Buddhist Chaplains in the US Army

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What is a Chaplain?

A chaplain is either a priest, minister, pastor, imam, rabbi or a lay delegate of a religious tradition, who is attached to a secular institution such as a hospital, prison, military unit, school, police department, fire department, university or a private chapel.

The word was originally used to describe representatives of the Christian faith, but today it is also used to refer to people of other religious traditions as well, in this case Buddhism. The number of chaplaincies have increased over the recent years, especially in American universities. These chaplains have received professional training and can be found throughout many different types of institutions.

 

History

The earliest Buddhists to serve in the US army were the Nisei Americans. Nisei is a Japanese term used to describe children born to Japanese immigrants to the United States, hence they are also known as second generation Japanese. In 1944, a total number of 50 soldiers at Fort Snelling are believed to have been the first batch of Buddhist troops that served in the US army. Many of these servicemen had also studied Japanese at Buddhist-run schools in the US. However, Nisei units such as the 442nd Infantry Regiment and the Military Intelligence Service were only permitted Christian chaplains. This was because Assistant Secretary of Defense John J. McCloy feared that negative American perceptions of Buddhists would compromise the reputation of such a unit.

 

Chaplains in the Army

The first commission of a Buddhist chaplain within the United States Department of Defense was Lieutenant Junior Grade Jeanette Gracie Shin in 2004. Lieutenant Shin is a former enlisted Marine who graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Buddhist Studies.

Within the United States army, Thomas Dryer was appointed as the first Buddhist chaplain in 2008. In recent years there has been a growing number of Buddhists in the American military, so the work of Buddhist chaplains are growing. Buddhists chaplains are endorsed by the Buddhist Churches of America.

 

Buddhist Chapels

According to one source, there is only one Buddhist chapel in the United States military. It is located in the basement of the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel. This chapel also houses chapels of other religions. The Buddhist chapel was built in 2005.

Source: www.wikipedia.org

 


 

A Buddhist Prospective US Army Chaplain Candidate on the election

October 31, 2016 by Justin Whitaker

A guest post by Robert Shuken Ju-Etsu McCarthy

My name is Robert McCarthy, my dharma name is Shuken Ju-Etsu, the meaning is “kind humble and goes beyond,” I would say that these elements are reflected in both my spiritual and secular life. I was born and raised in Western Michigan in a fairly conservative working class town. I am currently enrolled at the University of the West’s Masters of Divinity program learning to be a chaplain, with the ultimate goal to find employment in either the US Army or a hospice program.

 
How has Buddhism shaped your political preferences?

With mention of the US Army’s Chaplain Candidate program you could gather that I am mildly conservative. As a Buddhist I tend in the direction of quiet political awareness and participation in the form of public service. For example, I worked in multiple elections as an election official, helping others get to the polling places and ensuring that everyone had a safe and enjoyable experience, not espousing for or against any candidate. I believe in remaining apolitical as a Buddhist, the Buddha was not a member of any political party and his teachings were available to anyone regardless of political bent.

 
How has Buddhism helped you through this very stressful political season?

As a student of history I can see that this election is just part of the wheel turning, meaning this happens all of the time in the history of humankind. I will continue to remain civil and help my fellow humans regardless of outcome.
How do you see your Buddhism mixing with politics in general?

I see Buddhism and politics as water and oil and they really should not mix. The idea of the separation of church and state is important to me. Political groups tied to religious organizations often cause trouble, I believe that when Buddhist groups, or any faith group for that matter, become involved in politics it is a slippery slope, eventually leading to the ostracizing of the religious group and the permanent association of the faith/sect with a particular political leaning. One of the reasons I was so attracted to Buddhism was that it was patently unpolitical, I was not being told how to cast my ballot. I would personally like to see Buddhism continue the trend of remaining secularly apolitical in the future, let us be a sanctuary from the chaos not a participant in it.

 
Are there particular issues (war, environment, security, economics, etc) that you feel particularly drawn to because of your Buddhist practice?

The most pressing issue is that of the military. I am applying to the US Army’s Chaplain Candidate program because I would like to go where I can be of the most use. For me the Bodhisattva vow is all about being of service to others. Service is ultimately where I believe that Buddhism and politics can indeed mix. As Buddhists we are called to imitate Kshitigarbha, descending into the most chaotic and dangerous of situations to provide succor for all sentient beings.

