roof because these creatures are known for their keen senses and will choose only the safest and most stable places to build their nests.

The Chinese word for bat is fú (蝠), and it sounds exactly the same as the word for luck, fú (福). Thus, the bat features in several idioms such as “a bat comes down from the sky” which can be translated as “the luck falls down from the sky”.

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Bats are frequently represented in art, particularly in paintings and wood carvings. However, these depictions are not necessarily easy to recognise at first glance because they are often stylistically shown as a group of five bats. This represents the five blessings – long life, health, wealth, virtue and a peaceful, natural death.

In Bali, the red bat is considered sacred and worshipped in some temples and shrines. The red colour is said to imbue the bat with more positivity and auspiciousness, and to keep evil away. It is fascinating, then, to consider that these nocturnal creatures have long been associated with supernatural evil and disrepair in other parts of the world.

 

Scarabs

The scarab beetle first came to be considered a potent symbol of positive change and renewal millennia ago in ancient Egypt. In an age when the mighty pyramids were yet incomplete, scarabs foretold the flooding of the Nile by abandoning the water and seeking refuge in houses.

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The coming of the rains was a welcome event in the parched land and thus, the appearance of the scarab was considered one of the most positive signs from the heavens. The people of Egypt eventually began to wear talismans emblazoned with images of the scarab.

However, the theme of renewal and rebirth that had its roots in the rains also touched the realm of the dead – tombs of mummies often depict the scarab too. Khepri, one of the lesser Egyptian gods of the sun was depicted as a human with a scarab’s head, and sometimes replaced entirely by the figure of the beetle. Thus, the tiny creature was a representation of life, rebirth and also the divine.

 

Pegasus

Pegasus is the mighty winged horse of Greek mythology, almost always shown with a dazzling white coat and white wings. Mythology tells us that a spring or well emerged from the ground wherever one of his hooves struck the soil, and Pegasus was given the honour of carrying thunderbolts for Zeus, the father and king of the Gods.

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The winged horse is the symbol for freedom, both for its wings that free it from the bonds of the earth and for its role in helping the Greek hero, Perseus, fight the monstrous Chimera. In the latter sense, Pegasus is known to help with the most difficult, seemingly impossible missions.

Filled with inspiration and beauty through his friendship with the Greek Muses, Pegasus is said to bring these wonderful, positive qualities to our lives. He has incredible pedigree as he is the son of Poseidon, God of the Sea. Zeus awarded him the ultimate honour of becoming a constellation when his role in the Greek sagas came to an end.

 

Daruma Dolls

The Daruma Doll is a traditional handmade Japanese wishing doll. It is a representation of Bodhidharma, the Indian monk who founded Zen Buddhism, which eventually spread to Japan from China. The dolls are also designed to symbolise two animals which represent longevity — the crane and the tortoise.

The Daruma Doll is now made in many colours but the original ones were always red. One of the most striking things about the doll is that it comes with two blank white spaces where the eyes should be. The owner writes a goal on the underside or back of the doll, and colours in the left eye while visualising that goal. The doll is then left in a prominent place to remind the owner of his or her aspiration.

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When the goal is accomplished, the right eye is drawn in. This custom alludes to “Both Eyes Open” or Enlightenment. Another interesting fact about the Daruma Doll is that it is always positioned upright to remind us of “seven times down, eight times up”. This means that no matter how often you fall, the main thing is that you get back up again.

People bring their Daruma Dolls back to the temple from which they purchased it for the Daruma Doll burning ceremony, usually held soon after the start of the New Year.

A red Daruma Doll stands for luck and good fortune; purple is for health and longevity; white dolls bring love and harmony; yellow Daruma Dolls are for security and protection; black dolls are for business and to keep bad luck away; lastly, the golden Daruma Doll is for wealth and prosperity.

