Attitude When Receiving Offerings

By | Dec 8, 2016 | Views: 1,138

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai)

As Buddhists, we are taught that making offerings generates tremendous merits to be dedicated towards our spiritual progress. Not only are we encouraged to make offerings to the Three Jewels – the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha – but even more so, we are encouraged to make offerings to our gurus, considered the most precious of all because they connect us with the Three Jewels. Hence, our connection with our teachers ultimately provides us with the knowledge and blessings we need to liberate ourselves from samsara and lifetime after lifetime of suffering.

Rinpoche took a photo with some of the flowers offered, thanking everyone for their generosity.

Rinpoche took a photo with some of the flowers offered, thanking everyone for their generosity.

On 25 October 2014, Tsem Rinpoche gave us a teaching on the attitude one should have when receiving offerings. This teaching came the day after Rinpoche’s birthday, when Rinpoche received a lot of offerings from students and friends. They flooded the Ladrang, filling every available flat surface. Looking at the flowers and gifts everywhere, Rinpoche said he rejoiced in everyone’s generosity, not because he was the recipient but because it reflected on so many people’s progress in their practice of generosity. Rinpoche then set about giving us the teaching, saying that he had received it from His Eminence Denma Locho Rinpoche when Denma Locho Rinpoche was giving teachings in Drepung Monastery. Two years later on 29 May 2016, Rinpoche was kind enough to reiterate this teaching to many of us present, even giving us a visualisation we can engage in when receiving the offerings.

According to Denma Locho Rinpoche, when a devotee makes an offering, the recipient should rejoice in the person’s generosity. Making the offering took away from something else they could have spent their money or time on. Making the offering was therefore the giver’s practice of cutting their attachments to what they desire. With this in mind, it is the responsibility of the recipient to help the giver create as much merit as possible by offering it to the Three Jewels first.

Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Eminence Denma Locho Rinpoche and His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche on pilgrimage in Bodhgaya

Left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Eminence Denma Locho Rinpoche and His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche on pilgrimage in Bodhgaya

Denma Locho Rinpoche said that when we rejoice in the giver’s generosity, the recipient also reinforces their own spiritual practice because rejoicing is the direct antidote for jealousy. Getting into the habit of rejoicing for good things in general trains us to rejoice when good things happen to others, instead of to ourselves. This therefore attacks the self-cherishing mind that falsely leads us to believe we are someone worthy of making offerings to.

Hence, Denma Locho Rinpoche also had a word of caution for those who are in positions of spiritual authority and respect, who may become recipients of offerings. Denma Locho Rinpoche said that these individuals must take even greater care to avoid the ‘pitfalls’ of being in such a position. The pitfalls Denma Locho Rinpoche was referring to are opportunities to reinforce ego. Denma Locho Rinpoche stressed that when one rejoices in receiving offerings, it will help the recipient to cut their attachment to the item.

Some of the flower offerings Rinpoche received on his birthday. At the time, we were living in Los Angeles so many people in Malaysia made an effort to have these flowers delivered on time for Rinpoche's birthday. It was this effort that inspired Rinpoche to give the teachings.

Some of the flower offerings Rinpoche received on his birthday. At the time, we were living in Los Angeles so many people in Malaysia made an effort to have these flowers delivered on time for Rinpoche’s birthday. It was this effort that inspired Rinpoche to give the teachings.

This is important because if our attitude of receiving offerings is not correct, the offering can become a cause for us to generate more attachment and negative karma (instead of merit). Some people, for example, may be attached to the sight of beautiful flowers and feel proud when they receive such offerings, thinking, “Yes, I am worthy of these offerings.” Denma Locho Rinpoche questioned the wisdom of this. Cut flowers last for one or two days before they begin to rot. In those one or two short days, is it logical for us to allow the impermanent flowers to deepen our pride and self-cherishing mind, or will the flowers become a cause for us and the giver to generate merit?

With all this discussion about rejoicing, Tsem Rinpoche asked us if this means we should rejoice for bad things. In short, the answer is ‘no’ because when we rejoice in bad things, for example our rivals and competitors losing, we may be rid of them temporarily but the real consequences are more far-reaching. Although our physical competitor may be gone, we have just reinforced our real enemies – jealousy, anger and other afflictive emotions which are the true causes for our suffering.

