Transcript: You Don’t Own Your Body

Jan 11, 2014 | Views: 1,564

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear Dharma seekers,

A few months ago, I gave an impromptu short Dharma talk to a few students. It was on the significance of treating our human body as a vehicle.

If you have ever thought about why you are unhappy, and what the formula to happiness is… this video will be interesting to you. Even if you have never asked yourself these type of questions before, I thought that it would be beneficial for everyone to listen to this short talk and to meditate on the logic behind it. 

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

You Don’t Own Your Body

 

      You Don't Own Your Body

 


 

Transcript: You Don’t Own Your Body by Tsem Rinpoche

Transcribed by Sarah Yap

JJ is a part of you as much as you are a part of you, and that is false, because you are not a part of you as much as JJ is not a part of you. Because JJ’s body and your body are both borrowed.

They both don’t belong to you. Both the bodies do not belong to you. You are a temporary resident of that room. So if you are a temporary resident of that room, why would you put so much energy into something that doesn’t belong to you? And you won’t be able to keep because in the end it will just be discarded.

So if it doesn’t belong to you, why would you put so much energy towards it? And now you are getting this information on an intellectual level. If you think about it and meditate, everyday… you will disassociate. And when you disassociate, you will not abandon your body, you will not let it go, you will not neglect it, in fact you will care for it more. Why? Because you realize that it is not something you own, it’s a vehicle you can use to do better with.

In fact, your body becomes a vehicle, not a property. So when you meditate on this correctly and well, what happens? Your body becomes a vehicle, not a property. Instead of having to own a car, you just ride a bus, you don’t have to take care of the bus, someone else will.

So when we keep thinking “This is my body, I have to pleasure it, I am stuck, I am claustrophobic, I don’t want to do this, I want to do that, I’m not happy, you said this to me, you did that to me” and you always think like that. You start implanting in your mind, ownership of something you don’t own. And all the problems arise from that. You start creating ownership of something you don’t own. You own your body as much as you own the person next to you. If you look at it on an ultimate sense, it makes sense.

So if you don’t own the body next to you, left and right, in front of you and behind you, that’s why you are not so concerned about the next person, you also don’t own your body. You have ZERO control of your body. ZERO. Anytime your body can shut down on you and you’re gone. Anytime.

We may think, “Oh, but I’m young, I’m only 31, 32…” No, look at Justin, in front of our eyes, a very beautiful person had to leave, had to pass away. No signs a week ago before his passing, no signs a month ago, no signs a year ago, no signs a day ago, no signs even 1 hour ago. No signs even 1 minute before. It wasn’t like he was crawling and then he collapsed, he just collapsed. And then within 2 hours our Dharma brother passed away, in front of our eyes. Which he proved to us that he did not own his body. And what happened to our Dharma brother will happen to all of us in one way or another.

So if you don’t own the bodies next to you, and therefore you don’t have that much ownership or responsibility for, or attachment or you won’t work as hard for it, you should apply the same principles to yourself. That you also don’t own your own body.

And if we keep thinking, if we keep thinking we own our own body, if we keep thinking that, all of our sufferings, all of our disillusionment, all of our anger, all of our self-attachment, self fears, insecurities will keep coming up more and more and more, and you know what’s horrible? The insecurities, the fears, the attachments will increase with age. And even worse, with age you can’t fulfill all of your attachments. If you want to smoke 50 packs a day you can’t anymore because you’re going to wheeze. It’s not like when you’re 20. If you want to go out and you want to have a relationship with every pretty girl, you can’t, your body can’t take it anymore. If you want to go disco all night and take drugs all night, you can’t, you can’t even stay awake past 12 anymore. If you want to go clubbing anymore, they will say, “Hey Grandpa, what are you doing here? Time to go home. Take a Geritol and go to sleep.” So even if, and the sad thing is as you get older the attachment get stronger, they don’t get less. Do you know why? If you can’t break your habit of 1 year or 2 year, how can you break your habit of 30 years, 40 years? And in fact our habituations when we’re older we keep doing it is what creates trouble in the family, in ourselves, and in the people around us.

So when we think about it very carefully, all this arises from holding the “I” / “Nga” very strongly. “Me”, “I”, that doesn’t exist. And when we realize the “I” that’s associated with this body doesn’t exist, you know what happens? We start disassociating. Does it makes us cold? No.

