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. Moon Chan on Oct 22, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    I did not know there are so much meanings behind a Buddha image. Reading every single part of the Buddha’s body, I start to figure out if I have some of these qualities because I found its very beautiful to have.

    In my childhood, people are not happy to have flat feet. Now I have change my mind because the soles of Buddha’s feet are level. I will tell those who are having flat feet about this story.

    People who are having different eyes color are unique for me. Buddha has sapphire blue eyes, its the color I like. When I think of why I enjoy look at certain people eyes, now I realize its because they look at me with eyes or warmth, like the Buddha. The Buddha gazed upon all sentient beings lovingly like a mother, shines into the eye and the heart of the child. He has complete faith to us. He teaches me always view people with compassion. That’s make us has beautiful eyes, to see goods in everyone and everything in this world.

    Then it is said that Ananda knew when the Buddha was smiling even though he was walking behind the Buddha. I’m thinking the Buddha teeth must be really really brilliant white, its just so shining, his smile is so powerful, to show us lights. When we smile, what we offer to the world is more powerful than we think. Other than this, we should always praise when we speak, this could affirm sentient beings to remember they have Buddha qualities and able to develop more too.

    This article is so nice to help me understand easily the body of a Buddha. Now I am more aware when I see any artworks of a Buddha. A Buddha image is a reminder to manifest our highest self, it is something that we can practice here and now.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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:

    Free Buddha Images
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html

    Which Dorje Shugden Style is Your Favourite
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    Rime Thangkas
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  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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。)

  10. 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

  11. 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. ?

  12. 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.

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

    buddha was born in Nepal

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

    Amazing!

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 2. 2023 04:16 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this post which tells us more than that. Feeling the pain of those been slaughtered for human consumption. We should gave up eating meat , have compassion for them who cannot speak for themselves. Looking at those pictures feeling uneasy, the way those chickens , pigs and so forth were killed. We have a lot to answer for those sufferings and killing . We have a choice not to kill and to be vegetarian. Choosing to be a vegetarian is the best as there are many benefits. Vegetarians appear to have lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and lower rates of hypertension and type 2 diabetes. Vegetarians also tend to have lower overall cancer rates and lower risk of chronic disease. Hence for health reasons we should go on vegetarian.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/how-we-have-lulled-ourselves-into-a-false-sense-of-goodness.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 2. 2023 04:12 PM
    In northern China, where there is a long history of consuming dog meat to ward off the coldness in the winter. They celebrates the summer solstice by throwing a festival that involves the slaughter and consumption of dog meats. Many people love the sophisticated tastes of their dog-meat cuisine. This tradition is slowly fading out as more and more people are aware of the cruelty and not a healthy life consuming it.
    Reading this blog and looking at the pictures , one could see the poor lady activist kneels down , begging the vendor to buy those dogs from being eaten ahead of the annual dog meat. What she did was incredible ,sold her family’s two houses to fund the rescue of thousands of dogs. This amazing woman has spent large amount of money, saving dogs from the Chinese dog meat festival. She has dedicated her life to actually doing something worth doing about it. Attitudes towards dog consumption in China are changing, but some of these traditions have deep roots.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/chinas-animal-crusade.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 2. 2023 04:09 PM
    Bigfoot believe may exist somewhere in the wild, but are not recognized by science. Russian president discovers ‘proof’ that fabled creature exists while on short vacation in Kemerovo region. The sighting is understood to have been confirmed by President Putin’s security detachment after they inspected the footprints. Environmental rangers and hunters in remote mountain terrain confirmed it. The Kremlin leader had witnessed’ three Yetis while on a recent helicopter trip to a remote location famous for claimed sightings. Nobody in the world has found the yeti, and it would be good and beneficial to most people. Scientists and yeti enthusiasts believe there may finally be solid evidence that the apelike creature roams in the wild. As long as there are wild places in America, Bigfoot remains a possibility that, it exist.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/vladimir-putin-sights-a-yeti-family.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2023 01:22 PM
    Stephen William Hawking was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author. Well he was best known for his discovery that black holes emit radiation which can be detected by special instrumentation. His discovery has made the detailed study of black holes possible. Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking did mentioned in an interview that, it is natural to believe God created the universe. He think science has a more compelling explanation than a divine creator. Religion believes in miracles, but these aren’t compatible with science. Well said by him.
    Everything we have in life is all came as a result of research either from ourselves or others. That’s true.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this informative blog

