Raising Nice Kids According to Harvard Scientists

Jul 4, 2016 | Views: 1,007

Nowadays, we often read news about children misbehaving, bullying others, being rude, hurting those around them, etc… Such bad behaviour in children has become a common phenomenon today and it is worrying. Therefore, instilling the qualities of kindness and compassion in the younger generation should be one of the most important priorities in our lives, be it as a parent or a guardian or an older sibling, because starting good habits from a young age ensures that our children grow up to become wonderful people who are beneficial to society.

I have written many times in the past about how we are our parents, and that through observing our parents, their habits, their good and bad qualities, we eventually become the person we are today… and in turn, we continue the same pattern with our children. This vicious cycle keeps going on and on until something positive like Dharma comes along to make a positive change in our lives.

I came across this article by a Harvard psychologist who has suggested simple daily methods that parents can apply in their children’s upbringing. The advice given by this psychologist is applicable to everyone whether you’re Buddhist or not, a fact I like very much because it means it is universal advice that everyone can relate to.

Always remember that being a great parent is not only about providing material needs… a huge part of parenting is to enrich your child’s life with good values, habits and universal good qualities. It is the best gift you can give them.

Please read and share with your friends.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind

By Amy Joyce

Earlier this year, I wrote about teaching empathy, and whether you are a parent who does so. The idea behind it is from Richard Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist with the graduate school of education, who runs the Making Caring Common project, aimed to help teach kids to be kind.

I know, you’d think they are or that parents are teaching that themselves, right? Not so, according to a new study released by the group.

About 80 percent of the youth in the study said their parents were more concerned with their achievement or happiness than whether they cared for others. The interviewees were also three times more likely to agree that “My parents are prouder if I get good grades in my classes than if I’m a caring community member in class and school.”

Weissbourd and his cohorts have come up with recommendations about how to raise children to become caring, respectful and responsible adults. Why is this important? Because if we want our children to be moral people, we have to, well, raise them that way.

“Children are not born simply good or bad and we should never give up on them. They need adults who will help them become caring, respectful, and responsible for their communities at every stage of their childhood,” the researchers write.

The five strategies to raise moral, caring children, according to Making Caring Common:

 

1. Make caring for others a priority

Why? 

Parents tend to prioritize their children’s happiness and achievements over their children’s concern for others. But children need to learn to balance their needs with the needs of others, whether it’s passing the ball to a teammate or deciding to stand up for friend who is being bullied.

How?

Children need to hear from parents that caring for others is a top priority. A big part of that is holding children to high ethical expectations, such as honoring their commitments, even if it makes them unhappy. For example, before kids quit a sports team, band, or a friendship, we should ask them to consider their obligations to the group or the friend and encourage them to work out problems before quitting.

Try this

  • Instead of saying to your kids: “The most important thing is that you’re happy,” say “The most important thing is that you’re kind.”
  • Make sure that your older children always address others respectfully, even when they’re tired, distracted, or angry.
  • Emphasize caring when you interact with other key adults in your children’s lives. For example, ask teachers whether your children are good community members at school.

 

2. Provide opportunities for children to practice caring and gratitude

Why? 

It’s never too late to become a good person, but it won’t happen on its own. Children need to practice caring for others and expressing gratitude for those who care for them and contribute to others’ lives. Studies show that people who are in the habit of expressing gratitude are more likely to be helpful, generous, compassionate, and forgiving—and they’re also more likely to be happy and healthy.

How? 

Learning to be caring is like learning to play a sport or an instrument. Daily repetition—whether it’s a helping a friend with homework, pitching in around the house, or having a classroom job—make caring second nature and develop and hone youth’s caregiving capacities. Learning gratitude similarly involves regularly practicing it.

Try this

  • Don’t reward your child for every act of helpfulness, such as clearing the dinner table. We should expect our kids to help around the house, with siblings, and with neighbors and only reward uncommon acts of kindness.
  • Talk to your child about caring and uncaring acts they see on television and about acts of justice and injustice they might witness or hear about in the news.
  • Make gratitude a daily ritual at dinnertime, bedtime, in the car, or on the subway. Express thanks for those who contribute to us and others in large and small ways.

 

3. Expand your child’s circle of concern

Why? 

Almost all children care about a small circle of their families and friends. Our challenge is help our children learn to care about someone outside that circle, such as the new kid in class, someone who doesn’t speak their language, the school custodian, or someone who lives in a distant country.

