Guan Yin Day

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I have always admired Chenrezig (Tibetan) or Guan Yin in all her manifestations in Buddhism because of what she represents. When I was younger, I meditated a lot on compassion and recited a lot of mantras, and I can say that Chenrezig is one of the few Buddhas that I always prayed to and worshipped.

Before coming to Malaysia, I always had a fascination with the Chinese form of Guan Yin. I remember having a line drawing of Guan Yin and placing it on my altar when I was still living in the United States. I used to read about Guan Yin in books by John Blofeld. I had no idea at that time that I would end up here in Malaysia, establish Kechara, and share the Dharma amongst the Buddhist community here. I was delighted to find that Guan Yin was so widely worshipped amongst the Malaysian Chinese Buddhist community, and I have since learnt more about Guan Yin, her origins, her history, the background of her worship, and of the celebration of Guan Yin Day.

Hence, I would like to share with all of you some information about Guan Yin, her celebrations, a few of her famous temples, and how you can go about visiting them. It is my wish that this article will direct you toward inviting a Guan Yin home and engage in Her powerful prayers in the future. I hope that with this article, you will develop a deeper appreciation of the festivities surrounding Guan Yin as it is celebrated in Malaysia by the Buddhist community.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

The Goddess of Mercy, Guan Yin is regarded by the Chinese to be both a Buddhist and Taoist deity. In the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, she is venerated as a bodhisattva that embodies the Buddha’s compassion. Throughout her various manifestations, Guan Yin is considered the most popular bodhisattva in northern Asian countries that practises Mahayana Buddhism.

The worship of Guan Yin was so popular and efficacious that she was even brought over into Taoist practice, where she is regarded as an immortal and is, by far, one of the most popular Chinese deities. She is often depicted as a lady shrouded in white robes, and her likeness is represented in traditional scroll paintings and white porcelain statues. It is generally accepted amongst the Chinese Buddhists that the deity Guan Yin originated from the Indian male Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, whose worship was brought into China via the Silk Road during the transmission of Buddhism into China. Hence, Guan Yin is sometimes depicted both as a man and woman, which symbolise transcendence over gender, labels and the self-cherishing ‘I’.

 

Lotus Sutra

“Universal Gateway”, Chapter 25 of the Lotus Sutra

“Universal Gateway”, Chapter 25 of the Lotus Sutra

The earliest record of Avalokiteshvara or Guan Yin was mentioned in the Lotus Sutra, which is known as Saddharma Pundarika Sutra in Sanskrit. Guan Yin or Avalokiteshvara was mentioned in the 25th chapter of this ancient Sanskrit text. Within this chapter, her sacred name was explained as ‘The One Who Perceives the Cries of the World’. This reflects the direct translation of her full Chinese name, Guan Shi Yin.

This chapter praises Avalokiteshvara as one of the highest beings in the Buddhist pantheon. Within this chapter, it says “If one were to pray with true devotion to Avalokiteshvara for a moment, one would generate more blessings than if one worshipped with all types of offerings and to as many gods as there are in the grains of sand on the shores of Ganges River for an entire lifetime”. Using this text as a basis, Avalokiteshvara grew to become one of the most important deities within Mahayana Buddhism.

Guan Yin painting in the Mogao Caves, Dunhuang

Guan Yin painting inside the Mogao Caves, Dunhuang

Interestingly, the Lotus Sutra also contains an explanation on the ability of Avalokiteshvara to take on various incarnations in order to benefit sentient beings. Within the text, it was mentioned that Avalokiteshvara had the ability to manifest in the form of worldly gods, including Indra and Brahma, all-powerful Kings or Chakravartin, Dharma Protectors such Vaisravana, any form of Buddha, any gender, age, human or non-human form in order to teach the Dharma to sentient beings.

There are many traditions in China and other East Asian countries that have added many distinctive characteristics and legends to Avalokiteshvara and Guan Yin. Within China, Guan Yin was originally depicted as a male bodhisattva in early Chinese art, and therefore depicted with chest-revealing clothing, and sometimes depicted with a light moustache. Later Chinese art depicted Guan Yin in the female form. Due to explanations in the Lotus Sutra and so forth, some practitioners believe that Guan Yin is androgynous, or perhaps without gender.

 

The Legend of Miao Shan

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In China, Guan Yin was originally worshipped in a male form but eventually came to be worshipped in a female form as the Goddess of Mercy. This transformation into a female deity took place during the Northern Song dynasty (960-1126 CE) and is tied with the emergence of the legend of Miao Shan.

Historically, the cult of Miao Shan first emerged from Xiang Shan Si (Fragrant Mountain Monastery) via an inscription written by Jiang Zhi Qi (1031-1104 CE) in 1100 CE. The Fragrant Mountain Monastery has been known for its magnificent statue of Guan Yin with a thousand arms and a thousand eyes, also known as The Great Compassionate One (Da Bei). In Jiang’s writings, he identifies the Fragrant Mountain Monastery as the location of Guan Yin’s manifestation, where she revealed herself in her Great Compassionate form with a thousand arms and eyes, neatly joining the Miao Shan legend with the image of Guan Yin enshrined in the monastery. He went on to claim that the relics of Miao Shan were enshrined in a stupa, thus establishing Fragrant Mountain Monastery as a popular destination for pilgrims.

According to a written account of that period by scholar Zu Xiu, who wrote a chronicle of Buddhism in 1164 CE, Guan Yin was said to have been reborn as the Princess Miao Shan. Her father was a king whose name was Miao Chuang Yen, while her mother was named Pao Ying, who bore three daughters, the eldest Miao Yen, the second Miao Yin, and the youngest Miao Shan.

When Miao Shan was conceived, the queen dreamt that she swallowed the moon. When the child was about to be born, the earth shook, and wonderful fragrance and heavenly flowers rained down from the celestial realms above. Miao Shan was born clean as if she had already been washed by celestial beings. Her body bore holy marks that were noble and majestic. The people were amazed and some said that these were signs of an incarnation of a holy being. Although her parents were amazed by these signs, they had other plans in store for her.

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The bodhisattva grew up to be a chaste, humble, and saintly girl in court. She was predisposed towards the Buddha’s teachings, and even brought her ladies-in-waiting into Buddhism. Her father, a tyrant king, had plans to marry her off to a rich man in order to dissuade her from her spiritual inclinations, but when he told her that she would be marrying the wealthy man, she replied that she would only obey her father’s command if the marriage would ease three misfortunes.

Out of curiosity, the father asked what the three misfortunes were. She explained that the first misfortune was the universal suffering of old age. The second misfortune was the suffering of falling ill. The third misfortune was the inevitable suffering of death itself. The princess declared that if her marriage could not ease any the three sufferings, then she would rather retire to a life of seclusion and spiritual practice.

Enraged by her terms, the king ordered for her daughter to be put into hard labour at the royal gardens, and her food to be rationed in order to break her. Despite this, she would not give in. Her mother and sisters tried begged her to reconsider, but to no avail. Then, her mother and sisters pleaded with her father, and the king eventually relented and allowed her to enter White Sparrow Monastery, but he also ordered the nuns to ensure that Miao Shan was given the toughest work.

The frightened nuns put her to work on many different chores – fetching wood and water, working with the pestle and mortar in the kitchen, and tending to the temple’s vegetable gardens. Under her care, the vegetables were bountiful even in winter, and a spring miraculously welled up just next to the kitchen. Years rolled by, but Miao Shan was steadfast in her conviction. When the king heard reports of the miracles of the thriving vegetable garden and wellspring, he flew into a rage. He barked for soldiers to retrieve her head and to kill all the nuns.

