The Holy Mountain, Jiu Hua Shan

Dec 3, 2011 | Views: 1,133

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Overview of Jiu Hua Shan

Mount Jiuhua rising above the clouds

Mount Jiuhua rising above the clouds

In an area of some 120 square kilometres, not far from the picturesque Mount Huangshan, and located in Qingyang County, Anhui Province in China, is a haven that is nestled between the Yangtze River and the Yellow Mountain. Here, in a verdant landscape of pine trees and walls of tall swaying bamboo, lined with streams, waterfalls, hidden caves and rocky configurations, 99 peaks rise up from the soil and protrude through the clouds. The tallest peak is called Shiwang Peak (Peak of Ten Kings) that sits at an elevation of 1,342 metres above sea level. This summit is well known, as are eight of the nearby peaks – Tiantai Peak, Tianwang Peak, Lianhua Peak, Duxiu Peak, Luohan Peak, Wulao Peak, Fuhu Peak and Furong Peak.

Together, the peaks are known as Jiu Hua Shan (Mount Jiu Hua) or the Nine Glorious/Heavenly Mountains and are considered to be the abode of the Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, known as Dizangwang Pusa in Chinese. Ksitigarbha is well known especially amongst Buddhists of the Mahayana tradition because of the great compassionate vow he made,

“If I do not go to hell to help the beings suffering there, who else will go?… If the hells are not empty I will not become a Buddha. Only when all living beings have been saved, will I attain full enlightenment.”

Jiu Hua Shan is one of the four holiest sites of Chinese Buddhism. The other three are Mount Wutai in Shanxi province, Mount Emei in Sichuan and Mount Putuo in Zhejiang. In the Nanhai Putuoshan Zhi (Mount Putuo of the Southern Seas Gazetteer) the Buddhist thinker Qiu Lian (1644-1729) was recorded to have said:

“Manjushri, Samantabhadra, Guanyin (Avalokiteshvara), and Ksitigarbha are all Bodhisattvas who have attained the realisations of Dharmakaya. But due to their eagerness to save sentient beings, they are present everywhere. Additionally, they want sentient beings to have a proper place in which to render respect. Therefore Manjushri manifests his response bodies (nirmanakaya) at Mount Wutai, Samantabhadra at Mount Emei, Guanyin and Ksitigarbha at Mount Putuo and Jiuhua respectively”

The four great holy mountains of China are also said to denote the four elements out of which everything is made – Earth, Water, Fire and Wind (Air). Mount Wutai represents the Aind/Air element; Emei represents Fire, Putuo stands for Water while Jiuhua embodies the Earth element.

In addition to being a holy site where Buddhists from all over the world congregate, Mount Jiu Hua is also one of the best summer destinations in China.

For those interested in anthropology, Mount Jiu Hua is a wellspring of Buddhist treasures that include a large collection of 2,000 cultural and historical relics; over 6,000 volumes of Sutras from the Ming Dynasty; 6,300 beautiful statues of various Buddhas and deities of Buddhism; scrolls of scriptures written in Sanskrit on palm leaves; statues of Buddhist deities sculpted from precious metals and jade; a collection of paintings and calligraphies; official seals; and a collection of porcelain ware from the last millennium.

Emperor Kangxi’s calligraphy reads “Jiu Hua Sacred Abode”

Emperor Kangxi’s calligraphy reads “Jiu Hua Sacred Abode”

 

The Awakening of Mount Jiu Hua

The earliest association of Jiu Hua Shan with Buddhism dates back to the year 401 when an Indian monk by the name of Huaidu (also spelt Beidu or Pei-tu) built a small place of worship that would later become known as “Huacheng Si” (Huacheng Temple). The name Huacheng Si was given to it by the imperial decree of Emperor Dezong of the Tang Dynasty in 780 CE during the Emperor’s first year of reign. However, it was the Korean monk, Jin Qiaojue’s (whose name means “Exalted Awakening”) 75-year-long solitary practice of Buddhism and his spiritual achievements that firmly imbued the mountain with its perpetual aura of mystique and holiness.

Like Lord Buddha himself, Jin Qiaojue was a prince. He belonged to the Silla Kingdom, in what is now known as Korea. He was known as Prince Jin Xianying before he renounced the material world to become a monk. He arrived at Mount Jiu Hua around 719 CE and entered deep meditations and spiritual training there. It is said that he faced a very difficult life on the mountain, as conditions were harsh and resources were scarce; often he would have to eat a kind of white clay to stay alive. Still, he persisted and over time, he became more well known and sponsors arrived. One, in particular, was a wealthy landowner by the name of Zhuge Jie. He and other patrons provided the means for Jin Qiajue to build upon the basic structure that Huaidu had previously constructed.

