Quit Smoking the Buddhist Way

Oct 13, 2016 | Views: 5,223

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

I am happy to see how, more and more, Buddhism is being applied and used in so many diverse platforms and industries these days. Schools are infusing Buddhism into its students’ daily lives by having meditation classes and substituting detention with meditation sessions. And what’s amazing is that they have noticed positive changes in their students’ behaviour as a result.

More recently, I came across this article that shows how Buddhism can also help people quit smoking. This is excellent news because it proves what I have known since I was a young boy, which is that Buddhism is very effective to inspire transformation in people.

I hope you enjoy the article and do leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Yale Psychiatrist Uses Buddhist Concept to Help Smokers Quit

By Ed Stannard, Register Metro Editor
POSTED: 02/23/09, 12:01 AM EST | UPDATED: ON 02/23/2009

WEST HAVEN — A Yale psychiatrist is bringing together neuroscience and Buddhist practices to help people overcome their addictions.

Dr. Judson A. Brewer has conducted studies with alcoholics and cocaine addicts and now is beginning research to help people quit smoking.

Brewer is medical director of the Yale Therapeutic Neuroscience Clinic, based at the Veterans Affairs medical center. What he teaches is mindfulness, a concept rooted in Buddhism.

“Mindfulness has a two-component definition for the scientific community,” Brewer said. “First, it’s maintaining your attention on the present moment, and the second is you’re bringing to that a nonjudgmental attitude of acceptance and curiosity.”

Addicts use their drug or substance of choice to relieve stress and tension, Brewer said, and that behavior becomes habitual. “Everybody forms habits based on their prior experiences,” Brewer said. “Those habits inform how we approach each new situation.”

What the clinic’s training does is help the addict break the cycle of turning to a drug to relieve the seemingly unbearable feelings created by stresses such as loneliness or anger. Brewer compares it to surfing; the wave represents a feeling like anger; we wipe out to get rid of the feeling.

“The secret is, your anger’s going to go away anyway, if you can just ride that wave,” even though you fear that you’re going to wipe out in the surf, Brewer said.

“You get crushed by these waves. Every time you react to them you get crushed by them. Every time they ride that wave, they get better at riding it.”

The knowledge that the addict is not a slave to the drug enables him or her to resist the urge more easily each time. “That adds this huge element of openness — when you know how something works there’s much more freedom to not react to it.”

The experienced Buddhist knows that anger and other stresses will go away. “Where Buddhism comes in, it says everything is impermanent,” that life is change, Brewer said. That includes suffering.

Buddhism is based on the Four Noble Truths. The first is that life is suffering, and the second is that we cause our own suffering through our ignorance and attachments to our desires. The third truth is that we can overcome those desires and the fourth is to follow the Buddhist path to enlightenment.

Mindfulness training is the clinic’s version of that path, in which people are given exercises which Brewer summed up by the acronym SOBER: Stop; Observe the body, emotions and thoughts; Breathe and notice your breath; Expand your awareness to other phenomena; and Respond in a healthy way.

Trainees are also taught various kinds of meditation, including one called loving kindness meditation.

“You just practice saying certain phrases over and over: may you be happy, may you be healthy, may you be free from inner and outer harm, may you live with ease.”

The exercises develop concentration, Brewer said. “It also helps us soften our often very firm boundaries between ourselves and other people.” That in turn helps make us more nonjudgmental, one of the basic tenets of mindfulness.

The studies are too new to have yielded definitive results, but Brewer said researchers have compared how well mindfulness reduces stress with the more traditional cognitive behavioral therapy. Mindfulness training did at least as well in decreasing the fight-or-flight response, in modulating heart rate and breathing.

Brewer said researchers have not proven a connection with the physical dependency that drugs create. “We know mindfulness can affect physiologic response … but we don’t know how it’s doing it.”

Also, addictions are incredibly difficult to treat. Smokers typically try five to seven times before they’re successful, Brewer said. But even if mindfulness doesn’t turn out to have greater success than more traditional techniques, it also does no harm, with no drugs and no negative side effects.

While the marriage of religion and neuroscience may seem contradictory, Brewer said Buddhism may be the most appealing religion to the scientific mind. It does not have a traditional concept of God and practitioners are encouraged to learn from experience, not from faith. He practices the Theravadan school that focuses solely on the Buddha’s teachings, rejecting traditions and beliefs added on by later branches.

“It draws a lot of scientists because it’s very rigorous and very experiential,” he said.

Brewer first tried Buddhist meditation in graduate school, he said, and it guided him into his specialty. Following the Buddhist precept of not harming any creature, he stopped doing animal research, “and the only thing left is people.”

His research on people is not harmful, either, and Brewer believes that the philosophy that has helped relieve his stress can help others conquer the dangerous addictions that threaten their health and their lives.

