Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns

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Buddhist nuns, otherwise known as bhikkhuni (Pali) or bhiksuni (Sanskrit) are fully ordained female Buddhist monastics. In Thailand, these nuns endure a lot of hardships. From arson and threats to the huge resistance in a male-dominated culture, they have to work very hard to be accepted and to emerge as religious leaders in their own right. Watch this eye-opening documentary below as the host Zainab Salbi takes us on a journey into the lives of some of Thailand’s renegade nuns. One of them renounced her successful life as a mother, scholar and TV personality to become an ordained nun as this is what makes her complete – spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

 

About the Documentary Host, Zainab Salbi

Zainab Salbi, the founder of Women for Women International was named one of the top 25 women who are changing the world by Oprah

Zainab Salbi, the founder of Women for Women International was named one of the top 25 women who are changing the world by Oprah

Iraqi-born Zainab Salbi is the founder of Women for Women International, an organisation that helps women who are victims of war, especially those who have been physically abused and suffer from poverty due to war.

Her humanitarian and development efforts have impacted over 400,000 women in eight different war-torn areas, distributing more than $100 million worth of aid and microcredit loans, which helped over 1.7 million families. Salbi’s main philosophy is that access to education and resources can create lasting change in the lives of many women.

Born in 1969, Salbi herself has had first-hand experience of war in Baghdad. Growing up during the Iran-Iraq war, she experienced a lot of fear due to her family’s close relationship with Saddam Hussein. Her father was Saddam’s personal pilot and head of the Iraq Civil Aviation Authority. Her family suffered a lot psychologically under his regime.

Fearing that little Salbi might be targeted by Saddam as she was growing up fast to be an attractive young lady, her mother arranged for her to be married to an older Iraqi living in the United States when she was 19. Her marriage turned out to be abusive and she escaped after three months, but was unable to return to Iraq due to the First Gulf War.

It was through her experience with war that Salbi became sensitive towards the plight of women in war. A few years after arriving in the US, she heard about the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and decided to do something. Together with her second husband, Amjad Atallah, they took action by establishing Women for Women International. At only 23 years old, Salbi dedicated her life in service of women war survivors. In 1993 her group began assisting 33 Bosnian and Croatian women.

Salbi launched her talk show, The Nidaa Show, in 2015 with TLC Arabia, and the show was aired across 22 countries in the Arab World. She dedicated the show to Arab and Muslim women, sharing their stories, challenges, and accomplishments. She started it with her first interview on Oprah Winfrey, which was historical, winning her several awards. She became the #1 Most Influential Arab Women by Arabian Business. Foreign Policy Magazine recognised her as one of the 100 Global Thinkers in the World. In People Magazine, Oprah named her as one of the top 25 women who are changing the world.

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Salbi then launched The Zainab Salbi Project original series with Huffington Post (2016), #MeToo, Now What? with PBS (2018), and Through Her Eyes with Zainab Salbi original series with Yahoo News (2019).

Salbi is also the author of her best-selling memoir, Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam. Other books she authored are The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival & Hope, If You Knew Me You Would Care, and Freedom Is an Inside Job: Owning Our Darkness and Our Light to Heal Ourselves and the World.

In the Huffington post series called The Zainab Salbi Project, Salbi probed into what it is like to be female spiritual leaders in Thailand, and the difficulties, challenges, as well as obstacles they face just because they are women. What we are about to learn is mind-blowing, especially coming from a country where Buddhism is deeply rooted.

 

Renegade Female Monks Of Thailand, The Zainab Salbi Project, Episode 3

Or view the video on YouTube at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MjZODhD4YU
 

The Tradition Of Ordaining Buddhist Nuns In The Theravada Tradition

Buddhist nuns or bhikkhunis, just like bhikkhus (male monks) live by the Vinaya vows. The very first ordained Buddhist nun or bhikkhuni by Lord Buddha was Buddha’s own aunt and foster-mother, Mahapajapati Gotami. She was the first female to seek ordination for women directly from Gautama Buddha and this was when the tradition of ordaining Buddhist nuns began. Since the first ordination of nuns and for several hundreds of years after, they were of equal status to their male counterparts, the male monks.

Mahapajapati Gotami, the first Buddhist nun ordained by Buddha Shakyamuni

Mahapajapati Gotami, the first Buddhist nun ordained by Buddha Shakyamuni

In the past, the female monastic lineage could only be found in Mahayana Buddhism, which was predominant in countries like China, Taiwan, Korea, and Vietnam. Recently, full monastic vows in the Theravada and Vajrayana tradition are also being sought after. However, there are many conservatives who still think that the ordination of Buddhist nuns done today are not valid.

According to the Buddha, women are just as capable as men in the practice of the Dharma and have the potential to achieve enlightenment. Records of sayings and deeds of pre-eminent Buddhist nuns can be found in the early Buddhist schools, such as the collection of famous poems composed by the elder nuns about enlightenment that are preserved in the Pali Canon.

