The Heroines Time Forgot

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Women have been jumping hurdles and breaking barriers since time immemorial. Unfortunately, some of these brave and heroic women seem to have slipped the history books. Here, I commemorate some forgotten heroines the world over.

Shakila Rajendra

 


 

Beyonce may have made the term ‘slaying it’ popular but it seems our Queen Bey was simply emulating many women who have come before her. Women have ‘slayed’ the scene and paved the way for future females to really bring their A-game and give men a run for their money in a variety of fields; be it sport, politics, monarchy or battle, for centuries. However, the history books (which may very well have been written by men) have decided to leave their names aside or relegated them to the side lines.

To this day, there has been a somewhat patriarchal rhetoric in the way women are portrayed both in the media and in the history records. In the recent Olympics, female sporting champions and their achievements have often been referred to as second only to their husbands (who may have coached them but by no means were responsible for their victories) or their fashion choices. Females in positions of power are often berated for their determination to climb their way to the top and are single-handedly dismissed by being referred to as any number of derogatory names.

It saddens me that little girls have a whole album of heroines that they could (and should) be looking up to but these awesome women have simply been ignored, devoiding a whole generation of learning about them and taking inspiration from them. And even as we lament the missed opportunity of having the first female president of the United States, little girls out there must remember their worth. As Hillary Clinton put it, “never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance in the world to pursue your dreams.”

And so, I have scoured the internet for some of these heroines that deserve at least a worthy mention and have come up with a list of 5 of my favourite forgotten females who ‘slayed’. Here they are in no particular order:

 

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1. Annie Smith Peck (1850 – 1935)

In her heyday, Annie Smith Peck was as famous an explorer as you can find and she rose to fame when she climbed the Matterhorn mountain in 1895. This was a day and age when women could be arrested for wearing men’s clothing but Annie did the climb in trousers as she thought it ludicrous that women had to conform to wearing skirts when attempting outdoor activities. A lifelong adventurer and supporter of the women’s suffragette movement, Annie defied all the rules and was revered not just in the USA where she was from but also in South America. She was the first woman to scale Mount Huascarán, the highest peak in Peru and even has one of the peaks named after her. She led her own expeditions, didn’t believe in marriage, was an influential scholar as well as continued to climb up to the age of 82! Annie was definitely scaling heights in more ways than one before her time.

 

2. Lyudmila Pavlichenko (1916 – 1974)

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One of my favourite stories that has emerged in recent times is about one of the deadliest women that ever lived. She may have been responsible for an unimaginable amount of deaths but this is one woman defied all convention and took on a job few men would ever have the courage to even think about – that of an expert sniper. Lyudmila Pavlichenko was born a Ukrainian and joined the Soviet Union’s Red Army. At 14, upon hearing a boy boast about his prowess at the shooting range, Lyudmila thought to herself that a girl could do just as well and she started to practice her shooting skills. A few years later, when WW2 has broken out and Hitler had set his sights on invading the Soviet Union, the Red Army were hesitant about letting Lyudmila, a girl who looked more cut out to be a model than to be a sniper join their ranks. She passed any test they had set for her and subsequently went on to kill 187 Germans in her first 75 days at war.

Lyudmila soon became so feared as she not only shot German soldiers but also took out some of their most skilled snipers, that the Germans tried to bribe her and often spoke to her directly through loudspeakers trying to coax her to join them instead. Lyudmila stayed true to her army though and by the end of the war had a total number of 309 Nazi kills including 36 snipers. Her reputation was so great that she was also the first Soviet woman to be invited to the White House where she met Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. There she spoke of her incredible journey and in the midst found her voice with the First Lady cheering her on. Lyudmila even took on sexist journalists who were more interested in questioning her about her appearance rather than her accomplishments but she soon found a way to ‘shoot’ them down figuratively!

Read about Lyudmila’s incredible story in illustrations here:
http://www.rejectedprincesses.com/princesses/lyudmila-pavlichenko

 

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3. Fatima al-Fihri (circa 800 – 880)

Did you know the oldest university in the world was founded by a woman? Fatima al-Fihri was born to a wealthy family who were from Karaouine which is in present day Tunisia. Fatima had one sister Maryam and the family later moved to Fez in Morocco, a bustling city at the time and the perfect place for their father, a member of nobility and successful businessman to expand his business. The girls were both pious Muslims and were committed to giving back to community by patronising the Islamic arts, culture, architecture and religious learning.