 

Japan Life 101: ‘Daruma’ – Good Luck Charm and
Meanings behind it

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/JapanDarumaDolls.mp4

 

Lucky Bamboo

The belief that the ‘lucky bamboo’ plant brings good luck is over 4,000 years old. Lucky bamboo is not actually bamboo but the plant, Dracaena Sanderana which closely resembles bamboo.

Lucky bamboo is considered especially fortunate for businesses and the office, and is believed to bring prosperity and wealth to its owner. It is also believed that the individual who gifts lucky bamboo to another person has the same good luck as the receiver.

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The lucky bamboo works best when all five elements — wood, earth, fire, water and metal — are placed together. An example would be to place the lucky bamboo amongst rocks to represent earth, with a coin for metal, along with water in the pot, while wood is represented by the lucky bamboo itself. Lastly, a red ribbon around the lucky bamboo represents the fire element. It is also important to remember to not offer four sticks of bamboo as a gift as that number is considered bad luck in Asian traditions.

 

Horseshoes

The horseshoe is widely regarded to be a lucky symbol in the West. As the name suggests, horseshoes were invented as a device to protect the hooves of horses. The Romans are believed to have been the first to use horseshoes for this purpose.

Considered a noble and precious animal, the horse has been a symbol of strength and power throughout the world since ancient times. From its association with horses, the horseshoe itself became a bringer of luck. It was considered very good luck to find a horseshoe and they were believed to keep goblins, little people and evil spirits away from the home because such creatures fear metal weapons.

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There are several different ways of placing a horseshoe to maximise its positive effects. When placed upright as a ‘U’, it is seen as a vessel that collects luck for the home. It is also often set above a doorway with the open end facing downwards because it is believed that this showers luck onto those who walk through the door. With the open end pointing towards the right, a horseshoe is taken to represent the “C” of Christ. When placed at the entrance of a home, the horseshoe is said to protect it and also increase the good luck of all who live within.

Horseshoes should not be hung over metal doors as it is believed that the metal door reflects the lucky energy and does not allow it to enter. A worn horseshoe is preferred over a new one because it is imbued with positive energy from protecting the horse that wore it.

 

Maneki-Neko

Maneki-Neko is the famous ‘lucky cat’ or ‘fortune cat’, and can be easily recognised as a figurine of a cat with a raised paw. It can be seen in most Asian restaurants, supermarkets and other businesses, as well as in homes.

The name ‘Maneki-Neko’ is Japanese for ‘beckon cat’ or ‘attract cat’. There is a deeper significance as to which paw is raised — a raised left paw is said to attract money while a raised right paw is said to bring good fortune. There are also Maneki-Neko with both paws raised as a symbol of protection. It is believed that the higher the paw is raised, the better. Today, modern battery-powered or electric Maneki-Neko feature a moving paw that beckons gently.

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The origins of the Maneki-Neko are unclear but some interesting legends have arisen around it. The lucky cat was first seen during the Japanese Edo period from the 17th to mid-19th century. One story tells that a rich lord called Ii Naotaka was standing under a tree close to the Gotoku-ji Temple during a rainstorm. A cat at the temple seemed to beckon him inside and, just after he followed the cat, the tree was struck by lightning. Another story alludes to the old Japanese belief that a cat washing its paws means that a guest will soon arrive. The movement of the Maneki-Neko seems to imitate this movement, which is why it is so popular with restaurants and other businesses.

Maneki-Nekos were traditionally made of ceramic but plastic is much more common today. A calico colour combination is said to be the luckiest of all and it is also the most popular. Other popular variants are white for happiness, purity and a positive future; gold for wealth and prosperity; black to keep evil spirits away; red for success in love and relationships; and green for good health.

 

Rainbows

Rainbows are one of the most magical and enchanting of all natural phenomena. Their multi-coloured arcs are the result of reflection, refraction and dispersion of light by water droplets, which is why they are commonly seen during or after a rain shower. The seven colours of the rainbow are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

Apart from being a symbol of beauty, promise and Enlightenment, the rainbow is regarded as an auspicious sign in many different cultures. It is known that rainbows appear on auspicious occasions, such as when we display selfless behaviour, even when there has been no rain. There are also accounts of rainbows appearing during the birth and passing of special beings or great teachers. This is well-known in Buddhist and Hindu cultures.

