Journey to Shar Gaden Monastery (2019): Making offerings to the sangha

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Kecharians with His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende, the abbot emeritus and other Shar Gaden monks who assisted them greatly during their stay

In mid-March, a small group of Kecharians journeyed to Shar Gaden Monastery in Mundgod, South India with an exciting mission ahead of them. They were on their way to represent His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara in making an offering to all 650 monks of the monastery. The trip was a smooth one, an uneventful four-hour flight to Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport where they were warmly received by Shar Gaden monks, followed by a 10-hour drive to Mundgod in the monastery’s vehicles.

Ooi Beng Kooi, His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s changtso (manager) updating Kensur Rinpoche on Kechara’s latest works

The next few days were spent rekindling old connections and making new ones. The Kecharians kicked off the trip with an audience with the esteemed abbot emeritus of Shar Gaden Monastery, His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende who has been extremely supportive of Tsem Rinpoche’s work for many years now. Representing Tsem Rinpoche, Ooi Beng Kooi updated Kensur Rinpoche on the latest works in Kechara that had taken place since his last visit to Malaysia. This included the latest release of Tsem Rinpoche’s biography, The Promise, which had been updated to include more about Tsem Rinpoche’s relationship with Dorje Shugden.

Kensur Rinpoche was extremely happy to see the group and gifted everyone with a small Shakyamuni statue, flowers and a khata (traditional silk scarf). When the Kecharians arrived, Kensur Rinpoche had just completed three days of ordaining monks and conferring upon them the gelong vows of a fully ordained monk (as opposed to getsul, or novice monk, vows). The monks had each been presented with a Shakyamuni statue, flowers and khata; to mark what Kensur Rinpoche saw as the auspicious timing of the Kecharian group’s arrival, he wished to gift the same to them.

Updating Domo Geshe Chocktrul Rinpoche on Kechara’s latest works

The team was also granted an audience with His Eminence Domo Geshe Chocktrul Rinpoche. It had been a number of years since they had last seen Domo Geshe Rinpoche who, now about 17 years old, listened thoughtfully as Beng Kooi explained some of Kechara’s latest productions. Beng Kooi showed Domo Geshe Rinpoche postcards created from the Rimé thangkas and different Dorje Shugden styles that Tsem Rinpoche had conceptualised, as well as a comic book about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice which had been published just before the trip.

Kecharians with Gen Phende, the new changtso of Trijang Ladrang

These same items, and more, were presented and explained to Gen Phende, the new changtso (manager) of Trijang Ladrang, whom the team were connecting with for the first time. Gen Phende had been appointed to the position after the passing of the beloved late Gen Chonzey, a devoted student of His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. During the meeting, Gen Phende shared that he has known Tsem Rinpoche for many years; back in the 1990s, when Gen Phende was trying to learn English, he and another monk approached Tsem Rinpoche for help. Although Tsem Rinpoche was very busy, Gen Phende said that Rinpoche agreed to help them and instructed them to learn the alphabet first. Gen Phende said no sooner had he mastered his ABCs and how to write addresses, that Tsem Rinpoche moved to Malaysia, putting an end to his English education.

The Kecharian team also met Gen Kunga, an old friend who serves as the changtso of His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, as well as the monastery’s current umze (leader chanter), who was a member of Shar Gaden Monastery’s previous changtsokhang (administration).

The changtsokhang are the monastery’s representatives who are elected into the position by the Sangha community. For everything that was accomplished on this trip to South India, the fact is it would not have been possible without the assistance of the new administration. It was this new changtsokhang which arranged for the entire monastery to do a puja, and it was their suggestion to dedicate an all-day Dukkar puja to Tsem Rinpoche and his students. Gen Gelek Dorje, the main changtso, explained they had chosen Dukkar because it is extremely effective in clearing obstacles towards the accomplishment of our secular and spiritual goals.

