8 Taras Who Protect from the 8 Dangers

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Arya Tara (or Jetsun Dolma) means ‘rescuer’. She is aptly called Tara as she rescues us from the 8 personal obstacles that binds us to samsara: pride, ignorance, anger, jealousy, wrong views, attachment, miserliness and deluded doubts. The 8 corresponding worldly fears are: the fears of lions, elephants, fire, snakes, thieves, water, bondage, and evil spirits.

So, each of the physical dangers corresponds to a mental state of mind. On one hand, Tara will directly assist you in your worldly fears, e.g. reciting Tara’s mantra during supernatural encounters. On the other hand, Tara rescuing you from evil spirits is also symbolic of Her rescuing you from your constantly flitting mind of doubt and hesitation.

Tara’s protection of these “dangers” works on two levels: the outward physical dangers to our life and the inner “dangers” that our mental afflictions cause us. Prayer to any of these Taras can help us to overcome literal threats or dangers, or to transform negative emotions into positive, enlightened qualities.

Tara is known as the Mother of Liberation, and through liberating us from our 8 fears, she guides us to enlightenment. Just as how the practice of the 21 Taras are part of a voluminous collection of prayers, “The Eight Taras Who Protect from the Eight Dangers” are part of a collection of dharanis  that are altogether known as the Zang Du. Tibetans frequently sponsor monks, nuns or mediums to recite the Zang Du on their behalf… because it is so voluminous, it takes 1 full day for 4 experienced and senior ritualists to complete reciting the Zang Du.

Most Tibetans do not memorize the Zang Du, but are more familiar with the Lek Trima. The Lek Trima is a hymn written by the 1st Dalai Lama which refers to the 8 Taras… and it is because of the Lek Trima that there are many paintings of the 8 Taras protecting us from our 8 fears in many Gelugpa monasteries.

There are usually 2 different artistic depictions of “The Eight Taras Who Protect Us From The Eight Dangers”:

  • Tara seated at the centre and the 8 Taras arranged around her. The “dangers” which these 8 Taras protect us from are also usually depicted.
  • Eight different paintings dedicated to each Tara (and the dangers which each Tara protects us from), and 1 painting of Tara without any of the 8 dangers.

Do take a look at the thangkas below. It’s interesting to see how each thangka can illustrate so much… and how Tara’s practice is multi-fold, effective and necessary.

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The Thangka of Eight Taras Protecting from the Eight Dangers

The Centrepiece of the Taras who protect from the Eight Dangers

Tara who protects us from the danger of lions

Tara who protects us from the danger of snakes

Tara who protects us from the danger of elephants

Tara who protects us from the danger of fire

Tara who protects us from the danger of thieves

Tara who protects us from the danger of imprisonment

Tara who protects us from the danger of water

Tara who protects us from the danger of ghosts


The Thangka: Eight Taras Protecting from the Eight Dangers

In this thangka, beautiful Arya Tara sits at the centre of the thangka amongst the 8 Taras who protect us from the 8 fears.

The Eight great fears are depicted as follows:

  1. Elephants = blindness
  2. Lions = pride
  3. Fire = anger
  4. Poisonous snakes = jealousy
  5. Thieves = erroneous philosophies
  6. Imprisonment = greed
  7. Water = desire and attachment
  8. Ghosts = doubts

Above Arya Tara is Amitabha Buddha in meditative position. All Taras in this thangka are painted in gold as an offering.

On Arya Tara’s right hand side is the Tara who protects us from the danger of water. A lay person petitions Tara to save him.

On the left side of Amitabha Buddha is the Tara who protects us from the danger of lions. Below her is the Tara who protects us from the danger of fire, symbolised by her sitting on a dense rain cloud and holding a vase in her right hand from which constantly flowing water is poured. The lower left corner sits the Tara who protects us from the fear of snakes and is seen protecting a lay woman.

On the right side of Amitabha Buddha is the Tara who protects us from the dangers and fear of rampaging elephants, shown here to be protecting a lay woman. Below her is the Tara who protects us from the dangers and fear of robbers and thieves, shown here a lone traveller being defended by her from two plundering thieves riding on horses. Below her, Tara is shielding a fervent petitioner from the danger and fear of imprisonment from unjust rulers.

