Cutting Through Delusions

Feb 10, 2016 | Views: 1,825

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear friends around the world,

I would like to share a teaching on reinforcing our delusions. It will help you understand how we trick ourselves into being trapped in samsara (our own sufferings) and how our excuses are actually a cover for us to further indulge in our cravings. This teaching also reveals how merits and karma are gathered, the circumstances under which merit and karma are collected, the difference between merit and karma, and if we’re collecting positive or negative karma.

I sincerely recommend this article to everyone interested in making a change in their lives. Please read this and let me know what you’ve realized… Do you create more delusions, or do you try to cut your delusions on a daily basis? If you are creating more delusions than cutting off your delusions, there are antidotes to it: Dharma work with the correct motivation and merits.

I hope this article will help and benefit you so that you may benefit your loved ones and others in turn.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


Reinforcement

A Teaching on Creating or Cutting Through Delusions

In whatever we’re doing, it’s easy to start feeling like we’re hamsters running on a wheel. Our every day becomes busy and exhausting, but at the end of a long day, running that wheel, we feel like it amounts to not very much at all. We go round and round in a vicious cycle.

Then, we might try to get out of the cycle by searching for something spiritual – the promise of liberation and freedom. When we’re in it, we soon begin to feel that we have become a part of another trap and we don’t really know what it brings us to. We lose sight of that big thing they call Enlightenment or begin to feel like it’s just too far away to be a real possibility anymore. Round and round we go…

Either way, you’re getting yourself into a trap. That’s what it is after all – samsara’s just a big giant hole we’ve gotten ourselves into, and as long as we’re here, we’re going to find ourselves stuck at some point. So if you’re going to have to choose a trap, it may as well be the one that has an outlet, a secret passageway that can help you get out of the maze and into freedom – or the beginning of it anyway.

And what does it mean to “feel trapped” anyway? Surely, as Buddhists, we’d know that everything we perceive is just that – a perception. Feeling trapped and feeling free sit on two sides of the same coin. We have heard of the richest people – with several worlds at their feet – feeling trapped and suicidal; and then we’ve heard of monks being jailed for 20 years, never feeling like they’d lost any freedom. So freedom doesn’t have anything to do with where we are or what we’re doing. As cliche as it sounds, freedom really does just come from the mind.

But how?

 

Karma & Merits: Two Currencies that Keep Us Trapped or Make Us Free

Before we go further into looking at how to really break away from the traps we set ourselves, it is important to define two words: karma and merit. These words will be used frequently in the rest of this article and are two very pivotal terms.

Karma, loosely translated from Sanskrit, means “action”. It refers to the fact that every one of our actions, speech and thoughts – whether positive, negative or neutral has a corresponding reaction. This means that whatever we do now will ripen as a certain effect later in future (in this or in future lives). It creates certain effects and situations for us, but once that effect manifests, the karma is considered to be exhausted and no longer existent. Karma does not necessarily lead to anything good, nor to Enlightenment; nor does it have any specific correlation to whether we are on a spiritual path or not. Even people who are not spiritual or religious have, create and experience the effects of karma.

Merit is a type of positive potential, or energy, we create in altruistic actions, which supports and propels us forward in our spiritual journey. It continues to be generated for as long as we are engaged in spiritual actions and heading towards the supreme, ultimate goal of enlightenment. Merit is related specifically to our spiritual practice and work, and is particularly determined by the intention and motivation of our actions, speech and thoughts. (Spirituality in this case refers to any work or practice done with the altruistic intention that it creates results for the benefit of others). Merit leads us ultimately to Buddhahood, when it completes – at this stage, we no longer need to continue generating merits and our accumulation of karma also ceases.

While we are always creating both karma and merit, the difference between them lies principally in the motivation that drives our actions. Engaging in actions purely with the intention to benefit ourselves alone creates only karma – whether negative, positive or neutral. Engaging in actions with the intention to benefit others results in the creation of merit, which then leads us onwards in achieving the highest spiritual states of great compassion (Bodhicitta) and wisdom – Enlightenment.

Merit can be likened to a natural spring which never runs out – it is continuously replenished through the water cycle. Karma, on the other hand, is likened to a large cauldron of water, the quantity of which is finite. Merit, like water from the natural spring – can be extracted, but can be continuously and naturally regenerated and refilled as long as we continue to engage in positive, altruistic actions. Karma, like water from the cauldron, cannot be regenerated in the same way; once water is extracted from the cauldron, it will only begin to run down.

 

The Biggest Treasure Hunt of Our Lives

We didn’t really all start out feeling “trapped”. We felt pretty free when we were kids, didn’t we? Anything and everything goes when you’re six years old. Then we start going to school and the cycle begins – peer pressure, the need for good grades, approval from teachers and classmates, and that tricky social hierarchy found only in school cafeterias. We begin to discover the importance of reputation, the material success of good grades (and where it can lead you to), social acceptance, compliments and put-downs.

Around us, the world is moving up, that beautiful illusory parallel universe that exists in advertising tell us of all the wonderful things we should have, must have, can have! If only we had these things – our lives would be HAPPIER! We see our parents buying into the illusion. As we get older, our friends and colleagues at school and work are also starting to live that incredible dream that we see on television. In the post-modern world, the made-up playworld of the media tells us how things should be in reality. Our worlds become defined by a “system of objects” (Baudrillard) outside of ourselves, and our lives shape themselves around achieving this beautiful illusion.

So we chase – the perfect relationship (because couples always look so happy on television), the perfect house (because that billion-dollar property industry knows how to make gorgeous pamphlets of their latest development), money (because the Kardashians make life-with-wealth look so much more desirable). We spend our whole lives thinking, “If only I could get this, then all will be perfect. I will be happy. I will finally feel free.” We sign up for the big treasure hunt of our lives.

