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

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/JeongKwanEng01.mp4

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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. Samfoonheei on Sep 18, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    The most popular Buddhist nun cook Jeong Kwan, is a Seon Buddhist monk and chef of Korean cuisine. She lives in the Chunjinam Hermitage at the Baegyangsa temple in South Korea, where she cooks for fellow nuns and monks. She also cooks for visitors as well. Inspiring ….. she discovered her calling of spreading dharma through cooking adopting a vegetarian diet . What a way to start off. She credits her joining the temple and her achievements to her mother, that’s wonderful to remember her mother. Due to her popularity she was invited to appear on TV show and cooking all the way to New York. Inspiring read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrix Ooi for this sharing.

  2. Chris on Mar 26, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Jeong Kwan is such an inspiring nun. She can turn almost anything into dharma practice even making soy sauce. She must had some realizations to be able to see the dharma in everything. I love it when she was asked whether she misses the monastery, she replied that she is happy now.

    That sentence speaks a lot about her inner world. She is happy to be present. Many people would have said I miss this and that and all of those will be in the past. Jeong Kwan lives in the present and she truly experiences the present. That is why Buddha taught us to be in the present at all times.

    She left home after her mother passed away and she vows to never ever to give such pain of someone losing their mother to her kids. What a compassionate human being that rather takes on life of a nun in order to not hurt others.

  3. Wai Meng Wan on Dec 16, 2018 at 9:01 am

    A lot of the monastic order in Korea, they can forage for ingredients in the forest of Korea. During a trip to Korea I had sampled some Korean Temple food at Sanchon in Seoul, there are really a lot of variety of flavours were presented to us. And this restaurant also was featured on the New York Times before. http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1337389

  4. Yee Yin on Dec 12, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    The story of the Korean nun Jeong Kwan is very inspiring. Similarly to Tsem Rinpoche, she also ran away from home to be ordained as a nun. At the age of 17 years old after losing her mother, she decided she would never get married and have children because she doesn’t want her children (if she had) to go through the pain and suffering like she did when she lost her mother.

    Without telling anyone, she ran away from home and join a monastery in Jangseong County of Jeollanamdo Province, South Korea. When she first joined the monastery, it was not easy for her as the life in the monastery is totally different from that at home. But she had the support from the older nuns to go through the hardships.

    Jeong Kwan is a very simple, grateful and happy person. She always says she owes everything she has to her parents. She has never forgotten the kindness of her parents. The way she spreads Dharma is through food. She has such passion for food not because she’s attached to food but because she wants people to go back to the basic and be connected to our mother nature.

  5. 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. 🙂

  6. 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

  7. 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 ???

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.”

  11. 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.

  12. 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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    Thanks you for the incredible tales of Ji Gong, I truly enjoyed knowing the actual monk in picture. Ji Gong symbolised hope and kindness of dharma to the poor and underprivileged, the spirit of Ji Gong will continue to survive through time because nothing could destroy that.

    I had fascinated watching a number of movies that had related Ji Gong kindness, compassion and his skillful actions that had such a large influence in the world and that until today.

    https://bit.ly/3lx8qyX
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, May 23. 2022 02:35 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for showing me the beauty of Buddhism which had me changed to be a better person. Learning and practicing this beautiful Tibetan Buddhism is simply amazing for me. Even though I started late yet no regrets and had not stop , going all the way learning bit by bit , more and more knowledge reading most of the blogs. There is always a reason behind it . With folded hands thanks again for bringing Dharma to us. Buddhism is such a wonderful religion indeed. Nor matter what i will never give up.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/karma-relaxes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, May 23. 2022 02:32 PM
    Dorje Shugden was one of their main protector practices and considered an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion. There has been an unbroken tradition of the practice of Dorje Shugden as an enlightened protector since early 1700 till now. We are fortunate we learn, practice of purifying, pacifying and removing obstacles and illnesses. All thanks to our Lama Tsem Rinpoche, bringing the practice to Malaysia. Dorje Shugden had been propitiated by Sakya lineage 18th centuries ago. Dorje Shugden has been viewed as an Enlightened Protector. Evidence from the Sakya throne holders themselves, who are the holders of the Sakya tradition’s most precious Tantric transmission.
    comes from none other than the Sakya throne holders themselves, who are the holders of the Sakya tradition’s most precious Tantric transmission. The Sakya lineage holders are considered to be emanations of Avalokiteshvara and Manjushri, and their family lineage is regarded as divine. They had propitiated Dorje Shugden as a fully enlightened being and composed a praise to him. This prayer has since achieved prominence and is still widely used today.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing as it is marvelous to read that the supreme Dharmapala, Dorje Shugden is none sectarian. As confirmed by the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871 – 1935) who wrote,
    The Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden Tsel definitively is Avalokiteshvara.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-sakya-lineage-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, May 23. 2022 02:29 PM
    Beautiful White Tara paintings by a very talented artist indeed . Love those paintings , merely looking at it is a blessing. Each of those paintings has it unique way which tells us a thousand words. White Tara is associated with maternal compassion and healing. In many representations, she has eyes in the palms of her hands and on the soles of her feet, as well as in the center of her forehead, representing her power to see those who are suffering and offer her aid.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing and explaining all about it for us to understand better.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/spectacular-white-tara.html
  • Saras
    Thursday, May 19. 2022 02:38 PM
    It is quite sad to know the condition of our Earth. Pollution essentially affects the quality of human life than one can imagine. The resources earth provides us are limited. They are blessings which we do not count.

