Potala of the West: Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

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By Pastor Shin Tan and Tsem Rinpoche

At one of the highest points on the eastern seaboard, rural fieldstone buildings that resemble a Tibetan mountain monastery sit atop Lighthouse Hill. Founded in 1945, this “Jewel on a Hillside” is home to one of America’s most extensive collections of Himalayan artefacts and was “the only museum devoted solely to Tibetan art in the world” when it was founded.

Jacques Marchais’ love of collecting Himalayan artefacts culminated in the building of an institution that served as a bridge for the west to discover the exotic art and culture of Tibet through this little piece of Shangri-la, inspired by a photograph of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, the historic seat of the Dalai Lamas.

The two main flat-roofed Himalayan-style buildings with trapezoidal-shaped windows, cross cut wood posts and slate caps above doorways house the library and the museum. Meditation cells, or small meditation rooms were also built a level below the main buildings.

Historically known as The Jacques Marchais Center of Tibetan Art, what is now referred to as The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art sat on a three-acre piece of land at its peak. Unfortunately, ancillary parts of the property were sold off after Marchais’ death.

 

The Visionary

“If I can give the world something that would be uplifting and a genuine help, perhaps, I should try.”

Source: Letter to Kate Crane-Gartz (1933)

Jacques Marchais in her younger days

Jacques Marchais in her younger days

Born Jacques Marchais Coblentz in Cincinnati, Jacques began her career as a child elocutionist in Chicago after the passing of her father to support her family. She was known as Edna Coblentz or Edna Norman and performed in plays such as “A White Lie” and “A Modern Match”, as well as in private recitals at the homes of Chicago’s wealthiest families.

She was cast in George Ade’s play, “Peggy From Paris” in Boston when she was 16, and it was here that she met her first husband, an MIT student, Brookings Montgomery. They had three children and divorced in 1910. Her children lived with their paternal grandparents.

Moving to New York to pursue her acting career, she became part of the social circle of artists, writers, intellectuals and those who shared a common interest in Eastern religions, civilisations and philosophies. She then married Harry Klauber, the owner of a chemical factory from Brooklyn.

Marchais explained that her interest in Tibetan art was ignited during her childhood when she played with a collection of 13 Bön deity figurines owned by her great-grandfather, a merchant from Philadelphia active in the tea trade, John Joseph Norman.

“Being a student of Oriental philosophy and acquainted with Eastern religions – I soon found that I was acting more or less as a magnet in drawing East Indian and Tibetan deities and ritual objects to me.”

Source: A letter to Senator Edward E. Denison of Mairon, IL (June 2, 1939)

She started her collection of Tibetan and Indian art in the late 1920s, purchasing items from dealers, auctions, and private individuals. Moved by the 1933 exhibition at the Century of Progress International Exposition, “The Chinese lama temple, Potala of Jehol”, Jacques opened the Jacques Marchais Gallery in Park Avenue, which featured Indian and Tibetan art pieces such as thangkas, statues and wood furniture.

Jacques Marchais Tibetan Art Gallery at 40East 51st Street off Park Avenue in Manhattan, New York

The Jacques Marchais Tibetan Art Gallery at 40 East 51st Street, off Park Avenue in Manhattan, New York

A feature article “Far Eastern Art Exhibited: Jacques Marchais Gallery to Open Tuesday” published in the New York Sun on 3rd December 1938 stated that her collection was something new for Asian art enthusiasts. It also highlighted Marchais’ unique standing in this field.

“New York, except for a few enlightened ones, does not pay much attention to the arts of India. One reason, of course, is that outside of museums there is a small chance of seeing and studying these objects … Not all the objects in Jacques Marchais’s collection are of Indian origin, however. Many are from China and Tibet … There are examples of Tibetan painting, which astound by their freedom of treatment and their boldness of execution. Not only was the subject matter new in the art world, but Marchais was pioneering in being a female business owner and collector in an overwhelmingly male field.”

The gallery was a method to finance the construction of the Center. She sold various items through the gallery, but always kept the best items as her own to be displayed in the Center in the future.

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Building the Potala of the West

“I only started this gallery as a fore-runner for the miniature copy of the Potala of Lhasa, which I hope to build on our hill adjoining the gardens, within the next five years. I hope to build it large enough to house 300 people at a time. It will be, of course, of fieldstone – the interior done in the colour conducive to peace and meditation – with a huge Buddha smiling down upon them in a benevolent benediction.”

