Ready to be scared?

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A big thank you to all the volunteers for making the Halloween Charity Night a success. No matter how big or small the contributions were, the most important thing is we had set a good motivation and focus to benefit others.

A big thank you to all the volunteers for making the Halloween Charity Night a success. No matter how big or small the contributions were, the most important thing is we had set a good motivation and focus to benefit others.

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Halloween is my favourite holiday and it has always been. The last time I celebrated Halloween was three years ago in Salem, 33 years since I last celebrated it when I was 15. I used to look forward to Halloween, the dressing up and the trick-or-treating, but I’ve never liked any other kinds of celebrations. I suppose the interest comes from my fascination with the paranormal and the mystical aspect of Halloween. When I was in Salem, a group of my students hosted the first Halloween party in Kechara Forest Retreat. This year, they have decided to make it a charitable event using Halloween as the theme with the mission to instil values of giving and a sense of community and kinship. We at Kechara are very happy and honoured that Yang Berhormat Lee Chin Chen and Yang Berusaha Lim Sang Hong supported the mission by attending the event and spent time with the children.

I was told that more than 400 people including 250 children were fully sponsored to attend the event. They were underprivileged children and their guardians/teachers from Bentong and the Klang Valley as well as the Orang Asli in Bentong. The event was sponsored by gracious donors whose contributions helped to cover the expenses for the games, set-up, food and beverages, transportation, etc. The funfair and games equipment were co-sponsored by Sambill Park Sdn. Bhd., a company that has years of experience in hosting funfairs nationwide. Part of the proceeds will be donated to a local school in Bentong. These were all good efforts made by our very own dharma school students, teachers and volunteers! I am amazed at all the work, planning, harmony and coordination that went into this event…so nice.

I love it when we overcome ourselves and just work for others and go all the way. It’s nice when we work in harmony with others and are the peacemakers and the bringers of happiness to others. Everyone deserves to be happy, and bringing the Halloween themed funfair park to the underprivileged children is a direct way of bringing happiness to others.

Tsem Rinpoche
 

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The FANGtastic Halloween Charity Night

Introduction

The plot of land in front of Kechara Forest Retreat was transformed into a Halloween themed funfair park for the night.

The plot of land in front of Kechara Forest Retreat was transformed into a Halloween themed funfair park for the night.

On Saturday, October 29th, the Halloween Charity Night funfair event for underprivileged children and Orang Asli (indigenous people) took place at the Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Pahang. The effort focused on providing an opportunity for our guests to experience Halloween through scary encounters in a ‘haunted house’ and the showing of horror movies. Needless to say, there was also a free flow of food and beverages.

Motivated by a sense of community and kinship as well as the desire to instil values of appreciation and giving, the Kechara Sunday Dharma School (KSDS) teachers and students worked together with several commercial organisations and our gracious sponsors, to organise this unforgettable event, creating a night of fun and games for the children. Seeing the happy smiles on their faces and hearing their laughter, everyone felt that the event was worth all the efforts put in.

The event was attended by more than 400 people. Among them were about 250 underprivileged children and Orang Asli, accompanied by their guardians and teachers. They were fully sponsored by kind donors. In addition, many KSDS parents sponsored and supported the event and all KSDS students were also sponsored. Many of the underprivileged children do not have much knowledge about Halloween; hence, the Halloween themed costume competition, the haunted house, and horror movies were something new and memorable for them.

Even though it was a rainy day, our honourable guests, the State Legislative Assemblyman of Ketari District, Bentong, Yang Berhormat Lee Chin Chen, and the Council Member of Majlis Perbandaran Bentong, Yang Berusaha Lim Sang Hong, as well as the Vice President of Kechara House, Pastor Kok Yek Yee kindly graced the occasion with their presence. Celebrity hosts, Phng Li Kim and artist Wayne Thong, were the Masters of Ceremony of the night. Members from the media, RTM 2 and China Press, were at the venue to cover this event.

Although the main focus of this event was on the children, members of the public also turned up when news spread through the social media and by word of mouth. Other participants of the Halloween party included KSDS students and their parents, family members and friends, as well as members of the volunteer teams from Bentong town and the Klang Valley.

 

 

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The Less Fortunate Children

More than 200 less fortunate children and Orang Asli attended the event. This included 27 students from SJK (C) Khai Mun Pagi who came with two of their teachers, and 47 children from SMK Katholik who were accompanied by three of their teachers.

Transportation to chauffeur the children from their schools was sponsored, and was coordinated through the great help of the various teachers and volunteers. The head masters of these school Madam Tui Soke Lai (SMK Katholik) and Madam Gan (from SJK (C) Khai Mun Pagi) were very supportive and encouraging. Madam Wong, a teacher from SMK Katholik even brought her husband and sister to the event, who were surprised and impressed with the Halloween themed funfair park.

Messages shared by Madam Wong:

“Well done to you all. Students had never experienced Halloween celebration… Thanks a lot for this [experience]”.

