For those who hold vows

Feb 23, 2016 | Views: 2,386

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear Pastors Moh Mei, Jean Ai, Shin, Yek Yee,

As spiritual aspirants (monks/nuns to be, Pastors representing the dharma, lay students who have taken refuge vows for enlightenment) it is very important we distinguish ourselves from ordinary lay people. We have have heard the dharma, know the truth of existence and understand the methods. We have to be different BECAUSE we have heard, know the truth and understand the dharma. So when we aspire by taking vows and focusing our minds towards enlightenment it is the direct outcome of our sincere aspirations. Sincere commitments arise from sincere aspirations. When the aspiration is sincere, then our commitments for it is easier. When we have sincere aspirations, then anything that challenges us will be seen as a method to curb the mind and not as an impossible hurdle.

When we take vows of any type, especially when we aspire to be monks/nuns, we are distinguishing in our mind stream and the mind stream of others our wish to be spiritually advanced. We wish to conquer ourselves. We wish this advancement for the sake of ourselves and the many others. We start with ourselves. But time is of the essence as we don’t have much of it. To take vows is to consciously eliminate the stimuli that would further reinforce negative habits and also to cut them. Vows is the key. As negative stimuli are the true source of all of our unwanted sufferings and they delay if not stop our spiritual growth. Our vows are to cut specific and general stimuli such as procrastination, forgetfulness, laziness, miserliness, ego based decisions, self gratification and the related. When these are cut or under control, then our actions and behavior are different naturally. Our actions will lead to improvement both for self and inspire others around us. We are to develop compassion, tolerance patience, hard work, ethics, right view, promises, consistency, stability, keeping words of honor and the likes as the correct stimuli and the vows we have taken are the keys. Cutting out wrong stimuli will serve to not worsen our mental state but ‘dry up’ the lake of samsara as the river which feeds it is diverted. Wrong stimuli is like toxic water from a factory going into a lake killing all the inhabitants of the lake slowly. Whereas correct stimuli (vows, promises, work, compassion, etc) is like fresh melted glacial water flowing into the same pond refreshing and enriching the denizens of the lake. The lake is our mind. The denizens our spiritual growth. The water flowing in is the stimuli we feed are feeding this mind. 

For our spiritual growth and for us to increase the sangha, it all depends on feeding our minds with right stimuli by guarding our vows as we would our eyes. To keep our promises, do our work well and be consistent are the formulas for this to happen. (Some have requested to to take vows and that is wonderful. But hold the vows now, and ‘prove’ you really wish to do so to yourself and your teacher).

The whole reason to be a monk, nun, Pastor or sincere dharma student, is to cut the wrong stimuli immediately and that itself is not the goal but a correct path to reach our goals. Do not think transformation is the goal, but it is the tool in which we can use to reach our goal of mind awakening. So do not limit ourselves to say we are improving as that is not the goal but just a tool. Be vigilant of our minds.

Therefore holding the simplest of promises to the most ‘complex’ is possible when our determination arising from true aspiration is in place. As monks and nuns to be it is crucial that we are not reminded of our duties, our promises, our behavior and what work we are suppose to perform on a very fundamental level. As when we are reminded it sends the wrong habitual stimuli to our mind making our change of dress no different than before we changed our dress and shaved our heads.

As monks and nuns to be and Pastors, it is very important we keep our words of honor and our integrity especially with our dharma brothers and sisters and teacher. It is just as important for all spiritual aspirants in fact. Spiritual awakening is for all and not just sangha…it’s just sangha take the extra step and quicken the promise when keeping vows. Vows protect from wrong stimuli. As monks and nuns-to-be our wish to renounce negative stimuli is signified by our hair cutting, donning the robes and changing outer behavior. If our outer behavior is only subject to cutting our hair and wearing robes and nothing further, than we have used our greatest opportunity as perhaps another comfort zone for our ego to elicit respect, protection, support or the likes perhaps?

Therefore it is most important for sangha to be that we release our negative stimuli and immediately adopt positive stimuli as you have taken your vows already and also you are the leaders of the community or close to it. Leaders are not people who give orders, but people who show others that sangha (and dharma) is something worth to support because they focus all their time on development of the inner which reflected in their consistency, forthrightness, diligence, patience, compassion and tolerance. This is reflected in our work. Our work must reflect the correct stimuli. We want to cut from our mind all wrong stimuli and feed it correct stimuli so development occurs and each year we get closer to our spiritual goals as opposed to stagnancy or worse yet, degeneration.

As sangha to be we must make this preparation time or training time REALLY TRAINING TIME and not be lax. When we finally (due to tremendous merits) don the maroon robes, we have elicit admiration, respect and the folded hands of others because THEY KNOW WE HAVE WORKED TOWARD BEING WORTHY OF THIS. We plant the seeds of virtuous sangha in their minds. So there is no time to waste. Impermanence contemplations should kick in here. Our many years alive on this earth should not have served as time to cement our negative habits (stimuli) but age into wisdom and inspiration for others.