As Fatima’s father and husband had both passed away early on, she was bequeathed with a sizeable fortune, she used her financial independence to construct the great Qarawiyyin Mosque. The mosque soon became the religious hub of Fez and around it Fatima had begun to construct schools or madrasas that would attract intelligent minds from all around the land. Soon this became what we now know as the University of Al-Qarawiyyin and is even in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest degree-granting university in the world! The university still stands today in the form of a giant library…What an amazing contribution to education!

 

4. Murasaki Shikibu (973 – circa 1025)

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This heroine was famous for writing on of Japan’s foremost literary works and probably what is believed to be the first written novel in human history! Murasaki wrote The Tale of Genji while she was believed to be writing a series of poetry while serving in court. Her father was a scholar and often taught the Chinese language to Murasaki’s brother. Women were not allowed to learn the language in those days as it was considered the language that only men could use and women were not given that privilege. Murasaki however learned it by secretly listening in on the lessons taught to her brother by her father and became highly proficient. She later taught it to the Empress Shoshi whom she served in court. This caused further outrage but Murasaki was determined to expand her knowledge of the arts and literature.

Murasaki continued to be a prolific novelist while serving in court as she found court life to be frivolous and was thought to lament that she wrote so much because there was nothing to do as a lady in waiting! She had started The Tale Of Genji before she served in court but most of the novel is loosely based on her observations while serving under the Empress Akiko.

The most astonishing part about this little known heroine however, might be that for all that has been documented about her, nobody ever really knew her real name! Murasaki was a character in her novel while Shikibu simply refers to the position her father held in court. It was considered normal for daughters of the time to remain anonymous and Murasaki Shikibu was simply a nickname that this heroine had gotten from her literary works.

 

5. The West Computers (Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, Christine Darden)

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This group of young, intelligent African American women may now be immortalised in a Hollywood film about their lives but for decades their story was never told and their pivotal roles in science and space exploration may have very well been forgotten. This group of incredibly intelligent women were among the first black women to be employed by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA, the precursor to NASA) in the 1940s. Among them were Katherine Johnson who calculated the trajectory of the moon landing and was instrumental in many of NASA’s first space programmes, Mary Jackson who was among the first African American women to work as an engineer, Dorothy Vaughan who was the first African American manager at NASA, and Christine Darden, an aeronautical engineer and data analyst who pioneered work on sonic booms.

These women defied all the odds in a time when only 2% of black women went to university and even fewer were employed for jobs other than teachers. The women were employed as human ‘computers’ and were meant to crunch numbers for the development of aerospace technology. Despite both racist and sexist sentiments, the West Computers went on to make significant achievements both in aeronautics and in paving the way for other black women to succeed in a field that was usually reserved for not only men but also whites only.

While many of these achievements have been unrecognised for decades, the recent book Hidden Figures written by Margot Lee Shetterly has now been made into a film and tells of their incredible yet iridescent journey of just some of these pioneering women.

 
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  1. Sarassitham on Dec 10, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Thank you for the hidden history sharing of women achievements in the past, probably many never heard of. This story makes one proud to be part of the brave and brilliant women race, humanity that inspires others to shine and to be the best one can be in the face of adversity.

    With an emphasis on positive role models and the importance of women from all backgrounds, in the face of huge challenges, they still managed to make groundbreaking discoveries, advocate for human rights and the proper things to do.