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Robert “Shuken Ju-Etsu” McCarthy is a 27 year old graduate student living in Pico Rivera, California. He writes: “I am currently enrolled in the University of the West’s Masters of Divinity in Buddhist Chaplaincy. I consider myself Irish-Dutch American, born and raised in a factory town on Michigan’s west coast. I have been practicing Zen Buddhism for close to 9 years now and I am preparing to ordain as a novice Soto Zen Priest in March 2017. After graduation I plan to either serve as a chaplain in the United States Army or as a chaplain in a hospice setting, I am up for whatever the world throws at me.

Gassho,
Robert “Shuken Ju-Etsu” McCarthy”

Source: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/americanbuddhist/2016/10/a-buddhist-us-armys-chaplain-candidate-on-the-election.html

 
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  1. Yee Yin on Aug 24, 2019 at 11:48 am

    It is very nice to know the army is open for religion practice and Buddhism is benefitting them. Life as an army is not easy and it is stressful. One of the ways to reduce stress is to meditate. Meditation is one of the practices in Buddhism and it is proven to be effective in calming people’s mind.

    In some countries, meditation is taught to the children at school to help them calm their mind and control their behaviour. It is said that children who meditate are calmer and are able to manage their emotion better. Some prisoners are also learning how to meditate to help them control themselves.

    Meditation is not limited to Buddhists, there are many meditators who are not Buddhists. Meditation is a way to observe our own mind and learn where our problem is. When we face with obstacles or problems, it is important to stay calm and think of a way to solve the problems.

  2. wan wai meng on Jan 19, 2017 at 2:43 am

    Buddhist chaplaincy is probably a milestone for how Buddhism has grown within the minds and psyche of Americans. It is joyful to see how far Buddhism has come in the US.

  3. Julia Tan on Dec 21, 2016 at 8:55 am

    This is such a nice article and i am very happy to know that . Thank you Beatrix for writing it. I rejoice that Dharma is at the every conner of the world. This is something we should look up to.

    Tibetan leadership should really read about this and realised how important religious free is. We all deserve to have our faith. No matter what we chose to practice that’s choice for your spiritual path. it is very personal and it should not have anything to do with politics issues. Tibetan Leadership should stop the ban of Dorje Shugden immediately for the sake of humanity.

  4. Pastor Antoinette on Dec 21, 2016 at 8:38 am

    It is interesting to notice that it took till 2004 that a Buddhist chaplain were allowed in the department of defense and a Buddhist chaplain entered in 2008 in the US Army. These departments have to deal with a lot of trauma, war and natural catastrophes. The soldiers need to be taken care of in a spiritual way and I rejoice for the chaplains to do this.
    “As Buddhists we are called to imitate Kshitigarbha, descending into the most chaotic and dangerous of situations to provide succor for all sentient beings.” Thank you for doing this as it is not easy and it needs a lot of courage to do this! It is important to always remember the kindness that others give us so that we can learn to do the same for others.

  5. Mingwen on Dec 21, 2016 at 7:16 am

    The duty of chaplains in various secular institution such as a hospital, prison, military unit, school, police department, fire department, university or a private chapel are extremely significant.

    They provide religious teachings and services, religion is used to known as the missing piece of puzzle in human beings’ lives when we only strive for secular goals, etc., pride,money, food, sex & shelter.

    In some extreme working/ living circumstances , for instance, hospitals and military units, people are confronting death of people they know and not for so frequent. Hence, emotionally, they could be become unstable and burn out.

    At these times, chaplains who regard from various religions can give their services who are in need and pull them up from falling down.

  6. Pastor Chia on Dec 21, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Is interesting to know about buddhist chaplains in the us army. Chaplains just like “pastors”,who are selfless working helping and benefit others. H.E.25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche has started buddhist pastorship since 2011 at Malaysia. Buddhist pastors at Kechara organisation has grow more and more these day helping our organisation and benefited many people at our country.

    I like what Robert McCarthy has said . In Bodhisattva vow is all about being of service to others. Service is ultimately where he believe that Buddhism and politics can indeed mix. As Buddhists we are called to imitate like Bodhisattva Kshitigarbha quality, descending into the most chaotic and dangerous of situations to provide succor for all sentient beings. I pray more people more people can vow themselves to benefit others ,create world peace free from the war.

