Fo Guang Shan in China

Jul 27, 2017 | Views: 1,249

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Dear friends around the world,

As society keeps trending more and more towards consumerism and materialism, all of us need some sort of spiritual cleansing from these ‘toxins’. Therefore Buddhism is especially important during this era because only the Dharma can bring us long lasting happiness. Nothing else in samsara will.

I’m extremely happy to see that Buddhism is growing in China. China is a country with a huge population and the more Buddhism spreads, the more people can be benefited by it. This is an interesting article about how Fo Guang Shan established itself so strongly there. Do have a look and absorb what has been written.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Is a Buddhist Group Changing China? Or Is China Changing It?

By IAN JOHNSONJUNE 24, 2017

A statue of the Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the leader of the Buddhist organization Fo Guang Shan, in Yixing. Credit Gilles Sabrié for The New York Times

YIXING, China — For most of her life, Shen Ying was disappointed by the world she saw around her. She watched China’s economic rise in this small city in the Yangtze River Valley, and she found a foothold in the new middle class, running a convenience store in a strip mall. Yet prosperity felt hollow.

She worried about losing her shop if she didn’t wine and dine and pay off the right officials. Recurring scandals about unsafe food or tainted infant formula made by once-reputable companies upset her. She recalled the values her father had tried to instill in her — honesty, thrift, righteousness — but she said there seemed no way to live by them in China today.

“You just feel disappointed at some of the dishonest conduct in society,” she said.

Then, five years ago, a Buddhist organization from Taiwan called Fo Guang Shan, or Buddha’s Light Mountain, began building a temple in the outskirts of her city, Yixing. She began attending its meetings and studying its texts — and it changed her life.

She and her husband, a successful businessman, started living more simply. They gave up luxury goods and made donations to support poor children. And before the temple opened last year, she left her convenience store to manage a tea shop near the temple, pledging the proceeds to charity.

Across China, millions of people like Ms. Shen have begun participating in faith-based organizations like Fo Guang Shan. They aim to fill what they see as a moral vacuum left by attacks on traditional values over the past century, especially under Mao, and the nation’s embrace of a cutthroat form of capitalism.

Many want to change their country — to make it more compassionate, more civil and more just. But unlike political dissidents or other activists suppressed by the Communist Party, they hope to change Chinese society through personal piety and by working with the government instead of against it. And for the most part, the authorities have left them alone.

Pilgrims and nuns during a National Day procession last fall. Credit Gilles Sabrié for The New York Times

Fo Guang Shan is perhaps the most successful of these groups. Since coming to China more than a decade ago, it has set up cultural centers and libraries in major Chinese cities and printed and distributed millions of volumes of its books through state-controlled publishers. While the government has tightened controls on most other foreign religious organizations, Fo Guang Shan has flourished, spreading a powerful message that individual acts of charity can reshape China.

It has done so, however, by making compromises. The Chinese government is wary of spiritual activity it does not control — the Falun Gong an example — and prohibits mixing religion and politics. That has led Fo Guang Shan to play down its message of social change and even its religious content, focusing instead on promoting knowledge of traditional culture and values.

The approach has won it high-level support; President Xi Jinping is one of its backers. But its relationship with the party raises a key question: Can it still change China?

 

Avoiding Politics

Fo Guang Shan is led by one of modern China’s most famous religious figures, the Venerable Master Hsing Yun. I met him late last year at the temple in Yixing, in a bright room filled with his calligraphy and photos of senior Chinese leaders who have received him in Beijing. He wore tannish golden robes, and his shaved head was set off by thick eyebrows and sharp, impish lips.

At age 89, he is nearly blind, and a nun often had to repeat my questions so he could hear them. But his mind was quick, and he nimbly parried questions that the Chinese authorities might consider objectionable. When I asked him what he hoped to accomplish by spreading Buddhism — proselytizing is illegal in China — his eyebrows arched in mock amusement.

“I don’t want to promote Buddhism!” he said. “I only promote Chinese culture to cleanse humanity.”

As for the Communist Party, he was unequivocal:

“We Buddhists uphold whoever is in charge. Buddhists don’t get involved in politics.”

That has not been true for most of Master Hsing Yun’s life. Born outside the eastern city of Yangzhou in 1927, he was 10 when he joined a monastery that he and his mother passed by while searching for his father, who disappeared during the Japanese invasion of China.

There, he was influenced by the ideas of Humanistic Buddhism, a movement that aimed to save China through spiritual renewal. It argued that religion should be focused on this world, instead of the afterworld. It also encouraged clergy to take up the concerns of the living, and urged adherents to help change society through fairness and compassion.

After fleeing the Communist Revolution, Master Hsing Yun took that message to Taiwan and founded Fo Guang Shan in the southern port of Kaohsiung in 1967. He sought to make Buddhism more accessible to ordinary people by updating its fusty image and embracing mass-market tactics. In sports stadiums, he held lectures that owed more to Billy Graham than the sound of one hand clapping. He built a theme park with multimedia shows and slot machines that displayed dioramas of Buddhist saints.