According to Denma Locho Rinpoche therefore, when one’s duties are carried out properly and without ego, being in a position of spiritual authority can become a vehicle for benefiting others. When the position is abused however, it can be detrimental spiritually even for the teacher. So how does one rejoice when receiving offerings? What is the recommended procedure of receiving an offering to ensure the action becomes a merit-making act for both giver and receiver?

 

Visualisation

If you have not received initiation, you can generate Lama Tsongkhapa or your yidam (meditational deity) on the crown of your head. At this point, visualise the offerings being made to the deity on the crown of your head, and the merits generated being dedicated to the person who made the offering.

If you have received initiation, Denma Locho Rinpoche said one should self-generate as the yidam and make the offerings to yourself as the yidam, dedicating the merits thus collected back to the person who made the offering.

An alternative meditation is to visualise the energy of generosity being offered up to the Three Jewels. Alternatively, you may also visualise the offerings transforming into the Eight Auspicious Signs and those being offered up to the Three Jewels on behalf of the person who made the offerings to you.

The reason such a dedication is made, is for the giver to create a connection with Dharma and to meet with teachers in future lifetimes so that they may further their practice until Enlightenment. Only after this dedication is made should the offerings be enjoyed or used ‘properly’.

 

Conclusion

Since Tsem Rinpoche received this teaching from Denma Locho Rinpoche, Rinpoche has practised it whenever someone generously makes an offering. I have seen this take place countless times with my own eyes. Each time offerings are presented to Rinpoche, Rinpoche recites a short prayer for the person and has the offerings displayed on the altar for a period of time, for the giver to accumulate merit.

Tsem Rinpoche reciting prayers and offering candles upon hearing about His Eminence Denma Locho Rinpoche's passing into clear light on October 23, 2014. Just two days later, Rinpoche would deliver to us a teaching Denma Locho Rinpoche had given to him in Drepung.

Tsem Rinpoche reciting prayers and offering candles upon hearing about His Eminence Denma Locho Rinpoche’s passing into clear light on October 23, 2014. Just two days later, Rinpoche would deliver to us a teaching Denma Locho Rinpoche had given to him in Drepung.

Although we may not be in positions of spiritual authority whereby we are frequent recipients of offerings, we can apply the same logic and teachings presented by Denma Locho Rinpoche any time someone does something nice for us. Just replace the word ‘offerings’ with ‘gifts’, and the teachings instantly become relevant to our everyday lives. Thus, although we may not be gurus or teachers, we cannot deny that we experience generosity and receive gifts from others. So when someone is generous or shows us some kindness, practising Denma Locho Rinpoche’s teachings on the correct attitude when receiving gifts will result in a merit-making interaction between giver and recipient.

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Feb 22, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teaching which I truly appreciate and a great knowledge for me about generosity and receive gifts from others. By offering and giving to Guru, we practice generosity and reduce our attachment. I have learned that through visualising when making offerings to the Buddha, and dedicating the merits to the person who made the offering.
    Thank you again Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai with folded hands for sharing this article.

  2. Liang Jing on Apr 13, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. I had learnt the attitude when receiving offering. For example, we should rejoice in everyone’s generosity. We can make offering to Buddha before we consume the food or play the toy. By doing this we can create merits for the giver and ourselves. We should also cherish the gift from the giver, because they may spend their money or time on it. When they are giving, they are cutting they attachment to what they desire. OwO

  3. Hayden on Apr 13, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche & Pastor Jean Ai for writing this blog post. I learned many things from this post, like how to visualise when making offerings to the Buddhas and dedicating the merits to the giver. I didn’t know that we can offer generosity as an energy to the Three Jewels. It is very good to offer things like fruits or flowers on an auspicious day. Thank you again Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this sharing. 🙂

  4. Aldan on Apr 13, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Aldan
    Thank you for sharing. I learned many things from this article. It is good to do or make offerings to the Buddha for the giver. This will create a cause for the giver to be closer to the Dharma. Thank you again for sharing _/\_