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/he-says-with-certainty.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2023 01:21 PM
    The Dyatlov Pass incident was an event in which nine Soviet hikers died mysteriously in the northern Ural Mountains in 1959. A group of ski hikers led by Igor Dyatlov just perished in this remote peak. Some of them succumbed to hypothermia, but others were found with grisly injuries. No one yet comes to the conclusion what had exactly happened to them and solved one of history’s greatest adventure .The Dyatlov Pass Incident, came to be known and have inspired countless conspiracy theories, such as Yetis, and even extra-terrestrial contact with the unknown. These men and women were never heard from again. A criminal investigation at the time blamed their deaths on an unknown natural force. Sound interesting. There’s some unknown creatures or aliens maybe that cause their death i do believe., as we are not alone.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/tell-me-what-you-think.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2023 01:19 PM
    Samaya is a set of Buddhist vows and commitments that are given when one receives empowerment in the Vajrayana Buddhist order. Guru devotion plays an important part in our spiritual practice in Tibetan Buddhism. As explained by Tsem Rinpoche our Guru we must have a good relations and good samaya with the guru. We can never be overstressed on the spiritual path or else our mind will degenerate. Breaking the samaya vows is worse than breaking any other laws. Breaking a samaya results in a heavy bad karma, especially if one disregards or dislikes, the Guru who have gave us the teachings. The Dorje Shugden controversy had cause disharmony and sufferings to many practitioners. For some of them been drifted away causing them to break their samaya then. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this sharing.

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    The Great Buddha of Kamakura, a monumental outdoor bronze statue is one of the most famous icons of Japan. It sits in the grounds of Kotokuin, a temple belonging to the Jodo Sect of Buddhism. An equal opportunities Buddha, guiding all to the Pure Land, built in the mid 13th century and is the second tallest bronze Buddha in Japan. Looks stunning this statue with historical stories behind it. Love to visit and see for myself this magnificent statue.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/i-love-kamakura-buddha-in-japan.html
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    Yes there are many mysterious creatures everywhere this very planet. Its only that we don’t encounter before. Many mysterious creatures such as Owl man , ‘lizard man, Flatwoods monster may exist after-all. Many of them exist in the wild but scientist do not believed it exist by mainstream science. Reading this blog is an eye-opening for me. Just fantastic knowing such creatures do exist. Some of them looks scary to me like the Canvey island monster which had horse-shoe shaped feet with five toes and it had no ‘arms’. Even though its just a carcass seen on the shores of Canvey Island in England. Ferociously looking . Bunyip another creatures found in swamps which has a dog-like face, dark fur, horse-like tail and walrus-like horns. Interesting reading to know that there are some of the mysterious creatures .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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    Monday, Jan 16. 2023 01:31 PM
    Looking at those pictures in this blog says all. Hundred thousands of monks and locals from different monasteries receiving Dorje Shugden initiation from highly attained Lamas. From one picture where thousands of tents were set up outside the monastery hosting the ceremony for the thousands of attendees. Thousands of fortunate practitioners were fortunate to receive initiation of Dorje Shugden from high lamas of the Gelug lineage . We are fortunate to read and watch those updates from Tibet and else where.
    Thank you Rinpoche for these updates.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/updates-from-tibet-and-elsewhere.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 16. 2023 01:29 PM
    Dorje Shugden is a fully enlightened Buddha who has been worshipped throughout history by several schools in Tibetan Buddhism. The protector Dorje Shugden was arose from a lineage of highly attained masters who have been taking rebirth life after life. Solely for the benefit of all sentient beings and the preservation of the Dharma. Having to ask for divine help is no exception for Keng Nam. Dorje Shugden the Dharma Protector will help everyone regardless of race and faith in difficult time when pray to him sincerely.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Keng Nam for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/calling-upon-the-divine.html
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    Wednesday, Jan 11. 2023 02:27 PM
    The interest in vegan and vegetarian products is on the rise, especially after consumers become aware of the cruelty involved in producing animal-based foods. Undercover footage released shows slaughterhouse brutal treatment of animals such as pigs , sheep and so forth being kicked, beaten, and thrown into cages before they are slaughtered. The animals should be immediately slaughtered so as to spare them the pain, stress, and anxiety. Secret footage shot inside a slaughterhouse has reignited a row over animal cruelty. Its sad watching this video. As results leading animal protection organisation Animal Aid requested more CCTV cameras to be place in all abattoirs. The public do not want to see animals treated in such a cruel way . To go vegetarian will be the best choice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing high-lighted the sufferings of animals in slaughter house.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/secret-abattoirs-in-the-uk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 11. 2023 02:26 PM
    Generally, Buddhist teaching views life and death as a continuum, believing that consciousness continues after death and may be reborn. We’re all going to face death, so we shouldn’t ignore it. Being realistic about our mortality enables us to live a full, meaningful life. Buddhist teachings emphasize the idea that although one’s destiny is always influenced by past karma. That is, our actions in this and previous lives shape the outcome for the next life. Reading this article had me understand further . To learn ,practice Dharma is the best choice I have made. We have our Guru to thank for sharing with us the journey from birth to death. This article gave us a better understanding of what happens to us after we pass away according to Buddhism.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/what-happens-when-we-die-heres-what-buddhism-says.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 11. 2023 02:24 PM
    Palden Tenpai Nyima a native of Tibet, he was the 7th Panchen Lama of Tibet. The Panchen Lama is the second highest ranking lama after the Dalai Lama in the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan . Palden Tenpai Nyima did compiled and edited voluminous collection of tantric deity sadhanas or spiritual practices known as Rinjung Lhantab. Rinjung Gyatsa collection of sadhanas originally came from the great Tibetan scholar Jetsun Taranatha. In turn, Taranatha’s collection was based on the ancient Sadhanamala collection of works by various Indian authors. It was believed to have been compiled between the 5th and 11th centuries which can be traced back to its Indian roots. Its more suitable for higher practitioners . Jetsun Taranatha was one of the important masters of the Jonang lineage, was of crucial importance for the Shangpa Kagyu tradition who had contributed tremendously in Tibetan Buddhism. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/rinjung-lhantab-the-panchen-lamas-collection-of-sadhanas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Dec 29. 2022 02:00 PM
    Monk robes offering is the highest offering and the most meritorious of skillful deeds. The act of offering robes to the Sangha, one will be free from the suffering of hungry ghost realm and taking rebirth in the human form with complete perfect physical, attractive, conceivably pleasant and beautiful shape. Merits of offering robes to Sangha is extremely glorious. The Sangha has preserved, propagated and taught the teachings of the Buddha for centuries. As a result, millions have benefitted from their diligent effort and compassion, hence with understanding and gratitude, it is meritorious for us to offer robes to monks.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/new-offering-of-monk-robes.html