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The Native American Navajo tribe sees the rainbow as a multi-coloured serpent and it is central to their beliefs and initiation rituals. Double rainbows are even more magical than singular rainbows and they are considered representations of transformation in our lives. The material world is represented by the first rainbow and the spiritual world by the second.

 

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  1. S.Prathap on Apr 16, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    Simply relying or wearing symbols of luck does not bring so much changes to us if we do nothing to our mind to transform. Practicing dharma in our daily life is the most practical way to be “luckier” because when our mind transform we become a better person.
    Good or bad things that happen to us are due to the karma we have created. By practicing Dharma diligently and doing Dharma work I hope to collect more merits that will help me in my life .Thank you for the good article.

  2. Joy Kam on Jul 26, 2018 at 5:21 am

    Listening to the chanting of sacred words, melodies, mantras, sutras and prayers has a very powerful healing effect on our outer and inner environments. It clears the chakras, spiritual toxins, the paths where our ‘chi’ travels within our bodies for health as well as for clearing the mind. It is soothing and relaxing but at the same time invigorates us with positive energy. The sacred sounds invite positive beings to inhabit our environment, expels negative beings and brings the sound of growth to the land, animals, water and plants. Sacred chants bless all living beings on our land as well as inanimate objects. Do download and play while in traffic to relax, when you are about to sleep, during meditation, during stress or just anytime. Great to play for animals and children. Share with friends the blessing of a full Dorje Shugden puja performed at Kechara Forest Retreat by our puja department for the benefit of others. Tsem Rinpoche

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  3. Yin Ping on Jun 24, 2018 at 3:39 am

    Whether it is spiritual or non spiritual, people has faith about Gods, Symbols and Creatures of Luck. This may not about blind faith. It is a way to keep the positivity alive in people’s mind. This maybe the only way they know to strengthen their will to face their challenges in life.

    When we know dharma, we should understand everything happened for a reason. Nothing is coincidence. There is cause and effect. Simply relying or wearing symbols of luck does not bring so much changes to us if we do nothing to our mind to transform.

    Practsing dharma in our daily life is the most practical way to be “luckier” because when our mind transform we become a better person. Who doesn’t want to be with a person who shows gratitude, honesty, generosity, patience and compassion? When we transformed, people are more likely willing to help us because we are someone with good qualities. This kind of luck is created by our effort practicing dharma.

  4. Alice Tay on Apr 25, 2018 at 1:24 am

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Antoinette sharing this interesting article showing many kinds of gods or creatures that give/ attract good luck and fortune to us.
    Out of 15 as mentioned the above, I believe most to Ganapati Ragavajra, who is the emanation of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara and Gyenze, an emanation of Manjushri. Both are enlightened beings and both practices may help us to increase not only outer wealth such as material and financial resources, good health, but also inner wealth that is very important for our spiritual growth.

    Herewith the links about the benefits of Gyenze practice:
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/gyenze-chapel-chinese.html
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html

  5. Sharon Ong on Apr 23, 2018 at 5:12 am

    It is interesting to see how different cultures have their own good luck charms. The Chinese believe that number 8 brings luck as the number 8 sounds the same as luck in Chinese. Hence, why it is common to see many Chinese favouring this number when it comes to car registration or getting an address with this number.

    My favourite good luck charm is Gyenze. 🙂

    Thank you for this interesting read, Pastor Antoinette!

  6. Lin Mun on Apr 21, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Everyone wants to have a better life with good and smooth journey in everything we do. Therefore, people always look for good fortune and luck by relying on others such as god, statues, items , offering to deities, getting some lucky charms and etc.