How?

Children need to learn to zoom in, by listening closely and attending to those in their immediate circle, and to zoom out, by taking in the big picture and considering the many perspectives of the people they interact with daily, including those who are vulnerable. They also need to consider how their decisions, such as quitting a sports team or a band, can ripple out and harm various members of their communities. Especially in our more global world, children need to develop concern for people who live in very different cultures and communities than their own.

Try this

  • Make sure your children are friendly and grateful with all the people in their daily lives, such as a bus driver or a waitress.
  • Encourage children to care for those who are vulnerable. Give children some simple ideas for stepping into the “caring and courage zone,” like comforting a classmate who was teased.
  • Use a newspaper or TV story to encourage your child to think about hardships faced by children in another country.

 

4. Be a strong moral role model and mentor

Why? 

Children learn ethical values by watching the actions of adults they respect. They also learn values by thinking through ethical dilemmas with adults, e.g. “Should I invite a new neighbor to my birthday party when my best friend doesn’t like her?”

How?

Being a moral role model and mentor means that we need to practice honesty, fairness, and caring ourselves. But it doesn’t mean being perfect all the time. For our children to respect and trust us, we need to acknowledge our mistakes and flaws. We also need to respect children’s thinking and listen to their perspectives, demonstrating to them how we want them to engage others.

Try this:

  • Model caring for others by doing community service at least once a month. Even better, do this service with your child.
  • Give your child an ethical dilemma at dinner or ask your child about dilemmas they’ve faced.

 

5. Guide children in managing destructive feelings

Why?

Often the ability to care for others is overwhelmed by anger, shame, envy, or other negative feelings.

How?

We need to teach children that all feelings are okay, but some ways of dealing with them are not helpful. Children need our help learning to cope with these feelings in productive ways.

Try this

Here’s a simple way to teach your kids to calm down: ask your child to stop, take a deep breath through the nose and exhale through the mouth, and count to five. Practice when your child is calm. Then, when you see her getting upset, remind her about the steps and do them with her. After a while she’ll start to do it on her own so that she can express her feelings in a helpful and appropriate way.

 

[Extracted from http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2014/07/18/are-you-raising-nice-kids-a-harvard-psychologist-gives-5-ways-to-raise-them-to-be-kind/]

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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 1, 2016 at 2:40 am

    Reading this article again tells me that, whether as parents, teachers or people who are holding responsibility, or of influence, if we want the next generation to have certain qualities and aptitude, we really have to walk the talk.

    If we want to inculcate care to the ones we care about, the family has to function harmoniously and with kindness towards one another. We cannot preach or expect others to do what we expect of them, when we are not living it ourselves.

  2. sonny tan on Sep 13, 2016 at 10:55 am

    It is never easy to raise kids these days with so many distractions especially in the urban areas. With so many shopping malls, entertainment outlets are mushrooming every other day and being bombarded constantly by so many media highlighting whatever they are selling. The latest fad is the social media spiraling everywhere it has infiltrated every corner, every family and normal conversations among family members has taken a backseat.
    It has come to a point where many parents are feeling hopeless and sad that they would have to compete with these poison so much so that kids today are being shaped by society in their outlook, attitudes, speech and their behavior and perhaps their future.
    However bad and grim the outlook or the circumstances maybe hopes are never lost if we take immediate steps to stop this rotting of our family values by inculcating in them family unity and introducing to them Buddhism. Dharma classes should be started when they are still young so that we filled their brains with right mental attitude. For those who have grown up kids it is a very delicate situation if approach are done with force they may turned around with hostility, gentle persuasion, patience and tolerance is a definite a prerequisite and setting an example by changing ourselves is always the first step in achieving our objectives. Secondary to that pujas, candle lighting would always help because we are invoking the enlightened to assist in our mundane problems

  3. Wah Ying on Aug 12, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this article. The research is kind of providing another direction apart from mainstream thinking of our society, whether Western or Eastern, which emphasis very much on bringing up smart and intelligent children who could raise up to be the best in the society.

    1. Make caring for others a priority
    — It’s so true that we always and hearing people around us telling children or we telling oursleves that “the most important thing is you are happy”, it seems nothing wrong to say in this way, in fact it’s not. By saying this whenever we need to make decision which involve others, or whenever we see something unfair happen around us, we are actually encouraging someone/oursleves to focus in to “me” only, without considering how our decision having impact on another person or a bigger group of people. And, stay silence when we see unfairness, is actually helping the bullies.