  5. Janelle on Apr 13, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for writing this blog/article. The sentence that I understand from this article is “The reason such a dedication is made, is for the giver to create a connection with Dharma and to meet with teachers in future lifetimes so they may further their practice until enlightenment. Only after this dedication is made should the offerings be enjoyed or used ‘properly’”. I learned that we should always do dedication for the person that gave you the gift. When you do dedication, it is collecting merits for the givers and to help them connect with Dharma and when you offer the gifts you are making offerings to the Three Jewels. ^_^

  6. Freon on Jan 27, 2017 at 3:05 am

    From this article, i am able to learn that, the kindness of a Guru, whom always think to give the best to the students and to peoples, particularly for the students or people to connect to Dharma.
    Through this article, i have learned that i can help people who care and love me and give me gifts to connect to Dharma, and they are protected by the Three Jewels, even have chances to connect to Dharma.

    I feel so wonderful to have Dharma knowledge. From these knowledge, we are able to help more people and be more skillful in helping people to get close to Dharma. Instead of becoming more ego when receiving gifts. We can help the person who give us gifts to have more merits.

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us Dharma
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for writing down.

  7. wan wai meng on Jan 23, 2017 at 1:46 am

    A powerful article that shows us, how a gift to a spiritual teacher is used to benefit the student and teacher alike. All the gifts and offerings the most optimal usage of such actions, is to generate merit for the recipient and the giver.

    Thank you for the visualisaiton as well that went with this article.

  8. Lew on Jan 8, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for this simple yet complete visualisation of receiving offerings or gifts. Most of Tsem Rinpoche’s students have received gifts from Rinpoche which are being offered to Rinpoche. It is good to know the meaning behind the practice of generosity as well we the visualisation of receiving gifts so that we don’t fall into the trap of inflating our ego further.

  9. Judy Chen on Dec 22, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Thank you, Pastor Jean Ai on this sharing of Attitude When Receiving Offerings.
    Yes, we need to cut down our attachments and our ego greatly in order to pursue generosity. On top of that we also need to learn how to rejoice for the person who is offering. As it is part of our spiritual practice and also antidote to jealousy is to rejoice for someone who does any offerings to the Three Jewels.
    The sharing of the visualisation is appreciated and knowledgeable.
    With folded hands
    Thank you

  10. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Dec 22, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for sharing the beautiful Dharma teaching of correct attitude when receiving the offerings and gifts from others, especially visualizing our yidam on the crown of our head (if we are not given the initiation) to help the person who have made the offerings to generate merits and at the same time, we can prevent ourselves from developing attachments, ego and self-esteem within our minds.

    I believe no one has never received any material gifts, offerings, kindness, help, compassion, love or care from our parents, relatives, loved ones, superiors, colleagues, friends and other people around us, thus, we can learn from this posting and practicing the visualization as taught by Denma Locho Rinpoche to help the people around us to be connected to the 3 Jewels and collect the merits.

    May more and more people able to learn and practice generosity, giving, compassion and kindness towards all sentient beings, and for those who receive the offerings, will offer up to the 3 Jewels for the benefits of both the givers and receivers.

    Thank you with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  11. CindyH on Dec 15, 2016 at 12:55 am

    Being really accustomed to environment where there is no such thing as a “free lunch” or where “everything comes with a price” is prevalent; receiving gifts especially when there is no “reason” or “justification” for such gifts have always been quite uncomfortable for me and honestly can be a struggle at times. Such teaching on what to do after receiving gifts has given me another perspective and allowed me to better reconcile my concerns and anxieties relating to this. It is also definitely a better way of giving back the giver by working towards enabling the giver to create as much merit as possible by us rejoicing in the giver’s generosity and offering the gifts received to the Three Jewels first.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for sharing this method which can be easily adapted and adopted by us (when receiving gifts) in order to ensure the action becomes a merit-making act for both giver and receiver.

  12. Julia Tan on Dec 14, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Such a precious Dharma teachings and practice that we can do daily for anyone who has given to us gifts even kindness.

    whenever we receive gift or kindness, we shall rejoice or happy, not for what we get but in the giver’s generosity. By rejoicing we cut off our jealousy. This also trains us to rejoice when good things happen to others. Never cherish our ego of thinking we are someone worthy of giving gifts or kindness to.

