Would You Live Here for 30 Years?

Nov 25, 2015 | Views: 1,861

It’s amazing how many people in the world live in such conditions that many would deem intolerable. But due to circumstances they are in this situation. So many in Hong Kong live this way as depicted in the picture. You have the urban poor in every country of course.

Most of us would not imagine living in such a condition but for these people, they are glad to have a roof over their head. With another 210,000 people lining up for a space in one of these cage apartments, it is easy to assume that even having a space there which although is a far cry from being luxurious, is hugely appreciated by its residents. 

I thought I’d share this article for everyone to read and to widen your perspective on the though lives many have to face out there. Although they are one step ahead of those without a home, but live in these small metal cages for decades with little hope of getting out from such condition, must be difficult. 

Ultimately, we always want better but for many of us compared to these people what we have is very good already perhaps.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

23 Shocking Pictures of Apartments in Hong Kong

By coverage
Posted on November 23, 2015

  • Leung Cho-yin, 67, pays around RM 700 (£105 ) a month for a cage in dilapidated apartment
  • 210,000 people are on waiting list for public housing, double from 2006
  • Monthly rents for tiny spaces, charging up to RM 36 (HK$90) , or ($11.60 USD), per square foot

For some of the poorest, like Leung Cho-yin, home is a metal cage.

The 67-year-old former butcher pays 1,300 Hong Kong dollars or around RM700 (£105) a month for one of about a dozen wire mesh cages resembling rabbit hutches crammed into a dilapidated apartment in a gritty, working-class West Kowloon neighborhood.

Home to tens of thousands, such cages – stacked on top of each other – measure 6ft by 2.5ft. – Daily Mail

A family eats a meal together in their small apartment in Hong Kong. (Benny Lam/SoCO/Rex USA)

Children do homework while their parents go about their daily routine in their family apartment the urban slums of Hong Kong. (Benny Lam/SoCO/Rex USA)

An elderly person sits in her home in the urban slums of Hong Kong. (Benny Lam/SoCO/Rex USA)

An elderly person prepares a meal in her apartment in the urban slums of Hong Kong. (Benny Lam/SoCO/Rex USA)

A single man with a low income sleeps in his apartment in the urban slums of Hong Kong. (Benny Lam/SoCO/Rex USA)

An unemployed man eats his dinner. His apartment is 28 square feet. (Benny Lam/SoCO/Rex USA)

A man does chores in his apartment. (Benny Lam/SoCO/Rex USA)

An elderly man living in his home in the urban slums of Hong Kong. (Benny Lam/SoCO/Rex USA)

Daily Mail : Cheng Man Wai, 62, lies in the cage, measuring 16sq ft, which he calls home in Hong Kong

Daily Mail : Yeung Ying Biu, 77, sits next to his cage

Daily Mail : Cheng Man Wai, 62, climbs up to his accommodation

Daily Mail : Lee Tat-fong, 63, is hoping she and her two grandchildren (pictured) can get out of the cubicle apartment they share in their Wan Chai neighborhood, but she has no idea how long it will take

Rocketnews24 : Steamboat inside the Apartment

Rocknetnews24 : Toilet and shower located in the corner of the room

Rocknetnews24 : Notice the bathroom under the bed

Daily Mail : Yan Chi Leung is mentally ill and lives in the 6ft by 2.5ft wire cage at the bottom of this stack of three

Daily Mail : Kong Sui Kao, 64, sits in his home in a room with 19 other cages

Daily Mail : Tai Lun Po, 79, has lived in the cage he is sitting in for an extraordinary 30 years

Daily Mail : Eight-year-old Lee Ka Ying lives in a 6ft square ‘cubicle cage home’ with her mother

Daily Mail : Yan Chi Keung eats takeaway outside his wire cage home – there are no cooking facilities

Daily Mail : Tai Lun Po walks to the bathroom which he shares with the other residents

[Source: http://thecoverage.my/top/23-hong-kong-apartments-picture-that-will-shock-malaysian-to-insanity/]

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  1. Anne Ong on Jan 30, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Reading this article made me think how lucky and blessed I am and to be thankful for what I have. This definitely will become a good and fantastic educational material. Thank you for sharing this Rinpoche, and broadening our perspectives. _/\_

  2. Wan Wai Meng on May 10, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    In comparison to these Hong Kong people, wow the space we have is massive and vast. We have to count our blessings.

  3. KB Thapa on Jan 11, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Reading this article made me think how lucky and blessed I am . I come from third world country and I experienced how difficult it is live in this types of place..Every moment in our lives brings the opportunity to love and appreciate this beautiful life..

  4. Lucas Roth on Dec 15, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Things like this reminds me to be so thankful for what I have. Because what is so small or has little value to me could mean the world to another. So what I don’t need I donate (especially now as I am moving house). I must always appreciate and value everything I have and treat it with care and respect.

    On the other hand, that does not mean that you must be stingy and selfish. Be humble and help the less fortunate when you can. That is the balance that you must find. Do not be selfish, but also do not treat your things like trash. That is how I see the middle path in this situation.

    Kechara has KSK and there are so many other soup kitchens in the world, there is so much that you can do for the other people that are less fortunate than you. It is just a matter of effort. A little or a lot, it helps either way. So the point of my comment is to acknowledge and see how this is and how to react to it, react well.

  5. Carmen Koo on Dec 13, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    In all countries, I guess there is a fraction of the population that lives in situations and conditions like these. It is just that usually, it goes unnoticed to the public or perhaps, no one can really be bothered.

    This article reminded me very much of my first time volunteering with Kechara Soup Kitchen, where I never really appreciated what I had until I realised what so many didn’t have. I was fortunate to have most of what I wanted throughout my life, and it always never seemed like enough, until I went for a round to feed the homeless with Kechara Soup Kitchen back in 2007. Here I was, driven around in a car, having hot food served, and getting what I needed, and there were so many far from the plate of fortune I have been served. Yet I was not contented.

    Looking through these photos made me think of the daily discomfort they have to face in just living. How would they use their time to practise, or for spirituality, as they would be occupied with trying to figure out how to survive daily. I guess I am even more appreciative that I have the right conditions for me to be able to use this life to study, learn and practise the Dharma.

    Thank you for sharing this Rinpoche, and broadening our perspectives.

