Professor Garma C.C. Chang – The Illustrious Pioneer

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Portrait of Professor Garma C.C. Chang in 1984

Portrait of Professor Garma C.C. Chang in 1984

The Chinese Buddhist scholar Professor Garma C. C. Chang (1920-1988) was one of the few pioneering scholars who introduced Buddhism to the West primarily through the publication of books and his illustrious teaching career as a professor. He was an authority on Buddhist philosophy and was best known as an editor and translator of the teachings and practice of Tibetan tantra along with Zen Buddhism. Chang’s aim was to introduce people to vital books on achieving Buddhahood through strict Zen meditation or via esoteric tantric meditative techniques.

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His father, Zhang Dulun was the provincial governor of Hubei.

His father, Zhang Dulun was the provincial governor of Hubei.

The Illustrious Pioneer

His name Garma is a derivative of the word Dharma and C.C. Chang literally stands for Chen-Chi Chang, or in the Chinese order of placing the surname first, Chang Chen-Chi. In Pinyin, his name is spelt Zhang Chengji. He was born in Hubei, China in 1920. His father, Zhang Dulun was initially a senior army officer and was later promoted to be the provincial governor of Hubei. His mother was a devout Buddhist and was influential in shaping his childhood. Consequently, Chang’s childhood was filled with frequent visits to Buddhist temples and the recitation of many Buddhist sutras.

While studying, Chang found school to be meaningless and boring, and he instead filled his time by reading voraciously on philosophy and books on spirituality. He developed a keen interest towards philosophies that made him ponder the meaning of life and the uncovering of life’s great mysteries. After much effort at grappling with the archaic language used in such works, he was able to read a few volumes of sutras. He felt at peace reading the Buddhist teachings because they were deep and gave him an overwhelming sense of compassion. Therefore in 1935, at the age of 15 he left school, setting aside the ridicule and objection of friends and relatives in order to engage in Dharma study and practice as a lifetime pursuit.

Garma C.C. Chang followed an old lay master up into the Lushan Mountains in order to engage in a 100-day retreat

Garma C.C. Chang followed an old lay master up into the Lushan Mountains in order to engage in a 100-day retreat

At 16, he followed an old lay master up into the Lushan Mountains in order to engage in a 100-day retreat and during this period, he was said to have been able to discern both true and false Dharmas. After the retreat, he came to the conclusion that nothing is more meaningful than the study and practice of Dharma. The following year, Chang wanted to travel to Tibet in order to deepen his realisation of the Dharma but his father objected. His father felt that Tibet was too remote and transportation in the region was undeveloped and unreliable.

In the end, his father made arrangements for Chang to visit Gangkar Monastery on Mount Gangkar, or Minya Konka Riwo in Tibetan, located in Kham, which is now part of Szechuan province. Gangkar Rinpoche was Chang’s mother’s teacher and the patriarch of the monastery. He remained in the monastery for eight years studying at the feet of this great master. Aside from studying the Buddhist teachings and practices, he also studied the Tibetan and English languages at this time.

A refurbished Gangkar Monastery that Professor Chang visited to study Tibetan Buddhism

A refurbished Gangkar Monastery that Professor Chang visited to study Tibetan Buddhism

Chang’s Tibetan master was the 9th Gangkar Rinpoche Karma Chokyi Senge. This master was born in Minya in 1893. On the day of his birth, it was said that the entire region witnessed two suns in the sky, which was considered to be auspicious. A few days later, was recognized as the incarnation of the 7th Gangkar Rinpoche. At the age of three, he was enthroned in the monastery as the tulku incarnation of Gangkar. He grew up to be a very famous scholar, master, lineage holder, and was followed by many disciples. He taught both sutra and tantra, and bestowed important empowerments unto many high lamas and ordained the famous disciples.

The portrait of the 9th Gangkar Rinpoche Karma Chokyi Senge who is from the Karma Kagyu tradition

The portrait of the 9th Gangkar Rinpoche Karma Chokyi Senge who is the teacher of Garma C.C. Chang.

In 1948, Chang married Yu Nian Li (Helena) in Hankou and in 1949 he immigrated to the United States where he arrived in the 1950s with his wife via India, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. In the United States, Chang became research fellow at the Bollingen Foundation in New York from 1955 onwards. During this time, he wrote many books, beginning with The Practice of Zen published in 1959, The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa published in 1962, and Teachings and Practice of Tibetan Tantra published in 2004. The book on Tibetan tantra was based on an earlier publication in 1993, which was itself based on the original version published in 1962.

In his book Teachings and Practice of Tibetan Tantra, Chang wrote about the generation of yogic heat in the body (Tibetan: tummo). In addition, he also taught tantric teachings on how sexual bliss can be transformed onto the path of awakening. John C. Wilson writes in the 1962 book’s introduction that Chang’s work on Tibetan tantra is hard to grasp with just a few readings. Therefore Chang advises that a serious practitioner should first be initiated and well guided in the basics before starting any actual tantric practices. As such, Chang’s book is only intended to be a source of reference for would-be tantric practitioners.

