An Exhumation of Ancestral Graves

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Datuk May)

Being of Chinese descent, the very thought of exhuming an ancestral grave causes great concern and superstitious fear of impending misfortune and inauspiciousness.

The inevitability of having to exhume ancestral graves occurred twice before for me but somehow I was not that affected as someone else was going to take care of it. I observed the procedure but was not emotionally connected.

The first instance was handled by my late mother-in-law. That occasion was the exhumation of the family’s ancestral graves as decreed by the governmental authorities in Singapore, who no longer permitted burial in order to save land for the living. All future post-funeral rites were to be by cremation. My late mother-in-law did extensive preparations for this exhumation with many offerings and prayers by Taoist priests during and before the event.

The second instance was the exhumation of my great-grandmother and grandparents’ graves. This needed to be done as the male descendants had migrated abroad and there was no possibility of them taking care of the graves.

The above incidences were choices made without options. In order to avert any adverse results and consequences for the living descendants of the family, a lot of work was put in to ensure that the exhumations were done in the best manner known.

However, the most recent case of exhuming my parents-in-law’s graves gave me great concern and worry. It was not mandatory for the graves to be exhumed as they were buried on private property. The reason it was done was due to the passing of time and the changing needs of the land owner.

The story of this grave began in 1984 when my father-in-law passed away. He was explicit in his instructions in not wanting to be cremated and being a Singaporean, it was a tall order. Luckily, one of his children owned an orchard in Malaysia and made a promise to have him buried on this plot of land.

Many arrangements were made for his body to be transported to Malaysia, and the whole entourage of family members and mourners were flown in from Singapore to witness the burial. Six months later, my mother-in-law too passed on and, as she was in Malaysia when she died, she was buried alongside her husband.

Fast forward to late 2016 – we were told that his son, the owner of the orchard, wanted to have the graves exhumed. As the owner, it was his right and there was no way to argue with him.

Personally, I was very affected by the information and greatly saddened, as I had been very fond of my parents-in-law. So much effort was put in 32 years ago to have my father-in-law’s final wish granted, and now it seemed that the situation would be overturned and his grave disturbed.

Having witnessed previous instances of how much had to be done to prevent any “taboo” results arising from the exhumation of graves, I desperately wanted to ensure that the exhumation was done properly so as to appease the deceased.

I knew the solution lay with my Guru, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, but it was most inappropriate for me to disturb my Guru as during that period, His sentient son, Mumu, was very ill and had subsequently passed away. My Guru and Kechara were in mourning.

Being extremely desperate, I sought Beng Kooi’s assistance to request for Rinpoche’s assistance feeling within me a great sense of selfishness, to be so inappropriate in my request. Yet, my faith told me that Rinpoche was the best person to help with the situation, and this propelled me to make my request.

Rinpoche, who is kindest person I have ever known, gave the following instructions:

Before the exhumation begins:

  1. Do a Lama Chopa with tsok dedicated to your father-in-law.
  2. Do sangsol (smoke offering ritual) then serkym (golden drink offering)
  3. Ask the local spirits and guardians not to be disturbed by the digging and exhumation.
  4. Douse the grave with blessed water (made from Protector rice)
  5. The person-in-charge should talk to your father-in-law and say:

    We are here to relocate you because we are selling the land. We are not here to disturb you. Please don’t be disturbed by the digging.

  6. Offer food that your father-in-law likes together with incense and candles. Light the incense and candles before the exhumation begins.

This is good enough for the exhumation.

Do the same for the relocation.

  1. This time say:

    This is your new home. We are sorry for the disturbance.

  2. Offer food and drink that your father-in-law likes, and light candles and incense.
  3. Do Lama Chopa with tsok, sangsol and serkym and dedicate the merits to him.
  4. Pour blessed water over the new grave or columbarium.

With the above instructions, I discussed with Kechara’s Head Pastor, Pastor Yek Yee and immediately Pastor Chia and Pastor Tat Ming along with the puja team were ready to help.

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Dedicated Kechara pastors conducting the necessary prayers at the gravesite

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Altar setup at the grave site

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My family and I paying our respects at the gravesite

Rinpoche’s advice and instructions were thoroughly carried out and auspicious signs occurred as we performed the puja and rituals at the gravesite.

Upon completion of the puja preparations, there was a very slight drizzle and thereafter, the sun was shining with a slight breeze through the orchard.

