How Mongolia Saved Dorje Shugden

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Mongols have relied on Dorje Shugden long before His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche's time. At times, when the practice faced foreign persecution from the Tibetan leadership, Mongolia's lamas played an instrumental role in preserving a practice that has long been a part of the nation's cultural and spiritual heritage.

Mongols have relied on Dorje Shugden long before His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s time. At times, when the practice faced foreign persecution from the Tibetan leadership, Mongolia’s lamas played an instrumental role in preserving a practice that has long been a part of the nation’s cultural and spiritual heritage.

The practice of Dorje Shugden is often associated with the Himalayan region, no doubt due to the efforts of lamas such as His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche and His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche in Tibet. In neighbouring Bhutan, the practice was promoted by prominent lamas such as His Holiness the 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche Jigme Norbu. Together, these enlightened masters proliferated the practice, authoring and composing texts and prayers to invoke the blessings and protection of the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden, as well as educate people on his enlightened nature and origins.

Recent evidence however, would suggest that the practice of Dorje Shugden first rose in prominence much earlier and much further east. Thanks to the efforts of the scholar Dr Matthew William King, there is proof confirming that long before His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s time, at least a century before Dorje Shugden practice was popular in Lhasa, Dorje Shugden was already being widely invoked on the Mongolian steppes. That is, evidence shows that Dorje Shugden’s popularity in Mongolia predates Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s promotion of the practice.

The impact of Dr King’s work cannot be understated. Whilst some people today inaccurately claim that Dorje Shugden’s importance in the Gelug school was solely due to Pabongka Rinpoche, Dr King’s research clearly demonstrates that this is not the case. In Mongolia, the practice’s popularity was due to Mongolia’s own lamas independently promoting and encouraging it.

As for Dorje Shugden himself, he was already highly regarded by Tibetan Buddhists as an enlightened deity long before Pabongka Rinpoche. For example, we already know that Dorje Shugden was an established practice in the Sakya School for hundreds of years predating Pabongka Rinpoche’s time. Now, Dr King’s research shows that Dorje Shugden also played a central role in both monastic and political life in Mongolia, as well as in the overall spread of “mass monasticism and Geluk scholasticism into the eastern Tibetan and Mongol frontiers”. It is a development of the practice that seems to have arisen independently from the politics and prejudices of Central Tibet.

An ancient Dorje Shugden statue at the famed Choijin Lama Temple

An ancient Dorje Shugden statue at the famed Choijin Lama Temple

In fact, Dr King’s paper, titled Binding Buddhas and Demons to Text: The Mongol Invention of the Dorjé Shukden and Trülku Drakpa Gyeltsen Literary Corpus (1913–1919), makes it clear that any politicisation of the practice is a modern invention. As far back as the Qing Period (1644–1911), Dorje Shugden was already being included in the pantheon of enlightened beings, with enough of an impact as to “help fashion the Qing-Gelug world”. This is in stark contrast to the false claims asserted by the Tibetan leadership and their supporters that Dorje Shugden has always been considered a worldly spirit.

The paper also covers in extensive detail the instrumental role that Mongol lamas played in preserving the practice, at a time when it was facing heavy, politically motivated persecution. It is unsurprising that Mongolia and her lamas would preserve something arising from Tibet. After all, Mongolia and Tibet have long had a relationship that is beyond the mundanities of this earthly life. Over the centuries, Tibetan lamas were invited to the Mongol court, becoming the highly revered spiritual guides of the nation’s rulers. They stayed for years, contributing to Mongolian daily and spiritual life, making an indelible impact on their history. Tibetan lamas, for example, were responsible for inventing the Mongolian written script. Hence, theirs was a mutually beneficial relationship; whilst Tibet relied on Mongol military might to help keep the peace, the Mongols tapped into Tibetan spiritual prowess, sending monks to the Tibetan monasteries to study and train.

