For those who hold vows

Feb 23, 2016 | Views: 2,122

(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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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._/\_

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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

  24. 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.

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

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

    Thank you so much your courage.

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 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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  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Oct 28. 2020 12:02 AM
    We should share with more people about this piece of article, to let more know about this fact; thus more awareness are able to be created; more helps are able to extend to these animals; or less cruelty are being done to them.

    This is good article to bring out the awareness of how human cause the death of these animals where the animals are not capable to escape from the trap and captivity set up by human race.Thank you very much for sharing this article.


    https://bit.ly/3owIh3L
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Oct 27. 2020 06:20 PM
    Mother nature is truly amazing, there are a lot of interesting places in the world to discover and explore and this unique island of Japan and home to a majority of the population Okinawa is truly wonderful.

    Thank you for the interesting sharing of Okinawa, hope to visit the great place and witness live of the famous Naha Tug-of-War Festival. I loved all the photos shared especially the yummy foods, the fascinating Yokusendo Cave, traditional Okinawa Craft Village and the secret of Abu Park.

    https://bit.ly/2HGHRql


  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 27. 2020 01:01 PM
    Wow….In Thailand, priority seats are given to Buddhist monks, that’s wonderful. Monks in Thailand are well respected by many with the majority of Thailand practising Buddhism. We could see monks everywhere in Thailand. Most public transport in Bangkok has seats marked for monks. We used to see signage board stating elderly persons, disabled persons, pregnant women, and children were given priority. Priority seats have been designated in public transport vehicles such as train, bus monorail and other transport operators . It rare to see signage should yield their seat to the monks. I have yet come across such signage yet in Malaysia.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/spirituality-on-the-train.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 27. 2020 12:58 PM
    Meeting Rinpoche and receiving gifts such as Green Tara tsa tsa is indeed so fortunate. Due to Rinpoche generousity, helpful and compassionate nature, Rinpoche will always have gifts with him while travelling. Hence where Rinpoche goes and meeting any people around, Rinpoche will surely share Dharma and giving out gifts. LeeAnn the lady owner of Early Bird restaurant in Willow Creek, North California whom Rinpoche met had received Green Tara tsa tsa. Thank you for the wonderful sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/behind-the-scenes/connecting-with-tara-posted-by-admin.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 27. 2020 12:56 PM
    Rinpoche’s limitless care and compassion for others has no boundary, nor matter what time and place. Rinpoche will be there , giving blessing. Looking at those pictures tells us all. Rinpoche had indeed benefited many people in many ways.
    Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for this wonderful story to inspire us all.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/behind-the-scenes/personal-attendant-what-was-rinpoche-doing-around-3-to-4am.html
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Oct 26. 2020 04:52 PM
    While this is a scary thoughts to discover the common hazards in our homes comes from our convenient purchase of household products. Many of us know that, household products, including cleaning supplies often contain agents that can be very harmful to us and stored them safe to help protect our kids without realizing our health actually.

    Thanks you for the article sharing, it’s great to understand health and wellness is not simply about diet and exercise, but be aware of the exposure to toxic that applies in our daily life. I’m aware of all the items shared and will take action to limit and remove them. If possible will try to explore further to replace with natural alternatives.

    https://bit.ly/2TrZTQ4

  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Oct 26. 2020 03:28 PM
    The practice is simple yet has numerous benefits for us.The explanation given of this wonderful and powerful purification practice of Ucchusma is really easy to understand.A lot will be benefited from this practice.

    With our mind free from negative pollution, we will be able to progress in our spiritual path with fewer distractions and attachments. Thank you very much for sharing this good article.