The clinic is seeking volunteers for its smoking-cessation study, which pays $10 per session and $100 for completing the 10-session course. Call the clinic’s hot line at 376-7059. More information is on the Web site at www.ytnc.yale.edu.

Source: http://www.nhregister.com/article/NH/20090223/NEWS/302239990

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  1. Jimpreet Kumar on Aug 25, 2022 at 5:04 am

    Thank you so much for this article. I will surely try out this way!

  2. sarassitham on Jan 18, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Only mind played an interesting part of an individual to quit smoking. Secondly their attitude to practice and the belief. Many know that smokers and alcoholic are difficult to treat by medication. Here I find the treatment and methods were simple but may take time to recover. Practice make a habit,so by knowing the intentions of smoking one can be treated by most unique way through Buddhist without drugs.

    Thanks for the overall team who had share their experiences through this article. I was pleasant surprise to know about the article and was eager to know what are the concept rooted in Buddhist to quit smoking. I don’t smoke, but intend to introduce one in future. Often hear smokers take this has a habit when their are stressful and to release their tension. People usually consult a doctor after knowing their a addicted.

    Glad to here about the research done by Dr. Judson A Brewer and the Yale psychiatrist bringing together neuroscience and Buddhist practice has prevent one to quit smoking. Hope many will be benefit from this and introduce their friends and family members who actually can overcome their problem and enjoy the healthy lifestyle.

  3. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 18, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    This is a very interesting article, it seems people once they understand themselves why they indulged in a habit thats a first step to kicking the habit. I also think if patients can think its possible to kick a habit, that will give them the impetus to kick a particularly non beneficial habit.

  4. Yee Mun (KISG) on Dec 16, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article.

    Buddha’s teaching is amazing. It can be apply in any area, on anyone/situation and it never outdated. Buddhism can be used on managing a company, transforming ourself for spiritual purposes, for our daily life and now it is being use by psychiatrist to help people quit smoking. Meditation is a much prefered choice as it has no side effects as compare to using drug.

    Looking forward to seeing Buddhism being applied in health care industry which help to heal patients in pain, fighting with deadly disease such as cancer, AIDS & etc.

  5. Andrea Lai on Dec 15, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Interesting article. I never thought meditation can help oneself quit smoking without consumption of medication or drugs.

    I believed that being mindfulness is an important role in this situation.It is because meditation could help one person stay calm, relax mentally,emotionally,physically and spirituality.

    I’m not a smoker but I would like to share my experience of meditation.I have practiced it for 11 years.I experienced feeling happy,pain,hurt during my meditation section.I do cry in my meditation.That time I was in deep stressed and depressed. At times, I will laugh and smile too. All these are out of control and it’s a release.Sometimes,my mind will flow somewhere far beyond which I ended up falling asleep in my meditation(LOL).I even experienced running nose after meditation(beginning) which take about 2 weeks.At beginning, it might difficult to start but one must cultivate it into daily practice and it will become a habit.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful article.

  6. KarenC on Nov 9, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    I like how Brewer intertwined the essence of Buddhist teaching mindfulness and impermanent into his research. In Buddhist context, we can achieve mindfulness through meditation and this method can help us to know our mind, train our mind and eventually free our mind. When smokers want to quit smoking, first they will have to find out the reason why they started this habit the eventually whey they wish to end this habit. The discovery of our mind can be very interesting. Our mind is not static but pliable, so if we can pick up any habits and be addicted to it, such as smoking, why is that so difficult to just give up this habit which before you pick up smoking as habit, you were not smoking. It tells how our mind works and how it affect our life.

    Buddhist calm becomes big business?
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/big-buddhist-hit-calmic-yogic-technique.html

  7. Wylfred Ng on Nov 8, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享。

    佛法是如此的博大精深, 现在科学家也以佛法的教诲和角度来研究我们人类的心识对于烟瘾的影响。 虽然这些研究都还是在初期阶段, 不过想信未来这些研究想必可以帮助更多人。

    负责这项研究的科学家不只是研究佛陀的教诲而已, 他还自己有在佛教小乘的道场学习。 而且现他也已经停止以动物为实验品的研究, 只专注在人体研究。 想必佛陀的教诲也在他的生命中带来巨大和有益社会的影响。

    谢谢。

  8. William Chua on Nov 7, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    I believe that the mind controls our actions. Therefore, the addiction that we have whether it is smoking or drug abuse, when the mind is set to quit, then it will fight to quit no matter what. Yes, Mindfullness is very important as the article suggest, it is maintaining your attention on the present moment, and bringing to that moment a nonjudgmental attitude of acceptance and curiosity. We have to be always alert and have a strong mind to follow it through until breakthrough.

    I myself have tried to quit smoking a few times over the years and failed. That is because the reason behind quitting is not strong enough and always subject to desires. The last time I quit was close to 2 years ago and succeeded. Being in the present and associating the negative effects of smoking which makes me stop picking up a cigarette.