“It is unexpected that Kechara, a Buddhist organisation would organise a Halloween event”.

She also mentioned comments from her family members that the event was well organised and they could see that a lot of effort had been put in to set it up. They also felt that Kecharians are positive and sincere people.

Next 27 children from Pertubuhan Ibu Tunggak Semarak Kasih Selangor came with three guardians. Leong, our contact from Pertubuhan Ibu Tunggak Semarak Kasih was very helpful and he coordinated for the group to travel from Klang to Bentong. Madam Pauline, the person in charge of this association was appreciative of Kechara’s effort.

84 children from the Orang Asli Sungai Lebak settlement came with 31 adults. Encik Yusuf, fondly known as Tok Batin, the village head was very kind to organise and complete the registration process for us. Mr Kumar, who celebrating Deepavali, volunteered to fetch the Orang Asli from their village free of charge as an act of charity. He felt very blessed to be able to perform a good deed for the less fortunate on the auspicious day of Deepavali.

12 special needs children from Pusat Harapan Kampong Perting attended with the kind help of eight guardians and helpers. These special needs children are able-bodies but the speed of their learning is at a different speed than others. Out of this group, some needed more attention and care from time to time due to the level of their disability. Members of the public can reach out to assist these groups from your own goodwill. 10 children from the less fortunate local community, for example the children of a local nasi lemak seller and a pancake seller who came to help out at the event were invited to join in the funfair and enjoy the games too.

Despite heavy rain, a wet and muddy floor, children went wild, especially with the oversided inflatable games. Many of them took off their shoes and embraced the mud. The children, when asked how they felt about the Halloween Charity Night, were not shy to share their feelings.

Chang Mun Cong and Leong Cheng An from SJK (C) Khai Mun Pagi commented that:

“The food is good. It was fun and [we] will come again next year, hopefully next year it will not rain so the floor will not be muddy”.

The children from Orang Asli Sungai Lebak settlement commented that they enjoyed the food most and the boys loved the inflatable games.

Aqilah from Pusat Harapan Kampong Perting said she loved this event and would like to come again.

The children were having fun with the inflated air bouncer.

The children were having fun with the inflated air bouncer.

Futsal on an air inflated field?

Futsal on an air inflated field?

The children were having a lot of fun although it was raining and the soil was wet and muddy.

The children were having a lot of fun although it was raining and the soil was wet and muddy.

The girls were playing happily on the slide.

The girls were playing happily on the slide.

There was more than one inflatable bouncer.

There was more than one inflatable bouncer.

Everyone had so much fun!

Everyone had so much fun!

Orang asli from Sungai Lebak came to join the Halloween Charity Night.

Orang asli from Sungai Lebak came to join the Halloween Charity Night.

Volunteers from Persatuan Kebajikan Untuk Kanak-Kanak Istimewa guided the children to the event.

Volunteers from Persatuan Kebajikan Untuk Kanak-Kanak Istimewa guided the children to the event.

The children from Persatuan Kebajikan Untuk Kanak-Kanak Istimewa had dinner together.

The children from Persatuan Kebajikan Untuk Kanak-Kanak Istimewa had dinner together.

Teacher Grace briefed the students of SJK (C) Khai Mun Pagi before entering the event.

Teacher Grace briefed the students of SJK (C) Khai Mun Pagi before entering the event.

The students were so excited although it was raining and muddy.

The students were so excited although it was raining and muddy.

Teacher Callista briefed the children of Orang Asli Sungai Lebak on some guidelines for their safety.

Teacher Callista briefed the children of Orang Asli Sungai Lebak on some guidelines for their safety.

The team from the Single Mother Association Semarak entered the funfair after their briefing session.

The team from the Single Mother Association Semarak entered the funfair after their briefing session.

Group picture of Orang Asli Sungai Lebak together with Yang Berhormat Lee Chin Chen and Yang Berusaha Lim Sang Hong.

Group picture of Orang Asli Sungai Lebak together with Yang Berhormat Lee Chin Chen and Yang Berusaha Lim Sang Hong.

The children had fun and managed to take home prizes at the end of the day.

The children had fun and managed to take home prizes at the end of the day.

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The Sponsors

People from all walks of life came together to organise this party. Businesses from the Klang Valley and residents of Bentong supported this event in various ways. For example, Sambill Park Sdn. Bhd. subsidised the funfair equipment and sent a technician, Mr Raman, who worked for 2 days and 2 nights to set up all the games. Daniel Wong, the owner of Sambill Park Sdn. Bhd. was very cooperative as he considered this activity as a form of charity. He was enthralled by the beauty of Kechara Forest Retreat when we were introducing ourselves at the first meeting. He is now considering enrolling himself and his family in the Kechara Inner Peace programme towards the end of the year.