JP and Li Kim making offerings of kuyong (token monetary offering) and a portrait of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were also offered to all of the monks, who did an all-day recitation of Dukkar puja in gratitude for the offering

At this puja, the Kecharians had the opportunity to offer breakfast, lunch and dinner to all 650 monks of Shar Gaden Monastery, sponsored by Tsem Rinpoche, Kechara and its members. Each monk was also offered a kuyong (token monetary offering) as well as a portrait of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche. The puja was even attended by Kensur Rinpoche, who kindly accepted our invitation for him to join the puja in spite of his busy schedule.

Making traditional offerings of body, speech and mind to His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende

To this day, although Kensur Rinpoche has stepped down as the abbot, he continues to be deeply involved in monastic affairs, offering advice to the new changtsokhang when they have new ideas or projects, and when they are faced with unfamiliar situations. Highly respected by the monks, Kensur Rinpoche teaches constantly, passing on his wealth of knowledge and experience to a new generation; as a teacher who was directly educated by the greats like His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Kensur Rinpoche hails from a generation of traditionally-trained senior monks that is growing smaller in number as the years go by. Masters of his scholarship, learning and qualities are becoming increasingly rare and so his teachings are invaluable to the younger generation. His presence in the Dukkar puja, and the opportunity to make offerings directly to him, was indeed appreciated by everyone.

Gen Gelek Dorje (the main changtso of Shar Gaden Monastery) assists Li Kim in making body, speech and mind offerings to the throne of His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche

As per tradition, Beng Kooi, Phng Li Kim and JP Thong entered the gompa (prayer hall) and offered three prostrations to the Sangha community. With Gen Gelek’s assistance, they then made traditional offerings of body, speech and mind to the thrones of His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa and to Kensur Rinpoche. After the body, speech and mind offerings were made, Beng Kooi, Li Kim and JP offered the kuyong and portrait of Tsem Rinpoche to every single monk, while the younger monks made a mad dash for the monastery kitchen, returning with buckets of bread, pails full of dhal and pots of tea.

As a mark of respect, the first portion of food and tea was offered to Kensur Rinpoche before the remaining monks were served, in order of seniority. This was the lunch offering; that day, the breakfast offering had already taken place and later in the evening, dinner was also going to be offered by Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara. For the Kecharians there, the events in the gompa were definitely a familiar sight; for over three decades, Rinpoche has supported the Sangha and monastery, after receiving an instruction from Dorje Shugden to always do so. As a result of this instruction, Rinpoche has extended extensive assistance to the monastery, raising funds for their many projects and making countless offerings.

This photograph was taken decades ago in Gaden Shartse Monastery. The photograph captures just one of countless occasions when the Dalai Lama's representative (donjo) in Mundgod would visit Tsem Rinpoche in an official capacity, representing the Tibetan government to request for Rinpoche's assistance in various projects and fundraising initiatives for the Tibetan monasteries and lay community. To respect the fact the donjo represents His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a small carpet would be placed beneath the donjo's feet.

This photograph was taken decades ago in Tsem Rinpoche’s house (Tsem Ladrang) in Gaden Shartse Monastery. The photograph captures just one of countless occasions when the Dalai Lama’s representative (donjo) in Mundgod would visit Tsem Rinpoche in an official capacity, representing the Tibetan government to request for Rinpoche’s assistance in various projects and fundraising initiatives for the Tibetan monasteries and lay community. To respect the fact the donjo represents His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a small carpet would be placed beneath the donjo’s feet.

For many years, Rinpoche raised millions of rupees to assist not just the monasteries, but also the lay Tibetan community. Very frequently, the funds were raised at the request of the Dalai Lama’s representative in Mundgod (donjo) who would personally visit Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery. It was not a social call; the donjo would come in an official capacity, representing His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government to request Rinpoche’s assistance in various projects and fundraising initiatives.

Through the funds he raised, Rinpoche supported hospitals, old folks’ homes, nunneries, installed water pumps, sponsored important milk-giving buffaloes and cows, repaired schools, renovated monks’ houses, had food delivered to the poor, helped to stock up clinics, sponsored Tibetan villagers and families, and even Indian schools. In some cases, Tsem Rinpoche even raised the funds to build entire houses for some monks. Rinpoche sponsored many monks’ medical treatments and their ongoing medication, and found many monks the personal sponsorship they needed. All of this is in addition to the statues, food and robes that Rinpoche offered to and sponsored for the monasteries.