The approach had a profound impact in Taiwan, which then resembled mainland China today: an industrializing society that worried it had cast off traditional values in its rush to modernize. Fo Guang Shan became part of a popular embrace of religious life. Many scholars say it also helped lay the foundation for the self-governing island’s evolution into a vibrant democracy by fostering a political culture committed to equality, civility and social progress.

Fo Guang Shan expanded rapidly, spending more than $1 billion on universities, community colleges, kindergartens, a publishing arm, a daily newspaper and a television station. It now counts more than 1,000 monks and nuns, and more than one million followers in 50 countries, including the United States.

Learning to pray at the Temple of Great Awakening in Yixing. Fo Guang Shan has spent more than $150 million on the facility. Credit Gilles Sabrié for The New York Times

 

Government Support

But the group declines to offer an estimate of its following in China, where the government initially viewed it with suspicion. In 1989, an official fleeing the Tiananmen massacre took refuge in its temple in Los Angeles. China retaliated by barring Master Hsing Yun from the mainland.

More than a decade later, though, Beijing began looking at Master Hsing Yun differently. Like many in Taiwan of his generation born on the mainland, he favored unification of China and the island — a priority for Communist leaders.

In 2003, they allowed him to visit his hometown, Yangzhou. He pledged to build a library, and followed through a few years later with a 100-acre facility that now holds nearly two million books, including a 100,000-volume collection of Buddhist scriptures, one of the largest in China.

Under President Xi, who started a campaign to promote traditional Chinese faiths, especially Buddhism, as part of his program for “the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation,” the government’s support has grown. He has met with Master Hsing Yun four times since 2012, telling him in one meeting: “I’ve read all the books that master sent me.”

While Mr. Xi’s government has tightened restrictions on Christianity and Islam, it has allowed Fo Guang Shan to open cultural centers in four cities, including Beijing and Shanghai. The organization’s students include government officials, who don gray tunics and trousers and live like monks or nuns for several days, reciting the sutras and learning about Master Hsing Yun’s philosophy.

But unlike in Taiwan, where it held special services during national crises and encouraged members to participate in public affairs, Fo Guang Shan avoids politics in China. There is no mention of civic activism, and it never criticizes the party.

“We can keep the religion secondary but introduce the ideas of Buddhism into society,” said Venerable Miaoyuan, the nun who runs the library in Yangzhou. She describes the group’s work as “cultural exchange.”

“The mainland continues the ideology of ancient emperors — you can only operate there when you are firmly under its control,” said Chiang Tsan-teng, a professor at Taipei City University of Science and Technology who studies Buddhism in the region. “Fo Guang Shan can never be its own boss in the mainland.”

Nuns singing during a class at the Temple of Great Awakening. Credit Gilles Sabrié for The New York Times

That limits its influence, but many Chinese express understanding given the reality of one-party rule.

“It certainly cannot promote social service and create associations,” said Hu Jia, a prominent dissident who is Buddhist. “The party certainly would not allow it, so Fo Guang Shan makes compromises. But it is still promoting Buddhism.”

 

A ‘Moral Standard’

Carved into two valleys of lush bamboo forest, the temple on the outskirts of Yixing features giant friezes that tell the story of Buddha, a 15-story pagoda and a gargantuan 68,000 square-foot worship hall.

Since construction started in 2006, Fo Guang Shan has spent more than $150 million on the facility, known as the Temple of Great Awakening. On a nearby hill, track hoes hack away at trees to make way for a new lecture hall and a shrine to the goddess of mercy, Guanyin. There, the group plans to feature a moving, talking, three-dimensional hologram of the deity.

Unlike most temples in China, it bans hawkers and fortunetellers, and it does not charge an entrance fee. The atmosphere is reflective and solemn, with quiet reading rooms offering books, newspapers, spaces to practice calligraphy, and tea. A stream of visitors from Yixing come for lectures, meals and camaraderie.

Last autumn, Fo Guang Shan welcomed 2,000 pilgrims at the temple to celebrate China’s National Day. Over the course of a long afternoon, they walked along a road to the temple in a slow, dignified procession: taking three steps and kowtowing, three steps and kowtowing, on and on for about two hours.

The National Day procession along a road to the temple, a two-hour event. Credit Gilles Sabrié for The New York Times

Mrs. Shen said that when she took over the tea shop she had a hard time understanding what being a good Buddhist meant. At first, she admitted, she wanted to make more money for the temple by using low-grade cooking oil.

But her husband objected. China is rife with scandals about restaurants using unsafe or cheap ingredients, and he argued that good Buddhists should set a better example.

“This made me realize that faith gives you a minimum moral standard,” Ms. Shen told me. “It helps you treat others as your equals.”

Many followers say they want a cleaner, fairer society and believe they can make a difference by changing their own lives.

Yang Jianwei, 44, a kitchenware exporter who embraced Fo Guang Shan, said he stopped attending the boozy late-night dinners that seem an unavoidable part of doing business in China. “I realize that you might lose some business this way, but it’s a better way to live,” he said.

This idealism is why the authorities support Fo Guang Shan, said Jin Xinhua, an official who helped the group secure the land for the new temple.

“Through its work, Fo Guang Shan is helping the masses,” he said. “We need that sort of thing today.”