Over time, these Mongolian lamas returned home, bringing with them the teachings, practices and traditions that had been transmitted to them during their time in Tibet. Of these lamas, the ones who became key to preserving Mongolia’s Dorje Shugden heritage can be counted amongst the highest in the country’s Buddhist hierarchy. They include names such as Zaya (or Jaya) Pandita, an accomplished translator, linguist and scholar who was a descendant of Chinggis Khan and direct disciple of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. They also include Lobsang Tamdin, a prolific author who composed 12 volumes of texts and became especially known for collecting countless important texts authored by Mongolian and Tibetan masters throughout his life.

His Holiness the 8th Khalkha Jetsundamba Khutuktu Agvaanluvsanchoyjindanzanvaanchigbalsambuu, whose younger brother was a famed oracle of Dorje Shugden

His Holiness the 8th Khalkha Jetsundamba Khutuktu Agvaanluvsanchoyjindanzanvaanchigbalsambuu, whose younger brother was a famed oracle of Dorje Shugden. Click HERE to read more about the oracle.

Mongolian lamas did not just preserve the tradition of Dorje Shugden via scholarship and study, but also via active propitiation. A prominent example of this involves the younger brother of Mongolia’s most eminent lama, His Holiness the 8th Khalkha Jetsundamba Khutuktu. In the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy, the Jetsundambas are the third highest lama after the Dalai Lamas and Panchen Lamas and they are considered the spiritual leader of the Gelug lineage amongst Khalkha Mongols.

It is well-known that Lubsangkhaidub, the younger brother of the 8th Jetsundamba, was an oracle of Dorje Shugden at the famed Choijin Lama Temple. Both lay and ordained Mongols would request Lubsangkhaidub to take trance of Dorje Shugden and rely on the accurate prophecies, advice and guidance that were given. That is to say, Mongolia’s highest lama, the Jetsundamba who is capable of providing spiritual leadership to millions of practitioners, allowed his brother to take trance of Dorje Shugden. He also allowed practitioners to rely on Dorje Shugden.

Would such a qualified person allow their brother to take trance of a so-called spirit? The idea is absurd; it is equally absurd that the enlightened 8th Jetsundamba would make a mistake, and endanger the spiritual welfare of millions by allowing them to rely on a so-called spirit.

Yet, this is precisely what some people have continued to inaccurately claim about Dorje Shugden, calling him a so-called spirit in spite of clear evidence disproving this, and in spite of Mongolia’s long history of reliance on this enlightened Protector.

The Main Temple complex at the Choijin Lama Temple Museum

The Main Temple complex at the Choijin Lama Temple Museum

More recently, in the 19th Century, Mongol lamas involved in the preservation of Mongolia’s Dorje Shugden heritage, connection and legacy also include the polymath Zava Damdin. In his paper, Dr King clearly establishes Zava Damdin Rinpoche’s credentials as a “scholastic leader”, outlining his extensive Dharma education, his mastery of sutra and tantra, and his deeply engaged practice. If earlier figures like Zaya Pandita and Lobsang Tamdin were responsible for the initial urgent preservation of works on Dorje Shugden and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, then it was the “globally engaged individual” Zava Damdin Rinpoche who was responsible for preserving the works for generations to come.

Dr King highlights Zava Damdin Rinpoche as being a part of the 13th Dalai Lama’s entourage, receiving teachings, leading liturgies and engaging in debate contests. In order to have been part of the entourage, let alone such an active member, a monk would have had to be of certain standing, attainments and scholastic prowess. The implied meaning is that if someone of Zava Damdin Rinpoche’s calibre wrote about Dorje Shugden and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, it is work that can be trusted. After all, why trust someone to be so close to the Dalai Lama, and yet not trust what it is they produce? It is this Zava Damdin Rinpoche who writes:

…high Khalkha lamas had taught since the early nineteenth century that Dorjé Shukden had an intimate relationship with the center of Khalkha monasticism, and that “Most especially, the definitive meaning of this Great King [Shukden] himself is that he shares a singular nature with the bodily aspect of Glorious Four-Face Mahakala”.

