Wesak Day In Malaysia

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

I am fortunate to be living in Malaysia and proud to say that it is my home. Malaysia allows me to be who I am, pursue my interests, and meet wonderful and kind people. Many years ago one of my teachers, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche from Gaden Shartse Monastery, and my protector asked me to be here. I didn’t understand why at that time, but now I do. I am grateful that I was sent to live in a land full of opportunities, a good environment and kind friends. The diversity and rich culture of Malaysia is something I appreciate very much. An example of this is the celebration of Wesak Day. It is widely celebrated all over the world, but in Malaysia it is also a national public holiday.

The Wesak Day festival, also spelt Vesak, is the day Buddhists celebrate the three major events in the life of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, namely his birth, enlightenment at the age of 35, and his passing away at the age of 80. Buddhism itself can be classed as both a philosophy and a religion. As a philosophy, it teaches us a way of living, and as a religion it teaches us to eliminate suffering and achieve the goal of becoming a Buddha.

The complete elimination of suffering from our mind is definitely possible and when we reach that state, it is called nirvana. The day the Buddha became enlightened, or reached nirvana, is celebrated by all Buddhists around the world as we wish to achieve that same goal. Wesak day is celebrated to remind us of our goals and therefore the purpose of practicing, as well as connecting each individual with their inner potential of Buddhahood. It is more than just a celebration but an act of spiritual remembrance and a chance for real inner transformation.

Buddhism is one of the world’s oldest religions, it is more than 2,500 years old and its founder was Buddha Shakyamuni, a North Indian prince. Contrary to what some people believe, he was not a person from legend, but was in fact a historical figure. Lord Buddha meditated on the nature of life, existence, family and people, and he realised that everything we do in life brings us unhappiness and grief. He saw that we keep doing the same things unknowingly, continuing this cycle of unhappiness and grief blindly.

Realising this fact and out of his great compassion, he taught methods and ways to deal with how we live our lives, how we view our environment and how we react to our environment and other people. He taught us how to change our reactions and through this, lessen the unhappiness and suffering we create. The goal of a Buddhist is to gain enlightenment, so that we don’t create more suffering for ourselves and others, and when we have reached that state, to help others achieve it too. It is about the removal of suffering from our own lives first and then from the lives of others. Therefore it is important to respect all beings, animals, people, cultures and ways of doing things. This is emphasised a lot in Buddhist practice.

 

The Origins of Wesak

The auspicious birth of Prince Siddhartha

The auspicious birth of Prince Siddhartha

According to the Buddha’s life story and the ancient Indian literary style of presenting stories based on the caste system, Prince Siddhartha Gautama of the Shakya warrior clan, was born miraculously from Queen Maya’s side as she leaned against a sara tree where she rested during her journey back to her parents’ home. In ancient times, it was customary that women went back to their parents’ home to give birth. On her way she stopped to rest in a forest that was filled with beautiful flowers, singing birds, and peacocks fanning their magnificent tails beautifully. This location is known today as Lumbini, Nepal, as per recent archaeological findings that claim to have identified the exact location of Prince Siddhartha’s birth.

Before Prince Siddhartha was born, his mother, Queen Maya of the Shakya clan had a premonitory dream that an elephant with six magnificent tusks descended from the heavens and approached her. The elephant had skin as white as snow mountains and carried a beautiful pink lotus in its trunk. It placed the lotus inside Queen Maya’s womb through her stomach, and itself dissolved into her womb effortlessly. When the queen woke up from the dream, she was filled with a sense of joy and ease.

The following day, King Shuddhodana who was Queen Maya’s husband, summoned all the holy and spiritual masters of his kingdom to explain the dream. Their conclusion was that the queen was pregnant with a son who would be a teacher or a leader. His destiny was either to become a great spiritual teacher who would preach the truth and the path to reach the heavens, or a powerful and great king who would rule in all four directions.

Prince Siddhartha leaving the palace with Channa

Prince Siddhartha leaving the palace with Channa

As the story continues, the prince was born amid auspicious omens but grew up confined in the royal palace, as the king saw it fit that he would be a great leader rather than a spiritual teacher. Later, the prince saw four significant sights, namely old age, sickness, death and a wondering ascetic. Seeing these, the prince realised the only way to end sickness, old age and death is to dedicate one’s life to the pursuit of spiritual attainments and eventually to become ‘awakened’ or become a Buddha, a state that is free from these forms of suffering. His encounters with an old person, a sick person, a corpse and an ascetic left an extremely deep impression in his mind. This was so powerful that he became determined to leave the palace and engage in profound meditation in forests until he found the answers he was looking for, and the method to eliminate the suffering he saw.

Despite numerous attempts by the king to stop the prince from leaving the palace, he managed to escape at night with his close attendant Channa and his horse. Mysteriously, all the palace guards and attendants were deep in sleep when he made his escape to the forest. Once he arrived at the forest’s edge, he cut off his long hair, symbolic of giving up a life of materialism and gave his princely robes to Channa to return to the palace.

At dawn, Siddhartha attained the varja-like concentration and removed the final veils of ignorance from his mind. Immediately after that, he became a Buddha - a fully enlightened being

At dawn, Siddhartha attained the varja-like concentration and removed the final veils of ignorance from his mind. Immediately after that, he became a Buddha – a fully enlightened being

With the conviction to learn the truth of reality, the prince studied under two teachers named Alara Kalama and Uddaka Ramaputta. He even entered six years of intensive ascetic practice, during which he only ate one grain of rice a day. One day, while meditating under a tree, Siddhartha overheard a conversation between an old musician and his young apprentice on a boat floating on a nearby river. The old musician told his student that if the string on the musical instrument was too tight, it would snap, whereas if it was too slack, then it wouldn’t play the correct note. Upon hearing those words, Siddhartha realised asceticism was an extreme path that was wrong. He stood up, walked to the river, washed himself and accepted a bowl of milk to regain his strength. After this he sat under the Bodhi tree and determined not rise until he attained full enlightenment. He achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at the age of 35, after which he became known as Buddha Shakyamuni, the jewel of the Shakya clan.

For the next 45 years after the Buddha’s enlightenment, he did not stop preaching the Dharma to everyone he met. When he reached 80 years of age, the Buddha manifested great illness and showed signs of passing. Ananda, the Buddha’s cousin and personal attendant requested the Buddha to give his last instructions to the sangha to which the Buddha replied:

“Therefore, Ananda, be islands unto yourselves, refuges unto yourselves, seeking no other refuge; with the Dharma as your island, the Dharma as your refuge, seeking no other refuge.”

In between two sal trees in Kushinagar, the Buddha lay down on his right side, with his head facing north supported by his right hand, and one foot upon the other. Although it was not the correct season, the sal trees blossomed with petals which rained down onto the Buddha’s holy body. After ensuring that members of the sangha knew that they too could achieve enlightenment, the Buddha passed into the serene state of nirvana. His final words were:

“All compounded things are subject to decay. Strive with diligence.”

