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Dear friends,

 

This is something I wanted to share with all of you. I find this very inspirational.

I came across this featured article about Master Cheng Yen, the founder of Tzu Chi Foundation. The work that Tzu Chi Foundation does worldwide is so incredible and impactful that they have been featured on this leading news and information source, FORBES. 

I have always been inspired by Master Cheng Yen’s organization… how with just as little as 800 staff, they are able to run an international rescue and relief projects. Tzu Chi has branches in 47 countries, 2 million volunteers and approximately 10 million donors… and all of this started from her motivation to help others. How wonderful that she is now able to reach so many.

Master Cheng Yen has gained much international support and has appeared on international news many times previously all of which I have blogged a few

Do read the article and be inspired at how the Tzu Chi Foundation is able to function and bring Buddhism to so many people across the world. May their efforts continuously grow and may Master Cheng Yen live long and in good health.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Sister of Charity

Shu-Ching Jean Chen, 04.02.10, 12:40 PM EDT 

Forbes Asia Magazine dated April 12, 2010

Buddhist nun has built the biggest charity in the Chinese world.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen may be a 72-year-old Buddhist nun adhering to a harsh daily regimen in a convent with 160 other nuns, but that doesn’t mean she’s missing out on the latest technology. Wherever she goes in her small temple abode in eastern Taiwan or in the sprawling office complex she oversees nearby, television screens are close by, including two where morning service is held. She presides over a daily video conference and, from the computer on her desk, holds emergency meetings via webcam and TV. In the early 1990s she was quick to get an e-mail address and start surfing the Web.

Cheng Yen is the founder and chief executive of a fast-growing charity, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, the largest nongovernmental organization in the Chinese world. Thanks to being so wired, she heard about the Haiti earthquake in January right after it hit. She immediately began coordinating a global fund-raising drive and dispatching relief.

Often compared with Mother Teresa, Cheng Yen and five others started Tzu Chi in 1966 when they began sewing baby shoes to raise money for the poor. Begun in a wooden hut not far from its headquarters today, Tzu Chi now enlists entrepreneurs and other lay people as volunteers and organizes itself like a corporation. The number of donors hit 1 million in 1989, the same year that Cheng Yen published her first collection of philosophical musings, Jing Si Aphorisms. But its grassroots activity really caught the public’s attention after the foreign press started criticizing Taiwan as an island of greed during a stock market bubble in 1990. The book is now available in 11 languages and has sold 3.5 million copies, and Tzu Chi’s donors number 10 million.

Cheng Yen never travels outside of Taiwan because she suffers from heart disease. But this doesn’t prevent her from taking Tzu Chi to faraway places; it has branches in 47 other countries, the largest number being in the U.S., where it has 99 field offices. Some 30% of its donors live outside of Taiwan, with the largest group–330,000–in Malaysia. Last year it raised $313 million in Taiwan and at least $30 million overseas; there’s no overall total because Tzu Chi doesn’t tally what all the branches collect. The branches are self-sustaining and seek funding from the headquarters only when necessary.

The organization is a model of efficiency: Its staff numbers just 800, bolstered by its network of 2 million volunteers, up from 30,000 only 17 years ago. By comparison, the Red Cross has fewer than 1 million volunteers, but it pays 34,000 employees. Bangladesh’s BRAC, the world’s largest NGO by number of staff, employs more than 120,000.

Since its first overseas mission in 1991 after a flood in Bangladesh, Tzu Chi’s medical and relief teams have been active in 70 countries, their signature blue shirts and white trousers visible in such far-flung places as Kosovo, Rwanda, Cambodia and North Korea. In North Korea, for many years after 1998, Tzu Chi was the only NGO allowed to hand-deliver goods to recipients, not merely drop off the supplies at harbors as other international NGOs had to do.

In 2003 Tzu Chi became Taiwan’s first NGO included under the UN’s umbrella, giving it protection in hot spots such as Afghanistan, and in 2008 it was the first offshore NGO allowed to register in China. In January Beijing ruled that its name, Tzu Chi (meaning “compassionate relief”), was worthy of copyright protection against a local copycat. “The best way to look at Tzu Chi from a management point of view is how its efficiency and brand name value continue to pull in volunteers and outside donations,” says Stan Shih, a cofounder of Acer. “Cheng Yen is no doubt one of the world’s best CEOs.”

