What Would Buddha Say About Selfies?

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By Pastor David Lai

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Selfie [noun]

A photograph that one takes of oneself with a digital camera or a front-facing smartphone, tablet, or webcam, especially for posting on a social-networking or photo-sharing website.

In a generation of smartphones installed with Facebook and Instagram apps, taking selfies in all its variations are part of the latest social media craze. With most modern smartphones being fitted with front facing cameras, selfies are made even easier because it is so easy to take flattering and casual pictures. You either love or hate selfies but that does not deny their popularity. The funny thing is, I have been taking selfies even way before I heard of the word, no thanks to Facebook and the webcam on my laptop.

In 2012, Time Magazine included the word “selfie” as one of the “Top 10 Buzzwords” of that year, thus reflecting the current social trend. According to a survey in 2013, two-thirds of Australian women between the ages of 18 to 35 take selfies and naturally, the most common purpose of doing this is to post them on social media platforms. A poll commissioned by Samsung found that selfies make up 30 percent of photos taken by people within the age group of 18 to 24. By November 2013, the Oxford English Dictionary declared the word “selfie” as the “Word of the Year” and traces its origins to Australia.

 

What I think of Selfies…

First of all, I think selfies are fun. On second thought, I also think they made an action that is overtly narcissistic into something fun and guiltless by giving it a cute name – selfie. The vain part of me loves this and the cute little word makes it all the more inviting and fun to do so. The thing about selfies (if you read the definition at the beginning of this article) is that you have to share that little picture of yourself with people on social media to get some sort of response.

People take selfies essentially to have it uploaded onto their social networks in order to get a response from their followers. It has never been this easy and far-reaching, considering how many users there are on social platforms. It’s addictive to watch that little thumbs-up number go up. I know it’s silly but most of us selfie-lovers do that. We wait for the numbers to go up and hope someone will say something in the little box below because that would mean that my picture was interesting enough or good enough for you to make a comment. If I got over a hundred likes, I would be smiling from ear to ear and if I had more than five comments, especially from people that matter to me, I would be walking on clouds. I know. It isn’t much.

However, when I observed a few selfie-lover friends (or should I say, selfie addicts) repeatedly post pictures of themselves on Facebook, my initial reaction was, “Wow! You look great.” I clicked “LIKE” and thought I should take a selfie too. Then, I saw another selfie and I clicked “LIKE” again. Somewhere between the 20th to 30th selfie (all in a slightly different pose), I was almost screaming, “Not again!” On the 40th to 50th selfie, I would just scroll down real quick to avoid them. Finally on the 100th selfie, I found myself thinking, “Is it bad karma to unfriend someone on Facebook?” No… I didn’t do that but it got me thinking, “Why would people take so many selfies of themselves?”

So, what’s wrong with taking a few selfies for a few cheap thrills? On its own, I think that taking selfies is not a bad thing actually. It is the underlying behavioral pattern that is bad. This is when selfie-taking develops into an addiction. This is when people take selfies to the next level of narcissism and self-deception. This is when people project a make-believe world that they are always smiling, always happy, always at a party, always in a designer outfit, always on holiday in an exotic location, etc. to their audience when the reality is quite different.

More often than not, this make-believe world is an escape from a reality that they refuse to face. Self-deception is dangerous when it becomes chronic because it would mean that one will eventually resort to lying, cheating or cover-ups in order to maintain that pretence. Consequently, the more selfies one takes, the more one just feeds into this self-deception and its underlying insecurities. At this point, I am already reconsidering taking most of my selfies although I let one or two slide just for comedic relief. I know all this may sound dramatic to you but let’s check out what the experts say about this social activity.

 

What Some Experts Say…

In 2013, a social study done on Facebook users entitled “Tagger’s delight? Disclosure and liking in Facebook” found that frequently posting photos of oneself have a correlation with lower levels of intimacy and social support from Facebook friends in general. This is because Facebook audiences would find it difficult to relate to those who constantly share photos of themselves.

A typical Facebook audience consists of a broad range of people – partners, friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances, and each group would take a different view of the information shared. Many would find excessive selfie-taking to be distasteful and even offensive. In fact, the author of this study even suggests that “those who frequently post photographs on Facebook risk damaging real-life relationships.” This is logical considering how social media is dominating inter-personal relationships with the advent of smartphones and the easy access to the Internet. 

