Xiangshui (Perfume) Nunnery | 龙口南山香水庵

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Located in China’s Shandong Province, the Xiangshui (Perfume) Nunnery was originally built during the Ming Dynasty from 1621-1627 A.D. It was badly damaged towards the end of the Qing Dynasty at the beginning of the 1900s. The nunnery was rebuilt in 1999 as part of the Longkou Nanshan Scenic Area development project.

Initially, it was called the Xiangshui (Water Burble) Nunnery (响水庵). It got its name from the sound of the steady burble of water flowing from the mouth of a carved dragon on a big stone wall that used to be next to the nunnery.

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Location of Xiangshui (Perfume) Nunnery in Longkou Scenic Area. Click to enlarge.

Location of Xiangshui (Perfume) Nunnery in Longkou Scenic Area (click to enlarge)

 

Legend of Xiangshui (Perfume) Nunnery

Ming Emperor Mingxizong (1605-1627)

Ming Emperor Mingxizong (1605-1627)
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During the Ming dynasty, a wealthy Han family lived in the area. They had a daughter named Qiaoyun (巧云). She was a bright girl and had a very good memory. She could remember everything that she learned without much effort.

At a very young age, Qiaoyun was already inclined towards Buddhism. When it was time for her to be married, she refused because she wanted only to study and practice the Dharma. Since she was quite adamant, her parents decided to build a nunnery for her. That way she could continue her practice in peace and her parents could visit her whenever they wished. Furthermore, there were not many nunneries in the area.

According to the locals, with her quick wit and bravery Qiaoyun had saved many lives in the village before she was ordained a nun. At one point, the village was used as a rebel base to train kidnapped men to overthrow the Emperor. The rebels started a ruse and said that the disappearances of the men were due to a curse on the village.

However, Qiaoyun saw through it and managed to disrupt the rebels’ insidious plan; thus, saving the villagers and the Ming Court. Since then, everyone in the area regarded Qiaoyun as the emanation of Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy or also known as the Buddha of Compassion who took rebirth as a human returning to liberate people from suffering.

When the Nanshan Group rebuilt the nunnery on the same site in 1999, a fragrant scent dispersed from the old structure of the nunnery when it was pulled down. That was how the Xiangshui (Perfume) Nunnery derived its new name.

Currently, there are 4 nuns living in the nunnery who are also the care takers. They are under the administration of Nanshan Temple in Nanshan Scenic Area.

 

The Significance of Fragrant Scent in Buddhism

Xilin Monastery (西琳寺) built by Master Huiyong in year 377 in Lushan, Jiangxi Province

Xilin Monastery (西琳寺) built by Master Huiyong in year 377 in Lushan, Jiangxi Province

In Buddhist practice, a fragrant scent is often associated with Buddhist practitioners who are highly attained and hold their vows very strictly. During the Jin Dynasty (265-460 AD), a fragrant scent which lasted for 7 days lingered on after the passing of a Chinese monk called Master Huiyong (慧永大师) at the age of 83.

The mummified body of Master Wuji, currently housed in Soji-ji Temple in Yokohama, Japan

The mummified body of Master Wuji, currently housed in Soji-ji Temple in Yokohama, Japan (click to enlarge)

The stupa containing the holy body of Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen

The stupa containing the holy body of Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen
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Chinese high monk, Master Wuji (无际大师)’s naturally mummified body as a result of self-preparation and meditation prior to death still disperses a fragrant scent after more than a thousand years. He passed away in 790 AD.

In Tibetan Buddhism, the fragrant scent is also related to pure moral discipline. A famous example is Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen (1619–1656), who was a close disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa and well-known for holding his vows. After his passing in 1656, Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen’s body was placed in a stupa at Tsunmo Tsel Monastery in Lhasa, Tibet. During renovations in the 1900s when his body was removed from the stupa, a fragrant scent permeated through the entire place as a sign of his pure moral discipline.