Shih met Cheng Yen in the 1990s through another Acer cofounder, Ken Tai, a Tzu Chi volunteer, and went on to attend a Tzu Chi summer camp held for businesspeople contributing $30,000 or more. Shih is working with Tzu Chi and other organizations to promote computer literacy as part of a pan-Asia effort.

Chief executives are famous for their long hours, but Cheng Yen–who declined to talk to FORBES ASIA for this story–takes this to an extreme. Her office hours begin at 3:45 a.m. and end past 10 p.m. Her schedule is filled months ahead with visits from donors, volunteers, people asking for help and politicians, interrupted only by meals that last no longer than 15 minutes. Frugal to the point of hardship, she is known for using no more than one basin of water a day. A couple of times a year she travels around the island to visit volunteers and deliver speeches. A forceful speaker, she prods housewives to save part of their grocery money to help the poor with medical expenses, and she converts big-name business leaders into devout disciples.

An early disciple was Wei Yin-Chun, one of the four founding brothers of Tingyi Holdings. In 1988, four years before the brothers moved to China to found what later would become the largest instant-noodle maker there, Wei, then 31, was deeply touched by stories in a Tzu Chi publication and contacted its local office to make a donation. In 1995 he started working with Tzu Chi in China, doling out relief and building schools in remote villages. After completing a two-year apprenticeship, Wei became a disciple and now heads the food unit of Tzu Chi’s international aid arm. When disaster strikes, he puts aside work at the family business to focus on relief efforts, as he did in January for Haiti while on business in China. Now back in Taiwan at the helm of a family subsidiary, Wei Chuan Food, Wei set up a unit in 2008 inside the company to offer courses for the group’s 5,000 employees.

Relentless and inspiring as Cheng Yen is, it’s her ability to deliver results while converting the philosophical thought of Buddhism into plain language and applying it to daily life that win her wide admiration. “She talks in a way that makes things sound so simple that you can understand,” says Franky Widjaja, son of Eka Tjipta Widjaja, founder of Indonesia’s Sinar Mas Group. “There’s nothing mystical about what she says.”

The father, a Christian, and his son visited Cheng Yen for the first time just days before riots broke out in Indonesia in 1998 in the aftermath of the financial crisis. After returning, the Widjajas jumped into action, distributing food, toothpaste, instant noodles and other daily necessities to victims and the army during the riots. They also worked with Tzu Chi to clean up Jakarta’s notoriously polluted Angke River after disastrous flooding in 2002 and to raise $30 million to resettle victims of the 2004 tsunami. With the help of volunteers such as the Widjajas, Tzu Chi arrived in Banda Aceh, capital of the area devastated by the tsunami, one day ahead of Indonesia’s president, several ministers and the army.

Such grassroots mobilization is meshed with a consensus-driven decision-making structure at headquarters. Cheng Yen intervenes in contentious issues, such as in the decision to help China resettle millions of victims of the 1991 mass flooding in eastern China, even though politics stood in the way on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. It was Taiwan’s first relief effort in China–the Chinese government was suspicious of Tzu Chi’s motives, and some Taiwanese weren’t happy that Tzu Chi was helping mainlanders instead of focusing on domestic relief. “She can combine her charisma with the management of a modern organization,” says C. Julia Huang, an anthropology professor at National Tsing Hua University and author of a new book on Tzu Chi. “That makes Tzu Chi an interesting case study of a nonprofit organization, different from most other Buddhist groups.” Many Buddhist groups have trouble growing beyond their roots as a religious organization, she says.

Mixing her idealism with perseverance, Cheng Yen often commits herself to a project before raising the money. Despite worries about funding, she overruled skeptics and agreed to the requests of every school headmaster who knocked at Tzu Chi’s door asking for money to rebuild after an earthquake flattened a slice of central Taiwan in 1999. Tzu Chi raised $300 million to build 51 schools, all shock-resistant structures. After eight years of trying, she built her first hospital in 1986 by collecting small donations and bypassing big donors. “Do not leave trouble to our offspring,” she told her disciples when explaining why she declined an offer from a Japanese donor to underwrite the whole hospital project. She worried that relying on a single donor would jeopardize Tzu Chi’s independence if the donor demanded a bigger say in its operation.

After six more hospitals came the establishment of a full-fledged university and a medical college, all in Taiwan, and a media group that includes a 24-hour global satellite TV station carrying in-house productions of news, dramas, talk shows and documentaries, as well as Cheng Yen’s speeches and notices of charity activities posted by its global offices from as far as Lesotho. The media group draws a quarter of its annual budget from a metal, plastic and paper recycling business in Taiwan staffed by 60,000 volunteers.