  9. jerry_sito on Nov 7, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    感谢仁波切您的教诲与分享:

    我们常跟随上师学习佛法,听闻佛法,修持佛法,而仁波切也常提到说,佛法并不是只是每天那1至2小时中,坐在那里念诵经文,或是进行一些仪轨,使用法器或供养而已,而是我们必须把佛法融入我们的生活当中,并运用出来,并且转化我们的心识,这才是正真的佛法。

    很开心地发现,越来越多的组织团体,开始并不只是把佛法归类单单只是“宗教”而已,而是开始发掘出,佛法能够帮助到人类(无论大家是任何的信仰)的生活,习惯,习性,情绪等等,得到很好的改善与稳定。

    佛法是博大与博爱的,佛法不是单单于一下仪轨或是念诵经文而已,而佛法是一种学问,教导我们如何面对人生旅途中所面对的一切生老病死,并且引领我们走向正确的方向。

    谢谢
    Jerry Sito

  10. Li Kim on Nov 6, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Smoking is a indeed an addictive habit. It gives smokers the perceived stress relief. And in some cases, like myself, it was cool to smoke…way back then like 30 years ago. But today, it is clear smoking is so NOT cool. If I take a step back and look at the times I desire a cigarette… yes, when I am stressed, overwhelmed and/or anxious. Therefore this article makes total sense. Incorporating the fundamentals of Buddhism is not about getting rid of the cigarettes but removing the elements leading us to smoke. I could not agree more. Please find here another article to support this one shared by Rinpoche. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3180092/Trying-stop-smoking-Meditation-key-success-reduces-cravings-without-realising.html

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  13. Pavara Lam on Oct 24, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    It is good to know that researchers have found out that meditation can help someone to quit smoking.
    It is known that meditating can help calm and relax a person’s mind, since people smoke cigarettes when they are stressed out meditation can be used instead of a cigarette. Meditation is better as it has no side effects and it will not harm you and it can also improve one’s patience and concentration, cigarettes on the other hand has been linked to cancer and other respiratory disease/infections it may also harm others around you when you exhale the contents of the cigarette.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this informative post on how to quit smoking the Buddhist way.

  14. Paul Yap on Oct 23, 2016 at 11:49 am

    I believe smoking is an addictions arose from the sickness of the mind. The mind is used to certain behaviour and subconsciously we are repeating that behaviour even though is detrimental to us.

    Buddhism has an antidote and proper method in training the mind. Scientist found that Buddhism is the most logical method based on past experiences and not god. As such, there is potential possibility for scientist to explore and from that develope methods to curve more people.

    I feel that scientist should focus more on meditation and mindfulness, that is the fundamental teachings and method for Buddhists in training the mind and have attainment. There is a vast knowledge and wisdom in Buddhism, there are answers inside Buddhism in resolving the major conflicts and issues facing our world. i hope it will become the major method for most people in achieving peace, harmony and loving kindness

  15. Lin Mun on Oct 22, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    It is great to know that scientist now also agreed that meditation is a a great way to counter smoking habit. Meditation is a practise to control our mind.

    The more we are in control our mind the better we are in countering all types of negative bad habit and including smoking. I have friends who said that who said smoking is good to reduce stress, help in digestion and etc. I guess it is the wrong view and finding excuses to continue with this bad habit.

    In addition, meditation is a good method as compared to taking medicine which may have side effect.

  16. Colin Tan on Oct 20, 2016 at 10:18 am

    We all know that when nicotine is inhaled, it can cause a feeling of temporary relaxation or stress relief. What makes it so difficult to quit smoking is because smokers have to face the withdrawal syndromes, the irritation, the stress & all the negative feelings once they stop smoking. Every now and then there will be some inventions introduced to the smokers to quit smoking. It’s so rare that a Buddhist way is actually being introduced to them to help to bring their attention to the present moment to face all the uncomfortable feelings like helplessness or loneliness. It’s just like how we do in meditation session; smokers will learn to accept discomfort as it is without judgment and response in a healthier way. If all the discomfort can be accepted with loving kindness without diverting the attention to cigarettes, then gradually nicotine will no longer be needed by the body.
    It’s very normal that a few attempts might be needed to quit the smoking habit. If this Buddhist way is effective to quit smoking, then it can be applied to other negative habits and suffering in life too. Eventually we will recognize that suffering, discomfort, pain are impermanent in life. This mindfulness practice can bring transformation towards a healthier lifestyle without any addiction, as well as to reduce unnecessary stress, fear and anxiety.

