All About Rosaries

Dec 10, 2013 | Views: 6,240


(By Tsem Rinpoche)

So anyways, some people asked some questions and I am going to talk about that. Alright. Malas. Malas or rosaries. Malas or rosaries are simply, on a conventional level, counters. They help you to count a particular amount of sacred words, which we talked about last year, mantras. The powerful effect of mantras on our psychology, on our body and on our winds and on our movement, and how incredible, powerful certain mantras can be over a period of time. They really are words of power. That I can attest to myself. And in extreme cases, where we really, really concentrate, you can actually you know…I mean I am not joking, you really can stop rain with mantras. Literally, you can just stop rain. Isn’t that a great way to pick up a girl? (blows in the air) Just think about that. Isn’t that a great way to pick up a guy? Some girls. (snaps fingers) Nah it ain’t gonna work. But my point is this, the real point. In fact, that’s how Sharon was impressed. Her partner stopped the rain, but she checked the weather forecast and, “It’s going to be like that that many hours…” She said, “Let’s go out at this time, it’s gonna stop in a minute” and then Sharon is like, “Wow! You’re a fabulous bomoh! Fabulous!” So you see it can be another method to happiness.

Anyways, malas are simply counters. They help you to keep track so you can concentrate. Malas are used to concentrate and used to help you to focus and concentrate on the mantras you are doing and the meditation, because if you have to keep count of a certain mantra, then you lose count and meditating, and lose count and meditating…in the beginning it is quite hard because our mind is very dysfunctional. It’s not able to multitask in the beginning. In the beginning. So it’s like, “Where was I? Oh oh oh meditating” then you start all over again and then you say, “Forget about this meditation thing. I’m going out and having a root beer!”

So, malas are simply counters to help you remember where you are and how many you need to do. They are actually used to help you to concentrate, contrary to what some people think, that the whole focus is having a holy mala and it’s really fabulous and it’s really wonderful and that’s the spiritual practice – no, no, no, no, no. Malas are not spiritual practices in itself; it helps you to become spiritual because it helps you to focus on what you are supposed to be doing: repetitions. And so therefore, the mala is a counter. It contains 108 beads. 100 is the usual number that we count, eight is for the mistakes we have done. Sometimes we mispronounced, unintentionally. Sometimes we skipped, sometimes we missed, so the eight is to make up for that. They have other complicated explanations but I’m gonna leave it there because for our write-up we don’t need to be so complicated.

108…and the quality of the mala is according to your means. But I would recommend you to get malas that last, that are durable, that don’t break easy, and that are easy to use. You get a lapis lazuli mala because you can afford it, it’s heavy! Someone offered me one, I was like, “Ooh! Lapis lazuli! Give that to me!” because it’s got gold on it and I’m like, “Oooh gold, oooh I love it! That’s gonna help my meditation!” Boy it’s heavy! After a while, you’re like, “OM MANI PADME HUNG, OM MANI PADME HUNG, OM MANI PADME HUNG, OM MANI PADME HUNG”, I have biceps on this side from using that mala but no biceps on this side. It’s not practical at all. And you know some Chinese Mahayana people – it’s not wrong because Tibetans do that too – have huge malas, it’s that thick, and they wrap it around and it goes down to the knee, and when they’re walking, “Namo Amituofo.” Oh my god! And then they carry these malas, it’s so huge, it’s bigger than my thumb, it’s like, “OM MANI PADME HUNG! OM MANI PADME HUNG! OM MANI PADME HUNG!” And then you got to hold the mala and go (shakes hand in pain), then like, “OM MANI PADME HUNG! OM MANI PADME HUNG! OM MANI PADME HUNG!” By the time, you finish you got Arnold Schwarzenegger fingers! It’s so heavy, and then the biceps of course. Which is not bad but it’s only on one side so you show this arm but not that. But I don’t see the purpose of those huge malas. It’s not bad, I mean if you like it all the power to you, huge mala people great. For me I don’t like it too big, I don’t like it too heavy. I don’t like a lot of things hanging off it because Tibetans put counters on them. Which a lot of people like, but I don’t like because I find that it gets tangled.

I like it simple and easy, but good material. I’ll tell you why now. Certain practices, certain types of mantras, if you do it combined with certain materials, it helps to facilitate the results of that mantra. For example, if you put very calming, beautiful music and you go for crystal therapy and then they put the aromatherapy stuff, it does help. Crystals do help certain parts of your body. Ancient medicine or traditional medicine is all made up of components that are all natural, elements, mercury, gold, and silver. Tibetan medicine is. So it’s all elements. So crystals do help, they help, but it is in conjunction with things. So malas do help in conjunction with certain mantras. So if you recite OM MANI PADME HUNG and Chenrezig, or Kuan Yin…you know, in Tibetan we call him Chenrezig. In Tibetan, he’s a he and in Chinese, he is a she but it doesn’t really matter, he, she, you know. I think your form is in drag, but never mind. He’s still a bodhisattva inside right? Drag or whatever, who cares? Buddha is Buddha lah. So anyways, Chenrezig, when you recite the mantra, it’s very good to have crystal malas. It’s not a necessity, it’s not a must, it’s not that you have to and if you don’t, oh god you know, Kuan Yin is not going to bless you. How ridiculous.

But crystal malas are very good for Kuan Yin. And Bodhi seed malas are very good. Bodhi seed. Because Bodhi seed is originally linked to the Bodhi tree. The Bodhi tree is what Lord Buddha sat under to meditate, to become a Buddha. So Bodhi tree reminds us – it’s not necessary because it’s not the tree that Buddha sat under you know – it’s a tree that grew 50,000 miles away so it’s a Bodhi tree, big deal, but that’s not the one that Buddha sat under. But if you use a Bodhi tree mala, it kind of reminds you of your purpose to become a Buddha, and implants imprints, with that awareness, that I will be a Buddha. That I want to be a Buddha. So Bodhi seed is very good because it’s light, it’s solid, it’s nice and it’s a reminder of where Lord Buddha attained his final release. Bodhi seeds are wonderful. And pearls are very nice, they’re precious, and I’ll explain why in a few minutes. Wood, any type of wood is alright; sandalwood is beautiful, fabulous. And these days we have synthetic materials which is okay too. They don’t break, they last a long time, they’re synthetic. Even glass and all that. They didn’t have all that in Tibet. It’s not not allowed, you know you can even have pure coral, it’s up to you, it’s really up to you. Because a mala is used as a counter but in higher practices – because you’re not gonna remain at your level, you’re gonna go to higher practices – where you recite certain mantras, as you recite more and more it energizes your mala. It really does. So what happens is when you recite a lot of mantras, it energizes your mala, and the mala becomes a very powerful object, a talisman, a protection. Why do you think a lot of Chinese people hang malas inside their car? Because it comes from that reasoning, that someone blessed and holy has done prayers on it, and the energy is there.

So malas can contain very powerful energies. And when you recite mantras and after you’re finished, you blow on your mala. It becomes a protection. Why? The energy of that certain deity that you have been contacting, Kuan Yin for example, Manjushri, OM AH RA PA TSA NA DHI, OM MANI PADME HUNG, it goes right in and it stays, and it energizes it, and it’s yours. Very nice. And then in higher practices, in the sutra practices, in the lower practices, in the medium practices, whatever – then malas become an object of offering. Example, for convenience sake, it can be used as a mandala offering. So what you visualize on your mala is a string of jewels, and diamonds and pearls and rubies and sapphires and amethysts, all the beautiful things you visualize and you offer. So if you actually have a few precious items on it, it’s a wonderful offering every single day to offer to the Buddhas when you’re doing your practices.

So therefore if you have some pearl malas, it’s very, very nice because it’s nice to use, it’s unique, it’s different but it’s an offering. You think, “Well if I offered it yesterday today, I can’t offer it again.” No. Yesterday was yesterday’s reality. Today it’s yours again. It’s a different reality today. So you can have beautiful pearl malas to offer up to Lord Buddha, up to Tsongkhapa when you do your meditations. And then on the highest form of practice – this is not a necessity, this is just my own little thinking – when you have malas that are of precious material, you offer it to yourself as a deity. If you visualize yourself…in the higher practices you change your reality to the Yidam, the meditational deity. Yidam is the one that holds your mind so that refers to your personal affinity deity that you meditate on to achieve enlightenment. Because you know there is 108 deities, you can’t meditate and recite their sutra and mantras every single day, you can’t. It’s just too much. It’s physically impossible no matter how enlightened you are. And it’s not necessary. If you have one, it contains the energy of all.

So your lama or your teacher or your Guru, when you’re ready, you request, he will assign you an affinity deity. That one that fits your particular need, your particular mind, and your particular energy and your particular way to enlightenment. And therefore, when you have this Yidam, and then you receive the initiations, and then you have the visualizations of yourself as that deity, when you have these precious items, it’s an offering. I offer it to Chenrezig. I offer to Manjushri. And therefore, you can have precious items that are nice without attachment, without the result of attachment. And in that same meditation, you can have many precious things around you. Maybe you are someone in society. Maybe you are, and you have to keep up looks for business, for the sake of your family, whatever because the world operates on that convention. You may not. So in your mind you don’t operate on that convention but outwardly you do, but with good motivation…you know, “I’m gonna have a big fat car, I’m going to have a big fancy house, I ‘m going to have fancy jewelry, because I have to because I am in this station in life so I have to help maintain my family”, out of compassion you have those things. So in that way, when you have those things, it doesn’t create negative karma or attachment. Why? The intention is to benefit.

