Thaipusam – Perayaan Dewa Murugan

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Malaysia adalah sebuah negara yang benar-benar menerima secara terbuka akan nilai kepelbagaian yang mewujudkan hamparan kebudayaan yang mengagumkan, kepelbagaian bangsa dan agama yang hidup dengan rukun damai dan harmoni secara bersama. Sebagai contoh, perayaan Thaipusam yang disambut di kalangan masyarakat Tamil (India) yang menganuti agama Hindu. Perayaan ini disambut dengan penuh meriah, pelbagai istiadat dan penghayatan keagamaan. Walaupun ianya diraikan di seluruh dunia, di Malaysialah ianya mula bertapak dan berkembang dengan meriah mengatasi apa yang sebelumnya. Ini adalah bukti kepada keharmonian dan kepelbagaian budaya yang menjadi mercu tanda masyarakat Malaysia.

Justeru itu, saya ingin berkongsi dengan anda semua beberapa maklumat mengenai perayaan tersebut, asal-usulnya, bagaimana ianya disambut, dan juga bagaimana jika anda mahu berkunjung ke kawasan-kawasan yang terlibat, dan dimana anda boleh menginap jika anda bercadang untuk membuat lawatan. Saya berharap dengan membaca artikel ini, anda mendapat pemahaman yang lebih mendalam tentang perayaan yang suci, penuh penghayatan dan amat bermakna di Malaysia.

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Batu Caves adalah salah satu kuil Hindu yang paling popular diluar India dan menjadi tumpuan untuk perayaan Thaipusam di Malaysia. (Foto oleh Olivia Harri/Reuters)

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Thaipusam adalah perayaan penganut Hindu yang diraiikan terutamanya oleh kaum India dari masyarakat Tamil. Perkataan ‘Thaipusam’ adalah gabungan nama-nama ‘Thai’, salah satu bulan lunar dalam kalendar Tamil, dan ‘Pusam’, nama untuk buruj yang terbentuk daripada tiga bintang individu. Perayaan ini disambut semasa bulan purnama dalam bulan ‘Thai’, iaitu kira-kira pada bulan Januari ataupun Februari dalam kalendar Gregorian barat. Menurut astrologi India, pada masa ini setiap tahun, buruj Pusam berada pada kedudukan yang tertinggi.

Perayaan ini meraikan kejayaan dewa-dewa mengalahkan unsur kejahatan. Ianya berkaitan dengan Dewa Murugan, yang dilahirkan sewaktu pertempuran antara para asura (makhluk separuh dewa) yang menyerang syurga, dan para dewa. Pada suatu ketika dalam pertempuran, para dewa mengalami kekalahan besar dan tidak dapat menghalang serangan tentera asura, yang diketuai oleh makhluk separuh dewa Surapadma.

Berdepan dengan kekalahan yang bakal berlaku, mereka mengadap Dewa Shiva, yang merupakan salah seorang daripada tiga dewa utama dalam dewata Hindu, sedarjat dengan Brahma dan Vishnu. Di ambang kekalahan, mereka meminta bantuan Dewa Shiva dan meminta beliau menamakan seorang pemimpin yang sesuai yang dapat memimpin bala tentera mereka bagi mencapai kemenangan terhadap para asura. Mereka mengabdikan diri pada Dewa Shiva dan menyembahnya. Dewa Shiva memenuhi permintaan mereka, lalu mewujudkan seorang pahlawan yang gagah perkasa dari kekuasaannya sendiri. Pahlawan ini adalah Dewa Murugan yang dengan serta-merta mengambil pucuk pimpinan tentera cakerawala, lalu memberikan inspirasi kepada para dewa yang akhirnya dapat menewaskan tentera asura yang menyerang mereka.

Justeru itu, sewaktu perayaan Thaipusam, imej Dewa Murugan dihiasi, ditempatkan di atas pedati di hadapan penganut-penganut dan diiringi dalan perarakan yang panjang. Dewa Murugan merangkumi sifat-sifat keberanian, kekuatan, kemuliaan dan keindahan. Selain dari itu, penganut Hindu juga percaya bahawa Dewa Murugan adalah seorang dewa sejagat yang mengurniakan banyak anugerah dan rahmat. Oleh itu penganut yang telah bernazar atau memohon hajat kepada Dewa Murugan, menunaikan nazar mereka dengan menjalani upacara penyeksaan diri. Ini sering dilakukan dengan membawa kavadi, seperti yang dibincangkan di bawah.

 

Siapakah Dewa Murugan?

A depiction of Lord Murugan riding his peacock mount together with his consorts. Click to enlarge.

Gambaran Dewa Murugan menunggang merak bersama-sama dengan isteri-isterinya. Klik untuk besarkan

Dewa Murugan adalah salah satu dewa Hindu. Beliau mempunyai banyak nama lain termasuk Kartikeya, Subhramanya, Skanda, Shanmuka (Shamuga), Subhramanian, Sadhana, Guha, Sentil, Saravana dan Kumaraswamy. Beliau adalah anak kepada Dewa Shiva dan Dewi Parvati, dan dianggap sebagai penjelmaan ciri-ciri keberanian dan kecerdasan. Ini adalah sebab utama mengapa Dewa Murugan disembah sebagai dewa peperangan dan kemenangan. Beliau juga merupakan pemimpin angkatan dewa yang berani dan telah dicipta untuk memusnahkan syaitan, yang melambangkan kecenderungan negatif manusia.

Lagenda mengatakan bahawa Dewa Shiva dan Dewi Parvati, melimpahkan kasih sayang dengan berlebihan kepada abangnya, Dewa Ganesha. Dewa Murugan memutuskan untuk meninggalkan keluarganya di Gunung Kailash dan berhijrah ke banjaran gunung di India Selatan. Walaupun digesa untuk berpindah balik tinggal bersama-sama keluarga oleh bapanya, Dewa Shiva, Dewa Murugan tidak mengubah fikirannya. Ini adalah sebab mengapa Dewa Murugan lebih disembah di India Selatan berbanding dengan amalan agama di India Utara.

Dewa Murugan memegang ‘vel’ atau tombak di tangannya. Tombak ini yang dikurniakan oleh ibunya Dewi Parvati memiliki kuasa sakti atau kuasa kerohanian ibunya. Adalah dikatakan bahawa Thaipusam adalah hari memperingati Dewi Parvati mengurniakan tombak kepada Dewa Murugan. Tangan yang di sebelah lagi adalah di dalam kedudukan abhayamudra ataupun tanda perlindungan dari ketakutan. Mudra atau isyarat tangan tersebut adalah simbol menghapuskan ketakutan, memberikan penenteraman, keselamatan, kebahagiaan dan perlindungan rohani. Dewa Murugan menunggang burung merak yang melambangkan ketakwaan dan menewaskan semua keinginan nafsu seksual. Burung merak mencengkam ular di kuku, melambangkan kemusnahan tabiat buruk dan segala pengaruh negatif. Oleh kerana Dewa Murugan mewakili kekuasaan dan kekuatan, penganut Hindu juga percaya bahawa beliau menghapuskan segala penderitaan mereka dan memberikan mereka kekuatan.

A depiction of Lord Murugan riding his peacock mount together with his consorts

Dewa Murugan sebagai seorang anak muda, memegang ‘Vel’ di tangannya, dan tangan yang sebelah lagi memberkati penganutnya.

