Blue Jean Buddha

By | May 15, 2016 | Views: 786

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Edward)

Hello, how are you? It’s Edward here again, today I would like to share about a book that I have recently read, entitled “Blue Jean Buddha”.

The main reason why I love this book is because it consists of short stories written by various people, talking about how they came to know about Buddhism and the one event that struck them so deeply that they began to develop a strong faith in Buddhism. I believe the words they use and the way they express themselves through writing attracted me to read more and more. The one thing that differentiates this book from the previous ones that I have read is that it allows us to look at Buddhism in different ways, from different perspectives. For example in the book, some of the personas were born in families that practice Buddhism strongly, some were exposed to Buddhism during their college years, some were heading down the wrong path and were introduced to Buddhism by family members or by friends and that changed their lives. Buddha Shakyamuni has taught 84,000 different methods to enlightenment to various people based on their individual needs so that they can absorb the teachings better.

Just as I have mentioned earlier, there is a lot of short stories written in this book and I would like to share some of them with you.
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1. Climbing with Tara by Ben Galland

It was a classic High Sierra day in late August: warm sunshine, long days and cool nights. I was up in the Tuolumne Meadows area backpacking with my mom. We camped at a lake at the base of the Matthes Crest rock formation. This rock formation rises straight out of the ground about 1,500 ft and is sheer on both sides. It looks like a monolithic shark’s fin- a really big piece of rock. My mom and I were doing a little climbing in the area, and today was a rest day for my mom. When I woke, I saw her doing her morning meditation, and I was inspired to do some sort of meditation for myself, too.

I decided to go climb the fin. I grabbed a little daypack and threw in some snacks and a water bottle. I didn’t know how long it was going to take me, but I figured I would be gone for just a few hours. I headed up the hill from the lake to the base of the cliff. There I stood with no ropes, at the base of this 1,500 ft monolith thinking to myself, good morning. I had climbed without ropes before so I knew what I was getting myself into. I had to really be in the present moment and not think about anything else but the handhold I was grabbing and the foothold I was stepping on. I practiced some rounds of controlled, deep breathing to get in my body, I had some experience with meditation from growing up close to a Zen center and having a mother who meditated every day. As a little boy, my mom occasionally encouraged me to meditate in the mornings before I went to school.

I began to climb up the cliff, grabbing onto a handhold and squeezing it gently enough to hold on but not too hard as to clutch it. With every step I took and hold I grabbed, I would take a deep breath and try to relax. I slowly made my way up the cliff using the movement of each hold as a stretch for my body. I would put one foot way out to the left and then would sit on it for a second and stretch out in that position for a breath cycle. This technique made me slow down and helped me relax.

I slowly made my way up this apron of rock with the sun shining warmly on my back. The wind blew gently, and the air was fresh and crisp. I continued to follow the cracks, little paths to the top of the cliff. After an hour of climbing, I really began to feel the exposure of this piece of rock. I was about a thousand feet off the ground when I got to some looser rock on the route. I had to slow down even more because I didn’t want to grab anything that could come off in my hands and send me whipping over backward to the ground. O-o-o-k-a-a-a-y, deep breath out. I was beginning to get a little scared. Everything I was grabbing or stepping on was loose, and I realized that my holds could slide out from under me at any second. The higher I got, the worse the rock got. With 1,400 ft of air below me, I should have just turned back, but I was so close to the top that I really wanted to just get there.

I reached for another hold, but it broke off in my hand. Fortunately, I had tested the hold before putting all my weight on it. I took the hold and threw it down the cliff below me. I watched it fall for about 800 ft and then blow up into a million pieces as it smashed into the side of the cliff below. I was definitely scared at this point, and I began to freeze up. Everywhere I looked for a hold the rock was crappy. The granite was grainy and old, what climbers call “chaossy.” But I was only fifty feet away from the summit, and I really didn’t want to turn around. I was thinking that if I got to the top, I could climb down a safer way.

I grabbed a few more awful holds and threw them off the cliff, trying to clean out the rock from where I had just removed the hold, but it all just turned to sand. I would have to make do with what I had and pick my holds with great attention. Some of the holds I grabbed were loose, but I just eased onto them and didn’t put a lot of weight on them. I grabbed for the last hold and pulled myself up onto the summit block of the shark’s fin.

The view and the exposure were both spectacular and terrifying. I usually love to feel like I am sitting on top of the world, but not when the world could crumble down from underneath me. I looked down over to the lake below, and I could see my mother still doing her meditation. I then realized that I was in trouble. There was no way down. I looked off the other side of the cliff, and there was nothing but very steep, overhanging cliff. The only way down was to go back the way I came. I was not happy but I was in no hurry. I began to pray like my mom had shown me as a kid, for when times get tough or just to say thanks for what we had.

