Bishop John Spong on Religion and God – Very interesting!

Sep 19, 2017 | Views: 1,332

Dear friends around the world,

I recently came across this video of Bishop Emeritus John Shelby Spong. It is a clip from an interview hosted by Keith Morrison, a Canadian broadcast journalist. In the clip Bishop Emeritus Spong explains why he thinks that hell does not exists, how religion is used to control people and that the popular Christian notion of God as a parent figure in the sky is false. Bishop Spong inspires me greatly as he is outspoken, he is not afraid to share his views with others even though his views may go against what is normally believed within Christian philosophy.

The Bishop is a man who is well learned and has obviously thought about these issues deeply. Even though he is a religious figure, he is able to see beyond the confines of his own religion and encompass everyone else in his thinking. I like this a lot since he is not bound by his limited perceptions but is able to view things from a different and logical manner. What strikes me is the similarities between what Bishop Spong says and the teachings of the Buddha. By watching Bishop Spong, it is clear to me that he is very true to himself, his religion and even mankind. His kind, generous and honest nature have led him to share his unique and illuminating views with all of us, despite what others may think of him. His views are revealing and provide us with an all-encompassing view of God and the divine in a logical and yet universal manner. Please do read the transcript below and watch the video. They are very short but informative, and will help to open your mind to new ideas of how things exist.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Bishop John Shelby Spong

Bishop Emeritus John Shelby Spong

Bishop Emeritus John Shelby Spong

Born in 1931, John Shelby Spong was the Bishop for the American Episcopal Diocese of Newark from 1979 to 2000. Bishop Emeritus Spong became known as a liberal Christian theologian, a religious commentator and author of numerous books on the Christian faith. Through his work he advocates a fundamental shift in Christian belief, away from theism, dogma and traditional doctrines. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1952 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and received his Master of Divinity in 1955 from the Virginia Theological Seminary. He was later conferred the honorary Doctor of Divinity from both Virginia Theological Seminary and Saint Paul’s College, Virginia, as well as an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania. During his career helping others through his religious position he served in many churches and parishes across the North Carolina and Virginia states of America. He has also lectured at theological institutions including Harvard Divinity School, has been the recipient of prestigious awards, and has even been a guest on various American TV shows such as The Today Show, Politically Incorrect, Dateline, 60 Minutes and Larry King Live.

 

Interview with Bishop John Shelby Spong

Bishop John Shelby Spong: I don’t think hell exists. I happen to believe in life after death but I don’t think it has got a thing to do with reward and punishment. Religion is always in the control business and that’s something people don’t really understand. It’s in the guilt-producing control business. And if you have heaven as a place where you’re rewarded for your goodness and hell as a place where you’re punished for your evil then you sort of have control of the population. And so they create this fiery place which has quite literally scared the hell out of a lot of people throughout Christian history and is part of a control tactic.

Keith Morrison: But wait a minute. You’re saying that hell, the idea of a place under the earth or somewhere, where you’re tormented for an eternity is actually an invention of the church?

Bishop John Shelby Spong: Oh yes. I think the church fired its furnaces hotter than anybody else. But I think there is a sense in most religious life of reward and punishment in some form. The church doesn’t like for people to grow up because you can’t control grownups. That’s why we talk about being born again. When you are born again you are still a child. The people don’t need to be born again, they need to grow up. They need to accept responsibility for themselves and for the world.

Keith Morrison: What do you make of the theology which is quite prominent these days in America, which is that there is one guaranteed way not to go to hell, and that is to accept Jesus as your personal saviour?

Bishop John Shelby Spong: I grew up in that tradition. Every church I know claims that we are the true church. They have some ultimate authority. We have the infallible pope, we have the inerrant bible. The idea that the truth of God can be bound in any human system, by any human creed, by any human book. It’s almost beyond imagination for me.

God is not a Christian, God is not a Jew or a Muslim, or Hindu, or Buddhist. All of those are human systems which human beings have created to help us try and walk into the mystery of God. I honour my tradition. I walk through my tradition. But I don’t believe my tradition defines God. Life is a startling and wondrous experience and eventually I think we are going to discover that God unfolding through the life of our consciousness and our self-consciousness and is not a parent figure up in the sky. But I believe because I am related to something that is not bound by time and space that I will share in whatever God’s eternity is.

 

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A short commentary

Here is a short commentary on some of the points that Bishop Emeritus John Shelby Spong raised in the above clip from the interview:

  • It’s not about rewards and punishments

Within mainstream Christian belief, you are either rewarded for good deeds or punished for committing sins by an all-powerful God. This leads to the obviously polar opposites of heaven and hell when a person dies. But this is not the case in Bishop Spong’s views as he doesn’t even believe in hell. Whereas Christians believe that the judge for our deeds or sins is God, Buddhists do not believe in a creator God. Instead Buddhists believe that what leads to good and bad situations is the karmic results of our actions. We are in control of what happens to us, as opposed to an external deity. If we create good karma we go to the three higher realms, if we commit negative karma we go to the three lower realms. There are many similarities in all religions but I don’t think the Bishop has studied Hinduism or Buddhism to understand the depth of it and their profound doctrines and its many differences from Christianity.

In Christianity your destiny is basically in the hands of an outer deity or God but in Buddhism it is 100% within your own hands. If you were to believe in the God theory, that everything is in God’s hand, then there are many discrepancies in life that are difficult to explain – the sick, the rich, the poor, why some countries suffer from so many natural disasters, etc. It is very difficult to explain these disparities and discrepancies with the belief that God controls everything because ultimately people will end up asking “why is God so cruel?” Some people might think that is because there is a lesson to be learned. What lesson is there to be learned when God created you and you are here to live and your whole life is about suffering? What is there to learn because after that there is no more life? You are gone, you are finished. Buddhism on the other hand says that what you create is what you will experience, in this life and future lives. So this gives you full control, makes you take responsibility and explains a lot of the disparity in the world because everything arises from karma. Therefore karma is fair. Whatever comes to us is a result of what we have done.

  • Religion is about control

Religion can be used to control people because you scare them to follow what you say by telling them that hell exists and lure them to comply by telling them that heaven exists. In the past this has scared a lot of people into subservience because they are scared of hell. This is a tactic that has been used in the past to control people.