 

Wesak Day in Malaysia

One of the floats during the Wesak Day Parade

One of the floats during the Wesak Day Parade

In Malaysia, there are two common and wide spread ways of celebrating Wesak. These are the bathing of the Buddha and joining a Wesak Day Parade. The most common image of the Buddha that is used for the bathing ritual, is the baby Buddha. This form of Buddha Shakyamuni has his right hand pointing upwards and wearing a loin cloth. According to the Buddha’s life story, Prince Siddhartha Gautama was born clean and radiant. Directly after his birth, the prince took seven steps. Lotuses sprang up from the ground wherever the prince set his feet. He lifted his right hand towards the sky, pointing his finger, while with his left hand he pointed down at the earth and said:

“I am chief of the world,
Eldest am I in the world,
Foremost am I in the world.
This is the last birth.
There is now no more coming to be.”

The statue of the baby Buddha is usually displayed in front of the main altar of the temple, in a basin filled with water and flowers. Devotees pour water over the statue while reciting a verse of prayer. The act of pouring water over the statue symbolises the cleansing of the negative actions of the devotee. In addition, it also symbolises the Buddha’s birth, during which the gods made heavenly offerings to him. The bathing of the Buddha is a practise commonly seen at the Chinese Mahayana Buddhist temples in Malaysia.

Bathing of the baby Buddha

Bathing of the baby Buddha

The Wesak Day Parade takes place in various parts of Malaysia. The most significant of these, that attracts thousands of people and tourists, occurs in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, in Pulau Pinang and in Melaka.

In Kuala Lumpur, the biggest parade starts at the Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple in Brickfields, proceeding in a circuit back to temple. Before the parade, Buddhists from different temples decorate the vehicles that carry the Buddha statues from their temples with flowers, lights, etc. Some of these vehicles also carry monks from their temple, who give blessings to those who participate in the parade.

Monk giving blessings to devotees during Wesak Day prayers

Monk giving blessings to devotees during Wesak Day prayers

For those who wish to witness the beginning of the parade, it is advisable that you reach the Brickfields area at least three hours prior to the starting of the parade. The surrounding roads and streets begin to get congested before the parade starts. For the best view of the parade, tourists who happen to be in the Bukit Bintang area should head to the HSBC building along Jalan Sultan Ismail, while those in Chinatown or nearby will have a good view of the parade in front of the Central Market building. When the parade returns from KLCC, those in Chinatown can see it along Jalan Pudu in front of Pudu Central.

One of the floats during the Wesak day parade

One of the floats during the Wesak day parade

The merits of any good deeds performed on this day are considered to be multiplied many times, by as much as 100 million times. Therefore it is an excellent time for us to dedicate ourselves to all kinds of positive actions to benefit ourselves and others. As a Buddhist, on Wesak day, in addition to participating in rituals, chanting and performing good deeds, we should also make the commitment to learn up on Buddhist philosophy and practice, to understand what the Buddha taught, to understand his life and teachings, and to apply it in our lives in order to transform our minds and change our attitude towards others and the environment.

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The Celebrations

Activities during Wesak day begins with the chanting of the holy sutras, recitation of mantras, and the singing of hymns in praise of the Three Jewels: the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. This is almost always accompanied with extensive flower and light offerings. Additional activities can include other spiritually positive actions according to the Buddhist tradition, such as meditation, recitation of prayers, pilgrimage to holy sites associated with the Buddha like Bodhgaya, visiting spiritual teachers, becoming ordained for a month, rescuing animals and engaging in acts of charity. The act of offering teaches devotees about the impermanence of life. Flowers wither and candles will eventually burn out, and just like these, human lives are subject to decay and deterioration.

Many devoted Buddhists observe a vegetarian diet one day before the actual celebration to cleanse and purify themselves on a physical level for Wesak day. In addition, devotees also release animals such as tortoises, fish and doves. This act gives the animals freedom from being killed, abused and held against their will, as well as being a symbolic gesture of releasing all sentient beings from suffering, which is a goal that Buddhists strive for in their practice.

The practice of animal liberation is adopted by Buddhists as one of the good deeds to be performed on Wesak Day

The practice of animal liberation is adopted by Buddhists as one of the good deeds to be performed on Wesak Day

Buddha Shayamuni was a prince of peace, and an exponent of love and great compassion that encompasses every single sentient being. He realised that every sentient being can feel pain, happiness, love and care. Therefore on Wesak day, in celebration of the Buddha’s compassion, and the simultaneous wish for us to develop that compassion, we liberate animals to remember that we should give our all to others without expecting a thank you in return. This is the real meaning behind being a vegetarian and releasing animals. We can liberate birds, cows who are marked to be slaughtered, fish, insects, or any type of animal we like. We can even go further by making donations to old folks homes, orphanages, to people who are homeless, to people who are mentally challenged, or give clothes and toys to less-fortunate children. We can do all of this in celebration because Wesak day is not a day of receiving, but it is a day of giving.

The best way to pay homage to the Buddha is twofold: on an outer level and an inner level. On an outer level, we can make offerings of flowers, light, water, tea, incense, and engage in practices such as prostration. This is a wonderful way of paying homage to the Buddha. When we make offerings and show respect to the Buddha, we are creating the energy and causes for ourselves to become a Buddha in the future. When we show respect to the Buddha’s body, we wish to achieve the enlightened body that is free of sickness. When we offer light to the Buddha, we are offering light to dispel darkness, therefore we create the causes for our ignorance to be dispelled and our wisdom to shine forth with brilliance. The offering of incense smells good. In ancient Indian tradition, a good smell signified our keeping of vows and good morality. Therefore offering incense creates the cause to live a wholesome and beneficial life through the holding of morality. When offering food, we pray that all beings in our world and in other dimensions are free from hunger, suffering, poverty and disease. Therefore in Buddhism, when we pay homage to the Buddha, it is to create the causes to overcome suffering and encourage us to focus on the needs of others above our own.

Light offerings to the Buddha

Light offerings to the Buddhas

On an inner level, the supreme way to pay homage to the Buddha is to lessen the qualities in us that bring grief, suffering, strife, and difficulties to people and the environment around us. That is why Buddhists perform good deeds on Wesak day, creating the necessary causes and merits for the highest purpose of spiritual transformation – to eventually become a Buddha.

If there is no temple nearby and we can’t get to a temple, we can have a personal shrine set up in our homes. On the shrine, we can have a beautiful image of Lord Buddha. We are not praying to the image but using the image to remind us of the qualities of the Buddha that we wish to achieve. We can make offerings on this shrine and offer prostrations. We can sit in front of our shrine comfortably, and chant sutras or recite prayers according to whichever Buddhist tradition we follow, be it in Chinese, Tibetan or English. If we are older, we can sit on a chair, otherwise on a cushion or on the floor.

Then, on an inner level, we meditate carefully about what we have done during the past year before Wesak that has brought harm to others, contemplate on the actions we do that are negative, and why we do such actions. We think carefully and clearly that by paying homage to the Buddha, we transform the negative qualities in our mind so we create less suffering for ourselves and others. To end the session, we make a firm resolution to the Buddha that we will do as we have promised and transform ourselves for the better. This meditation can also be done in a temple after making offerings or after we finish a chanting session. This the best way to celebrate Wesak.