After completion of the ritual and puja, a light shower occurred and stopped after about 10 minutes. The sun shone again.

At the columbarium, a light shower also occurred after we completed our prayers.

With such auspicious signs, I knew without any doubt that my late parents-in-law were at peace with the prayers and rituals performed. My mind is at peace too.

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Conducting prayers at the columbarium

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Pastor Chia carrying out the rituals as prescribed by my Guru, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

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Altar setup at the columbarium

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My family and I participating in prayers at the columbarium

What impacted me the most throughout the whole situation was Rinpoche’s loving kindness to my family and I. Although in deep mourning over the loss of Mumu, Rinpoche gave his time to help me out of my dire emotional state of fear and acute desperation to overcome my superstition of ancestral grave exhumation.

The blessings from Rinpoche and our Protector Dorje Shugden resulted in the rituals performed by the puja team led by Pastor Chia and Pastor Tat Ming being very effective to achieve the peace and calm necessary for this exhumation. The auspicious signs that occurred throughout the day was evidence of such blessings.

I am deeply grateful and appreciative for my Guru’s and Kechara’s assistance to help me through this situation. Kecharians are indeed blessed to be in the space of Rinpoche and Kechara House, a privilege we must never overlook and take for granted.

 

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  1. Lin Mun on Nov 4, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Thank you Datuk May for this sharing. I totally agree that Chinese are very concern about exhuming the ancestors grave. I think about 6 or 7 years ago my grandparents graves was exhumed to be relocated to a columbarium so it will be convenient for all the uncles, aunties and grand children to pay respect. We have to make sure the date chosen to do the exhumation is right or it will affect the ‘feng shui’ and bring ‘bad luck’ to the family members. Anyway, I guess being a Chinese it is difficult to run away from taboo but we are fortunate to have Rinpoche here to guide us the right way. Rinpoche is always kind and ready to give a helping hand despite being in the mourning state. Thank you Rinpoche.

  2. Lim Han Nee on Jul 17, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you Datuk May for this article that shows clearly that many Malaysian Chinese are firmly entrenched in their minds with the belief that certain rituals must be carefully carried out in conjunction with certain actions, in conformity with all the taboos. This is important as complying with taboos would mean that there would be no negative and dire consequences on others. The exhumation of an ancestral grave , if not properly done , may heap direct consequences on the family of the deceased and their descendants.

    It was most compassionate of Rinpoche to advise the prayers and rituals to be carried out.

    My sister, brother and I had our father’s 6o year old grave exhumed on the Qing Ming day of 2010. The taboos were complied with in accordance to the advice of an elderly Buddhist nun, an old family friend. The whole ceremony and all the rituals were carried out without our presence. All three of us were told to go to the crematorium the following day to collect the bones of our father for the cremation and later to collect my father’s ashes.

    For me, the most poignant experience I have ever had was the long 5-6 hour journey to Singapore, with my father’s urn next to me. My feelings were feelings of great exhilaration, for my father’s urn was going to be placed next to my mother’s in the Nirvana Columbarium,in Singapore, thus reuniting two souls that had been apart for over 60 years!

    For me, it was a most poignant reconciliation with my dad. I chanted Medicine Buddha, Quan Yin and Dorje Shugden mantras, and requested fervently for my father to be guided to good human rebirths and to be protected by my Guru, the Protector ,the Buddhas, the Three Jewels , all the way to Enlightenment. I felt very strongly the presence of my Guru, Protector Dorje Shugden, and the Buddha deities, blessing my dad. When we arrived at the Columbarium and my father’s urn was placed next to my mum’s , the most auspicious sign happily manifested. It started to rain and then it poured!

  3. June Kang on Jul 12, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Thank you Datuk May for sharing this. An Exhumation of Ancestral Graves is always very uncomfortable for Chinese. Chinese thinking is Graves feng shui can affect generations. Therefore to Chinese An Exhumantion of Ancestral graves may either bring good or bad to the generations and people try to avoid it. However Chinese also believe that if you do it right, it would not bringing bad but more good to the generation.

    We are lucky that we have our guru around to guide us the correct way and have no worry to do this. This is the kindness of the guru who always cares about us and peoples. Thank you Rinpoche.

