Eight verses to happiness and acceptance

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

The original teachings of the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation originated from Buddha Shakyamuni. Buddha Shakyamuni gave teachings on great compassion which were passed down to the great panditas Arya Asanga and Nagarjuna. From these masters, the teachings were passed down to Shantideva. Shantideva emphasized, expanded and reiterated on the thoughts on compassion by the Buddha and he put it into words that are easier for people to understand.

The teachings on the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation arose from the Bodhisattvacharyavatara, written by Shantideva, which talks about the development of Bodhicitta and compassion. From Shantideva it was passed down to Lama Serlingpa and Lama Atisha. Lama Atisha came to Tibet from India and spread the teachings all over Tibet to countless disciples. Out of his countless disciples he passed the teachings to his main disciple the great Dromtompa. Dromtopa then passed the teachings to his disciples, chief among those were Geshe Potowa, Geshe Chekawa and Geshe Langri Tangpa.

Geshe Langri Tangpa received the teachings directly from Dromtompa and he felt that the teachings were very profound. Until then the teachings were not practiced publicly but were only passed down to a few qualified disciples. He thought that it would be a tremendous loss if the teachings were not preserved.

So Geshe Langri Tangpa wrote the teachings down for the first time before he passed away. Prior to that, the teachings were only given orally and there was no text on it. Years later, one great master called Geshe Chekawa found one verse of the teachings – “May I accept the defeat and offer the victory to others”. Geshe Chekawa was extremely touched and moved by this verse as it represents the essence and the complete embodiment of the Buddha’s teachings.

Determined to look for the author of the text, he went in search of Geshe Langri Tangpa but when he met Geshe Langri Tangpa’s disciple, he found out that the great master had passed away. In a small town near Lhasa, he met another master Geshe Sarawa who was practising these teachings. He received more of these teachings from Geshe Sarawa.

From then on, Geshe Chekawa started to teach it openly to others. From Geshe Chekawa, the teachings were passed down through a long line of teachers until it reached the great King of Dharma Tsongkhapa, and from Tsongkhapa through a long line of teachers to Pabongka Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche and H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama. I received these teachings from H.H. in Washington, New Jersey in 1979. It was one of the most moving teachings I have ever heard and it was from His Holiness himself. I will never forget that day…..from then on Eight Verses has become one of my favorite practices for myself and I recommend to others highly. It is what I put as the core of my work for Kechara. If you wish to overcome disturbing emotions, unhappiness, self hatred, denial, insecurities and wrong views which is all the real enemy, then apply these teachings. They will change you thoroughly. If you combine this practice with a Yidam practice such as Tsongkapa, Avalokitesvara, Tara, etc, it will be even more beneficial. It is the practice that can heal our planet, restore the environments and bless all denizens of the earth. When people eradicate selfishness, their treatment of the earth will change and the earth will be restored and healed. When people accomplish the teachings here, their anger, expectations and wrong attitudes can transform incredibly into something totally embracing everyone around them with love and genuine kindness. I cannot praise these teachings enough. They are perfect for young and old, East and West, intelligent or dull and for people who really want their lives to be different. Practice these teachings and practice from your heart. And welcome the change you will see in you. When your inner world changes, everything on the outer world follows……Please listen to the teachings and practice.

Below are videos of teachings on the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation I have given in the past. I would like to share the teachings with you with the hope that you will learn, understand and practice these holy teachings. Please bring these to others as much as possible tirelessly. The world in its condition today needs it very badly.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation

With the thought of attaining Enlightenment
For the welfare of all beings,
Who are more precious than a wish–fulfilling jewel,
I will constantly practise holding them dear.

Whenever I am with others,
I will practise seeing myself as the lowest of all,
And from the very depths of my heart
I will respectfully hold others as supreme.

In all actions I will examine my mind
And the moment a disturbing attitude arises,
Endangering myself or others,
I will firmly confront and avert it.

Whenever I meet a person of bad nature,
Overwhelmed by negative energy and intense suffering,
I will hold such a rare one dear
As if I’ve found a precious treasure.

When others out of jealousy,
Mistreat me with abuse, slander and so on,
I will practise accepting defeat
And offering the victory to them.

When someone I have benefited and in whom
I have placed great trust hurts me very badly,
I will practise seeing that person
As my supreme teacher.

In short, I will offer directly and indirectly
Every benefit and happiness to all beings, my mothers.
I will practise in secret taking upon myself
All their harmful actions and sufferings.

Without these practices being defiled
By the stains of the eight worldly concerns,
By perceiving all phenomena as illusory,
I will practise without grasping to release all beings
From the bondage of the disturbing unsubdued mind and karma.

 


 

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation (Part 1)


At the beginning of any Dharma discourse the teacher and the students should set a superior motivation. The teacher should have the transmission of the lineage, the knowledge and have studied thoroughly what is to be taught and is practising the teachings. The motivation of the teacher should be to impart the knowledge and methods to become a fully enlightened Buddha.