Dewa Murugan memusnahkan Surapadma, pemimpin berkuasa tentera asura pada hari ketujuh selepas kelahirannya. Justeru itu, Dewa Murugan dikenali sebagai salah seorang yang paling ditakuti di antara dewa-dewa Hindu lelaki. Beliau dikenali kerana keberaniannya dan sebagai pelindung agama Hindu.

Dewa Murugan sebagai Shanmuka mempunyai enam kepala yang mewakili lima deria dan minda. Enam kepalanya membantu beliau untuk melihat ke semua arah supaya beliau boleh memerangi sebarang masalah yang timbul dari mana-mana hala. Dewa perang yang bermuka enam ini juga mengajar pengikutnya untuk mengharungi kehidupan, membawa diri keluar daripada situasi negatif, pengaruh negatif atau mereka yang mungkin mempengaruhi pengikutnya ke arah enam laluan yang salah, iaitu lobha (ketamakan), Kaama (hawa nafsu), Krodh (kemarahan), moha (kebingungan), mada (keangkuhan) dan matsarya (hasad dengki).

Dewa Murugan mempunyai dua orang isteri bernama Valli dan Devasena. Valli adalah seorang gadis puak dan Devasena pula adalah anak perempuan Indra, raja kepada para dewa. Mereka adalah jelmaan semula dua anak perempuan Vishnu, Amritavalli dan Saundaravalli yang lahir dari matanya. Valli dan Devasena melahirkan rasa cinta abadi terhadap Dewa Murugan dan berzuhud dengan bersungguh sungguh supaya dapat memperoleh Dewa Murugan sebagai suami.

Dengan mengikut perintahnya, Amritavalli menjelma semula sebagai Devasena, seorang anak gadis yang lahir di bawah jagaan Indra di alam syurga. Saundaravalli dijelmakan semula sebagai Valli, seorang gadis di bawah perlindungan Nambiraja, seorang pemburu yang tinggal berhampiran Kanchipuram. ‘Valli’ adalah perkataan Tamil untuk sejenis tumbuhan yang menjalar. Valli ditemui di antara tumbuh-tumbuhan yang menjalar sewaktu ianya masih bayi, oleh kerana itu pemburu yang menemuinya menamakannya Valli.

Para dewa amat gembira setelah peperangan dengan Surapadma berakhir. Pada waktu itulah Dewa Murugan bersetuju untuk mengabulkan doa Indra dan menerima Devasena sebagai isterinya. Perkahwinan ini disambut dengan meriah di Tirupparankundram berdekatan Madurai disaksikan oleh Dewa Shiva dan Dewi Parvati. Ia diikuti pula dengan majlis pertabalan semula Indra di syurga yang dinamakan Amaravati. Dewa yang lain juga ditabalkan semula di alam syurga masing-masing.

Dewa Murugan menjadikan Skandagiri sebagai tempat tinggalnya dan mengembara ke Tiruttani berhampiran dengan Chennai di mana Valli menjaga ladang barli. Selepas beberapa cubaan helah oleh Dewa Murugan, Valli akhirnya bersetuju untuk berkahwin dengannya sebaik sahaja dia sedar bahawa Dewa Murugan adalah kekasihnya yang dalam penyamaran.

 

Kavadi

Kavadi Attam, bermaksud ‘tarian bebanan’ adalah upacara persembahan korban yang diamalkan oleh penganut Hindu semasa penyembahan Dewa Murugan. Ia adalah amalan penting semasa perayaan Thaipusam dan amalan membayar nazar kepada Dewa Murugan kerana kebaikannya melalui perbuatan penyiksaan diri.

Kavadi adalah merujuk kepada beban fizikal yang dibawa oleh penganut Hindu untuk meminta bantuan ataupun berterima kasih kepada Dewa Murugan. Bantuan ini biasanya diminta bagi pihak orang tersayang yang memerlukan penyembuhan, ataupun sebagai satu cara untuk mengimbangi hutang rohani atas rahmat atau nikmat-nikmat yang telah diberikan di masa yang lalu.

Para penganut yang mengambil bahagian dalam upacara kavadi akan memulakan perjalanan mereka dan menari sepanjang perarakan dengan membawa pelbagai jenis kavadi.

Examples of different kavadi

Contoh-contoh Jenis Kavadi

 

Asal-usul Kavadi

Rishi Agastya, salah seorang daripada tujuh pendeta Veda yang terkenal dalam lagenda Hindu, beliau ingin membawa dua bukit, Shivagiri dan Shaktigiri ke tempat tinggal beliau di selatan. Beliau menugaskan seorang pengikutnya yang merupakan mahluk separuh dewa bernama Idumban untuk membawa bukit-bukit tersebut kepadanya. Idumban adalah salah seorang daripada mereka yang terselamat daripada perang dewa-asura di antara tentera Dewa Murugan dan tentera Surapadma. Selamat dari peperangan, dia bertaubat dan menjadi penganut Dewa Murugan.

Idumban carrying the two hills, Shivagiri and Shaktigiri

Idumban membawa dua bukit, Shivagiri dan Shaktigiri

Pada ketika itu, Dewa Murugan baru sahaja diperdayakan oleh abangnya Dewa Ganesha dalam satu pertandingan. Mereka ditugaskan untuk bertawaf mengelilingi alam semesta sebanyak tiga kali. Apabila Dewa Murugan menunggang meraknya dan terbang disekeliling alam semesta sebanyak tiga kali, Dewa Ganesha dengan penuh hormat bertawaf mengelilingi kedua orang tua mereka dan telah dianugerahkan buah kebijaksanaan. Dewa Ganesha telah menunjukkan rasa patuh dan penuh hormat kepada ibubapanya kerana beliau melihat seluruh alam terletak dalam diri ibubapa mereka. Apabila Dewa Murugan kembali dengan burung meraknya dia mendapati bahawa hadiah tersebut telah dianugerahkan kepada Dewa Ganesha.

Dalam keadaan marah, Dewa Murugan berikrar untuk meninggalkan rumah dan keluarganya. Beliau tiba di kawasan yang dipanggil Tiru Avinankudi di Adivaram, yang bermaksud ‘kaki bukit Shivagiri‘. Dewa Shiva memujuk Dewa Murugan dengan mengatakan bahawa Dewa Murugan sendiri adalah buah ‘Pazham / pala’ yang merangkumi segala kebijaksanaan dan pengetahuan. Justeru itu, tempat itu dinamakan Pazham-nee ataupun Palani, yang bermaksud ‘anda adalah buah tersebut’. Sejurus selepas itu, Dewa Murugan membawa dirinya ke bukit dan menetap di dalam keadaan yang aman dan kesendirian.

Idumban membawa bukit Shivagiri dan Shaktigiri diatas bahunya di dalam bentuk kavadi, satu di bahu kiri dan satu lagi di bahu kanan. Apabila dia sampai di Palani, dalam keadaan keletihan, Idumban meletakkan kavadinya dibawah supaya dia dapat berehat.

Lord Shiva and the Goddess Parvati giving the prized fruit to Lord Ganesha. Click to enlarge.

Dewa Shiva dan Dewi Parvati memberikan buah yang amat berharga kepada Dewa Ganesha. Klik untuk membesarkan imej.

