Neerja Bhanot – A Selfless Heroine

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Senior flight attendant Neerja was among the 380 passengers and crew aboard. 360 of them lived to tell the world of her calm courage and supreme sacrifice. The terrorists could have done anything to her, but Neerja, daughter of a Mumbai journalist Harish Bhanot, showed no fear.

Even as she was dying, she was saving lives.

– Remembering Neerja Bhanot and Pan Am Flight 73 to New York by Raja Murthy, Asia Times News and Features, India.

You may not know the name Neerja Bhanot but she is one of India’s most famous citizens. She was just 22 years old when she was killed while saving 379 passengers and crew from the hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73. Posthumously, she became the youngest recipient of India’s highest peacetime military award for bravery, the Ashok Chakra.

Ms Neerja was born on September 7, 1963 in Chandigarh, India. According to her father, the journalist Harish Bhanot, “Neerja was a very sensitive, deeply affectionate and an extremely decent person who believed in sharing with her people all her joys but not the jolts. She had well defined principles and there was little room for compromise in that area.” At the time of her death, she was a senior flight purser for Pan Am Airlines and based in Mumbai, India.

 

The Hijack

Neerja was a beautiful lady with a promising modeling career

On September 5, 1986, four terrorists boarded her America-bound flight which was departing from Karachi, Pakistan and they took over the plane. After the terrorists boarded the plane, Neerja alerted the cockpit crew. Because the plane was still on the tarmac, the three-member American cockpit crew (pilot, co-pilot and flight engineer) evacuated the aircraft through an overhead hatch in the cockpit, as per their training so that the aircraft could not be forcibly flown. Without the cockpit crew, the plane was effectively grounded. At this point, Neerja became the most senior cabin crew member remaining aboard so she took charge.

She hid the passports of 41 American citizens so they could not be distinguished from non-Americans and be made into targets. She hid some of the passports under seats, and the rest she disposed of down the rubbish chute. After 17 hours of negotiations, the hijackers opened fire on passengers and set off explosives, at which point Ms Neerja opened an emergency exit to let the passengers out. Although she could have been the first to jump out when she opened the door, she decided not to and sent all of the passengers first. She was fatally shot while using her own body to shield a group of three children while getting them off the plane. One of the children grew up to become an airline pilot inspired by her. He said everyday he is alive is because of her. You can hear the last recording of her voice below.

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From a newspaper report about the hijack and Neerja

A biopic has just been released about this brave young girl, starring Ms Sonam Kapoor. It has received positive reviews and I encourage everyone to go and watch it. One of the reasons I enjoy reading biographies of successful people and selfless people is because I like to see how they think. There is something in the way that they have been raised and the way that they think that has led them to be successful, so when I read about them I can observe and learn these traits too. So although I am very sad about the death of this brave young woman, I find it inspiring that she put others before herself, to the point she was able to sacrifice even her own life. Ms Neerja could have easily saved herself and let everyone else suffer, but she selflessly did not. She stood her ground and was responsible to her duties even in the face of certain death. She chose compassion over cowardice and for that reason saved 379 lives. Incredible.

On the left is Ms Neerja Bhanot and on the right is Ms Sonam Kapoor starring in her biopic

Most of us will never find ourselves in a high-pressure situation, facing life or death the way Neerja did. We might never know what Neerja was thinking or feeling during those terrible hours of the hijacking, but we do know that she chose to respond to a terrifying situation with exceptional grace, courage, and grit. Her mother said according to the astrologist when she was born, he said she will become a light of the world.

I like to bring you stories of unselfish, kind and compassionate people whose deeds live on forever in our hearts.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

Neerja’s Life: A Brief Biography (1963 – 1986)

The beautiful and courageous Neerja Bhanot

Neerja Bhanot was born on September 7, 1963 in Chandigarh, India. Her father was Harish Bhanot, a Mumbai based journalist and her mother was Rama Bhanot. She attended her early education at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School. When her family moved to Mumbai, she continued her studies at Bombay Scottish School before graduating from St. Xavier’s College.

Neerja and her mother

Class photo of Neerja when she attended Bombay Scottish School

When she was living in Mumbai, she was spotted by a talent agent and later work as a model with a promising career. Many people remember her promoting various product brands, from toothpaste to baby food, in newspapers, magazines and television.