    Carmen

  6. Ng Jesvin on Dec 3, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this to us. This definitely will become a good and fantastic educational material. This article gave us a very clear realization on how fortunate we are and how our desires dictates our life. Many of us are already staying in a very comfortable place but we feel not enough that we desire bigger and bigger house. It is never enough. If we still think the same thing and does not change our perception, the desires will destroy our life. However, I do believe that karma determines our life so whatever suffering that those people are experiencing are due their previous karma. Dharma teaches me to be compassionate and to be kind to all sentient beings. What we can do is to try our best to help those who are in need and at the same time continue our practice in cutting down our anger, craving, desires and attachment. Thank you, Rinpoche, it is a blessing for me to meet Rinpoche and Dharma.

  7. Shelly tai on Dec 3, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post with us, is very sad when look at all these picture that human need to suffer in this kind of living condition, how fortunate we are who can live in a proper house with our clean environment but I think a lot of us in also never thought that they are very fortunate because if they are happy with what they have then why some people are still complain their live not good enough , still full of desire to seek for the better never appreciate what they have I think we are the lucky one because we have Dharma and Rinpoche contanstly remind us about Dharma and be greatful with what we have, the most important is to help others who are less fortunate than us.

  8. Alice Tay. on Dec 3, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    虽然这个地方是非常的狭窄、不完善的设备与有限的卫生标准。但这里还是会有基本的水供、电供、还有屋顶遮太阳与下雨。如果这样的环境相比于一些更贫穷,更偏僻和更落后的国家,是有多一点的幸福。

    在这里生活的人,虽然不能像我们目前所拥有的舒适的环境。但是,他们也必须感到欣慰和感恩,因为他们还不至于生活在一个没有水供、电供或是需要在半夜提心吊胆因为连绵下大雨而造成屋顶漏水。

    敬爱的仁波切时常都提醒我们,要感恩我们所拥有的一切包括人与事物。不要去埋怨“我没有这个,我没有哪个...等等•”。而因为这样,也让我们升起本来就不必要的烦恼与执着心。

    如果你问我,我会在这样的一个环境里住上30年吗?我的答案是不会。我想,很多人也会和我的想法一样。因为,我们每个人都可以给自己做出选择。再加上,我们学习佛法,要相信因果。清楚的明白我们本身如果曾经造下不好的业,就要去承受不好的果。永远要记得没有人可以代替我们去承受自己所造下的业果。

    感谢尊贵的上师在此让我们打开视野看到不一样的香港。

  9. Uncle Eddie on Dec 2, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Like what Pastor Elena Khong said, “After all, in this World alone, there is already an infinite combinations of living conditions(situations), that we can be reborn into, and an infinite number of ways we can suffer on this planet alone, as humans”. As shown in the Dharma practice, human contentment and well being in real term requires us to go beyond physical, mental and emotional dimension, in order that detachment could be a greater wealth and devotion, and a bigger asset in our lives. Thank you Rimpoche for showing us the Way! Om Mani Padme Hung.

  10. Li Kheng on Dec 2, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    What is most amazing is that Hong Kong is a developed country, an international financial hub, a tourist attraction and infamous for its summer sale that attracts luxury consumers from all over the world.

    Yet, tucked in corners are people living in such conditions and… they are considered lucky to even have a home over their heads.

    Really, the next time we complain, think twice. I believe if we actually think, we will only be grateful.

  11. Kb thapa on Dec 1, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    I have amazing people around me. I couldn’t be in a better place. I’m grateful for my life and where I’m at. I never thought I could be in the place that I’m in. Surrounded by all the members of my dear Kechara family, enjoying the affection of numerous friends, who have never abandoned me always giving their love and care specially from H.H. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche…

  12. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Dec 1, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Who should read articles like these:

    1) children, to expose them to a variety of financial situations so they can develop empathy for the less fortunate. To develop a realistic view of the world, a good work ethic and to understand that life isn’t a bed of roses, and things don’t come easy for everyone

    2) adults, to remind them that as they go about their daily lives with their head down and their blinders up, there’s always someone less fortunate than them. That their problems are never as big as they make it out to be, and there’s usually a solution to be found

    3) you, me and everyone else to realise how fortunate we are and to stop taking things for granted 🙂 although these people have been reborn as humans just like us, they don’t have the necessary causes to enjoy their life, let alone learn Dharma. They aren’t living, they are surviving.

    In a teaching a few years ago, Rinpoche reminded us that a human rebirth does not necessarily mean that we will be reborn with the opportune conditions to practise the Dharma. Certainly, the people in this article demonstrate this teaching very well. After all, in this world alone, from what we can see – never mind the unseen beings, never mind the animals, never mind the other plants – there is already an infinite combination of living situations that we can be reborn into, and an infinite number of ways we can suffer on this planet alone, as humans.

    So when we read articles like this, we need to meditate on the preciousness of our human rebirth, to get the maximum benefit 🙂

  13. freon on Dec 1, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Looking into all this pictures. It is very fortunate for me to have place to stay right now. These peoples struggle to survive. Money is always their problems. I guess, learning on dharma would be something very strange to them.

  14. Joy on Nov 30, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    This is really crazy, I cannot imagine anyone living in such a tiny space. It so claustrophobic and it would most probably drive me nuts.

    This post really is an eye opening for me. I’ve heard of Hong Kong being a very expensive place to live in and hence people live in very small apartments, but never did I imagine the cages and how small is small when your shower is beneath your bed.

    It makes me realise how terribly fortunate we are to be living in Malaysia where most of us can live very comfortably. Space is not an issue here and for a space 4 times the size of what we see in those pictures we only pay 1/4 of what they would probably pay for a low cost apartment. Hence we should really stop complaining and appreciate all the things we have here, it’s considered luxury.

    I wonder why hasn’t the government done anything to improve the quality of life for their citizens, especially the elderly? How could such living spaces be even approved or built. If they say because they do not have enough land and due to over population, well I hope now that Hong Kong is part of China, there is no more such excuse? Even Melaka and Singapore added more sand to make new lands to accommodate the growing population. Why didn’t Hong Kong do it?

    Whatever it is, it is a clear sign of materialism at it’s worst. For a country that is supposed to be a developed nation, this is a horrible scene… seems like the richer the country is the lower the quality of life of the general population becomes and I am not surprised that depression is at it’s high.

    This made me realise why it is extremely important for spirituality and dharma to grow over there… it would be to help these people find some sanity in an insane world.