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When the soldiers arrived at the temple, a fog suddenly appeared and blanketed the whole temple. When the fog cleared, the soldiers searched everywhere, but Miao Shan was nowhere to be found. It was said that a benevolent spirit hid her in a nearby mountain, and the spirit moved her several times before she finally found herself on Fragrant Mountain, where she dwelt, surviving on fruits from the nearby trees and drinking from a stream.

Time passed, and the king eventually contracted a virulent disease until he could no longer sleep or eat. He was in a lot of pain, his body was covered with sores, and the court physician was unable to cure him. A monk appeared and offered to cure the king but his method would require the arms and eyes of one free from anger. The king uttered a sigh of despair as he found this to be an impossible task. The monk then told the king, “On Fragrant Mountain, in the south-west of your majesty’s dominion, there is a bodhisattva engaged in spiritual practices. If you send a messenger to present your request to her, she would definitely comply.”

The king quickly commanded the chamberlain to make the necessary arrangements. When a party arrived and made the request to Miao Shan, she said, “My father insulted the Three Jewels, and he persecuted and suppressed the Sangha when he executed innocent nuns. He is experiencing the negative karma right now.” Then she gouged out her eyes and severed her arms. She offered them to the envoy and she requested that the messenger to relay her exhortation to the king to turn towards virtue and no longer be deluded by false doctrines.

When the two items arrived at the palace, the monk quickly made them up into medicine. The king took the concoction and instantly recovered. He generously rewarded the monk-physician. But the monk refused and told him, “Why do you thank me? You should be thanking the one who provided the arms and eyes for your cure.” Suddenly he was gone and the king realised it was divine intervention. He ordered for his coach and he went with his queen and two remaining daughters to Fragrant Mountain to personally offer his gratitude to the bodhisattva.

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Upon their arrival and before they could even speak, the queen already recognised her own daughter, Miao Shan. They found themselves choking with tears. Miao Shan said, “Does my lady remember Miao Shan? Mindful of my father’s love, I have repaid him with my arms and eyes.” Upon hearing these words, her parents embraced her and wept. Just when the queen was about to wipe Miao Shan’s tears with her tongue, a divine spectacle unfolded before their very eyes. Heavenly clouds encircled them, divine music of celestial musicians could be heard, the earth shook, and flowers rained down from the celestial realms above.

Miao Shan transformed into the Thousand Arms and Thousand Eyes Guan Yin and she hovered majestically into the air. Attendants numbering in the tens of thousands appeared, singing praises of her compassion, and their songs shook the mountains and valleys. Suddenly, the bodhisattva reverted back into Miao Shan as she departed. It was said that the king, queen, and the two sisters made a funeral pyre, preserved the holy relics that emerged, and constructed a stupa on the same mountain to house the relics.

 

Iconography

Guan Yin was popularly represented in male form Chinese religious art before the Song dynasty (10th -13th century CE). The representation of Guan Yin as both genders during this period and after was attributed to the explanation mentioned in the Lotus Sutra, in which Guan Yin could appear as both male or female in order relieve the suffering of sentient beings, along with the unique ability to bestow children on those who are barren.

The older depiction of Kuan Yin as a male bodhisattva with moustache

The older depiction of Kuan Yin as a male bodhisattva with moustache

This exemplified compassion and kindness of a bodhisattva to the ancient Chinese masses. She became known as the mother goddess and patron of expecting mothers and seamen, which led her to become more popularly depicted as the female figure that we are all familiar with today. Today, the Bodhisattva Guan Yin is ubiquitously depicted as a benevolent, white-robed female figure, similar to the graceful Indian two-armed Avalokiteshvara Padmapani or Holder of the Lotus.

Nevertheless, towards the end of the Song period, there were still depictions of Guan Yin as a youthful male figure dressed in Northern Song style robes and seated gracefully. He is usually posed looking downwards, which is meant to symbolise his ever watchfulness upon the suffering of sentient beings. This image has since evolved into the female figure dressed in flowing white robes adorned with refined jewellery to represent her spiritual attainments. She holds a porcelain vase containing sacred water in her left hand, and with her right hand she holds a branch of a willow tree. Weeping willow is a Chinese symbol for compassion, because the branches of the willow tree are soft and yet, they are able to withstand severe thunderstorms that normally uproot other harder and thicker trees. The willow branch is also depicted hanging from the mouth of the vase.

Guan Yin has an image of Buddha Amitabha placed at the crown of her head, signifying the veneration of the spiritual guide. She is usually depicted as a solitary figure, sometimes riding on top of a dragon while traversing the southern seas of China, sometimes accompanied by a white parrot.

In the Precious Scroll of the Parrot, a story is told of the parrot that became a disciple of Guan Yin. During the Tang Dynasty, a small parrot was said to have ventured out in search of food for its mother but a poacher captured it. Parrots were kept as pets during the Tang Dynasty period. When it managed to escape, the bird discovered that its mother had already perished. The parrot grieved for its mother and performed for her funeral. Her death inspired the parrot to become a disciple of Guan Yin. In popular depictions, the parrot is usually white in colour and is depicted as standing to the right of Guan Yin, with clasping either a pearl or with prayer beads in its beak. This parrot has since becomes a symbol of filial piety.

 

Thousand-armed Kuan Yin

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Another popular form of Guan Yin is the Thousand-armed Guan Yin, and her origin can be traced to the Karandavyuha Sutra. In this sutra, Avalokiteshvara is hailed as “The One with a Thousand Arms and a Thousand Eyes”, and is sometimes described as being superior to all the Buddhas and gods in the Indian pantheon.

Another popular Buddhist legend, as narrated in the Complete Tale of Guan Yin and the Southern Seas, presents Guan Yin as vowing never to rest until she had freed all sentient beings from samsara, or the Sanskrit cycle of death and rebirth. After struggling to comprehend the suffering of sentient beings, her head split into eleven pieces. It was said that Buddha Amitabha appeared at this point and healed her by turning each broken piece into a face that perceive the cries of all sentient beings. Upon hearing these cries, Guan Yin attempted to reach out to these suffering beings, but found that her arms shattered into a thousand pieces as well. Buddha Amitabha then appeared again, and gave her a thousand arms to reach out and aid those who suffer.

 

Guan Yin and her acolytes

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Guan Yin is also often depicted as flanked by two children or two warriors. The two children are her acolytes; the girl is known as Long Nü and the boy is called Shan Cai. Shan Cai is the Chinese name for a disabled Indian boy by the name of Sudhana. He travelled to Potala in order to study under Guan Yin, who put him to the test by conjuring 3 sword-wielding bandits who came charging at the bodhisattva. The chase came to an end when the bodhisattva jumped off the cliff and the boy without thinking, hobbled over the cliff to save the bodhisattva. Fortunately, he was saved by Guan Yin, who went on to heal his feet and restore his appearance as well. Guan Yin then taught him the entire Dharma. In another tale, the daughter of a naga king took on the form of a carp, and was caught in a fisherman’s net. Struggling in the net and about to be sold by the fisherman, she let out a cry to the heavens and Guan Yin heard her plea for help. Guan Yin dispatched Shan Cai to bargain for the fish’s release, but he was quickly out-bided by many who guessed that the flesh of this strange fish would grant immortality.

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Guan Yin intervened by projecting her voice, saying “A life should belong to one who tries to save it and not one who tries to take it.” Frightened and embarrassed by their shameful actions, the fish was given to Shan Cai who brought it back to Guan Yin. Guan Yin returned the fish to the ocean and the naga king’s daughter assumed her original form and was reunited with her father.