  7. Pastor Albert on Dec 21, 2016 at 2:50 am

    Same as many people here, Chaplain is a new word to me, it means Pastors in another term.

    When H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche started Buddhist Pastor in Kechara, many people went on and attack Rinpoche by saying the title Pastor belongs to Christian, how can we mix Buddhist with Christian, but they don’t realize that Pastor is just a title, it is not important what is it call, the important thing is the function of the Pastor and how it benefit others as a pastor, how it spread Dharma to others.

    In this article, it clearly shows that Pastor is not something new, back in year 2008, there is already Buddhist Pastor (Chaplain) in USA, and as a Pastor, his only duty is to benefit others, just like what Kechara Pastors did.

    Rinpoche said, not everyone can be a monk or a nun, so he put a level down, that is to ordained Pastors, at least they can perform the duty as a monk/nun to spread Dharma and yet, they can still have their normal life.

  8. June Kang on Dec 21, 2016 at 2:40 am

    I do agreed mentioned in the article that “Political groups tied to religious organizations often cause trouble”, example is CTA. CTA not only cause trouble to his people but to the Dorje Shugden practitioners all over the world. CTA had made so many people suffer with the ban of Dorje Shugden. Tibetan already suffered from lost their country and now they are suffering of no religious freedom. Sometime i wonder are the Tibetan leaders are Buddhist? The way they ban the Dorje Shugden looks like they don’t even understand Karma. Pray for them to be awake soon.

  9. Eric kksiow on Dec 21, 2016 at 12:22 am

    This is the 1st time i heard of ( Buddhist Chaplains in the US Army ) and read about the article, and i am glad to know more what’s inside US armies doing inside their training ( Learning Fire weapons, bombs and etc.. )

    And Robert McCarthy doing his great job for bringing Dharma to US armies camp ( except KILLING training, i wish every US armies camp has Dharma teachings too )

    Thank You Bea of your time to do research for this wonderful article!
    Appreciate that
    Eric kksiow

  10. Andrea Lai on Dec 20, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    In this article, I learnt a new word “chaplain” and it’s interesting that US Army starts accepting Buddhist chaplain in their military.
    It’s a rejoice news that more people are cultivate into practicing dharma thru Buddhism.
    May Robert McCarthy have a swift ordination as Soto Zen Priest, bring dharma to benefit many.
    Thank you Beatrix for sharing your article.

  11. nicholas on Dec 20, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    It’s great to know that more and more people provide religious services for an institution in this case is the military. I like what Robert McCarthy said that ‘I see Buddhism and politics as water and oil and they really should not mix.’ & the mixture of them will lead to the ostracising of the religious group. There is an obvious example of how Dorje Shugden practitioners being discriminated by the Tibetan leaders that causes so much suffering to the people around the world. Being a leaders of the country they should protect their people and always unite their people irregardless of their culture, race and religious. Sad to say this doesn’t happen to the Tibetan and so much baseless accusation being poured down to the people and extreme discrimination that causes violent incident happen to the people that have different religious preferences with the Tibetan leaders. I have not seen any of this happen in other country as most of the successful leaders practice religious freedom and human rights.

    Buddhism is a teaching or a lifestyle that focus on benefiting others which irregardless of the culture, races and religious. A true Buddhist practitioner will focus on harmony and peace which is also what a government or leaders will embrace to make their country strong . Robert McCarthy really inspired me with what he said and what he choose to do and may more and more people able to see the real spiritual practice.

  12. pammie yap on Dec 20, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    “Political groups tied to religious organizations often cause trouble, I believe that when Buddhist groups, or any faith group for that matter, become involved in politics it is a slippery slope, eventually leading to the ostracizing of the religious group and the permanent association of the faith/sect with a particular political leaning. One of the reasons I was so attracted to Buddhism was that it was patently unpolitical, I was not being told how to cast my ballot.”

    This part strike me the most when I was reading the post. Why? Because it reminded me of Dorje Shugden ban and Central Tibetan Admin. Politics should never mix with religion! It is suppose to be spiritual and nobody, especially a government, think that they can tell someone how to ‘cast their ballot’. It is really bad to have people who do not understand much about Buddhism and the ban, have more negative thoughts of Tibetan Buddhism.