I am very happy and rejoice for those of you who keep even the simplest of my requests such as social media as among some of your assignments and duties. I see you five Pastors consistently on social media promoting events, activities, practice, our lineage, KFR, Kechara, and using different methods to do so. It warms my heart. Even when I am physically far away you make offerings of practice to me (labeled as your teacher) of doing something as simple as CONSISTENT SOCIAL MEDIA without reminders. Although outwardly making offerings to your teacher seems like it’s for the teacher, it’s really for yourself because the outer teacher leads to the inner teacher. Consistency is the offering in this case. You relieve the outer teacher to remind and therefore it is another plus point for your own inner teacher.  This shows me the time I have spent with you has taken some positive effect in your mind stream and this gives me the GREATEST JOY AND REJOICE. I thank you. This creates causes to be near the dharma, hear the dharma, be near the teacher and the causes for dharma for ourselves.  When we do the dharma we please the teacher. The outer teacher is the person who teaches us and the inner teacher is ourselves. When we please our inner teacher, then we gain courage, stamina, inspiration and blessings.

Keep up your social media and other works. I am very happy to see you on tweets (when I read them during my travels), fb and blog and see your participation. It really warms my heart in the cold climate of where I am currently.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Although this message is for some specific people in Kechara, it applies to all persons who do their work with a compassionate heart diligently. We have many people in Kechara that work very hard and quietly behind the scenes and I appreciate them tremendously. I thank all of you so much. Some I may not always know how much you are doing, but I am sure it’s a lot. I thank you and offer my prayers. Kechara stands for benefit. We formed Kechara to bring benefit to others. We have to remember this always. To bring benefit to others. There are many obstacles and challenges, but all things that are good and benefit are like that. We cannot give up and we must let our better side win. Our better thoughts win. We must work towards that. Let the Dharma win. Let all those who need dharma win!

Bringing dharma to others really changes people’s lives. Also it is also this letter is good for people who are holding vows and the reasons behind it. Even if you are not involved in Kechara or working within Kechara, what I express here could apply to you also. I hope it helps.

I hope this short write up on vows benefits many others who are holding vows of any kind and or intend to. Vows are sacred, have karmic effects and help us in our integrity to others and ourselves. Integrity is the key to our future with others and ourselves.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

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  1. samfoonheei on Dec 19, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    In Buddhism, bodhicitta, is the mind that strives toward awakening, empathy, and compassion for the benefit of all sentient beings. The practice of making vows exists in Buddhism. Taking vow to tame our desire and greed, being mindful when they arise in our heart and mind and taking care not to let them grow. Taking vow to overcome our stinginess by nurturing a heart of love for others and helping people in need. More so for disciplining one’s physical behaviour as well as not harming others . For those hold vows must be sincere and genuine. Rinpoche had encourages us to make vows that pertain to our spiritual practice. We vow to practice by putting our good thoughts in action, keeping ourselves on the path of doing good, and developing a heart of loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. We’re in today, one in which the influence of Dharma is declining, making and upholding such vows is extremely important.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this important teaching

  2. Jacinta Goh on Dec 16, 2016 at 12:49 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    After two years down the journey with Kechara, I have realized the importance of social media, for I have benefited a lot from it. I used to read and social media Dharma stuff very often. However, since I’ve started working online, I’ve not been doing it quite often. Thanks to most of the Kecharians (especially those who are not even Pastors or Sangha to be) who consistently social media their works, Rinpoche’s advice or quotes, practices or latest blogposts every now and then. Due to their kindness and consistency, I am able to catch up the latest news from Kechara.

    A big Thank You to all.

  3. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 28, 2016 at 3:38 am

    This brings to mind that people who have gotten the dharma, had studied and learnt the dharma from a qualified teacher their actions now must be different than before they met the teacher & dharma.

    Consistency is more important than ‘talent’ or ‘potential’ for the dharma in my humble opinion, many people have great potential to be a force of dharma, but due to inconsistency and laziness, they do not realize their true potential.

  4. Alice Tay on Mar 1, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this lovely message.

    Rejoice to Pastor Moh Mei, Pastor Jean Ai, Pastor Shin and Pastor Yek Yee. Also appreciate to other pastors who have dedicated their time fully with tireless for the purpose to serve others and share the Dharma, especially on social media. Although I do not know well each of the pastors but I have learnt a lot from them via their social media sharing.

    By holding vows and follow the 50 Verses of Guru devotion, the pastors and many students of Rinpoche also have kept their promise of commitments to share the dharma via social media consistently though Rinpoche is physically far away.

    In order to achieve the attainments, we should see our guru is the same as the Buddha, always keep our words of honor, put whole-hearted effort and never transgress our guru’s advice. These are clearly stated in the 50 Verses of Guru devotion and also Lamrin. As such, we should not give up easily for the dharma no matter how much obstacles and challenges got to overcome.