    2. Provide opportunities for children to practice caring and gratitude
    — By reinforcing the positive behaviours, ultimately we will act out the positive things naturally 🙂

    3. Expand your child’s circle of concern
    — I believe this helps one, not only children but adults to connect their tiny world with the rest of the world, and the inter-connection within all elements of the world, including themselves.

    4. Be a strong moral role model and mentor
    — Educating by lecturing does not help much, compared to be a moral. Aren’t we look up on people who walk their talk as well?

    5. Guide children in managing destructive feelings
    — EQ is as important as IQ, it helps in our social life and career as well.

  4. Wei Theng on Aug 5, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    Raising kids in this era is not an easy task. Especially they are now expose to a lot of information of the outside world through the internet. Some information are good while some are bad and they may not able to distinguish it. At the same time, they also have their own view and not like my time previously that will just follow what that parents says although we may not like it sometimes.

    The points that given by the Harvard Scientists are so similar to Rinpoche’s teaching that we should always instil the Dharma values to our kids eg be kind, compassion and respect to others.

    May my kids always be closed to Dharma and always learn and practice Dharma.

  5. Pastor Han Nee on Aug 4, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article on Parenting and How to be Good Parents.

    Good parenting -are we raising kids to become truly happy? Are we inculcating the right skills for their true happiness?

    “My parents are prouder if I get good grades in my classes than if I’m a caring community member in class and school.” This is the response of the majority of children interviewed in a recent study.

    Parents today are the products of their parents’ parenting. Hence in this materialistic-driven world, it has been a vicious cycle of our parents transmitting the importance of materialistic success over moral-wellbeing to us and we likewise, unthinkingly transmitting this to our children. Priorities are all wrong and these wrong priorities continue to be tranasmitted and propagated. Material success is hyped up as a necessity for survival .

    Every generation of children grows up with the incessant clamour of material success and the rat race in their ears.But do these pursuits yield happiness?Maybe for a while. Then when things start to go wrong or when their pursuits remain a pipe dream, disillusionment sets in. Depression overcomes them and without being armed with the right coping skills for crises, when things go wrong or don’t go the way they want them to or when their material achievements crumble like sand-castles washed by the waves, they go down; depression, loss of self-esteem , fears and anxieties born of self-centeredness grip them. Suicide eventually becomes for their deluded mind the ultimate release.

    Good parenting, as this article shows, requires us as parents to teach our kids, from a very early age, that we are not independent self-sufficient beings; rather, we are very dependent on others for our well-being and success. Furthermore,our negative actions have harmful repercussions on others. Good parenting requires us to teach our chidren to respect , be grateful,appreciate and care for others beyond family and to not be incessantly thinking ” I want it,so I must have it”.

    Above all, good parenting requires us to teach our children that being kind is more important than being materially successful. Life -stories abound of rich spoilt selfish kids wasting their lives,indulging in all kinds of luxuries and then when the umbrella of good fortune, material success and opulence is removed from them, they crash!

    However, the best and most effective form of parenting is when we practice what we teach. Be role models. But never mislead children into thinking that we are perfect. We need to acknowledge that we have our faults too and we are working on them. Children will relate better with us, when they know we are for real.

    As reseach shows, “Children are not born simply good or bad and we should never give up on them. They need adults who will help them become caring, respectful, and responsible for their communities at every stage of their childhood.

    So let’s begin to be serious and right-minded about parenting!

  6. Jill Yam on Aug 2, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Being parents are not easy and raising kids is definitely even harder. Parents are role models for their kids and they should set good examples. First thing they must do is to teach them to have gratitude and be kind.

    Children nowadays take a lot of things for granted and some didn’t even know the value of things expecially material things.

    The best gift a parent can give to their child is the gift of Dharma. With Dharma knowledge they can grow up to be more tolerant and kind towards all sentient beings. In this way children can be raised to be moral people.

    The 5 ways that Harvard scientist pointed out is exactly what Rinpoche always emphasises  in His teachings. Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing as well.

    Jill Yam

  7. Pastor Niral Patel on Jul 28, 2016 at 3:06 am

    I like this very much, Amy Joyce clear states the qualities that His Eminence has always advised parents for raising children make a difference according to psychology. In fact these are the same qualities that Kechara Sunday Dharma School (KSDS) seeks to instill in the children who attend classes.