    While some beliefs may bring improvement in life but those are very short term remedy. When we believe in karma we believe that we ourselves created the causes and therefore, do not need to depends on outer factors. We can definitely trust and do the right practise of Buddha for example Gyenze and Ganapati, as we know Buddha are compassion and will not hurt us. This a good reminder to us not to rely on lucky charms or creatures but instead do more dharma to gain merits.

  7. Wai Meng Wan on Apr 21, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Thank you Pastor Antoinette, this is a very interesting article about what different traditions consider as auspicious or lucky.

    Guess I will be getting bamboo for friends who have recently started on business.

  8. Esther Goh on Apr 19, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    In order to attract good fortune, people resort to good luck charms and even to the extent of consulting fortune tellers with the hope of improving their lives. I was no exception until I learnt Dharma. Good or bad things that happen to us are due to the karma we have created. By practicing Dharma diligently and doing Dharma work I hope to collect more merits that will help me in my life instead of depending on the lucky charms.

  9. Ray ang on Apr 19, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    It is Interesting to know how a symbol, images or a beings to been as lucky for different cultures. Thanks Pastor Antoinette for the sharing

  10. Pastor Chia on Apr 18, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Interesting to know about other religion and culture which they belieave in lucky symbol and charm to bring them luck. So far not all the people having lucky charm and bring luck for them. This is just a symbol.
    As buddhist now, i more belieave about collecting merit to purify our negative karma and give give you inner and outer wealth.
    Gyenze practise i am finding interesting to acheive both inner and outter wealth. His practice even can help non buddist which bring luck and protection for who pray for him.

  11. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Apr 18, 2018 at 5:50 am

    This is of course only a choice of lucky charms to present to you all. The list of lucky charms worldwide is much bigger and it shows everyone’s interest in improving life, health and wealth by such a means.

    As Buddhist we learn that through the law of Karma we get back what we have done to others and ourselves. Therefore, there are practices in Buddhism such as purification practices such as Vajrasattva or prostation which are very powerful and help us to clear obstacles and lessen negative imprints from the past, and even past lifes.

    The practices of Gyenze and Ganapati, which are mentionned above, are very powerful and help us even if we are not a Buddhist because a Buddha helps everyone who requests honestly and from the heart.

    Thank you for all your comments and input.

  12. Tek Lee on Apr 18, 2018 at 2:11 am

    Most of the Chinese believe in putting gods, symbols or creatures some are made by crystal in house will bring good luck. Especially those made by crystal, different crystal will attract different energy, I think that’s how it works. There are many more pictures or arts, and animals that Chinese believe are not mentioned in the article. Like, nine horse running, nine fish swimming, nine dragon chasing pearl, eight gods crossing the sea etc. Animals are like jade lion, Pi Ciu, dragon tortoise, etc. Whatever it is that the Chinese thinks traditionally, some really bring good vibes. Sometimes, because of hearing too much from the older generation, we just follow.

  13. June Kang on Apr 18, 2018 at 1:33 am

    Not all luck symbols can changing our luck, if it is so powerful, our life will be easy and man will become lazy. There is always a cause and effect on things happened to us. Even some of them may be change our luck but I still believe that Habits, superstitions, feelings, powers, desires, and karma would be the factors of the result and there can control our luck and life, but this doesn’t mean our life or luck cannot be changed. Because all habits and even karma are created by ourselves. Correct view or right thought taught by Buddha will transform us to a better life and up to the stage of free of luck control. Therefore Buddhism always believes that we can change our luck if you follow and practice the teaching of Buddha.

  14. Vivian Ong on Apr 18, 2018 at 12:47 am

    I guess there so many variations of luck, wishfulfilling and auspicious Buddhas, gods, creatures and symbols. It varies from the eastern to the western culture. The one that I personally felt have some effect is the black obsidian dragon tortoise which suppose to help guard your house/premise and also have smooth sail business. I noticed it in my previous company that I worked with. After knowing the Dharma, good or bad luck that happen to us is based on our own KARMA.

