Young, Single and What About It?

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Dear friends around the world,

In Asian cultures, especially Chinese culture, getting married is considered a very essential part of life. Therefore marriage is very much encouraged. Nine out of ten families think very highly of marriage because having a family bloodline is considered as honouring the ancestors and bringing glory to the family.

Before I ran away from home, my parents too expected me to get married and have a family eventually which is something I have never wanted. Below is quite an interesting piece of research that I have came across, I hope everyone reads through it thoroughly and let me know what your thoughts are.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Young, single and what about it?

In her tiny flat, which she shares with two cats and a flock of porcelain owls, Chi Yingying describes her parents as wanting to be the controlling shareholders in her life. Even when she was in her early 20s, her mother raged at her for being unmarried. At 28 Ms Chi took “the most courageous decision of my life” and moved into her own home. Now 33, she relishes the privacy—at a price: her monthly rent of 4,000 yuan ($625) swallows nearly half her salary.

In many countries leaving the family home well before marriage is a rite of passage. But in China choosing to live alone and unmarried as Ms Chi has done is eccentric verging on taboo. Chinese culture attaches a particularly high value to the idea that families should live together. Yet ever more people are living alone.

In the decade to 2010 the number of single-person households doubled. Today over 58m Chinese live by themselves, according to census data, a bigger number of one-person homes than in America, Britain and France combined. Solo dwellers make up 14% of all households. That is still low compared with rates found in Japan or Taiwan (see chart), but the proportion will certainly increase.

The pattern of Chinese living alone is somewhat different from that in the West, because tens of millions of (mainly poor) migrant workers have moved away from home to find work in more prosperous regions of China; many in this group live alone, often in shoeboxes. Yet for the most part younger Chinese living alone are from among the better-off. “Freedom and new wealth” have broken China’s traditional family structures, says Jing Jun of Tsinghua University in Beijing.

The better-educated under-30-year-olds are, and the more money they have, the more likely they are to live alone. Rich parts of China have more non-widowed single dwellers: in Beijing a fifth of homes house only one person. The marriage age is rising, particularly in big cities such as Shanghai and Guangzhou, where the average man marries after 30 and the average woman at 28, older than their American counterparts. Divorce rates are also increasing, though they are still much lower than in America. More than 3.5m Chinese couples split up each year, which adds to the number of single households.

For some, living alone is a transitional stage on the way to marriage, remarriage or family reunification. But for a growing number of people it may be a permanent state. In cities, many educated, urban women stay single, often as a positive choice—a sign of rising status and better employment opportunities. Rural areas, by contrast, have a skewed sex ratio in which men outnumber women, a consequence of families preferring sons and aborting female fetuses or abandoning baby girls. The consequence is millions of reluctant bachelors.

In the past, adulthood in China used, almost without exception, to mean marriage and having children within supervised rural or urban structures. Now a growing number of Chinese live beyond prying eyes, able to pursue the social and sexual lives they choose.

In the long run that poses a political challenge: the love of individual freedom is something that the Chinese state has long tried to quash. Living alone does not have to mean breaching social norms—phones and the internet make it easier than ever to keep in touch with relations, after all. Yet loosening family ties may open up space for new social networks, interest groups, even political aspirations of which the state may come to disapprove.

For now those who live alone are often subject to mockery. Unmarried females are labelled “leftover women”; unmarried men, “bare branches”—for the family tree they will never grow. An online group called “women living alone” is stacked with complaints about being told to “get a boyfriend”.

Even eating out can be a trial, since Chinese food culture is associated with groups of people sharing a whole range of dishes. After repeated criticism for dining alone, in 2014 Yanni Cai, a Shanghai journalist, wrote “Eating Alone”, a book on how singletons can adapt Chinese cuisine to make a single plate a meal in itself. According to tradition, even a frugal Chinese meal comprises “four dishes and one soup”. A single diner is likely to find that rather too much to stomach.

