Conversations in Love

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee)

“To have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part“
~ Traditional Marriage Vow

In life, our actions and pursuits have always been aimed at finding happiness. Hence, when we embark on a permanent relationship like marriage, our goal is also towards finding happiness with another person. As we recite the marriage vows at our wedding, we fervently pray and place implicit faith and trust in a divinity to take care of our happiness and well-being. We envision a life of bliss together until the end of our days, growing old gracefully together, as we sail into our sunset years. Poets, bards, and singers have made this the topic of their work for time immemorial:

“Grow Old Along With Me
The Best Is Yet To Be
When Our Time Has Come
We Will Be As One”
~ John Lennon

Following our habituated way of thinking, the source of whatever happiness we seek from marriage appears to be the picture of an ideal partner. In fact, even as we embark on a long-term relationship with our partners, we already have expectations and projections on our partner. We expect to be happy when our partner conforms to our own set of norms, way of thinking, and expectations. In order to correct this mistaken view, we need to look deeply into ourselves and see that happiness does not come from holding mistaken projections and expectations. In fact, when these expectations and projections are unfulfilled, they are likely to cause us disappointment, pain, and anguish instead.

The ways to love and cherish your partner is to ensure their happiness and well-being are enshrined in the six marriage vows formulated by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, a renowned Buddhist teacher, whose books such as “Be Happy” and “Why I Make Myself Unhappy” show us how he skillfully applies Buddhist psychology to guide us towards real happiness. His six vows revolve around the most profound and unerring principle of how to be happy: be happy by making others (including our partner) happy and relieving them of their unhappiness.

After countless sessions of counseling couples on relationship issues by applying Buddhist psychology based on ancient wisdom and his profound insights into modern day psychological problems, Tsem Rinpoche noticed a recurring pattern in unsuccessful relationships. Taking this pattern, he formulated the following six vows:

  1. To be faithful
  2. To support each other through thick and thin
  3. To improve one’s weak points for each other
  4. Respect each other (including our beliefs)
  5. Share our wealth with each other, and
  6. Defend each other
Conversations in Love by Buddhist Pastor David Lai is a book aimed at teaching you how to live a fulfilling and loving relationship

Conversations in Love by Buddhist Pastor David Lai is a book aimed at teaching you how to live a fulfilling and loving relationship

Pastor David Lai, author of “Conversations in Love”, calls these six vows the Holy Grail of relationships and marriages. Taking and holding these vows involve both partners and requires a complete transformation in mind-sets and outlook. Instead of being fixated on yourselves and your own needs and wants, as you have been habituated to do in the past, you expand from the viewpoint of self-cherishing to cherishing your partner out of pure love for them. All of your best efforts should be invested in keeping these vows well and consistently. Your happiness is one hundred percent dependent on holding these vows.

“Conversations in Love” is a book consisting of six sets of conversations revolving around the above six marriage vows. Each chapter has an introduction that elucidates the advice given by Tsem Rinpoche on how to hold the particular vow in order to maintain a lasting relationship. What I find interesting is that each conversation, that follows the introduction and commentary by the author, discusses the vow from the different perspective of each one of the four speakers, as well as the problems and challenges involved, based on their individual observations and experience. The conversations are lively and scintillating. The most moving part of the book for me is in Chapter 6 – Love Beyond Beliefs.

 

Love Means Respecting the Beliefs of Each Other

The story of Tsem Rinpoche’s Uncle Naran and Aunt Hani and their extraordinary love for each other that transcended the bounds of religion and culture must surely make this the most moving part of the book.

The introduction states that a partnership must have the basis of mutual respect for each other. The respect must extend to embracing respect for your partner’s religious and cultural beliefs as well as the value systems that your partner holds, which governs their way of doing business, their ethics at work, the way to raise children, clean the house, drive the car and even do the shopping.

Tsem Rinpoche gives the beautiful example of the relationship of his Uncle Naran, a Buddhist, who married a Christian, Aunt Hani. Aunt Hani was a staunch Catholic and had unwavering devotion for the Pope. Uncle Naran, on the other hand, was a staunch Buddhist and was incredibly devoted to the Dalai Lama. However, the love between his uncle and aunt transcended their religious beliefs. They would go to each other’s church or temple for prayer services from time to time. They had their own simple altars by their bedside – one an altar to Lord Buddha and the other to Mother Mary. Their daughters embraced their beliefs by wearing a Buddha image, a crucifix and a pendant of Mother Mary, without any sense of confusion. Rinpoche’s aunt once told him: “I love my husband and I love everything about him and I go along with everything he says… I respect my husband and my husband respects me”. The daughters were made to feel that they had half of their father and half of their mother. So they were neither Buddhist nor Catholic. Rinpoche’s uncle was a “wonderful Buddhist, a good father, a good husband and a good person” and his aunt was a “wonderful Christian and person too.”