  15. Justin Cheah on Apr 18, 2018 at 12:44 am

    I do see some bizarre looking “lucky” items in this article such as horseshoes, daruma dolls and Leprechauns but only bizarre in my eyes I guess due to cultural differences. I can see some other objects of luck inviting items missing from this article here like the “8 Gods crossing the sea”, the three elderly figures who each represents “prosperity, wealth and longevity” and many others. I never believe in these items anyways those days and these days especially after being in Dharma. The most blessed item for me would be Buddha’s images in my house or pendants on my body.

  16. Andrea Lai on Apr 17, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    As long as I know, there are many symbols of luck. Each of us had different believes such as on animals, objects or elements. In spiritual, luck came to us may be the merits or karma we had done either good or bad. However, people are superstitious and greed. By contributing and focus out more on Dharma to benefit others, I believe tremendous luck will come to us. Having a lucky charm wasn’t a bad idea as may consider a symbol of protection and confidence.

  17. Mingwen on Apr 17, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Every country, culture, and tradition has their unique and fascinating beliefs and practices. It’s everyone’s rights to believe them or not, but we should always respect all of them and do not try to make fun or challenge them.

  18. Pastor Henry Ooi on Apr 17, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Almost everyone on earth believe in and want luck. Good luck to most people may mean good fortune, prosperity, success, that came about through sheer chance without no effort or little effort by that person. Bad luck is generally considered the opposite of good luck, that brings about misfortune, loss. Since most people want good luck, I think most of the lucky symbols were invented by people to build their hope for good luck, that could have been invented hundreds or thousands of years ago. Some symbols, maybe the more recent ones, could be just marketing efforts for business to profit from.

  19. Eric kksiow on Apr 17, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Such an interesting article to read of, i don’t even know that Ganapati Ragavajra, The Seven Lucky Gods, Karni Mata, Leprechauns, Bats, Scarabs, Pegasus, Lucky Bamboo, Horseshoes and Rainbows can bring Lucks to human beings. Thank You Pastor Antoinette Kass of your efforts to do all the research for this article.

    Before i met Dharma, i do believe all those Gods, Symbols and Creatures of Luck ( Maneki-Neko, Daruma Dolls, Fish and Dragon. ) can really bring Lucks to human beings. After i met Dharma, i do believe in Karma from ours previous life, this life and next life.

    What’s Karma all about? You all can click the links and read more : http://www.kechara.com/kechara-house/resources/recommended-reads/tsem-tulku-rinpoches-karma-chart/

    http://resources.tsemtulku.com/prayers/general-prayers/wheel-of-sharp-weapons.html

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-wheel-of-sharp-weapons.html

  20. Datuk May on Apr 17, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    We always look for ways to improve our lives, may it be spiritual or materialistic. In our own culture and traditions, there are charms to bring luck, goodwill and also deities, gods and Buddhas who will compassionately assist us along our path to our lucky goals.

    One thing most interesting which I have learnt during my spiritual journey with my Guru is that when your wishes for increase (wealth, health, material, spiritual) are granted by enlightened beings like Gyenze (an increase form of DorjeShugden) there is no necessity to “pay back”. Enlightened beings will grant your wishes by ensuring that in acquiring our goals no harm is done to others and self. And that what we are granted with luck will assist us with our spiritual path to enlightenment.

    Therefore, lucky charms are many and many of us need basic luck, let us choose the best way to reach our goal.

    Best of luck to all.

  21. Anne Ong on Apr 17, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    Wow!!..this is really my kinda topic!? So many types of symbols, gods,creatures of luck and fortune. I can’t wait to watch the video clip of Leprechauns. First time i’ve heard of Hindu goddess, Karni Mata. Thank you very much Rinpoche and Pastor Antoinette for this very super interesting and great write up! Hope to have more of this kind of topics in the future???☘️

  22. nicholas on Apr 17, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Whether it’s a charm, amulet, or statue, humans have been using good luck charms for thousands of years for anything from bringing financial success to warding off evil. Some good luck charms are seen throughout many cultures while some are unique to a certain culture. It’s interesting to learn about it.