    It’s sad to discover all the contribution made by heroines was not recognized.

    https://bit.ly/3pJ50Li

  2. Samfoonheei on Jul 27, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    Women were frequently characterized as second-class citizens those days. There were many notable women who were able to break from societal norms to live the kind of life they chose for themselves. I could tell many women throughout these three eras were not given a chance to outspoken than men. Well those days women were treated as an entirely separate group, regardless of their social status. They had numerous legal, religious, and economic challenges hurdles to go through.
    Reading this inspiring post of famous women ,they deserve at least a worthy mention and not forgotten. I only know the inspiring story of Joan of Arc during my school days. Glad to know more heroines from this post. I am sure there were more throughout the centuries, living as independent women, equal to men. Inspiring indeed how these women standing against the odds and having their own vision . The stories of Lyudmila Pavlichenko the deadliest women and Annie Smith Peck the explorer adventurer and supporter of the women’s suffragette movement stood up well in history.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Shakila Rajendra for this inspiring sharing.

  3. CindyH on Apr 20, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    It really is the inconvenient truth that women have always been side-lined when it comes to historical records. Although 50% of the population are women, but they only occupy around 0.5% of recorded history. Clearly, something has gone wrong here, as logically it doesn’t add up. Interestingly, I read that if one were to look at all the figurines made between about 40,000 BC, until around 5,000 BC – a period which really sees the flourishing of the modern mind- at that time around 90% of all these figurines are of women. Thus, women are very present in the archaeological record, but then start to disappear once pre-history turns into history. Unfortunately, an analysis of historical records revealed that as the myopic projection of man about the role of women becomes more prevalent, women systematically vanished from history by way of omission and side-lining. However, as reflected in the article, there are brilliantly feisty women from history who continue and have made an impact by daring to follow their passion. More significantly, they defied great odds and surmountable societal prejudice as well as pressure. Their stories need to be told and ought to be placed back into the historical narratives so they serve as inspiration, particularly to young girls. It is also only right that recognition be given when due.

  4. Pavara Lam on Apr 19, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    This is a really inspiring post that shows that if you have the will to do something it will be possible.
    For a long time women were considered as second class people, they were usually not allowed to hold jobs or do what they wish to. However these 5 daring women decided to go against the odds to show that women were fully capable of doing what most men could, as a result of their actions more people decided to acknowledge the fact that women were equal to men.

    Thank You Shakila for writing this interesting post about these 5 courageous women.

  5. wan wai meng on Jan 5, 2017 at 12:17 am

    What I like about this article, is that all the women here all broke conventions and paved the way for women to have greater recognition and opportunities for the future. Mao said ‘Women Hold Up Half The Sky’, well said by this man who did a lot of good and quite a lot of bad as well.

    Lyudmila Pavlichenko, her story, is truly remarkable, against the well seasoned and battled Germans, the Russians usually had more men than weaponry, and their weaponry was no where as sophisticated as the Germans. As a sniper, the effect they had on the morale of the soldiers could make and break battles and even the outcome of the war.

    Then we had Fatima, who created the first ever University in the whole wide world. I saw clips of this story on tv before and she probably created a model of how future learning institutions should be, a true pioneer ahead of her times. In the olden days only the elite, powerful etc are learned, can learn spiritually, however in the last 2-3 hundred years with more education, it truly leveled the playing field. Anyone can aspire and become spiritually advanced if that is their choosing. So I guess all ordinary people owe her a debt.

  6. Li Kim on Dec 7, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Thank you for this article Shakila. It is indeed inspiring and yet a touch of sadness that these women’s achievements and glory were shunned away during their time in history. I’m grateful that today I and many other women have the opportunity to shine and be acknowledged. However, I do know that in some parts of the world, even today, women are still surpressed and not given equal opportunity. May that come to an end in this lifetime.

  7. Lin Mun on Nov 27, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Very inspiring and interesting findings of the 5 great women. They have contributed so much but I think we conveniently forgotten what they have gone through and achieved.

    It is important that we recognised everyone contributions and not based on ones religion, race, colour and gender.

    Thank you Shakila for bringing sharing this article.

  8. Anne Ong on Nov 25, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you Shakila for this very interesting and inspirational women. Reminds me of my late beloved granny who is our pillar of strength with a very strong character that says”there is nothing that men can do that we cannot do” It’s all in the mind. We must always think positive and willing to try and learn. Always learn. Everyday is a learning process. And my granny is always right! 🙂

  9. Pastor David Lai on Nov 25, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    What a neat little article and I found the intro playing with the expression, ‘Queen Bey slaying’, a rather fresh and amusing take on women empowerment. I love the stories except for the first snipper story. I understand that she went against all odds to be the best but the thought of a killer does little to inspire me. But the other stories were fantastic examples of great women who truly were great heroines with their incredible sacrifice and contribution.