Apabila Idumban mahu meneruskan perjalanannya, dia tidak dapat mengangkat ke dua-dua bukit tersebut. Dewa Murugan telah menjadikan mustahil bagi Idumban untuk mengangkat bukit-bukit itu. Idumban melihat seorang budak laki-laki bercawat tradisional di salah satu puncak bukit. Dia mengarahkan budak lelaki itu meninggalkan puncak bukit itu supaya beliau dapat meneruskan tugasnya. Kanak-kanak itu enggan menuruti permintaan Iduman yang berkali-kali. Hilang pertimbangan dan kesabarannya, Idumban menyerang kanak-kanak itu dengan kekuatan separuh dewanya dan kehebatan seorang pejuang. Walau bagaimanapun, dia agak terkejut kerana dia tidak dapat mengusir budak laki-laki itu. Sebaliknya, Iduman mencederakan dirinya sendiri dalam proses pengusiran tersebut.

Menyedari siapa sebenarnya budak laki-laki itu, Idumban kembali tenang dan melipat tangan untuk memberi hormat. Dewa Murugan menukar rupanya kembali biasa dan berkata bahawa beliau amat gembira dengan kesetiaan Idumban terhadap guru dan keazamannya. Pada hari itu dan seterusnya, Dewa Murugan melantik Idumban sebagai pengawalnya.

Dewa Murugan juga mengisytiharkan bahawa mereka yang membawa kavadi, yang mana melambangkan kedua-dua bukit yang ditanggung oleh Idumban, dan berdoa kepadanya akan menggembiraknnya. Idumban berdoa seperti yang berikut, yang diterima oleh Dewa Murugan:

  1. Sesiapa yang membawa kavadi di atas bahu mereka dan berdoa di kuil-kuil selepas mengambil nazar, akan mendapat restu daripada Dewa Murugan.
  2. Bahawa dia telah diberikan hak istimewa untuk mengawal pintu masuk bukit.

Maka bermulalah amalan tradisional membawa kavadi selepas bernazar atau membuat ikrar untuk memohon rahmat, ataupun berterima kasih atas nikmat yang telah diterima. Sehingga ke hari ini Idumban kekal sebagai penjaga semua kuil khusus untuk Dewa Murugan, ianya boleh dilihat berhampiran pintu masuk depan di kawasan kuil yang paling suci.

Kavadis lined up inside Batu Caves Temple

Kavadi berbaris di dalam Kuil Batu Caves

 

Persediaan untuk Kavadi Attam

Persediaan untuk Kavadi Attam bermula 48 hari sebelum perayaan dua-hari Thaipusam. Penganut menyucikan diri mereka dari segala kekotoran, dari segi mental dan fizikal. Mereka hanya makan satu hidangan vegetarian dan berpuasa sepenuhnya 24 jam sebelum perayaan Thaipusam.

Penganut menyediakan diri mereka dengan mematuhi garis panduan penyucian yang ketat termasuk:

  • Mengawal keinginan yang melampui batasan
  • Mengikuti diet vegetarian yang ketat
  • Bercukur kepala
  • Mengelakkan diri dari berhubungan seksual
  • Mandi air sejuk
  • Tidur di atas lantai
  • Berdoa secara berterusan
  • Mengelakkan diri daripada bahan mabuk (dadah dan alkohol)
  • Tidak bercakap kasar atau kesat
  • Mengelakkan diri dari apa-apa yang mencantikkan diri secara fizikal
  • Mengelakkan diri daripada segala bentuk hiburan
  • Bangun sebelum terbit matahari untuk membaca doa atau pujian dan bermeditasi

Pada hari Thaipusam, seorang guru akan menjalankan puja (doa) dan juga acara penerimaan penganut dalam kumpulan. Penganut berpakaian merah, warna seakan kunyit atau kuning, dan pembawa kavadi selalunya bertafakur sepanjang hari. Puja kemudiannya dijalankan oleh pembawa kavadi, disertakan dengan laungan penuh semangat puji-pujian kepada Dewa Murugan. Setelah berakhirnya upacara Puja, penganut mempersiapkan diri untuk membawa kavadi dan memohon berkat daripada guru. Guru kemudiannya akan meletakkan kavadi di atas bahu mereka untuk memulakan tarian.

A woman dances in trance as she heads towards Batu Caves

Seorang wanita menari dalam keadaan separuh sedar sambil menuju ke arah Batu Caves

Penganut menjalankan upacara Kavadi Attam dengan menari mengikut irama dan rentak Thavil vadhyam dan nadaswaram (genre muzik India). Penganut menari dalam separuh sedar sambil menikmati semangat keagamaan yang memuncak atau dalam keadaan berkhayal. Tarian ini boleh memberikan inspirasi, terlihat seri kedewaan pada wajah-wajah para penari. Penganut-penganut ini sering mengalami perasaan bersatu dengan Dewa Murugan. Dewa Murugan juga pada masa-masa tertentu dikatakan akan masuk ke dalam tubuh penganut, yang dalam keadaan separuh sedar untuk beberapa ketika.

 

Lagu Tarian Kavadi

Sejarah mengenai kavadi Attam adalah sangat utuh dan telah mempengaruhi dalam bentuk tarian tradisional, seperti Bharatanatyam. Bentuk tarian ini diiringi dengan muzik yang telah diolah cantik dan anggun. Di bawah ini adalah satu lagu yang ditari kan dalam Bharatanatyam, dipanggil kavadi chindu. Anda boleh klik butang “Play” untuk mendengar secara online, ataupun tekan “Download” untuk muat-turun dan simpan fail ke mp3 player, iPod atau komputer dan anda boleh mendengar pada bila-bila masa.

      Kavadi Chindu (Bharatanatyam song)

 

Jenis-jenis Kavadi

Kavadi di datangkan dalam pelbagai bentuk, saiz dan bahan. Kemungkinan terdapat perbezaan dari segi rupa dan bagaimana ia digunakan, namun tujuan setiap satu daripadanya adalah sama, bagi menunjukkan ketaatan kepada Dewa Murugan dan dewa-dewa lain.

 

1. Thol Kavadi

A devotee walking towards Batu Caves during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur

Seorang penganut berjalan ke arah Batu Caves semasa perayaan Thaipusam di Kuala Lumpur

Thol kavadi biasanya terdiri daripada dua keping bahan separuh bulat yang dibina daripada kayu ataupun besi yang bengkok dan disambungkan kepada struktur silang yang dapat mengimbang di bahu penganut. Thol Kavadi selalunya dihiasi dengan bunga, bulu merak, simbolik kepada tunggangan Dewa Murugan.

 

2. Paal Kavadi

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Periuk tembaga ataupun periuk logam dijunjung di atas kepala, diisi dengan susu, vibhuthi (abu suci) ataupun bahan suci lain sebagai persembahan kepada dewa-dewa.

 

3. Mayil Kavadi atau Shadal Kavadi

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Kavadi jenis ini adalah amalan yang paling hebat di antara ke semuanya. Kavadi ini adalah sejenis mezbah mudah alih berukuran lebih dua meter (lebih kurang 6.5 kaki) ataupun lebih tinggi. Ia dihiasi dengan bulu merak ataupun kadangkala daripada polistirena yang telah diwarnakan dan diukir. Ianya disambungkan kepada seorang penganut melalui 108 vels (tombak) ditusuk ke dalam kulit di dada dan di belakang badan penganut. Ada di antara kavadi ini boleh mencapai berat sehingga ke 40kg.

