Niguma: Mistress of Illusion

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The Great Black Dakini Niguma

The Great Black Dakini Niguma

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai)

Dear friends,

I was given a book called ‘Niguma, the Lady of Illusion’ recently. Although I have read bits and pieces about this dakini’s life online in the past, I did not really know much about her. Hence, reading this book was to be my first serious foray into the story of this elusive and mysterious ancient dakini who appears to have emerged directly from the mists of time.

This book does a good job at piecing together the scattered fragments of what is known of her life. It paints a powerful and compelling picture of a female master at a time in ancient India where female teachers were rare. Despite the Tantric protocol for respecting women, the emergence of female teachers throughout the passage of time has been limited. This was probably due to the prevalent social conditions in ancient India. As such, the very existence of Niguma is a testament to her pervasive presence and her powerful lineage that continues to live on today as a sub-sect of the Kagyu tradition. Her teachings are also embodied within the Gelug school as well as the other sects of Tibetan Buddhism.

Therefore, through this article that I present here about the sacred life of Niguma, I hope that in learning more about her, that she may bless you with special insight and affinity to practice the path of Tantra deeply.

Pastor David Lai

 


 

Introduction

The 11th Century Great Dakini Niguma

The 11th Century Great Dakini Niguma

Niguma was a great yogini and female Tantric master who lived during the 11th Century. She is often depicted as a black dakini who defied social conventions by being one of the few influential female lineage holders of ancient India to have proliferated an important Tantric lineage.

Unfortunately for us, scant information survives about Niguma and the only biographical text about her is half filled with verses of praise to her. In addition, the descriptions of her birthplace seem to have been lifted directly from Naropa’s biography. According to traditional sources, Niguma was closely related to Naropa, being his sister; however most Western scholars interpret this to mean that Niguma was also his wife. This is due to the old Indian tradition of referring to one’s wife or consort as a ‘sister’.

The Mahasiddha Naropa is closely related to Niguma

Whatever the case may be, these two great Indian masters are deeply intertwined. It is commonly believed that Niguma received teachings on the Six Yogas from Naropa. However, there are no known records or evidence to prove that Naropa and Niguma ever exchanged teachings. Having said that, the similarities between the Six Yogas of Naropa and the Six Dharmas of Niguma are apparent. Based on this alone, it suggests that there must indeed have been some form of exchange in teachings. The Six Dharmas of Niguma are discussed later on in this article.

Although not much is known about Niguma’s life, what we do know is that the corpus of her teachings have become the foundation of the Shangpa Kagyu Buddhist tradition. The Shangpa Kagyu is hailed as one of the “Eight Great Chariots of the Practice Lineages” which means that it is one of the most important Buddhist traditions brought over from India to Tibet. The legacy of the great yogini Niguma as a meditator, teacher, mystic, and founder of a lineage endures to this day.

 

Historical Background

The black dakini, the famous yogini Niguma, was born in the great city of Annupama in Kashmir. ‘Annupama’ literally means ‘Incomparable’ and this name refers to the legend of a powerful illusionist manifesting the city in ancient times.

During the time of the previous Buddha Kashyapa, there was an arhat by the name of Madhyantika, which meant ‘mid-day sun’. Kashmir at that time was completely submerged under water but the arhat wanted to build a monastery at that location, so he requested land from the naga king. The naga king agreed to the request and said that he would release the lands that were within the surface area of the arhat sitting cross-legged in lotus position. And so, the arhat who was endowed with psychic powers was able to manifest a gigantic apparition of himself that covered all of what would be known as Kashmir. As promised by the naga king, the waters parted and the ground arose. It was on this newly emerged ground that a monastery by the name of Amrtabhavana was established.

Niguma was able to receive teachings from the Buddha Vajradhara directly

Niguma was able to receive teachings from the Buddha Vajradhara directly

The local people from the surrounding lands were amazed and they hired an illusionist to conjure a great city that was modelled after the city of the gods, Sudarshana, which was given the name Annupama. Before the illusion could be withdrawn, the illusionist was killed and so the conjured city remained in place. Everyone who visited the city proclaimed it to be ‘Incomparable’ or Annupama. It became a bustling place, home to great masters like Ratnavajra and Naropa.

It was in this city that Niguma was born within a Brahmin family. Her father’s name was Shantivarma and her mother was known as Shrimati. Her brother became famous in his own right and was known as Naropa. In the text, it mentions that Niguma had been a great practitioner in many of her previous lifetimes and therefore, in this lifetime, she became attained simply from listening to a few instructions given by several qualified masters, such as master Lavapa of the East, whom she studied under. She meditated for seven days with the master and achieved the rainbow body. It was at this point that she achieved the level of an eighth ground Bodhisattva. This level is called ‘The Immovable’.