So malas can be used, they’re basically counters. And traditionally, you have a center, and then on this side is 21, and on this side it’s 21. Because in many practices, the mantra you recite up to 21. And then after 21 you have something bigger here if you prefer. Why? Because everything is designed not to interrupt your meditation. So when you go to 21 like that, you can feel it and then you stop. So everything is to facilitate your meditation. And so, if you are very lucky, if your lama or your Guru has some relationship with you and stuff, he’s offered you a mala, you should think it’s fabulous. Because most likely your lama, your Guru or whatever has put his energy in it, prayers, his Yidam so that when you touch that mala and do the practice, it helps to open up seeds in your mind, faster. Because someone who is spiritually advanced has the propensity to open us up faster and easier. Much faster. Or if we have a mala and it’s blessed by a person that we respect, and a person that is attained, or at least is a good person, and has good energy and prays, and then it empowers our mala. If it’s not then it’s ok also. Because everyday we bless it ourselves. We can bless, we don’t have to be a Rinpoche to bless, we all can bless. The Buddhas can work through all of us.

So, it can be of any material, certain practices require certain different types of mala, certain practices. And then certain practices require you to use your left hand or your right hand. And which finger. But generally for us, we just use any hand we like, any finger but for auspicious reasons, when we do the higher tantric practices which are very profound, if you do the mother tantras, then you use the left hand. If you do the mother tantras, you use the left hand. For peaceful activities, to require peaceful abilities, peaceful forms of powers and clairvoyance, you use your index finger. If you want to increase wealth, increase knowledge, increase harmony, you want to increase prosperity in that area, with those deities you will use the second finger. So you recite it like that with the particular mantra and meditation, it will increase. Because you have wind channels here. These wind channels activate certain things in your mind that help you go to that direction, that open up things in that direction. And then, in the mother tantras, if you want to do controlling activities, controlling weather, controlling spirits, exorcisms, stopping negativities, then you use the third finger. The third finger is the control aspect. It will gain you the power to control certain situations, to be of benefit of others. And then last but not least, is when all three methods fail, you have to use wrath or ferocity, wrathful methods. Some people you need to be wrathful. Their minds don’t move unless you’re wrathful.

So to gain that wrathful ability…wrathful is anger without anger. Isn’t that beautiful? Anger without anger. You get angry not because you’re angry; you get angry because it’s a method. So for wrathful meditations, and wrathful… you know, if you are in a very violent area like a cemetery, or near a cemetery, or a place where people have been killed and died, it’s very wrathful. And every time you meditate you see things, you feel things, you’re uncomfortable, or you feel jittery; it’s not necessary a sprit but you yourself feel…because the area is very energized with wrathful bad energy, then you use the last finger. This is wrath, this is controlling the situation around you and you do particular mantras.

If you do the father tantras, then you use the right hand. Left is permissible but you use more on the right. Left represents wisdom, which is mother tantras. Right represents father tantras, which is based on method. Both is necessary for enlightenment, both are two wings of a bird. It’s just which method you go towards. So if we’re doing for example, Vajrayogini practices, Heruka practices, Kalachakra practices, then we will concentrate on the left hand using the first index finger. And we will train ourselves to use that, and then we pull the mala towards us. This is how we use it: we keep it at heart level, concentrate, and we pull it towards us. And when you finish it, when you get to the end, maybe you have to do 1000, 500, 1, I don’t know – when you get to the end, you just continue, you just go over. This is nothing sacred or holy, it’s a marker. Some people turn it around, it’s not necessary. You just continue.

So those who are doing Yamantaka practices, Guhyasamaja practices, they will use the right hand. Those of us who are not initiated into the higher tantras at this time, you can use any hand that you like. But if you like to be initiated into one of the higher tantras and you know which one you like, or which one you have been told you are going to get, then you will start, for example Vajrayogini and Heruka is left hand; Yamantaka, Guhyasamaja, right hand. Kalachakra, left hand. Mother tantra. And that’s not a big deal but you see it’s another way to help you to gain attainments faster. If you use the wrong hands, “Uh oh, no effect.” No lah. Got effect. There are plenty of villagers out there who, you know, they don’t even have fingers, they just recite the mantras. They don’t have hands, accidents, whatever, they still gain attainments. So these are just to help you. Don’t get caught up on this. And if you make it very beautiful, if you make it very attractive, it is nice too, because some people are at that level where they like nice things, so if you give them nice things they will do nice mantras. If you give them ugly things, they won’t do the mantra. I mean, there are all types of people.

So if you know some guy who is filthy, wealthy rich and he has everything around him in gold, including his toilet bowl, everything is gold, you give him a crappy little wooden mala that smells, that’s misshapen, “Here! Be a Buddhist, pray!” and he’s like “Ugh, thank you very much!” Yeah, but if you give this guy a pearl, “Ooh! I wanna recite mantras every day!” You know, at that level. As they do more and more, their minds change and after a while it doesn’t matter to them. But it attracts them at their level.

(JP asks a question)

Oh you lost the accent. Go ahead.

(answer) The significance is precious stones are acquired by you having wealth. The wealth is a lot of hard work, blood, sweat and tears. And with blood, sweat and tears, if you have money, you can spend them on many things, but if you spend them on something to offer to a Buddha who is enlightened being, you create the causes for you to gain great wealth again.

(JP asks a question)

(answer) No, because if your motivation is to get rich as an end to itself, it’s feeding desire. Because you are already feeding desire as you are now doing that, every day. Every single day whatever you do is to get wealth. You are feeding desire every single day. But it’s better to feed your desire through an enlightened being which eventually will extinguish that. Because if you’re a really ugly nasty person, if you hang around a nice person, eventually you start to transform and change.

So like that if you’re gonna feed your desire by offering pearls and precious items on a Buddha image, what happens is this, is that every single day that Buddha image contains the item, you collect the merits every single day. And when you collect that merit, it transforms your mind. It helps you to switch your mind over to something good even initially if it is negative. And at the same time when you offer something precious, choose an enlightened being. That enlightened being has no desire for it, he has no need, and on top of that he has all that he wants. But when you offer it up to an enlightened being whose mind is free from attachments, then you create the causes for you to reach that state, because you are making an affinity with that being. And the affinity you’re making is not a cheap little glass of yogurt, it’s something really that your greedy mind would have normally have not done, but you pull yourself away from your greed to offer it to something that you feel you don’t get immediate benefit. So on many levels, it has a lot of effect. Okay? And hence in Buddhist places, they encourage that. Like in Thailand, gold on the Buddhas. Oh yes. It is meant as a counter to attachment, a counter. Okay?

So when you have beautiful malas, when you have beautiful malas, nice malas, for some people it is encouraging. For some people they use it as a practice in their daily practice. It’s an offering. But it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t really, really matter what kind of mala you have. It’s basically a counter, and it’s pleasant, it’s nice, you pick the size that you like. You pick the size that you find pleasant, and you can change it. And it’s a wonderful gift to people because it’s very meaningful. It’s very beautiful. It symbolizes practice. Kuan Yin in the Tibetan tradition, four arms, in this arm holds a mala. In this arm holds a lotus, and these two arms here holds a wish-fulfilling jewel. So this arm here holding a lotus, it’s a reminder to us that by practice, Kuan Yin became enlightened. By listening to her master, Shakyamuni Buddha, she became enlightened. And she became enlightened not by listening but by applying what she heard into practice, into assimilation with her mind. So this mala that she is holding represents assimilation. So when you have a mala and you keep a mala and it’s kept well, it is also awareness of your spiritual practice, that you need to practice. When you see a mala, what do you think? You’re not gonna wrap it around yourself and go on a podium…I mean you can but that’s not what you usually associate it with. And higher beings who are very practiced in mantra, who are very practiced in meditation, their malas are very powerful. Because their energy, their motivation, and everything you want to achieve, is contained in their prayers and then it’s blessed. And some higher beings can manifest as different meditational deities. So during their meditations, they manifest as different meditational deities, it is not them holding, it is the meditational deity holding the mala and blessing it. So if those kind of beings, if they give you one of their malas it’s very blessed. Why is it blessed? It is blessed because it contains the energy of that deity which, when you touch and you use daily, it will open up that energy in you. And, if they cut their mala and they offer it, and you can get one, and you can wear it, very protective. Very, very protective.

So on a different level, malas can be used as a protection. And in some cases of high lamas, their malas are so energized, they know it, they actually use the mala to bless people. For example, in the Vajrayogini tantras and in the Heruka tantras, the mantra is very, very potent for dispelling negative spirits. Very potent for exorcising or chasing away negativities. Vajrayogini. So in Vajrayogini’s tantra, it is encouraged to have a nice mala, it’s encouraged to have a strong one and to keep one, and to blow the mantra after you are done, and then with that you can bless many people. People who are touched by this mala in the Vajrayogini tantra, actually receive an imprint of her holy blessings. What’s her holy blessings? That in future they can practice. So with Vajrayogini’s tantra, for people to even see the mala of the practitioner, and to be placed on top of the head and to be blessed, very powerful. Very, very powerful.

So the mala is a counter. It’s an ornament for the Buddhas. It’s an offering to the Buddhas. It is a reminder of spiritual practice. It is a counter to help us focus our awareness and meditation because we are at a rough, gross level. And, it can help us to attain different types of powers by activating the winds and energies in the different parts of our fingers, in the different parts of our body.