The only difference between monks and nuns in the Theravadin tradition is the additional vows for nuns. These vows are known as the Eight Garudhammas, which some contest to be an attempt to push women into an inferior role, and are not really the teachings of Gautama Buddha. Based on the Garudhammas, nuns are subordinate to and reliant upon monks.

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Due to the difficulties and hardships that nuns have to endure, several historical places where the ordination of Buddhist nuns were once practiced have now faded out. According to historians, the order of Buddhist nuns flourished for 1,000 years in India and Sri Lanka, but due to the spread of Islam and the impact of various conflicts and political problems, these practices soon disappeared.

Hence, different forms of renunciation have been developed throughout the different Buddhist traditions. For example, women take the vows of sramaneri (novitiates) in Tibetan Buddhism, also known as Vajrayana Buddhism. As for the Theravadin tradition, women may choose to take on a shorter, informal set of vows which are similar to the sramaneri vows.

It is believed that between the 11th and 13th centuries, the Theravadin tradition of ordaining nuns died out and no new nuns were ordained. Since Thailand is traditionally ruled by a patriarchal society, the all-male officials of the Buddhist Sangha Supreme Council of Thailand enacted a ruling that forbids the ordination of nuns as it is deemed impossible without a living tradition.

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According to Thailand’s interpretation of the Theravada Buddhist scripture, a woman can only be ordained as a full-fledged Buddhist nun if there are 10 monks and 10 nuns present. Since there are no Buddhist nuns in Thailand, ordinations cannot take place. In 1928, female ordination was made illegal in Thailand.

Seen as rebels threatening the all-male monastic status quo, many female monastics such as Ven. Dhammananda have sought ordination with senior Buddhist nuns outside their tradition. With the revival of Buddhist nuns within the Theravada tradition in India, Sri Lanka, Germany, Indonesia, USA and Australia, this has been made possible. This new generation of nuns, however, are met with much resistance.

In conservative Thailand, the Buddhist clergy does not recognise ordained nuns. Females can only become maechi (novice nuns or female lay vow-holder), although currently there are around 270 ordained Buddhist nuns living in female monasteries across the country’s 76 provinces. Maechi are Buddhist laywomen who live the life of an ascetic, they hold the Eight or Ten Precepts, which are more than the Five Precepts taken by lay practitioners.

Buddhist nuns walk in the garden of the Sathira-Dhammasathan Buddhist meditation centre in Bangkok

With about 300,000 fully ordained monks, Thailand as a Buddhist country has a complex connection between the state and clergy. As such, the latter holds great influence and power within the system of governance. Even though the constitution of Thailand holds a clause that defends the freedom of religion, the male monks or bhikkhus used their influence on Thai authorities to ban the ordination of females in Thailand.

In a country where women are highly involved in science, education, and business, the Thai Buddhists’ customary exclusion of women seems strangely out of place. As such, women who wish to receive ordination into the Sangha will have to travel abroad. Sri Lanka is one of the countries that share the same school of Theravada Buddhism where female ordination was legalised in 1998.

Novice nuns, also known as maechi (female lay vow-holder), clad in white chanting mantras

Novice nuns, also known as maechi (female lay vow-holder), clad in white chanting mantras

In 2003, Venerable Dhammananda was the first Thai woman to receive full ordination as a Buddhist nun of the Theravada tradition in Sri Lanka. She is the Abbess of Songdhammakalyani Monastery, the first Buddhist nun centre in Thailand. Established in 1960, the monastery was founded by her mother Ven. Ta Tao Fa who was a Mahayana nun. The monastery was originally known as Wat Songdhammakalyani, the temple of women who uphold the Dharma.

Unfortunately, unlike their male counterparts, ordained nuns receive no support in funding and benefits from the government. They also face strong objections to their status and are often subjected to abuses and threats from the public. Despite this, more women are seeking ordination, but the backlash against them has also increased.

The International Women’s Meditation Center Foundation in Rayong, founded by Ven. Dr. Lee, has been the target of numerous attacks. In March 2016, a dormitory was set ablaze by arsonists. The Bangkok Post published that a group of drunkards shouted their intentions to burn down the centre for daring to ordain women. In another incident, a group of gun-wielding men destroyed the centre’s surveillance equipment after breaking into the centre. Despite Ven. Dr. Lee facing constant threats to her life and centre, she refuses to be intimidated and continues to run her centre as she has over 50 monastics whom she is responsible for.

Buddhist nuns receiving alms from the general public

Buddhist nuns receiving alms from the general public

The Songdhammakalyani Monastery, on the other hand, has been relatively free from abuse and danger. Ven. Dhammananda said that her centre is supported by a large percentage of the locals. She speculated that the incident in Rayong could be a ‘personal’ problem as the Rayong centre was new and one of the only two nuns there, Ven. Dr. Lee, is an American who is perceived to be an ‘outsider’ by the local people. Ven. Dhammananda said, estimating that 50% of the local people support them.

