Wonderful Thailand

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Stella Cheang)

Dear friends around the world,

If we want to go on holidays, it is better to go to holy places. Even if such places are not sophisticated, they benefit us spiritually; we can take a break and collect merit, plant Dharma seeds and be blessed. This is a good way of combining the pleasure of holidays with the spirituality of collecting merit.

Never get tired of collecting merit because it offsets negative karma that leads to suffering. People without Dharma will not know this so for them, a holiday is a holiday. They do not know that their holidays will bring no long-term benefit. With Dharma, we are wiser.

We should go on pilgrimage to places where holy beings are known to reside or where great practitioners have engaged in profound practices. These places are vortexes of energy – an area where concentrated energy naturally converges on the planet’s surface.

On a visit to one of Bangkok's floating markets in 2011

On a visit to one of Bangkok’s floating markets in 2011

Visiting these vortexes expedites healing, assists meditation, synchronises brain waves, promotes health and encourages positive thinking. Performing spiritual practices in these areas or simply being present there helps to speed up the process of positive growth and healing within us. In short, it is good for us.

A place may not be a natural vortex, but can be made into one by spiritual practices or by powerful beings. The powerful vortexes that are artificially created (e.g. sacred temples, stupas, holy statues, or places with relics) can have the same effect as natural ones because they have been blessed by masters, great beings or great practices.

Old temples and similar places are highly charged with good energies that we need very much. Sometimes, even a highly blessed statue of an enlightened being or the meditation cave of a revered practitioner is highly charged and blessed, too. It is always good to pay homage and to make offerings or prayers there.

I had the honour to offer some food to the monks in Bangkok in 2011. It is such a POWERFUL experience for me each time and very moving.

I had the honour to offer some food to the monks in Bangkok in 2011. It is such a POWERFUL experience for me each time and very moving.

In short, if we have to spend money, time and energy, make it worthwhile. Take a break and use that time to gather merits, which are a necessary part of spiritual living. It is even better if we take friends there because simply being there will bless them too. Uplift your friends by going to places with blessings instead of being dragged down by yet another holiday of chit-chatting, eating and just hanging out in some foreign country. Meeting our friends is not a bad thing but we can make it more worth our while and theirs!

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Wonderful Thailand

Map of Thailand. Click on image to enlarge.

Map of Thailand. Click on image to enlarge.

Thailand is the Southeast Asian country most favoured by tourists and for good reason. Travellers can find almost anything in Thailand, from dense jungles to crystal-clear blue waters; from foods that tantalise the taste buds to monuments that take the breath away. Exotic yet tourist-friendly, Thailand is affordable yet provides every modern amenity a traveller may need.

Thailand is, on paper, still a constitutional monarchy with the king as its highly respected and revered Head of State. In practice however, the king’s role is largely ceremonial with the Prime Minister holding the most authority in government. Having said that, the King and the Royal Family are still protected by strict lèse majesté laws.

Mainland Thai culture is heavily influenced by Buddhism. However, unlike most other Buddhist countries of East Asia, Thai Buddhists follow the Theravada school of Buddhism. Thai temples, known as wats, are usually adorned with lavish gold ornaments, and are easily identifiable by their multi-coloured pointed roofs. Pre-Buddhist traditions have been infused with the values of Buddhism, making Thailand a cultural powerhouse.

 

What to Do in Thailand

Popularly known as the Land of Smiles, Thailand has a lot to offer both the spiritual seeker and the leisure seeker. Highlights include:

Spiritual Sights: Wat Phra Kaew, which houses the Emerald Buddha, is the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. Every Thai town has at least one wat (temple), so you’ll never run short of holy places to visit.

Historical and Cultural Attractions: At the top of many visitors’ itineraries, Bangkok boasts a combination of modernity and a rich cultural heritage. The Grand Palace, which comprises of highly decorated buildings and monuments, is a must visit.

Festivals: Thailand celebrates an impressive array of festivals, the biggest being the water festival of Songkran (Thai New Year) in mid-April. Others, including the Rocket Festival and Phi Ta Khon, can offer colourful insight into Thai life.

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Trekking: Popular in northern Thailand especially near Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son and Pai, trekking trips are often combined with bamboo rafting and experiencing an authentic tribal village.

Sports: Top of the list of sporting activities is learning to dive, whether on Ko Tao, Ko Phi, or any one of the other islands. Out of the water, rock climbing, especially by Railay Bay, is world class.

Cooking Courses and Food Walks: These are both popular activities as is visiting one of Bangkok’s many floating markets.

Courses and Personal Development: Those who prefer a holistic holiday can consider meditation courses, common in most parts of Thailand. There are also yoga, fasting and detoxification retreats, often held in idyllic locations. Language courses are also popular, especially in Chiang Mai.

 

Location and Population

Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand has a land area of 520,000 square kilometres and shares land borders with four countries – Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia and Laos. It is known for its tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate Buddhist temples. In its capital, Bangkok, modern cityscapes sit right next to canal-side communities, iconic temples and palaces.

The Thais, formerly known as Siamese, are from the Tai ethnic group. They are native to Thailand but also part of the larger ethnolinguistic group native to Southeast Asia, as well as southern China and Northeast India. The Thai language exists in several regional variants and most Thais are followers of Theravadan Buddhism.

As of 2016, Thailand’s population is estimated at 70 million, making it a formidable commercial market in Southeast Asia. The nation also boasts a healthy GDP of over US$400 billion annually.

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Climate

Thailand is largely tropical and is hot and humid all year around with temperatures in the region of 28-35°C (82-95°F). However, the mountains in the far north of Thailand are relatively cooler. In general, there are three distinct seasons:

  • Cool: From November to February. This is the most popular time to visit Thailand. as it doesn’t rain much and temperatures are at their lowest. Although the difference is barely noticeable in the south, if you plan to trek the northern mountains, temperatures can fall as low as 5°C.
  • Hot: From March to June. During this time, Thailand swelters in temperatures as high as 40°C. While this may be pleasant if you are lazing on the beach with a drink in hand, it is not ideal if you are visiting the many temples in Bangkok.
  • Rainy: From July to October. The season properly starts in September when tropical monsoons hit most of the country. Although it doesn’t rain non-stop, when it does, flooding is common.