I got into a lotus position on the summit of this 1,500 ft pillar granite, at 10,000 ft in the High Sierra back country. I took a deep breath. I looked to the west and let the sun shine into my eyes and warm my face. I felt a breeze blow against my face and stir my hair. Then I remembered a teaching that a Buddhist teacher once gave me when I was practicing meditation a few years back. “Let your thoughts be like clouds, and let them pass across the sky with the wind.” I breathed deeply to let go of horrible fear that was churning in my stomach. Thoughts were running through my head, even though I was totally safe at the present moment where I was sitting. I would have a moment of clarity, then I would stress again about my situation, and then I would catch myself and try to breathe deeply. I tried to let the wind blow my frantic thoughts across the sky and out of my mind. I knew that I needed to be totally present, calm, and grounded if I was going to make it to the bottom, so I sat in meditation until I got there- and sat, and sat some more.

The sitting helped but it wasn’t complete. Suddenly, I flashed back to my mom’s altar, and I saw her statues and images of deities. I asked Tara, the goddess of compassionate action, to come into my life and help me out. “Help me down off this mountain and help me to focus and help me let go of my fears right now so that I can be totally present for the descent,” I prayed.

I closed my eyes and took more breaths, and then I saw an image of the goddess Tara hovering over my body and the mountain, and she was smiling at me. As the wind blew and I took more deep breaths, her smile began to fill my belly with a warm, fuzzy feeling. I took another breath from this place in my stomach and as I exhaled, I began to smile myself. With every breath I took I began to smile more and more until my smile stretched across my face and I began laughing myself.

It was at that point that I felt ready for the descent; my mind was settled and calm. It felt like I was dreaming as I moved over to the edge of this 1,500 ft cliff and turned around backward to climb down. My feet went right to the solid parts of the rock and so did my hands, I didn’t even have to think; I felt like I was a river, flowing down the side of the mountain, around and over the rocks in the way. One foot behind the other and one hand behind the other. I kept breathing and moving down, and before I knew it, I was through the roughest section of loose rock. I got back to the ground and was still smiling. My face hurt from the intensity of the smiling, which I had been doing the whole way down and hadn’t noticed. On the solid earth, I was so happy to still be alive and in the present moment.

I’m not sure what would have happened if I hadn’t taken time to calm my mind. But the one thing I do know is that Tara and meditation gave me serenity in the midst of a very scary situation that could have been fatal. Without a calm mind, maybe Tara wouldn’t have been able to appear, to help me become that river flowing down the side of the cliff. Nevertheless, as a result of that experience, my mindfulness practice and belief in Tara is stronger than before. Whether she really exists is not important; Tara saved my life.

( This story is one of the best I have read so far. He spoke about his early lifestyle with Buddhism, how he felt about it and most importantly, he now believes in Dharma and has strong faith in it. )
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2. In My Father’s Footsteps by Hojo Tone

I was born and raised in one of the Shin Buddhist temples of Wakayama, Japan. Although my older brother has inherited responsibility for the leadership of the Tone clan as a Shin Buddhist minister, I also decided to become a Shin Buddhist minister.

I was born and raised a minister’s child. From the day I could talk, I learned to follow Shin Buddhist practice, reciting Nembutsu- “Namu Amida Butsu”- and studying, learning, following and practicing the Buddhist way of life, without having any doubts or questions about it. As a child, I merely recited the Nembutsu without any depth of understanding. In chanting, I always asked for something, such as, “May I pass the test!” “May I have good luck!” I thought that Amida Buddha, Buddha of Immeasurable Light and Life, would grant my wish. The Nembutsu was always emphasized throughout my upbringing, but with the passing of years, many questions arose within me. Why do I recite the Nembutsu? Is it just because that’s what I’ve been taught? Do I really need to recite Nembutsu sincerely and wholeheartedly? I discovered I needed to answer these questions for myself.

Then, in high school, something happened that changed my life and began the journey to answer these questions. My father suddenly had a heart attack. He was forty-nine years old. As soon as I heard the news, I hurried to the hospital. The doctor told me that it was doubtful that my father’s life could be saved. Shocked by what I had heard, I went home to my temple, not knowing what to do. So, I put my hands together and bowed. I said, “Please help my father,” and recited, with all my heart, “Namu Amida Butsu, Namu Amida Butsu, Namu Amida Butsu…” I had regarded Amida Buddha as a superman, and at that time my thought was only to rely on Amida Buddha as the ultimate power. Several days after the heart attack, somehow my father regained his health.

