Kizil Grottoes – The Thousand-Buddha Caves

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Kizil Caves in Baicheng County, Xinjiang, China

Kizil (also spelled as Qizil) Caves in Baicheng County, Xinjiang, China

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline)

 

Introduction

Kucha, or Kuchar, was one of the earliest and most prominent centres in the Tarim Basin along the northern branch of the ancient Silk Road. The ancient Silk Road was an important trade route where commerce was carried out and cultural exchange took place. It was a strategic location, as it was here that the transport of goods, cultures, and ideas took place between the east and the west. Peoples from different ethnicities mixed along the Silk Road, and there was cultural exchange between peoples from India, Greece, Rome, Persia, Arabia and Central China. This exchange brought a whole host of multicultural activities to the area including religion, art, and language. According to a 4th century Chinese chronicle, the area flourished with notable Buddhist communities during that period, though Buddhism could have arrived in the area as early as the 1st century CE. The area is most notable for producing one of the most famous and eminent Buddhist translators of that era, Kumarajiva (344 – 413 CE), and also the exquisite murals seen in the Kizil Grottoes.

The Kizil Grottoes are located 60 kilometres (37.2 miles) east of Baicheng County, and gracefully sits on a cliff at the top of Mingwutage Mountain, itself located on the banks of the Muzat River, 7 kilometres (4.34 miles) to the southeast of Kizil town. The grottoes are also known as the Kizil Thousand-Buddha Caves. Among the six important grottoes in China, the Kizil Grottoes are the oldest. The other important grottoes in China include the Mogao Grottoes, the Lunging Grottoes, the Maijishan Grottoes, the Dazu Rock Carvings, and the Longmen Grottoes. Construction of the Kizil Grottoes, and their murals, began from around the 1st – 2nd centuries and lasted to the 9th century. It is also one of the largest number of caves preserved in Xinjang today.

Map of the important grottoes in China

Map of the important grottoes in China

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As stated by Duan Wen Jie, a leading expert on the Mogao Grottoes and a former president of the Gansu Province Dunhuang Research Institute, “The Kizil caves were the predecessors of the now better-known Mogao Grottoes.” The Buddhist art in the grottoes, drawn by artisans inspired by Indian, Afghan, and Persian styles and motifs, became a melting pot of ancient Indian, Greek, Roman, Persian, Arabic, and Central Chinese legends, myths, and art.

As such, Kucha was an important area for the transmission of Buddhism. This was made even more prominent with the translation of the Buddhist scriptures, such as by the great translator Kumarajiva. Given the importance of this era, and its location, it suggests that the artworks of Kizil and possibly the artists themselves, influenced early artworks at the Mogao Grottoes situated further east along the Silk Road, near Dunhuang.

During the Tang Dynasty, a famous Buddhist monk-scholar and translator, as well as the founder of the Yogacara School in China, Xuan Zang (602–664 CE), is believed to have visited one of the most important monastic cave complexes at Kizil. Xuan Zang said of the caves in the 630s:

The soil is suitable for rice and grain… it produces grapes, pomegranates and numerous species of plums, pears, peaches, and almonds… The ground is rich in minerals – gold, copper, iron, and lead and tin. The air is soft, and the manners of the people honest. The style of writing is Indian, with some differences. They excel other countries in their skill in playing on the lute and pipe. They clothe themselves with ornamental garments of silk and embroidery… There are about one hundred convents in this country, with five thousand and more disciples. These belong to the Little Vehicle [Theravada] of the school of the Sarvastivadas. Their doctrine and their rules of discipline are like those of India, and those who read them use the same originals…. About 40 li to the north of this desert city there are two convents close together on the slope of a mountain… Outside the western gate of the chief city, on the right and left side of the road, there are erect figures of Buddha, about 90 feet high.

Source: https://depts.washington.edu/silkroad/exhibit/religion/buddhism/tarim/kizil.html

 

Kizil Grottoes

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The Kizil Grottoes were included in the World Heritage List on June 22, 2014. They stretch over three kilometres (1.86 miles) and include 236 grottoes, divided among a western area, an inner valley, and rear mountain areas. Apart from the badly damaged statues, the architecture of the grottoes and the murals are well preserved. Murals found in 81 caves covering more than 10,000 square metres (107,639 square feet), are known as “the most beautiful murals in Central Asia.”

