Healing Through Acupuncture

May 7, 2017 | Views: 648

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For many, the idea of being poked by numerous needles is hardly appealing even if it is beneficial. In fact, it is downright terrifying for those with belonephobia i.e. an abnormal fear of sharply pointed objects, especially needles. However, imagined fears rarely present the real picture and the only antidote to those fears is through knowledge and familiarisation.

 

Is the Pain as Bad as It Looks?

Acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese medical philosophy, which interprets human physiology and its illness quite differently than contemporary science. Back then, there were no concepts of the existence of cells, modern physiology, biochemistry, nutrition or mechanisms of healing. Instead, it is premised upon the understanding that energy flows within the human body and this energy can be channeled to create balance and health. This energy flow is called “Qi” (and pronounced “chee”) and Qi moves throughout the body along 12 main channels known as meridians. In essence, the meridians represent the major organs and functions of the body but these meridians do not follow the exact pathways of nerves or blood flow as mapped out by western medical practice.

The point of acupuncture is to correct the imbalances of the Qi and restore health through stimulation. Thus, fine needles are inserted through the skin at points along the meridians of the body. It is site-specific for specific diseases and disorders. However, contrary to popular misconception, it does not involve painfully deep poking. Acupuncture merely entails the stimulation of certain points on or near the surface of the skin. In general, there is very little pain associated with acupuncture treatment and most will only experience either a mild tingling sensation or a little dull ache. Some have likened it to very slight pinpricks or discomfort of normal ant bites.

 

Resiliency of Acupuncture

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The origins of acupuncture remain hazy in view of the lack of records. It is widely accepted that the theory and practice of acupuncture originated in China. However, the discovery of tattoo incisions on the acupuncture meridians of Otzi, the mummified Iceman, prompted a revisit of such beliefs. Some scientists went on to suggest that those tattoos are evidence that acupuncture actually predates the Asian acupuncture tradition by at least 2,000 years.

In any event, the earliest existing documentation relating to acupuncture are the ancient scriptures found in 198 BC sealed within the “Ma-Wang-Dui” tomb in China. The scriptures did not spell out the details of acupuncture procedures but contained certain references to the meridian system. The earliest ancient documentation in existence specifically relating to acupuncture procedures is “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine” from China, dating back to around 100 BC. This book captures the exchanges between the Chinese Emperor and his learned minister, Chhi-Po, regarding acupuncture. It primarily sets out the details and explanations about the meridians, Qi flows and pressure points. The details of precise sites of acupuncture points were not specifically addressed. Such acupuncture points were only documented much later. The bronze statues with acupuncture points that are still in use today were developed in the 15th Century for teaching and examination purposes.

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From the 14th Century and all throughout the Ming Dynasty, the practice of acupuncture flourished and culminated in the use of massage, diet, various herbs and heat therapy or “moxibustion” to enhance the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments. It was during this golden period that “The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion”, a leading text on acupuncture was published. This book sets out the principles of acupuncture on which modern practices of this tradition rest.

The 17th Century was a dark time for acupuncture as it acquired a reputation for being a superstitious and irrational practice. Having become tangled in politics, things deteriorated to the point that the Emperor issued a decree in 1822 to exclude the practice of acupuncture from the Imperial Medical Institute. Despite this exclusion, some rural healers and scholars steadfastly held on to the knowledge of this practice. Acupuncture practitioners did not face official persecution (as it was not strictly illegal to do so at that time) but they were heavily stigmatised. Then, with the advent of Western medicine in the 20th Century, acupuncture practice fell further into disrepute. 1929 was the final nail on the coffin as the practice of acupuncture was outlawed in China along with other forms of traditional medicine.

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Fortunately, 1949 was a huge turning point which marked the revival of acupuncture. The communist government had a change of heart and made a huge effort to restore the practices of traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, to their former glory. With governmental support, acupuncture research institutes mushroomed across China contributing to the development and growth of this practice. Acupuncture was even introduced and incorporated into selected hospitals around China. Since then, interest in this ancient healing practice kept growing.

 

Modern Relevancy

From its turbulent past, acupuncture developed over the next few centuries and gradually became part of the standard suite of alternative healing therapies across the world. A versatile treatment method, it has been used for pain management and to treat conditions of varying degree, from minor aches to life threatening illnesses.

The following narratives from PIEWK, a professionally trained Chinese physician who graduated from China’s Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, serves to better illustrate the workings of acupuncture as an alternative healing method.

 

Acupuncture Helps to Revive Minor Stroke Patients

A few years ago, I had an emergency request to treat a patient with minor stroke. She was a 52-year-old lady who suddenly noticed that her speech was slurred and her gait unsteady. She was referred to me by her friend.