For 75 years Jin Qiaojue remained on the mountain and engaged in his practice. In 794 CE, at the age of 99, he achieved the state of Nirvana.

Inside Huacheng temple

Inside Huacheng temple

Legends abound in regards to Jin Qiaojue and Mount Jiu Hua. In one version, when Jin Qiaojue passed into clear light at the age of 99, his body remained whole and intact for three years. And the joints of his body when shaken, emitted sounds like rattling gold locks. In Buddhist scriptures, it is said that this is an indication that the practitioner has attained Buddhahood. Realising the holiness of this monk, the public built a pagoda on Shenguan Ridge Mount to house his remains and for the purpose of veneration. Jin Qiaojue was recognised as an emanation of the Earth Buddha, Ksitigarbha and Mount Jiu Hua became his abode.

According to numerous eyewitness accounts, the ridge where the mummified body of Jin Qiaojue is enshrined often produces an exhibition of coloured lights.

 

Mount Jin Hua and the Arts

Mount Jiu Hua with its tranquil peaks and the sacred mystique that it exudes have always drawn learned men, scholars, poets, artists and creative minds to it. This includes Libai (701-762 CE), a renowned poet of the Tang Dynasty. Standing at the summit Libai gazed at the scenery and became intoxicated with its beauty and this verse came to him:

From the azure skies above descends a jade-like flow, and nine fascinating lotuses rise out of the hills below.

In fact, this is how Mount Jiu Hua got its name. Libai saw the peaks as lotuses that reach into the skies, “holding up heaven”. Before that, the mountain was known as Lingyang Mountain.

Tiantai Peak at Mount Jiuhua

Tiantai Peak at Mount Jiuhua

Other luminaries such as Tang poet, Liu Yuxi (772-842 CE), and Du Mu (803-852 CE), Song Dynasty litterateur Wang Anshi (1021-1086 CE), Mei Yaochen (1002-1086 CE), Zhou Bida (1126-1204 CE), Wen Tianxiang (1236-1283 CE), Tang Xianzu (1550-1616 CE), and Zhang Daqian (1899-1983 CE) were among the parade of scholars, politicians and monks who made the pilgrimage to Jiu Hua Shan.

 

The Holy Structures, Temples and Halls of Jiu Hua Shan

The 99-metre tall Ksitigharba statue at Mount Jiuhua

The 99-metre tall Ksitigharba statue at Mount Jiu hua

There are currently 90 temples on Jiu Hua Shan, most of which were restored during the Ming (1368-1644 CE) and Qing (1644-1912 CE) dynasties. It was during these two eras that Buddhism was at its peak at Mount Jiu Hua. At one point, there were 150 temples housing some 3,000 monks and nuns in total. Among the most well-known buildings and structures on Mount Jiu Hua is the Incarnation Hall, the Longevity Hall, Huacheng Temple, Zhiyuan Temple, Zhantanlin Temple, Ganlu Temple and Tiantai Temple.

On Mount Jiu Hua, housed within Huacheng Temple is an ancient temple bell cast between 1875 and 1908 during the Guangxu period. It stands at 2-metres (6ft 7in) tall and weighs 1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb). It is regarded as a national treasure and at the beginning of the Chinese New Year, the bell is rung 108 times to usher in peace, goodwill and prosperity; and to ward off evil and bad luck.

In 2013, a 99-metre (324.8 foot) bronze statue of Ksitigarbha was enthroned and consecrated at the Dayuan Cultural Park on Mount Jiu Hua. The statue consists of over 3,000 bronze plates that took over 1,100 tonnes of bronze to craft. Three lifts inside the monumental Ksitigarbha take visitors to the top where they can take in the breathtaking scenery.

 

Huacheng Temple

Huacheng Temple is located in a small town on Mount Jiu Hua, at approximately 600 metres above sea level. Enclosed by mountains and peaks, the setting is breathtaking – to the South is Furong Peak, to the West lies Shenguang Ridge, to the North is White Clouds Mountain and to the East, picturesque cliffs. Fronting the temple entrance is a circular plaza with a crescent-shaped lotus pond its the centre. It is said that Jin Qiaojue used to release fishes he rescued from captivity into this pond.

