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. 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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  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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👍😀🙏☘️

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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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  • Sofi
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 07:11 PM
    Wonderful Laos

    Many visitors are attracted to its laid-back lifestyle, enchanting temples, mysterious plains, ethnic mountain villages and beautiful sunsets, especially by the scenery surrounding the Mekong, which explains why the word Lao means “please don’t rush”. If you’re looking for a place that has spirituality, somewhere that is a little different, a country that’s somewhat off the beaten track, Laos is a country that many will not regret visiting.

    Planning to travel? Why not consider Laos: http://bit.ly/2VVgQ5L
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 04:37 PM
    Unlike most children his age, Luiz Antonio wants to eat his vegetables. It’s the other stuff that apparently gives him second thoughts.

    As evidence, YouTube user Flavia Cavalcanti has an adorable video, originally uploaded in Portuguese, of little Luiz struggling to comprehend the origins of his meal. Potato? Easy enough. Rice? Sure. Octopus gnocchi? Fat chance.

    In a recently uploaded version with English subtitles, Luiz dances around the subject a bit, asking simple questions trying to grasp how, exactly, the “legs” of an octopus ended up on his plate; more importantly, he wonders, what happened to the rest of the octopus?

    “Is his head still in the sea?” Luiz asks his mom, who responds, “It’s at the fish market.”

    “The man chopped it?” Luiz asks. His mom then informs him that all animals we eat, even chickens, are chopped up, prompting the sharp realization, “No! Those are animals!”

    “So… when we eat animals they die!” a wide-eyed Luiz acknowledges. “Why do they die? I don’t like that they die. I like that they stay standing up… These animals — you gotta take care of them… and not eat them!”

    After that epiphany, Luiz realizes his mom has been touched by his compassion.

    “Why are you crying?” he asks.

    “I’m not crying,” his mother responds. “I’m just touched by you.”

    “I’m doing something beautiful?” Luiz wonders aloud, prompting his mom to direct him back to the plate, “Eat! No need to eat the octopus, all right?”

    Watch the video at http://bit.ly/32u0q6T
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 03:19 PM
    Wow … the first title published by Kechara Comics in Nepali. That is wonderful now with this Nepali version comic more and more Nepalis people will get to read , understand about Dorje Shugden. Looking at those comic pictures tells us a thousand words even those who could not read it. It’s a good way sharing , as in Malaysia alone there are thousands of Nepalis foreign workers working here.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/karuna-finds-a-way-nepali.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 03:17 PM
    Thank you for sharing this amazing and interesting video about oracles. A rare opportunity where we are given the chance to view those videos. Oracles acts as a medium through whom advice or prophecy was sought. In Tibet tradition oracles have played, and continue to play, an important part in religion, doctrine, and prophecy. Tibetans rely on oracles for various reasons such as healing of their diseases and on all important occasions. In Tibet, they have the Nechung Oracle and other oracles. The purpose of the oracles is not just to forecast the future but do assist in decision-making and providing intelligence on state matters. I have seen mediums taking trance and it is much different from Tibetans oracles from what I saw from these videos. Hopefully the Tibetan tradition oracles could be preserved , where more will benefit. One such famous oracle is the Panglung oracle where the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden took trance . In fact had helped HH Dalai Lama escaped from the Chinese invasion in Tibet to India back 1959. As advice by the oracle Chushi Gangdruk guerrilla group was formed and had escorted Dalai Lama safely into exile.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/videos/fantastic-oracle-film.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 03:14 PM
    Wow …wonderful Kechara Comic publication now came out with this important history in comic form of how HH Dalai Lama escaped from the Chinese invasion in 1959. The truth should be made known to all. Now coming up with this , more and more people get to know of the truth. It is our Powerful Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden that has saved Dalai Lama. Dorje Shugden who is a fully enlightened Buddha has helped millions and had benefited many which we all cannot denied. During the most difficult moments, Dorje Shugden will help us nor matter what race, religion one practice or pray to.
    Thank you Kechara Comics publication. Well done ….