 

 

 

 

Throughout her modeling career, Neerja was the face of several brands in the 1980s, from Binaca to baby food. (Image: Courtesy of the Bhanot family)

Neerja was known as an independent young lady. Therefore, her decision to accept a marriage arranged by her father to a man based in Sharjah surprised many of her friends. She agreed to go along with the marriage because she respected her father. Unfortunately, her marriage was unhappy and short-lived. Her husband harassed her for her dowry and forced her to cut all ties with her family. In addition, her husband did not treat her very well. Several months after her marriage, she traveled to Mumbai to complete a modeling assignment. Neerja used this occasion to convey to her father her intention to end her marriage. Her family agreed and supported her decision.

In 1986, Neerja was a promising 22-year old beautiful woman with a promising modeling career. Although she was an independent young lady, she agreed to a marriage arranged by her father to a man based in Sharjah. (Image: Courtesy of the Bhanot family)

Her marriage was unhappy and short lived. Neerja was harassed for her dowry and starved. 

After her marriage ended, Neerja applied for a position as a flight attendant with Pan Am Airlines. At the time, Pan Am liked to hire Indian crew to cater to its Asian clientele. She was among the top 80 candidates selected for the job and was sent to Miami, USA, to receive her training as a flight attendant. Within a year of flying with Pan Am, Neerja was promoted as a Head Purser – the Senior Most Cabin Manager.

She continued to work at Pan Am Airlines until that fateful day on September 5, 1986, when Pan Am flight 73 was high jacked by members of the Abu Nidal terrorist group. When the cock-pit crew escaped the aircraft according to protocol during a hostage situation, Neerja as the most senior member of the cabin crew took charge of the dire situation. She hid the passports of American citizens, effectively protecting their identity from the terrorists. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, survivors recall her kindness and calm courage which provided passengers and crew with strength against their fear. After 17 long hours, the terrorists began to open fire on the passengers and set off explosives. Neerja fearlessly opened an emergency exit, to let the passengers and her fellow crew out to safety. She put the lives of others before her own. She was fatally shot by the terrorists while sending a group of three children off the plane before her.

Not long after her marriage ended, Neerja obtained a job in Pan Am. At the time, Pan Am had decided to have an all-India crew to cater to its Asian clientele. (Image: Courtesy of the Bhanot family)

Pam Am Flight 73, taken after the highjacking incident

An emotional picture of Neerja’s funeral. She was such a selfless and courageous woman.

Rather than anguish over the memory of her death, both Neerja’s family and the surviors focus on the person she was, how she acted, and how kind and loving she was. This is how Neerja was in life and how she should be remembered, a testament to her true heroic spirit.

Neerja’s brother Anish however refuses to let memories of Neerja’s death haunt him. Instead he remembers his 23 year old sister for the lively person that she was. He recalls, “I was 30 when this incident happened but I don’t like to recall it or even think about it. I remember her as the fun-loving, a complete music freak and a joyful person. She had an uncontrollable laugh. This incident was an exception in her life. Her life was not like that. Her life was fun-loving and great,” he says as he chokes up.

Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/bollywood/i-remember-her-as-joyful-person-complete-music-freak-neerja-s-brother/story-SjyZCZwH4MrzmGtEq8qVqL.html

The Bhanot family with a portrait of Neerja.

Rama Bhanot, Neerja’s mother

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A Father Reminisces

Neerja’s father, Harish Bhanot, a journalist by profession has written a moving tribute to Neerja. This was first published in The Hindustan Times on October 5, 1986, shortly after Neerja’s death.

Neerja, the vivacious and valiant senior flight purser of Pan Am was felled by hijackers bullets during the Pan Am holdup at Karachi airport on September 5 1986 – barely 25 hours before her birthday. A year ago, she had written to me, “I will do you proud” and the brave girl has kept her word.

Of late, Neerja was doing a lot of modelling. She had returned from Frankfurt on Tuesday (September 2) morning. She spent all of Wednesday shooting. On Thursday, she had yet another prestigious assignment. She reported for shooting at 9 a.m. and returned home only around 8 p.m. The hard day did not tell on her, she bounced about saying that she had the “most satisfying shooting day ever with Director Ayesha Sayani”, whom she described as a highly talented professional. She had a light dinner and went to sleep after telling her mother to wake her up 90 minutes before the pick-up call from Pan Am. Her mother was keen that she should telephone Pan Am to get excused because she had a hard day. But a highly duty conscious Neerja did not oblige her mother.

Pan Am informed that the pickup time will be 1.15 a.m. (Sept 5). Her mother had to knock the door really hard to wake up Neerja. She had the usual cold bath. While she was getting ready, we talked. I asked her, how many friends had she invited to her birthday on Sept. 7. She replied, “None” because she would be returning only on Sunday morning. She wished the birthday party to be just a family affair.

I learnt of the Pan Am plane hijacking at Karachi, at a press conference. I felt uneasy. As I reached my own office, I had a telephone call from Mr. Irfan Khan of Hindustan Lever. He advised me to be with him, mainly because his office had better facilities to get the latest information from Karachi.