(someone asks a question)

(answer) All. All. No problem. No problem. You know, some lamas, they have to practice 100-200 deities, they can’t have 200 malas, that’s gonna be pretty heavy. Imagine going through immigration, they’re gonna say you’re a businessman selling malas. Taxed! One mala for all. Even better.

(JP asks a question)

(answer) No difference. Your preference and your hand size. If you’re 6’2”…oh! That one. Probably 21. Those are for short pratices, just to wear, anywhere you can use it. I mean sometimes it’s not practical to have a big, long one. So when you wear a little short one like what you have, you can take it off and you use it any time. Ya. And then let’s be a little bitchy. If you’re 6’2” and gorgeous and fabulous, then you have a long, big mala. If you’re not, you have a short one. Well, if you’re not and you have a long one, it’s gonna be like…you’re gonna have to be like (holds mala high in the air), “OM MANI PADME HUNG, OM MANI PADME HUNG, OM MANI PADME HUNG, OM MANI PADME HUNG, OM MANI PADME HUNG”. Well? And if you’re 6’2” and gorgeous, and fabulous and beautiful and Tibetan, then you have a long one, it’s very elegant. Because if it’s a little short, you’ll be like (imitates holding a small mala)…get it? Good? Any more intelligent questions that might embarrass you? He loves it.

Yes Paris.

(Paris asks a question)

(answer) Because as I mentioned earlier, a lot of practices require you just to recite 21. And that’s the duration of the meditation that is necessary for that particular practice. Just 21. It can be 21, it can be 28, it depends on different practices. And sometimes it can depend on your wrist, because if you are 6’2” and gorgeous and fabulous, and have thick, wonderful wrists, 21 is going to be a little too tight so maybe you put 23.

I mean don’t get caught up in the numbers. That’s what is specified, but that doesn’t have to be. You have to be practical. So if you’re not 6’2” and gorgeous, maybe 21 is gonna be a little loose, you keep losing it you know. And if you go to the Indian toilet and you wipe yourself the Indian way, which is what we do in India, then your mala goes down the Indian toilet, because it’s a little too loose. So you do what is practical.

(JP asks a question)

(answer) Oh, you can get it from right here. That’s what we are doing right now. This whole thing is for write-ups. See, these are our writers. I’ve got four writers here. This is a writer. Yeah. Oh no no, you can get it anywhere else. In fact you should check several sources so you can get this information, you can check the Net. You can check the Net. You just put, you know, “the significance rosaries, Buddhist rosaries, how they’re used”, just check the Net. No problem.

(someone asks a question)

(answer) It’s not necessary. The purpose of bone malas is this: that has an energy to help us remember our mortality. That has an energy to help us visualize and feel death. And feeling death and mortality is not a depressing state. It is a happy state because it compels us to do things that bring happiness. If we know we are going to die tomorrow, there’s a lot of things we wouldn’t do today that will be harmful to others. And some of the tantric deities they use wrathful means. They use wrathful means in order to subdue others. So malas that are bone represent death and when you use these malas, it reminds you of the energy that you are tapping into to subdue others in violent places, but it’s not necessary. It’s not necessary and I don’t recommend it.

Yes.

(someone asks a question)

(answer) Katvanga. Number one, Lama Tsongkhapa’s head doesn’t tilt to the side in the normal form. He has five main emanations. One, this is Lama Tsongkhapa. Two, three, four and the last one there in the form of a mahasiddha, that’s all Lama Tsongkhapa. He has five main forms. Alright? Five main, not restricted. Each of the forms are different and they manifest differently for different purposes and needs. A deity who has the head tilted in lower tantras, the deity whose head is tilted in the lower tantras, denotes compassion, maternal love, care and extreme compassion. So what you’re doing is, it’s reminding you of the goal, and to remind you that when we reach the goal we still have to be very compassionate and kind. So a deity that is slightly tilted like that, like Tara, slightly tilted, it represents the state they have achieved, which is great compassion, which Is equivalent to maternal love, much much more. That’s one.

On Guru Rinpoche, in Guru Rinpoche’s holy case, when his head is tilted, it represents tantric achievements where he uses his tantric elements and tantric achievements to subdue. Because Guru Rinpoche was very well-known in Tibet when he first came to subdue many, many unnatural, supernatural, unhappy and very negative forces. So when he was doing that, he wasn’t just sitting like that, he had to move this way and that way; he had different rituals and different ways to do it, and different mudras and different actions and different body movements. So him doing that represents activity from compassion. In Lama Tsongkhapa’s case he is usually pictured as straight, straight meaning mental stabilization. Straight meaning by great meditation because when we meditate we won’t do like that. Sitting straight and meditating represents he’s achieved full enlightenment through practice. But it’s different for the five emanations, for example this one. This one here, he appeared on an elephant…this one and that is is the same but when he appeared on an elephant to one of his disciples, Khedrup Rinpoche, why? He was showing great compassion, great love for a student. Because Lama Tsongkhapa is a Buddha. He appears in visions to people, he’s very sensitive. There are many Lama Tsongkhapa statues in Tibet that manifest pills, or speak, or…either very heavy to move or very light, it has unusual ways of manifesting its power.

Lama Tsongkhapa is a very easy deity to practice, very easy to tap into, very easy to hold on to, very easy to achieve, because of his nature and who he is and the combination of deities. And his mantra and the meditations are not difficult but they are very, very effective. So Lama Tsongkhapa in this form…we call these forms the Je Zikpa Nga, the five visions of Je Rinpoche, Je Tsongkhapa. In this form, when he appeared on an elephant, the elephant represents overcoming ignorance, stubbornness, narrow mindedness, and Lama Tsongkhapa’s overcome that. On a pristine white elephant. Because the elephant is not an actual animal, it is an emanation of his mind to show you his quality. And riding on a white, pristine clear elephant represents his luminous nature that he has achieved Buddhahood. And him being tilted shows you great love and compassion. “I care for you. I am appearing to you out of love. You invoked me. I appear to you out of great love, great compassion.” And in this form, his feet are down instead of the usual meditational pose telling you that although he is fully achieved, he is not stiff and hard. He is able to come to you immediately to help. So this form is very, very significant, with the head tilted. In the case of tantric deities, the head being tilted represents the type of tantras they are geared towards. Vajrayogini’s is tilted towards the left. Heruka’s tilted to the left. Kalachakra, to the left. Yamantaka, to the right. Left denotes mother tantra, focusing on clear light. Right is more on father tantra, illusory body. So in tantric deities when they tilt left and right, it symbolizes the method that they use, that you will utilize to achieve enlightenment. Both is equal, its just dependent on what you need.

So tilting of the head in iconography is very powerful symbology. Very, very powerful. And if you know what it represents, when you look at the deity you immediately know the path, you know what they are doing, what’s happening, what you’re gonna engage in, you understand very clearly. So iconography is not simply beautiful art; it is very powerful symbology towards an awakened state of mind, which reminds you and when you see it, when you see an enlightened being, a statue or a thangka or whatever, it plants imprints in your mind. It is a direct channel to them. Okay?

Now where was I. Malas. So they are counters, they can be made of precious items so that you can make offerings, and they can be of any size. They can be of any materials, and they can be used for whatever you like, and they can be switched any time. So if you want to switch malas, don’t go, “Oh god, how do I transfer the energy?” No, don’t worry about it because the energy is not really the mala, it’s you. If you’re attained, whatever you touch becomes enlightened. You can touch one toilet paper and put it on people and bless them with it, if you are really that state. Why? Because this is just all a substance, it’s earth, air, water and fire. And the blessings is carried over to someone, because they are not able to achieve direct blessing with you. So what happens is, it’s blessed. Example, we have clothes and we have relics from Lama Tsongkhapa or Buddha. Those are very blessed because it was them. You know their energies pervaded their whole body and what they wore. So it can be transferred on a tissue, it can be transferred on a toilet paper, it can be transferred on a mala. So don’t think, “Oh if I switch malas how? I need to go see a Tibetan Lama, fly to Tibet and see His Holiness blublublablabla” and then you can’t acclimatize so for three days there, you’re throwing up and you’re dizzy, just to transfer the energy of this mala to this mala and then you find out from Tsem Rnpoche that you don’t have to. And you don’t have to fly to Shangri-la, Tibet, you can just fly to PJ. Isn’t that fabulous? Just in PJ. Wonderful.

In the past people who went for teachings, they walked…Trijang Rinpoche, when he went for the Lamrim teachings, he walked for three months from his part of Tibet, on horseback and walked, the highest lama of Tibet, to central Tibet to receive teachings from his Guru. These days, when we have to drive from another part of town and there is traffic, oh god I tell you. If there was a picture of our Guru we’d be punching him. Very easy these days.

So malas on a higher level can be protection. Why? It is imbued with that practice, it is imbued with the power of that mantra. Remember what I mentioned last week without going all into it again? Mantras contain the essence of that Buddha, in the form of words. So when you chant that mantra, you are tapping into the energy of that Buddha, you are tapping into its potential. And you’re tapping into yourself connecting with that energy and becoming one with it. So words of power as I explained last week…who missed it, you can get the CD, it’s available. Pastor Loh Seng Piow has it produced. It’s very, very powerful. It should be kept clean, it should be kept well. It should be kept in a good place. Why? Because it can become dirty? No. Respecting and keeping it in a nice place is symbolic of your spiritual practice and how you treat it. And it’s great gifts. Malas. Alright? Any questions?