    My favourite one was about the West computers – black women doing complex scientific and mathematical jobs at Nasa at a time when black people were marginalised is really an exceptional story. Thanks to Rinpoche, I have an inkling of what kind of discrimination that black people go through, especially in those early days of the civil rights movement when discrimination was the norm in America. That was really quite a feat I must say and for me, that truly takes the cake for ‘women who slays’! Hehe… Lovely article. Thank you Shakila for this.

  10. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Nov 22, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    I love the fact these were some unusual choices, and the list wasn’t Eurocentric! There was a good mix of women who are celebrated for their intellect, as well as their physical prowess. These women highlight the truth in what Tara said to the elderly monk who kindly advised her to pray for a male rebirth. The only difference is in the mind – it’s not about the body, since you will leave the body behind at death. If you want to do something, you will get it done, regardless of whatever physical differences may exist.

    Having said that, it’s interesting that women continue to be recognised and celebrated for their achievements in the context of being able to do what men can do, as opposed to being celebrated based on their own merits. These stories always include some aspect of overcoming sexist odds, or triumphing in a male-dominated field. This reflects a society that pays more attention to male achievements than female ones, and encourages male participation over female involvement.

  11. Vivian Ong on Nov 22, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Thank you Shakila for writing this article. I am really very impressed with what the ladies can do during our parents’ era or generation. Actually, we as female should not just limit ourselves. If we think we can do something, go all out and do it. We will never know that we can achieve something if we never try. One thing I want to bring out here is that male and female should have the same rights and not one higher than the other.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  12. Jutika Lam on Nov 21, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Despite the discrimination and tight restrictions towards women back then, these 5 women have proven that if one has the heart to do something or chase a passion, it is possible despite any obstacles.

    I really enjoyed reading each and every story above and I have to say, all of them are special and inspiring in their own way. I really liked the last story about Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, Christine Darden best because these women went against all odds and were the first black women to be employed by NACA and contributed greatly towards NASA’s space programs.

    Thank you Shakila for sharing this wonderful article!

  13. Echeah on Nov 20, 2016 at 11:14 am

    It is so true, Shakila. Women had played second fiddle to men forever and little has changed even today. Women are seen to be less capable than the male species in most fields, considered a liability due to maternity leave and are always paid less for the same job scope. Traditionally men were considered the breadwinners and their wives were their dependents and their role was to stay at home and take care of the children, husband, household and pets. But today, many women are the breadwinners, on top of taking care of the children, husband, household and pets. But they still get paid less than the men, are denied promotions, given only desk-bound jobs and even get sacked for getting pregnant. The gender pay gap is a strategy and is expected and industry standard.

    When the job calls for a strong personality and the woman fits the bill, she is considered a bitch or tyrant.

    In the fashion world, it is a well known fact that women’s clothing and accessories are always priced higher than men’s. Women pay more than men for nearly identical products. This is also industry standard.

    Men always crack jokes about women being lousy drivers. But truth be known, the insurer MetLife states that 51% of women drive more safely than men. The evidence suggests: Men are 3.4 times more likely than women to get a ticket for reckless driving and 3.1 times as likely to be cited for drunk driving. According to Quality Planning, a research firm that works for insurance companies, “Women are on average less aggressive and more law-abiding drivers — attributes that lead to fewer accidents”. As a result, auto insurance rates are lower for women in most states in America.

    Well, women get the raw deal and have to work doubly hard to get any recognition for the job we do.

  14. TekLee on Nov 19, 2016 at 12:46 am

    Thank you Shakila for sharing this article. It was a very conservative society in the old time. It really took them a very big courage to the breakthrough. This is inspiring. Not only to women, but to many men in current days. I always respect women, to me, since the day I was born, I already know the mightiness of women. It is because no men in the world would be able to bear the pain for 9 months and the pain of giving birth. It is already an incredible thing that women can do. Can I say, women has got stronger will power than men? Thus, it is at least equal now to women, unlike the old society where women not allowed to wear pants, not allowed to study, not allowed to go to war and so on. So, when we feel like giving up something, we should always remember the story of these heroine, to inspire us to keep going.