There are deviations from these general patterns, particularly on the islands off the south-eastern coast, including Koh Samui. Here, the best time to visit is from May to October and the rainy season runs from November to February.

 

A Brief History

The earliest identifiably Thai kingdom was founded in Sukhothai in the year 1238. It reached its peak under King Ramkhamhaeng in the 14th century before falling under the control of the kingdom of Ayutthaya. Ayutthaya controlled most of present-day Thailand as well as parts of modern Laos and Cambodia. Eventually, the empire also absorbed the northern kingdom of Lanna.

In 1767, Ayutthaya was sacked by the Burmese, but King Taksin regrouped his people and founded a new capital at Thonburi. His successor, General Chakri, moved across the river to Bangkok and became King Rama I, the founding father of the Chakri dynasty that has ruled the country to this day.

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Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to be colonised by a foreign power, and the Thais are fiercely proud of this fact. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to the formation of a constitutional monarchy. Soon after, Thailand became a close ally of the United States, which allowed it to emerge from a history of dictatorship and instability into a fair approximation of a democracy.

In September 2006, a peaceful military coup overthrew populist tycoon Thaksin Shinawatra’s democratically elected but widely-criticised government. Democratic elections followed but there was another coup in 2014. However, Thailand has maintained her poise amidst the flux and uncertainty, even when faced with the passing of its beloved King Bhumibol in 2016.

 

A Buddhist Heritage

Buddhism in Thailand is largely of the Theravadan school, which is practised by over 90% of the population. Thai Buddhist temples are characterised by tall golden stupas and the country’s unique Buddhist architecture, which shares similarities with that of Cambodia and Laos.

Buddhism is believed to have been transmitted to the country as early as 250 BCE, during the time of the Indian Emperor, Ashoka. Since then, Buddhism has played a significant role in Thai society and culture. The influence of Buddhism in Thailand further increased in the middle of the 19th century following the reforms of King Mongkut.

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A follower of the Thammayut sect of Buddhism, King Mongkut increased centralisation of the Thai monastic community under the state. Unsurprisingly, the Thai monarchy is closely intertwined with Buddhism and its kings are seen as the main patrons of Buddhism in Thailand. The two official branches (Nikayas) of Thai Buddhism are the royally-backed Dhammayuttika Nikaya and the larger Maha Nikaya. Another characteristic of Thai Buddhism is its emphasis on short term ordination for every Thai man.

 

Top 10 Buddhist Pilgrimage Spots in Thailand

 

1. Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok

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Wat Phra Kaew, or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. It is situated in Phra Nakhon District, the historic centre of Bangkok, within the precincts of the Grand Palace. The 26-inch tall (66 cm) Emerald Buddha, which depicts the Buddha in meditation posture, is actually made of semi-precious green stone – jade or jasper – rather than emerald and clothed in golden robes. 

Address: Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Contact: +66 2 623 5500
Opening Hours: 8.30 am to 3.30 pm
Entrance Fees: THB 500
Note: Proper dress code should be observed; short pants, short skirts and sleeveless t-shirts are not allowed. Sarongs are available to rent at the entrance.

 

2. Wat Traimit, Bangkok

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Wat Traimit houses a 15-foot tall solid gold (83% gold) Buddha statue that weighs five and a half tonnes. The golden Buddha was once housed in a temple in Bangkok, which was abandoned around 1931. Having been disguised by a layer of plaster and lacquer, its true worth had been forgotten over the years. When the Buddha was moved from the abandoned temple to Wat Traimit, it fell when some ropes snapped and the golden body of the Buddha was exposed.

Address: 661 Tri Mit Rd, Khwaeng Talat Noi, Khet Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand.
Contact: 089-002-2700
Opening Hours: Daily from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Entrance Fees: Entrance to the grounds is free. It costs THB 40 to view the golden Buddha.

 

3. Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew, Khun Han

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Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew, also known as the Temple of a Million Bottles, is situated in the Khun Han district of Sisaket province. It is constructed from over 1.5 million empty Heineken and Chang beer bottles. Collection of the bottles began in 1984 and it took 25 years to complete this project which comprises of 20 buildings, including the main temple, a crematorium, a series of prayer rooms, the local water tower, bathrooms and several raised bungalows which serve as housing for monks. The project was initiated by local Buddhist monks who sought to reduce waste disposal in the area for a greener lifestyle. The monks still continue to build with bottles to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and to keep the bottles out of landfills.

Address: Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew/Wat Larn Kuad, Sisaket
Opening Hours: Daily from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Entrance Fees: Free

 

4. Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai

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Wat Rong Khun, better known as the White Temple, is an unconventional, privately-owned, art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai Province. Owned by Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed and constructed it with his own funds, it opened its doors to the public in 1997. The artist intends for the area adjacent to the temple to be a centre of learning and meditation for people to benefit from the Buddha’s teachings.

Address: San Sai, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Contact: +66 53 673 579
Opening Hours: Daily from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm
Entrance Fees: THB 50 (foreigners)

 

5. Sala Keoku, Nong Khai

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Sala Keoku is a park featuring over 100 fantastic giant concrete sculptures inspired by Buddhism. Located near Nong Khai, at the Thai-Laos border and the Mekong river, it was built by and reflects the vision of Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat. Some of Sala Keoku’s sculptures tower up to 25 metres high. They include a monumental depiction of the Buddha meditating under the protection of a seven-headed Naga snake.

