Tibetan leadership forces Sera Jey monk to propose self-harm

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Gen Thupten Choephel

(By Pastor David Lai)

On February 23, 2018 at the Hotel Tibet in Dharamsala, a monk by the name of Gen Thupten Choephel held a press conference to express his grievances regarding his observations of the Central Tibetan Administration’s (CTA) dealings.

According to Gen Thupten Choephel who hails from Sera Jey Monastery, the CTA who are the Tibetan leadership based in Dharamsala, have been abusing their political roles amongst the Tibetan community for over six decades. Unless they make drastic and radical changes to their manner of leadership, Gen Thupten Choephel has threatened to self-harm.

First and foremost, as followers of the peaceful way of the Buddha, we do not condone the use of such extreme methods in order to convey a message. It is sad that any member of the Sangha (ordained monk and nun communities) would ever be driven to commit such extreme self-harm, knowing that it contravenes all Buddhist codes regarding taking lives and killing. All monks are followers of the Buddha’s code of conduct (Vinaya) and they know that taking any life, including their own, would be breaking the monks’ vows, thereby creating tremendous amounts of negative karma. Knowing this fact, Gen Thupten Choephel is still willing to transgress his most precious vows, a reflection of how much he has been disappointed and hurt by the exiled Tibetan leadership in Dharamsala, North India.

His actions are a sign of changing times. Where previously Tibetans would engage in the same extreme actions against other external groups in order to send a powerful message, here now is a Tibetan threatening the same act, where the target is the leadership of his own people. Clearly the situation within the Tibetan community has deteriorated, and people have lost all hope in their leadership to a point where the CTA themselves are now objects to self-harm against.

What is most compelling is the fact that this statement has come from a Tibetan insider, who must have once supported his government. As such, he has issued this statement out of his concern for what he has witnessed, rather than from being biased against the CTA. People certainly cannot say that Gen Thupten Choephel is a misinformed outsider, or someone who has relied on secondhand information, or is working off information that was lost in translation. His decision is obviously based on issues that he has observed for himself, with his own eyes and with his own conscience. Now he is acting on what he has observed within the Tibetan leadership over a long period of time, which has left him bereft of any sense of hope.

I would like to offer butter lamps and my prayers that this monk will find another method to express his grievances, and I really hope that the CTA will change in order to save his life. As a Buddhist, I definitely do not agree with any practices involving self-harm but it is clear that the CTA has driven their people to such despair that they would even contemplate taking their own lives to instigate change in their own society, amongst their own leadership. This monk is indeed brave as Tibetans are heavily discouraged by their leadership to speak out about the ills within the leadership that are blatantly clear. The exiled leadership in Dharamsala will not only be embarrassed by this open display of defiance but will find means to silence the monk. Anyone who dare speaks up in Tibetan society in exile will be silenced by threats and so forth. It is commonplace practice of the exiled leadership. We need more exiled Tibetans to gain the courage to make it better for themselves and future generations by speaking up against the corrupt and bigoted iron-clad control of the Tibetan leadership in Dharamsala. Only by speaking up and through exposure will things become better.

The Tibetan leadership shows a compassionate, ‘democratic’, fair and concerned leadership for their exiled people to the west to gain sympathy and millions in free aid for the last 60 years. But who stays in exile for 60 years anyways? In reality, they are not kind, fair nor democratic to their exiled Tibetans in India but are extremely heavy-handed, corrupt, unfair and exploitative. Now more Tibetans are speaking up and they will not tolerate the stigma within their communities for revealing the truth. Within the Tibetan communities, such an act is considered embarrassing and dangerous to the whistle-blower. However, positive change will not happen without these people. Good luck to this brave monk and may many more speak up soon to make this powerful and positive change!

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Monk Proposes Self Immolation Over Politics in Tibetan Exile

February 24, 2018 | TJ editor

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A Tibetan refugee monk from South India has proposed of self immolation over the rising dirty politics in the Tibetan exile community according to a press briefing on Friday morning. The monk explained three factors relating to the Tibetan exile community that lead to his intention to self immolate for the greater cause of Tibetan struggle.

