Jeong Kwan: The Zen Buddhist Chef

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Ven. Jeong Kwan is a 61-year-old Zen Buddhist nun who has lived the life of a hermit for the past 44 years. Born into a Korean family with six other siblings, she grew up on a farm and learnt to make noodles by hand at the age of just seven. This deeply impressed her mother who told her, “You will live well one day.”

When she was 17 years old, her mother passed away. Jeong Kwan never recovered from the loss of her mother and one day, she decided to leave home to become a Buddhist nun. Her departure was not to escape the harsh reality of her mother’s death, but arose from her realisation that if she were to have children, they too would one day go through the devastation of losing their mother. She did not want to put them through the same painful process in the future. In her opinion, the best way to avoid such an occurrence was to never marry and have children. Thus, she chose to become a nun.

A picture of Jeong Kwan when she was in her younger days

A picture of Jeong Kwan in her younger days

“I was deeply upset when she died so early. And I realised there was no guarantee that I wouldn’t give my children the same kind of pain someday. I vowed never to pass down that pain… One day, I just disappeared without telling anyone. I didn’t take anything with me. I just decided to be a nun.”

Jeong Kwan ran away from home and joined the Baekyangsa Temple, also known as Chunjinam Hermitage (White Sheep Temple). This is one of the mother temples of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism situated in Jangseong County of Jeollanamdo Province, South Korea. The sangha (ordained community of monks and nuns) of the temple accepted her with open arms. This was a difficult period for Jeong Kwan because she faced many hardships. One of these included having trouble waking early for prayers. However, the elders of the temple were kind and they made adjustments to the schedule to accommodate her and make her comfortable. To this day, she credits her joining the temple and her subsequent achievements to her mother:

“My mother granted me the opportunity to enter this temple. Even today, I thank her for her mercy and her compassion for allowing my pursuit of freedom.”

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Jeong Kwan occasionally leaves the temple to teach others that anyone, not just monks and nuns, have the potential to transform themselves by adopting a vegetarian diet like that served in the temple. She also teaches at Jeonju University, where she urges students to treasure every ingredient in the food they eat to prevent unnecessary wastage.

In modern times, culture surrounding food in Korea has become westernised and this has led to an overabundance of processed foods. Jeong Kwan aspires to solve this growing issue by imparting knowledge and skills to young aspiring chefs. “I teach because I want the world to be united through healthy and happy food and to thrive together,” she says.

The healthy meals she cooks consist mainly of tomatoes, plums, aubergines, pumpkins, basil, chilli pepper, tofu and other vegetables all of which she grows herself. She is a strict Buddhist vegan herself and therefore she does not use garlic, onions, chives, scallions or leeks in her cooking. Explaining why this is so, she says:

“Those five spices are sources of spiritual energy, but too much of that energy will prevent a nun’s spirit from achieving a state of calm. This is a distraction to meditation.”

On the other hand, soy sauce is a key ingredient in her cooking and she explains why:

“Soy sauce makes me excited just thinking about it. Every food is recreated by soy sauce. Soy beans, salt and water, in harmony, through time. It is the basis of seasonings, the foundation. There are sauces aged five years, ten years, aged for one hundred years. These kinds of soy sauces are passed down for generations. They are heirlooms.

If you look into yourself, you see past, present, and future. You see that time revolves endlessly. You can see past from the present. By looking into myself, I see my grandmother, my mother, the elders in the temple, and me. As a result, by making soy sauce, I am reliving the wisdom of my ancestors. I am reliving them. It’s not important who or when. What is important is that I’m doing it in the present.

I use soy sauce, and I acknowledge its importance. It is no longer just me that’s doing things. It’s me in the past, in the present, and even in the future. Soy sauce is eternal. It is life itself.”

Jeong Kwan’s father came to live with her at the temple when he was about 70 years old. He complained a lot about not having any meat to eat, so Jeong Kwan cooked him one of her best dishes – fried shitake mushrooms and asked him to take it to the top of a mountain to eat. After finishing his meal, her father said, “This is better than meat.” About a month later, her father left the temple for home where he passed away shortly afterwards.

Jeong Kwan reflects on the impact that her parents had on her:

“Because of my parents, I could become a nun. And I prayed for them to be happy in the next life. Even today, when I see something beautiful, or make or see beautiful food, I thank my parents for their energy and virtue. The food I prepare is an expression of gratitude to my parents. They let me become who I am.”

 

Rise to Fame

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Jeong Kwan was invited to appear on the third season of the show “Chef’s Table” which is an original Netflix documentary series. The season featured six chefs and Jeong Kwan was the only participant who is not a chef by profession nor does she own a restaurant. In fact at the start of the show, she said, “I am not a chef, I am a nun.”

After the show aired, the number of visitors to her temple has greatly increased.

“Visitors come from Japan, USA, France, Germany, Netherlands, etc., I didn’t meet as many people from so many different countries before the show… It is joyful to meet and talk with people from all [over] the world.”

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Devotees make the trip to her temple on pilgrimage to ask for blessings during major religious festivals, such as Wesak Day. When pilgrims visit the temple, they are traditionally provided with vegetarian meals. Jeong Kwan serves visitors a centuries-old household meal – bibimbap. Conventionally this dish is served with beef, but Jeong Kwan creatively transformed it and instead serves it with various dried vegetables instead. She picks these vegetables by hand and dries them for a year. When served, these vegetables remind the consumer to appreciate one’s health for that year. She prepares bibimbap whole-heartedly with the wish that all her guests have good health for an entire year.