But ask anyone in this big hunt if they really are happy, if their lives really are perfect, if they could be sure that it would be like this forever. Most of them would probably say no. Things would be just that little bit better if they could get a better job, or a bigger house, or another child; if only their husband was a little less lazy, if only their wife was a little more understanding; if only they could adjust the size of their thighs or stop that balding patch from spreading. 

Before we know it, we’re 65 and we’re retiring, and we realize that in that pursuit of all the things we think will bring happiness and freedom, we have lost our entire lives. The very things we engaged in to free ourselves from this trap – money, relationship, family, career, fame and reputation – are the very things that have kept us from truly being free.

 

Satiating Cravings: How Illusions Reaffirm Our Delusions

As much as we’d like to pretend that we are completely independent free-thinking agents of our own will, the truth of the matter is that we are all acting from the same single central delusion of the world: craving. Everybody craves something – security, happiness, love, wealth, status, reputation, material things, protection, peace, children or a combination – and we operate entirely from this. The list is endless. Even people who seem to be unattached to material things operate from the “craving” to live a simple and uncomplicated life.

Then we have to find and do things to satisfy the craving. That’s where the influences of advertising, family, society, peers rear their ugly coiffeured heads – they create these beautiful illusions to buy into to satisfy that painful craving. The illusions paint the prettiest pictures we know – of brand new cars, of bigger houses, of happy couples and smiling families, of that life of ease acquired with lots of wealth. So off we go, we join that “system of objects” and act out those many illusions. We buy the car (or trade in our old one, for a better one), we buy a second house (even though we’re just fine with one), we search the ends of the world for The One that we will marry (because Bridget Jones told us it’s possible), we put ourselves through excruciating test-tube procedures to produce 2.5 beautiful, bouncing babies.

As we do so, we feel happy for a moment, the craving is satisfied. We reaffirm to ourselves that the cravings are real, they are important and that it is necessary to satiate them as best as we can. Cravings begin to take on a life of their own. Like a troll under the bridge, it starts to not be satisfied by the car anymore. It wants a fancier house, a bigger car, a more prestigious job or a second round of plastic surgery. After about six months, it decides that it doesn’t like this house anymore, it’s a little shoddy; it wants another house in a posher housing estate.

So we listen to the cravings, we ache from the want of these things and off we go looking for a way to quell the pain. Like a spoiled child, that ugly delusion of cravings stomps its feet and we run around in circles, finding flawless illusions to pacify it and keep it happy. As we chase after bigger, more exciting illusions, we reinforce the cravings, reaffirming within our minds that it’s okay to have these cravings and it’s okay to satiate them. Our sole purpose in life becomes about appeasing these cravings. What we fail to realize is that the spoiled child grows up and his demands get stronger, more challenging. So, like an anxious, fearful parent, we then run faster, spinning in tighter and tighter circles around the delusion. We feed it and it grows.

 

Antidote: The Power of Dharma Work for Cutting Through Illusions

While we might not be able to counter delusion directly, we can begin with the actions that arise from the reinforced delusions – the illusions. We begin first with cutting through illusions, not bending to their every whim.

Totally ignoring the lure of illusions is of course impossible. So what we can do instead, is distract them. Instead of filling our time with activities to strengthen our delusions, we divert our attention and energy towards activities that draw us away from the delusions. This is Dharma work – the very counter to our cravings, desires and attachments. As Dharma work focuses on achieving and creating things for others, it takes away from that deep-seated craving for ourselves which persists within us. Engaging in this kind of work, activity or practice takes time away from us going deeper and deeper into the trap of ourselves. The more time we spend on Dharma work, the less time we have for chasing those mirage-like illusions.

But then again, you might ask, what if Dharma was just another big illusion? Another distracted way for us to fulfill that ugly old delusion inside us called craving? What if Dharma was just another avenue for thinking about ourselves and all we wanted for that ego-centric “me me me” lurking inside our heads? Then how would that be any different from the high-powered job, the second house and the mortgage, the 12th boyfriend or the pay rise?

Well the thing is, it isn’t that different – and yes, we could very well be setting ourselves up to fall into yet another trap.

 

Antidote: The Power of Merits to Cut Through Delusion

We’ve found a way to cut through that clutter of illusion. Now, there’s the tougher menace of delusion – craving – to get through. With a tougher enemy, you’re going to need a much tougher weapon but with this in hand, you’ll be sure that any method you use will work. The concerns about Dharma work turning into a false method – another illusion – will also be resolved. Instead of trapping you further, your actions will turn your controlling delusions around into freedom.

Here’s how it works: you’re now engaging in Dharma work but you’re not quite sure whether it’s really actually getting to the root of the problem: your cravings. So here’s a good self-check to do: what is your motivation behind all the things you do? Is it for the benefit of others? Or just another manifestation of doing something for yourself? To satisfy concerns for own security, material gain, reputation, boredom? It is that very motivation that will determine whether you’re slaying that monstrous demon of selfish craving, or fattening it up.

Looking at this key point of motivation, we can come to understand that doing Dharma work solely with the wish to benefit ourselves leads only to the creation of karma which is, like the cauldron of water, exhaustible and rather meaningless. It doesn’t necessarily lead us to any ultimate improvement, happiness or freedom. Engaging in Dharma work with the wish to benefit others, however, leads to the creation of merit which is inexhaustible and which supports and drives us towards our spiritual goals – this results, eventually, in complete liberation, Enlightenment.