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Respect for each other led them to look for the common ground and the similarities such as compassion, understanding, love, generosity and patience. They were better people because they practised the core principles of religion, never criticising nor finding fault with each other’s faith or value systems.
Respecting our partner’s beliefs goes beyond religion. It also means we let our partner do things their way, or the way they are used to. Indeed, if you truly love your partner you would let them do what they really want to do. A person’s interests is what keeps them going. You should not tie them to you and insist that they spend all their time with you. This is not true love but selfish love. It shows that you love yourself and that you don’t actually love your partner. You are making use of them to fan your love for yourself.

In a conversation within the book, Brandon advises Foong, “If you truly love (your girlfriend), you must let her pursue what she loves. She loves to do charity on the weekends. You should join her from time to time and encourage her to do what she wants to do. Don’t think that it will take the time away from the time she has to spend with you. After all, she is doing something good and you have a whole lifetime to spend together anyway”.

If you build up a good daily relationship of genuine love and care for your partner, based on honesty and respect, trust will naturally develop in their minds. You will live in harmony, confident of each other’s love and support, with mutual trust and understanding underlying your relationship. The moment you stop them from doing what they had always loved to do before you married, conflict will arise. This is a sure recipe for arguments and disharmony in your marriage.

From the Conversation – The case of a recent divorcee, whose marriage fell apart because she had been caged in and controlled by a selfish and demanding husband.

Brandon: “She just got divorced and is quite emotional. She is still upset and is spending sleepless nights over it.

He (her husband ) apparently controlled her and didn’t like the fact that she is very passionate about a charity that she used to help out. She gave it up just to be with him. But after a year, her marriage fell apart.

She had enough and decided to divorce him because he started becoming more and more aggressive with her and she didn’t know what to do…He has been controlling her ever since they got married. He has been controlling and wouldn’t allow her to go out and volunteer at her favourite charity”.

Brandon: “Her husband made her quit her job when they got married”.

Stella: “It’s really sad. If only her husband would respect her and allow her to do what she wanted.”

Respect for each other must be built on a strong basis of sincere love and care. If there is no genuine love and care and there is no trust, honesty and respect, the marriage will surely crumble.

Below are other important and profound aspects of the six marriage vows that this book explains and discusses.

 

Love Is Being Faithful to Each Other All the Way

In the section on the vow of fidelity, Tsem Rinpoche gives a very profound and far-reaching piece of advice regarding how two partners in a marriage can remain faithful to each other:

“Every day of your lives together, from the very first day of your marriage, remind yourself of the qualities of your partner that caused you to fall in love with them.”

“The most important thing about getting married is the need to remain faithful to each other. We have chosen this person for ourselves, no one forced us to be with this person”.

I find that constantly reminding ourselves of the reasons why we fell in love is a most powerful piece of advice. If everyone were to follow this piece of advice with great love and compassion than surely any marriage would be able to survive even the worst crisis.

When we have checked a person out and seen for ourselves that they possess the qualities we like and that these are suitable or compatible qualities for our own, we should constantly remind ourselves of these qualities that made us fall in love with them in the first place. In fact, we should do this daily. The need to do this is especially crucial in times when difficulties arise. This constant reminder will help us weather the worst storms of life.

The price of being unfaithful is too high. Infidelity can break and shatter the partner’s heart. If there are children, it will affect their minds and influence their lives in the future. Children are young, vulnerable, and insecure emotionally. Hence, infidelity breeds worry and mistrust in a child’s mind. The crack in the precious circle of love of a family is hard to repair. This crack gets worse if the parent’s infidelity continues and the mistrust deepens. Eventually, as the marriage breaks apart, the entire family is torn apart, not just physically but emotionally as well.

Cheating on a partner in any way is disastrous for any marriage. Emotional cheating is a dangerous game, as the characters portray in one of the conversations in the book. It’s playing with fire, risking everything for a few moments of excitement of for the purpose of advancing in one’s career.

“There’s a fine line where flirting stops being harmless and borders on dangerous. Once emotions get into the mix, you get a recipe for disaster”.

 

Divorce and Dissolution of Partnerships Are Happening as Never Before

One reason given (in a conversation) for marriages of yesteryear lasting longer is that the elders did not accept divorce as an option.