Oftentimes, Rinpoche would go to the recipients’ homes himself, especially the lay people, and personally deliver cooking ingredients, clothes, etc. Many monks remember Rinpoche going to the Tibetan government’s old folks’ homes and delivering soft foods requested by the residents, going so far as to mash the food and hand-feed those unable to sit up and eat for themselves. All of this was going on even before the split in 2008, when Gaden Shartse Monastery was still whole and not divided into Shar Gaden Monastery (who practise Dorje Shugden) and Gaden Shartse Monastery (who do not). Of course, once the Dorje Shugden ban was implemented, all of the help that the Dorje Shugden-practising lama Tsem Rinpoche extended to the Tibetan community was conveniently ignored and never spoken about again, much less were there any discussions about returning any of the aid. What does it say about a leadership that they would willingly accept financial assistance from someone they discriminate against? It is a poor reflection of the leadership when a person’s monetary contributions are acceptable and ‘clean’ while the contributor themselves is not accepted and considered ‘unclean’ solely for their practice of Dorje Shugden.

The tenkhang (Protector chapel) where the Choyang Dulzin Oracle of Gaden took countless trances of Dorje Shugden to give teachings and advice. The tenkhang used to belong to Gaden Shartse Monastery. After the split of the monastery in 2008, guardianship of the tenkhang was transferred to the newly-formed Shar Gaden Monastery who kept up their practice of Dorje Shugden.

But back then, before Gaden Shartse Monastery split into two monasteries, one of the places Rinpoche frequently visited and prayed at was the tenkhang, or Protector chapel of Dorje Shugden. On this trip, Kecharians also had the precious opportunity to visit the tenkhang, to pay homage to the holy clay Dorje Shugden statue that was handmade by His Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. The tenkhang is where the Oracle of Gaden, Choyang Dulzin Kuten, took countless trances of Dorje Shugden to tirelessly give Dharma teachings and dispense invaluable advice to the benefit of hundreds of thousands of sentient beings. The tenkhang used to be a part of Gaden Shartse Monastery until the monastery split in 2008 as a result of the unethical ban on Dorje Shugden. At this point, guardianship of the chapel was transferred from Gaden Shartse Monastery to the then-newly formed Shar Gaden Monastery.

The 2008 split also saw the removal of the sacred Dorje Shugden statue from Gaden Lachi, and its subsequent installation in the upper floor of the tenkhang. Gaden Lachi is the combined prayer hall where all the monks from Gaden Shartse and Gaden Jangtse Monasteries gather together to attend pujas, teachings and other events involving both colleges. What is incredible is that for decades, the statue was inside Gaden Lachi and therefore for decades, thousands of monks prostrated to Dorje Shugden whenever they entered Gaden Lachi. Once the practice was banned however, it was suddenly no longer acceptable to keep the statue inside Gaden Lachi. If Dorje Shugden is a so-called evil spirit, as claimed by the Tibetan leadership, then what happened to the thousands of monks who prostrated for years to this statue? Did they all break their refuge vows in doing so? It is ludicrous to suggest that amongst the thousands of monks, there was not a single person who had the clairvoyance to see what the Tibetan leadership claims is Dorje Shugden’s true nature. This example is just one of many instances that demonstrate how illogical it is for the Tibetan leadership to accuse Dorje Shugden of being a so-called evil spirit.

This holy statue of Dorje Shugden was handmade by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Kecharians had the honour to catch a glimpse of the normally-covered statue after offering pearls which were sponsored by Tsem Rinpoche, Kechara and its members.

Well, the Kecharians had no issues prostrating to the statue! In fact, they even grabbed the opportunity to make abundant pearl offerings onto the holy image. Sponsored by some very kind individuals, the pearls had been carried from Malaysia to be offered onto Dorje Shugden to generate merit. The monks kindly opened up the normally-closed altar so that Li Kim, JP and Beng Kooi could climb up to make the offering. A short puja was then performed to dedicate the merits to Rinpoche and to the sponsors.

