Pilgrimage to Sarnath, Varanasi

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The Deer Park at Sarnath, seat of Buddha’s first teachings

The Deer Park at Sarnath, seat of Buddha’s first teachings

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Significance to Buddhist

Sarnath is considered a sacred place to the Buddhists for being the place where Gautama Buddha first taught seven weeks after achieving enlightenment in the 6th century BC. This first teaching is known in Sanskrit as Dharmacakrapravartana Sutra, Turning the Wheel of Dharma Sutra. The main topic is the Four Noble Truth, the Eight-Fold Path and teachings associated with it.

After Buddha gave his sermon at the Deer park in Sarnath, his five former companions of his earlier ascetic days were liberated upon hearing the teachings and as a result, they became arhats. That was to be the beginning of the Sangha, the community of the enlightened ones.

Buddha giving sermon to his five former companions at Deer Park, Sarnath

Buddha giving sermon to his five former companions at Deer Park, Sarnath

It was said that the Buddha mentioned Sarnath as one of the four places of pilgrimage to which his future disciples should visit, if they so wish to commemorate the Buddha’s life and teachings.

It was here at Sarnath that the Buddha subsequently spent his first rainy retreat at the site of the Mulagandhakuti monastery. The Sangha community had grown quite considerably by then and Buddha sent them out in all directions to travel and teach the Dharma. They have all achieved nirvana or are liberated from samsara and are thus called Arhats.

Sarnath is also significant for the journey the Buddha took that resulted in the abolishing of ferry tolls for all ascetics by King Bimbisāra. This came about after King Bimbisāra heard that Buddha flew across the river when he could not pay the ferryman as he didn’t have any money with him.

Other incidents that made Sarnath important are:

  • Yasa approached the Buddha at dawn one day in Sarnath and became the sixth arhat; he and his companions later joined the Buddha and his sangha thereby increasing the sangha number to 60.
  • The rule prohibiting the use of sandals made of talipot leaves was established here;
  • It was here too, that the Buddha, staying at Isipatana or Sarnath after arriving from Rājagaha, instituted rules forbidding the consumption of certain kinds of flesh, including human flesh;
  • Twice here, Māra came to disturb the Buddha but had to go away discomfited.
Golden Buddha statue on top of the casket with Buddha’s bones

Golden Buddha statue on top of the casket with Buddha’s bones

A Sri Lankan monk, Anagarika Dharmapala, built a temple, Mulagandha Kuti Vihara to house some of the bones of the Buddha which he collected and kept in a casket. On top of this casket is a beautiful image of the Buddha, made in stone, but covered with gold.

Today Sarnath is one of the four key sites on the Buddhist circuit (along with Bodhgaya, Kushinagar and Lumbini in Nepal and attracts followers from around the world, especially on Purnima or more commonly known as Wesak Purnima, when Buddha’s life, death and enlightenment are celebrated in one day, usually in the month of April or May.

 

Brief History

Sarnath in its history has been known by a number of names for example – Mrigadava, Migadaya, Rishipattana and Isipatana. In essence it conveys the same idea and Mrigadava translated literally means “deer-park”.

Isipatana is a name mentioned in Buddhist scriptures and carries the general meaning that it is a ‘place where holy men has landed’. The Pali word isi and its Sanskrit equivalent, rishi means ‘holy man’. This came about due to the story that it was given the name because sages flew through the air from the Himalayas and alight here or start from here on their aerial flight. Sages who are solitary realizers are said to spend seven days in contemplation in the Gandhamādana, bathe in the Anotatta Lake and come to the habitations of men through the air, in search of alms. They descend to earth at Isipatana. Sometimes these holy men with special powers and attainments would come to Isipatana from Nandamūlaka-pabbhāra.

It is also a legend that when Siddharta was about to be born, some devas came down to earth to proclaim this auspicious event to 500 rishis. The rishis all descended concurrently into the skies and disappeared but their relics fell to the ground.

Sarnath is derived from the Sanskrit term Sāranganātha, which means “Lord of the Deer”, and this relates to an old Buddhist Jataka story in which the Buddha took rebirth as a Bodhisattva deer and offers his life to the King of Benares in the place of a doe the latter is planning to kill. The king is so moved that he creates the park as a sanctuary for deers. This ancient park is active till this day.

The kings and wealthy merchants of ancient Sarnath and nearby Varanasi supported Buddhism and thus making it flourish here. Sarnath became an important centre for the arts by the 3rd century, Emperor Ashoka erected magnificent stupas and monasteries here, as well as an engraved pillar. The development of the place reached its zenith during the Gupta period (4th-6th century CE). When Xuanzang from China traveled to Sarnath in the 7th century, he found a 100m-high stupa, 30 monasteries and 3000 monks living in the area.

