S. N. Goenka: The 20th Century Authority on Vipassana Meditation

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(by Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline Woon)

Everyone has to observe one’s death: coming, coming, coming, going, going, going, gone! Be happy! ~ S. N. Goenka (Erik Braun, Tricycle)

Satya Narayan Goenka (January 30, 1924 – September 29, 2013)

Satya Narayan Goenka (January 30, 1924 – September 29, 2013) was a leading Burmese-Indian lay teacher of Vipassana meditation. More commonly known as S.N. Goenka, he was a student of the late Sayagyi U Ba Khin of Burma, an eminent 20th Century authority on Vipassana meditation.

Goenka’s grandfather, Dhanya Baba, was also a teacher of Vipassana meditation who moved from Rajasthan, India to Burma when he was 18 years old. Dhanya Baba, whom Goenka fondly called ‘Baba’, profoundly influenced and inspired Goenka. In his later years, Goenka described how he cherished Baba’s legacy of immortal virtues and spontaneous poetry throughout his life.

The Vipassana technique Goenka taught represents a tradition that can be traced back to the Buddha. It was taught to Goenka by the most sought-after Burmese Vipassana meditation teacher, Sayagya U Ba Khin, and he followed the same non-sectarian approach that the Buddha espoused. As a result, his teachings appealed to people from all walks of life, from various religious beliefs and from all around the world.

“Everyone has to observe one’s death: coming, coming, coming, going, going, going, gone! Be happy!” ~ S. N. Goenka

(Erik Braun, Tricycle)

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Discovering Vipassana

Born in Burma on 30th January 1924 to a rich Indian family, Goenka had a childhood of great comfort and prosperity. His devoutly religious parents took great pride in instilling Hindu values in their children. They would certainly not have imagined that Goenka would become one of the most important and successful Buddhist meditation teachers of our time.

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A young S.N. Goenka

Goenka joined the family business at the age of 16 in 1940, with the aim of becoming an eminent businessman just like his father. He had lofty aspirations of creating a lavish lifestyle built upon legendary levels of professional success. By the time he turned 31, Goenka had risen to become one of Burma’s most distinguished businessmen.

Goenka’s external success was easily recognised by the positions he held, but he struggled to deal with his ballooning ego and rising anger issues. In a 2010 interview, he reflected on this period of time and recalled,

“I became President of the Chamber of Commerce. I became egotistic. I would beat my children mercilessly. I had always topped my class in school. If my children got bad marks, I would beat them.”

His feelings of egotistical pride and his fits of rage, combined with his relentless drive and desire to improve his professional status exacted a serious toll on his physical health. His self-absorbed lifestyle brought about an extremely high level of stress. The migraines that he had dealt with for much of his adult life worsened to the point where he was unable to work effectively anymore. Although his substantial wealth afforded him the opportunity to consult with numerous world-class doctors, his persisting migraines led to a heavy dependency on medication and a deep sense of dissatisfaction with life.

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S.N. Goenka bowing before his teacher, Sayagya U Ba Khin

Desperate for a solution, Goenka decided to take his friend’s advice. He decided to visit Sayagya U Ba Khin to explore if Vipassana meditation practice could bring him the relief he desperately needed.

Initially, Sayagya U Ba Khin was reluctant to take Goenka on as a student because he didn’t think the egotistical businessman had the right motivation for practising the meditation technique that he would come to cherish later. A devout Hindu at the time, Goenka also had reservations about undertaking a Buddhist practice. He resisted committing to the gruelling 10-day meditation retreat that new students were required to take since his primary concern was to find relief from his migraines.

Goenka is said to have attempted to use his status as leverage in making alternative arrangements with Sayagya U Ba Khin to learn the practice. Of course, the meditation master did not relent. At the age of 32, Goenka finally gave in to the pre-requisites and begrudgingly took his first 10-day Vipassana meditation course.

Goenka recalled the experience:

“In 10 days, the migraine I had for 20 years was gone. I did not need the morphine I had been taking for 10 years anymore. But the big achievement was that my anger was gone, and my ego became less.”

For the next 14 years, he maintained his business in Rangoon to support his family. But, his interest in the business dwindled as his fascination with Buddhist practice continued to grow. He began to spend more and more time studying under Sayagya U Ba Khin. In 1969, his teacher authorised Goenka to go to India and teach Vipassana as his representative. In the same year, Goenka retired from his flourishing business, moved to India, and devoted himself full-time to teaching Vipassana.