Source: http://www.economist.com/node/21662592?cid1=d/soc/Facebook/dyn/21662592/20151001-00:00am/paid/social-LA/BR-WB/BRPII/n/subs/MY/BR-LIT

 

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  1. Jacinta Goh on Nov 16, 2018 at 8:58 am

    If, I mean if…. I can turn the clock around, I prefer to be single. Being single does have its benefits and thanks to Rinpoche for His Dharma. Although I’m married but I started to appreciate those being single. Happiness does come from within and not from the outside. There are many successful men and women out there being single too.

    However, if you do not have a purpose in life, being single maybe the worst omen for you. In that case, being single may put you into horrible situation thinking that you have nothing good in this life and you’re meant to suffer. Hence, be contented and achieve more whether you’re single or otherwise.

    For those who are still in deciding, this is rather a good post to look into.

  2. Vivian Ong on Dec 1, 2016 at 12:42 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. In my opinion, nowadays many women are highly educated and hold a high post in the corporate companies. To them, to have a partner or not is not an issue as they can afford to live alone. The increasing number of divorce cases are also due to the husband or boyfriend having affair or the couple got married too quickly without thinking much. That is why more and more women back off from getting married after they see their friends or family members with such cases.

  3. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 13, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    I do not think there is a problem societal cultures, however sometimes time and changing environments can invalidate certain societal norms. What was acceptable and something that fits once before in the society we live in, may not be so suitable after a certain period.

    It is very interesting the Chinese Culture has so much influence from food, I suppose not being single is a way of getting more food down the hatch.

  4. Colin Tan on Aug 13, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Living alone is not a big issue in most culture, but it’s undesirable in Chinese culture. Leaving parents and stay alone most of the time will be perceived as “bu xiao” (not filial piety) or considered as not caring for one’s parents. Actually there is no right or wrong to stay with family even entering adulthood. But most of the time, parents will still prying into the lives of their offspring or even controlling their lifestyle or daily routines. Therefore one can’t have much opportunity to learn to be independent and has very little freedom to live a different lifestyle from own parents, if they choose to stay together with parents.

    Apart from different lifestyle, living with parents could be a barrier for men or women to choose a career in different cities or countries. This has become a great challenge or dilemma especially for men to have to choose between staying with parents and chasing own dreams. Same goes to women, getting married and taking care of children at home are still considered a virtue for women, the first priority in life in most Chinese families. Living alone chasing one’s dream and not getting married is often called “leftover women”, a derogatory term for unmarried women nowadays, misleadingly implies these women have failed to meet men’s standards.

    A matured adult shall be the one that can think and behave wisely and independently, free from the old traditional beliefs, and at the same time being considerate to family and others. Living alone or stay single should not be judged as a wrong move, and parents should allow their children to chase their dreams freely, support them fully without imposing own expectation on them. Understanding from parents will be an irreplaceable support and encouragement for youngsters to realize their dreams especially when different value exists between two generations.

  5. Pastor Han Nee on Jul 4, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Having just read the blogpost “Heart to Heart with Teresa Hsu”, I now look with fresh perspectives on this issue of being young,single and living alone . Societal norms or cultural norms did not stop Teresa from being single and remaining single. She led a full life, everyday of her long life. Her life was rich with meaning and purpose. She was always focussed outwards and always sought ways and means to serve the needy and the poor. There was no room in her life for self-cherishing thoughts. She only worried and planned for the poor and needy, regardless of race, colour or creed. If one can love others with such an all-encompassing love like Teresa Hsu, there will be no room for fear of being alone or lonely.

    It is all about choices and making the right choice.It’s about how to live one’s life to the optimum in benefiting or serving others.

  6. Jace Chong on Jun 27, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing the article.

    I grow up in a traditional Chinese family and yes my parent used to share same thoughts with the norm that the success of a person is having a marriage, family with kids. And I always wonder who define this? So by just having them, even if it jeopardizes our life, it is still considered a success?