In the case of delusions therefore, the wish to benefit ourselves – creating karma – only serves to feed and further reinforce the cravings.

The wish to benefit others – creating merit – serves to lessen the cravings allowing it to eventually cease.

As we begin our practice, we may find that we still feel trapped, like we’ve just jumped from the frying pan into the fire. “What have I got myself into?!” We think to ourselves, “This isn’t any easier than how it was before spirituality.” This is only natural. We will still feel trapped because our cravings are still there, lurking in the corner and waiting to pounce. Doing the work and practice itself will not lessen the cravings. The negative thoughts and continued cravings that arise within Dharma may actually be creating more karma for ourselves. The crucial difference however, is that in Dharma, our actions are focused upon something higher – either our teachers or some kind of work and practice that seeks to benefit others in some form. In that, we at least stand a chance to develop merit so we can begin to work on cutting down the delusions. It’s a hard climb to the top of those attainments, but at least we put on the shoes and start putting one foot in front of the other.

It might also seem a daunting task to begin thinking of all sentient beings when we’re still grappling with our own individual wants, needs and desires. But we don’t have to start with the entire universe just yet. Shantideva has advised that we should start by thinking of the people closest to us first – our mothers, for example – and then expand it to include people within wider and wider circles. Eventually, it becomes natural to generate this altruistic motivation for all beings, even strangers.

Alternatively, we can generate a kind of superficial compassion for all sentient beings first. As we practice, we affirm this thought more strongly and it becomes more and more natural until we eventually begin to act naturally out of a genuine wish to help others.

 

Starting Out on the Right Foot: How to Set a Good Motivation

For as much as we mean well, we know the old adage that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” At our level, we can never really tell if what we are doing is beneficial, helpful or good in the long-term, at an ultimate level. While we blunder along believing (or trying to convince ourselves!) that our actions are totally pure, we could very well be doing more harm than good.

The only thing that can help us determine or change our motivation is by knowledge – by knowing what to focus on and understanding why. With knowledge, we will know what to do and what not to do; we’ll be able to counter doubt and answer questions clearly that arise in our own minds.

We gain that knowledge from someone who’s been there, done that and understands things from a much higher stand point than us – a Guru. This is a person who has himself stopped chasing illusions so that he could study, gain the knowledge, practice it and take vows so that he could teach it to us. This is a person who has understood the ultimate harm we inflict on ourselves (and others) by feeding the delusions and reinforcing it by our illusions – and who now directs every of his actions towards countering that. If there’s any example to live by, it would be our very own teachers.

The teacher himself has also received these teachings and body of knowledge from his teachers: and in turn, they learned from their teachers, leading all the way back to Buddha Shakyamuni. As we all know, Buddha completely cut through all illusions, destroyed all delusions and emerged free, at the highest level, to then teach us those same methods. We have that knowledge now in our hands – passed down pure and unsullied through the many generations of teachers to our own kind teacher, who then teaches it to us.

With this knowledge – and the thousands of years of it being tried and tested – we have that single key to unlock the correct, positive motivation in us that will make all the difference between creating further karma to chain us to our delusions, or creating merit to free us from them.

Armed with knowledge and motivation, we’re ready to fight that battle against illusions and delusions. But, like any warfare, how successful we will be will depend solely on how consistent and persistent we are in maintaining our practice and motivation. Just as water from a spring is continuously generated and flows onwards to provide us with water, so too does our merit need to be continuously generated to sustain and “provide” for our spiritual endeavors.

 

That “Ah Ha!” Moment: How Motivation and Merit Leads to Realization

Merit is also pivotal in helping us to gain realizations along our practice. It is important to note the significant difference between merely understanding something and realizing it, which is to actualize the teachings, internalize them and thus create transformation within our mind, attitude and focus. For example, there is a big difference in just intellectually understanding that a fire will burn us and realizing the truth of it when we put our hand into a fire and burn it. Upon realizing the effects, we make the resolution to amend our behavior and actions around fire henceforth.

In this case, gaining merit helps us not just as a means of distraction from our cravings. On a much more profound level, it helps us by creating conducive situations for us to receive knowledge (such as by meeting a teacher and being able to attend his teachings). Then, merit also helps us to understand the teachings – it is in a language we understand and we are of a sound enough mind and intellect to grasp the meaning. Most importantly, the merit we have helps us to internalize this knowledge and realize it.

When we realize the teachings, we experience mind transformation which thus pushes us further on our spiritual journey of mind development. With that, we begin to understand the workings of delusions, how we react (incorrectly) through the enactment of illusions and how we trap ourselves in this cycle. In other words, by the driving force of merit, we are able to learn, understand and internalize the causes and effects of delusions and illusions, and thus set the firm determination to renounce this cycle. Eventually – one realization at a time – we free ourselves from our self-imposed traps and are led to Enlightenment.

 

Discovering Treasure: The Relationship with the Teacher

Understanding that the teacher holds every precious bit of knowledge we need to generate the correct motivation and set us on the right path towards Enlightenment, we learn to hold him – and our relationship with him – supreme. To us, the teacher is all of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, for it is through him that we are connected to the Buddha, we receive the Dharma and have a direct relationship with Sangha. It is through our teacher that we generate our own faith in the Three Jewels.

To us, the teacher is more precious, more important than the Buddha himself; we recognize that at this stage, we cannot perceive the Buddha directly and our Buddha statues cannot talk to us to give us teachings. Only our teacher can give us the Dharma. In this way, in the tantric path, we are taught to view our teacher as a Buddha and by that, we in turn receive the full blessings of a Buddha when we make offerings to him, practice the teachings he gives us and serve him well.