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn\'t this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
3 years ago
According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn't this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden\'s blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
3 years ago
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
3 years ago
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat\'s doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
3 years ago
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
3 years ago
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
3 years ago
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
3 years ago
It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
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.
3 years ago
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!
3 years ago
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
4 years ago
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
4 years ago
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
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!
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
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
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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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.
4 years ago
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.
4 years ago
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.
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
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!!!
4 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
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
4 years ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
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
4 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
4 years ago
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Penang Dharma bro and sis Lou Hei, a vegetarian Yee Sang ( a prosperity toss) complete with auspicious phrases such as wishing for more Kechara members, more retreats and of course, swift return of Rinpoche to KFR. Huat Ah!!! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
恭喜,恭喜,恭喜发财啊!(Gong Xi, Gong Xi, Gong Xi Fa Cai) from us all, Kechara Penang Study Group. 21/1/2023 Saturday CNY eve DS puja by Jacinta
2 weeks ago
恭喜,恭喜,恭喜发财啊!(Gong Xi, Gong Xi, Gong Xi Fa Cai) from us all, Kechara Penang Study Group. 21/1/2023 Saturday CNY eve DS puja by Jacinta
All ready for Lunar New Year 2023 Dorje Shugden puja ~ inviting Ong, Huat & Heng, blessing our beloved ones and all sentient beings. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 21/1/2023 Saturday
2 weeks ago
All ready for Lunar New Year 2023 Dorje Shugden puja ~ inviting Ong, Huat & Heng, blessing our beloved ones and all sentient beings. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 21/1/2023 Saturday
After year end puja, we proceeded with a small gathering. The food was outstanding, especially the vege curry and sa hor fun! We were even enchanted by the smells of it. We also had apple pie, tong sui and many more. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 weeks ago
After year end puja, we proceeded with a small gathering. The food was outstanding, especially the vege curry and sa hor fun! We were even enchanted by the smells of it. We also had apple pie, tong sui and many more. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Last puja for the Year 2022 and ushering a New and Blessed Year 2023. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta 31/12/2022
3 weeks ago
Last puja for the Year 2022 and ushering a New and Blessed Year 2023. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta 31/12/2022
Ta-da! Can you spot the differences? Come and collect more merits while cleaning & polishing at the temple. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
2 months ago
Ta-da! Can you spot the differences? Come and collect more merits while cleaning & polishing at the temple. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Restoring the shine after rubbing! Chin Shuen and Hue are polishing the serkym set & offering bowls here. 'Many Hands Make Light Work' Day @ Kechara Penang Chapel by Jacinta.
2 months ago
Restoring the shine after rubbing! Chin Shuen and Hue are polishing the serkym set & offering bowls here. 'Many Hands Make Light Work' Day @ Kechara Penang Chapel by Jacinta.
Last Monday, 28th Nov 2022 was 'Many Hands Make Light Work' Day. Kechara Penang members gathered together to clean the altar, polish offerings bowls and etc. Sweeping, cleaning and arranging offerings are very important in Buddhism. In fact, it's the first of the preparatory practices as taught in Lamrim. While we clean, it's good to chant mantras or listening to it, such as reciting 'Dulpung Drima Pung' when we are sweeping. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
