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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  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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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    自达赖尊者颁布多杰雄登禁令以后,许多原本跟随上师修持多杰雄登的佛法修持者,突然陷入两难的情况。究竟该继续跟随上师,还是要听从达赖尊者的话,放弃雄登修持?许多人的考量往往是,自己的上师不过是一名普通僧人,而达赖尊者却是闻名全球的藏传佛教精神领袖,这是否意味着达赖尊者所说的才是唯一的答案?

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/which-guru-shall-i-choose.html
  • Pastor Lanse
    Sunday, Jun 16. 2019 10:38 AM
    “洗浴便是我们清洁身体的方式。 但对于心灵,我们从没洗浴,也从没洗净心灵。 我们的日常生活充满了各种情绪各种事,会使我们会生气、妒忌,贪婪、存妄想,我们从没洗净自己的心灵。 唯一能洗净心灵的的做法就是打坐, 打坐是对心灵的洗净。

    在物质世界中,你一天没洗澡都没所谓,但如果是几天没洗澡,那你就会开始意识到问题的存在,且受其困扰。 要是你一周没洗澡,那其他人就会意识到这个问题,因为你身上会散发气味,所以这时候其他人也会受其困扰。 要是你没洗澡的时间再长一些,那麻烦可大了。“

    的确,在现实生活中,我们一天不洗澡就浑身不自在,除了身体觉得黏、脏和痒,身上也会逐渐发出臭味。过了两三天,不只是自己,别人也开始会察觉到。但是,对于心灵,我们却从来不给予相应的注意,试想象一个几十年从未洗涤过的心,会是一颗多么浑浊的心?也难怪社会问题如此严重,患上忧郁症等各种心理病的人日益增加。问题的根源就在于大家都不去洗涤和沉淀自己的内心,一个浮躁不安的人作茧自缚影响的是个人的心理健康,许多浮躁不安的人在一起,自然就产生摩擦,继而衍生社会问题。

    由此可见,佛教提倡静坐,即便不是为了觉悟和成佛,其背后的意义还是十分深远的。

    https://bit.ly/2KjxmJS
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Jun 16. 2019 08:44 AM
    The journey to the heavens might be a spiritual one but it often materialises a physical aspect, too. It is perhaps this aspiration to reach the world above that inspired Myanmar‘s Taung Kalat Buddhist Temple.

    Devotees believe that Taung Kalat (which means Pedestal Hill), perched atop a volcanic vent, is home to four of the 37 Great Nats whose significance extends to all layers of Burmese culture and belief. In Burmese Buddhism, Nats are regarded as demigods or spirits who act as protectors of Buddhist practitioners. Some are guardians of the hills and forests. These deities inhabit the labyrinth of shrines, stupas and monasteries which sit tightly together just metres from the precipitous edge.

    Read more at https://bit.ly/2H0yCPM
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Jun 16. 2019 08:36 AM
    Education plays a key role in the world and mankind’s progress. It allows us to learn from the past so we can shape a better future. Discoveries and advancements in fields such as Science, Mathematics, Medicine, Psychology, and Engineering have all been made possible because they were driven by education.

    However, many education systems developed in the past have remained stagnant while the world has changed, and continues to change at an unprecedented pace. These outdated systems fail to provide the necessary syllabi to meet the needs of our children today and the challenges they will meet in the future. With many schools offering educational structures and learning systems closely resembling those experienced by our parents and grandparents, modern children may not be as prepared as they should be for the world ahead. Modern education systems should take into account the changing landscape of mankind and of the world, which is now driven not only by automation and technology but also an increasing awareness of our impact on the environment, and our connectivity with each other and the earth.

    Read more about this interesting article at https://bit.ly/2tu4sfs
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Jun 16. 2019 08:34 AM
    Each Dalai Lama is a unique individual, they have been philosophers, builders and even poets, and as each is revered as a Bodhisattva who possess great mystical powers and can incarnate life after life, every Dalai Lama has great potential to benefit many beings by disseminating Buddhism and safeguarding his fellow countrymen. This can be seen clearly as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has been a charismatic global spiritual teacher whose teachings are timeless and translated into many languages.

    However, not all is well in paradise. When each incarnation is recognised, the successor will inherit the position, fame, and estates of his predecessor. As such, as highlighted in Mike Dash’s article featured in smithsonian.com, the selection of the Dalai Lamas is never a straightforward and purely religious process. You will read about the politics and power struggles surrounding the selection process, insights into the tragic loss as the lives of the Dalai Lamas were cut short due to political intrigue, and most of all, the key events that shaped Tibetan history.