 

Architectural Features

The diamond-type lattice or grid is the most impressive part of the Kizil Grottoes. Each grid includes a story about the Buddha’s reincarnations portrayed in a single mural instead of a series of murals like those in the Mogao Grottoes. The murals feature the main character in the centre, surrounded by supporting characters and items.

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The main feature of the Kizil Grottoes is the Central Grotto, which has both a main hall and a back hall. The front wall of the main hall was known to have enshrined a Buddha statue, with murals depicting stories surrounding the Buddha on the vault’s ceiling and side walls, as stated in historical sources. The hall itself was designed in a manner to facilitate circumambulation by Buddhist pilgrims in the following manner:

  1. As the pilgrims entered the main hall, they were greeted by stories of the Buddha’s previous lives on the walls.
  2. Following this, pilgrims would pay their respects to Buddha Shakyamuni, placed in an alcove within the central pillar.
  3. Pilgrims would then circumambulate in a clockwise direction, walking through a corridor with Buddha’s statues inside.
  4. Scenes of the Buddha’s enlightenment were depicted along the back walls of the corridor that would have been seen by the pilgrims.
  5. While exiting the corridor, pilgrims would have seen a Maitreya Buddha painted above the entrance of the main hall.
  6. Pilgrims would then adjourn to the back of the hall in a clockwise fashion, and appreciate the image of Buddha’s enlightenment.

 

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The Main Hall

The Kizil Grottoes featured paintings depicted on the main hall’s vaulted ceilings divided into diamond blocks, on themes such as the Jataka Tales (stories of Buddha Shakyamuni’s previous lives), and other scenes expounding the Dharma.

 

The Central Pillars

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The central pillars along the front wall typically included large alcoves, which would have housed three-dimensional seated figures. Mountain scenery made of built-up stucco material would have surrounded each of those figures, which are unfortunately no longer extant. However, remnants of a few standing figures can still be seen along the front wall. What these figures actually looked like, however, is now a mystery. To the back, the left, and the right of the central pillars are corridors with low ceilings where you can find images of monks, stupas and dharma sponsors.

 

The Corridors

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Behind the central pillars, on the back walls of the corridors, are images of the Buddha’s enlightenment, either painted or made from stucco. The head of Mahakasyapa can clearly be seen in a depiction painted on one of the walls. It depicts the scene of Mahakasyapa’s late arrival at the site of the Buddha’s parinirvana. It is particularly striking due to its expressiveness and leaf patterns. Lastly, on the semi-circle above the entrance to the main hall, the Bodhisattva Maitreya is depicted preaching in Tushita Heaven.

 

The Formation of Kizil Grottoes

Murals throughout the grottoes were painted from the 2nd century all the way through to the 9th century. What is interesting is that the themes of the murals do not show evidence of Mahayana Buddhist teachings that became so popular in China and the surrounding regions. Out of the 236 grottoes, only six of them are well preserved, namely grotto number 47, 48, 77, 92, 117, and 118. Among the six, grotto number 47 used to house the largest statue in the area, which was a standing Buddha statue. Therefore this grotto is also known as the Great Statue Grotto, and was built according to the same style as the Great Buddha Grottoes in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, which had a giant Buddha statue outside its front chamber. The murals in grotto number 47 can still be identified as Buddhist stories belonging to the Theravada school of Buddhism, and are painted roughly using bright colours.

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Grotto numbers 13, 32, 38, 76, 83, 84, 114, 171, and 172 are representative of the developing stage of the grottoes and the area, between the middle of the 4th century and the end of the 5th century. Grottoes from this period, such as the Central Grotto, are constructed with temple-like structures, equipped with bedrooms for monks, teaching rooms, and prayer rooms. Diamond-style lattice paintings with realistic shading depict stories of the Buddha’s life all the way to his parinirvana, according to Buddhist doctrine.