Around that time, I was fortunate to be selected as a member of the YBICSE (Young Buddhist International Cultural Study Exchange) delegation from Japan. That was the last time I saw my father. My father died on the day I left for the United States, but I didn’t know that then. When I came back to my family temple in Japan about three weeks later, I was informed of his death for the first time. Suffering and in pain, my heart was heavy with grief. For me that experience truly seemed like Hell.

For some time I found it difficult to get over the loss of my father. For the first time I began to consider seriously the question of what it means to be a human being. I also began to think deeply about the meaning of Amida Buddha and the Nembutsu in my life. Half a year after my father died, my mother showed me my father’s last words written moments before he died. I carefully read the page by page. On the last page my father had written, “Namu Amida Butsu.” And in his last breath he has said to my mother, “Amida Buddha came for me; I will go back to the Pure Land of Amida Buddha. See you again.” Regarding me, away in the U.S as an exchange student, my father instructed my mother, “Do not call him back, because he has his own future.” Hearing these words, his deep faith, I was inspired to become a minister.

So although I was born and raised a minister’s child, and had “practiced” the Nembutsu from my earliest childhood. I began actually living the life of Nembutsu only thirteen years ago. I learned from Shinran Shonin, the founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, what the Nembutsu truly is, and I became determined to become a minister. While I was a student in Ryukoku Daigaku, the Shin Buddhist University, I received a scholarship for two months of overseas research on temple activities on the U.S. mainland and Hawaii. During my visit, I spent about two weeks at Honolulu Honganji under the guidance of the head minister, Rinban Reverend Hoashi. At that time, I met a woman, a member of the Women’s Organization of Honolulu Honganji, who kindly offered me to return to Hawaii when I became a minister. As strange as it may seem in retrospect, it was the conversation I had with her that made me decide to do just that.

On February 20, 1996, I arrived in Honolulu to become a Honganji Buddhist minister, and I came to Hilo Honganji on May 21, 1996 upon receiving my assignment from Bishop Chikai Yosemori. When I came to Hilo Honganji, I had an interview with Dharma School children. They asked me why I became a minister.

I told them that I think that the Buddha’s teaching is crucial to developing and forming our character and our way of living. A true encounter with the Buddha’s teaching means we are growing up and living in the path of Nembutsu, Namu Amida Butsu. Namu is my isolated, solitary self, and Amida Butsu mean I am embraced by boundless compassion. My life, thus, is a gift that is granted me, and I want to share the gift of well-being for all people through ministry.

Ever since I lost my father I have been seeking the deep meaning of the Buddha’s teaching. But for many years my studying to seek spiritual knowledge was only at my desk, through my intellect. It was only through meeting my teachers and through the influence of many others like my father that I could realize my inner truth. As a minister, I want to embody the Buddha’s teachings and affect the lives of others as I have been affected by such dear friends. Ever since I received Namu Amida Butsu from my father, I have found my true self, or awakened to myself, through that teaching. Namu Amida Butsu is my life.

 

What I Have Learnt From These Stories:

