Blue Jean Buddha

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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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Here is the latest news and pictorial updates, as it happens, of our upcoming forest retreat project.

The Kechara Forest Retreat is a unique holistic retreat centre focused on the total wellness of body, mind and spirit. This is a place where families and individuals will find peace, nourishment and inspiration in a natural forest environment. At Kechara Forest Retreat, we are committed to give back to society through instilling the next generation with universal positive values such as kindness and compassion.

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  • Pastor Lanse
    Tuesday, Jun 18. 2019 05:20 AM
    How to Bless Buddha Images Yourself

    While there are traditional methods of blessing and consecrating statues, known as soongdroop and rabney, not everyone has the merit to live near a Dharma centre or monastery, or has access to these services. For this reason, Tsem Rinpoche has compassionately outlined three methods by which anyone can bless Buddha statues.

    Read more: https://bit.ly/2TmtJn2
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Jun 18. 2019 01:25 AM
    The “One God” Theory Comes from Greek Mythology documentary.

    This is a very interesting documentary of how the one-god theory arose from ancients times. This theory was not the domain of established modern religions but were already existent in pre-modern or pagan religions. This video shows how the one god theory is not the exclusive rights of anyone but in fact was a gradual process taken from Pagan religions. So what we might pre-suppose as modern (non-paganistic) or exclusive of modern religions may not be the case. EXTREMELY INTERESTING.

    Please watch this intriguing documentary. But do concentrate and contemplate. It will be helpful for your religious studies. The one god theory may not be all that it is what we are told.

    Tsem Rinpoche

    Watch here https://bit.ly/2TQooUZ
  • nicholas
    Monday, Jun 17. 2019 07:07 PM
    Carlos Castaneda was an American New Age author and a scholar of anthropology — the study of human behaviour and societies. He wrote a series of popular books that described his training and magical experiences in Toltec Shamanism under the guidance of Don Juan Matus, a native Yaqui shaman who lived in Mexico.

    Castaneda’s writings brought him fame as well as controversy. His proponents and critics would debate as to whether his writings were the results of authentic experiences or an overactive imagination. Yet, despite the controversy, his expressive and evocative writing as well as the mysticism that surrounded his persona inspired widespread appreciation for Native American culture and earned him the title of “Godfather of the New Age Movement.”

    Read more anout him at https://bit.ly/2IkYAgU
  • nicholas
    Monday, Jun 17. 2019 07:05 PM
    The Jewish people have been persecuted throughout recorded history, from their beginnings in the Middle East, through Europe during the Middle Ages, the Holocaust of the World Wars and into the modern era due to their race and religion. This persecution of a community has been sustained due to religious discrimination. We wanted to provide all of you with just a quick overview of what the Jewish people have been through. We hope you can learn from this, and understand the atrocities that religious persecution can lead to.

    Read more at https://bit.ly/2RpvYGo
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Jun 17. 2019 04:47 PM
    Thanks for the wonderful experience and beautiful sharing of the Dorje Shugden Retreat at Kechara Forest Retreat. I loved the idea of this retreat for choosing Manjushri Guest House, which is a special place perched on a hilltop within the enchanting forest landscape of Kechara Forest Retreat for the Dorje Shugden Retreat. Of course learning anything in a super awesome environment is always amazing.

    A good news for those who are planning for mind relaxing in a retreat and choosing a best programmes at the right time. Well, besides exploring the forest retreat the programmes has also strongly connect for all participants to experience their power for overcoming obstacles and bringing peace and fulfillments through the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. This wonderful information and a beautiful programmes should not to be missed in life time.