In addition to murals related to Buddhism, various depictions among the grottos in the western region include daily life during the era. These include scenes of farming, hunting, pasturing, and horse riding. Other murals seen in the Kizil Grottoes include natural scenery, animals, birds and ancient architecture. In grotto number 38, also known as the Music Cave, murals depict advanced artist achievements, especially murals on both of sides of a wall illustrating a Kushine band consisting of 20 musicians playing their respective instruments. What is stunning is that the positions and gestures of the musicians are all placed at the same distance, if you observe the mural closely.

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Between the 6th and 7th centuries, 50% of the total grottoes at Kizil were constructed, which makes it the most prosperous period. Most grottoes during this time were built to include statues that were painted with gold dust or adorned with gold foil, and include thousands of murals showing the Buddha teaching the dharma. The murals in grotto number 8 depict the story of a monkey offering honey to the Buddha and his disciples on two occasions, following the Buddha’s request. The monkey was so happy after making the offerings that it slipped into the water and drowned to death. The monkey was subsequently reborn as a rich man, due to the merits from making offerings to the Buddha and his disciples.

The 8th and 9th centuries mark the final period that the Kizil Grottoes were in full use. Murals from this period still exist in grotto number 129, 135, 180, 197, 227, and 229. Visitors who wrote on the walls indicate that a few monks stayed in the grottoes during the period. In grotto number 93, is a broken stele dating back to the 8th century, and the story of a battle, both proof that Kizil was a battle field during the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 CE).

 

Artistic style

As analysed by researchers and scholars, the highlight of the Kizil Grottoes are the murals that depict the Buddha’s life stories drawn directly onto the wall. This form of painting is unique, as other styles require the wall to be painted white first, before other colours can be applied. This form is called wet or concavo convex painting, and utilises earth and other transparent paints. Wet painting is a combination of direct and shading painting skills. According to historians, this style of painting was first created by the people of Kucha. The murals painted were done in a simpler and more natural way than previous murals. In addition to this, the details of the paintings were magnificent, with the just a small number of paintings on a tiny part of a wall being able to portray a few stories related to the Buddha’s previous incarnations. This is in stark contrast to the murals in the Mogao Grottoes, in which a series of murals present only a single story about the Buddha.

Mural from Kizil Cave no. 224 depicting Buddha's disciples - 600 CE

Mural from Kizil Cave no. 224 depicting Buddha’s disciples – 600 CE

Within the Kizil Grottoes, paintings can generally be divided into two styles. The first is distinguished by reddish pigments used with carefully drawn lines. In this style, a gradation of shading gives a unique and three-dimensional appearance to the paintings. With regards to the second style, its defining feature is the use of blue pigments, which includes the use of lapis lazuli. Again, the unique three-dimensional appearance of was, on the whole, created by using different shades of pigment.

Most of the murals in the Kizil Grottoes have characteristics belonging to the second style, and that impressed archaeologists who visited the site, as lapis lazuli is considered a highly precious mineral. The use of the blue pigment in the middle-period murals is an indication of a clear Persian influence. It is believed that the ultramarine colour paint that was used, derives from stones that can only be mined in Afghanistan. The term “lapis lazuli” itself is formed with the Latin word “lapis” (meaning “stone”), and the Arabic word “lazuli” (meaning “sky” or “blue).

The grottoes feature extensive use of blue paint that contains very precious ultramarine pigment made from lapis lazuli

The grottoes feature extensive use of blue paint that contains very precious ultramarine pigment made from lapis lazuli

 

Videos featuring murals at Kizil Grottoes:

Cave Art Ancient Uyghurs Part One

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Cave_Art_Ancient_Uyghurs01.mp4

Cave Art Ancient Uyghurs Part Two

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Cave_Art_Ancient_Uyghurs02.mp4

Cave Art Ancient Uyghurs Part Three

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Cave_Art_Ancient_Uyghurs03.mp4

Cave Art Ancient Uyghurs Part Four

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Cave_Art_Ancient_Uyghurs04.mp4

 

Conclusion

On a concluding note, as we have seen in the murals at the Kizil Grottoes, there are influences present from many cultures. However, a Chinese influence is not seen in most of the murals. Out of 236 grottoes, only two have Chinese elements, indicating they were produced and influenced by the Tang Dynasty in the 8th century. In contrast to this, there were Gandharan and Iranian elements present in various murals during an earlier period. Given that there were many Western travellers who passed through Xinjiang, along the Silk Road, on their journey to China, the appearance of Western artistic elements can also be found on various murals as well.