Address: Wat That, Mueang Nong Khai District, Nong Khai 43000, Thailand
Contact: +66 93 314 6102
Opening Hours: Daily from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm
Entrance Fees: THB 20 (adults), THB 10 (children)

 

6. Wat Phra That, Doi Suthep

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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a Theravadan Buddhist temple located 15 kilometres from Chiang Mai and offers impressive views of the city. Often referred to as “Doi Suthep”, this magnificent wat is a sacred site for many Thai people and was commissioned by King Kuena, ruler of the region from 1367 to 1388. The stairs leading up to the temple are very steep and at its base, vendors hawk everything from local treats to handmade goods from the surrounding villages.

Address: Mueang Chiang Mai District, Doi Suthep, Thailand
Contact: +66 53 295 003
Opening Hours: From 6.30 am to 6.30 pm
Entrance Fees: THB 50 (foreigners)

 

7. Wat Tham Suea (Tiger Cave Temple), Krabi

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Named Tiger Cave Temple for the tiger that supposedly resided here, Wat Tham Suea is one of the most revered religious sites in the country today. A golden Buddha sits at the 610-metre high peak and visitors must climb 1,256 steps, lined by jungle on either side, before arriving at this amazing spiritual site. With scenery much like a dream or a fantasy, it’s not difficult to see why people flock to this temple in Krabi.

Address: Tiger Temple, Krabi Noi, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81000, Thailand
Contact: +66 87 889 5600
Opening Hours: Daily from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Entrance Fees: Free

 

8. Wat Phra Dhammakaya, Pathum Thani

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Take a step inside Thailand’s largest temple, known for its unique minimalist construction that conveys the message that time and money should be dedicated to Dhammakaya rather than to the upkeep of an ornate design. Wat Phra Dhammakaya represents the Dhammakaya movement – the belief that inner peace will lead to world peace. The grounds are home to 300,000 Buddha images and several thousand monks, and it hosts massive gatherings dedicated to meditation.

Address: 40/18 ม-7 Khlong Luang Rd, Chang Wat Pathum Thani 12120, Thailand.
Contact: +66 2 831 1000
Opening Hours: All day
Entrance Fees: Free

 

9. Wat Pa Phu Kon, Udon Thani

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Sited on a hill, this stunning azure blue temple, with its beautiful architecture and magnificent white marble reclining Buddha is the go-to temple in Udon Thani. Costing an incredible 370 million Baht (USD $11.1 million) to build, this opulent temple is a sight to behold both during the day and at night. If visiting at night, look out for the reclining Buddha dappled with peaceful light patterns that are projected onto it.

Address: Ban Kong, Na Yung District, Udon Thani 41380, Thailand
Contact: +66 82 835 0668
Opening Hours: Daily from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Get permission from temple staff to stay on to view the Buddha statue at night.
Entrance Fees: Free

 

10. Wat Muang, Ang Thong

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Ang Thong is one of the central provinces of Thailand. The name means “golden bowl”, referring to its many rice fields, rice being the most important dietary staple in Thailand. There are several important attractions in Wat Muang including the largest Buddha statue in Thailand, the 95-metre tall Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin. The ubosot (ordination hall) of Wat Muang is surrounded by the biggest lotus petals in the world. On the ground floor is a museum, open only on Saturdays and Sundays between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm. It exhibits sacred objects, antiques, and figures of renowned monks from all over the country.

Address: Hua Taphan, Wiset Chai Chan District, Ang Thong 14110, Thailand
Contact: +66 35 631 556
Entrance Fees: Free

 

10 More Must Visit Places in Thailand

 

1. Grand Palace of Thailand, Bangkok

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The official residence of the kings since 1782, the Grand Palace is by far the most famous attraction in bustling Bangkok. Situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the walled complex contains a series of pavilions, halls, wats and other buildings interspersed with vast lawns, lavish gardens and stately courtyards. Of the many sights here, Wat Phra Kaew, or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is the most memorable.

Address: Rattanakosin area, Bangkok
Contact: +66 2 623 5500
Opening Hours: Daily 8.30 am to 3.30 pm
Entrance Fees: THB 500

 

2. Ayutthaya Historical Park

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During its heyday as the capital of the Thai kingdom, Ayutthaya, located 80 kilometres north of Bangkok, was so well-endowed with temples that sunlight reflecting off their gilt decorations was said to dazzle from 5 kilometres away. It is named after the city of Ayodhya in India, the birth place of Rama, hero of the Ramayana epic. Wide, grassy spaces occupy much of the atmospheric site today, which now resembles a graveyard for temples. It comes alive each year for a week in mid-December, with a festival that commemorates the town’s listing as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on December 13, 1991. The highlight is the nightly Son et Lumière show, featuring fireworks and elephant-back fights staged around the ruins.

Address: Ayutthaya, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand
Contact: +66 81 900 7442
Opening Hours: Daily 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Entrance Fees: Entrance to the Ayutthaya Historical Park is free. The major temples each charge an entrance fee of THB 50 or less.

 

3. Bridge on the River Kwai, Kanchanaburi

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Located in western Thailand, Kanchanaburi is best known for the Bridge over the River Kwai. From Kanchanaburi, many tourists take the two-hour train ride along the notorious Thailand–Burma Death Railway, for which thousands of Asian labourers and over 12,000 Allied prisoners of war gave their lives during its construction under Japanese occupation during WWII. The train goes to Nam Tok, via the Bridge over the River Kwai, and is dubbed one of the most scenic train rides in Thailand. Kanchanaburi is also home to pristine national parks, large caves, majestic rivers, lakes, waterfalls and temples.

 

4. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Bangkok

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A visit to the floating markets is a fun way to indulge in some shopping and eating while supporting local vendors and observing local commerce in action. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is perhaps the best place to be a tourist while enjoying an authentic Thai experience. The people here are friendly, outgoing, and enjoy the ritual of haggling. It is 2 hours’ drive from Bangkok.