As a traditional Chinese medicine (“TCM”) physician, I read her pulse and checked her tongue. Her tongue appeared greyish in colour and her face was pale. Her pulse was tense and irregular. I asked her to lie down on the clinic bed and I performed acupuncture on her scalp, neck, hand and legs, coupled with electrical stimulation and moxibustion. The whole session took about 45 minutes.

The patient felt immediate relief during and after the acupuncture session. After treatment, her tongue colour became red, which indicated good blood circulation to the heart and brain. She was also able to speak clearly.

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When acupuncture is performed on a patient who has stroke-related symptoms such as an unsteady gait, slurred speech, numbness on one side of the body, weakness, dizziness, etc., the application of needles to the relevant meridian points help to enhance the Qi and blood circulation. The patient may feel a slight prickling pain, soreness, numbness, or a pulling or “current” flowing sensation, due to the manipulation of Qi during the treatment. After the acupuncture needles are removed, the above sensations will eventually subside.

After treating the patient, I advised her to go to the hospital the very next day for a CT scan and any other necessary check-ups to ensure she was fine. To her and her cardiac doctor’s surprise, there was nothing significantly alarming about her test results despite her earlier stroke-related symptoms.

My youngest stroke patient was a 23-year-old young man and my oldest was a 92-year-old bed-ridden woman. Both of them came regularly for acupuncture treatment. Through observing their rate of recovery, it became apparent that the golden period for acupuncture treatment is the first three months (from the stroke). Those who immediately start acupuncture during that period tend to have quicker recovery of limb movement, are more likely able to stand on their own feet and also go back to their normal daily routine. In contrast, those who fail to get acupuncture during that period tend to recover with limited limb movement and usually require the assistance of a wheelchair or walking stick for mobility.

Acupuncture is safe for those with heart disease as well as stroke patients who are on anti-coagulants as it is a non-invasive treatment. The needles are applied onto meridian points without pricking the veins or nerves. The only side effect is the ant-bite pain sensation which is usually tolerable.

 

Acupuncture Relieves Neck and Shoulder Stiffness

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A businessman walked into my clinic with difficulty turning his head. He was unable to look to the left or right and also could not look up or down. He was puzzled as to why he had such bad neck stiffness, as he had started using a special pillow many years ago. I checked his pulse, asked a few questions and checked his neck as well as his shoulder by pressing a few meridian points.

He confessed that he had eaten quite a lot of durians a couple of days ago. He also admitted to being a hot-tempered person. I found his pulse to be quite tense and his tongue appeared dark red which indicated he was “heaty”. The excess heat was not severe enough to cause a fever but it exhausted his body fluids (the “Yin”) thereby causing stiffness of his muscles.

I performed acupuncture on his neck and shoulder area. After half an hour of treatment, he could happily turn his head in all directions with ease. Acupuncture not only restored his neck and shoulder movement but also cleared away the excess body heat and improved the circulation of Qi and blood to the relevant meridian points.

Neck and shoulder stiffness is a common problem with office workers, youngsters and IT folks. In addition to working long hours on the computer, they also spend a lot of time tilting their heads to look down at their cell phones. This results in bad Qi and poor blood circulation which easily causes stiffness to the head, neck and shoulders. This prolonged bad circulation caused by unhealthy posture can even lead to numbness of the arms, fingers and even headaches and dizziness.

Acupuncture on the neck and shoulder meridians will help to improve circulation of Qi and blood to the area, thus relieving muscle stiffness and pain. Immediate relief can usually be felt after a session of acupuncture treatment. In some severe cases, more sessions of acupuncture are required. In any event, if the stiffness or pain persists after ten sessions of acupuncture, then it is advisable for the patient to do an x-ray examination of the cervical (neck) bone to rule out any other diseases or changes, for example bone spurs or degeneration.

 

Acupuncture Relieves Muscle Pains

I often have patients who complain of body aches and want to know if acupuncture can help. Most of them are afraid of “pain” as acupuncture is related to the use of needles. However, the pain is actually minimal and tolerable. In fact, the needles are actually applied on meridian points nearer to the surface of the skin. However, as the meridians are very close to micro blood vessels and nerves, one will experience a sensation of pricking pain, soreness, numbness, or even itchiness around the area.

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An acupuncture session normally lasts about 20 to 30 minutes and usually done using disposable needles for hygiene purposes. After treatment, some immediately stop feeling any discomfort. Even those with severe conditions who require more sessions reportedly feel a reduction of the muscle pain by half after the first treatment.

When a patient feels immediate relief, they tend to ignore follow-up treatments. In reality, follow-up treatments are very important as body aches are just symptoms and the cause of such symptoms need to be treated. For example, leg or knee pain is usually related to the spine. Thus, the only way to really cure leg or knee pain is to address the problematic condition of the spine.