    Then we make a dedication by offering up the gifts or kindness to the three jewels. I like this very much and I think this is a way of me repaying the giver’s kindness by connecting the givers with Dharma and to meet with teachers in future lifetimes so that they may further their practice until Enlightenment.

    And I must always remind myself, ONLY AFTER this dedication is made then only I can enjoy or use the gifts.

  13. Andrea Lai on Dec 14, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Making offerings to the 3 jewels is to received merit, blessings and attachment. Therefore we should practice dharma by cultivating a habit of being patience, compassion and showing kindness to all sentient beings. Besides, showing respect to people with higher attainment is a very good habit we should learn. It’s a culture we have to imprint into our mind.
    I sincerely thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for sharing this short and wonderful article.

  14. Mingwen on Dec 14, 2016 at 7:39 am

    It’s extremely beneficial & important for us to have and bulid up the correct attitudes of giving gifts to a lay person and during making offerings to the Guru, Budhha, & Sangha.

    The correct attitudes are to be
    1) selfless(Do not keep good stuffs for only oneself, but look at the a bigger picture which if we give something away it might benefit more people),

    2) eliminate the ego within us(Oh, I’m a person with high social status and hence, people around me should send me gifts and it’s not necessary for me to takr care of them),

    3)gift without expectations but purely hope it will benefit the receiver( when we send a gift to a person, it’s good to not expect that person will return with a gift, because this expection could be destructive for the relationship and also for ourselves( because when the person is not able to fulfill our expectations, anger will arise and take place.

    To have and construct the correct attitudes of receiving and giving gifts are equal to dharma practice, they are extremely beneficial for us and those who around us, positive energies will spread all over and pass on and on

    It’s difficult, but nothing is impossible.

  15. Pastor Antoinette on Dec 14, 2016 at 4:06 am

    Thank you for sharing this meaningful practice with us. We receive so much kindness every day and this practice can be applied in daily life for the benefit of many people. We definitely want the Dharma to grow and our dedication to the three jewels, the person who made something nice for us will gain merits. In the way, the gift was trully beneficial for both, the giver and the receiver. Our attitude and motivation is most important. With the correct attitude even small things can become very powerful and beneficial. On the other hand, without the correct motivation, even big things may not generate such merits.

  16. nicholas on Dec 14, 2016 at 1:53 am

    I’m blessed to personally witness when Rinpoche received gifts from someone Rinpoche will recite prayers for the person for them to accumulate merit. A genuine Lama will always find ways to benefits people in anyway.

    Rinpoche never hope for any gift but it’s an act of cutting our attachment on something that we offered to the object of refuge. The teaching of making and receiving offering in this blog is a good education for us to set a right motivation to support our spiritual path. Thank you Rinpoche for giving us the opportunity collect merits and transform our mind.

  17. Eric kksiow on Dec 14, 2016 at 1:31 am

    Here, we are offering the best of ourselves to something higher than us – so that we can one day, aspire to become like that too!

    The act of offering is an act of dana – an act of generosity. So it’s an emotional and physical expression of our reverence:

    To the Buddha himself – the Perfectly Enlightened One
    To the Dharma – the Truth – sometimes we place holy Sutras and Mantras on altars to pay our respects to the wisdom elucidated within those sacred teachings.
    To the Noble Enlightened Ones like the Bodhisattvas – like Gwan Yin Bodhisattva who is a symbol of Great Compassion

  18. Pastor Henry Ooi on Dec 14, 2016 at 1:04 am

    Learning the dharma and practising it is so powerfully enriching for they always have positive results. Just to think of it, making offerings to our spiritual gurus allows us to collect merit. And when we receive gifts from others helps us to cut our ego and attachments when we set good motivation. Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching, and Pastor Jean Ai for sharing the significance of making offerings to the gurus, Buddhas, and sangha.

  19. pammie yap on Dec 14, 2016 at 12:49 am

    This teaching is very easy to understand and the points made clear.
    Direct antidote for jealousy and the attitude in offering are some of the points that hit me. And how true it is when we can spend our money on making offerings to collect merits rather than spending it on more attachments. I especially like the part of visualising when receiving offerings. In the future, when I receive gifts from family and friends, I can visualise them being offered to the 3 Jewels and dedicate the merits to them and make the connection.