What happened at Karachi airport? As the terrorists rushed up the letter to “capture” the aircraft, Neerja dashed to inform the captain in the cockpit. A terrorist, however, caught her by her handy ponytail but she was able to shout the “hijack code”. Another flight attendant who got her code conveyed it to the cockpit.

Obviously, the cabin crew, including the two pursers, did not know the action the cockpit crew takes on hearing the hijack code. It is now known that the 3 member cockpit crew – pilot, co-pilot and flight engineer – slipped away, leaving the aircraft, 400 passengers and the 13 member cabin-crew at the mercy of an emotionally surcharged 4 member team of burly terrorists. Since Neerja was the cabin-crew leader, she took over the “command”, as soon as she found that the three seniors (cockpit crew) had deserted them.

Neerja’s notes say that she had to follow up the hijacking warning with 6 steps. In the Karachi situation, she was required to “communicate” with the hijackers. Her smiles, even in deep distress, won a response. She looked after the passengers, within permissible limits. Her smiles were taken as an assurance by the passengers and crew members that the worst was over.

The power generator was running out of fuel and voltage was falling. Then “something” happened. Neerja was standing close to the leader of the terrorists. The light had become very dim. Suddenly, guns began vomiting fire within the aircraft. Neerja jumped to the emergency exit and threw it open.

According to Mrs. Malti Krishnaswamy and other eyewitnesses, Neerja was caught by the leader of the terrorists and shot point blank. In the dead body I saw bullets had hit her in the abdomen, on the shoulder near the neck and in the arm. When she opened the emergency exit, she could have herself been the first to slide down the chute. But she was the “captain”, who believed that she had to be the last person to quit – alive or dead.

The terrorists guns became silent only after spitting out the last bullet. The cabin crew got together on the tarmac and found the “leader” missing. Two crew members ran back to the aircraft to find a profusely bleeding Neerja at her post of duty. The shock of being hit by bullets did not stop her heart-beat. She had been bleeding, from at Least two bullet wounds, for nearly 15 minutes. But she was in her full senses and told her 2 colleagues to take care of her bullet-hit arm. With a little assistance, she slid down the chute to be received at the other end by another member of the crew. She was helped to walk to the ambulance. But she became a martyr before any medical assistance could help her to survive.

In the normal course of events, Neerja would have been back in Bombay on Sunday, September 7, her birthday. But instead of that we collected her coffin from the airport. She, who died so that others could live, was cremated the following day at 11 a.m. amidst chanting of her favourite mantras as we said “Goodbye darling, please keep coming.” The young model has set a model for her class the world over.

Neerja was a fruit of our long prayers for a daughter. We had two sons and were longing for a daughter. It was Sept. 7, 1962 at Chandigarh – where I was posted at that time. The maternity ward matron rang up to inform me that we had been blessed with a baby-girl. I was very happy to hear this and gave her a “double thanks”. She thought I had got her wrong and so she repeated “It is a daughter”. I explained to her the daughter had already 2 brothers and that is why it was an occasion for “double thanks”. Neerja was a “no problem” child, right from day one. She was a “no nonsense” girl right from the start. She went to Sacred Heart School (Chandigarh). Her family name was “Lado” and I do not think I had called her Neerja more than a score of times in her 23 years.

We came to Bombay in March 1974. She was a student of sixth standard. I took her to Bombay Scottish High School for admission. Everybody had told me that admission would be impossible. But one look at her and that great principal gave a lie to canards that entry into the school was linked with the size of “donation”.

Neerja was a very sensitive, deeply affectionate and an extremely decent person who believed in sharing with her people all her joys but not the jolts. She had well defined principles and there was little room for compromise in that area. Of the 23 years of her life, she had lived 22 years and 10 months under bracing sunshine. The two month long ugly patch was a dowry cloud. Following her ad-based arranged marriage in March 1985, she had gone to the Gulf to join her husband to set up a happy home. But the marriage went sour within two months. She was starved off finance and food in a foreign land and the bright girl lost five kg of weight in two months. She had to borrow money from the husband even to make a telephone call.

Before the marriage, it was made clear that it would be a dowry less marriage. But when she reached the “ordained home” she was told that even a “very poor man gives something to his daughter in marriage”. She came back to Bombay to honour a modelling contract. An ugly letter followed, listing terms for her return, which no person with self-respect could accept. The letter listed a straight formula: accept the humiliating terms without a whimper and return at your own cost or “we will separate”. The worst was that the letter asked her as to what was she? “You are just a graduate”. The young girl could not pocket this. She applied for a flight attendant’s job with Pam Am. There were nearly 10,000 applications but Neerja Harish easily found place among the top 80. Some of her close friends in Pan Am knew of her marriage mishap. They say that Neerja had been clearly stating that if one day something happened to her, please see that even “his” shadow did not fall on her dead body. The girl with sinews of steel accepted the challenge “what are you” and has told “what she was”.