Students should be free from the faults of not retaining, contemplating and practising the teachings. They should receive the teaching with a positive motivation. This motivation, at the lowest scope is to be free from rebirth in the three lower realms; at the medium scope, to liberated from samsaric rebirth; at the highest scope, to become a fully enlightened Buddha for the sake of others. Students must also be free from the fault of not being receptive to Dharma teachings. All Dharma actions must be free of the eight worldly concerns. Otherwise our practice will not bring results and may lead to more uncontrolled attachment and rebirth in the three lower realms. The motive of our practice is critical.

All phenomena are impermanent. They are empty of inherent existence and depend on other causes for its existence. Our two main problems are wrong projections on impermanent phenomena and grasping at our wrong projections and acting on it. As a result we, create negative karma that is the cause of all our sufferings. Therefore, it is our wrong projection of an object that makes us suffer, not the object itself.

However, our wrong projections are impermanent and can be removed. They depend on other causes to survive and logically there is an end to suffering. Wrong projection arises from wrong conditioning, stubbornness, laziness and selfish attitude.

If we train ourselves to stop the causes of wrong projection, our suffering will become less and eventually stop. When we suffer less, we will have the clarity of mind and ability to solve our problems. In this regard, collection of merits and purification of negative karma is crucial to support that growth of understanding and realization…

 


 

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation (Part 2)

Our minds are not transforming because our motivation is incorrect. We have wrong projections and we lack merits. However, incorrect motivation is impermanent. It arises from a cause. The cause of it is ignorance. Once we acquire wisdom and knowledge, ignorance can be cut and positive motivation will arise. The guideline to develop correct motivation is to be free from the eight worldly concerns. The motivation we should develop is to achieve enlightenment for the freedom from suffering for ourselves and others.

The kindness of the Buddhas and the kindness of sentient beings towards us are equal in terms of causes for our enlightenment. We need the Buddhas because they are the source of all our teachings and methods to attain enlightenment. We need sentient beings because it is in dependence on them that we can practice and develop the qualities needed to be a Buddha. Therefore, since sentient beings are so important to us, we should develop love and compassion towards them…

 


 

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation (Part 3)

When we hold dear people who abuse us or people who are plagued by intense suffering, the enemy from our point of view disappears. This verse refers to people who are ill tempered and bad mannered and people with contagious or fatal diseases. We usually ignore or avoid such people and advise others to stay away from them. We do that because we are influenced by selfish thoughts and think that we are too precious to mingle with them and fear that our “precious” self may get contaminated.

A wish granting jewel can confer on us material wealth. However, people who hurt us and people who are oppressed by violent suffering can confer on us enlightenment because they provide us with the greatest opportunity to practice patience, compassion and love. They are the greatest test to see if we have those qualities. If our practice has any result, it will be shown in how we can respond to these people positively…

 


 

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation (Part 4)

Dharma actions done with the eight worldly concerns will still accumulate merits that will fruition in happiness in samsara. However, once we have received the benefits, the merit is used up. For actions done free of the eight worldly concerns and with a Bodhicitta motivation, the merit will lead to enlightenment and will not be used up until enlightenment is achieved.

In order to achieve enlightenment, we will need a good body, long life, wealth, freedom, our five senses intact etc. If our actions are free from the eight worldly concerns, we will get the necessary conditions to achieve enlightenment. Therefore, without having to directly dedicate our virtuous actions towards samsaric pleasure, we will get samsaric pleasure as we are approaching enlightenment. Thus, the merits from actions free of the eight worldly concerns are used to its full potential.

If we have eight worldly concerns while practising the Dharma, it will only serve to reinforce our eight worldly concerns causing a huge obstruction to our liberation and we will gain no insights or attainments…

 


 

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation (Part 5)

When people whom we place great hopes in hurt us, it is not they who are hurting us. Rather it is them not fulfilling our expectation of how they should treat us that is hurting us. Therefore, it is our wrong projection that is hurting us.

If any person is inherently bad, everybody will see that person as bad but we can see that this is never the case. We must understand that their reaction towards us is a result of our negative karma. Therefore, if we react back, it shows our deep ignorance, lack of patience, compassion and practice and lack of realisation of the kindness of the people who abuse us.

Instead, we should regard people who hurt us as our teacher because they give us an opportunity to see our state of mind in that situation.  We should stop projecting how we want others to be and accept them as who they are. In that way a lot of our problems can be solved and our suffering can cease…

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation (Part 6)

 

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation (Part 7)

 

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Eight Verses of Thought Transformation (Part 9)

 

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation (Part 10)

 

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation (Part 11)

 

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation (Part 12)

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  1. Sofi on Dec 8, 2018 at 1:18 am

    Eight verses to happiness and acceptance is a very powerful practice to recite daily. It addresses the condition of our daily living and how we should practice to gain that happiness. It is the lowering of our self (ego) to take on the sufferings of another (who are other sentient beings). It is knowing that they are already in the state of suffering and our not adding more to their sufferings. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful verses with us.