According to the press briefing called by the monk, Thupten Choephel at Hotel Tibet in Dharamshala, he proposed of three factors from Tibetan exile community that he sees propelling to commit self-immolation for the greater issue of Tibetan struggle. This clarification came in follow up to a social media update from him on February 9 this year, where he hinted at committing self-immolation over down graded political situation in the exile Tibetan community.

Monk Choephel explained that the three factors comprising of abusive use of political role at the apex of Central Tibetan Administration, not acknowledging the abusive exploitation of their roles and not resolving such existing exploitative practices by such individuals.

Thupten Choephel accused the Kashag of causing the stir among Tibetan exile through its decision to oust the former speaker Penpa Tsering from the post of North America Representative in November last year. He explained that the decision led to Tibetans indulging in groupings such as regionalism leading to the destruction of unity and thus affecting the Tibetan struggle.

The press briefing was aimed at urging the Tibetan parliamentarians to bring out a clear resolution to the issue during the upcoming parliament session in March, terming the parliament as the parental guardian of the Tibetan democracy and warned of undesirable consequences over their inability to resolve the case.

Source: http://www.tibetanjournal.com/index.php/2018/02/24/monk-proposes-self-immolation-politics-tibetan-exile/

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  1. Samfoonheei on Oct 12, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    It is well-known that many Tibetans have committed protest self-immolation. Tibetans are disappointed what the Tibetan Leadership all along no religious freedom, discrimination and so forth. For most nothing has been done to help them with the collected billion donations . The Tibetans are still refugees and suffering in poor condition. Tibetan leadership forces Sera Jey monk to propose self-harm over dirty politics, corruptions, abusive and so forth.
    For Gen Thupten Choephel to speak up against his own Tibetan government in exile is indeed brave. He spoke all he knew to bring awareness to the outside world. His bravery has inspired more and more Tibetan to speck up and stand up for the Tibetans. They needed a change after all these years in exile. He is willingly sacrifice himself to self immolate for the greater cause of Tibetan struggle. Just to raise awareness of the corruption of the Tibetan government.
    Thank you Pastor David for bringing the plight of so many Monks .

  2. Chris on Oct 20, 2018 at 8:11 am

    When a government forces a monk to publicly announce that he will self-immolate if the dirty politics in his own government do not stop, the situation is really bad. Monks are supposed to not interfere with any of the secular matters and only focus on his Dharma study and practice.

    Monks also hold vows of not killing also included himself. Suicide is against their vow and it is one of the major vows. This Sera Jey monk is willing to return his monk vows and kill himself just to raise awareness of the corruption of the Tibetan government.

    Tibetan government should really take a good look at themselves to change for the better. This should be a wake-up call for them already. The sufferings that the public feel will be much more if they stay the same.

  3. Lin Mun on Apr 3, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Why would a government forces monk to propose self-harm ? It doesn’t make sense. In Buddhism we should appreciate our life and not harm ourselves. It is such a big sin to harm ourselves and the CTA is encouraging it. While the monks who self-harm wanted to send a strong message to government but it is still not right and not a good method at all. I hope people will use other means to send message and bring awareness on issues but not creating self infliction.

  4. Sharon Ong on Mar 16, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Self-immolation = Self-harm.

    This is so wrong. How can any decent government allow its citizen to do this? A government should be protecting its citizens and not allow any harm befalling on her people. By not doing anything to stop such harmful acts, it is equivalent to endorsing such actions.

    For a monk, who is fully aware of the consequences of taking his own life, to contemplate doing this would mean that the situation is terribly dire and this is the only recourse he knows of as other methods have not gotten any results. I sincerely hope that CTA will effect positive changes that will prevent any more loss of lives.