It rained throughout the duration of the set-up. So we decided to place canvas on the land to protect the games that involved the use of balloons. A large quantity of canvas was purchased at a hardware shop (Bentong Hardware Trading), whose owner not only gave us a discount on the canvas, but also sponsored two children to attend the event. When the event team mentioned transportation problems, the shopkeeper offered help without hesitation. The owner, Mr The, came personally together with his 6 employees to ensure that the job got done, without any charges, and in the rain! He also kindly offered his services for the next event in Kechara Forest Retreat.

Creatively crafted balloons were assembled by Cindy and Justeen from Popalloons. Together, they put in 16 hours of non-stop hard work that involved a lot of skill, using their hands to twist the balloons into shape. Like magic, numerous colourful balloons were turned into two gigantic Asian female ghosts with long hair, a Chinese vampire and his nemesis, a Halloween backdrop with vampires and vampire catchers as well as a huge arch made entirely of balloons with the words “Happy Halloween” on it, reflecting the theme very well.

The layout, lightings, and creative designs were the workmanship of Daya Rekabina Sdn. Bhd., Ray Thing and his team. They spent countless hours designing and redesigning the layout to suit the setting and to create the best effect. Electrical technicians, who became volunteers, helped out three days in a row, from the setting-up of the booths to the dismantling of the structures, purely out of goodwill and enthusiasm for the project. They were exemplary in their efforts to give assistance throughout the whole event.

Bulan Sabit Merah (Red Crescent), Bentong branch, under the leadership of Tuan Haji Abdullah, was very kind to station their ambulance and three well-trained members at the funfair in case of an emergency, at no cost! We are very grateful to Tuan Haji Abdullah and his team.

We were very fortunate to be able to attract the attention of many generous sponsors. WEG Industries and Super Asis Enterprise Sdn. Bhd. donated mineral water, Suntory Beverage & Food Sdn. Bhd. contributed the packet fruit juice, Kechara Oasis provided vegetarian crackers, and we received from Starkiss Food Corp Sdn. Bhd. 300 frozen vegetarian samosas and 300 spring rolls. There were other sponsors who wished to remain anonymous.

Veteran volunteers from Bentong town, “Wah Jie” and her friends tirelessly prepared 5 food items and served the food at the event, without service charges. Other foods such as burgers, Chinese pancakes, candy floss, and French fries were all prepared on the spot by either the stall owners themselves or by volunteers. Many people offered their help either by lending cooking utensils or by offering their services to ensure that there were sufficient varieties of food and we were happy to see that all the 400 participants enjoyed the delicious food very much. It was a tremendous success!

There were many generous sponsors who preferred to contribute in the form of cash. Some of them sponsored more than 50 children, for example, Mr Rei and Mr Ng from XOX Mobile. Many of them called to enquire whether they could also offer help besides money, for example, Mr Toh, Miss Josephine Woon, Frankie and others. We are blessed to have the support of so many people who were as excited as we were to ensure the success of this event.

Thank you Pakcik Min for coming to cook despite the short notice. Appreciate all your support and assistance.

Thank you Pakcik Min for coming to cook despite the short notice. Appreciate all your support and assistance.

Not to forget the great RELA team in managing the traffic and safety of the event. Not a word of complaint for having to work under the rain for more than five hours.

Not to forget the great RELA team in managing the traffic and safety of the event. Not a word of complaint for having to work under the rain for more than five hours.

Our appreciation to Bulan Sabit Merah team for volunteering their Saturday night for this event.

Our appreciation to Bulan Sabit Merah team for volunteering their Saturday night for this event.

The owner and his team of workers from Bentong Hardware Trading were so kind in helping us to transport the balloons and rubbish bin. Initially we only requested a lorry but he prepared another lorry and deployed more people to help out. They were ready to help to those in need.

The owner and his team of workers from Bentong Hardware Trading were so kind in helping us to transport the balloons and rubbish bin. Initially we only requested a lorry but he prepared another lorry and deployed more people to help out. They were ready to help to those in need.

Mr Teh from Bentong Hardware Trading offered his services free of charge to transport the large balloon decorations to the event venue.

Mr Teh from Bentong Hardware Trading offered his services free of charge to transport the large balloon decorations to the event venue.

Mr Teh and his team from Bentong Hardware Trading washed his truck before coming to help us.

Mr Teh and his team from Bentong Hardware Trading washed his truck before coming to help us.

Uncle Leong Fook Sang, a Chinese pancake vendor, brought his daughter Leong Mei Ting to help out at the event.

Uncle Leong Fook Sang, a Chinese pancake vendor, brought his daughter Leong Mei Ting to help out at the event.

Veteran volunteers, Wah Jie and her friend helped to prepare the food.

Veteran volunteers, Wah Jie and her friend helped to prepare the food.

 

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The Programme

The children were scheduled to arrive at 5 p.m. on Saturday. The first to arrive were students from SJK (C) Khai Mun Pagi. They arrived in time for the beginning of the food fair. Shortly after that, the children from the Orang Asli Sungai Lebak settlement arrived. They were briefed at the registration booth on the location of the mobile toilets, the emergency ambulance and on where to gather when it was time to leave. Once they had obtained their entry passes, the students and Orang Asli children immediately hit it off and started to play the games.