  20. Pastor Albert on Dec 13, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    This is a great sharing from Pastor Jean Ai, I think not just offering, when we received any gift from anyone, it is such a great blessing for us to visualize the Yidam sitting on the crown and people are actually giving gift to the enlightened beings and not us, then in this way, we will not take the gifts for granted as it is been offered to the Buddha and not us.

    We often feel proud when receiving gifts especially during special occasion, like our birthday, some anniversary dates, etc, we will be so super excited when there are tons of gifts on the table(s), but then, it is just for the moment of feeling proud, because after the event ended, most of the gifts not suitable to use or some even being kept in the box for many years. So why deepen our ego for something that is not useful at all..

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for showing the picture of Rinpoche doing prayers dedicating to the people who made offering to Rinpoche, I has witnessed it myself many years ago in 1 occasion, after Rinpoche receiving the gifts from his students and friends, he did prayer and dedicate back the merits to the givers, then only he give instruction to his assistant to keep all these gifts nicely in the gift room, so that in future when Rinpoche came across anyone who needed that item to help in their spiritual practice, then Rinpoche will give it to them.

    Rinpoche’s compassion and motivation has never changed since the first day, he never keep any of these gifts for him selves, Rinpoche always give it to others to encourage their spiritual path.

    That is why I like this blog so much, even just giving gifts, there are so much for us to learn.

  21. Stella Cheang on Dec 11, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    As Buddhist, it is a common practice to make offerings towards the Three Jewels – the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. When we study the dharma, we will learn that it is even more important to make offerings to our Gurus. As Pastor Jean Ai aptly points out that “…our Gurus are the most precious of all because they connect us with the Three Jewels. Our connection with our teachers ultimately provides us with the knowledge and blessings we need to liberate ourselves from samsara and lifetime after lifetime of suffering.”

    Therefore, it is an eye opener to learn from Denma Locho Rinpoche through the sharing by H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai on the attitude when receiving offerings; and understanding that this attitude can be applied to our daily life. The teaching emphasizes on real compassion and gratefulness on the part of the recipient, for “the recipient should rejoice in the person’s generosity. Making the offering took away from something else they could have spent their money or time on. Making the offering was therefore the giver’s practice of cutting their attachments to what they desire. With this in mind, it is the responsibility of the recipient to help the giver create as much merit as possible by offering it to the Three Jewels first.”

    The recipient can help the giver generate merits by visualizing the offerings being made to the YIDAM or the Three Jewels, and the merits generated being dedicated to the person who made the offering. Thank you very much, Rinpoche for this sharing.

  22. Datuk May on Dec 11, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    The teaching in this article illustrates to me the true meaning of appreciation and gratitude in receiving gifts from other people. To visualise such that the giver gains merits in their gifts and presents is a powerful way of returning goodwill for the gifts and obligate us from feeling obliged that the gifts must be returned in some way or the other. Merits gained is priceless in nature.

    I was once told that in not receiving gifts or help and assistance, the person is a “taker” taking away from the giver the pleasure of giving. How much truth rings in this statement.

    Here with the narration of Denma Locho Rinpoche’s teachings, I understand the grace of receiving and the benefit to be dedicated to the generosity of the giver.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this gift of learning.

  23. Lin Mun on Dec 11, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching and thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing. I think it is a very important teaching for all. By offering and giving to 3 Jewels and Guru, we practice generosity and reduce our attachment and self cherishing mind. This is also a way to connect us to the 3 Jewels.

    So wonderful to rejoice and create merits for the givers and sponsors. Appreciate the visualisation method. I will learn and apply it daily.