A nun beating a drum to announce the beginning of a morning class at the temple. Credit Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/24/world/asia/china-buddhism-fo-guang-shan.html

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Aug 10, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the founder of Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order and also of one of the largest international Buddhist organizations in Taiwan and in the Buddhist world. He is one of modern China’s most prominent religious figures , well known and respected by many among all people and religious traditions. He has brought changes to the Buddhist world with his humanistic Buddhism. He has been promoting merely in Chinese culture and sticking to his principle not to mix with politics. Master Hsing Yun is a prolific writer and has authored over hundred books in Chinese and later his writing were translated into English and many other languages. Over the years, he has been recognized with numerous awards. He has also gained international prestige for his selfless dedication and contributions towards Buddhism. His contribution toward Buddhism is truly phenomenal, and has helped Buddhism gain a better understanding. Interesting read of a great master.
    Thank you Rinpoche for inspiring sharing.

  2. so kin hoe (KISG) on Apr 22, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    The active presence of Fo Guang Shan in China has contributed to the preservation of Chinese cultures and tradition especially the age-old practice of moral values such as honesty, modesty, righteousness, being helpful, generous, compassionate and other kind of strong positive disciplines. The cultural centers and libraries set up by Fo Guang Shan, have made it at the right time where many of the Chinese folks are too absorbed in their busy and occupied life styles due to the current fast pacing modernization ever since Mao Zedong’s revolution has started to drive China into one of the rising power in the world. Through the Buddhadharma learning and practice with other cultural and charitable activities, many practitioners and people in China who are connected with Fo Guang Shan, have found the essential way leading them to healthy, community-oriented and spiritual living with meaningful purpose of life. All the activities carried out in Fo Guang Shan and other Buddhist organizations in general can help us to balance up our secular lives as spiritual practice is equally or more important because worldly possessions and achievements will not be taken along at the point of our death but our virtuous deeds and pure thoughts can make the pathway for us to be liberated from samsara and eventually gaining higher attainments towards achieving enlightenment, which is not impossible if we put our right efforts with consistent practice.

    May Fo Guang Shan and other Buddhist organizations continue to grow further and spread the Buddhadharma to the ten directions until samsara ends. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful article to inspire us to do more in Buddhadharma.

    Thank you with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  3. Pastor David Lai on Aug 16, 2017 at 6:02 am

    As a religion on the whole, Buddhism has a very unique quality to be able to fashion itself according to each civilisation, culture and ethnicity it encounters. Therefore, Buddhism has evolved into such diverse forms that at a superficial level, they appear almost separate and distinct from each other as they appear almost like separate religions. However, the fundamental core of the belief on reincarnation, 4 noble truths and so forth remains as they are.

    Hence, Fo Guang Shan has managed to fit into a very niche belief system that fits in with the political climate in China, the needs of the people and time. Just like how Buddhism had first arrived in China, it is returning to China and this time, it is moulding itself for the continuity of the lineage.

  4. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 8, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Rejoice that China government is looking at history as a means of finding that correct balance between materialism and spirituality. I do think the environmental degradation and pollution in China is a wake up call for the Chinese, on top of that the Chinese without much of a spiritual grounding, are willing to do anything for a quick profit is something the Chinese government cannot ignore anymore.

    So if they Chinese looked at previous and historical dynasties, they will find there are excesses but historically China was famed for the beauty of its nature, it had academics, scholars and brought China to a whole new level of arts and learning. Still the Chinese is vigilant about factors that could undermine government.

    So Fo Guang Shan, who preaches the dharma and also engages in humanism and reaching out to lay people all over has found a working formula. China had been a hotbed of enlightened philosophies and thought for the past 5000 years, it will be again soon. China will one day very soon, export its brand of spirituality to all over the world.

  5. Alice Tay on Aug 4, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Rejoice! This is wonderful to see Fo Guang Shan built another temple in Yixing, China. This meritorious work is extremely beneficial to the people in China. For example Mrs Shen admitted that she wanted to make more money for the temple by using low-grade cooking oil at the beginning stage. But later, she came to realize that her faith gave her a minimum moral standard and she has to treat others equally.

    Great to hear something uplifting for a change in China. Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  6. Jacinta Goh on Aug 3, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    We just had a blogchat on this article. I’ve just managed to read it before the chat start and I’m very impressed by this current President of China. He is very much alike with what Emperor Kangxi has done. I pray that whatever his wishes (in a good way) will be fulfilled and and deeply thank you for what he has done. He even went as far as to foster good relationship with other countries, seen as a very good move by many. I think this is the time where people are more concerned on ethics, honesty, compassion and many more good values. The society in China, as in Malaysia, very much needed this right now.

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  7. Pastor Antoinette on Aug 3, 2017 at 6:42 am

    I rejoice in the success of Fo Guang Shan in China. We all need spirituality in our live as material wealth does only give us short time happiness.

    It is for sure beneficial to connect with Buddhism and make it an important part of our life. Buddhism is growing all over the world and it makes our life more stable and happy. China has a long history of Buddhism and it is beautiful to hear that Buddhism is growing in China.

