The White Old Man (Tsagan Evgen)

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The image of the White Old Man

The image of the White Old Man (click to enlarge)

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Since the pre-Buddhist Shamanistic era, Tsagan Evgen, also known as the White Old Man, is one of the most popular deities among the Mongolians. He is regarded as the master of heaven, land, rivers, and animals. The White Old Man is also believed to be the god who bestows fertility, and longevity.

The White Old Man is a White Shamanism deity, a subdivision of Buryat Yellow Shamanism influenced by Tibetan Buddhism and adopts Buddhist rituals. After Buddhism was introduced within the Mongolian culture, the White Old Man is inducted as a Buddhist deity and known as the legendary holy hermit. Today, the White Old Man remains a popular object of worship within the Mongolian culture and beyond. The sculptures and paintings of this deity can be found in many Ulaanbaatar souvenir shops in Mongolia and other countries.

Name variation: Sagaan Ubgen, Tsagaan Uvgun, Tsagaan Övgön, Tsagan Evgen, Tsagaan Ebugen, Belii Staretz, and Cagan Öbö

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Tsagan Evegen painting 

 

Origins

There are several versions about the White Old Man’s origins and how he encountered Buddhism.

 

Version 1

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An artist’s depiction of Itügen, an earth goddess of Mongolian-Turkic origins

In one version, the White Old Man is said to be the consort of Itügen, an earth goddess of Mongolian-Turkic origins. It is said that one day, the White Old Man met with Lord Buddha and his disciples when they were out walking. Lord Buddha inquired about the White Old Man’s identity. The White Old Man then described his power and his functions to reward the virtuous and punish the evil.

Following their conversation, the Buddha acknowledged the White Old Man’s wisdom and made him promise to protect and help beings. The “Scripture of Controlling Land and Water” also recounts the meeting between the Buddha and the White Old Man whereby the Buddha recognised the functions of the White Old Man. Although the White Old Man is said to have made a promise to Lord Buddha himself, he was not mentioned in orthodox Buddhist scriptures.

 

Version 2

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In another version, it is said that the White Old Man was a hunter who happened to come across Milarepa in his cave. Milarepa persuaded the White Old Man to give up hunting and converted him to Buddhism.

 

Abode

The White Old Man is said to reside on a magnificent mountain where a species of a unique fruit tree grows. The mountain is said to be named after this fruit tree. Unfortunately, the location of this mountain and the name of the fruit tree are not known. The Buryats refer to this mountain as the “Snow White Mountain” in the southwest. Therefore, people believe that the White Old Man resides in the Himalayas.

 

The God Status and Functions

A statue of White Old Man in front of the Golden Abode of Shakyamuni Buddha, Elista, Kalmykia. His name in the Kalmyk language is Цаган Авга or Цаган Аав

A statue of the White Old Man in front of Golden Abode of Shakyamuni Buddha Temple, Elista, Kalmykia. His name in the Kalmyk language is Цаган Авга or Цаган Аав

The White Old Man is believed to be a powerful worldly spirit who can bestow many blessings and prosperity to those who propitiate him. The White Old Man can grant good harvest, longevity, wealth, health, and fertility. He is regarded as the master of heaven, land, rivers, water, soil, and animals.

Besides bestowing blessings, the White Old Man is known as a protector deity. Reverend Mostaert, who spent some time in Inner Mongolia mentioned in his article that the White Old Man is a popular protector deity of the cattle. The White Old Man is also known to provide protection from evil spirits, illnesses, and disasters. The White Old Man’s popularity was so pervasive within the Mongolian culture that his benefits and protective functions actually represent the Mongolian people’s fears and wishes. The Buryats credited the White Old Man to prevent selected illnesses such as fever and the pox.

The propitiation of the White Old Man is prevalent among the Mongolians including the Buryats near Lake Baikal, the Kalmyks of the Volga River and the Oirats in West Mongolia.

The White Old Man is a popular protector deity of a cattle.

The White Old Man is a popular protector deity of the cattle.

The tradition of worshipping the White Old Man exists in many cultures and faiths:

  • Christian Buryats call him the Holy Nikolaus
  • The Kalmyks call him the Protector of the Universe and the Caretaker of the Year
  • The Shamans call him the Earth Spirit, Pan
  • The Chinese call him the Old Man of the South Pole
  • The Bonpos call him the Sky God

The White Old Man is believed to be Gyalpo Pehar, also known as King Pehar. Within the Bon faith, Gyalpo Pehar is the protector of Zhangzhung, the centre of the Bon faith. Pehar’s consort is a female deity named Düza Minkar.