    Thank you, Rinpoche and Pastor David for highlighting the dire plight of Tibetans, particularly Shugden practitioners, under the reign of their government-in-exile (CTA)

  5. wan wai meng on Mar 10, 2018 at 11:27 am

    It is interesting to note that the monks from Sera Jey, establishment decides to speak up on the abuses of CTA. As the monks and leaders of Sera Jey, were one of the very strong and hardcore supporters of the Dorje Shugden ban, that the CTA wanted to implement across the Tibetan diaspora. This is unprecedented, if a monk who lives in a situation that there is no harassment, or under duress to threaten immolation, the CTA governance has probably gone to the ‘dogs’. If CTA has such negative policies, does all forms of actions that splits the people, it is time for the CTA to really step down, they have lost the confidence of its people and to reverse all previously set policies of the CTA thus far.

  6. Mark Steeves on Mar 10, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Thank you Pastor David for bringing the plight of so many Monks effected by such indecisive and negligent leadership such would seem embodied by the CTA. May Geshe Thupten Choephel’s message be a harbinger of positive change to come, and a warning as to how extreme the situation could indeed become should compassion and wisdom fall by the way side due to misrepresentation, greed and corruption. May all who are oppressed be free from their oppressors. Self immolation goes against every aspect of the teachings and was not encouraged by Buddha. It is obvious one who is as well versed as a Geshe understands this well. Well enough that the very threat should be heeded and severe caution should be taken by those creating the karma to have such unconducive conditions arise for so many who have kept their vows so well. In my mind of understanding, it would in fact be those who created the cause to have a Monk even contemplate such an act who will suffer the effects of poor karma. May Geshe Thupten Choepheling find great solace in knowing he is a catalyst for change and may it come about without the lost of more virtuous minds and innocence. Buddha Blessings to all sentient beings and may wisdom and compassion reign, and a resolution follow to this most dire state.

  7. Sofi on Mar 9, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Its such a shame that it has to come to having a Monk to bring such a sad state of affair to the world with the threat of self-immolation. Such wrongness when one of the Tibetan Leaders is a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and the Face of Universal Compassion. Anyone with logical reasoning would know something is not right when the Tibetans in Exile remain in Refugee status for 60 years, especially with hundreds of millions in sponsorships from sympathisers. These refugees could be living in prosperous and self-supporting living conditions had the monies been properly disseminated by the Tibetan leaders, to raise the living skills of their people. The disparity between the ruling parties and their cronies with that of their common people speaks strongly of abuse of powers and self-serving policies. After all, with so much sponsorships, all Tibetans in Exile don’t exactly need to earn their living if monies are distributed fairly.
    This is karma coming back to the Tibetan Leaders for their illogical self-serving policies that had caused so much sufferings to their people and beyond, especially the practitioners of authentic protector practice of Lord Dorje Shugden. And every propaganda that they had thrown against China, now the Tibetan Leaders themselves are being accused of the same. My salute to courageous Geshe Thupten Choephel for standing up to expose the unjust rules of the Tibetan Leaders. However, I do wish to add that I, too, does not condone self harm as it carries such heavy karma. I am sure that the Tibetan Leaders will bear some of this karma too as they are the cause for the Monk’s self-harm if it was to happen. Wonder how much more had the Tibetan Leaders kept hidden from the public??
    Thanks Pastor David for sharing this news with us. It sure shatter my idealistic perception of the “Face of Compassion”. As they say”If you stand by to watch wrongness then it is as good as condoning this wrongness”.

  8. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Mar 9, 2018 at 12:06 am

    It is a very sad situation that the Tibetans are suffering now since so many decades already. Instead of finding a peaceful solutions with China, it seems that the CTA, the central Tibetan administration has no urge to give the Tibetan people peace and a home.

    There are millions are Tibetans in China, so why not find reconciliation and have a clear dialogue with the Chinese government so that the Tibetans see that progress is on the way and their fate will not remain in the dark.

    It is a painful situation but self-immolation is no solution and it will not bring about change. It is good to do a press conference and instead of harming himself, it would be much better he informs the people Tibetans and others and works to bring some change.