Address: Damnoun Saduak, Ratchaiburi, Damnoen Saduak 70130, Thailand
Contact: +66 81 196 5887
Opening Hours: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM

 

5. Khao Yai National Park

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Elephants are revered in Thailand and statues and paintings of them can be seen everywhere. Khao Yai National Park is perhaps the best place to engage with these gentle giants in their natural environment – feeding them, bathing them, and even trekking through the jungle. Here, elephants roam freely near waterfalls, alongside exotic birds of prey, monkeys, and plenty of other tropical creatures that call the park home. One can also camp overnight at the park and watch the sunrise the following morning.

Address: Hin Tung, Mueang Nakhon Nayok District, Nakhon Nayok 26000, Thailand
Contact: +66 86 092 6529
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Entrance Fees: THB 400 (adults), THB 200 (children)

 

6. Big Buddha Temple, Koh Samui

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Koh Samui is a cosmopolitan melting pot, attracting everybody from budget travellers to the wealthiest of holidaymakers for its white sandy beaches. From the bustle of Chaweng Beach to the relaxed Lamai Beach; from the timelessness of Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village to the tropical beach paradise of Maenam, Koh Samui is unique among Thailand’s islands for its broad appeal. Koh Samui is also home to the Big Buddha Temple, which sits majestically on a small rocky outcrop off the island’s north-eastern corner. Known locally as Wat Phra Yai, its golden, 12-metre seated Buddha statue was built in 1972 and remains one of the island’s most popular attractions.

Address: Route 4171, near the airport
Opening Hours: Daily, including evenings.
Entrance Fees: Free

 

7. Sunday Walking Street, Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai’s Sunday Night Walking Street is famous for its local street food – pad thai (fried noodles), chicken satay, samosas, crab cakes, fried bananas, sweet rotees, and fresh fruit shakes – often for less than THB 50 apiece. The Night Walking Street also hosts a variety of stalls selling unique goods such as natural soaps, hand-dyed textiles bearing the unique patterns of local hill tribes, incense, essential oils, musical instruments, paintings, wall hangings, and much more. The market is crowded all year round.

Address: Starting at the Tha Phae Gate at one end the Sunday Market extends for roughly 1 kilometre down the full length of Ratchadamnoen Road.
Opening Hours: Sundays from 4.00 pm until midnight

 

8. Museum of Siam, Bangkok

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The Museum of Siam employs modern technology to explore the origins of the Thai people and Thai culture. Housed in the former building of the Ministry of Commerce, exhibits are presented in a contemporary and interactive fashion, atypical of most Thai museums. From galleries answering questions about the origins of the nation and its people, to informative videos and a kids’ section equipped with an Ayuthaya-era battle game and traditional Thai toys, this museum is refreshingly balanced and entertaining.

Address: Sanam Chai Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Contact: +66 2 225 2777
Opening Hours: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm; Tuesdays – Sundays
Entrance Fees: THB 300

 

9. Northern Hill Tribes

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Northern Thailand is home to several ethnic minorities known as the hill tribes. Most of these tribes migrated here over the past 100 years from the Asian interior and have largely preserved their traditional ways. It is possible to visit one of the numerous villages via a trekking tour, and tourists are warmly received for the economic opportunities they present. Thailand’s seven major hill tribes are the Akha, Lahu, Karen, Hmong/Miao, Mien/Yao, Lisu and Palaung, and each has a distinct language and culture.

Travel Tip: Be wary of trekking operators that advertise a new area or village. Most reputalbe eco-culture friendly operators visit the same area and villages year after year. Having cultivated an excellent relationship with the tribes, they take pains to ensure that the relationship is harmonious so they do not need to go to a new area.

 

10. Railay Rock Climbing, Krabi

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Also known as Rai Leh, this popular rock-climbing destination is located in the Krabi Province on the Andaman coast. Accessible only by boat, Railay boasts stunning beaches and caves. The main attraction is the 700 bolted rock-climbing routes.

Address: Railay West Beach, Railay Beach, Krabi Town, Thailand
Opening Hours: 9.00 am to 8.00 pm
Entrance Fees: THB 1000 (Half day introductory experience)

 

Other Interesting Things to Do in Thailand

Contemporary Art Exhibitions
An art exhibition is permanently on display at the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre. Find pieces by some of Thailand’s best and brightest, along with works by famous foreign artists on the upper floors.

Spirituality in the City
The Erawan Shrine offers a moment of peace in the bustling centre of town. Visitors burn incense, make offerings and even hire Thai dancers to accompany their prayers.

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India Town
Soi Pan in Silom is a major hub for the Indian community. The Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple has 6-metre towers decorated with colourful, elaborate deity carvings and is a must-visit.

Chinatown
With streets thick with the scent of traditional herbal medicines, Bangkok’s Chinatown offers a total sensory experience that cannot be found anywhere else in the city.

Pak Khlong Talat Flower Market
Experience the sights and smells of Pak Khlong Talat flower market, located next to Wat Pho. This is the source of the city’s phuang malai (floral garlands used for making offerings).

Amulet Market
This is a popular destination for both locals and tourists who believe they can invite some good luck with a purchase at the Amulet Market.

Discover Food
Make an early morning trip to the city’s largest wet market to discover where most street vendors and restaurateurs source their ingredients.

Warehouse 30
Located in a refurbished World War II-era building in the Bang Rak district, Warehouse 30 is a collection of shops, cafes and workspaces offering regular lectures and exhibitions by the growing creative community.

 

Major Buddhist Festivals

Bucha  falls on a full moon in the sixth lunar month, which is usually in May and sometimes in June. It commemorates the birth, Enlightenment, and passing of Lord Buddha. Wisakha Bucha Day is recognised as the most important day in Buddhism and is classified as a “World Heritage Day” by UNESCO.

In the morning, Thai Buddhists visit temples to generate merit and listen to sermons. After sunset, candle-lit processions (wian tian) take place at most temples across the country during which devotees carry lit candles, three incense sticks and flowers (usually lotus flowers) and circumambulate the central chapel thrice in a clockwise direction amidst fragrant smoke from incense offerings.