  2. Tsa Tsa Ong on Oct 27, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Very profound and precious teachings for us to practice for mind transformation . I will do my best to practice this way in my lie for less sufferings and increase happiness. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful and brilliant teaching of the Eight verses of Thought Transformation .🙏😘👍💛

  3. Samfoonheei on Apr 1, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Very profound and precious teachings for us to practice for mind tranformation.I will read over and listerning to those videos again to get a much understanding of it.Rinpoche always remind us to practice this consistently to happiness and acceptance.
    Thank you Rinpoche for these teachings to benefit all of us .

  4. Yuriwa YM on Mar 31, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    Thank you Tsem Tulku Rinpoche for composing such detailed elaborations on these verses, and on top of that, I really appreciate your valiant efforts in compiling your sharp and profound insights on the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation into a book entitled “Compassion: Eight Verses of Thought Transformation.” The reason I had to repeatedly express my gratitude to you for doing so is because I finally gained another fruitful opportunity to transform my inherent negativity and delusions in my mind. I was actually browsing through the contents of the book after finishing the Protector Prayers at Kechara Paradise Viva Home (KPVH) today and managed to finish the chapter on Verse Five of the eight verses which read as:

    May I accept the unjust loss of others,
    Such as others abusing me,
    Or slandering me out of jealousy,
    And may I offer the victory to others.

    Reading that particular chapter explaining on the concept of “Accepting defeat and You win” motivated me to continue my pursuits on Dharma practice. I could now relate this concept of compassion to the core content of one of your books entitled “Peace” which also prompts us humans to always look within and check our mind-streams despite encountering any setbacks physically, emotionally, spiritually. There is still so much to learn from you, Guru so please do continue writing and publishing more enlightening books on Dharma philosophy as I am eager to understand and apply them in my life.

    Thank you

  5. graceleong on Aug 4, 2014 at 7:40 am

    This is my all time favourite teaching ! Thank you Rinpoche for giving such a profound explanation to all the verses. I hope to be able to practice them well for the benefit of those around me !