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-greatest-escape-in-history.html
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 02:06 PM
    There are many types of people out there. But one thing is for sure, we are all not the same. We come from different backgrounds, upbringings and cultures. But it’s confirmed none of us would like pain, experience pain or even think of pain. Who in their right mind would enjoy pain? No one. Pain is something that brings tremendous displeasure especially when it’s physically. Imagine someone cutting you, burning you, decapitating you, skinning you or cooking you while you are still alive? Well this is what we do to others. Imagine their pain.

    There are cultures that due to ecological conditions they have to rely on meat. I don’t agree but I understand. But to kill an animal is very bad, but to do it slowly is really the ultimate in sadism and cruelty. And if it’s for fun or just our taste buds, it’s equally cruel. What type of cruel mind can slowly kill an animal for just the taste buds? I certainly can never do this.

    See this video. Share with others. I stress to share it with others. Don’t say it’s hard to watch. For every piece of meat we have eaten, we owe it to animals to see what they go through to fulfill our taste palates. We owe it to them and their pain.

    This is one of the most disturbing videos I have ever come across. I repeat humbly to share this with others to create awareness. Please social media this all over. Create awareness so this happens less and less. I thank you ahead of time.

    http://bit.ly/2J2tP04
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 02:02 PM
    As the number of poached rhinos are breaking records in both South Africa and Kenya, please keep up your support of the men and women who are dedicating so much of their time, money and – in some cases – putting their very lives at risk for the survival of the African rhinos.

    South Africa has already lost more than 400 rhinos to poachers this year, including 265 in Kruger National Park. Many of the poachers are based across the border in Mozambique; to send a letter of protest to the Mozambique High Commission in South Africa, click on this link: http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1736&ea.campaign.id=21066&ea.tracking.id=fb&en_chan=fb&en_ref=19085575.

    Kenya, too, is experiencing its worst rhino poaching year in decades, with many of its dedicated rhino sanctuaries being targeted. With a much smaller rhino population than South Africa, it is critical that the country’s remaining rhinos are cared for and protected – an expensive undertaking, but one our children and grandchildren will suffer for if we do not succeed.

    In this photograph, taken at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in December last year, a Samburu warrior expresses grief over the discovery of a poached black rhino. Owning a perfect track record until 2009, the conservancy has lost eleven rhinos to poachers since, despite spending millions of dollars on security every year. Now, more than ever, our support is needed.

    http://bit.ly/2MT64sL
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 01:47 PM
    (CNN) — Packed tight into wire baskets — sometimes 20 or more to a cage — animal rights activists say as many as 200,000 live dogs every year are smuggled from northeast Thailand across the Mekong River destined for restaurants in Vietnam.

    Dehydrated, stressed, some even dying of suffocation on the trip, the dogs are often stacked 1,000 to a truck on a journey that lasts for days.

    “Obviously when you’ve got dogs stacked on top of each other they start biting each other because they are so uncomfortable, any kind of movement then the dog next to the one that’s being crushed is going to bite back,” said Tuan Bendixsen, director of Animals Asia Foundation Vietnam, a Hanoi-based animal welfare group.

    When they arrive in Vietnam, the suffering doesn’t end there. A common belief is that stress and fear releases hormones that improve the taste of the meat, so the dogs are placed in stress cages that restrict their movement.

    Eventually, the dogs are either bludgeoned to death or have their throats cut in front of other dogs who are awaiting the same fate. In some cases, they’ve been known to be skinned alive.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/2P7icJr
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 01:43 PM
    The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has just completed a detailed review of more than 7,000 clinical studies covering links between diet and cancer. Its conclusion is rocking the health world with startling bluntness: Processed meats are too dangerous for human consumption. Consumers should stop buying and eating all processed meat products for the rest of their lives.

    Processed meats include bacon, sausage, hot dogs, sandwich meat, packaged ham, pepperoni, salami and virtually all red meat used in frozen prepared meals. They are usually manufactured with a carcinogenic ingredient known as sodium nitrite. This is used as a color fixer by meat companies to turn packaged meats a bright red color so they look fresh. Unfortunately, sodium nitrite also results in the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines in the human body. And this leads to a sharp increase in cancer risk for those who eat them.

    Read more to understand the harmfulness of processed meats at http://bit.ly/31pn9jf
  • Sofi
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 01:42 PM
    The Greatest Escape in History!