When you believe in an outer God that controls your destiny and rewards and punishes you, then that can be used by a teacher or minister in a place of worship to end up controlling you. This is because it is this person’s interpretation of what is good and bad that leads you to hell or heaven. In this way there are many Christian denominations and in many of these denominations they have different views of what is correct, what is not correct, what is acceptable and not acceptable. But if you look at it on an ultimate level the fundamental bible is pretty much the same in all Christian sects, it is just that the interpretation comes out different. This can sometimes be very dangerous because extreme interpretation leads to extreme problems. In Buddhism, you are explained what is harmful and what is not. It is the duty of the clergy to explain this to you according to the universal law of karma. If the clergy explains this to you, it is not to control you but for you to have the knowledge to control yourself from harm.

In Buddhism, there is no outer deity that controls you, instead you have to control yourself. The teachings that were put forth by the Buddha are a guideline showing us how to live our life and what creates a happy future or unhappy future. It is not that if you do not follow the guidelines that the Buddha will punish you. So, there is no deity that punished you and rewards you in Buddhism. Therefore, this explains a lot of the disparity in the world. The guidelines as taught by the Buddha is to help us have a happy and non-harmful life. Those who wish to harm, will find the rules ‘controlling’ and those who have no intention to harm will find the guidelines very helpful.

  • Born again vs. growing up

Bishop Emeritus Spong argues that the church talks about being born again Christians which means that the person has accepted God. This infers that they are cleansed of their sins and start their lives anew. But Bishop Emeritus Spong states that this a tactic used to control people. Rather people should be grownups and not those who are new born and take responsibility for themselves. Yes, we should be responsible and grow up and accept the consequences if we don’t. Being born again but not changing our attitude will make being born again ineffective.

What the Bishop said about being born again is excellent. There are two reasons that you would be born again. The first is that you were baptised earlier on in your life but sinned tremendously, so you were born again and become pure again, like a child, and are able to start over under the control of God again. The second is that you have never been baptised and now you are born again and come under the control of God. So if you come under the control of God and do good then you are rewarded by going to heaven to be with God. This sounds a little simplistic to me but if you are born again, do good things, change your mind, transform and become a beneficial person to others, than this is okay. God in actuality does not really control anything, but the various churches interpret what God wants and doesn’t want from you. The church is in control. Each church has it’s own interpretations. That’s where the confusion and division comes.

  • The divine is beyond labels

Each church or religious authority claim that they are following the only path to the divine or God. This cannot be true because God by definition would be beyond anything that humans can think of. The spiritual path would not be contained within a single book or a single method. The distinction that exists between religions is made by humans. It is good to follow a certain path, and adhere to that path to God or the divine but that does not mean that God or the divine is bound by the limitations of your tradition.

  • God is not a parent in the sky

A lot of people think that God is like a parent in the sky looking over everyone. However, according to the Bishop Emeritus God is actually found in our own consciousness and how we live our lives rather than outside of ourselves. Since we are related to everything else which is not bound by the constraints of time and space, we can all share in God’s eternity, whatever that may be. Buddhism believes the Buddha is within us.

I like what the Bishop says very much because he is kind of asking everyone to take control of their lives, take control of their attitude and their actions and their results. His is asking them not to do nothing and leave the situation to God, or even to do something and still leave the situation to God. Because if there is a God, as in the mainstream sense of God – a being that rewards you and gives you things, and also punishes you and takes things away – then everyone who does good things should be rewarded. But we do not see this as being the case.

On the other hand, in Buddhism, when you do negative things or when you do positive things, of course the results will come but it takes some time. This is because for the results to manifest you need to come across a factor to trigger the opening of that karma to experience it. But all actions lead to karma being created and all karma remains dormant until triggered and opened.

So in the Bishop’s case, he is saying that God is not some parent in the sky that punishes and rewards us, and this is very apt. Because when we believe in that, then we leave what happens to us in the hands of an outer control, an outer God, which may not exist in the way that we think it exists. So what he is say is that God is definitely not a being in the sky that controls us or rewards us. It is more that we all have qualities to find God within us. Those qualities are inherent in all humans if we decide to develop them. These qualities are compassion, tolerance, generosity, kindness and a sense of empathy for others. When we live in kindness, we have found the God and Buddha within us.

Therefore, I think that when we study religions and when we practice religion according to our own traditions we should come to the conclusion that God is not in the sky, and that the Buddha is not in the sky, but actually within us. When we develop these qualities we become one with God and everything around us becomes heaven. As long as we do not accept that, then everything we create around us becomes a hell. It helps to follow a particular tradition that leads you to the Buddha or God within us.
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  1. Uncle Eddie on Dec 19, 2017 at 11:15 am

    The purpose of religion is said to make us feel grown-ups, i.e. to be able to make use of what we have in our minds, like freedom, intelligence, courage and of course sense of responsibility to do what is right and logical, which Bishop Emeritus John Shelby Sponge, had so courageously and explicitly implied! This memior is indeed powerful, enlightening and influencing! Dharma is of course not something to fear, or to judge yourself by, but for inner “comtemplations”. Dharma, as all have been taught, is hope, is light and the way of wisdom! As said, “Dharma is for those who wish for peace and need a way to find it,” which can change our life for the better! But as further said, one thing is for sure in all our lives, wherever we are, “it is that whatever we do eventually it will come back to us, and there is no way to avoid it. In our religion, we call that “Karma”! Yes, the Bishop is sincerely and truly a very well learned and fearless man. He is greatly wise and outspoken; and not afraid to share his view with others when his honest opinion is publicly sought, even though his view may go against what is normally believed otherwise within Christian Philosophy. Thank you so much Rinpoche, for sharing all these with us, it is truly a very good learning session!

  2. Tan Soon Huat on Nov 1, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    I totally agreed what Bishop John Shelby Spong has mentioned in interview and Rinpoche’s comments. Religion has been created to suit different mindset and quality of people. I alwaya believe the Religion has been created with good initiate purpose in very beginning. It is human interpreted the doctrine in wrong way or twisted it purposely for own benefits.

    I respected all religions (with their original intention). I have done some religion hoping during my high school time as I was curious about religion after self studying some of Zen and Taoism books borrowed from Penang Chinese Library. With my limited understanding of Zen at that time, the book taught me that Zen is required to guide by a qualified Guru or else it could be very dangerous. Guru has full responsibility to guide the students well or else they might suffer of heavy negative karma as the wrong teachings will influence to many people in future. It is logic to me.