From the time of their arrival in India in 1969, Goenka and his wife, Elaichi Devi Goenka, conducted Vipassana courses. Mrs Goenka, fondly known as Mataji or “respected mother”, is also a Principal Teacher and a distinguished student of Sayagya U Ba Khin. Throughout the years, she has supported and selflessly served Goenka’s mission to repay their teacher’s kindness by serving more beings through the teaching of the Vipassana method.

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S.N. Goenka and his wife, Elaichi Devi Goenka

Although India is sharply divided by different castes and religions, it did not affect the courses offered by Goenka. He quickly attracted thousands of people from every segment of society as well as people from all around the world to join his Vipassana meditation courses. His teachings were notable and emphasised that the Buddha’s path to liberation was universal, non-sectarian, and scientific in nature.

 

Commitment to Peace

Goenka believed that outer peace could only be achieved when there is peace within; he taught it and showed it by example. In order to live a peaceful life, one must learn the “art of living” in order to live fully and meaningfully. This is the core of his teachings for everyone regardless of their varying backgrounds.

His work in India also had an indirect influence on inter-religious harmony as thousands of Catholic priests, Hindu sanyasis, Jain ascetics, and other religious leaders attended his Vipassana courses alongside Buddhist monks. The heart of the Buddha’s teachings is a universality that allows people of diverse backgrounds and different ideologies to experience deep benefits by applying the correct methods without having to convert.

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S.N. Goenka (right) with Munindra (centre) and author/teacher Christopher Titmuss (left)

Goenka made history in India by meeting the eminent Hindu leader, His Holiness Shankaracharya of Kanchi. Together, they exhorted Hindus and Buddhists to embrace their differences and live in harmony.

After this initial meeting, Goenka also met His Holiness Shankaracharya of Sringeri and many other top Hindu leaders to establish harmonious relations between Hindu and Buddhist communities. This was a uniquely positive development, but mere encouragements alone are not enough to bring about much-desired reconciliation and the spirit of cooperation. It requires individuals to undertake to remove from within themselves the obstacles to peace and harmony. Goenka firmly believed that the practical application of meditation would allow mankind to achieve the inner and outer peace needed to effect this change.

Goenka became an influential teacher and several years after meeting the Shankaracharyas, he established his first meditation centre, the Vipassana International Academy (Dhamma Giri) in Igatpuri near Mumbai, India. 10-day meditation courses and those of longer durations are held there to this day. Five years later, in 1979, Goenka started to travel and introduce Vipassana to other countries. He has personally facilitated over 400 10-day courses and taught over tens of thousands of people in Asia, Australasia, Europe and North America.

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S.N. Goenka with some of his early students

To meet the increasing demand, Goenka started training assistant teachers to conduct the 10-day courses on his behalf. Since then, he has trained more than 1,300 assistant teachers who have helped conduct courses attended by 120,000 people annually. Over a period of almost 45 years, Goenka and his assistant teachers have held Vipassana courses in more than 90 countries including China, Malaysia, Cambodia, Mexico, Cuba, Iran, Muscat, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Russia, Serbia and South America, with the help of thousands of volunteers.

There are more than 80 centres established in 21 countries devoted to the teaching of Vipassana and offering free courses, board and lodging. The expenses are completely covered by voluntary donations. Today, Vipassana courses are held at 310 locations in 94 countries. Of that number, there are 176 permanent Vipassana meditation centres in the US, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Hong Kong, Mongolia, South Korea, Taiwan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Iran, Israel, Poland, Russia, Austria, Belgium, New Zealand, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Japan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, and the Philippines. In India alone, there are 78 centres that conduct over 1,000 courses yearly.

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The Vipassana Meditation Centre in Nepal

Occasionally, people with serious mental disorders have attended Vipassana courses with the unrealistic expectation that the technique will alleviate or cure their mental problems. Vipassana meditation is beneficial for most people, but it is not a substitute for medical or psychiatric treatment. Those with serious psychiatric disorders should seek medical advice and assistance.

