Russian leadership supports Buddhism

Nov 22, 2015 | Views: 1,170

Dear Friends,

I want to summarize somewhat how I feel about this article by a comment left by Mr. Nicholas Yu. I find it apt:

“Russia is the largest country in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area. Russia is also the world’s ninth most populous country with nearly 144 million people in 2014.

Historically, Buddhism was incorporated into Russian lands in the early 17th century. Buddhism is considered as one of Russia’s traditional religions, legally a part of Russian historical heritage. Besides the historical monastic traditions of Buryatia, Kalmykia and Tuva. Buddhism is now widespread all over Russia, with many ethnic Russian converts.

The main form of Buddhism in Russia is the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism, with other Tibetan schools as minorities.

It’s great to know that this big country has such a great respect towards Buddhism. The leader recognized the value of Buddhism and saying giving 100 percent support. The recognition is based on the action from the past that have bring benefit to the people of Russia’s.

It’s really a heart warming to see this post.”

Russia’s salute to Buddhism shows they embrace every factor that has contributed to their great culture. No denials by them. Wonderful.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Putin in Siberia to salute Buddhism and the religion’s important role in Russian history

By The Siberian Times reporter
12 April 2013

President Vladimir Putin opened his visit to Buryatia by visiting Ivilga Datsan, the main monastery of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha in Russia.

President Putin opened his trip to Buryatia by visiting Ivolga Datsan, the main monastery of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha in Russia. Picture: kremlin.ru

 He highlighted the long and important history of Budhism in Siberia, and spoke of how he valued his relationship with the head of Russian Buddhists, Pandito Khambo-lama Damba Ayusheyev.

‘Russia is probably the only country in Europe where Buddhism is an official religion’, he said.

‘It began with Empress Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great, who was the first Russian head of state to recognise Buddhism. Since then Buddhism has played a very important role in the lives of the peoples of Russia, helping people in the times of trouble and sharing their joys. It has been like that at all times.

‘It is well known that Buddhists behaved heroically in the years of hardship during World War I and the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War, despite the fact that they suffered greatly in the 1930s, along with representatives of all other faiths in Russia.

‘Today you have a very noble mission: you always support the people.

‘I just saw your most important, most revered shrines, which you treat with great care, preserving them for the people. 

‘Most importantly, you are promoting a very kind humanistic teaching that is based on people’s love for each other and for their country. You carry on the traditions of interethnic and interfaith harmony, which is vitally important, and for that I want to express my gratitude to you once again.

‘I have enjoyed a very close relationship with Pandito Khambo-lama for many years. I want to thank him for this relationship and for his friendship. I want to stress that the Russian Government, the regional authorities and I are always at your disposal, always ready to give you our support.’

 

Village of Bada, Buryatia, Vladimir Putin with local businessman Sergey Kukhtin. Pictures: kremlin.ru

 The Budhist leader called on the president to change the system under which Buddhist universities do not have state accreditation, which means their students can be called up for conscription in the armed forces.

In mainstream universities, full-time students are exempt from military service during their studies. The president suggested that they could be drafted in the summer months only, so as not to interrupt their studies. The Lama said this would be ‘more acceptable’.

There are up to 1.5 million Buddhists in Russia, mainly in the Siberian republics of Buryatia and Tyva, and also in Kalmykia.

During his visit to Ulan-Ude, the capital of Buryatia, Putin held a State Council aimed at boosting the efficiency of Russia’s timber industry.

He was also touring two timber plants. Forests account for 69% of Russia’s territory, with about 60,000 large, medium-sized, and small-scale enterprises operating in the sector.

Source: http://siberiantimes.com/business/investment/news/putin-in-siberia-to-salute-buddhism-and-the-religions-important-role-in-russian-history/

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  1. Samfoonheei on Jul 20, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Wonderful sharing knowing how the Russian leadership supports Buddhism. For the sake of a peaceful and harmonious environment the Russian leaderships accepted Buddhism in away. The Russian leadership even heighted importance of Buddhism history in Siberia. Because of Russian supports there are now millions of Buddhists in Russia and several Tibetan Buddhist university-monasteries. May more and more people benefit from the spreading of dharma in Russia.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  2. Stella Cheang on Dec 19, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Ever since the sad plight of Dorje Shugden practitioners became more public, it is very gladdening to read about leaderships that support all religions; e.g. the Russian leadership. Dorje Shugden practitioners are being discriminated and ostracized by the CTA (leaders of the Tibetans refugees in India) mercilessly for choosing their own faith and belief. Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. I hope more people will become aware and support religious freedom.

  3. Paul Yap on Dec 10, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    This is a good leader who promotes acceptance, peace and tolerance. He teaches love and harmony, embracing the diversify and richness of his country’s culture and religious. When people generally have more knowledge and exposed to each other, there are less social, religious and cultural conflicts. Everyone is different, but we learn from each other. In today’s world, religious has been frequently used as a political weapons in attacking others. So its importance to to teach our kids to be kind, lives with open minded, understand each other in creating a loving and harmony society

  4. Uncle Eddie on Dec 7, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    It is truly heartwarming to learn that the powerful great Russian President Vladimir Putin has made an official trip to Buryatia to pay a visit to Ivolga Datsan, the main monastery of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha in Russia. A great many buddhists in this World will also feel so inspired and extremely honoured to hear him remarked that “Russia is probably the only country in Europe where Buddhism is an official religion”. In ackowledging his salutation to Buddhism, he said that the religion plays an important role to Russian’s history. He remarked that Buddhism has a very important noble mission to play in supporting the people, with very kind humanistic teachings and caring. At the end of his very remarkable and inspiring appriasal speech, he stressed that the Russian Governmental authorities and himself are always ever ready to give their support, and urges this vitally important religious traditions to carry on with good interfaith Harmony! What a unique powerful and understanding man this great Russian President is! A great many thanks to Rinpoche for such interesting remarkable information.

  5. Louise Lee on Dec 4, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    “俄罗斯”这个称呼是中国人通过较早接触俄罗斯人的蒙古人 学来的,在蒙古语中很少有以辅音R开头的,而蒙古人在遇到这种情况的时候往往都要加上相应的元音O,因此“罗斯”在蒙古语便译为OROS

    明朝 ,中俄联系中断,直到明末中俄才有直接接触,那时候中汉人便直译为“罗刹”。罗刹国 这一称呼直到清初仍旧存在,比如康熙帝 下令编纂的中俄交涉史料就定名为《平定罗刹方略》。但清朝的统治民族是满洲族,受蒙古族影响较深,故采取源于蒙古语的间接音译,在康熙以后统一称为“俄罗斯”并沿用至今,俄罗斯帝国简称沙俄,即沙皇俄国。

    俄罗斯是一个宗教信仰多元化的国家.在俄罗斯佛教徒主要分布在三个地区: 布里亚特共和国,图瓦共和国和 卡尔梅克共和国. 据 俄罗斯佛教联合会的信息透露, 俄罗斯信仰佛教的人数在150万到200万之间。

    从这篇文章看到俄罗斯把佛教列入他们国家官方宗教,对国家人民实在是一个非常好的一个选择。 那么人民就可以从小就有一个信仰。

  6. Alice Tay. on Dec 4, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    这是一篇值得鼓舞的文章。因为俄罗斯可能是目前唯一的欧洲国家,称佛教为官方宗教。

    根据这篇博文,现在俄罗斯主要佛教派乘是藏传的格鲁派。这是一个非常好的现象,因为俄罗斯是全世界最大面积的一个国家,它的人口占约有一亿四千万 (144 million),而佛教徒人数是一百五十万 (1.5 million) 。因为有俄罗斯领袖的开明的接纳和100%支持与尊重于佛教,这无形中可以利益和让更多人学习佛法、修持与实践佛法,将佛法融入在日常生活里,推广和平相处,远离互相残害的痛苦。

    感谢仁波切的分享。祈愿不久的将来,每个人都应持有自己本身的信仰,互相尊重与谅解彼此,一起同心携手达到世界和平。

  7. Shelly tai on Dec 4, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this great news. I think Russia is a very close up country for their leader to accept Buddhism as their main practices is very rare happy to hear such a great news may more and more people will benefits from the holy teaching.