    Personally for me before I met the dharma I don’t really have one. During that time I believe that one just need to work their way out if there is any problem you face. Of course everyone will have their up and down but just at that time I have not found one that I really can rely on. But after I met H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and follow his teaching, I started to understand why one would have to go through all the problem in life. With this understanding couple with Dorje Shugden the enlightened protector practice by Rinpoche it has been my only way to seek for everything. For me it’s important to rely on enlightened being as they are able to provide a long term solution and with their compassion mind they will not harm you.

    Not to say others is not good or ineffective but everyone will have their faith on what they believe and we should respect everyone beliefs.

  23. pammie yap on Apr 17, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    So many interesting lucky charms! All of them work in their own ways. I am not really a ‘fan’ when it come to all these because having them also mean spending more money and time to understand. I believe that our ‘luck’ is based on our own hard work be it for personal or spiritual, and not just on trinkets. However, I do believe in two of those above, Gyenze and Ganapati, as they are Buddhas and proven to be extremely effective. Not only they can help us materialistically or in our spiritual path, we also collect merits at the same time. That I find a worthwhile investment!

  24. Pastor Albert on Apr 17, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    I believe there are much much more than it is listed in this article, because every corner of the world has their own culture and belief, but whether it is listed in the article or it is not listed, all of them has the same purpose, that is to increase positive energy and bring good luck to our lives.

    It is very interesting reading this article, because some of it I heard before, but not in detail of what is written here, and some I have not heard before, but it has been practiced in their countries for centuries.

    There is another one that is very popular in chinese culture, called pixiu, it resembles a strong, winged lion. Pixiu is an earth and sea variation, particularly an influential and auspicious creature for wealth. It is said to have a voracious appetite towards only gold, silver and jewels. Therefore, traditionally to the Chinese, Pixiu has always been regarded as an auspicious creature that possessed mystical powers capable of drawing wealth from all directions. Because of this, according to Chinese zodiac, it is especially helpful for those who are going through a bad year.

    pixiu

  25. Samfoonheei on Apr 14, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    All religions of different faith do have different symbols and creatures whom they describe as luck to them. Each country ‘s cultures do differs differently too. According to their tradition, there are certain animals that bring good luck, prosperity, wealth and any kind of good fortune. Keeping the symbols of these animals or their pictures at home or around the house is extremely beneficial for the favourable energies that they bring to our lives. There are many interesting legends and myths and religious beliefs surrounding each symbol and creatures which I do enjoyed reading in this post. Some of the animals are new to me which I have not heard and read before.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Antoinette Kass for this interesting sharing.

  26. Stella Cheang on Apr 13, 2018 at 12:41 am

    Thank you for this wonderful list of Gods, Symbols and Creatures of Luck. I wish the list could go on as it is a really interesting read. It gives insights to identities that symbolise luck, power or aspiration in various culture. It also gives a glimpse of the folklores of various cultures; like the mischievous nature of the leprechaun in the Irish culture, the heroistic pegasus in the Greek culture, and the strong but diabolical dragon in the western cultures. After reading this article, I felt that most cultures tend to find an object that they can relate to as the symbol of aspiration, reminder or luck. By weaving these objects into widespread folklores, future generations can be reminded of the aspiration.

  27. Cc on Apr 12, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Antoinette for sharing.

    Majority people believe in something whether lucky gods, creatures or symbols that actually helps them in their daily lifes and each differ from the culture.

    ???