In the interim, in between, ‘bardo’, in the interim, it makes us a little stand-off-ish, a little confused, because we’re trying to find our way. Because our whole life we have been trying to hold on to this body, suddenly we realize it doesn’t belong to us.

I give you an example that is a little crude, but it’s close. Suddenly you find out when you’re 20, you’re adopted. “Oh my god! You mean you’re not my parents? You mean you’re not my cousin, you’re not my mother, you’re not my sister, you’re not my aunt?” And everybody suddenly, immediately looks like strangers, outsiders – something not connected to you anymore. Suddenly you find out you’re adopted. Everything you believed is gone.

Similarly, you will have period of, an interim period of you don’t know what’s going on, confusion, little stand-off-ish, maybe some tears, maybe a little bit of movement, but then you will come to terms and say, “Wait a minute, how many years have I wasted with this body?” And in the end, it’s exactly like the body next to me that I don’t own.

So what happens is that your body doesn’t become a property, it becomes a vehicle. What’s the difference when you view your body as a vehicle? Then you use it for the greater good of others. What’s the difference when you see your body as property? Then you keep self-indulging. See the difference?

If we keep our body and keep thinking that it is property, we will continue to self-indulge until we cannot, until we get bored, until we become lonely, or until we self-indulge so much that we sacrificed everything that had meaning for self-indulgence to the point of it has no more meaning anymore.

There are people who sacrifice things with meaning for self-indulgence, until the self-indulgence itself becomes a bore. And then loneliness, bitterness, unhappiness settles in. Why does it settle in? Because it is a natural way for a cognizing mind, a perceiving intelligent mind to say, “What was that all about?” And when the mind finds out what we have been doing has no meaning, of course you feel like you’ve wasted your time.

If you spend millions and millions of dollars on something and no one uses it and there is no use, what will you feel? You’re going to feel you’ve wasted your money. Any normal person will feel, who will say, “Oh it’s okay, the money will come, no problem lets waste more”. So any self-cognizing person with any sort of intelligence will feel, “Whatever I have done with my body is such a waste. Such a waste”. And that’s how we’ll feel. So when we think about it carefully, everything I’m telling you should not be used for criticism, or pointing fingers, or right or wrong. But it should be used as self-discovery, truth.

If we use it as self-discovery, you know what will happen? So, we might be afraid, “Oh, when I start realizing this about my body, I might become cold and disassociate from my pets, from my partners, from my kids, from my parents, from my friends”. Oh, on the contrary, when you disassociate yourself from property to vehicle, you have opened up the greatest vista to love, cherish and take care of everyone around you with no agenda. You start to love with no agenda.

Why? Because it’s a vehicle now, it’s not an ownership. Does everybody understand? How do we create effortless love, how do we create love without agenda, how can we create the attitude of bending ourselves backwards for others effortlessly, tirelessly, continuously – how? By viewing our body as a vehicle. A vehicle to a greater end, a vehicle to something better, a vehicle to something higher. When we view our body as ownership, depression, unhappiness, selfishness, all that becomes reinforced. There is a difference when you view your body as ownership or vehicle. Ownership means you own it, you take care of it, you focus all of your energy on “me, me, me, me, me”. Cause I own it, me, mine, me. So that “me me me me me” get’s reinforced.

Whereas if you see your body as ownership, when you see as ownership, all the unhappiness will increase with time. Cause everything you like to do you can’t do anymore, but the attachment will still be there. The body will become your traitor. But whereas if you see your body as a vehicle, you won’t over indulge, you won’t self indulge. Why? Why work so hard for something you don’t own? So therefore if you see your body as a vehicle, vehicle means to take you from point A to B. From point A (me) to point B (others) – happiness, growth.

So by meditating on these precious teachings, by meditating on these precious teachings, what happens? Our bad habits become easier to let go of, our feeling of restlessness to go do something becomes less, doing work for others becomes pleasurable, and as you age you become gracious, light, inspiration, a guide, beautiful, mature, looked up to, and a person people fold their hands and go, “That’s a wonderful person”, as you age. As opposed to when you treat your body as something you own, as you age, “Oh! Still like that ah? So old still like that ah? So old still think like that ah?” Yes.