  17. ming hy on Oct 18, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for posting this article. As a doctor, this topic fascinates me. it is actually fairly well know that meditation or mindfulness training as they call it, is used and helps many illnesses. One example is the use of meditation in the treatment of migraine, and there have been many studies showing changes in the brain activity during meditation. Two patients with the same disease severity will behave/ react to their illness in different ways, and I the “severity” of illness can definately be improved by the mind, if the perception on the situation can be given clarity. If the mind is happier or less stressed, this can translate to improved physical healing, it has been shown in many studies.
    It is great that the medical field is now beginning to realise the benefits of meditation in the treatment of many disorders. We could take it one step further and perhaps scientifically prove its benefits for preventing some diseases too.

    • BK on Oct 23, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Ming HY
      That last statement you made is so true. Accomplished Buddhist masters are known to have full control of their life and death and have the ability to heal their body’s illnesses and diseases thru the power of the mind and the control of the 4 elements that make up our bodies as described by Pastor Jean Ai below. At its most basic level, this control of the mind can be experienced through meditation and to overcome addiction is just a teeny tiny glimpse of the benefits of the mastery of the mind.

      I too would love to see a scientific study on how meditation can overcome illnesses and so called incurable diseases. Perhaps Tung Shin Hospital would like to do such a study? ☺️

  18. Jutika Lam on Oct 18, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Smoking, like all other addictions starts with the mind, not the body. Our mind sends signals to our body and tells it that this is good for us. This leads to us wanting to repeat the action over and over again, making it become our habit.

    This is the first time reading about a Buddhist approach towards helping people get over their addiction of smoking through meditation does sound very logical and interesting.

    I hope that Dr Brewer will be able to help thousands of people give up their smoking addiction through his methods.

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Oct 19, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Hi Jutika, just wanted to correct you a little there in your comment about the mind telling the body to help you understand a bit better 🙂 in the case of addiction, we also have to consider the chemical response of the body. The body consists of the four elements – wind, earth, water, fire – and when something is added to this mix, it throws off the balance and produces a reaction. When the reaction is something pleasurable, and the reaction is produced repeatedly, eventually you develop the habit and craving of wanting that reaction. Mindfulness, I guess, attacks that craving and habit by helping us to gain control of our mind and break the cycle of the body’s reactions affecting the mind.

      So things like alcohol and drugs have a chemical reaction on our body because they alter the balance of the four elements. Even things like chocolate produce a minor addiction response. When people eat chocolate, it produces neurotransmitters like phenylethlyamine, serotonin, dopamine and endorphins, all of which tells our body, “Yes, eating this thing gives me a good, happy feeling, I should eat more of it!” Eventually, over time, people can be addicted to chocolate.

      Anyway it would be interesting for Dr Brewer to develop the research further and to explore how mindfulness affects physiological response. Buddhism already has the answers but as always, with Western science, they need quantifiable data and proof 😉

  19. June Kang on Oct 18, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    It is wonderful to see that Buddhist meditation to help people quit smoking. One of the Meditation the smokers practice is “loving Kindness”, a method of develop compassion. In short, this method of quit smoking brings no harm to the body and at the same time develop concentration and compassion.

    Thank you Brewer introduce this method to peoples. Buddhist meditation besides the benefits mentioned above, it also bring clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things. Siddhartha meditated under Boddi tree for forty nine days to discover all pain and suffering in the world and he became an enlightened one, a Buddha. This shows that the power of Meditation.

  20. Alice Tay on Oct 18, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Breathing meditation is considered as one of the methods to maintain our attention on the present moment. We can focus on our breath, the inhale and exhale. A regular practice of mindful breathing can help to reduce stressed or anxious. For those who are really want to quit the smoking, must have try with this method.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this effective idea to quit smoking and at the same time to help the person get closer to the dharma.

  21. shelly tai on Oct 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this informative article will us. It is amazing what holy Buddha teaching because if we study and contemplated the teaching it has no false everything that Buddha teach is base on logic and we practitioner has to experience it by ourselves instead of based on blind faith, that is what the Brewer said , so The Buddha has review the true of everything that happen to us as a result of it a lot of people find it Buddhism is very difficult to practice because we ourselves has to put in hard work to do it. By using Buddha teaching to overcome addiction is possible because it help to train our mind to be mindful about our desire and to understand where this desire come from and is bad for us so that for us to kick off this addiction.

  22. Ron Wong on Oct 16, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    I totally agreed with Brewer’s statement on how our habits were developed base on our prior experiences. Smoking is certainly one such habits that many have started & become an addiction which they find difficult to quit later.

    I do believe that Brewer’s approach to the problem with mindfulness practices will yield many positive results. Buddha has taught about how everything stem from the mind, with mindfulness practices & meditation, it helps to keep the mind calm & hence be able to react positively to whatever difficult situation that one is facing. What follows is that we are replacing those prior negative experiences with the positive one & hence slowly cutting away the negative habits eventually.

    It is great to know that modern scientists are combining Buddhism in their research & approach to find new ways & methods to benefit people’s life. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article

    Do not underestimate the power of the mind!

  23. Jace Chong on Oct 16, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche and the blog team for sharing this information on how Buddhism and science work hand in hand for smokers to quit smoking habit.