Because the power of the teacher is so strong, it help us to literally free ourselves from the vicious cycle of delusions and illusions; our actions and attitudes towards him therefore have a direct bearing on our spiritual practice. Should we regard and treat him as a Buddha, we receive the corresponding merit and benefit from a Buddha; if we regard him as just a friend, we receive that same level of benefit, etc. Actually, by the power of the object (the Lama) itself, doing anything positive and virtuous towards this will generate powerful merit for us even without us knowing.

The converse also applies. If we act in negative ways towards him or do not follow his instructions to us, we collect very negative karma that brings us further away from our spiritual practice. This is very logical. If doing something virtuous with a good altruistic thought towards a virtuous object creates the positive energy of merit, then doing the opposite – a negative action with unclean thoughts will also create karma leading to negative effects.

In this way, therefore, two people could be practicing and studying very near the same teacher, both doing the very same things, but one could be generating vast amounts of merit while the other may be creating plenty of negative karma. This will be determined solely by the motivation behind their service towards the teacher and how they engage in their Dharma practice around him. 

It is not uncommon for very close students to suddenly quit and run away from the Dharma, or for their behavior to worsen over time. This is not the fault of the teacher – who loves his students equally – but is attributed to the wrong motivations of the student. By his wrong motivation, he would have been creating karma, not merit. As the karma builds over time, it overwhelms the merit. Eventually, the merit “runs out” in the way that it is so greatly outweighed by this karma that it is no longer able to take effect to help one’s spiritual path. 

By that same token, it is also not uncommon to see students who are physically far away from the teacher but who experience very profound transformation and who become increasingly devoted and firm in their practice. This is because, with or without the physical proximity of their teacher, their motivation remains firmly on benefiting others so that whatever they do continuously generates the merit to support their practice.

 

Fighting the Urge: Escaping the Endless Vicious Cycle

It isn’t easy to get out of the trap we create for ourselves – the familiar feeling of those delusions feel good and the enactment of illusions fills us every moment with the anticipation of happier times. Applying the opposite, just as outlined here, may well seem the more difficult path. Engaging in spiritual practice, learning to think of others than ourselves and taking ourselves away from our physical pleasures may be tough, even painful.

But NOT doing it is worse.

Both ways – in Dharma and out of Dharma – will feel like a trap at first. But in recognizing the highest potential that merit can bring us, this practice and work puts us in good stead to at least find a way out of the maze. If nothing else, we would have helped more people than just our one solitary self along the way.

Perhaps, along the way, you might discover too a different sort of craving – a stronger but surprising addiction to making a change in the lives of others. To see someone happier because of you or in less pain, when you had expected nothing back from them, lights a magic fire in your heart. That is a happiness beyond you. And it isn’t even a passing illusion. It’s real. It’s someone standing in the flesh in front of you, alive and happy. That alone is worth shattering every illusion for.

 

Questions & Answers

Q: I have heard some people say that one’s merit can run out, and therefore they are not able to engage in any spiritual practice anymore. Is that true?

A: We might engage in spiritual practice or actions with the wish to benefit ourselves, to satisfy our egos, to look good or to get fame and position. We might also be doing it out of concern for one or two individuals we love. In this case, we would then be creating only karma, which is exhaustible. We may be engaging in actions in the name of Dharma but no merit is created because the motivation is not to benefit all beings. Instead of freeing us from our illusions, our spiritual actions actually just become yet another illusion to feed into the cravings in our mind.

It is not that our merit runs out, but rather the amount of karma that we create becomes overwhelming and far outweighs whatever small amount of merit we have. When this happens, the small amount of merit is not able to keep us going in our spiritual actions and practice, so we may be incited to leave or quit.

It is incorrect to say that one’s merits have run out and therefore, there is nothing one can do anymore. This is like saying that we are hungry and have run out of food, but we continue to just sit there and not do anything to get some food. Merit can be continuously generated in the actions we do and with the motivation that we carry. If we conscientiously engage in actions / motivations to create merit, this will thus also continuously sustain our spiritual practice.

 

Q: Give me an example to illustrate the workings of Karma and Merits

A: Due to the two types of motivation that can arise:

  1. For the benefit of the self, which creates karma.
  2. For the benefit of others, which creates merit.

An example to illustrate the workings and nature of karma is as follows: karma is similar to us scooping water from a cauldron and giving it to someone with the expectation of receiving something back. However, once the kindness is given and received, the karma ends. In this way, the cauldron will eventually run out of water as we keep taking water from it.

Merit is likened to us scooping water from a natural spring with its source of water coming from the mountains. No matter how much water we scoop out, the source is endless. The spring will therefore never run out of water. When we engage in actions purely to benefit all sentient beings without the element of self in the equation, we create powerful merits and not karma.

 

Q: I am engaging in Dharma practice for the sake of my partner, who I love very much. Do I collect merit or karma when I have this kind of motivation?

A: If you are doing Dharma for a partner, friend or family member, you create karma, rather than merit. This is because although you are doing Dharma for someone else, it is still ultimately for your own personal gain. If we were sincerely concerned for the welfare and benefit of others, we would be doing Dharma not just for one of our loved ones, but for many more beings.

Further, because the object of our practice is someone who is not “higher” than us – such as our Guru – we create karma rather than merit, for the motivation and focus are not for a larger good.

 

Q: How about if I switch my motivation to doing Dharma for my Guru instead of my partner?