Ernst Schönwiese was an Austrian writer, lyricist, program director for literature, radio play and science at the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation

Ernst Schönwiese was an Austrian writer, lyricist, program director for literature, radio play and science at the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation

Chang’s extensive efforts in receiving teachings during his life and his written works regarding the Mahayana tradition has blazed a trail for others to follow. His first published Buddhist text in English was the Practice of Zen, which draws on the rich Chinese Mahayana tradition. Even earlier than that, he had translated The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa into English in the 1950s, a large collection of verses by Milarepa, all of which cemented Chang as a foremost Tibetan translator of his time.

Ernst Schönwiese a Austrian writer, lyricist and program director became a student of Professor Chang in 1971, who at that time was teaching Buddhist Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University. During the ensuing years, Schönwiese translated and published several important works by Professor Chang like The Mahamudra Handbook (1979)The Practice of Zen (1982), and The Buddhist Doctrine of Totality of Being (1989).

C.T. Shen is another important student of Chang whom he met in India in 1950

C.T. Shen is another important student of Chang whom he met in India in 1950

Aside from Schönwiese, C.T. Shen was another important student of Chang whom he met in India in 1950 and later became a very successful entrepreneur in the United States. Over the years, Shen contributed financially to Buddhist teachers, Buddhist meditation centres, and the development of Buddhism in America. So he was a co-founder of the Buddhist Association of the United States (BAUS). In a 1996 speech that he gave on his life in Buddhism, C.T. Shen spoke glowingly of his mentor and friend, Garma C.C. Chang. In his talk, C.T. Shen, a great Buddhist philanthropist, whose contribution to the Buddhist cause is legendary, attributed Garma C.C. Chang as the second most influential person in his life after his mother and that they shared a similar spiritual journey.

Kenneth Chen gave an excellent review of Practice of Zen back in 1961 and the review was published in Philosophy East and West, Vol. 11, No. 3 (Oct., 1961), pp. 174-176 (University of Hawaii Press).

“To the growing list of books on Zen Buddhism in English, Mr. Chang Chen-Chi has made a significant contribution. However, the author differs from many of the contemporary writers on the subject in that he has not been influenced by Japanese writers on Zen Buddhism. Again, he is not writing his account from secondary sources, but has gone back to the primary materials in Chinese. Finally, through his years of residence and study in Tibetan and Chinese monasteries, he has acquired a profound knowledge of the wider aspects of Buddhist philosophy that is fundamental to the proper understanding of Zen theory and practice… The author aims to show from these selections how Zen masters lived and worked – in other words, how they practiced Zen – in the hope that these might serve as examples for beginners at the present time. In addition to these translations, there are also discussions on the nature and problems of Zen. In the latter category, he seeks to throw some lights on such questions as, Is Zen completely unintelligible for the intellect? as Suzuki insists, and, What is Zen enlightenment? In answer to the first question, the author makes this sensible distinction between understanding Zen and realizing Zen, and that “to understand Zen through an intellectual approach is not reprehensible, but is the only way for the beginner, for who can get into Zen without having first some understanding or conceptual knowledge about it?” (p. 117)…”

Helena Chang

Helena Chang

Professor Chang underwent two heart surgeries in 1974 and 1984. His failing eyesight also made it difficult for Chang’s quality of life and his work, which required a lot of reading and writing. In 1988, he finally passed away in Marietta, leaving behind his wife Helena Chang. Ever since, Helena Chang occasionally gives talks on her experience with her late husbands’ life and works.

 

Book cover

Books By Professor Garma C.C. Chang

Book Cover - The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa – the life-story and teaching of the greatest poet-saint ever to appear in the history of Buddhism. University Books, New York, 1962.
Book Cover - Teachings of Tibetan Yoga Teachings of Tibetan Yoga. 1963
Book Cover - The Buddhist Teaching of Totality The Buddhist Teaching of Totality: The Philosophy of Hwa Yen Buddhism. 1971
Book Cover - The Practice of Zen The Practice of Zen. 1978
Book Cover - A Treasury of Mahayana Sutras Treasury of Mahayana Sutras: Selections from the Maharatnakuta Sutra. 1983
Book Cover - The SIx Yogas of Naropa and Teachings on Mahamudra The Six Yogas of Naropa & Teachings on Mahamudra. 1986
Book Cover - Teachings and Practice of Tibetan Tantra Teachings and Practice of Tibetan Tantra. 2004

 

German translations by Ernst Schönwiese

  • Garma C.C. Chang: Mahamudra-Fibel. Octopus Publishing House, Vienna, 1979.
  • Garma C.C. Chang: The Practice of Zen. Aurum Publishing House, Braunschweig, 1982.
  • Garma C.C. Chang: The Buddhist doctrine of the totality of being. OW Barth Publishing House, Munich 1989.