For acute sprains, one can apply an ice pack on the painful area which relieves the pain and swelling. But if after a few days, the swelling persists and movements become limited, it is advisable to seek acupuncture treatment and physiotherapy. After acupuncture, it is advisable for the patient to abstain from consuming cold or iced drinks as well as hot and spicy foods which will delay the recovery process.

 

Conclusion

With promising results, the practice of acupuncture is slowly being accepted by the modern western medical community as a legitimate form of medical treatment. This is likely spurred on by the growing trend of reliance on acupuncture by the public and the positive results and glowing feedback. However, due to a lack of scientific and empirical evidence on the effectiveness of acupuncture, scepticism remains high. Nonetheless, a good thing can only be kept under wraps for so long before people come to see its true worth. Judging from its past, it is only a matter of time before acupuncture pokes its way to global recognition as a mainstream medical treatment.

 
Sources/References

  • http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/treatment/acupuncture
  • http://www.centerforinquiry.net/uploads/attachments/Acupuncture_Paper.pdf
  • http://www.ncahf.org/pp/acu.html
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acupuncture
  • http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Acupuncture/Pages/Introduction.aspx
  • https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/category/public-content/public-ask-an-expert/ask-an-expert-about-acupuncture/ask-an-expert-about-acupuncture-does-it-hurt.html
  • http://www.bmj.com/content/338/bmj.a3115
  • https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/creatures-and-monsters/the-curse-of-otzi-the-iceman.html

 

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  1. sarassitham on Feb 28, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Thank you for the great information about acupuncture. Knowing this popular Chinese healing therapy using needles into a person body to relief pain and make a person feel better. A effective and powerful way for some who prefer traditional medication. I had learned that this treatment is believed to create energy balances and to remove negative blockages from the body.

    I do have friends who often visit an acupuncturist for their muscle aches and pains. I have seen improvements in their health conditions. To me, I always support traditional medications and I do believe that this treatment had cured many chronic illnesses.

    Thanks for the sharing, hope this article will help to clear thoughts for some who is seeking to visit one.

  2. S.Prathap on Jun 28, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    The practice of acupuncture is slowly being accepted by the modern western medical community as a legitimate form of medical treatment. People should try to do acupuncture as it is a very helpful way to heal.

    Thank you to sharing this article. More people will trust the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment.

  3. Jacinta on Jun 27, 2018 at 2:09 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I’m impressed that this article suggested that acupuncture may have existed much earlier with the suggested case of the tattoos found on Otzi, a non-Asian case. Maybe, there are other cultures might have been using this method as well? All along I thought this is only a Chinese method of healing. I haven’t tried before but have heard of it’s effectiveness and is one of the methods that can be considered by the elderly because it involves non-invasive procedures.

    Acupuncture is known helping to improve circulation of Qi and blood to the treatment area, thus relieving muscle stiffness and pain. If follow-up treatments are done well, the patients are expected to be healed completely or at least improvements. To me, it’s just like we’re using mantras and/or the breathing exercise to heal our body. Of course, chanting mantras has more benefits in terms of spirituality. Looks like acupuncture is here to stay for many years to come and perhaps it has much more benefits than this.

    Thank you for this post as it has deepened my knowledge in regard to this matter.

  4. Tek Lee on Mar 8, 2018 at 2:31 am

    This is a very good information about Chinese tradition medical acupuncture. This method is so reliable that it has been used over a millennium, and until now people are still rely on this medical method, it’s really amazing. Nowadays can see a number of Traditional Chinese clinic that has acupuncture. Personally, I know about acupuncture since small. But never had the chance to try it. Maybe seeing the needle poking on the body, looks like serious illness, but as age gain, knowing that it actually helps in many ways, not only serious illness. Another reason could be personally I am scared of needles. That shouldn’t be a reason stopping me to try acupuncture in near future. Maybe one day I should go try it.

  5. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Mar 7, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Most people have tried already acupuncture in our discussion group. Yet some are very scared of the needles. Although the needles are very small and don’t hurt much. I like to seek help via acupuncture as it is a non invasive treatment and it does not use medicine with secondary effects.

    I think more people should try acupuncture as it is a very helpful way to heal. Thank you for sharing this interesting article.

  6. June Kang on Mar 7, 2018 at 8:07 am

    I personally support the Acupuncture treatment. I had experience it and get the benefit for it. Many years ago I had leg pain on my leg and I went for specialist and will be advised for operation. I did not do so but went for acupuncture treatment and the pain gone. Thereafter the specialist also advised me do not need for operation anymore. I am now still go for acupuncture treatment for others sickness. However through experience I would say what works for one person, may not work for another and not all acupuncturists are the same. You need to keep an open mind.