 

4. Alavu Kavadi

A woman with a Alavu Kavadi in trance

Seorang wanita dengan Alavu Kavadi dalam keadaan separuh sedar (berkhayal)

Ini adalah satu bentuk penyiksaan diri di mana lidah atau pipi penganut ditusuk dengan vel. Vel yang menusuk melalui lidah atau pipi penganut mengingatkan mereka kepada Dewa Murugan. Ia juga bertindak sebagai langkah pencegahan untuk menghentikan mereka dari bercakap, memberikan penganut satu kuasa ketahanan yang luar biasa.

 

5. Vette Mulle

Devotee that has vette mulle pulling a chariot behind him

Pembawa Vette Mulle dengan menarik pedati belakangnya

Vette Mulle adalah sejenis kavadi di mana cangkuk ditusuk di belakang penganut ataupun penyembah. Cangkuk ini di sambungkan pada tali yang samaada ditarik oleh penganut pejalan kaki yang lain ataupun digunakan untuk menarik pedati.

 

6. Koodam Mulle

A type of koodam mulle using fruits

Jenis Koodam mulle menggunakan buah-buahan

Another type of koodam mulle using small pots of milk

Jenis koodam mulle menggunakan belanga-belanga susu yang kecil

Kavadi ini melibatkan kulit penganut ditusuk dengan mata kail kecil. Pelbagai item kemudiannya diikat kepada mata kail seperti belanga susu kecil, vibhuthi (abu suci), serbuk kayu cendana ataupun serbuk vermilion. Buah-buahan juga diikat kepada mata kail didalam keadaan tertentu.

 

Pembawa Kavadi Dalam Keadaan Separuh Sedar

Devotees entering a trance on their way to Batu Caves

Pembawa kavadi dalam keadaan separuh sedar ke Batu Caves

Semasa Thaipusam, adalah kebiasaan melihat ramai penganut didalam keadaan berkhayal ataupun tidak sedarkan diri (bersawai). Sebahagian daripada pembawa kavadi ini dijaga oleh adik-beradik mereka, isteri, suami atau saudara-mara yang lain. Kebanyakan daripada lelaki dan juga wanita tersebut pergi ke kedai rambut terlebih dahulu untuk mencukur kepala sebagai tanda memenuhi permintaan mereka atau sebagai persembahan.

Kesakitan dari tusukan Vel atau cangkuk adalah boleh menyeksakan. Rata-rata dalam kebanyakan kes ia adalah disebabkan oleh kuasa dewata didalam tubuh mereka dan mereka dalam keadaan berkhayal dan tidak merasa kesakitan. Malahan ramai penganut sering menceritakan bahawa mereka hanya merasa sakit dari tusukan Vel yang di peringkat awal. Selepas memasuki pelbagai bentuk dan tahap berkhayal mereka tidak sedar tentang apa-apa di sekeliling mereka, apatah lagi kesakitan. Apabila mereka pulih dari berkhayal, mereka telah sampai ke destinasi mereka dan banyak yang mengatakan mereka tidak langsung mempunyai sebarang ingatan tentang perjalanan itu sendiri.

Apabila tindikan dikeluarkan, tidak terdapat sedikit ataupun tidak ada langsung pendarahan dan luka dapat sembuh dengan mudah sekali, kerana berkat dewa yang meresapi seluruh tubuh badan mereka.

 

Agama Hindu di Malaysia

Agama Hindu adalah agama yang keempat terbesar di Malaysia. Terdapat kira-kira 1.78 juta rakyat Malaysia (kira-kira 6.3% daripada jumlah penduduk Malaysia) yang beragama Hindu, mengikut Laporan Taburan Penduduk dan Ciri Demografik 2010 oleh Jabatan Perangkaan Malaysia.

Majoriti rakyat Malaysia yang beragama Hindu tinggal di bahagian barat Semenanjung Malaysia. Negeri yang mempunyai peratusan penduduk beragama Hindu yang paling tinggi adalah di Negeri Sembilan (13.4%), diikuti oleh Selangor (11.6%), Perak (10.9%) dan Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur (8.5%). Negeri yang mempunyai peratusan yang paling kurang beragama Hindu ialah Sabah pada 0.1%.

 

Thaipusam di Malaysia

Thousands attend the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves every year

Ribuan pengunjung menghadiri perayaan Thaipusam di Batu Caves setiap tahun

Perayaan Thaipusam disambut setiap tahun di Malaysia dan ia adalah hari cuti umum bagi Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur dan Putrajaya, dan di negeri Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Pulau Pinang dan Selangor. Lebih daripada satu juta penganut agama Hindu berkumpul pada setiap tahun di beberapa kuil Hindu di seluruh negara untuk meraikan perayaan yang mulia ini.

Ia disambut diantara bulan Januari – Februari, bergantung kepada tarikh bulan penuh pada bulan Tamil Thai, mengikut kalendar Hindu. Setakat ini, sambutan terbesar di Malaysia bertempat di Batu Caves tidak jauh dari ibukota Kuala Lumpur dan dikenali di seluruh dunia. Kuil-kuil lain di mana Thaipusam disambut dengan hebat termasuk Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani (juga dikenali sebagai Kuil Waterfall Hill) di Pulau Pinang, dan Kuil Arulmigu Subramaniyar Kallumalai di Ipoh, Perak.

 

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Thaipusam di Kuala Lumpur

Penganut memulakan persiapan pada awal pagi, sekitar jam 4. Perarakan bermula dari Kuil Mahamariamman di Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur dan termasuk penggunaan pedati yang diperbuat daripada perak. Patung-patung Dewa Murugan dan dua isteri beliau ditempatkan di atas pedati dan diiringi ke Batu Caves, di mana ia akan tiba disekitar waktu tengah hari.

Pedati pertama kali digunakan pada tahun 1893, yang diperbuat daripada 350 kilogram perak dan sejumlah RM350,000 dibelanjakan untuk kos pembinaannya. Ketinggian lebih kurang dari 6.5 meter (lebih kurang 21 kaki) dan mempunyai 240 loceng di atasnya. Pedati yang dibina di India ini terdiri daripada 12 bahagian. Ia dihantar dan dipasang apabila tiba di Malaysia pada tahun 1893.

Devotees carrying the image of Lord Murugan out of Sri Mahamariamma Temple onto the silver chariot, an act that officially marks the beginning of the Thaipusam festival

Penganut membawa imej Dewa Murugan dari Kuil Sri Mahamariamma di atas pedati perak, tindakan yang secara rasminya menandakan bermulanya perayaan Thaipusam

The silver chariot procession along the streets of Kuala Lumpur early in the morning

Perarakan pedati perak di sepanjang jalan di Kuala Lumpur pada awal pagi

Acara utama berlaku di Komplek Kuil Batu Caves Sri Subramaniar Swamy. Apabila patung itu tiba, penganut memulakan persiapan untuk menjalankan acara ritual kesyukuran dan penebusan dosa. Pertama sekali pembawa kavadi akan upacara ritual menyucikan diri. Sewaktu mereka melalukan upacara ritual ini, ramai diantara mereka berada di dalam keadaan separuh sedar kerana bacaan doa dan usaha mereka sendiri dalam keadaan dalam tempoh 48 hari sebelumnya. Mereka kemudiannya ditusuk dengan cangkuklogm ataupun pancang. Ini boleh menjadi satu prosedur yang tidak menyakitkan bagi penganut jika mereka berada dalam berkhayal ataupun separuh sedar.