    Humbly,
    Alice Tay

  5. Uncle Eddie on Feb 28, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    As a spiritual trainee I must thank Rinoche deeply for his short and inspiring write-up on vows benefits for us and many others who are holding vows. Integrity is of course undoubtedly the key to our future success with others and ourselves. We must also be prepared to endure hardships involved in any spiritual pursuit and be determined to sustain our effort and will power. As Rinpoche has mentioned there may be many obstacles and challenges which must be anticipated, but the key to a successful practice or to any multiple obstacle is never to lose our determination! Om Mani Padme Hung.

  6. Sarah on Feb 27, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    I remember Rinpoche has said that taking vows is to cut off focus on the outside, and to develop true altruism, to create the causes to hold sila. The reason is to get out of prison, to cut the causes to remain in the prison. May I have the good fortune to be a candidate for more vows and achieve the perfection of ethics.

  7. JP on Feb 25, 2016 at 12:09 am

    “Although outwardly making offerings to your teacher seems like it’s for the teacher, it’s really for yourself because the outer teacher leads to the inner teacher. Consistency is the offering in this case. You relieve the outer teacher to remind and therefore it is another plus point for your own inner teacher.”

    This is the essence of having a guru. I remember Rinpoche told us many years ago that the day guru meets the disciple, is the day the guru trains the disciple to be independent from the guru. The guru’s function is to guide the disciples towards Enlightenment.

    Consistency is one of the key components to adopting positive stimuli and letting go of negative stimuli. As with any person of success, consistency is one of the key ingredients to their success. This is one of the qualities that Rinpoche always instill in us.

  8. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Feb 24, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us the valuable and profound teaching of holding to our vows and bring benefits to others through Dharma works. Based on my level of understanding, our inner motivations and sincerity lead to our outer actions that resembles the cause and effect, whereby the stimuli coming from the outside of us will affect our inner mind, behavior and inner motivation whether it is good or bad. Hence, by taking and holding to vows in Dharma, it will act as a shield or armor to prevent and stop the wrong stimuli from entering into our mind stream which can lead us deeper into samsara and sufferings due to our own deluded mind and negativities.

    Thank you Rinpoche. May Rinpoche live long and stay in good health all the times.

    With folded hands,
    kin hoe

  9. Stella Cheang on Feb 24, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    It is an extremely heartwarming message from a high lama writing to his students. I can feel the loving kindness and care through the words. The guidance and advice, the encouragement and nurturing are so very touching. The only thought that come to my mind is “Rinpoche is like the father caring for His only child.”

    This message makes me realize the true meaning of holding vows and the effect on our outer behavior.

    I also understand more on why it is extremely important to be consistent on our spiritual path.

    And, it is hard work on being a worthy sangha / sangha to be.

    Thank You so much, Rinpoche, for sharing this message with us. Please take care in the cold weather.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

    • Stella Cheang on Apr 19, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Now, we have heard the dharma, being taught the truth of existence and shown the path to enlightenment, we have to be different because we now know the method to curb our mind and transform ourselves. Hence, we shall aspire by taking vows and focusing our minds towards enlightenment. Here, Rinpoche mentioned that “to take vows is to consciously eliminate the stimuli that would further reinforce negative habits and also to cut them.” Holding our vows well means cutting out negative stimuli (pollutant or toxic) from entering into the lake (our mind), thus, freeing our mind up to adopt positive stimuli e.g. focus our time and effort on developing the inner qualities – consistency, forthrightness, diligence, patience, compassion and tolerance.

      Thank you very much, Rinpoche, for this clear and concise Dharma teaching.

      Humbly, bowing down,
      Stella Cheang

  10. Chris Chong on Feb 23, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This article is very informative and this is what i had learnt from it.

    1.Sincere commitments arise from sincere aspirations. When the aspiration is sincere, then our commitments for it is easier. When our motivation is sincere when doing dharma work, we will be able to overcome obstacles especially inner obstacles.

    2. To take vows is to consciously eliminate the stimuli that would further reinforce negative habits and also to cut them.Taking vows are not done to restrict our freedom and punish ourselves with rules. On the contrary, taking vows will set our mind free and protect ourselves from doing negative action that will harm us.

    3.The whole reason to be a monk, nun, Pastor or sincere dharma student, is to cut the wrong stimuli immediately and that itself is not the goal but a correct path to reach our goals. Spiritual practice is about changing ourselves to be better people by removing bad habis and traits in us. Mind trasnformation is very core of spiritual practice which can lead us to enlightenment.

    Humbly,
    Chris

  11. michele marie on Oct 26, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Your words of advise are going deep in me and bring me back to who I am. Endless gratitude and deepest respect to Rinpoche always.