    This also goes to show that materialism, things, acquisitions does not make people happy and cannot bring happiness. It is empty and in the end all that we worked for, chased for, struggled for day in day out for what? For a piece of space in samsara and we need to work so hard to keep that little space and in the end we die. Reminds me of a quote advice from Rinpoche… “Although outwardly we have so much, we have so many conveniences, inwardly we have become more unhappy, so, acquisition is not the secret to happiness. The more we get, the more we have, the more unhappy we become.”
    ~ Tsem Rinpoche

    Imagine the old man who has lived in his cage for 30 years… at the time of his death, what has he got? A life full of struggles? He doesn’t even have any dharma to help him and take with him on his final journey. Hence Rinpoche’s advice to us to always do dharma because in the end that is the only thing that can really help us. Thank you Rinpoche for this eye opening post.

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  15. Guat Hee on Nov 30, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. We are so lucky in Malaysia. We should appreciate and thankful what we have now.

  16. Valentina Suhendra on Nov 30, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    It really touches my heart to see how these people live. I am grateful for all the comfort that have been bestowed to me. The condition that some people live in Hong Kong is dreadful and yet these people were grateful for it. I hope the leader of Hong Kong will look into their welfare.

  17. Pastor Patsy on Nov 30, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Hongkong is one of the wealthiest cities in the world and the rich live in big mansions with fantastic views and it is so sad to see the grim contrast of the poor living in metal caged homes. However, to some residents they considered themselves lucky to live in such cramped cages as compared to those living on the streets. They had no choice but to live in this condition due to the skyrocketing housing prices and inadequate low cost housing. I hope the government will take some actions to help them with proper public housing.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing this post. We are indeed very fortunate. We should be grateful and appreciate what we have instead of complaining and take this opportunity to do our best to help the less fortunate.

  18. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Nov 30, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the teaching of being grateful of what we have in our country compared to those people who are living within small cubicle apartments in Hong Kong.

    What is being shown on the TV programs and Hong Kong drama only reflecting the good side of Hong Kong lifestyle and not the actual true happenings from their citizens, especially from those people who only can afford to pay the rental fee of cubicle apartment instead of having sufficient space for sleeping, eating, cooking, reading books, etc.

    These people living in small cubicle apartments in Hong Kong, could have mentally and physically trapped with pressure and they might even blame to their own fate for having poor living conditions. I pray that there will be Buddhist organization to offer them Dharma teachings and prayers in their community, at least for them to realize that their current living conditions are due to their past karma and hopefully they could be motivated to engage with Dharma activities and achieve attainment with wisdom to gain inner peace in their mind.

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us many Dharma teachings in various methods.

  19. Pastor David Lai on Nov 30, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    This is featured in several HK dramas in the past and I have seen it and I was just shocked when I saw it. I cannot imagine that the rental of a small little double storey house in Bentong town, Malaysia is equivalent to a tiny coffin-like space in Hong Kong. I dare not wonder how much is a decent-sized apartment is like in Hong Kong. Anyway, I am just lucky to be in Malaysia where things are not perfect but in terms of space for living and standards of living are much better especially for the underprivileged.

  20. Frederick Law on Nov 30, 2015 at 1:32 am

    In such a prosperous metropolitan Hong Kong, there are people who are living in condition that is unimaginable, some live and stay in cages for 30 years without any room, and even proper facilities.

    So much we complain of our life being difficult, hard, not having enough and desiring for more, but these people had to live in such condition for more than 30 years, some even for the rest of their life because they could not afford to get a house.

    we should be grateful for what we have, imagine living in these condition and earning low income, it is very difficult to focus on our spirituality.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these shocking reality, it an eye opener to myself, seeing such condition I feel grateful for what I have now.

  21. Edward Ooi on Nov 29, 2015 at 8:31 am

    This article is really shocking to read. I always imagined Hong Kong as a beautiful and developed country filled with rich people, but I never thought of the poor people living there. It is crazy that 210,000 more people are waiting to rent or buy these places. It just shows us how many poor people are there in Hong Kong.

    Hong Kong is such a small island but it has over 7 million residents. No wonder there are so many people living in cages like this with many more people waiting. There are people in Hong Kong that would waste tons of money just to show off about how rich they are while these people are saving as much money as they can for rainy days.

    Well, what can I say and what can we do to make this situation better? Nothing much I guess, at the end of the day, it’s all about our karma. I don’t think that it really matters if we live through this life adventurous, crazy and rich or not . I think it is important that we make good changes to the world, also to other people’s lives and we do not harm others. Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this article.

  22. Beatrix Ooi on Nov 29, 2015 at 1:57 am

    It’s sad to know that even in country like Hong Kong where the economy and everything is so advanced, there are still people who ate left behind by the society. When a country is well-developed and advanced, yes it’s good image for the country and so on but I also think that there are people who can’t cope with such a high living standard therefore they are left behind by the society. In my opinion, a good leader should take care of the people whether if it’s a small population of people or not, everyone should be treated with equality. These people maybe poor but they are definitely not poor in spirit, although they do not have the best in life, but they are very appreciative of what they have. Most of us do not realise the importance of having gratitude and being appreciative, these are the qualities that will guide us through hardships and allow us to succeed in life.

  23. Pastor Tat Ming on Nov 29, 2015 at 1:01 am

    Karma has brought about the harsh and difficult living environment. But fortunately, things can change. Create the right cause to experience the desired effect. The inhabitants of the apartment concerned should strive for the betterment of their lives or to remain in this deplorable condition for the rest of their lives. Living for 30 years in this condition is beyond imagination. We cannot think how it would be like for one to continue living like that forever!

  24. May Ong on Nov 28, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    In countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia where land is almost abundant and fewer population, we won’t come across such living quarters like these for the locals who can afford decent homes or residences. However in HK where its land of livable space are very limited and one of the costliest place to live on earth, it is rather inevitable for these poor residents to be able to afford any decent accommodation, let alone own a property. We do take for granted of the space, condition and environment we live in, either rented or owned, until we saw these living space of others like Hong Kong.

    Hong Kong, being a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, there are also daily influx of mainland Chinese who flocks down to HK to seek better lives and have their babies born there to attain better privileges. It is rather sad that both local born HK and mainland Chinese have to put up with these dilapidated living space and for some, all their lives even.

  25. Serena on Nov 28, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    About cage apartment in Hong Kong, we always saw it in TV drama series or movies. It may have being beautified and not as crammed as the photos shown in article here.

    It is not easy to live in such apartment as it is not much space for own storage and daily activities such as bathing, cooking, dining and etc. But the residents here appreciate what they have even though it’s tough staying. At least they have a HOME. They never losing hope in their life but continue work hard for 3 meals, staying and kids education.