“We don’t have problems with the local community here, but we have problems when we deal with the government.”
~ Ven. Dhammananda

Source: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pg7j5g/the-buddha-said-all-were-equal-thailands-female-monks-fight-for-recognition

Although a clause defending the practice of religious freedom exists in the Thai constitution, there is an intention to revoke this clause, which will make the situation worse for the nuns in Thailand. The Thai immigration authority has allegedly rejected visa applications from Sri Lankan monks who intended to ordain women in the country during their visits. Buddhist nuns have also faced threats of arrest on charges for impersonating monks, a civil offence in Thailand.

The lay people paying respect to Buddhist nuns

Lay people paying respect to Buddhist nuns

At Songdhammakalyani Monastery, the nuns’ strategy is to avoid dealing with people who don’t support them as much as possible. Ven. Dhammananda said with the logic of a pragmatic practitioner,

“We don’t burden ourselves with their ignorance. If every step we take we have to care that we get approval, then we cannot do anything. Because I am an academic I always check what the text says, and then I am reassured that we are on the right path.” ~ Ven. Dharmmananda

Source: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pg7j5g/the-buddha-said-all-were-equal-thailands-female-monks-fight-for-recognition

Ven. Dhammananda further explained that the Buddha ordained nuns thousands of years ago, and this was written into the Buddhist scripture as “more or less” equal to men. Another Buddhist nun, Ven. Dhammacetana replied to the question of the difficulties in ordaining nuns that seemed to have been forgotten by the Thai society,

“It is still a world ruled by men, everywhere. Before the Buddha, women were viewed as lower than animals until the Buddha said all were equal, but after the Buddha, this was mostly forgotten.” ~ Ven. Dhammacetana

Source: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pg7j5g/the-buddha-said-all-were-equal-thailands-female-monks-fight-for-recognition target=”_blank”

Although gender biasness and institutional sexism is not a deterrent for women who want to become nuns, it is affecting some demographics more than others. Ven. Dhammananda shared that women who were educated with a degree or above make up more than two-thirds of those ordained as nuns annually. Overall in Thailand, less than a third of the total population have a degree.

Educated women have the privilege of time to research on the internet and discuss with others on the existence of ordained nuns. Those who are not as educated or in less privileged positions would have lesser opportunities to learn of the possibility of ordination and would certainly be deterred by the male monks should they broach the subject.

Buddhist nuns who had lived a worldly life and had careers before ordination can be of valuable service to other women, they can care for the sick and counsel women on issues which they may be uncomfortable sharing with monks.

Ven. Dhammananda told a story about a woman who stayed at her monastery in-between her chemotherapy sessions for breast cancer as she had no one to look after her at home. “It is very sad”, said Ven. Dhammananda and then surprisingly broke out with a smile, “But I told her not to worry; when you get to our age, what do you need breasts for anyway?” In this story, it shows how female monastics are able to play the role in taking care of the sick who have no one to turn to or talk to about sensitive subjects, be it medical or otherwise.

Training to be novice nuns before the ordination ceremony

Training to be novice nuns before ordination ceremony

The number of Buddhist nuns are constantly increasing as they patiently educate the public and gradually gain their approval. With monks having been accused of many recorded misdeeds, including child abuse, instigation of racial hatred and sexual abuse, the nuns could potentially play the influencing role for some reformation in Thailand. They are also powerful representation for the call on gender equality.

On the role of Songdhammakalyani Monastery, Ven. Dhammananda concluded in tandem with the Buddhist tenet of compassion, “It is our intention to provide a place for all women to come, to practice, and to feel at home.”

Annually, in April and December, Ven. Dhammananda will hold ordination ceremonies for women to be ordained into the Buddhist order as novice nuns at her monastery. These women, from young to old, bravely defy the Thai Buddhist tradition by being ordained and by having their heads shaved, staying in the monastery for nine days and replacing their white garments for the saffron robes, same as those of male monks.

However, since the ordination of bhikkhunis or nuns are banned in Thailand, any women who wish to become a full-fledged nun will have to go to countries where female ordinations are accepted, such as in Sri Lanka.

 

Brief Bio on Venerable Dhammananda

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At the age of 40 in 2003, Dr. Chatsumarn Kabilsingh received her name Venerable Dhammananda upon ordination into the sangha under the ordination lineage of Syamopali from the Dambulla chapter in Sri Lanka.

Prior to her ordination, she taught for 27 years in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Thammasat University, Bangkok and is a well-known author of many contemporary books on Asian Buddhism and issues of women’s position in the society. Being an illustrious student of Theravada Buddhism, she even hosted her own TV show which aired in the mid-80s on Buddhist practices.

At 74, she is now the Abbess and most senior female monk at Songdhammakalyani Monastery in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. She laughs at being often mistaken as a male monk with her shaved head and saffron robe, especially when entering female washrooms.

Because no monk in Thailand would ordain her, Ven. Dhammananda went abroad to Sri Lanka in 2003 to be ordained in the Theravada tradition, which is practised throughout Southeast Asia. She was the first woman in Thailand to receive her ordination vows.

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Before going for her ordination and taking on celibacy, she divorced her husband and explained her decision to her three sons, keeping good terms with them. Returning to Thailand, Ven. Dhammananda continues to face hostility and censure from the public, but she never gave up in propagating the path for females to take ordination and Buddhist practices.