    Located high in the Himalayas, surrounded by cloudy mountain peaks that rendered it inaccessible for centuries, Tibet is a land of magic and mystery filled with stories of lamas and yogis and their mystical feats. Out of all these stories, few have captured the hearts of people around the world more than the true story of how the charismatic spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama escaped the clutches of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and secretly travelled to India in 1959.

    Read and learn more of the Dalai Lama’s great escape from Tibet: http://bit.ly/TR-GreatEscape
  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 12:54 PM
    Tsem Rinpoce never forgets the kindness people have given to him no matter big or small. Anila Thupten Chonyid was very kind to sponsor Tsem Rinpoche when he was in India. The little amount had made a big difference to Rinpoche.

    Without the sponsorship from Anila Thupten Chonyid, it would have been very hard for Rinpoche to continue his study in the monastery. Anila was very generous and her little act had brought so much benefit to so many people because she had enabled a great lama to spread Dharma.

    When we said money had to be well spent, I think money spent to support Dharma work is very well spent. When we give food, we help to solve the problem of the person for the day. When we give Dharma, it will help the person not only this life but in his/her future lives and the Dharma helps to release people from suffering.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/anila-thupten-chonyid-carmen-kichikov.html
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 12:37 AM
    Life isn’t easy on the streets… You’re always hungry, your body is exposed to the harsh outdoor conditions, you’re embarrassed and people can easily take advantage of you.

    John Byrne is a 37 year-old man from Ireland. He has been homeless since age 14 and begs for change alongside his rabbit, Barney and dog, Roxy. Whatever he “earns”, he uses it to buy food for the 3 of them. How kind…

    At the end of last year, John was begging on Dublin’s O’Connell Bridge. An 18 year-old street bully came up to him and snatched Barney out of John’s arms and threw him over the bridge and into River Liffey. River Liffey runs through the center of Dublin and is ice cold during winter. John thought that Barney died due to the impact and water temperature, but when he looked over, he saw Barney swimming in circles. He immediately jumped over the bridge and swam to save his rabbit!

    There’s always a lot of news published about how people would torment animals, abuse them and even intentionally throwing them into the river like in John’s case…

    Read more about John at http://bit.ly/2MufdJb
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 12:20 AM
    If we believe that animals were created by someone for men, it would follow that men were also created for animals since s…ome animals do eat human flesh.

    Animals are said to be conscious only of the present. They live with no concern for the past or future. Likewise, little children seem to have no notion of the future. They also live in the present until their faculties of memory and imagination are developed.

    Men possesses the faculty of reasoning. The gap between man and animal widens only to the extent that man develops his reasoning faculty and acts accordingly. Buddhists accept that animals not only possesses instinctive power but also, to a lesser degree, thinking power.

    In some respects, animals are superior to men. Dogs have a keener sense of hearing; insects have a keener sense of smell; hawks are speedier; eagles can see a greater distance. Undoubtedly, men are wiser; but men have so much to learn from the ants and bees. Much of the animal is still in us. But we also have much more: we have the potential of spiritual development.

    Buddhism cannot accept that animals were created by someone for men; if animals were created for men then it could follow that men were also created for animals since there are some animals which eat human flesh.

    Read more on this interesting article at http://bit.ly/2OZ2QXi
  • nicholas
    Friday, Oct 18. 2019 11:51 PM
    Thousands of Californian hens have escaped being gassed after an anonymous donor provided $50,000 for some of them to be flown across the US on a charter flight to a happy retirement on the east coast.
    The hens, who have reached the end of their egg-laying life, were due to be killed – a common practice in the US.

    But after an approach from the Animal Place sanctuary in northern California, 3,000 of them will enjoy a comfortable retirement instead. Thanks to an unnamed benefactor, 1,150 of them will be flown to New York to be distributed to sanctuaries in the eastern US.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/2pBfyAB
  • Sofi
    Friday, Oct 18. 2019 09:01 PM
    Dorje Shugden Shize: A practice for healing and long life

    ‘Shize’ is the Tibetan word for ‘appearing in a peaceful form’. In this case, the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden has one face and two arms. His right hand holds a wealth arrow which is adorned with five-coloured silks and a divination mirror. The divination mirror demonstrates that this form of Dorje Shugden can help you to see into even the distant future; Shize’s practice is very effective in helping us to receive prophecies or develop clairvoyance.