    My mom used to be very upset when my elder sister had a divorce. She didn’t understand why she had to break the family apart and made her 2 kids to grow up without the biological father. I spent quite a long time with my mom to go through this period, that I encourage her to think clearly what made her upset.

    I explained by breaking the situation down to let her see that it’s the social expectation that made her feel like a loser when her daughter had a divorce. She then understands that if she really loves her daughter, she should allow and happy with the daughter to choose her life.

    I can tell my parents still hoping to see me wearing a wedding gown and knee in front of the ancestor tablets with another man. But they didn’t tell me directly because they accept that I have a different definition for life, and they also understand that marriage is not the only way to success or having a happy life.

  7. Li Kheng on Jun 20, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Thank you for the interesting post.

    Unconsciously, the modern generation is nurtured to be alone because of the strong focus on “me, myself and I”. In fact, getting others involved often end up in painful consequences as differences no longer develop patience and tolerance. Instead, it breeds frustration, anger, fighting and quarrels between people who vowed to love each other in sickness and in health…

    The conflict in our action and the delusion of what we think we want is the cause of the friction within each of us today.

    I think a good start is to take a moment to gather the courage and kindness to have a good look at ourselves. To determine what we want and sincerely and diligently pursue this course wholeheartedly.

  8. Beatrix Ooi on Jun 13, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    I personally think that marriage should not be forced onto a person. In this modern era, people are more open-minded and are starting to accept the concept that marriage is not everything. A person does not need a marriage or kids to be successful. To me, marriage is just about a piece of paper, I don’t see there’s a need of “tying” a relationship to a piece of paper, but of course this is just my opinion. This is a very interesting article, it’s a good reflect on the old culture/ system.

  9. CindyH on Jun 8, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    Whilst the subject matter of the article relates to China, the society’s expectation for people to behave a certain way (e.g. from getting married to staying with family and not leaving alone) is definitely universal. This stems from the norm for people to define happiness and measure contentment based on society’s standard. People are so used to the institutionalised definition of what is normal that any deviation automatically would result in censors, disapprovals and also deemed “abnormal”. Nothing is permanent and institutionalised definition of normalcy is no exception. Hence, we now see more acceptance and less stigmatisation of the actions deemed abnormal (e.g. people opting to stay single, live alone etc) in sync with the changes in the manner of thinking within the communities. It is actually quite scary that many so readily embrace the dictates of society as means to determine their happiness without thinking twice. And without being aware that by doing so, it will often bring about the opposite intended results.

  10. Sofi on Jun 7, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I think that being single should be accepted as a personal choice and to be respected. Being married is also a personal choice not to be forced.

    China has traditionally expected their children to be married off at a very young age to propagate and expand the family tree. In the olden days where illness does not have the medical advancement of today, children succumb to their illness very easily. So a large brood will ensure the lineage of the family. Also due to the poor condition of living, more children are welcome as helping hands, especially if the work is labour intensive without the modern tools that we have today. When the parents are working then the older children will look after the younger ones. Over the lifetimes, this mentality becomes so deeply entrenched and becomes a custom.

    As China opens its borders for economical reasons, more of the newer generation are exposed to the cultures of other advance countries, ie. US, UK, Europe, etc. where independence is very much valued and respected. With the improved economy and work conditions, the younger generation finds themselves with income that allows them to have the freedom of choice. With this freedom, they would want to fulfil their “dreams” without the burden of having a family or having to answer to anyone.

    I still remember from my own experience how my parents would bring me out to meet their friends or dinner functions. It was only later that I found out they were trying to match make me. Once I have a boyfriend then its “When are you going to get married?”. After my marriage, they moved on to my brother and then my sister. However my father and mom passed away without seeing my sister married and they charged me with the duty to help my sister find a husband before they left. Of course having met with the dharma, I pretty much left her alone to make her choice and I do envy her freedom to pursue what ever activity she chooses.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article and I personally feel there is no right or wrong by being single. It is a personal choice that should be respected and happiness can be found within the mind, not from dependence on another.