  15. Justin Cheah on Nov 19, 2016 at 12:40 am

    One should always not underestimate women. These 5 classic examples proved so. They achieved in an era where people would usually belittle women to a capacity of just someone’s wife or slave, basically someone whom men can demean. This makes the sort of achievement they achieved even more bigger because it is even harder to do that those days.

  16. Fong on Nov 18, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Women who paved the way, who pioneered always had a very hard time and had to be really determined to the point of stubborn to get ahead in their chosen dream.

    Thus they were kept in the background and those that went ahead and pursued their choices were shunted to the sidelines and left to be forgotten by time. So, little girls were encouraged to emulate subservient women. Even today, that is still happening. But, nowadays, little girls are encouraged to be more than they think, and be given choices.

    Choices in education and life are available for girls as it should be. That is what equality means. By the same extent, it should be for all regardless. Life is about choices.

    So, these heroines mentioned made their choice, excelled in them and proved themselves worthy examples for little girls of today. Let them not be forgotten but instead celebrated.

    Thank you, Shakila Rajendra for bringing awareness to this plight of women and to respect and appreciate their achievements.

  17. pammie yap on Nov 18, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Inspiring and very motivational indeed! (except the sniper part.. hehe)
    Although time has passed a long time for some, but they are still remembered here for their courageous acts and selfless attitude. What I find interesting is the part where they went against the ‘rules & regulations’ at their time, just to pursue what they want without worrying about the consequences. It takes a lot of ‘guts’ to do that, I am pretty sure. I believe that we should also do the same, to be courageous and do what we want to do (in a benefitting way, of course).

  18. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 18, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Whether it be Lyudmila Pavlichenko or Annie Smith Peck or Murasaki Shikibu, these women whom History books had skipped, showed tremendous courage to have “slayed” conventional ideas about women.The first 2 showed their physical skills and prowess, one a mountain climber and the other an expert sniper.while Murasaki used her vivid and unbridled imagination to write one of the most well-known books of all times. the”Tales Of the Genji”.In fact she was a prolific writer. She never allowed herself to be daunted by anything in her quest for knowledge . The irony of it all wa s that no one knew her real name!

    Women always had difficulty in the past, to break the rigid bias and prejudice against them. Hence, American female writers, like Mary Anne Evans , had to use the male pseudonym of George Eliot to write and be accepted as a writer.

    Elizabeth Blackwell , the first woman to graduate as a medical doctor, had a rare father who was very liberal-minded in giving both his sons and daughters equal opportunities to realise their dreams and potentials.

    These women, as trail blazers, are truly inspiring examples for us to look up to and emulate in their courage and tenacity.