  1. We may have experienced great loss in life, but no matter how we feel or what position we are put into, there’s no reason for anyone of us to be involved in negative activities such as drugs, gambling and so on. Yes we may be depressed, but it’s potent to not let our emotions take charge. Everyone has to go through this particular process and that’s why we are in samsara. What would make a huge difference is how we decide to deal with the problems.
  2. It matters if we start practicing Dharma now to benefit sentient beings. We may have a lot of people who disagree, but it’s our choice. Ultimately, we know that we are doing something beneficial. People who practice Dharma since young tend to be more caring and loving to others and therefore I believe that Dharma is a strong and positive foundation for ourselves and our kids. Love is what is lacking in society nowadays.
  3. Meditation is one of the best methods to calm our mind so that we are able to absorb more knowledge and have better concentration on all the things that we do, in other words, it creates self-awareness.
  4. Whenever we find ourselves anxious, angry, depressed or even overly excited, we should sit down in a comfortable position, with our back straightened and focus only on our breathing. This is called breathing meditation. I have tried this myself,  after doing this, I find myself calmer and able to think logically.
  5. Drugs are highly addictive and yes we have fun, but is it really worth it for that short span of ‘happiness’? We gain nothing but only pain and in some cases, even a lifetime of remorse. I’m just taking doing drugs for an example, other negative indulgences such as gambling, drinking, smoking and so forth are of no benefit to us. Imagine all the money we have spent on all these? They could have been used to feed the homeless and stray animals. These are the actions that bring us and others true happiness.
  6. The most important thing we can ever give a child is Dharma. There’s a saying that goes like this: “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” (Not that I encourage fishing.) I would say that this is applicable in Dharma as well.
  7. I have learnt that a good writer does not only need to have the knowledge to write, he/she also has to be sensitive and mindful with the words they use in the writings. This is very important because it also helps the readers to understand the content better. Understanding this, it enables me to improve my writing skills as well.
  8. We often ignore the fact that environment plays a huge role in building up a person’s personality. There are people who have a beautiful family, Dharma is being instilled in them since young but because of a few friends they meet outside, their mind switches. It is not anyone’s fault and no one is to be blamed. It is very important that we practice Dharma single-pointedly, just knowing the Dharma is not good enough.
  9. Taking on a vegetarian diet does not only help to keep our body healthy but it’s also a good exercise to practice compassion for other sentient beings. Quite a number of celebrities have taken on a vegetarian diet and most of them are of course due to health concerns. But nonetheless, they are saving a lot of animals from being slaughtered, this is the truth. Studies have proven that vegetarians tend to have a healthier body and they have a longer life span.
  10. We must always be grateful to our teachers, parents, siblings, friends and even our enemies who make us who we are today, a better and wiser person. Our enemies may have said or done something that hurts us but it is because they are humans too, we all make mistakes. The reason why we like or love someone is because they are nice to us and they say nice things to us. You see how strong our sense of like and dislike is? How our perception changes with our emotions? We know the Dharma so we should instead be kinder, wiser and tolerant to forgive others.

 

About the Book

Author: Sumi Loundon (Editor) and Jack Kornfield (Foreword)
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Paperback: 233 pages
ISBN: 978 086 1711 77 2
Product dimensions: 22.9cm (H) x 15.2cm (W) x 2cm (D)
Weight: 363g

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Edward Ooi is like any ordinary high school boy who enjoys his share of movies, comics, and video games. Through his parents, Edward crossed paths with H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche from the moment he was born, and grew up with the guidance of Dharma in every important juncture of his developing years. Brought up to view the world with infinite possibilities, at 17 years old Edward chooses to spend his weekends volunteering in Kechara Soup Kitchen and have developed a strong interest in the field of paranormal and mystical beings.
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  1. Samfoonheei on May 29, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Inspiring article of each individual gone through in their spiritual path. “Blue Jean Buddha’ the title have attracted me to read this interesting post. The stories themselves are the experience and will inspired us for the better. Well, the story of Climbing with Tara by Ben Galland is inspiring, overcome all hindrance , and having faith in Tara , thinking positively Ben manage to climb up and came down safely.
    Thank you Edward, for these inspiring sharing.

  2. Stella Cheang on May 26, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Thank you, Edward, for these 2 wonderful sharing. The spiritual journey of Ben Galland and Hojo Tone are inspirational, encouraging and touching at the same time. They are must-read especially for young adults and people who needed some push in seeking deeper meaning in life.

  3. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 8, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Buddha taught continuously with words and examples, after he attained Buddhahood, the entire corpus of his teachings is suited to a variety of minds and inclinations. Hence depending on the level and experience of the practitioner one relies on the Buddha ever so differently. So I think this book presents, various people’s how they relate to the Buddha and what do the Buddhist teachings mean for them.

  4. Karen on Jul 9, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Hi Edward,

    I like all 10 points you listed down from what you’ve learnt from the book. I must say you’re very fortunate to have met Rinpoche and started your Dharma practise at such young age as you mentioned at point 6 “The most important thing we can ever give a child is Dharma. There’s a saying that goes like this: “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” (Not that I encourage fishing.) I would say that this is applicable in Dharma as well.”

    Keep up the good work and please continue to share your book review with us here. Be an inspiration for all young people who’re new to Dharma 🙂

  5. Sofi on Jun 22, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Thank you Edward for sharing your review on the book you have read “Blue Jean Buddha”. The book sounds interesting through your account given and definitely worth a read. What impresses me the most is that at your young age, you gave a very good write up, especially with the 10 points of your observation from the stories read. Yes you are right, Dharma is the best thing we can give our children. You are a fine example of this as your parents involved you in dharma from the moment you were born. I rejoice for your parents at their right choice as you and your sister, Beatrix will have the solid foundation to stand on as both of you go through life. Kudos and hope to read more articles by you.

    Thank you Rinpoche for making the invaluable Dharma so easily available for us and our children.

  6. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Jun 21, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Dear Edward,

    I have very much enjoyed the story of the climber who was saved by Tara. It reminds me how quickly we can be in trouble and even in lifetreathening situations. We must treasure what we have as we don’t know how long we have this opportunity.

