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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  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 04:44 PM
    His writing style is clear and direct, added with his personal experiences, thoughts and direct realizations at that point of time. I am fond of reading those past masters’ writings as opposed to the modern ones.
    John Blofeld spiritual journey and his affinity so strong in Buddhism are really showed that he had a very strong connection to Buddhism in his previous life.Thank you very much for sharing this article.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 02:33 PM
    Inspirational quotes and motivational quotes have the power to get us thinking and working on it. Just by reading and understand help and inspired us too. Thank you Tsem Rinpoche for sharing which I truly love to read and have a thought on it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/inspirational-quotes-part-3-of-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 02:32 PM
    Revisit this post again. Thank you Valencia for this vast post of Loed Tsongkhapa’s life story and his achievements . Lama Tsongkhapa is a “Buddha of our times” in the Gelug Vajrayana tradition and as an enlightened being, having the same realizations as all of the Buddhas. He was an emanation of Avalokitesvara , Manjushri , and Vajrapani , hence his practice is so powerful and beneficial. We have to thank our Lama Tsem Rinpoche for bringing this practice to Malaysia. Many great gurus, lamas and teachers has been teaching this very powerful, yet accessible practice across the globe. We are very fortunate and blessed to practice all the teachings. As for me I am still learning ,reading this post had strengthen my belief. Love reciting Migtsema as its very beneficial indeed. Interesting read very profound Lama Tsongkhapa biography.
    Thanks again .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/lord-tsongkapa-king-of-the-dharma.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 01:13 AM
    Meditation is suitable for everyone from kids to the elderly or those in their prime and in pursuit of all the wealth (material and spiritual) life has to offer. It is an exciting journey of discovery that is extremely rewarding.
    Being in nature have so much to offer to someone who wants to be engaged in meditation.Thank you very much for the good article.
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Aug 5. 2020 04:32 PM
    Thank you for wonderful information sharing on healing with herbs. The effect of plant based herbs incense has great benefits and much more safer. It’s amazing to discover
    the natural qualities keeps us healthier and prevent us from various illness.

    I loved to have sandalwood for my prayer offering it’s so much soothing and keeps the environment calms and relax.


    https://bit.ly/2PnhiHD
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 5. 2020 03:48 PM
    Beautiful pictures taken during H.E. Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche’s Parinirvana Ceremony . I am fortunate to be there , volunteering , joining most of all the following pujas. It once a life time able to witness a Tibetan Parinirvana Ceremony with a heavy heart .
    Thank you writer teams for this beautiful write up and great pictures shared. Looking at those pictures have me recalling the great moments at Kechara Forest Retreat at that very moment. It paints a thousand words.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/gallery/album-kyabje-tsem-rinpoches-parinirvana-ceremony.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 5. 2020 03:44 PM
    Interesting as Tsem Rinpoche called it as BIZARRE beings. Well I have not heard of some the names such as chupacabra, Ebu Gogo, Springheel Jack and so forth. Spring-heeled Jack is an entity in English folklore of the Victorian era. Wow ….sound interesting. For decades, Spring-heeled Jack name was equated with the bogeyman. Its as a means of scaring people as some said he was demon who would leap up unnaturally high. Another interesting bizarre beings is shadow people who is a shadowy spiritual beings long been a staple of folklore. Stories of these supernatural entities have spanned centuries and cultures. They are some of the most mysterious entities in the known universe. As reported those who saw the shadowy intruders were scare to death as if they had died in their sleep. The Beast of Bray Road is another scary creature of Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Its a hairy humanoid with canine features standing on two legs and can resemble a bear. All those cryptozoological creatures mentioned in this article were indeed real or just folklore. Whether they do exist in this century , no one be sure. But definitely they do decades ago as recorded. There are many unknown out in the universe.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/bizarre-cryptids.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Aug 5. 2020 01:08 AM
    We should consider changing our diet and lifestyle to one that gives the minimum negative impact on our environment, we are responsible to give our future generation a better place to live.
    This article show the designers have seriously consider to make this easily available to more everywhere with affordable price; and make cities around the world greener, more self sustainable and the city people healthier.
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Aug 4. 2020 06:45 PM
    A beautiful explanation how to gain merits through devotion. In its purest form, religion can inspire people to serve the welfare of others. An inspiring article how to learn to transform a better living by our action and deeds.