“People (of yesteryear) are conservative and they hide their marital problems. After so many years they just live together although everything else is falling apart… They’d rather stay ‘nominally’ married than risk being scorned as a divorcee. So they stay unhappily married.”

Another speaker, Stella, notes that a few older friends have admitted that “they don’t have feelings for their spouses anymore but would rather stay married than start all over again.”

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Relationships Must Be Strenuously Maintained: the Daunting Prospect of a Marriage Especially When You Have a Career

There is no true marital bliss after a few years because the gritty reality of marriage sets in.

Stella: “But that’s what all human relationships are like if they are not maintained. Marriage is not a bed of roses like in the movies and it gets worse when you feel like you have to put up with this person for the rest of your married life. [That’s why (my partner) and I are not rushing into it. I’d rather focus on my career for the time being]”.

 

The Guy You Marry Transforms into an Overgrown Mama’s Boys

Brandon: “Boys are always nice when you are dating them. But when you marry them, they transform into overgrown mama’s boys. You suddenly have to take care of cooking, housework, kids, your career, if you have one, and you’re expected to perform at night…”!

 

How Does One Deal with the Problem of an Overgrown Mama’s boy?

One speaker, Stella, recounted her firm and skilful way of handling this. When she agreed to “iron her partner’s clothes”, she made it clear that she was helping him out initially. If he had continued to expect it, she would have pointed out that she wasn’t his maid and they “would have probably ended up arguing some more”. Fortunately, in this case, her partner was reasonable and did not insist that she continued doing it!

 

Love Partnerships Can Degenerate into Differences, Arguments and Conflict When Boredom Sets In

Brandon’s observation: For two people who have decided to begin a relationship, “everything will be fine for a few years, but your problems will start to crop up after that. You guys will be bored with each other. It will manifest in differences, arguments and conflict, you know, the kind of troubles that happen in all relationships”.

“I don’t think you guys are that bad but men (as well as some women)can change (degenerate)especially after they’ve been in the same relationship for a few years…They get too comfortable…familiarity breeds contempt”.

 

How Can We Ensure Partnerships Do Not Degenerate?

Changing your outlook and attitude from the start, and strenuously maintaining the relationship is keep to stop relationships from degenerating. Our attitude and outlook have to change. Instead of focusing on ourselves, we should focus outward towards our partner. We should also work hard at maintaining the relationship.

Another person in your life means you have to be always mindful about their happiness and well-being too. Whatever decisions or choices we make will have to be talked out with our partners as they will be affected. This is in sharp contrast to our making choices and decisions just for ourselves before we embarked on this relationship. So we need to take responsibility and adopt a whole new attitude and outlook in order to develop a truly loving relationship with our partners.

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Loyalty and faithfulness are necessary ingredients of a successful and enduring marriage and long-term romantic relationships. They are qualities that must be nurtured in each other. They are an expression of our sincere love for each other, and both partners must strenuously work at upholding the vow of fidelity in the face of the formidable challenges that confront them.

We should also work hard at maintaining the relationship by supporting, protecting and defending our partner through thick and thin. We need to put a great deal of effort into improving on our weak points for the sake of each other. We should respect each other and hold up each other’s image in the eyes of our family, our friends and the world.

 

Love is about Supporting, Defending and Protecting Your Partner All The Way

Never tire of consoling your partner or spouse. Never let them feel abandoned when they are mired in problems or difficulties. Never let them feel alone with their problems, nor leave them feeling unsupported when they are facing difficulties. Be the first to step up to be there for them, to help them face their difficulties. Listen to them, hear them out and support them. Just be there for them, even if it means just smiling, holding their hands or making a pot of tea for them, and giving them moral support.

Brandon narrates the story of his aunt who had been very supportive of her husband.

“My aunty is very loyal to her husband. Years ago, when there was a family dispute between my uncle (and her family), my aunty sided with my uncle. Her whole family wasn’t happy with her for a while because of it… it was probably over something petty. They are one of the most loving couples I know. Everybody respects her for that: they had a really loving relationship, the kind you see in the movies.”

Stella comments on Albert (the current partner of one of the guys in a conversation) who is nasty and spoilt, who throws tantrums all the time, and sulks.

“Albert wouldn’t make a good long term partner. When you have problems, he doesn’t exactly seem the type that would be there for you. He is too caught up in his own world. It’s really sad because that’s a lonely place up there”.

 

Love Is a Shield – I Will Defend You

We should defend our partners and spouses in order to protect them. We should never go around complaining and saying unpleasant things about our partners to other people. Our partners are not there to defend themselves and we are actually putting ourselves down as well as our partners in the eyes of others. Whether the other party listening to us agree with us or not, it is not right to air our dirty linen in public.