  24. Wylfred Ng on Dec 11, 2016 at 1:58 am

    谢谢仁爱讲法师的分享。

    上师五十颂说过, 供养上师就是等于供养于十方三世诸佛, 可以让我们累积功德。 原来是上师在收到供养后都会先把供品供给三宝, 再把功德回向给供养者。

    供养上师也可以培养我们的慷慨心, 不会对物质执着。

    当然, 这也不局限于高僧或上师收到供养而已, 在我们凡人的立场, 如果我们收到礼物也是可以利用这个机会把我们收到的礼物供养给三宝, 让送给我们礼物的人与三宝结缘。
    我们如果也可以趁着这个机会随喜送给我们礼物的人的慷慨心也可以对治我们的妒忌心, 实在是一举两得。

    非常谢谢仁爱讲法师的分享, 让我们了解更多做供养的好处。

    谢谢

  25. Soon Huat on Dec 10, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for the teaching and Thank You Pastor Jean Ai for sharing the powerful article. I love this technique taught by Denma Locho Rinpoche. This can be practiced daily to cut down my inner three poisons.I always worry that the three poisons grows in our mind without me realizing it. I particularly like the visualizing the yidam in crown receiving the offering the offering and creating the merit to givers to be closed with Guru in future. I thought it might be another good way of spreading the Dharma to others. Thank You Rinpoche for walking the talk to remind us and re-instill the teaching to our mind. Thank You with folded hands.

  26. Vivian Ong on Dec 10, 2016 at 12:28 am

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing this article with us. It is indeed a good practice that we should cultivate whenever someone gives us gifts. I feel that the more Dharma work you do, the more unexpected gifts that you will receive from others for example treating you to a nice dinner, sponsor your pilgrimage trip, give Dharma books and other items. As the saying goes, the more you give the more you will receive.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  27. Pastor Han Nee on Dec 9, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you, Pastor Jean Ai, for sharing this teaching on the correct attitude to have when receiving offerings.

    It is important to remember to consistently make offerings to the Three Jewels,and to our Spiritual Guide, who is the embodiment of the Three Jewels. It is our Spiritual Guide who provides us with the blessings and the knowledge to liberate us from samsara and lifetimes of suffering.

    In accordance with Denma Locho Rinpoche,it is important to have the correct attitude in receiving the offerings from a giver or it might lead to an ego trip (as the recipient thinks they are worthy of the offering)and to collecting negative karma instead. The correct attitude of the recipient in receiving offerings is to:

    1) rejoice at the generosity of the giver, who has overcome their attachment in order to present the offering
    2)help the giver collect as much merits as possible.

    Rejoicing is a way of not only cutting off attachments, but it also prevents deepening our self-cherishing . When we divert our thoughts from ourselves and our worthiness to receive the offering, and instead direct them to rejoice over the generosity of the giver, this rejoicing can be an antidote to jealousy, and will help cut off our jealousy.

    To help the giver get as much merits as possible, the recipient can make an offering of their offerings to the Three Jewels. The recipient can visualise Lama Tsongkhapa on the crown of their head and making offerings to him or visualise themselves as the Yidam receiving the offerings.Then they dedicate the merits to the giver.

    The reason for making such a dedication is for the giver to create a connection with the Dharma and to meet with teachers in future lifetimes so that they may further their practice until Enlightenment.

    The recipient is reminded to make this dedication first before the offerings are enjoyed or used ‘properly’.

  28. Fong on Dec 9, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    “merit-making interaction between giver and recipient.”

    I like your closing sentence, Pastor Jean Ai. I never thought that any gift that I received, i could also dedicate the merits. This is such an eye-opener.

    The thought was always one way, i.e. I get greedy and make offerings for merit which in its own way is no merit since the motivation was for merits. Confusing, isn’t it?

    So, thank you very much for this sharing.

  29. Choong on Dec 9, 2016 at 11:33 am

    By carrying out this a practice, you will change the whole landscape of receiving gifts.

    By visualizing an enlightened deity and making it the object of the generosity, the giver gains merits.

    Simultaneously, the receiver transmutes the conventional self into a non-inherent self which attacks the ego.

    It’s a win-win situation.

  30. Samfoonheei on Dec 9, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Wonderful teachings on attitude when receiving offerings.I learned some important points here.Always dedicate the merits to the one who give or when someone does something nice for us.When we makes an offering, the recipient should rejoice in the person’s generosity. Its a good teachings and a reminder for us.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai for sharing the teachings on the attitude when receiving offerings.

  31. Lum Kok Luen on Dec 8, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Dear Pastor Jean Ai,

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful teaching on receiving offerings or gifts in this secular world.

    Frankly, if not for this sharing, many of us, including myself, would have this “Cloud 9” feeling when we get gifts particularly on our birthdays. Now I know who I should react and dedicate the merits to the giver.