That is, Dorje Shugden is enlightened and the same in nature as Four-Faced Mahakala.

Today, the current reincarnation of Zava Damdin Rinpoche is a devoted disciple of His Eminence Guru Deva Rinpoche. Guru Deva Rinpoche, himself a devoted practitioner of Dorje Shugden, was a critical figure in the revival of Mongolian Buddhism in the post-Communist era. Without his immense generosity, many Dharma projects and initiatives would never have gained the support needed in order to reestablish the faith after years of persecution. Indeed, he was generous to such an extraordinary level, that many considered him to be an emanation of Gyenze, the increase form of Dorje Shugden.

His Eminence Guru Deva Rinpoche, who was so renown and respected for his critical support of Buddhism's revival in Mongolia, that he was widely known as "Sogpu Rinpoche" (Mongolian Rinpoche).

His Eminence Guru Deva Rinpoche, who was so renowned and respected for his critical support of Buddhism’s revival in Mongolia, that he was widely known as “Sogpu Rinpoche” (Mongolian Rinpoche).

Hence, Dr King’s paper doubtlessly shows that Mongolian lamas and masters were critical in protecting and preserving not only the practice of Dorje Shugden, but of Buddhism’s revival as a whole in modern-day Mongolia. It would be a shame if the Tibetan leadership’s divisive politics were allowed to filter into Mongolia, to destroy a significant part of Mongol historical, cultural and religious heritage, which Dorje Shugden has been a part of for hundreds of years. Lamas such as Zaya Pandita and Lobsang Tamdin were masters of sutra, tantric adepts, and the peers and equals of Tibetan lamas of their time. These luminary upholders of the Dharma were perfect objects of refuge, and every bit as praiseworthy and accomplished as their Tibetan counterparts. To dismiss their contributions on the basis of an invented modern-day political divide started by a foreign, non-Mongol entity, is to dismiss the contributions of Mongolia’s own lamas to their own society. It rudely disparages these lamas, insulting their ability to have made independent decisions for the long-term welfare of Mongolian spiritual life.

These days, where the practice of Dorje Shugden continues to suffer under the weight of Tibetan divisiveness, there are still Mongolian lamas who persist in acting as guardians of the practice. They bravely disregard the foreign, politically motivated edicts of the Tibetan leadership to protect a part of Mongolia’s heritage – the ancient practice of Dorje Shugden – in order to uphold true Dharma values of religious freedom, compassion and benefiting others.

The current incarnation of Zava Damdin Rinpoche is a devoted disciple of his guru, the great His Eminence Guru Deva Rinpoche who played an instrumental role in Buddhism's revival in post-Communist Mongolia. Zava Damdin Rinpoche is also at the forefront of preserving Mongolia's cultural and spiritual heritage, which includes the practice of Dorje Shugden.

The current incarnation of Zava Damdin Rinpoche is a devoted disciple of his guru, the great His Eminence Guru Deva Rinpoche who played an instrumental role in Buddhism’s revival in post-Communist Mongolia. Zava Damdin Rinpoche is also at the forefront of preserving Mongolia’s cultural and spiritual heritage, which includes the practice of Dorje Shugden.

In this way, these lamas are doing what they and their predecessors have always done, which is to protect a lineage they received from Tibet so many centuries ago from the ravages of contemporary politics and schism. Their fearless contributions to the precious and unequalled doctrine of the Buddha cannot be understated, as shown clearly in Dr King’s paper which has been reproduced here along with a list of notable key points that can be concluded from his research. Modern-day Mongolians should be proud of their history and Dorje Shugden heritage, and proud of the role that their lamas have played in protecting and preserving an authentic practice from foreign persecution. It is thanks to their courage that the practice of Dorje Shugden has persisted, still potent with blessings and continuing to benefit others so many centuries after its first introduction to the world.