 

Hundred Children Prayer Hall (百子堂)

The entrance of the Hundred Children Prayer Hall

The entrance of the Hundred Children Prayer Hall

Inside Xiangshui (Perfume) Nunnery there is the main prayer hall, the Four Heavenly Kings Hall, the Sutra Library, Drum Tower, Hundred Children Prayer Hall, etc. Of the many halls in the nunnery, the most famous hall is the Hundred Children Prayer Hall.

The Guan Yin who grants children in Xiangshui (Perfume) Nunnery

The Guan Yin who grants children in Xiangshui (Perfume) Nunnery

Installed at the Hundred Children Prayer Hall is the form of Guan Yin (also known as the Goddess of Mercy or the Buddha of Compassion) who grants children. As the founder of the nunnery, Qiaoyun, is said to be the emanation of Guan Yin, the Xiangshui (Perfume) Nunnery is therefore, closely related to Guan Yin. The miracles people experienced here are also said to be miracles performed by Guan Yin. During the prayer festival in Longkou Scenic Area, many people come here to pray for children, and many have had their prayers answered.

Clay statues of children in different styles and depictions in the Hundred Children Prayer Hall

Clay children statues in different styles and depictions in the Hundred Children Prayer Hall

There are 100 statues of children depicted in many forms in the Hundred Children Prayer Hall. After saying their prayers, worshippers will tie a red string around the neck of the clay child statue they have chosen with the hope that they will soon have a child. After their wishes are granted, they will return to the temple to make offerings to Guan Yin as a gesture of appreciation.

 

Guan Yin Tradition in China

Lotus Sutra

Lotus Sutra (click to enlarge)

Guan Yin’s veneration was introduced into China around the 2nd or 3rd century. There are at least seven Sutras that are related to Guan Yin (Avalokiteshvara), namely: (1) Amitayurdhyana Sutra; (2) Infinite Life Sutra; (3) Mahakarunikacitta Sutra; (4) Karandavyuha Sutra; (5) Heart Sutra; (6) Eleven-Faced Avalokitesvara Heart Dharani Sutra; and (7) the Lotus Sutra.

A Chinese depiction of Guan Yin holding an infant

A Chinese depiction of Guan Yin holding an infant (click to enlarge)

Guan Yin depicted in male form

Guan Yin depicted in male form
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In the Lotus Sutra, it is said that there are 33 forms of Guan Yin, of which 7 are female manifestations. Apart from relieving the sufferings of all sentient beings, Guan Yin also has the power to grant children.

Originally, Guan Yin in China was depicted in a male form prior to the Song Dynasty (960–1279 AD). Later, Guan Yin was depicted in both genders in accordance with the Lotus Sutra. It was not until the 14th century that Guan Yin was presented in an all-female form, as compassion, Guan Yin’s main quality, is often associated with the female attribute in China. To further emphasise the power of granting children and motherly love, Guan Yin in China is often portrayed as a beautiful, white-robed woman holding an infant.

The representation of Guan Yin in male and female forms demonstrate to us that gender is not important as the ultimate reality is in emptiness. A Bodhisattva will manifest according to the need and situation in order to liberate all sentient beings from suffering.

 

The 33 Manifestations of Guan Yin

1. Willow Leaf Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

1. Willow Leaf Guan Yin
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2. Dragon Head Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

2. Dragon Head Guan Yin
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3. Sutra Holding Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

3. Sutra Holding Guan Yin
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4. Complete Halo Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

4. Complete Halo Guan Yin
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5. Wandering Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

5. Wandering Guan Yin
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6. White robe Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

6. White robe Guan Yin
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7. Lotus Seated Guan Yin

7. Lotus Seated Guan Yin
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8. Gush Seeing Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

8. Gush Seeing Guan Yin
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9. Joy Giving Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

9. Joy Giving Guan Yin
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10. Fish Basket Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

10. Fish Basket Guan Yin
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11. Virtuous King Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