A: In this case, your Dharma action – done in relation to your Guru – will accrue a mixture of both karma and merit. At some level, you are still acting out of a self-centered motivation, for your own benefit, which is where you generate karma. However, because the object itself – the Guru – is holy and exists entirely for the benefit of others, you will also still generate some merit by focusing on and serving him. Eventually, as you continue with this motivation focusing on your teacher, you can generate enough merit to expand motivation to encompass a wider scope of benefit.

 

Q: What happens if I quit or leave the Dharma, or if I break a promise to my spiritual teacher?

A: First, we must understand that when we engage in Dharma work or follow the instructions of the teacher, we are supporting a series of actions that will lead to the benefit of others. Whether it is an instruction to physically go out and do something for someone, or an instruction to enter retreat, the end result of Dharma should always be to bring benefit to others. Even entering solitary retreat is about improving our mind such that we develop the qualities necessary to be of more benefit and less harm to others.

When we give up on the Dharma or fail to carry out the instructions of the teacher, we directly cut ourselves off from being able to help someone, either directly or in the long term. All the people that we could have helped by our Dharma work would thus not be able to receive that help, or the help would be delayed. The negative karma of that effect on those beings would then come back to us.

It is incorrect to simply think that if we leave the Dharma, there is no effect, or that it is “good enough if we are good people” and are not harming someone. Often, inactivity alone is damaging and harmful – we collect the negative karma because we know better and could have done something to help someone, but we didn’t. For example, by following our lama’s instructions, we could have reached out to help 100 people. By not following the instructions, we may never be able to help any of those 100 people and they will continue to suffer. We may not have hurt them directly, but we allow them to continue suffering – doesn’t that amount to the same thing?

 

Q: What is samaya? What does it mean to break samaya and what is the effect?

A: Samaya is the spiritual bond, commitment and loyalty between a student and his Guru, or a student and his spiritual community (which could be either ordained or lay). To maintain good, clean samaya is to engage in Dharma practice exactly in accordance with our teacher’s instructions, with the belief and faith that everything the teacher advises us is for the higher benefit of ourselves and many other sentient beings. It is to keep our promises, uphold our words of honor and carry out instructions perfectly.

To break samaya is to go against our words of honor to our Guru or our spiritual community. It is when we are not honest, if we are deceptive or lie in any way, if we do not carry out the instructions of our teacher and do not practice what he has told us to, this collects a huge amount of negative karma because we directly contradict the Dharma teachings (truth) and go against what our holy teachers are telling us to do, which is only ever for the benefit of others. By not following through with the instructions, we are therefore allowing others to continue to suffer – imagine the corresponding karma that comes with that.

Also, while maintaining a pure samaya with our teachers and honoring our words towards him creates merit, it is only logical that doing the opposite creates a kind of demerit, or karma that prevents our positive merit from opening up. When we break samaya, it is like saying that we do not believe or accept the teachings and guidance from our Lama; that we know better. In this case, we create the karma to be separated from the Guru and not to be able to receive the teachings from the Guru in the future.

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  1. Samfoonheei on Apr 28, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Beautiful sharing with the clear explanation and teachings for us all . Whatever we do as long is to benefit others would be wonderful. First when we engage in virtuous dharma activities to benefit others, there is less chances of us creating more karma. When we’re doing good deeds, we’re setting ourselves up for a positive life. For Buddhists, karma is simply the result of the actions that people have done throughout their lifetime. Qualities such as anger, harmony, happiness, and discontent are all seeds that we sow and nurture in our mind . With Dharma work established in our mind whatever we do with right motivation, we will collect merits.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this powerful profound teachings on karma and merits.

  2. Tsa Tsa Ong on Apr 26, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this enlightening article about creating karma and merits with different motivations. I would say from my personal opinion that it’s best to do Dharma work with an open mind with a positive and happy motivation by wishing to bring Dharma to more people in our network. It really brings me true joy and happiness to do social media and keeping myself occupied at home, rather than feeling bored and feeling confined. This MCO period is a very good time for me and others to catch up on Dharma work and learning within the comfort of our home. ???

  3. Yee Yin on Sep 6, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Rinpoche has explained about karma and merit so comprehensively in this article. It is true that we are so conditioned to believe how a happy life should be by advertisement, by people around us who are not spiritual. We accept that life has its goods and its bads, it is normal. But we never thought there is a way out.

    However, when we start our spiritual journey, we still feel trapped. Because we are doing the same things over and over again. However, if we can change our motivation, by doing Dharma work, we will eventually feel free and light. The ‘craving’ we have in doing Dharma work can lead us to be free from sufferings if the motivation changed. The ‘craving’ for material things will only sink us deeper in samsara.

    Rinpoche has given us a very useful method to change our motivation in order for us to gain merits. If we cannot think of benefitting all sentient beings, we can use our teacher as the object for us to generate merits. As we do this more, we will be able to develop our altruism by the merits we have generated.

  4. Suet Moi on Feb 3, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Very confusing and interesting topic of karma and merits. As a buddhist practitioner, we need a lot of merits in order to have attainment. To generate merits instead of karma must have the right motivation for others and selfless.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teachings

  5. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 20, 2016 at 3:12 am

    This is an important article that first when we engage in virtuous activities, there is less chance of us creating more karma. And the creation of merit is what is needed to uproot our craving and delusions.

  6. Fong on Jun 24, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Cravings and habituation are like a ride on the merry-go-round. It goes round and round getting us nowhere. Breaking that chain will be like the toughest battle of our lives. We may start out real fresh and willing to fight the battle but it an on-going, relentless battle.

    With that said, personally, I find that having a Guru helps to focus on the battle and help me keep going despite the many times I have negative thoughts and get tired. My only hope is that the negative thoughts is less than the positive to help me move forward.