The centres themselves are autonomous and self-sufficient. Because they are run by volunteers with varying levels of capabilities, there may be differences in attitudes and experiences. To ensure a more uniform experience in all of the centres, Goenka recorded audio and video tapes to be used as public instruction during retreats. In response to questions about issues arising from growth and expansion, Goenka stated,

“The cause of the problem is included in the question. When these organisations work for their own expansion, they have already started rotting. The aim should be to increase other people’s benefits. Then, there is a pure Dhamma volition and there is no chance of decay. When there is a Dhamma volition, “May more and more people benefit,” there is no attachment. But, if you want your organisation to grow, there is attachment and that pollutes Dhamma.”

Wikipedia, S.N. Goenka

Students practising Goenka’s Vipassana techniques at the meditation centres are asked to agree to refrain from practising any other religious or meditative practices for the duration of the course. Concerning practices of other religions, Goenka stated,

“Understand. The names of many practices are all words of pure Dhamma, of Vipassana. But today the essence is lost; it is just a lifeless shell that people perform. And that has no benefit.”

 

Global Vipassana Pagoda

Near the turn of the last century, Goenka laid the foundation for a 325-foot-high Global Vipassana Pagoda near Gorai Beach in Mumbai that was completed in November 2008 and opened in 2009. The pagoda contains the relics of the Buddha. It also houses a meditation hall that was built as a tribute to Goenka’s teacher who wanted to repay India’s kindness as the origins of Vipassana. Sayagya U Ba Khin was unable to travel to India due to difficulties in acquiring a passport and so Goenka actualised his wish on his behalf. He also hoped that this monument would act as a bridge between different communities, different sects, different countries and different races to make the world a more harmonious and peaceful place.

This photo of Global Vipassana Pagoda is courtesy of TripAdvisor

The Global Vipassana Pagoda in Mumbai (Photo credit: TripAdvisor)

The Global Vipassana Pagoda is the largest pillar-less stone dome structure in the world. It is twice as big as the Basilica of St. Peter at the Vatican and almost as tall as a 30-storey building. This architectural marvel is also one of the largest single-span stone domes in the world. It is said that approximately 2.5 million tonnes of stone were used in its construction. With a circular meditation hall at its centre that measures 280 feet in diameter and a seating capacity of 8,000, the Pagoda is perfectly positioned to play host to thousands of visitors from across the globe who are curious about the structure and Vipassana meditation.

Goenka explained in a 1997 article titled Why the Grand Vipassana Pagoda? how the Buddha’s relics can actually help people:

“Usually such pagodas are solid. But with the help of the most modern techniques of architecture, instead of building a solid pagoda, a vast meditation hall will be built within it, at the centre of which these sacred relics will be installed so that thousands of meditators can sit around them, meditating together and benefit from their Dhamma vibrations.”

Wikipedia, S.N. Goenka

 

This photo of Global Vipassana Pagoda is courtesy of TripAdvisor

The Vipassana Research Institute (Photo credit: Style Destino)

Vipassana Research Institute

Goenka strongly believed that theory and practice should go hand-in-hand, so he set up the Vipassana Research Institute to conduct studies and publish literature on the practice and its effects. The Institute primarily focuses on translating and publishing Pali texts and studying the effects of Vipassana in daily life.

 

Vipassana in Prisons

Goenka first brought Vipassana meditation into prisons in India before taking it to other countries. Aside from members of the police and military, the organisation counts as many as 10,000 prisoners who have attended the 10-day courses.

 

VIDEO: Doing Time, Doing Vipassana

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/GoenkaDoingTimeDoingVipassana.mp4

The 1997 documentary Doing Time, Doing Vipassana features an introduction of Goenka’s 10-day Vipassana classes at Tihar Jail in 1993 by Kiran Bedi, the then Inspector General of Prisons in New Delhi. Bedi had her guards trained in Vipassana first, and then she had Goenka give his initial ground-breaking class to 1,000 prisoners.

 

VIDEO: The Dhamma Brothers

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/GoenkaTheDhammaBrothers.mp4

In 2007, a documentary titled The Dhamma Brothers focused on a prison Vipassana meditation programme at Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, Alabama. The documentary followed four inmates who were convicted of murder. It also includes interviews with prison officials, guards and local residents as well as re-enactments of the inmates’ crimes.

This photo of Vipassana in prisons is courtesy of Vipassana Research Institute

Photo credit: Vipassana Research Institute

 

Teachings for All Sections of Society

Vipassana meditation has been taught to prison inmates and staff in many parts of India, Britain, New Zealand, the United States, Taiwan and Nepal. There are also permanent Vipassana centres established in two Indian prisons. The Government of India is convinced of its positive effects and has recommended that every prison in the country organise 10-day Vipassana courses for prison inmates and staff. This stunning endorsement has resulted in hundreds of prisoners participating in Vipassana retreats monthly. This does not include the thousands of police officers who have attended Vipassana courses in the centre at the Police Academy in Delhi and at other centres in India.

