Is Religion Dying Out in America?

Sep 3, 2016 | Views: 629

Dear friends,

In the past, believing in God was almost a cultural trend in America and other Western countries; it was just what most people did. But as society becomes increasingly modernised, people are less inclined to lean in this direction.

With the tremendous amount of information and knowledge that is freely available today, people automatically have more questions and doubts in what others or even they themselves believe in. Therefore when they are unable to understand something, most of them choose to not believe in anything instead.

I find this piece of research quite interesting, I hope you will enjoy it and do let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Religion is Dying Out in America: Just 18% of People 60 and Younger Attend Church and Less Than 50% Believe in God

By CHEYENNE MACDONALD FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 21:58 GMT, 17 March 2016 | UPDATED: 23:07 GMT, 17 March 2016

  • Religious affiliation and belief in God has dropped in developed countries
  • It was thought that US was an exception, but data reveals this isn’t the case
  • New study shows each generation is less religious than the one before it

Around the world, people are beginning to turn their backs on religion.
For some time, researchers have observed this trend as it ripples through developed countries, with the United States standing out as the exception.
Now, a new study reveals this is no longer the case; with each passing generation, Americans too are steadily becoming less religious.

For some time, researchers have observed this trend as it ripples through developed countries, with the United States standing out as the exception. Now, a new study reveals this is no longer the case; with each passing generation, Americans too are steadily becoming less religious.

Religion is dying out in America2

As religious belief declines in much of the Western world, it’s largely been thought that the United States had resisted the trend.

Research from Duke University and University College London (UCL) challenges this idea, revealing that the number of people in the US who claim religious affiliations or attend Church has dropped.

And, the belief in God is dropping as well.

The study published in the American Journal of Sociology examined US data from the General Social Survey, which is conducted every two years.

Comparisons with data from Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand revealed an overall drop in religious belief over time.

In the United States, this drop has been very gradual, making it difficult for scientists to detect due to lack of data.

The decline, they found, has occurred generationally.

‘None of these declines is happening fast, but the signs are now unmistakable,’ said David Voas, a social scientist with UCL and co-author of the study.

‘It has become clear that American religiosity has been declining for decades, and the decline is driven by the same dynamic – generational differences – that has driven religious decline across the developed world.’

The number of people in the US who claim religious affiliations or attend Church have dropped. And, the belief in God is dropping as well. The decline, they found, has occurred generationally. The researchers say the data remains consistent over time, reflecting the trend seen elsewhere in the world.

Researchers found each generation is subsequently less religious than the one before.

In one example, the team found that 41 percent of people aged 70 and older reported they attend church services at least once a month.

For people just under that age bracket, 60 and younger, only 18 percent attend church at this frequency.

And, just 45 percent of people aged 18-30 reported they have ‘no doubt God exists,’ compared with 68 percent of those 65 and older who said the same.

‘The US has long been considered an exception to the modern claim that religion is declining,’ said Mark Chaves, the study’s other co-author, and a professor of sociology, divinity, and religion at Duke.

‘But if you look at the trajectory, and the generational dynamic that is producing the trajectory, we may not be an exception after all.’

The researchers say the data remains consistent over time, reflecting the trend seen elsewhere in the world.

‘If you break it down over five-year chunks,’ Chaves said, ‘each age group is a little less religious than the one before it.’

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3497755/Religion-dying-New-study-finds-just-18-percent-people-60-younger-attend-church-50-believe-God.html

 

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  1. Uncle Eddie on Oct 31, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Religion is not dying out in America, but could be showing a sign of slowing down due to the following reasons: Materalism and wealth form the important source of the “American Dream” in survivalship in modern U.S.A of today. In a materialism developed environment, especially in a country like the U.S., everything needs “quick-fixes” and “physical gratification” centred on proofs too. At many a time, this is also even required in the practice of spirituality, though sometimes it may be difficult to prove out what is “Empirical”. In a similar research done sometime ago, it was revealed that more people nowadays are attracted to practices that can induce control over a practitioner’s future destiny instantaneously, rather than to await for the mercy of the “Almighty”. A system logically based on the “wait and see” situation, or attitude of a faith-based merciful feeling of God is not what many people seem eager for today. As said, people are today not so obsessed with the sense world, they so blinded by attachment, and under control of funfamental cause of all problems, and thus become ignorant of the true nature of their mind, making them lose interest in Religion, and thus lose out in the end!