 
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  1. Eva Chang on Dec 14, 2017 at 10:45 am

    How can I contact you privately? I would like to give you an update on my mother’s book.
    Eva Chang.

    • P David Lai on Mar 3, 2018 at 8:37 pm

      Hi Eva,
      Sorry I didn’t notice your message easier. I just saw your message on my blog and will email you. Thank you

  2. Mark S on Sep 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for posting this article on Professor Garma C.C. Chang and his being both instrumental and influential in bringing true Dharma to the western world. I received several books from Rinpoche just days ago, Professor Garma C.C. Chang’s, ‘Teachings and Practice in Tibetan Tantra’, being one of them. Thank you for these wonderful gifts indeed Rinpoche! Although small, this book has fast become a favorite. Due to it’s simplicity, serving as an introduction to very complex ideas, such as Dumo (Gtummo) Meditation and Tantric Practice, it must have been pivotal for many readers discovering their true nature of self and furthering their pursuit of Dharma. This book is a welcome addition to the personal library of anyone seeking the authentic teachings of such Masters as Naropa and Tilopa. Professor Garma C.C. Chang was most definitely an accomplished writer, practitioner and pioneer, bringing this knowledge to the west, and those who may not know the direction on the path to the liberation from suffering, embracing the Bodhi Mind and preserving the teachings of past masters, for the benefit of all sentient beings, to be sure. Certainly looking forward to reading more of Professor Garma C.C. Chang. Thank you immeasurably for your kindness in posting, caring and sharing this with us all. Be well friends and all the best to you from Canada.

    • Mark S on Sep 15, 2017 at 8:05 am

      Thank you Rinpoche. Please remain for many years to turn the wheel of Dharma. May you be well. Your kindness and encouragement are treasured and appreciated. I might add, I am in no way an authority of Professor Chang or Buddhism for that matter, but I am earnest aspiring to become one in time. I am grateful and humbled for being able to have a glimpse into the lives of these great writers and thinkers, rejoicing in their achievements. I hope to harness the strength and fortitude, resilience and diligence, they must well have had on their journeys, incorporating them on the path in my own right. I am honored and pleased to have the opportunity to read the books closest to your heart for the past thirty years. Thank you for your wave of great deeds that have helped so many, such as myself.

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  3. June Kang on Sep 7, 2017 at 8:35 am

    I admired and respect this great man-Professor Carma Chang, who had selfless contribution to propagating the teachings of the Buddha and brought Tibetan Buddhism to the western world. His determination and passion towards Buddhism at the very young age is inspirational. He is a great Buddhist Scholar and his books will benefit many peoples.

  4. Pastor Antoinette on Sep 7, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Professor Garma C.C. Chang has used his life to practice and promote Buddhism and his books will continue to benefit many. He did follow his deep interest since a young age, engaging in a 100-day retreat when most teens and even adults would not be able to do this. Yet he knew after this retreat the difference between false and true Dharma.

    I am sure it was not easy but he went all the way and has left a treasure of books for us. He is one of the pioneers who brought Buddhist wisdom to the West.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing about the inspiring Professor Garma C.C. Chang and his precious books with us.

  5. Pastor Chia on Sep 7, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Professor Chang story inspiring me about his determination to persue dharma and spiritual journey since young age. No doubt he have deep in print from his previous life. Is not easy for Professor Chang traveling to Tibet and study buddhism and stay at the Gangkar monastery over 10 year practice buddhism and learn the language.Despite all the hardship he become very knowleage in dharma and in tantric practice. Compare with people now always make excuses to come to dharma class to study. Professer Chang passion to learn dharma have make him sucessful befoming one of the schoolar and writer introduce buddhism to the west at the same time like Bill Porter and John Blofeld. His remarkable work will not forget by future generation by study his book.

  6. Mingwen on Sep 7, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Someone like professor Chang is just inspring and his story tell us that we should not give up spirituality and only focus on what is within secular. He find his own way to Dharma by himself since young , no one force him which indicate that Dharma could tell the truth of life.

  7. Andrea Lai on Sep 7, 2017 at 12:22 am

    I feel amazed, with age as tender as 15 Professor Garma had a very firm steady mind, totally a lot different with kids at this age. His strong enthusiasm and passion on learning, studying Dharma inspired many despite of criticism and discrimination from his closed members and friends. It was during revolution time and for sure tensed with strict laws. Imagine at this age, what you were doing then? For me, books, fun and know nothing about life! Lol.

    I would supposed, Chang could be a highly scholar or spiritual practitioner in his previous life. If not, it’s impossible he gain realization during his 100 days retreats and could perceive true and false Dharma. His inspiration in Dharma motivates.