Our partners may have faults which sometimes rear their ugly heads. But overall, they are wonderful people to be around. It is when they are down, that we should support them and not put them down, or talk about them and make them feel worse. Let them know you are there for them whenever they might need you. In this way, you show your loyalty to your partner.

Whenever you talk about them, you should be talking about their good qualities to others, and how they are your pillar and source of support. One of the worst things to do is to complain and whine to friends about your partner.

In the book, one conversation is about the case of a female acquaintance who has been whining and complaining about her failed relationship with her boyfriend. She kept on and on about the things that he did and said, and what went wrong, (but from her own selfish point of view).

The speakers agree that it was in poor taste for her to air her dirty linen in public like that. Whatever problems in a relationship should be not be aired in public, but should be talked over with one’s partner.

Stella: “Girls tend to nit-pick at their guys thinking to get them to be someone they’re not.”

Never nit-pick at your partner, however good your intentions. It will really have a negative impact on the relationship and set it back. Instead, you can skilfully help your partner correct the fault without putting them down. The following is an example of how this can be done.

Stella: “There’s a fine line between good intention and nit-picking. When I first met Steve, I used to complain about his crumpled clothes he wore on weekends and he resented it. We argued a lot and I finally decided it was too small an issue to constantly argue over. So I changed my method. I would compliment him and be extra loving when his clothes were ironed and eventually, he reciprocated by taking some time over his appearance”.

 

Love Is about Transforming Yourself to Be the Best Person for Your Partner

Marriage gives both partners a wonderful opportunity to be the best person for each other. However, we ourselves should transform first. In actual fact, we ourselves should first change and transform our negative habituations to accommodate the other – work on transforming ourselves and not expect the other to change. Never attempt to change your partner. Never set conditions for your partner to improve first before you. Rather be the example of change, and your partner is sure to follow suit.

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Accept Your Partners as They Are – Never Try to Change Them

Stella: “Sometimes, you don’t find Mr Perfect. You find the regular guy with all his flaws. You make do, and you don’t try to change him or dump him or force him to be someone he’s not. You inspire him to change with love, sensitivity and a lot of patience”.

“Some girls tend to nit-pick at their guys and try to get them to be someone they’re not. My partner hates that about me and I learned to control my tongue real quick”.

 

I Will Improve My Weak Points for You

You should feel inspired to want to improve yourself because your partner has actually chosen you to be the one he or she will live with for the rest of their life. To live with you means to sleep, eat, and travel with you and to see your face every single day!

Instead of being nice to the rest of the world, and being nasty to your partner, you should be the kindest person of all to your partner. Remember, your partner will be the one to stick by you through thick and thin. Be the best you can be with your partner.

 

Never Let a Conflict – Differences or Arguments – Go Unresolved Overnight

Never use your speech or bodily actions to hurt your partner in any way. Never let a conflict or problem go unresolved and sleep on it. It gets worse the next day. People actually grow apart when they start to have differences and arguments. Then they stop talking to each other. All this can come about because you have wrong expectations and projections about your partner.

Your expectations and projections are based on your own upbringing. Always be mindful that you and your partner come from different backgrounds and upbringing. So you have been taught to do things in different ways because of your different upbringing. Respect for each other’s ideas and ways of doing things is important.

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If we begin on our part to improve on our faults and weaknesses, to become the best person for our partner, they will eventually reciprocate. If we adopt this attitude of continually seeking to improve ourselves for the other, our marriage/partnership will be a happy one, wouldn’t it? When we nurture each other in this way, our relationship will surely grow from strength to strength. Always be kind and respectful of each other.

In the book, there is a conversation in which Stella recounts how her partner reciprocated when she displayed a transformation from a negative attitude to a positive one.

Stella: “When I first met Steve, I used to complain about his crumpled clothes he wore on weekends and he resented it. We argued a lot and I finally decided it was too small an issue to constantly argue over. So I changed my method. I would compliment him and be extra loving when his clothes were ironed and eventually, he reciprocated by taking some time over his appearance.”

 

Entering a Commitment to Safeguard the Sanctity of a Relationship

When two people make the decision to marry and live with each other for the rest of their lives, they would have thought about it before finally making the decision. Their decision would be propelled by a truly deep and abiding love for each other. Hence, the very reason why two people decide to get married must always be upheld by their reminding themselves about it every day of their lives together. In general, marriage vows seal the sacredness of a relationship and the lifelong commitment of the partners to each other.