Today Tzu Chi also runs Asia’s largest bone-marrow registry, and its reserve of emergency medical supplies, enough to treat 30,000 patients for a month, rivals that of leading medical missions. “Tzu Chi’s biggest asset is the master, the second asset is the volunteers, the third is the capital and experience of its entrepreneurs,” says Walter Huang, chairman of Texma International, a garmentmaker for U.S. brands such as J.C. Penney, gap and Tommy Hilfiger. Huang is among the five founding donors and managers of a nonprofit textile business under Tzu Chi using fabric made from recycled plastic bottles to sew blankets for refugees around the world.

No apparent successor has emerged from Tzu Chi’s four deputies, all professional managers, or from the nuns. “We and the master always focus on now,” says Gary K.C. Ho, a real estate brokerage entrepreneur who heads the Canada branch. “Master hopes to finish everything while she is still alive, so everything will be in place when we have a successor, who might be less charismatic but would feel less pressured.” But running against a clock that she has meticulously divided into 86,400 seconds a day, Cheng Yen has always said there’s no retirement for her.

Cheng Yen’s Ten Commandments

Words of wisdom for Tzu Chi disciples:

  1. Do not kill
  2. Do not steal
  3. Do not fornicate
  4. Do not lie
  5. Do not drink alcohol
  6. Do not smoke, use drugs or chew betel nuts
  7. Do not gamble or speculate
  8. Respect your parents and be moderate in speech and attitude
  9. Follow the traffic regulations
  10. Do not participate in politics or demonstrations
Source: http://www.forbes.com/global/2010/0412/companies-cheng-yen-taiwan-philanthropy-widjaja-sister-of-charity.html

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  1. Lin Mun on Nov 12, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing Master Cheng Yen story. It is indeed very inspiring. With the very little she has, her only intention is to help others no matter how much obstacles she will face. A very compassion, kind and generous person.

    Didn’t know Malaysia Tzu Chi is the biggest overseas branch. They are really fast and always first when there is any catastrophe event. Not only that they even have teams of volunteers that visit hospitals and speak to the patients and patient’s family members to console them. Such thoughtful act.

    It is her value that we must learn. And being a volunteer myself I always admire the other volunteers on how they utilise their time and bring the best to the organisation.

  2. Chris Chong on Feb 28, 2016 at 1:07 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this article on Master Cheng Yen. She is very amazing to have created and founded such an enormous yet efficient buddhist organization. Tzu Chi had built schools, hospitals, colleges and being actively involves in forefront of disaster aids. Tzu Chi’s accomplishment is truly amazing for non governmental organization.

    To be able to lead such an enormous organization, Master Cheng Yen had to be an extraordinary being. At such age, she is still actively involved in the organization despite of all the helpers she had. She had totally devoted her life to dharma and serving others. This shows that power of compassion behind Master Cheng Yen’s accomplishment.

  3. Carmen Lin @ KMP on Sep 27, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Master Cheng Yen is indeed an inspiration for us. Look at how far Tzu Chi has go, they are indeed a very good reference for us to study so that every charity organization can achieve what they have achieved. Their methods of sustaining the organization is very inspiring and a very good reference. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

  4. Irene Lim on Aug 28, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Master Cheng Yan is truly inspirational; she is 1000-Arm Kuan Yin.

  5. Choong Li Li on Aug 5, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Hi,
    I missed yesterday’s blog chat. I was attending open house celebration.
    Yes, I am really inspired by Master Cheng Yen. It is unexpected that I met her when I was visiting. She said,” you need not have to worry how much money you give. It is all from your heart. Even 10 sen a day you keep each day,after a year too can help people”.
    She gave us one tin per person to collect the money that we like to donate for charity.

  6. beatrix ooi on Aug 1, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    This is something very inspiring, Tzu Chi grows so rapidly and globally that it has all the branches in 47 countries. This is something worth rejoicing! With Master Cheng Yen’s pure motivation, She will be able to help thousands and even millions of people around the world. Of course she can’t do all these alone, but if everyone puts in effort, there’s nothing they can’t accomplish. Most importantly, I think the key is that her followers have faith in Her, they trust and make things work and this is something very remarkable. I have visited one of the branches in Penang, we even bought their homemade noodles, they are delicious! Hehe
    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.