Source: Letter to Claude Bragdon (February 6, 1940)

Marchais’ husband, Harry Klauber was supportive of her vision and they purchased the land adjacent to their home in Staten Island to build the Center (The Jacques Marchais Center of Tibetan Art).

Joseph Primiano, an Italian immigrant and master stone mason was hired from the 1920s through the 1940s to build the two stone buildings, together with other carpenters and gardeners. The library was built and opened on 29th July 1945 to house her extensive collection of “books on occult subjects, Asiatic Art, Comparative Religions, Symbolism, Colour, etc.”, with the purpose of building a research and reference library for scholars.

Later on, the “Temple Room” or “Chanting Hall” (the museum) was built, which she was very much involved in personally, from picking every stone for the building to making the prayer wheels herself.

Jacques Marchais and her husband, Harry Klauber

Jacques Marchais and husband Harry Klauber

The Jacques Marchais Center of Tibetan Art was incorporated in 1945 as a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to the understanding and preservation of Tibetan art and culture.

‘Samadhi Garden’ was the name given to the terraced gardens surrounding the properties, with a large fish and lotus pond. Marchais described,

“One is shut away from the world up here on our hill – in the hanging, walled-in garden of my dreams. Still, one may look out over the valley into the distance and gaze at the sea, watch the ships go out to foreign lands, the sun rise over water in the morning and the reflection of shimmering silver cast by the moon at night.”

Her wish was to share this garden with her friends who felt the need to retreat from the city to find peace and heavenly quiet, yet not be too far away.

Marchais continued to travel each day back and forth to the gallery from Staten Island while building the Center.

An article in Life Magazine published on December 8, 1947

An article in Life Magazine published on 8th December 1947

Unfortunately, Marchais died four months after the opening of the museum, and her husband died seven months after her. In a letter to her husband, Harry Klauber, in 1945, Jacques Marchais wrote, “You have worked hard to help me set this jewel of Tibetan Art in a setting worthy of it!! Please God it may never be broken up! It stands as a great monument to our love! May it be of as great a cultural benefit to the world as we have dreamed it might!”

Klauber, who was the benefactor and executor of her estate, in return wrote in his will that all properties, including the buildings, residence, museum, library, garages, shops, outbuildings, gardens and adjoining city lots were to be preserved into a Memorial for his late beloved wife, setting aside $25,000 from his estate for the perpetual care of this Memorial.

The Center later went through difficult times, suffering from neglect and mismanagement. Things became better when a paid director was hired, and later, an experienced curator. In 2005, renovations were done to the two buildings. Various works to preserve the collection and to make them more accessible to researchers and the general public were also done.

 

The Center

With an impressive 120-foot stone wall facade, the Center has two buildings of historic importance. Both buildings have exterior walls of uncoursed fieldstone with Himalayan architectural characteristics. One of the buildings was built to be the library while the other was to be a museum.

 

The Library

With windows and doors facing south, the ground floor of this 1,200 square foot building originally housed Marchais’ extensive collection of around 2000 books as well as her office. Items such as rugs and furniture were also exhibited here. Since 1972, the library building has been assigned to administrative use. Apart from office space, it also houses a gift shop.

You can view the library’s online catalogue here: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/tibetanmuseum

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The Museum

This building is the main exhibition area with a space of 1,400 square feet. The north wall has a three-level display that resembles a Tibetan altar.

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The collections include items of Tibetan, Sino-Tibetan, Chinese, Mongolian, and Nepalese origin, with most originating from the 17th to the 20th centuries. You will find deity statues in materials such as brass, bronze and copper, a good collection of thangka paintings, metalwork, jewellery, dance masks, and much more. It also has in its collection a set of silver ceremonial implements belonging to a previous Panchen Lama.

You can view the museum’s collection here:

  • Paintings: https://www.himalayanart.org/search/set.cfm?setID=2025
  • Masterworks: https://www.himalayanart.org/search/set.cfm?setID=4098
  • Sculptures: https://www.himalayanart.org/search/set.cfm?setID=2026

 

Samadhi Garden

This is a terraced garden with fieldstone retaining walls interwoven throughout the property, stone pathways and other stone features. It also has a large fish and lotus pond built out of the hillside, next to the meditation cells.