In gratitude, the naga king sent his granddaughter, Long Nü, to offer a pearl of light to Guan Yin and, overwhelmed by her compassion, she offered herself to be her disciple. Thus, both Shan Cai and Long Nü would often be depicted as acolytes of Guan Yin. This story is also the inspiration for the depiction of the Fujian Guan Yin as a maiden dressed in Tang period attire carrying a basket of fish.

Another popular form of Guan Yin arose along the coastal areas of Southern China and was worshipped amongst seamen and fishermen. This form of Guan Yin, along with others that were catalogued in late 16th century Chinese encyclopaedias, was also depicted in the line drawing of the novel Golden Lotus from the same period.

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In other depictions involving the two warriors, one of the warriors standing with Guan Yin is the general Guan Yu of the late Han dynasty, who is known as Qie Lan or the Bodhisattva Sangharama. He is featured in the Chinese classical epic Records of the Three Kingdoms, and was known to have sworn before the Zen patriarch Zhi Yi (founder of the Tien Tai school) in order to protect the Buddha’s teachings along with its monasteries.

The other warrior accompanying Guan Yin is Wei Tuo or the Bodhisattva Skanda. Wei Tuo is believed to be an incarnation of the Bodhisattva Vajrapani, and was believed to have been one of the generals who protected Miao Shan on her escape from the palace and away from her cruel father. According to one account, both the general and Miao Shan were murdered at the hand of Miao Shan’s cruel father and he became a bodhisattva to continue protecting Guan Yin.

 

Guan Yin as the attendant to Buddha Amitabha

Buddha Amitabha is depicted in the middle with Guan Yin on his right side and Bodhisattva Mahastamaprapta on his left side

Buddha Amitabha is depicted in the middle with Guan Yin on his right side and Bodhisattva Mahastamaprapta on his left side

In Chinese tradition, Guan Yin is also one of the bodhisattva figures popularly depicted alongside Buddha Amitabha along with the Bodhisattva Mahastamaprapta. This trinity is known as the Three Saints of the Western Pure Land, and they are depicted as the central figures in the pure land of Sukhavati. In addition to that, she is also depicted alongside other bodhisattvas and buddhas, sometimes flanked by the two previously-mentioned warriors, who manifest as bodhisattvas to protect the temple and the faith.

 

Kuan Yin Day

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There are generally three celebrations associated with Guan Yin: her birthday, the day of her enlightenment, and the day she left home. Her birthday is celebrated on the 19th of the second lunar month, her enlightenment day is celebrated on the 19th of the sixth lunar month, and the day she left home is celebrated on the 19th of the ninth lunar month.

On Guan Yin’s birthday, devotees observe a vegetarian diet in remembrance of her compassion and kindness. They visit temples or major shrines to offer incense, flowers and food – usually fruits, special festive cakes or vegetarian dishes. Another popular offering is to add oil into the oil lamps on Guan Yin’s shrines in order to keep the flames burning. Devotees seeking to have a child would offer prayers, incense and offerings to the Guan Yin, and when they do get a child, the child would be placed at the feet of Guan Yin to be spiritually adopted by her, as it is believed that she will bless the child with longevity.

As for people from monastic orders, they celebrate the day by reciting the Universal Door chapter of the Lotus Sutra. This chapter is an extensive praise of the bodhisattva’s boundless compassion and kindness, of her ability to liberate sentient beings from the seven types of calamities, her ability to grant the two types of requests, and her ability to transform herself into the thirty-two manifestations.

 

Guan Yin Temples in Malaysia

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After Islam, Buddhism is the second largest religion in Malaysia, with 19.2% of Malaysia’s population identifying themselves as Buddhist. However, some estimates push that figure higher to 21.6% when the figure is combined with other Chinese religions. Buddhism is mainly practised by the Malaysian Chinese population in Malaysia, as well as by other ethnicities, such as Malaysian Indians, and Malaysians of Siamese Burmese, and Sri Lankan descent.

The majority of Malaysian Buddhists are great devotees of Guan Yin and have established great Guan Yin temples throughout Malaysia. The following are a few examples of Guan Yin temples in Malaysia.

 

Kuan Yin Temple Kuala Lumpur

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This temple was built in 1888 by the Chinese community and dedicated to Guan Yin. The temple architecture is evidently Chinese with a touch of Baroque, and while it has been recently refurbished, many of its older elements remain. In the main prayer hall stands the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni on the main shrine, with a statue of Guan Yin of the Southern Seas on his right, and the Thousand Armed Guan Yin on his left. Other statues on the shrine are the Kshitigarbha, also known as the Earth-store Bodhisattva, and Di Zang. Opening Hours are between 7am to 5pm daily.

Historically, this temple started as a Hokkien Chinese place of worship. Stories tell of a Chinese cemetery built near the grounds of what is now known as Stadium Merdeka, and the temple offered a place of solace for visitors to the cemetery. Around 1920, the British administration declared the temple as a place of worship, and ceded the rights over to the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Hokkien Association. Unfortunately, it suffered damages from two fires in 1963 and 1989, but was renovated and restored on both occasions.

 

Getting to the Kuan Yin Temple

The temple is located across from Bulatan Merdeka and is situated next to Stadium Merdeka at the tail end of Petaling Street. One can get to Petaling Street, and then park and walk over to the temple. The Maharajalela Monorail Station is conveniently nearby, and offers more easy access to the temple.

Kuan Yin Temple

Address:
Jalan Maharajalela
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

 

Places to stay near the Kuan Yin Temple

  1. Cosmic Boutique Hotel
    Address:
    No. 21 & 23
    Jalan Maharajalela
    Chinatown
    50150 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    Phone: +60 3 9226 3339
  2. OYO Rooms Maharajalela Monorail Station
    Address:
    21 Jalan Maharajalela
    Chinatown
    50150 Kuala-Lumpur
    Malaysia
    Phone: +60 17 7584 3417
  3. Grid 9 Hotel
    Address:
    9 Jalan Maharajalela
    Chinatown
    50150 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    Phone: +60 3 9226 2629

 

Kun Yam Thong Temple, Kuala Lumpur

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Kun Yam Thong Temple is also known as the Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery. This temple was built in 1880 and was originally named Deng Bi An Temple until it was taken over by the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association in 1993, and then renovated and reopened in 2006. High-rise office towers, hotels and shopping malls surround the temple, making it a quiet oasis in the middle of the bustling city.

The main prayer hall, called the Great Jewelled Hall has a shrine with three giant golden Buddha statues, each weighing one tonne. They are the Buddha Shakyamuni, the Medicine Buddha, and the Amitabha Buddha. Aside from the shrine, there is a famous food hall at the back of the temple that serves healthy and tasty vegetarian meals for a nominal fee. The temple also has a library and bookstore for those seeking a little bit of knowledge.

 

Getting to the Kun Yam Thong Temple

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The temple is located on Jalan Ampang right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. It is between the Citibank tower and KLCC shopping centre, just a stone’s throw away from the MCA building. You can also get to the temple via the Ampang Park LRT station.

Kun Yam Thong Temple

Address:
Menara Citibank
165 Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
Phone: +60 3 2164 8055

 

Places to stay near Kun Yam Thong Temple

  1. Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur
    Address:
    Jalan Ampang
    Hampshire Park
    50450 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    Phone: +60 3 2161 8888
  2. Le Apple Boutique Hotel (KLCC)
    Address:
    160 Jalan Ampang
    Kampung Baru
    55000 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    Phone: +60 3 2179 3777
  3. GTower Hotel
    Address:
    199 Jalan Tun Razak
    50400 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    Phone: +60 3 2168 1919

 

Kuan Yin Teng Temple Penang

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The Kuan Yin Teng Temple, or Kong Hock Keong temple, is one of the oldest Chinese temples in Georgetown, Penang, and has Guan Yin as its central deity. It was built in 1728 at the cost of 4,000 Spanish dollars, a huge sum for its time. It was one of the most magnificent Chinese buildings in Northern Malaya of its time, as most of the other Chinese temples of George Town had not been built by the various clans to rival it yet.