  7. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 27, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Tzu Chi have been able to attract some of the brightest medical people into its fold, through its activities and I have heard before doctors apologising to their patients if they are not able to cure them

    How humble of doctors if they can be like that. As sometimes we come across medical practitioners who are arrogant and is just commercially motivated. And Master cheng yen can influence doctors to be more caring how amazing and wonderful is this Buddhist icon.

  8. Sean Wang on Jul 22, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Tzu Chi is very inspiring and they have grown very big. So many people have benefitted by their hands. I truly rejoice for their charity. I can’t wait for Kechara to grow to that stage. I know it will. Master Cheng Yen has always done so much for others, I wish for her long life and good rebirths.

  9. Leslie Leong on Jul 17, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I think Master Cheng Yen is a very generous and benevolent person. She helps the world tireless despite her age and physical condition. I salute her efforts and may God bless her!

  10. Jutika Lam on Jul 17, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    WOW….. I just cannot express in words how touched and awed at all the amazing deeds that Tzu Chi and Cheng Yen have done to the the the World.

    From rebuilding schools to opening hospitals it makes my head burst to think that though Chen Yen is already 72 years old she never fails to keep up with the Technology world.

    While most of us complain how hard it is to operate a computer… look at a simply selfless 72 year old Nun operate a computer to send e mails and do other work that is to benefit people!!!!

    What is really our excuse???

    Even though Cheng Yen has Heart Disease and does not travel out f Taiwan even that those not stop her from helping millions of people in need all around the world.

    Cheng Yen is really a living Mother Teresa that is always ready to help people.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this truly great article!

    Love
    Jutika

  11. Uncle Eddie on Jul 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    As for her life’s experiences, many past incidents could have perhaps shaped her vision to compel her to feel for a higher calling. Incidebtally, it was said that when her father had died of a heart attack, she felt that she had erred in caring for him. Later at the hospital, she witnessed a peniless aborigine woman been denied of medical attention while bleeding on the floor. Another time,it was said that a Catholic missionary had said to her, “You buddhists are a passive group and ignore the needs of others”. From theron, Master Cheng Yen was determined to serve all humanity – through which she envisioned and experienced a world of kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity! According to record, initially with the support of only thirty housewives who set aside NT cents fifty of their grocery money each day, Master Cheng Yen embarked on her mission of helping the poor and educating the more prosperous, through the formation Tzu Chi Merits Society in estabishing a charity fund to provide relief and assistance for the poor. Today Master Cheng Yen’s influence in the World is revealed through the acclaimed International work of Tzu Chi Foundation, with its motto known as “Instructing the Rich and saving the poor”. As for Cheng Yen, she is often called “The mother Teresa of ASIA”. Om mani Padme Hum! Many thanks for the sharing Rinpoche.

  12. Julien Roth on Jul 13, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    This is really good. How they got the news to spread and to let the world know about this organisation is very good. Then people will be aware that such an organisation exists and maybe that organisation would get more sponsors or even more helpers. Even by Rinpoche sharing this on his blog is helping this organisation. I am happy for this.

  13. Julia Tan on Jul 13, 2013 at 12:02 am

    A nun who started her charity act with just a few house wives can do so much and saving lives all over the world today. Master Cheng Yen is definitely not an original person. She must be the emanation of KuanYin, the Bodhisattva. She always tell her students that spreading Dharma and saving lives cannot be delayed and claimed that because we do not have enough time. She constantly chasing for Dharma work to be done fast. She uses the latest technology to communicate, to save lives, to build Tzu Chi Centers and etc. I am truly inspired by Master Cheng Yen because she built Tzu Chi single handedly. Even in her age now she still involved herself into all important decisions making.

    The young Kechara is heading this direction too, lead and inspired by Tsem Rinpoche. Kechara has so little staffs and volunteers yet running all 13 departments at the same time building Kechara Forest Retreat now. I am so blessed to be part of team. Kechara is going global now because of Rinpoche’s teachings touching many people’s hearts everyday.

    People from every conner of the world will come to Kechara Forest Retreat to get blessings from Tsem Rinpoche. We will be building Kechara communities all over the world starts from Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.

  14. Cliff on Jul 12, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Wow this is incredible! Such an inspiring person Master Cheng Yen is, its amazing how she has built Tzu Chi Foundation the organization it is today. With relentless compassion and commitment towards all human beings she doesn’t hesitate to help those in need not only in Taiwan but throughout the whole world. Its incredible with the amount of employees, volunteers and donors that are involved in the Tzu Chi Foundation. With quick and clever thinking of Master Cheng Yen, no wonder the Foundation is where it is today. Its truly admirable and wonderful despite her health, age and condition that she is in she never stops helping others with compassion.