  8. Mingwen on Dec 3, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing this good piece of information.

    Rejoice! Dharma Brothers and sisters from Russia have a wide and safe platform/piece of land to practice Dharma and also receive and provide Dharma teachings.

    May Dharma be able to deliver to every corner on earth and bring benefits to more people. May all human be open minded to accept and respect each other regardless of religious and race.

    Thank you.

  9. Li Kheng on Dec 2, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    If politics has to “meddle” with religion/spirituality, this would be the perfect example to follow. It is amazing that a political leader of such a big nation openly recognizes and supports Buddhism.

    I believe that no matter what path you are on, everyone who has witnessed life and the direction modernization has taken humanity would recognize the need for spirituality to be available to the human race to make it through this kaliyuga age.

    I hope more leaders would look beyond instant gratification and invest in the sustainable wealth of its nations: the human resource who feeds on “spiritual food”.

  10. Sofi on Dec 2, 2015 at 1:39 am

    What a surprise to know Buddhism in Russia is not only thriving but officially recognised and accepted as an official religion. Definitely an eye opener. Thank you Rinpoche and the commentors for sharing the rich history of Buddhism in Russia. President Putin should be emulated by leaders of the world in acceptance and recognising Buddhism as playing an important role in promoting love and peace amongst the people.

  11. Joy on Dec 1, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Wow I did not know that Buddhism started with Empress Elizabeth being the first Russian head of state to recognise Buddhism. It’s really a splendid surprise to see Buddhism being well supported by the President of one of the world’s biggest country. I didn’t realise Buddhism was so strong in Russia. I only knew that there were certain parts of Russia namely Kalmykia which had a strong Buddhist foundation which Rinpoche educated us.

    It certainly is wonderful news to see this because it means that Buddhism has the opportunity to flourish even more in Russia since it already has a pretty strong base, and has the President’s which means the government’s support too!

    The President not only recognised that ‘Russia is probably the only country in Europe where Buddhism is an official religion’ but he also showed his appreciation towards Buddhism as it can help people in times of trouble and bring peace to the nation as it encourages the traditions of interethnic and interfaith harmony.

    He even acknowledges that Buddhism plays an important vital role in maintaining peace and harmony amongst people. (The CTA could learn something from here.) Goes to show the kind of leadership Russia has and that is probably why they are one of the major superpower nation of our world.

    I must say this is all very positive news for Russia and I rejoice for them because it’s a sign that Dharma can and will grow even more in Russia…. nice!

  12. graceleong on Nov 30, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    This is so interesting to know that there’s a strong following of Tibetan Buddhism in Russia. Apparently Buddhism in Buryatia is primarily the Gelug tradition although there are signs of influence from the Nyingma tradition as well. Buddhist followers in Buryatia revere the founder of the Gelug school, the great guru Tsongkhapa (called Zonhobo in Buryat). They recognise Tsongkhapa on par with Shakyamuni Buddha.
    They celebrate six large ceremonies namely: Sagaalgan (New Year); Duynher (Kalachakra); Gandan-Shunserme (the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha; what we call SAGA DAWA); Maidari-Hural (the anticipated coming of Maitreya, the buddha of the next world epoch); Lhabab-Duysen (Buddha’s descent from the heaven called Tushita); and Zul-Hural (commemoration of Tsongkhapa; Lama Tsongkhapa Day).
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. Lovely to know our Dharma brothers and sisters in Russia are doing great works to preserve the lineage and to grow the Dharma to benefit so many beings !

  13. Pastor Shin on Nov 29, 2015 at 3:05 am

    It was as early as the year 1741 that Empress Elizabeth issued a decree recognising the Lamaistic belief in Buryatia and authorised establishing of 11 monasteries (datsans) with 150 lamas on the staff. This is considered the date of the official recognition of Buddhism in Russia.

    However, In the 1920s and 1930s, the communists destroyed practically all Buddhist monasteries and exiled or executed nearly all representatives of the Buddhist clergy. Luckily, with the beginning of Perestroika in the 1980s, and the lifting of the KGB’s monitoring of Buddhists, Buddhism started to be restored.

    In Vladimir Putin’s Russia, Buddhism ranks with Orthodox Christianity, Islam and Judaism as one of the “traditional religions” and wonderful to know that today, there are around 1.5 million Buddhists in Russia.

    It is great that a leader like Putin respect the long and important history of Buddhism in Siberia and is aware that Buddhism is “a very kind humanistic teaching that is based on people’s love for each other and for their country”. This is very important in this day and age, so that religion is used to unite and not to separate people.

    In today’s world of globalisation, as more people across large distances becoming connected in more and different ways, we need more leaders who accept and respect multi-ethnic and multi-faith and it is heartening to see that President Putin expressed his gratitude towards Buddhists for carrying on the traditions of interethnic and interfaith harmony.

  14. Pastor Yek Yee月谊讲法师 on Nov 29, 2015 at 2:08 am

    如果不是不小心停住在 “苏联领导层支持佛教(Russian leadership supports Buddhism)”这篇帖文,像我这样一个井底之蛙,肯定不会知道原来在这个世界占地最大的国家,其佛教徒人口竟然也多得吓人。看完仁波切的帖文,竟觉得意犹未尽便上网搜查,希望找出更多的资料。果然皇天不负有心人也!

    显然,佛教在俄罗斯的发展经历了400年充满了曲折的历史。苏联时期佛教曾遭到压迫和文化毁灭,许多佛教徒被抓进集中营,接受强制治疗,对他们的迫害直到上世纪80年代才停止。

    佛教最早在17世纪出现在俄罗斯,当时一支西蒙古游牧部落卫拉特人迁移到伏尔加河下游,后来被称为卡尔梅克人。此外,沙皇俄国还在17世纪中叶征服了外贝加尔地区,那里居住着东蒙古部落的布里亚特人。在向伏尔加河迁徙的途中,卫拉特人约在1616年建设了属于自己的第一间永久寺院达尔汗‧多尔任‧基特(意为”七间大房”,Sem palat),这也是现哈萨克斯坦塞米巴拉金斯克市名的由来。

    在俄罗斯的主要佛教派乘是藏传佛教,信众主要分布在布里亚特、卡尔梅克和图瓦三个地区。250年前,女皇叶卡捷琳娜二世允许佛教徒选举自己的宗教首领班智达堪布喇嘛(Pandido Khambo Lama)。在此之前,俄国境内的佛教徒都接受蒙古或西藏高僧的管辖。为表感激之情,佛教徒在1766年宣布女皇是白度母神(即西藏佛教之女神玛噶波)的化身。

    佛教徒不仅在叶卡捷琳娜时期,而且在整个沙俄时期都过得很好,并沒有受到任何不公平待遇。

    目前,俄罗斯的佛教领袖是第24世班智达堪布喇嘛。

    另外,据传说,第13世达赖喇嘛曾为圣彼得堡佛教寺院(建成于1915年)的修建赐福,于1915年 竣工。圣彼得堡佛教寺院现已被归还佛教界,但它在20世纪还是经历过许多变化。例如冷战时期这里安装过用于干扰西方对苏广播的设备。1962年,寺院被移交给苏联科学院动物学研究所,用于容纳动物官能形态学博物馆和多个实验室。直到1970年,该建筑物才受到国家保护。

    第14世达赖喇嘛最终也来过寺庙。那是1987年9月份的一个阴雨天。据目击者称,当天达赖喇嘛下榻的列宁格勒宾馆上空突然出现了彩虹。

    很开心看到俄罗斯领袖们的开通和包容,任由佛教在当地开枝散叶,让我对此国的领袖印象加分不少。

  15. Sarah on Nov 28, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    It’s good to know that Buddhism is doing well in Russia. During the Marxist era, it suffered religious persecution but managed to survive and continued to thrive to this day. The present regime is more liberal and tolerant of the religious practices of its minority communities.