  7. Mingwen on Mar 7, 2018 at 7:32 am

    According to Buddha, there are 84,000 teachings from him to fit individually because everyone is unique, all of us have different background, living environment, experience, characteristic and more. Hence, I think different types of medical treatment are going to fit us individually, such as accupunture, not all individual have positive outcome with the treatment, and it is the same with other types of treatment. However, what is important is to be open minded and try out as many things as we can, to get healed, experience, and more.

  8. Katie Choong on Mar 7, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Thank you for this informative article. I’m glad to know that arcupunture has became a rapidly growing medical specialty worldwide. No doubt arcupunture is scary but from my experience, I think it is definitely effective. I love the way it promotes the body’s remarkable self-healing abilities.

  9. Pastor Chia on Mar 7, 2018 at 12:57 am

    Accupuncture in Chinese medical history has banifit many people heal for all type of illnesses, release pain and etc. Personal i had experincing accupncture treament quit well and go regularly for treament when i get sick. I guest most of people had experince it at the east, but now western doctor also start recognize the banifit and using more accupuncture treatmen at Europe countries. I do hope this type of art and skill not loss the lineage and carry forward to future.

  10. nicholas on Mar 6, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    There are many benefits from the treatment of acupuncture and personally I have been visiting the TCM regularly be it for injuries or relaxation.

    Of course every individual will have different experience and effect but most of the people that I came about had good feedback. Below are some of the benefit that I experienced and what I read from.

    1. Improved Health and Quality of Life
    This is achieved because acupuncture balances the body’s energy systems. Our life styles, thought patterns and diets create imbalance in the body. Acupuncture helps to balance these energy systems through acupuncture points. These points are gateways to the body’s energy flow. They help to take the “load” off of excess and redirect that Qi (loosely translated as energy) to the areas in your body that are deficient.

    2. Stress Reduction
    This is also accomplished by balancing your body’s energy. A little stress is actually good for you, but most people today experience far too much of it. Experience these high stress levels day after day makes it very difficult for your body to relax and balance; regular acupuncture treatments are a powerful way to enable this relaxation and balance.

    3. Pain Reduction
    Helping with chronic and acute pain is one of the most common applications of acupuncture. Arthritis, neck pain, back pain, menstrual pain, carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, joint sprains & strains, digestive pain etc. are very commonly helped by acupuncture. If you experience migraine, cluster and other headaches you can often find relief right there on the table. The results can be amazing.

    4. Improved and Faster Recovery from Injury, Illness and Surgery
    This can be accomplished using acupuncture to increase circulation, reduce inflammation and reduce scaring. “Weekend warrior” types of injuries are known to heal much faster with acupuncture. Many professional sports teams have staff acupuncturists.

    5. Emotional Balance
    Achieving emotional balance can be both the primary focus of acupuncture treatment and is also a positive “side effect” when you use acupuncture for other reasons. Depression, anxiety, frustration, and worry are a few emotional imbalances treated. Acupuncture points have a physical and emotional aspect to their function and most times both of those aspects are accessed during the acupuncture treatment.

    6. Respiratory Health
    This can be very effectively achieved with acupuncture! Allergies, asthma, sinusitis, rhinitis are conditions that are positively impacted with acupuncture every day. Being aware of indoor pollutants – cleaning chemicals, out gassing of plastics & fabrics, molds etc. and taking steps to reduce them can also reduce respiratory imbalances. Nasal irrigation is also very helpful.

    7. Insomnia Relief
    Insomnia and other sleep issues are also very commonly addressed by acupuncture. Since insomnia and sleep disturbances can be caused from stress, injury, pain and emotional imbalance, good sleep can also be a positive “side effect” when acupuncture is used for other primary reasons. An acupuncture treatment can easily be focused on insomnia and sleep disturbances.

    8. Strengthening Your Immune System
    This can be accomplished through balancing your body’s energy systems with acupuncture. Stress, illness, environmental toxins, and allergies, are just a few of the causes of a weakened immune system.

    9. Premenstrual (PMS) and Menopausal Symptom Relief
    I would venture to say that every experienced acupuncturist has helped with PMS and relieving menopausal symptoms. These conditions are very common, of course, and acupuncture is very effective in treating the symptoms associated with them. Headaches, cramping, sleep disturbances, mood swings, night sweats, cycle length and duration, and pimples are just a few of the common symptoms.

    10. Reduction of Side Effects of Chemo and Radiation Therapies
    This can also be a very powerful benefit of acupuncture. The side effects acupuncture can help include (but are not limited to) coughing, fever, anxiousness, nausea, depression, night sweats, dry mouth, pain, diarrhea, and constipation. Improved quality of life is, without a doubt, experienced by many cancer patient I have treated.