  2. Vivian Ong on Oct 27, 2016 at 1:04 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. I guess not only in the US that the people are less spiritual. I notice even in Malaysia especially the younger generation are less spiritual. To them being religious is not cool and choose not to pray or go to temples. Some even choose to be free thinker instead. Maybe it’s because the parents to these kids are also not religious and as a result did not teach their kids to pray. In the long term we will meet with many ignorant and angry people.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  3. Echeah on Oct 17, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    This is not surprising. Materialism is the mantra of today and life’s goal is fortune and fame. There is daily bombardment by the media that this should be everyone’s ultimate goal for a successful life and it would bring happiness. But when in the pursuit of those ideals, the happiness seems so elusive and problems crop in, only then do they turn to religion. But if the religion they so pin their hopes on do not seem to turn their fortunes around immediately they way they expect and they are not getting what they hoped to get from religion, they turn their backs on it.

    For those who do practice some kind of religious practice, and life seems humming along and they become successful, they may also end up forsaking the religion because everything’s so smooth, why do they need religion? When you’re busy making money and enjoying yourself, you have no time to do any boring religious practice.

    In both cases, there is nothing else but the sense of “I” “Me” and “Mine”. And the object of their worship should work at their beck and call.

    When people practise without understanding what they are doing or have doubts and questions that the religion cannot answer, sooner or later, for the thinking society of today, it becomes totally meaningless to even practise anything. Therefore are the western religions sufficient to stimulate the thinking minds of today’s people?

  4. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 17, 2016 at 3:00 am

    All advanced countries, the people in such countries with probably a lot more disposable income and enjoy a greater standard of living than > 50% of the world’s population would realize that wealth and money is not everything. Human beings need nourishment not only in terms of satisfying baser desires, they need nourishment in terms of spirit as well.

    This is probably where religion and philosophies come in. In the day and age whereby internet is accessed by so many and so much information is available to the masses. There is probably a tendency to check online and compare. With the advent of technology and people have greater capacity for discernment, people have a greater tendency to be more skeptical hence more questioning. Perhaps a new way has to be formulated to look at the religiosity of the Americans. Could it be that Americans are starting to look at other systems of beliefs that suit their level of education and exposure that gives them the freedom to explore their understanding and be able to comfortable use logic and reasoning which is more often than not; not found or practiced widely within the context of monotheistic faiths.

  5. Samfoonheei on Sep 12, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Religion is dying out in America that is very true due to a numbers of reason.Well as a developed country and more advance than any other .and the up bringing of people there is so much different from those many years back. So less younger generation are going to church and so on…do not quite believe in religion. there so many immigrants from so many countries settling down in America making religion less important as they think more of material wealth and surviving .
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this post.

  6. JP on Sep 11, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    In my opinion, the reasons for this phenomena in the US are as follow:

    1) The main focus in the American culture is to amass material wealth so that they can buy their dream home, go for their dream vacations, have dream cars and so on. This is the “American Dream”! It is the Mecca for indulgence and egocentricity. There is not much room left for any spiritual pursuits.

    2) Religions in the US are predominantly theistic. They are becoming less popular because Americans are well educated in general and are encouraged to think and question all the time. If their questions are not answered logically, they lose interest very quickly. There is too much daily distractions and they do not have the time and energy to explore. Hence, having faith alone is not good enough especially when prayers are not answered after a while.

    3) Americans like quick fixes and see results. Theistic religions do not provide for this.

    So unless these religious institutions change their methods and have better answers to the congregation’s questions, the decline will continue.

    Regards,
    JP

  7. Stella Cheang on Sep 9, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    There are 2 research papers that indicate that the level of religious belief may partially stem from the style of our thinking. In 2011, Shenhav, Rand and Greene of Harvard University published a report, showing people who rely on their intuition are more likely to believe in God. Building on these findings, more recently, Gervais and Norenzayan of the University of British Columbia found that people who think analytically reduced their tendency to believe in God. The growing numbers of literate which encouraged analytical thinking could be the reason of the declining numbers of believer over the decades. This is actually a very good opportunity for religion preacher to redefine their approach from a dogmatic ritual to an intellectually stimulating philosophy of life. I am very much incline to quote Valentina “…Perhaps, this phenomenon is a new beginning that people need, that is taking religions not as traditions passed down by elders, but rather as a way of life that is meaningful to them personally.”

    Thank you very much, Rinpoche, for this thought provoking article.

  8. Sharon Ong on Sep 9, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    This is an interesting and thought provoking piece. In my humble opinion, one of the factors that could have caused the decline is the advancement of information technology where information is readily available and everything can be Googled online. With mainstream religions which subscribe to theism, where a higher being is said to be the creator of everything, one needs to be able to accept whatever that is taught without questioning the whys and hows. One needs to just believe and leave one’s fate in the hands of that higher being.