  16. Sharon Ong on Nov 28, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Given the history of Russia, I am amazed that Buddhism survived in Russia to this day. Thank you for this interesting post, Rinpoche.

  17. Frederick Law on Nov 27, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Understanding the importance of how Buddhism in Russia has shaped and supported the people of Russia, Russian leadership value the contribution that Buddhism has brought to people of Russia.
    Heartwarming to see the Russian leadership appreciate the value that Buddhism has given to Russia.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful article.

  18. freon on Nov 25, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Repost.

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thanks for sharing this article on Russian Buddhism. It is an eye opening to me that Russian have Buddhist and it is mainly in Gelug Traditional. Out of curiosity, I do some searching on History of Buddhism in Russian to know more. Below are the finding.

    Buddhism is practiced by 700,000 people in Russia, or 0.5% of the total federal population currently. The highest authority for Soviet Buddhists is the Central Buddhist Board based in the Ivolginski Datsan in the Buryat Republic. (A permanent office in Moscow is concerned with external relations).

    The congress of clergy and laity convenes once in four years and elects the members of the Board.

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    The spread of Buddhism in the territory of Russia went through five main phases.

    The first phase – embraces the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when the Buryats, Kalmyks, and Tuvinians, whose culture, social, and state organization was greatly predetermined by Buddhist ideology, became an integral part of Russia. This was the time when the European part of Russia had its first contact with Buddhism, which stirred the cultural interaction of Christianity and Buddhism.

    The second phase – covers the study of Buddhist doctrine, philosophy, and history conducted by Russian, and particularly, Saint Petersburg Orientalists. During the nineteenth to twentieth centuries, fundamental canonic and post-canonic texts were translated from Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese into Russian. These basic texts covered a wide range of issues, namely Buddhist doctrine, philosophy, and Tantras. Spreading over new territories and countries, Buddhism required the translation of the texts of the Indian Buddhist Tripitaka into native languages as a critical condition of its institutionalization. In this context it should be emphasized that Buddhism, as a world religion, could be reproduced only in accordance with its written sacral knowledge. Moreover, one of the basic principles of Buddhist missionary preaching stated that the Dharma should be taught in the language of the congregation. Today, the teachings of the Buddha Shakyamuni are available in Russian for scholars, Buddhist converts, and anyone who is interested in this Oriental religious belief, thanks to the work done by Russian Buddhologists who translated and interpreted the texts.

    The third phase – takes a look at Buddhism’s consolidation in Saint Petersburg, a Russian megapolis at the beginning of the twentieth century. It also describes how the datsan was built in the city thanks to the joint efforts of the Buddhist adherents and Buddhologists.

    The fourth phase – of Buddhism’s spread coincides with the integration of Russian Buddhist converts into the ranks of lay Buddhists and the boom of religious communities and centers established by those Russian Buddhist converts. It must be kept in mind that many of these converts were raised in the Russian-language milieu, and that their socialization took place in the Soviet atheistic environment. Thus, the fact that the first European Buddhist communities emerged in Saint Petersburg is of a paramount importance. At present, Saint Petersburg counts about ten Buddhist convert communities that differ from one another with regard to their religious activities, history, and organizational structure. The following Buddhist convert communities have attracted the largest numbers of followers and have propagated the autonomous religious life of Buddhist adherents: the Zen Kwan Um Saint Petersburg school, the Saint Petersburg Dzogchen community, and the Karma-Kagyü Buddhist Association. The rest of the communities, namely the Fo Guang community, the Tibet Friends Community, Svetoch Dharma, and so forth, are part of the Saint Petersburg Buddhist Union and view their core task as that of propagation. They hold seminars, arrange visits of religious masters from China, Nepal, India, Taiwan, and Sri Lanka, and translate and publish Buddhist texts.

    On the whole, the Buddhist revival in Saint Petersburg in the 1990s resulted in its reestablishment, and the enrichment of it social and cultural forms within the context of the metropolis, as well as its involvement into the global network of lay Buddhist communities.

    The fifth phase – of Buddhism’s institutionalization in Russia took place in the late twentieth century. It is a complex process that can be analyzed through its two characteristic features. The first feature is determined by the fact that traditionally, Buddhist territories viewed this religion as a potential state ideology. Contemporary Buryatia, Kalmykia, and Tuva have witnessed the revival of monastic culture, religious education, and the construction of new temples. The essence of the second feature lies in the fact that the Buddhism that has settled in the Russian capitals — Moscow and Saint Petersburg — greatly differs from the Buddhism practiced in Buryatia, Kalmykia, and Tuva. Buddhism in the capital is being propagated by Nepalese, Indian (from the Tibetan diaspora), Sri Lankan, and Taiwanese monks, as well as western convert leaders who are much more popular with their Russian adherents.

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    Gelug in Russian

    The ethnic groups mentioned above, the Buryats, Tuvinians, and Kalmyks, submerged under Russian culture, all propagated Buddhism in its Tibeto-Mongolian form. The Dalai Lama, was recognized as the religious Head. In this context it should be emphasized that further Buddhist spread and intensive propagation among the Buryats, Tuvinians, and Kalmyks was taking place in the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, at the time when the Gelugpa school achieved its acknowledged and unchallenged supremacy in Tibet.

    Having come to political power in Tibet in the seventeenth century, the Gelugpa ideologists ousted the rest of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions into the remote areas of the country in an attempt to control their opponents and minimize the rivals’ missionary activities both throughout Tibet and in other countries, in every possible way. It was the Gelugpa masters who introduced Buddhism into Mongolia. The Mongols then adopted the theocratic method of state administration. The Buryats, Tuvinians and Kalmyks came to Buddhism through Mongolian and Tibetan religious teachers. The canonic texts in Tibetan and Mongolian were translated into the Buryat, Tuvinian, and Kalmyk languages. The religious masters of Buryatia, Kalmykia, and Tuva, have always been educated in the Gelugpa monasteries of Tibet, supervised by the Dalai Lama’s people

    The thirteenth Dalai Lama Thubden Gyatso (1876-1933) and Agvan Lobsan Dorzhiev (1854-1938), a Russian subject and the Dalai Lama’s representative in Russia, demonstrated their direct and immediate initiative to establish a Buddhist monastery in Saint Petersburg. Dorzhiev managed to get imperial approval to build the datsan and succeeded in raising the funds to employ the best architects and craftsmen. Hence, it is no wonder that even today in the twenty-first century, the Saint-Petersburg shrine is famous worldwide for its beauty and originality.