  6. Gopinath Ulaganathan on Jun 23, 2014 at 4:11 am

    I try my best to read and contemplate on the 8 verses of mind trasformation as part of my sadhana daily as much as possible. To me Next to my Guru,s name and mantra this is the very verse which is important to me , WHY ? In my 25 years of life I have undergone virtual HELL . Mentally .Emotionaly and physically, tremendous amount of abuses and everything I did as a child growing up was wrong , wrong and self hatred was what I was mentally programm to do. My father, family, teachers, friends and majority of people whom I knew since young could only say negative stuffs about me and I was ABUSED really bad which caused me to suffer it out in silence till It broke out in the form of Histeria and Mental disorder YEARS YEARS LATER, THis caused my education , my Life, My dream and everything which I beleived GOOD IN to shatter into PEICES. I HATED EVERYONE INCLUDING MYSELF, I Wanted to KILL myself for being very unworthy of living. I HATED all those who bellitled me , teachers who insulted me and abused their powers on me , Family members who always abuse words on me Making me feel like I WAS A WASTED SOUL and MY FATHER FOR USING BLACK MAGIC ON ME and attacking my psycicly . I went for soul searching as I lost trust in PEOPLE around me and me, I felt Helpless and I shut off from everyone , I became a social recluse and a confused soul.EVERYONE thought I was weird. I underwent soul searching , Born as a Hindu I went searching for “GOD” in all IT’s Splendor for I felt IT was the only Thing which I could rely on. I wanted to Kill myself as young as 13 but I lived for my mother. Now I searched and searched getting obssesed from One religion to another , from ONE form/idea of GOD to another. From a HINDU I studies the Bible as I was in a catholic school. I found Understanding and forgiveness from CHrist, I ventured in THE BAHAI Faith , I found COurgage in GOD . I went into and studies many more other beleives, faiths and religion , I understood many more on the idea of “GOD” and Love but I could not apply it in my thoughts and life. I still kept HATING MYSELF and ALL AROUND ME , I KEPT CURSING and ILL WISHING all those WHO HURT me. I prayed and Prayed but nothing helped. I went under various Gurus (Many who were Hoax) to understand my sufferings but NONE could help me as many were there to scrape my money off with an empty promises of success in LIFE. I even tried many NEW AGE PHILOSOPHIES , LAW OF ATTRACTION and all sort of stuffs , from HYPNOSIS to Crytal meditation to NLP and many more. NONE of this HELPED me in any way to do help me cope up with my greif and self AGONY .
    I met KECHARIANS and the teachings of HIS EMINENCE one good day. I had all the doubt under the sun asking my self repeatedly “I have been to soo many centres and practises , buying one amulet to another , paying soo much for puja in hindu temples and going from one Medium to another psycic, NON OF THIS HELPED, How could this place KECHARA help me , HOW could this MONK help me , is this another place for me to waste my time nd money? ” but never the less I forced myself , something in me and mother told to keep hold of this MONK called Rinpoche and the practise KECHARIANS prescribe to us, I was guided by some good hearted senior KECHARIANS all the way thru to complete a certain prayers of 100000 counts. I was hesitant but I did together with my mom with guidance from the senior in KECHARA We completed the 100000.There was tons of problems and obstacles which arised during the period of prayers till we completed it , it was virtual HELL But We KEPT on till we finished it. after that my mother and me started Guru Yoga and setrap practise It was during this Sadhana that I bumped into the 8 Verses of mind transformation , By contemplationg on this very Verse made me Understand and respect the people who abused me , that all are my Gurus regardless who they are , the abuses given to me, I take it as a lesson to learn in life to change my mind and I began Loving all including myself eventhough there is still pain in me , I am slowly recoving , this is my remedy to understand that I AM THE CAUSE OF MY SUFFERINGS and I FORGIVE THE ABUSE THAT PEOPLE GAVE ME AND I DO NOT WANT THEM TO SUFFER AS WHAT I DID , I PRAY THAT ALL OF THESE PEOPLE BE FREE OF SUFFING AND RECEIVE THE DHARMA TO ACHEIVE BUDDHAHOOD, and this changed my thought on KEchara and that MONK called RInpoche ,It indeed changed me and it is slowly changing me to a better me. THanks to the senior who guided me and still guiding me if it was not for His SKillfull means I would have gone astray away from DHARMA.
    I go On my kness and bow down to the Living BODHISATTVA , WHOSE teaching,s has ILLUMINATED ME AND MY MOTHERS LIFE, I WAS LOST IN THE DARK AS THE CHILD SOPAKA WHO WAS LOST IN THE CARNEL GROUND AND HIS EMINENCE MY LORD CAME AS MY BUDDHA WHO RESCUED ME FROM DARKNESS AS HOW SAKYAMUNI BUDDHA RESCUED SOPAKA , WE(my mother and me)HAVE NOT SEEN HIM IN PERSON BUT HE IS IN THE LOTUS SEAT WITHIN OUR HEARTS, TILL DEATH I BOW BEFORE HIM MY GURU DEVA WHO IS SUPREME BEYOND MY LIFE, HIS EMINENCE TSEM RINPOCHE . DEAREST RINPOCHE I WOULD HAVE LOST MYSELF AND DROWN MYSELF IN HATRED AND ANGER BUT YOU SAVED ME ! I DO NOT KNOW HOW AM I GOING TO THANK YOU MY DEAR LORD ! MY GURU ! I BOW DOWN TO YOU MENTALLY AND PHYSICALL ! MY HEART IS FILLED WITH INFINITE GRATITUDE . THANK YOU A TRILLION TIMES , THANK YOU FOR TEACHING US THE BUDDHA DHARMA and SHOWING US THE PATH . We are proud Buddhist (me and my mom) and we aspire to be babtised as Buddhists with the grace of our dearest GURU His EMinence. A TRILLION PRANAMS AND NAMASKARAS to You dearest Rinpoche………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. P.S : Dearest RInpoche I do not meant to be Rude in the comment above to use the term ‘THIS MONK” . MY LORD I am very sorry as I was using it as a figure of speech to denote what was going in my head during that particular time . Please Please forgive me I do not mean to be rude , I bow down with humility before you Dear rinpoche .

  7. Wan Wai Meng on Jun 23, 2014 at 12:46 am

    8 verses of training the mind contains the essence of Buddha’s teachings, and its practices that help practitioners to transform their minds and not suffer so much.

  8. June Tang(Khjb) on May 12, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the Eight verses of Thought Transformation . I will doing my best to practice this way in my live for less sufferings and increase happiness.

  9. Uncle Eddie on Apr 7, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    This text is said to reveal a profound, yet totally practical method for the opening of the heart – the source of all true happiness! For endless eons, these liberating methods have created lasting peace, inspirations and serenity to countless peoples! This best of all Buddhism teaching serves as an essential advice on how to awaken our potential spiritual insight into limitless love and compassion with wisdom. Accordingly, in these pearls of good wisdom, it is said that every human being has the potential to become a buddha, if he/she has completely purified their mind of all faults and has brought forth all good qualities to perfection – except that “our mind is like a cloudy sky, in essence clear and pure, but overcast by clouds of delusions.” If such delusions could be removed, just as the thickest clouds can eventually be dispersed, then only can we experience the suppreme happiness of full enlightenment!