At the bottom centre of the thangka, Tara is depicted as protecting a lay couple from red demons. She is sitting beside a cluster of wish fulfilling jewels and precious objects.

The prosperous couple in the house on the lower right hand corner shows us what we can achieve in this life if we practice the Eight Taras sincerely and consistently.

 

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The Centrepiece of the Taras who protect from the Eight Dangers

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Traditional Tibetan paintings are usually done in sets and designed to be hung in a row on a single wall. As such, the main subject of the art work will be a separate centerpiece and is typically painted to be looking straight ahead.

The subjects of the thangkas to be hung on either side of the centerpiece will be shown in profile, all looking at the main subject in the centre of the whole art work. This is how the thangka of the 8 Taras protecting from the 8 Dangers is designed. Tara in the center gazes straight at us with eyes of compassion, with 4 paintings to her left (with the profiles of the respective Taras looking right), and 4 paintings to her right (with the profiles of the respective Taras looking left).

Surrounding this centerpiece Buddha Tara are scenes of peace and tranquility, because the 4 Taras on either side of her have established complete protection from the 8 fears/dangers.

Only those who remember to invoke Tara are shown as being safe and happy. This is depicted as a couple sitting happily on the upper-storey of their large house enjoying the beautiful sights the world has to offer. Their worldly success and prosperity are illustrated by the precious jewels, rolls of cloth, and bags of goodies sitting on a shelf at the back. Everyone in the house is happy, wealthy and enjoying the peace and beauty which surrounds them. Tara’s celestial place of abode is similarly beautiful with gardens, ponds streams and so on. Her divine palace is filled with beautiful sounds, cooled by gentle breezes and trickling streams, and lotus flowers blooming perfectly in surrounding ponds.

 

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Tara who protects us from the danger of lions

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The 1st Dalai Lama wrote a hymn, entitled Lek Trima, to Tara:

He dwells between the mountains of wrong views
of selfhood, puffed up with holding himself superior,
With long claws of contempt for other beings,
The Lion of Pride – please save us from this fear!

At the bottom right of the thangka, Tara (emanating as Parnashavari, “The Leaf-Clad Female Buddha”) is shown with her left hand pushing an attacking snow lion away from a lone traveller. With her right hand she pulls the lone traveller to safety.

The first of the eight dangers is the lion, whereby the wild beast represents our pride. It is our pride that provides us with a false perception and wrong understanding of reality. As the 1st Dalai Lama describes the lion as dwelling “on the mountain of wrongly held views”, we hold oneself as superior whilst belittling others/the world.

At the bottom left are two deer depicted as undisturbed and grazing calmly. They represent compassion and wisdom, as well as symbolize peace and harmony that is achieved by meditating on Tara. The lotus flowers blooming in the lake on the lower right symbolizes purity and beauty inspired by Tara’s practice.

 

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 Tara who protects us from the danger of snakes

The 1st Dalai Lama wrote:

Attached to its dark hole of ignorance,
It cannot bear seeing the wealth and excellence of others,
But quickly fills them with its vicious poison,
The Snake of Envy – save us from this fear!

In this thangka, a lady is seen to be attacked by a snake, who creeps up to her through the trees and coils menacingly around her. Tara emanates as a fierce dakini, who runs up to her to cut the snake away and free her from its dangerous bite.

Then, in the main part of the thangka, the lady kneels humbly in front of Tara to offer thanks to this powerful Buddha for rescuing her from the grip of the snake.

Tara’s supreme protection from the dangerous snake represents her powerful ability to quell our jealousy. Like a snake, jealousy wraps its way around us – often without us even realising – and soon has us firmly in its grip. At its worst, the snake bites before we can do anything to stop it. The results of jealousy are like this – we act impulsively and hurtfully towards others when we are jealous, often causing irreversible damage; realising our harm and suffering its after-effects comes at a time when it is too late to do anything.

Reliance on this Tara will help us lessen our jealousies – usually arising out of attachment or greed – and therefore cause less harm to ourselves and others.