Jeong Kwan also has an explanation as to the differences between secular and temple cuisine. Secular food is focused on creating dynamic energy while temple food is focused on keeping one’s mind calm. She has found her calling in spreading the principles of Buddhism through her cooking.

Eric Ripert, a famous French chef, author and television personality who has established a friendly relationship with Jeong Kwan has many nice things to say about her and even said that she has no ego. Jeong Kwan herself, has many profound thoughts on the particular subject of the ego:

“Creativity and ego cannot go together. If you free yourself from the comparing and jealous mind, your creativity opens up endlessly. Just as water springs from a fountain, creativity springs from every moment. You must not be your own obstacle. You must not be owned by the environment you are in. You must own the environment, the phenomenal world around you. You must be able to freely move in and out of your mind. This is being free. There is no way you can’t open up your creativity. There is no ego to speak of. That is my belief.”

 

Baekyangsa Temple

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Baekyangsa Temple, or Chunjinam Hermitage, is located within the Naejangsan National Park in the Jeollanamdo Province of South Korea. Baekyangsa was founded by Venerable Yeohwan in 632 C.E., and was originally called Baekamsa Temple. Then in the latter part of the 19th century, it was renamed Baekyangsa which literally means White Sheep Temple. This is because in those days, white sheep used to come down from the mountain to listen to the monks chanting and would return to the mountain once the chanting finished.

Baekyangsa is a temple dedicated to the practice of Seon (Zen) and has produced many Seon masters. The temple contains fully functioning meditation halls, a School of Sutra and a School of Precepts, making it a Chongnim, one of the five comprehensive training complexes of the Jogye Order.

 

Getting There

It takes approximately three hours by train and taxi from Seoul to reach the temple complex. The entrance fee is 3,000 South Korean Won (approximately RM12). If you are interested to meet Jeong Kwan and learn about temple cuisine, you can sign up for an overnight temple stay program. This program costs about 150,000 South Korean Won (approximately RM560), which includes learning basic Buddhist manners, meditation, sweeping the yard and experiencing temple cuisine with Jeong Kwan herself.

For more information about the program, visit: http://eng.templestay.com/reserv_temple.aspx?ProgramId=2933

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The Most Popular Buddhist Nun Cook — in Manhattan

By Alexis Cheung | June 27, 2017

Jeong Kwan in New York City.CreditCreditGabriela Herman

Jeong Kwan in New York City. Credit: Gabriela Herman

Jeong Kwan, of “Chef’s Table” fame, recently served Korean temple food in New York. And when she wasn’t cooking, she explored the urban jungle.

On a recent Tuesday morning in June, the Zen Buddhist nun Jeong Kwan bounded across 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue toward Central Park and the French chef Eric Ripert, who stood on the corner patiently waiting. Over 7,000 miles away from her Chunjinam hermitage in South Korea, she had arrived in New York a few days earlier — to cook for 60 guests at Ripert’s restaurant, Le Bernardin, in honor of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics.

Kwan had already cooked at Ripert’s restaurant once, back in 2015. But that was before fame found her — when Jeff Gordinier shared her story in T magazine (“Jeong Kwan, the Philosopher Chef”), which led in part to Kwan’s episode in the third season of “Chef’s Table.” While she would again serve her traditional temple cuisine, this time her guests knew to expect an exquisite, maybe even transcendent, vegan meal, the kind that has captivated the elite food world.

This was Kwan’s third trip to New York but her first time in Central Park. She and chef Eric Ripert meditated on this rock during her visit to the city. Credit Gabriela Herman.

This was Kwan’s third trip to New York but her first time in Central Park. She and chef Eric Ripert meditated on this rock during her visit to the city. Credit: Gabriela Herman.

For the occasion, Kwan hauled 23 boxes across the Pacific, filled with 62 bowl sets, a 15-year-old soy sauce, two kinds of kimchi, a variety of homegrown vegetables and homemade sauces. A team of four from Korea would help her, as would the Los Angeles chef Kwang Uh and his assistant. But first, she would walk.

“Sleep well?” Ripert asked as a greeting.

Kwan nodded, bringing her palms to a prayer before gently bowing. Then she looked up, flashed a jubilant thumbs up and gave Ripert a kind of Buddhist fist bump, which he gamely returned. At this hour, the sun was still low, the air still cool and the park refreshingly uncrowded. Ripert guided her along his usual route to Le Bernardin and, despite the language barrier, the two conversed with relative ease.

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“This is your temple!” Kwan exclaimed of the park to Ripert, a fellow Buddhist whom she first met in 2014 — when he was in Korea exploring temple food for his show, “Avec Eric.” This was her first time in Central Park. “She’s very spontaneous in her decisions,” Ripert explained. “You never know what to expect.” As they neared the summer stage, Kwan suddenly stopped mid-stride, then carefully placed one foot in front of the other to suggest a walking meditation. “O.K.,” Ripert shrugged. “Le Bernardin at 5 o’clock,” he said, pointing to his watch, referencing their glacial pace.

Still they walked slowly, mindfully, as if traversing a tightrope across a ravine. After a few minutes, Kwan spun around and started sauntering backward, signaling the session’s end while playfully posing for the camera. Later, near a rocky outlook, she plucked a hanging tree leaf, then popped the morsel into her mouth. “No,” Ripert said, waving his hands to indicate it wasn’t edible. In Korea, this is simply how she sources ingredients: In addition to cultivating an unruly garden, she forages ingredients from the mountains and the sea, with little but her own curiosity to guide her.

