Buddhism in Oklahoma!

Nov 20, 2013 | Views: 1,115

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear friends,

Below is an article about these 3 wonderful Theravada monks in Oklahoma, USA spreading Buddha’s teachings. The funny thing is, these 3 monks did not know each other prior to teaching in Oklahoma but got together for a higher spiritual reason.

They each came from different backgrounds, have very different personalities and are from different age groups… the youngest amongst them being 25 years old! Since the reason for them being together is for the Dharma, despite their apparent differences, they are able to live harmoniously and peacefully. I have always told and reminded my students that due to the wishes we made in our previous lives, we are now together practicing the Dharma. Similarly, these 3 monks must have made the same aspiration in their previous lives.

I found this story very inspiring, and wanted to share with everyone how Buddhism is growing in the West. All different schools of Buddhism is welcomed and accepted in the States, like it is in South-East Asia.

Do read the article below!

Tsem Rinpoche

 


Path to Dhamma: Oklahoma monks spread Buddha’s teaching in Heartland

Three men now living in Oklahoma took very different routes to Buddhism.

by Carla Hinton

Dhamma: the universal truth common to all individuals at all times; regarded as one of the primary sources of Buddhist doctrine and practice (also called Dharma).

Three men now living in Oklahoma took very different routes to Buddhism.

One was born into a Buddhist family, while another grew up Roman Catholic.

The third — a 2007 Moore High School graduate — was initially drawn to Buddhism out of curiosity about meditation.

Though their journeys were separate and diverse, these Buddhist monks have joined together with one focus: They are teaching Oklahomans the path to Dhamma.

“Our goal is to help the people by teaching Buddhism, yoga and meditation,” said Bhante Piyaratana, senior monk and founder of the Oklahoma Buddhist Center, 5108 ½ S Lindsay. “We want to offer our services to the community.”

Piyaratana, a Sri Lanka native, created the center, nestled in a south Oklahoma City neighborhood, in 2007.

He was joined by two novice monks, Bhante Ananda, 61, and Bhante Santikaro, 25, in May. Bhante is a way to refer to Buddhist monks in some traditions. It means “venerable sir” in Pali, an ancient language of India, related to Sanskrit.

Several months ago, the trio began teaching meditation classes at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Norman. This week, they began offering a “Mindful Meditation” class for veterans at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center.

 

Learning and teaching

Piyaratana said he came to the United States from Sri Lanka in 2006. He said he was a resident monk at the Buddhist Meditation Center in Mankato, Minn. Given the opportunity to continue his academic studies in other states, Piyaratana chose Oklahoma, although his colleagues warned him the state has a history of weather disasters.

“People said, ‘Bhante, why do you move to Oklahoma? There are so many tornadoes,’” Piyaratana said.

The monk said the warmth and friendliness of Oklahomans eventually caused him to move to Oklahoma City to attend Oklahoma City University. He said he has been welcomed by most people he has met, though he knows his Buddhist tradition places him in the minority in a Christian-majority country and state.

“It is Bible area, but Oklahomans are real nice,” he said.

Piyaratana and the two novices reside at the Buddhist center, a relatively small house that has been converted for the purposes of Buddhist monastic life. It also is a site for weekly classes on meditation, yoga, Buddhism teachings and ceremonies.

Piyaratana said the center follows the Theravada tradition of Buddhism and draws 50 to 75 Oklahoma Buddhists from local Sri Lankan, Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese and Cambodian communities as well as people from other faith traditions who come for the yoga and meditation classes and to learn more about Buddhism.

The monks also teach a meditation class at Windsong Innerspace, 2201 NW Interstate 44 Service Road.

In Norman, Diana Hanson, office manager at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 1801 W Brooks, said the monk’s meditation classes there have grown since they were started several months ago. The monks said the class has about 20 people.

Hanson said the church is open to different ideas and is supportive of the monks. For the past five years, the church has hosted Tibetan monks for an event in which the monks arrange colored sand in patterns as part of a sand Mandala, an ancient Tibetan art form, she said.

The monks with the Oklahoma Buddhist Center said Buddhism seems to draw people for many different reasons, and their own journeys to the Buddhist monastic life are no exception.

Ananda said Piyaratana entered a Buddhist monastery in Sri Lanka to become a Buddhist monk when he was 11 years old, an occurrence that isn’t uncommon in areas where Buddhism is prevalent.