11. Virtuous King Guan Yin
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12. Water Moon Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

12. Water Moon Guan Yin
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13. Single Petal Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

13. Single Petal Guan Yin
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14. Blue Neck Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

14. Blue Neck Guan Yin
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15. Majestic Virtue Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

15. Majestic Virtue Guan Yin
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16. Life Lengthening Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

16. Life Lengthening Guan Yin
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All Treasures Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

17. All Treasures Guan Yin
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18. Rock Enclave Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

18. Rock Enclave Guan Yin
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19. Tranquility Guan Yin
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20. Anuda Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

20. Anuda Guan Yin
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21. Amate Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

21. Amate Guan Yin
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22. Leaf Cloaked Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

22. Leaf Cloaked Guan Yin
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23. Colored Glaze Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

23. Coloured Glaze Guan Yin
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24. Tara Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

24. Tara Guan Yin
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25. Clam Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

25. Clam Guan Yin
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26. Six Period Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

26. Six Period Guan Yin
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27. Universal Compassion Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

27. Universal Compassion Guan Yin
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28. Lady Ma Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

28. Lady Ma Guan Yin
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29. Clasped Palms Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

29. Clasped Palms Guan Yin
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30. Oneness Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

30. Oneness Guan Yin
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31. Non dual Guan Yin (click to enlarge)

31. Non dual Guan Yin
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32. Lotus Holding Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

32. Lotus Holding Guan Yin
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33. Water Sprinkling Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

33. Water Sprinkling Guan Yin
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How to get there

By air

From Beijing, Shanghai, Harbin, Wuhan to Yantai International Airport.

By Bus

Once in Yantai, you can take a coach from the coach station near Yantai Train Station to Longkou City. The journey will take less than two hours.

When you arrive in Longkou City, you can take bus number 5 or bus number 105 from Longkou Train Station or coach station to Longkou Scenic Area.

By Taxi

You can also take a taxi from Longkou City to Longkou Scenic Area easily.

Opening hours
7.30am – 6.00pm

Admission Fees
Adult: RMB120 (approximately USD18)
Children below 1.3 metre: Free admission

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Different forms of Guan Yin

Another form of Guan Yin

Heavenly King

Heavenly King

Maitreya Buddha

Maitreya Buddha

 


 

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香水庵位于中国山东省的龙口南山风景区。原来的香水庵建于明朝天启年间(公元1621-1627年)。那时候的香水庵叫做响水庵,主要是因为寺院的旁边有个石壁,石壁上面刻了条巨龙,巨龙的口日夜都在流水,声响之大数里之外都可听到。可惜的是在明末由于战乱,寺破观残,只留下些残垣断壁。在1999年香水庵因为龙口风景区计划而进行重修。

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Location of Xiangshui (Perfume) Nunnery in Longkou Scenic Area. Click to enlarge.

香水庵在龙口南山风景区的所在位置。(点击放大)

 

香水庵的传说

Ming Emperor Mingxizong (1605-1627)

明熹宗皇帝(1605-1627年)
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相传明朝时期这里有一韩姓大户, 家里有个女儿名巧云。巧云天生聪颖,学习诗书过目不忘并且自幼非常喜欢佛法。成年以后她坚持舍俗出家。由于当地的庙宇不多,父母因此自资建了香水庵好让女儿修行,同时也方便常去探望。

据当地人说,巧云在未出家前,村子的男丁被皇帝身边的宦官绑架,以便暗中训练造反军队。反军设计让村民以为村子被诅咒,幸好机智的巧云识破了反军的技俩救了村民们,也解除了朝廷的危难。自此之后,大家都说巧云是观音菩萨的化身。

1999年,在重修响水庵因拆除旧大殿时,一股香气扑鼻,响水庵因此改名为香水庵。

目前,香水庵内共有四名驻庵僧尼,负责打理庵内的大小事务。

 

香气在佛教的意义

Xilin Monastery (西琳寺) built by Master Huiyong in year 377 in Lushan, Jiangxi Province