  8. Pastor Chia on Aug 3, 2017 at 4:26 am

    “With one leading one”policy. China are looking more partnership to develop their country and invest their wealth around the world.To gain more trust around the world, President Xi using religion to attact more people coming to invest and join partneship with China. As the Chinese, China are starting promote Chinese culture to other and allow their people practicing Buddhism.

    I glad to see Fo Kuan San able to build such big monatery in China to bring Chinese closer to buddhism to develop their spiritual path. Let China become more social with others by open up religion practicing freedom to show the world China had become powerful and infludencle economi in the the world. The giant dragon are totally awake now.

  9. June Kang on Aug 3, 2017 at 3:20 am

    一个民族要强大除了經濟發展和實力,還需要文化、價值觀和信念的支撐。因此,我认为習近平可能意識到宗教是其中一个可以促進重建社會核心價值體系,这可从从習近平在公開演講當中有傾向扶持儒家和佛教,而後又接見星雲大師,我想这也是對佛教公開肯定的。

    我觉得宗教刚好能补充我们在道德,信仰及信念等方面的缺失。而且宗教是在教人发掘自己的善,有如文章里头所说“但佛光山兴盛了起来,并传播了一个重要信息——个人善行能够重塑中国”,更可贵的是佛光山把重点放在弘扬传统文化和价值观上,这符合了中国目前所需要的,星云大师说“我并不想弘扬佛法!我只是宣扬中华文化,净化人性。” 大师试图让佛教变得令普通人更容易接受。

    佛光山通过自己所做的工作帮助群众,而后影响更多群众参与行善,这对中国社会是作出好的贡献.

  10. Pastor Albert on Aug 3, 2017 at 3:01 am

    “This made me realize that faith gives you a minimum moral standard,” Ms. Shen told me. “It helps you treat others as your equals.”

    “Through its work, Fo Guang Shan is helping the masses,” he said. “We need that sort of thing today.”

    It is no doubt that when there is a temple built at the nearby places, it helps and benefit the people around the area, just like how Kechara benefited the people in Malaysia and some even let go their high pay job to join Kechara fulltime to spread Dharma and to service others.

    Honestly, I felt that President Xi is very different compared to the previous leaders, there are so much changes and China has reached out to so many countries around the world, now some more opened up religion for their people and for visitors, China is going to get stronger and stronger in term of mentality, social, economic, and now religion.

    Im glad to see Fo Guang Shan built up in China, may more and more monasteries being built in China to benefit even more people in China and worldwide.

  11. Choong on Aug 3, 2017 at 2:45 am

    The first two paragraphs of the report by Ian Johnson describes very well the conflicts of a nation raised with the compass of honesty, thrift, righteousness and don’t forget socialism; against the current environment of the “blood sport” called capitalism which is a beast difficult to tame.

    And I believe China’s political leadership feels the same, and is indeed likely even more afraid than Ms. Shen Ying, given the numerous symptoms erupting over the last two decades – from poisoned food to unbridled property and stock market speculation.

    Judging by its actions with regards to Buddhism, I think China’s leadership finds it a great ally in reigning in the often uncontrollable or unstable capitalism. Who, after all, can better balance “for profit” than “for others”?

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-04/23/c_135306131.htm

  12. Mingwen on Aug 3, 2017 at 2:19 am

    May Buddhadharma eliminate every darkness, heal and bring up all broken souls. May Buddhadharma reaches every corner to fill up every hollow minds and lead us to a better path, a better person.

  13. Andrea Lai on Aug 3, 2017 at 12:35 am

    It’s rejoicing that Buddhism is allowed in China. As I know from history that China was used to be a communism country where certain religious related with politics are prohibited. Seeing this, China is certain accept into spirituality path for their people.

    Besides, also thanks to the President, Mr. Xi for benefiting China people into learning, understand more of Dharma and be more compassionate. More animals lives will be safe and protected when love and compassion labour on them.

    Likewise, I hope KFR will flourish like Fo Guang Shan in future and more people gain peace and harmonious life.

  14. Eric kksiow on Aug 2, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    It’s glad to know more about Buddhism grow in China, and Fo Guang Shan really rock the world, because of Master Hsing Yun. I pray for Kechara expend like Fo Guang Shan and always wish for Rinpoche teachings rock the world and Kechara center build every single corner of the world.

    Sincerely
    Erick Siow

  15. Pastor Henry Ooi on Aug 2, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    I would say President Xi Jinping is a very smart, capable, tolerant, and a fair leader. He is balancing spirituality with politics and the people in China are benefitting from it. And this paints a picture of a government that cares for its citizens by allowing the people to embrace and practice spirituality without being too religious. It makes China very attractive to foreign countries and foreign investors would want to invest and deal with China. Foreign investors feel safe to be in China as long as they do not flout the laws of the country. For that matter, it applies to all countries laws and not only in China.

    Whereas, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), unlike China, only know how to intimidate and bully their subjects; CTA talk on ends without action, broke their promises to Tibetans, then tried to distract their failure from Tibetans by using Dorje Shugden as the scapegoat. Lobsang Sangay, the Sikyong or the “ruler/regent,” a S.J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, is no where near compared to President Xi.