As such, it is said that she was able to receive teachings from the Buddha Vajradhara directly. Vajradhara is the Tantric form of Buddha Shakyamuni, and considered to be the highest form of the Buddha from a Tantric perspective. From Vajradhara, she received the four empowerments in the emanated mandalas of the great Secret Tantra. Upon receiving the empowerments, she gained realisation of all the Sutras, Tantras and so forth. At this point, it is said that she had attained the realisation of a tenth ground Bodhisattva. This level is called the ‘Cloud of Dharma’. From then on, she benefited beings by teaching and bestowing various empowerments.

 

Encounter with Khyungpo Naljor

Khyungpo Naljor (1050-1140 or 990-1139 CE) was the founder of the Shangpa Kagyu tradition. He was born into a family that practiced Bön, the indigenous shamanistic religion of Tibet. He was ordained by the Kadampa master Geshe Langri Tangpa and travelled seven times to India in order to receive teachings from the likes of Sukhasiddhi, Rahulaguptavajra, Maitripa, Vajrasana or Abhaya, and Niguma.

Old portrait of Khyungpo Naljor

Old portrait of Khyungpo Naljor

Later, he established his monastic seat in Shang, located in the Tsang region of Tibet and as such, he became known as Lama Shangpa or the Lama from Shang. He is said to have established one hundred monasteries in Tibet, taught tirelessly and manifested many miracles. He is also said to have lived for 150 years.

While he was in India, he heard of the reputation of the dakini Niguma. Learning that she had received teachings directly from Buddha Vajradhara, he engaged in an exhaustive search for her and discovered that she had been seen in the charnel ground of Sosadvipa.

After making his way to the charnel ground and after much searching, he discovered a naked yogini with an extremely dark complexion floating high in the sky. She had a terrifying expression and held a trident and skull cup, while her body was adorned with various bone ornaments. She changed her appearance — sometimes appearing as many different dakinis and sometimes as just one.

Upon sight, Khyungpo Naljor knew that he was in the presence of the famous Niguma. He prostrated while requesting for teachings, but this seemed to irk the dark dakini. She thundered,

“I am a flesh-eating dakini!
As soon as my retinue of dakinis return.
You will be eaten!”

Flesh-eating dakinis, originally denizens of Indian lore, are thought to populate charnel grounds and other terrifying places. Dakinis occupy the unique space of being feared for their gruesome reputation and, at the same time, revered as the enticers and nurturers of great yogis. In this case, the dakini terrorised the yogi in order to test his determination but Khyungpo Naljor was not in the least bit perturbed. The dakini demanded,

“In order to request secret mantra Mahayana teachings, you need to offer gold. If there is gold, you will get your teaching!”

Khyungpo Naljor produced 500 gold coins and handed it over to the dakini. Upon receiving the bag of gold, the dakini tossed it into the forest behind her without so much as a glance in the direction of where the bag of gold landed.

The dakini Niguma, one of Khyungpo Naljor's teachers

The dakini Niguma, one of Khyungpo Naljor’s teachers

At this point, Khyungpo Naljor realised that she may not be a flesh-eating dakini after all. She then glared into the sky in order to summon her retinue. Not long after, her retinue descended and some brought with them the necessary offerings and materials needed to confer an initiation. Other dakinis appeared to construct a mandala of the yidam (meditational deity) in midair.

When the preparations were complete, Niguma bestowed the initiation of the illusory body and dream yoga. Subsequently, she was transported to a place 25 miles away, where the dakinis performed a Ganachakra or tsog ritual feast on top of a mountain and danced in bliss. The mountain had a golden river flowing down each of its four sides.

Niguma blessed and instructed her student to recall his dreams. Khyungpo Naljor then recalled travelling to the land of the gods and demigods, a dream in which he experienced being swallowed by a giant demigod, and another dream during which he received the entire Six Dharmas from Niguma. Niguma remarked that she had never heard of anyone receiving the entire Six Dharmas during a single instance of sleep. However, since he was awake, he was given the teachings again three times along with other instructions.

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From Niguma, Khyungpo Naljor received many more sadhanas, Tantras and personal instructions. Even then, Khyungpo Naljor continued his unquenchable desire to receive more teachings by offering pounds of gold to many other teachers. Seeking out teachers who had beheld the Buddha in person, he was led to another dakini teacher named Sukhasiddhi. Over the course of his life, Khyungpo Naljor eventually acquired 28 Nepali and Indian teachers of whom seven were female masters like Niguma.