    However, when I joined the Bangalow Stay organized by church. I was surprised the Pastor let the followers to discuss and interprete the bible by them self during group Bible study. A lot of strange interpretation came out without much clarification. It boiled down to just believe in God, Heaven and Hell. There is not next life after go to Heaven and no next life after go to Hell. The story just stopped here. I was wondering whether it will be out of population along the time. Hence, there is always different culture and mind set from church to church. Some very aggresive, such as either you are my church brothers or my enemy and some very loving, they just try to help regardless your races and religion. Hence, I settled my mind on Buddhism as everything is well explained to me without any doubt such as attitude, teaching etc.

    Hence, I think religion is very sensitive; it can be turned into saver or weapon to control and destroy others for own benefits. We need to follow it carefully or with full awareness.

    Thank You Rinpoche for bringing this up for us to understand the sensitivity of the religion.

  3. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 19, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Dear friends,

    This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become.

    Tsem Rinpoche

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  4. June Kang on Oct 12, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Most religion will give you 2 choices, you either go to heaven or hell, and this actually to me is no choice. Everyone wants to go heaven but doesn’t want to die. Buddha taught us is not only this 2 choices, you can forever free to chose this two. Read more here in this blog https://www.tsemrinpoche.com to find out the answer. The one I like Buddhism is taking responsibility of your own life and starting by be aware your intention and motivation. And most of us lack of awareness of our motivation and intention included me. That is why the training of mindfulness is important and follow the guidance of a guru will be the perfect one.

  5. Pastor Antoinette on Oct 12, 2017 at 8:22 am

    I am happy to hear what this Bishop Emeritus John Spong says. It is not the purpose of religion to make us child-like and dependent on someone else. Instead I think it is the purpose of religion to make us grown-up and make the best with what we have, our abilities, resources and environment.

    That you Bishop Jong Spong for expressing yourself so clearly and openly. May more people speak up and make the point so clear! We have to take the responsibility ourselves – nobody else can take responsability for ourselves. But we can reach out for help and work together as a team to get something done, in this way everybody wins.

  6. Mingwen on Oct 12, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Undeniable..what Bishop John Spong said about religion and God is right BUT only for those who are using religion as their weapon and shield to control people, get what they want and hide behind when things don’t go according to their plans.

    It’s annoying to have people keep on creating problems due to their selfishness and greediness which need the others to pay for their “debt” with an extremely high price which is everyone’s piece of peace.

    Every single thing on Earth can have different sides, positive and negative, for instance, drug. What’s matter is how we use it, it’s either for the benefit of oneself or for the benefit of all..

  7. Pastor Chia on Oct 12, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Malaysia is multi races country explore with serves religion. Difference religion is needed for difference mind set of people whetther you are Islam, Hindulism or Buddhism and etc. The foundermental of religion is always the same but the tactic use will difference.

    Since menkind existence, people set a religion to follow which they believe of ” God ” with guarding and protect them. I am agree what Bishop Emeritus John Spong has spoken. In one way, religion created to control the people mind set. If you are spiritual person. you will take responbility how you act and thinking. Basically you no need a religion to be a better person. People wrong interplate the real religion meaning it create unnecessary matters to control others. At the end creating dishormony in between with difference religion people. Which are happening from the past until now.

  8. Justin Cheah on Oct 12, 2017 at 1:58 am

    I am very comfortable with my current religion which is Buddhism and what I like about Buddhism is logic and promote forever harmony by not hurting others. I found this to be the best and karma will take of oneself if he has been unkind particularly. Here in this article Bishop Emeritus John Spong nailed it.

  9. Andrea Lai on Oct 12, 2017 at 1:45 am

    I would agreed with Bishop Emeritus John Spong talks on Christianity on controlling mind. Recalled back of my elder brother joining church with invitation from his old friend. It’s happened just only few masses attends, he changed completely into a stranger. There were many things he can’t touch claiming it is against his religion. We have brief talk with his old friend whom we know and he was shocked with his change. Since then, he stopped inviting my brother. Thank Buddha, he didn’t baptized. Due to this incident, my mom became very offensive on Christianity or Catholics.

    To me, religion is like a guideline or path that lead us to become a better person.

  10. Eric kksiow on Oct 11, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Regarding of this article – Simple and does make sense to me, it’s similar as Rinpoche shared before – https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/what-is-god-what-is-buddha.html

    Bishop Emeritus John Shelby Spong gave an very good explanation of it.

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  11. nicholas on Oct 11, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    It’s really an interesting interview and to learn what Bishop Emeritus John Shelby Spong said here. Many people would have different view and understanding of what a religious is. Personally for me is has to make some sense at some point. Strongly agree with what had been said that religion is about control and one can be so extreme to the extend that I feel it has crosses the line of it true teaching.

    I always believe the teaching of religion is about compassion as this is the fundamental core for everyone to be able to live together in harmony and be responsible with our action as we are the one that create the cause of our happiness and unhappiness which I also see that we are the one that create our heaven and hell. No one can be blame but just our action.

    I’m glad that I found the way to live my life meaningfully in Buddhist way through my Guru and the guidance total make sense to me which is in service of other. Hope more people will listen and read what Bishop Emeritus John Shelby Spong has said as what we are today and future is all within us.

  12. pammie yap on Oct 11, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    I always believe that no matter what religion one choose to practice, we ourselves have to transform as all religions only teach us to be a better person, whether there is a heaven/hell or not. When I was young, I’d like to explore other religions to see what it was like but I found them to be uninteresting. I thought that it would be logical and understandable as to what I knew back then, which was just follow what you are taught and obey. But through learning Buddhism, I found that the teachings are logical with reasons. Not just something that will either send you to hell or heaven.

    Bishop John Spong is definitely someone who thinks outside the box with logic and reasons. It’s always good to educate instead of ‘shoving’ ideas into people’s brain. This is my first time hearing someone of Christianity talk about something like this, openly. Let’s hope that this article will make more people think and ‘readjust’ their belief.

  13. Pastor Henry Ooi on Oct 11, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    I have always thought that mankind has always used religions as a means to control the minds of people, probably dating back to when humans were first civilised. People are always fascinated by mysteries, the unknown, occult arts, magic, divinity. Wanting to believe in these, most people follow what they want to hear with promises of gaining powers, material possessions, fulfilment of desires and so on. Most people do not want to improve the self or change for the better to acquire these but want the easy way, that is, to ‘pray’ and hope for the best. Some people would even give up their lives with the promise of being labelled martyrs or be in heaven after they sacrificed their lives. Buddha never promised all these that people yearn for would come true. Buddha instead taught how people should think with logic, debate over the teachings, and put them into practice. In other words, we should work hard to get what we want (happiness) and to get out of where we are (suffering). But most of us failed because we found the processes too long, too tough, taking a lot of our time, too many sacrifices, and the list goes on. We put aside this, thinking we will do so tomorrow. But we forget, tomorrow may never come for us. And there is no guarantee we may have a perfect human body (if we were that fortunate to take a human rebirth) and be reborn in an environment that we may have the freedom to continue on our spiritual journey.