  12. Pema Thinley on Oct 26, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    thank you for your precious words, they really hit my heart core. long live Rinpoche._/\_

  13. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 4, 2013 at 4:33 am

    I recall something Rinpoche mentioned perhaps not directly to me to someone who told it to me and that is if we don’t want to hold vows, then we want to harm others. Can’t argue with that actually. If we keep to any vows, then the chances to break everyone vow is very high. If we harm others there is no way anything can protect us.

  14. Jennifer on Dec 2, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this important teaching. We must be sincere in our aspiration as sincerity enforces our determination to commit. When we are aspired to take vows, it is a step to conquer and advanced ourselves to consciously eliminate stimuli that reinforce negative habits in us. To hold the promises, we must be diligent in doing our work and consistent in our actions, would in return help us in our integrity and be able to benefit not just ourselves but many others.

  15. Grace Leu on Dec 1, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Thanks for Rinpoche’s sharing. Holding vows stop us from thinking of harming others. This is not a restrictions on our actions, yet it form a protection for us not generating any more negative karma. The Pastors are working very hard and show as a good example to promote Kechara, Rinpoche and Gelup lineage, i salute to them . It touch my heart when Rinpoche mention” we form Kechara to bring benefits to others”, this will in my heart and put into actions to benefit others.

    • Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Dec 2, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Yup Grace, agree with u…

      “Holding vows stop us from thinking of harming others. This is not a restrictions on our actions, yet it form a protection for us not generating any more negative karma.”

      We should follow to at least prevent for new Negative Karma hence use our limited times in this life time to gain more Merits to purified our countless previous life Negative Karma.

      Salute to Rinpoche, Pastors, all monks and nuns ect that holding so much vows everyday.

  16. Alex C.J. Tan on Nov 30, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    It is so important for us to examine our aspirations and motivation from the beginning and continuously to ensure that they are sincere and genuine. Until we finally develop proper motivation and true aspirations, our efforts will be inconsistent and perhaps erratic too

    I was very afraid of taking the refuge vows years back just like a lot of new friends now. But now I totally agree that the vows are not meant to restrict us but a way to consciously eliminate the stimuli that reinforce our negative habits that create further sufferings to us.

    Human rebirth is precious and rare and time is short too. It would be foolish not to use this human body to waste this precious opportunity to develop our mind and benefit others now that we have met the Holy Dharma. Worst still if we use it to further cement our negative habits and convince others to do so.

    Rinpoche, thank you very much for the precious reminders and guidance. They are making my head spin (but in a very good way!) I promise to follow these advice to heart.

  17. Datuk May on Nov 30, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Holding vows seems so restrictive and controls what we want to do. This is the mind set of most people and as such many promises are broken and consequences of such broken promises are devastating at the very least. But with selfishness in our mind stream, all is alright as long as we are alright, without due consideration to how we have others in their state of mind.

    From my personal experience, my practice of holding to my vows had made live easier for me to deal with what I like and dislike as I look less into what I experience but the consequences of my actions as to whether I will be able to leave someone in a better place.

    There are moments, I do not practise and hold my vows strong enough and regret the consequences of my reactions to people, events etc. This create regrets and sadness in me.

    In conclusions, holding onto vows will be very liberating to our mind to have peace and comfort with ourselves.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching as to the importance of vows both for our Wonderful group of Monks/Nuns to be and our Pastors and most of all to all Kecharians. Holding onto our vows will make Kechara a place to benefit.

  18. Sharon Ong on Nov 30, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I really love your closing when you said “The outer teacher is the person who teaches us and the inner teacher is ourselves. When we please our inner teacher, then we gain courage, stamina, inspiration and blessings.” Here’s to pleasing both our inner and outer teachers.

    With folded hands.

  19. Wendy Loh on Nov 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    The taking of vows is to tame the mind. To set a path that one could follow to cultivate enlightenment. For those who are purely on this religious path, then, it would make complete sense. Vows are needed to train the mind to accept the journey on this pathless path.

    On the other hand, for those who are not serious about spiritual transformation and cultivation but look at a religious practice as merely a means to escape his hardships and failures, then, vows, rules and regulations are a threat to the ego and thus rejected.

    Ultimately, the internal changes in a person are crucial to the acceptance of vows.

    Thank you for this profound essay and email.

    With folded hands,
    Wendy

  20. Julien Roth on Nov 28, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this and for reminding us about how important vows are. I truly think that vows in general can make us better people. They help us be kind to others and be compassionate and thoughtful in every way. I look at vows like instructions and how to be happy.

  21. Ron Wong on Nov 25, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I used to think that vows are like a prison that keep us within the 4 walls & block all our freedom in life. After taking my refuge vow years ago & trying my very best to hold the vows, sometimes ok but sometimes not….As years passed my feeling was quite the opposite, especially when I am stuck with difficult situation trying to make the right decision, I reflect on the vows to guide me along. It is not about right or wrong but it helps to make the situation easier & more pleasant for everyone.