There are several accounts surrounding the Kuan Yin Teng Temple, although very little have been documented in official records. For example, during World War II, the Japanese dropped a bomb on the temple to destroy it. Through sheer luck or perhaps divine intervention, the bomb landed in the courtyard instead, and the temple was left unscathed. Other accounts described how a large number of Penangites took shelter in the Kuan Yin Teng Temple during the war as well.

 

Getting to the Kuan Yin Teng Temple

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The temple is located in Georgetown, at the intersection of China Street and Jalan Kapitan Keling (formerly known as Pitt Street).

Kuan Yin Teng Temple

Address:
Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling
George Town
10200 Penang
Malaysia

 

Places to stay near the Kuan Yin Teng Temple

  1. Palm Mansion Boutique Suites
    Address:
    76 – 88 China Street
    Georgetown
    10200 Penang
    Malaysia
    Phone: +60 4 261 3609
  2. Red Inn Court
    Address:
    35 B&C Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling
    George Town
    10200 Penang
    Malaysia
    Phone: +60 4 261 1144
  3. Queen’s Hostel
    Address:
    20 & 22 Queen Street
    Georgetown
    10200 Penang
    Malaysia
    Phone: +60 13 489 6218

 

Kek Lok Si Temple Penang

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The Kek Lok Si Temple (also known in Penang Hokkien for ‘Temple of Supreme Bliss’ or ‘Temple of Sukhavati’, and pronounced in Mandarin Chinese as Ji Le Si) is a Mahayana Buddhist temple situated in Air Itam in Penang. The temple complex faces the sea, giving it an impressive vista, and is one of the best-known Buddhist temples in Malaysia. It is also said to be the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia.

It is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists from the region, as visitors come from Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore and other countries in Southeast Asia. The temple complex was built over a period from 1890 to 1930, and was an inspirational initiative by Beow Lean, its Abbot. The most striking feature of the temple is the seven-storey Pagoda of Rama VI, also known as the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas, with its 10,000 alabaster and bronze statues of Buddha, and a 30 metre (99 ft) tall bronze statue of Guan Yin.

 

Getting to the Kek Lok Si Temple

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At the corner of Jalan Air Itam and Jalan Pasar in Georgetown, you will see a big sign pointing towards the temple. Just follow the sign down Jalan Pasar, and when you come to an intersection, turn left. Not far down the road, you will see a small alleyway path to the left, and that leads to a set of stairs, which in turn leads to the main walkway. You will then have to walk up a set of staircases and corridors that are all surrounded by a series of souvenir shops.

Kek Lok Si Temple

Address:
86 S Jalan Kampung Pisang
Ayer Itam
11500 Penang
Malaysia
Website: http://kekloksitemple.com
Email: email@kekloksitemple.com
Phone: +60 4 828 3317

 

Places to stay near the Kek Lok Si Temple

  1. Vstay Guesthouse
    Address:
    134-K 1st Floor Jalan Paya Terubong
    Ayer Itam
    11600 Penang
    Malaysia
    Phone: +60 16 422 6879
  2. Fang Zu Ming Concept Guesthouse
    Address:
    1228 N3 & P3 Jalan Paya Terubong
    Air Itam
    Penang
    11060 Malaysia
    Phone: +60 19 477 7661
  3. Fastbook Hostel
    Address:
    1228L-3 Jalan Paya Terubong
    Ayer Itam
    11060 Penang
    Malaysia
    Phone: +60 19 477 7661

 

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Three Saints of the Western Pureland – Amituofo, Dashizhi and Kuan Yin together with Dorje Shugden. Click on image to enlarge or for more high resolution thangka downloads click here.

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Buddha Amitabha and Kuan Yin together with Dorje Shugden. Click on image to enlarge or for more high resolution thangka downloads click here.

 
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  1. Katie Choong on Sep 5, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Guan Yin is definitely a very familiar name amongst Malaysian Chinese yet I believed most of us have limited knowledge about it. Hence, thank you for the informative sharing. During our sharing session, I absolutely agree with pastor Henry. To cultivate compassion, we shall start with baby step. This is because simple actions are the hardest to act upon.

  2. Loh Yun Seen on Sep 5, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Guan Yin has always been deemed as representation of compassion and his vow not to rest until he free all the sentient beings from samsara can be the best reflection of the compassionate nature of this Bodhisattva. I always of the view that the compassion shown by not only Guan Yin but also all others Bodhisattva or Buddha is something beyond our literal understanding. For us as sentient beings, we may praise a person as compassionate for his selflessness to assist others so that they can be relieved from their difficulties without expecting for anything in return. All these reliefs brought by this compassionate goodwill, however, are just short term and temporary in nature as they are not the true and final solution to all the sufferings faced by the sentient beings. The sentient beings being saved or helped are just receiving temporary reliefs from their sufferings and they definitely will be subject to other sufferings until the day they are freed from samsara. However, for Guan Yin as well as others Bodhisattva and Buddha, their compassion is always aimed to bring permanent and final reliefs to the sentient beings by freeing them from samsara whereby they will never give up such compassion even though it is, no doubt, the toughest task to be completed due to the deep-rooted bad habits of all the sentient beings. As such, I think that instead of just bringing temporary reliefs to our fellow sentient beings, we, as buddhist, shall be more diligent on our practice so that we can be ready and competent in one day to exercise this highest level of compassion that will bring the final reliefs to all the sentient beings.

  3. Pastor Chia on Sep 5, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Guan Yin among the bodhisattva have the most emanation around in samsara, it show how compassion his wish tn save the sentient being free from suffering. Upon reciting hiŕ name and mantra with faith. Those wio need help can be save. I always inspire my Kuan Yin selflessness wishes and acting to save others. That why most of Chinese Mahayana will pray to him.

  4. June Kang on Sep 5, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Guan Yin is well known among the Chinese. Guan Yin is always related to compassion. Many of us think that compassion is difficult to do but it is actually a way of life and the difficulty is depend on how much we really care about others and ourselves. . Wie can always start with the very basic by not creating suffering to others, such like don’t blame others and taking responsibility, keep your promise. To me, everyone of us has a Guan Yin at home, our mother. The way of our mother taking care of us that is the the kindness of our mother which we can not repay back. Being kind to your mother is way of practicing compassionate also.

  5. Mingwen on Sep 5, 2018 at 7:44 am

    The motivation & life stories of all enlightened beings are just inspiring, it’s always to benefit others.

    Everything would need a starting point, to achieve compassion, we have to start with being kind. This small step will eventually bring us to our final destination.

    “If not now, when?” – Tsem Rinpoche

  6. nicholas on Sep 5, 2018 at 3:18 am

    Quan Yin is one of the most universally beloved of deities in the Buddhist tradition. Gun Yin is famous especially well known for her qualities of mercy and compassion. In Buddhism, labels are just labels, and the name of the Compassionate Bodhisattva is another imputed label that just helps us relate to the Enlightened concept in our daily lives. The articles gave such a great information about the background as well as the places where we can visit and pay homage to Buddha of mercy in Malaysia.

  7. Tek Lee on Sep 5, 2018 at 2:16 am

    Yes, in many Malaysian Chinese families, there are Guan Yin on their altar. Most of them are female form. But it doesn’t really matter Guan Yin (Chenrezig)’s gender was male or female. In Buddhism, emptiness doesn’t matter gender. But what we need to practice is Guan Yin’s compassion. All the while Guan Yin is well known for his great compassion. Compassion covers many things, but we can start bit by bit to practice compassion by volunteering in Kechara Soup Kitchen, or some other departments in Kechara.