  4. Mingwen on Jul 12, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Thank you, Tsem Rinpoche for guiding Datuk May and all of your students, with only one motivation which is to hug us all into Dharma. Regardless of timing, even at your low points of life, when Mumu was ill and passed away, he was your companion since you moved into Malaysia and he is who assist you to build Dharmain his own helpful way.

    Thank you for being with us and share Dharma with us, Tsem Rinpoche. May you live long and continue to spread Dharma.

  5. Pastor Chia on Jul 12, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Dear Datuk May,
    Thank your to sharing this article. I am glad you have rinpoche and Dorje Shugden guardian. Finding suitable place for your ancestral after exhumation grave and let them rest in peace. I am feel happy you find peace in your mind and make such arrangement with your family together.

    This is my first experince to perform the ritual for exhumantion for ancestral grave. I can see the importance and urgency to perform right ritual for this ceremony. I am glad rinpoche have gave this intruction to make peace with the being stay around that area and informing ancestral first before exhumation with respect. After remove ancestral grave, Datuk May family with puja team perform another lama chopa puja at the columbarium to bless the new place for Datuk May ancestral.

    With rinpoche guardian, we are lucky learn up this knowleage how to exhumation of ancestral graves according buddhism way.

  6. Pastor Albert on Jul 12, 2017 at 2:44 am

    I understand that fear of exhuming our ancestral grave, before joining Kechara, I too always believe that having good feng shui at our ancestral grave will bring benefit to their family members and if we did anything to the grave that affected the feng shui, it will bring bad luck and all our family members will be in dire situation. Rinpoche’s instruction is not about us being affected or not, but it is all about not affecting the deceased and the spirits around, Rinpoche don’t want them to be disturbed. Do lama Chopa to dedicate to your father in law, at the same time, how many unseen ‘beings’ are being blessed as well at that place. Bless the grave with Protector Rice blessed water, indirectly your father in law has made connection with Dorje Shugden. Rinpoche’s instruction is always so kind and it does benefit so many people and beings at the same time.

    I couldn’t agree more than what Datuk May said about Rinpoche, while reading your story, it reminded me that a many years back, a family member of Rinpoche’s student passed away, and that day, Rinpoche was not feeling well, but still, Rinpoche did prayer and he even ask his student to put the phone at the deceased’s ear so that he can hear the prayer. Rinpoche’s compassion is just beyond limit, no matter what type of difficult situation he is in, no matter how sad he is, he will never stop helping people whenever there is the need.

    Thank you Datuk May for the sharing and thank you Rinpoche for always caring for us so much.

  7. Tek Lee on Jul 12, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Thank you Datuk May for sharing this article. It is great that there are auspicious signs occurred when puja was carried out at the grave site. It shows that your parents in-law are happy with the arrangement. Rinpoche’s love to us is without boundary and time limitation, it doesn’t matter whether that was Mumu’s critical moment, Rinpoche still spare his time to help Datuk in this situation. And, we are so blessed to have experience Pastors like Pastor Chia and Pastor Tat Ming to carry out the Puja.
    My father and all my uncles did an exhumation of our ancestor grave in China three years ago. It’s ashamed that because of work, I couldn’t follow them to China. I saw from picture, some prayers carried out, in a Taoism way, and what the hassle was, they exhumed from one land to another land, which is high up the hill. A lot of walking. I wished I was there to witness the whole process.

  8. Justin Cheah on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Dear Datuk May,

    Thank you for sharing this with us. It is indeed interesting especially for me who previously is not believer in superstition. There are too many accounts and real life experience that led me believing into existence of other beings in this universe that we need to respect and make peace with. I am glad that all turned out very well for you and your family and of course I think it is not possible had not for Rinpoche’s boundless kindness and blessing. Makes me wonder what should I do with my body when my time is up.

  9. Pastor Antoinette on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:16 am

    I rejoice for the good fortune and karma of this family to be guided by holy monks so that their ancesters will be helped and can be in a good place. In the West, many people do not believe in reincarnation and the six realms. Fortunately nowadays, we have access to much more information through the internet and we can research and read more related to Dharma and listen to YouTube videos with Dharma teachings.

    But we are most fortunate when we listen do the Dharma and be close to our Guru who teaches us patiently and compassionally. This is such a precious opportunity as our Guru has walked the path before us, has studied the Dharma most of his life and previous lifes, and can guide us towards enlightenment.