    When we practice holding the vows we will experience the benefits & then holding the vows is no longer a challenge. I rejoice for the Pastors, monk & nun to be & those who are holding theirs vows because vows are the methods to make us a better person & free us from the misery that we experience in life & bring us with joy,unregretful feeling & peace.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this valuable teaching & I shall continue to hold the vows with my very best effort so that to inspire others to do the same.

    With folded hands!

  22. Uncle Eddie on Nov 24, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Why take vows? As said, it is to distinquish ourselves from others, to eliminate our negative habits and to cut them off so as to become spiritually advanced. We are to develop compassion, tolerance, patience, ethics, right-view, consistency and keeping our words of honour. Negative habits, such as laziness, procastination, miserliness, ego-based delusions and self-gratification should be eliminated. We are to treat our mind as a lake, the denizens our growth, the water flowing in is the stimulus we feed to our mind. We must be vigilant of our mind constantly! Enlightenment is said to be no longer a myth. It does exist and workable. By our taking of the vows, we have somewhat made a commitment that we are going to develop this ambitious project by working very hard towards enlightenment in order to make it come true, through our Guru devotion! Om mani padme hung!

    • David Lai on Nov 24, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      Oh wow… Nice to see Uncle Eddie posting on Rinpoche’s blog. I hope you are reading this. Good that you are constantly on Rinpoche’s blog. I hope everything is great in your life and that you are doing your mantras and sadhanas daily along with your wife. It is great that we do Dharma work to curb our negativities and the best is to do it to our old age and where we can grow old gracefully in the Dharma thus inspiring many people.

  23. LT Loo on Nov 24, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    The vows that we hold initially may seem to bring inconveniences in life as it directly counter our’s old habituation of being lax, unethical, being a miser… when we had heard the holy Dharma, understand it, agreed upon it and had the wish to be free from our’s self created problems that bring suffering and also effected others that are dear to us. we go for refuge to the Three precious jewels with aspired mind to stop performing these unbeneficial actions and to bring benefit to others.
    The vows we received from our preceptor/guru who is the embodiment of Three jewels is the beginning of an unlearning process while we learn to practice the new beneficial one.
    Hence it leads to more freedom rather than what that bond us in cyclic suffering.
    The pastors and others that hold to their commitment serve as role model to show for how the Dharma could be practice in contemporary era.

  24. Nancy Loo on Nov 24, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Regardless whether we are a teenagers our adults, we tend to misinterpret /misused our roles as a human beings. Are we here to eat, sleep, drink ,be jolly and chasing after all materialistic objects and eventually as we get old and sick…..waiting for death to come? Often we tend to behave or hold to our vows when we are within the Dharma Centre premise and eventually, the moment we out in the samsaric world, automatically we will withhold or hesitate to adhere to the vows!! Therefore, I can regard that Kecharians are very fortunate to have a Guru to remind us from time to time and of course we cannot rely on the Guru constantly. Nevertheless, I am still trying hard to hold to the vows and apply the Dharma practice in my daily activities.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness. Please rest well and hope to see Rinpoche again.

    With Folded Hands

  25. Pastor Shin on Nov 23, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you very much for taking the time to share this advice. I am glad that my work gives a little comfort to Rinpoche.

    I recently read what Dromtonpa said about the demarcation between Dharma and non-Dharma:
    “If it is a remedy against affliction, it is Dharma; if not, it is not Dharma. If it is at variance with all worldly people, it is Dharma; if it is in accord with the worldly, it is not Dharma. If its trace is positive, it is Dharma; if not, it is not Dharma.”

    As always, my Lama, you have given explanations and commentary for the most profound texts in the form of simple & practical advice that is well suited for all of us at our level, to remind us that taking vows seriously means consciously eliminate the stimuli that would further reinforce negative habits.

    I will remember this always and as Rinpoche said, and not be contented with the wrong view that this is a goal, but merely a tool.

    Please take care Rinpoche.

  26. Sofi on Nov 23, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Thanks very much, Rinpoche, for this timely teaching n reminder. Wt folded hands n deepest gratitude, Sofi

  27. David Lai on Nov 22, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for a great teaching on the spiritual significance of holding our vows and commitments and thank you to the Pastors for showing exemplary behaviour for all Kecharians. Rinpoche has a wonderful way of bringing technical Dharma to the understanding of everybody.

    Rinpoche’s emphasis on commitments is somewhat lacking in most teachings because it was a given in the Tibetan environment. However, in today’s world of exposure to various different teachers and their lineages, it has become of paramount importance. This is also due to the fact that distractions these days are many and focussing and keeping our commitments has become a rarity.

  28. Joy on Nov 22, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this insightful explanation on how vows help us to dry up the samsaric lake. Much too often we do not realise this because we are drowning in it and yet we think it is ok. We cannot even see the difference and do not realise we are actually drowning/suffering.

    Last time when people hear this word “vows” it is something that scares people off but now with the Pastors taking on more vows than the norm refuge vows, it inspires people to want to take on more and do more and truly understand the meaning of vows.

