The Body of a Buddha: A Road Map to Liberation

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When the historical Buddha, Prince Siddhartha Gautama, achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, he came to be regarded as a perfect being. As such, his physical body was said to bear the marks and signs of this perfection. His perfect physical body was the direct result of three aeons of cultivating virtues during his many rebirths. In Lama Tsongkhapa’s Songs from Experience, the Buddha’s enlightened body is a “body born of ten million virtues and excellences.”

When Prince Siddhartha was born, the seer Asita came to visit the new-born prince. Many of you familiar with the story of the Buddha will remember that it was at this point that the seer gave King Suddhodana a prophecy. On examining the baby prince, he found marks and signs indicating that the prince would either grow up to become a great king, or a great spiritual leader of men. What Asita saw on the child were some of the marks and signs of a being who had practised many virtues during his previous lifetimes.

Within the Mahayana tradition, the enlightened beings are said to have three types of bodies: the Dharmakaya (truth body), the Sambhogakaya (enjoyment body), and the Nirmanakaya (emanation body). While the Dharmakaya has no perceivable form, both the Sambhogakaya and the Nirmanakaya do. These two bodies of the enlightened beings are said to have the 112 physical marks or characteristics of a Buddha. These are broken down into two categories, the 32 major marks and the 80 minor marks.

These signs and marks are said to appear only on the body of someone who is exemplary because they denote the inner qualities of that person. Furthermore, it is also a sign that this person or being can leave imprints in the minds of others to achieve those very same qualities. When we study and understand the meaning behind these marks, we come to the realisation that they serve as reminders of the qualities that we should practise in our daily lives on our path to spiritual perfection. Not only do the Buddhas teach the Dharma verbally, but even their bodies are used as roadmaps to enlightenment itself.

Throughout Buddhist history, scholars have differed in their opinions about the 32 major marks of an enlightened being. They are divided into two camps: those who believe that the physical attributes are real, and those who think that they are merely symbolic.

 

Physical Attributes

Some scholars say that the 32 major marks are real physical attributes on the body of a Buddha.

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A Buddha, however, can manifest in whatever form is required to suit the needs of sentient beings. Therefore the 32 marks are not always easily perceivable. According to historical accounts, Buddha Shakyamuni took on the form of a renunciate, with a shaved head, robes made of rags stitched together, and who had abandoned all worldly pleasures.

This is made clear in certain sources such as the Samannaphala Sutra, which recounts the story of King Ajatashatru who could not identify Buddha Shakyamuni amongst the assembly of monks. Similarly, in the Upakkilesa Sutra, Buddha Shakyamuni was stopped from entering his grove again, because the grove caretaker did not recognise him.

This does not mean that the Buddha did not have the 32 major marks, because in a commentary on the Dhatu Vibhanga Sutra, we read that the Buddha concealed his major marks during a meeting with Pukkusati, who only recognised the Buddha after hearing his voice during the teaching.

The fact that ordinary beings are not able to recognise the Buddha is not surprising because these marks are fully visible only to other enlightened beings.

 

Mythical Symbolism

Other scholars claim that the marks are merely symbols corresponding to the spiritual attainments of a Bodhisattva. They are karmic signatures of great beings who have practised the Dharma and cultivated virtue throughout countless lifetimes.

In the Abhisamayalamkara, as taught by the Bodhisattva Maitreya and recorded by his student Asanga, it states that the merit needed to produce a single hair on the body of a Buddha is equal to ten times the collected merits of the sravakas or arhats, pratyekabuddhas or solitary-realisers, and all other ordinary sentient beings. The accumulation of a hundred times these merits generates the causes for each of the 80 minor marks. It is through the store of merits from these 80 minor marks that one of the 32 major marks is said to appear. Therefore, according to this explanation, it is not necessary that these 32 major marks appear physically on the body.

Maitreya Buddha, the future Buddha to come.

Maitreya Buddha, the future Buddha to come.

 

Scriptural Sources

The earliest mention of the 32 marks of a Buddha from within the Theravada tradition is found in the Lakkhana Sutta, the Mahapadana Sutta, the Brahmayu Sutta and the Mahavastu. All these sutras provide details of the 32 marks. These are followed by a prediction that a person born with these marks would either become a Wheel-turning Universal Monarch or renounce the world and become a fully awakened one, a Buddha.

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Just like the seer Asita who foretold that Prince Siddhartha would become a Buddha by observing the marks on the baby’s body, sages skilled in reading these signs also examined the body of Prince Vipassi (Skt. Vipaśyin), a Buddha of the past who appeared in the world 91 aeons ago. This account appears in the Mahapadana Sutta, in which it is also said that Prince Vipassi went on to become enlightened and became a Buddha.