Generally speaking, the grottoes at Kizil may be divided into two major structures: first are the simple monastic cells, and second are the various prayer halls which were often exquisitely adorned by murals and statues. Although most statues may no longer exist in Kizil, most of the murals have been preserved.

It is unfortunate that over the centuries many of the grottoes fell into ruin, with the arrival of Persian Muslims, who viewed the grottoes as heretical, and also the Cultural Revolution, during which any form of religion was outlawed. In addition to this, during the early 20th century German archaeologists conveniently removed large chunks of the murals during their visits, to be taken back to Berlin. This has left numerous blanks in the cave walls. The situation was compounded when the grottoes succumbed to natural destruction brought on by wind, drought, rain, and insects, as well as the degradation of all things that comes with time. Despite this, much effort has been put into restoration works, with the hopes that the Kizil Grottoes will one day be seen in all its former glory.

 

Sources:

  • http://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-asia/kizil-caves-earliest-buddhist-caves-china-silk-route-020231
  • https://www.lonelyplanet.com/china/kuqa/attractions/kizil-thousand-buddha-caves/a/poi-sig/1240826/356133
  • http://amazingxinjiang.com/Attraction/history/Kizil-Thousand-Buddha-Caves.html
  • https://depts.washington.edu/silkroad/exhibit/religion/buddhism/tarim/kizil.html
  • http://dsr.nii.ac.jp/rarebook/04/index.html.en#Fig_1
  • https://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/xinjiang/korla/kizil.htm

 

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  1. Anne Ong on Jun 20, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Interesting and beautiful Kizil Grottoes. Lovely architectural features and murals. And those amazing videos too! Thank you very much Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for this interesting write up. One of my favorite topics! ???

  2. Jen on Sep 24, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Thanks for writing this article that shows us the amazing artwork created using the special technique and paint materials available during the Silk Road time. I hope that people who visit Kuqa do stop by Kizil grottoes to see the murals and Buddhist art.

  3. Pastor David Lai on Jul 13, 2017 at 2:38 am

    This is indeed very interesting to know as I find the artwork quite unusual and very different from those found in India or China. I particularly find the fresco paintings of a multi-ethnic audience around the Buddha quite fascinating.

    This probably reflect the multi-ethnic practitioners that was prevalent at that time. I would imagine it to be time of great peace, prosperity and a profusion of great masters, practitioners and mahasiddhas as well. Unfortunately, our merits could not sustain it for long. Hence, many lands and kingdoms of that time were conquered and converted to other religions and Buddhism was lost to these nations. Buddhism never recovered in these lands since that time.

  4. Wai Meng Wan on Jul 11, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Breathtaking art, thank you Pastor Adelin. Really enjoyed this tremendously.

    All these are no easy feats, takes a while to produce works of art especially when you need to paint a mural on the walls of caves. Fantastic work. May Buddhism once again pervade the land.

  5. Sarah on Jul 3, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Usually grottoes started as simple cave dwellings for monks, but gradually grew in size as the grotto builders continued to develop the cave complexes, sculpt statues and paint murals. Eventually they became veritable treasure houses of art. The statues and murals are also historically significant because they reflect the artistic styles of different periods in Buddhist history. What is interesting is that, often, the paintings also portray the ethnic groups found in the area. There are paintings of the local people as well as visitors from other countries, events in their lives, their customs and way of dressing, etc. I enjoyed reading this article very much and learned a lot from the pictures and videos. Thank you.

  6. Lim Han Nee on Jul 3, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Thank you Pastor Adeline for this very interesting write up as well as for the videos of the murals in the Kizil Grottoes. It is amazing that the architecture of these grottoes and the murals paintwork have been preserved to this day, despite the wear and tear of time, the elements, insects’ attacks, man’s callous plunder and efforts at destruction of these great treasures. The murals are beautiful, and collectively they depict a glorious ancient Buddhist civilisation that thrived in this region around the 1st/2nd to the 9th centuries. This was the period when the grottos were built and the murals done .

