Carlos Castaneda: Godfather of the New Age Movement

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Carlos Castaneda was an American New Age author and a scholar of anthropology — the study of human behaviour and societies. He wrote a series of popular books that described his training and magical experiences in Toltec Shamanism under the guidance of Don Juan Matus, a native Yaqui shaman who lived in Mexico.

Castaneda’s writings brought him fame as well as controversy. His proponents and critics would debate as to whether his writings were the results of authentic experiences or an overactive imagination. Yet, despite the controversy, his expressive and evocative writing as well as the mysticism that surrounded his persona inspired widespread appreciation for Native American culture and earned him the title of “Godfather of the New Age Movement.”

 

Early Life

Carlos Castaneda’s life story is shrouded in mystery and marked by conflicting information. According to Castaneda, he was born on 25th December 1931 in Sao Paolo, Brazil, to a prominent Italian family. He claimed that his father was a professor of literature and that his mother died when he was a child. Castaneda also claimed that he attended a boarding school in Buenos Aires, Argentina, served in the US army in Spain, and studied sculpture in Milan, Italy.

The United States immigration record showed that Castaneda was born in Cajamarca, Peru.

United States immigration records show that Castaneda was born in Cajamarca, Peru.

Subsequent research by TIME magazine clarified some facts about Castaneda’s life. American immigration records show that Castaneda was born on 25th December 1925 in Cajamarca, Peru. His father was a goldsmith named Cesar Arana Burugaray and his mother was Susan Castaneda Navoa. He started using his mother’s maiden name in 1951.

It seems that Castaneda attended high school in Cajamarca and only moved to Lima, the capital of Peru, with his family in 1948. In Lima, Castaneda furthered his education at the Colegio Nacional de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, and later attended the National School of Fine Arts to study sculpture and painting. The immigration records also show that Castaneda married an unknown woman in Peru, with whom he fathered a child.

Colegio Nacional de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Colegio Nacional de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

In 1951, Castaneda emigrated to the United States with the intention of becoming a sculptor, leaving his wife and child behind. He first stayed in San Francisco and later moved to Los Angeles where he began a new chapter of his life. He attended Los Angeles City College between 1955 and 1959 where he studied journalism and creative writing. On 21st June 1957, Castaneda became a naturalised citizen of the United States.

After graduating from Los Angeles City College, Castaneda entered the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he received his Bachelor degree in Anthropology in 1962 and his doctorate (PhD) in 1973. It was during his time at UCLA that he travelled to Mexico and met his teacher, Don Juan.

University of California, Los Angeles

The University of California, Los Angeles

In 1960, Castaneda married Margaret Runyan, a divorcee from West Virginia who was 14 years his senior, in Mexico. According to Margaret Runyan, she and Castaneda were attracted to each other because they were kindred spirits.

Margaret Runyan, Carlos Castaneda's second wife

Margaret Runyan was Carlos Castaneda’s second wife

The couple separated after only six months of marriage but did not officially divorce until 1973. During their separation, Margaret Runyan had a relationship with a businessman named Adrian Gerritsen and had a child with him. When the child, C.J. Castaneda, was born, Castaneda consented to have his name stated as the boy’s father in the birth certificate. He also helped pay for the boy’s education and sent many affectionate letters to him.

Years later, Richard de Mille, who wrote two critical books about Castaneda, questioned the legality of Castaneda’s marriage with Runyan. Richard de Mille claimed that Castaneda and his first Peruvian wife were never divorced, which meant that the Peruvian lady was his only legal wife.

 

The Don Juan Effect

Carlos Castaneda during his younger days

Carlos Castaneda during his younger days

While at UCLA, one of Carlos Castaneda’s lecturers, Professor Clement Meighan, got him interested in the world of Shamanism. Castaneda also decided to study ethnobotany, the classification of psychotropic plants. This new-found interest took him to the southern United States to collect plant specimens.