  11. May Ong on Jun 6, 2016 at 9:36 am

    The changing pattern and behavior of the Chinese society has reflected in the era of the internet. With fast intranet speed, smart phones and LAN lines available to just about anyone, even a child changed the whole demographics of a society.

    The new generation of young, internet savy and singles are usually educated, armed with new wealth, independent and little supervision from parents. Moving away from rural locations to huge cities for education, high rent forces them to rent single rooms and living alone. The label of ‘leftover women’ in China is especially degrading for the female in general. It implies gender discrimination against them.

    This article from Independent UK (http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/leftover-women-in-china-emotional-advert-challenges-the-pressure-on-single-women-to-get-married-a6980291.html) with headline “Emotional advert challenges the pressure on single women to get married” does not make sense to me. Being unmarried does not mean they are leftovers, to be treated like an ‘item’ or ‘object’. Plus what is wrong with being unmarried?

    It is not like being married will provide female with better lifestyle, more wealth or freedom or independence living with another spouse. There is no guarantee for good lasting marriage either these days.

    I find these ‘old age’ concepts befitting of the older era where female were brought up to think in ancient ways.

  12. chris chong on Jun 5, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Being in the norms is very important especially for the chinese community. Everyone have to either follow the norms of the society or they get pressured, mocked and made fun off. Apparently, “face” is more important than happiness. Many people submits to the pressure of the society and chose to adhere to the norms and do that they doesn’t like. Little to they know that by doing that, they are creating more suffering on themselves and others as well. An example will be getting married under pressure and later divorce due to unhappiness of the marriage.

    Being Single is not a crime and being in a relationship should not be the ultimate goal of life. Everybody has their right to choose what they want to do with their life and we shouldn’t stick our noses in other people’s life.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. Samsara will be samsara afterall.

    Humbly,
    Chris

  13. Wah Ying on May 30, 2016 at 12:59 am

    From the research, we know that there are more and more Chinese youngsters and not so young people stay single, not because they are not able to get a partner/soul mate. but thinking of new generation is changing. Being happy is no more equal to having a family and many kids. Feeling fulfilled or meaningful in life is not about aquaire something in life as well. no one actually really guarantee you will not feeling alone when you have someone besides you all the time 😉 Happiness, satisfaction and meaningful life is actually not about acquired something and least to fulfulling others’ expectation. Thank you Rinpoche sharing this interesting research about the new generation in China.

  14. Frederick Law on May 30, 2016 at 12:06 am

    Being single is a personal choice, yet most of the single people are always being asked why are you not married? Why are you still Single? DO you have partner? This is the tagline we always hear when ever we meet our family and friends during gathering.

    Chinese culture, especially the parents had been instilling in our mind that we need to find a partner, get married, have children, share responsibilities, take care of each other, and make the family Bloodline proud, and also that when we get old, the children will take care of us. This is the common understanding in every Chinese family.

    But as we see the trend, this is changing, many people are opting to be single, because there is freedom, they are not tied to commitment, and they can focus on their career, work and doing things without being questions and doubt for.

    Being Happy depend how you live your life meaningfully even though you are single.

  15. Julien Roth on May 29, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Personally I believe that people have the right to live wherever they want and however they want. Its sad to know that in the past people would be judged and pressured into getting married because it was seen as wrong to live alone. That is in China at least.

    I am happy to know that even in China times are changing and more people are getting the freedom to have whatever lifestyle they want. Less people are put under social pressure to get married and have a family and I think that is a positive development.

    I think the reason behind this change is that people are more independent these days as well as they are more well-off in terms of money. More wealthy people can afford to live alone and more independent people can make their own choices. Women are also becoming more independent and no longer rely on men for financial support.

  16. Liang Jing on May 29, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    I think life could be more wonderful even you are not getting maried, we can see many single happy people around us. Therefore, happyness is nothing to do with getting maried.