    Pastor Adeline, with her team of dedicated volunteer teachers, give their all and have spent the last couple of years honing their skills at teaching these qualities. In fact we have seen a vast improvement in the behaviour of the children who attend.

    The qualities mentioned in this article really mirrors what the Buddha taught. For example caring for others is the development of compassion, which is a necessary component on the path to enlightenment; being grateful for what we have makes us appreciate life, our circumstances and ‘frees’ our minds to care about others; expanding our circle of care is a necessary part of developing equanimity for all sentient beings; having a strong code of conduct, morals and values makes us better people and makes sure we do not engage in activity that creates negative karma, this is the purpose of vows within Buddhism; and the management of negative and destructive emotions is the path towards enlightenment, only then can we achieve the highest of realisations.

    It is amazing to see that the very same things that were taught by Buddha Shakyamuni over 2,500 years ago and the great masters since that time, is the same that modern psychology also tells us. If we practice these, not only our children, we can see a real difference in our lives and those of our loved ones.

  8. Beatrix Ooi on Jul 25, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Parenting is indeed one of the most toughest jobs because children reflect their parents, it’s a tough job because there’s no guarantee whether if the child will turn out so called “good” or “bad”.

    Most of the parents think that materialism is what will satisfied the child but they are very wrong, they are digging a hole for the child to jump because children are naive and certainly they do not know what is right or wrong. Materialism is what will spoil the children and it’s a very wrong thing to teach a child, always spend time to love and hear them out, never give them the idea that money is everything.

  9. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 25, 2016 at 3:50 am

    Parenting has never been easy, there have always been challenges. But, parents today face the more challenges in today’s fast-paced, hectic society. For example, dealing with new technology, rapidly changing family dynamics, an overwhelmed educational system and much more. More than that, we are talking about raising caring, respectful and responsible adult, which is even harder.

    The five strategies are simple, but they are not easy to implement. However, I believe these guidelines will be valuable for parents, as well as caretakers, teachers and relatives – especially in Asian society where the extended families also have influences on the children.

    In our modern society of individualistic culture, selfishness is one of the major causes of excessive anger, defiant and controlling behaviors and rage in children and in teenagers. Good to see that number 1 strategy by the Harvard team is “Make caring for others a priority”. This definitely is a good start!

  10. Sharon Ong on Jul 14, 2016 at 12:00 am

    These are great parenting tips. No. 5 is a really good one as we usually try to talk the kids through when they are already angry, upset, etc. and most of the time, it might not work effectively. It is definitely a better idea to practice when the kids are calm and relaxed as this way, they will most likely remember what to do the next time these negative feelings arise. Before reading this post, I taught my kids is to chant mantras whenever they encounter anger, frustration, nervousness or other negative emotions. This is to help distract themselves from the negative emotions that they were feeling and also by the powers of the mantras themselves, the good energies would calm their agitated mind, bless them and those around them. It helps that my kids know the power of mantras and have faith in them.

    Am glad to have signed up my kids for Kechara Sunday Dharma School as the caring and dedicated teachers are already helping me teach my boys Nos. 1 to 5 in ways that are not only fun and creative but effective too.

    Thank you with folded hands. With Rinpoche’s blessings and teachings, may our children blossom into kind, compassionate and spiritual adults.

  11. Colin Tan on Jul 13, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Great article! Most parents would think that raising children is just to provide material support and good education and neglected the importance of raising a kind and compassionate child as suggested in this article. Do we really understand our children’s inner world and their emotional growth? Do we know how they think or feel and how they express their feeling? If we’re willing to take some time off our busy schedule and invite children to share their feelings and daily encounter in school or at home, we will be surprised to notice that they are excited and happy during the sharing as they feel treasured to have our attention. If children are given the proper channel to express their feelings, and they learn the appropriate way to express, they will eventually learn that all feelings are ok, accept feelings as they are and not treating feelings as monster or suppress them. The simple method (# 5) mentioned in the article is one of the appropriate ways for children to calm down when they’re upset. By doing this, they know that getting angry is not the only option and it’s not helpful in any situation too. When they know how to handle and accept their own feeling, treating others with respect and empathy will naturally become a part of them.