  14. Pastor Albert on Oct 11, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    I agree with what the Bishop said, Churches is all about controlling the people, remember many years ago I attended a Sunday Church with my friend, during the session, I just heard the pastor focusing on the few of us in the hall and kept asking Jesus to forgive us and keep pressuring us to baptise and believe in Jesus, take Jesus as our only lord, etc. I felt very uneasy during the whole session and after that day, I never went to church anymore.

    Another incident I heard from one of my Buddhist friend, during her college years, she was a Christian, even though her family is not in any religion, but they didn’t stop her from going to church, so she always follow her friends to church every Sunday. She has many questions about religion and our purpose of our life and so on, but she doesn’t seems to get any answer from the church, in fact, she started to know about Buddhism through her boyfriend, she realized that all her doubts, questions are answered thru Buddhism, hence, she decided to stop going to the church and start engaging Buddhism. When her church members heard she stop attending the Sunday session, they formed a so called Rescue group wanting to rescue this young girl who is “falling into hell”, they even went to the extent of going to her house and disturb her parents and family members, until the family members report to police only they stop going. This incident has become a nightmare for my friend and she remembers it until today.

    To me, Christians are very extremist, they will do anything and everything to bring people into their community, throughout the years, I have met many Christians who come wanting to convert me from Buddhist to Christian, they even bad mouth Buddhism and said Buddhism is a cult, only Christian is the real religion. To me, there will never a best religion in the world, every religion play their part to guide different people that suits the particular religion.

  15. Sharon Ong on Oct 9, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    As one who went to a Christian missionary school with many relatives who are from different Christian denominations, I always had the impression that God “belongs” to the Christians. Along with the Christian concept of God, I also grew up hearing about heaven and hell ie the good go to heaven and the baddies go to hell. Simple concepts. But there were gaps in what I needed answers to such as the meaning of life, life after death, why is there a disparity in this world, etc which I found Buddhism explains it perfectly and logically.

    It is truly refreshing to read about Bishop John Spong’s take on religion and God. I see parallels in Buddhism in many of his points and I commend Bishop Spong for being courageous enough to speak up for what he truly believes in although it sounds against the grains of the conventional Christian teachings especially the part about hell being a control tactic and that it does not really exist.

    I particularly like this bit where Bishop Spong said “God is not a Christian, God is not a Jew or a Muslim, or Hindu, or Buddhist. All of those are human systems which human beings have created to help us try and walk into the mystery of God. I honour my tradition. I walk through my tradition. But I don’t believe my tradition defines God.” And this is what I think is the essence of true spirituality, a relationship with a divine being that transcends all labels, human systems and boundaries.

  16. bk on Oct 7, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Very wise words from Bishop John Spong. When I was younger, I used to feel that there was no need to follow a particular religion per se because I believed they were all the same at the core. I explored hinduism, christianity, buddhism, taoism and also read about judaism and islam. Although different methods are prescribed, the root texts all teach us to be good, kind, compassionate, forgiving and so on.

    So what Bishop John Spong says so articulately is pretty much how I used to feel when I was younger.

    Having gained some wisdom (i hope), I have chosen to walk to Buddhist path because it is the best fit for me. Today I am a happy practising Buddhist thanks to having met my root teacher who is everything I am looking for in a spiritual guide.

    I’ve also realised that it’s important to have a proven spiritual path to follow because if we just pick and choose from different religions, we may end up walking in circles and not get anywhere. At the same time, I firmly believe that each religion caters to a particular crowd and there is no one religion that can fit everyone.

    I hope more listen to these wise words of Bishop John Spong. If more people can understand what he means, there will be fewer wars fought over religion and more peace amongst humankind.

  17. Lew on Oct 6, 2017 at 2:34 am

    This is indeed a very interesting yet controversial point of view from Bishop Emeritus John, which directly saying there is no God out there in the sky but is within us. In effect, Bishop John is putting the responsibility back to the hand of the individuals instead of God.

    For me, I personally tend to accept the theory of responsibility-in-my-hand more than the responsibility-in-others-hand. If I accept the latter theory, then why should I bother with doing anything at all? Just sit there, relax, do nothing because I will be safe anyway. I am more acceptable to the theory that we need to work hard for this life, and we need to work even harder in order to have a next life.

  18. chon kong on Oct 6, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Bishop John Shelby Spong said that “Religion is always in the control business and that’s something people don’t really understand.” I agree ! I believe God is good. Quite similar to the Buddhist belief that there is no external God. God or Buddha can be found or can be developed through the mind or consciousness.
    We must learn from Guru the Buddha teaching ,and follow instruction giving by guru to develop qualities like compassion, generosity, , empathy, kindness, etc. to become one with God or Buddha.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting atircle.

  19. Wei Theng on Oct 6, 2017 at 1:28 am

    Bishop John Shelby Spong is very learned and well thought about religions. He mentioned a very valid point – religion is a control tactic. Many people using religion to control other people to listen to them. Some use it for the benefits of others while some use it for the benefit of their own gain and try to eliminate other opponents. The later is very frightening and may cause conflicts or even war. Just like what happening to a lot of war in the world as well as the Shudgen ban is all because of someone or group wants to be in control and want to have the power.

    I especially like Bishop Spong thought that God is not a parent in the sky, but he is within us. His thought is very compassion and universal. It is when we cultivate the qualities of God / Buddha, like kindness, tolerance, generosity, kindness and a sense of empathy for others, etc, we are then one with the God/Buddha.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing Bishop Spong’s view. If only all leaders of religions of have the same view that is for the benefit of others to be a better person, everyone will live in harmony and there will be betterment in the mandkind.

  20. wan wai meng on Oct 6, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Bishop John is very courageous and taking the road less travelled. He dares to interpret differently than how mainstream christians interpret the bible , their god and religion.

    He has many critics, but I feel its impressive for him, to draw his own conclusions based on his learning, contemplation and powers of deductions. Perhaps there are many roads leading up the mountain. I do like that he knows people like to label God as such and such, and he says it that God can neither be categorized as this or that. Perhaps cannot be expressed by human language and human who are subject still to the human conditioning?