  8. Julia Tan on Sep 6, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    I always grateful to the Buddhist scholars like Proffesor Garma Chang for bringing Dharma to the world. Pro Chang used his whole life for Dharma. I believe being a writer was very hard at that time, need not mention about writing and publishing Buddhist books in USA.

    His mother, a Devout Buddhist played an important role for his early up bringing in Buddhism . Since young he was passionate about Buddhism. He took up Buddhist practice as his career and pursue it all the way through out his life time. During the most difficult time in China, he studied two foreign languages, stayed in Tibet for 8 years to learn and practice the Tantra, hence he could write and teach from what he had learned and saw.

    His legacy will not end by his passing. I thank Ms. Eva for continue to write. I am sure a life with Pro Chang was a very tough yet meaningful and interesting journey for Helena and Eva. The book will inspire lots of families to practice Buddhism.

  9. Justin Cheah on Sep 6, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    I got the feeling that Professor Garma Chang must be a reincarnation of someone who have done strong Dharma in his previous life. At such a young age, probably with the help of the influence he got from his mother, indulged in reading Dharma books and maybe the main reason of quitting school early was because China was also under threat of Japan invasion. Those days are harder for someone to be even studying let alone Dharma. His passion into Dharma at such a young age when he went for a 100 day retreat in Lu Shan prompted me to draw comparisons with Rinpoche’s younger days. His inclination towards Buddhism in particular is also strong as he took the passion and effort to make sure he end up in Gangkar Monastery to study under Gangkar Rinpoche who is also the guru of his mother. His role in spreading Buddhism to the west were for all to see and especially in those days and places, it is not so conducive to learn another language for translation let alone Dharma. His passion never seemed end, well despite his old age it never stopped him from writing his last book at the age of 84 talking about Tantra practice which is not an easy subject to understand alltogether. It shows Professor Garma is a somebody in Buddhism studies.

  10. Pastor Henry Ooi on Sep 6, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    I would imagine it was quite tough for Professor Garma Chang in his pursuit to learn and practice Buddhism in the mid 1930s when communism was already introduced in China. He could have find it tougher when communism, through Mao Zedong, took control in 1949 that later developed into Maoism. It is inspirational to read of this man’s passion in Buddhism, that against tough odds, he used his knowledge, learning, practice and writing to introduce Buddhism to the West. This article is one of many articles in Rinpoche’s blog that tells of how passion with determination, tenacity, not giving up, consistency, can make people or their dreams become a reality; same ingredients that are found in any passion, be in sports, business, studies, adventure.

  11. pammie yap on Sep 6, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Much respect to Mr Chang and those who are like him. For example, people like Alexander Neel, John Blofeld, George Roerich, etc are such inspirational figures. They travelled far and wide and at the same time be so passionate of what they were after despite the challenges they met. From young age, these extraordinary people pursued their spiritual path and benefitted many because of it. I salute and rejoice for their wonderful works!

    And Mr Chang brought much wonderful Dharma teachings to the west! ‘Lucky’ for many, myself included, the books are in English!

    I believe Mr Chang’s past lives’ imprints were quite strong as he met and pursued his spiritual path at such a young age. Even to the point he gave up his education for Dharma because he somehow understood it was more important.

  12. Eric kksiow on Sep 6, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Professor Garma C.C. Chang, this is the 1st time i heard of him, and Professor Garma C.C. Chang really inspired me. He written all the books from East ( China ) to West ( Western Countries ) and it’s benefit a lot of peoples.

    As we discussed today with KFR team, Justin did mentioned Professor Garma C.C. Chang at the age of 84 he still writing books and about Tantra.

    From Justin Cheah : Must be some special kid. I can relate to Rinpoche’s strong inclination towards Dharma. Such a young age already went to Lu Shan for retreat. Also went to Tibet despite objections from parents.

    I totally agreed that.

  13. nicholas on Sep 6, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Since young Chang already found that schooling is meaningless and boring and would rather spend his time reading on spirituality. His interest and enthusiasm in Buddhism since young to me I would relate it to imprint from his previous lives just like H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and many great master.

    Chang’s is a very inspiring person. His passion and determination in Buddhism drive him to push through the difficulties he and his wife encountered to make Buddhism teaching propagate in the West. Chang’s even learn up a few languages such as Sanskrit and Pali to enhance his translation work. His selfless contributions in propagating the teachings of the Buddha is truly appreciated.

  14. Pastor Albert on Sep 6, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    It is amazing that Professor Garma Chang who decided to leave school at the age of 15 to pursue in his spiritual path, back to the olden days, people left school at a young age is either their family could not support their education fees so they have to come out to work to earn money or they are not interested in study so they decided to come out to work, either way, it is still for the purpose of coming out to work and make money, many rich and successful people are the examples. But for Professor Garma, he is very different, at such young age, he already realized that the systemic education is meaningless, it does not benefit him in anyway, so he decided to leave school and step into his spiritual path.

