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Accidental Buddhist, hesitant writer and fortunate student of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. He's been there, done that and seriously cannot think of a better place to be than Now.

Martin's ability to partake in all earthly pleasures ruined by CS Lewis' quote:"I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy." You can find more of his writings on his blog www.martinmkc.com.
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The Body of a Buddha: A Road Map to Liberation

Nov 3, 2018
The Body of a Buddha: A Road Map to Liberation

When the historical Buddha, Prince Siddhartha Gautama, achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, he came to be regarded as a perfect being. As such, his physical body was said to bear the marks and signs of this perfection. His perfect physical body was the direct result of three aeons of cultivating virtues...

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When Reuters becomes a tool of oppression

Jul 16, 2018
When Reuters becomes a tool of oppression

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Martin Chow) In December 2015, the international news group Reuters published what it claimed to be an investigative piece titled ‘China co-opts a Buddhist sect in global effort to smear Dalai Lama’. Four short paragraphs into the article and it became clear that Reuters had no intention of being impartial...

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This Nun Wishes for Tsem Rinpoche’s Death

Jun 27, 2018
This Nun Wishes for Tsem Rinpoche’s Death

This is the hatred that this nun has expressed on Tsem Rinpoche's Facebook page. Rinpoche has not harmed her in any way. The only reason Rinpoche is subjected to such abuse is because...

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How Authentic is the Tibetan Leadership’s Claim of Democracy?

Jun 8, 2018
How Authentic is the Tibetan Leadership’s Claim of Democracy?

The Modern Diplomacy article below alludes to the CTA being the same old feudalistic government, albeit with a new coat of paint and some labels by which it proceeds to regard itself as a democratic government...

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The Truth About Who Saved the 14th Dalai Lama

Dec 30, 2017
The Truth About Who Saved the 14th Dalai Lama

It has been 58 years since His Holiness the Dalai Lama trusted Dorje Shugden with his life and made a perilous journey out of Tibet. The spread of the glorious Dharma in the past half century could not have happened without the 14th Dalai Lama.

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Great Masters Speak about Tsem Rinpoche

Aug 7, 2017
Great Masters Speak about Tsem Rinpoche

One of the first things I was introduced to when I came to Kechara all those years back was the Lamrim, specifically Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand by the great Buddhist saint, Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. In the Lamrim, the Dharma is described as the medicine, the Guru as the skillful doctor, and...

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The Devil

Feb 20, 2017
The Devil

Introduction “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” – William Shakespeare A Brief History of the Devil The Devil, which is the universal symbol of all things wicked, heinous, corrupt and destructive is ever present in the awareness of the people of all cultures today. So common is the knowledge of the...

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Have Your Prayers Worked?

Nov 7, 2015
Have Your Prayers Worked?

I have been a student of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for almost 5 years and a practicing Tibetan Buddhist for about the same time. But this is not the first time I have regarded myself as a Buddhist. I was a ‘Buddhist’ when I was a child although in essence I was more of a...