  11. Justin on Mar 6, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    I can attest to the experiences people witnessed when receiving accupuncture. It is another level of experience and I must say there are minor numbness and pain feelings in each of the session but nevertheless it is very effective. I can feel air flowing within my body during the treatment and I must say it very effective way of curing illnesses and at the same time cost effective.

  12. pammie yap on Mar 6, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    Am not a fan of acupuncture as I don’t like the sensation as they twist and turn the needles. The tingling sensation is a bit overwhelming at certain parts. Although effective but I don’t think I would like to use this method long term.
    I prefer acupressure as they are not invasive and as effective as acupuncture. No matter what the therapy is, to relief or to eradicate the pain effectively, we should always do follow up treatment.

  13. Julia on Mar 6, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Acupuncture has proved to cure countless illnesses through out the centuries. Today acupuncture has been widely used through out the world and even combine with western medication to generate quicker result in the healing process.

    I’ve done acupuncture for my shoulder and neck stiffness and knee injury. It’s very effective. i like it cause it realised pain very quick. Lately my daughter was treated and healed her many years skin problem via acupuncture. It’s to stimulate her imusystem. Acupuncture also healed my late-mother from her slipdisc.

    Acupuncture is a profound and effective way of treatment that all should try.

  14. Pastor Henry Ooi on Mar 6, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    I’ve had my fair share of TCM treatments from acupuncture to acupressure, moxibustion, cupping, tui na and including consuming Chinese herbs. These treatments do work well. I don’t quite fancy acupuncture because I had to lie without moving for more that 30 minutes, moxibustion is the same plus the smoke emitted is strong. Cupping is more painful than acupuncture, leaving the areas blue black. I prefer acupressure and tui na even though the treatment may be painful at the affected areas.

  15. Andrea Lai on Sep 21, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    I’m a big supporter of Chinese medicines. For many years, I have consumed Chinese medicine but I never done any acupuncture or moxibustion therapy.
    Luck struck me one day when my TCM doctor advice me to take acupuncture treatments. On my first till third treatments, I experienced the imbalanced of Qi in my body that causes me very drowsy, soreness, dizzy, running nose, cold sweat and serious burps that almost make me vomit. I suffered all these symptoms were due to my long duration from work stressed, fatigue and lacking of sleep that had debilitated my whole body immune system.
    Looking back, though it’s a terrifying experience for me but I gain more valuable in life. I was safe from bury into hell. Health is wealth.?

  16. Anne Ong on Aug 26, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Although I have never experienced acupuncture before,but had many feedbacks that it is very effective. Perhaps i should consider trying it for myself too. Thank you Rinpoche for this very interesting and beneficial article about acupuncture._/\_

  17. Lim Han Nee on Jun 13, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Acupuncture as an alternative healing method is becoming increasingly popular, even in the west. It is non-invasive. The only thing that has put some people off trying out acupuncture is probably the imagined fear of pain from the needle pricking the skin. Many imagine the needles poking deep into the nerve or vein . But really it is not that horrifying. It merely entails the stimulation of certain points on or near the surface of the skin. One may feel a tingling sensation which is not totally unpleasant.

    Recently, I had an acupuncture treatment done to relieve the pain in my right leg. There were six needles used in that treatment. As the needles have to be planted at specific spots in relation to the disorder ( site-specific for specific diseases and disorders), it is imperative that the acupuncturist be a very experienced healer. Although one treatment did not cure me, I still felt an overall lessening of pain the following day! For total cure, one has to have the treatment done consistently over a period of time.

    Yes I would advocate using acupuncture as an alternative healing method as it is non-invasive and has no side effect. However, one must have patience and not expect instant total relief or cure.

  18. wan wai meng on May 13, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    My mother was a midwife in the Western style hospitals and clinics, so my exposure to Chinese medicine was limited to concoctions of herb infusions that would tackle over heatiness of one’s body. Heatiness is also a Chinese Medicinal concept.

    Then at one point His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche sought out traditional chinese practitioners to sort out his pains, and it was Rinpoche who brought mine and other students of Rinpoche to the effectiveness of acupunture and Chinese Medicine in general. Thank you Rinpoche.

  19. Choong on May 12, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    I’ve not had acupuncture but from the many friends and relatives who have undergone it, I certainly believe it does help many conditions. Indeed the Western world has incorporated acupuncture into the treatment for migraine, depression and fertility. I would not hesitate to undergo it if I need to.