  16. nicholas on Aug 2, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    It’s wonderful to see Buddhist institution’s growing in China. Ever since China open their door it’s not only opening opportunity for economy but also spiritual now. Seeing how Fo Guang Shan established in China it’s definitely not easy especially with the governance but they manage to put through as long as it doesn’t involve politic and focus on cultural.

    It’s a good start in term of spirituality in China. Whoever make a change in this context will benefit both side’s as long as the spiritual essence is there. May more people in China benefited from this.

  17. pammie yap on Aug 2, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Wow! It’s really nice to see such a huge monastery in China and many are blessed with it. I was quite amazed that the place is so big and China is kind to let them be there. China is really being more open towards spirituality for its people. So glad to know that. I hope that China will also encourage more Buddhist centers to be part of their culture. Dear China, perhaps Kechara Organization can be part of it too.

    And yes, religion should never be mixed with politics. One of the main point of being on a spiritual path is because we want to get away from being in so many samsaric activities. And that’s why it should stay that way.

    Here in Kechara Forest Retreat (35 acre land), our founder H.E Tsem Rinpoche also wish to benefit as many as He can with Dharma teachings so that many can ‘heal’ from the hectic and fast moving life through it. Read more about it here http://retreat.kechara.com/vision/

  18. Lum Kok Luen on Aug 1, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this great work of Fo Guang Shan. It is certainly a large organization with such a far reaching network that benefits the ideals that they are promoting – humanizing Buddhism into the samsaric world vnai non political efforts.

    Even FGS has a very extensive network locally here in Malaysia. What impresses me most is their unwavering presence to provide care, counseling, and offering words of comfort to disaster victims – regardless of race, religion or culture. They responded very fast and efficiently in comforting the next-of-kin in the double Malaysia Airlines tragedy (MH 370 and MH 17) and they stayed throughout with the affected family members without hesitation.

    Their works in other areas – all towards promoting humanity, care and love is very consistent and organized.

    I believe that Master Hsing Yi is a highly attained Buddhist practitioner.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    Humbly yours
    Lum Kok Luen

  19. Vivian Ong on Jul 30, 2017 at 1:31 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about Fo Guang Shan. Rejoice to Fo Guang Shan for spreading Buddhism to the people at this degenerate age. With China having such a huge population, it is good to spread Buddhism to as many of them as possible and may Buddhism able to help them in one way or another to better their lives.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  20. Sarah on Jul 29, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    What Fo Guang Shan is doing in China is wise and pragmatic. I agree that Fo Guang Shan makes compromises but it is still promoting Buddhism! It is still serving people’s needs and helping the masses. I admire its founder, Master Hsing Yun, for his wisdom and foresight. Fo Guang Shan’s activities in China are beneficial and I wish them every success!

  21. Lin Mun on Jul 28, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    It is great achievement of Fo Guang Shan to expand to China. All this happens because of the founder Master Hsing Yun great compassion to spread the dharma to more people. Although China were initially concern about the existence but it has been overcome and China government are supportive of the expansion of Fo Guang Shan in building cultural centres in 4 big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. Master Hsing Yun has never interfere politics with religion and I think this is the main factor that they have obtained great trust and support from China government.

    It is wonderful to see Fo Guang Shan reaching out to many more people and change their life and mindset to be a better person.

  22. Samfoonheei on Jul 28, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Fo Guang Shan in China is a branch of Fo Guang Shan in Taiwan. The Venerable Master Hsing Yun, one of modern China’s most respected religious figures of Buddhism. Buddhism is now spreading all over the world as claims by some that this is a new philosophy, not a religion.
    There are more than 1,000 monks and nuns with million followers over the world and has reshape China.
    Even the government of China supported it as its only promote Chinese culture which offers a path, which provides guidelines in our lives and a caring approach to the environment. It shows us the way to live in harmony with others and the world we live in.
    Through its work, Fo Guang Shan has changed and make a difference the lives of many people.
    Its wonderful to see nuns and followers joined in the National day celebrations as well.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  23. Lim Han Nee on Jul 27, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    How Fu Guang Shan answered Shen Ying’s spiritual needs .

    As Shen Ying found her niche in the newly rising economic power that was China, she felt a certain hollowness in the materialistic society that China was becoming. Having gained her foothold in the newly emerging middle class , she was deeply disturbed and worried about things like the possibility of losing her business if she did not join the rest of society in wining and dining with and paying off the right officials. She was also upset by scandals of unsafe food and tainted infant formula by once -reputable companies. Where were all the good old values of honesty, thrift and righteous conduct that she had learned at the feet of her parents?

    Then Fo Guang Shan set up a temple near her. As she attended their meetings and studied their texts, she transformed her perception and outlook on life, together with her husband. They lived more simply. Instead of acquiring luxury items they donated the money to poor children. A growing number of Chinese were feeling the same way as Shen Ying and her husband. Fo Guang Shan’s brand of spirituality suited them and filled the vacuum they were experiencing.