    Thank you Datuk May for sharing how Buddhism and our Guru has helped your family in a way that nobody else could help us. I rejoice for the Pastors and Puja Team who are guided by H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche to help others tirelessly.

  10. Andrea Lai on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:11 am

    In the olden days, people preferred to be buried on ground other than cremated because they wanted to be respected by their generations. It’s understandable when come to exhuming grave, it’s definite a fear of peace disturbance towards the decease moreover is our own ancestral.

    Being Chinese we are very prone to all these superstitious and taboos when in grave yards. To me, this is a very unfamiliar case I read on. I’m really grateful to Datuk May unselfishly share out the procedure of exhumation, guided by H.E Tsem Rinpoche and with the help from pastors and puja team. Thank you Rinpoche and Datuk May for sharing this interesting article.

  11. nicholas on Jul 11, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Thank you Datuk May for sharing this. A lot of time we may not really know what to do when we encountered this situation. Pretty much when we face such scenario we will be worry and want everything to be done in a right way for the benefit of the deceased and as well as those living. I’m glad that everything went turn out well for you and your family.

    You are right that our Guru is always very kind to us and under any circumstances he always there to guide us and care for us. Our Guru blessing is always important for our spiritual practice and attainment. Of course this has to couple with our samaya and always follow our Guru’s guidance or instruction all the way in order to see good result.

    Kechara also very fortunate to have learned Pastors that able to help us in many ways from Education to Puja, from new born to deceased. Their services really cover a wide range that able to help us at any point of time.

  12. Esther Goh on Jul 11, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Thank you Datuk May for sharing your story. Chinese do have a lot of superstitions and beliefs. To the older generation exhumation of graves is considered taboo in Chinese custom. But with the guidance and blessings of our kind Guru, Tsem Rinpoche everything went well and smooth as witnessed by the auspicious signs. I feel so blessed to be connected to our kind Guru and Kechara.

  13. Eric kksiow on Jul 11, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    When young i was brought up by Taoism background, we should do : Depending on the hour, usually in the early morning, a priest e.g. Taoist priest conducts a simple ritual of prayers and offerings. The exhumation date is pikced according to the Chinese horoscopes of the deceased and family. When digging starts, the family membrs who were present, MUST turn away when the first grain of dirt is unearthed. Chinese custom considers it unlucky to look when an ancestor’s grave is dug up and etc…

    After reading this article, that’s make me more clear of An Exhumation of Ancestral Graves in Buddhism way. Thank You Datuk Amy for sharing to all of us.

    • Eric kksiow on Jul 11, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      When young i was brought up by Taoism background, we should do : Depending on the hour, usually in the early morning, a priest e.g. Taoist priest conducts a simple ritual of prayers and offerings. The exhumation date is pikced according to the Chinese horoscopes of the deceased and family. When digging starts, the family membrs who were present, MUST turn away when the first grain of dirt is unearthed. Chinese custom considers it unlucky to look when an ancestor’s grave is dug up and etc…

      After reading this article, that’s make me more clear of An Exhumation of Ancestral Graves in Buddhism way. Thank You Datuk May for sharing to all of us.

  14. Pastor Henry Ooi on Jul 11, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    I’m glad that all turned out well and your mind is settled and at peace, dear Datuk May. Yes, Rinpoche’s compassion is boundless with no boundary, be it for humans or animals and the remaining realms of existence.

    I’m very fortunate to have met His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, founder of Kechara, who out of great compassion accepted me as one of His students. I am doing my best in learning and practicing the dharma, that will greatly help to purify my mountains of negative karma, and collecting merits through dharma work. Rinpoche always says to learn and practice dharma, and to do dharma work without giving up. Thank you very much, my dear Rinpoche.

    As the eldest among my siblings, I made the decision to have my late father’s remains cremated, and the ashes strewn in the sea off the island of Penang. Then followed the same for my grandfather, grandmother, mother and my aunt.

    When my time comes, I wish it to be the same, and my family is informed long time ago. I personally find this method to be cleaner and less hassle. No need grave cleaning during ‘cheng beng.’ Once the dead is gone, those living need to go on with their life. I’m not saying burial is not good, just my preference. Different cultures have their belief system and traditions, and I respect that.