    There’s not a moment in samsara without suffering, the activities that we think are happiness or a relief from suffering is just a temporary moment that have lesser suffering. Smoking is one of it that a lot of people find temporary solace from tangled and unsolved moments, and some just become a habituation to smoke whenever we are able to.

    I am not a heavy smoker but I do understand the reason to smoke and not to. What mentioned here in the article is enlightening that actually everything is in the mind, that we can find other solution when we feel like lighting up a cigarette, to tame that mind.

    Practicing mindfulness is very practical where we watch how our mind affect our action and we do something to prevent us from dwelling into something addictive.

    Thank you.

  24. Echeah on Oct 16, 2016 at 2:25 am

    It all starts in the mind. The body follows suit. Since the mind is telling the body what to do and if the body feels satisfied with the physical results of the drug, it reinforces what the mind thought which then leads to a repeated action. It becomes habituation. This pattern is seen in all other types of actions whether good or bad. Why did the mind start down that road in the first place?

    I’ve heard of the rat experiments (poor rats) in the 1970’s by a professor of Psychology in Vancouver called Bruce Alexander. In one cage was one lone rat with 2 bottles i.e. plain water and drug-infused water. The lone rat tended to drink only from the drug-filled bottle.

    The other was a lush cage where the rats would have colored balls and the best rat-food and tunnels to scamper down and plenty of friends: everything a rat about town could want. These rats seemed to not be interested in the drug-infused water.

    What they found was, the rats with good lives didn’t like the drugged water and mostly shunned it, while the lonely rat had nothing better to do but be fixed on the drug.

    It goes to show that the way to tackle drug addiction is not just cold turkey which is just superficial. The problem is not the drug but deep down unhappiness, and as long as that is still there, rehab will only have temporary results.

    In Buddhist practice, we are to focus out. When we’re constantly occupied with serving and benefitting others, the result is happiness. The constant focus on the “I” is what brings us all the suffering and unhappiness and is the root cause of drug addiction.

  25. Lew on Oct 15, 2016 at 5:05 am

    I must say this is the first time I hear that Buddhism teaching is used to curb addictions, and it is indeed an eye opener. I have personally heard quite a few Christian organised drug rehab centre which have many success cases, but Buddhist organised drug rehab centres are quite rare.

    May Dr Brewer gain much success in adopting Buddhism meditation method to curb addiction, and may Dr Brewer find even better methods to help people quite smoking because there are millions of people who wish to quite smoking.

  26. Justin Cheah on Oct 14, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    i have dealt with many drug addicts in the past and did noticed one thing; most of them are more likely to return to drugs if they are not religious. Drugs spoils the brain system and most of the time it is the temptation that makes former drug addicts return to drugs. This is when i reflected on this phrase of “it’s all in the mind.”

    By taming the mind, like someone going into religion, it does help to reshape one’s thinking and over time, a person is able to reshape his way of life. Hence i am not too surprised to learn that Buddhist meditation methods are actually being used by doctors to cure addictions.

  27. Vivian Ong on Oct 14, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. I’m impressed that Dr. Brewer tried Buddhist meditation in graduate school which guided him into his specialty. Following the Buddhist precept of not harming any creature, he also stopped doing animal research.

    His research on people is not harmful. So, Dr. Brewer believes that the philosophy that has helped relieve his stress can help others conquer the dangerous addictions that threaten their health and their lives.

    Hopefully in the near future, more and more people will apply the Buddhist teachings into their daily lives. With this, the world will be at peace and harmony.

    _/\_

  28. Pastor Han Nee on Oct 14, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    A Yale Psychiatrist uses Mindfulness to counter addiction to cigarette smoking. Brewer says he uses the 2 component definition of mindfulness -” First, it’s maintaining your attention on the present moment, and the second is you’re bringing to that a nonjudgmental attitude of acceptance and curiosity.”

    As most people turn to drugs or cigarettes to relieve stress related to loneliness or anger and other such negative emotions, the heart of the treatment is in focusing on the transience and impermanence of these negative feelings in meditation. They come in waves -so let each wave pass and not react. Once you can ride the wave and not succumb and be crushed, then you can break the habit and the addiction eventually.

    How powerful are the Buddha’s teachings in helping us to understand and be aware of our emotions, to recognise their impermanence, to control our negative reactions and through all this learn to develop inner peace.