This photo of Meditation at Tihar Prison in New Delhi is courtesy of Uplift

Vipassana Meditation at Tihar Prison in New Delhi. (Photo credit: Uplift)

Vipassana is successfully practised by men and women from all walks of life. Social status, education level, economic advantages, religious beliefs, political clout or age – none of these factors hinder a person from practising Vipassana. Even the blind and those afflicted with leprosy have found their way to Vipassana through courses specifically organised for them.

Through outreach programmes, the practise of Vipassana was also introduced to school and college students, homeless children, drug addicts and business executives. The effectiveness of Vipassana has led many high-level organisations to encourage their employees to join these courses as part of their ongoing job training. These organisations run the gamut from the state governments of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh to the Oil and Natural Gas Commission and the Bhabha Atomic Research Institute.

 

Writings

A prolific writer and poet, Goenka composed his works in English, Hindi and Rajasthani. These works, in turn, have been translated into many languages. He has been invited to lecture by institutions as diverse as the Dharma Drum Mountain Monastery (of the late Venerable Sheng Yen) in Taiwan; the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland; and the Millennium World Peace Summit at the United Nations. At the Summit, he addressed the assembled spiritual leaders and stressed the overreaching importance of inner peace to effect real world peace.

In 2002, he spent four months bringing the Meditation Now Tour around North America. He was conferred the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian honour in India for social work, on the occasion of India’s 63rd Republic Day in 2012.

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Final Journey

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his respects at S.N. Goenka’s funeral ceremony

On 29th September 2013, Goenka passed away at his home in Mumbai. He was survived by his wife, the prominent Vipassana meditation teacher Elaichi Devi Goenka, and his six sons.

Upon his passing, the well-known American Buddhist author, Jack Kornfield, wrote,

“In every generation, there are a few visionary and profound masters who hold high the lamp of the Dharma to illuminate the world. Like the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh, Ven. S.N. Goenka was one of the great world masters of our time. [He] was an inspiration and teacher for Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg, Ram Dass, Daniel Goleman, and many other western spiritual leaders.”

Wikipedia, S. N. Goenka

Jay Michaelson wrote a Huffington Post article titled The Man who Taught the World to Meditate, in which he described Goenka as,

“a core teacher for the first generation of “insight” meditation teachers to have an impact in the United States.”

(Wikipedia, S. N. Goenka)

 

Quotes by S.N. Goenka

“May all beings find real peace, real harmony, real happiness.”
(Wikipedia, S. N. Goenka)

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“A teacher should not be made an idol, like a god. He is a teacher. If you want to get any help, you practice what is being taught, that’s all.”
(Indian Express interview, 2010)

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“I am not against conversion. In my speech at UN, the first thing I said was that I am for conversion, but not from one organised religion to another, but from misery to happiness, from bondage to liberation.”
(Indian Express interview, 2010)

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(On ritualism) “…if my teacher had asked me to perform rites or rituals, I would have said good-bye. My own Hindu tradition was full of rituals and ceremonies, so to start again with another set of rituals didn’t make sense. But my teacher said, ‘No ritual. Buddha taught only sila, samadhi, pragya. Nothing else. There is nothing to be added and nothing to be subtracted.’ As the Buddha said, ‘Kevalaparipunnam‘ (Pali: ‘The whole technique is complete by itself.’)”

(Shambhala Sun interview, 2001)

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“People are attracted by the results of the practice that they see in others. When a person is angry, the influence of that anger makes everybody unhappy, including themselves. You are the first victim of your own anger. This realisation is another thing that attracted me to the Buddha’s teaching.”

(Shambhala Sun interview, 2001) (Wikipedia, S. N. Goenka)

 

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Sources:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._N._Goenka
  • https://www.dhamma.org/en/about/goenka
  • http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=79881
  • https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/314384.S_N_Goenka

 

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  1. Aravind D. Dikshatar on Dec 12, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Very inspiring. Thank you.