Huacheng temple consists of 4 main halls – the Lobby, the Grand Hall, the Back Hall and the Scripture Tower with each hall being built on a higher ground than the one before it in sequence.

It is the oldest temple on the mountain and considered the holiest. The original structure built by Huaidu in 401 CE was basic, but over the centuries it evolved as various abbots and patrons progressively renovated and expanded the buildings and halls within the grounds of Huacheng. The temple was severely damaged during the Taiping Rebellion (1850-1864 CE) but due to its significance, it was later restored and rebuilt.

The main entrance to Hua Cheng temple

The main entrance to Huacheng temple

Huacheng temple may appear simple and solemn from afar but, upon closer inspection, its structure and decorations reveal themselves to be exquisite artistic creations. Intricate engravings on lintels, brackets and roofs reinforce the brightness and liveliness of the building. The massive wall carving entitled ‘Nine Dragons Playing with Pearls’ located on a panel in the Main Shrine Hall is a consummate piece of ancient Chinese art.

The great Emperor Kangxi was recorded as having dispatched palace officials to offer incense at Mount Jiu Hua and specifically Huacheng Temple numerous times and granted it the name tablet “Jiuhua Shenjing” (Superior Place of Jiuhua) affirming the sacredness of the grounds. During the reign of Emperor Qianlong, Huacheng was bestowed another name tablet by the Emperor, “Fragrant Grand Temple”. Emperor Qianlong declared it to be “The First Mountain in southeast China”. Zhu Yijun, the Emperor Chongzen also bestowed upon Huacheng Temple a name tablet calling it “Beneficence Most Enjoyable” and the 14th Wanli Emperor of the Ming Dynasty bestowed Huacheng Temple with the Buddhist Canon on two occasions.

A brief account of Huacheng Temple’s expansion:

Huacheng Temple

Huacheng Temple

Ming Dynasty:

  • In the Ming Dynasty, Huacheng’s Abbots Zongling and Fajian expanded the temple and turned it into a Zen temple,
  • In 1435, the famous monk Fuqing moved to Huacheng Temple and rebuilt the Grand Hall of the Great Sage. He also reconstructed the Cangjing, Zushi, Jingang, Tianwang, and Jialan Halls in addition to expanding the Eastern Halls.
  • During the Emperor Zhengtong’s reign, Huacheng Abbots Daotai followed by Dugang, Fayan and Faguang progressively expanded the Western Halls,
  • In 1569, a wealthy patron named Huang Longding sponsored the complete renovation of Huacheng Temple.

Qing Dynasty:

  • In 1681, the governor of Chizhou by the name of Yu Chenlong restored Huacheng and built the Juhua Pavilion. By then, Huacheng Temple consisted of at least 72 halls and became the leading temple on Mount Jiu Hua.
  • In 1857, Huacheng fell to the ravages of the Taiping Rebellion and only the Sutra Library was left standing,
  • Then in 1890, Huacheng’s Abbot Lunfa rebuilt four of the temple halls together with the pilgrim Liu Hanfang and others.

People’s Republic of China:

  • The administrative government of Qinyang County refurbished the temple in 1955 but by 1968, a significant amount of Buddhist statues within Huacheng were destroyed as the result of the Cultural Revolution,
  • In 1981, Huacheng was rebuilt yet again and the Mount Jiu Hua Historical and Cultural Museum was established and in September that year Huacheng Temple was declared to be a conservator of historical relics.
  • In 1983, Huacheng Temple was declared as the National Main Buddhist Temple in the Han Area by the State Council.

 

Historical Relic Museum

Precious Sutras and other cultural relics are displayed in the Historical Relic Museum. The most valuable are the Buddhist canonical literature left from the Tang Dynasty, the Tripitaka from the Ming Dynasty and handwritten passages created by Qing Dynasty Emperors Kangxi and Qian Long.

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Corporeal Body Hall (also known as Longevity Palace)

The Corporeal Body Hall has housed the remains of the famous monk, Wu Xia for more than 350 years. The monk Wu Xia came to Jiu Hua Shan in the 16th Century after making pilgrimages to Mount Wutai and Mount Emei. Here he cultivated himself and was famous for writing the Avatamsaka Sutra in ink that was made from a combination of gold powder and his own blood. Wu Xia lived until the age of 126. His corporeal body was only found three years after his passing, surprisingly well preserved and without any sign of decay. It is from this legend that the temple became known as Longevity Palace. The Emperor Chongzhen of the Ming Dynasty bestowed on Wu Xia the title Yingshen Bodhisattva or Reincarnated Boddhisattva.