Kwan visited downtown New York for the first time. “I like it,” she said. “The smaller buildings, it’s more peaceful.” Credit Gabriela Herman.

Kwan visited downtown New York for the first time. “I like it,” she said. “The smaller buildings, it’s more peaceful.” Credit: Gabriela Herman.

Kwan, who is 60, left home for the monastery at 17, and her approach to food remains rooted in her Buddhist practice: “The food is influenced by the mind of the cook,” she explained through a translator. Depending on that mind-set, the meal “can be poison or medicine.”

After a brief seated meditation near a muddy pond, Ripert pointed out wildlife to Kwan: two turtles treading water, a slender egret in the shade, a duo of ducks. She nodded in recognition, then gestured toward ivory flowers, their petals as translucent as tissue paper. Eventually the trail twisted upward, spitting Kwan and Ripert out onto Central Park South. Here the city thrummed, crowds thronged and general congestion spilled everywhere. Yet Kwan remained unperturbed.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Ripert says of Kwan’s food. “The intensity, purity and precision of flavors which becomes harmony, of course.” This was the last course she served at Le Bernardin. Credit Gabriela Herman.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Ripert says of Kwan’s food. “The intensity, purity and precision of flavors which becomes harmony, of course.” This was the last course she served at Le Bernardin. Credit: Gabriela Herman.

Despite her recent exposure, Kwan remains profoundly rooted — and suggests that her life hasn’t much changed. She has traveled more, and seen an increase in the number of visitors to the monastery, but “otherwise,” she says, “it’s the same. I feel blessed to share and cook with people.”

Still, “It’s a little bit of a distraction, no?” Ripert probed.

“It’s another way to learn the practice,” Kwan said. “If it becomes a distraction I’ll stop everything, but I’m not influenced by outer circumstances.” The great paradox of the enlightened is often that their transcendence seems tethered to the earth. Kwan’s own stature, although small, is preternaturally steady: She walks without wavering, and her gestures are fluid.

Kwan and Ripert visited the Union Square Greenmarket. Credit Gabriela Herman.

Kwan and Ripert visited the Union Square Greenmarket. Credit: Gabriela Herman.

But she is also quick and playful. And like foraging for ingredients back home, she let her curiosity lead the way during her time in New York. For the first time, she tasted Lebanese food, ordered a large iced coffee from a street vendor and rode the subway. In between meetings, she stole snatches of sleep (in the back seat of cars; tucked into the corner of a tea shop). And the day before her big meal, while wandering the Union Square Greenmarket, she ripped open an heirloom tomato with her bare hands to bite into its juicy flesh.

When asked about being embraced by a world known for its outsize egos, Kwan deferred to the dharma: “If you want to be inspired and create, you need to empty yourself out and accept and let desire go,” she explained. “Too much ego and you cannot accept new things.”

As for missing the monastery, she said, “I’m happy here right now.”

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/t-magazine/food/jeong-kwan-buddhist-nun-cook-manhattan.html

 

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  1. Bradley Kassian on Dec 1, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Inspiring write up of a Zen Buddhist nun and chef. She definitely found her calling and is able to spread dharma through teaching others to cook Vegan. Very inspiring. She even grew her own vegetables for her cooking. A very compassionate nun. Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrix for this biography. 🙂

  2. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Nov 28, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrix for sharing and writing this article, which can help many people to go through the most difficult times when they lose their parents whether it is because of immature death or old age reason. Losing our parents one day should not hold us back from moving forward positively if we want to help our parents to take good rebirth in their next lifetime. I believe that Jeong Kwan would have accumulated a lot of merits from her past lives that can lead her to become a nun at her age of 17 after her mother passed away. Not many teenagers could have realized the truth of death and impermanence if they were happened to face the similar situation like Jeong Kwan.

    Besides, I truly admire the great motivation set by Venerable Jeong Kwan where she will teach other people of what she has learnt as a nun, especially when she wanted to unite the world through healthy and happy vegetarian food all together. Owing to her rising fame as a nun who can cook vegetarian meals in the “Chef’s Table” show, Venerable Jeong Kwan has attracted many visitors to her Buddhist temple that eventually at least can plant Dharma seeds into their minds or give them the Dharma teachings and practice directly in the temple. May Venerable Jeong Kwan continues to live long with stable health and reach to more people in US or other parts of the world for spreading the Dharma and positive vibes. May anyone who have met or will meet Venerable Jeong Kwan, will be implanted with many blessings and Dharma seeds to engage and progress further in Dharma practice.