Danny Bowman suffers from body dysmorphic disorder

In April 2014, a young English man by the name of Danny Bowman recalls spending ten hours a day taking up to 200 selfies and still feeling that they were not good enough. All this culminated to the point when he attempted to commit suicide after failing to take the perfect selfie. He was diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder, a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder. This incident led to several research articles connecting excessive selfie-taking with body dysmorphic disorder. The connection does not indicate suicidal tendencies but the fact that excessive selfie-taking may likely indicate the underlying problem of body dysmorphic disorder.

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Body dysmorphic disorder is a psychological disorder that relates to an obsessive preoccupation with the flaws of one’s appearance. Those who suffer from this disorder would usually go to extreme measures to conceal or correct their perceived flaws. This condition is fairly common and affects somewhere between 1.7 to 2.4 percent of the population. In addition, this condition usually starts during adolescence, and affects men and women equally. Sufferers usually hide what they feel and therefore, excessive selfie-taking could be one of the indicators of this disorder.

On the other hand, recent studies conducted this year (2015) on social media users suggest correlations between selfie-taking behavioral patterns with psychological conditions like narcissism and psychopathy. More specifically, selfie-posting behavior was linked to both narcissism and psychopathy while users who religiously edited their photos would possess a narcissistic tendency but not psychopathic behavior.

According to experts, narcissism disorder is a condition where sufferers believe that the world revolves around them due to deep-seated underlying insecurity, while psychopathy is where the sufferer lacks empathy for others and are governed by impulsive behavior. The connection between the number of selfies posted online and narcissism seems to be stronger among men than in women. As smartphones and social networks become increasingly popular, everyone is becoming more concerned with their appearance. That means these conditions may eventually become a common problem.

 

What would Buddha have said?

Now that we’ve heard from the experts, what about the Buddha? I would not pretend to know the Buddha so well that I could tell you what he would have said. But I think we can get an inkling of his thoughts on the matter of selfies by going through some of his teachings on the self. Experts have long said that the selfie is an expression of the self, and there is no one more qualified on the subject of the self than Lord Buddha. In fact, the Buddha gave voluminous teachings on this subject and it forms the core of his higher teachings.

The most basic aspect of the Buddha’s teachings is the development of renunciation. This does not mean that we abandon our responsibilities, family, friends, home, job, and so forth and run off to meditate in a cave instead. Renunciation is a special wisdom that sees the flaws of our attachment to short-term gratification and worldly pleasures and turns us to invest our time towards learning, helping others and other spiritual pursuits.

Selfies are generally an exercise in self-gratification because much of the thrill of posting a selfie is in amassing the likes and compliments that one gets in the comments below. When we think deeper, all that self-gratification leads us to nothing but serves only to increase our attachment for it. Selfies may seem harmless but doing it excessively is an indication that we have particularly strong attachments. Strong attachments are synonymous with a strong self-cherishing mind as well and that is the basis for suffering. In Buddhism, cherishing ourselves leads to suffering while cherishing others leads towards happiness.

In the highest teachings of the Buddha, our self-cherishing mind doesn’t inherently exist in the way we think it does. Our self-identity is attached to many aspects but the strongest are on the body and name. How we conventionally identify ourselves is based on these aspects that are in reality false in the ultimate sense. Selfies essentially celebrate that attachment to these aspects that don’t actually exist and thereby further solidifying this false notion of self that we hold so dearly to.

Therefore, it is safe to conclude that the Buddha would not have approved of selfies. However, the Buddha being the one endowed with great wisdom and skillful means would not have denounced selfies completely but would probably have advocated the middle way of approaching selfies. That is, to allow selfies in moderation for the mass majority of his students and to discourage it amongst his closest students who are more dedicated towards reaching the selfless state of enlightenment.

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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Apr 10, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    I suppose one if one is very attached to one’s body and seeing that body in a beautiful is a cause for concern. I recall once Rinpoche said that people who have a lot of attachment have a lot of fears, the fear can then create more anger.

    So I agree with the pastor David, normal people can take selfies for fun of course, they should never be obsessed with taking selfies. For the ones firmly on the path of renunciation i don’t think it is forbidden, as the renunciate has left their worldly life in the pursuit of a quick way to enlightenment.

  2. Jason on Dec 4, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Thx Pastor David. For me i dont like selfie but i hv to do it because always travel alone to overseas.i posted selfie in fb because i use fb as my photo album.Frankly said, i did feel happy n cheers once i saw many LIKE my photo.i will change my mind after i read the above article. i must renunciation because all these so called LIKE wont help me in my life.it might make me more attachment and make myself suffer.