In the Mongolian culture, the White Old Man is featured in Eastern Mongolian Epic such as Tusibaltu BaGatur and Ereyin degedU AriyakUU, and Western Mongolian Epic, Jangar. The White Old Man also appeared in folk religious prayer, “Ьker-Un Ures GarGaqu yoson”.

A statue of Sagaan Ubgen in Arshan, Buryatia

A statue of the White Old Man in Arshan, Buryatia

Besides his ability to benefit beings, the White Old Man assumes the role to punish the wicked. The White Old Man dominates the force of evil and can cause diseases, disability, jealousy, nightmares and robberies. The ability he uses to punish the evil-minded:

“The evil people will be betrayed, without any help, their livestock will be plagued and suffer unfortunate consequences – this is what I will give them!”

Source: mifang.org

 

Incorporation into Buddhism

Since at least the 17th century when Buddhism has entered Mongolia, the White Old Man was included into Buddhist pantheon. The White Old Man is referred to in the Mongolian folk religious prayer with Buddhist element such as “Arban Gurban Sang”.

One of the prayers to the White Old Man that originated from Western Mongolia recognised him as an enlightened being by referring to him as the “Old White Buddha”:

“White Old Man, please grant me my requests, destroy 400 diseases for all living beings; I offer you, Old White Buddha pure offerings, please expel evil spirits and the scary deities. Please sever three hundred and three kinds of sorrow, please remove the eighty-eight kinds of bad omens, please clear all defamations and conspiracies.”

Source: mifang.org

In the 20th century, the 13th Dalai Lama incorporated the White Old Man into the Tibetan Cham dance after having a dream during his exile in Mongolia. The White Old Man was introduced during New Year’s dance in Potala Palace, where he is known as rgan po dkar po or simply known as rgan dkar. Since then, other monasteries in Tibet also included the White Old Man character in their Cham dance.

The character of the White Old Man

The character of the White Old Man (seated) is depicted as a kind old man with a baldhead

In the Mongolian Cham dance, the White Old Man is depicted as a kind old man with a bald head. He appears with other Buddhist deities and typical Buddhist characters such as Mahakala, Begze, and Garuda. The White Old Man is one character that speaks during the performance.

The fact that the Cham dance originated from Tibet and introduced to Mongolia during the adoption of Buddhist culture, many researchers may be misled to believe that the White Old Man came from Tibet. However, if one reads the statement from Dr. Nebesky-Wojkowitz, one of the foremost Cham dance researchers, there should be no doubt about the White Old Man’s Mongolian origin:

“This dancer is a well-known figure in the sacred dances of Mongolia and northeastern Tibet. His Mongolian name is cagan ebUgen which corresponds to the Tibetan term rgan po dkar po or short rgan dkar, ‘white old man’. His act was introduced into the New Year dance of the rNam rgyal monastery only at the beginning of this century, upon order of the thirteenth Dalai Lama as a result of a dream he had in his Mongolian exile (1904 to 1906).”

Source: de Nebesky-Wojkowitz, R. (1976). Tibetan Religious Dances, Tibetan Text and Annotated Translation of the ’Chams Yig. The Hague, p.44.

The character of the White Old Man (third from left) in cham dance

The character of the White Old Man (third from left) in the Cham dance costume

 

Iconography

The White Old Man depicted on the wall of Geden Sheddup Choi Korling Monastery, Kalmykia (click to enlarge)

The White Old Man mostly appeared as an elderly bald man with a long white beard. His skin is white, and he wears a simple white robe with a big pearl rosary around his neck or in his hand. The white robe is an indication of his shamanistic origin. During Genghis Khan’s reign, the Mongolian Shamans customarily wore white robes.

Sometimes, the White Old Man has a wart on his forehead and a pouch around his belt that contains either tobacco or a cutlery set. During the Cham dance performance, the White Old Man character often distributed sweets and tobacco from his pocket. The White Old Man is often pictured with a walking stick (Tayag) sometimes with dragon carving, which is another representation of his shamanistic origin. The walking stick is similar to Shaman’s horse head cane. The cane is believed to have the power of granting long life and causing death and diseases. Visitors who see his image like to touch his walking stick as it is believed to bestow long life. He carries the book of destiny and accompanied by a peach tree and a deer.