    So, I have to keep my faith with the Guru who is the embodiment of the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha and continue to work towards collecting karma and hopefully some merits. Even, then it is so very difficult to keep the focus on doing Dharma work for the benefit of others as there are many times when the thought of doing it for our own escape from Samsara is uppermost in my mind.

    Guess, i will just have to keep chipping away at those thoughts.

  7. William Yeoh on Mar 24, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    I want to thank you for your wisdom on this topic. I have been stuck in this area for a long time. Its like hamster running on circle for sure. Sometimes i really felt really sad for not able to overcome the craving,etc. Holding it i.e ignore or keep still, hope it will pass does not work in the long run. Sometimes i even feel like giving up practice. After reading your writing on this, i felt more confident. I will continue practice. I dont know how to say this, but i really appreciate your teaching.
    My guess is people still thinking their present world real therefore not able to let go. Not able to let go made them clinging to material world.
    Please allow me to do full prostrate to you if we are able to meet.

  8. Pema Thinley on Mar 24, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this profound and very simple teachings on karma and merits. This is one very deep talk I ever come across lah.
    I and most of us fail to examine our minds-motivations- when we do things daily. Unknowingly, there is every danger that we would be collecting just karma or the negative karma if we don’t check our motivation. Thank you for explaining it in our levels of understanding. Long Live Rinpoche _()_ _()_ _()_

  9. Li Kheng on Mar 19, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Even the desire to live a simple and unencumbered life can arise from craving.
    From this statement in the article, I learn that it is not about the “what” we are in pursuit of but the attitude in which we embark on this pursuit.

    Craving is the seed that puts us on the endless cycle of activities to fill up a black hole.

    I learn that it is being at peace and accepting with either having or not having is an initial sign that we have risen a little above the sense of self-importance. The non-self in our actions, regardless of what that act is, could be the beginning of non-accumulation of karma. While the care and consideration of others in our motivation will nurture new habits to accumulate merits for spiritual awakening.

    Thank you for this powerful and wonderful read. May those who read it and reflect on it, learn and grow so that we wake up at 65 years old with a smile on our face.

  10. Datuk May on Feb 17, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Due our habituation of always thinking of how to pleasure ourselves, it is daunting to practise Dharma with the motivation that whatever we think, say or act must be with the benefit for others. Others although inclusive of loved ones must also extend to all sentient beings.

    As it is a natural bond of love with our mothers, the first lesson of benefitting others as taught by Rinpoche was to know that all sentient beings could have been our mother and to treat them as such.

    That was one of the most profound teachings of creating the motivation to benefit others without thought of self.

    It is not an easy task but it gets to be easier to have a spiritual teacher and always reverend Him/Her and do what is instructed as our Teacher/Guru is our guide out of this mess of samsara.

    I will make it a point every morning to think of doing something kind to someone that I may not even know and consciously act to collect merits. In benefitting others, I benefit myself. It is a win win situation and the Dharma is without faults.

  11. Shelly tai on Feb 17, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this precious teaching about how to cut our delusion , as from the teaching it make me understand more about the important of Dharma work it actually is hard for most of us to understand our own mind since young we have taught to achieve this and achieve that in order for us to gain happiness so we has been so use to it and eventually make us think this is the right way to live our life, I would said if is not because of Dharma we will not realize the purpose of life why are we here so I m very thankful to Rinpoche for being here with us and continue teaching us and reminding us the important of selfless mind .

  12. Stella Cheang on Feb 14, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Our delusion of this world and what this world has to offer keep us grounded and fuel our perpetuity dwelling in it. We are programmed in many ways to believe that a relationship and family is good, status, wealth and material are good. And we spend our whole life making sure that we have someone to form a family with, and going after social status by accumulating wealth and material assets, unceasingly.

    When we are in this rat race within samsara, it is very difficult to imagine the beautiful illusion that everyone else seemed to be living in, is in fact, a delusion. Everything and everyone around us is reinforcing the beautiful illusion, enlarging it to a central piece in our functional mindstream, blinding our ability to reason; as a result we develop an insatiable craving to live the beautiful illusionary life.

    There is an antidote to cut our delusion. It is by doing Dharma work, because Dharma work
    • Brings our focus and energy on working for the benefit of others.
    • Takes our mind away from going deep into the chase of our delusion that mainly satisfy the me, me, and me.
    • Collects merit to support and drive us to the higher spiritual goal (which is enlightenment, ultimately).

    In order for out Dharma work to generate merit, we must always check our motivation when carrying out the work. We should not have the intention or motivation of obtaining benefits (through dharma work) for ourselves. When we do Dharma work fervently, some might say that we are indulging in the same rat race but different maze, but at least we embark on the journey towards cutting delusion and out of the maze, rather than stuck in the rat race without any exit.

    Only with knowledge, we will be able to determine if our motivation and intention is pure when doing Dharma work. And the knowledge comes from a Guru; our Guru, the only person who had cut his chase of delusion, took vows and practice the Dharma for many many lifetimes, for the benefit of others. It is through our Guru that we now know our wayward lifestyle is a trap to keep us in samsara. And it is through the same Guru whom we were taught that there is a way out.

    Realizing the importance of a Guru, we must hold Him as the most precious and protect our samaya with our Guru as the utmost important thing in our life. No one else but our Guru can liberate us from perpetuating samsara endlessly.

    Thank You Rinpoche for the teaching on recognizing our delusion and the method to cut our delusion. I will be more mindful of my motivation when doing Dharma work so that the work generate merit and not karma.
    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  13. Lin Mun on Feb 13, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thanks for your sharing and teaching. You make this write up easy to understand and explained the definition of karma and merits very well.