    Buddhas do exist and they are ready to help us. We have to improve ourselves so that we can also help others in our small abilities. And this will help and encourage others to do the same.

    I love that Ben was so lucky to have a spiritual mother who taught him to pray and ask for divine help. We need to remember that everything we do, can influence someone else for the better.

    Thank you for sharing with us this intereting book!

  7. Fong on Jun 13, 2016 at 11:12 am

    “Ever since I lost my father I have been seeking the deep meaning of the Buddha’s teaching. But for many years my studying to seek spiritual knowledge was only at my desk, through my intellect. It was only through meeting my teachers and through the influence of many others like my father that I could realize my inner truth”

    That was what struck me most. That we can read and try to understand intellectually, but the depth and truth of the Dharma can only be reached with the aid of the teacher, the Guru. Therefore, Ashvagosha’s 50 Stanzas on Guru Devotion is what we should hold close to our hearts if we want to progress on the spiritual path.

    Thanks, Edward for putting it all in point form for on what you have gained from the book. It sure acts as a good focal point for many of us as I think do lose sight of it every now and then.

  8. Pastor Shin Tan on Jun 10, 2016 at 5:29 am

    Thank you Edward for another book review. I am happy to know that you learnt so much from each book and are sharing your thoughts with us.

    Your sharing from vegetarian diets to breathing meditation is really good. It’s heartwarming to know young people like you thought about money spent that could have been used to feed the homeless and stray animals.

    Do continue to share with us more and I look forward to reading more of your writings.

  9. Pastor Moh Mei on Jun 7, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Dear Edward,

    Thank you for your review on this book and sharing your insight from the perspective of a young modern day Buddhist. I agree we should have an open mind to look at Buddhism in different ways, from different perspectives because even Buddha taught 84,000 different methods to enlightenment. Buddha saw and understood there are different minds and yet do not judge nor discriminate but instead out of deep compassion and wisdom, gave us different teachings from various angles but leading to the same end goal.

    Our emotions both positive and negative, be it anger, fear, sadness, joy, excitement can easily cloud our judgement. Having the means and methods to calm our mind and have the right focus will help us maneuver the many challenges in life that we are sure to face.

    You are privileged to have known dharma from a young age. Being in dharma will not totally spare us from the struggles of samsara or our karma but it we embrace dharma, it can give us the tools and methods to better handle what life throws at us.

    May you continue to grow in this spiritual journey.

  10. Boon on May 31, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Thank you Edward.

    This I think would be a good read because it is not too heavy, with simple concepts and stories that we could easily understand. It touches many aspects of Buddhism but at the levels that we could easily grasp, so that if we want to know more about certain aspects that interest us such as meditation, we can then go find other books which are focused on that particular topic.

  11. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on May 30, 2016 at 3:07 am

    Edward,

    Blue Jean Buddha is one of the first books about Buddhism I ever read, given to me by Rinpoche. What I liked about the book was that it showed such a big cross-section of people who have benefited from Buddhism. At my age, I thought that if these people who are so cool and do such cool things can be Buddhist and benefit from it, it’s definitely a really cool religion hehehe I know, so shallow 😛

    You are right, the environment we surround ourselves with is very important. Hence we should be careful about the friends we choose. We can have non-Dharma friends, sure and there is nothing wrong or bad about them. However, if they encourage us to engage in bad habits, we have to ask ourselves if it is the best choice we are making for our spirituality. Are we strong enough to resist the temptations from them? Are our friends dragging us down, or am we pulling them up?

    If we are not strong enough to pull our friends up, we have to meditate on why. Usually, the answer is that we are not compassionate enough to practise so strongly that everyone around us is influenced to spirituality too.

    What I am talking about is exactly why there is such a concept as ‘toxic friends’ in Buddhism. We have to be careful about who we are friends with because the wrong friends can influence us badly. On the other hand, the right friends can influence us in a good way and that is why monasteries exist. It is also why Rinpoche always encourages practitioners to live together so that people who are serious about their spirituality can surround themselves with other likeminded individuals who will support their spiritual goals (instead of samsaric friends who pull them away from spirituality).

    This is not unusual or strange. Even in the secular world, let’s say someone comes out of a drug rehabilitation program or substance abuse program. The trainers and doctors will always tell the patients they must be careful about who they are friends with, and that if they go back to their old friends then they will restart their drug-taking habits.