 

MAIN POINTS:

  1. The Tibetan government has engaged in schismatic politics for centuries and the practice of Dorje Shugden is not the first one to suffer political persecution in Tibet. Dr King points out that the Jonang and Kagyu Schools were also victims of the Ganden Phodrang’s (Tibetan government) politicisation of religion. Dr King’s paper highlights the Ganden Phodrang’s treatment of these other traditions, such as censoring their works and otherwise attempting to erase the schools altogether.
  2. Given the historical fact that they attempted to erase and censor other schools, there is an established pattern of religious suppression on the part of the Ganden Phodrang, specifically for political dominance. The Ganden Phodrang suppressed Dorje Shugden practice because it represented a loss of control on their part, since it reflected an “…expansion of the Geluk…beyond the political dominions of the Dalai Lamas…”.
  3. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen is described as a worthy challenger of the 5th Dalai Lama’s fragile political legitimacy. This supports the statement that any subsequent persecution of his memory therefore stemmed from the 5th Dalai Lama’s assistants seeking to reinforce their leader’s standing. In fact, Dr King very clearly outlines Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s popularity, describing the way his throne sat side by side with His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama’s. It all but confirms what has always been known – that the 5th Dalai Lama’s assistants murdered Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen and destroyed his memory out of jealousy, and this sowed the seeds for the continued persecution of Shugden practitioners today.
The Dorje Shugden bebum (collected works) is a complete collection of texts about Dorje Shugden and would not exist today without the courageous efforts of Mongolia's lamas.

The Dorje Shugden bebum (collected works) is a complete collection of texts about Dorje Shugden and would not exist today without the courageous efforts of Mongolia’s lamas.

  1. Dr King credits the survival of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s works and legacy to “Mongolia’s earliest and most pre-eminent Gelug scholastic…Dzaya Pandita” who took it to Mongolia, beyond the influence of the Tibetan leadership. Those works found in Zaya Pandita’s library led to the first ever attempt to compile a collection of texts based on Dorje Shugden. This attempt took place between 1913 and 1919, and led to the compilation of the Dorje Shugden bebum (collected works). There was an urgent need for this bebum due to a discovery of texts authored by Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, many of which were already lost over time. Hence, without this attempt, many priceless historical texts would have been lost forever.
  2. Dr King highlights the importance of Zava Damdin Rinpoche and Guru Deva Rinpoche in spreading Dorje Shugden in Mongolia, as well as Zava Damdin Rinpoche’s key role in the reconstitution of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s collected works. The compilation of the Dorje Shugden bebum is highly significant for our lineage because it constitutes some of the best preserved texts on Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, revealing his incredible knowledge and attainments, as well as the Tibetan government’s treatment of this lama and his legacy after his murder.
  3. That Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen and Dorje Shugden spread to Mongolia, fulfilling His Holiness the 4th Panchen Lama’s prophecy of the practice’s rise. This in fact supports René de Nebesky-Wojkowitz’s revelation of Dorje Shugden taking over from Nechung/Pehar as the protector of Tibet. In his book Oracles and Demons of Tibet, de Nebesky-Wojkowitz cited ‘ancient texts’ as his sources; Dr King’s thesis here is supportive of that assertion.
René de Nebesky-Wojkowitz’s seminal book, which refers to  Dorje Shugden taking over from Nechung as the Protector of Tibet. Click HERE to read the book.

René de Nebesky-Wojkowitz’s seminal book, which refers to Dorje Shugden taking over from Nechung as the Protector of Tibet. Click HERE to read the book.