  15. Liaw saw keong on Jul 11, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    truly inspiring lady.

  16. Shelly tai on Jul 11, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Shelly tai on 11 July 2013 at 434pm
    Rejoice for Tzu Chi foundation that they do so much to reach the world. We kecharian should work hard to help Rinpoche to achieve his goal as like Rinpoche always said be beneficial for others. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this blog post with us.

  17. Jace Chong on Jul 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring story of Master Cheng Yen and Tzu Chi.

    Nowadays, most people are spoilt living in their own world, satisfying own needs and that’s all. One step out of the own comfort zone brings fears, but those will not bring you ultimate happiness and satisfaction. A lot of people find their life empty, living just for themselves.

    It’s really touching to see Master Cheng Yen’s efforts inspire more and more people step out to live for others. It’s not an easy journey. I believe her journey to relieve others from suffering encountered difficulties and uncertainties, but with determination to Buddhahood, she made it, and she made a lot of people make it.

    The world will become a better place when we practice selflessness. May all the Boddhisattvas that living among us live forever long. Om Mani Padme Hum…

  18. Joy on Jul 8, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    I’ve always thought she was Mother Teresa of the East. She is really one extraordinary being who has made Buddhism so active and alive by being one of the leading charitable organisation that is ever ready to help those in need, and what a success she has created. Truly a person who actually puts the Dharma in to practice. She does what we call compassion in action.

    It is funny and quite enlightening to read that she too like our Rinpoche quickly adapted to technology and uses it as a tool to reach out and benefit others even more. I guess now those who want too say they are too old to learn how to use the internet… well they should take a read here. Master Chen Yen even does conference meetings and teachings via the net and at age 72! Wow!

    Another similarity I find with our Rinpoche is that she is also seem to be in a rush to get things done as the term used “running against the clock” and just like Rinpoche she wishes to make sure everything is done perfectly before the next successor. Her drive and devotion in benefiting others is somewhat similar to Rinpoche’s… and how at 72 she think about “no retirement”. She sounds like a Boddhisattva Kuan Yin! Amazing real life heroes we can take as true human and spiritual role models!

  19. hecelus tan on Jul 8, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    I came to know Tzu Chi through DA AI TV, and I love it because it always has the messages on Guru devotion, wisdom and also compassion. Master Cheng Yen’s disciples always followed her instructions without any doubt and do it immediately without a second delay. That is what Guru devotion really is!

  20. AdelineTan on Jul 8, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Dharma Master Cheng Yen is truly inspiring,she and five others started Tzu Chi in 1966 when they began sewing baby shoes to raise fund for the poor and now Tzu Chi has branches in 47 countries.A buddhist nun has built the Biggest Charity in the Chinese World.They managed to reach out and benefiting so many people all over the world and it is growing fast. Some of the Tzu Chi volunteers have told me that their Master is liked thousand arms and thousand eyes Kuan Yin, be able to reach out to all the needy throughout the world which i think is true because Msater Cheng Yen is selfless and only think of helping others!

  21. jp on Jul 7, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    It is truly inspiring to know that a Buddhist NGO can be so successful in reaching out to so many people around the world. We need more organisations like Tzu Chi that inspires others to be altruistic and truly relief sufferings around the world without agendas such as converting them to Buddhism. They really practise compassion.

    Religion is a method to one’s salvation and is a personal choice. It should not be a prerequisite when helping those in need.

    Thank you Master Cheng Yen for your selflessness.

  22. Lim (KH JB) on Jul 7, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Rejoice to Master Cheng Yen and all dedicated disciples that help to succeed and maintain this organisation…

    We must always improve and repair our Guru samaya hence towards to globalize… We can make it happen!!!

  23. Sock Wan on Jul 7, 2013 at 12:37 am

    wow, Master Cheng Yen is really amazing. A nun who owns nothing merely with the motivation to help others are able to set up and run a organisation this HUGE! I see a lot of similarities between Rinpoche and Master Cheng Yen. Master Cheng Yen uses modern way to promote Buddhism, she does not like to travel and she seems to be a very private person but yet she is able to reach out to many! She is not afraid to take on responsibility, when she has a goal, she goes all the way for it. She basically does not set a limit to her ability to help others. How inspiring.