    Read more on how Shize is able to help you: http://bit.ly/ShizeDS

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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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. 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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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
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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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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
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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
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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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
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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Special thanks to Calvin who came as early as 12.30 p.m. He helped us to spring-clean the chapel before today's events; Bird Liberation and Dorje Shugden puja @ KPSG, Jacinta
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Special thanks to Calvin who came as early as 12.30 p.m. He helped us to spring-clean the chapel before today's events; Bird Liberation and Dorje Shugden puja @ KPSG, Jacinta
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Photo from Jacinta Goh
Photo from Jacinta Goh
7 hours ago
Photo from Jacinta Goh
Photo from Jacinta Goh
7 hours ago
Photo from Jacinta Goh
It’s a good opportunity to know so many social heroes in different fields. Everyone is playing their important part in making this world a better place. From environment to animal extinction to hunger problems. We would like to applaud all the Kechara heroes for playing their part exceptionally well. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 hours ago
It’s a good opportunity to know so many social heroes in different fields. Everyone is playing their important part in making this world a better place. From environment to animal extinction to hunger problems. We would like to applaud all the Kechara heroes for playing their part exceptionally well. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project October 2019
4 days ago
Kechara Earth Project October 2019
Animal Liberation- Pastor Han Nee blessed the birds before releasing them. Lin Mun KSDS
5 days ago
Animal Liberation- Pastor Han Nee blessed the birds before releasing them. Lin Mun KSDS
I’m ready to do the rehearsal :) Lin Mun KSDS
6 days ago
I’m ready to do the rehearsal :) Lin Mun KSDS
Asyley and team busy adjusting the sound system in the technical room. Lin Mun KSDS
6 days ago
Asyley and team busy adjusting the sound system in the technical room. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback on Graduation - Hubert strong stance. Practicing his wushu performance. Lin Mun KSDS
6 days ago
Throwback on Graduation - Hubert strong stance. Practicing his wushu performance. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback for graduation - Robey practicing her ballet in rehearsal. Lin Mun KSDS
6 days ago
Throwback for graduation - Robey practicing her ballet in rehearsal. Lin Mun KSDS
Teaching children to be kind to animals through the virtuous deed of animal liberation held in Kechara House. Alice, KSDS
1 week ago
Teaching children to be kind to animals through the virtuous deed of animal liberation held in Kechara House. Alice, KSDS
The youngest group of KSDS learned and experienced the self-defence session. Alice, KSDS.
1 week ago
The youngest group of KSDS learned and experienced the self-defence session. Alice, KSDS.
Vegetarian meals with sufficient nutrients are provided to the children ~ KSDS Woah Camp. Alice, KSDS
1 week ago
Vegetarian meals with sufficient nutrients are provided to the children ~ KSDS Woah Camp. Alice, KSDS
Children had fun with the teachers and parents during the game time. Alice, KSDS
1 week ago
Children had fun with the teachers and parents during the game time. Alice, KSDS
First Pilgrimage cum Camp held in Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS.
1 week ago
First Pilgrimage cum Camp held in Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS.
So happy for them to have opportunity to engage in dharma at a very young age. Lin Mun KSDS
2 weeks ago
So happy for them to have opportunity to engage in dharma at a very young age. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Grace and teacher Callista guided the teenage class on a blog article. They enjoyed it. Lin Mun KSDS
2 weeks ago
Teacher Grace and teacher Callista guided the teenage class on a blog article. They enjoyed it. Lin Mun KSDS
Children took a picture with Guru. Lin Mun KSDS
2 weeks ago
Children took a picture with Guru. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Asyley and teacher Melinda showed pictures and biography of Rinpoche to students. Lin Mun KSDS
2 weeks ago
Teacher Asyley and teacher Melinda showed pictures and biography of Rinpoche to students. Lin Mun KSDS
Children have so much fun during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
2 weeks ago
Children have so much fun during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Sunday dharma class has resumed today after a long break. Lin Mun KSDS
2 weeks ago
Sunday dharma class has resumed today after a long break. Lin Mun KSDS
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