  29. Uncle Eddie on Oct 14, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Smoking is an additive habit seen as an early form of releasing frustration, tension and to create excitement. Mindfulness training seems like a good religious method used today to kerb and cure smoking, as it is also said related to emotion as researched by Buddhism clinical way! It gives them a kind of feeling to relieve their sense of bad feeling from worries and negativity as well as suffering too. Like many people said, they started smoking very young, through experimentation, curiousity and great egoism. The very first few puffs, some on piffered cigarettes of their parents and friends ended up for many, becoming keen smokers at 12 years old up to grown up age! Most tried to quit many a times, a few made it, but quite a number failed, until an actual happening circumstances showed them why they should stop! Perhaps amongst the group of smokers, one of the smoker’s auntie died of cancer, and she was seen and medically certified as a longterm chained smoker. The cause of death as confirmed by the medical report was due to longterm smoking as being the cause of death! Quitting smoking isn’t an easy task by most, as smoking is physically and mentally additive. Unless health has become an issue of increasing awareness, like death in this example, then many may take it more with seriousness and sincerity the Buddhist Way! A great many thanks for the sharing of this interesting article, Rinpoche.

  30. Samfoonheei on Oct 14, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Good information….now one can quit smoking the Buddhist Way, Dr. Judson A. Brewer a psychiatrist is bringing together neuroscience and Buddhist practices to help people quit smoking.It is good news that more and more people are practicing Buddhism to help them in many way.Schools are infusing Buddhism to have meditation classes too.
    I understand that some people smoke to release stress,anger and so forth but long term it is bad for their health.There fore i do hope those smokers out there can quit smoking the Buddhist way…..meditation and mindfulness training that might help.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article,

  31. Sofi on Oct 14, 2016 at 7:35 am

    It is interesting that more and more are turning to integrating Buddhist practices into their line of work. Now Dr. Judson A. Brewer is researching on integration of Buddhist meditations into his cure to addictions. Although his research is still on going but the positiveness are there to warrant the continuation of his research. Meditation quieten down the brain activity so that we may be able to connect with out inner being and if we were to integrate Buddhist mindfulness into the meditation itself, then the focus will be on the positive. If the mind is fulfilled then external stimulant will not be needed to fill the emptiness which habituates leading to addiction. It is cutting addiction at its very core where the need is. I certainly hope that soon meditation will be norm as a solution for psychological problems that plague the world and these problems are on the increase. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interest article with us.

  32. Karenc. on Oct 13, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    “ Brewer first tried Buddhist meditation in graduate school, he said, and it guided him into his specialty. Following the Buddhist precept of not harming any creature, he stopped doing animal research, “and the only thing left is people..” I like how Brewer put what he learnt into practice and most of all, his research is beneficial for others.

    Habits can be formed, broken, reform and break again due to both external causes like environmental and internal causes like how our mind works. Brewer uses the examples of how Buddhists view anger issue and how they overcome it and be at peace. This is a very good linkage with how he uses buddha’s wisdom to help people quit smoking. Both smoking and anger issue are addictive. Both smoking and getting angry can be seen as a form of releasing tension and it varies at each situation.

    Mindfulness training seems like the new clinical medicine to many illness related to emotions. Smoking is also related to emotion as some smokers claim that when they smoke, it gives them a kind of feeling that they are free from worries, unhappiness and other negative feelings. However, the fact is, after thousands of ciggerates, they are still unhappy.

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  • payal
    Monday, Jun 10. 2024 04:27 AM
    really….such a stunning sacred image 1,000 Armed Avalokitesvara as gift from Joshua and family for Rinpoche . More so receiving it on Wesak Day is indeed wonderful. Merely looking at this stunning images is a blessing.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 10. 2024 02:57 PM
    A card and hard disc from Sean Wang was truly a smart idea afterall. Nobody could imagine such idea but he did it. Placing thumb drives with millions and billions of Vajrayogini her holy mantra in Tibetan into the holy statue. Not only that drawing pictures too . Such a great idea whereby people come to make offerings, prostrate, circumambulate, collecting huge amount of merits for themselves and their love ones. Thanks to Sean Wang/
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/seans-got-a-great-idea.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 10. 2024 02:55 PM
    Reading this blog kindly reminded us of the most cherished people in our lives that’s our parents. Mother’s Day that is on this Sunday 12th of May and Father’s Day falls on the third Sunday in June. Teachers Day too important ……a day to honour and recognise their roles in our lives. Rinpoche always emphasised that we should not avoid the responsibility of repaying the kindness of the people who have helped us in our life. The only true way to honour and repay their kindness is to let them know that their kindness meant a lot to us . Do something good for them or someone else as this practice ultimately gives enormous power and possibilities for positive effects in many lives not just our own life. Simple saying thank you and expressing our appreciation can go a long way.
    Reading all those powerful quotes by Rinpoche gives us a lesson and example.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers team for sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/celebrating-kindness-20-quotes-from-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 06:11 PM
    Achi Chökyi Drölma is the Dharma Protector of the Drikung Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. She also appears as a protector in the Karma Kagyu refuge tree as Achi Chodron. Although Achi has a particular committment to protect the Drikung Kagyu, she is recognized and practiced by all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. To benefit the beings in samsara, she displays a limitless number of manifestations at different times and in different space dimensions. She vowed to protect the Drikung Kagyu lineage and its practitioners, removing inner and outer obstacles , a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism, embodies the harmonious union of compassion, wisdom, and protective energy. a powerful wisdom-protector who guards and protects all sincere Dharma-practitioners to rely on her. She is also known for her power to confer wealth. She rose to protect Drikung Kagyu lineage while Dorje Shugden who rose to protect the Gelug teaching. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Gen Lobsang Phuljung for this interesting write up

