Transcript: You Don’t Own Your Body

Jan 11, 2014 | Views: 1,426

(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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche, for the deep, profound teaching.

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

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

    Thank you for this very profound teaching.

  20. - 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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  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Apr 8. 2020 01:54 AM
    We all have to realize that there are many strange things that we need to be explore and to understand better. Thank you for the sharing it very interesting to know about the 10 most terrifying supernatural house and place on this earth.
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 02:40 PM
    After reading this article I came to realize I have plenty to know. I get to understand a little much more knowledge of the Body of a Buddha. The details of the 32 marks and there are teachings of each mark.
    Reading this gives me a whole new understanding into Buddha images, and their importance.Thank you very much for the informative article.
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 01:48 PM
    Ksitigarbha is a bodhisattva primarily revered in East Asian Buddhism . Usually depicted as a monk with a nimbus around his shaved head, he carries a staff to force open the gates of hell and a wish-fulfilling jewel to light up the darkness.In Tibetan thangkas, he is often depicted as a classical seated Bodhisattva with crown. He is regarded as the bodhisattva of hell beings. Well known for his greatest compassionate Vow being, that is not to achieve Buddhahood until all hells are emptied. In this beautiful thangka he is depicted with Dorje Shugden an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. Dorje Shugden who is a Dharma Protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings.
    Thank you for this beautiful thangka.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/ksitigarbha-the-saviour
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 01:45 PM
    Machig Labdron was a renowned 11th-century Tibetan tantric Buddhist practitioner, teacher and yogini who originated several Tibetan lineages of the Vajrayana practice of Chod . She is often depicted with the attributes of a dakini, a representation of enlightened female energy. Together with Buddha Shakyamuni, Padampa Sangye, Vajravarahi, Green Tara, Prajnaparamita, Chang Shon, Troma Nagmo and Dorje Shugden as depicted in this beautiful thangka.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-founder-of-chod-machig-labdron
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 01:43 PM
    Black Manjushri is the wrathful healing form of Manjushri that helps us to heal our deep inner negative emotions and mental suffering. Those suffering from aggressive and assertive diseases such as cancer, AIDS , heart disease or those who are prone to negative emotions. Black Manjushri ‘s practice is indeed very beneficial in healing as long as one have faith. It is widely practiced by Gelug practitioners and other lineage as well. Black Manjushri purifies contaminations and impurities. In this thangka , Black Manjushri is depicted with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. Beautiful and powerful thangka to have it in our home.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-wrathful-healing-form-of-manjushri-black-manjushri
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Apr 6. 2020 10:29 PM
    Wow! Great to know the effect of mantra stone, an interesting article to know the powerful way of offering and the blessing. I understand that mantra is a form of meditation that has existed for a long time but offering mantra stone to deity is something new to understand.