  15. Wai Meng Wan on Jul 11, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    To exhume a body from its grave is a very serious matter indeed, and not something easily accomplished with benefits to all parties. The parents in law being exhumed had some merit to have prayers from Kechara, Dorje Shugden done for him, that to me is another silver lining, and inadvertently due to Datuk May’s kindness she managed to link her parents in law to His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche as well. Thank you for sharing something so private with all of us. With a very kind guru many seemingly negative situation can be turned on its head.

  16. pammie yap on Jul 11, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Dear Datuk May, am glad to know that everything went well and smooth during and after the exhumation. Rinpoche is indeed very kind to have given you those precious instructions so that everything will be done accordingly. Especially when there were auspicious signs. Although Rinpoche was sad because of Mumu’s passing, He still managed to give advice. This shows how kind and compassionate Rinpoche is, always helping and benefitting others no matter when, where or how.

    As a Chinese and from a young age, there are so many superstitions, especially with my mum and her family. The younger generations, just follow what what they say or do although sometimes it may sound illogical.
    My relatives decided to exhume their parents’ graves after they found that the ‘feng shui’ was not going very well in the family after quite some time. They were shocked to find that their hair/fingernails were still growing and body yet to rot. They were cremated after the exhumation but sad to say, I did not see any difference in their ‘luck’ after that.

  17. Anne Ong on Jul 11, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Thank you Datuk May for this very good write up on how to exhume ancestral graves. It’s very informative, espcially for people like us who doesn’t know what to do. We are very fortunate to have such a kind and caring Guru who can give us all the guidance. And also with the helpful and wonderful Pastors in Kechara._/\_

  18. Edwin Tan on Jul 6, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Thank you Datuk May for sharing your personal life story with us.

    Being Chinese, it is indeed a dreadful and superstitious feeling to handle anything related to exhuming graves or relocating the burial site.

    It was definitely auspicious and peace of mind to follow what our Guru advised. Rinpoche is forever so compassionate and keeps us students as his priority over himself, despite his sadness and ill-health.

    I am glad all went well for the process Datuk May.

    May good luck and Guru’s blessings always be with you.

  19. Jason on Jul 6, 2017 at 12:38 am

    My uncle also plan to do exhumation on my grandparents grave in Teluk Intan but this plan was rejected by some relatives. This kind of things not easy to handle and if not well manage,it might bring bad luck to descendants. Some say all these are superstitious fear. No matter we believe it or not, we must follow Rinpoche’s adviced rituals and prayers to appease sentient beings which we can see with our bare eyes.
    This is very interesting article.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Datuk May to share this.

    Jason

  20. Joy Kam on Jul 5, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Thank you Datuk May for sharing this personal story. It is definitely an eye opener and I have never heard of such rights or know how to begin with. This story and Rinpoche’s loving advice and instruction on how to do the exhumation to you will help others in such situations.

    It is nice to know that you had very good auspicious signs after the prayers. Again this shows how our Guru cares for someone beyond himself and what he himself is going through. Rinpoche’s love and care for others is truly no ordinary and what a Bodhisattva does. We are definitely so fortunate to have such a precious Guru.

    Again thank you for sharing this information which I had no clue about until now. And next time if we ever heard of people wanting to exhumation their ancestral graves, we can point them to this blog post 🙂

  21. Samfoonheei on Jul 3, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    There is a number of superstitious fear and inauspiciousness of exhuming an ancestral grave.When i was young i heard a lot taboos of do and
    don’nt but do not understand about it.Both of my parents had their grave exhumed but i was not around at that time.
    Well ,good to know more of these exhuming of ancestral grave through Datuk May’s experiences. What should be done and so on with Kechara Puja’s help.
    Datuk may’s was so fortunate to have the guidance of Rinpoche to do the whole procedure done smoothly without hesitate.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Datuk May for sharing these wonderful post.

  22. Vivian Ong on Jul 2, 2017 at 12:49 am

    Thank you Datuk May for sharing your story about your parents-in-law grave exhumation. The older generations indeed do not like grave exhumation as they believe it will bring bad luck. But in Datuk May’s case, Datuk May was guided by our dearest Guru, Tsem Rinpoche on what to do before, during and after the exhumation of the grave. We are all very blessed to have our Guru to guide us so that we do not make the deceased and unseen beings unhappy.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  23. Sock Wan on Jul 1, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Datuk May,
    Thank you for sharing with us your experience. It is good to know Kechara Pastors are capable of conducting the rituals for exhumation of ancestral graves. As our country develop more everyday, the need for this will also increase. It is true that a lot of things we have to consider and do correctly when exhumating our ancestor’s graves as Chinese will not want to damage the ‘feng shui’ by accident and cause misfortune to the descendants. The appearance of the auspicious signs show that the ritual performed by our pastors with the blessings from Rinpoche is really effective.