    Here in Kechara, under the guidance of H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, we are very fortunate to also have our own Kechara pastors. The pastors consist of lay and sangha to be members. They are always serving others, tirelessly! Read more about them here! https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html or watch the video https://youtu.be/PO6kbzBUgl0

  13. Joy Kam on Dec 5, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Thank you Beatrix for this short but interesting post… now I know what is a chaplain, we learn something new everyday 😀

    I really like what he said here!
    “I see Buddhism and politics as water and oil and they really should not mix. The idea of the separation of church and state is important to me. Political groups tied to religious organizations often cause trouble, I believe that when Buddhist groups, or any faith group for that matter, become involved in politics it is a slippery slope, eventually leading to the ostracizing of the religious group and the permanent association of the faith/sect with a particular political leaning. One of the reasons I was so attracted to Buddhism was that it was patently unpolitical, I was not being told how to cast my ballot. I would personally like to see Buddhism continue the trend of remaining secularly apolitical in the future, let us be a sanctuary from the chaos not a participant in it.”

    He really nailed it and it reminds me so much about the wrong mixing of politics and religion which the so called Tibetan gov in exile has done and with that banning and discriminating Dorje Shugden! The Tibetan leadership (CTA – Central Tibetan Administration) even published a book and made a documentary against Dorje Shugden! Where have you ever heard of any government especially since they are “democratic” ever stick their hands and feet in religion. It is such a sensitive and personal issue, that is why politicians do not go there. But what does the CTA do? They stick everything in and has now divided their people even further and created more disunity.

    Tibetans have suffered so much, lost their country, then go through hardships and risk their lives escaping to India and then now after escaping they are being discriminated by their own government who keeps encouraging hate crime against Shugden people. They are Tibetan too. And what happened to human rights which they love to blame China for lacking. It seems now China give more freedom of religion and practice as long as you do not mix it with politics and go against the government… which is fair enough. So why can’t the CTA do this for their people? If they continue discriminating their own people, I believe whatever they are fighting for, for a free Tibet or autonomy is really a lost cause, if your cannot even be happy and harmonious within your small community in India now, what makes you, China and the world think you can handle an independent Tibet now? CTA needs to realise times have change and their way of doing things are gonna cost them to fail even more. Sorry side track a bit here.

    Overall it is great that there are people like Robert “Shuken Ju-Etsu” McCarthy who is selfless enough who wish to be the light for those in the army. He is definitely a kind soul and being. I like the way he thinks, his heart is kind and this is obvious when he makes such statements… “For me the Bodhisattva vow is all about being of service to others. Service is ultimately where I believe that Buddhism and politics can indeed mix. As Buddhists we are called to imitate Kshitigarbha, descending into the most chaotic and dangerous of situations to provide succor for all sentient beings.” Shows you the kind of person he is. And this also reminds me why Rinpoche also created Pastors in Kechara, to be a Buddhist chaplain to anyone and everyone who steps foot or connects with Kechara 🙂 Thank you for this article Bea!

    • Pastor Henry Ooi on Dec 20, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      Well said indeed, Mr McCarthy. Religions and politics must never mix. It is either religions using politics to serve its purpose or vice versa.

      I agree with you, Joy. CTA is bad news, that is why they lost their country. And now blaming everybody except themselves. So silly to even say that the dharma protector, Dorje Shugden, is an obstacle to CTA for its feeble effort to regain what is lost. Why cry over spilt milk and blame the cat? Move on, CTA. Use the time, effort and money to benefit your own people instead of enforcing a ridiculous ban on Dorje Shugden practice. The ban is causing segregation among loved ones, physical pain, mental and emotional suffering, loss of honour, dignity and respect. Practitioners of Dorje Shugden are humans too. Where is your loving compassion that you are talking about? Where is your wisdom?

  14. Samfoonheei on Dec 5, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    After reading these blog i learned something new.The word Chaplain.
    I have not come across of it before.
    Thanks Beatrix Ooi for sharing ..an interesting blog of how this young man served as a Buddhist Chaplains in the US Arm. There is only one Buddhist chapel in the United States military. In recent years there has been a growing number of Buddhists in the US military, hence the work of Buddhist chaplains are growing too. A great way to spread Dharma to more people in the military.
    Thank you again Beatrix Ooi

  15. Sock Wan on Dec 3, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Thank you Beatrix for sharing with us this interesting article. So Kechara is not the only organisation having the position of Buddhist Pastor to give Dharma teachings, it is also practised in America. Due to the development of our society and the world, our living conditions, difficulties we have are different from before. Therefore, they way to spread Dharma has to evolve too. As long as the method is with the right motivation to benefits people without inflicting pain or sufferings on another being, we should embrace it.