  19. Stella Cheang on Nov 18, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Very inspiring to read of women of yester-years who had achieved much despite the oddities against women all over the world prior to the 21st century. These five ladies are the archetypal figures of how race, background, circcumtances and looks have little impact on their success or the legacy they left behind. Thank you Shakila Rajendra for this beautiful article.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:06 PM
    Very interesting and informative article. In most cultures, women is consider as lower in status compared with men. Ancient times in India, man took the lead while women is seconded. But times has changed for the better where women are not degraded in society. They receive equal recognition, appreciation, and stature, yet in countries and places around the world, women are still viewed as inferior and treated accordingly. But in Buddhism women have been increasing in number and has proven that many of them have gained full enlightenment in a female body. In Buddhism is concerned there’s no discrimination toward women ,both men and women are equal. There‘s many female Mahasiddhas and Yoginis as in this blog. May it inspired many more to come. Interesting article and its great sharing knowledge.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/courtesans-of-ancient-india.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:05 PM
    Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. During these transitions, one may be unable to move or speak for a few seconds up to a few minutes. Some people may also feel pressure or a sense of choking. Sleep paralysis is a temporary inability to move or speak. It’s not harmful and should pass quickly, but at times can be frightening. It can affect anyone but is most common in young adults and they might have hallucination. The scary facts about sleep paralysis is those who suffer from it have said it felt like someone was choking them on their chest so they could not breathe.
    As for me I have not experience as such before as least i know now what i can to do.
    Thank you Vinnie Tan for sharing. Interesting read of these stories related to sleep paralysis.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/sleep-paralysis-medical-or-paranormal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:03 PM
    nteresting as this texts been composed after being inspired to do so . That’s interesting as this nature are traditionally considered exceptionally potent in their blessings if the claim of divine inspiration is authentic. According to the account in the introduction, the author composed this text after being divinely inspired to do so. It’s a very rare kind and its acceptance been recognised and received praise by very high lamas of our tradition. Reading this article tell us all of how powerful Dorje Shugden when we invoke in our prayers.
    Interesting read of the short biography of Ven. Geshe Kunchok Gyaltsen, the author of Mass of Vajra Fire.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mass-of-vajra-fire-invocation-of-the-mighty-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:01 PM
    That’s wonderful Rinpoche has composed prayers in English so as everyone could recite and practice. For beginners is such a meaningful insights and perspectives without commitments and initiation. Moreover each prayers is for a specific blessing that helps practitioners to gain attainments and overcome obstacles. Easy and simple for everyone to start off.
    We are fortunate that everything Rinpoche did brought tremendous benefit to all sentient beings. Whatever prayers Rinpoche has composed are especially potent with blessings.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/holy-prayers-to-invoke-the-divine.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 01:59 PM
    A great article , revisit this again of Tibetan Lamas and their dogs. As now I have a pet doggie with me, I came to understand more of them . Dogs are the most amazing creatures, they give us unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive. Buddhists believe dogs also have the potential to become enlightened and can teach us about responsibility, love, and other Buddhist principles. The Q & A by Sandra Klein’s interview with the Venerable Gonsar Rinpoche gave us a better understanding and very informative of Tibetan dogs under Lamas care. ccording to the Buddha Dharma, all sentient beings have Buddha nature — from ants to humans. Though we often look at dogs as wonderful companions an teach us to embrace Buddhist principles. They, themselves, embody many of these principles.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dogs-in-tibetan-monasteries.html
  • Brent
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2024 04:47 PM
    Living with my wife, whose world is meticulously painted with the hues of OCD, is a journey that intertwines the essence of love with the complexities of the human mind. Her relentless pursuit of cleanliness and order, transforming even the most negligible corner into a testament of organization, often dances on the fine line between admiration and frustration. The sight of her steering clear from trash bins as if they were labyrinths of chaos, serves as a poignant reminder of the battles she fights within. Yet, it’s through these very battles that I’ve learned the profound language of patience and the unspoken strength of support. Therapy, in its gentle embrace, has been a beacon of light for her, guiding her through the stormy seas of OCD. It has not only offered her solace but has also unveiled the strength of her spirit, teaching us both the beauty of resilience. As she journeys through the pathways of healing, I stand by her, a testament to the power of love and the enduring promise of hope. Together, we navigate the complexities of her world, discovering that within the challenges lie opportunities for growth, understanding, and an unbreakable bond. https://www.mindfullyaliveonline.com/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:31 PM