    Through Spirituality, Professor has made a great achievement in his life, he is not just being successful for himself, but at the same time, his success has also benefited thousands of people from his research and writings, even though today he is already not around, but the work he has done in his lifetime, it is still benefiting people until today, what greater work can we ask for in our life, what greater achievement can we ask for.

    Without knowledge, Dharma cannot grow, thank you Professor Garma for your lifetime contribution that make the Dharma grow, your dedication has earned great respect from many people and I salute to you.

  15. Datuk May on Sep 6, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    I admire with a tint of envy people like Professor Garma CC Chang who could in this new era of life be able to set off from a very young age to study and understand the Dharma without any distraction of what beholds for them in samsara. They are born with so much wisdom and imprints of the Dharma from previous lives.

    Professor Garma CC Chang would turn his back on normal school and go into retreat and later to the monastery for Dharma studies. When he migrated to USA, he chose to continue his work and practice of Dharma and benefit the world with his books and knowledge of Buddhist practice.

    Professor Chang wrote from experience of his personal practice and study and it is work of such great scholars that today we are able to learn more about Buddhism. Especially for English educated people like me who will always be grateful for the books of Buddhism written in the language I studied in.

    With great appreciation to great scholars like Professor Garma CC Chang.

  16. Eva Chang on Sep 2, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Just a few minor corrections. My father’s pinyin name would be Zhang Chenji. My mom’s name is Yu Nien Tze. I am working on a book with her about her life story, and will be happy to share it with you when it is completed.

  17. Eva Chang on Aug 26, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Wow, imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this blog today. I am the daughter of Garma Chang. Thank you for keeping his memory alive.

    • Pastor David Lai on Aug 26, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      Hi Eva Chang,
      Thank you for commenting here. It was a pleasure researching and writing about your father because he indeed is one of the few pioneers whose translation works was responsible for the transmission of Dharma to the West.

      He is indeed very beneficial and Tsem Rinpoche thinks highly of him and his work. He was also very excited about this article to go up on his blog. Therefore, if you have any more stories or pictures to add to this post, feel free to email them to me at kmp.davidlai@gmail.com Thank you very much.

    • Choong on Aug 26, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      Hi Eva, wow the world is very small.
      I have just started reading one of your father’s books. I must say he is extremely knowledgeable about his pet subject and writes very succinctly. Looking forward to finishing the book I started.
      Welcome to the blog!
      With warm regards.

  18. Vivian Ong on Aug 11, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for this write up. Buddhism is just great. Buddhism is able to change one’s life like Professor Garma C.C. Chang. He on the other hand benefit others by writing and publishing books about Buddhism. May his books continue to sell and benefit many.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  19. wan wai meng on Aug 10, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    This is a very good article on a man who dedicated his life to make Dharma teachings much more accessible to the public. He spent his entire life making the teachings more accessible to lay people and spiritualists.

    At the age of 15 he already felt a deep pull for the dharma and what it represents, and is courageous to walk the path of learning much more about dharma and even taking on spiritual teachers. Wonderful story.

  20. Lim Han Nee on Aug 5, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for this very interesting article on Professor Garma Chang.

    Professor Garma Chang’s role in introducing Buddhism to the West was via the publication of books and his teaching career as a professor of Buddhism. He wrote on Zen Buddhism drawing on his knowledge of Chinese Mahayana Buddhism, as well as on tantra ,and he was renowned for translating Tibetan Buddhist books , such as Milarepa’s 100 songs, into English.

    It was his mother, a devout Buddhist, who shaped his childhood study and practice of Buddhism . As a child,he visited many Buddhist temples and recited many sutras.

    Having found school meaningless , he focused on books on spirituality , and the study of philosophy. His keen interest in philosophy made him think deeply on the meaning of life. Reading Buddhist books made him feel at peace, and gave him “an overwhelming sense of compassion.” Thus at the age of 15, he did the unprecedented. He left school , amid criticism and objection from his relatives and friends, so as to be able to engage in Dharma study and practice as a life-long pursuit.
    Then the following year, he went up into the Leshan mountains and engaged in a 100 day retreat. Through this retreat, he learned to discern between true and false Dharma. He also studied for eight years in a Tibetan monastery, the Gangkar Monastery, under Gangkar Rinpoche, who was his mother’s teacher.This highly realised master , famous scholar and lineage holder, bestowed important empowerments on him and other famous students(whom he ordained) and high Lamas, both sutra and tantra.and empowerments. At the Gangkar Monastery, Chang also studied Tibetan and English.With such a broad and profound background , it is understandable that he continued to make an impact on the world of Buddhist studies.