  1. Dr King makes it clear that today’s divided Tibetan Buddhist community is a modern development, stating that “today [they are] cleaved in two”. It implies that at some point, the community was whole until something occurred to create that division i.e. the Tibetan leadership’s continued persecution of the Dorje Shugden practice. Dr King’s assertion is supported by his footnotes, which ascribe at least part of the divisions to the 1997 speech from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It is also supported by Dr King’s assertion that as far back as the Qing Period, which definitely predates any modern politicisation of the issue, Dorje Shugden was already considered an enlightened being.
  2. It is clear that the practice of Dorje Shugden played a key role in the proliferation of the Gelug school beyond Lhasa. Given that it played a significant role, this contradicts the view taken by the current Tibetan leadership that Shugden practice is detrimental to Buddhism. That is to say, how can something be responsible for spreading something, whilst being simultaneously responsible as the so-called cause of its decline?
  3. Contrary to the Tibetan leadership’s false claims that Dorje Shugden is a sectarian practice only for Gelugs, evidence is repeatedly provided in Dr King’s paper for Dorje Shugden’s role in protecting all of the Buddha’s teachings. For example, in his opening remarks to The Collected Writings of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, Zava Damdin Rinpoche beseeches Dorje Shugden to “act on behalf of the Buddha’s teachings and sentient beings”, as opposed to “on behalf of the Gelug teachings”.
  4. It was not until 1913 to 1919 that saw the first efforts to “comprehensively systematize and publish all literary traces of Shukden and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen”. What is interesting is that it coincides with the end of the Qing Dynasty (1911-1912 era), when Dorje Shugden practice had been considered a part of the ranks of enlightened deities. It also coincides with the period of the 13th Dalai Lama who put restrictions on the practice. It is worth considering whether these efforts to “systematise and publish” took place in response to the restrictions, because it finally became necessary to make a concerted effort to protect the practice, due to the seeds of persecution already starting to be sowed. Hence the paper places the preservation of Dorje Shugden practice firmly in Mongol hands, and the persecution of it in the Tibetan camp.
A sign discriminating against Dorje Shugden practitioners in the Tibetan settlements. It is sad that the Tibetan leadership are attempting to impose their politics in Mongolia, to destabilise the independent country's own long history of practising Dorje Shugden.

A sign discriminating against Dorje Shugden practitioners in the Tibetan settlements. It is sad that the Tibetan leadership are attempting to impose their politics in Mongolia, to destabilise the independent country’s own long history of practising Dorje Shugden.

  1. Reference is made to the “extraordinary risks” taken by Dorje Shugden practitioners to uphold their lineage. It is implicit acknowledgement that there are repercussions with continuing the practice, hence why precautions must be taken. Hence, it must be asked why there is “extraordinary risk” for someone in independent, sovereign Mongolia, to engage in a centuries-old Mongolian practice.
  2. Acknowledgement is repeatedly given to the existence of a conflict arising from the politicisation of Dorje Shugden’s practice. Whilst Dr King acknowledges that there are opposing views as to when the conflict actually originated (i.e. Donald Lopez versus George Dreyfus versus Lindsay McCune versus Martin Mills), the overriding point is that there is a conflict and regardless of when it originated, all scholars agree that the Tibetan leadership and the institution of the Dalai Lamas (whether it is the 5th, 13th or 14th) can be found at the centre of it. That ongoing religious persecution, which has lasted for centuries, should be of greater concern than its point of origin.
  3. The spread of the Dorje Shugden practice has been instrumental in the survival of the Gelug lineage. Post-Cultural Revolution, Buddhism was driven beyond Tibet’s borders into the rest of the world, where it has survived to this day. Dr King writes that “whatever else they may have been or become, Shukden traditions helped make the Géluk from and for its vast late-imperial frontiers. Is it any wonder that they continue to do so today, as either the “Taliban” or “Jews” of the battered, globalized Tibetan and Mongolian Buddhist world?” It is a testament to the enduring strength of Shugden practitioners to remain committed to promoting and spreading Buddhism, in spite of the ongoing persecution they have been subjected to for centuries. It also matches His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche‘s prophecy which states that in the future, Dorje Shugden and the high lamas will appear to be in conflict but that we should not lose faith in either.

 

Binding Buddhas and Demons to Text:
The Mongol Invention of the Dorjé Shukden and
Trülku Drakpa Gyeltsen Literary Corpus (1913-1919)
by Dr Matthew William King

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  1. Bradley Kassian on Mar 15, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Another good read about Dorje Shugden practice! It’s nice to see that Mongolia preserved the practice. A big Thanks to Dr. Matthew William King for his in-depth research that proved the practice was even around before H.H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche promoted the practice widely. Dorje Shugden definitely not an evil spirit as claimed by the Tibetan leadership.