    Thank you with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  3. TsaTsa Ong on Nov 27, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Interesting and inspiring read of a Zen Buddhist nun and chef of Korean cuisine. Jeong Kwan a South Korean buddhist nun who resides in a remote temple. Jeong Kwan is one of the best and unique chefs in the world. Her mother passing motivated her to leave her remaining family for a holy life. She discovered her calling of spreading dharma through cooking. Believes that she was destined to spread the dharma through the medium of food. Many people as well as international chefs are inspired by her. From harvesting fresh ingredients from her garden, cooking and serving the food, it is a way to train our patience, kindness, mindfulness and how to live harmoniously with the nature. She has become well known in Korean temple cuisine. Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrix for this very inspiring story 🙏👍😍

  4. Samfoonheei on Nov 27, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Interesting and inspiring read of a Zen Buddhist nun and chef of Korean cuisine. Jeong Kwan a South Korean buddhist nun who resides in a remote temple. Jeong Kwan is one of the best and unique chefs in the world. Her mother passing motivated her to leave her remaining family for a holy life . She discovered her calling of spreading dharma through cooking. Jeong Kwan is best known for her appearance on the third season of the show “Chef’s Table” where she met Eric Ripert, a famous French chef, author and television personality. As Korea tourism increases, the Korean are more open minded, foods wise are more processed and westernised. Jeong Kwan cooks vegetarian healthy dishes and encourage people to go on vegetarian with her unique creative recipes. She plants her own vegetables in her own farm. She did travelled abroad to teach and give talks . She aspires and imparting knowledge and skills to young aspiring chefs as she wanted the world to be united through healthy and happy food and to thrive together. Inspiring read of her works and quotes.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrix Ooi for this sharing.

  5. yin ping on Nov 26, 2018 at 3:11 am

    In Buddha’s teachings, we should not kill because all life is precious. Ven. Jeong Kwan, a Buddhist nun, believes that herself was destined to spread the dharma through the medium of food. She is now become expert and well known in Korean temple cuisine.

    Many people as well as international chefs are inspired by her. From harvesting fresh ingredients from her garden, cooking and serving the food, it is a way to train our patience, kindness, mindfulness and how to live harmoniously with the nature.

    Food consumed should be guilt free, simple and nutritious. After all, we should back to the basis that food is for sustaining a healthy body, not for satisfying our gastronomic greed and cravings.

  6. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 25, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    Jeong Kwan, Zen Buddhist nun and renowned chef, became a nun so as not to inflict pain and suffering on others.

    Instead ,as a nun, she becomes a cook so as bring her egoless and compassionate self to bear on her passion for cooking with the view of providing food that brings calm to the minds of others as well as happiness and health and unity to all.

    “I teach (cooking)because I want the world to be united through healthy and happy food and to thrive together,” she says.

    I love the spirit and mind of this beautiful lady, who in every action shows her eternal love and gratitude to her parents, who soars to transcendental heights with her strong conviction that without ego, your mind is freed to become fully creative, as nothing obstructs or controls you anymore.

    “Creativity and ego cannot go together. If you free yourself from the comparing and jealous mind, your creativity opens up endlessly. Just as water springs from a fountain, creativity springs from every moment. You must not be your own obstacle. You must not be owned by the environment you are in. You must own the environment, the phenomenal world around you. You must be able to freely move in and out of your mind. This is being free. There is no way you can’t open up your creativity. There is no ego to speak of. That is my belief.”

    Furthermore:
    ““If you want to be inspired and create, you need to empty yourself out and accept and let desire go,” she explained. “Too much ego and you cannot accept new things.”

  7. Chris on Nov 25, 2018 at 10:20 am

    In modern times, the culture surrounding food in Korea has become westernised and this has led to an overabundance of processed foods. Jeong Kwan aspires to solve this growing issue by imparting knowledge and skills to young aspiring chefs. “I teach because I want the world to be united through healthy and happy food and to thrive together,” she says.

    The above is a very inspiring taken from the article above. She is a nun that is responsible to cook meals for her monastery. She uses very little flavouring in her cooking and maintaining the original flavours of ingredients. She is extremely good in pairing the ingredients to bring out the best of them.

    Even though this is about cooking, the way she is being aware of the flavours and precision in her cooking is actually a form of Dharma practice. She also aspires to educate young people on how to use natural ingredients to create delicious food so they can avoid using processed food in their cooking. Now she starts travelling away from her monastery just to share her knowledge with those who are interested. She is indeed a kind nun.

  8. Fong on Nov 24, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche and Beatrix for drawing out attention to this wonderful chef, this nun, Ven. Jeong Kwan. Reading about her cooking style and way of life and approach to cooking, I guess, we all have to learn to be calm and relaxed and get in touch with ourselves. I like that she treats the soy sauce, the most common and humblest of sauce with reverence, seeing in it the heritage and Three Times as they are aged over many, many years. Someone could have started it and only the next generation gets to see the final results. It’s about appreciating the basics, nature and the present. It’s about appreciating and honoring this body that we are in, in this life so that it is able in this life to enable us to do something for future lives, if we are that mindful.

    I like too that she is so spontaneous especially when in New York Central Park with Eric Ripert when she spontaneously decided to do walking meditation; and wonderful too that Eric understood as a Buddhist. Guess we all can take a leaf from her to be more relaxed and mindful and get in touch with our hearts/mind. It was also mindful of Eric Ripert to recognise that appreciate that.

    Reading that she does not use garlic or onions or any of the onion family vegetables, sounds very much like the Mahayana Chinese vegetarian cuisine. There too, it is said that these vegetables disturb the “wind” or distract, making meditation more difficult. Therein lies more research and contemplation as it will mean that as ordinary cooks, we have to relearn how to cook. Trivial, not difficult and just means that it is a relearning process. And, practice makes perfect, I guess.

    Thank you again, Beatrix for a very interesting read.