  21. Alice Tay on Oct 6, 2017 at 1:02 am

    This is a very interesting post that Bishop John Spong shared his Christian perspective honestly. Bishop John’s ideas together with the short commentary given by Rinpoche are really opened my mind as his ideas and Buddha teachings have very much similarities. In Buddhism, we believe in karma and full responsible for our actions, our speech and our thoughts. We will create good karma by having good intentions motivating good deeds. Adversely, we will create negative karma when our intentions born of wrong view motivating unwholesome deeds. Bishop John has such similar view of that “everyone to take control of their lives, take control of their attitude and their actions and their results.”

    Besides, Bishop John also believes that God is definitely not a being in the sky that controls us or rewards us. It is more that we all have qualities to find God within us. Similarly, buddhists believe the qualities such as compassion, tolerance, generosity, kindness, empathy, acceptance and etc. are inherent in all humans. If we are really practice and develop all these qualities, we have found the God and Buddha within us.

  22. Jace Chong on Oct 5, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche and the blog team for the wonderful article and make me think more.

    I have a cousin in Australia had last stage of cancer, the family asked me what should be done for her, I told them about animal liberation, puja, and reciting mantras, keep the mind calm, accept the suffering, believe in purification. In the end, they told me what I told them is too complicated and troublesome, my cousin accept Jesus (as they are Christians in the hospital converting patients’ beliefs), the people told her just accept Jesus, and she will go to heaven. So that was what she did before she passed away, and the family believes that she has gone to heaven.

    Personally I don’t think by just believe in something, you would be liberated from all the pains forever, if it is so, why do people who are still alive who believe in God, they still suffer? People who suffer in a lot of pains such as sickness, abuse, bully, discrimination etc. even they believe in God, the sufferings didn’t disappear? When someone pass away, because we can’t see them suffer anymore, by believe in God, they no longer suffer? I don’t think this is logic at all.

    I think this kind of “Believe in God, you go to heaven; if you don’t, you go to hell.” theory works because people choose quick fix or short cut over recognizing the root of the problems and solutions for it.

    I don’t think Christianity originally preaches this short cut theory, I respect that Christianity is a deep and profound teachings that does liberate people from sufferings.

    For me I think the point is to be responsible to our own actions and to recognize the sufferings, not just answer everything with “God”, and don’t need to do anything. This is how Buddhism more practical than Christianity in this case.

    Thank you.

  23. Sarah on Oct 5, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Bishop John Shelby Spong’s thoughts on God are quite similar to the Buddhist belief that there is no external God. Buddhists believe in the Buddha nature, that all beings have the seed of enlightenment within them which can be activated. Thus, God or Buddha can be found or can be developed through the mind or consciousness. As H.E. Tsem Rinpoche said, it is a matter of following a tradition that leads to the Buddha or God within us. We need to develop qualities like compassion, tolerance, generosity, kindness, empathy, etc. to become one with God or Buddha.

  24. CindyH on Oct 5, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    The concept of being condemned to hell or rewarded with access to heaven for all eternity at the sole discretion of God and we have no say in it at all was something that never sat well with me. Especially when the scriptures point to the God in question as being temperamental, selective and even consistently contradicts himself. For example, if God is indeed love itself, then why would he create hell to punish those whom he gave up on? Why would he discriminate between people and subject some to so much suffering and allow some to only have the best in life? Why is there a limit to his compassion in that he would intentionally abandon and forsake those who displeases him and for all eternity at that?

    Upon further digging, I began to see that the problem lies more on the interpretation of God and God’s will. I discovered that for every religion that premised upon a creator/God, (i) there are always different schools of thoughts within each of them and (ii) each religion would be defined by the mainstream interpretation. This article is a classic example illustrating both points.

    Thankfully I reconnected with Dharma where logic and reasoning forms the basis for one to develop faith and there is significantly less ambiguity with the core teachings. Admittedly, the absence of the inconsistencies and arbitrariness necessary and inherent in the belief of a creator/God was a huge pull factor for me towards Dharma.

    Personally, I like Bishop Emeritus John Shelby Spong’s conclusion which allows for more tolerance and harmony;
    “God is not a Christian, God is not a Jew or a Muslim, or Hindu, or Buddhist. All of those are human systems which human beings have created to help us try and walk into the mystery of God. I honour my tradition. I walk through my tradition. But I don’t believe my tradition defines God. Life is a startling and wondrous experience and eventually I think we are going to discover that God unfolding through the life of our consciousness and our self-consciousness and is not a parent figure up in the sky. But I believe because I am related to something that is not bound by time and space that I will share in whatever God’s eternity is.”

    Thank you for such an interesting sharing.

  25. Julia Tan on Oct 5, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I believe God is good. The benefit depends on how people carried it out. What people chose to believe and not believe. What’s workable what’s not. Stories have been changed in order to control people’s mind at the same time make it easy for others to follow. People tend to take advantage of part of pieces in the bible and everybody believe in it in their own interpretation.

    Well people will choose the easy way out! Who wants to work hard to purify karma compare to just believe in Jesus and your sin just disappeared and you are pure again? Why put all responsibilities to God?

    Hence to preserve and protect the pure lineage is very important. When the pure teachings were containmenated, everything can twist and turned by people. When Dorje Shugden ban started, all practitioners suddenly became demon worshippers also became Chinese spy. What can this happened over night? If no body speak up, many years later it became something we chose to accept. Why chose to be abused and being wronged?

  26. Lum Kok Luen on Sep 25, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you Your Eminence for sharing this “controversial, but really insightful” article from Bishop Emeritus Spong. I believe he is a rational, logical and a man with a mind able to critique many spiritual phenomena in a humanistic and holistic way.

    Religions have always been presented ass having heaven and hell. If you believe in my “god” then, you have earned your right to go to “heaven”. If you reject my dogma, then you have also rightfully earned your one way ticket to “hell”. I find this debate and preaching (till this present day) rather condescending and it make sense that the whole organization just wants to control others so that they “kow tow” to overall organization’s agenda. The agenda, normally, is to obtain unending finances to build this and build that. And the best part is, the bigger your contribution, the higher and faster one goes on purgatory.

    I believe there are many other Bishop Emeritus Spong out there in the US , maybe they are not so prominently featured in the mainstream media as they are often perceived and anti-establishment and anti-church.

    This article certainly demonstrates that there is a Buddha in all of us – just need that bit of trigger to cause the karma to manifest and the Buddha nature in us will henceforth materialize.

    Thank you Your Eminence for this beautiful article.