Sarnath during that period was a hive of activity for the Nikaya schools, also known as the Hinayana school of Buddhism. In particular it was a prominent location for Summatiya Buddhist teachings. Sarnath is also a place where there are strong traces of tantric practices seen from the presence of images of Heruka and Tara.

By the turn of the 12th century, Sarnath unfortunately became a site that lay in ruins after it was sacked and plundered by Turkish Muslims. The site was subsequently plundered for building materials and has remained in ruins until the present day. The site was entirely deserted until 1836, when the British archaeologists began excavations and restoration works.

 

Main Sacred Places

  1. The Dhamekh Stupa currently stands at a height of 43.6 m with a diameter of 28 m. It is housed within the Deer Park itself and was originally known as Dharma Chakra Stupa. The Dhamek Stupa was built on the very spot where the Buddha gave the first teaching to his five disciples after attaining enlightenment on the Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Paths. According to historians, Great Indian Emperor Ashoka of the Maurya Dynasty (268 – 232 BCE) embarked on a building spree, erecting several stupas that enshrined relics of Lord Buddha and his disciples across India in his pursuit to spread Buddhism. In 249 BCE, he commissioned the construction of Dhamekh Stupa in Sarnath was later re-constructed in 500 CE along with other structures around Sarnath.
The Dhamekh Stupa, one of the structures commissioned by King Ashoka

The Dhamekh Stupa, one of the structures commissioned by King Ashoka

 

  1. The Dharmarajika Stupa was another major stupa built by King Ashoka but only the foundations remains. The rest of the Dharmarajika Stupa was removed to Varanasi to be used as building materials in the 18h century. At that time, the Buddha’s relics were found in the Dharmarajika Stupa. Unfortunately, these relics were subsequently thrown in the Ganges river.

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  1. The Chaukhandi Stupa, dating back to the fifth century or earlier, commemorates the spot where the Buddha reunited with the five companions who had previously left him at Bodhgaya that later became his first disciples. Thought originally to have been built as a terraced temple, and in later years Govardhan, the son of a Raja, modified the stupa to its present shape by building the octagonal tower to commemorate the visit of Humayun, the powerful Mughal ruler. In recent years, it is undergoing restoration.
The Chaukhandi Stupa commemorates the spot where the Buddha met his first disciples

The Chaukhandi Stupa commemorates the spot where the Buddha met his first disciples

 

  1. Mulagandhakuti vihara’s ruins mark the place where the Buddha spent his first rainy season. The Mulagandhakuti Vihara of today was built as a monastery during the 1930s by the Sri Lankan Mahabodhi Society, which bestowed upon the building beautiful murals and wall paintings. Behind it is the Deer Park (where deer are still to be seen). This temple houses the casket of the bones of the Buddha in it with a Golden Buddha statue on top.
Mulagandhakuti vihara, houses the casket of the bones of the Buddha with a Golden Buddha statue on top

Mulagandhakuti vihara, houses the casket of the bones of the Buddha with a Golden Buddha statue on top

 

  1. The Ashoka Pillar erected here, originally surmounted by the “Lion Capital of Asoka” (presently on display at the Sarnath Museum), was broken during Turk invasions but the base still stands at the original location. Here, Anagarika Dharmapala once planted a cutting from the Bodhgaya bodhi tree which has since grown into a glorious tree that remains until this day.
The Ashoka Pillar erected by King Ashoka. It was originally surmounted by the "Lion Capital of Asoka" which is now in the Sarnath Museum

The Ashoka Pillar erected by King Ashoka. It was originally surmounted by the “Lion Capital of Asoka” which is now in the Sarnath Museum

Lion Capital (Ashokan Lion) in the Sarnath Archaeological Museum

Lion Capital (Ashokan Lion) in the Sarnath Archaeological Museum

 

  1. The Sarnath Archaeological Museum houses the famous Ashokan Lion Capital after it fell from the the top of the Ashokan Pillar but miraculously remained undamaged. There it sits amongst many other important pieces from the Gupta era, such as the famous Buddha in Dharmacakra pose. Today the Ashokan Lion is India national emblem and symbol.The famous Ashokan Lion Capital is also here, housed within the Sarnath Archaelogical Museum after it fell from the the top of the Ashokan Pillar but miraculously remained undamaged. There it sits amongst many other important pieces from the Gupta era, such as the famous Buddha in Dharmacakra pose. Today the Ashokan Lion is India national emblem and symbol.
The Sarnath Archaeological Museum houses the famous Ashokan Lion Capital and a very refined image of Buddha in Dharmachakra-posture