  10. Mel on Apr 3, 2014 at 2:50 am

    Thank you for sharing these precious teachings again Rinpoche. I hope and request that you once again teach directly, public and in person to impart the blessings of the lineage and transmission to those who are fortunate enough to recieve these type of teachings. Blogging and online recordings are wonderful, but like you said in this teaching, it can only impart intellectual knowledge. It is only by receiving the teachings directly does it impart the blessings of the lineage and transmission. These teachings are so profound and amazing.

  11. lucy yap on Apr 2, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Eight verses encourages us on a path to overcome suffering,through self understanding and reflection.This is about learning to cultivate wisdom and compassion in every part of our daily lives.
    Thank you for this beautiful and brilliant teaching,Rinpoche.

  12. Sean Wang on Apr 2, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Thank you for this important teaching, Rinpoche. It is amazing how Rinpoche spent so much time for this teaching. These verses are the basis of all teachings and basically, if practiced, a ticket to Enlightenment.

  13. mima on Apr 2, 2014 at 2:50 am

    Much much gratitude for offering this teaching that is so precious and his changing my way of seeing.

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  15. mitra on Jun 11, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    thank you very much on the sharing for the Eight verses of Thought Transformation.

  16. Lim (KH JB) on May 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for this precious teaching. I will share it out with others to let them more understand the Eight verses.

  17. Joy on May 14, 2013 at 2:06 am

    Wow this is amazing… this teaching seems so long ago… and it is still amazingly applicable! I remembered when we first got Kechara House Gompa in Sunwaymas, these 8 verses graced the gompa wall.

    Rinpoche told us, if we only practised these 8 verses ardently and we lived our life by it, we would definitely find true peace and happiness. These prayer act as a reminder to me whenever I get upset with something. It helps me to stay calm and focus as truly nothing really matters as the moment passes, we realise our anger gets less and less. So what was the huge hang up in the first place you wonder. How did it made us so upset during that moment and a few hours or days later, we don’t even remember it.

    These 3 verses are my favourite!

    “Whenever I meet a person of bad nature,
    Overwhelmed by negative energy and intense suffering,
    I will hold such a rare one dear
    As if I’ve found a precious treasure.

    When others out of jealousy,
    Mistreat me with abuse, slander and so on,
    I will practise accepting defeat
    And offering the victory to them.

    When someone I have benefited and in whom
    I have placed great trust hurts me very badly,
    I will practise seeing that person
    As my supreme teacher.”

    If we practice and live by these 8 verses, I am sure there would be no such thing as war, disharmony, discriminations and no suffering. Just eight verses encompasses so much of an “enlightened” mind. These verses are the true attainments we should seek to master!

  18. David Lai on May 13, 2013 at 3:53 am

    This teaching is just wonderful and pivotal for all of us as it encompasses the entire breadth of Buddha’s teachings on compassion and in particularly on the aspect of training the mind. I believe the mind training aspect of Buddha’s teachings is particularly powerful because it teaches a wonderful way of developing compassion. What’s wonderful and amazing is that mind training does not depend on Buddhist dogma but upon pure logic and powerful set of teachings that helps us to develop unaffected compassion for all beings. On top of that, it actually has a progressive step-by-step me

  19. Low KHJB on May 12, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Thank you very much on the sharing for the Eight verses of Thought Transformation dear Rinpoche. The teaching from these verses is indeed profound and is the essential platform for our mind to transform to a higher level of understanding dharma.
    We are indeed plague by the norm of Samara where by ego and power are the bases for success and victory. Victims and casualties are inevitable in the path of progress to gain fame and glory.
    I would read through this verses over and over again until I could developed the proper motivation in my thoughts and action.
    Thank you Rinpoche.

  20. wanwaimeng on Oct 12, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    “When people whom we place great hopes in hurt us, it is not they who are hurting us. Rather it is them not fulfilling our expectation of how they should treat us that is hurting us. Therefore, it is our wrong projection that is hurting us.”

    The verses above are really true, our projections and expectations really fool us!

    Just re-read the 8 verses again, and its such an amazing teaching, now I feel it really grounds one in the spiritual path, to check how far you have progressed check out the 8 verses and see what you can or cannot do still.

  21. Datuk May on Oct 12, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    I have found the 8 verses of Mind Transformation to be the most powerful “lessons” to be learnt and although written so clearly and without ambiguity, it is not easy to practise. I have been doing my best to practise as I know making such practice a way of life, I will find true peace and harmony. I will continue to practise with rigor and perseverance as I believe in this teaching.