 

Love is about Sharing Whatever We Have with Our Partner

Sharing should be on a genuine “giving as much as we take” basis. We should neither take advantage of our partner nor adopt a selfish “give me” attitude. We should share in the truest sense whatever we have. This will strengthen the likelihood of the relationship being successful in the long term.
Whatever promises you have made to your partner, whether when you first met or later, you must keep your promises. Keeping your promise will bring to the relationship a sense of reliability that will engender you partner’s confidence in you. They will grow a deeper respect for you. A marriage must have a basis of mutual respect. This will foster greater respect and your children will trust you more, and in turn, you lead them to respect others in a similar way.

If you are genuinely unable to keep your promises to each other, you must sit down and talk with your partner, looking them in the eye. With sincerity, honesty, and from the depths of your heart, explain why you cannot fulfil your promise to your partner. Then ask your partner to help you fulfil that promise. Seek their support in whatever way they can give it. This is to prevent the marriage and the communication between the two of you from breaking down. This is to prevent the two of you from engaging in years of fighting, which will culminate in the two of you growing so far apart that you don’t even talk to each other anymore.

Here’s what it says in a conversation from the book:

Brandon: “You should share what you have with your partner. She would appreciate little gifts of love and appreciation from time to time, don’t you think”?

Brandon: “Most important of all is that you should be faithful and never forget to let her know what you are doing or where you are going especially when you are not in town. It’s very comforting and reassuring for them to be in the know. It also helps to send little sweet nothings now and again. Make sure you do it even if you’ve been in a relationship for over ten years.”

 

Why “Conversations in Love” Is a Must Read

This is a must-read book for anyone involved in or embarking on a long-term relationship. The book examines all the facets of such relationships, showing the possible faults and flaws in the make-up of people’s character and certain negative habituations and tendencies that may lead to a relationship breaking up. By holding these flaws and faults up to the light for us to see them clearly, the book points us to the six marriage vows once again. It highlights the fact that these vows unerringly guide partners in their relationship to ensure that they are happy and successful. Marriage and long term relationships will definitely succeed so long as these six vows are upheld.

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Indeed, as “Conversations in Love” is all about how to apply the six vows to guide us towards a successful relationship, it is a manual that helps us steer our marriage or long term relationship on a steady course on a day-to-day basis. It teaches us to be mindful that our partner is an individual with a different set of beliefs and value system, as well as different upbringing, who has actually chosen to live with us for the rest of their lives. It reminds us and warns us of the possible pitfalls and traps which we are likely to encounter on this journey with our partner, how to avoid them, and not to succumb to them.

The message is loud and clear. Both partners hold in their hands, the success or failure of their relationship. It’s a conscious choice for or against happiness, every step of the way, so long as no selfish distractions divert either of you.

 

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A teacher for 30 years, it is no surprise that Pastor Lim Han Nee's life long passion was reading philosophical books to quench her thirst for knowledge. Upon meeting her Spiritual Guide H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, she was amazed by the brilliance of the Dharma, and began to immerse herself in Buddhist Philosophy through countless of hours listening and studying the Dharma.
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  1. Anne Ong on Aug 18, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    I believe that in a relationship or partnership, there should be trust, respect,patience,supportive,compromising,honesty,sincerity and hero worship each other. Both partners must be open to each other with good communication for a better understanding. Otherwise it would be very difficult to survive. Both must be responsible in the relationship to improve things. Thank you very much Pastor Han Nee to share this wonderful article about love with everyone.

  2. Samfoonheei on Aug 9, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Marriage is a gift and plan for creation that men and women should live together. it provides a relationship through which husband and wife support each other as the relationship is built on love and faithfulness.Respect is one of the greatest expressions of love.Being faithful makes our relationship and marriage last. Faithfulness is an important value in a marriage. After all, we pledged our vows of faithfulness and commitment ‘until death do us part’To me always give and take in both side makes a wonderful relationship.I am glad to hold on my vows for 33 years.
    Conversations in Love is a good and useful book for anyone wanting to embark on a long-term relationship.
    Thank you Pastor Lim Han Nee for sharing these beautiful post.

  3. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 25, 2017 at 12:12 am

    The human condition, requires most of of us 99% to be in one form of a relationship with one another, not necessarily a romantic one. So it really pays if one is good at maintaining relationships with one another.

    I remember reading other Buddhist literature that Buddha spoke about how one can be a successful house holder. The Buddha in actuality thought of everything, even teachings that benefit not only monastics but also lay people. Buddha’s teaching encompasses teaching us how to be good humans and maintain good relationships with all the people around.