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Makha Bucha falls on the full moon of the fourth lunar month, which is usually in February or March. It commemorates the spontaneous gathering of 1,250 people before the Buddha, which led to their ordination and subsequent Enlightenment. In temples throughout Thailand, Buddhists carry candles and circumambulate the main shrine three times in a clockwise direction.

Asanha Bucha falls on the full moon in the eighth lunar month, usually in July. It commemorates the first sermon of the Lord Buddha which was given in Deer Park in Sarnath, India. Thai Buddhists generate merit during this time by offering food to monks, making offerings to temples and listening to sermons. In the evening, candle-lit processions are the norm and devotees circumambulate the main chapel carrying candles, three incense sticks and lotus flowers.

This day also marks the beginning of Vassa, the Buddhist period of fasting. Wax candles are lit and kept alight during this period. In Ubon Ratchathani province, a Candle Festival is held culminating in a parade of candles. Each candle is enormous and elaborately carved into different figurines. In Saraburi, monks walk through the town with alms bowls giving devotees the opportunity to offer flowers (instead of food).

 

Proper Thai Etiquette

As with all countries with an unfamiliar culture, visitors can unintentionally cause offence or appear unreasonable if they are not well-versed in local Thai etiquette. Here is an introductory guide to some basic rules that will make for a pleasant visit and some very happy Thai hosts.

 

Table Manners

Thai food is most commonly eaten with a fork and spoon. Hold the spoon in your right hand and use it to eat, and reserve the fork for placing food onto your spoon. Chopsticks are only used for soupy noodles and East Asian-style dishes. 

Thai food is meant for sharing. Everyone gets their own plate of rice and a soup bowl, but all the other dishes are laid out in the middle of the table. Everyone is free to help themselves from these dishes. Some people believe that taking the last morsel from a shared plate is slightly unlucky.

Food is generally served one dish at a time as they are prepared. Diners are not expected to wait until all dishes have been presented before they start eating.

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General DOs

  • Remove your shoes whenever entering someone’s home or a temple.
  • Wear modest, neat clothing. Since social status is often determined by attire, it is important to present a well-groomed and conservative image.
  • Address people by their first name. Often, the title Khun is added before the first name. This is similar to Mr or Mrs, and is used for both men and women, regardless of marital status.
  • Family names are typically only used in formal settings.
  • Show respect for the royal family. Stop to pay your respects when the National Anthem is played, and avoid making negative comments about the king.

 

General DON’Ts

  • Show someone the bottom of your feet, or allow your feet to be higher than someone else’s head.
  • Touch a monk, especially if you are female. Monks are forbidden to have any physical contact with women and this is strictly observed.
  • Touch someone’s head, or pass something over another person’s head.
  • Show displays of affection in public. Kissing or hugging in public is considered rude and inappropriate.
  • Wear short shorts, low-cut tops, or revealing clothing. Generally, bathing suits and similarly revealing attire are only appropriate for the beach.

 

How to Get There

Nearly 33 million tourists visited Thailand in 2016, making it the ninth most visited nation on the planet, and generating a staggering US$49.9 billion in revenue, the third-largest in the world.

An entry visa is required for a handful of countries and this can be obtained upon entry. Citizens of most countries are either allowed to enter visa-free for a 30-day period or for a defined period of time under the country’s Bilateral Agreements. For detailed information, click here.

 

By Plane

The main international airports are in Bangkok and Phuket, and both are well-served by international flights. Practically every airline that flies to Asia also flies into Bangkok. With so many options, ticket prices are generally affordable.

International airports are also located at Hat Yai, Krabi, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai, although these are largely restricted to flights from other Southeast Asian countries. 

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Once in Bangkok, it is easy to get domestic transportation to other parts of Thailand. Chartered flights between Thailand and international destinations are also available, operated by Hi Flying Group. They fly to Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui, and Udon Thani.

 

By Road

Thailand shares land borders with four countries – Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar. Leaving and entering Thailand by road is very common amongst locals staying in border towns. The standard international immigration procedures are observed at border crossings, but due to Bilateral Arrangements and Tourist Visa Exemption Schemes, visas are not required for citizens of these four nations. For those driving into Thailand, a temporary permit will be issued for the vehicle as well.

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By Train

Thailand’s sole international train service links to Butterworth (Penang) and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, continuing all the way to Singapore. Tickets are cheap even for first class sleepers, but it is a slow ride. A train ride from Singapore takes around 48 hours (as opposed to a 2-hour flight) and you will need to change trains twice.

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An indulgent option is to take the Eastern & Oriental Express, a refurbished super-luxury train that runs along the same route once a week. Travelers are pampered with gourmet dining, a personal butler service and every other colonial perk for around THB 73,000 for a one-way ticket from Kuala Lumpur.

 

By Ferry

During the peak season (Nov-May), it is now possible to island-hop via ferry from Phuket all the way to Padang in Indonesia without ever touching land in between. 

Islands en route include:

  • Koh Phi
  • Koh Lanta
  • Koh Ngai
  • Koh Mook
  • Koh Bulon
  • Koh Lipe – a hub on the border between Thailand and Malaysia with a Thai immigration office
  • Langkawi – with a Malaysian immigration office

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Where To Stay

A wide range of accommodation choices are available catering to every interest and price bracket, from beach front backpacker cabins to some of the best luxury hotels in the world. Here are some recommendations; we recommend that you do further research to find one that fits your budget and requirements.

 

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Khao San Area: Riva Surya Bangkok

One of the few high-end hotels in this area, the Riva Surya is located on the riverbank about five minutes’ walk from Khao San Road. The rooms are spacious, elegant and comfortable. There is a pool area and breakfast is served on the balcony overlooking the river.