Hall of 500 Arhats

Nearby the Corporeal Body Hall is this hall set out like the interior of a palace. Within are 500 grand statues of Arhats, each with its own unique expression, gesture and stance.

Incarnation Hall (Embalmed Body Hall)

This is regarded as the most sacred hall and the highlight of any visit to Jiu Hua Shan. It is here that the mummified body of Jin Qiaojue is buried. Accordingly, it is sometimes referred to as the Ksitigarbha Pagoda. The Incarnation Hall is built on a high ridge and inside amidst stone pillars, red walls and white marble is a 7-storey wooden pagoda with a marble base. The holy remains of Jin Qiaojue are entombed within and 100 Kisitigarbha statues adorn the walls of the pagoda.

 

Tiantai Temple

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Standing 1,306 metres above sea level is the wood and stone building which is the highest on Jiu Hua Shan, Tiantai Temple. The 5-storey temple sits astride two hills upon 8-metre tall stones, protected on three sides by sheer cliffs.

Entry to the structure is via a steep stone staircase and then a tunnel 3.4 metres in diameter and 4.2 metres long. Beyond it lies the Shanmen (Gate of Three Liberations), Four Heavenly Kings Hall, Mahavira Hall, Hall of Guanyin, Dharma Hall, Meditation Hall, and Reception Hall, which cover 1,540 square metres.

 

Huiju Temple

Named in 1983 by the Chinese government as a National Key Buddhist Temple in the Han Chinese Area, Huiju Temple was first constructed during the Qing Dynasty as the Huiqin Nunnery. Now a monastery, it is located on the west side of the Tiantai Mountain and to the east of Mingyuan Park.

The temple occupies 541 square metres of land and contains 18 life-sized statues of Arhats and Buddhas. Major reconstruction of the structure in 1982 was followed by a complete renovation of the interior where the statues and other figures were painted and gilded.

 

Shangchan Hall

Shangchan Hall is located below the Incarnation Hall. It was originally called Jingde Hall but during Emperor Kangxi’s reign, Prime Minister Yulin’s disciple, Zongyan expanded the structure and renamed it Shangchan Hall.

Despite its small gate, Shangchan Temple sees more pilgrims and worshippers than any other temple on Jiu Hua Shan, partly because of the wonderfully wide vistas it offers from its beautiful halls.

Inside Tiantai temple

Inside Tiantai temple

 

Ganlu Temple (Sweet Dew Temple)

Ganlu Temple, originally a nunnery, is located at the north of the mountain approximately 7 kilometres from Jiu Huajie Town. In 1667, Qing Prime Minister Yulin paid homage to Mount Jiu Hua. He is said to have exclaimed, “What a beautiful place it is with mountains and rivers! Generations of dignitaries will be born here if a temple is built up.”

Monk Dong An, who lived in Fuhu (“Taming the Tiger”) Cave heard this and decided to build the temple. On the eve of the project, pine needles all over the mountain were found to be covered in nectar and this gave the structure its name. After the temple was built, Dong An gave teachings at the temple twice before returning to his solitary practice in Fuhu Cave. During the Qianlong Period of the Qing Dynasty, Abbot Youtan opened the temple doors again and teachings resumed.

Across its 3,500 square metres, the temple houses the Precious Hall of The Great Hero, the Side Hall, the Small House, the Bell and Drum and the Steel Inscription.

In 1990, Jiu Hua Buddhist College was established on its grounds. The college offers courses in Buddhist theology, Sutras, the history of Buddhism, medicine, philosophy, calligraphy, foreign languages and computers.

 

Sandal Woods

This is a key national temple in China and was first constructed during the Kangxi Period of the Qing Dynasty. When it was under construction, the monks who were cutting down trees behind the site noticed that the wood had a pleasant smell – this gave the temple its name.

The building originally consisted of 4 halls and 1 palace but Abbot Huisheng vowed to establish three more palaces. Dabei Palace was finished in 1994 and it contains a four-faced 1000-armed Guanyin. In 1999, Dayuan Palace was finished with the enshrinement of a golden figure of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva. Daxiong Palace is currently under construction and will have the figures of Three Huayan Sages enshrined within its grounds.

