Is Religion Dying Out in America?

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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 again with folded hands.
    Well said by Rinpoche ….There is no such thing as you are ready or not to do dharma intensely or seriously. As long as you are in samsara and enduring birth, sickness, old age and death, YOU ARE MORE THAN READY.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/for-those-who-seek-spirituality.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 23. 2021 01:05 PM
    Inspiring Master Xuyun or Hsu Yun a renowned Chinese Chan Buddhist master was one of the most influential Buddhist teachers of the 19th and 20th centuries. An extraordinary Buddhist Master had gone through countless hardships and illnesses yet continue tirelessly worked as a bodhisattva, giving teachings, explaining sutras and even restoring old temples. Going through all the hardships did not stop him from his Dharma endeavours. He had successfully revitalised the Chinese Buddhist teachings, and had since benefitted many. Master Xuyun has spent his whole life devoted to the Dharma. He lived into his 120th year, and his life spanned two centuries and three dynasties. Interesting read of a bodhisattva.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for this inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/empty-cloud.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 23. 2021 01:04 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all about the special Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden Oracle Statue. Looking at those beautiful pictures paints a thousands words and it’s a blessing . Dorje Shugden oracle statue is the first of its kind in the world where it enshrined in the Wisdom Hall Audience Room, at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. We are fortunate to have this Dorje Shugden oracle statue , all thanks to our guru Tsem Rinpoche. We rely on the tradition of oracles to receive blessings and advices.
    Oracles are called upon as protectors, healers and predictors of the future, have played an important role in Tibetan culture. For hundreds of years, Tibetans have consulted the Nechung Oracle, the State Oracle, during Losar, the lunar new year celebration. It was the oracle who had saved Dalai Lama , leaving Tibet to India during the Chinese invasion in 1959.
    Thanks again Rinpoche with folded hands, having this special Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden Oracle Statue which allow us and everyone to be connected and generate merits.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/unique-dorje-shugden-oracle-statue-in-kechara-forest-retreat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 23. 2021 01:02 PM
    Very precious video clips of the Powerful oracle by Choyang Duldzin Kuten. He was the official oracle of Gaden Monastery and a layman. He took trance of various powerful Dharma Protectors and in the videos he took trance of both the peaceful and wrathful forms of Dorje Shugden. When Dorje Shugden takes trance, those who were there will receive blessing and advice from Dorje Shugden. Even makes prayers for everyone to achieve Bodhicitta. That’s wonderful…a rare video indeed.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. I have yet to see one but hope in future and have enough merits to see it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/dorje-shugden-taking-trance-in-peaceful-form.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 20. 2021 04:13 PM
    Most Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche born in the eastern province of Kham, Tibet. Rinpoche was recognized as 13th incarnation of Lama Chubdak by high lamas of the Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug traditions. Rinpoche’s life has been eventful receiving many teachings from a long line of illustrious of legendary teachers and great lamas in Tibet prior to the Chinese invasion.
    Venerable Zasep Rinpoche is the last of his generation of incarnate lamas and in his book A Tulku’s Journey from Tibet to Canada of tells us a first-hand account of life. A beautiful book to have and interesting read. In his autobiography he spoke of the importance for the preservation of the Gelug lineage and Tibetan Buddhism as a whole. Rinpoche has spends countless hours giving teachings to many around the world. Many of them has benefited from his profound teachings .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a great Lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/zasep-rinpoche-speaks-plainly-about-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 20. 2021 04:12 PM
    The Third Trijang Rinpoche, Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso (1901–1981) was a Gelugpa Lama and a direct disciple of Pabongkhapa Dechen Nyingpo. HE Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche .succeeded Ling Rinpoche as the junior tutor of the 14th Dalai Lama when the Dalai Lama was nineteen years old. He also composed chants for spiritual practices and ceremonies and scores for their music for use by Ganden Shartse monastery. He received many teachings and empowerments from his root Guru Pabongkhapa . He even travelled extensively giving extensive teachings on Lamrim and initiations at many Gelugpa places all over Tibet. He also taught at Sakyapa and Nyingmapa Centers at their request. And ordained hundreds of young monks along those teachings. The teachings of the Lamrim that he taught were simply extraordinary and everyone left the teaching a better person. Thousands were inspired by the blessing would definitely guide and sustain each one throughout the rest of their lives.
    Inspiring indeed H.E Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche was also a poet and a writer who left behind his complete works in seven volumes, written in a style of rare elegance. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing of Tibet’s Teacher of Teachers H E Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s Autobiography.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/books-poetry/tibets-teacher-of-teachers-reading-kyabje-trijang-rinpoches-autobiography.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 20. 2021 04:11 PM
    Inspiring read of a courage Lama His Eminence Gyara Rinpoche spoke about Dorje Shugden openly and giving Dorje Shugden initiation to thousands at Yading, Daocheng County of Sichuan Province, China. Yading, Daocheng Ling Monastery, also known as Shugden Monastery. The monumental hall at the monastery was built specifically in order to spread and preserve the Pure Je Tsongkhapa Tradition and pure Buddha Dharma in General. An erudite scholar,Gyara Rinpoche received many teachings, instructions, initiations, commentaries and empowerments of both Sutra and Tantra from his main teacher, H E Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. He also studied under many other highly accomplished masters. Carrying on the tradition of spreading Dorje Shugden’s practice, he travelled extensively giving teachings and explaining about the ban on Dorje Shugden’s practice. Thousands of practitioners were at Yading, Daocheng Ling Monastery listening to his teachings, initiation and so forth. He has been spreading the Dorje Shugden practices to many Tibetans in Tibet during difficult times when there is still a ban of Dorje Shugden. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/gyara-rinpoche-gives-dorje-shugden-sogtae.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 16. 2021 03:43 PM
    The film Faces of Death shows nothing is more precious than being in the present moment, fully alive , fully aware . We won’t know what happening next. Death is a significant and inevitable part of life. Death teaches us that life is impermanent. There is no escape from death. We are all going to die some day. It doesn’t matter whether we are rich or poor, successful or ordinary, evil or good, we are going to die one day. Death refers to the end of life, we all go through this sad occurrence, and it is unavoidable. We have to accept death, but for as long as we are alive, we should live our life to the fullest meaningfully and make sure to enjoy it. Life is a lot more fragile than we think. So we should treat others in a way that leaves no regrets. Nothing is permanent in this world. Life’s impermanence.
    Buddhism emphasizes the importance of accepting the impermanence of life. Some scenes in the video appear quite gruesome, not to me as I have seen real ones as I been working and assisting surgeon in open surgeries before. Have seen thousands of births and many deaths occur while working . Life’s impermanence, I realised is what makes every single time and hour so precious. Its what shapes us our time and what makes it so important than not a single moment be wasted. We should not cling on to our body and our self-cherishing mind. It takes facing death to appreciate life and each other fully people die remains in the memory of those who live on. Everything must have its beginning and must have ending. We never know how much we really believe anything until its truth becomes a matter of life and death to us. The source of human suffering and discontent is that we crave and cling to the things of this world. Human life is brief, nothing does. Our hair , teeth fall our bodies decline and decay. Watching this documentary film is indeed powerful, truthful and tells us more, Life is certain , death is uncertain , I am glad to have across Rinpoche ‘s blog learning and practicing dharma . I have immersed myself in learning more and accepting that life is finite. All that exists is impermanent, nothing lasts. Therefore nothing can be grasped onto. Awareness of impermanence and appreciation of our human potential will give us a sense of urgency that we must use every precious moment. Profound teachings reading those comments.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this precious sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/faces-of-death-movie-review.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 16. 2021 03:37 PM
    Wow …interesting read . You would not believe this . A boy named, Jacob Barnett was 2 years old when he was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism by doctors. It seem this boy would likely never talk or read and would probably be forever unable to independently manage basic daily activities. At the age 3 he is able to able to solve 5,000-piece jigsaw puzzles. They were wrong this child turned to be a math whiz heralded as a boy genius whose passion and mastery of physics impressed experts later . At age nine, while playing with shapes, he built a series of mathematical models. That’s fantastic and shock his parents. He even demonstrated how he imagined numbers as shapes. Jacob enrolled in university at age 12, and he even published his first physics paper. He is considered as one of the world’s most promising physicists and the youngest researcher to ever be accepted in the Institute for Theoretical Physics.
    Jacob Barnett is indeed another proof of reincarnation, I do believe.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/another-proof-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 16. 2021 03:35 PM
    Back in 2015, Kechara had the privilege and great merits to witness an auspicious trance in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat. Those who were there witnessed a rare event where Dharma protector Dorje Shugden taken full trance of his official Panglung Oracle. Kechara has been very honoured and blessed that Dorje Shugden took trance of the Protector Dorje Shugden via the 7th Panglung Oracle or Chojela, an authentic and genuine oracle of Dorje Shugden . Wow all of the prayers, offerings, invocations, ritual instruments and recitations were all performed by Kecharians. They really did a good job. Rejoice. I not in Kechara yet back then , would hope one day Chojela will be taking trance again in the near furture.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with beautiful pictures that tell us all.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/700-meet-a-buddha.html
  • Sarassitham
    Wednesday, Oct 13. 2021 06:08 PM
    This is an amazing and extremely inspiring story of a young brave woman who was willing to help and save many innocent children, in spite of her own personal danger. She did not give up easily and would find a solution to problems. She took great courage to take a stand against oppression, and facing a great wrong of those holding power.