    Anyway, I’m very happy you have had the opportunity to read it too because as anyone can see, you are learning a lot by doing these book reports. What you are learning are lessons that schools and regular teachers will never teach you 🙂

  12. Pastor Niral Patel on May 28, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Thank you for this book review Edward. When i lived in the UK i would often see this book on the shelves of many book shops. But for some reason i never managed to get myself a copy. I’ve seen it advertised online in many places as well, and now i know why, because it contains such inspirational stories about Buddhist practices.

    I really like the story of Climbing with Tara as you shared above. The story is really inspiring, about overcome all odds, despite how we may feel, the enlightened energies of the Buddhas (in this case the incomparable Mother Tara), and the various effects of Buddhist practices – calming the mind. This last section is something that really speaks to me as i have some experience meditating. It is amazing how much we can achieve when we engage it actions with a calm and relaxed mind. Since most of us do not have such a mind naturally, meditation in any form can help us to achieve this.

  13. Lew Kwan Leng on May 26, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    After reading this mini review from Edward, I am inspired to get the book and let my daughter read these short stories. It is like the modern version of Jataka Tales with stories which are easier to relate in this modern days.

    I particularly like what Edward wrote towards the end of the article, about what he learnt from the stories. What he wrote is way more mature than a 17 years old man.

    It is indeed very important to plant the Dharma seeds onto the younger generations, especially these days because the samsara world has just got too much “traps”, what Dharma is the best foundation we can give to our kids to prepare them when they grow up.

    I look forward to more reviews from Edward 🙂

  14. Wan Wai Meng on May 26, 2016 at 3:26 am

    I really enjoyed these stories, thank you Edward. If i go on a holiday I would want this book too to accompany me.

  15. Sarah Yap on May 26, 2016 at 2:37 am

    Wonderful write up, Edward.

    Blue Jeans Buddha was one of the first Buddhist books I read before I knew about Kechara, and I must say that it’s quite a well compiled book about stories of young Buddhists who face their challenges and developing spirituality at a younger age, which was some what pretty unconventional in Malaysia.

    Before I met Kechara, learning Buddhism and engaging in prayers was something that you do when you’re retired. How absolutely wrong that thought was… now that I know better. But reading this book actually soften my ‘shock’ when I first got to know Kechara, and it helped me to feel more comfortable and integrated with the youths (who are no longer youths… we’ve all aged lol) in the group.

    It is wonderful that you’re exposed to Dharma and have the guidance of the lama at such a young age. When I was your age, I only had books as a guide, but reading Dharma books was one of the fuels that got me more interested in Buddhism as time passed, even to this day.

    Looking forward to read more about your Buddhist book reviews!

  16. Jutika Lam on May 25, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Thank you Edward for once again doing another wonderful review on this Dharma book!

    I myself love reading short stories as you get to read the opinions and experiences of a few writers all in one book.

    I really like the 1st story you shared above (“Climbing with Tara”), it describes how the Buddha always has our back and is always protecting us wherever we go, climbing up the cliff alone is scary indeed and if anything went wrong it wouldn’t have turned out good.

    Thank you also for sharing what you learned from these stories, I agree with what your opinions and I’m sure many would feel the same after reading the stories in this book

    Keep it up Edward!