So today’s explanation is not about becoming a colder, uncaring, irresponsible person. In fact, you become the opposite. Examples of people who are selfless, Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, maybe even Aung San Suu Kyi. Instead of becoming bitter, and unhappy, and lonely and abandoned, the minute we hear Nelson Mandela is not well, we all light some incense to hope he will get well very quick. I’m concerned when he was ill recently. The whole world is concerned because this person cared about the whole world. So, the whole world will care back.

Now, what about the other hundreds of thousands of people in South Africa who are still ill that we know nothing about. Well with respect to them, they cared about no one I think, so no one cares about them. And that’s how we need to think.

So when we disassociate our mind from our body we don’t become colder, we don’t become cruel, uncaring or narrow. In fact, we open the doorways to become bigger. All our fears and insecurities will go down. Why? Fear and insecurity can only hide in the dark, and exist in the dark. Where there is light, they cannot exist. Darkness is selfishness, light is giving and love, and care for others. So where there is light there cannot be darkness, where there is no darkness the things that abide or live in the dark must die, must exit, must go away. Selfishness live in the dark, and darkness is me. And when we let go of that we live in the light, when we live in the light, insecurity and all that goes away. Why does it goes away? Because when there is light insecurity and fear and selfishness cannot live.

And when we do this kind of meditation every single day, at the time of death we don’t need a Lama to do Powa for us, consciousness transference, we can do Powa ourselves. We can think about Lama Tsongkhapa, we can think about Manjushri, we can think about Vajrayogini, we can think about our Gurus, anything that reminds us of virtuous activity. Anything. We can think about the Ladrang, we can think about Gaden, we can think about a Tsoksha, we can think about monks, we can think about nuns, anything that relates to our virtuous activities, as we are dying when we focus, we think about this. It will open up the good karma that we’ve accumulated, and from here, our consciousness, tsheg bar will leave. And when our consciousness leave from here (the crown of our head) we take a very good rebirth. And when we take a good rebirth, where we have left off in this life’s journey, we continue. So if we left off at 4, next life we continue at 5. Whereas normal people leave off at 1, they return back to 1. Then they die, they will die again at 1, they go start again at 1. Then they die again, and some start off at zero cause they can take a lower rebirth. Now, do lower rebirths such as spirits and ghosts exist? Do they exist Vinnie?

Vinnie: Yes.

Well, if lower existence such as ghosts and spirits exist why can’t we go there? Why can’t we die and reincarnate as them? And when our body actually, physically, karmically starts to disassociates with our mind that’s called death, then whatever we have done will catch up. All the good stuff will catch up, all the bad stuff will catch up. Good and bad is deciphered by me and them. All the activities you did for them, is good. All the activities you did for me, reinforces the “me”, so next life you start at 1 again. So, this good and bad is not like the Christian Judeo sense of punishment, hell or heaven, it’s more of the reaffirmation of the self selfish mind that you come back living that selfish life again and again and again and again. And in one blunt clear simple sentence: selfishness hurts. It hurts us and it hurts others.

Selfishness hurts. Who in this room have experienced the pain of other people’s selfishness? Please raise your hand (Rinpoche raises hand). Who in this room has given pain to others due to our own selfishness? (Rinpoche raises hand) Me too. Was giving selfishness pleasant? Now that we retrospect that? Not really. Was getting the pain of someone’s selfishness, the result of selfishness, did it feel good to you? No. So selfishness we can see logically is not good, we just decided. The council here decided.

So what have we decided? Is selfishness a pleasurable feeling or dis-pleasurable?

Students: Dis-pleasurable.

Okay, if selfishness is dis-pleasurable, not pleasurable, then the causes of selfishness is positive or negative?

Students: Negative.

If the causes of selfishness is negative, then we must remove the causes, correct? If we remove the causes we don’t create the pain. That’s it, the council has decided. We didn’t need the Buddha to come here and tell us, we didn’t need Trijang Rinpoche to come and tell us, we didn’t need Palden Lhamo to come and tell us, we used our own intelligent human minds to say, “Hey, I’ve experienced other people who have very selfish, thought about themselves and they didn’t care about me, they didn’t care about the repercussions of their actions. They didn’t care about how they hurt us, they didn’t care about how they disappointed us and it hurts. It hurts! Wow I felt that. And then when I retrospected back some of the things I did, I myself did and it really hurt people when I found out. I feel, I’m embarrassed, it’s hard to look at that person in the face.”