Within the Mahayana tradition, there are two lineages of explaining these signs. One stems from the Prajñaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom) Sutras. The Abhisamayalamkara, as noted previously, follows this tradition, as does the text known as Ratnavali, written by Arya Nagarjuna. The second of these two lineages stems from the Ratnadarika Sutra and the Uttaratantra.

In the Abhidharmakosa written by Vasubandhu, it is said that once the practitioner on the Bodhisattva path begins to cultivate the karma for the creation of these marks, he is ‘predestined’ to be reborn in a good realm, with all faculties in place and bestowed with the power of recalling past lives.

 

The Body of a Buddha

Rather than examining whether the 32 major marks of a Buddha are physical or symbolic, it would be well worth our while to enumerate each mark along with its meaning and what it means for our personal spiritual growth.

For practitioners, the importance of the 32 marks is that they teach us how our actions now have an impact on our spiritual growth and future circumstances, whether we remain as ordinary sentient beings or achieve the state of enlightenment. Therefore, we should try to understand the underlying qualities associated with the marks with a view to acquiring these qualities through our practice of the Dharma.

 

Note: There are many variations as to the enumeration of the 32 marks according to different traditions. The list below is a synthesis of Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana versions. The two main sources are the Lalitavistara Sutra and Lama Tsongkhapa’s Legshe Sertreng text, otherwise known as the Golden Mala of Perfect Explanation.

 

The 32 Major Marks

 

#1: Soles of the Feet are Level

Description: The Buddha is said to have smooth feet with level soles, so that wherever he walks, his feet are firmly planted on the ground. His feet are described as broad, round, smooth and firm like those of a tortoise.

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Cause: The Buddha kept his vows throughout many lifetimes and was firm in his renunciation of killing.

Teaching: Being firm in our vows and commitments is beyond doubt an all-important foundation to build our practice on. Lama Tsongkhapa taught that these vows should be in accordance with the Three Higher Trainings: discipline, concentration and wisdom. In this regard, Lama Tsongkhapa says we should take the following vows and keep them strongly:

  1. Pratimoksha vows: Leading to self-liberation. These vows include the lay and monastic vows.
  2. Dhyana-samvara vows: Leading to a state of meditative and mental stability. These vows stop us from developing mental wandering, dullness or excitement during our meditations.
  3. Anashrava-samvara vows: Leading to the state of wisdom that is untainted, i.e. the realisation of emptiness. These vows allow us to arrest afflictive emotions and attitudes.

 

#2: Thousand-Spoked Wheels

Description: The palms of the hands and the soles of the feet of a Buddha are marked by thousand-spoked Dharma wheels. In some traditions, the wheel is an eight-spoked Dharma wheel representing the Noble Eightfold Path. The wheel may be accompanied by the sign of the swastika as well.

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Cause: The Buddha turned the wheel of Dharma, performing the deeds of enlightened speech. It is said in the Abhisamayalamkara that “the sign of the wheel … gives encouragement to people frightened of samsara’s wheel.” The Buddha was willing and able to grant his protection to those who were being ravaged by their negative karma. He never turned anyone away if they needed help, even if others regarded them as undeserving of help. He also greeted and escorted his spiritual teacher wherever he went.

Teaching: We should have a selfless attitude of serving others, especially when they are suffering and in pain, physically or mentally. One of the best ways to serve others is to teach them the Dharma. The Buddha said that the best gift is the gift of Dharma. We should also adhere to the principles of guru devotion, as explained in various texts such as Ashvagosha’s 50 Verses of Guru Devotion.

 

#3: Projecting Heels

Description: The Buddha’s heels are not round but oval in shape. They project out, providing extra strength and spreading the weight on the feet.

Cause: The Buddha went out of his way to help others, saving their lives and making them comfortable.

Teaching: We should develop compassion for others. This includes protecting any sentient being from danger, by preventing any harm from befalling them and to make their lives as comfortable and obstacle-free as possible.

 

#4: Long Fingers and Toes

Description: The Buddha is said to have fingers and toes which are long and of equal length. This makes the Buddha’s hands and feet stronger, symbolising positive force in Dharma practice.

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Cause: The Buddha saved the lives of many beings, especially animals that were about to be slaughtered, and he himself abstained from killing any living being.

Teaching: We should never kill another sentient being. This includes refraining from killing animals for food. Instead, we should try to save the lives of sentient beings to the best of our ability.