    Hope this Dorje Shugden Retreat programme will be frequently held for the benefits of the article readers.
  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Jun 17. 2019 04:37 PM
    A renowned scholar of the Vedas, Buddhism and the Indian arts, a philosopher, and one of India’s great thinkers, Professor Lokesh Chandra was born to an illustrious family of educationists in Ambala, Haryana State, in 1927. He is currently engaged in writing about the cultural influences between India and China during the last two millennia. His other works also contain insightful research on the arts, literature, philosophy, and archaeology of Buddhist cities around the world, which took him all over Europe, Russia and Asia for research purposes.
    Read more about Professor Lokesh Chandra here:

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/books-poetry/professor-lokesh-chandra-indias-great-scholar.html
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Jun 17. 2019 04:36 PM
    This is really a good article about Jack Ma. From this article we can know about his struggles and his life had many ups and downs. Despite his previous failures, he remains a humble leader, who always He is always encouraging others to keep working and trying and not to give up.
    There’s a lot to learn and be inspired.Thanks for sharing is a very motivating story of one of richest man in world .


    https://bit.ly/2AvL3Po

  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Jun 17. 2019 04:22 PM
    From time to time we will hear stories about children saying they see things or they are talking or playing with someone that obviously is not visible. We will always ask them to stop talking about it and brush them off. It is said that because children are purer, they are able to see things that we cannot see. Some of them are born with the third eye so they have the ability to see the unseen. We should teach them how to recite mantras and avoid establishing a close connection with them because we do not know if these beings are harmful. Or we can bring the child to a Buddhist master to get some blessings to protect them from harmful entities.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/psychic-kids.html
  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Jun 17. 2019 03:51 PM
    Have you heard of the goddess Miyolangsangma before? She is also known as the Goddess of Inexhaustible Giving. Both Sherpas and Tibetans also believe that Mount Everest is the abode of the goddess Jomo Miyolangsangma. Miyolangsangma is one of the Five Long-life Sisters. Her abode is said to be at the summit of Mount Everest, known in Tibetan as Jomolungma (Goddess Mother of Mountains), and she is the resident goddess of Mount Everest and the Khumbu area in general. She is depicted riding on a tiger. Read more about what her function is and her importance in the Sherpas belief.

    bit.ly/Miyolangsangma
  • Ummamageswari
    Monday, Jun 17. 2019 03:30 PM
    Thank you so much for this article. It is true that each Dalai Lama is a unique individual, they have been philosophers, builders and even poets, and as each is revered as a Bodhisattva who possess great mystical powers and can incarnate life after life.

    The Dalai Lama is one of the world’s revered religious leaders, but that didn’t prevent four holders of the office from mysteriously dying. An autopsy proved inconclusive, but, for Yan, the identity of the murderers was obvious where the the twelfth Dalai Lama and his three predecessors were all “victims of the power struggles between the big clerical and lay serf-owners in Tibet.” .

    Read more: https://bit.ly/2US6LEB
  • Ummamageswari
    Monday, Jun 17. 2019 03:19 PM
    Thank you so much for this article. By reading this article, i get to know that the term ‘Jewish’ is applied to an ethno-religious group of people that practise Judaism. This means that it encompasses both an ethnicity and a religion at the same time.

    The majority of the Jewish people around the world descend from two distinct groups coming from Europe. In fact due to the religious pluralism prevalent in India, the Jewish population have lived in relative peace and harmony, allowing the adherence to their faith without much opposition. Thank you.