  17. Su Ming on May 28, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    I know a lot more who are married that are more unhappy then the singles. Of course, when you have a partner and a family, there will be more responsibilities and then eventually, they will find themselves stuck. Of course, there are also single women/men out there who are unhappy and they are always chasing after relationship or other things in life.

    But I am happy that there are more awareness in the East that being single is OK and no longer a taboo. Big corporation like P&G who uses their brand SKII in China (see below link) to raise the awareness of being single is OK and the society should change their outlook on this matter.

    At the end of the day, I believe being happy starts with one’s mind whether you have a partner or not. The mind here is extremely important and we can’t never let it control us in whatever situation we are in. This is one of the reason why Rinpoche’s advice to me many years ago still prevails until today, that we are in control and the only way to be really happy with oneself is through the service of others. Regardless whether you are single or not. Cause happiness is the ultimate goal many tries to achieve.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irfd74z52Cw

  18. ECheah on May 28, 2016 at 2:23 am

    The way I see it, it’s a little to do with culture as well as cost. Traditionally Asian societies tend to have more multi-generation households. Filial piety is stronger in these cultures and parents and grand-parents usually also live in the same household and are not left to fend for themselves or sent to the old-folk’s home, generally speaking. I see the same pattern with my friends in Korea, China and Thailand etc. On the other hand, my European friends always live away from their parents. When I ask them if their elderly mother lives on her own, they say yes. And what happens to her when she gets too old? She goes to a nursing home. That’s how it is there.

    Looking at the statistics, it shows a trend of more single households in the more developed countries and less in the less developed countries. It makes sense as, if they are too poor, how do we expect each child to move out and get a place of their own? It would make more economic sense to all bunk in together in the same space.

    It’s not always that grown up children with their own kids don’t want to move out of their family home, but it could be the other way around, the parents are invited to come live with the family so that they can be cared for, and also they may come in handy to keep an eye on the kids, what with the freeze on foreign maids these days! Also, the price of property has skyrocketed so much that these days it is becoming very difficult to acquire property. Thus the young family may have no choice but to bunk in with other members of their family until they have saved enough to secure their own place.

    But I do think that if the children have grown up and are making a living, they should definitely take over paying for the household expenses and not expect their parents to foot everything and do everything and serve them still. That would create friction and maybe family disputes. They should be serving their parents instead.

    Eventually of course it would be ideal for them to move out and invest in their own home. Later when we are old and infirm, it’s left to be seen how we’d be treated. But I don’t expect too much. After all, we came alone and we will have to leave alone.

  19. Boon on May 27, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Young and single. ahh! They spell FREEDOM!!

  20. Stella Cheang on May 26, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Dwelling in a developing and fast moving city like KL, more and more of my female peers are singleton. Unlike in olden days where female depended largely on their partner or their maiden family for financial support, women today are financially independent. However, it is rather apparent that most of these ladies are not singleton by choice. Many were divorcee from problematic spouse while some missed their boat due to heart-broken history.

    While it is human instinct to yearn for companion-ship, we must understand that our image of a relationship / marriage could be a delusion. The temporary pleasure and happy feeling lure our deluded mind into clinging on to the perishable happiness, thinking it will last forever, but it will not. It is the unmet expectation and strong attachment on the other person that causes our suffering.

    As long as we are not attached to the person or the fleeting happiness, a relationship / marriage can be a positive injection in life. Especially if both share the same interest and values in life, each can be the pillar of strength and support for the other in both good and bad times.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  21. Jason on May 26, 2016 at 3:07 am

    I am single so I love this article so much .Many people think that married is MUST in our life but I don’t think so. After I joined Kechara, dharma is higher priority than others. Single is more freedom to practice dharma rather than married or relationship with others.
    Many single lady especially 40 year old above will get a title “leftover women” from society. This so rude and unfair to them.So called “Left over women” “is nothing wrong , they ability earn money and stay single and independent .
    Single or married is just a label.Most important is we must practice more dharma work in this life to benefit others and get a liberation.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this.