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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 6. 2022 03:22 PM
    Gampopa Sonam Rinchen a Tibetan Buddhist master and was among the most famous disciples of the great Tibetan Kagyu saint Milarepa . Gampopa is credited with establishing the Kagyu path, combining Kadampa Lamrim teachings with the Mahamudra teachings he received from Milarepa. He even combined the Kadam monastic and scholastic traditions with Indian tantric practices, spreading the teachings to Tibet. He was a bhikshu, an accomplished doctor who had a natural talent for medicine as well. His Guru devotion and rapid accomplishment had been an unexpected inspired many. He had trained many of the greatest Kagyu masters of all time. He wrote a number of treatises and founded the Dagpo Kagyu school and Daklha Gampo monastery. Interesting read of a great Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/gampopa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 6. 2022 03:19 PM
    The Second Dalai Lama, Gyatso (1476–1542),born to a family of yogic practitioners, was identified as the incarnation of the posthumously recognized 1st Dalai Lama, Gendun Drub . He was an extraordinary child at a young seem to recall his previous lives, expressing his wish to return to Tashilhunpo. In later years he spent most his time in meditation, pilgrimage, and giving teachings, developing an enormous following in Tibet. Among the many accomplishments of his life, he is remembered for the construction of Monasteries. Gendun Gyatso passed away, leaving behind many volumes of verse, composition, instructions, and important temples.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting read.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-second-dalai-lama-gendun-gyatso.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 6. 2022 03:15 PM
    Meaningful poems by the 6th Dalai Lama Tsangyang Gyatso . Tsangyang Gyatso was the 6th Dalai Lama. He was an unconventional Dalai Lama that preferred the lifestyle of a crazy wisdom yogi to that of an ordained monk. The 6th Dalai Lama is also well known for his poems and songs that continue till to these days. Its still popular among Tibetan communities in Nepal, India and all across China. If committed and focused, on a simple practice and learning Dharma with that of love and compassion all the way nor matter what happen along the way. Let our thoughts and actions always be spiritual.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/sixth-love.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jun 30. 2022 02:12 PM
    Chogyam Trungpa was a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master and holder of both the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He was recognized for playing a pivotal role in the transmission of genuine Buddhadharma to the West. Simple and meaningful advice by Chogyam Trungpa. Nothing is easy and no short cut to learning Dharma. We have to endure hardship to learn something like Dharma or what ever so. Never give up once we decided to learn and practice. We must face the problems or rather obstacles along the way, there is always a way to over come it with courage.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/get-your-money-back.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jun 30. 2022 02:10 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this meaningful quotes simple yet profound. Stop blaming other for our problems or mistakes. Accept it and try solving it instead blaming it . Take responsibility of whatever the choice and decision we have make. Take charge of our own attitude instead blaming others. We have to look within ourselves to move forward.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/quotes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jun 30. 2022 02:09 PM
    Buton Rinchen Drup, 11th Abbot of Shalu Monastery, was a 14th-century Sakya master and Tibetan Buddhist leader. Buton Rinchen Drub is considered to be one of Tibet’s greatest scholars, historians, translators, and writers . Shalu Monastery became one of the most renowned and important monastery in Tibet . He had influenced the Gelug and Sakya traditions as well, having helped to preserve and propagate the teachings throughout Tibet. He left a legacy worth of translated teachings into the encyclopedic Kangyur and Tangyur collections. That’s is inspiring. These collections have become well known by all of the schools of Buddhism in Tibet, till to this day. Even after retiring he continued composing a number volumes of commentaries and he wrote the famous book, the “History of Buddhism in India and Tibet. Many Tibetan scholars still utilize his work in their studies which is still continuing to this day, and cannot be underestimated. He truly was one of the brightest lights of Tibetan Buddhism. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a Great Lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/buton-rinchen-drub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jun 28. 2022 02:15 PM
    Wonderful indeed………our Guru Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche’s biography “The Promise” in Mongolian for those Mongolian readers. More people will be able to read and understand better. The truth and the only truth all about Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden controversy. The Mongolian has a long history and connection with Manjushri Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-rinpoches-short-biography-mongolian.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jun 28. 2022 02:10 PM
    Thank you Dr Matthew William King great work done on the research on Dorje Shugden . His research shows that Dorje Shugden had played a central role in both monastic and political life in Mongolia. Zaya Pandita, an accomplished translator, linguist and scholar, Lobsang Tamdin, a prolific author and Mongolian lamas had preserved the tradition of Dorje Shugden through ways as such scholarship and study, and also via active propitiation. Mongolia’s own lamas did independently promoting and encouraging the practice centuries ago. Yet there is still some who claimed Dorje Shugden is a evil spirit. Even though there is clear evidence ,Mongolia’s long history of reliance on this enlightened Protector. Zaya Pandita and Lobsang Tamdin were masters of sutra, tantric adepts, and the peers and equals of Tibetan lamas of their time, they cannot be wrong about Dorje Shugden. Interesting read article on The Mongol Invention of the Dorjé Shukden and Trülku Drakpa Gyeltsen Literary Corpus (1913-1919) by Dr Matthew William King.
    Thank you with folded hands Zava Damdin Rinpoche for preserving the works for generations to come.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing for more and more people to understand better.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-mongolia-saved-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jun 28. 2022 01:59 PM
    Looking at these beautiful pictures of the Holy entourage of Powerful Protector Dorje Shugden in Kechara Forest Retreat is a blessing. We are indeed fortunate able to view all the Holy beings at one go with the world largest Dorje Shugden. In Kechara Forest Retreat , Bentong Pahang, Wisdom Hall a special Chapel dedicated to World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/main-assistants-of-the-dharma-king.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jun 28. 2022 01:54 PM
    We are very blessed for being able to learn Buddhism . Learning Dharma and putting into actions remind us of the Buddha’s teachings. The Dharma reveals truths as taught by the Buddha. It also gives us a way to live life that transform our mind and leading us towards achieving enlightenment. Having the opportunity to learn the Buddha’s teachings and cultivate ourselves is indeed very precious. We have to sincerely and consistently practice nor matter what happens and be true to ourselves. The efficaciousness of this all depends on our faith, loyalty and devotion to our Guru. Dharma is beautiful I do agree with it as explained by Rinpoche. Dharma is the moral law combined with spiritual discipline that guides one’s life. And is extremely approachable by everyone and has since changed my life.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/instructions-for-tsem-rinpoches-name-mantra-retreat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 22. 2022 01:15 PM