In the Cham dance, the White Old Man character dressed in white with a bottle. He entered the dance area as a weakly old man who sometimes needs to be carried. However, the White Old Man later kills a tiger with his stick, and his strength is renewed. Sometimes, he approaches the audience to request donations, then he drinks alcohol and continues dancing until he is too drunk to dance.

 

Auspicious Periods Associated with the White Old Man

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It is believed that the White Old Man came to earth twice a month to reprimand those who have done wrongdoings and to collect offering on the 2nd and 16th day of every month. On these special days, the heads of the households who worship the White Old Man prepare offerings of various delicious foods and coloured silks. Food that contains dairy products are considered the best. Today, the worship of the White Old Man during these auspicious days are still prevalent especially in the Ordos City, Inner Mongolia, China.

In May, the meeting of Lord Buddha and the White Old Man is celebrated, and the devotees recite the mantras of the White Old Man.

 

Prayers and Mantras

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Because the White Old Man is believed to be a powerful being who bestows many benefits and protection, he has his own prayers and mantras. The followings are three prayers related to the White Old Man that represent his power and protective functions:

“The length and shortness of human life are under my control; I can make you rich and prosperous, and can make you poor and suffer hardship.”

Source: mifang.org

Another prayer mentions:

“May my life be long, please let my livestock thrive, destroy evil spirits, and let them disappear forever. Bless me from being bitten by poisonous snakes, neither encounter thieves nor robbers. White old man, keep me away from all misfortunes and death!”

Source: mifang.org

 

The mantras of the White Old Man:

1. OM NAN SURU TUM DOK TURU TUNG

2. OM TURU TURU DAYA SOHA HA HA HA

To listen to how the mantras are pronounced, click on the “Play” button below:

      The White Old Man’s Mantras

 

 

A White Old Man statue at the Sartul-Gegetuysky Datsan, Buryatia

A statue of the White Old Man at Sartul-Gegetuysky Datsan, Buryatia

The subject of the White Old Man has also attracted scholars to do in-depth research about him. The Russian scholar, A.M. Pozdneev, discovered a prayer manuscript for the deity in the library of Jebtsundamba Khutuktu, the spiritual head of the Gelug school in Mongolia. Later, A.M. Pozdneev included the Russian translation of this prayer in his book, “Ocherki byta buddiiskikh monastyrei i buddiiskogo dukhovenstva v sviazi s otnosheniiami sego poslednego k narodu”, which was published in St. Petersburg in 1887.

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Another scholar, Dr. Sazykin of the Institute of Oriental Studies in St. Petersburg, now known as The Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, compiled a catalogue of Mongolian Manuscripts and Xylographs that include 18 entries of prayer to the White Old Man. There are also 11 manuscripts that illustrate the worship of the White Old Man in the capital of Tuva Republic, Kyzyl, and 27 manuscripts in the Institute of Language and Literature of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences. In addition, several manuscripts were found in the private collection of the late Mongolian writer and linguist, Tsendiin Damdinsüren. Many manuscripts were written in Todo Character.

A Statue of Sagaan Ubgen near the source of mineral water in Arshan, Buryatia

A statue of the White Old Man near the source of mineral water in Arshan, Buryatia

There are also several incense offering prayers dedicated to the White Old Man. One such prayer was written by Mergen Gegen of Mergen Monastery, titled “Mergen Gegeenii zokhioson Tsagaan Цvgцnii sangiin khuvilbaruud”. This prayer was published in 1999 in the Journal of Inner Mongolian University. There are at least two other versions of incense offering prayer dedicated to the White Old Man. One of them was written by a Mongolian monk, Tzakhar-gebshi Lubsan-Chultum (1740-1810), titled “Sa bdag rgan po dkar po’i bsang bzhugs so” was included in the sixth volume of his written works. The other version is titled “Sa bdag rgan po dkar po tshe thar zhes bya ba bzhugs so”. This incense offering prayer was written by a disciple of Zaya Pandita’s (1717-1765) second incarnation, Blo bzang snyan grags dge legs rnam rgyal dpal bzang po.