A simple yet beautiful altar

A simple yet beautiful altar

 

The Temples

The first World Fellowship of Buddhists Conference in Sri Lanka, 1950

The first World Fellowship of Buddhists Conference in Sri Lanka, 1950

In Malaysia, Wesak day is celebrated by Buddhists throughout the country. It is also celebrated strongly in countries such as Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos where Buddhism is widely practiced. Since the introduction of Buddhism to the west, Buddhists there also celebrate the festival. Although Wesak day has traditionally been celebrated for centuries, the decision to celebrate Wesak to mark the three major events in the Buddha’s life was formalised in 1950 at the very first World Fellowship of Buddhists conference in Sri Lanka. The resolution reads as follows:

“That this Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, while recording its appreciation of the gracious act of His Majesty, the Maharaja of Nepal in making the full-moon day of Vesak a Public Holiday in Nepal, earnestly requests the Heads of Governments of all countries in which large or small number of Buddhists are to be found, to take steps to make the full-moon day in the month of May a Public Holiday in honour of the Buddha, who is universally acclaimed as one of the greatest benefactors of Humanity.”

Wesak day is celebrated in accordance with the lunar date that all three major events are said to have taken place. It is celebrated on different days in different countries due to variations in local lunar calendars. According to the Asian lunisolar (joint lunar and solar) calendars, the exact date of Wesak is celebrated in the month of Vaisakha of the Buddhist and Hindu calendars. Hence the alternative name Vesak. The date varies each year as the diverse Buddhist traditions use different lunar calendars to determine the date. Wesak Day in Japan, Korea and China usually falls on April, 8 of each year. On the other hand, countries like Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Singapore celebrate the event in May.

Every year in Malaysia, the Wesak day celebrations begin at dawn at various Buddhist temples throughout the country. Depending on the different traditions followed, fellow Buddhists usually gather at the temples to perform a series of good deeds. These can range from taking the eight Mahayana precepts, liberation of animals, making offerings to the sangha, offering of lights, taking vegetarian and refuge vows, giving to the needy, donating to temples for Dharma activities, building of temples and maintaining them, etc.

Wesak Day being celebrated in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka

Wesak Day being celebrated in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka

There are many Buddhist temples that are highly active on Wesak Day. In Kuala Lumpur, these include Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple in Brickfields, Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple and Kechara House in Petaling Jaya, and Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple in Sentul among many others. In the northern part of Malaysia, there is Butterworth Buddhist Association of Pulau Pinang, while on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, there is Wan Fo Tien Buddhist Temple of Kuantan. In southern Malaysia, there is Seck Kia Eenh Temple in Melaka that has hosted a Wesak Day parade attended by 10,000 people in the past, while in Kuching, the capital of Sarawak in East Malaysia, Poh Ka Buddhist Temple is well-known for their activities on this day.

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Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur

Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple in preparation for Wesak Day

Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple in preparation for Wesak Day

Founded in 1894 by the Sinhalese community, the Buddhist Maha Vihara provides a place for the preservation of the Sri Lankan Theravada tradition. It is known by the locals as the Brickfields Buddhist Temple and situated very close to Palm Court Apartments in Brickfields.

Every year, preparations for Wesak day begin at least a week beforehand. This includes decorating the parade vehicles with flowers and lights as part of the celebration. In addition, stalls selling all sort of items are set up around the temple the day before.

Accommodation near Buddhist Maha Vihara

For those who are interested in joining the Wesak Day Parade that begins at Buddhist Maha Vihara or wishing to visit the temple during the festival, here is a list of places to stay that are located near the temple itself.

  1. Lotus Hotel KL Sentral (0.12 miles/0.2 km)
    250, Jalan Tun Sambanthan,
    Brickfields, KL Sentral,
    50470 Kuala Lumpur,
    Malaysia
  2. OYO Rooms Little India Junction (0.12 miles/0.2 km)
    Plot No 250, Jalan Tun Sambanthan,
    Brickfields, KL Sentral,
    50470 Kuala Lumpur,
    Malaysia
  3. Brickfields Park Hotel (0.18 miles/0.3 km)
    No. 262 A-C, Jalan Tun Sambanthan,
    KL Sentral,
    50470 Kuala Lumpur,
    Malaysia

Getting to Buddhist Maha Vihara

  1. From Kuala Lumpur International Airport: 47 minutes by cab (33.7 miles/54.3 km)
  2. From Kuala Lumpur International Airport: 28 minutes by KLIA Ekspres towards KL Sentral station
  3. From Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station: 14 minutes walk (0.7 miles/1.1 km)
  4. From Tun Sambanthan Station: 5 minutes walk; (0.2 miles/0.4 km)
Map to Buddhist Maha Vihara

Map to Buddhist Maha Vihara

Address and contact details

123, Jalan Berhala,
Brickfields,
50470 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia
Tel: +60 3-2274 1141

 

Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple in Petaling Jaya

Devotees flock to the temple to get blessings, and to make offerings to the Buddha and sangha at Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple

Devotees flock to the temple to get blessings, and to make offerings to the Buddha and sangha at Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple

Using traditional and intricate Thai designs, the Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple was built along Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya in an area of residential homes. The temple has a multi-coloured and multi-layered roof, and different chapels and buildings that host devotees. There is a natural spring at the back for people with health problems, which is known to aid healing. It is also affectionately known as the PJ Siamese Temple by locals, and is normally filled to bursting with people during important days and festivals, such as Loy Krathong (the floating baskets festival) and Songkran (traditional Thai New Year).

During the Wesak festival, people come to the temple to receive blessings from the monks, which are followed by activities such as offering gold leaf on Buddha statues, placing coins into the alms bowls of the golden Buddhas, bathing the baby Buddha, ringing the bells at the Guan Yin pavilion, making robe offerings, etc.

Accommodation near Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple

  1. Hilton Petaling Jaya (0.5 miles/0.8 km)
    2 Jalan Barat,
    Petaling Jaya,
    46200 Selangor,
    Malaysia
  2. Hotel Armada PJ (0.6 Miles/0.96 km)
    Lot 6, Lorong Utara C,
    Section 52, Petaling Jaya,
    46200 Selangor,
    Malaysia
  3. Crystal Crown Hotel Petaling Jaya (0.6 Miles/0.96 km)
    12, Lorong Utara A,
    Off Jalan Utara,
    Petaling Jaya,
    65352 Selangor,
    Malaysia

Getting to Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple

  1. From Kuala Lumpur International Airport: 49 minutes by cab (34.5 miles/55.6 km)
  2. From Kuala Lumpur International Airport: 28 minutes by KLIA Ekspres towards KL Sentral station
  3. From Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station: 18 minutes by KTM towards Taman Jaya Station, walk about 10 minutes
Map to Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple

Map to Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple

Address and contact details

No. 24 Jalan Pantai,
Off Jalan Gasing,
46000 Petaling Jaya,
Malaysia
Tel: +603 7955 2443

 

Kechara House Buddhist Association in Petaling Jaya

His Eminence snaps his fingers while reciting a verse on impermanence before sitting on the throne in Kechara House

His Eminence snaps his fingers while reciting a verse on impermanence before sitting on the throne in Kechara House

Kechara House was founded by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche in 2000. It is a Tibetan Buddhist organisation belonging to the Gelug tradition founded by Lama Tsongkhapa. With the goal and vision of preserving the precious teachings of the tradition, His Eminence has conceptualised and built the modern and peaceful Kechara Forest Retreat along Jalan Chamang in Bentong, Pahang state, Malaysia. It is fondly known as the ‘lama temple’ by the locals, and is a place where healing activities take place, benefiting people both physically and spiritually.