The monastery which she heads, Songdhammakalyani Monastery, was established by her mother after her own ordination in Taiwan. She founded the monastery in 1960 upon purchasing the land from the Queen of King Rama VI. Like China, Taiwan allows females to be ordained into the Mahayana tradition, a tradition more commonly practised there. Ven. Dhammananda’s grandmother also went overseas to be ordained as a nun.

Ven. Dhammananda giving teachings to her disciples

Ven. Dhammananda giving teachings to her disciples

The Songdhammakalyani Monastery is the first all-female monastery in Nakhon Pathom, just 53 km west of Bangkok. It is the first temple in Thailand built by women, for women. Songdhammakalyani Monastery currently houses 7 of the 270 Buddhist nuns in Thailand, all of them were ordained overseas.

Labelled in Thailand as a dangerous dissident, Ven. Dhammananda has since ordained over 700 working women. These women spend 9 days observing the life of a nun and then return to their lives outside.

She has been working with His Holiness the Dalai Lama since 1980 on the ordination of Buddhist nuns, as she found that currently there are only female novices in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. So far, she has not been successful with this as His Holiness said he will wait to see if other senior monks would consider joining him or otherwise. Ven. Dhammananda is not very hopeful about that happening any time soon. She has also travelled to Myanmar with the same motivation to help women become nuns, but found it has been impossible. In Myanmar, if a nun is ordained in Sri Lanka, she will be disrobed and sent to prison.

An affectionate moment with her dog

Ven. Dhammananda having an affectionate moment with her dog

Looking back, Ven. Dhammananda was inspired by her parents’ courage. Her mother once rode a motorbike all the way to Singapore from Bangkok to impress her male students. Her father was an opposition politician who was often jailed. In her own words, “I never realized how brave they were until I grew up”.

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More information about Ven. Dhammananda’s monastery:

Songdhammakalyani Monastery

Address:
195 Petkasem Highway, Muang District,
Nakhonpathom,
73000 Thailand

Tel: +66 34 258 270 (front desk)
Front desk opening hours (phone calls/visitors): 8.30 AM – 5 PM
Email: dhammananda9d@gmail.com

Map to the Songdhammakalyani Monastery. Click to enlarge


Map to the Songdhammakalyani Monastery. Click to enlarge.

 

Brief Bio On Venerable Dr. Lee

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58-year-old Leaura Naomi is known as Bhikkhuni Dr. Lee after she was ordained into the sangha. She is an American Buddhist nun who went to Thailand in support of Thai women who wish to be nuns, braving strong criticism and backlash from the Thai Buddhist clergy who oppose the ordination of nuns.

With the setup of the Theravada Buddhist monastery in Rayong, called the International Women’s Meditation Center Foundation, she faced many threats of kidnap, assault and arson. One of her buildings was set ablaze by a group of drunk men. In another incident, the American Embassy came to her rescue after she called them in desperation as her centre was surrounded by a gang of armed men. They had entered the compound and destroyed the surveillance system.

Ven. Dr. Lee was born in Yonkers, New York to a Christian family and taught at Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan universities after graduating from Colorado University with a Ph.D. in geography. At 31, she was ordained as a Buddhist nun in Colorado and went to Thailand in the year 2000. She had read of Thailand being a Theravada Buddhist country with more than 300,000 monks and novices in 30,000 temples. With the missing element of Buddhist nuns, she decided to introduce this new cultural element to the Thais. Ven. Dr. Lee is the only American Buddhist nun residing in Thailand amongst the few hundreds of Thai nuns who are still not recognised.

Ven. Dr. Lee with young disciples at The International Women’s Meditation Center Foundation

Ven. Dr. Lee with young disciples at The International Women’s Meditation Center Foundation

The International Women’s Meditation Center Foundation aims to create gender equality in Buddhism, by establishing nuns as social leaders in Thailand and Myanmar. In Thailand, a female child could be sold for as low as USD100 due to poverty and family hardship. Hence, Ven. Dr. Lee’s monastery offers a sanctuary for underprivileged female children to learn and grow in safety.

More information about Ven. Dr. Lee’s monastery:

International Women’s Meditation Center Foundation

Address:
81/38 Mu 6, Ban Nern Soutong Road
Tapong, Amper Muang, Rayong
21000 Thailand

Phone: +66 (0)38-664-904
Mobile: +66 (0)85-173-8737
E-mail: drlee2546@gmail.com

Map to International Women’s Meditation Center, Rayong. Click to enlarge.


Map to International Women’s Meditation Center, Rayong. Click to enlarge.

 

Thoughts from Phra Thepvisudthikawee of the Buddhist Protection Centre who is against the Bhikkhuni tradition

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The Secretary-General of the Buddhism Protection Center of Thailand, Phra Tepvisutthikawee said that it is pointless to have any discussion on the ordination of Buddhist nuns. He mentioned that since it is not permitted under the Dhamma Vinaya, the question of fairness should not even arise. Theravada Buddhism operates on the monastic rules interpreted from the collection of scriptures in the Pali Canon.