  20. Lin Mun on May 12, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    I believe in acupunture treatment as I have received this treatment many times a few years back when I had terrible backache. It does relieve my pain, although I would need to endure the numbness and prickling feeling during the treatment.

    Just like from the experience above where the man have stiff neck after eating durian, me too have leg pain due to having ‘cold’ fruits like mangosteen. Previously, I do not believe in food that has ‘cold’ or ‘heaty’ effect but after having experience it myself I am more careful with my diet. This is the problem when I was too influence by western medicine that we can eat everything as long as it is healthy.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. I hope more people will trust the effectiveness of acupunture treatment as it does help.

  21. Samfoonheei on May 11, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Even though my past experience working with needles ,instruments and so forth yet i do not know much about acupuncture .Had not under acupuncture before but i do know it heals some aliments like backache pain and nerves in certain parts of body.What is important is the sterility of the needles and the procedure under by professional and quilified acupuncturist.
    The practice of acupuncture is becoming much accepted by the modern western medical community nowadays.They working hand in hand with medical personel as alternative healing therapies. It has been used for pain management and to treat conditions of varying degree, from minor aches to life threatening illnesses.
    Very soon it will be recognised as a mainstream of medical treatment.
    More patients will get well with both medical and acupuncture treatment.
    Thank you for sharing so more people will have a better insight of acupuncture and will seek treatmentas an alternative.

  22. Pastor David Lai on May 9, 2017 at 2:31 am

    I have many years of experience with receiving acupuncture treatment and I do notice there is a certain range of ailments that acupuncture is particularly good and this is for pain management, regulating the organs, nerves and so forth. I read that in its heyday in ancient China, acupuncture could be used in lieu of anaesthesia in small operations in which the body is cut open without any feeling or sensation.

    In other words, all sensation of pain was completely numbed by a few needles. I found that to be simply amazing and by far, my treatments with acupuncture needles has always been pretty good. They are usually coupled with cupping and moxibustion but the outcome is usually really good. When I had nerve injury due to an accident and it was painful even to hold a pen, a combination of acupuncture, cupping and drawing blood was very effective in relieving the pain and healing the nerves.

  23. Vivian Ong on May 8, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. I myself is also afraid of acupuncture because of so many needles being used to poke the area of the pain. Early this year, I experienced the acupuncture myself when I had severe backache pain until I was unable to go to work in KSK. Luckily Sunny and Christine introduced a Chinese acupuncture therapist to me to treat my back. Both of them insisted me to go for treatment while I was still procrastinating. Of course during the treatment everything was painful and I was quite nervous as it was my first time doing acupuncture treatment. After the treatment, I thought to myself and said that it was not that bad after all but I do feel the aches on the spots where the needles were poked after a few days. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and until now my backache is gone. I would like to thank Sunny and Christine for introducing the therapist to me.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  24. Yee Mun (KISG) on May 8, 2017 at 12:09 am

    About 2 months ago, I had my first acupuncture experience. TCM physician applied the needles on a few points, there was 1 point at the leg which I have the “current” flowing sensation but the pain was tolerable.

    When we have blockage and our Qi is not flowing smoothly in our body, then we will be sick or in pain. TCM uses many ways to balance the Qi and to stimulate the energy to flow smoothly and acupuncture is one of it. Acupuncture is an ancient wisdom that stood the test of time and still being applied in today’s TCM treatment.

  25. Echeah on May 7, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Not every condition can be cured/solved by medicine. The different tradition healing arts have long been pooh-poohed by the Western medical fraternity for having no scientific basis. Also there is the commercial aspect of the medical profession and pharmaceutical conglomerates that is at stake and there is vested interest for these professions/institutions to denigrate and belittle age-old wisdom and practice. Drugs are after all synthetic and are alien to the human constitution. While in certain cases drastic drug intervention may be needed for symptomatic relief, there is the other aspect that we should not forget, that there are always side effects, some short-term, some long-term and some nobody even knows at this point. Clinical trials do not tell you the whole story.

    What I can say is that our health is in our own hands and we should never be pressured by society or even the medical profession to subscribe to any particular form of treatment/therapy, if we feel strongly that we do not want to be subjected to it.

  26. Fong on May 7, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Acupuncture has started to take off in the west as, even though they could not fully explain it scientifically, many have who were brave enough to face the needles found that it did help them. In the east, many are returning to their roots of having alternative medicine lie acupuncture. Like the case of the man who ate too much durian and had stiff neck and shoulders.

    At the end of the day, if this can help and if the doctor changes his needles after every session, there is no reason to give it a try as this practice has been around in China for hundreds of years.

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  • sarassitham
    Friday, Aug 7. 2020 11:31 PM
    I believe that all animals are just like humans. This includes anything from feelings to suffering with pain. As such, it should be the moral obligation of human beings to take this fact into account whenever they consider taking actions that would interfere with the needs of animals.