The Pan Am job was a great success from day one. She went to Miami for training as a flight attendant but she returned home as a Purser. Nothing can, possibly, state her Pan Am stature better than a letter received from her instructor (at Miami), Mr. Keith D. Smith saying: “The courageous manner in which she lived was very evident in the courageous manner in which she died. Shielding 3 small children from danger was a bold, daring and brave act that so dignified Neerja’s personality. She was a wonderful human being. All those who were concerned with her Miami training, including the ‘local mother’, have expressed similar assessment of Neerja.”

Source: http://neerjabhanot.org/father.htm

 

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Below are what some survivors said about the incident:

“I still remember, exactly after 17 hours of them hijacking the flight, the fuel ran out. Due to this, the generator of the plane went off, leading to darkness. After the lights went off, the terrorists panicked and started firing aggressively at us. They also started throwing grenades. I saw many people die in front of my eyes…”

– Nayan Pancholi, a survivor of the hijacking of Flight 73.

“I was going to jump out but she (Neerja) said it was a wing exit and it would be too long a fall for me. She directed me to the rear exit and I got out. She was fantastic, the only real hero in the incident.

I still can’t believe she did that. If they had found that out, they would have killed her immediately, I’m sure.

The flight attendant smiled throughout the incident despite the fear surrounding her. Her calm courage irritated the hijackers, and they often pointed guns at her. But she smilingly went about serving sandwiches and coffee to passengers and whispering comforting words.

– Sekhar Mitra, an Asian-American, in an interview with Cinncinati Enquirer

“The undaunted Neerja continuously remained on her feet serving coffee, sandwiches and provided for every need of the entrapped passengers that was conceivable under the circumstances; at the same time, she would whisper comforting words in their ears.

My savior Neerja had the presence and the nerve to steal through the pandemonium of the screaming injured and dying men, women and children to make a dash for the emergency door. Though fragile, Neeraja, by sheer zest, it seems, single-handedly opened the chute.”

– Hussain, a survivor, in an interview with The Star

 

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Awards and Tributes

Rama Bhanot, Neerja’s mother accepting the Ashoka Chakra on behalf of her daughter. The Ashoka Chakra is the highest peace time military award for courageous action or self-sacrifice away from the battlefield. Neerja was the youngest recipient to receive this award.

Neerja Bhanot was honoured by appearing on an Indian postal Stamp, together with the Ashoka Chakra medal, which she was posthumously awarded.

Neerja has been recognised with awards from multiple countries for her bravery:

  • Ashoka Chakra, India (the youngest recipient of this award, which is the most prestigious gallantry award in India for bravery during peace time).
  • Flight Safety Foundation Heroism Award, USA.
  • Justice for Crimes Award, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
  • Special Courage Award, United States Department of Justice.
  • Ministry of Civil Aviation Award, India.
  • Tamgha-e-Insaaniyat (awarded for showing incredible human kindness), Pakistan.

After her death, her parents set up a trust in her name, known as the Neerja Bhanot Pan Am Trust. The trust presents two awards every year:

  1. The first is named the Neerja Bhanot Award. It is awarded to an Indian woman who, when faced with social injustice such issues surrounding dowry or desertion, perseveres and then helps other women in similar social distress.
  2. The second is award honours a crew member of an airline, anywhere in the world, who acts beyond the call of duty.

Both awards include a sum of INR 150,000 (approximately US$2,200 / RM9,200), a trophy and a citation. Therefore, even after her death, her name continues to live on and inspire others in various acts of bravery.

Subhashini Vasanth (left) being awarded The Neerja Bhanot Award 2015 by Sonam Kapoor (right), who plays Neerja in the recent biopic. Subhashini Vasanth won the award for her work with the widows of soldiers killed in combat.

A life-size statue honouring Neerja Bhanot, sculpted by artist Surjeet Singh (right), in the Bathinda district of Pubjab, India.