(someone asks a question)

(answer) Well, if the Dalai Lama says, “I want to hold your mala”, I’d give it to him. “Pleaseeee!! In fact rub it all over you!” You know, if it’s a hantu, no, no thank you because if you’re weak in energy and they touch it, if a holy being can put good energy on it, an evil being can put negative energy on it, and it can affect you if you’re weak. If you are highly practiced, you can give it to all the hantus (Malay: ghosts) and they can touch it and bring it back and when you touch it, you bless them. But if you’re like me, a clown, then hantus…evil people, when you touch it, you go, “Ughh no. “ You know, you turn into the wolf man. Because touch can affect. You know because sometimes we touch it, we feel, “Ooooh nice”; sometimes when we think (sniff), “Ooooh got smell too!” Touch does affect you. So if you’re on this kind of level like me, then I mean your friends, your parents, all that can touch it, and they can use it. It’s not a big deal. And then if worse comes to worst scenario, if somebody evil touches it, you think it’s evil you know, because you are obscured, then you take it back. You recite the mantra of your deity 21 times and you blow on it. “OM MANI PADME HUNG, OM MANI PADME HUNG, OM MANI PADME HUNG, OM MANI PADME HUNG, OM MANI PADME HUNG, OM MANI PADME HUNG, OM MANI PADME HUNG, OM MANI PADME HUNG, OM MANI PADME HUNG, OM MANI PADME HUNG,” it’s okay already. You can be your own Guru. Yah. And if you don’t believe in you, you can bring an ang pau (traditional Chinese gift of money in a red packet) and come see me lah. But not the teeny little thin ang paus from OCBC. I’m talking about the big ones with dragons and it can fit a lot of things in there so when I get it I can feel how much. Don’t you hate it when you get one of those big ang paus, you open up it’s 5 dollars. Thank you very much! And some of these small ones, I’m not even gonna look at it and then a week later, you go, “Ohhhh! It’s 200 ringgit! I should have opened it last week because I needed money for petrol!” No, I’m just kidding.

(JP asks a question)

(answer) You attract spirits by reciting mantras? No, no, no. I’m not questioning you. I want to understand your question. When you recite mantras you attract spirits? And what do you think about that? Is that good or bad? Good or bad? Okay, so your question? But if they’re just there and it’s not good or bad, who cares? Why is it annoying? Then it’s bad. So it’s good or bad? Okay. If it’s bad, then you recite your mantras really loud, and you tell them to buzz off. And if you’re attained, they will buzz off; if you’re not, they’re gonna bug you more. So what you do is when you recite mantras, you generate loving compassion, and you realize they become spirits due to the force of their miserliness, stinginess, and their attachment to wealth and money and prestige, and because of that great attachment that they’ve habituated their whole life, when they die these people become spirits. Very attached. So therefore, these type of people become spirits and they’re still attached to that. So when you fight them back or when you hurt them back, they become even more vicious, if you’re not realized.

In the case of spirits for ordinary clowns like all of us, we do is, when they come to us, we immediately think about our Yidams. If our Yidam is Lama Tsongkhapa, we focus and meditate on Lama Tsongkhapa, and relax, and develop compassion towards them. Because usually, in people who are very angry, if you say, “I’m sorry”, they calm down. So in the case with spirits, the best practice for ordinary beings like us is not to generate anger or to repel them. What you do is immediately, you generate compassion. Compassion based on what? They are a spirit, and you are not. They harm, you don’t. They can’t eat or drink or have company or have love. You can. And their result resembles the cause. So if they are spirits always wanting things and they can’t get it, it must be their previous lives is extremely miserly, and they were very selfish and they were attached to their possessions. And so therefore they become spirits. They linger around places that they are attached to. It could be people, it could be a person, it could be a thing, it could be possessions. It could be revenge.

So with these kinds of beings, what you do, the best thing you do is this: you immediately develop compassion instead of being afraid of them. Instead of being afraid, because maybe they’re not there to harm. Maybe they are there before you. Maybe because that is where they have died. Maybe they were there for 300 years and you’re the invader, not them. So what you do is, the best method immediately, is to take refuge. Take refuge means surrender to an enlightened being and relax, come under their protection. And then, with great compassion you think about their level, and you generate compassion towards them. And you know what’s happening? Contrary to what we’re used to – “see hantu, see bomoh, see Tibetan lama, Mi-Tsung lama” – contrary to your normal belief, bless them. They are suffering. They are suffering. No spirit is having a good time. No spirit. Nobody in a war is having a good time. Nobody in a war. No spirit is having a good time. A spirit is a negative reincarnation. They have different levels and different types of sufferings and different lifespans just like us, but nevertheless, they are still suffering.

So when you see a spirit, instead of going back to your habitual thinking, “Uh oh, spirit, I’m gonna get it, I’m gonna run”, whatever, “they’re following me”, what you should do is to generate compassion and love for them, and bless them. Bless them with what? “OM MANI PADME HUNG! OM MANI PADME HUNG! GO AWAY! OM MANI PADME HUNG! I BLESS YOU!” No, no, no, this isn’t…you don’t do that. You’re not in a movie with Linda Blair. This is not The Exorcist. And your Father O’…O’…whatever the Irish name is, I can’t remember…and you know you’re holding your Lamrim book and you say, “By the power vested in me by the Three Jewels, OM MANI PADME HUNG! OM MANI PADME HUNG!” No, no, no. You don’t do that. Why don’t you do that? Because you’re gonna frustrate them, they’re going to get angry. Blessing comes not just by the mantras. Blessings come from your state of mind which they can perceive as they have clairvoyance. Blessing comes from your state of mind and your attitude towards them. And they will feel it. So even if you don’t have mantras, if you just generate loving compassion, metta, most cases they go away. Or most cases they don’t disturb you anymore. In most cases…turn it around. Bless them. Why do you only bless humans that you can see? Why don’t you bless non-humans who are suffering also? Even animals. Mantras are very powerful for animals. When I go running in Bandar Utama, around here you know, when I go jogging and stuff, I always see dogs. I always recite mantras at them, even when they’re barking ferociously at me. I just bark back louder, “OM MANI PADME HUNG.”

Why? Planting mantras in their minds blesses them, it helps them. Very, very much. Any type of mantras. So therefore, when we recite mantras and you attract spirits, I don’t know what mantra you’re reciting…“Om all the hantus come to me hum phet”, it must be that mantra! But what happens is when you recite the mantras, you bless them. And there are higher forms of tantra, higher forms of tantra where – he is correct – that when you do certain practices, it is specifically to attract spirits but it is assumed that you have achieved a level were you can benefit them. Directly benefit them. Subdue them, transform them and help them to not stay in their state long. There are beings like that, definitely. There is a certain tantra called Chöd. Chöd practice is very powerful and when you do that, the minute you do that, spirits will come. You’ll hear things move. If you’re accomplished, you’ll hear things move, you’ll hear, you know, strange sounds, the energy changes, because there are a lot of sprits around. And seasoned practitioners like His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, my Guru, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, when he did Chöd, you will hear noises at the back all the time. It was really weird. And the spirits will come and he will make offerings to them. Why? To make them happy, to give them something that no one gives them.

Because usually when spirits see us, we run, they don’t like us, or they can’t see us; they don’t get love, they don’t get affection, they don’t get anything. All they get is fear, hatred, and people using bomohs and magic to dispel them. It makes them more angry. Think from their perspective. They were you. You can be them. They have a lifespan just like you. So you have to understand the nature of the spirits. But there are certain spirits that are inherently very violent and very evil. They have been like that for hundreds of years. There are a lot of things. In those cases, you have to use more fierce means to subdue them. Why? Out of compassion, of not letting them do more negative karma to harm others, collect more negative karma, to stay in their state longer, or to take rebirth again as a spirit. So there are forceful mantras. Powerful mantras used to what? To chase them, to harm them? No, to subdue their mind in a more powerful way because they are very fierce.

The whole purpose of Buddhistic practice is to help another being. The whole practice. There is no practice that chases or scares or damages another being, human or non-human. The whole basis of Buddhistic practice is to benefit, even spirits. And if we can reach that level even spirits, we overcome our…we can be afraid, but we can still be compassionate. We can still be kind, because we can develop that kind of mind. So therefore, when the spirits come, when the spirits are there, instead of being afraid, take that as an opportunity to generate compassion. Maybe you’ll be the difference in their lives, that they stop doing harm to others. So in that way it’s very beneficial.

Change your perspective, change your motiv…look, we’ve been here for two hours, listen to all the knowledge you’ve got. Even how you view certain things that culturally you’ve been afraid of, spirits, you can change your thoughts by wisdom. By Buddha’s wisdom. This is what I mean about Dharma. You learn a lot. So instead of consistently being in fear out of ignorance, like a rope coiled in the corner of the room and it’s dark and you think there’s a snake, and everything you fear about is a snake, and you walk around the room, you run to the other side, maybe you call the fire department or you call everybody; the way you react to it, it’s a real snake because that is what you perceive. When you turn on the lights, you feel ridiculous. And if your friends are there, they are probably laughing at you.

Similarly, we have a perception about spirits and it’s only one-sided: they’re harmful, they’re bad, they’re evil and I want them out of my life. No. We shouldn’t think like that. Harmful things that come into our life are not necessarily harmful. They can transform us. They can be a cause for us to generate a stronger and better mind. And we can do that with spirits. I mean, you don’t run around…at our level, you don’t run around and say, “Come! I’m going to transform and bless you.” You’re going to have a ménage a trois of spirits, you know. The whole circus shows up and that’s it. Some of them are pretty scary. And if you’re not at the level to help them, don’t invite it. If they’re around and you have no choice, then bless them. Trust me, I don’t run around calling spirits. Yes.