In between meetings, there was also the monastic compound to explore. For some of them, it was their first time back in Gaden after the split and what they found was a pretty bewildering situation. Gaden Shartse Monastery is literally walking distance from Shar Gaden Monastery, with just one wall separating the two institutions. You can have one foot on Shar Gaden Monastery soil and the other foot simultaneously on Gaden Shartse Monastery land; it is not at all difficult to walk past multiple buildings belonging to Gaden Shartse Monastery, before stumbling across a single Shar Gaden Monastery property. Along the main road, it is hard to distinguish if a monk belongs to Gaden Shartse Monastery or Shar Gaden Monastery; with both wearing the exact same maroon robes, going to their classes, debates or pujas, there is no discernible difference save the fact one practises Dorje Shugden, and the other does not.

It really gave a sense of how painful the events of 2008 must have been, for lifelong friendships and student-teacher relationships to be torn apart as a result of the Dorje Shugden ban imposed by the Tibetan leadership. It was a sombre reminder of the devastating consequences when politics are allowed to interfere in religion and spirituality. How happy and idyllic it must have been before 1996, when everyone had the freedom to do whatever practices their gurus gave them, without any interference, worry or fear that they might be blacklisted or discriminated against for their beliefs.

Being aware of this meant the trip ended on a slightly bittersweet note. For us, it is very nice to go on pilgrimage to a place where many pure monks are still living, learning and practising. But for the people actually living there, subjected to the diktats of their leadership, their lives are marred by the knowledge that at any time, trouble can once again come from the Tibetan leadership based in Dharamsala, North India. So as long as the Dorje Shugden ban is in place, they can never practise in peace, totally free from distractions. Until the Dorje Shugden ban is lifted and the most obvious rift – the split between Shar Gaden and Shartse Monasteries – is healed, this will always be the case. The split between Shartse and Shar Gaden Monasteries is all the more ugly because it is, in reality, a split between blood brothers and well, how can any Sangha family be at peace when brothers are forced into opposing corners by their leadership? So for the people of Shartse and Shar Gaden Monasteries, there is no peace.

No sooner had the trip started that the team found themselves homeward bound, spiritually invigorated by the pilgrimage and feeling like their mission had been accomplished. As the cars left the monastery gates, the sonorous chanting of the Shar Gaden monks filled the air. It so happened that the monks were doing their dakhang, or monthly puja to Dorje Shugden. Was it a happy coincidence, or a sign from Dorje Shugden to show how pleased he was that Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara continue to support the Sangha? Either way, it was indeed an auspicious ending to an overall happy and successful trip.

The Writers Team

 

Journey to Shar Gaden Monastery (2019):
Making offerings to the Sangha

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Phng Li Kim and Venerable Geshe Kelsang
(དགེ་བཤེས་བསྐལ་བཟང་ལགས།) show us Shar Gaden Monastery’s
tenkhang Dorje Shugden chapel (2019; English and བོད་སྐད།)

(English – 00:00) Author and celebrity host Phng Li Kim visits Shar Gaden Monastery’s Dorje Shugden tenkhang (Protector chapel) and gives a brief explanation about the background and significance of the tenkhang.

(བོད་སྐད། 05:03) དགེ་བཤེས་བསྐལ་བཟང་ལགས་ཀྱིས་ང་ཚོ་ལ་ཤར་དགའ་ལྡན་ནང་ཡོད་པའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་གྱི་རྟེན་ཁང་འགྲེལ་བཤད་བྱེད་ཅིང་རྟེན་ཁང་༼སྲུང་མ་ཁང་།༽ གི་འགྲེལ་བཤད་དང་རྒྱབ་ལྗོངས་མདོར་བསྡུས་རྒྱག་བཞིན་པ།