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    Monday, Dec 10. 2018 09:35 PM
    It is heart breaking seeing these pictures. A mother chain up while carrying her baby. They don’t need to suffer all these pain. It’s because of us human who are so selfish that contribute to their pain. We should stop eating meat and stop creating any demand that kills more animals.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/can-you-agree-with-this.html?fbclid=IwAR1SfzjZgyTqK3-O8GqWeeue1_36ioa_q8GTK8yeG7U7RlY7FsEfgKjIgtY
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 10. 2018 12:09 PM
    Pets have come to mean so much in our lives. They gave and teach us unconditional love. Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most their time waiting for us to come home each day. Sad to look at the pictures of this pet named as ( 109) before and after. A vast difference which clearly show how badly abused she was treated while in the mill for 6.5 years. Could not imagined that poor mother pet ( 109) had not been bathed, nails and hair not cut a long, long time. The puppy mill than sell all her pups online and at pet stores for a few thousand dollars. One lucky day 109 and few others were rescued and taken care by a kind owner.
    Do hope more people will be aware of any puppy mills abusing pets and get it reported. Hopefully more pets will be rescues then .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/109.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 10. 2018 12:08 PM
    Truly touching and heart warming of a homeless man having a big dream. Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho was homeless living in makeshift shelter in São Paulo, Brazil. Day after day, he never loose hope continue writing poetry from the same spot where he stays for nearly 35 years. Many locals just passed him and ignoring him until a kind soul Shalla Monteiro befriended him and learned of his big dreams over decades. Raimundo always wanted to publish a book of his poems and his impossible dream came through after meeting Shalla Monteiro. From then on everything changed , He is then reunited with his family after decades apart.
    In life never loose hope, never give up in whatever we pursue . All our dreams will come true if we have the courage, determination to pursue them.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/raimundo-arruda-sobrinho.html
  • Sofi
    Monday, Dec 10. 2018 06:17 AM
    To Sum It Up

    So much evidence in this post of the Tibetan Leaders’ atrocities against Dorje Shugden practitioners. Pride and ego that made Dorje Shugden into a scapegoat for their failures. Find out more : https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/to-sum-it-up.html
  • Sofi
    Monday, Dec 10. 2018 06:13 AM
    39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen

    Hmmm, what is it about the 38th Sakya Trizin? Did he practiced Dorje Shugden? Find out more of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/39th-sakya-trizin-dragshul-trinley-rinchen.html
  • Sofi
    Monday, Dec 10. 2018 06:12 AM
    Ganden Sumtseling Monastery the beautiful

    Yes, I do agree. Such a beautiful sprawling monastery that many enlightened activities had taken place and a good place for pilgrims to visit. Read more and plan your next holiday to be a spiritual one rather than one that deepens your self-gratification

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/ganden-sumtseling-monastery.html
  • Joy Kam
    Monday, Dec 10. 2018 06:08 AM
    Why Hide and Attack A Monk?

    With the internet being the norm of society now, I still don’t understand why do people feel they have a right to attack another when they don’t really fully understand the situation or how the other is like. I mean, hiding behind the computer and thinking they are invincible or unreachable so it gives them the rights to be nasty or crude or abusive? The computer has given them the power to be mired deeper in their negativities? See how they even attack a pure monk who stands for the rights of people are without voice due to their fear reprisals.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/why-hide-and-attack-a-monk.html
  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Dec 10. 2018 03:05 AM
    When Tsem Rinpoche was young, he liked to go to Turkey Swamp lake with his childhood friend Marc. He would sit by the lake and meditate on Chenrezig while chanting his mantra. At a young age of 11-12, Tsem Rinpoche already knew how to do the visualisation.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/avalokiteshvara-turkey-swamp-marc-me.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Dec 10. 2018 02:55 AM
    While you are enjoying the meat on your plate, have you ever wondered how did it end up on your plate? The reality is, the animals are kept in a very bad condition and they suffer tremendously since birth. There is so much fear in them right before they are sent for slaughter. The meat you are eating is a result of suffering. Why put so much toxic in our body when are already living in a very polluted environment?

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/earthlings.html
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Many great lamas are pictured here together. I have met many of them and they are very learned and holy. Tsem Rinpoche
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Faster, Faster!!! Can't you go any faster! We are late for our puja! Read on- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179695
Has Pastor David achieved enlightenment under the bodhi tree?
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Has Pastor David achieved enlightenment under the bodhi tree?
Very nice. Pastor Seng Piow\'s beautiful Kalarupa statue has finally arrived.
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Very nice. Pastor Seng Piow's beautiful Kalarupa statue has finally arrived.
Animals are made to suffer so much. We should never add to their sufferings. We should never beat, abuse, use, kill or eat them. We should be loving with them or just leave them to live their lives.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Animals are made to suffer so much. We should never add to their sufferings. We should never beat, abuse, use, kill or eat them. We should be loving with them or just leave them to live their lives.~Tsem Rinpoche
It will break your heart, but you need to see this- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179733



Thank you, Tsem Rinpoche
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It will break your heart, but you need to see this- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179733 Thank you, Tsem Rinpoche
Find out what happened to this baby- https://bit.ly/2RdxM4o
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Find out what happened to this baby- https://bit.ly/2RdxM4o
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A very sad true story Please sign to help end animal experimentation: https://www.change.org/p/tell-neutrogena-to-stop-all-animal-testing
My grandaunt Nirgidma whom I have never met but learning more about her now. She lived and died in France. Tsem Rinpoche
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My grandaunt Nirgidma whom I have never met but learning more about her now. She lived and died in France. Tsem Rinpoche
Did you know we can grow vegetables under water contrary to need the bright sun, earth and on the surface? Very interesting- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179595
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Did you know we can grow vegetables under water contrary to need the bright sun, earth and on the surface? Very interesting- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179595
A very rare Buddha hardly seen. He is said to help us overcome laziness. Understand more- https://bit.ly/2EaEtk3
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A very rare Buddha hardly seen. He is said to help us overcome laziness. Understand more- https://bit.ly/2EaEtk3
 