The Sarnath Archaeological Museum houses the famous Ashokan Lion Capital and a very refined image of Buddha in Dharmachakra-posture

 

Other Sacred Places

  1. Jain Temple
    Jainism originated evolved in India under the aegis of 24th Tirthankara Mahaveera, who lived in the 6th century BCE and gained enlightenment after 13 years of deprivation. Jainism is quite similar to Hinduism and Buddhism and pursues the cause of nonviolence and peace. Jainism flourished in India mostly in Uttar Pradesh, parts of Orissa and parts of Rajasthan. Jain Temple Sarnath is one of the most well revered and holy places in Sarnath.
  2. Burmese Temple
    Schwedagon Pagoda established in 1910, the Burmese Buddhist temple follows the Theravada Buddhist tradition. The unique architecture style of this Buddhist centre draws the attention of a large number of pilgrims who visit Sarnath. This temple is located on the west side of the Sarnath Deer Park and relics of previous Buddhas and the 8 strands of the Buddha’s hair was given to his two Burmese disciples are in the shrine, a golden slab was laid on the chamber and a golden stupa built over it. And in addition, on top of this holy structure was laid a silver stupa, a tin stupa, a copper stupa, a lead stupa, a marble stupa and finally an iron-brick stupa.
  3. Chinese Temple
    The Chinese Temple is near at around 5-10 mins walk to Dhamekh Stupa.
  4. Korean Temple Nokyawon
    The temple is located at Khajuhi and of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism.
  5. Wat Thai Sarnath Temple
    Located at Rishpattan Road near Sarnath Museum, this is a great place for meditation. The temple is well built and hosts a golden statue of Lord Buddha. On its grounds is the giant Buddha, the tallest standing Buddha in India. This statue took 14 years to complete. It was conceived after Taliban authorities in Afghanistan destroyed the Bamiyan Buddhist statues. Surrounded by lush green park, it’s a good tourist location as well. The temple opens from sunrise to sunset. Please leave your footwear outside the temple.
  6. Tibetan temple
    The Temple which was built in typical Tibetan design houses a state of the Buddha Shakyamuni and scattered around are magnificent fresco paintings and Tibetan thangkas.
  7. Japanese temple
    Located next to Vishwa Shasti Stupa, the original name of the Japanese temple is Nichigai Suzan Horinji Temple. The air of calmness inside the temple is to be experienced to be believed. The interior of the temple is serenely beautiful. There’s a huge wooden statue of the Buddha with an elaborate design on its head there in the reclining pose.
  8. The new Vidyadhara Tibetan Institute located to the rear of Deer Park is particularly attractive.
Walking Tour map of Sarnath. Click on image to enlarge.

Walking Tour map of Sarnath. Click on image to enlarge.

Jain Temple, Sarnath

Jain Temple, Sarnath

Migadawun Myanmar Temple in Sarnath near Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Migadawun Myanmar Temple in Sarnath near Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Chinese Temple, Sarnath

Chinese Temple, Sarnath

Korean Temple, Sarnath

Korean Temple, Sarnath

Wat Thai Sarnath

Wat Thai Sarnath

Giant standing Buddha on the grounds of Wat Thai Sarnath

Giant standing Buddha on the grounds of Wat Thai Sarnath

Tibetan Temple, Sarnath

Tibetan Temple, Sarnath

Nichigai Suzan Horinji Temple, Isipathana Deer Park, Sarnath

Nichigai Suzan Horinji Temple, Isipathana Deer Park, Sarnath

 

Other places- Sarnath

The Garden of Spiritual Wisdom

This is newest attraction for tourists and pilgrims to Sarnath uses exhibits and sculptures to convey the essence of Buddhism and Indian spirituality. This garden is designed to inspire visitors to delve deeper into spirituality. Ayurveda, which teaches harmony with nature, simplicity and contentment as keys to well-being, is propounded here as there is a section for herbal plants. It is the five-thousand-year-old Indian traditional natural healing system and is a part of its yogic system. This garden offers a glimpse into the world of Ayurveda.

The Garden of Spiritual Wisdom

The Garden of Spiritual Wisdom

The Garden of Spiritual Wisdom

The Garden of Spiritual Wisdom

The Garden of Spiritual Wisdom

The Garden of Spiritual Wisdom

 

Other Festivals- Sarnath

  • Makar Sankranti is a harvest festival, celebrated in January with great rejoice.
  • Holi, the festival of colours is celebrated in the month of February with smearing colour on each other faces and savouring traditional sweets.
  • Chhath Puja is when devotees of Hinduism worship the Sun in March and November during this festival.
  • Buddha Purnima is celebrated in the month of April-May, to commemorate the birth of Lord Buddha. A large fair is organised with prayers, lectures, recitation of Buddhist scriptures and other religious activities performed during the festival.
  • Dussehra is celebrated in the month of October-November to signify the victory of good over evil where Lord Rama triumph over the demon Ravana.
  • Diwali, the festival of lights that is celebrated in November.