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    The Persecution & Restoration

    Buddhism was subject to severe persecution in Marxist Russia. The primary reason was that unlike other belief-systems that Marxism encountered, Buddhism was the only religion, which offered a rational, logically coherent philosophy. This was seen as a real ideological threat to the Marxist materialist worldview.

    Buddhists suffered a lot under Stalin’s rule. Thousands of Buddhist monks were among the millions of people killed during this time. In Buryatia republic alone, 46 monasteries and 150 temples were desecrated. In spite of these calamities the Buryats managed to preserve their Buddhist traditions and values.

    It was only in 1948 that a new monastery was built in Ivolga, near Ulan-Ude, the capital of Buryatia, and one of the buildings of Aginsk Datsan near Chita was re-opened.

    With the beginning of perestroika, a great number of Buddhist communities was officially registered under the aegis of the Central Religious Committee of the Buddhists of the USSR.
    Restoration of destroyed monasteries started in the Baikal region, Kalmykia, and Tuva, along with building new temples. St. Petersburg Datsan was returned to the Buddhist community and renovated. A Buddhist Institute was opened at Ivolga Datsan.

    In Kalmykia 22 temples now. In Tuve about 16. In Buryatia more than 30 temples.

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    Latest Buddhist’s new in Russia

    On November 2014, The Moscow’s first Buddhist temple to feature five-meter Buddha will be built by year 2017. The 3,000-square meters facility will also host cultural and medical centers, a conference room and a soup kitchen.

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    Source:
    1 ) Research Article -Buddhism in Saint

    2) A History of Buddhism in Russia

    3) Buddhism in Russia – Igor Troyanovsky

    4) Moscow’s first Buddhist temple to feature five-meter Buddha

    5) Moscow’s first Buddhist Temple to open its doors

  19. Adeline Tan on Nov 25, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    It is great and quite surprise to know that Buddhism was incorporated into the world largest country – Russia in the early 17th century and has since become the official religion, probably the only country in Europe.
    Buddhism has played an important roles in the lives of Russian people in times of difficulties and joy, even Russian President Putin value and enjoyed a very closed relationship with the head of Russian Buddhist Pandito Kambo-lama Damba Ayusheyev.
    May Buddhism will spread to the ten direction from here with the support of Russian Government and the regional authorities. Thank you for sharing this heartwarming post.

  20. Pastor David Lai on Nov 25, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Wow! This is incredible! I read a little about Buddhism in Russia but I didn’t know it has lasted to this day. It’s heartwarming to see a Russian leader talking about the positive impact Buddhism has had in Russian history. It’s beautiful and I think we can all relate to it because we are from the same tradition and when practiced correctly and with the right intentions, can manifest in such powerful impact on a social level, historic level and national level as well.

  21. Choo Weng Loong on Nov 24, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Didn’t know Russia has such a long history in Buddhism , thank you Rinpoche for this valuable piece of information

  22. freon on Nov 24, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thanks for sharing this article on Russian Buddhism. It is an eye opening to me that Russian have Buddhist and it is mainly in Gelug Traditional. Out of curiosity, I do some searching on History of Buddhism in Russian to know more. Below are the finding.

    Buddhism is practiced by 700,000 people in Russia, or 0.5% of the total federal population currently. The highest authority for Soviet Buddhists is the Central Buddhist Board based in the Ivolginski Datsan in the Buryat Republic. (A permanent office in Moscow is concerned with external relations).

    The congress of clergy and laity convenes once in four years and elects the members of the Board.

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    The spread of Buddhism in the territory of Russia went through five main phases.

    The first phase – embraces the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when the Buryats, Kalmyks, and Tuvinians, whose culture, social, and state organization was greatly predetermined by Buddhist ideology, became an integral part of Russia. This was the time when the European part of Russia had its first contact with Buddhism, which stirred the cultural interaction of Christianity and Buddhism.

    The second phase – covers the study of Buddhist doctrine, philosophy, and history conducted by Russian, and particularly, Saint Petersburg Orientalists. During the nineteenth to twentieth centuries, fundamental canonic and post-canonic texts were translated from Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese into Russian. These basic texts covered a wide range of issues, namely Buddhist doctrine, philosophy, and Tantras. Spreading over new territories and countries, Buddhism required the translation of the texts of the Indian Buddhist Tripitaka into native languages as a critical condition of its institutionalization. In this context it should be emphasized that Buddhism, as a world religion, could be reproduced only in accordance with its written sacral knowledge. Moreover, one of the basic principles of Buddhist missionary preaching stated that the Dharma should be taught in the language of the congregation. Today, the teachings of the Buddha Shakyamuni are available in Russian for scholars, Buddhist converts, and anyone who is interested in this Oriental religious belief, thanks to the work done by Russian Buddhologists who translated and interpreted the texts.

    The third phase – takes a look at Buddhism’s consolidation in Saint Petersburg, a Russian megapolis at the beginning of the twentieth century. It also describes how the datsan was built in the city thanks to the joint efforts of the Buddhist adherents and Buddhologists.

    The fourth phase – of Buddhism’s spread coincides with the integration of Russian Buddhist converts into the ranks of lay Buddhists and the boom of religious communities and centers established by those Russian Buddhist converts. It must be kept in mind that many of these converts were raised in the Russian-language milieu, and that their socialization took place in the Soviet atheistic environment. Thus, the fact that the first European Buddhist communities emerged in Saint Petersburg is of a paramount importance. At present, Saint Petersburg counts about ten Buddhist convert communities that differ from one another with regard to their religious activities, history, and organizational structure. The following Buddhist convert communities have attracted the largest numbers of followers and have propagated the autonomous religious life of Buddhist adherents: the Zen Kwan Um Saint Petersburg school, the Saint Petersburg Dzogchen community, and the Karma-Kagyü Buddhist Association. The rest of the communities, namely the Fo Guang community, the Tibet Friends Community, Svetoch Dharma, and so forth, are part of the Saint Petersburg Buddhist Union and view their core task as that of propagation. They hold seminars, arrange visits of religious masters from China, Nepal, India, Taiwan, and Sri Lanka, and translate and publish Buddhist texts.

    On the whole, the Buddhist revival in Saint Petersburg in the 1990s resulted in its reestablishment, and the enrichment of it social and cultural forms within the context of the metropolis, as well as its involvement into the global network of lay Buddhist communities.

    The fifth phase – of Buddhism’s institutionalization in Russia took place in the late twentieth century. It is a complex process that can be analyzed through its two characteristic features. The first feature is determined by the fact that traditionally, Buddhist territories viewed this religion as a potential state ideology. Contemporary Buryatia, Kalmykia, and Tuva have witnessed the revival of monastic culture, religious education, and the construction of new temples. The essence of the second feature lies in the fact that the Buddhism that has settled in the Russian capitals — Moscow and Saint Petersburg — greatly differs from the Buddhism practiced in Buryatia, Kalmykia, and Tuva. Buddhism in the capital is being propagated by Nepalese, Indian (from the Tibetan diaspora), Sri Lankan, and Taiwanese monks, as well as western convert leaders who are much more popular with their Russian adherents.

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    Gelug in Russian

    The ethnic groups mentioned above, the Buryats, Tuvinians, and Kalmyks, submerged under Russian culture, all propagated Buddhism in its Tibeto-Mongolian form. The Dalai Lama, was recognized as the religious Head. In this context it should be emphasized that further Buddhist spread and intensive propagation among the Buryats, Tuvinians, and Kalmyks was taking place in the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, at the time when the Gelugpa school achieved its acknowledged and unchallenged supremacy in Tibet.