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 06:00 PM
    Dorje Shugden is a special Dharma Protector who quickly fulfils wishes and sincere prayers. He brings healing, harmony and peace; protects from harm and obstacles and attracts opportunities for success and growth. To promote the practice of Dorje Shugden, Kechara has came up a easy way for more people to understand the Powerful Practice. Presented in six different languages as such in English, Tibetan བོད་ཡིག, Chinese 中文, Hindi हिंदी, Tamil தமிழ், Nepali नेपाली so everyone could access. All those materials were distributed to visitors free of charge at all Kechara outlets. Looking at those pictures of visitors says all of how Kechara had spreads the practice of Dorje Shugden like wild fire. More people will get to know and understand the true stories and benefits of Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/kechara-spreads-the-practice-of-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:57 PM
    For the last 60 years, the Tibetan Government-in-Exile has exploited, abused, marginalised and persecuted their people. For the first time in six decades, since the Tibetans first entered a life in exile, we are seeing more and more examples of ordinary Tibetans speaking up against this exploitation. In years gone past, Tibetans would never have dared to voice their objections to the leadership. They have been mixing religion and politics ever since. A majority of the Tibetans in India are stateless, and been sufferings quietly. Hundreds of thousands of Tibetans were killed during the Chinese invasion, prompting the young Dalai Lama to flee into exile in 1959. Because of all the exploitation the younger Tibetan generation are willing to express and speaking up.
    Reading the commentary by a anonymous member of the Tibetan community tells us how those desperate Tibetans experienced all this while and to voice the truth. Interesting read. In order to achieve peace it is necessary to address the root of violence and conflict by having dialogue between the Chinese Government and the Tibetan Government.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-refugee-youth-speaking-up.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:55 PM
    Coming up with these informative website is a great work of Rinpoche and writers team. With these website it had many people get to understand more of Tibetan Buddhism , great teachers teachings and of course all about the practice of Dorje Shugden. I am one of them , its was this website I got to know , learn, and understand about Tibetan Buddhism and Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands and writers team .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/fantastic-new-dorje-shugden-website-launched.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:53 PM
    The legendary Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drak was born in the village of Nyenam,Southern Tibet amidst many auspicious signs of a high rebirth. Ra Lotsawa was a great tantric master and is one of the most controversial Buddhist teachers in Tibetan history who had used wrathful means to subjugate his opponents. One of the previous lives of Dorje Shugden is the renowned lama Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drak, Amongst his great deeds, Ra Lotsawa was known to have renovated many with Samye, Tibet’s first monastery. He also sponsored numerous new translation works, the copying and recitation of sacred scriptures, and the installation of Buddha statues. Interesting read of the biography of this great master. Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drakpa left behind a legacy of many great lamas, practitioners and preserving, as well as spreading this tantric system in Tibet.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ra-lotsawa-dorje-drakpa-tibetan-master-of-the-vajrabhairava-tantra.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:51 PM
    Dorjé Shukden is a controversial Tibetan Buddhist protector deity, believed by some to be a wrathful spirit and by others to be an enlightened Buddha. The controversy that arose from this divided understanding over the last fifty years has impacted the Tibetan Buddhist community globally and continues to be relevant to observers and practitioners of Buddhism the world over. The Yellow Book, based on its cover. It was composed by Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche in 1970, but it was not published until 1973. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche never intended for his book to be published but somehow it was published without his permission. According to the introduction, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche authored this book in 1970 based on teachings given by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, the junior tutor to the 14th Dalai Lama.The original intention of this book was to be complementary material to Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s book, Music Delighting An Ocean of Protectors, which was published six years before the Yellow Book. The Yellow Book did not circulate widely until several years later. It is a collection of cautionary tales and teachings but sadly some influential powerful officials and people who had corrupted the Gelug lineage . Interesting read.
    I am looking forward to finish reading this book.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/dr-christopher-bells-views-on-zemey-rinpoches-yellow-book.html
  • Samfoonheei
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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:13 PM
    Firebirds are mythical birds found in the folklore of many cultures. They are often depicted as magical birds with feathers that glow like flames or the sun. The mythology surrounding firebirds varies between cultures, but there are some common themes. In Greek mythology, the mythical bird known for its ability to be reborn from its ashes, symbolizing immortality and renewal. It is often depicted as a beautiful and majestic creature with brightly coloured feathers and a long tail. Interesting read of the stories related to the mythology, legend and folklore in this blog.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:13 PM
    Wow….such a stunning sacred image 1,000 Armed Avalokitesvara as gift from Joshua and family for Rinpoche . More so receiving it on Wesak Day is indeed wonderful. Merely looking at this stunning images is a blessing. Its such a meaningful and beautiful gift.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:09 PM
    For thousands of years a mystical paradise land hidden within the Himalayan Mountains called Shambhala also known by many names. For many generations, people have attempted to search for this paradise land of spiritual evolution.According to the legend, Shambhala is a place of peace and happiness. The existence of Shambhala is mentioned in the old scripture. There are many legends associated with the location of Shambhala. There are many great meditators that have travelled astrally to this beautiful paradise place sharing and describe their experiences. Reading through this interesting article again and again to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-mythical-land-of-shambhala.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:07 PM
