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. Samfoonheei on Nov 4, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Professor Garma C. C. Chang is a Chinese Buddhist scholar, editor and translator . Through the publication of his books and translation works , he was responsible for the transmission of Buddhism to the West. Interesting…… Professor Chang since young somehow had a keen interest in studying Buddhism. That’s took him searching, travelling to Tibet looking for a teacher to further his Buddhism knowledge and life-long pursuit. He did a 100 day retreat to discover the difference between the true and false Dharma. He remained in Tibet under Gangkar Rinpoche at Gangkar Monastery to study Tibetan Buddhism. After acquiring many essential teachings, got married and later immigrated to the United States. He wrote many books such as The Practice of Zen, The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa , Teachings and Practice of Tibetan Tantra and so forth. Even though he had passed away yet his legacy lives on and well remembered by many.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing this interesting article on Professor Garma C.C. Chang .

  2. 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

  3. 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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  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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?”

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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, Oct 16. 2021 03:43 PM
    The film Faces of Death shows nothing is more precious than being in the present moment, fully alive , fully aware . We won’t know what happening next. Death is a significant and inevitable part of life. Death teaches us that life is impermanent. There is no escape from death. We are all going to die some day. It doesn’t matter whether we are rich or poor, successful or ordinary, evil or good, we are going to die one day. Death refers to the end of life, we all go through this sad occurrence, and it is unavoidable. We have to accept death, but for as long as we are alive, we should live our life to the fullest meaningfully and make sure to enjoy it. Life is a lot more fragile than we think. So we should treat others in a way that leaves no regrets. Nothing is permanent in this world. Life’s impermanence.
    Buddhism emphasizes the importance of accepting the impermanence of life. Some scenes in the video appear quite gruesome, not to me as I have seen real ones as I been working and assisting surgeon in open surgeries before. Have seen thousands of births and many deaths occur while working . Life’s impermanence, I realised is what makes every single time and hour so precious. Its what shapes us our time and what makes it so important than not a single moment be wasted. We should not cling on to our body and our self-cherishing mind. It takes facing death to appreciate life and each other fully people die remains in the memory of those who live on. Everything must have its beginning and must have ending. We never know how much we really believe anything until its truth becomes a matter of life and death to us. The source of human suffering and discontent is that we crave and cling to the things of this world. Human life is brief, nothing does. Our hair , teeth fall our bodies decline and decay. Watching this documentary film is indeed powerful, truthful and tells us more, Life is certain , death is uncertain , I am glad to have across Rinpoche ‘s blog learning and practicing dharma . I have immersed myself in learning more and accepting that life is finite. All that exists is impermanent, nothing lasts. Therefore nothing can be grasped onto. Awareness of impermanence and appreciation of our human potential will give us a sense of urgency that we must use every precious moment. Profound teachings reading those comments.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this precious sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/faces-of-death-movie-review.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 16. 2021 03:37 PM
    Wow …interesting read . You would not believe this . A boy named, Jacob Barnett was 2 years old when he was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism by doctors. It seem this boy would likely never talk or read and would probably be forever unable to independently manage basic daily activities. At the age 3 he is able to able to solve 5,000-piece jigsaw puzzles. They were wrong this child turned to be a math whiz heralded as a boy genius whose passion and mastery of physics impressed experts later . At age nine, while playing with shapes, he built a series of mathematical models. That’s fantastic and shock his parents. He even demonstrated how he imagined numbers as shapes. Jacob enrolled in university at age 12, and he even published his first physics paper. He is considered as one of the world’s most promising physicists and the youngest researcher to ever be accepted in the Institute for Theoretical Physics.
    Jacob Barnett is indeed another proof of reincarnation, I do believe.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/another-proof-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 16. 2021 03:35 PM
    Back in 2015, Kechara had the privilege and great merits to witness an auspicious trance in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat. Those who were there witnessed a rare event where Dharma protector Dorje Shugden taken full trance of his official Panglung Oracle. Kechara has been very honoured and blessed that Dorje Shugden took trance of the Protector Dorje Shugden via the 7th Panglung Oracle or Chojela, an authentic and genuine oracle of Dorje Shugden . Wow all of the prayers, offerings, invocations, ritual instruments and recitations were all performed by Kecharians. They really did a good job. Rejoice. I not in Kechara yet back then , would hope one day Chojela will be taking trance again in the near furture.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with beautiful pictures that tell us all.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/700-meet-a-buddha.html
  • Sarassitham
    Wednesday, Oct 13. 2021 06:08 PM
    This is an amazing and extremely inspiring story of a young brave woman who was willing to help and save many innocent children, in spite of her own personal danger. She did not give up easily and would find a solution to problems. She took great courage to take a stand against oppression, and facing a great wrong of those holding power.