2 months ago
Last Monday, 28th Nov 2022 was 'Many Hands Make Light Work' Day. Kechara Penang members gathered together to clean the altar, polish offerings bowls and etc. Sweeping, cleaning and arranging offerings are very important in Buddhism. In fact, it's the first of the preparatory practices as taught in Lamrim. While we clean, it's good to chant mantras or listening to it, such as reciting 'Dulpung Drima Pung' when we are sweeping. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Renew your antivirus quickly an call
2 months ago
Renew your antivirus quickly an call
KEP 13/11/2022-caroline
3 months ago
KEP 13/11/2022-caroline
Look here, Smile! 1, 2, 3.... chik chak. Thank you everyone. That's our picture for the Dorje Shugden puja and see you all next Saturday @ 3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta.
3 months ago
Look here, Smile! 1, 2, 3.... chik chak. Thank you everyone. That's our picture for the Dorje Shugden puja and see you all next Saturday @ 3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta.
Week after week, Penang members come together to do the Dorje Shugden puja - without fail. Come to get your blessings and obstacles cleared by joining us at Penang Chapel, every Saturday, 3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang.
3 months ago
Week after week, Penang members come together to do the Dorje Shugden puja - without fail. Come to get your blessings and obstacles cleared by joining us at Penang Chapel, every Saturday, 3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang.
Sumptuously decorated food offerings to Rinpoche and Buddhas, thanks to Siew Hong and KS Tang during Penang weekly DS puja on 22/10/2022 ~ by Jacinta.
3 months ago
Sumptuously decorated food offerings to Rinpoche and Buddhas, thanks to Siew Hong and KS Tang during Penang weekly DS puja on 22/10/2022 ~ by Jacinta.
Is this where Rinpoche received the thangkha of Dream Manjushri?
6 months ago
Is this where Rinpoche received the thangkha of Dream Manjushri?
Is this the ruins of Zimkhang Gongma established by Panchen Sonam Drakpa. -Choong
6 months ago
Is this the ruins of Zimkhang Gongma established by Panchen Sonam Drakpa. -Choong
We hold our DS puja weekly without fail. We welcome you to join us. Penang DS puja @ 3pm~ by Jacinta
6 months ago
We hold our DS puja weekly without fail. We welcome you to join us. Penang DS puja @ 3pm~ by Jacinta
DS PUJA @ Penang. A close up of the offerings. What a feast! #Throwback 23/7/2022.
6 months ago
DS PUJA @ Penang. A close up of the offerings. What a feast! #Throwback 23/7/2022.
#Throwback 23/7/2022. Our weekly DS puja attendees. All of us were getting ready to invite Buddhas to come forth, joining and blessing us during DS puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
6 months ago
#Throwback 23/7/2022. Our weekly DS puja attendees. All of us were getting ready to invite Buddhas to come forth, joining and blessing us during DS puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
#Throwback23/7/2022 Welcoming Buddha Shakyamuni, Gyenze, Shize & Namgyalma to Penang chapel. Abundance offerings, including sensory offerings were nicely set up and offered up to Buddha surfing our weekly DS puja @ 3pm, Jalan Seang Tek, Penang ~by Jacinta
6 months ago
#Throwback23/7/2022 Welcoming Buddha Shakyamuni, Gyenze, Shize & Namgyalma to Penang chapel. Abundance offerings, including sensory offerings were nicely set up and offered up to Buddha surfing our weekly DS puja @ 3pm, Jalan Seang Tek, Penang ~by Jacinta
Kechara Earth Project 17 July 2022
7 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 17 July 2022
Kechara Earth Project 12 June 2022
8 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 12 June 2022
#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
8 months ago
#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
Photo from JC
8 months ago
Photo from JC
Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
9 months ago
Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
9 months ago
Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
9 months ago
Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
9 months ago
Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
9 months ago
All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
9 months ago
All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
9 months ago
After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
9 months ago
With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
9 months ago
Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
9 months ago
Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
9 months ago
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
9 months ago
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
9 months ago
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
10 months ago
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
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