During the Wesak festival, devotees visit both the temple in Petaling Jaya and the retreat centre in Bentong, to participate in various activities such as animal liberation, taking the eight Mahayana precepts, and taking vegetarian vows. They can also witness the ordination of Buddhist pastors, an inspiration event during which people take on vows dedicating their lives to benefit others through the sharing of the Buddha’s teachings. In addition, the Lama Chopa Puja (Sanskrit: Guru Puja) and prayers take place on this day to request for His Eminence’s continued good health and long life, as a sign of gratification and appreciation for such a compassionate and kind spiritual advisor who has dedicated his life to contributing to society and humanity tirelessly.

Accommodation near Kechara House

  1. O’Boutique Suites (1.80 Miles/2.90 km)
    B2-01, Casa Utama,
    PJU6A, Petaling Jaya,
    47400 Selangor,
    Malaysia
  2. My Home Hotel (2.48 miles/4.00 km)
    F-G-5, Pusat Komersial Parklane,
    Petaling Jaya,
    47301 Selangor,
    Malaysia
  3. Eiffel Hotel (4.35 Miles/7.00 km)
    12, Lorong Utara A,
    No. 21, Jalan SS7/26,
    Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya,
    47301 Selangor,
    Malaysia

Getting to Kechara House

  1. From Kuala Lumpur International Airport: 50 minutes by cab (37.15 miles/59.80 km)
  2. From Kuala Lumpur International Airport: 28 minutes by KLIA Ekspres towards KL Sentral station
  3. From Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station: 1 hour by LRT towards Kelana Jaya Station, 10 minutes by cab towards Kechara House
Map to Kechara House Buddhist Association Malaysia

Map to Kechara House Buddhist Association Malaysia

Address and contact details

No. 7, Jalan PJU 1/3G,
SunwayMas Commercial Center,
47301 Petaling Jaya,
Malaysia
Tel: +603 7803 3908

His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche conducting a prayer at Kechara Forest Retreat, accompanied by traditional Tibetan ritual instruments

His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche conducting a prayer at Kechara Forest Retreat, accompanied by traditional Tibetan ritual instruments

Accommodation near Kechara Forest Retreat

  1. Tumike Hotel (2.92 miles/4.70 km)
    P.6-G, Jalan MG3,
    Pusat Perniagaan Mutiaramas Gemilang,
    28700 Bentong,
    Malaysia
  2. Tras Mutiara Hotel (3.17 Miles/5.10 km)
    P.22, Jalan MG2,
    28700 Bentong,
    Malaysia
  3. EV World Hotel (3.48 Miles/5.60 km)
    No. 107-108, Jalan Loke Yew,
    Off Jalan Utara,
    28700 Bentong,
    Malaysia

Getting to Kechara Forest Retreat
From Kuala Lumpur International Airport: 1 hour 55 minutes by cab (82.64 miles/133 km)

Map to Kechara Forest Retreat

Map to Kechara Forest Retreat

Address and contact details

Lot 3189, Jalan Chamang,
28700 Bentong,
Malaysia
Tel: +603 7803 3908

 

Sri Jayanti Buddhist Temple in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur

The Sri Jayanti Buddhist Temple is also known as the Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple. It is a Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhist temple located in Sentul. The temple is affiliated with the Sri Jayanti Welfare Organisation that supports the poor and needy, as well as the elderly.

Sri Jayanti Buddhist Temple in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur

Sri Jayanti Buddhist Temple in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur

The temple has a basic clinic that offers free consultation to the less fortunate and a columbarium pagoda that houses the ashes of the deceased, as well as a three-storey education building with classrooms to host teachings and dharma activities.

During Wesak, the temple has many activities, including making flower and light offerings, receiving blessings from the monks, etc. Outside the main prayer hall, there is a huge golden Buddha beautifully decorated with flowers and light for devotees to make offerings to.

Accommodation near Sri Jayanti Buddhist Temple

  1. Archeotel Hotel (0.08 miles/0.14 km)
    No 10 & 12, Jalan Haji Salleh,
    51100 Kuala Lumpur,
    Malaysia
  2. Archeotel Hotel (0.22 miles/0.37 km)
    10, Jalan Haji Salleh,
    Sentul,
    51100 Kuala Lumpur,
    Malaysia
  3. Tamarind Stays (0.29 miles/0.48 km)
    E1A-25-7, The Tamarind,
    2, Jalan Sentul Indah,
    Sentul,
    51000 Kuala Lumpur,
    Malaysia

Getting to Sri Jayanti Buddhist Temple

  1. From Kuala Lumpur International Airport: 59 minutes by cab (39.7 miles/63.9 km)
  2. From Kuala Lumpur International Airport: 28 minutes by KLIA Ekspres towards KL Sentral station
  3. From Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station: 14 minutes by KTM towards Sentul Station, walk about 10 minutes walk
Map to Sri Jayanti Buddhist Temple

Map to Sri Jayanti Buddhist Temple

Address and contact details

Jalan Tujuh, Sentul Selatan,
51000 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia
Tel: +016 311 0009

 

Butterworth Buddhist Association, Butterworth, Pulau Pinang

Devotees making their offerings at Butterworth Buddhist Association

Devotees making their offerings at Butterworth Buddhist Association

Within the busy industrial town of Mak Mandin, is the Butterworth Buddhist Association temple. This temple gathers Buddhists from all over Butterworth on Wesak day for prayers, blessings, chanting, offerings and rituals such as bathing the baby Buddha. There are food stalls around the temple and a blood donation drive during Wesak to encourage vegetarianism and generosity.

Accommodation near Butterworth Buddhist Association

  1. Aroma Hotel (1.67 miles/2.7 km)
    11, Butterworth Business City Centre,
    Jalan Raja Uda,
    12300 Butterworth,
    Malaysia
  2. De Garden Hotel Butterworth (2.05 miles/3.3 km)
    Lorong Cempa (Off Jalan Telaga Air),
    12200 Butterworth,
    Malaysia
  3. T+ Hotel Butterworth (2.29 miles/3.7 km)
    4476, 4477, 4478, Jalan Bagan Luar,
    12000 Butterworth,
    Malaysia

Getting to Butterworth Buddhist Association

From Penang International Airport: 32 minutes by cab (18.2 miles/29.3 km)

Map to Butterworth Buddhist Association

Map to Butterworth Buddhist Association

Address and contact details

7156, Tingkat Mak Mandin 3,
Mak Mandin,
Butterworth,
Malaysia
Tel: +604 333 4499

 

Wan Fo Tien Buddhist Temple, Kuantan, Pahang

The Wan Fo Tien Buddhist Temple, also known as the Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas, is affiliated with the Pahang Buddhist Association. The inner walls of the temple are covered from top to bottom with carved Buddha image tiles. On the altar of the main prayer hall, sits a magnificent white jade Buddha.