  2. Pastor Shin Tan on Nov 20, 2018 at 4:22 am

    All enlightened beings are worthy of homage and worship. They are the best beings to take refuge in and we should offer them our prayers as we can put our full confidence in them. Of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, I personally find that Manjushri is extremely important. This is because what keeps us in samsara (cyclic rebirth) is our total ignorance and misunderstanding of the reality of existence. What is necessary to penetrate this deep ignorance that keeps us bound in a perpetual state of reincarnation is wisdom. We need many types of wisdom which can be acquired by relying on Manjushri as our yidam (meditational deity). By focusing on his meditation, practice, mantra and path we can gain wisdom in order to have the tool to penetrate the reality of existence. Therefore, Manjushri is an extremely important Buddha for us to focus on and take refuge in.

    Tsem Rinpoche

    (Photograph: this is the beautiful outdoor Manjushri statue who is in a teaching pose. He is floating above a koi fish pond nestled among lush greenery in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia)

    每一位觉者都能成为我们朝拜、膜拜的对象。他们是我们至高、至好的皈依,我们应该向他们做祈请,并且对他们生起全然的信念。在众佛菩萨之中,我个人认为文殊菩萨极为重要。这是因为使我们身陷娑婆(轮回)的是我们自身的无明,以及对实相的曲解。智慧是一种必要,它能穿透我们深不见底的无明,那个使我们受困于无止境投生的无明。我们需要多种智慧,而依止文殊菩萨作为我们的本尊,即能使我们成就多种智慧。透过文殊菩萨的观想、修持法门、心咒及修行道路,我们能成就智慧,拥有了知实相的“器具”。故此,专注于文殊菩萨的修持法门、皈依他,对我们而言都极为重要。

    詹杜固仁波切

    (相片:这尊户外文殊菩萨像呈转法轮姿。他被茂密的草木环绕,安坐在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的鱼池之上。)

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  3. Sofi on Sep 22, 2018 at 5:25 am

    S. N. Goenka had helped so many across the world to attain the peace from within and transformed so many lives. Watched the video of “Doing Time Doing Vipassana” and saw how even the hardest of criminals transforming their minds to be more at peace and kinder. Meditation had always been advocated within Buddhism as its a journey into understanding of self and reaching for the true Buddha nature to bloom. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for sharing this article and expanding our knowledge. May the benefit from meditation be felt in bringing better harmony to the world.

  4. Pastor Adeline Woon on Aug 22, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    Medicine Buddha puja encourages healing of all levels – physical, mental and emotional healing for those in need.

    High resolution file of this thangka is available for download for all dharma practitioners around the world and for those who just want sacred images in their environment. Enjoy, be blessed and share this with others.

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  5. Pastor Adeline Woon on Jul 28, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Nice short video of a new LED signage reminding us of who we can go to for blessings in case of need: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBwrkaKUoH0

  6. Joy Kam on Jul 26, 2018 at 3:19 am

    Listening to the chanting of sacred words, melodies, mantras, sutras and prayers has a very powerful healing effect on our outer and inner environments. It clears the chakras, spiritual toxins, the paths where our ‘chi’ travels within our bodies for health as well as for clearing the mind. It is soothing and relaxing but at the same time invigorates us with positive energy. The sacred sounds invite positive beings to inhabit our environment, expels negative beings and brings the sound of growth to the land, animals, water and plants. Sacred chants bless all living beings on our land as well as inanimate objects. Do download and play while in traffic to relax, when you are about to sleep, during meditation, during stress or just anytime. Great to play for animals and children. Share with friends the blessing of a full Dorje Shugden puja performed at Kechara Forest Retreat by our puja department for the benefit of others. Tsem Rinpoche

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  7. Anne Ong on Jul 9, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    it’s truly amazing that S. N. Goenka himself improved on his ego and also helped to cure his mirgraine that he had for 20 years after he started practicing Vipassna Meditation. And
    Vipassana is successfully practised by men and women from all walks of life.
    Love these quotes by S. N. Goenka. “May all beings find real peace, real harmony, real happiness.”
    “A teacher should not be made an idol, like a god. He is a teacher. If you want to get any help, you practice what is being taught, that’s all.” Thank you very much Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for this inspiring story. ??

  8. wan wai meng on Jun 28, 2018 at 3:05 am

    We owe much thanks to S.N Goenka for making Meditation accessible to many people around the world. Doing Time and Doing Vipassana was a truly awesome video, learnt a lot from it, and learnt that if people from all walks of life even criminals applied the buddha’s teaching the truth and dharma can be revealed to them.