    All these are mainly caused by human activities which harm the environment. It works in mysterious ways, sometimes which cannot be seen by the naked eye. Human has become selfish and is utilizing the earth’s resources at a instant rapid rate to enjoy privileges however forgotten on the effect of it in long run.

    Earth is a privilege given to us by nature and it’s our responsibility to protect it . Our well
    being solely depends on this. We should create awareness and start taking action to help our mother nature instead of looking for another earth. However, this is soon going to be our reality if we do not save the earth now.

    https://bit.ly/3wpmvEW
  • Saras
    Tuesday, May 17. 2022 10:59 PM
    Thank you for the unique interior design of Tao Restaurant in New York. I am very much fascinated to see the huge Buddha statue in this restaurant.

    The design idea is as such that able to bring versatile atmosphere to life. It also has a significant influence on customer experience because it includes planning the layout of the restaurant.

    Looking at the design itself very much suit to a Vegetarian Restaurant.

    https://bit.ly/3MqRkPe
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 17. 2022 03:52 PM
    Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche, also known as Chetul Sangye Dorje, is one of the few living disciples of the great master Khenpo Ngagchung . A great renowned realised Dzogchen yogis Master known for his great realization and strict disciplines. He lives a life as a wandering yogi meditating alone in caves for many years ,ceaselessly working to overturn samsara for all sentient beings. During his life Chatral Rinpoche was one of the most vocal opponents of meat eating in Tibetan Buddhism. He releases large amounts of fish from the Calcutta fish markets every year.Chatral Rinpoche even composed a song about this practise of saving lives. His amazing story and teachings had indeed inspired many especially the westerners. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/kyabje-chatral-sangye-dorjee-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 17. 2022 03:51 PM
    Samfoonheei on May 17, 2022 at 3:45 pm
    Revisit this incredible sharing of the history of Bhutan and the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. Bhutan a beautiful landlocked country have been long connected with Dorje Shugden ever since the days of 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche Jetsun Jigme Norbu long and established tradition in Bhutan. Bhutan recognizes Buddhism as the state’s “spiritual heritage,” provides for freedom of religion, and bans discrimination based on religious belief. Buddhism was first introduced to Bhutan in the 7th century by Guru Padmasambhava. The Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal is considered to be the founder of modern day Bhutan. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal was notable Drukpa Kagyu masters of this nation advocated the practice of the enlightened Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. These goes back to the time of the 3rd Drubwang Tenzin Zangpo from the incarnation lineage where he had authored part of an early propitiation text to Dorje Shugden. Followed by the 4th Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu, from the reincarnation lineage of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, also included extensive prayers to Dorje Shugden in his collected works. Interesting findings the Gyalwang Drukpas are considered to be emanations of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. All liturgies to Dorje Shugden can be found in the collected works of prominent high lamas whose incarnation lineages are deeply linked with the very fabric of Bhutan’s history. The 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche Jetsun Jigme Norbu is highly attained and cannot be wrong about Dorje Shugden. The 4th Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu’s autobiography tells all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing. May more and more people know the truth the very truth and realised that Dorje Shugden is not evil but a very powerful dharma protector. The practice of Dorje Shugden is indeed very beneficial which had been practiced centuries ago.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-4th-zhabdrung-rinpoche-of-bhutan-and-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 17. 2022 03:40 PM
    Great reading this post by Martin Desai of Huffington Post that brought out the truth of the illegal ban to the world. Huffpost an American news aggregator and blog, with localized and international editions, publishing a fair and logical article on the religious discrimination issue. It’s the Dorje Shugden controversy that’s have been going on along long time ago. For over more than 20 years Dorje Shugden people had been suffering from discrimination and segregation for their practice. Thank you Martin Desai for high lighting this injustice issue and sharing it is to the world. Thank you Huffington Post for publishing. Those who practice Dorje Shugden are being denied of service from hospitals and clinics. Some even are not allowed to work in government sectors. There’s more proof to support that it has happened like checking into hotel as in this post . Reading this article will tell all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/huffington-post-when-machiavelli-dons-tibetan-robes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 12. 2022 01:34 PM
    Prof. Lokesh Chandra is a well known scholar of the Vedic period, Buddhism and the Indian arts. Amazingly he has he published 576 books and 286 articles just between 1942 and 2004. He has also held many official government positions as well. Wow he has travelled widely all over Europe, Asia and Russia. He has studied many multi languages as such English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Bengali, Pali, Old Persian, Japanese, Chinese, Tibetan, Malayalam, Mongolian, Indonesian, Greek, Latin, German, French, Tamil, Old Javanese, Russian, Avesta, and even Old Persian. Truly genius talented scholar of all time.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Joy for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/books-poetry/professor-lokesh-chandra-indias-great-scholar.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 12. 2022 01:31 PM
    GREAT NEWS…..Jewish priests are promoting vegetarianism to their followers . Most modern-day Jews are not vegetarian. Following a vegetarian diet are varied but include health benefits, such as reducing life threading diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers disease. Vegetarians appear to have lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and lower rates of hypertension and type 2 diabetes . That’s very true. By not eating meat one helps to discourage the cruel treatment of animals such as cows, pigs, chickens, and other animals on factory farms for consumption. One also helps to improve the environment, insofar as factory farms are major sources of water and air pollution, including gasses that contribute to global warming. By not eating meat one helps oneself, since a vegetarian diet is far healthier for humans than a diet based on meat. Jewish Vegetarian Society and others did the right approach to values of compassion for animals, protection of the environment, and concern for health reasons and spiritual well-being.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing on behalf of those animals who cannot speak for themselves.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/rabbis-urge-jews-to-go-vegan-in-global-campaign.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 12. 2022 01:29 PM
    John Shelby Spong an American bishop of the Episcopal Church. A liberal Christian theologian, religion commentator, and author, spoke bravely of what he thought of the Christian belief away from theism and traditional doctrines. To some Christians, Bishop John Shelby Spong was a heretic. Entrusted with defending the faith, he dismissed notions of the resurrection of Jesus that have been foundations of Christianity for centuries. Bishop Spong came to believe that insistence on an inerrant, literal view of the Bible obscures truth and destroys faith. He was an outspoken leader who believed that faith and worship should be open to marginalised groups. He sermonize a powerful message of love and justice that would resonate in an increasingly secular age. He gain international fame while writing more than two dozen books, appearing on TV shows as well. He was the recipient of three honorary awards to date before his passing. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/bishop-john-spong-on-religion-and-god-very-interesting.html
  • Saras
    Tuesday, May 10. 2022 03:39 PM
    Thank you for sharing the wonderful experience of making the wealth vase and the wealth box. A Wealth Box represents the divine abode of the wealth deities.