So, the selfishness I’ve given to people hurts them and me, the selfishness they’ve given to me hurts me and them. So therefore the council here can conclude, selfishness is negative. How logical Buddhism is, how logical it all is. This is what Lama Tsongkhapa have been talking about in the Lam Rim. This is what Shantideva keeps talking about in Bodhisattva Charyavatara. This is what Shantarakshita keeps taking about in The Wheel of Sharp Weapons. This is what all these masters been talking about. And here you know what, most of us here have not read the works of these masters but, we have decided that selfishness is not good and it’s painful and that’s the logic of it.

So the next time we are in the state of confusion, disarray, don’t know what to do – sit back and meditate. Find refuge in yourself, find refuge in your truth, find refuge in your contemplation, find refuge in your knowledge. The knowledge I give you now when obstacles arises don’t let it become intellectual and say, “I know that but I can’t do it”. Then you deserve all the pain you’re going to get.

It’s like people who saym “Hey I’m going to traffic drugs in Malaysia”, and they get to jail, and then their parents are upset, their friends are upset, their girlfriend’s upset, their boyfriend’s upset and they are crying, they’re begging the judge. But look, you knew, you were told and you said, “Never mind”. So when you’re in jail on death row, why should anybody fight for you? Why should you be sad or scared? You knew. So therefore it is very important.

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  1. Samfoonheei on Apr 10, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    We came to this world with nothing and leaving with nothing. There nothings that belongs to us. Whatever we own is temporary on loan only, so we should be glad in this life we are in human form. We should appreciate what we have at this moment, , doing , learning Dharma and practicing Dharma for a good and meaningful cause. Transforming our mind and benefiting others instead of ourselves.
    What Rinpoche had said and explained , very true indeed … we don’t own our body. Well use our body for the greater good of others. Reading the transcript by Tsem Rinpoche tells us more understanding .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

  2. Andrea Lai on Oct 22, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    This video is very interesting and informative. What Rinpoche had explained was clear and I do agree we don’t own our body. It’s a self cherishing thought that will lead us to our attachment. I like what Rinpoche said that we treat our body like vehicles, as transportation to benefit people. Hence, we should in fact value, take good care and appreciate our body for being in completion. We have legs that could bring us to thousand miles destination, hands that give love, hopes to those who need salvation, eyes to see beauty nature, ear to listening beautiful sound of nature and a peaceful mind to clear our negativities. Therefore, practice Dharma is the only way for transformation of body, speech and mind.

  3. Vivek on May 3, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Why are u not mentioing indians and buddha relations qith india is it part of some propoganda or belief

  4. Vivek on May 3, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    Dear Mr Tsem
    I came across your recitations on web accidently i am hugely surprised by ypir clarity i have a question knowing very well that buddha was born in india and indians have very large holy seeekers why you are jot mentioining once name of india or indian people however you are mentioning china chinese severla times are u a propoganda war on this

  5. Yee Yin on Sep 12, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Apart from our body, there are many things that we don’t own. The money, house, cars and things that we think we own them, we actually don’t. This is because when we die, we cannot take them with us.

    The only thing we take with us is our karma. Whatever action or thoughts we have, they become our karma. Having a good motivation will make our thoughts or actions become positive karma or merit. These are the most important things that will determine whether we will end up in a good or bad place.

    Therefore, it makes sense to spend our time and effort to develop good qualities so that we can somehow reduce our sufferings. When we realise what we have do not belong to us, we will learn to let go and be detached. It does not mean we abandon things that we love or like, it means our state of mind will not be determined by these things.

  6. Lin Mun on Oct 14, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    It is true we don’t own this our body. We will get old and our body will deteriorate and then die in the end. It is a process we can’t stop and avoid. By understanding this we will then learn to eliminate our negative action, let go of our attachment, anger and selfishness. Nothing belongs to us and since we have this body, we should utilise it to engage in more positive activities and dharma work in order to benefit others.
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teaching.

  7. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Feb 6, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    If you know you don’t own your body, as it will shut down on you anytime, you will let go of all of your clinging to “I” and you will let go of your anger, attachment, fears and insecurities.

    If you see your body as a vehicle instead of a property, you will use it for the greater good of others.