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  1. Samfoonheei on Aug 22, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    It’s a great experience where a small group of Kechatians of a live time going on a meritorious journey to Shar Gaden Monastery in Mundgod, South India . On behalf of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara in making an offerings to all 650 monks of the monastery. Wow…..that’s really wonderful , looking through at those beautiful pictures tell us a thousands words.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

  2. Harold Musetescu on Jun 7, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche
    Thank you for this article that includes a piece on H.E. Domo Geshe Rinpoche.
    I have sent an email to H.E. Domo Geshe Rinpoche asking him about the female Dharmapala Shangmo Dorje Putri.
    He made her a Dharmapala in 1902 and placed her into Kache Marpo’s retinue.
    If Shangmo Dojre Putri is a full member of Dorje Shugden’s retinue that would make two Dharmapalas H.E. Domo Geshe Rinpoche has placed into Dorje Shugden’s retinue.
    Thank you Rinpoche for your article in 2016 about Shangmo Dorje Shugden.
    I pray for your long life and continued success with this website.
    Your servant.
    Harold

  3. Pastor Shin Tan on May 17, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Beautiful billboard just came up in our hometown of Bentong where Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) in Malaysia is located. All of us in Bentong are warm, simple and very friendly people. Our beautiful billboard depicts Dorje Shugden statue in KFR and Dorje Shugden is a hero (pahlawan) and a powerful being from Tibet. He is highly respected for giving great inspirations and blessings from his life story.~Tsem Rinpoche- See more beautiful pictures- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4

    这个美丽的布告板刚在我们的家乡——文冬安装好。文冬是克切拉禅修林的所在地。我们文冬人热情、朴实和友善。我们美丽的布告板描绘着禅修林里的多杰雄登像,而多杰雄登是位英雄,也是一位来自西藏强大的守护者。从他的生平我们得知他因赐人加持和灵感而备受尊崇。詹仁波切- 点击链接查看更多图片: https://bit.ly/2ThOvVa

    Dorje Shugden billboard

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  4. Pastor Albert on Apr 8, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    In the history, even till today, whenever politics involved into a religion, things will get ugly and it will become worst still if Politics are taking charge of a religion.

    People who want to enter into their spiritual practice is because they want to eliminate the sufferings, they want liberation and to go to the path of enlightenment. But when politics involved, they will get distracted and creating more and more sufferings for themselves and to others, like being harmed, being killed, etc. Religion is for being kind and compassion, but politic is all about benefiting our own and nothing else. Both of this is contradict, it should not even involve each other.

    Personally I find this quite ridiculous, when we do our own practice in our own premise, it doesn’t disturb anyone, it doesn’t harm anyone, but then, we have to fight for our right to continue our practice which it does not involved anyone beside ourselves. Hopefully this ban can be lifted soonest, then the monks from Shar Gaden and Gaden Shartze can be friends again, they don’t have to suffer from separation anymore.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the videos, it reminded me so much of my trip to Gaden Monastery previously, is was such a great experience visiting the Monastery, and very very fortunate to be able to make offerings to the sangha community.

  5. Samfoonheei on Apr 7, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Offering to the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha is an unbelievable act which we could create unbelievable merits. Rejoice to the small group of Kecharians . It’s a life time affairs, if not for the group of Kecharians going to make offerings to the sangha at Shar Gaden Monastery in Mundgod, South India ,we would not have a chance to see the Holy statue of Dorje Shugden handmade by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Those Kecharians are so fortunate able to catch a glimpse of Holy statue which is normally-covered . They were given the opportunity to offer pearls which were sponsored by Tsem Rinpoche, and other kind sponsors. Wow they even offer breakfast, lunch and dinner to all 650 monks of Shar Gaden Monastery. Rejoice. They did offered a token monetary offering to each monk as well as a portrait of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche. Wonderful ……the Kecharians have also an audience with H E Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende, H E Domo Geshe Chocktrul Rinpoche and meeting the new changtso of Trijang Ladrang Gen Phende.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers team for sharing such a beautiful experience in Mundgod, South India.