Khyungpo Naljor was reputed to have had 18,000 disciples but in adherence to Niguma’s restrictions, her teachings were kept secret for seven generations. This period of seven generations is known as the one-to-one lineage and is as follows:

  1. Buddha Vajradhara
  2. Niguma (10-11th Century CE)
  3. Khyungpo Naljor (1050-1127 CE)
  4. Mokchokpa Rinchen Tsondru (1110-1170 CE)
  5. Wonton Kyergangpa or Chokyi Senge (1143-1216 CE)
  6. Sangye Nyenton or Rigongpa (1175-1247/1255 CE)
  7. Drogon Sangye Tonpa (1207-1278 CE)

From that time on, Niguma’s lineage of teachings flourished and was absorbed into several other major lineages such as the Jonang, Jakchen, Samding and others.

 

Marpa and Tangtong Gyalpo

Marpa, the translator with his teachers above him including Naropa and Niguma , pictured to the right.

Marpa the Translator with his teachers above him including Naropa and Niguma on the right.

According to the writings of the great Tibetan translator Marpa, he received teachings from Niguma on two occasions. While he was in India under the tutelage of Naropa, he travelled to meet Niguma. Traditional sources recount how he sought out Niguma on the advice of Naropa and this story is repeated in his biography, ‘The Life of Marpa’. Naropa instructed Marpa,

“On the other shores of the poison lake in the South lies the charnel ground of Sosadvipa, the home of the wisdom dakini, Adorned with Bone Ornaments (Niguma). Whomsoever encounters her countenance would be liberated. Go before her and request the Catuhpitha. You can also request of the kusulus there whatever teachings you desire.”

The famous Tibetan Mahasiddha Thangtong Gyalpo

The famous Tibetan Mahasiddha Thangtong Gyalpo

After arriving at the charnel grounds of Sosadvipa, Marpa encountered the yogini, who was living in a woven grass dome. He made a mandala offering of gold and he supplicated her. She joyfully initiated him and bestowed upon him the oral instructions on Catuhpitha. According to another source, the subsequent visit was the great Shantibhadra’s idea. On this second visit, Marpa received a prophecy about meeting Naropa again, even though Naropa had entered clear light and had left his physical body.

The famous Tibetan mahasiddha and yogi Thangtong Gyalpo (1385–1464 CE) was also one of Niguma’s students. Strangely, Niguma instructed this mahasiddha in a vision centuries after she lived. Thangtong Gyalpo is widely known to be the reincarnation of Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen, also known as the Buddha from Dolpo. He is historically renowned for being a great Buddhist yogi, famous blacksmith, architect, physician and a reputed civil engineer. He founded the Iron Chain lineage of the Shangpa Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, which was originally derived from Niguma’s teachings.

 

Niguma’s Sacred Lineage

Niguma’s lineage of teachings were eventually incorporated into the Shangpa Kagyu tradition. However, the teachings specifically derived from Niguma are likened to a living tree and they are called the Five Golden Dharmas.

The roots are the Six Dharmas
The trunk is Mahamudra
The branches are the three integrations on the path
The flowers are the white and red Kechari
The fruit is immortal and infallible

 

The Roots are the Six Dharmas

Niguma’s original Vajra Lines are said to have been the direct teachings of Buddha Vajradhara. The Vajra Lines of the Six Dharmas are verse instructions that prepare the practitioner to receive Tantric empowerment. The main empowerments required for this tradition come from any of the Five Tantric Deities of Hevajra, Cakrasamvara, Guhyasamaja, Mahamaya or Vajrabhairava.

Mahamaya, one of the Five Tantric practices of Niguma’s lineage

Mahamaya, one of the Five Tantric practices of Niguma’s lineage

The preliminary practice for receiving the Six Dharmas is a teaching by Niguma called ‘The Purifier, Hollow Interior of AH’. This practice involves visualising and reciting the syllable ‘AH’ as it moves through the central channel and throughout the whole body as a purifying elixir that is inseparable in nature from the guru. Later traditions developed a five-fold preliminary practice similar to Ngöndro of the other major traditions. The only variation is that the hollow interior practice replaces that of Vajrasattva.

The Root of the Six Dharmas has yogic practices that are similar to the Six Yogas of Naropa. They were transmitted from Niguma to Khyungpo Naljor several times, of which the first was in a dream from within the belly of a demigod. They are presented here in verse form:

The path of methods [inner heat] – naturally blazing bliss-wrath
Illusory body – naturally liberated desire and anger
Dream – naturally pure sleep-delusion
Lucid clarity – naturally clarified stupidity
Transference – Buddhahood without meditation
Intermediate state – Sambhogayaka of the Victors

 

The Trunk is Mahamudra

Khyungpo Naljor coined the name Amulet Mahamudra for this Shangpa Mahamudra tradition because he treasured it so much that he wore the teachings within a sandalwood amulet box around his neck. These instructions in essence mean mental ‘non-engagement’ or yid la mi byed pa. This Mahamudra system is called ‘Three naturally settled states after the initial practice’ by Niguma on settling the body, speech and mind in calm abiding and special insight meditation.