    After reading this article and going through the photos, I feel so fortunate that I was born in a family who affords for good staying. I think others also feel the same. We should be grateful of what we have here and appreciate the people and things around. Doing our best to help people around who in need.

    We are unable to predict what will happen in future. We may lose what we have now or even become homeless. It may not as good as previous lifestyle and it is tough but we should not give up. Just do whatever we can as long as we are still alive in this world.

    With folded hand thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring article.

    • sweekeong on Nov 28, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      It reminds me of the animals confined in cages in animal factories such as pigs, cows and chicken before they are sent to be slaughter.

      I cannot imagine living in such crammed space but these city dwellers accepted their predicament. They did rather stay in these cages than staying on the street. In Malaysia some foreign workers are reported to be staying in very crammed quarters provided by their employers.

      Many Malaysians, me included, are really fortunate compare to Hong Kong folks. We complain a lot for silly, tiny things, even our house sizes. The fact very that we complain shows that we have lost touch with reality, other human beings who with very little on this planet.

      Although they may have accepted their state of living I think it is very unhealthy for the mind besides the high risk of disease spreading due to the difficulty of maintaining cleanliness.

  26. Pastor Yek Yee月谊讲法师 on Nov 28, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    好几年前,当我第一次看到香港笼民的报导时,挺震撼的。

    那一刻让我深感身为大马的人的幸福,是无法言喻的。我觉得生活上的贫穷是可以使用所学的技巧、知识和专业去改变它; 但是心灵上的贫穷,却视若无睹,是最可怕的。这比物质上的匮乏还要让人感到恐惧。

    成为笼民是一种宿命的呼唤,抑或是个人的惰性造成的?这个问题常常盘绕在我的脑海中。当然,我不能以图像的表层来评断每位笼民,这就显然很不公平。

    从笼民的生活写照似乎凸显,每个人似乎都有对自己的生活和社会产生出巨大的无奈和无力感!他们是香港草根一族,地位卑微,咬紧牙关与现实挣扎着,他们很难辛且踏实地度过日常的每一天,并没有对社会造成任何的破坏和伤害。

    轻轻地使用滑鼠将每张照片都细细的看了一看,我觉得笼民们对自己所过的生活,其实都挺自在和悠閒。

    生活的苦,不是以物质富足或贫匮为标准,而是以内在贫或富为定,对我而言,虽然在笼民的眼神裡,看到了对生活的无力,但却不代表他们是最贫乏的一群。

  27. Sharon Ong on Nov 28, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this post highlighting the appalling living conditions of the urban poor in Hong Kong. Urban poverty is an issue even here in Malaysia. These group of people often go unnoticed as many have this perception that poverty only exists in rural or undeveloped areas. Sadly, those who leave the known poverty areas to seek better opportunities, only to find that poverty exists even in the cities.

    This post is a great way for me to reflect on my life and how blessed I am to be living where I am today. I pray for poverty to be eradicated everywhere – be it worldly and spiritually.

    With folded hands.

  28. Cynthia Ng on Nov 28, 2015 at 1:46 am

    看到香港人民的居住环境真的非常伤感,香港笼民大多数是年长一辈的老人家,看了很心酸。我在想难道他们这一群退休了的老人家是没有家人呢,还是说因为孩子们没有能力养活老人家了呢?!或是被嫌弃他们然后被抛弃的呢?

    在这繁华都市的香港里,也住上了很多这样的笼民,一家大小吃喝和所有的生活作息都在那么小的狭窄空间里生活,那真是不容易。环境是非常恶劣。这些成长中的小孩们,他们的意志力是很强的,因为他们生存的方式是多么的困苦,但是看得出他们都有一颗赤子之心,他们融入生活环境里而他们不被环境影响他们。我反而觉得他们比起我们不会有太大的执着心。

    我们现在所拥有的一切实在是太幸福了,我们衣食无忧,我们的环境优良,可以随时随地的跟随上师的脚步一起学习佛法,实践佛法。我们不应该认为我们拥有的一切都是理所当然的,更不应该利用我们所拥有的;比如上师加持与护法庇护所给予的一切。

    我们要更精进的把所学到的帮助他人让他人过的和我们一样好。

  29. Julia Tan on Nov 28, 2015 at 1:19 am

    Thank you for sharing, Rinpoche. I visited Hong Kong very often due to my work. That’s how Hong Kong people live their lives. Properties are too expensive for these people. They are kind of used to it because majority of the people stays in small apartment. This country is just too small to fit in so many people. Hence that limited space became expensive to live. According to the local people, The cage home is getting less and less nowadays. Due to bad safety facilities, the Hong Kong government had ban this way of living. I hope their next generation will get out of this porvety circle.

  30. Nicholas on Nov 28, 2015 at 1:10 am

    It’s sad to see these people living in the cage or in such a small area. The condition is really bad especially for those with childrens and old people.

    We should be greatful for what we have now and be more compasionate to the unfortunate one. Hope this people meet the dharma and with dharma it give them hope and the true meaning of life even though they have to go through this difficult time but at least their mind is at peace knowing whatever we going through is due to our karma but by practicing dharma they can change their future.

    Nothing is permanent, we can make a change with dharma.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post.

  31. Han on Nov 27, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    I remembered I read about Cage Home’s article more than 15 years ago, it seems no sign of improvement, Just imagined new generation who had grown up in such conditions ? Staying in such condition, emotional and psychological will be affected long term…

    After seeing all these shocking heartfelt pics, we should not complain what we do not have anymore…. We should not take things for granted with no gratitude anymore, compare to these cage people, we are more than 100% lucky.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post as a great reminder to us. We are lucky to be in Malaysia especially we have the fortune to meet precious dharma and be the students of Rinpoche.

  32. Jutika Lam on Nov 27, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    It’s kinda shocking how such a prosperous and developed nation such as Hong Kong still has over 200,000 people waiting just to have their own cage to live in.

    It’s sad to see the conditions these people are living in which are really bad and cramped especially for those who have families.

    I’m quite surprised that the government isn’t doing anything to help these people in terms of their welfare. No one would like to live in such conditions but yet they don’t have a choice.

