Enjoying Music is negative?

Mar 17, 2014 | Views: 1,651

  

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Rinpoche,

I have a question about one of the precept vows I found on your website. The eight one: to refrain from “Wearing jewellery, cosmetics or perfume, enjoying music or TV” I do not fully understand why this things have to be refrained from. especially since I have been playing guitar since I was a little boy, the refraining from enjoying music doesn’t seem to me like something I would want to do. It doesn’t seem like something like enjoying music would create negative karma.
Please explain to vow to me -From Mark

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Dear Mark,

All humans have a perception of things. That perception may not be the reality of an object. The object itself has no real reality. the object cannot fulfill or not fulfill our perceptions. It all comes from our side and our side alone. But our perceptions of it and how we react to it may have adverse effects or positive.

Some people may see money as:

1. A way to benefit the sick
2. To buy status
3. To have security
4. To Take care of parents/family
5. To travel
6. To have a good life
7. Etc, etc, etc..

So because of the different views towards money, what money actually is, is empty… But our perception of money and what it can do will make us perhaps:

1. Work hard
2. Be sneaky
3. Steal
4. Start a business
5. Study harder
6. lie
7. Beg
8. Etc, etc, etc.

With the vows, some of the vows apply more to one individual than to another.

Everyone has their own hang ups, perceptions and upbringing. So when we take the vows, it is not playing music is negative, but our attachment to it is. So if the vows says you can’t play music and you get upset, that is the point of the vow…LOL. Why do you get upset? Because you can’t have what you think makes YOU happy? Why is it if you don’t have music you are unhappy? Why does that disturb you? Why is that ‘upsetting’. These questions are for contemplations to understand the workings of the mind better. When you understand your mind better, you can overcome wrong perceptions and all the problems we make arising from it….

So the vows are not suppose to stop you from enjoying what you like or labelling it negative..It is more the perception of what you like. The vows help you to step back and see the reality of your attachments, likes, dislikes, activities and where they bring you….

I hope this helps.

And keep the music playing please…

Tsem Rinpoche

 

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  1. freon on Aug 8, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    From the explanation on the vows, i understand more that it is my own perception that make me feel the pain, it is not the vows. The perception that if I lost certain of the routine I have, I might not be happy. Thus, I am attached to the leisure and are afraid of the pain.

    Thus, the vows are like a checkpoint for us to see how much attachment we have. It is a good contemplation for me to know about myself more. The attachment and the delusion.

    Thank you Rinpoche

    Bowing to Rinpoche’s lotus feet, with love
    Freon

  2. Alice Tay on May 1, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Actually, I’m like a lay man who only know that we should follow the vows in order to refrain us from doing negative activities. I didn’t know the benefit of taking vows in deep meaning.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing which made me clear with the meaningful of taking vows. By taking vows, it actually helps us to contemplate why are we still get attachment in something and finally help us to overcome our wrong perceptions on everything.

  3. Hee TS on Nov 27, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    感谢仁波切的言教,提醒我们应往内心思考,想要的未必是须要的,应以戒为前提。

  4. Pee Bee Chong on Nov 26, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the explanation. Thank you Marks for the question. It helps us to contemplate, to step back and see the reality of our attachments.

  5. Edwin Tan on Jul 2, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for the wonderful explanation.

    It is really what we perceives that gives rise to our attachments. When I first made a vow to Rinpoche to stop drinking, I was worried and skeptical of how I will end up. Will I be unhappy? Will I lose my friends? Will I be upset and craved for alcohol?

    The commitment to my guru is what kept me going, and I must admit…even without drinking or socialising… I am not missing anything much. Alcohol do not make me a better person or a happy person. Without it, I am still functioning.

    Thank you for the wonderful article, I will know better how to explain to my friends in future on refraining from certain things or attachments is just how we perceive that attachment.

  6. keng on Apr 7, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    This was a response from Ivonice Powell (Exeter, England): 7 pr 2014

    That was an excellent explanation of the point of taking vows, it caused me to sit back and evaluate my own attachments to the things that i perceive as making me “happy” ( is music ) and why was it i myself felt aggrieved at the prospect of one day having to give up that which i thought was making me happy, i have pondered this before on numerous occassions, but the clarity with which you spelt it out was an inspiration for me, thank you Rimpoche

  7. AdelineTan on Mar 23, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    It was a good question asked by Mark and a very clear explanation from Rinpoche in reply to that question and i believed the same will apply to ‘wearing jewelleries, cosmatic and perfume’. Thank you for sharing.

  8. andre giroux on Mar 22, 2014 at 4:45 am

    This was an excellent question and I love your answer Rinpoche.
    Thank you to both.