“You wouldn’t see people here doing that,” he said.

He said he and Santikaro were not raised as Buddhists and yet they found themselves on the path to Dhamma.

The youngest of the trio, Santikaro, said he traveled the country with his military family — and ended up staying in Moore, where he finished his high school career. He said he grew up attending independent Baptist churches and became interested in Buddhism in 2008 after seeing a friend meditate.

“He looked happy and peaceful,” Santikaro said.

He said he began doing research on Buddhism and eventually found a Buddhist temple to attend and also met Piyaratana. Santikaro said for three years, he began preparing to become a Buddhist monk, paring things like his cars and his Xbox from his life. He said his parents were supportive because he was doing what made him happy. Friends, too, were encouraging; but they wanted him to be sure he really wanted to live a life without a girlfriend or money from the pursuit of a traditional career field.

“They were making sure that this was something that I really wanted to do,” he said.

Ananda said Buddhist monks are not required to make any vows, but they are asked to free themselves of attachments and things that would keep them from committing to living out Dhamma teachings and educating others about Dhamma.

Ananda, a Hawaii native, said he was brought up in the Catholic tradition, and only after the death of his parents did he fulfill his goal of pursuing the Buddhist monastic life. He said he worked for many years as an interventionist, regularly helping people in crisis situations.

He said he was exposed as a youth to Buddhism when he visited the Buddhist temples of some of his Japanese friends. After his parents’ death, a friend who was a Buddhist monk helped him connect again to the Buddhist tradition, Ananda said.

Ananda said he and Santikaro met at a Buddhist monastic community in Texas and came to Oklahoma to help Piyaratana with his growing Buddhist center.

“We are sojourners,” he said.

 

Article Photos

Buddhist monks Rev. Hingulwala Piyaratana, who goes by his Buddhist title Bhante Ratana, Rev. Ananda and Rev. Santikaro next to the alter in their Buddhist home in Oklahoma City Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman

 

Buddhist monks Bhanta Santikaro, Bhante Piyaratana and Bhante Ananda sit next to the altar at the Oklahoma Buddhist Center where they live and host classes in Buddhism, yoga and meditation. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman

 

Containers of holy water sit near the altar in a home for Buddhist monks in Oklahoma City. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman

 

A figurine rests on the altar in a home for Buddhist monks in Oklahoma City. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman

 

A Buddha statue is featured prominently on the altar area at the Oklahoma Buddhist Center in south Oklahoma City. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman

 

Bhante Piyaratana teaches a meditation class at St. Stephens United Methodist Church, 1801 W Brooks in Norman. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

 

Bhante Piyaratana touches a flower to the head of a student during a meditation class at St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Norman. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

 

The altar in the Oklahoma Buddhist Center features a statue of Buddha. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman

 

Marcy Usry, of Norman, participates in a meditation class at St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Norman. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

 

Students sit in silence during a meditation class St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Norman. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

 

Bhante Piyaratana with the Oklahoma Buddhist Center touches a flower to the head of a student during a meditation class at St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Norman. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

 

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  1. Pastor Han Nee on Oct 30, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Buddha’s teachings, the Dharma, inspired three monks to come together in Oklahoma to found a centre for meditation, yoga and dharma classes. All three came from diverse backgrounds. Piyaratana(who came to the States from Sri Lanka in 2006) had entered the monastery at 11 to become a monk. Both Ananda -61-and Santikaro were not raised as Buddhists and yet they found themselves on the path to Dharma. All three share a strong commitment to the Dharma. Each of them found their path of renunciation and followed it. Santikaro said for three years, “he began preparing to become a Buddhist monk, paring things like his cars and his Xbox from his life”. His parents and friends just wanted him to be sure he really wanted to live a life without a girlfriend or money from the pursuit of a traditional career field.

    This is a beautiful and inspiring story of three people who found their spiritual path and just followed it. The most beautiful part is their readiness to share it with one another and with others who are interested. Here there is no dogmatic pursuit. Their practice is basically meditation, yoga and dharma sharing, which are the fundamentally appealing aspects of Buddhist practice.

  2. Samfoonheei on Oct 27, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Inspiring article …..three wonderful men ,living in Oklahoma took very different routes to spread Buddhism.The reason for them being together is for the Dharma, despite their apparent differences, they are able to live harmoniously and peacefully,teaching Buddhism, yoga and meditation. Buddhism is spreading everywhere…..that is great.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring article.