 

Other Attractions

A Temple Fair (also called Hid Puja) has been held on Mount Jiu Hua every year since 1983 but its heritage goes back over 1,000 years. The 30th Temple Fair from September 1 to September 30 in 2012 attracted a large number of tourists and pilgrims, both local and international. It coincided with the grand opening of the then-newly built Dayuan Cultural Garden.

Zhiyuan temple

Zhiyuan temple

 

Longchi Waterfall

The natural work of art is located northeast of Longchi Nunnery and southeast of Ganlu Temple. The water’s source is the Longgi Ravine that winds its way downhill and ends in a 10-metre drop forming the waterfall. Not far is Jiu Huajie Town which is about 7 kilometres away.

 

Visiting Mount Jiu Hua

Admission Fee:
CNY 140 (Dec.1- Feb.28/29); CNY 190 (Mar.1 – Nov.30)

Cable Car:
Bai Sui Gong Cable Way: CNY 55 per person one-way; CNY 100 per person for round trip

Tiantai Cable Way:
CNY 75 per person one-way, CNY 140 per person for round trip

Opening Hours:
08:00 – 17:30

Recommended visit duration:
One or two nights

How to Get There:
By Bus:

  • Nanjing Zhongyangmen Bus Station has four buses a day to Jiu Hua Shan. They run at 7:40, 14:00, 14:50, and 16:20. The trip takes about 4-4.5 hours.
  • Hefei Tourism Bus Station (east of Hefei Railway Station) has hourly buses to the mountain from 10:00-15:00. The journey takes about 3 hours. Hefei New South Bus Station also has hourly buses from 6:30 to 16:30.
  • Huangshan Scenic Area (Tangkou) has only two buses – at 6:30 and 13:30. Tunxi Bus Station also runs several buses. The journey takes about 2-3 hours.

By Train:

  • Take a train to Chizhou Railway Station, which is adjacent to Chizhou Bus Station. There are buses to Mount Jiuhua every few minutes and take about an hour to reach their destination.

By Air:

  • Visitors can fly to Hefei, Nanjing, Wuhu or Huangshan and then take a bus to Mount Jiuhua.

What to see:

Mount Jiu Hua is composed of five main scenic areas, including

  • Front Gate Scenic Area is the ticket booking area and you can explore Ganlu Temple, Dragon Pool Temple, and more.
  • Jiu Hua Street Scenic Area (the core area of Mount Jiu Hua, keeps the Qing Dynasty style) where travellers can explore Zhiyuan Temple, Huacheng Temple, the Incarnation Grand Hall, Shangchan Hall, Longevity Palace, Dongya Buddhist Temple and others.
  • Heavenly Terrace Scenic Area (alpine mountain scenic area) where travellers can explore the essence of Mount Jiu Hua including Shiwang Peak, Tiantai Peak, Tiantai Temple, and Thin Strip of Sky.
  • Flower Terrace Scenic Area (alpine mountain scenic area) is composed of Big Flower Terrace and Small Flower Terrace. It includes Tianzhu Peak, Luohan Peak, Ksitigarbha Well, Ksitigarbha Boots, and Manjushri Cave.
  • Minyuan Scenic Area is located at the west of Heavenly Terrace Scenic Area, including Minyuan Bamboo Forest, Phoenix Old Pines, Dragon Stream and others.

 

Photos of Mount Jihua

Tiantai Temple

Huiju Temple

Shangchan Hall

Ganlu Temple

Sandal Woods

A temple atop Mount Jiuhua

Beautiful temples built hundreds of years ago atop Jiuhua Mountain

Jiuhua Shan Historical and Cultural Relic Temple

Source: http://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/anhui/huangshan/jiuhua.htm, http://www.jiuhuashan.com.cn/english/

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  1. Yee Yin on Dec 27, 2019 at 9:56 am

    There are many holy mountains in China. Each mountain is an abode of a specific Buddha, for example, Wu Tai Shan is the abode of Manjushri. If we have the opportunity, we should go and visit these places. Many great masters have been in retreats in these mountains. When we visit these places, we can get blessings and it can also open up our Dharma seeds.

