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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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 25. 2022 01:36 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings on Dorje Shugden Wangze. Dorje Shugden always helps, guides, and protects pure and faithful practitioners by granting blessings, increasing their wisdom, fulfilling their wishes, and bestowing success on all their virtuous activities. We are so fortunate to have learn this practice from our Guru.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-wangze-for-power-and-influence.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 25. 2022 01:34 PM
    Tagpu Pemavajra was a highly attained lama who had many authentic visions of the Buddhas. Amazing he had even received direct teachings from them. He had 13 vision from different deity of their practice such as Citamani Tara and Dorje Shugden. Tagpu Pemavajra was indeed a great master that passed down the complete teachings, practice, and the initiation of Dorje Shugden, to benefits countless sentient beings,generations after generations. Hence Dorje Shugden practice has been passed on from Tagpu Pemavajra to the present time. He had played an important role in the Gelug tradition.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a great highly attained master well known for his astral travel especially for his pure visions of deities.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/tagpu-pemavajra-and-visions-from-gaden-heaven.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 25. 2022 01:32 PM
    Interesting read of Loppon Sonam Tsemo an important Tibetan sprititual leader and Buddhist scholar. According to his biography, when Loppon Sonam Tsemo was born, words written by dakinis appeared above the doorway to the great stupa in Bodhgaya, India. At a very young age he was able to describe memories of eleven previous lives. That’s amazing ability he had. He even composed the treatise Door to the Dharma at the holy shrine of Nalatse. Followed by receiving pure visions of the Bodhisattva Manjushri, Shri Hevajra, Green Tara and Arya Acala . A truly great Master who had dedicated the rest of his life to studies and meditation for the benefit of all beings. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/sakya-lopon-sonam-tsemo-the-one-who-ascended-to-kechara-paradise.html
  • Saras
    Monday, May 23. 2022 03:00 PM
    Thanks you for the incredible tales of Ji Gong, I truly enjoyed knowing the actual monk in picture. Ji Gong symbolised hope and kindness of dharma to the poor and underprivileged, the spirit of Ji Gong will continue to survive through time because nothing could destroy that.

    I had fascinated watching a number of movies that had related Ji Gong kindness, compassion and his skillful actions that had such a large influence in the world and that until today.

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    Monday, May 23. 2022 02:35 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for showing me the beauty of Buddhism which had me changed to be a better person. Learning and practicing this beautiful Tibetan Buddhism is simply amazing for me. Even though I started late yet no regrets and had not stop , going all the way learning bit by bit , more and more knowledge reading most of the blogs. There is always a reason behind it . With folded hands thanks again for bringing Dharma to us. Buddhism is such a wonderful religion indeed. Nor matter what i will never give up.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, May 23. 2022 02:32 PM
    Dorje Shugden was one of their main protector practices and considered an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion. There has been an unbroken tradition of the practice of Dorje Shugden as an enlightened protector since early 1700 till now. We are fortunate we learn, practice of purifying, pacifying and removing obstacles and illnesses. All thanks to our Lama Tsem Rinpoche, bringing the practice to Malaysia. Dorje Shugden had been propitiated by Sakya lineage 18th centuries ago. Dorje Shugden has been viewed as an Enlightened Protector. Evidence from the Sakya throne holders themselves, who are the holders of the Sakya tradition’s most precious Tantric transmission.
    comes from none other than the Sakya throne holders themselves, who are the holders of the Sakya tradition’s most precious Tantric transmission. The Sakya lineage holders are considered to be emanations of Avalokiteshvara and Manjushri, and their family lineage is regarded as divine. They had propitiated Dorje Shugden as a fully enlightened being and composed a praise to him. This prayer has since achieved prominence and is still widely used today.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing as it is marvelous to read that the supreme Dharmapala, Dorje Shugden is none sectarian. As confirmed by the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871 – 1935) who wrote,
    The Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden Tsel definitively is Avalokiteshvara.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-sakya-lineage-dorje-shugden.html
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    Monday, May 23. 2022 02:29 PM
    Beautiful White Tara paintings by a very talented artist indeed . Love those paintings , merely looking at it is a blessing. Each of those paintings has it unique way which tells us a thousand words. White Tara is associated with maternal compassion and healing. In many representations, she has eyes in the palms of her hands and on the soles of her feet, as well as in the center of her forehead, representing her power to see those who are suffering and offer her aid.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing and explaining all about it for us to understand better.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/spectacular-white-tara.html
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    All these are mainly caused by human activities which harm the environment. It works in mysterious ways, sometimes which cannot be seen by the naked eye. Human has become selfish and is utilizing the earth’s resources at a instant rapid rate to enjoy privileges however forgotten on the effect of it in long run.