    For a people like me, I could not just accept facts and principles blindly, without being able to question. For many people, to be able to believe and accept would need a fair bit of understanding and to understand something, there will be the need to question.

    In this age of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, there is a rather distorted view of happiness and many people will not turn to spirituality/religion to seek happiness as spirituality is the much harder road compared to fine dining, fabulous holidays and fast cars.

    Thank you for sharing this post, Rinpoche.

  9. Jutika Lam on Sep 8, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    In my opinion, it is not really surprising that less and less Americans are becoming less religious. This can be attributed to the younger generation being more materialistically motivated and would rather follow the latest fashion or technology trends compared to sitting in a church and learning about God.

    People are now less spiritual and rather go looking for fun, partying and shopping. Another contributing factor is that the younger generation are now more tech savvy which has lead them to reject traditions.

    This has been an interesting article to read, thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  10. Bradley Kassian on Sep 6, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Yes America is becoming less religious. This has to do with people becoming more educated on how the world actually operates and the general dissatisfaction that some religions persecute their own followers. We have emerged from the Middle Ages, and though people may not attend churches persay some people still believe in their religion. I think with religions they need to adapt with the times and the people, sure some teachings remain the same but others need to go. The inability to change is accelerating the decline. People are free independent thinkers, and having some organization condone that creates a lot of tension and dissatisfaction. People are not the same as they once were hundred, two hundred years ago or more. We simply can’t believe something, stick with that without investigating the truth behind it. The majority of religions have blind followers elsewhere in the world. People in America question, and that leads to a healthier understanding. Simply believing something without questioning it or investigating is not helpful to spiritual development, and having some relgions give answers that end in open ended questions without a logical/reasonable explination is unacceptable in this day and age. If religions wish to survive in places like America then they need to adapt, because their is still lots of wiggle room for that. The core teachings remain intact but some outward manifestations need to change.

  11. Vinnie Tan on Sep 6, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Through the information that is being shared with us by Rinpoche, it shows that these day, the younger generation is not spiritual anymore. They are just people that are looking out at fun and parties.

    I find this very true as when I speak to my peers at times, they give me this feeling that they are not interested at anything that is spiritual. What they are interested in is only the latest trends, who is in and who is not, what is going on in the entertainment industry. Even to see how the world is slowly being destroyed to us, they are not able to see that as they feel that what they focus on is more important compared to what is happening in the world. The saddest thing is that they actually do not care how they will make an impact in the world even if their acts are destroying their surroundings.

    However, even though that this is the case for those that are aged 18-30 have thinking like that, but we see more and more children these days speaking up to the principles that they believe in. For an example of such believes includes to not kill other beings as their food. Once they know that the food on their plates are animals they cry and say that they will not consume anything that involves killing of animals. It is just sweet to see that the new young generation have a chance to speak up and be respected for their believes. Additionally, they are able to think in the manner they have voiced their thoughts.

  12. shelly tai on Sep 6, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this news with us. As the research show the new generation is less religious is a very true because if we look at the moral ethnic of the newer generation is getting worst otherwise why have so many crime that happen in the recent year mostly involve teenager that age as young as 13 years old, it is due to most family now the parents are not religious and most of these parent are very busy working parents that they have neglected their well being of their children.

  13. Wah Ying on Sep 6, 2016 at 1:03 am

    Acccording to some experts, youngsters aged between 18 – 30 who grow up in an digitalised era filled with information, and raised up by Babyboomers parents, one of whose characteristics is rejection of traditional values and emphasizing to think for themselves instead by following whatever have been given or saying by the church. Thus they tend to checking on the conventional ideas of life including religious/spirtual path.

    For this generation, they are said to be the generation being let down quite a lot by institutions thus they tend to have lack of trust in government, mass media and church. With more information coming their way – there will be pro and cons with so much information, one might getting more confused or getting more “smart” in their decision making or thinking process. However the younger generation who are armed with more information tend to make comparison, to check and think by themselves; compared to their previous generation who are more “obedient” and follow the old way. I agree with Rinpoche that there are those when they are ynable to understand some part of the religion, they tend to have doubt or reject all, and this is not limited to America, it happens in here and otehr parts of the world as well.

    My thinking is going to church weekly doesn’t mean you are more religious, or you are a good follower of the God by applying the teachings in daily life. Just like any other religion, gping to temple or reciting some mantra, doing some rituals doesn’t equal to you are a more spiritual person or good follower of particular religion. However I find this research interesting, if it can link to the possible reasons link to the decline of people beleive in God or going to church and further survey about the values of American – are they more spiritual, more kind..even they are less frequent in going to church.. that would be more interesting.