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Mar 25, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Truly a selfless heroine indeed Neerja Bhanot an Indian senior flight attendant who died while saving 340 passengers on Pan Am Flight 73. The plane was hijacked by terrorists dressed as security guards during a stopover in Karachi, Pakistan. She died heroically helping cockpit crews escape in order to ground the plane so it could not be flown. Amazingly her quick action she hid passports of passengers so the hijackers could not determine passenger nationalities. She also managed to open the emergency door assisting a number of passengers to escape from the plane. But sadly as the hijackers opened fire on passengers and crew, Neerja Bhanot lost her life shielding the three children from bullets. Her bravery, courage and noble qualities , she was awarded awards for her selfless act and a film entitled “Neerja” was released, portraying her herioc life. A trust fund was set up in memory of this amazing woman. Even till today the Neerja Bhanot Pan Am Trust fund continues to do great work.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring story of a selfless heroine.

  2. Samfoonheei on Oct 23, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Neerja Bhanot an Indian flight attendant was truly a selfless heroine. As the head purser for the airline she had saved passengers on the fateful flight Pan Am Flight 73. The plane had been hijacked by terrorists during a stopover in Karachi, Pakistan. There were 380 passengers and 13 crew on board the aircraft. All but 22 survived, and much of the credit goes to Neerja quick action, who died near the end of the standoff. She was brave and selfless, died heroically remembered by many till today. She received India’s highest civilian award and a special courage award by the US Department for her bravery. Her bravery were then made into a film entitled “Neerja” was released, portraying her heroic life. Interesting read.
    Thank you for this sharing.

  3. sarassitham on Oct 10, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    An extremely inspiring story, Neerja battle her life, her braveness is extraordinary and proven to be pure and sincere. Her actions and thoughts are amazing, her dramatic protection aren’t imaginable.

    A great woman, a great role model for the industries and her braveness will be a lesson for many women in the world. Besides reading this article, I even watched the brave woman
    through action movie in Hindi. Very interesting, scary, violence and touching, but Neerja handled and tackled smartly.

    Hope her soul will rest in peace. Namaste India for the everlasting award given
    .

  4. Samfoonheei on Jan 25, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Neerja Bhanot was a model and senior purser for the Pan American World Airways who was killed from heavily armed terrorists while saving passengers on board the hijacked Pan Am Flight 73. She was killed while shielding three children from the terrorists. She was one brave and inspiring lady who displayed great presence of mind in alerting the cockpit crew who managed to escape. If not for that more people would be killed . For her courage and bravery she was posthumously awarded India’s highest peacetime military award and from multiple countries. Despite her death many people still remembered her as one brave heroine and inspired many people.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this brave and inspiring lady.

  5. Anne Ong on Dec 3, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Neerja is truly an inspriring woman to respect and proud of. A selfless person who is able to sacrifice herself to save so many lives. Really Salute!This reflects the level of her compassionate mind like a modern day Tara the Savioress. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such inspiring stories like this with us.

  6. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 7, 2016 at 12:40 am

    This story makes one proud to be part of the human race, the part of humanity that inspires others to shine and to be the best one can be in the face of adversity. This is the second time I have read her story the second article has a lot of information to it and illuminates the kind of the courage and person she was to others in times of great danger.

    India and the rest of the world, has had many unfortunate incidents that involving women, and I hope her story will make men in general, feel inspired by this young lady who put others above herself. She was and is a modern day Tara the Savioress.

  7. Julien on Jul 19, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Its always so nice to read stories like this. Stories about amazing people doing amazing things. Helping others, making lives better. And in this case, saving lives. Neerja Bhanot will forever be in my mind and one to be followed. One to be taken as an example and one to be looked up upon. She gave her life for others. There is nothing more you could give to anyone.

    However, despite all her heroic and intelligent actions as stated in this article, such as hiding the American passports, there was one thing that stood out for me. When she protected those 3 children and paid the price for it. She shielded those children from then gunman and saved their lives. This to me was the turning point which made her such an icon to remember.

  8. Navina on Jul 13, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    It’s a nice story, which is also very sad ! She was so young and she did safe the live of so many people, instead of saving her own life. Very inspiring !

  9. Echeah on Jul 10, 2016 at 1:05 am

    This is truly inspiring. Ms. Neerja put others before herself to the extent that it cost her her own life. Under such a crisis situation, she acted with calm and fortitude, not losing sight of her commitment to her job and the people under her care. She was entirely at their service and took responsibility even for their lives. This reflects the level of her compassionate mind.

  10. CindyH on Jun 14, 2016 at 12:00 am

    It is not often that we encounter people who would have the courage to step in where there is trouble. More so when it meant risking your own life. Yet, we see Neerja selflessly putting herself on the line to save others from possible death in the face of danger. With her calmness, courage and wisdom, she not only managed to outwit the terrorists enough to be able to result in many passengers surviving the ordeal, she also became the source of hope and comfort to many the passengers during that difficult time. Even to the very end, she was focussed on the welfare of others and gave up her life to protect a group of 3 children by using her own body to shield a group of three children while getting them off the plane. Her exemplary kindness, selflessness and compassion shines through. Despite her tragic end, Neerja continues to be an inspiration and will be always be revered as an example of how to live. Thank you for sharing the story of such an incredible person.