    I enjoy music very much too. 🙂

    Andre

  9. Pastor Han Nee on Mar 19, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for making me see how my attachment to things like music or food is what makes me unhappy, when I don’t have them or not enough of them. Music or food in themselves do not cause my happiness or unhappiness.Thus liking music is not negative.It’s my negative perception.

    Vows actually help us. They make us step back and see our attachments for what they really are.

    Hence, we can enjoy music. We should just not get attached to it. Then it will not make us unhappy, when we don’t have it or don’t have enough of it.

  10. HelenaC on Mar 19, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Very very clear explanation Rinpoche, Thank you for sharing. I understand more now and can explain to my friends hehehe 🙂

  11. Shelly tai on Mar 19, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this clear explanation . I used to think holding a vows is very difficult because vows restrict us from doing things that we think is good to us, after knowing the Dharma I have fully understand that the vows is to free us from all the unhappiness that we experience by holding on the vows every single day tit can lead us to ultimate happiness .

  12. Edward ooi on Mar 19, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Dear Rinpoche, I’m too attached to music. But I’m not the type that won’t feel right if I don’t listen to it. My type is like I just kept on singing and singing and singing. Even when I get bored with the song, my mouth will just automatically start singing. At least I’m not obsessed with music until that kind of stage. Thank You Rinpoche for sharing.

  13. Sean Wang on Mar 18, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Rinpoche, this is a wonderful answer for such an interesting question. Some people claim that the rules of Buddhism are very imposing but in actuality it is more tailored towards some individuals more than others.

  14. henry ooi on Mar 18, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Rinpoche’s dharma teachings are always so clear and made easy to understand. This teaching would not been possible if not for the questions asked by Mark. Thank you to all the Marks out there will be asking more questions so more people like me can benefit from Rinpoche’s answers and teachings.

  15. Ruby Khong on Mar 18, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    For those who have taken Boddhisattva vows, this downfall is about wasting time due to strong attachment to sense pleasures. Wasting time is bad in a worldly sense, but when we have taken the Bodhisattva vows, then it is really the wrong thing to do because the time spent could have been used more beneficially for the sake of other sentient beings.

  16. wansan on Mar 18, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this post. We are all so blessed to be able to get the answers directly from Rinpoche. I guess I’m like most of the others who once was confused why the vows ask us to refrain from wearing jewellery, cosmetics or perfume, enjoying music or TV… Like Mark said in the question, it does not bring any negative karma (as how we understood it), why can’t we do that?
    With Rinpoche’s clear and simple explanation using money as an example. I now have a clear idea of the meaning of the vow. The vow is not to imprison us but in fact to liberate us from all of our attachments towards many things that we thought we aren’t attached to.
    Just like how Rinpoche said, “the vows help you to step back and see the reality of your attachments, likes, dislikes, activities and where they bring you…” We all should really step back and reflect upon our inner self and see with our own eyes of everything inside us.

  17. beatrix ooi on Mar 17, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    I’ve always have the same question as Mark did, because my aunty once told me that singing is not good, not even humming, especially when we are in holy places. I’ve been very confused because I did not see why can’t we enjoy music but now I finally understood. There’s nothing bad about it but its the attachment, its how we are attached to music/ entertainments.

  18. benji on Mar 17, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Ah, i have gained much insight here! i agree with David – we must have an understanding. We need to put things “in place”, like what Uncle Eddie mentioned. It is so important that we depend on the wisdom and compassion of the guru, so that we do not mess up things with our egocentrically generated erroneous views! Thank you very much, Rinpoche. Thank you Mark, and all you great people for the wonderful sharing! 🙂

  19. Choongs on Mar 17, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I remember having the same question as well when I first encountered the eight precepts. I thought to myself, duh?, if Buddhism is like that then it is probably not something for me. No thank you.

    Then about six months ago, I tweeted Rinpoche asking Rinpoche a similar question and his reply to me was to study Buddhism and engage in deep practices and that music and Buddhism go well together!

    So I was like, fantastic! This is more like it. What a breath of fresh air! Maybe I still can play guitar, sing eighties songs badly according to my daughter who loves songs from the eighties for some reason, and get inspired listening to John Lennon and the like.

    Fast-forward 6 months later, today, after taking Rinpoche’s advice to study Buddhism, my music room has turned into a chapel and my guitars and amp sit idly waiting for a “revival”. To be continued…

  20. Liaw Yung May on Aug 12, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Dear Tsem Tulku Rinpoche,

    I do really agree that we should take a step back to contemplate on our likes, dislikes, attachments etc, etc.

    It is really undeniable that we strive hard to earn money. Being a 17 year old student who has just started to gain some insight into the Dharma, I always hear people around me telling me to get a good job and earn a lot of money so that you won’t be looked down by others, and at the same time you can help your own family members to support their financial needs.