    Having come to political power in Tibet in the seventeenth century, the Gelugpa ideologists ousted the rest of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions into the remote areas of the country in an attempt to control their opponents and minimize the rivals’ missionary activities both throughout Tibet and in other countries, in every possible way. It was the Gelugpa masters who introduced Buddhism into Mongolia. The Mongols then adopted the theocratic method of state administration. The Buryats, Tuvinians and Kalmyks came to Buddhism through Mongolian and Tibetan religious teachers. The canonic texts in Tibetan and Mongolian were translated into the Buryat, Tuvinian, and Kalmyk languages. The religious masters of Buryatia, Kalmykia, and Tuva, have always been educated in the Gelugpa monasteries of Tibet, supervised by the Dalai Lama’s people

    The thirteenth Dalai Lama Thubden Gyatso (1876-1933) and Agvan Lobsan Dorzhiev (1854-1938), a Russian subject and the Dalai Lama’s representative in Russia, demonstrated their direct and immediate initiative to establish a Buddhist monastery in Saint Petersburg. Dorzhiev managed to get imperial approval to build the datsan and succeeded in raising the funds to employ the best architects and craftsmen. Hence, it is no wonder that even today in the twenty-first century, the Saint-Petersburg shrine is famous worldwide for its beauty and originality.

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    The Persecution & Restoration

    Buddhism was subject to severe persecution in Marxist Russia. The primary reason was that unlike other belief-systems that Marxism encountered, Buddhism was the only religion, which offered a rational, logically coherent philosophy. This was seen as a real ideological threat to the Marxist materialist worldview.

    Buddhists suffered a lot under Stalin’s rule. Thousands of Buddhist monks were among the millions of people killed during this time. In Buryatia republic alone, 46 monasteries and 150 temples were desecrated. In spite of these calamities the Buryats managed to preserve their Buddhist traditions and values.

    It was only in 1948 that a new monastery was built in Ivolga, near Ulan-Ude, the capital of Buryatia, and one of the buildings of Aginsk Datsan near Chita was re-opened.

    With the beginning of perestroika, a great number of Buddhist communities was officially registered under the aegis of the Central Religious Committee of the Buddhists of the USSR.
    Restoration of destroyed monasteries started in the Baikal region, Kalmykia, and Tuva, along with building new temples. St. Petersburg Datsan was returned to the Buddhist community and renovated. A Buddhist Institute was opened at Ivolga Datsan.

    In Kalmykia 22 temples now. In Tuve about 16. In Buryatia more than 30 temples.

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    Latest Buddhist’s new in Russia

    On November 2014, The Moscow’s first Buddhist temple to feature five-meter Buddha will be built by year 2017. The 3,000-square meters facility will also host cultural and medical centers, a conference room and a soup kitchen.

    ———————

    Source:
    1 ) Research Article -Buddhism in Saint Petersburg
    http://www.globalbuddhism.org/5/ostrovskaya04.htm

    2) A History of Buddhism in Russia
    http://www.buddhistdoor.net/features/a-history-of-buddhism-in-russia-the-sangha-and-the-soviets

    3) Buddhism in Russia – Igor Troyanovsky
    http://www.buddhismtoday.com/english/world/country/028-russia.htm

    4) Moscow’s first Buddhist temple to feature five-meter Buddha
    http://rbth.com/society/2014/11/06/moscows_first_buddhist_temple_to_feature_five-meter_buddha_41197.html

    5) Moscow’s first Buddhist Temple to open its doors
    http://sputniknews.com/voiceofrussia/2014_03_19/Moscow-s-first-Buddhist-Temple-to-open-its-doors-1326/

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    Photos
    1) Ivolginsky datsan (Russian: Иволгинский Дацан) is the Buddhist Temple located in Buryatia, Russia – was opened in 1945 as the only Buddhist spiritual centre of the USSR.

    2) The Datsan Gunzechoinei is a large Buddhist temple in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

  23. Pastor Adeline on Nov 24, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    佛教自古以來倡導人文發展,強調佛法融入日常生活的重要性,提倡和平,人人平等等價值觀念;旨在修心,自我反省,讓人人可以透過實踐佛法而提升自己,進而形成和平的世界。

    佛教有兩千五百多年的歷史,目前是世界上迅速發展的宗教,也是世界重要的宗教之一。佛教從尼泊爾遠播全世界,在不同的國家紮根,為當地的人民帶來滅苦之道,讓其文化增添豐富的色彩,影響匪淺。

    隨著歷史的演變,許多國家的形成,佛教的痕跡在某些地區也逐漸消失。今天俄羅斯探本溯源,正視佛教對其文化的影響,認可佛教為正式的宗教,深感安慰。有機會一定會去拜訪俄羅斯,一探其佛教聖地昔日的風采。

  24. Lilyn Tan on Nov 23, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for sharing this heart-warming post.

    ‘Russia is probably the only country in Europe where Buddhism is an official religion’, acknowledged by President Putin. His positive insight and full support towards Buddhism is uplifting.

  25. Sarah Yap on Nov 23, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Wow! I never knew that Buddhism had such a strong presence in Russia! Looks like it’s time to do some research in Buddhist history in Russia. This is very interesting indeed. Thank you for sharing.

  26. JP on Nov 23, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    ‘Most importantly, you are promoting a very kind humanistic teaching that is based on people’s love for each other and for their country. You carry on the traditions of interethnic and interfaith harmony, which is vitally important, and for that I want to express my gratitude to you once again.

    The above statement by President Putin hits it on the nail for any head of state who truly wants the best for their country. Without interethnic and interfaith harmony, there will forever be unrest in the country. Who wants to live in a place with constant instability and sufferings?

    Financial abundance creates comfort and convenience for the citizens, but without the fundamentals of compassion and kindness, humans will end up more unhappy and unsettled, creating much havoc in their community. Everyone wants to be happy and will do everything to achieve that. Buddhism offers a permanent method of achieving that state that encompasses compassion and harmony.

    Any school of thought that promotes positive and wholesome wellbeing that unites and accept diversity is what the world needs.

  27. Adrian Cho on Nov 23, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Thank you Tsem Rinpoche for sharing this post to us. It is amazing, glad to know that such a big and powerful country like Russia support Buddhism and has such great respect for Buddhism.

  28. Paul Yap on Nov 23, 2015 at 12:04 am

    For Buddhism to grow and take root in the West, especially in Russia, i believes that Buddhism has served the country and people very well, bring loves, peace, harmony creating society stability and hence benefiting the country overall. These in turn will make the country’s leader job much more easier in running the country.

    A wise leader should support religion that benefiting their country and people.

  29. peebeechong on Nov 22, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for the sharing.

    It is so great the a big country such as Russia supports and has respect towards Buddhism. The leaders recognised the value of Buddhism.



    With folded hands
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  30. jillyam on Nov 22, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    It is definitely heart warming to know that such a big and powerful country like Russia has such great respect for Buddhism. Most importantly the country support and preserved the shrines for the people.
    It is just great to know that the Russian is probably the only country in Europe where Buddhism is the official religion.
    And the main form of Buddhism in Russia is the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. How amazing.

  31. May Ong on Nov 22, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Extracted from http://www.buddhist.ru – In the early 17th century, Tibetan Buddhism spread north from Mongolia to Buryat communities of the Baikal region. The second wave came directly from Tibet. Aiming for weakening the influence of Mongols and Manchurs in the region, the tsar conferred the title of Bandido Khambo Lama on the priors of Gusinoozersk Datsan to acknowledge them as leaders of Buryat Buddhism. Thus, Buryat tradition became officially independent of the Mongolian Church. In 1741, Empress Elizabeth issued a decree that recognized the Lamaistic belief in Buryatia and authorized establishing of 11 monasteries (datsans) with 150 lamas on the staff. This is considered the date of the official recognition of Buddhism in Russia.