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Thanks to Yong Soo Chin for sponsoring today's lunch ingredients and also donation to Kechara Food Bank in memorial of her father-in-law Mr Ng Seng Kee. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
14 hours ago
Thanks to Yong Soo Chin for sponsoring today's lunch ingredients and also donation to Kechara Food Bank in memorial of her father-in-law Mr Ng Seng Kee. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Efforts to feed the poor are nothing new. Kechara Soup Kitchen practices of collecting food waste and turning it into meals for the hungry. The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! #Kechara #foodbank #hungerknowsnobarriers - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Efforts to feed the poor are nothing new. Kechara Soup Kitchen practices of collecting food waste and turning it into meals for the hungry. The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! #Kechara #foodbank #hungerknowsnobarriers - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Lovely DIY candle made to offer to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Lovely DIY candle made to offer to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Isn’t it great to see family engaging in pilgrimage & dharma work together. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Isn’t it great to see family engaging in pilgrimage & dharma work together. Lin Mun KSDS
Pastor Gim Lee gave an interesting introduction to Green Tara during the recentl pilgrimage cum camp event. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Pastor Gim Lee gave an interesting introduction to Green Tara during the recentl pilgrimage cum camp event. Lin Mun KSDS
So glad to see family doing light offering to Buddha together. Great bonding. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
So glad to see family doing light offering to Buddha together. Great bonding. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS pilgrimage cum camp 2018 - Prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
KSDS pilgrimage cum camp 2018 - Prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Melinda & teacher Asyley guided the youngest children to take refuge & do prostration to Dzambala. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Teacher Melinda & teacher Asyley guided the youngest children to take refuge & do prostration to Dzambala. Lin Mun KSDS
Zoey is a happy girl & enjoy coming to dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Zoey is a happy girl & enjoy coming to dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Video recording for KSDS Graduation 2018. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Video recording for KSDS Graduation 2018. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Rain or shine we will be there to distribute surplus food to the needy families living around Jlns Sungai. Thank you to all volunteers for turning up on a wet afternoon. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 days ago
Rain or shine we will be there to distribute surplus food to the needy families living around Jlns Sungai. Thank you to all volunteers for turning up on a wet afternoon. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
A visit was paid to this family from Petaling Jaya. Our client’s wife has admitted to hospital due to stroke. Therefore, client has to stop working temporarily because he needs to take care of the young daughter who has learning disabilities. Let’s send best wishes to the wife for a speedy recovery! ❤️ #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 days ago
A visit was paid to this family from Petaling Jaya. Our client’s wife has admitted to hospital due to stroke. Therefore, client has to stop working temporarily because he needs to take care of the young daughter who has learning disabilities. Let’s send best wishes to the wife for a speedy recovery! ❤️ #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The threatening rain and the shortage of volunteers tonight did not stopped us from our regular Monday night distribution. Kudos to all who turned up to help. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 days ago
The threatening rain and the shortage of volunteers tonight did not stopped us from our regular Monday night distribution. Kudos to all who turned up to help. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
KISG members had gathered in Ipoh chapel for puja on Lama Tsongkhapa Day. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
1 week ago
KISG members had gathered in Ipoh chapel for puja on Lama Tsongkhapa Day. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
One of the special activities in KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp ~ mantra rolling session. Alice, KSDS
1 week ago
One of the special activities in KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp ~ mantra rolling session. Alice, KSDS
Special bond between teacher and students. Alice, KSDS
1 week ago
Special bond between teacher and students. Alice, KSDS
Breathing meditation led by Teacher Kien in the event. Alice, KSDS
1 week ago
Breathing meditation led by Teacher Kien in the event. Alice, KSDS
Special thanks to the dedicated teachers, Melinda, Asyley, Lin Mun, Grace and Alice (from left to right) for  being part of the organizer ~ KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp. Alice, KSDS
1 week ago
Special thanks to the dedicated teachers, Melinda, Asyley, Lin Mun, Grace and Alice (from left to right) for being part of the organizer ~ KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp. Alice, KSDS
Wonderful message from the participants of KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp, “Thank You Rinpoche for having us here in KFR”. Alice, KSDS
1 week ago
Wonderful message from the participants of KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp, “Thank You Rinpoche for having us here in KFR”. Alice, KSDS
A happy sponsor meeting our 'Star'. Mrs. Wong sponsored most of the fabric for our rugs requested to meet our star apprentice. She enjoyed herself chatting with Sarina and even bought some pieces of the rugs. She's happy to see some of the fabric donated turned into bags. She's especially pleased to see the HEXAGON BAG. Mrs. Wong bought along more fabric for Sarina and her team. This bag can be used as your Lunch-bag, to carry your toiletries or a simple bag to go shopping in. Limited edition and unique bags to carry along to your bookclub or morning coffee session even to your hair salons. Make it the talking point. PM 0125303887 to order or purchase. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