  11. Frederick Law on Jun 9, 2016 at 2:33 am

    Neerja is selfless, she puts others as her priorities and ensuring all passenger is safe. She is courages, smart, and calm in the dangerous situation, she never ran or hide for the attackeer, instead she brave the situation and help all 200 pasangers to safety.

    Not easy for a person to deal with such situation, but Neerja she keep calm and very clear of what she need to do to ensure the passanger are safe.

  12. Pavara Lam on Jun 7, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    It is really amazing how one lady can save over 300 lives. Although plagued by a sour marriage Neerja did not allow that to affect her life. Instead Neerja decided to prove her worth by applying for a job at Pan Am.
    Even though Neerja was in the very presence of heavily armed terrorist, she was still smiling, that just shows that even thought there may be some people promoting fear she still does her best to give the passengers some comfort and assurance that they will somehow get out of the plane safely. Neerja was the very cabin crew who opened the exit door, even though she opened the door she did not exit first. She assisted everyone out and before she even got out she was fatally shot as she shielded several children’s from death.

    Neerja deserves a spot in history for her heroic life saving deed which brought the end of her life.

  13. tong sun sun on Jun 5, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    如此伟大的情操无人能及,除了母亲会为自己儿女牺牲生命外我想不到有更好的理由有如此的情操。
    Neerja这貌美瘦小女子却有着巨大的无私,顶着自身危害都要保护几百名人质的安全,无法想象在如此危急时刻却是想着别人的安危是如何的。
    她的这种体现就是我们说的慈悲,只有这样她才不会多想舍命救人,让人肃然起敬的女英雄。
    对比今日社会所报道的谋杀,抢劫,吸毒等等负面报道,Neerja 这篇报道才是最值得公开于当今社会学习的借镜。

  14. Ng Jesvin on May 27, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing Neerja’s story.

    The young, pretty and brave lady willing to sacrifice her life to save others inspired me deeply. May Neerja’s story continue inspire and bring more love to people.

    Humbly with hand folded,
    Ng Jesvin

  15. Helena Chin on May 23, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    She is a real heroine and make her family proud. Her selfless touches everyone hearts. Imagine what she has gone through during the terrifying moment but she remains clam and saved so many lives. She will remembered and loved!

    Imagine when we are in great fear on that situation, most people will save themselves first before saving others but she did the other way round. She sacrificed herself to responsible on her task and profession. How amazing! She is an angel to the survival…..

  16. Sofi on May 22, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    With today’s world news dominated with bad news of war, political crisis, terrorist threats, etc., this article on the selflessness of Neerja Bhanot is such an inspiration and offers the true nature of compassion. She is truly beautiful and has a generous heart to match. At the point of sacrificing her life, she willingly put herself in front of gunfire to protect the 3 children. It shows how habitually she had put others ahead of herself to be able to do this, especially in times of great fear where usually self preservation would have kicked in.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful shining example of selflessness which shows what everyone’s potential could be. If everyone was to practice more giving of the self, then there would be more peace and care in this world.

  17. Pastor Adeline on May 20, 2016 at 6:25 am

    The courage Neerja shown is spontaneous without a sign of hesitation which obviously arise from compassion and selflessness. She is an inspiration, to say the least. Neerja showed us our life is worthless when we focus solely on ourselves.

    Our life is insignificant as compared to many others we have responsibilities to take care and guard. When we know more, we are in the position to help, guide and protect just like a senior to junior, a mother to her child. This kind of action reflects the level of our maturity and care.

    I wish many will be inspired by Neerja and allow our similar qualities to shine for the benefit of others.

  18. Wah Ying on May 19, 2016 at 12:20 am

    The story of Neerja is beautiful and inspiring. She is so young when she saved the 200 plus passengers with her calmness, courage and wisdom; and sacrificed herself to save others in the end. How many of us can do when she did when we facing the moment of life and death, or in the dire situation like that. She must be a very kind, selfless and compassion soul to do so.

    From the trailer of movie it shows she got frightened when facing the terrorists, I guess she did have fear, but she choose not to let fear rules her and stand up to what is right and what should be done at that crucial moments.

  19. Pastor Antoinette Kass on May 18, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank You for sharing this inspiring lifestory of Neerja Bhanot. She was a loving and caring person during her life. She also respected her father very much and followed his wish to marry a man he had chosen.