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    Saturday, Jul 31. 2021 04:09 PM
    Looking at those pictures in the post tells us more, it is a final resting place of all Emperors, Empress, and so forth of the Qing dynasty. Amazing each tomb was constructed facing different direction. The imperial tomb of Emperor Kangxi, located in the Eastern Qing Tombs. Surrounded by mountains and rivers, the mausoleum offers a more expansive view and now a place of pilgrimage for locals and tourist visiting these place full of historic views. The Eastern Qing Tombs are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tombs are known to be the biggest and best preserved of all existing mausoleum complexes in China.
    Emperor Kangxi one of China’s greatest emperors was the third Emperor of the Qing dynasty. Having ruled China for 61 years that makes him the longest-reigning emperor in Chinese history . During his reign, he brought about long-term stability and relative wealth after years of war and chaos. Emperor Kangxi was a great consolidator of the Qing dynasty. Many Buddhist temples and monasteries were established, preserved or restored during his reign.
    Interesting read and looking at the pictures , one could see the beauty of this place.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral for this write-up of a GREAT Emperor.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-imperial-tomb-of-emperor-kangxi.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 31. 2021 04:08 PM
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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/panchen-lama-sungbum.html
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    Thursday, Jul 29. 2021 03:53 PM
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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/misconceptions-we-want-to-believe.html
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    Thursday, Jul 29. 2021 03:51 PM
    A placid, and tranquil place called Tsem Ladrang at Naranthan Nepal is simply the best location. Surrounded by nature’s beauty will be a perfect place for prayers, meditation and retreats. Having beautiful hills and mountain behind the Ladrang, from the Ladrang one could watch sunset in the evenings. That’s wonderful indeed. I do hope I have the opportunity to visit this breath-taking panoramic Ladrang in future. Looking at those pictures tells us all the beautiful, outdoorsy Ladrang with great scenery.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and teachings on butterlamp offerings and the lighting of 1100 butterlamps as well.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-ladrang-naranthan-nepal.html
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    Thursday, Jul 29. 2021 03:48 PM
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    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-rinpoches-torghut-ancestry.html
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    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and thoughts of a dream house.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/my-kind-of-architecture.html
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    Wednesday, Jul 28. 2021 02:50 PM
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    To those who knew nothing of Kechara it will say it’s a cult but not me . Coming to Kechara, and meeting Rinpoche it has changed my life . Learning and practicing Dharma from Rinpoche ‘s blog had thought me to be a better person, and spending my life meaningfully. Still learning to improve myself .
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/i-joined-a-cult.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 28. 2021 02:48 PM
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    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/esquire-magazine-calls.html
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    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-cowshed-that-was-my-home-in-gaden-mongolian.html
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    Tuesday, Jul 27. 2021 04:07 PM
    Women were frequently characterized as second-class citizens those days. There were many notable women who were able to break from societal norms to live the kind of life they chose for themselves. I could tell many women throughout these three eras were not given a chance to outspoken than men. Well those days women were treated as an entirely separate group, regardless of their social status. They had numerous legal, religious, and economic challenges hurdles to go through.
    Reading this inspiring post of famous women ,they deserve at least a worthy mention and not forgotten. I only know the inspiring story of Joan of Arc during my school days. Glad to know more heroines from this post. I am sure there were more throughout the centuries, living as independent women, equal to men. Inspiring indeed how these women standing against the odds and having their own vision . The stories of Lyudmila Pavlichenko the deadliest women and Annie Smith Peck the explorer adventurer and supporter of the women’s suffragette movement stood up well in history.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Shakila Rajendra for this inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-heroines-time-forgot.html
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    Tuesday, Jul 27. 2021 04:05 PM
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    Many locals are aware of the obscene cruelty of the animals being killed for their meat. The government is drawing up laws to prohibit the trade of wildlife and protect those animals and safety of its people. So its not surprised when the locals got angry and putting things into their own hands beating the two dog thieves savagely. Angry villager even attacks the two thieves’ car, smashed the car window. Got red handed and beaten badly till the police came. Nowadays locals gave up dogs meats for health reason and they are aware of it. Hope more could be done to safe those dogs.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-you-know-this-is-happening-in-southern-china.html
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    Friday, Jul 23. 2021 04:55 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche, for this important knowledge what to look for signs that our doggie in pain. By knowing what to do and look out for, it will certainly help owners to detect the situation. When we spend time with them we could understand them better when they are in pain. Since they are not able to tell us we have the responsibility to take care of them. Pain can be difficult to detect in older dogs. Doggie in pain tend to be more vocal, it’s not always easy to spot immediately. They will only express in a number of ways such as whining, whimpering, growling, and so forth. It is important for dog owners to recognize subtle signs of pain in their dog. Hence reading this post have help me to observe my doggie better.