    Conversely, it is also applicable when we receive annual bonuses from our company that we work for. We should express gratitude and repay the kindness of management with dedicated work in return. And of course, we have to dedicate the merits to the entire leadership team in the organization that we work for.

    Thanks so much Pastor for this sharing and Dharma teaching from Rinpoche.

    Humbly yours,
    Lum Kok Luen

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  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Jul 2. 2020 10:10 PM
    This is probably the best I’ve ever seen, marvelous creation, very realist with brilliant idea. I like the idea of Julian Beever, working in open air with public attraction. This job definitely takes a lot of patience and hats off to this extraordinary creativity.

    Thank you for the wonderful sharing of a talented artist and his amazing art work.
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Jul 2. 2020 04:16 PM
    With our integrity intact, life is less stressful and far less complicated. This is not applying in secular but also in the spiritual practice. If someone who does not have integrity will surely not earn respects from his peers.
    Integrity is very important in our life. It also a good habit for us to cultivate and take as reminder to ourselves that we need to keep hold to our promises in all aspect of chores we are doing.

    https://bit.ly/31yh6MZ
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 2. 2020 01:21 PM
    Chatral Rinpoche was one of the greatest meditation masters and most compassionate bodhisattvas in the history of Tibetan Buddhism. Chatral Rinpoche explains the purpose and benefit of saving the lives of endangered animals, especially those due to be slaughtered. Great advice by Chatral Rinpoche to develop compassion for all sentient beings . Save animals, save nature, as animal life is precious too. He lived as a humble yogi without the distractions of fame and fortune. He practiced what he preaches without compromise and was beloved , respected by many of all faiths throughout the Himalayan region. He was well known for his compassion for animals through his compassionate action and profound wisdom. He had liberate millions of fish animals and had encourages his student not to eat meat and drank alcohol. It’s a right choice to be on vegetarian , as more animals will be save. It be healthier for us, better for environment and kinder to be a vegetarian.
    Powerful saying by Chatral Rinpoche ……Eating meat in one’s diet is much different than eating flesh to liberate a being through supernatural powers. I am just an ordinary practitioner. I would be committing sin and I would be getting negative karma.
    Thank You for this sharing Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/committing-sin.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 2. 2020 01:18 PM
    When i first read this article I did wonder too , how this ever happen. Somehow its real, a geological phenomenon where rocks move without human interference. Known as “sailing stones,” the rocks vary in size from a few ounces to hundreds of pounds. One of the world’s strangest phenomena is at Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California, U.S. Till today, scientists could not have an answer to this strange phenomena where nobody have seen it moving at all.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/just-what-are-sailing-stones.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 2. 2020 01:17 PM
    Animal abuse frequently occurred in a number of area. Its heart breaking looking at the pictures of that extreme animal and neglect case of a dog in this article . The abused dog was packed in a plastic bag and thrown down a trash chute in the 22-story building. So inhuman for someone to do that . Not only that the dog was under un nourishment, thin, dehydrated and looks more than a skeleton. The condition was so bad that the dog needs a blood transfusion. Thanks to the maintenance workers who found Patrick in the neat of time. Looking at those pictures one will be definitely shocking to see his condition. Thankfully, that poor dog named Patrick is recovering well after been nursed by the hospital staffs. Its one of the worst cases of abuse they’ve seen. A dog is men best friends , shouldn’t be abuse or harm them. Give them love, care as if they are one of us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/extreme-abuse-dog-found-in-trash.html
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Jul 1. 2020 11:14 PM
    Thank you for your wonderful thoughts of sharing the most heartwarming moments of people around the world. Some of the photos were really touching. I believe there are plenty of kind -hearted people around us with faith in humanity.