 

#5: Soft Skin

Description: No matter how old the Buddha is, his skin is smooth and without wrinkles. It is described as being as soft and smooth as that of an infant baby.

Cause: The Buddha gave nourishing food and drink to others, like a mother nursing her child.

Teaching: We should be generous and caring, and remember to give to others nourishing food and drink.

 

#6: Webs of Light

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Description: The Buddha has webs of light connecting his fingers and toes. It appears as if there is a thin membrane between the fingers and toes. In some commentaries, this web is more like the interconnected lines of a net.

Cause: The Buddha perfected the practice of the “Four Ways of Gathering Disciples.” By doing so, he brought others under his positive influence, and helped them along their spiritual path.

Teaching: One should practise these “four attractive behaviours” which are methods used by Bodhisattvas to gather disciples. These are qualities in a Bodhisattva that attract sentient beings to the Dharma. Of the four, two relate to generosity and two to the teachings. The four qualities are:

  1. Giving generously what is necessary,
  2. Speaking pleasantly while doing so,
  3. Teaching the Dharma and the proper path, and
  4. Being a good example by practising what is taught.

 

#7: Body Parts Do Not Stand Out

Description: Certain areas of the Buddha’s body do not stand out. A way to imagine this is to think of a horse with high ankles that stand out. However, the Buddha’s elbows, knees and ankles are not prominent.

Cause: The Buddha practised the humility of a pure view. He also practised the Six Perfections (Paramitas), also known as the Bodhisattva Path, in order to fulfill the promise to achieve enlightenment for the sake of others.

Teaching: In our daily lives, we should practise humility which is the antidote to pride, one of the five poisons. In Vajrayana, it is said that humility is the gateway to all kinds of supernormal powers (siddhis). We should also cultivate the Six Perfections to develop Bodhicitta and wisdom. The Six Perfections are: (i) generosity, (ii) moral discipline, (iii) patience, (iv) joyful effort, (v) concentration, and (vi) wisdom.

 

#8: Rounded Calves

Description: The Buddha has legs like that of an antelope or a royal stag, with well-rounded calves. This is a physical characteristic that makes an antelope strong, fast and agile.

Cause: The Buddha held the Dharma strongly. He honoured the Dharma by studying, contemplating and applying it throughout his many lifetimes. He never showed contempt for a teacher and tirelessly taught the Dharma himself. He also developed a strong mastery of arts and crafts, medicine and astrology. He used these skills to benefit others.

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Teaching: We should strive to learn the Dharma well and practise it, never showing contempt for our teacher. When we have learned the Dharma, we should show others the correct path through our own actions.

 

#9: Long Arms

Description: The Buddha has long arms and is able to touch both his knees without stooping. Also, when the Buddha sits cross-legged, with his elbows tucked in, his hands are able to cover his knees and his fingers are able to touch his seat.

Cause: The Buddha always gave generously to beggars and he made sure they never left empty-handed.

Teaching: We should practise generosity (dana), the first of the Six Paramitas. We should also care for the welfare of others and give whatever we can, even when the person asking is the lowest of the low.

 

#10: Private Organ Is Hidden

Description: The Buddha’s private organ is hidden, like that of a horse, which cannot be seen. The wisdom behind this is that a sheathed organ cannot cause offence to anyone even inadvertently.

Cause: In his many previous lives, the Buddha took a vow of celibacy. The Buddha also observed his vows strongly and protected the secret teachings of tantra.

Teaching: One should always be modest and guard one’s chastity. We should hold our vows well, especially those connected with teachings that are not to be shared openly, such as tantric teachings.

 

#11: Golden Complexion

Description: The Buddha has skin that is golden in colour and gleams with light. His skin is delicate, soft and sensitive to the touch.

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Cause: The Buddha practised patience and never showed anger. For many lifetimes he made beautiful offerings to the enlightened beings, adorned their shrines with golden flowers, banners and gold coverings. He also offered seats to others that were soft and comfortable.

Teaching: In our daily lives we should control our anger and practise the perfection of patience. We should make abundant offerings to the Buddhas to the best of our ability and protect others by providing land and shelter.

 

#12: Smooth Skin

Description: The Buddha has skin that is free from blemishes, so soft and fine that no dust or dirt can attach to it. In some commentaries it is explained that this symbolises that no karma can be attached to the Buddha.