Address: 23 Phra Arthit Road, Pranakorn, 10200 Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 633 5000

 

Bangkok Riverside: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is a 5-minute walk from Sam Yan MRT station and a 10-minute drive from Paragon and MBK Shopping Centres. It offers luxurious rooms with free Wi-Fi.

Address: 662 Rama IV Rd., Silom, Bang Rak, 10500 Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 659 9000

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Sukhumvit Area: Ariyasom Villa

A peaceful garden oasis within busy Bangkok City, this villa is conveniently located at the start of Sukhumvit Road. Complete with 1940s heritage Thai decor, it has a cosy outdoor pool, an organic restaurant and a pampering spa. With high ceilings and large windows opening out to landscaped grounds, the stylish rooms are spacious and decorated in warm colours.

Address: 65 Sukhumvit 1, Sukhumvit Rd, Klongtoey Nua, Wattana, 10110 Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 254 8880

 

Silom: Banyan Tree Bangkok

Located in Bangkok Province, 2.1 kilometres from Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Banyan Tree Bangkok features a year-round outdoor pool. The hotel has a sun terrace and spa centre, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free private parking is available on-site.

Address: 21/100 South Sathon Road, Sathorn, 10120 Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: +66 2679 1200

 

Siam: Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

Featuring free Wi-Fi, a fitness centre and a year-round outdoor pool, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok offers some of the best accommodation in Bangkok.

Address: 991/9 Rama I Road, Pathumwan, 10330 Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 162 9000

 

Pratunam: Amari Watergate Bangkok

With a luxurious spa and fitness centre, Amari Watergate Bangkok is 0.6 kilometres from Siam Paragon Square and Chinatown.

Address: 847 Petchburi Road, Rajthevi, Pratunam, Phayathai, Pathumwan, 10400 Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 653 9000

 

Chinatown: Prime Hotel Central Station Bangkok

Prime Hotel Central Station Bangkok is located across from Hua Lamphong Train Station and Hua Lamphong Subway MRT Station. It is 5-minute walk from the Golden Buddha Temple and a 15-minute drive from Silom. The hotel has modern air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi in all areas, and also features a spa and fitness centre.

Address: 23/34-35 Traimit Road, Taladnoy, 10100 Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 344 1699

 

Suvarnabhumi: The Grand Fourwings Convention Hotel

A 20-minute drive from Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Grand Fourwings Convention Hotel Bangkok offers 5-star luxury with an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi in public areas. Free parking is also available.

Address: 333 Srinakarin Road, Huamark, Bangkapi, Bangkok, 10240 Lat Krabang, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 378 8000

 

Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai City: Shangri-La Hotel

Located on Chang Klan Road, Shangri-La Hotel in Chiang Mai is just minutes away from the famous Night Market. A short tuk-tuk ride will take you to the various temples and restaurants as well as the Sunday Market.

Address: 89/8 Chang Klan Road, Chang Khlan, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 50100
Phone: +66 53 253 888

 

Doi Suthep: The Chaya Resort and Spa Chiang Mai

The Chaya Resort and Spa Chiang Mai offers outdoor swimming pools, scrumptious food from their restaurant, as well as a coffee shop/café. Free breakfast is available.

Address: 141 Suandok Road, T. Suthep, Chiang Mai
Phone: +66 53 245 995

 

Ayutthaya: Baan Thai House

Baan Thai House is located on the eastern outskirts of the city, close to the Pasak River. This boutique-style hotel offers private accommodation in the form of villas which can accommodate up to four people. With friendly staff and beautiful villas, many travellers make it a point to spend time on the grounds just to relax!

Address: Phai Ling, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000, Thailand
Phone: +66 35 259 760

 

Chiang Rai: Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort

This resort features a blend of activities, including therapeutic treatments at the spa, refreshing swims in the pool, and hearty workouts in the gym. Outdoors, guests can embark on hill tribe visits, elephant trekking, and river tours.

Address: 221 / 2 Moo 20 Kwaewai Road, Tambon Robwieng, Amphur Muang, Tambon Robwieng, Chiang Rai, 57000, Thailand
Phone: +66 53 603 333

 

Khun Han: Pongsin Resort & Restaurant

This is a beautiful resort in Phran, a non-tourist area of Thailand located about 10 kilometres outside of city of Khun Han. It offers free Wi-Fi and free parking.

Address: 379 Moo 4, Khun Han, Phran, 33150, Thailand
Phone: +66 88 375 5199

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Nong Khai: Amanta Hotel Nongkhai

This hotel has great ambience and is located along the Mekong River. Cleanliness is a strong point for this establishment and the food is especially good. Breakfast comprises of local and western fare and dinner at the roof top bar is excellent.

Address: 999 1, Nai Mueang, Mueang Nong Khai District, Nong Khai 43000, Thailand
Phone: +66 42 412 899

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Krabi: Rayavadee Resort

Rayavadee is located at the tip of the Phranang Peninsula on Thailand’s Andaman coastline in Krabi Province. Phuket International Airport is 2 hours and 15 minutes drive from the resort pier. Phi Island is a 35-minute speedboat trip from Railay Beach.

Address: 214 Tambon Ao Nang, Chang Wat Krabi 81000, Thailand
Phone: +66 75 620 740

 

Kanchanaburi: U Inchantree Kanchanaburi

Indulge yourself in the most romantic setting next to the Kwai River with a garden dominated by ancient and awe-inspiring trees.

Address: 443 Thetsaban Tambon Kaeng Sian Rd., Ban Tai, Mueang Kanchanaburi, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand
Phone: +66 34 521 584

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Khao Yai National Park: Atta Lakeside Resort Suite

This unique establishment offers a relaxing and serene environment surrounded by lush forest.

Address: 1/3 Moo 6 Thanarat Road, Moo-Si, Khao Yai National Park, Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima, 30130, Thailand
Phone: +60 3-7724 4367

 

Koh Samui: Amari Koh Samui

This lovely beach hotel sits at the northern end of world famous Chaweng Beach with its stretches of perfect white powder sand, huge beachside pool, spa, fitness centre, and options for every taste. Great for families or couples.