    Previously, I thought positive karma and merits are similar. It is true that most of the time the reason I practise dharma is for a few person and not for the benefit pof everyone. I will now remind myself of the motivation and apply it into my daily practise.

    Also thanks for the clarification on samaya and Guru Devotion. It is very important to understand this point that will help to lead us to Enlightenment path.

    Thank you again.

  14. Colin Tan on Feb 12, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    This really is a good write up for people that want to understand the difference between Karma and Merit. By understanding the difference, it helps individuals to make the right decision as to how they should react to things.

    Suggest that anyone who wants to learn the Dharma should first know about Guru Devotion.

    Cheers.

  15. Lum Kok Luen on Feb 10, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you very much for this wonderful teaching, reminder, and pointer for us as we embark on our Dharma journey.
    All this teaching really talked to me deeply and I am now re-examining my motivation to be in Dharma, is it for my benefit or do I sincerely and truly want to benefit others?
    I am honest to admit that at times, my ego gets in the way and without realizing that my own ego will pull me further into the samsara typhoon.

    The other factors that we ourselves barricade is laziness, and selfishness. We want some solitary time to ourselves where we can indulge ourselves in such as enjoying a cup of coffee or dreaming to owning a “better” car, etc.

    Guru devotion is another area that I have need to keep improving as you have mentioned throughout this teaching. Without the Guru, there is no teaching, and therefore, we cannot pull ourselves out of samsara.

    This ia a great reminder and to be honest, for me, I have to constantly review these wonderful and important teachings from time to time and check my own mind to see where I’ve improved and where I need to improve – sort of like a progress chart. I have to honestly be truly honest with myself in order to progress out of samsara.

    Humbly yours,
    _/\_
    Lum Kok Luen

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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Nov 27. 2020 02:09 PM
    From lush rainforest to deserts, frogs are found in every environment on earth. There are many different species as well and colourful too. Unfortunately, an equally-horrific new fad has recently popped up in China, where millions of frogs are being coloured with industrial dyes. Those dyes contains a very high doses of chemical which is harmful to the frogs. They seem to be a popular trend in China and are in high demand at aquariums and ponds , some been keeping it as pets. Everywhere at wet market in China, the dyed frogs are being sold. The effect of injections of chemicals into the frog would be horribly injured or killed the frog. Recording to research the dyes being used on the frogs are dangerous and harmful to human as well.
    May all sales of these coloured frogs must be banned. Its more or less abusing animals in such a way frogs were treated as objects and not living creatures in need of care. In no time all these frogs will go extinction .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/coloured-frogs.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Nov 27. 2020 02:08 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these meaningful and heartfelt pictures of those horses. Yes looking at those pictures indeed paint a thousand words. It is truly sad seeing that poor horse Jerry had to suffer. Making horses pull oversized loads like carriages is indeed cruel. They are forced to toil in all weather extremes, heavy traffic all day long. Well they might suffer in silence debilitating leg problems in long term as they have to walk on hard surfaces. Horses would definitely love to be free living on green fields where it’s a better environment for them. They could run freely as they wish. In many cities, horse-drawn carriages are seen as tourist attractions. Even though horse-drawn carriages have been in use for thousands of years , I do hope more countries will ban horse drawn carriages. Recent years many cities around the world are banning horse-drawn carriages. Great news as horse are not mend for hard surfaces, in heavy traffic and so forth.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/9-special-photos.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Nov 27. 2020 01:49 PM
    There’s nothing in this world like the unconditional happiness our 4-legged buddies give us humans. And, just like our 5 fingers, each of them are gifted with their own personality and unique qualities.

    We should have a first hand knowledge before adopting one. Dog behaviour can be puzzling to both new and experienced dog owners.Thank you very much for the informative article.


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  • sarassitham
    Friday, Nov 27. 2020 01:10 AM
    Thank you for the beautiful and historical sharing of Baba Nyonya community in Malaysia. As we know this group is small and their journey begins first at Malacca, then continued to Penang, Singapore, and Indonesia.

    The intermarriage between Chinese and Malay except formed a unique lifestyle and also created out a new culture, customs, festivals, tradition foods clothing, design and entertainment.

    May this rich culture and colourful tradition be preserved and practiced by the younger generation, and do hope this special heritage will live everlasting with us.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Nov 26. 2020 02:28 PM
    Every where there is spirits or unseen beings . Even old tress do have spirits too. Heard of it those days but for one to see it daily is scary. I am sure Rinpoche’s mother had goose bumps seeing the old man spirit. Luckily not a harmful spirit. Tree spirit is a nature deity related to a tree and are present in many cultures. As many of us do believed that if we cut down a tree with a spirit dwelling in it, is not so good. We are disturbing them. To avoid any misfortune we have prayers to appease the tree spirits, asking their permission to do so…..clearing obstacles or any ugly incident happenings.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-tree.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Nov 26. 2020 02:26 PM
    nspiring video of a Portuguese boy with strong imprints. His dinner plate was served with rice, potatoes and octopus tentacles. After some questioning he told his mother that animals are not supposed to be eaten, but to be taken care of. This surprised his mother as her young son understands about the killings of animals. He don’t want to hurt animals , he knew the pain and sufferings of animals been killed . That’s wonderful , it’s a good beginning for a young boy to have compassion for animals at such a young age.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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    Thursday, Nov 26. 2020 02:22 PM
    Reincarnation is the religious or philosophical belief that the soul after biological death, begins a new life in a new body that may be human, animal or spiritual depending on the moral quality of the previous life’s karma. Psychiatrist Ian Stevenson has investigated many reports of young children who claimed to remember a past life. Interesting findings. The belief in reincarnation is held by adherents of almost all major religions. Hence life after death and the possibility of reincarnation do happen. What happens to us when we die? Well this is an old question for which religions have provided answers with faith. One of the mysteries puzzling human mind since the origin of mankind is the concept of “reincarnation”. I do believe in reincarnation and have come across friends who remembered their past lives. Recently I met an Indian Sikh lady who’s past life was a Buddhist. Beautiful stories from her too.
    Interesting read of this blog tells us more.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-mysteries-reincarnation.html
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Nov 25. 2020 03:58 PM
    Thank you for the article and video sharing. It’s sad to see the reality of live of some people in the world has to go through so much suffering at younger age to survive.