  8. justin cheah on Sep 5, 2018 at 1:59 am

    My only adopted mother whom i don’t really know would be Guan Yin really. My health is not good when i was younger and little did i know, my mom ‘sent’ me for an adoption. To my own’s amazement, till now. i have been a healthy boy ever since. This Bodhisattva is probably the most popular point of worship amongst all the available deities and He/She is the embodiment of Compassion to many’s eyes but i am a little sceptical on how Guan Yin’s story came about.

  9. Pastor Henry Ooi on Sep 5, 2018 at 1:40 am

    Quite true, a big majority of Malaysians of Chinese origin know of Guan Yin. Like most of these Malaysians, I too at a young age, was spiritually adopted to Guanyin in the Kuan Yin Teng temple in Penang. And like most of these people, I did not know the origins of Guan Yin, nor Guan Yin’s gender manifestations until I met Rinpoche. This article provides much information from many sources and accounts in those countries mentioned here. The mantra of Guan Yin, Om Mani Padme (Peme) Hung (Hum), is probably the most chanted among Buddhists and Taoists.

  10. Andrea Lai on Sep 5, 2018 at 1:37 am

    Chenrezig is a Boddhisattva, who is representation as compassion. In my opinion, compassion included of being kind, selfless, patience and generosity. Kindness is a natural respond of sentient beings which we received from our mothers since we are born. As to be generous, we help people without any expectation, bad thoughts or agenda for the purpose of benefit them or lighten their burdens. Hence, when we look into ourselves and actually many of us were unaware of our bad habits as such habituation will lead to our laziness. So, to be compassion takes lots of patience, courage, motivation and action to achieve it. The practice will never easy.

  11. Julia Tan on Sep 5, 2018 at 1:33 am

    Almost every chinese house’s altar would have a Guan Yin statue. Children very often being offered to the god son of Guanyin when they are not well or naughty or difficult to rise. Normally very effective. Since very young I always believe that GuanYin is always there watching over all of us from up there like our mother.

    Guanyin represent compassion. Compassion is a very big word to me. Compassion must come with wisdom. Only those helping others with wisdom, constantly concern and help with a long term solution, ultimately without condition and agenda, selflessly guiding the path no matter what in order to get you out from suffering.

    We cannot miss out compassion which also called bodhicitta in our three principle path in order to achieve enlightenment.

  12. pammie yap on Sep 5, 2018 at 1:13 am

    The only statue we had when I was young was Guan Yin as mum really love Him. Back then, I loved going to statue shops to look at Guan Yin. So many different designs and materials to choose from. The one I invited when I was a teenager was made of jade like material and He is still on our altar until today.
    He is really easy to relate to as He looks very peaceful and kind for people to recognize and His mantra is super easy and short. Perfect for many who has problem to remember. But the most important is the result of His practice, to be able to cultivate compassion for sentient beings, just like Him. May we all aspire to be just like Him always.

  13. Datuk May on Sep 5, 2018 at 1:08 am

    Goddess of Mercy, Guan Yin is very well known among Malaysian Chinese whether they are Buddhist, Taoist or even of Christian faith. Personally even before I even known much about Buddhism, I have noticed the images of Guan Yin. At the last day of every lunar year, my parents would take take us to a temple with a huge statue of Guan Yin and would tell us to give thanks to her for all the help and mercies she had shown us for the past year and pray for her blessings for the new year.

    Due to Guan Yin’s vow to elevate sufferings, we would pray to her for blessings to help us through our bad times.

    This article has also shed light on my question as to why Guan Yin is depicted both as a male and female deity. Being at her high level of being, Guan Yin transcend gender .

    It is greatly appreciated for the education in this article and it is wonderful to know the facts to this merciful deity and be grateful for all her mercies towards sentient beings.

    Compassion conquers all.

  14. Vivian Ong on Sep 4, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    It is not easy to practice compassion. One need to be selfless in order to have that compassion. On the other hand, kindness is much easier to practice. Even with someone who is not so kind, over some time that person might become much kinder than before.

  15. wan wai meng on Jan 22, 2017 at 1:20 am

    The bodhisattva ideal as displayed by Guan Yin, was one of those factors that sparked my interest in the dharma. I think growing up in a Chinese family and environment,I have heard of Guan Yin possibly even earlier than even Buddha Shakyamuni.

  16. Vivian Ong on Jan 14, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about Guan Yin. My late grandmother has been praying to her since I was small. We have been praying at the Guan Yin temple in Ipoh near the Kinta River for many years already.The temple has been there since 100 years ago. My sister and I took refuge in Guan Yin. At my home in Ipoh, my mum has a Guan Yin statue on the altar which she offer incense and water offering everyday to Guan Yin. I find this article very interesting to read as there are many of the histories and stories of Guan Yin that I have never heard before.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  17. freon on Jan 11, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Guan Yin have a long history in China’s culture. Seem, Guan Yin have actually melt into the local culture and bring dharma to many people. Many of Guan Yin story are related to daily life, such as save the fish and taught people to be kind towards animals.

    At Malaysia, many chinese families have pray to Guan Yin for many generation. Even though they do not know much about Dharma, but, to them Guan Yin is important and essential when come to make important decision in their daily life. Some people have even become vegetarian on the Guan Yin anniversary day. Guan Yin play an important part in daily life of Chinese could be seen on the temples they build, the temples years can be as early as chinese settle in Malaysia.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this article.

    With Folded hand,
    Freon

  18. Anne Ong on Jan 8, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Thank you Guru for this wonderful and meaningful story about Kuan Yin. It’s truly meaningful to me because I was spiritually adopted to Mother Goddess Kuan Yin since i was born with so much health complications and karma problems. And it was Goddess Mother Kuan Yin who answered my prayers to find Peace and met with Dharma practice through our kind and helpful dharma brother from Ipoh. Thank you once again Rinpoche for this meaningful reminder to me _/\_

  19. Stella Cheang on Dec 27, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Guan Yin is a personality we are very familiar with from young. There are many tales and legends about the Guan Yin Bodhisattva that describe Guan Yin as the immortal Goddess of compassion, and Guan Yin is popular because of her compassionate nature. As we study more about Guan Yin, we will understand that Guan Yin is also known as Avalokiteshvara, and he is depicted in the Lotus Sutra as one of the highest beings in the Buddhist pantheon. How fortunate for us to have this article here sharing with us about Guan Yin so that we can understand more about this important deity within Buddhism. As well as the list of popular Guan Yin temples in Malaysia. My favourite is Kun Yum Thong Temple as it is nearby my office area where I can pop by during lunch time, plus the vegetarian meals there is a crowd puller. Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  20. Darren on Dec 13, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    There is so much information on Guan Yin but this article provided a detailed and much easier to understand. Nice temple in Malaysia and a must visit for everyone.

  21. Sharon Ong on Dec 13, 2016 at 2:06 am

    I have heard about Guan Yin manifesting in a male form previously but didn’t know much about this form. From this post, I learnt that this male form of Guan Yin was commonly featured in religious art during Song dynasty (10th -13th century CE).

    Another useful info I learnt from this post is the 3 important Guan Yin Days ie her birthday, the day of her enlightenment, and the day she left home.
    – Her birthday is celebrated on the 19th of the second lunar month.
    – Her enlightenment day is celebrated on the 19th of the sixth lunar month.
    – The day she left home is celebrated on the 19th of the ninth lunar month.

    Thank you for this informative post, Rinpoche.