 

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Tara who protects us from the danger of elephants

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The 1st Dalai Lama wrote:

“Untamed by the sharp hooks of mindfulness and awareness,
And dulled by the maddening liquor of sensual pleasures,
He enters wrong paths and shows his tusks of harming,
Delusion’s Elephant – save us from this fear!”

The thangka depicts a lady carrying a basket full of medicinal herbs or wild greens on her back. As a wild elephant is about to charge at her, she recites Tara’s mantra and is able to subdue the wild elephant and avert the danger.

The drunken elephant is a symbol of ignorance in its two forms: misinterpretation and unknowing. The “drunken elephant” represents our mind, which is intoxicated with craving and indulgence. This constant deluded state leads us down the wrong paths – the path to pain and suffering.

Just as reciting Tara’s mantra subdued the wild elephant, meditating on Tara subdues the elephant of ignorance in our minds. She thus protects us from the dangers arising from ignorance, which is the cause of suffering. The resultant effect is that Arya Tara reveals the true nature of reality.

The following story dating back to Buddha Shakyamuni’s time illustrates the might of spiritual power in subduing an enraged elephant:

Once someone wanted to kill the Buddha and his weapon was an elephant. He plotted to do the deed when Buddha walked through a narrow road at a particular time, as per his usual routine. As the time was approaching, he gave the elephant a big cask of toddy to drink and the elephant became extremely drunk. He then viciously prodded it with a sharp iron hook and this enraged the elephant, which he then released in Buddha’s direction. The elephant charged towards Buddha in a drunken fit of rage, destroying everything that crossed its path and raised huge suffocating clouds of dusts everywhere. When the elephant was right in front of Buddha, Buddha beheld the elephant with great compassion, looked deeply into its eyes and gently recited a mantra. Upon hearing the mantra, the elephant instantly crumbled onto the ground and fell into a peaceful deep slumber.

Buddha’s words (Dharma) has the power to tame all sentient beings who are deluded by the iron chains of our karma.

 

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Tara who protects us from the danger of fire

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The 1st Dalai Lama wrote:

“Driven by the wind of wrong attention,
Amidst a tumult of smoke – clouds of misconduct,
It has the power to burn down forests of merits,
The Fire of Anger – save us from this fear!”

At the bottom right of the thangka, a 2-storey building is shown to be engulfed in flames. Despite the house being built by a river, the fire is uncontrollable and ravages the building. The couple turn to Tara for help. Tara appears to be holding a conch shell, apparently filled with water to douse the fierce flames. As the couple calls out to Tara, they manage to escape a painful death.

The parallel connotation to the damaging, raging fire is our anger. Fire (anger) ignited by our negative thought and distorted perception of reality may result in negative actions. These actions are akin to the thick and black smoke which comes from a fire that could raze down a whole forest… A forest which took a long time to grow and cultivate. In this instance, prayer to and reliance on Tara promises to quell the fire of anger in our minds, helping us to find greater peace and the tranquility to deal with situations in a more patient and beneficial manner.

 

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Tara who protects us from the danger of thieves

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The 1st Dalai Lama wrote:

“Roaming the fearful wild of inferior practice,
And ghastly desert plains of the two extremes,
They sack the towns and retreats of ease and bliss,
The Thieves of Wrong Views – save us from this fear!”

At the bottom center of the thangka, a group of travellers are shown to be besieged by bandits. As one of the travelers has been stabbed in the throat, another writhes on the ground in agony, a third is skewered on a tree stump… and their cargo loaded on a horse and elephant stands helplessly to the left.

At a time of great distress, one of the travellers remembers Tara. Making a fervent prayer to her, Tara immediately sends down 2 of her courageous men. They are depicted racing down the steps of Her palace towards the disaster, poised to strike at any time to rescue the group. One of them holds a bow and arrow, whilst the other wields a sword.

Here, thieves are representative of our doubts. Like a thief, doubt robs us of all our faith, knowledge and everything we have accomplished through our practice. A single doubt can erase years of practice, and eventually lead to us giving up the path completely. By remembering Tara, we develop a firm, stable mind which grows in the Dharma and finds success, instead of doubt.