  9. Freon on Mar 8, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    I hope Gen Thupten Choephel will no need to do self-harm in order to get CTA not being corrupted. The facts that CTA have been a corrupted government is not just happened in a nite, but, it have been an issues for over 60 years. It is not obvious to the Tibetan in exile on what the CTA have done to them until recently, the Tibetan in exile realize not only they can’t return to China and remain in exile status, also their community is being separated by the Dorje Shugden’s ban. Most of them remain in poor stage while their CTA leaders have passport, have house in other countries. Thus, how could anyone who cares for their own Tibetan’s welfare remain silent any longer. Gen Thupten Choephel despite the risk that he might get “punishment” from the CTA he willing to stand up for Tibetan in exile and to alert the community on the real situation that they are facing. To continue using Dorje Shugden as scapegoat to divide the community, and to continue to use the Tibetan refugees to get more fund from international is not going to work soon as more Tibetan understand the real situation.

  10. Topgyal on Mar 8, 2018 at 9:39 am

    ཕྱི་ལོ་ ༡༩༥༩ ནས་བཟུང་བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྱིད་རྣམས་ལ་དཀའ་རྙོག་མང་པོ་ཕྲད་བཞིན་ཡོད། དཀའ་རྙོག་གསར་ཤོས་ནི་འདི་ལྟར། I am so ahsame of Dasa . Now I m here other Tibetan is wish to self imolate . Before time with Kusho Samdhong Rinpoche Tibet people r happy so 1st time like this for us . We must tell all truth that now Dasa is not for Tibet people . Thanks so much for article la

  11. Pastor Chia on Mar 8, 2018 at 8:57 am

    I felt sorry and at the same time respect Gen Thupten Choephel brarevy speak up againt their own tibetan government in exile. When Tibetan are disppointment what CTA has done some many corruption, suppress their own tibetan religion practice freem, double standard and only care for their own benifit. Tibetan refugee has reach limit no reliance on CTA, lose hope and can not get help by CTA. They are like the people living out at others country and no have direction and don‘t know what will happen for the future. I ready hope this will not happen for the monk. CTA should take note and concern what happening in this situation and not let people in the world disappointed what was happening.

  12. June Kang on Mar 8, 2018 at 2:24 am

    Sad to know that it has to come to this stage – “self harm” to make sure the Tibetan Leader will change and care about their peoples. However, i don’t think this can work. After 60 years , you can’t see much improve to the Tibetan in Exile, they still are refugees and still suffering. CTA has collected billion of donation over the years but what we have seen were news about misappropriation of funds collected. And yet the CTA also fails to respect even the most basic human right of other people, freedom of religion. We need more Tibetan to speak up for their future but not to harming themselves.

  13. Tek Lee on Mar 8, 2018 at 2:21 am

    Now even the Tibetans also fed up of their government. Can see how heart broken Gen Thupten Choephel is, until he is willing to give up his monk vow to propose self immolation to urge his leadership to go on the right way and to do the right thing. This really give Tibetan leadership a big slap on their face. Once the press conference is out, more and more people will turn their eyes to this monk and to what Tibetan leadership is doing.

  14. Andrea Lai on Mar 8, 2018 at 1:34 am

    The bravery and courage for Gen Thupten Choephel speak up fight against the wicked act on Tibetan leadership in exile, is truly a respect and hope for many suffering monks under tight gesture of CTA. The exile government ruling was too much and heartless until urges ordained monks to sacrifice their lives for their own benefits. On spiritual side, CTA is completely shameful and disrespect on religion. Moreover it happened among Tibetans community. How will CTA receive funds as there are so much corruptions and dark politics in their community.

  15. Mingwen on Mar 8, 2018 at 12:50 am

    Everything has no wrong or right, but when it’s done with different motivation, which is by ourselves, things get on /off of the track.

    quote-to-stop-suffering-stop-greediness-greediness-is-a-source-of-suffering-gautama-buddha-66-95-50

  16. Vivian Ong on Mar 7, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    I do hope the CTA with take action before a monk takes his own life for the sake of others. How can CTA be so cold-hearted until they do not care whose life is taken? I think they do not believe in cause and effect. Not taking actions on issues like these will make them look bad to other countries who supports them financially.