Celebrity hosts, Li Kim from Paranormal Zone and artist Wayne, were the Masters of Ceremony for the event. They arrived at 5 p.m., dressed up as horrifying Asian ghosts. Although they were not recognised as the celebrities that they were, nevertheless, they immediately drew the attention of the crowd. Li Kim and Wayne walked around and spontaneously mingled with the crowd. Both being multilingual, they spoke in various languages, Mandarin, English, and Bahasa Malaysia, as well as the local Chinese dialect used in Bentong, which is Cantonese.

The event was graced by the presence of State Legislative Assemblyman of Ketari District, Bentong, Yang Berhormat Lee Chin Chen, the Council Member of Majlis Perbandaran Bentong, Yang Berusaha Lim Sang Hong as well as the Vice President of Kechara House, Pastor Kok Yek Yee. They arrived at the event at 6:30 p.m. To officiate the event, there was a simple ribbon cutting ceremony for Yang Berhormat Lee Chin Chen, Yang Berusaha Lim Sang Hong and Pastor Yek Yee, together with the EmCees. The VIPs and the hosts were very spontaneous during the Q & A session of the costume competition.

Many children, especially the students of KSDS, came prepared with costumes and make-up. They created a Japanese ghost lookalike, which is suitable for the costume competition theme of “Asian Ghosts”. For the guests, the event team had arranged for two make-up artists, Wong Yew Kien and Sharon Ong, to apply special make-up on them so that they could really feel the spirit of Halloween and take part in the competition too. Many children queued up for the make-up and the artists did a wonderful job!

Based on the criteria of effect/impact of the costume, level of creativity and also their expression, there were three winners in the competition. The second runner-up was JokerZombie (Jarren Chow), the first runner-up was Wednesday Friday Addams (Natalie Chow) and the first prize went to The Ghost Bride (Lauren Chow). Each of them walked away with a prize, presented by Yang Berhormat Lee Chin Chen and Yang Berusaha Lim Sang Hong, sponsored by our generous benefactors.

After the costume competition, the VIPs took the opportunity to walk around and check out the haunted house and horror cinema, despite the rain. They had no qualms about getting their feet dirty, literally. At the end of the tour, their feet were full of mud but from the look on their faces, we believe that Yang Berhormat Lee Chin Chen and Yang Berusaha Lim Sang Hong had a good time too.

We were very pleased to have Yang Berhormat Lee Chin Chen, Yang Berusaha Lim Sang Hong and Pastor Kok Yek Yee to officiate the opening ceremony of the Halloween Charity Night 2016 event.

We were very pleased to have Yang Berhormat Lee Chin Chen, Yang Berusaha Lim Sang Hong and Pastor Kok Yek Yee to officiate the opening ceremony of the Halloween Charity Night 2016 event.

Thank you Yang Berhormat Lee Chin Chen, Yang Berusaha Lim Sang Hong, Pastor Yek Yee, Li Kim and Wayne for officiating the opening ceremony of our second Halloween event.

Thank you Yang Berhormat Lee Chin Chen, Yang Berusaha Lim Sang Hong, Pastor Yek Yee, Li Kim and Wayne for officiating the opening ceremony of our second Halloween event.

Wayne and Li Kim were the emcees.

Wayne and Li Kim were the emcees.

Wayne and Li Kim were very good emcee partners. They were cheerful and entertaining.

Wayne and Li Kim were very good emcee partners. They were cheerful and entertaining.

Emcee Wayne with other ghosts.

Emcee Wayne with other ghosts.

The talented Wayne and Li Kim on the stage to introduce the Halloween Charity Night event.

The talented Wayne and Li Kim on the stage to introduce the Halloween Charity Night event.

Wayne was the favourite among the Orang Asli who attended the event.

Wayne was the favourite among the Orang Asli who attended the event.

Li Kim mingled with students from Khai Mun school.

Li Kim was mingled with students from Khai Mun school.

Wefie session: Wayne with an orang asli teenager

Wefie session: Wayne with an orang asli teenager

Wayne was showing his Gangnam style skill to the children. There were so much fun and laughter!

Wayne was showing his Gangnam style skill to the children. There were so much fun and laughter!

Wayne was very friendly with the participants.

Wayne was very friendly with the participants.

Pastor Adeline explained the objective of the Halloween Charity Night event to the RTM 2 reporter. It was not just a night of celebration, but also a night to show our care and concern for our community.

Pastor Adeline explained the objective of the Halloween Charity Night event to the RTM 2 reporter. It was not just a night of celebration, but also a night to show our care and concern for our community.

Group picture for the costume competition participants. Everyone was so eager to perform and win.

Group picture for the costume competition participants. Everyone was so eager to perform and win.