In 1966, Prof. Heissig published a romanised prayer of the White Old Man from the Oirat manuscript. This publication also mentioned the title of the sutra in Mongolian, Tibetan and Sanskrit. According to Prof. Heissig, the Sanskrit title is recorded based on Chinese words that could be identified as “Chu shui an du da jing”. However, Prof. Heissig’s peers were doubtful about the existence of a Chinese book. The Chinese title was written in the form of Buddhist scriptures:

“I stayed on the top of the mountain, above me, the heaven is the monarch; below me, the earth mother as the queen. The gods of the earth, the gods of water, the twenty-four protectors of the directions, human beings, livestocks, serpents and beasts. Although evil-doers are not small in numbers, I can dominate them as their leaders. In the mountains, I am the landlord. On the prairie, I am the head of the farmland and the river. I am the king of mankind, in charge of all the lands, houses and waters. All religious industries belong to me. All towns and residents are also owned by me.”

Source: mifang.org

White Old Man in Tabangut-Ichyotuysky Datsan (Buddhist University), Buryatia

The White Old Man in Tabangut-Ichyotuysky Datsan (Buddhist University), Buryatia

In 1980, Prof. Walter Heissig (1913-2005), an Austrian Mongolist, discovered a Buryat manuscript that contained the White Old Man’s prayer without a title for the consecration of livestock (seterlekh ritual). Prof. Heissig would later publish the German translation and the Romanised transcript of this prayer in 1987.

That many of the surviving manuscripts are from the Mongolian source is another factor that confirms the White Old Man’s Mongolian origin.

 

Conclusion

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Although there is at least one prayer from Western Mongolia that calls the White Old Man an enlightened being, he is mostly believed to be a god of shamanistic origin as indicated from his appearance (i.e., white robes and walking stick). However, for the White Old Man to be deeply entrenched within and beyond the Mongolian culture and be incorporated into Buddhism, he must have been positive, beneficial, and his practice has generated potency to his devotees.

 

Addendum

An Oirad-Kalmyk Version of the “White Old Man” Sutra Found Among the Archives of the Late Lama Sanji Rabga Möngke Baqši Page 13-26

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The texts above were sourced from legitimate book-hosting services offering these texts for free download. They are made available here for purely educational, non-commercial purposes.

 

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  1. Sarassitham on Dec 6, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Thank you for the interesting sharing on the tradition of worshipping, the White Old Man exists in many cultures and faiths. He is believed to be a powerful deity and popular among Mongolian culture who bestows many benefits and protection. I’m impressed to know that he is able to heal people even when he is performing his Cham dance and also he have many forms of appearances towards his devotees.

    https://bit.ly/3lH8kFx

  2. Ummamageswari on Jun 25, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Thank you so much for this article. By reading this article, i get to know that Tsagan Evgen, also known as the White Old Man, Sagaan Ubgen, Tsagaan Uvgun, Tsagaan Ovgon, Tsagan Evgen, Tsagaan Ebugen, Belii Staretz, and Cagan Obo.

    It is said that the White Old Man met up with Lord Buddha and his disciples when they were walking at out. Lord Buddha asked about the White Old Man’s identity. The White Old Man then described his power and his functions to reward the virtuous and punish the evil.

  3. Stella Cheang on Jun 15, 2019 at 10:59 am

    The White Old Man is a well known iconic figure symbolises wisdom, longevity and to some cultures, prosperity. Therefore it is not surprising to find the worshipping of a similar While Old Man amidst Russian and Mongolia local folklores. The incorporation of the White Old Man into Buddhism goes to show that there are many shared values in the two. Most importantly the White Old Man is a source of strength and blessing to those who prayed to him, as prescribed in his prayers and mantras. Thank you for the informative sharing.

  4. Pastor Shin on May 17, 2019 at 9:25 am

    The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. I hope many Mongolians will print out this image and place in their houses to create an affinity with Dorje Shugden for greater blessings. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz

    The powerful Mongolian nation has a long history and connection with Manjushri Dorje Shugden, as expressed in the life of Venerable Choijin Lama, a State Oracle of Mongolia who took trance of Dorje Shugden among other Dharma Protectors. Read more about Choijin Lama: https://bit.ly/2GCyOUZ

  5. Wai Meng Wan on Mar 26, 2019 at 12:37 am

    In Chinese Daoist tradition, there is a god who holds a peach usually has deer mount, A picture is attached here.