    Life is all about second chances, always try to care about others because none of us know what tomorrow may speaks. It’s so much true to say photos will make your day much more better with thousand words and I too enjoyed all the stories.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 1. 2020 01:13 PM
    The famous saying “What goes around, comes around”, karma in short is action and every action is preceded by our thoughts. Hence what we think continuously about something will eventually lead to action and the result. Its our mind that is responsible for our karma. Reading this post it has helped me and many of us to understand that we create our own reality or karma. I have book marked these so as i can read it time from time to remind myself. still plenty to catch up.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/karma-and-the-law-of-attraction.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 1. 2020 01:11 PM
    Chatral Rinpoche was a Dzogchen master and a reclusive yogi known for his great realization and strict discipline. Beautiful and meaningful poems, all I can say the poem is full of wisdom. All animals deserves a life free from fear and pain. They do have hearts to feel the pain, eyes to see and families to care, just like one of us. Animal should be the right to be here, long before we arrive. If only we understand we care for them , we will help and save them or we can liberate them .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/by-chatral-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 1. 2020 01:10 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this short and powerful teachings . The Four Noble Truths are the most basic formulation of the Buddha’s teaching. They are the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering. It was these four principles that the Buddha came to understand during his meditation under the bodhi tree.
    To cease from evil, To do what is good. To cleanse one’s mind: This is the advice of all the Buddhas. Inspiring saying short yet powerful when we understand it . I will keep this in mind always.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/magic-4.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jul 1. 2020 12:07 PM
    Meat contains many substances, chemicals, which causes harm to us in the long term and red meat shorten human lives. Large consumption of meat especially processed meat are likely lead to cardiovascular diseases ,cancer and a lot more.

    It is really great to see news write up of factual info like this as evidence and proof that eating meat causes more harm than good. Thank you very much for sharing the informative article.


    https://bit.ly/2VvSb8H
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Jun 30. 2020 04:28 PM
    These was one of the many miraculous cases of how Rinpoche has helped.As we learn and practice dharma sincerely, we may received the blessings from guru and to be protected from any harm.
    Through the blessings of Rinpoche, Marici was able to overcome her problem and get well again. Thank you very much for the sharing.


    https://bit.ly/3ipziOS
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jun 30. 2020 02:17 PM
    Equality before the law is the principle that each individual being must be treated equally by the law and that all are subject to the same laws of justice. Everyone will be given justice by treating them equally nor matter what race and religion or belief, you are. All are equal without any discrimination to equal protection of the law as well. After reading this article I do not agree with Paul Ryan what he commented on the conservative radio show ‘Morning In America’. Racism should not be brought up then, claimed that black men do not want to work and are satisfied with being poor. Remarks involving negative prejudices about people on the basis of race, would spark off misunderstanding and disharmony . It is extremely dangerous to label the rich or poor by skin colour or ethnicity.
    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/do-you-agree-with-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jun 30. 2020 02:14 PM
    Lama Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje has been recognized and enthroned as the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa. He is a scholar and meditation master, as well as painter, poet, songwriter and playwright. Listening to his message in Bodh Gaya, tells us all how he felt been under the supervision of Tibetan Leadership. He is then not able to perform well as a spiritual leader, as been used by the Tibetan Leadership involving politics. He spoke with courage, of his difficulties he is facing and own experienced of mistreated by the Tibetan Leadership. When politics get involved with religion it becomes complicated and it causes disharmony and harm to many. May Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje continue with his crusades of spreading dharma in the Kargyu lineage. May the differences between all karma Kagyu practitioners be restored and reconciliation .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/karmapa-ogyen-trinley-dorjes-explosive-special-message.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jun 30. 2020 02:11 PM
    Absolutely shocking Peruvian archaeologist and researchers found strange elongated skull in a massive graveyard containing tombs filled with the remains of individuals. Amazing discovery by them , has revealed that they may not have come from humans, but from a completely new species. Interesting these skulls are such a mystery, have yet to conclude the findings. Recording to reports on the geneticist’s findings said that it’s from a completely new human-like creature. Aliens do exist and we are not alone on this planet.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/initial-dna-analysis-of-paracas-elongated-skull-released.html
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Jun 29. 2020 04:54 PM
    Thank you for your thoughtful sharing. All we really need in life is real love not wealth or material goods. Real love is truly crazy, beautiful and brings so much of happiness, yet it’s one of the most confusing and heartbreaking things in this world.

    The reason it is so rare is because it is so misunderstood. We are not perfect but because we love, we speak, we respect, compromise, care, trust and do our best to make others become happier.

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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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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
2 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
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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
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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
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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
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months 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
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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.
4 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
4 months ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
4 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
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Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
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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
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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
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