The serene surroundings of Wan Fo Tien Buddhist Temple

The serene surroundings of Wan Fo Tien Buddhist Temple

On Wesak day, devotees join the celebrations by visiting the temple and taking part in various activities such as Dharma talks, chanting, exhibitions and acts of charity. Vegetarian food is served, accompanied with musical performances held in the gardens beside the temple.

Accommodation near Wan Fo Tien Buddhist Temple

  1. Sri Manja Boutique Hotel (1.67 miles/2.7 km)
    B2-34, Jalan IM 7/1,
    Bandar Indera Mahkota,
    25300 Kuantan,
    Malaysia
  2. Arenaa Batik Boutique Hotel (2.29 miles/3.7 km)
    E2324-2326, Jalan Dato’ Wong Ah Jang,
    25100 Kuantan,
    Malaysia
  3. Hotel Sentral Kuantan (2.54 miles/4.1 km)
    No. 45-P, Jalan Besar,
    Kuantan City,
    25000 Kuantan,
    Malaysia

Getting to Wan Fo Tien Buddhist Temple

From Kuantan Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport: 16 minutes by cab (9.87 miles/15.9 km)

Map to Wan Fo Tien Buddhist Temple

Map to Wan Fo Tien Buddhist Temple

Address and contact details

Jalan Sungai Lembing,
Bandar Indera Mahkota,
25200 Kuantan
Malaysia
Tel: +609 573 9744

 

Seck Kia Eenh Temple, Melaka

Since 1960, Wesak day celebrations in Melaka have been organised by Seck Kia Eenh Temple. The Wesak Day Parade in Melaka attracts many people as it is believed that the late Venerable Ananda Mangala Maha Nayaka Thera would bless the parade vehicles on the eve of Wesak day.

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Seck Kia Eenh Temple, Melaka

At Seck Kia Eenh temple, they celebrate Wesak for seven consecutive days. The activities included the taking of the eight Mahayana precepts, Dharma talks and chanting. In addition, the sacred ‘Pindapata’ tradition is followed, during which people make offerings of food to the sangha.

Before the parade begins, devotees gather at Seck Kia Eenh temple from around 5.00 pm to join the chanting of prayers, after which they line up alongside their respective vehicles for the parade. At 7.00 pm, the parade starts from the temple at Jalan Gajah Berang, moves through Jalan Tun Perak, Jalan Pengkalan Rama to Jalan Laksamana over Tan Kim Seng bridge and moves along Lorong Hang Jebat, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (Heeren Street) and lastly along Jalan Tengkera, before returning to the temple. More than 30 Buddhist temples and associations join the festive parade, which ends at 10.30 pm. The celebration however, continues through the night with chanting of various prayers at the temple.

Parade float from Seck Kia Eenh Temple

Parade float from Seck Kia Eenh Temple

Accommodation near Seck Kia Eenh Temple

  1. Hotel Puri Melaka (0.4 miles/0.64 km)
    118, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock,
    Jonker,
    75200 Malacca
    Malaysia
  2. The Baba House Hotel (0.4 miles/0.64 km)
    No. 121 – 127, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock,
    Jonker,
    75200 Malacca
    Malaysia
  3. Casa Del Rio Melaka Hotel (0.4 miles/0.64 km)
    88, Jalan Kota Laksamana,
    Malacca City Center,
    75200 Malacca
    Malaysia

Getting to Seck Kia Eenh Temple

From Malacca Airport: 19 minutes by cab (5.40 miles/8.7 km)

Map to Seck Kia Eenh Temple

Map to Seck Kia Eenh Temple

Address and contact details

No. 57, Jalan Gajah Berang,
75200 Melaka,
Malaysia
Tel: +606 283 7440

 

Poh Ka Buddhist Temple, Kuching, Sarawak

The Poh Ka Buddhist Temple was built in 1900 and is located in Simpang Tiga, Kuching. It is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Malaysia. There are plans to build a three-storey monastery called Poh Ka Monastery next to it, which is expected to be completed in three years’ time. Wesak Day celebrations at Poh Ka Buddhist Temple sees crowds of devotees and visitors taking part in prayers, chants, offerings and special ceremonies commemorating the life of the Buddha.

Devotees engaging the ritual to bathe the baby Buddha

Devotees engaging the ritual to bathe the baby Buddha

Accommodation near Poh Ka Buddhist Temple

  1. Citadines Uplands Kuching (6 minutes walking distance)
    No. 55 Jalan SPG,
    93300 Kuching,
    Malaysia
  2. Public Lodge Kuching (4 minutes walking distance)
    1st & 2nd Floor, Lot 8644, Jalan Simpang Tiga,
    93300 Kuching,
    Malaysia
  3. Mega Inn (14 minutes walking distance)
    King’s Centre, Jalan Simpang Tiga,
    93300 Kuching,
    Malaysia

Getting to Poh Ka Buddhist Temple

From Kuching International Airport: 14 minutes by cab (5.28 miles/8.5 km)

Map to Poh Ka Buddhist Temple

Map to Poh Ka Buddhist Temple

Address and contact details

No. 2222, Jalan Uplands,
Simpang Tiga,
93200 Kuching,
Sarawak
Tel: +6082 231 007

 

Conclusion

It’s very nice to see that this beautiful celebration has taken root in Malaysia and has been integrated into the local culture, while preserving its essence and significance. Wesak is widely recognised in both Buddhist and non-Buddhist countries all over the world, however in Malaysia it is also a national holiday. The celebration of Wesak is a celebration of humanity, and its compassion, kindness and equanimity. As Buddhism teaches us, through paying homage to the Buddha, we strive to better ourselves to achieve these qualities.

No matter what religion we are, we should be respectful of the religious traditions of others. Malaysia is a good example of this religious tolerance and acceptance, as Buddhists are allowed the freedom to celebrate this holy day. Everyone deserves happiness, compassion and love equally, regardless of what they believe in. We should all abide by this kind of thinking, and then the world will be at peace. This is how we should celebrate Wesak – to strengthen our determination to lead lives with less suffering, to transform our minds, practice kindness, and bring peace and harmony to all mankind.

 
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  1. Anne Ong on May 29, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    It is good to know more about the origins and celebrations of Wesak Day in Malaysia. Malaysia is a multicultural country is an example of religious tolerance and acceptance,whereby we can have freedom to celebrate . The celebration of Wesak Day is a celebration of compassion and kindness. We are fortunate to have Wesak Day as a public holiday in Malaysia. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this beautiful post. ??