  6. cc on Apr 6, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    ????
    Rejoice. Happy to see this.

  7. Losang Tenpa on Apr 6, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Very happy to see this.
    Peace to all.
    May Rinpoche live long and continue to benefit all living beings.

  8. Yee Yin on Apr 6, 2019 at 1:52 am

    Making offerings and helping the monasteries are what Tsem Rinpoche loves to do. Over the years, Tsem Rinpoche has made a lot of offerings and raised a lot of funds for the monasteries. Tsem Rinpoche always asks the students to support the Sangha community and monasteries. He is creating an opportunity for the students to collect merits.

    When Tsem Rinpoche was still in Gaden Shartse Monastery, under the instruction of Lati Rinpoche, he came to Malaysia to raise funds for the construction of the monk’s quarter. When Tsem Rinpoche successful raised the funds and offered the money to the monasteries, Lati Rinpoche was so touched that he cried. This was just one of the many things Tsem Rinpoche has helped to raised funds for.

    This is so wonderful that Tsem Rinpoche and the student made offerings again to the monastery. Monks in Shar Gaden were very happy to see the representative of Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara, it must be that Tsem Rinpoche has helped the monastery a lot and they are very appreciative to Tsem Rinpoche and the students. It is very meritorious for us to make offerings to the Sangha community as we are helping with the preservation and spreading of Buddha Dharma. In addition, we can also collect a tremendous amount of merits that are necessary for our spiritual practice.

  9. Harold Musetescu on Apr 5, 2019 at 10:14 am

    So wonderful to see all the photos of H.E. Domo Geshe Rinpoche.