Cause: The Buddha was an adept in the practice of Dharma. He always made offerings to holy men, teachers and those worthy of offerings in holy places. The Tathagata offered baths and ointments, clarified butter and liniments, warm water when the weather was cold, cool water when the weather was hot, clothing that was smooth to the touch and soft cushions. He accommodated those that needed lodging and provided the perfect housing to those in need.

Teaching: We should follow the Blessed One’s example and practise the Dharma well. We should always make offerings to those who are worthy, such as our teachers, those learned in the Dharma and those who help others. We should provide shelters for them, and items they need according to their situation.

 

#13: Hair from Each Pore

Description: The Buddha has a single hair growing from each pore of his body that curls to the right.

Cause: The Buddha abandoned worldly activities. He refrained from lying. He also attended to teachers and pandits, contemplated on their teachings and developed a calm mind through meditation. He also kept the holy places free of dirt, weeds and cobwebs. He was able to completely remove confusion from his mindstream.

Teaching: We should never lie but always tell the truth. When receiving teachings we should be respectful and contemplate what we have learned. We should meditate to achieve a calm mind, and clean the holy sites and our altars to create a nice environment for the Buddhas to abide in.

 

#14: Hair Grows Upwards

Relief fragment depicting Prince Siddhartha cutting his hair in renunciation

Relief fragment depicting Prince Siddhartha cutting his hair in renunciation

Description: The Buddha has upward-growing hair that is deep blue in colour like a peacock and curls to the right.

Cause: This is the result of merit from lifetimes of non-violence. The Buddha also paid homage to and circumambulated holy teachers, those worthy of receiving offerings and holy places associated with enlightened beings. He collected a great amount of merits by engaging in many beneficial actions and inspired others to do the same.

Teaching: We should engage in virtuous actions to accumulate merits, and through our actions and transformation, inspire others to do the same.

 

#15: Upright Stance of a God

Description: The Buddha is extremely tall and upright like the god Brahma. His stance indicates balance and firmness.

Cause: The Buddha abstained from killing and taught others the benefits of saving lives, providing all beings with a safe refuge and protection from suffering.

Teaching: We should abandon killing, eating meat or using animal products. We should instead share with others the benefits of saving the lives of sentient beings.

 

#16: Raised and Rounded Body Parts

Description: The tops of the Buddha’s hands, feet, shoulders and the back of his neck are raised and rounded.

Cause: The Buddha provided others with physical nourishment such as excellent food and drink. He gave them items that they needed, for example, clothing, shelter and medicine.

Teaching: We should always practise generosity, including giving good and healthy food and drink to others. When giving to others, we should always give the best that we can afford.

 

#17: Lion-like Torso

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Description: The Buddha has an upper body resembling a lion with an impressive torso which is majestic to look at. It allows for efficient respiration and metabolism, indicating exceptional health.

Cause: The Buddha practised the ten virtuous actions and gave to others rather than looking after his own needs. He never humiliated or scolded anyone.

Teaching: We should not look down on others because of their lowly status. We should never scold people in public or in private. Instead of putting down another person’s beliefs or traditions, we should practise tolerance and kindness, leading to peace and harmony. We should always provide the weak with help and give shelter to those who need it.

 

#18: Rounded Shoulders

Description: The Buddha has perfect well-rounded shoulders without any furrow or dent between the shoulders, and his veins are not visible.

Cause: The Buddha upheld his precepts and provided refuge from fear. He praised those worthy of praise and gave encouragement to others.

Teaching: We should always hold the precepts taught to us by our teachers well and develop great compassion, a mind that wishes to protect all sentient beings from suffering. Furthermore, we should practise mind transformation (lojong) and encourage others to do so. We should praise those who are worthy of praise and not be jealous of their attainments.

 

#19: Body like a Bodhi Tree

Description: The Buddha has body proportions like a full-grown Bodhi tree that has roots, stems and branches that are equal in length. Therefore, the Buddha’s body is perfectly proportioned in height and width.

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Cause: The Buddha never turned anyone away. He took care of those in need and made sure they were comfortable and safe. He built public gardens and parks for the enjoyment of others and also encouraged others to do so.

Teaching: We should always care for the welfare of others, providing them with physical shelter, as well as an environment with clean drinking water. We should respect the environment and look after it and all the creatures that live within it, for the well-being of all life on earth.

 

#20: Round and Smooth Neck

Description: The Buddha has a round and smooth neck, evenly rounded shoulders and broad back. The area below the Buddha’s armpits are full unlike that of ordinary people.

Cause: The Buddha freely gave praise to others and did not criticise the faults of others. Instead, he carefully considered his own faults and misgivings.