    Read more at https://bit.ly/2Zvt99v
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Jun 16. 2019 08:29 AM
    Good news, everyone. Another group of five Kecharians have completed their three-day, two-night Dorje Shugden Retreat at Kechara Forest Retreat. This is an annual retreat that is organised by Kechara Puja House and four out of the five retreatants joined the retreat for the first time. The retreat took place at Manjushri Guest House, which is a special place perched on a hilltop within the enchanting forest landscape of Kechara Forest Retreat.

    Read more at https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Jun 16. 2019 07:45 AM
    Have you been to watch a Chinese opera before? Did you notice the front-row seats are always left unoccupied? It is said that these seats are reserved for the unseen beings like the deities and spirits.

    For the Chinese opera performers, they worship a god called Wah Kong Sifu. Wah Kong Sifu is the highly respected guardian of the Cantonese opera. It is believed that only with his blessings can the show go on as swimmingly as planned. In spiritual performances of other cultures, similar sets of rituals can also be observed.

    -https://shar.es/a1Tfas
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Jun 16. 2019 07:44 AM
    马来西亚彭亨州文冬的暹猛路除了有个闻名的情人瀑布,还有一座 “有求必应”、香火鼎盛的金泽财王庙,是当地不可错过的旅游胜地。金泽财王庙位于克切拉禅修林(Kechara Forest Retreat)的入口处。供奉的是来自西藏的护法,专给人们财富、人缘、生意、长寿、健康等各方面的帮助,至今给不少人带来财运。这些人拜过金泽财王后,有些人在短时间内多次买字中奖,有些几十年不曾中奖的人也突然中了奖。总之,有什么需要都可以向金泽财王求助和求保佑。金泽财王庙每天开放24小时,方便各界人士前来上香、点灯、许愿、祈福。

    -https://shar.es/a1Tod5
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jun 15. 2019 01:07 PM
    Inspiring story of Mahapajapati Gotami who initiated the tradition of female monastic. She was known to be the first woman to seek ordination for women. It was not easy for her to become the ordained women since it wasn’t practiced and the women were not in the equal position as men. She goes against the odds and was fortunate that she received ordination directly from the Buddha and became the first female bhikkhuni of our time. Story of Mahapajapati Gotami ,has proven that women gain attainment same as men.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring story.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mahapajapati-gotami-the-first-buddhist-nun.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jun 15. 2019 01:06 PM
    Wonderful post for beginner’s introduction to Dorje Shugden. Many will get to understand , learn and practice it. Very details for any beginners , for most to understand the many types of dharma protectors, the benefits and the history. May more and more people get to understand Dorje Shugden’s practice better.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Wei Tan for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/beginners-introduction-to-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jun 15. 2019 01:05 PM
    Interesting article on Uppalavanna first time coming across this , something to add to my knowledge. Uppalavanna was considered to be one of the two chief female disciples of the Buddha. The story on Uppalavanna is not only the longest in this collection, but also the most complicated and fantastical. Many ancient tales, twists and turns about her to date, being the daughter of a wealthy merchant.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/uppalavanna-the-chief-female-disciple-of-buddha-shakyamuni.html
  • Ummamageswari
    Saturday, Jun 15. 2019 11:40 AM
    Thank you so much for this article. It is true that Rinpoche’s advice is hundred percent relevant to today’s modern lifestyles.

    Valentina, as a writer at Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia is trying her best to spread Dharma practice by sharing Rinpoche’s inspiring life story from his biography, “The Promise”, with explanation in the Indonesian language. Thank you.

    Read more: https://bit.ly/2UjT06k
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Jun 15. 2019 11:00 AM
    The White Old Man is a well known iconic figure symbolises wisdom, longevity and to some cultures, prosperity. Therefore it is not surprising to find the worshipping of a similar While Old Man amidst Russian and Mongolia local folklores. The incorporation of the White Old Man into Buddhism goes to show that there are many shared values in the two. Most importantly the White Old Man is a source of strength and blessing to those who prayed to him, as prescribed in his prayers and mantras. Thank you for the informative sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-white-old-man-tsagan-evgen.html
  • Ummamageswari
    Saturday, Jun 15. 2019 10:52 AM
    Thank you so much for this article. I feel that her entry in fashion world started when she could not find the perfect props and costumes, she was given the freedom to make them herself where the experience gave her the confidence to strike out on her own as a freelance stylist in 1967.

    And the happy thing is within two years, the clothes she made garnered enough attention for her to create her own label. At the same time, she reiterates that her creativity feeds from a wider perspective and has “nothing to do with politics or war”.

    Read more: https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
  • Ummamageswari
    Saturday, Jun 15. 2019 10:43 AM
    Thank you so much for this article. In many article, I have came across the word ‘sadhana’, but i don’t have any idea what the word really means. Sadhana mainly helps us to achieve union with that particular Buddha-deity and that means taking on the enlightened qualities of that particular Buddha.