A devotee prays while he bathes himself before his pilgrimage to Batu Caves

Seorang penganut sedang berdoa sambil menyucikan dirinya di hadapan jemaahnya ke Batu Caves

Hindu devotee seen in trance before his pilgrimage to Batu Caves during Thaipusam

Penganut Hindu dilihat didalam keadaan separuh sedar dihadapan jemaahnya ke Batu Caves semasa Thaipusam

Keluarga dan rakan-rakan akan membimbing penganut mendaki 272 anak tangga yang curam ke pintu masuk gua. Para penganut membawa pelbagai jenis kavadi semasa mereka berjalan menaiki tangga. Berat kavadi antaranya boleh mencapai sehingga 100 kilogram (lebih kurang 220 paun). Sewaktu mereka mendaki, dan dalam beberapa kes menari sambil menyusuri anak tangga, doa terus dibacakan. Oleh kerana saiz dan reka bentuk yang berwarna warni kavadi, mereka juga boleh dilihat dengan jelas dari bawah kompleks kuil.

Family and friends guiding a kavadi devotee up the steep flight of stairs to the entrance of Batu Caves

Ahli keluarga dan rakan-rakan membimbing seorang pembawa kavadi mendaki anak tangga curam yang menuju ke pintu masuk Batu Caves

Apabila pembawa kavadi tiba di tempat suci di dalam gua, upacara sembahyang turut selesai dan kavadi akan dialihkan. Acara itu akan berterusan sepanjang malam, dengan beratus-ratus penganut beratur untuk membawa kavadi mereka sehingga ke tempat suci di dalam gua.

Selepas sambutan dua hari di Batu Caves, perarakan ini kembali ke Kuil Sri Mahamariamman, mengiringi patung Dewa Murugan dan isteri-isteranya duduk di atas pedati perak. Beribu-ribu orang menyertai perarakan itu, dan penghibur bersemangat dengan paluan gendang.

Jika anda merancang untuk berkunjung ke Batu Caves semasa perayaan Thaipusam, adalah disyorkan untuk membuat kunjungan waktu kunjungan samaada pada waktu pagi ataupun pada waktu petang kerana keadaan cuaca agak panas terik di waktu siang.

Thousands of devotees climb the stairs to the temple inside Batu Caves every year during Thaipusam (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

Beribu-ribu penganut Hindu mendaki anak tangga ke arah kuil di dalam Batu Caves setiap tahun semasa sambutan Thaipusam (Gambar oleh Olivia Harris / Reuters)

Batu Caves pada asalnya digunakan oleh orang Temuan. Peneroka Cina mula menggali baja guano (najiskelawar) untuk menanam sayur-sayuran, walau bagaimanapun kawasan ini telah dipopularkan oleh pihak berkuasa penjajah British selepas ia dicartakan oleh mereka.

Pintu masuk gua diilhamkan daripada bentuk Vel (tombak), K. Thamboosamy Pillay, peniaga terkemuka rakyat Malaysia berketurunan Tamil, menaik taraf gua sebagai rumah ibadat. Batu Caves kemudiannya di tetapkan sebagai kuil tempat untuk menyembah Dewa Murugan, dan Pillay kemudiannya mendiririkan patung didalam gua Batu Caves. Pada tahun 1920, sejumpah 272 anak tangga kayu telah dibina sehingga ke pintu masuk gua, namun sekarang ianya telah digantikan dengan tangga-tangga konkrit.

Kompleks Kuil juga menempatkan patung Dewa Murugan terbesar di dunia. Patung Dewa Murugan ini berukuran 42.7 meter (140 kaki) tinggi dan dirasmikan pada tahun 2006, selepas mengambil 3 tahun waktu pembinaan. Ia adalah satu monumen yang menjadi sinonim dengan Kuala Lumpur dan Malaysia. Apabila orang di seluruh dunia memikirkan Kuala Lumpur, mereka akan berfikir tentang patung Dewa Murugan sebagai salah satu ikon yang paling diingati di kotaraya ini. Selain daripada tapak beribadat yang sangat aktif, Batu Caves juga merupakan salah satu tarikan pelancong yang paling popular di Kuala Lumpur.

 

Perarakan Pedati Perak Thaipusam di Kuil Srimahamariammam, Kuala Lumpur

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Panduan ke Batu Caves

Map of Batu Caves. Click to enlarge.

Peta daripada Batu Caves. Klik untuk besarkan.

Batu Caves terletak kira-kira 13 kilometer ke utara pusat bandaraya Kuala Lumpur. Adalah dinasihatkan untuk menggunakan pengangkutan awam untuk ke sana, tempat letak kenderaan boleh menjadi sukar di musim perayaan. Sewaktu perayaan Thaipusam perkhidmatan bas khas disediakan dari Stesen KL Sentral ke Batu Caves untuk keselesaan penganut dan pengunjung. Perkhidmatan Teksi juga boleh didapati dari mana-mana sahaja di bandar.

Cara yang paling mudah untuk perjalanan adalah dengan menggunakan laluan KTM Komuter (Batu Caves – laluan Seremban), ke Stesen Komuter Batu Caves. Dari bandaraya Kuala Lumpur, anda boleh menggunakan laluan KTM Komuter dari KL Sentral, yang merupakan stesen kereta api utama di bandar ini yang mana kosnya kurang daripada RM5 untuk satu hala. Teksi juga sedia-ada dari Stesen KL Sentral dan anda juga boleh menaiki bas nombor. U6 dari stesen bas Titiwangsa.

 

Kuil Sri Subramaniar Swamy

Untuk maklumat lanjut tentang Kuil Batu Caves atau aktivitinya, anda boleh lah hubungi mereka.

Alamat:
68000 Batu Caves, Selangor,
Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +603 6189 6284
Faks: +603 6187 2404
E-mel: batu_caves@yahoo.com

 

Tempat Penginapan yang berdekatan dengan Stesen KL Sentral

Berikut adalah senarai tempat-tempat penginapan yang berhampiran dengan Stesen KL Sentral jika sewaktu lawatan anda. Sila ambil perhatian bahawa terdapat banyak hotel-hotel lain di sekitar kawasan tersebut yang boleh anda dapat secara online.

 

Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur (4 Star Hotel)

Alamat:
2 Jalan Stesen Sentral,
Kuala Lumpur Sentral,
50470 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +603 2263 7888
Tapak web: http://www.lemeridienkualalumpur.com

 

Royce Hotel KL Sentral (3.5 Star Hotel)

Alamat:
20 & 22 Jalan Tun Sambanthan 3,
50470 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +603 2276 2420
Tapak web: http://roycehotel-kl.com

 

Hotel Sentral Kuala Lumpur (3 Star Hotel)

Alamat:
30 Jalan Thambypillai, Brickfields
50470 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +603 2272 6000
Tapak web: http://www.hotelsentral.com.my

 

Thaipusam di Pulau Pinang

Silver chariot escorting Lord Murugan in Penang

Pedati Perak mengiringi Dewa Murugan di Pulau Pinang

Perayaan Thaipusam di Pulau Pinang berlangsung selama 3 hari. Ianya bermula pada malam sebelum menjelangnya hari Thaipusam dan sehari selepas perayaan hari Thaipusam dilangsungkan.