    Read more: https://bit.ly/2RpvYGo
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jun 17. 2019 03:14 PM
    Statistically, video games are now the most popular and profitable form of entertainment. For me , there’s always side effect on video games. I have seen many kids that have addicted to it and neglected their studies. One of the most detrimental effects of playing violent video games is increased aggression in children. A video game addiction can be harmful if the kids is unable to participate in any interests or extracurricular activities in schools. But by close supervision by parents I personally thinks playing video games is alright. Or else there will be many problems such as health, poor performance in their studies, increased in metal aggression and might suffered in relationships.
    The effects of playing video games are both positive and negative. When playing violent video games too much, it can leads to and increased aggressive behaviour as over time. Even some scientists has claim violent video games, have an adverse effect on young people.
    Over all conclusion, I would said that violent video games is harmful to society especially the younger ones. I have read in papers that it had cause death to those addicted ones.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Wei Tan for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/are-violent-video-games-harmful-to-society.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jun 17. 2019 03:12 PM
    Well…..Rinpoche had missed the opportunity to work in Paramount because of some unfortunate circumstances. Or else Rinpoche would have been a star in Hollywood. For us we are fortunate that Rinpoche’s choice of choosing to be a monk to benefit many across the globe by spreading Dharma. May Rinpoche’s teachings flourish and endure.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/i-almost-worked-in-paramount.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jun 17. 2019 03:11 PM
    Every culture has its own world-view. In Tibet , it is renowned for its inclusion and development of psychic abilities among those very highly attained Lamas. In kids is rarely, most probably , they inherited the psychic power from their parents . It could be either good and bad, sometimes it cause harm to themselves too when there is extremely negative energy. It’s a torture and scary for anyone to experience and feel the existing of unseen beings or spirits . Interesting watch of the 3 young girls with psychic abilities.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this video sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/psychic-kids-4.html
  • Chris
    Monday, Jun 17. 2019 03:11 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche and the blog team to share this good news with us. I rejoice for the retreatants who completed their Dorje Shugden retreat. Dorje Shugden retreat is a very beneficial activity for us to do to take a breather away from our city life where we are stressed out with many issues every single day.

    I have personally done retreats in Kechara Forest Retreat, and the experience is fantastic. Kechara Forest Retreat is a spiritually charged place where so many blessings were done on the land. Hence, any spiritual activities carried out there will be more effective. No to mention the environment here is stunning and so close to nature, which is very beneficial if we are looking to heal our mind and body.

    Thanks to Rinpoche, we now have an ideal place to do our retreats, which is Manjushri Guest House. Away from other activities in KFR, the much-needed silence and tranquillity in retreats can be found here. Rinpoche is always thinking of ways to improve our spiritual experience in KFR and hence KFR turned out to be as it is, a heaven on earth.