    Earth is a privilege given to us by nature and it’s our responsibility to protect it . Our well
    being solely depends on this. We should create awareness and start taking action to help our mother nature instead of looking for another earth. However, this is soon going to be our reality if we do not save the earth now.

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    Tuesday, May 17. 2022 10:59 PM
    Thank you for the unique interior design of Tao Restaurant in New York. I am very much fascinated to see the huge Buddha statue in this restaurant.

    The design idea is as such that able to bring versatile atmosphere to life. It also has a significant influence on customer experience because it includes planning the layout of the restaurant.

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    Tuesday, May 17. 2022 03:52 PM
    Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche, also known as Chetul Sangye Dorje, is one of the few living disciples of the great master Khenpo Ngagchung . A great renowned realised Dzogchen yogis Master known for his great realization and strict disciplines. He lives a life as a wandering yogi meditating alone in caves for many years ,ceaselessly working to overturn samsara for all sentient beings. During his life Chatral Rinpoche was one of the most vocal opponents of meat eating in Tibetan Buddhism. He releases large amounts of fish from the Calcutta fish markets every year.Chatral Rinpoche even composed a song about this practise of saving lives. His amazing story and teachings had indeed inspired many especially the westerners. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/kyabje-chatral-sangye-dorjee-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 17. 2022 03:51 PM
    Samfoonheei on May 17, 2022 at 3:45 pm
    Revisit this incredible sharing of the history of Bhutan and the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. Bhutan a beautiful landlocked country have been long connected with Dorje Shugden ever since the days of 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche Jetsun Jigme Norbu long and established tradition in Bhutan. Bhutan recognizes Buddhism as the state’s “spiritual heritage,” provides for freedom of religion, and bans discrimination based on religious belief. Buddhism was first introduced to Bhutan in the 7th century by Guru Padmasambhava. The Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal is considered to be the founder of modern day Bhutan. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal was notable Drukpa Kagyu masters of this nation advocated the practice of the enlightened Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. These goes back to the time of the 3rd Drubwang Tenzin Zangpo from the incarnation lineage where he had authored part of an early propitiation text to Dorje Shugden. Followed by the 4th Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu, from the reincarnation lineage of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, also included extensive prayers to Dorje Shugden in his collected works. Interesting findings the Gyalwang Drukpas are considered to be emanations of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. All liturgies to Dorje Shugden can be found in the collected works of prominent high lamas whose incarnation lineages are deeply linked with the very fabric of Bhutan’s history. The 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche Jetsun Jigme Norbu is highly attained and cannot be wrong about Dorje Shugden. The 4th Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu’s autobiography tells all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing. May more and more people know the truth the very truth and realised that Dorje Shugden is not evil but a very powerful dharma protector. The practice of Dorje Shugden is indeed very beneficial which had been practiced centuries ago.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-4th-zhabdrung-rinpoche-of-bhutan-and-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 17. 2022 03:40 PM
    Great reading this post by Martin Desai of Huffington Post that brought out the truth of the illegal ban to the world. Huffpost an American news aggregator and blog, with localized and international editions, publishing a fair and logical article on the religious discrimination issue. It’s the Dorje Shugden controversy that’s have been going on along long time ago. For over more than 20 years Dorje Shugden people had been suffering from discrimination and segregation for their practice. Thank you Martin Desai for high lighting this injustice issue and sharing it is to the world. Thank you Huffington Post for publishing. Those who practice Dorje Shugden are being denied of service from hospitals and clinics. Some even are not allowed to work in government sectors. There’s more proof to support that it has happened like checking into hotel as in this post . Reading this article will tell all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/huffington-post-when-machiavelli-dons-tibetan-robes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 12. 2022 01:34 PM
    Prof. Lokesh Chandra is a well known scholar of the Vedic period, Buddhism and the Indian arts. Amazingly he has he published 576 books and 286 articles just between 1942 and 2004. He has also held many official government positions as well. Wow he has travelled widely all over Europe, Asia and Russia. He has studied many multi languages as such English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Bengali, Pali, Old Persian, Japanese, Chinese, Tibetan, Malayalam, Mongolian, Indonesian, Greek, Latin, German, French, Tamil, Old Javanese, Russian, Avesta, and even Old Persian. Truly genius talented scholar of all time.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Joy for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/books-poetry/professor-lokesh-chandra-indias-great-scholar.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 12. 2022 01:31 PM