  2. JP on May 11, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Wesak Day is to me a day of rememberance to being kind, compassionate and selfless. These qualities are natural to us when we put aside our ego. And I feel that it is important especially nowadays to be kind to people, animals and our environment.

    This is because there is so much more violence and crime compared to 30 years ago. People are more distracted with social media and have become less interactive and less caring as a result. There is so much pollution in our environment, animals are becoming extinct and more people are becoming terminally ill.

    Hence, Wesak Day is a celebration of the endless possibilities that kindness and compassion can create in our lives.

  3. Paul Yap on May 9, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Today is the eve of Wesak day, the day marks the Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni. Wesak has always reminded me of my teenage years spending days at a nearby temple with friends, doing homework and reciting prajnaparamita text together. Im grateful and happy to have the affinity meeting and receiving Buddhadharma in this life, i have learned tremendous new knowledge, especially from H.E Tsem Rinpoche. At the eve of Wesak day, i wish everyone have the opportunity planting the seed of dharma, and eventually achieved full enlightenment too.

  4. wan wai meng on Jan 14, 2017 at 12:24 am

    Malaysia is so much more enriched by having Wesak Day as a holiday. It is an affirmation by the Malaysian government to protect religious rights of all its citizens. Not only that, the Malaysian government also shows so much respect to its citizens beliefs now that is a democracy.

    Wesak day would perk the curiosity of many people who are not Buddhists, and it is probably a showcase of what Buddhists engage in, their focus, their hopes and aspirations. All manner of Buddhist motivations and aspirations are kind of played out during Wesak day celebration and one can pick it up if they are observant.

  5. Stella Cheang on Jan 5, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    We are very blessed to be living in Malaysia where we celebrate festivities of major religions and cultures. Wesak Day, thereby, is beautifully and respectfully celebrated in Malaysia. Many Buddhist temples start their preparation work way before hand to ensure devotees get to make offerings to the Three Jewels (The Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha) on Wesak Day. Many Buddhist organisation will provide a platform for devotees to make special effort to bring happiness to the less fortunate on this big day. It is meant for them to collect merits as well as to reiterate our determination as Buddhist to lead noble lives, transform our minds and practice loving-kindness and to bring peace and harmony to humanity, like how the Buddha had taught us. Thank you very much, Rinpoche, for this sharing on the meaning of Wesak Day, highlighting the various Wesak Day celebrations in Malaysia and how we can participate if we want to. I hope this will be an attraction for tourist to visit Malaysia during Wesak Day.

  6. Choong on Jan 4, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    We are fortunate to have Wesak Day as a public holiday in Malaysia. I would say that because of the way it is celebrated in my hometown Melaka, via the lively and beautiful parade organized on this day by the Seck Kia Eenh temple, it was my first introduction to the Lord Buddha.

  7. Lew on Dec 26, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Before I met Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara, I was known as a “Wesak Buddhists”, which means I am only a Buddhist once a year during Wesak. LOL. I still remember I go to temple, light candle and offer incense etc once a year. The temple I usually go to is the one listed in this article, which is Brickfields temple. As usual, there are many other “Wesak Buddhists” like me on that day and it is usually very packed. Bathing of Buddha is also a popular activity even though (at that time) I didn’t know the meaning of bathing the Buddha.

    Anyway, I wish more “Wesak Buddhists” like me can eventually meet a real Guru and take on the spiritual path and really become a Buddhist who practice kindness, renunciation and eventually gain Buddhahood.

  8. Samfoonheei on Nov 30, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Its good to know more about the origins and celebrations of Wesak in Malaysia.Malaysia is a multicultural country is an example of religious tolerance and acceptance,whereby we can have freedom to celebrate .The celebration of Wesak is a celebration of compassion and kindness.
    Many activities been held in conjunction of the celebration in many Buddhist temples through out the country.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful post.

  9. shelly tai on Nov 28, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this informative post one Wesak day. I must said no matters how many times I have read about Buddha life story I still think is very inspiring to read The Buddha life story because it really touches my heart .

  10. Bradley Kassian on Nov 28, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Thank you for such a detailed post on Wesak Day, Rinpoche. It’s nice to see how this special day is celebrated. 🙂

  11. Sharon Ong on Nov 27, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Thank you for such a comprehensive and detailed post on Wesak Day, Rinpoche. Anyone who would like to know how Wesak is celebrated in Malaysia, this is like Wesak day 101 and I would highly recommend this read.

    Amongst the points that I like in this post are:
    1) How the white elephant placed the lotus inside Queen Maya’s womb through her stomach, and itself dissolved into her womb effortlessly. – I never knew this part of the dream previously.
    2) The significance of bathing the baby Buddha ritual during Wesak day. – “The act of pouring water over the statue symbolises the cleansing of the negative actions of the devotee. In addition, it also symbolises the Buddha’s birth, during which the gods made heavenly offerings to him.”
    3) The explanation on outer and inner offerings. -“On an inner level, the supreme way to pay homage to the Buddha is to lessen the qualities in us that bring grief, suffering, strife, and difficulties to people and the environment around us. That is why Buddhists perform good deeds on Wesak day, creating the necessary causes and merits for the highest purpose of spiritual transformation – to eventually become a Buddha.”

    In Melaka, the grand annual Wesak Day procession by Seck Kia Eenh Temple is something many Melakans look forward to. I used to look forward to the colourful floats and would just gawk at the beautifully decorated floats with the Buddhas. I also remember the blessed strings and sweets that were given out to us. Unknown to many, during this procession, sacred relics belonging to Shakyamuni are also brought all around Melaka town to bless one and all.

    The best part of this is post is the last para on how we should celebrate Wesak. This is how we should celebrate Wesak – to strengthen our determination to lead lives with less suffering, to transform our minds, practice kindness, and bring peace and harmony to all mankind.

    Thank you with folded hands.

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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-real-compassionate-idea.html
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I must thank my dharma blog team who are great assets to me, Kechara and growth of dharma in this wonderful region. I am honoured and thrilled to work with them. I really am. Maybe I don't say it enough to them, but I am saying it now. I APPRECIATE THESE GUYS VERY MUCH!