    With these threads of sayings and opinions from other people, I feel so torn in between. My urge to earn money and own a luxurious home in the future is so strong. I always feel, that with money, I could satisfy myself. Yes, not until I came across Rinpoche’s post on ‘Something’s Wrong,’ where Rinpoche explained a profound extract from Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo in detail. I suddenly felt everything Rinpoche just said was entirely applied in my life, especially the fact that Rinpoche mentioned on ‘When you’re having dilemma in choosing what you want to do and what you should do’….I find it so meaningful to me, and I thank Rinpoche for giving me some sort of comfort that having the dilemma is a good sign.

    However, I would like to propose a question. I have this friend that I feel very annoyed with. It’s not because she’s a bad person, it’s just that she is quite clingy and actually gets jealous when I talk to my other classmates. She would tease me and say all sorts of ridiculous things to me like, ‘So you have a NEW best friend now…’ or even sulk the whole day.

    The worst part of everything is, THERE WAS NO END TO IT! It happened when I started secondary school in 2009, but the problem hasn’t escalated to that extent of her getting possessive yet. It has proceeded until now, year 2013, where I had become her best friend.

    My question will come soon after explaining this incident. There was one year that I tried to get rid of her from my life. It was secondary four, where things had quite a change. I started to ignore her completely, such as not responding to what she says, or not even greet her. Sooner or later, we started to become distant and further apart, and I thought I was happier without her because I was with another friend who was more jovial and cheerful.

    All of my judgements and assumptions backfired me, as I felt much guiltier and lonelier than before. That new friend whom I recently befriended distracted me from pursuing my studies. So, I mustered up all my courage to face that friend of mine again.

    After gaining more knowledge on the Dharma, I realised all of my meetings with her are a result from karma connection, and with that, I feel really guilty for all my actions. The lamrim says that even an insult, or any sin that you think is small, could eventually hurt you more than you could ever imagine. (That is how I understood it)

    So, what should I do now? I want to really repent, but I don’t know how. I feel still annoyed at her because of her clingy nature, but I ignoring her and not treating her well would demerit me and refrain me from gaining full enlightenment.

    I want to be liberated from all these agony. Please help me, Rinpoche.

    Thank you.

  21. Paris on Feb 14, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I really like these teachings on the fact that it’s never the object that is intrinsically good or bad, but how we let it distract our minds or how it deepens our inner samsaras.

    I thought it quite apt to share this teaching that we just received from Rinpoche yesterday (13Feb), where he gave another explanation about something similar. He talked about clothes in this instance, that it is never the clothes that are the issue but when we want to wear nice things, we have to ask ourselves why it is that we spend so much time and money on what we put on? Is it just to make us more attractive, and therefore increase desire in others for us? In this case, wearing nice clothes and being preoccupied with obtaining nice clothes because a cause for creating even greater samsara for ourselves. We eventually create the cause for desire to increase within ourselves too, to a point that we become just like animals, preening our feathers, putting on different colors or grooming ourselves just to attract a mate.

    Alternatively are we dressing up and putting on expensive branded clothes so that we can make ourselves look “higher”, wealthier, more important and thereby get respect? If so, then the act of dressing up becomes a means for putting others down and bringing ourselves up. If we do this enough, then we eventually create the karma for ourselves to be put down in the future, to be in lowly places where other people will exert their authority over us.

    Interesting, isn’t it? That the same piece of clothing can bring so many different results to us, based purely on WHY we are putting on that top or buttoning up that dress. Ultimately though, there is nothing intrinsically bad in clothes (or anything for that matter!) – it’s what we do with it, the results it brings to us and how much it increases virtue or suffering for ourselves and others.

  22. Sharon Saw on Jan 15, 2013 at 3:12 am

    this was an interesting post and i also enjoyed reading people’s comments. It is a simple premise yet has many depths to the answer. On the superficial level, the vow appears to restrict our ‘enjoyment’ yet as Rinpoche has elucidated, it is not our enjoyment of the music that is the problem but our attachment to that enjoyment. And that is the main problem of all our attachments – that we cling on to the attachment which is actually a mirage. It is inherently empty of existence yet we think it is solid and concrete and permanent and will bring permanent happiness. It is the same with everything else which we think brings us happiness – from a delicious meal (which is even faster to see as impermanent since we consume it!) to material objects, like a favourite outfit or accessory. Our attachments to all these create our suffering when we lose them. Once we realise that our attachments are the issue, we can reprogram ourselves to not place so much emphasis on these external factors. Easier said than done but we have to start somewhere.

  23. Albert Ratchaga on Jan 15, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Why listening to music is creating negative karma, it is not because the music itself is bad, but because it enhance our attachment, our past. Many times when we listen to music, physically we are listening to the music, but the fact is we are actually listening to our past, our memory.