    The Buddhist art in these grottoes seemed to be inspired by Indian, Afghan, and Persian styles and motif. These murals were painted in magnificent detail; and a small number of paintings on a tiny part of a wall were able to portray a few stories related to the Buddha’s previous incarnations.

    The murals are found in 81 caves and cover an area of of over 10,000 square meters! Imagine feasting one’s eyes on these “the most beautiful murals in Central Asia”!

  7. Edwin Tan on Jun 30, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Such a long history back to the 2nd till 9th century. If China had protected it much better earlier in the 19th or 20th century, I believe the grottoes may be restored to near former glory.

    I do hope great artisans can be hired to study and re-paint or restore the murals, thus preserving or even enhancing the culture and religion in the region and China.

    From the photos and videos, the ancient artworks are really amazing.

    It is so hard to imagine during the ancient Silk Road period, how thriving that city and area must have been. Bustling with all sorts of trades and activities, importantly, the harmony and peace during those times. It would have taken tremendous efforts to do all 237 grottoes and to include some form of western or middle eastern influence in the arts. Really goes to show how much everybody respects everybody’s believes and culture.

    Definitely a must visit place for me.

    Thank you.

  8. Fong on Jun 29, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    This is like a walk through history. Through the various era and styles of painting and teachings, mute evidence of the ebb and flow of Buddhism from Theravada to Mahayana. These grottoes are the temples of ancient times in a dry and inhospitable region, bearing testimony to the human spirit and strength and determination; or is it the full faith in their believes and the teachings of the Buddha?

    Thank you, Rinpoche for this space for such beautiful articles, and thank you to pastor Adeline for the patience and tenacity to write this article.

  9. Samfoonheei on Jun 29, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Amazing and beautiful caves. The Kizil caves are over 1500 years old, one of the four famous Buddhist grottoes in China and were a part of thriving commercial hub on the ancient Silk Road.Most amazing was that the caves were dug inside the cliff by hand.These caves are intact with beautiful ancients murals Buddism centuries ago.The Kizil caves have a fascinating and beautiful history and was listed as part of a World Heritage Site in June 2014.
    Wow ….amazing Videos featuring murals at Kizil Grottoes…..which i do enjoyed watching. So fortunate able to watch it…..
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for sharing a well research article on these beautiful Kizil caves.

  10. Stella Cheang on Jun 29, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Thank you, Pastor Adeline, for the informative write up on Kizil Grottoes. I have always been interested to visit Mogao Grottoes one day because of the ancient murals depicting Buddha’s story. Little did I know of the Kizil Grottoes, which is more ancient and contain murals of richer contents. At the Kizil Grottoes, each diamond-type grid depicts a single story about the Buddha’s reincarnations. It is different from Mogao Grottoes where a single story of Buddha is depicted in a series of murals. The style of the paintings of the murals at Kizil Grottoes is unique as it used the most precious material, known as the Lapis Lazuli. I hope one day, the yester-years’ beauty of Kizil Grottoes can present itself again.