  3. Beatrix Ooi on Dec 9, 2013 at 11:17 am

    It’s very great to know that Buddhism is connecting to people around the world. Everyone has their own religion freedom, every religion has been teaching us to do good. I’m very glad that Oklahoma Centre is practising Buddhism. Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.

  4. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Dec 5, 2013 at 4:46 am

    Rejoice!!! Dharma no Barriers…

    May Holy Dharma spread to ten directions, Peace is the key for all peoples around the world. May more and more peoples able to meet their inner and outer Peace through Dharma practices…

  5. Grace Leu (KHJB) on Dec 2, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Thank you for Rinpoche’s sharing. It was wonderful to know that Buddhism is everywhere, it did not limit by area, human, time or distant. With the same goal for bring benefits for others, may the Dharma grow everywhere.

  6. sky81 on Dec 1, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    It’s inspiring that they have pursued their Dharma spiritual path but still end up together and collectively to teach the Dharma. What is even amazing is the local Catholic church is supportive of their endeavor. It is the best example of spiritual co-existent with each other harmoniously. It also speaks of living in a win-win situation.

    One can also imagine with limited manpower and resources it is an uphill task to spread the Dharma in Oklahoma. Nevertheless Bhante Piyaratana choose the difficult task of going there to teach the Dharma. In a sense that is also the essence of Dharma because going to a difficult place one is challenging one’s comfort zone. As Rinpoche has many times reminded moving away one’s comfort zone is necessary for one to move forward. In the article itself there are many hidden Dharma gems for us to learn and appreciate the effort running a Dharma centre.

  7. Alex C.J. Tan on Nov 30, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Buddhism is relevant today because it is giving us knowledge and tools to deal with the highly pressured and competitive world that we are living in now.

    It is so heart warming to know that 3 people from totally different background and upbringing coming together to bring the timeless teaching of Buddha Shakyamuni to the Christian-majority city of Oaklahoma.

    Kudos to the St.Stephen’s United Methodist Church for being open minded. Because of that, its members and other Oklahomans also benefited from the meditation classes held at the Church. This is a fine example how religious harmony and openness actually benefit the people.

  8. Uncle Eddie on Nov 30, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Bhante Pivaratana, senior monk and founder of the Oklahoma Buddhist center, has said that their gaol is to help the people by teaching Buddhism, Yoga and meditation. Joined by 2 other monks, Bhante Ananda 61, and Bhante Santikaro 25, the founder monk furthersaid theyare offering their services to the community. As such, the monks as sanghas, are upholding the function of spreading the doctrine of Budhha’s teachings and providing support for their own sangha community, and they should be congratulated for such good action! As revealed by Pivaratana, they normally draw a crowd of 50 to 75 oklhoma buddhists of local sri Lankan, Vitnamese, Thai and Cambodian communities, as well as people from other “faith” traditions who came for yoga and meditation classes and to learn more about buddhism. With their mind so firmly set on dharma, these magnificient Three are truly unifying themselves to courageously take on all hardships for the sake of Dharma!

  9. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 29, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    What a joyful coming together by three people, who come together for a higher purpose than just themselves or just purely for excitement or pleasure. If we believe in karma we will know that nothing happens without a reason or a cause. What a great coming together for all these people to practice and spread the buddha dharma. How auspicious it is for them to work together to bring peace and healing to others.

  10. Ck siah on Nov 28, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享。佛法是无国界,所谓佛法无边。祈愿有佛法的地方,佛光普照,普渡众生。就让我们的世界有佛法的庇护,而成为佛净土。

  11. terri on Nov 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I met Santikaro when I was younger. It is nice to hear he is doing well.

  12. Sofi on Nov 27, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Buddhism is definitely the fastest growing religion worldwide. With its many aspects, one can gain the peace of mind, thru meditation, dharma work, studies & understanding of Buddha’s teachings, etc… It is heartening of read about the religious harmony in Oklahoma. Real dharma (“way of life”) practised there. Thanks Rinpoche for this article which also shows open mind and heart is the practise of true religion.

  13. Shelly tai on Nov 27, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring news with us. It is no matter whatever lineage we come from I guess all this teaching are from Lord Buddha himself if we really practices the teaching well we should be able to live with anyone and work together with anyone therefore if all of us are religious then the world will be very harmony and no war.