    http://bit.ly/2IkZYQw

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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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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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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Click on this picture and read about this very sad girl. Please offer your prayers for her to take a good rebirth. Tsem Rinpoche
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Click on this picture and read about this very sad girl. Please offer your prayers for her to take a good rebirth. Tsem Rinpoche
Bigfoot cafe in Bentong, Malaysia-Delicious vegetarian food in a beautiful setting- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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Bigfoot cafe in Bentong, Malaysia-Delicious vegetarian food in a beautiful setting- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
Tsem Rinpoche\'s personal shrine.
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Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
In Kechara Forest Retreat- Bentong, Malaysia, we have a beautiful outdoor offering grotto dedicated to Lord Dorje Shugden who fulfills the wishes of many visitors- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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In Kechara Forest Retreat- Bentong, Malaysia, we have a beautiful outdoor offering grotto dedicated to Lord Dorje Shugden who fulfills the wishes of many visitors- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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    They do this every day!
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    What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
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    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
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    2 months ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    2 months ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    2 months ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    3 months ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    3 months ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    5 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    5 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    5 months ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    5 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    6 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    6 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    6 months ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    6 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
    Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
    6 months ago
    This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
    6 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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‪Supermarkets and food stores have been adopting various approaches to minimise wastage of perishable goods. We are glad that AEON Retail Malaysia is one of them. #Kechara #foodbank #zerofoodwastage ‬- Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 hours ago
‪Supermarkets and food stores have been adopting various approaches to minimise wastage of perishable goods. We are glad that AEON Retail Malaysia is one of them. #Kechara #foodbank #zerofoodwastage ‬- Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Throwback - Art & Craft session. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Throwback - Art & Craft session. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - some games to bond the students. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Throwback - some games to bond the students. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learn to do water offering. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Children learn to do water offering. Lin Mun KSDS
Today’s dharma class subject - Altar set up and offerings. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Today’s dharma class subject - Altar set up and offerings. Lin Mun KSDS
Animal liberation in Kechara House this morning. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Animal liberation in Kechara House this morning. Lin Mun KSDS
Manjushri Nagarakshasa or Jampel Nagarakshasa is a direct emanation of Manjushri but appears with the lower half of a naga. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2MSqHYR
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Manjushri Nagarakshasa or Jampel Nagarakshasa is a direct emanation of Manjushri but appears with the lower half of a naga. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2MSqHYR
Vegetarian food provided for the retreat participants. Read more about Kechara Forest Retreat: https://www.kecharaforestretreat.com
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Vegetarian food provided for the retreat participants. Read more about Kechara Forest Retreat: https://www.kecharaforestretreat.com
Pastor Gim Lee giving guidance. "Pastor Gim Lee and I assisted the retreatants in setting up the altar and Pastor Gim Lee performed Druchuma Puja (Kalarupa) to start the retreat. Pastor Gim Lee also guided them during the first session to introduce them to retreat procedures. The group completed 7 sessions of retreat and ended each night with circumambulation of the holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat. Dinner and lunch were catered by the kitchen team in Dukkar Apartments, which were all delicious and beautifully presented. All participants loved the food." by Cynthia Ng
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Pastor Gim Lee giving guidance. "Pastor Gim Lee and I assisted the retreatants in setting up the altar and Pastor Gim Lee performed Druchuma Puja (Kalarupa) to start the retreat. Pastor Gim Lee also guided them during the first session to introduce them to retreat procedures. The group completed 7 sessions of retreat and ended each night with circumambulation of the holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat. Dinner and lunch were catered by the kitchen team in Dukkar Apartments, which were all delicious and beautifully presented. All participants loved the food." by Cynthia Ng
Shrine and offerings to Manjushri Dorje Shugden for the retreat.
2 days ago
Shrine and offerings to Manjushri Dorje Shugden for the retreat.
Kechara House regularly provides facilities for spiritual retreats.
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Kechara House regularly provides facilities for spiritual retreats.
Reciting prayers, meditation and concentration on powerful Manjushri Dorje Shugden at Kechara Forest Retreat. This is to remove obstacles for success in our lives. Pastor Gim Lee of Kechara House is guiding the retreatants.
2 days ago
Reciting prayers, meditation and concentration on powerful Manjushri Dorje Shugden at Kechara Forest Retreat. This is to remove obstacles for success in our lives. Pastor Gim Lee of Kechara House is guiding the retreatants.