    Animals and humans both in common have great power and they able to achieve great things. We should find ways to control fear towards animals and prevent anxiety from taking hold.

    Thanking you for your thoughtfullness sharing and being kind to animals.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Aug 7. 2020 03:13 PM
    Wow…..great biography of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, who wrote the Liberation in the Palm of your hand or Lamrim known to many of us. He was definitely a bodhisattva and one of the greatest masters of the 20th century and one the most influential teachers in Tibet. Well respected by hundred thousands of people, many have learn and benefit from his Dharma teachings. Incredible he had a very powerful voice that everyone could hear him clearly in the crowd, even those seated behind.
    Pabongka Rinpoche’s classics writings and collected works are highly sought after and very much used till these day.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this very inspiring biography

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/pabongka-rinpoche-wikipedia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Aug 7. 2020 03:11 PM
    Reading this article on Lama Zopa’s view on Dorje Shugden practice gives us a clear understanding . Lama Zopa Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist scholar and meditator . He is a Gelugpa lineage holder, having received teachings from many of the great Gelugpa masters. He gave a very good advice for students on Dorje Shugden practice. Guru devotion is the key to gaining spiritual attainments. Lama Zopa did mentioned that once we have made a Dharma connection with our Guru, we cannot simply give up this relationship unless the Guru told us to give up. Well regardless of whether a lama practises Dorje Shugden or not, we need to apply the rule, is the practice of Guru Devotion for sure. Letting whatever be nor matter what instance, we should not speak negatively against Dorje Shugden or about other Gurus. A good advice and profound teachings.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Choong for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/what-lama-zopa-teaches-about-the-dorje-shugden-ban-2.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Aug 7. 2020 12:23 PM
    In life we will be facing lots of negative things from others. never mind right or wrong, true or false, I must learn how to take it or see it as a positive steps for our personal improvement and growth.

    The 7 great methods in above are not just to cope with insult but advise, comment & opinion from others toward ourselves. Insults and criticism follow us everywhere, so learn with great patience to use them as a guide to self improvement .

    https://bit.ly/2XAATIN
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 04:44 PM
    His writing style is clear and direct, added with his personal experiences, thoughts and direct realizations at that point of time. I am fond of reading those past masters’ writings as opposed to the modern ones.
    John Blofeld spiritual journey and his affinity so strong in Buddhism are really showed that he had a very strong connection to Buddhism in his previous life.Thank you very much for sharing this article.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 02:33 PM
    Inspirational quotes and motivational quotes have the power to get us thinking and working on it. Just by reading and understand help and inspired us too. Thank you Tsem Rinpoche for sharing which I truly love to read and have a thought on it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/inspirational-quotes-part-3-of-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 02:32 PM
    Revisit this post again. Thank you Valencia for this vast post of Loed Tsongkhapa’s life story and his achievements . Lama Tsongkhapa is a “Buddha of our times” in the Gelug Vajrayana tradition and as an enlightened being, having the same realizations as all of the Buddhas. He was an emanation of Avalokitesvara , Manjushri , and Vajrapani , hence his practice is so powerful and beneficial. We have to thank our Lama Tsem Rinpoche for bringing this practice to Malaysia. Many great gurus, lamas and teachers has been teaching this very powerful, yet accessible practice across the globe. We are very fortunate and blessed to practice all the teachings. As for me I am still learning ,reading this post had strengthen my belief. Love reciting Migtsema as its very beneficial indeed. Interesting read very profound Lama Tsongkhapa biography.
    Thanks again .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/lord-tsongkapa-king-of-the-dharma.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 01:13 AM
    Meditation is suitable for everyone from kids to the elderly or those in their prime and in pursuit of all the wealth (material and spiritual) life has to offer. It is an exciting journey of discovery that is extremely rewarding.
    Being in nature have so much to offer to someone who wants to be engaged in meditation.Thank you very much for the good article.
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Aug 5. 2020 04:32 PM
    Thank you for wonderful information sharing on healing with herbs. The effect of plant based herbs incense has great benefits and much more safer. It’s amazing to discover
    the natural qualities keeps us healthier and prevent us from various illness.