    Though she lost her father at an early age, his dedication to others and his last words made a deep impression on her. Her kindness and compassion won many heart.
    She was recognized as a heroine during the holocaust and made history of winning many internationally awards and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Thank you for the wonderful sharing, May God blessed her wonderful soul.

    https://bit.ly/3AwsEhy
  • Sarassitham
    Tuesday, Oct 12. 2021 08:37 PM
    Wow ..that’s scary and shocking. Can’t deny the fact that human are indeed the most terrifying species in the world. Unlike every other species on this list the vast majority of human killings are intentional, showing that appreciation of life needs to drastically improve.

    Most of these animals are now facing extinction or nearing extinction due to man’s greediness. The rush towards wealth has out weight and causes this issue which we don’t realize now that it may belongs to one of our losses.

    We should appreciate all living creature and hope that more people will be more compassionate and aware on our ecology.

    https://bit.ly/3BLZzzS
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 12. 2021 12:58 PM
    Beautiful story of Tsem Rinpoche’s mother . Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing those precious picture of Rinpoche’s mother. Looking at those pictures tell us she is indeed beautiful


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/i-like-this-picture-of-my-mother.html

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
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Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
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Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
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
10 months ago
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
10 months ago
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
10 months ago
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
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
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
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
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.
11 months ago
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
1 years ago
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
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
1 years ago
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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
1 years ago
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
1 years 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
1 years ago
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
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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
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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
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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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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
2 yearss ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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
2 yearss ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
2 yearss ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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