    GREAT NEWS…..Jewish priests are promoting vegetarianism to their followers . Most modern-day Jews are not vegetarian. Following a vegetarian diet are varied but include health benefits, such as reducing life threading diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers disease. Vegetarians appear to have lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and lower rates of hypertension and type 2 diabetes . That’s very true. By not eating meat one helps to discourage the cruel treatment of animals such as cows, pigs, chickens, and other animals on factory farms for consumption. One also helps to improve the environment, insofar as factory farms are major sources of water and air pollution, including gasses that contribute to global warming. By not eating meat one helps oneself, since a vegetarian diet is far healthier for humans than a diet based on meat. Jewish Vegetarian Society and others did the right approach to values of compassion for animals, protection of the environment, and concern for health reasons and spiritual well-being.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing on behalf of those animals who cannot speak for themselves.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/rabbis-urge-jews-to-go-vegan-in-global-campaign.html
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    John Shelby Spong an American bishop of the Episcopal Church. A liberal Christian theologian, religion commentator, and author, spoke bravely of what he thought of the Christian belief away from theism and traditional doctrines. To some Christians, Bishop John Shelby Spong was a heretic. Entrusted with defending the faith, he dismissed notions of the resurrection of Jesus that have been foundations of Christianity for centuries. Bishop Spong came to believe that insistence on an inerrant, literal view of the Bible obscures truth and destroys faith. He was an outspoken leader who believed that faith and worship should be open to marginalised groups. He sermonize a powerful message of love and justice that would resonate in an increasingly secular age. He gain international fame while writing more than two dozen books, appearing on TV shows as well. He was the recipient of three honorary awards to date before his passing. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/bishop-john-spong-on-religion-and-god-very-interesting.html

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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
1 week ago
Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
1 week ago
Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
1 week ago
Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
1 week ago
Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
4 weeks ago
All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
4 weeks ago
All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
4 weeks ago
After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
4 weeks ago
With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
1 month ago
Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
1 month ago
Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
1 month ago
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
1 month ago
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
1 month ago
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
1 month ago
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
1 month ago
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
1 month ago
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
1 month ago
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
1 month ago
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
2 months ago
KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
3 months ago
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
3 months ago
Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
3 months ago
Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
3 months ago
4 months ago
After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
4 months ago
After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
4 months ago
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 20th Nov '21. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 20th Nov '21. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Mr. Philip, our new visitor to Ipoh centre, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Three Jewels prior to DS puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Mr. Philip, our new visitor to Ipoh centre, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Three Jewels prior to DS puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has resumed our Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 6th Nov 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has resumed our Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 6th Nov 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
7 months ago
Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
8 months ago
Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
1 years ago
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
1 years ago
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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