  9. Li Kheng on Jun 9, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for sharing this post on S.N. Goenka. Meditation is a super method that works for everyone, unlike what many think. I have had the honor through the meditation retreat programs in Kechara Forest Retreat to see the quick difference meditation made in the participants: more joyful, open, warm.

    I have yet to join a 10-day retreat but after reading this article, I am motivated to sign up for a program this year!

  10. Cc on Jun 2, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Thank you Pastor and Rinpoche for sharing.

    Vipassana medidation.

    Had friends who went for 10 days Vipassana medidation in Gambang. Besides meditation, they are also doing silent retreat and shores within the 10 days period.

    Is like a mind and concentration training where they reflect back all their deeds within 10 days period especially on anger, ego and etc.

    Can see sone changes in them.

  11. Samfoonheei on May 16, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Beautiful biography of such an inspiring man…….Satya Narayan Goenka (born 1924) is the Principal Teacher of Vipassana, the practical quintessence of the Buddha’s teaching. A former industrialist born and raised in a conservative Hindu family in Myanmar. He was well-known for the global populariser of Vipassana meditation. He is living proof that the mental exercise of meditation is necessary in our lives. He has inspired many people from various religious beliefs with his simplicity way of meditation. He has taken up the task of spreading Vipassana across the world since 1969. And has instrumented in setting up of more than 80 centres in India and as well as hundreds more around the world. In the last years of his life he continued teaching the Dharma and inspiring many to practice it. He even wrote a number of books extensively on Vipassana and the teaching of the Buddha. And was awarded with a number of rewards for his amazing technique of meditations and teachings. He has left behind an imperishable legacy indeed.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline Woon for this inspiring article which I do enjoyed reading.