 

The Branches are the Three Integrations

This practice combines all sights, sounds and thoughts within the nature of the guru, yidam and illusion. Niguma gave specific instructions to integrate the practice into one’s life so that within a matter of months or years, the three kayas (bodies) naturally arise as clarity, emptiness and great bliss.

 

The Flowers are the White and Red Kechari

White Kechari ~ Sukhasiddhi Vajrayogini

White Kechari ~ Sukhasiddhi Vajrayogini

This consists of the White and Red Vajrayogini practices and Niguma herself originally transmitted them to Khyungpo Naljor. The Vajra Lines (instructions) for the White Kechari are attributed to Dipamkara Srijnana Atisha while the source text for the Red Kechari, which also includes teachings on the transference of the consciousness to the Kechara pure realm at the time of death and other instructions, is attributed to Lama Rahula.

The Red Kechari is the form of Vajrayogini with her left leg raised skywards, while the White Kechari is the form of Vajrayogini in the position of giving birth with both legs raised and her secret organ openly displayed, also known as Sukhasiddhi.

Red Kechari – Vajrayogini with left leg pointed skywards

Red Kechari – Vajrayogini with left leg pointed skywards

 

The Fruit is Immortal and Infallible

Painting of Niguma by Sanje Elliott

Painting of Niguma by Sanje Elliott

The teachings from Niguma called Mind and Body, Immortal and Infallible are specific instructions combined with the precepts of the deathlessness of the mind. Although transmitted by Niguma to Khyungpo Naljor, they originally stem from the Mahasiddha Virupa.

The aim of these teachings is to realise the fact that the mind is immortal because it is essentially unborn, whereas the body is simply matter. This renders death and other bodily processes irrelevant. This is achieved through 32 yogic practices taught in Niguma’s lineage which aim to develop this realisation.

 

Conclusion

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The black dakini Niguma’s story provides rare insight into the unusual role of women in the development of Buddhist history. Her story is set in a time when females were not readily accepted as spiritual masters. However, the Tantric path in Buddhist practice brought about the breakdown of rigid social norms and boundaries, allowing this powerful female figure to emerge. Perhaps the scant information about her has allowed more practitioners to readily embrace her lineage, especially in the face of the rigid social classes and gender bias of medieval India and Tibet.

Niguma’s legacy is undoubtedly one of the most important ancient Tantric lineages to have been transmitted from India to Tibet. She emerges from the mists of time to empower both female and male practitioners to break boundaries and practise the Dharma without bias or self-imposed labels.

 
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  1. Samfoonheei on Oct 18, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Niguma is considered one of the most important and influential yoginis and Vajrayana teachers. A mysterious eleventh-century Kashmiri woman who became the source of a major Tibetan Buddhist practice lineage. Niguma was considered an emanation of the great dakini Mandarava. The legacy of Niguma’s teachings and spiritual practices is still available today within the Shangpa Kagyu tradition. Her teachings are also embodied within the Gelug school as well as the other sects of Tibetan Buddhism. Interesting related to Niguma and Khyungpo Naljor about the 500 gold coins and so forth. A very rare insight into the unusual role of women in the development of Buddhist history.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David so this sharing.

  2. Samfoonheei on Oct 23, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    The mysterious Niguma was an Indian woman born in Kashmir,India who probably lived in the 11th century. Niguma was considered an emanation of the great dakini Mandarava, Guru Rinpoche’s foremost Indian disciple. Niguma is considered one of the most important and influential yoginis and Vajrayana teachers of the 10th or 11th century in India. Amazing …..she achieved the rainbow body just after 7 days after meditating and the level of an eighth ground Bodhisattva (The Immovable).
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this interesting sharing.

  3. Alice Tay on May 24, 2018 at 3:38 am

    It is believed that that Niguma achieved the rainbow body and the level of an eighth ground Bodhisattva (The Immovable) after her meditation for 7 days. Niguma became attained as she listened and followed the instructions given by her great masters. This showed that to attain enlightenment has to cultivate proper guru devotion which is indicated clearly in the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion. Besides, it is said that Niguma was a flesh-eating dakinis. But, what she had done so far are actually to test Khyungpo Naljor’s determination for his spiritual path.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David sharing this inspiring article of another female Buddha.