    Humbly yours,
    Lum Kok Luen

  27. Cc on Sep 24, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.
    Is great that Bishop John Spong shared his thoughts.
    I was once a Christian but never been baptised .Went to church and asked for emptiness. Sound funny to think of it.

    I believed all are because individual or human misinterpretation and like JP mentioned some divisions of Christianity that claim that all other religions are manifestations of the devil but all these are because of human giving wrong view or wrong thoughts. Is very subject to individual understanding. There are nothing wrong with God’s,Buddha or Deity. Is human itself.

    Because Christianity is simplified where it doesn’t explained in detail unlike Buddhism.
    Born again, there’s life after death and they have bardo stage but it does not mention in details like Buddhism where there are 49 days and how, what will we experience.

    All religion are good .The only thing is we the sentient beings that are confuse.

  28. JP on Sep 24, 2017 at 11:22 am

    It is refreshing to listen to the Bishop Emeritus speak of his deep insight on the belief system of his faith. Many of my friends and relatives are in some form of Christianity. I noticed that there are some divisions of Christianity that claim that all other religions are manifestations of the devil. So if we don’t accept Christ and God, we are to parish in Hell. It is their duty to save us from Hell.

    I have never bought this idea that it’s so easy to NOT go to Hell just by accepting Christ and God. If God created the Universe and is all so powerful, why not just remove Satan and then everyone can live in peace? Why so much complications and give us the power of choice and so on and so forth? Why complicate matters when if we can resolve it? Why waste so much time? What’s the purpose of all these games in the name of wanting us to learn life lessons? If we are God’s children, why not make us emanations of God so that everyone is happy and live in Heaven? Why bother with all these drama? My Christian friends would reply that God has his grand plans and they are beyond us to understand. So my question to them would be, “If God is so difficult to understand, what makes you so sure that you have understood God correctly in the first place?”. Sorry to say, I find their train of thought very illogical and simplistic.

    As Rinpoche told me when I first joined Kechara. Try to master being COMPASSIONATE to the level of people like Mother Theresa, Gandhi, and so on. Then try to figure out what God is. I totally agree to this advice. IF we don’t eat, breathe, and think compassionately all the time as a spiritual practitioner first, we are not ready to understand the deeper meaning of life.

  29. Samfoonheei on Sep 24, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Very interesting article……gave me a clear defination and understanding of God and religion.I agree with Bishop John Spong….if we all have qualities of love, compassion. caring ,tolerance, generosity, kindness and a sense of empathy to benefits others, God or Buddha will be within us. I can understand much better of the insight.
    I admired Bishop John Spong for his courage to speak up and explained to others about what he thought .Do hope more people will open their minds and judge for themselves the truth of it based on logic thinking and teachings. I am glad ,i am on the right path.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting post.

  30. Lim Han Nee on Sep 23, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Bishop John Spong’s very radical ideas for a Christian are not so radical when we hold them in the light of the Buddha’s Dharma. His not believing in a hell, but in an afterlife accords with Buddhism’s belief in afterlives. The belief in one going to hell or heaven after this life is too simplistic. It does not explain disparities that exist between people and countries. It does not justify why one should go to hell or heaven as a form of punishment or reward.Furthermore, it appears to be more a man-made system of control where an external God is the judge.What’s more , the God is a creation of a conceptional mind. In reality, I agree with the Bishop that God cannot be an external parental figure high up in the sky.

    Rather God, as the Bishop says, “unfolds through the life of our consciousness and our self-consciousness”, in other words “within us”, like the Buddha potential within us, as we manifest compassion and kindness.

    Yes, as the Bishop says, so does Buddha – we take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.(We don’t need to be born again . We need to grow up and take responsibility for our actions and reactions).We control our fates via karma ( the law of cause and effect ). We determine our happiness and suffering through our non harming or harming actions and our actions to benefit others.

    Yes, the Bishop’s view of an afterlife and his perception of hell as a nonentity accords with the Buddha’s view. The Bishop in his sincere devotion to the Divine has touched the Truth and Reality.

  31. Stella Cheang on Sep 23, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    To me, the single largest contradiction found in many religions and their implementation (by men) is the way how one’s action and the consequences are governed and judged by a someone. This someone has the power to grant love, good fortune, take away all the sins and also punish anyone who has committed bad deeds; all in ONE lifetime.

    It presents a huge unanswerable question, especially for people who met with huge misfortune, and for people who suffered from birth, who are born poor, born sick or handicapped, etc. Are they the abandoned and forgotten children and thus have to go through this single ONE lifetime with great pain and anguish?

    It is, thereby, easier to reconcile the disparity in life when we understand the Law of Cause and Effect. When we do a particular action, we should expect a certain result. Even though we cannot determine the time frame of which the outcome will arrive, we can rest assured that it will. As the Law of Cause and Effect works in parallel with reincarnation, we can expect the result to continue or take place in the next life, or thereon.

    Therefore, we can explain the disparity of birth. And in a big way, Law of Cause and Effect encourages everyone to take responsibility for their own action, because no one, not even the special someone, can remove our sins for us. The only person who can right our wrong and is ourselves.

    Law of Cause and Effect and Reincarnation are essential teachings in Buddhism, which attracted me to this religion, as they provide me with good, solid answers to many of my questions about life.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this sharing.

  32. Suzy on Sep 23, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Having studied the roots of Christianity in an attempt to understand the culture around me, it became quite apparent that the church was created to gain control of the masses of people by the Roman empire. Jesus had turned their world upside down and now all could be conquered with love, literally. This new knowledge of personal power threatened the very existence of government/empire and the church was created in the most fundamental least metaphysical, least empowering way possible, hence the bible. Since then it has branched out into a myriad of different sects of Christianity, a few somewhat transcendent but most still dis-empowering to the seeker of God and all things good.

    I’d like to see the Christian countries eventually understand that Jesus completely embraced the reality of reincarnation and he never ever created all these different churches claiming exclusivity and the “only” right path. His message was simple but profound beyond measure.

    Martin Luther King Jr studied went to India to study non-violent protest under Gandhi, came back and changed the world, a little known fact I love to share with most all Christians I meet. He was a great inspiration to me, giving me the idea that I was free to study Buddhism to my hearts content and not stay within the confines of the Christian church. I still love Jesus for his message and great works, and feel he is very happy to see me practicing and fully embracing Tibetan Buddhism.