    When we keep holding on our past, there is no way for us to let go. when we can’t let go, how can we gain attainment? activity that not helping us to gain attainment, that will be negative karma, because it will make us dwell more into the samsara.

  24. abby f on Jan 15, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for your kind answer! Vow is not to restrict us to do anything, but it is more to examine what our reaction is towards a particular vow. Like Rinpoche describe above, when we don’t get something then we get upset, that’s it. We should examine ourselves, why we get upset for it? How we should avoid getting upset? what really makes us upset?

    And when we can control our mind or not to attach or dependent on something else, then we are free and nothing can control our moods. Vow is not something to tell us what to do or why not to do, but vow tells us how we should control our mind and how we should see all our emotions. By controlling our mind, we get ‘freedom’ at some level.

  25. Julia Tan on Jul 10, 2012 at 1:16 am

    The answer is very clear and straight forward. The reason of taking vow is for us to let go of something such as.. not listening to the music, being vegetarian etc. Is to cut off our attachment. at the same time we also learn how to check and control our mind. It’s a way to change our perception and transform. Hence when we are holding our vows, it’s very good if we could do a mind check every night before we go to bed.

    Thank you Rinpoche

  26. Judy Lam on Jul 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I find that we have different attachments at different stages of our lives. Therefore we need not focus so much on one thing and neglect the other, because there will come a time where you don’t even know you will miss the things that you spent so much time (and sometimes money) indulging in before. I respect people who hold their vows well, and if we don’t, we need to do a self-check and identify our attachments.

  27. David Lai on Jun 20, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I think when we practice the Dharma, we must have an understanding of why we are refraining from the certain things mentioned in the vows. Without this understanding and contemplation over its meaning and purpose, it will be a meaningless robotic pursuit.

    I think a lot of practitioners are guilty of this including myself and so we do not create the merits necessary for real transformation to happen. When there’s no transformation, not only we don’t grow, when situations arise that creates doubts in our mind, we get swayed by our doubts. Hence, study, contemplation and meditation must go hand-in-hand.I don’t mean to give such a Dharma talk but when I see this post, I see the danger of knowing and not applying what we know.

  28. Andrew James Boon on Jun 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    This made me think certainly on how our mind works. When we are “forbidden” to do something we feel brings no harm and even in some instances gives us “pleasure”, we feel it to be a trap because we base the vow on “giving” up on something we like or want to do.

    However based on what I understood from Rinpoche’s explanation, it is not giving up on that very thing per se… it is looking deeper into our physche and coming to the realization it is the attachment to these things that we are actually giving up and not the thing or act itself. Because the thing or act itself is entirely dependent on our perception and attachment to it.

    e.g. In the simple example of playing the guitar, if it gives us so much pleasure to the point whereby it causes us displeasure when told we cannot play the guitar anymore is THE very attachment we need to rid off. It is NOT the playing of the guitar or the music in itself that is bad, it is the fact that we use the playing of guitar or the music as an attachment – giving us a false sense of pleasure.

    If playing the guitar or music gives us so call temporal pleasure and we realise it merely as that, “giving” it up should not matter in the least because, we know it is precisely that… a temporal pleasure which does not control us.

    Hence, for me, the lesson is that we are ultimately in control of our feeling of pleasures or displeasures and not the elements around us… and with that in mind we can have everything or lose everything it should not effect how we feel and we have some state of equilibrium. That to me would be the ultimate non-attachment.

  29. tenzin llhamo on Jun 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    It is so true. It is our perception of the things that we have hence the attachment that we currently have. When I first heard about the 8 precepts, I was like… I think I better do it when I am ready. But that readiness is still not here yet. At least now I am ready. I am learning everyday not be attached to many things because I was so attached to many things last time.Rinpoche’s reply is always precise, straight to the point and easy to understand. Thank you for such the meaningful question Mark and also Rinpoche for the explanation.

  30. skyong on Nov 20, 2011 at 1:45 am

    I noticed that whenever I am unhappy or down I listen to music. Other times when I am okay I don’t listen to music. Does this mean music is used as a distraction for my mind? The mind is seeking a place of relief from unhappiness? In music certain chords bring the feeling of lightness and high energy, while certain chords bring the feeling of heaviness and low energy. A not so attached mind is a peaceful and happy mind. External circumstances don’t bring the mind down or unhappy. So it doesn’t need that much music for self absorption?