    It is a misconception of our ignorant mind to think that vows are suffocating and causes us to be in “prison”. For us who have such thoughts, we are deeply truly suffering, it is almost like someone saying, continue torturing me, slicing me, it is okay because I do not want to get better. It’s like a mental patient trying hard consistently to commit suicide. So really there is no point and no help can be really given to someone like that. It is very sad and we can only hope one day this person will have some merits to see the light of true freedom and happiness.

  29. Choongs on Nov 22, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the reminder that Kechara is for the benefit of all the sentient beings out there from time to eternity.

  30. Tuya on Nov 21, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Thank you so much your courage.

  31. Edwin Tan on Nov 21, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I will remember my vows and commitments to Rinpoche.
    Thank you for the write up about holding vows.

    It will further strengthen my resolve to keep them.

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  32. Shelly tai on Nov 21, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for reminding us about holding our vows no doubt about it is very difficult for some of us because our habituation but I must said I will try hard because this is the only way to release our own suffering.
    I rejoice for all the Kecharians who work very hard and all the pastors who serve others tirelessly .
    With folded hands
    Shelly tai

  33. KH Ng on Nov 21, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I will take this as personal advise. You have on many occasions repeated this advise and I would like to think that I have taken this advise to heart but I know that my practice have been at best mediocre. What I can say is that I am try very hard. I hope that, this advise need not be repeated for me and I will keep my vows sincerely and walk the paths for myself with others’ welfare as the motivation that is above myself. This, I must say is really difficult but I will apply the Dharma diligently.

    From what I observe, I am quite amaze that all the Monks and Nuns to be and the Pastors seems to be transformed and on a mission these days (compared to before they took their vows). This shows that they have taken Rinpoche’s advise to heart. I rejoice.

    Rinpoche, please rest well. Good Night! With folded hands!