Upacara penyembahan Tuhan Murugan dimulai pada malam menjelang Thaipusam di sekitar jam 6 pagi. Penganut berarak bersama Lord Murugan yang di tempatkan di atas pedati perak di dalam perarakan yang panjang, yang di ketuai oleh kavadi-kavadi yang dihiasi dengan bulu merak. Perarakan bermula dari Little India pada jam 6 pagi dan berakhir di Kuil Nattukottai Chettiar di waktu tengah malam. Sepanjang perjalanan perarakan, kelapa dipecahkan ke tanah sebagai tanda simbolik memenuhi sumpah suci. Lokasi yang paling strategik untuk melihat ritual memecahkan kelapa ini adalah di Jalan Dato Keramat, berhadapan Penang Times Square. Perarakan biasanya akan melewati lokasi ini dari waktu tengah hari dan seterusnya.

Coconut smashing ritual in Georgetown

Ritual memecahkan kelapa di Georgetown

Pada hari Thaipusam, pembawa Kavadi di Pulau Pinang tubuhnya juga ditusuk sama seperti mereka yang di Kuala Lumpur. Upacara ini berlangsung di Kuil Sri Muthu Mariamman di Lorong Kulit (bersebelah Pejabat Rapid Pulau Pinang) bemula dari jam 3 pagi dan seterusnya. Pembawa Kavadi akan memulakan perjalanan mereka dengan mendaki sejumlah 513 anak tangga untuk naik menuju ke Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani (Kuil Waterfall Hilltop). Waktu terbaik untuk melihat pembawa kavadi adalah dari jam 3 tengah hari dan seterusnya. Penganut yang membawa kavadi yang lebih besar biasanya melakukan perjalanan pada lewat hari, bermula pada sekitar jam 9.30 malam. Makanan vegetarian dan minuman boleh didapati dari 130 thaneer panthal, ataupun daripada gerai-gerai sementara. Gerai-gerai ini biasanya meriah dihiasi dan berada di sepanjang laluan perarakan.

Devotees making their way up to the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple

Penganut dalam perjalanan untuk naik ke Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani

Perayaan ini berakhir sehari selepas hari Thaipusam, yang mana patung Dewa Murugan akan dibawa di atas pedati perak dari Kuil Nattukottai Chettiar, pada sekitar jam 6 petang. Perarakan berakhir di Kuil Kovil Veedu di Lebuh Penang melalui laluan yang berbeza daripada perarakan asal. Perarakan ini sekali lagi disertai dengan satu lagi ritual memecahkan kelapa, dan persembahan buah-buahan, bunga dan kemenyan diatas thambulam atau di atas pinggan perak yang besar.

Thambulam, or offerings arranged on a big silver plate.

Thambulam, atau persembahan disusun di atas pinggan perak besar

 

Panduan ke Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani

Map of Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple. Click to enlarge.

Peta Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani. Klik untuk besarkan

Andalah dinasihatkan untuk mengambil teksi ke Kuil Waterfall Hilltop kerana tempat meletak kenderaan mungkin sedikit sukar pada musim perayaan.

 

Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani

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Alamat:
Jalan Air Terjun,
10350 George Town,
Penang, Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +604 6505 215

 

Majlis Tindakan Pelancongan Negeri Pulau Pinang

Anda boleh berhubung dengan Majlis Tindakan Pelancongan Negeri Pulau Pinang untuk maklumat lanjut, dan lain-lain soalan yang anda ada tentang melawati Pulau Pinang.

Alamat:
56th Floor, Komtar
10100 Penang,
Malaysia
Nombor telefon: +604 262 0202
Faks: +604 263 1020
E-mel: enquiry@tourismpenang.gov.my

Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple

Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani

 

Tempat Penginapan berdekatan dengan Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani

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G Hotel Kelawai Penang (5 Star Hotel)

Alamat:
2 Persiaran Maktab,
10250 Penang,
Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +604 219 0000
Tapak web: http://ghotelkelawai.com.my

 

Georgetown City Hotel (4 Star Hotel)

Alamat:
1-Stop Midlands Park,
Burmah Road
10350 Georgetown,
Penang, Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +604 227 7111
Tapak web: http://www.georgetowncityhotel.com

 

Hotel Waterfall (3 Star Hotel)

Alamat:
160 Jalan Utama,
10450 Penang,
Malaysia
Nombor telefon: +604 229 5588
Tapak web: http://www.hotelwaterfall.com.my

 

Thaipusam di Ipoh

Thaipusam Festival

Skala sambutan Thaipusam di Ipoh adalah jauh lebih kecil berbanding dengan di Kuala Lumpur ataupun di Pulau Pinang, namun sambutannya agak memberangsangkan. Perayaan ini adalah satu amalan hebat selama 24 jam bagi pembawa kavadi dan keluarga mereka. Perarakan bermula di Kuil Mariamman Kovil, dan berakhir di Kuil Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar.

Sepanjang laluan perarakan, penganut membina struktur sementara tempat-tempat suci dan gerai-gerai yang menyediakan hidangan ringan untuk mereka yang melewati laluan perarakan. Penganut juga menari dan bersorak untuk mengekalkan semangat perayaan.

Thaipusam032

 

Panduan untuk ke Kuil Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar

Map of Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar Temple. Click to enlarge.

Peta Kuil Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar. Klik untuk besarkan.

Adalah dinasihatkan untuk mengambil teksi ke Kuil Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar. Tempat letak kenderaan mungkin sedikit sukar pada musim perayaan.

 

Kuil Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar

Alamat:
Ipoh Hindu Devasathana Paripalana Sabah
No. 140, Jalan Raja Musa Aziz,
30300 Ipoh,
Perak, Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +604 229 5588
Tapak web: http://www.hotelwaterfall.com.my

 

Tempat Penginapan berhampiran Kuil Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar

Berikut adalah senarai tempat-tempat penginapan berhampiran dengan kuil sewaktu kunjungan anda. Sila ambil perhatian bahawa terdapat banyak hotel lain di sekitar kawasan tersebut yang boleh anda dapat secara online.

 

Cititel Express Ipoh

Alamat:
2 Jalan S. P. Seenivasagam
30000 Ipoh,
Perak, Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +605 208 2888
Tapak web: http://www.cititelexpress.com/ipoh/

 

Seemsoon Hotel

Alamat:
No. 2 Regat Dato Mahmud,
Jalan Pasir Puteh
31650 Ipoh,
Perak, Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +605 255 6888
Tapak web: http://www.seemsoonhotel.com

 

M Boutique Hotel Ipoh

Alamat:
2 Hala Datuk 5,
Off Jalan Leong Boon Swee
31650 Ipoh,
Perak, Malaysia
Nombor telefon: +605 255 5566
Tapak web: http://www.mboutiquehotels.com

 

Gambar-gambar Perayaan Thaipusam dari Seluruh Malaysia

The largest statue of Lord Murugan in the world at Batu Caves

Patung Dewa Murugan terbesar di dunia di Batu Caves

Chinese Hindus joining a kavadi procession

Penganut Hindu berbangsa Cina menyertai perarakan kavadi

Devotee praying at the start of the kavadi procession

Penganut berdoa pada permulaan perarakan kavadi

Devotee beginning his journey towards Batu Caves with the burden of the kavadi on his shoulders

Penganut memulakan perjalanan ke arah Batu Caves dengan membawa beban kavadi di atas bahunya