    At the very least, they could build low cost flats like they do here in Malaysia and collect monthly repayments from the tenants instead of letting this “cage” concept continue.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  33. Yoke Chim Yap on Nov 27, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    多谢上师的分享,看到这些笼民所住的地方,就誏我想到那些被关在笼里的动物,吃,喝,拉,撒,就在那方园之地,谈不上什么个人隐私,卫生,人權。谁叫你窮。难以想像一家几口要如何住?因此环境,很多问题就产生了。感恩父母把我生在这里,感恩有此机缘遇見上师,得聞佛法,去惡修善、永世不堕此境地。愿这些笼民也能得聞佛法,擺脱如此困境

  34. Kb thapa on Nov 27, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    we have been very blessed our my life and rewarded with good friends good health and good house.we must appreciate what we have..

  35. Sarah on Nov 27, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    The urban poor can be found in every city in the world. Unfortunately, the numbers are increasing. When I was in Paris many years ago, I happened to visit an apartment building in which some of the storerooms were converted into bedrooms for a low rental. No one wants to live in such terrible conditions. I feel very sad for the people in these pictures and pray for their situation to improve and their wishes fulfilled.

  36. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Nov 27, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Seeing such living conditions of the urban poor in Hongkong, living in abject poverty in cages, where they sleep, eat, study, do their chores and even work inside the cage,one wonders why we complain so much living in Malaysia, where even a small flat has so much more room and space than any of these cages.

    It is heartbreaking to see the elderly, living out the rest of their lives in these cages of a home. At the same time , I think of the homeless, who do not even have a roof over their heads. On a Kechara Soup Kitchen round, whenever we spot an elderly person or a woman sleeping in five foot ways, we are filled with misgiving about their safety.

    Yes, we take for granted our lives of comparative luxury and comfort, not realizing that between us and the homeless or those living in cages for homes, is “just a breath”.

  37. Choo Weng Loong on Nov 27, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    It is particularly disturbing to see these images of elderly people living in deplorable conditions. Indeed a reminder to us to appreciate our current good fortunes and never take anything for granted.

  38. Louise Lee on Nov 27, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    谢谢分享关于香港笼民的生活。

    其实在很久以前也有看过一套港产片 ” 笼民 “ 这一套片也活生生的把笼民的生活拍出来了。

    国家进步,社会发达,有时候我们也会忽略了另一边厢努力生存着的人。

    70‘ 80’ 年代有很多笼民, 他们很多都已经搬出来了, 一位他们明白坐在等不如,努力的脱离这个地方,为下一代创造更好的生活。

    现在还留在笼子里的一群都属于比较年长的。

    生活好坏,都选择与自己的一双手。 就好比快乐不快乐,都是自己的主人。

  39. Adeline Tan on Nov 27, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    It is very very sad and heartache to see these poor people living in cages that they called home especially in the advance and modern city like Hong Kong. Hope that the government of Hong Kong and its housing departments can look into their plight and provide them with at least some basic and decent homes.
    By looking at these heart breaking photos, we must be contented for what we have in our lives and be happy.

  40. Adrian Cho on Nov 27, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Thank you Tsem Rinpoche for sharing this post. We are so lucky and must grateful, that we are live in Malaysia. It was so sad when looking on those pictures. That why we must appreciate much what we have it now and don’t complaining so much.

  41. jp on Nov 27, 2015 at 2:43 am

    I believe the moral of this article is to always cherish what we have and be happy. Situations can be worse. Looking at how these less fortunate Hong Kong people live, really puts into perspective how abundant many of us are.

    I remember visiting my HK friend in her house once and she gave me a tour of her house. It was a spacious 3 storey house. When she showed me where her maid sleeps, I was shocked. The maid’s room was literally a cabinet. It was only big enough to sit and or lie down, just like the pics of cages in this article.

    My friend said that this was the norm in HK as real estate is very expensive. I will never forget that experience as I thought it wasn’t really nice to have anyone sleep in such tiny confined spaces. However, I realized that I’ve been spoiled by having large spaces all the time.

    Regardless, it is a good reminder of how fortunate we are compared to many others and not take it for granted. Our karma can be quite volatile. We may lose what we have overnight.

  42. Wong Suet Moi on Nov 27, 2015 at 1:08 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    We are extremely lucky to live at such conducive condition in Malaysia. We have almost everything. Majority of us have nice house, cars, good foods. We should always remind ourselves that be compassionate to help others whereby less lucky. If we believe in karma, the more we should be generous to give our helping hands to the less fortunate one.

    I have shown this post to my children. I hope they can realise how lucky they are and know to appreciate what they have. Thanks Rinpoche for the sharing.

  43. Paul Yap on Nov 27, 2015 at 12:54 am

    its sad to see people are living in small cages called “homes” for decades. We should be grateful for what we have, at least we still have a decent place to live in, it might be small and simple, but good enough compare to what urban poor in HK has to go thru.

    These unfortunate people most of them are very old, and yet there is no one taking care of them. Lives is very though in this highly materialistic world.

    Just hope that these unfortunate people can learn some dharma, at least they can lives happier, and collect enough merits and karma to have a better lives later on.

  44. Chris Chong on Nov 27, 2015 at 12:25 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I knew that the housing condition at Hong Kong is bad for the not so well off people, but I don’t know that it is THIS bad. I feel that we as Malaysians are extremely lucky. We need to appreciate more of what we have instead of focusing on what we don’t have. Malaysia is a beautiful country and most of us can afford a small place that we can call home. But of course there are exceptions such as the homeless peoples.

    The people that are forced to live in such conditions have the karma to be reborn into it. We have to be mindful of not collecting negative karma that will eventually propelling us into such living condition in our next life.

    Chris

  45. Stella Cheang on Nov 26, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    I cannot help but feel pity and sorry for the people in the photos living in the caged condition deprived of space and likely basic amenities or hygiene. At the same time it sent a chill down my spine because we could be the people in the photos living in those conditions (or worse) in our next lives. I hope that the people in the photos will do something to elevate their living condition. It also serves to remind us that we should be thankful of what we have now. Let’s not stop doing good for others and be more generous to create a cause for a better reborn.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella

  46. Julien Roth on Nov 26, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    This really served as an eye-opener for me. I knew i was very lucky to have the life i have, and this post reinforces that. So many people in this world live in conditions i would find impossible to cope with. When i compare my life to theirs, i really do feel grateful for what i have. And from this i learn a valuable lesson.

    I learn that i have the power to do things. Things that can help others. Because i am lucky enough to have been born in a wealthier part of society, i have the ability to make a difference in the world. I go to a good school, get good education, have a comfortable lifestyle, and have all the luxuries i want. Many people have this, buts its whether or not we choose to use this to our advantage. With the wealth that many people have over poorer people, we can help others. If others are in poverty, we can help. Because we can afford to help. The question is, will you help? That for me is the main thing i took away from this post.