Address: Chaweng Beach Amphoe Koh Sa-Mui, Surat Thani, Thailand
Phone: +66 7730 0306-9

 

What to Look out For

Thailand does have its downsides, including the considerable growing pains of a widening income gap between urban and rural folk. Bangkok is notorious for its traffic jams while rampant development has wrecked much of once-beautiful Pattaya and Phuket. In touristy areas, small-time criminals sometimes target foreigners. A Muslim insurgency in southern Thailand where it borders Malaysia has resulted in several terrorist attacks. Therefore, it is best to exercise caution, and not travel alone.

 
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  1. Samfoonheei on Jan 7, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    Thailand is not just famous for its tropical beaches. The country is also famed for its amazing rural locations that cater extremely well for tourist. Thailand, a country with many beautiful Buddhist temples located in mainland Southeast Asia. It is wholly within the tropics and encompasses diverse ecosystems. Thailand is now filled with more amazing new experiences than ever before. Make a visit to this amazing getaway the very best of your life. It’s known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. Millions of tourists visited this beautiful Thailand as there is a lot to offer. Tourist can meander through shrines, pagodas, and even more as it is a hotpot of art and culture that knows no boundaries. Reading this post will definitely gives one a better understanding of this beautiful country.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Stella for this details write up.

  2. S.Prathap on Sep 4, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Thais are generally very happy, polite people and love to interact with tourists.The cultures very unique.,the foods are very delicious . Thailand a place where one will see beautiful Buddhist temples every where and the people are friendly.
    Thailand is a place that abounds with holy temples and magnificent statues that are charged with powerful blessings and positive healing energy for outer and inner healing.Thank you very much for sharing this article about traveling to Thailand especially spiritual sites.

  3. Wai Meng Wan on Dec 24, 2017 at 2:43 am

    My travel two travels in Thailand have been quite good, it was relatively safe and not too difficult to travel. The food in Thailand could be quite spicy if we are not careful, one can get a sore throat quite quickly if one does not watch out on all the delicious spicy food offerings. Thailand is a country that has a significant Buddhist consciousness, that there is a lot of support for Buddhist actions and activities.

  4. Anne Ong on Dec 4, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this article on wonderful Thailand ,which is one of the most popu;ar place for their famous tom yam, thai laksa ,shopping and pilgrimage.
    I love the beautiful pictures and places in this post. ??

  5. Samfoonheei on Nov 26, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Wonderful Thailand ….a land full of surpressed for locals and foreigners travelling there for the first time. People from all over has been visiting there as its cheap for some and Thailand has plenty to offer .From goldern temples ,white temple, blue temple to silver temples. These are some of the temples worth visiting where the Buddha statues are so beautiful and there seem to have relics in those stupas too. There are a number of places of interest in Thailand. The cultures too very unqiue.,the foods are very delicious . Truly amazing ………Thailand a place where one will see beautiful Buddhist temples every where and the people are friendly.
    Recently i did made a trip to Chiangmai and Chiangrai ,visited most of the temples there.I love the Blue Temple ,the White Temples, and Wat Phra That, Doi Suthep. Did some offerings and circumambulating around the stupas . There were 2 days a few of us had the opportunity to do Dana offerings, early in the morning at the market place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting post……a well writeup which makes travelling there easier.

  6. CC on Nov 22, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Sawadeeka.???
    Thailand is a great bless for spiritual, paranormal and food. Thee temple are unique by itself with very detail craftsman. Indeed is a great place to recharge energy.

  7. jerry_sito on Nov 22, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    感谢仁波切的教诲还有Stella师姐的分享,

    泰国对于我来说,是一个美丽的国家,泰国吸引我的地方与藏传佛教吸引我的性质是一样的,他们的色彩,浓厚的文化传承,庄严宏伟的佛像,佛塔以及他们每一位人民对于佛教的热忱与对于上师,三宝的是无比尊敬,这点点滴滴都产生了让我敬佩与想多了解他们的吸引力。

    祈愿泰国,吉祥如意,佛法永驻,所有的僧侣们健康与常转法轮。

    谢谢
    Jerry Sito

    C4Y4ej3UcAMhOat

  8. Fong on Nov 22, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Thailand is one of the very few countries where you can enjoy a relaxing vacation taking in a different climate and culture and yet have spiritual experiences. Thais are generally very happy, polite people and love to interact with tourists. They’re always greeting you with a “wai” and a smile.

    Every time we visit Thailand, we take time off to visit the local temples. Even when we were not familiar with the protocol, the locals, with sign language would guide us through the offering of food and necessities as well as sitting for blessings by the monks. Language was no barrier when it came to paying respects at the temples.

    Thank you for this very interesting article with beautiful photos of the various spiritual places.

  9. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 21, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing on the spiritual benefits of visiting holy places when on holiday .

    .Going on a holiday, we have a wide range of places to choose from. Not being in Dharma, we will probably choose places that feed our craving or indulgence of our senses.With Dharma, we realise the spiritual benefits of visiting holy places where we can collect merits, plant Dharma seeds and be blessed. Collecting merits is something we should pursue with single -minded focus, as it will help offset our negative karma which leads to suffering.

    Hence visiting Thailand is a spiritual must. Thailand is a place that abounds with holy temples and magnificent statues that are charged with powerful blessings and positive healing energy for outer and inner healing.Being in such holy places(abodes of the divine), going on pilgrimage there, paying homage and making offerings will are all meritorious and will speed up our spiritual growth and healing within us.

    Rinpoche’s trip and pilgrimage to Thailand in 2011 was a most memorable and powerful one . Visiting magnificent temples and huge outdoor statues, and giving dhana to the sangha were among the significant activities that were carried out.Visiting a famous floating market in Bangkok, Rinpoche found a beautiful green Buddha statue which he loved and immediately acquired it. He gave a beautiful talk on “Making Offerings to the Buddha”.