    Even though Rinpoche has become so exhausted where he is unable to recall whether he has done or not his sadhanas, he still makes up for it the following day. Thus, he has maintained his sadhana steadfastly, never wavering or giving up on his practice.

    Read more: https://bit.ly/2HCqx3G

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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Tsem Rinpoche\'s personal shrine.
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In Kechara Forest Retreat- Bentong, Malaysia, we have a beautiful outdoor offering grotto dedicated to Lord Dorje Shugden who fulfills the wishes of many visitors- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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    Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
    Look at the poor baby chasing after the mother. Why do we do that to them? It's time to seriously think about our choices in life and how they affect others. Be kind. Don't break up families.
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    They do this every day!
    This is how they are being treated every day of their lives. Please do something to stop the brutality. Listen to their cries for help!
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    What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
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    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
    2 months ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    2 months ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    3 months ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    3 months ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    5 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    5 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    5 months ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
    5 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    5 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    6 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    6 months ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    6 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
    Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
    6 months ago
    This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
    6 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    2 yearss ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    2 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    2 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    2 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    2 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Throwback - Art & Craft session. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - Art & Craft session. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - some games to bond the students. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - some games to bond the students. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learn to do water offering. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learn to do water offering. Lin Mun KSDS
Today’s dharma class subject - Altar set up and offerings. Lin Mun KSDS
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Today’s dharma class subject - Altar set up and offerings. Lin Mun KSDS
Animal liberation in Kechara House this morning. Lin Mun KSDS
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Animal liberation in Kechara House this morning. Lin Mun KSDS
Manjushri Nagarakshasa or Jampel Nagarakshasa is a direct emanation of Manjushri but appears with the lower half of a naga. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2MSqHYR
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Manjushri Nagarakshasa or Jampel Nagarakshasa is a direct emanation of Manjushri but appears with the lower half of a naga. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2MSqHYR
Vegetarian food provided for the retreat participants. Read more about Kechara Forest Retreat: https://www.kecharaforestretreat.com
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Vegetarian food provided for the retreat participants. Read more about Kechara Forest Retreat: https://www.kecharaforestretreat.com
Pastor Gim Lee giving guidance. "Pastor Gim Lee and I assisted the retreatants in setting up the altar and Pastor Gim Lee performed Druchuma Puja (Kalarupa) to start the retreat. Pastor Gim Lee also guided them during the first session to introduce them to retreat procedures. The group completed 7 sessions of retreat and ended each night with circumambulation of the holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat. Dinner and lunch were catered by the kitchen team in Dukkar Apartments, which were all delicious and beautifully presented. All participants loved the food." by Cynthia Ng
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Pastor Gim Lee giving guidance. "Pastor Gim Lee and I assisted the retreatants in setting up the altar and Pastor Gim Lee performed Druchuma Puja (Kalarupa) to start the retreat. Pastor Gim Lee also guided them during the first session to introduce them to retreat procedures. The group completed 7 sessions of retreat and ended each night with circumambulation of the holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat. Dinner and lunch were catered by the kitchen team in Dukkar Apartments, which were all delicious and beautifully presented. All participants loved the food." by Cynthia Ng
Shrine and offerings to Manjushri Dorje Shugden for the retreat.
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Shrine and offerings to Manjushri Dorje Shugden for the retreat.
Kechara House regularly provides facilities for spiritual retreats.
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Kechara House regularly provides facilities for spiritual retreats.
Reciting prayers, meditation and concentration on powerful Manjushri Dorje Shugden at Kechara Forest Retreat. This is to remove obstacles for success in our lives. Pastor Gim Lee of Kechara House is guiding the retreatants.
18 hours ago
Reciting prayers, meditation and concentration on powerful Manjushri Dorje Shugden at Kechara Forest Retreat. This is to remove obstacles for success in our lives. Pastor Gim Lee of Kechara House is guiding the retreatants.
Earlier this month, five members from our Puja House engaged in a Dorje Shugden retreat, spending three days in Kechara Forest Retreat strongly focused on Dorje Shugden whilst reciting 185,000 of his mantra. It was a fantastic opportunity for them to create a closer connection with this enlightened Dharma Protector, as H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche shares. If you would like more information about how you too can engage in retreats at Kechara Forest Retreat, please direct your enquiries to our friendly Front Desk team (care@kechara.com or +603 7803 3908).
18 hours ago