  12. Stella Cheang on May 15, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Thank you for this article that gets me thinking, what is the magic ingredient of this practice that makes it popular. More than 80 centres were set up in over 20 countries, and as many as 120,000 people had attended the 10-days Vipassana course taught by Ven. S.N. Goenka in 45 of his living years. This means Buddhist teaching has, through the Vipassana practice, reached out to so many people in so many countries. I think there are 2 key ingredients why Vipassana practice is popular. First part being that it cannot be done at home because lay people lack the discipline and technique to do so. The organiser made it a point to disclose the need to be discipline in the onset so that participants know what to expect. They also enforced it. Secondly, there are both tangible and intangible benefits from the practice but we often see people going away talking about the intangible benefits, like a quieter self, more in touch with the inner voice, etc. It is likely that people truly enjoy their self discovery without the outside voice. It is marvellous to see the achievement of Ven. S.N. Goenka and Vipassana practice, may more people benefit from it.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 22. 2022 01:28 PM
    The unmistaken incarnation of Panchen Sonam Drakpa was proclaimed to be Sonam Yeshe Wangpo. From birth, he spoke with clairvoyance and seemed to remember people and events of his past life. Even as a young man , he travelled tremendously as part of his retinue, with the 3rd Dalai Lama and gave various teachings as well. Throughout the journey, he had even composed verses to praise and commentaries on the teachings.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/sonam-yeshe-wangpo.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 22. 2022 01:26 PM
    Master Hongyi, a multitalented Buddhist Monk famous for being a talented writer and musician . He was one of the most celebrated and admired Buddhist monks in modern Chinese history. Born in wealthy family yet he choose to he was ordained as a Buddhist monk. Already, even as a child, developed an extraordinarily where he could memorised Buddhist text. Master Hongyi dedicated the rest of his life to Buddhist practice and became one of the most prominent monks of 20 Century China. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for this sharing of a great Lama Master.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/master-hongyi-the-maverick-patriarch-of-the-chinese-buddhism.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 17. 2022 04:24 PM
    Spirits and unseen beings are everywhere not only actually restricted to specific areas. Places such as cemeteries, abandoned houses or places where death occurred. There are many different types of spirits around us, unseen to the naked eye, but for some they could see it or sense their presence. Many people of different faith reported having experienced sense the presence of spirits. Interesting rather scary reading Steven Wong ghostly experienced in the motel . I have encounter such before staying in hotel . More scary I can say. That’s past history, since coming to Buddhism I am not scare at all , I will recite DS Mantra . Later do prayers and dedicate to them .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/paranormal-stories/paranormal-experiences-occur-everywhere-part-1.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 17. 2022 04:21 PM
    Reading this article written by Tsering Shakya, again as it tells us more and understand better of the situation suffered by Tibetan people. Due to the Dorje Shugden controversy many Tibetans suffered . Many of them migrated to other countries to the west for better opportunities. Tibetan culture and identity is inseparably linked to Tibetan Buddhism. Somehow once in a foreign land they tend to lose their traditions and cultures slowly over times. Living in foreign land , it difficult to maintain their true identity. For them Tibetans maintaining links to the homeland presents a very unique challenges tasks. If only the Tibetan leadership more opened, forgo the past and accepts as what HH Dalai Lama said that Dorje Shugden is no evil and do no harm. Tibetan Buddhist could continue practicing the Dorje Shugden’s practice. Tibetan should stand united to protect the Tibetan heritage and culture instead discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners so much so had divided the Tibetans. Many of them left and migrated else where to look for better livelihood.
    Tsem Rinpoche had gone through a rough time , rejected twice from the moment of birth from Taiwan to US and travelling to India where Rinpoche found a place called home then. Later to Malaysia as advice by his Guru.
    To this end, the discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners must end for the sake of the all Tibetans living in India and Nepal .
    A very good article by Tsering Shakya, more people should read it to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetans-rejected-twice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 17. 2022 04:19 PM
    Wow…that’s great , rejoice Pastor Joy, you have painted over a thousand Buddha statues over the years. Pastor you have a painter’s fine hands. I saw those Buddha ‘s images beautifully painted without formal training is a great achievement. Pastor has turn un-groomed images into something beautiful. A great painter that have put a lot of work into it and it has paid off .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Joy for sharing this with us for-most looking at most of the painted Buddha images tells us a thousand words.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/painting-buddha-statues
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 15. 2022 12:44 PM
    Feeling disappointed when someone a Sangha supposed to promote peace, harmony and helps to give teachings to those who are new instead promoting hatred, cursing another person. Its wrong to tell people to break their samaya with their teachers. They must be given the wrong information about Dorje Shugden and Shugden Buddhist practitioners . The Tibetan Leadership has spread their lies and causing misunderstanding among the Tibetans. The rights of Dorje Shugden practitioners were denied just because for practicing their religion as they have done for the past 400 years. Dorje Shugden practitioners are side-lined from their own community, denied medical care, education and even employment in government offices. The Tibetan Leadership has instituted this ban against Dorje Shugden causing sufferings among many. Sad indeed hopefully these controversy will dissolve soon as more people understand and know that Dorje Shugden is not an evil as claimed by the Tibetan leadership.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/go-on-break-your-samaya.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 15. 2022 12:42 PM
    Buddhism is one of the most popular religions all over the world. Buddha statues have different shapes, sizes, different gestures or mudras and styles of presentation. Well said by Tsem Rinpoche the bigger and more Buddha statues makes a difference in our life. It gives out more powerful positive and relaxing energy to help us. concentrate better. One of the methods for us to purify our karma to suit our current karma-bound situation. By circumambulating 500 mantra stones one time we could accumulate much more merits in just one round of circumambulation. All thanks to Rinpoche having this idea with many mantra stones as possible for us to circumambulate. The larger the Buddha image, the more merits are collected the greatest amount of benefit for one who sincerely circumambulating.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this amazing post and explaining all the details for us to understand more.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/bigger-and-more-buddha-statues-makes-a-difference.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 15. 2022 12:37 PM