During one of these trips in the summer of 1960, Castaneda met Don Juan Matus (not his real name), a native American Yaqui Shaman who would later become his teacher. The fateful encounter occurred at a bus station in Nogales, Arizona. Castaneda was attracted to Don Juan’s particular way of speaking so he decided to visit him at his house in the Mexican desert. After several meetings, Don Juan revealed his true identity as a sorcerer. He is said to have had extraordinary powers and could manipulate time and space.

Castaneda’s depiction of Don Juan was that of an old, unmarried man, an indigenous Yaqui/Yuma who could speak both English and Spanish. One year later, Castaneda became Don Juan’s apprentice. Don Juan introduced Castaneda to the ritual use of hallucinogens such as peyote, and to other Shamans including Genaro Flores, a Mazatec Indian who would also become Castaneda’s teacher.

Jimson weed

Jimson weed

The sessions with Don Juan usually started with drugs such as jimson weed, hallucinogenic mushrooms and peyote. The objective of using such psychotropic drugs was to teach students about alternate reality. Castaneda also wrote about Don Juan’s ability to manipulate his existence. He said that at one point, Don Juan transformed him into a crow and he gained the ability to fly. Castaneda also mentioned how he communicated with wild animals and transformed himself into one.

Artist illustration of Don Juan Matus

An artist’s illustration of Don Juan Matus

According to Castaneda, Don Juan identified Castaneda as a nagual or a spiritual leader of his lineage, a party of seers. Many anthropologists define the term nagual as a sorcerer or a shaman who claims to have the ability to transform himself into an animal or other form through magical rituals or the use of psychotropic drugs.

Castaneda used the knowledge that he gained from his shamanistic apprenticeship in his master’s thesis. His first book, “The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge”, was published in 1968 by the University of California Press. The book was critically acclaimed and the paperback version became an instant bestseller when it was published. Castaneda’s book was appealing because he did not emphasise the superiority of his power. Instead, he positioned himself as someone who was in need of guidance. His beautiful descriptions of the Mexican desert environment also helped.

Later, Simon & Schuster, a mainstream publisher, acquired the rights to publish “The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge” and his two subsequent books.

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Between 1968 and 1971, Castaneda commenced his second learning period under Don Juan in Mexico. After completing his second training session, Castaneda wrote another book titled “Separate Reality: Further Conversations with Don Juan” in 1971. Ted Hughes, an English author and poet, wrote a review of the book:

“Castaneda becomes the guinea-pig hero of a modern quest as the weird glamor of the hypnotic, manipulating, profound, foxy old Indian carries him, with his notebooks and tape recorder, into regions where the words “rational” and “scientific” are violently redefined.”

Source: New World Encyclopedia, 2017

Castaneda’s third book, “Journey to Ixtlan”, chronicles his experiences with Don Juan. He used the material in this book for his PhD thesis and, in 1973, he obtained his doctorate degree. In this book, Castaneda decided to stop the use of drugs as a method of understanding alternate reality. He explained,

“My perception of the world through the effects of those psychotropics had been so bizarre and impressive that I was forced to assume that such states were the only avenue to communicating and learning what Don Juan was attempting to teach me. That assumption was erroneous.”

Source: New World Encyclopedia, 2017

Castaneda had the following to say on his writings about Don Juan:

“My effort to make sense of Don [sic] Juan’s world is my own way of paying back to him for this grand opportunity. If [sic] I don’t make an effort to render his world as a coherent phenomenon it’ll go by the way it has for hundreds of years, as a nonsensical activity when it is not nonsensical; it’s not fraudulent — it’s a very serious endeavour.”

Source: primagems.com

Taisha Abelar and Florinda Donner-Grau also attended UCLA and majored in Anthropology, and Castaneda endorsed both as legitimate students of Don Juan. There were other authors who wrote about Don Juan and claimed to be members of Don Juan’s Toltec warriors; however, they did not receive Castaneda’s endorsement and were instead dismissed as pretenders.

 

The Cultural Phenomenon and His Critics

Carlos Castaneda was one of the best-selling authors in the United States. His audience was particularly attracted by the mysticism in his writings. His use of hallucinogenic drugs to understand an alternate reality was in sync with the counterculture of the 1960s. Not only did Castaneda become the most celebrated anthropologist between 1968 and 1976, but he was also considered a cultural phenomenon and a New Age icon.