    Thank you Blog team!

  2. Tsa Tsa Anne on Mar 15, 2021 at 1:26 am

    Another interesting research on Dorje Shugden practice founded in Mongolia that i enjoyed reading. Through his research he has confirmed that even long before H H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s time, at least a century before, Dorje Shugden practice was already popularized in Lhasa. The practice of Dorje Shugden by the great lamas and many others had widely invoked the dharma Protector in Mongolia. Reading through this interesting article we could understand better how Mongolian lamas have been all along protecting and preserving not only the practice of Dorje Shugden, but also of Buddhism’s revival as a whole in modern-day Mongolia. Thanks to Dr. Matthew William King who did a detail well research article regarding Dorje Shugden in Mongolia. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this great write up!🙏😘

  3. Samfoonheei on Mar 5, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks to Dr. Matthew William King who did a detail well research article regarding Dorje Shugden in Mongolia. Through his research he has confirmed that even long before H H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s time, at least a century before, Dorje Shugden practice was already popularized in Lhasa. The practice of Dorje Shugden by the great lamas and many others had widely invoked the dharma Protector in Mongolia. Dr King’s research clearly demonstrates that Mongolia’s lamas had been promoting and encouraging the practice. Dorje Shugden was an established practice in the Sakya School for hundreds of years before Pabongka Rinpoche’s time. Hence Dorje Shugden definitely not a evil or spirits as claimed by the Tibetan leadership. Reading through this interesting article we could understand better how Mongolian lamas have been all along protecting and preserving not only the practice of Dorje Shugden, but also of Buddhism’s revival as a whole in modern-day Mongolia.
    THANK YOU for this interesting sharing.

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  • sarassitham
    Friday, Apr 23. 2021 12:19 AM
    This article is truly inspiring. Ms Chen contributed most of her time working, her passion was a strong desire that she was able to do amazing things. It is indeed a rare sight to see a person who is able to be selfless at such a deep level in many ways. I do agree that we definitely need more Ms Chens in this world to inspire and to help others.

    https://bit.ly/3xj0k1C
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 22. 2021 03:34 PM
    Ngawang Wangyal known to many as Geshe Wangyal and the first American lama introducing Tibetan Buddhism to the West. He was a Buddhist lama and scholar of Kalmyk origin born in Russia. He travelled through Russia to Tibet and spent the next 20 years traveling throughout Asia, learning English and translating . It was during the Chinese invasion he escaped to India and later went to American. Despite the many challenges he faced , he built a monastery been the first temple in the Western hemisphere, sponsored Tibetan monk scholars to assist him in teachings. That’s how Tibetan Buddhism spread in the west. His long list of accomplishments would include pioneering efforts in establishing Tibetan Buddhism’s intellectual bona fides in American academia. During the last several years of his life he worked tirelessly on his final book.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring untold story of how Tibetan Buddhism first came to America through one great Lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/from-russia-with-love.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 22. 2021 03:30 PM
    Kalarupa is one a wrathful emanation of Wisdom Buddha Manjushri, manifesting as a Dharma Protector. Kalarupa displaying as the direct spiritual protector force for all ugliness arising from the true inner spiritual obstacles of fear, hatred, pride and jealousy . As an emanation of Manjushri, Kalarupa’s practice ultimately helps us to destroy ignorance and develop wisdom to overcome our anger and suffering. Interesting read of the story how Kalarupa arose as a Protector. Beautiful pictures of Kalarupa in many forms.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing, even though I still have more to understand.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kalarupa.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Apr 22. 2021 12:38 AM
    Animals are sentient beings who like us have feelings, if we hurt them they feel pain and if we treat them with love and care, they would feel loved. The more we human know about the animals the more we feel how amazing they are.