  4. Stella Cheang on Feb 7, 2018 at 8:59 am

    The records of Niguma are both fascinating and important. It gives a glimpse of how sacred tantric lineages came to form and passed down through visions that transcend mortality, time and space. Niguma’s attainment during her lifetime was astonishing and believed to be the fruition of practices from many previous lifetime. Niguma, the sister (or some said consort) of Naropa, gained attainments simply from listening to a few instructions given by several qualified masters. It was mentioned that Niguma meditated for seven days and achieved the rainbow body – achieved the level of an eighth ground Bodhisattva, ‘The Immovable’. How truly amazing. Thank you for this sharing.

  5. Anne Ong on Jan 30, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    I enjoyed reading this story about Niguma. Especially the part on how the naga king helped release the lands that were within the surface area of the arhat sitting cross-legged in lotus position. And so, the arhat who was endowed with psychic powers was able to manifest a gigantic apparition of himself that covered all of what would be known as Kashmir. And how Niguma achieved attainments who happens to be the consort of Naropa. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this wonderful story ??

  6. Wai Meng Wan on Dec 28, 2017 at 1:59 am

    Thank you for the kindness of Pastor David and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche, to share more about this most powerful Dakini and also some information about the forms of Vajrayogini. inspiring article to read.

  7. Pastor Han Nee on Dec 25, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    The most significant message of this post on Niguma , the Mistress of Illusion, is that a powerful female tantric master could arise in ancient India, when female teachers were an extreme rarity, whose influence and lineage of teachings and practice continue to live on to this day. Her lineage lives on as an important subsect of the Kagyu tradition, known as the Shangpa Kagyu Buddhist Tradition. The corpus of her teachings, mainly the Six Dharmas of Niguma, were passed down to Khyungpo Naljor, the founder of the Shangpa Kagyu tradition.

    Niguma, the great yogini and female Tantric Master of the 11th century,is said to be the sister of another great Buddhist saint and master, Naropa. The Six Dharmas of Niguma has many similarities to the Six Yogas of Naropa. It is believed that Niguma had received teachings on the Six Yogas of Naropa from Naropa himself.

    Niguma usually appeared to her students in the form of a black dakini. This ‘mistress of illusion’ taught the Six Dharmas to Khyungpo Naljor in her own ‘signature’ style. Khyungpo Naljor first received the Six Dharmas of Niguma in a dream. Niguma then blessed and instructed him to recall his dream. “Niguma remarked that she had never heard of anyone receiving the entire Six Dharmas during a single instance of sleep. However, since he was awake, he was given the teachings again three times along with other instructions”.
    After being kept secret for 7 generations according to the specific instructions of Niguma, her lineage of teachings then flourished and was also absorbed into several other major lineages such as the Jonang, Jakchen, Samding and others.Niguma’s legacy is a most powerful ancient Tantric lineage that has been transmitted from India to Tibet and continues to be proliferated today.

    Again ,her enduring lineage is testimony to the fact that barriers restricting a powerful practice to the male gender are manmade and can be broken down so that all can reap the benefits of this practice . Niguma has trancended time and space, to empower both female and male practitioners to break boundaries and practise the Dharma without bias or self-imposed label.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this most inspiring and empowering post.

  8. Wylfred Ng on Dec 8, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    谢谢仁波切和黎国圆讲法师的分享。

    读过像这些女性大成就者, 如Niguma, 或像Maghana Sangmo 的故事我们都知道女性在修佛方面完全与男性是一样的, 大家都拥有一样的机会成为大成就者, 或是成佛。

    其实在社会上, 提倡男女平等的概念只是上个世纪才被广泛提出和接受。 不过早在千多年前的佛教, 男女平等这个概念已经是存在。

    仁波切说过, 得到无上瑜伽密续的其中一个戒律就是我们不可以生起一丝歧视女性的想法, 如果我们那么做, 我们就已经破了密续戒。

    谢谢。

  9. Freon on Dec 3, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Dear Pastor David

    From this article I know that female can also be a Tantric practitioner and attain high realization in the “female” form. Niguma is a teacher and also a master to a lineage holder.

    Thank you Pastor for this article

    Yours sincerely
    Freon

  10. Datuk May on Dec 3, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Until now the 21st century, females are still fighting for equal rights. Things don’t change, I would say.

    Reading about such an accomplished female tantric practitioner like Niguma, makes me realise that gender identification for suppression is overridden due to diligence and perfection in practice showing results of her powerful attainments.

    It gives me great joy to know that without distractions and strict adherence to appropriate practice, females can attain arhathood and enlightenment.