A devotee in a trance state during the Thaipusam festival in Batu Caves. Devotees enter trance, after which they are lanced without feeling pain

Seorang penganut dalam keadaan berkhayal (separuh sedar) semasa perayaan Thaipusam di Batu Caves. Penganut separuh sedar, selepas itu mereka ditusuk tanpa merasa sakit

A devotee is blessed with vibhuti (sacred ash) by a priest during the Thaipusam festival

Seorang penganut diberkati dengan vibhuti (abu suci) oleh seorang guru semasa perayaan Thaipusam

A woman showers in turmeric before beginning her pilgrimage to Batu Caves during Thaipusam

Seorang wanita menyucikan diri dengan kunyit sebelum memulakan perarakan ke Batu Caves semasa perayaan Thaipusam

A devotee bearing a elaborate and golden kavadi

Seorang pembawa kavadi keemasan yang telah dihiasi

A devotee pierced with hooks and chains connected to the kavadi resting on his shoulders

Seorang penganut ditussuk engan cangkuk dan rantai dan disambungkan ke kavadi dan diletakkan di atas bahu mereka

A devotee showing his faith, by having the hooks in his back pulled with ropes

Seorang penganut menunjukkan ketakwaannya dengan belakang badan ditusuk dan ditarik dengan tali

Kavadi bearers also show their devotion by using ornate and and even golden 'vel' or spears to pierce themselves as part of the Thaipusam festival

Pembawa Kavadi menunjukkan ketaatan dengan menggunakan hiasan dan juga ‘vel’ atau tombak keemasan dengan menindik diri mereka pada perayaan Thaipusam

Devotees of all ages take part in the Thaipusam festival

Penganut dari semua peringkat umur mengambil bahagian dalam perayaan Thaipusam

A devotee taking trance of a wrathful deity during Thaipusam

Seorang penganut dalam keadaan separuh sedar mengambil bentuk dewa kemurkaan semasa Thaipusam

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    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/facebook-question-three-sacred-eyes-of-vajra-yogini.html
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Nov 18. 2019 04:29 PM
    There are so many sacred mountains in the world. Each of the sacred mountains have their own legends or stories behind them. Mount Kailash is the holiest place in the world viewed by different faiths .
    Some respect these mountain peaks so much that it is forbidden to climb them.For others, climbing the mountain is arduous and a form of purification. So they will climb it as a pilgrimage.Thank you for this nice write up.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2XqkhlS
  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Nov 18. 2019 02:02 PM
    There are other places in the world where people reported sightings of tall and hairy human-like creatures. In the Himalayan region, this type of creature is called Yeti. In China, it is called Yeren (wild man). In some Buddhist scriptures, there are also accounts on Yeti.

    I think the bigfoot must be real, or there will not be sightings of creatures like this reported in different places in the world. Sometimes, some creatures don’t like to be disturbed or disturb others, therefore they are hard to be sighted. We have to be opened minded to other beings and be respectful to them so we can live in harmony.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch/the-cowichan-people-gave-him-the-name-%e2%80%9cthumquas%e2%80%9d.html
  • Sofi
    Monday, Nov 18. 2019 11:00 AM
    Voodoo and the Tibetan Leadership

    The word Voodoo is a term used to cover many religious practices, stemming from West Africa. The original religion still has millions of adherents in countries such as Benin, Togo, Ghana and Nigeria, especially among the Fon, Ewe, Yoruba and Kongo peoples. During the 17th and 18th centuries as European colonialists enslaved West Africans and had them forcefully shipped off to the Americas, they took with them their indigenous faith.

    Learn of Voodoo’s origins and the persecutions the practitioners suffered due to misconception. Learn how this relate to CTA’s actions: http://bit.ly/VoodooNCTA
  • Sofi
    Sunday, Nov 17. 2019 09:16 PM
    The Chinese Buddhist Billionaire Who Wants to Fix Your Brain

    Have you ever thought about why it is that people who have EVERYTHING are not happy? Probably because having everything in the world doesn’t actually bring happiness, but only leads to an extremely depressed, empty and bitter life because happiness is from the inside. Therefore it is very refreshing to read what Mr Chen has to say.

    Find out what did Mr. Chen said and how is he going to fix our brains: http://bit.ly/BillionaireFixYourBrain
  • Sofi
    Sunday, Nov 17. 2019 07:08 PM
    Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal

    Today, there are five main Vajra Yogini power places in Nepal and, including Sankhu, they are Pharping, Patan, Bidjeswori and Guhyeshwari. The first four accept visitors from all over the world, while Guhyeshwari remains the only Vajra Yogini sacred power place that does not permit foreign visitors.

    Read of Naropa’s close connections with these places: http://bit.ly/4SacredVYSties
  • Sofi
    Sunday, Nov 17. 2019 06:59 PM
    Dorje Shugden Arrives in a Nepali School | नेपाली विद्यालयमा दोर्जे शुग्देनको प्रवेश।

    When visiting the Bhagawan Dorje Shugden Chapel in Chabahil and the sacred Boudhanath Stupa, both in Kathmandu, Megnath just had to share Dorje Shugden with as many people as he could. Even back in his home town, Megnath wanted his friends, family and all the townsfolk to be blessed by Bhagawan Dorje Shugden. This included the local school, right next door to his family home. Just take a look below and see how he shared the sacred practice with many others. He is the type of person who, when he finds something good, he really wants to share it with others. Megnath is a kind, gentle and sincere person.

    Read and rejoice in Megnath’s sharing of Dorje Shugden which will greatly benefit his people: http://bit.ly/DSinNepaliSchool
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Nov 17. 2019 05:23 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us the origin of Namkar Barzin, how he became one of the entourage of Dorje Shugden. From this story, we also learned that a high lama has the ability to subdue an unenlightened being and bind it by oaths to help to protect Dharma and Dharma practitioner.

    Since this is the case, there must be a high lama who can subdue Dorje Shugden and bind him by oaths so he does not harm people. Why is that until today, no one manages to subdue Dorje Shugden? The only explanation is Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being, therefore he cannot be subdued. We can safely rely on Dorje Shugden to help us to remove our obstacles in life and provide us a conducive environment to practice Dharma.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/invocation-to-namkar-barzin.html
  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Nov 16. 2019 01:46 PM
    There are many great men in India that we are not so familiar with, Mr. Rabindranath Tagore is one of them. He understood how important education to grow good leaders for the country. He also knew that report card is not everything but it is more important to educate the children about creativity and responsibility. Mr Rabindranath Tagore was very selfish, he believed strongly in his passion and he did everything he could to materialise his idea. He had a great care and passion for humanity, fame to him was not important at all.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/rabindranath-tagore-a-beacon-for-humanity.html
  • Pastor Lanse
    Saturday, Nov 16. 2019 01:27 PM
    Alexandra David-Néel was a woman with the “wind beneath her feet”. She was a Buddhist, Orientalist and writer born in France and dedicated her whole life to studying Asian culture and religion, and sharing it with the Western world. In fact, most of her books focus on practices within Tibetan Buddhism. As a Western woman, her dangerous travel to Lhasa, Tibet, which at the time was closed to foreigners, created worldwide renown for her. Here is a short overview of her life and travels:

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/alexandra-david-neel.html

  • Sofi
    Friday, Nov 15. 2019 08:32 PM
    Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen

    Tsongkhapa praised Drakpa Gyeltsen for his strict mastery of the monastic codes. He is known for his writing on the Vinaya as well as on the Sarvadurgatiparisodhana tantra. Most of his known compositions are currently unaccounted for.