    Dulduityn Danzanravjaa was a prominent Mongolian writer, composer, painter, Buddhist scholar, physician and was the Fifth Noyon Khutagt. Talented known as the Lama of the Gobi and was an extraordinary polymath having authored hundreds of spiritual songs. Danzan Ravjaa is significant for his eclectic religious outlook that combined both the reformed ‘Yellow Hat’ and the unreformed ‘Red Hat’ sects of Tibetan. Famous for his poetry and songs in which he did composed more than hundreds of poems to date. He was well known for his medical skills, prophecies, and his knowledge of philosophy and astrology. Inspiring indeed , well respected by many.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing a multi-talented Lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/danzan-ravjaa-the-controversial-mongolian-monk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 22. 2022 01:13 PM
    One of the few surviving historic Buddhist buildings in Mongolia. The temple of the Choijin Lama is an important example of Chinese-style religious architecture. It is one of the few surviving historic Buddhist buildings in Mongolia. Hidden among the tallest sky scappers this hidden gem is an architectural wonder. It was the home of Luvsan Haidav Choijin Lama, who is the state oracle and brother of the Bogd Khan. The State Oracle of Mongolia had a long historic connection with Dorje Shugden. Even took trance of 3 different deities , Nechung, Tsiu Marpo and Dorje Shugden. It is a temple with a lot of old, ancient artifacts as Choijin Lama would go into a trance. After been through historic changes it was reopened as a museum. The Choijin Lama Temple’s history is documented with many religious hardships and interesting happenings. Interesting read and detailed explanation for one to understand better . A must see place when travelling there .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/choijin-lama-the-state-oracle-of-mongolia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 22. 2022 01:10 PM
    Merely looking at these rare precious pictures of great masters is a blessing. Two great tutors HH Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and HH Kyabje Ling Rinpoche of H H Dalai Lama as seen in these pictures tells us a thousands words. Ling Rinpoche was considered an emanation of Yamantaka while Trijang Rinpoche was considered an emanation of Heruka/Vajra Yogini.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/blessed-upon-sight-of-these-masters.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 15. 2022 03:53 PM
    Very rare precious pictures of HH Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had lunch together in their previous lives. Well amazingly now in this life they meet again and having lunch together. Beautiful pictures we have the fortune to see this. Looking at this pictures paints a thousand words. Both have returned many times since the time of Lord Buddha incarnating in many forms to benefit sentient beings. Having a very close relationship throughout their previous incarnations.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these rare pictures with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/perfect-practice-equals-perfect-rebirths.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 15. 2022 03:50 PM
    Breaking news the Tribune Journal published December 15, 2017 H H Dalai-lama planning to visit China. Since exile HH the Dalai Lama left Tibet in 1959, returning to China will be a wonderful reunion for many. This potential visit to China by HH the Dalai Lama might lead to those who left their homeland able to visit Tibet again. Millions of Tibetans in Tibet would definitely wish to see Dalai Lama again. The Dalai Lama would be too happy as great memories to see places as such his palace, relatives and so forth. If the return is successful all negative attacks on Dorje Shugden practitioners should cease immediately. There are indeed many benefits if Dalai Lama visit to China as it would clear the doubts of some. May Dalai Lama fondest wish come true soon.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this news

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-tribune-publishes-dalai-lama-planning-to-visit-china.html

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Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
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On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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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 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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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 Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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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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#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
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#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
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Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
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Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
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Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
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All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
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Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
2 months ago
Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
2 months ago
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
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We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
3 months ago
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
3 months ago
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
3 months ago
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
3 months ago
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
3 months ago
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
4 months ago
KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
4 months ago
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
4 months ago
Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
4 months ago
Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
4 months ago
5 months ago
After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
5 months ago
After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
6 months ago
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
7 months ago
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
7 months ago
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
7 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
7 months ago
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
7 months ago
Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 20th Nov '21. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
7 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 20th Nov '21. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Mr. Philip, our new visitor to Ipoh centre, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Three Jewels prior to DS puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
8 months ago
Mr. Philip, our new visitor to Ipoh centre, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Three Jewels prior to DS puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has resumed our Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 6th Nov 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
8 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has resumed our Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 6th Nov 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
8 months ago
Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
9 months ago
Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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