  31. Uncle Eddie on Jun 7, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Yes every human being has perceptions of things, it is the mind that exerts the greatest influence on us. Fromthe core of our being we simply desire contentment. Contentment is the happiness in doing things that we like without limit. Contentment however big or small is always dictated by the mind. Of course it would be wise to establish a limitation of balance to whatever we do, but how many willbe able to achieve such a controllable habit. Hence, we have to devise an effective means to control our innermost mind to obiediently adhere to such a control. As practicioners of Buddhist faith, we believe vows are the most effective means to subdue our minds. Like our Guru said, vows are not to stop us from enjoying what we are doing, but purely to help us to step back to see the reality of our attachments, to overcome our wrong perceptions and impose a “balance of limitation”. Vows, therefore are in place to be used as push-buttons to check, examine and reflect our ourselves. Thank you, Rinpoche, once again for your valuable and wonderful teachings.

  32. Siong Woan on Jun 6, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for the explanation, it really made me think and contemplate on all my attachments.. it’s time to step back and look inward..

    Thank you again.

    With folded hands
    Siong Woan

  33. Jessica Yap on Jun 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the blog post. I like how elaborate and direct the answers are. Rinpoche is always so skillful in answering questions. We are so blessed to be able to ask questions and have them answered by Rinpoche! Thank you Rinpoche. 🙂

  34. Steve Tobias on Jun 5, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Rinpoche’s response is very eloquently put and true.

    If Mark is reading then I’d like to point out for him that it is typical (for people like us at least) to just take the first five precepts (no killing, lying, stealing, sexual misconduct, drinking), except on special Buddhist holidays, therefore it is not “required” to refrain from eating after noon, not listening to music, and so forth, so no reason to be worried in the first place.

    Also in my own experience I was VERY into music and still am. However in the past few years I found myself refraining from listening to music until around 6 pm, as it made my mind distracted, more prone towards suffering, moving from one object to another, etc. So it was a personal choice not a vow in this instance.

    Here is one of my favorite “poems” from The Wheel of Sharp Weapons which Rinpoche told me to read:

    “(112) When musicians are playing a beautiful melody,
    Should we examine the sound they are making
    We would see that it does not exist by itself.
    But when we’re not making our formal analysis,
    Still there’s a beautiful tune to be heard,
    Which is merely a label on notes and on players
    That’s why lovely music can lighten sad hearts.

    (113) When we closely examine effects and their causes,
    We see that they both lack inherent existence:
    They can’t stand alone, either whole or apart,
    Yet there seem to exist independently rising
    And falling events, which, in fact, are conditioned
    By various forces, components and parts.
    It is this very level on which we experience
    Birth and our death and whatever life brings.
    So please, in this world of appearances only,
    Let’s always be sure what we do is of virtue
    And shun all those acts that would cause us great pain.”

  35. Sandy on Jun 4, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I really enjoyed reading your response to such a fantastic question. I was asked the same question by a friend of mine when she asked me about the kind of vows monks take. I couldn’t give an insightful answer as yours (I had no clear understanding myself at the time), but I could understand why people see these things as an endeavour to limit enjoyment and restrict having fun.

    In fact, I’ve just this morning read a chapter in the book “god Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything” where the author suggests that ALL religion relies on encouraging servitude among its followers and they most effectively do this by discouraging everything that is natural to humans and encouraging what is not (e.g. sex is evil, obedience and surrender to the masters is wonderful).

    However, as you clearly point out, listening to music isn’t bad within itself, nor (I presume) is sex or even consuming alcohol. Thanks to your explanation, I think I understand it a little better now. We rely on these kinds of things to the point of distraction where our minds constantly focus on the external pleasures and attachments, rather than focusing inwards in order to achieve a better understanding of ourselves.

    Even if the author of the book would claim you brainwash your students, or that any teacher aspires to the same aim, it’s easily disproved. If having lots of sex, listening constantly to music and getting drunk brought happiness, then – quite simply – why don’t these things bring happiness? In enjoying material things in abundance is the way to true lasting happiness, the majority of the word would be in blissful states. But it’s not.

    The ideal, it would seem, would be to establish a balance, but a lot of people are unable to do this (myself included, needless to say). If one could listen to music but not be so attached to it or rely upon it for one’s happiness, or if one could drink or have sex in a way that these things don’t end up “owning” you, there wouldn’t be so much of a problem, if we could simply take or leave these things as they are.

    But desire is insatiable. And all the while, in the futile attempt to satisfy our desires, we seem to be pulled further and further from gaining an understanding of our true selves and perhaps this is why these vows are in place – to allow us to hit the pause button for a time, stop, and reflect on who we really are?

    Thank you again for your response to Mark’s great question, Rinpoche – it’s always a pleasure to find new areas of contemplation.

    Kind regards,
    Sandy

    • Margaretlee on Jun 5, 2011 at 12:05 am

      Hi Sandy, I am very much in agreement in what you have just shared here. And perhaps the very reason why many do not want to engage in a spiritual path, or take up a faith is because of all the mis-conception that religions poison everything. Big words like renounciation could very easily scare most people away.