  14. Lum Kok Luen on Sep 5, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this interesting research article.

    For all that America is known for (be it financial might, people power, or military might), the United States has it all.

    As far as spirituality is concerned, I find that this data is not surprising. To me, this could be due to reasons such as the continuous emphasis on “ME” attitude, the social structure system where almost everyone demands proof or evidence for almost all matters, and the continuous pursuit of material gains, have mostly eroded the spiritual development of the younger generation in America.

    The younger age group (no gender differences), i.e., groups between 18 to 40 year olds, are gradually but surely moving onto spiritual decline.

    I think that another major reason why this gradual decline in spirituality is the emphasis the country’s leadership is placing on. Almost everyday, we hear the US Senate or President talking about the economy or political situation –> emphasizing very heavily on the secular matters rather than showing example or leadership demonstration to move onto spiritual development.

    I personally think that America will slowly get “sucked” into secular ways and that their society will very gradually decline and one day, America may not be spiritual. I sincerely hope that this day will not happen.

    Thank you
    Lum Kok Luen

  15. Martin on Sep 5, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    I am not surprised that faith-based religions are on the decline. The most significant difference between now and say a century ago is the level education and the percentage of educated people in the world.

    Basically, education became common and information more accessible. And so people began to think for themselves and logic and common sense started to replace faith. That is not to say that faith is no longer relevant but more so that religion has not been able to [directly] respond to modern day issues and thinking thereby creating a vacuity between faith and the need to respond to today’s problems.

    It was also more common for society’s influencers to be engaged in religion in the past and much less now.

    I believe this to be true for theistic religions. I do not have stats for the increase or decrease in the the Buddhist faith but I would imagine that more people are attracted to Buddhism which teaches a philosophy that returns control over a person’s destiny to himself or herself. Buddhism is also more logic-based and this probably appeals more to a society that likes to be involved in a solution rather than wait for the mercy of a ‘god’.

  16. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Sep 5, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the article about the religion is dying out in most of the developed countries.

    With the advancement of technology, people tend to have more time by getting to a place faster through airplanes or bullet train, having on-line shopping at home without much hassles and easily paying the bills on internet banking or through other web services. Instead of saving more time to balance up our lives with other activities such as engaging in spirituality or even spending more time in one’s religion, most of us tend to be pulled away by infotainment and entertainment which fill up the entire of our time, our energy as well as occupying our mind most of the time. The current technology has given us a perception that we are in control of many things in our life where religion is something not necessary or not being required at all because the end results of one’s religion practice cannot be recognized or realized by our fixated and deluded minds. I sincerely pray and hope that most of the people can go back to the basic human nature from the good old days where we emphasize more on the inner positive qualities that radiate out with positive actions and good motivation through one’s religion.

    At this point of time, I sincerely want to thank Rinpoche for giving us the Dharma on this blessed blog, which benefit many people all the time. May the Dharma continue to grow and reach out to many sentient beings.

    With folded hands,
    kin hoe

  17. Pastor KH Ng on Sep 5, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    I have no doubt that religion is dying out in America and elsewhere, especially in the developed world.
    I feel this is driven by a few factors but not exclusively. Firstly, the developed world is more materialistic. Among the characters of a materialistic society are quick fixes and physical gratification that are contrary to spiritualism/religion. Instant gratification is the name of the game.
    Second, empirical science that has given all of our world’s modern conveniences also demands “proof” for everything. Since, spirituality cannot be proven in the empirical sense, this leads to the decline in the belief in religion.
    Also, modern education are driven by the objectives of achieving secular skills like science, technology, the arts and sociology which does not support theological knowledge.
    Lastly, since everyone is some busy in a modern society, who has the time??

    This is what I think are the reasons that religion is dying out.

  18. Pastor Han Nee on Sep 5, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    It’s not just the Western World, but the ‘malaise’ of a lost of faith and confidence in religion is creeping into every society.

    In the past, there were less distractions. People found an outlet for happiness in simple pleasures. The family unit was cohesive.Religion was part of their way of life. Going to church on Sundays, saying prayers as a family before a meal, and even saying daily prayers were all acceptable – as a communion with the Divine.

    However, as materialism kicked in, and scientific and technological advance has enhanced the stuff that entertainment and games are made of, people have become more and more easily discontented, and their wants and needs for material acquisitions and for fun , excitement and entertainment have become insatiable.

    Spirituality and religion are now taking a back seat. Family units have disintegrated and people no longer just automatically or blindly follow in the footsteps of their parents and elders in regard to belief in religion or God . What they don’t understand or grasp, they discard.