Earlier this month, five members from our Puja House engaged in a Dorje Shugden retreat, spending three days in Kechara Forest Retreat strongly focused on Dorje Shugden whilst reciting 185,000 of his mantra. It was a fantastic opportunity for them to create a closer connection with this enlightened Dharma Protector, as H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche shares. If you would like more information about how you too can engage in retreats at Kechara Forest Retreat, please direct your enquiries to our friendly Front Desk team (care@kechara.com or +603 7803 3908).
Join us this weekend for the Spiritual Saturday Programme in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 15 JUNE: 7.00 am - 9 am: KFR Pilgrimage 9.00 am - 10.45 am: Design & string malas (Tibetan rosaries) 11.00 am - 12.30 pm: Rinpoche's Recommendations - Liz Taylor 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm: Lunch @ MGH INTERESTED? To RSVP your place (and your meal!) contact us at least two days in advance. Call +6017 965 9484 (WhatsApp) retreat@kechara.com See you Saturday! More info: bit.ly/2X6FpML
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Join us this weekend for the Spiritual Saturday Programme in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 15 JUNE: 7.00 am - 9 am: KFR Pilgrimage 9.00 am - 10.45 am: Design & string malas (Tibetan rosaries) 11.00 am - 12.30 pm: Rinpoche's Recommendations - Liz Taylor 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm: Lunch @ MGH INTERESTED? To RSVP your place (and your meal!) contact us at least two days in advance. Call +6017 965 9484 (WhatsApp) retreat@kechara.com See you Saturday! More info: bit.ly/2X6FpML
We are very blessed to be here in Kechara Forest Retreat as we work to preserve the sacred lineage of Dorje Shugden and we wish to share Dorje Shugden’s blessings with the world. http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
3 days ago
We are very blessed to be here in Kechara Forest Retreat as we work to preserve the sacred lineage of Dorje Shugden and we wish to share Dorje Shugden’s blessings with the world. http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
We are very blessed to be here in Kechara Forest Retreat as we work to preserve the sacred lineage of Dorje Shugden and we wish to share Dorje Shugden’s blessings with the world. http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
3 days ago
We are very blessed to be here in Kechara Forest Retreat as we work to preserve the sacred lineage of Dorje Shugden and we wish to share Dorje Shugden’s blessings with the world. http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
We are very blessed to be here in Kechara Forest Retreat as we work to preserve the sacred lineage of Dorje Shugden and we wish to share Dorje Shugden’s blessings with the world. http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
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We are very blessed to be here in Kechara Forest Retreat as we work to preserve the sacred lineage of Dorje Shugden and we wish to share Dorje Shugden’s blessings with the world. http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
A big thanks to Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur for sponsoring and serving lunch yesterday to our street friends. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 days ago
A big thanks to Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur for sponsoring and serving lunch yesterday to our street friends. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Rejoice for the Dorje Shugden works and archives in Kechara Forest Retreat! The new signage is dedicated to all the beautiful Dorje Shugden practitioners around the world for over 350 years, who have kept their commitment to their teachers to practice and hold the lineage, and share the lineage with others. Read here: http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
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Rejoice for the Dorje Shugden works and archives in Kechara Forest Retreat! The new signage is dedicated to all the beautiful Dorje Shugden practitioners around the world for over 350 years, who have kept their commitment to their teachers to practice and hold the lineage, and share the lineage with others. Read here: http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
Rejoice for the Dorje Shugden works and archives in Kechara Forest Retreat! The new signage is dedicated to all the beautiful Dorje Shugden practitioners around the world for over 350 years, who have kept their commitment to their teachers to practice and hold the lineage, and share the lineage with others. Read here: http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
6 days ago
Rejoice for the Dorje Shugden works and archives in Kechara Forest Retreat! The new signage is dedicated to all the beautiful Dorje Shugden practitioners around the world for over 350 years, who have kept their commitment to their teachers to practice and hold the lineage, and share the lineage with others. Read here: http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
Our food bank distribution activities throughout the #HariRaya week. Couldn\'t thank the volunteers and everyone from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia for the great cooperation to help make sure everything is ok on the supplying side. Their professionalism is second to none and that enabled our team to collect and disseminate the food in an orderly manner. #KecharaFoodBank #foodbank #HungerKnowsNoBarriers #Perak #Volunteers - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Our food bank distribution activities throughout the #HariRaya week. Couldn't thank the volunteers and everyone from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia for the great cooperation to help make sure everything is ok on the supplying side. Their professionalism is second to none and that enabled our team to collect and disseminate the food in an orderly manner. #KecharaFoodBank #foodbank #HungerKnowsNoBarriers #Perak #Volunteers - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Pastor Han Nee blessing the birds during animal liberation before releasing them. Lin Mun KSDS
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Pastor Han Nee blessing the birds during animal liberation before releasing them. Lin Mun KSDS
So wonderful to have parents and children participating in monthly animal liberation in Kechara House
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So wonderful to have parents and children participating in monthly animal liberation in Kechara House
Teacher Laura and teacher Asyley guided children to do prostration. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Laura and teacher Asyley guided children to do prostration. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Kien sharing Rinpoche’s book The Promise during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Kien sharing Rinpoche’s book The Promise during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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