In 1969, well-known anthropologists such as Edward Spicer and Paul Riesman praised Castaneda. In the New York Times Book Review, Paul Riesman wrote:

“Castaneda makes it clear that the teachings of Don Juan do tell us something of how the world really is.”

Source: Biblio.com

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Castaneda’s popularity made him the subject of a TIME magazine cover story, published on 5th March 1973 (Vol. 101 No. 10). In her article “Don Juan and the Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, TIME correspondent Sandra Burton described Castaneda as “an enigma wrapped in a mystery wrapped in tortilla.”

During her investigations for this feature, Burton found discrepancies in Castaneda’s story such as his birthplace, family background and age. When Burton confronted Castaneda about these discrepancies, he made the following statement:

“To ask me to verify my life by giving you my statistics … is like using science to validate sorcery. It robs the world of its magic and makes milestones out of us all.”

Source: New World Encyclopedia, 2017

With the publication of the TIME magazine article, Castaneda’s background came under greater scrutiny and this led him to withdraw from public life. After an interview for the Brazilian magazine “Revista Veja”, Castaneda stopped giving interviews for the next ten years.

As Castaneda’s fame continued to grow, so did his critics. Writers such as Richard de Mille and Joyce Carol Oates questioned the authenticity of Castaneda’s writings, characters and experiences. In 1976, Richard de Mille, the son of the famous movie producer Cecil B. de Mille, wrote a book titled “Castaneda’s Journey: The Power and the Allegory”. In this book, Richard de Mille claimed that Castaneda’s writings contained elements of plagiarism while novelist Joyce Carol Oates mentioned that Castaneda’s work “bore the mark of pure fiction.”

Richard de Mille wrote the book “Castaneda’s Journey: The Power and the Allegory”

Richard de Mille wrote the book “Castaneda’s Journey: The Power and the Allegory”

Despite such criticism, Castaneda’s supporters continued to maintain that his writings are either valuable works of philosophy or representations of his real-life experiences. An on-going debate as to whether Castaneda’s works should be classified as fiction or non-fiction remains to this day.

Over the course of his life, Castaneda wrote a total of 12 books and released three videos. His work continued to be popular among his readers and his influence proved to be long-lasting. His books have remained in print for decades, have been translated into 17 languages and have sold more than 28 million copies.

 

VIDEO: Carlos Castaneda Interview 1969

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Was Don Juan Matus a Real Person?

Professor Clement Meighan

Professor Clement Meighan

Ever since the publication of Richard de Mille’s book, which highlighted conflicting information and inconsistencies in Don Juan’s personality and the sequence of events in Carlos Castaneda’s books, many critics have questioned the existence of Don Juan.

Dr Clement Meighan, Castaneda’s professor and mentor at UCLA who was known for his expertise in native North American culture, believed that Castaneda’s writings were based on real contacts and scholarly observations of native culture. Don Miquel Ruiz, a Mexican author specialising in Toltec spiritualism and neo-shamanism, has also come to Castaneda’s defence and has verified that there were “Brujos in Mexico with native teachings much like Don Juan”. The word brujo means sorcerer.

 

Retirement from Public Life

From left to right: Florinda Donner-Grau, Taisha Abelar, Carol Tiggs, and Blue Scout

From left to right: Florinda Donner-Grau, Taisha Abelar, Carol Tiggs, and Blue Scout

After he decided to retire from public life, Carlos Castaneda lived in secrecy. He used numerous aliases and minimised contact with his family, which included his former wife, Margaret Runyan, and her son, C.J. Castaneda.

In 1973, Castaneda purchased an estate in Westwood, California, where he stayed with female companions whom he called “Fellow Travellers of Awareness”. His female companions followed the concept of “erasing personal history” and adopted new names:

  • Regina Thal changed her name to Florinda Donner-Grau.
  • Maryann Simko changed her name to Taisha Abelar.
  • Kathleen Pohlman changed her name to Carol Tiggs.
  • Patricia Partin changed her name to Blue Scout.