 
When you are sleeping, do you get disturbed by supernatural entities or re-occurring dreams that are frightening? Do you sometimes feel a presence in the room with you when sleeping? I have something here that might help you as I have been asked many times about these occurrences. - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179116
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When you are sleeping, do you get disturbed by supernatural entities or re-occurring dreams that are frightening? Do you sometimes feel a presence in the room with you when sleeping? I have something here that might help you as I have been asked many times about these occurrences. - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179116
Foretelling the future in the Tibetan tradition- https://bit.ly/2AKzSl8
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Foretelling the future in the Tibetan tradition- https://bit.ly/2AKzSl8
Malaysian Brickfields Chief Monk Sri Dhammaratana Fosters Harmony with Tibetan Buddhism- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=178837
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Malaysian Brickfields Chief Monk Sri Dhammaratana Fosters Harmony with Tibetan Buddhism- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=178837
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For high resolution download of this beautiful artwork of Dorje Shugden, please click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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For high resolution download of this beautiful artwork of Dorje Shugden, please click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
A stupa built dedicated to Dorje Shugden in Tibet.
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A stupa built dedicated to Dorje Shugden in Tibet.
Repetitive Bad Dreams Disturbing Your Sleep?This might help you- https://bit.ly/2TTp8tw
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Repetitive Bad Dreams Disturbing Your Sleep?This might help you- https://bit.ly/2TTp8tw
My sacred and ancient Bodhgaya Vajra Yogini immersed in red lights in her casing. So fortunate to even hear her name in this Kaliyuga times. Tsem Rinpoche
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My sacred and ancient Bodhgaya Vajra Yogini immersed in red lights in her casing. So fortunate to even hear her name in this Kaliyuga times. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful and realistic painting of the great Mahasiddha Tilopa. Wow. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful and realistic painting of the great Mahasiddha Tilopa. Wow. Tsem Rinpoche
This is a nice and short thought on how we can utilize our timing for senior citizens.

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This is a nice and short thought on how we can utilize our timing for senior citizens. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=178401
This Dorje Shugden is nice. 
Nice flames with two swirling colors and very alive. Nice expression on his face. Nice color of his skin. The robes are well done. Lion is powerful yet doesn\'t overtake Shugden figure. I like the decorations on the head halo. This one looks alive. TR
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This Dorje Shugden is nice. Nice flames with two swirling colors and very alive. Nice expression on his face. Nice color of his skin. The robes are well done. Lion is powerful yet doesn't overtake Shugden figure. I like the decorations on the head halo. This one looks alive. TR
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Mom, Can I Call You Before It’s Too Late?- https://bit.ly/2RdxM4o (Photo: Tsem Rinpoche circa 1965)
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Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and myself in Los Angeles' Chinatown. We had gone shopping that day. I was 18 back then. Tsem Rinpoche
The great guru Serlingpa of Indonesia (Sumatra). He was the guru of Atisha.
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The great guru Serlingpa of Indonesia (Sumatra). He was the guru of Atisha.
Nice Dharmakirti painting.
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Nice Dharmakirti painting.
Unusual Heruka painting but nice.
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Unusual Heruka painting but nice.
Beautiful Shantarakshita painting.
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Beautiful Shantarakshita painting.
Beautiful replica Jowo Rinpoche statue in the Jonangpa Monastery in Tibet.
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Beautiful replica Jowo Rinpoche statue in the Jonangpa Monastery in Tibet.
Look at this vegan tomatoe (grown with no chemicals). It is so big and beautiful. Tomatoes are one of my favorite foods. So much vitamins and anti-oxidants we all need for our bodies.


I wish so much we can grow things like this and in abundance like in Tsu Zi in Taiwan and Findhorn in Scotland. 


I would be so happy with that. TR
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Look at this vegan tomatoe (grown with no chemicals). It is so big and beautiful. Tomatoes are one of my favorite foods. So much vitamins and anti-oxidants we all need for our bodies. I wish so much we can grow things like this and in abundance like in Tsu Zi in Taiwan and Findhorn in Scotland. I would be so happy with that. TR
The Chair-I have one chair I usually sit on to do my sadhana, watch a program, read, write, research and so one. But many times I return from my bathroom, Oser girl has taken over my chair. She gives me this look like, it\'s her chair! She\'s a spunky little schnauzer. The room has so much space, other sofas and places of interest, but my Oser has to hijack my chair always. I have to gently move her over and squeeze in next to her like I did last night into the same chair. We sat together for hours and she fell asleep in my chair huddled against me. Love is sharing a chair even though it\'s meant for one occupant at a time. :)  Tsem Rinpoche
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The Chair-I have one chair I usually sit on to do my sadhana, watch a program, read, write, research and so one. But many times I return from my bathroom, Oser girl has taken over my chair. She gives me this look like, it's her chair! She's a spunky little schnauzer. The room has so much space, other sofas and places of interest, but my Oser has to hijack my chair always. I have to gently move her over and squeeze in next to her like I did last night into the same chair. We sat together for hours and she fell asleep in my chair huddled against me. Love is sharing a chair even though it's meant for one occupant at a time. :) Tsem Rinpoche
Not easy to find information on her. But here she is in a very rare blog post on Ucheyma: The Severed Head Goddess Vajra Yogini-  https://bit.ly/2QghvhS
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Not easy to find information on her. But here she is in a very rare blog post on Ucheyma: The Severed Head Goddess Vajra Yogini- https://bit.ly/2QghvhS
Nagarjuna: The Founder of Madhyamaka- https://bit.ly/2BvsYly
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Nagarjuna: The Founder of Madhyamaka- https://bit.ly/2BvsYly
Shantideva: The Misunderstood Scholar and Mahasiddha- https://bit.ly/2PVMS1F
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Shantideva: The Misunderstood Scholar and Mahasiddha- https://bit.ly/2PVMS1F
Beautiful Tara image.
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Beautiful Tara image.
This is such a beautiful post. I loved reading it. I love publishing it. I love sharing this with the world. Venerable Jeong Kwan: The Zen Buddhist Chef is such a wonderful nun. Her temple in the mountains/forest in Korea must be spectacular. How meritorious she can live there. She is bringing Buddhism via vegan food her own way. Good motivation. 