  17. Justin on Mar 7, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    As though to have a Sangha to threaten to give up his life is not bad enough, this exposè is sure to be bad enough. I of course would not want Gen Thupten to harm himself but for him to even say that must have been very damning. It must have hit him so hard to say something like this. It seems everyone in exile wanted CTA to just close down for its ineffectiveness.

  18. pammie yap on Mar 7, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    It is so shameful for CTA to have a monk voice out his opinion, get involved in worldly affairs and proposed self harm all because the CTA can’t manage their people well. Especially those who self immolated for the Tibetan cause. I feel truly sad to see this in the Sangha community. A monk should be practicing Dharma and hold his vows but instead he had to step out and talk about how bad CTA has become because of his compassion to unite his fellow Tibetans.
    For 60 years, I am sure CTA can do better than this. Still refugees in India with no sign of communication with China to discuss about Tibetans’ affair. No wonder the unrest is becoming worse.

  19. Julia on Mar 6, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    I solute to Gen Thupten Choephel for his courage to do so. He’s willing to sacrifice himself out of compassion to stop the dirty politics in the Tibetan exile community.

    Will the CTA change for the better? I doubt. Money speaks better than anything. So many years Tibetan kept quiet and dare not say anything about the bad of the Tibetan leadership. The corruption have to stop. The leadership have to change.

  20. nicholas on Mar 6, 2018 at 2:39 am

    For an ordained person deciding to take his own life, it must have come to a limit where one would like the world to hear his piece and definitely for a greater purpose. Knowing well taking his own life is not right according to the monk’s vows but the courage of Gen Thupten Choepel is to make his action as loud as possible to show his disappointment towards the Tibetan leadership that had causes so much suffering to many Tibetan.

    From this act also it tell us that Tibetan has not been treated well and the waiting and hoping for a change of a better living in exile by the Tibetan leadership has just been faded through time. Many lies and violent to create fear within the Tibetan community in exile by the Tibetan leadership does not bring any positive change instead it make Tibetan stay stagnant and backward.

    We need more Tibetan to speak up but not harming themselves. Sacrificing through immolation is not worthy for Tibetan leadership but a compilation of voice will make the world listen and witness the truth of how injustice, unfair and corrupted the Tibetan leadership is. Gen Thupten Choepel braveness to speak up can be the fuel to encourage more people to voice up their rights and dissatisfaction for their leadership to change for good.

  21. Choying Dolma on Mar 6, 2018 at 12:13 am

    This is very sad. The Tibetans in India and around the world are so unhappy with the Tibetan leadership in India they are issuing threats. Lhatse Lobsang, the President of Utsang Yargay Tsokpa, warns the elected leaders such as Sikyong Lobsang Sangye and members of the Tibetan parliament in Dharamsala of his self-immolation in protest if they don’t resolve the termination issue in the coming March parliamentary sessions. More and more Tibetans speaking up about the bad Tibetan leadership. The leadership is imploding. I feel very sad our leadership is so corrupt and made so much trouble and now Tibetans are speaking up.

    more threatening self immolations

  22. Lum Kok Luen on Mar 5, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    I have heard of self immolation (or self harm), only once or twice in my life. However, for a monk to propose this is illogical and perhaps may set a negative perception to the community at large that this action is typical of monks. But I think it is best left to the monk himself as he examines his thoughts in relation to the Vinaya vows that he’s holding.

    For someone who is from the Tibetan exile community to express such “hopelessness” related to the community at large beckons a question – what has become of the Tibetan community since they came to India to settle down nearly 59 years ago.

    One critical point remains – will the CTA be immune to this “threat”? if they are immune, the monk’s action may just be in vain. The CTA may twist the entire saga to allege that he was a Dorje Shugden practitioner and ignore the situation.

    Thank you
    Best regards
    Lum Kok Luen

  23. Karen on Mar 4, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    For a vinaya holder, knowing to end one’s life is breaking the vow and it causes very negative karma, Gen Thupten Choephel had no choice but to go such extreme way to protest against the corrupted CTA. Gen-la is very courageous and desperate to choose such extreme method to bring attention to the world how corrupted their government is. However for the past record, this method will not work because CTA doesn’t care about his people but their own pocket. Sad but true. This is how CTA destroy the tibetan communities and their own beautiful culture. There are many more effective methods to expose CTA, self-immolation is definitely not the way, ending one’s life just for CTA is absolutely not worth.