    Thank you for sharing, I got attacked from the cuteness and I admired the warm hug of the puppy with teddy bear.

    https://bit.ly/3eoJxl4
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 21. 2021 03:12 PM
    In Buddhism, offerings are made to the Triple Gem, giving rise to contemplative gratitude and inspiration. One such offerings such as foods. flowers, and so forth. Reading this post gives us a more understanding of some do’s and don’ts regarding food offerings. Offering food is a meritorious act that also reminds us not to be greedy or selfish.
    GREAT guidance , precious teachings and listening from those videos tell us more. All about making offerings, the importance of our motivation and the results of making offerings to the Three Jewels
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-quick-note-on-food-offerings.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 21. 2021 03:09 PM
    nteresting story of Namkar Barzin who is a worldly Dharma Protector in their own right after being subdued by Domo Geshe Rinpoche. And is part of Dorje Shugden’s entourage whose history goes back to about 90 years ago. Namkar Barzin is the second minister to Dorje Shugden after Kache Marpo. Well known for having the power to protect buildings, institutions, monasteries, and so forth . And also promotes peace, harmony, prosperity and growth as such as powerful in protecting Dharma.
    Interesting read story of how Namkar Barzin became a Minister in the entourage of Lord Dorje Shugden. Rinpoche did composed a prayers to Namkar Barzin feeling strongly connected to him and this will benefit people spiritually.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/invocation-to-namkar-barzin.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Apr 20. 2021 10:09 PM
    Astrology is a big influence on our life as it determine certain traits of character that influence our actions. Astrology does have some things in common with religions, such as seeking to understand the greater nature of the universe.

    Well! Tibetan Buddhism astrology goes much further, seeing deep into our soul and the karma you are working through in this life time, and far into the future even to the end of your life’s path.

    Thank you for the interesting sharing and happy to discover the Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology .

    https://bit.ly/3dyPGMz
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 19. 2021 05:14 PM
    The Chinese concept of yin and yang describes nature in daulities with two opposite, complementary, and interdependent forces. In simple words, two halves balancing together that make a whole. Yin and yang always flows and changes with time. Examining and understanding these patterns in ourselves and around us brings more balance in life. Examining and understanding these patterns in ourselves and around us brings more balance in life. All things carry the yin while embrace the yang. Neutralising energy brings them into harmony. Accepting true constants in life, change and death facts can release us from as much suffering and bring freedom in life. We must remember to let go of the past, and allow life to take its course. To me simplicity, patience, compassion are our greatest treasures. Great quotes.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/taoist-wisdom-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 19. 2021 05:10 PM
    Benza Guru Drubtop’ accomplished practitioner from Bhutan who has achieved spiritual realizations due to the recitation of the Padmasambhava Mantra. Previously he was a blind beggar living in the outlying suburbs of Bhutan. To regain his vision, the farmer following the advice of spiritual teachers and decided to recite the Vajra Guru Mantra with which he could improve his eye sight. His faith in Padmasambhava began to emerge and increase. As day and night didn’t make much difference to him and he began to recite the mantra diligently day and night, praying to Guru Rinpoche with great devotion. He eventually achieved an incredible level of realization. After having the vision of Padmasambhava ,he passed away thus fulfilling the prophecy. Inspiring read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-true-account-of-an-accomplished-practitioner-of-the-vajra-guru-mantra-in-recent-times.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 19. 2021 05:09 PM
    We build up understanding through our experience in the world. The process of reflection helps us to develop our understanding more deeply . We then could share our intuitive knowledge with others. It provides the opportunity to step back and take a look at what our work means to us. Self-reflection focus our mind and energy makes us a better decision maker.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this meaningful thought

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/around-us.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 10:48 PM
    This is an interesting informative sharing of Wonderful Vietnam. An amazing country with it’s rich traditional culture, variety of World Heritage Sites, breathtaking landscapes, wonderful rainforest, world famous foods and fascinating tropical coastline.