Wonderful post: Jeong Kwan: The Zen Buddhist Chef- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=177289
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This is such a beautiful post. I loved reading it. I love publishing it. I love sharing this with the world. Venerable Jeong Kwan: The Zen Buddhist Chef is such a wonderful nun. Her temple in the mountains/forest in Korea must be spectacular. How meritorious she can live there. She is bringing Buddhism via vegan food her own way. Good motivation. Wonderful post: Jeong Kwan: The Zen Buddhist Chef- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=177289
I like this wrathful painting of Dorje Shugden. It is well done. Tsem Rinpoche
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I like this wrathful painting of Dorje Shugden. It is well done. Tsem Rinpoche
If you have reoccurring nightmares, try this mantra- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZN_Yeho5KM&feature=youtu.be
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If you have reoccurring nightmares, try this mantra- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZN_Yeho5KM&feature=youtu.be
For high resolution download of this beautiful artwork of Dorje Shugden, please click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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For high resolution download of this beautiful artwork of Dorje Shugden, please click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Powerful videos revealing the Tibetan govt in exile\'s tactics has reached over 124K views already!!!

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Powerful videos revealing the Tibetan govt in exile's tactics has reached over 124K views already!!! https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163953
This incredible blog post with our wonderful videos has reached over 124K views already!!!