  10. suzy on Nov 21, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this valuable information about travel to spiritual sites. In my culture very few if any understand why I travel to Thailand as much as I can. I continually feel my path validated and strengthened by your words. Namaste.

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    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin for this interesting write up of China’s most outstanding Bhiksuni.

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    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin for this sharing.

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    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ten-minutes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:15 PM
    So blessing seeing all those beautiful Tara at Kechara . Walking through the Tara walk feeling the calmness as if we are walking into the wilderness of a forest . One will surely feels it , all due the kindness of our Lama Tsem Rinpoche , sponsors and those involved in this meritorious project.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/21-taras-of-tara-walk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:33 PM
    n Buddhism, there are a variety of attitudes towards different forms of fasting . According to Buddhist tradition, Buddha’s holy form as the ‘Fasting Buddha’ serves as a reminder for us and inspiration of Buddha’s difficult journey to achieve enlightenment. Fasting Buddha Shakyamuni fasted for forty-nine days under the bodhi tree while subjecting his body to extreme conditions to achieve enlightenment. Although it is believed that the Buddha endured great agony because of prolonged fasting, he never gave up and had used the challenges to justify abandoning his spiritual pursuit. Interesting read. Looking at all those images of Fasting Buddha tells all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing ….a reminder all of us nor matter what happen , never give up in our spiritual journey.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/fasting-buddha.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:32 PM
    Reading this again, its worth as great teachings by great Masters and looking at those rare pictures is a blessings. More over listening the powerful Holy voices of HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is indeed rare and precious. Merely by hearing HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s voices and teachings is a blessings too. For everyone at the hall understands all about the Dharma Protector after hearing HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explanations. The truth is the truth and it cannot be wrong. Interesting read with precious pictures tell us a thousands words. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s advice on Dorje Shugden’s Practice with Chinese, Japanese, Nepali and Spanish subtitles is incredible so many more people will come to know the thruth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:30 PM
    They always say time changes things, yes true enough time has changed the view of many regarding the Dorje Shugden controversy. Finally we are allowed to practise Dorje Shugden. HH Dalai Lama was at Bodhgaya said that if people wish to practise Dorje Shugden would be fine for them. Great news indeed. H H Dalai Lama had said openly about Dorje Shugden .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/we-thank-his-holiness-the-dalai-lama.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2022 01:58 PM
    Wow…. Very special indeed seeing this Vajrayogini statue given to our Lama H E Tsem Rinpoche by a young Malaysian in Bodhgaya, India. More ever given at the most sacred place, under the sacred Bodhi tree. That’s wonderful and it was later consecrated by Kensur Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery. Hence this Vajrayogini statue is very blessed and special . Merely looking at this special Vajrayogini statue is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/bodhi-tree-vajra-yogini.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2022 01:56 PM
    Pictures of His Holiness 16th Karmapa with His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche tells a thousand words. Karmapa is Chenresik , while Trijang Rinpoche is Vajra Yogini. This is a true display of spirituality of two greatest masters of Tibetan Buddhism. They are really close together and have a good relationship just for benefit of beings regardless of the traditions they belong as such as Gelupa or Karmapa. Together they even cross incarnation each other, working together for the growth of Dharma. We are fortunate to see this rare photo of this Great Dharma Master.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/mind-blowing-connections-between-two-high-lamas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2022 01:56 PM
    Venerable Geshe Thupten a Tibetan great scholars and master from the Gelug tradition and was one of the pioneers who founded Tibetan schools in exile. He has upheld the lineage of Lord Buddha’s liberating teachings as well as continued his practice of Dorje Shugden. The Supreme Path to the Trikaya, text of quintessential Dharma was written by Geshe Thupten Lama. In the texts a very detailed explanations on the practice of the Six Paramitas or the Six Perfections, and other beneficial Dharma treasures was written. Geshe Thupten Lama has worked tirelessly for the Tibetan government in exile yet labelled as a spy. All because he has written a letter to HH Dalai Lama and expressing his view openly regarding the practice of Dorje Shugden. Reading this again more understandings and truth revealed. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-supreme-path-to-the-trikaya.html

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108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
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On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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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)
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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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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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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.
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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
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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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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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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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
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Is this where Rinpoche received the thangkha of Dream Manjushri?
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We hold our DS puja weekly without fail. We welcome you to join us. Penang DS puja @ 3pm~ by Jacinta
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We hold our DS puja weekly without fail. We welcome you to join us. Penang DS puja @ 3pm~ by Jacinta
DS PUJA @ Penang. A close up of the offerings. What a feast! #Throwback 23/7/2022.
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DS PUJA @ Penang. A close up of the offerings. What a feast! #Throwback 23/7/2022.
#Throwback 23/7/2022. Our weekly DS puja attendees. All of us were getting ready to invite Buddhas to come forth, joining and blessing us during DS puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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#Throwback 23/7/2022. Our weekly DS puja attendees. All of us were getting ready to invite Buddhas to come forth, joining and blessing us during DS puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
#Throwback23/7/2022 Welcoming Buddha Shakyamuni, Gyenze, Shize & Namgyalma to Penang chapel. Abundance offerings, including sensory offerings were nicely set up and offered up to Buddha surfing our weekly DS puja @ 3pm, Jalan Seang Tek, Penang ~by Jacinta
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#Throwback23/7/2022 Welcoming Buddha Shakyamuni, Gyenze, Shize & Namgyalma to Penang chapel. Abundance offerings, including sensory offerings were nicely set up and offered up to Buddha surfing our weekly DS puja @ 3pm, Jalan Seang Tek, Penang ~by Jacinta
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#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
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#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
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Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
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Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
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All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
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Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
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The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
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We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
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We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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