    Thank you for the sharing and I loved all the attractive destination and photos shared. Surprisingly, Vietnam has something to offer everyone and a most beautiful country in South East Asia worth to visit and to explore.

    https://bit.ly/3mNdeQP
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 04:32 PM
    King Trisong Detsen (740-798) was the second of the Three Dharma Kings of Tibet He played a pivotal role in the introduction of Buddhism to Tibet and the establishment of the Nyingma. He believed to be an emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri, that built Samye Monastery the first monastery . King Trisong Detsen aimed to revitalize Tibetan Buddhism so much so arranged a debate known as the Council of Lhasa. The Council of Lhasa, at Samye, was a famous debate, between the Chinese Buddhist monk Moheyan and the Indian Buddhist master Kamalashila. It is also known as the Great Debate, this debate lasted for 2 years. An interesting story behind this long and rancorous debate. The Council of Lhasa is an important event in Tibetan history and shaped the practice of Buddhism in Tibet up until today.
    Thank You Rinpoche and Pastor Antoinette Kass for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-great-council-of-lhasa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 04:29 PM
    Coming across this post of suspended coffees truly had me wonder if in Malaysia will come up with this compassionate concept. A suspended coffee is a great way to pay forward for a coffee meant for someone else who cannot afford a warm beverage. Kindness can come in many forms including the purchase of a suspended coffee,
    a very good concept indeed. This is a tradition that comes from Naples, Italy, dated in the 20th century. Buying a cup of coffee for a stranger , who needed it especially during cold nights. A simple act of kindness can change someone’s life. To date, many countries in US and Europe have started these compassion concept and had in fact inspired more. Hopefully one day this will happen in Malaysia .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-real-compassionate-idea.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 04:27 PM
    n the remote mountain highlands of eastern Tibet, there exists a unique lineage of female spiritual practitioners at Gebchak Gonpa. A nunnery of more than 350 from all the Tibetan schools of Buddhism came to study and practice Dharma, upholding rigorous meditation and yoga practices. Gebchak’s yogini nuns are famed for their accomplishments in profound yogas and meditation. These women have devoted their entire lives to practicing the Dharma. Interesting read of those Gebchak’s yogini nuns lives, as stated in the post.
    Sadly, during the cultural revolution the Gebchak Gonpa was destroyed and the remaining nuns were dispersed. Yet many of them continue preserving their unique female yogic tradition who had survived the Cultural Revolution. Today, new generations of nuns and lamas are preserving Gebchak’s practice lineage rebuilt and re-established Gebchak Gonpa, despite extreme physical hardships.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/gebchak-gonpa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 14. 2021 03:42 PM
    Thank you, Mr. Martin, well write-up this article of great-lamas-masters great-masters speak truly all about Tsem Rinpoche. We as students have seen and heard of all Rinpoche wonderful and extraordinary qualities. Rinpoche not only cares and loves all his students and even to strangers as well. Nor matter who you are regardless of race and faith Rinpoche will be too willingly to help. That’s Rinpoche’s nature a Bodhisatva . Rinpoche had made a way from Us to India and then Malaysia just to spread Dharma teachings and nothing else. Rinpoche as advice by his teacher to be in Malaysia and that’s where he established many departments to benefits all sentient beings. Reading through this post tells us all Great Masters, Lamas, Geshes and many highly attained Lamas and Masters specking what is true the same qualities of Rinpoche. Rinpoche was very kind, generous, giving, compassionate, always doing charity, giving to the poor, raising funds, sponsoring. Described Rinpoche as someone highly intelligent and extraordinary person. Interesting read , may more people reading this article to have a clearer view of Rinpoche.
    All I could say is that Rinpoche had showed us the light of life. With folded hands , may we able to meet Rinpoche again in this life and so forth.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/great-masters-speak-about-tsem-rinpoche.html

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#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Fwd: 12 minute Affiliate Multiple Ways to Earn Commissions
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 month ago
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 month ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
5 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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7 months ago
Fwd: Dear Sotha
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
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Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
7 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
8 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
8 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 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
11 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
11 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Wesak 2020
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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
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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
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
1 years ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years 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
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