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    Thursday, Sep 29. 2022 12:55 PM
    nteresting read of a great Lama Tsarchen Losal Gyatso who is the founder of the Sakya tradition. One of the three branches of the Sakya School, which is part of Tibetan Buddhism. Interesting story of how his illness was occurred and meeting the mysterious lady at monastery courtyard well. The lady who gave him a small Tibetan pecha manuscript wrapped in cloth before vanishing. Apparently Vajrayogini had appeared to him leading him to the great master Doringpa at Tashi Lhunpo. Since then he studied with 63 masters of all traditions. He had travelled tremendously to various place to perform great deeds, giving teachings and benefiting all whom he encountered along his journey.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/tsarchen-losal-gyatso-lineage-holder-of-vajrayoginis-tantra.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2022 12:53 PM
    interesting read of Kentrul Thubten Lamsang Rinpoche, one of our Guru previous life. He was one of the most important disciples of Kyabje Trijang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso. Kentrul Rinpoche had spent many years in remote areas like Phari on the Tibet-India border. Where he worked tirelessly to improve the condition of local monasteries and built large Buddha statues. He even built a three-storey statue of Maitreya Buddha. Highly respected by many locals and remembered by monks of the monastery for his work. Kentrul Rinpoche was also known for performing extensive pujas for people of the area. Kentrul Rinpoche will always be remembered as the lama who remained devoted to his teacher until his final moments. He went out of his way to help the sufferings, in desperate situations. His is a legacy that is timeless and beyond compare. Both Kentrul Rinpoche and our Guru Tsem Rinpoche’s activities did exhibit an unquenchable thirst and curiosity for Dharma, Guru devotion . Both have the similarities after-all. Interesting read, shared by Pastor Jean Ai on Tsem Rinpoche ‘s previous reincarnation.
    Thank you Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/autobiography/kentrul-thubten-lamsang.html
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    Thursday, Sep 29. 2022 12:51 PM
    Very interesting article of great Lamas whom I never find it bored reading over and over again. Anything related to history had me feeling excited.
    Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was a great master, meditator, teacher, logician, yogi, siddha and erudite scholar. He was an important Gelugpa lama and a contemporary of the 5th Dalai Lama’s time. Even more than three hundred years ago he was eliminated yet he continued reincarnating until present day as been confirmed by many great beings. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen in fulfilling the promise he made to Nechung protector arose as World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden, merely to serve the teachings of Je Tsongkapa and sentient beings. After realising the mistakes done by his officers 5th Dalai Lama built a Dorje Shugden chapel and even composed a prayers texts to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. He named the Chapel as Trode Khangsar which still exist to this day at Lhasa, Tibet .May more people reading this article to understand more who is Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was. An interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/who-is-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2022 12:48 PM
    The Kangxi Emperor was the third emperor of the Qing dynasty. He is considered by historians to be one of the greatest emperors in the history of China. Having ruled China over 61 years, he was the longest-reigning Chinese emperors in dynastic history. He was thought of as one of the greatest emperors because, under his rule, the Qing empire started to prosper, dynastic succession was stabilized, and he was comparatively benevolent. He was also highly educated and was known as a hardworking emperor who ruled diligently. His rule was a period of expansion, stability, and prosperity for the Chinese Empire. Kangxi gave religious freedom to all religions and had sponsored many literary works, monasteries, monks and teachers all over China, Tibet and Mongolia. He was considered an extremely modern Emperor at that time whom was loved by many. He was said to be the reincarnation of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and an emanation of Manjushri as recorded in the ancient scriptures.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/emperor-kangxi.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 22. 2022 01:28 PM
    The unmistaken incarnation of Panchen Sonam Drakpa was proclaimed to be Sonam Yeshe Wangpo. From birth, he spoke with clairvoyance and seemed to remember people and events of his past life. Even as a young man , he travelled tremendously as part of his retinue, with the 3rd Dalai Lama and gave various teachings as well. Throughout the journey, he had even composed verses to praise and commentaries on the teachings.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/sonam-yeshe-wangpo.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 22. 2022 01:26 PM
    Master Hongyi, a multitalented Buddhist Monk famous for being a talented writer and musician . He was one of the most celebrated and admired Buddhist monks in modern Chinese history. Born in wealthy family yet he choose to he was ordained as a Buddhist monk. Already, even as a child, developed an extraordinarily where he could memorised Buddhist text. Master Hongyi dedicated the rest of his life to Buddhist practice and became one of the most prominent monks of 20 Century China. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for this sharing of a great Lama Master.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/master-hongyi-the-maverick-patriarch-of-the-chinese-buddhism.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 17. 2022 04:24 PM
    Spirits and unseen beings are everywhere not only actually restricted to specific areas. Places such as cemeteries, abandoned houses or places where death occurred. There are many different types of spirits around us, unseen to the naked eye, but for some they could see it or sense their presence. Many people of different faith reported having experienced sense the presence of spirits. Interesting rather scary reading Steven Wong ghostly experienced in the motel . I have encounter such before staying in hotel . More scary I can say. That’s past history, since coming to Buddhism I am not scare at all , I will recite DS Mantra . Later do prayers and dedicate to them .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/paranormal-stories/paranormal-experiences-occur-everywhere-part-1.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 17. 2022 04:21 PM