 

Location

Click on image to enlarge

Click on image to enlarge

Sarnath lies approximately 13 kilometres north-east of Varanasi near where the Ganges meets the Varuna rivers in Uttar Pradesh, India.

The town is serene and green, and is a good alternative to those wishing to visit Varanasi but not be immersed in it all day long.

 

Best Times to Visit

  • Best Time to Visit: October to March
  • During the summer months of April to June, the temperatures can vary tremendously with the high of 45-degrees Celsius.
  • Monsoon season starts by the end of June and the beginning of July. The rainy season is wet and humid.
  • Winters are considered pleasant in Varanasi. There are fog in the morning with temperatures of around 20-degrees Celsius during the day time.
  • Pilgrims flood Varanasi and Sarnath all year round.

 

Transport

By Air
The Babatpur airport, 25 kilometers away, is a domestic airport and well connected with Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Kathmandu and other major cities of India. Varanasi Airport (IATA: VNS) is 24 km from Sarnath and is the nearest airport.

By Rail
The Varanasi railway station is well linked with other important Indian cities directly. The nearest major station is Varanasi Junction. (6 km), which is connected to most major cities in the country. Sarnath does have a small train station with local trains from Varanasi providing service every 2-3 hours. However do note that for most train services, the final stop is in Varanasi City and not Varanasi Junction. A number of express trains also service the route.

By Road
Varanasi is located on the National Highway number 2, which links Kolkata to Delhi via Allahabad. Long haul buses usually arrive at the station across from the Varanasi Cantt train station, and from there one can choose commute using local buses, taxis or rickshaws to Sarnath.

If you are a foreigner and arriving in Varanasi by train, be aware that taxi drivers will vigorously bid for your fare. You can also opt for an auto-rickshaws which will be cheaper but if you have tons of luggage then a taxi is your only choice. The route, though still offering some rural scenes is very busy and noisy and built up.

 

Accommodation

  • Jain Paying Guest House. Cheap and spartan, but with great family hospitality. ₹300 per night, possibility of eating breakfast and lunch with the family (and Buddhist guests passing by).
  • Mahabodi Dharmshala Temple, Thai Temple and the Burmese Temple. All of these temples offer very cheap but spartan accommodation.
  • Chinese Temple, Sarnath, Varanasi 221007, U.P., India. This temple is nearby the main areas of visit, around 5-10 mins walk to Dhamekh Stupa. Offers small room or big bunk room, depending on availability. Costs 200 Rupee per bed or room. Clean and simple stay.
  • UPSTDC Rahi Tourist Bungalow, Sarnath Station Road, Ashok Road crossroad, Baraipur (near Maha Bodhi Inter College). Operated by the government is rather common and tired but conveniently located.
  • Chinese Temple, Sarnath, Varanasi 221007, U.P., India. This temple is near popular tourist draws and is around 5-10 mins walk to the Dhamekh Stupa. The temple offers small rooms or alternatively larger bunk room which are simple but clean. Costs 200/300 Rupee per bed or room.
  • The Golden Buddha Hotel (Golden Buddha Marriage Lawn), Sarangnath Colony. Touted as the best hotel in town. Besides an Indian restaurant, the hotel provides other services such as UPSTDC Rahi Tourist Bungalow, Sarnath Station Rd, Ashok Rd crossroad, Baraipur (near Maha Bodhi Inter College). A government run establishment – drab and uninspiring, but conveniently located.

 