    I am happy to know they have such a system in the US to spread Dharma, we should have more Dharma centers adopting system like this to uphold and continue the lineage.

  16. Fong on Dec 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    “One of the reasons I was so attracted to Buddhism was that it was patently unpolitical, I was not being told how to cast my ballot.” – Robert Shuken Ju-Etsu McCarthy

    Though Buddhist are against killing, these chaplains are bringing solace, peace, acceptance and salvation to the men and women who are defending their country.

    And, to people like Robert McCarthy, Buddhism is apolitical. Equality for all, regardless. Acceptance of all, regardless as the post held by McCarthy epitomizes. No discrimination but acceptance.

    And, the number of Buddhists and Buddhist chaplains are growing. And, there already is a chapel within the army grounds at United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel. There definitely is integration of religions within the United States military.

  17. Lin Mun on Dec 2, 2016 at 5:18 am

    Thank you Beatrix for sharing this article and bringing a new term chaplain. This is the first time I have heard of it. No matter what work we are in I think we should have spiritual practise which is why even the US army engage in chaplain. Important to have a positive mind through spirituality.

    Robert McCarthy shows us the importance of giving back to the society and doing the service to benefit others. I also like his comment that there should not be a mix in politic and religion.

  18. Stella Cheang on Dec 1, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Thank you Beatrix for this refreshing article about Buddhist Chaplains in the US Army. It is encouraging to hear the view point of another Buddhist, half way across the globe, sharing similar open-mindedness and that encompasses essence of Buddhism. I particularly resonate with Robert “Shuken Ju-Etsu” McCarthy’s answer to “How has Buddhism shaped your political preferences?”

  19. TekLee on Nov 30, 2016 at 1:29 am

    Thank you Beatrix for sharing this article. Chaplain is indeed a new word to me. It’s really happy to know that there are more and more devoted and faithful Buddhist in the West. Robert McCarthy is very devoted and committed in Buddhism. His passion to work as a chaplain, can help to spread Dharma to more people. We need more people like him to help to turn the dharma wheel and spread dharma to ten directions.

  20. Vivian Ong on Nov 29, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Thank you Beatrix for this article. I just get to learn the term “chaplain” from this article. This is something new to me. A chaplain is either a priest, minister, pastor, imam, rabbi or a lay delegate of a religious tradition, who is attached to a secular institution such as a hospital, prison, military unit, school, police department, fire department, university or a private chapel. It is encouraging to see young man like Robery McCarthy has this kind of passion to work as a chaplain.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