慧永大师在公元377年于江西省庐山境内建立了西琳寺

香气在经典中常用来比喻修行者的修行和持戒之德。晋朝(公元265-460年)的慧永大师在83岁圆寂后一股香气持续了七天才散去。

The mummified body of Master Wuji, currently housed in Soji-ji Temple in Yokohama, Japan

目前供奉在日本横滨市鹤见区曹洞宗总部的无际大师的不朽肉身 (点击放大)

The stupa containing the holy body of Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen

杜津扎巴坚赞的遗体就供奉在这座佛塔内
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无际大师在公元790年圆寂。至今千余年后大师的肉身依然没有腐坏的迹象也还发出阵阵香气。

在藏传佛教中,香气与纯洁的德行息息相关。杜津扎巴坚赞是宗喀巴大师的其中一名很亲近的弟子,他严格持戒的德行最让人津津乐道。杜津扎巴坚赞于1656年圆寂,圣体就供在西藏拉萨市的尊木采寺内。上个世纪90年代,人们整修佛塔时将杜津扎巴坚赞圣体移出的瞬间,一股清新的戒香顿时弥漫着整个空间。

 

香水庵内神圣的百子堂

The entrance of the Hundred Children Prayer Hall

百子堂的入口处

香水庵内有大雄宝殿、天王殿、藏经阁、鼓楼、百子堂等。其中最为有名的是百子堂。

香水庵和大慈大悲的观音菩萨有着密切的关系。据说建立香水庵的巧云就是观音菩萨的化身,朝拜者也在香水庵感应到观音菩萨的帮助。

The Guan Yin who grants children in Xiangshui (Perfume) Nunnery

供奉在香水庵内的送子观音

供奉在香水庵内的就是在中国非常普遍的送子观音。龙口风景区每年的庙会都有许多人前来百子堂求子,其中有不少人如愿得子。

Clay children statues in different styles and depictions in the Hundred Children Prayer Hall

百子堂内各种风格与面貌的泥塑孩童

在送子观音身边围绕的是100尊造型各异的泥塑孩童。前来的信徒在许愿后会在选上的孩童颈上结上红绳等待愿望实现。得子后信徒们都会来此还愿以示感激。

 

中国的观音信仰

Lotus Sutra

妙法莲华经 (点击放大)

观音菩萨大概是在二或三世纪传入中国。在众多佛教经典中,最少有七部和观音有关。1)佛说观无量寿佛经;2)无量寿经;3)千手千眼观世音菩萨广大圆满无碍大悲心陀罗尼经;4)佛说大乘庄严宝王经;5)心经;6)佛说十一面观世音神咒经;7)妙法莲华经。

A Chinese depiction of Guan Yin holding an infant

送子观音图
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Guan Yin depicted in male form

观音以男相示现
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妙法莲花经里讲述了观音有三十三法相,其中七个法相为女性。妙法莲华经中也提到观音救苦救难的大愿还有送子的能力。中国在宋朝以前(公元960-1279年)的观音都是以男相示现。之后就出现了男或女相。直到公元14世纪,中国的观音才完全以女相示现,其主要原因是在中华文化中,慈悲较常与女性特质联系。观音在中国常以温柔优雅、身穿白袍、手抱孩童的女相示现,强调观音送子的能力。

观音以男女法相示现的特质无疑是在告诉我们空性与证悟是超越性别的。为了救度众生,菩萨会依据情况所需而示现不同的身相。

 

观音三十三法相

1. Willow Leaf Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

1. 杨柳观音
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2. Dragon Head Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

2. 龙头观音
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3. Sutra Holding Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

3. 持经观音
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4. Complete Halo Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

4. 圆光观音
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5. Wandering Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

5. 游戏观音
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6. White robe Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

6. 白衣观音
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7. Lotus Seated Guan Yin

7. 莲卧观音
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8. Gush Seeing Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