    Learn more of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen’s past incarnation and his promise made: http://bit.ly/DuldzinDrakpaGyeltsen
  • Sofi
    Friday, Nov 15. 2019 08:13 PM
    Murder in Drepung Monastery: Depa Norbu

    As with any story of success, there always comes with it tales of jealousy and envy. In Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen’s life story, this is represented in the form of Depa Norbu. It was at Depa Norbu’s hand and under his orders that Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen was murdered. While the run-up to the actual murder differs according to varying traditions, the end result is always the same — a hugely popular lama of high repute, erudite scholarship and unstained reputation was found dead with a khata (ritual silk scarf) stuffed down his throat.

    Learn of the treachery in Tibetan government that is still being practiced today: http://bit.ly/DepaNorbu
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Nov 15. 2019 05:27 PM
    Everyone who visits these places can receive blessings, positive imprints, find an opportunity for introspection, and be inspired by their own potential to gain higher states of mind.

    To date Potala Palace,Jokhang Monastery and Norbuglinka Palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Thank you for sharing this informative article which will definitely made things easier for those travelling there.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/374e5Ex
  • Yee Yin
    Friday, Nov 15. 2019 04:25 PM
    I rejoice to see the 11th Panchen Lama has started to teach, fulfilling his duty as a high lama. The Panchen Lama reincarnation lineage is as important as the Dalai Lama reincarnation lineage. The previous Panchen Lama was highly respected by Tibetans and Chinese, he was a very high lama. The current incarnation has learned from a very qualified teacher and thus he is also very qualified to teach.

    I have seen a video of him speaking in Chinese, he speaks very well and he is also very charismatic. He is still young, I am sure he can do a lot in preserving and spreading Tibetan Buddhism.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/historic-first-kalachakra-initiation-by-the-11th-panchen-lama.html
  • nicholas
    Friday, Nov 15. 2019 04:03 PM
    In 1987, the China Disabled People’s Performing Arts Troupe was formed. They are a professional performing arts troupe made up of 106 performers with hearing and/or visual impairments or physical disabilities. For the next 20 years, the 106 performers worked hard to turn professional in 2000. By 2004, they gave up their government allowance, began supporting themselves… and started raising money for charities! So beautiful no matter what angle you look at it from.

    Aged between 14-19, they slowly-but-steadily learned the art of dancing through sign language with other trainers. To make up for the lack of one or more of their senses, they put in more time, effort and have immense determination. Determination is the key for all success for anyone.

    For any one dance that they perform, they can spend up to one year practicing it for an average of 6-10 hours a day! Each move that they make is practiced about 100 times!!

    They have acquired international recognition and have performed in highly-recognised venues such as Scala in Milan, Carnegie Hall in New York, The Kennedy Center (for Bill Clinton), the Opera House in Sydney and “The Egg” in Beijing. They have performed in more than 60 countries (10 times in the USA alone), been invited to perform at events such as the closing ceremony of the Paralympics in Athens (2004) and Miss World 2004 pageant… and was designated as “UNESCO Art for Peace” by the Director-General of UNESCO!

    Watch the video on their amazing performance at http://bit.ly/2kwvIsU

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

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

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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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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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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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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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  • 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
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    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.
    7 months 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.
  • Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
    7 months ago
    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months 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
    7 months 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
    7 months 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
    8 months 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.
    8 months 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.
    8 months 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
    8 months 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
    8 months 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
    8 months 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
    9 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    10 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    10 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    10 months 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.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
    11 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    11 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    11 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    11 months 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).
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    11 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    2 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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    2 yearss ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    2 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    2 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    2 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 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.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    2 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    2 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
    2 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.
    2 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!!
    2 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.
    2 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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KISG has carried out monthly animals liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh on Sunday. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly animals liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh on Sunday. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Earth Project- 10/11/19
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Kechara Earth Project- 10/11/19
Blowing Mantras onto the birds so that they will be have Dharma imprints and good rebirth. We dedicated today's event for Rinpoche’s swift return. ~Jacinta, KPSG
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Blowing Mantras onto the birds so that they will be have Dharma imprints and good rebirth. We dedicated today's event for Rinpoche’s swift return. ~Jacinta, KPSG
The last bird taking his flight of freedom. Be compassionate always. Be kind to animals ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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The last bird taking his flight of freedom. Be compassionate always. Be kind to animals ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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Attended Dorje Shugden puja after our monthly Bird Liberation ~ Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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Attended Dorje Shugden puja after our monthly Bird Liberation ~ Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
Owen Liew offered incense to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas on behalf of KISG. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Owen Liew offered incense to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas on behalf of KISG. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Steve from Ipoh offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas prior to our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Steve from Ipoh offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas prior to our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has completed our weekly Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has completed our weekly Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Throwback - Parent and children stayed together to do breathing meditation ~ 2018 Pilgrimage cum Camp, Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS
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Throwback - Parent and children stayed together to do breathing meditation ~ 2018 Pilgrimage cum Camp, Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS
Throwback - KSDS parent and student visited Kechara Forest Retreat ~ Wesak Day for virtuous deeds and have fun together. Alice, KSDS
7 days ago
Throwback - KSDS parent and student visited Kechara Forest Retreat ~ Wesak Day for virtuous deeds and have fun together. Alice, KSDS
Wonderful to see these 2 siblings learn dharma together and pray to Manjushri before the class start. Alice, KSDS
7 days ago
Wonderful to see these 2 siblings learn dharma together and pray to Manjushri before the class start. Alice, KSDS
The youngest in the class of only 3 years ago learned how to do full lotus pose for breathing meditation session. Alice, KSDS
7 days ago
The youngest in the class of only 3 years ago learned how to do full lotus pose for breathing meditation session. Alice, KSDS
The youngest group of KSDS are very helpful in arranging the seats before the class. Alice, KSDS
7 days ago
The youngest group of KSDS are very helpful in arranging the seats before the class. Alice, KSDS
Kechara Ipoh Study Group carried out Mother Tara's prayer recitations on Sunday morning. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 weeks ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group carried out Mother Tara's prayer recitations on Sunday morning. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Throwback- Group work activities during camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Group work activities during camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Ice breaking session. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Ice breaking session. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Decorating Kechara Oasis, artwork dedication from Sunday class kids. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - Decorating Kechara Oasis, artwork dedication from Sunday class kids. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Chinese New Year activity during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Chinese New Year activity during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- WOAH Camp 2017 , Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- WOAH Camp 2017 , Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - KSDS camp in KFR, Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - KSDS camp in KFR, Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Grace led the teenage class on a blog chat article. Lin Mun KSDS
3 weeks ago
Teacher Grace led the teenage class on a blog chat article. Lin Mun KSDS
Students and teachers were so excited with the performance hat. Lin Mun KSDS
3 weeks ago
Students and teachers were so excited with the performance hat. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Asyley and teacher Alice shared the biography of HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche to student. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Asyley and teacher Alice shared the biography of HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche to student. Lin Mun KSDS
Class age 10-12 is lead by teacher Jayce. Lin Mun KSDS
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Class age 10-12 is lead by teacher Jayce. Lin Mun KSDS
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