    Thank you for the wonderful sharing and I am blessed to come across a beautiful message on offering mantra stone and the benefit behind it.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 6. 2020 03:40 PM
    Kuan Yin is one of the major deities in Buddhism and one of the most popular deities. Also known as the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion . Kuan Yin is regarded as male in India, and slowly transformed to have a female image in China. She is known for her kindness and can also be regarded as an icon of femininity in modern Buddhism. In this beautiful thangka Kuan Yin is depicted with Wei Tuo who is the great Dharma Protector in Buddhism who protects the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha and those who cultivate the Dharma. Together with Dorje Shugden also a Dharma protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings. Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri as depicted makes a powerful thangka to have.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/goddess-kuan-yin-the-embodiment-of-compassion
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 6. 2020 03:38 PM
    Born into a noble family the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje was spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He was well respected and consulted by high lamas of other lineages. He was given many names expressing this respect, including “King of the Yogis”. Interesting short life history of a great lama.
    Lama Jigme Rinpoche an accomplished teacher of the Kagyu lineage has once said….
    “Although the 16th Karmapa appeared and acted as a human being, his mind was completely open, without any limitation. He knew everything in an instant and without having to think about it.”
    Depicted in this beautiful thangka with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. He took the form of a Dharma protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/his-holiness-the-16th-karmapa-rangjung-rigpe-dorje
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 6. 2020 03:37 PM
    Chenrezig, also known as ‘All-Seeing Lord’.” is the most revered of all Bodhisattva, embodying the compassion of all Buddhas. Chenrezig listens to the prayers of all sentient beings in times of challenge and difficulty. His vow is to remain in samsara until all beings have been freed, especially lessens anger and also for those who suffer from depression. Here Chenrezig is depicted together with Dorje Shugden the dharma protector who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. A beautiful thangka to have.
    Thank you.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/semnyi-ngalso-chenrezig
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 5. 2020 03:25 PM
    Nairatmya is the Buddha Mother of the Sakya sect and is the embodiment of prajna wisdom. As well as a meditational deity and the consort of Hevajra which has many different forms and combinations of forms for these two deities. She has phenomenal power which enables practitioners to break through the ignorance of afflictions and increase the practitioners’ Buddha wisdom and merits. She did appeared to the Mahasiddha Virupa urging him to continue with his tantric practice. Depicted with the dharma protector Dorje Shugden forms a beautiful and powerful thangka.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/nairatmya-she-who-has-no-self
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 5. 2020 03:23 PM
    Born as a prince …Siddhartha Gautama but then became known as Shakyamuni only after he became the Buddha . Buddha gave teachings or compassionately turning the wheel of Dharma at a variety of places for many years until his parinirvana. Through these teachings, Buddha showed the way that leads all beings to the experience of awakening and liberation from samsara. In this beautiful thanka Buddha is depicted with his many disciples and Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/buddha-shakyamuni-turning-the-wheel-of-dharma
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 5. 2020 03:21 PM
    The Buddha was a philosopher, mendicant, meditator, spiritual teacher, and religious leader who lived in ancient India. He is revered as the founder of the world religion of Buddhism. Life as a prince living in the wealthy circumstances of a noble family . In his late twenties, Prince Siddhartha encountered the “four signs” during excursions from the palace. He realized that the only way out of this suffering world of samsara was through finding and following the right spiritual path. He gave up the ascetic way of life and turned to meditation, until he reached his goal of enlightenment under the Bodhi-tree in Bodhgaya. Interesting story of who the noble prince was, the major events of his life, and the incredible legacy that he left behind for the world with the creation of Buddhism.
    In this beautiful thangka , depicted together with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. As a dharma protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-noble-prince-who-founded-buddhism
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 4. 2020 06:15 PM
    Nor matter what race or religion, one of the most beautiful qualities of friendship is to understand and be understood. Animals of different species can be together, playing together and have a close bond, we as human too could do it. Dogs aren’t only man’s best friend, there are other animals playing together. With patience, the seeds of loving-kindness, and understanding even our enemies can become friends. Most important whether that person is of the same race, faith, rich or poor, good or bad ,all are treated equally. There is a time for silence with the one who hurts us and yet a time to let go of the past. We should love all beings too.
    I have seen wonderful pictures of people and animals hugging, playing together, it tell us a special bond between them. When we love them….the animals will gives you loves.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing and teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/absence-of-hatred
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 4. 2020 06:14 PM
    Jetsun Milarepa was a Tibetan siddha, who famously was a murderer as a young man then turned to Buddhism to become an accomplished buddha despite his past. He is generally considered as one of Tibet’s most famous yogis and poets, serving as an example for the Buddhist life. Interesting biography of Milarepa which I truly enjoying and inspiring story of him. Depicted with Mahasiddha Marpa a great translator, Vajravarahi is a semi-wrathful form of Vajra Yogini, and Dorje Shugden is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, created a beautiful powerful thangka .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-incredible-poet-and-yogi-jetsun-milarepa
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 4. 2020 06:13 PM
    Lama Tsongkhapa is a “Buddha of our times” in the Gelug Vajrayana tradition. As an enlightened being, Buddha Tsongkhapa has the same realizations as all of the Buddhas. His practice is very powerful reliable and beneficial, as he was an emanation of Avalokitesvara , Manjushri , and Vajrapani . Among the many renowned teachings he gave and dharma texts he composed, Lama Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim Chenmo. We are fortunate , having the chance to receive and practice Dharma teachings from Lama Tsongkhapa through our lama. Beautiful thangka depicted along with Dorje Shugden the powerful Dharma Protector.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing and with short explanations.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/lama-tsongkhapa-sitting-on-a-lotus

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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
1 month ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
1 month ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
1 month ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
1 month ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
2 months ago
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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