    Yet, after the marriage did not went well, she took on a job and did her job well and even gave her life for the people who were under her care.

    She is respected for what she did and still after so many years is not forgotten but keeps being a good example for all of us.

  20. Beatrix Ooi on May 18, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Such a heroine, she sacrificed her own life to save the passengers on board, her bravery and kindness is not to be forgotten. Neerja was indeed a very beautiful lady, she was gorgeous inside and out, definitely an icon worthy of respect.

    I hope that this incredible story of a selfless human being will continue to inspire people around the world to stand up for something, at least start trying to help those who are in need for example, the homeless. Buy them a meal and drink whenever you come upon one, be the one who transforms.

  21. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on May 17, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    It’s no wonder Neerja’s story has continued to linger in the Indian people’s memories to this day. Beautiful outside and more importantly, inside, Neerja was able to overcome her own instincts for self-preservation to save the lives of hundreds of others.

    Although the world seems to appreciate beauty, money, fame, etc these days, ultimately the people that humanity and history remembers are those who were able to sacrifice themselves for the greater good.

  22. kb thapa on May 17, 2016 at 4:46 am

    What a beautiful and brave young woman. I hope all the ones she helped will always ,be thankful for what she did for them and that they will live their lives to the fullest…Bless her for she was those peoples guardian angel.. What an incredible act of self sacrifice, a true inspiration.

  23. Sarah Yap on May 16, 2016 at 2:51 am

    Incredible story. Although her life was brief, she lived it to the fullest and meaningfully, saving 379 lives with her bravery.

    Some people might think, if they were in the same position as her, they would do the same. But it’s not as simple as that. On that day, Neerja was put in a situation where she choose to put other’s before herself.

    On a smaller scale, where our lives are not at stake, we face with this similar situation on a daily basis. How many times in a day do we act selflessly in accordance with the best interest of another person instead of thinking about ourselves? A question I believe we should answer honestly.

    Neerja is truly an incredible woman, and her story continues to inspire many

  24. Stella Cheang on May 15, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Neerja Bhanot is an inspiration to me because:

    1. She put the life of others ahead of her own. She let other passengers escape first even though she could have easily escape on her own.
    2. She treats everyone, regardless of race or gender equally even in the face of such gruesome danger.
    3. She is witty in assessing the situation and acts with courage. It is very risky to hide the passports of the American passengers under the nose of armed terrorist.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article of a brave heroine.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  25. Joy Kam on May 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Neerja is truly one of a kind hero that we so seldom see these days, and she is only 22 years old! How many 22 years old girls do we know who could care less about another and are into themselves?

    Neerja is a true gem of a human. She reminds me of what a living walking Tara would be like. She is beautiful, intelligent, graceful and most importantly she in courageously kind and like what Rinpoche always says, kindness is always the key to one’s success. And she definitely is someone who succeeded in beating the terrorist by her simple act of courage and kindness; she rescued 379 passengers.

    She could have just slipped away like the other 3 coward team mates, but she did not and she chose stay back to help these passengers who she does not even know! They are not even her family but to her they were precious human and made it her duty to help!
    She is truly an incredible human being for sure. I just can’t wait to watch her movie on DVD… I hope it comes out soon!

  26. Pastor David Lai on May 15, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    This little account of Neerja is indeed inspiring for everyone to read. I could not but tear up as I read how courageous she was under such intense pressure that she could protect so many people.

    I wondered how I would be under similar circumstances, would I have been so selfless and what this quality of selflessness would be under normal daily circumstances. What would that translate to if I were to be kind, compassionate and considerate of others on a daily basis. Nonetheless, I am truly awed and would like to watch the movie soon and be totally moved by here great deed for others. What an exceptional person!

  27. Valentina Suhendra on May 15, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    What an amazing story of an ordinary girl who exercise a selfless courage at the end of her life and as a result save many lives.

    In the course of reading this article, I am amazed that although almost 30 years have passed since the Pan Am 73 Hijacking incident, but those she saved at the critical juncture of their lives continue to remember her bravery because they are indebted to her. What I find inspiring is she viewed her life as less important than those of others.

    May Neerja Bhanot’s story continue to shine and inspire others.

    Valentina

  28. Pastor Niral Patel on May 15, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    It is incredible for someone so young to show so much courage in the face of fear, and to act in the most of responsible and compassionate ways to save the lives of as many people as she could. The title of this article is very apt ‘A Selfless Heroine’! Her self-sacrifice really exemplifies what we would call the Boddhisatva motivation, to think of others before instead of thinking of oneself.