  22. Cheryl Craig on Oct 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Thank You So Much for posting all of this great teaching.
    I have been having a difficult couple months from intense hours with assisting others in psychotherapy and healing work. Just very intense work lately. I have been feeling tired yet not giving up. When I read all of this I felt anew and inspired again. Especially; ” The kindness of the Buddhas and the kindness of sentient beings towards us are equal in terms of causes for our enlightenment. We need the Buddhas because they are the source of all our teachings and methods to attain enlightenment. We need sentient beings because it is in dependence on them that we can practice and develop the qualities needed to be a Buddha. Therefore, since sentient beings are so important to us, we should develop love and compassion towards them…”
    I am copying this down so I remember when the road gets a little tougher.
    I appreciate your posts!
    Respectfully~ Cheryl

  23. andrew on Oct 11, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing these treasures Rinpoche.Will try to remember the essence of these when things “go wrong” and people give me the opportunity to grow spiritually. 🙂

  24. Sam on Oct 10, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I really like Rinpoche’s advice in Vid 9 to offer everything to Je Rinpoche, including the food we eat, the beautiful sky we gaze at etc, so “everything becomes an offering and nothing becomes an attachment”. That way, we become “a walking altar” making offerings to Je Rinp[oche all day long. Brilliant, and what an easy way to keep ourselves away from our mind.

  25. Sam on Oct 10, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Thank you for this very important teaching Rinpoche. I appreciate how almost 10 hours went into this few videos. It is incredible that such treasure which is direct from Buddha Shakyamuni, comes to us in such an easy format, and in a language that we understand, accompanied by guiding commentaries from Rinpoche. The Eight Verses is so clear and tangible that it leaves no room for anyone to misinterpret it’s meaning, not its intended objective. If ever one is confused as to how to train and what to focus on, here are 8 instructions, all of which require only ourselves to execute. Indeed it draws a clear line in the sand where we should make a stand (if indeed we are true to our practice) and declare war on our own self-cherishing self. Before I can hope to transform my mind, it is clear that at the very least I must never let the 8 thoughts escape my own detection at any time.

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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Apr 23. 2019 07:37 PM
    Do you know China is a multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious countries? There are more than 50 ethnic groups in China. Different ethnic groups have their own cultures, customs and traditions but all of them live in harmony. Check out the photos of these beautiful people, their traditional costumes are so colourful and vibrant.

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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Apr 23. 2019 07:23 PM
    Mount Fanjing in China at 2,572 meters above sea level, is situated in southwestern China’s Guizhou Province. In the 16th century, Mount Fanjing was one of China’s sacred Buddhist mountains. It is said to be the abode of Buddha Maitreya. In recent years, it has again become a popular tourist destination.

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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Apr 23. 2019 07:14 PM
    Master Cheng Yen must have a very strong Dharma imprint. Even though in the beginning she did not have a teacher, she knew she wanted to be nun, she wanted to renounce and use her life to serve others. It was not easy to embark on the spiritual journey but it did not scare Master Cheng Yen. She found ways to spread Dharma and she has been very successful.

    Today, Tzu Chu foundation has its presence all around the world. Whenever there is a disaster, they will be the first to offer their help. Their selfless compassion is highly respected and acknowledged by many. This is how much impact one person can make if we walk the talk and show people by example. The most important thing is not to give up and be very determined in serving others.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 23. 2019 12:35 PM
    Back in 1996, H H Dalai Lama had made a controversial statement about Dorje Shugden that have caused much disharmony, sufferings among Tibetan Buddhism practitioners . The Tibetans were divided into two , families torn apart just as they do not agree and accept the practice of Dorje Shugden. The African Americans of black people and slavery , the women in Finland, Iceland, Sweden and some western U.S. states, slavery are some of the historical similarities with Dorje Shugden ban where they suffered badly such as physical abuses, denied services to hospitals, restaurants , schools and so forth having many signs and boards installed to prohibit them from entering. Those who refused to follow their order or to give up their practice were conform faced torture, imprisonment discrimination and abuse. Tibetans in exile, wicca, pagans and so forth are denied their rights of religious freedom. Everyone should have their own rights to choose what we believe and practice. The Dalai Lama have said that Dorje Shugden cannot harm him , as proven Dorje Shugden is not evil. It is recognised to be an emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri and a dharma protector. They (CTA ) should stopped and should not be involved in religion. Allow religious freedom for the sake of all, and future generations to come. Peace and harmony must be maintained, for the growth of a nation.
    Thank you Velentina for this well researched article to bring more awareness and knowledge for many of us and these abroad.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/comparisons-of-the-dorje-shugden-ban-with-historic-persecutions.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 23. 2019 12:27 PM
    A beautiful story of guru devotion of a Russian princess Buddhist nun. Very inspiring , she was a Russian-born French-American socialite, film actress, and Gelug Tibetan Buddhist nun. The legendary Zina Rachevsky was the earliest Western student and patron of Lama Yeshe . She came from an incredibly wealthy family, having everything money, fame, beauty yet she was not happy and that triggered her soul-searching. Travelling to India, that’s where she met Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa. That’s the first time they encounters with Westerners and Lama Yeshe was glad to learn that this wealthy lady came to them in search of enlightenment. Zina became the first Western student of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa . It was her request and insisted that the Lamas to teach Westerners on Buddhism. She led her life to the fullest from her Hollywood days to renouncing everything.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring article of a princess turned nun.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/people/the-russian-princess-nun.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 23. 2019 12:25 PM
    Beautiful art thangka of Palden Lhamo,Guru Rinpoche, Lama Tsongkhapa, Nechung and Dorje Shugden. Palden Lhamo is a protecting Dharmapala of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. She is the wrathful deity considered to be the be an emanation of Saraswati, the Goddess of Wisdom. Interesting story of this fearsome and powerful protector.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/powerful-palden-lhamo
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 22. 2019 01:12 PM
    Beautiful art paintings of Saraswati , Manjushri, and Dorje Shugden. Saraswati is a well-known Indian goddess of music, wisdom and learning. While Dorje Shugden is an emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri. Both depicted in this beautiful thangka paints a thousand words. Matching colours , its truly amazing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-all-pervading-goddess-of-art-saraswati
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 22. 2019 01:09 PM
    That’s wonderful in Kechara Forest Retreat there are a numbers of wonderful progressive, modern, humorous and knowledgeable pastors who are always ready to help readers to understand better. More and more readers on this blog will get to learn and practice Dharma through questions and answering .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing this nice and happy pictures of Pastors having a joyful ride on a trishaw by Pastor Seng Piow.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/if-you-have-any-dharma-questions-ask-a-pastor-at-kechara
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 22. 2019 01:08 PM
    Rejoice to the group of Kecharian having completed reading the autobiography of H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. How wonderful reading a book of a great master . I have not got hold of this book yet, love to read it .
    Thank you Rinpoche for profound and inspiring teachings. I loved reading those quotes . A beautiful learning and inspiring quotes. With folded hands…….thanks again.
    (In life, we can choose to immerse ourselves in kindness, love, forgiveness, understanding and tolerance because that will benefit us and everyone we meet.)…..quoted Tsem Rinpoche