  2. hani on Jul 23, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    ina has many temples and it is amazing some of the temples are built high up on the

  3. Samfoonheei on Jul 26, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Wow…stunning and beautiful Mount Jiuhua Anhui Province which is not far from and other famous mountain… Mt. Huangshan. The Name Jiuhua Shan name literally means “nine glorious mountains”. It is a sacred Buddhist mountain, it is also home to famous temples that had been revered since ancient times.Amazing, Mount Jiuhua consists of 99 peaks and 18 scenic spots just in its area and there are 90 temples on Jiuhua Shan, With its incredible landscape,architectural structures and pleasant climate has attracted many tourist.
    The Huacheng Temple is the main temple and is an ancient,oldest,holiest temple with a longest history.With a history of over 1,000 years, it was a national cultural heritage.It would be great to go on pilgrimage.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  4. Patsy on May 16, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    China has many temples and it is amazing some of the temples are built high up on the mountains. There were no hi-tech equipments many hundreds of years ago, yet the temples with fine architecture were so well built by the people those days.

    It will be great to be able to go for a pilgrimage in these holy sites.

  5. Girlie OOI on May 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    I have not visited China but from all the pictures that are available, they boast of beautiful temples and countryside scenery, especially old buildings.

  6. tenzin llhamo on May 10, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Wow! Spectacular! I never really had the chance to go visit any temples when I was in China. They have so many old and ancient yet fascinating temples to visit. Each of them have their own unique designs. When Kechara Forest Retreat is done, I know for sure we will also have our own uniqueness and wow factor!

  7. Sharon Saw on Mar 26, 2013 at 1:38 am

    It is intriguing to see that China has all these pilgrimage spots which most of the world does not know about. Wu Tai Shan http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/wu-tai-shan-2.html is the seat of Manjushri, Pu Tuo Shan http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/pu-tuo-shan.html is associated with Chenrezig, or Avalokiteshvara / Kuan Yin and here Jiu Huan Shan is related to Ksitigarbha Buddha. It would be great to go on pilgrimage to all these places one day!

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    Ksitigarbha is a bodhisattva primarily revered in East Asian Buddhism . Usually depicted as a monk with a nimbus around his shaved head, he carries a staff to force open the gates of hell and a wish-fulfilling jewel to light up the darkness.In Tibetan thangkas, he is often depicted as a classical seated Bodhisattva with crown. He is regarded as the bodhisattva of hell beings. Well known for his greatest compassionate Vow being, that is not to achieve Buddhahood until all hells are emptied. In this beautiful thangka he is depicted with Dorje Shugden an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. Dorje Shugden who is a Dharma Protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings.
    Thank you for this beautiful thangka.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/ksitigarbha-the-saviour
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 01:45 PM
    Machig Labdron was a renowned 11th-century Tibetan tantric Buddhist practitioner, teacher and yogini who originated several Tibetan lineages of the Vajrayana practice of Chod . She is often depicted with the attributes of a dakini, a representation of enlightened female energy. Together with Buddha Shakyamuni, Padampa Sangye, Vajravarahi, Green Tara, Prajnaparamita, Chang Shon, Troma Nagmo and Dorje Shugden as depicted in this beautiful thangka.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-founder-of-chod-machig-labdron
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 01:43 PM
    Black Manjushri is the wrathful healing form of Manjushri that helps us to heal our deep inner negative emotions and mental suffering. Those suffering from aggressive and assertive diseases such as cancer, AIDS , heart disease or those who are prone to negative emotions. Black Manjushri ‘s practice is indeed very beneficial in healing as long as one have faith. It is widely practiced by Gelug practitioners and other lineage as well. Black Manjushri purifies contaminations and impurities. In this thangka , Black Manjushri is depicted with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. Beautiful and powerful thangka to have it in our home.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-wrathful-healing-form-of-manjushri-black-manjushri
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Apr 6. 2020 10:29 PM
    Wow! Great to know the effect of mantra stone, an interesting article to know the powerful way of offering and the blessing. I understand that mantra is a form of meditation that has existed for a long time but offering mantra stone to deity is something new to understand.