    How Fo Guang Shan is able to flourish in China

    Fo Guang Shan has become one of the few faiths to flourish in China. It focuses on “promoting knowledge of traditional cultures and values”. As Master Hsing Yun of Fo Guang Shan said: ” I don’t want to promote Buddhism. I want to promote Chinese culture to cleanse humanity”.
    Fo Guang Shan instills in its followers a basic sense of morality – a minimum moral standard. They want a “cleaner, fairer society” and believe they can make this happen by effecting the change in their own lives first.

    There is no mixing of politics with religion. They give unequivocal
    support to the Chinese government.

  24. Carmen Koo on Jul 27, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    The title of the article itself, Is a Buddhist Group Changing China? Or Is China Changing It?, makes you really ponder about the dynamics, but I believe it is a 2 way thing. China is changing it, in terms of how it is introduced and brought/taught to its people there, but the Buddhist Group is also changing China in how readily its people is accepting of Buddhism, or perhaps any other religion.

    It’s nice to see how well Fo Guang Shan is making its mark and flourishing in China and the resources that they have to promote Buddhism, or as they market it, culture and values. It would have been hard to re-introduce religion to its people, after communism wiped out religion, but with hardwork and gradual introduction, this has paid off and people are now much more receptive towards it..Having the President’s support is also influential.

    I believe that spirituality/religion plays a big role in everyone, because with that, ethics, morals, compassion and value comes with it. With religion, or in this case traditional culture and values, beginning to grow more and more in China, the way businesses are conducted would also be more ethical and morally inclined in time. Now, China is infamous for producing fake products, from goods to even milk power/food products that have killed and affected babies/people. Perhaps because materialism and the need to survive was such a huge thing in these business individuals/companies that they undermine safely and have no feelings or compassion towards causing suffering/harm to others. There is no concept of compassion to them. But with religion growing much more, perhaps in time, this would shape the nature of how businesses conduct themselves in future, and perhaps even slowing down the slaughtering of exotic animals/dogs too.

    So yes…a Buddhist Group can Change China, and China can also change it with how its being taught and its relevance to its people.

  25. Sock Wan on Jul 27, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    I rejoice for what Fo Guang Shan has achieved in China, bringing Buddhism value into China without the religion label. This is so clever. Buddha Shakyamuni said there are 84000 method to practice Dharma, and so this is one of it.

    Learning Dharma doesn’t mean we must learn people how to chant, how to pray or how to perform the ritual. More important is the conduct, our attitude towards people and our environment. If in China religious activity is not so encouraged by the local Government, then we don’t do it. Focus in spreading the right values such as unity, harmony, respect, tolerant, etc. These are very important elements for a stable and peaceful country.

    If the motivation and objective of an organisation is to help to promote good values among the people, the local government will definitely give their support, like how our Malaysia government is giving us the freedom of religion.

  26. jerry_sito on Jul 27, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    感谢仁波切的分享,

    随喜感恩佛法在中国的这片美丽的土地上弘扬开来,佛法的增长能够让更多的人们有机会学习一门学问来寻找自己那一开始最初的心(佛教相信,每个人的心中都有一尊佛),在这灯红酒绿的新新年代里,许多人都在忙碌的生活中,总是突然间都会仿佛发现自己迷失了自己的感觉,转眼一看,匆匆一生,屡屡红尘,却发现自己真的不知道自己到底为了什么而在人生的岁月中的所有努力与付出,结果辗转红尘,是留下了什么,还是得到了什么抑或是失去了什么….而终究拼凑不到一个答案。

    而我同意佛法应该尽量避免前世到政治的议题上,佛法是提倡和谐与安定的,无论佛法在那一个国度弘扬开来,佛法的宗旨依然是不会变的,都会在每一天的早晚课中祈愿那一个国家国泰明安,人们安居乐业。

    很开心看到,佛光山的努力在中国中成立了这一个提供大众可以寻找修行的道场,人们可以在这里选择短期出家,供养佛法僧累积功德,听闻佛法,或是只是纯粹地选择静静的待在这里,禅修,静坐,让佛菩萨的加持与僧伽众念诵佛经的声音,融入心中,种下一份佛法印记,而让人们可以多一个不同的方式来寻找到自己内心一直想要得到的答案。

    来自~尊贵的第廿五世詹杜固仁波切亲撰回向文~

    祈愿没有佛法的地方 佛光普照
    愿有佛法的地方 佛法发扬光大
    如果对佛法产生困惑 愿一切变得明朗
    不管我们身在何处 做什么
    愿将佛法的种子散播每一个人心中
    佛法的种子如是正见与正念
    愿我承受一切悲伤 痛苦与绝望
    并将之改变与转化
    愿今生与来世得到上师的庇护
    保佑 关怀 指引与帮助
    牵引我们走向成佛之道
    愿智慧与我们永在 愿福报长存 使我们能够听
    闻上师的教法及遵循教诲 因为其教法及教诲
    能够转化我们的生命

    C4Y4ej3UcAMhOat

  27. Datuk May on Jul 27, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    As China grows with prominence as a world leader, it is important that whatever form of governance is her leaders’ ideology, in China’s case is communism, humane morality and compassion must be enshrined in her international outreach.

    It is very wise of President Xi of China to see that with growing affluence among his citizens, the vacuum of morality and spirituality must be filled.