    Peach God Daoist

  6. Samfoonheei on Jan 24, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    The White Old Man in Tibet and Mongolia is considered as a Buddhist deity been widely worship within the Mongolian culture till to this days. The White Old Man is the master of heaven, land, rivers, water, soil, and animals and is believed to be a powerful worldly spirit. Interesting to know of other cultures having some similarities to those in our country like Tua Pek Gong ,Du Di Gong and so forth. ‘Tua Pek Gong and Du Di Gong are some of the pantheon of Indonesian, Malaysian, Singaporean folk religions.
    Tua Pek Gong is worshipped by Malaysian Chinese throughout the country and can be found in many temples . Tua Pek Gong is often mistaken for Tu Di Gong, (Earth Deity ) partially because of their physical similarities. In fact the White Old Man looks more likely to Tu Di Gong in appearance. Many Mongolians has benefited when relying on the White Old Man having his own prayers and mantras to recite. Many manuscripts were written centuries ago and incense offering prayer has been dedicated to the White Old Man as well by many. Interesting Read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  7. Tsa Tsa Ong on Jan 17, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    I really enjoyed reading about the white old man who looks similar to Sau Sin Kong ,deity of longevity in Chinese. Surprisingly it’s a Mongolian deity and he has a mantra for his practice. I’m curious if the mantra is allowed to be used by anyone? Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this very nice write up of The White Old Man (Tsagan Evgen) ????

  8. freontee on Jan 16, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    It is always interesting to read about what other deity was worship in the particular culture and how it is incorporate with Buddhism. This deity is special because there is lama compose sang offering to him. He must be very accurate in answering his devotees doubt and help them.

  9. Paul Yap on Jan 16, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    The traditions of praying to the White Old Man in Tibet and Mongolia has many similarities with those who is still carrying out in the Chinese society, especially in southern China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia etc. The deities for example Longevity God, which bestow long life and good health and Tua Pek Gong, in which govern the land and wealth have many look a like with the White Old Man. They are all depicted as a smiling old man with fair skin, abundance in figure, dress in brocaded cloths, carrying a walking stick and wish fulfilling jewels. These deities are very popular as it represents good health and abundance of wealth for the people to have a better life for their family.

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  10. Jacinta on Jan 16, 2019 at 12:59 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    I saw this mostly at home and at the shop. Not too sure if it is the same with the Chinese one – 福祿壽 (Fuk Luk Sau) that bestows Longetivity. He is famous among the Taoist here.

    Thank you for sharing about this old white Man, Rinpoche. Now only I know about His origin, how He was introduced to Tibet, the dream that the 13th Dalai Lama had and He must be so significance since his figure was included in Cham dance thereafter. He even has His own mantras! (Thanks for the audio) However, I’m not sure when should we recite His mantras and on what circumstances? Thank you.