    Thank you Pastor David for this profound knowledge.

    An extremely encouraging article for female high achievers to read.

  11. Choong on Nov 26, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this illuminating article on Niguma.
    What I find even more exciting is that Niguma’s precious Shangpa transmissions have survived till this day and are held in many different lineages and traditions including Gelug. I read that the greats Changkya Rolpe Dorje (lcang skya rol pa’i rdo rje, 1717-1786) and Thu-ukvan Lobsang Chökyi Nyima (thu’u bkwan blo bzang chos kyi nyi ma, 1737-1802) were lineage holders. This also shows that great practices are never sectarian in nature, just tailor-made to suit different inclinations.

  12. Cc on Nov 26, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing.
    Indeed interesting. It shows that for female can be a tantric Master.
    Niguma’s teachings is to realise the fact that the mind is immortal which is the actual fact. Our mind travels and body is just a shell.
    Learned that Six Dharmas is a teaching by Niguma called ‘The Purifier, Hollow Interior of AH’. By reciting ‘Ah’ with visualisation can purify.

    Thanks for sharing.

  13. Jacinta Goh on Nov 26, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Dear Rinpoche and Pastor David,

    I first heard about this Lady Niguma was when Pastor David has written about her in his blog http://www.davidlai.me/2016/09/28/offerings-of-gold/ and that was how I knew about Niguma. She was known as the sister but in this article, it mentioned that there’s possibility that she could be the Wife. Anyway, the essence of this article proved that tantric is not meant for men only. Even female can be a powerful tantric Master (or should I address it Mistress?) This article about Niguma is rather short or perhaps I’m expecting more of the details of her life. However, it was mentioned that, that’s the only source of info that could be found.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David on this article. It refreshed my memory on Sukkhasiddhi (White Kechari) and Indra Kacho (Red Kechari).

  14. Fong on Nov 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    It is interesting that though tantra regards the female energy as power or wisdom in some lineages, ancient India did not regard the women well. Women were normally kept out of sight. So, Niguma must have been very powerful indeed in her time for her to be so highly regarded.

    Thank you, Pastor David for sharing about this deity with us. I find it especially empowering to read of her.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 25. 2022 01:36 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings on Dorje Shugden Wangze. Dorje Shugden always helps, guides, and protects pure and faithful practitioners by granting blessings, increasing their wisdom, fulfilling their wishes, and bestowing success on all their virtuous activities. We are so fortunate to have learn this practice from our Guru.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-wangze-for-power-and-influence.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 25. 2022 01:34 PM
    Tagpu Pemavajra was a highly attained lama who had many authentic visions of the Buddhas. Amazing he had even received direct teachings from them. He had 13 vision from different deity of their practice such as Citamani Tara and Dorje Shugden. Tagpu Pemavajra was indeed a great master that passed down the complete teachings, practice, and the initiation of Dorje Shugden, to benefits countless sentient beings,generations after generations. Hence Dorje Shugden practice has been passed on from Tagpu Pemavajra to the present time. He had played an important role in the Gelug tradition.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a great highly attained master well known for his astral travel especially for his pure visions of deities.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/tagpu-pemavajra-and-visions-from-gaden-heaven.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 25. 2022 01:32 PM
    Interesting read of Loppon Sonam Tsemo an important Tibetan sprititual leader and Buddhist scholar. According to his biography, when Loppon Sonam Tsemo was born, words written by dakinis appeared above the doorway to the great stupa in Bodhgaya, India. At a very young age he was able to describe memories of eleven previous lives. That’s amazing ability he had. He even composed the treatise Door to the Dharma at the holy shrine of Nalatse. Followed by receiving pure visions of the Bodhisattva Manjushri, Shri Hevajra, Green Tara and Arya Acala . A truly great Master who had dedicated the rest of his life to studies and meditation for the benefit of all beings. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/sakya-lopon-sonam-tsemo-the-one-who-ascended-to-kechara-paradise.html
  • Saras
    Monday, May 23. 2022 03:00 PM
    Thanks you for the incredible tales of Ji Gong, I truly enjoyed knowing the actual monk in picture. Ji Gong symbolised hope and kindness of dharma to the poor and underprivileged, the spirit of Ji Gong will continue to survive through time because nothing could destroy that.