  24. Sock Wan on Mar 4, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    For a monk to threaten to kill himself, he must be very frustrated with CTA and doesn’t know a better way to express his frustration. It is sad that someone has to use his life to make himself heard.

    More and more people realise how ineffective CTA is, it is also become clearer that DS ban is created to distract people from the real issues lied within CTA. No wonder CTA wants to put so much money and effort in creating the ban, as long as the Tibetans are not united, they can be in power and continue to exploit Tibetans for their own interest.

    Time to wake up Tibetans, what has CTA done for you for the past 60 years! Refugee status?

  25. so kin hoe (KISG) on Mar 4, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Gen Thupten Choephel may have used the wrong method to disagree with the leadership and dealings carried out by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) but in my opinion, probably Gen Thupten Choephel could have thought that this would be the most effective way to voice out his concerns and reach out further in order to reveal the truth and disappointment about how CTA has abused their political roles amongst the Tibetan community. The courage and selflessness shown by Gen Thupten Choephel is very encouraging for other Tibetans living under the leadership of CTA, to speak out and work together to resolve the issues within the Tibetan community. There are many effective ways to curb the political issues such as open dialogues, looking for other alternative solutions to improve the living conditions and it is not necessarily to use the extreme method by taking human life away. May Gen Thupten Choephel do not give up with his precious human life but continue to stay on and work hard for the benefit of many living beings, especially for his Tibetan comrades who are currently suffering under the leadership of CTA.

    Humbly with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  26. Datuk May on Mar 3, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Life is precious as taught by Buddha Shakymuni, and for a monk holding the vinaya vows, to even consider self immolation is definitely out of sheer desperation. The question is whether such an act will benefit the other Dorje Shugden practitioners? Will the corrupt government CTA take heed of such an action?

    There are many ways to make a stand for what is right and virtuous and personally, although I give credit to the courage of Gen Thupten Choephel of Sera Jey monastery, I would like him to reconsider his proposal. It will benefit more people for Gen Thupten Choephel to join the work of Great Dorje Shugden Lamas, for example H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche to uphold the legacy and lineage of Dorje Shugden so that it will propagate in 10 directions to benefit all sentient beings.

  27. Anne Ong on Mar 2, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Salute to this courage monk Gen Thupten Choephel who has threatened to self-harm for the sake of future Tibetan refugees and to break his vows. I doubt CTA will care about self immolation because they never care about the Tibetan Communities for the past decades. Tibetan Communities will have brighter future when more and more people speak up and expose this corrupted Tibetan Leadership. I hope Get Thupten Choephel will continue his spiritual journey as a monk to benefit others and be a champion for the political cause representing the greater good of the people. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this interesting update ?

  28. Lew on Mar 2, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    I really wish everything can be worked out and no more people will need to die ??

  29. cc on Mar 2, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    It is great that someone like Gen Thupten Choephel speak up.
    Hope there are more who stood up so that all these will end and less people suffer

  30. Samfoonheei on Mar 2, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Salute to this courage monk Gen Thupten Choephel who has threatened to self-harm for the sake of future Tibetan refugees and to break his vows.. For the past 6 decades, the Tibetan leadership based in Dharamsala, have been abusing their political roles amongst the Tibetan community . Gen Thupten Choephel has observed long enough so much of the sufferings the refugees came under the CTA and he has to voice up somehow so as more people come to make it better for themselves and future generations.. Only by speaking up against the corrupted Tibetan leadership and through exposure will things become better.
    To be courage enough to speak is a good choice but self harming will not end the current situation of the CTA. I do hope Gen Thupten Choephel will have a much better method to get to the world attention. It will be sad if he have to self harming . I wish more and more Tibetan refugees, monks will speak up for a better generation. The Tibetan leadership must do more than just empty praises and nice words for the poverty-stricken citizens of their host country India before more ugly incident will happen. May . Gen Thupten Choephel continue his spiritual path and to spread more Dharma.
    Thank you Pastor David for sharing this updates.