    Cham Dance is the traditional dance of Tibetans. It involves a series of masked dances, which are usually performed by monks and laymen, wearing colourful costumes. These dances are vibrant and lively and are performed during annual festivals. Dorje Shugden Cham dance is one of them, is said to have originated in the Himalayan range and by far the date and year are kept as a treasured secret to this date. The Dorje Shugden cham dance is rare but not an obscure lineage; there are certain monasteries in Tibet who have practised this dance for hundreds of years. Dorje Shugden Cham dance is a colourful and impressive performance, performed by Buddhist monks who practiced Dorje Shugden. The Cham dance is very powerful and through the dance which depicts the truth of Dorje Shugden.There are a few variations of accounts on the history and the lineage of Dorje Shugden, written by various attained lamas in the last 350 years. Collected works on Dorje Shugden written by His H H Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche considered the most accurate account. As describes clearly how Dorje Shugden for many lifetimes had manifested high level Mahasiddhas. Dorje Shugden and his entourage of thirty-two deities are all depicted in the Cham dance as a World Peace Protector. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/dorje-shugden-cham-dance-in-nyemo-gyelche-monastery-tibet.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:08 PM
    Momo is a dumpling made of all-purpose flour and filled with either meat or vegetables. Inspired by Tibetan dumplings, the dish is a very popular Nepali street food. It is one of my favourite foods. Last year while in Kathmandu I am fortunate given the opportunity to learn and made vegetarian Momos.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing as it reminds me of trip there visiting some of the Holiest sites and trying my hand making momos then.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/making-nepalese-momos.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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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
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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
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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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
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We hope you enjoyed our pictures, as much as we enjoyed our Wesak Day together in Penang. Let us carry the energy and enthusiasm we experienced so far and inspires many more. Happy Wesak Day! 22/5/2024 KPSG by Jacinta
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We hope you enjoyed our pictures, as much as we enjoyed our Wesak Day together in Penang. Let us carry the energy and enthusiasm we experienced so far and inspires many more. Happy Wesak Day! 22/5/2024 KPSG by Jacinta
Puja offering packages. Thanks to those who sponsored the puja. May all your wishes be fulfilled. KPSG by Jacinta
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Puja offering packages. Thanks to those who sponsored the puja. May all your wishes be fulfilled. KPSG by Jacinta
Colourful altar with plenty of offerings. We had DS puja with Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni as we celebrate this special day of Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana. KPSG by Jacinta
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Colourful altar with plenty of offerings. We had DS puja with Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni as we celebrate this special day of Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana. KPSG by Jacinta
Some of the activities done during the Wesak Day Celebration in Penang. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. After puja, all members helped out clearing the offerings and we shared out the blessed food offerings with our families, friends and even animals. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. After puja, all members helped out clearing the offerings and we shared out the blessed food offerings with our families, friends and even animals. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. Activities during puja. Members chanting Dorje Shugden mantras. We've completed Dorje Shugden puja cum Namasangiti. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. Activities during puja. Members chanting Dorje Shugden mantras. We've completed Dorje Shugden puja cum Namasangiti. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Today we have an inaugural cancer free diet talk and info sharing by Mr. Ooi. Mr. Ooi is a Penangite and like any other man, he has a family to provide for. From colon cancer stage 4,he is now known as a cancer-free man. Learn more about his story and his acquaintance with Dorje Shugden here https://youtu.be/x7i-yXJBUwM?si=A-5O0udxjg52iS58
Kind-hearted sponsors sponsored these kuih-muih & flowers for today's puja @ 4th May, 2024. Should you wish to contribute these or sponsor our weekly puja, do contact us for more details. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Kind-hearted sponsors sponsored these kuih-muih & flowers for today's puja @ 4th May, 2024. Should you wish to contribute these or sponsor our weekly puja, do contact us for more details. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
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Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
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Two Pastors in da house! Double the merits, double the happiness. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
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Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
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Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
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Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
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Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
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The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
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Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
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Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
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On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
5 months ago
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
5 months ago
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
5 months ago
Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
5 months ago
Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
5 months ago
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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