A happy sponsor meeting our 'Star'. Mrs. Wong sponsored most of the fabric for our rugs requested to meet our star apprentice. She enjoyed herself chatting with Sarina and even bought some pieces of the rugs. She's happy to see some of the fabric donated turned into bags. She's especially pleased to see the HEXAGON BAG. Mrs. Wong bought along more fabric for Sarina and her team. This bag can be used as your Lunch-bag, to carry your toiletries or a simple bag to go shopping in. Limited edition and unique bags to carry along to your bookclub or morning coffee session even to your hair salons. Make it the talking point. PM 0125303887 to order or purchase. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Kien gave a very good briefing on pilgrimage and introduction to the 5 Buddha statues. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Kien gave a very good briefing on pilgrimage and introduction to the 5 Buddha statues. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Introduction to KFR by Asyley. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Introduction to KFR by Asyley. Lin Mun KSDS
Nice altar in every room of Manjushri Guest House. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
Nice altar in every room of Manjushri Guest House. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Youngest participant. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Youngest participant. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Alice giving intro to all participants about Gyenze & Dorje Shugden. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Alice giving intro to all participants about Gyenze & Dorje Shugden. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Participants making incense offering to Gyenze. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Participants making incense offering to Gyenze. Lin Mun KSDS
Nice room of Manjushri Guest House. Spacious and cosy. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
Nice room of Manjushri Guest House. Spacious and cosy. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Manjushri Guest House deco is so nice and everyone have take picture of the design. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Manjushri Guest House deco is so nice and everyone have take picture of the design. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Teachers preparing for registration Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Teachers preparing for registration Lin Mun KSDS
Today Melaka team distribute Food Surplus house to house Morning , afternoon and night. Thank you our Volunteers - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
Today Melaka team distribute Food Surplus house to house Morning , afternoon and night. Thank you our Volunteers - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Rejoice to all the participants. May everyone always be blessed and protected by the Three Jewels and stay healthy. Thank you Rinpoche for all your kindness and compassion.May Rinpoche stays healthy and long life and continue to turn the wheel of dharma. By Asyley Chia KSDS
2 weeks ago
Rejoice to all the participants. May everyone always be blessed and protected by the Three Jewels and stay healthy. Thank you Rinpoche for all your kindness and compassion.May Rinpoche stays healthy and long life and continue to turn the wheel of dharma. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Pastor Gim Lee lead us in the pilgrimage tour and she share the dharma talk with funny and interesting way.We offering candles and circumbulating 5 holy statues Sakyamuni,Rinpoche’s throne and Dorje Shugden.Everybody take turn offered Khata and dedication. By Asyley Chia KSDS
2 weeks ago
Pastor Gim Lee lead us in the pilgrimage tour and she share the dharma talk with funny and interesting way.We offering candles and circumbulating 5 holy statues Sakyamuni,Rinpoche’s throne and Dorje Shugden.Everybody take turn offered Khata and dedication. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Pastor Gim Lee lead us in the pilgrimage tour and she share the dharma talk with funny and interesting way.We offering candles and circumbulating 5 holy statues Sakyamuni,Rinpoche’s throne and Dorje Shugden.Everybody take turn offered Khata and dedication. By Asyley Chia KSDS
2 weeks ago
Pastor Gim Lee lead us in the pilgrimage tour and she share the dharma talk with funny and interesting way.We offering candles and circumbulating 5 holy statues Sakyamuni,Rinpoche’s throne and Dorje Shugden.Everybody take turn offered Khata and dedication. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Pastor Gim Lee lead us in the pilgrimage tour and she share the dharma talk with funny and interesting way.We offering candles and circumbulating 5 holy statues Sakyamuni,Rinpoche’s throne and Dorje Shugden.Everybody take turn offered Khata and dedication. By Asyley Chia KSDS
2 weeks ago
Pastor Gim Lee lead us in the pilgrimage tour and she share the dharma talk with funny and interesting way.We offering candles and circumbulating 5 holy statues Sakyamuni,Rinpoche’s throne and Dorje Shugden.Everybody take turn offered Khata and dedication. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Pastor Gim Lee lead us in the pilgrimage tour and she share the dharma talk with funny and interesting way.We offering candles and circumbulating 5 holy statues Sakyamuni,Rinpoche’s throne and Dorje Shugden. By Asyley Chia KSDS
2 weeks ago
Pastor Gim Lee lead us in the pilgrimage tour and she share the dharma talk with funny and interesting way.We offering candles and circumbulating 5 holy statues Sakyamuni,Rinpoche’s throne and Dorje Shugden. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Pastor Gim Lee lead us in the pilgrimage tour and she share the dharma talk with funny and interesting way.We offering candles and circumbulating 5 holy statues Sakyamuni,Rinpoche’s throne and Dorje Shugden. By Asyley Chia KSDS
2 weeks ago
Pastor Gim Lee lead us in the pilgrimage tour and she share the dharma talk with funny and interesting way.We offering candles and circumbulating 5 holy statues Sakyamuni,Rinpoche’s throne and Dorje Shugden. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Pastor Gim Lee lead us in the pilgrimage tour and she share the dharma talk with funny and interesting way.We offering candles and circumbulating 5 holy statues here is Medicine Buddha with Blessing water. By Asyley Chia KSDS
2 weeks ago
Pastor Gim Lee lead us in the pilgrimage tour and she share the dharma talk with funny and interesting way.We offering candles and circumbulating 5 holy statues here is Medicine Buddha with Blessing water. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Pastor Gim Lee lead us in the pilgrimage tour and she share the dharma talk with funny and interesting way.We offering candles and circumbulating 5 holy statues here is Medicine Buddha with Blessing water. By Asyley Chia KSDS
2 weeks ago
Pastor Gim Lee lead us in the pilgrimage tour and she share the dharma talk with funny and interesting way.We offering candles and circumbulating 5 holy statues here is Medicine Buddha with Blessing water. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Pastor Gim Lee lead us in the pilgrimage tour and she share the dharma talk with funny and interesting way.We offering candles and circumbulating 5 holy statues here is Medicine Buddha with Blessing water. By Asyley Chia KSDS
2 weeks ago
Pastor Gim Lee lead us in the pilgrimage tour and she share the dharma talk with funny and interesting way.We offering candles and circumbulating 5 holy statues here is Medicine Buddha with Blessing water. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Dorje Shugden
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