    Later, he migrated with his wife, to the United States.There he continued to write and teach Buddhism. He had 2 students, who became well-known and carried on translating his works and publishing them, as well as finance Buddhist teachers, meditation centres and develop Buddhism in America.Thus his legacy to the world lived on after him.
    His profound understanding of Zen Buddhism can be seen in the way in which he was able to clarify the distinction between understanding Zen and realizing Zen. “To understand Zen through an intellectual approach is not reprehensible, but is the only way for the beginner, for who can get into Zen without having first some understanding or conceptual knowledge about it?”

  21. Fong on Aug 2, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Interesting how Professor Chang was drawn to Buddhism from a very young age. But, it is to the benefit of many in the west that he did as he went on the publish many books on Buddhism in a language and nuance that those outside of China can understand. That he emphasized proper training before embarking on certain practices speaks volumes about his own training and discipline.

    It would be interesting to read his books.

  22. Datuk May on Aug 2, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Professor Garma CC Chang’s books and their contents must be extremely insightful as they were written from his personal experiences and practice of the Dharma.

    The appeal of his writings must be great, because besides writing from experience, he wrote with great passion on what he loved that is the Dharma.

    Personally, I will get hold of some of his books to read.

  23. Samfoonheei on Aug 1, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    The Chinese Buddhist philosophy, editor and translator Professor Garma C. C. He Chang was one of the famous scholars who introduced Buddhism to western world. travelled extensively 8 years in Tibet and studied Buddhism in several monasteries. Wow ,at age 16 he already show a interest in Dharma study.He is a great Buddhist scholar-cum-practitioner whose single-minded quest for the universal truth Renowned for his English translation of The 100,000 Songs of Milarepa, Garma C.C Chang was also the author of many other books that was the fruit of many years of extensive studying Buddhism.
    Thank you Pastor David Lai for sharing this great Buddhist scholar.

  24. Pastor David Lai on Jul 30, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    In writing about Professor Garma C. C. Chang, I have come to appreciate his diverse background of zen and Tibetan Buddhism. He wrote a number of books on both and introduced the western audience to the profundity of Buddhist philosophy and practice.

    He is indeed a pioneer that because he was asian, he had an acute sense of appreciation for the teachings and he had great teachers that revealed wondrous teachings to him. Due to his sensitivity of being asian and his audience in the West, he was able to somehow be an effective bridge between east and west. He was indeed an expected pioneer of Buddhism in the West.

  25. Tsem Rinpoche on Jul 30, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    When I was very young, down the street from where I lived in Howell, New Jersey was a Kalmuck lady who was very spiritual. She was my friend at the time. She was in her 30’s and had a large collection of spiritual books of which many were on Buddhism. I would borrow books from her quite often and read. She would have read them and give me her thoughts on the books and highly recommend this one or that one. I would then read the books she recommended and we would often discuss about them. It was a very enjoyable time in my life. I miss this friend very much. Some of the books she had were from Professor Garma C.C. Chang, Govinda, Alexander David-Neel, Evans-Wentz, John Blofeld, etc.. and I read some of them. Those books inspired me so much. My conversations with this friend inspired me so much and I enjoyed her spiritual company tremendously. That was one part of my childhood that was good.

    I have all these books by these great authors in my library now and still read them. I have made them available from Kechara for invite and also will have them in the future Kechara library coming up.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2019 11:15 AM
    Rejoice to this talented artist who paints beautifully of this rime thangka of four-faced Mahakala with consorts and Dorje Shugden. May the artist continue to paints more thangkas which many more loves it and get to know of the practice. Four-Faced Mahakala is a also a Dharma Protector been having a close connection with Dorje Shugden. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-ancient-protector-four-faced-mahakala
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2019 11:13 AM
    Wow…. Another beautiful rime thangka of Yamantaka, Kalarupa and Dorje Shugden. It explains all and merely looking at it is a blessing. In Vajrayana Buddhism, Yamantaka is also known as Vajrabhairava, which comes in a wrathful protector , buffalo-headed meditational deity. Interesting story. As depicted with Kalarupa who is a manifestation of Manjushri and Dorje Shugden is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom form a beautiful thangka.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-fierce-one-yamantaka
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2019 11:12 AM
    Beautiful rime thangka of Shantideva and Dorje Shugden. Shantideva was an 8th-century Indian Buddhist monk, a great master, scholar, and bodhisattva,at Nalanda. Wow …..interesting story of how he rose off the throne as high into the sky as no one could see him yet his teachings could still be heard from the ground by many . Together with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri as portrayed in this beautiful thangka.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-scholar-monk-shantideva
  • Sofi
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2019 04:04 AM
    Daily thoughts to ponder deeper