    To be successful, one has to be adaptable, react fast and have no fear to uncertainty. With the right motivation, all the supports needed will come. I have watched an interview with her, she said she is so persistent because she has made the promise to her guru and she has complete faith in her guru.

  24. William on Jul 6, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Tzu Chi is a very inspirational organisation and started from humble beginnings. Master Cheng Yen’s humility and compassion in helping people in need has garnered a huge following and managed to gather people to contribute to society. This is truly admirable. The fact that the organisation spread all over the world is because of her and people believed in her vision.

    What is more admirable is that she takes on technology to be in tune with the modern and ever changing society. Her age does not stop her from learning new things to make her organisation grow further. Total respect to Master Cheng Yen.

    May Tzu Chi continue to grow and Master Cheng Yen live long!

  25. HelenaC on Jul 6, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    It is really inspiring that Tzu Chi Foundation has grown so far and wide! So many ppl got helps and hopes from the organisation! Rejoice for them. Really wish Kechara will be like them in near future. We must work harder to reach out.

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    The H H 14th Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, has for decades travelled the globe with a message of peace, love and compassion. Yet these Dorje Shugden controversy happened due to some having their own agenda. Shugden practitioners have been relying on Dorje Shugdn for more than 350 years. Why now??? It had cause more sufferings, misunderstanding , families divided and so on. May all this be over soon for the sake of Tibetans . Interesting read……hopefully more people will read this blog to understand the situation better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/huffington-post-three-times-as-many-buddhists-as-communists-in-china-dalai-lamas-tibet-wish-may-require-rapprochement-with-former-adversaries.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 16. 2022 03:52 PM
    History is full of weird events that no one can explain , well that’s a fact. We are fortunate historians of the past have documented many of them for us to understand. Yet many unexplained mysteries remain unexplained even to this day. For some reason, we as humans tend to concentrate on the mysterious things more than the undeniable facts. World’s greatest unsolved mysteries always interest me. Mysteries of any topic is truly interesting to read the story. Death is a mystery to all of us, and so is reincarnation. When science cannot explain something it is often referred to as a belief. There are many mysterious stories in the world now where people claim to be reincarnated and they remember their past life. One such intriguing story was of Shanti Devi recalling her past life in modern times. Shanti Devi’s story is amazing at the age of four years old, she began telling her parents specific details about her old life.
    Interesting and weird mysterious stories in this blog, some of them are truly spooky.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/10-creepy-mysteries-you-havent-heard-of.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 16. 2022 03:50 PM
    Even though it a old post yet reading it had me feeling sorry for such cute doggie. Due to some mortgage problems the owners left Sue the doggie without someone to look after. Sue was lucky somehow someone from Shelter Friend adopted her. Thank you to those who made it happen
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dog-in-danger-please-help-sue.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 16. 2022 03:48 PM
    nteresting read …..after reading this blog had me realised animals do reincarnate after all. Animals can become human again and vice versa after death. Just like humans, animals reincarnate as part of our soul family groups. This means the animals in our life now, have very likely been in our life before, as an animal. The true life story of a Thai boy with a snake past life tells all . The Thai boy Dalawong as a wonder spirit recognizes the cobra’s attacker is a very good life evidence of the existence of reincarnation.
    Reading the topic of telepathy had me understand slightly better . According to researchers, telepathy is a non-verbal way to communicate with others. With telepathy, people communicate entirely in the mind without saying anything. Interesting. Do hope I could telepathy with my doggie.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting blog.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Nov 14. 2022 03:59 PM
    Thanks for sharing all this creative special thoughts for readers to share with everyone . Simple thoughts yet easy understandable , meaningful tells us a thousand words of reality. Many will surly benefits it , reading those thoughts. Everyone has the right to practice his or her own religion, or rather no religion at all. Everyone should be supportive of religious freedom because religion is uniquely valuable to society. No one should ever suffer, be humiliated, assaulted, be segregated all because of their faith.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow again with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/very-special-thoughts-to-share.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Nov 14. 2022 03:56 PM
    As the sun rose over the ancient town, Dharmakaya Ceitiya, Thailand, a sea of saffron and maroon-robed monks assembled in an area the size of a football field. Could not have imagined 30,000 ordained as monks in one go that’s rejoicing. Thailand is the Land of Dharma where the Buddhism has been established since thousands years ago. Buddha Dharma teachings have been infiltrated in the daily life of Thai people. The Thai Buddhist cultures are unique and beautiful and their country are known as “the Land of Smile”. Theravada Buddhism is the official religion of Thailand and plays a key role in many aspects of Thai culture. For many Thai people, Buddhism is considered a philosophy for how to live one’s life and numerous Buddhist principles. Buddhism is a key component to the identities of many Thais. Many beautiful Buddhist temples and golden statues could be a common sights all over. Thai Buddhism has influenced society for a long time that has contributed to Thai people being generally known as kind, and compassionate.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing. Looking at those rare pictures tells all…..simple amazing able to see it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/30000-people-ordained-as-monks.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Nov 14. 2022 03:53 PM