8. 泷见观音
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9. Joy Giving Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

9. 施药观音
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10. Fish Basket Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

10. 鱼篮观音
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11. Virtuous King Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

11. 德王观音
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12. Water Moon Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

12.水月观音
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13. Single Petal Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

13. 一叶观音
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14. Blue Neck Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

14. 青颈观音
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15. Majestic Virtue Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

15. 威德观音
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16. Life Lengthening Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

16. 延命观音
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All Treasures Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

17. 众宝观音
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18. Rock Enclave Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

18. 岩户观音
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19. 能净观音
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20. Anuda Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

20. 阿耨观音
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21. Amate Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

21. 阿摩提观音
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22. Leaf Cloaked Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

22. 叶衣观音
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23. Colored Glaze Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

23. 琉璃观音
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24. Tara Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

24. 多罗尊观音
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25. Clam Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

25. 蛤蜊观音
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26. Six Period Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

26. 六时观音
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27. Universal Compassion Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

27. 普悲观音
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28. Lady Ma Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

28. 马郎妇观音
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29. Clasped Palms Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

29. 合掌观音
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30. Oneness Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

30. 一如观音
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31. Non dual Guan Yin (click to enlarge)

31. 不二观音
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32. Lotus Holding Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

32. 持莲观音
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33. Water Sprinkling Guan Yin (Click to enlarge)

33. 洒水观音
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如何前往龙口南山风景区

飞机

从北京、上海、哈尔滨、武汉直飞到烟台国际机场

巴士

从烟台市,可到靠近烟台火车站的巴士站乘坐巴士到龙口市,路程不到两个小时。
抵达龙口市后,可在龙口火车站或客车站乘坐5号或10号公车到龙口南山风景区。

的士

从龙口市也可以乘坐的士到龙口南山风景区

开放时间
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更多的图片

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Different forms of Guan Yin

Another form of Guan Yin

Heavenly King

Heavenly King

Maitreya Buddha

弥勒佛

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Jul 16, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Interesting read of this Xiangshui (Perfume) Nunnery with an interesting legend behind it. All about a wealthy Han family having a daughter named Qiaoyun. She was considered to be as the emanation of Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy . As a young age, Qiaoyun was already inclined towards Buddhism, refusing arranged marriage as her interest is in Buddhism. Her life story tells all how she managed to save many lives in the village even before she was ordained a nun. Great explanation of the significance of fragrant scent in Buddhism and sharing of the 33 manifestations of Guan Yin . Loved those pictures of Quan Yin , beautiful indeed and seeing it is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

  2. Aline on May 17, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Thank you so much! <3

  3. S.Prathap on Dec 4, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    This article is all about the Xiangshui (Perfume) Nunnery as known as the Xiangshui (Water Burble) Nunnery which is located in China’s Shandong Province where it was originally built during the Ming Dynasty.
    Beautiful story of Qiaoyun who was considered as the emanation of Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy to many who took rebirth as a human returning to release the suffering of people.Thank you so much for the informative article ad beautiful pictures.

  4. Sally on Oct 2, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing with us the story of this temple and also the many forms of Kuan Yin. Buddhas sometimes appear in a human form to give us teachings and guide us in our spiritual practice. When we have faith in the Three Jewels, there will be hope and the suffering we are going through will become nothing.

    In this story, Qiaoyun was born in a rich family but she gave up her comfort and choose to live simply and practice Dharma. In our modern time, we are so degenerate that we think people who choose to become ordained are people who are running away from their problems, who are losers in their lives.

    The truth is, many ordained people are hight qualified people who are very successful in their secular lives. For example, Ven. Helmut Gassner, Ven. Dhammananda. It takes a lot of merits to be ordained, it is not as simple as just walk it and get your head shaved.

  5. Ummamageswari on Jun 28, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Thank you so much for this article.This article is all about the Xiangshui (Perfume) Nunnery as known as the Xiangshui (Water Burble) Nunnery which is located in China’s Shandong Province where it was originally built during the Ming Dynasty.