  31. yin ping on Mar 2, 2018 at 3:24 am

    Gen Thupten Choephel is a brave monk speaking up against the CTA. No matter how disappointed the situation it can be, scarifying one’s life is never a good way to make things better. Gen Thupten Choephel should continue to speak up for the Tibetan Communities rather than end his precious life to threaten CTA. I doubt CTA will care about self immolation because they never care about the Tibetan Communities for the past decades. Tibetan Communities will have brighter future when more and more people speak up and expose this corrupted Tibetan Leadership.

  32. Jacinta Goh on Mar 2, 2018 at 12:13 am

    Although it is good for him to address this issue but nonetheless, I agree to what Pastor David has suggested, to find other methods to resolve the decades long issue. Although it’s totally unrelated, here in Malaysia, I find that our politic is something similar. As a good citizen, although I do not agree with the management of our current government but I’ve never thought of something extreme like this. As a monk, actually he can benefit more people through Dharma, it’s more beneficial in that way.

  33. Choeden on Mar 1, 2018 at 2:04 pm

  34. Sherab on Mar 1, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    This kind nonsense never happen during Samdhong time. Before time, we are make this type of protest to China but now its Sangay who is lead us n we all know why the problem. Distract with Dhardon in Dasa! ? He is too busy on the holiday in Japan. He has name Sengge of lion but heart is coward n when problems are come he run away like he see the ghost ?? hahahahaha

    • Woeser on Mar 1, 2018 at 12:28 pm

      What are you mean by this

      • Sherab on Mar 1, 2018 at 12:42 pm

        Woeser la why are our Sikyong go to South Africa n Japan when we are have the problem in Dasa? Is he go to look for the lion brother in Africa? All people in Dasa are know story of him n Dhadon Sharling n him with inji bhumo. བོད་པའི་གཞིས་ཆགས་ལ་བཞུགས་མཁན་ཚང་མའི་འདི་མཁྱེན་གསལ་རེད། When our Tibetan have the problem our leader is gone n leave to Dalai Lama to make the solution. བཙན་བྱོལ་བོད་གཞུང་ནི་དངོས་གནས་འདི་ཡིན།། ????? now wonder Choephel la want to do this ?

      • Dongga on Mar 1, 2018 at 12:55 pm

        Lobsang Sangay no respect to His Holiness also. He asked His Holiness to settle the 1.5 million loan from Tibet Fund so in account it will no show as loan la. He didn’t settle the loan and do not care about us, but Dhardon Sharling only. He is now suing Mila Rangzen for telling the truth https://thetibetstar.com/2018/02/28/president-sangay-launches-attacks-on-mila-rangzen/#more-1104. We wait for Mila Rangzen’s truth. Maybe he can be the next Sikyong, not Lobsang Sangay pervert continue to lead. Lobsang Sangay make Tibetans life miserable. I want him down.

        • Choeden on Mar 1, 2018 at 2:01 pm

          This is wrong approach Sikyongla. Maybe Mila Rangzen are not agree to you but you are Sikyong. Why you are attack to one of your citizen? ? No one respect to king who do like this. First you are attack to Lukar Jam and attack to Penpa Tsering and now you are attack to Mila Rangzen. But our chithue and kalon are really shame to us. You are educate in Harvard. Is Havard teach to you hwo to steal US1.5 million from our bhopa tso? ?? Lhagyari Namgyal are descent from the Song tsen Gampo family. Is Songsen Gampo lineage teach her to fight? May be you are two big and I am no body but I am not admire to you. དེར་ཡ་ཉེན་ཞེ་དྲགས་འདུག ། ང་ཚོ་བོད་མིའི་གཅིག་སྒྲིལ་འདོད།། More important is unity and heart. I ask to you please stop this nonsense ?????