    To live in the mountains was always Tsem Rinpoche’s dream. A quiet place called home with greenery surrounding. Mountains are the beginning and end of all natural scenery.The mountains give us time to take a moment to be in awe of the natural beauty of the world. It’s wonderful for everyone dream to those who love escaping the rush and pollution of modern life and altering our perspective. The mountains are an extraordinary environment of biological diversity, cultural diversity and linguistic diversity. But its exception for Rinpoche as in this blog somewhere in Thailand Rinpoche was there. Living on raft house surrounding by water watching sunrise and sunset . A beautiful , calm, solitude, quiet environment indeed. I would love these environment as well as mother nature is intoxicating.
    Rinpoche somehow founded an extraordinary environment of biological diversity, cultural diversity and linguistic diversity. A place call home to many of us that’s Kechara Forest retreat at Bentong. A unique examples of beauty, peace, austerity, spirituality, eco-yoga and creativity. A must visit to those who loves mother nature.
    Thank you Rinpoche .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/an-exception.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Nov 11. 2022 03:19 PM
    Reading these inspiring quotes again to refresh myself of the Buddha teachings. If we understand, it will change our life in long run. Change is never painful, only resistance to change ourselves is painful. By refusing to accept this change, we make it worse because we’re fighting against it, against the flow of life. One moment can change a day, one day can change a life. We should be open to change and embrace changes. By accepting the fact that nothing in the universe is permanent . We learn and practice makes improvement in our life and be thankful always.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/25-quotes-from-buddha-that-will-change-your-life.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Nov 11. 2022 03:16 PM
    PURE DEMOCRACY is democracy in which the power is exercised directly by the people rather than through representatives. Its much different in this case. Reading this article and all comments tells us a clear pictures what had actually happened in this Dorje Shugden controversy. In democratic countries, the government does not interfere with religion.People have the freedom to practise any religion they want. Dorje Shugden’s practice has been around for 400 years and it will continue as practitioners could see and understand the benefits of relying on the practice. Everyone of us should given the freedom of religious belief. Peace and harmony can only be maintain through understanding and interaction or maybe a dialogue between parties involved . I am sure Dorje Shugden practitioners and everyone in the communities can live in harmony. Be to fair the right to freedom of belief , interviews on both sides instead just listening one sided. No one should ever suffer, be segregated, assaulted, hurt, degraded, hated and biased for their religious beliefs. Once for all these controversy should be solved for the sake of peace and harmony. Thanks Justin Whitaker for speaking up and standing up for what you believe in for readers to have a better understanding rather then reading what Reuters had published.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/reuters-investigation-on-dorje-shugden-inaccurate.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 8. 2022 01:09 PM
    Its sad how those Dorje Shugden practitioners had suffered and life is tough for them. Could’nt imagine not allow to enter premises such as hospitals for treatment, schools for education , securing a government job and so forth. Our very own Kecharian had even denied hotel rooms just because we practice it. This controversy had been going on for too long , hopefully it will dissolve soon with H h Dalai Lama saying we can practice it . All can live happily, no discrimination, with peace and harmony then. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David. Of course a hand of applauds to those kecharian who have been working hard to collect all the evidence of the ban against Dorje Shugden.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/why-cant-the-dalai-lama-bind-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 8. 2022 01:04 PM
    A beneficial practice to do in our daily Sadhana which I truly love it. I have been doing this Kawang practice daily without miss. It helps to clear our obstacles and purify our karma with the correct visualization. By purifying our karmas as our merits increase as well. When done consistently, kawang practice will remove obstacles that threaten our Dharma practice. It also create conducive conditions both externally as material necessities and physical health, and internally within our mind. Amazing benefits indeed one should not miss. All thanks to Rinpoche to be here in Malaysia.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing this post for readers to know better.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kawang-a-dorje-shugden-confessional-practice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 8. 2022 01:01 PM
    A précised sharing by Rinpoche regarding the banning of the practice of the enlightened Protector Dorje Shugden by Tibetan Leadership. Reading and watching those videos will explain all about the ban controversy. Many highly attained Lamas had for the last 400 years, has been relying on Dorje Shugden. But as claim by the Tibetan leadership the practice of the enlightened Protector Dorje Shugden is evil spirit and a minor practice. They claimed that whoever practice Dorje Shugden will to the three lower realms. All these were not true just an excuse to worry their community into giving up the Dorje Shugden practice. There were many incarnations of Lamas coming back again and again. Yet the Tibetan leadership keeps recognizing the reincarnations of lamas who engaged in the practice of Dorje Shugden. They said those Masters would take rebirth in the three lower realms. Not logic at all. As in this article one could read more prominent Dorje Shugden practitioners of the last 400 years are back again. Interesting read one should not miss.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/dorje-shugden-people-do-not-go-to-the-three-lower-realms.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 8. 2022 12:59 PM
    We are not alone after-all. Spirits or unseen beings is everywhere. There are many different types of spirits around us, unseen to the naked eyes. A majority of people are believers in the existence of some kind of spiritual being. I do believe they do exist. Experiencing their existing in our sleep is scary some sort what happened to Pastor David. Many of us usually experience of feeling like we being touched or feeling pressure on their chest. It’s like something or someone is holding them down. Interesting read this paranormal experienced by Pastor David.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Li Kim for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/tsem-paranormal-tv/david-lai.html