    The early involvement of child labour is caused by their parents due the families economic hardship, parents need their help to perform their work or replacements when they are sick or old. Unfortunately the brick kiln management taking opportunity to misuse the labour by performing multiple task and treating them as slave.

    I do greatly appreciate the rightful action will be taken to prevent and to provide the new guidelines against the brick kiln owners who have tried to exploit workers.

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    Wednesday, Nov 25. 2020 01:54 PM
    Interesting read about Goddess Gemu, being worshipped by the ancient tribal community Mosuo people in both Shamanistic Animism Tibetan Buddhism. The Mosuo are considered the last-remaining matriarchal society in China, where they are a culturally-rich people. The traditional Mosuo religion worships nature, with Lugu Lake regarded as the Mother Goddess. Their practice is incorporated to the Tibetan Buddhism practice in the region for decades. The Mosuo has their own syncretic faith called Daba and the influence of Tibetan Buddhism. The Goddess Gemu is the most widely worshipped by the Mosuo people. Glad to note that the traditional shamanism based Daba faith is concertedly with the Tibetan Buddhism faith. The Zha Mei monastery which is a gelupa monastery had a strong affiliation with Dorje Shugden and at the same accepted the worshiping of this Goddess. The 5 th Panglung Kuten did took Dorje Shugden trance at this monastery . Strangely the CTA cannot accept the practice of Dorje Shugden on the hand could accept an unenlightened protector deity Godess Gemu. The practice of Dorje Shugden is indeed very beneficial so as the practice of Daba faith to the Mosus people.
    Well, may the Dorje Shugden ban soon going down into history for the benefits of all sentient beings.
    Thank you Valentina for a detail write up on the Gemu Goddess and those rare pictures of oracles by Dr.Joseph Rock who had explored the Tibetan borderlands .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/gemu-goddess-of-mosuo.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 25. 2020 01:52 PM
    Walpola Rahula Thero was a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, world renowned scholar and writer. Dr. Rahula is the first Buddhist monk to become a professor in a Western world. He has written extensively about Buddhism in English, French and Sinhalese. He was noted not only for his erudition but also for his strong socialist views. During his lifetime he was awarded several awards for his incredible work towards harmony.
    (Whatever we are Theravada or Mahayana, as Buddhists we all accept the Buddha as our Master who gave us the Teaching.)…..well said.
    Ven. Rahula was later instrumental in encouraging the formation of the first Theravada temple in the United States. He spent most of his life in teaching and lecturing before going back to Sri Lanka where he passed away. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ven-dr-walpola-rahula-thero-the-theravadan-academic.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Nov 25. 2020 01:03 PM
    This unique group of Malaysians have seamlessly assimilated the cultures of the Chinese and the local Malays particularly into their elaborately embroidered attire and very meticulously .

    The Baba Nyonyas have a very unique style of architecture that brings together Western and Eastern components,The community it self is also unique and rich in customs and traditions.Thank you for sharing a beautiful article.

    https://bit.ly/3q20qqG
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Nov 24. 2020 11:19 PM
    Thank you for an interesting and worthwhile article sharing. Most people experience eye problems from time to time, and vision problems tend to increase with age. Lately I’m too having vision problem due to working on laptop. Hoping to try out this eyes exercise practice to improve my vision naturally and Throw Away my Glasses!.

    I’m going to share this post to all my friends so that many more will benefit from it in near future.

    https://bit.ly/3frz094
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Nov 24. 2020 01:27 PM
    Interesting fact Achi Chokyi Drolma rose to protect Drikung Kagyu lineage while Dorje Shugden who rose to protect the Gelug teaching.. It is very powerful how enlightened beings can transform mundane activities like marriage, feasting and having a family into something that benefits others.
    Thank you for the good and informative sharing.


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  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Nov 23. 2020 04:45 PM
    The road to Kechara Forest Retreat actually is dark but having the trust ,faith of our Guru and the Powerful Dorje Shugden’s protection we have nothing to fear.

    Daily recitation of Dorje Shugden prayers and mantra is very powerful for protection against ferocious spirits or demons. Thank you for this sharing.
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Nov 23. 2020 02:10 PM
    Thank you so much for sharing these variety healthy and delicious burger recipes for all of us try. As being vegetarian I was unable to find any rich ingredients vegetarian burger, but I found it was total pleasure reading these articles as I got to know so much information regarding it. I would surely recommend others as well to try these recipes.

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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
1 year ago
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
1 year ago
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
1 year ago
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
1 year ago
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
1 year ago
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
2 yearss ago
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
2 yearss ago
This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-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 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
2 yearss ago
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
2 yearss ago
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
2 yearss ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
2 yearss ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
2 yearss ago
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
2 yearss ago
DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
2 yearss ago
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
2 yearss ago
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
2 yearss ago
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
2 yearss ago
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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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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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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.
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
5 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
6 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
7 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
9 months ago
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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
9 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 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
9 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
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 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
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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