(someone asks a question)

(answer) Exactly. That is why I said look at the situation. Generate loving compassion. Generate loving compassion and if they continue, then you stop them. You stop them either by your meditations, by your mantras, soliciting your Dharma protector. Or, if you are not capable, you ask your lama to exorcise. But you have to check the situation. It’s the same. Good or bad, you generate loving compassion. Good or bad. Why? A being who has reached that level cannot be harmed. Cannot be. So if someone sends a bomoh to you, there are many ways to protect yourself. That’s what I am going to go through, there’s several things like chakras and stuff that we can talk about if we have time today. I am going to talk about it. And you’re gonna learn a lot. You’re gonna learn quite a lot.

And so, what happens is, chakras, roos, protections, what they’re for, what deity, how you activate their energy, where you should wear them, where you should keep them – because you don’t have to wear them on your neck – and how to use them. I’m going to talk about chakras because I imported a lot from India and Nepal to disseminate here to help people. Because you know what? When I first arrived in Malaysia, I wasn’t really into the spirit scene. But I have seen too much in this country that it is real. Why? The arts of spirit practice and bomoh and all that stuff and magic and harm, is still alive because people still practice it. It was in the west, but they stopped doing it, so it kind off died off, their tradition but that doesn’t mean the spirits died off. Here, there is a real, real danger of bomohs. There is a real danger of magic harm. There is real…I mean there are some people who are just trying to get attention, and there are some people who are hallucinating, but you have to differentiate because there are signs to observe whether they are hallucinating, and if it’s real or not. And there are very genuine cases here and they’re not trying to get attention and they are not crazy. There are.

So there are certain mantras we can do, certain deities we can propitiate. Protective circles we can visualize, when we are alone. And chakras and mandalas, and different forms of protection we can wear. And I am going to talk about them tonight. Because we have that in our outlets. And the ones we have in our outlets are not commercial. They are made and blessed by my root Gurus, whose intention is to benefit others. Because my root Gurus, they have many sponsors, they don’t need to make money from that. But the money from the sales is to cover the expenses. The paper, the mantras, the blessings, the ceremonies and all that. It is not for profit at all. My Gurus don’t do that, I know them very well. In any case, so we have those things, and I am going to talk about it. It’s going to be very exciting because UFOs, Loch Ness monsters, spirits, chakras, magic, mantras, it’s all exciting, isn’t it? We all love that. We’re don’t want to hear about philosophy that changes our mind. We wanna learn how to be a super bomoh. How to be a super bomoh and how to be powerful, and walk around with a lot of pride and ego and (waves hand), “Try to harm me!” And then we recite a magic mantra, like one of those Thai movies and “Muhhhhmoh” and the spirits disappear. But they do have power, the chakras. And I will explain where the power comes from, on what basis, and why because you need to know. You need to know. It will be very beneficial. But, any questions on malas so I can finish off on that and go to the next subject? Any questions on malas? No right? Okay. Good.

(someone asks a question)

(answer) Well, if you’re very ill, and you have your home remedies, that’s wonderful. But if you’re very ill, it’s very good to go to a skilled physician who has practiced, who has studied, who has many years of being in their art of finding out, dictating to you what’s wrong with you. So similarly, if you go to a lama and his whole life has been dedicated towards that, wouldn’t it be more efficacious than yourself just picking? So that’s an analogy to use. At the same time, having said that, you can still pick out whoever you like and practice, because any Buddha you pick is very effective. Any Buddha. But sometimes, we need something that counters something within us that we are not aware of, so we need a particular mantra, a particular form, a particular meditation to counter that faster. Similarly, it is likened to multi-vitamins. You can take a multi-vitamin. All Buddhas are like multi-vitamins but sometimes we need an extra dose of just C if we have a flu. So let’s say that, you know, we can pray to any Buddha but we’re a little slow to learn, then Tsongkhapa will be fabulous. He will increase our memory, and there are reasons on how he increases our memory. It isn’t just chanting and it blesses and it opens. There are reasons. He opens your memory, he opens your mind, he opens your thought, and he makes your mind wider, encompassing and more accepting. And in that way it creates a lot of peace in your mind. Gives you wisdom.

So if you know all that information to pick, it is wonderful because if you pick and you do, it’s never wrong. But maybe a year, two years later, you feel, “Oh I think this one’s…I didn’t know all this information, this is more appropriate.” So what do you do, you switch allegiance? “See you later Manjushri, hello Vajrayogini”, and then you still don’t meet a Guru, and then you find out, “Oh, Chakrasamvara is more exciting, it’s very appropriate for me. Bye Vajrayogini, hello.” You know, you look like a hitchhiker. A Buddha hitchhiker. You get one ride, bye bye, get another ride, bye bye, get another…you don’t get anywhere. So it’s okay, you don’t get any disbenefit. None, none at all. Any Buddha will be fabulous when you pray. You still collect merits. You still are able to generate a good mind. You still are able to make an affinity. No problem at all. None. So don’t ever have a hang up about that. We can go to any Dharma store and buy a statue and bring it home and we can make prostrations, prayers; it’s very holy and very wonderful. No problem. And generally good for everyone. No problem. It’s a multi-vitamin. Okay? But if we’re gonna be very serious and systematic in our practice to gain results, then it’s very good to refine it. Very good. So what’s the best thing? Like finding a disease, it would be very good to go to someone who can define and refine for you. And so you practice like that so you can reach that point and you can do it. Logical isn’t it? Yeah. Okay.

Tsem Rinpoche

( I gave  a talk on rosaries/malas…and Jean Ai accurately transcribed it here. I thank her for the work. I feel this talk should help alot of people with questions related to the subject matter and more…. Tsem Rinpoche)

 

 

 

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  1. Julia Tan on Feb 21, 2020 at 8:23 am

    I have an amber mala with beads given by my Guru many years ago. Ever since then I wear the mala over my hand and pray everyday. I feel that the mala protects me as it contains some beads blessed by my Guru.

    When i go to places like Nepal and Shangrila in Yunnan, it’s very common to see people chanting all the time with their mala in their hands. They fill their day with mantras to collect merits. I think its amazing.

    If you are looking for a mala, you can find wide range of malas from Kechara outlet called Kechara Paradise, online from vajrasecrets.com or if you want to custom make your own mala you can also visit our Kechara Saraswati Art department in Kechara Forest Retreat Bentong.

    Get your mala blessed by the pastors or charge it with powerful mantra yourself by chanting 1000 times with whatever mantra you like before use. That will be wonderful.

  2. June Kang on Feb 19, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    念珠可让我们念诵咒语达到專注的效果,当更重要的是你要对你所念诵咒语有信心,信心会产生力量,那所念诵的经文咒语才有效果。

  3. Andrea Lai on Feb 19, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    This is an interesting article. I like crystals and I believe crystals contain certain energies which can change the aura of the environment and as well as humans. Using crystals as for mala is really beneficial, not only chanting mantras, combination of the energies from the crystals and mantras together will heal our body and mind.

  4. Pastor Henry Ooi on Feb 19, 2020 at 8:33 am

    It was a refresher to discuss this article with the regulars during our weekly blog discussions last night in Kechara Soup Kitchen office. Back in those days, together with some staff of Kechara, we used to buy ready-strung malas from a Tibetan couple in Kathmandu, Nepal. They had a variety of mala made out of different materials, even stainless steel ones that I do not see nowadays.

  5. Tek Lee on Feb 19, 2020 at 1:27 am

    I always love watching Rinpoche’s video, as there are always more than one teaching in the videos. What caught me the most in this video is, we have to have compassion for every beings, to animals even to the spirits. Yes, they were once human, and one day, we’ll become a spirit too. Just like every beings in the world, they also need love and don’t like to be mistreated. Not that we purposely go and find a spirit and give them love, but when we encounter one, we should bless them with our mantra in a compassion way, instead of chasing them away in a mean way.

  6. pammie yap on Feb 19, 2020 at 1:14 am

    I love malas before I knew what it’s for. I love the bright colors and various sizes. It was attractive and it can also be used as wrist jewelry. When I joined kechara, my first mala was lapis lazuli. Absolutely love the colors. Then as years passed, I began to like lighter ones especially during retreats. Rinpoche gave many explanations that are easy to understand especially for beginners who would like to know more. I learned a lot from reading it as well!

  7. Justin Cheah on Feb 19, 2020 at 12:30 am

    For me, the best thing I capture from this post will be rosary being rosary, its still the practice which is what really matters regardless of what you use as a medium to basically count your mantras on.

  8. Vivian Ong on Feb 19, 2020 at 12:06 am

    What I learn from this article is that different fingers that we use to count our mala has different meanings and meant for different purposes. I also learnt that offering Dharma items like mala, statues and Dharma books to people will help the other person with their spiritual practice. We on the other hand, the giver can practice kindness and also generosity. This is to counter miserliness. I also get to learn why certain deities tilt their head left and some on the right and same goes for which side of the hand that we are using to hold our mala when we’re reciting mantras. This is indeed a very informative article/video given by our beloved Guru.