      It is great that these questions are raised by Mark and Tsem Rinpoche gave such a clear and thought provoking answer.

      I particularly like when you relate this to taking vows or why the vows are in place to help practitioners, like a pause button, allowing us to stop and reflect on ourselves.

      We all need many pause buttons….

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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jun 17. 2024 12:53 PM
    Beautiful pictures paints a thousands words of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche. Those rare pictures shared ultimate sophistication of the relationship between the two great leaders.
    Back in the 20th century Jawaharlal Nehru an Indian anti-colonial nationalist, statesman, secular humanist, social democrat was very kind to receive them both. Looking at the rare pictures says all.
    Its such awesome watching the rare video of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche visiting India together. Visiting sacred places Buddhist sites of India together, and even having state dinner .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-dalai-lama-panchen-lama-in-india-in-1956.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jun 17. 2024 12:52 PM
    nspiring read of the power sacred feminine Maha Pajapati Gotami, founder of the Order of Nuns. She was the foster-mother, step-mother and maternal aunt of the Buddha. In Buddhist tradition, she was the first woman to seek ordination for women, which she did from Gautama Buddha directly, and she became the first bhikkhuni.
    Mahapajapati lived to be around 120 years old. Having such an eminent position in the sangha, she would have had hundreds of nuns under her care, helping them realize the Truth. Perplexingly, the Buddha continued to have doubts about admitting women into the women’s order right up until his death. Mahapajapati had played an important role preserving the dharma taught by Buddha Shakyamuni.
    Truly inspired by Mahaprajapati Gotami’s story.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mahapajapati-gotami-the-first-buddhist-nun.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jun 17. 2024 12:50 PM
    Area 51 is a U.S. military base that has become synonymous all this while. There’s a possibility recording to many could be a government cover-ups and potentially a place of testing alien. Its always a secret behind this Nevada base also known as Area 51 and is often the subject of alien conspiracy theories. The facility is next to two other restricted military areas, what goes on inside and around is extremely secret. No one are allowed to visit and are kept away by warning signs, electronic surveillance and armed guards. According to the US military, the intense secrecy area is the training range for US nuclear weapons. It has never been declared a secret base and under 24-hour surveillance. Many people have reported seeing unidentified flying objects in or near Area 51. That’s interesting. And the popular image of the place is a secret site for extra-terrestrial research.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/aliens-paranormal/what-is-area-51.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jun 17. 2024 12:49 PM
    Reading each messages and looking at those beautiful pictures tells a thousand words. Without dharma, dharma work, dharma institutions and dharma people, life is so much more lonely and empty……loved this message by our Guru.
    May those teachings in this blog flourish in the heart of all beings.
    Thank you Rinpoche sharing this great messages. which taught us more and inspired us too.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/messages-inspired-by-buddhist-art.html
  • payal
    Monday, Jun 10. 2024 04:27 AM
    really….such a stunning sacred image 1,000 Armed Avalokitesvara as gift from Joshua and family for Rinpoche . More so receiving it on Wesak Day is indeed wonderful. Merely looking at this stunning images is a blessing.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 10. 2024 02:57 PM
    A card and hard disc from Sean Wang was truly a smart idea afterall. Nobody could imagine such idea but he did it. Placing thumb drives with millions and billions of Vajrayogini her holy mantra in Tibetan into the holy statue. Not only that drawing pictures too . Such a great idea whereby people come to make offerings, prostrate, circumambulate, collecting huge amount of merits for themselves and their love ones. Thanks to Sean Wang/
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/seans-got-a-great-idea.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 10. 2024 02:55 PM
    Reading this blog kindly reminded us of the most cherished people in our lives that’s our parents. Mother’s Day that is on this Sunday 12th of May and Father’s Day falls on the third Sunday in June. Teachers Day too important ……a day to honour and recognise their roles in our lives. Rinpoche always emphasised that we should not avoid the responsibility of repaying the kindness of the people who have helped us in our life. The only true way to honour and repay their kindness is to let them know that their kindness meant a lot to us . Do something good for them or someone else as this practice ultimately gives enormous power and possibilities for positive effects in many lives not just our own life. Simple saying thank you and expressing our appreciation can go a long way.
    Reading all those powerful quotes by Rinpoche gives us a lesson and example.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers team for sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/celebrating-kindness-20-quotes-from-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 06:11 PM
    Achi Chökyi Drölma is the Dharma Protector of the Drikung Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. She also appears as a protector in the Karma Kagyu refuge tree as Achi Chodron. Although Achi has a particular committment to protect the Drikung Kagyu, she is recognized and practiced by all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. To benefit the beings in samsara, she displays a limitless number of manifestations at different times and in different space dimensions. She vowed to protect the Drikung Kagyu lineage and its practitioners, removing inner and outer obstacles , a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism, embodies the harmonious union of compassion, wisdom, and protective energy. a powerful wisdom-protector who guards and protects all sincere Dharma-practitioners to rely on her. She is also known for her power to confer wealth. She rose to protect Drikung Kagyu lineage while Dorje Shugden who rose to protect the Gelug teaching. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Gen Lobsang Phuljung for this interesting write up