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    Sunday, Jan 17. 2021 06:28 PM
    Chengdu is a sub-provincial city which serves as the capital of the Chinese province of Sichuan. The city is also home to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a conservation center where visitors can view endangered giant pandas in a natural habitat. Been an ancient city with a history of more than 3,100 years, it offer many tourist attraction. Many of the ancient sites around Chengdu reflect the influence of Buddhism, as well as the agricultural history of the region. Thousands of tourists both locally and internationally will flock to this city the beauty of it. It seem Chengdu is one of the most leisurely cities in the world. Well , Chengdu is famous for its spicy hot pot and many other mouth tingling dishes. This is because of the world famous Sichuan peppercorn that is grown in the region. Not only that the Giant statues of the Buddha one in Leshan, show the enduring presence of Buddhism on the area.
    Reading this post help a lot for those first timers visitors like me. I am glad my friends and me made it there to see for ourselves. I wish i could revisit this beautiful and exciting Chengdu again in future. Loved seeing those ancient architecture of those temples and of the city.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful post with details.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/must-visit-chengdu-exotic-and-exciting.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 17. 2021 06:26 PM
    Many monasteries have their own Dharma Protectors to safeguard the organisation and its interests. Setrap is one of them , they will propitiate their Dharma protectors every month to request for protection, blessings, and assistance for the growth of the Dharma and the well-being of the sangha. Each and every monasteries have their own. Interesting read of this article all about the close historical relationship between Dorje Shugden and Setrap.
    Setrap is emanation of the wrathful emanation of Buddha Amitabha, while Dorje Shugden is emanation of Manjushri. Setrap is an ancient Dharma Protector from the holy land of Bodhgaya in India. Sworn to protect the teachings and the practice was introduced to Tibet, and has since flourished. Many great Lamas and Geshes are known to have practised both Setrap, as Gaden Shartse’s Dharma protector, and also Dorje Shugden. They cannot be wrong definitely where Dorje Shugden is not an evil as claimed by the CTA. They knew the practice is very beneficial . has been the Dharma Protector of Gaden Shartse Monastery for the past 600 years. Dalai Lama visited the Dharma protector Setrap’s chapel in Gaden Shartse Monastery, South India. Dalai Lama even consecrated the chapel with prayers and sees Setrap as an enlightened being. Dalai Lama also endorsed Setrap and his practice as a beneficial one where he did affirmed the practice of Dorje Shugden through such close association. Interesting read may more people read this article to have a clearer understanding.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/dalai-lama-blesses-setrap-chapel-in-gaden-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 17. 2021 06:24 PM
    Looking at those pictures and videos tell a thousand words. What is underneath those lakes mentioned , cannot be taken too lightly. Well-known lake monsters such as
    Loch Ness , Champ, Ogopogo and so forth has been sighted in those lakes around the world. Stories of a sea monster lurking in the depths of lakes are actually centuries old. To believe or not its up to individual. The unexplored darkness of lakes serve as one of the gateways for these fascinations. Many had claimed witnessing those creatures but with no hard evidence. People love to fill in mysterious areas of nature with myths of monsters. Sightings of such lakes creatures is interesting to many. I do believe there are such sea creatures inhabiting in those lakes centuries ago. Some of those creature’s names indeed new to me. Interesting to know that they do exist after all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/7-lake-monsters.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 04:00 PM
    Amazing ,truly beautiful 1000-armed Avalokitesvara. A special gift given by Joshua and family from Singapore to Rinpoche. I love looking at 1000-armed Avalokitesvara where ever I went seeing any images of it i will always stare at it hoping to get hold of it. Avalokiteśvara is one of the most famous bodhisattvas in Buddhism, who embodies the quality of compassion and having the ability to understand the suffering of others. Merely looking at this beautiful 1000-armed Avalokitesvara paints a thousand words.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 03:58 PM
    Revisit this blog again as the miracles stories of Lama Tsongkhapa Statues truly interesting. We are fortunate to have met our Lama Tsem Rinpoche learning all the wonderful teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa. Its such a beneficial teachings and practicing it with so many amazing benefits for us all. Reading this post have me increased my knowledge. Looking at the rare foot print of Lama Tsongkapa which is a sign of his tantric achievements is indeed a blessing for us. The practice of Migtsema is amazing and powerful as it contains the meaning of all the Buddha’s 84,000 teachings.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/benefits-and-miraculous-signs-of-lama-tsongkhapas-statues.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 03:54 PM
    Since the monks are holding so many vows, serving them is an opportunity for HUGE merit. They are a source of inspiration for others who are seeking spiritual solace. We need to support them and creates the causes for the Dharma to remain , creating the causes for an abundance of spiritual and material wealth for ourselves as well. In Bangkok , its amazing having the opportunity to make offerings to the monks and nuns early in the morning. Giving to the monks and nuns is an incredible thing, we create unbelievable merit if we offer to the monks with the motivation of Bodhicitta. Looking at Angel makes offerings, reminds me of my trip to ChiangMai where I have an opportunity to give packed foods to monks early in the morning. Its truly wonderful indeed. If I have the opportunity again I will definitely love to offer foods to the monks.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/angel-makes-offerings.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 01:02 AM
    Wow! Thank you for the wonderful sharing. I love the amazing recipe on sauces it looks healthy and delicious. I found this recipes very nutritious with all fresh ingredients, spices and herbs. I would love to try it out the Savory Mushroom Gravy.