  9. Samfoonheei on Jan 15, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Very define explanation about Rosaries or malas. Malas or prayer beads are ancient tools for reciting prayers and mantras during devotion and meditation rituals. Malas are ubiquitous in Tibetan Buddhist communities all over the world, wrapped around wrists or dangling from fingers. I am glad I found these beautiful article which give me a better understanding of it. Before this I only knew it acted as counter and the extra 8 malas for the mistakes, mispronounced, and for whatever we have missed.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for sharing with us.

  10. yin ping on Jun 22, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    My very first volunteer work at Kechara was making mala. Louise Lee always sourced the perfect materials for mala making. She supervised us during making mala and she always encourage us to come out with ideas using different materials with different colour combinations. She told us that beautiful mala is a way to attract more people to learn dharma and appreciate dharma. This is the reason Kechara Paradise always has variety choices of mala design to choose from.

    From my understanding, mala acts as counters that helps to count a particular amount of mantras while we are concentrating. It can be used as mandala offerings too. Mala alone is just a counter whereas mantra is scared words which is very powerful. When combine together, we can concentrate doing our mantras repetitively, and activating the winds which helps our spiritual practice.

    Thanks to Rinpoche’s teaching. I have wider and deeper understanding the significant of mala and mantras.

  11. Jason on Dec 10, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche. I’m new in KECHARA organization. Before I join KECHARA I did visit others Buddhist organization but I didn’t know the real meaning of mala or rosaries. At first I only know mala as a counter. After I read above articles I know more about mala which can be a protection from bad soporific . For 108 beads I thought is purposely make for auspicious number 108. Now I know the number 8 is for replace our mispronounce or Miscounted on recite mantra. Thanks again to Rinpoche.

    • Pastor David Lai on Dec 11, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Hey Jason,
      The 108 beads also represent the 108 volumes of the Buddha’s texts in the Kangyur collection. Kangyur is the collection of all the teachings that the Buddha personally spoke about as well. This includes all the texts on Sutra, Tantras, Vinaya (monastic vows) and various other texts as well. Just thought I let you know to further your understanding about the auspicious number of 108…

      • Jason on Dec 11, 2015 at 7:36 pm

        Thanks so much Pastor David for giving extra knowledge on rosaries.

  12. Li Kheng on Dec 5, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Really appreciate Rinpoche’s very practical teachings. We see malas, use them and have them…but what significance do they have in spiritual practice?

    From this post, I learn what a mala is for and also how they can transform into potent holy items that can protect, bless and heal when we use them properly and well.

    Sometimes we pursue “high” teachings but fail to see that it is in teachings like this that we apply in our daily practice that can truly empower and fuel our spiritual growth.

  13. Tek Lee on May 22, 2014 at 3:01 am

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for the teaching about Mala. I love my Mala even more after watching the video. I like the part when talking about spirit. In fact, I just asked my wife who’s been doing Sadhana and Puja for a year the same question a day before I watched the video. After watching it, I shared it with my group of friends who just started to go puja with me 🙂 Thank you Rinpoche! 🙂

  14. Yee Mun on May 21, 2014 at 12:19 am

    I have been using a mala for a few years, but other than being a counter, I really don’t know more about it. After watching Rinpoche’s teaching on video, it gave me better understanding about mala. I really enjoy rinpoche’s teaching. Thank you rinpoche.

  15. Tsa Tsa Ong on May 18, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    I love this very informative post on rosary/mala. i’m able to learn more on how to use the mala in many different methods and it’s benefits.i’m now teaching mum how to chant with her new lotus mala bought from KP. I sincerely wish Rinpoche will more interesting posts. Thank you Rinpoche

  16. So Kin Hoe (Ipoh) on May 17, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with a lot of teachings about malas and mantras. From this article, I have learnt we need to show compassion and love to the spirits rather than chasing them away with fierce and violence. By understanding more about all spirits are suffering no matter what, we should show more care towards them and hope these spirits will repent to stop from harming others. Eventually they can take a higher rebirth and encounter less suffering.

  17. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 25, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Mantras as Rinpoche said is Buddha’s speech, that was perfected over 3 aeon. And it is useful that the various different can trigger the 4 actions of the Buddha, peaceful, increasing, controlling and wrathful. Many people would be benefitted by this talk and get the benefit to learn about the powers and blessings of mantras.

  18. Girlie OOI on Dec 20, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    At the retail outlets, we receive many walk-ins who bring their Malas to re-string. Some of them asked why the divider-beads are placed at 21 whereas others are not.
    This teaching answers it all.

  19. Uncle Eddie on Dec 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    The power of mantras are really “Words of Power”. You can really stop the rain as Rinpoche said! Whatsover,malas are simply counters to help you keep track to focus and concentrate on the mantras you’re doing or meditating. Malas are not spiritual practices itself, it is only a counter. It contains 108 beads, with 100 as the usual number and eight are the mistakes made or done. They should be simple and easy according to Rinpoche’s liking, but must be of good material. Crystal malas are very good for Kuanyin pusa’s chantings. Generally, bodiseeds are very good, as Lord Buddha sat under a boditree to meditate to become a Buddha. Its light and solid too, and a reminder of where Lord Buddha attained his final released….. When you recite a lot of mantras and blow on your mala,it energises your mala, therefor the mala can become a powerful object, talisman or protection which can contan very powerful energies! It can also serve as a mandala offering, where you can visualise it as a string of jewels, diamonds, sapphire or precious and beautiful things you wish to offer. In conclusion, at the end of the day, if properly used and treated with great respect, a mala can used as a weapon for spiritual protection!

  20. Sean Wang on Dec 11, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful information about rosaries and thank you to Jean Ai for transcribing the entire teaching. Rosaries are a very important subject in Buddhism as rosaries are used to keep track and keep focus of the mantras you are reciting.

  21. Wylfred Ng on Dec 11, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for the sharing.

    When the first time i come to Kechara, i do not know what is Mala and what is it for. Just feel weird that everyone including youngster also have one during puja.

    Through learning now Mala is one of my essential thing to bring anywhere i go.

  22. wansan on Sep 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche foe giving a talk regarding the mala. It is very informative and useful. I have learned a lot about mala now besides it’s basic function which is a counter to our mantras. And also thank you to Jean Ai who has transcribed this video.

  23. Colleen Kincaid Smith on Sep 30, 2013 at 1:21 am

    I learned so much … I am such a beginner … so much to learn … thank you

  24. Han Nee on Nov 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this great teaching on The Mala, and thank you Jean Ai for doing such a wonderful job with the transcript.

    The mala is so beneficial. It is a counter and trains one’s mind in concentration. In higher practices, the more one recites certain mantras, the more it energizes one’s mala. The Mala becomes a very powerful object of protection. Hence, because malas contain powerful energies, after completing a mala of recitation, blow on the mala.

    Furthermore, malas, made of pearls and other precious stones, can be used as objects of daily offering to the Buddhas, such as a mandala offering. Offerings to Buddhas who are free of attachments, will create the cause for one to achieve the same state of Enlightenment. Malas that are well-kept will also create awareness of a spiritual practice. Malas from highly realized beings( who, in meditation, become the deities themselves)are very powerful when they are blessed by these beings.

    Malas, as protection from evil spirits, become both instruments of protection and objects of compassion. When we pray using these malas, they not only protect us but, with the compassionate energy, these malas also bestow the blessings of the Buddha deity whose mantra we chant, helping to subdue the violent minds of these spirits.

  25. Sheryl KH (JB) on Aug 14, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your teaching on rosaries and Jean Ai for the transcript that you have done.

    Although as Rinpoche has said, there are a lot more about rosaries than what has been taught here, but at the very least, I now have a basic understand which I can help explaining to people if you would like to know more about rosaries.

    I like it also when Rinpoche talked about spirits and how/what we should do when we are in the situation. Frankly, to generate compassion likely is not the first thought that comes to my mind, but I will try to do so. What I usually do nowadays is that I will chant Setrap’s mantra when I feel unsafe. I hope this does not make those spirits angry??

    Rosaries for me at the surface level is a reminder of spiritual practices. It is a helpful item to remind me that beside our realistic world, we have spirituality that we should touch on on daily basis.

  26. julia Tan on Jul 19, 2012 at 12:43 am

    I remember 5 years ago, the first time I joined Setrap Puja, I went to KP Lot 10 (already moved to Sunway Pyramid now) and bought a very nice rose quartz blessed mala. A year later I gave this mala to my ex-mother in law as her birthday present. I like to buy malas and give away to my friends and family. The mala I am using right now is made of Amber bead with jade dividers. Kechara Paradise (Shops that sell prayers and altar items)

  27. DR on Jun 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I just want to share this with everyone as i have just experienced this last night. I was on my flight back from Jakarta to KL after having signed the deeds for Yayasan Kechara Indonesia.

    As always, I would recite mantras on board so as to fully utilise flying time. There were 12 of us in the cabin and I was the only outsider as the other 11 seats were filled up by one Muslim family.

    The gentleman next to me also took out his muslim rosary (i was told that theirs has 100 beads instead of our 108)and was doing his prayers. It was so beautiful; practitioners of two religion, sitting side by side, each with their own mala doing their individual prayers. A sight to behold. World peace in the pipeline???

  28. pat on Jun 18, 2012 at 5:05 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this precious knowledge..I’ve been stringing and restringing hundreds of malas and didn’t realise the benefits and meaning behind it.The best part of all is that after chanting every powerful mantras we can bless it by blowing on our mala ……and use it to protect or heal someone who is in desperate situations… eg.sickness,black magic…..

  29. DR on Apr 10, 2012 at 11:57 am

    This is so fabulous. So much knowledge to be absorbed in one teaching. It is just on one subject matter; mala. And Rinpoche can teach so comprehensively. Thank you!