Teaching: We should not judge other people’s actions and find fault in their behaviour. Rather, we should judge our own actions and how they can cause harm to us and those around us. We should praise others and their beneficial actions.

 

#21: Perfect Sense of Taste

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Description: The Buddha has a perfect sense of taste and very sensitive tastebuds. Even the poorest of foods that he is given tastes delicious. The Buddha’s tongue is also said to be free from any diseases caused by wind, phlegm and bile.

Cause: The Buddha stopped harming sentient beings for many lifetimes, and nursed the sick, elderly and infirm. He did whatever he could for the welfare of others.

Teaching: We should care for all beings, especially when they are suffering. If they are sick, old or infirm we should look after them, especially those whom others find repulsive or disgusting.

 

#22: Jaws like a Lion

Description: The Buddha has jaws like a lion’s, with full, firm and rounded cheeks.

Cause: The Buddha gave up idle chatter and gossiping. He addressed all those who approached him with kind and inspiring words, deceiving no one and despising no one.

Teaching: We should not engage in idle chatter and gossip. This is part of the Buddhist refuge vows in order to control our speech so we do not create negative karma. It is very easy to hurt others with our speech, and harsh words can be very damaging to others. Instead we should use our speech to encourage others to practise the Dharma and use inspiring words to uplift them as they tread the path towards enlightenment.

 

#23: 40 Teeth

Description: The Buddha has 40 evenly formed teeth. Ordinary people only have 32 teeth which are not permanent and change from birth to old age.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Singapore

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Singapore

Cause: The Buddha used his speech to reunite people who had quarrelled. He never used divisive speech. Instead, he only spoke words of peace and reconciliation.

Teaching: On the spiritual path we should endeavour to bring people together through our speech, and avoid creating conflicts and schism among them.

 

#24: Teeth Are Equal in Length

Description: The Buddha has straight teeth that are of equal length and free of stains.

Cause: The Buddha gave up the five types of wrong livelihood.

Teaching: We should earn our living through honest means and not through the five kinds of wrong livelihood. The five trades which should be avoided by a lay disciple are:

  1. Trading in arms,
  2. Trading in human beings,
  3. Trading in flesh (breeding animals for slaughter),
  4. Trading in alcohol, and
  5. Trading in poison.

The wrong livelihoods for ordained people are:

  1. Flattery,
  2. Hinting,
  3. Giving in order to receive,
  4. Exerting pressure on others, and
  5. Being on one’s best behaviour.

 

#25: Teeth Have No Gaps

Description: The Buddha has a perfectly aligned set of teeth which are gapless.

Cause: This is the result of speaking the truth for three countless aeons. The Buddha practised guarding his speech from being devious, divisive or slanderous.

Teaching: We should be mindful of how we speak and avoid harming others with our speech.

 

#26: Brilliant White Teeth

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Description: The Buddha has brilliant white teeth. In some scriptures, it is said that Ananda knew when the Buddha was smiling even though he was walking behind the Buddha. When the Buddha parted his lips to let out a smile, bright lights would emanate from the Buddha’s perfect teeth.

Cause: The Blessed One respected and praised all sentient beings, especially the Buddhas and the Bodhisattvas. According to the Theravada tradition, the Buddha is said to have painted many stupas, and made countless offerings of milk, garments and beautiful white flowers.

Teaching: We should always show others respect and praise them when we speak. We should especially make verbal prostrations to the enlightened beings and those ahead of us on the path to enlightenment.

 

#27: Long Tongue

Description: The Buddha has a long tongue which is perfectly shaped and long enough to reach his hairline and ears. It is red in colour like an utpala flower.

Cause: The Buddha always used kind words and spoke as gently as an animal licking its young offspring.

Teaching: We should never use harsh words. Instead, we should speak kindly and gently to others. We should use our speech in positive ways such as praising the Dharma teachers, requesting the Buddhas to teach and sharing the Dharma with others.

 

#28: Voice with the Qualities of Brahma

Description: The Buddha has a voice like the god Brahma which is deep, clear and melodious. It is said that anyone who hears the voice like that of Brahma’s is temporarily relieved of all problems. However, it cannot bring you to full enlightenment. The Buddha’s voice is also said to have five major distinguishing features:

  1. All beings can understand it, regardless of language,
  2. The words from the Buddha’s lips all have the same articulation,
  3. The Buddha’s words are deeply profound and bring benefits to the listeners,
  4. The voice is melodious and draws people to it, and
  5. The Buddha’s words are in proper order and flawless.