Yang Berhormat Lee Chin Chen and Yang Berusaha Lim Sang Hong with the costume competition participants.

Yang Berhormat Lee Chin Chen and Yang Berusaha Lim Sang Hong with the costume competition participants.

The top three winners of the Halloween Charity Night's costume competition

The top three winners of the Halloween Charity Night’s costume competition

Bride Killer was the winner of the costume competition

Bride Killer was the winner of the costume competition

These were the games that we used to play 30 years ago, but still a favourite among children these days.

These were the games that we used to play 30 years ago, but still a favourite among children these days.

Group picture of Persatuan Kebajikan Untuk Kanak-Kanak with Yang Berhormat Lee Chin Chen and Yang Berusaha Lim Sang Hong.

Group picture of Persatuan Kebajikan Untuk Kanak-Kanak with Yang Berhormat Lee Chin Chen and Yang Berusaha Lim Sang Hong.


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The Event Team

The event team was entirely made up of volunteers who had day jobs in different industries and businesses. Many hours of planning, discussion, persuading third parties, re-planning, sourcing for materials, and working together were required. Multiple trips between the Klang Valley and Bentong as well as countless phone calls were made to sponsors and guests.

The team of volunteers took time off from their work, families and leisure to contribute in whatever way they can to make this event a success. The majority of them were teachers from the Kechara Sunday Dharma School, some were Bentong residents, others were friends of friends and the rest were Kechara members. They came with constructive ideas, a heart of gold and a wealth of effort to ensure the event took place as planned by the core team.

We would like to express our thanks to Ray Thing, Stella Cheang, Victoria Lam and Callista Tee who were the core team members of the event; the Event Organising Advisor, Pastor Adeline Woon, who provided guidance, ideas and solutions; Grace Tan and Boon Seang Lim, who took time off from work to coordinate activities for the children; Alice Tay, who was the main coordinator working from Bentong; Kevin Lam who introduced the funfair suppliers to us; Christine Yeo, Melissa Chin, Steve Chin and Jason, who came to help from the planning stage to the day of the event and Jason Chu from Kechara Kuantan Study Group, who travelled from Kuantan to help with the preparations starting Friday night.

The parents of Kechara Sunday Dharma School, for example, Sharon Ong, Mooi Kwan, Josephine Woon and Kar Ling, either helped personally or allowed their children to give a helping hand. Members of the public, Miss Thou, Mr Yong and his family and friends, came early to help with the preparation and they manned the games booths throughout the event. Senior students from Kechara Sunday Dharma School who helped out were Benjamin Lau Teck Yew, Caroline Ann and Kai Mun. Aiden Poh, 13 years old, who attended the KSDS WOAH Camp last year, also came to assist as a volunteer.

Last but not least, we would like to express our gratitude to all the volunteer teachers from Kechara Sunday Dharma School, who contributed in too many ways to be mentioned here. They are Victor Choi, Wong Yew Kien, Lee Lin Mun, Jayce Goh and her husband, Serena Boon, Jesvin Ng and Loh Kwai Yee.

It is really amazing that, as a result of great team work, we were able to organise this Halloween party from scratch. Thank you everyone, for making Oct 29, 2016 a memorable night for the children!

Lots of prizes to be won for participating in the games. The children were eager to win more points.

Lots of prizes to be won for participating in the games. The children were eager to win more points.

Kien was so attentive in putting on the Halloween make-up for the children.

Kien was so attentive in putting on the Halloween make-up for the children.

Ray Thing: No, I am not giving up because of the rain!

Ray Thing: “No, I am not giving up because of the rain!”

Jason and Callista quickly removed the food when the rain pour down suddenly.

Jason and Callista quickly removed the food when the rain pour down suddenly.

Ray was praying for the rain to stop and the event to go smoothly without any interruptions.

Ray was praying for the rain to stop and the event to go smoothly without any interruptions.

No matter how heavy the rain was, all the volunteers continued work on the preparation process.

No matter how heavy the rain was, all the volunteers continued work on the preparation process.

Setting up the stage for the grand opening of the Halloween Charity Night

Setting up the stage for the grand opening of the Halloween Charity Night

Callista, despite her fever, still honoured her commitment to help in the preparation for the Halloween Charity Night event. There was great teamwork shown by the team.

Callista, despite her fever, still honoured her commitment to help in the preparation for the Halloween Charity Night event. There was great teamwork shown by the team.

Good job Benjamin and Kar Ven for helping to set up the bunting for the stage.

Good job Benjamin and Kar Ven for helping to set up the bunting for the stage.

Thank you Sharon for being so helpful with the children's make-up. There were many children who wanted to enjoy your creative make-up. Thank you for bringing so much joy to them.

Thank you Sharon for being so helpful with the children’s make-up. There were many children who wanted to enjoy your creative make-up. Thank you for bringing so much joy to them.

The volunteers made sure that the stage was decorated in a timely manner.