    I remember a friend saying that relationships are very leceh I couldn’t agree more than that.

  4. freon on Jul 20, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    This is a very good review on the book “Conversation in Love” many of the mistake we have make when come to love. We actually do not know how to love someone properly. Many of us, wanted the person for the rest of our life is because of the feeling we have on that time. But, feelings can be fade. What is lasting in a relationship can’t just depends on feelings. How to love, how to maintain the relationship is something challenging in these days. As one of the media said, a relationship that can last for 10 years is consider a legend. Thus, we see many divorce cases going on. And, we will ask, why get married if this does not last long.

    This book, is an important books that alert us to be mindful in treating our partner. Never take for granted on the relationship. One of it I like very much is Improve for our love. In a relationship, I always think that I wanted to change the person to my preferences, but, I forget that is me the one need to improve ourself for our partner. Not to say suit them but to change and improve our self . I tried that, it works. From arguments I learn to see the reasons that causes the arguments and thus improve on it. When my partner looks at my improvement, this bring positive thought to him and he started to improved himself to. We grow together at last.

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for this good review.

  5. Pastor David Lai on Jul 20, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Ahh… Conversations in Love. It was an interesting project in which I expanded on rinpoche’s teachings by creating 4 characters and having them interact with each other. Naturally, the characters were purely fictional and I kinda enjoyed creating little plots and relationship issue.

    Naturally, much of what I covered were based on the central theme of each point in rinpoche’s teachings. I found they were excellent themes to ‘flesh out’ relationship problems and issues. I thought they were pretty neat and realistic dialogue between adults, meaningful, and pretty entertaining. I hope more people would enjoy and glean something meaningful that will help them in their personal relationships.

  6. Sarah on Jul 20, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Every couple planning to get married should read the six marriage vows composed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche and practise them to ensure a lasting, happy relationship. The vows are based on basic Buddhist values of love, respect and cherishing others. With these wonderful precepts, you will be all right.

  7. Stella Cheang on Jul 20, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Oh love, oh love, what a tricky topic. Love is something everyone desires and hardly satisfied with. It is no wonder many people seek advice from those who had succeeded in a relationship. While every relationship is unique because it makes up of two uniquely different individuals, but I tend to agree there are some common “rules” that can apply across all couples. In fact, I find that MOST of the same tips can be applied to the relationship between parents and children, siblings, housemates and also close friends.
    
For example, “support each other through thick and thin” or “defend each other”; this is most important in any relationship. Is it not appalling to find out that your partner / parents / siblings / housemates / closed friends change their opinion of you according to the tiding, and wouldn’t leave a finger to fend for your good name? I have seen wives rolled their eyes and make snide comments (no matter how endearing they think it might sound) whenever they mentioned about their husband. To an impartial 3rd party, I can’t help but feel that there is something wrong with the husband.