    Expressing gratitude as mentioned in the article is another great daily ritual that parents can practice at dinner time or bedtime. Leading children to express their appreciation to their elders/friends who help them will be a great substitute to parents’ reprimand or nag at dinner table. We tend to scold kids when come to rectify what we think is improper. Instead, we can choose to show them how to express our own feeling in a more appropriate way and to express gratitude for others. When parents and children choose loving and caring expression over anger and hatred, I’m sure creating a society filled with compassion, peace and respect is no longer an unattainable dream.

  12. CindyH on Jul 10, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Truly, what could be more important than teaching the future generation a sense of caring and social responsibility? Equipping them with the academic skills, such as reading, writing, math, history, and geography, and computer etc. is all fine and good but if parents neglect to teach them to be caring and compassionate, have the parents really given them all they need for fulfilling their potential and achieving a sense of joy and satisfaction in their lives? Of course, this then entails the parents too, walking the talk and being a good example for their children. And the strategies set out in this Harvard findings are practical enough to serve as either starting points or reference for improvement purposes. Interestingly, such strategies echo what our guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche have been emphasising all along.

  13. Lew on Jul 10, 2016 at 2:01 am

    This article by Harvard is indeed interesting, because these ways are being taught by Tsem Rinpoche too. 🙂

    One of the ways I find that it is effective is to let the kids do community works. For me, I let my kids to join Kechara Soup Kitchen in Medan Tuanku, where they play with the kids of homeless, and also teach them to draw and write. I can see that they enjoy themselves, may be because they feel great as they have done something meaningful.

    I am yet to teach the 5th way, which is to take deep breath when angry. It is indeed a very good tip, especially nowadays, things happen so fast, and we (both kids and myself) don’t have the time to process and think carefully before we react.

  14. tong sun sun on Jul 9, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    说起现今的父母实在无法理解,因为在教养孩子 方面实在是糟透。我不明白他们为何会认为这种教法是对的??
    因为现在大多是双新父母,为了弥补孩子的相处常常以金钱满足孩子,以物质填补孩子。久而久之就形成孩子不思进取,常常伸手拿钱认为理所当然。
    现在的家庭都是少子化,所以都特别娇生惯养,特别自私,霸凌同学和别人相处一定要别人迁就。
    受不了委屈,在职场永远是老板同事的错所以常常失业,又或者是只想当老板,好吃懒做常常只是想多于行动。或是蜗居在家“啃老本”(吃喝父母的退休金)有些还娶了太太一起啃!!
    其实这些孩子有这些行为举止都是父母本身造成的,父母的身教对孩子是一面镜子,常常看到报道孩子在学校被老师处罚父母当着孩子的面前数落老师,甚至还会动手,以这种身教教导孩子让孩子看在眼里就认为只要是够凶狠万事可解决,也可以说没王法了 。也让孩子以为动粗和暴力就可以解决问题。
    有时候在餐厅遇到一些离谱的父母就是让孩子在哭闹也不劝停,还一脸自豪说我给孩子百分自由发挥!!!我常常认为小孩做错了应该有一些设当体罚是应该的。(并不是暴打)
    孩子真的要教养,并不是天生天养!!如果做不到不如不养!

  15. HelenaC on Jul 9, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    I have seen many monster kids especially nowadays, parents are just busy working and forgot the importance of raising a children with good values in life. Its sad to see kids these days have no respect to anything, not even parents or themselves.
    These days parents only focusing on good educations but they forgetting morality as importance as well. I believe feeding the children with good values and feed them Dharma from young is important as i have seen children in kechara, they are growing up as a good human, kind, loving and caring. Great example like Beatrice, Liang Jing and many of them. I think that is the greatest gift from a perents as no matter how smart and how great you are, nothing beats a kind heart.

    Thank you for sharing the article Rinpoche.

    Love, Helena

  16. William Chua on Jul 9, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    I love this article. Even though I do not have kids of my own, it is worth sharing with my family and friends. It provides examples that is easy to understand. It really makes sense as children will observe and follow the actions of their parents. Therefore, parents should set good example so that their children will emulate. Also parents should guide their children to be kind to others and be caring to others. Start with family and move out of the circle. Especially to those who help or servicing us.

    Just like what Rinpoche said: “Always remember that being a great parent is not only about providing material needs… a huge part of parenting is to enrich your child’s life with good values, habits and universal good qualities. It is the best gift you can give them.” Give them this gift and you will be assured that they will be okay for the rest of their lives. Hopefully, this will start to change a generation for the future of humanity.