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn\'t this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
1 year ago
According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn't this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden\'s blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
1 year ago
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
1 year ago
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat\'s doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
1 year ago
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
1 year ago
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
1 year ago
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
1 year ago
By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
1 year ago
It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
1 year ago
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
1 year ago
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
2 yearss ago
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
2 yearss ago
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
2 yearss ago
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
2 yearss ago
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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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.
2 yearss ago
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.
2 yearss ago
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.
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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 yearss 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 yearss 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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
2 yearss ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
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  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
  • April 10, 2021 07:50
    ray asked: hi pastor i have a question regarding purification practices because ive been having some doubts now, is it true that some people say engaging in purification practices bad things would then happen to the practitioner after that? be it being sick or facing obstacles coming after that.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. When we engage in purification practices, what we are purifying is our negative karma. If you know about karma, you know that eventually you will need to experience your karma, be this negative or positive. When you experience your negative karma, then you experience negative situations. This could be something major, like having an accident, to something very minor such as feeling bad if say a loved one says something in a way that you perceive as being negative. Any experience you have that you perceive as negative, is a manifestation of your negative karma. During purification practices, through your own effort of invoking upon the enlightened beings and practice of the Four Opponent Powers, you are able to purify this negative karma. However, for a negative karma to be fully exhausted, you need to experience it. Say you have a karma to get into an accident, if you don't purify and exhaust it, then you will need to suffer from it 100%. This could mean getting into a car accident which is very severe and you are hurt badly. If you engage in purification practices then you can purify, let's say 99% of the karma. But for it to be exhausted fully, you still need to experience it. In this case, maybe you do get into an accident. Since you have purified most of the karma, your car only bumps into another car very softly. You don't even feel it, the person in the other car doesn't feel it and you car is not damaged at all. This is the reason why some people say if you engage in purification practices, bad things will happen. And because of that people are put off doing purification practices. This is wrong thinking because if you do experience negative situations when engaged in purification practices, this could be because: a) What you experienced is actually the purified karma, rather than the full force of the karma. In this case you should rejoice that through your effort of engaging in the practice, you didn't experience something much worse. b) It could just simply be the manifestation of a karma that wasn't purified. This means, you would have had to go through this experience anyway. c) Because you are engaged in purification practices, you are thinking of karma a lot. Therefore, when such experiences occur then you attribute it to karma, and then think it is linked to your purification practice. Then you believe that doing purification practices is bad because you have to suffer from such experiences. This is wrong thinking. Perhaps even if you were not doing purification practices, then you would still experience the situation, but you wouldn't actually think anything of it. You would just go about the rest of your day as usual. That being said, when you are doing purification practices, there comes a point were certain negative karma is so weak that you need to experience it for it to be exhausted completely. This can and does manifest as negative situations, such as minor illnesses, or even accidents, etc. However, the point to remember is the karma causing these situations have been purified so they are very mild compared to their full form. These negative situations can also be purified/exhausted in dreams, etc. Another way they can be purified is having mental disturbances or emotional ups and downs when actually doing the purification practices. In essence, you will need to feel the effects of your negative karma in some form or another, so better that you experience it in a very mild form right? This is what purification practices helps you to do. Purification practices are not something to be scared of. In fact, you should rejoice when engaged in purification practices. On a more deeper level, without some form of purification practice it is hard to understand higher aspects of the Dharma. Your negative karma will block you from being able to understand the Dharma and then internalise it. That is why purification practices are emphasised within each and every tradition and are a prerequisite for higher teaching such as tantra. The benefits of purification practices (such as enabling you to exhaust your negative karma in a very mild form, and preparing your mind for higher teachings) outweighs having to experience a very small negative situation. Therefore think about the benefits of purification practice and contemplate on it. This will help you to develop faith in them and get rid of any doubts or fears that you may have. I hope this helps.
  • April 1, 2021 04:54
    You are awesome! asked: Hello, you are awesome! keep going!
    pastor answered: Thank you for your kind message. It is very encouraging for us to read. May you always be blessed by the Three Jewels.
  • March 28, 2021 15:08
    vikas baluni asked: abut growth of my business
    pastor answered: Dear Vikas Baluni, I am unclear as to the actually meaning of your question but I believe you are asking how to increase and grow your business. According to Buddhism, everything that we go through in life is due to karma, this includes both the good things and the bad things. Therefore, for your business to grow and do well depends on your good karma. Only one type of energy can overcome karma and is always good for your, and that is what we call merit or punya (in sanskrit). So in order to have merit for your business to do well, you have to take actions that generate merit. The main of these is to transform your mind to become a more compassionate and wiser person, to help others less fortunate, to engage in pujas and other such virtuous activities. There are certain deity practices that are well-known in Buddhism to help increase the energies of wealth and success in our lives. These can help your business to grow. Once such practice is that of Bhagawan Gyenze, you can click here to find out more: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html Bhagawan Gyenze will definitely help you to grow your business, if you have a good motivation. If you motivation is only about yourself, then your business will not grow that much. But if you have the motivation help others, then Bhagawan Gyenze will help you even more. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 25, 2021 01:11
    Jason asked: I have been practicing white dzambala and the bathing / water tormas for quite some time now. Recently I have been getting regular dreams where white dzambala appears and just smiles at me, or I dream that I am doing white dzambala chutor practice. I understand that when lama tsongkhapa got dreams of deities he thought that this was Mara acting up and paid no attention to it until his lama said something. My lama is currently on retreat and it is difficult to contact him. Please give me some advice on what is happening. I'm just some normal beginners smuck and I'm getting worried that this is a bad sign. When I wake up I feel at peace... But according to commentaries this could be Mara.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am really happy to hear that you are engaging in Dzambhala's practice. It's extremely beneficial. You are right that Lama Tsongkhapa ignored his dreams of deities, and viewed them as bad signs. But before jumping to conclusions, we must analyse the reasons why Lama Tsongkhapa ignored not only his dreams, also the visions of the deities he received. The reason that Lama Tsongkhapa did not consider it a positive sign is because as practitioners on the spiritual path, it is all too easy to get carried away with 'signs' or advice, visions, dreams from supposed deities. Sometimes if we 'analyse' them it can lead us in the wrong direction because of our mistaken understanding. Sometimes, other entities can also enter our dreams and tell us things that we believe, hence we start practising things that are not Dharmic in nature. Lama Tsongkhapa warned against such things, rather Lama Tsongkhapa said that we should rely on the Dharma teachings that are genuine and transmitted to us through an unbroken line through our lineage. Generally speaking however, these dreams you are having are literally just dreams, so there is nothing to worry about. One category of dreams we have are known as samsaric dreams. These arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we make a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. When we have dreams such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. Because we have been engaging in sustained practice, or have imprints from previous lives, these can surface in our dreams hence we have dreams of Buddhas, our teachers, etc. There is nothing to worry about or to consider overly auspicious or a 'sign'. Just realise that you have had the dream, do not allow your thoughts to dwell on it, accept it and move on. However, do take note that you had these dreams and once your Guru is out of retreat, please consult your Guru and inform him/her of these occurances and seek your Guru's advice if any. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2021 02:01
    Jason asked: I white dzambhala is a wealth deity but can he also act as a dharma protector?