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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
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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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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    Always be kind to animals-They deserve to live just like us.
    Whales and dolphins playing with each other in the Pacific sea. Nature is truly incredible!
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    Cute Tara girl having a snack. She is one of Kechara Forest Retreat’s resident doggies.
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    This is Daw
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    They do this every day!
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    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
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    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
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    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
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    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
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    Beautiful
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    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
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    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
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    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
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    Cute!
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
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    Nice cups from Kechara!!
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    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    5 years ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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Look here, Smile! 1, 2, 3.... chik chak. Thank you everyone. That's our picture for the Dorje Shugden puja and see you all next Saturday @ 3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta.
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Look here, Smile! 1, 2, 3.... chik chak. Thank you everyone. That's our picture for the Dorje Shugden puja and see you all next Saturday @ 3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta.
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Week after week, Penang members come together to do the Dorje Shugden puja - without fail. Come to get your blessings and obstacles cleared by joining us at Penang Chapel, every Saturday, 3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang.
Sumptuously decorated food offerings to Rinpoche and Buddhas, thanks to Siew Hong and KS Tang during Penang weekly DS puja on 22/10/2022 ~ by Jacinta.
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Sumptuously decorated food offerings to Rinpoche and Buddhas, thanks to Siew Hong and KS Tang during Penang weekly DS puja on 22/10/2022 ~ by Jacinta.
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Is this where Rinpoche received the thangkha of Dream Manjushri?
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Is this the ruins of Zimkhang Gongma established by Panchen Sonam Drakpa. -Choong
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We hold our DS puja weekly without fail. We welcome you to join us. Penang DS puja @ 3pm~ by Jacinta
DS PUJA @ Penang. A close up of the offerings. What a feast! #Throwback 23/7/2022.
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DS PUJA @ Penang. A close up of the offerings. What a feast! #Throwback 23/7/2022.
#Throwback 23/7/2022. Our weekly DS puja attendees. All of us were getting ready to invite Buddhas to come forth, joining and blessing us during DS puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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#Throwback 23/7/2022. Our weekly DS puja attendees. All of us were getting ready to invite Buddhas to come forth, joining and blessing us during DS puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
#Throwback23/7/2022 Welcoming Buddha Shakyamuni, Gyenze, Shize & Namgyalma to Penang chapel. Abundance offerings, including sensory offerings were nicely set up and offered up to Buddha surfing our weekly DS puja @ 3pm, Jalan Seang Tek, Penang ~by Jacinta
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#Throwback23/7/2022 Welcoming Buddha Shakyamuni, Gyenze, Shize & Namgyalma to Penang chapel. Abundance offerings, including sensory offerings were nicely set up and offered up to Buddha surfing our weekly DS puja @ 3pm, Jalan Seang Tek, Penang ~by Jacinta
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Kechara Earth Project 17 July 2022
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#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
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#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
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Photo from JC
Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
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Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
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All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
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Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
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The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
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We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
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