    When you dissociate yourself from “property” to “vehicle”, you will open up a greater vista to love and cherish others and take care of everyone.around you without agenda! It becomes a pleasure to work for others.”

    When we view our body as something we own and our whole focus is on indulging in it, we are doomed to suffer depression and loneliness as we grow into our old age. Our body will betray us. It will start to decay and our limbs and faculties will begin to degenerate.

    Better to grow into our old age by focusing outward and cherishing and serving others. When we are not focussed on our own body and ourselves, we will let go of negative habituations, gain greater peace and grow old with grace.

  8. Stella Cheang on Feb 1, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche for this very important teaching. Our body does not belong to us. It will shut down anytime without even the courtesy of giving us prior notice. When our body shuts down, our consciousness will continue on. It makes good sense to understand deeply how it works after our body shut down. When our consciousness leaves our body and takes a rebirth, it continues where is was left off in this life’s journey. Appreciate very much the simple mathematical example given by Rinpoche; i.e. when someone practices Dharma leave at 4, next life the person continues at 5. But for those who are not practicing, we leave off at 1, we return back to 1. Then we die, again at 1, and start again at 1. Then we die again, and sometimes start off at zero because we can take a lower rebirth.

  9. Jayce Goh on Jun 18, 2016 at 12:20 am

    I love this teaching very much and listen to Rinpoche talk over and over again. We don’t own our body. Is simple and logic. We cant control it, it grows old and it rotten after we death. What we have now is just a vehicles for us to travel and do things physically. It won’t last. What makes you feel that we will own this body forever ? we have been spend so much time to decorate it, to put on branded , to put on make up and all preservative to maintain it. Are we wasting our time on keeping something impermanent ?

    It inspire me much with this teaching, when we understand impermanence , we would rather spend more time to build inner growth with learning dharma.

  10. TomY on Feb 17, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    “Now, what about the other hundreds of thousands of people in South Africa who are still ill that we know nothing about. Well with respect to them, they cared about no one I think, so no one cares about them. And that’s how we need to think.”

    that is a bit cruel, they are ill and maybe in the karmic sense it is something they have sown. however for us to not care feels lacking of sincerity & compassion. i see myself in people around me, i might not condone what they do, but to some degree i can understand and accept it. and when i see someone in pain, i feel pain for him/her. maybe in the logic of the idea structure, it is okay not to care, but to me, we should.

    on the issue of bodies and what we own, it is something alive, manifestation of this live universe, and we should honour it by treating it well, not disrespecting its mechanisms to preventable disease or obesity. we are healthy, so that we can be healthy for others around us.

    and in regards to hands, we have two. one to help ourselves, one to help others. these are just my humble thoughts.

  11. Chris Chong on Feb 9, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this teaching.

    I myself had hurt others with my own selfishness, and hurt by selfishness of others. Selfishness is the act of cherishing the “I” that is so feeble and doesnt belong to us at all. We keep thinking that we will live long but to the contrary, we have absolutely no control on that. We will just leave this body when we draw our last breath. We have to think far than just this life which will end anytime soon.

    Humbly,
    Chris

  12. Edwin Tan on Oct 23, 2014 at 3:08 am

    Thank you Rinpoche, for the deep, profound teaching.

  13. Wan Wai Meng on Mar 22, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    If we do not think we own our bodies we will operate very differently. Our bodies is like a room that we have paid for temporarily in a hotel. Since it is borrowed why should we renovate it?

  14. Pastor Adeline on Feb 3, 2014 at 1:41 am

    If my body belongs to me, it should be growing the way I wanted it to be; it should come with me when I die; it should always be well; it should always smells good; it should stay young forever. How cruel is it that my body doesn’t belongs to me, others have to take care of it when I die, they clean, they place me into the coffin, they send me off to be buried or to be cremated. The body is my burden when I’m alive, others’ when I die.

  15. Uncle Eddie on Feb 1, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Yes, as said, no one owns his/her own body. From life to life it is said there is a complete change of body, country and even universe. It is not surprising that we hear of people able to remember previous lives which stretch even further back in time. Even though we are not able to perceive them, it is said we lived countless past lives! It is also said that life accordingly is dependent for its very existence on previous and future lives. It is of course, not the matter of the impermanent physical body which changes constantly, but our present mind, which is part of the continum of mind of our previous lives. Although the body ceases to function at death, the mind does not. It is said that it will proceed to the next life and many, many other lives.