Despite his self-imposed exile, Castaneda continued to be a prolific writer. His subsequent writings focused less on Don Juan Matus but continued to touch on subjects such as shamanism, magical experiences, and Toltec magic rituals. “Tales of Power”, Castaneda’s fourth book, was published in 1974. It contained the conclusion of Castaneda’s training under Don Juan Matus and how he officially became a man of knowledge.

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His subsequent books, “The Second Ring of Power” and “The Fire From Within”, were published in 1977 and 1984 respectively. Even though Castaneda mentioned in the 1970s that he would not write about Don Juan anymore, he revisited the subject once again in another book titled “The Power of Silence: Further Lessons of Don Juan”.

 

The Emergence of Tensegrity

A picture of the older Carlos Castaneda

An older Carlos Castaneda

In the 1990s, Carlos Castaneda founded Cleargreen, Inc. to promote the concept of Tensional Integrity (Tensegrity). He went on to write about Tensegrity in his tenth book, “Magical Passes”, and defined it as a series of bodily movements that originated in the dream state by Don Juan’s lineage of shamans to expand their power of perception.

Tensegrity movements contain the elements of tai chi and martial arts to create, as promised by Castaneda, “the optimal conditions for the realisation of Don Juan’s insights.” Castaneda conducted some of the Tensegrity workshops himself to introduce and educate participants in the shamanistic movements to help them improve their freedom of perception and physical health.

During Castaneda’s lifetime, Cleargreen, Inc. published three videos about Tensegrity. Today, Cleargreen Inc. runs various workshops, sells materials related to Castaneda, and trains and certifies Tensegrity instructors.

 

VIDEO: Tensegrity – The Wheel of Time

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The Mysterious Death of Carlos Castaneda

The popularity of Carlos Castaneda’s books made him a wealthy man. His estate was valued at US$20 million. In 1993, Castaneda was married for the third time to Florinda Donner-Grau. He continued to write prolifically and published a series of books – “The Art of Dreaming”, “Magical Passes”, and “The Active Side of Infinity.”

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In 1997, Castaneda’s former wife, Margaret Runyan, published a book titled “A Magical Journey with Carlos Castaneda.” Unhappy with the contents of the book, Castaneda sued Ms Runyan. The lawsuit was dropped after Castaneda’s death.

Towards the end of his life, as Castaneda battled liver cancer, he wrote his 12th and final book, “The Active Side of Infinity”, in which he seemed to predict his own passing.

Artist illustration of Carlos Castaneda

An artist’s illustration of Carlos Castaneda

On 27th April 1998, Castaneda passed away in Los Angeles from complications of his illness at the age of 72. His body was cremated shortly after his death at a Culver City mortuary, and his ashes were taken to Mexico where he received his shamanic training. His passing was shrouded in secrecy and was only announced several weeks later. According to Castaneda’s representatives, the delayed announcement of Castaneda’s death was in accordance with “Castaneda’s lifelong pursuit of privacy”.

On 19th June 1998, J. R. Moehringer, a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, wrote an obituary for Castaneda titled “A Hushed Death for Mystic Author Carlos Castaneda”. Other newspapers and periodicals also published Castaneda’s obituary around this time. Castaneda’s final book, “The Active Side of Infinity”, was published posthumously in 1999.

Just like the story of his life, Castaneda’s death was not free of contradictions. His death certificate states that Castaneda was a school teacher in Beverly Hills, California, despite the absence of evidence that he had ever been employed by the school.

The press only realised about Carlos Castaneda's death several weeks after the event.

The press only discovered Carlos Castaneda’s death several weeks after the event. Click to enlarge.

Another article about Carlos Castaneda's mysterious death.

Another article about Carlos Castaneda’s mysterious death in Spanish. Click to enlarge.

Four months after Castaneda’s passing, his adopted son C.J. Castaneda, a self-proclaimed powerful brujo, challenged his father’s will which was signed four days before his death. The will stated that Castaneda’s assets, valued at US$1 million at the time of his death, were endowed to Eagle’s Trust, which was established at the same time that the will was written. There were bitter exchanges during the court hearing, with C.J. stating, “Those people latched onto him, stuck their claws in him and rode him for all he was worth.” He further mentioned, “I don’t believe the will has my father’s signature, and I don’t believe he was competent to sign it three days before he died”.