Cause: The Buddha spoke the truth and taught the Dharma to beings in their individual languages.

Teaching: We should give up lying. If we continue to lie we will end up hurting ourselves and others. Instead, we should focus on telling the truth and using kind and loving words that soften people’s hearts and open their minds to the Dharma.

 

#29: Sapphire Blue Eyes

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Description: The Buddha has deep blue eyes like the colour of sapphires. In addition, the coloured and white parts of the eyes are distinctly separated, with no red or yellow discolouration.

Cause: The Buddha gazed upon all sentient beings lovingly like a mother at her only child. He refrained from looking upon others negatively. The Buddha also gazed upon the enlightened beings and their various images with complete faith.

Teaching: We should develop the understanding that all living beings are suffering, whether great or small. So, when we look upon them we have nothing but compassion for them, which will lead us to work tirelessly for their welfare. We should regard all images of the Buddhas as the Buddhas themselves and treat them with respect and reverence.

 

#30: Long Eyelashes

Description: The Buddha has long and beautiful eyelashes like those of a heifer.

Cause: The Buddha had abandoned all delusions and unbalanced attitudes.

Teaching: We should strive to overcome the three poisons (ignorance, attachment and anger) and try to achieve discriminating awareness through study, meditation and practice in order to be able to discern what is proper and what is improper. Once we have this awareness, our actions will be motivated solely by the compassionate resolve to help all sentient beings.

 

#31: Urna

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Description: The Buddha has an urna, a soft wisp of hair between his brows which is tightly curled. It has six characteristics: (i) smooth, (ii) soft, (iii) white, (iv) extends three cubits in length, (v) curls from right to left and (vi) has an upturned tip.

Cause: The Buddha practised the Six Perfections, served his superiors with respect and praised others. This mark is the second most difficult to achieve. It is also achieved by helping others avoid unfortunate rebirths.

Teaching: We should respect and please all those who are considered higher than us, like our parents, elders, teachers, spiritual masters, abbots, lamas, etc., and serve them accordingly.

 

#32: Ushnisha

Description: The Buddha has an ushnisha, or crown protrusion. It is like a very small round bump on the crown of the head. It is made of flesh that is bright and radiant. From far away it seems that it is about four finger-widths in height, but if you actually tried to measure it you would not be able to. It is impossible to measure. It is the first superior mark of a Buddha and the most difficult of all the major marks to achieve.

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Cause: The Buddha always prostrated to his spiritual teachers and visualised them sitting on the crown of his head. In addition, for countless lifetimes, the Buddha visited temples and holy sites and engaged in spiritual practices in these places .

Teaching: The guru is the highest of all beings as he/she shows us the path to enlightenment. Therefore we should always consider our guru to be the highest merit field, and treat him/her with the utmost respect and reverence. We should always prostrate to our guru and visualise him/her on the crown of our head. To follow the guru’s instructions is to practise the Dharma.

 

A Key to Enlightenment

Often, we imagine the Buddha to be a supernatural being, an out-of-this-world superior human being that we admire but is perhaps beyond our expectations to become. In studying the 32 marks of the Buddha, we begin a Dharma journey that is very intimate and we see the Buddha from another perspective, i.e., that of a once ordinary being who practised for countless aeons precisely the Dharma that we have been taught by Him.

We know from learning the Dharma that even the form of the Buddha is Dharma itself and the marks on the Buddha are a supreme teaching on correct Dharma practice and the fruits of this practice. By understanding the marks, we are able to understand what it is that we must practise to reach this level, and at the same time how we should practise. Rather than debate on whether the marks actually exist physically on the body of the Buddha or if they are merely symbolic spiritual markings, we should instead focus on what the marks of the Buddha mean for our own practice. After all, everything the Buddha has done after gaining enlightenment and all of the Dharma that Buddha taught is for our spiritual evolution towards this same state. Thus, it can be said that the Buddha’s holy form is itself another of his teachings. In essence, it is a road map to liberation.

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  1. Samfoonheei on Jun 22, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    Very interesting and informative knowledge of learning the body parts of Buddha. Each body parts tell us all…a great teachings for me, with the explanations of the causes and teachings behind each and every body parts of them. Reading this blog again and again to get a better picture and understanding, still learning .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin for sharing.

  2. S.Prathap on Apr 7, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    After reading this article I came to realize I have plenty to know. I get to understand a little much more knowledge of the Body of a Buddha. The details of the 32 marks and there are teachings of each mark.
    Reading this gives me a whole new understanding into Buddha images, and their importance.Thank you very much for the informative article.