    I had fascinated watching a number of movies that had related Ji Gong kindness, compassion and his skillful actions that had such a large influence in the world and that until today.

    https://bit.ly/3lx8qyX
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, May 23. 2022 02:35 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for showing me the beauty of Buddhism which had me changed to be a better person. Learning and practicing this beautiful Tibetan Buddhism is simply amazing for me. Even though I started late yet no regrets and had not stop , going all the way learning bit by bit , more and more knowledge reading most of the blogs. There is always a reason behind it . With folded hands thanks again for bringing Dharma to us. Buddhism is such a wonderful religion indeed. Nor matter what i will never give up.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/karma-relaxes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, May 23. 2022 02:32 PM
    Dorje Shugden was one of their main protector practices and considered an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion. There has been an unbroken tradition of the practice of Dorje Shugden as an enlightened protector since early 1700 till now. We are fortunate we learn, practice of purifying, pacifying and removing obstacles and illnesses. All thanks to our Lama Tsem Rinpoche, bringing the practice to Malaysia. Dorje Shugden had been propitiated by Sakya lineage 18th centuries ago. Dorje Shugden has been viewed as an Enlightened Protector. Evidence from the Sakya throne holders themselves, who are the holders of the Sakya tradition’s most precious Tantric transmission.
    comes from none other than the Sakya throne holders themselves, who are the holders of the Sakya tradition’s most precious Tantric transmission. The Sakya lineage holders are considered to be emanations of Avalokiteshvara and Manjushri, and their family lineage is regarded as divine. They had propitiated Dorje Shugden as a fully enlightened being and composed a praise to him. This prayer has since achieved prominence and is still widely used today.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing as it is marvelous to read that the supreme Dharmapala, Dorje Shugden is none sectarian. As confirmed by the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871 – 1935) who wrote,
    The Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden Tsel definitively is Avalokiteshvara.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-sakya-lineage-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, May 23. 2022 02:29 PM
    Beautiful White Tara paintings by a very talented artist indeed . Love those paintings , merely looking at it is a blessing. Each of those paintings has it unique way which tells us a thousand words. White Tara is associated with maternal compassion and healing. In many representations, she has eyes in the palms of her hands and on the soles of her feet, as well as in the center of her forehead, representing her power to see those who are suffering and offer her aid.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing and explaining all about it for us to understand better.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/spectacular-white-tara.html
  • Saras
    Thursday, May 19. 2022 02:38 PM
    It is quite sad to know the condition of our Earth. Pollution essentially affects the quality of human life than one can imagine. The resources earth provides us are limited. They are blessings which we do not count.

    All these are mainly caused by human activities which harm the environment. It works in mysterious ways, sometimes which cannot be seen by the naked eye. Human has become selfish and is utilizing the earth’s resources at a instant rapid rate to enjoy privileges however forgotten on the effect of it in long run.

    Earth is a privilege given to us by nature and it’s our responsibility to protect it . Our well
    being solely depends on this. We should create awareness and start taking action to help our mother nature instead of looking for another earth. However, this is soon going to be our reality if we do not save the earth now.

    https://bit.ly/3wpmvEW
  • Saras
    Tuesday, May 17. 2022 10:59 PM
    Thank you for the unique interior design of Tao Restaurant in New York. I am very much fascinated to see the huge Buddha statue in this restaurant.

    The design idea is as such that able to bring versatile atmosphere to life. It also has a significant influence on customer experience because it includes planning the layout of the restaurant.

    Looking at the design itself very much suit to a Vegetarian Restaurant.