    • Ruby Khong on Nov 25, 2013 at 3:17 am

      Dear KH Ng, I am glad that you also noticed that all the Monks and Nuns to be and the Pastors seems to be transformed and on a mission these days (compared to before they took their vows). I did too. Their transformation must be apparent. Good for them. I rejoice.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:06 PM
    Very interesting and informative article. In most cultures, women is consider as lower in status compared with men. Ancient times in India, man took the lead while women is seconded. But times has changed for the better where women are not degraded in society. They receive equal recognition, appreciation, and stature, yet in countries and places around the world, women are still viewed as inferior and treated accordingly. But in Buddhism women have been increasing in number and has proven that many of them have gained full enlightenment in a female body. In Buddhism is concerned there’s no discrimination toward women ,both men and women are equal. There‘s many female Mahasiddhas and Yoginis as in this blog. May it inspired many more to come. Interesting article and its great sharing knowledge.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/courtesans-of-ancient-india.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:05 PM
    Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. During these transitions, one may be unable to move or speak for a few seconds up to a few minutes. Some people may also feel pressure or a sense of choking. Sleep paralysis is a temporary inability to move or speak. It’s not harmful and should pass quickly, but at times can be frightening. It can affect anyone but is most common in young adults and they might have hallucination. The scary facts about sleep paralysis is those who suffer from it have said it felt like someone was choking them on their chest so they could not breathe.
    As for me I have not experience as such before as least i know now what i can to do.
    Thank you Vinnie Tan for sharing. Interesting read of these stories related to sleep paralysis.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/sleep-paralysis-medical-or-paranormal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:03 PM
    nteresting as this texts been composed after being inspired to do so . That’s interesting as this nature are traditionally considered exceptionally potent in their blessings if the claim of divine inspiration is authentic. According to the account in the introduction, the author composed this text after being divinely inspired to do so. It’s a very rare kind and its acceptance been recognised and received praise by very high lamas of our tradition. Reading this article tell us all of how powerful Dorje Shugden when we invoke in our prayers.
    Interesting read of the short biography of Ven. Geshe Kunchok Gyaltsen, the author of Mass of Vajra Fire.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mass-of-vajra-fire-invocation-of-the-mighty-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:01 PM
    That’s wonderful Rinpoche has composed prayers in English so as everyone could recite and practice. For beginners is such a meaningful insights and perspectives without commitments and initiation. Moreover each prayers is for a specific blessing that helps practitioners to gain attainments and overcome obstacles. Easy and simple for everyone to start off.
    We are fortunate that everything Rinpoche did brought tremendous benefit to all sentient beings. Whatever prayers Rinpoche has composed are especially potent with blessings.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/holy-prayers-to-invoke-the-divine.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 01:59 PM
    A great article , revisit this again of Tibetan Lamas and their dogs. As now I have a pet doggie with me, I came to understand more of them . Dogs are the most amazing creatures, they give us unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive. Buddhists believe dogs also have the potential to become enlightened and can teach us about responsibility, love, and other Buddhist principles. The Q & A by Sandra Klein’s interview with the Venerable Gonsar Rinpoche gave us a better understanding and very informative of Tibetan dogs under Lamas care. ccording to the Buddha Dharma, all sentient beings have Buddha nature — from ants to humans. Though we often look at dogs as wonderful companions an teach us to embrace Buddhist principles. They, themselves, embody many of these principles.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dogs-in-tibetan-monasteries.html
  • Brent
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2024 04:47 PM
    Living with my wife, whose world is meticulously painted with the hues of OCD, is a journey that intertwines the essence of love with the complexities of the human mind. Her relentless pursuit of cleanliness and order, transforming even the most negligible corner into a testament of organization, often dances on the fine line between admiration and frustration. The sight of her steering clear from trash bins as if they were labyrinths of chaos, serves as a poignant reminder of the battles she fights within. Yet, it’s through these very battles that I’ve learned the profound language of patience and the unspoken strength of support. Therapy, in its gentle embrace, has been a beacon of light for her, guiding her through the stormy seas of OCD. It has not only offered her solace but has also unveiled the strength of her spirit, teaching us both the beauty of resilience. As she journeys through the pathways of healing, I stand by her, a testament to the power of love and the enduring promise of hope. Together, we navigate the complexities of her world, discovering that within the challenges lie opportunities for growth, understanding, and an unbreakable bond. https://www.mindfullyaliveonline.com/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:31 PM
    Venerable Ajahn Chah was a Thai Buddhist teacher of the Buddhadhamma and a founder of two major monasteries in the Thai Forest Tradition. Well respected and loved as a man of great wisdom, he was also instrumental in establishing Theravada Buddhism in the West. Interesting life story, how he chose to leave the settled monastic life and became a wandering ascetic. Walking across Thailand, lived in forests, caves and cremation grounds while learning from the meditation monks of the Forest of various monasteries. He wandered through the countryside in quest of quiet and secluded places for developing meditation. He even lived in tiger and cobra infested jungles, using reflections on death to penetrate to the true meaning of life. After years of wandering, Venerable Ajahn Chah established a monastery where he taught simple, practice-based form of meditation, and attracted a numerous of students including western foreigners. He was one of the greatest Dhamma teachers of the modern era. His wise teachings have continued to guide thousands of people along the path of Dharma. Venerable Ajahn Chah’s teachings of the Thai Forest Tradition gradually spread across all over the world. Several of Ajahn Chah’s Western students have since established monasteries throughout the world. Just in Thailand itself, there are more than 300 branch monasteries in Ajahn Chah’s tradition. Ven erable Ajahn Chah used his ill health as a teaching point, emphasizing that it was a living example of the impermanence of all things and reminded people to endeavour to find a true refuge within themselves. The legacy of Venerable Ajahn Chah’s teachings and legacy continues into the modern age.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/venerable-ajahn-chah-the-forest-monk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:30 PM
    Wonderful blog written on the practice of Kalarupa for us to understand better. As an emanation of Manjushri, Kalarupa’s practice helps us to destroy ignorance and to develop wisdom overcoming our anger and suffering . Awesome Kalarupa manifested in multiple forms to help sentient beings who personifies enlightenment by the conquest of anger. Kalarupa also regard as one of the three main Dharma protectors of the Gelugpa is extremely fierce and ugly, and tames all kinds of spiritual ugliness. The fierceness of his iconography teaches us to remind ourselves that all the causes and effects of anger arising from ignorance are dreadful and distorted.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Antionette for this detailed sharing,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kalarupa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:27 PM
    Nepal is a very spiritual country, having a huge Dorje Shugden mural in Kathmandu, is indeed a big achievement for Kechara. Located on Charkhal Road in Dilli Bazaar, the mural can be found midway between our two Dorje Shugden chapels which are in Putalisadak and Chabahil. It is also very close to one of Kathmandu’s largest shopping malls. Many locals , tourist will be able to connect them to a powerful deity that is so closely associated with their culture. Well the mural not only beautiful but also full of symbolism and everyone merely by seeing it is blessed. Thanks to those talented artists and generous sponsors making it a success.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/spectacular-dorje-shugden-mural-in-kathmandu-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:24 PM
    All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. Letting go helps us to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. A reminder for us all to go of attachment and meditating on impermanence and emptiness. We are to relinquish the domination of our ego and its habits to transform ourselves. A great reminder not to waste our previous life.
    Quoted Ceasing to do evil, Cultivating the good, Purifying the heart .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such a meaningful teachings with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/pointing-the-staff-at-the-old-man.html
  • james belich
    Friday, Mar 8. 2024 09:43 PM
    Winning the lottery was part of my dreams, I tried so hard to win big but all to no avail, until I came across Dr Lucas online who made my dreams come through and made me win 10 million dollars. I was a logistics manager who lives in Lancaster, S.C. and works about an hour’s drive away, in Charlotte, N.C., I stopped at a store to buy a scratch-off lottery ticket during my lunch break, because Dr Lucas gave me all the assurance that the numbers are not going to fail after I did all he asked me to do. Dr lucas is a powerful Dr that is on a mission to eradicate poverty from people’s lives and i have confirmed that by winning $10 million with the numbers he provided for me, it is my promise to tell the world about my experience with Dr Lucas and that’s what I’m doing now, you can win the lottery fast with the help of Dr Lucas he is tested and trusted Email: Drlucasspelltemple@gmail. com or WhatsApp +234 904 794 3567 he will help you.
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    Friday, Mar 8. 2024 09:42 PM
    Winning the lottery was part of my dreams, I tried so hard to win big but all to no avail, until I came across Dr Lucas online who made my dreams come through and made me win 10 million dollars. I was a logistics manager who lives in Lancaster, S.C. and works about an hour’s drive away, in Charlotte, N.C., I stopped at a store to buy a scratch-off lottery ticket during my lunch break, because Dr Lucas gave me all the assurance that the numbers are not going to fail after I did all he asked me to do. Dr lucas is a powerful Dr that is on a mission to eradicate poverty from people’s lives and i have confirmed that by winning $10 million with the numbers he provided for me, it is my promise to tell the world about my experience with Dr Lucas and that’s what I’m doing now, you can win the lottery fast with the help of Dr Lucas he is tested and trusted Email: Drlucasspelltemple@gmail.com or WhatsApp +234 904 794 3567 he will help you.
  • lee
    Thursday, Mar 7. 2024 07:06 PM
    We are members of the Buddhist Temple in Taman Desa Jaya, Kepong, Kuala Lumpur and we have been issued membership by the president (DATUK YIP KUM FOOK), we are very sad because we are the foundation of this Temple