    Thank you Jean Ai for the effort and care put into transcribing. I can almost hear Rinpoche’s voice coming out of the words. 🙂

  30. Wan Wai Meng on Feb 24, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Loved this talk about malas and form this talk one can see how versatile a teacher Rinpoche is. And I have learnt a lot from the use of the malas and how to get most effective through the use of our malas. Thank you Jean Ai for transcribing also.

  31. Jay Jae on Feb 8, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Jean Ai’s transcribing skills is Amazing, reading the entire post was like a magic carpet ride back into time when Rinpoche was giving talks and teachings in Dame Khang.

    I remembered the mala which Rinpoche had given me together with a bag. I still have it with me and wouldn’t replace it with another even if u gave me a million bucks because it is so holy! 😛

  32. Victor on Feb 7, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Dear Rinpoche:
    Thanks for the teaching. Personally I love rosaries as it reminds me to chant mantra every where i go and effectively stabilizing my mind while chanting mantra. I usually choose rosaries as gift to my friends who are yet to start learning dharma but show great interest in Buddhism. After reading this blog, I think I’m choosing the right gift to new and potential dharma friends 🙂
    Thanks again for your tirelessly and endless teaching. Hope you are well and happy always.
    With love, VP

  33. Adeline on Feb 6, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving such a detail talk on Rosaries/Malas.They are not just simply counters,they help you to keep track on your counts so that you can concentrate on the mantras you are reciting and the meditation,they also have the power to protect you from evil forces trying to harm you, if you have lots and lots of mantras in your malas.

  34. Wendy Loh on Feb 3, 2012 at 3:13 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche. I watched the video a month ago and it dawned on me how much I didn’t know about malas and chanting despite having owned my first mala about 10 years ago. This transcript is going to add on to my understanding, definitely. Thank you, Jean Ai for the hard work.

    Sincerely,
    Wendy 🙂

  35. Margaretlee on Feb 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for posting up this teaching on rosaries. It actually reminds me of the many questions that I had had when I first started chanting mantra. I will forward this to one of my friends who have just started chanting Migtzema and Setrap mantra.

    And thank you Jean Ai for transcribing it, when I read it, it really looks like a script ready for screen play!

  36. lewkwanleng on Feb 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Jean Ai, thank you so much for your effort to transcribe the video. Your focus, careful, and meticulous effort in transcribing the video will benefit many people. Not only you will benefit the people who understands English, now with the transcript, it can be translated into other languages to benefit more people.

    I truly rejoice!