    I loved to have sandalwood for my prayer offering it’s so much soothing and keeps the environment calms and relax.


    https://bit.ly/2PnhiHD
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 5. 2020 03:48 PM
    Beautiful pictures taken during H.E. Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche’s Parinirvana Ceremony . I am fortunate to be there , volunteering , joining most of all the following pujas. It once a life time able to witness a Tibetan Parinirvana Ceremony with a heavy heart .
    Thank you writer teams for this beautiful write up and great pictures shared. Looking at those pictures have me recalling the great moments at Kechara Forest Retreat at that very moment. It paints a thousand words.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/gallery/album-kyabje-tsem-rinpoches-parinirvana-ceremony.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 5. 2020 03:44 PM
    Interesting as Tsem Rinpoche called it as BIZARRE beings. Well I have not heard of some the names such as chupacabra, Ebu Gogo, Springheel Jack and so forth. Spring-heeled Jack is an entity in English folklore of the Victorian era. Wow ….sound interesting. For decades, Spring-heeled Jack name was equated with the bogeyman. Its as a means of scaring people as some said he was demon who would leap up unnaturally high. Another interesting bizarre beings is shadow people who is a shadowy spiritual beings long been a staple of folklore. Stories of these supernatural entities have spanned centuries and cultures. They are some of the most mysterious entities in the known universe. As reported those who saw the shadowy intruders were scare to death as if they had died in their sleep. The Beast of Bray Road is another scary creature of Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Its a hairy humanoid with canine features standing on two legs and can resemble a bear. All those cryptozoological creatures mentioned in this article were indeed real or just folklore. Whether they do exist in this century , no one be sure. But definitely they do decades ago as recorded. There are many unknown out in the universe.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/bizarre-cryptids.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Aug 5. 2020 01:08 AM
    We should consider changing our diet and lifestyle to one that gives the minimum negative impact on our environment, we are responsible to give our future generation a better place to live.
    This article show the designers have seriously consider to make this easily available to more everywhere with affordable price; and make cities around the world greener, more self sustainable and the city people healthier.
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Aug 4. 2020 06:45 PM
    A beautiful explanation how to gain merits through devotion. In its purest form, religion can inspire people to serve the welfare of others. An inspiring article how to learn to transform a better living by our action and deeds.

    Thank you for your wonderful thoughts of sharing these powerful teaching on how to find the hidden truth of the golden path of life to be more meaningful with sincere faith.

    http://bitly.ws/9f5H
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 4. 2020 04:15 PM
    No words can describe of us losing our Lama and enlightened Guru, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche. I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of our Lama as just a moment ago last July , we had an audience and met our Lama , which indeed my very first time . Even though its just moment to me its like a long moment which I remembered each and every words of encouragement our Lama told me. Our Lama was such a kind, generous, compassionate gentle soul whom he would do anything to help improve our lives and had made a difference in my life and so many lives. Where lives pass, memories carry on forever. I will cherish the great memories I have with our Lama.
    Throughout Rinpoche’s life, his was a voice for the millions of people. The Parinirvana of H.E. Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche, the world has lost a great Lama, whose steadfast and unflinching determination played a key role in trying to secure the lifting of Dorje Shugden’s ban. Tsem Rinpoche was known for his great compassion, tremendous generosity and extraordinary thoughtfulness. Everything Tsem Rinpoche did was merely to benefit others. May Tsem Rinpoche have a swift reincarnation .
    We will always hold our Lama close in our thoughts.
    Thank you writers team for this wonderful sharing. … beautiful pictures paints a thousand words.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-parinirvana-of-kyabje-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 4. 2020 04:13 PM
    Glenn Mullin is a world well known Buddhist author, translator, scholar, speaker, lecturer and teacher. He is the author of many books on Tibetan Buddhism, many of which have been translated into a dozen foreign languages. Many of these focus on the lives and works of the early Dalai Lamas. In one of his book A Sacred Legacy of Reincarnation of the Fourteen Dalai Lamas he mentioned that Dorje Shugden was a pervasive practice spreading among the Gelugpa tradition for hundred of years. Many highly attained lamas had been relying on Dorje Shugden and the practice been passed down to thousands in the Gelugpa world. It is not a minor practice after all and in fact Dorje Shugden is a major practice in the world as in history has been proved that the practice is beneficial. Religious freedom should be allow for one who choose what one would pray to. But due to the restriction by the Tibetan leadership , the practice been ban. Politics should not have interfere with religion. May the ban be over soon.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/glenn-mullin-on-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen.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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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
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More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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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
5 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
5 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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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
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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
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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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
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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
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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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
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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
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
5 months ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
5 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Spain 133,752
Mongolia 133,710
Portugal 129,398
Netherlands 122,203
Turkey 118,919
United Arab Emirates 110,944
Russia 97,690
Sri Lanka 92,694
Romania 90,384
Hong Kong 89,679
South Africa 85,924
Mexico 80,971
Myanmar (Burma) 75,656
New Zealand 74,109
Switzerland 70,768
Japan 70,097
China 65,242
South Korea 61,907
Cambodia 61,267
Pakistan 57,908
Bangladesh 56,209
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