  14. AdelineTan on Nov 27, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Three monks that came from different back grounds and of different age group met and lived harmoniously and peacefully in a buddhist center for one purpose that is to spread Buddha’s teaching to the people there. It is wonderful to know that their meditation classes have grown since they were started few months ago and even the Methodist church there is also supportive of the monks meditation classes.That’s one of the reasons buddhism is growing fast in the west. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting story.

  15. Sean Wang on Nov 26, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Thank you for sharing this information, Rinpoche. It is great to know that Buddhism is spreading far and wide in the west. I hope that it will continually spread as Buddhism is great for the materialistic Western world.

  16. Choongs on Nov 26, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article which shows how strong aspirations led them to make decisions which gravitated them towards each other. Mathematicians would call it a random event but if you understand karma, you would realise that such events are not random.

  17. Malshan Wicramaratne on Nov 24, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Thank you ,Your Eminence,It is awe inspiring to hear that Buddhism spreads in the states favorably,though we belong to different cultural backgrounds and schools whether the lower vehicle or higher vehicle,the ability to corporate with all followers as one religion is earnestly what conveys our selves as followers of the Sambuddha.May all your works score success in bringing the doctrine to everybody who favours it.
    Saddhu!

  18. KH Ng on Nov 21, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche. It is awesome to know that Buddhism in all traditions are growing in the West and that sangha from diverse background are working to bring the Teachings of the Buddha to the communities there.
    What stands out for me is that the meditation class are done at St. Stephens United Methodist Church. I assume it is a Christian church. If this is so, then the tolerance and understanding of the community is beyond words. I rejoice.

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    Animals are like human beings. They will feel scared and they need protections. They are more vulnerable than human. Since we are stronger than them, we should protect them, but not inflict pain on them.

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    From this incident, I am able to see the true spirit of religion where the monks kindly accepted our offerings even though we are from a different sect of Buddhism and they even requested to bless the land on their own initiative. They have a good intention and wanted the Dharma to grow in Kechara sincerely.

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    Monday, Aug 19. 2019 03:03 PM
    Rinpoche have always advice us that we should go to places full of spiritual power such to Bodh Gaya, Lumbini , Wu Tai San and so forth. Have an auspicious and meritorious trip instead of going for holidays to see places of interest. Rejoice to Pastor David for bringing your dad and your friend Paul with his mother for this wonderful meaningful pilgrimage to Nepal and India visiting powerful places of the tantric deity Vajrayogini and so on. And visiting Serpom monastery as suggested by Rinpoche to make offerings to the monks. Looking at those beautiful pictures paints a thousands words.
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    Let’s face it. The struggle for Tibet’s independence has been on-going for 60 years but there is no progress at all. Now, even His Holiness the Dalai Lama is telling the Tibetans to go for Umaylam instead of Rangzen. However, Umaylam requires their cooperation with the Chinese government.

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    Dorje Shugden is a practice given to the Dalai Lama by his teacher, Trijang Rinpoche. Trijang Rinpoche would never harm the Dalai Lama by giving the Dalai Lama the practice of an evil spirit. This does not make sense at all. Is the Dalai Lama implying his teacher was not good and wanted to harm him when he said Dorje Shugden is an evil spirit?

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    Saturday, Aug 17. 2019 07:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this auspicious post with us. It is amazing that Kechara has the chance to make such offerings to the high lamas and monks in the monastery. This is a clear example of the generosity of Rinpoche that wishes each and every one of us to adopt.

    Making offerings to the sangha is very meritorious and we can collect a lot of merit with such actions because we are directly supporting the growth of Dharma and those high lamas are Buddhas. Seeing such pictures warms my heart and I rejoice to see those happy faces of those monks who received those very much needed offerings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/making-offerings-to-the-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Aug 17. 2019 07:29 PM
    Wow ….. there have been so many UFO sightings in so many different countries. There are altogether eight UFO sightings within 10 days witnessed by people across the globe. They saw shiny unidentified flying objects flying past in the sky as reported. Very interesting….. strange object sparked theories of possible extra terrestrial sightings and they do definitely exist after all. Many UFO sightings have been reported in the last decades yet scientist or researchers yet to confirm the details or evidence to proof it. But the strange sightings in different countries at the same month could not be wrong as we know “they’ have been watching at the earth from some where up there.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing …..simple amazing caught on camera by those eye witness.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ufo-ufo-everywhere.html