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 06:00 PM
    Dorje Shugden is a special Dharma Protector who quickly fulfils wishes and sincere prayers. He brings healing, harmony and peace; protects from harm and obstacles and attracts opportunities for success and growth. To promote the practice of Dorje Shugden, Kechara has came up a easy way for more people to understand the Powerful Practice. Presented in six different languages as such in English, Tibetan བོད་ཡིག, Chinese 中文, Hindi हिंदी, Tamil தமிழ், Nepali नेपाली so everyone could access. All those materials were distributed to visitors free of charge at all Kechara outlets. Looking at those pictures of visitors says all of how Kechara had spreads the practice of Dorje Shugden like wild fire. More people will get to know and understand the true stories and benefits of Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/kechara-spreads-the-practice-of-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:57 PM
    For the last 60 years, the Tibetan Government-in-Exile has exploited, abused, marginalised and persecuted their people. For the first time in six decades, since the Tibetans first entered a life in exile, we are seeing more and more examples of ordinary Tibetans speaking up against this exploitation. In years gone past, Tibetans would never have dared to voice their objections to the leadership. They have been mixing religion and politics ever since. A majority of the Tibetans in India are stateless, and been sufferings quietly. Hundreds of thousands of Tibetans were killed during the Chinese invasion, prompting the young Dalai Lama to flee into exile in 1959. Because of all the exploitation the younger Tibetan generation are willing to express and speaking up.
    Reading the commentary by a anonymous member of the Tibetan community tells us how those desperate Tibetans experienced all this while and to voice the truth. Interesting read. In order to achieve peace it is necessary to address the root of violence and conflict by having dialogue between the Chinese Government and the Tibetan Government.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-refugee-youth-speaking-up.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:55 PM
    Coming up with these informative website is a great work of Rinpoche and writers team. With these website it had many people get to understand more of Tibetan Buddhism , great teachers teachings and of course all about the practice of Dorje Shugden. I am one of them , its was this website I got to know , learn, and understand about Tibetan Buddhism and Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands and writers team .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/fantastic-new-dorje-shugden-website-launched.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:53 PM
    The legendary Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drak was born in the village of Nyenam,Southern Tibet amidst many auspicious signs of a high rebirth. Ra Lotsawa was a great tantric master and is one of the most controversial Buddhist teachers in Tibetan history who had used wrathful means to subjugate his opponents. One of the previous lives of Dorje Shugden is the renowned lama Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drak, Amongst his great deeds, Ra Lotsawa was known to have renovated many with Samye, Tibet’s first monastery. He also sponsored numerous new translation works, the copying and recitation of sacred scriptures, and the installation of Buddha statues. Interesting read of the biography of this great master. Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drakpa left behind a legacy of many great lamas, practitioners and preserving, as well as spreading this tantric system in Tibet.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ra-lotsawa-dorje-drakpa-tibetan-master-of-the-vajrabhairava-tantra.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:51 PM
    Dorjé Shukden is a controversial Tibetan Buddhist protector deity, believed by some to be a wrathful spirit and by others to be an enlightened Buddha. The controversy that arose from this divided understanding over the last fifty years has impacted the Tibetan Buddhist community globally and continues to be relevant to observers and practitioners of Buddhism the world over. The Yellow Book, based on its cover. It was composed by Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche in 1970, but it was not published until 1973. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche never intended for his book to be published but somehow it was published without his permission. According to the introduction, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche authored this book in 1970 based on teachings given by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, the junior tutor to the 14th Dalai Lama.The original intention of this book was to be complementary material to Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s book, Music Delighting An Ocean of Protectors, which was published six years before the Yellow Book. The Yellow Book did not circulate widely until several years later. It is a collection of cautionary tales and teachings but sadly some influential powerful officials and people who had corrupted the Gelug lineage . Interesting read.
    I am looking forward to finish reading this book.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/dr-christopher-bells-views-on-zemey-rinpoches-yellow-book.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:15 PM
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:13 PM
    Firebirds are mythical birds found in the folklore of many cultures. They are often depicted as magical birds with feathers that glow like flames or the sun. The mythology surrounding firebirds varies between cultures, but there are some common themes. In Greek mythology, the mythical bird known for its ability to be reborn from its ashes, symbolizing immortality and renewal. It is often depicted as a beautiful and majestic creature with brightly coloured feathers and a long tail. Interesting read of the stories related to the mythology, legend and folklore in this blog.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html