    It is quite a task to complete this as it requires a lot of effort and energy to input into the various collection of materials to complete the wealth vase and the wealth box.

    I had a lot information about this beneficial ritual which generates the energy to acquire resources for the proliferation of Dharma.

    https://bit.ly/3ssVrST
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 10. 2022 03:23 PM
    Very exciting news! H E kyabje Dagom Rinpoche’s incarnation is back. This young incarnation pay a visit to Trode Khangsar Chapel and makes offerings of gold to Djorje Shugden. This 350-year-old Trode Khangsar chapel was built and dedicated to Dorje Shugden the Powerful Dharma Protector. Offering gold to sacred images is a very traditional Tibetan method of paying homage to holy images. Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche’s previous lives were great masters, scholars and practitioners of Dorje Shugden. He held on strongly to his faith, devotion and respect for the Dorje Shugden. It is indeed inspiring to read and know that great masters are coming back. It brings so much hope and deepens faith that these Tulkus are back, life after life. As claimed by the Tibetan leadership that anyone practicing Dorje Shugden one will take rebirth into the lower realms. That’s wrongly says . Interesting post.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/incarnation-of-kyabje-dagom-rinpoche-makes-offerings-of-gold-to-dorje-shugden
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 10. 2022 03:21 PM
    Interesting read even not so scary afterall. But someone who have not experience before seeing a dark swirling ‘entity’ that was not exactly the shape of human will be frozen to death. Not for me as I do have Ds pendant with me and chanting Mantras helps me. Most hotels do have special unwanted guests . I did experienced this before while staying in old hotels .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/paranormal-stories/25903.html

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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
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Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
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All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
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Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
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The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
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We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
1 month ago
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
1 month ago
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
1 month ago
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
1 month ago
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
1 month ago
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
2 months ago
KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
3 months ago
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
3 months ago
Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
3 months ago
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
4 months ago
After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
4 months ago
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 20th Nov '21. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 20th Nov '21. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Mr. Philip, our new visitor to Ipoh centre, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Three Jewels prior to DS puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Mr. Philip, our new visitor to Ipoh centre, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Three Jewels prior to DS puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has resumed our Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 6th Nov 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has resumed our Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 6th Nov 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
8 months ago
Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
1 years ago
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
1 years ago
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#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
1 years ago
#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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