From Zainab’s interview with Phra Thepvisudthikawee, it is obvious that his view does not encourage equality in ordained nuns. However, this is not necessarily the case with other male Buddhist leaders such as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, who had on numerous occasions stated that he believed women should be treated equally in having access to a full Buddhist nun ordination. Unfortunately, His Holiness claims he does not have the authority to implement such ordination for the entire Buddhist sangha or community.

 

Conclusion

After female monastic practice phased out between the 11th and 13th centuries due to political turmoil, controversy and obstacles, the tradition of ordaining nuns, which was started by Buddha 2,500 years ago, is finally going through a slow revival. The renascence of Buddhist nun in countries like Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and China is made possible through the efforts of a few powerful ordained female monastic leaders such as, Ven. Dhammananda and Ven. Dr. Lee who will fight dharmically to restore the bhikkhuni lineage back into society.

It is not right for the Buddhist Sangha Supreme Council of Thailand, which comprises of all-male council members, to enact the ruling in 1928 that forbids the ordination of Buddhist nuns. This rule is still in force to this day, although the Thai constitution provides for freedom of religion.

By right, men and women should have equal opportunities to receive monastic ordination. This discrimination is what women in Thailand are working hard to overcome and it is what Ven. Dhammananda and Ven. Dr. Lee are facing. They are seeking the equality that Buddha had espoused 2,500 years ago with the first ordination of his aunt and foster mother, Mahapajapati Gotami as a nun.

Shaving the head in preparation of ordination as a novice nun.

Shaving the head in preparation of ordination as a novice nun.

The discrimination that Buddhist nuns in Thailand face is very much similar to the discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners. The so-called leaders who swore to uphold the constitutional rights of the people are the ones who are breaking it for their own self-serving agendas. While the women in Thailand seek to overcome the ban on female monasticism, Dorje Shugden practitioners around the world seek to overcome the ban on the worship of an established Dharma Protector practice. Such forms of discrimination have no place in today’s society where every modern democratic government promises the freedom to practice whatever religion they choose. The only way to fight discrimination is to bring awareness to the issue so that more people will question the validity of the discrimination.

Another way to fight the discrimination against having Buddhist nuns is by ordaining more nuns and creating temples, or centres managed by female monastics all over the world. Establishing female ordination as a mainstream practice will make it harder for anyone to impose gender-based discrimination. People like Ven. Dhammananda and Ven. Dr. Lee are champions of female ordination and they will be the source of inspiration for many more Buddhist nuns to come. The obstacles and great hardships they endure in bringing equality to women in Buddhism make them truly great heroines. Give them your support. Write them, visit them and write into the authorities for them. Bring more media attention to their plight and pray for them to succeed. Women’s spirituality are just as important as men’s and that is a fact of existence.

 

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  1. Pastor Albert on Jul 8, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    This is so familiar, being a Dorje Shugden practitioners, I can understand the feeling of being discriminated, beside the discrimination, you don’t get the support you need too to continue your spiritual practice. In Buddhism, it is very bad Karma when you are stopping or creating obstacles for anyone to practice Dharma.

    Discrimination not only happened in the social world, but also in the Sangha community, Buddha taught us to see everyone as equal, in the eyes of Buddha, whether you are male or female, human, animals, gods, etc, all life form to them are equally important, there is no such thing as who is more superior and who is not, because all sentient beings also has the quality to gaining enlightenment.

    It is not easy for Venerable Dhammananda, she has to overcome the rejection from her family, then she have to travel abroad to get ordained, and back to Thailand to open a centre and yet, people are trying to stop it. Why can’t the others just focus on their own practice and leave them to do what they want? they are not doing any crime, they are not hurting anyone, it’s better to spend the same amount of effort and time to catch the criminals and not let just police to do it, then the country will be a very safe place to live in.

  2. Ummamageswari on Jul 2, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Thank you so much for this article. This article is mainly about Thailand’s renegade yet powerful Buddhist nuns. By reading this article, i get to know that Buddhist nuns, are known as bhikkhuni (Pali) or bhiksuni (Sanskrit) where they are fully ordained female Buddhist monastics.

    From threats to the huge resistance in a male-dominated culture, Buddhist nuns have to work very hard to be accepted and to emerge as religious leaders in their own right. Thank you.

  3. Chris on Jun 15, 2019 at 4:44 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche and the blog team for this excellent article. From this article, we can clearly see the struggle of female monastic in Thailand and the challenges they face in their daily lives. Even though the problem of female ordination in Thailand seems to be a religious issue, it is in fact more complicated that it seems.

    It is inspiring to see courageous nuns that fight against social norms to be ordained. They are literally fighting for their spirituality. People like Venerable Dhammananda and Venerable Dr Lee fought against all odds to set up their monastery in Thailand and began the tradition of ordaining women.

    Even after Venerable Dr Lee’s monastery was attacked several times, she refused to leave the country against the advise of the embassy. She is willing to risk her life to take care of the spirituality of the nuns who are in her monastery. She is a true following of Buddha’s teachings which is to be selfless.