 

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Tara who protects us from the danger of imprisonment

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The 1st Dalai Lama wrote:

“In this unbearable prison of samsara,
It binds embodied beings, with no freedom,
Clasped by the lock of Craving, hard to open –
The Chain of Avarice – save us from this fear!”

The first of the six perfections of an aspiring Bodhisattva is the perfection of generosity. Much to the dismay of worldly law enforcers, giving relief and helping those being chased by the government and/or law are one of the three forms of a Bodhisattva’s generosity.

The lower left of the thangka illustrates a scene within a 2-storey building. On the lower level is a shackled, naked man suffering in a cold, dark prison. Outside, a rich relative seemingly attempts to buy the prisoner’s freedom. On the upper level is a palace where a wealthy person enjoys life as usual with his loved ones. Fortunately for the prisoner, his wife petitions to Tara. The rainbow phoenix diving down from Tara’s transcendent residence signals his impending freedom.

This Tara also protects us from greed, likened to prisons which entrap us and keep us forever unsatisfied. While the Bodhisattvas extend their generosity to all beings, the rest of us think mostly of gain for ourselves and how to protect our assets. Eventually, we become imprisoned by our own possessions, wealth, ownership and our attachment to these things. Tara helps us to transform that energy into one that is more giving and less attached.

 

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Tara who protects us from the danger of water

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The 1st Dalai Lama wrote:

“It sweeps us towards the stream of Becoming, so hard
To cross, and, conditioned by karma’s stormy blast,
Waves of birth, age, sickness and death convulse it,
Attachment’s Flood – please save us from this fear!”

The bottom of the thangka illustrates how petitioning Tara can rescue those in danger, in relations to water, and all the dangers associated with it (such as while out at sea). At the bottom left, the artist illustrates 3 passengers on a boat that is being attacked by a sea monster. On the boat they offer reverent petitions to Tara. At the bottom right, the 3 passengers successful escaped unscathed and their boat is at the gateway to Tara’s palace. With great devotion, they make offerings at Tara’s feet.

Sometimes, this Tara is known as the Tara who protects us from the fear of the ocean or fear of drowning. The deeper meaning to water in this context are our attachments. If we are not careful, we may become overwhelmed by attachments, which can be likened to drowning. Tara protects us from one of the three “poisons”, attachment (the other two being ignorance and hatred). She helps to quell our desires and learn to let go of the attachments that keep us bound in samsara and its continuous suffering.

 

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Tara who protects us from the danger of ghosts

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The 1st Dalai Lama wrote:

“Refuge thus worthy! From all dangers such
As evil spirits, demons, sickness and plague,
Untimely death, bad dreams and evil signs,
Please protect embodied beings swiftly!”

The bottom of the thangka illustrates what engaging in Tara’s practice can achieve. At the bottom left, the artist illustrates 2 menacing spirits disturbing a monk. At the bottom right, a menacing spirit makes offerings to the monk. Engaging in Tara’s practice removes the disturbances of menacing spirits and ghosts for the practitioner. Her all-compassionate practice also blesses the spirits and ghosts and brings them onto the path of enlightenment, serving as protectors of sincere practitioners.

The 1st Dalai Lama further explains that the spirits/ghosts are not necessarily supernatural references, but instead refer to our monkey-like mind. One spirit represents doubt and the other hesitation. As in the illustration, the monk’s attention is flitting between the two ghosts. A person troubled with persistent doubts and hesitation cannot focus in making decisions in all important life situations. By relying upon and meditating on Tara, our hesitation and indecisiveness can be dispelled and we create a link to Buddha’s activity.

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  1. Pastor Loh Seng Piow on Jun 15, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    This incredible White Tara was discovered in Indonesia. It is said to be 800 years old and made by Nagarjuna. A local person Mr. Supriyono dreamed of a bluish red dragon surrounding the village and splashing down into the well before finding Her. This beautiful White Tara was discovered in Indonesia. See video: – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96dW0Ms1oR0

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  2. Anne Ong on Nov 1, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    I feel happy and blessed to notice this article from traffic feeds. It’s such a wonderful write up about 8 Taras and the 8 fears. And I love those beautiful thangkas of these 8 Taras. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for this simple and wonderful article.??