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Her Legacy Continues

“My all has been given to this venture – my strength, my health, what little money I had, the collection and the building of the Library and Museum. There has not been one bit of outside help! I have not needed it. No reward is expected, other than the realisation of my one ambition – which has been to house in permanent buildings my books and a replica, as near as possible, of a Tibetan ‘Chanting Hall’ with its golden altars, deities, religious implements, etc. For it is to prove to be a cultural benefit to those persons of the Western World who are seeking a better understanding of their Oriental brothers – their art, their religion and their philosophy.” (November 30, 1944)

Marchais’ concept of the Center was very precise, and she knew what she wanted to build. She didn’t hire an architect, and in her own words, “I was able to prove to myself that one woman could do it if the talent was great enough and the urge and willingness to work hard was strong enough.

What was amazing was that neither Marchais nor Joseph Primiano, the Italian master stone mason, had been to Tibet. The building was built based on their studies of images from her collection of books. It is said that many visitors today, from Tibet and Dharamsala, India, have commented that the buildings remind them of home. The museum was also praised for its authenticity by His Holiness the Dalai Lama when he visited in 1991.

Marchais was a pioneer and a collector in a field that was predominantly male, and “had a tough pull” putting her Tibetan Art Gallery on its feet. For her however, the gallery was only a stepping stone towards doing something she felt would be of help to humanity in the long run. Apart from her own gallery (and later the museum), she also helped build private collections, such as that of Nasli Heeramaneck, who is said to have owned “one of the finest private collections of South Asian and Himalayan art in the world.”

The Center continues to present ongoing programs, such as lectures, workshops, cultural events and so on to promote awareness of Tibetan culture. It hosted an audience of 700 people during His Holiness the 16th Karmapa‘s second tour of the United States. Since the 1960s, the Center has also been one of the venues where Geshe Wangyal, one of the pioneers teaching Tibetan Buddhism in the United States, and other lamas conducted talks and chanting programs. The Center’s museum also lends items from its collection to other museums and institutions for exhibitions and publications.

 

Historical Pictures

 

Surrounding the Museum

 

Current Exhibits

 

VIDEO: Exploring the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

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

 

More Information

Address

338 Lighthouse Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306.

Visiting Hours

  • Wednesday through Sunday from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • January hours: Saturdays only 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Admission

  • $6 Adults
  • $4 Students & Seniors

Exhibition

The museum has ongoing programs and exhibits throughout the year. Please check the website for more details: https://www.tibetanmuseum.org/exhibititions

Parking

Limited on-street parking is available in front of the museum as it is located in a residential area. Alternately, parking is available at the bottom of Lighthouse Avenue (Lighthouse Hill). As the hill is quite steep, those who are not in good physical condition should consider driving up the hill.

Directions

From the Staten Island Ferry
You can take the S74 bus from the terminal to Lighthouse Avenue and walk up the hill. You can also take a taxi. The ferry ride is about 25 minutes while the bus ride from the ferry to the museum is around 40 minutes.

From the Verrazano Narrows Bridge
Exit at Exit 13B Richmond Road/Targee Street on the Staten Island Expressway. Head towards the second traffic light and turn left on Richmond Road. Go along Richmond Road for around 4 miles. Turn right to Lighthouse Avenue. Keep right at the stop sign and drive along Lighthouse Avenue for 1/4 mile. You will see the museum on your right.

From the Outerbridge Crossing
Exit at the Richmond Avenue North exit on the Korean War Veterans Parkway. Turn right to Arthur Kill Road. Go along Arthur Kill Road and turn right to Richmond Road. After that, make a left turn to Lighthouse Avenue. Keep right at the stop sign and drive along Lighthouse Avenue for 1/4 mile. You will see the museum on your right.

From the Goethals Bridge
Turn left to merge onto I-278 E from the Goethals Bridge. Exit at Exit 11 toward Bradley Avenue, merging onto Gannon Ave S. Make a right to Bradley Avenue, and then make another right to Brielle Avenue. Make a left to Rockland Avenue and then take the 1st right onto Meisner Avenue. Turn slightly left and you will be on Lighthouse Avenue/Terrace Ct. Go along Lighthouse Avenue. You will see the museum on your left.