    China is not foreign to Buddhism but for Fo Guan Shan to grow exponentially in China is because of the principles held by its founder Master Hsing Yun. Master Hsing Yun used Buddhist tenets to benefit the masses of people through balance of the mind and materialism.

    Since Tibet is part of China, it would have been acceptable too for China to embrace Tibetan Buddhism if only the Leaders of the Tibetan in exile had the agenda to benefit the people through spiritual morality instead of politics.

    I rejoice that Chinese are finding the Dharma beneficial to their growth towards being the citizens of a world power.

  28. Fong on Jul 27, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    It is good to read that there is a return albeit slow, to the traditional values of the Chinese, of thrift, hackwork and honesty. There is no need to get involved in politics. What a good example this Fo Guang Shan has set. The focus is mindfulness and tradition and spirituality.

  29. Stella Cheang on Jul 27, 2017 at 3:28 am

    It is very beautiful to know that Buddhism is enshrined in modern China. Buddhist values, like any other religious values, are slowly being recognized as society moral standards, which increasingly play an important role in today’s world. Fo Guang Shan reintroduce the ancient values into modern Chinese society in a systematic manner, showcasing discipline and uniformity; for example, the uniform way of chanting and praying is a good showcase of these values. By living the Buddhist values also mean reducing negative actions and engagements, like boozing the night away. This is really a refreshing news! Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing.

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  • Sarassitham
    Wednesday, Sep 22. 2021 06:12 PM
    Thanks for the article sharing, it’s funny yet it’s true. Most on the picture tells the actual play which I experience. I had a great time laughing to the pictures.
  • Sarassitham
    Monday, Sep 20. 2021 08:45 PM
    Thank you for the interesting sharing of the sacred Vajra Yogini statues and the history of the Ratsag Monastery. I am glad to come across this very powerful practice and happy to learn and get connected to this divine Buddha.