The volunteers made sure that the stage was decorated in a timely manner.

Jason and Kevin made sure the muddy soil was covered. Good job guys!

Jason and Kevin made sure the muddy soil was covered. Good job guys!

Steve and his sister Melissa worked harmoniously in handling the food and cleanliness of the venue.

Steve and his sister Melissa worked harmoniously in handling the food and cleanliness of the venue.


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Conclusion

Every year, Kechara Sunday Dharma School organises many events for children. Each event features a different theme that aims to create a meaningful experience for the children, regardless of race, religion and culture. We wish to put the many teachings of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche into practice, for example, “Focusing out to serve others” and “Be the light, don’t wait for the light”. Because of His Eminence’s inspiration, many of us are motivated to rise above challenges, personal differences and obstacles to achieve more so that many people will benefit.

We would like to thank His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and members of Kechara House for their blessings, support and guidance. We hope that through activities like this Halloween charity event, more people will be inspired to reach out and help others.

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  1. HelenaC on Nov 27, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    It was a memorable and meaningful Halloween for me. Thanks to KSDS team for the tireless arrangement event there was so much obstacle and you guys won’t give up. The rain is really a pain for the event but with the very dedicated team The set up was able to get it all done on time. Bravo for all volunteers!
    it was a meaningful as it was a charitable Halloween night for the kids to experience the fun hehehe…. Thanks to all sponsors, volunteers and 2 very entertaining hosts Likim and Wayne.

  2. Samfoonheei on Nov 26, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Wonderful indeed……..bravo to those who made it possible,the Halloween charty night fun fair event for underprivileged children and
    orang Asli held at KFR. Everyone deserves to be happy, and bringing the Halloween themed funfair park to the underprivileged children is a direct way of bringing happiness to others.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

  3. Sharon Ong on Nov 23, 2016 at 2:10 am

    This was indeed a Halloween unlike any other as it was not just a party hard kind of Halloween but one that carries a message of care, togetherness and community spirit. The Halloween Charity Night was a runaway success despite the many obstacles that the KSDS teachers and volunteers faced, such as the heavy downpour, muddy grounds and other issues that were both unpredictable and mostly beyond anyone’s control. I take my hats off to those who braved these natural elements to put on a show that many will remember. Their true grit and sheer dedication are truly inspirational.

    I was fortunate enough to be given the privilege to volunteer and seeing how much the kids enjoyed their first Halloween truly warmed my heart. Many of these kids never heard of Halloween, let alone experience it first hand. Their undisguised glee brought me much happiness that I did not realise that I had been standing in the mud for more than 3 hours straight doing their Halloween makeup. Looking back, this would go down as one of my more memorable Halloweens as Kien Wong and I mass produced dozens of kiddie zombies and ghouls, who were utterly a delight to work on. 🙂 Their simple innocence and wonderment reminded me of how easy it is to make a child happy and how we take simple pleasures for granted in the midst of our busy lives.

    Kudos to the core team who did an excellent job! Here’s to many more Halloweens with a difference!

  4. Uncle Eddie on Nov 22, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Instead of being scary, its truly an amazingly well organised event that made the Halloween Night of October 29, 2016 such an enlightened and memorable night for the young and old! This is indeed a very unique “Halloween Night” where many cultures seemed to have been so well-blended together with great Harmony, Happiness, and acceptances to make it such a night of success – and a very memorable one indeed for many people in all walks of life! They willingly came together happily to help organise this “muhibbah Charity” Party and to make it a success for harmony and unity for all! Congratualations to all who have taken part in this “Halloween Charity Night” for the benefit of sentient beings!

  5. Fong on Nov 21, 2016 at 12:04 am

    The Halloween party must have been such a happy event for the local children to experience something so alien and new to them and having familiar fun in the mud as well. That they accepted it with much cheer and not fear and distrust is wonderful to see and embodies the multi racial society that is Malaysia.

    The preparation by the committed staff and volunteers through difficult times raising funds for the event and making sure that the show must go on despite the rain, has ensured that the kids and adults alike were delighted.

    Thank you to all involved for the generosity and care shown.

  6. Lin Mun on Nov 20, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    It was my first time to attend a Halloween Party and also my first Halloween that I work together with the KSDS team with the same objective – making a memorable charity night fun and exciting for the community, less fortunate and orang asli in Bentong.

    I must say it is not easy at all preparing for such a big event and a big thank you to the core team members for their long nights and months of preparation. It was a great experience for us to learn through this project no matter how small or big the contribution is. It is along the process that we learn to respect each other differences in opinion, overcoming shortages in terms of time, resources and financial; seeking sponsors, managing suppliers and making new friends. 🙂

    It is really fortunate for me to be able to take part in this event and the events organised by KSDS. Thank you Rinpoche for your support and allowing us to organise the events.