 

References

  • Biography of Jacques Marchais https://tibetanmaterialhistory.wikischolars.columbia.edu/Biography+of+Jacques+Marchais
  • Jacques Marchais Center of Tibetan Art on National Register of Historic Places https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/landscape/2010/center_tibetan_art.htm
  • A Woman Named Jacques Founded a Tibetan Museum on Staten Island https://bigapplegreeter.org/woman-named-jacques-founded-tibetan-muse-staten-island/
  • The Jacques Marchais Center of Tibetan Art in State Island https://www.shambhala.com/snowlion_articles/the-jacques-marchais-center-of-tibetan-art/
  • Jacques Marchais – The visionary behind Staten Island’s Shangri-la https://www.tibetanmuseum.org/jacques-marchais-herstory
  • Directions to Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
    https://www.tibetanmuseum.org/directions
  • “The Potala of the West”: Constructing the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art https://www.tibetanmuseum.org/potala-of-the-west
  • Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Marchais_Museum_of_Tibetan_Art

 

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  1. Wai Meng Wan on Nov 13, 2018 at 3:26 am

    This is a very interesting place in New York, that is houses many Buddhist figurines.
    its a place where people who are new to Tibetan buddhist can explore and learn more.

  2. Suneel Gorawara. on Oct 23, 2018 at 1:46 am

    A sanctuary of peace and palpable tranquility.

    • Tsa Tsa Ong on Oct 23, 2018 at 2:00 am

      Hi Suneel Gorawara.

      Thank you for dropping by on Tsem Rinpoche’s blog and leaving your comment 🙏 . Hope to hear from you again. 😆

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  3. Tsa Tsa Ong on Oct 19, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Jacques Marchais was such a inspiring lady who loved Tibetian collections and Himalayan arts. Having her own gallery of Tibetan Art collections for the benefits of others is truly amazing. Truly wonderful and altruistic. Very interesting and inspiring . Love the video clip very much too. Thank you very much Rinpoche and Pastor Shin for this beautiful and cozy sharing 👍😍💛

  4. Samfoonheei on Oct 18, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Jacques Marchais, an American woman was inspired to create an art gallery for her collections of Indian and Tibetan art pieces such as thangkas, statues and wood furniture. She had a lifelong interest in collections of Tibetian arts and Himalayan artifacts. She started her collections from auctions, bought from individuals , antique dealers and so forth. Jacques Marchais saw a photograph of the Potala Palace in Lhasa which inspired her to build and design her gallery to resemble a countryside Himalayan monastery even though she had never been to Tibet or the Himalayan regions. Its now referred to as The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art. This is an amazing little gem hidden away on Staten Island’s Lighthouse hill. A small but wonderful haven that features an interesting Tibetan collection and peaceful garden. America’s most extensive collections of Himalayan artefacts can be found here. Since the passing of Jacques Marchais and her husband the museum had gone through rough times but soon recovered to the present state. It has since become a tourist attractions. Harry Klauber, who was the benefactor and executor of her estate did a wonderful job to promote awareness of Tibetan culture . The Centre continues to have workshops, cultural events and so forth for the public. For most to preserve the collections for the researchers assessment and to the public.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin Tan for this interesting sharing .

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    Ullambana festival is one of the good opportunity to collect merits and dedicate them to our loved ones.The main highlights thing of the Ullambana festival is two powerful pujas that will be perform according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery
    This year festival will be on 10th August Saturday..Don’t miss the chance to get blessing from this powerful pujas and thank you so much for the information and sharing this article.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/32Bn9hW
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Jul 19. 2019 03:17 PM
    Discovering mushroom growth for Tibetan represents good sign and the holy land will have some development and the dharma teaching will grow in near future. An auspicious symbols of Buddhism and it is also to belief represent the gifts of God.

    Besides mushroom , Bodhi tree too have an auspicious omen. This trees to be said to have a great significance in the history of Buddhism and Hinduism. This tree often seen growing tall in many temple and frequent destination for pilgrims, being the most important for the Buddhist and to Hindus pilgrimage sites.