  22. Uncle Eddie on Dec 12, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    I wish truly to thank Rinpoche whole heartedly for the sharing of this very informative, interesting and wonderful Guan Yin Pusa Blog-post. It really did enlightened me up with so much new knowledge and teaching that I have not heard before, like what Sock Wan has depicted in her blog comments! Like Sock Wan has said , yes in Buddhism, Buddhas appear in different physical forms depending on the local culture. But I would think that if, “until we are free from our Karmic obscurations, even if all Budhhas descended in front of us, we have no fortune to see the Holy body, adorn with the Holy sign and examplifications. Like one Lama whom I met some years ago did say, “We certainly do meet Buddhas, bodhisattvas, dakas and dakinis. It’s just that our heavy ordinary appearances and strong belief in our view block our seeing that they are Buddhas, bodhisattvas, dakas or dakinis, and because our mind is impure, our view of someone ordinary doesn’t prove that in reality they are like that!” Now back to our “most Holy, Supremely Peaceful and Meditative Guan Yin Pusa”. In all reality she truly shines with Bliss of virtue and she is often praised as “The Mother of all Buddhas”. She heals, blesses and averts grave dangers by the power of Pacification. Her all-forgiving softly smiling eyes always invoke instant faith and the deepest trust. On Guan Yin Day, one would witness scores of devotees generally observe three Celebrations i.e. (i) Guan Yin’s Birthday (ii) The day of her Enlightenment, and (iii) The day she left home. On Guan Yin’s Birthday, all devotees will observe a vegeterian Diet in rememberance of her Compassion and Kindness. They will also visit Temples, major Shrines to offer incense, flowers and food – usually fruits, special festive cakes, vegetarian dishes and performing the pouring of oil into Oil-Lamps on Guan Yin’s Shrines to keep the flames burning for long lives! As said, for people from Monastic order, the recitation of the Universal Door chapter of the long Sutra will be performed to protray an extensive praise of the Bodhisattva’s Boundless Compassion and Kindness etc., and her ability to transfer herself into the thirty-two Manifestations. May all sentient beings be blessed by Guan Yin Pusa saving Powers and be happy for all Eternity! OM MANI PADME HUNG.

  23. Sock Wan on Dec 11, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us the story of Guan Yin (Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvara). In the past I have always thought Guan Yin is a female until I saw the depiction of Guan Yin in Tibetan Buddhism and also how Guan Yin was depicted in male form during Tang Dynasty.

    In Buddhism, Buddhas appear in different physical form depending on the local culture. For example Buddha Shakyamuni depicted in Thailand, China, Tibet, Japan, Korea etc are different. However, the iconography is always the same. Guan Yin in Tibetan culture may be male, in Chinese culture may be female but both represent the same quality. The Buddha can appear in different forms in different time and place but still representing the same quality. Guan Yin’s manifestion as a princess in China is not a folklore but it was mentioned in the Buddhist scripture. This has proven that a Boddhisattva has gone beyond gender or physical look, it will appear in any form with the sole motivation to benefit people.

    If we want to practice to be a Boddhisattva, we have to learn to be open minded and not fixated by gender or physical appearance. It is the mind that matters, not the physical form.

  24. Joy Kam on Dec 10, 2016 at 2:05 am

    Thank you for this lovely blog post especially the tales on Kuan Yin is most fascinating. I have heard of the story how Kuan Yin sacrifice her eyes and cut her hands for her father. We were told this and many other stories about her when I was a kid by my mom. It seems most mothers are familiar and very close to Kuan Yin. So even though my mom was of Catholic faith, she respected all other religions, have always taught us to do so and would even allow us to pick which religion we’d like to follow when we grew up.

    She would bring is to all the temples, Buddhist temples and Hind temples to visit and pay our respect. So reading this story of Kuan Yin again really bring back many nice fond memories of what my mom used to also tell us about her. She was like Mother Mary to my mother as both are female form and compassionate.

    After reading the story of how Kuan Yin sacrificed herself in the end eventhough her father was so cruel to her, is a huge lesson/teaching on forgiveness and true compassion. Only a Boddhisattva can do that. Also I now know more about her depiction in Chinese traditions; the significant two children. Now I know why the Nagas love and appreciate Kuan Yin; she saved their child from being killed! I also know now what the willow leaf in her vase symbolises, and why she has a thousand arm and multiple faces.

    Thank you so much for this blog post Rinpoche. I am sure there are many more legends and stories of Kuan Yin to inspire and teach us as she has been around for such a long time, and her/his stories are always inspiring and increases our faith another notch.

  25. Andrea Lai on Dec 10, 2016 at 12:40 am

    My mom adopted me to Guan Yin since I was a toddler. Never have I thought, I have strong faith with her.I dreamed of her many times. I could only remember her first appearance in my dream and the last.

    When I was young, I used to have wet dreams.It was once I have very horrible wet dreams.She appeared with her 2 acolytes. I remembered she murmured something and holding a small brunch and flick, then she disappeared leaving her 2 acolytes.

    The last time I dreamed of her was 2 days before my grandmother passed away. She came as an old lady with long white hair and white robes.It was my first time encountered her face to face. The moment I look at her, I knew she is Guan Yin and she replied back with a smile. I remembered then, we have a very, very long conversation but I can’t recalled what are our conversation about.

    Thank you Rinpoche, for sharing this lovely story of Guan Yin.It helps me gain more knowledge of this compassionate deity.

    With folded palms,
    Andrea

    • Joy Kam on Dec 10, 2016 at 2:13 am

      Thank you Andrea for your comment. Wow that is very interesting to know that you have dreamt of Kuan Yin several times! She/He is a Buddha that is famous for showing clear signs to people all the time. Other Buddhas famous for giving signs are Tara, Lama Tsongkhapa, Setrap, and Dorje Shugden. So I am not surprised you had those blessed dreams, but still it is quite intriguing. Thanks for sharing. It goes to show that these enlightened beings really do exist!

  26. Thomas N on Dec 9, 2016 at 3:54 am

    Must see: Guan Yin movie (Chinese/English)
    https://youtu.be/8SD8nOGBA6k

  27. Jason on Dec 9, 2016 at 3:42 am

    Very sacred Guan Yin images. Mostly Chinese temples in Southeast Asia did worship Guan Yin.This meant Guan Yin already penetrated as a most popular deity. Most of Guan Yin statue appeared in female forms yet origin is male forms. Anyway, Guan Yin can manifest whatever forms to help all sentient beings.

    I really like thousand arm Guan Yin. She look very fascinated and magnificent. This can’t be expressed by words but I just got the strong feelings when I saw Thousand arms Guan Yin.

    Thank you Rinpoche shared the Guan Yin article. This is very informative articles.It really gain extra knowledge on Guan Yin after read this article.

    Jason

  28. Jen on Dec 8, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for writing this article. I enjoy reading the story of Princess Miao Shan and learn about the different forms of Guan Yin Boddhisattva. This article also makes me learn more about Skanda because in temple in China, Skanda is enshrined at the back of Maitreya Buddha together with Four Heavenly Kings at both sides in the same hall. Somehow Skanda is related to and served as a general to protect Miao Shan.

  29. Pastor Han Nee on Dec 7, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for bringing together, in this lovely article, the different stories and legends about Guan Yin, and how she is worshipped in this country. Most Malaysians, especially of the older generations, who are Buddhists have been brought up to revere Guan Yin as the Goddess or Deity whose compassion for all is as great as that of a mother for her child. Hence, we had grown up seeing her as our Divine Mother.