    Hence, I read with great excitement, and avidly follow news, on the endeavours of HH Dalai Lama with world-renowned social scientists and psychologists on a field which is called the Science of the Mind or Mind-Science.

    Buddhism has long been engaged in this deep and profound study of the mind to understand it and , having understood it, to train it to attain a state of Inner Peace, which enables it to be an ‘oasis’ of calm in a turbulent sea of chaos – that is our existence in samsara. We have a road map -Lord Buddha’s teachings, and we have spiritual guides who have achieved this state of peace or ultimate happiness, and guides us on the path to achieve it.

    Very importantly, the Dalai Lama has corroborated with psychologists and social scientists to come out with specific Maps of Emotions. There are also studies and researches on topics with new labels like “Emotional Intelligence”(Daniel Goleman) , which has to do with the importance of recognizing our emotions , understanding emotions -other people’s emotions and our own, and directing them from being disruptive towards more positive outcomes to benefit all.

    All in all, Buddhist Psychology and Study of the Nature of Mind to help us understand our Mind and its workings, hold the key to our control of our mind and our directing it on the path of transformation to achieve ultimate peace and happiness. Hence spirituality in this age of many mental diseases and problems, should logically be following this direction too.

  19. Val on Sep 4, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the article.

    Mankind created religions so their lives can have meaning. Unfortunately, religions or rather the blind faith to it may have caused more problems, such as religious wars and prejudices against people from different religions. Religions are supposed to be used as a way of life to reach higher spiritual level.

    Perhaps, this phenomenon is a new beginning that people need, that is taking religions not as traditions passed down by elders, but rather as a way of life that is meaningful to them personally.

    Val

  20. Sofi on Sep 4, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    I guess the decline would be applicable for all religion as the world become more and more materialised. More focus is put into gaining material possession and satisfying the need for excitement as boredom sets in fairly easily. People move on to the next interesting expecting satisfaction to be fulfilled but in reality it doesn’t. As such much time will be spent on this seeking of the illusive happiness in achievement of purchase, career, family, travel, games, etc. As the younger generations grow, watching their parents spend the time in material or career pursuit, they too emulate and with each succeeding generations, less interest in religion will occur. Even if they did attend, less time will be spent on actually studying the teachings. Without proper understanding the people won’t develop the faith and soon will start to be disenchanted until they doubt God’s existence.

    At the same time, science has become a very much integral part the society today. Everything is needed to be proven by science, even the whole ghost-hunting thing are using gadgets invented to proof their existence. Only thing is science have not reached the stage of proving the existence of god unless through miracles and how often would that happen to create that faith in God? Even human existence are accorded to the Darwin theory of evolution.

    Nowadays, Oh my God is used as an expression of joy, frustration, anger, etc whereas in yonder years, it was a commune with God. Unless the society start to change their value to a more spiritual one, this decline will surely continue. Thank you Rinpoche for this nugget of information.

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    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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    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
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:06 PM
    Bouddha, also known as Boudhanath, is a stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal which is located about 11 km from outskirts of Kathmandu. Its massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal and the world. The Boudhanath Stupa pyramid is coated with over 60 pounds of gold, is one of the largest and one of the most significant Buddhist monuments in the world. This great Stupa is home to precious relics and this semi-circular structure stands out with its majestic mandala, recognized by UNESCO in 1979 as a World Heritage Site. The Boudhanath is the most sacred sites in Tibetan Buddhism outside of Tibet, reflecting the cosmological tenets of Buddhism. Was there last year June joining thousands of pilgrims circumambulate the stupa.
    The aerial view of this Boudhanath Stupa is magnificent indeed. Looking merely at the pictures is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/aerial-view-of-bodha-stupa.html

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108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
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Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
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Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
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On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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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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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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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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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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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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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
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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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
2 weeks ago
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.
2 weeks ago
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.
4 weeks ago
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.
Two Pastors in da house! Double the merits, double the happiness. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
4 weeks ago
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)
1 month ago
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)
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
2 months ago
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.
2 months ago
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.
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.
2 months ago
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.
2 months ago
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.
2 months ago
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.
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
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.
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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.
3 months ago
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.
3 months ago
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)
3 months ago
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)
3 months ago
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)
3 months ago
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)
3 months ago
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
4 months ago
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.
4 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
4 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.
4 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.
4 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.
4 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.
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.
4 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.
Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
5 months ago
Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
5 months ago
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/\_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
5 months ago
A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed.  Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
5 months ago
After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
5 months ago
Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
5 months ago
Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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