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    a very good concept indeed. This is a tradition that comes from Naples, Italy, dated in the 20th century. Buying a cup of coffee for a stranger , who needed it especially during cold nights. A simple act of kindness can change someone’s life. To date, many countries in US and Europe have started these compassion concept and had in fact inspired more. Hopefully one day this will happen in Malaysia .
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108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
1 year ago
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat\'s doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
1 year ago
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
1 year ago
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
1 year ago
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
1 year ago
It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
1 year ago
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Height: 33ft (10m)
2 yearss ago
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
2 yearss ago
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
2 yearss ago
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
2 yearss ago
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
2 yearss ago
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
2 yearss ago
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
2 yearss ago
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
2 yearss ago
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
2 yearss ago
This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
2 yearss ago
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
2 yearss ago
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
2 yearss ago
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
2 yearss ago
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
2 yearss ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
2 yearss ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
2 yearss ago
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
2 yearss ago
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
2 yearss ago
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
2 yearss ago
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
2 yearss ago
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
2 yearss ago
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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  • April 15, 2021 04:30
    You have no rights to use my images for www.tsemrinpoche.com without my approval! It's illegitimate! You're committing a legal offense! You must replace my images NOW!!!!! asked: Hi, This is Melisha and I am a professional photographer. I was baffled, to put it nicely, when I recognised my images at your website. If you use a copyrighted image without an owner's permission, you must be aware that you could be sued by the creator. It's illegal to use stolen images and it's so wicked! Here is this document with the links to my images you used at www.tsemrinpoche.com and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights. Download it now and check this out for yourself: https://sites.google.com/view/09934894585022/home/drive/storage/files/download?ID=286984715713039318 If you don't delete the images mentioned in the document above within the next few days, I'll file a complaint against you to your hosting provider stating that my copyrights have been severely infringed and I am trying to protect my intellectual property. And if it doesn't work, trust me I am going to report and sue you! And I won't give you a prior notice again.
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  • April 13, 2021 21:55
    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
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  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
  • April 10, 2021 07:50
    ray asked: hi pastor i have a question regarding purification practices because ive been having some doubts now, is it true that some people say engaging in purification practices bad things would then happen to the practitioner after that? be it being sick or facing obstacles coming after that.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. When we engage in purification practices, what we are purifying is our negative karma. If you know about karma, you know that eventually you will need to experience your karma, be this negative or positive. When you experience your negative karma, then you experience negative situations. This could be something major, like having an accident, to something very minor such as feeling bad if say a loved one says something in a way that you perceive as being negative. Any experience you have that you perceive as negative, is a manifestation of your negative karma. During purification practices, through your own effort of invoking upon the enlightened beings and practice of the Four Opponent Powers, you are able to purify this negative karma. However, for a negative karma to be fully exhausted, you need to experience it. Say you have a karma to get into an accident, if you don't purify and exhaust it, then you will need to suffer from it 100%. This could mean getting into a car accident which is very severe and you are hurt badly. If you engage in purification practices then you can purify, let's say 99% of the karma. But for it to be exhausted fully, you still need to experience it. In this case, maybe you do get into an accident. Since you have purified most of the karma, your car only bumps into another car very softly. You don't even feel it, the person in the other car doesn't feel it and you car is not damaged at all. This is the reason why some people say if you engage in purification practices, bad things will happen. And because of that people are put off doing purification practices. This is wrong thinking because if you do experience negative situations when engaged in purification practices, this could be because: a) What you experienced is actually the purified karma, rather than the full force of the karma. In this case you should rejoice that through your effort of engaging in the practice, you didn't experience something much worse. b) It could just simply be the manifestation of a karma that wasn't purified. This means, you would have had to go through this experience anyway. c) Because you are engaged in purification practices, you are thinking of karma a lot. Therefore, when such experiences occur then you attribute it to karma, and then think it is linked to your purification practice. Then you believe that doing purification practices is bad because you have to suffer from such experiences. This is wrong thinking. Perhaps even if you were not doing purification practices, then you would still experience the situation, but you wouldn't actually think anything of it. You would just go about the rest of your day as usual. That being said, when you are doing purification practices, there comes a point were certain negative karma is so weak that you need to experience it for it to be exhausted completely. This can and does manifest as negative situations, such as minor illnesses, or even accidents, etc. However, the point to remember is the karma causing these situations have been purified so they are very mild compared to their full form. These negative situations can also be purified/exhausted in dreams, etc. Another way they can be purified is having mental disturbances or emotional ups and downs when actually doing the purification practices. In essence, you will need to feel the effects of your negative karma in some form or another, so better that you experience it in a very mild form right? This is what purification practices helps you to do. Purification practices are not something to be scared of. In fact, you should rejoice when engaged in purification practices. On a more deeper level, without some form of purification practice it is hard to understand higher aspects of the Dharma. Your negative karma will block you from being able to understand the Dharma and then internalise it. That is why purification practices are emphasised within each and every tradition and are a prerequisite for higher teaching such as tantra. The benefits of purification practices (such as enabling you to exhaust your negative karma in a very mild form, and preparing your mind for higher teachings) outweighs having to experience a very small negative situation. Therefore think about the benefits of purification practice and contemplate on it. This will help you to develop faith in them and get rid of any doubts or fears that you may have. I hope this helps.
  • April 1, 2021 04:54
    You are awesome! asked: Hello, you are awesome! keep going!
    pastor answered: Thank you for your kind message. It is very encouraging for us to read. May you always be blessed by the Three Jewels.
  • March 28, 2021 15:08
    vikas baluni asked: abut growth of my business
    pastor answered: Dear Vikas Baluni, I am unclear as to the actually meaning of your question but I believe you are asking how to increase and grow your business. According to Buddhism, everything that we go through in life is due to karma, this includes both the good things and the bad things. Therefore, for your business to grow and do well depends on your good karma. Only one type of energy can overcome karma and is always good for your, and that is what we call merit or punya (in sanskrit). So in order to have merit for your business to do well, you have to take actions that generate merit. The main of these is to transform your mind to become a more compassionate and wiser person, to help others less fortunate, to engage in pujas and other such virtuous activities. There are certain deity practices that are well-known in Buddhism to help increase the energies of wealth and success in our lives. These can help your business to grow. Once such practice is that of Bhagawan Gyenze, you can click here to find out more: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html Bhagawan Gyenze will definitely help you to grow your business, if you have a good motivation. If you motivation is only about yourself, then your business will not grow that much. But if you have the motivation help others, then Bhagawan Gyenze will help you even more. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 25, 2021 01:11
    Jason asked: I have been practicing white dzambala and the bathing / water tormas for quite some time now. Recently I have been getting regular dreams where white dzambala appears and just smiles at me, or I dream that I am doing white dzambala chutor practice. I understand that when lama tsongkhapa got dreams of deities he thought that this was Mara acting up and paid no attention to it until his lama said something. My lama is currently on retreat and it is difficult to contact him. Please give me some advice on what is happening. I'm just some normal beginners smuck and I'm getting worried that this is a bad sign. When I wake up I feel at peace... But according to commentaries this could be Mara.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am really happy to hear that you are engaging in Dzambhala's practice. It's extremely beneficial. You are right that Lama Tsongkhapa ignored his dreams of deities, and viewed them as bad signs. But before jumping to conclusions, we must analyse the reasons why Lama Tsongkhapa ignored not only his dreams, also the visions of the deities he received. The reason that Lama Tsongkhapa did not consider it a positive sign is because as practitioners on the spiritual path, it is all too easy to get carried away with 'signs' or advice, visions, dreams from supposed deities. Sometimes if we 'analyse' them it can lead us in the wrong direction because of our mistaken understanding. Sometimes, other entities can also enter our dreams and tell us things that we believe, hence we start practising things that are not Dharmic in nature. Lama Tsongkhapa warned against such things, rather Lama Tsongkhapa said that we should rely on the Dharma teachings that are genuine and transmitted to us through an unbroken line through our lineage. Generally speaking however, these dreams you are having are literally just dreams, so there is nothing to worry about. One category of dreams we have are known as samsaric dreams. These arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we make a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. When we have dreams such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. Because we have been engaging in sustained practice, or have imprints from previous lives, these can surface in our dreams hence we have dreams of Buddhas, our teachers, etc. There is nothing to worry about or to consider overly auspicious or a 'sign'. Just realise that you have had the dream, do not allow your thoughts to dwell on it, accept it and move on. However, do take note that you had these dreams and once your Guru is out of retreat, please consult your Guru and inform him/her of these occurances and seek your Guru's advice if any. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2021 02:01
    Jason asked: I white dzambhala is a wealth deity but can he also act as a dharma protector?
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. The practice of Dzambhala is actually a Yidam practice, this means that Dzambhala is a meditational deity. When you engage in his practice, as well as bestowing wealth, through his practice you also develop qualities that help you progress towards enlightenment. In the case of Dzambhala, the primary quality he helps you develop is actually generosity, which is one of the Six Perfections. Therefore, although he is known as a wealth deity, he is much, much more than that. When you engage in his practice, you are actually developing virtuous qualities in your mindstream. The function of Dharma Protectors however is to remove obstacles and to create conducive conditions so that you can transform your mind. Hence, the function of a meditational deity and a Dharma Protector is different. That being said, when you engage in Dzambhala's practice properly, you do gain wealth. Generally, we only consider this wealth to be external wealth, but Dzambhala's practice is more than that, because through his practice you gain internal wealth which are virtuous qualities. Due to the fact his practice also brings material wealth, he is known as a wealth deity. When you practice any meditational deity, you will gain some physical benefit as well, which can seem to mirror the effect of Dharma Protectors, but their function is very different. Dzambhala for example grants material wealth, but his actually function is to increase inner wealth. Another example would be Medicine Buddha, outward he heals our physical body, but inwardly he also helps to heal our minds and develop qualities such as compassion. Dharma Protectors can also help to heal our body, but for real internal change, we need to rely on a meditational deity. I hope this answer helps.
  • March 16, 2021 21:23
    ray asked: Dear pastors, i have a question regarding vajra and bells. can one use them if they do not have any sort of initiation or whatsoever?
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. You are right that traditionally vajras and bells are only used after receiving initiation. However, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche recommended learning how to use the vajra and bell, as a means of creating the causes to receive initiation in the future. That said, there are many dos and don'ts related to using the vajra and bell. You can learn not only how to use them, but also vajra and bell etiquette from one of Kechara's Pastors. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 7, 2021 17:30
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Do you recommend doing Tsem Rinpoche’s guru yoga as part of daily Sadhana? I am sure I read on the article for the name retreat that it could be done as daily prayers but now I can’t see that sentence? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes of course, you may include Tsem Rinpoche's Guru Yoga as part of your daily sadhana if you wish. This creates a very strong bond with Tsem Rinpoche. If you are following the Diamond Path sadhana (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/diamond-path), you insert the Guru Yoga after you have completed the Gaden Lhagyama (Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa). Alternative, if you are using a different prayer text, you insert the Guru Yoga after Gaden Lhagyama, or before any deity prayers that you do such as Manjushri, Tara, etc. After you complete the deity practice section of your sadhana, you continue on to your Dharma protector practice, and finish with your completion dedication. I hope this helps. Do let us know if this is not clear. Thanks.
  • March 4, 2021 22:52
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Can a lay person work towards the preliminary practices by accumulating daily ? Many thanks.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes, of course. Anyone can engage in the preliminary practices, you don't have to be ordained in order to do so. However for one's practice to be considered a full preliminary practice, you need to do 100,000 repetitions of whichever practice you are engaged in without break. That means you must engage in at least one session a day, until the count is completed. 10% of the count is also added on top, to make up for any unintentional mistakes. So the figure would actually be 110,000. If you skip a day, that means you have broken your preliminary retreat. If this occurs you can still dedicate the practice you have done so far, and you will still benefit from the merit generated and the purification of negative karma from the practice, but it is not counted as a full preliminary practice. Also you must adhere to the retreat procedures for the duration of the time it takes you to complete the particular preliminary practice. For example, an altar with daily offerings, retreat seat with swastika, refraining from eating black foods, etc. This may not be convenient for most people in our day and age. So what you can do is to spend a certain amount of time accumulating a specific figure, for example 10,000 repetitions of a particular practice. Seal the practice at the end with a strong dedication, like the King of Prayers. Later on, you can repeat the procedure more times until you complete 100,000. This method was given by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for modern-day practitioners who do not have the time to complete 100,000 in one go. While it technically does not constitute a full preliminary retreat, you still gain immense merits and purification from engaging in the practice, even if spaced out. As Rinpoche said, it's better for you to do mini preliminary retreats than not doing any of the preliminary practices whatsoever. That being said, if you do have the ability to do a full preliminary retreat and it will not negatively impact you, such as create financial difficulties or strain familial relationships, then of course go ahead! To have the sincere wish to engage in any Dharma practice is wonderful. You can read more about the individual preliminary practices here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html You can watch a short teaching on the preliminary practices by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/cosmic-tantra.html
  • March 3, 2021 04:13
    Sandra asked: Dear respected pastors, what are dreams? Do dreams have significance? Are they simply images the mind views at night - do they resemble the dreamer's state of mind? Thank you for all your replies :) :)
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Hello. Nice to see you back here. On the normal level, both waking and dream states are both marred by our delusions. The teachings tell us that this deluded state continues through all our experiences, whether during the dreaming or waking states. The way to overcome this is to "wake up" from our delusions, or reach enlightenment. Normally when people think of dreams, they do so in psychological terms and so focus on the content of the dream. When we investigate the nature of the dream itself, we begin to investigate something deeper, the processes that underlies the whole of our existence. Understand this propels you further along the spiritual journey towards enlightenment. We have many dreams during one night of sleep, and may or may not consciously remember then when we wake up. In terms of content, dreams can be used to work through psychological issues or can indicate certain issues and overcoming them (as is common within Western psychological practices). In Tibetan Buddhism, dreams can be used for much more. In the advanced practices, one can transform ordinary dreams to further one's spiritual journey. This is not only in terms of working through psychological issues, but in terms of meditation and practice as well. Generally, there are three types of dreams as described below. Most of us only experience the first type, unless we progress on the spiritual path. 1. Samsaric dreams: these arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we take a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. 2. Clarity dreams: These dreams occur when you are fairly progressed in meditational practices and can carry this into the dream state. These dreams arise not from the emotions, or memories, etc., but from more subtler forms of karma and delusions. However, just like in waking mediational practice, you are not affected by the images or thoughts that appear to you. 3. Clear Light dreams: In the advanced tantric practices, there are teachings called dream yoga. The object of these is to achieve the clear light dreams, which are very difficult to achieve and take years and years of intense practice. The most important clear light mind that arises is actually at the time of our death, if we are trained enough in this very subtle state, we can actually control where we take rebirth. If we are more experienced in this state, then we can actually use it to meditate on the teachings and achieve enlightenment. Clear light dreams are a "lesser" type of clear light mind, that helps practitioners prepare for the time of death. When we have an auspicious dream such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., even though this is auspicious, it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. There are instances however, when the enlightened beings and Dharma protectors will send practitioners dreams to help with their practice or as methods of divination. Tsem Rinpoche once told us of a very powerful Nyingma lama known for his divination abilities. Students would ask him a question, then he would take a nap, and receive divination advice in this dreams, which he would then relay to his students. This lama was well-known for this ability because his dream divinations were extremely accurate. As I am sure you can tell, the scope of dreams with the Buddhist context is very vast and I will not be able to cover everything here. However, I hope that what I have written helps your understanding. Thank you.
  • March 1, 2021 23:37
    Sandra asked: Hello dear pastors, wish we could have an article like the one below to highlight the auspicious days of 2021. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/auspicious-days.html
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your suggestion. At the moment, there are no plans to publish another article with 2021 dates. But I have listed out some of the auspicious days and their dates for this year for you. I have only included future dates, not those that have already passed. Saga Dawa Duchen - 26th May 2021 Chokhor Duchen - 14th July 2021 Dorje Shugden Day - 24th August 2021 Lhabab Duchen - 27th October 2021 Gaden Ngamchoe or Tsongkhapa Day - 29th December 2021 I hope this helps. Thank you.
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
8 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
8 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
11 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
11 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years 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.
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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