    Its very hard for these people to escape this lifestyle. The poverty cycle is merciless and unforgiving. Once you are in poverty, your children are in poverty. And unless you break this chain of poverty somehow, you and your future children will remain in poverty. Its endless. But it is a lot easier for these people to break this cycle is we help them. All they need is that little push.

  47. yikming on Nov 26, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    This pictures reflect the point that this could be me in those living conditions. Looking at where we are , aren’t we lucky we gain some merits or “lucky” to have or be where we are. With this reflection raises 2 question. What are we doing in this precious life we have? and How can we help those that is in these condition within our capability ( not asking to go HK but i am sure around us we have these condition such as homeless etc in every city or country).
    Guru, Thanks for the sharing and reminder .
    _/\_ yikming

  48. yenpin on Nov 26, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    谢谢仁波切的方向
    每个国家都面对社会问题。
    看到以上的图片关于在香港居住在类似’笼子的家,真的难以想象,华丽背后的心酸了 !
    印象中的香港是一个富有的城市,香港人的收入普遍都很高。
    香港的笼屋, 所谓的家,香港也有不为人知的一面,我们是如此幸运,应该要惜福。
    不要抱怨我们的生活不好,与他们相比我们是多么幸运的,能住在一个环节舒服地方。
    当我们在抱怨家不够大的时,有人家都没有…..。

  49. Mingwen on Nov 26, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, 

    Thank you for sharing such beautiful blog post.

    To live a happy life is not about the place where one is staying..either he/she has a bungalow house or a small space with few square feet. Who we are staying with and the attitudes within ourselves are always the keys to unlock the door of happiness.

    An individual might owns and live in a bungalow house, however, if he feel stressful all the time and can only share his ups and downs with walls in the house, I would perceive it as a kind of torture. In converse, there are five individuals in a family who need to squeeze and fight for a space just to sleep every night in a room could be seen as pitiful and suffering, however, what’s really matter is they are all being together, whenever they face problems in life they have someone they love and care about to stay right beside, to talk or cry on.

    There are people looking down at individuals who are less fortunate etc., homeless, poor, and uneducated. What’s more important in life is not about how much one can earns in term of sen and dollar, it’s not about how high can one archived in life in term of materialism. What is ultimate at the end of life are what we learned, experinces, knowledges that are gained, who are still there for us when we are facing difficulties or death, what we have done to benefit other sentient beings.

    Living a life is not always about oneself. Being alive is to benefit all sentient beings, to help one another when they need it, to stop sufferings, and to build a better world.

    May all of us able to achieve the ultimate goal in life and stop sufferings from cycling.

    Thank you. _/|\_

  50. Datuk May on Nov 26, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Hong Kong is the most affluent and extravagant eastern city with the most exclusive and indulgent ways of life. Yet to see what is posted here, shows not the affluence of the city nor people but rather the lack of care among the ones who have and the ones who have not.

    I presume such extremes were created when Hongkong was a British colony, where the government cared for nothing but to milk Hongkong dry. But that was almost 2 decades ago, I hope that now the current government will do something for these urban poor. Singapore is a good example, where the government cares and had provided the citizens with affordable homes.

    It is really sad and I hope that Hongkong will do something for these urban poor, even though it is a fact of life that poverty is everywhere. But let there be improvement.

  51. Elaine on Nov 26, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Whatever the circumstance, at least they are doing something about it according to their means. They take responsibility for themselves, are not complaining and do not depend on others for handouts. That’s an admirable trait to me.
    Everything is relative. If we think we’re in an unfortunate situation and complain incessantly for every little inconvenience, there is always someone else in a more dire situation and someone else who is “better off”. Same applies to them.
    Many of us are seem to be so entitled. We may be so much better off than some others but still are not satisfied materially. When we get to the next station, we still want more and are still not satisfied and want more. But I’m not saying we don’t strive to be better. But if we have contentment, we become so much happier.
    Material wealth is not the answer to lasting happiness, but a comfortable situation and enough resources will help in one’s spiritual practice. When one’s mind is constantly occupied with daily survival, it’s hard to focus on spiritual practice.

  52. Shin on Nov 26, 2015 at 8:31 am

    It is reported that there are about 200,000 people living in Hong Kong in what the government calls “inadequate housing,” including cubicle apartments and cage homes. It is sad that such a large number of people are living in such poor accommodations in a so-called wealthy city.

    These cage homes are usually located inside old buildings in urban areas, and we can see from the pictures how poor safety, hygiene and privacy are for these residents. Living in these harsh conditions, their psychological well-being is definitely affected.

    Urban poor is everywhere, hence every government must show that they are making every possible effort, within available resources to have adequate housing, especially for those from the lower income groups.

    In Mahatma Gandhi’s words, “Recall the face of the poorest and weakest man whom you may have seen, and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him.” As we go about in our daily lives, it is good to not just think about ourselves all the time but spend some time to think about and care for the poor who are suffering.

    If you are interested to help, Kechara Soup Kitchen distributes food to homeless and urban poor on weekdays & weekends. You can get more details here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/820518077997735/

  53. Yeo Kwai Gin (Kuantan) on Nov 26, 2015 at 2:14 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing !

    看到以上的图片关于一班在香港居住在类似’笼子”所谓的家, 看到心都酸了 !

    由其是现在年轻的一群, 一出世就被保护和宠坏的环境下成长, 完全不懂何为吃苦 ! 我们在电视银幕和杂志里很难看得到在背后的这一群人, 他们的辛酸, 无奈 , 无助, 应该得到某方面或机构当局关注 !

    这编文章, 应该让年轻的一群看看, 让他们明白”见苦惜福”这道理 !

    大家一起共用浴室和厕所都需要拥有合群和忍让精神, 才可以相处! 不简单 !

    愿所有苦难的众生离苦得乐 !

    感恩合十
    Yeo Kwai Gin

  54. Vinnie Tan on Nov 26, 2015 at 12:48 am

    It is just saddening to see the rich constantly getting richer and the poor getting poorer, widening the gap between the two “societies” that we deem. What is shameful is that some people that are around us will also make use of these people that are already suffering and cheat their money for their own gains. To show their “wealth” which they fed off from these people that are living in such poor conditions.

    Seeing this, it also made me reflect that many times in our lives we have things that some may consider as luxurious, yet we do not see that. Living in samsara we constantly crave for the things that we do not have, thinking that those things will make us happier. But how many times that is the case when we achieve it? I will say close to zero. When we just seek these pleasures in life, we achieve nothing. It is nice that people around us admire what we “have”. However, how many times these items are “real”?