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. The practice of Dzambhala is actually a Yidam practice, this means that Dzambhala is a meditational deity. When you engage in his practice, as well as bestowing wealth, through his practice you also develop qualities that help you progress towards enlightenment. In the case of Dzambhala, the primary quality he helps you develop is actually generosity, which is one of the Six Perfections. Therefore, although he is known as a wealth deity, he is much, much more than that. When you engage in his practice, you are actually developing virtuous qualities in your mindstream. The function of Dharma Protectors however is to remove obstacles and to create conducive conditions so that you can transform your mind. Hence, the function of a meditational deity and a Dharma Protector is different. That being said, when you engage in Dzambhala's practice properly, you do gain wealth. Generally, we only consider this wealth to be external wealth, but Dzambhala's practice is more than that, because through his practice you gain internal wealth which are virtuous qualities. Due to the fact his practice also brings material wealth, he is known as a wealth deity. When you practice any meditational deity, you will gain some physical benefit as well, which can seem to mirror the effect of Dharma Protectors, but their function is very different. Dzambhala for example grants material wealth, but his actually function is to increase inner wealth. Another example would be Medicine Buddha, outward he heals our physical body, but inwardly he also helps to heal our minds and develop qualities such as compassion. Dharma Protectors can also help to heal our body, but for real internal change, we need to rely on a meditational deity. I hope this answer helps.
  • March 16, 2021 21:23
    ray asked: Dear pastors, i have a question regarding vajra and bells. can one use them if they do not have any sort of initiation or whatsoever?
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. You are right that traditionally vajras and bells are only used after receiving initiation. However, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche recommended learning how to use the vajra and bell, as a means of creating the causes to receive initiation in the future. That said, there are many dos and don'ts related to using the vajra and bell. You can learn not only how to use them, but also vajra and bell etiquette from one of Kechara's Pastors. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 7, 2021 17:30
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Do you recommend doing Tsem Rinpoche’s guru yoga as part of daily Sadhana? I am sure I read on the article for the name retreat that it could be done as daily prayers but now I can’t see that sentence? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes of course, you may include Tsem Rinpoche's Guru Yoga as part of your daily sadhana if you wish. This creates a very strong bond with Tsem Rinpoche. If you are following the Diamond Path sadhana (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/diamond-path), you insert the Guru Yoga after you have completed the Gaden Lhagyama (Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa). Alternative, if you are using a different prayer text, you insert the Guru Yoga after Gaden Lhagyama, or before any deity prayers that you do such as Manjushri, Tara, etc. After you complete the deity practice section of your sadhana, you continue on to your Dharma protector practice, and finish with your completion dedication. I hope this helps. Do let us know if this is not clear. Thanks.
  • March 4, 2021 22:52
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Can a lay person work towards the preliminary practices by accumulating daily ? Many thanks.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes, of course. Anyone can engage in the preliminary practices, you don't have to be ordained in order to do so. However for one's practice to be considered a full preliminary practice, you need to do 100,000 repetitions of whichever practice you are engaged in without break. That means you must engage in at least one session a day, until the count is completed. 10% of the count is also added on top, to make up for any unintentional mistakes. So the figure would actually be 110,000. If you skip a day, that means you have broken your preliminary retreat. If this occurs you can still dedicate the practice you have done so far, and you will still benefit from the merit generated and the purification of negative karma from the practice, but it is not counted as a full preliminary practice. Also you must adhere to the retreat procedures for the duration of the time it takes you to complete the particular preliminary practice. For example, an altar with daily offerings, retreat seat with swastika, refraining from eating black foods, etc. This may not be convenient for most people in our day and age. So what you can do is to spend a certain amount of time accumulating a specific figure, for example 10,000 repetitions of a particular practice. Seal the practice at the end with a strong dedication, like the King of Prayers. Later on, you can repeat the procedure more times until you complete 100,000. This method was given by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for modern-day practitioners who do not have the time to complete 100,000 in one go. While it technically does not constitute a full preliminary retreat, you still gain immense merits and purification from engaging in the practice, even if spaced out. As Rinpoche said, it's better for you to do mini preliminary retreats than not doing any of the preliminary practices whatsoever. That being said, if you do have the ability to do a full preliminary retreat and it will not negatively impact you, such as create financial difficulties or strain familial relationships, then of course go ahead! To have the sincere wish to engage in any Dharma practice is wonderful. You can read more about the individual preliminary practices here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html You can watch a short teaching on the preliminary practices by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/cosmic-tantra.html
  • March 3, 2021 04:13
    Sandra asked: Dear respected pastors, what are dreams? Do dreams have significance? Are they simply images the mind views at night - do they resemble the dreamer's state of mind? Thank you for all your replies :) :)
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Hello. Nice to see you back here. On the normal level, both waking and dream states are both marred by our delusions. The teachings tell us that this deluded state continues through all our experiences, whether during the dreaming or waking states. The way to overcome this is to "wake up" from our delusions, or reach enlightenment. Normally when people think of dreams, they do so in psychological terms and so focus on the content of the dream. When we investigate the nature of the dream itself, we begin to investigate something deeper, the processes that underlies the whole of our existence. Understand this propels you further along the spiritual journey towards enlightenment. We have many dreams during one night of sleep, and may or may not consciously remember then when we wake up. In terms of content, dreams can be used to work through psychological issues or can indicate certain issues and overcoming them (as is common within Western psychological practices). In Tibetan Buddhism, dreams can be used for much more. In the advanced practices, one can transform ordinary dreams to further one's spiritual journey. This is not only in terms of working through psychological issues, but in terms of meditation and practice as well. Generally, there are three types of dreams as described below. Most of us only experience the first type, unless we progress on the spiritual path. 1. Samsaric dreams: these arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we take a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. 2. Clarity dreams: These dreams occur when you are fairly progressed in meditational practices and can carry this into the dream state. These dreams arise not from the emotions, or memories, etc., but from more subtler forms of karma and delusions. However, just like in waking mediational practice, you are not affected by the images or thoughts that appear to you. 3. Clear Light dreams: In the advanced tantric practices, there are teachings called dream yoga. The object of these is to achieve the clear light dreams, which are very difficult to achieve and take years and years of intense practice. The most important clear light mind that arises is actually at the time of our death, if we are trained enough in this very subtle state, we can actually control where we take rebirth. If we are more experienced in this state, then we can actually use it to meditate on the teachings and achieve enlightenment. Clear light dreams are a "lesser" type of clear light mind, that helps practitioners prepare for the time of death. When we have an auspicious dream such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., even though this is auspicious, it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. There are instances however, when the enlightened beings and Dharma protectors will send practitioners dreams to help with their practice or as methods of divination. Tsem Rinpoche once told us of a very powerful Nyingma lama known for his divination abilities. Students would ask him a question, then he would take a nap, and receive divination advice in this dreams, which he would then relay to his students. This lama was well-known for this ability because his dream divinations were extremely accurate. As I am sure you can tell, the scope of dreams with the Buddhist context is very vast and I will not be able to cover everything here. However, I hope that what I have written helps your understanding. Thank you.
  • March 1, 2021 23:37
    Sandra asked: Hello dear pastors, wish we could have an article like the one below to highlight the auspicious days of 2021. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/auspicious-days.html
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your suggestion. At the moment, there are no plans to publish another article with 2021 dates. But I have listed out some of the auspicious days and their dates for this year for you. I have only included future dates, not those that have already passed. Saga Dawa Duchen - 26th May 2021 Chokhor Duchen - 14th July 2021 Dorje Shugden Day - 24th August 2021 Lhabab Duchen - 27th October 2021 Gaden Ngamchoe or Tsongkhapa Day - 29th December 2021 I hope this helps. Thank you.
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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.
5 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
6 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Fwd: Dear Sotha
7 months ago
Fwd: Dear Sotha
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
7 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
7 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
8 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
8 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
11 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
11 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
11 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
11 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
1 years ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
1 years ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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