    Though she lost her father at an early age, his dedication to others and his last words made a deep impression on her. Her kindness and compassion won many heart.
    She was recognized as a heroine during the holocaust and made history of winning many internationally awards and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Thank you for the wonderful sharing, May God blessed her wonderful soul.

    https://bit.ly/3AwsEhy
  • Sarassitham
    Tuesday, Oct 12. 2021 08:37 PM
    Wow ..that’s scary and shocking. Can’t deny the fact that human are indeed the most terrifying species in the world. Unlike every other species on this list the vast majority of human killings are intentional, showing that appreciation of life needs to drastically improve.

    Most of these animals are now facing extinction or nearing extinction due to man’s greediness. The rush towards wealth has out weight and causes this issue which we don’t realize now that it may belongs to one of our losses.

    We should appreciate all living creature and hope that more people will be more compassionate and aware on our ecology.

    https://bit.ly/3BLZzzS
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 12. 2021 12:58 PM
    Beautiful story of Tsem Rinpoche’s mother . Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing those precious picture of Rinpoche’s mother. Looking at those pictures tell us she is indeed beautiful


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/i-like-this-picture-of-my-mother.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 12. 2021 12:56 PM
    Powerful and wonderful teachings on Lord Setrap practice. Rinpoche had brought this powerful teachings all the way from India to Malaysia. Many Kecharians have benefited relying on Lord Setrap practice, that’s what I heard from those miracles stories. Beautiful thangka shared in this post and rare precious pictures of High Lamas.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. Looking at just the pictures is a blessing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/autobiography/something-i-wrote-on-blog-chat.html?
  • Sarassitham
    Monday, Oct 11. 2021 08:01 PM
    The importance of the zodiac to the Chinese culture is that the animal signs have been used in stories and folklore. These developed the different personality traits that were represented by each animal.

    Learning more about astrology and the zodiac signs helps us to understand people and their action. It’s always interesting to find ahead of time what we need to be aware of with our surroundings.

    Thanks for the interesting sharing, the zodiac provides guidance on how people live their lives.

    https://bit.ly/3AqN6Ad
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 10. 2021 04:24 PM
    Recitation of mantra meditation have benefits us in long run helps to increase self-awareness, reduced stress and a greater sense of calmness. Mantras are positive words or phrases. When we chant mantras our mind releases the positive energy that decreases the negative thoughts or stress. It’s a wonderful practice. Help us to improved mood and well-being, reduced anxiety , verbal memory and so forth. Mantras have influence over our mind and body. Mantras are repetitive sounds, many neuroscientists have proved that sound and language of mantras influence the aspects of our life. Watching the video tells us more. I am glad to have met Rinpoche, learning and practicing from scratch have me change to more calmer than before. Recitation have me chance.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mantra-can-change-me.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 10. 2021 04:21 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing . Its rare and precious as we are not often given a chance to view Tibetan and very tradition funeral is conducted of a great Saint the renowned H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche. Lati Rinpoche’s passing was a great loss to the Buddha Dharma world especially to Gelug Lineage ,Gaden Shartse Monastery, Gaden, Sera Drepung, and Tibetans on the whole. Lati Rinpoche had contributed towards teachings and spreading the Dharma was worldwide and was well respected by many devotees all over the world. Lati Rinpoche has travelled extensively, benefiting dharma students in various parts of the world. Lati Rinpoche did published several books published in Engilsh, and bringing teachings to countless thousands. Watching the video again had me thinking of our very own Lama Tsem Rinpoche ‘s funeral with much thoughts and tears. May we have merits so as to meet Tsem Rinpoche again.
    With folded hands thank you Rinpoche for been in Malaysia following the advice of a great teacher. Looking at those rare pictures of the cremation of H E Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, paints a thousands words.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/his-eminence-kyabje-lati-rinpoche-enters-clear-light.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 10. 2021 04:16 PM
    Its always good to know our family ‘s root history. Wow….. very rich heritage of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s family background. Not easy with extensive research only could traced back to both sides of history. Rinpoche’s heritage is truly rich in cultures and spiritually. Interesting read and beautiful pictures shared giving us a glance of the rich heritage of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche in China. Some pictures are rare and precious.
    Thank you Rinpoche, Pastor David and Pastor Niral, for this informative article