    Venerable Ajahn Chah was a Thai Buddhist teacher of the Buddhadhamma and a founder of two major monasteries in the Thai Forest Tradition. Well respected and loved as a man of great wisdom, he was also instrumental in establishing Theravada Buddhism in the West. Interesting life story, how he chose to leave the settled monastic life and became a wandering ascetic. Walking across Thailand, lived in forests, caves and cremation grounds while learning from the meditation monks of the Forest of various monasteries. He wandered through the countryside in quest of quiet and secluded places for developing meditation. He even lived in tiger and cobra infested jungles, using reflections on death to penetrate to the true meaning of life. After years of wandering, Venerable Ajahn Chah established a monastery where he taught simple, practice-based form of meditation, and attracted a numerous of students including western foreigners. He was one of the greatest Dhamma teachers of the modern era. His wise teachings have continued to guide thousands of people along the path of Dharma. Venerable Ajahn Chah’s teachings of the Thai Forest Tradition gradually spread across all over the world. Several of Ajahn Chah’s Western students have since established monasteries throughout the world. Just in Thailand itself, there are more than 300 branch monasteries in Ajahn Chah’s tradition. Ven erable Ajahn Chah used his ill health as a teaching point, emphasizing that it was a living example of the impermanence of all things and reminded people to endeavour to find a true refuge within themselves. The legacy of Venerable Ajahn Chah’s teachings and legacy continues into the modern age.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/venerable-ajahn-chah-the-forest-monk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:30 PM
    Wonderful blog written on the practice of Kalarupa for us to understand better. As an emanation of Manjushri, Kalarupa’s practice helps us to destroy ignorance and to develop wisdom overcoming our anger and suffering . Awesome Kalarupa manifested in multiple forms to help sentient beings who personifies enlightenment by the conquest of anger. Kalarupa also regard as one of the three main Dharma protectors of the Gelugpa is extremely fierce and ugly, and tames all kinds of spiritual ugliness. The fierceness of his iconography teaches us to remind ourselves that all the causes and effects of anger arising from ignorance are dreadful and distorted.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Antionette for this detailed sharing,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kalarupa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:27 PM
    Nepal is a very spiritual country, having a huge Dorje Shugden mural in Kathmandu, is indeed a big achievement for Kechara. Located on Charkhal Road in Dilli Bazaar, the mural can be found midway between our two Dorje Shugden chapels which are in Putalisadak and Chabahil. It is also very close to one of Kathmandu’s largest shopping malls. Many locals , tourist will be able to connect them to a powerful deity that is so closely associated with their culture. Well the mural not only beautiful but also full of symbolism and everyone merely by seeing it is blessed. Thanks to those talented artists and generous sponsors making it a success.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/spectacular-dorje-shugden-mural-in-kathmandu-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:24 PM
    All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. Letting go helps us to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. A reminder for us all to go of attachment and meditating on impermanence and emptiness. We are to relinquish the domination of our ego and its habits to transform ourselves. A great reminder not to waste our previous life.
    Quoted Ceasing to do evil, Cultivating the good, Purifying the heart .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such a meaningful teachings with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/pointing-the-staff-at-the-old-man.html
  • james belich
    Friday, Mar 8. 2024 09:43 PM
    Winning the lottery was part of my dreams, I tried so hard to win big but all to no avail, until I came across Dr Lucas online who made my dreams come through and made me win 10 million dollars. I was a logistics manager who lives in Lancaster, S.C. and works about an hour’s drive away, in Charlotte, N.C., I stopped at a store to buy a scratch-off lottery ticket during my lunch break, because Dr Lucas gave me all the assurance that the numbers are not going to fail after I did all he asked me to do. Dr lucas is a powerful Dr that is on a mission to eradicate poverty from people’s lives and i have confirmed that by winning $10 million with the numbers he provided for me, it is my promise to tell the world about my experience with Dr Lucas and that’s what I’m doing now, you can win the lottery fast with the help of Dr Lucas he is tested and trusted Email: Drlucasspelltemple@gmail. com or WhatsApp +234 904 794 3567 he will help you.
  • james belich
    Friday, Mar 8. 2024 09:42 PM
    Winning the lottery was part of my dreams, I tried so hard to win big but all to no avail, until I came across Dr Lucas online who made my dreams come through and made me win 10 million dollars. I was a logistics manager who lives in Lancaster, S.C. and works about an hour’s drive away, in Charlotte, N.C., I stopped at a store to buy a scratch-off lottery ticket during my lunch break, because Dr Lucas gave me all the assurance that the numbers are not going to fail after I did all he asked me to do. Dr lucas is a powerful Dr that is on a mission to eradicate poverty from people’s lives and i have confirmed that by winning $10 million with the numbers he provided for me, it is my promise to tell the world about my experience with Dr Lucas and that’s what I’m doing now, you can win the lottery fast with the help of Dr Lucas he is tested and trusted Email: Drlucasspelltemple@gmail.com or WhatsApp +234 904 794 3567 he will help you.
  • lee
    Thursday, Mar 7. 2024 07:06 PM
    We are members of the Buddhist Temple in Taman Desa Jaya, Kepong, Kuala Lumpur and we have been issued membership by the president (DATUK YIP KUM FOOK), we are very sad because we are the foundation of this Temple