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    Interesting article indeed tells us a thousand words of a Great Lama . When Lama Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa was born many people witnessed numerous auspicious sign. He could understand and memorized complicated texts at a very young age proving that he was someone very special. He received many teachings and tantric initiations from many great masters of different lineages. Many of Lama Tshongkhapa’s teachings were composed through the instructions and inspiration of deities and masters appearing in pure vision. Tsongkhapa was a prolific author of tantric literature, composing and gave teaching to many of what he had discovered. Tsongkhapa’s fame as a great scholar and realized practitioner was well known and respected by many all over Tibet and China. Even the Yongle Emperor of the Chinese Ming Dynasty invited him to give teachings. Interesting article to understand better of this Great Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/tsongkhapa-lobzang-drakpa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Oct 3. 2022 02:43 PM
    Trulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was an important Gelugpa lama who gave up his life to arise as the World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen , who had reincarnated lifetime after lifetime to benefit all beings. He and the Fifth Dalai Lama had shared a very respectful and close relationship. He was one of the most highly respected and sought-after Lamas of the land. He was deeply learned and well-versed in scriptures, and also having received many direct visions of deities and exalted Gurus. Rare and very precious secret writings of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen can be found in Music Delighting an Ocean of Protectors. He was truly a great teacher of all time.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of Golden Undefeated Lama of Blessings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/golden-undefeated-lama-of-blessings.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Oct 3. 2022 02:37 PM
    Reading again this article to get a better understanding of the significance of placing our Dharma statues and items in the correct order. Nor matter what the statues made of we have to respect it and placing correctly. In the Buddhist tradition, statues are created to represent Buddha. Each Buddha image represents the spirit of the teachings of Buddha. Each statue features common physical attributes, poses, and postures that define its purpose and meaning.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/statues-and-stupas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2022 12:55 PM
    nteresting read of a great Lama Tsarchen Losal Gyatso who is the founder of the Sakya tradition. One of the three branches of the Sakya School, which is part of Tibetan Buddhism. Interesting story of how his illness was occurred and meeting the mysterious lady at monastery courtyard well. The lady who gave him a small Tibetan pecha manuscript wrapped in cloth before vanishing. Apparently Vajrayogini had appeared to him leading him to the great master Doringpa at Tashi Lhunpo. Since then he studied with 63 masters of all traditions. He had travelled tremendously to various place to perform great deeds, giving teachings and benefiting all whom he encountered along his journey.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/tsarchen-losal-gyatso-lineage-holder-of-vajrayoginis-tantra.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2022 12:53 PM
    interesting read of Kentrul Thubten Lamsang Rinpoche, one of our Guru previous life. He was one of the most important disciples of Kyabje Trijang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso. Kentrul Rinpoche had spent many years in remote areas like Phari on the Tibet-India border. Where he worked tirelessly to improve the condition of local monasteries and built large Buddha statues. He even built a three-storey statue of Maitreya Buddha. Highly respected by many locals and remembered by monks of the monastery for his work. Kentrul Rinpoche was also known for performing extensive pujas for people of the area. Kentrul Rinpoche will always be remembered as the lama who remained devoted to his teacher until his final moments. He went out of his way to help the sufferings, in desperate situations. His is a legacy that is timeless and beyond compare. Both Kentrul Rinpoche and our Guru Tsem Rinpoche’s activities did exhibit an unquenchable thirst and curiosity for Dharma, Guru devotion . Both have the similarities after-all. Interesting read, shared by Pastor Jean Ai on Tsem Rinpoche ‘s previous reincarnation.
    Thank you Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/autobiography/kentrul-thubten-lamsang.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2022 12:51 PM
    Very interesting article of great Lamas whom I never find it bored reading over and over again. Anything related to history had me feeling excited.
    Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was a great master, meditator, teacher, logician, yogi, siddha and erudite scholar. He was an important Gelugpa lama and a contemporary of the 5th Dalai Lama’s time. Even more than three hundred years ago he was eliminated yet he continued reincarnating until present day as been confirmed by many great beings. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen in fulfilling the promise he made to Nechung protector arose as World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden, merely to serve the teachings of Je Tsongkapa and sentient beings. After realising the mistakes done by his officers 5th Dalai Lama built a Dorje Shugden chapel and even composed a prayers texts to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. He named the Chapel as Trode Khangsar which still exist to this day at Lhasa, Tibet .May more people reading this article to understand more who is Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was. An interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/who-is-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2022 12:48 PM
    The Kangxi Emperor was the third emperor of the Qing dynasty. He is considered by historians to be one of the greatest emperors in the history of China. Having ruled China over 61 years, he was the longest-reigning Chinese emperors in dynastic history. He was thought of as one of the greatest emperors because, under his rule, the Qing empire started to prosper, dynastic succession was stabilized, and he was comparatively benevolent. He was also highly educated and was known as a hardworking emperor who ruled diligently. His rule was a period of expansion, stability, and prosperity for the Chinese Empire. Kangxi gave religious freedom to all religions and had sponsored many literary works, monasteries, monks and teachers all over China, Tibet and Mongolia. He was considered an extremely modern Emperor at that time whom was loved by many. He was said to be the reincarnation of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and an emanation of Manjushri as recorded in the ancient scriptures.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

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

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

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

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

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

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/painting-buddha-statues

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    This is what they do to get meat on tables, and to produce belts and jackets. Think twice before your next purchase.
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    Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
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    They do this every day!
    This is how they are being treated every day of their lives. Please do something to stop the brutality. Listen to their cries for help!
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    What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
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    3 yearss ago
    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    4 yearss ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
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    4 yearss ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    4 yearss ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
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    4 yearss ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 yearss ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    4 yearss ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    4 yearss ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
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    4 yearss ago
    Cute!
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    4 yearss ago
    Uncle Wong
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
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    4 yearss ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
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    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
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    4 yearss ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    5 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    5 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    5 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    5 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    5 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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Is this where Rinpoche received the thangkha of Dream Manjushri?
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Is this where Rinpoche received the thangkha of Dream Manjushri?
Is this the ruins of Zimkhang Gongma established by Panchen Sonam Drakpa. -Choong
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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
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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.
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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
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#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
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#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
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Kechara Earth Project 17 July 2022
Kechara Earth Project 12 June 2022
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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
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#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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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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.
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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
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Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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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
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The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
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
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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
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We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
10 months ago
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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