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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 23. 2021 04:53 PM
    Inspiring post of a soldier turned Buddhist monk living in remote raw Ural mountains of Russia . With little and much hardship , they never give up feeling happy with their struggles. They managed to build a spiritual community up in the remote mountains. Led by Mikhail Sannikov, now known as Lama Dokshit, a veteran of the USSR’s Afghanistan war . He established a monastery on an isolated mountaintop named Shad Tchup Ling, meaning “place of practice and realisation. The monastery is visited by thousands yearly by tourist and locals.
    But sadly this monastery was built on private lands own by a metallurgical mining company . Since 2016, it has been desired to demolish the Buddhist Shedrub Ling temple on Mount Kachkanar. The Buddhist community have tried many times to legalize the structures. The mining and others have claimed rights to the land. The Buddhist community was asked to leave then. The latest update dated second February 2021 is that the monastery will be under the security of the mining company where the Urals Buddhists are allowed back to the mountain only certain days of the week. May this inspiring monastery up in the mountains continue to flourish and may the mining company not demolished it .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.
    READ MORE AT…for the latest news
    https://www2.stetson.edu/religious-news/210202a.html

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/buddhist-monks-far-off-in-the-russian-mountains.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 21. 2021 04:13 PM
    Reading this post reminds me of my first pilgrimage trip to Wu Tai San . Went with my Kecharians brothers and sisters few years back. Great memories indeed, we are so fortunate given the opportunity to visit such holy site of Lord Manjushri and more it’s a pilgrimage.
    Mount Wutai is a sacred mountain, one of the Four Sacred Mountains in Chinese Buddhism. Mount Wutai, known as ‘the five terrace mountain’, is the highest in Northern China believed to be the earthly abodes of Lord Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. Great ….Each peak is inhabited by a different form of Manjushri. Its five main peaks, positioned east, south, west, north, and in the middle, embrace one another with broad and plain . From the 1st century AD to the early 20th century many temples have been built on the steep slopes . Besides the religious aspect, the beauty of rising and falling ridges of mountains, exotic rocks, are really amazing. The beautiful scenery there is a masterpiece of exquisite acts of nature, predominantly visible over the five main peaks. What really important is that Mount Wutai have a connection and vast history with many Tibetan lamas. From Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen to China’s most benevolent rulers, Emperor Kangxi .
    Looking through those beautiful pictures tell us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Karen for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/pilgrimage-to-mount-wutai.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 21. 2021 04:10 PM
    Ullambana is a Buddhist festival celebrated on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month according to the Buddhist calendar. It is a festival of liberation, as to provide salvation and relief to the ghosts and spirits of the dead. The Buddhist origins of the Ullambana Festival can be traced back to a story that originally came from India. By observing the practice of Ullambana we could liberate the deceased from the three suffering realms and allow the living to enjoy a life of abundance, good fortune and longevity. During this festival, offerings such as light, foods, prayers are made to the spirits of the dead and to the hungry ghosts. On this day, Buddhists offer prayers both to their departed forefathers and to their living parents and elders.
    Great …at Kechara Forest Retreat , Bentong, two powerful and extensive pujas will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We are fortunate this year even though we are not able to attend at KFR , these pujas will be streamed live. The two powerful and extensive pujas is to remove obstacles and generate even more merits.
    Thank you Rinpoche ,Sharon Ong and those who are involved making it possible.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/celebrating-ullambana-the-original-hungry-ghost-festival.html


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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months ago
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
3 months ago
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
3 months ago
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
6 months ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
6 months ago
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
8 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
10 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
11 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
11 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
11 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
1 years ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
1 years ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
1 years ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
1 years ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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