    Reading this article written by Tsering Shakya, again as it tells us more and understand better of the situation suffered by Tibetan people. Due to the Dorje Shugden controversy many Tibetans suffered . Many of them migrated to other countries to the west for better opportunities. Tibetan culture and identity is inseparably linked to Tibetan Buddhism. Somehow once in a foreign land they tend to lose their traditions and cultures slowly over times. Living in foreign land , it difficult to maintain their true identity. For them Tibetans maintaining links to the homeland presents a very unique challenges tasks. If only the Tibetan leadership more opened, forgo the past and accepts as what HH Dalai Lama said that Dorje Shugden is no evil and do no harm. Tibetan Buddhist could continue practicing the Dorje Shugden’s practice. Tibetan should stand united to protect the Tibetan heritage and culture instead discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners so much so had divided the Tibetans. Many of them left and migrated else where to look for better livelihood.
    Tsem Rinpoche had gone through a rough time , rejected twice from the moment of birth from Taiwan to US and travelling to India where Rinpoche found a place called home then. Later to Malaysia as advice by his Guru.
    To this end, the discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners must end for the sake of the all Tibetans living in India and Nepal .
    A very good article by Tsering Shakya, more people should read it to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetans-rejected-twice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 17. 2022 04:19 PM
    Wow…that’s great , rejoice Pastor Joy, you have painted over a thousand Buddha statues over the years. Pastor you have a painter’s fine hands. I saw those Buddha ‘s images beautifully painted without formal training is a great achievement. Pastor has turn un-groomed images into something beautiful. A great painter that have put a lot of work into it and it has paid off .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Joy for sharing this with us for-most looking at most of the painted Buddha images tells us a thousand words.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/painting-buddha-statues
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 15. 2022 12:44 PM
    Feeling disappointed when someone a Sangha supposed to promote peace, harmony and helps to give teachings to those who are new instead promoting hatred, cursing another person. Its wrong to tell people to break their samaya with their teachers. They must be given the wrong information about Dorje Shugden and Shugden Buddhist practitioners . The Tibetan Leadership has spread their lies and causing misunderstanding among the Tibetans. The rights of Dorje Shugden practitioners were denied just because for practicing their religion as they have done for the past 400 years. Dorje Shugden practitioners are side-lined from their own community, denied medical care, education and even employment in government offices. The Tibetan Leadership has instituted this ban against Dorje Shugden causing sufferings among many. Sad indeed hopefully these controversy will dissolve soon as more people understand and know that Dorje Shugden is not an evil as claimed by the Tibetan leadership.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/go-on-break-your-samaya.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 15. 2022 12:42 PM
    Buddhism is one of the most popular religions all over the world. Buddha statues have different shapes, sizes, different gestures or mudras and styles of presentation. Well said by Tsem Rinpoche the bigger and more Buddha statues makes a difference in our life. It gives out more powerful positive and relaxing energy to help us. concentrate better. One of the methods for us to purify our karma to suit our current karma-bound situation. By circumambulating 500 mantra stones one time we could accumulate much more merits in just one round of circumambulation. All thanks to Rinpoche having this idea with many mantra stones as possible for us to circumambulate. The larger the Buddha image, the more merits are collected the greatest amount of benefit for one who sincerely circumambulating.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this amazing post and explaining all the details for us to understand more.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/bigger-and-more-buddha-statues-makes-a-difference.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 15. 2022 12:37 PM
    Ra Lotsawa said to be an emanation of Manjushri was a great tantric master who had used wrathful means to subjugate his opponents. He was declared to be a saint and a fully enlightened Buddha. Many viewed as a murderous villain with magical powers and by some as a liberator of human suffering. Ra Lotsawa used his power and magical abilities to defeat his enemies rather rivals to accumulate wealth. He received many Empowerments and practices, which came into conflict with other lamas. His life offers a rare view into the often overlooked roles of magic and sorcery in the Buddhist tradition. In the book The All-Pervading Melodious Drumbeat tells the story of Ra Lotsawa Dorjé Drak . It was written by Ra Yeshe Sengye, and translated for the first time into English. Despite this obsessed legacy, his fame also rests on an illustrious career as a translator of Buddhist scriptures. Ra Lotsawa was so revered in Tibetan Buddhism even though he was so evil where nobody can denied. Interesting read an classic account of one of the most colourful and memorable figures in Tibetan Buddhist history.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ra-lotsawa-the-yamantaka-hero.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 13. 2022 01:04 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing of Mumu , Such an adorable doggie and fortunate one staying with Rinpoche. All I can say is Mumu was energetic, intelligent, affectionate and could obey under the care , love of Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/funnies/mumu-goes-bye-bye.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 13. 2022 01:01 PM
    The true story of HH Dalai Lama fantastic escapes in comic form. Thats interesting as its simple, easy which is suitable for every one to read and see especially children. Children could see and understand through pictures. All thanks to Rinpoche and Kechara Comic Publication team for coming up with this book in comic form. The truth should make known to all , how Dorje Shugden has helped in the escape.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-greatest-escape-in-history.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 13. 2022 01:00 PM
    Tibetan incense is natural incense used in Tibetan Buddhism rituals for 1,300 years. In Tibet, for many centuries, incense has been a part of their daily lives. Widely used for relaxation, meditation and the cleansing of the home environment. Incense is also widely used in Buddhist temples and monasteries, as an offerings. In Buddhism, symbolic offerings are made to the Triple Gem, giving rise to contemplative gratitude and inspiration. Offering incense is a symbol of purification. It is a very powerful way to revitalize environment ,removing obstacles and purifying one’s karma. Incense offering to our Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden is indeed very helpful and beneficial. It helps in many ways as such to clear any obstacles ,and so on.All thanks to our Guru Tsem Rinpoche for sharing this practice .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrice Ooi for this sharing and explaining the details of incense. We are so fortunate to learn, understand and practice it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/incense-offering-to-dorje-shugden.html