Food and Beverage

  • Vaishali Restaurant – casual dining,
    S A14/48, Maha Bodhi School, Sarnath Road, Sarnath, Varanasi
    Cuisines: North Indian, South Indian
    Hours: 7 AM to 10 PM (Mon-Sun)
  • Holiday Inn Restaurant – casual dining
    Opposite Buddhist Temple, Sarnath, Varanasi
    Cuisines: Chinese, North Indian, Fast Food
    Hours: 9 AM to 9 PM (Mon-Sun)
  • Shree Basant Bahar – casual dining
    Beside Tulsi Niketan School, Hukulganj Road, Sarnath, Varanasi
    Cuisines: North Indian, Chinese, South Indian, Fast Food
    Hours: 9 AM to 10 PM (Mon-Sun)
  • Highway Inn Restaurant – casual dining
    Ashokpur, Near Sarnath, Varanasi
    Cuisines: Chinese, South Indian, North Indian
    Hours: 10 AM to 9:30 PM (Mon-Sun)
  • Tunday Kebab – quick bites
    S.N 15/151 Ashapur, Sarnath, Varanasi
    Cuisines: Awadhi, Lucknowi, Chinese
    Hours: 10 AM to 10 PM (Mon-Sun)
  • Green Hut Restaurant – casual dining
    Opposite Museum, Sarnath, Varanasi
    Cuisines: Fast Food, North Indian
    Hours: 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM (Mon-Sun)
  • Rangoli Garden Restaurant – casual dining
    Sa14/97-1, Near Akashwani, Sarnath, Varanasi
    Cuisines: North Indian, Chinese, Fast Food
  • The Golden Hut
    Opposite Buddhist Society, Sarnath, Varanasi
    Cuisines: Chinese, North Indian
    Hours: 7 AM to 9 PM (Mon-Sun)
  • Vaishali Restaurant
    S-14/48, Nr Sarnath Chauraha
    0.5 km from Sarnath
    Cuisines: Indian
  • Sarnath Cafe
    Sa – 15/129 Mawaiya Road
    0.7 km from Sarnath
    Cuisines: Cafe, Asian, Indian
  • The Palate
    The Mall, Cantonment
    6.8 km from Sarnath
    Cuisines: Indian, Asian, Chinese, International
  • Restaurant Up-65
    Ashapur-Sarnath Road Near Havelia Crossing
    1.6 km from Sarnath
    Cuisines: Chinese, Indian, Asian
  • Canton Royale Restaurant
    The Mall Road S-20/51 A-5, Hotel Surya
    6.4 km from Sarnath
    Cuisines: Indian, Italian, Asian
  • El Parador
    off Parade Kothi, Maldahiya Lahurabir
    6.8 km from Sarnath
    Cuisines: Indian, Tibetan, Nepalese
  • Sri Annapurna
    A Ramkatora J 12/16
    6.6 km from Sarnath
    Cuisines: Indian, Asian, International

 

Shopping

As a holy place of pilgrimage, Sarnath is famous for its wide variety of artefacts and Buddha statues. There are all kinds of Buddha statues that are available. The market in Sarnath deals in souvenirs specifically relating to the Buddha and there are no fancy items to be bought here. Due to the fact that this is a major Buddhist site, exclusive and splendid paraphernalia such as metal and Asta-Dhatu busts of Lord Buddha and other deities are popular among the visitors. These busts and statues come in a wide range of metal, colour, size and built.

Apart from busts, saffron robes are also very popular. These robes are made out of best of silks and muslins available in India and can cost you a fortune back in Europe and America. Other items such as Buddhist prayer wheels, beads, rosary, rugs and flags are also available in Sarnath. These can be bought from various kiosks.

Sarnath Market Bazaar is the market where local farmers congregate to sell their products. The bazar is popular for dried fish, yak’s cheese and yeast for producing local alcohol.

 

Do’s and Don’ts

In the vicinity of sacred sites:
DO’S

  • Be modestly and properly attired to express respect for the sacred sites.
  • Circumambulate the stupa and other sacred objects in a clock-wise direction.
  • Maintain the atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
  • If buying souvenirs beware of counterfeit items.

DON’TS

  • Don’t climb onto statues or other sacred objects.
  • Don’t buy stolen artefacts as that is regarded as a criminal act.

 

Sources:

  • http://www.buddhist-pilgrimage.com/varanasi-hotels.html
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  1. Samfoonheei on Mar 22, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Reading this post ,brought me back my memories of these holy place where I visited with my friends just few months back. We went on a pilgrimage to those four important sites on the Buddhist circuit along with Bodhgaya, Kushinagar and Lumbini in Nepal holy places . Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh state of India is the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. It is considered a very sacred place where the voice of Buddhism was first heard. Buddha shared his Dharma knowledge so as to free all sentient beings out of their misery, pain, sufferings at the place called Deer Park .
    Since then Sarnath has become has been developed as a place of pilgrimage, both for Buddhists from India and abroad. Yearly thousands of pilgrims visited this holy site. I am fortunate to go there and at each site we did prayers feeling wonderful.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing and may more people able to go there on pilgrimage. A detail write up for those first timer planning to visit there.

  2. sarassitham on Feb 10, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Thank you for the sharing and introducing the ancient city of Sarnath and the holy pilgrimage site of Varanasi. Very interesting article about Sarnath, Varanasi, is a timeless place. It is considered sacred not only because of the many acts of the Buddha performed there and the succeeding centuries of pilgrimage and worship, but also by eons of deeds enacted during the past lives of the Buddha.