  4. Samfoonheei on Jun 10, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Thailand has an ancient culture that only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, has forbidden the ordination of women. The country does not recognize female monks or novices even till today. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the un recognised all-female monastery. Thailand’s first female monk 74 year old Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, flew to Sri Lanka to be ordained against the odd. Those who wanted to be a nun or novices ,were all ordained abroad. Till today female Buddhist monastics in Thailand continue to fight for their right to practice Buddhism . Interesting read of the brief biography on Venerable Dhammananda and Venerable Dr. Lee. How they gone through great hardships, discrimination and against the many odds in bringing equality to women in Buddhism in Thailand. May both continue with their good work .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring post of two great heroines.

  5. Yee Yin on Jun 10, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us this interesting article. It is very sad to see how the monk community in Thailand discriminates the nuns. To me, this is very hypocritical. If these monks really believe in Buddha’s teachings, they should understand that all beings have the potential to become a Buddha.

    According to Lamrim, the perfect condition to practice Dharma and achieve enlightenment is in human form that is without physical or mental disability. There is no mention of female having limited ability to gain realisations. When someone wants to renounce, we should rejoice and give full support. But the Thai monks make the full ordination a privilege of the male gender.

    The origin of the 8 Garudhamma is dubious, it might not have come from Buddha Shakyamuni himself. Buddha Shakyamuni was very respectful to female, this can be seen by how he had given permission to allow his aunt/step mother to become an ordained Sangha and gave the highest honour of principal female disciple to Uppalavanna who was a prostitute before she became a nun. Female does have the same ability to achieve enlightenment. If we want Buddhism to spread further and wider, we should encourage more people to renounce and become a Sangha member regardless of their gender.

  6. Tsa Tsa Ong on Jun 8, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    This is truly an inspiring story about females going against all odds to become ordained nuns. They will be the source of inspiration for many more Buddhist nuns to come. The obstacles and great hardships they endure in bringing equality to women in Buddhism make them truly great heroines. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this inspring story. ?????

  7. Stella Cheang on Jun 6, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Man made rules due to self-serving agenda, fear and ignorance hinder mankind’s path to enlightenment. The discrimination that Buddhist nuns in Thailand face is a typical example. Thailand, known for the reverence to Buddhism, is only half true. Quoting selective source of scripture, the female population is not recognised to be ordained under Thailand Theravadin traditions. In a direct manner, the Thai monastic establishments promote gender biasness and institutionalise sexism by deterring women to become nuns. May the people in position take charge and make the change faster and better. Thank you for this article.

  8. Bradley Kassian on Jun 5, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    The Bhikkhuni ordination might be a complicated prossess in Thailand but I do hope one day real change will come. Buddha did ordain women into the Sangha, and women are just as capable as men at attaining enlightenment. The discrimination against the nuns currently in Thailand is disheartening but I do hope they pull through. Bans do nothing but divide people, we need to create a culture of tolerance and unify people. The nuns have my deepest respect, as they have devoted their life to renunciation and helping sentient beings.

  9. Pastor Adeline Woon on Jun 5, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    The Bhikkhuni ordination may be a religious issue but it does not seem to be a pure and straightforward one. As we dwell into the core of the matter, we can see that there are certain individuals of the opposite gender (monks and politicians) parties who are using religion to control people and finances, unfortunately. This is not something new but a chronic one that is purely discriminating against the female gender as a whole.

    The discrimination, especially to the Buddhist nuns in Thailand, is identical to the discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners. Those in authority who are supposed to uphold the constitutional rights of the people decided to break the rules solely for their personal agendas including money, fame and power. The women in Thailand and those ordained in the Thai Forest tradition and etc. around the world are now coming together to seek ways to overcome the ban on female monasticism. Similarly, the Dorje Shugden practitioners around the world seek to overcome the ban on the worship of an established Dharma Protector practice.

    It is amazing how such forms of discrimination still exist in today’s society where the modern democratic government promises religious freedom and freedom of choice. These strong and inspiring women know very clearly that the only way to fight discrimination is to bring awareness to the issue. When more people starting to question the validity of the discrimination, there will be hope for it to be diminished. It is never an easy fight towards such long-standing discrimination, but it is necessary to continue and persist at it because this is how samsara operates.

    It will be wonderful that one day soon that all illogical and unreasonable bans will be lifted so everyone regardless of gender, race, nationality… can enjoy their basic rights to the fullest.

  10. Lum Kok Luen on Jun 5, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Thank you Your Eminence for sharing this wonderful story.
    If one yearns for the Dharma, there is no hardship that is too great for ome to overcome. These two wonderdul nuns have demonstrated their wonderful compassion in wanting to help others especially women to access Dharma equally.
    Equanimity is one of the characteristics that we must develop in our path.
    Very inspiring true stories.
    Thank you Your Eminence.

    Humbly yours
    Lum Kok Luen

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  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Jun 4. 2020 12:01 AM
    Today there are more people turning to be a vegetarian. Vegetarians are usually more conscious about the earth and their overall health. People should consider becoming vegetarian because it has health benefits, reduces animal abuse, and helps reduce the risk of some diseases.