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This incredible blog post with our wonderful videos has reached over 124K views already!!! https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163953
Some people do this. LOL-Easier to trick people if we always train ourselves to look blur and dumb. Of course after a while, everyone will know it is only a trick. Tricks are for kids.
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Some people do this. LOL-Easier to trick people if we always train ourselves to look blur and dumb. Of course after a while, everyone will know it is only a trick. Tricks are for kids.
I was given this beautiful gift today from Karen Chong. It is an enormous gift. I really treasure this. I love anything to do with invoking Manjushri or connecting with Him. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
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I was given this beautiful gift today from Karen Chong. It is an enormous gift. I really treasure this. I love anything to do with invoking Manjushri or connecting with Him. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
I requesed His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to write out the mantra of Vajra Yogini. He immediately compassionately obliged me. This is the mantra as written by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I\'ve had this in a safe plastic wrap and wore it around my neck in a small yellow cloth \'bag\' for many years. Tsem Rinpoche
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I requesed His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to write out the mantra of Vajra Yogini. He immediately compassionately obliged me. This is the mantra as written by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I've had this in a safe plastic wrap and wore it around my neck in a small yellow cloth 'bag' for many years. Tsem Rinpoche
If there were just 10 persons you should know about in your lifetime, one of them is this incredible Dr. Ambedkar. Enrich your life and don\'t miss this: https://bit.ly/2Dub7xu
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If there were just 10 persons you should know about in your lifetime, one of them is this incredible Dr. Ambedkar. Enrich your life and don't miss this: https://bit.ly/2Dub7xu
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  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
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    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
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    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
  • Living off the grid in Australia
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    Living off the grid in Australia
    A Jill Redwood is a jack of all trades, Jill built her own house on her property and lives entirely off the grid with no mains power or town water, mobile reception or television. Living on around $80 a week, Jill has over sixty animals to keep her company and an abundant garden that out serves as an organic supermarket right at her doorstep. Her main expenses are animal feed and the rates on her property. Watch this incredible three minute video and be inspired to live differently.
  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
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    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
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    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
  • Wylfred explains in Chinese the benefits of mantra stones at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia   |  黄明川以华语解释在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的玛尼堆(刻有心咒的石头)的利益
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    Wylfred explains in Chinese the benefits of mantra stones at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia | 黄明川以华语解释在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的玛尼堆(刻有心咒的石头)的利益
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
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    My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
  • If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
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    If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
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    My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
  • It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
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    It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
  • BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
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Thanks to Yong Soo Chin for sponsoring today's lunch ingredients and also donation to Kechara Food Bank in memorial of her father-in-law Mr Ng Seng Kee. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to Yong Soo Chin for sponsoring today's lunch ingredients and also donation to Kechara Food Bank in memorial of her father-in-law Mr Ng Seng Kee. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Efforts to feed the poor are nothing new. Kechara Soup Kitchen practices of collecting food waste and turning it into meals for the hungry. The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! #Kechara #foodbank #hungerknowsnobarriers - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Efforts to feed the poor are nothing new. Kechara Soup Kitchen practices of collecting food waste and turning it into meals for the hungry. The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! #Kechara #foodbank #hungerknowsnobarriers - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Lovely DIY candle made to offer to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Lovely DIY candle made to offer to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Isn’t it great to see family engaging in pilgrimage & dharma work together. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Isn’t it great to see family engaging in pilgrimage & dharma work together. Lin Mun KSDS
Pastor Gim Lee gave an interesting introduction to Green Tara during the recentl pilgrimage cum camp event. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Pastor Gim Lee gave an interesting introduction to Green Tara during the recentl pilgrimage cum camp event. Lin Mun KSDS
So glad to see family doing light offering to Buddha together. Great bonding. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
So glad to see family doing light offering to Buddha together. Great bonding. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS pilgrimage cum camp 2018 - Prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS pilgrimage cum camp 2018 - Prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Melinda & teacher Asyley guided the youngest children to take refuge & do prostration to Dzambala. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Melinda & teacher Asyley guided the youngest children to take refuge & do prostration to Dzambala. Lin Mun KSDS
Zoey is a happy girl & enjoy coming to dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Zoey is a happy girl & enjoy coming to dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Video recording for KSDS Graduation 2018. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Video recording for KSDS Graduation 2018. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Rain or shine we will be there to distribute surplus food to the needy families living around Jlns Sungai. Thank you to all volunteers for turning up on a wet afternoon. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 days ago
Rain or shine we will be there to distribute surplus food to the needy families living around Jlns Sungai. Thank you to all volunteers for turning up on a wet afternoon. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
A visit was paid to this family from Petaling Jaya. Our client’s wife has admitted to hospital due to stroke. Therefore, client has to stop working temporarily because he needs to take care of the young daughter who has learning disabilities. Let’s send best wishes to the wife for a speedy recovery! ❤️ #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
A visit was paid to this family from Petaling Jaya. Our client’s wife has admitted to hospital due to stroke. Therefore, client has to stop working temporarily because he needs to take care of the young daughter who has learning disabilities. Let’s send best wishes to the wife for a speedy recovery! ❤️ #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The threatening rain and the shortage of volunteers tonight did not stopped us from our regular Monday night distribution. Kudos to all who turned up to help. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 days ago
The threatening rain and the shortage of volunteers tonight did not stopped us from our regular Monday night distribution. Kudos to all who turned up to help. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
KISG members had gathered in Ipoh chapel for puja on Lama Tsongkhapa Day. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG members had gathered in Ipoh chapel for puja on Lama Tsongkhapa Day. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
One of the special activities in KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp ~ mantra rolling session. Alice, KSDS
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One of the special activities in KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp ~ mantra rolling session. Alice, KSDS
Special bond between teacher and students. Alice, KSDS
1 week ago
Special bond between teacher and students. Alice, KSDS
Breathing meditation led by Teacher Kien in the event. Alice, KSDS
1 week ago
Breathing meditation led by Teacher Kien in the event. Alice, KSDS
Special thanks to the dedicated teachers, Melinda, Asyley, Lin Mun, Grace and Alice (from left to right) for  being part of the organizer ~ KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp. Alice, KSDS
1 week ago
Special thanks to the dedicated teachers, Melinda, Asyley, Lin Mun, Grace and Alice (from left to right) for being part of the organizer ~ KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp. Alice, KSDS
Wonderful message from the participants of KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp, “Thank You Rinpoche for having us here in KFR”. Alice, KSDS
1 week ago
Wonderful message from the participants of KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp, “Thank You Rinpoche for having us here in KFR”. Alice, KSDS
A happy sponsor meeting our 'Star'. Mrs. Wong sponsored most of the fabric for our rugs requested to meet our star apprentice. She enjoyed herself chatting with Sarina and even bought some pieces of the rugs. She's happy to see some of the fabric donated turned into bags. She's especially pleased to see the HEXAGON BAG. Mrs. Wong bought along more fabric for Sarina and her team. This bag can be used as your Lunch-bag, to carry your toiletries or a simple bag to go shopping in. Limited edition and unique bags to carry along to your bookclub or morning coffee session even to your hair salons. Make it the talking point. PM 0125303887 to order or purchase. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
A happy sponsor meeting our 'Star'. Mrs. Wong sponsored most of the fabric for our rugs requested to meet our star apprentice. She enjoyed herself chatting with Sarina and even bought some pieces of the rugs. She's happy to see some of the fabric donated turned into bags. She's especially pleased to see the HEXAGON BAG. Mrs. Wong bought along more fabric for Sarina and her team. This bag can be used as your Lunch-bag, to carry your toiletries or a simple bag to go shopping in. Limited edition and unique bags to carry along to your bookclub or morning coffee session even to your hair salons. Make it the talking point. PM 0125303887 to order or purchase. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Kien gave a very good briefing on pilgrimage and introduction to the 5 Buddha statues. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Kien gave a very good briefing on pilgrimage and introduction to the 5 Buddha statues. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Introduction to KFR by Asyley. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Introduction to KFR by Asyley. Lin Mun KSDS
Nice altar in every room of Manjushri Guest House. Lin Mun KSDS
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Nice altar in every room of Manjushri Guest House. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Youngest participant. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Youngest participant. Lin Mun KSDS
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