    The survivors all agree that during the hijacking, she was their source of solace, took every means to keep them safe, even providing them with food in secret. This just goes to show that her actions were not spur of the moment, but who she really was as a person. A very inspiring person who we can all learn from.

  29. Uncle Eddie on May 15, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    She was just 22 years old when killed, saving 379 passengers and crew from the hijacking of Panam Flight 73, for which she posthumously received India’s highest peacetime Military award for bravery, The Ashoka Chakra. We are now in the most painful period in human history, a time when because of the vast increase in the destructive power of weapons, endless people have suffered and died by violence than ever before, many a times for nothing. In Neerja’s case, although everyone is very sad about the death and sacrifice of this brave young herione, she has greatly instilled deep inspiration and gratitude into all our minds. Yes, the merciful Neerja had the chance to save herself, but she preferred to chose “compassion” over cowardice instead, to save the 379 lives. In such high-pressurred situation, many will not be able to do what Neerja has done! In our Dharma practice, it is always said that if we let compassion and an altrustic attitude guide our lives like Neerja has done, we will be able to achieve great things! For Neerja’s selfless act of bravery and self sacrifice, may she be blessed with a swft and good rebirth. Om Mani Padme Hum.

  30. NUT on May 15, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    She is considered a national heroine https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vesna_Vulovi%C4%87

  31. Edern Tan on May 15, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    WOW… this article is really intriguing! Very delighted to hear that there are such selfless people around us! These people like Neerja Bhanot herself is a very good learning example for us. A good role model for us to follow! Many of us, including myself, have always been putting ourselves in front of others instead of the other way round, the right way. So people like Neerja are those that really make us reflect upon ourselves – are we really doing things the right way? Here we are claiming that we are selfless and we are certainly not selfish, but are we really…?

    We should definitely portray her as a role model we should all follow.

  32. Tsem Rinpoche on May 15, 2016 at 11:35 am

    At Neerja’s birth her horoscope said she will be the light of the world according to her mother.

  33. Pastor Loh Seng Piow on May 15, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Beautiful lady, not only of the outer appearance, but more so is her soul. Kind, selfless, it is at testing times that one’s true nature surfaces, and Neerja is such an inspiration to millions of people. She stood up to terrorism, unfazed by intimidation, and the most admirable virtue is, she could sacrifice herself to protect others. How many people could so that? Most people in such situation would choose to save themselves first. Neerja embodies the quality of a Bodhisattva – compassion and selfless. I am sure Neerja has taken a very good rebirth, such meritorious could not have gone wasted. I am sure Neerja is back with us now, ready to love and protect sentient beings again.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 25. 2022 01:36 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings on Dorje Shugden Wangze. Dorje Shugden always helps, guides, and protects pure and faithful practitioners by granting blessings, increasing their wisdom, fulfilling their wishes, and bestowing success on all their virtuous activities. We are so fortunate to have learn this practice from our Guru.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-wangze-for-power-and-influence.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 25. 2022 01:34 PM
    Tagpu Pemavajra was a highly attained lama who had many authentic visions of the Buddhas. Amazing he had even received direct teachings from them. He had 13 vision from different deity of their practice such as Citamani Tara and Dorje Shugden. Tagpu Pemavajra was indeed a great master that passed down the complete teachings, practice, and the initiation of Dorje Shugden, to benefits countless sentient beings,generations after generations. Hence Dorje Shugden practice has been passed on from Tagpu Pemavajra to the present time. He had played an important role in the Gelug tradition.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a great highly attained master well known for his astral travel especially for his pure visions of deities.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/tagpu-pemavajra-and-visions-from-gaden-heaven.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 25. 2022 01:32 PM
    Interesting read of Loppon Sonam Tsemo an important Tibetan sprititual leader and Buddhist scholar. According to his biography, when Loppon Sonam Tsemo was born, words written by dakinis appeared above the doorway to the great stupa in Bodhgaya, India. At a very young age he was able to describe memories of eleven previous lives. That’s amazing ability he had. He even composed the treatise Door to the Dharma at the holy shrine of Nalatse. Followed by receiving pure visions of the Bodhisattva Manjushri, Shri Hevajra, Green Tara and Arya Acala . A truly great Master who had dedicated the rest of his life to studies and meditation for the benefit of all beings. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/sakya-lopon-sonam-tsemo-the-one-who-ascended-to-kechara-paradise.html
  • Saras
    Monday, May 23. 2022 03:00 PM
    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
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    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.

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    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

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108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
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Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat\'s doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
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One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
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Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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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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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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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
3 months ago
Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
3 months ago
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.
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
5 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)
7 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)
7 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has resumed our Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 6th Nov 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
7 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
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