    Thank you for the sharing and hope Kechara Forest Retreat has is dream fulfilled.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 19. 2019 01:51 PM
    Gyenze is Dorje Shugden in a wealth form specifically to help us gain resources in difficult times. We are so fortune to have the opportunity to learn the Gyenze practice from our guru Tsem Rinpoche. It is indeed a wonderful practice, many activities can be accomplished through Dorje Shugden Gyenze’s practice. Such as it will help us in outer and inner wealth, in order to have a better life and in our dharma practice. He will help anyone from all walks of life who need assistance and who sincerely invokes upon his enlightened energy. Many people has reported having their wishes fulfilled and return back to the Gyenze Chapel many times.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers team for this sharing with clear explanations for more people to understand it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 19. 2019 01:50 PM
    Dorje Shugden, the special protector who is the emanation of Buddha of Wisdom Manjushri. Having printed in different memes tells all. Easy for anyone to recall all the good powerful qualities of the powerful dharma protector Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden will help all without discrimination as long as we have trust and faith , relying on the protector sincerely.
    Thank you Rinpoche for coming up with these memes .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/powerful-qualities-of-dorje-shugden-in-memes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 19. 2019 01:49 PM
    Wow….beautiful images of Dorje Shugden in difference of culture and varies styles from different countries. We have Indian style, Fauvistic style, Byzantine style, Malaysian style, Chinese style, New Age style, Japanese anime style and many more to come. All the beautiful different styles of Dorje Shugden have been painted to suit each unique culture.
    Truly blessed to have Dorje Shugden here in Malaysia. May everyone be blessed and protected by Dorje Shugden. Merely looking at these beautiful styles is a blessing. All the styles is beautifully painted which I do enjoyed seeing it.
    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for sharing with us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/which-dorje-shugden-style-is-your-favourite.html