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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, May 25. 2020 04:17 PM
    An agreement for living together by mutual consent is a marriage vow . As a similar line of thought, we believe all actual facts and in reality how and why Dorje Shugden arosed. Dorje Shugden arosed as our enlightened Dharma Protector as promised to protects the Dharma teachings. It’s a commitment between Dorje Shugden and Gelugpa lineage for more then 400 years, still going stronger despite all those lies , controversy the Tibetan Leadership trying to create. The Tibetan Leadership is trying to break this strong relationship with all the allegations on Dorje Shugden. Many highly attained lamas and masters had propitiated for Dorje Shugden for years . They cannot be wrong in their practice after all. Dorje Shugde is not a devil or spirits as claimed by some. HH Dalai Lama already said its does not harm and we can practice. With the recent speech in India at Bodhgaya on 2nd January 2020, HH dalai Lama also said that if people wish to practise Dorje Shugden as a birth deity or land god (Tibetan: kye lha yul lha), THAT WOULD BE FINE.
    Thank you Seow Choong Liang for the wonderful analogy to understand better.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/speak-now-or-forever-hold-your-peace.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, May 25. 2020 04:15 PM
    Megnath a student of our Lama and very much devoted to Bhagawan Dorje Shugden. Did a wonderful sharing with his family memevers and friends back in Nepal . He has trusted Dorje Shugden sincerely and his prayers were answered. Very nice of him spreading dharma as well introducing our Powerful Protector Dorje Shugden practice to anyone he come across. Wow…. He even shared to the school children, every student received a picture of Dorje Shugden from him . May those who see the pictures will be blessed. Looking at those pictures in this post tell all.
    Thank you for Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/dorje-shugden-arrives-in-nepali-school.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 24. 2020 04:56 PM
    Buddhist Temples of Siem Reap , Cambodia is amazing filled with incredible architecture, Khmer Culture. The beautiful temples in Siem Reap is a must-see place when visiting. Buddhist Temples in Siem Reap each year attracted millions of visitors, especially those in the expansive Angkor Archeological Park. Well listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992, there are about 50 Buddhist and Hindu temples dating back to the 12th century within its grounds. Simply amazing to see but I have not been there yet. Would wish to see for myself those beautiful ancient architectural temples.
    Looking at those beautiful pictures paints a thousands words. So many Buddhist temples to visit .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/amazing-angkor-a-guide-to-the-buddhist-temples-of-siem-reap.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 24. 2020 04:56 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Shin, for this inspiring article. It is inspiring to read the biography of George Roerich a man of the highest spiritual harmony in 20th century Tibetologist. He is one of the greatest orientalists, linguists, and encyclopedists of the century. Inspiring of a man who could speak fluently more than 30 European and Asian languages and dialects . He was a brilliant expert in Eastern culture, religion and philosophy , having spent more than 35 years abroad living in India, Mongolia ,Tibet and . As a distinguished encyclopedic-scientist, he was well known in many countries around the world. His incredible work of thangkas paintings which he authored at the tender age of only 23 and books remained a legacy.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/george-roerich-light-of-the-morning-star.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 23. 2020 02:46 PM
    Very rare and precious video , to see how much affection between our Lama and Dorje Shugden was. Its not planned and of a sudden , during Rinpoche visit to that monastery and hotel, Dorje Shugden taking trance . According to the practices of Tibetan Buddhism, there are several ways to induce the trance state including dancing and music. But this was different as Rinpoche was at the monastery, a monk sudden went into trance . In the hotel an oracle monk-in-training took spontaneous trance too. While in trance, Dorje Shugden suddenly entered the oracle-monk in both occasion. Its a blessing able to see the oracles from the video.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/never-seen-before-footage-of-dorje-shugden-oracles.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 23. 2020 02:43 PM
    Beautiful Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, built in 1679, is the largest Gelug Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan province. Known as little Potala to many locals and tourist. Well this magnificent group builidngs of the monastery is so simply amazing. The main structure built in Tibetan style has a gold-covered copper roof similar to the one at the Potala Monastery in Lhasa. I was there few years back , looking at it is a blessing. It looks like a castle, a walled complex with group buildings including living quarters for monks and high lamas. I was so fortunate when I was there the monks were doing prayers . Listening to the prayers , with joy then in a tranquil place to dwell my soul.Offered some offerings to those beautiful Buddhas statues. Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, a hot destination in Yunnan, have been attracting thousands of locals and tourist yearly. A place worthy visiting and going on pilgrimage.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/ganden-sumtseling-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 22. 2020 08:11 PM