    Life is constantly being impermanent just like what Lord Buddha taught us. Thus, we are holding and aiming towards something that is empty and has no value thinking that it will help us reach something. But with emptiness, it will only bring more emptiness to us. With that emptiness, it will consume us and make us feel angry.

    Through this post it makes me appreciate the things that I have around me more as well as through this it shows that with the same amount of “money” we can be living like the kings and queens at a corner of the world, but we can be living like someone worthless in another corner of the country. It just reminds us how important it is to be doing good deeds to accumulate merits in our lifetime and not let it go to waste. When we exhuast these merits that we had accumulated, what will happen to us in the future? We may just end up in their shoes.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this timely reminder that life is impermanent and we should never take anything that we have for granted. It just really makes a person’s heart cringe when we see things like that. But with us seeing and doing nothing, it is as good as not doing anything. I truly feel that only when we start doing something productive with these information, then it will benefit us and satisfy that craving hole that we have in us.

  55. KarenC on Nov 26, 2015 at 12:39 am

    I feel heartache to see such living conditions. In such advanced country like HongKong, the richest will only get richer yet the poorest will not get any better, it seems. To be honest, flipping through magazines like Prestige or Tatler looking at those people holding champagne posing for pictures in parties did irk me a lot because there are millions of poor people couldn’t even afford a proper meal. Yet some are so addicted to flaunt their wealth to the public. Imagine the price paid for a sought after designer bag could feed a person for almost 3-4 years? Yes i know life is unfair. However, the conscience in every human beings should not be buried by ignorance. Let’s reach out to those less fortunate and bring happiness to everyone, not just for ourselves.

  56. Jill Yam on Nov 26, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Every society has its issues and it is sad to know that there are people living in such conditions. Therefore, those of us who are fortunate should be thankful.
    But it is not enough. We must also take actions to help people in need. I think Kechara Soup Kitchen is a very good charity work. Although a person on his own cannot directly help everyone in need, it is good to start from somewhere. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

  57. Lew on Nov 25, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    It is pains my heart viewing these photos. Urban poor is in every city, no matter how beautiful a city may look. Some may say they are even worse scenarios where people have to live on the streets, and they still have a shelter over their head. In both cases, their living condition is far from comfortable, and we should ask ourselves, would I stay in these places if given a choice?

    Seeing these photos remind me of the homeless in Malaysia. Their situation is not any better either. I think that’s why Rinpoche started Soup Kitchen in Malaysia years ago. It is not only to lend an helping hand to the urban poor, but it is a also a way for us to develop compassion, and provide a chance to practice kindness.

    I pray the urban poor issues can be eliminated, or reduced at least. Nobody needs to suffer like this.

  58. June Kang on Nov 25, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    If you have ever complained that your apartment is small, please read this article. Sad to see all this, home is not just about a place to sleep. Home like this definitely affected the emotional and psychological of the person stay there. I think Kids who grown up in such conditions may has lots of problems.

    Compare with them, lots of us is so lucky. Even we are renting a room here is also 100% much more better. I hope seeing these images makes you think of yourself in them and makes you feel an appreciation for your own good fortune. We should appreciate what we have and don’t complain.

  59. Wah Ying on Nov 25, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    It’s still shocking and sad to see the pictures of people’s life in metal cage in Hong Kong. What I see the title, in my mind I say “No way. It’s no way for me to live in this cage for 30 years…”

    Hey, wait, would it be I am actually staying in another larger cage as well? People who live in wide grassland would think people who stay in city/apartment – even it’s a thousand square feet apartment with swimming pool, lift and tennis court facilities is out of their mind – “Why caught oneself in small space in a place with traffic jam day in day out??”

  60. peebeechong on Nov 25, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing,

    We Malaysian are so lucky as compared to others. However, many of us are not appreciative enough, including myself, we always want more to feed our desire and ego. Thank you for the sharing. This reminded myself to work not only for me, but always think about others in need. When we are not happy and want more, think about others who are poorer and live in worse condition.

    Thank you

    Pee Bee Chong

  61. Martin Hopkirk on Nov 25, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Really sad for these folks.

    As even in London there are places where they rent out bed spaces and some rooms are shared by 8 or more people.

    Most of these are single people doing odd jobs and finance is an issue hence they put up with these accommodation.

    Really sad indeed.

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    Everyone in the world has the right to practice what one ‘s own religion, and beliefs. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. Its their choice and no one are above the law saying one should or should not pray to this and that. Our lama Rinpoche had been targeted all this years just because Rinpoche chose to continue practicing Dorje Shugden. Rinpoche had been abused online with all sorts of ugly words or so. Dorje Shugden ‘s practitioners been discriminated is really sad, just because one religious beliefs. NOT only that Rinpoche’s student too targeted using nasty words as well. Dorje Shugden is accused to be a evil spirit, they should checked and read the history and origin before commenting. Recently i did received nasty and disgusting comments too on my postings in FB. Who are they to comment , such a nonsense . Well they will soon have to swallow their own words.
    Those Dorje Shugden practitioners are not allowed to participate in many events , denied service and so forth. Reading all the untrue and nonsense comments , felt sickening and shocking. As Buddhist we should respect each other and make peace , harmony not ‘war’.
    Thank you for this sharing ,hopefully more are aware of what the ban on Dorje Shugden has caused. Enough is enough , may the ban soon be history.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/will-the-dalai-lama-agree-with-this.html
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Jun 2. 2020 05:00 PM
    Truly a great teacher and after years of wandering, the first monastery in the Ajahn Chah tradition was found followed by many monasteries and continues to flourish.He left the world a legacy of a GREAT TEACHER of his teachings,and realizations of the Buddha dharma.
    Despite all this, Ajahn Chah attracted an increasing number of followers who wanted to become his disciples. Thank you very much for the good sharing.