  17. Stella Cheang on Jul 8, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    This is an awesome article that give us a new angle in looking at providing a non-traditional learning experience for the children. In fact, I see that Kechara Sunday Dharma School (KSDS) has been the very platform that sustained these guidelines in KSDS classes through a variation of methods. The “Try This” ideas are very practical and applicable, we can all learn from this article.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us the article from Amy Joyce.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  18. Paul Yap on Jul 6, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Often, schools, colleges and universities are very much focusing on demanding good grades and individual performance. This has resulted in the parents and kids focusing in taking care oneself rather than looking out giving helping hands to those needed. Our society has already becomes very materialistic and individualistic, and the effect has even far greater destruction to our environment and existence .
    This article’s idea is very similar to Buddhist teaching, for one to become kinder and generous for other. When we are focusing on helping others and for their benefit, ultimately we will develop compassion and real happiness. This is essential for the development of our children during their growing years, making them a healthier and stronger person for the family, our country and sustainability of our environment.

  19. Pastor Adeline on Jul 6, 2016 at 5:05 am

    Children are our precious leaders in the making, the future of our country and planet earth. A healthy, harmony and peaceful country rely on the children. Children who do not concern about others is the main cause for an unhealthy and disharmony society and their parents are responsible for it.

    It is important for everyone, children and adults alike, to put others’ priority before their own in order for good qualities to arise in them. Integrity, persistence etc. high ethical standards can then be expected from them. Thus forming a much needed caring and loving world.

    With this understanding, the Kechara Sunday Dharma School (KSDS) for children age 2-18 are being nurtured with Buddhist values and methods that are very much aligned with the Harvard psychologist’s findings. We are very blessed to have such a setting in Kechara for this area of works to be done due to the kindness of our guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche. We continue to work hand-in-hand with the parents for nice kids to be raised.

  20. Chris Chong on Jul 5, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this article with us. Parents nowadays are overly protective and paranoid when it comes to their children. They show them with love and care and blocked anything negative that will reach their children. It is very good for them to do that but, an overprotected child is being ripped off the chance for them to fall and learn. Easy life do not encourage improvement. They only encourage laziness and self-centered. The child can only learn when they are given difficult situation , then only they can thrive and learnt. There is not surprise when children of wealthy parents turned out to be spoilt brats. I’m not saying that only rich kids are spoilt brats, just that they have easier life than the rest. This article is very useful for parents to think about what’s best for their children.

    Humbly,
    Chris Chong

  21. Grace Leong on Jul 5, 2016 at 1:01 am

    In view of all the destructions that is taking place in our world today, we certainly need a whole new generation of people who are kinder and generous, more focused on others. Children must be guided this way from young. Then it will be natural for them to be kind to others.
    I am totally for the methods suggested in this article.
    Most parents ignorantly take on the approach whereby we teach our children to become very self centered. We provide them with too much material methods and easily forget that it doesn’t do them much good. The whole world with its commercial-focused trend does produce very selfish and inward looking people.
    As parents we need to realise our actions can make or break a child. We have to choose wisely.
    As Rinpoche said “we are our parents “; so what type of parent do we want to be ; what type of adults do we want to make of our children ?