    Now we can know who is always messing with people, and he always cheats money and women, he even uses Buddhism to find money.

    Also, need to be careful with his brother-in-law (Simon Low Kok Meng) because he is a spy (CID) for DATUK YIP KUM FOOK and we will write some letters to AGONG SULTAN IBRAHIM IBN ALMARHUM SULTAN ISKANDAR as soon as possible.

    From Jesmond Yap, Kepong Baru…Kuala Lumpur
  • Phoenix the Shaman Elder
    Thursday, Mar 7. 2024 01:40 AM
    The matriarchal cultures of the grandmothers have specific symbolism of animism shamanism, such as the horse, especially the blue horse, and the deer. These are two main symbols of a shaman woman and you can find them in many cultural folk lore, especially the Russian, Slavic, Siberian, Nordic, Finland, and Norway. It’s nice to see the Matriarchal Shaman Animism diety represented in Chinese.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 4. 2024 06:59 PM
    An inspiring act of a selfless Lama feeding strays whether its night or day. Truly an example for us all to feed those lonely strays . Yes I do agree compassion starts with feeding strays. Reading this blog again to refresh myself to do more. Strays animals generally lead a life of poor welfare on the street. Feeding strays is a compassionate act.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Anila for this sharing.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/rinpoche-through-my-eyes-compassion-starts-with-feeding-strays

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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. 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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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
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    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
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    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
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    Beautiful
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    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
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    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
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    5 years ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
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    Cute!
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    Uncle Wong
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
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    Cute baby owl found and rescued
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    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
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    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    7 years ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
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Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
2 weeks ago
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
2 weeks ago
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
2 weeks ago
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 weeks ago
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
4 weeks ago
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 weeks ago
Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
1 month ago
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
1 month ago
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
1 month ago
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
1 month ago
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
1 month ago
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
2 months ago
The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
2 months ago
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
2 months ago
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
2 months ago
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
2 months ago
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
2 months ago
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
2 months ago
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
2 months ago
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
3 months ago
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
3 months ago
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
3 months ago
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 months ago
Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
3 months ago
Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 months ago
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 months ago
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
4 months ago
Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
4 months ago
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/\_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed.  Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
4 months ago
After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
4 months ago
Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
4 months ago
Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
5 months ago
Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
Kechara Penang Study Group had our weekly DS puja , led by our beloved sis Swee Bee and serkym by Mr. Lee. After that, we completed Swift Return puja also. 18th Nov 2023. By Jacinta
5 months ago
Kechara Penang Study Group had our weekly DS puja , led by our beloved sis Swee Bee and serkym by Mr. Lee. After that, we completed Swift Return puja also. 18th Nov 2023. By Jacinta
#Back2back 11th Nov 2023 Dorje Shugden puja & Rinpoche's Swift Return puja @Penang Chapel, 49 Jalan Seang Tek, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang. Every Saturday @3pm/5pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
5 months ago
#Back2back 11th Nov 2023 Dorje Shugden puja & Rinpoche's Swift Return puja @Penang Chapel, 49 Jalan Seang Tek, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang. Every Saturday @3pm/5pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Pic: Rinpoche Swift Return puja ~ 21/10/23 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
6 months ago
Pic: Rinpoche Swift Return puja ~ 21/10/23 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
#Backtoback A few months back, Kechara Penang Study Group started to have two pujas consecutively on Saturday. Dorje Shugden puja @3pm and thereafter Rinpoche Swift Return puja. This can only be achieved due to the committed members from Penang. A big round of applause...... Pic : DS puja on 21/10/2023 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
6 months ago
#Backtoback A few months back, Kechara Penang Study Group started to have two pujas consecutively on Saturday. Dorje Shugden puja @3pm and thereafter Rinpoche Swift Return puja. This can only be achieved due to the committed members from Penang. A big round of applause...... Pic : DS puja on 21/10/2023 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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