    It is amazing that the current Russian government and its President Putin paying so much equal respect towards Buddhism in their country and to all the monasteries and practitioners without any regard of discrimination or segregation. They understood Buddhism brings peace and harmony in their people.

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  32. Jessica Mok on Nov 22, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Real great to know the other side of the world .

  33. nicholas on Nov 22, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Russia is thelargest country in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area. Russia is also the world’s ninth most populous country with nearly 144 million people in 2014.

    Historically, Buddhism was incorporated into Russian lands in the early 17th century. Buddhism is considered as one of Russia’s traditional religions, legally a part of Russian historical heritage. Besides the historical monastic traditions of Buryatia, Kalmykia and Tuva. Buddhism is now widespread all over Russia, with many ethnic Russian converts.

    The main form of Buddhism in Russia is the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism, with other Tibetan schools as minorities.

    It’s great to know that this big country has such a great respect towards Buddhism. The leader recognized the value of Buddhism and saying giving 100 percent support. The recognition is based on the action from the past that have bring benefit to the people of Russia’s.

    It’s really a heart warming to see this post.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 18. 2021 01:19 PM
    Great blessing able to see holy and infused great items from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche even though its just pictures. Wow …all these holy items are place in various parts of Kechara House for people to venerate and generate merits. We have Rinpoche and Beng Kooi to thanks not easy after all to have holy items from someone like Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. How blessed Kechara and honoured to have received sacred and holy items from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands for this sharing, as anyone merely looking at the beautiful holy blessed Maitreya statue and Medicine Buddha statue is a blessing

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 18. 2021 01:17 PM
    Thonmi Sambhota is traditionally regarded the inventor of the Tibetan script and author in the 7th century AD. His life is largely shrouded in legend and he is the 3rd incarnation of our Guru H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche. Tonmi Sambhota’s intelligence was such that he was noticed early by the Emperor , was sent to India to study, gather information on Buddhism and research scripts in order to create a script for the Tibetan language. During his years in India he was devoted to study India’s culture and Buddhism. According to legend, he is considered as one of the most renowned translators in the Tibetan history. He was highly felicitated and heavily rewarded for his creation whom no one has done before. Thonmi Sambhota is indeed a great man, and had contributed in development of Tibet ‘s Buddhism even up to this day .Well respected and loved by many.
    Thank you, Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing of a great creator.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/thonmi-sambhota-inventor-of-the-tibetan-script.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 18. 2021 01:14 PM
    Reading this inspiring post again , with much respect and getting to understand more. Guru devotion is indeed very important and plays an important in our spiritual journey. To advance further in learning and practicing Buddhism we must hold on guru devotion to our Gurus nor matter what happen. Rinpoche’s gurus are all highly erudite masters and Lamas, interesting to read each and every one of them even though its just a short read. Merely by reading it is a blessing. Rinpoche had received all the qualities and trainings , teachings from them. We are then to receive those precious Dharma teachings from Rinpoche. All due to Rinpoche ‘s the kindness and compassion we are able to receive it. A great teachings on 50 Verses Of Guru Devotion.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands for sharing this teachings

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/my-precious-teachers.html
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    Yes the coronavirus pandemic is a reminder of how fragile our lives is. Having these mindful meditation on a daily basis via live stream helps many of us coping with the lockdown.
    Thank you JP Thong for sharing whatever we need to know all about meditation exercise in mindfulness. A thumb up …….simply amazing understanding the basic and what to do when we are distracted by our thoughts, emotions, sensations, and so forth. Thanks again.


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    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

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    Thank you Pastor David for sharing this post with the stories behind it.


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    Our Guru Tsem Rinpoche had prepares all of us to meet with the inevitable, which is our own death. Rinpoche had been teaching us all these while. No matter whom we meet in life, all situations eventually lead to separation and all relationships will end via death. In-fact our guru’s parinirvana is actually a final experiential teaching on death and impermanence for all of us. Hence it is important for us to immerse ourselves fully into each and every moment of life in learning and practicing Dharma. And following all advices and instructions of our Guru and fulfil what not completed. Instead of feeling lost we should somehow to devoting oneself entirely especially in fulfilling all of our guru’s wishes and continue his work nor matter what comes along. Reading this post had me realised there ‘s indeed quite a long way to go , thanks to all those involved especially senior student and so forth. May all of us play a part to be involved as a team then. We should help when necessary and encourage people coming into Dharma joining the centre and its activities. This post tells us all , a good and detailed read.
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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

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    A small town famous for its locally produced ginger, durians, tofu puff, bean curd, bean curd puff, fresh vegetables, it has so much more to offer for wandering foodies.

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    Friday, Apr 30. 2021 03:47 PM
    Great Buton Rinchen Drub’s lifestorys truly inspiring, interesting which I simply love reading over and over again. The Great Buton Rinchen Drub was one of the most erudite of scholars of Tibet. To this day he is well remembered as a prodigious scholar and writer and is Tibet’s most celebrated historian. He catalogued thousands of the Buddhist scriptures and wrote the famous book, the History of Buddhism in India and Tibet. Many Tibetan scholars utilize in their study even as today.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/tibets-great-scholar-buton-rinchen-drub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 30. 2021 03:46 PM
    Great memories of Rinpoche meeting with Guru Deva Rinpoche a very learned and qualified Lama,that has changed Rinpoche life. He is considered to be the reincarnation of one of the 84 great Mahasiddhas of ancient India. He studied under many great masters as such like Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, Kyabje Yongzin Trijang Dorje Chang, and so forth. We have Tsem Rinpoche today all because of Guru Deva Rinpoche who had contributed towards Rinpoche’s spiritual journey. The journey was tough for Rinpoche , having gone through and had travelled from America to India. Having remained and continued to languish under the terrible conditions in India till he travelled to Nepal and meeting Guru Deva Rinpoche. Everything changed from then on. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin Chow for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/my-recollection-of-h-e-guru-deva-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 28. 2021 04:19 PM
    Buton Rinchen Drub is widely considered to be one of Tibet’s greatest scholars, historians, translators,writers and proponent of the Kalachakra Tantra. Even as a very young child, Rinpoche exhibited extraordinary abilities. He studied and received many tantric transmissions and empowerments from many other teachers. Well respected by many and was one of the brightest lights of Tibetan Buddhism. Over the period of his life he composed at least twenty-six prolific volumes of commentaries. His legacy included the compilation of 500 years’ worth of translated teachings into the encyclopedic Kangyur and Tangyur collections. This monumental effort helped to preserve and propagate the teachings throughout Tibet. These collections have become well known by all of the schools of Buddhism in Tibet, and continue to this day. He travelled tremendously throughout Tibet and many places giving teachings, empowerments, transmissions, and ordinations at monasteries along the way. Interesting read of a great Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/buton-rinchen-drub.html