    Now we can know who is always messing with people, and he always cheats money and women, he even uses Buddhism to find money.

    Also, need to be careful with his brother-in-law (Simon Low Kok Meng) because he is a spy (CID) for DATUK YIP KUM FOOK and we will write some letters to AGONG SULTAN IBRAHIM IBN ALMARHUM SULTAN ISKANDAR as soon as possible.

    From Jesmond Yap, Kepong Baru…Kuala Lumpur
  • Phoenix the Shaman Elder
    Thursday, Mar 7. 2024 01:40 AM
    The matriarchal cultures of the grandmothers have specific symbolism of animism shamanism, such as the horse, especially the blue horse, and the deer. These are two main symbols of a shaman woman and you can find them in many cultural folk lore, especially the Russian, Slavic, Siberian, Nordic, Finland, and Norway. It’s nice to see the Matriarchal Shaman Animism diety represented in Chinese.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 4. 2024 06:59 PM
    An inspiring act of a selfless Lama feeding strays whether its night or day. Truly an example for us all to feed those lonely strays . Yes I do agree compassion starts with feeding strays. Reading this blog again to refresh myself to do more. Strays animals generally lead a life of poor welfare on the street. Feeding strays is a compassionate act.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Anila for this sharing.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/rinpoche-through-my-eyes-compassion-starts-with-feeding-strays

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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
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. 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
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Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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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.
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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
Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
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Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
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Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
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Photo from Wan Wai Meng
A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/\_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed.  Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
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After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
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Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
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Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
Kechara Penang Study Group had our weekly DS puja , led by our beloved sis Swee Bee and serkym by Mr. Lee. After that, we completed Swift Return puja also. 18th Nov 2023. By Jacinta
5 months ago
Kechara Penang Study Group had our weekly DS puja , led by our beloved sis Swee Bee and serkym by Mr. Lee. After that, we completed Swift Return puja also. 18th Nov 2023. By Jacinta
#Back2back 11th Nov 2023 Dorje Shugden puja & Rinpoche's Swift Return puja @Penang Chapel, 49 Jalan Seang Tek, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang. Every Saturday @3pm/5pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
5 months ago
#Back2back 11th Nov 2023 Dorje Shugden puja & Rinpoche's Swift Return puja @Penang Chapel, 49 Jalan Seang Tek, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang. Every Saturday @3pm/5pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Pic: Rinpoche Swift Return puja ~ 21/10/23 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
6 months ago
Pic: Rinpoche Swift Return puja ~ 21/10/23 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
#Backtoback A few months back, Kechara Penang Study Group started to have two pujas consecutively on Saturday. Dorje Shugden puja @3pm and thereafter Rinpoche Swift Return puja. This can only be achieved due to the committed members from Penang. A big round of applause...... Pic : DS puja on 21/10/2023 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
6 months ago
#Backtoback A few months back, Kechara Penang Study Group started to have two pujas consecutively on Saturday. Dorje Shugden puja @3pm and thereafter Rinpoche Swift Return puja. This can only be achieved due to the committed members from Penang. A big round of applause...... Pic : DS puja on 21/10/2023 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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