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  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 24. 2021 04:18 PM
    Kyabje Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche is one of the most accomplished Tibetan Buddhist yogis of our time. Regarded as one of the most highly realized Dzogchen yogis ,he lived in a simple dwelling without the distractions of fame and fortune. He practices what he preaches without compromise and as a result he is beloved and respected by people of all faiths. Spending a great deal most of his time practicing in caves . Thousands of people in the Himalayan region consider Rinpoche to be their root guru because through his compassionate action and profound wisdom. During his life Chatral Rinpoche was one of the most vocal opponents of meat eating in Tibetan Buddhism. He encouraged followers to go on vegetarian. For many years he had been buying fish in huge bulk from numerous fisheries and fish markets and released them into Diamond Harbour in Kolkota’s estuaries. He founded and restored many meditation retreat centers in Bhutan, India and Nepal as well as overseen the construction of several stupas. Inspiring indeed. He left a legacy that will undoubtedly live on for many generations.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/jadrel-sangay-dorji.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 24. 2021 04:17 PM
    Revisit this post again. Beautiful prayers by two great masters….. HH Trijang Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Konchok Tsering for our Guru Tsem Rinpoche filled with blessings. We are fortunate to have them who composed such precious sacred prayers…
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/long-life-prayer-by-kensur-konchok-tsering-rinpoche-and-trijang-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 24. 2021 04:14 PM
    Beautiful story of how Choyang Dulzin Kuten Lama from a humble nomadic family,became an Oracle Lama. He had served Tibetan community in difficult times in Tibet and in refugee camps in India. He was well respected and illustrious oracle who took trance of Dorje Shugden. Choyang Duldzin Kuten Lama had contributed in various ways when the Tibetan community was trying to re-establish itself in India. It was Choyang Duldzin Kuten Lama who invoked Dharmapala Dorje Shugden to ask for safe directions in H H the 14th Dalai Lama’s escape during the Chinese invasion at that time. Interesting read . His life story is one positive and inspiring example of compassion that benefit many and to those having special relationships with Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring and interesting read.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-amazing-life-of-choyang-dulzin-kuten-lama
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 23. 2021 02:33 PM
    Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche was a Tibetan-Italian lama of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, well respected Lama known to be a powerful healer who had saved countless lives. Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche was also renowned for his full accomplishment of the Medicine Buddha practice. The blessed healing pills and waters created by Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche are highly sought. He had travelled tremendously giving teachings and healing thousands of people. Thousands of people will come from far and near to receive his blessings. Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche was a Tantric master of the Yamantaka, Guhyasamaja, Heruka and Vajrayogini Tantras, known for his mastery of the Kalachakra Tantras. The blessed healing pills and waters created by Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche are highly sought after for healing illnesses.
    Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche’s kindness, compassion and continuous effort to promote the growth of the Buddhadharma were well respected by many even to this day. For many decades Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche has worked tirelessly, promoting world peace , helping the underprivileged, and so forth.
    Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche was one of the lamas who first recognised Tsem Rinpoche as a tulku . Tsem Rinpoche since then had always respected Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche as one of his teacher. Tsem Rinpoche had sent students to Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche ’s centre in Albagnano, Italy with offerings such as books, gifts, other items, updating recent projects of Kechara as well. Rejoice to those went there.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post with beautiful pictures .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/respects-to-kyabje-gangchen-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 23. 2021 02:31 PM
    Interesting article. In the old days there were hundreds of oracles that served as mediums for different spirits. …such as the Nechung Oracle and Dorje Shugden . They were consulted on all important occasions. Oracle tradition goes back to the time of the Fifth Dalai Lama. During important events the Oracle would appear in religious ceremonies in Lhasa. We are blessed watching these rare videos featuring Oracles. Oracles have played, and will continue to play, an important part in religion, doctrine, and prophecy. The phenomenon of oracles still remains till today. The Oracle tradition has traces in pre-Buddhist traditions of shamanism and exorcism. The practice is mysterious, most of its aspects were kept secret until the recent years. When visiting the temple, one will see a different side of Tibetan religion and culture. Oracles serve as a guide for Tibetans in political decisions, predictions about natural forces, and so forth. Their answers are taken seriously by Tibetans and high-standing political and religious individuals.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral for this interesting post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-phenomena-of-oracles.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 23. 2021 02:31 PM
    A short blessed meditational prayer of Saint Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. A beautiful and meaningful prayers to recite. May those who read and recite this prayers will be blessed.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful prayers.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/a-meditation-on-saint-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen-for-higher-consciousness
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 22. 2021 02:00 PM
    Lama Tsongkhapa Riding on a Tiger one of the five visionary forms that came from dream vision appearing directly to Khedrub Je who was lama Tsongkhapa’s tantric disciple. Beautiful thangka to have together with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful Thangka.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/lama-tsongkhapa-riding-on-a-tiger
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 22. 2021 01:57 PM
    Beautiful and unusual Taung Kalat Buddhist Temple in Bagan,Myanmar. Amazing place and striking Buddhist complex of stupas, shrines and monasteries built on top of a tall volcanic plug. This Buddhist Monastery is built on a tall volcanic plug and is one of a tourist and pilgrimage site in the vicinity of nearby Mount Popa. The Buddhist monastery lies magnificently on top of an extinct volcano plug which rises up to a height of 1518 meters. To reach the monastery, there is a fleet of steps of 777 steps to reach the summit and will encounter some monkeys along the way too. From the top, one can enjoy a panoramic view of the ancient city of Bagan and the majestic Mount Popa, the volcano responsible for the formation of Taung Kalat.
    I have not been to there yet, would to visit such a magnificent panorama which extends across the plains to the Rakhine hills, rising from the dust haze on the horizon.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/beautiful-and-unusual-taung-kalat-buddhist-temple-in-bagan-myanmar
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 22. 2021 01:55 PM
    Beautiful thangka of Buddha Akshobhya, Manjushri, Manjushri Nagarakshasa and Dorje Shugden. Buddha Akshobhya is one of the Five Wisdom Buddhas, who represents consciousness. The ferocious Manjushri Nagarakshasa is one of the most fearsome looking Buddhas within the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. Together as depicted in this beautiful thangka tells us thousand words……is indeed powerful and beautiful to have in our house.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this thangka with explanations.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/manjushri-nagarakshasa-the-naga-deity
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 21. 2021 02:57 PM
    Wow …..such a sacred mantra written by H. H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Merely by seeing this sacred mantra is a blessing. Zong Rinpoche was a Gelug Lama ,famous as a sharp analyst and master of philosophical debate, as well as a powerful Tantric practitioner.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this powerful mantra