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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
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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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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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  • She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
    3 yearss ago
    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
    3 yearss ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
    3 yearss ago
    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    3 yearss ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    4 yearss ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    4 yearss ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    4 yearss ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 yearss ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 yearss ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    4 yearss ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    4 yearss ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    4 yearss ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    4 yearss ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    4 yearss ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    4 yearss ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    4 yearss ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
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    5 yearss ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    5 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    5 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    5 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    5 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    5 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    5 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    5 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    5 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    5 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    5 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Is this where Rinpoche received the thangkha of Dream Manjushri?
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Is this where Rinpoche received the thangkha of Dream Manjushri?
Is this the ruins of Zimkhang Gongma established by Panchen Sonam Drakpa. -Choong
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Is this the ruins of Zimkhang Gongma established by Panchen Sonam Drakpa. -Choong
We hold our DS puja weekly without fail. We welcome you to join us. Penang DS puja @ 3pm~ by Jacinta
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We hold our DS puja weekly without fail. We welcome you to join us. Penang DS puja @ 3pm~ by Jacinta
DS PUJA @ Penang. A close up of the offerings. What a feast! #Throwback 23/7/2022.
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DS PUJA @ Penang. A close up of the offerings. What a feast! #Throwback 23/7/2022.
#Throwback 23/7/2022. Our weekly DS puja attendees. All of us were getting ready to invite Buddhas to come forth, joining and blessing us during DS puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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#Throwback 23/7/2022. Our weekly DS puja attendees. All of us were getting ready to invite Buddhas to come forth, joining and blessing us during DS puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
#Throwback23/7/2022 Welcoming Buddha Shakyamuni, Gyenze, Shize & Namgyalma to Penang chapel. Abundance offerings, including sensory offerings were nicely set up and offered up to Buddha surfing our weekly DS puja @ 3pm, Jalan Seang Tek, Penang ~by Jacinta
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#Throwback23/7/2022 Welcoming Buddha Shakyamuni, Gyenze, Shize & Namgyalma to Penang chapel. Abundance offerings, including sensory offerings were nicely set up and offered up to Buddha surfing our weekly DS puja @ 3pm, Jalan Seang Tek, Penang ~by Jacinta
Kechara Earth Project 17 July 2022
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Kechara Earth Project 17 July 2022
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Kechara Earth Project 12 June 2022
#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
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#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
Photo from JC
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Photo from JC
Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
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Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
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All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
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Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
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The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
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We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
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We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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