    In Buddhist practice, a fragrant scent is often associated with Buddhist practitioners who are highly attained and hold their vows very strictly. Everyone is welcomed there. Thank you.

  6. Pastor Albert on Jun 10, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    During the conservation cultures in the dynasties eras, it is not easy for a person to reject getting married and wanted to be ordained, being it male or female, every parents always wanted their children to get married and have a good family with lots of children, it is something crazy when a person say they don’t want to be married. Even in today world where the technology is so advance, parents still cannot accept their children wanted to get ordained, more over in the olden days. So Qiaoyun may have went through a lot of difficulties in order for her parents to agree to build a nunnery for her to practice Dharma.

    I have heard Kuan Yin has many forms and Kuan Yin is not a stranger to us as most of us who lived in Malaysia has been taught about Kuan Yin from the many platforms as we grow up, but most of the forms mentioned here, it is the first time Im hearing these names. Indeed Kuan Yin is very compassionate, and he can manifest in any forms in order to educate the sentient beings and bring them to enlightenment, Kuan Yin is also known as Kuan Shi Yin, Kuan means observing / listening, Shi means all the sentient beings in Samsara, Yin means voices, so it means that Kuan Yin is always listening to the voices of the sentient beings and ever ready to help them to get enlightenment. From here, we can see how compassionate Kuan Yin is and how much he willing to do in order to teach us Dharma, hence, he will manifest different forms and many forms according to the time and situation that is needed.

  7. Samfoonheei on May 30, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Interesting article on Xiangshui (Perfume) Nunnery and having a legend and history behind it. The courageous Qiaoyun (巧云) had saved many lives in the village before she was ordained a nun. Beautiful story of Qiaoyun who was considered as the emanation of Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy to many who took rebirth as a human returning to release the suffering of people.
    Good sharing and informative of the significance of fragrant scent in Buddhism. Beautiful pictures of Guan Yin which I truly loved it.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers team for this sharing.

  8. tan yong chean on May 17, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    for the part of another form of Guan Yin. there is some mistaken part. first of all, it is the four great bodhisattvas in Mahayana tradition which symbolized the four qualities which are compassion, wisdom, great vows, and great deeds. the one who sits on the lion with the jade RU YI is Manjushri. The one sitting on a white elephant with the lotus is Samantabhadra. the one wearing the monk robes sitting beside Guan Yin is Ksitigarbha. Secondly, for the Tian Wang part. It is actually called Wei Tuo Bodhisattva. Not Tian Wang. Tian Wang refers to the four heavenly kings only. Thank you!

  9. Tsa Tsa Ong on May 17, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    I really enjoyed reading about the history of this Xiangshui (Perfume) Nunnery. Didn’t know there are 33 Manifestations of Guan Yin. And the mummified body of Master Wuji, currently housed in Soji-ji Temple in Yokohama. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for sharing such interesting history and pcitures of this Buddhist temple.?????

  10. Yee Yin on May 14, 2019 at 3:27 am

    In China, there are many stories of Buddha such as Guan Yin and Manjushri who often emanate themselves among us to help us and give us Dharma. Throughout the ancient history, many people converted to Buddhism or their faith in Dharma became stronger because of the miracles or the good deeds performed by the Buddhas.

    There was another story of Guan Yin emanating as Princess Miaoshan who was the daughter of King Miaozhuang in ancient China. She sacrificed her eye and arm in order to cure her father’s disease and then she died as a result of it. Because of her selfless act, she immediately became the Thousand-Arm and Thousand-Eye Guan Yin.

    Guan Yin is the most popular Bodhisattva worshipped by people in the Mahayana tradition. She is also very popular among Taoists. In Malaysia and Singapore, when a child is always sick, the parents will bring the child to a Guan Yin temple and made her the godmother of the child. Miraculously, the health condition of the child will improve after that.