    Thank you for your wonderful thoughts of sharing these powerful teaching on how to find the hidden truth of the golden path of life to be more meaningful with sincere faith.

    http://bitly.ws/9f5H
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 4. 2020 04:15 PM
    No words can describe of us losing our Lama and enlightened Guru, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche. I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of our Lama as just a moment ago last July , we had an audience and met our Lama , which indeed my very first time . Even though its just moment to me its like a long moment which I remembered each and every words of encouragement our Lama told me. Our Lama was such a kind, generous, compassionate gentle soul whom he would do anything to help improve our lives and had made a difference in my life and so many lives. Where lives pass, memories carry on forever. I will cherish the great memories I have with our Lama.
    Throughout Rinpoche’s life, his was a voice for the millions of people. The Parinirvana of H.E. Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche, the world has lost a great Lama, whose steadfast and unflinching determination played a key role in trying to secure the lifting of Dorje Shugden’s ban. Tsem Rinpoche was known for his great compassion, tremendous generosity and extraordinary thoughtfulness. Everything Tsem Rinpoche did was merely to benefit others. May Tsem Rinpoche have a swift reincarnation .
    We will always hold our Lama close in our thoughts.
    Thank you writers team for this wonderful sharing. … beautiful pictures paints a thousand words.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-parinirvana-of-kyabje-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 4. 2020 04:13 PM
    Glenn Mullin is a world well known Buddhist author, translator, scholar, speaker, lecturer and teacher. He is the author of many books on Tibetan Buddhism, many of which have been translated into a dozen foreign languages. Many of these focus on the lives and works of the early Dalai Lamas. In one of his book A Sacred Legacy of Reincarnation of the Fourteen Dalai Lamas he mentioned that Dorje Shugden was a pervasive practice spreading among the Gelugpa tradition for hundred of years. Many highly attained lamas had been relying on Dorje Shugden and the practice been passed down to thousands in the Gelugpa world. It is not a minor practice after all and in fact Dorje Shugden is a major practice in the world as in history has been proved that the practice is beneficial. Religious freedom should be allow for one who choose what one would pray to. But due to the restriction by the Tibetan leadership , the practice been ban. Politics should not have interfere with religion. May the ban be over soon.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/glenn-mullin-on-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen.html
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Aug 3. 2020 12:49 PM
    There are immense benefits of making offerings to the Sangha, and a great opportunity for oneself to practice giving and generosity..Thank you very much for sharing this article that explains the benefits of making offerings to the sangha community.


    https://bit.ly/30lYluV
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Jul 31. 2020 02:21 PM
    Thank you Pastor Niral for sharing this article. I do come across people would like to highlight or even fight which God or religion is greater or more powerful. What do they want to achieve or have in mind? Of course people would like to believe their God or religion is the best which is totally fine. However, it is not right when they impose their belief on others and start giving negative comments to change our perception when they know nothing about our belief. Ultimately whatever religion or God we believe in , we should be promoting peace, harmony and love. Arguing will not bring positive impact. Respect everyone’s choice.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/whose-version-of-god-is-right
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 30. 2020 02:28 PM
    The Mahabodhi Temple is a religious site in India which marks the spot where the Buddha first attained enlightenment. It’s one of the most sacred sites in all of Buddhism built around 260 BCE . Bodhgaya in Bihar is the heart and birthplace of Buddhism . The Mahabodhi Temple was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The peace of the Bodhgaya Temple welcomes all races and it has attracted hundred thousands of pilgrims yearly as well as architecture enthusiast. The main Mahabodhi Temple complex is home to the legendary Bodhi Tree and as well as the temple itself. Walking around following Buddha ‘s footsteps to discover several places of spiritual significance around the temple. Worth going and a must place for pilgrims.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/buddha-at-mahabodhi-temple-bodhgaya.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 30. 2020 02:26 PM
    Precious teachings from Tilopa to Naropa, still trying to understand it . Simple in the verses, but there is a lot of meaning behind each and every words. I have been reading over and over again to understand more of Tilopa’s Mahamudra instruction to Naropa in twenty eight verses.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these 28 verses with us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/28-amazing-verses.html

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn't this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
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108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
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Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
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On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months 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
2 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
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More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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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
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Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months 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
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months 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
5 months 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.
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Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
5 months ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
5 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
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