  33. Paul Yap on Sep 22, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    I believe that religion should be based on logical thinking and teaching instead of blind faith and controls. From the history, many of the politician uses religion to achieved personal agenda. I have chosen Buddhism because the teachings are based on logic, Karma is based on logic. Buddhism teaching us to live a harmonious happy life. I would never agree with some religion who glorify killing heretic as an honor and gateway to their heaven. I believe that religion embraces all differences, and not seek conversion as their ultimate goals, conversion only shows that they are lack of confidence and less tolerance.

  34. Datuk May on Sep 20, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Having been to a Christian missionary school, I had always wondered why I never got baptised as a Christian. I have always thought that somehow or other being a child of God was controlling and somehow did fit into my logical thinking even though I enjoyed Bible studies classes that were conducted in my school.

    As such this article is indeed very interesting and after so many are the answers to why I was never baptised.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 23. 2021 04:55 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche, for this important knowledge what to look for signs that our doggie in pain. By knowing what to do and look out for, it will certainly help owners to detect the situation. When we spend time with them we could understand them better when they are in pain. Since they are not able to tell us we have the responsibility to take care of them. Pain can be difficult to detect in older dogs. Doggie in pain tend to be more vocal, it’s not always easy to spot immediately. They will only express in a number of ways such as whining, whimpering, growling, and so forth. It is important for dog owners to recognize subtle signs of pain in their dog. Hence reading this post have help me to observe my doggie better.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/7-signs-your-dog-is-in-pain-and-trying-to-hide-it.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 23. 2021 04:53 PM
    Inspiring post of a soldier turned Buddhist monk living in remote raw Ural mountains of Russia . With little and much hardship , they never give up feeling happy with their struggles. They managed to build a spiritual community up in the remote mountains. Led by Mikhail Sannikov, now known as Lama Dokshit, a veteran of the USSR’s Afghanistan war . He established a monastery on an isolated mountaintop named Shad Tchup Ling, meaning “place of practice and realisation. The monastery is visited by thousands yearly by tourist and locals.
    But sadly this monastery was built on private lands own by a metallurgical mining company . Since 2016, it has been desired to demolish the Buddhist Shedrub Ling temple on Mount Kachkanar. The Buddhist community have tried many times to legalize the structures. The mining and others have claimed rights to the land. The Buddhist community was asked to leave then. The latest update dated second February 2021 is that the monastery will be under the security of the mining company where the Urals Buddhists are allowed back to the mountain only certain days of the week. May this inspiring monastery up in the mountains continue to flourish and may the mining company not demolished it .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.
    READ MORE AT…for the latest news
    https://www2.stetson.edu/religious-news/210202a.html

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/buddhist-monks-far-off-in-the-russian-mountains.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 21. 2021 04:13 PM
    Reading this post reminds me of my first pilgrimage trip to Wu Tai San . Went with my Kecharians brothers and sisters few years back. Great memories indeed, we are so fortunate given the opportunity to visit such holy site of Lord Manjushri and more it’s a pilgrimage.
    Mount Wutai is a sacred mountain, one of the Four Sacred Mountains in Chinese Buddhism. Mount Wutai, known as ‘the five terrace mountain’, is the highest in Northern China believed to be the earthly abodes of Lord Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. Great ….Each peak is inhabited by a different form of Manjushri. Its five main peaks, positioned east, south, west, north, and in the middle, embrace one another with broad and plain . From the 1st century AD to the early 20th century many temples have been built on the steep slopes . Besides the religious aspect, the beauty of rising and falling ridges of mountains, exotic rocks, are really amazing. The beautiful scenery there is a masterpiece of exquisite acts of nature, predominantly visible over the five main peaks. What really important is that Mount Wutai have a connection and vast history with many Tibetan lamas. From Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen to China’s most benevolent rulers, Emperor Kangxi .
    Looking through those beautiful pictures tell us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Karen for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/pilgrimage-to-mount-wutai.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 21. 2021 04:10 PM
    Ullambana is a Buddhist festival celebrated on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month according to the Buddhist calendar. It is a festival of liberation, as to provide salvation and relief to the ghosts and spirits of the dead. The Buddhist origins of the Ullambana Festival can be traced back to a story that originally came from India. By observing the practice of Ullambana we could liberate the deceased from the three suffering realms and allow the living to enjoy a life of abundance, good fortune and longevity. During this festival, offerings such as light, foods, prayers are made to the spirits of the dead and to the hungry ghosts. On this day, Buddhists offer prayers both to their departed forefathers and to their living parents and elders.
    Great …at Kechara Forest Retreat , Bentong, two powerful and extensive pujas will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We are fortunate this year even though we are not able to attend at KFR , these pujas will be streamed live. The two powerful and extensive pujas is to remove obstacles and generate even more merits.
    Thank you Rinpoche ,Sharon Ong and those who are involved making it possible.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/celebrating-ullambana-the-original-hungry-ghost-festival.html