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Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
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On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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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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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.
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Need a dose of spiritual nourishment or perhaps any spiritual protection? Do take up our Kechara Penang food/candles offering packages. Do not hesitate to contact our member Choong for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Need a dose of spiritual nourishment or perhaps any spiritual protection? Do take up our Kechara Penang food/candles offering packages. Do not hesitate to contact our member Choong for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Different food offerings offered on Penang Kechara Chapel's altar behalf of the sponsors. May sponsors' wishes be fulfilled. Great effort from Choong Soon Heng, one of our Kechara Penang dedicated members who thought of this way for people to generate merits while clearing obstacles. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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Different food offerings offered on Penang Kechara Chapel's altar behalf of the sponsors. May sponsors' wishes be fulfilled. Great effort from Choong Soon Heng, one of our Kechara Penang dedicated members who thought of this way for people to generate merits while clearing obstacles. Uploaded by Jacinta.
These are some of the offerings offered on behalf of our sponsors. We have different offerings packages which one can choose from or just simply sponsor our weekly puja in dedication to our loved ones. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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These are some of the offerings offered on behalf of our sponsors. We have different offerings packages which one can choose from or just simply sponsor our weekly puja in dedication to our loved ones. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
We hope you enjoyed our pictures, as much as we enjoyed our Wesak Day together in Penang. Let us carry the energy and enthusiasm we experienced so far and inspires many more. Happy Wesak Day! 22/5/2024 KPSG by Jacinta
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We hope you enjoyed our pictures, as much as we enjoyed our Wesak Day together in Penang. Let us carry the energy and enthusiasm we experienced so far and inspires many more. Happy Wesak Day! 22/5/2024 KPSG by Jacinta
Puja offering packages. Thanks to those who sponsored the puja. May all your wishes be fulfilled. KPSG by Jacinta
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Puja offering packages. Thanks to those who sponsored the puja. May all your wishes be fulfilled. KPSG by Jacinta
Colourful altar with plenty of offerings. We had DS puja with Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni as we celebrate this special day of Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana. KPSG by Jacinta
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Colourful altar with plenty of offerings. We had DS puja with Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni as we celebrate this special day of Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana. KPSG by Jacinta
Some of the activities done during the Wesak Day Celebration in Penang. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Some of the activities done during the Wesak Day Celebration in Penang. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Wesak Day Celebration in Penang!Buddha's Bathing Ritual. 22/5/2024 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. After puja, all members helped out clearing the offerings and we shared out the blessed food offerings with our families, friends and even animals. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. After puja, all members helped out clearing the offerings and we shared out the blessed food offerings with our families, friends and even animals. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. Activities during puja. Members chanting Dorje Shugden mantras. We've completed Dorje Shugden puja cum Namasangiti. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. Activities during puja. Members chanting Dorje Shugden mantras. We've completed Dorje Shugden puja cum Namasangiti. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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11/5/2024, Saturday @3pm. Activities : Offerings of khata to Rinpoche, garland of flowers to Dorje Shugden and a new Tibetan butterlamp being offered on the altar. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Today we have an inaugural cancer free diet talk and info sharing by Mr. Ooi. Mr. Ooi is a Penangite and like any other man, he has a family to provide for. From colon cancer stage 4,he is now known as a cancer-free man. Learn more about his story and his acquaintance with Dorje Shugden here https://youtu.be/x7i-yXJBUwM?si=A-5O0udxjg52iS58
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Today we have an inaugural cancer free diet talk and info sharing by Mr. Ooi. Mr. Ooi is a Penangite and like any other man, he has a family to provide for. From colon cancer stage 4,he is now known as a cancer-free man. Learn more about his story and his acquaintance with Dorje Shugden here https://youtu.be/x7i-yXJBUwM?si=A-5O0udxjg52iS58
Kind-hearted sponsors sponsored these kuih-muih & flowers for today's puja @ 4th May, 2024. Should you wish to contribute these or sponsor our weekly puja, do contact us for more details. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Kind-hearted sponsors sponsored these kuih-muih & flowers for today's puja @ 4th May, 2024. Should you wish to contribute these or sponsor our weekly puja, do contact us for more details. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
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Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
Two Pastors in da house! Double the merits, double the happiness. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Two Pastors in da house! Double the merits, double the happiness. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
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Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
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And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
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Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
3 months ago
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
3 months ago
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
3 months ago
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
4 months ago
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
5 months ago
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
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Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
5 months ago
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
5 months ago
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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