  3. Beatrix Ooi on May 6, 2019 at 5:35 am

    This was a very well-written article, very easy to understand, informative and thorough. Reading this article has made me understand how potent it is to create Buddha images with accurate iconographies because each and every single part of the Buddha’s body represents enlightenment itself. What’s incredible is that if we imagine how the Buddha looks like according to these descriptions, he is definitely out of this world. I really enjoy reading all of these 32 incredible marks of the Buddha, more so the causes and teachings behind each of them. Reading through all these is very inspiring because before Prince Siddharta became enlightened, he was like any one of us; Hence, through this, it also reminds and teaches us that we can too achieve enlightenment if we start putting ourselves into practice now.

  4. Pastor David Lai on May 5, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    This article enumerates the 32 major marks of a Buddha and after reading from the description, I do find that if that is actually how the Buddha looked, he would look pretty strange, almost like an alien. Hence, most depictions of the Buddha tend to stylize the descriptions while maintaining accuracy and aesthetic considerations.

    Therefore, the best artists and artisans are able to pain and craft the best works that keep a tidy balance between these two. One cannot take the traditional descriptions too literally without aesthetic considerations and one cannot ignore them as the image would loose its blessings. Nevertheless, the best art would endow the artwork with sufficient blessings and power upon the beholder and yet aesthetically pleasing.

    Therefore, I feel that I would adhere to the school of thought that they are symbolic or at least, these special physical attributes that are only visible by other enlightened beings as the article explains. No one really knows how the Buddha really looks like and such traditional descriptions does make him out to be something other than human. However, the Buddha himself said he is nothing but a man who had simply become awakened.

  5. Pastor Niral Patel on May 5, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    The Body of a Buddha is an excellent article. As Buddhists we always learn that the Buddha’s form is a teaching for us to learn from and then to practice, but before reading this article, I never really had an idea as to how deep the teachings actually go.

    Combined, each and every part of the Buddha’s body is actually a complete path to enlightenment itself. And though I knew that each part of the Buddha’s form embodied the enlightened state, I did not know how to understand until this article.

    Reading this gives me a whole new understanding into Buddha images, and their importance. It is awe-inspiring yet extremely motivating to know the meaning behind the major marks. Because each mark has a real transformation ability in one’s life. It is something that we can practise here and now, to develop that mark and become a Buddha ourselves.

    Now I can understand the importance of creating iconographically correct images of the Buddhas, whether in thangka/painting form, statues, tsa-tsas, etc. In fact, Rinpoche is always creating and giving away iconographically correct Buddha statues, and now I know why. As they embody the very qualities and teachings that we should develop and follow, Buddha images are more than worthy objects of veneration and merit making. I guess that is the reason why Tsem Rinpoche makes them available for everyone to download for free here on the blog:

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  6. Wai Meng Wan on Nov 26, 2018 at 1:34 am

    Thank you for sharing the 32 marks of the Buddha, having heard of the marks of Buddha it is good that this article shares the marks of the Buddha in more detail. Also good that it explains what the mark is and what creates the causes to achieve it.

  7. Cc on Nov 25, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    ??? Thank you Martin for sharing.

    Very informative. Most if the time we know very briefly on 32 major marks but not in detail.

    It will help us in further understanding and a great tool to share with everyone.

  8. JOY KAM on Nov 20, 2018 at 3:04 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。)

  9. Wylfred Ng on Nov 15, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    谢谢仁波切和曹铭光的分享。

    佛的32相80种好是因为佛累世所累积善行与功德的显现。 代表着佛陀已经证得菩提心、六度波罗蜜等等善业。 这些也是提醒我们时时需要修行的道路。

    我自己是非常喜欢看和留意佛像的特征。 每尊佛像的手印, 坐姿、站姿、手上拿的武器、物品都代表着成佛之道。

    谢谢

  10. Bradley Kassian on Nov 6, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    A very interesting and in-depth explanation of the marks of a Buddha. A visual roadmap to liberation. We should all strive hard to achieve what Buddha has achieved through continuous practice and hard work. Liberation cannot be won without effort. The discipline to hold our vows, commitments, actions, of body speech and mind will not only help us in future lives but will ultimately benefit us and all beings in the end. Three aeons of hard work of helping and benefiting others, through my three doorways. May I never get tired of doing so. ?