    In this modern times, we face so very many challenges with illnesses and diseases, this article is so useful and easy to practice. I had a good read on the historical site of this Monastery and blessed to see the beautiful images.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 20. 2021 03:09 PM
    In folklore, a ghost is the soul or spirit of a dead person appear to the living. Descriptions of ghosts vary widely that exist everywhere depending on the person who see it. Ghosts generally appearing for reasons. These could range from unsolved murders, forced suicides, preventable tragedies and so forth.
    Reading this post has a better understanding of how to solve or rather handle such situation. I do believe ghost do exist after all. To me ,we respect and having compassion for all those unseen beings we so call it ghost. Learning Buddhism and putting into practice, we have the knowledge to deal them. Doing prayers and dedicate to them to relief their sufferings.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/questions-on-ghosts.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 20. 2021 03:06 PM
    So touching reading article again. Lama Yeshe a rare attained being indeed giving inspiration to many , leaving a legacy . He was one of the most beloved Tibetan Buddhist masters of the late twentieth century. He was co-founded Kopan Monastery (1969) and the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (1975). He followed the Gelug tradition, and was considered unconventional in his teaching style. He is legendary pushes people’s buttons in his teaching similar to Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings . All the pushing is for the students to be better in life. We are indeed fortunate to have Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat , Malaysia . Many of us have benefited from Rinpoche’s teachings .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/he-would-push-their-buttons.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 20. 2021 03:04 PM
    Interesting stories behind of this Tsem Ladrang – The House of Devotion at Gaden Monastery . Established and sponsored by Rinpoche’s birth father, Lobsang Gyatso. Tsem Rinpoche offered Tsem Ladrang to Kensur Rinpoche his teacher after leaving for Malaysia as advice by Kensur Rinpoche who was affectionately known as ‘the bodhisattva abbot’.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/tsem-ladrang-the-house-of-devotion.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 18. 2021 02:20 PM
    Interesting read of Dr R Nyamaa ‘s biography. Dr R Nyamaa been the very first Mongolian woman doctor of bone tuberculosis. She is a multifaceted woman who works to empower herself and empower others. To be a doctor at those days is definitely brave and courageous. A great teacher having brought many changes to the medical world, introducing many new initiatives and practices in the field of training and treatment. She did published more than 60 articles in research reports, edited 4 manuals and 4 textbooks for students and doctors. She held several post and had received many rewards for her work in medical fields. She continued to serve at the First State Medical Centre till her retirement. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/dr-r-nyamaa-the-grande-dame-of-mongolian-medical-health.html
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    Before reading this post I used to think witches are women wearing black and pointed hats having evil or wicked magical powers. They practice and believes to have supernatural skills and abilities such as the casting of spells. Interesting read of this post very informative indeed. I understand better now the role of witches and they have nothing to do with worshipping something negative. Many people have a lot of misconception regarding witches in fact. Through history and long ago they have been prejudiced but not now many came to realise they deserve understanding and respect. Clear and detail explanation watching those videos.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/witches.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 18. 2021 02:17 PM
    The lady in red is all about stories of what happened to the two robbers arriving at doorstep of an old but regal inn named Redgrave Inn. Tragedy then befallen on one of the robbers Gareth. As they were checking in the attic for the night they saw a painting of a lady in a red gown feeling sad. Having misunderstandings the other robber Joseph left. Strange indeed Gareth went missing nowhere to be seen. Months later Joseph still could not make sense of what really happened went back to get the whole history of this strange lady in red. Interesting the paintings which Joseph saw now the lady in red is with his friend Gareth . Recording to the former owner then there’s many strange things had happened at Redgrave Inn before Gareth’s disappearance. Sound scary but interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/paranormal-stories/the-lady-in-red.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Sep 15. 2021 01:28 PM
    Very informative post about Six Perfections. To me I have still along way to go but reading this precise teachings have given me a better understanding about it. Learning some knowledge from this post, will continue to read it time from time to improve myself and arm with more knowledge. A simple guide yet very precise and advanced teachings to me. For someone new like me is a good start to learn from here.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral for sharing this informative learning of Six Perfections.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/introduction-to-the-six-perfections.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Sep 15. 2021 01:25 PM
    Awesome having all these beautiful Tsa Tsa which is specially made easy and convenient for everyone. Small in size but powerful to bring along during travelling . The process of making it amazing with much care and concentration . There are truly blessed images indeed that can also be inserted into bigger statues right now at Kechara Forest Retreat. Its take a lot of times and care doing it.
    Thank you Rinpoche for create such beautiful Tsa-tsa.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/tsa-tsas-are-nice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Sep 15. 2021 01:25 PM
    Beautiful and inspiring story which will touch the hearts of many . Been growing up in a family who against Tem Rinpoche for practicing Dharma is really hard and difficult one could imagined. How Rinpoche had the determination and will power to over come those obstacles he endured . Choosing his family and choosing Dharma , Rinpoche choose the later. Nor matter what happened Rinpoche somehow managed to practice Dharma under H E Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin his first Dharma teacher. It was because of Kensur Rinpoche that Rinpoche stayed with Geshe-la, studied under him before going to India to become a monk. Not only that later meeting root guru H H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.
    After years visiting Rashi Gempil Ling,the temple of Rinpoche’s childhood again and not been able to enter to temple Rinpoche offered prayers and three prostrations on the sidewalk remembering his guru’s kindnesses. Bittersweet moment Rinpoche felt not able to visit the temple again .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this with us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/i-was-prostrating-outside-rashi-gempil-ling.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 13. 2021 12:09 PM
    The three values of Olympism are excellence, friendship and respect. About coming together in the spirit of sportsmanship, the competition between countries from all over world. It wasn’t just the athletic ability, it was their moral courage competing in the Olympics as a once in a lifetime opportunity for them.
    Olympic hurdler, Liu Xiang from China a sporting idol had won after China’s first ever male track and field Olympic gold medal. In the last Olympics due his recurring injury had forced not able to perform well. Despite crashing on the first hurdle he continued with much pain hopped onto the track, kissed his final hurdle before he made it to the finishing line. His courage and determination had won the heart of many in the stadium and back home. He had showed an example of good sportsmanship and being able to lose gracefully.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/great-olympic-courage.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 13. 2021 12:07 PM
    An animal testing is known as testing of live animal in any scientific experiment. A live animal is likely to suffer pain, distress and lasting harm in the procedure . Animals used in laboratories are deliberately harmed, and are usually killed at the end of the experiment. It is cruel and inhumane to experiment on animals, that alternative methods available to researchers can replace animal . I am sure there are other methods as now the world is so advance in their technology. Animals should not be used in research or to test the safety of products. Thankfully, the development of non-animal methods is growing, and fast. Due to innovations in science, animal tests are being replaced in areas such as toxicity testing, neuroscience and drug development.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing to bring awareness of these animals testing which should be banned.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/alternatives-to-animal-testing.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 13. 2021 12:05 PM
    When we see the world through serene eyes, we generate peace wherever we go. A message of peace, respect and love towards others is at the heart of all of the major world religions. Listen with the intent to understand, be helpful, caring to others nor matter what race and religion or faith. Glad that a dialogue between Catholic and Buddhist religious and social action leaders coming together at Vatican. All participants living in America from New York City, Chicago, San Francisco and so forth .
    Religion is about increasing peace and harmony in the world. … People of all different religions should be given the opportunity to pursue good in their own way. Quoted Aung San Suu Kyi
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful news.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/this-is-so-needed.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Sep 12. 2021 02:48 PM
    All suffering is in fact the result or fruit of negative emotions such as attachment, greed, jealously, pride, anger, and hatred. The five afflictive emotions are the source of suffering. Pride leads to unhappiness in long run. Letting go of these instead of clinging on to it will lead us to nowhere. A profound teachings …….as quoted The letting go is from clinging on to the afflictive emotions, the anger, jealousy, feelings of unjust treatment, which all stems from our self-cherishing mind. Remembered the kindness the Guru has shown us and what we will never give up nor matter what happened. I am still plenty to learn.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Joy Kam for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/rinpoche-through-my-eyes-vajra-yogini-or-anger

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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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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
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 Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
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Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
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Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
10 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
1 years ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
1 years ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
1 years ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
1 years ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
1 years ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
1 years ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
2 yearss ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
2 yearss ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
2 yearss ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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