  24. Sharon Ong on Jun 30, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you for sharing this personal account on one of the most taboo subjects in Malaysia – exhumation. Having no personal experience in this, I can only imagine Datuk’s emotional anguish and the dilemma of having to forward such request to our beloved Guru at one of Rinpoche’s saddest moments, the passing of his beloved Mumu.

    Datuk’s account has clearly shown how our beloved selfless Rinpoche, in his infinite compassion, has set aside personal feelings to offer your family guidance and support at such a crucial moment. Am glad to read that all went well with the exhumation and relocation. I believe that anything done according to Rinpoche’s guidance and blessings will go well.

  25. Fong on Jun 30, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Thank you, Datuk May for always sharing your private moments and advice from Rinpoche such that we may all learn from it and be comforted. It takes a great person like you to recognize, acknowledge and be grateful for Rinpoche’s advice, setting an example for us all to aspire to.

    May you always be blessed and protect by the Three Jewels.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 27. 2020 03:50 PM
    In general jealousy seems to be bad for any relationships. It’s a feeling of resentment against someone, feeling of insecurity and conflict. It’s human nature. It’s natural to feel jealous from time to time. Well it becomes problematic when we act out in jealousy. Everything happen for a reason, some people have been doing well , wealthy and some do not , all these are our past karma. We should not feel jealous but rejoice for them. We should try self-confidence letting go the situation. Jealousy can be harmful as it will hijack our mind, ruin our relationships, destroy our family, and some extreme cases such stealing or killing as well . At times jealousy becomes lethal, as do domestic fights, and ends up killing others or themselves.
    To avoid jealousy we should accept and begin to appreciate who and what we are. Always rejoice to others and take them as an inspiration example. We should think less about ourselves, and more about others. Learning Dharma , practicing Dharma and putting into action , our jealousy will disappear. It’s the best choice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/question-on-jealousy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 27. 2020 03:48 PM
    What a wonderful way going on a holy pilgrimage, and serving a Great Lama. Khensur Rinpoche who is a good friend of our Lama for 27 years. Rinpoche had known Khensur Rinpoche since Rinpoche time in India. Khensur Rinpoche had spent his whole life living in the monastic community teaching. Kensur Rinpoche had established Shar Gaden Monastery where the practice of Dorje Shugden and lineage is protected and preserved.
    Looking at all the pictures tells us a thousand words, how the team lead by Su Ming and team serving a Great Lama Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal. Such as taking them to see the doctor for medical check-up having all the necessary tests done, to see the dentist as well as checking their eyes and so forth . Well done Su Ming and team.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing which will inspire us to go all the up serving monks.
    In a way to show , gratitude to them how we appreciate their present .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/whats-a-meaningful-pilgrimage.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Feb 27. 2020 02:44 PM
    Great and clear explanation for us to understand as well as to increase our knowledge of why bigger and more Buddha statues makes a difference in our lives. Big statues have been always been regarded as big blessings for the area around it and also the sentient beings that live around that area.

    In Kechara Forest Retreat have many holy outdoor statue to create cause for people come to pilgrimage, embucirculate around the statue will help those have heavy body karma.Thank you very much for this article.