    In fact, many of us, Guan Yin devotees, had actually been “adopted” as Spiritual Children by Guan Yin.We were told by the nun who conducted the ceremony, that Guan Yin would be our Spiritual Mother until we reach the age of 18. The abbess of the Guan Yin temple in my hometown had explained that our adoption by Guan Yin meant that she would be very close to us as our Guardian and Protector all the way until we became adults.

    I love the stories and legends about Guan Yin’s compassion. The Legend of Princess Miao Shan, and her boundless compassion, sacrificing her eyes and her arms to cure her tyrant of a father, illustrates vividly the nature of the compassion of a Bodhisattva, be it Guan Yin/ Chenrezig or Manjushri or their emanations. I love hearing again and again the story of Avalokiteshvara’s head splitting into 11 pieces and his arms splitting into 1000 arms, through the force of his great compassion. Buddhas in their great compassion can emanate as male or female, and in different realms in samsara, wherever there is a need for them to relieve beings of suffering.

    I remember visiting Guan Yin temples on her three feast days of the year, and I still visit her temple whenever I travel to Penang with my husband , who to this day , is a Guan Yin devotee. Yes, the tradition of topping up the ever -burning oil lamps in the Guan Yin temple still holds strong to this day.

    I keep Guan Yin in my heart daily as I recite I mala of Om Mani to Her. My Guan Yin statue on my altar at home travelled to Sydney Australia to be with my best friend’s sister in the last days of her life. She died chanting Om Mani on her lips, as her mum and sisters and brothers here in Malaysia joined her in the chanting over skype.

  30. TekLee on Dec 7, 2016 at 1:20 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful article. Since young age, I came across Guan Yin. It’s a very popular Buddha among the Chinese. I’m always attracted by her grace and compassion look. I remember I watched Hong Kong series about Guan Yin also. But I never really read about Guan Yin. This article is beautiful and informative, as Rinpoche tells all the different stories about Guan Yin. I can feel her great compassion in the stories, especially the one that she cut off her arms and took out her eyes for her father. Now, knowing that anyone, friends and relatives has passed away, I will chant The Great Compassion mantra for them. As I joined Kechara, it allows me to know more about Chenrezig, and now read more about Chenrezig. It really gives me a feeling to invite Guan Yin / Chenrezig home. Thank you again Rinpoche, the story of Chenrezig is very beautiful. _/\_

  31. Samfoonheei on Dec 6, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Good sharing and informative blogs of Kuan Yin temples in Malaysia.
    Origins of Kuan Yin been explained too. I do not know so much about it till i read these post…i only knew Kuan Yin as Goddess of Mercy.When i was young i used to follow my mother to temple to pray without knowing much..just as one one of a deity.On Guan Yin’s birthday, devotees observe a vegetarian diet in remembrance of her compassion and kindness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful post .

  32. Datuk May on Dec 6, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Guan Yin is a deity which almost all Malaysian Chinese will know off whether they are Buddhist or Taoist or even Christians. When I was young, my grandmother would spend the 3 special Guan Yin’s days in meditation and silent retreat and would be vegetarian for a week before she would embark on the retreats.

    She would tell me to always pray to Guan Yin for mercy. And that she is known as the Goddess of Mercy.

    My mother also prayed to Guan Yin and she had a beautiful statue of Guan Yin wearing a colourful cape. This statue is made from porcelain. The statues are normally in white, as such I asked my mother why the colourful cape and her reply was she is a Guan Yin who travels. Indeed she did as my mother brought her with her when she migrated to Australia.

    Whatever legends we have heard so far are dots which this article joins and make whole.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for such a beautiful article on the most popular deity among the Malaysian Buddhists.

  33. Fong on Dec 6, 2016 at 10:56 am

    I remember growing up my mother would religiously bring me along to the local Guan Yin temple for prayers and offerings of light, incense, fruits and flowers on the 1st and 15th day of the lunar calendar. And she would always give some coins to drop into the donation box. It was always very busy and smoky on these days.

    This article has just brought back all those memories when my mother had the time to guide me in paying homage to Guan Yin Pusa, and to hold me by the hand so that I would not be swept away by the sea of people.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for the background on Guan Yin Pusa that we may understand how compassionate and kind she is. It’s interesting too how the practice of Chenrezig, in male form changed to Guan Yin Pusa in female form as this most compasionate of Buddhas, moved from Tibet to China.

  34. Bradley Kassian on Dec 6, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for writing about Guan Yin. I’ve heard stories & sutras coming from tibet and India, but I never heard of the background of Guan Yin in China. It’s nice to read up on the bodhisattva/buddha of compassion. So highly honored and revered in so many cultures. I honestly never heard of Guan Yin Day. It’s not commonly celebrated across the water here. I like how On Guan Yin’s birthday, devotees observe a vegetarian diet in remembrance of her compassion and kindness.

    Namo Guan Shi Yin Pusa!

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    Let’s face it. The struggle for Tibet’s independence has been on-going for 60 years but there is no progress at all. Now, even His Holiness the Dalai Lama is telling the Tibetans to go for Umaylam instead of Rangzen. However, Umaylam requires their cooperation with the Chinese government.

    It is good for Tibetans or Tibetan government to befriend China because they will need their mercy to get back to Tibet because China has all the reasons for not letting the Tibetans go back to Tibet. They certainly do not need Tibetans.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-importance-of-tibet-befriending-china.html
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 05:15 PM
    This is something I don’t understand. In the beginning, the 14th Dalai Lama was practising Dorje Shugden and he did not say anything about Dorje Shugden. Suddenly in 1996, he banned everyone from practising Dorje Shugden saying Dorje Shugden is an evil spirit.

    Dorje Shugden is a practice given to the Dalai Lama by his teacher, Trijang Rinpoche. Trijang Rinpoche would never harm the Dalai Lama by giving the Dalai Lama the practice of an evil spirit. This does not make sense at all. Is the Dalai Lama implying his teacher was not good and wanted to harm him when he said Dorje Shugden is an evil spirit?

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html
  • Sofi
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 01:49 PM
    Voyage to the Colossus of Rhodes

    In school, I remember we had a competition to make anything we wanted with the sole condition that it had to use LED lights. It was around the time that out of all the various figures of ancient Greek mythology, my fascination with Medusa was at its highest. Her story is an interesting one. She was once a beautiful maiden who, cursed by the goddess Athena, was made to look so terrible that the mere sight of her would turn anyone to stone. Over time her anger overtook her and she became a scourge, plaguing mankind. The demi-god Perseus slayed her and used her dreadful head to turn to stone monsters, beasts and other men alike in his self-serving yet glorified journey which ended with the founding of the ancient city-state Mycenae.

    Journey with Pastor Niral as he travel the the country rich in mythology: http://bit.ly/2LMkhJA
  • Sofi
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 01:42 PM
    Growing up with Rinpoche: Putting down roots

    Rinpoche is never interested in secular activities just for the sake of it, but always uses his knowledge, interest and experience to see how he can improve the lives of those around him and how he can bring Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) to the next level in terms of serving others. So for Rinpoche, a vegetable farm is not just a vegetable farm, but an activity that can bring Dharma to others.

    Find out what exciting plans that Rinpoche has: http://bit.ly/32NjBsV
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 01:29 PM
    Over the years reading Rinpoche blog’s post , I have come across many true stories of how Rinpoche has helped countless of students and people in their career, sickness, business and so forth. Reading this post story is really amazing how relying on Setrap Protector and having trust and faith in our Guru has help Dato Eric Tan in his business . Dato’ Eric Tan’s achievements today is truly amazing all due his trust and never give up what ever happened.
    Thank you Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing. May more people read this post and be inspired.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/behind-the-scenes/miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-6.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 01:28 PM
    Heartfelt watching the beginning of the video. Could imagine the fear the furry Edie encountered, so much so hiding at the corner. Edie was so scared and just needed is a hug and pad from some kind soul . Bronwyne Mirkovich is so compassionate , kind for saving Edie’s life. Thank you too Edie Gobbie from the American Maltese Association for helping with this wonderful project to rescue animals. Life is so precious nor matter what it is , it is still a life……human or doggie. Dogs are our best friends, never harm, abuse or hurt them.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/all-she-needed-was-a-hug.html
  • Chris
    Saturday, Aug 17. 2019 07:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this auspicious post with us. It is amazing that Kechara has the chance to make such offerings to the high lamas and monks in the monastery. This is a clear example of the generosity of Rinpoche that wishes each and every one of us to adopt.