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-sacred-mantra-of-lady-vajrayogini
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 21. 2021 02:54 PM
    Dharma is spreading and flourishing around the world, that’s wonderful. Especially to countries such as Africa, we have Drupon Khen Rinpoche Karma Lhabu to thanks. Africa is a massive continent with diverse religious traditions, it’s a up hill task teaching Buddhism . Buddhism is a quiet new religion in South Africa, most Lamas would prefer going to Asian or European countries to spread Dharma teachings.
    Drupon Khen Rinpoche Karma Lhabu is a monastic teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. While in Tibet he received extensive training in Dharma and Meditation. He studied under many accomplished masters of mahamudra and dzogchen. All from Kagyu and Nyingma lineages whom are famous lamas and unknown yogis . He travelled all the way to Africa to spread Dharma and working tirelessly , going to remote parts of Africa . Truly compassionate of him.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/drupon-khen-rinpoche-in-africa
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 21. 2021 02:52 PM
    Some Africans were aware of Buddhism at a very early stage in history. Africa is still the least Buddhist of the inhabited continents as to this day. There are a number of difficulties and barriers to spreading the teachings of the Buddha in Africa. But wonderful to have Bhikkhu Bodhiraja a Congo citizen ordained spreading Buddhism then. Although small and remote to some but its getting popular due to Bhikkhu Bodhiraja’s hard and dedicated work. How joyous and wonderful of him bringing Dharma to Congo. It is such great news to rejoice. May even more people enjoy the blessing of Buddha. He even built four Buddhist temples and had even planted a Bodhi tree.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing. Buddhism is finding its way into parts of the world now…..far and wide.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/buddhism-in-congo-africa
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Jan 21. 2021 12:02 AM
    Wow! Those people are really creative and such awesome ideas! The way the houses are designed is just spectacular. The immediate surroundings of your nature house are perfectly suited for a good break and it’s important that people realize that living a healthy life is essential to living a good life. One will never imagine in this remote forest there is such a comfortable, cozy lodging completes with every facilities you can think of.

    Thank you for the beautiful photos and interesting sharing.

    https://bit.ly/2KuP1Qm
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 20. 2021 02:59 PM
    Wow amazing discovery like Indiana Jones adventure. A rare 1,000-year-old Buddhist statue found by a Nazi expedition in 1938. It seem a meteorite that crashed into the Earth about 15,000 years and it have been carved into a Buddha statue by Tibetans as claimed. With this it has proven that the people living in that time were already practicing Buddhism.
    With this discovery scientist had classified the statue as a rare class of iron meteorite. They mentioned that the meteorite must have fell to Earth approximately 15,000 years ago.
    Interesting discovery . The priceless statue is believed to originate from the pre-Buddhist Bon culture of the 11th Century. It sounds like an artifact from an Indiana Jones film.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/1000-year-old-meteorite-buddha.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 20. 2021 02:56 PM
    Rejoice to Pastor Lanse receiving such a blessed, precious, and sacred Vajrayogini image from Rinpoche. Pastor Lanse is one of the many fortunate students who did received gifts from Rinpoche. Reading those comments and from this blog, tells us more of Pastor Lanse . Pastor lanse must have worked very hard benefiting many though. May more people be inspired by her going all the way working for Dharma.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/a-precious-vajrayogini-for-someone-special.html

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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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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
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
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In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
5 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
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We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
8 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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Wesak 2020
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
10 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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