    https://bit.ly/386stv0

  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 26. 2020 03:48 PM
    Many countries around the world have looking and working with China. They realised being friendly with China is a wise choice for the benefits for the growth of their country. China has become world largest economy country. For Tibet befriending China in long term will benefits both countries. Time had changed with Tibet having workshops with the Chinese is a good sign improving their relationship after all these years . People have their right and freedom to choose what they practice. Practicing Dorje Shugden is nothing to do with China. Every one of us have the right and freedom to choose what we want to practice. HH Dalai Lama is looking forward to return to Tibet one day. It only can be happen if the Tibetan leadership, letting go of the past and have more dialogues and meetings with the Chinese government in future. And solving all the political problems and lifting Dorje Shugden’s ban once for all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this great news.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-importance-of-tibet-befriending-china-nepali.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 26. 2020 03:45 PM
    It is heart breaking, reading this article again, what Pastor Jean Ai had gone through and experience. Yet with strong determination all those abuses and attack by people whom she do not know, she did continue with her practice. Could not imagine how ungrateful the Tibetan Leadership treated the sponsor. Without the funds, sponsorship, monasteries and Dharma institutions would not able to survive for sure. Kechara organisation, and many others kind sponsors had sponsored millions to the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries of India. Not only that sponsoring of monk robes, books , statues , painting and jewelleries to name a few. Even changing the flooring of the monastery as well. Can imagine those sponsors go all the way to send them all those stuffs. And have raised so much sponsorship for them and had donated yearly in fact or when they asked for. And now none of them are allowed to go to the monasteries any more . All because they had practised Dorje Shugden’s practice. Countless other lamas and Shugden practitioners had raised funds for the monasteries too and they too were not allowed to have connection with. Sad ….there is no religious freedom at all. By now after decades , I do hope the Tibetan Leadership will lift the ban on Dorje Shugden for a better peaceful communities. May more read this post for a better understanding of what happening in the Tibetan Leadership and those in exile living in India.
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for speaking up for the Tibetan people and for those Dorje Shugden practitioners .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/how-tibetan-leadership-treats-a-sponsor-jindak.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Feb 26. 2020 03:21 PM
    Different people have different reasons for wanting to become ordained. Sometimes I do wonder if unless the reasons are right, one should not get ordained but on the other hand I think maybe one should take the leap of faith even if the reasons are not entire “correct”.

    Modern people becoming ordained is tougher than in Buddha’s time, there are much inner and outer battle they need to overcome. May those who have the thought arise to be ordained, have more determination to make it happen. Thank you very much,for sharing this mind-changing article with all of us.

    https://bit.ly/2TeCHnH
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 25. 2020 04:55 PM
    With their expertise a radiant energy scientist, a sound healer, an energy healer and a music composer, coming together to explore knowledge of cold energy . Li Kim and team going to haunted houses to experiment the energy. The haunted house they went looks scary. Joining them is also a Taoist master, finally concluded the presence of supernatural beings, as their findings found that the energy are dark and cold. As the unseen beings do no harm, they decided to do Taoist prayers and combined healing of sound, energy before leaving the area. I do believe those unseen beings do exist. Glad to learn that sound can heal the environment and souls. . Sound wonderful .
    Thank you, Li Kim and team for this sharing.this knowledge.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/ghosts-and-hauntings/the-sound-of-light.html
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Feb 25. 2020 04:32 PM
    It is not surprised that many huge Buddha statues were built in many parts of the world both of a religious and secular nature.The bigger the Buddha statues will definitely beneficial to the surrounding area with positive energies, calming the area of wars and natural disasters .

    In Malaysia we have huge statue of Lord Murugan of Batu Caves and Kuan Yin Statue at Kek Lok Si in Penang.Thank you very much for the wonderful sharing with beautiful pictures of World Largest Statues.

    https://bit.ly/2uxPmtO
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Feb 24. 2020 04:36 PM
    In Dharma, we learned that everything is impermanent, good thing will never last forever, that’s why we should not be attached to it as when it was gone, we will suffer tremendously, and a good news is, bad things never lasts.
    Life is a journey filled with opportunities, hardships, heartaches and its test for our courage. There is always a reason of our existence in this life.Thank you very much for this good article.