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  • May 14, 2021 01:09
    Anonymous asked: I heard that Lama Tsongkhapa and Tara closer to us? Is it true and how so - because I have experienced instant help from them. Once I was due to go for a college interview and I started getting stomach pains that made me weak and almost unconscious. My mum offered incense to Green Tara and almost immediately the pain went away. Grateful to her and love her to this day.
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  • May 13, 2021 01:48
    Eden asked: Dear pastors 1) I am interested to do some small retreats. Can you guide and teach me? 2) Recently I had adopted a pet. Can you guide me on how to not be to attach to my pet? As i do not want to be too sad when my pet pass away. 3) Recently i find myself wanting to buy new phone, laptops and clothes eventho i do not need them. Can you guide me on how to reduce this urge to buy new things?
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  • May 10, 2021 03:41
    Anonymous asked: When we see similar characteristics in family members and similar life circumstances, is that a result of karma too?
    pastor answered: Hello, When we see similar characteristics between yourself and your family members, yes, ultimately that is due to karma. From the viewpoint of society, it is because we grew up with our family, shared experiences, pick up each others' habits, etc, that is the reason for similar characteristics. We learn things such as behaviours, likes and dislikes from our family and they also learn such things from us. But from the Buddhist viewpoint, what is the reason that we ended up being family anyway? The answer as you already guessed it is karma. Karma is what caused us to take to rebirth into a particular family, hence it is the reason why characteristics are similar between family members. This applies to life circumstances as well, we had the karma to be born into a family in a specific location, at a specific time, environment, etc. Which means that we would necessarily undergo similar circumstances as well. Within samsara, or cyclic existence, everything is due to karma. Everything that happens to us, what we say, what we think. Not only is it due to karma, but it also creates more karma. That is why Buddhists always talk about the faults of samsara. The only way to be free of this cycle and karma completely is to become a fully enlightened Buddha. That is why Buddhists aim to become a Buddha themselves. I hope this helps.
  • May 9, 2021 02:51
    Josh asked: Hello Pastor, when Buddha gave me a gift of able to see spirits, communicate with spirits and able to sense death onto someone, what is the purpose of this gift? How to use it? I believe I had this when I was around 12 years old. 70% of my dreams are mostly took me to hell for a walk, I even talk to Yama, Yama allow me to peek on the Book of the living and the dead.. I had only dream once of Buddha and the Titan God once, but everything in Sanskrit. I understand them only in dreams, and when communicating with spirits. So what is the purpose of this gift? How to use them to help?
    pastor answered: Dear Josh, Thank you for your question. Supernatural abilities such as those you have mentioned definitely do exist. They can come about from a couple of reasons: as gifted by a supernatural being, god, etc, or even simply because we have the karma to have such abilities that have manifested in this life. The other way they can come about is through our own transformation of the mind, where they occur naturally as side effects. In all of these cases, they are known as 'common attainments'. The reason why they are known as common attainments, because they can be attained by anyone. Buddhism however, stresses the importance of the 'supreme attainment', which is achieving the enlightened mind. Hence, in the Buddhist scriptures it is said that the supreme attainment is what we should strive for. Now, we cannot advise you in which ways to use the abilities you have mentioned to help beings, because we are not attained enough to guide you in such a manner. You would need the guidance of a highly attained master to be able to guide you in a safe manner. However, from what you have written, you can use your experiences to further your own spiritual transformation first. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised on many occasions that we should not focus too much on abilities we develop, but concentrate on real transformation first. When you have reached a higher state of consciousness, then you will be able to use such abilities properly. The way to achieve this is to follow the path of the Lamrim or the Graduated Stages on the Path to Enlightenment. The text we use in Kechara is known as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. You can get a copy of it here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand There are sections of the Lamrim that deal with the suffering of those in the hell realms, the god realms and all other realms. There are also sections that deal with karma. You can use your experience to help you develop insight into these sections and propel you further along the path of transformation. So, instead of trying to use your abilities now, use the experiences that you have already had to the greatest potential. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • May 8, 2021 02:04
    Anonymous asked: Hello pastors. When one visualises in prayers should one shut eyes completely or keep half open looking at side of noses? Thank you for answering.
    pastor answered: Hello, When engaging in visualisation or any type of meditation, the best is to keep your eyes half open. You are actually looking at the floor, but the line of your sight follows the sides of your nose, you don't actually focus on the sides of your nose. If you focus on the sides of your nose, it will exert too much effort and you will feel like you are going crosseyed. So you actually look at the floor, but follow the angle of the sides of your nose. Following this eye positioning is the best because your mind is not too excited or overly stimulated as it would be if you had your eyes fully open, nor is it prone to laziness or falling asleep if you have your eyes closed. This would be the best. However, some people find it difficult to visualise with their eyes half open. In this case, it is permissible to close your eyes when visualising, as long as you can keep your concentration. Then slowly, over time, once you are familiar with the particular visualisation you are engaged in, you can do it with your eyes half open instead. I hope this helps.
  • May 3, 2021 10:15
    Carolyn asked: what is "Teh"
    pastor answered: Dear Carolyn, My apologies, but I do not fully understand your question. Is this in regards to any prayers or texts? In which case, please indicate which prayer or text so we can answer properly. Thank you
  • May 1, 2021 19:38
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, What does attachment actually mean in buddhism? Is it opposite of hostility? How do both these emotions harm us? How can we get rid of them?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, You have asked a very good question, but it's outside of the scope of this short reply to answer completely. Attachment is when you want something and either your thoughts, speech or actions reflect this want. For example, we can be attached to an object, a type of food, a person, a situation, etc.,. There are varying degrees of the type of attachment you experience towards differing objects or things. When we have an attachment, we expend energy either mentally, emotionally, through our speech or our actions to get the particular object, keep it and protect it. When we are parted from the object, it creates a lot of emotional suffering. When we are attached, our actions and thoughts keep us bound to cyclic existence, because we simply just create more karma. Attachment is known as one of the Three Poisons. You can read a short article and watch a teaching by Pastor David Lai about attachment here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-exaggeration-of-attachment.html In addition, here is an article that deals with the benefits of non-attachment in terms of relationships with others: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/why-non-attachment-is-one-of-the-keys-to-a-happy-life-relationship.html The opposite of attachment is aversion, the want to stay away from an object of thing, or not experience a particular situation. Another of the Three Poisons, is actually anger or hostility. This can be the extension of aversion. For example, in past someone said something to you which you didn't like. So you don't want to be around this person again. If a situation occurs when you are around this person, you become angry and hostile. You can even play the scenario over and over again in your head and become angry, even when not near the person. Anger is one of the most destructive of emotions because when you are worked up, it is very hard to remain logical, you simply and quickly act out of emotion, in the heat of the moment. This leads to the creation of negative karma, which you will need experience in the future. In short, all our negative emotions or behaviours can be subsumed under the Three Poisons - Attachment, Anger and Ignorance. There are many methods in Buddhism to overcome these. One of the most basic, yet extremely powerful is to meditate on impermanence, especially death. While this may seem very morbid, it is actually very liberating and helps us to let go of negative emotions which serve no purpose but to keep us stuck in suffering. You can read a short article about meditation on impermanence here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/supreme-contemplation.html For a more in-depth explanation of negative emotions and how to overcome them, you can read the Lamrim texts. These give us a step-by-step guide to self-transformation all the way to enlightenment itself. The text we use in Kechara is called Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. You can order a copy online from Vajrasecrets (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand). Alternatively, you can visit your local bookstore and they should be able to order it in for you. I hope this helps. Thank you. PS. You may also find the following links useful:
  • April 28, 2021 19:10