C.J.’s allegations were denied by Castaneda’s lawyer, Deborah Drooz, who testified that she was present during the signing of the will together with another lawyer and a public notary. She further mentioned that Carlos Castaneda was of sound mind during the signing and that “… one thing that was very clear for years was that Dr Castaneda had not had a relationship with C.J. Castaneda or Adrian Vashon for years, and he was very clear he should not benefit from Dr Castaneda’s death.” C.J. was ultimately unsuccessful in challenging his father’s will.

 

VIDEO: Carlos Castaneda Documentary

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Castaneda’s Close Followers

 

Carol Tiggs

Carol Tiggs was Carlos Castaneda’s colleague and a fellow student of Don Juan. After Castaneda’s death, she continued to hold workshops around the world including:

  • Ontario, Canada in 1998
  • Sochi, Russia in 2015
  • Merida, Yucatan in 2016

Currently, Carol Tiggs serves as a consultant for Cleargreen, Inc.

 

Donner-Grau, Abelar, and Scout

Not long after Castaneda’s passing in April 1998, Florinda Donner-Grau, Taisha Abelar and Blue Scout informed their friends and families that they were leaving on a long journey. Several weeks later, Blue Scout’s car, a red Ford Escort, was found abandoned in Death Valley.

In 2006, a pair of hikers found a skeleton in Death Valley in the Panamint Dunes area. DNA testing confirmed that the remains belonged to Blue Scout aka Patricia Partin. The police ruled her cause of death as undetermined.

 

Recommended Reading (Free Download)

The Art of Dreaming (click to download PDF)

The Active Side of Infinity (click to download PDF)

The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge (click to download PDF)

A Separate Reality (click to download PDF)

Journey to Ixtlan (click to download PDF)

Tales of Power (click to download PDF)

The Eagle’s Gift (click to download PDF)

Carlos Castaneda’s Compilation of Books (click to download PDF)

The texts above were sourced from legitimate book-hosting services offering these texts for free download. They are made available here for purely educational, non-commercial purposes.
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  1. Daniel Lawton on Mar 18, 2022 at 12:45 am

    You’re way out of date. We blow the Buddha away these days, hands down. In hte only real magical community on the internet. There’s none for Buddhists, because Buddhism is a money making con. That picture is just from a day or two ago, there are hundreds like it, of stuff no Buddhist even dreams of doing for real.

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    Only the people who are unable to understand it, think it isn’t true.

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  5. Wai Meng Wan on Jul 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Carlos Castenada was a prolific writer and one who have a lot of vision about sharing the truths that he has discovered. What is also interesting is that he also had a teacher who guided him when he first traversed the spiritual path which is quite synonymous to Tibetan buddhist concepts.

  6. Stella Cheang on Jun 14, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    This is an interesting article. Through the lens of Carlos Castaneda, we are introduced to the Yaqui Indian’s sorcery and the uses of drugs and herbs that are associated with it. The acute description of Carlos’ teacher, Don Juan and the landscape of Mexico in his books made him popular and rich. Allowing him to crystallise Don Juan’s shamanistic concepts into a modern teaching, i..e the Tensegrity. Carlos’ life was not short of entanglements; his background had 2 versions, he had several marriages but ended up only the first on was valid and legal, and more critically, the authenticity of his works came under question. Despite strangled marriage and hearth issue, Carlos lived till the age of 72, left behind sizeable wealth as well as a legacy of New Age Movement.

  7. Samfoonheei on Jun 10, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Carlos Castaneda,a Peruvian-born was an anthropologist and writer. He wrote a controversial series of books that claimed to describe his training and magical experiences in traditional shamanism. He did used psychoactive drugs in his training, and many were attracted by the mysticism. Interesting biography of Carlos Castaneda who lived a life with mysteries by many as for his birth and mysterious death. It does not matter as he has help many individual to improve their freedom of perception and physical health. Towards the end of his life he managed to write his final book and he seemed to predict his own passing. Incredible he knew it.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting mystical and mysterious writer.