    https://bit.ly/3MqRkPe
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 17. 2022 03:52 PM
    Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche, also known as Chetul Sangye Dorje, is one of the few living disciples of the great master Khenpo Ngagchung . A great renowned realised Dzogchen yogis Master known for his great realization and strict disciplines. He lives a life as a wandering yogi meditating alone in caves for many years ,ceaselessly working to overturn samsara for all sentient beings. During his life Chatral Rinpoche was one of the most vocal opponents of meat eating in Tibetan Buddhism. He releases large amounts of fish from the Calcutta fish markets every year.Chatral Rinpoche even composed a song about this practise of saving lives. His amazing story and teachings had indeed inspired many especially the westerners. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/kyabje-chatral-sangye-dorjee-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 17. 2022 03:51 PM
    Samfoonheei on May 17, 2022 at 3:45 pm
    Revisit this incredible sharing of the history of Bhutan and the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. Bhutan a beautiful landlocked country have been long connected with Dorje Shugden ever since the days of 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche Jetsun Jigme Norbu long and established tradition in Bhutan. Bhutan recognizes Buddhism as the state’s “spiritual heritage,” provides for freedom of religion, and bans discrimination based on religious belief. Buddhism was first introduced to Bhutan in the 7th century by Guru Padmasambhava. The Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal is considered to be the founder of modern day Bhutan. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal was notable Drukpa Kagyu masters of this nation advocated the practice of the enlightened Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. These goes back to the time of the 3rd Drubwang Tenzin Zangpo from the incarnation lineage where he had authored part of an early propitiation text to Dorje Shugden. Followed by the 4th Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu, from the reincarnation lineage of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, also included extensive prayers to Dorje Shugden in his collected works. Interesting findings the Gyalwang Drukpas are considered to be emanations of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. All liturgies to Dorje Shugden can be found in the collected works of prominent high lamas whose incarnation lineages are deeply linked with the very fabric of Bhutan’s history. The 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche Jetsun Jigme Norbu is highly attained and cannot be wrong about Dorje Shugden. The 4th Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu’s autobiography tells all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing. May more and more people know the truth the very truth and realised that Dorje Shugden is not evil but a very powerful dharma protector. The practice of Dorje Shugden is indeed very beneficial which had been practiced centuries ago.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-4th-zhabdrung-rinpoche-of-bhutan-and-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 17. 2022 03:40 PM
    Great reading this post by Martin Desai of Huffington Post that brought out the truth of the illegal ban to the world. Huffpost an American news aggregator and blog, with localized and international editions, publishing a fair and logical article on the religious discrimination issue. It’s the Dorje Shugden controversy that’s have been going on along long time ago. For over more than 20 years Dorje Shugden people had been suffering from discrimination and segregation for their practice. Thank you Martin Desai for high lighting this injustice issue and sharing it is to the world. Thank you Huffington Post for publishing. Those who practice Dorje Shugden are being denied of service from hospitals and clinics. Some even are not allowed to work in government sectors. There’s more proof to support that it has happened like checking into hotel as in this post . Reading this article will tell all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/huffington-post-when-machiavelli-dons-tibetan-robes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 12. 2022 01:34 PM
    Prof. Lokesh Chandra is a well known scholar of the Vedic period, Buddhism and the Indian arts. Amazingly he has he published 576 books and 286 articles just between 1942 and 2004. He has also held many official government positions as well. Wow he has travelled widely all over Europe, Asia and Russia. He has studied many multi languages as such English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Bengali, Pali, Old Persian, Japanese, Chinese, Tibetan, Malayalam, Mongolian, Indonesian, Greek, Latin, German, French, Tamil, Old Javanese, Russian, Avesta, and even Old Persian. Truly genius talented scholar of all time.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Joy for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/books-poetry/professor-lokesh-chandra-indias-great-scholar.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 12. 2022 01:31 PM
    GREAT NEWS…..Jewish priests are promoting vegetarianism to their followers . Most modern-day Jews are not vegetarian. Following a vegetarian diet are varied but include health benefits, such as reducing life threading diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers disease. Vegetarians appear to have lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and lower rates of hypertension and type 2 diabetes . That’s very true. By not eating meat one helps to discourage the cruel treatment of animals such as cows, pigs, chickens, and other animals on factory farms for consumption. One also helps to improve the environment, insofar as factory farms are major sources of water and air pollution, including gasses that contribute to global warming. By not eating meat one helps oneself, since a vegetarian diet is far healthier for humans than a diet based on meat. Jewish Vegetarian Society and others did the right approach to values of compassion for animals, protection of the environment, and concern for health reasons and spiritual well-being.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing on behalf of those animals who cannot speak for themselves.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/rabbis-urge-jews-to-go-vegan-in-global-campaign.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 12. 2022 01:29 PM
    John Shelby Spong an American bishop of the Episcopal Church. A liberal Christian theologian, religion commentator, and author, spoke bravely of what he thought of the Christian belief away from theism and traditional doctrines. To some Christians, Bishop John Shelby Spong was a heretic. Entrusted with defending the faith, he dismissed notions of the resurrection of Jesus that have been foundations of Christianity for centuries. Bishop Spong came to believe that insistence on an inerrant, literal view of the Bible obscures truth and destroys faith. He was an outspoken leader who believed that faith and worship should be open to marginalised groups. He sermonize a powerful message of love and justice that would resonate in an increasingly secular age. He gain international fame while writing more than two dozen books, appearing on TV shows as well. He was the recipient of three honorary awards to date before his passing. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/bishop-john-spong-on-religion-and-god-very-interesting.html

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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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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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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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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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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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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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
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Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
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All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
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All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
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The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
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We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
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We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 20th Nov '21. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 20th Nov '21. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Mr. Philip, our new visitor to Ipoh centre, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Three Jewels prior to DS puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Mr. Philip, our new visitor to Ipoh centre, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Three Jewels prior to DS puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has resumed our Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 6th Nov 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has resumed our Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 6th Nov 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
7 months ago
Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
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Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
1 years ago
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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