    https://bit.ly/39MFWeD
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 14. 2021 03:13 PM
    Wow interesting one of the most fantastic escapes in history now comes in comic for everyone to know the truth. The true story of how HH the 14th Dalai Lama had made a daring and dangerous escape. Dalai Lama had secretly travelled to India back in 1959. The truth not many knew but with this comic , more people will understand better. Its in simple and yet easy diagrams where kids and adults would love it. The great Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden through the esteemed Panglung Oracle had helped Dalai Lama .
    Interesting comic book one must read it .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-greatest-escape-in-history.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 14. 2021 03:09 PM
    Venerable Geshe Rabten Rinpoche known as a debater, scholar, and meditation master. Geshe Rabten was one of the pioneer and the first Tibetan Buddhist masters to give teachings in the West. Interesting sharing and with detail explanations understanding the Praise to Manjusri by Geshe Rabten. We are blessed to have learn and practice it . A good practice with the correct way to visual and reading this post had me understand better the meaning of this powerful prayer.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/praise-to-manjusri-explanation-by-geshe-rabten.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 14. 2021 03:07 PM
    Thailand is a Southeast Asian country known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. Home to an exorbitantly priced delicacy as well. There are thousands of Buddhist temples in Thailand. Everywhere and corners we could see Buddhist temples . Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, it’s a must-see for any one visiting Thailand first-time . It is the one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand, which is 1,800 years old, and is the oldest in the world. Been the third largest, longest and most beautiful reclining Buddha image in Thailand . There are 108 pearl carvings of auspicious images on the Buddha’s soles, in the Chinese-Thai style. Visited Bangkok many years ago but couldn’t recall if I had visited this temple. Wish to revisit again in future to see again the beauty of those temples at Bangkok. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post with video and beautiful pictures.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/i-visited-wat-pho-thailand.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 13. 2021 05:24 PM
    High in the mountains of Sichuan province, hidden from the outside world by its geographical remoteness is the largest nunnery in the world. With an estimated 20,000 nuns, monks and lay practitioners living in the austere surroundings of the Yarchen Gar monastery. The Yarchen Gar monastery above 4000m sea level considered to be the largest concentration of monastics in the world dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan Buddhist culture after the Cultural Revolution. Looking at those pictures tells us all, it’s a huge sea of Burgundy robes, one wouldn’t expect anything on this scale to exist or survive. With determination and will power they could live and do their meditation . Living in such an rudimentary conditions, they are devoted to following the faith and entering a life of sacrament.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10ooo-nuns-here.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 13. 2021 05:22 PM
    When we die our money, fame, and honours will be meaningless. We own nothing in this world. Everything we think we own is in reality only being loaned to us until we die. Everything surrounding us is only temporary. And on our deathbed at the moment of death, no one can save us. Anything can happen in life, anytime of the day , we have to live meaningfully while we still can by learning and practicing dharma before its too late. Do something useful for others in our life .
    Nothing is accomplished in one day…the bigger the project, the more the obstacles…but the obstacles you suffer is for others…so suffer it without suffering…Tsem Rinpoche
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/we-own-nothing.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 13. 2021 05:18 PM
    Dana in the Buddhist tradition means giving freely without expecting anything in return. The act of giving is purely out of compassion. Giving is an essential Buddhist practice. It is about generosity, openness, and our capacity to embrace others with compassion and love. At dawn, all over Thailand, the local monks will travel from their temples to the markets and past shops and houses, where local people offer food alms in exchange for blessings. The monks will be walking barefoot and with great grace, that’s where we could offer them foods in packets or so. It was truly wonderful, learning from this post and able to give while I was there in Chiangmai,Thailand few years back.
    When we support the sangha , we support the Dharma. Buddhist monks depend on our support and help to continue their spiritual path to continue benefiting others and dharma to grow .Looking at those pictures tells more.
    Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing and with explanation for us to understand more of it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/bangkok-monks-and-why-make-offerings.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Jan 12. 2021 12:47 AM
    Really very inspiring story, God sent Hero back to India. He droped his job opportunity and gave many people possibilities to survive. I believe not everyone has the passion to contribute or an opportunity to serve others like Mr. Krishnan and KSK.

    Thank you for the sharing, The true compassion of Krishnan comes from thoughtful skill of helping the needy.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 11. 2021 05:32 PM
    There is definitely an unseen spirit world all around us. Even though we are not able to see it or spirits it does not mean they do not exist. Spirits are beings trapped in a non-physical form in the lower realms.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers team for sharing this interesting and powerful practice of Trakze . Well it’s a very powerful practice for anyone been disturbed by spirits ,unseen beings and obstacles where someone had put a spell on them in their health and business matters. Known as black magic by some . Trakze’s practice and can be done daily for any of us who needs protection even if we are not afflicted by black magic and spirits. Interesting read with all the explanations,of how the practice should be done for us .
    Thanks again with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/trakze-to-dispel-black-magic-spirits.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
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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
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In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
4 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
5 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
5 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
8 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
10 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
10 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Mexico 83,466
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