    With folded hands,
    Jason

  22. Doreen Teoh on May 26, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Single, marriage, freedom, controlling is a definition that society has create for the human race, and then put a rules & regulations to this definition, then comes expectation for oneself is set, and then come expectations from family/parents and etc. My thought is that it is the “pressure to be normal or follow the flow of the changes”, so what matters most is that one can find what makes feel “happy” and “peace” in one’s mind.

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on May 26, 2016 at 1:49 am

      Hi Doreen, thank you for your comment! I think what these Chinese millennials are trying to escape is what you said – pressure and expectations. From this we can see that expectations make everyone unhappy. It makes the parents unhappy when the child does not fulfill the expectations, and it makes the kids unhappy when they have expectations to fulfill.

      In the long run, they’re just going to be running into another set of expectations that will ultimately be unfulfilled. They leave home to live alone, expecting to be happy but how long will this happiness last?

      What’s also interesting is that regardless of culture, society generally expects us to live with other people. So when these Chinese millennials want to live alone, it’s considered strange and when practitioners want to be alone to engage in retreats, that’s considered strange too!

      Anyway, thank you for your comment on the blog and please do keep reading and commenting!

  23. Lin Mun on May 25, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Interesting article on single and staying alone. They are more people who prefer to live alone now. We have seen more of this happening in developed and developing country. Some do it because they move from small town to big city to work. But generally I think people now prefer to have their own space, freedom and independence.

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    Beautiful art paintings of White Tara , Ushnishavijaya (Namgyalma), Amitayus, Dorje Shugden. In Tibetan Buddhism, White Tara is also known as Jetsun Dölma as a Buddhist saviour-goddess with numerous forms, widely popular in Nepal, Tibet, and Mongolia. She is the protective, helpful and comforting mother who shows limitless kindness, generosity and protection to all who rely on her.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-supreme-saviouress-white-tara
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 24. 2019 12:41 PM
    The importance of cleanliness in our lives cannot be denied. Maintaining a clean environment is for the health of all humans. As our health completely depends on the surrounding atmosphere. The practice of cleaning is not only for the environment, but also for our mind . We can change our recognition of cleaning from something that’s negative to something that’s positive, then our quality of life will improve. The importance of having a clean room, clean environment is to respect the people we invited to. To develop the clear mind, we need to be aware of being very mindful, everything should be clean. Make it as a practice, consistently .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-importance-of-having-a-clean-room
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Apr 24. 2019 06:03 AM
    The Life of Yul Brynner (1920 – 1985)

    Read about this actor who acted in the King and, which won morvie acclaims worldwide. Interesting to learn of his life.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/the-life-of-yul-brynner-1920-1985.html
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Apr 24. 2019 05:29 AM
    Tyurgen Wowed with Mongolian Throat Singing

    An amazing Russian who won the judges’ hearts with Mongolian throat singing. You should listen to his powerful ability which is unique and welcoming.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tyurgen-wowed-with-mongolian-throat-singing
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Apr 24. 2019 05:22 AM
    10,000 Mongolians receive Dorje Shugden!

    An amazing feat! Authentic Dorje Shugden initiations for 10,000 Mongolians. Read more here:

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/10000-mongolians-receive-dorje-shugden.html
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Apr 24. 2019 05:18 AM
    It’s so rejoiceful to see Mr Yao Ming the professional basketball player use his celebrities platform and reputation to lessen the suffering of others. Mr. Yao Ming speak for the unable to speak for themselves and so rely on us to protect them. Millions of sharks, which are endangered, will be saved thanks to Mr. Yao Ming’s actions. I hope more and more people will be inspired by his example to speak up against cruelty towards animals. With growing awareness of vegetarianism and so many options for food these days, even in mainstream restaurants, there is no need to keep consuming meat or seafood.
  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Apr 23. 2019 07:37 PM
    Do you know China is a multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious countries? There are more than 50 ethnic groups in China. Different ethnic groups have their own cultures, customs and traditions but all of them live in harmony. Check out the photos of these beautiful people, their traditional costumes are so colourful and vibrant.