    Eden asked: Dear pastors, recently I saw a video about preserving a dead body only to be revive later when science is more advance. Did Buddha said anything regarding this? I am looking forward for your reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your question. Buddha Shakyamuni did not explicitly talk about this subject, simply because the technology to preserve a body for future re-animation did not exist. In fact, even today, we can physically preserve a body using things like cryogenic freezing, however the technology to be able to revive the person is currently only speculative hope. There is no biological evidence that this would even be possible. That being said, even though the Buddha did not talk about it specifically, the Dharma that the Buddha taught can be applied to any and all situations. So, we can analyze it from multiple angles. I'll try to do so from two angles due to the scope of this answer. The first is that death as part of the law of impermanence is a major part of Buddhism. We have had countless lifetimes and at the end of each of those, we have died and then taken rebirth into a new body. That is why cyclic existence is considered to be suffering, because we consistently take a new life, only to die at the end of it, and then take rebirth in a new life once again. The only way to get out of this cycle is to achieve the state of enlightenment. Some people could argue that if you don't die because you are re-animated in the future, then this cycle doesn't really exist. However, from a Buddhist viewpoint everything is still impermanent. Even if you were re-animated and lived for many thousands, millions, or billions of years, eventually the whole universe as we know it will be destroyed. At that point of time, no matter how many times your physical body was revived, you would cease to exist, because everything will be destroyed. Even from a scientific standpoint, it is said that the universe was created with the Big Bang, and due to that the universe is still expanding at an accelerating rate. Scientists have hypothesized that this will lead to either the Big Rip or the Big Freezer, in which life will no longer be able to exist in the universe in any form. So even from a scientific point of view, the Buddhist law of impermanence still applies. This brings me to the second angle, the question why we would want to preserve our bodies for future re-animation. The answer to that is simple, it is due to attachment. As you may be aware, within Buddhism, attachment is one of the things that leads us to stay stuck within cyclic existence. Attachment leads to the creation of karma which only lengths our suffering in existence. When we focus on our attachments, we do not live in the moment, we do not truly transform into a better person, we help no one and ultimately we do not help ourselves to become enlightened. I hope this helps. If you have any further questions, please do ask. This is an interesting subject.
  • April 24, 2021 03:40
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Thank you all for following Rinpoche’s advice and contributing your energy here and at Kechara. Rinpoche is the most precious jewel for sure. We appreciate Rinpoche, Kechara and kecharians. May we all achieve our spiritual goals under the guru’s guidance.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your lovely message, it's nice to know that this blog is appreciated. Tsem Rinpoche worked tirelessly to get this resource up and available for everyone. Following Rinpoche's Dharma teachings on this blog, we can definitely progress on our spiritual journeys. The key is to put what Rinpoche taught into practice. I wish your success in your journey, and if you need help, you are more than welcome to ask further questions here. Thank you.
  • April 21, 2021 03:13
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, When one experiences the outcome of negative karmas, how does one have compassion for oneself and overcome tough times? Relying on buddhas is definitely top of the list but I find my fear and self doubt and bad temper sabotages all the outer dharma practice I do. I am weak in the practical side of applying dharma!
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. What you have expressed is something that a lot of people go through, because of the accumulation of negative karma from previous lifetimes. What you must remember is that our negative habitual patterns from previous lives are very strong, hence effort is needed in the spiritual path. That is why Joyous Effort is one of the Six Perfections. Karma, our habitual patterns, fear and self-doubt will try to knock us of the path of self-transformation at every turn until we are strong enough to withstand them. One way to overcome this is to develop strong faith in the Three Jewels, and the way to do this is to engage in the practice of Taking Refuge. I'm not just talking about Talking Refuge at the beginning of formal Dharma practice such as your sadhana or pujas. But actually Taking Refuge remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels. When I first came to Kechara, I had a lot of physical obstacles manifest, a lot of fear and doubt. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche suggested that I read the section of the Lamrim that talks about Taking Refuge, and explains how to do it properly, remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels and the benefits they grant on the spiritual path. When you practice Taking Refuge, you remember these and you contemplate them. Then your faith in the application of the Dharma increases, and your fear, self-doubt, etc, disappear. When that happens, even if your negative karma and habits try to knock you off the path, you find yourself back on the path. Another thing you must remember is that when we are practicing the Dharma, due to our habits, we will not be perfect at something directly after learning about it. It takes time to train ourselves. That is why the central teaching in the Gelug tradition we practice is called the Lamrim, or the Graded Stages on the Path to Enlightenment. It is step-by-step. It is a process. It is not instant. So you shouldn't let fear, self-doubt, etc get in the way. Instead calmly apply the antidote to these, which is strong refuge. When you develop strong refuge, you will have faith and confidence in the teachings. When you have these, you will practice the teachings, no matter what happens. The compassion for yourself and overcoming tough times comes through faith in the Three Jewels and the teachings of self-transformation. I met someone the other day who said self-transformation was not possible for him, but then why did Buddha Shakyamuni and the enlightened beings teach the Dharma? Of course, it is possible, and in order to progress on the spiritual path, you must have faith and conviction. This comes from the simple, yet foundational practice of Taking Refuge. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 19, 2021 02:53
    Sandra asked: Hello respected pastors, I heard once from here that too much mantra recitations produce wind in the body? Did I hear right? What are the repercussions of that? I do find I cough during mantra recitations these days...I only do about 6 malas though!
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Mantras are the form of the enlightened beings in sound. Hence, when you recite mantras they are very powerful. All mantras move the psychic winds in the body. They don't actually produce physical wind in the body. The psychic winds move naturally due to the power of the mantras, and only have a beneficial effect on the body. If you are not initiated into the Higher Yoga Tantra practices, any of the common mantras are fine to recite. These include Lama Tsongkhapa's Migtsema, your Guru's mantra, Chenrezig, Tara, Manjushri, etc. These will move the winds in your body naturally, so there will be no untoward side effect. However, mantras of Higher Yoga Tantra deities, such as Yamantaka, Vajra Yogini, Heruka, etc, should only be known and recited by those who have received initiation into the practice and received the commentary to the practice from a qualified guru. These mantras move the psychic winds in the body more forcefully hence can have negative side effects if not done properly. If you are having any negative effects when reciting mantras, such as coughing, that could be due to a number of other more ordinary reasons, such as reciting too loudly or being out of breath when reciting. When you are reciting mantras during your sadhana, you should only recite loud enough for yourself to hear, and not disturb others if they are around. If you are in a puja, you follow the puja lead to either recite out aloud or quietly. If you are getting out of breath, slow down your mantra recitation, or reduce the amount of mantras you are doing until you are used to it. Then you can slowly increase to however many you want to recite. The main issue is consistency, you should recite mantras as part of your sadhana every day. You can also recite extra mantras throughout the day, but the key is to make sure that you finish your daily sadhana. And you should not rush through your mantra recitation, but recite the mantra clearly. I hope this helps.
  • April 13, 2021 21:55
    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. As I am sure you are aware, there are many different types of prayers. Praises are one type of prayer, or commonly included in longer prayers. When we praise the enlightened beings, we generate merit. This is due to the power of the enlightened beings. Generally speaking these prayers are praises of the qualities of either the enlightened being's body, speech, mind or benefits derived from their practices. Or the praise can be a combination of these. The merit generated from praising an enlightened being is immense. Some prayers even have the power to grant certain specific benefits due to the merits generated from the praise. Hence, some prayers even have the benefits listed in them. So yes, if you recite the praise with strong faith and refuge in the particular enlightened being, you will generate merit which will help to achieve the benefits stated. On a normal level, you will receive the benefits. On a higher level, you create the merit to achieve the same body, speech, mind and qualities of the enlightened being, meaning you create the causes to be enlightened yourself. I hope this helps.
  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
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Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 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
6 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
6 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
6 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.
6 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
7 months 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
Fwd: Dear Sotha
8 months ago
Fwd: Dear Sotha
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
8 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
8 months 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
9 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
9 months 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
10 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
12 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
12 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
12 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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
1 years ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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.
1 years 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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