    Relationship is constant hard work. We need to be prepared to live the part of what we expect of the other person. We cannot expect our partner / parents / siblings / housemates / close-friends to be that warm, supportive, respectful and loyal person when we are selfish, cold hard, uncaring, sour face and always look down on them. Thank you very much, Pastor Han Nee, for this review. It is a good reminder for us to relook at how we are treating others to get the desired relationship we are looking for.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 17. 2021 06:28 PM
    Chengdu is a sub-provincial city which serves as the capital of the Chinese province of Sichuan. The city is also home to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a conservation center where visitors can view endangered giant pandas in a natural habitat. Been an ancient city with a history of more than 3,100 years, it offer many tourist attraction. Many of the ancient sites around Chengdu reflect the influence of Buddhism, as well as the agricultural history of the region. Thousands of tourists both locally and internationally will flock to this city the beauty of it. It seem Chengdu is one of the most leisurely cities in the world. Well , Chengdu is famous for its spicy hot pot and many other mouth tingling dishes. This is because of the world famous Sichuan peppercorn that is grown in the region. Not only that the Giant statues of the Buddha one in Leshan, show the enduring presence of Buddhism on the area.
    Reading this post help a lot for those first timers visitors like me. I am glad my friends and me made it there to see for ourselves. I wish i could revisit this beautiful and exciting Chengdu again in future. Loved seeing those ancient architecture of those temples and of the city.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful post with details.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/must-visit-chengdu-exotic-and-exciting.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 17. 2021 06:26 PM
    Many monasteries have their own Dharma Protectors to safeguard the organisation and its interests. Setrap is one of them , they will propitiate their Dharma protectors every month to request for protection, blessings, and assistance for the growth of the Dharma and the well-being of the sangha. Each and every monasteries have their own. Interesting read of this article all about the close historical relationship between Dorje Shugden and Setrap.
    Setrap is emanation of the wrathful emanation of Buddha Amitabha, while Dorje Shugden is emanation of Manjushri. Setrap is an ancient Dharma Protector from the holy land of Bodhgaya in India. Sworn to protect the teachings and the practice was introduced to Tibet, and has since flourished. Many great Lamas and Geshes are known to have practised both Setrap, as Gaden Shartse’s Dharma protector, and also Dorje Shugden. They cannot be wrong definitely where Dorje Shugden is not an evil as claimed by the CTA. They knew the practice is very beneficial . has been the Dharma Protector of Gaden Shartse Monastery for the past 600 years. Dalai Lama visited the Dharma protector Setrap’s chapel in Gaden Shartse Monastery, South India. Dalai Lama even consecrated the chapel with prayers and sees Setrap as an enlightened being. Dalai Lama also endorsed Setrap and his practice as a beneficial one where he did affirmed the practice of Dorje Shugden through such close association. Interesting read may more people read this article to have a clearer understanding.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/dalai-lama-blesses-setrap-chapel-in-gaden-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 17. 2021 06:24 PM
    Looking at those pictures and videos tell a thousand words. What is underneath those lakes mentioned , cannot be taken too lightly. Well-known lake monsters such as
    Loch Ness , Champ, Ogopogo and so forth has been sighted in those lakes around the world. Stories of a sea monster lurking in the depths of lakes are actually centuries old. To believe or not its up to individual. The unexplored darkness of lakes serve as one of the gateways for these fascinations. Many had claimed witnessing those creatures but with no hard evidence. People love to fill in mysterious areas of nature with myths of monsters. Sightings of such lakes creatures is interesting to many. I do believe there are such sea creatures inhabiting in those lakes centuries ago. Some of those creature’s names indeed new to me. Interesting to know that they do exist after all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/7-lake-monsters.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 04:00 PM
    Amazing ,truly beautiful 1000-armed Avalokitesvara. A special gift given by Joshua and family from Singapore to Rinpoche. I love looking at 1000-armed Avalokitesvara where ever I went seeing any images of it i will always stare at it hoping to get hold of it. Avalokiteśvara is one of the most famous bodhisattvas in Buddhism, who embodies the quality of compassion and having the ability to understand the suffering of others. Merely looking at this beautiful 1000-armed Avalokitesvara paints a thousand words.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 03:58 PM
    Revisit this blog again as the miracles stories of Lama Tsongkhapa Statues truly interesting. We are fortunate to have met our Lama Tsem Rinpoche learning all the wonderful teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa. Its such a beneficial teachings and practicing it with so many amazing benefits for us all. Reading this post have me increased my knowledge. Looking at the rare foot print of Lama Tsongkapa which is a sign of his tantric achievements is indeed a blessing for us. The practice of Migtsema is amazing and powerful as it contains the meaning of all the Buddha’s 84,000 teachings.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/benefits-and-miraculous-signs-of-lama-tsongkhapas-statues.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 03:54 PM
    Since the monks are holding so many vows, serving them is an opportunity for HUGE merit. They are a source of inspiration for others who are seeking spiritual solace. We need to support them and creates the causes for the Dharma to remain , creating the causes for an abundance of spiritual and material wealth for ourselves as well. In Bangkok , its amazing having the opportunity to make offerings to the monks and nuns early in the morning. Giving to the monks and nuns is an incredible thing, we create unbelievable merit if we offer to the monks with the motivation of Bodhicitta. Looking at Angel makes offerings, reminds me of my trip to ChiangMai where I have an opportunity to give packed foods to monks early in the morning. Its truly wonderful indeed. If I have the opportunity again I will definitely love to offer foods to the monks.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/angel-makes-offerings.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 01:02 AM
    Wow! Thank you for the wonderful sharing. I love the amazing recipe on sauces it looks healthy and delicious. I found this recipes very nutritious with all fresh ingredients, spices and herbs. I would love to try it out the Savory Mushroom Gravy.