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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Apr 23. 2019 07:23 PM
    Mount Fanjing in China at 2,572 meters above sea level, is situated in southwestern China’s Guizhou Province. In the 16th century, Mount Fanjing was one of China’s sacred Buddhist mountains. It is said to be the abode of Buddha Maitreya. In recent years, it has again become a popular tourist destination.

    http://bit.ly/HolySite
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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Apr 23. 2019 07:14 PM
    Master Cheng Yen must have a very strong Dharma imprint. Even though in the beginning she did not have a teacher, she knew she wanted to be nun, she wanted to renounce and use her life to serve others. It was not easy to embark on the spiritual journey but it did not scare Master Cheng Yen. She found ways to spread Dharma and she has been very successful.

    Today, Tzu Chu foundation has its presence all around the world. Whenever there is a disaster, they will be the first to offer their help. Their selfless compassion is highly respected and acknowledged by many. This is how much impact one person can make if we walk the talk and show people by example. The most important thing is not to give up and be very determined in serving others.

    http://bit.ly/TR-AmazingWoman
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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 23. 2019 12:35 PM
    Back in 1996, H H Dalai Lama had made a controversial statement about Dorje Shugden that have caused much disharmony, sufferings among Tibetan Buddhism practitioners . The Tibetans were divided into two , families torn apart just as they do not agree and accept the practice of Dorje Shugden. The African Americans of black people and slavery , the women in Finland, Iceland, Sweden and some western U.S. states, slavery are some of the historical similarities with Dorje Shugden ban where they suffered badly such as physical abuses, denied services to hospitals, restaurants , schools and so forth having many signs and boards installed to prohibit them from entering. Those who refused to follow their order or to give up their practice were conform faced torture, imprisonment discrimination and abuse. Tibetans in exile, wicca, pagans and so forth are denied their rights of religious freedom. Everyone should have their own rights to choose what we believe and practice. The Dalai Lama have said that Dorje Shugden cannot harm him , as proven Dorje Shugden is not evil. It is recognised to be an emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri and a dharma protector. They (CTA ) should stopped and should not be involved in religion. Allow religious freedom for the sake of all, and future generations to come. Peace and harmony must be maintained, for the growth of a nation.
    Thank you Velentina for this well researched article to bring more awareness and knowledge for many of us and these abroad.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/comparisons-of-the-dorje-shugden-ban-with-historic-persecutions.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 23. 2019 12:27 PM
    A beautiful story of guru devotion of a Russian princess Buddhist nun. Very inspiring , she was a Russian-born French-American socialite, film actress, and Gelug Tibetan Buddhist nun. The legendary Zina Rachevsky was the earliest Western student and patron of Lama Yeshe . She came from an incredibly wealthy family, having everything money, fame, beauty yet she was not happy and that triggered her soul-searching. Travelling to India, that’s where she met Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa. That’s the first time they encounters with Westerners and Lama Yeshe was glad to learn that this wealthy lady came to them in search of enlightenment. Zina became the first Western student of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa . It was her request and insisted that the Lamas to teach Westerners on Buddhism. She led her life to the fullest from her Hollywood days to renouncing everything.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring article of a princess turned nun.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/people/the-russian-princess-nun.html