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    A very beautiful Buddha statue. With this huge size many beings can view from a far and benefit them by planting a dharma seed to them. I’m sure the statue will attract a lot of people to visit Thimpu in Bhutan. May all be blessed and rejoice for the people for are involved in the planning, sponsorship and construction.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/buddha-at-thimpu-bhutan.html#comment-899271
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 02:40 PM
    A very priceless sacred Dorje Shugden thangka of the 19th Century. It was commissioned by the Mongolian State Oracle, Lama Luvsankhaidav .As the Mongolian State Oracle Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav did took trance of Dorje Shugden, Nechung and Kache Marpo, significance the importance of Dorje Shugden ‘s practice at that time to the State Oracle. And they knew that it’s a very beneficial’s practice as over 350 years, high Lamas from the major schools of Tibetan Buddhis have relied on the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. This Dorje Shugden’s thangka can still be found in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum in Ulanbaatar, Mongolia as to this days.
    Thank you Rinpoche and blog teams for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/mongolian-state-oracle-paints-dorje-shugden
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 02:38 PM
    An interesting short biography of the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu who was the last Lama-Ruler of Mongolia. He was the spiritual leader of Outer Mongolia’s Tibetan Buddhism and the third most important person in the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy after the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama. Interesting read of a great Lama who has played an important part in the Mongolian Buddhism history.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/his-holiness-the-8th-jebtsundamba-khutughtu
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 15. 2020 03:42 PM
    China is the most populated country of the world and is the fourth largest country in the world in terms of dimension. China is one of the most powerful and influential countries of the world at the moment. China has the world’s fastest-growing major economy. China is a multi-religious country, where Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, to name a few. Buddhism has had a great influence on the local culture in China in terms of art, literature, and ideology. A great news ……Chinese government officially supports Dorje Shugden and allow Dorje Shugden practitioners their religious freedom. Well ,high time for the Tibetan Leadership (CTA) to change their political strategies on the ban of Dorje Shugden. Due to Dorje Shugden’s controversy, many had suffered , families divided, many had suffered , Dorje Shugden people had to break away from their monasteries and so forth.
    China has benefited many in terms of economy and brought changes to Tibet and other parts of China. To date the Tibetans in Tibet wants to be part of China too. Even the Dalai Lama request to be able to travel back to Tibet.
    May the ban on Dorje Shugden soon be lifted.
    Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing the update.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/china-officially-supports-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 15. 2020 03:40 PM
    Wow …amazing a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue been built up overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu , Bhutan. This golden Buddha Statue sits at one of the mountains in Thimphu known as Kunzangphodrang. Its presence reflects the dominant religion in Bhutan. Buddhism been an important part in the daily life of the Bhutanese. It was constructed in 2015 to honor the 60th birthday of Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the fourth king of Bhutan. By now this huge Buddha statue has attracted many locals as well as foreigners visiting the beautiful country of Bhutan. I do wish I could visit this amazing architecture Buddha statue in the near future. Well…it would be wonderful if Kechara Forest Retreat have such a big statue to bless the surrounding area with peace, harmony and happiness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/buddha-at-thimpu-bhutan.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 15. 2020 03:39 PM
    Great masterpiece of the 19th and 20th century of Choijin Lama Temple in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. A Buddhist monastery built in 1904 by the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba and dedicated to his brother the Choijin Lama Luvsanhaidav. Wow…It was built by a well- known architect and hundreds of Mongolian Master craftsman. Well it’s a museum now with rich collections of Mongolian Buddhist sculptures, wood carvings, and paintings. It also housed a collection of masks and robes associated with religious Cham dance. Mongolia has a long history of Buddhism, Cham dances and other religious ceremonies. This Choijin Lama Temple constitute a rich ,unique resource and one of few surviving links with the past history related to the state oracle of Mongolia. Interesting read with videos and rare pictures in the museum. We are fortunate to see it .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/choijin-lama-the-state-oracle-of-mongolia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 14. 2020 03:41 PM
    Interesting story of Buddha in comic book . It will be inspiring for all of us to understand about Buddha’s life story. Even to those who do not read well especially children yet looking at those pictures tells them all. Good start for them too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this comic book.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/buddha-shakyamuni-comic-book.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 14. 2020 03:40 PM
    nteresting sharing by Professor Reginald Ray for westerners or non believer or non Buddhist. Its all about the importance and impact rituals in Tibetan Buddhism. Each and every cultures have a different view of what they believes in and with unseen beings through rituals. Well to the Westerners, they view such people as ignorant and ruled by superstition. They are likely to believe in the existence of unseen beings. They seek explanations for all things based on human logic and reason. In Buddhism ritual communication with unseen beings is of tantric Buddhist practice. A very profound explanation by Professor Reginald Ray of what Tibetan Buddhism all is about. After reading it for the second time , I still got plenty to learn from the post. Will read it again for a better understanding in future .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this very profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/on-the-importance-of-relating-to-unseen-beings.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 14. 2020 03:39 PM
    Beautiful poems tells us a thousand words of advice for us . Very precise and meaningful whereby we could learn from understanding it deeply . We cannot change anything until we accept it, change to free ourselves from suffering, practicing dharma and doing dharma work to live our life meaningful after all life is short we never know what happen next.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful poems to have our mind transform.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/suffering-is-my-protector.html

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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
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    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
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    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
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    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
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    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
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    Cute!
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    Uncle Wong
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
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    Cute baby owl found and rescued
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    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
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    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
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Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
The rain may have doused the fires but the embers of pain still linger in our hearts. Sending Australia our love & prayers. Let's continue to #PrayForAustralia. ❤️ shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The rain may have doused the fires but the embers of pain still linger in our hearts. Sending Australia our love & prayers. Let's continue to #PrayForAustralia. ❤️ shared by Pastor Antoinette
Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
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Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
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Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
The merits from life liberation are varied and boundless ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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The merits from life liberation are varied and boundless ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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