Earlier this month, five members from our Puja House engaged in a Dorje Shugden retreat, spending three days in Kechara Forest Retreat strongly focused on Dorje Shugden whilst reciting 185,000 of his mantra. It was a fantastic opportunity for them to create a closer connection with this enlightened Dharma Protector, as H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche shares. If you would like more information about how you too can engage in retreats at Kechara Forest Retreat, please direct your enquiries to our friendly Front Desk team (care@kechara.com or +603 7803 3908).
2 days ago
Earlier this month, five members from our Puja House engaged in a Dorje Shugden retreat, spending three days in Kechara Forest Retreat strongly focused on Dorje Shugden whilst reciting 185,000 of his mantra. It was a fantastic opportunity for them to create a closer connection with this enlightened Dharma Protector, as H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche shares. If you would like more information about how you too can engage in retreats at Kechara Forest Retreat, please direct your enquiries to our friendly Front Desk team (care@kechara.com or +603 7803 3908).
Join us this weekend for the Spiritual Saturday Programme in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 15 JUNE: 7.00 am - 9 am: KFR Pilgrimage 9.00 am - 10.45 am: Design & string malas (Tibetan rosaries) 11.00 am - 12.30 pm: Rinpoche's Recommendations - Liz Taylor 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm: Lunch @ MGH INTERESTED? To RSVP your place (and your meal!) contact us at least two days in advance. Call +6017 965 9484 (WhatsApp) retreat@kechara.com See you Saturday! More info: bit.ly/2X6FpML
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Join us this weekend for the Spiritual Saturday Programme in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 15 JUNE: 7.00 am - 9 am: KFR Pilgrimage 9.00 am - 10.45 am: Design & string malas (Tibetan rosaries) 11.00 am - 12.30 pm: Rinpoche's Recommendations - Liz Taylor 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm: Lunch @ MGH INTERESTED? To RSVP your place (and your meal!) contact us at least two days in advance. Call +6017 965 9484 (WhatsApp) retreat@kechara.com See you Saturday! More info: bit.ly/2X6FpML
We are very blessed to be here in Kechara Forest Retreat as we work to preserve the sacred lineage of Dorje Shugden and we wish to share Dorje Shugden’s blessings with the world. http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
4 days ago
We are very blessed to be here in Kechara Forest Retreat as we work to preserve the sacred lineage of Dorje Shugden and we wish to share Dorje Shugden’s blessings with the world. http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
We are very blessed to be here in Kechara Forest Retreat as we work to preserve the sacred lineage of Dorje Shugden and we wish to share Dorje Shugden’s blessings with the world. http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
4 days ago
We are very blessed to be here in Kechara Forest Retreat as we work to preserve the sacred lineage of Dorje Shugden and we wish to share Dorje Shugden’s blessings with the world. http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
We are very blessed to be here in Kechara Forest Retreat as we work to preserve the sacred lineage of Dorje Shugden and we wish to share Dorje Shugden’s blessings with the world. http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
4 days ago
We are very blessed to be here in Kechara Forest Retreat as we work to preserve the sacred lineage of Dorje Shugden and we wish to share Dorje Shugden’s blessings with the world. http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
A big thanks to Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur for sponsoring and serving lunch yesterday to our street friends. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
A big thanks to Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur for sponsoring and serving lunch yesterday to our street friends. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Rejoice for the Dorje Shugden works and archives in Kechara Forest Retreat! The new signage is dedicated to all the beautiful Dorje Shugden practitioners around the world for over 350 years, who have kept their commitment to their teachers to practice and hold the lineage, and share the lineage with others. Read here: http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
1 week ago
Rejoice for the Dorje Shugden works and archives in Kechara Forest Retreat! The new signage is dedicated to all the beautiful Dorje Shugden practitioners around the world for over 350 years, who have kept their commitment to their teachers to practice and hold the lineage, and share the lineage with others. Read here: http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
Rejoice for the Dorje Shugden works and archives in Kechara Forest Retreat! The new signage is dedicated to all the beautiful Dorje Shugden practitioners around the world for over 350 years, who have kept their commitment to their teachers to practice and hold the lineage, and share the lineage with others. Read here: http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
1 week ago
Rejoice for the Dorje Shugden works and archives in Kechara Forest Retreat! The new signage is dedicated to all the beautiful Dorje Shugden practitioners around the world for over 350 years, who have kept their commitment to their teachers to practice and hold the lineage, and share the lineage with others. Read here: http://bit.ly/2Mzm9qq
Our food bank distribution activities throughout the #HariRaya week. Couldn\'t thank the volunteers and everyone from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia for the great cooperation to help make sure everything is ok on the supplying side. Their professionalism is second to none and that enabled our team to collect and disseminate the food in an orderly manner. #KecharaFoodBank #foodbank #HungerKnowsNoBarriers #Perak #Volunteers - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Our food bank distribution activities throughout the #HariRaya week. Couldn't thank the volunteers and everyone from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia for the great cooperation to help make sure everything is ok on the supplying side. Their professionalism is second to none and that enabled our team to collect and disseminate the food in an orderly manner. #KecharaFoodBank #foodbank #HungerKnowsNoBarriers #Perak #Volunteers - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Pastor Han Nee blessing the birds during animal liberation before releasing them. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
Pastor Han Nee blessing the birds during animal liberation before releasing them. Lin Mun KSDS
So wonderful to have parents and children participating in monthly animal liberation in Kechara House
1 week ago
So wonderful to have parents and children participating in monthly animal liberation in Kechara House
Teacher Laura and teacher Asyley guided children to do prostration. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Laura and teacher Asyley guided children to do prostration. Lin Mun KSDS
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