    Ra Lotsawa said to be an emanation of Manjushri was a great tantric master who had used wrathful means to subjugate his opponents. He was declared to be a saint and a fully enlightened Buddha. Many viewed as a murderous villain with magical powers and by some as a liberator of human suffering. Ra Lotsawa used his power and magical abilities to defeat his enemies rather rivals to accumulate wealth. He received many Empowerments and practices, which came into conflict with other lamas. His life offers a rare view into the often overlooked roles of magic and sorcery in the Buddhist tradition. In the book The All-Pervading Melodious Drumbeat tells the story of Ra Lotsawa Dorjé Drak . It was written by Ra Yeshe Sengye, and translated for the first time into English. Despite this obsessed legacy, his fame also rests on an illustrious career as a translator of Buddhist scriptures. Ra Lotsawa was so revered in Tibetan Buddhism even though he was so evil where nobody can denied. Interesting read an classic account of one of the most colourful and memorable figures in Tibetan Buddhist history.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ra-lotsawa-the-yamantaka-hero.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 13. 2022 01:04 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing of Mumu , Such an adorable doggie and fortunate one staying with Rinpoche. All I can say is Mumu was energetic, intelligent, affectionate and could obey under the care , love of Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/funnies/mumu-goes-bye-bye.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 13. 2022 01:01 PM
    The true story of HH Dalai Lama fantastic escapes in comic form. Thats interesting as its simple, easy which is suitable for every one to read and see especially children. Children could see and understand through pictures. All thanks to Rinpoche and Kechara Comic Publication team for coming up with this book in comic form. The truth should make known to all , how Dorje Shugden has helped in the escape.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-greatest-escape-in-history.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 13. 2022 01:00 PM
    Tibetan incense is natural incense used in Tibetan Buddhism rituals for 1,300 years. In Tibet, for many centuries, incense has been a part of their daily lives. Widely used for relaxation, meditation and the cleansing of the home environment. Incense is also widely used in Buddhist temples and monasteries, as an offerings. In Buddhism, symbolic offerings are made to the Triple Gem, giving rise to contemplative gratitude and inspiration. Offering incense is a symbol of purification. It is a very powerful way to revitalize environment ,removing obstacles and purifying one’s karma. Incense offering to our Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden is indeed very helpful and beneficial. It helps in many ways as such to clear any obstacles ,and so on.All thanks to our Guru Tsem Rinpoche for sharing this practice .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrice Ooi for this sharing and explaining the details of incense. We are so fortunate to learn, understand and practice it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/incense-offering-to-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 13. 2022 12:58 PM
    Looking at the picture in this post tells all. That Russian boat workers risking his life just wanted to save this poor dog. Extreme freezing cold weather , yet that fisherman did what he needed to do. The dog was rescued and brought back to the shore ,running happily with other dogs. Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring, truly inspiring. Let our hearts be stretched out in compassion toward others even they are animals, they are one us. Compassion conquered all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/russias-soft-spot.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 6. 2022 01:54 PM
    11 December 1993 marked the date where a heart breaking tragedy strike at Highland Tower , located at Taman Hillview, Ulu Klang Selangor. It’s the very day when of the three blocks collapsed completely killing 50 residents. Bukit Antarabangsa area soon come to an almost complete halt as this area to be a high risk zone. The Highland Towers tragedy that happened is the worst high-rise building collapse in the nation’s history. The remaining residents shifted else way as the area considered not safe over the stability of the two other towers. Due to the number in deaths there it became haunted as many people have claimed and many creepy incident has happened. It is regarded to be the creepiest, most haunted places in Malaysia due to the Highland Tower incident. Its not surprising that one might have experiences or have seen weird things around the area. Krishna Rajagopal’s as one of them. Thanks for sharing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/paranormal-stories/bukit-antarabangsa-hauntings.html#
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 6. 2022 01:50 PM
    H E Tsem Rinpoche our Guru was the one who teaches us constantly, and has shown us the way. As we walk with the Rinpoche, we walk in the light of existence, away from the darkness of ignorance. Rinpoche was the one who teaches us what life is and also how to make the most of it. We are the only one who enlightened our path by removing the darkness of our ignorance and in the spiritual journey. Without Rinpoche many aspects of our life would have been unexplored. Not only our Guru will help us in our spiritual journey and in many other ways to transform our mind to be a better person. Enriching our life and widening our horizons. We are so fortunate to have connected with Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden in this life. Whatever advice given by Dorje Shugden should be taken seriously as Dharma.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands for imparting the immense wealth of knowledge and wisdom. I am where I am only because of Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-farm-of-your-mind.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 6. 2022 01:48 PM
    Language is important in every aspect of our lives as it allows people to communicate in a manner that enables the sharing of common ideas. More or less a communication tool used by everyone in their daily life . A very good idea of having Dharma teachings or whatever for more people to understand. Having Dharma in other languages where more people will get to learn and practice Dharma. Now its available in Nepali and Indonesian languages.…… a big hand applause to Valentina Suhendra and Mitra. Both are long time students of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche . Their fellow countrymen working in Malaysia and around the world will understand it better and may receive the benefits of practicing it. More will get to know of the Powerful Dorje Shugden .
    Thank you Rinpoche

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/videos/dorje-shugden-videos-in-indonesian-and-nepali.html

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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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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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
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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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After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
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Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
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We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
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William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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10 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
10 months ago
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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