    https://bit.ly/37PSlv3
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 24. 2020 04:05 PM
    Life is too short to wake up with regrets. I believe that everything happens for a reason ,and there is a reason behind everything. That’s why Rinpoche asked to think carefully and consider certain things. Due to Rinpoche’s clairvoyance, Rinpoche knew the consequent. Rinpoche wanted us to learn to be responsible for our decisions that is beneficial to all and not jumping into anything blindly. And that is how I pray to what I want to come to be published.
    Glad to know some knowledge of Mount Shasta which I have not heard before being one of the world’s preeminent sacred mountains.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this wonderful sharing with important explanations, some knowledge to learn and guidelines for us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/behind-the-scenes/growing-up-with-rinpoche-mount-shasta-and-our-first-dorje-shugden-post.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 24. 2020 04:05 PM
    It won’t be supress Rinpoche felt more Indian as Rinpoche have been staying in India long enough. His early life spent in the monastery in India, serving his teachers and the monastic community, has taught Rinpoche cooking more Indian foods than western foods. Even all these years in Malaysia, Rinpoche preferred Indian cuisine which is rich in spices and masala such as dhal, paneer tikka, aloo mattar and paneer butter masala. Rinpoche will go all the way his students to serve Indian food to visiting Sangha so they would get a taste of home. Glad to know more of Rinpoche through this article. With Rinpoche explanation of how he felt and inherent in the Indian tradition culture, traditional spiritual practice and devotion to a spiritual teacher. All these points that Rinpoche was more Indian as what Rinpoche felt and having a strong connection with it.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tales-with-my-lama-rinpoche-felt-he-was-more-indian
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 23. 2020 09:17 PM
    So brave of Raden to risk his life to save the dog. How many of us would dare to take this step? It is an inspiring story that we all should care and love all living beings. They deserve to live freely too. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heart warming story.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/aussie-model-saves-dog-read.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 23. 2020 09:00 PM
    It is ridiculous to think that a rabbinical court would sentence a dog just because they believe he was the reincarnation of a lawyer who offended the judge before. How would the judge know and can confirm that the dog is the reincarnation of the lawyer? Isn’t it abusing of power to make baseless allegation? This is us human trying to be more superior than animals and make decision based on own interest. Horrible act.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/a-lawyer-dog.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 22. 2020 07:42 PM
    Beautiful artwork done on these two Vajra Yogini statues by KSA team . Just from a simple statues to a colorful blinking beautiful realistic images of Vajra Yogini. Well done to KSA. Merely looking at it is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these stunning pictures of Vajra Yogini.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/thupten-la-and-vajra-yogini.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 22. 2020 07:38 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful post explaining each and every steps the importance of starting our Dharma practice on Tsongkhapa and Vajrayogini being one. Besides our daily sadhana we should engage in Vajrayogini’s practice without delay. Life is short, not to waste our time . Start now learning from stretch, as Rinpoche has create the beautiful pure land for us to practice Dharma. For me,I still have plenty to learn and improve myself . I am one of those lucky one to have meet Rinpoche in this life and to become part of Kechara. Reading this post gave us a better understanding of how to prepare ourselves before receiving the practice of Vajrayogini . We are indeed fortunate to have Rinpoche sharing this post , once again thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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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
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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    Whales and dolphins playing with each other in the Pacific sea. Nature is truly incredible!
  • Bodha stupa July 2019-
    7 months ago
    Bodha stupa July 2019-
    Rainy period
  • Cute Tara girl having a snack. She is one of Kechara Forest Retreat’s resident doggies.
    8 months ago
    Cute Tara girl having a snack. She is one of Kechara Forest Retreat’s resident doggies.
  • Your Next Meal!
    9 months ago
    Your Next Meal!
    Yummy? Tasty? Behind the scenes of the meat on your plates. Meat is a killing industry.
  • This is Daw
    9 months ago
    This is Daw
    This is what they do to get meat on tables, and to produce belts and jackets. Think twice before your next purchase.
  • Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
    9 months ago
    Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
    Look at the poor baby chasing after the mother. Why do we do that to them? It's time to seriously think about our choices in life and how they affect others. Be kind. Don't break up families.
  • They do this every day!
    9 months ago
    They do this every day!
    This is how they are being treated every day of their lives. Please do something to stop the brutality. Listen to their cries for help!
  • What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
    9 months ago
    What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
    The largest undercover dairy investigation of all time. See what they found out at Fair Oaks Farm.
  • She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
    9 months ago
    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
    10 months ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
  • Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
    11 months ago
    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
    11 months ago
    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    11 months ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    11 months ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    11 months ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    12 months ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    1 years ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    1 years ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    1 years ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    1 years ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    1 years ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    1 years ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    2 yearss ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    2 yearss ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    2 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    2 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    2 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    2 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
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Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
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Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
The rain may have doused the fires but the embers of pain still linger in our hearts. Sending Australia our love & prayers. Let's continue to #PrayForAustralia. ❤️ shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The rain may have doused the fires but the embers of pain still linger in our hearts. Sending Australia our love & prayers. Let's continue to #PrayForAustralia. ❤️ shared by Pastor Antoinette
Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
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Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
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Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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