    Came across this wonderful post of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’ precious teaching collections . Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was a highly attained master of the Gelug tradition. He was famous as a sharp analyst and master of philosophical debate, as well as a powerful Tantric practitioner. He had impeccable knowledge of all rituals, art and science. After retiring , Kyabje Zong travelled intensively to the West and embarked on a highly inspiring teaching tour to many countries such as US, Canada , Europe countries and so forth. At the time of writing this havn’t not watch and read all yet. I have bookmarked this post and will read it time from time to understand better. All i can say it rare and precious collections.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/his-holiness-kyabje-zong-rinpoches-precious-teaching-collection.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 22. 2020 08:10 PM
    Interesting biography of a GREAT Lama…. Panchen Sonam Drakpa. He received his early monastic education reading, writing and memorisation of prayers and important scriptures. He then further his studies under many eminent lamas and been able to masters in the five major and five minor sciences. Panchen Sonam Drakpa studied the entire breadth of Sutra, Tantra and their various commentaries with great intensity and became one of the greatest tantric masters in Tibet. He was a great scholar served as abbot of the three main Gelug monasteries – Ganden Monastery, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. He composed many written works on various topics, amazingly his collected works spans fourteen volumes, which been still used today. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this interesting sharing of a GREAT Lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-most-illustrious-panchen-sonam-drakpa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 21. 2020 02:41 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heart-warming story . Well it is Dorje Shugden that showed Rinpoche to this Phelgyeling Monastery of all the monasteries at Kathmandu. Unplanned stop at the monastery led to meeting with an old kind monk. Rinpoche ‘s connection with Dorje Shugden was so strong and deep that it lead Rinpoche to the monastery that happens to practise Dorje Shugden. Wow… it must be from previous lives’ imprints that in this life, when Rinpoche needed help most at that odd hours, Dorje Shugden came calling. Rinpoche remembered that kind monk not knowing his name till in 2018 ,Rinpoche found out his name Gelong Tamdrin. Rinpoche’s student were at Kathmandu and were granted an audience with Gelong Tamdrin during which Rinpoche was able to reconnect and make offerings to him. Such a beautiful moments . Looking at those beautiful pictures tell all.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/my-stop-at-phelgyeling-monastery-where-gelong-tamdrin-helped-me.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, May 21. 2020 02:38 PM
    Thank you for raising awareness of how empty one’s life can be without Dharma.Dharma is said to teach us how to live our lives, how to integrate our minds and how to keep our everyday live peaceful and healthy.
    No Dharma practice is without obstacles and its a rough road to ride. But if you can overcome it. You will get the good results.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/hard-to-face-but-true.html?fbclid=IwAR2utRc7EaxWvhnKV2EQfuSJvV_laW-xyECRGx2BrIMoCBj05l2Pln-FZTE
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 21. 2020 02:34 PM
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for this heart felt article which tells us the other side of our lama Tsem Rinpoche. Rinpoche caring, loving and compassionate relationship with some of the close students will be remembered a long long time. I have heard beautiful stories of Rinpoche spending great moments together with them. Rinpoche hugged , loved , joked , scolded, teased , giving teachings in Dharma to name a few. At times tough too , sitting on the same table with Rinpoche. I could imagined that situation.
    I am fortunate to have met Rinpoche last July with my friends unexpectedly, first at the Gyzene Chapel and later in the audience room. For me meeting Rinpoche for the very first time had me speechless, cold sweat but feeling blessed, and happiness. Words cannot describe how happy I am ,to meet a living Buddha. Meeting Rinpoche has changed my life and many of us in the group that met Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s compassion , caring, loving and for most his teachings had inspired me. I am deeply grateful for all the profound teachings, and many more to go from the blog.
    Rinpoche’s life would have been very, VERY different…..agree with Pastor. During Rinpoche’s parinirvana the many monks came all the way from across the globe has showed us Rinpoche was a special Lama and well known by many . May Rinpoche have a swift return , all of us are looking forward to meet you again.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-the-bodhisattva-agency-of-tsem-rinpoche
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, May 20. 2020 04:37 PM
    Very touching article, at the age of learning to understand things and happily play around, the poor little girl has lost her legs in an accident. The tragedy tremendously changes the faith of the girl. I felt very sad to see the photos of the little girls moving around with an old basketball and the wooden pads.