    https://bit.ly/2FYeJuk
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Oct 26. 2020 03:04 PM
    Mr Rajkumar and his wife Sangeeta travelled all the way from Nepal to visit Kechara. They came visiting as special guests of Tsem Ladrang, that’s wonderful. They were showed around the place of interest in Kuala Lumpur and so forth with great memories to bring back . They even joined in KSK department giving foods to the poor. They were very helpful and hard working couple. Hope more friends from Nepal coming to visit Kechara Forest retreat at Bentong.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/friends-from-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Oct 26. 2020 03:03 PM
    Urgelling Monastery is a small Buddhist monastery in Arunachal Pradesh, northeastern India, a recognized region of the Indian subcontinent. Wow….this place is the birth place of Tsangyang Gyatso, the Sixth Dalai Lama. It was established in the 15th century with amazing story behind the monastery such as the walking sticks of the Sixth Dalai Lama. The monastery is indeed of great historic importance, for the people of Buddhist faith. A beautiful and scared place to go for pilgrimage . Looking at the beautiful pictures tells us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/urgelling-monastery-oasis-of-peace-not-ready.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Oct 26. 2020 03:00 PM
    In the Buddhist tradition, the purpose of taking refuge is to awaken from confusion and associate oneself with wakefulness. The first step in practicing Buddhism is taking refuge in the Three Jewels. Taking refuge means relying on these Three Jewels so that they become the main focus of our lives. Once we have taken refuge in the Three Jewels, we should not take refuge in any other religion nor blend Buddhism and other religions. Taking refuge is a matter of commitment and acceptance and, at the same time, of openness and freedom. By taking the refuge vow we commit ourselves to freedom and to give up our attachment to basic security. Go all the way nor matter what happened along the way to achieve our ultimate goal in our spiritual path. Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/taking-refuge-in-buddha.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 25. 2020 02:41 PM
    The heartbreak of grief is the hardest. The death of a loved one who was a meaningful part of our life can absolutely lead to significant shifts. Those people in deep sorrow at the loss of a loved one need mental support and a lift up. Having Rinpoche blessing the mind of the deceased and let them have a …good rebirth is really beautiful indeed. That’s the time the family of the departed needs most the company of friends and so forth. The behind scenes of Rinpoche did was really touching not only the Dharma teachings, Rinpoche will go all the way to help the deceased family, spending every minute of every day thinking, working and acting for the benefit of all around him and many of whom he hardly knows.
    Thank you Seng PIow for sharing the look behind the scenes of what Rinpoche does.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/behind-the-scenes/rinpoche-in-funerals.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 25. 2020 02:41 PM
    Meditation has been shown to have mental benefits, such as improved concentration, happiness, memory, self-control, academic performance and more to go. Even researchers found that meditation may have other health benefits as well, including improved metabolism, heart rate, respiration, and blood pressure .Consistent practice over the long-term can boost our empathy, resilience and compassion too. Having just ten minutes is good enough for us all and powerful.
    Its good to do death meditation when we still have the time now. Visualizing our bodies actually decaying and on death will be good. It is a good practice to do so before the time is up.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ten-minutes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 25. 2020 02:40 PM
    Tibetan sacred dance, Tibetans referred to as a journey into the religious and folk traditions. Tibetan culture of oracular trance has a great significance as them, where the Tibetans will seek divine help and blessing. Tibet was one of the few places where traditions continued virtually untouched and unspoilt. They do believe the spirits descend from the mountains and enter the bodies of mediums who have inherited the role, celebrated in all the villages. On that day the villagers will dressed up colourfully to welcome the Mountain Gods and join in the dances as well.
    Reading this interesting article tells us more the Tibetans do practice spirit worship centuries ago, so as the Tibetan oracles been practice . The Tibetan Leadership believes that Dorje Shugden is a spirit , hence why not they ban all these mountain gods spirit worship too. Dorje Shugden is definitely not a spirit but a Dharma Protector bound by oath. Dorje Shugden is being used as a scapegoat by the Tibetan Leaderships for their own agenda.
    Thank you Rinpoche, for this insightful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/tibetans-welcome-mountain-spirits-in-faith-ceremony.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 24. 2020 12:08 PM
    Inspiring post where Rinpoche had showed us the way to be compassionate, kind and observant while going round driving, walking or in restaurant. Any place or so nor matter where showing the light to those who needed help, foods and so forth. Rinpoche is truly a Bodhisattva.
    Thank you Rinpoche been so kind, helpful and compassion helping everyone regardless of race and religion . A good example for us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/driving-in-west-hollywood-today.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 24. 2020 12:06 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this powerful White Manjushri sadhana practice. This practice is beneficial to help us to clear delusions and ignorance. Manjushri practice especially helps us develop our wisdom. It is a great blessing for Moh Mei to have received the White Manjushri practice.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/white-manjushri-sadhana.html

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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
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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
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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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
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Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
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Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
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We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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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
5 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
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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
5 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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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
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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
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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
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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
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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