    Great site to visit for lots of wisdom thoughts that evoke much understanding into reality of our lives. Also a place where you can share out with others to make them think deeper. Would be nice if you could let us know which you like best in the comment section.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/daily-thoughts-to-ponder-deeper-2.html
  • Pastor Lanse
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 11:35 PM
    这篇文章涵盖了艮尼玛的生平、修持、神通、趣事等,让读者对艮尼玛有个整体的认识之余,也对他的特点有深刻的印象。对我来说,艮尼玛最启发我的地方是他只专注于一项修持,全心全意的,一辈子只专注于大威德金刚修持,他占卜、治病等靠的都是大威德金刚修持赐予的加持力。艮尼玛透过本身的成就,向世人证明了佛菩萨的全知和全能。也让我们知道,若真正要修持某种法门,任何一位佛菩萨的法门都是好的,都是全面的,所以不需要什么都学一些,什么都不精,搞到最后一事无成。

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/cn/buddhas-dharma/the-jolenpa-bodhisattva-gen-nyima-chinese.html
  • Nicholas
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 06:36 PM
    The reasons why you must clean your room are as follows: If you invite your guru or some officials to your home, you would give your room a good sweep, wouldn’t you! Similarly, when you invite your guru, the victorious ones, and their children into your room [in the course of your meditations], you should clean it out of respect for them.

    Check out more here: https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
  • Nicholas
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 06:33 PM
    The 9-foot Dorje Shugden statue in Kechara Forest Retreat has become a popular place for many people to pay homage, make offerings and prayers. It was conceptualized by H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche who foresee the needs of Dorje Shugden that able to benefit many people.

    Check out:
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-wish-fulfilling-shrine.html
  • Nicholas
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 06:30 PM
    Have you ever wondered where we come from and how we came into being?
    Have you wondered how awesome is the universe and what is eternity?
    See the comparisons below and I am sure your mouth will open as the world is revealed to your amazement! Just say ‘wow’ as you view each picture.

    https://bit.ly/2TKCZB6
  • Yee Yin
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 12:24 PM
    Most people don’t like to be put in a difficult or challenging situation. It gives a lot of stress and worries. The emotional trauma makes people feel terrible. However, this suffering can become something positive if we change how we perceive it. Suffering can make us grow if we decide to find the root cause of it and do something about it. As a result, we can be out of this suffering. Suffering can make us a better person because we don’t want others to go through what we have gone through. Instead of avoiding suffering, why don’t we embrace it because we can become better as we are going through it?

    http://bit.ly/MyLama2
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  • Yee Yin
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 12:12 PM
    Do you know what is off-the-grid living? Off-the-grid living is when people choose to live without the support of remote infrastructure, such as an electrical grid. Most of the time it means living away from the city as well. Some people choose the off-the-grid lifestyle to maintain their financial freedom; some because they want to be closer to nature. Would you choose this lifestyle?

    http://bit.ly/TR-BackToNature
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  • Chris
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 11:54 AM
    Thank you, Rinpoche and the blog team for sharing this interesting information about this spirit that can be one of the causes of Dorje Shugden ban. It is not a surprise to know that the Tibetan government had caused another human being to reincarnate as an evil spirit that wanted their downfall because they had wrongly persecuted him with such a cruel and inhumane way. Any human being that dies in that kind of circumstances will have a lot of powerful negative emotions.

    The modus operandi of the Tibetan government has been the same since the 5th Dalai Lama’s time. They just eliminate whoever they think is threatening their power and in Nyatrul’s case, they killed an innocent man with a cruel way. The karma that is created by the government created the cause for Nyatrul to be able to interfere with Nechung’s trances and there is nothing the Tibetan government can do.

    This shows us that karma works in its own way and even a powerful Dharma protector’s oracle can be inhibited by an evil spirit. We reap what we sow. Now the Tibetan government have to suffer the risk of getting false information from the Nechung oracle until their karma exhausted. They should not have trusted the advice when the oracle spoke against the practice of Dorje Shugden which is around for 400 years without any problem.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-spirit-nyatrul-magic-mischief-and-misery.html
  • Yee Yin
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 11:30 AM
    Princess Zina was wild, temperamental, very difficult and controlling. Who in her status would not be like that? But she realised there is a better place to go than all the luxury she had been enjoying. She truly understood her attitude, her way of thinking, her characters were not going to bring her anywhere so she pushed herself to change and she made it. Apart from pushing herself to change, she also did a lot of very beneficial works to support and spread Dharma. She had to do a lot more good works to make up the wrongs she had done in the past.

    Even though it was not described in the story how much difficulty or struggling she had to go through in her transformation process but I believe it was not easy. How she pulled herself through was her trust in her lama and her faith in Dharma. If someone like Princess Zina who was so difficult and had everything she could have had in the world can transform into a humble person and eventually ascend to Kechara Paradise, who are we to say we cannot change?