    Sarnath has been developed as a place of pilgrimage, both for Buddhists from India and abroad. It is a crucible of religious, spiritual and academic thought and beliefs of Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. It has always been a great cultural center notably in the various field of learning, religion, philosophy, yoga, Ayurveda, astrology, music, literature and spirituality.

    A great information article providing glimpse to pilgrims and visitors an overview of Buddhist architecture from various cultures. Hoping to discovered and explored the historical and holy site once in life time.

  3. S.Prathap on Oct 4, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    It is interesting to know and visit the blessed pilgrimage sites of Buddha in Sarnath.Varanasi will be wonderful as that’s where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon at the deer park.
    There are many ancient sacred spots for pilgrims to visit like a beautiful and modern Garden of Spiritual Wisdom to attract spiritually inclined tourists and believers in natural healing.Thank you so much for informative article.

  4. Anne Ong on Jul 20, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Love these beautiful holysites. Great to be able to see and read about them on this wonderful blog. Some of the pictures that caught my attention are, The Garden of Spiritual Wisdom.The Sarnath Archaeological Museum. The Ashoka Pillar. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for this wonderful article _/\_

  5. Stella Cheang on Jul 15, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    The Deer Park of Sarnath is a very famous Buddhist pilgrimage spot where Buddha expounded the Four Noble Truth and the Eight-Fold Path, which formed the tenets of Buddhism. Thank you for all the info shared here in this write-up, it is very useful for anyone to plan for their visit to Sarnath. Sarnath has so much to offer besides the Deer Park. It will be delightful to make a trip there with like-minded friends to soak up divine energy.

  6. Wai Meng Wan on Jul 8, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Thank you for this guide. Perhaps there could be a guide book on spiritual places of various traditions.

    Because the Buddha taught and turning of the first wheel of the dharma that, we have teachers and teachings today, fortunately for us Buddha Shakyamuni was a Samyak-Sambuddha a fully enlightened being, who has the ability to bring others to the dharma and teach all that needs to be taught for one to attain liberation.

  7. Lim Han Nee on Jul 1, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Sarnath , the Deer Park, is a pilgrim spot which is a must to visit in India.Here is where Lord Buddha gave his first teaching on the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. His first students were the five who had been his companions in his earlier ascetic years of fasting and meditation. Among the many significant stories about Sarnath are two which are very touching. One was about King Bimbisara, who abolished the toll on the bridge, after learning that the Buddha had to fly over the river because he had no means to pay the toll. Another touching story is related to the name “Deer Park”. This story tells of how the name “Deer Park “was given. Buddha had been reborn a Bodhisattva deer, who gave his life in exchange for a pregnant doe.The King was so moved that he created the Deer Park as a sanctuary for deers.

    There are many ancient sacred spots for pilgrims to visit. These include the Dhamekh Stupa to mark the spot where Buddha gave his first teaching and the Sarnath Archaelogical Museum.

    There is also a beautiful and modern Garden of Spiritual Wisdom to attract spiritually inclined tourists and believers in natural healing. This is a beautiful place where Ayurveda is propounded. Here there is a herbal section to support the Ayurveda system – the five-thousand-year-old Indian traditional natural healing system.

    Sarnath must surely draw pilgrims from all directions because this was where Lord Buddha established the first Sangha.

  8. Fong on Jun 28, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I never really knew much about Varanasi and had not even heard of the name Sarnath until now. I am just beginning to see what it means to follow the Buddha Trail as a lot of pilgrims mentioned. When any relatives mentioned that they were going to India and Sri Lanka, neither the importance nor the significance hit me at all.

    It is through articles like this that a lot of things start to make sense and have meaning for me.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for having this blog for all of us to learn.