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The Kechara Forest Retreat is a unique holistic retreat centre focused on the total wellness of body, mind and spirit. This is a place where families and individuals will find peace, nourishment and inspiration in a natural forest environment. At Kechara Forest Retreat, we are committed to give back to society through instilling the next generation with universal positive values such as kindness and compassion.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 25. 2022 01:36 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings on Dorje Shugden Wangze. Dorje Shugden always helps, guides, and protects pure and faithful practitioners by granting blessings, increasing their wisdom, fulfilling their wishes, and bestowing success on all their virtuous activities. We are so fortunate to have learn this practice from our Guru.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-wangze-for-power-and-influence.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 25. 2022 01:34 PM
    Tagpu Pemavajra was a highly attained lama who had many authentic visions of the Buddhas. Amazing he had even received direct teachings from them. He had 13 vision from different deity of their practice such as Citamani Tara and Dorje Shugden. Tagpu Pemavajra was indeed a great master that passed down the complete teachings, practice, and the initiation of Dorje Shugden, to benefits countless sentient beings,generations after generations. Hence Dorje Shugden practice has been passed on from Tagpu Pemavajra to the present time. He had played an important role in the Gelug tradition.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a great highly attained master well known for his astral travel especially for his pure visions of deities.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/tagpu-pemavajra-and-visions-from-gaden-heaven.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 25. 2022 01:32 PM
    Interesting read of Loppon Sonam Tsemo an important Tibetan sprititual leader and Buddhist scholar. According to his biography, when Loppon Sonam Tsemo was born, words written by dakinis appeared above the doorway to the great stupa in Bodhgaya, India. At a very young age he was able to describe memories of eleven previous lives. That’s amazing ability he had. He even composed the treatise Door to the Dharma at the holy shrine of Nalatse. Followed by receiving pure visions of the Bodhisattva Manjushri, Shri Hevajra, Green Tara and Arya Acala . A truly great Master who had dedicated the rest of his life to studies and meditation for the benefit of all beings. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/sakya-lopon-sonam-tsemo-the-one-who-ascended-to-kechara-paradise.html
  • Saras
    Monday, May 23. 2022 03:00 PM
    Thanks you for the incredible tales of Ji Gong, I truly enjoyed knowing the actual monk in picture. Ji Gong symbolised hope and kindness of dharma to the poor and underprivileged, the spirit of Ji Gong will continue to survive through time because nothing could destroy that.

    I had fascinated watching a number of movies that had related Ji Gong kindness, compassion and his skillful actions that had such a large influence in the world and that until today.

    https://bit.ly/3lx8qyX
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, May 23. 2022 02:35 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for showing me the beauty of Buddhism which had me changed to be a better person. Learning and practicing this beautiful Tibetan Buddhism is simply amazing for me. Even though I started late yet no regrets and had not stop , going all the way learning bit by bit , more and more knowledge reading most of the blogs. There is always a reason behind it . With folded hands thanks again for bringing Dharma to us. Buddhism is such a wonderful religion indeed. Nor matter what i will never give up.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/karma-relaxes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, May 23. 2022 02:32 PM
    Dorje Shugden was one of their main protector practices and considered an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion. There has been an unbroken tradition of the practice of Dorje Shugden as an enlightened protector since early 1700 till now. We are fortunate we learn, practice of purifying, pacifying and removing obstacles and illnesses. All thanks to our Lama Tsem Rinpoche, bringing the practice to Malaysia. Dorje Shugden had been propitiated by Sakya lineage 18th centuries ago. Dorje Shugden has been viewed as an Enlightened Protector. Evidence from the Sakya throne holders themselves, who are the holders of the Sakya tradition’s most precious Tantric transmission.
    comes from none other than the Sakya throne holders themselves, who are the holders of the Sakya tradition’s most precious Tantric transmission. The Sakya lineage holders are considered to be emanations of Avalokiteshvara and Manjushri, and their family lineage is regarded as divine. They had propitiated Dorje Shugden as a fully enlightened being and composed a praise to him. This prayer has since achieved prominence and is still widely used today.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing as it is marvelous to read that the supreme Dharmapala, Dorje Shugden is none sectarian. As confirmed by the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871 – 1935) who wrote,
    The Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden Tsel definitively is Avalokiteshvara.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-sakya-lineage-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, May 23. 2022 02:29 PM
    Beautiful White Tara paintings by a very talented artist indeed . Love those paintings , merely looking at it is a blessing. Each of those paintings has it unique way which tells us a thousand words. White Tara is associated with maternal compassion and healing. In many representations, she has eyes in the palms of her hands and on the soles of her feet, as well as in the center of her forehead, representing her power to see those who are suffering and offer her aid.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing and explaining all about it for us to understand better.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/spectacular-white-tara.html
  • Saras
    Thursday, May 19. 2022 02:38 PM
    It is quite sad to know the condition of our Earth. Pollution essentially affects the quality of human life than one can imagine. The resources earth provides us are limited. They are blessings which we do not count.