  16. Choongs on Jan 20, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for this teaching.

    What do you tell someone who also thinks alike, that his/her body does not belong to him/her, but who trashes his/her own body or partakes in highly risky activities?

  17. Pastor Han Nee on Jan 16, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this lovely teaching. It reminds us that the Buddha Dharma has its basis in logic. The best logic is this – since we don’t own our body,then we should not be so attached to it.Our attachment is a form of invidious clinging that comes from our thinking that “I” abides in the body. But there is really no “I” At death the body in which we think the “I ” abides disintegrates and becomes nothing but bones or ashes.

    We don’t own our body. If we don’t own it , we should have no attachment to it. This non-attachment opens us up naturally to others as it removes selfishness( that come from attachment to “I”). Without this attachment, our fears and hatred and cravings should no longer be present. Without this , we can turn outward and become selfless and loving and caring of others. These are beautiful emotions that must surely bring us real happiness.

    Instead of viewing our body as a possession, we now see it as a vehicle that we can use to take us to higher levels (via working for and benefiting others) and to real lasting peace and happiness.

  18. Pastor Martin on Jan 14, 2014 at 11:25 am

    These short teachings are vey powerful because they go straight to addressing what afflicts people, in a way which is simple to understand and offers immediate solutions. That we do not own our bodies and therefore do not need to focus so much attention to it, can also be applied also to much of our thoughts – thoughts that make us want and need and demand. The important lesson that Rinpoche offers here is that we are not obliged to be stuck with our body and the way we think and we can disassociate progressively from that which drives us further into our negative states.

    All the imageries here, such as to look at our body as not belonging to us – only borrowed and to be used as a vehicle, are meant to switch the way we think away from ourselves. Focussing on ourselves reinforces the delusion that is the beginning of all our problems. These teachings make it much easier to understand why we have to transform and how we can begin to bend our habituated thoughts into the proper light and see them for what they are.

  19. Datuk May on Jan 13, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Everything that we think we own is but a delusion, especially our body which we hold onto so dearly. We associate “me” to our physical form when actually the real me is the mind. The mind continues lives after lives in any form in any of the 6 realms.

    However when we are born into this human life, I personally feel that we are in the same form as when Shakymuni Buddha attained enlightenment and as such we should with the right mind study Dharma and practise Dharma and when we die we leave behind this borrowed vehicle of a body and go to another rebirth.

    With the proper practice of the Dharma, then we can come back and take off in the Dharma without any further waste of time.

    This is my aspiration with what I have left in this life and I thank Rinpoche who is always there to remind and guide me. I am so blessed.

  20. Valentina Suhendra on Jan 12, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for this teaching. This is exactly the question that I have been trying to ask my mind.

    Regards

    Valentina

  21. Yeo (Kuantan) on Jan 12, 2014 at 2:05 am

    执‘我‘,会带给我们烦恼和痛苦。人身难得,别让五毒给侵犯和占据,导致下一世修得畜生身,饿鬼身或地狱身,倒不如放下执‘我‘和坚持五戒,下一世修得比这一世更好的人身,或天人身,或修往净土。
    感谢仁波切分享,祝您吉祥,如意,长寿,安康!

  22. henry ooi on Jan 12, 2014 at 12:18 am

    This video may be short yet concise and profound. Very good to reflect on before time runs out.

