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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    According to Buddhism, the world in which we live and all that happens to us is a result of our past actions. Past harmful actions create unhappiness results and skilful actions create happy results. One way to purify obstacles we experience due to our past harmful action is through prayers and pujas. The power of prayers derives from the sincere motivation of the person asking for prayers, as well as the pure mind of the persons performing the prayers. It is said that prayers performed by lamas are especially powerful and effective as they are done on the basis of pure morality. There are many types of pujas which can be performed for various purposes for the dying, for the deceased and for sickness. All depending on one request and recording to one’s needs with specific problems . Removing these obstacles will help us to achieve happiness and good fortune in all our activities. We are so fortunate to learn, practice some of the pujas at Kechara Forest Retreat. Many people have truly benefited from these pujas done when with concentration and faith.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this extensive article pujas which I have better knowledge of other pujas other that what I knew.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/the-power-of-prayers.html
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    Wednesday, Apr 8. 2020 01:54 AM
    We all have to realize that there are many strange things that we need to be explore and to understand better. Thank you for the sharing it very interesting to know about the 10 most terrifying supernatural house and place on this earth.
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 02:40 PM
    After reading this article I came to realize I have plenty to know. I get to understand a little much more knowledge of the Body of a Buddha. The details of the 32 marks and there are teachings of each mark.
    Reading this gives me a whole new understanding into Buddha images, and their importance.Thank you very much for the informative article.
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 01:48 PM
    Ksitigarbha is a bodhisattva primarily revered in East Asian Buddhism . Usually depicted as a monk with a nimbus around his shaved head, he carries a staff to force open the gates of hell and a wish-fulfilling jewel to light up the darkness.In Tibetan thangkas, he is often depicted as a classical seated Bodhisattva with crown. He is regarded as the bodhisattva of hell beings. Well known for his greatest compassionate Vow being, that is not to achieve Buddhahood until all hells are emptied. In this beautiful thangka he is depicted with Dorje Shugden an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. Dorje Shugden who is a Dharma Protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings.
    Thank you for this beautiful thangka.

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

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

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

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

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

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/his-holiness-the-16th-karmapa-rangjung-rigpe-dorje

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    1 years ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    1 years ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    1 years ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    1 years ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
    1 years ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    1 years ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    1 years ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    2 yearss ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    2 yearss ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    2 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    2 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    2 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    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...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    3 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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