    All these are mainly caused by human activities which harm the environment. It works in mysterious ways, sometimes which cannot be seen by the naked eye. Human has become selfish and is utilizing the earth’s resources at a instant rapid rate to enjoy privileges however forgotten on the effect of it in long run.

    Earth is a privilege given to us by nature and it’s our responsibility to protect it . Our well
    being solely depends on this. We should create awareness and start taking action to help our mother nature instead of looking for another earth. However, this is soon going to be our reality if we do not save the earth now.

    https://bit.ly/3wpmvEW
  • Saras
    Tuesday, May 17. 2022 10:59 PM
    Thank you for the unique interior design of Tao Restaurant in New York. I am very much fascinated to see the huge Buddha statue in this restaurant.

    The design idea is as such that able to bring versatile atmosphere to life. It also has a significant influence on customer experience because it includes planning the layout of the restaurant.

    Looking at the design itself very much suit to a Vegetarian Restaurant.

    https://bit.ly/3MqRkPe
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 17. 2022 03:52 PM
    Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche, also known as Chetul Sangye Dorje, is one of the few living disciples of the great master Khenpo Ngagchung . A great renowned realised Dzogchen yogis Master known for his great realization and strict disciplines. He lives a life as a wandering yogi meditating alone in caves for many years ,ceaselessly working to overturn samsara for all sentient beings. During his life Chatral Rinpoche was one of the most vocal opponents of meat eating in Tibetan Buddhism. He releases large amounts of fish from the Calcutta fish markets every year.Chatral Rinpoche even composed a song about this practise of saving lives. His amazing story and teachings had indeed inspired many especially the westerners. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/kyabje-chatral-sangye-dorjee-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 17. 2022 03:51 PM
    Samfoonheei on May 17, 2022 at 3:45 pm
    Revisit this incredible sharing of the history of Bhutan and the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. Bhutan a beautiful landlocked country have been long connected with Dorje Shugden ever since the days of 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche Jetsun Jigme Norbu long and established tradition in Bhutan. Bhutan recognizes Buddhism as the state’s “spiritual heritage,” provides for freedom of religion, and bans discrimination based on religious belief. Buddhism was first introduced to Bhutan in the 7th century by Guru Padmasambhava. The Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal is considered to be the founder of modern day Bhutan. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal was notable Drukpa Kagyu masters of this nation advocated the practice of the enlightened Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. These goes back to the time of the 3rd Drubwang Tenzin Zangpo from the incarnation lineage where he had authored part of an early propitiation text to Dorje Shugden. Followed by the 4th Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu, from the reincarnation lineage of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, also included extensive prayers to Dorje Shugden in his collected works. Interesting findings the Gyalwang Drukpas are considered to be emanations of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. All liturgies to Dorje Shugden can be found in the collected works of prominent high lamas whose incarnation lineages are deeply linked with the very fabric of Bhutan’s history. The 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche Jetsun Jigme Norbu is highly attained and cannot be wrong about Dorje Shugden. The 4th Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu’s autobiography tells all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing. May more and more people know the truth the very truth and realised that Dorje Shugden is not evil but a very powerful dharma protector. The practice of Dorje Shugden is indeed very beneficial which had been practiced centuries ago.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-4th-zhabdrung-rinpoche-of-bhutan-and-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 17. 2022 03:40 PM
    Great reading this post by Martin Desai of Huffington Post that brought out the truth of the illegal ban to the world. Huffpost an American news aggregator and blog, with localized and international editions, publishing a fair and logical article on the religious discrimination issue. It’s the Dorje Shugden controversy that’s have been going on along long time ago. For over more than 20 years Dorje Shugden people had been suffering from discrimination and segregation for their practice. Thank you Martin Desai for high lighting this injustice issue and sharing it is to the world. Thank you Huffington Post for publishing. Those who practice Dorje Shugden are being denied of service from hospitals and clinics. Some even are not allowed to work in government sectors. There’s more proof to support that it has happened like checking into hotel as in this post . Reading this article will tell all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/huffington-post-when-machiavelli-dons-tibetan-robes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 12. 2022 01:34 PM
    Prof. Lokesh Chandra is a well known scholar of the Vedic period, Buddhism and the Indian arts. Amazingly he has he published 576 books and 286 articles just between 1942 and 2004. He has also held many official government positions as well. Wow he has travelled widely all over Europe, Asia and Russia. He has studied many multi languages as such English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Bengali, Pali, Old Persian, Japanese, Chinese, Tibetan, Malayalam, Mongolian, Indonesian, Greek, Latin, German, French, Tamil, Old Javanese, Russian, Avesta, and even Old Persian. Truly genius talented scholar of all time.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Joy for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/books-poetry/professor-lokesh-chandra-indias-great-scholar.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 12. 2022 01:31 PM