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/a-group-finished-reading-the-autobiography-of-h-h-kyabje-trijang-rinpoche
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Apr 21. 2019 06:54 PM
    Interesting to learn about the story of Shantideva. Many times we like to make assumption on what we see from surface without knowing the truth. Shantideva showed us that we do not need to show off our knowledge and being humble is the key. We should focus to continue learning and practising dharma. Do not make judgement without any basis.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-scholar-monk-shantideva#comment-840337
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Apr 21. 2019 06:42 PM
    It’s amazing to see all the great and huge Buddha statues in China. So much effort and time has been put in to build such incredible statues. May the people, land and everyone be blessed looking at the holy statues. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. While many of us do not have the opportunity to visit all these places, viewing the pictures with the brief info itself already very fortunate.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/chinas-huge-buddha-statues.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2019 11:15 AM
    Rejoice to this talented artist who paints beautifully of this rime thangka of four-faced Mahakala with consorts and Dorje Shugden. May the artist continue to paints more thangkas which many more loves it and get to know of the practice. Four-Faced Mahakala is a also a Dharma Protector been having a close connection with Dorje Shugden. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-ancient-protector-four-faced-mahakala
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2019 11:13 AM
    Wow…. Another beautiful rime thangka of Yamantaka, Kalarupa and Dorje Shugden. It explains all and merely looking at it is a blessing. In Vajrayana Buddhism, Yamantaka is also known as Vajrabhairava, which comes in a wrathful protector , buffalo-headed meditational deity. Interesting story. As depicted with Kalarupa who is a manifestation of Manjushri and Dorje Shugden is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom form a beautiful thangka.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-fierce-one-yamantaka
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2019 11:12 AM
    Beautiful rime thangka of Shantideva and Dorje Shugden. Shantideva was an 8th-century Indian Buddhist monk, a great master, scholar, and bodhisattva,at Nalanda. Wow …..interesting story of how he rose off the throne as high into the sky as no one could see him yet his teachings could still be heard from the ground by many . Together with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri as portrayed in this beautiful thangka.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-scholar-monk-shantideva
  • Sofi
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2019 04:04 AM
    Daily thoughts to ponder deeper

    Great site to visit for lots of wisdom thoughts that evoke much understanding into reality of our lives. Also a place where you can share out with others to make them think deeper. Would be nice if you could let us know which you like best in the comment section.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/daily-thoughts-to-ponder-deeper-2.html