  9. Vivian Ong on Jun 26, 2017 at 12:44 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about Sarnath. It is interesting to know and visit the blessed pilgrimage sites of the Buddha in Sarnath. There are so many other country’s temple in Sarnath which are tourist attraction. It is always good to visit pilgrimage sites of the Buddha and make good aspirations there.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  10. Samfoonheei on Jun 25, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    A Pilgrimage to these legendary city Sarnath, Varanasi will be wonderful as thats where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon,at the Deer Park.It is one of the most revered Buddhist pilgrimage centers. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath centuries ago making it the most expansive ruins amongst places on the Buddhist trail. There are many impressive beautiful structures and beautiful Sacred temples from varies countries for visitors to see.
    Very informative and brief history been shared are very helpful for any one to go there.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 9. 2022 12:46 PM
    The Great Buddha of Kamakura ,is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, a temple belonging to the Jodo Sect of Buddhism. Wow…. it has long been the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan,with a height of 11.4 meters. It is one of Japan’s most fascinating historical landmarks where thousands of tourist from all over the world visited yearly. The statue is an iconic sight and most visited by tourist in the area. Merely looking at this huge statue tells all and a blessing indeed.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing of a BIG Buddha Statue.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/daibutsuthe-great-buddha-of-kamakura.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 9. 2022 12:45 PM
    Found this old inspiring video briefly showing our Lama HE Tsem Rinpoche ‘s life and the stories behind Kechara organization. Interesting….. Beautiful and meaningful video.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this video.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/world-peace-by-tsem-tulku-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 9. 2022 12:44 PM
    The Dharma Bums were a U.S. garage band, formed in 1987 in Portland, Oregon, United States. The band had performed everywhere, and sing varies of subjects travelling around the world. The best is even Dharma songs as well revolving around Tibetan culture and religion. One of the band members is a long-time student of Tibetan Buddhism. Listening to the powerful Crystal Diamond Vajra Dakini, is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/dharma-bums.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 7. 2022 03:05 PM
    Interesting spiritual journey of Venerable Longlian one of the best-known students of a famous religious leader of modern China. Venerable Longlian was a talented child, at the age of four she could read, write well and was fluent in Chinese poetry. She even could recite scriptures and Buddha’s name and had visited frequently to templesqith her grandparents. Ven. Longlian studied everything from poetry to Chinese medicine under famous teachers at that time. Received teachings from Tibetan scholars as well and took initiations of the three main Gelugpa tantric deities, Vajrabhairava, Guhyasamaja and Chakrasamvara from Changkya Khutukhtu, who was one of the highest authorities in the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. She did composed more than 1000 poems, through her years.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin for this interesting write up of China’s most outstanding Bhiksuni.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ven-longlian-modern-chinas-most-outstanding-bhiksuni.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 7. 2022 03:02 PM
    In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, monastic vows are for life. But somehow Ci’en temple in Zhejiang province offers three-month course and part-time vows recently. Situated in the luxurious forest, Ci’en temple a small temple remains its charm with impressive landscape and Buddhist culture. The Buddhist temple decided to offer admission to civilians who wanted to experience a monk’s life, only to be overwhelmed with applicants. It’s a small temple , hence only those were interested in Buddhism were given a chance. Participants of the program will live as monks in the temple free of charge. They will learn about Buddhist culture, read its scriptures and will also perform all Buddhist activities as arranged. It’s a good training ground to live as a monk or nun to cultivate minds.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ven-longlian-modern-chinas-most-outstanding-bhiksuni.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 7. 2022 03:00 PM
    Ditsa Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Gelug sect in the Huzhu County of Qinghai province. Interesting history of this Ditsa Monastery, been shared . How the reincarnated Lama’s body has shrunk into an incorruptible adamantine body. Nobody at the monastery has realised that the reincarnated Lama was a Great Bodhisattva who came to the world for all sentient beings, but as ordinary people. Its only after the Lama had passed away. Since then the monks in Ditsa Monastery became more serious in their practice and maintained pure moral discipline. Reading this post has gave me a better understanding of that Bodhisattvas come into the world with a variety of manifestations as explained by Rinpoche. Set as a reminder to devote ourselves to our teacher with sincerity and respect and everyone we encounter.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-miraculous-vajrayogini-of-ditsa-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:19 PM
    Lama Ole Nydahl is a Buddhist teacher and author in the tradition of the Karma Kagyu lineage. After years of studying Buddhist teachings and meditating , he was ask to go back to the West set up Buddhist centers. He was also the founder of over 600 Buddhist centers worldwide. As advice by his teacher the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje whom he met at Kathmandu, Nepal he founded the first Buddhist center in the west. Had studied and took many more initiations under many highly attained Lamas such as Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Ogyen Tulku Rinpoche and so on.He was also the founder of over 600 Buddhist centers worldwide. Since then, he has travelled worldwide giving lectures, leading meditation courses and guiding Buddhist centers . Lama Ole is the author of several books and is one of the best known western Buddhist teachers. Through his activities the Karma Kagyu lineage is one of the most popular Buddhist traditions in the West. Lama Ole Nydahl received the transmission of the Phowa teachings from highest Tibetan masters and is today the most significant teacher of this practice in the Western world. Interesting biography .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/lama-ole-nydahl.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:18 PM
    Meditation on death awareness is one of the oldest practices in all Buddhist traditions. Buddhist meditation practice of remembering that death can strike at anytime and anywhere. We should practice diligently and with urgency in every moment, even in the time it takes to draw one breath. Over the centuries Buddhism has evolved many different techniques such as mindfulness, loving-kindness and visualisation. Death awareness can serve as a real aid to practice, the importance of using every moment wisely, while we still have the time.