    Making offerings to the sangha is very meritorious and we can collect a lot of merit with such actions because we are directly supporting the growth of Dharma and those high lamas are Buddhas. Seeing such pictures warms my heart and I rejoice to see those happy faces of those monks who received those very much needed offerings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/making-offerings-to-the-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Aug 17. 2019 07:29 PM
    Wow ….. there have been so many UFO sightings in so many different countries. There are altogether eight UFO sightings within 10 days witnessed by people across the globe. They saw shiny unidentified flying objects flying past in the sky as reported. Very interesting….. strange object sparked theories of possible extra terrestrial sightings and they do definitely exist after all. Many UFO sightings have been reported in the last decades yet scientist or researchers yet to confirm the details or evidence to proof it. But the strange sightings in different countries at the same month could not be wrong as we know “they’ have been watching at the earth from some where up there.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing …..simple amazing caught on camera by those eye witness.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ufo-ufo-everywhere.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Aug 17. 2019 07:27 PM
    There may have been a chance for a civilization to start billions of years before life began on Earth as discovered by scientists. Several discoveries and theories from some of the greatest minds in science point to the likelihood that there is something beyond out there in the universe. I do believe that we are not alone in the universe. Well, there many on going research that has taken place to look for signs of extra terrestrial life such as aliens. Scientist have been using telescope and specimen data to radios to detect and send communication signals. Currently, scientist do not have any evidence to support that aliens exist but the research work still going on with the discovery of a varieties of beings in the universal . Stories of the sighting of aliens and other species by eye witnesses yet to proof their existence. Researcher and scientists have not given up hope to research for evidence. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/mysteries-surrounding-ancient-aliens.html
  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Aug 17. 2019 04:32 PM
    Buddha Manjushri is very compassionate. He will manifest in the forms that can benefit us. In this case, he manifested as an enlightened Dharma protector to help us remove our obstacles so we can practise and have realiation on Buddha’s teachings.

    I have read many stories about how Dorje Shugden has helped people including Tsem Rinpoche. Kechara is growing and flourishing because of the assistance from Dorje Shugden. As long as our motivation is right, Dorje Shugden will provide a conducive environment to fulfil our wishes.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden.html
  • Sofi
    Friday, Aug 16. 2019 10:47 PM
    A Personal Account of Events with My Teacher – Honouring the Potential in All Sentient Beings

    Rinpoche’s bond with animals is even more palpable. Abandoned dogs find not only shelter but a loving home wherever Rinpoche is. Injured and unwanted birds find healing and a safe haven created to resemble their natural habitat. Fish are given clean, pure water and plenty of food. Even insects are not forgotten. Most important of all, their surroundings are designed to leave positive Dharma imprints in their mind streams and help them gain good rebirths.

    Read more here: http://bit.ly/2y5PyP1
  • Sofi
    Friday, Aug 16. 2019 10:41 PM
    My mother’s White Tara

    The previous Telo Rinpoche had lived in Mongolia and during the Communist upheaval in his country, he was imprisoned along with many other monks and religious figures. Telo Rinpoche prayed to this image of White Tara, which he had with him and in the middle of the night, his cell doors miraculously swung open and he was able to just walk out. Later, with the help of some American scientists, he escaped and travelled to the United States where he connected with the Mongolian-Kalmyk community there, which included my parents.

    Read here: http://bit.ly/2Me6Sd3
  • Sofi
    Friday, Aug 16. 2019 10:35 PM
    Stories from a Chela – Real Transformation

    “Rinpoche’s drive to create a lasting mental change in a person’s life is nothing but pure compassion. Rinpoche certainly doesn’t get anything out of the person changing to become a better person, in fact, it often takes an emotional and physical toll on Rinpoche himself. Yet, Rinpoche goes out of his way to help his students and others to the best of his ability. Rinpoche does this in a number of ways, I’ll only touch on a few” ~ Pastor Niral Patel

    Learn more from Pastor Niral why he said that: http://bit.ly/2K3DmUj

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second 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)
First 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)
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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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
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

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

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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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
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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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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    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
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    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
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    Beautiful
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    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
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    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
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    Cute!
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    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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Children recite Migtsema and Manjushri mantra before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children recite Migtsema and Manjushri mantra before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Student do full prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Student do full prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Wen Yue led students to do key chain as part of art and craft activity. Lin Mun KSDS
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KISG members travelled to KFR for Ullambana today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
After the Bird Liberation, we proceeded with Dorje Shugden puja. Just before we started our puja, Pastor Patsy gave us a short Dharma Sharing. Pastor spoke about Dharma practice in these days and reminded us to always keep our samaya with Guru intact. To honour our promises, reduce our worldly activities and practice Dharma strongly. Thank you Pastor for the valuable advice~Jacinta, KPSG
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After the Bird Liberation, we proceeded with Dorje Shugden puja. Just before we started our puja, Pastor Patsy gave us a short Dharma Sharing. Pastor spoke about Dharma practice in these days and reminded us to always keep our samaya with Guru intact. To honour our promises, reduce our worldly activities and practice Dharma strongly. Thank you Pastor for the valuable advice~Jacinta, KPSG
We chanted Medicine Buddha's mantra before we blessed them. May they be connected with Buddha always. ~Jacinta , monthly Bird Liberation Kechara Penang Study Group
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We chanted Medicine Buddha's mantra before we blessed them. May they be connected with Buddha always. ~Jacinta , monthly Bird Liberation Kechara Penang Study Group
Special thanks to Linny Neoh and her friend for joining our Kechara Penang Study Group Bird Liberation. ~Jacinta, KPSG
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Special thanks to Linny Neoh and her friend for joining our Kechara Penang Study Group Bird Liberation. ~Jacinta, KPSG
Birds were blessed before their departure to freedom. They deserved love & freedom too ~Jacinta,KPSG
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Birds were blessed before their departure to freedom. They deserved love & freedom too ~Jacinta,KPSG
Pastor Patsy giving explanation during Bird Liberation event. Kechara Penang Study Group's monthly bird liberation - Jacinta
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Pastor Patsy giving explanation during Bird Liberation event. Kechara Penang Study Group's monthly bird liberation - Jacinta
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teachers and students start dharma learning at this blissful morning ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
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Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teachers and students start dharma learning at this blissful morning ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teacher Lin Mun start class with Manjusri prayers after prostration ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
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Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teacher Lin Mun start class with Manjusri prayers after prostration ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
Mdm Glian Sim offered Serkym on behalf of KISG today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mdm Glian Sim offered Serkym on behalf of KISG today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Janice So offered water to Lama Tsongkhapa, Mother Tara, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ms. Leow offered lights and incense prior to the prayer session in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out a session of 21 Praises to Taras prayer recitations today in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Children were very excited to participate in the quiz. Lin Mun KSDS
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We will do dedication before we end the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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It’s wonderful for parents and children to attend animal liberation together and recite mantra before releasing the birds. Lin Mun KSDS
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Bigfoot cafe in Bentong. Lin Mun KSDS
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