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Everyday offerings of fresh cooked food and drinks are offered to awakened world peace protector Dorje Shugden on my shrine. It is my way to thank Him for all the help He has given to so many people throughout the decades I\'ve introduced Him to. It is my way to include Him as my family and a feeling of closeness and gratitude I have for Him. He\'s a revered family member who happens to be enlightened and also my close friend. Tsem Rinpoche (Food offering prayer~ https://bit.ly/1VkYXJa)
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Everyday offerings of fresh cooked food and drinks are offered to awakened world peace protector Dorje Shugden on my shrine. It is my way to thank Him for all the help He has given to so many people throughout the decades I've introduced Him to. It is my way to include Him as my family and a feeling of closeness and gratitude I have for Him. He's a revered family member who happens to be enlightened and also my close friend. Tsem Rinpoche (Food offering prayer~ https://bit.ly/1VkYXJa)
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March 18, 2019-Oser is very photogenic as usual.
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March 18, 2019-Very cute Oser as usual.
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    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
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    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    3 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    4 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    4 months ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
    4 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    4 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    4 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    4 months ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    4 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
    4 months ago
    This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
    4 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
    5 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
    5 months ago
    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
  • Living off the grid in Australia
    5 months ago
    Living off the grid in Australia
    A Jill Redwood is a jack of all trades, Jill built her own house on her property and lives entirely off the grid with no mains power or town water, mobile reception or television. Living on around $80 a week, Jill has over sixty animals to keep her company and an abundant garden that out serves as an organic supermarket right at her doorstep. Her main expenses are animal feed and the rates on her property. Watch this incredible three minute video and be inspired to live differently.
  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
    5 months ago
    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    1 years ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
  • Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
    1 years ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    1 years ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    1 years ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    1 years ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    2 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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One day, we received a humble wish list from this poor family, an elderly mother who takes care of her grown up son with special needs. ‘It’s quite uneasy to use toilet without a proper door but I do not have enough money to fix it,’ said the mother. Without a second thought, our kindest sponsor, La Hong Eu has decided to make meaningful sponsorship to this case. Big thanks to Bernard Ting and Vickneshwaran for helping this family to replace the broken one with a brand new folding door. Together we are the reason that someone has a sweet smile on her face. #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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One day, we received a humble wish list from this poor family, an elderly mother who takes care of her grown up son with special needs. ‘It’s quite uneasy to use toilet without a proper door but I do not have enough money to fix it,’ said the mother. Without a second thought, our kindest sponsor, La Hong Eu has decided to make meaningful sponsorship to this case. Big thanks to Bernard Ting and Vickneshwaran for helping this family to replace the broken one with a brand new folding door. Together we are the reason that someone has a sweet smile on her face. #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Laying the rescued food down on the table would mean we will minimise chance of wastage from another level when our recipients will have the privilege to choose what they really need and want. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
yesterday
Laying the rescued food down on the table would mean we will minimise chance of wastage from another level when our recipients will have the privilege to choose what they really need and want. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Have you ever done beading? Join us for a blessed Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! http://bit.ly/2IMh5eN - shared by Pastor Antoinette
yesterday
Have you ever done beading? Join us for a blessed Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! http://bit.ly/2IMh5eN - shared by Pastor Antoinette
What do you do on Saturday mornings? Join us for a meaningful time and be blessed by the Buddhas during the Spiritual Saturday at Kechara Forest Retreat! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
yesterday
What do you do on Saturday mornings? Join us for a meaningful time and be blessed by the Buddhas during the Spiritual Saturday at Kechara Forest Retreat! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
With Dorje Shugden in your car, bus, bike, boat or lorry, you will be protected and blessed. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 days ago
With Dorje Shugden in your car, bus, bike, boat or lorry, you will be protected and blessed. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat, this bus was blessed and is now protected by the Three Jewels. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 days ago
Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat, this bus was blessed and is now protected by the Three Jewels. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart. In order to send the foodpack to our client in johor bahru area, we need a team that are always ready . Luckily, we have a group of wonderful volunteers that are commited to serve our community. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 days ago
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart. In order to send the foodpack to our client in johor bahru area, we need a team that are always ready . Luckily, we have a group of wonderful volunteers that are commited to serve our community. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
Parents and students did a group discussion together on the Bully topic  Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Parents and students did a group discussion together on the Bully topic Lin Mun KSDS
A talk on Bully by Peggy. A very informative sharing for students and parents. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
A talk on Bully by Peggy. A very informative sharing for students and parents. Lin Mun KSDS
Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Creative horror drawing created by Teacher Kien. Alice, KSDS
3 days ago
Creative horror drawing created by Teacher Kien. Alice, KSDS
Teacher Asyley led the kids to participate animal liberation. Alice, KSDS
3 days ago
Teacher Asyley led the kids to participate animal liberation. Alice, KSDS
Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 days ago
Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
6 days ago
Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
1 week ago
We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
1 week ago
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you committed university students of University of Malaya for helping in our #foodrescue activities. These still good to eat and in date edible bread will be very useful for the needy students in universities! Thank you Komugi Malaysia for contributing and help reduce food wastage! #zerofoodwastage #kecharafoodbank #kecharasoupkitchen #endhunger - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
Thank you committed university students of University of Malaya for helping in our #foodrescue activities. These still good to eat and in date edible bread will be very useful for the needy students in universities! Thank you Komugi Malaysia for contributing and help reduce food wastage! #zerofoodwastage #kecharafoodbank #kecharasoupkitchen #endhunger - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right?
2 weeks ago
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right?
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