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    We are members of the Buddhist Temple in Taman Desa Jaya, Kepong, Kuala Lumpur and we have been issued membership by the president (DATUK YIP KUM FOOK), we are very sad because we are the foundation of this Temple

    Now we can know who is always messing with people, and he always cheats money and women, he even uses Buddhism to find money.

    Also, need to be careful with his brother-in-law (Simon Low Kok Meng) because he is a spy (CID) for DATUK YIP KUM FOOK and we will write some letters to AGONG SULTAN IBRAHIM IBN ALMARHUM SULTAN ISKANDAR as soon as possible.

    From Jesmond Yap, Kepong Baru…Kuala Lumpur
  • Phoenix the Shaman Elder
    Thursday, Mar 7. 2024 01:40 AM
    The matriarchal cultures of the grandmothers have specific symbolism of animism shamanism, such as the horse, especially the blue horse, and the deer. These are two main symbols of a shaman woman and you can find them in many cultural folk lore, especially the Russian, Slavic, Siberian, Nordic, Finland, and Norway. It’s nice to see the Matriarchal Shaman Animism diety represented in Chinese.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 4. 2024 06:59 PM
    An inspiring act of a selfless Lama feeding strays whether its night or day. Truly an example for us all to feed those lonely strays . Yes I do agree compassion starts with feeding strays. Reading this blog again to refresh myself to do more. Strays animals generally lead a life of poor welfare on the street. Feeding strays is a compassionate act.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Anila for this sharing.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/rinpoche-through-my-eyes-compassion-starts-with-feeding-strays

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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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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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Part 2-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
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
7 days ago
Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
2 weeks ago
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
2 weeks ago
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
2 weeks ago
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 weeks ago
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
4 weeks ago
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 weeks ago
Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
1 month ago
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
1 month ago
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
1 month ago
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
1 month ago
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
1 month ago
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
2 months ago
The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
2 months ago
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
2 months ago
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
2 months ago
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
2 months ago
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
2 months ago
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
2 months ago
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
2 months ago
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
3 months ago
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
3 months ago
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
3 months ago
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 months ago
Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
3 months ago
Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 months ago
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 months ago
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
4 months ago
Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
4 months ago
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/\_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed.  Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
4 months ago
After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
4 months ago
Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
4 months ago
Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
5 months ago
Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
Kechara Penang Study Group had our weekly DS puja , led by our beloved sis Swee Bee and serkym by Mr. Lee. After that, we completed Swift Return puja also. 18th Nov 2023. By Jacinta
5 months ago
Kechara Penang Study Group had our weekly DS puja , led by our beloved sis Swee Bee and serkym by Mr. Lee. After that, we completed Swift Return puja also. 18th Nov 2023. By Jacinta
#Back2back 11th Nov 2023 Dorje Shugden puja & Rinpoche's Swift Return puja @Penang Chapel, 49 Jalan Seang Tek, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang. Every Saturday @3pm/5pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
5 months ago
#Back2back 11th Nov 2023 Dorje Shugden puja & Rinpoche's Swift Return puja @Penang Chapel, 49 Jalan Seang Tek, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang. Every Saturday @3pm/5pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Pic: Rinpoche Swift Return puja ~ 21/10/23 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
6 months ago
Pic: Rinpoche Swift Return puja ~ 21/10/23 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
#Backtoback A few months back, Kechara Penang Study Group started to have two pujas consecutively on Saturday. Dorje Shugden puja @3pm and thereafter Rinpoche Swift Return puja. This can only be achieved due to the committed members from Penang. A big round of applause...... Pic : DS puja on 21/10/2023 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
6 months ago
#Backtoback A few months back, Kechara Penang Study Group started to have two pujas consecutively on Saturday. Dorje Shugden puja @3pm and thereafter Rinpoche Swift Return puja. This can only be achieved due to the committed members from Penang. A big round of applause...... Pic : DS puja on 21/10/2023 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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