    Thank you for the wonderful sharing and I am blessed to come across a beautiful message on offering mantra stone and the benefit behind it.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 6. 2020 03:40 PM
    Kuan Yin is one of the major deities in Buddhism and one of the most popular deities. Also known as the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion . Kuan Yin is regarded as male in India, and slowly transformed to have a female image in China. She is known for her kindness and can also be regarded as an icon of femininity in modern Buddhism. In this beautiful thangka Kuan Yin is depicted with Wei Tuo who is the great Dharma Protector in Buddhism who protects the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha and those who cultivate the Dharma. Together with Dorje Shugden also a Dharma protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings. Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri as depicted makes a powerful thangka to have.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/goddess-kuan-yin-the-embodiment-of-compassion
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 6. 2020 03:38 PM
    Born into a noble family the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje was spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He was well respected and consulted by high lamas of other lineages. He was given many names expressing this respect, including “King of the Yogis”. Interesting short life history of a great lama.
    Lama Jigme Rinpoche an accomplished teacher of the Kagyu lineage has once said….
    “Although the 16th Karmapa appeared and acted as a human being, his mind was completely open, without any limitation. He knew everything in an instant and without having to think about it.”
    Depicted in this beautiful thangka with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. He took the form of a Dharma protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/his-holiness-the-16th-karmapa-rangjung-rigpe-dorje
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 6. 2020 03:37 PM
    Chenrezig, also known as ‘All-Seeing Lord’.” is the most revered of all Bodhisattva, embodying the compassion of all Buddhas. Chenrezig listens to the prayers of all sentient beings in times of challenge and difficulty. His vow is to remain in samsara until all beings have been freed, especially lessens anger and also for those who suffer from depression. Here Chenrezig is depicted together with Dorje Shugden the dharma protector who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. A beautiful thangka to have.
    Thank you.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/semnyi-ngalso-chenrezig
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 5. 2020 03:25 PM
    Nairatmya is the Buddha Mother of the Sakya sect and is the embodiment of prajna wisdom. As well as a meditational deity and the consort of Hevajra which has many different forms and combinations of forms for these two deities. She has phenomenal power which enables practitioners to break through the ignorance of afflictions and increase the practitioners’ Buddha wisdom and merits. She did appeared to the Mahasiddha Virupa urging him to continue with his tantric practice. Depicted with the dharma protector Dorje Shugden forms a beautiful and powerful thangka.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/nairatmya-she-who-has-no-self
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 5. 2020 03:23 PM
    Born as a prince …Siddhartha Gautama but then became known as Shakyamuni only after he became the Buddha . Buddha gave teachings or compassionately turning the wheel of Dharma at a variety of places for many years until his parinirvana. Through these teachings, Buddha showed the way that leads all beings to the experience of awakening and liberation from samsara. In this beautiful thanka Buddha is depicted with his many disciples and Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/buddha-shakyamuni-turning-the-wheel-of-dharma
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 5. 2020 03:21 PM
    The Buddha was a philosopher, mendicant, meditator, spiritual teacher, and religious leader who lived in ancient India. He is revered as the founder of the world religion of Buddhism. Life as a prince living in the wealthy circumstances of a noble family . In his late twenties, Prince Siddhartha encountered the “four signs” during excursions from the palace. He realized that the only way out of this suffering world of samsara was through finding and following the right spiritual path. He gave up the ascetic way of life and turned to meditation, until he reached his goal of enlightenment under the Bodhi-tree in Bodhgaya. Interesting story of who the noble prince was, the major events of his life, and the incredible legacy that he left behind for the world with the creation of Buddhism.
    In this beautiful thangka , depicted together with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. As a dharma protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-noble-prince-who-founded-buddhism
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 4. 2020 06:15 PM
    Nor matter what race or religion, one of the most beautiful qualities of friendship is to understand and be understood. Animals of different species can be together, playing together and have a close bond, we as human too could do it. Dogs aren’t only man’s best friend, there are other animals playing together. With patience, the seeds of loving-kindness, and understanding even our enemies can become friends. Most important whether that person is of the same race, faith, rich or poor, good or bad ,all are treated equally. There is a time for silence with the one who hurts us and yet a time to let go of the past. We should love all beings too.
    I have seen wonderful pictures of people and animals hugging, playing together, it tell us a special bond between them. When we love them….the animals will gives you loves.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing and teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/absence-of-hatred

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  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
    12 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
    1 years 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
    1 years 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.
    1 years 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.
    1 years 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
    1 years 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
    1 years 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
    1 years 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
    1 years ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    1 years ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    1 years ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    1 years 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!
    1 years ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    1 years ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    1 years ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years 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).
  • 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.
  • Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
    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.
    3 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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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
4 weeks ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
4 weeks ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
4 weeks ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
4 weeks ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
1 month ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
1 month ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
1 month ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
1 month ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
2 months ago
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
2 months ago
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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