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    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
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    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.
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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    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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We have new student last week. He is only 3 years old. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
We have new student last week. He is only 3 years old. Lin Mun KSDS
Wow most students can do full lotus. Rejoice. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Wow most students can do full lotus. Rejoice. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Alice guided students to do prostration. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Teacher Alice guided students to do prostration. Lin Mun KSDS
We have Robey showing us the right way to do plank during the exercise session. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
We have Robey showing us the right way to do plank during the exercise session. Lin Mun KSDS
Students enjoyed activities last Sunday. Exercise and stretching lesson. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Students enjoyed activities last Sunday. Exercise and stretching lesson. Lin Mun KSDS
Thanks to Uncle Edward, Karen, Ashley Tan, Ashley Eng, Neil, Usha and Sudharshan for helping out for our lunch distribution today. We would also like to thank our sponsors Sogo and Munchy's for their continuous support. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 days ago
Thanks to Uncle Edward, Karen, Ashley Tan, Ashley Eng, Neil, Usha and Sudharshan for helping out for our lunch distribution today. We would also like to thank our sponsors Sogo and Munchy's for their continuous support. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
These are some of the food distribution photos taken from our kitchen last Saturday. We thanked all volunteers who have come to help for the preparation since 3pm. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
These are some of the food distribution photos taken from our kitchen last Saturday. We thanked all volunteers who have come to help for the preparation since 3pm. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Teacher Julie taught children Nagomi Art and they love it. Lin Mun KSDS
7 days ago
Teacher Julie taught children Nagomi Art and they love it. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Children volunteered in Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
7 days ago
Throwback - Children volunteered in Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Fun activity in camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Fun activity in camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - DIY soap making activity. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - DIY soap making activity. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- KSDS camp in Kechara Forest Retreat. Lin Mun KSDS
7 days ago
Throwback- KSDS camp in Kechara Forest Retreat. Lin Mun KSDS
A simple but meaningful way to spend the weekend liberating birds. Animals deserve lots of love, care and freedom too. Through them, we learn to be more compassionate! ~Kechara Penang Study Group Jacinta
7 days ago
A simple but meaningful way to spend the weekend liberating birds. Animals deserve lots of love, care and freedom too. Through them, we learn to be more compassionate! ~Kechara Penang Study Group Jacinta
Some members from Kechara Penang Study Group get together to do a Dorje Shugden puja this afternoon. Join us if you're in Penang next time. ~KPSG Jacinta
7 days ago
Some members from Kechara Penang Study Group get together to do a Dorje Shugden puja this afternoon. Join us if you're in Penang next time. ~KPSG Jacinta
Today we received a lot recycling items from the public. Thanks for supporting us always. KEP-Serena
1 week ago
Today we received a lot recycling items from the public. Thanks for supporting us always. KEP-Serena
Today we are doing recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. KEP-Serena
1 week ago
Today we are doing recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. KEP-Serena
Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 1st Prize Winner is Stella Cheang. Congratulations! Stella wins a Dorje Shugden Puja worth RM400 + Dorje Shugden pendant on black onyx. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
1 week ago
Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 1st Prize Winner is Stella Cheang. Congratulations! Stella wins a Dorje Shugden Puja worth RM400 + Dorje Shugden pendant on black onyx. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 2nd Prize Winner is Wylfred Ng. Congratulations! Wylfred wins a Gyenze pendant + Original Red Crystal incense. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
1 week ago
Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 2nd Prize Winner is Wylfred Ng. Congratulations! Wylfred wins a Gyenze pendant + Original Red Crystal incense. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
How to Clear Spirit Disturbances by Pastor Chia Today at 9:30 PM – 11 PM in Kechara House, PJ
2 weeks ago
How to Clear Spirit Disturbances by Pastor Chia Today at 9:30 PM – 11 PM in Kechara House, PJ
Join us for the annual Ullambana Festival on Saturday August 10th at Kechara Forest Retreat and make the most of the auspicious Ullambana month. PROGRAMME: 9:00am – Opening speech & Dharma sharing 9:30am – Grand Ullambana Gyenze Puja for good fortune, long life & merits 12:15pm – Free vegetarian lunch 2:00pm – Grand Ullambana Trakze Puja for protection & blessings 5:00pm – End The highlight of the Ullambana Festival is two powerful & extensive pujas that will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We've also prepared a wide selection of traditional offerings to send bountiful merits to the people who matter in your life. Don't miss this opportunity to bring tremendous benefits to your dearly departed as well as those who are still with you. For more information on the Ullambana Festival and Ullambana offerings, please get in touch with us at +609 221 5600, +603 7803 3908, +6012 987 3908 (WhatsApp only), care@kechara.com or visit our online partner
2 weeks ago
Join us for the annual Ullambana Festival on Saturday August 10th at Kechara Forest Retreat and make the most of the auspicious Ullambana month. PROGRAMME: 9:00am – Opening speech & Dharma sharing 9:30am – Grand Ullambana Gyenze Puja for good fortune, long life & merits 12:15pm – Free vegetarian lunch 2:00pm – Grand Ullambana Trakze Puja for protection & blessings 5:00pm – End The highlight of the Ullambana Festival is two powerful & extensive pujas that will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We've also prepared a wide selection of traditional offerings to send bountiful merits to the people who matter in your life. Don't miss this opportunity to bring tremendous benefits to your dearly departed as well as those who are still with you. For more information on the Ullambana Festival and Ullambana offerings, please get in touch with us at +609 221 5600, +603 7803 3908, +6012 987 3908 (WhatsApp only), care@kechara.com or visit our online partner
Join us this weekend for SPIRITUAL SATURDAY in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 13 JULY 9.00 am: Cook for the community - salted eggs & pineapple jam 11.00 am: Book Club - Compassion Conquers All (Eng) / Time To Wake Up (Chi) 12.30 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? To RSVP your place (and your meal!), contact us: +6017 965 9484 (WhatsApp) retreat@kechara.com See all July activities: bit.ly/2FCrJm6
2 weeks ago
Join us this weekend for SPIRITUAL SATURDAY in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 13 JULY 9.00 am: Cook for the community - salted eggs & pineapple jam 11.00 am: Book Club - Compassion Conquers All (Eng) / Time To Wake Up (Chi) 12.30 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? To RSVP your place (and your meal!), contact us: +6017 965 9484 (WhatsApp) retreat@kechara.com See all July activities: bit.ly/2FCrJm6
In our Johor Bahru office, our single mother trainees get busy to do up the products taught to them by our #volunteers while their children were given additional tuition classes in another room. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
In our Johor Bahru office, our single mother trainees get busy to do up the products taught to them by our #volunteers while their children were given additional tuition classes in another room. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
How To Clear Disturbances by Pastor Niral - Monday 8. July 2019 at 9:30pm in Kechara House, Jalan PJU 1/3G, SunwayMas Commercial Centre 47301 Petaling Jaya
2 weeks ago
How To Clear Disturbances by Pastor Niral - Monday 8. July 2019 at 9:30pm in Kechara House, Jalan PJU 1/3G, SunwayMas Commercial Centre 47301 Petaling Jaya
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 weeks ago
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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