  7. Echeah on Nov 20, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Looks like it was a mud bath, Lol! But important is everyone’s spirits were not dampaned, people came and did not mind what nature brought and had all round fun nevertheless. It was a non-religious gathering of the Bentong community to share, help, give and most of all, make the children happy. What a perfect way to engage the community and bring awareness to KFR. Thank you and kudos to the organisers, volunteers, sponsors and participants as without you, the event would have turned out to be a non-event.

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  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Aug 14. 2020 04:44 PM
    Tengboche monastery survive until now as a leading Buddhist center of spirituality and pilgrims in the Himalayan area, half way to Everest Base Camp trek, the monastery has become a house name to trekkers and climbers to Everest Base Camp.
    With the colourful Mani Rimdu festival, which is a culmination of Buddhist celebrations with religious gathering, songs have attracted tourist as well to Tengboche Monastery every October.Thank you for sharing this article.


    https://bit.ly/3g0Cpdn
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Aug 14. 2020 04:06 PM
    Nothing is Impermanent, for sure can you imagine a beautiful just simply disappeared under sea due to natural disaster . It sunk and was discovered only after 1700 years later. It is an important reminder of impermanence for us all. Letting go whatever we hold on in this life as we came to this world with nothing and leaving with nothing too. I have heard of tales and myths of lost civilizations in books. But this is interesting. The famous ancient city of Neapolis, a quasi-mythical city that sunk beneath the waters of the Atlantic Ocean was discovered after so many thousand years. It was the divers who discovered the lost city then during one of their sea exploration. Its must be a massive tsunami that had taken place and sunk the whole city.Interesting discoveries.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/a-lost-underwater-city-has-been-found-1700-years-after-it-sank.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Aug 14. 2020 04:05 PM
    Truly a Buddhist practitioner who not want to waste time even on a train where most of the travellers were fast asleep . He had a quiet, peaceful sitting posture meditation. He was captured on camera and won in category of National Geographic’s 2017 photography contest. This pictures tell us a thousand words. Deep in a meditation , all I can say …..a beautiful pictures.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/postcard-from-raymond-monks-posture.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Aug 14. 2020 04:04 PM
    Beautiful spiritual painting of Dorje Shugden to our Lama Tsem Rinpoche on such an auspicious Wesak day by Tsem Ladrang team and some Kechara students. Now with Vietnamese Dorje Shugden paintings to share , more people will get to know of this powerful protector. We are all blessed merely by looking at this beautiful paintings of Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/wesak-day-2018-vietnamese-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 13. 2020 03:18 PM
    Dorje Shugden statue in Wisdom Hall located in Kechara Forest Retreat seen to be the largest in the world. We are fortunate to have such a huge Dorje Shugden Statue blessing all the sentient beings, environment and unseen beings . The bigger the statue ,it has brought more tremendous benefits to the surrounding area of Bentong. Over the years this largest Dorje Shugden have attracted many tourist as well as locals to see for themselves the beauty of statue and Kechara Forest Retreat. This huge statue serves to be a light for many, giving hope, blessing, inspiration and merit field for all those who come to receive the blessings of Shugden. Interesting write up.
    Thank you Rinpoche for founding this beautiful place away from the city hectic life

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/largest-dorje-shugden-in-the-world.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Aug 13. 2020 03:00 PM
    A place where many people around the world experience the art of mindful living. Plum village has a beautiful landscape and quiet environment for anyone to have more freedom, peace and happiness in our daily life.

    Wonderful for all involved looking for peace and calm. The natural surroundings surely enhances the experience. It will also teach the younger generation to appreciate nature.
    Thank you for sharing this article.

    https://bit.ly/3fZqkpa
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 13. 2020 02:39 PM
    Hermits are monks and nuns looking for wisdom. Many go up the remote mountains , spending their time in solitude meditation in order to master their spiritually practice, gaining profundity and knowledge. Its in the mountains away from the city they find a piece of mind to mediate and practice to transform their mind. Watching the video tells us all. Each of the hermits specks with words of wisdom that’s where they earns respect in Chinese society.
    An inspiring man Bill Porter one of the foremost Chinese poetry and essay translators in the world went searching for an answer of the lives of hermits. Bill Porter is the author of the book Road to Heaven, he travelled to hash, remote mountains of Zhongnan Mountain describing his journeys and encounter with Chinese Hermits in the book. Very inspiring documentary which tell us a thousand inspiring words . Life is simple yet the hermits are happy letting go all the worries of the world outside. He discovered then the hermit tradition is very much alive, as dozens of monks and nuns continue to lead solitary lives in quiet contemplation of their faith deep in the mountains.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/hermit-a-profound-documentary-by-bill-porter.html
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 05:29 PM
    Getting quality sleep is one of the best things that we can do to maintaining a good lifestyle throughout our entire lifetime. People often give up good sleep due to busy lifestyle.

    In fact we need sleep to survive, just like we need food and water, in fact there are many biological processes happen during sleep. Lack of sleep can result in decreased immune system function, decreased body temperature as well as a decreased release of growth hormone.