    Reading this article again to refresh , it’s a profound teachings one should read and understand it what is all about. All it take us 10 minutes of our time to do the practice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ten-minutes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:15 PM
    So blessing seeing all those beautiful Tara at Kechara . Walking through the Tara walk feeling the calmness as if we are walking into the wilderness of a forest . One will surely feels it , all due the kindness of our Lama Tsem Rinpoche , sponsors and those involved in this meritorious project.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/21-taras-of-tara-walk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:33 PM
    n Buddhism, there are a variety of attitudes towards different forms of fasting . According to Buddhist tradition, Buddha’s holy form as the ‘Fasting Buddha’ serves as a reminder for us and inspiration of Buddha’s difficult journey to achieve enlightenment. Fasting Buddha Shakyamuni fasted for forty-nine days under the bodhi tree while subjecting his body to extreme conditions to achieve enlightenment. Although it is believed that the Buddha endured great agony because of prolonged fasting, he never gave up and had used the challenges to justify abandoning his spiritual pursuit. Interesting read. Looking at all those images of Fasting Buddha tells all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing ….a reminder all of us nor matter what happen , never give up in our spiritual journey.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/fasting-buddha.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:32 PM
    Reading this again, its worth as great teachings by great Masters and looking at those rare pictures is a blessings. More over listening the powerful Holy voices of HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is indeed rare and precious. Merely by hearing HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s voices and teachings is a blessings too. For everyone at the hall understands all about the Dharma Protector after hearing HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explanations. The truth is the truth and it cannot be wrong. Interesting read with precious pictures tell us a thousands words. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s advice on Dorje Shugden’s Practice with Chinese, Japanese, Nepali and Spanish subtitles is incredible so many more people will come to know the thruth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:30 PM
    They always say time changes things, yes true enough time has changed the view of many regarding the Dorje Shugden controversy. Finally we are allowed to practise Dorje Shugden. HH Dalai Lama was at Bodhgaya said that if people wish to practise Dorje Shugden would be fine for them. Great news indeed. H H Dalai Lama had said openly about Dorje Shugden .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/we-thank-his-holiness-the-dalai-lama.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2022 01:58 PM
    Wow…. Very special indeed seeing this Vajrayogini statue given to our Lama H E Tsem Rinpoche by a young Malaysian in Bodhgaya, India. More ever given at the most sacred place, under the sacred Bodhi tree. That’s wonderful and it was later consecrated by Kensur Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery. Hence this Vajrayogini statue is very blessed and special . Merely looking at this special Vajrayogini statue is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/bodhi-tree-vajra-yogini.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2022 01:56 PM
    Pictures of His Holiness 16th Karmapa with His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche tells a thousand words. Karmapa is Chenresik , while Trijang Rinpoche is Vajra Yogini. This is a true display of spirituality of two greatest masters of Tibetan Buddhism. They are really close together and have a good relationship just for benefit of beings regardless of the traditions they belong as such as Gelupa or Karmapa. Together they even cross incarnation each other, working together for the growth of Dharma. We are fortunate to see this rare photo of this Great Dharma Master.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/mind-blowing-connections-between-two-high-lamas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2022 01:56 PM
    Venerable Geshe Thupten a Tibetan great scholars and master from the Gelug tradition and was one of the pioneers who founded Tibetan schools in exile. He has upheld the lineage of Lord Buddha’s liberating teachings as well as continued his practice of Dorje Shugden. The Supreme Path to the Trikaya, text of quintessential Dharma was written by Geshe Thupten Lama. In the texts a very detailed explanations on the practice of the Six Paramitas or the Six Perfections, and other beneficial Dharma treasures was written. Geshe Thupten Lama has worked tirelessly for the Tibetan government in exile yet labelled as a spy. All because he has written a letter to HH Dalai Lama and expressing his view openly regarding the practice of Dorje Shugden. Reading this again more understandings and truth revealed. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-supreme-path-to-the-trikaya.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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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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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
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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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
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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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
3 years ago
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
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ 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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Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ 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
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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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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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Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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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)
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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)
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Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Thailand 204,635
Taiwan 196,800
Italy 162,688
Spain 149,232
Netherlands 143,140
Mongolia 142,603
Portugal 134,865
Turkey 125,981
South Africa 118,335
United Arab Emirates 118,256
Sri Lanka 114,142
Russia 108,820
Hong Kong 104,963
China 101,834
Romania 100,562
Mexico 91,748
New Zealand 87,234
Japan 85,163
Myanmar (Burma) 82,791
Switzerland 82,535
Pakistan 72,494
South Korea 70,880
Sweden 70,136
Cambodia 66,811
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