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Everyday offerings of fresh cooked food and drinks are offered to awakened world peace protector Dorje Shugden on my shrine. It is my way to thank Him for all the help He has given to so many people throughout the decades I've introduced Him to. It is my way to include Him as my family and a feeling of closeness and gratitude I have for Him. He's a revered family member who happens to be enlightened and also my close friend. Tsem Rinpoche (Food offering prayer~ https://bit.ly/1VkYXJa)
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
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    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
  • Living off the grid in Australia
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    Living off the grid in Australia
    A Jill Redwood is a jack of all trades, Jill built her own house on her property and lives entirely off the grid with no mains power or town water, mobile reception or television. Living on around $80 a week, Jill has over sixty animals to keep her company and an abundant garden that out serves as an organic supermarket right at her doorstep. Her main expenses are animal feed and the rates on her property. Watch this incredible three minute video and be inspired to live differently.
  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
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    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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One day, we received a humble wish list from this poor family, an elderly mother who takes care of her grown up son with special needs. ‘It’s quite uneasy to use toilet without a proper door but I do not have enough money to fix it,’ said the mother. Without a second thought, our kindest sponsor, La Hong Eu has decided to make meaningful sponsorship to this case. Big thanks to Bernard Ting and Vickneshwaran for helping this family to replace the broken one with a brand new folding door. Together we are the reason that someone has a sweet smile on her face. #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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One day, we received a humble wish list from this poor family, an elderly mother who takes care of her grown up son with special needs. ‘It’s quite uneasy to use toilet without a proper door but I do not have enough money to fix it,’ said the mother. Without a second thought, our kindest sponsor, La Hong Eu has decided to make meaningful sponsorship to this case. Big thanks to Bernard Ting and Vickneshwaran for helping this family to replace the broken one with a brand new folding door. Together we are the reason that someone has a sweet smile on her face. #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Laying the rescued food down on the table would mean we will minimise chance of wastage from another level when our recipients will have the privilege to choose what they really need and want. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 days ago
Laying the rescued food down on the table would mean we will minimise chance of wastage from another level when our recipients will have the privilege to choose what they really need and want. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Have you ever done beading? Join us for a blessed Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! http://bit.ly/2IMh5eN - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Have you ever done beading? Join us for a blessed Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! http://bit.ly/2IMh5eN - shared by Pastor Antoinette
What do you do on Saturday mornings? Join us for a meaningful time and be blessed by the Buddhas during the Spiritual Saturday at Kechara Forest Retreat! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 days ago
What do you do on Saturday mornings? Join us for a meaningful time and be blessed by the Buddhas during the Spiritual Saturday at Kechara Forest Retreat! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
With Dorje Shugden in your car, bus, bike, boat or lorry, you will be protected and blessed. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 days ago
With Dorje Shugden in your car, bus, bike, boat or lorry, you will be protected and blessed. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat, this bus was blessed and is now protected by the Three Jewels. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 days ago
Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat, this bus was blessed and is now protected by the Three Jewels. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart. In order to send the foodpack to our client in johor bahru area, we need a team that are always ready . Luckily, we have a group of wonderful volunteers that are commited to serve our community. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 days ago
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart. In order to send the foodpack to our client in johor bahru area, we need a team that are always ready . Luckily, we have a group of wonderful volunteers that are commited to serve our community. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
Parents and students did a group discussion together on the Bully topic  Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
Parents and students did a group discussion together on the Bully topic Lin Mun KSDS
A talk on Bully by Peggy. A very informative sharing for students and parents. Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
A talk on Bully by Peggy. A very informative sharing for students and parents. Lin Mun KSDS
Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Creative horror drawing created by Teacher Kien. Alice, KSDS
4 days ago
Creative horror drawing created by Teacher Kien. Alice, KSDS
Teacher Asyley led the kids to participate animal liberation. Alice, KSDS
4 days ago
Teacher Asyley led the kids to participate animal liberation. Alice, KSDS
Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 days ago
7 days ago
Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
2 weeks ago
We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
2 weeks ago
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you committed university students of University of Malaya for helping in our #foodrescue activities. These still good to eat and in date edible bread will be very useful for the needy students in universities! Thank you Komugi Malaysia for contributing and help reduce food wastage! #zerofoodwastage #kecharafoodbank #kecharasoupkitchen #endhunger - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
Thank you committed university students of University of Malaya for helping in our #foodrescue activities. These still good to eat and in date edible bread will be very useful for the needy students in universities! Thank you Komugi Malaysia for contributing and help reduce food wastage! #zerofoodwastage #kecharafoodbank #kecharasoupkitchen #endhunger - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right?
2 weeks ago
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right?
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