    Vegetarian diet has become mostly accepted in many cultures for its limitless benefits. It will be a healthy option if we choose to adopted to be a vegetarian with well balance diet. Of course going green definitely keeps immunity higher.

    Thank you for the knowledgeable sharing article, It is important for people around the world to understand the importance of being vegetarian.
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jun 3. 2020 11:20 PM
    It is very beautiful. The house you wish for in Colorado is a dream which is waiting to be fulfilled into reality but this one is real. You will find you won’t have any problems going for retreats when you feel you want to have a change of environments or to get away.
    A perfect place for prayers, meditation and retreats.Thank you very much for the good article with nice pictures.


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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 3. 2020 01:41 PM
    Nearly everyone has had weird, scary experiences, things that happen in life that seem to defy any sort of rational explanation. Unexplained at times. For me I am not scare as long as I do not disturb them. In fact feel sad for them, will dedicate my prayers to them now since prayers can help them. Ghost and spirit haunting always seem to be up to mischief at times. Watched those videos……interesting when the mysterious and unexplained happens such as the ‘moving pint’ incident at the pub. Interesting sharing of ghost footage taken in different pubs around the world.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ghosts-in-the-pub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 3. 2020 01:40 PM
    Andy Mattia a friend of our Lama…Tsem Rinpoche lost and found after 24 years . Rinpoche had not forgotten about him and recollected some of the finest moments of life with him. Its not too late , at least for a moment Rinpoche knew of his passing and had a picture of him after all these long years. A friend like Andy whom Rinpoche do not want to lose as he was kind and generous ,helping Rinpoche during the most difficult times at Los Angeles, California. Interesting read of how the writers managed to search and search without giving up and found it at last .Interesting video too.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/andy-mattia-the-long-lost-friend.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 3. 2020 01:37 PM
    Everyone in the world has the right to practice what one ‘s own religion, and beliefs. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. Its their choice and no one are above the law saying one should or should not pray to this and that. Our lama Rinpoche had been targeted all this years just because Rinpoche chose to continue practicing Dorje Shugden. Rinpoche had been abused online with all sorts of ugly words or so. Dorje Shugden ‘s practitioners been discriminated is really sad, just because one religious beliefs. NOT only that Rinpoche’s student too targeted using nasty words as well. Dorje Shugden is accused to be a evil spirit, they should checked and read the history and origin before commenting. Recently i did received nasty and disgusting comments too on my postings in FB. Who are they to comment , such a nonsense . Well they will soon have to swallow their own words.
    Those Dorje Shugden practitioners are not allowed to participate in many events , denied service and so forth. Reading all the untrue and nonsense comments , felt sickening and shocking. As Buddhist we should respect each other and make peace , harmony not ‘war’.
    Thank you for this sharing ,hopefully more are aware of what the ban on Dorje Shugden has caused. Enough is enough , may the ban soon be history.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/will-the-dalai-lama-agree-with-this.html
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Jun 2. 2020 05:00 PM
    Truly a great teacher and after years of wandering, the first monastery in the Ajahn Chah tradition was found followed by many monasteries and continues to flourish.He left the world a legacy of a GREAT TEACHER of his teachings,and realizations of the Buddha dharma.
    Despite all this, Ajahn Chah attracted an increasing number of followers who wanted to become his disciples. Thank you very much for the good sharing.

    https://bit.ly/2U2hJtx
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jun 2. 2020 01:18 PM
    For more than a thousand years, artists have played a key role in the cultural life in Asia. At Tibet, Kashmir, and Nepal their arts flourished as its equally important part of their culture, architecture and their way of living to the outer world. The artist using art to express their knowledge, skills . The art painting reveal the way of lifestyle and strong belief they have in Buddhism. From the book ‘Arts from the Rooftop of Asia , Chinese has influence in the Tibetan paintings of thangkas and many art paintings in the region. Religious influence on Nepalese handicrafts. Interesting book revealing the history of arts with rare and precious pictures.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/arts-from-the-rooftop-of-asia-tibet-nepal-and-kashmir.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jun 2. 2020 01:15 PM
    Very touching watching the short video, how affection and love the cat . The dead owner must have treated well and gave a lot of love to this cat . Well the lovely cat hugs and leaning its face against the video screen. Animals cannot tell us their feelings and thoughts, but they can use touch and body language to communicate. Animals do express emotion, such as grief and joy, just like one of us. They can be very loyal and protective. Do not hurt them , give them care and love.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/a-touching-hug
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Jun 1. 2020 03:45 PM
    Helena Roerich , a multi-talented Russian writer, artist, theosophist, intrepid explorer, healer and philosopher, was a great inspiration to her husband Nicholas throughout their lives.
    I wonder what kind of karma she had or the life she had lived before this life for her to be spiritual since young.Thank you for the inspiring article.