    https://bit.ly/2U2hJtx
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jun 2. 2020 01:18 PM
    For more than a thousand years, artists have played a key role in the cultural life in Asia. At Tibet, Kashmir, and Nepal their arts flourished as its equally important part of their culture, architecture and their way of living to the outer world. The artist using art to express their knowledge, skills . The art painting reveal the way of lifestyle and strong belief they have in Buddhism. From the book ‘Arts from the Rooftop of Asia , Chinese has influence in the Tibetan paintings of thangkas and many art paintings in the region. Religious influence on Nepalese handicrafts. Interesting book revealing the history of arts with rare and precious pictures.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/arts-from-the-rooftop-of-asia-tibet-nepal-and-kashmir.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jun 2. 2020 01:15 PM
    Very touching watching the short video, how affection and love the cat . The dead owner must have treated well and gave a lot of love to this cat . Well the lovely cat hugs and leaning its face against the video screen. Animals cannot tell us their feelings and thoughts, but they can use touch and body language to communicate. Animals do express emotion, such as grief and joy, just like one of us. They can be very loyal and protective. Do not hurt them , give them care and love.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/a-touching-hug
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Jun 1. 2020 03:45 PM
    Helena Roerich , a multi-talented Russian writer, artist, theosophist, intrepid explorer, healer and philosopher, was a great inspiration to her husband Nicholas throughout their lives.
    I wonder what kind of karma she had or the life she had lived before this life for her to be spiritual since young.Thank you for the inspiring article.

    https://bit.ly/2XIkcKI
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 31. 2020 11:45 AM
    H. E.the 12th Dagom Rinpoche was recognized as reincarnate lama, the by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. He was known for teaching the Buddha Dharma and providing spiritual advice to thousands around the world. He was one of the lamas who openly fought the ban on Dorje Shugden’s practice by the Tibetan leadership. He paid a heavy price for his devotion to his gurus and commitment on the practice of Dorje Shugden. He was well known as a loving prolific teacher, scholar, writer, yogi and a great tantric master. That was before the ban , sadly all his student turned against him as such he moved to Nepal . He worked tirelessly to spread Dharma till he entered parinirvana.
    H E the 13th Dagom Rinpoche is back, with at least 20,000 people in attendance of Tibetans watched as the young reincarnation was enthroned as per tradition. The over respond attendance of the enthronement is an auspicious omen for things to come having a lama taking rebirth inside Tibet. A reincarnation of a great lama is back as proof that those who rely on Dorje Shugden as a Dharma protector do not take rebirth in the three lower realms as claims by the Tibetan leadership. Looking at those rare, precious pictures of the grand enthronement paints a thousand words. Thousands came in droves to welcome the young incarnation.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/enthroning-a-dharma-king-the-13th-dagom-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 31. 2020 11:42 AM
    Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei a prolific writer was a reincarnation of one of Buddha Shakyamuni’s disciples and also a key disciple of Drepung Monastery’s Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. He had composed books, wrote numerous texts and prayers. Even translated other works, Buddhist texts from Tibetan language to Oirat language while still serving the religious needs of the Oirat tribes in Dzungaria, Mongolia . Zaya Pandita spread Tibetan Buddhism to the Oirats, the Khalkha and even the Kalmyk people as far as in Russia. Zaya Pandita developed the Clear Script. He also wrote a biography of the First Khalkha Jetsundampa Zanabazar. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this sharing.\\

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/zaya-pandita-luvsanperenlei-1642-1708.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 30. 2020 02:54 PM
    Stunning Lady Vajrayogini looks so beautiful with all these ornament offerings. Fortunate able to see such a beautiful Lady Vajrayogini. Its take a lot of time and hard work for the team . Rejoice to all. It is indeed very meritorious offering beautiful things to the Buddhas.
    A good teachings from Rinpoche explaining of why its important for us to offer beautiful ornaments to the Buddhas.
    Thank you Rinpoche .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dont-miss-this-offering-onto-vajra-yogini.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 30. 2020 02:52 PM
    The Mahabodhi temple is a UNESCO World heritage site, and been one of the 7 wonders of the Buddhist world has attracted hundred thousands of pilgrims yearly. It is the place where Gautama Buddha attained Enlightenment and under the Bodhi Tree. Its sad as it was targeted by terrorist, a series of ten bombs exploded in and around the Mahabodhi Temple complex. That was in 2013, early morning serial explosions rocked the Mahabodhi Temple injuring 2 monks and
    destroying certain parts in the pond of the Mahabodhi Temple. Windows were shattered at one of the buildings, while a wooden door at a small temple was destroyed. Luckily the temple inside was intact. The security of the temple was then tightened after this incident ever since . Some metal detectors and more cops and checkpoints were put in place. Attacks on Buddhists are rare in India, but these unfortunate incident somehow did happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/mahabodhi-temple-attacked.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 30. 2020 02:50 PM
    Tajikistan is a country in Central Asia surrounded by Afghanistan, China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. It’s known for rugged mountains, popular for hiking and climbing. Sunni Islam is, by far, the most widely practiced religion in Tajikistan. Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. Beliefs are a choice. We have the power to choose our beliefs. Our beliefs become our reality Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. The status of respect for religious freedom eroded during recent years. Government policies reflected a concern about Islamic extremism .Tajikistan is unique in the world because it is illegal for people under age 18 to practice religion publicly, which includes attending mosques. Women are not allowed by the government to enter certain mosques and wearing black hijabs. Shops are not allowed to sell too and women are to wear traditional Tajik colours. Not only that additionally to it, the government places strictly limits on pilgrimage visits. As reportedly they harassed devotees by forcibly shaving their beards which are not allowed. Hundreds of thousands of men even children as young as seven years old in Tajikistan arrested in recent years for wearing a beard. Banning beards and dresses is really odd. It’s the government campaign against the adoption of Islamic cultural practices. Sad human rights within Tajikistan were been violated and basic human rights remains limited . Tajikistan continues to struggle with human rights till today.Interesting read of government’s fear leading to problems further.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tajikistans-battle-against-beards-to-fight-radicalisation.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, May 29. 2020 11:30 PM
    Thanks for the interesting topic sharing where most people have great interest and
    curiosity about. Whether we choose to believe in the paranormal or not, we all have to realize that there are many strange things that has happened to all of us that are unexplainable.

    To me paranormal activities are considered as something close to religion too because in every single religion they always talk about spirits and etc. It’s whether you believe in the spiritual world or not sometimes it’s eerie and fascinating to read about all the things that go bump in the night.

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  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
    1 years ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
  • Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
    1 years ago
    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
    1 years ago
    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    1 years ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    1 years ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    1 years ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    1 years ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    1 years ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    1 years ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
    1 years ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    1 years ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    1 years ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    3 yearss ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    3 yearss ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    3 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    3 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    3 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    3 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    3 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    3 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    3 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    3 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    3 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    3 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    3 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
4 days ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 days ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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.
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
3 months 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
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months ago
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!
3 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
3 months ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
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Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
3 months 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
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