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Children recite Migtsema and Manjushri mantra before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children recite Migtsema and Manjushri mantra before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Student do full prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Student do full prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wen Yue led students to do key chain as part of art and craft activity. Lin Mun KSDS
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Wen Yue led students to do key chain as part of art and craft activity. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Kien shared some photos of sangha members. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Kien shared some photos of sangha members. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- close bonding during WOAH camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- close bonding during WOAH camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Teenage dharma class in Kechara House . Lin Mun KSDS
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Teenage dharma class in Kechara House . Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Chinese New Year activity, calligraphy with best wishes words. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Chinese New Year activity, calligraphy with best wishes words. Lin Mun KSDS
KISG has been performing White Tara and Dorje Shugden puja for 4 consecutive nights. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has been performing White Tara and Dorje Shugden puja for 4 consecutive nights. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG members travelled to KFR for Ullambana today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
1 week ago
KISG members travelled to KFR for Ullambana today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
After the Bird Liberation, we proceeded with Dorje Shugden puja. Just before we started our puja, Pastor Patsy gave us a short Dharma Sharing. Pastor spoke about Dharma practice in these days and reminded us to always keep our samaya with Guru intact. To honour our promises, reduce our worldly activities and practice Dharma strongly. Thank you Pastor for the valuable advice~Jacinta, KPSG
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After the Bird Liberation, we proceeded with Dorje Shugden puja. Just before we started our puja, Pastor Patsy gave us a short Dharma Sharing. Pastor spoke about Dharma practice in these days and reminded us to always keep our samaya with Guru intact. To honour our promises, reduce our worldly activities and practice Dharma strongly. Thank you Pastor for the valuable advice~Jacinta, KPSG
We chanted Medicine Buddha's mantra before we blessed them. May they be connected with Buddha always. ~Jacinta , monthly Bird Liberation Kechara Penang Study Group
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We chanted Medicine Buddha's mantra before we blessed them. May they be connected with Buddha always. ~Jacinta , monthly Bird Liberation Kechara Penang Study Group
Special thanks to Linny Neoh and her friend for joining our Kechara Penang Study Group Bird Liberation. ~Jacinta, KPSG
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Special thanks to Linny Neoh and her friend for joining our Kechara Penang Study Group Bird Liberation. ~Jacinta, KPSG
Birds were blessed before their departure to freedom. They deserved love & freedom too ~Jacinta,KPSG
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Birds were blessed before their departure to freedom. They deserved love & freedom too ~Jacinta,KPSG
Pastor Patsy giving explanation during Bird Liberation event. Kechara Penang Study Group's monthly bird liberation - Jacinta
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Pastor Patsy giving explanation during Bird Liberation event. Kechara Penang Study Group's monthly bird liberation - Jacinta
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teachers and students start dharma learning at this blissful morning ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
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Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teachers and students start dharma learning at this blissful morning ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teacher Lin Mun start class with Manjusri prayers after prostration ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
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Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teacher Lin Mun start class with Manjusri prayers after prostration ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
Mdm Glian Sim offered Serkym on behalf of KISG today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mdm Glian Sim offered Serkym on behalf of KISG today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Janice So offered water to Lama Tsongkhapa, Mother Tara, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Janice So offered water to Lama Tsongkhapa, Mother Tara, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Ms. Leow offered lights and incense prior to the prayer session in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ms. Leow offered lights and incense prior to the prayer session in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out a session of 21 Praises to Taras prayer recitations today in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 weeks ago
KISG has carried out a session of 21 Praises to Taras prayer recitations today in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children were very excited to participate in the quiz. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children were very excited to participate in the quiz. Lin Mun KSDS
We will do dedication before we end the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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We will do dedication before we end the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
It’s wonderful for parents and children to attend animal liberation together and recite mantra before releasing the birds. Lin Mun KSDS
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It’s wonderful for parents and children to attend animal liberation together and recite mantra before releasing the birds. Lin Mun KSDS
Bigfoot cafe in Bentong. Lin Mun KSDS
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Bigfoot cafe in Bentong. Lin Mun KSDS
Rejoice ! Children getting blessing from pastor on Wesak Day. Lin Mun KSDS
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Rejoice ! Children getting blessing from pastor on Wesak Day. Lin Mun KSDS
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