  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 19. 2021 03:16 PM
    Sad to see those homeless people and now with the pandemic , it is even more . Thousands of homeless people were housed in temporary shelters during Malaysia’s COVID-19 lockdown . We have to face and accept them they exist every where. Its true that the homeless and the people living on the streets, and many off them much as the thought might create discomfort and uneasiness among many of us. Occasionally, we might come across one sleeping on the pavement, smelly, begging, sitting on pavements with a vacant look in their eyes, walking with a sack and on the lookout for foods. Many have returned to the streets and are now living hand-to-mouth….
    H. E Tsem Rinpoche knows how it is to be homeless as he had experienced homelessness while teenager back in US. Tsem Rinpoche then set up Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) to distribute warmed foods from 15 packets to thousands . With many volunteers helping up during the distribution in downtown Kuala Lumpur . Not only serves foods , giving free hair cuts and KSK’s volunteer doctors provide free medical check ups, wound dressings. These are some of the services provided. KSK team has done a wonderful jobs. The homeless deserves a much more caring society. Thanks to KSK team and volunteers , keep it up.
    Thank you Rinpoche and and Pastor Henry for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/homelessness-in-malaysia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 19. 2021 03:13 PM
    Colorado, a western U.S. state, has a diverse landscape of arid desert, river canyons and snow-covered Rocky Mountains . Noted for its vivid landscape of mountains, forests, high plains, and so forth . Beautiful place that piques the imagination and inspires the soul with its dramatic landscape and natural beauty . Well it said to be nothing less than stunning, with a diversity that has attracted thousand locals and tourist. An unbeatable destination with natural beauty will truly offers u for everyone.
    I have not been to Colorado or any US states before but reading this post I can imagine the beauty of this place. A perfect environment for me is somewhere quiet far away from a busy place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/top-25-mountain-towns-in-colorado.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 19. 2021 03:11 PM
    The sacred and magnificent Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang, Yunnan,at 5596 meters high is a famous snow mountain in China. It a tourist place for sightseeing, climbing, hiking, as it is covered by snow all year round. Having two new dharma centre in Yunnan province built has proven the growth of Dorje Shugden’s practice around the world. The first is a Dorje Shugden stupa in the Jade Dragon (Yulong) Snow Mountain area . The second is the rebuilding of Chosang Temple in Shangri-la. Looking at those pictures is a blessing , these temples at the snow- capped mountains will definitely benefits many and many more to come. I have been to Yunnan the famous snow mountains but not been to these 2 temples as mentioned in this post. It was a very nice challenging to go up the Jade Dragon Snow mountain. I did enjoyed a nice and mysterious view anyways. Loved to visit Yunnan again if given a chance.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/two-holy-places-in-yunnan-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 17. 2021 04:00 PM
    Amazing………talented Korean artist painter An Jung-hwan creates realistic paintings that look like portals into vivid landscapes. His painstakingly meticulous technique simply amazing as perfect as a photograph . Each nature scene is so enticing in its clarity, he spends numerous weeks and countless hours working on a single painting. His stunning landscape paintings have been exhibited throughout Korea and Asia. He did held several solo exhibitions in Korea. Looking at those paintings in this post tells all…..so realistic. It could not see the difference whether its real or just paintings. Loves all his paintings.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a GREAT artist.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/amazing-artist.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 17. 2021 03:58 PM
    Unsung Hero of a Kenyan famer Patrick Mwalua who goes all the way out to save wild animals after witnessing a thirsty buffalo sniffing at an empty water hole during the drought. Since then he decided that he use his evenings to bring water to the animals to prevent them from going into the villages in search of water. The Kenyan hero have been supplying drinking water to animals. Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua known to many as the Waterman of Tsavo. He gained admiration over his passion to save the ecosystem by supplying clean drinking water at the Tsavo West National Park when the country was reeling from a prolonged dry spell. He found a cause that is more meaningful , giving new meaning to nature conservation. Inspiring indeed what he did is truly amazing travelling miles just to bring water to wild animals. Wish there were more like people Mwalua doing a good job saving animals.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/he-is-super-compassionate.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 16. 2021 03:59 PM
    Tunnels are echoey, dark and often damp are where the perfect places for ghostly encounters. That’s why so many tunnels are said to be haunted. They’re more than a little creepy as they are mostly abandoned railway tunnel with histories as former dwellings, burial grounds and so forth.
    Interesting to know all about those most haunted rather creepy tunnels across the globe. Wow ….it never come across me that there so many of them . Reading through these post and seeing those creepy pictures tells all some still continue to echo today. The legend behind this haunting of each tunnel really will scare people away yet many tunnel still carries trains today. Many reports said that strange lights, ghostly appearances and, most often, groans of agony.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting read.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/creepy-tunnels-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 16. 2021 03:56 PM
    Tsunmo Tsel Monastery was once a summer residence for Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo and Princess Wencheng. Tsunmo Tsel is a Gelup monastery that was founded by Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen in 1420 in central Tibet. Interesting history of this Gelup monastery , located in Tsunmo Tsel village, Tibet where Dulzin Drakpa Gyaltsen’s body was placed in a stupa. It’s a beautiful Stupa and so blessed able to see it during my trip back in 2019. It seems that during renovations when his body was removed from the stupa, a fragrant scent permeated through the entire place. Well its a sign of his pure moral discipline being a close disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa. He was well-known for holding his vows . Interest read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/historic-tsunmo-tsel-monastery-with-the-body-of-duldzin-drakpa-gyaltsen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 16. 2021 03:54 PM
    Interesting read of this Xiangshui (Perfume) Nunnery with an interesting legend behind it. All about a wealthy Han family having a daughter named Qiaoyun. She was considered to be as the emanation of Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy . As a young age, Qiaoyun was already inclined towards Buddhism, refusing arranged marriage as her interest is in Buddhism. Her life story tells all how she managed to save many lives in the village even before she was ordained a nun. Great explanation of the significance of fragrant scent in Buddhism and sharing of the 33 manifestations of Guan Yin . Loved those pictures of Quan Yin , beautiful indeed and seeing it is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/xiangshui-perfume-nunnery-%e9%be%99%e5%8f%a3%e5%8d%97%e5%b1%b1%e9%a6%99%e6%b0%b4%e5%ba%b5.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 15. 2021 04:20 PM
    Yes this 12-year-old Mongolian boy name Uudam is really amazing . He sang beautifully in his song ‘Mother in the dream’ in the China got talent contest. He rendered the song full of emotion and delivered it deep from his heart, looking at his expression. His singing touched every audience and the judges as well . Even though not many people understand the lyrics in Mongolian yet his singing voice simply amazing and emotion . Such a great song indeed. All I could say he is truly talented .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-mongolian-boy-sings-about-his-mother-in-heaven.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 15. 2021 04:19 PM
    Shocking reading this again as it happened in Malaysia . At the Petknode Cat Boarding center or pet’s hotel in Damansara Damai and Sungai Buloh had been allegedly abandoned and starved 200 cats and a dog . Anxious pet owners and animal lovers came to the rescue. Over 100 cats and a dog were rescued from the Damansara Damai location ,while another 100 cats at Sungai Buloh. 300 starved and 13 died- Many outraged Malaysians including celebrities , social media Facebook groups expressed their anger over it. Hopefully stern punishment should enforced on those who abused animals. Animals should be given a chance to live, love by all, they are one of us . Teaching kids early to love ,care for animals should be taught in schools.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/300-starved-and-13-died-petknode.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 14. 2021 04:22 PM
    Great teachings from this post to practice the Dharma well . We have to practice the preliminaries well before going further and deeper. The purpose of the preliminaries practice is to purify negative karma and accumulate merit . Once the teachings become realisation, and we prepare the mind for advance practices. Reading this will help us to realise the importance of learning dharma, transforming our mind and putting into practice. We should not of the importance of human rebirth and impermanence and all about at the time of death.
    Preliminary practice is Dharma practice. I have still plenty to learn from this knowledgeable post. Reading this over and over again to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great teachings.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html

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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months ago
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
2 months ago
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
2 months ago
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
6 months ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
6 months ago
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
8 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
10 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
11 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
11 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
11 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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
1 years 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
1 years 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 years 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
1 years ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
1 years ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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.
1 years 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
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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