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-rinpoches-heritage-in-china.html
  • Sarassitham
    Friday, Oct 8. 2021 09:09 PM
    Thank you for sharing this inspiring article with us. Although 80 years old, Mipham Gonpo’s never let his disability stop him from achieving his dharma practice. He was very ambitious and his mind was very determined to use the rest of his life to gain higher states of realizations before his death.

    Most of us are regularly unprepared for the actual task of discovering that which the dharma offers. Some have knowledge of dharma, they have understood some teachings, but they lack inspiration to practice.

    We should work on developing our minds and living a healthy lifestyle. Keeping the mind busy and fulfilled can help to overpower negative thoughts. Maybe it’s time to make a start as today there are great masters and people who want to engage with the dharma through meditation.

    https://bit.ly/3iJyNkq
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 8. 2021 12:33 PM
    No one deserves to go hungry as Rinpoche had gone through be hungry, homeless knew better than any of us. That’s the reason, Rinpoche conceived of Kechara Soup Kitchen or KSK better known to many of us. KSK has a strong policy to serve all, regardless of race, and religion . Hence the motto for Kechara Soup Kitchen is “Hunger Knows No Barriers” speaks a thousand words. Rinpoche had always sympathise deeply with people when coming across any of those who had nothing in the streets , living a hard difficult life. KSK started from a small scale to what Kechara Soup Kitchen is doing these days. It is the actualisation of a long-standing dream of Rinpoche.
    Thank you Rinpoche for creating KSK, that’s where I came to volunteer and get to know Kechara, learning and practicing Dharma .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/why-i-conceived-of-kechara-soup-kitchen-or-ksk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 8. 2021 12:32 PM
    Something incredible happened , it’s a rare incident where a King cobra did not bites but turn friendly . Cobras are large, venomous snakes with a trademark hood, and their bites can kill a dog within only an hour. Two puppies were lucky enough to meet a kind and friendly cobra. A man, who lived in the Indian state of Punjab, realized that two of his puppies were missing after being alerted by the mother dog. The incessant barking led the man to a deep well. Shocking to see the two puppies sitting close to a king cobra . Couldn’t believe what he saw, the king cobra did not attack the two puppies instead protecting them. Most would have reacted as the man did and thought the cobra would attack the puppies. It seemed that the king cobra was protecting the two puppies and kept them in the safest part of the well. Incredible indeed . Later the two unharmed puppies were helped up, united with their mother and the owner . So as the king cobra and later released it back to the forest. This stories remind us how surprising animals can be and that not everything is always as it seem.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/you-wont-believe-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 8. 2021 12:31 PM
    Aliens definitely exist and they could be living among us on Earth, but have gone undetected so far. There are so many billions of stars out there in the universe that there must be all sorts of different forms of life. There have been plenty of UFO sightings on Earth even centuries ago.
    What is incredible encounter , caught on camera by 2 British tourists while visiting the Mamaus region of the Amazon jungle. They were taking video and pictures of some aboriginal kids in the village. They could not believe what they saw from the videos without realising that they actually caught aliens on their camera as well. Looking at the pictures tells us more, could see clearly that its an alien standing among the tress. Fantastic filming . We are not alone for sure.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/videos/foreign-visitor-in-the-amazon.html

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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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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The 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
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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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
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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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
2 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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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
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Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
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Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
11 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
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Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
1 years ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
1 years ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
1 years ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
1 years ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
1 years ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
2 yearss ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
2 yearss ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
2 yearss ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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