    GREAT NEWS…..Jewish priests are promoting vegetarianism to their followers . Most modern-day Jews are not vegetarian. Following a vegetarian diet are varied but include health benefits, such as reducing life threading diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers disease. Vegetarians appear to have lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and lower rates of hypertension and type 2 diabetes . That’s very true. By not eating meat one helps to discourage the cruel treatment of animals such as cows, pigs, chickens, and other animals on factory farms for consumption. One also helps to improve the environment, insofar as factory farms are major sources of water and air pollution, including gasses that contribute to global warming. By not eating meat one helps oneself, since a vegetarian diet is far healthier for humans than a diet based on meat. Jewish Vegetarian Society and others did the right approach to values of compassion for animals, protection of the environment, and concern for health reasons and spiritual well-being.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing on behalf of those animals who cannot speak for themselves.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/rabbis-urge-jews-to-go-vegan-in-global-campaign.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 12. 2022 01:29 PM
    John Shelby Spong an American bishop of the Episcopal Church. A liberal Christian theologian, religion commentator, and author, spoke bravely of what he thought of the Christian belief away from theism and traditional doctrines. To some Christians, Bishop John Shelby Spong was a heretic. Entrusted with defending the faith, he dismissed notions of the resurrection of Jesus that have been foundations of Christianity for centuries. Bishop Spong came to believe that insistence on an inerrant, literal view of the Bible obscures truth and destroys faith. He was an outspoken leader who believed that faith and worship should be open to marginalised groups. He sermonize a powerful message of love and justice that would resonate in an increasingly secular age. He gain international fame while writing more than two dozen books, appearing on TV shows as well. He was the recipient of three honorary awards to date before his passing. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/bishop-john-spong-on-religion-and-god-very-interesting.html

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Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
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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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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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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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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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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
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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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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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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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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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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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
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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
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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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
2 months ago
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.
3 months ago
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.
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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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.
4 months ago
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
5 months ago
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)
6 months ago
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)
6 months ago
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)
6 months ago
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)
6 months ago
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 20th Nov '21. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 20th Nov '21. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Mr. Philip, our new visitor to Ipoh centre, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Three Jewels prior to DS puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
7 months ago
Mr. Philip, our new visitor to Ipoh centre, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Three Jewels prior to DS puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has resumed our Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 6th Nov 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
7 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has resumed our Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 6th Nov 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
7 months ago
Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
8 months ago
Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
1 years ago
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
1 years ago
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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