          Choeden, Dehradun

    • Dongga on Mar 1, 2018 at 12:34 pm

      Sherab-lag, I agree with you totally la! Just few days ago, Mila Rangzen published on TibetStar Lobsang Sangay’s sex scandal. Apart from Dhardon Sharling, he also assault many many young girls sexually. This kind of Sikyong lead us Tibetan to hell la. He is not only a coward but so a lustful sex maniac. Shamday! https://www.google.com/amp/s/thetibetstar.com/2018/02/21/president-sangay-and-the-sexual-assault-on-ms-leslie-butterfield/amp/

  35. Stella Cheang on Mar 1, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    It is brave for Gen Thupten Choephel to speak up and he should continue to speak up. Harming himself in the hope of threatening the CTA into changing is not going to work because CTA does not care for his (or others’) life; if they care, they would not had been corrupted and abusive in the first place. And they would not have stayed silence when hundreds of Tibetan youth immolated themselves in Tibet, China. Emotional blackmailing whether by ending own life or other harms are really desperate measures that should be avoided at all cost. I hope Get Thupten Choephel will continue his spiritual journey as a monk to benefit others and be a champion for the political cause representing the greater good of the people.

  36. JP on Mar 1, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Self immolation is never the answer for making a stand. For a Buddhist monk to self immolate and knowing that he will commit very negative karma from killing himself, it only shows how desperate and hopeless the situation is under the corrupt rule of the Tibetan Govt in Exile. The monk is willing to break his precious vows in order to bring attention to the world that the current Tibetan Govt in exile need to be replaced with people who truly cares for their own people and not continue to create havoc and exploit their own people for the sake of personal gains.

    The corruption within the current Tibetan Govt in Exile is an open secret. Many Tibetans are victimized by these corrupted politicians. These politicians will use any opportunity they can find to divide and rule. This needs to stop before more people follow the footsteps of this monk to self harm.

  37. Pastor Henry Ooi on Mar 1, 2018 at 11:26 am

    I agree with you, Pastor David. There are other ways to expose the corrupt and bad management of the CTA than to give up a life. I hope that Gen Thupten Choephel will speak up more but by not ending his precious life. The CTA is not worthy of it, nothing is worthy of sacrificing one’s life just fighting for a cause. Gen Thupten Choephel would benefit more fighting the cause than being gone. If anyone has any contact with him, please speak to him to stay alive and champion the cause.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/i-like-this-picture-of-my-mother.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 12. 2021 12:56 PM
    Powerful and wonderful teachings on Lord Setrap practice. Rinpoche had brought this powerful teachings all the way from India to Malaysia. Many Kecharians have benefited relying on Lord Setrap practice, that’s what I heard from those miracles stories. Beautiful thangka shared in this post and rare precious pictures of High Lamas.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. Looking at just the pictures is a blessing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/autobiography/something-i-wrote-on-blog-chat.html?
  • Sarassitham
    Monday, Oct 11. 2021 08:01 PM
    The importance of the zodiac to the Chinese culture is that the animal signs have been used in stories and folklore. These developed the different personality traits that were represented by each animal.

    Learning more about astrology and the zodiac signs helps us to understand people and their action. It’s always interesting to find ahead of time what we need to be aware of with our surroundings.

    Thanks for the interesting sharing, the zodiac provides guidance on how people live their lives.

    https://bit.ly/3AqN6Ad
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 10. 2021 04:24 PM
    Recitation of mantra meditation have benefits us in long run helps to increase self-awareness, reduced stress and a greater sense of calmness. Mantras are positive words or phrases. When we chant mantras our mind releases the positive energy that decreases the negative thoughts or stress. It’s a wonderful practice. Help us to improved mood and well-being, reduced anxiety , verbal memory and so forth. Mantras have influence over our mind and body. Mantras are repetitive sounds, many neuroscientists have proved that sound and language of mantras influence the aspects of our life. Watching the video tells us more. I am glad to have met Rinpoche, learning and practicing from scratch have me change to more calmer than before. Recitation have me chance.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mantra-can-change-me.html

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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
2 years ago
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
2 years ago
This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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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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
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
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Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
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Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
11 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
1 years ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
1 years ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
1 years ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
1 years ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
1 years ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
1 years ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
2 yearss ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
2 yearss ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
2 yearss ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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