    Thank you very much for your valuable sharing and all these 10 pointers are good guidelines for those who have trouble sleeping.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 02:11 PM
    Lady Lhalu Lhacham Yangdzom Tsering, an incredible lady and important aristocratic students of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. A great and influential Gelug lady who devotion to her guru the great Kyabje Pabongka Dorjechang never change despite her life changes from a wealthy lady living luxuries to living in a store room. She received all the teachings and practiced devotedly to her guru, till the end of her life. Inspiring life story of a lady . We shall never leave our guru nor matter what happened.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/pabongka-rinpoche-and-his-yogini-student-the-lady-lhalu.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 02:09 PM
    Very inspiring nun Ani Ngawang Pema a Tibetan Buddhist who stayed in solitary meditation for 45 years. Once in a while it’s good to remind ourselves that there are true spiritual seekers in the world today. She was a student of H.H Trulshik Rinpoche. She was known as the most beautiful girl when she was young in the northeast of Nepal. Many rich and famous families would seek her marriage but she chose a monastery life instead to practice Dharma. Later she stayed in a small hut in solitary meditation for 45 years where nobody see her at all. Soon she became a legend and every one who passed her hut to receive blessings, recite prayers and even circumambulate her small hut.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ani-ngawang-pema-45-years-solitary-retreat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 02:07 PM
    A beautiful picture of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche cutting our lama’s hairs back in 1984 tells us a thousand words . That’s where our lama begin a long life spiritual journey travelling a thousand miles to India to be a monk. A promise made to his root guru to take ordination and go to Gaden Monastery. Meeting Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had changed our Lama’s life for the better forever. With all the sufferings and hardship our lama had gone through since young had not deter Rinpoche from becoming a monk. The promise was kept, even though Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had since passed away. Rinpoche became a monk and was advised coming to Malaysia and that’s where we have Kechara Forest Retreat today.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. The pictures indeed have a great memories.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/kyabje-zong-rinpoche-cuts-my-hair.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 12:59 PM
    What a nice and breathtaking statue that there is in Macau!It would be nice if I had the wonderful chance to go to Macau to see this statue. Kuan Yin will prevent huge obstacles from hitting Macau also attract more and more tourist to come to Macau to visit and pay respects to Kuan Yin.
    Its good to know the reason why this Kuan Yin statue looks a little westernized compared to the ones in Mainland China. Strange thing is, no matter how one depicts Kuan Yin, She always looks beautiful. Thank you very much for the sharing
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 12:47 AM
    The hummingbirds are so beautiful and stunning. They have beautiful colours on their body. First time coming across these beautiful birds. They are among the smallest of birds, and most specialized nectar-eating birds.
    This article doesn’t just apply to taking care of Hummingbird feeders but also all kinds of bird feeders and anything used to feed birds and animals.Thank you for this wonderful sharing.
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 11. 2020 03:01 PM
    Ancient civilization of China already embraced Vajrayogini lineage long before where Mahayana Buddhism was prevalent. Interesting history of Vajrayogini’s teachings and practice that takes root in China . The practice of Vajrayogini is so deep rooted in China not till I know of until I read this post. It is also a really eye opening for me. The Western Xia empire Xixia was one of the three great barbarian empires ruling over northern China during the Song period. A land of myths and mysteries, monks and monasteries, the enchanting nation of happiness . There is that many rocks and cave formations around empire Xixia. The Vajravarahi/Yogini Cave (Dorje Phagmo Cave) is one such caves. Having a beautiful story behind it . This cave is well known after Vajrayogini reincarnated in human form and her four other dakinis performed tantric rituals. Recording to records this caves dates back to 1004 AD, that’s incredible indeed. Since then many Tibetan high lamas such as Sakya Pandita and 6th Dalai Lama had visited this cave doing retreats and prayers. The 6th Dalai Lama even erected a stupa in the cave.
    With the Chinese government help the cave is restored to this present day. Having Vajrayogini manifested as a princess in China to suit the people of that time and culture. May this cave be well preserved for the Vajrayogini practice to flourish in China.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a special form of Vajrayogini found in China.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/vajravarahi-caves-in-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 11. 2020 03:00 PM
    Tara Arya Tara, also known as Jetsun Dolma in Tibetan Buddhism, is an important figure in Buddhism. She appears as a female bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism who appears as a female Buddha. She is the mother of liberation, and represents the virtues of success through liberating us from our 8 fears such as pride, ignorance, anger, jealousy, wrong views, attachment, miserliness and deluded doubts. She will guides us to enlightenment. Beautiful paintings of the 8 Tara with each thangkas illustrate who protect us from the 8 fears. Interesting to see how each and every thangka can illustrate us a thousands words . Knowledgeable write up about 8 Taras and the 8 fears for us to understand better of Tara.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/8-taras-who-protect-from-the-8-dangers.html

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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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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
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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
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
5 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
5 months ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
5 months ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
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