  3. Yeo on Oct 30, 2015 at 1:06 am

    I definitely agree with what the author written above. Its so true that people get too obsessed with selfies and hurt themselves by it. I was a guy who love to take selfies, i can take up to 30 selfies a day but after some time i found out that i was actually wasting my time and craving for the “likes” from people around me, and i was living with all these “likes” by people on my social media. So i did actually quit and only do selfie when people ask me to do it for social purposes. (: Thanks author for the good sharing, great post indeed.

  4. Vinnie Tan on Oct 24, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for your sharing of this article. With this article coming from you that is also a huge selfie king it means so much.

    Not only the self realisation that you have and sharing with us, but it also teaches us that the kind of problems that we will have when we overly focus on our external looks, it will bring us no where.

    The little thumbs up, comments, retweets, favourites, or hearts on Facebook, Twitter, or even Instagram mean nothing by the end of the day. Yes, little things like this may make us happy for the moment, but what is the effect after that instant happiness? We will once again be back to the dull lifestyle that we may be having or that lousy day that we have. Nothing can change.

    The ultimate change that we can have is the change of us disconnecting from the “I” factor.

    I remember Rinpoche always telling us, we treasure so much about our body treat it with the best that we can. But by the end of the day, what it does is that it betrays us. It does nothing but to betray us. So why are we even putting so much emphasis to upkeep this perception of “I”.

    When we pass away, there is nothing that is able to help us apart from the merits that we have collected while we are alive and doing work to benefit others. Like many of Rinpoche’s teachings, when we truly feel happy is the times when we focus out. It is difficult at first, but as time goes by, that habit that we install in us will just come forth. By that time we will truly be happy as we no longer focus on “I” that we know will betray us.

    To be honest, I do get excited when I see the little figures going up as well. But by the end of the day when I think of it again, there is nothing after that. These only last for maybe a day or two. But when we leave this world, what do we get. Nothing… because what we have done has done no impact, it only impact ourselves but not anyone else’s lives.

  5. Joy on Oct 24, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Thank you Pastor David very “interesting” post on “selfie” as it is such a huge trend right now. I enjoyed reading it. I guess as we degenerate, the world or rather we will create more and more self-indulging activities, which creates more attachments that binds us in this vicious cycle of being born again and again in samsara. Experiencing all its sufferings again and again. It’s amazing how in Dharma we are taught to detach from the self, while the world spins around a chain that binds us to the self.

    Yes I would agree with your opinion that the Buddha would probably advice us closer students to not indulge in this “selfie” obsession. Even our Rinpoche does not encourage it, so I am quite certain it’s not something we should progress into.

    It just encourages our ego, pride, vanity, attachments to increase and inflate. On a psychological level, it is also unhealthy so let’s be moderate if we really “must” and why must we is also something we should investigate deep within us to address a much deeper hang up.

  6. Lum Kok Luen on Oct 24, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Dear Pastor David,

    Thank you for the wonderful analysis of the obsessive and compulsive behavior called “selfie”. I would also include “wefie” into this discussion as there are a many people who in a small closely knitted friendship group, are obsessed with taking “wefies” just like taking “selfies”.

    Totally agreed that moderation is the key. As Budhha has always advocated we should moderate our behavior. As long as we are always mindful and alert not to let “selfie” become a self cherishing practice, then it’s ok.

    There are many other behaviors that is self cherishing and “selfie” is just one of the many in-things that is happening around the world, especially in this degenerate age.

    Thank you for the wonderful article. Keep these coming!!

    _/\_
    Lum Kok Luen

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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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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
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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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
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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Birds were blessed before their departure to freedom. They deserved love & freedom too ~Jacinta,KPSG
Pastor Patsy giving explanation during Bird Liberation event. Kechara Penang Study Group's monthly bird liberation - Jacinta
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Pastor Patsy giving explanation during Bird Liberation event. Kechara Penang Study Group's monthly bird liberation - Jacinta
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teachers and students start dharma learning at this blissful morning ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
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Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teachers and students start dharma learning at this blissful morning ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teacher Lin Mun start class with Manjusri prayers after prostration ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
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Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teacher Lin Mun start class with Manjusri prayers after prostration ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
Mdm Glian Sim offered Serkym on behalf of KISG today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mdm Glian Sim offered Serkym on behalf of KISG today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Janice So offered water to Lama Tsongkhapa, Mother Tara, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Janice So offered water to Lama Tsongkhapa, Mother Tara, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Ms. Leow offered lights and incense prior to the prayer session in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ms. Leow offered lights and incense prior to the prayer session in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out a session of 21 Praises to Taras prayer recitations today in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out a session of 21 Praises to Taras prayer recitations today in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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