    https://bit.ly/2XIkcKI
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 31. 2020 11:45 AM
    H. E.the 12th Dagom Rinpoche was recognized as reincarnate lama, the by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. He was known for teaching the Buddha Dharma and providing spiritual advice to thousands around the world. He was one of the lamas who openly fought the ban on Dorje Shugden’s practice by the Tibetan leadership. He paid a heavy price for his devotion to his gurus and commitment on the practice of Dorje Shugden. He was well known as a loving prolific teacher, scholar, writer, yogi and a great tantric master. That was before the ban , sadly all his student turned against him as such he moved to Nepal . He worked tirelessly to spread Dharma till he entered parinirvana.
    H E the 13th Dagom Rinpoche is back, with at least 20,000 people in attendance of Tibetans watched as the young reincarnation was enthroned as per tradition. The over respond attendance of the enthronement is an auspicious omen for things to come having a lama taking rebirth inside Tibet. A reincarnation of a great lama is back as proof that those who rely on Dorje Shugden as a Dharma protector do not take rebirth in the three lower realms as claims by the Tibetan leadership. Looking at those rare, precious pictures of the grand enthronement paints a thousand words. Thousands came in droves to welcome the young incarnation.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/enthroning-a-dharma-king-the-13th-dagom-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 31. 2020 11:42 AM
    Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei a prolific writer was a reincarnation of one of Buddha Shakyamuni’s disciples and also a key disciple of Drepung Monastery’s Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. He had composed books, wrote numerous texts and prayers. Even translated other works, Buddhist texts from Tibetan language to Oirat language while still serving the religious needs of the Oirat tribes in Dzungaria, Mongolia . Zaya Pandita spread Tibetan Buddhism to the Oirats, the Khalkha and even the Kalmyk people as far as in Russia. Zaya Pandita developed the Clear Script. He also wrote a biography of the First Khalkha Jetsundampa Zanabazar. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this sharing.\\

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/zaya-pandita-luvsanperenlei-1642-1708.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 30. 2020 02:54 PM
    Stunning Lady Vajrayogini looks so beautiful with all these ornament offerings. Fortunate able to see such a beautiful Lady Vajrayogini. Its take a lot of time and hard work for the team . Rejoice to all. It is indeed very meritorious offering beautiful things to the Buddhas.
    A good teachings from Rinpoche explaining of why its important for us to offer beautiful ornaments to the Buddhas.
    Thank you Rinpoche .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dont-miss-this-offering-onto-vajra-yogini.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 30. 2020 02:52 PM
    The Mahabodhi temple is a UNESCO World heritage site, and been one of the 7 wonders of the Buddhist world has attracted hundred thousands of pilgrims yearly. It is the place where Gautama Buddha attained Enlightenment and under the Bodhi Tree. Its sad as it was targeted by terrorist, a series of ten bombs exploded in and around the Mahabodhi Temple complex. That was in 2013, early morning serial explosions rocked the Mahabodhi Temple injuring 2 monks and
    destroying certain parts in the pond of the Mahabodhi Temple. Windows were shattered at one of the buildings, while a wooden door at a small temple was destroyed. Luckily the temple inside was intact. The security of the temple was then tightened after this incident ever since . Some metal detectors and more cops and checkpoints were put in place. Attacks on Buddhists are rare in India, but these unfortunate incident somehow did happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/mahabodhi-temple-attacked.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 30. 2020 02:50 PM
    Tajikistan is a country in Central Asia surrounded by Afghanistan, China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. It’s known for rugged mountains, popular for hiking and climbing. Sunni Islam is, by far, the most widely practiced religion in Tajikistan. Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. Beliefs are a choice. We have the power to choose our beliefs. Our beliefs become our reality Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. The status of respect for religious freedom eroded during recent years. Government policies reflected a concern about Islamic extremism .Tajikistan is unique in the world because it is illegal for people under age 18 to practice religion publicly, which includes attending mosques. Women are not allowed by the government to enter certain mosques and wearing black hijabs. Shops are not allowed to sell too and women are to wear traditional Tajik colours. Not only that additionally to it, the government places strictly limits on pilgrimage visits. As reportedly they harassed devotees by forcibly shaving their beards which are not allowed. Hundreds of thousands of men even children as young as seven years old in Tajikistan arrested in recent years for wearing a beard. Banning beards and dresses is really odd. It’s the government campaign against the adoption of Islamic cultural practices. Sad human rights within Tajikistan were been violated and basic human rights remains limited . Tajikistan continues to struggle with human rights till today.Interesting read of government’s fear leading to problems further.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tajikistans-battle-against-beards-to-fight-radicalisation.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, May 29. 2020 11:30 PM
    Thanks for the interesting topic sharing where most people have great interest and
    curiosity about. Whether we choose to believe in the paranormal or not, we all have to realize that there are many strange things that has happened to all of us that are unexplainable.

    To me paranormal activities are considered as something close to religion too because in every single religion they always talk about spirits and etc. It’s whether you believe in the spiritual world or not sometimes it’s eerie and fascinating to read about all the things that go bump in the night.

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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.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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
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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!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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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
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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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
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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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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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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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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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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Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
3 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
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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
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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
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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
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3 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!
3 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!
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
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
3 months ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
4 months ago
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
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