  23. Tommie on Jan 12, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Thank you for this very profound teaching.

  24. - on Jan 11, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Thankyou so much for posting this Rinpoche. It is the something so helpful to remember. . will either bookmark this page or print it out, as it is something, which I need to remember (and think about) everyday! It is one of those things which you come across occasionally, which you know, if you remember it, it can change things
    or have an effect. . thankyou so much for sharing this.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 9. 2022 12:46 PM
    The Great Buddha of Kamakura ,is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, a temple belonging to the Jodo Sect of Buddhism. Wow…. it has long been the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan,with a height of 11.4 meters. It is one of Japan’s most fascinating historical landmarks where thousands of tourist from all over the world visited yearly. The statue is an iconic sight and most visited by tourist in the area. Merely looking at this huge statue tells all and a blessing indeed.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing of a BIG Buddha Statue.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/daibutsuthe-great-buddha-of-kamakura.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 9. 2022 12:45 PM
    Found this old inspiring video briefly showing our Lama HE Tsem Rinpoche ‘s life and the stories behind Kechara organization. Interesting….. Beautiful and meaningful video.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this video.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/world-peace-by-tsem-tulku-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 9. 2022 12:44 PM
    The Dharma Bums were a U.S. garage band, formed in 1987 in Portland, Oregon, United States. The band had performed everywhere, and sing varies of subjects travelling around the world. The best is even Dharma songs as well revolving around Tibetan culture and religion. One of the band members is a long-time student of Tibetan Buddhism. Listening to the powerful Crystal Diamond Vajra Dakini, is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/dharma-bums.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 7. 2022 03:05 PM
    Interesting spiritual journey of Venerable Longlian one of the best-known students of a famous religious leader of modern China. Venerable Longlian was a talented child, at the age of four she could read, write well and was fluent in Chinese poetry. She even could recite scriptures and Buddha’s name and had visited frequently to templesqith her grandparents. Ven. Longlian studied everything from poetry to Chinese medicine under famous teachers at that time. Received teachings from Tibetan scholars as well and took initiations of the three main Gelugpa tantric deities, Vajrabhairava, Guhyasamaja and Chakrasamvara from Changkya Khutukhtu, who was one of the highest authorities in the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. She did composed more than 1000 poems, through her years.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin for this interesting write up of China’s most outstanding Bhiksuni.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ven-longlian-modern-chinas-most-outstanding-bhiksuni.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 7. 2022 03:02 PM
    In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, monastic vows are for life. But somehow Ci’en temple in Zhejiang province offers three-month course and part-time vows recently. Situated in the luxurious forest, Ci’en temple a small temple remains its charm with impressive landscape and Buddhist culture. The Buddhist temple decided to offer admission to civilians who wanted to experience a monk’s life, only to be overwhelmed with applicants. It’s a small temple , hence only those were interested in Buddhism were given a chance. Participants of the program will live as monks in the temple free of charge. They will learn about Buddhist culture, read its scriptures and will also perform all Buddhist activities as arranged. It’s a good training ground to live as a monk or nun to cultivate minds.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ven-longlian-modern-chinas-most-outstanding-bhiksuni.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 7. 2022 03:00 PM
    Ditsa Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Gelug sect in the Huzhu County of Qinghai province. Interesting history of this Ditsa Monastery, been shared . How the reincarnated Lama’s body has shrunk into an incorruptible adamantine body. Nobody at the monastery has realised that the reincarnated Lama was a Great Bodhisattva who came to the world for all sentient beings, but as ordinary people. Its only after the Lama had passed away. Since then the monks in Ditsa Monastery became more serious in their practice and maintained pure moral discipline. Reading this post has gave me a better understanding of that Bodhisattvas come into the world with a variety of manifestations as explained by Rinpoche. Set as a reminder to devote ourselves to our teacher with sincerity and respect and everyone we encounter.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-miraculous-vajrayogini-of-ditsa-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:19 PM
    Lama Ole Nydahl is a Buddhist teacher and author in the tradition of the Karma Kagyu lineage. After years of studying Buddhist teachings and meditating , he was ask to go back to the West set up Buddhist centers. He was also the founder of over 600 Buddhist centers worldwide. As advice by his teacher the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje whom he met at Kathmandu, Nepal he founded the first Buddhist center in the west. Had studied and took many more initiations under many highly attained Lamas such as Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Ogyen Tulku Rinpoche and so on.He was also the founder of over 600 Buddhist centers worldwide. Since then, he has travelled worldwide giving lectures, leading meditation courses and guiding Buddhist centers . Lama Ole is the author of several books and is one of the best known western Buddhist teachers. Through his activities the Karma Kagyu lineage is one of the most popular Buddhist traditions in the West. Lama Ole Nydahl received the transmission of the Phowa teachings from highest Tibetan masters and is today the most significant teacher of this practice in the Western world. Interesting biography .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/lama-ole-nydahl.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:18 PM