  11. Sarah on Nov 6, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    It is true that a Buddha’s body, with the 32 major and 80 minor auspicious marks, is like a road map to enlightenment. These marks are the results of aeons of spiritual practice and are fully visible only to other enlightened beings. But as can be seen in the pictures shown in the article, these marks are represented in statues and paintings of the Buddha. The aim is to plant seeds of enlightenment in the those who look at the statues or images. In “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand,” Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche said that “it is important to hold the attitude that Buddha statues are real buddhas.” Because to do so is to create the cause to see the bodies of the Buddha directly. As Pabongka Rinpoche said, “It is 16 times more beneficial to look at a representation of a buddha than to look at the real thing.” Through practice, it will be possible to see the bodies of a Buddha directly: “We see buddhas made of clay, brass, and so on, but when we gain the single-pointed concentration called “the stream of Dharma,” we will see supreme nirmanakayas [emanated bodies]. And when we reach the 1st of the ten bodhisattva levels, we will meet the sambhogakayas [enjoyment bodies] in person.”

    According to H.E. Tsem Rinpoche, “Creating sacred Buddha images is a practice dating to over 2,500 years old.  Buddha images represent the full enlightenment of a Buddha. The total omniscience and qualities of a Buddha is represented in any form of any Buddha (Chenresik, Tsongkapa, Tara, etc.). To see, feel, visualize, connect and remember any form of the Buddha plants seeds of enlightenment in one’s consciousness to be triggered open at a later date.”

    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin for sharing.

  12. dev thapa on Nov 6, 2018 at 9:57 am

    buddha was born in Nepal

  13. Jason on Nov 5, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Amazing!

  14. Samfoonheei on Nov 5, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Its an interesting and informative article sharing with us. After reading this article I came to realise I have plenty to know. I get to understand a little much more knowledge of the Body of a Buddha. The details of the 32 marks and there are teachings of each mark. Most of the description of the marks, causes are new to me, such as long fingers and toes, soles of the feet are level, Buddha having hair from each pore and so forth. Great knowledge. Its a blessing just by looking at a image of a Buddha .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin Chow for this GREAT sharing.

  15. Datuk May on Nov 3, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    It had been taught and many of us, Buddhists, believe that it is a blessing to gaze at a Buddha image. This is the reason why benevolent beings would donate or sponsor the installation of huge Buddha images in prominent places for devotees to be blessed on sighting such holy images. It is also taught that huge Buddha images installed at high places would also bless the space with peace and harmony.

    However to understand the holy 112 marks of the Buddha was never as clearly indicated as in this article. What impacted me with this learning is the teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha that all human beings can achieve Buddhahood if we try hard enough. This is shown as Shakyamuni Buddha attained Buddhahood in the form of a human being.

    As Martin has penned in this article, the Buddha not only taught us the Dharma but also manifested His teachings in a physical form.

    With great appreciation to Rinpoche and Martin for this great education.

  16. Tsa Tsa Ong on Nov 3, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Simply interesting and educational write up in point form on the The Body of a Buddha: A Road Map to Liberation.? And the importance of self – discipline to hold our vows,commitments, actions, speech and mind in our spiritual practice in order to have the perfect qualities of the Buddha in our future lives. May i have the attitude to practice these perfect teachings from Buddha, Prince Siddhartha Gautama to liberation and benefit others. Thank you very much Rinpoche and Martin for this wonderful article and hope for more great articles to come on the blog to benefit more people ?????

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    His writing style is clear and direct, added with his personal experiences, thoughts and direct realizations at that point of time. I am fond of reading those past masters’ writings as opposed to the modern ones.
    John Blofeld spiritual journey and his affinity so strong in Buddhism are really showed that he had a very strong connection to Buddhism in his previous life.Thank you very much for sharing this article.
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    Revisit this post again. Thank you Valencia for this vast post of Loed Tsongkhapa’s life story and his achievements . Lama Tsongkhapa is a “Buddha of our times” in the Gelug Vajrayana tradition and as an enlightened being, having the same realizations as all of the Buddhas. He was an emanation of Avalokitesvara , Manjushri , and Vajrapani , hence his practice is so powerful and beneficial. We have to thank our Lama Tsem Rinpoche for bringing this practice to Malaysia. Many great gurus, lamas and teachers has been teaching this very powerful, yet accessible practice across the globe. We are very fortunate and blessed to practice all the teachings. As for me I am still learning ,reading this post had strengthen my belief. Love reciting Migtsema as its very beneficial indeed. Interesting read very profound Lama Tsongkhapa biography.
    Thanks again .

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

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


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

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    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

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

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

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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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

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

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

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

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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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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!!!
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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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
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
5 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
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
5 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
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Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
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