    Life would have been very challenging and though for their parents to lift the little girl up. What puzzled me was her attitude, she didn’t see fear and obstacles in her disability, she was brave, strong all the way irony of life to face of great adversity and became successful athlete. I believe God was with her, push her to the right path to achieve her goals and to bring her happiness throughout her life.

    Thank you for the great inspiring sharing. However we cannot avoid the unexpected events in our lives because it is these events that challenge our complacency in life.
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, May 20. 2020 03:06 PM
    Thank you very much for the good article.From this, I feel that the devotion, respect and faith will arise spontaneously and effortlessly. We must learn to see the good qualities of other, even though we may have received only harms.
    The story about calling the adoptive mother is a very good example of how by having guru devotion, following the guru’s instruction we are able to get ourselves out of suffering and become a better person.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/how-geshe-tsultrim-gyeltsen-changed-my-life.html?fbclid=IwAR2izP1-lrD0–XmrqHZjvQ2d1KfockNAdfQBQuyTxoY2AqVYSZxoD5uUqw
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 20. 2020 02:40 PM
    Beautiful shrine of Rinpoche’s , merely by looking at it is a blessing. Fortunate to have the opportunity to see it such a stunning precious shrine . With lots of offerings and so much precious items as well. It gives me great insight on how to make more offerings to generate more merits. We can offer anything we consider beautiful on the altar. Making offerings is part of the practice of Buddhism. Making offerings to the Three Jewels is a wonderful daily practice for us. We have to cultivate a generous attitude and delight in giving to start the day, which becomes the cause to have happiness in the future. Making offerings is a practice for accumulating positive potential and for purifying clinging and miserliness. I will do my best to offer more on my altar. Good watch of those videos and still learning from it.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/see-my-beautiful-shrine.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 20. 2020 02:39 PM
    H H Dalai Lama strongly discourages Tibetan Buddhists from propitiating Dorje Shugden as claimed to be evil. The propitiation of Dorje Shugden has been controversial throughout its history causing disharmony in various parts of Tibet, and between various Tibetan communities. Over the last two decades, negative speeches against Dorje Shugden were said. But time has changed for the better. Quite recently, HH Dalai Lama was at Bodhgaya on 2nd January 2020, said that if people wish to practise Dorje Shugden as a birth deity or land god (Tibetan: kye lha yul lha), THAT WOULD BE FINE.
    Wow…..Great news for us and across the globe for Dorje Shugden practitioners when H H Dalai Lama said openly about Dorje Shugden . HH Dalai Lama was with as many as thousands of lay people, monks and nuns from over 70 countries. It cannot be wrong this time, thousands heard it as they have been waiting anxiously just to hear Dalai Lama’s speech and teachings.H.H Dalai Lama has made it clear, is a matter for the individual. H H Dalai Lama being an emanation of the Buddha of Compassion, must have realised that Dorje Shugden is not harmful after all and that the Tibetan leadership could have been wrong about the total ban all this while. This is the second time H H Dalai Lam has said that it is fine to rely on Dorje Shugden. May Dalai Lama let bygones be bygones for the benefits of all practitioners. With folded hands thank you His Holiness for speaking with compassion, for a better peaceful and harmonious world.
    Thank you blog teams for such a wonderful news.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/we-thank-his-holiness-the-dalai-lama.html

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    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    1 years ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    1 years 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.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    1 years ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
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    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    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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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    3 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    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
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    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.
    3 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
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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Wesak 2020
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
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Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
2 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
3 months ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
3 months ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
3 months ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
3 months ago
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
3 months ago
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
3 months ago
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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