    Meditation on death awareness is one of the oldest practices in all Buddhist traditions. Buddhist meditation practice of remembering that death can strike at anytime and anywhere. We should practice diligently and with urgency in every moment, even in the time it takes to draw one breath. Over the centuries Buddhism has evolved many different techniques such as mindfulness, loving-kindness and visualisation. Death awareness can serve as a real aid to practice, the importance of using every moment wisely, while we still have the time.
    Reading this article again to refresh , it’s a profound teachings one should read and understand it what is all about. All it take us 10 minutes of our time to do the practice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ten-minutes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:15 PM
    So blessing seeing all those beautiful Tara at Kechara . Walking through the Tara walk feeling the calmness as if we are walking into the wilderness of a forest . One will surely feels it , all due the kindness of our Lama Tsem Rinpoche , sponsors and those involved in this meritorious project.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/21-taras-of-tara-walk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:33 PM
    n Buddhism, there are a variety of attitudes towards different forms of fasting . According to Buddhist tradition, Buddha’s holy form as the ‘Fasting Buddha’ serves as a reminder for us and inspiration of Buddha’s difficult journey to achieve enlightenment. Fasting Buddha Shakyamuni fasted for forty-nine days under the bodhi tree while subjecting his body to extreme conditions to achieve enlightenment. Although it is believed that the Buddha endured great agony because of prolonged fasting, he never gave up and had used the challenges to justify abandoning his spiritual pursuit. Interesting read. Looking at all those images of Fasting Buddha tells all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing ….a reminder all of us nor matter what happen , never give up in our spiritual journey.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/fasting-buddha.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:32 PM
    Reading this again, its worth as great teachings by great Masters and looking at those rare pictures is a blessings. More over listening the powerful Holy voices of HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is indeed rare and precious. Merely by hearing HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s voices and teachings is a blessings too. For everyone at the hall understands all about the Dharma Protector after hearing HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explanations. The truth is the truth and it cannot be wrong. Interesting read with precious pictures tell us a thousands words. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s advice on Dorje Shugden’s Practice with Chinese, Japanese, Nepali and Spanish subtitles is incredible so many more people will come to know the thruth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:30 PM
    They always say time changes things, yes true enough time has changed the view of many regarding the Dorje Shugden controversy. Finally we are allowed to practise Dorje Shugden. HH Dalai Lama was at Bodhgaya said that if people wish to practise Dorje Shugden would be fine for them. Great news indeed. H H Dalai Lama had said openly about Dorje Shugden .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/we-thank-his-holiness-the-dalai-lama.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2022 01:58 PM
    Wow…. Very special indeed seeing this Vajrayogini statue given to our Lama H E Tsem Rinpoche by a young Malaysian in Bodhgaya, India. More ever given at the most sacred place, under the sacred Bodhi tree. That’s wonderful and it was later consecrated by Kensur Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery. Hence this Vajrayogini statue is very blessed and special . Merely looking at this special Vajrayogini statue is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/bodhi-tree-vajra-yogini.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2022 01:56 PM
    Pictures of His Holiness 16th Karmapa with His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche tells a thousand words. Karmapa is Chenresik , while Trijang Rinpoche is Vajra Yogini. This is a true display of spirituality of two greatest masters of Tibetan Buddhism. They are really close together and have a good relationship just for benefit of beings regardless of the traditions they belong as such as Gelupa or Karmapa. Together they even cross incarnation each other, working together for the growth of Dharma. We are fortunate to see this rare photo of this Great Dharma Master.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/mind-blowing-connections-between-two-high-lamas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2022 01:56 PM
    Venerable Geshe Thupten a Tibetan great scholars and master from the Gelug tradition and was one of the pioneers who founded Tibetan schools in exile. He has upheld the lineage of Lord Buddha’s liberating teachings as well as continued his practice of Dorje Shugden. The Supreme Path to the Trikaya, text of quintessential Dharma was written by Geshe Thupten Lama. In the texts a very detailed explanations on the practice of the Six Paramitas or the Six Perfections, and other beneficial Dharma treasures was written. Geshe Thupten Lama has worked tirelessly for the Tibetan government in exile yet labelled as a spy. All because he has written a letter to HH Dalai Lama and expressing his view openly regarding the practice of Dorje Shugden. Reading this again more understandings and truth revealed. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-supreme-path-to-the-trikaya.html

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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
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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
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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
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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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
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
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Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
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We 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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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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Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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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