    https://bit.ly/39MFWeD
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 14. 2021 03:13 PM
    Wow interesting one of the most fantastic escapes in history now comes in comic for everyone to know the truth. The true story of how HH the 14th Dalai Lama had made a daring and dangerous escape. Dalai Lama had secretly travelled to India back in 1959. The truth not many knew but with this comic , more people will understand better. Its in simple and yet easy diagrams where kids and adults would love it. The great Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden through the esteemed Panglung Oracle had helped Dalai Lama .
    Interesting comic book one must read it .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-greatest-escape-in-history.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 14. 2021 03:09 PM
    Venerable Geshe Rabten Rinpoche known as a debater, scholar, and meditation master. Geshe Rabten was one of the pioneer and the first Tibetan Buddhist masters to give teachings in the West. Interesting sharing and with detail explanations understanding the Praise to Manjusri by Geshe Rabten. We are blessed to have learn and practice it . A good practice with the correct way to visual and reading this post had me understand better the meaning of this powerful prayer.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/praise-to-manjusri-explanation-by-geshe-rabten.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 14. 2021 03:07 PM
    Thailand is a Southeast Asian country known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. Home to an exorbitantly priced delicacy as well. There are thousands of Buddhist temples in Thailand. Everywhere and corners we could see Buddhist temples . Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, it’s a must-see for any one visiting Thailand first-time . It is the one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand, which is 1,800 years old, and is the oldest in the world. Been the third largest, longest and most beautiful reclining Buddha image in Thailand . There are 108 pearl carvings of auspicious images on the Buddha’s soles, in the Chinese-Thai style. Visited Bangkok many years ago but couldn’t recall if I had visited this temple. Wish to revisit again in future to see again the beauty of those temples at Bangkok. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post with video and beautiful pictures.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/i-visited-wat-pho-thailand.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 13. 2021 05:24 PM
    High in the mountains of Sichuan province, hidden from the outside world by its geographical remoteness is the largest nunnery in the world. With an estimated 20,000 nuns, monks and lay practitioners living in the austere surroundings of the Yarchen Gar monastery. The Yarchen Gar monastery above 4000m sea level considered to be the largest concentration of monastics in the world dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan Buddhist culture after the Cultural Revolution. Looking at those pictures tells us all, it’s a huge sea of Burgundy robes, one wouldn’t expect anything on this scale to exist or survive. With determination and will power they could live and do their meditation . Living in such an rudimentary conditions, they are devoted to following the faith and entering a life of sacrament.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10ooo-nuns-here.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 13. 2021 05:22 PM
    When we die our money, fame, and honours will be meaningless. We own nothing in this world. Everything we think we own is in reality only being loaned to us until we die. Everything surrounding us is only temporary. And on our deathbed at the moment of death, no one can save us. Anything can happen in life, anytime of the day , we have to live meaningfully while we still can by learning and practicing dharma before its too late. Do something useful for others in our life .
    Nothing is accomplished in one day…the bigger the project, the more the obstacles…but the obstacles you suffer is for others…so suffer it without suffering…Tsem Rinpoche
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/we-own-nothing.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 13. 2021 05:18 PM
    Dana in the Buddhist tradition means giving freely without expecting anything in return. The act of giving is purely out of compassion. Giving is an essential Buddhist practice. It is about generosity, openness, and our capacity to embrace others with compassion and love. At dawn, all over Thailand, the local monks will travel from their temples to the markets and past shops and houses, where local people offer food alms in exchange for blessings. The monks will be walking barefoot and with great grace, that’s where we could offer them foods in packets or so. It was truly wonderful, learning from this post and able to give while I was there in Chiangmai,Thailand few years back.
    When we support the sangha , we support the Dharma. Buddhist monks depend on our support and help to continue their spiritual path to continue benefiting others and dharma to grow .Looking at those pictures tells more.
    Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing and with explanation for us to understand more of it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/bangkok-monks-and-why-make-offerings.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Jan 12. 2021 12:47 AM
    Really very inspiring story, God sent Hero back to India. He droped his job opportunity and gave many people possibilities to survive. I believe not everyone has the passion to contribute or an opportunity to serve others like Mr. Krishnan and KSK.

    Thank you for the sharing, The true compassion of Krishnan comes from thoughtful skill of helping the needy.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 11. 2021 05:32 PM
    There is definitely an unseen spirit world all around us. Even though we are not able to see it or spirits it does not mean they do not exist. Spirits are beings trapped in a non-physical form in the lower realms.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers team for sharing this interesting and powerful practice of Trakze . Well it’s a very powerful practice for anyone been disturbed by spirits ,unseen beings and obstacles where someone had put a spell on them in their health and business matters. Known as black magic by some . Trakze’s practice and can be done daily for any of us who needs protection even if we are not afflicted by black magic and spirits. Interesting read with all the explanations,of how the practice should be done for us .
    Thanks again with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/trakze-to-dispel-black-magic-spirits.html

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
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In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
5 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
5 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
8 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
10 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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