    http://bit.ly/Princess2Nun
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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 10:49 AM
    Beautiful art rime thangka painted patiently with matching colours. Naropa, Vajra Yogini, and Dorje Shugden forms a beautiful art piece. Naropa is one of the most prominent and authoritative Indian mahasiddhas and masters of mahahudra and tantra. Vajrayogini is a Tantric Buddhist female Buddha and a ḍakini while Dorje Shugden the Dharma Protector who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. Together they depicted a beautiful and powerful amazing thangka.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-yogi-of-yogis-naropa
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 10:49 AM
    Beautiful art rime thangka of the manifestation of compassion 1000-Armed Chenrezig and Dorje Shugden. Merely looking at it is a blessing. Thank you Rinpoche for explaining the details of this beautiful thangka.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-manifestation-of-compassion-1000-armed-chenrezig
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 10:47 AM
    Beautiful Rime thangka paints a thousand words. The Magnificent One… Buddha Shakyamuni, Lama Tsongkhapa the 15th Century scholar-yogi and the Powerful Dharma Ptotector Dorje Shugden forms a powerful combination thangka to have at our home.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-magnificent-one-and-his-disciple

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Everyday offerings of fresh cooked food and drinks are offered to awakened world peace protector Dorje Shugden on my shrine. It is my way to thank Him for all the help He has given to so many people throughout the decades I've introduced Him to. It is my way to include Him as my family and a feeling of closeness and gratitude I have for Him. He's a revered family member who happens to be enlightened and also my close friend. Tsem Rinpoche (Food offering prayer~ https://bit.ly/1VkYXJa)
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Read about this special Goddess Lok Yeay Mao of Cambodia. I came across her picture and found her very unique and blogged about it. Do enjoy the reading- https://bit.ly/2HR3vqi
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March 18, 2019-Oser is very photogenic as usual.
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March 18, 2019-Very cute Oser as usual.
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  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
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    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
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    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
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    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
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    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    3 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    3 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    4 months ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    4 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    4 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    4 months ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    4 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
    4 months ago
    This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
    4 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
    5 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
    5 months ago
    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
  • Living off the grid in Australia
    5 months ago
    Living off the grid in Australia
    A Jill Redwood is a jack of all trades, Jill built her own house on her property and lives entirely off the grid with no mains power or town water, mobile reception or television. Living on around $80 a week, Jill has over sixty animals to keep her company and an abundant garden that out serves as an organic supermarket right at her doorstep. Her main expenses are animal feed and the rates on her property. Watch this incredible three minute video and be inspired to live differently.
  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
    5 months ago
    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    1 years ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
  • Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    1 years ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    1 years ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    1 years ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    2 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
Parents and students did a group discussion together on the Bully topic  Lin Mun KSDS
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Parents and students did a group discussion together on the Bully topic Lin Mun KSDS
A talk on Bully by Peggy. A very informative sharing for students and parents. Lin Mun KSDS
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A talk on Bully by Peggy. A very informative sharing for students and parents. Lin Mun KSDS
Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
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Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Creative horror drawing created by Teacher Kien. Alice, KSDS
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Creative horror drawing created by Teacher Kien. Alice, KSDS
Teacher Asyley led the kids to participate animal liberation. Alice, KSDS
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Teacher Asyley led the kids to participate animal liberation. Alice, KSDS
Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
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We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
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Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you committed university students of University of Malaya for helping in our #foodrescue activities. These still good to eat and in date edible bread will be very useful for the needy students in universities! Thank you Komugi Malaysia for contributing and help reduce food wastage! #zerofoodwastage #kecharafoodbank #kecharasoupkitchen #endhunger - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you committed university students of University of Malaya for helping in our #foodrescue activities. These still good to eat and in date edible bread will be very useful for the needy students in universities! Thank you Komugi Malaysia for contributing and help reduce food wastage! #zerofoodwastage #kecharafoodbank #kecharasoupkitchen #endhunger - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right?
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Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right?
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right? By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right? By Asyley Chia KSDS
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right? By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right? By Asyley Chia KSDS
We have our Kechara Food Bank team leaders interview potential urban poor families on every Saturday. New volunteers are most welcomed to join and assist along the session. Kindly contact us at 010-3333260 for registration. #Kechara #foodbank - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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We have our Kechara Food Bank team leaders interview potential urban poor families on every Saturday. New volunteers are most welcomed to join and assist along the session. Kindly contact us at 010-3333260 for registration. #Kechara #foodbank - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Yvonne is dedicated and able to spend her time in taking care for the youngest group of KSDS. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Yvonne is dedicated and able to spend her time in taking care for the youngest group of KSDS. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Jayce shared Rinpoche’s teachings about kindness to the students. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Jayce shared Rinpoche’s teachings about kindness to the students. Alice Tay, KSDS
Juin Xiang is the youngest students in KSDS and he is doing better and well behaved in the class now. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Juin Xiang is the youngest students in KSDS and he is doing better and well behaved in the class now. Alice Tay, KSDS
We are very grateful to have weekly contribution of lunch by Tina Yow, Mr K H Ong and Lillian Chen. We thanked them for their kindness. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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We are very grateful to have weekly contribution of lunch by Tina Yow, Mr K H Ong and Lillian Chen. We thanked them for their kindness. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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